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Volume 8, Number 8 August 2013 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Environmental Studies Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf
Writing/Publishing Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Music Shelf
Business Shelf Political Science Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Gardening Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Education Studies Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Parenting Shelf Native American Studies Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf Biography Shelf
Civil War Shelf American History Shelf World History Shelf
Geology Shelf Military Shelf Nautical Shelf
Sports Shelf Poetry Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Architecture Shelf Philosophy Shelf Art Shelf
Science Shelf Mathematics Shelf Reference Shelf
Psychology Shelf Holocaust Studies Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society
Arjen Y. Hoekstra
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8
New York, NY 10017-9209
9781849714273 $40.95

The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society is a scholarly examination of just how much water today's society uses in everything from agriculture to the production of commercial goods, as well as domestic uses. A "water footprint" is a measurement of just how much water is directly and indirectly used toe create a product - for example, 1 kilogram of beef takes 15,000 liters of water, and 1 pair of jeans takes 8,000 liters of water to produce. Such measurements can be applied to quantify and map water use, with the goal of fostering a sustainable water ecology. Imports of water-intensive products can be beneficial to nations where fresh water is scarce, but this in turn creates a dependency of the water supplies of foreign nations. Chapters discuss the water footprint of biofuels, the supply-chain water footprint of paper, how to make water use more efficient, pitfalls to watch out for in trade, the importance of product transparency, and much more. An absolute "must-have" reference and resource, especially for problem-solvers confronting the twenty-first century challenges of overpopulation, desertification, and water scarcity, The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society is worthy of the highest recommendation especially for college and university library collections.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Water: Security, Economics and Governance
R. Quentin Grafton, Jamie Pittock, Maree Tait, & Chris White, editors
Tilde University Press
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
9780734611413 $59.95

Water: Security, Economics and Governance is a scholarly reference and resource of selected essays, Australian and international case studies, and constructive approaches to worldwide problems concerning water security (ensuring that human beings have enough water to fill their needs), water economics (examining how market failures can exacerbate water insecurity), and water governance (or the lack thereof). As the global population rises and fresh water becomes more scarce, enabling effective water economics and water governance to provide water security to all who need it becomes more and more crucial. Water: Security, Economics and Governance is an absolutely crucial stepping stone toward a sustainable future, worthy of the highest recommendation, especially for public and college library Environmental Studies shelves.

The Fast-Changing Arctic
Barry Scott Zellen, editor
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
9781552386460, $41.95,

Climate change is now an undeniable fact and affects every aspect of our civilization -- including international security issues. Compiled and edited by Arctic security specialist Barry Scott Zellen "The Fast-Changing Maritime Arctic: Defense and Security Challenges in a Warmer World", is a 250 page compendium comprised of sixteen original articles on how the thawing of the Arctic is impacting security issues on a global scale. The contributed articles are deftly organized into four major sections: Arctic Climate Change: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities; Cooperation and Conflict: Paths Forward; Regional Perspectives; and Concluding Observations. Of special note are the Foreword "Witnessing an Arctic Renaissance" by Alaskan Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and the Afterword, "Think Again - The Arctic", by Lawson W. Brigham (Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska, Fairbanks). This outstanding anthology of seminal scholarship will prove to be a critically important contribution to professional, governmental, NGO, community, and academic library Environmental Studies reference collections.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

The Power of Habeas Corpus in America
Anthony Gregory
Cambridge University Press
32 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013-2473
9781107036437 $99.00 hc
9781107617773 $TBA pbk

The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King's Prerogative to the War on Terror is a scholarly, academic study of one of the most crucial and fundamental American rights - a guarantee against unlawful detention, the right that a person under arrest must be brought before a judge or into court, or released if there is insufficient cause to be detained. Chapters scrutinize how the interpretation and execution of the principle of habeas corpus has evolved in American law from colonial days, when the basic principle was inherited from English common law, to President Abraham Lincoln's temporary suspension of habeas corpus (due to the pressures of the Civil War), its use during the World Wars (with particular note to President Roosevelt's internment of Japanese-Americans), to "Obama's Legal Black Hole", in which American citizens designated "enemy combatants" can be held indefinitely without trial. Appendices dissecting notable court cases, a historical term chart, a selected bibliography, and an index round out this "must-have" for judicial and legal studies shelves, worthy of the highest recommendation especially for college and university libraries.

Gender & Justice
Sally J. Kenney
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8
NY, NY 10017-9209
c/o MM Book Publicity
2817 West End Avenue, Suite 126-274
Nashville, TN 37203
9780415881449, $37.95,

A person's gender influences every aspect of their public as well as personal life. This socio-biological fact is reflected in the laws of every culture and every society we have record of. "Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter" by Sally J. Kenney (Professor of Political Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana) is a 328 page compendium comprise of descriptively analytical assessments focused on significant gender based legal issues arising from the geographical jurisdictions, court decisions, and judicial figures drawn from the legal systems of North America and Europe. In this impressive work of seminal scholarship, Professor Kenney documents and articulates a persuasive case for the value a gender analysis of legal systems and decisions, as well as there being more politically and judicially astute women appointed to the bench. Informed, informative, and enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notes, a substantial bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Gender & Justice" is very strongly recommended as a core addition to academic library Gender Studies reference collections.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Around The Writer's Block
Rosanne Bane
Jeremy P. Tarcher
c/o Penguin Group, USA
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014-3657
9781585428717, $15.95,

Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand or extreme condition lasting years on end. Every novice writer and every professional author will, sooner or later, be afflicted with 'writer's block' and end up staring at a sheet of blank paper or a blank computer screen, unable to set down a coherent idea -- or even a meaningful sentence. That's why "Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance" by Rosanne Bane should be a core part of every writer's 'how to' resource and reference collection. This deftly written, 320 page compendium covers ever aspect and symptom of writer's block -- and what can be done to overcome them and even avoid them in the future. Of special note is her real-world commentary on the subject of self-sabotage. Informed, informative, practical, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance" will prove to be the best investment any aspiring or professional writer can make with respect to advancing their literary career.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Arthritis and You
Naheed Ali, M.D.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781442219014, $36.00,

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are more than one hundred different forms of arthritis. The most common form, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often a constant and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis is due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff painful joints and fatigue. "Arthritis and You: A Comprehensive Digest for Patients and Caregivers" by Dr. Naheed Ali is a 364 page compendium presenting medical information on these various types of arthritis and their symptoms. Dr. Ali also providing both traditional and alternative arthritis treatment options and the role of caregivers with respect to helping someone with an arthritic condition. Of special note is Dr. Ali's commentary on the mental aspects of this serious medical condition. Enhanced with the inclusion of appendices (including arthritis related links, arthritis organizations, and a list of specialized arthritis clinic), a glossary, extensive notes, a substantial bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Arthritis and You: A Comprehensive Digest for Patients and Caregivers" is recommended for clinical and community library Health & Medicine reference collections, as well as the personal reading list for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in understanding what arthritis is and what can be done about it. It should also be noted that "Arthritis and You: A Comprehensive Digest for Patients and Caregivers" is also available in a Kindle edition ($28.49).

The Music Shelf

The Complete Copland
Aaron Copland & Vivian Perlis
Pendragon Press
PO Box 190, Hillsdale, NY 12529
9781576471906, $80.00,

Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 - December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, in his later years he was often referred to as "the Dean of American Composers" and is best known to the public for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style often referred to as Populist and which the composer labeled his "vernacular" style. Works in this vein include the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, his Fanfare for the Common Man and Third Symphony. The open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are archetypical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit. In addition to his ballets and orchestral works, he produced music in many other genres including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores. "The Complete Copland" is a 360 page compendium enhanced with some one hundred illustrations. Co-written by Copland and music historian Vivian Perlis, "The Complete Copland" is a comprehensive and wonderfully detailed chronological overview of Copland's life and work. A welcome addition to academic library 20th Century Music History reference collections, "The Complete Copland" is also highly recommended for non-specialist general readers with an interest in learning about the contributions of Aaron Copland to American music.

