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Volume 8, Number 4 April 2013 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Education Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Architecture Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf
American History Shelf World History Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
International Studies Shelf Psychology Shelf Biography Shelf
Fiction Shelf Law/Justice Shelf Mathematics Shelf
Library Science Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Business Shelf
Gaming Shelf Homeowner's Shelf Poetry Shelf
Gardening Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Economic Studies Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf
Large Print Shelf Real Estate Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Holocaust Studies Shelf Reference Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Art Shelf Fashion Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Technology Shelf Military Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Arwen P. Mohun
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421407906, $55.00,

Risk is almost unavoidable in daily lives, but how much risk is too much risk? "Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society" discusses risk in American life and its relationship with capitalism in deciding who faces the necessary risks of business and life. By trying to better evaluate the risk present in everyday life and in many professions in the industrial sector, Professor of History Arwen P. Mohun presents a scholarly analysis of the development of risk management in its successes and setbacks in recent decades. Also analyzing the social culture of risks, as well as dividing the risks down into risks of nature, industry, and consumerism, "Risk" is a fascinating exploration of culture, history, and mankind's tenuous grasp on saving itself from accidents.

All in the Family
Sharon Graham Niederhaus & John L. Graham
Taylor Trade Publishing
c/o Rowman and Littlefield
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781589798021, $16.95,

The nuclear family is falling back to what may be more traditional family. "All in the Family: A Practical Guide to Successful Multigenerational Living" discusses the recent rise in parents living with their parents and other issues that have come with the decline of the surge of prosperity in the second half of the twentieth century. With advice on the personal issues that come from this return to the family house and many generations, including the concepts of privacy, raising children, and the often unspoken benefits, "All in the Family" is well worth considering for those who want to better understand this new normal.

The Education Shelf

Data Wise
Kathryn Parker Boudett, et al.
Harvard Education Press
8 Story Street, 1st floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
9781612505213, $29.95,

In today's political climate seeking to base teacher performance with students performance in the classroom as represented by uniform test results, accurate collection and interpretation of testing data is paramount for educators and school administrators. Now in a newly revised, updated and expanded edition, "Data Wise: Revised and Expanded Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning" offers a clear and successfully tested 'blueprint' on utilizing test scores and other classroom data to identify successes and failures, and to enhance, improve, and facilitate the student's learning experience and achievements. Compiled and collaboratively edited by the team of Kathryn Parker Boudett (Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education), Elizabeth A. City (Director of the Doctor of Education Leadership Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education), and Richard J. Murnane (Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education0, "Data Wise: Revised and Expanded Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning" is a 256 page compendium comprised of ten instructive articles organized into four major sections: Prepare; Inquire; Act; and Integrate. Superbly organized, informed and informative, "Data Wise: Revised and Expanded Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning" is a seminal body of work and highly recommended for professional and academic library Educational Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Focused Observations, second edition
Gaye Gronlund & Marlyn James
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605541068, $69.95,

Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, "Focused Observations: How to Observe Young Children for Assessment and Curriculum Planning" by early childhood education experts Gaye Gronlund and Marlyn James is a 232 page compendium that focuses on enabling teachers how to best observe and record classroom student data without disrupting or interfering with the teaching process. Of special note is the chapter devoted to 'How Do You Continue to Grow as an Observer'. Enhanced with the inclusion of a CD-ROM featuring nineteen vignettes of children in action providing case examples in developing observation and documentation techniques, "Focused Observations" will prove to be an invaluable, thoroughly 'user friendly', comprehensive training manual which is highly recommended for professional and academic library Early Childhood Education Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The New Transition Handbook
Carolyn Hughes & Erik W. Carter
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company
Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598571998, $39.95,

Enhanced with the inclusion of a CD-ROM, "The New Transition Handbook: Strategies High School Teachers Use That Work!" by Carolyn Hughes (Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee) and Erik W. Carter (Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee) is a 232 page compendium specifically designed to assist classroom teachers to help their special needs students access the general curriculum, increase social acceptance and participation, set and reach individualized goals, reinforce positive behavior, prepare for post-secondary education, develop employment skills, access community resources, and learn critical functional skills. Informed, practical, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "The New Transition Handbook" is highly recommended for professional and academic library Special Education Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Principal Evaluation
James H. Stronge
1703 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416615279, $28.95,

Evaluation is not an exact science in education. "Principal Evaluation: Standards, Rubrics, and Tools for Effective Performance" discusses how to better evaluate leadership in educational administrative situations, focusing on the role of principal and how they can be evaluated on many metrics and get a better feel at an educator's potential to help their school succeed and flourish, with rubrics around each standard. A scholarly and necessary breakdown on this important aspect, "Principal Evaluation" is a core addition to educational science collections focusing on administration and management.

Why Can't My Daughter Read?
Ellen Burns Hurst
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813
Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781618210258, $16.95,

Literacy is so important, so it's frightening when a young one struggles with it. "Why Can't My Daughter Read?: Success Strategies for Helping Girls With Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties" is an advisory for parents who are facing the struggles of their young daughters and their rough path to learning how to read. Focusing on girl-specific problems and how parents can encourage better efforts and foster a love of reading in young girls, "Why Can't My Daughter Read?" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to educational and parenting collections focused on encouraging literacy.

The Social Issues Shelf

Portraits of Promise
Michael Sadowski
Harvard Education Press
8 Story Street, 1st floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
9781612505169, $26.95,

Immigrants come to America to give their children a better chance at life, and sometimes these children exceed their parents expectations. "Portraits of Promise: Voices of Successful Immigrant Students" discusses the surge of the immigrant presence in American schools and how so many immigrants drive themselves and their children to succeed, and the unique culture that has formed among these immigrants. Presenting many students and their stories of drive to succeed in this aspect of education, their stories prove inspirational and uplifting, as well as concerning about the many obstacles these individuals still face in their journey to a better life. "Portraits of Promise" is a core addition to any educational studies and social issues collection, highly recommended.

The Philosophy Shelf

Applied Ethics
Peter Bowden
Tilde University Press
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
9780734611499, $59.95,

Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. Applied Ethics is the philosophical examination, from a moral standpoint, of particular issues in private and public life that are matters of moral judgment. It is thus the attempts to use philosophical methods to identify the morally correct course of action in various fields of human life. Bioethics, for example, is concerned with identifying the correct approach to matters such as euthanasia, or the allocation of scarce health resources, or the use of human embryos in research. Environmental ethics is concerned with questions such as the duties or duty of 'whistleblowers' to the general public as opposed to their loyalty to their employers. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by Peter Bowden (Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney), "Applied Ethics: Strengthening Ethical Practices" is a 262-page compendium comprised of twenty-one informed and informative articles (chapters) covering a wide range of practical ethical issues cogently organized into two major sections: 'The ethical framework' and 'Ethics in the disciplines'. Superbly presented, "Applied Ethics: Strengthening Ethical Practices" is especially recommended for academic course curriculums in Ethics, as well as a core addition to community and academic library Philosophy & Ethics reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Michael Marder
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd St., NY, NY 10023-7015
9780231161251, $29.50,

Vegetal, the adjectival form of the word vegetable. While a great deal has been written concerning the philosophy underlying vegetarianism and the rejection of the human consumption of animals, In "Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life", Michael Marder (Ikerbasque Research Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of the Basque Country, Spain) presents the non-cognitive, non-ideational, and non-imagistic mode of thinking proper to plants. Thoughtful, thought-provoking, and occasionally iconoclastic, "Plant-Thinking" is deftly organized into two major sections ('Vegetal Anti-Metaphysics' and 'Vegetal Existentiality'), "Plant-Thinking" is a superbly presented seminal work. Of special note is Professor Marder's 'Epilogue: The Ethical Offshoots of Plant-Thinking'. Enhanced with copious notes, a list of cited works, and a comprehensive index, "Plant-Thinking" is a highly recommended addition to personal and academic library Contemporary Philosophy reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Architecture Shelf

The White House
Patrick Phillips-Schrock
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786471522, $75.00,

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. The house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone in the Neoclassical style. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades that were meant to conceal stables and storage. In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Reconstruction began almost immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed Executive Residence in October 1817. Construction continued with the addition of the South Portico in 1824 and the North in 1829. Because of crowding within the executive mansion itself, President Theodore Roosevelt had all work offices relocated to the newly constructed West Wing in 1901. Eight years later, President William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing and created the first Oval Office which was eventually moved as the section was expanded. The third-floor attic was converted to living quarters in 1927 by augmenting the existing hip roof with long shed dormers. A newly constructed East Wing was used as a reception area for social events; Jefferson's colonnades connected the new wings. East Wing alterations were completed in 1946, creating additional office space. By 1948, the house's load-bearing exterior walls and internal wood beams were found to be close to failure. Under Harry S. Truman, the interior rooms were completely dismantled and a new internal load-bearing steel frame constructed inside the walls. Once this work was completed, the interior rooms were rebuilt. Today, the White House Complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building - the former State Department, which now houses offices for the President's staff and the Vice President - and Blair House, a guest residence. Very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Architectural Studies reference collections, "The White House: An Illustrated Architectural History" by Patrick Phillips-Schrock is a profusely illustrated 224 page compendium the architectural evolution and interior design features beginning with the first presidential home in New York City and Philadelphia (1789-1800) and then the White House in Washington D.C. from its creation and down to the present day.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing
Paul Aldridge and Louise O'Dwyer
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
9780470656815, $59.99,

Some animals need emergency care, and it can be as complex as caring for direly injured humans. "Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing" is a guide for urgent veterinary care for veterinary nurses who want to sharpen their skills with these vital times in the animals life where quick action can be the difference between life and death. Veterinary surgeon Paul Aldbridge and nurse Louise O'Dwyer bring their decades of expertise together in helping train studying animal nurses on how to sharpen their skills and reflexes for when these situations emerge. "Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing" is a scholarly and core addition to any college collection focusing on high level veterinary care.

The Audiobook Shelf

Raising Cubby
John Elder Robison
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780307881359 $40.00

Read by the author, Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives is an unabridged audiobook rendition of the true-life memoir of a high-functioning autistic father and his efforts to raise his son. John Elder Robison didn't know that he had Asperger's syndrome until he was diagnosed at age forty, but for all his life he found machines easier to figure out than people. Unable to read and understand the subtleties of human interaction as easily as the average person, he was all but oblivious to the signs that his marriage was in trouble until it ended. And then he had a son Cubby to raise on his own... by reading him electrical manuals at bedtime, and making sure he didn't drink any diesel fuel. But Robison was slow to see the signs of Asperger's in his own child. Cubby became a talented chemist at age seventeen - a little too talented. Smart enough to make military explosives, and unwise enough to make YouTube videos that drew the attention of the federal government. The agents assigned to evaluate Cubby deemed him harmless, but a blood-hungry prosecutor equated Cubby with a terrorist, charging him with multiple felonies. As Cubby faced the possibility of up to sixty years in prison, both father and son had to re-evaluate their lives, what being "on the spectrum" means, and how best to adapt to a complicated world. Engrossing from beginning to end, Raising Cubby is highly recommended. 10 CDs, 12 1/2 hours.

