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The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom
9781642831559, $35.00 pbk / $14.99 Kindle
Synopsis: In the 1970s, the accepted environmental thinking was that overpopulation was destroying the earth. Prominent
economists and environmentalists agreed that the only way to stem the tide was to impose restrictions on how we used
resources, such as land, water, and fish, from either the free market or the government. This notion was upended by Elinor
Ostrom, whose work to show that regular people could sustainably manage their community resources eventually won her
the Nobel Prize. Ostrom's revolutionary proposition fundamentally changed the way we think about environmental
In The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom, author Erik Nordman brings to life Ostrom's brilliant mind. Half a
century ago, she was rejected from doctoral programs because she was a woman; in 2009, she became the first woman to
win the Nobel Prize in Economics. Her research challenged the long-held dogma championed by Garrett Hardin in his
famous 1968 essay, "The Tragedy of the Commons," which argued that only market forces or government regulation can
prevent the degradation of common pool resources. The concept of the "Tragedy of the Commons" was built on scarcity
and the assumption that individuals only act out of self-interest. Ostrom's research proved that people can and do act in
collective interest, coming from a place of shared abundance. Ostrom's ideas about common resources have played out
around the world, from Maine lobster fisheries, to ancient waterways in Spain, to taxicabs in Nairobi. In writing The
Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom, Nordman traveled extensively to interview community leaders and stakeholders
who have spearheaded innovative resource-sharing systems, some new, some centuries old. Through expressing Ostrom's
ideas and research, he also reveals the remarkable story of her life.
Ostrom broke barriers at a time when women were regularly excluded from academia and her research challenged
conventional thinking. Elinor Ostrom proved that regular people can come together to act sustainably - if we let them. This
message of shared collective action is more relevant than ever for solving today's most pressing environmental
Critique: The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom: Essential Lessons for Collective Action examines the
environmental and economic wisdom Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012), a winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Her
life's research included evidence against the idea that individuals always act out of self-interest, instead revealing how
communities can and do share resources or act sustainably for the common good. Her ideas are far more than abstract
theory; their practical implications can be seen in Maine lobster fisheries, European waterways, and among the taxis of
Nairobi. A handful of black-and-white photographs, extensive notes, and an index round out this expertly researched and
thoughtfully presented rendition of an intelligent, persevering, and insightful woman's contribution to economic studies
and behavioral science. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.99).
Editorial Note: Dr. Erik Nordman is Professor of Natural Resources Management and Adjunct Professor of Economics at
Grand Valley State University, Michigan, and an Affiliate Scholar at Indiana University's Ostrom Workshop. Nordman has
written on a wide variety of environmental topics, from urban stormwater management and land preservation to renewable
energy. His work has also appeared in mass-market publications such as Quartz, The Conversation, and Bridge (a
Michigan public affairs magazine). Nordman holds an M.S. in forest ecosystem management and a Ph.D. in natural
resource policy and economics, both from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University.
He served as a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, 2012-13. His
publications are available at: https://works.bepress.com/erik_nordman
Do Not Disclose
She Writes Press
9781647421595, PR, $16.95, 208pp
Synopsis: In "Do Not Disclose: A Memoir Of Family Secrets Lost and Found ", Leora Krygier (who is a juvenile court
judge, wife, mother, and daughter), is caught in the routine of work, taking care of her family and aging parents. But she's
also a second-generation Holocaust survivor. It's an identity she didn't understand was hers until she accidentally
discovered a secret file of handwritten notes addressed to her father. A further discovery of a seemingly random WWII
postcard in a thrift store sets her on a collision course with the past in this lyrical memoir about secrets hidden within
secrets, both present-day and buried deep within wartime Europe.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Do Not Disclose: A Memoir Of Family Secrets Lost and
Found " is an inherently fascinating read from beginning to end. A welcome addition to the growing library of Jewish
Holocaust Literature, and also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99), "Do Not
Disclose: A Memoir Of Family Secrets Lost and Found" is an extraordinary and unreservedly welcome addition to
community, college, and university library collections.
Santa 2020: The Final Ride
9781735164854 $10.00 pbk / $3.99 Kindle
Santa 2020: The Final Ride is a novel for all ages offering a modern-day twist on the beloved folk legend of Santa Claus,
who brings cheer and holiday toys to children each Christmas. The year 2020 was so dreadful that Santa contemplates
hanging up his red hat, but the world needs holiday season hope more than ever. Fortunately, Santa doesn't have to tackle
his responsibilities alone; he has help from elves, reindeer, Mrs. Claus, and... his replacement? A heartwarming holiday
story that is sure to stir warm feelings inside year round, Santa 2020: The Final Ride is highly recommended. It should be
noted for personal reading lists that Santa 2020: The Final Ride is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.99).
The Writing/Publishing Shelf
Tips to Writers from a Book Publisher
9781891774959, $9.99, PB, 143pp
Synopsis: "Tips to Writers from a Book Publisher" by John Schmidt is a compact, helpful, practical, informative, 'real
world' guide that opens up the world of book publishing seen through the eyes of a book publisher who is also an author.
Packed from cover to cover hundreds of practical tips drawn from Schmidt's fifty years of experience in the publishing
industry, "Tips to Writers from a Book Publisher" is extraordinarily well written, organized and presented.
Critique: Simply stated, "Tips to Writers from a Book Publisher" should be considered essential reading by any and all
aspiring writers wanting to be published. Comprehensive and thoroughly 'user friendly', "Tips to Writers from a Book
Publisher" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university
library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.
The Health/Medicine Shelf
Controlling High Blood Pressure through Nutrition, Supplements, Lifestyle and Drugs
Mark C. Houston & Lee Bell
9780367647797, $64.95 pbk / $48.99 Kindle
Synopsis: High blood pressure or hypertension is the most common primary diagnosis in the United States and a leading
cause of heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, and stroke. Despite extensive research over the past several decades, the
cause of most cases of adult hypertension is still unknown and thought to be genetic. Current methods of controlling blood
pressure in the general population need to be improved. Controlling High Blood Pressure through Nutrition, Nutritional
Supplements, Lifestyle, and Drugs provides an integrative approach on how to prevent and treat high blood pressure. It
includes scientific research, clinical evaluation, and applications which help patients learn easy solutions to implement
treatments to prevent and manage hypertension.
Includes recommendations and clinical studies on ideal drugs to reduce blood pressure with fewest side effects and optimal
Presents a nutrition program for patients to manage high blood pressure and reduce weight which, if followed, helps lower
the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and early death.
Provides a comprehensive review of nutritional supplements to improve blood pressure control and reduce cardiovascular
Written by leading experts in hypertension and nutrition, this book presents a unique and optimal approach to reducing
cardiovascular problems related to high blood pressure, it serves as a guide for both health practitioners and their
Critique: Written by expert specialists in both medicine and nutrition, Controlling High Blood Pressure through Nutrition,
Supplements, Lifestyle and Drugs is intended for medical professionals and lay readers alike. Impressing the need of more
effective measures against high blood pressure that can benefit the general population, chapters discuss how high blood
pressure is harmful, clinical symptoms of hypertension, the limitations of the DASH diet ("Dietary Approaches to Stop
Hypertension" promoted by the US-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), an extensive list of nutritional
supplements and what is known about their potential benefits or drawbacks, a survey of drugs used to treat hypertension,
and much more. An index rounds out this highly informative resource especially recommended for college libraries and
hypertension patients seeking to learn all they can about how to improve their lifestyle and well-being. It should be noted
for personal reading lists that Controlling High Blood Pressure through Nutrition, Supplements, Lifestyle and Drugs is also
available in a Kindle edition ($48.99).
Editorial Note: Mark C. Houston, MD, MS, MSc, FACP, FAHA, FASH, FACN, ABAARM, FAARM, DABC, is the
Director of the Hypertension Institute and Vascular Biology, Medical Director of the Division of Human Nutrition and
Medical Director of Clinical Research at the Hypertension Institute in Nashville, TN. He is a Clinical Instructor in the
Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences at George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine
and Health Science. Dr. Houston has presented over 10,000 lectures, nationally and internationally and published over 250
medical articles, scientific abstracts in peer reviewed medical journals, books and book chapters. He has published nine
Lee Bell, NC, BCHN, is board certified in holistic nutrition, earned a Bachelor's degree from University of Southern
California and is also a graduate of the Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in Berkeley, CA. She is a member of both the
NANP, National Association of Nutrition Professionals and the AANC, American Association of Nutrition Consultants.
Lee has completed Dr. Ben Lynch's program on Methylation and Clinical Nutrigenomics as well as the Institute for
Functional Medicine's Methylation Strategies in the Clinical Management of Depression and Cardiovascular Disease. She
holds certification in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Institute at Cornell University.
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder
Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
9780393706956, $24.95 pbk / $11.31 Kindle
Synopsis: This is no ordinary book on how to overcome an eating disorder. The authors bravely share their unique stories
of suffering from and eventually overcoming their own severe eating disorders. Interweaving personal narrative with the
perspective of their own therapist-client relationship, their insights bring an unparalleled depth of awareness into just what
it takes to successfully beat this challenging and seemingly intractable clinical issue.
For anyone who has suffered, their family and friends, and other helping professionals, this book should be by your side.
With great compassion and clinical expertise, Costin and Grabb walk readers through the ins and outs of the recovery
process, describing what therapy entails, clarifying the common associated emotions such as fear, guilt, and shame, and,
most of all, providing motivation to seek help if you have been discouraged, resistant, or afraid. The authors bring
self-disclosure to a level not yet seen in an eating disorder book and offer hope to readers that full recovery is
Critique: Written by medical and psychology professionals, 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective
Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience lives up to its title as a compassionate resource for
professionals and lay readers alike, especially those who have personally suffered from an eating disorder. Chapters
discuss what therapy for eating disorders entails, and offer writing assignments to aid the journey toward healing. 8 Keys to
Recovery from an Eating Disorder is a welcome contribution to public library Health/Medicine shelves, highly
recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder is also
available in a Kindle edition ($11.31).
Editorial Note: Carolyn Costin MA, MEd, MFT, founder of Monte Nido Treatment Center, is a therapist, activist, author,
and renowned eating disorder expert. Gwen Schubert Grabb is a psychotherapist in private practice. Babette Rothschild,
MSW, internationally recognized PTSD specialist, has authored seven books and edits the 8 Keys to Mental Health series
for W. W. Norton.
The Psychology Shelf
How We Practice Therapy Now
Chante D. DeLoach
W. W. Norton & Company
9780393714708, $28.95 pbk / $18.89 Kindle
Synopsis: Future psychotherapy is not confined to the office: it can be online, virtual, wellness-oriented, flexible, racially
conscious, and in service of public wellness. COVID-19 has forever changed the landscape of psychotherapy in these
ways, and in ways we have yet to discover.
Practicing psychologist Chante D. DeLoach invites readers to reflect on the state of psychotherapy and emerging
potentialities forged through crisis. She presents key concepts of telemental health, concierge therapy, and other
out-of-office approaches to psychological well-being.
DeLoach provides step-by-step guidance on getting started in telemental health, and points to clinical, ethical, and legal
considerations for clinicians working in a digital space and other nontraditional formations. Topics covered include: how
to screen clients for the appropriateness of teletherapy; the required equipment and infrastructure, demystifying the
different online platforms; ways to set up a warm and inviting online office, and legal and ethical issues of remote therapy.
It also considers business and practice management issues such as what to include in an informed consent for teletherapy.
Important discussions of race, intersectionality, and justice in teletherapy round out the book. Readers will be invited to
critically reflect on their own identities and comfort in integrating the challenging issues of race, power, and privilege in
Through interwoven examples and reflective exercises, Dr. DeLoach provides tools to support practitioners as they
reimagine their clinical identities to meet the needs of today's clients. This book offers keen insights and learning for all
clinicians, from trainees to seasoned practitioners, who are embarking on this new terrain.
Critique: Licensed clinical psychologist Chante D. DeLoach, PsyD presents How We Practice Therapy Now, a
psychotherapy book about how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed modern psychotherapy. The need to prevent the
spread of the COVID-19 virus has sparked advances in online, virtual therapy over in-person sessions. What was once an
optional convenience has become more and more mandatory. Chapters discuss how to set up teletherapy or virtual
therapies, out-of-office therapies, the rising phenomenon of concierge therapy ("one can think of it as having a
psychologist or other mental health professional on retainer"), legal and ethical issues, and much more. How We Practice
Therapy Now is an absolute "must-have" for any aspiring or practicing psychotherapist today, and a welcome addition to
public and college library Psychology collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that How We Practice
Therapy Now is also available in a Kindle edition ($18.89).
Editorial Note: Chante D. DeLoach, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing for almost fifteen years helping
individuals, couples, and families create healthier, more meaningful relationships. For almost twenty years, she has taught
various psychology and social science courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the U.S. and abroad. As an
international consultant with expertise in clinical traumatology, cultural, community, and liberation psychologies, she has
conducted research, provided clinical services, consultation and workshops in Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti, Ukraine, Ghana,
Ethiopia, and Zambia to name a few.
Subconsciousness: Automatic Behavior and the Brain
Columbia University Press
9780231201278, $24.00 pbk / $11.99 Kindle
Synopsis: We are conscious of only a small fraction of our lives. Because the brain constantly receives an enormous
quantity of information, we need to be able to do things without thinking about them - to act in "autopilot" mode.
Automatic behaviors - the vast majority of our activities - occur without our conscious awareness, or subconsciously. Yet
the physiological basis of subconsciousness remains poorly understood, despite its vast importance for physical and mental
The neurodegenerative disease expert Yves Agid offers a groundbreaking and accessible account of subconsciousness and
its significance. He pinpoints the basal ganglia - the ancient "basement of the brain" - as the main physiological hub of the
subconscious. Agid examines its roles in the control and production of automatic behavior, including motor, intellectual,
and emotional processes. He highlights the consequences for various brain pathologies, showing how malfunctions of the
subconscious have clinical repercussions including not only abnormal involuntary movements, as seen in Parkinson's
disease, but also psychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorders and depression. Based on this
understanding, Agid considers how seeing the basal ganglia as a therapeutic target can aid development of potential new
treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Shedding new light on the physiological bases of our behavior and mental states, this book provides an innovative
exploration of the complexities of the mind, with implications ranging from clinical applications to philosophy's thorniest
Critique: Thoroughly accessible to lay readers and professionals alike, Subconsciousness: Automatic Behavior and the
Brain examines both the physiological and the psychological aspects of the human subconscious. Chapters explore the
basal ganglia, also known as the "basement of the brain", and how abnormalities in this part of the brain can manifest as
various pathologies. Notes, a list of suggested further reading, and an index round out this choice pick for public and
college library Psychology shelves. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Subconsciousness is also available in a
Kindle edition ($11.99).
Editorial Note: Yves Agid is founder of ICM, the International Brain Institute in Paris, and professor emeritus of neurology
and cell biology at the Pitie-Salpetriere University Hospital. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences. His
research has made major contributions to the understanding of neurodegenerative disorders, in particular Parkinson's
disease and Alzheimer's disease.
The Science Shelf
Introducing Meteorology: A Guide to the Weather, second edition
Dunedin Academic Press
c/o ISBS (dist.)
9781780460918, $16.50 pbk / $12.99 Kindle
Synopsis: In many parts of the world the weather forms a daily topic of conversation, In others it hardly changes from one
week to the next. However, human life is governed by the weather which affects much of our activity, from farming to
fishing and from shopping to holiday-making. Introducing Meteorology has been written to provide a succinct overview of
the science of the weather for students and for interested amateurs wanting a topical guide to this complex science. The
initial chapters describe the development of the science, the atmosphere and the forces which govern the weather. The
author then discusses weather influences at global and local scales before describing the science of weather
Copiously illustrated, this book is intended for those whose interest in meteorology has been stimulated, perhaps by media
coverage of dramatic weather events, and who want to know more. Technical terms are kept to a minimum and are
explained in a glossary.
Critique: Now in an updated second edition, Introducing Meteorology: A Guide to the Weather is an educational primer for
students and lay readers alike. Illustrated with color illustrations and diagrams on virtually every page, Introducing
Meteorology describes the components of Earth's atmosphere, mid-latitude and tropical weather systems, convective
systems such as tornadoes and thunderstorms, models used to forecast weather, and much more. A glossary rounds out this
excellent reference and resource, highly recommended especially for high school, college, and public library science
collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Introducing Meteorology, second edition is also available in a
Kindle edition ($12.99).
Editorial Note: Dr Jon Shonk is a researcher in the Department of Meteorology at the university of Reading, one of the
leading meteorology centres in the world.
The Cookbook Shelf
The Farmer and the Chef
Minnesota Farmer's Union, author
Bruce Miller, author
Claudine Arndt, author
Katie Cannon, photographer
The Globe Pequot Press
246 Goose Lane, Suite 200, Guilford, CT 06437
9781493046584, $27.95, HC, 296pp
Synopsis: "The Farmer and the Chef: Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories" is a culinary compendium of
farmer-forward writings and chef-driven recipes, giving an inside look into the life of food and farming in the Land of
Expansive stretches of Minnesota farmland and rural communities mix with urban farms and vibrant cities to yield unique
food partnerships and delicious farm-to-table fare. Recipes from breakfast to dessert, accompanied by stunning
photography and farmers' real-life stories, showcase the struggles and triumphs of Minnesota farmers, as well as the bounty
Highlights include organic steel cut oatmeal with black currant blueberry jam, North Shore bouillabaisse, grilled hanger steak with swiss chard and tomato, and cherry-glazed madeleines.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with full color photography, and throughly 'kitchen cook friendly'
in organization and presentation, "The Farmer and the Chef: Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories" showcases some
90 palate pleasing, appetite satisfying recipes suitable for any and all dining occasions. While highly recommended for
personal, professional, and community library regional cookbook collections, it should be noted that "The Farmer and the
Chef: Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.94).
Editorial Note: The Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) works to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of
life for family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities of Minnesota. The Minnesota Cooks program and The Farmer and
The Chef are created with support from MFU President Gary Wertish and the MFU Executive Committee and in
partnership with Minnesota Grown.
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780857839794, $22.99, HC, 144pp
Synopsis: Sourdough is one of the tastiest and most nutritious breads any kitchen cook can make for their family -- but it
has a reputation for being both tricky and time-consuming. "10-Minute Sourdough: Breadmaking for Real Life" is bread
making expert Vanessa Kimbell's foolproof guide to making sourdough with just 10 minutes of hands-on work. It's ideal
for those with busy lives who have neither the time nor the patience to knead, stretch, fold and shape.
From Olive, Feta & Rosemary Focaccia to Roasted Barley Malt Bagels, Carrot & Carraway Loaf and Caramel, Walnut &
Banana Bread, none of the fuss-free, no-knead recipes comprising "10-Minute Sourdough: Breadmaking for Real Life"
requires more than 10 minutes' prep in total (not including time in the oven). Organized into seasonal chapters, with an
additional chapter on breads for celebrations, they all follow one master timing plan and many of them can be baked in a
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "10-Minute Sourdough: Breadmaking for Real Life" is
thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation. While certain to be a welcome and enduringly popular
addition to family and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted for personal and professional reading
lists that "10-Minute Sourdough: Breadmaking for Real Life" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Vanessa Kimbell runs The Sourdough School in Northamptonshire, where she teaches sourdough
breadmaking and baking classes to students from around the world. A regular BBC radio journalist in the UK, she is a
third generation baker of Italian descent and trained in several French bakeries. She can be followed on Instagram:
@vanessakimbell and @sourdoughschool
Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Baking Cookbook
Wanda E. Brunstetter
P.O. Box 719, 1810 Barbour Drive, Uhrichsville, OH 44683
9781636090856, $16.99, Spiral Bound, 224pp
Synopsis: Fresh-baked buns or cookies waiting for a child's after-school snack is a delight many of us remember from our
own mothers and grandmothers kitchens. You can now share the joy of baking for and with your own family through
dozens of recipes provided by Amish bakers as compiled in the beautifully illustrated culinary compendium -- "Wanda E.
