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Volume 24, Number 10 October 2014 Home | IBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Military Shelf Photography Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Music Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Religion/Spirituality Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Education Shelf Science Shelf
Calendar Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Fiction Shelf
American History Shelf World History Shelf Crafts Shelf
Art Shelf Social Issues Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Business Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Travel Shelf Martial Arts Shelf
Large Print Shelf Automotive Shelf Civil War Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Aviation Shelf Parenting Shelf
Architecture Shelf Philosophy Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Memoir Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Geography Shelf Language Studies Shelf Biography Shelf
Judicial Studies Shelf Native American Studies Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Political Science Shelf Biology Shelf
Wisconsin Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Books That Cook
Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldthwaite
New York University Press
838 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10003
9781479830213 $30.00 hc / $14.49 Kindle

Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal is an anthology of poems and excerpts from literary classics, penned by a diversity of authors; each selection is connected to the timeless treasure that is preparing and sharing food, complete with a thematic recipe. Chronologically progressing from an influential American cookbook of the late 1700s to contemporary classics such as "The Joy of Cooking" and "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", Books That Cook is a new way to savor great literature... complete with kitchen-ready dishes! Highly recommended, especially as a giftbook for literary-minded gourmets.

William Shakespeare Rewritten by You
Joelle Herr
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612433530, $10.00,

Now anyone can rewrite famous quotes and scenes from Shakespeare with the help of Joelle Herr's "William Shakespeare Rewritten by You". This 128 page compendium of literary fun and verbal high jinks will entertain anyone who has ever sat through a high school or college English Literature class and come to appreciate why the Bard of Avon is considered on of the masters of the English language -- and a contributor to our English vocabulary to this very day. Now here's a chance to improve that highbrow education with low-brow word substitutions limited only by our imaginations -- or our vocabularies! Highly recommended as great fun from first page to last! It should be noted that "William Shakespeare Rewritten by You" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.48).

A Complete Guide to Surviving in the Wilderness
Terri Paajanen
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
978161385819, $24.95,

A Complete Guide to Surviving in the Wilderness: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Alive and Get Rescued covers the basics of building shelter, avoiding poisonous plants and animals, identifying food and more, and is filled with tips on first aid, navigation, and survival methods for a wide range of environments. The basics are all provided in chapters that focus on the rudiments of assessing environment, reviewing assets and possibilities, and making the most of opportunities to find shelter, food, and protection.

Flight 232
Laurence Gonzales
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393240023, $27.95,

Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival tells of a plane crash that happened in 1989, and recreates events in a minute-by-minute harrowing story through the eyes of all involved, from crew and passengers to those who treated the wounded and researched events. Interviews with everyone from air traffic controllers to rescue workers and beyond contribute to a compelling true story of disaster and the amazing story of a crash in which over half the passengers and crew survived the impossible. That author Gonzales is a pilot himself lends to a powerful saga highly recommended for any general reader as well as those with a special interest in aviation history.

1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop
John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393245608, $15.95,

1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop is inspired by BBC TV's popular quiz show QI, and offers tweetable facts that are both surprising and hilarious. From a Malaysian cult that worships a giant teapot to the 320 pints of saliva a cow produces daily, this is filled with fun and true trivia designed for tweeting and filled with tidbits of hilarious information perfect for party presentations.

The Military Shelf

Project 9
Dennis R. Okerstrom
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard
Columbia, MO 65201
9780826220271 $29.95

Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II is a historical chronicle of how the Allies in World War II worked together to invade Burma by air. From the selection of the American airmen, to joint training with British troops, to the undertaking of the dangerous, night-time assault behind Japanese lines, Project 9 vividly re-creates a daring, deadly, and ultimately successful military adventure. Project 9 would ultimately become a precursor to modern special operations teams, such as the renowned Delta Force and Seal Team Six. Project 9 is a "must-have" for public and college library Military Shelves, highly recommended.

Send The Alabamians
Nimrod T. Frazer
The University of Alabama Press
PO Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380
9780817318383, $34.95,

Popularly referred to as the 'Rainbow Division' by its men, the 42nd Infantry Division of the United States Army National Guard has served in World War I, World War II and the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). The division is currently headquartered at the Glenmore Armory in Troy, New York with the New York National Guard. The division presently includes Army National Guard units from fourteen different states, including Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. As of 2007, 67 percent of Rainbow Division soldiers are located in New York and New Jersey. "Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division" by Nimrod T. Frazer (who became interest in the subject through his father's war stories) is a 368 page history of an remarkable body of men who fought in some of the bloodiest battles of World War I. The title of this exceptionally well written military history is from a quip by American General Edward H. Plummer who commanded the young men during the inauspicious early days of their service. Impressed with their ferocity and esprit de corps but exasperated by their rambunctiousness, Plummer reportedly exclaimed: "In time of war, send me all the Alabamians you can get, but in time of peace, for Lord's sake, send them to somebody else!" A meticulous work that is extraordinarily well organized and presented, "Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division" is a seminal contribution that is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and academic library American Military History collections.

Listening In
Dave Forster & Chris Gibson
Specialty Press
99 Spring Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10012
9781902109381, $49.95,

Electronic signals intelligence (ELINT) refers to intelligence-gathering by use of electronic sensors. Its primary focus lies on non-communications signals intelligence. The Joint Chiefs of Staff define it as "Technical and geolocation intelligence derived from foreign noncommunications electromagnetic radiations emanating from other than nuclear detonations or radioactive sources". Signal identification is performed by analyzing the collected parameters of a specific signal, and either matching it to known criteria, or recording it as a possible new emitter. ELINT data are usually highly classified, and are protected as such. The data gathered are typically pertinent to the electronics of an opponent's defense network, especially the electronic parts such as radars, surface-to-air missile systems, aircraft, etc. ELINT can be used to detect ships and aircraft by their radar and other electromagnetic radiation; commanders have to make choices between not using radar (EMCON), intermittently using it, or using it and expecting to avoid defenses. ELINT can be collected from ground stations near the opponent's territory, ships off their coast, aircraft near or in their airspace, or by satellite. "Listening In: Electronic Intelligence Gathering Since 1945" by the team of military and intelligence aircraft experts Dave Forster and Chris Gibson tells the full story of the evolution of the secretive ELINT aircraft, their equipment and operations, both actual and proposed. Their informed and informative 176 page compendium is enhanced with the inclusion of more than 180 photographs. Augmented with a Glossary of Terms, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index, "Listening In: Electronic Intelligence Gathering Since 1945" is very highly recommended for academic library Military Aviation and Electronic Intelligence Resources reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

German Infantryman Versus Soviet Rifleman
David Campbell
Osprey Publishing
4301 21st St, Suite 220B, Long Island City, NY 11101
9781472803245, $18.95,

German Infantryman Versus Soviet Rifleman uses first-hand accounts, color maps and artwork, and vintage black and white photos to capture the first three battles of the Barbarossa campaign of 1941, and is a recommended pick for any military history collection. It assesses combat performances, considers how the battles set the course of the Eastern Front's events, and creates a powerful survey key to any in-depth military analysis of the times.

Uphill Battle
Frank Scotton
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037, Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896728677, $39.95,

Uphill Battle: Reflections On Viet Nam Counterinsurgency documents why a major nation and military powerhouse lost to a relatively small country, and comes from an author who was assigned to Viet Nam in 1962 as a young Foreign Service officer. He learned Vietnamese, traveled through remote towns and rural areas, and proved that small teams could compete with communist units, organizing mobile platoons in special CIA teams that became models for a national program. His experience and assessment of counterinsurgency techniques and their pros and cons makes for important considerations about America's involvement in the region and is a top pick for any military history collection, especially those strong in Viet Nam experience.

The Complete Guide to Veterans' Benefits
Bruce C. Brown
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9781601387028, $24.95,

The Complete Guide to Veterans' Benefits: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply covers the basics of understanding government programs and policies for veterans, and comes from a veteran still serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. From what benefits a veteran can qualify for and how to apply for them to understanding the limitations of health care, loans, and benefits which often apply to the rest of one's life, this covers all the basics of service options and how to handle the transition into a civilian career.

Osprey Publishing
4301 21st St, Suite 220B, Long Island City, NY 11101

Robert N. Watt's APACHE WARRIOR 1860-86 (9781472803528, $18.95) focuses on the Chiricahua Apache, lead by Geronimo and others, and looks to prove a military history of the Apaches free of the usual embellishments and myths. This group proved the most feared opponents of the US Army in the Southwest United States: their upbringing and training are covered in a powerful survey paired with photos and color artwork throughout, recommended for military history and Native American collections alike. John Stanaway's P-38 LIGHTNING ACES 1942-43 (9781782003328, $22.95) considers the story of the ace pilots of the P-38 Lightning, one of the most unique air fighters of World War 2, and is a recommendation for any aircraft or military history library. It uses first-hand experiences from pilots who flew them to consider their combat performance and how techniques developed by these fighters changed the course of the war. Lon Nordeen's AV-8B HARRIER II UNITS OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (9781782003441, $22.95) offers the final book in a trilogy covering the Harrier IIs, and offers a fine survey of the plane's use in air assaults and modern efforts up to 2013. With artwork for all the Harrier II units and photos from pilots who flew the jets, this covers the Afghanistan campaigns and offers the latest insights and tactics. Nic Fields' ALESIA 52 BC: THE FINAL STRUGGLE FOR GAUL (9781782009221, $21.95) outlines the most famous of all Caesar's campaigns: a battle that has a good amount of archaeological study behind it. It documents the end of one of the most serious resistances to his conquests: one which would change the face of Celtic control forever, and it adds color maps and illustrations throughout. The result is a powerful pick recommended for any military history collection. Michael Green's AMERICAN TANKS & AFVS OF WORLD WAR II (9781782009313, $39.95) comes from an armor expert who examines the machinery of the U.S. Army from Sherman tanks to tank destroyers and landing vehicles. Vintage and modern color photos accompany a study of all the vehicles and their battle history and impact, making for a definitive survey filled with illustration and insight: a 'must' for any military collection strong in World War II events and processes. Mike Guardia's JUNKERS JU 87 STUKA (9781472801197, $18.95) provides an in-depth analysis of the JU 87 "Stuka" of World War II, which operated to Germany's advantage during the war, and documents innovations, strategies, and history of plane development and use in battle. Chapters pair vintage photos with color illustrations and delve into the history and methods of the Junkers, making for a title recommended for aviation and military history collections alike.

The Photography Shelf

The Sony a7 and a7R
Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Roullard
Rocky Nook
802 East Cota Street, 3rd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
9781937538491, $39.95,

The Sony a7 and a7R: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide is a 'must' for owners of these new cameras, and helps new owners understand the special features of this camera. If you think this is covered in an accompanying user's manual, it should be known that this guide goes beyond using controls to showing how every feature relates to the photo process, and includes the basics of stitching for panoramas, noise reduction, setup and shooting styles, and more. The step-by-step directions may be based on menu commands but go beyond simple explanation to show how a superior photo is created using these specific devices.

Nikon Df: The Expanded Guide
Jon Sparks
Ammonite Press
c/o Lightening Publications
9781781451007, $19.95,

Nikon Df: The Expanded Guide comes from a landscape photographer and outdoor enthusiast who considers the Nikon Df's wide range of features, and is especially recommended for any new to this Nikon model. Chapters pair color photo examples throughout with discussions of controls, menus, picture-taking options, and more. At the end, aspiring photographers learn not only more about the Nikon Df, but learn the basics of what differentiates a superior photo from a snapshot.

Double Exposure
Olga Shevchenko, Editor
Transaction Publishers
10 Corporate Place South, Piscataway, NJ 08854
9781412852708, $49.95,

DOUBLE EXPOSURE: MEMORY & PHOTOGRAPHY considers the changing relationship between memory and photography and is recommended for college-level readers interested in historical memory and photography's connections. Social science and photography blend in a survey that ranges from family archives and history collections to the circulation of photos in news and digital media, considering how changes in the medium have affected memory and visual arts subjects in different disciplines. The result is a lively survey highly recommended for any social sciences and photography student interested in the cultural impact of changing photography styles.

Amherst Media
175 Rano Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14207-2176

Christopher Grey's MASTER LIGHTING GUIDE FOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS (9781508956890, $27.95) packs in over a hundred lighting diagrams in a second updated edition recommended for any working with lighting in the studio. From selecting lighting equipment and understanding light ratios to creating different kinds of portrait lighting effects and choosing modifiers, this offer some 30 assignments that demonstrate studio lighting specifics, and is recommended for any aspiring photographer who wants basic insights on various approaches. Neal Urban's DREAM WEDDINGS: CREATE FRESH AND STYLISH PHOTOGRAPHY (9781608956999, $27.95) teaches how to create modern, captivating bridal pictures that go beyond documenting the event to creating a memory that reflects the happy couple's new status, and is filled with images and approaches to pack visual impact into the effort. From creating amazing images from the most challenging of settings to using ambient light, covering receptions and engagement parties, and creating unique poses, this is for neo-professional photographers who have the basics down but desire to go a step further in the process of creating an outstanding wedding photo shoot. Jeff Smith's PHOTOGRAPH THE FACE: LIGHTING, POSING, AND POSTPRODUCTION FOR FLAWLESS PORTRAITS (9781608956876, $27.95) teaches how to customize a portrait for maximum effect to highlight a client's best features, from choosing the right lighting to disguising double chins and signs of age. Chapters are packed with photo examples as they cover everything from skin tone and color to reducing the appearance of baldness in a photo, and cover the basics of cooperative interactions between subject and photographer for best results. By having a face focus, this book allows for more in-depth coverage than most overall figure photography titles can offer, and is recommended for any neo-pro who wants specific posing and lighting tips.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch
Eric Orchard
Top Shelf Productions
PO Box 5885, Astoria, NY 11105-5885
9781603090728 $14.95

Readers of all ages will enjoy Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch, a full-color fantasy graphic novel about a young girl on a quest to rescue her parents. Maddy Kettle enjoyed an ordinary life as the daughter of booksellers until spider-goblins ransacked her home, and the mysterious Thimblewitch transformed her parents into talking rats! When the spider-goblins return and kidnap Maddy's parents, she sets out to rescue them any way she can - fortunately, she befriends a skyfaring bear and raccoon, who help her pursue her rescue mission into the Thimblewitch's cloudscape. Set in wondrous, mystical world of talking animals and pseudo-steampunk tech, where nothing is completely as it seems, Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch is a delight to read, highly recommended for personal and public library graphic novel collections.

Hubert, story and colors
Kerascoet, art
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Ste. 700, East Wing, New York, NY 10038
c/o Independent Publishers Group (distribution)
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781561638949 $27.99

Beauty is an original, full-color graphic novel, featuring a tragic twist on the classic fairy tale, with inspiration drawn from the Trojan War. When the ugly, simple-minded peasant girl Coddie frees the fairy Mab from a curse, Mab grants Coddie her heart's desire - radiant beauty! Or rather, the illusion of beauty, a mirage spell so powerful that the mere glimpse of Coddie's face literally drives men mad with lust, desire, and jealousy. Coddie, now called Beauty by (almost) every man who sees her, unintentionally incites chaos and violence wherever she goes. Men vie to possess her at any cost, and women hate her for captivating their men's souls! Eventually the king of the land claims Beauty as his queen, rejecting his political marriage and throwing the nation into war. Bloodshed reigns, all because of a fairy's "gift" - can Beauty find a way to stop to the seemingly endless suffering? Beneath the stylized, cartoon-like artwork lies a dark, serious-minded parable; Beauty is not a story for young children. Highly recommended, but only for older teen to adult readers due to violence, nudity, and sexual content.

