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Volume 8, Number 2 February 2013 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Science Shelf Psychology Shelf
Economic Studies Shelf Library Science Shelf Parenting Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Language Studies Shelf Fashion Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf Divorce Shelf Biography Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Political Science Shelf Jobs/Career Shelf
Education Shelf Fiction Shelf Law/Justice Shelf
Business Shelf American History Shelf World History Shelf
Photography Shelf Gardening Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Military Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Criminology Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Poetry Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Civil War Shelf Money/Finance Shelf
Mathematics Shelf Genealogy Shelf Art Shelf
African-American Studies Shelf Music Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

The Challenges of Urban Ecological Sanitation
Arno Rosemarin, Jennifer McConville, Amparo Flores, & Zhu Qiang
Practical Action Publishing
Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive
Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781853397684, $31.95,

People are filthy creatures, and any well planned city should take this into account. "The Challenges of Urban Ecological Sanitation: Lessons from the Erdos Eco-Town Project" discusses urban planning and the role that improving sanitation plays in achieving community harmony. Focusing on the projects of Erdos Eco-Town Project, a city in Inner Mongolia, China, the authors present an educated and insightful lesson on taking improvements and a better example for future projects. "The Challenges of Urban Ecological Sanitation" is a strongly recommended addition to urban planning and social issues collections.

The Declining Importance of Race and Gender in the Labor Market
June E. O'Neill and Dave M. O'Neill
American Enterprise Institute
1150 - 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
9780844772448 $70.00

Economics and finance professors June E. O'Neill and Dave M. O'Neill present The Declining Importance of Race and Gender in the Labor Market, a scholarly study analyzing fifty years of wage data concerning America's civil rights and employment policies. They find evidence of historical improvement in the economic position of blacks and women, and strong implications that the greatest disparities are due to differences in skills, education, and work experience, as opposed to racial or gender-based labor discrimination. The meticulous research presentation make The Declining Importance of Race and Gender in the Labor Market an excellent and studious resource. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of government policy professionals.

The Museum Experience Revisited
John H. Falk & Lynn D. Dierking
Left Coast Press, Inc.
1630 North Main Street, #400
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
9781611320459, $29.95,

A museum should be more than a room filled with old stuff. "The Museum Experience Revisited" the modern purpose of the museum and how it must go to be a place of education and history together, as John H. Falk & Lynn D. Dierking touch on how the museum should seek to be something experienced instead of simply visited. Studying modern museums and changing trends, "The Museum Experience Revisited" is a must read for those with a strong curiosity in museums and life, and those who server as administrators for them.

The Science Shelf

History of Hydrogeology
Nicholas Howden and John Mather, editors
CRC Press
Suite 300, 6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9780415630627 $119.00

History of Hydrogeology collects the essays from a variety of learned experts in the scientific field of hydrogeology, with particular emphasis on the history and evolution of the discipline. A handful of black-and-white photographs and diagrams illustrate such insightful writings as "Island hydrogeology: Highlights from early experience in the West Indies and Bermuda", "250 years of Russian hydrogeology (1730-1980)", "The progress of hydrogeology in Britain: 1600 to 2000", as well as essays on the history of hydrogeology in Australia, China, the Czech Republic, France, Central Europe & Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S. Each essay is complemented with references. History of Hydrogeology is at times technical, clearly intended for experts and professionals in the field; its wealth of information makes it an ideal choice for college and graduate school libraries, as well as geology reference shelves. " form the groundwater quality monitoring networks, added to those of previous desktop studies, rapidly revealed that nitrate concentrations had been steadily increasing since 1955-1960 in most of France's unconfined aquifers. In 1980, the publication of a map of nitrate concentrations of groundwater in France at 1:1,500,000 scale showed their geographic distribution, and proved that there was a direct correlation between high nitrate concentrations, on the one hand, and the major livestock and intensive agricultural regions, on the other hand."

The Psychology Shelf

Controversy In The Psychology Classroom
Dana S. Dunn, et al.
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433812385, $29.95,

The collaborative work of the editorial team of academicians Dana S. Dunn (Assistant Dean for Special Projects and Professor of Psychology, Moravian College); Regan A. R. Gurung (Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay); Karen Z. Naufel (Georgia Southern University); and Janie H. Wilson (Program Director for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology), "Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking" is a 280 page compendium fifteen articles by seasoned experts in the field of teaching psychology and which are deftly organized into four major sections: Guiding Frameworks for Teaching About Controversial Issues; Helping Students Arrive at Empirically Based Conclusions; Opening Consideration of Multiple Views; Concluding Thoughts and Going Forward. Of special note is the article 'Spirituality and Religion: How Contexts, Developmental Processes, and Personal Experiences Influence Behavior' by Dean D. VonDras. Informed, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking" is an impressive collection that is highly recommended for professional and academic library General Psychology and Educational Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Economic Studies Shelf

Enough is Enough
Rob Dietz & Dan O'Neill
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781609948054, $19.95,

Many economic principles do not take into account that resources do not have bottomless reserves. "Enough is Enough" analyzes the economic systems of a world with the very real threat of scarcity, and building a sustainable future for our world and the people who live on it. Offering unusual insights onto economic practice and theory on many levels, "Enough is Enough" is a wise and much recommended addition to economic studies collections, not to be missed.

The Library Science Shelf

Library Services for Children and Young People
Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock, editors
Facet Publishing
7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9781856047128 $110.00

Library Services for Children and Young People: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age lives up to its title with a variety of valuable essays by a diversity of expert authors about how modern libraries can better prepare children and young people for the opportunities of the twenty-first century. Individual writings include "Libraries, literacy and popular culture - what's cool to read?", "Making space for reading - designing library spaces for children in public and school libraries", "The rights of the child and youth advocacy - issues for professional practice in the library setting", and much more. The central focus is upon the value of promoting lifelong literacy in young people - encouraging them to read more, learn more, and have fun doing it. Although written especially for librarians and library directors, Library Services for Children and Young People is eminently accessible, and its essays are each supplemented by a host of valuable references and websites. Highly recommended! "Children need to engage purposefully with texts in order to gain understanding and effective comprehension of their meaning. This is best acquired when combined with direct instruction or guidance from a teacher, librarian, or other adult. Good reading needs to be modeled for children to achieve independence and autonomy."

The Parenting Shelf

Help Your Kids Get Better Grades
Gary H. Howard
Cambridge Learning Skills Publishing
1850 Joseph Drive, Moraga, CA 94556
9780980209112, $11.95,

A caring parent can be the key to academic success. "Help Your Kids Get Better Grades" is a guide for parents and grandparents who want help their children better succeed in school. With tips on preparing them for tests, learning their educational style, memorization, and how to keep up on your child's progress, "Help Your Kids Get Better Grades" is a strongly recommended addition to any parenting and education collection.

The Social Issues Shelf

A Place at the Table
Peter Pringle, editor
Public Affairs Books
250 West 57th Street, #1321
New York, NY 10107
9781610391818, $15.99,

The idea that people still go hungry in America is so abhorrent most simply choose not to think about it. "A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve It" analyzes what many writers within the volume agree that it is a solvable problem. Stating that these millions of people face hunger and malnutrition when there is enough affluence to meet everyone's nutritional needs. Writers from many places come together and offer insight in this companion to the recent documentary film of the same name. "A Place at the Table" is a core addition to any social issues and justice reference collection, highly recommended.

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did
Lori Andrews
The Free Press
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
9781451651058, $15.99,

The world grows smaller and more open by the day. "I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy" discusses privacy in the social media era and touches on the dangers that are often overlooked by such open knowledge of everyone's secrets, from ammo from court cases to high tech scouting of a vacation destination. Advocating stronger legal protection of privacy, she supports adapting laws for the twenty first century and the rights to privacy. "I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did" is a strongly recommended addition to social issues and technology collections.

The Language Studies Shelf

An Apuleius Reader
Ellen D. Finkelpearl
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865167148, $19.00,

Apuleius (c. 125 - c. 180) was a Latin prose writer. A Numidian Berber from Madaurus (now M'Daourouch, Algeria). Apuleius studied Platonist philosophy in Athens; traveled to Italy, Asia Minor and Egypt; and was an initiate in several cults or mysteries. The most famous incident in his life was when he was accused of using magic to gain the attentions (and fortune) of a wealthy widow. He declaimed and then distributed a witty tour de force in his own defense before the proconsul and a court of magistrates convened in Sabratha, near Tripoli. This is known as the Apologia. His most famous work is his bawdy picaresque novel, the Metamorphoses, otherwise known as The Golden Ass. It is the only Latin novel that has survived in its entirety. It relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, who experiments with magic and is accidentally turned into a donkey. "An Apuleius Reader: Selections from the Metamorphoses" by Ellen D. Finkelpearl (Professor of Classics at Scripps College, Claremont, California) is a 160 page compendium comprised of selections of the writings of Apuleius (including 660 unadapted lines from 'Metamorphoses") and specifically designed to aid students in their study of the Latin language by the provision of extensive notations, a vocabulary, a map, and four illustrations. "An Apuleius Reader" is a highly recommended contribution to the growing library of Latin language curriculum instruction materials and an ideal acquisition for personal and academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Global Translator's Handbook
Morry Sofer
Taylor Trade Publishing
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781589797598, $29.95,

Translation is more than turning "perro" into "dog". "The Global Translator's Handbook" analyzes the principles of translation as Morry Sofer advises both current and aspiring translators to help them better understand language between cultures and how to foster that comprehension. With resources and references recommended for further translation understanding, Sofer touches on recent developments in technology and new media, and how translation is best applied to them. "The Global Translator's Handbook" is a must for any linguist who wants to better apply their language skills to translation be it for career or other purpose.

