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Volume 12, Number 5 May 2017 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Autism Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Science Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Agriculture Shelf
Political Science Shelf Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Art Shelf Jobs/Career Shelf
Military Shelf Parenting Shelf Library Science Shelf
Education Shelf Language Studies Shelf Psychology Shelf
American History Shelf Civil War Shelf Native American Studies Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Reference Shelf Social Issues Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Neighbor Law, ninth edition
Emily Doskow & Lina Guillen
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413323412, $29.99, PB, 392pp,

It's said that 'good fences make good neighbors'. Now in a newly updated and expanded ninth edition, "Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise" by attorneys Emily Doskow and Lina Guillen will help the non-specialist general reader to avoid neighborly nuisances from turning into a hostile and expensive lawsuits. More than just an ordinary legal guide, "Neighbor Law" is a practical, jargon free instructional guide filled from cover to cover with practical tips on how to solve problems and restore good neighbor relations. The topics covered include: noisy neighbors; trees that hang over a property line; blocked views; unclear boundary lines; high, unsightly, or deteriorating fences; dangers to children ("attractive nuisances"); problems with neighboring businesses; drones trespassing onto your property; and many other common issues ranging from secondhand smoke, to blighted property, to animal issues, and more! Of special note is the information related to updated laws and information on mediation, going to court, boundary fences, private nuisances, etc. While especially recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Neighbor Law" is also available in a Kindle format ($16.19).

Get the Most Out of Retirement
Sally Balch Hurme
LPM Publications
c/o American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781634256513, $19.95, PB, 294pp,

The rapidly aging baby-boomer generation is now entering their retirement years. That's what makes "Get the Most Out of Retirement: Checklist for Happiness, Health, Purpose, and Financial Security" by Sally Balch Hurme (currently a project advisor with the AARP Health Law Education team) to be a timely and much appreciated instruction manual that covers: Nurturing new and old relationships; Finding meaning through volunteer and work opportunities; Taking classes and pursuing hobbies; Deciding where to live; Retiring abroad; Getting organized and cleaning out the clutter; Staying within a budget; Simplifying the legal paperwork; Living healthfully; Public benefits associated with retirement, and so much more! Replete with checklists and charts, "Get the Most Out of Retirement" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, making it very highly recommended for anyone preparing for or already experiencing their retirement years.

It's Up to the Women
Eleanor Roosevelt
Nation Books
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9781568585949 $24.00 hc / $16.99 Kindle

Originally written in the midst of the Great Depression, It's Up to the Women is an advice guide by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Ms. Roosevelt made her mark on history by reinventing the role of the First Lady - not continent to simply be the President's wife, she championed women's rights and civil rights, wrote a regular newspaper column, and penned It's Up to the Women as a call to fellow women to do their part. It's Up to the Women emphasizes the importance of cutting costs when needed, spending reasonably, taking personal responsibility, budgeting time as efficiently as money, pursuing a career, how to approach the demands of family life, and much more. A timeless resource of wisdom from a savvy, independent woman who changed history, It's Up to the Women is highly recommended especially for public library collections and personal reading lists.

The Autism Shelf

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Dr. Temple Grandin & Sean Barron, authors
Veronica Zysk, editor
Future Horizons, Inc.
721 West Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76013
9781941765388 $19.95 pbk / $12.88 Kindle

Now in a new edition with author updates, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through Autism's Unique Perspectives is a social interaction guide written for people with autism, and the parents, guardians, or teachers of children with autism. People with autism tend to have a rigidly logical mindset and an inability to pick up on nonverbal social cues, both of which can make interacting with members of society smoothly enough to make friends or hold a steady job difficult. Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships explains governing principles that are more readily apparent to neurotypical people, such as "Honesty is Different Than Diplomacy" or "Not Everyone Who Is Nice to Me Is My Friend". Each general "unwritten rule" is further discussed at length with specific examples, as well as true-life anecdotes and learning experiences from people with autism. Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships is highly recommended, and utterly invaluable especially for anyone responsible for teaching these unwritten social rules to an autistic child. "...what I encounter out in the trenches are adults who don't understand the thinking patterns of people with ASD and still try to use punishment-based behavior systems to work with them. Until that mistake gets corrected with adults, children and adolescents on the spectrum will suffer."

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors
Penny Sansevieri
Privately Published
PO Box 421156, San Diego, CA 92142
9781520504544, $5.99, PB, 144pp,

Penny Sansevieri is a professional book marketing expert who has drawn upon her years of successful experience (she is the founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc.) to write "5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors" specifically for authors who feel like they have no time to market their books. On every page Penny shows even the most reluctant of authors how they can effectively market a book in only 5 minutes a day! "5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors" is set up so that book marketing by even the most novice of authors is just a 5-minute incremental work and includes instructions for when an author is ready to spend even more time in their efforts to bring their books to the attention of their intended readerships. With "5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors" authors will learn: How to Optimize Amazon in only 5 Minutes a day; How to Power up a Goodreads profile; How to Create eBook Promotions that sell digital copies of their books; How to Simplify social media; How to Sell more books on Amazon! -- And so much more! Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors" should be considered a 'must' for authors (especially self-published authors!) and small press publishers, and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.

Writing Hard Stories
Melanie Brooks
Beacon Press
24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
9780807078815, $16.00, PB, 248pp,

Write an honest memoir is one of the most difficult tasks any writer can undertake. The more complex and multilayered the life, the more difficult it is to candidly and uncompromisingly record it for other people to read. In determining and illustrating what happens to autobiographers when the embark on that specific task, writer and teacher Melanie Brooks sought guidance from the memorists who most moved her to answer these questions. An essentially informed and informative read for creative writers "Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma" is a unique compilation of authentic stories about the death of a partner, parent, or child; about violence and shunning; and about the process of writing. It will serve as a tool for teachers of writing and give readers an intimate look into the lives of the authors they love. The authors profiled in "Writing Hard Stories" include: Andre Dubus III, Sue William Silverman, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Joan Wickersham, Kyoko Mori, Richard Hoffman, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Abigail Thomas, Monica Wood, Mark Doty, Edwidge Dantict, Marianne Leone, Jerald Walker, Kate Bornstein, Jessica Handler, Richard Blanco, Alysia Abbott, and Kim Stafford. An extraordinary and instructive read from cover to cover, "Writing Hard Stories" is a very highly recommended addition to community and academic library Writing/Publishing collections in general, and the supplemental studies reading lists for any and all aspiring writers of memoirs and autobiographies in particular. It should be noted that "Writing Hard Stories" is also available in a Kindle format ($15.99).

Writing Subtext, revised edition
Dr. Linda Seger
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615932580 $18.95 pbk / $10.99 Kindle

Now in a revised and expanded edition for both screenwriters and novel writers, Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath is a guide to the intricate yet ultimately rewarding art of crafting works with rich subtext. Case studies from popular media including "The Big Short" and the "Abnormal Psychology" episode of "Cheers" help illustrate concepts such as playing with analogies, showing evidence of human love beneath the literal text, how to smoothly incorporate gestures and action, and much more. Writing Subtext is a superb resource for authors, especially professionals in the field seeking to refine their narrative polish! Highly recommended.