Hello Kitty: Hello 40
Traci N. Todd and Elizabeth Kawasaki, editors
Perfect Square
c/o Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200
San Francisco CA 94103
9781421571416 $29.99

Hello Kitty: Hello 40 is a comic anthology tribute to the worldwide-beloved character of Hello Kitty, an inquisitive, friendly, anthropomorphic white cat first created in 1974. Each of the brief, wordless, full-color comics is by a different artist. The comics depict Hello Kitty on various adventures, from daydreaming about treasure hunting in a bubble bath, to flying from city to city in the classic umbrella-style of Mary Poppins, to a jubilant birthday party with friends, to befriending monsters with games and good food. Each comic artist also gives a brief text response to the question, "What does Hello Kitty mean to you?" The result is a heartwarming collection like no other, enthusiastically recommended for Hello Kitty fans of all ages.

Midnight Secretary, Volume 1
Tomu Ohmi
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200
San Francisco CA 94103
9781421559445 $9.99

Intended for mature readers due to sensual romantic content, Midnight Secretary Volume 1 a black-and-white shojo manga (Japanese graphic novel geared toward a female audience) about a professional secretary whose new boss Kyohei Tohma seems... eccentric. Beyond the rumors, she learns that he is actually a suave and charming vampire! Scheduling "dinner dates", working night hours, and donating blood is one thing, but when the hot-tempered vampire takes an keen interest in her, does she dare return his affections? Enthusiasts of paranormal romance will also enjoy Tomu Ohmi's shojo manga "Spell of Desire Volume One" (9781421567754, $9.99), about an awakening witch and the "knight" who is sworn to protect her!

Time Killers Short Story Collection
Kazue Kato
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200
San Francisco CA 94103
9781421571676 $14.99

Intended for older teens and adults due to some violent scenes, Time Killers: Short Story Collection is a manga (Japanese graphic novel) anthology by Kazue Kato, who is perhaps best known for her wildly popular "Blue Exorcist" manga series. Time Killers includes her very first story, "Boku to Usagi" ("Me and the Rabbit") as well as multiple stories featuring character designs that would later become part of the "Blue Exorcist" series. Kato's art is presented in its original "unflipped" form, read from right to left. Most of the stories are in black-and-white, but there are a few color pages in this vividly creative collection, especially recommended as a "spiritual prequel" to "Blue Exorcist"!

Food Wars! Volume 1
Story by Yuto Tsukuda
Art by Shun Seki
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200
San Francisco CA 94103
9781421572543 $9.99

Recommended for older teens and adults, Food Wars! Volume 1 kicks off a new series of black-and-white coming-of-age manga (Japanese graphic novel), in which a young man strives to surpass his father as a professional chef. Soma has worked hard to become good at the art of food preparation all his life, but can he make the grade in a high-class culinary school that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? The beautiful yet strong-willed heiress of the school is convinced that Soma isn't worthy to be there at all! "Yeah, Yukihira is just a tiny restaurant. And I don't doubt you guys are the culinary world's upper crust. Still... if all you're doing is sitting on your laurels up at the top... I think there's stuff out there you just can't make." The expressive art is presented in its original "unflipped" form (and therefore read from right to left), in this cheerful saga that will appeal to culinary gourmets and manga connoisseurs alike!

The Audiobook Shelf

Malice: A Mystery
Keigo Higashino, author
Jeff Woodman, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427244314 $29.99

Edgar Award finalist Keigo Higashino presents Malice: A Mystery, a detective story set in modern Japan, now available as an unabridged audiobook. Bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is discovered dead - in a locked room, within his locked house. The ones who found his body, his wife and his best friend, seem to have ironclad alibies. Or do they? Police detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka's best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi, from their days at public school. Nonoguchi was never anywhere remotely as successful as Hidaka... could jealousy be a motive for murder? Kaga must sift through motives and search for evidence to prove not only how, but also why the murder was committed... or else a ruthless killer will never face justice for his crime! Intense and layered, Malice: A Mystery is suspenseful to the very end, and a welcome addition to mystery connoisseur and public library audiobook collections. 6 CDs, 7.5 hours.

Full Measure
T. Jefferson Parker, author
Jay Snyder, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427244413 $39.99

Full Measure is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a dramatic novel about a family in crisis. Patrick Norris is an Afghanistan veteran who has survived the horrors of war, only to return to bleakness at home. A wildfire has destroyed the avocado ranch that was in his family for generations, his parents are on the brink of utter poverty, and his brother Ted Norris becomes embroiled with ruthless, violent criminals. Ted tries to redeem himself, but his efforts go horrendously wrong, forcing Patrick to make a hard choice with his family's lives in the balance. A tensely wound story about the both the light and the dark sides of the bond between brothers, Full Measure is highly recommended. 8 CDs, 10 hours.

Five Days Left
Julie Lawson Timmer, author
Read by Rebecca Lowman and Kirby Heyborne
Penguin Audio
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9781611763287 $45.00

Five Days Left is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of a heart-wrenching novel about family ties. The story is split into to narratives, following two friends who correspond over the internet. One is Mara, who has an adoring husband, an adopted daughter, and a successful career, yet uncontrollable changes in her own behavior are a warning sign that leads her to confront a terrifying medical diagnosis. Mara's friend Scott is a middle school teacher expecting a baby with his wife; they have also fostered a rambunctious eight-year-old boy for the past year, but soon the boy will have to return to his mother. What is a person to do when they have only five days left to spend with the ones they love? Poignant and insightful, Five Days Left is highly recommended. 10 CDs, 13 hours.

When the World Was Young: A Novel
Elizabeth Gaffney, author
Caitlin Davies, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494502546 $39.99

When the World Was Young: A Novel is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a postwar Brooklyn coming-of-age story. Wally Baker is a tomboy, trapped in an era when girls were supposed to like pretty dresses, needlepoint, and good manners. Wally's passions include an adoration of comics (especially Wonder Woman) and a fascination with ants! Her relationship with her gregarious yet emotionally unstable mother Stella is precarious at best, and the tolls of the war era make the hardship of growing up even more burdensome to bear. But she also learns that even in the darkest moments of life, there are reasons to hold fast to hope and cheer. When the World Was Young is a heart-touching saga, highly recommended for private and public library audiobook collections alike. 8 CDs, 9 hours.

The Bones Beneath
Mark Billingham
Highbridge Audio Books
c/o Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781622314041, $34.95,

"The Bones Beneath" is the twelfth novel in the outstanding Tom Thorne series and finds Thorne facing the most dangerous killer he has ever put away -- Stuart Nicklin. When Nicklin announces that he wishes to reveal the whereabouts of one of his earliest victims and that he wants the cop who caught him to be there when he does it, it becomes clear that Thorne's life is about to become seriously unpleasant. Thorne is forced to accompany Nicklin to a remote island off the Welsh coast which is cut off from the mainland in every sense. Shrouded in myth and legend, it is said to be the resting place of 20,000 saints and as Thorne and his team search for bones that are somewhat more recent, it becomes clear that Nicklin's motives are far from altruistic. The twisted scheme of a dangerous and manipulative psychopath will result in many more victims and will leave Tom Thorne with the most terrible choice he has ever had to make. This complete and unabridged audio book production is ably narrated by its award winning author, Mark Billingham, and presented 9 hours, 30 minutes of total entertainment in the form of 8 CDs. Flawless production values, a ripping good mystery/suspense plot, all combine to make a very highly recommended addition to personal and community library audiobook collections.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017

John J. Ratey MD and Richard Manning's GOL WILD: FREE YOUR BODY AND MIND FROM THE AFFLICTIONS OF CIVILIZATION (9781478982292, $30.00) explains how the body and environment are connected, how mood disorders can be related to exercise or diet, and how family heritage combines with environment to create mismatches between body and mind. Go Wild is all about using tools to heal, live well, and realign lifestyle to be more like that of our ancestors. Any who would learn routines for overall health will find this a fine formula for success. Michael Connelly's CITY OF BONES (9781478901075, $25.00) is narrated by Peter J. Fernandez, who lends an evocative and dramatic voice to Connelly's story of a murder committed some twenty years in the past. No case is too cold for Detective Harry Bosch to pursue, especially since his investigation stirs up some skeletons in the closet of his own past. Add a lovely rookie and romance to the mystery and you have a thriller that comes to life in audio and will keep listeners immersed to the end. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's DANGEROUS CREATURES (9781478982074, $30.00) tells of Ridley, who as a 'Dark Caster' who can make anyone do anything. But her rocker boyfriend Wesley never listens to anyone, doesn't care if Rid is not good for him, and he takes her along when he teams up with other Dark Casters to make his band dreams come true. The only problem is New York City's dangerous underworld....Tension is exquisitely done and comes alive in the audio format. Paul Ryan's THE WAY FORWARD: RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM (9781478927761, $30.00) outlines the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district's ideas for developing a new conservative agenda, analyzing the 2012 election, GOP challenges in reaching voters, and how the Republican Party has drifted. It criticizes Democratic Party processes, the Progressive movement, and its philosophy and poses an alternative plan for unifying the country - all of which comes to life in an audio narrated by Jonathan Davis. Sandra Brown's MEAN STREAK (9781478927419, $35.00) tells of a doctor and marathon runner who vanishes on a mountain road. By the time her husband reports her missing, fog and ice thwart search teams - and as police suspect Jeff of foul play, Emory awakens with a head injury to find herself held captive by a deranged man. Deception and twists of plot mark a suspense story that springs to life under Jonathan Davis' fine reading. Preston and Child's THE LOST ISLAND (9781619694590, $35.00) comes to life under the passionate and clear voice of David W. Collins, a L.A.-based actor whose audio credits include Preston and Child's previous book. This lends a continuity and fine drama to this new story of Gideon Crew, a brilliant scientist and master thief living in danger with a new mission and a dangerous task: to steal from a display protected by unbreakable security. An exceptional thriller evolves, perfect for listeners looking for tense dramas.

The Library CD Shelf

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb
Privately Published
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Roadsides is an astoundingly beautiful, poetic music CD by Jerusalem-born composer and vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb. Although Roadsides based on the Hebrew poetry that Gottlieb has experienced since her childhood, she has also made an effort to include Palestinian poetry in translation, as she composed her soul-stirring songs. A touch of jazz infuses the unforgettable melodies of her uniquely uplifting creation. The tracks are "Bridge" (4:03), "Love Song with a Ceiling-Fan" (5:54), "Slowly, Distance" (7:49), "Clarity" (5:02), "The World in Translation" (5:06), "At the Supermarket" (2:29), "A Woman's Song" (3:03), "A Second Bird" (4:03), "Letter" (6:25), "An Hour of Grace" (2:39), "An Old Shed of Tools" (5:17), and "From One Sky to Another, Dreamers Pass" (6:12).

Naam Radiance
Megan Chaskey
Heartways Music
c/o The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Naam Radiance is vocalist, composer, flutist, and Naam Yoga Therapies teacher Megan Chaskey's fourth album, in which she chants and sings traditional Sanskrit lyrics to melodies she composed with assistance from award-winning musicians. The songs reflect the life-affirming benefits of the practice of Naam Yoga, and support one's inner will to mend both physical and spiritual wounds. Beautiful, enlightening, and enriching, Naam Radiance is highly recommended. The tracks are "Invocation" (2:02), "Aardas Bahee" (12:34), "Cello Interlude" (2:09), "aapa Sahaee Hoa" (12:09), "Haray Guray" (5:36), "Ajai Alai" (10:51), "Har(a)" (4:54), "White Guru" (6:13), "Haray Guray (5:38), and "Sat Nam" (3:44).

Sanasar Records
Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Dalava is the eponymous debut album of the band Dalava, who bring the Moravian folk songs trasncribed by ethnomusicologist Dr. Vladimir Ulehla to vivid life. Vocalist Julia Ulehla (Vladimir's great granddaughter) and guitarist Aram Bajakian have created a musical expanse that pushes the boundaries of the imagination, applying guitar alternates for a curiously eerie touch. The subtle beauty of the Czech language is brought to a fine luster in this captivating album, especially recommended for international folk music collections. The tracks are "Ach, boze muj", "Ej, lasko lasko", "A ty moja najmilejsi", "Aj, Jurenko", "Mamicky", "Nech je pan lebo kral", "Hory huca", "Litala", "Mila ma", "Vysla devcina", and "Hajicku zeleny".

The Paris Session
The Toure-Raichel Collective
Produced by Idan Raichel
c/o Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 160, PMB 221, Austin, TX 78748

The Toure-Raichel Collective, a band led by Israeli keyboard player and songwriter Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, present their new album The Paris Session. Toure (an Israeli Jew) and Raichel (a Malian Muslim) did not set out to make a political album - they simply collaborated as artists and friends - yet the striking fruit of their combined talents makes a tremendous statement just by its existence. Heartrendingly beautiful, The Paris Session is a sonorous echo of love and the search for fulfillment. A wondrous, uplifting musical experience, highly recommended. The tracks are "From End to End" (4:15), "Tidhar" (5:27), "Hodu" (3:27), "Gassi Gabbi" (1:29), "L'Amour" (3:07), "Allassal Terey" (4:16), "Diaraby" (2:23), "Debo" (4:28), "Bandirabait" (3:53). "Diame" (2:23), "Soumbou Toure" (4:48), "Deni Deni" (2:13), "Philipa" (4:28).

Weightless: Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2
Marconi Union
marconiunion.comJust Publishing
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Weightless: Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2 is the seventh album by Marconi Union, well-known for their quietly wondrous instrumental music. The first track of "Weightless" was originally created in collaboration with a sound therapist from the British Academy of Sound Therapy, as the ultimate expression of relaxing music. Successive tracks extend up on the theme, exploring the gentle, restful connections that music can bring to the mind, body, and spirit. A wonderful way to ease stress, or simply enjoy for its ethereal beauty, Weightless: Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2 is highly recommended. The tracks are "Weightless Part 1", "Weightless Part 2", "Weightless Part 3", "Weightless Part 4", "Weightless Part 5", and "Weightless Part 6".

The Library DVD Shelf

A film by John Pilger
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1941545084 $325.00

Licensed for public performance, Utopia is a documentary about the dark side of modern-day Australia, focusing on how the nation treats its surviving Aboriginal population. Australia's indigenous people still face disturbingly high poverty rates, Third World living conditions, drastically lowered life expectancy compared to Australia's other citizens, and a disproportionately high rate of deaths in police custody. Award-winning journalist John Pilger applies has created a hard-hitting investigation, balanced with extensive interviews, that calls openly for justice. Bonus features include more than four hours of additional interviews recorded during the filming of Utopia, and a booklet by Anthony Hayward, a biographer of Pilger. A much-needed call to act against racial prejudice and social ills, Utopia is worthy of the highest recommendation for public library DVD collections. 112 min. plus 280 min. extras.

Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery
Starring Nathaniel Parker
Adapted from the book by Louise Penny
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621722939 $29.99

Adapted from an award-winning novel by Louise Penny, Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery is a dark murder mystery set in a peaceful Quebec town. When a widely beloved schoolteacher is found dead, the sleepy village of Three Pines is horrified. Chief inspector Armand Gamache (played by Nathaniel Parker) and Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir (Anthony Lemke) work with the victim's closest friend, Clara Morrow (Kate Hewlett) in search of answers. Perhaps life in Three Pines is not quite as idyllic as a first glance would suggest... but can answers be found and justice served before the killer strikes again? Suspenseful to the end, Still Life is especially recommended for murder mystery connoisseurs and public library DVD collections. 88 min. plus bonus, SDH subtitles.

The Trouble with Bread
A film by Maggie Beidelman
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1941545130 $195.00

Enhanced with the inclusion of a Teacher's Guide, The Trouble with Bread looks into the ongoing debate about wheat gluten. Though celiac disease, a harmful immunological reaction to gluten, is a fairly well-known condition, gluten sensitivity is less well-known and could affect 6-7% of America's population. Just how widespread is gluten intolerance, and how harmful is it for those who are sensitive to gluten to consume it? Yet another problem affects the debate - the way in which wheat is processed and fermented today is radically different from years past. Is there a type of bread that gluten-sensitive people can eat without getting sick? Are too many people throwing money at the $10.5 billion "gluten-free" industry without thinking twice about what their personal and nutritional needs truly are? The Trouble with Bread explores all these questions, and offers a cautionary warning about the harmful side effects of increased industrialization of food. Highly recommended, especially for public library DVD shelves. 27 min., SDH captions.

