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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Economic Studies Shelf Political Science Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf American History Shelf World HistoryShelf
Poetry Shelf Large Print Shelf Psychology Shelf
Holocaust Studies Shelf Education Shelf Parenting Shelf
Biography Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf Gardening Shelf
Fiction Shelf International Studies Shelf Civil War Shelf
Writing/Publishing Shelf Aviation Shelf Mathematics Shelf
Library Science Shelf Autism Shelf Military Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Native American Studies Shelf Travel Shelf
Business Shelf Martial Arts Shelf Photography Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Science Shelf Art Shelf
Sports Shelf Interior Design Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Cyberethics, fifth edition
Richard A. Spinello
Jones & Bartlett Publishers
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
9781449688417, $101.95,

The rapid advances in computer technology and the now dominate influence of the internet on almost every aspect of the modern economy and popular culture have also introduced a whole new slew of problems ranging from the illegal, to the immoral, to the ethically controversial. Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded fifth edition, "Cyberethics: Morality And Law In Cyberspace" by Richard A. Spinello is a 246 page compendium that is methodically organized and presented in six major chapters: The Internet and Ethical Values; Regulating and Governing the Internet; Free Speech and Content Controls in Cyberspace; Intellectual Property in Cyberspace; Regulating Internet Privacy; and Securing the Frontier. Each informed and informative chapter is concluded with a list of thematically appropriate references and additional resources available to the reader. Enhanced with the inclusion of a glossary, a roster of cited legal cases, and a comprehensive index, "Cyberethics: Morality And Law In Cyberspace" is essential reading and should be considered a high priority addition to personal, professional, corporate, government, community, and academic library Contemporary Ethics reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Pharmacy on a Bicycle
Eric G. Bing
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781609947897, $29.95,

In the developed world, child mortality is hardly a blip on the radar. "Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions for Global Health and Poverty" seeks to analyze how to bring these developed world successes to the countries who have not yet mastered such technology and medicine, an dhow to reach these struggling communities and encourage them to adapt these new methods, and encouraging many others things to help fight the poverty of the world. "Pharmacy on a Bicycle" is a strong addition to international issues collections, not to be missed.

American Short Story Masterpieces
Clarence C. Strowbridge, editor
Dover Publications, Inc.
31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501
9780486499130, $3.50,

A short story is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood. In so doing, short stories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote, yet to a far lesser degree than a novel. While the short story is largely distinct from the novel, authors of both generally draw from a common pool of literary techniques. Short stories have no set length. In terms of word count there is no official demarcation between an anecdote, a short story, and a novel. Rather, the form's parameters are given by the rhetorical and practical context in which a given story is produced and considered, so that what constitutes a short story may differ between genres, countries, eras, and commentators. Knowledgeably selected and deftly compiled by Clarence c. Strowbridge, "American Short Story Masterpieces" is a 256 page paperback compendium comprised of fourteen chronologically arranged short stories by accomplished American authors and ranges from Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'Rappaccini's Daughter' and Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher', to Eudora Welty's 'A Worn Path' and John Cheever's 'The Enormous Radio'. An inexpensive literary treasure house of classic short stories, "American Short Story Masterpieces" clearly lives up to the promise of its title and is very highly recommended for personal, school, and community library American Literature collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Economic Studies Shelf

Competition and Entrepreneurship
Peter J. Boettke & Frederic Sautet, editors
Liberty Fund, Inc.
8335 Allison Pointe Trail
Indianapolis, IN 46250
9780865978461, $27.00,

Israel Meir Kirzner (born February 13, 1930) is a leading economist in the Austrian School. Kirzner's major work is in the economics of knowledge and entrepreneurship and the ethics of markets. He is emeritus professor of economics at New York University, and he is a leading authority on Ludwig von Mises' thinking and methodology in economics. Kirzner's research on entrepreneurship economics is also widely recognized. In 2006, Kirzner received the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research " for developing the economic theory emphasizing the importance of the entrepreneur for economic growth and the functioning of the capitalist process.". Due to his contribution to Economic theory, Universidad Francisco Marroquin granted him an Honorary Doctorate Degree. UFM also named its Kirzner Entrepreneurship Center in his honor. In "Competition and Entrepreneurship", the editorial team of Peter J. Boettke (Professor of Economics and Philosophy, George Mason University) and Frederic Sautet (Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Catholic University of America) have compiled a 224 page compendium showcasing and examining the economic theories of Professor Kirzner. Of special note is the concluding chapter on 'Competition, Welfare, and Coordination'. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Competition and Entrepreneurship" should be considered a 'must read' for students of contemporary economic theory and a critically important addition to university library Economic Studies reference collections.

The Political Science Shelf

Congress: A Performance Appraisal
Andrew J. Taylor
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
9780813345727, $37.00,

Congress is eternally deadlocked, doing nothing along the way. "Congress: A Performance Appraisal", by professor of political science Andrew J. Taylor, presents a critical evaluation of the U.S. Congress' failings. With suggestions about what can be done to make Congress a functioning legislative body again, instead of the political song and dance it is now, "Congress: A Performance Appraisal" brings new ideas and perspectives on how to better understand the American political landscape. Highly recommended!

The Social Issues Shelf

The Dialectics of Citizenship
Bernd Reiter
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25
East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611860658, $29.95,

Citizenship is technically a legal entity, but it is also so much more than that. "The Dialectics of Citizenship: Exploring Privilege, Exclusion, and Racialization" looks to discuss the concept of citizenship all throughout history, as Bernd Reiter, an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics analyzes the place of the citizen all throughout history, from the times of ancient Greece to the modern conflicts of American citizenship, and examples all throughout history, how the definition has changed and how people have always fought that change. Scholarly analysis of the rights of the citizen and the status that comes with it, "The Dialectics of Citizenship" is a must for social issues and historical political science collections.

Leisure Education
Rodney B. Dieser
Sagamore Publishing Company
1807 North Federal Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
9781571677143, $69.95,

Leisure has more value than many people truly know. "Leisure Education: A Person-Centered, System-Directed, Social Policy Perspective" discusses the social issues surrounding the place of leisure as should be considered in today's social and domestic policy and how evaluating leisure's importance can be a core segment in solving many problems throughout society. Chapters discuss public policy's role, psychological theories, education, and much more relating to policy development. "Leisure Education" is a must for political studies and social issues collections, scholarly reading and highly recommended.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Climate Change and International Trade
Rafael Leal-Arcas
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court
Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781781956083, $175.00,

From rising sea levels threatening coastal communities, to expanding deserts, to negative impacts on regional agricultural production, to international trade relations, climate change is a global threat of immense proportion and must be dealt with if we are to avoid world wide catastrophes both economic and political. "Climate Change and International Trade" by Rafael Leal-Arcas (Senior Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary University of London, UK) is a 544 page compendium focusing on the problem of developing a post-2012 global climate change mitigating international trade agreement and the utilization of such an agreement as a basis for a global climate treaty. A seminal work of impressive scholarship, "Climate Change and International Trade" is enhanced with an extensive bibliography, figures and charts, and a comprehensive index, making it an invaluable and highly recommended addition to professional, governmental, and academic library Environmental Studies and International Business reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Living within a Fair Share Ecological Footprint
Robert Vale & Brenda Vale, editors
c/o Routledge
711 - 3rd Avenue, Fl. 8
NY, NY 10017-9209
9780415507233, $53.95,

With respect to science, the argument over humanity's contributions to global climate change is over. Only ultraconservative politicians and their supporters continue to resist facing up to this fact. Now the national and international conversation is turning to dealing with what is happening. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly co-edited by Robert and Brenda Vale, "Living within a Fair Share Ecological Footprint" is a 344 page compendium comprised of twenty germane articles by experts in their fields on how to equitably share the burden of dealing with humanity's ecological footprint on the planet. Informed, informative, scholarly, insightful, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, the emphasis is on what can be done, both individually and collectively, to improve humanity's ecological impact around the world, making "Living within a Fair Share Ecological Footprint" a vitally necessary addition to professional, academic, corporate, and governmental library Environmental Studies reference collections.

Combating Climate Change
Manjit S. Kang & Surinder S. Banga, editors
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781466566705, $99.95,

One of the most pressing issues that the human race must deal with is that of climate change. Our very survival as a species depends upon it. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by the team of Manjit S. Kang (Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas Sttate University) and Surinder S. Banga (Professor of plant cytogenetics, crop biotechnology, and intellectual property, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India), "Combating Climate Change: An Agricultural Perspective" is a 384 page compendium comprised of seventeen seminal articles by experts in the field of climate change and its ecological impact on plant life. Of special note is William D. Dar and C. L. Laximpathi Gowda's 'Declining Agricultural Productivity and Global Food Security'; Prem s. Bindraban's 'Agroecological Intelligence needed to Prepare Agriculture for Climate Change'; Yigal Elad and Haria Pertot's 'Climate Change Impact on Plant Pathogens and Plant Diseases'; and Hari C. Sharma's 'Climate Change Effects on Insects: Implications for Crop Protection and Food Security'. A seminal body of impeccable scholarship, "Combating Climate Change: An Agricultural Perspective" is a critically important contribution for professional, governmental, and academic library Environmental Studies reference collections in general, and Climate Change Impact supplemental reading lists in particular.