The Science Shelf

Food Microbiology, fourth edition
Karl R. Matthews, Kalmia E. Kniel, Thomas J. Montville
American Society for Microbiology Press
1752 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
9781555819385, $110.00, HC, 570pp,

Food microbiology is the study of the microorganisms that inhabit, create, or contaminate food, including the study of microorganisms causing food spoilage. "Good" bacteria, however, such as probiotics, are becoming increasingly important in food science. In addition, microorganisms are essential for the production of foods such as cheese, yogurt, bread, beer, wine and, other fermented foods. Now in a newly updated and significantly expanded fourth edition, "Food Microbiology: An Introduction" is an ideal curriculum textbook that is the collaborative effort of Thomas J. Montville (Distinquished Professor of Food Microbiology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey), Karl R. Matthews (Professor of Microbial Food Safety at Rutgers University), and Kalmia E. Kniel (Professor of Microbial Food Safety in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware). Comprised of 29 chapters, each of which having their own succinct summary, suggested reading list, and questions for critical thought, "Food Microbiology" is enhanced for students with the inclusion of a Glossary, a listing of useful websites for food safety information, answers to Crossword Puzzles, Answers to Selected Questions for Critical Thought, and a twelve page Index. Impressively comprehensive and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, this new fourth edition of "Food Microbiology: An Introduction" is unreservedly recommended for academic library Microbiology Science collections in general, and as a textbook for Food Microbiology courses and supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Everything Answer Book
Amit Goswami
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
65 Parker St., Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781571747624, $18.95, PB, 256pp,

A theoretical nuclear physicist, Amit Goswami's basic premise underlying "The Everything Answer Book: How Quantum Science Explains Love, Death, and the Meaning of Life" is that quantum physics is not only the future of science, but is also the key to understanding consciousness, life, death, God, psychology, and the meaning of life. Quantum physics is an antidote to the moral sterility and mechanistic approach of scientific materialism and is the best and clearest approach to understanding our universe. In short, quantum physics is indeed the theory of everything. "The Everything Answer Book" covers how quantum physics affects our understanding of: Zen; Thoughts, feelings, and intuitions; Dreams; Karma, death, and reincarnation; God's will, evolution, and purpose; The meaning of dreams; The spiritualization of economics and business, politics and education, and society itself. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Everything Answer Book" will appeal to a wide array of readers, ranging from those interested in the new physics to those captivated by the spiritual implications of the latest scientific breakthroughs. While very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library collections, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Everything Answer Book" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Not In Our Genes, second edition
R. C. Lewontin, Steven Rose, Leon J. Kamin
Haymarket Books
PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
9781608467273, $19.00, PB, 346pp,

Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "Not In Our Genes: Biology, Ideology, and Human Nature" systematically exposes and dismantles the claims that inequalities (class, race, gender) are the products of biological, genetic inheritances. The collaborative work of Richard Lewontin (an American evolutionary biologist, geneticist, academic and social commentator. A leader in developing the mathematical basis of population genetics and evolutionary theory, he pioneered the application of techniques from molecular biology, to questions of genetic variation), Steven Rose (Emeritus Professor of Biology and Neurobiology at the Open University and Gresham College, London) and Leon J. Kamin (an American psychologists known for his contributions to learning theory and his critique of estimates of the heritability of IQ), "Not In Our Genes" is deftly organized into ten chapters ranging from 'The New Right and the Old Determinism' to 'New Biology versus Old Ideology'. Enhanced with the inclusion of twenty-two pages of Notes and a twenty-one page Index, "Not In Our Genes" is an informative, thought-provoking read that is very highly recommended as a seminal and core addition to professional, community, and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Living with HIV: A Patient's Guide, second edition
Mark Cichocki, RN
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476664958, $35.00, PB, 304pp,

Although a great deal of progress has been made on the diagnosis and treatment of HIV in recent years, it still remains a global scourge. In this newly updated and significantly expanded second edition, "Living with HIV: A Patient's Guide is a helpful and practical guide that offers non-specialist general readers with a wealth of information for people living with HIV and for people caring for HIV-positive loved ones. All aspects of HIV/AIDS are discussed, including opportunistic and associated infections, dental care, exercise and nutrition, substance use and abuse and emotional treatment. New information will help the newly diagnosed adjust to their illness and long-term survivors to improve their quality of life. Up-to-date discussion of the latest medications covers the growing practice of using HIV drugs as preventatives. Essential Internet resources are provided that help patients live a longer, healthier life. No one living with, (having to deal with someone living with) an HIV infection can afford to not give "Living with HIV: A Patient's Guide" a complete and careful reading. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Living with HIV: A Patient's Guide" is very strongly recommended, especially for community and academic library Health/Medical collections in general, and HIV supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Living with HIV: A Patient's Guide" is also available in a Kindle format ($18.99).

Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Recipes
Beverly Lynn Bennett
The Book Publishing Company
PO Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
9781570673412, $17.95, PB, 128pp,

Inflammation is the immune system's defense mechanism in action. Acute inflammation is a desirable response to injuries and infections, but chronic inflammation, which can be present without noticeable symptoms for years, can lead to serious health problems, such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. In "Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Recipes", Beverly Lynn Bennett (an experienced vegan chef and baker, writer, and animal advocate who is passionate about showing the world how easy, delicious, and healthy it is to live and eat as a vegan) deftly explains the differences between acute and chronic inflammation, details their specific health effects, and outlines simple lifestyle strategies to minimize the damage that chronic inflammation can cause. Since poor diet is the primary driver of chronic inflammation, your food choices can make a crucial difference. "Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Recipes" identifies the most health-protective foods that contain the highest concentrations of phytochemicals and other essential inflammation-fighting nutrients. With "Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Recipes" as a guide, anyone can now effortlessly incorporate a wide variety of these power-charged foods into everyday dishes. "Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Recipes" is enhanced with the inclusion of 75 of Beverly's favorite recipes, offering a vast array of delicious, easy-to-prepare options that range from a Nutty Chocolate Smoothie; to Chipotle-Almond Mayo; to Island Fruit Salad on Greens; to Seared Pineapple with Date Caramel Sauce. Simply stated, "Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Recipes" is unreservedly and seriously recommended for personal, family, community, and academic library Health/Medicine collections in general, and Anti-Inflammation supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Agriculture Shelf

Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals
Temple Grandin
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781612127606, $29.95, HC, 192pp,

Mary Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism. She invented the "hug box" device to calm those on the autism spectrum. She is also an award-winning author who is famous for her groundbreaking approach to decoding animal behavior. Now in the pages of "Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm", she extends her expert guidance to small-scale farming operations. Grandin's fascinating explanations of how herd animals think (describing their senses, fears, instincts, and memories) and how to analyze their behavior, will help you handle your livestock more safely and effectively. You'll learn to become a skilled observer of animal movement and behavior, and detailed illustrations will help you set up simple and efficient facilities for managing a small herd of 3 to 25 cattle or pigs, or 5 to 100 goats or sheep. Profusely illustrated throughout, "Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals" is impressively well organized and presented, making it unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Agricultural Studies collections in general, and Animal Husbandry supplemental studies reading lists in particular. For the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals" is also available in a paperback edition (9781612127446, $19.95) and in an eTextBook format ($9.99).