Brunstetter's Amish Friends Baking Cookbook".
An impressive collections of ideas and recipes for breads, rolls, cakes, cookies, and more will keep you busy taste testing
and sharing all the goodies. Also included are step-by-step instructions, baking tips, and anecdotes from Amish bakers.
Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, home bakers of all ages will be delighted to add this cookbook to
Critique: Spiral bound to lay out flat upon a kitchen counter or table, "Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Baking
Cookbook", with thoroughly kitchen cook friendly recipes for all dining occasions, will prove to be a popular addition to
personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections.
The Best of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., author
Zoe Francois, author
Stephen Scott Gross, photographer
St. Martin's Press
9781250277435, $32.50, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Reinforced by the pandemic induced isolation of 2020 & 2021, a growing percentage of the people continue
want to bake their own bread, so long as they can do it easily and quickly.
With the publication of "The Best of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: Favorite Recipes from Breadin5, Jeff Hertzberg
and Zoe Francois have chosen their absolute favorite 80 recipes from all five of their previous bread making books,
bringing them together into a single volume that is the only bread book a baker needs.
In addition to old favorites, "The Best of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" pulls in a few new tricks, tips, and
techniques that Jeff and Zoe have learned along the way. With this revolutionary stored-dough technique (along with color
and instructional black-and-white photographs by Stephen Scott Gross) even the most novice of bread makers can have
stunning, delicious bread on day one. Indeed, "The Best of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" will make everyone a
baker -- and with only five minutes a day of active preparation time!
Critique: A culinary compendium of DIY recipes for the bread baking kitchen cook, "The Best of Artisan Bread in Five
Minutes a Day: Favorite Recipes from Breadin5" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation. While
especially and unreservedly recommended as a prized addition to personal, professional, family, and community library
cookbook collections, it should be noted for personal use that "The Best of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).
Editorial Note #1: Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. works as a medical director and consultant focusing on health-improvement
programs. During his medical residency, he started a years-long quest to figure out how to make dough that was convenient
enough to use every day. He turned an obsession with bread and pizza into a second career as a cookbook author.
Editorial Note #2: Zoe Francois is a pastry chef and baker trained at the Culinary Institute of America. With Jeff Hertzberg,
M.D., she is the author of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and Pizza and
Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day. In addition to co-authoring the Bread in Five Minutes series, Zoe hosts her own TV
series, Zoe Bakes, on the Magnolia Network and has written a solo cookbook, Zoe Bakes Cake. Francois teaches baking
and pastry courses nationally, is a consultant to the food industry, and creates artful desserts and custom wedding cakes.
She also writes the recipe blog Zoe Bakes.
Pam Brandon, author
Marcy Smothers, author
c/o Disney Book Group
9781368068239, $35.00, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: After the success of Disneyland, Walt Disney wanted to build something more elaborate and with more room.
Ultimately, it was Walt's brother and business partner, Roy O. Disney, who brought forth his sibling's dream (and made it a
reality) when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 in Florida. More than fifty years later, Walt's dream, Roy's vision and
commitment, plus the dedication of those who serve up a world of magic are still celebrated. And all of it is deliciously
Disney in "Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World: Recipes & Stories from The Most Magical Place on Earth".
Packed from cover to cover with a heartfelt narrative and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, mouth-watering food photos, a
gorgeous Walt Disney Imagineering concept artwork, nostalgic restaurant menus and ephemera, and a little Disney magic,
this unique combination of cookbook and culinary history features more than sixty recipes. Including an assortment of
appetizers, main courses, sides, desserts, and even joyful libations, these dishes come from fine-dining and quick-service
establishments across the resort. Each one of which has been tested by home chefs to help you bring your cherished
vacation memories to life and inspire new ones for years to come.
Critique: Profusely and beautifully illustrated in full color throughout, and unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, family, and community library cookbook collections, "Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World: Recipes &
Stories from The Most Magical Place on Earth" by the collaborative team of Pam Brandon and Marcy Carriker Smothers is
a very special culinary compendium showcasing palate pleasing, appetite satisfying dishes suitable for any and all dining
Editorial Note #1: Pam Brandon started her Disney career as a senior publicist with Walt Disney World Press & Publicity
in 1987 in a small office upstairs in City Hall in the Magic Kingdom. She has worked on public relations food and
beverage projects for Disney parks around the globe for more than thirty years, including the openings of Disneyland Paris;
Disney California Adventure; Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa; and Shanghai Disney Resort. In addition, Brandon was a
contributing editor to the Birnbaum's Disney guidebooks for more than ten years, covering the Walt Disney World Resort,
Disneyland Resort, and Disney Cruise Line ships. She was the first food writer for the Disney Parks Blog and has authored
twenty-one cookbooks for Disney.
Editorial Note #2: Marcy Carriker Smothers is the author of the fan favorite Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of
Disney Food, a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection in 2018. Her love of all things Disney, especially
Disneyland, inspired her to delve into Walt Disney's world of food. A noted radio personality, she hosted several programs,
including The Food Guy and Marcy Show with the Food Network's Guy Fieri. Marcy's next book for Disney (and her
passion project) is Walt's Disneyland: A Walk in the Park with Walt Disney.
More Veggies Please!
9781953295569, $24.95, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: As a chef and cookbook author, Nikki Dinki loves veggies. But like most parents, getting her kids to love them
is a work in progress. There will always be a side of veggies on their dinner plates, but when those veggies go untouched,
Nikki doesn't stress. That's because her cooking incorporates vegetables at every turn: the kids may not have eaten their
sides of peas, but they ate cauliflower and sweet potatoes in their Mac and Cheese, devoured Green Eggs (with spinach)
and White Bean Pancakes for breakfast, and asked for seconds of the Zucchini Crust Pizzas at lunch!
Although the veggies are sometimes hidden in some of the recipes comprising "More Veggies Please!", your kids will be
eating mushrooms and eggplant without thinking twice! The real goal is using the qualities of each vegetable to make each
classic, family meals even better than the original version. In these recipes, mushrooms enhance the beefy taste of the
Mushroom and Onion Burgers, while eggplant replaces egg for breading on Chicken Tenders and Chicken Parmesan,
which keeps them irresistibly moist.
Inside, discover other delicious recipes that will become mealtime staples ranging from Chicken Pot Pie with a Sweet
Potato Crust; Taco Meat (with Pinto Beans), Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower + Sweet Potato; and Chicken Nuggets with
Beans + Carrots; Eggplant Marinara Sauce; Brooklyn Blackout Cake (with Beets + Avocado); and more!
There are no fancy ingredients or complicated cooking techniques. These easy, accessible recipes have been tested
hundreds of times, by Nikki and other parents, for surefire family food wins! This collection of tried-and-true dishes will
wow picky eaters and foodie parents alike with creative veggie twists on breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, sides, and
Critique: Nicely illustrated throughout with full color photography, "More Veggies Please!: Easy Kid-Approved Meals and
Family-Friendly Comfort Foods with Surprising Veggie Twists" is especially recommended for parents with kids that
spurn their vegetables at dinner time (or any time!). Certain to be a prized addition to family and community library
cookbook collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "More Veggies Please!: Easy Kid-Approved Meals
and Family-Friendly Comfort Foods with Surprising Veggie Twists" is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Nikki Dinki is a chef, author, mom, TV host and picky-eater-turned-veggie-lover who is spreading the
delicious veggie word! She is also the author of "Meat On The Side", and has food-driven adventures and unique creations
on multiple Food Network and Cooking Channel series, sharing recipes regularly on the Wendy Williams and Dr. Oz
shows. She maintains an informative website at www.NikkiDinkiCooking.com
One Pan, One Meal
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600637097, $19.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Compiled by Elena Silcock, "One Pan, One Meal" is a compendium of 85 easy, budget-friendly recipes to suit
busy lifestyles and limited kitchen space. All the delicious dishes can be made in one of two pans (either a large saucepan
or a non-stick frying pan) and require little to no skill, as directions are just for cooking over a high, medium or low heat.
All the recipes can be cooked on a gas, electric or induction stove and you will get the same incredible result every time.
The entire meal can be made in a single pan, with no sides to be cooked separately, making these perfect lazy dishes that
will keep the washing up to a bare minimum. Featuring easy cheats and supermarket ingredients, these are handy recipes to
cook every night of the week and great for feeding a family on a budget.
From light and speedy dishes including Just-add-water beef pho and Vodka risotto with fresh tomatoes, to indulgent and
comforting meals like Sausage and broccoli gnocchi and Sweet potato, kale and cashew nut curry, alongside speedy sweet
treats such as Chocolate-centre French toast and Baby doughnuts, there are plenty of surprising, nourishing options that the
whole family can enjoy together.
Critique: Profusely illustrated with full color photography of completed dishes, "One Pan, One Meal" is an extraordinary
and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections. Showcasing
thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes suitable for any and all dining occasions, it should be noted that "One Pan, One
Meal" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
Editorial Note: Elena Silcock is a food writer, chef and food stylist. She has worked for various magazines and brands,
including BBC Good Food, Coop magazine, Nando's, Kellogg's and Flora. She runs her own supper clubs and is the
creator of the Feed Them Pasta e-book as well as the online recipe and social platform You Bring the Wine.
The Provider Cookbook
Chad Belding, author
Chad Mendes, author
9781637740163, $35.00, HC, 264pp
Synopsis: In our modern ways of cooking and eating, we've gotten out of touch with Mother Nature. Those who hunt, fish,
and enjoy wild game know that we should always respect and cherish our food and where it comes from.
For hunter/chef Chad Belding and MMA star Chad Mendes, hunting and ethical farming are crucial ways to reinforce our
connection to nature. In "The Provider Cookbook: Fish and Game Recipes for Eating Wild and Living Off the Land",
Belding and Mendes share recipes and stories to celebrate this way of life and keep it alive for generations to come.
The recipes comprising "The Provider Cookbook" range from Wild Game Stroganoff; Elk Pizza Meatballs; Korean
Barbecue Venison Street Tacos, and Wild Turkey and Dumplings; to Mossy Pond's Smother-Fried Quail; Duck Egg Rolls;
Pulled Goose Barbecue Sandwiches; Cajun Fried Catfish Sandwiches; and Brian's Coconut Curry Halibut. "The Provider
Cookbook" also includes tips for properly storing food, plus recipes for domestic meats and their favorite vegetable sides
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated with full color photography throughout, "The Provider Cookbook: Fish and
Game Recipes for Eating Wild and Living Off the Land" is a pleasure to simply browse through one page at a time. An
ideal culinary resource replete with kitchen cook recipes for palate pleasing and appetite satisfying recipes, "The Provider
Cookbook" will prove to be an enduringly welcome and appreciated addition to personal, professional, and community
library cookbook collections, It should be noted that "The Provider Cookbook" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $12.99).
Egyptian Flavors: 50 Recipes
American University in Cairo Press
200 Park Avenue, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10166
9789774169274, $16.95, HC, 160pp
Synopsis: Egyptian cuisine is one of the world's oldest and yet least known food traditions. Knowledgeably compiled by
Dyna Eldaief, "Egyptian Flavors: 50 Recipes" is charming, pocket-sized collection of recipes is the perfect introduction to
From classic starters and breakfast dishes like ta'miya (falafel) and fuul medammis (slow-cooked fava beans), to
well-loved main meals such as stuffed cabbage leaves (mahshi cromb), and mouthwatering almond pudding and fritter
balls soaked in syrup, Egyptian Flavors leads you on a wonderful discovery of this unique and delightful cuisine.
Celebrated chef Dyna Eldaief offers 50 easy-to-follow recipes that are rich with the vegetables, legumes, and meats that are
central to Egyptian cooking, calling forth the sun-baked land of the Nile and inviting expert and novice alike to bring
exciting new flavors to their home kitchen.
Critique: Authentic, kitchen cook friendly, palate pleasing and appetite satisfying, the fifty recipes comprising "Egyptian
Flavors" makes it a unique, desirable, and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community
library Ethnic Cookbook collections.
Nordic Family Kitchen
9783791387413, $35.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Nordic Family Kitchen: Seasonal Home Cooking" by Copenhagen Mikkel Karstad (a
consultant chef and the former culinary advisor to the NOMA team, and best known for his modern and natural approach
to food and cooking) will enable even the most novice of kitche cooks to achieve Nordic elegance while cooking with their
kids. For years this Danish chef has been teaching his own four kids the joys of simple, eco-conscious cooking. Working at
the famed NOMA restaurant Karstad helped put Northern European gastronomy on the map. But Karstad is happiest when
he is cooking with his family, either at home or on their frequent foraging trips.
In this visually beautiful cookbook Karstad shares his genius for taking simple ingredients and combining them in exciting
ways that every family member will enjoy. Divided into ten chapters, the book offers 73 recipes for breakfasts, lunches,
dinners, and gatherings in the woods, garden, and beach. There are dishes that anyone, including kids, can prepare and
serve including quick breads, sandwiches, cakes, spreads and jams, as well as more advanced projects that will hone young
people's culinary skills.
Karstad takes the family chef to the beach to roast marshmallows with strawberries; to the woods to grill flatbread with
mushrooms; and to the garden, where fresh herbs enhance everyday dishes such as pancakes and baked potatoes. Loaded
with fruit, vegetables, whole grains and herbs, these meals are largely meat-free, and will help your family adapt to a
cleaner way of eating that is both satisfying and delicious.
Critique: Beautifully Illustrated with Anders Sch nnemann's stunning full color photography, "Nordic Family Kitchen:
Seasonal Home Cooking" is a simply fabulous cookbook that will be a welcome and highly prized addition to personal,
professional, and community library ethnic cookbook collections.
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780857839329, $29.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: With culinary recipes inspired by India's incredibly rich and varied food scene, chef Rohit Ghai has gained a
reputation for colorful, flavor-rich curries that showcase both classic and lesser-known Indian flavors. Tarkari, meaning
'vegetable' in Urdu, and "Tarkari: Innovative Vegetarian and Vegan Indian Dishes with Heart and Soul" is Rohit's first
cookbook and celebrates this diverse ethnic heritage -- but on a more personal note.
Packed from cover to cover with innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes, "Tarkari: Innovative Vegetarian and Vegan
Indian Dishes with Heart and Soul" pays homage to the food his parents ate. The showcased dishes range from creative
starters like Malabar Cauliflower, to big, bold curries such as Jackfruit Masala and Lotus Root Kofta, as well as breads,
rice, dips and pickles. "Tarkari: Innovative Vegetarian and Vegan Indian Dishes with Heart and Soul" includes everything
needed to cook truly spectacular Indian vegetarian and vegan meals at home.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated throughout, "Tarkari: Innovative Vegetarian and Vegan Indian Dishes with Heart and
Soul" is delightfully inspiring to plan menus with. Offering a wealth of palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, authentically
Indian dishes, "Tarkari: Innovative Vegetarian and Vegan Indian Dishes with Heart and Soul" is highly recommended for
personal, professional, and community library collections. It should be noted that "Tarkari: Innovative Vegetarian and
Vegan Indian Dishes with Heart and Soul" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).
Editorial Note: Rohit Ghai's love affair with food began in his mother's kitchen, in his native Punjab, India. He went on to
study Indian cuisine at the Institute of Hotel Management in New Delhi, before perfecting his craft at esteemed hotel
groups across the country. After moving to the UK, Rohit worked in and headed kitchens at some of London's leading
Indian restaurants including Benares, Trishna, Gymkhana, Hoppers and most recently Jamavar and Bombay Bustle. Rohit
is the first Indian chef to have won a Michelin star for Jamavar within ten months of the restaurant's opening. In 2018, he
and Abhishake Sangwan (formerly Gymkhana and Jamavar) launched their first solo London restaurant, Kutir.
The Beer/Wine/Spirits Shelf
Spirits of the Otherworld
Allison Crawbuck and Rhys Everett
Spirits of the Otherworld: A Grimoire of Occult Cocktails blends astrology and spirits arts with mixed drinks that reflect
occult history in unusual ways. If this is hard to envision, consider the Druids and the 'Oak and Mistletoe' inspired drink
that reflects their history; or a rum cocktail made of Peychaud's bitters from New Orleans that reflects voodoo. One expects
a collection of drink recipes, but the background review of various occult beliefs and history adds further flavors of insight
while blending herbs, spices, and magic in elixirs that will appeal to cocktail drinkers seeking something different in the
way of a cookbook of information. It's a worthy, and different, addition to any collection strong in cocktail blends and
Can I Mix You a Drink?
Maxwell Britten, author
Kathy Iandoli, contributor
c/o Penguin Random House Group
9781954220003, $29.99, HC, 144pp
Synopsis: In 2007, "rappa ternt sanga" T-Pain released his hit single "Can I Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')," propelling
the artist to mainstream royalty. Since then, the Tallahassee, Florida native has secured his position as one of the most
successful and diverse hip-hop artists in the world. It all started, really, with a song about liquor. T-Pain's extensive career
has been punctuated by libations. It's been a part of his music, his business acumen (having secured a number of
ambassador deals with liquor brands like Jose Cuervo), and his overall persona.
Now, T-Pain brings his love of mixology and music in the pages of "Can I Mix You A Drink?". Working with Mixologist
Maxwell Britten, (former Bar Director to Brooklyn's James Beard Award Winning Maison Premiere), T-Pain sets cocktails
to music. Each drink has been carefully curated to reflect a sentiment from one of his hit songs. Drink by drink, T-Pain
explores levels of new flavors (and potencies) to create a work that can be used for parties, local bars, pre-gaming before
the club, or even just a quiet night at home.
It's nearly impossible not to hear T-Pain's music as you read through the drinks and their unique combinations and names.
Considering T-Pain is known for unorthodox mixes in his music, expect the same from his drinks, along with some classic
cocktails modified by T-Pain himself. Whether you're a fan of T-Pain or a fan of drink-making, "Can I Mix You A Drink?"
is the cocktail book for you.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated from beginning to end, "Can I Mix You A Drink?" is an impressive
compendium of recipes and instructions for making an impressive variety and diversity of cocktails suitable for any
occasion. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Beer/Wine/Spirits instructional
reference collections, it should be noted for personal and professional reading and reference lists that "Can I Mix You A
Drink?" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine 2022
Hugh Johnson, author
Margaret Rand, editor
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781784727963, $14.99, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: "Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2022" is the essential reference book for everyone who buys wine - in
shops, restaurants, or on the internet. Now in its 45th year of publication, it has no rival as the comprehensive,
up-to-the-minute annual guide.
Hugh Johnson provides clear succinct facts and commentary on the wines, growers and wine regions of the whole world.
He reveals which vintages to buy, which to drink and which to cellar, which growers to look for and why. "Hugh Johnson's
Pocket Wine Book 2022" gives clear information on grape varieties, local specialities and how to match food with wines
that will bring out the best in both.
It should be noted that "Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2022" includes a color supplement: The Ten Best Things
About Wine Right Now, which covers wine blending and orange wine.
Critique: Comprehensive and exceptionally well organized, "Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2022" is a core reference
for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Beer/Wine/Spirits reference collections.
