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Volume 13, Number 4 April 2018 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Cookbook Shelf Gardening Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Philosophy Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Education Shelf Psychology Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Civil War Shelf Fiction Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf Science Shelf
Technology Shelf Jewelry Shelf Business Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Biography Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Art Shelf Parenting Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf
Military Shelf Native American Studies Shelf Music Shelf
Photography Shelf Sociology Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Agriculture Shelf Political Science Shelf Holocaust Studies Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records
Anthony Mancuso
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413324785, $39.99, PB, 208pp,

Nonprofits have basic corporate responsibilities they must take seriously -- or risk the unwanted attention of the IRS who, as a government agency, has the power to shut them down and even hold their leadership at risk for criminal indictment. "Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records: How to Properly Document Your Nonprofit's Actions" by Anthony Mancuso (who is a California attorney and a corporations and limited liability company expert) provides everything needed to hold meetings and properly document actions taken by board members and anyone else having dealings in behalf of the nonprofits. "Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records" includes resolutions to: call, notice, and hold meetings of directors and members; appoint officers and elect directors; take action by written consent; set up a corporate records book, and more. "Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records" also provides a wealth of useful tips and advice on how to do important tasks, such as organizing records, preparing meeting folders and taking minutes, in short, everything necessary to create a paper trail and avoid trouble with the IRS. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records" is an ideal instructional guide and reference for non-specialist general readers working with or for a nonprofit organization. While especially and unreservedly recommended for all nonprofit organization, community, and academic library reference collections, it should be noted that "Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.99).

Simply Stargazing
Jonathan Poppele
Adventure Publications
330 Garfield Street South, Cambridge, MN 55008
9781591935810, $9.95, Spiral Bond, 28pp,

To gaze skyward is to be filled with wonder. You might find yourself asking questions like, "Is that bright object a planet or a star? What does the constellation Perseus look like? When's the next meteor shower?" Find these answers and more in Simply Stargazing. The tabbed booklet is simple and convenient to use, with full-color photographs and illustrations. Topics are organized by season for quick and easy identification, as Jonathan Poppele offers observation tips and instructions on everything from the moon, planets, and deep-sky objects to the ecliptic and the zodiac. Six full-sky charts make locating constellations a snap at any time of year. Plus, you'll learn about spotting planets, meteor showers, and more and a timetable for meteor showers further enhances your knowledge of stargazing. Tear-resistant spiral bound pages help to make "Simply Stargazing: Your Guide to the Stars, Moon, and Night Sky" durable for nighttime outings. This is the perfect, pocket-sized, night sky identification reference and is especially recommended for beginning students of astronomy as well as non-specialist general readers looking up at a night time sky and wanting to know more about what they are seeing.

Henry David Thoreau
Tilbury House, Publishers
12 Starr Street, Thomaston, ME 04861
9780884486138, $16.95, HC, 128pp,

The summation of Henry David Thoreau's life's work, "Walking" was published posthumously in 1862, and became a seminal influence in the modern environmental movement and is no less relevant today than 150 years ago. "Walking" is recognized by most scholars as Thoreau's "other" masterpiece -- basically "Walden" in a more concise form. In his introduction of this new edition from Tilbury House Publishers, Adam Tuchinsky (Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Southern Maine and an Associate Professor of History) accessibly and engagingly unpacks the Thoreau essay's nineteenth-century associations, highlights the startling modernity of its sentiments, and reveals why Thoreau remains the towering figure in the history of American nature writing. Exquisite contemporary nature photographs curated by Denise Froehlich grace this handsome edition, making it an especially and unreservedly recommended addition for both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Walking" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.98).

The Cookbook Shelf

Seriously Good Freezer Meals
Karrie Truman
Robert Rose Inc.
9780778805915 $24.95

Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to Save Your Time, Money & Sanity lives up to its title as a superb compendium of meals designed to be home-cooked in sizeable quantities, frozen, then thawed and served as needed. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced meal plan programs teach the reader how to prepare 7 to 50 meals in a single day. Freezer-friendly recipes include Almond Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, Rosemary Brown Sugar Pork Chops, Cashew Mushroom Fried Rice, Buffalo Ranch Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli, Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pesto-Quiche, and much more. Each recipe includes step-by-step directions to "make it now", "make it a freezer meal", or "cook from frozen" for each item, as well as a "bulk and batch guide" listing ingredient quantities needed to create different amounts from each dish, from 1 batch (6 servings), to 2, 3, 4, and 5 batches (30 servings). Tips, tricks, and full-color photographs of each mouthwatering delight round out this "must-have" especially for busy household cooks! Highly recommended.

Cook Well Eat Well
Rory O'Connell
Gill Books
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9780717175642, $45.00, HC, 288pp,

Rory O'Connell is founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School with his sister Darina Allen and one of its most-loved teachers. He worked for many years with Myrtle Allen as chef at Ballymaloe House in Cork as well as with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in California. In his thirty years of teaching he has taught many of the current stars of the British and Irish cooking scene, including Thomasina Miers, Rachel Allen and Stevie Parle. In "Cook Well Eat Well" he draws upon his years of experience and expertise to showcase recipes for seasonal, balanced three-course meals that are ideal for elegant eating and entertaining. Each individual meal caters for 4-6 people, and one of the meals is entirely meat-free. In addition, every season gets a menu for entertaining a large group of people - from a summer alfresco lunch to a Christmas feast. Complete meals can be replicated for elegant entertaining, or individual dishes can be tried for simple and pleasing lunches or dinners. Beautifully illustrated, "Cook Well Eat Well" is inspiring to browse through and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' to plan meals with, making it an elegant, immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal and community library cookbook collections.

Cook Share Eat Vegan
Aine Carlin
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781784724122, $24.99, HC, 240pp,

With a very special emphasis on great flavors and fresh, seasonal dishes that don't rely on substitutes or hard-to-source ingredients, Aine Aine's style of cooking and her compilation of recipes in "Cook Share Eat Vegan" will have an immense and enduring appeal ranging from vegan-cooking enthusiasts to those simply wanting to dabble now and then. In "Cook Share Eat Vegan", Aine has created what amounts to the ultimate vegan bible, with 118 recipes that prove there's a place for plant-based food at every table. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, the thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' dishes range from Sweet Potato Gratin with a Panko Lemon Crumb; Watermelon, Watercress & Cucumber Salad; Wasabi-Dusted Popcorn; and Green Bean Summer Rols with a Spicy peanut Dipping Sauce; to Quinoa & Cannellini Bean Soup; Chocolate chia Oatmeal Cookies; Coffee Celebration Cake; and Vegan Pavlova with Poached Rhubarb & Vanilla Yogurt. Enhanced with the inclusion of an informative introduction (My Vegan Kitchen); The Basics; What's in My Pantry?; and Food for Friends, "Cook Share Eat Vegan" will prove to be an outstanding and enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library Vegan Cookbook collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of vegans that "Cook Share Eat Vegan" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Gardening Shelf

Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening
Clare Matthews
CompanionHouse Books
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N., East Petersburg, PA 17520
9781620082478, $19.99, PB, 224pp,

An dedicated gardener and an experienced garden designer, Clare Matthews has written "Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening: Bumper Crops in Minutes a Day Using Raised Beds, Planning, and Plant Selection" specifically for those who wish to spend less time in the garden while getting more results from there efforts! "Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening" demystifies the growing of fruit and vegetables and shows that, with the right approach, it can be done successfully as a weekend project or slotted into a busy week. "Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening" explains simple short cuts and unusual low maintenance strategies that really work. "Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening" is filled with inspirational color photography from her own weekend vegetable garden where the principles promoted in this instructional guide have been tried, tested and proven. "Low Maintenance Vegetable Gardening" will have a special and particular appeal to the complete novice planning a new vegetable garden as well as the more experienced gardener who is looking to save time and increase productivity. Filled with fantastic images and sound horticultural advice, "Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening" is an indispensable guide for anyone with limited time who still wants to achieve high yields from their vegetable plot. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening" is especially recommended for personal and community library Gardening instructional reference collections.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Shortcuts in Esthetic Dentistry
Ronaldo Hirata
Quintessence Publishing
9788578891114, $248.00, HC, 688pp,

"Shortcuts in Esthetic Dentistry" by Ronaldo Hirata is a clinically driven textbook that focuses on the difficulties of esthetic restorative dentistry with the aim of revealing simple and practical solutions to common questions and problems. Each individual chapter is organized into a series of questions the reader may have; "Shortcuts in Esthetic Dentistry" then answers these questions in detail using scientific evidence and case presentations. "Shortcuts in Esthetic Dentistry" presents streamlined procedures step by step and provides numerous tips on how to implement the concepts described. Restoration strategies include guidance on recontouring, stratification schemes, layering techniques, characterization, occlusal concepts, and more. Accessible and minimalist in its approach, this deceptively thorough instructional textbook demystifies contemporary esthetic dentistry and outlines simple and effective solutions for clinical practice. Clinicians will find themselves referring back to this text long after the first read-through for quick, easy-to-find answers and solutions to some of esthetic dentistry's most common problems. Featuring some 3,588 illustrations, "Shortcuts in Esthetic Dentistry" covers such issues as: Dental Bleaching: Concepts and Bleaching Substances; Composite Resins and Adhesive Systems: The Material; Esthetic Restorations and Anterior Makeovers; Esthetic Restorations and Sculpture in Posterior Teeth; Inlays and Onlays: Partial Restorations in Composites and Ceramics. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Shortcuts in Esthetic Dentistry" is an ideal textbook and an unreservedly recommended for both college and university library Health/Medicine instructional reference collections in general, and Dentistry supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

Tragedy, Trials and Triumphs
Alan Donald Hewson
Rosenberg Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
9780994562760, $49.95, HC, 304pp,

