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Volume 4, Number 5 May 2009 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Library Science Shelf Education Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf International Studies Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Fiction Shelf Economics Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Business Shelf Cookbook Shelf
World History Shelf Travel Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Judaic Studies Shelf Astronomy Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf
Gaming Shelf Developmental Disabilities Shelf Science Shelf
Art Shelf Parenting Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Poetry Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Photography Shelf
Interior Design Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Agricultural Studies Shelf
American History Shelf Library DVD Shelf Library CD Music Shelf
Audiobook Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Mushroom Magick
Arik Roper
115 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
9780810996311, $19.95,

Mushrooms fascinate some, and freak others out. "Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide" is an art book introducing viewers to the wonderful world of these fleshy fungi, which are as widely varied as they are interesting and beautiful. With particular emphasis on the psychedelic varieties, each mushroom species has its own listing as well as a watercolor painting to give viewers an idea of how to identify these mysterious mushroom types. "Mushroom Magick" is a fine read for the curious, the mushroom lover, or for the experimental.

The Genie In the Machine
Robert Plotkin
Stanford Law Books
1450 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804756990, $29.95,

Computers have changed anything and everything about society. "The Genie In the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law & Business" takes a look at how the computer has now stepped into the field of creativity and invention, a science once thought to be the one thing computers cannot do that humans can. Artificial invention has many implications on society and will revolutionize it. But what does this mean in the field of legality and business? Asking and answering this tough yet vital question, "The Genie in the Machine" is a fine manual on technology and law.

Paradoxes of Peace
Nicholas Mosley
Dalkey Archive
1805 S. Wright Street, MC-011, Champaign, IL 61820
9781564785398, $13.95,

Is war responsible for bringing direction to the lives of humanity? "Paradoxes of Peace" is a dissection of the place of war in human life. Mosley himself served during World War II, and he draws upon his experiences in this philosophical discussion about war and peace. An utterly fascinating piece of British literature, "Paradoxes of Peace" is a fine and highly recommended entry into any philosophical collection.

Power Line Communications in Practice
Xavier Carcelle
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781596933354, $99.00,

In today's era of fast moving, worldwide information, ethernet and wireless internet are not the only options. "Power Line Communications in Practice" is Xavier Carcelle's complete and comprehensive treatise on this alternative source in today's world where information in any field is king. Carcelle introduces power line communications, what they are, what they can bring to the table that traditional internet technologies cannot. Backed heavily with examples supporting this technology, "Power Line Communications in Practice" remains honest and also outlines the challenges that power line communications face. Enhanced with reality-proven tests and countless illustrations of the technology in action, "Power Line Communications in Practice" is the definitive resource on its subject, and for that reason it is heavily recommended to community library collections focusing on communication technologies.

Obama: The Historic Front Pages
David Elliot Cohen & Mark Grenberg
Sterling Publishing Co.
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810
9781402769023, $24.95,

The front pages of newspapers have always been significant, but the presence of the first black president has brought a storm of headlines all its own. "Obama: The Historic Front Pages" is a coffee table book chronicling Obama's rise to power through the headlines of newspapers throughout America. The headlines range from those concerning his nomination as the first black presidential candidate of a major American political party, to his election, to his inauguration, and more. "Obama: The Historic Front Pages" tells Obama's story through the headlines that have captured the world's eyes, featuring front pages from nearly thirty countries, and transcript of Obama's speeches. "Obama: The Historic Front Pages" is the ideal gift for an Obamaniac.

The Library Science Shelf

Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library, second edition
Paula M. Singer & Laura L. Francisco
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838909850, $55.00,

Libraries aren't made of money, but one can't expect people to work for free. "Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library" is the newly revised and expanded second edition of the acclaimed manual of good budgeting practices for the human resources side of library management. This resource gives head librarians everything they need to know to deal with today's job market, not to mention dips in staff morale. Libraries are employers like any other company, albeit one with limited resources, and authors Paula Singer and Laura Francisco give librarians the crash course they need to best understand a complex and effective hiring process that will help the library as well as its employees. "Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library" is a fine addition to community library science collections.

Protecting Intellectual Freedom In Your Academic Library
Barbara M. Jones
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838935804, $55.00,

Protecting the integrity of library collections and the library acquisition process against community forces that would seek to restrict those collections in accordance with a special interest criteria is a constant struggle for both community and school libraries throughout the country. In "Protecting Intellectual Freedom In Your Academic Library: Scenarios From The Front Lines" Barbara Jones (Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut) draws upon her many years of professional experience and expertise to address the issue of protecting intellectual freedom as represented in school libraries both public and private, grade level or collegiate. Offering illustrative case studies, Jones provides narrative treatment of common situations tailored to academic libraries. Of special note is the provision of detailed, practical, applicable information on dealing with challenges seeking to delete or restrict materials in library collections. Enhanced throughout with sidebars offering sample polices, definitions of key terms, and analysis of important statues and decisions affecting the protections of intellectual freedom in a library environment, "Protecting Intellectual Freedom In Your Academic Library" should be considered required reading by library board members and library staff members at all levels of responsibility. Also very highly recommended is ALA companion book by Pat R. Scales "Protecting Intellectual Freedom In Your School Library: Scenarios From The Front Lines" (9780838935811, $55.00).

Library Partnerships
Tasha Squires
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
9781573873628, $39.50

LIBRARY PARTNERSHIPS: MAKING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SCHOOL AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES tells how to connect to share resources and ideas between school and public libraries. It comes from a young adult library consultant who examines different possibilities for such partnerships, from summer reading programs to book talks, and is directed to librarians who would share information in the face of tight budgets and limited funds. Any library catering to library science students needs this.

The Education Shelf

Mentoring Beginning Teachers, second edition
Jean Boreen & Collaborators
Stenhouse Publishers
PO Box 11020, Portland, ME 04104-7020
9781571107428, $21.00,

Professional teaching requires more than one can learn from a college degree. Now in a newly revised, updated and expanded second edition, "Mentoring Beginning Teachers: Guiding, Reflecting, Coaching" is a guide for elder teachers who want to give their rookie co-workers the wisdom they need to execute their jobs well. Bringing the latest research and advice on mentoring into this new edition, "Mentoring Beginning Teachers" advises elder teachers to start dialogue with their younger co-workers to inspire them and improve their skill, therefore improving the education their students receive. Intended for those working in any level of primary or secondary education, "Mentoring Beginning Teachers" is a solid read for any experienced teacher who wants to give back.

Organizing Higher Education for Collaboration
Adrianna J. Kezar & Jaime Lester
c/o Wiley
111 River Street, 4th Floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030
9780470179369, $40.00,

For something as important as an institution of higher education, one mind cannot bear the entire burden. "Organizing Higher Education for Collaboration" is authors Adrianna J. Kezar & Jaime Lester's emphasis on the critical importance of collaboration between educators and administrators in the world of colleges and universities. With chapters focus on moving towards collaborations, reorganizing to emphasize specific issues, and how to act in a collaborative environment, "Organizing Higher Education for Collaboration" offers much scholarly knowledge that can only improve today's educational institutions.

Learning from the Children
Cindylee Villareale
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117
9781933653716, $17.95,

Everyone has something to teach. "Learning from the Children: Reflecting on Teaching" is the memoir of a teacher who tells of the many life lessons she gained from teaching for nearly two decades. In the early elementary school years, children mature rapidly and new lessons emerge as time rolls on. Author Cindylee Villareale lets readers into the lessons learned, and how they can be applied to everyday life. "Learning From the Children" is a unique look into what teachers can learn from the people are they supposed to be teaching.

Community College Transfer Guide
Don Silver
Adams-Hall Publishing
PO Box 491002, Los Angeles, CA 90049
9780944708842, $19.99,

Community college is a bridge, but crossing that bridge is harder than one would think. "Community College Transfer Guide: What You Need to Know to Get Into a Four-Year College or University" is a guide for the community college student who is attempting to make that crossing. Success is very plausible with the right methods, and author Don Silver hopes to give readers what they need. Outlining the process step by step, "Community College Transfer Guide" is a guide that should be strongly considered for those in a community college, or even those entering a community college with intent to transfer later. "Community College Transfer Guide" is vital and highly educational.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Slumdog Millionaire
Simon Beaufoy
Newmarket Press
18 E. 48th Street, New York, NY 10017
9781557048363, $19.95,

Winning many Oscars this past event, 'Slumdog Millionaire' has much for viewers and moviemakers to learn from. "Slumdog Millionaire: The Shooting Script" is a look at the screenplay for this runaway hit film that took theatres by storm. The story, following an eighteen-year-old boy on the cusp of millions, begins in tragedy and leads to the point where his life may finally turn around. "Slumdog Millionaire: The Shooting Script" is well worth the purchase for any who want to study the critically acclaimed film.