The Cookbook Shelf

Cooking with Herbs
Lynn Alley, author
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
9781449427696, $16.99,

"Cooking with Herbs: 50 Simple Recipes for Fresh Flavor" is an inspired collection of dressed up basic comfort food recipes that attain their final glory through tasty additions of fresh garden herbs. More than an imaginative cookbook, "Cooking with Herbs" includes a delightful chapter about the herb garden that gives tips and techniques for growing fresh herbs either in containers or other garden areas. Further chapters offer recipes for Soups and Salads, Main Dishes, Breads and Spreads, and Small Indulgences, presenting a delicate tea-style dessert assortment. The typical beginning recipe of each chapter is a simple, unembellished version; then the following pages offer many different ways and ideas for dressing up the basic recipe. Some wonderful examples include: Tabbouleh-Style Rice Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber, and Parsley-Mint Vinaigrette, Portuguese White Bean Soup with Cilantro, Coriander, and Mint, Garnet Yam Rosti with Indian Flavors, Blue Cheese, Artichoke Heart, and Tarragon Mac, Hazelnut, Dried Cherry, and Sage Round, Sunday Scones with Dried Strawberries and Rosemary, and Lemon-Rosemary Cheesecakes. Freshness is desirable and standard measurements and easy instructions make
basic preparations easy to tackle. Occasional color photos add spice and interest, while added comments, tips, and experimentation suggestions can inspire cooks of all abilities and experiences. A table of metric conversions and equivalents is helpful, and the dainty package of 50+ fresh herb recipes is most appealing to those interested in healthful, delicious cuisine.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer
Gretchen Holt-Witt, author
Lucy Schaeffer, photographer
Houghton Miflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9781118329528, $19.99,

"Cookies for Kids' Cancer: All the Good Cookies" is a collection of over 60 delicious cookie recipes that have been tested and used successfully for fundraising for pediatric cancer research. In addition to delicious cookie recipes, this collection contains over 40 inspirational true stories about fundraising events across the nation to help raise awareness of the need for pediatric cancer research. Created by a mother of a very special boy named Liam, "Cookies for Kids' Cancer: All the Good Cookies" is both a push towards a great project and an inspirational batch of creative cookie recipes. Suggested ways to hold bake sales and organize fundraising projects are incorporated with mouthwatering recipes such as Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti, Chai Stars, Checkerboard Slices, Prune Hamantashalas, and Deep Chocolate Cherry Cashew Cookies, just to mention a few. "Cookies for Kids Cancer: All the Good Cookies" uses standard measurements and easily available ingredients to whip up batches of goodness in support of a very worthy cause.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Eating Expectantly, fourth edition
Bridget Swinney, MS, RD
Healthy Food Zone Media
c/o KSB Promotions
55 Honey Creek Ave NE
Ada, MI 49301-9768
9780963291707, $19.95,

Now in a significantly updated and expanded fourth edition, "Eating Expectantly: Practical Advice for Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy" by prenatal and child nutrition expert Bridget Swinney is a 458 page compendium providing expectant mothers comprehensive, practical, and accessible information on how to provide themselves and their unborn child with the best possible nutrition for the best possible health. Covering every dietary aspect from preconception through postpartum, "Eating Expectantly: Practical Advice for Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy" provides a solid foundation for improving fertility and enhancing the odds for the successful delivery of a health infant. Of special note are the chapters on 'Vegetarian Eating'; 'High-Risk Pregnancy'; 'Considering Breastfeeding'; and 'Eating In, Eating Out'. Thoroughly 'user friendly', "Eating Expectantly: Practical Advice for Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy" is very strongly recommended for personal and community library Health/Medicine reference collections in general, and the personal reading lists of women considering or experiencing pregnancy in particular.

The American History Shelf

Riding Lucifer's Line
Bob Alexander
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336
Denton, TX 76203-1336
9781574414998 $29.95

Riding Lucifer's Line: Ranger Deaths along the Texas-Mexico Border is a true-life history of twenty-five Texas Rangers who made the ultimate sacrifice during their service enforcing the law along the Texas-Mexico borderlands, from 1874 to 1921. Each man's exploits are profiled in detail, bringing history to vivid life; sixty vintage black-and-white photographs provide illustration. An immense wealth of endnotes reflects the exhaustive research, especially drawing upon archived Texas Ranger documents, that forms the foundation of this gripping saga, sure to prove fascinating to lay readers and historians alike. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library American History collections.

The World History Shelf

The History Of Civilization In Europe
Francois Guizot
Liberty Fund, Inc.
8335 Allison Pointe Trail
Indianapolis, IN 46250
9780865978379, $14.50,

Fran‡ois Pierre Guillaume Guizot (1787 - 1874) was a French historian, orator, and statesman. Guizot was a dominant figure in French politics prior to the Revolution of 1848, a conservative liberal who opposed the attempt by King Charles X to usurp legislative power, and worked to sustain a constitutional monarchy following the July Revolution of 1830. He then served the "citizen king" Louis Philippe, as Minister of Education, 1832 - 37, ambassador to London, Foreign Minister 1840 - 1847, and finally Prime Minister of France from 19 September 1847 to 23 February 1848. Guizot's influence was critical in expanding public education, which under his ministry saw the creation of primary schools in every French commune. But as a leader of the "Doctrinaires", committed to supporting the policies of Louis Phillipe and limitations on further expansion of the political franchise, he earned the hatred of more left-leaning liberals and republicans through his unswerving support for restricting suffrage to propertied men, advising those who wanted the vote to "enrich yourselves" (enrichissez-vous) through hard work and thrift. As Prime Minister, it was Guizot's ban on the political meetings (called the Paris Banquets, which celebrated the birthday of George Washington) of an increasingly vigorous opposition in January 1848 that catalyzed the revolution that toppled Louis Philippe in February and saw the establishment of the French Second Republic. "The History of Civilization in Europe" is a 320 page compendium comprised of an 1828 series of lectures delivered at the Sorbonne, France by Francois Guizots and explores the decentralization of power that characterized feudalism, the centralization of power after the fifteenth century, and finally the rebuilding of local autonomy necessary for representative and free government. With its influential upon succeeding generations, Liberty Fund is to be complemented on bringing back into print a true classic which is highly recommended for community and academic library World History reference collections.

The Norman Conquest
Marc Morris
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Fl., NY, NY 10004
9781605984513, $32.00,

The Norman conquest of England was the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Normans, Bretons and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy, later William the Conqueror. William, who defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold II of England at the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066, was crowned king in London on Christmas Day, 1066. He then consolidated his control and settled many of his followers in England, introducing a number of governmental and societal changes. "The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England" by historian Marc Morris is a 464 page compendium providing a detailed chronological account of this signature event in the history of England. A singularly impressive work of impeccable scholarship, "The Norman Conquest" is enhanced with the inclusion of maps, English and European family trees, background information on names, very nicely reproduced illustrations, a list of abbreviations, extensive notations, a lengthy bibliography, and a comprehensive index, making it an important and highly recommended acquisition for community and academic library British History reference collections in general, and an enthusiastically endorsed suggestion for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the Norman conquest of England in particular.

Conspiracy of One
Peter Rand
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane
Guilford, CT 06437
9780762786961 $26.95

Conspiracy of One is the true story of how one pro-isolationist man's espionage nearly undermined FDR's re-election bid and harmed Britain's war effort against the Nazis. Tyler Kent was a handsome and charismatic, skilled with languages and from a privileged background. He also had close ties to anti-Roosevelt, anti-New Deal, and anti-Semitic interests. His job involved encoding and transmitting sensitive diplomatic cables, including top-secret cables in which Prime Minister Churchill sought President Roosevelt's aid in World War II. He illegally kept and distributed copies of these cables, with plans to distribute them to FDR's isolationist enemies in Congress and sabotage FDR's re-election campaign. When the espionage was discovered, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy waived Kent's diplomatic immunity; a raid apprehended Kent and seized roughly 2,000 classified, illegally copied documents. How much of Kent's treachery was prompted by his greed and lust for power, and how much by his questionable love affairs? A vivid, meticulously detailed and historically accurate chronicle of Kent's scandal, trail, and imprisonment, Conspiracy of One is a fascinating addition to world history shelves.

History and Hope
Kevin M. Cahill
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue
University Box L
Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823251971, $26.00,

The goodwill of mankind has had its place all throughout history. "History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Reader" discusses humanitarianism and recent history. With essays and writings from many authors all compiled under one cover by editor Kevin M. Cahill who collects thoughts on disaster relief, indigenous people concerns, peacekeeping concerns, the return of barbarianism, protection of children, and so much more. "History and Hope" is a must for general history collections, highly recommended for history and international issues collections.

The Transatlantic World of Higher Education
Anja Werner
Berghahn Books
20 Jay Street, Suite 512
Brooklyn, NY 11201
9780857457820, $120.00,

Academia always benefits from international cooperation. "The Transatlantic World of Higher Education: Americans At German Universities, 1776-1914" delves into these international relationship between America and Europe. Discussing the long period between the establishment of the United States and the start of World War I, Anja Werner compiles a fascinating study of the countless Americans who traveled to Germany to embark on the journey of learning, and what this level of travel can teach people about the world and this worldly education's applications. Scholarly and insightful to this old school way of learning that still lives on, "The Transatlantic World of Higher Education" is a scholarly addition to history collections focusing on academia and education.