The Business Shelf

Internet Marketing
Herschell Gordon Lewis
Racom Communications
150 North Michigan Avenue, #2800
Chicago, IL 60601
978193199252 $19.95

Internet Marketing: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics lives up to its title with a wealth of straightforward tips to taking full advantage of the Internet to promote one's business. Chapters discuss the pros and cons of various tools, including mailing lists, pay-per-click advertising, sensible rules for emails to businesses, and warnings that the Internet is one of the most price-driven markets around (because any consumer can look up competing offers with just a few clicks). "If ever the 'KISS' principle ('Keep It Simple, Stupid') applies, it applies right here. Extended payments? Let them argue that out with their credit card source. Shipping and handling charges? Build them in, because 'Free shipping' has been tested and retested so many times that the concept, at least through this decade and possibly well into the next, is a no-brainer. Problems in arithmetic are automatic response-suppressors. So whether you try for an immediate close or ask them to 'Click here,' simplicity is next to godliness." An index and a few black-and-white email or advertisement images to demonstrate key points round out this brief but invaluable reference and resource, highly recommended especially to professional marketers and small business entrepreneurs who wear a promoter's hat (among many others).

The Political Science Shelf

Timothy Sisk
c/o Blackwell Publishing
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
9780745661582 $59.95

Part of the "War and Conflict in the Modern World" series, Statebuilding is a scholarly analysis of creating competent, legitimate, and sustainable institutions of governance, particularly in the wake of civil war. Author Timothy Sisk (Professor of the Josef Korbel School for International Studies, University of Denver) scrutinizes means to aid a nascent state's ability to integrate social differences, manage conflicts and resources, set national priorities. Whether a global statebuilding enterprise can successfully craft peaceful, just, democratic, and stable nation-states is as yet unknown; Statebuilding offers information, tools, and positive ideas gleaned from hard-learned lessons to aid in the process. "Several findings resonate in the experience to promote rule of law. The first is that countries emerging from conflict inevitably face difficult decisions on transitional justice, both in terms of the extent and nature of prosecution of war-time atrocities but also the often selective and incomplete nature of such prosecutions... The second is that many practitioners, at least, recognize that the now-common model of a Truth and Reconciliation Commision, the mechanism used in democratizing Chile or post-war/democratizing South Africa, is not a one-size-fits-all solution that can be dropped into other social contexts." Statebuilding is an absolute "must-have" for college and university library political studies shelves, worthy of the highest recommendation.

The Social Issues Shelf

America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth
Henry A. Giroux
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W
New York, NY 10001
9781583673447 $16.95

Social critic and educator Henry A. Giroux presents America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth, a scathing indictment of the myriad deleterious manners in which American society is failing the impoverished, the disabled, minorities and especially young people. Giroux particularly warns against growing influence of religious, market-worshiping, and other forms of fundamentalism, and the current trends in American society toward glorifying cruelty (not only in popular media, but also in public policy that slashes food stamps and other benefits from the desperately poor who need it most). The "school-to-prison pipeline", in which youthful indiscretions such as dress code violations, doodling on desks, spitwads, or food fights are criminalized - sometimes even as charged misdemeanors with fines and possible jail time - reinforces a disturbing trend in America's de facto war on young people, culminating in for-profit prisons and notorious "kids for cash" scandals, in which warped laws and values make it lucrative to send young people to jail for any excuse whatsoever. Awareness of the systemic problems in American society is the first step toward combating them, and to this end America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth does not disappoint.

Blessings of the Burden
Alan R. Burt
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802868602 $26.00

Blessings of the Burden: Reflections and Lessons in Helping the Homeless is the testimony of social worker Alan R. Burt, who has strived to aid the homeless for the past nineteen years, and now serves as the director of an organization that works to help the homeless of Cape Cod. A faithful Christian, Burt speaks not only of his personal and spiritual experiences working on behalf of those most in need, but also of cost-effective approaches that have successfully improved dire situations. Blessings of the Burden pays homage to the religious mission to serve the poor and the suffering, in the name of Jesus Christ, but its primary focus is on the humanitarian work, not on the religious beliefs of those who undertake it. One particularly eye-opening moment comes from Burt's interview of Rick Presbrey, who opened the NOAH (No Other Alternative Housing) Shelter: "'What the community forgets, or wants to forget, is that the NOAH Shelter was opened because of the community's failure to provide enough affordable housing. The NOAH Shelter is not the cause of homelessness on Cape Cod. The cause of homelessness is the low-paying jobs and lack of housing that is affordable because costs are driven up by seasonal renters and second-home buyers.'" A profound and highly recommended account of individual and group efforts to fight a serious and enduring social ill, Blessings of the Burden is highly recommended.

The Gardening Shelf

Back to Eden
Frank W. Porter
Orange Frazer Press
PO Box 214
Wilmington, OH 45177
9781939710000 $20.00

Featuring full-color photographs every few pages, Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants is a gardening and landscaping guide written especially for Americans living east of the Mississippi River (in both the northeastern and the southeastern parts of the nation). Chapters walk the reader through selecting optimal plant species, cultivating a garden of native plants, warding off pests, even the option of creating a rain garden. A brief history of human efforts to identify and cultivate native plants rounds out this hands-on, reader-friendly guide, enthusiastically recommended for gardeners of all skill and experience levels. "How can you begin to create a native plant landscape? You can start by planting a butterfly garden. You can build a rain garden or a small pond that will not only prevent runoff but attract wildlife. You can replace non-native species in your flowerbeds. You can replace much of your lawn with low-maintenance groundcovers. And you can learn from others and share what you learn."

The Cutting Garden
Sarah Raven
Frances Lincoln Publishers
74-77 White Lion Street
Islington, London, N1 9PF
9780711234659 $29.95

Winner of "Best Specialist Gardening Book" from the Garden Media Guild, The Cutting Garden: Growing & Arranging Garden Flowers lives up to its title with methodical, easy-to-follow instructions, captivatingly illustrated with full-color photography throughout. Chapters instruct the reader in the basics of cultivating a garden for all seasons, and the fine art of flower arranging to please aesthetic sensibilities. "Remember that a flower arrangement doesn't have to be in a conventional vase. Create romantic globes with billowing flowers and branches of foilage; or construct enormous swags and medallions to hang inside or out." Detailed, plant-by-plant listings of need-to-know information about flowers especially suitable for cutting and arrangements, as well as in-depth descriptions of specific flower arrangements suited to different seasons fill this truly beautiful, hands-on guide, sure to prove invaluable to amateur and professional gardeners alike!

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Health and Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
David G. Wellock
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781442220867 $36.00

Written in plain terms to be accessible to pet owners everywhere, Health and Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: A Guide for Pet Parents is a practical, no-nonsense demystification of how to properly care for one's pet. From the basics of how to select quality pet foods (lately commercial pet foods have seen an explosion of grain and other unsavory ingredients, which do not provide any nutritional or beneficial value to dogs or cats), tailoring the diet of one's pet to its specific needs, allergies in pets, precautions to take against pet parasites, and more. Health and Nutrition for Dogs and Cats is not a comprehensive pet health resource; it focuses primarily on nutrition-related issues, not first aid for injuries or other medical matters such as vaccination schedules. Yet the in-depth, user-friendly guideline are an absolute "must-read" for any current or prospective pet owner! Highly recommended. "Words such as premium, ultra, and holistic are powerful lures, promises of a quality level too often undelivered in terms of your pet's nutrition... a pet food manufacturer can package the absolute lowest quality pet food ever produced and legally label it as ultra or super or premium or holistic pet food, or use any of the descriptors in whatever combination they prefer."