Martin Clunes's Wild Life
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
c/o RLJ Entertainment (publicity)
9781621721857 $39.99

Wild Life is an anthology of five animal-themed documentaries featuring Martin Clunes (the star of the popular television series "Doc Martin"). "A Man and His Dogs" is about the relationship between dogs and their wild ancestors, wolves; "Heavy Horsepower" is about working horses all over the world; "Man to Manta" is an up-close and personal tour of the manta ray and their habitat in the Maldives; "The Lemurs of Madagascar" is about human efforts to protect the threatened lemur population on this remote African island; and "A Lion Called Mugie" shows a visit to a Kenyan lion reserve. Bonus materials include a 12-page viewer's guide and photo galleries. Animal lovers everywhere will thoroughly enjoy this enlightening and adventurous collection, highly recommended for gift-giving or for public library DVD shelves. 2 DVDs, 278 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

Gamebreakers: It's All in the Hands
Featuring Jake Reed and Cris Carter
c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Featuring former NFL players Jake Reed and Cris Carter, Gamebreakers: It's All in the Hands is a DVD sports training tool and the next best thing to personally attending a high-powered football training camp. Focusing on position-specific drills, exercises to increase performance accuracy, and speed, professional tips, recommended routes, and more, Gamebreakers: It's All in the Hands is an excellent resource for both amateur players seeking to improve their game and coaches interested in stepping up their team's training. Highly recommended for everyone serious about playing football, whether as an amateur sport or as a career!

Laura Dekker
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
New York, NY 10036

Maidentrip is a documentary following 14-year-old Laura Dekker on her two-year voyage with the goal of becoming the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Though self-imposed mission incited a year-long legal battle with Dutch authorities, Laura persevered in an oceanwide quest that would take her to the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa. Her extraordinary courage and resourcefulness, as well as the stunningly beautiful camera footage recorded by Laura herself, distinguish this captivating true story. DVD extras include a "behind the scenes" segment, extended scenes, and a photo gallery. 82 min., English language with English subtitles.

Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
Troy, MI 48084-3304

Two new fitness DVDs from Anchor Bay Entertainment help make keeping in shape fun! In "Just Walk: Mix + Match Walk Blasters" (106 min.), Leslie Sansone shows how simple walking can get the viewer started on their health and fitness goals. From light walking to a walk/kick/jab combo, Leslie guides the viewer on an active regimen divided into varying types of walks that can easily arranged into a customized workout of varying length. In "Dance Off the Inches: Hip Hop Jam" (43 min. plus 23 min. step guide), viewers can use a simple step guide and an included "sculpting loop" to follow an exercise program that transforms fitness into a no-holds-barred party! Heavy on the cardio and sheer dance fun, Hip Hop Jam is a great way to improve one's body and revitalize one's spirits. Both are excellent additions to any exercise DVD collection, and thoroughly accessible to viewers of all fitness levels.

The Music Shelf

Richard Strauss: An Owner's Manual
David Hurwitz
Amadeus Press
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing
33 Plymouth St, Suite 302, Montclair, NJ 07042
9781574674422, $24.99,

Richard Strauss: An Owner's Manual includes a full-length EMI CD and discusses the orchestration and works of Richard Strauss. Here music critic David Hurwitz provides listeners - especially newcomers - with keys to understanding Strauss' music from his operas to his other works. From tone poems and operas to ballets and songs, this surveys the extent of his many works in a powerful presentation highly recommended for any classical music collection or listener.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Crocodile Stitch Afghans
Joyce Lewis
P.O. Box 8000, Big Sandy, TX 75755
9781573675628 $8.99

Crocodile Stitch Afghans is a flat-spined project guide for intermediate to advanced crocheters. The step-by-step instructions for creating five beautiful and memorable afghans (each using the crocodile stitch) do presume basic familiarity with the conventions of the craft, although a helpful illustrated stitch guide on the final page illuminates some basic techniques. Full-color photographs of each project round out this inexpensive, practical-minded resource for crating beautiful and memorable cold-weather gifts!

Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011

That Patchwork Place's CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS (9781804683882, $26.99) features over twenty projects from tree skirts to pillows and quilts and profiles using needlework for holiday pursuits. Each project comes with step-by-step instructions and illustrations geared to all levels of needleworker, and each offers full-page color photos and all the tips necessary to make a home-enhancing project look semi-professional. It's a wonderful holiday project guide for any looking to use or strengthen their existing skills. Donna Lynn Thomas' QUILTMAKING ESSENTIALS 1: CUTTING AND PIECING SKILLS (9781604684407, $18.99) packs in tips and techniques for new quilters in a focus that reveals how to improve on quilting skills, and teaches the basics of everything from locating and preparing the right fabric for a project to understanding pressing and how it affects piecing. The tips and tricks offer information in a fine low-cost format and covers basic concepts to block construction and machine piecing. With such a specific focus, newcomers will find it a pleasing approach to advancing quilting skills. Ana Paula Rimoli's AMIGURUMI AT HOME: CROCHET PLAYFUL PILLOWS, RUGS, BASKETS, AND MORE (9781604684322, $22.99) offers a fun collection of home projects that range from cushions and pillows to foot warmers and baskets, and provides a fun collection oriented toward crochet workers with some basic skills, but accessible to any who enjoy crafts. Bright color photos accompany pages of crochet instruction for producing these playful animal figures in a fine book for any who want easy home decor ideas.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Comfort Prayers
June Cotner
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449446017 $12.99

Comfort Prayers: Prayers and Poems to Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire is a pocket-sized hardcover of prayers, poems, and quotes from august personages throughout history; each expresses a sentiment of solace for those confronting trying times. Comfort Prayers is non-denominational, and speaks to any and all in need of spiritual encouragement. Highly recommended as a source of inspiration to persevere. "Often people have asked me, 'How do you recover from disaster?' I don't know any answer except the obvious one: You do it by meeting it and going on. From each you learn something, from each you acquire strength and confidence in yourself to meet the next one when it comes."

Noah: The Real Story
Larry Stone
WND Books
9781936488742, $14.95,

Noah: The Real Story delves into the specifics of Noah's flood and ark and includes everything about Noah and his world, pairing stories with black and white images, discussions of controversies, and more, and is recommended for any collection interested in Biblical history. Unlike some considerations, it provides a lively discussion that assumes little prior familiarity with Biblical analysis and instead adopts a chatty, informative tone considering historical analysis, science, and Biblical story alike. The result is a very accessible treatment that should interest any general Bible reader interested in Biblical perspectives about Noah and his world.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Augustine's Theology of Preaching
Peter T. Sanlon
Fortress Press
P.O. Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440-1209
9781451482782 $24.00

Augustine's Theology of Preaching is a scholarly study of Augustine of Hippo (354-430), also known as Saint Augustine or Saint Austin, who is well known as a Christian theologian and philosopher. The focus here is on Augustine as a preacher, offering Augustine's own views on the craft of preaching, in terms accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Chapters address the historical context of Augustine's preaching, pagan oratory, how preachers were once trained, and much more. "We may summarize Augustine's use of interiority and temporality with regard to resurrection as follows: Jesus is resurrected temporally, so that the apostolic witnesses may believe and be healed interiorly. This leads to the word being preached. When the word is heard and believed, people experience an interior resurrection. The ability to believe in Jesus' resurrection arises from that act occurring temporally, as part of God's ongoing teleological plan..." An extensive bibliography and an index round out this welcome addition to Christian theological shelves. Also highly recommended for its philosophical and religious contemplation is "The Ethics of Death" (9780800699192, $34.00), in which a philosophy/ethics professor Dennis R. Cooley and Religion Studies professor Lloyd Steffen discuss the moral, philosophical, and ethical quandaries revolving around death, including the complex, thorny issues surrounding abortion, the death penalty, war, suicide (whether assisted by a physician or not), euthanasia, and more.

Francis of Rome & Francis of Assisi
Leonardo Boff
Orbis Books
Box 302, Maryknoll NY 10545-0302
9781626980839, $18.00,

Francis of Rome & Francis of Assisi provides a strong story that belongs in Catholic and Christian collections and tells of Pope Francis and how he found in Francis of Assisi a saint symbolizing his reform process. A church inspired by St. Francis embraces the poor and promotes peace: this exploration of connections between the two Francises provides a powerful assessment of the Church and its evolutionary process, and is a recommendation for any Catholic collection.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

The Philosophical Quest
Rabbi J. David Bleich, author
Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman, series editor
Maggid Books
c/o Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
9781592643431 $39.95

The Philosophical Quest: Of Philosophy, Ethics, Law and Halakhah is the first volume of the Riets Hashkafah series, created to use rigorous principles of philosophy to extend Judaic Studies and instruction of the Torah to a new level. What, precisely, are the fundamental dogmas of Judaism? Upon which areas of Judaic teachings are there long-standing disagreements, and how can these disputes be objectively framed? How do Judaic ethics and principles inform tenets of everyday life and public policy? The thoughtful, researched and reasoned essays of The Philosophical Quest cross-examine these and other crucial issues concerning what it means to be a Jew. Individual writings include "The Thirteen Principles of Faith", "Was Spinoza a Jewish Philosopher?", "Judaism and Natural Law", "Is There a Right to Physician-Assisted Suicide?", "Godtalk: Should Religion Inform Public Debate?" and much more. The Philosophical Quest is a "must-have" for Judaic Studies shelves, and an invaluable contribution to philosophy shelves as well.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

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

THE YOGA OF FOOD: WELLNESS FROM THE INSIDE OUT (9780738740157, $16.99) comes from a psychotherapist who has battled eating disorders since she was a child, who found yoga to offer keys to successful and better eating habits. This book blends yogic philosophy and meditations with an understanding of how the discipline relates to body health and image. Years of her clinical practice blends with anecdotes on nutrition and spirituality to provide a well-rounded blend of insights on overall system interactions and health. William L. Mikulas, PhD's TAMING THE DRUNKEN MONKEY: THE PATH TO MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION, AND INCREASED CONCENTRATION (9780738734699, $16.99) comes from a mental training teacher who shows how to use Western and Eastern philosophy and health systems to promote mindfulness on various levels, from mental awareness and flexibility to applying breathwork with yogic pranayama and Chinese medicine techniques. Chapters offer a range of exercises and practices to promote bodily health and spiritual awakening alike, making it a fine choice for any new age collection.

The Education Shelf

Perfect Pairs
Melissa Stewart & Nancy Chesley
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B
Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571109583 $28.00

Award-winning author Melissa Stewart and 26-year elementary classroom teacher Nancy Chesley present Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, K-2, a guide to using books to give young students a glimpse of the wonders of the natural world and life science. Students can't directly travel to the recesses of a rainforest or the depths of the ocean, but they can witness and learn about natural ecosystems far from home through picturebooks. Perfect Pairs is divided into teachable lessons, packed with recommended science-themed picturebooks, and supports the goals of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. A superb, user-friendly, lesson-planning tool especially for professional educators (and children's librarians contemplating which picturebooks to add to their collection!), Perfect Pairs is highly recommended.

Learning for Real
Heidi Mills
PO Box 6926, Portsmouth, NH 03802-6926
9780325046037 $26.88

Written by a professional educator for other professionals, Learning for Real: Teaching Content and Literacy Across the Curriculum is a resource especially for literacy teachers responsible for early and middle-grade children. Chapters address tips, tricks, techniques, "word tools", how to pose an investigate questions to encourage young minds to think, how to balance daily classroom planning with long-term goals, and much more. Of particular interest are suggestions for promoting literacy through cross-discipline educational activities. "...Think of times when children can take and interpret photos or convey their interpretations of things they observe by sketching. A classroom camera, a printer, and blank paper are all you need to get started. Scaffolding is important to success in the classroom; whether you are helping students learn to take photos, interpret photos, or sketch, begin with whole-class activities and provide steps toward independence." Learning for Real is an indispensable asset to any literacy educator's resource library!

Grammar Matters
Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B
Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571109910 $24.00

Grammar Matters: Lessons, Tips, and Conversations Using Mentor Texts, K-6 is a resource especially for teachers of students in grades K-6, focusing on how to educate young people about proper grammar in an exciting, engaging way. Chapters cover proper grammar in Narrative Writing, Informational Writing, Opinion Writing, and Conversations; a wealth of tips, tricks, techniques, assessment ideas, mentor texts, "Your Turn" lessons, suggested exercises and more form an impressive educator's toolkit. A "Treasure Chest of Children's Books" offers a list of superb fiction and nonfiction books ideal for grammar instruction, and all materials are linked to the Common Core State Standards. Highly recommended for professional educators, as well as college library Education reference shelves.

The Principal's Quick-Reference Guide to School Law, third edition
Robert F. Hachiya,
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
9781483333335, $45.95,

The Principal's Quick-Reference Guide to School Law appears in its third updated edition to cover the legal issues schools face, how to recognize and diffuse a legal concern, and how to understand key court cases that have influenced today's school law. From student misuse of technology and bullying problems to special education requirements, parental problems with school systems, and more, this covers all the latest legal thinking as it pertains to common school management, and is a 'must' for any principal who wants a quick overview of law. The fact that these examples are geared to non-legal experts makes them accessible and important surveys in today's modern school processes.

Cracking the GED Test, 2015 Edition
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307946041, $23.00,

The 2015 edition of Cracking the GED Test is filled with techniques that work and which are designed to help avoid traps and build logical thinking. It provides everything needed to gain a high score, from math reasoning and language to social studies, and it reviews both skills and questions on the GED. Two full-length practice tests include in-depth answers, while practice drills are supported by further multiple-choice questions online, arranged by subject. Any studying for the GED will find this a winner!

The Science Shelf

Mapping It Out
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Editor
Thames & Hudson
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500239186, $50.00,

Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies was inspired by the Serpentine Gallery's Map Marathon of 2010 and represents a long collaboration with John Brockman and the EDGE Foundation, offering a range of approaches from blueprints and drawings to lists, concept and fantasy maps, and more. It stands at the intersection of modern art, science and cartography as it rethinks the notion of what maps can do and be, and how to translate scientific data and art into visual language and diagrams. From efforts to rework existing maps to cartographic processes and new directions, this gathers a wide range of contributors and approaches to a truly amazing synthesis recommended for a variety of collections and readers.

Rod Pyle
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616149338, $19.95,

Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mar Rover Mission and the People Who Made it Happen provides a behind-the-scenes look at the recent unmanned rover Curiosity, which is providing scientists with unprecedented information about Mars. The author uses his NASA contacts as well as those from the jet Propulsion Laboratory to provide insights into how these individuals use a blend of chemistry, geology and physics instruments to unlock the secrets of the red planet. The result is a working coverage of the latest technology and innovators, from engineers to scientists, working to reveal Mar's puzzles.

Ian Leslie
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780465079964, $26.99,

CURIOUS: THE DESIRE TO KNOW AND WHY YOUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT blends science, history and psychology and considers that true curiosity is becoming more difficult in the modern world. From how children become independent of adults and ask questions to how digital technologies are short-circuiting mental exploration patterns and making critical thinking harder, CURIOUS is a pick for social issues, science, and psychology holdings alike.

CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487

Manjit S. Kang & Surinder S. Banga, Editors's COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE: AN AGRICULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (9781466566705, $99.95) documents the real effects of climate change which can be felt in agricultural pursuits around the world. Human intervention will be necessary to mitigate these effects: that's the message in a college-level collection of essays from internationally recognized scientists who consider how agriculture can be adapted to the changing conditions and economic impacts of climate change. Chapters survey everything from the genetic mitigation of such change through developing climate-resistant crops to conserving native ecosystems and handling crops in a different manner. Experts consider plant pathogens, plant disease, insects and more as they consider the latest options for handling future climates. The result is a powerful recommendation for any college-level student of agriculture or environmental science. Science collections strong in herpetology will find a foundation reference in Van Wallach, Kenneth L. Williams and Jeff Boundy's SNAKES OF THE WORLD: A CATALOGUE OF LIVING AND EXTINCT SPECIES (9781482208474, $149.95). It provides the first catalog to cover living and fossil snakes described between 1758 and 2012 - over three thousand living and nearly three hundred extinct species - and includes over three hundred more species that are invalid. An alphabetical listing by genus and species allows for quick reference, while discussions of distribution by country, province and elevation, habitats, taxonomic references for each species, and an extensive bibliography of references accompanies an index of over 12,000 primary snake names. With its extensive detail, this isn't a reference for the casual collector but will prove invaluable for any looking for specific worldwide herpetological references.