The Poetry Shelf

The Complete Poems of James Dickey
James Dickey, poet
Ward Briggs, editor
University of South Carolina Press
718 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29208
9781611170979, $85.00,

James Lafayette Dickey (February 2, 1923 - January 19, 1997) was an accomplished American poet and talented novelist. He had the honor of being appointed the eighteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1966. Ably compiled and deftly edited by Ward Brigs (Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics Emeritus and Louis Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities Emeritus, University of South Carolina), "The Complete Poems of James Dickey" is a massive, 960 page compendium containing the complete poetic writings of James Dickey. Enhanced with an informative Foreword by Richard Howard, and an informed introduction by Professor Briggs, "The Complete Poems of James Dickey" is nicely organized chronologically (1947-1960; 1961-1967; 1968-1973; 1977-1997), followed by a section of poems that could not be chronologically dated. Of special note is the concluding section entitled Poems for Children featuring 'Tucky the Hunter' and 'Bronwen, the Traw, and the Shape-Shifter'. Enhanced with an 'Apparatus Criticus', as well as indexes by titles, first lines, and names in the Apparatus Criticus, "The Complete Poems of James Dickey" is a true cultural legacy from a truly gifted poet and highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library 20th Century American Poetry reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Looking Out, Looking In
William Luis
Arte Publico Press
University of Houston
4902 Gulf Fwy, Bldg 19, Rm 100
Houston, TX 77204-2004
9781558857612, $27.95,

What is Hispanic culture? What does it mean to be Latino, or Latina? "Looking Out, Looking In: Anthology of Latino Poetry" is a compilation of poetry from many Hispanic poets who come together and offer their perspectives on Latino identity, as established and emerging authors all come together and offer an informed and wise opinion about life and heritage. "Looking Out, Looking In" is a brilliant collection of insightful verse and wisdom from all over, a treasure for contemporary poetry collections and also collections focusing on Latino issues.

The Large Print Shelf

The Turkeyfeather Riders: A Western Quintet
Louis L'Amour, author
Jon Tuska, editor
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780753191248, $29.99,

Louis Dearborn L'Amour (March 22, 1908 - June 10, 1988) was an American author. His books consisted primarily of Western novels. Many of his stories were made into movies. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death some of his 105 existing works were in print (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers". Now Sagebrush has published a large print anthology of five Louis L'amour short stories in the western genre. "The Turkeyfeather Riders: A Western Quintet" is a 176 page compendium comprised of West is Where the Heart Is; Fork Your Own Broncs; Riding for the Brand; Four-Card Draw; and the title piece, The Turkeyfeather Riders. This is L'Amour at his very best, making "The Turkeyfeather Riders: A Western Quintet" a 'must read' for the legions of Louis L'Amour fans, as well as an enduringly popular addition to community library Large Print fiction collections.

The Wrong Side of Happiness
Tania Crosse
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230
West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780750537070, $35.50,

Against the pressures of poverty, there is always drive to succeed and survive. "The Wrong Side of Happiness" is a novel from Tania Crosse. A laborer takes his daughter to the bustle of the city, struggling to survive along the way. Tresca, trying to make a new life for herself, but finds it difficult when her father is fired and blame is unclear, giving her a test of a lifetime. "The Wrong Side of Happiness" is a must for fans of historical fiction, highly recommended.

The Psychology Shelf

Purpose And Meaning In The Workplace
Bryan J. Dik, et al.
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433813146, $69.95,

Collaboratively compiled and deftly edited by the team of Bryan J. Dik (Associate professor of Psychology, Colorado State University), Zinta S. Byrne (Associate Professor of Psychology, Colorado State University), Michael F. Steger (Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Applied Social Psychology, Coloardo State University), "Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace" is a 240 page compendium comprised of ten informed and informative papers by experts in their field and thematically organized into three major sections: Cultivating a Meaningful Career; Meaning Making on the Job; and Leading a Meaningful Organization. Of special note are Blake E. Ashforth and Glen E. Kreiner's 'Profane or Profound?: Finding Meaning in Dirty Work' and Robert W. Lent's 'Promoting Meaning and Purpose at Work: A Social-Cognitive Perspective'. Altogether, "Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace" is a seminal body of work and a highly recommended contribution to professional, corporate, governmental, and academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Omar Manejwala
Hazelden Foundation
PO Box 11
Center City, MN 55012-0011
9781616492625, $14.95,

More and more is how many of us are driven through our lives. "Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough" is a self-help guide focused on addiction in its many forms as Omar Manejwala discusses how our thoughts drive us towards our addictions and how to better control them and take control of what we seek, and the importance of accountability in overcoming our disorders. "Craving" is an insightful and recommend addition to self-help collections, not to be missed.

The Psychology of Dictatorship
Fathali M. Moghaddam
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433812989, $69.95,

Dictatorship seems to be the most basic form of government, and what chaos often spills out to towards. "The Psychology of Dictatorship" is an intriguing psychological perspective on the dictator. From what leads to one person gathering so much power, to what maintains it... and what leads to their often downfall. Professor of Psychology Fathali M. Moghaddam offers scholarly insight on explaining the concepts of springboarding, communities, coercion, conformity, and what does the constant threat of dictatorship mean to the ideas of democracy. "The Psychology of Dictatorship" is a must for psychological studies collections that seek to place psychology as an understanding of worldwide issues.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Branded By the Pink Triangle
Ken Setterington
Second Story Press
20 Maud Street, Suite 401
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 2M5
9781926920962, $15.95,

A mark of persecution became a symbol of power. "Branded By the Pink Triangle" speaks of the plight homosexual men faced in the Holocaust, when the Third Reich accused them of weakening Germany - and condemned them to the death camps along with the handicapped, the Roma, Jews, political dissidents, and others. Telling the stories of the men who faced this persecution, the long road back to acceptance, and the story of the pink triangle, "Branded By the Pink Triangle" is a strong addition to gay studies and history collections, as well as Holocaust studies collections.

Country of Ash
Edward Reiche
Bellevue Literary Press
c/o Dept. of Medicine
NYU School of Medicine
550 First Ave., OBV 612
New York, NY 10016
9781934137451, $14.95,

A doctor's plight is a tough one, especially at war. "Country of Ash: A Jewish Doctor in Poland, 1939-1945" is a memoir from Edward Reiche who shares his own experiences and struggles to survive the Holocaust throughout the period, using disguise and cunning to evade arrest and protect his family in many curious ways. "Country of Ash" is a riveting account of the will to survive and the extent to which one can go.

The Education Shelf

Real Classroom Makeovers
Rebecca Isbell & Pamela Evanshen
Gryphon House
6848 Leon's Way, Lewisville, NC 27023
9780876593783, $26.95,

A classroom environment is critically important in foster a child's learning experience. All too often public education funding cuts and aging infrastructures make the physical classroom less than it should be. The collaborative work of childhood learning experts Rebecca Isbell and Pamela Evanshen, "Real Classroom Makeovers: Practical Ideas for Early Childhood Classrooms" is a profusely illustrated, 160 page compendium of practical examples of what can be done to upgrade a preschool or kindergarten classroom's physical environment on a limited budget. Of special note are the 'before & after' photos in the examples provided. Informed, informative, inspired and inspiring, "Real Classroom Makeovers: Practical Ideas for Early Childhood Classrooms" is thoroughly 'user friendly' and highly recommended for both private and public schools and classroom teachers wanting to upgrade and improve their preschool and kindergarten classroom facilities -- especially if funding those improvements is limited.

Body Talk
Pat Crissey
Woodbine House
6510 Bells Mill Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
9781606131756, $29.95,

One of the hallmarks of autism is an impaired ability to communicate -- including nonverbal body language cues. In "Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language", author Pat Crissey draws upon her more than twenty years of experience as a special education teacher and autism consultant to create a 218 page compendium of one hundred thoroughly 'user friendly', instructive activities on teaching communication impaired children how to perceive and interpret nonverbal body language including facial expressions, posture, body orientation, eye gaze, personal space, touching, and gestures. Instructional approaches include role playing, games, art activities, watching video clips, and worksheets. Enhanced with the inclusion of a CD-ROM of activities, quizzes, games, worksheets, and more, "Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language" is an ideal and highly recommended addition to Special Education curriculum materials.

Applying Implementation Science in Early Childhood Programs and Systems
Brookes Publishing Company
Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598572827, $49.95,

There is a constant advancement and expansion in understanding educational processes and the creation of educational tools and ideas. The problem has been how to take these findings and effectively apply them in the classroom. "Applying Implementation Science in Early Childhood Programs and Systems" by the editorial team of Allison Metz (Senior Research Scientist and Codirector of Early Childhood Research at Child Trends, Bethesda, Maryland), Allison Metz (Scientist and Associate Director of the National Implementation Research Network, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of north Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Ivelisse Martinez-Beck (Senior Social Scientist and Team Leader for Child Care Research in the division of Child and Family Development, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Washington, D.C.) is 360 page compendium comprised of fifteen seminal articles by experts in the field of childhood education and organized into four main sections: 'Implementation Science Defining the New Frontier';'Alining Stage-Appropriate Evaluation with the Stages of Implementation: Formative Evaluation and Fidelity'; 'Aligning Stage-Appropriate Evaluation with the Stages of implementation: Ongoing Monitoring and Scale-Up/Replication'; and 'Implementation Science at the Systems Level". An impressive body of collective scholarship, "Applying Implementation Science in Early Childhood Programs and Systems" is a very highly recommended addition to University Education Department and academic library Education Science reference collections.