The Education Shelf

The Common Core
Maureen McLaughlin & Brenda J. Overturf
International Reading Association
PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139
9780872078154, $32.95,

The ability to read with ease and comprehensive is a core essential to success and should be a skill set instilled as early as possible in students Kindergarten through 5th grade. It is so important that Federal 'No Child Left Behind' standards were created to insure reading proficiency in grade school children. "The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards" is the collaborative work of Maureen McLaughlin (Professor of Reading Education, east Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania) and Brenda J. Overturf (Literacy Consultant) is a 206 page compendium comprised of two major sections: 'The Evolution of the Common Core Standards' and 'Teaching the Common Core State Standards for Reading'. Of special note are the occasional 'Essential Resources' lists. Timely, 'user friendly', and practical, "The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards" is highly recommended for academic library "Education Studies" instructional reference collections, and would prove a welcome and valued curriculum supplement for student teachers.

Starting With Science
Marcia Talhelm Edson
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B
Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571108074, $19.00,

The minds of young children are naturally curious about the world around them. That makes them perfect candidates for teaching them the skills of inquiry and analysis that will stand them in good stead throughout their academic careers and life in general. "Starting With Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry" by Marcia Talhelm Edson (Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education, Boston University) is a 149 page instructional compendium the explains what inquiry-based science is; how preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade teachers can incorporate inquiry-based science into their classroom curriculums (even when confronted with budget cuts); what the roles of children, teachers, and the environment play in inquiry-based science programs. Of special note is the commentary on effective instructional strategies when implementing inquiry-based science into a school curriculum. Deftly written, accessible organized, and effectively presented, "Starting With Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry" is highly recommended reading and a critically important addition to professional and academic library Educational Instruction reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers
Carol Copple, Sue Bredekamp, Derry Koralek, and Kathy Charner, editors
National Association for the Education of Young Children
1313 L. Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005-4101
9781928896968 $29.00

The National Association for the Education of Young Children presents Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers, a guide carefully designed especially for instructors of preschool-aged children, featuring selections chosen by expert educators and articles from the NAEYC's award-winning, peer-reviewed journal, "Young Children". Chapters include a summary of physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and literacy development in preschool-aged children; guidelines for developmentally-appropriate curriculums with examples; advice for planning a curriculum with goals in mind; and much more. "Besides environmental print, the literacy-rich classroom includes a well stocked library corner and writing center, displays of children's writing, and theme-related literacy props (e.g., menus, order pads, signs) in play areas. Seeing print used for such purposes and increasingly making use of it in various ways are important components of preschool literacy learning." As user-friendly as it is brimming with expertise, Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers is a "must-have" for preschool teachers, homeschoolers who instruct preschool students, and early childhood educational reference shelves. Highly recommended.

Youth, Education, and Marginality
Kate Tilleczek and H. Bruce Ferguson, editors
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554586349 $38.99

Youth, Education, and Marginality: Local and Global Expressions is an anthology of scholarly essays by learned authors scrutinizing the problems faced by young people who mare marginalized in schools - whether due to ethnicity, poverty, sexual orientation, or other factors. In addition to delineating the challenges confronting marginalized youth, Youth, Education, and Marginality also opens a dialogue with critiques about initiatives to improve the ongoing situation. Sample essays include "The Unique Status of Marginalization: The Birth of Youth-Empowering Parents", "Marginalized Youth in Education: Social and Cultural Dimensions of Exclusion in Canada and the United Kingdom", "Does Special Education Marginalize Young People?: The Need for Evidence-Informed Practices", and many more. Youth, Education, and Marginality explores a social issue directly impacting the development of the next generation worldwide, and is highly recommended especially for college library Educational Studies reference collections and reading lists.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Global Vegan Family
Brian P. McCarthy
Lantern Books
128 Second Place, Brooklyn, NY 17231
9781590564158, $22.00,

Veganism is the dietary practice of abstaining from the use of animal products as food, as well as an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan. "The Global Vegan Family Cookbook" is an outstanding 368 page compendium of 'kitchen cook friendly' vegan recipes compiled by professional chef Brian P. McCarthy. There are vegan recipes for every dining occasion and range from appetizers, soups, salads, dressings, and sides, to breakfast, entrees, beverages, breads and pastries. Of special note is the chapter devoted to vegan recipes for sauces, dips and spreads. Enhanced with the inclusion of a glossary, conversion charts, abbreviations, a protein list, and a comprehensive index, "The Global Vegan Family Cookbook" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

You Still Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free
Roben Ryberg
Lifelong Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738216690, $18.99,

Wheat allergy is a rare allergy which typically presents itself as a food allergy, but can also be a contact allergy resulting from occupational exposure to the gluten properties of wheat. Like all allergies, wheat allergy involves immunoglobulin E and mast cell response. Typically the allergy is limited to the seed storage proteins of wheat, some reactions are restricted to wheat proteins, while others can react across many varieties of seeds and other plant tissues. Twenty-seven potential wheat allergens have been successfully identified. The most severe response is exercise/aspirin induced anaphylaxis attributed to one omega gliadin that is a relative of the protein that causes celiac disease. Other more common symptoms include nausea, urticaria, atopy. It is critical for those who have an allergy to wheat that they consume only gluten free meals. "You Still Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free: 200 More Delicious, Fool-Proof Recipes You and Your Whole Family Will Love" by Roben Ryber (founder of Miss Roben's Gluten-Free Foods) is a 312 page compendium comprised of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for gluten free dishes that will please any palate and satisfy any appetite. The recipes range from Coffee Cake Muffins; Pumpkin Bread; Chicken Pot Pie; and Roast Beef with Red Wine and Mushrooms; to Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes; Stir-Fried Cabbage; Chocolate Cake; Fresh Cranberry Salad; and a No-Cook Pizza Sauce. Strongly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections, it should also be noted that "You Still Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free: 200 More Delicious, Fool-Proof Recipes You and Your Whole Family Will Love" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.44). Also highly recommended is Roben Ryberg's "The Ultimate Gulten-Free Cookie Book" (9780738213767, pb., $16.95; Kindle edition ($9.99).

Mary Rolph Lamontagne
Advantage Publishers Group
PO Box 1090, Poway, CA 92074-1090
c/o Dalyn Miller PR
9781599323862 $29.99

Eats: Enjoy All the Seconds is a full-color, softcover cookbook that emphasizes several positive dimensions of a good meal: healthy food created from fresh ingredients that don't bust one's kitchen budget. Featuring recipes designed to ensure that one's healthy ingredients are fully used up, Eats categorizes its offerings by ingredient color (Greens, Whites, Yellows), and each showcased food has a "master recipe" with guidelines for transforming a basic dish into a flexible array of intriguing alternate recipes. From poached plums to avocado and watermelon gazpacho to lamb and sweet potato curry, mushroom and chickpea fries and more, Eats is a delightful array of offerings accessible to cooks of all skill and experience levels. A medley of tips concerning the health benefits of various ingredients, storage suggestions, and "green fingers" gardening advice round out this superb cookbook for personal use or gift-giving.

The Grilling Book
Adam Rapoport, editor
Andrews & McMeel
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449427528, $45.00,

Grilling season is upon us once again. That's why drawn from the pages of the ever elegant Bon Appetit gourmet dining magazine and deftly compiled by Adam Rapoport, "The Grilling Book" is as timely as it is an invaluable resource. Showcasing more than 350 thoroughly 'user friendly' recipes and handsomely illustrated throughout with more than 100 full-color photographs, "The Grilling Book" offers a full spectrum of cuisines suitable for the family grill. The recipes are nicely organized and presented: Chicken, Burgers and Dogs, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish, Shellfish, Vegetables, Flatbreads and Pizza, Sids and Salads, Sauces, and even Drinks. Of special note is the opening chapter on Grill Prep which will prove extraordinarily useful for the grilling novice. From exotic delicacies such as Malaysian Wings with Tumeric and Lemongrass; to such staple fare as Sirloin Steak with Chopped Salad, This 432 page compendium of superbly presented recipes is a core addition to personal, family, and community library Cookbook collections! It should also be noted that "The Grilling Book" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.34).