Farmland Preservation, second edition
Edited by Wayne J. Caldwell, Stew Hilts, and Bronwynne Wilton
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 2M5
9780887558207 $27.95 pbk / $25.00 Kindle

Now in an updated second edition, Farmland Preservation: Land for Future Generations is an anthology of scholarly essays by learned authors discussing the problem of securing and protecting sufficient land for food production in the United States and Canada, despite uncertainties in climate, energy availability, and population growth. Individual writings include "The Farmland Preservation Program in British Columbia", "Farmland Preservation Policies in the United States", "Planning for the Future of Agriculture", and much more. A vital address to a timely problem, Farmland Preservation is especially recommended for public and college library Agricultural Studies shelves.

The Political Science Shelf

Hegemony How-To
Jonathan Matthew Smucker
AK Press
370 Ryan Avenue, #100, Chico, CA 95973
9781849352543, $16.95, PB, 290pp,

Jonathan Smucker has worked as an organizer, consultant, and trainer for two decades within a breadth of organizations and social movements. He is co-founder of Beyond the Choir, an organization providing strategic support and organizational development to social justice organizations. In "Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals" he has written a practical instructional guide to political struggle for a generation that is deeply ambivalent about questions of power, leadership, and strategy. Hopeful about the potential of today's burgeoning movements, long-time grassroots organizer Smucker nonetheless pulls no punches when confronting their internal dysfunction. Drawing from personal experience, he provides deep theoretical insight into the all-too-familiar radical tendency toward self-defeating insularity and paralyzing purism. At the same time, he offers tools to bridge the divide between anti-authoritarian values and hegemonic strategies, tools that might just help today's movements to navigate their obstacles -- and change the world. Given the social and political climate of our country today, "Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library Political Science collections. For the personal reading lists of political activists and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals" is also available in a Kindle format ($8.79).

The Fiction Shelf

The Swordfish And The Star
Gavin Knight
Isis Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785413308, $74.99, HC, Large Print, 270pp,

The Penwith Peninsula in Cornwall is where the land ends. Deftly written by Gavin Knight, "The Swordfish And The Star" is the compelling story of a whole community, especially those still working the last frontier on the edge of the sea: the Cornish fishermen, dreamers and fighters who prepare daily for battle with the vast grey Atlantic. Knight brings Cornwall and its seas to life, mixing drink and drugs and sea spray, moonlit beaches and shattering storms. The result is a tapestry of the precarious reality of life in Cornwall today, emerging from behind idyllic holiday snaps and picture postcards. Even the quaint fishermen's pubs on the quay at Newlyn, including the Swordfish and its neighbor the Star, turn out to be places where squalls can blow up (and down again) in an instant, on the most dangerous stretch of the Cornish coast. A consistently engaging and entertaining read from cover to cover, this large print edition of "The Swordfish And The Star" is especially recommended for both personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections.

Shot To Hell
Scott Connor
Thorpe Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444831139, $20.00, PB, 216pp,

Bounty hunter Jarrett Wade gained his reputation as a manhunter when he defeated the bandit Orlando Pyle in the town of Hamilton. But five years later Jarrett has lost his edge and has resorted to taking any lowly assignment he can find. A chance to relive his past glory appears when he's offered a seemingly simple assignment. Carry a cryptic message to someone and collect a fee for the service. He readily accepts, but before he can complete the task, he's gunned down and left for dead. Jarrett vows revenge, but after being nearly crippled and hiding out because of the all too real possibility of another assassination attempt upon his life, how can he possible track down the men responsible and prove he's still the formidable manhunter he used to be? A true master of the western action/adventure novel, Scott Connor has penned another original and riveting read that grips the readers rapt attention from cover to cover. This large print edition of "Shot To Hell" is unreservedly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction collections.

The Silk Tree
Julian Stockwin
Allison and Busby
c/o Casemate
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9780749017958, $25.00, HC, 432pp,

Set in Rome 549 AD, "The Silk Tree" is the story of merchant Nicander and legionary Marius who are forced to flee the heart of the Roman Empire and escape to a new life in Constantinople. Determined to make their fortune, they plot a number of outrageous money-making schemes, until they chance upon their greatest idea yet. Armed with an audacious plan to steal precious silk seeds from the faraway land of Seres, Nicander and Marius must embark on a terrifying and treacherous journey across unknown realms. But first they must deceive the powerful ruler Justinian and the rest of his formidable Byzantine Empire in order to begin their voyage into the unknown. An adventurous tale of mischief and deception, Nicander and Marius must face danger of the highest order, where nothing in the land of the Roman Empire is quite what it seems. A consistently well written and enormously entertaining read from cover to cover, "The Silk Tree" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Historical Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Silk Tree" is also available in a paperback edition (9780749017538, $12.95) and in a Kindle format ($3.82).

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Sherlock Holmes and the Lady in Black
June Thomson
Magna Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780750543699, $TBA, HC, Large Print, 192pp,

The world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, is now in his retirement, and has turned his attention to his beekeeping hobby. But when a shadowy figure is seen walking below the cliffs one night, Holmes cannot resist the temptation of solving one more mystery. He summons his old flatmate and confidante Dr Watson to help. Against the backdrop of the stormy Sussex coast, desirable women and suspicious men weave an engaging and complex case. In "Sherlock Holmes and the Lady in Black", author June Thomson has done full honors to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved character in this deftly crafted Sherlockian novel that is a truly riveting read from cover to cover. An absolute 'must' for the legions of Sherlock Holmes fans, "Sherlock Holmes and the Lady in Black" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted by librarians that "Sherlock Holmes and the Lady in Black" is also available as a complete and unabridged audio book (Magna Story Sound, 9781785022975, $59.95, CD).

Steps To The Gallows
Edward Marston
Magna Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780750543651, $88.97, 387pp,

The year is 1816 and Mr. Leonidas Paige, who is notorious for satirical cartoons and newspapers, fears for his safety and hires a bodyguard to protect him from his countless enemies. But the bodyguard is attacked and Paige is found dead. Identical twins Peter and Paul Skillen try to find the killers before their jealous rivals the Bow Street Runners arrive. As the brothers investigate, a group of influential political figures emerges, each with a strong motive to kill Paige. With time running out, the twins have to confront the killers then identify the man who hired them. Clearly, author Edward Marston has a genuine flair for the genre and has impressively crafted a simply riveting read that will consistently entertain mystery buffs from beginning to end with this large print edition of his "Steps To The Gallows". Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections, "Steps To The Gallows" in unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended.

