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Volume 13, Number 10 October 2018 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Science Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Political Science Shelf Social Issues Shelf Fiction Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Education Shelf Autism Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf Parenting Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Biography Shelf Economic Studies Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf
Psychology Shelf Library Science Shelf Aviation Shelf
Sports Shelf Music Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Military Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
Art Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf  


Reviewer's Choice

Safe Haven in America
Michael Wildes
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
https://www.americanbar.org
9781641051897, $34.95, HC, 200pp, www.amazon.com

America's "broken" immigration system has become a cliche of national politics which has only been made substantially worse by decades of political gridlock. "Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door" by Michael J. Wildes (an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York where he teaches Business Immigration Law) who draws on nearly a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field. The cases presented, however, don't merely involve legal principles, but the human aspects of coming to America as reflected in the happiness of a family and children; the results of fighting criminality and corruption; the hopes of safely expressing political, religious, or social beliefs; and sometimes, the very stark difference between life and death. A timely and much appreciated contribution to our current on-going national dialogue with respect to current immigration law enforcement (especially in light of the perceived abuses of that enforcement by the Trump Administration), "Safe Haven in America" should be a part of every community, college, and university library collection in the country. It should be noted for the personal reading list of students, politicians, ICE personnel, political scientists, immigration reform activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Safe Haven in America" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.99).

Patent It Yourself, 19th edition
David Pressman & David E. Blau
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
www.nolo.com
9781413325393, $49.99, PB, 672pp, www.amazon.com

Now in a fully updated and significantly revised 19th edition, "Patent It Yourself: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Filing at the U.S. Patent Office" continues to be a complete course of instruction from start to finish, guiding inventors and entrepreneurs through the process of getting a patent. Patent attorneys David Pressman and David E. Blau draw upon their impressive expertise to provide the latest information, forms, and clear instructions to: Conduct a patent search the right way; Evaluate an idea's commercial potential; File a provisional patent application to get "patent pending" status; Prepare a patent application; Focus on the patent application's claims; Respond to patent examiners; Get drawings done right; Protect rights in foreign countries; Deal with infringers; Market and license an invention. This new 19th edition covers all the latest implications of the first-to-file rules created by the congressional America Invents Act. While unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library collections, it should be noted that "Patent It Yourself: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Filing at the U.S. Patent Office" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $27.20).


The Science Shelf

The Physics Behind...
Russ Swan
Cassell Illustrated
c/o Firefly Books Ltd.
www.fireflybooks.com
9781844039746, $24.95, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com

From the Cloud to static, and from waterproof clothing to driverless cars, there's a whole world of fascinating science underlying our everyday objects, actions and interactions. In the pages of "The Physics Behind..." readers will discover more about the science that makes our world go round, including everyday technology, objects in the home, amazing physics in nature, incredible engineering and the science behind things most of us would never have thought of before such as sunburn, wifi and a bag of sugar. Packed from cover to cover with detailed original artwork and infographics, "The Physics Behind..." is especially recommended for anyone who has ever been curious about the science of life as it explores the physics behind: touchscreen technology, weather, electric guitars, facial recognition, spider silk, and more! While very highly recommended for school and community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Physics Behind..." is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Writer's Portable Mentor, second edition
Priscilla Long
University of New Mexico Press
MSC05 3185, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
www.unmpress.com
9780826360052, $24.95, PB, 368pp, www.amazon.com

Priscilla Long is a writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, science, fiction, and history. In this newly updated and expanded second edition of "The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life", she continues to draw upon her years of experience and expertise to designed an instructional guide and manual as a means of mentoring writers at all levels, from beginning to quite advanced, by offering a wealth of insight and crafting models. Based upon her twenty-plus years of teaching and creative thought, "The Writer's Portable Mentor" provides the tools necessary for the successful structuring a book, story, or an essay. "The Writer's Portable Mentor" deftly trains writers in observation and in developing a poet's ear for sound in prose. Priscilla also scrutinizes the sentence strategies of the masters and even offers practical advice on how to publish. This newly revised second edition is updated to account for changes in the publishing industry and provides hundreds of new craft models to inspire, guide, and develop every writer's work. Expertly organized and throughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, and presentation, "The Writer's Portable Mentor" is explicitly and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted that "The Writer's Portable Mentor" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $24.95).