Darrell Varga, editor
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, NW Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
9781552382486, $34.95,

Where does regional film lie in the modern world? "Rain/Drizzle/Fog: Film and Television in Atlantic Canada" is a look at the rise and decline of regional film in eastern Canada. Concerned with the state of modern TV, author Darrell Varga discusses programs that have grown into continent-wide sensations, as well as the early roots of television. Standing against the assimilation of Canadian culture into one identity, "Rain/Drizzle/Fog" is fascinating reading for anyone intrigued by the international history of television.

The International Studies Shelf

Anders Aslund
Peterson Institute for International Economics
1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1903
9780881324273, $26.95,

After the fall of the Soviet Union, its former states had much to overcome. "Ukraine: How Ukraine Became a Market Economy and Democracy" is about one of the possible success stories, as Ukraine has been establishing itself well over the past two decades. Author Anders Aslund, a man who has had strong ties to the Ukraine since before its independence, observes its growth, but does not hold back in his criticism. A rigid but hopeful analysis of the political and economic story of the Ukraine, "Ukraine" is well worth the read for world economics and politics students.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

101 Best Beginnings Every Written
Barnaby Conrad
Quill Driver Books
c/o Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721-9875
9781884956867, $15.95,

One of the little known facts about professional book reviewers is that if they are any good at all, they receive hundreds books every month requesting reviews -- far more than they could ever hope to cope with. That compels them to practice a kind of literary triage -- whittling down the numbers of submissions to what they can actually handle given their time and resources. A major part of that sifting process (especially with fiction) is to open the book and read the first page or two. If it's good enough to 'hook' them, then that book will make it into the acceptance pile. If it's not -- then that book will be discarded from consideration. Because booksellers and librarians (and often, the general reading public) take their cues from book reviewers, that's why how a book begins is so vitally important as to whether or not it will be deemed a critical or commercial success. That's also why "101 Best Beginnings Every Written: A Romp Through Literary Openings For Writers And Readers" by Barnaby Conrad (a published author of more than 30 titles) is so valuable as an instructively useful guide which is enhanced with informed and informative commentary, annotations, and insights. To put it succinctly, every aspiring author seeking to perfect their craft would be well served to give a careful reading to "101 Best Beginnings Every Written: A Romp Through Literary Openings For Writers And Readers".

The Elements of Narrative Nonfiction
Peter Rubie
Quill Driver Books
c/o Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721
9781884956911, $15.95

There are better ways to relate true events than simply stating the facts. "The Elements of Narrative Nonfiction: How to Write & Sell the Novel of True Events" is an exploration of narrative nonfiction, also sometimes called creative nonfiction. Numerous huge hit books in recent years have simply been creatively relayed true stories told in an entrancing way. "The Elements of Narrative Nonfiction" is a must read for those who want to adapt life's true stories into novel form, or who yearn to be more accessible to a wider audience.

Marshall Lee
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393732962, $31.50,

The publishing industry has been experiencing rapid changes in both technology and the marketplace these past few years. Now in a newly updated and significantly expanded third edition, "Bookmaking: Editing/Design/Production" continues to be the premiere instruction manual and reference for the publishing of books. Of special value for those new to publishing or who aspire to become publishers, "Bookmaking" covers every aspect of manuscript editing, book design, and the printing/binding processes of book production in extensive and thoroughly 'user friendly' detail. Of special note is the information provided on computer-centered methods of publishing -- including the growing phenomena of electronic books (popularly known as ebooks). Also critically valuable is the information concerning the distribution of books. The author, Marshall Lee, draws upon his more than fifty years of professional experience and expertise in the field of publishing to provide a sound manual that continues to be considered the 'bible' of the industry and an invaluable, recommended addition to professional, academic, and community library reference collections.

MLA Handbook For Writers Of Research Papers, seventh edition
Modern Language Association
26 Broadway, 3rd fl., NY, NY 10004-1789
9781603290241, $22.00,

The Modern Language Association is the premier reference resource of the proprieties of written English. Now in an updated and expanded seventh edition, "MLA Handbook For Writers Of Research Papers" continues to be a comprehensive, current, and authoritative guide to research and writing in an online environment offering simplified guidelines for citing works published on the Internet, as well as citing works from other sources including digital files and graphic narratives. This new edition is enhanced with more than two hundred additional examples, several research project narratives, and research paper formats. Of special note is the chapter devoted to abbreviations. Absolutely indispensable, the "MLA Handbook For Writers Of Research Papers" is an essential addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library reference collections.

Getting Started As A Freelance Writer, expanded edition
Robert W. Bly
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810698, $19.95,

The nice things about being a freelance writer include being your own boss, setting your own hours, picking out your own subject matter, seeing your name in print, and basically being in charge of what, when, where, why, and how you make money from your writing. The not-so-nice aspects of freelance writing include the massive competition you face when trying to solicit business, sell your work, and manage the business aspects of your do-it-yourself career. Now in a newly revised and significantly expanded edition, "Getting Started As A Freelance Writer" by Robert W. Bly (himself a professional writer with an average annual income of more than $600,00) who draws upon his more than 25 years of experience and expertise is an ideal instruction manual for anyone who aspires to a successful and profitable career as a freelance writer. Bly provides pertinent and reliable advice and instruction covering every aspect of freelance writing including where to find work, how to obtain paying assignments, how to negotiate fees and contracts to best effect, turning out saleable manuscripts, getting paid on time and in full, and so much more. Of special note and value are Bly's comments on getting started and avoiding common mistakes, writing and selling poetry, as well as the commercial sale of short stories, novels, and essays. "Getting Started As A Freelance Writer" is an ideal and invaluable 'how to' manual that should be considered mandatory reading for anyone who seeks to earn their living (full-time or part-time) through their writing.

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: Volume 2
Dan Poynter
Para Publishing
PO Box 8206, Santa Barbara, CA 93118-8206
9781568601465, $14.95,

Dan Poynter is a living legend in the publishing industry. Originally published in 1979, his 'The Self-Publishing Manual' is in its 16th revised edition and 22nd printing. Now a second volume has been written with the specific focus of writing, printing, and selling the self-published book by utilizing cutting edge technologies and the latest up-to-date techniques. This is an indispensable instruction manual and reference for everything from copy writing a book; to print runs and inventories, to putting out downloadable, CD and eBook editions through 'Virtual Book Publishing'; to creating additional revenue streams though audios, videos, magazine excerpts, foreign language sales; employing short-run book printers; setting up a publishing company (including tax breaks); as well as low-cost/no-cost book promotion and marketing. Also available in a Large Print Edition (9781568601472) and an eBook edition (9781568601489), no aspiring or practicing self-published author should be without their very own copy of "Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: Volume 2" sitting side-by-side on their reference shelve with the latest edition of what is now "The Self-Publishing Manual: Volume 1"!

The Creative Writing MFA Handbook
Tom Kealey
80 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
9780826428868, $19.95,

Everyone can put a pen to paper and write. What makes you so special? "The Creative Writing MFA Handbook" is a guide to the world of higher education and writing degrees, drawing from the wisdom and experience of countless writers and professors of writing as they reflect on the process of acquiring a degree in writing, and what to do with such a degree after college. "The Creative Writing MFA Handbook" is a must read for anyone going into higher education to improve their craft of writing.

A Syllable of Water
Emilie Griffin, editor
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
9781557255662, $20.00,

How does faith play into the writing of a Christian? "A Syllable of Water: Twenty Writers of Faith Reflect on Their Art" draws on how religion and faith intertwine with the creative process of crafting prose and the world of fiction. The twenty writers offer advice that is not purely Christian and useful to writers that are secular or belong to other faiths, but they do speak on how their faith has impacted them and their work. A fine guide for the amateur writer of faith, "A Syllable of Water" is a strong choice.

The Fiction Shelf

We Agreed to Meet Just Here
Scott Blackwood
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
9781930974807, $26.00,

Award winning author Scott Blackwood brings readers something to chew on with "We Agreed to Meet Just Here", a collection of short stories focusing on family relationships. The dark side of family ties are a recurring theme - even the purest, most genuine bonds can turn sour, and sometimes one can't even rely on one's own blood. Deftly composed by a master of prose, "We Agreed to Meet Just Here" is a fine addition to any short fiction collection.