Death On The Cherwell
Mavis Doriel Hay
Isis Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785413186, $TBA, HC, 304pp,

For Miss Cordell, principal of Persephone College, there are two great evils to be feared: unladylike behavior among her students, and bad publicity for the college. So her prim and cosy world is turned upside down when a secret society of undergraduates meets by the river on a gloomy January afternoon, only to find the drowned body of the college bursar floating in her canoe. The police assume that a student prank got out of control, but the resourceful Persephone girls suspect foul play, and take the investigation into their own hands. Soon they uncover the tangled secrets that led to the bursar's death - and the clues that point to a fellow student. A deftly crafted novel by a master of the mystery genre, this large print edition of "Death On The Cherwell" is absorbingly entertaining from cover to cover, and highly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

The Cookbook Shelf

The American Cancer Society New Healthy Eating Cookbook, fourth edition
Jeanne Besser
American Cancer Society
250 Williams Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303-1002
9781604432374, $22.95, PB, 232pp,

A proper diet is a critically important aspect for anyone having to deal with cancer. Now in a fully updated fourth edition, "The American Cancer Society New Healthy Eating Cookbook" by Jeanne Besser showcases a beautifully illustrated culinary compendium of recipes that are as appetite satisfying and kitchen cook friendly as they are palate pleasing and inherently nutritious. Very highly recommended for personal and community library cookbook collections, the recipes range from Seafood and Shellfish Stew; Flank Steak burrito Bowls with Corn Salsa; Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple; and Double Creamy Grilled Cheese with Apple; to Honey Coleslaw; Southwest Tofu Scramble; Pomegranate-Ginger Granita; and Lemon-Rosemary Sorbet. Of special note is the opening chapter on 'What Is a Healthy Life?', and the inclusion of Deciphering Food Terms; Recipes by Category; Metric Conversions, and an Index. A delight to simply browse through and indispensable for planning menus with, "The American Cancer Society New Healthy Eating Cookbook" is an essential and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Vegan for Everybody
Editorial Staff
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02445
978 1940352862, $29.95, PB, 336pp,

Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. Compiled by the editorial staff of America's Test Kitchen, "Vegan for Everybody: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between" is a profusely and beautifully illustrated culinary compendium of vegan recipes that are palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, nutritious, and kitchen cook friendly in preparation. The recipes feature dishes ranging from Overnight Three-Grain Breakfast Porridge; Super Greens Soup with Lemon-Tarragon Cream; Chickpea Salad Sandwiches; and Garlicky Tofu Tabbouleh; to Spicy Peanut Rice Noodle Bowl; Pan-Seared Tempeh Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce; Indian-Style Curry with Sweet Potatoes, Eggplant, and Chickpeas; Whipped Cashew Dip with Roasted red peppers and Olives; and Peach-Raspberry Crisp. A delight to browse and inspiring to plan menus with, "Vegan for Everybody" showcases vegan dishes that would grace any dinning occasion and be appreciated by vegans and non-vegans alike. Simply stated, "Vegan for Everybody" is very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

The Low-FODMAP Solution
Cinzia Cuneo
Robert Rose Inc.
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778805694, $24.95, PB, 280pp,

Approximately one in seven people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. That's why Cinzia Cuneo (the founder of SOSCuisine, a service that provides practical and personalized solutions to specialized meal plans designed under the supervision of dietitians) has compiled a specialized cookbook of 125 recipes for dishes that are particularly suitable for anyone suffering from IBS. "The Low-FODMAP Solution" has palate pleasing, appetite satisfying recipes for breakfasts, starters and salads, soups, entrees, sandwiches, sides, snacks and desserts. Each individual recipe provides serving size estimates, preparation times, standing times, cooking time, a listing of nutrients per service, kitchen equipment needed, a listing of ingredients, preparation instructions, and occasionally a special tip concerning that particular dish. Of special note is the first two sections of "The Low-FODMAP Solution" is 'The Principles of the Low-FODMAP Diet' and 'Applying the Low-FODMAP Approach'. From Homemade Microwave Popcorn; Carrot Soup with Orange and Ginger; Tofu Burgers; Baked Salmon with Herbs; and Grilled Chicken in Coconut Milk with Spices; to Slow Cooker Ham with Beer and Maple Syrup; Pork Chops with a Mustard Sauce; Filet Mignon with a Creamy Paprika Sauce; Oven-Roasted Peppers; and Coconut Macaroons. Beautifully illustrated and especially commended to the attention of anyone having to deal with IBS, "The Low-FODMAP Solution" is unreservedly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Gluten-Free Cooking for Two
Carol Fenster
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780544828681, $19.99, PB, 240pp,

Carol Fenster is the author of ten gluten-free cookbooks including "100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes" and the award-winning "1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes". In her latest culinary compendium, "Gluten-Free Cooking for Two", Carol has compiled and presents 125 recipes for outstanding gluten free dishes that will please any palate and satisfy any appetite. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the recipes range from Baked Eggs in Ham Baskets; Green Chile-Pork Stew; Chicken Tikka Masala; and Chiles Rellenos Casserole; to Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread; Orange Beef Stir-Fry; Polenta Lasagna with Sausage; and Bing Cherry Clafoutis. Of special note are the recipes for Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce. Throughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation, "Gluten-Free Cooking for Two" is very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Gluten-Free Cooking for Two" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Shut Up And Cook!
Erica Reid
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75204
9781942952503, $19.95, PB, 304pp,

Compiled and showcases by Erica Reid, the dishes comprising "Shut Up and Cook!" provides simple, healthy recipes for all lifestyles, dietary habits, and tastes -- and most of them only take 45 minutes or less to prepare, making them ideal for time stressed family cooks. In addition to 'kitchen cook friendly' mouth-watering recipes, "Shut Up and Cook!" offers guidance on everything from planning meals and shopping for ingredients to diversifying recipe lists. Featuring 101 healthy, everyday recipes easy for any level of experience ranging from Mother Earth Collard Green Wraps; Granola Brittle; Bun-less Turkey Burgers; and Mom's Staple Kielbasa with Sauerkraut; to Teriyaki Sauce; Maple Cider Vinaigrette; French-Style Radishes with Nondairy Butter; and Cinnamon Saturday Apple Crisp. Profusely illustrated from cover to cover, "Shut Up and Cook!" is a delight to browse through and inspiring to plan menus with. While very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Shut Up and Cook!" is also available in a Kindle format ($18.93).

MasterChef: Street Food of the World
Genevieve Taylor
Absolute Press
c/o Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781472909169, $35.00, HC, 304pp,

Street food is ready-to-eat food or drink sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place, such as at a market or fair. It is often sold from a portable food booth, food cart, or food truck and meant for immediate consumption. Some street foods are regional, but many have spread beyond their region of origin. Most street foods are classed as both finger food and fast food, and are cheaper on average than restaurant meals. Now a culinary compendium of the best of street foods drawn from around the world have been compiled in the profusely illustrated pages of "MasterChef: Street Food of the World" and ranges from burritos, churros, and pretzels to shrimp po'boys, Pad Thai, or aromatic buns. Features recipe contributions from MasterChef winners from around the world, "MasterChef: Street Food of the World" is split into chapters celebrating the best of each nation and continent. With street food dishes ranging from Butter Tarts; Slow-Grilled Short Ribs with Chimichurri Sauce; Souvlaki Pittas with Tzatziki; and Gozleme with Spinach, Feta and Pinenuts; to Ful Medames with Lemon Tahini and Aleppo Pepper; Mango and Cardamom Kulfi Lollies; Aloo Tikki with Date and Tamarind Chutney; and Bunny Chow, "MasterChef: Street Food of the World" is a delight to browse through and inspiring to plan menus with. While "MasterChef: Street Food of the World" is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family and community library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated 'foodies' that it is also available in a Kindle format ($13.79).

The Art Shelf

Drawing Calm
Susan Evenson
Quarry Books
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781631591488, $22.99, PB, 144pp,

Maybe it's the colors, or the eye-stretching vistas, or maybe it's just the idea that harmony can exist on a square of canvas, but there is something in art that lets it calm and inspire at the same time. In "Drawing Calm", artist Susan Evenson, shows readers how to do the same. It's a book for everyone - non-artists as well as those with plenty of experience in a studio. Using restful, but dynamic works of art as a starting point, the exercises comprising "Drawing Calm" teach how to capture the light and peace of the master painting. Making use of "soft" techniques such as torn-paper collage, blended pastels, and wet-on-wet watercolor, "Drawing Calm" is essential a do-it-yourself workshop that encourages stress-free creativity. Profusely illustrated from cover to cover, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Drawing Calm" is unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for personal and art school instructional curriculums. It should be noted for art students and non-specialist general readers with an interest the meditative values of painting that "Drawing Calm" is also available in a Kindle format ($13.79).

