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Volume 13, Number 8 August 2018 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice American History Shelf World History Shelf
Civil War Shelf Education Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Library Science Shelf Technology Shelf Biography Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Aviation Shelf Military Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Agriculture Shelf Psychology Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf
Genealogy Shelf International Studies Shelf Economic Studies Shelf
Photography Shelf Gaming Shelf Holocaust Studies Shelf


Reviewer's Choice

Nourished Planet
Danielle Nierenberg, editor
Island Press
2000 M St. NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036
www.islandpress.org
9781610918947, $25.00, PB, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Mangos from India, pasta from Italy, coffee from Colombia: Every day, Americans are nourished by a global food system that relies on our planet remaining verdant and productive. But current agricultural and technological practices are undermining both human and environmental health, resulting in the paradoxes of obesity paired with malnutrition, crops used for animal feed and biofuels while people go hungry, and more than thirty percent of food being wasted when it could feed the 795 million malnourished worldwide. Compiled and edited by Danielle Nierenberg, "Nourished Planet: Sustainability in the Global Food System" offers a global plan for feeding ourselves sustainably. Drawing on the diverse experiences of renowned international experts, "Nourished Planet" offers a truly planetary perspective. Essays and interviews by Hans Herren, Vandana Shiva, Alexander Mueller, and Pavan Suhkdev, among many others collaboratively plot a map towards food for all, food for sustainable growth, food for health, and food for culture. With these ingredients, we can nourish our planet and ourselves. Persuasively informative and exceptionally well organized and presented, "Nourished Planet" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Agriculture & Food collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Nourished Planet" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $13.99).

Nolo's Patents for Beginners, ninth edition
Attorneys David Pressman and Richard Stim
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
www.nolo.com
9781413325218 $29.99 pbk / $16.19 Kindle amazon.com

Now in an updated ninth edition covering recent changes in patent law and regulations, including the new "first to file" rules, Nolo's Patents for Beginners lives up to its titles as a thoroughly accessible "must-read" for inventors. Chapters cover patent law basics, the implications of the America Invents Act, how to document an invention, how to "read and write" patents, the basics of patent infringement, provisional patents, and much more. A glossary, an index, and a wealth of examples round out this excellent, user-friendly guide that can potentially make the difference between earning a fortune off one's ideas and watching someone else earn a fortune instead. Nolo's Patents for Beginners is highly recommended both for public library and personal reference collections.

How to Get a Green Card, 13th edition
Ilona Bray, J.D. & Loida Nicolas Lewis, J.D., authors
Updated by Attorney Kristina Gasson
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
www.nolo.com
9781413325379 $39.99 pbk / $34.19 Kindle amazon.com

Now in an updated 13th edition, How to Get a Green Card a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to determining whether one is eligible for permanent residence in the United States, and successfully applying for a "green card" document that grants that permission. Chapters offer in- depth assistance for filling out application forms, including plenty of sample forms. Since American law is constantly changing, How to Get a Green Card comes with free legal updates on immigration rules, accessible via the publisher's Nolo.com website. "Nonattorney practitioners, visa consults, [etc.] litter the immigration marketplace... be wary - especially if they promise you a green card without any hassle for a certain amount of money. Aside from the fact that it is unlawful to practice immigration law without being admitted by a state bar association, there is no way you can check on these individuals' expertise, and nowhere to complain if their services are poor." An index rounds out this absolute "must-have" for anyone considering earning their own green card.


The American History Shelf

Rebel Lawyer
Charles Wollenberg
Heyday Books
PO Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709
www.heydaybooks.com
9781597144360, $20.00, HC, 160pp, www.amazon.com

"Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights" by Charles Wollenberg (who is the former Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Berkeley City College) tells the story of the key cases pertaining to the World War II incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry and the trial attorney who defended them including: Fred Korematsu, Iva Toguri (alias Tokyo Rose), Japanese Peruvians, and five thousand Americans who renounced their citizenship under duress. An Irish American lawyer with a volatile temper, Wayne Collins made a somewhat unlikely hero but had a passionate commitment to the nation's constitutional principles that put him in opposition to not only the United States government but also groups that acquiesced to internment such as the national office of the ACLU and the leadership of the Japanese American Citizens League. Through careful research and legal analysis, Professor Wollenberg takes his readers through each individual case, and offers them an understanding of how Collins came to be the most effective defender of the rights and liberties of the West Coast's Japanese and Japanese American population. Professor Wollenberg portrays Collins not as kind of a modern day white knight but as a tough, sometimes difficult man whose battles gave people of Japanese descent the foundation on which to construct their own powerful campaigns for redress. A seminal work of simply outstanding scholarship and telling a story that has been obscured and overlooked for the last 75 years, "Rebel Lawyer" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library 20th Century Asian American History collections in general, and World War II era Japanese-American History supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Rebel Lawyer" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

War in East Texas: Regulators vs. Moderators
Bill O'Neal
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
www.untpress.unt.edu
9781574417289, $18.95, PB, 206pp, www.amazon.com

From 1840 through 1844 East Texas was wracked by murderous violence between Regulator and Moderator factions. More than thirty men were killed in assassinations, lynchings, ambushes, street fights, and pitched battles. The sheriff of Harrison County was murdered, and so was the founder of Marshall, as well as a former district judge. Senator Robert Potter, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, was slain by Regulators near his Caddo Lake home. Courts ceased to operate and anarchy reigned in Shelby County, Panola District, and Harrison County. Only the personal intervention of President Sam Houston and an invasion of the militia of the Republic of Texas halted the bloodletting. The Regulator-Moderator War was the first and largest of the many blood feuds of Texas. In "War in East Texas: Regulators vs. Moderators" Texas state historian Bill O'Neal includes rosters of names of the Regulator and Moderator factions arranged by the counties in which the individuals were associated, along with a roster of the victims of the war. Reading with all the riveting intensity of a western novel, "War in East Texas: Regulators vs. Moderators" is impressively researched, written, organized and presented, making it an essential and core addition to personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library 19th Century Texas State History collections and supplemental studies lists.


The World History Shelf

Dragon Lords
Eleanor Parker
I. B. Tauris Publishers
www.ibtauris.com
9781784537869, $35.00, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Why did the Vikings sail to England? Were they indiscriminate raiders, motivated solely by bloodlust and plunder? One narrative, the stereotypical one, might have it so. But locked away in the buried history of the British Isles are other, far richer and more nuanced, stories; and these hidden tales paint a picture very different from the ferocious pillagers of popular repute. In "Dragon Lords: The History and Legends of Viking England", Eleanor Parker (who is a Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford, United Kingdom) here unlocks secrets that point to more complex motivations within the marauding army that in the late ninth century voyaged to the shores of eastern England in its sleek, dragon-powered longships. Exploring legends from forgotten medieval texts, and across the varied Anglo-Saxon regions, she depicts Vikings who came not just to raid but also to settle personal feuds, intervene in English politics and find a place to call home. Native tales reveal the links to famous Vikings like Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons; Cnut; and Havelok the Dane. Each myth shows how the legacy of the newcomers can still be traced in landscape, place-names and local history. "Dragon Lords" uncovers the remarkable degree to which England is Viking to its core. Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, thoroughly accessible in organization and presentation for both academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject, "Dragon Lords" is enhanced with thirty-three pages of Notes, a nineteen page Bibliography, and an eleven page Index. A superbly authored work of impeccable scholarship, "Dragon Lords" is very highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library Viking History collections.

Migration and the Making of Ireland
Bryan Fanning
University College Dublin Press
Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
www.dufoureditions.com
9781910820254, $43.00, PB, 300pp, www.amazon.com

"Migration and the Making of Ireland" by Bryan Fanning (Professor of Migration and Social Policy at University College Dublin, Ireland) deftly explores accounts of migrant experiences across more than four centuries. The motivations that drove migration to Ireland and emigration from Ireland since the Plantation of Ulster in the 1600s are assessed. Political, economic, and legal circumstances that made emigration and immigration possible or necessary are considered. Commonalities and differences across space and time between the experiences of incoming and outgoing migrants, with a strong emphasis on the recent waves of immigration that are re-shaping twenty-first century Ireland, are deeply explored. Early chapters examine the experiences of specific migrant groups, and later chapters look at broader trends, illustrated with anecdotes of personal experience. A landmark contribution to our understanding of modern Ireland that is unreservedly recommended as an outstanding work of meticulous scholarship, "Migration and the Making of Ireland" will be essential reading for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject seeking to understand the diversity of twenty-first century Irish society and especially recommended for both community and academic library International Studies collections in general, and Contemporary Ireland supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Viking Wars
Max Adams
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
www.pegasusbooks.com
9781681777979, $29.95, HC, 512pp, www.amazon.com

In 865 A.D., a great Viking army landed in East Anglia, precipitating a series of wars that would last until the middle of the following century. It was in this time of crisis that the modern kingdoms of Britain were born. In their responses to the Viking threat, these kingdoms forged their identities as hybrid cultures: vibrant and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and opportunity. Traditionally, Alfred the Great is cast as the central player in the story of Viking Age Britain. But in "The Viking Wars: War and Peace in King Alfred's Britain: 789-955", author and historian Max Adams, while stressing the genius of Alfred as war leader, law-giver, and forger of the English nation, has a more nuanced narrative approach to this conventional version of history. The Britain encountered by the Scandinavians of the ninth and tenth centuries was one of regional diversity and self-conscious cultural identities, depicted in glorious narrative fashion in The Viking Wars. A brilliantly written, organized and presented study that is augmented for academia with the inclusion of several maps, sixteen pages of both black/white and color illustrations, ten pages of notes, a thirteen page bibliography, and a seventeen page index, "The Viking Wars" will prove to be a valued and enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library Viking History collections and 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 "The Viking Wars" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.23).