The Calendar Shelf

Quilt Art Engagement Calendar 2015
Klaudeen Hansen
American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781604601367, $13.95,

Any quilter looking for an engagement book that not only includes colorful pages of quilt ideas but pre-filled notes on quilting celebrations across the country will find this engagement calendar serves three purposes: it works as an engagement calendar with large spaces for writing in notes and appointments, as an inspirational display of award-winning quilts accompanied by creator notes, and as a reminder of Quilt Week events in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Iowa. The result is a handy calendar perfect for any busy quilter.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Madness of July
James Naughtie
The Overlook Press
141 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012
9781468309614 $26.95

The Madness of July is a knife-edge spy thriller novel. Will Flemyng was originally trained as a spy behind enemy lines, but his current career is in politics - until a shocking death starts to bring dark governmental secrets to light. The lingering threat of the Cold War breathes down Will's neck; can he protect his own secrets and identity, let alone uncover a deadly family conspiracy? Saturated with edge-of-seat suspense to the very end, The Madness of July is highly recommended.

Windigo Island
William Kent Krueger
Atria Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781476749235 $24.99 www.Simon&

"Windigo Island" is the newest Minnesota mystery title by famed local author William Kent Krueger, following further adventures of craggy detective Cork O'Connor, biracial descendant of Irish and Ojibwe ancestry. "Windigo Island" traces a modern tragedy/mystery of the drowning death of a young Ojibwe girl, found washed up on the shore of a deserted scenic island in Lake Superior. Honoring the heartfelt request of the Arceneaux family, relatives of another lost girl, Cork O'Connor plunges into waves of human trafficking, drug abuse, cultural abandonment, and an old pattern of racial targeting and abuse. "Windigo Island" includes the involvement of Cork's daughter, Jenny, an aspiring writer and the adoptive mother of Waaboozoons, a young Anishinaabe child found abandoned and orphaned in an earlier volume. Jenny plays a crucial role in this possibly darkest of the Cork O'Connor mysteries, helping her father confront the enigma of Michi Peshu, a vengeful spirit from Anishinaabe myth or prehistory. All turns of the screw lead to a darker set of implications in this exciting mystery set in scenic northern Minnesota and Lake Superior, leading to a stunning conclusion.

Drone Warrior
Captain Jack Watson
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9781601389770 $16.95

Technology continues to revolutionize modern warfare - but to what end? Drone Warrior: A James Barlow Adventure is an intense novel exploring the logical conclusion of America's increased reliance on unmanned aerial "drones" to fight battles, especially against terrorist enemies. Set in the all-to-near future, in which America and its fresh, first-term president depend almost exclusively upon machines to fight its wars, Drone Warrior shows how one man, drone prodigy James Barlow, must devise a brilliant solution to an utterly unexpected terrorism scenario. Fast-paced and dangerously prophetic, Drone Warrior is captivating to the last page!

Samuel Fuller
Titan Books
144 Southwark Street, London SE1 OUP, UK
9781781168196, $12.95,

Brainquake is the lost novel of a legendary filmmaker, is a fine crime story recommended for readers of crime fiction, and tells of a Mafia bagman in New York City charged with paying off judges and cops alike. He's fallen in love with a gangster's wife and is suffering from a brain condition that leads to hallucinations and seizures. He's also suffering from a murder that sends him fleeing Mob and law alike with, $10 million in stolen money. Can love save him now? Readers of hardboiled, fast-paced crime sagas will find this a compelling, rapid-fire story packed with twists and changes.

Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Ave., #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Reavis Z. Wortham's VENGEANCE IS MIND (9781464202852, $24.95) provides a fine Red River mystery and tells of teen Top Parker, who has a 'poisoned gift' in the form of dreams that come true. His latest dream centers around a wagon wheel with spokes from all directions - spokes that seem to predict something big is coming. When his town moves from a small-town area perfect for family life to a combat zone for new gangsters, an unsolved murder and a robbery leads to a host of complications that involve everyone in a series of deadly encounters. A fine murder mystery with satisfyingly complex twists of plot makes for a wonderful read! Another fine murder mystery is Warren C. Easley's DEAD FLOAT (9781464202667, $24.95), a Cal Claxton mystery that involves the former L.A. prosecutor in the task of guiding executives from a high tech firm in Portland on a coveted fishing trip. Unfortunately the executives ALSO have a conflict resolution exercise in mind with the future of the firm dependent on its outcome, so the idea that murder would enter into such a scenario is nearly inevitable. When a remote fishing trip turns deadly, it's up to Cal to uncover clues in this involving 'whodunnit'.

The Fiction Shelf

Your Perfect Life
Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Washington Square Press
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
c/o Goldberg McDuffie Communications (publicity)
9781476730578 $15.00

Your Perfect Life: A Novel is the story of two female best friends who learn what it's like to walk a mile in each other's shoes. Casey and Rachel each envy one another for their dramatically different lives. Casey is a successful career woman, the host of "Gossip TV", and encounters celebrities regularly, but lives alone; meanwhile, stay-at-home mom Rachel tries to balance caring for a baby, two temperamental teenagers, and a husband of twenty years who seems impossibly distant. When Casey and Rachel get into an argument at their high school reunion, they each drink a shot... and wake up the net morning in one another's bodies! Rachel learns what the demands of a broadcasting career are really like, and Casey learns about the rigors of being part of a family. Neither women knew herself or her best friend as well as she thought! Charming and soulful, Your Perfect Life is a treasure from cover to cover, highly recommended.

Lisette's List
Susan Vreeland
Random House
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10019
9781400068173 $27.00

Set in World War II Europe, Lisette's List: A Novel follows Lisette Roux, who move from Paris to a village in Provence in 1937, to care for her husband's grandfather. Though Lisette misses the sophistication of Paris, and her dream of becoming a gallery apprentice, she soon finds other joys in the simple hilltop town. She and her husband befriend Pascal, who teaches her all about art and life, including a philosophy to "Do the important things first." Lisette begins a list of vows to herself, such as "#4. Learn what makes a painting great," but the ruthless press of world war interrupts her studies. Her husband hides Pascal's paintings to protect them from the Nazis, and leaves to his life on the line in battle. When Paris falls, Lisette takes it upon herself to locate and protect the hidden paintings. A saga of danger, tragedy, shattered love, desperate searching throughout the French countryside, and the whispers of hope, Lisette's List is heart-touching and highly recommended.

Stars Go Blue
Laura Pritchett
Counterpoint Press
1919 Fifth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710-1916
9781619023086 $25.00

Award-winning author Laura Pritchett presents Stars Go Blue, a dark novel about belated justice and impending dementia. Ranchers Renny and Ben Cross moved to separate ends of the ranch after the loss of their daughter. They have witnessed their farm's gradual decline, and to make matters worse, Ben has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. On the verge losing contact with reality, Ben contemplates ending his own life with dignity. Then Ben learns that the abusive husband of his late daughter has been released from prison early. Ben changes his death wish into a remorseless quest; he sets out to confront the man who murdered his daughter, but will Ben's own mental faculties desert him before he can experience closure, or justice? Stars Go Blue is not only a suspenseful tale, but also offers a literary glimpse into what it's like to live with fragmenting mental faculties. Highly recommended.

Accidents of Marriage
Randy Susan Meyers
Atria Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
c/o Meryl L. Moss Media Relations Inc. (publicity)
155 Post Road East, Suite 8, Westport, CT 06880
9781451673043 $25.00

Accidents of Marriage is a novel about the toll of emotional abuse. Maddy is a social worker, yet all her training and expertise in her chosen profession can't help her at home - no matter how hard she tries, she can't always prevent Ben's temper from erupting into heated verbal outbursts. The strain on their marriage culminates in a drive gone terribly wrong. In a fit of rage, Ben loses control of his driving, and Maddie is hurled through the windshield. Maddy falls into a coma, and her family all but falls apart - her relatives blame Ben for the accident, and Ben is horrified at his own actions. Ben and Maddie's fourteen-year-old daughter Emma is stretched to the breaking point, sick with worry about her mother, burdened with caring for her young siblings, and fed up with heated arguments with her ill-tempered father. Is there any hope for Maddy and her frayed family? A sober, serious-minded story about an all-too-common social problem, Accidents of Marriage will make the reader think long and hard, and is and highly recommended.

Season to Taste
Natalie Young
Little, Brown & Company
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780316282482, $25.00,

SEASON TO TASTE is startling on many levels: it's about the dissolution of a marriage, it tells of Lizzie, an ordinary housewife living in the British countryside who is a wonderful cook and gardener, and it is based on some degree of historical fact. When Lizzie kills her husband and decides to eat him, a strange blend of mystery, cookbook, and humor evolves to provide readers with a dark vision of insanity and entertainment. It's as much about love and moving on in life as it is about a marriage's failure and gruesome results: hard to define, suffice to say that it's an intriguing story indeed.

The American History Shelf

More American than Southern
Gary R. Matthews
The University of Tennessee Press
110 Conference Center UT
Knoxville, TN 37996
9781621900573 $60.00

More American than Southern: Kentucky, Slavery, and the War for an American Ideology, 1828-1861 is a scholarly study of Kentucky's position and role during the buildup to the American Civil War. It is notable that Kentucky resisted becoming involved in the Civil War for five months after Fort Sumter was fired upon, reluctantly joining the Union only when Confederate troops forcibly seized the town of Columbus. More American than Southern explores the social forces that drove Kentucky's loyalties - though Kentucky was a slave state that had strong historical and cultural ties with the South, a growing urban middle class in the 1830's swayed its demographics, forming a population base that saw no need for slavery or a "master class" of plantation owners. Extensive notes and a bibliography round out this meticulous, heavily researched, and fascinating analysis of political and social forces. More American than Southern is especially recommended for college library American History shelves.

An Indigenous People's History of the United States
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807000403 $27.95

When US Army general Thomas S. Jesup said of the Seminole people "The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them" in 1836, he was not being facetious. Historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz presents An Indigenous People's History of the United States, which shines a light on one of the darker aspects of American history - the systematic, generational efforts to commit genocide on indigenous peoples. Chapters explore how colonial policies were designed to displace or eliminate native peoples in order to lay claim to their land, and that these ruthless efforts were widely praised in popular culture (even by classic writers such as James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman), governmental offices, and the military. Other policies embraced the concept of "kill the Indian but save the man", separating Native parents from their children and deliberately making every effort to destroy Native languages and cultures. Chapters also address the rise of the Ghost Dance, and what the America's bloodstained past has to say about its future, especially with the disturbing return of legalized torture and ramped-up militarization in the twenty-first century. Notes and an index round out this disturbing yet absolutely vital history - a nation that remains blind to the horrors of its past is doomed to repeat them.

Discovering Texas History
Bruce A. Glasrud, Light Townsend Cummins, and Cary D. Wintz
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806146195 $24.95

Discovering Texas History is an anthology of essays by learned authors written to aid students, teachers, and researchers in understanding Texas historiography. Individual writings, ordered both by topic and chronology, offer a solid overview of Texas historical themes such as the different peoples who form the state, arts, urban development, and military history. Individual writings include "Texas Women", "Literature, the Visual Arts, and Music in Texas", "Reformers, Populists, and Progressives 1875-1915", "Recent Texas, 1981 to the Present" and much more. An excellent resource, surprisingly accessible in spite of its scholarly research and detail, Discovering Texas History is highly recommended especially for public and college library American History shelves.

Freedom's Delay
Allen Carden
The University of Tennessee Press
110 Conference Center UT, Knoxville, TN 37996
9781621900504 $29.95

Freedom's Delay: America's Struggle for Emancipation 1776-1865 is a scholarly, comprehensive history of how the crusade to end slavery in America was ultimately successful - a process that took generations of sweat and bloodshed, culminating in the Civil War. Freedom's Delay is emphatically about the "big picture" of the anti-slavery movement, rather than the stories of individual states. Applying research to contest some of the most persistent myths about slavery, Freedom's Delay denounces widespread misconceptions such as the idea that slavery ended quickly and easily, that the South seceded to primarily to protect "state's rights" other than slavery, that the North fought the Civil War primarily to end African-American subjugation, or that abolition was a "white man's cause" and blacks were passive benefactors. Notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this welcome contribution to public and college library American History shelves.

Comics and Conflict
Cord A. Scott
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781612514772 $49.95

Featuring extensive notes in support of its meticulous research, Comics and Conflict: Patriotism and Propaganda from WW II Through Operation Iraqi Freedom is a studious examination of the roles that military-themed comic books have played in America's military engagements, from comics that were propaganda or military recruitment tools, to comics that were scathing antiwar criticism. Scholarly in tone, yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Comics and Conflict is especially recommended for college library American History and Media Studies shelves. "During the early 1960s, some war comic books started to delve into the major social issues of the day, the role of minority troops in particular. As the civil rights movement picked up speed, DC's major titles began to revamp their cast of characters to include minorities. 'Sgt. Rock' added Jackie Johnson (an African American) and Little Sure Shot (a Native American) to his squad, while 'Haunted Tank' introduced minorities in various story lines."

Sod Busting
David B. Danbom
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421414515, $19.95,

Sod Busting: How Families Made Farms on the 19th-Century Plains offers a fine survey of the history of prairie busting and how it actually worked, and considers the many processes of surviving on the Great Plains in the late 19th century. From how settlers acquired land and made communities to the physical and social challenges of the American frontier, this uses the Great Plains as a focal point for considering settler activities, economics, and social systems, and provides a close inspection of how plains settlement actually worked. The result incorporates settlers' memoirs, historical presentation, and consideration of American ideals and experiences alike and is a fine recommendation for any American history collection.

Nature's God
Matthew Stewart
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393064544, $28.95,

Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic discusses the radicals who founded not just this country, but strived for a new state of religious freedoms that liberated America from supernatural religion. It makes the case for the idea that pagan and ancient philosophies and religion motivated them more than traditional religious freedom, and uses European philosophy to pursue a history of the philosophical ideas that inspired America's early revolutionaries. The result is a powerful history that runs counter to many approaches and will prove especially satisfying to American history buffs.

The World History Shelf

The Virtues of Abandon
Charly Coleman
Stanford University Press
425 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063
9780804784436 $40.00

The Virtues of Abandon: An Anti-Individualist History of the French Enlightenment cross-examines a crucial period in Western European history from an unconventional perspective. Eighteenth-century France was a tremendous time of change, and questioning. Who truly had the rights to own property, status, or even personhood? Author Charly Coleman (Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University) explores the anti-individualist mentality that saturated theology, philosophy, and politics of the era, culminating in the French Revolution. The Virtues of Abandon champions a seeming paradox - that the French Enlightenment's renewed focus on the rights of the individual had its roots in calls for shared self-sacrifice, and that a movement that ultimately ended the French monarchy and its dependence on God still held religious roots, even when it seemed to embrace atheism. Thoughtful, meticulous, and supporting its points with extensive notes, The Virtues of Abandon is a welcome addition to college library world history shelves.

Israel Since the Six-Day War
Leslie Stein
c/o Blackwell Publishing
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9780745647265 $29.95

Third in a trilogy of in-depth histories about the modern nation of Israel, Israel Since the Six-Day War: Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow is a serious-minded, detailed overview of Israel's military, economic, and political development from 1967 to the modern day. A studious account, yet written to be accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Israel Since the Six-Day War scrutinizes the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Arabs, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, radical Jewish movements, the ultra-orthodox Jewish community, how Jewish migrants from Russia and Ethiopia have fared, and much more. Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this "must-have" addition to public and college library world history shelves. Also highly recommended are the previous two histories in the trilogy, "The Hope Fulfilled: The Rise of Modern Israel" and "The Making of Modern Israel: 1948-1967".