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781840918229, $55.00, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: "Rare Whisky: Explore the World's Most Exquisite Spirits" by Patrick Mahe is a stylish exploration of the
world's finest and rarest whiskies, exquisitely packaged in a hardback book with slipcase. "Rare Whisky: Explore the
World's Most Exquisite Spirits" showcases the most exceptional whiskies from across the world, focusing on key
producers such as Scotland, Ireland, the USA and Japan, as well as interesting rarities from the likes of India and
Critique: Profusely, beautifully, lushly illustrated throughout with photography of extremely rare bottles ranging from a
breathtaking 1920s vintage sold at auction to the best offerings from more recent years, "Rare Whisky: Explore the World's
Most Exquisite Spirits" must be considered as being essential reading for all dedicated whisky lovers. A whiskey lover's
delight to simply browse through one page at a time, "Rare Whisky: Explore the World's Most Exquisite Spirits" is an
especially prized and recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
Editorial Note: Currently residing in France, Patrick Mahe is a writer, journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Paris Match
magazine. He has also written "Whisky Culture", "Champagne Culture" and "Rum Culture".
The American History Shelf
Facing Georgetown's History
Adam Rothman & Elsa Barraza Mendoza, Editors
Lauret Savoy, Foreword
Georgetown University Press
9781647120962, $29.95 hc / $28.45 Kindle
Synopsis: Georgetown University's early history, closely tied to that of the Society of Jesus in Maryland, is a microcosm of
the history of American slavery: the entrenchment of chattel slavery in the tobacco economy of the Chesapeake in the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; the contradictions of liberty and slavery at the founding of the United States; the rise
of the domestic slave trade to the cotton and sugar kingdoms of the Deep South in the nineteenth century; the political
conflict over slavery and its overthrow amid civil war; and slavery's persistent legacies of racism and inequality. It is also
emblematic of the complex entanglement of American higher education and religious institutions with slavery.
Important primary sources drawn from the university's and the Maryland Jesuits' archives document Georgetown's tangled
history with slavery, down to the sizes of shoes distributed to enslaved people on the Jesuit plantations that subsidized the
school. The volume also includes scholarship on Jesuit slaveholding in Maryland and at Georgetown, news coverage of the
university's relationship with slavery, and reflections from descendants of the people owned and sold by the Maryland
These essays, articles, and documents introduce readers to the history of Georgetown's involvement in slavery and recent
efforts to confront this troubling past. Current efforts at recovery, repair, and reconciliation are part of a broader
contemporary moment of reckoning with American history and its legacies. This reader traces Georgetown's "Slavery,
Memory, and Reconciliation Initiative" and the role of universities, which are uniquely situated to conduct that reckoning
in a constructive way through research, teaching, and modeling thoughtful, informed discussion.
Critique: Facing Georgetown's History: A Reader on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation gathers primary sources about
the relationship between slavery and Georgetown University, up to the American Civil War. Contributions of scholarship
and journalism add perspective to this stark examination of the negative side of Georgetown University's past. An index
rounds out this seminal, extensively documented resource, highly recommended especially for college and university
American History collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Facing Georgetown's History is also
available in a Kindle edition ($28.45).
Editorial Note: Adam Rothman is a professor in Georgetown University's Department of History. He is the author of
Beyond Freedom's Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery, which was named the Humanities Book of the Year by
the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and received the American Civil War Museum's book award. He is also the
author of Slave Country: American Expansion and the Origins of the Deep South and the coauthor of Major Problems in
Atlantic History. He served on Georgetown's Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation from 2015-16, and
is currently the principal curator of the Georgetown Slavery Archive.
Elsa Barraza Mendoza is a PhD candidate in history at Georgetown University and the assistant curator of the Georgetown
Slavery Archive. She is a former Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellow. Her research has been supported by the Cushwa Center
for the Study of American Catholicism and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
The World History Shelf
The Sea Kings
R. Andrew McDonald
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781910900376, $45.00, PB, 464pp
Synopsis: The archipelagic kingdoms of Man and the Isles that flourished from the last quarter of the eleventh century
down to the middle of the thirteenth century represent two forgotten kingdoms of the medieval British Isles. They were
ruled by powerful individuals, with unquestionably regnal status, who interacted in a variety of ways with rulers of
surrounding lands and who left their footprint on a wide range of written documents and upon the very landscapes and
seascapes of the islands they ruled. Yet British history has tended to overlook these Late Norse maritime empires, which
thrived for two centuries on the Atlantic frontiers of Britain.
"The Sea Kings: The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles c.1066 - 1275" by R. Andrew McDonald represents the
first ever overview of both Manx and Hebridean dynasties that dominated Man and the Isles from the late eleventh to the
mid-thirteenth centuries. Coverage is broad and is not restricted to politics and warfare. An introductory chapter examines
the maritime context of the kingdoms in light of recent work in the field of maritime history, while subsequent
chronological and narrative chapters trace the history of the kingdoms from their origins through their maturity to their
demise in the thirteenth century. Separate chapters examine the economy and society, church and religion, power and
Critique: Enhanced with the inclusion of illustrations, maps, genealogies, seventy-three pages of notes, a thirty-five page
bibliography, and a thirteen page index, "The Sea Kings: The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles c.1066 - 1275" is
an extraordinary and comprehensively detailed work of meticulous and exhaustive research. While highly recommended,
especially for community, college, and university library Medieval History collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "The Sea Kings" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $42.75) for the personal
reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.
Editorial Note: R. Andrew McDonald is Professor of History at Brock University, Canada, where he was the founding
director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is the author of many books, book chapters and articles on
medieval Scottish, Hebridean and Manx history, including "The Kingdom of the Isles: Scotland's Western Seaboard,
c.1100 - c.1336", and is co-editor of :The Viking Age: A Reader and Alba: Celtic Scotland in the Middle Ages".
Women and Weapons in the Viking World
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781636240688, $39.95, HC, 216pp
Synopsis: The Viking Age (c. AD 750-1050) is conventionally portrayed as a tumultuous time when hordes of fierce
warriors from Scandinavia wreaked havoc across the European continent and when Norse merchants traveled to distant
corners of the world in pursuit of slaves, silver and exotic commodities. Until fairly recently, Norse society during this
pivotal period in world history has been characterized as male-dominated, with women's roles dismissed or substantially
There is, however, ample textual and archaeological evidence to suggest that many of the most spectacular achievements
of Viking Age Scandinavians in craftsmanship, exploration, cross-cultural trade, warfare and other spheres of life, would
not have been possible without the active involvement of women, and that both within the walls of the household and in
the wider public arena women's voices were heard, respected and followed.
Lavishly illustrated throughout, "Women and Weapons in the Viking World: Amazons of the North" by Leszek Gardela is
pioneering book explores the stories of the female warrior and women's links with the martial sphere of life in the Viking
Age, using literature and archaeological evidence from Scandinavia and the wider Viking world to examine the
motivations and circumstances that led women to engage in armed conflict.
Critique: Bringing out of historical obscurity the role of 'Shield Maiden' in Viking culture, "Women and Weapons in the
Viking World: Amazons of the North" is a unique and extraordinary study. While an essential and core addition to
community, college, and university library Viking History & Culture collections, it should be noted that "Women and
Weapons in the Viking World: Amazons of the North" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99)
for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist readers with an interest in the subject.
Editorial Note: Leszek Garde a is a researcher at the National Museum of Denmark. He completed his PhD in archaeology
at the University of Aberdeen in 2012 and has since participated in numerous research projects in Germany, Iceland, the
Isle of Man, Norway and Poland. He has published extensively on Viking Age beliefs, ritual practices, warfare, identity
and cultural interactions.
Mughals and the Sufis
State University of New York Press
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246-0001
9781438484891, $115.50, HC, 450pp
Synopsis: "Mughals and the Sufis, The: Islam and the Political Imagination in India, 1500 - 1750" by Professor Muzaffer
Alam examines the relationship between Mughal political culture and the two dominant strains of Islam's Sufi traditions in
South Asia: one centered around orthodoxy, the other focusing on a more accommodating and mystical spirituality.
Based on a critical study of a large number of contemporary Persian texts, court chronicles, epistolary collections, and
biographies of sufi mystics, "The Mughals and the Sufis" examines the complexities in the relationship between Mughal
political culture and the two dominant strains of Islam's Sufi traditions in South Asia: one centered around orthodoxy, the
other focusing on a more accommodating and mystical spirituality.
Professor Alam analyses the interplay of these elements, their negotiation and struggle for resolution via conflict and
coordination, and their longer-term outcomes as the empire followed its own political and cultural trajectory as it shifted
from the more liberal outlook of Emperor Akbar "The Great" (r. 1556 - 1605) to the more rigid attitudes of his
great-grandson, Aurangzeb 'Alamgir (r. 1658 - 1701). Professor Alam brings to light many new and underutilized sources
relevant to the religious and cultural history of the Mughals and reinterprets well-known sources from a new perspective to
provide one of the most detailed and nuanced portraits of Indian Islam under the Mughal Empire available today.
Critique: An exceptional work of meticulous research and detailed scholarship, "Mughals and the Sufis, The: Islam and the
Political Imagination in India, 1500 - 1750" is an extraordinary and comprehensive history that is especially and
unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Islamic History and India History in general,
and Sufis supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist
general readers with an interest in the subject that "Mughals and the Sufis, The: Islam and the Political Imagination in
India, 1500 - 1750" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.49).
Editorial Note: Muzaffar Alam is George V. Bobrinskoy Professor in South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the
University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including, The Languages of Political Islam: India 1200-1800 and
The Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India: Awadh and the Punjab, 1707-1748.
Julia Velva, A Roman Lady from York: Her Life and Times Revealed
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526710970, $60.00, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: One of the best-preserved examples from Roman Britain, the tombstone of Julia Velva was found close to a
Roman road just outside the center of York. Fifty years old when she died in the early third century, Julia Velva was
probably from a wealthy family able to afford a fine monument.In "Julia Velva, A Roman Lady from York: Her Life and
Times Revealed" archaeologist and historian Patrick Ottaway uses the tombstone as the starting point to investigate what
the world she lived in was like.
Drawing on the latest archaeological discoveries and scientific techniques, this erudite work of original scholarship
describes the development of Roman York's legionary fortress, civilian town and surrounding landscape. It also looks at
manufacturing and trade, and considers the structure of local society along with the latest analytical evidence for people of
different ethnic backgrounds.
Aspects of daily life discussed include literacy, costume, cosmetics and diet. There are also chapters dedicated to the
abundant York evidence for religion and burial customs. "Julia Velva, A Roman Lady from York: Her Life and Times
Revealed" presents a picture of what one would have found on the edge of a great Empire at a time when York itself was at
the height of its importance. Illustrated with dozens of photographs, specially prepared plans and illustrations, "Julia
Velva, A Roman Lady from York: Her Life and Times Revealed" is an excellent study of one of Roman Britain's most
Critique: Enhanced for academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject, "Julia Velva, A
Roman Lady from York: Her Life and Times Revealed" is enhanced wit the inclusion of numerous illustrations,
twenty-two pages of notes, a fifteen page bibliography, and a four page index. While a prized and recommended addition
to community, college, and university library Roman History, Culture & Biography collections, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Julia Velva, A Roman Lady from York: Her Life and Times Revealed" is also readily available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $36.99).
Editorial Note: Patrick Ottaway runs an archaeological consultancy, PJO Archaeology, based in York, providing a wide
range of services to commercial and academic clients all over the UK. Educated at Oxford, Leeds and with a PhD from
York in Viking Age ironwork, He has over 30 years of experience as a field archaeologist, notably as the former Head of
Fieldwork at York Archaeological Trust, and has a particular expertise in researching the archaeology of towns.
The Civil War Shelf
The Summer of '63: Vicksburg and Tullahoma
Chris Mackowski, editor
Dan Welch, editor
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611215724, $29.95, HC, 244pp
Synopsis: The fall of Vicksburg in July 1863 fundamentally changed the strategic picture of the American Civil War,
though its outcome had been anything but certain. Union general Ulysses S. Grant tried for months to capture the
Confederate Mississippi River bastion, to no avail. A bold running of the river batteries, followed by a daring river
crossing and audacious overland campaign, finally allowed Grant to pen the Southern army inside the entrenched city. The
long and gritty siege that followed led to the fall of the city, the opening of the Mississippi to Union traffic, and a
severance of the Confederacy in two.
In middle Tennessee, meanwhile, the Union Army of the Cumberland brilliantly recaptured thousands of square miles of
territory while sustaining fewer than 600 casualties. Commander William S. Rosecrans worried the North would "overlook
so great an event because it is not written in letters of blood" -- and history has proved him right. The Tullahoma
Campaign has stood nearly forgotten compared to events along the Mississippi and in south-central Pennsylvania, yet all
three major Union armies scored significant victories that helped bring the war closer to an end.
The public historians writing for the popular Emerging Civil War blog, speaking on its podcast, or delivering talks at its
annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge in Virginia always present their work in ways that engage and
animate audiences. Their efforts entertain, challenge, and sometimes provoke readers with fresh perspectives and insights
born from years of working at battlefields, guiding tours, presenting talks, and writing for the wider Civil War
The Summer of '63: Vicksburg and Tullahoma: Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging
Civil War is a compilation of some of their favorites, anthologized, revised, and updated, together with several original
pieces. Each entry includes helpful illustrations. This important study, when read with its companion volume "The
Summer of '63: Gettysburg", contextualizes the major 1863 campaigns in what arguably was Civil War's turning-point
Critique: Comprised of favorite stories and fresh perspectives from the dedicated American Civil War historians and
scholars, "The Summer of '63: Vicksburg and Tullahoma" is an extraordinary contribution to the growing library of Civil
War histories, biograpies, and commentaries. While unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community,
college, and university library American Civil War collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students,
academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Summer of '63: Vicksburg and
Tullahoma" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.49).
Editorial Note: Chris Mackowski is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the online resource Emerging Civil War. A
writing professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, Chris is also
historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. The series
editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, he has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War,
and his articles have appeared in major Civil War magazines.
The Military Shelf
The Tudor Arte of Warre 1485-1558
Helion and Company
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781913336417, $59.95, PB, 442pp
Synopsis: Traditionally, Tudor history seems to concern itself with Monarchy (mostly wives), religion (for or against the
Reformation), and with a side order of cookery (pies and pottage). Tudor warfare has either been dismissed as unimportant
or criticized for its 'backwardness'. There have, however, been recent attempts to reevaluate the achievements of the
Tudors at war, especially the part played by Henry VIII in the 'modernization' of the army, in the context of the continuing
military revolution debate.
"The Tudor Arte of Warre 1485-1558: The Conduct of War from Henry VII to Mary I" by Jonathan Davies provides a
broad and comprehensive survey of the Tudor army, explaining its campaigns and battles in the context of its monarchs
and their diplomatic and foreign policy priorities. This detailed historical study also provides a thematic examination of
key issues, such as recruitment, fortification, equipment, tactics and supply.
While much has been written about how far the Tudor military does or does not fit into a perceived pattern of European
military development, "The Tudor Arte of Warre 1485-1558" argue that it can only be understood if the unique political,
social and economic background of England is appreciated. The conclusion drawn is that for all the 'failings' identified by
historians, it was a system that was not only 'fit for purpose' but it could on occasion achieve extraordinary feats, whether
those be the Device forts of Henry VIII or the stunning victories at Flodden and Pinkie.
Critique: An exceptional work of meticulous and exhaustive research based scholarship, "The Tudor Arte of Warre
1485-1558: The Conduct of War from Henry VII to Mary I" is an extraordinary contribution to the study of Tudor England
in general, and military history in particular. Impressively well written, organized and presented, "The Tudor Arte of Warre
1485-1558" is a highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Jonathan Davies has spent the last forty years teaching medieval and Tudor history as well as leading a
medieval/Tudor re-enactment group. He has written extensively on a wide range of historical subjects both civilian and
military, including a book on the navy in the reign of Henry VIII. Most recently he completed a title for Osprey, The
Medieval Cannon 1326-1494. He brings a lifetime of practical and academic experience to the subject. providing new
insights into a topic which has often been little regarded.
The Egyptology Shelf
Abu Simbel: A Short Guide to the Temples
American University in Cairo Press
200 Park Avenue, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10166
9789774169700, $12.95, PB, 200pp
Synopsis: The three-thousand-year-old rock-cut temples at Abu Simbel and the story of their rescue from the rising waters
of Lake Nasser in the 1960s are almost as familiar worldwide as the tale of the gold funerary mask and brief life of the boy
king Tutankhamun. Yet although they are among the most celebrated, visited, and photographed archaeological sites in the
world, the two temples are among the least understood by the visitor.
"Abu Simbel: A Short Guide to the Temples" is a lucidly written, beautifully illustrated guide, in which archaeologist and
Egyptologist Nigel Fletcher-Jones explains the main features of both temples, discusses what they teach us about ancient
Egypt during the reign of Rameses II (1265 - 1200 BC), and illustrates which gods and goddesses were worshipped
With over 50 new photographs, drawings, and diagrams, and packed with fascinating insights, "Abu Simbel: A Short
Guide to the Temples" is an indispensable companion and souvenir to one of the world's great archaeological sites.
Critique: Impressively informed and informative, "Abu Simbel: A Short Guide to the Temples" is a pleasure to simply
browse and will prove to be a welcome addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
Egyptology, Egyptian History, and Travel collections.
Editorial Note: Nigel Fletcher-Jones, with a PhD in archaeological anthropology from Durham University, UK, was
director of the American University in Cairo Press from 2012 to 2020. He is the author of Treasures of Ancient Egypt
(2019), Abu Simbel and the Nubian Temples (2019), and Ancient Egyptian Jewelry (2020).
On the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel
American University in Cairo Press
200 Park Avenue, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10166
9781649031129, $29.95, PB, 184pp
Synopsis: Since Antony and Cleopatra honeymooned on the Nile on a gilded barge, visitors to Egypt have taken to the
river as the best way to experience the country's wonders. Early travelers took a dahabiya, an elegant triangular-sailed
houseboat, and leisurely meandered from riverside site to site, for three months or more.
Then from the late nineteenth century, Thomas Cook of Leicester, England, revolutionized the journey with a fleet of
specially built paddle steamers. For the next sixty years these 'floating palaces,' with their private cabins, and dining,
smoking, and viewing salons, red-uniformed dragoman guides, and organized donkey excursions, carried the aristocratic,
moneyed, and adventurous of international society of the time.
Using period photography, and colorful vintage posters and advertising material, "On the Nile in the Golden Age of
Travel" by Andrew Humphreys tells the story of the people, the places, and the boats, from pioneering Nile travelers like
Amelia Edwards and Lucie Duff Gordon, through to famed later passengers, such as Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan
Doyle, and, of course, Agatha Christie, whose staging of a death on the Nile only added to the allure.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, "On the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel" is an extraordinary and unique
history that will prove to be an enduringly popular and welcome addition to personal reading lists and community library
Travel History & Guide collections.
Editorial Note: Andrew Humphreys is also the author of National Geographic Traveler Egypt (AUC Press, 2009), Grand
Hotels of Egypt in the Golden Age of Travel (AUC Press, 2012), and The American University in Cairo: 100 Years, 100
Stories (AUC Press, 2020).
The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Editing for Directors
Michael Wiese Productions
9781615933280, $29.95, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: "Editing for Directors: A Guide for Creative Collaboration" by Gael Chandler guides the novice director through
post-production, starting with planning for editing during the shoot and ending with the completion of their film.