The Parenting Shelf

Co-Parenting 101
Deesha Philyaw and Michael D. Thomas
New Harbinger Press
5674 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
9781608824632 $16.95

Formerly married couple Deesha Philyaw and Michael D. Thomas draw upon their real-life experience as co-parents to present Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households after Divorce. The plain-terms advice covers the basics of making divorce as amicable as possible, including the options of using mediators or collaborative divorce; the "musts" and "must-nots" of co-parenting; never-married and noncustodial parents; fifteen things that one can do for one's children spite of an uncooperative ex; and much more. "While a highly detailed plan can certainly benefit even congenial co-parents, it is ideal for co-parents who find themselves disagreeing more than they agree or for situations where there is hostility and resistance to sharing custody. A detailed plan also allows you to stipulate arrangements for the children at different ages, recognizing that as they get older, certain aspects of your co-parenting situation may need to change." Co-Parenting 101 is an absolute "must-have" for any separating, divorcing, or divorced couple with children, worthy of the highest recommendation.

The Native American Studies Shelf

Great Basin Indians
Michael Hittman
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166
Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874179095 $65.00

Michael Hittman (professor emeritus of anthropology, Long Island University) presents Great Basin Indians: An Encyclopedic History, an omnibus scrutiny of the prehistory, history, culture, geography, religion, intertribal relations, notable individuals, and more concerning Native American tribes of the Great Basin. Drawing upon a wide diversity of sources including archives, interviews, and even recent results from DNA and gender studies, Great Basin Indians distills scholarly knowledge while highlighting important terms in bold for easy cross-reference. An absolute "must-have" for public and college library Native American Studies shelves!

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect
R. Bruce Elder
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554586257 $85.00

Filmmaker, critic, and teacher R. Bruce Elder presents Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect, a companion to his earlier volume "Harmony and Dissent", about the early reception of cinema among the intellectual community, including art theorists, philosophers, cultural theorists. The common belief is that the first film critics disdained the plebeian nature of early cinema, yet Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect challenges this assumption with evidence of a different reception. Some writers of the early cinematic era had envisioned it as a new art of untapped potential, with the ability to superbly reflect day-to-day life. This more positive view was especially widespread among critics whose passions included the foremost fields of art, particularly the Dada and Surrealist movements. Extensively researched and heavily annotated with an index, Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect is especially recommended for cinema history shelves.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Science: A Discovery in Comics
Margaret de Heer, author/artist
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Suite 700 East Wing
New York, NY 10038
9781561637508, $19.99,

"Science: A Discovery in Comics" is a well-organized, witty presentation of the history of science in graphic novel form. Starting as a guided chronological tour, hosted by figures of author Margaret and spouse Yiri, "Science a Discovery in Comics" takes the enthralled reader from Archimedes and the ancient Greeks to quantum theory and modern times, all in comic format. Easy to read, simple graphic explanations help present complex history, theory, and practices of science, making the vast, intimidating subject accessible to junior high students and adults. Subject areas presented include Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics, Biology, Geology, and Quantum Theory. A fascinating example of this ambitious treatment is an illustrated comparison between the classical world view of science and the quantum world view, on page 171: This pairs and compares determinism with non-determinism, the universe viewed as a machine vs. the universe viewed as an organic system, incompatible opposites vs. complementary opposites, objective observation vs. subjective participation, and reductionism vs. holism. Each "ism" is illustrated by a simple example, and the sense of vast comparison is efficiently and correctly conveyed, with charm, humor, and style. "Science A Discovery in Comics" is part of an educational graphic novel series by the author, with an earlier title explaining Philosophy through human history. For easy access to a difficult area of study, try reading "Science a Discovery in Comics." You will find both knowledge and entertainment in abundance.

Star*Reach Companion
Richard Arndt
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490519 $27.95

Star*Reach Companion is a historical chronicle of the 1970's independent comic magazine that had tremendous lasting influence on the modern comic industry. Great comic creators including Dave Stevens, Frank Brunner, Barry Windsor-Smith, Ken Steacy, Davie Sim, and many more gained crucial exposure in this legendary magazine. A wealth of interviews and a handful of comic stories (some in black and white, some in color) from Star*Reach and its sister magazine Imagine round out this excellent contribution to comics history and reference shelves. Highly recommended!

The Audiobook Shelf

On the Genealogy of Morals
Friedrich Nietzsche, author
Ian Johnston, translator
Duncan Steen, narrator
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843796848 $34.98

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was a German philosopher and author who challenged how people viewed morality, religion, and the role of the individual. After his death, his ideas were notoriously cherry-picked by the Nazis, who ignored his strong criticisms of anti-Semitism, his cautions against excessive nationalism, and his pride in his alleged Polish heritage; Nietzsche would very likely have abhorred the Holocaust, and despised the misuse of his name. On the Genealogy of Morals is one of Nietzche's more accessible works, now available in unabridged audiobook format. Ian Johnston's brand new translation clarifies Nietzsche's continued evaluations of the meaning of morality, originally published a year after his morality treatise "Beyond Good and Evil". In On the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche searches for an understanding of morality that is not dependent on Judeo-Christian tradition, questioning past philosophers for their unthinking reliance on the Bible. The very notion of morality has the potential for manipulating the populace, in manners that can breed weakness or feeble minds, especially when talented, intelligent individuals are not expected to (or forbidden to) think for themselves. Critical and unrelenting, On the Genealogy of Morals is a classic of philosophy, highly recommended especially for public and college library audiobook collections. 5 CDs, 6 hours 33 min.

The Plot to Save Socrates
Paul Levinson, author
Mark Shanahan, narrator
Listen & Live Audio
PO Box 817
Roseland, NJ 07068
9781593160746 $24.95

The Plot to Save Socrates is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Paul Levinson's thought-provoking work of science fiction. In the year 2042, a young graduate student named Sierra stumbles upon evidence that legendary philosopher Socrates might have escaped his historical execution - by traveling through time! So begins a time-twisting adventure that will take Sierra and her classical scholar boyfriend Max from era to era. But just who is trying to save Socrates, and could rescuing Socrates ultimately be detrimental to human history? A lively cast of historical figures populates this epoch-bending adventure, highly recommended especially for fans of alternate history novels! 7 CDs, 10 hours.

The Black Moth
Georgette Heyer, author
Julian Rhind-Tutt, narrator
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843797593 $59.98

Dashingly performed by award-winning actor Julian Rhind-Tutt, The Black Moth is the unabridged audiobook rendition of Georgette Heyer's debut novel, written when she was only seventeen. When the suave Jack Carstares is wrongly accused of cheating at a card game, he must flee for his life - but he returns later under the pretense of being a highwayman. He is an adventurer at heart rather than a robber, destined to become entangled with the plight of a damsel, the machinations of a Duke, the threat of a duel and two high-stakes kidnappings! Composed with flair and panache, The Black Moth is a classic that withstands the test of time, highly recommended for audiobook connoisseurs and public library collections. 9 CDs, 11 hours 38 min.

Look Back in Anger
John Osborne, author
Directed by Rosalind Ayres
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
9781580819145 $29.95

Look Back in Anger is an audiobook on CD of the full-cast performance of a classic play set in the United Kingdom, during the social turmoil of the 1960's; the iconically abrasive and restless lead figure of Jimmy Porter was the original source of the colloquialism "angry young man". Jimmy is virtually impoverished, barely making enough money from his candy stall and jazz trumpet playing to scrape by; he vociferously vents his frustrations on his wife, a woman from an upper-class background. Jimmy's furious temper are merciless words threaten to destroy everyone around him - his wife, her actress friend, and an amiable boarder who tries to help keep the peace. A thought-provoking glimpse into the darker side of human interactions and morality, Look Back in Anger is a compelling tale, vividly brought to life through the artistry of five immensely talented actors. Highly recommended. 2 CDs, 2 hours 23 min.

The Library CD Shelf

The Other Side of the Air
Jayme Stone
Privately Published
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Banjoist, composer, and world traveler Jayme Stone presents The Other Side of the Air, a symphonic album of the combined efforts of multiple talented individuals playing everything from the trumpet to stringed instruments to flute, oboe, and more, while Jayme's banjo lends its unique and distinctive melody. Drawing inspiration from musical traditions around the globe, The Other Side of the Air carries a fresh sense of exploration, adventure, and wonder. Highly recommended, especially for public library music collections. The tracks are "Radio Wassoulou" (3:24), "The Cinnamon Route" (4:27), "Sing It Right" (4:55), "A Poet In Her Own Country" (4:40), "Soundiata" (4:59), "Alexander Island" (1:14), "Debussy Heights" (5:57), "Movement One" (7:28), "Movement Two" (5:11), "Interlude" (1:40), "Movement Three" (7:01), and "Tennessee Waltz" (4:38).