500 Words You Should Know
Caroline Taggart
Firefly Books Ltd.
www.fireflybooks.com
9781782432944, $16.95, HC, 192pp, www.amazon.com

"500 Words You Should Know" is Caroline Taggart's instructive reference for anyone who has ever wanted to ameliorate their atavistic lexicon, engage in a little intellectual badinage, or been discombobulated by tricky diction. "500 Words You Should Know" will inspire readers and writers to use uncommon words in their correct context, to utilize the English language to its full potential, and to test themselves on the words they think they already know. "500 Words You Should Know" is an instructive reference for those who appreciate correct usage of the English language, and contains words we thought we knew (decimate, caveat, nemesis), words we should know (euphemism, diatribe, tautology), and just a few that we might want to know (peripatetic, shibboleth, callipygian). Arranged thematically, each word is dissected, with a brief explanation of etymology, historical, and modern usage, allows the full understanding and effectively employment of the word in its proper context. "500 Words You Should Know" is an ideal, entertaining, and useful read for bibliophiles, writers, and the general reading public. While highly recommended for community, college, and university library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "500 Words You Should Know" is also available in a paperback edition (9780228101062, $14.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.99).


The Political Science Shelf

Securing the Vote
Engineering, and Medicine National Academies of Sciences
The National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
www.nap.edu
9780309476478, $50.00, PB, 180pp, www.amazon.com

During the 2016 presidential election, America's election infrastructure was targeted by actors sponsored by the Russian government. "Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy" examines the challenges arising out of the 2016 federal election, assesses current technology and standards for voting, and recommends steps that the federal government, state and local governments, election administrators, and vendors of voting technology should take to improve the security of election infrastructure. In doing so, the report provides a vision of voting that is more secure, accessible, reliable, and verifiable. It is now clear that we are locked into a cyberwar that directly threatens one of the fundamental pillars of our democracy and that there is no leadership in this war by Donald J. Trump who as the current Commander in Chief is blatantly in violation of his presidential oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies both foreign and domestic. "Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy" is a vital and critically important addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary Political Science collections, as well as the personal reading lists of political science students, political activists, governmental officials at both the state and federal levels, all members of the Federal Congress and their staff members. Simply stated, if we lose the current cyberwar against our democratic institutions, we lose our democracy -- period.


The Social Issues Shelf

Race on the Brain
Jonathan Kahn
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023-7015
http://cup.columbia.edu
9780231184243, $35.00, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com

In "Race on the Brain: What Implicit Bias Gets Wrong About the Struggle for Racial Justice" (who is the James E. Kelley Chair in Tort Law and Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law), Jonathan Kahn persuasively argues that implicit bias has grown into a master narrative of race relations -- one with profound, if unintended, negative consequences for law, science, and society. Professor Kahn emphasizes its limitations, arguing that while useful as a tool to understand particular types of behavior, it is only one among several tools available to policy makers. An uncritical embrace of implicit bias, to the exclusion of power relations and structural racism, undermines wider civic responsibility for addressing the problem by turning it over to experts. Technological interventions, including many tests for implicit bias, are premised on a color-blind ideal and run the risk of erasing history, denying present reality, and obscuring accountability. Professor Kahn recognizes the significance of implicit social cognition but cautions against seeing it as a panacea for addressing America's longstanding racial problems. A bracing corrective to what has become a common-sense understanding of the power of prejudice, "Race on the Brain" challenges the reader to engage more thoughtfully and more democratically in the difficult task of promoting racial justice. An impeccable work of articulate, insightful scholarship that is enhanced with the inclusion of forty-eight pages of Notes and an eight page Index, "Race on the Brain" is an especially relevant and highly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary Social Issues collections in general, and the Psychology of Racism supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, racial equality activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Race on the Brain" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $24.99).