Alexei Jawlensky
Vivian Endicott Barnett
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
9783791356389, $60.00, HC, 192pp,

Expressionism is a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. In painting, a typical trait of expressionism is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods. Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky (13 March 1864 - 15 March 1941) was a Russian expressionist painter active in Germany. Vivian Endicott Barnett is an expert on Jawlensky and his artistic career. In "Alexei Jawlensky", art expert Vivian Barnet focuses specifically on one of the lesser known Expressionist artists of the Blue Rider movement in a richly illustrated volume that presents the colorful paintings illustrating how the artist was influenced, apart from the German Expressionists, by the art of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and the Fauves, and by Ferdinand Hodler. "Alexei Jawlensky" presents the chronological and thematic development of Jawlensky's art from early figure painting to landscapes and from still lives to the late iconic portraits and fascinating meditations. An inherently fascinating and exceptionally informative study of a single artists work, influence, and career, "Alexei Jawlensky" is unreservedly recommended for personal, academic, and community library European Art History collections in general, and Expressionist Art History supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Jobs/Career Shelf

Skills for a Scientific Life
John R. Helliwell
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781498768757, $49.95, HC, 215pp,

Being, or wanting to become, a scientist requires academic training in the science subjects. To succeed as a research scientist and educator requires specific as well as general skills. "Skills for a Scientific Life" by John R. Helliwell (Emeritus Professor of Structural Chemistry, University of Manchester) provides insight into how to be successful in science and/or education. An instructional career manual specifically designed and intended for potential entrants, early career and mid-career scientists for a wide range of science disciplines, "Skills for a Scientific Life" address a wide range of thematically relevant issues including How to Publish One's Results; How to Coexist with Competitors; How to Chair Meetings; How to be a Good Mentor; How Do You Know If You Really Want to Be Head of a Department; How to Retain Your Own Peace of Mind - The Ethical Aspects. Enhanced with the inclusion of eleven Appendices, a three page Bibliography, a two page Name Index, and a four page Subject index, "Skills for a Scientific Life" is impressively comprehensive and exceptionally 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation. Practical, insightful, informed and informative, "Skills for a Scientific Life" is a unique and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library collection. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Skills for a Scientific Life" is also available in a Kindle format ($39.46).

The Military Shelf

Airman's Guide, ninth edition
MSgt. Boone Nicolls, USAF (Ret.)
Stackpole Books
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
9780811717700, $21.95, PB, 368pp,

Boone Nicolls served in the United States Air Force in the grades of Airman Basic to Master Sergeant. His more than twenty-four years' service were predominantly in Aerospace Defense Command, Air Defense Weapons Center, Air Mobility Command, and Air Education and Training Command. He is a graduate of the USAF noncommissioned Officer Academy, Squadron Officer School, and both the Army and Air force Inspector General Schools. In this newly updated and expanded ninth edition of "Airman's Guide", he has provided a comprehensive compendium of information that anyone serving in the United States Air Force will need in the course of their military experience and career. Of special note are the chapters on Standards of Conduct; Training and Education; The Family in the Air Force Community; and Veteran's Benefits. Enhanced with five appendices (Professional Reading Guide; Key References; Major USAF Installations; USAF Fitness Charts; USAF Acronyms and Abbreviations); and an eleven page Index, "Airman's Guide is an indispensable guide and instructional reference that is very highly recommended for community and academic library Military Studies collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that the "Airman's Guide" is also available in a Kindle format ($12.99).

The Parenting Shelf

Positive Parenting 101
James A. (Jim) Baker
Bayou Publishing
2524 Nottingham, Houston, TX 77005-1412
9781886298354, $24.95, PB, 102pp,

"Positive Parenting 101" by Jim Baker (one of America's forerunners in the field of corporate training who has received national and international acclaim for his worldwide training seminars specializing in conflict resolution, negotiation, and anger management) is a step-by-step resource guide written at basic high school reading level specifically for divorcing parents who want to anticipate the needs of their children during the trauma of divorce. "Positive Parenting 101", along with its companion online course, fulfills the parent education requirement now mandated by most family courts for divorcing families in the U.S. and Canada. With this easy-to-read book in their hands, parents will develop collaborative strategies for interacting with a divorcing spouse; select the most effective parenting style for addressing needs of children as they develop over time; and learn effective ways to help kids manage feelings--both during and after divorce. Exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Positive Parenting 101" is an ideal workbook for couples counseling and a highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Parental Counseling collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Positive Parenting 101" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Library Science Shelf

The Special Collections Handbook, second edition
Alison Cullingford
Facet Publishing
9781783301263, $85.00, PB, 336pp,

Whether it is a community, academic, corporate, governmental, or private library, working with special collections can vary dramatically from preserving a single rare book to managing and digitizing vast mixed-media archives, yet the role of the information professional is always critical in tapping into the potential of these collections, protecting their legacy and bringing them to the attention of the wider public. Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, "The Special Collections Handbook" by Alison Cullingford (Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford, UK, where she is responsible for over 100 collections of modern archives and rare books) offers up-to-date guidance which pulls together insights from best practice across the heritage sector to build innovative, co-operative and questioning mind-sets that will help them to cope in turbulent times. "The Special Collections Handbook" covers all aspects of special collections work: preservation, developing collections, understanding objects, emergency planning, security, legal and ethical concerns, cataloguing, digitization, marketing, outreach, teaching, impact, advocacy and fundraising. This new second edition includes: coverage of new standards and concepts including unique and distinctive collections (UDCs), The Leeds Typology, Archive Accreditation, PD 5454:2012 and PAS 197; discussion of the major changes to laws affecting special collections including UK copyright law relating to library/archive exception and orphan works and forthcoming changes to data protection in the EU; exploration of new trends in research including the rise of digital humanities, open access, the impact agenda and the REF; updates to the sections on marketing, audience development and fundraising to include social media, customer journey mapping and crowdsourcing and more; and consideration of impact and indicators, digitization and new skills frameworks from CILIP and RBMS. Simply stated, is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, making it certain that all libraries and library systems should have a copy of "The Special Collections Handbook" in their professional instructional reference collections.