What We Talk About When We Talk About God
Rob Bell
Harper Audio
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062237699 $14.99

Pastor Rob Bell presents What We Talk About When We Talk About God, a theological meditation accessible to readers of all faiths and backgrounds, now available in an unabridged audiobook edition. In today's modern times, God as described by fundamentalist, Old Testament-influenced viewpoints may seem cruel, tribal, and in stark opposition to modern science. Yet people still feel an innate sense of reverence for the divine. Could there be a new way to talk about God, a way that leads toward a more compassionate future? A stirring testimony of the need for cultural change to promote humanity's reconnection with God, What We Talk About When We Talk About God is highly recommended. 4 CDs, 4 1/2 hours.

Pete Seeger: The Storm King
Presented by Jeff Haynes
Featuring Dar Williams, Ralph Stanley, Will Ackerman, and Samite
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
9781619698307 $19.98

Pete Seeger: The Storm King is an audio anthology of stories, spoken narratives, memoirs and poems set to a wide variety of musical styles. The result is an atmospheric experience that captivates the listener's attention. Folktale-style adventures and legends are complemented by an engaging background music selection ranging from classical to new age, jazz, bluegrass, African rhythms, and much more. Audio fans of all ages will enjoy this wonderful marriage of mutually uplifting art forms. Highly recommended, especially for public library collections! 2 CDs, 2.5 hours.

The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart, author
Coleen Marlo, narrator
Highbridge Audio Books
201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55414
9781622311392 $34.95

Award-winning author Amy Stewart presents The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks, a delightfully accessible browser's guide to all the amazing herbs, flowers, grains, fruits, and fungi that have been used to create intoxicating beverages across the breadth of recorded human history - now available in unabridged audiobook format! The botanical origins of everything from sake to Scotch, tequila, bourbon, whiskey and much more are rife with trivia tidbits and historical lore. A fine distillation of botany, mixology, biology, chemistry, and history, The Drunken Botanist is a most enjoyable way to learn just what's in one's favorite cocktail or bar drink, and is a great source of anecdotes to liven up a party! 8 CDs, 10 hours.

Rita Moreno: A Memoir
Rita Moreno
Read By the Author
Penguin Audio
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
9781611761399, $29.95,

From nothing to stardom is always a long road to walk. "Rita Moreno: A Memoir" is the audiobook of actress Rita Moreno's self-titled memoir, in which she narrates herself. Within, she tells of her journey through Hollywood from being discovered in Puerto Rico, to her early days in show business and how this opened her to a whirlwind life, her many curious romantic encounters with show business legends, the racial pressures she confronted along the way, and depression that almost made her claim her own life. "Rita Moreno" is an excellent choice for those with a fascination of the passing age of Hollywood and want to learn more about Moreno's career from Moreno herself, enthusiastically recommended. Unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 1/2 hours.

Therese Ann Fowler, author
Jenna Lamia, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Ave., 3rd floor
New York, NY 10010
9781427230140 $39.99

Captivatingly performed by Jenna Lamia, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is the unabridged audiobook rendition of Therese Ann Fowler's novel from the viewpoint of Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of celebrated American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda was a southern belle who first met her future husband at a country club dance in 1918, when he was a lieutenant in the army. Scott was not wealthy, established, or even a southerner, and he was determined to earn a living through the tenuous craft of writing; nonetheless, she dared to follow him and his creative passions to New York. Together, they would travel from Long Island to Hollywood and Paris, and meet other great authors of the era, including Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein. An extraordinary re-imagining of Zelda Fitzgerald's complex and celebrated life, Z is a joy to experience and highly recommended. 10 CDs, 12 hours.

The Secret Keeper
Kate Morton, author
Caroline Lee, narrator
Bolinda Publishing
186 S Long Swamp Rd
Jackson, ME 04921
9781743117095 $29.99

Brilliantly performed by award-winning actress Caroline Lee, The Secret Keeper is the unabridged audiobook rendition of Kate Morton's layered novel about Laurel Nicolson, the crime she witnessed in 1959, and the dark secret she has harbored in the fifty years since. There is also a parallel narrative of the life of Laurel's mother in London during the Blitz of World War II. When Laurel finds an old photograph of her mother and a mysterious woman named Vivian, it is her first clue to unraveling the tangles of a complicated history. Multifaceted, vivid, and involving, The Secret Keeper is a choice pick for public library audiobook collections, highly recommended. 17 CDs, 20 hours, tracks every 3 min. for easy bookmarking.

The Library CD Shelf

Classic Harmonica Blues
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
c/o Shore Fire Media (publicity)
32 Court Street, 16th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
$11.98 CD / $9.99 download

Classic Harmonica Blues from Smithsonian Folkways lives up to its title with a sampling of the surprising rich musical heritage of the humble harmonica. Some of the recordings are from the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife from 1969-1987, digitally preserved thanks to a grant from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; others were supplied by music historians in the field. The rich cultural legacy of each song is investigated at length in the informative accompanying booklet. Classic Harmonica Blues transports the listener through time, bringing a soulful African-American music tradition to life through legendary performances by harmonica masters of the 20th century. The tracks are "Theme Song" (2:54), "Heart in Sorrow" (2:58), "Take Your Fingers Off It" (2:52), "Nine Below Zero" (3:33), "Bye Bye Bird" (3:09), "Gillum Blues" (2:13), "Crow Jane Blues" (1:58), "Dog Days of August" (4:09), "Minglewood Blues" (3:41), "Good Morning Little School Girl" (3:36), "Sweet Home Chicago" (4:15), "One Way Out" (2:25), "Boogie Baby" (2:30), "Low Down Blues" (3:07), "Hooka Tooka" (2:25), "Train Piece" (5:07), "Chicago Breakdown" (3:40), "I Feel So Good" (2:00), "Barbara Allen Blues" (1:26), and "Custard Pie" (2:48).

Kyle Pederson
Privately Published
c/o The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$TBA CD / $8.99 MP3

Arranger Kyle Pederson created the music CD Renewal by taking ancient, beloved hymns, all of which are more than 150 years old, and combining them with acoustic, instrumental arrangements while removing their lyrics. The result is a fresh, enriching way that listeners of all religious backgrounds can experience and enjoy classic melodies. The intermixed acoustic elements include Pederson on a Yamaha grand piano, Dana Maeda on oboe, Diane Tremaine Kogle on cello, Sarah Berch on violin, Al Hreha on bass, and Scott Malchow performing on acoustic guitars, the mandolin, and the weissenborn (a lap slide guitar). Renewal is gloriously beautiful, and equally recommended for those who cherish venerable hymns and those who are unfamiliar with their rich musical legacy. The tracks are "Be Thou My Vision", "Give Me Jesus", "Come Thou Font of Every Blessing", "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence", "What Wondrous Love Is This", "All Creatures of Our God and King", "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God", "The King of Love My Shepherd Is", "Lord Whose Love in Humble Service", and "For the Beauty of the Earth".

In a Time Lapse
Ludovico Einaudi
Ponderosa Music & Art
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

In part inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, In a Time Lapse is Italian alt-classical composer Ludovico Einaudi's wondrous album that draws upon the very breath of the moment, offering an almost mystical interplay of strings, piano, and an occasional hint of electronic enhancement. The result is a vivid, instrumental album that contemplates the undulating nature of time, as seen in the movement of trees and the peaceful beauty of nature. In a Time Lapse is pure, distilled audio beauty. The tracks are "Corale", "Time Lapse", "Life", "Walk", "Discovery At Night", "Run", "Brothers", "Orbits", "Two Trees", "Newton's Cradle", "Waterways", "Experience", "Underwood", and "Burning".

Awakening the Fire
R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017
$13.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Grammy-nominee musicians R. Carlos Nakai (Native American flute) and Will Clipman (drums & percussion) present Awakening the Fire, an instrumental fusion of African, Native American, and Asian musical traditions that draws heavily upon the inspirational power of percussive rhythm. Balance, harmony, and spiritual well-being are the core themes of this uplifting and inspirational album. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of instrumental music that engages the senses and nourishes the soul. The tracks are "Oasis" (5:52), "Kindling the Essence" (6:17), "Endless Journey" (6:40), "First Morning" (6:53), "Portal" (6:05), "Shaman's Trance" (6:08), "Caldera" (6:40), "Standing Stones" (6:02), "The Fountain" (5:46), and "Convergence" (4:47).

Songs to the Goddess
Annette Cantor and C.G. Deuter
Source Being Productions
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

New age musician C.G. Deuter and talented singer Annette Cantor present Songs to the Goddess, eight lilting meditation set to instrumental music with a common theme of honoring sacred female deities about the world, especially those connected to the universal Mother Earth. Tremendously beautiful and spiritually uplifting, Songs to the Goddess is a joy to experience, promoting relaxation, harmony, and inner peace through its wistful melodies. Highly recommended. The tracks are "Tara" (6:43), "Spider Woman" (7:22), "Yemana" (4:54), "Isis" (7:14), "Gaia" (8:54), "Kuan Yin" (6:17), "Demeter" (8:28), and "Venus" (6:27).

Mae Carinhosa
Cesaria Evoria
Lus Africa
3577256625021, $8.99,

Followers of world music were at a loss at a the passing of Cesaria Evora a little over a year ago. "Mae Carinhosa" is the latest album from African singer Cesaria Evoria, presenting a compilation of her unique crooning style and capturing her unique sound and incredibly soulful ways. A must have for fans of of her unique and powerful voice, "Mae Carinhosa" is a choice pick for world music collections. The tracks are "Sentimento" (5:01), "Tchon De Franca" (4:32), "Mae carinhosa" (3:42), 4) "Dor Di Sodade" (5:55), "Talvez" (4:17), "Dos Palavras" (2:39), "Essencia D'Vida" (4:40), "Quem Tem Odio" (2:23), "Caboverdeanos D'Angola" (4:56), "Emigue Ingrote" (3:26), "Esperanca" (3:38), "Cme Catchorr" (2:47), and "Nos Cabo Verde" (5:16).