The Fiction Shelf

The Sea of Grass
Walter R. Echo-Hawk
www.walterechohawk.com
Fulcrum Publishing
4690 Table Mountain Drive, Suite 100, Golden, Colorado 80403
www.fulcrumbooks.com
9781938486753, $25.95, PB, 350pp, www.amazon.com

Although "The Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the American Heartland" by Walter Echo-Hawk (who is a Pawnee Indian who practices law in Oklahoma) is an historical fiction novel, it is inspired by real people and events that were shaped by the land, animals, and plants of the Central Plains and by the long sweep of Indigenous history in the grasslands. Major events are presented from a Pawnee perspective to capture the outlook of the Echo-Hawk ancestors. The oral tradition from ten generations of Echo-Hawk's family tell the stories of the spiritual side of Native life, and give voice to the rich culture and cosmology of the Pawnee Nation. An impressively well crafted novel that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Sea of Grass" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.07).

Union Soldier
Gordon Landsborough
Neil Hunter
Lindford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444827903, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 312pp, www.amazon.com

In Gin Point, Iowa, the Union Army Enrollment Office is sifting through the locals for recruits. Jim McGaughey (a Harvard-educated doctor far from home) is determined to enlist as an ordinary trooper, despite his being exempt from the draft by way of his medical degree. When one young would-be soldier is roughed up by troopers and goes missing in suspicious circumstances, Jim (now a cavalry trooper) forms an alliance with the youth's sister, who is desperate to discover the truth. But enemies are lurking not only among the Confederates and Sioux, but within the ranks of Jim's blue-coated comrades themselves. A blend of murder mystery whodunnit and an a U. S. calvary vs Indians combat, "Union Soldier" is an absolutely compelling read with a lot of deftly plotted twists and turns. The result is a very highly recommended addition to community library collections and the personal reading lists for anyone who enjoys the combining of a murder mystery with high action and unexpected consequences!

The High Riders
Neil Hunter
Lindford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444837582, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 192pp, www.amazon.com

In the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, Bodie is on the trail of Lew Gallman and his gang - a bunch of cold stone killers who will go to any lengths to get what they want, and shoot down anyone who stands in their way. Tracking them into the heart of a raging storm, Bodie takes shelter in a cave, and meets Ruby Kehoe - the lone survivor of an encounter with the Gallman crew, which left her wounded and her companions dead. Author Neil Hunter is one of the very best of the western action/adventure novelists writing today and "The High Riders" is just the latest classic-in-the-making from his pen. An original and unfailingly compelling read from cover to cover, this large print edition of "The High Riders" is especially recommended for community library collections and is a 'must' for all dedicated western buffs in general -- and Neil Hunter fans in particular!

A Stranger In Honeyfield
Anna Jacobs
Thorpe / Charnwood
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444837735, $35.50, HC, 336pp, www.amazon.com

Bella is working as a VAD, driving ambulances in England in 1916, when she gets engaged to Philip, on leave from fighting in France. His family strongly disapprove of her, but the two of them are happy together. When the worst happens, Bella must manage on her own, though there are shocks and dangers she did not foresee ahead. Thankfully, Philip's best friend, Tez, injured in France, steps in to offer assistance. Can he also help Bella build a new life? A beautifully crafted story of love and loss and starting over again, "A Stranger In Honeyfield" is a fully satisfying and enduringly memorable read from beginning to end, this large print edition of "A Stranger In Honeyfield" is an especially recommended addition to community library collections and the personal reading lists of dedicated romance novel readers.