Collaborating with Strangers
Bess G. de Farber, April Hines, Barbara J. Hood
Neal-Shuman Publishers
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838915424, $55.00, PB, 160pp,

Community and academic libraries have always connected patrons and students to resources and information. "Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits" is an impressively organized and presented resource that shows how, through successful group collaboration, organizations can extend that connection to include the talents and assets of community members. The foundation of "Collaborating with Strangers" is the understanding that it is interaction with strangers that cultivates creativity and provides opportunities for joining forces to achieve great ends. However most people tend to avoid talking or working with people they do not know, whether in the library, a classroom, or in academic and nonprofit settings. And to do so is to short-circuit much of the creative potential that is so necessary for innovation, and that organizational stakeholders crave. To resolve this common failing, CoLAB. Developed and presented by Bess de Farber at workshops across the country, and used by the three collaborative authors of "Collaborating with Strangers" to successfully spur faculty-librarian collaboration at the University of Florida, and showcase the power of face-to-face conversations. Leading readers through a unique framework that breaks down barriers to collaboration while also kindling long-lasting enthusiasm, "Collaborating with Strangers" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' manual that includes: Testimonials from workshop participants that demonstrate the benefits of a Collaborating with Strangers workshop; Step by step guidance on every aspect of organizing and presenting a CoLAB workshop; Helpful photographs and diagrams that show prep and workshops in action; Ready to use surveys for assessment before and after the workshop; Grant proposal development techniques for bringing two or more organizations together on a project; Pointers on how to adapt the workshop for ice-breakers, conference programs, or classrooms; Samples of workshop promotion pieces that can be adapted as needed. Nicely illustrated throughout, "Collaborating with Strangers" is an excellent do-it-yourself manual for librarians and especially recommended for community and academic library Librarian Education instructional and in-service training collections.

The Education Shelf

Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers
Shelley Nicholson & Jessica Martinez
Gryphon House, Inc.
PO Box 10, 6848 Leon's Way, Lewisville, NC 27023
9780876596951, $29.95, PB, 216pp,

Limited school budgets is a common dilemma for teachers in early childhood classrooms and necessitates learning how to provide new, interesting experiences on a shoestring budget. In the pages of "Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers", classroom teachers Shelley Nicholson and Jessica Martinez draw from their collective decades of experience in classrooms to present practical low-cost ideas for gathering and creating rich explorations in learning centers. "Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers" vividly describes the unique ways preschool and elementary school classroom teachers can use found and recyclable materials to encourage cognitive development and creative exploration in young children. In addition to photographic examples, "Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers" offers insightful, useful, and immediately applicable tips on how to source, select, and integrate materials into a center; how to get children started on using the materials; and how to scaffold learning with open-ended questions. These proffered ideas are just the beginning. Once the children's imaginations take off, they can use the materials in myriad and imaginative ways. Thoroughly 'classroom teacher friendly' in organization and presentation, "Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers" is unreservedly recommended for preschool, elementary school, home-schooling, and academic library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Seeing Students Learn Science
Alexandra Beatty & Heidi Schweingruber
National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9780309444323, $34.95, PB, 136pp,

The prosperity and security of the United States depends upon a scientifically literate citizenry -- and that begins with K-12 school children becoming educated in the basics of science and the scientific method. The introduction of the Next Generation Science Standards led many states, schools, and districts to change curricula, instruction, and professional development to align with the standards. In "Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom" by Alexandra Beatty & Heidi Schweingruber (and based upon the National Research Council Report 'Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards', is specifically designed to help educators improve their understanding of how students learn science and guide the adaptation of their instruction and approach to assessment. "Seeing Students Learn Science" features a wealth of examples for innovative assessment formats, ways to embed assessments in engaging classroom activities, and ideas for interpreting and using novel kinds of assessment information. "Seeing Students Learn Science" provides ideas and questions classroom educators can use to reflect on what they can adapt right away and what they can work toward more gradually. Impressively organized and presented, "Seeing Students Learn Science" is an especially recommended addition to school district, college and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Beyond the Flannel Board
M. Susan McWilliams
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605544861, $29.95, PB, 232pp,

The teaching strategies for classroom teachers when telling stories to their students is for the purpose of improving young children's language, social-emotional, and number sense development. Showcasing developmentally appropriate curriculum strategies, "Beyond the Flannel Board" demystifies the story retelling experience for teachers of young children by identifying effective, intentional teaching and learning practices and providing a variety of examples for integrating story retelling activities across the curriculum for building skills in social-emotional development, numbers, STEM, and more. Thoroughly 'teacher friendly' in organization and presentation, "Beyond the Flannel Board" is further enhanced with the inclusion of a sixteen page listing of Recommended Resources; an eight page Glossary; ten pages of Story-Retelling Forms; a six page listing of References; a six page listing of Children's Books References in the Text; and a seven page Index. Simply stated, "Beyond the Flannel Board" is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

When Pre-K Comes to School
Bethany Wilinski
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
9780807758236, $32.95, PB, 160pp,

"When Pre-K Comes to School: Policy, Partnerships, and the Early Childhood Education Workforce" by Bethany Wilinski (Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University) traces what happens for institutions and teachers when a school district and community ECE centers partner to provide public pre-K. Professor Wilinski deftly examines policy implementation across diverse sites, including a private part-day preschool, a corporate childcare center, and a public elementary school. "When Pre-K Comes to School" demonstrates how pre-K partnerships create opportunities but also considerable constraints for the institutions and teachers involved. Though teachers are required to comply with the same policy mandates, their compensation and access to resources varies greatly. "When Pre-K Comes to School" calls for policies and practices that will work better for teachers, which, in turn, will work better for children. "When Pre-K Comes to School" offers unique, insider perspective on how policy is actually enacted in schools provides important insight into what communities and policymakers should consider when creating pre-K policies. Enhanced with three pages of Notes; eleven pages of References; and a twelve page Index, "When Pre-K Comes to School" is an informative, thoughtful, and practical study that is particularly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "When Pre-K Comes to School" is also available in a Kindle format ($31.30).

The Language Studies Shelf

Latin For The New Millennium: Volumes 1 & 2
Milena Minkova & Terence Tunberg
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
Level One: 9780865168077, $75.00, HC, 456pp
Level Two: 9780865168114, $75.00, HC, 576pp

Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is the premier publisher of Latin language studies materials. This newly updated and expanded second edition of their two volume "Latin For The New Millennium" series is the core of a two-year comprehensive introductory Latin series is specifically designed with both high school and college students in mind. This two volume textbook curriculum is complete with student texts, student workbooks, teacher's manuals, ancillaries on Roman history and mythology, and complemented by a website, test bank and generator, and student internet activities. Written by world-renowned Latinists, Milena Minkova and Terence Tunberg, and drawing on the authors specialty, this outstanding series features an oral activity in each chapter. Under the supervision of Editors LeaAnn Osburn and Elisa Denja, "Latin for the New Millennium: Volume 1 & 2" has been carefully vetted by seasoned teachers and a team of teachers who piloted the curriculum. The fusion approach to Latin is built into both levels, combining the best practices of the reading method and the traditional grammar approach with a cumulative vocabulary foundation that will ensure a smooth transition to upper-level literature courses. In both volumes, each chapter presents vocabulary found in the works of ancient Latin authors studied in both college and Advanced Placement courses. Exercises designed for oral use accompany a set of plentiful traditional exercises in each chapter. The Latin readings drawn from original Latin works span the ages from early Rome through the medieval and Renaissance periods, demonstrating the vitality and universality of the Latin literary tradition. The readings, illustrations, and inserts on Roman literature, history, mythology, and daily life seamlessly present the connection between the Latin language and its culture. Essays written by university scholars probe the connections between Roman culture and the modern world. To promote an enriched English vocabulary, each chapter features sections on derivatives, the influence of Latin vocabulary on English, and selected proverbs or common Latin sayings. The supportive "Latin for the New Millennium" website will feature a student section, a teachers-only section, the Teachers Lounge for sharing materials, networking with other teachers, posting student work, accessing a test generator. Thoroughly 'student friendly' in organization and presentation, "Latin For The New Millennium: Volumes 1 & 2" is unreservedly recommended textbooks for Latin Language curriculums. It should be noted that both volumes have their own student workbooks: "Latin for the New Millennium: Student Workbook Volume 1" (9780865168084, $22.00, PB, 165pp) and "Latin for the New Millennium: Student Workbook Volume 2 (9780865168121, $22.00, PB, 137pp).