Fishing for a Solution
Donald Barry, Bob Applebaum, and Earl Wiseman
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
9781552387788 $41.95

Fishing for a Solution: Canada's Fisheries Relations with the European Union, 1977-2013 is a scholarly, policy based assessment of the modern history of the relationship between Canada's fisheries and the European Union. Topics covered include the enlargement of Canada's fisheries jurisdiction to 200 miles in 1977, the creation of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) in 1979, the proposed new NAFO Convention in 2007 (which is still pending formal approval as of 2014), detailed international negotiations, and much more. Exhaustive notes, as well as tables of EU quotas and catches 1986-1992, a bibliography, and an index, round out this in-depth assessment, especially recommended for college library shelves.

The Crafts Shelf

Felt So Good
Tone Rorseth
Sellers Publishing
161 John Roberts Road
South Portland, ME 04106
9781416245278 $19.95

Captivating, full-color photography on almost every page (except for pages with reproducible cut-out patterns), Felt So Good: 70+ Felted and Plain Wool Designs For You and Your Home is a hands-on craft project book. Norwegian designer Tone Rorseth walks the reader through projects that transform leftover wool felt (such as scraps from worn or out-of-style wool sweaters) into gorgeous home accessories. Projects include chair covers, pillows, skirt decorations, slippers, mittens, camera cases, and much more. Step-by-step instructions for general techniques and specific creations alike make Felt So Good a user-friendly treasury!

Basic Painting & Weathering, second edition
Jeff Wilson
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
9780890249550, $19.99,

The second updated edition of Basic Painting & Weathering for Model railroaders sports expanded chapters on weathering and new prototype photos, several new projects, and the latest manufacturer and product references, and is a pick for any modeler who wants to create the best layout models. From learning how to select and mix paints to using an airbrush, creating weathering effects with chalk and pens, and applying dry transfers and decals, this is packed with fine details any model railroader will appreciate.

Making a Rattan Bow
Linda Schilling & Michael Wlotzka
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764345463, $24.99,

Making a Rattan Bow shows how to make a bow using either rattan or a combination of rattan and wood, and focuses on the properties of rattan in the bow construction world. Seven different bow designs are covered here, each with illustrated step-by-step instructions. Sections cover making each segment and woodworkers and crafters receive specifics enhanced by color photos packed throughout. The result is a unique coverage highly recommended for any woodworker interested in bows.

The Art Shelf

How to Draw Monsters
Chad Scheres and Paul Ledney
Wolfgang Publications Inc.
PO Box 223, Stillwater, MN 55082
c/o CarTech Inc. (distribution)
39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
9781935828914 $27.95

Graphic designer/pin striper Paul Ledney and 3-D sculptor Chad Scheres present How to Draw Monsters, a hands-on, how-to guide to doodling, painting, even sculpting monsters worthy of being Halloween decorations. Aesthetically grotesque imagery can be a snap when following these simple instructions concerning artist's tools, media guidelines, and sketch suggestions. Over 300 photographs, most of them in full color, illustrate the methods and step-by-step monstrous suggestions, in these excellent self-teaching resource accessible to budding artists of all age, skill, and experience levels. Highly recommended especially for the Halloween season!

North Light Books
c/o F+W Media
700 East State Street, Iola WI 54945

Amy Jones edits ADVENTURES IN MIXED MEDIA ART (9781440336737, $22.99) and provides a fine guidebook that teaches the basics by showing how to create an art journal using guided mixed-media techniques. It covers hand lettering, painting and collage and uses the journal as a starting point for practice to create canvas paintings, collages and more outside the journal format. Any looking to learn basic skills will find this an excellent starting point that uses an unassuming and easy medium as a teaching tool for later, greater projects. Julie Nutting's COLLAGE COUTURE STUDIO: PAPER DOLLS (9781440329012, $24.99) teaches the basics of paper doll design and dress-up and presents five fashion-oriented dolls from around the world that can be dressed in either designer clothes or flea market finds around the world. From making a paper doll chain to a rich collage of them, this offers a wider range of projects than most paper doll collections and is a fine pick for fashion-oriented crafters who want to play a little with the art medium. Rachel Rubin Wolf edits THE BEST OF WATERCOLOR SPLASH 15: CREATIVE SOLUTIONS (9781440320408, $35.00) and packs in some hundred examples by the world's most accomplished watercolorists. These artists depict a range of scenes form urban to rural and teach the basics of their art in a collection that profiles original approaches and work paired with anecdotes on their making. The full-page, full color works are exceptional presentations representing a wide diversity of artists and approaches, making this yet another 'must' Splash collection for any arts and crafts holding and those artists who look for inspiration from others. Tracy Verdugo's PAINT MOJO (9781440333132, $29.99) appears in lay-flat binding book with spine lettering for easy use and filing, and offers keys to exploring various painting works and mixed-media results. From 19 step-by-step exercises to using pastels, acrylics and inks to honing inspirational sources and transferring vision to art mediums, this is a powerful pick for any would-be painter and is packed with lovely examples teaching painting fundamentals and beyond.

The Social Issues Shelf

Lone Star America
Mark Davis
Regnery Publishing
300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
9781621572251, $27.99,

LONE STAR AMERICA: HOW TEXAS CAN SAVE OUR COUNTRY tells how Texas's values hold lessons for the rest of the U.S., with low taxes, limited government, and respect for faith and family making it the envy of the nation. Texans live by their principles, and Lone Star America documents these principles, blending Texas history and culture with wider questions of economic and political differences between Texas and the rest of the country. Any interested in the state's evolution and faith will find this an engrossing, involving read that links Texas history and sentiments to wider questions of values and applied political process.

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism
John Hope Bryant
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781626560321, $24.95,

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class continues the theme of the author's November 2013 summit on Global Dignity and offers business leaders and social scientists alike new reflections on creating an upward cycle of wealth and empowerment for the poor and middle class through capitalism. It discusses the basics of giving everyone a stake in such a system to promote its sustainability, and it provides powerful blends of idealism and application to synthesize social and business pursuits, making this a 'must' for both business and social issues readers.

The Slaughter
Ethan Gutmann
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616149406, $25.95,

THE SLAUGHTER: MASS KILLINGS, ORGAN HARVESTING, AND CHINA'S SECRET SOLUTION TO ITS DISSIDENT PROBLEM provides the results of a comprehensive investigation into the Chinese State's secret program to get rid of its dissidents while profiting from selling their organs, often to Western recipients, and is a shocking expose based on interviews with top-ranking police officials and Chinese doctors. The Chinese medical community participates in killing prisoners, Gutmann maintains. His journey to Asia to find out why and how reveals a story of political struggle and rare stories from those who survived to tell them, and is at once an expose and a social horror story of a medical community involved in the impossible. Any collection interested in Chinese culture, medicine and political issues will find this an important, key read.

The Cookbook Shelf

Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes
Donna-Marie Pye
Robert Rose Inc.
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778804833 $24.95

Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes lives up to its title as a repository of over 200 slow-cooker recipes for cooks of all skill and experience levels. From Pesto Meatball Stew to Jamaican Chicken Casserole, Mediterranean Minestrone, Turkey Breast with Sweet Cranberry Soy Gravy, Braised Apricots with Vanilla Mascarpone, and much more, Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes is a treasury of recipes that make maximum use of the slow-cooker's ability to instill rich flavors while conserving the chef's precious time. More than 80 color photographs, an index, and a wealth of tip, tricks, and techniques enhance this superb collection.

The Girl Who Ate Everything
Christy Denney
Front Table Books
c/o Cedar Fort, Inc.
2373 West 700 South, Springville, Utah 84663
9781462114047 $19.99

The Girl Who Ate Everything: Easy Family Recipes from a Girl Who Has Tried Them All is a resource of taste-tested recipes for every meal of the day, from the popular blog of author and mother of five Christy Denney. Every delight is illustrated with a full-color photograph, and preparation instructions are in plain terms accessible to cooks of all skill and experience levels. The mouth-watering creations include Bloomin' Cheddar Bacon Ranch Bread, Egg Sonora, Pesto Chicken Pasta, Tortellini Salad, Strawberry Shortbread Pizza, Double Cake Batter Cookies, and much more. A family and crowd-pleasing cookbook with something for everyone, The Girl Who Ate Everything is enthusiastically recommended!

Heather Crosby
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75204
9781940363240, $19.95,

The demand for gluten-free cuisine continues to increase, along with the popularity of vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. Compiled and presented by culinary expert Heather Crosby, "YumUniverse" is a 300 page compendium showcase an impressive variety of recipes for dishes that contain no meat, no dairy, no gluten, no soy. Nicely illustrated throughout with color photography, the recipes range from Creamy Quinoa & Kale Salad; Mushroom Sausage Farinata; Chickpea Flatbread; and Mini Chesapeake Veggie Cakes; to Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Bisque; Mung Bean & Eggplant Curry; Sliceable Cashew Cheese; and Granny Smith Apple Cobblers. While offering a cornucopia of outstanding recipes, "YumUniverse" offers a great deal more with an informed and informative commentary on why and how to live a plant-based dietary lifestyle. Exceptional and 'kitchen cook friendly', "YumUniverse" is very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "YumUniverse" is also available in a Kindle edition ($11.49).

Feeding Baby
Clancy Cash Harrison
Cedar Fort, Inc.
2373 West 700 South, Springville, Utah 84663
9781462114665, $19.99,

The importance for a nutritional diet for a young and growing child simply cannot be overestimated. Written and compiled by pediatric nutrition expert Clancy Cash Harrsion, MS, RD, LDN, "Feeding Baby: Simple Approaches to Raising a Healthy Baby and Creating a Lifetime of Nutritious Eating" is a beautifully illustrated, 224 page compendium combining more than eighty recipes for nutritious and delicious baby foods, with helpful tips for picky eaters, nutritional information on which foods are best for baby, and practical advice on how to establish healthy eating habits in infancy that will endure for a lifetime of sound food choices. Informed, informative, and thoroughly 'user friendly' from beginning to end, the recipes range from White Peaches with Sardines & Bananas; to a Pumpkin Crusted Chicken Pot Pie; to Mema's Cornbread Dressing Cakes; to Very Gouda Mac & Cheese. Of special note is the nutritional advice and tips for 4-6 month olds (page 80) and the instructions for making a Bone Broth (a staple for many recipes) on page 81. Very highly recommended, especially for new parents and community library Parenting instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "Feeding Baby: Simple Approaches to Raising a Healthy Baby and Creating a Lifetime of Nutritious Eating" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99).

Organic Sweet Treats
Michal Moses & Juana Nitzan
Imagine Publishing
c/o Charlesbridge Publishing
85 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
9781623540395 $18.95

Color photography intersperses the sumptuous recipes of Organic Sweet Treats: More Than 70 Delicious Recipes, a cookbook that proves one doesn't have to sacrifice taste when making desserts entirely with organic ingredients! Recipes such as Fresh Fig Jam, Summer Fruit Compote with Tapioca, Buckwheat Crepes, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Chocolate Pecan Cake, and much more fill these decadently delicious compendium. A brief introduction featuring recommended organic ingredients and alternatives, as well as some cooking tips, tricks, and techniques, prefaces the straightforward instructions of the recipes themselves. A "must-have" for any health-conscious chef with a sweet tooth!

150 Best Dips and Salsas
Judith Finlayson and Jordan Wagman
Robert Rose Inc.
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778804857 $19.95

150 Best Dips and Salsas: Plus Recipes for Chips, Flatbreads and More lives up to its title as a cookbook repository of snack sensations. Recipes include flavorful spreads/dips such as Roasted Red Pepper Tzatziki, Smoky Baked Onion Dip, Pineapple Mango Salsa, Champagne and Raspberry Dip, and much more. A smorgasbord of chip/flatbread recipes to complement the dips include Easy Potato Crisps, Spicy Kale Chips, Parsnip Chips, and Yogurt Flatbread, among others. Recipe tips, tricks, techniques, and an index round out this "must-have" for preparing party food to remember!

Doughnuts! 100 Dough-Licious Recipes
Carol Beckerman and Dawn Otwell
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY 11788
9781438004631 $18.99

Mouth-watering color photography illustrates Doughnuts! 100 Dough-Licious Recipes, a cookbook featuring flavorful new twists on these beloved, succulent pastry delights. From Almond Doughnut Holes with Cherry Dipping Sauce, to Boston Cream Doughnuts, Baked Gluten-Free Chocolate Doughnuts with Butterscotch Glaze, Sticky Toffee Pudding Doughnuts, Banana Cream Pie Doughnuts and much more, Doughnuts! 100 Dough-Licious Recipes is a doughnut-lover's delight. A specialty cookbook treasury, ideal for making the fanciest and most memorable doughnuts for any occasion, from office meetings to festive parties!

Cool Layer Cakes
Ceri Olofson
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY 11788
9781438004204 $17.99

Illustrated with full-color photography throughout, Cool Layer Cakes: 50 Delicious and Amazing Layer Cakes to Bake and Decorate is a sumptuous compendium of deliciously decadent layer cake recipes, for intermediate to advanced bakers. An introductory section of tips, tricks, and techniques precedes the recipes, including Classic Neapolitan, Cubist Cool (a cake composed of chocolate, coffee, and salted honey cubes layered together with frosting), Red Raspberry Velvet, and much more. Astonishing, eye-catching cake designs enliven these mouth-watering creations, perfect for the ultimate birthday or holiday celebration. Highly recommended especially for any interested in taking their cake-baking skill and expertise to the next level!

The Big Book of Easy Baking with Refrigerated Dough
A Pillsbury Book
c/o Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780544333161 $19.99

Created by Pillsbury (makers of one of the most popular brands of refrigerated dough, among other products), The Big Book of Easy Baking with Refrigerated Dough is a cookbook of recipes especially for bakers who are short on time. Each recipe uses refrigerated dough as an ingredient for baker's delights, such as Mini Tuscan Vegetable Wraps, Spicy Churro Crescent Bites, Steak Flatbread with Walnuts and Arugula, Deep-Dish Lasagna Pie, and much more. Gluten-free recipes (which involve gluten-free refrigerated dough) are also included! Color photography illustrates a number of the more involved recipes, in this excellent hands-on, easy-to-use resource.

Up in Smoke
Matt Pelton
Hobble Creek Press
c/o Cedar Fort, Inc.
2373 West 700 South
Springville, Utah 84663
9781462112654 $18.99

Color photography illustrates Up in Smoke: A Complete Guide to Cooking with Smoke is a cookbook especially for barbecue enthusiasts. World-class chef Matt Pelton describes step-by-step how to use smoke to add mouth-watering flavors to pork, chicken, beef, and more. An extensive introduction of barbecuing techniques and tips ("If you see brown or yellow smoke, remove whatever wood you were using and start over immediately. There is no such thing as good barbecue off a smoker that is putting out brown or yellow smoke.") prefaces step-by-step preparatory instructions for St. Louis-Style Ribs, Teriyaki-Style Smoked Fish, Tri-Tip Roast, and more. Recipes for barbecue rubs and side dishes (such as Creamed Cheesy Spinach, Classic Potato Salad, or Fresh Peach Cobbler) illustrate this must-have, step-by-step resource for meat lovers!