The Library DVD Shelf

Shakespeare: The King's Man
Athena Learning
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598289619 $39.99

Originally broadcast on the BBC, Shakespeare: The King's Man is a documentary about the classic plays that Shakespeare wrote during the momentous reign of Queen Elizabeth's successor, King James I. American scholar James Shapiro asserts the hypothesis that Shakespeare's tragic and complicated plays of this later era, including "King Lear", "Macbeth", and "The Tempest", are a direct reflection of the tremendous societal changes of the era, and as well as issues besetting Britain's royalty after the death of the Virgin Queen. Drawing upon consultation with historians, literary experts, directors, and more, Shakespeare: The King's Man reveals the classic playwright in a new light, and is enthusiastically recommended for casual connoisseurs and studious theatre critics alike. Bonus materials include a 12-page viewer's guide, brief biographies of notable playwrights of Shakespeare's time, and a 148-minute bonus DVD featuring BBC's 1983 production of Macbeth. 3 episodes plus bonus, 177 min., SDH subtitles, widescreen.

Shift Change
A film by Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1937772381 $295.00

Shift Change: True Stories of Dignified Jobs in Democratic Workplaces is a documentary about the positive effect of employee-owned businesses. Presenting case studies of nine such cooperatives in Mondragon (in the Basque Country of Spain) and the American cities of Cleveland, Boston, Madison, and more, Shift Change is a vivid example of pro-worker businesses that are profitable, secure, and truly democratic places to work and live. In this modern era when corporations are increasingly likely to treat their employees as disposable and abandon local communities at the drop of a hat, Shift Change offers a bright ray of hope for a sustainable, worker-friendly way of life. Highly recommended. 70 min., SDH captions, some interviews are subtitled because they are in Spanish.

Waging Peace
Third Way Media
1251 Virginia Ave.
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2434
c/o Vision Video
P.O. Box 540
Worcester, PA 19490

Waging Peace: Muslim and Christian Alternatives is an uplifting DVD about peacemaking efforts among both Christian and Muslim groups, as well as a brief history of the peace-promoting traditions in each faith. From a "peace camp" designed for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children, to a project in which Muslims and Christians work together to craft quilts for refugees, to a health clinic created by Muslim medical students to provide care to the impoverished, and much more, Waging Peace offers powerful and eye-opening revelations. Highly recommended, especially for both public library and church/synagogue/mosque library DVD collections. 57 min. 30 sec., closed-captioned, English and Spanish subtitles.

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Complete Collection
Based on novels by Dorothy L. Sayers
Starring Ian Carmichael
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598288056 $59.99

As originally seen on PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre", The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Complete Collection gathers five feature-length television adaptations of Dorothy L. Sayers' classic British murder mysteries, set in the heyday of the 1920s. Superbly performed with masterful actor Ian Carmichael in the titular role, The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Complete Collection is a treasury especially recommended for public library collections and fans of British mysteries. Bonus features include 38 minutes of interviews with Ian Carmichael and production notes. 6 DVDs, 16 3/4 hours, SDH subtitles.

The American History Shelf

1863: Lincoln's Pivotal Year
Harold Holzer and Sara Vaughn Gabbard, editors
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809332465 $32.95

1863: Lincoln's Pivotal Year collects ten scholarly essays by different authors, each scrutinizing a pivotal moment of Lincoln's presidency during that year. The Gettysburg Address, civilian riots, public response to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, constitutional issues concerning President Lincoln's war powers, and more are all examined in the full historical context of America torn apart by the Civil War. Notes, and handful of black-and-white illustrations, and an index round out this excellent contribution to college library Civil War and American History shelves. "Ultimately, the Gettysburg Address is the voice of mankind dispossessed. It echoes around the globe today, causing splendid trouble everywhere it is heard. It is the linchpin of five hundred years and more. There is no statement more revolutionary and more conservative since the Bible."

Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide
Joe T. Darden & Richard W. Thomas
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25
East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611860665, $29.95,

Detroit has always been a tough city, divided by race. "Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide" tells the chaotic history of the past hundred years in Detroit, focusing on the conflicts driven by race, with the cities sharp racial divide and the efforts from many to encourage the diversity of the city, and how the rise of many other races besides black and white may do well in building a better bridge. With a strong focus on racial issues, "Detroit" is an excellent addition to any American history collection focusing on social issues.

The New History of Florida
Michael Gannon, editor
University Press of Florida
University of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813044316, $24.95,

Florida has a long and storied history, quite different from the surrounding states. "The New History of Florida" seeks tell the history of the state, focusing on the past five hundred years, the colonial conflicts over the region, the impact of the Spanish missions, its introduction into the American union, the Civil War, and how the state has been shaped in the years of the twentieth century and forward, including many vital social issues that have been played throughout. "The New History of Florida" is a strong addition to American history collections, highly recommended.

The World History Shelf

A History of Antarctica, revised edition
Stephen Martin
Rosenberg Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97213
9781921719578 $49.95

Illustrated with a wealth of black-and-white and some color photographs, A History of Antarctica is a study of the humanity's explorations and discoveries on the polar continent over the past 200+ years. From explorers who braved the harsh conditions, to scientists who saw it as the final frontier, to controversies about the potential damage caused by modern-day tourists, A History of Antarctica is extraordinarily detailed and accessible to readers of all backgrounds. "Permanent and growing rubbish dumps developed near bases, and their effects were noticeable. In the late 1960s Paul Dayton and Gordon Robilliard made a number of underwater dives near McMurdo, one of the most polluted Antarctic sites, and found areas of the sea floor covered in litter." A History of Antarctica is as educational and enlightening as it is entertaining, and enthusiastically recommended especially for public and college library World History shelves.

Liverpool: A People's History, third edition
Peter Aughton
Carnegie Publishing Ltd.
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9781859361689, $24.95,

Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England, United Kingdom along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and was granted city status in 1880. It is the fourth most populous British city, and third most populous in England, with a 2011 population of 466,400 and is at the center of a wider urban area, the Liverpool City Region, which has a population of around 2 million people. Historically a part of Lancashire, the urbanization and expansion of Liverpool were both largely brought about by the city's status as a major port. By the 18th century, trade from the West Indies, Ireland and mainland Europe coupled with close links with the Atlantic Slave Trade furthered the economic expansion of Liverpool. By the early 19th century, 40% of the world's trade passed through Liverpool's docks, contributing to Liverpool's rise as a major city. Liverpool is also well known for its inventions and innovations, particularly in terms of infrastructure, transportation and general construction. Railways, ferries and the skyscraper were all pioneered in the city. Now in a newly updated and expanded third edition, "Liverpool: A People's History" by Peter Aughton is a 352 page, profusely illustrated compendium detailing the history of this iconic British city. Informed, informative, and highly recommended, "Liverpool: A People's History" is enhanced with the inclusion of a comprehensive list of Liverpool street names, copious notes and references, a list for further reading, and an index.

Territorial Revisionism and the Allies of Germany in the Second World War
Marina Cattaruzza, Stefan Dyroff, & Dieter Langewiesche, editors
Berghahn Books
20 Jay Street, Suite 512, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9780857457387, $75.00,

When the Nazis under Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany, they became a role model for similar authoritarian political movements in other European nations. During World War II, especially with Hitler's initial successes, those movements served the Nazis into setting up puppet governments in forming alliances, especially in East Central Europe, that resulted in territorial revisions beginning in 1933 and ending with Germany's defeat in 1945. The fifteenth volume in Berghahn Books outstanding 'Austrian and Habsburg Studies' series, and collaboratively edited by the team of Marina Cattaruzza (Professor of Modern and Contemporary Hitory, University of Bern), Stefan Dyroff (Lecturer and Research Fwllow, Department of Contemporary History, University of Bern), and Dieter Langewiesche (Professor of Modern History, University of Tubingen), "Territorial Revisionism and the Allies of Germany in the Second World War: Goals, Expectations, Practices" is a 210 page compendium comprised of ten seminal research papers addressing a number of thematically relevant subjects ranging from such issues as ethnic cleansing and the process of turning minority German populations into majorities by territorial revisions in Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukirain, Poland, Macdonia, and Romania. Of special note is Istvdn Dedk's 'The Worst of Friends: Germany's Allies in East Central Europe - Struggles for Regional Dominance and Ethnic Cleansing 1938-1945'. Enhanced with the inclusion of a List of Abbreviations, Maps, Notes on Contributors, a Select Bibliography, and a comprehensive Index, "Territorial Revisionism and the Allies of Germany in the Second World War" is an original body of impressive scholarship and a highly recommended addition to academic library World War II era German History reference collections and Central European History supplemental reading lists.

Laurent Dubois
Picador USA
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1800
New York, NY 10010
9781250002365, $20.00,

Haiti has had a rough lot through recent history. "Haiti: The Aftershocks of History" discusses the troubles that the small island nation faces, including extreme poverty and political turmoil that has seemed to prevent serious aid or progress forward. With an optimistic view of how Haiti could rise above its troubles in the future, "Haiti: The Aftershocks of History" is a must for international history and current events collection, highly recommended.

Amy E. Martin
Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1002
9780814212028, $56.95,

The British empire wanted it all, even if the all didn't want to be. "After-Nations: Nationalisms, Terror, and the State in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Ireland" explores the unusual relationship that was Britain and Ireland throughout the century. Amy E. Martin provides a fascinating study that focuses on breaking down this topic through literature, politics, popular culture of the era, and the roles that the three topics of the subtitle played in this contention. A fascinating and scholarly breakdown of the culture and all of the ills that boil over and still play a role in modern society, "After-Nations" is a vital addition to community and college world history libraries, enthusiastically recommended.

The Mexican Revolution
Stuart Easterlng
Haymarket Books
PO Box 180165
Chicago, IL 60618
9781608461820, $14.00,

Mexico has had a tumultuous trip towards independence. "The Mexican Revolution: A Short History 1910-1920" discusses this decade and the period of the Mexican Revolution, telling the story of the Revolution and granting an insightful history of events and informing uninformed readers on the topics surrounding the revolution and its ultimate place in the history of Mexico and the world at large. "The Mexican Revolution" is a worthy addition to any international history collection.

