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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice American History Shelf World History Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Cookbook Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Music Shelf Education Shelf
Art Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Travel Shelf
Nautical Shelf Political Science Shelf Computer Shelf
Automotive Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Terrorism Studies Shelf Business Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Interior Design Shelf Science Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf Genealogy Shelf
Women's Studies Shelf Philosophy Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Poetry Shelf
Biography Shelf Photography Shelf Gardening Shelf
Sports Shelf Psychology Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Parenting Shelf Library Science Shelf Archaeology Shelf
Mathematics Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

101 Outstanding Graphic Novels
Stephen Weiner
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Ste. 700, East Wing, New York, NY 10038
9781561639441, $15.99,

A graphic novel is a book made up of comics content. Although the word "novel" normally refers to long fictional works, the term "graphic novel" is applied broadly, and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work. It is distinguished from the term "comic book", which is used for comics periodicals. The term "graphic novel" was first used in 1964; it was popularized within the comics community after the publication of Will Eisner's A Contract with God in 1978, and became familiar to the public in the late 1980s after the commercial successes of the first volume of Spiegelman's Maus, Moore and Gibbons's Watchmen, and Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. At the beginning of the 21st century, the Book Industry Study Group added "graphic novel" as a category in book stores. "101 Outstanding Graphic Novels" is an 80 page graphic novel bibliography organized alphabetically by author. Each entry is provided with a succinct summary description. "101 Outstanding Graphic Novels" is profusely illustrated with small black-and-white cover images and occasional 'splash page' images. Ideal for building community library graphic novel collections, "101 Outstanding Graphic Novels" will prove an invaluable reference for creating personal graphic novel reading lists. It should be noted that "101 Outstanding Graphic Novels" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99).

When The Trees Say Nothing
Thomas Merton, author
Kathleen Deignan, editor
Sorin Books
c/o Ave Maria Press
PO Box 428, Notre Dame, IN 46556
9781933495903, $14.95 PB,

Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (January 31, 1915 - December 10, 1968) was an American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. During his lifetime Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews. Compiled and edited by Kathleen Deignan, "When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature" is a 192 page compendium comprised of citations derived from Merton's various works in which he dwells on the presence of God in creation. Inspired and inspiring, "When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature" is a compelling read and highly recommended for seminary, church, and community library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.49).

American Ghost
Hannah Nordhaus
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062249210 $25.99

American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest is difficult to easily categorize: at once a memoir, a journey, a history and with a dash of the supernatural, it weaves the story of the author's attempts to understand her own family history with insights on the American Southwest and the Jewish immigrant population that contributed to its culture. The different focuses keep this from being easily categorized but makes it accessible to a wide audience as the author/journalist searches for her great-great-grandmother's past and documents the ghost that haunts their lives in the present. The result is a lively and compelling read that any general interest library should have.

The American History Shelf

Nevada: A History of the Silver State
Michael S. Green
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166
Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874179736 $26.95

Nevada: A History of the Silver State is a solid, in-depth history of the state of Nevada from the arrival of the first European explorers, to the mining boom of the 1800s, to the twentieth century tourist industry (with emphasis on gambling and gaming) that dominates the state economy today. Yet there are drawbacks to having "one economy" (first mining, now gaming). Nevada: A History of the Silver Sate discusses political forces within regions vying to dominate one another; the often turbulent relationship that Nevada citizens have had with the federal government; development (and exploitation) of the state's natural resources; and much more. An index rounds out this superb history, highly recommended for public and college library American history shelves.

Gateway to Freedom
Eric Foner
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393244076 $26.95

Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad offers new information that you'd think would already be widely available - but it's not as clear as in this book, which comes from a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian that charts just how strong the resistance to slavery was in the North. The story centers on New York City, strongly pro-slavery at the time, and follows the work of an abolitionist newspaperman whose undercover work made a big difference in the resistance movement. Also included is Gay's Record of Fugitives, a document the author unearthed from the Columbia University archives, which charted how the underground railroad in NYC actually worked in the 1850s. No light overview, this is an in-depth saga that pairs personal stories of escaped slaves with inquiry into their movements and histories in a remarkable work of investigative reporting that should be in any American history collection.

The Great Divide
Thomas Fleming
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780306821271 $27.99

The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation moves beyond the usual historical approach to early American history that centers on the nation's conflicts with Great Britain to investigate the animosity between two key Founding Fathers of the nation, Jefferson - who supported the French Revolution - and Washington, who was opposed to its violence. Their debates centered not just around this issue, but around the presidency itself - and the effects of their intense conflict can still be felt today. The Great Divide analyzes their points of difference and considers why they became enemies. It offers an intriguingly personal viewpoint of events and politics and makes sense of the nation's courses of action. No American history holding should be without this analysis.

The World History Shelf

The Baltimore Sabotage Cell
Dwight R. Messimer
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591141846 $35.95

Also available as an ebook, The Baltimore Sabotage Cell: German Agents, American Traitors, and the U-Boat Deutschland During World War I is a detailed military history about Germany's World War I efforts to break or the trans-Atlantic supply line from America to Britain. Two approaches were undertaken: the deployment of cargo U-boats, and acts of sabotage against America, perpetrated by German agents and American sympathizers. More than fifty successful attacks involving fire, explosives, and the spread of anthrax and glanders (a disease primarily affecting horses and mules, but also contagious to humans) occurred prior to America's entry into the war on April 6, 1917. A handful of vintage black-and-white photographs, notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this scholarly yet accessible saga of deadly spy games and nautical power struggles. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library military history or world history shelves.

Private Libraries in Renaissance England: Volume VIII
R. J. Fehrenbach & Joseph L. Black, editors
ACMRS Publications
Arizona State University
PO Box 874402, Tempe, AZ 85287-4402
9780866985062, $70.00,

The eight volume in the ACMRS "Private Libraries in Renaissance England", this 470 page compendium focuses upon a collection and catalogue of Tudor and Early Stuart book lists. The collaborative work of co-editors Joseph L. Black (Professor of English, University of Massachusetts - Amherst) and R. J. Fehrenbach (Emeritus Professor of English, College of William and Mary), this eight volume in the outstanding "ACMS" series features an informed and informative General Introduction, followed by Annotated Book-Lists deftly organized into for major sections: The Norfolk and Suffolk Book-lists; Catholic Libraries; Lists of Books Owned by Women; and Lists of Books Owned by Clerics. Enhanced with the inclusion of a Table of Annotated Book-lists by PLRE Number; Common Abbreviations; and appendix (PLRE Cumulative Catalog), and six Indices (Authors and Works; Editors and Compilers; Translators; Stationers; Places of Publication; Dates of Publication) making "Private Libraries in Renaissance England: Volume VIII" a seminal work of extraordinary scholarship by a series of experts and an essential acquisition for academic library Renaissance Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Judging W. T. Cosgrave
Michael Laffan
Royal Irish Academy
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781908996398, $60.00,

William Thomas "W. T." Cosgrave (6 June 1880 - 16 November 1965), was an Irish politician who succeeded Michael Collins as Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State from August to December 1922. He served as the first President of the Executive Council (prime minister) of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1932. "Judging W.T. Cosgrave: The Foundation of the Irish State" by academician and history Michael Laffan is a 424 page political biography focusing upon the life and accomplishments of one of the nation of Ireland's key political figures. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Judging W.T. Cosgrave: The Foundation of the Irish State" is enhanced with the inclusion of period photography, thirty-seven pages of Endnotes; and a nineteen page Index. A seminal work of impressive scholarship and painstaking research, "Judging W.T. Cosgrave: The Foundation of the Irish State" is very highly recommended for academic library 20th Century Irish Political History reference collections ans supplemental studies reading lists.

Benedictine Men and Women of Courage Roots and History, revised edition
Ann E. Kessler, OSB, Ph.D. with Neville Ann Kelly, Ph.D.
Lean Scholar Press
12345 Lake City Way NE, #284
Seattle, WA 98125
9780990449706 $26.95

College history teacher and member of the Order of Saint Benedict (Sacred Heart Monastery, South Dakota) Sister Ann E. Kessler presents Benedictine Men and Women of Courage Roots and History, a descriptive one-volume history of Benedictine monasticism, now in a revised edition. From the origins of Benedictine monasticism to the challenges it faces in the postmodern era, Benedictine Men and Women of Courage is extensive and evenhanded, portraying the community's contributions, adaptations, controversies, and scandals. Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Benedictine Men and Women of Courage is especially recommended for public and college library Religious Studies and History shelves.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Art Quilts of the Midwest
Linzee Kull McCray
University of Iowa Press
119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781609383237 $24.95

Art Quilts of the Midwest comes from a writer covering textiles, arts and crafts, and focuses on fiber artists who were influenced by Midwestern themes and settings. The artists featured here have chosen to represent the Midwest in their works, offering quilts that reflect the atmospheres and themes of the area and offering a quilt art collection packed with not just diverse scenery, but diverse approaches to capturing the Midwest. From an artist who photographs old fabrics to one who uses metals and mesh in her quilts reflecting her jewelry-making heritage, this is a unique and lively survey especially recommended for Midwest quilters and artists.

Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011

Connie Kauffman's Little Gem: 15 Paper-Pieced Miniature Quilts (9781604685114 $24.99) offers designs that lend to 12" square pieces and projects that can be quilted on a home machine using fat quarters, and excels in productions that are quick and easy using paper piecing to its maximum effect. Other quilting books have dealt with larger productions: the advantage of this book lies in its small size, which encourages trying different techniques without a large investment of time or money. Patterns, color photos of projects, step-by-step details on assembly and finishing - all these succeed in using the small project concept to both teach basics and streamline potentially complex topics. The result will particularly delight newcomers to paper piecing and quilting. Natalie Barnes works with Angela Walters on A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin (9781604684995, $24.99), a survey that comes from a corporate interior designer working for a global design and architectural firm. Her unique focus comes not from the needlework world but from a different approach and thus her quilting creations offers twists on simple blocks to create different, modern designs. Patterns for quilts, table runners, wall hangings, storage boxes and more take the quilt concept beyond the bed while her designs show how to use color and contrast to create new designs, making this a pick for quilters looking for something refreshingly different. Maaike Bakker's Cups and Saucers (9781604685329, $24.99) teaches how to use block patterns to create paper-pieced quilts with kitchen designs, and uses ten projects to teach these basics. Photos pack in ideas for these quilts while full-page patterns and materials lists, cutting and assembly instructions make for specific guides quilters of all levels can easily follow. The result is a collection especially recommended for any who want to produce lively kitchen-oriented quick gifts.

The Cookbook Shelf

Guilt-Free Weeknight Favorites
Mr. Food Test Kitchen
American Diabetes Association
Dalyn Miller Public Relations
9781580405560, $19.95,

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Acute complications include diabetic ketoacidosis and nonketotic hyperosmolar coma. Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney failure, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes. One of the most important aspects of dealing with diabetes is diet -- quite literally, the foods we choose to eat. That's where "Guilt-Free Weeknight Favorites", a superbly illustrated, 208 page culinary compendium comprised exclusively of 'diabetes friendly' dishes will prove to be an invaluable addition to any diabetic's cookbook collection. The appetite satisfying, palate pleasing, healthy and nutritious, kitchen cook friendly dishes range from Peach Melba Waffle Souffles; Athenian Pizza; Greek Vegetable Salad; Skinny French Onion Soup; and Old-World Sausage Stew; to Grilled French Chicken Skewers; Rancher's Steak with Cowboy Caviar; Veggie-Stuffed Pork Chops; 15-Minute Fish Tacos; and Lemon Roasted Broccoli. Not to be missed is a whole section devoted to 'Sweets & Treats' ranging from a Simple Butternut Squash Cake; to Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies; to Dutch Apple Crumble; to Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes. "Guilt-Free Weeknight Favorites" is a truly extraordinary and very highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections -- and a 'must' for preparing meals for diabetic diners.

Classic Recipes for Modern People
Max Sussman & Eli Sussman
Olive Press
c/o Weldon Owen, Inc.
415 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
9781616288129, $25.00,

Gorgeously illustrated throughout, "Classic Recipes for Modern People" is a 160 page culinary compendium of palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, kitchen-cook friendly recipes compiled by Max and Eli Sussman. (Max currently works as the executive chef at The Cleveland in NoLiTa, NYC. In 2012 he was named one of Forbes magazine's "30 under 30" for food and wine and was a nominee for James Beard Rising Star Chef of the year. Eli is the chef at Mile End Deli in Brooklyn.) With succinct introductions, lists of ingredients, number of servings, and step-by-step instructions, the recipes range from Salmon with Chermoula & Sauteed Vegetables; Gumbo with Crispy Okra; Tomato Tart with Arugula Salad; and Duck A L'orange; to Lamb Ribs with Hot Honey & Lavender; Chickpea Masala & Saffron Rice; Hash Brown Omelet; and Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Lava. As much fun to cook from as it is inspiring to plan meals with, "Classic Recipes for Modern People" truly lives up to its title and is highly recommended for personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Classic Recipes for Modern People" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.99).

Sicilian Feasts
Giovanna Bellia La Marca
Hippocrene Books, Inc.
171 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9780781813341, $24.95,

Compiled and presented by Giovanna Bellia La Marca (who teaches cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City), "Sicilian Feasts" is a 224 page compendium comprised of palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, kitchen cook friendly recipes showcasing the very best of Sicilian cuisine. In this newly expanded edition, the recipes range from Chicken Soup with Tiny Meatballs and Egg Noodles; Stuffed Beef Roll; Broccoli and Sausage Pie; and Kohlrabi Soup; to Coucous with Chickpea, Cauliflower and Onion Stew; Rice and Raisin Fritters; Potato, Pepper, and Onion Casserole; Stuffed Chicken Legs, and Ravioli from Ragusa. Of special note is the section devoted to Sauces, the page of Delicious Homemade Herbal Teas, and the section comprised of Feast Day Menus. Enhanced with a Glossary, a Bibliography, a Sicilian Index, and a comprehensive general Index, "Sicilian Feasts" is a very highly prized and recommended addition to personal, family, and community library Ethnic Cookbook collections.

Taste of Home Frosty Treats
Taste of Home
Reader's Digest Trade Publishing
44 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
9781617654022, $12.99,

Nothing beats a cool refreshing treat on a warm day. "Taste of Home Frosty Treats: 201 Easy Ideas for Cool Desserts" wonderfully showcases thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for just such snacks and desserts. This profusely and beautifully illustrated, 208 page culinary compendium is a spiral bound hardcover cookbook designed to lay flat on the kitchen counter or table. The recipes are organized into Cool Beverages; DIY Ice Cream; Frosty Desserts; Chilly Sandwiches; Icy Pops; Super Sundaes; Fancy Toppings -- and it all begins with 'Here's the Scoop' which offers practical advise on getting started, including 'Serving Secrets'. The delectable dishes themselves range from a Lemon Meringue Pie Cocktail; Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream; Coconut-Pineapple Sherbet Torte; Frozen Banana Split Pie; and Raspberry-Orange Ice Cream Sandwiches; to Strawberry Mallow Pops; Banana Split Cookie Trifles; Candy Bar Parfaits; Cherry Cappuccino Sundaes; and Cinnamon Cream Syrup. A delight to browse and ideal for creating special treats for all manner of dining occasions, "Taste of Home Frosty Treats: 201 Easy Ideas for Cool Desserts" is a very highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Southern Seasons with Memory Making Recipes
Linda J. Hawkins
Heart to Heart Publishing
528 Mud Creek Road, Morgantown, KY 42261
9781937008376, $27.99,

A spiral bound hardcover cookbook designed to lay flat open upon a kitchen table or counter, "Southern Seasons with Memory Making Recipes" by Linda J. Hawkins is a beautifully and profusely illustrated, 182 page culinary compendium of simply wonderful recipes, succinct commentaries, and memorably apt quotations. A pleasure to simply browse through, inspiring to plan menus with, and filled from cover to cover with palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, kitchen cook friendly recipes for dishes ranging from Raspberry Butter; Picnic Fruity Slaw; Fried Cornbread; and Blueberry Spinach Salad; to Pineapple Upside Down Cake; Simple Broccoli Casserole; Southern Ice Tea; Chicken Enchilada Bake, "Southern Seasons with Memory Making Recipes" will make an enduringly popular and highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community cookbook collections.

Ruhlman's How to Braise
Michael Ruhlman
Little, Brown & Company
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780316254137 $25.00

Ruhlman's How to Braise: Foolproof Techniques and Recipes for the Home Cook pairs clear close-up color photos throughout by Donna Turner Ruhlman with very specific insights on the exacting process of understanding the braise technique, and is a 'must' for would-be chefs who would understand the basics of how to braise different kinds of meats. This is the second book in Ruhlman's 'How To' series and covers everything from tools and pantry staples to the process of braising and even the history of the braise. At the end of the 'course in a book' cooks at all levels will understand how braising works, why it's important, and how to use various methods with various ingredients for superior results. Most 'how to' cook's titles don't include much history, and most are wider-ranging. By narrowing his scope to a particular technique, Ruhlman produces a winning approach that will appeal to all levels of home cooks and invites them with recipes making the most of the braise.

The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook
Susan O'Brien
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780738217482 $17.99

The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook: 150 Healthy Recipes for Meals, Snacks, Sides, Desserts, and More offers a more specific focus than most gluten-free cookbooks, narrowing menus to vegetarian cooking and including the desserts and snacks which usually are particularly challenging in a gluten-free diet. It comes from a gourmet cook and healthy-eating coach who has developed over a hundred dishes for every meal, and who focuses on complex-carb, high-protein choices that make for better nutrition. These are surprisingly quick and easy to produce, rely on homemade staples rather than store-bought, expensive substitutes for gluten, and include allergy-friendly, kid-approved options. Add a centerfold of color photos and you have a real winner.