The Fashion Shelf

Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators
Sha Tahmasebi
250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppage, NY 11788
9781438070490 $24.99

"Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators" is a book/CD packet crammed with useful, artistically designed fashion figures in a variety of dynamic poses, structured so as to display a full portfolio of fashion designs and creations. In addition the combo pack includes three main chapters on Dynamic Fashion Figures, Basic Garment Blocks, and Rendering Techniques, with examples of 16 different fabrics plus tips for digital rendering. Basic image files of all line artwork shown in the book are included in the accompanying CD for reference material for students and design artists. Throughout the book, black and white sketched figures are contrasted with color photographs of actual fabrics and designs, allowing free rein of the artistic imagination, within acceptable fashion-realistic anatomical figure parameters. "Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators" is a great portfolio addition and extender, both practical and fun to examine for new ideas for exciting displays of fashion details. Part of Barron's Educational Series, "Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators" was first conceived, designed and produced by Quarto Publishing plc, The Old Brewery, 6 Blundell Steet, London N7 9BH. This text is sure to be snapped up by fashion illustrators, teachers and students of fashion design illustration.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Make Film History
Robert Gerst
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111
Studio City, CA 91604
9781615931224, $29.95,

There have been many advances in filmmaking on how to get the most out of the medium. "Make Film History: Rewrite, Reshoot, and Recut the World's Greatest Films" analyzes the many advancements in film and how they were used to further the concepts of great filmmakers, educating readers on film history and taking film techniques further in their lives. With black and white stills throughout, concept art, and much more, "Make Film History" is an absolute must for film studies and filmmaking collections, highly recommended.

Western Movies
Michael R. Pitts
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
9780786463725, $49.95,

The adventure of the wild open range has captivated many throughout the twentieth century. "Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films" seeks to compile over five thousand western-themed films over the past century, touching on the many settings within the genre, the actors who made their stardom on these films, with black and white photography all throughout. For anyone who can't get enough of the western film in its many forms, "Western Movies" is a fine reference they shouldn't overlook, very much recommended reading.

Blood on the Stage
Amnon Kabatchnik
Scarecrow Press
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9780810883543, $125.00,

Malice and violence are very real parts of human nature. "Blood on the Stage 1975-2000: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection" looks at these plays that covered the theatre stage over the past quarter century, throughout the world. Taking plays from many acclaimed writers, sharing their story and acclaim with a comprehensive coverage of their successes and awards, this volume acts as an excellent volume that covers the rise of mystery on the stage in which his previous volume covered the previous 75 years. A complete and comprehensive reference with annotations throughout, "Blood on the Stage 1975-2000" is a strongly recommended addition to any theatre or literary studies collection, not to be overlooked.

The Divorce Shelf

Befriending Your Ex After Divorce
Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D
New Harbinger Press
5674 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
9781608822775, $16.95,

Hate is a terrible thing to live with. "Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Kids, and Yes, Your Ex" is a parenting guide for those who have faced divorce and want to let old sour feelings consume us. Encouraging readers to mend those fences with their former loves and realize that working together you can provide better lives for their children, "Befriending Your Ex After Divorce" is a strong pick for the recently divorced who don't want only rage and hatred be carried with their children during visits, recommended.

Life After Divorce
Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse
Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
9780757316678, $12.95,

'Til death do us part...isn't until death anymore. "Life After Divorce: Create a New Beginning" is a guide to those who want to better cope with the sour nature of divorce and move on with one's life, to try to find love again and rebuild the bonds that have may been damaged by a souring marriage. "Life After Divorce" is a powerful read for relationship collections for anyone coping with the pain of divorce, recommended.

The Biography Shelf

Simon Bolivar: History and Myth
Michael Zeuske
Markus Wiener Publishers
231 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
9781558765689, $26.95,

Simon Jose Antonio de la Santisima Trinidad Bolivar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco (24 July 1783 - 17 December 1830), commonly known as Simon Bolivar, was a Venezuelan military and political leader. Bolivar played a key role in Hispanic America's successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas. Following the triumph over the Spanish Monarchy, Bolivar participated in the foundation of the first union of independent nations in Hispanic-America, a republic, which was named Gran Colombia, of which he was president from 1819 to 1830. Bolivar remains regarded in Hispanic-America as a hero, visionary, revolutionary, and liberator. During his lifetime, he led Venezuela, Colombia (including Panama at the time), Ecuador, Peru (together with Don Jose de San Martin), and Bolivia to independence, and helped lay the foundations for democratic ideology in much of Latin America. "Simon Bolivar: History and Myth" by Michael Zeuske (Professor of Iberian and Latin American History, University of Cogne, Germany) and expertly translated into English by Steven Randall (Professor Emeritus of the journal 'Comparative Literature') with the assistance of Lisa Neal, is a 150 page biographical history that has a special focus on the myths and legends that evolved out of Bolivar's true life accomplishments and controversies to reveal an historically accurate report of his life and achievements. Enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notes and a 'Select Bibliography of English Texts on Simon Bolivar', This outstanding biographical history is a seminal work of original scholarship which is also available and highly recommended (especially in its hard cover edition (9781558765672, $68.95) for academic library collections.

Rudolf Bultmann: A Biography
Konrad Hammann
Polebridge Press
Willamette University, 900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
9781598151183 $60.00

Now translated into English for the first time, Rudolf Bultmann: A Biography is a comprehensive study of New Testament scholar and theologian Rudolf Bultmann (1884-1976), well known as an outspoken advocate of Liberal Christianity. "Liberal Christianity" (also known as "liberal theology"), is a phrase that does not refer to any political leanings, but rather the concept of analyzing and translating ancient biblical texts in the same way that a historian would scrutinize any other ancient text. That is to say, Bultmann championed the idea that Church dogma and creedal statements should not influence how one studies and interprets the New Testament; instead, he advocated "demythologizing" biblical language. His views prompted heated debate among Christian theologians all over the world, and remain extremely influential today. Rudolf Bultmann: A Biography examines Bultmann's life in conjunction with his theology, revealing how each influenced the other, as well as shedding light on how his work helped transform the role of religion in Europe's public square. Highly recommended, especially for public and university library collections!

Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima
Naoki Inose with Hiroaki Sato
Stone Bridge Press
PO Box 8208
Berkeley, CA 94707
9781611720082 $39.95

Prize-winning Japanese author and vice governor of Tokyo Naoki Inose presents Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima (the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka, 1925-1970), superbly translated into English by award-winning translator Hiroaki Sato. Yukio Mishima was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times; he is widely considered to be the most influential Japanese author of the twentieth century. Yet his life was punctuated by an infamous attempted coup in conjunction with his close followers, concluding in his suicide through ritual self-disembowelment. Inose draws upon a gigantic wealth of primary source material to scrutinize the whole of Mishima's life, including his ancestry, psychology, war experience, world travels, physical activities, and more. Mishima's stories and plays are known for emphasizing reactionary tradition, to the point of costing one's life; though he venerated "the Emperor" as an abstract principle, he despised Japan's Emperor Hirohito for choose to publicaly renounce his divinity after Japan's defeat in World War II. Evidence suggests that Mishima planned his suicide for at least a year, yet only his closest co-conspirators knew what he intended until he performed it, and to this day his precise motives are the source of controversy. Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima blends readability with in-depth detail, and is an absolute "must-have" for public and college library literary biography collections.

Marx: An Intellectual Biography
Rolf Hosfeld
Berghahn Books
20 Jay Street, Suite 512
Brooklyn, NY 11201
9780857457424, $29.00,

Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 - 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. His ideas played a significant role in the establishment of the social sciences and the development of the socialist movement. He is also considered one of the most significant economists in history. He published numerous books during his lifetime, the most notable being The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Capital (1867 - 1894). Ably translated into English for an American readership by Bernard Heise, "Karl Marx: An Intellectual Biography" is the work of Rolf Hosfeld (Academic Director of the Potsdam Lepsius House, a research center for genocidal studies). This 200 page compendium is a deftly written biography offering an informed and informative presentation of Marx's turbulent personal and professional life. A seminal work of impressive scholarship, "Marx: An Intellectual Biography" is enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography making it an especially useful and highly recommended contribution to academic library reference collections and Marxist Studies supplemental reading lists.

John Clarke: Explorer of the Coast Mountains
Lisa Baile
Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219
Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
9781550175837, $29.95,

The modern explorer rushes to see what has not been seen before. "John Clarke: Explorer of the Coast Mountains" is a biography of the man who has claimed an exceeding amount of first mountain climbs throughout the British Columbia region, gaining much renown in mountaineer circles. With a strong passion for life, Lisa Baile, a mountaineering enthusiast in her own right, tells his story from his many journeys until his premature death to cancer. "John Clarke" is a must for anyone who seeks to better understand why mountains are still climbed, with heavy use of black and white photography all throughout.

The Cookbook Shelf

Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook
Jessica Goldman Foung, author
Matt Armendariz, photography
Wiley Cookbooks
c/o Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
9781118123775 $24.99

Featuring gorgeous full-color, full-page photography, Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook: How to Lose the Salt and Eat the Foods You Love is a treasury of recipes that prove one doesn't have to give up gourmet-quality delights in order to control one's sodium intake! Recipes feature methodical, easy-to-follow instructions, as well as conversational tips, tricks, and techniques indicating how they can be adjusted to please different palates. Delectable low-sodium delights include "Pomegranate Granola Fruit Chunks", "Roasted Pepper & Tomato Salsa", "Tamarind 'Teriyaki' Chicken Skewers", "Rugosa Butternut Squash Ravioli", "Quinoa Chocolate Truffles", and much more. An extensive, user-friendly section filled with a diversity of ways to de-salinate one's daily life (from learning how to read labels carefully to general advice for modifying recipes to sacrifice salt but not flavor) rounds out this "must-have" antidote to today's salt-saturated culinary landscape!