Rawhide Express
Jake Douglas
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444830415, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 248pp, www.amazon.com

Hardluck Lacy, they call him. The nickname's fitting for a man who gets three years in the penitentiary after defending himself in a fist-fight which leaves his opponent dead. And the moniker follows him to his old stamping ground, where old friends have now become new enemies. But years in prison have hardened Matt Lacy, and now he's ready for anything. Or so he hopes. An experience and accomplished master of the western novel format, with "Rawhide Express" author Jake Douglas has created another excellent read that will have immense appeal for his legions of appreciative readers. There is only one minor quibble, the ending feels incomplete and leaves a major villain, guilty of all manner of heinous crimes against the hero with what feels like a 'slap on the wrist' where all the other villains have meet with suitably violent and satisfying ends at the hands of a highly justified vengeance seeking hero up against all odds. Nevertheless, this large print edition of "Rawhide Express" is recommended for both personal reading lists and community library collections.

The Bloody Trail To Redemption
Paxton Johns
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444837599, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 248pp, www.amazon.com

Another western novel showcasing the adventures of English born aristocrat Born Gallant, "The Bloody Trail To Redemption" begins with him riding into Dodge City when he is attacked, flogged, and left to die. Initially relieved when rescued by a lawman and his posse, he is surprised when as they cut him down they accuse him of murder. A witness, the stage coach driver has sworn that he saw Gallant stab a Kansas senator, and it seems certain he will hang for a crime he did not commit. With the help of old friends like Melody Lake and Stick McCrae, Gallant uncovers a web of political intrigue and vengeance - but will he be able to unmask the true murderer and clear himself from a death sentence for a crime he didn't do? Author Paxton Johns once again demonstrates his genuine flair or original storytelling and his total master of the western genre making "The Bloody Trail To Redemption" in this Linford Western Library large print edition a 'must' for all dedicated western novel fans and highly recommended for all community library Western Fiction & Large Print collections.

A Gun For Shelby
Jake Henry
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444837919, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Forced into taking a job he doesn't want by an army fort colonel, Savage finds himself riding into a desert full of hostile Yavapai Indians to track down a half-breed killer. Unexpectedly Savage is taken captive by a small band of Confederate rebels for whom the Civil War has never ended. Although their leader, the legendary General Jo Shelby, now wants to return to Missouri, some under his command would rather see him dead than betray their cause -- even to the point of trying to make an alliance with Indians on the warpath. Can Savage get Shelby home in one piece before the desert is wrenched apart by the explosive fury of the Yavapais? Another riveting read that is populated by several different 'bad guys' by a master of the western genre, Jake Henry's "A Gun For Shelby" has more unexpected plot twists than a carnival roller coaster. A solidly written and unfailingly entertaining read from first page to last, "A Gun For Shelby" will prove to be an extraordinary and popular addition to both personal reading lists and community library collections.

Hard Ride Across Texas
Michael Zimmer
Five Star Books
10 Water Street, Suite 310, Waterville, ME 04901
9781432847074, $25.95, HC, 346pp, www.amazon.com

Nineteen-year-old Gage Pardell didn't intend to kill Henry Kalb when he rode into Shelburn, Texas, to confront the son of the county's richest man. He just wanted justice for what Kalb had done to his sister. But now Henry is dead, and Gage is on the run from a gang of vicious bounty hunters hired by Henry's father. With nowhere else to go, Gage heads west toward the far-flung buffalo ranges of West Texas. There, he learns what it means to stand up for himself against a lawless frontier, a kill-crazy buffalo hunter, and the men Kalb keeps sending after him. Realizing he can no longer live this way, Gage finally returns home, completing the journey he began the night he killed Henry Kalb. Another deftly scripted and original western from a true master of the genre, Michael Zimmer's "Hard Ride Across Texas" is a simply riveting read and very highly recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated western novel buffs, as well as community library Western Fiction collections.