Lake Isle Press
2095 Broadway, Suite 301, New York, NY 10023

Vikas Khanna and Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn's Return to the Rivers: Recipes and Memories of the Himalayan River Valleys (9781891105531, $35.00) is more than another Himalayan cookbook: it evolved from a chance meeting of author Khanna with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which sent the author on a series of journeys through the river valleys and on a sojourn of discovery into their culinary traditions. What evolved, here, was more than a recipe collection, but a probe into the people who shared their foods and friendship with the author. Color photos throughout accompany text describing food and culture alike, making for a presentation that will intrigue any interested in Himalayan history and peoples. Coverage also includes the regions the Himalayans touched - Bhutan, Nepal, and northern India - and the dishes come from family traditions, so enhance a book that combines a travelogue, a culinary history, and a cultural exploration all under one cover. An abundance of full-page color photos throughout makes for a real winner. Camilla V. Saulsbury's Power Hungry; The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook (9781891105548, $16.95) offers recipes and variations for over 150 protein bars, granola bars, and more, and offers recipes that are soy-free and easily adaptable to gluten-free and vegan diets. The fact that these bars can be so easily customized, can be frozen in batches, and focus on proteins and quick, easy preparation techniques makes this a promising addition to any busy cook's collection.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records
Lisa Barnett
New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Warwick Associates Publicity
9781601633491, $14.99,

In theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records (a term coined in the late 1800s from akasha or akasa, the Sanskrit word for "sky", "space", "luminous", or "aether") are a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions believed by Theosophists to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. "The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records" by Lisa Barnett (Founder of the Akashic Knowing School of Wisdom) is a 192 page compendium deftly organized into four major chapters: The Library of Your Soul; Support for Your Life; Healing Through the Akashic Records; The Expansive Akashic Field. Enhanced with a list of links for free downloads relevant to Akashic Studies, and a six page Index, "The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records" is a significant and highly recommended addition to personal Metaphysical Studies reading lists and academic library collections. It should be noted that "The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.49).

Point of Origin
Laird Scranton
Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781620554449 $16.95

Point of Origin: Gobekli Tepe and the Spiritual Matrix for the World's Cosmologies should be in the collection of any reader of new age ancient mysteries and cultures spirituality, and focuses on the carved images on Gobekli Tepe's stone pillars and how their symbols relate to ancient images from Egyptians, Tibetans, and Chinese. It addresses the question of how many ancient cultures have similar creation myths and ideas, it reveals evidence for a long-forgotten primal culture in Turkey, and identifies this as the source of all great civilizations and their wisdom. Any interested in Dogon mythology and symbolism in general and Gobekli in particular will find Point of Origin a treasure trove of detail that actually resolves many mysteries surrounding ancient cultures.

Paradigm Busters
J. Douglas Kenyon, Editor
Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9780990690405 $16.95

Paradigm Busters: Beyond Science, Lost History, Ancient Wisdom gathers articles that consider the origins of beliefs and wisdom, and the sacred paradigms that serve as the foundation of ancient mysteries, future science, and the ongoing unexplained of the world. It selects works form the pages of Atlantis Rising Magazine: some thirty articles by world researchers who consider new visions of legends, new perspectives on ancient mysteries, and close encounters with the types of mysteries that can bring enlightenment under the right circumstances - and with the right perspectives, as illustrated here. The result is a wide-reaching collection that will delight any with a special interest in new age topics and old mysteries that challenge modern thinking patterns and long-held assumptions.

Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125

Diane Brandon's Dream Interpretation for Beginners: Understand the Wisdom of Your Sleeping Mind (9780738741918, $15.99) provides a different kind of mind/body approach in arranging a comprehensive plan for interpreting all dreams to gain wisdom from their inner meaning. Under Brandon's hand, dreams can be used for different purposes: recollection, precognitive applications, health and healing, and even to communicate with a higher being. There are plenty of books offering formula dream interpretation approaches; but few show how to apply dream interpretation to wider problem-solving methods. Deborah Blake's Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World (9780738742182, $16.99) is for Pagan readers who want a specific path to incorporate a spiritual practice into everyday life using just a few minutes per week. It's simple, it's packed with ideas for such approaches, and it covers everything from how to make a home into a magickal place and work with higher beings on a daily basis to creating five-minute rituals and daily mini-divinations to make Witchcraft an accessible, easy, flexible practice. The prerequisite here is a prior interest in practicing witchcraft and some basic knowledge: the rest is provided in a specific book for busy new age readers. Alexandra Chauran's 365 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Ability: Simple Tools to Increase Your Intuition and Clairvoyance (9780738739304, $16.99) is for newcomers to the idea of intuitive development, and teaches how to master one's psychic potentials using 365 fast methods. The course begins with easy observation and moves into trance and divination techniques, with each step receiving guided insights that readers can easily customize for their own circumstances and needs. From simple meditation to learning how to perform readings, these exercises build skills and make for a fine collection of basic tools any psychic at any skills level will find useful.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version
R. C. Sproul, editor
Reformation Trust
421 Ligonier Court, Sanford, FL 32771
9781567694451, $100.00,

This new edition of "The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version" has been thoroughly revised and carefully crafted under the editorial leadership of R.C. Sproul and enhanced with the contributions of 75 distinguished theologians and pastors from around the world. Over 1.1 million words of new, expanded, or revised commentary represent 40% more content faithfully presented to emphasize the need for the grace of God to lead out of darkness and into the light of Scripture. Features are new theological notes from general editor, R.C. Sproul; new topical articles to enrich additional study of Scripture; over 1.1 million words of verse-by-verse and topical explanations; over 20,000 new, revised, or expanded study notes; historical creeds and confessions from 2,000 years of church history; over $400 of digital resources (eBooks, videos) from Ligonier Ministries and 6 months of Tabletalk Magazine; 16 pages of high-resolution full color maps at back of Bible; embedded maps providing quick references as you read; a concordance, table of weights and measures, and more. This editions of "The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version" features Smyth-sewn binding, gold gilding, 3 reference ribbons, protective slip case, and 32-page Welcome Guide. With flawless production values, "The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version" is a critically important addition to personal, family, seminary, church, community, and academic library Christian Studies reference collections in general, and Bible Study curriculums in particular.

Peter Oakes
Baker Academic
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780801032752, $30.00,

The Epistle to the Galatians, often shortened to Galatians, is the ninth book of the New Testament. It is a letter from Paul the Apostle to a number of Early Christian communities in the Roman province of Galatia in central Anatolia. Paul is principally concerned with the controversy surrounding Gentile Christians and the Mosaic Law during the Apostolic Age. No original of the letter is known to survive. The earliest reasonably complete version available to scholars today, named P46, dates to approximately the year 200 AD, approximately 150 years after the original was presumably drafted. This papyrus is fragmented in a few areas, causing some of the original text carefully preserved over the years to be missing, however, through careful research relating to paper construction, handwriting development, and the established principles of textual criticism, scholars can be rather certain about where these errors and changes appeared and what the original text probably said. Some biblical scholars date the original composition to c. 50 - 60 AD. Other biblical scholars agree that Galatians was written between the late 40s and early 50s. The newest addition to the outstanding "Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament" series from Baker Academic, "Galatians" by biblical scholar Peter Oakes (Greenwood Senior Lecturer in the New Testament at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England) is a 240 page analytical commentary that is enhanced with the inclusion of ten illustrations, a ten page Bibliography, and four page Index of Subjects; and a four page Index of Scripture and Ancient Sources. This study by Peter Oakes is exceptionally well written, informed and informative, making it very highly recommended for church, seminary, and academic library Christian Studies and New Testament Studies reference collections for personal reading lists it should be noted that "Galatians" is also available in a Kindle edition ($16.50).

The Preaching Of Pope Francis
Gregory Heille, OP
The Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500
Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814649022, $12.95,

Pope Francis ([b] 17 December 1936) is the Catholic Church's current Pope, an ancient title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, in which capacity he is Sovereign ad vitam of the Vatican City State. Pope Francis in his first year of the papacy has strongly established himself as an embattled reformer seeking to redress a number of wrongs that have accumulated within the church hierarchy over the past several decades. Indeed, Pope Francis is proving to be one of the most publicly acclaimed pontiffs by Catholics and non-Catholics alike in the modern history of the Roman Catholic Church. Compiled by Gregory Heille (Professor of Homiletics and Academic Dean at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri), "The Preaching of Pope Francis: Missionary Discipleship and the Ministry of the Word" showcases key morning mass homilies or sermons given by Pope Francis for the betterment of Catholics and Catholic institutions. As informed and informative as it is inspired and inspiring, "The Preaching Of Pope Francis" is critically important and essential reading by seminary students, Catholic priests, deacons, and lay members of the church.

Tales of Grace
Luigi Santucci
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
9781612616391, $18.99, 144pp,

Luigi Santucci (1918-99) was one of the most important Italian writers and poets of the twentieth century. He worked at the Catholic University of Milan until 1944, when Santucci took refuge in Switzerland because of his opposition to the fascist regime. Actively involved in the Italian Resistance, he was one of the co-founders of the underground newspaper L'Uomo, with poet David Maria Turoldo. Santucci's "Tales of Grace: Reflections on the Joyful Mysteries" takes Jesus' precept "Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 18.3) to heart, and with delicate lyrical touches accompanies us into the "land of milk and honey" where readers can become children again and experience in a fresh new light the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. Translated for the first time into English by Demetrio S. Yocum for an appreciative American readership, Tales of Grace is profoundly poetic and original. Contemplative readers will rediscover the tenderness and beauty inherent in the miracle of Jesus' birth and childhood, beginning with his conception and concluding with his adolescence. It will also encourage readers to feel and experience Christ's hidden presence in one's own past, present, and future. An extraordinary volume of commentary that is an thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is inspired and inspiring, "Tales of Grace" is a highly recommended and rewarding read for all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation.

A Fresh Look At The Mass
David M. Knight
Twenty-Third Publications
1 Montauk Ave #200, New London, CT 06320
9781627850803, $12.95, 128pp,

"Mass" is one of the names by which the sacrament of the Eucharist is commonly called in the Catholic Church, Western Rite Orthodox churches and many Old Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches. Apart from "Eucharist" others are the "Lord's Supper", the "Breaking of Bread", the "Eucharistic assembly (synaxis)", the "memorial of the Lord's Passion and Resurrection", the "Holy Sacrifice", the "Holy and Divine Liturgy" and "Holy Communion". In these denominations, the term Mass often colloquially refers to the entire church service in general. In general, Protestants avoid the term "Mass" and use such terms as Divine Service or service of worship, for doctrinal reasons. "A Fresh Look at the Mass: A Helpful Guide to Better Understand and Celebrate the Mystery" by missionary, teacher, pastor, professor, retreat director, and campus minister David M. Knight is a 128 page instructional analysis of the Mass and its meaning in Christian life. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "A Fresh Look at the Mass" is an informed and informative read that is highly recommended, especially for non-specialist general readers seeking a more coherent understanding of the Mass and its meaning. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "A Fresh Look at the Mass" is available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Pastors Sound Off
Open Waters Publishing
700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
The Pilgrim Press (distributor)
700 Prospect Avenue, East, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
970829820225, $7.95,

"Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can't Keep Quiet About" is a 50 page booklet comprised of eleven short articles by eleven ordained ministers decrying such spiritual failings in the Christian community as 'The Unchallenged Voice of Christian Homophobia'; 'People Who Can't Love Jesus without Dissing the Jews'; 'Editing Jesus as Either a Republican or a Democrat'; 'Pretending We're Post-Racial'; 'We Always Find a Reason to Fight the Next War'; and more. Articulate, erudite, and absolutely Christian in perspective, "Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can't Keep Quiet About" should not be regulated to 'voices crying in the wilderness' but deserves as wide a Christian readership as possible. Simple stated, "Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can't Keep Quiet About" should be read by all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation.

Eldership and the Mission of God
J.R. Briggs & Bob Hyatt
IVP Praxis
c/o InterVarsity Press
PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 605151426
9780830841189 $17.00

Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership comes from two church leaders who provide a portrait of elders as community leaders, discussing how churches can benefit from elder teams that attend to church and community alike. Such a team should represent the good in church interactions to each other, the church, and the community. They should be focused on the mission God has given to the church and aware that their leadership styles and choices reflect this mission. Any church elder looking for insights on team leadership strategies will appreciate this survey.

Nonviolent Action
Ronald J. Sider
Brazos Press
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9781587433665 $19.99

Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands But Most Christians Have Never Really Tried considers how the basic tenants of nonviolent actions have applied to Christian behaviors and belief systems, and blends scholarly insights with social inspection of how Christians think about poverty and action. This isn't directed to a particular political or social group: conservatives and liberals alike need be united only in Christian perspective to appreciate the ideological examinations and focus on nonviolent approaches that this book emphasizes. Packed with analysis of Christian beliefs and social translations, it will interest any Christian thinker.

Blindsided by God
Peter Chin
Bethany House Publishers
11400 Hampshire Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55438
9780764212925 $14.99

Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God tells of how the author moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to begin a church. In just a few months the family experienced a miscarriage, a robbery, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow all this to happen to a person of faith? The answers in Blindsided by God come from a spiritual thinker who applies analysis to the harder questions about faith and God, and offers a blend of humor, insights, and exploration of how suffering links to God's purposes. The result is a powerful account highly recommended for any spirituality collection and for readers asking their own questions about God's purposes in allowing suffering in the world.

The Music Shelf

Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming, second edition
Jim Aikin
Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing
33 Plymouth St, Suite 302, Montclair, NJ 07042
9781480397941, $29.99, 256pp,

A sound synthesizer is an electronic musical instrument that generates electric signals converted to sound through loudspeakers or headphones. Synthesizers may either imitate other instruments or generate new timbres. They are often played with a keyboard, but they can be controlled via a variety of other input devices, including music sequencers, instrument controllers, fingerboards, guitar synthesizers, wind controllers, and electronic drums. Synthesizers without built-in controllers are often called sound modules, and are controlled via MIDI or CV/Gate. Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, "Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming: The Ultimate Reference for Sound Design" by Jim Aikin (Who has been writing about music technology for more than 30 years. Who is the author of hundreds of product reviews and tutorial features in Keyboard, Electronic Musician, and other magazines, and who has written books about C-sound, music theory, and cello technique. In Aikin's PC-based home studio, he composes and records using software instruments from more than a dozen manufacturers) is a 256 page instruction manual comprised of twelve chapters: The Map and the Territory; The Nature of Sound; Operating Systems, Edit Modes, performance Modes, and Memory; Oscillators and Samples; Other Types of Synthesizers; Filters; LFOS; Envelope Generators; Modulation; Rhythm Generators; and Controllers. Enhanced with the inclusion of an appendix (Online Video Tutorials) and a comprehensive index, "Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming" offers a complete course of 'learner friendly', informed and informative instruction that is very highly recommended for aspiring musicians seeking to utilizing a synthesizer programming, as well as community and academic library Music Instruction reference collections.

The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir
Mike Rutherford
Thomas Dunne Books
c/o St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250060686 $25.99

The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir is a recommended pick for any rock music listener and offers an intriguing story of how Genesis grew from being a school band to becoming world stars. Author Mike Rutherford was the group's leader and impetus for success, so he's in the perfect position to tell the story of Genesis and his own band, Mike and the Mechanics. From his own autobiography of his influences and family to how Genesis evolved, this memoir is rich in detail and offers many candid observations that could only have come from a band member; not an outside reporter. With a lively tone and approach that captures all details, this is a memoir that does more than provide autobiography: it captures a successful band's rise and the atmosphere of the rock music industry as a whole. Any popular music collection will find it a compelling, involving saga.

The Education Shelf

Accelerating Language Skills And Content Knowledge Through Shared Book Reading
Sharolyn D. Pollard-Durodola, et al.
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598572575, $34.95,

Offering both big-picture curriculum design principles and specific instructional strategies, "Accelerating Language Skills And Content Knowledge Through Shared Book Reading" is a 192 page instruction manual and guide specifically designed to provide grade school classroom teachers the practical information they will require to help their young students to accelerate language skills, vocabulary development, and high-priority science and social studies content knowledge. "Accelerating Language Skills And Content Knowledge Through Shared Book Reading" is an ideal curriculum supplement for preservice teacher education courses and in-service professional development. Teachers will learn how to use the most effective shared book reading and vocabulary practices; teach new vocabulary while introducing key science and social studies concepts; align vocabulary instruction with content standards and objectives; stimulate and expand children TMs oral language abilities via interactive book discussions; implement a framework tested in collaboration with Head Start and preschool teachers; choose their own books and vocabulary words to teach; design lesson plans that get results; build a strong foundation for children TMs future success in science and social studies; advance learning with proven teaching techniques, such as multiple exposures to words and connected concepts and strategies; and successfully teach both English language learners and native English speakers. "Accelerating Language Skills And Content Knowledge Through Shared Book Reading" is thoroughly 'user friendly' throughout, making it strongly recommended for college and university library Educational Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Loving Learning
Tom Little and Katherine Ellison
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393246162 $26.95

Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America's Schools comes from an educator and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who offer keys to understanding how students can become lifelong learners, and surveys over forty progressive schools across the country in an effort to uncover their techniques. These educators and schools allow their curriculum to grow out of children's questions and natural curiosity, and encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to learning that encourages imaginative thinking and problem-solving solutions. The result is a powerful focus that should be a staple reference in any educator's collection: one that doesn't consider education's beginning and end, but its ongoing possibilities for all ages.

Corwin Press, Inc.
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218

Janice Bradley's Designing Schools for Meaningful Professional Learning (9781483339221 $27.00) advocates a professional earning program that makes a difference in the quality of teaching, and shows educators how to adopt a collaborative approach to working with faculty to design and implement professional learning routines tailored to a school's unique environment. Chapters are specific in connecting professional learning with practices that have been researched and proven to have the greatest effect on classroom development, and also include lessons from schools that have implemented the author's methodology. The result is a powerful set of insights, guidelines, and approaches that goes far beyond ideals to provide the nuts and bolts of professional learning development, its applications, and its potential for customization. Susan Janssen Creighton,'s Bringing Math Students into the Formative Assessment Equation: Tools and Strategies for the Middle Grades (9781483350103, $36.95) provides teachers with keys to implementing formative assessment in the middle school math environment, and offers teachers a research-based, classroom-tested guide that shows how to implement routines that help students monitor and assess their own progress. This approach takes some of the guidance pressure away from the teacher and places it in the realm of student control. Chapters pair real-world case histories from math teachers with resources and models for success, offering chapters on gathering evidence, using formative feedback, developing different kinds of resources both within and outside the classroom, and more. The result is a powerful survey teachers and students will find specific and useful for moving formative learning to a new level, empowering students in their own educational direction. Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin's Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard (9781483349930, $29.95) provides the second edition of a 'bible' on cyberbullying and prevention, and provides educators and parents with a powerful collection of practical strategies for addressing cyberbullying. The book's been updated with new research and best practices and includes summaries of the latest legal rulings on teens and technology, discussions of how schools can interact with students to thwart cyberbullying, and more. Leading experts provide the latest information on the topic and delve into psychological, legal and social aspects of cyberbullying in a 'must have' reference. Cary I. Sneider edits The Go-To Guide for Engineering Curricula Grades 6-8: Choosing and Using the Best Instructional Materials for your Students (9781483307374, $32.95) and offers descriptions of instructional materials especially created for and tested in middle school science classrooms. It's unusual to think of engineering applying to such a grade level, but science educator author Sneider has gathered a range of curriculum materials designed to support such concepts at an early age, and offers an accompanying table that leads readers to specific chapters for specific science education purposes. From how this works in a classroom setting to how integrating more emphasis on engineering and technology in the science curriculum will make for better prepared students, this collection of activities is a 'must' for any science teacher working with middle school grades.