Richard Buswell
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97213
9781780460109, $55.00,

An island in the Mediterranean holds much history for those willing to look. "Mallorca: The Making of the Landscape" seeks to tell the story of this island that spans thousands of years of geological history, spanning its first occupants, to its dominion of the Roman Empire to it being a relic of the nineteenth century in the modern era. With an additional focus on the modern Mallorca peoples and the history that has led up to their current state, its status as a tourist destination, its major landmarks and attractions, and much more. With black and white and color photography all throughout as well as illustrations where applicable, this study of the island is a must for anyone curious about this lesser sung story of history, making "Mallorca" a fine and quite recommended read, not to be missed.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Acting on Faith
Barbara Wisch and Nerida Newbigin
Saint Joseph's University Press
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
9780916101749 $100.00

Volume seven in the "Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts Series", Acting on Faith: The Confraternity of the Gonfalone in Renaissance Rome is a stunning oversized hardcover compendium featuring 269 color images and extraordinarily detailed text about a lay religious brotherhood that existed in early modern Rome. An seminal, interdisciplinary scrutiny that accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Acting on Faith discusses the brotherhood's charity work and alms; its processions and plays; how it negotiated religious and civic upheaval; and much more. A wealth of recently uncovered archival evidence underlies the foundation of this beautiful and extraordinary study of the Confraternity's historical and spiritual contributions. Highly recommended, especially for college library religious studies collections.

Explorations of the Theology of Benedict XVI
John C. Cavadini, editor
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
9780268023096, $30.00,

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a respected theological thinker even before he rose to the papacy as Benedict XVI. "Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI" explores the religious writing of the departing pope, detailing his studies into scripture and the writings of the countless monks before him, offering his studious nature of the religion, and his approaches to inter-religious dialogue from an Biblical academic standpoint. "Explorations of the Theology of Benedict XVI" is a core addition to any Catholic theological discussion, highly recommended.

The International Studies Shelf

National Identities & Bilateral Relations
Gilbert Rozman, editor
Woodrow Wilson Center Press
c/o Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804784764, $50.00,

Japan, South Korea and China are the economic engines of Asia with each of them having unique economic and political relationships with each other and with the United States. Compiled and edited by Gilbert Rozman (Musgrave professor of Sociology, Princeton University), "National Identities and Bilateral Relations: Widening Gaps in East Asia and Chinese Demonization of the United States" is a 264 page compendium comprised of four major articles by experts in their fields and with a particular focus on these three countries national identifications and political relations within East Asia in the first section. The second section consists of four informed and informative articles by Professor Rozman respect to 'National Identity Gaps and the United States'. Of special note is Professor Rozman's concluding article 'Chinese National Identity and the Sino-U.S. Civilizational Gap' with the revelation of China's continuing and complicated economic and political relationship with a still globally dominate United States. A seminal work of superb scholarship, "National Identities and Bilateral Relations: Widening Gaps in East Asia and Chinese Demonization of the United States" is highly recommended for governmental and academic library International Studies reference collections and contemporary East Asia Political Science Studies supplemental reading lists.

Revolution Graffiti
Mia Grondahl
American University in Cairo Press
420 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10018-2729
Oxford University Press (distributor)
9789774165764, $34.50,

Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire. Graffiti also may express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. Born out of the January 2011 popular revolt against Egypt's repressive government, "Revolution Graffiti: Street Art of the New Egypt" by Cairo based Swedish journalist Mia Grondahl is a 208 page compendium showcasing more than 400 full color examples of political and social expressions of young Egyptian dissidents and range from examples of simple handwritten messages, to stencils and martyr portraits, to elaborate murals. Of special note is the inclusion of interviews with some of the individual artists behind the graffiti. An informed and informative body of original and seminal research, "Revolution Graffiti: Street Art of the New Egypt" is highly instructive reading and a welcome, recommended addition to academic library reference collections and Contemporary Egyptian History Studies supplemental reading lists.

Race in Cuba
Eseban Morales Dominguez
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W
New York, NY 10001
9781583673201, $19.95,

Race remains an issue in Cuba, even as outsiders are oblivious. "Race in Cuba: Essays on the Revolution and Racial Inequality" is a collection of essays from Esteban Morales Dominguez as his work is published for the first time in English offering insight into the cultural conflicts of the country and the racial relations with the country and the push for equality, an ongoing revolution in its own right. A fascinating cultural study of Cuba, "Race in Cuba" is an excellent addition to social issues and international studies collections.

The Psychology Shelf

Lawrence R. Samuel
University of Nebraska Press
233 North 8th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68588-0255
9780803244764, $34.95,

America's drive for individualism has always had a strange relationship with psychology. "Shrink: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in America" discusses the evolution of American psychology and how America has turned it into a commercial force all its own, and the weird ways American culture has reflected back on society and its practice and vice versa. Tracing the history back to the rise of some popularity in America, its influence, its critics, and much more, "Shrink" is a fascinating history of a needed practice its place in a capitalistic society.

The Biography Shelf

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Jeanne Theoharis
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807050477 $27.95

Historian Jeanne Theoharis presents The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is an in-depth biography of the woman whose refusal to sit at the back of a bus sparked a civil rights revolution. Though Rosa Parks is sometimes portrayed in media as being quiet and demure, The Rebellious Life reveals such fabrications for what they are in the wake of Parks' long history of service with the NAACP, her work for the Montgomery bus boycott, and her efforts in support of civil rights from championing Congressman John Conyers to working with Black Panther advocates. Her commitment to promoting racial equality never wavered despite personal financial hardship and endless death threats. Notes and an index round out this inspiring biography of a champion and a crusader, highly recommended especially for public and college library collections.

Ernest Mansfield (1862-1924)
Susan Barr, et al.
Akademika Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97213
9788232100200, $64.00,

Collaboratively written by the team of Ernest Mansfield biographer Susan Barr, Spitsbergen gold rush expert David Newman, and Nelson, BC, Canadian local historian Greg Nesteroff, "Ernest Mansfield (1862-1924): Gold - or I'm a Dutchman" is the fascinating story of a flamboyant and charismatic man who sought the ultimate gold strike in a variety of places around the world while authoring books, poetry, and newspaper articles. Informed, informative, and superlatively written, this detailed biography is nicely enhanced with the inclusion of period photos and maps as his history traverses New Zealand (c. 1878-1897), Australia (1897 and 1914), Canada (1898-1901); England (1904-1924); Svalbard, Norway (1904-1913). Of special note are the chapters 'Ernest's literary and musical endeavors' and 'Ernest's personality - Was he a dreamer or a swindler?'. A truly remarkable life lived out in equally remarkable circumstances, "Ernest Mansfield (1862-1924)" is highly recommended reading and would prove a welcome addition to academic and community library collections.

Fernando Alonso
Toba Singer
University Press of Florida
University of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813044026, $28.00,

Fernando Alonso (b. 17 December 1914 in Havana, Cuba) is the subject of "Fernando Alonso: The Father of Cuban Ballet", a 240 page detailed description and analysis of Alonso's influence and impact upon the ballet as performed in Cuba. Of special note is the list of prominent ballet related figures ranging from Aurora Bosch to Grettel Morejon in the section called 'Recuerdos (Recollections). Enhanced with eight appendices, a chronology, extensive notes, an impressive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Fernando Alonso: The Father of Cuban Ballet" is a seminal work of scholarship that is very highly recommended for academic library "History of Ballet" reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Gunfighter in Gotham
Robert K. DeArment
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive
Norman, OK 73069
9780806142630, $29.95,

A bit of old west veteran knowledge can serve well in the big city. "Gunfighter in Gotham: Bat Masterson's New York City Years" seeks to explore the legend of Bat Masterson, who after being known as the deadly sheriff of Dodge City, came to New York City with very different intent and life in the city, becoming involved in professional boxing and as a sports writer. An intriguing biography looking at the man behind the legend finding some place where he's not facing bullets, "Gunfighter in Gotham" is a fascinating and much recommended biography.

Etched in Clay
Andrea Cheng
Lee & Low Books
95 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
9781600604515, $17.95,

In a world where reading was outlawed, one man found the will in defiance and found something of artistry. "Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet" is a look at the history of a South Carolinian slave who learned how to read, became renown for his skill with pottery, and began signing is work with poetry and artwork, facing retaliation in the antebellum south for the simple crime of expression. "Etched in Clay" is a fascinating biography.

The Fiction Shelf

In the Garden of Stone
Susan Tekulve
Hub City Press
186 W. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
9781891885211, $17.95,

From a small town, one has no idea where life will take them. "In The Garden of Stone" is a familial saga from Susan Tekulve, who tells a story starting a small West Virginian mining town as a teenaged girl finds her swept up by an act of heroism and the hero who performs it and takes her away from the small town. All does not follow well, as Tekulve crafts a story of drama of a small town girl in a whole new world. "In the Garden of Stone" is a strong addition to literary historical fiction collections, highly recommended.

Riders of Lost Creek
Louis L'Amour
c/o Cengage Learning, Inc.
200 First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT 06902
9781432826260, $25.95,

The race to claim the west was filled with treachery. "Riders of Lost Creek" is a western novel following Lance Kilkenny as he rushes to pay back a debt to his friend Mort Davis. In a three way claim on a piece of land with bandits roaming about as well, Kilkenny finds that the resolution to the conflict may not be achievable through a fast draw alone. "Riders of Lost Creek" is an excellent classic western novel, originally published in West Magazine in 1947.

From the Kitchen of Half Truth
Maria Goodin
Sourcebooks Inc.
1935 Brookdale Road, #139
Naperville, IL 60563
9781402279485, $14.99,

Truth can be painful, especially when lies pass so much easier. "From the Kitchen of Half Truth" is a novel from Maria Goodin, who crafts a relationship that many will relate to. Meg struggles with the endless barrage of lies from her mother. But as a terminal illness makes her mothers life grows short... she seeks to finally get answers from her mother, before it's too late, and why lies are so often tempting in the first place. "From the Kitchen of Half Truth" is an enticing addition to literary fiction collections, not to be missed.

The Law/Justice Shelf

Legal Foundations of Environmental Planning
Jerome G. Rose
Transaction Publishers
35 Berrue Circle
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
9781412849272, $59.95,

To protect the environment, many laws have been passed, and as a side effect, this has created a curious mine field surrounding legal planning. "Legal Foundations of Environment Planning: Textbook-Casebook and Materials on Environmental Law" explores environmental law and how many law students must more completely understand property planning to more comprehensively prepare their own cases and better inform their clients about the legality of their ambitions. With a focus on the legal aspects surrounding many vital issues like pollution, population growth, as well as a primer on environmental topics to enhance a more complete understanding of the subject matter. Enhanced with complete indexes and appendixes, "Legal Foundations of Environmental Planning" is a strong addition to any legal studies collection looking on fostering a more comprehensive education in environmental issues.