Turn Turn Turn
Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell
Festival Five Records, LLC
323 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
$13.00 CD / $8.99 MP3

Grammy-winner Dan Zanes and Grammy-nominee Elizabeth Mitchell present Turn Turn Turn, a collaborative music album for listeners of all backgrounds. Some tracks are original creations; others are joyful performances of classic American folk songs. An upbeat, positive-minded listening experience, Turn, Turn, Turn evokes fond memories and pleasant feelings. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Sail Away Ladies", "Honeybee", "Coney Island Avenue", "So Glad I'm Here", "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Now Let's Dance", "When You're Smiling", "Raccoon and Possum", "Hot Weather Music", "Wim Wam Waddle", "In The Sun", "My Creole Belle", "Shine", "Train Is A-Coming", and "When I Get Home".

The Library DVD Shelf

Dare To Cook with Chef Tom Small series
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244 Avenue SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
$24.95 each

Hosted by professional gourmet chef Tom Small, the "Dare To Cook" series of DVDs offers easy-to-follow lessons for cooks of all skill and experience levels. Techniques are meticulously demonstrated, with meticulous instructions. "Gourmet Food Preservation" (9781604900743) covers pickled vegetables, dairy concerns, preserving in oil, freezing, preserving in alcohol, and vinegars; "Canning Basics" (9781604900736) covers water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, and safety concerns; "Thanksgiving Ready to Serve in 5 1/2 Hours" (9781604900774) covers a wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques to conserving time while preparing a culinary feast; "Seafood Basics" (9781604900767) covers cooking with shellfish, fish, sauces, beer batter & breading mixes, grilling/smoking, and more; and "Barbecue & Grilling" (9781604900750) covers rubs, sauces, four ways to barbecue pork sirloin, two ways to barbecue pork loin, grilling, smoked brisket, and chicken in marinade. All the DVDs in the series are region free, and worthy of the highest recommendation for aspiring and practicing cooks, as well as for public library "how-to" DVD collections!

Missions that Changed the War: Germany's Last Ace
Narrated by Gary Sinise
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598288315 $49.99

Originally broadcast on the Military Channel in 2011, Missions that Changed the War: Germany's Last Ace is a four-part documentary about three of the most successful and important fighter pilots involved in the air battles over Germany during World War II. Lt. Col. Hubert Zemke, Lt. Robert Rankin, and Luftwaffe squadron commander Gunther Rall are each profiled through original footage, analysis from military experts, and never-before-seen interviews. Particular focus is given to May 12, 1944, the day that Nazi armaments minister Albert Speer determined that Germany had lost the war. A 22-minute interview with historian Dr. Kurt Braatz and a 16-page viewer's guide round out this engrossing, information-packed DVD set, enthusiastically recommended for military aviation buffs as well as public library collections.

The Biography Shelf

Nelson: The Sword Of Albion
John Sugden
Henry Holt & Company
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 400
New York, NY 10010-7725
9780805078077, $45.00,

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (29 September 1758 - 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer famous for his service in the Royal Navy, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm and the sight in one eye. Of his several victories, the best known and most notable was the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during which he was shot and killed. "Nelson: The Sword of Albion" by John Sugden is the second volume of a two-volume biography of one of Britain's most revered naval heroes. As with the first volume, "Nelson: A Dream Of Glory" (published in 2013, and available in Pimlico paperback edition, 9781845951917, $18.03), "Nelson: The Sword Of Albion" is a masterpiece of detailed and documented biographical research but written with all the dramatic flair of an historical novel, making it strongly recommended for both academic and community library collections. It should also be noted that "Nelson: The Sword Of Albion" is also available in a Kindle edition ($24.99).

Senator Richard B. Russell and My Career as a Trial Lawyer
Charles E. Campbell
Mercer University Press
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207-0001
9780881464320 $35.00

Senator Richard B. Russell and My Career as a Trial Lawyer: An Autobiography is the true story of author Charles E. Campbell, with particular emphasis on his lifelong career in law, a calling he pursued ever since high school. As a University of Georgia student, Campbell agreed to become a member of Senator Russell's staff only on the condition that Campbell be permitted to attend law school at night. Campbell worked for Russell from 1966 until Russell's death in 1971, and earned an appointment as Russell's aide in the process. He had a front-row seat to history in the making, including the Washington riots following Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder, Russell's dealings with his friend and colleague Lyndon Johnson, and Russell's final vote by proxy to help Senator Robert Byrd defeat Senator Edward Kennedy for the post of assistant Democratic leader in the Senate. Yet Russell's passion burned brightest for trial law, and continued to shine throughout the course of his career. Vivid and accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Senator Richard B. Russell and My Career as a Trial Lawyer is insightful and engaging from cover to cover. "In my opinion, no change in the practice of law during the last forty years has been more damaging to the profession than the shocking disappearance of ethics, professionalism, and civility. All of this is not the fault of attorneys, as American society in general has become less civil."

The Making of Markova
Tina Sutton
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, NY, NY 10004
9781605984568, $39.95,

Dame Alicia Markova (1 December 1910 - 2 December 2004) was an English ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet. Most noted for her career with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and touring internationally, she was widely considered to be one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of the 20th century. She was the first British dancer to become the principal dancer of a ballet company and, with Dame Margot Fonteyn, is one of only two English dancers to be recognized as a prima ballerina assoluta. She was a founder dancer of the Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and was co-founder and director of the English National Ballet. An true and international star in the 20th century world of ballet, "The Making of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerina to Groundbreaking Icon" is an informed and informative, 682 page biography by Tina Sutton. Born Lilian Alica Marks, this remarkable and justifiably ambitious woman dealt with an enormous range of responsibilities and difficulties ranging from the care of her mother and sisters in a wartime England, to a pervasive anti-Semitism, to managing her own career and finances in an era where women rarely did. Informed and informative, "The Making of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerina to Groundbreaking Icon" is highly recommended for community and academic library 20th Century Biography, as well as the personal reading lists for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the history of the ballet.

The Civil War Shelf

Lincoln and Reconstruction
John C. Rodrigue
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809332533 $19.95

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in office before the end of the American Civil War, yet his plans for the postwar reconstruction may have had more impact than previously thought. Lincoln and Reconstruction examines Lincoln's wartime reconstruction initiatives, as well as his writings and speeches pertaining to the topic. Author John C. Rodrigue (professor of history, Stonehill College) has composed a thoughtful, critical, and detailed analysis of Lincoln's views and efforts, noting that Lincoln concerned himself with the challenges of reconstruction from the inception of the Civil War. Lincoln and Reconstruction is an excellent pick especially for public and college library American History or Civil War shelves.

General Grant and the Rewriting of History
Frank P. Varney
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611211184 $32.95

General Grant and the Rewriting of History: How the Destruction of General William S. Rosecrans Influenced Our Understanding of the Civil War challenges popular preconceptions about the Civil War, and especially of the famous Union General Ulysses S. Grant, who went on to be a two-term President of the United States. Grant's memoirs are often taken as a definitive historical accounting - but memoirs are only as accurate as the man who pens them. Historian Frank P. Varney has spent years critically comparing Grant's memoirs with a wealth of other primary sources, and has come to an astonishing conclusion: while Grant was undoubtedly a great general, he was also skilled at manipulating the truth for his own benefit, and nursed grudges with a vengeance. General Grant and the Rewriting of History examines evidence that Grant made biased reports, falsified official documents, and lied to an army court of inquiry. Grant particularly targeted Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans for character assassination, and to a dramatic extent succeeded; to this day, Rosecrans is infamous for a battlefield breakdown that very likely never happened, since the only sources of it are from unreliable informants, who are flatly contradicted by other accounts. General Grant and the Rewriting of History is not only an invaluable addition to Civil War studies and reference shelves, but also a sharp caution against putting too much blind faith in any one person's testimony, memoir, or historical accounting. Highly recommended.