OATrageous Oatmeals
Kathy Hester
Page Street Publishing
27 Congress Street, Suite 103, Salem, MA 01970
Trina Kaye Organization
9781624140747, $19.99,

Oatmeal, also known as white oats, is ground oat groats (i.e., grains, as in oat-meal, cf. cornmeal, peasemeal, etc.), or a porridge made from oats (also called oatmeal cereal or stirabout). Oatmeal can also be ground oats, steel-cut oats, crushed oats, or rolled oats. Oatmeal has been a staple of the human diet for millennia. But oatmeal is more than just what's for breakfast! Compiled and beautifully illustrated throughout by Kathey Hester, "OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain" is a 208 page compendium showcasing a superbly presented cornucopia of wonderful dishes suitable for any and all dining occasions which have oatmeal at their core. Complete with ingredient lists and 'kitchen cook friendly' preparatory instructions, the recipes rage from Creamy Cashew-Oat Cream Cheese (a culinary delight on a toasted bagel!); to Pumpkin Coffee Cake Oatmeal; to Peanut Butter Banana Granola Bars; to Veggie Oat Taco Mince; to Oatmeal Cookie crusted Apple Crumb Pie. All of these recipes are vegan and include both soy-free and gluten-free recipes. Also available in a Kindle edition ($8.89), Kathey Haster's "OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain" is a unique and highly prized addition to any personal, family, or community library cookbook collection!

South Your Mouth
Mandy Rivers
Quail Ridge Press
PO Box 123, Brandon, MS 39043
9781938879012, $24.95,

In "South Your Mouth" southern cuisine expert and food blogger Mandy Rivers has compiled a wonderfully illustrated, 224 page compendium showcasing authentic southern recipes suitable for any and all dining occasions. The recipes range from Southern Brewed Sweet Tea; Creamy Cheese Grits; Sweet Potato Praline Casserole; Nanny's Chicken and Dumplings; and Cheeseburger Pie; to Sweet and Tangy Smoked Sausage; Pan-Fried Chicken Tenders; Stewed Beef and Rice; Buffalo Chicken Salada; and Potato Goulash with Sausage. Of special note is the entire section on Cakes with desserts ranging a Chocolate Butterfinger Cake, to a Fresh Apple Cake with Butter pecan Glaze, to a Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake. Then there is the section devoted to Cookies & Candies with Fudge-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars; Pink Lemonade Cupcake Truffles; and Chewy, Orange-Kissed Sugar Cookies. From appetizers, to side dishes, to main dishes, to desserts, "South Your Mouth" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to family and community library cookbook collections!

Dishing Up New Mexico
Dave DeWitt
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781612122502, $19.95,

Compiled and presented by culinary adept Dave DeWitt (author of more than 40 books on cooking, gardening, and food history) draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to compile a very nicely illustrated, 287page compendium showcasing 145 of the finest and most distinctive dishes New Mexico cuisine has to offer. Ranging from Calabacitas Caliente (Spiced-Up Squash); Roasted Tomato Bisque; Chicken and Chevre Enchiladas with Black Bean Sauce; and Chimayo Chile Steaks with Chipotle Potatoes; to Roast Duckling with Red Chile Glaze and Spiced Peaches; Salad Greens with Honey Chipotle-Lime-Mustard Dressing; Red Tractor Farm Blue-Corn Pancakes; and Green Chile-Pinon Ice Cream, all of these 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes will turn even the most ordinary of meals into a truly memorable dining occasion. Of special note are DeWitt's commentaries about the featured dishes and the people associated with them. Simply stated, "Dishing Up New Mexico" will become a prized contribution to any personal, family, professional, or community cookbook collection!

Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm
Bob Garner
John F. Blair, Publisher
1406 Plaza Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
9780895876294, $26.95,

In "Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm", food expert Bob Garner has compiled a nicely illustrated, 240 page compendium showcasing the creation of some of the most delicious dishes to every come out of an American kitchen. Each recipe is enhanced with a chapter providing background information and extensive culinary commentary. The dishes range from a Down East Lemon Milk Pie; to an Ocracoke Fig Cake; to Anne's Old Fashioned Flat Dumplings; to Bob Garner's Simple Zing Wings. Of special note is Bob Garner's commentaries on the subjects of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Barbecues, and Fish Stews. Informative, engaging, a delight to simply browse through, and featuring thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes throughout, "Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm" clearly lives up to its title and is highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should also be noted that "Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Taste: Seasonal Dishes from a Prairie Table
C. J. Katz
University of Regina Press
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, S4S 0A2
9780889772779, $29.95,

Compiled by food writer and documentary food photographer C. J. Katz, "Taste: Seasonal Dishes from a Prairie Table" is a beautifully illustrated, 200 page compendium showcasing cuisine from Canada's western prairie country. The dishes drawn from the Canadian heartland range from an Artichoke Dip with Seeded Crackers; Mixed Berry Shortcakes; Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken Breasts; Roasted Butternut Squash Soup; and Carrots with Horseradish-Cream Sauce; to Blackened Steaks with Creamy Mushroom Sauce; Whole Wheat-Quinoa Bread; Steelhead Trout with Tomato-Cream Sauce; Pan-Roasted Duck Breasts with Savoury Lingonberry Sauce; and Bread Pudding with Brandied Fruit. A special culinary treasure is the recipe for Liquid Gold Carrot Jam!. Throughly 'kitchen cook friendly', "Taste: Seasonal Dishes from a Prairie Table" is an amazing collection of dishes that would turn any dining occasion into something both special and memorable for all concerned! Very highly recommended for personal, family, professional, and community library collections.

The Athlete's Cookbook
Corey Irwin and Brett Stewart
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612432304, $15.95,

The Athlete's Cookbook provides a new health guide that blends a nutritional program with a personal training program based on the idea of an ideal diet plan, and is a pick for any kind of athlete looking for better supplements to training. It offers daily meal plans, pre- and post-workout nutrition strategies, and offers keys to maintaining energy and building muscle. From insights on how nutritional choices affect short- and long-term athletic energy to how to devise the correct program, this provides a fine set of options, recipes and approaches any athlete at any level can easily incorporate into an overall health routine.

Cream Puffs
Hannah Miles
Ryland Peters & Small
519 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10012
9781849755160, $16.95,

CREAM PUFFS AND OTHER DELICIOUS FRENCH PASTRIES covers cream puffs, elairs, and more options for using pastries and teaches how to make different fillings and toppings for more options. From Cherry Almond Paris Brests made with a crumb mix and filled with cherry and almond pastry cream to an unusual Strudel Cream Puffs and Profiteroles topped with a chocolate mint sauce, each recipe is accompanied by color photos and mouthwatering introductions, making them highly recommended for any looking for different dessert ideas suitable for entertaining.

The Carnivore's Manifesto
Patrick Martins with Mike Edison
Little, Brown & Company
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780316256247, $26.00,

THE CARNIVORE'S MANIFESTO; EATING WELL, EATING RESPONSIBLY, AND EATING MEAT is the answer to the numerous books on the market that condemn meat consumption as ecologically unsustainable and immoral, and comes from the founder of heritage Foods USA, Slow Food USA and more, who promotes the sustainability of meat. The answer is to make better, informed decisions about meat consumption and how meat is raised. Essays here discuss food labeling, sustainability, factory farms and their issues and more. The result blends humor with serious observation and is a fine survey celebrating farmers and chefs who depart from the usual corporate food culture.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts
Jeni Britton Bauer
Artisan Books
c/o Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4381
9781579654368, $23.95,

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts packs in some 100 recipes for unique ice cream dishes that include her approach to cooking, chilling and freezing recipes, and represent updates reflecting the ice cream machine's changes over the years. Here are flavors that stretch the definition of ice cream, from Cumin and Honey Butterscotch to Root Beer, dishes that use ice cream accompaniment to great advantage, and dessert combinations that bring everything together. So don't expect your usual ice cream cookbook: on many levels this pairs unexpected flavors with new dishes and is perfect for innovative ice-cream-loving cooks who already have the basics down and want more exciting options.

c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

A new four-book series of specialty recipe books for cooks provide 40 recipes each that provide a basic recipe, core ingredients, and concept and then provide flavor combinations that embellish them. These little books are engaging, inviting, and colorful and focus on varieties that can be achieved with just one 'master' recipe. BURGERS (9781846014819, $9.99) covers a range of burger ideas from red meat to poultry, fish and vegetarian recipes, and pair the main event with homemade side dishes and accompaniments, PANINI (9781846014802, $9.99) covers the grilled sandwich snacks that are quick to prepare. Recipes here are both savory and sweet for a wide variety of choices and flavors. CR ME BRULEE (9781846014796, $9.99) covers the blend of custard and burnt sugar that have made it so popular, but offer many variations on dishes from Raspberry and champagne to more exotic fruits. Each dish provides a take-off on the recipe and there are even savory brulees for those who avoid sweets. PUMPKIN (9781846014789, $9.99) is in time for Halloween and packs in 40 ways in which the pumpkin can be served not just in a pie, but in cakes, souffles and even as an alternative to oven fries. Inviting, easy and fun, these picturesque little books are perfect recommendations for any busy cook looking for ideas based on single main ingredients.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Dan Poynter's Transplant Handbook For Patients
Para Publishing LLC
PO Box 8206, Santa Barbara, CA 93118-8206
9781568601649, $14.95,

Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide (through mitosis) to produce more stem cells. Stem cell therapy is the use of stem cells to treat or prevent a disease or condition. Bone marrow transplant is a form of stem cell therapy that has been used for many years. Diagnosed with Chromosome 19 Trisomy (a form of bone marrow disorder) and underwent a transplant procedure as part of his medical treatment. He relates his experience and what he discovered about the research and utilization of stem cell transplant technology in terms accessible for non-specialist general readers who have an interest in cell transplant medical approaches to their particular illness. Those illnesses could range from Alzheimers and Cancer, to Parkinson's and spinal cord injury, to Huntington's Disease and Leukemia -- and so many more. Readers will discover their what their medical choices can be; the selection and procedures involved, the testing of patients and donors, preparing for an extended hospital stay, day-to-day hospital events, post-transplant care, the paperwork involved, and the role of a caretaker. Of special note is the practical information about expenses and insurance. Exceptionally well written and presented, "Dan Poynter's Transplant Handbook For Patients" is extraordinary and highly recommended, not just for patients facing the issues of bone marrow transplants, but for community library Health/Medicine collections as well. It should be noted that "Dan Poynter's Transplant Handbook For Patients" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.97).

The Skin And Its Diseases
Anthony E. Oro & Fiona M. Watt, editors
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
500 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury NY 11797-2924
9781621820239, $135.00,

The collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Anthony E. Oro (Professor of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine) and Fiona M. Watt (Director of the Centre for Stem Cells and Regnerative Medicine, King's College, London), "The Skin And Its Diseases" is a 490 page compendium comprise of 28 seminal articles by leading researchers and medical professionals in the field of skin diseases. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and its purposes are to protect, insulate, prevent dehydration, and sense the environment. It is susceptible to damage from irritants, infections, genetic mutations, and cancers. An impressive body of original scholarship, the articles range from Gina M. DeStafano and Angela M. Christiano's 'The Genetics of Human Skin Disease'; to Ken Natsuga's 'Epidermal Barriers'; to Makoto Takeo, Wendy Lee, and Mayumi Ito's 'Wound Healing and Skin Regeneration'; Paola Di Meglio, Federica Villanova, and Frank O. Neslte's 'Psoriasis'; to Emily Gorell, Ngon Nguyen, Alfred Lane, and Zurab Siprashvili's 'Gene Therapy for Skin Diseases'. "The Skin And Its Diseases" is an exceptional body of work and very strongly recommended for medical school and academic library Health & Medicine reference collections.

Sugar Savvy Solution
Kathie "High Voltage" Dolgin
Reader's Digest Trade Publishing
44 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
Goodman Media
9781621451358, $24.99,

The amount of sugar consumed daily by the average American is a major factor in such widespread health issues as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hyperactivity, and now there is evidence that excess sugar plays a role in the development of some forms of cancer. Sugar can be as addictive as tobacco or alcohol. More than just another diet book, "Sugar Savvy Solution: Kick Your Sugar Addiction for Life and Get Healthy" is a 267 page compendium presenting a comprehensive six week program for getting weight down and energy level up by controlling sugar intake. Health and wellness pioneer Kathie Dolgin (aka High Voltage) shows how to crush cravings for sugar, detox the body from sugar, and retrain the brain to combat sugar and its harmful effects. The "Sugar Savvy Solution" motto: Eat whatever you want, but we will change what you want! Informed, informative, practical, science based, and thoroughly 'user friendly' from beginning to end, "Sugar Savvy Solution: Kick Your Sugar Addiction for Life and Get Healthy" is very highly recommended for community library Health/Medicine collections. It should also be noted for personal reading lists that "Sugar Savvy Solution: Kick Your Sugar Addiction for Life and Get Healthy" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.67).

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Martin L. Kutscher, MD,'s KIDS IN THE SYNDROM MIX OF ADHD, LD, AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, TOURETTE'S, ANXIETY, AND MORE (9781849059671, $19.95) provides an all-inclusive guide to the range of neurobehavioral disorders in children, pairing the latest research and information on treatments and condition interactions and relationships with explanations of the inner world of children with these syndromes or a mix thereof. Chapters explain behavioral strategies and pair them with case history examples in a updated, expanded new edition that adds a revised chapter on the autism spectrum, new details on DSM-5 changes, and new diagnostic criteria. Ian Stuart-Hamilton's INTRODUCTION TO THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGEING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS (9781849053631, $26.95) comes from a professor who provides an introduction to the psychology of aging and who focuses on using familiar terminology to explain psychology concepts to interested novices. Chapters consider some of the main developments in the field of aging, examine how psychology concepts relate to daily life, and provide a focus on the evolution of psychological changes in the elderly. The result is an excellent introduction highly recommended for students new to psychology or geriatric studies as well as for general-interest audiences.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Book of Life
Deborah Harkness
Viking Books
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780670025596, $28.95,

The Book of Life is Book Three of the 'All Souls Trilogy': as such, prior familiarity is highly recommended for a sense of events that culminate in this final saga. It picks up where Shadow of Night left off, with witch Diana and vampire scientist Matthew continuing their hunt for a magical manuscript known as the Book of Life. Old friends and new enemies will reunite, with surprising consequences, in this scenario where Harkness fully develops prior themes, ties up any loose ends, and concludes an engrossing and involving story line with powerful protagonists and an equally compelling plot.

Islands of Rage & Hope
John Ringo
Baen Books
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781476736624, $25.00,

Islands of Rage & Hope presents a future world consumed by a plague that drives humans insane. In this world a band of survivors has become Wolf squadron the only hope for the human race - and they plan on retaking the mainland from the infected, producing a vaccine, and saving the world... IF they can get the materials for the cure. It will take a dangerous journey into a deadly, infected and much-changed world if there's to be any hope for the last remnants of mankind. Islands of Rage & Hope is apocalyptic writing at its best, recommended for any who want a fast-paced, engrossing story of survival with no predictable conclusion.

The Business Shelf

Powers of Two
Joshua Wolf Shenk
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780544031593, $28.00,

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs considers creative duos and the benefits and roles of a partnership, and is a fine probe of creative energy and its management. From songwriters and business associations to financial circles and civil rights figures, this documents duos working in writing, the arts, science and technology and business, and provides a strong focus on how and why creativity moves ahead when two creative minds join forces.

Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

Kristie Lorette's HOW TO OPEN & OPERATE A FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL COLLECTION AGENCY BUSINESS (9781601382832, $39.95) offers a book paired with a companion CD-ROM offering all forms in the book plus a pre-written, editable business plan in Word format, and is a pick for any who would learn both the basics of small business in general and the collection agency pursuit in particular. From locating clients and increasing sales to guidelines of operating such a company, this book includes sample agency proposals, keys to staffing and salaries, compliance plan components, and much more. It's a 'must' for any contemplating opening a collection agency. Wendy M. Vincent's HOW TO MAKE A LIVING WRITING ARTICLES FOR NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, AND ONLINE SOURCES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCE WRITER IN 30 DAYS (9781601385673, $24.95) offers keys to honing writing and editing skills and pairs these with tips on how to present story and article ideas to a variety of publications listed in this guide. Any who would gain an income from writing should look at this book: the specifics on industry standards, methods for querying or presentation, and handling acceptance make for concrete, important insights into successful routes. Elizabeth Godsmark, Lora Arduser, Douglas R. Brown and Constance H. Marse's second revised edition of HOW TO OPEN A FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL COFFEE, ESPRESSO AND TEA SHOP (9781601389053, $39.95) comes with a companion CD-ROM of business forms and checklists as it covers the basics of opening up a coffee shop business. From checklists for planning and running daily operations to sample menus, coffee drink recipes, and more, this covers everything needed to understand how such a business works. HOW TO OPEN & OPERATE A FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL SMALL FARM by Julie Fryer (9781601383303, $39.95) comes with a CD-ROM and gives all the basics of how to operate a small farm, even with no prior farming knowledge. From basic upkeep and financial management to livestock feeding, protecting crops, and buying and selling farm products, this is a fine guide for any who would enter the world of farming and crop management.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Frank Sabella's The Art of Handling Show Dogs
Frank Sabella with Shirlee Kalstone
Dogwise Publishing
403 South Mission Street
Wenatchee WA 98801
9781617811517 $24.95

Frank Sabella's The Art of Handling Show Dogs is the reprinted edition of a classic manuscript, first published in 1980. The tips, tricks, and techniques for taking care of, training, and handling show-quality dogs are timeless and invaluable. Chapters cover grooming a dog from puppyhood for show success, how to prepare one's dog for car rides, show procedures, different types of dog shows, recommended patterns of movement, and much more. "Never add vitamins, minerals or fatty acid supplements indiscriminately to your dog's diet. If you are not knowledgeable about the fundamentals of canine nutrition, consult your veterinarian about your basic formula. In excess, certain vitamins can cause serious problems, particularly with bone development." A "must-have" for anyone interested in seriously competing in dog shows!

No Walks? No Worries!
Sian Ryan & Helen Zulch
Hubble & Hattie
Veloce House, Parkway Farm Business Park
Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3AR, England
9781845846053 $21.95

Written by professional canine caretakers, No Walks? No Worries! Maintaining Wellbeing in Dogs on Restricted Exercise is a user-friendly guide to maintaining the health of a dog on a restricted exercise for any number of reasons (including but not limited to physical injury). Full-color photography illustrates the practical-minded recommendations for dealing with emergency situations, identifying a dog's needs, planning a daily routine to include socialization and mental stimulation as well as physical exercise, scent games and food toys to brighten a dog's day, worksheets for crafting an individual canine care plan, assessing the progress of one's dog, how to gradually return to a normal routine, and much more. "A basket muzzle is the preferred choice if your dog needs to wear a muzzle for anything other than a short period fo time or specific treatment. Basket muzzles, as pictured, allow him to pant, drink and take treats, unlike cloth muzzles which prevent his mouth from opening properly." Highly recommended especially for devoted pet owners.

Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C.
Howard Youth
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421412047, $24.95,

Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C. receives lovely photos by Robert E. Mumford Jr., illustrations by Mark A. Klingler, and offers a lively natural history that charts the wildlife abundant in Washington D.C. Many would think the region is largely urban; but in fact it supports a large park network filled with natural wonders from little brown bats to urban forests, birds and rare plants. From fish to reptiles and mammals, this captures the nature of the region and includes locations, habitats, natural history, and many inviting reflections on Washington, D.C.'s many natural areas.

The Travel Shelf

Lonely Planet: Argentina, ninth edition
Sandra Bao, et. al.
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781742207865 $27.99

Now in its ninth updated edition, Lonely Planet: Argentina is an absolute "must-have" for Argentia's business travelers and vacationers alike. In keeping with Lonely Planet's high standards, there are a wealth of full-color maps and photographs, thumbnail descriptions (with telephone numbers and websites) of key hotels, restaurants, sites, events, and more, plus special features about everything from the history of tango to Argentinian cuisine. An easy-to-use index rounds out this handy, information-packed guide.

Discover Maui
Amy C. Balfour & Paul Stiles
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781742206288, $21.99,

The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles (1,883 square kilometers) and is the 17th largest island in the United States. In 2010, Maui had a population of 144,444, third-highest of the Hawaiian Islands, behind that of O'ahu and Hawai'i Island. Kahului is the commercial and financial hub of the island. Wailuku is the seat of Maui County. Other significant places include Kihei (also Wailea and Makena in the Kihei Town; Lahaina; Makawao; Pa'ia; Kula; Ha'iku; and Hana). "Discover Maui" is the definitive travel guide from Lonely Planet Publications and will prove an invaluable, indispensable reference for planning itineraries for everything from a business day trip to an extended family vacation. Profusely illustrated, this compact, 360 page guide includes all manner of places to go, things to do, sights to see. From arranging lodging and transportation, to dining and shopping, to whale watching and luau dancing, "Discover Maui" has it all -- and more! If you are planning a trip to Maui, don't leave home without your own personal copy of "Discover Maui"!

The Martial Arts Shelf

The Book Of Dim Mak: Revised & Expanded
A. Flane Walker & Richard C. Bauer
Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
9781610048781, $40.00,

The Touch of Death (or Death-Point Striking) refers to any martial arts technique reputed to kill using seemingly less than lethal force targeted at specific areas of the body and includes Dim Mak. The martial arts concept known as Dim Mak traces its history to traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture. Dim Mak is depicted as a secret body of knowledge with techniques that attack pressure points and meridians, said to incapacitate or sometimes cause immediate or even delayed death to an opponent. The collaborative work of martial arts experts A. Flane Walker and Richard C. Bauer, "The Book Of Dim Mak" has been significantly revised and expanded. This 322 page instruction manual is a complete treatise and now includes additional information on the history of Dim Mak and the martial arts science of applied trauma to the human body. "The Book Of Dim Mak" is especially recommended as an essential and core addition to personal, professional, dojo, and academic library Martial Arts instructional reference collections.

The Large Print Shelf

Sign of the Hawk
Max Brand
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780753153598 $29.99

Sign of the Hawk is a large-print collection of two Western novellas written by the legendary Max Brand. "The Singular Horseman" is about the ferocious stallion Sedgewick, widely believed to be a man-killer. His owner, Elena Casimir-Jones, will not have him destroyed, until only one, ambitious horseman remains to challenge the untamed beast. "Sign of the Hawk" is the story of a gentleman thief outlaw, Handsome Harry Delancey, whose calling card is a hawk made of feathers. Delancey has never seriously harmed any of his victims... but when the man who raised him asks him to commit murder, will he bend his principles in honor of his foster father? These exciting and vivid adventures are especially recommended for connoisseurs of Western fiction, and public library collections.

Return to Tatanka Crossing
Will DuRey
F.A. Thorpe Publishing
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444819588 $20.99

Set two years after the Civil War, Return to Tatanka Crossing is a large-print Western novel about corruption among settlers. When Charlie Jefferson returns to his frontier home, he finds a township and a trading post falling into the grip of the ruthless Brent Deacon. Charlie's efforts to protect the innocent and resist injustice put him on a collision course with a wealthy land-grabber and his brutish henchmen, in this enthralling, high-stakes adventure!

The Automotive Shelf

Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors Then & Now
Doug Boyce
CarTech Inc.
39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
9781613251331 $34.95

Filled with full-color photography and accessible to racing enthusiasts of all backgrounds, Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors Then & Now is a fascinating survey of the golden age of drag racing, which first became a sanctioned sport in the early 1950's with the creation of the National Hot Rod Association. Chapters shine a spotlight on especially successful and memorable racing vehicles; each automotive profile is accompanied by a detailed and descriptive profile. Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors Then & Now is a joy for automobile connoisseurs to page through from cover to cover.

Von Dutch: The Art, The Myth, The Legend
Pat Ganahl
CarTech Inc.
39966 Grand Avenue
North Branch, MN 55056
9781613251584 $29.95

Illustrated with both black-and-white and color photography, Von Dutch: The Art, The Myth, The Legend is the story of beatnik artist and founder of "modern" pinstriping Kenneth Howard, popularly known as Von Dutch. He achieved cult fame among hod rodders, surfers, and artists in the 1950s and 60s for his talents in art, decoration, and even smithing guns and knives. He withdrew from the public as he grew older, yet stories about his talent continued to circulate. Von Dutch: The Art, The Myth, The Legend is a fascinating pop culture treasury, offering an evolutionary glimpse into the art of automobile decoration, especially recommended for vintage car connoisseurs!

The Civil War Shelf

On a Great Battlefield
Jennifer M. Murray
The University of Tennessee Press
110 Conference Center UT, Knoxville, TN 37996
9781621900535 $49.00

Jennifer M. Murray (assistant professor of history, University of Virginia's College at Wise) presents On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013, an in-depth historical saga of how a battlefield became a national symbol, and the momentous commemorations held there (such as the Civil War Centennial from 1961-1965). A studious account nevertheless written to be accessible to readers of all backgrounds, On a Great Battlefield also explores America's connection to the Civil War - positive legacies and collective scars alike. Exhaustive notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this intriguing addition to Civil War history and studies shelves.

The Self-Help Shelf

The Qigong Workbook for Anxiety
Master Kam Chuen Lam
New Harbinger Press
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781608829491 $21.95

The Qigong Workbook for Anxiety: Powerful Energy Practices to Rebalance Your Nervous System and Free Yourself from Fear teaches the reader methods based upon ancient Chinese philosophy and medicine that promote inner calm. Breathing, posture, movement, and awareness exercises and described in plain terms, accessible to readers of all backgrounds. The Qigong Workbook for Anxiety is a user-friendly resource for coping with stress and emotional ills, enthusiastically recommended. "Despite all your efforts to relax while standing still, you may feel you are becoming tired and tense. One way of relieving this is to reposition your hands so that the backs of your wrists rest in the small of your back, just above your hip bones. Stand like this for a few moments, letting your shoulders completely relax and your wrists sink into the soft flesh of the small of your back."

The Aviation Shelf

Military Aircraft Insignia of the World
John Cochrane and Stuart Elliott
Specialty Press
99 Spring Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10012
9780955426872 $22.95

Organized by country, Military Aircraft Insignia of the World is a guide to markings used to identify nationality on military aircraft since 1910. A close-up, full-color representation of each national insignia is presented next to a detailed paragraph or two describing its appearance, history, and usage; often there is also a color photograph of an actual military airplane sporting the given insignia. A bibliography and an index round out this descriptive, easy-to-use specialized resource!

The Parenting Shelf

Creative Play the Steiner Waldorf Way
Christopher Clouder & Janni Nicol
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781856753517 $14.99

Part DIY craftbook of simple children's toys, and part parenting guide, Creative Play the Steiner Waldorf Way shows parents how to use play to help their toddlers (2-4 years old) develop their creativity and imagination in accordance with the Steiner theory, which emphasizes the importance of natural, holistic learning. The easy-to-follow toy projects range from a knitted rabbit to felt finger puppets, wooden blocks, or a pull train (alternatively, similar store-bought toys can be substituted for handcrafted toys). "Look for small branches and different shaped logs while out on walks with your toddler. Peeling bark from fallen trees is a wonderful activity, particularly when your toddler discovers the little creatures hidden underneath. Pine cones make trees for a forest, while acorns, horse chestnuts or other seeds will feed the animals, feeding your child's imagination at the same time. All these natural materials help your toddler develop an appreciation for the abundance around him, especially if you treat each find with the wonder it deserves." Highly recommended!

The Architecture Shelf

Louis Kahn: House of the Nation
Grischa Ruschendorf
Oro Editions
31 Commercial Blvd., Suite F, Novato, CA 94949
9781941806357, $40.00,

Louis Isadore Kahn (March 5, 1901 - March 17, 1974) was an American architect, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After working in various capacities for several firms in Philadelphia, he founded his own atelier (an artist's or architect's studio or workroom ) in 1935. While continuing his private practice, he served as a design critic and professor of architecture at Yale School of Architecture from 1947 to 1957. From 1957 until his death, he was a professor of architecture at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Kahn created a style that was monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings do not hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled. Louis Kahn's works are considered as monumental beyond modernism. Famous for his meticulously built works, his provocative unbuilt proposals, and his teaching, Kahn was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. He was awarded the AIA Gold Medal and the RIBA Gold Medal. At the time of this death he was considered by some as 'America's foremost living architect'. "Louis Kahn: House of the Nation" is a oversized (12 x 14 inches), 112 page compendium comprised of photographer Grischa Ruschendorf's superbly produced pictorial survey of Kahn's masterpiece of original architecture -- the Parliament building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A truly extraordinary presentation, "Louis Kahn: House of the Nation" is very highly recommended to architectural students and would be an enduringly valued addition to academic library Architectural Studies reference collections.

The Hand of the Small-Town Builder
W. Tad Pfeffer
David R. Godine, Publisher
PO Box 450, Jaffrey, NH 03452
9781567923292 $40.00

The Hand of the Small-Town Builder: Vernacular Summer Architecture in New England, 1870-1935 scrutinizes the evolution of architecture in homes built for middle-class families during the transitory era of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century New England. These houses often represented a high level of craftsmanship, taking both the practical considerations of the local environment and aesthetic beauty into account. Full color photography on virtually every page illustrates this thoughtful, detailed analysis, focusing on summer houses in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Hand of the Small-Town Builder is a worthy addition to college and public library architecture shelves!

The Philosophy Shelf

The Labyrinth
Philip Appleman
The Quantuck Lane Press
c/o W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9781593720575 $17.95

The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life is a philosophical essay grappling with one of the most enduring conundrums of humanity - the God hypothesis. How can belief in a benevolent Creator be justified amid a world filled with misery and atrocities committed in the name of religion? Author Philip Appleman draws upon insights from the scientist Darwin to reveal that the meaning of life has far more potential than a bleak worldview - in placing value upon the transitory joys of existence, we discover the means to cherish the mundane and the inexplicable divine alike. "...the other face of religious escapism is social irresponsibility. 'God's will' becomes a thin mask for social cynicism. Writing twelve hundred years later, Charles Darwin supplied... 'To those who fully admit the immortality of the human soul, the destruction of our world will not appear so dreadful.'" Thought-provoking yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Labyrinth is philosophical reading worthy of the highest recommendation.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2015
Roger Carp, editor
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
9781627001267 $19.99

Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2015 is a pocket-sized guide packed with up-to-date prices for collectible Lionel toy trains, including pre-war trains, 1,700 special production items and 11,000 modern-era products. A brief introduction aids the reader with tips for evaluating a Lionel toy train by the standards of the Train Collectors Association, identifying an item's catalog number and using the guide to look it up quickly, and more. However, the bulk of Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2015 is devoted entirely to pricing tables. An excellent, easy-to-use resource especially for serious toy train hobbyists, collectors, and dealers.

The Memoir Shelf

The Girl from Station X
Elisa Segrave
Aurum Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781781312506 $14.99

While caring for her Alzheimer's-afflicted mother, author Elisa Segrave discovered a stash of World War II diaries that revealed a dramatically different side of aging woman Elisa had known all her life. The Girl from Station X tells how Elisa's mother, Anne Hamilton-Grace, had grown up amid luxury and privilege, yet jumped at the chance to join the war effort. She served at Bletchley Park, Bomber Command, and after the war, she worked in the newly liberated Germany. Interweaving diary pages with Elisa's historical research, insights, and musings about the her mother's adventurously altruistic side, The Girl from Station X is a transformative memoir, captivating to the last page.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

The Real Cost of Fracking
Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807084939 $26.95

Fracking - the process of extracting energy from shale through hydraulic shattering and the administration of chemicals - has provided America with an abundance of energy even as oil becomes increasingly expensive. But what of the heavy toll that fracking takes upon on the environment? The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, And Food scrutinizes the air, water, and soil pollution generated through fracking, and the resulting poisonous ills visited upon nearby animals and vulnerable children. Chapters describe not only the harrowing personal tales of families and farmers unfortunate enough to live too close to fracking sites, but also the contentious battle for environmental justice. How great a threat to our health and our food supply can America afford to tolerate, in its relentless search for cheap energy? The Real Cost of Fracking is an important wake-up call for environmentalists and economists alike, highly recommended.