The Art Shelf

Chinese Watercolor Journeys
Lian Quan Zhen
North Light Books
c/o F+W Media
1140 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001
9781440339219 $45.00

Chinese Watercolor Journeys covers all kinds of paintings, from landscapes and people to animals, and offers lovely paintings in both Chinese and Western styles to help readers contrast and differentiate between the two. It pairs the artist author's tips and stories with discussions of techniques and influences, accompanying this with an oversized presentation of full-color, full-page images for maximum impact. While the result is recommended primarily for crafts collections where aspiring artists will find the book packed with a wealth of insights and material on how to duplicate the Chinese style in art, it's also a recommended pick for arts holdings depicting works from China.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of The Future: Volume 31
David Farland, editor
Galaxy Press
7051 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 200, Hollywood, CA 90028
9781619863224, $15.95,

For thirty-one years Galaxy Press has featured annual anthologies of the very best science fiction and fantasy stories. In this latest 395 page edition, "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of The Future" showcases such well established science fiction and fantasy authors as Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, larry Niven, and Bob Eggleton, along with twenty-five truly outstanding new authors (and illustrators!). Thirteen of the stories originated with participants of the Writers of the Future international writers' program. Also featured are illustrations by the winners in the Illustrators of the Future international illustrator's program. Enhanced with the inclusion of a short story from the early career of the late L. Ron Hubbard, plus essays on writing and illustration by Hubbard, Card, and Eggleton, this thirty-first volume continues an impressive tradition and should be considered a 'must read' by any and all science fiction fans and fantasy enthusiasts. Very highly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of The Future: Volume 31" is also available in a Kindle edition ($6.99). Incidentally, support information for the Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future contests can be found at

Castaway Planet
Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor
Baen Books
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781476780276 $25.00

Castaway Planet: A Crash Course in Survival tells of Sakura Kimei and her family and best friend, who are stranded light years from any known world when their lifeboat brings them to a strange planet shrouded in secrets. There are many traps on this planet, and even a secret that could kill them all before they even land. Readers who enjoy sagas of survival will relish this survey, which is a kind of Swiss Family Robinson with an interplanetary twist, and just as packed with the unexpected!

The Literary Studies Shelf

Bukowski For Beginners
Carlos Polimeni
For Beginners LLC
155 Main Street, Suite 211, Danbury, CT 06810
978193999470, $15.95, 192pp,

Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 - March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and beautiful economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of rich Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. The FBI kept a file on him as a result of his column, 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', in the LA underground newspaper Open City. "Bukowski For Beginners" by Carlos Polimeni (a journalist, writer, screenwriter, and television and radio host in Argentina) is a 192 page analytical introduction to the life and work of a influential figure in 20th Century American literature, as well as a critic of American popular and political culture. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century American Biography collections, for personal reading lists is should be noted that "Bukowski For Beginners" is also available in a Kindle edition ($11.36).

A Taste for Chaos
Randy Fertel
Spring Journal Books
38 South Roadway, New Orleans, LA 70124
c/o Cave Henricks Communications (publicity)
9781935528685 $32.95

A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation is a literary meta-analysis focusing on the power of spontaneity - writing from spur-of-the-moment ideas that can flow from anywhere, as opposed to intensively laborious or meticulous wordcraft. Improvisations and self-styled spontaneous texts have been a part of literature from the epic poems of classic Greece to 21st century novels. Literary teacher Randy Fertel explores the expressions and representations of spontaneous writing, defining "improvisations" as a meta-genre of literature, and reveals how this writing style appeals to a universal human craving for the authentic experience of immediacy. Thoughtful, philosophical, and enhanced with chapter notes, a bibliography, and an index, A Taste for Chaos is a welcome addition to college library literary studies shelves.

The Uncanny Reader
Marjorie Sandor, Editor
St. Martins Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250041715 $21.99

The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows isn't your usual collection of horror short stories, but a literary presentation that gathers the works of such writers as H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Joan Aiken and others - some of the best of 19th and 20th-century writers - and focuses on tales of the 'uncanny'. By this it is meant quasi-supernatural forces are involved; but if readers expect straightforward modern horror devices, it's refreshing to note that something different is happening, here. Writers come from around the world, many have made their names to the point that their works have sparked genre contributions in a similar vein, and all provide stories that are remarkably diverse in nature and well-crafted literary pieces in and of themselves. The Uncanny Reader is thus a special recommendation for fans of the supernatural who want more plot development, characterization and literary devices than your usual supernatural short story can offer: in short, something exceptionally well-crafted that earns the subtlety of 'uncanny' versus the obvious 'supernatural' name.

A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance
Tomson Highway
University of Alberta Press
Ring House 2, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E1
9781772120417 $10.95

A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance comes from a playwright, pianist and storyteller who considers the various cultural communities that have influenced his works, from Latin and French to Cree and Spanish, and draws intriguing connections between music and literature. From linguists and Cree tales to making multilingualism cross borders and hearts, A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance provides a very short, literary collection of insights and will be especially powerful as a recommendation for prior Tomson Highway followers.

The Fiction Shelf

Rain over Baghdad
Hala El Badry, author
Farouk Abdel Wahab, translator
American University in Cairo Press
420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2729
9789774165887, $19.95, 384pp,

Since its inception when the British and the French drew lines on a map at the conclusion of World War I that saw the break up of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq has been a troubled country. The mid seventies to the late eighties witnessed Saddam Hussein's rise to power, the establishment of Kurdish autonomy in the north, and the Iraq-Iran war. It also brought an influx of oil wealth, following the 1973 war and the spike in oil prices, and a parallel influx of Arab talent, including many Egyptians, as the Egyptian left became disenchanted with Sadat. The massive migration also extended to workers and peasants, some of whom created an entire Egyptian village just outside Baghdad. This is the background for Hala el Badry's riveting novel "Rain Over Baghdad. It's the story of an Egyptian woman married to an engineer working in Iraq. The narrator, who works for an Egyptian magazine's bureau in the Iraqi capital, has a behind-the-scenes view of what was really happening at a critical juncture in the history of the region. Moreover, she has a mystery to solve: an Iraqi woman from the marshes in the south of Iraq, who is also a communist journalist, has disappeared, and as the mystery unfolds we learn of her love for an older Egyptian Marxist journalist. This is Iraq before and beyond Saddam, Iraq as the Arabs knew it, in the lives of interesting people living in a vibrant country before the attempted annexation of Kuwait and the American invasion. Ably translated into English for an American readership by Farouk Abdel Wahab, "Rain over Baghdad" is highly recommended for community library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Rain over Baghdad" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

The Face Of The Earth And Other Imaginings
Algernon Blackwood
Stark House Press
1315 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781933586700, $19.95,

Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 - 10 December 1951) was an English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. Compiled and edited by Mike Ashley for the Stark House Supernatural Classics series, "The Face Of The Earth And Other Imaginings" is a 222 page anthology showcasing thirty examples of Blackwoods short story mastery of the supernatural genre. Deftly organized and presented in four major sections: Early Tales; Imagination Awakes; Nature Inspires; Conflicts of the Soul; "The Face Of The Earth And Other Imaginings" is an exceptionally satisfying introduction to a true and enduring literary genius whose work is timeless and guaranteed to entertaining new generations of appreciative readers. Enhanced with an informative introduction (Imagination Inspired) and a fifteen page Bibliography: A Chronology of Published Works; "The Face Of The Earth And Other Imaginings" is a strongly recommended addition to both community and academic library Literary Studies collections in general, and the personal reading list of Algernon Blackwood fans in particular.

Garden For The Blind
Kelly Fordon
Wayne State University Press
4809 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-1309
9780814341049, $18.99,

The newest addition to the outstanding Wayne State University Press 'Made in Michigan Writers' series, "Garden For The Blind" is a 248 page anthology showcasing eleven short stories of Kelly Fordon. The deftly crafted tales are presented in the chronological order of their creation and include The Great Gatsby Party; Use Everything in Your Arsenal; Lucky; The Guest Room; A Shift in the Weather; Trees from Heaven; Opportunity Cost; The Vagaries of Love; In the Hermitage; In the Museum of Your Life; and the title piece, Garden for the Blind. A collection of extraordinary stories by an extraordinary writer, "Garden For The Blind" is very highly recommend for community General Fiction and academic library Literary Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Garden For The Blind" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.10).

The Scribe's Promise
Jennifer Pollard
Baha'i Publishing
415 Linden Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091-2844
9781618510709 $18.00

The Scribe's Promise is a novel of forbidden love that transcends multiple lifetimes of religious conditioning. In 1844 Persia, a leader called "the Bab" (one of the historical messengers of the Bahai faith) is speaking of a new way to think of both humanity and God, emphasizing unity and equality. The Bab's words have incited the ire of Muslim clergy, and the repercussions are destined to ripple into the life of Kapriel, an Armenian Christian scribe living in the city of Shiraz. Kapriel is in love with Mina, the sister of his best friend and next door neighbor Rahma. Yet Rahma and Mina are Muslim Persians, and in this time and place, Kapriel is considered an inferior, second-class citizen (at best) because he is Christian. For Rahma, the idea of his sister marrying a Christian is unthinkable, unforgivable. But when Rahma hears the Bab's message of love, unity, and equality, it sparks a transformation. Rahma asks Kapriel to accompany him on a pilgrimage to see the Bab. It is a journey that will reveal their souls and strengthen the bond of their friendship. Thought-provoking and powerful, The Scribe's Promise is unforgettable to the very end.

Lighthouse Hauntings
Charles G. Waugh
Down East Books
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
National Book Network (distributor)
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781608933860, $15.95,

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Charles G. Waugh and Martin Harry Greenberg, "Lighthouse Hauntings" is a 252 page anthology showcasing twelve original and chilling stories of the supernatural. After an informative introduction by John Helfers, the featured stories include Rick Hautala's 'The Nephews'; Jane Lindskold's 'It Must Burn'; Brendan DuBois' 'The Tourist Who Wasn't There'; Ed Gorman's 'Ghost of a Chance'; Billie Sue Mosiman's 'Dread Inlet'; Kristine Kathryn Rusch's 'The Light in Wale Cove'; Matt Costello and A. J. Matthews' 'And the Sea Shall Claim Them'; Janet Berliner's 'Until the Butterflies'; Yvonne Navarro's 'A Beacon Shall I Shine'; Nina Kiriki Hoffman's 'Gone'; Thomas F. Monteleone's 'Lux et Veritas'; and Gary A. Braunbeck's 'Captain Jim's Drunken Dream'. An outstanding collection by masters of the short story form, "Lighthouse Hauntings" is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections.

Kings and Emperors
Dewey Lambdin
St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250030061 $25.99

Kings and Emperors presents an Alan Lewrie naval adventure in the style of C.S. Forester and O'Hara's sagas, and is a pick for any who enjoy seafaring protagonists and interactions between captions, kings, and patriots on the high seas. Here are encounters between Royal Navy Captain Alan Lewrie and his schemes for raids and a changing world which reduces his command to subsistence and survival encounters. Here are uprisings and Lewrie's involvement in a new job that depends on political associations and war. And here, also, are vivid scenes of battles between dukes, British armies, and various competing forces that place Lewrie's ships squarely in the center of contention. Any who enjoy good military seafaring confrontations will love the action in Kings and Emperors.

Down In Laos
Francis J. Partel, Jr.
Navy Log Books
1905 Bay Road, Ste 210, Vero Beach, FL 32963
9780989305914, $29.95 (HC),

When the pilot, Lt. Campbell, USN, son of missionaries raised in Korea during that war, is shot down and becomes a POW of the brutal Pathet Lao, he is obligated to attempt escape. "Down in Laos: Heroism and Inspiration During the Vietnam War" by Francis J. Partel, is a 318 page action-thriller, suspense war story about a ship, an air wing, and a pilot based on actual US Navy and Marine Corps events in the Western Pacific in early 1968--the Pueblo seizure, Operation Igloo White, Khe Sanh, Tet, and the first bombing halt. A compelling read from beginning to end, this war time fiction novel has every 'feel' of what American POWs truly experienced at the hands of the Pathet Lao. "Down In Laos" documents novelist Francis J. Partel as a master storyteller and is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Military Fiction collections. It should be noted that "Down In Laos" is also available in a paperback edition (9780989305938, $19.95) and in a Kindle edition ($9.95).

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Love's Alchemy
Bryan Crockett
Five Star Books
10 Water Street, Suite 310
Waterville, ME 04901
9781432830250 $25.95

Set in England in the year 1604, Love's Alchemy: A John Donne Mystery is a dark novel of intrigue, Machiavellian political maneuvering, spywork, and the crossroads of history. Poet John Donne has eloped with the Lord Keeper's niece, Anne More; barely able to scrape by, he is summoned to serve the Crown as a spy. Tasked with infiltrating a secret network of English Catholics, especially Jesuit priests, he blunders into a potentially deadly plot! Dry humor and shades of grey distinguish this sharp-witted novel of razor's edge suspense, crafted to keep the reader guessing to the very end.

The Perfect Game
Leslie Dana Kirby
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Ave., #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781464201752 $24.95

The Perfect Game tells of Lauren Rose, who has moved to Phoenix to begin a new life by starting up an emergency medicine residence, but who could wind up doing life in the Arizona State penitentiary instead when her sister is found murdered in her home. Lauren is all alone in a strange city so her sister's husband Jake's support becomes key to her world as they both share grief and lives. The case is about to get even stickier in this story of baseball involvements and close encounters with death, highly recommended for mystery fans who also love baseball.

The Travel Shelf

Chasing Arizona
Ken Lamberton
University of Arizona Press
355 South Euclid Avenue, Suite 103, Tucson, AZ 85719-6654
9780816528929 $19.95

Chasing Arizona: One Man's Yearlong Obsession with the Grand Canyon State follows the author's idea of visiting fifty-two places in fifty-two weeks, a plan which covers all the scenic and many of the manmade attractions of the state, and is suitable both as an armchair read and for destination planning. Lamberton drove his Kia Rio over bridges, through tunnels, across deserts and more. He saw the state via car and on foot, encountered many locals and tried to experience as varied a cross-section of Arizona as possible. While Chasing Arizona may feel a little frantic at times, such is the fast pace of a storyteller who succeeds in capturing the sights, sounds, and flavors of what makes the state unique. The result is a rollicking good guide, filled with Arizona facts, history, and cultural encounters and perfect for any who are more than casually interested in the 'Grand Canyon State'.

Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607

Andrea Schulte-Peevers's Berlin (9781743213926 $24.99) is the guide of choice recommended for any independent traveler who wants to organize a trip to the city, and offers a range of special features, form how to see the Berlin Wall to the other historical sites of the city. Color maps accompany detailed coverage of Berlin's culture and arts, with candid assessments of where to stay and what to eat providing the basic essentials. The meat of the guide is, however, on the many cultural opportunities Berlin offers: it's here that the guide shines. Between the numerous small maps and candid assessments of attractions, Berlin is a 'must' take-along tote for any destination traveler who plans to focus on the city's attractions. Virginia Maxwell's Istanbul (9781743214770, $21.99) is also a solid take-along guide for independent travelers looking to make the most of the city, and pairs a pull-out map with descriptions of both top sights and byways in the area. A centerfold of color photos accompanies a travel guide format that includes small maps and detailed, destination-oriented ideas on where to stay, what to eat, and more. The result is a solid planner's guide especially recommended for those heading to Istanbul.

The Nautical Shelf

The Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands, 17th edition
Nancy & Simon Scott
Cruising Guide Publications
1130 Pinehurst Road, Suite D, Dunedin, FL 34698
9780944428986 $33.95

Lay-flat binding with opposing spine lettering for both easy tabletop consultation and filing, an attention to marinas, things to do, and places to stay in the Virgin Islands, and details on watersports and diving make this 17th updated edition of the region a sailor's delight. The tips are specific and so destination-bound sailors and cruisers, whether via yacht or sailboat, will be the most likely adventurers attracted to this take-along tote, which is a 'must' for any cruiser planning a stopoff or layover in the Virgin Islands.

The Political Science Shelf

Handbook Of Public Administration
James L. Perry & Robert K. Christensen, editors
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118775554, $110.00,

Public administration is the implementation of government policy and also an academic discipline that studies this implementation and prepares civil servants for working in the public service. Public administration includes the management of public programs; the translation of politics into the reality that citizens see every day; and the study of government decision making, the analysis of the policies themselves, the various inputs that have produced them, and the inputs necessary to produce alternative policies. Compiled and co-edited by the team of James L. Perry (Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Chancellor's Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs Emeritius, Indiana university, Bloomington) and Robert K. Christensen (Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International Affairs, Arizona State University), the "Handbook Of Public Administration" is an 840 page compendium comprised of thirty-five informed and informative scholarly papers organized into seven major sections: Governing for Collective Action; Building Infrastructures for Accountability; Implementing Policy using Tools of Collective Action; Managing for Public Performance; Developing Effective Administrative Systems; Sharpening the Public Administrator's Skill Set; Professionalizing Public Administration Practice. Featuring a Foreword by Paul A. Volcker, "Handbook Of Public Administration" is an ideal textbook for college and university level Public Administration curriculums, and a core addition to academic library Governmental Studies and Political Science reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that the "Handbook Of Public Administration" is also available in a Kindle edition ($63.99).

Globalization and Culture
Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Rowman & Littlefield
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781442222557 $26.95

Globalization and Culture: Global Melange discusses issues of race which are often overlooked in wider-ranging surveys of globalization and its possibilities, offering a more complex analysis that should be considered key to any political studies course. Cultural challenges involved in blending perspectives, worldviews and political structures are too often tagged onto the end of a political survey: here, it's at the forefront, offering an argument that cultural mixing is resulting in a global melange culture and considering common arguments surrounding hybridization. The result is a 'must' for any considering political and social global issues.

The Computer Shelf

The Java Tutorial, sixth edition
Raymond Gallardo,
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780134034089 $54.99

The sixth updated edition of The Java Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics is based on the Java Platform, Standard Edition, and introduces all the new features of this program from lambda expressions and aggregate operations to building basic applets and applications. Further updates on security issues, guidelines for applications, deployment best practices, and more do more than provide suggestions: they represent material that's been thoroughly reviewed by members of Oracle Java engineering to assure accuracy, and provides a powerful survey that can be used as both a classroom text and for independent study by programmers who have some basics under their belt, but look for specific Java improvements and the latest incarnations of the program and its applications. More so than most Java tutorials, it holds the ability to reach a wide audience of programmer at various skills levels.