Betty Crocker Healthy Heart Cookbook
Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D.
Juli Hermanson, R. D.
John Wiley & Sons, inc.
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
9781118397459 $19.99

The "Betty Crocker Healthy Heart Cookbook" starts off with an intriguing, educational chapter on heart health called Eat to Your Heart's Content! This witty introduction packs a lot of heart health facts and figures into a few short pages, making full use of sidebars, helpful graphs and charts, and a card game theme for organizing and presenting basic factors affecting heart health in a fun format, and ending with a series of 6 often asked questions for the Dr. to answer thoughtfully. All this precedes and enhances the basic appealing content of the cookbook, which is "140 easy recipes for a healthy heart!" Recipe chapters are presented in 8 chapters covering, breakfast, snacks and breads, fish, poultry and meat, easy 25-minute dinners, grains, beans and legumes, salads and vegetables, and desserts; all recipes adjusted to be heart healthy and health friendly. Some winner recipes that catch the reader's interest include the following: Flaxseed Morning Glory Muffins, Black Bean Corn Wonton Cups, Guacamole and Chips, Grilled Sea Bass with Citrus-Olive Oil, Grilled Halibut with Tomato-Avocado Salsa, Pork Shops in Country Onion Gravy, Fajita Salad, Bean and Barley Soup, Five-Spice Tofu Stir-Fry, Nutty Greens with Ranch Dressing, Caribbean Crabmeat Pasta Salad, Glazed Baby Carrots and Cranberries with Pecans, Fruit with Caramel Sauce, Mocha Cappuccino Pudding Cake, Molasses Lover's Carrot Raisin Cookies, and countless more. Also helpful is a week's schedule of heart healthy menu plans, a glossary of heart-healthy terms, a Dr's explanation of basic heart tests, a pantry planner for heart health, and a handy metric conversion guide. In all, "Betty Crocker's Healthy Heart Cookbook" offers healthy recipes in standard measurements/ format enhanced by educational extras that add up to a gift to promote informed heart health daily practices in home kitchens and dining rooms. To frost the cake, chapter headings and dividers sport full page color photos of appetizing finished dishes. Who can resist this fabulous package?

Pasta: Classic and Contemporary Pasta, Risotto, Crespelle, and Polenta Recipes
Gianni Scappin, Alberto Vanoli, and Francesco Tonelli
Wiley Cookbooks
c/o Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
9780470587799 $29.99

Illustrated throughout with full-color, full-page photography of its mouth-watering delicacies, Pasta: Classic and Contemporary Pasta, Risotto, Crespelle, and Polenta Recipes is a superb, omnibus cookbook of all things pasta. Recipes are grouped by the optimal season in which to prepare and serve them, and include sumptuous dishes such as "Troccoli with Lamb and Pepper Sauce", "Pumpkin Dumplings with Crayfish", "Risotto with Radicchio and Montasio", "Lasagna with Asparagus and Fontina", and much more. Pasta lovers of all culinary skill and experience levels will treasure the sumptuous dishes in this detailed, user-friendly cookbook. Highly recommended especially as a giftbook for creative pasta cooks!

Grill Yourself Skinny
Heidi Skolnik
Creative Homeowner
24 Park Way
Saddle River, NJ 07450-2311
9781580115476, $14.95,

Grilling is an excellent and healthy way to prepare food and retain its flavor. "Grill Yourself Skinny: 130 Savory, Healthy Recipes" is a cookbook with countless recipes centered around the grill and how to get the maximum nutrition and diet friendliness out of every dish. Broken down into sections, recipes include ideas like Grill-Top Vegetable Frittata, Grilled Crab Cakes, Pork Lettuce Wraps, Grilled Bananas, and much more. "Grill Yourself Skinny" has plenty of recipes from the typical to the creative, all presented in full color with photographs.

Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, Bonus Edition
Weight Watchers editorial staff
Wiley Cookbooks
c/o Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9781118476536 $29.99

"Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, Bonus Edition" will be an instant favorite for weight watchers and health- conscious people everywhere and every age. This new bonus edition contains 40 new slow cooker recipes in addition to fresh and fabulous recipes for breakfasts and brunches, starters and light meals, soups, salads, sides, and main dishes, beef pork and lamb, fish, poultry, vegetarian and vegetable sides, grain and bean dishes, pizzas calzones and sandwiches, breads and muffins, cakes pies and desserts, and fruit, frozen desserts, puddings and sauces; plus more slow-cooker classics. Each recipe lists ingredients in standard measurements first, followed by step by step cooking instructions, with nutritional and point information and the end, followed by hints or tips and a feature called healthy extras; ways to add flavor and interest without adding high points. Studded with full page color photos, "Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, Bonus Edition" has something for everyone and is destined to be a kitchen classic. Examples of some of the recipes include Vegetable Barley Soup and Island-Style Pork and Pineapple (slow-cooker), Breakfast Tostadas, Spinach and Cheese Quiche, Nachos Grandes, Radicchio, Cabbage, and Jicama Slaw, African Peanut Soup, Pork Roast with Winter Vegetables, Easy Chicken-Pumpkin Seed Mole, Tempeh and Vegetables Stir-Fry, Roasted Peppers with Orange Zest and Olives, Skillet Asparagus with Pinto Beans and Tomatoes, Mushroom-Spinach Calzones, Holiday Stollen, Sweet Potato Pie, and Coconut Bread Pudding with Chocolate Sauce. There is something to appeal to everyone's taste buds in "Weight Watchers new Complete Cookbook, Bonus Edition," with the added serendipity that while eating delicious, healthful food, you will be progressing towards or maintaining your desired weight goal.

What's Cooking in the Okavango Delta?
Harry Feiersinger, author
Trafford Publishing
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
9781466957602 $90.92 www.

"What's Cooking in the Okavango Delta?" is a stunning collection of treasured family recipes collected by a famous chef who credits his mother with inspiring him to excel at creating culinary delights to match hers. Sourced in the Okavango Delta Botswana, where chef Feiersinger developed many of his recipes, "What's Cooking in the Okavango Delta?" presents a great variety of dishes that range from comfort food to homey, hearty soups and stews to frankly fancy pastries and baked goods, ending with an assortment of bright, fresh vegetable and fruit salads and combinations. Recipes are frequently illustrated with a color photo of the finished dish, while ingredients are presented first in metric and second in standard measurements. Simple step by step instructions are briefly explained. The occasional spelling discrepancy does not detract from the total product. Surprisingly, most ingredients are familiar rather than exotic, easily accessible in American supermarkets. Some examples of recipes included are Chicken Croquettes Mousseline, Cheese Couscous Pan, Buttermilk Pawpaw Sauce (something like a fruity, hot salsa), Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin with Mustard Cheese Crumble, and Blue Cheese Quiche with Mascarpone. Sometimes a dish has surprising ethnic influences, such as Berner Roesti, a grated potato, onion and bacon hot dish from Zurich, or Bean Sprout Spring Roll with Avocado-Pawpaw Dip. Here are many nationalities' influences, Chinese, French, Swiss, Belgian, Indian, (see the Artichoke and Chickpea Tart, p. 11), German and Middle Eastern, plus many more, even Portuguese Sweet and Sour Chicken. Two more examples of recipes with European roots are Sliced Veal, Zurich Style and Sour Rye Bread. There are many baked delicacies requiring a fine touch, such as Creme de Cassis Muffin, Chocolate Eclairs, Apple Pear Tart, and Cream Cheese Harlequin Brownies. Many fresh salads are dazzling, such as the Spinach Mango and Bacon Salad, or the Summer Pepper Salad, with an unusual lemon/orange mustard vinaigrette. The Toffee Short Bread Cookies appear to have English tea time origins, as do other fine concoctions. In all, "What's Cooking in the Okavango Delta?" is a dazzling assortment of unusual recipes adapted for home preparation by a talented and well schooled chef and food artist. A bonus is the beautiful scenic photos of animals and plants in the Okavango Delta, including a rhino, antelope, and a huge snake lovingly held by the author and a friend! For an adventure in multi-nationality-influenced cuisine with top rate taste, and for palate-refreshing inspiration, sample "What's Cooking in the Okavango Delta?" Your taste buds will emerge tantalized and revitalized.

The Political Science Shelf

The Progressive Movement
Benjamin Parke DeWitt
Transaction Publishers
Rutgers University
35 Berrue Circle
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
14128496254, $34.95,

Progress always triumphs eventually. "The Progressive Movement: A Non-Partisan Comprehensive Discussion of Current Tendencies in American Politics" analyzes the historical path of the liberal progressive movement in America, analyzing the founders of the movement and their routes and ideas to their view of a better America, he offers a solid reference for those who want to better understand the ideas of progressivism. "The Progressive Movement" is a core addition to any political history collection focusing on American politics.

The Jobs/Career Shelf

The Encore Career
Marci Alboher
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381
9780761167624, $15.95,

The second half of life is still life. "The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life" discusses how to deal with the second half of life from a career perspective and facing it head on with a transition for those who seek a second career. With advice to consider if one wants to return to school, build on existing relationships, and maintaining happiness in the pursuit of better health and wealth. "The Encore Career Handbook" is a strong pick for anyone who seeks to change things up the second time around life's block.