A thoroughly comprehensive and well-illustrated instruction manual, "Editing for Directors" describes the artistic,
organizational, and technical skills editors bring to the party; Tells directors what to look for when hiring an editor and the
best ways to work with an editor; Explains how and why directors should plan for editing before they shoot a frame;
Devotes a full chapter to relating the history of editing and cutting tools and how they have affected the language of cinema
and present-day editing; Defines and discusses cutting-room terms, practices, and workflows; Reveals how editors
approach footage and put shows together;
Details the postproduction process from dailies to director's cut to locked cut; Covers creating and overseeing VFX (video
effects); Demystifies spotting the show with the sound and music crew and creating, editing, and mixing sound and music;
Describes titling, color grading, the DI (digital intermediate) process, and producing a show's final deliverables; as well as
spelling out ways to archive a show and why doing so matters.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Editing for Directors: A Guide for Creative Collaboration"
is the ideal curriculum textbook on the subject and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and
film school library collection. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of film students and novice directors that
"Editing for Directors: A Guide for Creative Collaboration" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Gael Chandler has spent over three decades in Los Angeles editing comedies, dramas, documentaries,
features, corporate videos, and promos. She cut in every medium: film, tape, and digital, and has trained hundreds of
professionals, professors, independent filmmakers, and students to operate digital editing equipment. Chandler worked on
The New Leave It to Beaver, the first show to edit on Ediflex, a groundbreaking nonlinear editing system, and was
nominated two years in a row for a Cable ACE award for Best Editing of a Comedy Series. As a member of the Editors
Peer Group of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, she judged the Emmys and student contests for years. The
author also taught classes on editing history, theory, and practice to college students at Loyola Marymount University and
California State Universities at Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Northridge.
The Lone Ranger: The Early Years, 1933 - 1937
Terry Salomonson, author
Martin Grams, Jr., author
PO Box 71426, Albany, GA 31708
9781629337708, $59.00, HC, 752pp
Synopsis: When The Lone Ranger premiered as a weekly radio program on the evening of January 31, 1933, no one
involved with the creation of the show suspected that "Hi-Yo, Silver!" would become an expression that would enter
America's lexicon. For more than two decades, radio listeners were treated to the adventures of the "masked rider of the
plains," who rode a fiery horse across the length of seven western states in pursuit of lawbreakers. With the assistance of
Tonto, his faithful Indian companion, The Lone Ranger exchanged fisticuffs with outlaws who preyed upon the meek. The
Lone Ranger quickly became mythic to juvenile listeners who faithfully tuned in to the radio program three nights a
Regrettably, it was not until 1938 that the radio broadcasts were recorded on a regular basis. Consequently, very little has
been documented about those first five years, herein referred to as "The Early Years." With the publication of "The Lone
Ranger: The Early Years, 1933 - 1937", historians Terry Salomonson and Martin Grams have combined three decades of
research to present the facts behind the origin of The Lone Ranger, and the ongoing development both artistic and
commercial, along with scans of archival documents to back up the facts.
In addition, "The Lone Ranger: The Early Years, 1933 - 1937" offers plot summaries for pre-1938 radio broadcasts, filling
a void that was sorely needed. "The Lone Ranger: The Early Years, 1933 - 1937" reveals such obscure trivia details as: The
Lone Ranger and Tonto had a juvenile sidekick named Little Davy; our two heroes had a canine companion; Tonto was
once engaged. "The Lone Ranger: The Early Years, 1933 - 1937" is definitive history that presents a portrait of both the
beloved characters and their dramatic adventures that fans of The Lone Ranger will enjoy reading.
Critique: Exceptionally well researched, organized and presented, "The Lone Ranger: The Early Years, 1933 - 1937" is
impressively comprehensive -- making it especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university
library 20th Century Popular Culture collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of the legions of Lone
Ranger fans that "The Lone Ranger: The Early Years, 1933 - 1937" is also readily available in a paperback edition
The General Fiction Shelf
So We Meet Again: A Novel
9780062990716, $15.99 pbk / $10.99 Kindle
Synopsis: When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting and then overhears why ("she's already being
overpaid anyway for a woman" and "Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals") she delivers an
"eff you guys" speech and storms out.
After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her childhood
nemesis - golden child Daniel Choi - at the local Asian grocery store. The smart, charming lawyer appears to have it
all...while Jessie has nothing.
Jess begrudgingly accepts Daniel's help to relaunch her long abandoned Korean cooking YouTube channel: Hanguk Hacks,
showcasing easy meal prep for busy professionals. But just as she discovers Daniel's life isn't as perfect as it seems and
there's more to him than meets the eye, he shows up for a life-changing business opportunity, and their rivalry is back
Critique: So We Meet Again: A Novel is a wry, sassy, and charming novel about a Korean-American investment banker
who loses her job because of her employer's racism and sexism. After she moves back home with her stress-inducing
parents and relaunches her Korean cooking YouTube channel, she meets her childhood rival, now a skilled lawyer who
appears to have it all. Seeing him again, and the rise of a new business opportunity, re-ignites their competitive rivalry, in
this witty novel of good times, bad times, and good food. So We Meet Again is a choice pick for both personal and public
library General Fiction collections, highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that So We Meet
Again is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.99).
Editorial Note: Suzanne Park is a Korean-American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee. As a comedienne, she
was selected to appear on BET's "Coming to the Stage." Suzanne was also the winner of the Seattle Sierra Mist Comedy
Competition, and was a semi-finalist in NBC's "Stand Up For Diversity" showcase in San Francisco.
The Audacity of Sara Grayson
Post Hill Press
9781642937824, $27.00, HC, 400pp
Synopsis: Sara Grayson is a thirty-two-year-old greeting card writer about to land the toughest assignment of her life.
Three weeks after the death of her mother (a world-famous suspense novelist) Sara learns that her mother's dying wish is
for her to write the final book in her bestselling series.
Sara has lived alone with her dog, Gatsby, ever since her husband walked out with their Pro Double Waffle Maker and her
last shred of confidence. She can't fathom writing a book for thirty million fans -- not when last week's big win was
resetting the microwave clock.
But in a bold move that surprises even herself, Sara takes it on. Against an impossible deadline and a publisher intent on
sabotaging her every move, Sara discovers that stepping into her mother's shoes means stumbling on family secrets she
was never meant to find -- secrets that threaten her mother's legacy and the very book she's trying to create.
Critique: Wonderfully original, laced through and through with great good humor, "The Audacity of Sara Grayson" by
Joani Elliott is a fully and memorably entertaining read from start to finish. While certain to be an immediately welcome
and enduringly popular addition to community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "The Audacity of Sara Grayson" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
My Good Son: A Novel
University of New Orleans Press
9781608012015, $18.95 pbk / $9.49 Kindle
Synopsis: From award-winning author Yang Huang, My Good Son explores the power-and the cost-of parental love. A
tailor in post-Tiananmen China, Mr. Cai has one ambition: for his son, Feng, to make something of himself. With harsh
discipline and relentless pressure, Mr. Cai succeeds in getting Feng ready to attend a U.S. college, but Feng needs a
When Mr. Cai meets a closeted American art student named Jude, they hatch a plan to benefit them both: get Feng to the
US and help Jude come out to his conservative father. Their scheme will expose the fault lines in both Chinese and
American cultures, father-son relationships, familial expectations, gender and sexuality, social status, and mobility.
Huang's writing abounds with sharp insights and a quiet humor, revealing the complexity of family relationships amidst
two rapidly changing cultures.
Critique: My Good Son: A Novel is a thoughtful, cross-cultural novel about the quandaries of family relationships and
social expectations. A Chinese tailor who yearns for his son to become successful forms an unlikely alliance with a
closeted gay American art student, but there carefully constructed plan has pivotal weaknesses. Written by an author who
grew up in China and lived in the United States since 1990, My Good Son offers unique insights attuned to life in both
nations, and is highly recommended especially for public library General Fiction collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that My Good Son is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.49).
Editorial Note: Yang Huang grew up in Yangzhou, China and has lived in the United States since 1990. Her linked story
collection, My Old Faithful, won the Juniper Prize for fiction. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book
Award silver medal in fiction.
The Romantic Fiction Shelf
When Sparks Fly
St. Martin's Griffin
c/o St. Martin's Press
9781250624703, $16.99, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: Avery Spark is living her best life. Between her friends, her sisters, and Spark House, the event hotel her family
owns, she doesn't have much time for anything else, especially relationships. She'd rather hang out with her best friend and
roommate, Declan McCormick, than deal with the dating scene. But everything changes when she is in a car accident and
needs someone to care for her as she heals.
Declan avoids relationships, giving him a playboy reputation that he lives up to when he puts a one-night stand ahead of a
promise he made to Avery. While he may not have been the one driving the car, he feels responsible for Avery's injuries
and is determined to make it up to her by stepping into the role of caretaker.
Little did they know that the more time they spend in compromising positions, the attraction they've been refusing to
acknowledge becomes impossible to ignore. When they finally give in to the spark between them, neither is prepared for
the consequences. Their love is fragile and all it will take is a blow from the past to shatter it all.
Critique: Helen Hunting's new contemporary romance novel, "When Sparks Fly" is a wonderfully entertaining read laced
with humor, originality, and deftly crafted characters. While very highly recommended, especially for community library
Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated romance readers that "When
Sparks Fly" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.990.
Kissing Under the Mistletoe
Suzanne Enoch, author
Amelia Grey, author
Anna Bennett, author
St. Martin's Press
9781250797445, $8.99, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: "Kissing Under the Mistletoe is compendium of three Christmas themed short stories by three accomplished
Regency Romance authors.
"Great Scot!" by Suzanne Enoch is the story of Miss Jane Bansil, a woman who knows she will never have a fairy-tale
moment. Well past the marriageable age, she's taken a position as a companion and is now stuck in Scotland for Christmas,
alone even in the middle of the boisterous MacTaggert family. But when Brennan Andrews, an architect and cousin to the
MacTaggerts, arrives to draw up plans for a new family home, Jane must decide if she will take a chance at a
happily-ever-after, or settle into her small, safe life for good.
"Christmas at Dewberry Hollow" by Amelia Grey is the story of Miss Isabelle Reed who has no plans to ever fall in love.
She has a perfectly acceptable life with her mother at the Dewberry Hollow Inn, thank you very much. But when Gate, the
Duke of Notsgrave's grandson, appears at Dewberry Hollow searching for a carving on a tree, Isabelle cannot help but get
involved. But Gate's charm and their instant attraction makes Isabelle question if she's willing to take her chance at love
"My Mistletoe Beau" by Anna Bennett is the story of Miss Eva Tiding, a woman who is determined to cheer her widowed
father with the perfect Christmas gift. Even if it means breaking into the home of the rakish Earl of Frostbough who
swindled Papa out of his pocket watch. But when the earl, Jack Hardwick, catches her in the act, they strike a deal: she'll
pose as his fiancee in exchange for the watch. Falling in love is not part of the plan - but with a little Christmas magic,
anything is possible.
Critique: While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Regency Romance collections, it should
be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated romance fans that "Kissing Under the Mistletoe" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
Her Renegade Cowboy
St. Martin's Press
9781250252012, $9.99, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: The oh-so-proper school teacher, Lily Donovan has learned, the hard way, that men are not to be trusted. Period.
Until Levi Roberts, the new cowboy working at her cousin's ranch, tempts her carefully-built resolve and awakens an
all-consuming passion she thought lay dormant. But when she discovers his deadly secret, and her own secrets come to
light, Lily unwittingly joins the lethal cat and mouse race between Levi and the man he's been hunting for weeks.
Former Ranger Levi Roberts has seen his fair share of deadly trouble during his years as a tough-as-nails operative. The
ultimate expert in undercover investigations, he's been tasked to find a man with a dangerous agenda in town. Routine
work has been boring...until he runs into Lily, the prickly school teacher who tempts him like no other. Getting under her
skin has been deliciously satisfying for his red-hot desire, but when Lily lands in the hands of the very man he's been
investigating, Levi will have to fight with every ounce of his heart and soul to save her -- and to heal the heart he
Critique: A superbly crafted western romance novel by Lora Leigh, and also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
$9.99), "Her Renegade Cowboy" is an especially recommended addition to personal reading lists and community library
Contemporary Romance collections alike.
The Western Fiction Shelf
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444847185, $22.50, PB, Large Print, 256pp
Synopsis: Reuben and Grace Chisholm led a happy, almost idyllic, life on a small homestead -- until the day that of the
infamous Quantrill raiders were to change their lives. In the saloon, Reuben heard that their closest neighbours, the Carver
family, had been murdered and their home destroyed. His first thought was for Grace, and he set off to return to her. But he
was too late. The house had been burned to the ground and there was no sign of his wife. Now he must find her -- and so
began his career of bounty hunting with Bloody Bill Anderson as his target, along with the notorious Jesse James
Critique: As a western action/adventure novelist, Ben Ray is a master of the genre and "Reuben's Revenge" is one of his
best. This large print edition from the Linford Western Library is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists
of all western fans, and certain to be an enduring favorite for community library Western Fiction collections.
Merriweather Rides West
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444847123, $22.50, PB, Large Print, 272pp
Synopsis: Failed law student and ex-outlaw Jacob Merriweather is riding west to start a new life when he strikes up a
friendship with Sam Critchley, an eccentric traveling preacher. Sam suggests that they call in at a smallholding owned by
his friends Stan and Beth Salinger, only to find that the young couple has been shot dead. They report the murder to the
local sheriff and return to town, where they meet Marie Silversmith, a close friend of the Salingers. Marie is determined to
bring the killers to justice and she persuades Jacob and Sam to help her. They are joined by an Indian tracker called
Running Deer, and together this unlikely posse sets out on a mission that proves to be both challenging and extremely
Critique: Gun play, plot twists, right vs. wrong, "Merriweather Rides West" by Lee Lejeune is a simply riveting read from
first page to last. This large print paperback edition is strongly recommended reading for all dedicated western novel fans
and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Western Fiction collections.
Beware the Guns of Iron Eyes
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444847178, $22.50, PB, Large Print, 224pp
Synopsis: Iron Eyes finds himself staring at a forest. A forest that reminds him of a time long before he had become the
scarred infamous bounty hunter he now was. As he waits for his beloved Squirrel Sally to show up on her stagecoach, his
mind drifts back to how it had all started - in the forest where he had been abandoned as a baby and raised by timber
wolves, and his first introduction to the white man's world.
Critique: Simply stated, the origin story of Iron Eyes the bounty hunter is a must for the legions of Iron Eyes fans. "Beware
the Guns of Iron Eyes" by Rory Black is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of all dedicated western
fans and will prove to be a welcome and appreciated addition to community library Western Fiction collections.
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444847161, $22.50, PB, Large Print, 248pp
Synopsis: Infamous outlaws, the Strong brothers will do anything for a quick buck and that is includes kidnaping. They are
paid to abduct two young Connor men -- don't ask too many questions when their paymaster gives them some unusual
instructions. Then, as the boys' father races to rescue his sons, he realises that their snatching is linked to dark secrets from
his old life as a bounty hunter.
Critique: Another spell binding western novel by a master of the genre, Dirk Hawkman's "Vulture Wings" is an original
and deftly crafted read from first page to last. Certain to be a favorite for all dedicated western buffs, this large print edition
from the Linford Western Library is especially recommended for personal reading lists and community library Western
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Island of Thieves: A Novel
Glen Erik Hamilton
9780062978547, $27.99 hc / $14.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Van Shaw is hired to evaluate the safeguards for the art collection of eccentric business magnate Sebastien
Rohner. Then Rohner reveals to Van the real reason he's been recruited: to prevent another professional burglar from
stealing the art. Rohner wants to set a thief to catch a thief.
While questioning the bizarre nature of the job, Van accepts the lucrative offer and arrives at the island estate during an
international summit that Rohner is hosting. Shortly after beginning his surveillance of Rohner's highly secure gallery
wing, Van stumbles across the murdered body of one of the honored guests along the rocky shore. Wary of Rohner's true
intentions, Van knows the homicide detectives on the case - and perhaps Rohner as well - think he's the prime suspect and
will turn his life upside down in their search for proof.
Van begins to hunt for the killer himself, but scrutiny only digs his hole deeper, as one of Rohner's own executives is then
killed and the Seattle police find concrete evidence placing Van at the scene. With no other options, he goes on the run,
alone and unaided. He's hunted by the cops, the enraged Rohner, and a pair of psychopathic hitmen who chase Van from
one coast to the next. To clear his name, Van Shaw will have to uncover the hidden motive of corporate espionage at a
global level, even with a band of killers on his tail who are determined to add Van to their growing list of victims.
Critique: Island of Thieves: A Novel is an action-packed mystery featuring the intrepid Van Shaw. Originally hired to
catch an art thief, Van Shaw encounters a dead body, and realizes that his client's true intentions might be suspect. Van
Shaw himself becomes the prime suspect of the homicide, and must evade not only the police, but also his angry client and
a pair of merciless hitmen in this intense saga of corporate espionage, professional killers, and lucrative illicit deals. Island
of Thieves will keep connoisseurs of the genre riveted to the very end! Highly recommended. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that Island of Thieves is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.99).
Editorial Note: Glen Erik Hamilton was raised aboard a sailboat and grew up around the marinas and commercial docks
and islands of the Pacific Northwest. His novels have won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Critics awards, and have
been nominated for the Edgar, Barry, and Nero awards.
The Truth In Hope
R. A. Simpson
9781662903540, $25.20, HC, 378pp
Synopsis: Set against the contrasting backdrops of Wisconsin's pristine Northwoods, known as God's country, and the
hustle and bustle of the Windy City, unfolds a mystery of unique characters with complicated pasts and conflicting
agendas-the innocent, the socialites, the vigilantes, the village chief of police, the world-weary veteran detective, and the
When the body of a twenty-six-year-old ne'er-do-well from an elite family of Chicago's North Shore is found
half-consumed by wildlife with a single bullet hole in his head and even fewer witnesses, veteran Wisconsin homicide
detective Bennett Coleman is called upon to assemble the pieces of this masterful puzzle.
Critique: A simply riveting read from cover to cover and the author's debut as a novelist, "The Truth In Hope" clearly
showcases author R. A. Simpson's genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style necessary for a
gritty noir style mystery novel. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary
Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated mystery fans that "The Truth
In Hope" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781662903557, $19.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle,
Deadly Summer Nights
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
9780593334379, $7.99, PB, 304pp
Synopsis: It's the summer of 1953, and Elizabeth Grady is settling into Haggerman's Catskills Resort. As a vacation
getaway, Haggerman's is ideal, and although Elizabeth's ostentatious but well-meaning mother is new to running the resort,
Elizabeth is eager to help her organize the guests and the entertainment acts. But Elizabeth will have to resort to untested
abilities if she wants to save her mother's business.
When a reclusive guest is found dead in a lake on the grounds, and a copy of The Communist Manifesto is found in his
cabin, the local police chief is convinced that the man was a Russian spy. But Elizabeth isn't so sure, and with the fate of
the resort hanging in the balance, she'll need to dodge red herrings, withstand the Red Scare, and catch a killer
Critique: A cleverly crafted and thoroughly entertaining mystery by a master of the genre, "Deadly Summer Nights" is part
of author/storyteller Vicki Delany's 'A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery' series. While very highly recommended,
especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of
dedicated Vick Delany fans that "Deadly Summer Nights" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
The House of Ashes
853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
9781616957414, $27.95, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Sara Keane's husband, Damien, has uprooted them from England and moved them to his native Northern Ireland
for a "fresh start" in the wake of her nervous breakdown. Sara, who knows no one in Northern Ireland, is jobless, carless,
friendless -- and all but a prisoner in her own house.
When a blood-soaked old woman beats on the door, insisting the house is hers before being bundled back to her care
facility, Sara begins to understand the house has a terrible history her husband never intended for her to discover. As the
two women form a bond over their shared traumas, Sara finds the strength to stand up to her abuser, and Mary (silent for
six decades) is finally ready to tell her story.