The Civil War Shelf

Women of the Blue and Gray
Marianne Monson
Shadow Mountain Publishing
P.O. Box 30178, Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0178
www.shadowmountain.com
9781629724157, $19.99, HC, 208pp, www.amazon.com

One of the long ignored aspects of the American Civil War was the role women played on the battlefields as combatants on the part of both the Union North and the Confederate South. Hidden amongst the photographs, uniforms, revolvers, and war medals of the Civil War are the remarkable stories of some of the most unlikely heroes -- the women. North, South, black, white, Native American, immigrant -- the women in these micro-drama biographies comprising "Women of the Blue and Gray: True Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies of the Civil War" by Marianne Monson (who is a writer and professor of English with a strong interest in the relationship between literature and history, and who teaches Creative Writing at Portland Community College) are wives, mothers, sisters, and friends whose purposes ranged from supporting husbands and sons. A unique and exceptional contribution to the growing body of American Civil War literature, "Women of the Blue and Gray" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, Civil War buffs, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Women of the Blue and Gray" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99) and as a complete an unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781538545225, $29.95, MP3 CD).

The Maps of Fredericksburg
Bradley M. Gottfried
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
www.savasbeatie.com
9781611213713, $37.50, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com

The Battle of Fredericksburg was fought December 11 - 15, 1862, in and around Fredericksburg, Virginia, between General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside, as part of the American Civil War. The Union Army's futile frontal attacks on December 13 against entrenched Confederate defenders on the heights behind the city are remembered as one of the most one-sided battles of the war, with Union casualties more than three times as heavy as those suffered by the Confederates. (Wikipedia). "The Maps of Fredericksburg: An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, September 18, 1862 - January 22, 1863" by American Civil War historian Bradley M. Gottfried is a complete and comprehensive cartographic compendium deftly organized and presented to specifically allow Civil War students and military history buffs to easily and quickly fine a map and text on virtually any portion of the campaign, from the march south to Fredericksburg to the Mud March in early 1863. Of special interest and value are the extensive and authoritative endnotes and complete order of battle. A seminal and welcome addition to the growing library of American Civil War literature, "The Maps of Fredericksburg" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library American Civil War collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for students, academicians, Civil War buffs, and non-specialists general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Maps of Fredericksburg" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).


The Education Shelf

HOT Skills
Steffen Saifer
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
www.redleafpress.org
9781605545561, $39.95, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Young elementary school students are capable of a great deal of higher-order thinking yet too many teaching and learning activities require students to use only lower-order thinking. "HOT Skills: Developing Higher-Order Thinking in Young Learners" by Steffen Saifer (an international consultant and writer based in Spain) breaks down theory into practice so classroom teachers won't miss an opportunity to help young learners develop logical, critical, and creative thinking skills. "HOT Skills" provides numerous strategies for infusing play-based activities and interactions that promote higher-order thinking across all content areas and throughout the day. Just as establishing good nutrition habits early sets the foundation for a healthier life, developing basic-level HOT skills sets the foundation for a more productive and purposeful life. Exceptionally organized and thoroughly 'user friendly' in presentation, "HOT Skills" is an especially recommended addition to school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional resources collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "HOT Skills" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.13).

STEAM Concepts for Infants and Toddlers
Nichole A. Baumgart & Linda R. Kroll
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
www.redleafpress.org
9781605545547, $34.95, PB, 200pp, www.amazon.com

STEAM (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) is a development and extension of the original STEM efforts with the goal to support innate creativity and innovation that all children possess. The collaborative work of Nichole Baumgart (who is an educator at Bing Nursery School at Stanford University and a professor at Pacific Oaks College) and Linda R. Kroll (who is the Holland Professor of Early Childhood Education in the School of Education at Mills College), "STEAM Concepts for Infants and Toddlers" effectively serves as a platform for educators to observe and facilitate infants and toddlers natural curiosities around STEAM concepts. The text discusses tangible, rich STEAM learning environments for children from birth through age two and introduces where this learning can go next as children transition into the preschool years. While a strongly recommended addition to professional, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of educators, educational policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "STEAM Concepts for Infants and Toddlers" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $33.20).

Specialized Schools for High-Ability Learners
Bronwyn MacFarlane, editor
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
www.prufrock.com
9781618217776, $45.00, PB, 214pp, www.amazon.com

In "Specialized Schools for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programs in Specialized School Settings", Bronwyn MacFarlane (Professor of Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock) focuses on educational programming offered in nontraditional, publicly approved, and private settings, with important details about how to serve high-ability learners in specialized schools and deliver schoolwide educational change. Each individual chapter offers a differentiated resource for classroom educators school district administrators who are interested in designing and implementing programs in specialized school settings by providing a discussion of the critical components for inclusion in a carefully planned, coherent, and quality-minded K -12 curricular sequence. "Specialized Schools for High-Ability Learners" delivers a comprehensive discussion with recommendations for the learning experiences of high-talent students in specialized schools and alternatively approved educational programs. Through relevant research and practical applications, this instructive compendium will help in developing high levels of talent among the next generation of competent critical thinkers. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Specialized Schools for High-Ability Learners" is an especially recommended addition to school district, college, and university library Contemporary Educational Issues collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Science Culture, Language, and Education in America
Emily Schoerning
Palgrave Macmillan
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
https://www.palgrave.com/us
9781349958122, $99.99, HC, 159pp, www.amazon.com

In "Science Culture, Language, and Education in America: Literacy, Conflict, and Successful Outreach", Emily Schoerning (who is a research scientist at the University of Iowa, USA and also the Division Director for the National Science Teachers Association's Elected Research in Science Education program) directly address such questions as: Can the culture and language of science be an alienating force that discourages marginalized people from identifying with scientists and pursuing higher education in the sciences? Does an education system which unwittingly presents science as a distinct culture result in a population susceptible to doubt, confusion, and denial? "Science Culture, Language, and Education in America"dDeftly explores just how this 'culture of science' is reflected and transmitted in the classroom, and how this can have wide-reaching and often negative implications for science education and science literacy. Well-intentioned efforts to bring hands-on scientific experiences into the classroom must also take into account how students perceive the culture of science. Areas of potential conflict include linguistic and cultural behaviors, misconceptions about science and the nature of science, and, in some cases, religious worldviews. Once recognized, these conflicts are resolvable, and valid methods exist to reduce alienation, broaden participation, and ensure that all students, whether or not they pursue STEM careers, leave school knowing that science is something that they can trust. An original and seminal work of simply outstanding scholarship that is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Science Culture, Language, and Education in America" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to school district, college, and university library Contemporary Educational Issues collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for education students, school administrators, academia, and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject that "Science Culture, Language, and Education in America" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $89.00).


The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Birds in Their Habitats
Ian Fraser
CSIRO Publishing
c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
www.styluspub.com
9781486307449, $29.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

All birds have mysteries to be unraveled, not just for professional ornithologists and dedicated bird watchers, but for anyone who have ever marveled at a feathered creature. These mysteries include the way they look ranging from bizarre to the apparently mundane, why they live where they live, and the things they do, many of which are far too incredible ever to be imagined as fiction. "Birds in Their Habitats: Journeys with a Naturalist" by Australian naturalist, conservationist, and author Ian Fraser is a collection of stories and experiences which introduce fascinating aspects of bird life, ecology and behavior. Informed by a wealth of historical and contemporary research, "Birds in Their Habitats" takes the reader on a journey through four continents ranging from places as unfamiliar as the Chonos Archipelago of southern Chile and the arid Sahel woodlands of northern Cameroon, to those as familiar as a suburban backyard. "Birds in Their Habitats" offers a simply fascinating and impressively informative discovery of birds and the places they live. Deftly written with humor and personal insight, Ian Fraser's "Birds in Their Habitats" is also a consistently engaging read about the sometimes strange world of the people who spend a life absorbed in birds. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Pets/Wildlife collections in general, and Ornithology Studies supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for students, academia, and non- specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Birds in Their Habitats" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.17).

The Age of the Horse
Susanna Forrest
Atlantic Monthly Press
c/o Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
154 West 14th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10011
www.groveatlantic.com
9780802126511, $27.00, HC, 432pp, www.amazon.com

Fifty-six million years ago, equids (the earliest form of horse) walked the earth -- and beginning with the first-known horse-keepers of the Copper Age, the horse has played an integral part in human history. Combining fascinating anthropological detail and incisive personal anecdotes, "The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History" by equestrian and social anthropologist Susanna Forrest draws from an immense range of archival documents as well as literature and art to illustrate how our evolution has coincided with that of horses. In paintings and poems (such as Byron's famous "Mazeppa"), in theater and classical music (including works by Liszt and Tchaikovsky), representations of the horse have changed over centuries, portraying the crucial impact that we've had on each other. Forrest deftly synthesizes this material with her own experience in the field, traveling the globe to give us a diverse, comprehensive look at the horse in our lives today: from Mongolia where she observes the endangered takhi, to a show-horse performance at the Palace of Versailles; from a polo club in Beijing to Arlington, Virginia, where veterans with PTSD are rehabilitated through interaction with horses. With passion and singular insight, Forrest deftly investigates the complexities of human and horse coexistence, illuminating the multifaceted ways our cultures were shaped by this powerful creature. An essential book for anyone who's ever been captivated by horses, "The Age of the Horse" is an impressively informed and informative exploration of the enduring connection between humans and Equus caballus in a unique and sweeping panorama of the animal's prominent role in societies around the world and across time. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Pets/Wildlife collections and Equine History supplement studies lists, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Age of the Horse" is also now available in a paperback edition (9780802127976, $18.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.85).


The Literary Studies Shelf

Emily Dickinson as a Second Language
Greg Mattingly
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9781476666556, $39.95, PB, 258pp, www.amazon.com

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) wrote in 19th century American English and referenced long-vanished cultural contexts. A "private poet", Dickinson created her own vocabulary, and many of her poems have quite specific local and personal connections. That is principally why contemporary readers may find her poetry elusive and challenging. Promoting a richer appreciation of Dickinson's work for a modern audience, "Emily Dickinson as a Second Language: Demystifying the Poetry" by Greg Mattingly (who is a retired corporate education and training professional who has been a guide on the staff of the Emily Dickinson Museum, in Amherst, Massachusetts since 2010, and is a contributing member of the Emily Dickinson International Society since 2008.) deftly explores unfamiliar aspects of her language and her world. A seminal work of original scholarship that is impressively enhanced for academia with the inclusion of two appendices, chapter notes, a bibliography, and index of first lines, and a general index, "Emily Dickinson as a Second Language" is a welcome and prized addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Emily Dickinson literary studies collections and supplemental reading lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non- specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Emily Dickinson as a Second Language" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).