"Tragedy, Trials and Triumphs: Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Australia in the Twentieth Century" by obstetrician and gynaecologist Alan Donald Hewson is a thoughtful and perceptive overview of the history of the development of obstetrics and gynaenocology in Australia from the beginning of the twentieth century. It contains myriads of little known facts on the revolution in this discipline during the 20th century, which saw childbirth in Australia change from the dreadful, dangerous, and frightening experience of the 19th century into the cocooned safety of today where Australia is now the safest place in the world to bear a child. Dr. Hewson weaves his own 60 year journey in obstetrics into the national narrative to provide a fascinating read. The reader will not only learn a great deal about the science and art of obstetrics, but also the personal issues faced by every conscientious obstetrician. Dr. Hewson rose from a humble background to become one of the most influential doctors to have graduated with the first wave of those admitted to Sydney University post-WWII. He achieved national prominence in both his own discipline of obstetrics and the wider medical community. His career included not only obstetrics and gynaecology, but many aspects of formal education, medical politics, and third world medicine, administration, and nursing education. Enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of 159 photos and diagrams, "Tragedy, Trials and Triumphs" is an impressively informative and exceptionally well presented historical study that is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Health & Medicine collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Philosophy Shelf

PLOTINUS Ennead I.1: What is the Living Thing?
Gerard O'Daly
Parmenides Publishing
3753 Howard Hughes Parkway, #200, Las Vegas, NV 89169
9781930972988, $42.00, PB, 227pp,

Gerard O'Daly is Emeritus Professor of Latin at University College London and former Dean of its Faculty of Arts and Humanities. His research has concentrated on philosophy and literature in late antiquity, and his books include Plotinus' Philosophy of the Self (1973), Augustine's Philosophy of Mind (1987), The Poetry of Boethius (1991), Augustine's City of God: A Reader's Guide (2004), and Days Linked by Song: Prudentius' Cathemerinon (2012). Several of his articles are collected in Platonism Pagan and Christian: Studies in Plotinus and Augustine (2001). Now he has written "PLOTINUS Ennead I.1: What is the Living Thing? What is Man?: Translation with an Introduction and Commentary", a succinct and concentrated analysis of key themes in Plotinus' psychology and ethics. It focuses on the soul-body relation, discussing various Platonic, Aristotelian, and Stoic views before arguing that there is only a soul-trace in the body (forming with the body a "compound"), while the reasoning soul itself is impassive and flawless. The soul-trace hypothesis is used to account for human emotions, beliefs, and perceptions, and human fallibility in general. Its problematic relation to our rational powers, as well as the question of moral responsibility, are explored. Plotinus develops his original and characteristic concept of the self or "we," which is so called because it is investigated as something common to all humans (rather than a private individual self), and because it is multiple, referring to the reasoning soul or to the "living thing" composed of soul-trace and body. Plotinus explores the relation between the "we" and consciousness, and also its relation to the higher metaphysical entities, the Good, and Intellect. Impressively informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "PLOTINUS Ennead I.1: What is the Living Thing?" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library Philosophy collections in general, and Plotinus supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

What You Don't Learn in Film School
Shane Stanley
Privately Published
9781976986468, $19.99, PB, 199pp,

In the words of Emmy Award winner Shane Stanley -- "Many film makers have never been taught the key fundamentals that only come from real-life experience, trial and error when producing motion pictures. Knowing how and where to apply these elements is crucial to ensure getting the most bang for your buck whether your budget is twenty grand or two million. I'm here to share what I've learned in my three decades working as an editor, camera-man, writer, producer, and director to help save you valuable time and money. Learn how to prepare your project from concept to delivery and avoid unnecessary setbacks that will cripple your production and minimize its chances of success in the worldwide marketplace." In "What You Don't Learn in Film School: A Complete Guide to (Independent) Filmmaking", Stanley draws upon his years of experience and expertise to provide aspiring film makers in-depth, no holds barred look at making movies from 'concept to delivery' in today's ever-evolving climate while breaking down the dos and don'ts of independent film making. Aspiring film makers will learn invaluable industry secrets from top to bottom and discover the truth about independent film distribution as the lid is torn off the many myths surrounding sales agents and today's release platforms that are certain to open reader's eyes - and ruffle a few feathers! Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "What You Don't Learn in Film School" is an iconoclastic and invaluable course of 'real world practical' instruction and directly usable information that is unreservedly recommended as a film school curriculum textbook, as well as professional, community, and academic library Cinema Technology collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists of film students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "What You Don't Learn in Film School" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).

The Education Shelf

Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty, second edition
Paul C. Gorski
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
9780807758793, $29.95, PB, 256pp,

Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap" continues to be an influential book that describes the knowledge and skills teachers and school administrators need to recognize and combat bias and inequity that undermine educational engagement for students experiencing poverty. This new edition: Offers a research-informed alternative to popular simplistic approaches that undermine genuine efforts at educational equity; Outlines evidence-based strategies, policies, and practices that strengthen the educational success of students experiencing poverty; Incorporates vignettes to help readers reflect on key points and apply the Equity Literacy framework to classroom- and school-based scenarios; Embraces an intersectional approach to recognizing how class and poverty interact with race, gender, language, (dis)ability, and other dimensions of identity and experience; and includes an updated Poverty and Class Awareness Quiz. Impressively informative and accessibly written, organized and presented, "Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty" is an especially recommended addition to both college and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.17).

Differentiation and the Brain, second edition
David A. Sousa & Carol Ann Tomlinson
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781945349522, $34.95, PB, 240pp,

Students are becoming more academically and culturally diverse, making it more important than ever to shift away from a one-size-fits-all approach and toward differentiated instruction. Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom " will help teachers to create truly effective, brain-friendly classrooms for all learners. David A. Sousai (who is an international consultant in educational neuroscience) and Carol Ann Tomlinson (who is a faculty member at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, where she is the William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy) share an array of updated differentiated instruction examples, scenarios, and exercises, as well as the latest educational psychology research from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and pedagogy. Readers will learn more about teaching diverse learners using brain-based learning strategies: Explore how the brain learns and approaches to differentiated instruction; Sharpen their knowledge of developmental cognitive neuroscience and educational psychology to teach the best content in the best possible way; Use the knowledge of educational neuroscience (neuroeducation) to benefit the students they teach; Design and implement strategies for effective differentiated instruction; Create a positive and productive learning environment that supports diversity in the classroom. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Differentiation and the Brain" is an especially recommended addition to school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Differentiation and the Brain" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $24.07).

Dare to be Different
Will Ryan
Crown House Publishing
81 Brook Hills Circle, White Plains, NY 10605
9781785832765, $19.95, PB, 220pp,

Will Ryan has worked in schools in Rotherham, South Yorkshire for over 30 years as a teacher, head teacher and Local Authority adviser. As a head teacher he led a school that prized itself on genuine pupil creativity. While it is presented to the reader as a fable with fictitious characters, "Dare to be Different: A Leadership Fable About Transformational Change In Schools" is based on real schools: schools in which Will Ryan has worked with leaders and teachers who, by applying their deeply held educational beliefs, accelerate learning and provide exciting learning opportunities for their pupils. What Ryan has done is to condense and interweave his forty-three years worth of accumulated experience of going in and out of the UK's best classrooms into "Dare to be Different in which the reader will find: At least one-hundred-and-eighteen tips that are based around exciting primary practice and which should make the hairs tingle on the neck of the most wizened school inspector; At least forty-five significant ideas that will strengthen leadership and have the capacity to transform your school as a learning community: A minimum of fifty quotations that will make the reader think about how our most inspirational leaders create inspirational teachers who get an inspirational response from their learners; Compelling pieces of evidence to demonstrate that primary school teachers are doing a fabulous job -- despite what any politician or tabloid reporter would proclaim. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Dare to be Different" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Educational Studies collections and supplemental reading lists. It should be known for the personal reading lists of students, teachers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Dare to be Different" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.49).

Leading Change Together
Eleanor Drago-Severson & Jessica Blum-DeStefano
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416624974, $30.95, PB, 176pp,

In "Leading Change Together: Developing Educator Capacity Within Schools and Systems", Eleanor Drago-Severson (Professor of Education Leadership and Adult Learning and Leadership, and director of the PhD Program in Educational Leadership, at Teachers College, Columbia University) and Jessica Blum-DeStefano ( Adjunct Instructor at Bank Street College of Education) share an expertise that has evolved from their many decades of research and work with educators and show classroom teachers how to: Deepen their understanding of adult development and its role in systemic and schoolwide change and educational improvement; Connect theory to practice with developmentally oriented structures and strategies that enhance collaboration, communication, and feedback; Support individual and, organizational growth with a differentiated approach to leadership and capacity building; Build trust, capacity, collegiality, and sustainability with developmental practices that meet adult needs. Whether working in a school, district, university, educational institution, or other learning organization, educators will learn how to infuse leadership, collaboration, communication, and capacity building with a deep understanding of individuals' experiences and capacities -- and how they influence our day-to-day work. "Leading Change Together" is an effective and practical instructional guide explaining how classroom teachers as well as their adult learner students can effect tremendous change in schools and systems. While especially and unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Leading Change Together" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $28.22).

A Teacher's Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning
Dina Brulles & Karen L. Brown
Free Spirit Publishing
6325 Sandburg Road, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55427-3674
9781631982835, $42.99, PB, 200pp,

Grouping learners purposefully throughout the school day based on their needs and the curriculum remains the single best way to differentiate instruction. The collaborative project of Dina Brulles (who is a; school administrator and the Gifted Education Director at Arizona's paradise Valley unified School District) and Karen L. Brown (who is a former elementary-school gifted specialist and is currently an education consultant and a gifted program mentor at Arizona's paradise Valley unified School District), "A Teacher's Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Form, Manage, Assess, and Differentiate in Groups" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' guide that will help classroom teachers to expertly utilize flexible grouping and differentiation strategies to respond to their students' diverse learning needs, abilities, and interests. Included are methods for creating groups based on assessment data, planning group lessons and tiered assignments, engaging learners at all levels, supporting personalized learning, grading collaborative work, and communicating with parents about the benefits of groupwork and productive struggle. Digital content contains all forms from the book and a PDF presentation. A free online PLC/Book Study Guide is available at, making "A Teacher's Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning" is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies lists.