Anytime, Anywhere
Rebecca E. Wolfe, et al.
Harvard Education Press
8 Story Street, 1st floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
9781612505695, $29.95,

New technologies resulting in a continued expansion of information on how the human brain works, how different environments impact children's learning patterns and abilities, the significance of digital tools with respect to children's abilities to communicate and create, combine to validate the bedrock belief undergirded 'child centered learning', that children learn best when their interest can be tapped into when presenting new knowledge to them. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of education specialists Rebecca E. Wolfe, Adria Steinberg, and Nancy Hoffman, "Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers" is a 232 page compendium comprised of seven seminal studies by experts in the field of education and deftly organized into three major sections: The Starting Point; Next Steps; and The Future of Student-Centered Learning. Of special note are the seminal studies 'Making Assessment Student Centered' by Heidi Andrade, Kristen Huff, and Georgia Brooke; 'Using Digital Media to Design Student-Centered Curricula' by David H. Rose and Jenna W. Gravel; and 'Applying the Science of How We Learn' by Christina Hinton, Kurt W. Fischer, and Catherine Glennon. Enhanced with extension notations and a comprehensive index, "Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers" is an informed and informative work that should be a core addition to college education department and academic library reference collections, and classroom teacher supplemental reading lists.

Your First Year as Principal
Tena Green
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471
9781601386243, $24.95,

Schools are hectic things, and being given the reins to control it is often being tossed into the deep end. "Your First Year as Principal: Everything You Need to Know That They Don't Teach You in School" is an education administrator's guide for those who have assumed the rule of their school... and all the chaos that can come with it. Advising principals on the many tasks and jobs that come with the title and much more, "Your First Year as Principal" is an invaluable reference, not to be missed for education collections.

When Writing With Technology Matters
Carol Bedard & Charles Fuhrken
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B
Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571109378, $20.00,

Essays can't be handed in at one hundred forty characters or less. "When Writing with Technology Matters" analyzes how to help modern students, who may be fully technologically literate, gain literacy in the standard English way and adapt to writing worthy of a classroom. Aimed at teachers who want to promote critical thinking collaboration, and much more, "When Writing with Technology Matters" is filled with practical advice for teachers, a must for educational and administrative reference collections focused on student literacy.

A Creature of Our Own Making
Gary A. Olson
State University of New York Press
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246-0001
9781438445786, $24.95,

The American education system has many, many flaws. "A Creature of Our Own Making: Reflections on Contemporary Academic Life" is a discussion of the academic problems of America as Professor of English, Gary A. Olson, offers his long experience with the system as he tries to understand how the problem came together, who is to blame, and if there's ultimately any solution to the problems of academia. "A Creature of Our Own Making" is a much recommended addition to educational studies collections.

The Parenting Shelf

Parenting Your Emerging Adult
Dr. Varda Konstam
New Horizon Press
PO Box 669
Far Hills, NJ 07931
9780882824321, $14.95,

Kids are staying with their parents longer than past generations. "Parenting Your Emerging Adult: Launching Kids from 18 to 29" is a parenting guide aimed at parents who may have their adult children kept close by throughout their twenties, and dealing with the inevitable clash of authority that comes with the situation, and how to manage it to keep the family strong. "Parenting Your Emerging Adult" is a strong addition to parenting and family collections.

The Biography Shelf

Civil War General and Indian Fighter James M. Williams
Robert W. Lull
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336
Denton, TX 76203-1336
9781574415025 $24.95

Civil War General and Indian Fighter James M. Williams: Leader of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry and the 8th U.S. Cavalry is a detailed biography of talented and driven military commander known for his service in the American Civil War, as well as during the Indian Wars. Bolstered by his principles, and his previous experience as a Jayhawker (a private anti-slavery guerilla militiaman), he took charge of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment - the first organization of black soldiers to engage Confederate forces, and the first to emerge victorious. Though his regiment achieved multiple victories in Missouri, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), and Arkansas, they also suffered more casualties than any other Kansas regiment. After the Civil War, Williams gained a commission in the Regular Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment, and he earned decisive victories over the Indians in Arizona and New Mexico. Notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this fascinating life story of fierce, talented, resolute, and often successful military leader. Highly recommended.

J. R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend
Colin Duriez
Lion Books
c/o Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
9780745955148 $16.95

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend is a thoroughly accessible biography of the author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, internationally beloved classics that redefined the public perception of and enthusiasm for the high fantasy genre. Tolkien's did not have an easy life in his early years - orphaned, poverty-stricken, forbidden communication with the woman he fell in love with, and a survivor of the immense tragedies and horrors of the first World War. The genius behind his epic works included his personal love of and aptitude for scholarship; he possessed an academic's intense knowledge of early northern European history, which inspired him to craft a detailed and internally coherent mythology for Middle-Earth, including extensive development of fictional languages. An immensely involving and readable life story, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend is enhanced with notes, a select bibliography, an index, and a handful of color photographs of locations that had a profound influence on Tolkien's life. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library biography collections.

Nazim Hikmet
Mutlu Konuk Blasing
Persea Books
277 Broadway, Suite 708
New York, NY 10007
9780892554171, $27.95,

The first half of the twentieth century was not a safe place to come of age in. "Nazim Hikmet: The Life and Times of Turkey's World Poet" is an enticing exploration of the life of this world traveled poet from Turkey, offering personal insight into the changing times of the period, the rise of communist ideals and revolution throughout Turkey, and how his upbringing turned him on to such ideas. "Nazim Hikmet" is a core addition to any international biography collection focusing on thinkers and poets, highly recommended.

Paramhansa Yogananda
Swami Kriyananda
Crystal Clarity Publishers
14618 Tyler Foote Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
9781565892644, $16.95,

Paramahansa Yogananda (January 5, 1893 - March 7, 1952), born Mukunda Lal Ghosh, was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced many westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book "Autobiography of a Yogi". One of the last surviving personal disciples of these great teacher, Swami Kriyananda's "Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography with Personal Reflections and Reminiscences" is a 344 page compendium that provides a great many stories that will be new to western devotees of Paramhansa Yogananda philosophy and teachings. "Paramhansa Yogananda" combines the guru's teachings with a candid biography to provide a whole new generation of readers with a perfect introduction to one of India's great spiritual icons of the 20th Century.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Key Skills For Professionals
Alan Pannett, Shalini Sequeira, Andrew Dines, & Andrew Day
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749468729, $39.95,

Professionalism often brings a context of competition. "Key Skills for Professionals: How to Succeed in Professional Services" discusses professional skills and what it means to be professional in the context of the business world and how to live up to the standards, reading the professionalism of others, being aggressive yet not too aggressive, complete with insight from four highly experienced professionals in their own right. "Key Skills for Professionals" is a strong addition to business practices and skills collections, enthusiastically recommended.

The Gardening Shelf

America's Romance with the English Garden
Thomas J. Mickey
Ohio University Press
The Ridges, Building 19
Athens, OH 45701
9780821420355, $26.95,

The fabulous garden that surrounds us is an English invention. "America's Romance with the English Garden" explores the English garden and its introduction to the American mind in the late nineteenth century. When mass produced advertising swept the country, the vision of the gardens took control of the psyche of American elegance and led to a fascination with creating these gardens at home. "America's Romance with the English Garden" is a must for gardening history collections, highly recommended.

The Fiction Shelf

Little Joe
Michael E. Glasscock
Greenleaf Book Group Press
PO Box 91869
Austin, TX 78709
9781608325665, $18.95,

When tragedy steals everything, finding it again can seem impossible. "Little Joe" is a novel from Michael E. Glasscock, who tells the story of Little Joe, a young man coping with the sudden loss of his parents and his move to the country under his grandparents. As he finds new friends, and the love of his family again, he grows and sees the cruelty and injustice around him. The first book of Glasscock's Round Rock Series, "Little Joe" is a riveting read of growing up in 1940s America, highly recommended.

The Fall of Ireland
Dermot Bolger
New Island
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7
Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781848401877, $23.95,

Nations can fall, and the process can be captivating. "The Fall of Ireland" is a novel from Dermot Bolger, following a civil servant during the floundering of the nation of Ireland under the weight of its financial debt and the high end confusing world of politics all around it. An exciting read full of intrigue, twists and turns that will keep eyes glued to the page all the way through, "The Fall of Ireland" is a must for literary international fiction collections.

The International Studies Shelf

Life As Politics, second edition
Asef Bayat
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804783279 $22.95 print / $9.99 Kindle

Now in an updated second edition with three new chapters on the Arab Spring and Iran's Green Movement, Life As Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East is a scholarly examination of how ordinary people in the Muslim world are bringing about significant changes, simply by how they live their day-to-day lives. Refuting the popular perception of the Muslim Middle East as static and unchanging, Life As Politics reveals how everyday actions can and do support feminism, cosmopolitanism, or sustainability movements. Additional scrutinies of street politics and the potential for revolution, and in particular a caution that radical Islam movements do not necessarily move in lockstep with impoverished populations, fill this thought-provoking, carefully researched and meticulously presented study. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library shelves concerning Middle Eastern politics and culture.

Towers of Stone
Wojciech Jagielski, author
Soren A. Gauger, translator
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street
New York, NY 10013
9781583229002, $19.95 print / $9.99 Kindle,

The might and influence of Russia is overwhelming. "Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills in Chechnya" analyzes the current struggles of the Chechnyan people, many of whom still fight against the overwhelming influence of the neighbor Russia. Wojciech Jagielski, a Polish reporter outside looking in, offers insight into this people and the crisis they all face so very much around them. "Towers of Stone" is a must for anyone who seeks to understand Chechnya and its recent history, highly recommended.