Hog to Hog
Jack Smith
Texas Review Press
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2146
9781933896236, $24.95

Ignorance is bliss until it dumps you into trouble. "Hog to Hog" follows Bernie Sapp as he finds himself under the thumb of corrupt politician Dick Columbus. Winding up in prison, Bernie Sapp must find a way to foil Columbus's plans or else he may be behind bars for the rest of his existence. A biting comedy that calls out society for its many faults, "Hog to Hog" is quite the treat.

The President's Therapist
John Wareham
Welcome Rain Publishers
30 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010
1566499542, $24.95

What goes on inside the mind of the most powerful man in the free world? "The President's Therapist: And the secret intervention to treat the alcoholism of George W. Bush" is a novel exploring a fictionalized alcohol problem of the last president of the United States, George W. Bush. Told from the perspective of the president's psychologist, it's a story with a unique twist and perspective, blending real events from the past eight years into the tale. "The President's Therapist" is unique, highly recommended, and sure to please.

Medieval Bedazzle
Tecoa T. Washington
Tate Publishing
127 E Trade Center Terrace, Mustang, OK 73064-4421
9781606046951, $22.99,

History isn't always the whole truth and nothing but. "Medieval Bedazzle" is a novel about a historical cover up, concerning how the truth of history around Shakespeare's time is threatening to ruin the careers of some historians. An English King's true legacy is called into question; opposing Shakespeare all those years ago may have cast a nasty light on him that is undeserved. But the fallibility of one of history's most beloved writers makes the truth unappealing, and it's up to a single young physics teacher to call who is right - the bard or history. "Medieval Bedazzle" is an intriguing spin on the world of Shakespeare, highly recommended.

The Economics Shelf

The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy
Minqi Li
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W, New York, NY 10001
9781583671825, $16.95,

Over a billion people call the People's Republic of China home, and the communist principles that the government once held so dear have loosened greatly. "The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy" is a look at China as a global economic powerhouse. Combining its Marxist philosophies with capitalism, China could very well change the way the world does business in the near future. A must have for both political and economics students, "The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy" is a vital read.

The Self-Help Shelf

Embracing Your Inner Mediocrity
Vince Stone
Sterling Press Books
1807 Westland Drive, NW, Cleveland, TN 37311
0982129009, $22.99,

Not everyone is going to be a rock star with thousands of adoring fans. "Embracing Your Inner Mediocrity: Making Peace with Reality" is an inspirational de-inspirational guide. Not everyone is going to be the absolute best, writes Vince Stone, and sometimes realizing that is the best way to make peace with oneself. A self-help manual that doesn't believe in you, "Embracing Your Inner Mediocrity" helps the reader restrain his or her ego while remaining focused on being as capable as he or she can humanly be.

It's All About Him
Lisa E. Scott
Cedar Fort
2373 W 700 S, Springville, UT 84663
9781599552187, $9.99,

Couple implies two, but there are those who think couple means 'me'. "It's All About Him: How to Identify and Avoid the Narcissist Male Before You Get Hurt" is a guide for women to identifying and distancing oneself from the overly egotistical potential boyfriend before love shackles one to a person who doesn't reciprocate the feeling. Honest and straight to the point, "It's All About Him" explains why some women find themselves falling for a man who loves himself more than her. "It's All About Him" should be read by any women who feels she's being overly neglected (or worse) by her man.

When I Get Married
Jerusha Clark
PO Box 35001, Colorado Springs, CO 80935
9781600060564, $14.99,

A beautiful or handsome spouse, a great sex life, a beautiful family. "When I Get Married: Surrendering the Fantasy, Embracing the Reality" is a guide to not expecting the world out of one's married life and how not thrusting saintly expectations upon one's spouse can do wonders for one's life and happiness. Written for the married, the soon to be married, or simply the singles who dream, "When I Get Married" is a highly recommended manual to getting the most out of one's married life.

The Social Issues Shelf

Managing Humanitarian Relief
Eric James
Practical Action Publishing
c/o Stylus Publishing
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781853396694, $49.95,

As evidenced from the recent FEMA disaster, a poorly managed humanitarian effort can make problems worse. "Managing Humanitarian Relief: An Operational Guide for NGOs" serves as a reference for humanitarian organizations on how to properly manage their company so that they serve as more of a boon for crisis than a bane. Intended for leaders and managers of these organizations, "Managing Humanitarian Relief" brings much wisdom that should be heavily be considered for any respectable company dedicated to their principles. "Managing Humanitarian Relief" serves as a warning as well as a manual; it is a must for those who want to avoid tragic bumbles.

Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs, revised edition
Karen Davis
Book Publishing Co.
PO Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
9781570672293, $14.95,

Chickens are one of the world's most embraced food animals, but the modern handling of them could make their tasty flesh not so sweet. Now in a newly updated and expanded revised edition, "Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry" is an exploration of how chickens are handled in today's livestock farms. Focusing on the imporatnce of animal rights as well as environmental concerns, author Karen Davis calls out the industry as cruel and wasteful, and possibly endangering the world's chicken eaters. Arguing for a more vegetarian world, "Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs" is an intriguing look at the world of modern chicken farming.

The Business Shelf

Drew Eric Whitman
Career Press
3 Tice Road, PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601630322, $14.99,

Being able to sell something is the life and death of any company. "Cashvertising: How to Use More Than 100 Secrets of Ad-Agency Psychology to Make Big Money Selling Anything to Anyone" is a look into the psychology of advertising and the statistics behind it. There are certain factors, however slight, can mean the difference between a good, effective ad that moves product and a bad ad which proves to be a waste of money or worse. "Cashvertising" is a must read for anyone in the advertising business.

Edgar H. Schein
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781576758632, $22.95,

Good help is helpful, but bad help is better off not there. "Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help" is a book exploring the psychology of help in the world of business. Good intentions are perfectly fine, but even the best intentions can fail be it because of incompetence, disorganization, or simply stubborn pride. Hoping to encourage people to embrace a more effective way to help others, author Edgar H. Schein lays out a fine manual that will do much for those who need and want to help.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Belarusian Cookbook
Alexander Bely
Hippocrene Books
171 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9780781812092, $24.95,

The cuisine of Belarus owes much to its Russian and Ukrainian neighbors, but has its own unique flavor. "The Belarusian Cookbook" is the first cookbook of its kind. Focusing on the cuisine of these lesser known Slavic people, author Alexander Bely brings readers a sample of nearly two hundred Belarusian recipes such as Herring Fried in Batter, Simplest Babka, and Leavened Slizhyki, among other fine recipes. With more staples of the style of cooking and seasonal dishes for the holidays, "The Belarusian Cookbook" is a fine compendium for those looking for a new ethnic flavor to enjoy.

European Peasant Cookery
Elisabeth Luard
Grub Street
c/o Casemate
1016 Warrior Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
1904943365, $34.95,

Even without much financial freedom, a good, tasty dish could still be made by the peasantry. "European Peasant Cookery" is a guide to the cuisine of the salt of the earth of classical Europe. These recipes have been cooked for centuries by people who had this food as some of the only sunshine in their lives. A wide range of dishes are presented from throughout the region such as Belgian Cod with Beer, English Roast Pork and Apple Sauce, German Pumpkin Soup, and much more than that. Each recipe includes its requirements, an estimation for preparation and cooking time, for ease of execution in one's own kitchen. "European Peasant Cookery" is a finely recommended read as both a historical interest and a fine cookbook.

The Yellow Door
Simon Dougan
Blackstaff Press
c/o DuFour Editions
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9780856408281, $41.95,

Food attracts people, and people attract stories. "The Yellow Door: Our Story, Our Recipes" is the story of Simon Dougan's award winning deli and catering service, the yellow door. Telling of his company's rise to success and their philosophy of embracing the local flavors and ingredients, "The Yellow Door" is filled with the recipes that made Dougan's business a hit, such as Cashel Blue Tart, Mushroom Soup, Dougan's own take on steak, and Champagne Mojito. There's a wide range of flavors and fine tastes appealed to, with full color photos of the entrees. "The Yellow Door" is a fine and highly recommended read, sure to give chefs and their culinary devotees something very special to enjoy.