PE Metrics, third edition
SHAPE America
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781492526667, $69.00, PB, 360pp,

Founded in 1885, SHAPE America -- Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Now in a fully updated and expanded third edition, "PE Metrics: Assessing Student Performance Using the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education", aligns with SHAPE America's National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education, was created by SHAPE America and its writing team, and was reviewed by researchers and teachers with expertise in assessment. The result is a text that PE teachers can use with confidence as they develop physical literacy in their students. Featuring 130 ready-to-use assessments for kindergarten through grade 12 (65 elementary, 43 middle school, and 22 high school); Worksheets, checklists, and rubrics that support the assessments; Guidance on creating deftly crafted assessments for any lesson or unit, the assessments comprising "PE Metrics" are aligned with the three SHAPE America lesson planning books for elementary, middle, and secondary school and dovetail with SHAPE America's The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education. The assessments can be used as they are, or can be modified, or used as samples in creating assessments that are best suited to a particular needs. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "PE Metrics" is an especially and unreservedly recommended for professional, school district, college, and university library Physical Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Psychology Shelf

Saving Talk Therapy
Enrico Gnaulati
Beacon Press
24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
9780807093405, $27.95, HC, 264pp,

Beginning with a discussion of the historical development of talk therapy, in "Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care", Enrico Gnaulati (a clinical psychologist based in Pasadena, California) dissects the factors that have undermined traditional psychotherapy today. Psychotropic drugs, if no longer thought of as a magical cure, are still over-prescribed and shunt health-care dollars to drug corporations. Managed-care companies and mental health "carve outs" send health-care dollars to administrators, drive many practitioners away, and over-burden those who remain. Drawing back the curtains on CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), Dr. Gnaulati shows that while it might be effective in the research lab, its findings are of limited use for the people's complex, real-world emotional problems. "Saving Talk Therapy" is a passionate and deeply researched case for in-depth, personally transformative psychotherapy that incorporates the benefits of an evidence-based approach and psychotropic drugs without over-relying on them. Exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented, "Saving Talk Therapy" is an extraordinarily informative and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, content, and commentary. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Psychology/Psychiatry and Health/Medicine collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Saving Talk Therapy" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781520095592, $24.99, CD).

Psychotherapeutic Traction
Henry Kellerman
American Mental Health Foundation
PO Box 3, Riverdale, NY 10471-0003
9781590565728, $25.00, PB, 208pp,

Henry Kellerman, Ph.D., is the author of many related books of importance including, from The American Mental Health Foundation, Anatomy of Delusion; Group Psychotherapy and Personality: A Theoretical Model; Personality: How It Forms; and There's No Handle on My Door: Stories of Patients in Mental Hospitals. Among his other books are The Psychoanalysis of Symptoms; Dictionary of Psychopathology; Sleep Disorders: Insomnia and Narcolepsy; The 4 Steps to Peace of Mind; Love Is Not Enough: What It Takes to Make It Work; and the coauthored two-volume Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis. Via the metaphorical ignition and forward movement of the therapeutic process, in "Psychotherapeutic Traction: Uncovering the Patient's Power-theme and Basic-wish" Dr. Kellerman takes the reader on a journey through his decades of work with patients: reaching to their power-themes. These keep the individual's personality organized, so that resulting behavior can fulfill basic-wishes. Five compelling Case Histories make "Psychotherapeutic Traction" an extraordinary and highly recommended read not only for professionals, but for non-specialist general readers interested in the difficult-and-rewarding work of the psychotherapeutic process as well. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Psychotherapeutic Traction" should be a part of every college and university library Psychology/Psychiatry reference collection and supplemental studies reading list.

Kristen Lee
Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
9780757320576, $15.95, PB, 264pp,

A leading expert on resilience and behavioral science, Dr. Kristen Lee is a clinician who has developed a new psychology of thinking model based upon his more than twenty years of clinical practice, the latest neuroscience, and her own research findings. "Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking--Learn What It Takes to be More Agile, Mindful, and Connected in Today's World" is a guide that will help the reader build meta-awareness by emphasizing an impact-driven rather than a performance-obsessed mindset, and adopt a model of 'collective efficacy' that is less I-focused and more we-focused, to facilitate positive social impact at a time when it's desperately needed. This is what psychologists call 'The Good Life' -- living mindfully and consciously. Rather than falling for predominant definitions of 'success' that leave us boxed in, depleted, and oblivious to ways we can work together, "Mentalligence" helps us find the thinking and behavioral agility to work towards better outcomes for all. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Mentalligence" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Psychology and Self-Help collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Mentalligence" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.32).

The American History Shelf

The Light Shines from the West
Robert C. Baron
Fulcrum Publishing
4690 Table Mountain Drive, Suite 100, Golden, Colorado 80403
9781682751640 $29.95

The Light Shines from the West: A Western Perspective on the Growth of America examines the history of America from the 1800's to the present, with emphasis on how the West shaped America's culture, sociology, environment, and politics. Chapters examine the roles of Native Americans; mass migration from Eastern America; Women of the West; the rural West; the economic history of the West; and much more. Notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this excellent history, researched with scholarly drive yet thoroughly accesible to readers of all backgrounds. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library American History collections.

Forty Years of American Life
Thomas Low Nichols
Stackpole Books
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
National Book Network (distribution)
9780811737456 $21.95 pbk / $5.99 Kindle

Forty Years of American Life, 1821-1861 is an autobiographical history of America in the forty years prior to the Civil War. Author Thomas Low Nichols, a former medical student turned journalist, was frustrated by severe restrictions of freedom of speech, violence, and extreme partisanship stemming from the war. He departed for England and wrote of the the America he remembered, before war and civil unrest divided the nation. Part of the "Stackpole Classics" series, Forty Years of American Life is a welcome contribution to public and college library American History and Biography shelves, highly recommended.

The Story of Latino Protestants in the United States
Juan Francisco Martinez
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802873187, $28.00, PB, 240pp,

"The Story of Latino Protestants in the United States" by Juan Francisco Martinez (who is a fifth-generation American Latino Protestant and a Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership at the Fuller Theological Seminary) is groundbreaking study that provides a broad historical overview of Latino Protestantism in the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. Beginning with a description of the diverse Latino Protestant community and a summary of his own historiographical approach, Professor Martinez then examines six major periods in the history of American Latino Protestantism, paying special attention to key social, political, and religious issues (including immigration policies, migration patterns, enculturation and assimilation, and others) that framed its development and diversification during each period. Professor Martinez then concludes by outlining the challenges currently facing Latino Protestants in the United States and considering what Latino Protestantism might look like in the future. Offering vital insights into key leaders, eras, and trends in Latino Protestantism, Professor Martinez's work will prove an invaluable resource for all who are seeking to understand this rapidly growing US demographic. An impressive work of seminal scholarship that will also have a definitive appeal for academicians and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, "The Story of Latino Protestants in the United States" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Hispanic American History and Christian Studies collections.

The World History Shelf

William Dalrymple & Anita Anand
Isis Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785414855, $35.50, HC, 264pp,

On 29 March 1849, the ten-year-old maharaja of Punjab was compelled to hand over great riches to the British, including perhaps the single most valuable object on the subcontinent -- the celebrated Koh-i-Noor diamond, aptly called the Mountain of Light. The history of the Koh-i-Noor that was then commissioned by the British may have been one woven together from gossip of Delhi bazaars, but it was to be become the accepted version. Only now is it finally challenged, freeing the diamond from the fog of mythology that has clung to it for so long. The resulting history is one of greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation told through an impressive slice of south and central Asian history. It ends with the jewel in its current controversial setting -- in the crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Author William Dalrymple is a Scottish historian and writer, art historian and curator, as well as a prominent broadcaster and critic. With the publication of this large print edition of "Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond" he has produced a definitive and inherently fascinating history that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of academicians and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.

The Civil War Shelf

Curious And Unusual Civil War Stories
Rex T. Jackson
Heritage Books
5810 Ruatan Street, Berwyn Heights, Maryland 20740
0788457802, $22.50, PB, 202pp,

Horrific and unforgettable battles like Gettysburg, Antietam, and Shiloh are well documented, but many other lesser-known events took place during the American Civil War as well. Some of them are strange, unusual, or obscure, yet they are all equally important. Civil War buffs and American History students curious about a homegrown conflict that harvested more than 700,000 lives will find ample sustenance here to appease their appetites. For instance, in the pages of "Curious And Unusual Civil War Stories" by historian Rex T. Jackson can be found a Union and Confederate conflict that occurred in the English Channel, while another engagement that predates Bull Run holds the distinction of being the first significant land battle of the Civil War, and still another involves a land fortification which surrendered solely to the inland navy -- it would not happen again throughout the war. Numerous photographs, additional illustrations, bibliographies, and index to full names and places enhance the value of this work for both the non-specialist general reader and the academic community, making "Curious And Unusual Civil War Stories" and especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library American Civil War History collections and supplemental studies reading list.

The Generals of Shiloh
Larry Tagg
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611213690, $32.95, HC, 312pp,

Most writers of military history stress strategy and tactics at the expense of the character of their subjects. Larry Tagg remedies that oversight with "The Generals of Shiloh: Character in Leadership, April 6-7, 1862", a unique and invaluable study of the high-ranking combat officers whose conduct in April 1862 helped determine the success or failure of their respective armies, the fate of the war in the Western Theater and, in turn, the fate of the American union. The readers is presented with detailed background information on each of general officer, coupled with a thorough account of each man's actions on the field of Shiloh and, if he survived that battle, his fate thereafter. Many of the great names tossed up by civil war are found here in this early battle, from U. S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and Don Carlos Buell, to Albert S. Johnston, Braxton Bragg, and P. G. T. Beauregard. Many more men, whose names crossed the stage of furious combat only to disappear in the smoke on the far side, also populate these pages. Every one acted in his own unique fashion and in a manner worthy of study. This marriage of character ("the features and attributes of a man") with his war record, offers new insights into how and why a particular soldier acted a certain way, in a certain situation, at a certain time. An invaluable and impressively informative study, "The Generals of Shiloh" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to the growing library of American Civil War literature. While an especially commended addition to both community and academic library Civil War collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject that "The Generals of Shiloh" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Fiction Shelf

Lonely Is The Gunfighter
Steve Hayes
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444835571, $20.99, PB, 264pp,

Morgan 'Coop' Cooper is a man with a tragic past and an uncertain future. Drifting into the town of Rocas Rojas, his trail crosses with that of enigmatic saloon owner Lorna Rutledge. They hit it off immediately - but there is more to Lorna than meets the eye. Almost before he knows it, Coop finds himself teamed up with a gunman named Gospel Curtis, and robbing a gold train at Deep River Gorge. Another deftly crafted gem of a western action/adventure novel by a master of the genre, Steve Hayes' "Lonely Is The Gunfighter" in this large print edition from Linford Western Library is unreservedly recommended for both the personal reading lists of dedicated western buffs, and community library Western Fiction collections.