The Education Shelf

Disrupting The School-to-Prison Pipeline
Sofia Bahena, et al.
Harvard Education Press
8 Story Street, 1st floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
9780916690540, $29.95,

The role of public education is to not only prepare children for gainful employment, but to furnish them with the skills and information they will need for other adult responsibilities both familial and civic. But there is a growing problem with public education -- all too often children are leaving the school system to engage in criminal activity such as those that are a part of street gangs and, ultimately, adult organized criminal associations. The collaborative editorial effort of Sofia Bahena, North Cooc, Rachel Currie-Rubin, Paul Kuttner, and Monica Ng, "Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline" is a 288 page compendium comprised of twenty-one informed and informative articles by a variety of experts in their respective fields on the specific issue of how to prevent children from leaving school for lives of crime. Of special note is Paul Kuttner's article 'Editor's Review; What We Can Learn from Five Recent Books about the School-to-Prison Pipeline'. Enhanced with a list of the editors and contributors credentials and a comprehensive index, "Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline" is a seminal body of scholarship and research that should be considered a mandatory addition to professional, governmental, and academic library Education Studies and Penology Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

No Room for Bullies
Kim Yeutter-Brammer & Collaborators
Boys Town Press
14100 Crawford Street
Boys Town, NE 68010
9781934490334, $21.95,

Bullying wreaks havoc on self-esteem - not just the victims, but the bullies as well. "No Room for Bullies: Activities That Address Bullying by Teaching Social Skills and Problem Solving to Students" is a collection of ideas for lessons for teachers to promote better management for bullying situations, realizing bullying may be a problem for many academic problems at a school, and how bullying has spread outside the school with the advances of social media. With advice on training students on dealing with many situations of bullying from name calling to sexual harassment, "No Room for Bullies" is a vital resource for teachers and educational administrators, not to be overlooked.

Differentiated Projects for Gifted Students
Brenda Holt McGee & Debbie Triska Keiser
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813
Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781593639679, $29.95,

Something different can go far in encouraging academics. "Differentiated Projects for Gifted Students: 150 Ready-to-Use Independent Studies" is a collection of problems and activities aimed at students in the second half of elementary school who are in need of educational challenge, exploring aspects of social studies and sciences, mathematics and history. For any teacher of these gifted and talented students, the resources provided within from teaching writers Brenda Holt McGee & Debbie Triska Keiser are invaluable, making "Differentiated Projects for Gifted Students" a strongly recommended addition to educational and academic reference collections focusing on primary education.

Poetry Mentor Texts
Lynne R. Dorfman & Rose Cappelli
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B
Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571109491, $21.00,

Poetry can help young people gain a better and more complete mastery of language. "Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections, K-8" is a guide for early language teachers on how to use poetry to teach reading comprehension and critical thinking, with activity ideas on how to teach poetry in the classroom as both a reading and writing exercise. Sage advice for any teacher who wants to enhance their language arts curriculum, "Poetry Mentor Texts" is a worthy addition to any educational or teacher's reference collection.

The Fiction Shelf

Earthly Powers
Anthony Burgess
Europa Editions
116 East 16th Street, 12th floor
New York, NY 10003
9781609450847, $19.00,

Power comes in many shapes and varying influence. "Earthly Powers" is a novel from famed "Clockwork Orange" author Anthony Burgess, as he explores the concept of power, telling the dual stories of a man ascending to the papacy and the influence of an infamous novelist, showing how two very different people approach fame and fortune in their lives, "Earthly Powers" is a fine presentation of the famed British author's work, highly recommended.

Augusta's Daughter
Judit Martin
Penfield Books
215 Brown Street, Iowa City, IA 52245-5842
9781932043815, $21.95,

The shame of an uncertain family was great. "Augusta's Daughter: Life in Nineteenth Century Sweden" is a historical novel from Judit Martin, telling of the struggles of Elsa-Carolina, whose illegitimate origins are revealed, a damning accusation in Sweden in the 1800s. Fleeing to America in dishonor, she lives her life before returning to her homeland many decades later. "Augusta's Daughter" is an enticing look at history through the lens of drama, recommended.

Ways of Going Home
Alejandro Zambra
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
18 West 18th Street, New York, 10011
9780374286644, $23.00,

Home is often not simply a location, but a state of mind. "Ways of Going Home" is a novel from Chilean author Alejandro Zambra, deftly translated by Megan McDowell. Capturing the story of a youth facing natural disaster and calamity, and years later as he copes with the regime of Pinochet. Exploring the Chilean psyche and presenting it to the world at large, "Ways of Going Home" is a must for international fiction collections, not to be overlooked.

The Law/Justice Shelf

Law in Sport
Annie Clement and John Grady
Fitness Information Technology
West Virginia University
262 Coliseum, WVU-PE, PO Box 6116
Morgantown, WV 26506-6116
9781935412410, $65.00,

The rules of regulations of sports can occasionally lead to lawsuits and that brings a whole new pile of problems. "Law in Sport: Concepts and Cases" is a legal reference guide from Fitness Information Technology which outlines the many legal rules and regulations behind sports and athletics, from arbitrations on negligence, crime issues, sports related goods and much more. It also discusses other issues like hiring, patents, labor laws, and much more. For anyone who wants a comprehensive understanding of the legal issues surrounding modern professional sports, "Law in Sport" sources many cases and draws on much precedent, making a solid and very much recommended addition to legal libraries.

The Business Shelf

The Professional's Guide to Business Development
Stephen Newton
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749466534, $55.00,

Getting one's business out there and well known is key to allowing it to flourish. "The Professional's Guide to Business Development" is a guide that focuses on forging the business relationships that attract clients. From building a good foundation for the business, finding how to express the company's value, advertising how you can solve a client's problem more efficiently and effectively. Also including technical advice on creating more solid presentation using the latest updates to Power Point among other critical business advice. "The Professional's Guide to Business Development" is a scholarly and vital addition to business reference and management collections, a core addition for community and college library collections.

The American History Shelf

Washed Away
Geoff Williams
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
9781605984049 $28.95

Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed it Forever is the gripping, true-life story of the incredible natural disaster that wracked America a century ago. A dozen lethal tornadoes tore through the land, but the true horror came from the seemingly endless freezing rains. People drowned in their attics, on the roads in a desperate attempt to escape, or from raging fires. The flood remains the most widespread in American history, as it destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes across fourteen states: Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Vermont. More than 700 people died from the devastating nightmare, destined to have permanent repercussions. An insert of vintage black-and-white photographic plates and an index complement this carefully researched, striking true account of this extraordinary calamity. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library American History collections.

The World History Shelf

The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti
Barry Kemp
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500051733, $45.00,

Civilization can rise, and then fall, and disappear for centuries. "The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People" is a study of these ruins recently uncovered in Egypt after over three thousand years undisturbed. This ancient capital of Egypt provides much insight into the culture of the cradle of civilization, focusing on their social standards surrounding the era, the pharaoh Akhenaten, the introduction of worship of Aten, and how the people rebelled and still embraced the old ways. "The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti" is scholarly and well researched reading from world renown Egyptologist Professor Barry Kemp, complete with complex diagrams and photography all throughout, a vital addition to any ancient and world history collection.

Accidental Inventions
Birgit Krols
Insight Editions
PO Box 3088
San Rafael, CA 94912
9781608870738, $16.99,

Changing the world can happen all too often by accident. "Accidental Inventions: The Chance Discoveries That Changed Our Lives" explores many major inventions throughout history that were stumbled upon through ancient history and modern history alike. From careless actions of ancient Hebrews and Chinese Generals, to heart pills that turn out to be boner pills. "Accidental Inventions" is packed cover to cover with full color photography all throughout with plenty of humor and fascinating facts.

A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola
Ricardo Cortes
Akashic Books
PO Box 1456
New York, NY 10009
9781617751349 $17.95

A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola appears at first glance to be a typical children's picturebook, complete with colorful illustrations throughout, but it is actually a serious and measured chronology of the storied history of these human beverages, accessible to readers of all ages. The text explores how caffeine became the most popular stimulant on earth; how the coca plant became the source of both a tremendously powerful addictive drug and a prime ingredient of Coca-Cola, how Coca-Cola reacted to being in the crossroads of a burgeoning drug war over cocaine (today Coca-Cola uses a cocaine-free extract of the coca leaf in its drinks); and much more. A sober, serious, yet eminently readable examination of thorny social issues surrounding everyday beverages, A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola is highly recommended.