The Civil War Shelf

The American Civil War, second edition
Ian Frederick Finseth, editor
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8
New York, NY 10017-9209
9780415537070, $39.95,

Now in a fully updated and thoroughly revised second edition, "The American Civil War: A Literary and Historical Anthology" is a 368 page compendium expertly compiled and deftly edited by Ian Frederick Finseth (Associate Professor of English, University of North Texas) and offers student and interested nonspecialist general readers with an impressive spectrum of Civil War and Reconstruction era writings, including short fiction, poetry, public addresses, diary entrees, and essays. Of special note is the inclusion of concise introductions and explanatory notations helping to provide a useful historical context. This new edition features more women writers, solider's testimonies, a broader diversity of perspectives, and a more equitable balance between Northern and Southern sources materials. Additionally, Professor Finseth has created an accompanying web site at providing additional primary sources (including photographs, sheet music, and literary texts). "The American Civil War: A Literary and Historical Anthology" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Civil War Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Calamity at Chancellorsville
Mathew W. Lively
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611211382, $27.50,

A brilliant tactical move lead to the incident that spelled his death. "Calamity at Chancellorsville: The Wounding and Death of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson" seeks to explore the questionable death of the legendary Confederate General. After a successful ambush gave him a major victory, he continued to attack until dusk. Upon his return to camp, he was mistaken for the enemy and hit by friendly fire in the arm, necessitating an amputation; he died of complications from pneumonia a week later. Author Mathew W. Lively hopes to give a new perspective on Stonewall Jackson's death and its impact on the war. "Calamity at Chancellorsville" is well worth considering for American History collections focusing on the Civil War.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Kicking In The Wall
Barbara Abercrombie
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608681563, $15.95,

Sooner or later any serious author will encounter that most dreaded of all literary dilemmas -- writer's block. Starring at a blank sheet of paper or computer screen and not being able to think of anything to put down on it. That's why "Kicking In the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals" by Barbara Abercrombie (author of "A Year of Writing Dangerously") will prove to be such an invaluable resource and reference for anyone having to write for their living. This 248 page paperback compendium is packed from cover to cover with practical, applicable, and thoroughly 'user friendly' tools for overcoming writer's block. Expertly organized into a major section offering specific 'things to do', "Kicking In The Wall" also include a section called 'What They Wrote' which offers real world examples by writers on having overcome this particular obstacle. If you can only afford a single 'how to' writer's reference book for your personal resource shelf, then make it Barbara Abercrombie's "Kicking In The Wall"!

A Quick Guide to Screenwriting
Ray Morton
Limelight Editions
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, NY, NY 10010
9780879108045, $12.99,

Screenwriting is a very specialized form of writing in that it must combine story telling with cinematic technologies and techniques. Screen writing comes with its own 'tips, tricks & techniques' that must be mastered by the aspiring screenwriter. That's why "A Quick Guide to Screenwriting" by screenplay analyst and script consultant Ray Morton will prove to be an invaluable introduction to the craft. This 120 page compendium provides a succinct history of screenwriting; delineates between commercial and personal writing; and explains the three basic types of screenplays and the seven basic steps to writing a screenplay. "A Quick Guide to Screenwriting" offers ways to develop ideas, structure a story, screen play styles and formatting. Of special note is what "A Quick Guide to Screenwriting" reveals about the techniques of cinematic storytelling, screenwriting 'do's & don'ts' and getting useable feedback to improve a screenplay. Very well organized and thoroughly 'user friendly', "A Quick Guide to Screenwriting" should be considered mandatory reading by anyone considering creating a screenplay and would prove an enduringly valued addition to professional screenwriting instructional guide reference collections.

The Science Writer's Handbook
Thomas Hayden & Michelle Nijhuis
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738216560, $17.50,

Science writing requires a certain hand of talent to make it work for people. "The Science Writer's Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age" is an invaluable reference for those who seek to succeed and prosper with their writing skills in the world of science, the importance of selling your ideas with narratives, finding contracts, making what your worth, coping with rejection, and the power of networking. "The Science Writer's Handbook" is an invaluable tool for writers in the field of science, highly recommended.

Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market
Julie Rak
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554589395, $29.99,

How does one make the story of life so enticing and riveting? "Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market" analyzes the memoir as a product that is produced like any other work, Julie Rak dissects many popular memoirs and tries to gain a more comprehensive understanding of why some memoirs capture the imagination of the public when their stories often aren't that unlike our own. "Boom!" is a fine bit of analysis for those who want to understand the memoir whether for creating one's own story or simply a fascination with the trends.

The Aviation Shelf

John Swinfield
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591140344, $45.95,

The Zeppelin was the first way mankind took its domain to the sky. "Airship: Design, Development, and Disaster" analyzes the history of the airship, and other lighter than air craft that captured the imagination of the world throughout the nineteenth century until it was fully replaced by more mechanical craft. A study of the designs of the craft, their use for commercial and military use, John Swinfield presents a scholarly and in-depth following of the history, taking many notes from primary sources and design documents. "Airship" is a must for anyone with a curiosity of these first aircraft, highly recommended.

The Mathematics Shelf

Wearing Gauss's Jersey
Dean Hathout
CRC Press
Suite 300
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781466508644, $24.95,

The science of numbers seeks to find the answers in the most quick and efficient way possible. "Wearing Gauss's Jersey" is a mathematics guide focusing on Gauss problems, problems that would take quite some time when approached from the traditional methods of figuring out solutions. Discussing mathematical insight, the laws of mathematics, number theory, crossing disciplines of math, and much more, "Wearing Gauss's Jersey" is a vital addition to any mathematician's reference and teaching idea collection, highly recommended.

The Library Science Shelf

Handbook of Indexing Techniques, fifth edition
Linda K. Fetters
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike
Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573874618, $28.00,

Organizing information grows ever more important as the quantity around us seems insurmountable. "Handbook of Indexing Techniques: A Guide for Beginning Indexers" explores the ins and out of indexing and how to master the most essential techniques in managing the modern swathes of technology, from dealing with old school paper to the complicated database programs of the future. "Handbook of Indexing Techniques" is an invaluable addition to reference and library science collections, highly recommended.

The Autism Shelf

Raising Cubby
John Elder Robison
Crown Trade Paperbacks
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780307884848, $26.00,

A bond between father and son is strong, no matter what may be between them. "Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives" is a memoir from father John Elder Robison as he draws on his experiences of raising his son who has Asperger's syndrome. Writing as a father who had to gradually learn about his son's more peculiar behavior and coping with the unique bond they had to build, "Raising Cubby" is a charming and inspirational read that should be considered by anyone who is faced with raising an autistic child themselves or for parenting collections in general.

The Military Shelf

Nightfighter: Radar Intercept Killer
Mark A. Magruder
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street
Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781455615315 $24.95

Nightfighter: Radar Intercept Killer is the harrowing true story of brave and daring Americans who learned and practiced the techniques of airborne radar intercept night fighting, particularly during World War II. In practice, this meant that the pilot was alone in a single-engine plane, completely unable to see, and entirely dependent upon his instruments and radio link to support personnel for survival. Electrical or engine failure often meant death. Becoming a Night Fighter required extreme specialized training, including but not limited to the ability to identify the cockpit environment entirely by sound, smell, and touch. Lt. Col. Marion Milton "Black Mac" Magruder's high classified training program was instrumental in teaching brave men how to adapt to harrowing conditions and the omnipresent risk of a lonely death. Yet these marines of VMF(N)533, also colloquially known as "Black Mac's Killers", earned the record for all radar-intercept kills during their service at Okinawa and Engebi. Vintage black-and-white photographs and an index bring this astonishing true story of marines who achieved the near-impossible. Highly recommended.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s
Keith Dallas
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490465, $41.95,

TwoMorrows Publishing is the premier publisher of books on and about comics and graphic novels. One of their signature series is a chronicle of American comics decade by decade beginning with the 1940s. The latest addition to this outstanding full color, hard cover series is "American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s" compiled and written by Keith Dallas. In this volume is a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and comic book publishing industry background including: The career ups and downs of Jim Shooter at Marvel Comics; Frank Miller work on Daredevil, Ronin and The Dark Knight; DC Comics renaissance with Crisis on Infinite Earths and its importation of British invasion of talent like Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Neil Gaiman! Of special note is the emergence of Direct Market-exclusive publishers like Eclipse Comics, Pacific Comics, First Comics, Comico, Dark Horse Comics and others! Profusely illustrated throughout, informed and informative, "American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s" is an indispensable and highly recommended reference and resource for comic book enthusiasts.

The Audiobook Shelf

Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories
Robert Craft
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843797531, $34.98,

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (17 June 1882 - 6 April 1971) was a Russian, and later French and American composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories" by Robert Craft (who was an assistant, companion and confidant to Igor Stravinsky for the last two decades of the composer's life) is a 400 page, informed and informative biography of the man and his music. Of special note is the lengthy inclusion of Stravinsky's friends and acquaintances ranging from Giacomo Puccini, Benito Mussolini, and Aaron Copeland, to Thomas Mann, Pablo Picasso, and Aldous Huxley. Enhanced with an accompany music CD, "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories" perfectly showcases an extraordinary man and his extraordinary accomplishments in extraordinary times. This is an outstanding and unique biography that is highly recommended for community and academic library Biography collections in general, and the personal reading lists for Stravinsky enthusiasts in particular.