The Same Night Awaits Us All
Hristo Karastoyanov, author
Izidora Angel, translator
Open Letter Books
c/o University of Rochester
Lattimore Hall 411, Box 270082, Rochester, NY 14627
9781940953687, $15.95, PB, 310pp,

Hristo Karastoyanov is a multi-award winning contemporary Bulgarian novelist, playwright, and political essayist whose work has been translated into English, Turkish, and German. All seven of his novels have been shortlisted for the prestigious Helikon Award. His award winning novel "The Same Night Awaits Us All" has now been ably translated into English for an American readership by Izidora Angel. "The Same Night Awaits Us All" is the story of a military coup in June of 1923, that established Aleksandar Tsankov as the new leader of Bulgaria. His fascist policies (especially aimed at the Bulgarian Communist Party) led to the failed September Uprising and an extended period of martial law. At that same time, Geo Milev (one of Bulgaria's most beloved poets) started a politically charged literary magazine with Georgi Sheytanov, a notorious anarchist on the run. Eighteen months later, the government assassinated both of them, although Milev's body wouldn't be found for another thirty years. In this multilayered historical novel Hristo Karastoyanov deftly deconstructs this period, blending an adventurous tale of resistance with current-day reflections on what this period meant to Bulgaria and the world. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Same Night Awaits Us All" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.95).

The Vain Conversation
Anthony Grooms
University of South Carolina Press
718 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29208
9781611178821, $27.99, HC, 256pp,

Inspired by true events, "The Vain Conversation" by Anthony Grooms reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters: Bertrand Johnson, one of the victims; Noland Jacks, a presumed perpetrator; and Lonnie Henson, a witness to the murders as a ten-year-old boy. Lonnie's inexplicable feelings of culpability drive him in a search for meaning that takes him around the world, and ultimately back to Georgia, where he must confront Jacks and his own demons, with the hopes that doing so will free him from the grip of the past. Although a work of fiction, "The Vain Conversation" seeks to advance the national dialogue on race relations. With complexity, satire, and sometimes levity, he explores what it means to redeem, as well as to be redeemed, on the issues of America's race violence and speaks to the broader issues of oppression and violence everywhere. Of special note is the foreword is provided by American poet, painter, and novelist Clarence Major, as well as an afterward written by T. Geronimo Johnson. As engaging and entertaining as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "The Vain Conversation" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary American Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Vain Conversation" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).

The Anarchist
John Smolens
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611862683, $19.95, PB, 336pp,

On a stifling afternoon in September 1901, a young anarchist, Leon Czolgosz, waits in line to meet President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. Czolgosz's right hand is wrapped in a handkerchief and held across his chest as though it were in a sling. But the handkerchief conceals a .32-caliber revolver. When the president greets him, Czolgosz fires two shots. The nation quickly plummets into fear and anger. A week later, a rioting mob attempts to lynch McKinley's assassin, and across the country, political dissidents such as the notorious Emma Goldman are arrested. Driven by a sense of duty and his love for a beautiful Russian prostitute, Czolgosz's confidant, Moses Hyde, infiltrates an anarchist group as it sets in motion a deadly scheme designed to push the country into a state of terror. "The Anarchist" by John Smolens is a deftly crafted novel that brilliantly renders a haunting and belligerent twentieth-century landscape teeming with corrupt politicians, dissidents, and immigrants eager for a fresh start in an America where every allegiance is questioned, and every hope and aspiration comes at a price. An inherently fascinating and consistently engaging novel from beginning to end, "The Anarchist" is an especially recommended addition to both community and academic library Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Anarchist" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.95).

The Money/Finance Shelf

Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s For Dummies
Eric Tyson, MBA
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781119431411, $19.99, PB, 336pp,

Millennials often confront economic uncertainty and student debt that those who came before them haven't had to deal with so substantially. This new financial responsibility can be intimidating, and many people are unsure where to begin. "Personal Finance in Your 20s & 30s For Dummies" by personal finance author, counselor, and writer Eric Tyson will help Millennials to be confident about managing their finances and get on a clear path toward financial security. Tyson shows students and recent grads how to make smart financial decisions in order to pay off student loans, avoid any additional debt, and create a solid plan to ensure their financial success. From avoiding common money mistakes to making informed investment choices, "Personal Finance in Your 20s & 30s For Dummies" also covers: Building a foundation through smart spending and saving; Renting, buying, or selling a house; Filing taxes the right way; Protecting finances and identity in the digital world. "Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s For Dummies" is exceptional 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, making it an ideal instructional guide for millennials in search of financial security. While unreservedly recommended for college and community library Money/Finance instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s For Dummies" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Opposing the Adverse Expert, second edition
Stephen D. Easton
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781641050333, $180.00, PB, 952pp,

Now in a completely updated second edition, "Opposing the Adverse Expert: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Stage of Litigation" by trial attorney Stephen D. Easton is a step-by-step guide to investigating, evaluating, and opposing the adverse expert in civil cases. "Opposing the Adverse Expert" outlines tactics attorneys can use to gather information about the adverse expert, both in the discovery process and on your own to: take effective expert depositions; evaluate the adverse expert's analysis of the key issues; move to exclude his testimony; conduct devastating cross-examinations of incorrect experts; make the most of your voir dire, opening statement, and closing argument; and even to advocate powerfully about expert issues on appeal. It should be noted that purchasers of "Opposing the Adverse Expert" gain access to the American Bar Association website, which includes checklists that can be put to immediate use in a legal courtroom-based practice, outlines for expert depositions and cross-examinations, nationwide charts of expert witness law, and state outlines with numerous citations to key expert witness rules, cases, and pattern jury instructions. Comprehensive, exceptionally well organized and presented, "Opposing the Adverse Expert" is a critically important and core addition to professional reference collections, and an ideal law school curriculum textbook, and an essential, unreservedly recommended addition to law firm and academic library Judicial Studies instructional reference collections.

The Science Shelf

A Wilder Time
William E. Glassley
Bellevue Literary Press
c/o NYU School of Medicine
550 First Ave., OBV A612, New York, NY 10016
Consortium Books Sales & Distribution (distributor)
9781942658344, $17.99, PB, 224pp,

William E. Glassley is a geologist at the University of California, Davis, and an emeritus researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark, focusing on the evolution of continents and the processes that energize them. Greenland, one of the last truly wild places, contains a treasure trove of information on Earth's early history embedded in its pristine landscape. Over numerous seasons, Glassley and two fellow geologists traveled there to collect samples and observe rock formations for evidence to prove a contested theory that plate tectonics, the movement of Earth's crust over its molten core, is a much more ancient process than some believed. As their research drove the scientists ever farther into regions barely explored by humans for millennia (if ever) Glassley encountered wondrous creatures and natural phenomena that gave him unexpected insight into the origins of myth, the virtues and boundaries of science, and the importance of seeking the wilderness within. An invitation to experience a breathtaking place and the fascinating science behind its creation, "A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice " is nature writing at its informative and inspirational best and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Wilder Time" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.80).

Polarization in Electromagnetic Systems, second edition
Warren Stutzman
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781630811075, $179.00, HC, 352pp,

Warren L. Stutzman has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech for more than 40 years and is currently an emeritus professor. He founded the Virginia Tech Antenna Group. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE. Now in a completely revised and expanded second edition of an Artech House classic, "Polarization in Electromagnetic Systems" by Professor Stutzman presents the principles of polarization as applied to electromagnetic systems. "Polarization in Electromagnetic Systems" emphasizes the concepts needed for functional aspects of systems calculations and device evaluation. Readers find up-to-date coverage of applications in wireless communications. The fundamentals of polarization are explained, including the principles of wave polarization, and polarization state representations. "Polarization in Electromagnetic Systems" accessibly explores partially polarized waves, and includes details about un-polarized waves, degree of polarization, and stokes parameters representation. An impressive volume of instructional scholarship and cutting edge technology, "Polarization in Electromagnetic Systems" is a very highly recommended and core addition to professional, college, and community library Technology collections in general and Electromagnetic Systems supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Physics of Energy
Robert L. Jaffe & Washington Taylor
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
9781107016651, $79.99, HC, 894pp,

The collaborative publication of Robert L. Jaffe (Orningstar professor of Physics, MIT) and Washington Taylor (Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Theorectical Physics, MIT), "The Physics of Energy" provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the scientific principles governing energy sources, uses, and systems. A comprehensive and definitive textbook, "The Physics of Energy" deftly traces the flow of energy from sources such as solar power, nuclear power, wind power, water power, and fossil fuels through its transformation in devices such as heat engines and electrical generators, to its uses including transportation, heating, cooling, and other applications. The flow of energy through the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, and systems issues including storage, electric grids, and efficiency and conservation are presented in a scientific context along with topics such as radiation from nuclear power and climate change from the use of fossil fuels. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Physics of Energy" is the perfect textbook on the subject for students, scientists, engineers, energy industry professionals, and non-specialist general readers who have some mathematical and scientific background and wish to understand energy systems and issues quantitatively. An ideal curriculum textbook, "The Physics of Energy" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library collections. It should be noted for students that "The Physics of Energy" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $52.42).