Learn Ruby the Hard Way, third edition
Zed A. Shaw
Addison Wesley
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321884992 $39.99

Learn Ruby the Hard Way appears in its third updated edition - and the first thing a programmer will likely wonder is why learning should be 'hard'. In fact, it shouldn't be, as this guide points out with its simple introduction to Ruby coding. This is more than an overview of Ruby basics: it creates and promotes an actual system for learning it, and nearly guarantees success. Over fifty exercises invite readers to type code (not copy and paste it), teaching by example and showing users how to fix mistakes, understand how code runs programs, and how to tell the difference between good coding and software and bad. Everything centers upon Ruby's symbols, keywords, variables, functions, and logic - but it's all related in the form of coding instructions that embed typical professional programming tricks and tips into the mix. The result is a 'must' for any who would take the time to learn Ruby by example.

The Automotive Shelf

Corvette: Seven Generations of American High Performance
Randy Leffingwell
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9780760346631 $50.00

Corvette: Seven Generations of American High Performance provides a weighty, oversized, picture-laden history of the Corvette and its seven generations and is a 'must' for any collection strong in sports car design in general and the Corvette in particular. Its story covers the original concept car and how it came to evolve into the modern top-performing Stingray, and considers not only the car's design but its participation in various racing and marketing circles, its engineers and their efforts, and the facets that made the Corvette's design stand out from any other. Gorgeous color photos on every page mark a history unparalleled and essential for any car enthusiast.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Witchcraft Works 3
Ryu Mizunagi, author and artist
Ko Ransom, translator
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor
New York, NY 10016
9781941220177 $12.95

Witchcraft Works 3 is a black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) continuing the adventure surrounding Honoka Takamiya, an ordinary young man at the center of titanic clashes of will between witches. Takamiya shares a bond with Ayaka Kagari, a beautiful, strong-willed, and supremely powerful witch, who is so exalted by their school that they selected her as their "Princess". Takamiya's connection with Kagari means that his physical and emotional closeness with her amplifies her magical power - but at what price? Beset by a rampaging Medusa, an uncomfortably forward science teacher, a little sister with a Freudian big brother complex, and more, Takamiya may have Kagari to protect him, but can he change his underachieving self into a person worthy of her protection? Not all problems can be solved with magic, in this alternately giddy, uproarious, and dramatic saga, suitable for teen and adult readers. The artwork is presented "unflipped", left-to-right as originally drawn.

Prophecy 02
Tetsuya Tsutsui, author and artist
Kumar Sivasubramanian, translator
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor
New York, NY 10016
9781941220177 $12.95

Prophecy 02 is the second black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) of a suspenseful, finely crafted series with elements of police procedural. Set in modern-day Japan, the story follows Lieutenant Yoshino, a beautiful female detective, and her efforts to corner the notorious cyber-criminal "Paperboy", known for his vigilante cyber-attacks. But what is the real motive of this anonymous hacker and computer genius? Is it truly just outrage, as he alleges while plotting a cyber-attack against an environmental group that cruelly disparaged Japanese tsunami victims? Does he secretly crave fame and self-aggrandizement on the Internet? Will his cyber-crimes inspire copycat imitators, or even murder? Lieutenant Yoshino and the Anti Cyber Crimes Division have their work cut out for them, in this serious-minded reflection upon the pitfalls of modern technology! The artwork is presented "unflipped", left-to-right as originally drawn. While Prophecy is not excessively violent, it does contain mature situations, and is not intended for children.

Exquisite Corpse
Penelope Bagieu, author and artist
Alexis Siegel, translator
First Second Books
175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781626720824 $19.99

Smoothly translated from the original French, Exquisite Corpse is an eyebrow-raising graphic novel for older teens and adults about love, scandal, and desperate craving for attention. Zoe is an ordinary young woman, who ekes out a meager living as a showroom model. She detests her job, her boyfriend is an uncouth lout, and her life seems to be without purpose. Then she stumbles upon a reclusive man who mistakes her for a journalist. He turns out to be Thomas Rocher, a wildly popular and famous author, only he's sitting on a scandal that could rock the literary world! Will Zoe's blossoming love for Thomas be requited? Who is the mysterious other woman who visits Thomas from time to time? And why does he seem so obsessed about seeing his own name in the media? Simple colors enhance the bold, thick-lined artwork, in this wry, tongue-in-cheek saga of secrets, lies, narcissism, and consequences!

Paolo Rivera
Eric Nolen-Weathington
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490601 $15.95

Paolo Rivera joins others in the 'Modern Masters' series and provides a survey of an award-winning artist who grew up in his parents' art store working with all kinds of mediums. His influence on pulp magazines and comic adventure writing provides the industry with major influences and changes, from his Guardians of the Galaxy illustrations to ongoing monthly sketches for Daredevil. As with others in the series, this survey relies heavily on interviews with Rivera to explore the artist's sentiments, influences, and contributions to the genre and thus provides a far more wide-ranging set of personal insights than a straight biographical format could offer, making this another 'must' for any graphic novel or comics history collection.

The Audiobook Shelf

Steve Lohr, author
Walter Dixon, narrator
Blackstone Audiobooks
PO Box 969, Ashland, OR 97520
9781481533799 $29.99

Data-ism: The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else is the unabridged audiobook performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Lohr's insights into how accelerated technologies are archiving more raw data about more individuals everywhere - and the enormous impact this aggregate of information has on businesses and consumers alike. Big data has both its benefits and its dark side; as the future becomes now, decision-making can be better served by facts and data analysis, but keeping one's personal information private - not to mention protected from identity theft - is increasingly difficult in a world where the largest faceless corporations have amassed torrents of knowledge about individual shopping, travel, and daily habits. As much a call to reconsider policy changes in the Information Age as it is a revelation of how technology is changing the world at every level, Data-ism is worthy of the highest recommendation for personal libraries and public library audiobook collections alike. 6 CDs, 6 1/2 hours.

The Dog Who Saved Me
Susan Wilson, author
Read by Rick Adamson, Fred Berman and Jeff Gurner
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427244048 $39.99

The Dog Who Saved Me is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of an original novel about the healing bond between human and animal. The story follows Cooper Harrison, a Boston police officer whose faithful K-9 partner is killed in the line of duty. Cooper's grief and mounting depression cost him his job and pushes him to the brink of divorce. A position as dog officer in his hometown is the only job he can find, and it means returning to neighborhood scorn and mistrust - his father earned a reputation as the town drunk, and his brother became a drug dealer. Yet when Cooper rescues a wounded, gun-shy yellow Lab gone feral, helping an animal in distress to heal gradually teaches him the importance of forgiveness. Heart-touching and quietly profound, The Dog Who Saved Me is highly recommended. 9 CDs, 11.5 hours.

Disconnected Kids
Dr. Robert Melillo, author
Read by Tom Perkins
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494504243 $39.99

Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders is an unabridged audiobook presenting the Brain Balance Program, devised by neurologist Dr. Robert Melillo, which has been documented as improving the behavioral, emotional, academic, and social quality of life for children with neurological disorders. Presenting customizable exercises, a behavior modification plan, recommendations for identifying food sensitivities, and a solid follow-up program, Disconnected Kids is an invaluable supplementary resource for parents and teachers tasked with helping neurologically disadvantaged children reach their full potential. Tables and assessments in printable PDF format are included (insert disc 1 in a computer for an automatic boot-up). Highly recommended! 10 CDs, 10.5 hours.

Bram Stoker
Read by David Horovitch, et. al.
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843798736 $89.98

Dracula is an unabridged audiobook rendition of Bram Stoker's 1897 horror masterpiece, which propelled the mythology of the blood-sucking vampire into pop culture consciousness. Superbly performed by a full cast of talented actors, Dracula brings a supernatural nightmare to vivid life. An absolute "must-have" for public library collections and devotees of vampire stories! 14 CDs, 16 hours 59 min.

The Patriot Threat: Special Writer's Cut Edition
Steve Berry, author
Read by Scott Brick
"Writer's Cut" read by Steve Berry
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427258052 $39.99

The Patriot Threat is the unabridged, audiobook performance of an exciting modern-day thriller - complete with bonus "Writer's Cut" material. The unflappable Cotton Malone returns to face a new mission - tracking down a rogue North Korean whose theft of top secret Treasury Department files could potentially wreak havoc on the United States government. What kind of havoc? Well, what if the 16th amendment to the Constitution, including the 1913 ratification of federal income tax, was never truly completed? Would a century of federal tax collection be declared unconstitutional, and illegal? Would the federal government be stripped of its assets, and unable to keep anarchy at bay? The Patriot Threat is exciting and provocative thriller, from beginning to end! 11 CDs, 14 hours.

The Liar
Nora Roberts, author
Performed by January LaVoy
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781480592889 $40.99

The Liar is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of romantic suspense novel by popular author Nora Roberts. For years, Shelly Foxworth was utterly deceived by her husband and the father of her child. Though they lived in luxury, it was a house of cards built on lies. His sudden death by drowning in the Atlantic Ocean left her in burdensome debt. She learns that he had a vasectomy without telling her, that he was an adulterer, that her wedding ring had a fake diamond, that he had multiple fake identities, one of which was the husband she thought she loved. Shelly sells off what she can and moves back to her hometown. Her grandmother supports her in her hour of need, and when she meets Yankee businessman Griffin Lott, a spark of attraction holds the promise of something more. But her old life is not completely left behind - the secrets of Shelly's ex-husband still threaten the lives of Shelly and her family! January LaVoy's excellent performance brings this story of deception, betrayal, and hope to vivid life. 13 CDs, 16 hours 41 min.

Sherrilyn Kenyon, author
Holter Graham, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427258199 $29.99

Part of the "Chronicles of Nick" dark fantasy saga, Instinct is the unabridged audiobook rendition of the latest adventure of the daring Nick Gautier. Nick struggles to temper the will of a demon within, or else its power could destroy the lives of everyone he cares for. Nick's enemies are varied and ruthless, especially the dark gods who created his race; among Nick's zombie, demon, vampire, and human friends is a traitor, who plans to trade Nick's life for personal gain. Now that Nick has come to terms with his destiny, he must stop a tyrannical takeover of the world of men! Instinct is a thrilling, action-packed adventure, brought to life by Holter Graham's superb performance. 6 CDs, 6 1/2 hours.

C. J. Box, author
David Chandler, narrator
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781470328122 $123.75

Endangered: A Joe Pickett Novel is the unabridged audiobook of a father's worst nightmare. Joe Pickett's eighteen-year-old daughter April has run off with Dallas Cates, a rodeo champion "bad boy" that Pickett dislikes. But the escapade turns horrific when April is found in a highway ditch, just barely alive, the victim of blunt force trauma. Doctors don't know if she'll survive, or fully recover her mental faculties. Cates denies harming her, claiming that she ran off from him, but Cates isn't the only suspect - his entire family exudes danger. Pickett is determined to learn who brutalized his daughter, at any price. But will the ultimate toll be Pickett's own life, another person's life, or worse? 9 CDs, 10 1/4 hours.

Bright Side
Kim Holden, author
Read by Lidia Dornet and Roger Wayne
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494510305 $44.99

Bright Side is the unabridged audiobook of the light and dark aspects of romance. Kate Sedgwick keeps a firmly optimistic attitude despite enduring tragedy and loss; her best friend Gus nicknames her "Bright Side" for her ability to see the best in people and situations. But the one thing Kate does not believe in is love... until she moves to a small Minnesota town and meets Keller Banks. Each of the two has a reason to resist their mutual attraction, a secret that will alter their lives forever if brought into the light of day. If their hidden pasts are revealed, will it lead to healing, or destruction? A dramatic and emotionally moving romance novel, superbly performed by two expert actors, Bright Side is highly recommended. 11 CDs, 13 hours.

Living the Noetic Life
Marilyn Schlitz, PhD
Sounds True Audio
413 South Arthur Avenue
Louisville, CO 80027
9781622034185 $69.95

Living the Noetic Life: Transformation and Healing at the Convergence of Science and Spiritual Practice is an audiobook and self-study course by social anthropologist and award-winning author Marilyn Schlitz, PhD. "Noetics" refers to a branch of metaphysical philosophy focused upon the study of mind and intellect. Applying noetic principles to enrich one's life is a directive to become more fully engaged, embrace empathy and creativity, foster healing modalities, and expand one's awareness, including new views of dying and death. Accessible to listeners of all faiths and backgrounds, Living the Noetic Life is transformational, encapsulating decades of wisdom amassed from the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and is an excellent addition to metaphysical instruction self-improvement shelves. 6 CDs, 6 hours 18 min.

Change Your Brain Change Your Body
Daniel G. Amen, MD
Sounds True Audio
413 South Arthur Avenue
Louisville, CO 80027
9781622034606 $69.95

Change Your Brain Change Your Body: Your Ultimate Brain-Body Makeover is a self-help guide to tapping into the hidden powers of the brain in order to improve one's daily health habits. Psychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, MD walks the listener through methods to reduce stress and anxiety, bolster willpower, counter food cravings and make exercise more enjoyable, maintain a healthy weight, strengthen one's immune system, improve memory, amplify sexual desire and performance, and much more. A guide to positive lifestyle changes that fully takes both physical and mental factors into account, Change Your Brain Change Your Body is an excellent resource for improving both the quality and the quantity of everyday life! 6 CDs, 5 hours, 26 min.

The Cavendon Women
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427252364 $39.99

The Cavendon Women is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of a dramatic novel following two families, the Inghams and the Swanns, from weekend gathering in the summer of 1926 to the horrendous economic devastation of the Wall Street crash of 1929. In 1926, family members have a hodgepodge of secrets, problems, joys, and old enemies. The Cavendon women search for a new way to cement the family bond and adapt to changing times, but will family loyalty survive the forthcoming hard times? Realistic, vivid character portrayals distinguish this memorable period piece! 11 CDs, 13 hours.

The Calhoun Women: Suzanna & Megan
Nora Roberts, author
Performed by Kate Rudd
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781501238130 $14.99

The Calhoun Women: Suzanna & Megan is the unabridged audiobook anthology of two romantic stories by bestselling author Nora Roberts. "Suzanna's Surrender" tells of single mother Suzanna who, while searching for the missing Calhoun emeralds, enlists the help of ex-cop Holt Bradford. Suzanna used to know Bradford as a "bad-boy" teen; now he is a dangerously handsome man! "Megan's Mate" follows Calhoun sister-in-law Megan O'Riley, who has settled down in the Towers to raise her young son. Megan has buried her passions and distrusts her heart, but the rugged boat captain Nate Fury has set his sights on her, and he is as charming and stubborn as she is... perhaps more! Highly recommended as a delightful listening experience for fans of the romance genre. 13 CDs, 14 hours 45 min.

Every Fifteen Minutes
Lisa Scottoline
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427252418, $39.99,

Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes makes Max a high risk patient. Max can't turn off the mental rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about Max, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a "person of interest" himself. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment. Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric's life? With flawless production values and a superb narration, "Every Fifteen Minutes" is a riveting thriller by a master of the mystery/suspense genre and highly recommended for personal and community library audio book collections.

Jessie Close with Pete Earley
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478924524 $30.00

Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness includes a .pdf file of photos, appears in an unabridged audio narrated by Jessie and Glenn Close, and offers a riveting listen as it tells of addiction, destructive relationships, and family struggles. At a young age Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would indicate she was bipolar - but she was undiagnosed until the age of fifty. Before that, her life was chaotic: from age fifteen and onward her mental illness lead he down a destructive road that included five failed marriages and suicide attempts. Her struggles to raise children under these conditions makes this a vivid story of how lives are lead and can even emerge triumphant from impossible odds.

The Buried Giant
Lazvo Ishiguro
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780739371786 $40.00

The Buried Giant appears in an unabridged audio read by David Horovitch and presents a world in which the Romans have left and Britain is in decline. Two elderly Brits decide that now is a good time to find a missing son, and they set off on a cross-country journey in a dark time, joined by a Saxon warrior, a knight, and an orphan who are all lost and driven to the road. Their adventures and what they will uncover in a ravaged country lead to a powerful saga that simply comes alive in audio, under Horovitch's smooth and dramatic voice, in a recommendation for any who enjoy sagas involving journeys, history, and survival.

The Library CD Shelf

Sun Shine Soul
Red Squirrel Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404
$12.99 CD / $9.99 download

Boston-based gypsy flamenco swing trio Ameranouche presents Sun Shine Soul, an original album incorporating traditions of jazz, American pop, and Ottoman Turkish music. Embracing celebration, hope, and tributes to beloved fellow composers, Sun Shine Soul lives up to its title as an audio treasury of joy de vivre. Highly recommended, especially for international music album collections. The tracks are "Sun Shine Soul", "For My Old Home", "For Stochelo", "Clair De Lune", "Andalusian Dreams", "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", "Miah Maull", "What Now", "Hicaz Mandira", "Til We See Each Other Again", and "Rythme Futur".

Midival Punditz
Six Degrees Records
Press Junkie PR
$9.99 CD / $9.49 MP3

New Delhi duo Guarav Raina and Tapan Raj, a.k.a. The Midival Punditz, present Light, an original album drawing upon the tremendous rich heritage of East Indian folk, including elements of Rajasthani, Punjabi, Carnatic, and Uttar Pradesh musical culture. Flute, guitar, and energetic vocals figure prominently in these briskly adventurous yet beautiful songs. Light is a sparkling gem of an album, especially recommended for international music collections. The tracks are 'Run", "Baanwarey", "Nadia", "Rushing", "Laagee", "Echoes", "Maya", "Light", and "Don't Let Go".

Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo
Jason Hamacher
Lost Origin Sound
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Released in respect of the estimated 800,000 to 1.5 million victims of the 1915 Armenian genocide planned and perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government, Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo is an album of liturgical chants treasured and sung in Aleppo, a cosmopolitan Syrian city that served as a refuge for survivors of the massacre. Today, Aleppo is caught in Syria's civil war, and its Armenian community has been scattered; the language to fthe chants (West Armenian) may die out in a generation. The chants themselves have storied history, with the oldest dating back to the 5th century. Profound and powerful, Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo is the audio embodiment of faith transcending time, place, and generations, highly recommended. The tracks are "When", "Today He Rose From the Dead", "Great and Wondrous Mystery", "We Who Are Gathered at the Renunciation", "In Heavenly Jerusalem", "Lord Have Mercy", "Praise the Lord O' Jerusalem", and "Our Father".

Bloom Road
Dan Kennedy
Privately Published
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$14.99 CD / $11.88 download

Bloom Road is an instrumental music album by skilled pianist Dan Kennedy; some tracks are original solo piano compositions, while others embrace the assistance of fellow musicians on the flute or other instruments. All the songs come alive with celebration of each soul's storied journey, and reflect on the ups and downs of everyday life. Bloom Road is a joy to experience, highly recommended. The tracks are "Moonrise" (3:58), "Prayer for Janet" (4:55), "Sweet Rain" (4:25), "Falling" (6:59), "Beautiful Day (With You)" (3:27), "Dulcimer in C Minor" (5:01), "A Moment" (3:31), "Bloom Road" (5:02), "Pop Top" (4:53), "Heaven" (3:42), "Torrent" (4:47), and "Who Loves You" (4:03).