The Psychology Shelf

The Psychology of Juries
Margaret Bull Kovera, editor
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433827044, $69.95, HC, 309pp,

In American law, juries have a tremendous amount of power and responsibility. They determine the outcomes of trials, including whether a defendant is found guilty or not guilty and, in many cases, what the penalty will be. With the authority to deprive citizens of their freedom and potentially their lives, a fair trial requires that juries function as they should -- without bias. But do they function this way? Are juries capable of disregarding inadmissible evidence? Can they understand the instructions that they are given by the judge? And if not, what safeguards or changes would help? Research on juries once served as a pillar of psychological scholarship, but publication of such research has slowed considerably in recent years. In an attempt to reinvigorate scholarship on this important topic, "The Psychology of Juries" summarizes what is known about the psychology of juries and makes a strong call to arms for more research. Esteemed jury scholars identify important, yet understudied, topics at the intersection of psychology and law, review what research is currently available on the topics, and then suggest new research questions that would advance the field. Furthermore, the authors evaluate the relative importance of research methods that emphasize generalizability versus tight experimental control. Collectively, the chapters present a comprehensive survey of the literature on jury behavior and decision making and offer a robust agenda to keep researchers busy in years to come. Compiled and edited by Margaret Bull Kovera (Presidential Scholar and professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York) is comprised of eleven major contributions by professional experts in this field that is further enhanced by the inclusion of an introductory overview by Professor Kovera; an informative conclusion (The Future of Jury Research) by Professor Kovera; and a ten page Index. A seminal and informative work of impressive scholarship, "The Psychology of Juries" should be considered an essential and core addition to professional, law firm, college, and university library Psychology collections in general, and Judicial and Juristic supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The American History Shelf

Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution
Arthur S. Lefkowitz
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781455621910, $28.95, HC, 288pp,

Military historian and author Arthur S. Lefkowitz serves on the board of governors of the American Revolution Round Table and is a popular lecturer on the subject. With "Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution" he focuses specially on two centuries of paintings having as their subject the American Revolution. Most images depicting the American Revolution are historically inaccurate nineteenth- and twentieth-century recreations. in "Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution" Lefkowitz has gathered beautifully reproduced full color images from artists who were eyewitnesses to the events of our War for Independence. His research in museums and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe spanned years and brought together both professional and amateur artist renditions, including those from British officers. With over one hundred examples of "eyewitness" artwork, "Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution" draws readers into our nation's fight for independence, appealing to those interested in American history and art history alike. As informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution" is a unique and extraordinary study that is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library American History collections in general, and American Revolution supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Civil War Shelf

Confederate Waterloo
Michael J. McCarthy
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611213096 $32.95 hc / $9.99 Kindle

Confederate Waterloo: The Battle of Five Forks, April 1, 1865 and the Controversy that Brought Down a General is a detailed, scholarly analysis of one of the final battles of the American Civil War. Although The Battle of Five Forks ended in victory for the Union, its ramifications lasted long after Civil War's end. During the series of battles, General Phil Sheridan relieved V Corps commander Gouverneur K. Warren, sparking a lifelong effort by Warren and his allies to claim that Sheridan's action was unfair and dishonorable. This precipitated a Court of Inquiry with a greater record of testimony and exhibits than any other U.S military judicial case in the 1800's. Confederate Waterloo draws upon archival research and a wealth of primary sources to present a studious, unbiased account of the entire affair. Black-and-white maps, a bibliography, and an index round out this welcome contribution to public and college library Civil War shelves.

The Native American Studies Shelf

A National Crime
John S. Milloy
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 2M5
9780887557897 $26.95 pbk / $25.00 Kindle

A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986 is both a scholarly study and a scathing revelation of the horrific side of Canada's residential school system for its Native American population. Author John Milloy draws upon previously unreleased government documents accessed during his work for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and condemns the neglect and abuses of the school system (which contributed to outbreaks of potentially deadly diseases) as well as the racist governmental policies that pushed their creation. Extensive notes, a list of references, and an index round out this "must" for public and college library Canadian History and Native American Studies shelves.

The Apache Wars
Paul Andrew Hutton
Broadway Books
c/o Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY, 10036
9780770435837 $17.00 pbk / $14.99 Kindle

The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History lives up to its title as a thoughtful, in-depth history of the 1861 kidnapping of the boy who would one day become Mickey Free (the only man Geronimo ever feared), an event that sparked the decades-long Apache Wars. The Apache Wars would be a source of violence until 1890, when they finally ended with the once-powerful Apaches confined to reservations. Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Apache Wars is a history of violence, generals, soldiers, and human legends that brings the Old West alive in the reader's mind. A handful of black-and-white photographs, notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this "must" for public library American History and Native American studies collections.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Devil and Webster
Jean Hanff Korelitz
Read by Kate Burton
Hachette Audio
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
9781478934868 $30.00

The Devil and Webster is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a thought-provoking contemporary novel. Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a progressive liberal educational institution. When tenure is denied to an African-American professor for reasons she can't make public, it provokes a student demonstration led by a Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a troubled history. Naomi's own daughter Hannah joins the protesters. But the protest soon turns into a crisis situation, destabilizing the campus, and even endangering Naomi's friends, colleagues, and family. The Devil and Webster holds the listener's rapt attention to the very end, and is especially recommended for personal and public library audiobook collections. 9 CDs, 11 hours.

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life
Ray Connolly
Read by Jonathan Yen
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781515916130 $44.99

Rock journalist Ray Connolly presents Being Elvis: A Lonely Life, an in-depth, chronological biography of one of America's most legendary rock-'n'-roll performers, now available as an unabridged audiobook smoothly read by Jonathan Yen. Extensively detailed, Being Elvis all but places the reader in the shoes of Elvis himself, from his childhood to his meteoric rise in popularity, to his untimely death. The extraordinary portrait of a cultural icon, Being Elvis is a "must" for anyone fascinated by Elvis' music and legacy, and sure to prove a popular pick for public library audiobook collections. 12 CDs, 14.5 hours.

The Library CD Shelf

Smoke Behind the Clouds
The Bucking Mules
$11.29 CD / $9.49 MP3

Smoke Behind the Clouds is an album of American old-time music. Featuring 17 mostly traditional songs retooled in The Bucking Mules' no-holds-barred style. Fans of hearty folk music, fine fiddling, and bustin' bluegrass are in for a treat! The tracks are "Smoke Behind the Clouds", "John Cooper's Tune", "Georgia Belles", "Jasper Jail", "Irish Washerwoman", "Railroad", "First On the Mountain", "Lexington", "More Good Women Gone Wrong", "Wild Geese at Flight", "Ruffled Drawers", "Girl From the Greenbriar Shore", "Altamont", "The Soldier and the Lady", "Climbing the Golden Stairs", "My Wife Died On Saturday Night", and "Greenback".