The Technology Shelf

Smart Grid Redefined
Subramanian Vadari
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781630814762, $159.00, HC, 370pp,

Subramanian Vadari is the founder and president of Modern Grid Solutions and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. He received his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. In "Smart Grid Redefined: Transformation of the Electric Utility" he draws upon his years of experience and expertise in the utility field to create a practical and thoroughly 'user friendly' resource guides for professionals involved in the evolution of the Smart Grid and offers insights into distribution automation, storage, and microgrid. "Smart Grid Redefined" specifically highlights the journey to electric utility 3.0 and provides solid examples and includes real-world case studies. Readers find guidance on new energy storage solutions and electric value chain disruptors. Professionals also learn how to overcome challenges related to integrating supply and demand diversity. Impressively informative and exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Smart Grid Redefined" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to professional, college, and university library Technology and Power Engineering collections in general, and Smart Grid supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

Applications of Modern RF Photonics
Preetpaul Singh Devgan
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781630811594, $159.00, HC, 236pp,

Photonics is the physical science of light (photon) generation, detection, and manipulation through emission, transmission, modulation, signal processing, switching, amplification, and detection/sensing. Optoelectronics is the study and application of electronic devices and systems that source, detect and control light, usually considered a sub-field of photonics. "Applications of Modern RF Photonics" by Preetpaul Singh Devgan (who is a Senior Electrical Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory) offers a unique new resource presents applications of modern RF photonic systems that use RF photonic components for commonly used signal processing systems. "Applications of Modern RF Photonics" provides insight into how a variety of systems work together, including RF down conversion, analog to digital conversion, RF oscillators, and frequency identification. A comparison of analog versus digital systems is presented. Readers find in-depth coverage of analog delay lines using RF photonics, various system architectures, and details about RF photonic component performance. Signal processing utilizing RF photonics and the need for down conversion is discussed. The many advancements in analog delay line performance are explained, including those in photodetector, optical fibers, and optical and amplifier modulators. Expertly written, accessibly organized, enhanced with a six page List of Acronyms and a seven page Index, "Applications of Modern RF Photonics" is an essential and very highly recommended addition to both college and university library Applied Technology collections in general, and Optoelectronics supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Jewelry Shelf

Diamond Handbook, third edition
Renee Newman GG
International Jewelry Publications
9780929975535, $19.95, PB, 168pp,

Now in a fully updated third edition, "Diamond Handbook: How to Identify & Evaluate Diamonds" is an essential instructional guide and manual for jewelry professionals and serious diamond buyers with comprehensive information on new developments in diamond grading, treatments, synthetic diamonds, imitations, branded diamonds and fancy-color diamonds. Using close-up photos, the "Diamond Manual" shows how to make visual judgments about clarity, transparency, brilliance and cut quality and provides the trade reader virtually all the essential information needed to buy and sell diamonds profitably. Of special note is the new chapter on how to distinguish transparent and black diamond imitations from real natural diamonds. While the chapter on synthetic diamonds has eleven new pages, seven of which are photo pages that help trade members identify HPHT and CVD-grown diamonds with magnification, fluorescence and crossed Polaroid filters. Photos and information have been updated in the chapters on fancy color diamonds, diamond fluorescence, diamond treatments, recutting diamonds and antique cuts & jewelry. While unreservedly recommended for professional, community, and academic library instructional reference collections, this latest edition of the "Diamond Handbook" will prove to be indispensable for members of the jewelry industry, as well as the diamond jewelry consuming public.

The Business Shelf

Navigating Global Business: A Cultural Compass
Simcha Ronen & Oded Shenkar
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
9781107090613, $120.00, HC, 390pp,

The collaborative project of Simcha Ronen (Professor of Organizational Behavior, Tel Aviv University) and Oded Shenkar (Ford Motor Campny Chair in Glboal Business Management and Professor of Management and Human Resources, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University), "Navigating Global Business: A Cultural Compass" deftly integrates and synthesizes all available country cluster studies into a nested meta-structure accompanied by eco-cultural correlates that distinguish amongst clusters. The broad range of analyses will appeal to researchers and practitioners, seasoned multi-firm executives, those in small firms seeking internationalization, and anyone intrigued by the greater question of human diversity. "Navigating Global Business: A Cultural Compass" covers key work-related cultural dimensions for much of the world, and includes examples of applications in most business areas. Also exhibited are the correlates of culture, some of which, such as language and religion, speak to the origin of cultural variations in addition to illustrating key variants of the global terrain. Finally, "Navigating Global Business: A Cultural Compass" examines how patterns might have changed over time, providing a rigorous and realistic assessment of the fruits of globalization. A superbly crafted, organized and presented work of sterling scholarship, "Navigating Global Business: A Cultural Compass" is unreservedly recommended as a core addition to corporate, community and academic library Business Management instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for students, business managers, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Navigating Global Business: A Cultural Compass" is also available in a paperback edition (9781107462762, $64.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $42.59).

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Cat of the Baskervilles
Vicki Delany
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781683314714, $26.99, HC, 304pp,

Legendary stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham arrives on Cape Cod to star in a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles put on by the West London Theater Festival. When Sir Nigel, some of the cast, and the director visit the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop at 222 Baker Street, Gemma Doyle realizes that Sir Nigel is not at all suited to the role. He is long past his prime and an old drunk to boot. The cast, in particular the much younger actor who previously had the role, are not happy, but the show must go on. Before the play opens, Leslie Wilson, mother of Gemma's best friend Jayne, arranges a fundraising afternoon tea to be catered by Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. The tea is a huge success, but when it's time to leave, Sir Nigel has gone missing -- only to be found at the bottom of the rocky cliff, dead. Along with the dead body, Gemma finds evidence incriminating Leslie Wilson. When the police, in the presence of handsome detective Ryan Ashburton and suspicious detective Louise Estrada, focus their attention on Leslie despite the numerous other suspects, the game is once again afoot and it's again up to the highly perceptive Gemma and the ever-confused but loyal Jayne to clear Jayne's mother's name. Another deftly crafted title in the 'Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery' series by Vicki Delany, "The Cat of the Baskervilles" is a pure treat for dedicated mystery buffs by a true master of the genre. While unabashedly and unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Cat of the Baskervilles " is also available in a paperback edition (9781683318064, $15.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.80).

The Enemy Within
Edward Marston
Magna Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780750545402, $35.50, HC, 366pp,

In 1917, Wally Hubbard is serving a long sentence for arson in the Pentonville Prison. But after befriending and tricking one of the officers, Hubbard makes an audacious escape. Inspector Marmion, the detective who originally arrested Hubbard, is warned to watch his back, but it seems that Hubbard has another target in his murderous sights. However, the investigation is mired in confusion. The identities of killer and victim are increasingly ambiguous. The multiplying manhunts, as well as Marmion's concern for his injured and withdrawn son Paul, leave the detective desperate and perhaps with too many threads to untangle. Now in a large print edition from Magna, "The Enemy Within" by Edward Marston is a simply riveting read by a master of the genre and will prove to be a welcome and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections, as well as the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs.

A Necessary Evil
Abir Mukherjee
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781681776712, $25.95, HC, 384pp,

The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore is home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines, and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. But when the heir to the throne is assassinated in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, they discover a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict. Prince Adhir was a modernizer whose attitudes (and romantic relationships) may have upset the more religious elements of his country, while his brother, who is now in line to the throne, appears to be a feckless playboy. As Wyndham and Banerjee desperately try to unravel the mystery behind the assassination, they become entangled in a dangerous world where those in power live by their own rules -- and those who cross their paths pay with their lives. They must find a murderer, before the murderer finds them. A carefully crafted and inherently riveting read from beginning to end, "A Necessary Evil" clearly showcases author Abir Mukherjee's master of the mystery genre with a novel that is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Necessary Evil" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

The Last Stand
Mickey Spillane
Hard Case Crime
9781785656866, $29.99, HC, 288pp,

When legendary mystery writer Mickey Spillane died in 2006, he left behind the manuscript of one last novel he'd just completed: "The Last Stand". He asked his friend and colleague (and fellow Mystery Writers of America Grand Master) Max Allan Collins to take responsibility for finding the right time and place to publish this final book. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of Spillane's birth, his millions of fans will at last get to read "The Last Stand", together with a second never-before-published work, this one from early in Spillane's career: the feverish crime novella "A Bullet For Satisfaction". A tarnished former cop goes on a crusade to find a politician's killer and avoid the .45-caliber slug with his name on it. A pilot forced to make an emergency landing in the desert finds himself at the center of a struggle between FBI agents, unsavory fortune hunters, and members of the local Indian tribe to control a mysterious find that could mean wealth and power - or death. These two substantial new works are filled from cover to cover with Spillane's muscular prose and the gorgeous women and two-fisted action the author was famous for, topped off by an introduction from Max Allan Collins describing the history of these lost manuscripts and his long relationship with the writer who was his mentor, his hero, and for much of the last century the bestselling author in the world. An absolute 'must read' for all dedicated mystery buffs and the legions of Mickey Spillane fans, "The Last Stand" is unreservedly recommended for all community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Last Stand" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

The Biography Shelf

The Geraldo Show: A Memoir
Geraldo Rivera
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, STE 400, Dallas, TX 75204
9781944648909, $26.95, HC, 380pp,

One of America's most enduring broadcasters, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera is a Fox News correspondent-at-large and host of breaking news specials, the Geraldo Rivera Reports. He also provides weekly reporting and commentary for FNC's Fox and Friends and Hannity. A native New Yorker outraged by the terror attacks of 9/11, he left CNBC's Rivera Live to become a FNC senior war correspondent, reporting live from Afghanistan beginning with the initial siege on Osama bin Laden's Tora Bora hideout, and broke the news ten years later that the terror mastermind had finally been killed by SEAL Team 6. He has reported extensively on the Arab - Israeli conflict and other armed conflicts around the globe, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq, one of eleven extended assignments there. Rivera began his forty-eight-year television career at WABC-TV in New York where he presented a series exposing the deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School for residents then described as mentally retarded. These historic reports are credited with helping end the nation's policy of warehousing the developmentally disabled. "The Geraldo Show: A Memoir" is his personal autobiography and will prove to be a 'must read' for his legions of fans'. Candidly insightful and impressively informative, "The Geraldo Show: A Memoir" is an especially recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary American Biography collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Geraldo Show: A Memoir" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $25.60).