H.P. Lovecraft
Leverett Butts, editor
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9781476670911, $39.95, PB, 306pp, www.amazon.com

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 - March 15, 1937) was an American writer who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He was virtually unknown and published only in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, but he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Compiled and edited by Leverett Butts (who teaches American Literature at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia), "H.P. Lovecraft: Selected Works, Critical Perspectives and Interviews on His Influence" is collection of H.P. Lovecraft's most influential works presents several of his most famous stories, a sampling of his poetry and an abridgment of his monograph Supernatural Horror in Literature, with commentary providing background and context. Criticism is included from such scholars as S.T. Joshi and Robert M. Price, along with essays by writers Brad Strickland and T.E.D. Klein, and interviews with Pulitzer-nominated author Richard Monaco (Parsival) and award-winning novelists Cherie Priest (Boneshaker) and Caitlin Kiernan (The Drowning Girl). Exceptionally informative and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "H.P. Lovecraft: Selected Works, Critical Perspectives and Interviews on His Influence" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library American Literary Studies collections in general, and H. P. Lovecraft supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, and the legions of H. P. Lovecraft fans that this simply outstanding analytic and literary contribution is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.99).


The Fiction Shelf

Eight Stories: Tales of War and Loss
Erich Maria Remarque
New York University Press
838 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10003
www.nyupress.org
9781479824854, $89.00, HC, 192pp, www.amazon.com

Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970) was a German-American novelist. He was the author of numerous plays, short stories, and novels, most notably "All Quiet on the Western Front". "Eight Stories: Tales of War and Loss" is exquisite collection with an informative Introduction by Maria Tatar and Larry Wolff that revives Remarque's unforgettable voice in a series of short stories that have long ago faded from public memory. From the haunting description of an abandoned battlefield to the pain of losing a loved one in the war to soldiers' struggles with what we now recognize as PTSD, the stories offer an unflinching glimpse into the physical, emotional, and even spiritual implications of World War I. In this collection, we follow the trials of naive war widow Annette Stoll, reflect on the power of small acts of kindness toward a dying soldier, and join Johann Bartok, a weary prisoner of war, in his struggle to reunite with his wife. Remarque's writing offers a timeless reflection on the many costs of war. "Eight Stories: Tales of War and Loss" offers a beautiful tribute to the pain that war inflicts on soldiers and civilians alike, and resurrects the work of a master author whose legacy (like the war itself) will endure for generations to come. Absolutely and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Studies collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers that "Eight Stories: Tales of War and Loss" is also available in a paperback edition (9781479888092, $13.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.60).

Before She Sleeps
Bina Shah
Delphinium Books
PO Box 803, Encino, CA 91436
http://www.delphiniumbooks.com
9781883285760, $25.00, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com

In modern, beautiful Green City, the capital of South West Asia, gender selection, war and disease have brought the ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The government uses terror and technology to control its people, and women must take multiple husbands to have children as quickly as possible. Yet there are women who resist, women who live in an underground collective and refuse to be part of the system. Secretly protected by the highest echelons of power, they emerge only at night, to provide to the rich and elite of Green City a type of commodity that nobody can buy: intimacy without sex. As it turns out, not even the most influential men can shield them from discovery and the dangers of ruthless punishment. A deftly crafted dystopian novel from one of Pakistan's most talented writers "Before She Sleeps" is a about women's lives in repressive Muslim countries everywhere. It takes the patriarchal practices of female seclusion and veiling, gender selection, and control over women's bodies, then amplifies them into a world of post-religious authoritarianism. Although drawn from an Islamic patriarchy, the underlying themes are just as relevant in a an American Christian fundamentalist society with its patriarchy sought domination over women's reproductive rights. An inherently compelling read from beginning to end, "Before She Sleeps" is recommended for community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Before She Sleeps" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).

So Wild the Wind
Bonnie Hobbs
Five Star Books
10 Water Street, Suite 310, Waterville, ME 04901
http://gale.cengage.com/fivestar
9781432838522, $25.95, HC, 293pp, www.amazon.com

"So Wild the Wind" by Bonnie Hobbs is the story of a young Civil War widow named Alida Garrison who survives a shipwreck off the Texas Gulf coast, but loses her five-year-old son to the sea. Strong hands lift her from the rocky shore, and with time and the gentle care of an old healing woman, she comes through the mist of grief and guilt. A deftly crafted and thoroughly engaging read from beginning to end, "So Wild the Wind" clearly showcases author Bonnie Hobbs' extraordinary flair for creating memorable characters embedded in a consistently entertaining narrative work of exceptional fiction. While an especially recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "So Wild the Wind" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Invitation To A Funeral
Jethro Kyle
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444836936, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 240pp, www.amazon.com

At twenty-eight, Joseph Carver is the youngest college professor in the United States. He is estranged from his father Will, the sheriff of a Kansas town. When Joseph's father is brutally gunned down during a bank robbery and his mother dies of grief shortly thereafter, he is forced to face his family demons and return home. After his parents' funeral, he arms himself and sets off in pursuit of the men who shot his father with and Billy Two Shoes, an elderly Indian guide who has announced his own imminent death to take place among his own people, Joseph's quest takes him into the Indian Nations, where he receives help of a most surprising nature. Another masterfully crafted western novel by Jethro Kyle, "Invitation To A Funeral" will prove to be a riveting read from beginning to end and a highly popular addition to community library large print collections, as well as the personal reading lists of all dedicated western fiction fans.

Coffin For An Outlaw
Thomas McNulty
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444836950, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 264pp, www.amazon.com

One of the most unique and riveting westerns in recent memory, "Coffin For An Outlaw" by Thomas McNulty is the story of how when legendary lawman-turned-bounty-hunter Chance Sonnet reappears, the word spreads that he wants Eric Cabot dead. Cabot, in the dark as to Sonnet's motives, sends his men to kill Sonnet first - but the task proves more difficult than he imagines. Sonnet also finds himself pursued by a plucky newspaperwoman and an old Texas Ranger who knows something of his past. Blazing a trail in a buckboard and hauling a pine coffin intended for Cabot, Chance Sonnet is a man haunted by the past and facing a future steeped in blood. A simply outstanding and highly recommended western novel, this large print edition is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of die-hard western fans, and will prove to be an immensely appreciated and popular addition to community library Western Fiction collections.

The Girl From Ballymor
Kathleen McGurl
Charnwood large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444837094, $35.50, HC, 376pp, www.amazon.com

As famine grips the Ireland countryside of Ballymor in 1847 as Kitty McCarthy finds herself widowed and alone. Fighting to keep her two remaining children alive against all odds, she must decide how far she will go to save her family. In the present day and arriving in Ballymor, Maria is researching her ancestor, Victorian artist Michael McCarthy, and his beloved mother, the mysterious Kitty who disappeared without a trace. Running from her future, it's not only answers about the past that Maria hopes to find in Ireland. As her search brings her closer to the truth about Kitty's fate, Maria must make the biggest decision of her life. A deftly crafted and compelling novel, this large print edition of Hathleen McGurl's "The Girl From Ballymor" is an especially and unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Contemporary General Fiction collections.

Stearn's Break
Caleb Rand
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444834895, $20.99, PB, 216pp, www.amazon.com

Looking to start a new life, away from the futility of working an exhausted gold mine, Will Stearn and his partner Clem Tapper ride to Ragland. On the way, they encounter Connie Boe and her wounded driver, and stop to assist. Accepting Connie's offer of paying them to ride shotgun and guard her wagon the rest of the journey, Will and Clem travel on with the others. But when they reach Ragland, they'll find that the town is tough -- and the sheriff's daughter is dead set against Connie Boe and Will Stern setting up an 'entertainment' business. Then there is Connie's gunslinger husband Newton Boe looking to exploit his wife and put an end to Will! Another thoroughly entertaining and original western by an expert in the genre, this large print edition of Caleb Brand's new novel, "Stearn's Break" is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections.

Ghost Town
Roy Patterson
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444836318, $20.99, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com

After trekking through one of the country's most unforgiving deserts, Clint Shane and his pal Ty Morrow think they have found a settlement where they can rest and buy fresh provisions. But as they ride towards the sprawling town, suddenly shots ring out. Terrified, they spur their mounts and gallop across the wild terrain towards the array of buildings that are bathed in the blinding sunlight. Soon, however, they find that this is no ordinary town; there are no people. As more shots ring out, Morrow and Shane realize they have taken refuge in a ghost town. Through in three Mexican bandits, a party of four Native Americans and a calvary troop and what you have is another riveting western by author Roy Patterson who is a master of the genre. In its large print format, "Ghost Town" is unreservedly recommended for community library collections and the personal reading lists of all dedicated western novel fans.

Sparrow's Gun
Abe Dancer
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444827514, $20.99, PB, 216pp, www.amazon.com

Before setting off in pursuit of his father's three murderers, Will Sparrow must learn how to handle a gun under the instruction of his foreman who was once a famed gunman. Then miles away from his ranch Will plans his reprisal having gunned down one of the trio and tracing the other two to the small town of Magdalena. But then a young woman by the name of Laurel Wale happens along, and Will discovers his intentions of revenge aren't quite as clear-cut as he thought Meanwhile, his mother (who had abandoned him at the age of 5 when she left his father without explanation0 has settled down nearby with one of the territory's most important citizens. She wants nothing more than peace -- but nothing is going to deter Will from his fateful objective. A simply spellbinding western novel from first page to last, this large print edition of Abe Dancer's "Sparrow's Gun" is very highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction collections.