The American History Shelf

Seat of Empire
Jeffrey Stuart Kerr
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037
Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896727823 $39.95

Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas is the fascinating true story behind the founding of Austin. In 1838, Texas vice president Mirabeau B. Lamar envisioned the construction of a prosperous city amid natural wilderness. Lamar's quest to make Austin a reality would prompt a legendary political battle between Lamar and Sam Houston, hero of San Jacinto and well-known throughout the Republic of Texas. Threats from the Comanche nation and the Mexican army as well as the challenges of frontier trailblazing also endangered the nascent city. Thoroughly accessible to lay readers and historians alike, Seat of Empire is highly recommended especially for public and college library American History collections.

Florida Under Five Flags, fifth edition
Rembert W. Patrick
University Press of Florida
University of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813044903 $14.95

Originally published in 1945 and now in its fifth edition, Florida Under Five Flags chronicles the history of Spanish, French, British, American, and Confederate rule over the Sunshine State. Written by Professor of History Rembert W. Patrick (1909-1967), is a lively distillation of the highlights of Florida's political, cultural, and demographic revolutions. The result is a page-turner history, thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, ideal for public and college library state history collections. Highly recommended!

The World History Shelf

Place and Replace
Adele Perry, Esyllt W. Jones, and Leah Morton, editors
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College
Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 2M5
9780887557408 $34.95

Place and Replace: Essays on Western Canada is an anthology of sixteen erudite, interdisciplinary essays about how best to define and understand western Canada, whether from a historical, cultural, or political point of view. Essays include "Examining the Future of First Nations Agriculture by Exploring the Implications of the Manitoba Indian Agricultural Program", "Railways, Racism, and Chineseness on the Prairies", "The Importance of Place: Or, Why We're Not Post-Prairie", "Defining Prairie Politics: Campaigns, Codes, and Cultures", and many more. An index rounds out this thoughtful, scholarly cross-examination of regional and national identity.

The Geology Shelf

Geologic History of Florida
Albert C. Hine
University Press of Florida
University of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813044217 $39.95

Full-color photographs, charts, and maps intersperse Geologic History of Florida: Major Events That Formed the Sunshine State, an excellent instructional text discussing Florida's natural history. Although Geologic History of Florida will prove particularly useful to students of Earth history and geology, the text is quite "user-friendly" and accessible to readers of all backgrounds. The "Essential Points to Know", "Essential Terms to Know", "Keywords", and "Essential References to Know" following each chapter will aid immensely in gaining quick mastery of the subject matter. Geologic History of Florida is an excellent classroom text, and a worthy contribution to public, high school, or undergraduate college library collections.

The Military Shelf

The Military Advantage 2013
Terry Howell
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9780870210334, $27.95,

The benefits available to active military personnel and/o to veterans are complex, originating in the congress, signed off by the president, interpreted by the Joint Chiefs, and administered by a bureaucracy . The benefits and the rules under which they are governed can change significantly in a short time as underscored by the changes that have occurred as a result of the current military drawdown and budget cuts. That's why "The Military Advantage 2013: The Guide to Military and Veteran's Benefits" as compiled and presented by Terry Howell will prove to be an invaluable reference for members of the military and their families. This current and up-to-date edition covers transition assistance program changes, new veteran employment resources, new VRAP GI Bill and other GI Bill updates, new spouse and family resources, TRICARE fee increases, changes to military pay and survivor benefits, and a great deal more. Of special note are the helpful tips on preparing for a transition from military to civilian status. Simply stated, a copy of "The Military Advantage 2013: The Guide to Military and Veteran's Benefits" should be a part of every community library collection, every military assistance organization's reference collection, and essential reading for active military personnel and veterans. It should also be noted that "The Military Advantage 2013: The Guide to Military and Veteran's Benefits" is also available in a Kindle edition ($15.37).

The Birth Of The Royal Marines 1664-1802
Britt Zerbe
Boydell Press
c/o Boydell & Brewer Inc
668 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9781843838371, $99.00,

The Royal Marine Corps is the marine corps and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and forms part of the Naval Service (along with the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and associated organizations). The Royal Marines were formed in 1755 as marine infantry for the Royal Navy. However, it can trace its origins back to the formation of "the Duke of York and Albanys maritime regiment of foot" at the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company on 28 October 1664. "The Birth of the Royal Marines, 1664-1802" by maritime history expert Britt Zerbe is a 294 page compendium providing an exceptionally well researched and presented military history from its founding in 1664, through its participation in the 'Seven Years War', and concludes in 1802 when it was made a permanent and officially sanction part of the British military establishment. Informed and informative, "The Birth of the Royal Marines, 1664-1802" is a seminal work of impressive scholarship and is enhanced with the inclusion of several appendices, a select biography, and a comprehensive index, making it a strongly recommended addition to academic library Military History reference collections in general, and British Military history supplemental reading lists in particular.

The English Civil Wars 1642-1649
Bob Carruthers
Pen & Sword
c/o Casemate Publishers
908 Darby Road, Havertown, PA19083
9781781591475, $14.95,

Seven years of catastrophic civil wars raged across the British Isles and changed the course of British politics, religion, society, and culture. The latest addition to the outstanding Pen & Sword 'Military History from Primary Sources' series, "The English Civil Wars 1642-1649" is a succinct and profusely illustrated history of the period by Bob Carruthers. From its beginning in 1642 to its conclusion in 1649, the detailed descriptions of the diverse fighting forces and alliances, the battles, the trial and execution of the king, and the ascendancy of Cromwell, "The English Civil Wars 1642-1649" provides an excellent and particularly well written overview, making it highly recommended reading for students of 17th Century British History, and a valued addition to academic library European Military History reference collections. It should also be noted that "The English Civil Wars 1642-1649" is also available in a Kindle edition ($2.99).

The Nautical Shelf

Saltwater Leadership
RADM Robert O. Wray Jr., USN
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781612512129 $22.95

Naval Academy graduate and former nuclear engineer of surface ships Robert O. Wray Jr. presents Saltwater Leadership: A Primer on Leadership for the Junior Sea-Service Officer, a resource written especially for young officers. Offering an overview of leadership studies, advice drawn from 380 senior seagoing officers, and a five-step process to improving one's leadership skills that can be customized to suit personal needs, Saltwater Leadership is practical, sage, and enlightening. "Regardless of what model you choose - regardless of what kind of action plan you write - take an hour of your busy life and make a plan for the rest of your life... as some of my seagoing friends have (correctly) noted, 'A failure to plan is a plan to fail.'" Highly recommended, especially for anyone with aspirations to become an officer in the Navy.

The Sports Shelf

NIAAA's Guide To Interscholastic Athletic Administration
Michael L. Blackburn, et al.
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450432771, $49.00,

NIAAA stands for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, an organization that provides leadership programs, resources, and services in order to fulfill their mission statement of improving and providing high-quality athletic opportunities for students. The collaborative editorial effort of Michael L. Blackburn, Eric Forsyth, John r. Olson, and Bruce Whitehead, the "NIAAA's Guide To Interscholastic Athletic Administration" is a 408 page informational and instructional compendium designed to give those new to athletic administrative duties and responsibilities a practical, 'real world' introduction and is organized into four major sections: Leadership Orientation; Operational Process; Financial Matters; and Physical Assets. Of special note is the introduction by Eric Forsyth and John Olson, 'Challenges in Today's Interscholastic Sport Administration'. Enhanced with the inclusion of References and a comprehensive Index, "NIAAA's Guide To Interscholastic Athletic Administration" is an ideal curriculum textbook on the subject and should be a part of every academic library Sports/Athletics reference collection.