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Rending and the Nest
Kaethe Schwehn
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781632869722, $26.00, HC, 304pp,

When 95 percent of the earth's population disappears for no apparent reason, Mira does what she can to create some semblance of a life: She cobbles together a haphazard community named Zion, scavenges the Piles for supplies they might need, and avoids loving anyone she can't afford to lose. She has everything under control. Almost. Four years after the Rending, Mira's best friend, Lana, announces her pregnancy, the first since everything changed and a new source of hope for Mira. But when Lana gives birth to an inanimate object--and other women of Zion follow suit--the thin veil of normalcy Mira has thrown over her new life begins to fray. As the Zionites wrestle with the presence of these Babies, a confident outsider named Michael appears, proselytizing about the world beyond Zion. He lures Lana away and when she doesn't return, Mira must decide how much she's willing to let go in order to save her friend, her home, and her own fraught pregnancy. "The Rending and the Nest" author Kaethe Schwehn uses a fantastical, post-apocalyptic landscape to ask decidedly human questions: How well do we know the people we love? What sustains us in the midst of suffering? How do we forgive the brokenness we find within others -- and within ourselves? A deftly crafted and inherently riveting read from beginning to end, "The Rending and the Nest" is very highly recommended for community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Rending and the Nest" is also available in a paperback edition (9781635571943, $11.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Art Shelf

Mastering Colored Pencil
Lisa Dinhofer
The Monacelli Press
6 West 18th Street, #2C, New York, NY 10011
9781580934923, $25.00, PB, 160pp,

Colored pencils are inexpensive, easy to use, and a mobile medium for producing beautiful works of visual art. The wide variety of vibrant color choices among the major manufacturers feature, at a recent count, more than fifty different reds in the colored pencil spectrum of Prismacolor, Faber-Castell, and Derwent. The base of the pencils vary as well: wax, watercolor, pastel, and graphite. These can be interchanged or mixed together. The effects that can be achieved are limitless. A work in pencil can be a drawing, a watercolor, or an oil painting. A wax pencil can sketch, can draw, can paint. A watercolor pencil can do the same. The drawing can be transparent as a loose wash or as dense as an oil on canvas. Artists can work as small as a postage stamp or as large as a wall. "Mastering Colored Pencil: An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts, and Techniques for Learning to Draw in Color" an instructional guide and manual that is illustrated throughout with professional artist Lisa Dinhofer's fresh and sophisticated artwork and includes more than twenty-five step-by-step demonstrations, thoughtful exercises, workbook templates, and specific assignments that are sure to help every artist achieve striking results with pencils. Enhanced with the inclusion of a special exhibition section includes work, technique descriptions, and insights from seven additional contemporary artists, "Mastering Colored Pencil" is a complete and comprehensive instructional that is especially and unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of aspiring artists, as well as an being an immediate and enduringly popular addition to art school, community, college, and university library Contemporary Art reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen
Naomi Beckwith, et al.
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
9783791357379, $60.00, HC, 276pp,

Born in middle-class Philadelphia in the 1940s, Howardena Pindell came of age during the Civil Rights movement. As an African-American woman artist, making her way in the world provided Pindell with source material to inspire her work. Profusely illustrated throughout, "Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen" deftly examines every facet of Pindell's impressive career to date. Since the 1960s, she has used materials such as glitter, talcum powder, and perfume to stretch the boundaries of traditional canvas painting. She has also infused her work with traces of her labor, such as obsessively affixing dots of pigment and circles made with an ordinary hole punch tool. After a car crash in 1979 left her with short-term amnesia, Pindell's work looked beyond the painting studio to explore a wide range of subjects, including the personal and diaristic as well as the social and political. This impressively informative monograph al highlights Pindell's work with photography, film, and performance. Excerpts from the artist's writing, in particular her critique of the art world and her responses to feminism and racial politics, provide prescient commentary in light of conversations around equality and inclusion today. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Contemporary American Art History collections in general, and Howardena Pindell supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Parenting Shelf

Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids
Wendy L. Moss & Donald A. Moses, MD
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433828256, $19.95, PB, 248pp,

One of the hardest parts of parenting is knowing when to let your child struggle, and even fail, in order to learn and grow, and when to intervene. In "Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids: Nine Essential Skills to Teach Your Child or Teen", Wendy Moss (a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist) and Dr. Donald Moses (a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adolescents and young adults) deftly examine the key skills parents need to help their kids emerge as confident, and capable adults. Throughout "Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids" parents will discover ways to build their child's confidence, decision making abilities, tolerance for frustration, patience, and self-sufficiency. Lessons and examples are soundly based on professional experience and illustrate how to teach skills such as self-monitoring, understanding social cues, using technology, and recognizing opportunities for growth, even in life's more stressful moments. True-to-life stories and conversation-starters demonstrate specific ways parents can empower children to think for themselves, and learn to meet life's challenges head-on. Impressively 'real world practical' in scope, organization and presentation, "Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids" is an extraordinarily 'user friendly' instructional that is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Parenting collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of parents and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.93).

Linda Eyre
1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657
9781945547904, $18.99, PB, 343pp,

Grandmothers make the best cookies and give the best hugs, but there's so much more to being the kind of grandmother who leaves a legacy that stands the test of time. In the pages of "Grandmothering: The Secrets to Making a Difference While Having the Time of Your Life " author and grandmother Linda Eyre shares her own secret formula for teaching grandchildren values, building meaningful connections with them, and giving them grit and resilience in an ever-changing world. Broken into short, digestible chapters for quick reading, this guidebook is filled with time-tested advice and stories from a panel of grandmothers, plus an appendix of easy, delicious recipes to feed a crowd at your next family reunion. Impressively informative, inspired and inspiring, "Grandmothering" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as community library Parenting instructional reference collections.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Star Scouts: The League of Lasers
Mike Lawrence
First Second
175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781626722811 $14.99

Star Scouts: The League of Lasers is a full-color, science fiction graphic novel that will appeal to all ages. Young Avani has been invited to join the prestigious Star Scouts, but to earn a place in their ranks she must survive the imitation challenge. Stranded on a remote planet, Avani must contend with the methane atmosphere, unfriendly frog-like inhabitants, and the challenge of simply obtaining enough food and water to survive. Then she learns that her personal arch- nemesis, Pam, is stranded with her! Hazardous and exciting from cover to cover, Star Scouts: The League of Lasers is a grand adventure, highly recommended for both personal and public library graphic novel collections.

Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter
Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor
First Second
175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781626720268 $14.99

Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter is a full-color graphic novel that will appeal to readers of all ages, from middle grades to adult. Scarlett Hart is the orphaned, strong-willed daughter of two legendary monster hunters. She desires to follow in their footsteps, with the aid of her loyal butler and a multitude of gadgets to use against mummies, hounds, zombies, and much more! But could her archrival Count Stankovic run her out the business by seizing all the monster-catching rewards for himself? As more monsters proliferate in the city, Scarlett must to get to the bottom of the sudden infestation before it's too late! A thrilling, high-energy adventure from cover to cover, Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter is highly recommended.

The Audiobook Shelf

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?
Written and read by Mark Hyman, MD
Hachette Audio
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
9781478985389 $30.00

Now in an unabridged audiobook version, Mark Hyman, MD (director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine) presents Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, a close study of food that focuses on evidence-based nutrition - what modern science and nutritional studies tell us about different food groups, and how to select a diet ideal for maintaining optimal weight and good health. Chapters scrutinize individual food groups, and debunk lingering myths about specific foods. With its solid foundation on medicine and the science of nutrition, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? is worthy of the highest recommendation for individuals, families, cooks, meal planners, and public library collections. A PDF of supplemental materials is included in the audiobook presentation. 9 CDs, 10.5 hours.

The Sun Does Shine
Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin
Read by Kevin R. Free
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427293053 $39.99

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row is the unabridged audiobook biography of Anthony Ray Hinton, a black man who was arrested in 1985 and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. For three years, he languished in despair and anger on death row at Holman State Prison. As time passed, he resolved to find a way to live on death row. For twenty-seven years he worked to transform himself and his fellow prisoners. He founded a prison book group, and with the help of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015, after spending thirty years on death row. The Sun Does Shine is a story of hope, and the will to do better by oneself and others no matter how dire one's situation. Highly recommended, especially for personal and public library audiobook collections. 8 CDs, 9.5 hours.

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
Philip K. Dick, author
Tanya Elby, et al., narrators
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781543661040, $19.99, MP3 CD,

Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 - March 2, 1982) was an American science fiction writer. Dick explored philosophical, social, and political themes in his novels with plots dominated by monopolistic corporations, alternative universes, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. Dick also wrote more than one hundred short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. This audio book edition of "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams" collects ten of the best of those stories. In "Autofac," Dick shows us one of the earliest examples (and warnings) in science fiction of self-replicating machines. "Exhibit Piece" and "The Commuter" feature Dick exploring one of his favorite themes: the shifting nature of reality and whether it is even possible to perceive the world as it truly exists. And "The Hanging Stranger" provides a thrilling, dark political allegory as relevant today as it was when Dick wrote it at the height of the Cold War. Strange, funny, and powerful, the stories in this collection highlight a master at work, encapsulating his boundless imagination and deep understanding of the human condition. Flawlessly produced, with each adapted story having an informative introduction, "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams" is an extraordinary and very highly recommended addition to personal and community library audio book collections -- and an absolute 'must listen' for the legions of PKD fans. 6 hours, 56 min.

Claire Zorn
Narrated by Anushka Paris-Carter
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781501982804 $TBA

Reaching out to both a teenage and an adult audience, Protected is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a powerful novel about grief and the difficult journey toward healing. Hannah is a teenaged girl distraught by the death of her older sister. Her father is injured, her mother is severely depressed, and she struggles to cope day in, day out at school. But Hannah has begun to feel a stir of hope inside, and she can't express why. Protected is an emotionally moving story, made especially memorable by the performance of narrator Anushka Paris-Carter, and is highly recommended for personal and public library audiobook collections. 6 CDs, 6 hours.

Between Riverside and Crazy
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Starring John Cothran, Seamus Dever, Ana Ortiz, and Larry Powell
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
9781682660645 $29.95

Between Riverside and Crazy is an audiobook recording of a full-cast performance of an award- winning Off-Broadway comedy-drama play about a retired, widower policeman Walter "Pops" Washington, his ex-felon son, and others living in a sprawling, rent-controlled apartment. Walter is pursuing a lawsuit against the police department because he was accidentally shot by another cop; will ripples his lingering feud destroy the family life he is attempting to rebuild? Masterfully performed, Between Riverside and Crazy is a thoughtful take on the shifting power dynamic between landlords, tenants, police, and civilians, and is highly recommended for both personal and public library audiobook collections. 2 CDs, 1 hour 45 min.