The Mathematics Shelf

Essentials of Modern Algebra
Cheryl Chute Miller
Mercury Books
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
9781936420186, $69.95,

Algebra forms the basis of many mathematical topics, but there are untold depths to the core discipline itself. "Essentials of Modern Algebra" seeks to more comprehensively explain the basics and importance of the algebra aspect of modern mathematics. Designed to teach educators on how to better present the topics to their students. Each chapter outlines a core concept of mathematics, expands upon the depths of the topic, helps infuse the mindset needed to tackle the dilemma, theories of algebra, and breaking through the idea of typical solvability. "Essentials of Modern Algebra" is an absolute must to any community and college library collection focusing on higher level education the mathematical sciences, highly recommended.

The Library Science Shelf

The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media
Laura Solomon
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
9780838911600, $52.00,

Social media grows ever more important in our society, and librarians aren't left out of this growth. "The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media" discusses how librarians can use social media more effectively in today's society, taking notes on what to adapt to new media and what to dump. With specific advice for Facebook, for Twitter, LinkedIn, and other websites, managing one's online reputation and place in media, Laura Solomon presents a wise and sage addition that belongs in the reference collections of any modern librarian. "The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media" is an absolute must for any librarian trying to adapt their library for Web 2.0, highly recommended.

Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments
Maxine Melling and Margaret Weaver
9781856048583, $105.99,

Teamwork is a vital element in many environments, especially in library education. "Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments" discusses the role of libraries in higher education and their role in this shifting environment. Support is the primary aspect of man libraries in higher education now, and with the advent and advancement of internet methods, libraries must be on the ever cutting edge to reach out to their patrons. With advice on how to build these services when it's unsure what the next year will bring, understanding the needs of the student, leadership within the library, working with other libraries, collaboration, and much more. With a special focus on Canadian libraries, "Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments" is a strongly recommended read for library science collections, not to be missed.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Bull Slayer, a Plinius Secundus Mystery
Bruce MacBain, author
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Ave., Ste. 103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
c/o MaryGlenn McCombs (publicity)
9781464201080 $24.95

"The Bull Slayer" is a fascinating new historical mystery by Bruce MacBain, Greek Classics and Ancient History professor/author of the previously published "Roman Games." Pliny, or Plinius Secundus, is the newly appointed governor of Bithynia, struggles to solve the murder of a high Roman official in a deserted location far from his capital. Set during the reign of Emperor Trajan, "The Bull Slayer" recreates a vivid, complex ancient world rife with intrigue, oppression, and hatred of Rome. Many unusual viewpoints present parts of this exciting mystery, including wives, entertainers, servants, and children. Pliny's task to uncover the murderer is complicated by seething plots and intrigue, even treachery. Readers will savor the exactness of detail and freshness of perspective in "The Bull Slayer." It is always enlightening to be excited about understanding and recreating lives of past possibilities, especially when the research that underlies such an effort is so thorough and impeccable. Pliny is a character who attracts interest and sympathy, balancing the demands and responsibilities of his turbulent times.

The Secret Journals of Sherlock Holmes
June Thomson
c/o International Publishers Marketing
PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9780749011093, $16.95,

The cases of Sherlock Holmes entice readers with their curious mystery. "The Secret Journals of Sherlock Holmes" is a series of short stories following the famous detective as he faces many more cases. June Thomson is dedicated to capturing the essence of Doyle's stories and characters and placing them in many new scenarios both common and uncommon. "The Secret Journals of Sherlock Holmes" is a must for fans of the detective and mystery in general, recommended.

The Business Shelf

Financial Intelligence
Karen Berman & Joe Knight
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way
Boston, MA 02163
9781422144114, $27.00,

Numbers are exact, but can easily be misleading. "Financial Intelligence: A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean" is a guide to not letting oneself be overwhelmed by the surge of numbers that can lead one to make rash and bad decisions. Discussing who makes the numbers within the business, who uses them, how to cut through the bull, knowing how to balance effectively, and calculating it all to better effect, "Financial Intelligence" is an insightful and recommended addition to business leadership and reference collections.

The Customer Service Survival Kit
Richard S. Gallagher
Amacom Books
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
9780814431832, $17.95,

Customer service is a daunting endeavor for anyone whose dealt with it. "The Customer Service Survival Kit: What to Say to Defuse Even the Worst Customer Situations" is a guide from Richard S. Gallagher in how to better advocate good will to the customer, diffusing criticism, avoiding minefields, how to bring bad news, taking blame gracefully, and much more. "The Customer Service Survival Kit" is a solid and much recommended addition to any business management collection.

How to Write a Marketing Plan
John Westwood
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749467128, $14.95,

A good plan is essential to keep success good and strong for years to come. "How to Write a Marketing Plan" is a driven advisory from John Westwood who advises readers on how to best setup their plan for their businesses success, real fundamental success and keep that success going by keeping costs under control for years to come. "How to Write a Marketing Plan" is strongly advised for anyone who is in charge of getting a product's message out there and wants to do it comprehensively and effectively.

The Gaming Shelf

Card Play Technique, updated edition
Victor Mollo & Nico Gardener
Master Point Press
331 Douglas Avenue
Toronto, ON, Canada, M5M 1H2
9781897106976, $22.95,

There's a luck element to cards, but you can alter luck. "Card Play Technique: Or the Art of Being Lucky" is a guide for those who want to ratchet up their card game to the next level and make luck work for them instead of just praying for the right hand to come up. Filled cover to cover with advisory and advice on making the most out of the hand one's dealt, this updated edition of a famous guide has timeless knowledge, making "Card Play Technique" a must for bridge players everywhere.

The Homeowner's Shelf

Projects to Get You Off the Grid
Noah Weinstein, editor
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
9781620871645, $14.95,

For those who seek to be prepared, true self-reliance takes a bit more skill than many know. "Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels" is a guide for those who want to embrace getting off the grid- cutting off total reliance on the rest of society for food, water, and electricity. With advice on these projects and how to make the most of them, using cunning strategies to maximize potential, "Projects to Get You Off the Grid" is a presented in full color with easy to follow instructions, making for a choice and much recommended addition to do it yourself oriented collections, highly recommended.

The Poetry Shelf

Kwame Dawes & Marjory Wentworth, editors
University of South Carolina Press
718 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29208
9781611170924, $19.95,

Jonathan Green is a renowned Gullah artist whose work has inspired works of poetry, prose, and even a memoir. "Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green" is a 160 page compendium that combines Green's beautifully reproduced paintings with examples of the poetry and prose they've inspired in others. Collaboratively compiled and deftly edited by Kwame Dawes (an Emmy Award winning poet) & Marjory Wentworth (South Carolina Poet Laureate), "Seeking" is enhanced by and informative preface on the history of this project, and two informed introductions: 'About the Painting' and 'About the Artist'. Of special note is a statement by Jonathan Green. A 'multi-voiced' work of enduring value, "Seeking" is highly recommended reading for appreciative Jonathan Green enthusiasts and a welcome addition to Academic Library reference collections.

The Memory of Water
Allen Smutylo
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554588428, $39.99,

Surrounds us, and often plays a key part in our lives and pursuit of our being. "The Memory of Water" is a memoir of traveling through the arctic from Allen Smutylo as he discusses his journeys and many unusual events that came come from traveling through the so very cold lands of the northlands of Canada and the arctic circle. With a focus on the value of water to the animals of the world as well as humanity, he focuses on these arctic water sources and how there may be threats to this serene land. "The Memory of Water" is a strong addition to memoir and environmental studies collections focusing on Canada and the Arctic.

The Gardening Shelf

Encyclopedia Of Gardening Techniques
American Horticultural Society
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845337704, $29.99,

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is a nonprofit, membership-based organization that promotes excellence in American horticulture. It is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Established in 1922, the AHS is one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the United States. Whether a backyard gardener or an aspiring small plot farmer, the "Encyclopedia Of Gardening Techniques" produced by the AHS will prove to be an indispensable and instructive reference offering a thoroughly 'user friendly', step-by-step guide to all of the basic skills successful gardening requires. Profusely illustrated throughout, comprehensive, informed and informative, "Encyclopedia Of Gardening Techniques" is organized into a methodical series of chapters on all aspects of gardening including planting, fertilizing, watering, pest control, harvesting, and a great deal more. Justifiably considered to be the 'bible' of home gardening, the AHS "Encyclopedia Of Gardening Techniques" is very strongly recommended for personal, school, community, and academic library Gardening & Horticultural Studies reference collections.

The Gardener's Guide To Common-Sense Pet Control, updated edition
William Olkowski, et al.
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
9781600855009, $24.95,

It's a simple and universal fact that every gardener will have to deal with the problem of unwanted damaging pests while trying at the same time to promote beneficial insects. Now in a complete revised and updated edition, "The Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control" is a 400 page illustrated compendium of information and instruction provided by a team of expert gardeners that includes William Olkowski, Sheila Daar, Helga Olkowski, and Steven Ash. Superbly organized and thoroughly 'user friendly', "The Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control" is deftly organized into two major sections: The Basics (including sustainable landscape gardening; natural pest controls; integrated pest management; pets treatment strategies and tactics; beneficial insects; chemical and microbial pest control tools; inorganic, organic and botanical pest controls; pheromones and insect growth regulators) and Pest In The Garden (garden design management; weeds and weed management; lawn pests and management; food and ornamental garden pests; and shade tree pests). "The Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control" is highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Home Gardening reference collections and study guides.