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Black Diamond Fall
Joseph Olshan
Polis Books
1201 Hudson Street, #211S, Hoboken, NJ 07030
www.polisbooks.com
9781947993341, $26.00, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Luc Flanders has just finished playing a game of pond hockey with his college roommates when he realizes he has lost something precious and goes back to the ice to find it. He never returns, and the police department in Middlebury, Vermont are divided in their assessment of what may have happened to him. Some feel that Flanders left on his own accord and is deliberately out of touch. Others, including detectives Nick Jenkins and Helen Kennedy, suspect that harm may have come to him. As the search for Luc Flanders widens and intensifies, suspicions about several different people, including his Middlebury College roommates and ex-girlfriend arise. Unfortunately, Sam Solomon an older man with whom Luc has been having a secret relationship, cannot prove his whereabouts during the hours when the younger man may have disappeared and Solomon, too, comes under suspicion. As Luke Flanders disappears, the Robert Frost house near the Middlebury campus is vandalized. And there seems to be a link between the two events that the police are determined to discover. A uniquely script novel by a master of character driven narrative storytelling, Joseph Olshan's "Black Diamond Fall" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated mystery buffs that "Black Diamond Fall" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Glitter Bomb
Laura Childs
Berkley Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
www.penguin.com
9780451489548, $26.00, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus' float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his crew is killed. Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the crew-member's death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder -- and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect! The newest addition to author Laura Childs' simply outstanding 'New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery' series, "Glitter Bomb" is another deftly crafted mystery of amazing twists and turns. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated mystery buffs in general, and Laura Child's fans in particular, the "Glitter Bomb" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).


The Education Shelf

Open-Ended Art for Young Children
Tracy Galuski & Mary Ellen Bardsley
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
www.redleafpress.org
9781605545981, $24.95, PB, 152pp, www.amazon.com

Open-ended art is defined as art activity where children are free to use their imagination as they explore a variety of materials without a planned outcome. When teachers embrace open-ended art, they emphasize the process of creating and observe the developmental growth being experienced by the children. Open-ended art provides children an important opportunity to think about, feel, and express ideas. It allows teachers to slow down the pace of the day and appreciate the beauty that comes from simple experimentation with art materials. Specifically designed for use by classroom teachers by childhood education experts Tracy Galuski and Mary Ellen Bardsley, "Open-Ended Art for Young Children" goes beyond the basics to highlight why the field of early childhood education advocates for open-ended art and explains how to adapt to new ways of thinking about art. Each chapter begins with a classroom vignette that describes the challenge, followed by a plethora of solutions grounded in research and illustrated through practical examples. Each chapter also includes full-color pictures and photos and ends with an activity or investigation for reflection. While "Open-Ended Art for Young Children" is fully endorsed and unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "Open-Ended Art for Young Children" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $28.45).

Assessment Literacy for Educators in a Hurry
W. James Popham
ASCD
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
www.ascd.org
9781416626480, $26.95, PB, 150pp, www.amazon.com

Assessment literacy reference to a handful of fundamental understandings about the testing concepts and procedures that influence educational decisions. It is arguably the most cost-effective means of real school improvement. In "Assessment Literacy for Educators in a Hurry" W. James Popham (Emeritus Professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies) strips away the psychometrician-speak and condenses the complexities of educational testing to six practical and action-oriented understandings about validity, reliability, fairness, score reporting, formative assessment, and affective assessment. "Assessment Literacy for Educators in a Hurry " covers: Tests that are worth the valuable time they take to administer; Tests that accurately measure what student have learned; Tests that fairly reflect teacher and school effectiveness; Tests that provide the instructionally useful data that will help students learn faster and better. "Assessment Literacy for Educators in a Hurry" is an instructional guide that will enable the reader, in just a few hours' time, to can pick up the knowledge needed to do a whole lot of good for their students, themselves, and their schools. While very highly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collection and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted that "Assessment Literacy for Educators in a Hurry" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $24.79).