Heart Song
Elise Lebec
Tabitha Lebec Publishing Company
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$TBA CD / $9.99 download

Heart Song is an instrumental music CD showcasing Elise Lebec's extraordinary talent on the piano, also featuring David Darling on the cello and Jeff Oster on the flugelhorn. The songs encapsulate the fluid transitions of life's journey, akin to sailing on the ocean waves. Reflective, immersive, and soul-searching, Heart Song evokes an air of mystery of and wonder. The tracks are "Silence" (3:34), "Lullaby" (3:29), "Heart Song" (4:57), "Pirates and Poets" (3:53), "It Was Always You" (5:46), "Afternoon Kisses" (3:32), "Ghost Ships" (4:00), "Moonlit Waters" (3:57), "A Break in the Clouds" (4:39), "Sacred Land" (4:49), "Following the Rain" (3:37), "Away Into the Horizon" (3:29), "Heart Song avec Cello" (4:59), and "Green Leaves" (1:42).

For You the Sun Will Shine
Sung by Shulamit
Privately Published
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

For You the Sun Will Shine: Songs of Women in the Shoa is a unique music album performance of songs composed by women who were imprisoned by the genocidal Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II. Songs by both Jewish and gentile composers are present; an inset booklet offers biographical information on the individual creators, where known. A few of these brave women survived the horrific concentration camps, but most did not - in at least once case, the song's lyrics miraculously weathered being buried and retrieved. Shulamit performs the music with haunting empathy in their original languages (including German and Czech); English translations of the lyrics are included in the booklet. A powerful, cathartic experience, and a tribute to the martyrs and survivors of unspeakable horror, For You the Sun Will Shine is worthy of the highest recommendation for public library music collections. The tracks are "The Emigrant Song", "The Song of Auschwitz", "A Little Christmas Lullaby in Ravensbruck, 1944", "A Jewish Child", "Farewell My Friend", "A Little Lullaby", "Wiegala", "I Wander Through Theresienstadt", "And the Rain Keeps Falling", "Moravia, Moravia", "A Good Day", and "Prayer for Peace".

Piano Meditations
Tron Syversen
TK Music Production
c/o The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Piano Meditations: Music for Relaxation and Wellbeing lives up to its title as an original album of beautiful piano playing, inspired by natures turn of the seasons and the spiritual work of movement therapist Boliana Thompson as well as clairvoyant medium Phil Phillips. This double album consists of two music CDs: the original version CD, consisting for four lengthy compositions, and the Radio Edit CD, which arranges the songs into shorter, discrete parts. Norwegian pianist Tron Syversen stirs the heart and soul with his contemplative music, encouraging introspection and spiritual renewal. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Ocean of Relaxation" (9:17), "A Peaceful Path to Forever" (19:36), "Golden Forest" (20:07), and "Inner Journey" (13:09) on the Original Version CD, and "Inner Journey" (13:00), "Inner Journey Second Half" (6:12), "Ocean of Relaxation" (9:24), "A Peaceful Path to Forever Part 1" (3:05), "A Peaceful Path to Forever Part 2" (6:54), "A Peaceful Path to Forever Part 3" (9:27), "Golden Forest Part 1" (7:39), "Golden Forest Part 2" (6:31), and "Golden Forest Part 3" (6:00) on the "Radio Edit" CD.

Plucky Strum
Harvie S. and Sheryl Bailey
Whaling City Sound
1310 Tucker Road No., Dartmouth, MA 02747
c/o Mixed Media (publicity)

Plucky Strum is an album showcasing acoustic bass and acoustic guitar; its names come from the basic approaches to play each instrument ("pluck" and "strum"). The original compositions draw upon elements of jazz to create unique stylings complemented by folksy, salt-of-the-earth lyrics. A creative, sprightly, and original album, sure to lift spirits and spread cheer, Plucky Strum is enthusiastically recommended. The tracks are "Woods Talk" (3:58), "Bluzin' F" (5:48), "Ghost Dancer" (6:04), "S and S" (3:43), "Broken Glass" (5:07), "To Bea" (5:40), "For Jimmy" (4:03), "Charlie Haden" (5:02), "Saint Nick" (5:22), and "Before" (4:20). 49 min. 7 sec.

Branches of the Same Tree
Rocky Dawuni
413 Carpenter Road, Charlotte, VT 05445
$12.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Performer and humanitarian activist and Rocky Dawuni presents Branches of the Same Tree, a new album in his "Afro-Roots" style that draws upon musical traditions from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Branches of the Same Tree is particularly inspired from songs that Rocky Dawuni has experienced in his travels, and the title reflects his belief that shared humanity is the key to peaceful, global coexistence. Uplifiting and beautiful, Branches of the Same Tree is highly recommended to both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are "Shine a Light" (4:00), "Rock Your Soul" (3:12), "Black Star (feat. Samini)" (4:26), "African Thriller" (4:03), "Children of Abraham" (4:40), "We Never Stop" (3:40), "The Sign" (3:26), "Butterfly" (2:43), "Nairobi" (3:21), "Get Up, Stand Up" (3:40), and "Island Girl" (2:47).

The Legacy Continues
Nathan Stanley
Privately Published
c/o Rhonda Thompson Promotions

The Legacy Continues is the re-release of an album by bluegrass musician Nathan Stanley, enhanced with the addition of two brand new songs. Soul-stirring reflection and the enduring power of love are key themes in this emotionally moving collection, evoking both heartbreak and hope. The tracks are "Are You Missing Me", "Rank Stranger (with Dr. Ralph Stanley)", "Meet Me By Moonlight", "Nobody's Love Is Like Mine", "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone (with Brad Paisley)", "Papaw I Love You", "Let Me Rest at the End of My Journey", "Where Could I Go But to the Lord (with Dr. Ralph Stanley)", "Tears of a Friend", "Love of the Mountains", "Casualty of War", "For All the Love I Had is Gone", "Stanley Melody", "Golden Years", "Rambling Letters", and "Calling My Children Home".

Kings and Queens in Dub
John Brown's Body
Easy Star Records
c/o Press Junkie PR
$12.19 CD / $8.99 MP3

Two years after the release of the wildly popular music CD "Kings and Queens" by American reggae band John Brown's Body, Kings and Queens in Dub is an inspired dub album, featuring the entire soundtrack of "Kings and Queens" remixed by an eclectic variety of well-known dub champions. An adventurous collaboration every bit as heart-throbbing catchy as the original, Kings and Queens in Dub is a "must-have" for fans of the genre! The tracks are "People in the Light Dub (by Dubfader)" (4:45), "Give Up the Ghost Dub (Jay Spaker)" (4:20), "Worldwide Dub (Dubfader)" (4:19), "Sound and Fury Dub (Dubmatix)" (5:16), "Seneca Dub (Dubfader)" (4:40), "Fracture Dub (Dubmatix)" (5:01), "Pulsing Dub (Yesking)" (5:03), "My Guiding Dub (Lord Echo)" (4:33), "Land of Plenty Dub (Ticklah)" (4:37), "Gallows Pole Dub (Dennis Bovell)" (4:17), "Sweet Undertow Dub (Michael G)" (5:44), and "Paint the Sky Dub (Nate Silas Richardson)" (5:24).

Freedom in Forgiveness
Fr. Jim Marchionda, OP
World Library Publications
3708 River Road, Suite 400
Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158

Freedom in Forgiveness: The Mystery of Mercy is a Christian CD of Father Jim Marchionda's service especially for those who are searching for the meaning of forgiveness, or struggling to find absolution, within or without. Choir music and Marchionda's gentle, caring testimony create a reverent, uplifting whole. Freedom in Forgiveness is a welcome addition to church audio library music and preaching collections. The tracks are "Now Is the Time" (1:18), "Welcome" (3:09), "Prayer" (1:21), "Preaching I 'Believing is Forgiveness'" (3:40), "Litany of Mercy" (1:23), "Isaiah 54" (1:42), "Lord, You Are Good: Psalm 86" (2:31), "Prayer" (1:04), "Preaching II 'Abundant Mercy'" (5:30), "A Confession Story" (8:28), "Alleluia / Matthew 6:7-15" (3:04), "Preaching III 'Don't Rattle On'" (9:06), "A 'Real Life' Forgiveness Story" (10:05), "Examination / As We Forgive" (4:50), "Prayer" (1:08), "Closing Remarks: 'A Pope Who Gets It'" (2:13), and "Blessing / In God I Trust" (5:10).

Jukestone Paradise
Pimps of Joytime
Write Home Records
c/o Press Junkie PR

The third studio album by Pimps of Joytime, Jukestone Paradise showcases their original blues, funk, and pop polyrhythmic stylings. An entrancing soundscape, Jukestone Paradise enhances its keen vibe with stirring vocal harmonies, and is a treat for connoisseurs of genre-fusion! The tracks are "Red Golden", "Dance Cardia" (featuring Rubblebucket), "Waiting For My Ride", "Heart is Wild", "Sky", "Cut Off", "The Jump", "Body Party", "Dank Janky", and "Freedom Dancer".

The Library DVD Shelf

World War One: The People's Story
c/o Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621723240 $39.99

World War One: The People's Story is a documentary on DVD about World War I, and the British men and women who fought, died, and suffered because of it. Archival footage is blended with re-enactments of real-life individuals who participated in the war, including performance excerpts of original letters, memoirs, and diaries of the time. An unforgettable look inside the theater of war as told in the participants' own words, World War One: The People's Story is worthy of the highest recommendation for public and college library DVD shelves. Bonus features include a 12-page viewer's guide and map, an overview of WW I, and articles on trench warfare, the suffragist movement, and WW I poets. 4 episodes on 2 DVDs, 192 min, SDH subtitles.

Divide in Concord
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1941545335 $325.00

Licensed for public performance, Divide in Concord is a documentary about a controversial law banning the sale of single-serving bottled water in the American town of Concord (there is an exception allowed for emergency needs). The law was the culmination of a three-year crusade of octogenarian Jean Hill. Supporters of the ban tout it as a stand against bottled water companies that drain local reservoirs and sell their contents back to consumers; as a means to reduce plastic waste polluting land and sea; and as an opportunity to promote reusable water containers. Opponents of the ban charge that it simply redirects consumers to drink bottled flavored waters or sodas; that it deprives consumers of their freedom of choice and local businesses of tax revenue. The controversy remains in force as Jean renews the efforts of her crusade, hoping that more communities will follow in Concord's footsteps. A close examination of both sides of the conflict, suitable for classroom education and discussion, Divide in Concord is especially recommended for high school and public library DVD shelves. 82 and 60 min. versions of Divide in Concord are both present on the same DVD.

Clean Spirit
Featuring Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb
A film by Jan Roeleven
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
New York, NY 10036

The sport of cycling has been severely marred by repeated doping scandals. Is it even possible to win by competing the "right way"? Clean Spirit: In the Heart of the Tour follows two talented cyclists, Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb; along with their teammates, they are determined to show that victory can be earned without relying on harmful and illegal drugs. Clean Spirit shows far more than just the race, filming the team in their hotel rooms, on the bus, at training rides, meals, and massage, team meetings, celebrations of victory and commiseration of defeats and crashes, and more. An extraordinary and uplifting documentary of the human drive to compete at the highest level! 88 min., English, Dutch, French, Spanish, and German language options with English subtitles.

Growing from the Roots
Barbara Olinger, M.S.W.
Progressive Parent Publishing
c/o 411 Video Information (dist.)
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Growing from the Roots: A Practical Guide to the Art of Parenting (66 min.) is a practical guide to raising a child, focusing on tools to promote positive parent-child interactions. Growing from the Roots shows how tantrums and conflicts do not necessarily have to be terrible things; that too much criticism can be harmful to a child's development; that children do not have to be made to feel bad to change their behavior. Limits are important for children, but they can be set in with unconditional love and age-appropriate expectations, the better to foster compassion and strong family bonds as well as maturity. Growing from the Roots is an invaluable resource for personal and public library DVD collections. Also highly recommended is the companion parenting DVD, "Welcoming Your Second Child" (66 min., $14.95).

Faire: An American Renaissance
J2F Productions

Available both as a DVD and via streaming on Vimeo, Faire: An American Renaissance is a documentary about the first, original Renaissance Faire, which took place in the Los Angeles area in 1963. Also explored are the rise of the renaissance re-enactment subculture, which has since spread nationally and internationally, and the possible future of this unique common interest. How can the Renaissance Faire redefine itself in today's modern world shaped by the Internet and social media? Numerous special features include delected scenes, spotlights on guilds, the experience of jousting, relationships at the Faire, the "Disappearing City" music video, and much more. As fascinating as it is educational, Faire: An American Renaissance is not closed-captioned, but its price does include a screening agreement for an audience of up to 100 people. Highly recommended! Approx. 90 min.

Green Fire
A film by Ann Dunsky, Steven Dunsky, and David Steinke
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547

Licensed for public performance, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time is a Regional Emmy Award-winning documentary about the life and accomplishments of conservationist Aldo Leopold, with particular focus on his contributions to the environmental movement. Leopold's vision of communities that tend to the needs of both the people and the land is reflected today in efforts to teach urban children about the value of ecological restoration; in the grassroots movement to consume local foods; in ranchers who cooperate with their neighbors to maintain healthy lands; in wildlife biologists' work to save endangered species; and much more. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library DVD collections. 57 min.

After Winter, Spring
A film by Judith Lit
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1941545270 $295.00

Licensed for public performance, After Winter, Spring is a documentary about a possibly disappearing way of life. In southwest France, a rural community has cultivated their region for generations - indeed, archaeological and historical evidence indicates that agriculture has been practiced in the locale for over six thousand years. Filmmaker Judith Lit, who grew up on an American family farm, lived area for ten years before she started filming a land and a people in transition. Neighbors still raise geese, shave chestnut branches for encircle wine barrels, and celebrate the harvest, but the traditional ways are disappearing. How will economic forces and a globalized food system shape the future? Thought-provoking and memorable, After Winter, Spring is highly recommended; bonus features include the original theatrical trailer and additional scenes. 74 min, French & English with English subtitles.

The Dance Goodbye
A film by Ron Steinman and Eileen Douglas
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
New York, NY 10036

The Dance Goodbye is a documentary inspired by Merrill Ashley's departure from the New York City Ballet as a lauded principle dancer. What is a dancer to do with her life when she can no longer dance? The Dance Goodbye follows Ashley as she travels around the world, teaching Balanchine dance to others, and is as much about the renewal of purpose and stage-of-life transitions as it is about the art of ballet performance. Highly recommended. 56 min.

Foyle's War, Set 8
Starring Michael Kitchen
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621723776 $49.99

Available in both Blu-ray and DVD formats, Foyle's War, Set 8 is the final season of the British detective series. Set in 1946 London, during the inception of the Cold War, Foyle's War consists of three intense mysteries. In "High Castle", a translator for the Nuremberg trials is murdered, and Foyle must follow the trail into the sphere of international oil politics and crooked Nazi businessmen. In "Trespass", a plot involving murder, espionage, and the threat of terrorism pervades a high-level Palestinian conference. And in "Elsie", an assassination attempt on Hilda Pierce mires Foyle in a web of buried secrets and rumors of a hidden traitor. A cast of talented veteran actors superbly performs this "must-have" for mystery enthusiasts! Over two hours of bonus features are present, including a featurette about the historical facts surrounding each episode, two behind-the-scenes featurettes about "Foyle's War", an interview with John Mahoney, and a photo gallery. 3 DVDs, 276 min. plus bonus, SDH subtitles, widescreen.

Advanced Toss & Batting Tee Drills
Marty Schupak and the Youth Sports Club
Youth Sports Club
9 Florence Court, Valley Cottage, New York 10989
9780983924296 $24.95

Advanced Toss & Batting Tee Drills is an instructional DVD for youth baseball coaches and parents. Marty Schupak, a baseball coach of 25 years' experience, presents a medley of drills to aid young baseball players - including inner city youth who may have a strictly limited amount of space to practice! The drills highlight fundamental hitting techniques, improving eye-hand coordination, improving reaction time, correcting balance during the swing, hip rotation awareness, and much more. An excellent, user-friendly, and invaluable youth sports resource, especially recommended for public and high school library DVD shelves! 38 min.

Great Figures of the Bible
Featuring Elie Wiesel
Yale Roe Films
c/o SISU Home Entertainment (dist.)
340 W 39th St., 6th fl., New York NY 10018
9781560866596 $24.95

Noble prize-winning author Elie Wisel presents Great Figures of the Bible: Legends and Legacies of Our Biblical Heroes, a DVD re-examining the classic stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac, Job, Moses, and David. As a master storyteller and historian, Wiesel accentuates these parables with works of art from around the world. Intended for viewers of all faiths, Great Figures of the Bible is filmed on-location in Israel, and consists of six half-hour episodes (which were previously released in a multi-DVD set). Highly recommended! 150 min., English language.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Starring Audrey Tautou
A film by Laetitia Colombani
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
New York, NY 10036

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not is a dark thriller about psychotic obsession masquerading as love, using shifting perspectives of questionable veracity to weave its story. Art student Angelique is unshakeably, madly in love with Loic, a married cardiologist whose wife is expecting her first child. Even though her increasing displays of affection fail to separate the couple, her fixation only grows. Halfway through the film, the point of view shifts from Angelique to Loic, revealing a new side to this gripping, almost horrific black comedy. 96 min., French with English subtitles.