Rebels In The Holy Land
Sam Finkel
Feldheim Publishers
208 Airport Executive Park
Nanuet, NY 10954
Stuart Schnee PR
9781598268614, $29.99,

Mazkeret Batya (lit. "Batya Memorial") is a town in the center of Israel located southeast of Rehovot and 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Tel-Aviv. Mazkeret Batya spans an area of 7,440 dunams (7 kmę). In December 2008, it had a population of 9,900. The mayor of Mazkeret Batya is Meir Dahan. Mazkeret Batya was established on November 7, 1883 by 10 pioneers from Russia and 7 local Jews. It was originally called Ekron, the first agricultural settlement of the Hovevei Zion movement. The land was purchased by Baron Rothschild in an early attempt to introduce Jewish farming in Palestine. Rabbi Shmuel Mohilever was instrumental in mobilizing funding and organizing the settlers. Mohilever's remains were later reinterred in the Mazkeret Batya cemetery. In 1887 the name was changed to Mazkeret Batya, in memory of Betty Solomon de Rothschild, mother of Baron Edmond James de Rothschild. "Rebels in the Holy Land: Mazkeret Batya, an Early Battleground for the Soul of Israel" by Sam Finkel is a 460 page compendium that provides a detailed history of this farming community beginning with its inception, and drawn from original sources including historical documents, contemporary newspapers, journals, and research papers. Of special note is that one of Finkel critically important sources are his interviews with descendants of the settlement's founders and other historical persons noted in this history. Enhanced throughout with more than 250 illustrations (including vintage maps, photographs, postcards, coins, letters and documents), ten appendices, extensive end notes, a glossary, and an index, "Rebels in the Holy Land: Mazkeret Batya, an Early Battleground for the Soul of Israel" is an outstanding work of seminal scholarship and an invaluable addition to personal and academic library history Israeli History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Photography Shelf

China: An Intimate Look at the Past and Present
Anthony Paul and Brodie Paul
Earth Aware Editions
c/o Mandala Publishing
PO Box 3088
San Rafael, CA 94912
9781608871506 $50.00

China: An Intimate Look at the Past and Present is an extraordinarily beautiful, coffee-table photography book, drawing inspiration from China's historic Long March - when the 80,000-strong peasant army, under Mao Zedong's leadership, survived a two-year retreat from the well-trained Nationalist forces amid some of Asia's most hostile terrain. In late 2011, a team of Chinese and international photographers retraced the route of the Long March (from Jiangxi to Gansu and Shaanxi) and captured vivid images of the villages, people, and breathtaking natural landscapes along the way. A written essay describing the history of the Long March and individual captions help thread these captivating photographs into a whole, and a bonus page allows iPad users to unlock additional digital content through a free app (available at consisting of a gallery, videos of the survey team's trek, and an audio selection of traditional Long March songs. (The bonus content is activated simply by passing one's iPad over three images on a page - no cumbersome codes or the like are involved!) Simply gorgeous to page through from cover to cover, China: An Intimate Look at the Past and Present is highly recommended especially for public library collections.

New York Then and Now
c/o Independent Publishers Group
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781862059955, $16.95,

New York is a state that has changed much over the past century. "New York Then and Now" attempts to capture the flow of time through photography, presenting photos of sites in the city and the state as they were years ago and how they appear now, offering a unique contrast on how many sites may vastly change, some things remain timeless. "New York Then and Now" is presented in full color for most of the photos, very much recommended reading.

The Gardening Shelf

Starting Seeds
Barbara Ellis
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
9781612121055, $8.95,

Starting your garden from the most basic of materials is quite a reward in itself. "Starting Seeds" is a guide from Barbara Ellis on starting that garden more successfully from the basic seeds, managing them more effectively and renewing their seeds for years to come. With plenty practical advice and illustrative black and white drawings all throughout, "Starting Seeds" is a must for any prospective and enthusiastic gardener, highly recommended.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Birds of Paradise
Tim Laman & Edwin Scholes
National Geographic Society
1145 - 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-4688
9781426209581, $50.00,

In the skies above us, beautiful creatures soar. "Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds" is a full color photography collection from Tim Laman & Edwin Scholes as they compile high quality full color photography of many majestic and rare birds from all over the world who captivate viewers with their unique properties, natural beauty, and much more. With text describing the ins and outs of these birds, "Birds of Paradise" is expertly compiled, filled with riveting information the birds, conservation concerns, their native territories, and much more, an absolute must have for bird lovers and those who love coffee table photography books focusing on nature.

The Military Shelf

From Pigeons to Tweets
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight, Jr. with Hank H. Cox
History Publishing Company, LLC
PO Box 700, 15 Heyhoe Woods Road
Palisades, New York 10964-0700
9781933909233 $28.95

From Pigeons to Tweets: A General Who Led Dramatic Changes in Military Communications is an inside testimony from Lieutenant General Clarence E. McKnight Jr. (U.S. Army - Ret.), who worked his way up through the ranks to become senior commander of the Signal Corps. The revolutionary changes in the U.S. military's communications, from the carrier pigeons used in the Korean War to the modern-day explosion of digital technology. McKnight gives an eye-opening, personal viewpoint of the transformation, making From Pigeons to Tweets far more than an ordinary military memoir. "It is the nature of the military bureaucracy to conjure up expensive projects, write plans, conduct meetings, exchange memos and leave a host of projects lying around indefinitely like little bombs threatening to go off at the most inconvenient moments. Ogden instructed me to ferret them out, hold them up to the light and - where appropriate - consign them to the dust bin." As engaging as it is enlightening, From Pigeons to Tweets is an absorbing read from cover to cover, highly recommended.

US Guided Missiles
Bill Yenne
Specialty Press
99 Spring Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10012
9780859791625, $34.95,

Weapons of power, these devices inspire awe with their potential. "US Guided Missiles: The Definitive Reference Guide" explores these weapons and their various models throughout the past decades where they have become major parts of war, many advances have been made. Chronicling their evolution with full color photography, technical information, times entering service, and much more, "US Guided Missiles" is a must for anyone who is fascinated b the updates in military technology, highly recommended.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Climate Change And Environmental Ethics
Ved P. Nanda, editor
Transaction Publishers
35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
9781412849678, $29.95,

Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors that include oceanic processes (such as oceanic circulation), variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions, and human-induced alterations of the natural world; these latter effects are currently causing global warming, and "climate change" is often used to describe human-specific impacts. Once a denied concept by conservative political elements in the United States (which denials were largely funded by polluting corporations with vested financial interests in maintaining the status quo), the concept of climate change is now clearly accepted by the general public. The question now becomes not whether 'Global Warming' is a reality, but what can be done about it that would be possible, responsible, and lawful. That's why "Climate Change and Environmental Ethics", a 262 page compendium compiled and edited by Ved P. Nanda (John Evans Professor, University of Denver and Director of the International Legal Studies Program) is so timely and such an important contribution to our national (and international) dialogue. Comprised of fourteen seminal articles which are deftly organized into five major sections (Philosophy; Governance; International Law and Human Rights; Civil Society; and Case Studies), "Climate Change and Environmental Ethics" is especially recommended for governmental, NGO, and academic library Environmental Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Green Logistics
Alan McKinnon, Michael Browne, Anthony Whiteing
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749466251, $60.00,

Logistics is the procurement, supply, implementation, and coordination of the details of a business or other operation. Compiled and edited by the team of Alan McKinnon (Head of Logistics, Kuhne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany), Michael Browne (Professor of Logistics, University of Westminister, London, England), and Anthony Whiteing (Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom), "Green Logistics: Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics" is now in an updated and expanded second edition and remains an seminally important contribution to academic library Environmental Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists. Comprised of seventeen major articles organized into five major sections (Assessing the Environmental Effects of Logistics; Strategic Perspective; Operational Perspective; Key Issues; and Public Policy Perspective), this 390 page compendium is enhanced with a comprehensive index and contributor biographies. Touching upon such seminal issues as carbon auditing of supply chains, transferring freight to greener transport modes, reducing the environmental impact of warehousing, improving fuel efficiency in freight transport, making city logistics more environmentally sustainable, reverse logistics for the management of waste, and the role of government in promoting sustainable logistics, "Green Logistics" should be considered mandatory reading by anyone with a governmental authorities, corporate managers having a responsibility for these issues, as well as environmental activists concerned with the impact of new technologies and public policies upon the environmental health of their communities and the world at large.

Environmental Policy in the EU, third edition
Andrew Jordan & Camilla Adelle, editors
c/o Routledge
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8
NY, NY 10017-9209
9781849714693, $53.95,

Compiled and edited by the team of Andrew Jordan (Professor of Environmental Politics, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, UK) and Camilla Adelle (Senior Research Associate, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK), and now in an updated and expanded third edition, "Environmental Policy in the EU: Actors, Institutions And Processes" is a 424 page compendium comprised of twenty erudite and seminal papers by experts in their fields and focusing upon how the diverse nations comprising the European Union are responding to a variety of environmental issues including biodiversity losses, climate change, energy deficits, water and air pollution. Of special note in this third edition is the emphasis on rapid adaptations to current and anticipated environmental crises of the 21st Century. Informed and informative, "Environmental Policy in the EU: Actors, Institutions And Processes" is highly recommended for governmental, NGO, and academic library Environmental Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists. Also very strongly recommended for these same collections is the newly published Earthscan/Routledge edition of "Water And Sanitation Services: Public Policy And Management" (9780415507035, $51.95) by Jose Esteban Castro and Leo Heller

Ecological Restoration, second edition
Andre F. Clewell and James Aronson
Island Press
2000 M St NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20036
9781610911689 $30.00

Now in an updated second edition Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession is an excellent resource for students and professionals in a wide variety of fields connected to ecological restoration, from those who are responsible for the administration of government permits to scientists studying how to most effectively promote the renewal of damaged ecosystems. Chapters discuss the ecological attributes of restored ecosystems including biosphere support, resilience, and self-sustainability; approaches to restoration; ecological restoration as an emerging career field; and much more. "The more atmospheric carbon dioxide that can be sequestered in biomass, the cooler the Earth's surface becomes. However, a distinction can and must be made between simple reforestation with monocultures of fast-growing tree species and holistic restoration (Clewell and Aronson 2006). Restoration ecologists have yet to collaborate with climatologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, and other specialists to calculate rates and amounts of carbon sequestration by different kinds of restored ecosystems at different latitudes. Nonetheless, we can safely say that ecological restoration contributes to carbon sequestration in living and detrital biomass, which, in turn, cools the biosphere." Highly recommended, especially for college and technical school library collections as well as for professionals in and aspirants to this exciting new scientific field.