Cooking for Two
Jessica Strand
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9780811863483, $19.95,

Not everyone cooks for a family of four or just for themselves."Cooking for Two: Perfect Meals for Pairs" is a collection of recipes meant for those who only cook for themselves and someone close to them. These recipes are tailored to smaller quantities for those cooks who are tired of always having containers full of leftovers. With recipes such as Chunky Chicken pot pies, Vegetable Curry, and Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi, there is no shortage of variety presented in this cookbook. Featuring full color photographs and more, "Cooking for Two" is perfect for the small quantity chef.

101 Healthiest Foods
Joanna McMillan Price & Judy Davie
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley, CA 94703
9781569756669, $14.95,

Healthy foods are the cornerstone of a healthy body."101 Healthiest Foods: A Quick and Easy Guide to the Fruits, Vegetables, Carbs, and Proteins That Can Save Your Life" is a guide to a huge list of nutritious foods that can do wonders for one's health. Covering the many aspects of nutrients ranging from carbs to proteins to fats, getting the most out of one's vitamins, and more, "101 Healthiest Foods" is a fine read for those who want to change their eating habits for the better.

Mexican Modern
Fiona Dunlop
Interlink Books
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
9781566567442, $29.95,

Mexican food did not stop with just tacos and burritos, and modern Mexican chefs are as innovative as those of any other nation. "Mexican Modern: New Food from Mexico" breaks from the standard Mexican tradition that so many American cooks associate and brings readers and cooks new dishes from south of the border. With fine spins on something as simple as marinated shrimp, to seafood broth, to desserts such as strawberries with cheese and honey, the Mexican diet can revolutionize one's own. Each entry has the dish's Spanish name, ingredient list, and step by step directions. "Mexican Modern" is a fine choice for those who want to expand their culinary horizons.

Donburi Mania
Kentaro Kobayashi
1185 Ave. Of the Americas 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10036
9781934287491, $14.95,

One doesn't have to spend years under a Japanese cook to eat authentic Japanese food. "Donburi Mania: Easy Japanese Cooking" is a guide by Kentaro Kobayashi to capturing the true essence of Japanese cooking without being a wizard of the kitchen. With a focus on donburi, a Japanese dish of fish or meat and vegetables, more than seventy types are presented, such as Cha Shao Donburi, Marinated Sashimi Donburi, and even Japanese breakfast donburi. "Donburi Mania" is a fine introduction to meals from the land of the Rising Sun.

Abundantly Wild
Teresa Marrone
Adventure Publications
820 Cleveland St. S, Cambridge, MN 55008
1591930340, $22.95

The grocery isn't the only place to find a good meal. "Abundantly Wild: Collecting and Cooking Wild Edibles" is a guide to those in the Midwest to finding food in their natural surroundings, and how to harvest food to cook in their own home. Filled with nearly three hundred recipes using sixty-five different fruits and vegetables one can find naturally growing, "Abundantly Wild" also has chapters on the benefits of eating naturally growing foods and how processed foods can do more harm than good. A true do-it-yourself cooking guide, "Abundantly Wild" is a strong consideration for any concerned with health and budget.

The World History Shelf

What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat?
Nathan MacDonald
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
2140 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802862983, $16.00,

Diets throughout history can tell a bit about the people who ate them. "What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat?" is a deftly researched, scholarly look into the diet of Ancient Israel. Looking into anthropological evidence, "What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat?" examines the base ingredients, how they were combined, and how these foods affected the ancient Israelites as a people. Criticizing diet books that call for a return to a biblical diet, "What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat?" is a realistic look at a diet in a time where survival was much harder.

Brazza in Congo
Idanna Pucci
111 Front Street #208, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9781884167942, $40.00,

It was too easy for European colonialists to underestimate the African people. "Brazza in Congo: A Life and Legacy" tells the story of one remarkable man who chose peace and respect when many others in his position chose to treat Africans as sub-humans. To this day, the African capital of the Congo carries his name, and author Idanna Pucci will explain to readers why. Pietro Paolo Savorgnan di Brazza was a forerunner of peaceful relations in Africa throughout the later half of the nineteenth century. Though he did much to bridge the gap between Africa and Europe, Brazza's work was tragically cut short. "Brazza in Congo" is a must for anyone who wants to better understand African-European relations of this time period.

The Travel Shelf

The Out Traveler: South Florida
Paul Rubio
Alyson Books
245 West 17th St., Suite 1200, NY, NY 10011
9781593501037, $15.95,

A specialized travel book for visitors to South Florida, whether for business or pleasure, "The Out Traveler: South Florida" compiled and written by Paul Rubio includes the Florida Keys, Orlando, and the Tampa Bay Area, as well such major destination areas as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and St. Petersburg. But "The Out Traveler: South Florida" is so much more than an ordinary travel guide as it features a historical overview of the LGBT experience in Floridal from the 1950s down to the present day; Floridian culture, music, and celebrities; as well as LGBT events, spas and gyms, transportation, and shopping. The chapters dedicated to 'where to go' and 'what to do' in the various and varied Southern Florida communities is detailed, informative, and profuse. In a handy pocket-sized and eminently portable edition, any and all LBGT travelers to Southern Florida would be well advised to utilize Paul Rubio's "The Out Traveler: South Florida" to plan their itineraries to not only get the 'biggest bang for the buck' but to acquire truly memorable experiences from their visit.

Perspectives of Saskatchewan
Jene M. Porter
University of Manitoba
301 St. John's College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2
9780887551833, $49.95

Saskatchewan is one of the most important provinces of Canada, and "Perspectives of Saskatchewan" is a scholarly look at the rise of this region. "Perspectives of Saskatchewan" traces the area's history, as well as how Saskatchewan has been very important in crafting some things that Canada holds very dear, such as its nationalized health care system. The book also contains chapters on Saskatchewan's rich politics, its economic rise, its art, and its literature, among other contributions to the world. "Perspectives of Saskatchewan" is a fine pick for any who want a vivid picture of the province.

Seaworld Discovery Cove & Aquatica
Kelly Monaghan
The Intrepid Traveler
PO Box 531, Branford, CT 06405
9781887140805, $15.99,

The ocean is filled with marvelous wonders, but it's a dangerous place to just dive into. "Seaworld Discovery Cove & Aquatica: Orlando's Salute to the Seas" is a guide to Seaworld in Orlando and what one can find for family entertainment at the renowned aquarium. Seaworld and the surrounding parks have much to offer travelers to embrace for their entire family, including plenty of things to do after the children have gone to bed. "Seaworld Discovery Cove & Aquatica" is well worth the read for any family planning a trip to Orlando.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The 7 Great Prayers
Paul & Tracey McManus
Vanguard Press
387 Park Avenue South, Floor 12, New York, NY 10016
9781593155490, $15.95,

Prayer is a simple and powerful way to improve one's life. "The 7 Great Prayers For a Lifetime of Hope and Blessings" is a guide to improving one's life through simple daily prayers that will do much for one's spirit. Covering everything from money troubles to medical problems, rough relationships, and just finding a valuable thing to live for, authors Paul & Tracey McManus hope to change the way their readers live for the better. "The 7 Great Prayers" is a fine choice for many a Christian reader.

Raising Boys to be Like Jesus
Sharon Norris Elliott
Judson Press
PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
9780817015411, $16.00,

Being more like Jesus is what many Christians desire, but how does one foster that desire in one's children? "Raising Boys to Be Like Jesus" is a Christian guide to raising one's boys right, using the role model of the Lord. With advice on facing sin, being a good leader, establishing good relationships, treating women right, and sound financial practices, "Raising Boys to Be Like Jesus" is a fine and highly recommended read for Christian parents trying to do the right thing.

Christianity in Crisis
Hank Hanegraaff
Thomas Nelson
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9780849900068, $22.99,

Saying one is a Christian and actually being one are two different things. "Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century" is a look at major figures in mainstream Christianity who, according to author Hank Hanegraaff, are destroying modern Christianity by corrupting its verse to their own purposes, and departing wildly from the message of Christ. Calling out the words spoken by these leaders of cults of personality, Hanegraaff offers a read that, while Christian, is of interest to non-religious readers as well. "Christianity in Crisis" is of interest to any reader concerned with the state of modern Christianity.