Going on Vocation
Vision Video
P.O. Box 540
Worcester, PA 19490

Going on Vocation: Exploring Work As It Was Meant To Be is a two-part documentary exploring the difficulties of working life, from a Christian perspective. Grounded in scripture, Going on Vocation invites the viewer to rethink their career and vocation, including ways to incorporate Christ and his teachings to heart every day on the job. Insightful and revitalizing, Going on Vocation can be incorporated into four or eight study sessions; two PDF study guides are included on the DVD. Two 52-minute programs; English subtitles.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Psoas Strength and Flexibility
Pamela Ellgen, CPT
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612434322, $15.95,

The psoas major is a long fusiform muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the lesser pelvis. It joins the iliacus muscle to form the iliopsoas. The psoas minor is a long, slender skeletal muscle which, when present, is located anterior to the psoas major muscle. "Psoas Strength and Flexibility: Core Workouts to Increase Mobility, Reduce Injuries and End Back Pain" by certified physical therapist Pamela Ellgen is a profusely illustrated, 144 page, do-it-yourself instruction manual that includes fifty step-by-step exercises that can be done at home to increase physical mobility, reduce (and even end) back pain, and help heal injuries suffered by the psoas major and/or psoas minor muscle system. Practical, effective, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "Psoas Strength and Flexibility: Core Workouts to Increase Mobility, Reduce Injuries and End Back Pain" is highly recommended for community library Health/Medicine instructional reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Psoas Strength and Flexibility: Core Workouts to Increase Mobility, Reduce Injuries and End Back Pain" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Raising Self-Esteem in Adults
Susan I. Buchalter
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849059664 $29.95

Raising Self-Esteem in Adults: An Eclectic Approach with Art Therapy, CBT and DBT Based Techniques packs in hundreds of techniques to help clients build self-awareness, and covers both established methods and new ideas for art therapists and those using art therapy techniques in their work. Unlike most approaches to therapy and creative art, this embraces a range of patients suffering from a range of disorders and focuses on how the exercises and techniques can help an adult improve their self esteem. Chapters of these exercises include materials lists, procedures and discussion suggestions and are specific in their approaches, making for a guide especially recommended for any therapist working with adults who wants a wider-ranging art therapy discussion than most can offer.

Denis Hayes & Gail Boyer Hayes
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393239942 $27.95

Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America's Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment comes from two environmentalists who consider the history and politics behind cows, diaries, and beef, and goes beyond research as they visit farmers and ranchers across the nation who are choosing more profitable sustainable methods over large-scale, inhumane productions. It's a blend of health, social issues and travelogue and reinforces the different methods of raising cows and processing beef and dairy, and it considers environmental, health and ethical impacts alike in a guide packed with history and observation. It's the inclusion of the sections on profitable business management combining more humane approaches with a better bottom line that makes Cowed an exceptional work, recommended for health, environmental and social issues holdings alike, and it promises to reach well beyond these audiences into general-interest readers.

The Food Babe Way
Vani Hari
Little, Brown & Company
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780316376564 $27.00

The Food Babe Way focuses on hidden toxins in food and how to lose weight by identifying and avoiding them, and is a recommendation for any who would understand the ongoing link between food choices and health. The author's mission in life is to live an organic, healthy lifestyle and to identify over processed, contaminated foods in the process of creating a better diet. In the pursuit of this goal, she reveals many startling facts - such as typical fast food French fries contain a chemical used in Silly putty, or that fruit sprayed with pesticides could be triggering one's body to store fat. So even when you think you're eating healthy by imbibing fruit and vegetables, the message here is that eaters must not only choose better products, but know what goes into those they do pick. From understanding 'super foods' that jump start metabolism and don't add fats to the body to detox programs, The Food Babe Way is packed with keys to understanding food's link to overall health, and ways in which these connections can go awry.

Body of Truth
Harriet Brown
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780738217697 $25.99

Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight - and What We Can Do About It considers the myth of the obesity epidemic and explains how the rationale behind it involves locating 'weight scapegoats' in one's diet and then targeting them for elimination. Chapters provide historical insights on definitions of fat and obesity, consider the health and social issues revolving around weight, and examine the realities behind popular myths about weight and health connection. The result is more than a health guide: it's an important consideration for any social issues shelf and blends science, history and health in an examination of changing precedents for body image.

Less Medicine More Health
Dr. H. Gilbert Welch
Beacon Press
24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
9780807071649 $24.95

Less Medicine More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care moves far beyond medical books that caution about treatments, into the arena of what drives medical treatments and how to watch for the early warning signs that medical care may be getting out of hand. While some struggle with too little treatment, too many people are being tested and exposed to harmful testing side-effects for diseases they don't have or treatments they can't benefit from. Dr. H. Gilbert Welch questions the strong connections between maintaining wellness and seeking medical care, and tackles common assumptions that encourage overuse and inappropriate solutions to non-existent problems. The result is a powerful survey that asks important questions of patients and doctors alike, making for solid food for thought on the entire process.

The Social Issues Shelf

Data and Goliath
Bruce Schneier
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393244816 $27.95

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World provides a powerful survey that outlines how personal identity and behavior patterns are monitored via computer and popular programs. From Google's ability to store search parameters and Facebook's hold on all photos and stories 'liked' or clicked on to how data is gathered from cell phones, this pairs data-gathering practices with political and philosophical arguments surrounding public privacy and security issues, making for an exploration which covers all kinds of data gathering implications and techniques. Any concerned about privacy and information need to look at this.

Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerey, Editors
The Feminist Press
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9781558618701 $18.95

Slut: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence offers a guidebook for any who would work with teens and young adults as they navigate sex and scapegoating that targets females and evokes abusive power plays, and provides a powerful account of how violence against women evolves. Stories of assault in the queer community, conflicts between men and women of color, how rape culture is prevalent and hammered into consciousness, and how the sexuality of young people is assaulted and defined, this is a candid, wide-ranging and hard-hitting analysis highly recommended for any concerned about how sexual violence propagates in American society.

The Terrorism Studies Shelf

ISIS Exposed
Erick Stakelbeck
Regnery Publishing, Inc.
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9781621573777 $29.99

ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery, and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam provides a powerful history of ISIS, where it came from, and why it's campaigning revolution, using beheadings as a tactic. Governments and media seem surprised by ISIS, and its real motives and operations appear shrouded in mystery. This book goes beyond a history to probe why the Islamic State appeals to Western youth, how it differs from Al-Qaeda, and how ISIS terrorists have been conducting kidnappings and beheadings even on American soil. It comes from the authority and research of an investigative reporter on terrorism and national security issues, as well as a news show host, and it provides a powerful strategy for understanding and defeating the Islamic State. The result is a recommendation for any collection strong in modern terrorist history and culture.

The Business Shelf

Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies
Jan Zimmerman & Deborah Ng
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118951354, $29.99,

Social media are computer-mediated tools that allow people to create, share or exchange information, ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks. Furthermore, social media depends on mobile and web-based technologies to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals and communities share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content. They introduce substantial and pervasive changes to communication between businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals. Social media are different from traditional or industrial media in many ways, including quality, reach, frequency, usability, immediacy, and permanence. Social media operates in a dialogic transmission system, (many sources to many receivers). This is in contrast to traditional media that operates under a monologic transmission model (one source to many receivers). The collaborative work of Jan Zimmerman (owner of Watermelon Mountain Web Marketing) and Deborah Ng (Professional Blogger, freelance writer, community manager, and social media enthusiast), "Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies" is a 840 page instructional manual on how to utilize and exploit social media for all manner of campaigns be they for business, social issues, politics, or personal advancement. Informative, practical, and thoroughly 'user friendly' throughout, "Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies" is strongly recommended for personal, professional, corporate, community, and academic library Business Marketing reference collections and Social Media Studies supplemental reading lists. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies" is also available in a Kindle edition ($16.49).

Agile Project Management with Kanban
Eric Brechner
Microsoft Press
c/o O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N., Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811
9780735698956, $29.99,

Kanban is a scheduling system for lean and just-in-time (JIT) production. Kanban is a system to control the logistical chain from a production point of view, and is not an inventory control system. Kanban was developed by Taiichi Ohno, at Toyota, as a system to improve and maintain a high level of production. Kanban is one method to achieve JIT. Kanban became an effective tool to support running a production system as a whole, and an excellent way to promote improvement. Problem areas are highlighted by reducing the number of kanban in circulation. One of the main benefits of kanban is to establish an upper limit to the work in progress inventory, avoiding overloading of the manufacturing system. "Agile Project Management with Kanban" by Eric Brechner (development manager for the Xbox Engineering Fundamentals team) is a 160 page instruction manual that enable corporate managers and software developers to start delivering continuous value with their current teams and projects; master five quick steps for completing work backlogs; plan and staff new projects more efficiently minimize work in progress and quickly adjust to change; eliminate artificial meetings and prolonged stabilization; improve and enhance customer engagement; visualize workflow and fix revealed bottlenecks; drive quality 'upstream'; integrate Kanban into large projects; optimize sustained engineering; and expand Kanban beyond software development. Thoroughly 'user friendly' from beginning to end, "Agile Project Management with Kanban" will prove to be an invaluable addition to professional, corporate, and academic library reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Agile Project Management with Kanban" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.39).

Ignite Calm
Debra J. Snyder, PhD
NorLights Press
762 State Road 458, Bedford, IN 47421
9780990686224 $15.95

Ignite Calm: Achieving Bliss in Your Work offers something different to new age readers and self-help or business thinkers; the opportunity to apply some of the basic tenants of mindful thinking to the business world. It's for any who want a set of lessons, exercises and techniques that specifically apply to the work environment, and it promotes identifying and breaking negative habits and uncovering new ways of igniting calm in life. The focus on professional lives, purposes, and common struggles specific to the work environment make for a survey specific and useful to businesspeople who are already on a path of self-improvement and enlightenment.

The Self-Help Shelf

Refine! Don't Retire
Ken Blanchard & Morton Shaevitz
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland CA, 94612
9781626563339 $22.95

Refine! Don't Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life invites readers to make their lives more meaningful than ever before, even while aging, and invites people to see their later years as a time for exiting new opportunities. It's not a time for withdrawing; it's a time for embracing the world - and these chapters tell of Larry and Janice Sparks, who use each day as an opportunity to locate and embrace new experiences. From building relationships to mental stimulation, chapters use these stories to demonstrate how attitude can not only make a difference, but can transform lives.

The Interior Design Shelf

Ai Weiwei Architecture
Caroline Klein, Editor
Scheidweilerstr. 69, Germany
9783942597012 $35.00

Ai Weiwei Architecture offers a monograph of the artist's designs, influenced by the culture and structures of Asia, and is a recommendation for collections strong in Asian architectural traditions. It documents the extent of his works, creates a series of visual displays and insights that place Weiwei in cultural and artistic perspective, and will especially appeal to prior fans of his work who have not had an opportunity to view all his creations under one cover. Like America's Frank Lloyd Wright, his works reflect a sense of place while offering an artistic difference, making them unique and appealing for any with an architectural background and an interest in extraordinary, unusual works.

The Science Shelf

Navigating Metabolism
Navdeep S. Chandel
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
500 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury NY 11797-2924
9781621821298, $49.00,

Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. These enzyme-catalyzed reactions allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The word metabolism can also refer to all chemical reactions that occur in living organisms, including digestion and the transport of substances into and between different cells, in which case the set of reactions within the cells is called intermediary metabolism or intermediate metabolism. Metabolism is usually divided into two categories. Catabolism, that breaks down organic matter and harvests energy by way of cellular respiration, and Anabolism that uses energy to construct components of cells such as proteins and nucleic acids. "Navigating Metabolism" by academician and medical researcher Navdeep S. Chandel (Department of Medicine and Cell Biology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University) is a 248 page textbook that provides a conceptual framework for navigating the metabolic pathways involved with about disease, physiology, cell signaling, aging, immunity, and gene expression. Enhanced with copious illustrations that clearly represent metabolic reactions, making them accessible and relating them to the ways in which cells respond to stimuli to produce specific biological effects, "Navigating Metabolism" is an ideal textbook for college and university level curriculums. A critically important addition to academic library collections, it should be noted that "Navigating Metabolism" is also available in a hardcover edition (9781621820406, $79.00).

Basic Electronics: Theory and Practice
Sean Westcott & Jean Riescher Westcott
Mercury Learning
c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781937585419, $49.95,

Electronics is the science of how to control the electric energy, energy in which the electrons have a fundamental role. Electronics deals with electrical circuits that involve active electrical components such as vacuum tubes, transistors, diodes and integrated circuits, and associated passive electrical components and interconnection technologies. Commonly, electronic devices contain circuitry consisting primarily or exclusively of active semiconductors supplemented with passive elements; such a circuit is described as an electronic circuit. Designed for both the student and hobbyist, "Basic Electronics: Theory and Practice" is a 350 page introduction to the theory and practice of electronics including advances in microcontrollers, sensors, and wireless communication. Each chapter contains a brief lab to demonstrate the topic covered then moves on to the final part which combines the knowledge mastered by building a programmable robot (Arduino and Netduino). The companion disc includes videos of the labs, soldering skills, and code samples for programming of the robot. Covering both the theory and its practical application, this text leads the reader through the basic science concepts underlying electronics, building basic circuits, learning the roles of the components, the application of digital theory, and the possibilities for innovation by combining sensors, motors, and microcontrollers. "Basic Electronics: Theory and Practice" is enhanced with the inclusion of appendices on mathematics for electronics, a time line of electronics innovation, careers in electronics, and a glossary. An excellent textbook choice for a basic electronics curriculum, "Basic Electronics: Theory and Practice" is strongly recommended for high school, technical college, and university instructional reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Basic Electronics: Theory and Practice" is also available in a Kindle edition ($29.95).

Introducing Sedimentology
Stuart Jones
Dunedin Academic Press Ltd.
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781780460178, $29.50,

Sedimentology encompasses the study of modern sediments such as sand, mud, silt, and clay, as well as the processes that result in their deposition. Sedimentologists apply their understanding of modern processes to interpret geologic history through observations of sedimentary rocks and sedimentary structures. Sedimentary rocks cover most of the Earth's surface, record much of the Earth's history, and harbor the fossil record. Sedimentology is closely linked to stratigraphy, the study of the physical and temporal relationships between rock layers or strata. The premise that the processes affecting the earth today are the same as in the past is the basis for determining how sedimentary features in the rock record were formed. By comparing similar features today to features in the rock record -- for example, by comparing modern sand dunes to dunes preserved in ancient aeolian sandstones geologists can reconstruct past environments. "Introducing Sedimentology" by Stuart Jones (Senior Lecturer in Sedimentology, Durham University, England) is a beautifully and profusely illustrated ninety-six page presentation specifically designed to explain what sedimentology is and how it is applied as a branch of the geological sciences. Very highly recommended for school and community library collections. Ideal for the non-specialist general reader, it should be noted that "Introducing Sedimentology" is also available in a Kindle edition ($28.02).

Island on Fire
Alexandra Witze & Jeff Kanipe
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781605986746 $26.95

Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World tells of the Iceland volcano Laki, which erupted in 1783 and covered the region in a poisonous fog and caused deaths of people as far away as the Nile. Surprisingly, there's been no other book out about the volcano before: this history covers its eruption, how it changed human history, and discusses the presence and possibilities of other 'super volcanoes' around the world. Were it just a story of one volcano, that would be engrossing enough: by including assessments and natural histories of others, this wide-ranging book holds the potential to appeal to a wide audience.

Collector's Guide to the Zeolite Group
Robert J. Lauf
Schiffer Publishing
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764346750 $19.99

Collector's Guide to the Zeolite Group might have been intended to reach mineral collectors, but it's also recommended here so that it reaches any with an interest in geology. The zeolite group is large and important to industry, and features crystals that are complex and important. Diagrams cover their structural features while the chemistry and taxonomy of the entire group is explored, along with discussions of the kinds of environments where zeolites are formed. Color photos pack the presentation, making this an important acquisition for collectors and rock and mineral enthusiasts alike!

The Orbital Perspective
Astronaut Ron Garan
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland CA, 94612
9781626562462 $27.95

The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles comes from an astronaut who lived on the International Space Station, and captures his experiences from space walks and Earth observations to how he worked alongside the Russians. The insights he gained from his experience reach beyond scientific circles and hold implications for business and social groups alike, exploring how he came to work with a diverse group in a small environment and how his development of an 'orbital perspective' can be applied to many scenarios here on Earth. While it's a pick for business and social issues collections alike, The Orbital Perspective is featured here because no science holding will want to miss this 'bigger picture' perspective from a scientist who reveals what it was like to live and work on the International Space Station.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

The Complete Book Of Hummingbirds
Tony Tilford
Thunder Bay Press
c/o Baker & Taylor Publishing Group
10350 Barnes Canyon Rd, Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92121
9781592239672, $19.95,

Hummingbirds are New World birds that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5 - 13 cm (3 - 5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm bee hummingbird, weighing less than a U.S. penny. They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, typically around 50 times per second, allowing them also to fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph), backwards. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal. To conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate. "The Complete Book of Hummingbirds" by ornithologist and photographer Tony Tilford is a beautifully and profusely illustrated 192 page compendium organized into three major sections that include an Introduction (including their evolution, biology, plumage, feeding, behavior, breeding, distribution, migration, relationships to human, and more); A Gallery of Hummingbirds (comprised of full color photographs and a concise descriptions); and Reference (featuring a checklist of hummingbirds of the world; humming bird hotspots; useful web sites, a bibliography, and a glossary). Comprehensive, informed and informative, "The Complete Book of Hummingbirds" is very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library reference collections.

The Spotted Hyena
Hans Kruuk
Echo Point Books & Media, LLC
Brattleboro Business Park
22 Browne Court, Unit 100, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
9781626549050 $21.95

The Spotted Hyena: A Study of Predation and Social Behavior provides a solid study recommended for college-level collections strong in African animals, and refutes the common notion of the spotted hyena as a scavenger. The behavior and ecology of these predators are analyzed with the author's personal research revealing, for the first time, that hyenas blend sophisticated hunting patterns with a living environment that can include communities of up to 80 animals. There are plenty of books about spotted hyenas which are largely light overviews; this science book includes charts, black and white photos, and yet cultivates a lively tone to make it accessible to any science buff - not just college-level readers of natural history studies. The result is an in-depth, comprehensive pick recommended for any fan of the spotted hyena.

The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures
William DeBuys
Little, Brown & Company
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780316232869 $27.00

The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures bears no relationship to the Peter Beagle fantasy of decades ago, but charts the author's quest to understand a new living species discovered in 1992 in a remote mountain range: the saola. A live saola had never been seen by a Westerner in the wild when nature writer deBuys and conservation biologist William Robichaud teamed up to search for it in central Laos. Their trek is a blend of science and adventure odyssey and chronicles a journey into one of the world's last remote places in search of a rare species with long horns. This vivid, engrossing story is a 'must' for any interested in natural history in general and adventure research in particular.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Special Needs and Legal Entitlement
Melinda Nettleton and John Friel
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849055956 $35.00

Special Needs and Legal Entitlement: The Essential Guide to Getting Out of the Maze offers a guide to the legal rights of children and young people who have special educational needs, and considers all the latest legal processes and issues. It covers the new Education, Health and Care Plans which have replaced the Statements of Special Educational Needs, describes how annual reviews and amendments work, and considers over twenty of the common problems involved in special needs applications and scenarios. The result is a pick for parents or any who are working with special educational needs, who seek to understand the latest legislation.