The Divine Comedy: Inferno - Purgatory - Paradise
Dante, author
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9789626343159, $81.98,

Durante degli Alighieri, simply referred to as Dante (c. 1265 - 1321), was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Commedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. Featuring a superb narration by Heathcote, the complete and unabridged audio book edition of Dante's "The Divine Comedy: Inferno - Purgatory - Paradise" offers the listeners more than 14 hours of this classic work set out on thirteen compact discs. Of special note is the inclusion of an informed and informative biography of Dante by Benedict Flynn. With flawless production values, this memorable audio book edition is strongly recommended for personal, academic, and community library collections.

Tom Jones
Henry Fielding
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843796954, $152.98,

Henry Fielding's massive novel "Tom Jones" is widely considered to be a true classic of English literature. It is the story of a young man of limited means and his flawed courtship of a series of beautiful women for his own ulterior motives. Naxos is a premier publisher of audio books and their new edition of "Tom Jones" is superbly and dramatically narrated by Shakespearean theater trained Bill Homewood. With impeccable production values, this complete and unabridged audio book edition is comprised of 29 compact discs and has a total running time of 37 hours, 51 minutes, 35 seconds. This Naxos edition of "Tom Jones" is very strongly recommended as an enduringly valued acquisition for both school and community library audio book collections.

Wagner: His Life And Music
Stephen Johnson
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843797517, $47.98,

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 - 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor primarily known for his operas. His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of leitmotifs - musical phrases associated with individual characters, places, ideas or plot elements. His advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, greatly influenced the development of classical music; his Tristan und Isolde is sometimes described as marking the start of modern music. "Wagner: His Life And Music" by Stephen Johnson is an impressive and detailed account of Wagner personal as well as professional life and provides a comprehensive overview of a most remarkable life. With flawless production values, this 7 CD unabridged audio book edition is narrated by the author with a total running time of 8 hours, 57 minutes. Informed and informative, "Wagner: His Life And Music" is highly recommended for personal, academic, and community audio book library collections.

Geraldine McCaughrean
Full Cast Audio
PO Box 6110
Syracuse, NY 13217
9781936223152 $34.00

Full Cast Audio continues its glorious tradition of bringing audiobooks to life with dramatic performances by multiple talented actors and actresses - a different one for every character! - in Cyrano, a wonderful presentation of the classic tale about the lovelorn, large-nosed Cyrano de Bergerac. Original music enhances this unabridged, family-friendly reading based on Edmond Rostand's popular play. The result is a joy to listen to, during car trips, everyday activity, or simply the joy of savoring a timeless saga of heartbreak and adventure. Cyrano is worthy of the highest recommendation for high school, college, and public library collections. 3 CDs, 2 1/2 hours.

Waiting to Be Heard
Amanda Knox
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062237613 $39.99

Read by author Amanda Knox, Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir is Knox's unabridged audiobook testimony of criminal injustice. In November of 2007, Knox was studying abroad in Perugia, Italy; her friend and roommate Meredith Kercher was cruelly murdered. The Italian police immediately seized upon her as a suspect; she could barely communicate with them due to her limited knowledge of Italian. Her sensationalized trial ended in a 2009 conviction for murder, later overturned in 2011; as of March 2013, her acquittal has been reversed by the Italian Supreme Court, pending a retrial. The nonprofit and independent Idaho Innocence Project's investigation concluded in 2011 that, based on its review and DNA samples taken from the crime scene, Knox and her then-boyfriend Rafaele Sollecito were innocent, and that African drifter Rudy Guede was the most likely culprit. In Waiting to Be Heard, Knox presents her own point of view of the nightmarish interrogation, custody, and trial proceedings, as well as her time in jail, which included seemingly endless sexual harassment. A haunting and harrowing true crime story, Waiting to Be Heard is an invaluable cautionary tale about a miscarriage of justice almost as horrific as murder itself. 10 CDs, 11 1/2 hours.

The Library CD Shelf

Quarter to Six
Idan Raichel
Cumbancha, LLC
413 Carpenter Road
Charlotte, VT 05445

Israeli keyboardist and composer Idan Raichel, whose performance venues include a Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony and the ceremony inaugurating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC, presents Quarter to Six, an album with Hebrew (and some Portuguese) lyrics that reflect upon moments of transition - including the transition that takes place at the end of life. Quarter to Six maintains a positive outlook upon the natural cycle of life and death, celebrating the beauty and wonder of being alive, even as it ponders what lies beyond. The result is a haunting, unforgettably atmospheric treasury. The tracks are "Yored Ha'Erev" (2:20), "Achshav Karov" (3:43), "Rak Oto" (2:36), "Ba'Layla" (4:06), "Sabe Deus" (4:25), "Ana Ana wa Enta Enta" (2:42), "Ad She'Ein Yoter Le'an" (5:05), "Ha'Ru'ach Ha'Zo" (2:54), "Mon Amour" (2:56), "Chaim Pshutim" (3:10), "Olam Shalem" (3:14), "Detras De Mi Alma" (3:15), "Be'Karov" (3:02), "Im Ha'ita Ro'eh" (3:46), "In Stiller Nacht" (3:49), and "Or Ka'ze" (3:57). Also highly recommended are Idan Raichel's popular album "Within My Walls", and his acclaimed "Tel Aviv Session" album with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure.

Mon Pays
Vieux Farka Toure
Six Degrees Records
PO Box 411347, San Francisco, CA 94141-1347
c/o Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 160, PMB 221
Austin, TX 78748
$14.48 CD / $8.99 MP3

Mon Pays is a new album in which performer Vieux Farka Toure uses music to reflect upon the war that has afflicted his home nation of Mali, which has been savaged by territorial conflict between Tuareg rebels, Islamic rebels, and the government since the beginning of 2012. Mon Pays tribute to the cultural legacy of Mali, and kindles a flame of hope, reminding listeners of how his homeland has the potential to be transformed into a beacon of tolerance and peace. Denouncing the ban on music and the resurgence of slavery that has plagued his homeland, Mon Pays warns against foreign invaders that seek to plunder not only Mali's people, but also its very heritage. The reverberating guitar strains and vocals blend perfectly with a variety of other instruments, from spike fiddle and piano to calabash, djembe, and percussion on everything from shakers to bamboo and turtle shells. Highly recommended, especially for international music CD collections. The tracks are "Diack So" (4:58), "Safare" (4:39), "Doni Doni" (4:14), "Yer Gando" (4:24), "Nouhoume Maiga" (4:05), "Kele Magni" (4:34), "Future" (4:47), "Allah Wawi" (4:50), "Peace" (4:40), and "Ay Bakoy" (6:41).

Carmen Souza
Produced by Theo Pas'cal and Carmen Souza
Galileo Music Communication
c/o Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane
Suite 160, PMB 221
Austin, TX 78748
$14.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Kachupada is the latest studio album by Cape Verdean music artist Carmen Souza, along with band members on the piano, percussion, bongos, accordion, guitar, and saxophone. An enticing, mellifluous jazz experience, Kachupada is beautifully seductive, and soulfully enriching. Highly recommended, especially for fans of independent jazz! The tracks are "Manha 1 de Dezembro" (4:34), "Donna Lee" (2:57), "Luta" (4:15), "My Favourite Things" (5:25), "Ivanira" (3:41), "Xinxiroti" (3:55), "Terra Sab" (4:09), "Origem" (0:49), "6 on na Tarrafal" (3:17), "Vida facil" (3:48), "Tchega" (2:36), "Koladjazz" (4:20), and "Novo dia" (4:04).

The Library DVD Shelf

The First Churchills
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598286267 $59.99

First aired in 1969, "The First Churchills" (12 episodes on 3 DVDs, 532 min., SDH subtitles) is the classic miniseries that established Masterpiece Theatre as a venue for quality British drama, now available in a complete collection on DVD. Based upon Sir Winston Churchill's historical biography of his ancestors, the story follows the first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough amidst the political power machinations of 17th and 18th century England. John Churchill was a military genius; Sarah Jennings was the close friend of a queen; the two of them married for love rather than power or money, an unorthodox practice among the upper class of the era. Their efforts to adjust to the reigns of King Charles II and five Stuart monarchs is as much a story of survival as one of history, romance, and intrigue. Bonus material includes an exclusive 19-minute interview with actress Susan Hampshire, and a 10-page insert offering samples of the Churchills' actual love letters, a glossary, and a House of Stuart family tree. "The First Churchills" is a choice pick for public library collections. Also highly recommended especially for fans of British drama is the dark contemporary series "Springhill Season One" ($59.99, 26 episodes on 4 DVDs, 624 min., SDH subtitles), about a bustling Liverpool family of five thrown into chaos by the ruthless and vengeful actions of a manipulative woman with a gift for prying loose the deepest of secrets.

The Waiting Room
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1937772497 $295.00

Winner of the Audience Award and Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and shortlisted for an Academy Award, The Waiting Room is a harrowing documentary about a typical day at the emergency room of an American public hospital desperately trying to care for poor and uninsured inner-city patients. 241 patients must wait for an average of 6 hours in this up-close and personal glimpse of just how dysfunctional the current U.S. health care system is. A hardworking nurse, an anxiety-ridden father, and impoverished individuals with nowhere else to go for the care they need are the real-life figures in this vividly unforgettable production. The Waiting Room is highly recommended, even though (or because!) it is sadly disturbing. 82 min. and 62 min. versions both available on 1 DVD, SDH captions.