Richard S. Ascough
Liturgical Press
PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814652695, $14.95

While the apostle Paul is well known, the people who made his work possible are not. "Lydia: Paul's Cosmopolitan Hostess" is part of a series dedicated to these people, the series dubbed 'Paul's Social Network'. Lydia was a woman who embraced Paul's message and served as a hostess for Paul's campaign of faith, giving support to one of the leaders of early Christianity. Having researched this little known woman, author Richard S. Ascough gives readers the best picture he can of one of history's behind the scenes players. "Lydia" is well worth the read for Christian scholars and those simply intrigued by the history of early Christianity.

Heroic Living
Chris Lowney
Loyola Press
3441 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
DeChant, Hughes, & Associates (publicity)
1440 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60622
9780829424423, $22.95,

Heroism isn't about fame and fortune. It's about doing what most people fail to do. "Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World" is a guide to better living through finding what should be driving one's purpose in life. Drawing from Ignatian spirituality practices inspires readers to make long term changes, improve their lives, and find what drives their spirituality. "Heroic Living" is well worth the read for those who need a reason to push forward.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Living Jewish Life Cycle
Goldie Milgram
Jewish Lights Publishing
PO Box 237, Sunset Farm Offices, Rt. 4, Woodstock, VT 05091
9781580233354, $19.99,

Celebrating the life of a Jew should be more than a bar or bat'mitzvah. "Living Jewish Life Cycle: How to Create Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life" is a Jewish guide to bringing more meaning to living the life of a Jew. Weddings, the birth of a child, retirement, divorce, and death are all major aspects of life but so often do not get the attention they deserve, and placing meaning and ritual on these can only spur one's faith stronger. "Living Jewish Life Cycle" is a fine guide to ritual in one's life and how more of it can be a good thing.

Did Moses Really Have Horns?
Rifat Sonsino
URJ Press
633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017-6778
9780807410608, $16.95,

Now in the sixth millennia of existence, Judaism has quite an expanse of its own legacy of lore. "Did Moses Really Have Horns? And Other Myths About Jews and Judaism" explores the rich historical folklore about Judaism, its people, and its history. From the many myths surrounding important figure Moses, to taking the book of Genesis literally, to answering why Christians and those of other faiths believed various old wives tales about the Jewish people, "Did Moses Really Have Horns?" is intriguing and enlightening about a people's history. "Did Moses Really Have Horns?" is a top pick.

Surviving the Holocaust with the Russian Jewish Partisans, second edition
Jack Kagan and Dov Cohen
Vallentine Mitchell
5824 NE Hassalo Street, Portland, OR 97213-3644
International Specialized Book Services (ISBS)
920 NE 58th Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213-3786
0853034168, $22.95,

The stories of those faced with the Holocaust share similar qualities, but each have their own unique take of the tenacity of the human spirit. Now in a newly revised and expanded second edition, "Surviving the Holocaust with the Russian Jewish Partisans" tells of authors Dov Cohen and Jack Kagan, who hail from war torn Russia. When the Nazis pressed their way into Soviet territory, their lives were wedged between being persecuted due to their faith, and the brief light that came when their home nation reclaimed their town. Living in an active war zone adds a new dimension to what many European Jews experienced due to the time, and show how Russian Jews resisted Germany's notorious genocide. "Surviving the Holocaust with the Russian Jewish Partisans" is a fine read for those looking for another perspective on the Holocaust.

The Astronomy Shelf

The Hunt for Planet X
Govert Schilling
Copernicus Books
233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013
9780387778044, $27.50,

Much to the controversy of many, Pluto is no longer a planet by scientific definition. "The Hunt for Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto" is a look into the outer reaches of our solar systems and the things that clasp to the outer reaches of the solar system. Chronicling the debates that have been raging for centuries about what lies beyond Neptune, "The Hunt for Planet X" is a real life mystery that many of today's scientists have dedicated themselves to solving, but the mystery may be up to future generations to solve. "The Hunt for Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto" is a fascinating read for anyone who loves astronomy.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Interpreting in Legal Settings
Debra Russell and Sandra Hale
Gallaudet University Press
800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695
Chicago Distribution Center (distribution)
11030 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628
9781563683961, $75.00,

How does one who cannot hear, or cannot speak, represent themselves in a legal procedure? "Interpreting in Legal Settings" is a legal exploration of the rights of the deaf and mute, in procedures where they must use an interpreter to speak to lawyers, judges, jury, and other officials. Ethics play a big part in this world, and authors Debra Russell and Sandra Hale, both professors in studies of deafness in their respective schools, draw into established legal cases for examples of well handled and improperly handled situations with impaired plaintiffs and defendants. "Interpreting in Legal Settings" is a must read for both those in the avenues of law and those dealing with deaf or mute people.

The Gaming Shelf

True Combat Chess
Timothy Taylor
Everyman Chess
c/o The Globle Pequot Press
PO Box 480, 246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
9781857445848, $24.95,

Chess is derived from old war games, and winning battles is the key to winning the game. "True Combat Chess: Winning Battles Over the Board" is a guide to treating chess like a long bout of combat against one's opponent, with an aggressive combat-based strategy to winning the game of chess. Written by former national champion Timothy Taylor, Taylor hopes to inspire readers with his wisdom and anecdotes so that they too can be successful in their own games. "True Combat Chess" is a fine read for the chess enthusiast of any skill level.

The Developmental Disabilities Shelf

Top Ten Tips
Teresa A. Cardon
PO Box 23173, Shawnee Mission, KS 66283-0173
9781934575307, $21.95,

Autism presents many challenges, but they can be dealt with quite well. "Top Ten Tips: A Survival Guide for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum" is a guide for families dealing with these special needs children. The ten tips are not ten overall tips, but rather ten tips for each of the challenges of everyday life ranging from brushing teeth, hobbies, doctor's appointments, and much more. "Top Ten Tips" is a solid and highly recommended read sure to help many a parent.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC
Pat Mirenda & Teresa Iacono
Paul H. Brookes Publishing
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781557669537, $49.95,

Autism has become more prominent in modern society, so understanding it is more important than ever. "Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC" is a look at people with autism and augmentative and alternative communication - also known as AAC. These individuals have special needs and often need unique techniques for effectively communicating with them. With chapters on encouraging natural speech, literacy, adjusting abnormal behavior, facilitating classroom participation and helping them establish bonds, Pat Mirenda & Teresa Iacono give a manual that is a necessity for educators dealing with these special needs people. As such, "Austism Spectrum Disorders and AAC" belongs in any collection on autism.

The Science Shelf

Joel Segel
AK Peters
888 Worcester Street, Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
9781568814490, $49.00,

Though never in the eye of popular culture, these men kept society advancing with their minds. "Recountings: Conversations with MIT Mathematicians" is a collection of interviews and anecdotes from the geniuses of MIT who have pursued mathematics as their life's careers and obsessions. These men have been responsible for major scientific advances throughout history and picking their minds in a volume that's more interesting than one could think math class could ever be. "Recountings" is an intriguing look at mathematics and the men behind it.

The Art Shelf

Line: 7 Elements of Art
Jane Castillo
Crystal Productions
PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025
9781562906054, $19.95,

So simple, yet so complex. "Line: 7 Elements of Art" takes a look at lines, something the untrained artist would not notice, but the trained artist would know makes up just about everything about the subject. Written for starter art students, "Line" is an entry in a series dedicated to the many aspects of art. Focusing on lines, one of the most crucial and subtle elements, author Jane Castillo gives readers what they need to know to appreciate and apply lines in their own work. "Line" would do well in any art studies collection.

The Parenting Shelf

Feminist Art and The Maternal
Andrea Liss
University of Minnesota Health
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780816646234, $24.95,

Carrying a child within oneself, feeding a child with one's own breast; there is nothing more feminine than motherhood. "Feminist Art and the Maternal" is a look at motherhood and what it means to feminists and their art. Each chapter covers a different aspect of motherhood from a different feminist artist who offers her own perspective on pregnancy, childbirth, raising a child, and being the mother in a family. "Feminist Art and the Maternal" is a fine read for the feminist who cherishes motherhood as well as art.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Secrets of Masonic Washington
James Wasserman
Destiny Books
c/o Inner Traditions
1 Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594772665, $16.95,

Could the secret brotherhood of the masons hold a key to understanding much of America's symbolism? "The Secrets of Masonic Washington: A Guidebook to Signs, Symbols, and Ceremonies at the Origin of America's Capital" is a look at the Masons and how they have shaped so much of Washington D.C. and what America holds dear in today's society. A treat for those who are intrigued by the possibility of secret societies and their impact on the world, "The Secrets of Masonic Washington" is a fine and intriguing read that has much to be enjoyed.