Parks, Peace, and Partnership
Michael Quinn, Len Broberg, Wayne Freimund
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
9781552386422, $44.95,

Yellowstone was the first wilderness area to be declared a national park. It also provided the precedent and template for the creation of protected areas elsewhere around the country and around the world that currently total more than 3,000 parks and wilderness reserves -- including 'Transboundary Protected Areas', or what has come to be called 'peace parks'. Compiled and edited by the team of Michael Quinn (Professor of Environmental Science and Planning, University of Calgary), Len Broberg (Director of Environmental Studies program, University of Montana), and Wayne Freimund (Director of Wilderness Institute), "Parks, Peace, and Partnership" is a 400 page compendium comprised of nineteen seminal articles focusing upon thematically relevant issues of history, politics, and environmental issues with respect to the conservation, management, and sustainability of ecosystems, species, and communities in 'peace parks' around the globe. These informed and informative contributions are accessibly organized into four major sections: Lessons from the Field; The Southern African Experience; Education and International Peace Parks; and Peace Park Proposals. Of special note is the article 'Under the Penumbra of Waterton-Glacier and Homeland Security: Could a Peace park Appear along the U.S.-Mexican Border?' by Charles C. Chester and Belinda Sifford. The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park across the United States/Canada border was the first Peace Park in the Americas, formed by the merger of the Waterton Lakes and Glacier National Parks in 1932. In contrast to other peace parks, the primary purpose of the union was to serve as a symbol of friendship and peace between the two countries. The International Peace Garden was also established in 1932, another United States/Canada park with a similar purpose. It lies on the North Dakota/Manitoba border. Another United States/Canada peace park, Peace Arch Park, lies on the British Columbia/Washington border, and is famous for the Peace Arch, a large peace structure straddling the border itself. Efforts are under way for a U.S./Mexico international park with a similar purpose, joining the Big Bend National Park in the United States with the Maderas del Carmen and Ca€on de Santa Elena protected areas in Mexico, as well as a USA/Russia international park in the Bering Strait, highlighting the shared heritage of Russians and Americans of the area. Enhanced with the inclusion of a comprehensive index, "Parks, Peace, and Partnership", making it a welcome and highly recommended contribution to academic library, NGO, and governmental library reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Cowasee Basin
John Cely
University of South Carolina Press
718 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29208
9780615562599, $34.95,

Through rivers and forests, the natural glory of America lurks where we want to seek it. "Cowasee Basin: The Green Heart of South Carolina" is a collection of photography and text surrounding the beautiful natural history and American history surrounding the Congaree, Wateree, and Santee Rivers, of Cowasee Basin. With full color photography presented in multi-page displays, on nature and the wildlife that call it home. For anyone seeking a beautiful collection of American nature, "Cowasee Basin" is a strongly recommended addition to any coffee table photography book collection, not to be missed.

The Literary Studies Shelf

The Crocodile
Fyodor Dostoevsky, author
S.D. Cioran, translator
Ardis Publishers
c/o The Overlook Press
141 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012
9781468301540 $11.95

Artfully translated into English by S.D. Cioran (Professor Emeritus of Russian literature, McMaster University), The Crocodile is a classic short story by the renowned Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) that viciously satirizes communism and socialism. The wry "true story" is about a civil servant who is swallowed alive by a crocodile, yet continues tirelessly at his job and preaches socialist theories from within the crocodile's gut. Slightly surreal, at times scatological, darkly funny and thoroughly punishing in its criticism of governmental systems that blindly ignore the proverbial man-eating crocodile in the living room, The Crocodile is a "must-have" for public and college library literature collections. Highly recommended.

The Selected Letters of Elizabeth Stoddard
Jennifer Putzi & Elizabeth Stockton, editors
University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House, 119 West Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781609381226 $42.00

The Selected Letters of Elizabeth Stoddard collects correspondence written by American novelist, poet, short-story author and newspaper correspondent Elizabeth Stoddard (1823-1902) over the course of her life. The letters are thoroughly annotated with clarifications on historical details, events in Stoddard's life, and much more. Stoddard's letters are far more than enumerations of daily routine; her insight and charm shine through, making them literary works worthy of examination in their own right. An excellent pick especially for college library Literary Studies shelves.

In The Black
Althea Prince
Insomniac Press
520 Princess Avenue
London, Ontario, Canada, N6B 2B8
9781554830855, $19.95,

What is a black Canadian? "In the Black: New African Canadian Literature" is a compilation of fiction, poetry, and other compositions from many of the best modern writers in Canada today, defining the culture and issues that affects them so strongly in the modern world, as well as the issues of history. "In the Black" is a much recommended addition to any Black studies collection, Canadian or international.

The Criminology Shelf

Cruel But Not Unusual
Ramona Alaggia & Cathy Vine
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554588275, $52.95,

Violence within in the family is a special kind of tragedy. "Cruel, But Not Unusual: Violence in Canadian Families" looks at the problem of domestic violence in Canada, analyzing the causes the prevalence throughout recent history in many Canadian homes. Exploring the changes in society and how it is affecting the balance of power in the homes, and causing issues new to this generation. Analyzing the violence against women, children, the elderly, "Cruel But Not Unusual" is a scholarly addition to Canadian social issues collections and serves as a study in world wide domestic violence studies in general, enthusiastically recommended.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Jewish Identity
Barcuh Litvin, compiler
KTAV Publishing House
930 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306-6316
9781602802131, $27.95,

The Jewish identity is one not fully understood. "Jewish Identity: Who is a Jew?" is a collection of modern essays on this very Jewish question following a people who through much of their history had no nation of their own and lived parallel to the societies around them. An updated and scholarly reference updated for the nation of Israel, and growing social liberalization in which intermarriage between faiths grow increasingly common. "Jewish Identity" is a much needed addition to this dialogue when it comes to the Jewish nation worldwide.

Broken Fragments
Douglas J. Kohn, editor
URJ Press
633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017-6778
9780807411988, $16.95,

A mind breaking is a terrifying thing. "Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer's Disease" is a discussion of the crippling disease and its influence when taken with the Jewish faith. Douglas J. Kohn uses his expertise as a Rabbi and offers a very Jewish view of those facing the disorder, drawing from scripture and offering empowerment for those who are taking care of those suffering from the disorder. "Broken Fragments" is well worth considering for mental health collections as well as Jewish spirituality collections, highly recommended.

The Poetry Shelf

Let Me Clear My Throat
Elena Passarello
Sarabande Books
2234 Dundee Road, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40205
9781936747450, $15.95,

Poetry speaks to us in many ways, we just need to be able to listen. "Let Me Clear My Throat" is a collection of essays discussing the literary elements of poetry that encourages readers to piece together their thoughts on the works of poetry, how words become lyrics, and much to think about on the power of language. "Let Me Clear My Throat" is a powerful and much recommended addition to literary studies and poetry collections.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Eternal: Zachary's Story
Cynthia Leitich Smith, author
Ming Doyle, illustrator
Candlewick Press
99 Dover Street
Somerville, MA 02144
9780763651190 $19.99

A black-and-white graphic novel adaptation of the prose novel "Eternal", Eternal: Zachary's Story is about a guardian angel stripped of his power and forced to walk the earth in human form. Zachary's charge, a young woman he has watched over since infancy, has been seized by the leader of a demonic vampire cult (although they reject the "v-word" - they consider themselves "Eternals" and will feast upon any who would disagree)! Is there any hope to save the soul of a young woman transformed into a blood-drinking monster, or to rescue the innocent people (and occasional lycanthrope) kept like chattel to feed the wealthy and powerful undead? A dark fantasy epic at its finest, Eternal: Zachary's Story is engrossing, thoughtful, and near-impossible to put down. Highly recommended.

The Audiobook Shelf

Barry Lyndon
William Makepeace Thackeray, author
Jonathan Keeble, narrator
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843797081 $67.98

Barry Lyndon is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a classic nineteenth century novel featuring a fierce eighteenth-century hero (who has been brought to life on the silver screen in a 1975 Stanley Kubrick movie). After the unfortunate death of an English officer, Barry Lyndon escapes from his home nation of Ireland and tries to create a new life for himself, by pretending to be an aristocrat. A master of double-crossing, plotting, and manipulation, Lyndon claws his way to the peak of high society - but his selfish deeds, matched measure for measure by the greed of the so-called upper crust surrounding him, can only preclude tragedy. A scathing and satirical critique of England's rigid social order, Barry Lyndon captivates the listener from beginning to end, and is highly recommended especially for public library audiobook collections. 11 CDs, 13 hours 15 min.

1775: A Good Year for Revolution
Kevin Phillips, author
Arthur Morey, narrator
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887
Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781469203140 $34.99

1775: A Good Year for Revolution is the unabridged audiobook rendition of Kevin Phillips' challenge to conventional wisdom regarding American history. Phillips purports that 1775, not 1776, was the most critical year in the formation of the fledgling nation of America. 1775 was when the war for independence began, and the year when America's determination to be free solidified against Britain's imperial onslaught. Drawing upon the rich tapestry of history, and exploring the roles that Native Americans, slaves, mercenaries, the global arms trade, and much more played in the war, 1775: A Good Year for Revolution is an engrossing re-examination of history, and highly recommended especially for public library audiobook collections. 21 CDs, 25 hours 54 min.

The Good House
Ann Leary, author
Mary Beth Hurt, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427228888 $39.99

The Good House: A Novel is the unabridged audioboook adaptation of Ann Leary's humorous novel with just a touch of dark secrets. Hildy Good calls Boston's North Shore home. She is a respectable real estate broker and quite an ordinary person, despite (thoroughly false!) rumors that she has inherited psychic powers from her distant ancestor, an alleged witch of Salem executed by hanging centuries ago. Hildy Good can't conclusively quash the annoying rumors, or even convince her own daughters that she isn't an alcoholic. Sent to rehab, and later in "recovery", she stumbles across an unusually charming individual who may pose a danger to both her sobriety and her reputation. But as she strives to keep her own secrets hidden, she learns more and more about the shadows nestled in the heart of her hometown! Smoothly performed by Broadway and screen actress Mary Beth Hurt, The Good House is at times riotous, at times a glimpse at the seamier side of human nature, and wholly recommended. 8 CDs, 10 hours.