Crossroads
Logan Winters
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444836332, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 256pp, www.amazon.com

When a wealthy rancher mistakes K. John Landis, an unemployed drifter, and Flower Tremaine, a cantankerous ex-saloon girl, for an honorable couple and offers them the opportunity to make some much-needed money, the pair jump at the chance. In charge of the rancher's flighty daughter Justine Masters, K. John and Flower are dragged down into the violent underworld of Crossroads. He had feared leaving town without a nickel in his jeans - now he fears he might never leave again as the enemy is the powerful owner of the Double O saloon who exploits young women and has lethal designs on Justine. Another riveting western novel from the pen of Logan Winters, this large print edition of "Crossroads" is very highly recommended, especially for community library collections and the personal reading lists of dedicated western novel buffs.

Stone Of Courage
John Russell Fearn
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444827873, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Abe Jones, nicknamed 'Feather-Fist' for his reluctance to fight, hits the jackpot when panning for gold in a secluded creek. But he is immediately swooped upon by Lynch Corbett and Len Dyson, men who are two of the toughest outlaws in the territory, drive him off his gold producing stream at gunpoint. But that's when a lovely young girl named Sylvia Drew witnesses the event, rescues Abe from dying in the desert, and urges Abe to reclaim what is rightfully his. She reveals to him an ancient Navajo relic known as the Courage Stone - one fragment of which will banish fear and protect the bearer from danger. What follows is unspeakable tragedy, a vengeance quest, and an ultimate town-taming showdown in the best western tradition. "Stone of Courage" is one more deftly crafted and inherently riveting western novel that in this large print edition from the Lindford Western Library collection is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated western buffs and community library western fiction collections.


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Spook in the Stacks
Eva Gates
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
www.crookedlanebooks.com
9781683315803, $26.99, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com

Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it's up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide. Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library -- haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit's end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted? With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone's minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone's lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head! "The Spook in the Stacks", the fourth title in author Eva Gates' superbly crafted 'Lighthouse Library Mystery' series. A simply riveting good read from beginning to end, "The Spook in the Stacks" is an especially recommended addition to all community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "The Spook in the Stacks" is also available in a paperback edition (9781683319214, $15.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.57).

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding
Rhys Bowen
Berkley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
www.penguin.com
9780425283523, $26.00, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Rhys Bowen is a master of the mystery genre and in "Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding" she presents the twelfth volume in her simply outstanding 'Royal Spyness' mystery series. Blending a murder mystery with a bit of fun and comedy, "Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding" is another inherently fascinating, riveting page-turner of a read that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. A simply 'must read' for the legions of Rhys Bowen fans, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

We Moved In Shadow
Denis Hughes
Linford Mystery Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444837322, $20.99, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

Travelling north by car, David Stanmore makes a fateful stopover at a pub, where a thief steals a woman's handbag and then disappears. The distraught woman tells Stanmore that she had been on a covert mission for her employer to meet his friend in York, who was to give her information on the location of a hidden Nazi hoard of treasure. Her handbag had contained a visiting card that was to serve as her introduction. Stanmore agrees to take her in pursuit - and plunges into a nightmare world of death. A deftly crafted and thoroughly entertaining British mystery from first page to last, this large print edition of "We Moved In Shadow" by Denis Hughes is very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, as well as the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs everywhere!


The Library Science Shelf

Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval
David Haynes
Facet Publishing
www.facetpublishing.co.uk
9781783301157, $161.32, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

In this newly updated and expanded second edition "Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval: Understanding Metadata And Its Use", David Haynes (who is a Visiting Lecturer on the Library and Information Science Programme at City University London) provides a thought-provoking introduction to metadata for all library and information students and professionals. This newly revised edition brings "Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval " fully up to date with new technology and standards, containing as it does new chapters on Metadata Standards and Encoding Schemes, assessments of the current theory and practice of metadata, and examinations of key developments in terms of both policy and technology. Coverage includes: an introduction to the concept of metadata a description of the main components of metadata systems and standards an overview of the scope of metadata and its applications a description of typical information retrieval issues in corporate and research environments a demonstration of ways in which metadata is used to improve retrieval a look at ways in which metadata is used to manage information consideration of the role of metadata in information governance. "Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval" is essential reading for library and information students at undergraduate and postgraduate level and will also be useful reading for LIS professionals looking for an accessible introduction to metadata. While strongly and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic Library Science instructional reference collections, it should be noted for students, librarians, and non-specialist readers with an interest in the subject that "Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval" is also available in a paperback edition (9781856048248, $59.95).

Text, Lies and Cataloging
Jana Brubaker
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9780786497447, $55.00, PB, 166pp, www.amazon.com

What do James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces", Margaret B. Jones' "Love and Consequence", and Wanda Koolmatrie's "My Own Sweet Time" have in common? None of these popular books are what they appear to be. Frey's fraudulent drug addiction "memoir" was really a semi-fictional novel, Jones chronicle of her life in a street gang was a complete fabrication, and Koolmatrie was not an Aboriginal woman removed from her family as a child, as in her seemingly autobiographical account, but rather a white taxi driver named Leon Carmen. Deceptive literary works mislead readers and present librarians with a cataloging dilemma. Whether making recommendations to patrons or creating catalog records, objectivity and accuracy are crucial -- and can be difficult when a book's authorship or veracity is in doubt. "Text, Lies and Cataloging: Ethical Treatment of Deceptive Works in the Library" by Jana Brubaker (who is the Acting Associate Dean for Collections, Technical Services, and Digital Scholarship at Northern Illinois University Libraries in DeKalbis) is an informative and occasionally downright entertaining study deftly addresses ethical considerations for deceptive works and proposes cataloging solutions that are provocative and designed to spark debate. Of special note is the extensive annotated bibliography describes books that are not what they seem. While unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university Library Science instructional reference collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of librarians that "Text, Lies and Cataloging" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.99).


The Technology Shelf

Introduction to Wireless Communication Circuits
Foruhar Farzaneh, et al.
River Publishers
c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
www.styluspub.com
9788793609716, $100.00, HC, 400pp, www.amazon.com

Over the past decade, tremendous development of wireless communications has changed human life and engineering. Considerable advancement has been made in design and architecture of related RF and microwave circuits. "Introduction to Wireless Communication Circuits" focuses on special circuits dedicated to the RF level of wireless communications. From oscillators to modulation and demodulation, and from mixers to RF and power amplifier circuits, all are presented in a sequential manner. A wealth of analytical relations is provided in the text alongside various worked out examples. Related problem sets are given at the end of each chapter. Basic concepts of RF Analog Circuit Design are developed with the technical topics discussed including: Wireless Communication System; RF Oscillators and Phase Locked Loops; Modulator and Demodulator Circuits; RF Mixers; Automatic Gain Control and Limiters; Microwave Circuits, Transmission Lines and S-Parameters; Matching Networks; Linear Amplifier Design and Power Amplifiers; and Linearization Techniques. An ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as RF Engineers and professionals, "Introduction to Wireless Communication Circuits" is unreservedly recommended for technical college curriculums and university library collections. It should be noted for students that "Introduction to Wireless Communication Circuits" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $21.25).

Wireless Sensor Networks
S. R. Vijayalakshmi & S. Muruganand
Mercury Learning
c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
www.styluspub.com
9781683922254, $59.95, PB, 500pp, www.amazon.com

The collaborative work of academicians and wireless communication experts S. R. Vijayalakshmi and S. Muruganand, "Wireless Sensor Networks" is an essential instructional guide for anyone interested in wireless communications for sensor networks, home networking, or device hacking. It covers a large number of topics encountered in the architecture, application, and recent advancements of a wireless sensor network, including hardware and software architectures, the Internet of Things, routing and security, MANETs, MEMS, Zigbee, TDMA, securing networks for Wi-Fi, ubiquitous sensor networks, underwater, mobile, and multimedia wireless networks. "Wireless Sensor Networks" includes a wide range of applications to industry, science, transportation, civil infrastructure, and security; covers the Internet of Things (IoT), MEMS, Zigbee, TDMA, mobile wireless networks, and more. Of special note is the article on securing networks for Wi-Fi by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity Engineering. Impressively well organized and presented, "Wireless Sensor Networks" is an especially valued and highly recommended addition to professional, corporate, technical college, and university library Computer Science collections in general, and Wireless Communications supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

5G and Satellite Spectrum, Standards, and Scale
Geoff Varrall
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
www.artechhouse.com
9781630815028, $169.00, HC, 336pp, www.amazon.com

"5G and Satellite Spectrum, Standards, and Scale" by Geoff Varrall (Executive Director of RIOT, a company providing technology and business serves to the wireless industry) is new resource presenting the emerging role of Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), and Geostationary satellites (GSO) as a delivery option for backhaul and wide area rural and urban mobile broadband and fixed access. "5G and Satellite Spectrum, Standards, and Scale" offers insight into recently established Non Terrestrial Network standards. Readers learn which bands will need to be supported in next generation 5G and satellite devices and networks and how the bands will be characterized. Channel spacing, guard bands, FDD or TDD, out of band emission limits, and in band performance requirements are discussed. "5G and Satellite Spectrum, Standards, and Scale" discusses what interference issues will arise from new band allocations including co-shared allocations and how interference will be mitigated in and between next generation terrestrial and satellite 5G networks. Readers learn how modulation choices will affect co-existence issues. "5G and Satellite Spectrum, Standards, and Scale" also discusses the design, performance, cost, and test implications of integrating next generation satellite physical and MAC layers with release 16 and 17 5G standards and explores how these emerging spectrum and standards map on to IOT and MTC use cases in specific vertical markets. Readers learn how new active and passive antennas in the K bands and V and W band (E band) impact the satellite link budget and satellite delivery cost economics. "5G and Satellite Spectrum, Standards, and Scale" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to both college and university library Satellite/Mobile Communications instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Intersystem EMC Analysis, Interference, and Solutions
Uri Vered
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
www.artechhouse.com
9781630815615, $179.00, HC, 352pp, www.amazon.com

With "Intersystem Emc Analysis, Interference, and Solutions" Uri Vered (who with fifty years of experience in the field is currently a freelance consultant conducting EMC analysis and seminars in EMC/RFI) provides comprehensive new resource provides methods and tools for defining EMC requirements and techniques for performing predictions and calculations to achieve electromagnetic compatibility. Vered deftly demonstrates how radar, communications, and navigation systems can function without interference. EMC requirements for the device, platform, site, and arena level are discussed and this book shows how EMC detection analysis is utilized to predict EMC problems. Vered deftly explores the interference between receiving and transmitting electronic systems and examines intersystem and intrasystem EMC. Techniques and mathematical framework for performing EMC prediction and calculations to solve electromagnetic compatibility problems are highlighted. Moreover, Vered presents classic methods and several original EMC calculation procedures including new approaches in mathematical development of interference probability calculations. Readers learn how to anticipate problems and then define EMC solutions. An ideal text book for EMC curriculums, "Intersystem EMC Analysis, Interference, and Solutions" is very highly recommended for college and university library Technology instructional reference collections.