School Safety and Violence Prevention
Matthew J. Mayer & Shane R. Jimerson, editors
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
www.apa.org/books
9781433828942, $79.99, HC, 345pp, www.amazon.com

Knowledgeably compiled and expertly edited by the team of academicians Matthew J. Mayer (The state University of new Jersey - New Brunswick) and Shane R. Jimerson (University of California - Santa Barbara), "School Safety and Violence Prevention: Science, Practice, Policy" is timely volume comprised of thirteen chapters that presents a data driven approach to preventing and responding to school violence. As school violence receives increasing attention across the nation, the application of scientific knowledge is critical. For maximum effectiveness, transdisciplinary teams should use school data, logic models, and theories of change to design, implement, and evaluate interventions. Collaboration among key stakeholders is also necessary to address both structural and systemic barriers to success with violence prevention. With concrete methods for promoting safety in primary and secondary educational settings, "School Safety and Violence Prevention: Science, Practice, Policy" will engage and enable school faculty, counselors, administrators, and other partners to better understand areas of common interest and learn how to work together more effectively. While highly and unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Education Administration collections in general, and school safety supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of administrators, policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "School Safety and Violence Prevention: Science, Practice, Policy" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $65.64).

Visual Learning and Teaching
Susan Daniels
Free Spirit Publishing
6325 Sandburg Road, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55427-3674
www.freespirit.com
9781631981401, $42.99, PB, 272pp, www.amazon.com

With the ubiquitious presense of emojis, avatars, and icons, our world today is becoming increasingly reliant on visual communication. But even as we edge toward a virtual world, it's still critical for students to comprehend and know how to make simple, meaningful marks. "Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K - 8" is an easy-to-use resource created by Susan Daniels who draws upon her more than twenty years of research and experience to create a thoroughly classroom teacher friendly creative guide of strategies that will enable educators to present the foundational skills of visual learning in the classroom. Teachers will learn how to create a "visual toolbox" of tools that promote visual literacy across the curriculum and discover interactive activities to encourage visual learning and communication in all students. Digital content includes customizable forms and a PDF presentation. A free online PLC/Book Study Guide is available at freespirit.com/PLC. "Visual Learning and Teaching" is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies lists.

Educating for Empathy
Nicole Mirra
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
www.tcpress.com
9780807759141, $29.95, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

"Educating for Empathy: Literacy Learning and Civic Engagement" by Nancy Mirra (Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education at Rutgers, Graduate School of Education, The State University of New Jersey) presents a compelling framework for thinking about the purpose and practice of literacy education in a politically polarized world. Mirra proposes a model of critical civic empathy that encourages secondary ELA teachers to consider how issues of power and inequity play out in the literacy classroom and how to envision literacy practices as a means of civic engagement. "Educating for Empathy" reviews core elements of ELA instruction (response to literature, classroom discussion, research, and digital literacy) and demonstrates how these activities can be adapted to foster critical thinking and empathetic perspectives among students. Individual chapters depict teachers and students engaging in this transformative learning, offer concrete strategies for the classroom, and pose questions to guide school communities in collaborative reflection. Of special note is the inclusion of includes real-world examples from a variety of schools and discussion questions at the end of each chapter. While very highly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Educating for Empathy" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.95).


The Autism Shelf

Ask Dr. Tony
Craig R. Evans & Tony Attwood
Future Horizons, Inc.
721 West Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76013
www.fhautism.com
9781941765807, $19.95, PB, 200pp, www.amazon.com

The collaborative work of clinical psychologist Tony Attwood and Craig Evans (the father of an Asperger Syndrome child), "Ask Dr. Tony: Answers from the World's Leading Authority on Asperger's Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism" is a compilation of fifty episodes of the Autism Hangout question-and-answer program video series in which Dr. Attwood directly addresses the most pressing questions of those touched by autism. "Ask Dr. Tony" also includes bonus sections of questions and answers from specific groups such as parents, teachers, public servants, social workers, and more. "Ask Dr. Tony" is an invaluable and comprehensive resource for anyone needing reliable and accessible information for seeking or disclosing a diagnosis; dealing with anxiety, depression, and meltdowns; getting and keeping a job; forming and keeping friendships and relations. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Ask Dr. Tony" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Psychology collections in general, and Asperger's/Autism supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Ask Dr. Tony" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.69).