The Europeans
Henry James, author
Read by Adam Sims
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
9781781981061 $41.98

First published in 1878, The Europeans is a classic short novel adapted into unabridged audiobook format. The story follows the culture shock between wealth elites on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. After her marriage to a German prince collapses Baroness Eugenia Munster travels to America along with her brother. The two have a profound impact on their American cousins, the Wentworths. Sparks of romance fly, yet the Europeans' more fanciful and frivolous lifestyle clashes drastically with that of the more serious and puritanical Americans. A lighthearted comedy-of-manners with memorable descriptions of mid-19th-century upper-class New England life, The Europeans is highly recommended for both personal and public library audiobook collections. 6 CDs, 6 hours 6 min.

The Library CD Shelf

Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light
Dan Kennedy
Privately Published
$15.99 CD / $9.49 MP3

Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light is a new age, solo piano album by New England composer and pianist Dan Kennedy. The songs flow freely, creating a diffused soundscape that stirs the imagination. Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light is a treasure for solo piano connoisseurs, highly recommended for both personal and public library music CD collections. The tracks are "Chilly Morning", "Give It All Away", "Wintergreen", "Backstory", "Souvenirs", "After The Heartache Is Gone", "California", "Ennio", "Wildflower", "Implying Flying", "Allelu", and "The Fire Within".

Serenity II
Michael Kollwitz
Privately Published
$15.00 CD / $9.49 MP3

Serenity II: More Peaceful Music on the Chapman Stick is a full hour of serene music crafted on the Chapman Stick, a stringed, electric, polyphonal instrument created by Emmett Chapman and considered to be part of the guitar family. Inspired by the book "Steps to Knowledge: The Book Of Inner Knowing" by Marshall Vian Summers, these songs soothe the spirit and inspire the mind with their drifting beauty. Highly recommended. The tracks are "The Presence", "Wrapped in Love", "Climbing The Mountain", "Clear Passage", "Live and Let Live", "The Balance", "Blue Skies", "Pure Signal", "Welcome Home", "A Greater Purpose", "One With Nature", "Shaman's Cave", "Easy Does It", "Breaking Free", "Beyond The Clouds", and "Way Of Knowledge".

Eva Salina, voice
Peter Stan, accordion

Subdina: A Portrait of Vida Pavlovic is a music CD by singer Eva Salina in honor of Serbian Roma singer Vida Pavlovic. Salina presents her own interpretations of Vida's body of recorded work. Written in both Romanes and Serbian, these songs tell of the hardships of poverty, migration, domestic abuse, and marginalization. Beautiful, profound, and passionate, Subdina is highly recommended especially for personal and public library international music collections. The tracks are "Pusti Me Da Zivim", "E Laute Basalen Taj Roven", "Ostala Je Pesma Moja", "Cerma Devla Cirikli", "Namarma Dileja", "Aven, Aven Romalen", "E Dadeci Cajori", and "Ostala" (feat. Demiran Cerimovic).

After the Rain
Neil Tatar
Tatar Associates
$17.99 CD / $9.49 MP3

Guitarist and pianist Neil Tatar presents a relaxing, instrumental music journey in his new album After the Rain. The songs stir the imagination, crafting an atmosphere of contemplation and wonder. After the Rain is highly recommended, especially for personal and public library music CD collections. The tracks are "Gentle Steps", "Sunsets", "Reflections", "When I Was Young", "Rush Pond", "Night Walk", "Freedom", "Welcome Home", "After the Rain", and "Sidwalk Jam".

Monika Herzig's Sheroes
Monika Herzig
Whaling City Sound
Naxos (distribution)

Monika Herzig's Sheroes is a jazz album featuring all-women, first-class talented performers from around the world. The compositions are largely original with a few covers. Monika Herzig's Sheroes is an amazing listening experience, brimming with passion for the performance, and highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of the genre. The tracks are "Time Again, D.B.", "Bubbles', "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Nancy Wilson Portrait", "Song for C.C.", "Just Another Day at the Office", "The House of the Rising Sun", "Wayning", "Cantos", and "I am a Superstar".

The Library DVD Shelf

Extraordinary Ordinary People
Directed by Alan Govenar
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036

Extraordinary Ordinary People is a documentary about folk and traditional arts in America, including dancing, quilting, woodcarving, and especially music. Particular focus is placed upon one of the least known programs of the National Endowment for the Arts: the National Heritage Fellowship, which has been awarded annually since 1982. Here are portraits of the men and women who earned the fellowship for contributing to American art and culture, from Bill Monroe and B.B. King to Passamaquoddy basket weavers and Peking Opera singers. A thoroughly engaging documentary, Extraordinary Ordinary People is especially recommended for public library collections. 84 min.

Love, Lies & Records
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment

Love, Lies & Records is an interpersonal drama set in a British register office, where people register milestones in their lives - births, marriages, and deaths. Senior Registrar Kate Dickenson has to balance her complicated personal life with the mental toll of her job. Worse, a co-worker jealous of Kate's promotion threatens to publicly reveal an indiscretion Kate had, which could jeopardize Kate's job and family life! Love, Lies & Records is tongue-in-cheek witty, thought- provoking, heartwarming, and highly recommended. Bonus materials include a behind-the- scenes featurette and a cast Q&A. 6 episodes on 2 DVDs, 360 min. plus bonus, SDH subtitles, widescreen.

The Military Shelf

Brotherhood in Combat
Jeremy P. Maxwell
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806160061 $29.95 hc / $24.95 Kindle

In 1948, President Harry Truman issued an executive order to desegregate the American military. Brotherhood in Combat: How African Americans Found Equality in Korea and Vietnam examines the integration of the American military during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Drawing upon oral histories from black and white soldiers and marines, Brotherhood in Combat studies racial tensions (which were more prevalent in rear units than the front lines), the difference in perspective between black soldiers who voluntarily served in Vietnam and those who were drafted, and the long-term social impact of the bonds of brotherhood that formed between soldiers of different races. Notes, a bibliography, and an index rounds out this excellent analysis, written with scholarly precision yet thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library Military History and African-American Studies shelves.

Electronic Warfare Signal Processing
James Genova
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781630814601, $129.00, HC, 300pp,

Now retired from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Electronic Warfare Division, James Genova is a prominent expert in the field of electronic warfare who draws upon his experience and expertise in "Electronic Warfare Signal Processing" to produce an authoritative new resource presents anti-ship missile (ASM) electronic protection (EP) techniques designed to enhance accurate target classification currently being developed by personnel from the People's Republic of China and other nations. "Electronic Warfare Signal Processing" provides a comprehensive introduction to modern electronic warfare (EW) in an era of information warfare (IW). It also explores the capabilities of coherent radar and digital signal processing to rapidly and accurately classify targets. Both naval and air electronic EW are covered in this resource. "Electronic Warfare Signal Processing" gives insight into modern EW as an information battle and includes guidance on properly testing the effectiveness of electronic attack (EA) systems. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Electronic Warfare Signal Processing" is an indispensable and unreservedly recommended addition to both college and university library Military Science collections in general, and Electronic Warfare supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

French Warships in the Age of Sail 1626-1786
Rif Winfield & Stephen S. Roberts
Seaforth Publishing
c/o Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781473893511, $76.95, HC, 464pp,

The origins of a permanent French sailing navy can be traced to the work of Cardinal Richelieu in the 1620s, but a virtually new Marine Royale had to be re-created by Colbert from 1661. Thereafter, Louis XIV's navy grew rapidly to become the largest and most powerful in the world, at the same time establishing a reputation for the quality of its ship design that lasted until the end of the Age of Sail. "French Warships in the Age of Sail 1626-1786: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates" by naval historian Rif Winfield with the assistance of Stephen S. Roberts is the first comprehensive listing of these ships in English, and follows the pattern set by its companion volume, "British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1793-1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates" in providing an impressive depth of information. Profusely illustrated with b/w illustrations and ship construction images, "French Warships in the Age of Sail 1626-1786" is impressively informative and comprehensive, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, college, and university library Naval History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

U-Boat 977
Heinz Schaffer
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781784382490, $29.95, HC, 224pp,

As is accurately described in the full title, "U-Boat 977 : The True Story of The U-boat that Escaped to Argentina" is the story of U-977, the German submarine that escaped to Argentina at the end of World War II. Before surfacing near the west coast of Africa, the vessel had spent a remarkable sixty-six days submerged. When it was first published in 1953, opinions were sharply divided between those who deplored the apparent extolling of a vicious form of warfare, and those who found Heinz Schaeffer's account a revealing picture of the German navy's training and methods. Heinz Schaffer joined the German navy at the very beginning of World War II after a boyhood spent mostly in small sailing boats. In 1944, Heinz Schaeffer took command of a new submarine, U-977. It was to be his last command. In "U-Boat 977" Schaffer vividly depicts the grueling aspects of a submariner's life. In the final months of the war, Schaeffer and his crew came under constant attacks from Allied aircraft and surface ships. With an informative introduction by Heinz Schaffer, "U-Boat 977" is an invaluable and appreciated contribution to the growing library of World War II memoirs and biographers, making this new edition very highly recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated military history buffs, as well as both community and academic library WWII Military History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Native American Studies Shelf

W. Michael Farmer
c/o The Globe Pequot Press
246 Goose Lane, Suite 200, Guilford, CT 06437
9781493032792, $18.95, PB, 216pp,

Compiled and written by W. Michael Farmer (who has combined over ten years of research into nineteenth century Apache history and culture with his personal southwest living experiences to fill his stories with a genuine sense of time and place), "Apacheria: True Stories of Apache Culture 1860-1920" is a compendium of brief essays, illustrative art, and photography from often obscure historical and ethnological studies of Apache history, life, and culture in the last half of the nineteenth century. These snippets of history and culture provide insights into late nineteenth century Apache culture, history, and supernatural beliefs as the great western migration after the Civil War swept over the Apache bands in the late nineteenth century resulting in immense pressure for their cultures to change or vanish. Impressively informed and informative, exceptionally thoughtful and thought-provoking, and providing an inherently fascinating read from cover to cover, "Apacheria" is unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Native American collections in general, and Apache Culture supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Apacheria" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).

Black Elk, Lakota Visionary
Harry Oldmeadow
World Wisdom
1501 East Hillside Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
9781936597604 $19.95 pbk

Black Elk, Lakota Visionary: The Ogala Holy Man & Sioux Tradition is an in-depth biographical scrutiny of the life and work of Black Elk (1863-1950), a famous medicine man and holy man of the Ogala Lakota Native American tribe. Chapters explore Black Elk's legacy, especially the book "Black Elk Speaks" (which is the most widely-read Native American testimonial of the last century), his mystical visions, his controversial perspective of Catholicism, and his lifelong efforts to preserve and revive traditional Sioux beliefs and practices. An index of photographic plates, an extensive list of sources, and an index round out this studious, extensively researched and analytically presented account, highly recommended especially for public and college library Native American Studies shelves.