The Poetry Shelf

Antjie Krog
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street
New York, NY 10013
9781609804633 $23.95

Skinned is a hardcover collection of the works of one of South Africa's best-known and widely beloved poets Antjie Krog. The poems range from brief, free-verse affairs to an epic poem based on the life of Lady Anne Barnard of Scotland, who lived in a castle at Cape Town with her husband from 1797 to 1802. Many of the poems were penned with apartheid was strict state policy, yet voices from those who lived in South Africa well before colonial forces arrived. Changeable, thought-provoking, and mind-opening, Skinned is highly recommended. "Free from the Tyranny of One": dare light slip so soft / dare sand reel so free // dare skin say so much / in this search for an identity?"

The Literary Studies Shelf

Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010
Paula T. Connolly
University of Iowa Press
119 West Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781609381776, $42.50,

Pro-slavery and anti-slavery sentiments were embedded in children's literature as a way of conditioning young readers to either accept or reject that institution in American culture and society. But this phenomena has never been rigorously studied until now with the publication of "Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010" by Paula T. Connolly (Associate Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Charlotte). This 270 page compendium of seminal scholarship examines both well known and obscure antebellum children's literature, then goes on to provide an instructive overview of the changes in children's literature with respect to slavery as reflected by an evolving context of American racial politics from the post-civil war Reconstruction era through the Civil Rights era, and into contemporary times of the 21st century. Enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notes, a substantial bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010" is unique, informed, informative, and very highly recommended addition to academic library American History, Black Studies, and American Literary History reference collections. It should also be noted that "Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010" is available in a Kindle edition ($34.00).

Daphne du Maurier at Home
Hilary Macaskill
Frances Lincoln Publishers
74-77 White Lion Street
Islington, London, N1 9PF
9780711233720 $40.00

Illustrated throughout with both black-and-white vintage and modern-day color photographs, Daphne du Maurier at Home is a coffee table book offering an in-depth glimpse into the life and influences of Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989), the British author of globally beloved books such as "Rebecca", "Jamaica Inn", "Frenchman's Creek", and more. Journalist and travel writer Hilary Macaskill takes the reader on a tour of the homes that du Maurier lived in, the people and countryside of Cornwall that inspired her first novel, and the interplay of events that inspired one of her readers, a young major in the Grenadier Guards, to meet and eventually marry her. An index rounds out this wonderful complement to du Maurier's literary works, thoroughly accessible to literary scholars and casual browsers alike!

The Architecture Shelf

The Architecture of McKim, Mead, and White 1879-1915
Allan Greenberg and Michael George
Taylor Trade Publishing
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781589798182 $19.95

The Architecture of McKim, Mead, and White 1879-1915 gathers black-and-white reproductions of plans, elevations, and details of works by the well-known architectural firm led by Charles Follen McKim, William Rutherford Mead, and Stanford White, known for creating some of the most beloved and memorable buildings in America. Their national landmarks include the Boston Public Library, Pennsylvania Station in New York, and the campus of Columbia University. A brief introduction discusses these legendary architects and the principles guiding their works, but most of The Architecture of McKim, Mead, and White 1879-1915 is devoted entirely to full-page diagrams and renditions. These historic, fine-detail architecture illustrations are an invaluable reference and resource especially recommended for college and university library collections.

The Philosophy Shelf

Philosophy and Melancholy
Ilit Ferber
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804785204, $24.95,

Melancholia is a mood disorder of non-specific depression, characterized by low levels of both enthusiasm and eagerness for activity. Walter Bendix Schonflies Benjamin (15 July 1892 - 26 September 1940) was a German literary critic, philosopher, social critic, translator, radio broadcaster and essayist. Combining elements of German idealism or Romanticism, historical materialism and Jewish mysticism, Benjamin made enduring and influential contributions to aesthetic theory and Western Marxism, and is associated with the Frankfurt School. Among his major works as a literary critic are essays on Goethe's novel Elective Affinities; the work of Franz Kafka and Karl Kraus; translation theory; the stories of Nikolai Leskov; the work of Marcel Proust and perhaps most significantly, the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. He also made major translations into German of the Tableaux Parisiens section of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal and parts of Proust's la recherche du temps perdu. Benjamin committed suicide in Portbou at the French - Spanish border while attempting to escape from the Nazis. "Philosophy and Melancholy: Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language" by Ilit Ferber is a 264 page compendium offering informed and informative commentary on Benjamin's early writings in general, and the concept of melancholy within his writings in particular. An impressive work of articulate scholarship, "Philosophy and Melancholy: Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language" is a highly recommended and welcome addition to academic library Philosophical Studies reference collections and an important critique for students of Walter Benjamin's life and work.

Splendor Of The True
James S. Cutsinger
State University of New York Press
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246-0001
9781438446103, $27.95,

Frithjof Schuon (June 18, 1907 - May 5, 1998) was born to German parents in Basel, Switzerland. He is known as a philosopher, metaphysicist and author of numerous books on religion and spirituality. Schuon is recognized as an authority on philosophy, spirituality and religion, an exponent of the Religio Perennis, and one of the chief representatives of the Perennialist School. Though he was not officially affiliated with the academic world, his writings have been noticed in scholarly and philosophical journals, and by scholars of comparative religion and spirituality. Criticism of the relativism of the modern academic world is one of the main aspects of Schuon's teachings. In his teachings, Schuon expresses his faith in an absolute principle, God, who governs the universe and to whom our souls would return after death. For Schuon the great revelations are the link between this absolute principle - God - and mankind. The newest addition to the outstanding SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions, "Splendor of the True: A Frithjof Schuon Reader" by James S. Cutsinger (Professor of Theology and Religious thought, University of South Carolina) is a 370 page compendium comprised of selected and translated (from the original French) writings of Frithjof Schuon. Deftly organized into five major sections: Religion & Tradition; The Perennial Philosophy; Human Nature and Destiny; Sacred Art and Symbolism; and Spirituality, "Splendor of the True" provides the contemporary reader with a full and articulate introduction to Schuon's thought and perspectives. Enhanced with an informed and informative introduction by Professor Cutsinger, "Splendor of the True" is a highly recommended addition to academic library Religious Studies and 20th Century Philosophy Studies reference collections.

The Human Eros
Thomas M. Alexander
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue
University Box L
Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823251216 $35.00

The Human Eros: Eco-Ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence is an extensive philosophical treatise, drawing upon the contemplations of John Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Santayana, and Native American traditions. Author Thomas M. Alexander (Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) postulates that humans have the need to experience meaning and value, or "Human Eros." Cultures are describes as environments or "spiritual ecologies" which have the potential to cultivate Human Eros. Nature plays a key role in sustaining human cultural exisenct, yet Western philosophy is lacking in models that take ecological thinking into account. With the concept of "eco-ontology", Alexander searches for ways to better incorporate the role of Nature into the human search for meaning, beginning with acknowledging the power that Nature has over Being. A call to incorporate Dewey's philosophy into a pragmatic and ecological philosophy, The Human Eros is an in-depth read for intermediate to advanced students in philosophy, and an excellent addition to university and graduate school philosophy libraries.