Through the counterpoint voices (one modern Englishwoman, one Northern Irish farmgirl speaking from half a century
earlier) author and storyteller Stuart Neville offers a chilling and gorgeous portrait of violence and resilience in this truly
haunting narrative with "The House of Ashes".
Critique: The stuff of which legendary film noir movies were made, "The House of Ashes" is a simply riveting read from
first page to last. While especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense
collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated mystery buffs that "The House of Ashes" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
9781612942018, $16.95 pbk / $8.69 Kindle
Synopsis: Life aboard the mercenary ship Man o' War is rarely dull as hurricanes, swarms of jellyfish, and man-eating
squid pose daily doses of danger. As intrigue and subterfuge from enemies old and new begin to surround its captain, the
infamous Miranda Stillwater, even an uncanny sense of direction won't be enough to help Compass Rose navigate these
dangerous straits. As dark secrets bubble to the surface and everything she's fought so hard for begins to crumble, Rose
learns the hard way that she'll have to rely on the only person who can save her from certain disaster. Unfortunately, that
person is Compass Rose herself.
This swashbuckling 26th-century high-seas adventure novel is fast-paced, whip-smart, and quirky, yet it manages to
deliver a healthy dose of heart, humor, and humility on every single page.
Critique: The year is 2514, and climate change had transformed the world into a horrifically dangerous place, Sea Wolf
continues the adventures of Compass Rose, whose uncanny sense of direction serves her well aboard the Man o' War
mercenary sea-ship, captained by the infamous Miranda Stillwater. Hazards such as swarms of jellyfish and man-eating
squid are threatening enough, but a web of intrigue spun by old and new enemies could sink Rose for good! Exciting,
adventurous, and featuring a self-reliant heroine, Sea Wolf is a choice pick for connoisseurs of action-packed sci-fi. Also
highly recommended is the previous novel in the series, "Compass Rose". It should be noted for personal reading lists that
Sea Wolf is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.69).
Editorial Note: Anna Burke holds degrees in English Literature and Studio Art from Smith College, and an MFA from
Emerson College. She was the inaugural recipient of the Sandra Moran Scholarship for the Golden Crown Literary
Society's Writing Academy, which she now directs. Her novel Thorn was named 2019 LGBT+ Book of the Year by
9781839080746, $16.95, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: Inez Temple, aka Outlaw, is a key member of Domino's mercenary team, the Posse, but when a job goes
sideways Outlaw finds herself on the outside, and in an alarming state. A mercenary in her line of work needs to be sharp,
but Inez's mind is slipping away from her. Mutant-hating telepath Johnny Dee is robbing her of the only things she's ever
counted on: her wits and her courage, and worse -- her very identity. Inez's bloody revenge will take her on a chase through
the Texas desert and a labyrinth of her own worst memories.
Critique: An original superhero story set in the Marvel universe, "Outlaw: Relentless" by Tristan Palmbren is one
rollercoaster of read from first page to last. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library
Science Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated superhero fans that "Outlaw:
Relentless" is readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95).
Barry M. Goldsmith
9798477927067, $29.99, HC, 465pp
Synopsis: In the year 2038, the Earth's climate can no longer sustain life and millions have already perished. Humanity's
future lies in its past. A grotesque, militaristic, two-headed alien race with superhuman strength called the Janus have
partnered with humans to expand time travel technology. The result is Retrieval Base -- an isolated fortress built on an icy,
volcanic plug deep within Antarctica. Its purpose send what's left of humanity back through time aboard giant temporal
arks after erasing their memories and providing them with new identities.
A rift opens in the time-space continuum. when Tyler Rand (a man of infinite resource) is ordered to assemble Time Team
Seven to repair it. But even as Rand races against the clock to solve the mystery before their base vanishes, he soon reaches
an indisputable conclusion. The people who sent his team on this mission murdered his wife and are trying to kill
Critique: An original and deftly crafted science fiction novel by an author with a genuine flair for the kind of narrative
driven storytelling style that holds and keeps his reader's rapt attention from cover to cover, "Retrieval" by Barry
Goldsmith is a time travel themed action/adventure novel that is especially and unreservedly recommended for community
library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated science
fiction fans that "Retrieval" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9798545704385, $24.95) and in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99).
In the Land of Dead Horses
Bruce McCandless III
Greenleaf Book Group Press
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9781626348639, $19.95, HC, 264pp
Synopsis: A novel by Bruce McDandless II, "In the Land of Dead Horses" tells the story of Texas Ranger Jewel T.
Lightfoot's pursuit of and confrontation with a resurrected horror from another age - a manifestation of the Mayan god of
darkness, unearthed from its subterranean crypt in the wastelands of the Chihuahuan Desert and set loose on an
Lightfoot, a hard-drinking Texas Ranger, is aided by an aging silver miner named Ernesto Zavala and his grandson
Antonio, a rangy firebrand who longs to free his people from the rule of Porfirio Diaz's corrupt Mexican government.
Together, these unlikely heroes face off against a sinister German academic, a trio of religious fanatics who wants to
restore the glory of the Mayan empire, and a horror from the depths of history that grows stronger with each setting
Critique: What can be best described as a 'paranormal whodunnit' that deftly combines elements of fantasy and mystery set
in the American West of 1908, "In the Land of Dead Horses" is a unique and riveting read from cover to cover. Very
highly recommended, especially for community library collections, "In the Land of Dead Horses" clearly showcases author
Bruce McCandless genuine flair for originality and distinct narrative storytelling. It should be noted for personal reading
lists that "In the Land of Dead Horses" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
Two excellent new sci-fi reads are recommended for fans who enjoy new additions to ongoing series creations.
Charles E. Gannon's At the End of the World (9781982125479, $8.99) provides a new novel in John Ringo's Black Tide
Rising vampire series. No prior familiarity with that series is required, however, in order to enjoy this story of plague,
zombies, and a summer cruise on the ketch Crosscurrent Voyager which becomes an effort to survive a cannibal plague.
Think Lord of the Flies combined with World War Z to get a sense of the riveting struggles that evolve in a tiny space of
remaining teenage angst.
Tony Daniel and Christopher Ruocchio edit World Breakers (9781982125516, $16.00), which gathers short stories by
David Weber, Larry Correia, and other Baen authors in military sci-fi pieces of giant tanks and war. The dilemmas posed
by these World Breakers are many and vividly portrayed in diverse scenarios.
The Political Science Shelf
Why Political Democracy Must Go
John Reed, author
c/o Histria Books
9781592110995, $29.99, HC, 128pp
Synopsis: "Why Political Democracy Must Go: The Origins of Socialism in the United States" by John Reed is an
insightful analysis of the origins of the socialist movement in the United States. Although one of socialism's fiercest
proponents, Reed exposes the myth of 'democratic socialism' by providing an overview of the development of socialist
thought in America. His devastating critique of political democracy argues that socialism cannot be achieved through
Originally published in 1919 in serial form, "Why Political Democracy Must Go" provides critical historical insight on the
evolution of socialist thought in the United States. Today, when there is renewed interest in socialism on the American
political scene, this notable series of essays reveals the underpinnings of socialist thought. Reed's analysis will be of
interest to those on all sides of the political spectrum.
"Why Political Democracy Must Go: The Origins of Socialism in the United States" is deftly edited, with an introduction
by Dr. A.K. Brackob, a noted historian, and editor of John Reed's collection of writings, Romania during World War I:
Observations of an American Journalist (2018).
Critique: An inherently fascination read of a political commentary and analysis that has stood the test of time, "Why
Political Democracy Must Go: The Origins of Socialism in the United States" is especially and unreservedly recommended
for community, college, and university library Political Science collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It
should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Why
Political Democracy Must Go: The Origins of Socialism in the United States" is also readily available in a paperback
edition (9781592111503, $18.99).
Editorial Note: Born in Portland, Oregon, on October 22, 1887, Harvard educated John Reed was considered one of the
most remarkable journalists of his generation. He became famous for his first-hand accounts of the Mexican Revolution,
where he rode alongside Pancho Villa, and for his acclaimed account of the Russian Revolution, Ten Days that Shook the
World. Reed was also a political activist and a founding member of the Communist Labor Party of America. He died in
Russia on October 17, 1920, and is one of only three Americans buried in the Kremlin Wall.
The Gardening Shelf
Sustainable Food Gardens: Myths and Solutions
c/o Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120, White River Junction, VT 05001
9780961584887, $69.95, PB, 486pp
Synopsis: Synopsis: "Sustainable Food Gardens: Myths and Solutions" by gardening expert Robert Kourik covers:
Designing your own "edible landscapes"; Using no-till techniques to preserve the integrity of your soil; Adapting your
growing space to fit into a wide range of USDA garden zones; Reviewing alternative ways to change "guilds'
(well-intended clusters of trees and shrubs jumbled together) to more effective and labor-saving plantings; Growing new
kinds of beautiful and productive Victory gardens; Planting Native American "Three-Sisters" gardens that actually work:
Learning many of the myths about roots, and what to do to help them thrive; Attracting many beneficial insects to your
garden with strategic flower plantings.
"Sustainable Food Gardens: Myths and Solutions" also addresses: Rainwater catchment/cisterns; Hugelkulturs (do you
really need raised garden beds filled with rotten wood?); Options for better, faster ways to maximize and improve soil;
"Dynamic accumulation" (a myth with some useful guidelines); Avoiding hours of tree-pruning and encouraging fruiting
with a few dozen clothespins; Clever ways to install and simplify drip irrigation; Using plants to lure good insects that prey
upon pests; Promoting beneficial soil life; Adding food crops to a native-looking landscape.
"Sustainable Food Gardens: Myths and Solutions" shows how to achieve that Holy Grail of gardening -- productivity, tasty
food, and a beautiful, sustainable garden, yard, or landscape.
Critique: Very nicely illustrated with full color photography throughout, "Sustainable Food Gardens: Myths and Solutions"
is an ideal instructive textbook and manual that will enable even the most novice of urban and suburban gardeners to
successful create, maintain, and profit by a food oriented garden. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Sustainable
Food Gardens: Myths and Solutions" is wholeheartedly recommended for personal, professional, and community library
Editorial Note: Robert Kourik installed his first edible landscape in 1978, and is the author of "Drip Irrigation",
"Understanding Roots", "Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape", and "Lazy-Ass Gardening". Robert's books,
articles, and essays have covered organic, natural, sustainable and integrated systems; permaculture; water conservation
and drip irrigation; environmentally sound homes; and edible landscaping. His articles have appeared in national
publications such as The New York Times, Garden Design Magazine, Landscape Architecture, National Gardening, Fine
Gardening, Horticulture Magazine and Mother Earth News.
Anna Greenland, author
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781784727352, $24.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: A new generation of growers are hungry for the know-how to transform their balconies, front steps and back
gardens into edible spaces. Whether it's due to vulnerabilities in our global food system or the simple realization that
gardening makes you feel good, now is the time for "Grow Easy: Organic Crops for Plots & Small Plots"/
Organic gardening expert Anna Greenland offers the jargon-free information, inspiration and confidence you need to get
growing from scratch with absolutely no prior knowledge. Growing in an organic, sustainable way is central to "Grow
Easy" and it doesn't need to be difficult or more expensive.
"Grow Easy" features Anna's 30 top crop choices (10 vegetables, 10 herbs, 10 flowers/fruit) that are perfect for small
spaces. Plant 'spotlights' give in-depth advice on how to grow each crop in a pot, in the ground or on a windowsill; A
year-round planner keeps you on track with monthly tasks; Seasonal crop plans for those with small gardens, with a
blueprint for two small raised beds that gives continuous harvests and avoids gluts; Suggested planting combinations for
striking pots or windowsills inspire creativity.
Critique: Specifically designed for urban and suburban gardening enthusiasts and profusely illustrated throughout, "Grow
Easy: Organic Crops for Plots & Small Plots" will prove to be a highly valued addition to community library
Contemporary Gardening instructional reference collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Grow Easy"
is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Art Shelf
University of New Mexico Press
1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
9781934491843, $70.00, HC, 200pp
Synopsis: Published by the University of New Mexico Press, "Patrick Mehaffy" explores and showcases the pathos and
promise of the human experience in truly memorable images created by New Mexico artist Patrick Mehaffy through his
sculptures, drawings, and, more recently, his paintings that harken back to the timelessness of cultures past while affirming
human relevance in a precarious world. Beneath the sensual surfaces of his works lies a keen understanding of the liminal
spaces between nature and society and the impact of human activity on Earth, now known as the Anthropocene.
Critique: Featuring 146 color plates, "Patric Mehaffy" is coffee-table style volume (10.5 x 12 in.) that will be a prized and
enduringly welcome addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Contemporary
American Art & Artists collections.
Editorial Note: Throughout his thirty-five-year career, Mehaffy has approached his art from the perspective of the
unconscious. His work is informed by his education and training in anthropology and museology as well as his experiences
in the wilderness and, ultimately, as an artist. He reveres animals while admiring how past cultures have done the same
through their art and objects of veneration. Mehaffy's reveries are aesthetically perceptive and keep the past alive while
interpreting it in new ways, reigniting our own need to appreciate and honor nature and culture, both past and present.
The Mythology Shelf
Oriental Mythology: The Masks of God, Volume II
New World Library
9781608687282, $29.95 hc / $9.99 Kindle
Synopsis: It has perhaps never been more important than it is today to understand the world around us and the world's
religions. It is now well understood that health, climate, and economic issues are truly global. On completing The Masks of
God, Campbell wrote, "Its main result for me has been the confirmation of a thought I have long and faithfully entertained:
of the unity of man, not only in its biology, but also in its spiritual history, which has everywhere unfolded in the manner
of a single symphony... irresistibly advancing to some kind of mighty climax, out of which the next great movement will
Upon the publication of this volume, in which Campbell delves into the fables and folklore of Hinduism, Buddhism,
Taoism, and Shintoism, Professor Robert Gorham Davis of Columbia University wrote, "It is impossible to read this
startling and entertaining book without an enlarged sense of total human possibility." Oriental Mythology remains
mesmerizing in its eloquence, its scope, and its tantalizing vision of what may next emerge.
Critique: Oriental Mythology: The Masks of God, Volume II continues Joseph Campbell's seminal series about the
mythology, folklore, and philosophies that have shaped human civilization. Volume II especially focuses on the
mythologies of India, China, and Japan. A seminal, in-depth analysis, Oriental Mythology: The Masks of God, Volume II
is a "must- have" for college library Mythology shelves, as are the other volumes of the series, "Primitive Mythology" and
"Occidental Mythology". It should be noted for personal reading lists that Oriental Mythology is also available in a Kindle
Editorial Note: Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987) is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience through his
many lectures and books, including his masterwork The Hero with a Thousand Faces and the phenomenally popular PBS
series Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers.
The Nautical Shelf
Mike Westin, Olle Landsell, Nina Olofsson, Par Olofsson
9781472977021, $20.00 pbk / $9.99 Kindle
Synopsis: The basic knowledge to sort yourself out when encountering problems at sea is largely forgotten. How to find
your way when the GPS plotter has a blackout, how to save the life of someone in your crew when the ambulance or SAR
helicopter is hours away... Too many rely on technology to navigate and run their boats, and this beautifully illustrated
handbook will be a literal backup when the tech fails, as well as a bible of core knowledge - seamanship - that all skippers
should know anyway, whether they're in the middle of an emergency or not.
Covering all the basics, with handy fact boxes to highlight especially important information, the authors have lent a
modern, real-world approach to the subject matter, and the wonderful illustrations bring it to life.
Critique: Seamanship 2.0: Everything You Need to Know to Get Yourself out of Trouble at Sea lives up to its title as a
practical handbook of vital seamanship skills, clarified with colorful illustrations. From preparing for a storm at sea, to
fixing sails or gas leaks, responding to emergencies such as "man overboard", to basic first aid for everything from burns to
hypothermia, Seamanship 2.0 is a potentially lifesaving "must-have" for everyone who plans to ride or skipper a boat, and
also highly recommended for public library nautical shelves. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Seamanship
2.0 is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).
Editorial Note: Mike Westin has been a boating journalist since 1997, and was Editor-in-Chief of of two Swedish boating
magazines between 2003-2015. He's been a lifeboat cox'n for ten years with the Swedish Lifeboat Institution, and a fast
craft navigation trainer for other skippers.
The Photography Shelf
Masahisa Fukase: Sasuke
c/o Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
9782365113106, $55.00, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: In 1977, photographer Masahisa Fukase turned his lens toward a new companion: his cat, Sasuke. "That year I
took a lot of pictures crawling on my stomach to be at eye level with a cat and, in a way, that made me a cat. It was a job
full of joy, taking these photos playing with what I liked, in accordance with the changes of nature." A year later, he
acquired a second cat, named Momoe. "I didn't want to photograph the most beautiful cats in the world but rather capture
their charm in my lens, while reflecting me in their pupils," he wrote of these images. "You could rightly say that this
collection is actually a 'self-portrait' for which I took the form of Sasuke and Momoe."
Featuring tipped-on cover images, "Masahisa Fukase: Sasuke" is a gorgeously book that is arranged in four chapters,
organized around the chronology of Fukase's life with his cats. As so often in his work, these tender images also express
the photographer's subjectivity and his connection to his subject.
Critique: A true cat lover's delight, "Masahisa Fukase: Sasuke" showcases a seminally Japanese approach to photography-
as-art and is a book of memorable images that will be savored page by page, and image by image -- making it an unique
and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Photography
Editorial Note: Born in 1934 on the island of Hokkaido, in the north of Japan, into a family of studio photographers,
Masahisa Fukase was meant to take over the family business, but instead he launched a career as a freelance reporter in the
late 1960s. In 1971 he published his first photography book, dedicated to his family. In 1974, he cofounded the Workshop
Photography School with Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe, Noriaki Yokosuka, Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama. That
same year, MoMA dedicated a milestone exhibition New Japanese Photography to their work; but it was the 1986 book
The Solitude of Ravens that was to make Fukase a revered photographer worldwide.
The Photographs of Ed Kenney
9780998556581, $60.00, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: "The Winter Coast of Maine" is the first fine art book dedicated to color photographs of Maine's coastal
landscape made exclusively during the coldest months - a time of year that most visitors and summer residents rarely get to
The Maine coast is a place of exquisite beauty at all times of year, but especially in winter. The topography of this region
ranges from long sandy beaches in the south to tall granite headlands in the area known as "Down East." Photographer and
Maine resident Ed Kenney has spent the last decade compiling a portfolio of stunning images capturing the essence of a
coast that is at times serene and still, and at other times ferocious, stormy, and bitterly cold.
A photographer for over a half century, Ed Kenney can barely recall a time when a camera was not close at hand. His skills
were honed using a succession of film cameras that began with a Kodak Hawkeye and progressed over the years to an Arca
Swiss 4x5. Although the view camera still sees occasional use, these days almost all capture is digital on high resolution
sensors matched with the finest lenses.
The luminous photographs gathered here forcefully make the case that while some things pass, many things seem eternal
on "The Winter Coast of Maine".
Critique: A beautiful, elegantly visual compendium of truly memorable images, "The Winter Coast of Maine" is a coffee-
table style volume (12.91 x 0.84 x 10.98 inches) showcasing photographer Ed Kenney's genuine flare for compelling
photos of the Maine coastline in the winter season -- all of which were shot close to home, both literally and figuratively.
Simply stated, "The Winter Coast of Maine" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional,
community, college, and university library Contemporary American Photography collections.