The Library CD Shelf

Uwe Gronau
Privately Published
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$12.60 CD / $9.99 MP3

Inspired by late summer nights in the city of Paris, Visions is German composer Uwe Gronau's beautiful avant-garde music CD that draws upon elements of multiple genres, from jazz and pop to prog-rock, techno, trance, and more. Acoustic and electronic music combine into a high fusion that reflects the romantic wonder of Paris by starlight. Highly recommended. The tracks are "Night on the Roof" (4:21), "Children in the Park" (3:16), "World in Your Arms" (4:51), "Traffic" (3:18), "Under the Pont Neuf" (4:09), "Through the Backyard Window" (4:02), "A Passion Play" (4:34), "Confirming the Question" (4:01), "Babylon People" (3:21), "Open Windows" (2:16), "Summer in the City" (4:18), "Words You Say" (3:30), "Oasis" (3:18), "Night Visions" (4:13), "Old Man in the Rain" (2:50), "Sensitive Sentence" (4:55), "Summer Days" (4:06), "Centre Pompidou" (4:24), "Ragman Talking" (3:06), and "Jungle" (1:50).

Scorpion Moon
Produced by Douglas Romanow
Privately Published
$27.73 CD / $8.99 MP3

Canadian vocalist and songwriter Sora presents Scorpion Moon, an album featuring her mellifluous voice, and emotional lyrics that transcend time and place. A holistic fusion of genres, Scorpion Moon touches upon the wonder and the sorrow of life itself, and evokes an air of inscrutable mystery, akin to the ancient myths and fables it draws inspiration from. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of unique and original musical treasures. The tracks are "Scheherazade (Scorpion Moon)", "Hiraeth", "Hero", "Savage", "Mermaid Song", "City", "The Tower", "Hold", "Piper", "Proof of Life", and "Moving On".

Gary Nunez and Plena Libre
Gn Musica
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404
$9.99 CD / $7.99 MP3

Corazon is an energetic album by Puerto Rican band Plena Libre that draws freely upon musical traditions from both the Caribbean and Latin America. With lively Spanish lyrics, the songs are not only about drive and energy, but also the powerful bonds of community and working together to make the world a better place. Uplifting, vitalizing, and resplendent in their call to bring people together, Corazon is highly recommended especially for international music collections. The tracks are "Algo Contigo", "Bomba Pa'Ti", "A Papa", "Que es la Vida", "Habla Cuembe", "Huracan", "La Verdad", "Tira la Bola", and "Que Bonita Bandera".

To Dust
Alice Russell
c/o Press Junkie PR
PO Box 156914, San Francisco, CA 94115

To Dust is the debut solo album from British soul and blues singer Alice Russell. Melodious and heartfelt, To Dust has powerful, moving songs about the immense pain of heartbreak, and resonates with a deep chord of emotion. An unforgettable listening experience, To Dust is enthusiastically recommended especially for connoisseurs of croon. The tracks are "A to Z" (1:31), "Heartbreaker Pt. 2" (3:30), "For a While" (4:52), "Heartbreaker" (3:41), "I Loved You Interlude" (0:34), "Hard and Strong" (4:04), "To Dust" (3:11), "I Loved You" (3:57), "Twin Peaks" (4:30), "Heartbreaker Interlude" (1:16), "Let Go" (3:15), "Drinking Song Interlude" (2:02), "Citizens" (2:45), and "Different" (5:21).

At Peace
Ballake Sissoko
Produced by Vincent Segal
Six Degrees Records
PO Box 411347
San Francisco, CA 94141-1347
c/o Press Junkie PR (publicity)
$11.99 CD / $8.91 MP3

Kora player Ballake Sissoko and master cellist Vincent Segal present At Peace, a sublime selection of songs composed by Sissoko ("Boubalaka" and "N'Tomikorobougou" are composed by both Sissoko and Badian Diabate) and produced by Vincent Segal. An extraordinary, hauntingly beautiful performance, At Peace showcases the empathy of the kora, especially when matched by the guitar or the cello in a duet. A resonant gift drawn from Mali's cultural roots, At Peace is a memorable pick for international music collections, highly recommended. The tracks are "Maimouna" (3:35), "Boubalaka" (4:41), "Badjourou" (4:00), "Kabou" (4:14), "Nalesonko" (5:51), "Kalata Diata" (5:21), "N'Tomikorobougou" (10:20), "Asa Branca" (3:09), and "Kalanso" (3:15).

The Library DVD Shelf

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598289107 $49.99

A seven-part miniseries on DVD, adapted from the classic novel by Muriel Spark and originally broadcast on PBS in 1978, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie tells the story of a strong-willed, unconventional teacher of a 1930's school in Scotland. Brodie's efforts to prepare the impressionable young women at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh reveals the difficulties of the times - though Brodie adores her students and strives to show them the wonders of art, culture, and self-confidence, she crosses the highly conservative Miss Gaunt, exasperates the headmistress... and attracts the amorous intentions of a married art instructor! A complete collection featuring all seven episodes (and not to be confused with the movie adaptation of the same name), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a treasury of wit, unforgettable characters, and zeal for rising to the challenges posed by life itself. Highly recommended, especially for public library DVD collections. 3 DVDs, 366 min., fullscreen, SDH subtitles.

Perennial Vegetable Gardening with Eric Toensmeier
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120
White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583695 $29.95

Perennial Vegetable Gardening with Eric Toensmeier is an instructional DVD that works well either stand-alone or as a companion to Toensmeier's book "Perennial Vegetables" (9781931498401, $35.00). A lengthy program teaches gardeners about more than 100 species of lesser-known edible perennial plants, including ground cherry, ramps, air potatoes, and much more. Tending, harvesting, and cooking with perennial vegetables are all covered, and viewers are also invited to tour Toensmeier's beautiful Massachusetts garden! A searchable database of perennial vegetables rounds out this wonderful how-to DVD. Perennial Vegetable Gardening with Eric Toensmeier will bring joy to active gardening enthusiasts and "armchair gardeners" alike, and is highly recommended for both private and public library gardening DVD collections. 143 min.

Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120
White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583275 $24.95

Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad (3 hours 13 min.) is an instructional DVD in which Vermont beekeeper Ross Conrad teaches the viewer about organic and natural means to keep honeybees healthy and free from parasitic mites. Today, the chemicals often used to protect beehives are starting to breed resistance in pests, with the potential to cause increasing harm in the future. Natural Beekeeping offers invaluable alternatives, as well as fundamentals that every beekeeper must learn, such as how hive equipment works, and the basic process of harvesting and processing honey. Natural Beekeeping is a "must-have" for aspiring beekeepers, or anyone simply curious to learn more about the process! Also highly recommended for the bee-curious is Chelsea Green's Top Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder and Heather Harrell (9781603584807, $14.95, 50 min.), an instructional DVD focusing on the top-bar beehive design, in which bees naturally construct their own wax combs, rather then using the prefabricated, plastic cells of common box-hives. Top-bar hives can also be used to facilitate beekeeping without antibiotics or miticides; New Mexico beekeeper Les Crowder draws upon his 30 years of experience to show just how it's done!

Measuring Methods for Artists
Larry Withers
On Air Video Inc.
8203 Westminster Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Measuring Methods for Artists is a DVD guide designed to teach artists useful techniques for calculating relative sizes and proportions, the better to draw more realistic images of everything from still lifes and landscapes to poses and figurative art. Expert Larry Withers (who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) demonstrates comparative, sight-size, and triangulation measuring methods, using common and inexpensive artists' tools (recommended materials to make optimal use of this DVD include drafting tape, a small carpenter's level, a straight edge/ruler, and a weight attached to a string). A solid, easy-to-use resource, Measuring Methods for Artists is enthusiastically recommended for hobbyists and aspiring professional creators alike.

T-Ball Skills & Drills
Marty Schupak
Youth Sports Club
9 Florence Court
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
9780983924258 $24.95

Veteran youth coach Marty Schupak presents T-Ball Skills & Drills: Tips for T-Ball Coaches & Parents, the latest in an excellent series of DVD resources for youth sports. T-Ball Skills & Drills provides over 30 T-Ball drills ideal for teaching children as young as 5-7 how to improve at the game. Techniques for instructing children in skill such as throwing, catching, hitting, baserunning, and fielding are covered, as are important safety tips. An invaluable resource for coaches and parents, T-Ball Skills & Drills is highly recommended especially for public and school library DVD collections. 36 min.