The Poetry Shelf

Terra Lucida
Joseph Donahue
Talisman House
PO Box 3157, Jersey City, NJ 07303-3157
9781584980629, $15.95,

Joseph Donahue's work has earned him what many pursue throughout their lives but fail to get - the admiration of his peers. "Terra Lucida" is Donahue's newest work, focusing on the flow of verse through history and thought, offering poignant meanings to the nature of the world. Thought-provoking and intriguing, "Terra Lucida" is a fine and highly recommended read for poetry fans who like to use their mind. "00": The more we/fathom, the more//incredulous we become,/as if hearing, that first time,//the flicker of twins/inside a womb...

Paper Shoes
Pavel Strut
Carnegie Mellon University Press
5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15289-1021
Cornell University Press Services (distributor)
PO Box 6525, Ithaca, NY 14851
9780887485008, $17.95,

The world has many voices, and Pavel Strut is now a Czechoslovakian voice to be enjoyed by the American people. "Paper Shoes" is a masterfully translated piece from Ema Katrovas bringing the work of Pavel Strut to American and English-speaking readers for the first time. With both the original Czech language and English side by side, "Paper Shoes" is a fine recommendation. "Parents and Children": You will not meet/parents with unwanted children/on Sunday morning walks/or afternoons when the sun stoops crooked in the sky/But when darkness falls/out of buildings creep/and throw shattered glass into the sky/the children of unwanted parents.

New Depths of Deadpan
Michael Gizzi
Burning Deck
71 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence, RI 02906
Small Press Distribution (distributor)
1341 Seventh St., Berkeley, CA 94710
9781886224964, $14.00,

A humorous statement said in a plainspoken way - deadpan. "New Depths of Deadpan" is an anthology of poetry from Michael Gizzi, who uses his charming sense of humor to offer some verse that is deadpan in every sense of the word, calling it a combination of comedy and tragedy. "Eye High": To yawn is a luxury liner. Tomorrow/I might remember to shimmer up the street, but now/I just want to look like myself: a mirror opposite a full head of hair./And each week waves pressed in a book.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Time Hunter
George Mann & David J. Howe
c/o Fitzhenry Whiteside Limited
195 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario, L3R 4T8
9781845831042, $19.95,

Time is rarely on one's side, but for Honore and Emily, Time is more adversarial than they would have thought. "Time Hunter: Child of Time" is a science fiction adventure following 1950s London pair Honore and Emily as they find themselves thrown through time. They must strive to find out why they are in this predicament, and who is behind all of this madness. The conclusion to the fan favorite Time Hunter series, "Time Hunter: Child of Time" is sure to give readers a dose of what they enjoy.

The Photography Shelf

Picturing New York
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019
9780870707636, $39.95,

Though a picture may be worth one thousand words, it will still take a multitude of pictures to sum up the metropolis of New York. "Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art" draws from black and white photographs of New York over the length of a century, telling the story of its architecture, its people, and everything one could yearn to learn about one of the biggest cities of the modern age. Drawn from the skills of countless expert photographers, the Museum of Modern Art does much in revealing the true life of a city. "Picturing New York" is a fine coffee table book for those who want to embrace New York.

The Interior Design Shelf

Influential Country Styles
Judith Miller
Watson Guptill
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780823084654, $27.50,

The serenity of the country is what so many desire in their home. "Influential Country Styles: From Simple, Elegant Interiors to Pastoral and Rustic Homes" is a guide to embracing the peace of the rural home. With interior design tips on laying out a country home, author Judith Miller uses her expertise in explaining how a quaint and relaxing country home should be. Drawing inspiration from quiet cottages and other rural locations around the world, she gives much advice to apply her principles well, making "Influential Country Styles" a fine choice.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Knit One Below
Elise Duvekot
XRX Books
9781933064130, $19.95,

Professional looking knitting doesn't have to come from professional sources. "Knit One Below: One Stitch, Many Fabrics" is a guide for the amateur or hobbyist knitter who wants to create professional looking jobs for their family by their own, through strategically placed stitches. Using this technique, author Elise Duvekot explains how to work multiple colors into a job, making reversible fabrics, and generally improving one's wardrobe with this excellent skill. "Knit One Below" is a top pick for needlecraft enthusiasts, or those looking to get started in the hobby.

The Agricultural Studies Shelf

How to Raise Sheep
Philip Hasheider
Voyageur Press
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760334812, $19.95,

Sheep are some of the most useful livestock and raising them can be a very fulfilling endeavor. "How to Raise Sheep: Everything You Need to Know" is a complete and comprehensive reference to the world of sheep farming. From the purchase of one's first herd, to raising them and maintaining their health, author Philip Hasheider covers it all. With chapters covering any goal one would raise sheep for, whether to show sheep, produce meat, or produce wool, everything is discussed in depth. "How to Raise Sheep: Everything You Need to Know" is a must for any would-be sheep breeder or caretaker.

The Winter Harvest Handbook
Eliot Coleman
Chelsea Green Publishing
PO Box 428, 85 North Main Street, Suite 120, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603580816, $29.95,

Winter has been symbolized as death, but that notion can be proven wrong. "The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses" explains that winter cultivation is not only possible, but can thrive just as well as any in the harshest of winter conditions. Describing the methods needed to get freshly grown vegetables during a time never thought possible, "The Winter Harvest Handbook" is a heartily recommended read for those who love farming and gardening, and don't want to stop because of the calendar.

The American History Shelf

The Timeline History of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies
Barbara Greenman
Thunder Bay Press
10350 Barnes Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92121
9781592239924, $22.95,

Marriage is a partnership, and even at the most powerful position in the world wives hold some of the power. "The Timeline History of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies" is a collection detailing all of America's first couples throughout the history of the job's existence. Profiling both husband and wife, it speaks of the White House, presidential pets, children, life stories, even tales of assassination throughout the history of the United States. "The Timeline History of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies" is a great read for anyone learning to embrace America's long and great history.

The Library DVD Shelf

America Dances! 1897-1948
Dancetime! Publications
c/o WC Books
1200 County Road Rt. 523, Flemington, NJ 08822
$49.95 1-888-854-5602

America Dances! 1897-1948: A Collector's Edition of Social Dance in Film is an archive of American film clips featuring dance, many of which are originally from the era of silent movies. From the "Comedy Cakewalk" and "Two Step" of the early 1900's, to the many variants of the Charleston in the 1920s, the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug in the 1930's, to Rumba, and Conga in the 1940s, and much more, a vast plethora of dance styles and highlights have been preserved for posterity. An inspirational treasury that scholars and choreographers will find useful, and that fans of dance are sure to enjoy. 75 minutes.

Discoveries... Africa, Tanzania series
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244 Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
9781934682265, $24.95 each

Discover... Africa, Tanzania is a new four-volume DVD series exploring the wild areas of the East African nation of Tanzania, well known for the continent's tallest mountain (Mt. Kilimanjaro) and an infrastructure highly conducive to wildlife tourism and photo safaris, hosted by expert guides and safeguarded through strict game management and hunting regulation. "Arusha & Lake Manyara National Parks" includes portraits of the swamps, forest, Ngurdoto Crater, and even shallow alkaline lakes. This is the only northern safari circuit location where the rare and beautiful Colobus Monkey can be found. "Tarangire National Parks" showcases the park with the largest population of elephants on all of Tanzania, as well as some of the world's oldest baobab trees (which can survive for up to 3000 years!). "Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area" reveals an amazing contained ecosystem tucked away within crater walls, and a plethora of wild animals ranging from cheetahs on the hunt to black storks, hippos, zebras, warthogs, lions, and more. "Southern Serengeti & The Great Migration" reveals the broad, flat Serengeti Plain, known for the Maasai people who co-existed in harmony with wild animals for thousands of years. The highlight shows how the 1.5 million wildebeest (as well as 200,000 zebra and gazelle) habitually migrate from the Serengeti plains to the hills of Kenya's Maasai Mara in a clockwise fashion, traversing over 1,800 miles each year in search of food. All four DVDs are enthusiastically recommended to wildlife lovers, and perfect for armchair travelers, or anyone who would love to experience (or relive) the thrill of an African photo safari.