The Genealogy Shelf

How to Do Everything: Genealogy, fourth edition
George G. Morgan
McGraw-Hill Education
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 45th Floor, New York, NY 10020
9780071845922 $25.00

The fourth updated edition of How to Do Everything: Genealogy teaches the basics of how to use online research to supplement traditional offline research approaches to family trees, and covers work with DNA records, social media, and more as well as global websites and resources. From how to work with all kinds of research databases and options to locating vital records anywhere in the world, tracking down military or property records, and accessing libraries online, this is packed with discussions of all the major genealogical record types and how to access them. Any looking for research family origins will find this a powerful survey packed with ideas for quicker, better research.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Women, Food, and Desire
Alexandra Jamieson
Gallery Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781476765044 $26.00

It's hard to easily categorize Women, Food, and Desire: Embrace Your Cravings, Make Peace with Food, Reclaim Your Body. It's obvious that health-oriented readers will want to consider its message; but then again, food aficionados will want to learn about the specific connections between women and food. The author is a transformational health expert who overcame her own food addictions and habits and came to understand how to listen to her cravings for underlying messages, so new age readers will appreciate her journeys, while women who want insights into the historic connections between females and food will find many social issues discussed in the course of reviewing health concerns and transformational routines. The result is a recommendation for a wide audience; and is thus suggested reading for general-interest collections, as well.

The Philosophy Shelf

Steve Jobs and Philosophy
Shawn E. Klein, editor
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812698893, $19.95,

Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic and design-driven pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields, and engaged in transforming one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies. Jobs served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar. Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC's mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa and a year later, the Macintosh. He played a role in introducing the LaserWriter, the first laser printer to feature vector graphics that started desktop publishing to the market. Compiled and edited by Shawn E. Klein, "Steve Jobs and Philosophy" is a 288 page compendium comprised of seventeen original essays focusing on the contribution that Jobs was responsible for. These informative essays are deftly organized into four major sections: The Crazy One; The Troublemaker; The Rebel; and The Misfit. Enhanced with the inclusion of a fourteen page list of Insanely Great Inspiration; a ten page list of References; a six page roster of The A Players; and a forty-eight page Index, "Steve Jobs and Philosophy" is a extraordinary and highly recommended addition to community and academic library Philosophy and Popular Culture reference collections in general, and supplemental studies reading lists of the life and accomplishments of Steve Jobs in particular. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Steve Jobs and Philosophy" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Novel Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion
Romesh Gunesekera & A. L. Kennedy
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781780937106, $24.95,

A collaboration between Romesh Gunesekera (whose first novel "Reef" was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize and is the author of six novels including "The Sandglass" which won the inaugural BBC Asia Award" and "Heaven's Edge" which was cited as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) and A L Kennedy (Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick, UK, and whose novels include Everything You Need (1999), The Blue Book (2011) and Day (2007) which won the Costa and Saltire Book of the Year), "Novel Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion" is a 240 page compendium that is packed from cover to cover with practical tips for aspiring novelists on how to write and publish their novels. Deftly organized and presented in three major sections the provides an introduction to the forms and history of the novel and helps you plan and research your masterpiece, develop characters and compelling narratives and your own authorial voice; contains guest contributions from Philip Pullman, Louise Doughty, Glenn Patterson, Jeanette Winterson, Jonathan Franzen, Stevie Davies, Doris Lessing, Tash Aw, Elif Shafak, Anne Enright, Tim Pears, Anita Desai, Tim Lott, Amit Chaudhuri, Andrea Levy, Alan Hollinghurst, Bernardo Atxaga, Hanan Al-Shaykh, MichŠle Roberts, Joan Brady, Lynn Freed, Evelyn Toynton as well as a number of the 2013 list of the Best of Young British Novelists including Kamila Shamsie, Tamima Anam, Naomi Alderman, Ned Beauman, Jenni Fagan and Joanna Kavenna; and offers practical advice on collaborative writing, overcoming writer's block, editing and rewriting and finding an agent and a publisher for your work, "Novel Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion" will prove an invaluable instructional reference and guide for the beginner, and has a great deal of value for even the more experienced author. Very highly recommended for community and academic library Writing/Publishing reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Novel Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

The Synopsis Treasury
Christopher Sirmons Haviland, editor
WordFire Press
PO Box 1840, Monument, CO 80132
9781614752851 $19.99 pbk. / $6.99 ebook

Part of "The Million Dollar Writing" series, The Synopsis Treasury is a unique resource for aspiring professional writers; it's an anthology of actual novel proposals, submitted by award-winning and bestselling authors including H.G. Wells, Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, Kevin J. Anderson, Andre Norton, and many more. Writing students and prospective authors benefit from studying how synopses should be made and submitted, but The Synopsis Treasury goes a step further to show valuable examples of how to effectively condense one's ideas when soliciting a publisher's interest. Of particular interest is the context of publisher responses - even the most successful writers have been asked to rethink, rewrite, and resubmit their proposals. Accessible and enlightening, The Synopsis Treasury is a "must-have" for any would-be writer trying to break into the business!

2015 Guide to Literary Agents
Chuck Sambuchino
Writer's Digest Books
c/o F+W Media
10151 Carver Road, Suite 200, Blue Ash, OH 45242
9781599638430, $29.99,

A literary agent (often synonymous with "publishing agent") is an agent who represents writers and their written works to publishers, theatrical producers, film producers and film studios, and assists in the sale and deal negotiation of the same. Literary agents most often represent novelists, screenwriters and non-fiction writers. They are paid a fixed percentage (usually twenty percent on foreign sales and ten to fifteen percent for domestic sales) of the proceeds of sales they negotiate on behalf of their clients. Often the only way an aspiring new author can hope to be published by a major publishing company is through the auspices of an effective literary agent. Now in its 24th annual edition, The Writer's Digest Books' "2015 Guide to Literary Agents: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published" is a thoroughly vetted and updated listing of literary agents enhanced with a number of critically important and informative articles on query letters, synopsis writing, voice and craft, platform and blogging, nonfiction book proposals; as well as debut author success stories and the profiles of new literary agents who are actively building their client lists. Of special note is the article '10 Reasons Agents Reject Your Manuscript' which alone is worth the price of this outstanding resource and guide for novice writers. Very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "2015 Guide to Literary Agents: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.99).

Elderwriters: Celebrate Your Life!
Sue Barocas
4900 LaCross Rd.
North Charleston, SC 29406
9781484825648, $14.99, 178pp,

Treasured family stories, fond memories, and personal wisdom are often lost to future generations because we do not routinely compile a written legacy in the form of what author Sue Barocas terms as a 'Personal Legacy Document' (PLD). You don't have to be an experienced writer to create a rich trove of short pieces that reflect your thoughts and feelings about what life has meant to you. "Elderwriters: Celebrate Your Life!" explores a wide range of aspects ranging from anecdotes, epiphanies, paragraphs and poems, to lessons learned, one-liners, lists, essays, letters, and more. These are the means to help you collect your thoughts and celebrate your life. There is nothing in the approach that requires or anticipates writing skills beyond those learned in high school. A guide for creating your own personal legacy document, "Elderwriters: Celebrate Your Life!" is comprised of sequenced chapters designed to take you from the beginning stages of personal legacy writing through the printing and preserving of your document. If you follow the prompts and complete the exercises, by the end of Chapter 13 you will have your own PLD to give to friends and family. Personal legacy writing should be part of everyone's later years and "Elderwriters: Celebrate Your Life!" makes it easy. Also available in a Kindle edition ($6.99), "Elderwriters: Celebrate Your Life!" is extraordinarily 'user friendly' and a highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.

The Accidental Indexer
Nan Badgett
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573875141, $39.50,

An index is an indirect shortcut derived from and pointing into, a greater volume of values, data, information or knowledge. In publishing, it is a detailed list, usually arranged alphabetically, of the specific information in a publication. In "The Accidental Indexer", author Nan Badgett draws upon her many years of experience and expertise in providing indexing services to publishers, authors, and corporate clients to create a definitive and comprehensive 240 page instructional guide to the indexing profession. "The Accidental Indexer" offers an informed and informative overview of the field, describes a range of specialties, insights from professional indexers, and a wealth of savvy advice on starting and running a freelance indexing business. From practical strategies for staying on deadline, to maintaining work life balance, to collaborating and subcontracting, to creating new work opportunities, "The Accidental Indexer" will prove to be an invaluable and enduringly useful reference. "The Accidental Indexer" includes other resources, including useful forms and checklists-on such topics as training and professional development, promoting professional indexing services, managing multiple projects, contracting with clients, and ensuring index quality. "The Accidental Indexer" should be considered mandatory reading for anyone aspiring to indexing professionally and would well serve to inform authors and publishers as to the value and processes involved with the creating of indexes for their books. "The Accidental Indexer is very strongly recommended for personal, professional, community and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Future of Television
Pamela Douglas
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615932146, $22.95, 200pp,

"The Future of Television: Your Guide to Creating TV in the New World", by Pamela Douglas (award winning screenwriter and a tenured professor in the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California), beings with an informative introductions 'Imagining Television' and 'What is Television?', then goes on to explore such facets of the television history, business, issues, concerns, and advancing technologies as: Today's Indie TV; Net Neutrality; How Network Shows Work; Running Your Own Show; What Can Networks Do?; Basic Cable Channels; Netflix, Hulu; Direct TV; Yahoo, Amazon; Kickstarter; the role of Executive Producers; Transmedia; Interactive Media; and so much more. Enhanced with the inclusion of a list of resources and a bibliography of recommended readings, "The Future of Television: Your Guide to Creating TV in the New World" is highly recommended, especially for professional, community and academic library Media Studies reference collections. Also commended to the attention of non-specialist general readers with an interest in television as a creative factor for popular culture, it should be noted that "The Future of Television: Your Guide to Creating TV in the New World" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

The Tennessee Theatre
Jack Neely
The University of Tennessee Press
110 Conference Center UT, Knoxville, TN 37996
9780692320013, $59.95,

The Tennessee Theatre is a 1920s-era movie palace, located within the Burwell Building in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, at 604 South Gay Street. The Burwell Building was built in 1907. Measuring in at 166 feet (51 m) in height, it was Knoxville's tallest building until 1912. The Tennessee Theater occupies an annex to the building that was added in 1928.[1] In the 1790s, the lot now occupied by the Burwell Building was home to a two-story log structure where the classes of Blount College (the forerunner of the University of Tennessee) were first held. The theatre first opened on October 1, 1928, and with nearly 2,000 seats in the auditorium, was billed as "Knoxville's Grand Entertainment Palace". Its interior was designed by Chicago architects Graven & Mayger in the Spanish-Moorish style, although the design incorporates elements from all parts of the world: Czechoslovakian crystals in the French-style chandeliers, Italian terrazzo flooring in the Grand Lobby, and Oriental influences in the carpet and drapery patterns. The theatre was one of the first public buildings in Knoxville to have air conditioning. It also featured a beautiful Wurlitzer Organ. During its heyday, the theatre played host to a few world movie premieres, including So This is Love (1953), and the adaptation of James Agee's All the Way Home (1963). After a refurbishment in 1966, the theatre's seating capacity was reduced to 1,545. The theatre changed owners several times over its life, and eventually closed for the first time in 1977. Thereafter it was open and closed intermittently for the remainder of the late 1970s. It was purchased by local radio company Dick Broadcasting in 1981, who started a renovation effort to prepare it for the 1982 World's Fair. On April 1, 1982, the theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Portions of the 1999 film October Sky were filmed in and around Knoxville, and the facade of the theatre can be seen during a scene in which the main characters go to the movies. More recently, the theatre was the home for the Appalachian Ballet, the Knoxville Opera, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. "The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace" is a profusely and beautifully illustrated, 211 page compendium showcasing the theatrical, cinematic, and music history of a Knoxville monument to the arts. With its informed and informative text, ""The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace" would well serve as a template for pictorial and substantive histories of similar cultural icons in other cities across the country. Very highly recommended and entertaining.

The Anime Encyclopedia, third edition
Jonathan Clements & Helen McCarthy
Stone Bridge Press
PO Box 8208, Berkeley, CA 94707
9781611720181, $120.00,

Anime is a term used to refer to Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. The earliest commercial Japanese animation dates to 1917, and production of anime works in Japan has since continued to increase steadily. The characteristic anime art style emerged in the 1960s with the works of Osamu Tezuka and spread internationally in the late twentieth century, developing a large domestic and international audience. Anime is distributed theatrically, by television broadcasts, directly to home media, and over the internet and is classified into numerous genres targeting diverse broad and niche audiences. Anime is a diverse art form with distinctive production methods and techniques that have been adapted over time in response to emergent technologies. The production of anime focuses less on the animation of movement and more on the realism of settings as well as the use of camera effects, including panning, zooming and angle shots. Diverse art styles are used and character proportions and features can be quite varied, including characteristically large emotive or realistically sized eyes. Now in a completely updated, revised and expanded third edition, "The Anime Encyclopedia: A Century of Japanese Animation" compiled with commentary by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy is a 1160 page compendium that is the most comprehensive and detailed reference for anime productions available to date. Each anime production is provided with production credits (directors, designers, writers, animators, composers, studios), titles in both Japanese and English, parental content advisories, and are fully cross-referenced. Very highly recommended for community and academic library reference collections, it should be noted for anime fans and collectors that this newest edition of "The Anime Encyclopedia: A Century of Japanese Animation" is also available in a Kindle format ($13.99).

The Money/Finance Shelf

Private Equity Accounting, Investor Reporting, And Beyond
Mariya Stefanova
FT Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780133593112, $229.99,

In finance, private equity is an asset class consisting of equity securities and debt in operating companies that are not publicly traded on a stock exchange. A private equity investment will generally be made by a private equity firm, a venture capital firm or an angel investor. Each of these categories of investor has its own set of goals, preferences and investment strategies; however, all provide working capital to a target company to nurture expansion, new-product development, or restructuring of the company's operations, management, or ownership. An investor is a person who allocates capital with the expectation of a future financial return. Business reporting or enterprise reporting is the public reporting of operating and financial data by a business enterprise or the regular provision of information to decision-makers within an organization to support them in their work. Reporting is a fundamental part of the larger movement towards improved business intelligence and knowledge management. "Private Equity Accounting, Investor Reporting, and Beyond" by Mariya Stefanova (a founding partner of Private Equity Accounting Insights (PEAI), a private equity training and consultancy firm, providing specialist training and technical advice to GPs, LPs, and fund administrators) is enhanced with the inclusion of professional contributions from a team of fiscal experts drawn from the ranks of PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, Duff & Phelps, and TopQ. A seminal work of impressive detail, organization, and presentation, "Private Equity Accounting, Investor Reporting, And Beyond" should be considered a mandatory study by fiscal investment managers and investors alike. Very highly recommended for corporate, governmental, and academic library Finance & Economics reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Private Equity Accounting, Investor Reporting, And Beyond" is also available in a Kindle edition ($182.00).

Beat The Crowd
Ken Fisher
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
Victor Gulotta Communications
9781118973059, $29.95, 320pp,

In finance, a contrarian is one who attempts to profit by investing in a manner that differs from the conventional wisdom, when the consensus opinion appears to be wrong. A contrarian believes that certain crowd behavior among investors can lead to exploitable mispricings in securities markets. For example, widespread pessimism about a stock can drive a price so low that it overstates the company's risks, and understates its prospects for returning to profitability. Identifying and purchasing such distressed stocks, and selling them after the company recovers, can lead to above-average gains. Conversely, widespread optimism can result in unjustifiably high valuations that will eventually lead to drops, when those high expectations don't pan out. Avoiding (or short-selling) investments in over-hyped investments reduces the risk of such drops. These general principles can apply whether the investment in question is an individual stock, an industry sector, or an entire market or any other asset class. "Beat the Crowd: How You Can Out-Invest the Herd by Thinking Differently" by Forbes financial columnist Ken Fisher is the real contrarian's guide to investing, complete with comprehensive explanations of how a true contrarian investor thinks and acts - and why it works more often than not. Drawing upon his many years of fiscal experience, expertise, and observation, Ken Fisher breaks down the myths and cuts through the noise to present a clear, unvarnished view of timeless market realities, and the ways in which a contrarian approach to investing will outsmart the herd. "Beat the Crowd: How You Can Out-Invest the Herd by Thinking Differently" explains why the crowd often goes astray - and how you can stay on track. It should be noted that "Beat the Crowd" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.99).

The Poetry Shelf

The Stone Circle Poems
Terry Wooten
Parkhurst Brothers Publishers
110 West Main Street, Marion, MI 49665
9781624910531, $20.00, 240pp,

In medieval Gaelic and British culture, a bard was a professional poet, employed by a patron, such as a monarch or nobleman, to commemorate the patron's ancestors and to praise the patron's own activities. "The Stone Circle Poems" is a 240 page compendium comprising the collected poems of a Midwest naturalist-bard Terry Wooten. His 'performance poems' span an impressively eclectic range of subject matter and emotional states. A simply wonderful book of poetry to browse through, this is an anthology of truly impressive verse by an impressive word-smithing expert, "The Stone Circle Poems" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary American Poetry reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Stone Circle Poems" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.00).

Idealism Is An Attractive
Oneida Morningstar Cramer
Eudora Publishing Company
7219 Eudora Drive, Dallas, TX 75230
9780990519003, $24.99, 96pp,

"Idealism Is An Attractive" is a 96 page compendium showcasing a collection of 87 individual mixed-media works images that combine the original poetry and photography of Oneida Morningstar Cramer. A delight and wonder to simply browse through, "Idealism Is An Attractive" is an extraordinary and occasionally inspiring experience which is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections. This debut collection will leave its readers looking eagerly toward Oneida Morningstar Cramer's next literary appearance!

The Biography Shelf

Six-Shooters and Shifting Sands
Bob Alexander
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336, Denton, TX 76203-1336
9781574415926 $34.95

Six-Shooters and Shifting Sands: The Wild West Life of Texas Ranger Captain Frank Jones is the biography of a man whose life resembles an adventure novel. Frank Jones (1856-1893) is a legendary law enforcer, who ultimately gave his life defending the Texas-Mexico border in a shootout with Mexican rustlers. Jones, a native Texan, enlisted and served with the Rangers in an era when they were transitioning from Indian fighters to lawmen. Jones supervised three of the four legendary captains of the era: J.A. Brooks, John H. Rogers, and John R. Hughes. Six-Shooters and Shifting Sands deals with the troubles Jones faced not only from gunfire and deadly force (Jones' Company D had the highest number of on-duty deaths within Texas Ranger ranks), but also from times when Jones had to engage in administrative investigations of the Ranger use of lethal force. The American criminal justice system did not automatically grant Texas Rangers a "license to kill", and the use of deadly or physical force could cause bureaucratic nightmares. Personal commentary from Jones' correspondence regarding multiple shooting incidents adds especial insight, in this excellent addition to public and college library biography shelves, also highly recommended for nonfiction book club and personal reading lists.

Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist
Brendan Kelly
Irish Academic Press
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9780716532705, $69.95, HC,

Adeline "Ada" English (10 January 1875 - 27 January 1944) was an Irish revolutionary politician and a pioneering Irish psychiatrist. Ada English spent four decades working at Ballinasloe District Lunatic Asylum, during which time she introduced significant therapeutic innovations. A passionate participant in Ireland's Easter Rising, English spent six months in Galway Jail for possessing nationalistic literature and was elected as a Teachta Dala in 1921. A friend to Pearse, McDonagh, Griffith, Mellows, De Valera, and others, she became heavily involved in the country's civil war. "Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist" is an engaging and sensitive 192 page biography that reveals the gifted, compassionate, and modest woman behind the revolutionary medical achievements and political engagements, her education and medical training, her 40-year career at Ballinasloe, and her position within the context of pioneering Irish medical women, such as Kathleen Lynn and Dorothy Stopford Price. "Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist" also shines light on a woman whose abiding concern was for those she cared for -- so much so that she requested to be buried alongside her former patients. An inherently fascinating read, "Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist" is a very highly recommended addition to academic library Modern Irish History and Irish Biography collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist" is also available in a paperback edition (9780716532699, $34.89).

Eric Walrond
James Davis
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231157841, $35.00,

Eric Derwent Walrond (December 18, 1898 - August 8, 1966) was an Afro-Caribbean Harlem Renaissance writer and journalist, who made a lasting contribution to literature; his work remains in print today as a classic of its era. He was well-traveled, being born in Georgetown, Guyana (British Guiana), the son of a Barbadian mother and a Guyanese father, moving early in life to live in Barbados, and then Panama, New York, and eventually England. Walrond's most famous book was "Tropic Death", published in New York City in 1926 when he was 28. In it are collected ten stories, at least one of which had been previously published in small magazines. He had published other short stories prior to this, as well as a number of essays. Much of the dialogue between Walrond's characters is written in dialect, using the many different tongues loosely centered on the English language to portray the diversity of characters associated with the pan-Caribbean diaspora. "Eric Walrond: A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean" by James Davis (Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Brooklyn College) is a 440 page biography that is especially well written, organized, documented and presented. Enhanced with thirty pages of Notes, a fourteen page Bibliography, and a twenty seven page Index, "Eric Walrond" is especially commended for academic library American Biography collections in general, and supplemental studies reading lists for students of the Harlem Renaissance era. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Eric Walrond" is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.24).

The Photography Shelf

Eve Arnold: Magnum Legacy
Janine Di Giovanni & Susan Meiselas
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
Ron Longe Public Relations
9783791349633, $49.95, 192pp,

Eve Arnold (April 21, 1912 - January 4, 2012) was an American photojournalist. She joined Magnum Photos agency in 1951, and became a full member in 1957. Eve Arnold photographed many of the iconic figures who shaped the second half of the twentieth century, yet she was equally comfortable documenting the lives of the poor and dispossessed that included migrant workers, civil-rights protestors of apartheid in South Africa, disabled Vietnam war veterans and Mongolian herdsmen. "Eve Arnold: Magnum Legacy" traces the life and achievements of Eve Arnold, who captured an incredible array of subjects with remarkable clarity and compassion. Of special note is the informed and informative commentary providing a complete and compelling story of an intrepid photographer whose life's purpose was to report on the lives of others. A seminal work with superb production values, "Eve Arnold: Magnum Legacy" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library American Photography reference collections in general, and the supplemental reading lists for anyone interested in the life and achievements of Eve Arnold in particular.

The Gardening Shelf

Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, second edition
Jeffrey B. Jones, et al.
APS Press
c/o The American Phytopathological Society
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
9780890544242, $99.00, 176pp,

The tomato is the edible, often red fruit/berry of the nightshade Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant. The species originated in the South American Andes and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Its many varieties are now widely grown, sometimes in greenhouses in cooler climates. Tomato plants are also a common target for many diseases and pests, affecting production for anyone growing the crop, including commercial producers trying to maximize yield and the small scale gardener who wants flawless and flavorful garden fresh tomatoes for salads, cooking, and canning. Now in a completely updated and significantly expanded second edition the "Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests" is a compendium of some 250 images and associated information organized into a highly useful instructional reference that will allows both amateur and professional gardeners to understand, diagnose, and treat more than 60 diseases of tomato occurring throughout the world, including nearly 20 new diseases and disorders, including those caused by fungi and oomycetes, bacteria, phytoplasmas, viruses and viroids. Scientifically peer-reviewed information on numerous diseases and pests provides just the right amount of supporting information for users to make accurate decisions for disease and pest control in an easy format allowing the user to quickly identify signs and symptoms of important tomato diseases and pests occurring throughout the world in the greenhouse, in the field or garden, and in transit to the market. The "Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests" is especially recommended for field and greenhouse growers, home and master gardeners, consultants, horticulturalists, extension agents, entomologists, diagnosticians, plant pathologists, educators, and students, as well as anyone working in postharvest channels, including tomato and canning storage facilities will also benefit from Compendium of Tomato Diseases, second edition.

Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings
The Editors of Sunset Magazine
Oxmoor House
c/o Sunset Publishing
3000 University Center Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612-6408
Dadascope Communications
9780376030122, $24.95,

Compiled and presented by a team of Sunset Magazine editors and contributors, "Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings: The Ultimate Guide to Low-Water Beds, Borders, and Containers" illustrates that intricate, fragrant, and well-designed gardens don't need to be time-consuming to tend. Gardeners from the absolute novice to the experienced professional will learn about the types of plants that make their gardens as easy to care for as they are easy on the eyes. The "Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings" is a beautifully illustrated, 288 page instruction manual about smart plants, and smart ways to combine them, focusing on specific plant groups that are especially easy, that belong together, and that take the same conditions. Featuring chapters full of plant charts with photos, brief descriptions, and care advice, readers are sure to glean inspiration, design ideas, and enough tips and tricks to build their own garden that radiates both ease and beauty, "Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings: The Ultimate Guide to Low-Water Beds, Borders, and Containers" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, and community library home gardening instructional reference collections.

The Sports Shelf

A Game of Their Own
Jennifer Ring
University of Nebraska Press
233 North 8th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68588-0255
Jennifer Prost Public Relations
9780803244801 $29.95

A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball presents the oral histories of eleven members of the U.S. Women's National Team, among the twenty selected to represent Team U.S.A. in the fourth Women's Baseball World Cup in Caracas, Venezuela. These women came from different racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds, yet all of them faced common challenges on their path to professional baseball - skepticism from parents, taunts from players, self-doubt, and endless pressure to switch their chosen sport to softball. As profoundly inspirational as it is an invaluable addition to baseball history shelves, A Game of Their Own is highly recommended.

Lacrosse Essentials
Jack B. Kaley & Rich Donovan
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450402156, $19.95,

Lacrosse is a team sport played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. It is often played as a contact sport. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball. Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent's goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, cradle, and pass the ball to do so. Defensively, the objective is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to gain the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact or positioning. The sport has four major types: men's field lacrosse, women's lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse. The sport consists of four positions: midfield, attack, defense, goalie. The collaborative work of Jack B. Kaley (all-time leader in winning percentage (84%) for Division I and II universities and has been the head coach for the German national lacrosse team since 2002) and Rich Donovan (an assistant coach for the German National Lacrosse Team; the boys' lacrosse coach at The Wheatley School in Long Island, New York; and an official with the Nassau County Lacrosse Officials Association), "Lacrosse Essentials" is a 216 page comprehensive instruction guide and manual that includes sequential instructions, detailed photo sequences, and expert advice on passing, catching, shooting, riding, clearing, and goal tending. Very highly recommended for community and academic library Sports & Athletics instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Lacrosse Essentials" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.21).

Foundations of Sport Management, third edition
Andy Gillentine & R. Brian Crow, editors
Publicity Department
Fitness Information Technology
West Virginia University
262 Coliseum, WVU-PE, PO Box 6116
Morgantown, WV 26506-6116
9781935412571, $75.00,

Sport management is a field of education concerning the business aspects of sports and recreation. Some examples of sport managers include the front office system in professional sports, college sports managers, recreational sport managers, sports marketing, event management, facility management, sports economics, sport finance, and sports information. Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded third edition, "Foundations of Sport Management" compiled and co-edited by Andy Gillentine (formerly the Associate Dean and Director of the Sport Administration Programs at the University of Miami) and R. Brian Crow (Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management, Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania) is a 360 page compendium comprised of fifteen informed and informative articles relevant to sports management issues and ranging from an "Introduction to the Sports Industry" by Andy Gillentine, R. Brian Crow, and Josh Harris; to "Sport Marketing" by John Clark; and "Ethics in the Sports Industry" by Lynn L. Ridinger and T. Christopher Greenwell. Enhanced with a five page Glossary and a fifteen page Index, "Foundations of Sport Management" is an essential addition to professional and academic library Sports Management reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Higher Love
Kit Deslauriers
Rare Bird Lit
435 S. Spring Street, Suite 531
Los Angeles, CA 90013
9781941729014 $24.95

Higher Love: Skiing the Seven Summits is the true-life testimony of author Kit Deslauriers, the first person ever to climb and ski the Seven Summits of the Earth's continents: Denali, Elbrus, Kosciuszko, Vinson Massif, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and Mount Everest. Her journey would test her physical and mental resolve to its limits. A saga of enduring freezing temperatures, extensive treks, travels through remote lands, and personal determination, Higher Love is an extraordinary armchair adventure. Highly recommended!

The Psychology Shelf

Attunement In Expressive Arts Therapy
Mitchell Kossak
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704
9780398081362, $28.95,

Definitions of art therapy vary due in two fields: art and psychotherapy. It can focus on the art-making process as therapeutic in and of itself ("art as therapy") or it can be "art in therapy" (art psychotherapy). The psychoanalytic approach was one of the earliest forms of art psychotherapy. This approach employs the transference process between the therapist and the client who makes art. The therapist interprets the client's symbolic self-expression as communicated in the art and elicits interpretations from the client. Analysis of transference is no longer always a component. Current art therapy includes a vast number of other approaches such as: Person-Centered, Cognitive, Behavior, Gestalt, Narrative, Adlerian, Family (Systems) and more. The tenets of art therapy involve humanism, creativity, reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self-awareness, and personal growth. "Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy" by Mitchell Kossak (Associate Professor, Expressive Therapies Department, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts) is a 184 page compendium comprised of six major chapters: Contexts of Attunement in the Arts and Therapy; Tuning in the embodied Creative Intelligence; Attunement and Improvisation: Embracing the Unknown, Rehearsals for Life; Rhythm and Resonance: Deep Connections to Self, Other and University Consciousness; Tuning In. Enhanced with a ten page list of References and a comprehensive Index, "Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy" will prove a valued addition to professional and academic library Art Therapy reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy" is also available in an e-book edition (0398081379, $28.95).

Anger Control Training
Marke Amendola & Robert Oliver
Research Press
2612 North Mattis Avenue, Champaign, IL 61822
9780878226849, $24.95, 100pp,

Anger or wrath is an intense emotional response. Often it indicates when one's basic boundaries are violated. Some have a learned tendency to react to anger through retaliation. Anger may be utilized effectively when utilized to set boundaries or escape from dangerous situations. Anger management is training for temper control and is the skill of remaining calm. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Mark Amendola and Robert Oliver, "Anger Control Training: Prepare Curriculum Implementation Guide" describes and give direction to the continued expansion of Prepare methods, offering practitioners coherent, evidence-based approaches for enhancing the social, emotional, and decision-making abilities of adolescents and younger children with respect to managing anger based issues. Enhanced with the inclusion of figures, tables, references, an introduction (About the Prepare Curriculum), and two appendices, "Anger Control Training" is presented in two major sections: Theoretical Foundation and Program overview; Anger Control Training Sessions). An exceptionally well written, organized and presented instruction manual, "Anger Control Training" is very highly recommended for professional and academic library collections. Also strongly recommended are three more titles in the 'Prepare Curriculum' series: "Social Perception Training" (9780878226801, $24.95, 140pp); "Empathy And Social Competence Training" (9780878226788,$24.95, 178pp); "Problem-Solving Training" (9780878226795, $24.95, 122pp).

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Civilizing Nature
Bernhard Gissibl
Berghahn Books
20 Jay Street, Suite 512, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9781782389088, $34.95,

A national park is a park in use for conservation purposes. Often it is a reserve of natural, semi-natural, or developed land that a sovereign state declares or owns. Although individual nations designate their own national parks differently, there is a common idea: the conservation of wild nature for posterity and as a symbol of national pride. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and its World Commission on Protected Areas, has defined "National Park" as its Category II type of environmentally protected areas. The United States established the first public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people when it created the Yellowstone National Park in 1872. It can be argued that Australia's Royal National Park, established in 1879, is the second oldest national park now in existence. The largest national park in the world meeting the IUCN definition is the Northeast Greenland National Park, which was established in 1974. According to the IUCN, there are 6,555 national parks worldwide when tabulated in 2006. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Bernhard Gissibl (Lecturer at the Department of History, University of Mannheim. His dissertation explored the history of hunting and wildlife conservation in colonial Tanzania), Sabine Hohler (Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm), and Patrick Kupper (Senior Lecturer at ETH Zurich), "Civilizing Nature: National Parks in Global Historical Perspective" is a 306 page compendium comprised of thirteen informed and informative articles deftly organized into three major sections: Parks and Empires; Organizations and Networks; Nations and Natures. Enhanced with the inclusion of tables, maps, illustrations, a list of abbreviations, a seven page Select Bibliography, notes on the contributors, and a twenty-nine page Index, "Civilizing Nature" is a seminal work of outstanding scholars in their fields. Also available in a hardcover edition (9780857455253, $95.00), "Civilizing Nature" is a critically important addition to academic library Environmental Studies

The Parenting Shelf

Raising The Shy Child
Christine Fonseca
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781618213983, $16.95,

Social anxiety is a discomfort or a fear when a person is in a social interaction that involves a concern of being judged or evaluated by others. It is typically characterized by an intense fear of what others are thinking about them (specifically fear of embarrassment or humiliation, criticism, or rejection), which results in the individual feeling insecure and not good enough for other people, and/or the assumption that peers will automatically reject them. Developmental social anxiety occurs early in childhood as a normal part of the development of social functioning and is a stage that most children grow out of, but it may persist or resurface and grow into chronic social anxiety during their teenage years or possibly in adulthood. People vary in how often they experience social anxiety, and in which kinds of situations they experience it. "Raising the Shy Child: A Parent's Guide to Social Anxiety" by Christine Fonseca (a school psychologist and award-winning author of nonfiction and teen novels dedicated to helping children and adults find their unique voice in the world) is a 240 page instruction guide that is specifically written to aid parents in helping their children to overcome social anxiety disorders, successful deal with insecurities, make friends, speak up before others, build self-confidence, and develop a strong and effective identity. Impressively well written, organized and presented, "Raising The Shy Child" is thoroughly 'parent friendly', informed and informative, making it an exceptional and highly recommended addition to community and academic library Parenting Studies reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Raising The Shy Child" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.84).

The Library Science Shelf

Library Services From Birth To Five
Carolyn Rankin & Avril Brock
Facet Publishing
7 Ridgmount Street, London, England, WC1E 7AE
9781783300082, $110.00,

Collaborative compiled and co-edited by Carolyn Rankin and Avril Brock, "Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the Best Start" is a 225 page compendium comprised of fourteen major papers on the subject of the role played by pre-school and early years library services from library science innovators and experts around the world. There is a growing awareness of the significance of the first five years of life for intellectual, social and emotional development and early intervention is of political interest. "Library Services From Birth To Five" provides knowledge and understanding about early language and literacy development and how young children become successful through enjoyable and meaningful experiences. The key role of the early years professional and the importance of effective interdisciplinary teamwork are examined, with a focus on involving parents and caregivers and valuing their culture, language, heritage and community. Good practice is showcased throughout, and practical guidance given on setting up and running pre-school library services. Enhanced with a list of figures and tables, as well as a comprehensive index, "Library Services From Birth To Five" is an extraordinary work of seminal scholarship and a highly prized addition to professional and academic Library Science reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Archaeology Shelf

The Ancient Southwest
Gregory McNamee
Rio Nuevo Publishers
PO Box 5250, Tucson, AZ 85703
9781933855882, $16.95,

Archaeology is the study of human activity in the past, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data that has been left behind by past human populations, which includes artifacts, architecture, biofacts, and cultural landscapes (known as the archaeological record). Because archaeology employs a wide range of different procedures, it can be considered to be both a social science and a humanity. "The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites" by Gregory McNamee (who studied anthropology at the University of Arizona and has worked on archaeological projects in Arizona and Italy) is a 96 page archaeology dig site tour through 50 national and state parks, monuments, and other cherished sites in the modern American Southwest including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. These ancient people left intriguing clues: pueblos, tools, pottery, jewelry, baskets, petroglyphs, pictographs, clothing, kivas, and weavings. From such evidence, archaeologists can reconstruct sophisticated cultures with advanced knowledge of astronomy, architecture, agriculture, and art. Enhanced by the inclusion of more than 130 spectacular photographs by Larry Lindahl showcasing remarkable archeological locations ranging from Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and Navajo National Monument, to Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Cedar Mesa National Monument, and many more, "The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites" is an ideal itinerary planning resource and would prove a welcome addition to community and academic American Archaeology reference collections.

The Mathematics Shelf

An Illustrated Introduction To Topology And Homotopy
Sasho Kalajdzievski
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781439848159, $89.95,

Topology is the mathematical study of shapes and topological spaces. It is an area of mathematics concerned with the properties of space that are preserved under continuous deformations including stretching and bending, but not tearing or gluing. This includes such properties as connectedness, continuity and boundary. Two continuous functions from one topological space to another are called homotopic. "An Illustrated Introduction to Topology and Homotopy" by academician and mathematician Sasho Kalajdzievski (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada) is a 485 page textbook that has as its specific focus topology and homotopy theory and applications. "An Illustrated Introduction To Topology And Homotopy" provides students with a comprehensive treatment of basic topology and homotopy that utilize a combination of rigorous proofs and extensive visualization; gives full details of most proofs, offers a text that is enhanced with almost 600 figures that help clarify difficult concepts; presents historical notes outlining the grow of the subject; and features about 750 exercises. Enhanced with the inclusion of a four page Bibliography; a four page List Of Symbols; and a twenty-two page Index, "An Illustrated Introduction To Topology And Homotopy" is an ideal college or university textbook and an invaluable addition to academic library Mathematical Studies reference collections.

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