The Civil War Shelf

The Fishing Creek Confederacy
Richard A. Sauers and Peter Tomasak
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard
Columbia, MO 65201
9780826219886 $35.00

Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Fishing Creek Confederacy: A Story of Civil War Draft Resistance is a thoughtful, evenhanded look at the organized resistance to President Lincoln's policies during the Civil War, especially the Union draft, in Pennsylvania's Columbia County. Democratic newspaper editors often called for active resistance to the draft, and occasionally antiwar feelings fueled violent incidents. In July of 1864, a Union lieutenant confronting draft evaders was shot; this prompted a military intervention in the northern townships, and the arrest of more than one hundred men. Ill feelings and bitter fallout over the Union's alleged use of power persisted through the Reconstruction. "The title, 'Fishing Creek Confederacy' was the derogatory term used by Republicans to describe organized draft resistance in Columbia County... the Copperheads of the county did not have pro-Southern sympathies. Rather, they were antiwar Democrats who thought that President Lincoln had gone too far with his assault on civil liberties in the war to preserve the Union. They believed that abolitionists had subverted the war effort and turned it into a crusade against slavery, which was protected by the Constitution... Slavery was legal, they argued, and furthermore, blacks were inferior and were not even citizens. They would not fight to free slaves and they wanted a compromised end to the conflict." The Fishing Creek Confederacy is a seminal work of historical study on an oft-overlooked aspect of the Civil War, and enthusiastically recommended especially for public and college library collections.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Investing: The Last Liberal Art, second edition
Robert G. Hagstrom
Columbia Business School Publishing
c/o Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231160100 $27.95

Now in an updated second edition with additional data and a new chapter on mathematics, Investing: The Last Liberal Art evaluates investing concepts from a holistic perspective that draws upon disciplines of study beyond economics, including physics, biology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and literature. Author Robert G. Hagstrom puts forth a multifaceted argument for why a background in finance alone is insufficient for making wise investment decisions. Chapters reveal the underappreciated value of each discipline, as well as the all-too-hastily dismissed potential of a liberal arts degree itself. "Whether or not they recognize it, virtually all decisions investors make are exercises in probability. To succeed, it is critical that their probability statements combine the historical record with the most recent data available. That is Bayesian analysis in action." Highly recommended as a supplementary resource especially for anyone considering a career in finance, or direct personal management of their own investments.

The Mathematics Shelf

Current Developments in Mathematics: 2011
David Jerison, et al.
International Press of Boston
PO Box 43502, Somerville, MA 02143
9781571462398, $48.00,

The collaborative effort of six editors, "Current Developments in Mathematics: 2011" is comprised of three major articles focusing on advanced mathematics: 'The Laplacian on planar graphs and graphs on surfaces' by R. Kenyon; 'Hyperbolicity and stable polynomials in combinatorics and probability' by Robin Permantle; and 'Introduction to KPZ' by Jeremy Quastel. The "Current Developments in Mathematics" is an annual publication that is co-sponsored by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under a program called 'Project Eculid' -- you can visit their web site at A prestigious and seminal publication in the field of advance mathematics, "Current Developments in Mathematics: 2011" is a critically important acquisition for academic library Advanced Mathematics reference collections in general, and for university level math departments in particular. Also very highly recommended for these same collections from the International Press of Boston and the latest addition to their outstanding series 'Surveys of Modern Mathematics', is Li Guo's 238 page compendium "An Introduction To Rota-Baxter Algebra" (9781571462534, $58.00) which focuses upon an associative algebra together with a linear operator that satisfies an identity abstracted from the integration by part formula in calculus.

The Genealogy Shelf

The Beginner's Guide to Using Tax Lists
Cornelius Carroll
Clearfield Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260
Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806347073 $20.50

The Beginner's Guide to Using Tax Lists is not a guide to paying one's contemporary income taxes, but rather a brief, straightforward manual written especially for prospective researchers in genealogy. In this context, "tax lists" refer to any number of items that delineate taxable personal property, including but not limited to tithables, poll lists, land tax lists, and rent rolls; these documents are often some of the only available references about who lived in given areas during specific time periods. The text provides some background information on tax lists, and reveal how to extract invaluable information from them concerning the racial ancestry, migration, marriages, family units and more of the people on the taxation rolls. Black-and-white reproductions of sample text lists for demonstration purposes round out this excellent basic primer highly recommended especially for novice genealogists.

The Complete Seminole
John E. Ernest
Clearfield Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260
Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806356082, $75.00,

The Seminole are a Native Americans in the United States people originally of Florida, who now reside primarily there and in Oklahoma. The Seminole nation emerged in a process of ethnogenesis out of groups of Native Americans, most significantly Creek from what is now Georgia and Alabama, who settled in Florida in the early 18th century. The word Seminole is a corruption of cimarron, a Spanish term for "runaway" or "wild one", historically used for certain Native American groups in Florida. The Indians who constituted the nucleus of this Florida group thought of themselves as yat'siminoli or "free people," because for centuries their ancestors had resisted the attempts of the Spaniards to conquer and convert them, as well as the attempts of the English to take their lands and use them as military pawns. "The Complete Seminole" by John E. Ernest is a 588 page compendium of census based genealogical data on the Seminole that begins with an historical framework of 'Thomas Jefferson and the Indian Question', then goes into the source of Seminole data records. Of special note is the chapter providing a location index. Enhanced with seven appendices that includes a bibliography, a brief history of the Allotment, the Town Band System, and more, "The Complete Seminole" is a seminal and comprehensive reference work that will prove invaluable to any and all genealogical research involving the Seminole people.

The Art Shelf

Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide
Margaret Moore Booker
Rio Nuevo Publishers
PO Box 5250
Tucson, AZ 85703
9781933855752 $40.00

Featuring full-color photography of artworks from museums, galleries, and private collections on almost every page, Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide is a one-volume reference of alphabetized entries explaining important terms about the traditional arts of the American Southwest, including native American and Hispano art. For example, the entry for "Navajo Woodcarving" begins with "a folk art tradition established in the early 1960s by pioneering Navajo artist and healer Charlie Willeto (active ca. 1961-1964), who was encouraged and supported in his endeavor by Indian art traders in Arizona, and made hundreds of animal and human figures as artistic expressions intended for sale. Over time, other Navajos began carving and painting wooden figures as well." Each entry spans multiple paragraphs and is quite detailed, yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Useful as a reference for art students, historians, or instructors, yet also beautiful to simply page through, Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide is enthusiastically recommended especially for public and college library art shelves.

Arapaho Women's Quillwork: Motion, Life, and Creativity
Jeffrey D, Anderson, author
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806142838 $39.95

"Arapaho Women's Quillwork" is a comprehensive catalog of examples of a little known women's art form expressing Arapaho ritual and traditions. Embellished with over 50 exquisite photographs in color and black and white of daily items lovingly decorated with intricate quillwork, the book explores both the history and religious significance of many traditional quillwork patterns and practices. Examples come from items given or used at many of life's most significant transitions, such as cradles, tipi ornaments and doors, moccasins, pillows, robes, and leanback covers. After many arresting pages of anthropological analysis and reflection on the value and role of Arapaho women's decorative quillwork, the author concludes that this collection is really about understanding traditional Arapaho spiritual traditions as reflected in this female art form. It is about "ways of seeing culture and creativity in motion (p. 167)." This reviewer is respectfully impressed with the author's concluding declaration: "following an Arapaho oratorical tradition, I should also declare that I am sure that I have made some errors in this book, ... but I appeal that they be set aside to see the larger purposes that are in my heart and mind. The ultimate concern here is to move some eyes toward seeing quillwork through the lens of respect for the women whose creations and relations contributed to the life movement of Arapaho religion, history, and people for a very long time. Their quiet work was as much a part of cultural survival in hard times as were the efforts of more visible and public figures, about which quite a bit more has been written, discussed, and displayed (p. 170)." "Arapaho Women's Quillwork" is finished with an appendix of modern Arapaho orthography, extended notes, and extensive references for bibliography purposes. Impeccable scholarship and respectful presentation are the hallmarks of this stunning new work on Arapaho women's quillwork.

The African-American Studies Shelf

Edward Wilmot Blyden and the Racial Nationalist Imagination
Teshale Tibebu
University of Rochester Press
668 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14472
9781580464284, $90.00,

Edward Wilmot Blyden (3 August 1832 - 7 February 1912) was an American-Liberian educator, writer, diplomat, and politician primarily in Liberia. He also taught for five years in Sierra Leone, and his writings were influential in both countries. The newest addition to the outstanding University of Rochester Press series 'Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora", "Edward Wilmot Blyden and the Racial Nationalist Imagination" by Teshale Tibebu (Professor of History, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a 230 page scholarly study of Blyden's writings on Black Nationalism with all of their 'contradictions, ambiguities, complexities, and paradoxes'. A significant intellectual figure among African Americans of the 19th Century, he has fallen into obscurity, a condition that will now be rectified by Professor Tibebu's superbly researched and seminal study. Enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notations, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Edward Wilmot Blyden and the Racial Nationalist Imagination" is strongly recommended for academic library 19th & 20th Century Black Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Music Shelf

Key Words in Church Music, revised edition
Carl Schalk, editor
Concordia Publishing House
3558 South Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63118
9780758607461 $60.00

Now in a newly revised and expanded edition, "Key Words in Church Music: Definition Essays on Concepts, Practices, and Movements of Thought in Church Music" is an encyclopedic collection of essays on varieties of subjects in Western Christian church music history. Arranged alphabetically, topics vary from specific areas such as acoustics and church music, to historical synopses of church music history, the Mass and its components, the organ, use in the Mass and Offices, and Chorales. Church Music History is divided into nine chapters or essays, including the Jewish, Medieval, Renaissance or the Latin tradition(s), Reformation- the Lutheran tradition, Reformation the Reformed tradition, Baroque, Classic and Romantic, Twentieth Century, and American, including Protestant and American Lutheran traditions. A separate essay is on contemporary church music by Paul Westermeyer, which defines the "traditional" and "blended" worship service concepts. There are further multiple essays on Hymnody divided by historical ethnicity, including Old Testament, Greek, Latin, German English, Scandinavian, American, American Lutheran, and Slovak Hymnodies. For a condensed thorough background resource on key concepts and terms in church music history, "Key Words in Church Music" is an excellent resource of historical and current definitions and practices for religious professionals and interested lay audiences. Another title for Lutheran and other church music professionals and interested lay staff that is also highly recommended is "A Handbook of Church Music," edited by Carl Halter and Carl Schalk (9780570013167, $35.00).

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