The Graphic Novel Shelf
Romeo and Juliet: Modern English Edition
Story adaptation by Crystal S. Chan
Illustrated by Julien Choy
Modern English adaptation by Michael Barltrop
Part of the Manga Classics series that transforms great works of literature into graphic novels drawn in the art style of
Japanese manga, Romeo and Juliet: Modern English Edition presents the story of Shakespeare's memorable play about
feuding families and star-crossed lovers, brought to life with gorgeous black-and-white artwork. The text of the "Modern
English Edition" has been smoothly adapted from the original phrasing of Shakespeare's work into modern English
parlance that is much easier to read, without sacrificing any of the original's heart-wrenching tragedy. Romeo and Juliet:
Modern English Edition is a new, reader-friendly way to experience Shakespeare's great work, ideal for both high school
and public library collections. Also highly recommended is the original Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet
(9781947808041, $17.99), the version of this graphic novel which features the unabridged and unmodified text of
Macbeth: Modern English Edition
Story adaptation by Crystal S. Chan
Illustrated by Julien Choy
Modern English adaptation by Michael Barltrop
Part of the Manga Classics series that transforms great works of literature into graphic novels drawn in the art style of
Japanese manga, Macbeth: Modern English Edition is a rendition of Shakespeare's tragedy about the lust for power that
consumes a nobleman and his wife, leading them commit treason and murder. The striking black-and-white artwork brings
intrigue, battles, and bloodshed to life. The text of the "Modern English Edition" has been adapted from the play's original
phrasing into modern English parlance, making the dark story more accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Macbeth:
Modern English Edition is an excellent way to introduce a new generation of readers to the pathos of Shakespeare's dark
parables, and a choice pick for both high school and public library graphic novel collections. Also highly recommended is
the original Manga Classics: Macbeth (9781947808089, $17.99), the version of this graphic novel which features the
unabridged and unmodified text of Shakespeare's play.
Dark Souls: Complete Collection
George Mann, author
Alan Quah, illustrator
9781787737273 $34.99 pbk / $29.92 Kindle
Dark Souls: Complete Collection is a full-color, one-volume compendium gathering of all five of the "Dark Souls" graphic
novels published by Titan Comics. Set in the grim, harrowing fantasy world of the popular "Dark Souls" video game
series, the stories are steeped in tragedy, decay, and desperate struggle. The five Dark Souls sagas are "The Breath of
Andolus", "Winter's Spite", "Legends of the Flame", "Tales of Ember", and the comic prequel to the game, "The Age of
Fire". A small amount of supplementary material, including a "Script to Strip" addendum that offers a peek into the artistic
creative process, rounds out this "must have" for connoisseurs of quality video game stories and fans of the series'
malevolent aesthetic. Highly recommended, especially for Halloween season reading!
The Audiobook Shelf
The Heron's Cry
Ann Cleeves, author
Jack Holden, narrator
9781250818133, $39.99, CD,
Synopsis: North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is
called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder--Dr Nigel
Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter's broken vases.
Dr. Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He's a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is
unnerved, though, to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband.
Then another body is found--killed in a similar way. Matthew soon finds himself treading carefully through the lies that
fester at the heart of his community and a case that is dangerously close to home.
Critique: This complete and unabridged audio book production of Ann Cleeves superbly crafted DI Matthew Venn mystery
novel, "The Heron's Cry" is impressively narrated by Jack Holden. Providing a true 'theatre of the mind' experience for the
dedicated mystery buff, "The Heron's Cry" is an especially recommended addition to personal and community library audio
book collections. (8 CDs).
Apples Never Fall
Liane Moriarty, author
Caroline Lee, narrator
9781250810694, $44.99, CD
Synopsis: If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father? This is
the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.
The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They're killers
on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after fifty years of marriage, they've finally sold their famed
tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so
The four Delaney children (Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke) were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell
you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that's okay, now that they're all successful grown-ups and there is
the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.
One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy's door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend. The
Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted.
Later, when Joy goes missing, and Savannah is nowhere to be found, the police question the one person who remains:
Stan. But for someone who claims to be innocent, he, like many spouses, seems to have a lot to hide. Two of the Delaney
children think their father is innocent, two are not so sure -- but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps
their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light.
Critique: With the publication of her new novel, "Apples Never Fall", author Liane Morarty has penned another well
crafted novel of drama and suspense. Now skillfully and dramatically narrated by Caroline Lee in a complete and
unabridged audio book edition from Macmillan Audio, "Apples Never Fall" is highly recommended for personal and
community library audio book collections. (15 CDs, 18 Hours).
The Santa Suit
Mary Kay Andrews, author
Kathleen McInerney, narrator
9781250829931, $29.99, CD
Synopsis: When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in
her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love - but Ivy didn't bargain on just how much labor. The
previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it's a full-time job sorting through all of it.
At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit -- beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a
note written in a childish hand: it's from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home
from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What
mysteries did the Rose family hold?
Ivy's quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But
the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming
town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love.
Critique; A thoroughly charming novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality combined with a thoroughly reader
engaging narrative storytelling style, Mary Kay Andrews new novel "The Santa Suit" is ably and effectively narrated by
Kathleen McInerney. Complete and unabridged, "The Santa Suite" is especially recommended for personal and community
library collections. (5 CDs, 5.5 Hours).
The Library CD Shelf
Shujaat Husain Khan, Katayoun Goudarzi, Shaho Andalibi, and Shariq Mustafa
Iranian-American vocalist Katayoun Goudarzi, Grammy-nominated master sitar player Shujaat Khan, Iranian ney player
Shaho Andalibi, and tabla player Shariq Mustafa present This Pale, an album that revolves around the classic love poems
of the Sufi mystic Rumi (1207-1273). An emotional work, created in hope of inspiring compassion, discourse, and
sympathy. This Pale is heartfelt, inspirational, spiritually moving, and highly recommended. The tracks are "Wild", "One",
"Tender", "Sweetest", "Still Here", and "All I've Got".
A Song of Hope
Featuring Jeff Watts, Theo Croker, and Samara Joy
Whaling City Sound
c/o Naxos (distribution)
$16.99 CD / $8.99 MP3
A Song of Hope features the sterling saxophone performance of Eric Wyatt, supported by drummer Jeff Watts, bassist Eric
Wheeler, and others. A captivating jazz album recorded in a single session, A Song of Hope reaches out to the listener with
a message of inspiration and optimism. Highly recommended! The tracks are "A Song of Hope", "Fragile", "Blues for
RH", "Fur Live", "Chance", "One 4 Hakim", "Say Her Name", "Tain Dance", "Sunset Park Bonita", "Central Park West",
"Contemplation", and "Of Things to Come RTK". 1 hour 11 min.
The Library DVD Shelf
Discoveries Costa Rica: Architecture & Religion
9781604903010 $24.95 DVD / $9.95 download
The fifth program in the "Discoveries Costa Rica" DVD series of beautiful video essays, Architecture & Religion
showcases the extraordinary, beautiful, and historic Catholic Church architecture near the central valley of Costa Rica. An
eye-opening tour of grand and pious institutions, Discoveries Costa Rica: Architecture & Religion is the next best
experience to witnessing Costa Rica's memorable religious institutions in person. Discoveries Costa Rica: Architecture &
Religion is highly recommended especially for armchair travelers and public library DVD collections. 52 min.
Discoveries Costa Rica Birds - Quetzals to Cuckoos
9781604903027 $24.95 DVD / $9.95 download
The sixth program in the "Discoveries Costa Rica" DVD series of beautiful video essays, Birds - Quetzals to Cuckoos is a
captivating documentary showcasing rare, exotic, and striking birds native to Costa Rica. Since Costa Rica has over 900
bird species, only a fraction of its avian diversity can be portrayed in a single program, yet here are the honeycreeper, the
rufous tailed hummingbird, the black vulture, the northern emerald toucanet, and much more. Birds - Quetzals to Cuckoos
is the next best thing to personally visiting Costa Rica on a birdwatching expedition, and highly recommended for both
avian aficionados and public library DVD collections. 63 min.
The Computer Shelf
Murach's Python for Data Analysis
Mike Murach & Associates
9781943872763, $59.50, PB, 600pp
Synopsis: Data analysts are in high demand everywhere today! And now, "Murach's Python for Data Analysis" by Scott
McCoy shows you how to do data analysis the way the pros do.
With "Murach's Python for Data Analysis" even the most novice of readers will be able to master descriptive analysis,
using Pandas to analyze the data and Seaborn to create the visualizations that let you present your findings effectively.
You'll get started with predictive analysis, using Scikit-learn with linear regression models.
And you'll be guided right from the start by 4 real-world case studies in political, environmental, social, and sports
analytics... essential for learning and great perspective for applying your new skills in your own field. Quickly and easily
"Murach's Python for Data Analysis" can turn you into the data analyst that employers are looking for.
Critique: The ideal DIY instruction manual, "Murach's Python for Data Analysis" is comprehensive, thoroughly 'user
friendly' in organization and presentation, making it especially recommended for personal, professional, community,
college, and university library Computer Science collections.
Editorial Note: Scott McCoy is a professional programmer, and has worked in a variety of domains including
bioinformatics, IT automation, security, and data analytics. He holds a B.S. in computer science and a Microsoft
certification in database technologies.
Designing Immersive 3D Experiences
c/o Pearson Technology Group
9780137282838, $49.99, PB, 400pp
Synopsis: "Designing Immersive 3D Experiences: A Designer's Guide to Creating Realistic 3D Experiences for Extended
Reality " by Renee Stevens will help visual designers move into the fast-growing fields of 3D and extended reality (XR)
design and introduces a proven approach and an effective design-thinking process can be used to create successful
immersive user experiences.
"Designing Immersive 3D Experiences" is grounded in familiar design principles and explores how you can build on these
foundations, adapting them for virtual and augmented reality environments. "Designing Immersive 3D Experiences" will
also prepare visual designers to succeed with 3D and XR design in multiple environments, from mobile, to web, to
By exploring the basics of XR and 3D immersive design, how they are evolving, and how the novice designer may already
be using them, "Designing Immersive 3D Experiences" then moves into core concepts and technologies, from
computer-human interaction, to spatial computing, to projection mapping and head-mounted displays.
"Designing Immersive 3D Experiences" shows how to: Adapt ideation strategies for new XR and 3D projects while
incorporating design-thinking strategies, balancing innovation with practicality, and keeping it all human; Build seamless,
multi-modal, and accessible user experiences and interfaces in three dimensions; Harness the power of visual perception
and ways to activate the senses using XR technology; Augment typography and create hierarchy in physical spaces that are
dynamic and uncontrollable; Enhance the user experience using spatial audio and voice; Explore next steps in the industry
and consider the ethical implications that come with advancement.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, comprehensive, organized, and presented, "Designing Immersive 3D Experiences: A
Designer's Guide to Creating Realistic 3D Experiences for Extended Reality" is an ideal and thoroughly 'user friendly'
instruction manual. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and
university library Computer Programming collections, it should be noted that "Designing Immersive 3D Experiences: A
Designer's Guide to Creating Realistic 3D Experiences for Extended Reality " is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $29.99).
Editorial Note: Renee Stevens is the founder of the XR tech startup, tagAR. For more than a decade she has run her own
interactive design studio consulting and designing on XR projects and working as a motion designer for Forbes. You can
find her teaching at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she is the
Associate Chair of the Visual Communications Department, overseeing the undergraduate and graduate design programs.
She has been invited around the world to speak about her research and design work in XR, including TEDx, SXSW,
Sundance, VR/AR Association, and AIGA. She is also the author of the book "Powered by Design".
BIM-enabled Cognitive Computing for Smart Built Environment
Synopsis: The book provides knowledge in the Building Information Model (BIM)-enabled cognitive computing methods
for smart built environment involving cognitive network capabilities for smart buildings, integrating Augmented
Reality/Mixed Reality in cognitive building concepts, cognitive Internet of Things (CIoT) for smart cities, Artificial
Intelligence applications for cognitive cities, and cognitive smart cities using big data and machine learning. It focuses on
the potential, requirements and implementation of CIoT paradigm to buildings, Artificial Intelligence techniques,
reasoning, and Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality in cognitive building concepts, the concept of cognitive smart cities in
its complexity, heterogeneity, and scope, and the challenge of utilizing the big data generated by smart cities from a
machine learning perspective.
The book comprises BIM-based and data-analytic research on cognitive IoT for smart buildings and cognitive cities using
big data and machine learning as complex and dynamic systems. It presents applied theoretical contributions fostering a
better understanding of such systems and the synergistic relationships between the motivating physical and informational
settings. It reviews ongoing development of BIM-based and data science technologies for the processing, analysis,
management, modeling, and simulation of big and context data and the associated applicability to cognitive systems that
will advance different aspects of future cognitive cities.
The book also analyses the required material to inform pertinent research communities of the state-of-the-art research and
the latest development in the area of cognitive smart cities development, as well as a valuable reference for planners,
designers, strategists, and ICT experts who are working towards the development and implementation of CIoT based on
big data analytics and context-aware computing.
Critique: BIM-enabled Cognitive Computing for Smart Built Environment: Potential, Requirements, and Implementation
is a scholarly analysis written especially for researchers and professionals in the field. BIM stands for "Building
Information Model"; the analyzed computing techniques include cognitive networks for "smart buildings", Cognitive
Internet of Things for "smart cities", artificial intelligence applications designed for cognitive cities, and more. Lists of
references and an index rounds out this highly technical and detailed resource, highly recommended especially for
university library collections.
Editorial Note: Ibrahim Yitmen received his PhD in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. He is
currently an Associate Professor in Management of Construction Production at Jonkoping University, Sweden since
February 2018. His research focus is mainly on Innovation in Construction involving socio-technical issues regarding
digital transformation in AEC industry, and his recent special interest is on BIM-Enabled Cognitive Computing for Smart
Built Environment, Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality for Cognitive Buildings, Blockchain Technology in Construction
Supply Chains, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and BIM Integration for Construction Safety Planning and Monitoring, and
Automated BIM-based Construction Project Progress Monitoring. Dr. Yitmen have published more than 70 research
papers in refereed international journals and in peer reviewed conference proceedings.
The Mathematics Shelf
An Introduction to Bond Graph Modeling with Applications
J. A. Tenreiro Machado and Vitor M. R. Cunha
9780367523411, $120.00 hc / $44.49 Kindle
Synopsis: An Introduction to Bond Graph Modeling with Applications presents a collection of exercises on dynamical
systems, modeling and control for university students in the areas of engineering, physics and applied mathematics. We
can find several books on bond graphs, but most merely a small set of exercises and, in a few cases, some commands for
computer packages like MATLAB or Mathematica. It is di cult to nd books with a broad set of solved exercises and
proposed exercises with solutions, guiding researchers starting their work with bond graphs, or students who are just
beginning their study of the topic. This book aims to fill that gap, and provide a comprehensive, reader-friendly
introduction to the Bond Graph modeling tool.
An Introduction to Bond Graph Modeling with Applications gives in-depth theoretical background coupled with practical,
hands-on instructions; provides a clear pedagogical framework, with numerous exercises and problems; and is suitable for
students and researchers who work with bond graphs. An Introduction to Bond Graph Modeling is especially ideal for
applied mathematicians, physicists, and engineers.
Critique: A bond graph is a graphical representation of a physical dynamic system (such as a swinging clock pendulum, the
flow of water through a pipe, or any other physical system that involves movement). An Introduction to Bond Graph
Modeling with Applications lives up to its title as a reference that provides both theoretical background and step-by-step
instructions for bond graph modeling, with exercises and problems for readers to practice. Familiarity with mathematics is
presumed as chapters jump into basic mathematical models of dynamic systems, the elements of bond graph modeling,
ways to assign causality to a bond graph, and much more. An Introduction to Bond Graph Modeling with Applications is
an invaluable resource of mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and college library reference collections, highly
recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that An Introduction to Bond Graph Modeling is also available
in a Kindle edition ($44.49).
Editorial Note: J. A. Tenreiro Machado was born at 1957. He earned his PhD. (1989) and 'Habilitation' (1995), in
Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Porto. He started his teaching and research activity in 1980. He is
currently the Principal Coordinator Professor at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Polytechnic
Institute of Porto,. His research interests include complex systems, nonlinear dynamics, fractional calculus, modeling,
entropy, control, evolutionary computing, and others.
Vitor M. R. Cunha graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto in 1999. He completed
his master's degree also in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto in 2009. He started
to work as a research assistant after graduating and began teaching at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Institute of
Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto in 2001. He works in a wide spectrum of subjects such as Information
Technology, Virtual Reality, Realtime Simulation, Robotics, Electronics, Modeling and Control of Dynamical
The Sports Shelf
The Brain on Youth Sports
Julie M. Stamm
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
9781538143193, $30.00 hc / $28.50 Kindle
Synopsis: "They're just little kids, they don't hit that hard or that much." "Girls soccer is the most dangerous sport."
"Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy only happens to former NFL players." "Youth sports are safer than ever." These are
all myths propagated with the goal of maintaining the status quo in youth sports, which can subject young, rapidly
maturing brains to hundreds of impacts each season. In this book, Julie Stamm dissects the issue of repetitive brain trauma
in youth sports and their health consequences, explaining the science behind concussions, CTE, and subconcussive impacts
written in an easy-to-understand approach, so you can be a well-informed consumer and decision maker. It's not all about
concussions. Those repetitive impacts that happen on every play in football or with every header in soccer can damage the
brain, too. The consequences can be even worse for a child's developing brain. Stamm counters the myths, bad arguments,
and propaganda surrounding the youth sports industry. This book also provides guidance for those deciding whether or not
their child should play sports with a high risk of repetitive brain trauma as well as for those hoping to make youth sports
truly as safe as possible for young athletes.
Stamm, a former three-sport athlete herself, understands the many wonderful benefits that come from playing youth sports
and believes all children should have the opportunity to play sports without the risk of long-term consequences. No athlete
has to sustain hundreds of impacts and repetitive brain trauma in order to gain the benefits of sports. This work is a
must-read before you suit up your child for another practice or send your team out for another game.
Critique: Clinical assistant professor Julie Stamm, Ph.D applies her expertise in anatomy, childhood development, and
athletics in The Brain on Youth Sports: The Science, the Myths, and the Future, a balanced scrutiny of the risks to the brain
involved in youth sports. Stamm explains the science and medical knowledge behind concussions, CTE, and
subconcussive impacts in terms accessible to parents, educators, and readers of all backgrounds. Stamm is emphatically
not against youth sports; she is an ardent advocate of the physical and social benefits of athletic competition, but stresses
that those benefits do not have to come at the cost of potential brain trauma. The Brain on Youth Sports offers practical
suggestions for making youth sports safer for everyone, and is highly recommended especially for parents, educators, and
youth coaches. It should be noted for personal reading lists that The Brain on Youth Sports is also available in a Kindle
Editorial Note: Julie Stamm, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She brings a
unique perspective on the issues of repetitive head impacts in youth sports as a scientist and expert in the field, an
anatomist with knowledge of childhood development throughout the body and the brain, and an athletic trainer who has
provided medical care for athletes in a variety of sports. As an avid sports fan and a three-sport high school athlete from a
small town in Wisconsin, she values the importance of sports participation for children.
The Native American Studies Shelf
Coming Home to Nez Perce Country
Trevor J Bond
Washington State University Press
9780874224054, $24.95 pbk
In 1847, missionary Henry Spalding shipped two barrels to Dr. Dudley Allen in Kinsman, Ohio. The "Indian curiosities"
inside included exquisite Nez Perce shirts, dresses, baskets, and horse regalia-some decorated with porcupine quills and
others with precious dentalium shells and rare elk teeth. Donated to Oberlin College in 1893 and transferred to the Ohio
Historical Society (OHS) in 1942, the collection languished in storage until Nez Perce National Historic Park curators
rediscovered it in 1976. The OHS loaned most of the artifacts to the National Park Service. After receiving conservation
treatment, the pieces were placed on display in climate-controlled cases.