Design and Applications of Active Integrated Antennas
Mohammad S. Sharawi & Oualid Hammi
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
www.artechhouse.com
9781630813581, $169.00, HC, 276pp, www.amazon.com

With the publication of "Design and Applications of Active Integrated Antennas", Mohammad S. Sharawi (Professor of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) and Oualid Hammi (Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary, AB, Canada) have created a comprehensive resource guide for professionals with respect to the latest methods used when designing active integrated antennas (AIA) for wireless communication devices for various standards. This textbook formatted resource provides complete design procedures for the various elements of such active integrated antennas such as the matching network, the amplifier/active element as well as the antenna; offers insight into how active integration and co-design between the active components (amplifier, oscillator, mixer, diodes) and the antenna can provide better power transfer, higher gains, increased efficiencies, switched beam patterns and smaller design footprints; introduces the co-design approach of active integrated antennas and its superior performance over conventional methods; and provides complete design examples are given of active integrated antenna systems for narrow and wideband applications as well as for multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) systems. AIA students will find the latest design methods for narrow and broadband RF matching networks. Unreservedly recommended for college and university library Technology instructional reference collections, "Design and Applications of Active Integrated Antennas" provides a complete listing of performance metrics for active integrated antennas and serves as a complete reference and design guide in the area of AIA. It should be noted that "Design and Applications of Active Integrated Antennas" also includes an instructional DVD.


The Biography Shelf

Rise and Fight Again
Spencer C. Tucker
ISI Books
3901 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19807-1938
1610171497 $16.95 www.isibooks.org

Written with the precision of a military historian, yet thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Rise and Fight Again: The Life of Nathanael Greene is an excellent biography of one of America's Founding Fathers, Nathanael Greene (1742-1786). Greene served as a major general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), where he earned a reputation as George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer. Motivated, self- taught, and highly skilled, Greene is a fascinating historical figure, and this excellent, in-depth account of his life is a "must" for public and college library Biography shelves. Highly recommended.

I, Iolo
Gareth Thomas
Y Lolfa
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
www.dufoureditions.com
9781784614515, $18.00, PB, 400pp, www.amazon.com

Edward Williams, better known by his bardic name Iolo Morganwg (10 March 1747 - 18 December 1826), was an influential Welsh antiquarian, poet, collector, and literary forger. In his day he was widely considered a leading collector and expert on Medieval Welsh literature, but after his death it was revealed that he had forged a number of his manuscripts, especially parts of the Third Series of Welsh Triads. (Wikipedia) "I, Iolo" by Gareth Thomas is a first-person retelling of the story of Iolo Morganwg, a Welshman who had many personas including that of a stonemason, self-taught scholar, poet, hymnist, politician, patriot, revolutionary, druid, failed businessman, drug addict, campaigner for human rights and perpetrator of the greatest act of literary forgery in European history. "I, Iolo" follows his adventurous quest to achieve fame for himself, respect for his culture, and freedom from oppression in a malevolent world. Mogwanwg went on to be admired by some as a hero who helped create the identity of modern Wales, but reviled by others as a conman and cheat. An inherently fascinating read from beginning to end, "I, Iolo" is an extraordinary account of a memorable and controversial life and very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library biography collections and Welch History supplemental studies lists. It should be noted that "I, Iolo" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Health/Medicine Shelf

Animal Viruses and Humans, a Narrow Divide
Warren A. Andiman
Paul Dry Books
1700 Sansom Street, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5214
www.pauldrybooks.com
9781589881228, $19.95, PB, 248pp, www.amazon.com

Zoonoses are infectious diseases that can be naturally transmitted between animals (usually vertebrates) and humans. Major modern diseases such as Ebola virus disease and salmonellosis are zoonoses. HIV was a zoonotic disease transmitted to humans in the early part of the 20th century, though it has now evolved to a separate human-only disease. Most strains of influenza that infect humans are human diseases, although many strains of swine and bird flu are zoonoses; these viruses occasionally recombine with human strains of the flu and can cause pandemics such as the 1918 Spanish flu or the 2009 swine flu. Taenia solium infection is one of the neglected tropical diseases with public health and veterinary concern in endemic regions. Zoonoses can be caused by a range of disease pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites; of 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans, 61% were zoonotic. Most human diseases originated in animals; however, only diseases that routinely involve animal to human transmission, like rabies, are considered direct zoonosis. (Wikipedia). In a time where just one person can create a world wide pandemic in our modern ages of transportation, "Animal Viruses and Humans, a Narrow Divide: How Lethal Zoonotic Viruses Spill Over and Threaten Us" by Dr. Warren Andiman (Professor emeritus of pediatrics and epidemiology at the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health) is extraordinarily timely, exceptionally informative, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, making it unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary Health & Medicine collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of medical students, health advocates, governmental policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Animal Viruses and Humans, a Narrow Divide" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction
Uwe Blessching
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
www.northatlanticbooks.com
9781623171865, $15.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Opioid addiction has exploded to epidemic proportions in the U.S. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids -- more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills. In "Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction: Supplement Your Pain Management with Cannabis", medical journalist and regular contributor to the cannabinoid health sciences, mind-body medicine, phytopharmacology, as well as evidence-based illness prevention and treatment protocols Uwe Blesching (who is also the author of The Cannabis Health Index), clearly and thoroughly lays out the overwhelming benefits of using cannabis, not only to reduce the nation's dependence on opioids, but also to manage the craving and withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction, and especially to address the pain that leads to drug use and addiction in the first place. Citing statistics showing that states allowing legal access to cannabis have seen a 25 percent drop in opioid-related deaths, Blesching explains how precision applications of cannabis can alleviate the mental and emotional aspects of pain by modulating numerous neurotransmitters and their emotional counterparts. He presents a convincing case for the powerful benefits of cannabis in reducing the risks of addiction and overdose, cutting monetary costs, and restoring a sense of balance and control to those who struggle with pain. A timely and invaluable contribution to the current national dialogue with respect to the present opioid addiction crisis, as well as the medical benefits of cannabis, "Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction" should be a part of ever community, college, and university library Contemporary Health Issues collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, governmental health care policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

Pilates for Rehabilitation
Samantha Wood
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
www.HumanKinetics.com
9781492556497, $49.95, PB, 296pp, www.amazon.com

Whether amateur or professional, sports injuries are a fact of athletic life. "Pilates for Rehabilitation: Recovery From Injury And Optimize Funcition" by Samantha Wood (a licensed physical therapist and Pliates method Alliance-certified Pilates instructor), shows in pictorial detail how to apply proven Pilates methods to address dysfunction and help patients achieve optimal performance. In addition to step-by-step instructions for Pilates apparatus and mat work, pilates practitioners will learn the indications and contraindications of each exercise and the primary muscles involved so you can determine when the exercise is appropriate for each client. Modifications and progressions allow for adaptation of exercises based on the stage of rehabilitation or the severity of the injury or condition being treated. Suggested exercise protocols, organized by common orthopedic injuries in anatomical regions, offer the flexibility to tailor a program to the specific needs of each client. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Pilates for Rehabilitation" is especially and unreservedly recommended for professional, community, and academic library Sports Health & Medicine collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists that "Pilates for Rehabilitation" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $30.36).


The Jobs/Careers Shelf

What else can a teacher do?
David Hodgson
Crown House Publishing
81 Brook Hills Circle, White Plains, NY 10605
www.crownhousepublishing.com
9781785830150, $19.95, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

In the pages of "What else can a teacher do?: Review your career, reduce stress and gain control of your life", David Hodgson (a training consultant and author who works with teachers and students across the UK and abroad) surveys and suggests a diverse range of alternative career options suited to teachers transferable skill sets. Hodgson covers such essential educator employment oriented subjects, issues and questions as: Where are you now?; What are your job options?; Job options based around teaching skills; Job options for recent graduates; Job options for school leaders; and Job profiles. Hodgson feels passionately that everyone should be supported to find a rewarding career that suits their unique mix of skills, qualities and experience, and in "What else can a teacher do?" he has distilled his specialist careers advice and extensive research in order to address the most frequently asked concerns that weigh upon teachers minds. Split into three interactive and user-friendly parts, 'What Else Can a Teacher Do?' also features a variety of self-reflective checklists, charts and activities to engage with; an exploratory range of at least thirty education-based career moves to consider; and a comprehensive list of around 120 job profiles providing details on the key roles, entry routes, salaries and tasks involved in each profession to both inform and inspire. While very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library collections, it should be noted that "What else can a teacher do?" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.24).


The Cookbook Shelf

How Do I Make...?
Editors at Taste of Home
Taste of Home Books
tasteofhome.com
c/o Reader's Digest Trade Publishing
44 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
www.rdtradepublishing.com
9781617657238 $17.99 pbk / $12.99 Kindle amazon.com

Featuring full-color photography of each recipe How Do I Make...? A Hands-On Guide to Cooking Anything (& Everything) You Love lives up to its title as a cookbook for novice to intermediate chefs. Individual recipes carefully walk the reader through preparations step-by- step, in a thoroughly accessible and reader-friendly manner. Dishes range from Breakfast Quiche to Bacon Avocado Salad to Saucy Ranch Pork & Potatoes, Heavenly Filled Strawberries (a delightful, sugary strawberry and cream cheese dessert), and much more. How Do I Make...? is a superb source for cooking delectable and unforgettable homemade meals, highly recommended.