The Music Shelf

Over and Over
Olivier Julien & Christophe Levaux, editors
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781501324888, $110.00, HC, 208pp,

From the Tin Pan Alley 32-bar form, through the cyclical forms of modal jazz, to the more recent accumulation of digital layers, beats, and breaks in Electronic Dance Music, repetition as both an aesthetic disposition and a formal property has stimulated a diverse range of genres and techniques. From the angles of musicology, psychology, sociology, and science and technology, "Over and Over: Exploring Repetition in Popular Music" reassesses the complexity connected to notions of repetition in a variety of musical genres. Collaborative compiled and co-edited by Olivier Julien (who is a lecturer in the history and musicology of popular music at Paris-Sorbonne University, France) and Christophe Levaux (who is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liege, Belgium), "Over and Over" explores the wide-ranging forms and use of repetition ranging from large repetitive structures to micro repetitions in relation to both specific and large-scale issues and contexts. "Over and Over" brings together a selection of original texts by leading authors in a field that is, as yet, little explored. Aimed at both specialists and neophytes, "Over and Over" sheds important new light on one of the fundamental phenomena of music of our times. Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a list of abbreviations and contractions, a list of music examples, figures, and tales, a listing of contributors and their credentials, a twenty page listing of references, and a six page index, "Over and Over" is a critically important work of outstanding collective scholarship and very highly recommended for college and university library Musicology collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Photography Shelf

Zoe Leonard: Survey
Bennett Simpson, et al.
DelMonico Books
c/o Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
9783791357317, $60.00, HC, 312pp,

From aerial landscapes to the Alaskan wilderness, American cities to natural history museums, there are few subjects that Zoe Leonard has not tackled in her 30-year career. Working primarily in photography and sculpture, Leonard consistently confronts the realities of change, love, and loss. Published in association with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, "Zoe Leonard: Survey" brings audiences up to date on her impressive body of work and accompanies a long-awaited retrospective exhibition of her work. "Zoe Leonard: Survey" features images and examinations from every one of Leonard's major series, including her early aerial and museum photographs, her landmark works (Strange Fruit and Analogue) and her most recent works, "In the Wake." Of special note is the inclusion of essays by erudite and insightful contributors which range from the critical to the personal, including explorations of sexual politics, immigration, and family. Breathtaking in scope and bringing together every facet of Leonard's oeuvre, "Zoe Leonard: Survey" celebrates Leonard's unflinching eye and her intimate art. Showcasing an extraordinary artist and her extraordinary body of work, "Zoe Leonard: Survey" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library collections Photography & Art collections.

The Sociology Shelf

Transitive Cultures
Christopher B. Patterson
Rutgers University Press
106 Somerset St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
9780813591902, $99.95, HC, 256pp,

Texts written by Southeast Asian migrants have often been read, taught, and studied under the label of multicultural literature. But what if the ideology of multiculturalism (with its emphasis on authenticity and identifiable cultural difference) is precisely what this literature resists? "Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific" by Christopher B. Patterson (Assistant Professor of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University) offers a new perspective on transpacific Anglophone literature, revealing how these chameleonic writers enact a variety of hybrid, transnational identities and intimacies. Examining literature from Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, as well as from Southeast Asian migrants in Canada, Hawaii, and the U.S. mainland, "Transitive Cultures" considers how these authors use English strategically, as a means for building interethnic alliances and critiquing ruling power structures in both Southeast Asia and North America. Uncovering a wealth of texts from queer migrants, those who resist ethnic stereotypes, and those who feel few ties to their ostensible homelands, "Transitive Cultures" challenges conventional expectations regarding diaspora and minority writers. A seminal work of outstanding scholarship, "Transitive Cultures" is especially and unreservedly recommended for college and academic library Contemporary Sociology collections, as well as the supplemental studies reading lists in Asian American Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Transitive Cultures" is also available in a paperback edition ( 9780813591865, $29.95) and in a digital book format (eTextbook, $29.95).

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Vindicating the Vixens
Sandra Glahn, editor
Kregel Publications
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780825444135, $22.99, PB, 304pp,

"Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible" by Sandra Glahn (who is a Professor in Media Arts/Worship and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary) will enable the reader to gain a greater understanding of gender in the Bible through the eyes of a diverse group of evangelical scholars who assert that Christians have missed the point of some scriptural stories by assuming the women in them were "bad girls". Did the Samaritan woman really divorce five husbands in a world where women rarely divorced even one? Did Bathsheba seduce King David by bathing in the nude? Was Mary Magdalene really a reformed prostitute? While many have written studies of the women in the Bible, "Vindicating the Vixens" is a new kind of biblical study -- one in which an international team of male and female scholars look afresh at vilified and neglected women in the Bible. The result is a new glimpse into God's heart for anyone, male or female, who has limited social power. Of special note for academia is the inclusion of a list of the contributors and their credentials, as well as a sixteen page Bibliography. "Vindicating the Vixens" is an impressively informative and inherently fascinating read that is unreservedly recommended for community, seminary, and academic library Biblical Studies collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Agriculture Shelf

The Nordic Tractor
Justin Roberts
5m Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
9781910456750, $32.95, HC, 192pp,

"The Nordic Tractor: The History and Heritage of Volvo, Valmet and Valtra" by freelance writer, photographer, and farm machinery historian Justin Roberts deftly traces the history of tractor production in Sweden and Finland. The story of the mechanized farm tractor goes back over 200 years to the 19th century when the industrial revolution was sweeping across Britain, and Sweden wanted to establish their own manufacturing powerhouses. This was an exciting and fast moving time for engineering and "The Nordic Tractor" traces the ups, downs, and eventual demise of some of the first manufacturers working to serve the particular needs of the agricultural and forestry industries in this densely forested and rock strewn region of Northern Europe. "The Nordic Tractor" looks in-depth at the companies who emerged from the early turmoil, and how they developed their products based on the widespread technological advances of the time to create a tractor industry unique to the region. Today, Valtra-now owned by AGCO-stands proudly as the last remaining agricultural tractor maker in Scandinavia, but "The Nordic Tractor" shows where their roots lie in the establishment and history of companies such as Bolinder, Munktells, Volvo, and Valmet, who all stood out as being major players in the Nordic region. Enhanced with the inclusion of more than 100 photos (many of which have never been published before), "The Nordic Tractor" will have a special appeal to those with a specific interest in Nordic tractors, Nordic engineering, and general Nordic history, as well as the general tractor enthusiast and farm machinery history buff. While certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library Agricultural Machinery History collections and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Nordic Tractor" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.99).

The Political Science Shelf

Political Communication in Action
David L. Helfert
Lynne Rienner Publishers
1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, CO 80301
9781626376816 $32.00

Political Communication in Action: From Theory to Practice is a scholarly analysis of the art, science, and profession of political communication - effectively getting one's political message out to a targeted audience or the general public, the better to sway opinions, votes, or donations in favor of a political candidate, a governmental policy, or even the decisions of a for-profit or non-profit corporation. Chapters discuss the tools of political communication, how political communication can be made effective, political speeches, television advertising, political communication in the internet age, political communication in times of or response to a crisis, and much more. "The nearly toxic partisan atmosphere in our [American] national government has drastically changed the tone of political communication... What this means is that political communicators - whether they are working for an elected official, trying to get someone elected to office, or conveying a message to the public about an issue - are likely going to become part of a partisan messaging machine. I think the best we can hope for is that, as they craft political messages, they will maintain some sense of perspective and avoid crossing the line into dishonest communication." Political Communication in Action is a "must-read" for aspiring or practicing professionals in the field, and highly recommended especially for public and college library Political Science collections.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Dirty Jewess
Silvia Fishbaum
Urim Publications
c/o Lambda Publishers
527 Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York 11225
9789655242775, $24.95, HC, 200pp,

Born in post-Holocaust, communist Czechoslovakia, Silvia Fishbaum has devoted her life to the commemoration of the Holocaust and her childhood art tutor and Holocaust survivor, Ludovit Feld. She is a member of the Czech and Slovak Jewish Historical Society and is affiliated with the Holocaust museum and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove, New York. In 2012, Fishbaum was the keynote speaker at the Holocaust Memorial commemoration and the opening for the exhibition of a private collection of Ludovit Feld's art. "Dirty Jewess: A Woman's Courageous Journey to Religious and Political Freedom " is her personal story her courageous journey towards religious and political freedom, all while coming of age in post-Holocaust, communist Czechoslovakia. In "Dirty Jewess" she recalls her experience as a child of Holocaust survivors, living as a refugee in Rome, and finally realizing her dream of becoming a successful American citizen. Silvia Fishbaum's life behind the iron curtain is a universal tale of humanity, resilience, and overcoming adversity. Of special note is that she weaves together her mother's testimony of Auschwitz with the testimony of her childhood art tutor, Ludovit Feld (who was a victim of Mengele's infamous experiments) to create a compelling and layered life narrative. A critically important contribution to the growing library of Holocaust survivors personal memoirs and autobiographies, "Dirty Jewess" is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of both academia and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.

Prisoners of the Sumatra Railway
Lizzie Oliver
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010

Prisoners of the Sumatra Railway: Narratives of History and Memory is an in-depth, scholarly study of the experiences of British prisoners of war (POWs) who were forced to construct a railway across Sumatra, an island in Western Indonesia. This railway was also known as the Pekanbaru Death Railway due to the ill treatment and horrific mortality rate suffered by its POWs and forced workers, which included 6,500 Dutch (mostly Indo-European), 1,000 British, and 300 POWs from America, Australia, and New Zealand, and over 120,000 Indonesian (mostly Javanese) forced workers. Memoirs from Sumatra, including meticulous recollections from former POWs, post-war statements, diaries, notebooks, and letters, as well as explorations of life-writing from POWs held captive at the railway, transgenerational responses in Britain, notes, a bibliography, and an index distinguish this exceptional contribution to public and college library world history and military history collections. Highly recommended.

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