Climate Change in the Midwest
Edited by Julie A. Winkler, et. al.
Island Press
2000 M St NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20036
9781610914291 $39.99

Created by the Midwest Technical Input Team, coordinated by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) Center and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Climate Change in the Midwest: A Synthesis Report for the National Climate Association is a methodical, data-driven report examining the risks climate change poses to the U.S. Midwest, particularly with regard to vital economic activities. Problematic issues discussed include potential changes in Great Lakes water levels, ecosystem sensitivity, how alterations in precipitation during growing seasons would affect Midwestern crop yields and meat/milk/egg production, the threat of increased flooding or river levee failure, and much more. A scholarly, scientific work grounded heavily in research from experts in academia, private industry, state and local governments, NGOs, professional societies, and more, Climate Change in the Midwest is especially recommended for public and college library Environmental Studies shelves.

Just Water
Christiana Z. Peppard
Orbis Books
Price Building
Box 302, Maryknoll NY 10545-0302
9781626980563, $28.00,

An interdisciplinary analysis of the value of fresh water that generates timely and principled conclusions at the intersections of hydrology, ecology, ethics, theology, and Catholic social thought, "Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis" by Christiana Z. Peppard (Assistant Professor of Theology, Science, and Ethics, Fordham University, New York) is a 230 page compendium arguing that the Christian responsibility for exercising an informed stewardship of earth's resources is imperative with respect to protecting potable water in an increasingly polluted environment. Informed, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis" is fully accessible for the non-specialist general reader and therefore a very highly recommended addition to community as well as academic library Environmental Studies reference collections. It should be noted that "Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis" is also available in a Kindle edition ($13.50).

The Literary Studies Shelf

Out of Character
Omri Moses
Stanford University Press
425 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063
9780804789141 $65.00

Out of Character: Modernism, Vitalism, Psychic Life is an intense analysis about how fictitious characters are used to create literary art. Author Omri Moses (Associate Professor of English, Concordia University) questions why modern society seems to favor unchanging, static characters over dynamic, evolving characters - why do we value consistency so highly? And what of characters that deliberately refute our society's moral codes? (This concept that can be taken well beyond literature to question the popularity of antihero or even villainous characters in modern media.) Out of Character suggests that modernist writers such as Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and T.S. Eliot apply ideas from the concept of vitalism, when they depict people in fiction and poetry. Other notable authors scrutinized include William James, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Henri Bergson. How does psychology, viewed through a vitalist perspective, affect ideas of selfhood and created fictional characters? Thought-provoking and erudite, Out of Character is a welcome contribution to college library Literary Studies shelves.

An Infuriating American
Hal Crowther
University of Iowa Press
119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781609382810, $16.00,

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (September 12, 1880 - January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, critic of American life and culture, and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. Many of his books remain in print and available to new generations of appreciative readers. "An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken" by critic and essayist Hal Crowther is a 92 page treatise on one of the most influential writers in American literature. Informed, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken" should be considered mandatory reading for students of Mencken's work and a critically important addition to academic library American Literature collections. It should be noted that "An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

In Stereotype
Mrinalini Chakravorty
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023-7015
978\0231165969, $50.00,

A stereotype is a thought that can be adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of doing things. These thoughts or beliefs may or may not accurately reflect reality. "In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary" by Mrinalini Chakravorty (Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia) is an original and seminal study 336 page study of how cultural stereotypes shape the 'ethics and reach of global literature' within the context of South Asian themes of diverse and contemporary literary works. "In Stereotype" considers the influential work of Salman Rushdie, Aravind Adiga, Michael Ondaatje, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, and Chetan Bhagat, among others, to illustrate how stereotypes about South Asia provide insight into the material and psychic investments of contemporary imaginative texts: the colonial novel, the transnational film, and the international best-seller. Probing circumstances that range from the independence of the Indian subcontinent to poverty tourism, civil war, migration, domestic labor, and terrorist radicalism, Chakravorty builds an interpretive lens for reading literary representations of cultural and global difference. In the process, Professor Chakravorty also reevaluates the fascination with transnational novels and films that manufacture global differences by staging intersubjective encounters between cultures through stereotypes. "In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary" is an original and seminal work of impressive scholarship that is enhanced with the inclusion of fifty-two pages of Notes, a twenty page Bibliography, and a comprehensive Index, making it a valued and recommended addition to academic library Contemporary Literary Studies reference collections in general, and South Asian literary supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Geography Shelf

The Atlantic Coast Of Ireland
John Grenham & Jonathan Hession
Francis Lincoln Limited Publishers
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
Lisa Trudeau (marketing)
9780711235793, $40.00, 176pp,

The collaborative work of Irish historian John Grenham and photographer Jonathan Hession, "The Atlantic Coast Of Ireland" is a 176 page compendium that is gorgeously illustrated throughout by 200 original color photographs complementing an informed and informative commentary on vistas along the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Ideal for the armchair traveler, "The Atlantic Coast Of Ireland" showcases the diversity along the entire length of Ireland's west coast, from the lush, quasi-tropical mountains of the south-west through the barren limestone of West Clare to the stunning scale of sea- and mountain-scape in Donegal. Very highly recommended for personal and community library collections, "The Atlantic Coast of Ireland" aptly records the geography in beautiful detail and 'tells the stories it echoes with'.

The Language Studies Shelf

Cicero: Pro Archia Poeta Oratio, third edition
Steven M. Cerutti
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865168053, $29.00, 192pp,

Marcus Tullius Cicero (3 January 106 BC - 7 December 43 BC) was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists. Now in a revised and expanded third edition, "Cicero: Pro Archia Poeta Oratio" is Cicero's defense of A. Licinius Archias, a Greek poet whose eligibility for Roman citizenship was challenged in 62 BCE. Cicero's emphasis in the speech reflects a humanizing value that is as relevant today as it was in antiquity. In his presentation and notations, Steven M. Cerutti (Associate Professor of Classics, East Carolina University) provides a comprehensive treatment of grammatical issues with an informed and informative analysis of Cicero's rhetorical devices in his oration. This new edition features the full Latin text; grammatical, literary, and historical notes; a running vocabulary, a glossary of proper names and places; a glossary of terms; and eight selections from Quintilian with notes and vocabulary. The newest addition to the outstanding 'Annotated Latin Collection' published by Bolchazy-Carducci, "Cicero: Pro Archia Poeta Oratio" is enthusiastically recommended for Latin Language academic curriculums and Latin Studies supplemental reading lists.

The Biography Shelf

Albert Rene, The Father of Modern Seychelles: A Biography
Kevin Shillington
UWA Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781742586120 $45.00

Drawing upon extensive research and interview archives, including interviews with all three of Albert Rene's wives, Albert Rene, The Father of Modern Seychelles: A Biography is the true-life story of the man who transformed the nation of Seychelles. Seychelles consists of 155 islands in the Indian Ocean, 932 miles east of mainland Southeast Africa. Rene's frustration with Seychelles' slow economic development and strict social hierarchy segregated among racial lines prompted him to claim power in a coup detat in 1977. In 1992-93, Rene oversaw the Seychelles' evolution from a one-party socialist state to multi-party rule. His successors inherited a nation no longer strictly regimented by racial hierarchy, and with dramatically improved social and economic living conditions. A saga of political drama, struggle, and ultimately hope, Albert Rene: A Biography is fascinating from cover to cover, and highly recommended especially for public and college library biography collections.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Reassessing the Nuremberg Military Tribunals
Kim C. Priemel and Alexa Stiller
Berghahn Books
20 Jay Street, Suite 512, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9780857455307 $95.00
9781782386674 $34.95 pbk.

Also available as an ebook, Reassessing the Nuremberg Military Tribunals: Transitional Justice, Trial Narratives, and Historiography is an anthology of essays by learned authors examining the Nuremberg Military Tribunals, famous for applying justice to perpetrators of World War II war crimes. These writings examine the fallout from war and genocide from a social and cultural perspective, rather than a military point of view. Individual essays include "Victims, Witnesses, and the Ethical Legacy of the Nuremberg Medical Trial", "The Power of Images. Real and Fictional Roles of Atrocity Film Footage", "The Fate of Nuremberg. The Legacy and Impact of the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials in Postwar Germany", and much more. A thoughtful scrutiny of how the Nuremberg Trials shaped future understanding of war crimes, military justice, and international jurisprudence, Reassessing the Nuremberg Military Tribunals is highly recommended.

Criminal Law, third edition
David C. Brody and James R. Acker
Jones & Bartlett Learning
5 Wall Street, Burlington, MA 01803
9781449698447 $134.95

Now in a fully revised and updated third edition with additional coverage of moral and state crimes, expanded material on terrorism, a flow chart visually depicting the criminal justice system, expanded review questions, and information about current court cases (including the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting), Criminal Law is a solid educational text suitable for college classrooms. Drawing directly from court cases to illuminate core principles of America's criminal justice system, both in ideology and in practical methodology, Criminal Law makes an excellent base for an introductory course, or for self-study. Highly recommended.

The Native American Studies Shelf

Petun to Wyandot
Charles Garrad, author
Jean-Luc Pilon and William Fox, editors
The Canadian Museum of History
c/o University of Ottawa Press
542 King Edward, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 6N5
9780776621449 $89.95

The Petun were one of the First Nation peoples; prior to European contact, they consisted of an estimated several thousand people in eight to ten villages, to the west of Huron territory in what is now Canada. Devastated by infectious diseases and attacks from the Iroquois, the Petun were dispersed and all but exterminated; the survivors merged with refugee Huron to become the Huron-Petun nation, later called the Wyandot. Petun to Wyandot: The Ontario Petun from the Sixteenth Century explores research, including primary historical sources and archaeological data, to rationally reconstruct how the Petun once lived. Chapters discuss the Petun's culture, politics, trading arrangements, and legends, providing a close study of assorted theories about the Petun. A list of references and an index round out this excellent contribution to Native American Studies shelves, worthy of the highest recommendation especially for public and college library collections.

Women in Ancient America, second edition
Karen Olsen Bruhns and Karen E. Stothert
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806146287 $24.95

Now in an updated second edition, Women in Ancient America is a scholarly study of the archaeological evidence for societal roles of women in prehistoric Native cultures of North, Central, and South America. Tracing early people's transitions from hunter-gather to agricultural societies, Women in Ancient America explores the work that women performed in food production and increasingly specialized industries. The political and religious power that women had in prehistoric societies is also considered, with particular emphasis placed on the status of priestesses and goddesses. Touching upon a multitude of different Native societies, Women in Ancient America seeks to assemble a coherent overview among diverse prehistoric cultures, and is especially recommended for public and college library Native American Studies shelves.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Write It Up
Paul J. Silvia, PhD
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433818141 $19.95

Write It Up: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles is a guide especially for academic writers of all skill and experience levels, including novices to the craft. Chapters focus on how to make a research article seize the reader's attention as well as efficiently deliver information, and the core premise of Write It Up is that academics should write to make a difference in people's hearts, minds, and the world at large, not just for the sake of getting published. From practical advice on grammar to tips, tricks, and common pitfalls when co-authoring papers, Write It Up is an absolute "must-have" for any scientific or academic seeking to build their reputation through published journal articles. Highly recommended!

Nuts & Bolts
Lisa M. O'Hearn, editor
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Difficulties
501 3rd Street NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20001
9781937604080 $30.00

First in a guidebook series to the art and profession of writing for publication in scholarly journals, Nuts & Bolts: Writing Outstanding Journal Articles lives up to its title with no-nonsense instructions, tips, tricks, and techniques for writing review articles, research articles, and theoretical articles. Topics covered include how to keep one's writing as bias-free as possible, expected mechanics and style (punctuation, quotation, reference citing, etc.), the submission/publication process including peer review, and much more. "Do not refer to people with disabilities as their disabilities. For example, do not use the term 'epileptics;' instead identify these individuals as 'people with epilepsy.'" Nuts & Bolts is an absolute "must-have" for any aspiring contributor to a scholarly journal.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Lee Mendelson with reminiscences by Bill Melendez
Dey Street Books
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062344830 $19.99

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a coffee-table book commemorating and chronicling the history of one of the world's most famous animated television shows, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" featuring characters from the timeless "Peanuts" comic strip. Executive producer Lee Mendelson shares his recollections with "Peanuts" animator Bill Melendez, especially their memories of working with "Peanuts" creator and comic strip artist Charles M. Schulz, a.k.a. "Sparky" to his friends. Vintage black-and-white images as well as full color illustrations add a vivid touch to this extraordinary compendium of everything from the show's original scores and production materials to brief profiles of the voice actors and much more. A "must-have" for any "Peanuts" animation connoisseur, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a joy to page through and makes a superb Halloween giftbook!

Michael Mann Cinema and Television: Interviews 1980-2012
Steven Sanders and R. Barton Palmer, editors
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4314
9780748693542 $120.00

Michael Mann Cinema and Television: Interviews 1980-2012 gathers an assortment of interviews with television producer/director and feature filmmaker Michael Mann (b. 1943), well-known for his intense works such as the movies "Manhunter", "Heat", and "Hancock", and his television shows "Starsky and Hutch", "The Jericho Mile", "Miami Vice", and "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" among others. Crime, criminals, cops, and law enforcement feature prominently in Mann's works, which directly address deadly serious social ills. These interviews offer Mann's own true tales and insider's insights, and is especially recommended for fans, serious scholars of Mann's work, and college library Media Studies shelves.

The Political Science Shelf

Public Policy: Perspectives & Choices, fifth edition
Charles L. Cochran & Eloise F. Malone
Lynne Rienner Publishers
1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, CO 80301
9781626370753 $35.00

Now in an updated fifth edition that takes into account significant policy changes in the past five years, Public Policy: Perspectives & Choices is a text created especially to help undergraduate college students better understand national public governmental policies. Chapters include basic tools for policy analysis (such as a straightforward explanation of the problem of scarcity), and directly address public policy issues in the United States such as education, criminal justice, health care, housing, the environment, and foreign policy. "...the iron law of prohibition. If all drugs are prohibited, dealers have a greater incentive to traffic in the more profitable and more dangerous drugs. In other words, if the punishment for dealing marijuana is the same as that for dealing cocaine, then logically, dealing cocaine is preferable because it is more profitable. Analysts point to the rising use of expensive 'designer drugs' as an indication of this trend. One public policy direction consistent with this reasoning is drug decriminalization or eliminating drug laws." A serious-minded assessment that does not shy from hot political issues such as rising income inequality in the U.S. Public Policy: Perspectives & Choices is highly recommended not only for undergraduate college courses, but also for self-study for any American citizen seeking to become a better-informed voter.

The Biology Shelf

MYC and the Pathway to Cancer
Chi V. Dang and Robert N. Eisenman, editors
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
500 Sunnyside Boulevard
Woodbury NY 11797-2924
9781621820086 $135.00

Written and edited by professional experts, MYC and the Pathway to Cancer is a scholarly text about the regulator gene MYC. Mutated versions of MYC are quite notorious for their involvement in cancer, since MYC is critical to cell growth, proliferation, and death. MYC and the Pathway to Cancer was originally published in the periodical "Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine"; this compilation brings the articles together into a thorough whole that covers topics such as anti-MYC cancer therapies, the role of MYC in tumor creation and progression, MYC's involvement in specific cancers such as medulloblastoma, neurblastoma, and Burkitt's lymphoma, and much more. A "must-have" for cancer biologists, MYC and the Pathway to Cancer is especially recommended for college library Biology shelves.

The Wisconsin Shelf

For Love and Money
Carl Corey
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
816 State Street, Madison, WI 53575
9780870206467 $29.95

For Love and Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses is a full-color photography book dedicated to Wisconsin family-owned businesses that have existed for fifty years or longer. Images of multigenerational bakeries, funeral homes, cheesemakers, fishermen, furniture makers, winemakers and more are each paired with brief captions for context. An unforgettable glimpse of the heart and soul of entrepreneurs who persevere against economic hardship and tough competition, For Love and Money is a treasury. Highly recommended.

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

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