Bidder 70
Produced & Directed by Beth Gage & George Gage
Edited by Ryan Suffern
Songs from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1937772470 $295.00

Earning no fewer than 17 festival awards, Bidder 70 is a documentary about an economics student whose steadfast principles and nonviolent civil disobedience helped focus public attention on illegal governmental land leases. For his efforts, he received a felony conviction and two years of jail time. Activist Tim DeChristopher observed the fraudulent Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas Lease Auction in 2008; to obstruct it, he bid $1.8 million upon 22,000 acres, with no intent to pay the money or drill the land. The auction was halted; Barack Obama became president one month later; and the entire auction was invalidated on February 4, 2009. Yet DeChristopher was indicted for two federal felonies, with a potential sentence of ten years in prison and $750,000 in fines - even though multiple prior instances existed of individuals and energy companies who reneged on their bids for land. DeChristopher remained committed to his environmental activism through two years and nine trial postponements, the trial itself, and his two-year sentence, and his denied appeal. As of April 21, 2013, DeChristopher has finished his prison sentence and been released, but the ongoing global struggle over environmental and climate change problems versus monied corporate interests. 77 min., SDH captions.

The New Green Giants
A film by Ted Remerowski
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1937772489 $250.00

The New Green Giants is a thought-provoking documentary about the modern evolution of the organic food movement, especially as it transitions to mainstream commerce. Once, all the food humanity grew and ate was organic; pesticides, hormones, and genetic modification are all recent developments that revolutionized agriculture. Now, earning the right to label one's food "organic" (which incidentally, still legally allows the use of pesticides, as long as they're ones found in nature) is a global business. Small organic food companies have been quietly bought up by larger food conglomerates which may or (more often) may not live up to the organic company's original ideals. Meanwhile, non-organic food producers label their products as "natural", a word with no legal meaning in reference to comestibles. The New Green Giants explores the world's largest producer of organic food in a distant corner of China, why notoriously fragile strawberries are considered one of the "dirty dozen" grown foods with the highest use of pesticides, and challenges the assertion that it is impossible to feed the world with organic produce... since unlike conventional farming, organic farming has been documented to improve rather than deplete the soil it uses. The New Green Giants is a fascinating exploration of changing times, highly recommended especially for high school, college, and public library DVD collections. 47 min., SDH captions.

Nothing Like Chocolate
A film by Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Narrated by Susan Sarandon
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1937772462 $295.00

Narrated by Academy Award recipient Susan Sarandon, Nothing Like Chocolate is an award-winning, independent documentary about the Grenada Chocolate Company, a solar-powered farmers' and chocolate-makers' cooperative founded by Matt Green, that produces organic chocolate and prides itself on its ethics and fair trade principles. The chocolate industry is currently plagued by horrendous exploitation, especially in the Ivory Coast; impoverished parents sell their children into modern-day slavery, where they are forced to harvest cocoa beans under degrading conditions. Empty pledges from the big chocolate corporations have yet to have a demonstrable effect on this and other exploitative practices. The Grenada Chocolate Company offers a different way - focus on producing not only a quality fair-trade product, but also a sustainable community, and a viable commercial model. Bonus interviews with Michael Pollan (author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "Cooked") and physicist/environmental activist Vandana Shiva are also included. Highly recommended, especially for public, high school, and college library educational DVD collections. 55 and 68 min. versions both available on one DVD, subtitled, SDH captions.

The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan
BBC America
7475 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite #1100
Bethesda, MD 20814

The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan is a DVD documentary about F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of the classic American novel "The Great Gatsby" (which has been adapted to the silver screen multiple times, most recently in 2013). Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda are remembered as glamorous icons of the roaring twenties, yet trouble brewed beneath the surface of their relationship. Alcoholism marked Fitzgerald's life and likely contributed to his premature death; his marriage was tempestuous; and the couple's hyped and lavish lifestyle was difficult to sustain, forcing Fitzgerald to focus on churning out saleable short stories rather than novels. Also included is the bonus feature "Private Affairs", a play about the lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda, and Ernest Hemingway (who was a friend of Scott, but shared a mutual animosity with Zelda) in 1925 Paris. The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan is a choice pick for any viewer curious to learn more about this flawed yet brilliant American author, highly recommended especially for public library DVD collections. 49 min. plus bonus, subtitles.

Understanding Art: Hidden Lives of Masterpieces
Athena Learning
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598289350 $49.99

Understanding Art: Hidden Lives of Masterpieces is a five-episode documentary about an extraordinary event at the historic Louvre museum. The museum's works by five of its greatest artists - Raphael, Rembrandt, Poussin, Watteau, and Leonardo - were removed from their frames and placed on easels, reconstituting the look of an artist's studio. Curators, art historians, restorers, and scientists from around the world were invited to experience and discuss these classic artworks in complete freedom. The result is an extraordinary reappraisal of the meaning, culture, and legacy of the works themselves. Understanding Art introduces the viewer to technical terms and problems in the world of art restoration, from how to distinguish a hesitant retouch from the artist himself from additions painted on later comers, and the pitfalls involved in resizing a work or transferring it from one medium (such as an insect-infested piece of wood) to another (such as not-so-permanent canvas). The history of many of the individual pieces, even speculation about their secret mysteries (just who was Raphael's friend who consented to be painted with Raphael in a portrait?) blends with a diversity of often conflicting perspectives, in this absolute "must-have" for art enthusiasts. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library DVD shelves, Understanding Art also comes with a bonus 16-page booklet of articles about the tools used to analyze paintings, controversies in the world of art restoration, and more. 2 DVDs, 259 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

The Native American Studies Shelf

The Black Seminoles
Kenneth W. Porter, author
Revised and edited by Alcione M. Amos & Thomas P. Senter
University Press of Florida
University of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813044880 $19.95

The culmination of a lifetime of research by Kenneth W. Porter (professor of history, University of Oregon), The Black Seminoles: History of a Freedom-Seeking People explores the true story of escaped African-American slaves who joined the Seminole Indians of Florida in the early 1800's. Originally published in 1996 (fifteen years after Porter's passing), The Black Seminoles has been revised and edited, and remains the authoritative scholarly chronicle of a people who battled fiercely to remain free. The Black Seminoles fought alongside the Seminole Indians in the Second Seminole War, and were forcibly removed with them to Indian Territory. They showed their bravery against other hostile Native American tribes as well, and even earned America's highest military honors... a tribute that ultimately helped them little. Their leader John Horse ultimately brought many of the group to Mexico, in order to prevent their re-enslavement, where their descendants survive to this day. A bibliography and an index round out this excellent history, highly recommended especially for public and college library collections.

The Travel Shelf

Quiet Paris
Siobhan Wall
Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1721
9780711233430, $19.95,

Paris is more than the brightly colored tourist destination. "Quiet Paris" is a combination travel and photography guide from Siobhan Wall as she walks readers through these unsung destinations that lurk within the city, shops, restaurants, museums, and much more that one can see a quiet voice of the city that still must be heard out for years to come. "Quiet Paris" is a treasure and should be strongly considered for anyone traveling to the city and wanting something different, highly recommended. Also from Quayside for those seeking offbeat travel guides is "Criminal London: A Sightseer's Guide to the Capital of Crime" (9781845137786, $19.95), touching on London's...landmarks of a more unsavory nature.

A Journey Through Tudor England
Suzannah Lipscomb
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
9781605984605, $26.95,

The Tudor period of English often presents much romance and appeal. "A Journey Through Tudor England" is an analysis of over fifty Tudor sites and exploring the true to life stories that surround these wonderful sites and offer much intrigue for those who can't get enough of this period of history, homes and castles of major figures of the time from the widely known to the more obscure facts that make up the story of the period. "A Journey Through Tudor England" is a wise and recommended addition to history collections focusing on England and the United Kingdom.

The Business Shelf

Enhancing Entrepreneurial Excellence
Robert A. Baron
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court
Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781781952085, $110.00,

The cornerstone of a capitalist economic system is the role played by entrepreneurs, those men and women who attempt to translate an idea of a service or a product into a successful commercial venture. "Enhancing Entrepreneurial Excellence: Tools for Making the Possible Real" by Robert A. Baron (Spears Chair of Entrepreneurship, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University) is a 208 page compendium addressing the complex factors undergirding entrepreneurial success and failure. After an insightful preface ('Changing the world, one idea at a time'), Baron proceeds to reveal the nature and importance of entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial motivation; the role of human cognition in entrepreneurial endeavors; social aspects of entrepreneurship; decision making; dealing with adversity, and concludes with a model of the effective entrepreneur. Thoughtful, thought-provoking, analytically detailed, deftly written, organized and presented, "Enhancing Entrepreneurial Excellence: Tools for Making the Possible Real: is an impressive work that is very highly recommended for personal, professional, and academic library Contemporary Business Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Dirty Ground
Kris Wilder & Lawrence A. Kane
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594392115, $18.95,

"Dirty Ground: The Tricky Space Between Sport and Combat" by martial arts experts Kris Wilder and Lawrence A. Kane is a 176 page compendium specifically focused on the use of martial arts to control opponents without inflicting serious injuries upon them. "Dirty Ground" surveys thirty fundamental martial arts combat moves (strikes, kicks, and locks), as well as twelve common sports competition forms. Nicely illustrated with black & white photography, "Dirty Ground" is a thoroughly 'user friendly', specialized martial arts instruction manual that is very highly recommended for personal, professional, dojo, and community library Martial Arts reference collections.