Twelve years later, the OHS abruptly recalled the collection, but after public pressure and extended negotiations, agreed to
sell the articles to the Nez Perce at their full appraised value of $608,100, with a seemingly impossible six-month payment
deadline. The tribe formed the Nez Perce Heritage Quest Alliance and mounted a brilliant grassroots fundraising
campaign. One day before the time limit, they met their goal.
Josiah Pinkham, Nez Perce cultural specialist, notes that they embody "the earliest and greatest centralization of
ethnographic objects for the Nez Perce people. You don't have a collection of this size, this age, anywhere else in the
world." The author draws on interviews with Nez Perce experts and extensive archival research to tell the collection's
remarkable story. He also examines the ethics of acquiring, bartering, owning, and selling Native cultural history, as Native
American, First Nation, and Indigenous communities continue their efforts to restore their exploited cultural heritage from
collectors and museums-pieces that are living, breathing, intimately connected to their home region, and inspirational for
sustaining cultural traditions.
Critique: Coming Home to Nez Perce Country: The Niimiipuu Campaign to Repatriate Their Exploited Heritage is the true
story of a collection of cultural artifacts of the Nez Perce people, donated to the Oberlin College and later transferred to the
Ohio Historical Society. After years of storage, the collection's display led to public pressure to return the collection to the
Nez Perce. This ultimate involved a negotiated sale of the collection's appraised value of $608,100, and a grassroots
funding campaign to aid the Nez Perce. Constructed from interviews with Nez Perce experts and in-depth archival
research, Coming Home to Nez Perce Country is more than a historical record; it also explores philosophical and ethical
questions about trading, buying, owning, and selling artifacts of Native American history and culture. Notes and an index
round out this welcome addition to public and college library Native American Studies collections.
Editorial Note: Trevor James Bond is the co-director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation and the associate
dean for digital initiatives and special collections at the Washington State University Libraries. He holds a Ph.D. in
9781951627768, $27.99 hc / $18.99 Kindle
Synopsis: In I Will, Sheron Wyant-Leonard weaves the personal recollections of four members of the American Indian
Movement--Leonard Peltier, Dennis Banks, Dorothy Ninham, and her husband Herb Powless--into a unique narrative to
expose their trials and tribulations over the course of two decades.
When the last gunshots of the Indian Wars of the nineteenth century faded away, a dark and desperate time began for
Native American people. Poverty, neglect, and hopelessness hung over the land. But as the seventies dawned, a powerful
movement for change by newly urban Indians was born with the words "American Indian Movement." This story includes
a brief look at their childhoods as told by the people who lived it, including their government boarding schools, reservation
life, the fight against termination, and the founding of their resistance with building takeovers and government saboteurs, a
prison escape, including the largest FBI manhunt in history. They walked the line between courage and fear and changed
the direction of Native history forever.
Critique: I Will: How Four American Indians Put Their Lives on the Line and Changed History presents the true stories of
four members of the American Indian Movement, a peaceful grassroots movement founded in 1968 to address systemic
poverty, discrimination, and police brutality against Native Americans. The story of each leader covers a look at their
childhood, their experience at government boarding schools, their resistance to government termination or disbandment of
the tribes, and their efforts to change Native American history. I Will is profound and inspirational reading, highly
recommended especially for public library Native American Studies collections. It should be noted for personal reading
lists that I Will is also available in a Kindle edition ($18.99).
The Poetry Shelf
Clerk of the Dead
Main Street Rag Publishing
9781599488004, $12.00, PB, 43pp
Synopsis: A collection of poems with the connecting themes of love and loss by Minnesota poet, Alan Perry (who is also a
Senior Poetry Editor for Typehouse Literary Magazine, and has been nominated for Best of the Net), "Clerk of the Dead"
was a finalist and honorable mention in the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest.
Critique: Erudite, deftly crafted, memorable, thoughtful and thought-provoking verse, "Clerk of the Dead" is an
extraordinary experience for anyone who appreciates the written word as a conveyor of emotions that are both intense
personal yet universally experienced. Simply stated, Alan Perry's "Clerk of the Dead" is especially and unreservedly
recommended for personal, community, college, and university library Contemporary American Poetry collections.
The Money/Finance Shelf
Activate Your Money
9781119777083, $29.95, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: "Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World" by Janine Firpo provides the
foundational support women need to talk to each other about their money, invest to grow their wealth, and to take the
actions required to shift their assets into alignment with their values. Written for smart, savvy women who want to feel
financially empowered, "Activate Your Money" starts where other personal finance books leave off. It delivers the depth of
information you need to make informed decisions across your entire portfolio. Starting with checking and savings accounts
and proceeding asset class by asset class, this book provides you with core knowledge, as well as concrete examples about
how and where you can invest your money in the things you care about.
"Activate Your Money" shows how to: Step up your relationship with money and recognize the power you have to change
the world through your investment decisions; Demystify financial lingo, learn investment strategies, and acquire tools to
help you grow your wealth; Explore values-aligned investment options, asset class by asset class, and make informed
decisions about where to put your money; Break the taboo on discussing money with partners, advisors, friends, and
Critique: Exceptionally well written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Activate Your
Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World" is an ideal introduction for women of all ages and
backgrounds to creating a lucrative portfolio that incorporates life enhancing social values from a feminine perspective.
While highly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Money/Finance
instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a
Better World" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.00).
Editorial Note: Janine Firpo is a seasoned values-aligned investor and social innovator, with a long history of working at
the intersection of women and their money. In 2017, she left a 35-year career in technology and international development
to focus on helping women find the confidence to take control of their money and use it to change the world. During her
career, Janine held senior positions at Hewlett-Packard, the World Bank, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today,
she supports women-led businesses through her role as lead investor in the Next Wave Impact Fund and board chair of
The Self-Help Shelf
Letting Go of Nothing
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato CA 94949
Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature offers a collection of insights into
the process of letting go of self-absorption and the kinds of thoughts and feelings that stymie joy and happiness in daily
living. It presents a healthy alternative to negativity, helping readers identify these elements not just in daily experience,
but mindsets. More importantly, it offers a specific set of practices for developing and supporting fresh perspectives, and
teaches how to identify and mitigate the impact of judgments and emotional responses that stress mind and body. From
learning how to pause and take a step back to letting go of ego, these are practices anyone can achieve, made simple by the
explanations and how-to instructions that relate to better daily living. Self-help readers will find this a simple task leading
to a much better life.
Roar Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It's Too Late)
Atria Books / Beyond Words
9781582708133, $26.00, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: We are living in a time when everyone is constantly reassessing what is next for them. In the mid-career group,
people who have spent years working are now seeing their industry dramatically evolve and are facing the question: "What
does that mean for me in the next twenty years?"
At the same time, the post-career population is also going through massive change and dealing with the fact that many of
them are not prepared financially, logistically, or emotionally for the next phase of their lives. And while we may want to
retire, most of us don't want to do nothing.
With expert insight and approachable techniques, "Roar Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It's Too Late)" by
Michael Clinton will help you identify fresh goals and take meaningful action to achieve a purposeful life while showing
you how to: Reimagine yourself; Own who you are; Act on what's next; Reassess your relationships. Transformative and
invigorating, "Roar" is the ultimate roadmap to the latest journey of your life.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Roar Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It's Too
Late)" is an extraordinary and potentially life-changing read and one that is especially and unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, and community library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of anyone with an interest in Mid-Life Management or Retirement Planning that "Roar" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book edition (Blackstone
Publishing, 9781797135502, $34.99, CD).
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
9781683692775, $22.99 pbk / $14.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Ghosts are everywhere - whether you believe in them or not. Every town has its local legends, and countless
books, movies, and TV shows are haunted by their presence. But our obsession with ghosts runs deeper than we know -
and is embedded in the very fabric of American history.
Writer and historian Marc Hartzman dons the mantle of tour guide, taking readers on a fascinating journey through
supernatural history, including:
The Fox Sisters and the rise of Spiritualism
The supernatural obsessions of famous figures like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Famous haunted sites like the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia and the LaLaurie House in New Orleans
Famous ghosts like the Bell Witch of Tennessee and the Greenbrier Ghost of West Virginia
Paranormal investigators like Ed and Lorraine Warren
Deeply researched and highly entertaining, with archival images and black and white illustrations, Chasing Ghosts will
satisfy believers and skeptics alike.
Critique: Interspersed with both black-and-white and color illustrations, Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with
Spirits and the Supernatural is a fascinating survey of the supernatural phenomenon of ghosts, especially in American
history. From famous haunted sites, to the metaphysical pursuits of famous individuals such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to
the work of paranormal investigators, Chasing Ghosts is a thoroughly engaging overview of its subject matter and an
especially timely read for the Halloween season! Highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
Chasing Ghosts is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.99).
Editorial Note: Marc Hartzman is "one of America's leading connoisseurs of the bizarre" (ABCNews.com) and is the
author of several books, including The Big Book of Mars (Quirk, 2020). Hartzman's work has appeared in Mental Floss,
Bizarre, and HuffPost/AOL Weird News. He has discussed oddities on CNN, MSNBC, Ripley's Radio, and the Travel
Channel's Mysteries at the Museum. More of his love for the unusual can be found on his site WeirdHistorian.com
215 Church Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
9781683692775, $22.99, PB, 272pp
Ghosts are everywhere -- whether you believe in them or not. Every town has its local legends, and countless books,
movies, and TV shows are haunted by their presence. But our obsession with ghosts runs deeper than we know -- and is
embedded in the very fabric of American history.
In "Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with Spirits and the Supernatural", writer and historian Marc Hartzman
dons the mantle of tour guide, taking readers on a fascinating journey through supernatural history, including: The Fox
Sisters and the rise of Spiritualism; The supernatural obsessions of famous figures like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Famous
haunted sites like the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia and the LaLaurie House in New Orleans; Famous ghosts
like the Bell Witch of Tennessee and the Greenbrier Ghost of West Virginia; and Paranormal investigators like Ed and
Critique, "Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with Spirits and the Supernatural" is an extraordinary, documented,
inherently fascinating, and entertaining study enhanced with the inclusion of archival images and black and white
illustrations. While strongly commended as an addition to community, college, and university library Metaphysical
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with Spirits and
the Supernatural" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding Tarot
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D. Beverly, MA 01915
9781631067730, $18.99, HC, 184pp
Synopsis: The tarot is a tool of divine guidance that allows you to connect with your inner knowing through the spread and
layout of cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards that help you tap into your inner source of
awareness, power, and wisdom. The Major Arcana usually concerns itself with life's spiritual lessons while the Minor
Arcana represents what we experience on a day to day basis.
"The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding the Tarot" will lead you to increase your self-knowledge and enlightenment
through the tarot, demonstrated with illustrations of 78 lavishly designed cards. This comprehensive collection will
introduce you to the art of tarot and tarot readings. Complete with actionable exercises and steps that you can easily do at
home, you'll be able to add tarot to your magickal arsenal. You'll learn how to use your intuition to interpret the cards'
messages and use the messages to manifest your intentions.
Connect with your inner self as you find insights on where you are and figure out your next move. Strengthen your spiritual
practice with this modern take on the tarot.
Critique: Beginning with a brief history of the tarot, "The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding the Tarot" is an exceptional
introduction to the subject and an especially ideal choice for the novice tarot reader. Particularly well written, organized
and presented, "The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding the Tarot" is recommended for personal, professional, and
community library Metaphysical Studies collections in general, and Tarot instructional reference collections in
Editorial Note: Cassie Uhl is the owner and founder of Zenned Out, a jewelry store brand aimed at normalizing spirituality
in the common marketplace. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on her Zenned Out blog and offers
handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry
that aligns with their souls' purpose.
The Witch's Complete Guide to Self-Care
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9780785839484, $16.99, HC, 168pp
Synopsis: Witchcraft is the practice of connecting a deeper power within yourself to the power within nature. Blending
witchcraft and wellness, the abundance of meditations and manifestations in this guide will help you unite with your
intentions and the natural world around you to live a fully fulfilled life. While "The Witch's Complete Guide to Self-Care:
Everyday Healing Rituals and Soothing Spellcraft for Well-Being" by Theodosia Corinth will not give you a simple spell
to be happy, its intention is to unseat the complex issues that are the roots of your unhappiness.
Complete with meditations and mantras to guide you through the toughest parts of the craft, "The Witch's Complete Guide
to Self-Care" is an essential part of any self-aware pagan's or Wiccan library. By performing rituals to release guilt and
protection spells that build boundaries (among other things), this book will guide you through how to care for yourself and
your inner witch. Reflection is a key component to self-discovery and fulfillment.
"The Witch's Complete Guide to Self-Care: Everyday Healing Rituals and Soothing Spellcraft for Well-Being" instructs
the reader with respect to: How to make homemade tea blends to soothe your mind, and then read your fortune in the
leftover leaves; Cleansing rituals to banish bad energy; Wellness witchery through goddess baths (complete with
recharging herbs and crystals to help channel your light); How to ward your time to protect your values; Rituals for letting
go of sadness, grief, and anything that is no longer serving you; Uncrossing spells to help you move past whatever has been
blocking you from your true happiness; Herbal remedies to heal the body -- and more!
Critique: Nicely illustrated throughout, "The Witch's Complete Guide to Self-Care: Everyday Healing Rituals and
Soothing Spellcraft for Well-Being" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented -- making it especially ideal for
those new to Wiccan beliefs. While unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and
university library Metaphysical Studies collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Witch's
Complete Guide to Self-Care: Everyday Healing Rituals and Soothing Spellcraft for Well-Being" is also readily available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Theodosia Corinth is a practicing witch and writer born and living in Salem, Massachusetts. She writes and
edits full time, and has worked as a professional tarot card reader. When she's casting her spell on the world around her,
she works with astrology, tarot, and the natural world to connect with her intuition and guide her writing.
The Automotive Shelf
Oldsmobile V-8 Engines 1964 - 1990: How to Rebuild
838 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, MN 55025
9781613255926, $39.95, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: Oldsmobile caught the performance world by surprise when it launched its new overhead valve (OHV) V-8 in
1949 called the Rocket. These engines, along with Cadillac, were the first post-war OHV design produced by General
Motors. In a world of flathead V-8 performance, they were a major step forward and an instant hit.
As was the norm for all American car manufacturers in the 1950s and 1960s, the Rocket V-8s grew in size and
performance capability until the Generation II engines began production in 1964. Offered in a variety of displacements
over the 27-year run, the Generation II engine was offered in sizes ranging from 260 to 455 ci, suiting every possible need
from reliable fuel economy to all-out performance.
In Oldsmobile V-8 Engines 1964 - 1990: How to Rebuild, Mike Forsythe takes you through the complete process of
rebuilding and restoring your Generation II Rocket V-8 to its original glory. Covered in a thorough step-by-step format are
the tools required, the disassembly process, analysis of what went wrong, parts selection and replacement, the machining
process, pre-assembly, final assembly, and the break-in process. Some performance upgrade options are also included.
The Oldsmobile Generation II engine had a lengthy and productive run not only powering Oldsmobiles but also a variety
of Buicks and Pontiacs. If you are in the restoration process or simply want a return to factory-original performance in your
Cutlass, Delta 88, Vista Cruiser, Toronado, 98, or 442, this book is an essential tool in bring your Oldsmobile back to its
Critique: With the step-by-step illustrated instruction that comprise " even the most novice of DIY car restoration fans can
bring that old Oldsmobile engine back to life. Comprehensive and exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and
presentation, "Oldsmobile V-8 Engines 1964 - 1990: How to Rebuild" is particularly and unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, and community library Automotive Instructional Reference collections. It should be noted that
"Oldsmobile V-8 Engines 1964 - 1990: How to Rebuild" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Mike Forsythe rebuilt his first engine at age 13. Over the past 45 years, he has rebuilt too many engines to
count, whether they resided in cars, trucks, or aircraft. Mike has also authored numerous overhaul books for major
automotive publishers. In addition to his expertise with Oldsmobile engine overhauls, Mike earned certification as an
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master automobile technician and is an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
certified aircraft mechanic. As an avid drag racer, Mike also knows the tricks to ensure that engines reach their power
The Interior Design Shelf
The Monocle Book of Homes
Tyler Brule, author
Nolan Giles, author
Andrew Tuck, author
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500971147, $65.00, 304pp
Synopsis: Good homes are places where lives unfold, families grow up, dogs jump on sofas, and friends share meals.
They're also spaces to find some solitude, be it a quiet corner to read a book or have a Saturday afternoon nap. Homes need
to do it all -- they sustain you, inspire you, and tell your story through architecture, design, and collections.
Monocle is a publication that has always celebrated everything that makes a space a home when covering residences --
whether featuring a city hideaway, a modernist seaside residence, or a summer outpost in a forest. The Monocle editorial
team brings this all together in the illustrated pages of "The Monocle Book of Homes", a one volume coffee-table style
book (7.88 x 10.5 inches) that explores individual homes, housing projects old and new, communities of self-builders,
even whole neighborhoods where a simple philosophy of building well has created quality of life for many.
"The Monocle Book of the Home" is packed from cover to cover with great photography that delivers the bigger picture
and the smallest details alongside fascinating essays full of advice by key thinkers, writers, and designers. As we spend
more time at home than ever, "7.88 x 10.5 inches" is a book that could change how you live.
Critique: Exceptionally well organized and presented, illustrated in throughout in full color with accompanying
informative and descriptive commentaries, "The Monocle Book of the Home" will prove to be an especially welcome
addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Interior Design collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Tyler Brule is the editor-in-chief of Monocle. Nolan Giles is the Design Editor of Monocle. Andrew Tuck
is the editor of Monocle magazine.
The Woodworking Shelf
Woodturning: A Foundation Course
The GMC Group
9781861081148, $19.95, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: Now in a newly updated edition, "Woodturning: A Foundation Course" by Keith Rowley provides the novice
woodworking with a complete DIY course in the basic, safe, and correct techniques for mastering the lathe. Each
individual chapter takes on an essential aspect of woodturning ranging from the types of lathes and accessories to
sharpening, from turning between centers to faceplate turning, from copy turning to boring and routing.
Critique: Profusely and effectively illustrated, exceptionally well organized, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in presentation,
"Woodturning: A Foundation Course" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to community library
woodworking collections and as a textbook for school woodshop curriculums. It should be noted for personal reading lists
that "Woodturning: A Foundation Course" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).
The Needlecraft Shelf
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9780760372258, $19.99, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: Through the centuries, people have looked to the night sky for inspiration and guidance. With all the upheaval in
the world, looking to the ever-steady stars is more appealing than ever. Hand embroidery offers yet another kind of relief in
turbulent times. Taking a break from the screen and focusing on the simple rhythm of stitching colorful images in cloth can
have a calming, meditative effect.
"Astrology Embroidery: Stitch the Zodiac and 30 Celestial Patterns" by Chilean illustrator Maya Hansch marries these two
sources of calm by providing 30 original celestial patterns with embroidery instructions and illustrations. The
beginner-friendly patterns include all 12 of the zodiac signs so you can personalize your projects.
"Astrology Embroidery" is a primer on embroidery techniques, materials, and stitches. Each pattern comes with
step-by-step instructions and reference images of the finished project.