Pie in the Sky, Series 1
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
DVD, $49.99

Starring Richard Griffiths (whose previous appearances include "The History Boys" and "Harry Potter"), Pie in the Sky Series 1 is the debut boxed set of a British DVD series that blends elements of mystery, police drama, and comedy into a witty whole. 25-year police veteran Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe longs to take early retirement and open the restaurant of his dreams, which he calls "Pie in the Sky", but his accountant wife thinks his dream is a bottomless money pit, and his boss needs him to handle those intricate cases that he has a natural gift for! A surprisingly lighthearted crime drama (at least, as lighthearted as any crime drama can be), Pie in the Sky even weaves elements of culinary delight into its slyly sumptuous storytelling. Special features include an interview with star Maggie Steed, production notes, a biography of Richard Griffiths, and more. Highly recommended. 3 DVDs, 10 episodes, 488 minutes plus 18 minutes bonus program, 4:3 full screen, subtitles.

Murder Most English
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
DVD, $49.99

Murder Most English is the DVD debut of a British murder mystery series laced with scathing dark humor and shocking twists. Based on a series of detective novels by author Colin Watson, Murder Most English: A Flaxborough Chronicle features star talent Anton Rodgers (known for his work in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" among other films), Christopher Timothy ("All Creatures Great and Small"), John Comer ("I Didn't Know You Cared") and Moray Watson ("The Darling Buds of May"). Featuring an unquestionably English hero who embodies British culture in every aspect of his attitude, down to wearing tweed and puffing on pipes, Murder Most English is an enthralling drama of the effort to unravel duplicity and bring order back to a most English town. 3 DVDs, 7 episodes, 344 minutes, subtitles.

Dancetime DVD! 500 Years of Social Dance Volume I: 15th-19th Centuries
Dancetime! Publications
c/o WC Books
1200 County Road Rt. 523, Flemington, NJ 08822
0966207483, $44.95 1-888-854-5602

Dancetime DVD! 500 Years of Social Dance Volume I: 15th-19th Centuries is an amazing video history of social dance from the courts of Italy, France, and England to the ballrooms of America. Viewers are treated to enthralling demonstrations of each style of dance as it arose, as well as the grand history of this wonderful pastime. Now the Dancetime! video series has been further enhanced on DVD with over 600 original source documents and historical timelines. Viewers may also investigate dance steps and instructional text simultaneously or separately from the program. An excellent survey of the evolution of an art form, highly recommended for public library collections along with its companion volume "Dancetime DVD! 500 Years of Social Dance Volume II: The 20th Century".

The Paris Concert
Jose Feliciano Band
MVD Entertainment Group
PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
DVD, $19.95 1-800-888-0486

The Paris Concert is a DVD recording of six-time Grammy Award-winning guitar player and singer Jose Feliciano and his five-piece band performing in Paris. With a masterful blend of flamenco, bossa nova, pop and jazz elements in their repertoire, they perform widely beloved pieces to an adoring crowd. Fans of internationally-influenced Latin music are sure to love this stellar video. Highly recommended. The songs played are "Chico And The Man", "Crazy Heart", "Billie Jean", "Como Fue", "I Got A Woman", "Rain", "Bamboleo", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "Higher Ground", "Oye Guitarra Mia", "Beyond The Sea", "Affirmation", "Cherry, Cherry", "Porque Te Tengo Que Olvidar", "Money", "Oye Como Va", "Purple Haze", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Que Sera", and "Light My Fire". 98 minutes, 16:9 picture format.

The Apostles' Creed Full-Length Version
T. N. Mohan, producer-director
Vision Video
PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
DVD, $99.99

The Apostles' Creed Full-Length Version is an over nine hour curriculum series by award-winning producer-director T.N. Mohan, now released as part of Christian History Institute's 25th anniversary celebration. Expert theologians speak of each phase of the Apostles' Creed in historical context, with a particular note as to how each part of the Creed is relevant to daily life in the modern era. Special features include a one-hour bonus program "Hymns of Our Fathers", audio sermons by Pastor Langdon Palmer, and the opportunity to download a companion guide to the series on Vision Video's website. An in-depth educational documentary of faith and scholarship, The Apostles' Creed is an enthusiastically welcome addition to Christian Studies DVD collections. 17 episodes, 9 1/2 hours.

Sharyn Pak
On Air Video Inc.
8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
DVD, $14.95

In Cardmaking: Greetings, Invites & Announcements, craft expert Sharyn Pak teaches the viewers how to create dozens of different types of unique, home-made cards with the beauty of store-bought cards but without the expense - and also without the impersonal nature of mass-produced products. Topics covered include how to create single-panel note cards and announcements, making single-fold and multi-fold greeting cards and invitations, window cards, money gift cards, pop ups, seasonal cards, and much more. A section on crafting aesthetically pleasing custom envelopes and a downloadable Materials & Tools list in PDF format round out this excellent DVD, recommended for public library collections as well as for private arts and crafts shelves. 120 minutes. Also highly recommended for the artistically inclined is "Paint Like Van Gogh: Learn From A Master" ($19.95, 66 minutes).

Crunchless Abs
Linda LaRue
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
DVD, $19.99 each

Two new fitness DVDs hosted by registered nurse and athletic trainer Linda LaRue help serious belly flatteners strengthen their core muscles, burn midsection fat and increase back strength. Both are divided into three ten-minute segments, one for standing exercises, one for seated exercises, and one for floor exercises. "Crunchless Abs: Progressive Core Training" (38 min.) walks the viewer through each easy-to-follow workout, targeting abdominal muscles for a great foundation to improved fitness. "Crunchless Abs: 3-Dimensional Core Training" (33 min.) uses a simple weighted gel bal (an inexpensive floor mat is also recommended) and features movements designed to three-dimensionally sculpt one's abdomen. Both DVDs are a worthy supplement to fitness libraries, and enthusiastically recommended to anyone interested in improving their back and midsection.

Voices of Holocaust History
Deanne Scherlis Comer
c/o Beach Lloyd (distribution)
PO Box 2183, Southeastern PA 19399-2183
9780979277801, $25.00 866-218-3253

Suitable for middle school to adult viewers, Voices of Holocaust History: Ruth Tells Her Story is a DVD of the story of Ruth Kapp Hartz's survival as a hidden child in Nazi-occupied France in 1941. Forced to conceal her Jewish identity, she survived in part to the courage of villagers who risked their lives to save Ruth's family. Increased Nazi persecution caused her to be placed within a convent for safekeeping. She became the real-life subject behind Stacy Cretzmeyer's book "Your Name is Renee". An incredible survivor's story, Voices of Holocaust History is highly recommended for school and public library DVD collections. 36 minutes.

John Deere Country Part 2
TM Books & Video
PO Box 279, New Buffalo, MI 49117
DVD, $14.95 1-800-892-2822

John Deere Country Part 2 is a DVD anthology of true stories by John Deere farming equipment owners. The John Deere brand of tractors and equipment earned customer loyalty for many reasons - one of the most compelling is because of their willingness to give farmers extra time during the Great Depression to pay for their equipment. Archival footage of tractors and combines from the 1920s through the 1960s rounds out this engrossing DVD enthusiastically recommended for tractor aficionados of all ages and backgrounds. 1 hour 30 minutes.

Ian McKellen in the Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear
William Shakespeare
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
0793670667, $24.99

Ian McKellen in the Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear is a DVD presentation of William Shakespeare's great play of tragedy and betrayal. When King Lear plans to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, the tests he creates to measure their character reveals the corrupt poison two of their hearts, and hateful schemes they have plotted. This performance of King Lear features the incredible cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Ian McKellen as the star performer and stellar supporting members Frances Barber, William Gaunt, Sylvester McCoy, and Philip Winchester. An exclusive interview with Ian McKellen rounds out this unforgettable production of an immortal classic. 173 minutes, closed captioned.

The Library CD Music Shelf

Don't You Want To Go?
Betse Ellis
Free Dirt Records
c/o Trade Root Music Group, LLC
PO Box 11451, Takoma Park, MD 20913

Don't You Want To Go? is the debut solo music CD album by Betse Ellis, well known for her fiddle playing as a founding member of "hillbilly riot" band The Wilders. Ellis' fiddle draws heavily upon traditional influences, and her music swells with the passion of a craftsmaster. Somes tracks of Don't You Want To Go? are traditional favorite songs, while others are original compositions; both types blend seamlessly into a flowing whole, highly recommended to fiddle music aficionados as well as public library collections. The tracks are "White River" (3:06), "John Henry" (3:50), "Run!" (1:54), "Looking the World Over" (2:56), "Bear Creek Sally Goodin'" (2:19), "Another Night Gone" (3:44), "La Cinquantaine" (3:03), "Walk Along John" (2:45), "Heaven Bells Are Ringing/Gone to View That Land" (4:37), "Mainz Waltz" (3:17), "Dont You Want to Go?" (4:27), "Hanson's Farewell" (3:51) and "In My Girlish Days" (5:19).