The 20-Minute Gardener
c/o Time Home Entertainment
135 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020
9780376030061, $24.95,

Some love gardening, but can't often find the complete time for it. "The 20-Minute Gardener: Projects, Plants, and Designs for Quick and Easy Gardening" is a guide for those who love gardening and want to maximize their potential time with their endeavors, with plans for making a garden work with only twenty minutes of maintenance a day, focusing on the best plants in the western world to care for and keep well for years to come. "The 20-Minute Gardener" presented in full color with plenty of thorough information all throughout, making it an ideal pick for reference for experienced gardeners and for those simply looking to get started in their own right.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Managing Forests As Complex Adaptive Systems
Christian Messier, et al.
c/o Routledge
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8
NY, NY 10017-9209
9780415519779, $149.00,

One of the earliest and most basic of environmental preservation issues was the acknowledgment of the importance of American forests and the development of the science of forestry management. The newest addition to the outstanding The Earthscan Forest Library series is "Managing Forests as Complex Adaptive Systems: Building Resilience to the Challenge of Global Change". Cooperatively compiled by the editorial team of Christian Messier (Scientific Director of the Institute of Temperate Forest Sciences, Universite du Quebec en Outaouais, Quebec, Canada), Klaus J. Puettmann (Edmund Hayes Professor in Silviculture Alternatives in the Department of Frest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University), and K. David Coates (Senior Research Silviculturist with the Ministry of natural Resource Operations in Smithers, Canada), this 368 page compendium is a compilation of fourteen informed and informative articles by experts in forestry management issues and organized into three major sections: 'Setting the Stage'; 'Complexity and Complex Adaptive Systems in Different Forest Biomes'; and 'Management Under the Complex Adaptive System and Resilience Paradigm'. Enhanced throughout will bibliographic references, tables and figures, and a comprehensive index, "Managing Forests as Complex Adaptive Systems: Building Resilience to the Challenge of Global Change" is a seminal body of work and highly recommended for professional, governmental, NGO, and academic library Environmental Studies and Forest Management Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Creating Green Roadways
James L. Sipes & Matthew L. Sipes
Island Press
2000 M St NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20036
9781610913751, $45.00,

Roads have always been a part of civilization, well before the car. "Creating Green Roadways: Integrating Cultural, Natural, and Visual Resources into Transportation" explores how to better build infrastructure that pays respects to the environment and keeps up a sustainable environment that is good to both human use and the natural world. Analyzing many American roads throughout the country with black and white photography throughout, authors James & Matthew Sipes offer their insightful combination analysis of which methods have worked and which have performed up to expectation, and what can be done for a better and more environmentally sound infrastructure in the future. "Creating Green Roadways" is a strong addition to environmental studies and transportation planning libraries, highly recommended.

Rising Seas: Past, Present, Future
Vivien Gornitz
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231147392, $40.00,

Rising Seas: Past, Present, Future is a siren warning of the imminent and ongoing ecological catastrophe that humans are inflicting upon the planet. Records have already measured a steady warming in the Earth's overall climate, a trend that will almost certainly continue long after excess greenhouse gas emissions cease. A cross-examination of past climate shifts can help one predict the hardships to come, but humanity will very likely have to adapt to rising sea levels, flooded coastal areas, increased desertification, and more. The lessons of Earth's geologic past hold dire warnings for the immediate future, as well as emphasizing the overwhelming need to work toward long-term sustainability. Highly recommended.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Plain to The Inward Eye
Don W. King
Abilene Christian University Press
1626 Campus Court, Abilene, TX 79601
9780891123903, $25.99,

A literary legend of the twentieth century, C. S. Lewis proves an intriguing figure. "Plain to the Inward Eye" is a collection of essays from Don W. King, a professor English who discusses the impact of Lewis's work and life on the literary world for the long term. With an extra focus on more than Narnia, looking to his lesser known works and its place the annals of history and world literature. "Plain to the Inward Eye" is strongly recommended to literary studies collections focusing on popular artists beyond their popular works.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Zombies Don't Forgive
Rusty Fischer
Medallion Press, Inc.
100 South River Street
Aurora, IL 60506
9781605426365, $9.99,

You don't miss that pulse until it's gone. "Zombies Don't Forgive" is a novel of zombies, as a zombie apocalypse strikes Barracuda Bay, and a lightning strike leave Maddy without the need to breath but otherwise okay. Escaping with two of her friends, she finds that she still has purpose even without the need of a heartbeat, with revenge in her mind for an old living grudge. "Zombies Don't Forgive" is a fun read that will be hard to put down for fans of original young adult fiction.

The Economic Studies Shelf

Principles of Economics
H. S. Agarwal
Global Professional Publishing
c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive
Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781906403645, $50.00,

Economics is far more than dollars and cents. "Principles of Economics" seeks to act as a scholarly introduction tot he basics of economic theory, touching on what one needs to know before advancing onto deeper economic understandings. Topics covered include micro and macroeconomics, supply and demand and where they don't apply, what constitutes a monopoly, price control, games theory, and the intersection with human nature. "Principles of Economics" is filled with graphs, charts, and other helpful information, acting as a solid choice for those who want a better and more complete understanding of economics for college and community library collections.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

At War With the Empire
Gerry Hunt, author
Matthew Griffin, illustrator
The O'Brien Press
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7
Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781847172600 $21.95

At War With the Empire: Ireland's Fight for Independence, is a full-color, historically accurate, politically objective graphic novel about the fierce and deadly guerilla war that Ireland fought from 1919 to 1921 against the British Army. Though not unduly graphic or gruesome, At War With the Empire does not shirk from chronicling the atrocities committed by both sides. Battle tactics, major conflicts, arrests, executions, the replacement of the police force with "tans" (World War I veterans) who regularly engaged in retaliatory riots against civilians, and more fill this harrowing true story. At War With the Empire closes with the signing of a treaty between Britain and Ireland, as well as a brief postscript on how the Old IRA split into pro-treaty and anti-treaty forces, marking the inception of the Irish Civil War. The realistic art style of At War With the Empire brings history to shocking life, and Ireland's hard-learned lessons about the savagery of war and sectarian violence are as relevant as ever in today's chaotic world, where too many other nations are beset by similar suffering. At War With the Empire makes history thoroughly accessible to readers of all ages, and is highly recommended especially for high school and public library graphic novel collections.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks
First Second
175 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
9781596436596 $16.99

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is an adventurous black-and-white graphic novel about coming of age, the fallout of a painful divorce, a high school popularity contest (a.k.a. "student council election"), and robots designed to battle one another to the robo-death. Charlie is a laid-back guy; as captain of the basketball team, he might technically be a "jock", but Nate, the eccentric leader of the robotics club, is his unlikely best friend. When the high school students' discretionary fund comes up for grabs between the robotics club (who need it to build a championship robot) and the cheerleaders (who need new uniforms), it sparks a bitter war for a vacant student council seat - and Charlie is caught in the middle! Worse yet, Charlie's estranged mother, whom he has barely seen in the past few years, plans to come and visit for Thanksgiving - along with her boyfriend! It's enough to make a teenager and his friends (and not-so-friends) run away in a minivan to compete in a robo-rumble - this can only end well, right? Funny, touching, and firmly grounded in the foibles of star-crossed friendship, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is enthusiastically recommended for public library collections and readers of all ages.

Native American Classics, Graphic Classics volume 24
Tom Pomplum, editor
John E. Smelcer and Joseph Bruchac, associate editors
Eureka Productions
8778 Oak Grove Road, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
9780982563069 $17.95

"Native American Classics, Graphic Classics volume 24" is a collection of 18 great stories and poems by North American Native authors, color illustrated by a series of talented graphics artists including Robby McMurtry, who passed away after finishing his comic art interpretation of "On Wolf Mountain," by Charles Eastman. Eureka Productions and editor John E. Smelcer have pledged $1 for each book sold in February and March, 2013, to the Robby McMurtry Scholarship for the Arts (for more information, go to Other Native American authors whose works are included are Zitkala-Sa, Alex Posey, George Copway, John Rollin Ridge, E. Pauline Johnson, Simon Pocagon, and Bertrand N. O. Walker. This stunning collection stories and poems by indigenous authors is designed to make Native literature accessible to interested readers age 12 and up. The color illustrations add dimension and punch to delivery, and significant narrative from each writing is also quoted and included. "Native American Classics. Graphic Classics Volume 24" is a cultural contribution to complete understanding. It crackles with excitement, vividly spurring the reader to explore more by these great authors and artists.

Blue Bloods
Melissa de la Cruz
Adapted by Robert Venditti
Art by Alina Urusov
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023-6298
9781423134466 $19.99

Blue Bloods is the full-color graphic novel rendition of the first book in Melissa de la Cruz's internationally popular re-interpretation of vampire mythos. Schuyler Van Alen is the heir to a swiftly-ebbing fortune, and just about to turn fifteen. Disturbing changes are taking place in her body and her life - prominent blue veins appear on her arms, and she is sometimes beset by dreamlike visions of other times and places. Other wealthy teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, removed from her social circle by varying degrees, also appear to be undergoing similar transformations. But the shocking murder of a young woman points to a dark secret behind the mysteries of power and identity! Alina Urusov's vivid artwork brings a world about the ongoing struggle for redemption to life, in this excellent adaptation that readers of all ages will thoroughly enjoy. Highly recommended.

Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks
First Second Books
175 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
9781596438651 $19.99

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas is a full-color graphic novel profiling three female scientists whose work in the field would completely revolutionize humanity's understanding of other primates. Jane Goodall was the first the discover that chimpanzees used tools, a behavior once thought to be a defining trait of humans; Dian Fossey publicized the threat that human poaching and habitat incursions posed to gorillas (notably speaking out against supposed eco-tourism, which she denounced as causing more harm than good), and Birute Galdikas observed orangutans in Indonesia, in the process becoming a strong voice for rainforest conservation. All three women were recruited by the brilliant (if somewhat eccentric) anthropologist Louis Leakey, who keenly spotted their passion for science and interest in primates despite their lack of anthropology credentials. Although Primates occasionally engages in artistic license/fictionalization with regard to minor details for the sake of narrative flow, the main story is directly from the documented contributions these three women made to both science and ecological conservation. Highly recommended for readers of all ages!

The Large Print Shelf

Flavia's Secret
Lindsay Townsend
Magna Large Print Books
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
PO Box 1230
West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780750536578 $35.50

Set in Aquae Sulis (today known as Bath), Flavia's Secret is a large-print historical romance about the intelligent, willful, and enslaved scribe Flavia, who along with other slaves has served the Lady Valeria for years. The death of their mistress has led to a severe household shake-up; their new master is Marcus Brucetus, a fierce, widowed officer. Though Flavia is strongly attracted to him, she is also keenly aware of the threat he poses. To protect her life, and the lives of her fellow slaves, she has forged a note in Valeria's name - yet should her secret be discovered, all of the slaves will face death or worse! Flavia's Secret is a captivating, passionate drama laced with a hint of intrigue, highly recommended especially for fans of the genre.