Healthy Family Favorites
Editors at Taste of Home
Taste of Home Books
tasteofhome.com
c/o Reader's Digest Trade Publishing
44 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
www.rdtradepublishing.com
9781617657191 $15.99 pbk / $11.99 Kindle amazon.com

Featuring reader-friendly instructions and a wealth of full-color photography, Healthy Family Favorites features 284 figure-friendly recipes that do not sacrifice the pleasure of taste! The nutritious dishes are especially selected to appeal to kids and adults alike. From Vanilla French Toast to Zippy Sirloin Steak, Tomato Baguette Pizza, Eggplant Snack Sticks and more, Healthy Family Favorites is a "must-have" for anyone and everyone responsible for cooking family meals! Highly recommended.

Gluten Free, Naturally
Caroline Byron
Kyle Books
http://www.kylebooks.com
c/o National Book Network
www.nbnbooks.com
c/o Octopus Publishing
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9781909487840 $24.95 hc / $13.99 Kindle amazon.com

Author and pastry chef Caroline Byron trained at the New York Culinary Institute, and adopted a gluten-free lifestyle after catching Lyme disease. Gluten Free, Naturally is a compendium of her extraordinary gluten-free recipes of her favorite foods, including mac and cheese, pizza, applie pie, chocolate cake, and much more. Featuring user-friendly instructions, full-color photography, and an index for ease of use, Gluten Free, Naturally is a treasure for gustatorians who happen to have celiac disease, or who just want to cut down on how much gluten they consume. Highly recommended!

Better Homes and Gardens Fast or Slow
Better Homes and Gardens
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
3 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
www.hmhco.com
9781328918499, $19.99, PB, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Kitchen cooks who utilize Slow Cookers, Pressure Cookers, or Multi Cookers when preparing meals for their families now have a new culinary compendium of palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, and menu planning recipes for all dining occasions created especially for them in the beautifully illustrated pages of "Better Homes and Gardens Fast or Slow". The recipes themselves range from Scrambled Breakfast Hash; Pork Roast and Roots with Quick Apricot Sauce; New England Clam Chowder; Asian-Style Pulled Chicken Sliders with Snow Pea Slaw; and Chili Mac and Cheese; to Indian-Scented Roasted Beets and Carrots with Lime-Cilantro Cream; Warm Roasted Barley, Kale, and Apple Salad; Corn Pudding Casserole; and Coconut Rice Pudding with Berries. A mouth-watering pleasure to simply browse through and inspiring to plan menus with, the "Better Homes and Gardens Fast or Slow" is an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that 'Better Homes and Gardens Fast or Slow" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

A Soup A Day
Hamlyn
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9780600635406, $9.99, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Showcasing 365 soup recipes, "A Soup a Day" is simply packed from cover to cover with delicious soups -- one for each day of the year. These thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes range from Chillied Gazpacho, Chestnut Soup with Truffle Oil, Seafood Gumbo, and Mediterranean Garlic Soup, to Spring Vegetable Broth, Watercress Soup with Poached Quails' Eggs, Spinach Bouillabaisse, and Greek Chicken Avgolomeno. Nicely illustrated with color photos throughout, there is a palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, seasonally appropriate soup for all dining occasions. While very highly recommended, especially for family and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "A Soup A Day" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.99).

The Beginner's Guide to Dehydrating Food, second edition
Teresa Marrone
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
www.storey.com
9781635860245, $24.95, PB, 320pp, www.amazon.com

Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "The Beginner's Guide to Dehydrating Food, 2nd Edition: How to Preserve All Your Favorite Vegetables, Fruits, Meats, and Herbs" by Teresa Marrone is the essential instructional guide and companion for putting a food dehydrator to work and features thoroughly 'user friendly' instructions and techniques for drying all the most popular fruits and vegetables, along with meat and herbs. "The Beginner's Guide to Dehydrating Food " provides step-by-step instruction for drying fruits and vegetables at their peak, giving an easy and economical way to stock any family kitchen pantry with apple rings, mango slices, banana chips, dried soup beans, tomatoes, and much more for year-round enjoyment. In addition, drying guidelines for specialty items like meat jerky, fruit leather, dried herb and spice mixtures, backpacking meals, and even baby food round out this extraordinarily useful handbook. While very highly recommended for personal, professional, family, and community library food preparation collections, it should be noted that "The Beginner's Guide to Dehydrating Food" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Aviation Shelf

Chasing the Demon
Dan Hampton
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
195 Broadway New York, New York 10007
www.harpercollins.com
9780062688729, $28.99, HC, 352pp, www.amazon.com

In 1947 a military aircraft's sheer speed represented the difference between victory and annihilation, the ability to deliver a nuclear device to its target faster than one's enemy became the singular obsession of American war planners. And so, in the earliest days of the Cold War, a highly classified program was conducted on a desolate air base in California's Mojave Desert. Its aim: to push the envelope of flight to new frontiers. There gathered an extraordinary band of pilots, including Second World War aces Chuck Yeager and George Welch, who risked their lives flying experimental aircraft to reach Mach 1, the so-called sound barrier, which pilots called "the demon". Shrouding the program in secrecy, the US military reluctantly revealed that the "barrier" had been broken two months later, after the story was leaked to the press. The full truth has never been fully revealed -- until now in the pages of "Chasing the Demon: A Secret History of the Quest for the Sound Barrier, and the Band of American Aces Who Conquered It" by Dan Hampton who was a Lieutenant Colonel who flew 151 combat missions during his twenty years (1986 - 2006) in the United States Air Force. Exceptionally and impressively well written, organized and presented, "Chasing the Demon" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended contribution to personal, community, and academic library 20th Century Military Aviation History collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Chasing the Demon" is also available in a paperback edition (HarperLuxe, 9780062845702, $28.99, Large Print, 464pp) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).


The Military Shelf

Cruiser Birmingham
Conrad Waters
Seaforth Publishing
c/o Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
www.nip.org
9781526724977, $46.95, HC, 128pp, www.amazon.com

The technical details of British warships were recorded in a set of plans produced by the builders on completion of every ship. Known as the "as fitted" general arrangements, these drawings documented the exact appearance and fitting of the ship as it entered service. Today these plans form part of the incomparable collection of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, which is using the latest scanning technology to make digital copies of the highest quality. "Cruiser Birmingham: Detailed in the Original Builders' Plans" by Conrad Waters (who has been the editor of the annual Seaforth World Naval Review since its inception, and who has also edited Navies in the 21st Century) is one of a series based entirely on these draughts which depict famous warships in an unprecedented degree of detail, including complete sets in full color, with many close-ups and enlargements that make every aspect clear and comprehensible. Extensive captions point the reader to important features to be found in the plans, and an introduction covers the background to the design. The HMS Birmingham was selected for the series because this famous interwar 'Town-Class Cruiser' is especially well documented. Unusually, three separate sets of plans survive, as completed in 1937, as refitted in 1943, and as modernized in 1952, thereby allowing this novel form of anatomy to cover the whole of the ship's long career. Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a Bibliography and a List of Plans, "Cruiser Birmingham: Detailed in the Original Builders' Plans" is a uniquely informative and highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library British Military Naval History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Merc: American Soldiers of Fortune
Jay Mallin & Robert K. Brown
Casemate
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781612005911, $19.95, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

American soldiers of fortune (mercenaries) have seen action on nearly every battlefield in history -- from the Revolutionary War to modern times. They fight because they enjoy combat, for causes in which they passionately believe, for money, or simply for adventure. The mercenaries profiled in "Merc: American Soldiers of Fortune" range from West Point graduates and Harvard poets to former CIA agents and ex-cons. They are men like William Morgan, a guerrilla leader in the Cuban uprising against Fulgencio Batista, later imprisoned and executed by Fidel Castro; David Marcus, raised in New York's Hell's Kitchen, who went on to a brilliant career in law and reform politics and died in 1947 fighting for the survival of a tiny new nation called Israel; William Brooks, Vietnam Special Forces veteran who, down and out in a cheap Paris hotel, joined the French Foreign Legion and ended up in a remote African outpost where he lived on Coke, salt tablets and paregoric while fighting Somali insurgents; and George Bacon, an ex-CIA operative in Laos with mysterious connections, who died fighting Cubans in Angola. Because their private histories parallel the larger history of unconventional warfare and political upheaval, "Merc: American Soldiers of Fortune" provides insight into global conflicts, but most of all it is a fast-paced, eye-opening account of a little-known but fascinating way of life. Illustrated with 40 b/w photos and 15 color photos, "Merc: American Soldiers of Fortune" is a unique and extraordinary read from first page to last. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Military History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Merc: American Soldiers of Fortune" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).


The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

How We Got Our Bible
Fyan M. Reeves & Charles E. Hill
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
www.zondervan.com
9780310537205, $16.99, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

The easy accessibility of the Bible in most of the world's major languages can obscure a dramatic and sometimes unexpected story of how the Bible came to be the sacred scripture of the Christian church. In "Know How We Got Our Bible", biblical scholars Ryan Reeves (Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Dean of the seminary's Jacksonville campus) and Charles Hill (John R. Richardson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida) trace the history of the Bible from its beginnings to the present day, highlighting key figures and demonstrating overall the reliability of Scripture. Professors Reeves and Hill begin with the writing of the Bible's books (including authorship and dating), move into the formation of the Old and New Testaments (including early transmission and the development of the canon), and conclude with several chapters on Bible translation from the Latin Vulgate to the ongoing work of translation around the world today. Written simply and focused on the overarching story of how the Bible came to us today, "Know How We Got Our Bible" is an excellent introduction for formal seminary students and lay learners alike. Each individual chapter includes reflection questions and recommended readings for further learning. While very highly recommended for church, seminary, and community library Christian Studies collections in general, and Biblical History supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "How We Got Our Bible" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Brilliance Audio, 9781978642324, $21.99, MP3 CD).