Critique: Profusely illustrated, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Astrology Embroidery: Stitch
the Zodiac and 30 Celestial Patterns" is ideal for the novice and a unique acquisition for the more advanced needlecrafter.
Especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Needlecraft collections, it will be particularly
appreciated for needlecrafters with an interest in astrology.
The Architecture Shelf
Farmhouse: Reimagining the Classic American Icon
Editors of Fine Homebuilding
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Stree, Newtown, CT 06470
9781641551649, $34.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: The farmhouse is a classic American icon, combining comfort and simplicity, elegance and nostalgia, all without
pretension. No matter the age or condition, these historic homesteads call to mind the pragmatism of the pioneers who
worked the land and raised their families at a time when practicality was key to prosperity.
But as reflected in the illustrated pages of "Farmhouse: Reimagining the Classic American Icon" by the editorial staff of
Fine Homebuilding magazine, the farmhouse is more than a historic artifact. Farmhouse style continues to evolve into the
21st century, carrying with it the best of the past while adapting to our modern lifestyle. Whether built in 1720 or 2020, a
farmhouse is instantly recognizable for its main rectangular form, gabled or lean-to additions, various outbuildings, and
spartan architecture, among other hallmarks.
While the farmhouse's use of natural materials and basic construction is indicative of its traditional, sensible nature,
modern farmhouses might equally be built according to Passive House or other energy-efficient standards.
Whether true to tradition or adapted for a modern lifestyle, the houses illustratively showcased in "Farmhouse:
Reimagining the Classic American Icon" are a testament to the flexibility, durability, longevity, and (above all else) the
everlasting appeal of the American farmhouse.
Critique: A visual pleasure to browse through one page at a time, "Farmhouse: Reimagining the Classic American Icon" is
a unique, extraordinary, detailed, and exceptionally informative survey that would grace any personal, professional,
community, college, or university library Architectural History collection and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Since 1981 Fine Homebuilding has been providing information and inspiration to everyone who cares
about quality home improvement and construction. the magazine is the best source of home improvement information and
helps readers build projects better, faster, and more efficiently. The farmhouses comprising "Farmhouse: Reimagining the
Classic American Icon" have been selected from the pages of Fine Homebuilding magazine.
The Jobs/Careers Shelf
Ellen Carr, Katrina Dudley
Columbia University Press
9780231195881, $24.95 hc / $11.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Diversification is a core principle of investing. Yet money managers have not applied it to their own ranks. Only
around 10 percent of portfolio managers - the people most directly responsible for investing your money - are female, and
the numbers are even worse at the ownership level. What are the causes of this underrepresentation, and what are its
consequences - including for firms' and clients' bottom lines?
In Undiversified, experienced practitioners Ellen Carr and Katrina Dudley examine the lack of women in investment
management and propose solutions to improve the imbalance. They explore the barriers that subtly but effectively
discourage women from entering and staying in the industry at each point in the pipeline. At the entry level, the lack of
visible role models discourages students from considering the field, and those who do embark on an investment
management career face many obstacles to retention and promotion. Carr and Dudley highlight the importance of informal
knowledge about how to navigate career tracks, without which women are left at a disadvantage in an industry that lionizes
confidence. They showcase a diverse constellation of successful female portfolio managers to demystify the
Drawing on wide-ranging research, interviews with prospective, current, and former industry practitioners, and the authors'
own experiences, Undiversified makes a compelling case that increasing the number of women could help transform active
investment management at a time when it is under threat from passive strategies and technological innovation.
Critique: Undiversified: The Big Gender Short in Investment Management examines why and how so few women have
careers in investment management. Chapters discuss the subtle barriers that dissuade women from money management,
from lack of visible role models to psychological difficulties adapting to an industry that exalts an unflappable projection
of confidence at all times. Proposed solutions to the systemic gender imbalance in investment management, as well as
invaluable insights for any woman interested in pursuing such a career, make Undiversified a welcome addition to public
and college library Business and Career shelves. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Undiversified is also
available in a Kindle edition ($11.99).
Editorial Note: Ellen Carr has over two decades of experience as a high-yield bond portfolio manager, most recently at
Barksdale Investment Management, a majority-women-owned, institutional fixed-income investment management firm.
She is also an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School, where she teaches courses on the credit markets
and cash flow modeling. She is an occasional contributor to the Financial Times.
Katrina Dudley is a global equity portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Investments, one of the world's largest asset
managers. She is the author of the introduction to the Vault Career Guide to Mutual Funds (2016). She is a frequent market
commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg, a mentor to up-and-coming female investment professionals, and a guest lecturer
at Columbia Business School.
The Travel Shelf
Holly R. Whitefield
PO Box 5131, St. Louis, MO 63139
9781681062327, $20.95, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: What happened in 1954 at the Chisca Hotel in downtown Memphis that sparked a worldwide musical
phenomenon? How did an eccentric businessman living in a pink mansion invent the first self-service grocery store,
forever changing the way Americans shop? Where did notorious gangster Machine Gun Kelly enjoy his final moments of
freedom before spending life in prison?
Uncover these stories and more tales from a soulful river city in "Secret Memphis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and
Obscure", a guide that takes you beyond the basics and into the deep waters of Memphis culture and history.
As Memphis author Holly Whitfield leads you through the most surprising, intriguing, and marvelous locations in the city,
you ll discover places you never knew existed and the unexpected stories behind familiar sites. From a glass-and-steel
pyramid on the banks of the Mississippi River to a park populated by bison, from mounds built by Native Americans
centuries ago to the birthplace of the Queen of Soul, Secret Memphis unearths this authentic, lively city's mysteries one by
Critique: A unique travel guide that is packed from cover to cover with inherently fascinating trivia, "Secret Memphis: A
Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure" by Holly R. Whitefield is a 'must read' choice for anyone living in, visiting,
or simply passing through the iconic southern city of Memphis, Tennessee. While highly recommended for community
library American Travel Guide collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Secret Memphis: A Guide to
the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Christian Studies Shelf
Walking with Ignatius: In Conversation with Dario Menor
Arturo Sosa, SJ
9780829454529, $24.99 paperback
Synopsis: Walking with Ignatius introduces the reader to Fr. Arturo Sosa, who was elected Superior General of the Society
of Jesus in 2016. This book opens the "Ignatian Year" and marks the 500th anniversary of the wound that led to the
conversion of St. Ignatius Loyola. Along with his observations on the Society of Jesus, the Church, and the world today -
while emphasizing the Universal Apostolic Preferences - Fr. Sosa offers suggestions for reflection and prayer, either alone
or in a community. In his words, the reader is invited "to grow, starting in the exact place you find yourself, guided by the
Lord, and advancing step-by-step...and [to] become a pilgrim yourself so that you may walk the path of Christian adventure
in our changing world.
Written in collaboration with the journalist Dario Menor, Walking with Ignatius is based on the weekly interviews he held
with Fr. Sosa over a period of two and a half months.
Critique: Walking with Ignatius: In Conversation with Dario Menor presents an extensive interview with Fr. Arturo Sosa,
Superior General of the Society of Jesus, with a particular focus upon the historical event that led to the religious
conversion of St. Ignatius Loyola. In May of 1521, Ignatius of Loyola suffered a battle wound that changed his life; now
over 500 years later, his story still resonates with Christian converts today. Yet Walking with Ignatius covers far more than
history and conversion; the interview touches upon many facets of the Society of Jesus. "[Question] Are there any climate
change deniers in the Society of Jesus? [Answer] If there are, I don't know them. What I have observed though, is some
reluctance regarding this issue. [...] The problem isn't ill will but the difficulty in adopting the new way of life that comes
with taking on a different relationship with the environment." Walking with Ignatius: In Conversation with Dario Menor is
a welcome addition to Christian Studies and church library collections, highly recommended.
Editors Note: Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1948. Impressed by the Jesuit brothers who taught at
his school, he entered the novitiate in 1966. He was the youngest delegate to take part in General Congregation 33, and
from 1996 to 2004 Fr. Sosa served as the Jesuit Provincial for Venezuela. On October 14, 2016, he was named Superior
General of the Society of Jesus.
The Judaic Studies Shelf
Pamela Braun Cohen
Gefen Publishing House
9789657023365 $29.95 hc / $8.79 Kindle
Synopsis: Spanning nearly three decades, Hidden Heroes gives an insider's view of the modern-day exodus of Soviet Jews
from the Soviet Union, a period of Jewish history that has rarely been told and is in danger of being forgotten. This deeply
personal narrative explores the grassroots Soviet Jewish emigration movement through the eyes of one of its indefatigable
leaders, focusing on the actions of heroic refuseniks in the Soviet Union as well as courageous individuals in the West
described by Natan Sharansky as the "army of students and housewives" who waged the battle to free Soviet Jews.
From Russia, Ukraine, and Lithuania to the distant republics of Central Asia, refuseniks come to life, discovering their
identity, protesting on the streets, defending themselves in courtrooms, defying jailers in their prison cells, and struggling
to survive in Siberian labor camps. This engrossing memoir tells the story of the resistance and moral courage of men and
women inside the Soviet Union and of those in the West who relentlessly crusaded on their behalf.
Critique: Hidden Heroes: One Woman's Story of Resistance and Rescue in the Soviet Union is both a deeply personal
memoir and a revelation of history. Here are true tales of Soviet Jews in Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Central Asia who
struggled for human rights, including the right to emigrate, during the Cold War. An index enhances this eye-opening tale
of courage and resistance. Hidden Heroes is a welcome addition to personal and public library Judaic Studies and World
History collections, highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Hidden Heroes is also available
in a Kindle edition ($8.79).
Editors Note: Haunted by the legacy of the Holocaust, Pamela Braun Cohen became an activist in the Soviet Jewry
movement in the early 1970s. She served as co-chair of Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry from 1978 until 1986, when she
became the national president of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ). Her leadership role took her to the halls of
Congress and the White House and on frequent trips to the Soviet Union. Cohen received the Humanitarian Award from
the Raoul Wallenberg Committee of Chicago; the Medal of Honor from refuseniks; and a Doctor of Humane Letters
degree from Spertus College of Judaica.
The Folktale/Fairytale Shelf
Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch
Rebecca Copeland & Linda C. Ehrlich, editors
Stone Bridge Press
9781611720662, $18.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Alluring, nurturing, dangerous, and vulnerable the yamamba, or Japanese mountain witch, has intrigued
audiences for centuries. What is it about the fusion of mountains with the solitary old woman that produces such an
enigmatic figure? And why does she still call to us in this modern, scientific era?
Co-editors Rebecca Copeland and Linda C. Ehrlich first met the yamamba in the powerful short story "The Smile of the
Mountain Witch" by acclaimed woman writer Oba Minako. The story revealed the compelling way creative women can
take charge of misogynistic tropes, invert them, and use them to tell new stories of female empowerment.
This unique collection represents the creative and surprising ways artists and scholars from North America and Japan have
encountered the yamamba.
Critique: Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch is an anthology of interviews, poetry, short stories, and
commentary inspired by the mythological figure of the Japanese mountain witch, or yamamba. A literary exploration of a
this folklore trope, once intertwined with misogyny, yet also possessing the potential to be reinvented in a different light,
Yamamba is captivating, thought-provoking, and highly recommended especially for college and public library folklore
and literary studies shelves. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Yamamba is also available in a Kindle edition
Editorial Note: Rebecca Copeland is a professor of Japanese literature at Washington University in St. Louis, a writer of
fiction and literary criticism, and a translator of Japanese literature. Her stories travel between Japan and the American
South and touch on questions of identity, belonging, and self-discovery. The Kimono Tattoo, her debut work, takes readers
on a journey into Kyoto's intricate world of kimono design, and into a mystery that interweaves family dynamics, loss, and
Linda C. Ehrlich is an independent scholar who has published extensively about world cinema and traditional theater. Her
recent publication, The Films of Kore-eda Hirokazu: An Elemental Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), is the first book
in English on this influential Japanese director. She has published poetry in International Poetry Review, The Bitter
Oleander, Southern Poetry Review, Literary Arts Hawaii, Pinesong, and other literary journals. Dr. Ehrlich has taught at
Duke University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Tennessee/Knoxville, and on two Semester-at-Sea
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Integrated Dog Training
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato CA 94949
Integrated Dog Training: The Commonsense Visual Guide to Training Any Dog comes from an author with thirty years of
experience in dog training, and is based on an approach that he developed for his successful efforts. The method blends
canine psychology, positive reinforcement methods, and a degree of aversive control as it covers how to identify, interrupt,
and redirect a dog's attention and behaviors. Black and white photos on every page support an exercise designed to
reinforce commands and approaches to dog training that make it easy for dogs and people to follow his guidelines. From
the difference between "exercise" and "commands" to the basics of using motivators successfully, Integrated Dog Training
is a 'must' for dog trainers who would adopt a more positive approach to training exercises and getting the results they
Melissa Shapiro DVM & Mim Eichler Rivas
9781982167165, $26.00 hc / $13.99 Kindle
Synopsis: When Connecticut veterinarian Melissa Shapiro gets a call about a tiny deaf blind puppy rescued from a
hoarding situation in need of fostering, she doesn't hesitate to say, "yes." Little does she know how that decision will
transform her, her family, and legions of admirers destined to embrace the saga of the indomitable pink pup.
One of the most anxious dogs Melissa had ever encountered, the traumatized Piglet weighed under two pounds upon his
welcome into the Shapiro household - which included Melissa's husband Warren and their three college-aged kids, plus six
other rescued dogs. After weeks of reassurance, and lots of love, Piglet connected, gained confidence, and his
extraordinary spirit emerged. Melissa soon forged a powerful bond with Piglet, allowing the two to communicate without
sound or visual cues.
Two months later, when the day arrived to say good-bye to the now dashing, six-pound pink boy dog with the larger than
life spirit, Melissa faced a heart-wrenching decision. Could she hand him over to someone willing to give Piglet the
full-time attention he required or could she adapt her schedule and her household to make a permanent place for him in her
life and work? Of course, the answer was simple: love would find a way.
Curious, engaged, and incredibly eager to learn, Piglet quickly became part of the family. What started out as a few simple
Facebook posts of Piglet and his pack rapidly evolved into a global celebration of Piglet's infectiously positive mindset.
Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family fully illustrates this heartwarming story of one
special little puppy with a purpose to teach the power of empathy, love, and kindness.
Critique: Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family is the true story of how a veterinarian
and her family formed a bond with a deaf-blind puppy named Piglet. Adapting to Piglet's needs was challenging, but love
created connections stronger than verbal or visual cues. A heartwarming testimony from cover to cover, Piglet will
especially appeal to dog lovers everywhere. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Piglet is also available in a
Kindle edition ($13.99).
Editorial Note: Melissa Shapiro, DVM, is a veterinarian, a lifelong animal welfare advocate, and mom to three children
and many disabled rescued dogs and birds. Since bringing Piglet home in 2017, she has used his social media platform to
educate, advocate, and inspire others to adopt pets with special needs. Her nonprofit organization, Piglet International Inc.,
supports the Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach, a free downloadable educational program that teaches growth mindset,
acceptance, inclusion, empathy, and kindness to students and others in the community, as well as various animal rights
Mim Eichler Rivas is coauthor with Chris Gardner of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Pursuit of Happyness. Mim's
list of more than three dozen acclaimed coauthorships includes the national bestseller Finding Fish with Antwone Fisher.
Mim's solo title, Beautiful Jim Key, has sold briskly for more than a dozen years and has a feature film in the works.
The Literary Studies Shelf
Ameya Pandit's debut collection Impressions: Short Letters symbolize his thoughts throughout a span of years, and represents a search for life meanings through an examination of memories and world experience.
If this sounds like heady reading, be advised that the short pieces in Impressions cultivate a tone and inspection that is meant to linger in the mind without challenging the reader's ability to easily absorb their messages.
Take "On Childhood," for example - the opening piece in the collection. Pandit's memories and reflections of youth are presented in a series of vignettes, some of which may be accused of being run-on sentences unless the reader absorbs that these stream-of-thought associations are actually connected jigsaw pieces of impressions that, when linked together, form a uniform evolutionary experience: "I hear an anthem, I see the march of the troops, there is a show of strength, of stature; this is the anthem of a nation, a nation celebrating the continuance of a new era, the birth of its freedom; then after a while as the celebrations wind down, I hear a cry, a cry of a new life, one who may be a few months old; this I say is also an anthem, perhaps a far superior one, one that our ears invariably tune in to; one that needs no salute, no flag, no armor; one that lives in all yet unique to each, and one that a child speaks well before he knows his nation or his God; even the brave soldier lends his hand to protect such a one, for this anthem transcends every other, this is the anthem of life, the anthem of our humanity."
This is just one example of the form these reflections cultivates: a blend of metaphor, meaning, and memory that serve as testimonies to the rhythms and sequences of life.
As readers progress through the collection, it's evident that Pandit's works are diverse, philosophical, and reflective in nature. They hold the ability to link individual experience with the broader historical backdrop that is the human condition.
Presented in the short forms they are, these impressions serve up digestible thoughts cemented by real-world contacts that make them particularly accessible to either busy readers or those with short attention spans: "Every feeling of happiness, every celebration of victory, every excitement of a journey, and even every moment of joy comes to an end in due course. These rules apply to one and all, to every life, as history repeats, civilizations rise and fall, species come and go, to make way for what is new in form but carries much the same in spirit - the spirit of nature herself."
Perhaps there was no better time to publish Impressions than now, when the Twitter generation and others look for meaning in succinct, brief form rather than in "longhand."
With its focus on a variety of topics, from music and the arts to poetic metaphors of life experience and growth, Impressions is an item of choice for a variety of readers. It will reach literature enthusiasts and philosophy students as well as those who look for beautiful expressions that use the mechanism of language to translate the thoughts and experiences of life into a meaningful draw that illustrates both the "power of the pen" and the ability to assemble "worthy thoughts" that lend to discussion and life celebration alike.
As debut collections go, Impressions is a clear literary winner.
The Criminology Shelf
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
9780593137819, $27.00, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Seventeen years old and facing nearly thirty years behind bars, Jarrett Adams sought to figure out the why
behind his fate. Sustained by his mother and aunts who brought him back from the edge of despair through letters of prayer
and encouragement, Adams became obsessed with our legal system in all its damaged glory. After studying how his
constitutional rights to effective counsel had been violated, he solicited the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, an
organization that exonerates the wrongfully convicted, and won his release after nearly ten years in prison.
But the journey was far from over. Adams took the lessons he learned through his incarceration and worked his way
through law school with the goal of helping those who, like himself, had faced our legal system at its worst. After earning
his law degree, he worked with the New York Innocence Project, becoming the first exoneree ever hired by the nonprofit
as a lawyer. In his first case with the Innocence Project, he argued before the same court that had convicted him a decade
earlier -- and won.
"Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System" is an
illuminating story of hope and full-circle redemption in which Adams draws on his life and the cases of his clients to show
the racist tactics used to convict young men of color, the unique challenges facing exonerees once released, and how the
lack of equal representation in our courts is a failure not only of empathy but of our collective ability to uncover the truth.
"Redeeming Justice" is an unforgettable firsthand account of the limits (and possibilities) of our country's system of
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight
for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System" is an extraordinary story that is impressively informative, thoughtful,
thought-provoking, and inspiring. While unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library
Judicial Studies, Criminology, and American Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
Editorial Note: Jarrett Adams earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in May 2015 and
started a public-interest law fellowship with Ann Claire Williams, judge for the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the
same court that reversed his conviction. Jarrett also clerked in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New
York with the late Honorable Deborah Batts. After working for the Innocence Project in New York, he launched the Law
Office of Jarrett Adams, PLLC, in 2017, and now practices in both federal and state courts throughout the country.
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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