The Real Estate Shelf

Other People's Money
Charles V. Bagli
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10014-3657
9780525952657 $28.95

Other People's Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made is an in-depth scrutiny of the history of a Manhattan real estate property, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, a complex of 110 buildings and 11,232 apartments across 80 contiguous acres. Though the story of Stuyvesant stretches back to the 1920's, the focus of Other People's Money is set amid the economic repercussions of the 21st century, especially the housing bubble that burst in 2008 and caused the Great Recession. Today, Stuyvesant Town is well-known as arguably the greatest real estate failure in history, given that it sold to real estate giant Tishman Speyer and its partner BlackRock for $5.4 billion in 2006, and they unambiguously defaulted in 2010. Even amid the heat of the housing bubble, Stuyvesant was primarily the residence of working-class and middle-class families - people who put down community roots, and depended on rent controls to make living there affordable. Laws were tweaked, enabling property owners to raise rents on vacated apartments; the ultimate $5.4 billion deal could only have turned a profit by replacing most of the working-class and middle-class tenants with upscale, wealthier tenants who would pay substantially higher rent. The collapse of the housing bubble precipitated financial disaster; Tishman Speyer and BlackRock lost millions of investors' dollars, though they escaped ruin themselves. Other People's Money is an absolutely fascinating microcosm of the real estate market gone horribly wrong, with an eye toward the larger picture - and a siren warning that the real estate industry still hasn't learned from the catastrophic lessons of the past. Highly recommended.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Game On, Hollywood!
Gretchen Papazian and Joseph Michael Sommers, editors
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
9780786471140 $40.00

Game On, Hollywood! Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema is an anthology of scholarly essays by a diversity of learned authors contemplating the meeting point between video games and film. Writings speak of adaptations (both game to film and film to game), the differences in narrative between media formats, and the multitude of options in using either venue for storytelling. Individual games and films scrutinized include "The Warriors" (1979 film, 2005 video game), "GoldenEye" (1995 film), "GoldenEye 007" (1997 and 2010 video games), "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2003 video game, 2010 film), the "Buffy" and "Star Wars" franchises, and more. Notes, an extensive list of sources, and an index round out this thoughtful contribution to analyses of evolving art formats, as well as the mutual repercussions that game and cinema narratives have on one another in modern popular culture. Game On, Hollywood! is especially recommended for college library collections with a focus on cinematic storytelling and modern media.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Pioneers Of Genocide Studies
Samuel Totten & Steven Leonard Jacobs
Transaction Publishers
35 Berrue Circle
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
9781412849746, $49.95,

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group. While a precise definition varies among genocide scholars, a legal definition is found in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG). Article 2 of this convention defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group." Genocide in one form or another has been practiced throughout recorded human history. Its single largest practice took place under the Nazis, but continues to this present day under the new term of 'ethnic cleansing' in countries as disparate as Serbia, the Sudan, and Iraq. Collaborative compiled and edited by academicians Samuel Totten (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville) and Steven Leonard Jacobs (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa), "Pioneers of Genocide Studies" is a 634 page compendium comprised of twenty-five papers by dedicated scholars and organized into seven categories of contributors: Historians, Political Scientists, Sociologists, Lawyers and Jurists, Psychologists, Independent Scholars. Of special note is the article 'From Holocaust to Genocide: The Journey Continues' by theologian and co-editor Steven Leonard Jacobs. Enhanced with a select bibliography, contributor credentials, and a comprehensive index, "Pioneers Of Genocide Studies" is a seminal work and very strongly recommended for academic library Holocaust Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Reference Shelf

Housing Statistics of the United States 2012, fifth edition
Shana Hertz Hattis
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781598885750 $160.00

Now in an updated fifth edition, Housing Statistics of the United States 2012 fills a severe need for meticulously researched data about the United States housing industry, especially given the extreme repercussions of housing bubble that burst in 2008. Packed cover to cover with easy-to-use tables of figures, Housing Statistics of the United States 2012 provides information about household and housing characteristics; prices and rents; housing production and investment; home mortgage lending; federal housing programs; and much more. Appendices include a "source overview" of the U.S. government's collected data, a glossary of definitions, and an index. As America looks back on the lessons of the housing bubble crisis and forward to the future, Housing Statistics of the United States 2012 is an absolutely invaluable reference and resource of much-needed information to guide both public and private industry policies!

Dictionary Of Metals
Harold M. Cobb, editor
ASM International
9639 Kinsman Road
Materials Park, OH 44073-0002
9781615039784, $149.00,

Metals formed and forged from the elements of the earth are the basis for the world of the 21st century as we know it. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by metallurgist Harold M. Cobb (a lifetime member of the ASM International and holder of a patent on a process for manufacturing fuel elements for nuclear submarines), "Dictionary Of Metals" is a 250 page compendium that is the basic and authoritative reference work for terms and definitions of metals and terms relating to metals. "Dictionary Of Metals" also includes an informed and informative metallurgical history starting with the seven metals of antiquity. Each of the metallic elements has a discussion that includes the discoverer and date, the naming of the metal and its meaning, the major applications, the significance of the discovery, and physical properties. "Dictionary Of Metals" is enhanced with the inclusion of a time line of important events in the history of metals and metallurgy, an extensive bibliography, and an appendices providing properties and conversion tables. A truly seminal work, "Dictionary Of Metals" is a core addition to professional, corporate, governmental, and academic library Metallurgy and Technology reference collections.

Learning and Knowing in Practice-Based Studies
Silvia Gherardi & Antonio Strati
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court
Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9780857938541, $125.00,

We live in an 'Information Age' which is characterized by rapidly expanding bodies of data developed by ever increasing sources of organizations dedicated to the research, creation, development, interpretation, and application of data. "Learning and Knowing in Practice-Based Studies" is a 264 page compendium in which Italian academicians at the University of Trento Silvia Gherardi and Antonio Strati address the following questions: 'Why is it that so many aspects of organizations are now spoken of as practices?; How can organizations be studied within a practice-based approach?; How can workable knowledge about them be produced?. A superb body of seminal scholarship, "Learning and Knowing in Practice-Based Studies" is deftly organized into three major sections: Practice-Based Theorizing; Key Concepts; and Methodological Insights For A Practice-Based Approach. Informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Learning and Knowing in Practice-Based Studies" is a highly recommended addition to academic library reference collections and Practice-Based Studies supplemental reading lists.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Ultimate Guide To Making Chili
Kate Rowinski
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
9781620871898, $19.95,

One of the most popular and ubiquitous dishes in the American culinary landscape is Chili - especially home-made varieties. Now even the most novice of kitchen cooks can produce blue-ribbon quality chilies with Kate Rowinski's "The Ultimate Guide To Making Chili", a culinary collection of 'chef friendly' recipes for a variety of variations. With award winning recipes ranging from Happy Trails! Chili (2010 World's Championship Chili Cookoff Winner by Thomas H. Hoover Jr.) to John's Chili (2011 World's Championship Chili Cookoff Winner by John Jepson); to traditional recipes such as Real Texas Chili and Classic Home-Style Chili; to 'home style' chili's including Chili With Apples And Raisins and Cajun Chili; to chili's featuring chicken, lobster, shrimp, and all manner of other beef substitutes and alternatives, "The Ultimate Guide To Making Chili" truly lives up to its title. Enhanced with sections introducing the chili pepper, chili making basics, chili sauces, suggestions for chili leftovers, side dishes, desserts, drinks, and even chili organizations and publications, "The Ultimate Guide To Making Chili" is a complete one-stop chili cookbook that is highly recommended for all personal, family, and community library cookbook collections!

Simply Ming in Your Kitchen: 80 Recipes to Watch, Learn, Cook & Enjoy
Ming Tsai and Arthur Boehm, authors
Bill Bettencourt, photographer
Kyle Books
Distributed by National Books Network
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781906868734 $35.00

"Simply Ming in Your Kitchen" is a fabulous new collection of East-West fusion cuisine by celebrity chef Ming Tsai with a new techno-twist: Each recipe has a special QR code that can be scanned with a smart device, enabling a video demonstration by Ming of the techniques and methods used to prepare each dish. Eight chapters of recipes include Platters, Salads and Soups, Seafood, Meat, Poultry, Vegetables, Rice and Noodles, Sweets, and Cocktails. Each recipe is accompanied with full page color photo of delicious specialty dishes, and other combination photos introduce and bookend the chapters. In addition, helpful information is included with recipes under "Ming's tips," a brief comment on what to look for or avoid in tackling each recipe. Also, suggestions on accompanying beverages or wines are paired with many dishes. Each recipe promises to be a flavorful experiment in East West cuisine. Some examples of creative recipes include Braised 8-Spice Lamb Shoulder, Wok-Stirred Chile 'N' Cashew Chicken, Japanese Chicken Curry with Potatoes and Rice, Veggie Ragout with Couscous and Harissa Sauce, Singapore Curry Tofu Noodles, and many more. "Simply Ming in Your Kitchen" is a fantastic invitation to explore 80 innovative recipes under personal guidance of an expert celebrity chef.

Culinaria Italy: Cuisine, Country, Culture
Claudia Piras
H. F. Ullmann
c/o 60 Cycle Media Relations LLC
38 High Avenue, Nyack NY 10960
9783833151187, $49.99,

"Culinaria Italy: Cuisine, Country, Culture" is a not just a superbly illustrated and keenly informative compendium of Italian cuisine, it is a 488 page masterpiece showcasing the very best examples of all manner of Italian dishes guaranteed to satisfy any appetite and please any palate. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, the recipes themselves are clearly outlined and presented so that even the most novice of kitchen cooks can produced professional chef quality dishes for any and all dining occasions from humble family gatherings to elegant celebratory events. Of special note is the chapter devoted to Olive Oil and the chapter presenting Pesto and Other Sauces. The fabulous dishes are organized and presented regionally and include recipes from Sicily and Sardinia. Enhanced with an appendix that features 'Italian in the Kitchen' and 'Cooking Techniques'; a Bibliography; a general index and an index of recipes, "Culinaria Italy: Cuisine, Country, Culture" will prove to be an welcome addition to personal, professional, and family cookbook shelves, and is especially recommended as a Memorial Fund acquisition selection for community and academic library culinary reference collections.

Culinaria France
H. F. Ullmann
c/o 60 Cycle Media Relations LLC
38 High Avenue, Nyack NY 10960
9783848002191, $24.99,

French cuisine is a complex and dedicated art, treasured by its practitioners. "Culinaria France" is a full color exploration of the concepts of authentic French cooking from farm to table as every aspect of the process is explored from many different regions of the country and how they differ in creating their exquisite and famed cuisine, with some recipes spread throughout on how to best emulate these dishes oneself around the world. "Culinaria France" is an absolute must for any fan of French cuisine who wants to learn more or apply some of the principles themselves, enthusiastically recommended.