The Agriculture Shelf

Compendium of Cucurbit Diseases and Pests
A. P. Keinath, author
T. A. Zitter, author
W. M. Wintermantel, editor
APS Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
9780890545737, $169.00, PB, 228pp, www.amazon.com

In the 20 years since APS PRESS published the first edition of Compendium of "Cucurbit Diseases", the worldwide production of watermelon, cucumber, melon, and squash has roughly doubled. Wherever your cucurbits are grown, the newly updated, expanded, and illustrated second edition of the "Compendium of Cucurbit Diseases and Pests" provides the latest pest management and diagnostic information to suppress diseases of all cultivated cucurbits plus major insect pests and abiotic disorders affecting crops. Exceptionally well organized, impressively comprehensive, notably informative, "Compendium of Cucurbit Diseases and Pests: Second Edition" is definitively recommended for professional, corporate, college and university library Agriculture & Horticulture collections in general, and Cucrbit instructional reference supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for agricultural students and farmers that this new edition of "Compendium of Cucurbit Diseases and Pests" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $152.10).

Compendium of Conifer Diseases
Everett M. Hansen, Kathy J. Lewis, and Gary A. Chastagner, eds.
APS Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
9780890545973, $179.00, PB, www.shopapspress.org

Producing Christmas trees is big business. Every year, growers in the United States and Canada deliver 30 to 40 million trees to consumers, earning $2 billion in revenue. Growers in Europe produce an additional 110 million trees, earning $1.64 billion. To prepare for future crops, growers also plant up to three times as many trees as they harvest every year. Bringing each crop to market involves years of intensive management. The critical information needed to manage diseases and disorders of all types of conifer trees is provided in this newly updated and expanded second edition of "Compendium of Conifer Diseases". Featuring the contributions of 102 experts drawn from 18 countries, this new edition presents the modern world of forest pathology. Forests today grow under increasing stress from an ever-growing human population, newly identified and invasive species of pathogens, and a changing climate. And since publication of the first edition of this compendium in 1997, diagnostic tools have evolved considerably, enabling more precise identification of pathogens, greater understanding of population genetics, and better understanding of evolutionary relationships among various species. All of these factors are addressed in the exceptionally informative, illustrated compendium which is a critically important addition to professional, college and university Agriculture & Horticulture instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Psychology Shelf

Developing the Therapeutic Relationship
Orya Tishby & Hadas Wiseman, editors
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
www.apa.org/books
9781433829222, $27.95, HC, 360pp, www.amazon.com

What makes therapy work? Clearly, the therapeutic alliance is an important component of a successful relationship between therapist and client, but how does it fit into the relationship more broadly conceived? A better question might be: What works with whom and in which circumstances? Collaborative compiled and co-edited by Orya Tishby (Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Social Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) and Hadas Wiseman (Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, Faculty of Education, at the University of Haifa, Israel), "Developing the Therapeutic Relationship: Integrating Case Studies, Research, and Practice" is a compendium of contributions by master clinicians and psychotherapy researchers who examine how technique and the therapeutic relationship are inseparably intertwined. Using a variety of theoretical and research "lenses" and drawing on various models of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive - behavioral therapy, emotion focused therapy, and brief family therapy, the various contributors discuss the factors affecting client outcomes. The link between relationship processes and technique is bought to life in a rich array of engaging case studies that demonstrate how successful therapists negotiate the relationship, make key moment to moment decisions, and promote positive change in their clients. Providing an impressive body of contemporary research and scholarship, "Developing the Therapeutic Relationship" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to college and university library Psychology & Counseling collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, therapists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Developing the Therapeutic Relationship" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $79.95).


The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

For Better or for Worse The Complete Library Volume Two: 1983-1986
Lynn Johnston
IDW Publishing
2765 Truxton Road, San Diego, CA 92106
www.idwpublishing.com
9781684052561 $39.99 hc / $29.99 Kindle amazon.com

For Better or for Worse The Complete Library Volume Two: 1983-1986 gathers more than 1,200 sequential daily and Sunday comics from this beloved newspaper comic series. All Sunday comics are printed in their original color! These wonderfully funny comics beautifully capture the ups and downs of family life, with a light touch of gentle social satire, and wry glimpses into the subtle prejudices that creep into all of us. "'Elly, I've just spent 6 weeks with a cast on my foot. You don't know what discomfort's like!' 'Try being pregnant for 9 months.'" For Better or for Worse The Complete Library Volume Two: 1983-1986 is a treasure for both personal and public library comic strip collections, highly recommended.

The Silence of Malka
Jorge Zentner, author
Ruben Pellejero, illustrator
IDW Publishing
2765 Truxton Road, San Diego, CA 92106
www.idwpublishing.com
9781684052875, $24.95, HC, 112pp, www.amazon.com

For the family of the little red-headed Malka, trading the Russian shtetl for the Argentine pampas isn't so easy. Even in a country eager to populate its vast territories, the immigrants discover that their new home isn't the promised land. They encounter hostility from both man and nature, as they struggle through droughts and locusts in an attempt to cultivate the arid soil. When misery pushes them to the extreme, Malka's uncle is visited by the prophet Elias, who advises that he create a Golem--the mythical creature fashioned from earth and endowed with life by engraving on his body the word Emet ("Truth")--to pose as a man and aid the immigrants. When years later the adult Malka is visited by Elias, the events of her youth force her to decide whether or not she can maintain her silence--with fate and divine justice hanging in the balance. A sweeping and poignant story of Ashkenazi Jews fleeing the Russian pogroms at the end of the 19th Century, as well as a parable of the making of a modern society and the extent to which religion and mysticism meet, "The Silence of Malka" is inspired by a story told to the author by his grandmother. A truly compelling and thought-provoking read from first page to last, "The Silence of Malka" is unreservedly and especially recommended for personal and community library graphic novel collections.


The Audiobook Shelf

Windfall
Meghan L. O'Sullivan, author
Eliza Foss, narrator
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
www.recordedbooks.com
ND0364, $TBA, CD, www.recordedbooks.com/title-details/9781501971891

"Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power" by Harvard professor and former Washington policymaker Meghan L. O'Sullivan reveals how fears of energy scarcity have given way to the reality of energy abundance. This abundance is transforming the geo-political order and boosting American power. "Windfall" describes how new energy realities have profoundly affected the world of international relations and security. New technologies led to oversupplied oil markets and an emerging natural gas glut. This did more than drive down prices. It changed the structure of markets and altered the way many countries wield power and influence. America's new energy prowess has global implications. It transforms politics in Russia, Europe, China, and the Middle East. "Windfall" explains the consequences for each region's domestic stability as energy abundance upends traditional partnerships, creates opportunities for cooperation. The advantages of this new abundance are greater than its downside for the US: it strengthens American hard and soft power. Offering a powerful description of how new energy realities creates a strategic environment to America's advantage, "Windfall" is complete, unabridged, and ably narrated by Eliza Foss, making it unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library audio book collections. (11 CDs, 13.5 Hours).

The Sea Takes No Prisoners
Peter Clutterbuck, author
Narrated by Malk Williams
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781501990571 $TBA www.recordedbooks.com

The Sea Takes No Prisoners: Offshore Voyages in an Open Dinghy is an unabridged, true-life memoir of author Peter Clutterbuck's high-seas expedition as a teenager. In the 1960's, Peter dared to take his family's open dinghy "Calypso", a Wayfarer designed for sheltered waters, as far as he could. Aided by the occasional crewman, he sailed across the Channel, through the Bay of Biscay, down French canals, into the Mediterranean, up to the North Sea and the Baltic to Oslo, living aboard for three months at a time. The Sea Takes No Prisoners tells of surviving waves, gales, capsizes, fog, and severe sleep deprivation. Written with tongue-in-cheek humor and descriptive prose bringing the voyage of a lifetime to the theater of the mind's eye, The Sea Takes No Prisoners is highly recommended for both personal and public library audiobook collections. 4 CDs, 4.5 hours.

The Book of Disquiet
Fernando Pessoa, author
Translated by Richard Zenith
Read by Adam Sims
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
www.naxosaudiobooks.com
9781781981429 $89.98 amazon.com

Now available in a complete and unabridged audiobook rendition superbly performed by Adam Sims (whose accomplishments include productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company), The Book of Disquiet is a posthumously published anthology of prose-poetry writings about dreams, solitude, memories, and the nuances of time itself. Portuguese author Fernando Pessoa (1888- 1935) created The Book of Disquiet as a "factless autobiography", from the perspective of "Bernardo Soares", one of his Pessoa's many alternate names. "Soares" leads a dull, ordinary life as an assistant bookkeeper in downtown Lisbon, bereft of ambition or friends. Yet deep within, he suffers from disquiet, relieved only by an internal wellspring of dreams and creativity. A thoughtful tribute to the power of imagination, The Book of Disquiet is highly recommended especially for public and college library audiobook collections. 15 CDs, 17 hours 28 min.


The Library CD Shelf

Evensong: Canticles for the Earth
Meg Bowles
www.megbowlesmusic.com
Candlewood Digital
www.candlewooddigital.com
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Evensong: Canticles for the Earth is an orchestral, instrumental album crafted as a tribute to the Earth and all aspects of nature. Mysterious, creative, and vibrant, Evensong stirs the soul with its subtle beauty, and is enthusiastically recommended for both personal and public library ambient music collections. The tracks are "Hymnus", "Migration at Dusk", "The Ridgewalker", "Chalice of Shadows", "Berceuse for a Star Child", "Evensong", and "Time and Light".

Fellowship of Solitude
Lynn Tredeau
www.lynntredeau.com
Privately Published
$12.99 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Fellowship of Solitude is the fifth solo piano album by music artist Lyn Tredeau. The new age songs reach out to the listener with a lofty, timeless quality that frees the mind to creatively soar. A timelessly beautiful and thoughtful reflection on dreams, memories, and inner peace, Fellowship of Solitude is highly recommended for new age connoisseurs. The tracks are "Fellowship of Solitude", "Traces of Daylight", "Land of Forgotten Dreams", "Call of the Owyhees", "Love Leaves a Memory", "What Hides in the Dark", "Afternoon Reflection", "The Time Machine", "Peace in the Midst", "Left Behind", "Life is in the Journey", and "Purple Fog".