The Radio's Taking Our Songs Away
Adam Miller
Privately Published
PO Box 951, Drain, OR 97435
$14.97 CD / $9.99 download

The Radio's Taking Our Songs Away: The Irrepressible American Folksong in the Age of the Selfie is a music album about how modern technology has transformed everyday life, including and especially the lives of music artists who seek to make a living in a world where their medium is digitized for distribution more than ever before. Charming, candid, and the essence of down- to-earth folk, The Radio's Taking Our Songs Away is highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are "The Radio's Taking Our Songs Away" (2:53), "Tell Old Bill" (2:52), "Take Your Time" (4:41), "Zebra Dun" (3:26), "The Rivers of Oregon" (3:20), "By the Dry Cardrona" (4:20), "Summer Wages" (3:47), "Bury Me in My Overalls" (2:33), "The Two Sisters" (4:55), "Billy Venero" (4:12), "Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn" (1:24), "Damyankee Lad" (3:00), "Admiral Benbow" (2:21), "I Wish I Had the Shepherd's Lamb" (2:02), "Billy in the Low Land" (2:38), "Harry Herman" (2:53), "Gentle Annie" (2:34), "Cowboy's Barbara Allen" (3:09), and "Times A-Gettin' Hard" (3:18).

What We Hold Dear
Timothy Wenzel
Privately Published
$15.00 CD / $9.49 MP3

What We Hold Dear is a new age instrumental album by keyboardist/composer Timothy Wenzel. Inspired by the concept that it's crucial to treasure what we have, rather than fret about what we don't have, What We Hold Dear soothes the soul with tranquility and a sense of balance. Highly recommended, especially for new age connoisseurs. The tracks are "Murmuration" (4:12), "What We Hold Dear" (5:19), "Appalachian Waters" (4:21), "Ascension" (3:44), "A Spring Day in Autumn" (3:28), "Hypnotized" (4:07), "Incantations" (4:37), "Moon Dance" (4:24), "In a Little While" (5:04), "On a Quiet Night" (3:47), "Desert Dream" (4:11), and "Turquoise Sky, Emerald Sea" (3:53).

Neotolian Song
Neotolia (Nazan Nihal and Utar Artun)
$TBA CD / $10.00 download

Neotolian Song is an album from Neotolia, a group of musicians who draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, yet hold to a core of Turkish traditional songs, modes, and sounds. Some songs feature vocals; others have traditional Turkish instruments such as the qanun, ney, and oud along with Western and Eastern stringed instruments such as violin, cello, and erhu. The result is a mellifluous, complex soundscape, highly recommended especially for public library and private world music collections. The tracks are "Once Upon a Life", "Thrill of the Chase", "Change Takes Courage", "Neotolian Song", "Song of the Monastery", "Rondo Afro Turca", "I Dried Roses", "Pendulum", "Lydianic", and "Don't Touch My Sorrowful, Mournful Heart".

The Library DVD Shelf

Martin Clunes' Islands of Australia
Starring Martin Clunes
c/o Acorn Media

Martin Clunes (star of the popular TV series "Doc Martin") showcases the natural beauty of Australia's islands in Martin Clunes' Islands of Australia, a three-part documentary about the islands' history, wildlife, highlights, and more. From Norfolk island, with its dark past as a prison for convicts; to the Tiwi islands, where Clunes visits Aborigines; to the island of Carnac, habitat of hundreds of venomous snakes; Islands of Australia is an extraordinary tour, the next best thing to visiting Australia's islands in person. A bonus photo gallery rounds out this excellent documentary, highly recommended both for personal enjoyment and for public library DVD collections. 3 episodes, 144 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution
Starring Toby Jones, Kim Cattrall, and Andrea Riseborough
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
$34.99 DVD / $34.99 Blu-Ray

Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution adapts Christie's classic tale of mystery and suspense, set in 1920's London. When the glamorous heiress Emily French is cruelly murdered in her home, the prime suspect is her young lover, Leonard Vole, to whom she left her fortune. Vole insists that his wife, the reserved chorus girl Romaine can prove his innocence. As the crime goes to trial, its repercussions could ultimately doom solicitor John Mayhew! Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution is a "must-see" for mystery connoisseurs, highly recommended. Bonus materials include interviews, and featurettes on the story and period fashion. 122 min. plus bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles.

Concrete Love
A film by Maurizius Staerkle Drux
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036

Concrete Love: The Architecture of the Bohm Family is a documentary about the passion for architecture as passed through the generations of a renowned German family. Panoramic photography of groundbreaking creations by Pritzker Prize laureate Gottfried Bohm, his father, his wife Elizabeth, and his sons. But when Elizabeth passes on, the repercussions of her loss shake the entire family. Interviews enrich this enlightening and emotionally moving film, especially recommended for public and college library DVD collections. 88 min.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Cat Tales
Aline Alexander Newman
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426327346 $12.99

Featuring full-color photography of faithful furry friends throughout, Cat Tales: True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties is a heartwarming treasure trove of amazing true stories about cats. From Simon, the battle cat who served aboard the British warship HMS Amethyst and earned the PDSA Dickin Medal; to Sable, the street cat who became a feline crossing guard; to Bagel, a cat with medical special needs who helps raise funds for charity, these noble, affectionate, and adventurous felines will win the reader's heart. Cat Tales is sure to prove a popular lending library pick, and is especially recommended for personal browsing, or as a gift to cat-cherishing friends!

The Reference Shelf

The Merck Veterinary Manual, eleventh edition
Merck Publishing
PO Box 2000 RY34-A426, Rahway, NJ 07065-0900
9780911910612 $65.00

The Merck Veterinary Manual has been a definitive reference and resource for professionals in the field for over sixty years. Its updated eleventh edition includes new and expanded material concerning public health and epidemiologic principles, aquaculture, heart disease, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, toxicology, backyard poultry, and more information about exotic animals. Tabs and an index for ease of use enhance this exhaustive compendium. The Merck Veterinary Manual is an in-depth "must have" for practicing veterinarians, and highly recommended for college and university collections.

The Social Issues Shelf

John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch, and Marc Lamont Hill
University of Toronto Press
10 St. Mary Street, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4Y 2W8
9781442650459 $29.95 hc / $19.00 Kindle

"Gentrification" is the process by which an influx of wealthy or middle-class new residents drives up local property values, often displacing poor or working-class communities that cannot afford to pay increasing rents and property taxes. It can also involve the forcible demolition and redevelopment of urban residences. Gentrifier directly addresses this hot-button topic with scholarly depth and precision, exploring the political, social, economic, and especially the ethical ramifications of urban gentrification. Authors John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch, and Marc Lamont Hill incorporate personal testimonies of themselves as self-identified gentrifiers, as well as the fruits of their studies concerning the issue. Gentrifier seeks to transparently present why impoverished communities, particularly ones that happen to be primarily African-American, may rightfully perceive gentrification as a threat. Gentrifier also decries injustices inherent in the system, particularly the tendency for public goods and amenities (from the use of sports playing fields to basic water quality) to be over-commoditized, placing an unfair burden on the poorest residents with the least disposable income to spend on things that previously shared as common resources. (Not every family can afford $125 to reserve a soccer field for their children!) Gentrifier seeks to promote a balanced perspective on a contentious topic, looking past rhetoric on both sides to examine both potential positives and negatives of gentrification, and is a "must-read" highly recommended especially for public and college library Social Issues collections.

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