The Art Shelf

Late Raphael
Tom Henry & Paul Joannides, editors
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10110-0017
9780500970492, $65.00,

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (April 6 or March 28, 1483 - April 6, 1520), known to the art world as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. Collaboratively compiled and deftly edited by the team of Italian Renaissance art expert Tom Henry and Paul Joannides (Professor in the History of Hart at the University of Cambridge), "Late Raphael" is a 384 page coffee table art book compendium showcasing almost ninety of Raphael's works -- which are all the more impressive when realizing that this Renaissance artist died at the early age of 37. All of the sketches, drawings, and paintings are beautifully reproduced and accompanied by expert commentary. Enhanced with informed and informative essays by Tom Henry, Paul Joannides, Ana Gonzalez Mozo, and Bruno Martin, "Late Raphael" is a very highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Renaissance Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Edited by Slanted
Daab Media
Scheidtweilerstr. 69, 50933 Cologne, Germany
9783942597234, $95.00,

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible. The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading (line spacing), adjusting the spaces between groups of letters (tracking) and adjusting the space between pairs of letters (kerning). In modern times, typography has been put into motion - in film, television and online broadcasts - to add emotion to mass communication. Typography is performed by typesetters, compositors, typographers, graphic designers, art directors, comic book artists, graffiti artists, clerical workers, and anyone else who arranges type for a product. Until the Digital Age, typography was a specialized occupation. Digitization opened up typography to new generations of visual designers and lay users. "Bright! Typography Between Illustration & Art" is a 420 page, bilingual (German & English), profusely illustrated compendium showcasing the immense variety and creativity of contemporary typography. Of special note are the interviews with seven outstanding typographer/artists: Ed Fella, Tracey Emin, Tobias Rehberger, Marc Titchner, Marc Jijl, Alex Hanimann, and Lawrence Weiner. An impressive and seminal collection, "Bright! Typography Between Illustration & Art" is a unique and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and academic library Typography and Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

American Indians in British Art 1700-1840
Stephanie Pratt
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive
Norman, OK 73069
9780806142005 $21.95

"American Indians in British Art, 1700-1840" is a fascinating examination of British artists' representation of American Indians as seen in many paintings, engravings, sculptures, ceramics, and other art forms during the 18th century and beyond. Author Stephanie Pratt, a tribal member of the Crow Creek Dakota Sioux, is also an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom. Through thorough examination of a parade of historical British art works, some rarely displayed, she traces the evolution from an image of abstraction to more representational art in the portrayal of Indian subjects. Placing art works in historical context, she concludes that artistic traditions shown in images of the era conveyed complexity and a movement from a passive, allegorical entity towards a more vivid living participant in an unfolding historical series of cultural clashes. More than 30 black and white art reproductions are included, as well as 13 color plates of historic paintings with representations of Indian figures, portraits, or images. Quite a significant number of these may be unfamiliar to American audiences, being kept in various British art collections. Author Pratt divides the images' progression into five chapter areas: The Allegorical Representation of America, Warfare, Diplomacy, and Visual Representation (ca. 1700-1760), History Painting and American Indians: Benjamin West and Others (1760-1804), Secret Diplomacy and Uneasy Alliances: the British and American Indian Relationships in the Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary War Periods (1774-1815), and Travel, Observation, and the Pathos of Decline. Her conclusion is both complicated and compelling. In part she states: "American Indians were translated into terms conformable to European values because the alternative, representing them in terms conformable to Indian values, was literally unthinkable." She also speaks of "the impossibility of fitting one people to another's precepts (p. 152)." Despite this, and despite a possibly inaccurate representation of the Indian images, she posits that "We should examine them as providing evidence of their own situation, attempting to make sense of American Indian culture at a particularly volatile moment in colonial history (p. 152-153)." Thus the value of examination of these European artistic representations of American Indians may mirror in part both the limits of European cultural imagination but also the real evidence of an immediate need to deal with a defining cultural encounter. Kudos to the author for a measured, detailed, scholarly analysis of these unusual works of art representing American Indians at a time of great, stressful change.

The Fashion Shelf

The Sustainable Fashion Handbook
Sandy Black, author
Thames & Hudson
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780500290569 $55.00

"The Sustainable Fashion Handbook" is a handy illustrated guidebook for innovative members of the global fashion industry who support the implementation of (all aspects of) sustainable fashion. Such designer names as Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten (Antwerp), Tim Jackson (London), David Mason of Nutters of Savile Row, Hussein Chalayan, Issey Miyake, Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby for Boudicca, and Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag of Bless are featured design entities. Color photographs and mixed media presentations are strongly featured throughout this fascinating textile and fashion creation bible, based on a comprehensive sustainability model. There is substantial discussion of transparency in the supply chain and ethical issues in sustainable fashion, along with fashion design processes revisited and clothing waste and recycling. Sustainable fashion is a far reaching, all inclusive green topic, and part of the thrust of all designers committed to it is reinventing a new "cool" fashion model based on global production ethics and assimilation. some fascinating related topics covered include fashion and technology, virtual fashion, and future textiles and fashion. As an example of an innovative fashion entity, Everything Must Go, an exhibition of recycled saris and discarded clothing from India is featured, as shown in London in 2012 (p. 266-7). More provocative dialogue and discussion is presented in an interview with Garth Ward, owner of recycling consultancy Aestiva Ltd.: "Today designers may also consider sustainability, but I'm not sure that this word is completely understood.... Sustainability really involves a series of trade-offs, but of what against what? ...They (designers) need to completely re-examine how they design and fabricate clothing by considering the first, second and even tertiary uses (p. 270)." Finally the interplay of various components of sustainable fashion design is commented upon by Hussein Chalayan, whose work is repeatedly represented in "The Sustainable Fashion Handbook:" ...people cannot see how our realities are connected...we need to be re-educated to understand these connections and...we would be able to rebuild what we have around us (p. 78)." Thus "The Sustainable Fashion Handbook" presents a carousel of multiple views reflecting components of sustainable fashion design, both as ethically influenced process and product. In a world and global community increasingly made aware of the need for sustainability, ethics, and creativity, "The Sustainable Fashion Handbook" presents skimmings of a wide variety of current thoughts and practices.

Pattern, 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators
Phaidon Editors, authors
Phaidon Press Inc.
180 Varick St., Fourteenth Floor
New York, NY 10014
9780714849710 $79.95

"Pattern, 100 Designers, 10 Curators" is a trendy, comprehensive survey follow up to Phaidon's Sample (2005), listing the 100 most influential designers of today in one gorgeous, oversize hardback volume. Overflowing with 1000 color illustrations of up to date fashion creations, "Pattern..." carefully displays enlarged portraits of crucial design details alongside full length portraits of modeled creations. The photographic displays of chosen designers is carefully orchestrated and integrated to intensify the impact and statement of the carousel of designers and fashions. In addition to the photography, a helpful and interesting feature is a list of 100 paragraph biographies at the end, including such names as Jonny Johansson, Rachel Antonoff, Jordan Askill, Andrea Cammarosano, Clayton Evans,Ilya Fleet, Marques Almeida, Niels Peeraer, Simone Rocha, Christopher Shannon, Shaun Samson, Thomas Tait, Heaven Tanudiredja, and Jason Wu, and many more. The curators are also an interesting lineup of fabled names: Geri Jonkers & Jop van Bennekom of Amsterdam, Imran Amed of London/New York, Tavi Gevinson of Chicago, SHOWstudio (London), Tim Lim (Shanghai), Yasmin Sewell (London), Keegan Singh (New York), Heather Sproat (London), Preen (London), and A. F. Vandevorst (Antwerp). Taken altogether, "Pattern, 100 Designers, 10 Curators" presents a complex updated global overview of top fashion design.

The Needlecraft Shelf

A Stitch In Time: Heirloom Knitting Skills
Rita Taylor, author
Barron's Educational Series/ Quantum Press
250 Wireless Blvd.
Hauppage, New York 11788
9781438001951 $18.99

"Heirloom Knitting Skills" is detailed exploration of United Kingdom and other knitting traditions, which includes photograph illustrated instructions for 12 projects that use techniques from a library of 150 and more stitch patterns. Each chapter of "Heirloom Knitting Skills" is organized around a different stitch type, such as textured stitches, twisted stitches, raised stitches, cable stitches, lace stitches, and colorwork. There is also a chapter devoted to knitting techniques which displays color photographs of step by step positions in all or most basic knitting techniques. Demonstrations are for right handed knitters, and the suggestion to use a small mirror will enable left handed knitters to follow the pattern in reverse. "Heirloom Knitting Skills" is a treasure trove of both history and current applications of knitting traditions. Many black and white historic photos, from the Fair Isles, Shetland Islands, Bavaria, and other locations display knitted garments as worn in past eras. There are also beautiful color photos of lovely current designs, such as the Hap Shawl, the raspberry beret, twist and slip stockings, and lacy socks. "A Stitch in Time: Heirloom Knitting Skills" is a cultural arts treasure with modern interpretations for preservation and enjoyment.

The Technology Shelf

Information Technology
Richard Fox
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781466568280, $79.95,

Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise. The term is commonly used as a synonym for computers and computer networks, but it also encompasses other information distribution technologies such as television and telephones. Several industries are associated with information technology, such as computer hardware, software, electronics, semiconductors, internet, telecom equipment, e-commerce and computer services. "Information Technology: An Introduction for Today's Digital World" by Richard Fox (Professor of Computer Science, Northern Kentucky University) is a 546 page compendium covering the extensive spectrum of IT including computer organization and hardware, operating systems, networks, scripting, binary numbers, DOS, Linux, computer security, and a great deal more. Deftly organized and presented, comprehensive, and extensive, and highly recommended for professional and academic library IT reference collections, "Information Technology: An Introduction for Today's Digital World" is ideal as an Information Technology curriculum textbook.

The Military Shelf

Project Terminated
Erik Simonsen
Crecy Publishing
c/o Specialty Press
99 Spring Street, 3rd fl., NY, NY 10012
9780859791731, $39.95,

Military aircraft construction contracts have been a big money business since the early days of World War I. Out of a wealth of military aircraft contracts a surprising number of them were cancelled -- even after the prototypes of these planes proved successful (e.g. Northrop YB-49; Flying Wing; Canadian CF-105 Arrow; Mach 3 Lockheed YF-12), while others never made it pass their initial mock-up phase. For the first time, all of these failed military aircrafts have been compiled together by photographer Erik Simonsen in "Project Terminated", a superbly illustrated, 160 page compendium showcasing ten canceled air craft complete with their details and what led to cancellations. Informed, informative, and enhanced with a glossary and a comprehensive index, "Project Terminated" is an unique and highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Aviation History and Military History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

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Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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