The Photography Shelf

The Digital Photography Book, second edition
Scott Kelby
Peachpit Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321934949, $24.99,

Digital camera technology has continue to progress to the point where even the most novice of camera buffs can utilize them to take professional quality pictures -- especially if they have the advantage of reading through Scott Kelby's "The Digital Photography Book". Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, "The Digital Photography Book" is a profusely illustrated, 264 page compendium offering step-by-step 'tips and techniques' for producing professional quality images. Of special note are the chapters 'Ten Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me' and 'Photo Recipes To Help You Get The Shot', "The Digital Photography Book" is the ideal handbook for anyone wanting to take truly great pictures of social events like weddings, graduations, sports events, or travel destinations. Simply stated, "The Digital Photography Book" is highly recommended for personal and community library Photography reference collections.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson
Anna Faktorovich
Anaphora Literary Press
5755 East River Road, #2201, Tucson, AZ 85750
c/o McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786471492, $45.00,

British history is one of steadily intermittent conflicts hallmarked by rebellions against authority. This cultural legacy of warfare was reflected by three of Britain's most revered authors: Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Each of these three literary icons wrote two novels each with a historical rebellion as their them or context. "Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson" by Anna Faktorovich is a 264 page compendium comprised examining literary aspects of their work. Beginning with an informed and informative overview and commentary on rebellions and reforms in Britain, "Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson" continues with chapters on Genre Theory and the Rebellion Novel; Criteria for Selecting Rebellion Novels; Readers of Rebellion Novels; Censorship, the Publishing Business, and Subversive Literary Warfare; and The Elements of Rebellion Novels. "Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson" then proceeds to lay out in three major sections: Sir Walter Scott and the Invention of the Rebellion Genre; Charles Dickens: The Radical Socialist; and Robert Louis Stevenson: Patronage and Rebellion. Insightful, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson" is a seminal body of impeccable scholarship, and a highly recommended contribution for academic library Literary Studies reference collections in general, and supplemental reading lists for students studying the lives and works of Scott, dickens and Stevenson.

The Science Shelf

Scottish Fossils
Nigel H. Trewin
Dunedin Academic Press Ltd.
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97213
9781780460192, $55.00,

Fossil hunting is a popular pastime for amateur enthusiasts and a professional necessity for professional paleontologists. While they occur virtually everywhere on earth, Nigel Trewin (Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland) draws upon his more than fifty years with fossils to write "Scottish Fossils", a 128 page, superbly illustrated book covering a wide spectrum of fossils to be found in Scotland. These include fossils of bacteria, algae, plants, sponge, corals, worms, bryoza, brachiopods, mollusca (including cephalopods, bivalves, and gastropods), echinodermata, graptolites, arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Of special note is the section devoted to 'Trace Fossils'. Informed and informative, "Scottish Fossils" would make an excellent addition to academic and personal Paleontology reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Art Shelf

Grayson Perry
Jacky Klein
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10110-0017
9780500290804, $39.95,

Grayson Perry (born 24 March 1960) is an English artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing. Perry's vases have classical forms and are decorated in bright colors, depicting subjects at odds with their attractive appearance. There is a strong autobiographical element in his work, in which images of Perry as "Claire", his female alter-ego, often appear. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003. Compiled with knowledgeable commentary by Jackie Klein, this newly updated and significantly expanded edition of "Grayson Perry" is a 288 page compendium showcasing Perry work with 356 color photographs and 16 black/white images. This outstanding monograph with its beautifully reproduced pieces accompanied by informative captions is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Contemporary Art History reference collections.

History of 18th-Century German Porcelain
Christina Nelson & Letitia Roberts
Hudson Hills Press
3556 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05254
9781555953881, $95.00,

Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating materials, generally including clay in the form of kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 degrees C (2,192 degrees F) and 1,400 degrees C (2,552 degrees F). The toughness, strength, and translucence of porcelain arise mainly from the formation of glass and the mineral mullite within the fired body at these high temperatures. Porcelain derives its present name from old Italian porcellana (cowrie shell) because of its resemblance to the translucent surface of the shell. Porcelain can informally be referred to as "china" or "fine china" in some English-speaking countries, as China was the birthplace of porcelain making. Properties associated with porcelain include low permeability and elasticity; considerable strength, hardness, toughness, whiteness, translucency and resonance; and a high resistance to chemical attack and thermal shock. "History of 18th-Century German Porcelain: The Warda Stevens Stout Collection" by ceramic experts Christina Nelson and Letitia Roberts is a massive, 568 page, compendium of beautifully photographed examples of 18th Century pieces produced in Germany and which are a part of the Warda Stevens Stout collection. The superb pieces of German porcelain are organized by cities ranging from Meissen, Berlin, and Frankenthal to Fulda, Hochst, and Ludwigsburg. Of special note is the chapter on 'The Factories of Thuringia'. Enhanced with background information on Warda Stevens Stout as a collector of fine porcelain, as well as a 'History of Eighteenth-Century German Porcelain'; a complete listing of the Stout porcelain collection pieces, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "History of 18th-Century German Porcelain" is very highly recommended for personal and academic library reference collections, and would make an appropriate and popular 'Memorial Fund' acquisition selection for community libraries.

Jersey Shore Impressionists
Roy Pedersen
Down the Shore Publishing
PO Box 100, West Creek, NJ 08092
9781593220730, $36.00,

The Atlantic shoreline of New Jersey has long been a favorite subject matter for American artists. In "Jersey Shore Impressionists: The Fascination of Sun and Sea 1880-1940", New Jersey art dealer and historian Roy Pedersen has expertly compiled with informed and informative commentary a beautifully reproduced, 127 page compendium showcasing the work of 19th and 20th century artists who sought to capture timeless images with paint and canvas. Of special note are the occasional photographs of some of these artists. A unique history and fitting tribute to the men and women of undeniable artistic accomplishment, "Jersey Shore Impressionists: The Fascination of Sun and Sea 1880-1940" is highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library American Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing
Editorial Staff
Phaidon Press
180 Varick Street, 14th floor
NY, NY 10014
9780714865287, $69.00,

Compiled by the editorial staff of Phaidon Press, "Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing" is a superbly produced, 352 page, coffee table book showcasing the artwork of 115 artists drawn from every corner of the world providing the reader with a global perspective of contemporary drawing styles. Featuring more than 500 beautifully reproduced images accompanied by informative commentary on the artists that made them, "Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing" is a seminal body of work and a very highly recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Contemporary Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Sports Shelf

Tumbling Basics
Kathleen M. Ortiz
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450432061, $29.00,

"Tumbling Basics" is a 184 page instruction manual by Kathleen M. Ortiz (Physical Education Instructor, Boston University) providing 48 tumbling exercises ranging from forward and backward rolls, to front and back handsprings, to combinations of rolls and cartwheels. Of special note are the chapters on 'Preparing to Teach Tumbling' and 'Combinations of All Skills'. Featuring an appendix (Rubrics), as well as a list of references and resources, "Tumbling Basics" is thoroughly 'user friendly' and highly recommended as a Physical Education curriculum instructional reference.

The Interior Design Shelf

The Design Cookbook
Kelly Edwards
Medallion Press, Inc.
100 South River Street, Aurora, IL 60506
9781605425320, $27.95,

Our homes are, for most of us, our most important physical possession. "The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home" by Kelly Edwards is an impressive, profusely illustrated, 256 page compendium of interior design concepts and ideas that can be applied and adapted by even the most novice of do-it-yourself homeowners and interior design enthusiasts. Beginning with informed and informative commentary on defining one's style, determining a project budget, selecting colors, as well as furniture and space planning, readers are also treated to a 'Recipe for 5-Minute Decorating' and a 'Recipe for Designing like a Celebrity'. Every room in a home is covered including the dining room, kitchen, kid's room, living room, bathroom, bedroom, and even the home office. Practical, insightful, inspiring, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home" is very highly recommended for personal and community library Interior Design instructional reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The ABC Field Guide to Faeries
Susanne Alexander-Heaton, author
Chantal T. Gabriell, artist
Motivated by Nature
9780981304809, $19.99,

"The ABC Field Guide To Faeries: Inspiring Reminders of Respect for Ourselves, Each Other, and the Environment" is a creative alphabet book about exotic names of faeries of nature. Filled with stunning, multi media artwork and illustrations, "The ABC Field Guide to Faeries" is intensely appealing to both young and old audiences, and has won several awards for its very special impact of creativity and raising awareness. Every letter of the alphabet is represented by a beautifully illustrated faery whose special task is communicated in verse that displays pleasure and respect for the natural environment and for others. Filled with fun and play, each letter's faery vision has a special message of compassionate awareness of the universe to display. The creative, haunting illustrations combine or blend aspects of the real (butterflies, tree trunks, children's faces and hands,) and the magical or fantastic. This conveys an attitude of mystical serenity and calm, inviting a meditative state. The ABC faeries seem very much in tune with transcendental meditation techniques and tenets. For example: "T is for Transparianthus...who can manifest all of our dreams,/ Can be found floating around magnificent pine trees./ He wants all of your wildest drams to come true,/ So believe this in your heart and in all that you do. ..Transparianthus says: 'If you have a special dream, then request it from me,/ If it is for your highest good, it'll surely come to be. While you wait patiently for your dream to come true,/ Take positive action and see what happens to you.'" "The ABC Field Guide to Faeries" is an imaginative literary and artistic journey for the expanding soul.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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Oregon, WI 53575-1129
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