River
Don Latarski
www.donlatarski.com
Heart Dance Records
www.heartdancerecords.com
$12.99 amazon.com

River is a new age album featuring solo, acoustic fingerstyle guitar music by Don Latarski. Its individual tracks from a continuous suite, creating a smooth, gentle audio experience that encourages the listener to flow with the soundscape, River uplifts the spirit like a bubbling wellspring. Highly recommended for personal and public library collections as well as gift- giving. The tracks are "Into the Clouds", "Gravity", "Serpentine", "Undercurrent", "March to the Sea", "Eddify", "Reflections", "The Falls", "Full Circle", "Tough by Nature", "Fall from Place", and "Bently".

Songs from Lyon County
Dennis Duff
Gracey Holler Music
$15.00 www.graceyhollermusic.com

Songs from Lyon County is a music album of original songs written by Kentucky native Dennis Duff. Delving into the history of Kentucky's Lyon County, including the Civil War, tobacco wars, floods, the iron industry, the bedrock that is faith in God, and more, the songs are from the perspective of people who lived, loved, and labored through Kentucky's history, and feel like a window into the personal lives of past generations. Songs from Lyon County is a captivating treasure, highly recommended. The tracks are "Wilson Holler", "Hey Mr. TVA", "Road to Dover", "Night Riders", "TC & Pearl", "Castle on the Cumberland", "Iron Hill", "37 Flood", and "When I Leave Kentucky".

Somewhere New
Sherry Finzer & Mark Holland
www.sherryfinzer.com
Heart Dance Records
www.heartdancerecords.com
$12.99 amazon.com

Somewhere New is a beautiful collaboration of contemporary, instrumental album by award- inning music artists Sherry Finzer and Mark Holland. Sherry Finzer plays concert C, alto, bass and contrabass flute while Mark Holland performs on a variety of world and Native American style flutes. Additional artists contribute to individual tracks, making Somewhere New a joyous, original fusion. A treasure for connoisseurs of new age music, Somewhere New is highly recommended for both public library and personal collections. The tracks are "Never Forgotten", "As the Night Blooms", "When the Stillness Comes", "In Search of Somewhere New", "Evening Star", "Leaving All Shadows Behind", "Five Shades", "The Beauty Lies Within", "Golden Daybreak", "Silence of a Cavern", "Deeper Distance", and "Dolphin Dreams".


The Library DVD Shelf

Murdoch Mysteries, Season 11
Starring Yannick Bisson
Based on novels by Maureen Jennings
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
www.us.RLJEntertainment.com
$59.99 DVD or Blu-ray www.acornonline.com

Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, Murdoch Mysteries, Season 11 continues the award-winning murder mystery series based on the beloved novels of Maureen Jennings. Set in Toronto during the tumultuous era that was the close of the 19th century and the dawn of the 20th century, Murdoch Mysteries follows the dashing Detective William Murdoch (played by Yannick Bisson), who makes use of radical new forensic techniques such as fingerprinting, ultraviolet light, and trace evidence to solve horrifying murders. In series 11, Murdoch confronts cases involving poisoned wine, botched organ transplants, and anti-Semitic riots; in the process, he crosses paths with historical figures including Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, and Theodore Roosevelt. A delight for murder mystery connoisseurs, Murdoch Mysteries, Season 11 is especially recommended for personal and public library collections. Bonus material includes the 23 min. featurette "Making Murdoch". 18 episodes on 5 DVDs or 4 Blu-ray discs, 792 min. plus bonus, SDH subtitles.


The Genealogy Shelf

Genealogy and the Librarian
Carol Smallwood & Vera Gubnitskaia, editors
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9781476670874, $55.00, PB, 275pp, www.amazon.com

Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by the editorial team of author Carol Smallwood and college reference librarian Vera Gubnitskaia, "Genealogy and the Librarian: Perspectives on Research, Instruction, Outreach and Management" covers trends, issues and case studies as part of a collection that presents 34 new essays by library professionals actively engaged in helping patrons with genealogy research across the United States. Topics include strategies for finding military and court records, mapping family migration and settlement, creating and accessing local digital services, and developing materials and instruction for patrons. Remarkably informative, exceptionally well organized, thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone and commentary, "Genealogy and the Librarian: Perspectives on Research, Instruction, Outreach and Management" is unreservedly and especially recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Genealogy instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for genealogy students and librarians, as well as all non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Genealogy and the Librarian" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook $29.99).


The International Studies Shelf

Understanding Contemporary Russia
Michael L. Bressler, editor
Lynne Rienner Publishers
1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, CO 80301
www.rienner.com
9781626377110, $28.50, PB, 447pp, www.amazon.com

Present day Russia under the control of Vladimir Putin is today in many significant ways different from the country portrayed a decade ago in the first edition of "Understanding Contemporary Russia". With an upsurge of both national pride (despite a struggling economy) and civil society activism, with a palpable tension between the support for democratic values and the intense desire for political stability, with an increased role in world politics that puts Putin in the headlines almost daily, contradictions and complexities abound. These contradictions, complexities, and much more are captured in this new edition. Now this newly updated second edition of "Understanding Contemporary Russia" (comprised of twelve erudite and informative articles) provides a sophisticated yet accessible introductions to the country's history, domestic politics, economy, foreign policy, society, and culture. The result is a well-grounded exploration of the realities of contemporary Russia and a study that should be a part of every personal, governmental, community and academic library Contemporary Russia collection and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Economic Studies Shelf

Prioritizing Development
Bjorn Lomborg, editor
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
www.cambridge.org
9781108415453, $120.00, HC, 554pp, www.amazon.com

Compiled and edited by Bjorn Lomborg (President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School), "Prioritizing Development: A Cost Benefit Analysis of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals" is a unique guide to making the world a better place. A diverse group of experts apply a critical eye to the United Nations' Sustainable Development agenda, also known as the Global Goals, which will affect the flow of $2.5 trillion of development aid up until 2030. Renowned economists, led by Bjorn Lomborg, determine what pursuing different targets will cost and achieve in social, environmental and economic benefits. There are 169 targets, covering every area of international development - from health to education, sanitation to conflict. Together, these analyses make the case for prioritizing the most effective development investments. A panel of Nobel Laureate economists identify a set of 19 phenomenal development targets, and argue that this would achieve as much as quadrupling the global aid budget. A collaborative work of seminal scholarship that is enhanced with the inclusion of figures, tables, a listing of the contributors and their credentials, and a seventeen page index, "Prioritizing Development: A Cost Benefit Analysis of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals" is an especially recommended addition to both community and academic library International Economics collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, governmental policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Prioritizing Development: A Cost Benefit Analysis of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals" is also available in a paperback edition (9781108401456, $39.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.80).


The Photography Shelf

3D: Double Vision
Britt Salvesen
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
www.prestel.com
9783791356686, $60.00, HC, 208pp, www.amazon.com

Published in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "3D: Double Vision" by Britt Salvesen (Curator and Head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints and Drawings Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) follows the advancement of 3D photography over the decades, showing how the practice has evolved and, ironically, returned to its most basic form of expression. Pursuing a career-long obsession, Salvesen deftly explores the origins and impact of the stereoscope, featuring historic images by Jules Duboscq, Oskar Fischinger, Salvador Dalí, and others. She traces the invention to the dawn of film, and then to its post-World War II iterations, such as the ViewMaster, lenticular printing, and holography. Readers will learn how 3D photography became incorporated into the work of such artists as John Baldessari, Dan Graham, and Andy Warhol. Encompassing more than 100 years of innovation and experimentation, and covering a wide range of genres, artists, and forms, ranging from sophisticated perceptual experimentation to popular cinema, "3D: Double Vision" shows how the mystery of 3D images remain appealing to 21st-century artists and audiences. Each book includes a 3D-viewing apparatus, to enhance readers' appreciation of the possibilities in this multi-dimensional form of artistic expression. A uniquely informed and informative study, "3D: Double Vision" will prove to be an enduringly valued and appreciated addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library History of Photography collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Gaming Shelf

Gamer Nation
Eric Geissinger
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
www.prometheusbooks.com
9781633883796 $25.00 hc / $11.99 Kindle amazon.com

Gamer Nation: The Rise of Modern Gaming and the Compulsion to Play Again explores the negative impacts that have come with the rise of increasingly sophisticated video games designed expressly to keep the player hooked, consuming both their time and money. Modern video games such as "Candy Crush" have fine-tuned the art (or the scam) of appealing to the primal desire for rewards, extracting enormous amounts of money through microtransactions. Other games such as "World of Warcraft" create compelling virtual worlds that distract players from engaging in the real world, absorbing time and effort that could have been invested in forming real-life relationships or pursuing a rewarding career. One suggested antidote is to utilize external tools to limit time sunk into video games/Facebook/smartphones/etc. So-called "Parental Controls" or similar apps aren't only for parents and children; they're useful for anyone seeking to restore a healthy work-play balance. Gamer Nation is a "must-read" for anyone and everyone in the modern age of gamification, and highly recommended especially for public and college library collections.


The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Eyewitness: My Journey to the Hague
Isak Gasi & Shaun Koos
Brandylane Publishers
5 South First Street, Richmond, VA 23219
www.brandylanepublishers.com
9781947860025, $29.95, HC, 270pp, www.amazon.com

Before April of 1992, Isak Gasi was a world-class athlete and community leader, content to live a quiet life with his wife and infant daughter in the Bosnian city of Brcko. He never could have dreamed that within just a few short years, he would come face to face with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and others indicted for war crimes, as a lead prosecution witness at the International Criminal Trials for the Former Yugoslavia. "Eyewitness: My Journey to the Hague" is an accessible and deftly presented history that joins the personal story of a man who was close to the action with the war's broader historical and political contexts. In a world still challenged by ethnic violence and refugee response, "Eyewitness: My Journey to the Hague" is a compelling story of justice, forgiveness, and truth will continue to resonate readers as Europe and the world are once again plunged into chaos with the migrations of immigrants pouring into the continent and giving rise to the kind of racial bigotry that gave rise to the ethnic cleansing movements such as that experienced and witnessed by Isak Gais first hand. "Eyewitness: My Journey to the Hague" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as community, college, and university library collections.


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