The Art Shelf

Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art
Thembinkosi Goniwe, editor
Unisa Press
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97213
9781868886807, $46.00,

Curated by Thembinkosi Goniwe and Melissa Mboweni, the exhibition Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art was held at Museum Africa in Newtown (Johannesburg, South Africa), from May to July 2010. The exhibit featured 25 artists, 4 art collectives, and 6 writers whose work provided creative and intellectual dialogue, which in personal and intimate ways animates imaginative and reflective engagement with social matters and human experiences in contemporary Africa and the diaspora. Compiled and edited by Thembinkosi Goniwe, "Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art" is a 172 page compendium comprised of essays that include the following: Debating and Framing Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art; Imagined Communities; African Art as a Source of Knowledge; Comfortable Contradictions: South Africa, Africa, and the Marketplace; Curating Contemporary African Art: Questions of Mega-Exhibitions and Western Influences; The Scars of Dissipation: Memory, Catharsis, and the Search for the Aesthetic. Superbly and profusely illustrated in full color, "Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art" is very highly recommended for personal and academic library African Art reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Science Shelf

Gyorgy Scrinis
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023-7015
9780231156561, $32.95, 368 pp.,

Nutritionism is an alleged paradigm that assumes that it is the scientifically identified nutrients in foods that determine the value of individual food stuffs in the diet. It is the idea that the nutritional value of a food is the sum of all its individual nutrients, vitamins, and other components. In "Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice", Gyorgy Scrinis (Lecturer in Food Politics, School of Land and Environment, University of Melborne, Australia) provides a science-based framework and terminology for analyzing the characteristics and consequences of nutritionism. "Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice" documents how nutritionism has aligned the demands and perceived needs of consumers with the commercial interests of food manufacturers and corporations. Professor Scrinis offers an alternative paradigm for assessing the healthfulness of foods that privileges food production and processing quality, cultural-traditional knowledge, and sensual-practical experience, and promotes less reductive forms of nutrition research and dietary advice. "Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice" is an impressive work of detailed scholarship and highly recommended for academic library Health & Medicine reference collections. It should also be noted that "Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice" is also available in a Kindle edition ($17.59).

The Mathematics Shelf

An Introduction To Partial Differential Equations With MATLAB, second edition
Matthew P. Coleman
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781439898468, $89.95,

A differential equation is a mathematical equation for an unknown function of one or several variables that relates the values of the function itself and its derivatives of various orders. Differential equations play a prominent role in engineering, physics, economics, and other disciplines. Now in an expanded second edition, "An Introduction to Partial Differential Equations with MATLAB" by academician Matthew P. Coleman (Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut) is a 683 page compendium providing students with a detailed and accesible tradement of Partial Differential Equations (PDE) and their applications. Readers will require a basic knowledge of multivariable calculus. "An Introduction To Partial Differential Equations With MATLAB" features problem-solving exercises, proofs, extended challenges, and MATLAB exercises. Of special note is the MATLAB code for tables and figures accessible on Professor Coleman's website. "An Introduction To Partial Differential Equations With MATLAB" will prove an excellent academic textbook and is highly recommended for college and university library Applied Mathematics reference collections.

Rephael Wenger
CRC Press
Suite 300
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781466570979 $89.95

Isosurfaces: Geometry, Topology & Algorithms is an advanced mathematical text focused upon isosurfaces - three-dimensional representations of continuous functions (or scalar fields) that have a domain of 3D space. Such functions and their representations are an invaluable tool for solving real-world engineering problems, among other quandaries. "Two well-established procedures in medical imaging produce extensive scalar field data. Computer tomography (CT) scanners send beams of radiation through a person and measure the amount of radiation that arrives at various detectors... Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners measure changes in a magnetic field caused by excited hydrogen nuclei in water. Mathematical transformations map these measurements to water density values at sample points within the person." Diagrams, figures, and some full-color illustrations help illuminate the meticulous theories and definitions. A bibliography and index round out this scholarly text, highly recommended for professionals working with isosurface models or graduate school mathematics shelves.

The Reference Shelf

The Manual To Online Public Records, third edition
Michael Sankey and Cynthia Hetherington
BRB Publications
PO Box 27869
Tempe, AZ 85285
9781889150604 $22.50

Now in an updated third edition, The Manual To Online Public Records is a hands-on, how-to guide to extracting the information one needs from public records in America, including/especially online records. Chapters teach the reader how to quickly evaluate online sites (especially ones that charge for their services) and identify which sites have little or no value; tips and tricks for more efficient searches; an outline of which reference sources are entirely free (keeping in mind that some unscrupulous "research" businesses can and will charge customers for free information), and more. A state-by-state directory of some of the most common, useful public record sources and vendors, complete with websites, rounds out this excellent, easy-to-use resource especially recommended for genealogy researchers.

The Psychology Shelf

Internet Sex Offenders
Michael C. Seto
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433813641, $69.95,

A sex offender is a person who has committed a sex crime. What constitutes a sex crime differs by culture and legal jurisdiction. Most jurisdictions compile their laws into sections, such as traffic, assault and sexual. The majority of convicted sex offenders have convictions for crimes of a sexual nature; however, some sex offenders have simply violated a law contained in a sexual category. Some of the crimes which usually result in a mandatory sex-offender classification are: a second prostitution conviction, sending or receiving obscene content in the form of SMS text messages (sexting), relationship between young adults and teenagers resulting in corruption of a minor (if the age between them is greater than 1,060 days; if any sexual contact was made by the adult to the minor, child molestation has occurred). If sexual conduct occurred, unlawful sexual conduct involving a minor has occurred. Other serious offences are sexual assault, statutory rape, bestiality, child sexual abuse, incest, rape, and sexual imposition. With the coming of the internet, sexual predators are able to expand their operations, especially against minors. "Internet Sex Offenders" by academician and registered clinical psychologist Michael C. Seto is a 320 page compendium that provides an extensive and detailed examination of the internet's impact on sexual offenders and predators. Beginning with an overview of online sexual offending, "Internet Sex Offenders" continues with chapters on child pornography, solicitation, etiology, online offender characteristics, the connection between online and contact offending, risk assessment, and intervention. Of special note is the final chapter: Conclusions and Future Directions. Enhanced with the inclusion of four resource sections (Juvenile Prostitution, trafficking and Sex Tourism; Assessment of Online Offenders; Treatment; Glossary of Technical Terms), an extensive reference listing, and a comprehensive index, "Internet Sex Offenders" is an important work of seminal scholarship and a highly recommended addition to professional and academic library Psychological Studies reference collections in general, and Sexual Predator/Offender supplemental reading lists in particular.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger
Carolyn Gammon and Israel Unger
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554588312 $24.99

Part of the "Life Writing Series" of Wilfrid Laurier University Press, The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger is the true-life memories of Holocaust survivor Israel Unger, one of only a handful of Polish Jews to survive to the end of World War II in the city of Tarnow, down from a population of 25,000 at the start of the Nazi occupation. Chapters recount the hardships Unger endured as one of nine people who hid for two years in an attic crawl space, emerging only to forage for food at night, a situation similar (but not identical) to that of Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Yet the end of the war did not bring safety to Polish Jews; anti-Semitism, false accusations of the "blood libel" myth, and possible collaboration by the authorities prompted multiple postwar murders of repatriated Jews. The deadly Kielce pogrom was one of Poland's most vicious postwar massacres. To protect their children, Israel's parents sent him and his brother as "orphans" to France. The Unger family was eventually reunited, but struggled with an uncertain future, until they obtained papers granting them the opportunity to emigrate to Canada in 1951. Although The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger spans nations and continents, the threat of persecution and the shadow of the Holocaust remain ongoing themes, culminating full circle when Unger speaks of searching through records of the Holocaust (and the brave people who resisted it), including a visit to his birth house. An erudite, honest, and thought-provoking personal testimony, The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger is a welcome contribution to public and college library Holocaust Studies shelves, highly recommended.

The Origins and Onset of the Romanian Holocaust
Henry Eaton
Wayne State University Press
4809 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201-1309
9780814338728, $29.95,

The Holocaust was the mass murder or genocide of approximately six million Jews during World War II, a program of systematic state-sponsored murder by Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, throughout German-occupied territory. Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were killed. Over one million Jewish children were killed in the Holocaust, as were approximately two million Jewish women and three million Jewish men. A network of over 40,000 facilities in Germany and German-occupied territory were used to concentrate, hold, and kill Jews and other victims. These are grim statistics and most attention in books and films about the Holocaust focus on Germany. Lesser known is the massive killings inflicted upon the Romanian Jews that took place in Romania shortly after Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union and was significantly abetted by antisemitic Romanians. "The Origins and Onset of the Romanian Holocaust" by Henry Eaton (a retired associate professor of history with the University of North Texas) is a 224 page compendium detailing a national tragedy arising from Romania's history of antisemitism. Informed and informative, "The Origins and Onset of the Romanian Holocaust" is a significant and highly recommended addition to Holocaust Studies supplemental reading lists and academic library 20th Century Romanian History reference collections.

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