One Man's Music
Vince Bell and Ned Albright
7 Avenida Vista Grande, Ste 237, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Mere Words Media Relations (publicity)
$11.99 505-466-6432

One Man's Music is the fifth album on CD released by musician Vince Bell, suitable for enjoying by itself or as a companion to Bell's autobiography of the same title. Featuring fourteen songs (three new compositions, and eleven popular favorites from Bell's previous albums) that tie to the story of Bell's life, One Man's Music features Bell's guitar in complementary tandem to the piano playing of Los Angeles pianist Ned Albright. The music traces a journey, and Bell's vocal stylings flow smoothly alongside the guitar chords. A stirring, thoughtful album, highly recommended. The tracks are "100 Miles from Mexico" (2:58), "I've Had Enough" (3:38), "The Other Side" (4:37), "Sun & Moon & Stars" (4:55), "Frankenstein by Gary Burgess" (3:57), "Pair of Dice" (1:52), "Queen Street" (4:38), "Bermuda Triangle" (2:59), "Mirror, Mirror" (2:42), "2nd Street" (3:05), "The Beast" (2:54), "Hard Road" (3:01), "Woman of the Phoenix" (3:04), and "One Man's Music" (2:58).

Ancient Sun
ThunderVision Records
PO Box 3700, Sedonia, AZ 86340
c/o New Leaf Distributing Company
9780981465197, $15.98

'Native American Music Award'-winning composer, teacher, shamanic practitioner, and reiki master ThunderBeat presents Ancient Sun, a beautiful music album on CD evoking the wonder and majesty of ancient Egypt with its wistful melodies. Primarily an instrumental album, Ancient Sun stirs the heart with its emotional melodies tapping deep into the rich history of one of the earliest cradles of human civilization. Highly recommended, especially for New Age music collections. The tracks are "Called to the Temple", "Ancient Sun", "Ra", "Sands of Time", "The Lion Kingdom", "SunRise", "Golden Sun", "Temple of the Priest", "Flight into Egypt", and "Journey to the Sun".

The Audiobook Shelf

Mike Hammer
Mickey Spillane
Blackstone Audiobooks
PO Box 969 , Ashland, OR 97520
9781433252594, $33.00, 1-800-729-2665

Next to Sherlock Holmes, perhaps the most popular fictional detective is the late Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, a two-fisted guy who never goes anywhere without his faith Betsy (a snub nosed revolver). Of all the actors who have portrayed the Mike Hammer character in film or television, none were more definitive in the role than Stacy Keach. In this superbly recorded audio theater production, Stacy reprises his role along with a stellar cast in two Mike Hammer adventures, 'Oil and Water' and 'Dangerous Days'. Replete with music and sound effects, both stories are classic private eye adventures with plot twists and turns that keep the listener glued to these two stories as they unfold. Offering fully and expertly dramatized stories that will thrill and entertain dedicated mystery buffs, "Mike Hammer", with a total running time of 3 hours on 3 compact discs, is very highly recommended for personal and community library audio book collections.

Intuitive Eating
Elyse Resch, & Evelyn Tribole
Sounds True Audio
413 South Arthur Ave, Louisville, CO 80027
9781591796824, $29.95

Registered dieticians Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole present Intuitive Eating, an audiobook guide for dieters with an emphasis on practical, lifelong changes in overall eating patterns to promote nutrition and fitness. Centered upon ten principles, Intuitive Eating guides the listener to free the "Intuitive Eater" within by learning to do such things as decipher the body's physical and emotional hunger signals, making use of the "Satisfaction Factor" to gain a sensual, mindful relationship with food (rather than just mindlessly eat far more than one needs to be satisfied), incorporate more physical movement into one's lifestyle to promote well-being and self-respect, and much more. An excellent, empathetic guide to taking proper control and respect of one's relationship with food.

Peter Benchley, author
Erik Steele, narrator
BBC Audiobooks America
42 Whitecap Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852-7445
9781602835832, $29.95

Jaws, the novel that inspired the horror movie that left a generation terrified of shark attacks, is now available in unabridged audiobook format for the first time. Narrated by former Acting Company performer Peter Benchley, Jaws is sure to fascinate fans of the movie unfamiliar with its original source material. The novel features multiple twists of plot as well as entire characters that were trimmed from the film, and overflows with terror and tension at every turn. Highly recommended especially for horror fans. 8 CDs, 9 hours 38 minutes.

Gerald Koplan, author
Kirsten Potter, narrator
Blackstone Audiobooks
PO Box 969, Ashland, OR 97520
9781433259302, $90.00 1-800-729-2665

Etta is an unabridged audiobook presentation of a Wild West novel by Emmy Award-winning television reporter Gerald Koplan. When Lorinda Jameson's bankrupt father kills himself, the nefarious Black Hand mafia closes in on her to take back their debts - or her head. Renaming herself "Etta Place", she strikes out West in search of her destiny. A shocking brush with death and murder puts her among the ranks of Butch Cassidy's lawless gang, the Wild Bunch. Etta meets Harry Longbaugh, popularly known as the Sundance Kid, and is swept up in an intense and exciting romance. A historical audio novel brought to life by award-winning performer Kirsten Potter, and, Etta is a thrilling tale sure to entice, inspire, and excite the listener. 8 CDs, 10 hours.

The Book of Unholy Mischief
Elle Newmark, author
Raul Esparza, narrator
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781436151153, $123.75 1-800-638-1304

The Book of Unholy Mischief is an unabridged audiobook presentation of award-winning author Elle Newark's novel set in Venice at the beginning of the Renaissance. When Luciano the urchin street tough is conscripted to serve as a chef's apprentice in the kitchen of an aristocrat, he learns to pay attention to rumors. One of the most rampant bits of gossip concerns a mysterious text packed with little-known recipes for alchemical potions. Where could the hidden potion lore be? Murderous intrigue to possess the lost secrets unfold, in this absorbing epic. 10 CDs, 11 1/2 hours.

Everyday Practice Of Science
Frederick Grinnell
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10016-4314
9780195064575, $27.95,

For too great a percentage of the American public, science and 'the scientific method' are misunderstood and confusing. Public discourse on so many vital issues of the day see's controversial and contest between differing proponents all citing science as their rationale for differing views. Then there is the ingrained and continuing discounting of science as a means of understanding the world when science is felt to be in contradiction with religious or philosophical beliefs. These are but some of the reasons why "Everyday Practice Of Science: Where Intuition And Passion Meet Objectivity And Logic" by Frederick Grinnell (Professor of Cell biology and founder of the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas) is so timely and useful. Drawing upon his long years of professional experience and expertise, Professor Grinnell provides an informed perspective on the subject as he demystifies the processes and provides context for understanding what science is all about and how it generally operates. Of special note is Professor Grinnell's commentary on science and religion while providing an holistic framework with respect to assessing how these two systems of human thought and experience interact. "Everyday Practice Of Science" is highly recommended reading for both students and non-specialized general readers with an interest in understanding how science works in or out of the laboratory setting.

Dead To The World
Charlaine Harris
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
CM020, $39.99,

One of the blockbuster television series hits of the season is 'True Blood' which first brought the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic Louisiana bar maid, and Bill, her vampire lover, to popular attention. The series is based on the novels of Charlaine Harris who has added a whole new dimension to the vampire genre. "Dead To The World" finds that Sookie has broken up with Bill and finds herself thrust into a maelstrom of encounters that includes werewolves, were-panthers, shape shifters, witches, vampires -- and a genuine fairy. Once again there are thrills, chills, and mortal dangers -- along with Sookie's personal angst. This flawlessly recorded nine CD audio book edition is skillfully narrated by Johanna Parker who is amazing in her ability to give distinctive voices to every character. Providing ten solid hours of pure listening fun offering a genuine 'theater of the mind' experience, "Dead To The World" is a very highly recommended addition to community library audio book collections and an absolute 'must' for the growing legions of 'True Blood' fans.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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