The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

The Essentials of Theater
Lisa Mulcahy
Allworth Press
www.allworth.com
c/o Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
www.skyhorsepublishing.com
9781621536468, $29.99, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com

"The Essentials of Theater: A Guide to Acting, Stagecraft, Technical Theater, and More" by theater teacher, director, performer, and multimedia writer Lisa Mulcahy is specifically designed to prepare actors and crew for their next show. Perfect for college students in theater programs, as well as community theater troupes, Mulcahy covers all the bases from a brief history on theater over the centuries and basic terminology, to tips on interpreting scripts, developing characters, and utilizing props. Her helpful explanations and examples include a backstage tour introducing the tasks and responsibilities of every participant: stage hands, sound designers, prop managers, and more. Special sections include: A simple guide to completing your first production project; Worksheets and checklists to practice new skills; Interviews with theater critics, playwrights, and sound designers; Appendices with suggested readings, viewings, and resources for theater students. Through real-world examples and engaging activities, readers will explore every facet of the world of theater: acting, directing, playwriting, production, technical design, and more. Mulcahy even includes a chapter on innovative ways to use one's theater education off-stage. A great resource for college theater programs and acting classes in general, "The Essentials of Theater" is an excellent introduction to the stage and all of its moving parts. Informative, practical, comprehensive, and an ideal introduction to the theatrical world, "The Essentials of Theater" is unreservedly recommended for professional, community, and academic library Theater/Cinema/TV instructional reference collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of aspiring actors and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject of theatrical productions that "The Essentials of Theater" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.52).

Shoot from the Heart
Diane Bell
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
www.mwp.com
9781615932887, $26.95, PB, 250pp, www.amazon.com

"Shoot from the Heart: Successful Filmmaking from a Sundance Rebel" is a step-by-step instruction manual by screenwriter and director Diane Bell to will guide aspiring film makers through the process of making an indie film successfully from writing a stand-out script to raising finance, and from getting the most out of a shoot to planning a profitable release. Broken down into sixteen essential steps, "Shoot from the Heart" provides a clear, actionable, real-world plan for turning a film making dream into a reality. With "Shoot from the Heart" the aspiring film maker will not need a ton of money or industry connections, he or she will simply need to be willing to do the work of each step. A complete course of instruction under one cover, "Shoot from the Heart" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented, making it an ideal Do-It- Yourself instruction manual for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Theater/Cinema/TV collections and film making supplemental studies reading lists.


The Parenting Shelf

Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out
James R. Delisle
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
www.prufrock.com
9781618218087, $17.95, PB, 150pp, www.amazon.com

Professor James R. Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years. He retired from Kent State University after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. He is the author of more than 250 articles and 16 book. In "Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out", Professor Delisle provides an engaging and encouraging look at raising gifted children today. A follow-up to his earlier book, "Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children", this new edition of "Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out" focuses on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness, highlighting new information on the issues of perfectionism, self-advocacy, underachievement, mindfulness, and the impact of technology on gifted kids' relationships. "Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out" also features a section on life beyond college, for those readers whose children are no longer children. "Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out" also features real-life stories about the lives of gifted children and how they and their parents recognize and enjoy the many intellectual talents and social and emotional insights they possess. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out" is very highly recommended to the attention of the parents of a gifted childe and should be a part of every community, school district, college, and university library Parenting and Gifted Children instructional reference collection.


The Cookbook Shelf

Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 17th edition
Better Homes & Gardens
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
3 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
www.hmhco.com
9781328498854, $29.99, HC, 704pp, www.amazon.com

The iconic Better Homes and Gardens brand is one of America's most trusted sources for information on cooking, gardening, home improvement, home design, decorating, and crafting. Today, the brand encompasses books, magazines, and digital media. Now in a new 17th edition, one of their most popular culinary titles, "New Cookbook" has been issued. offering a wealth of palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, nutritious, delicious, and thoroughly kitchen cook friendly recipes. Offering complete lists of ingredients and step-by-step instructions, the dishes range from Roasted Smashed Potatoes; Plank-Smoked Salmon; Andouille and Shrimp Gumbo; and Stuffed French Toast; to Apple Pie Pull-Apart Loaf; Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting; Pickled Three-Bean Salad; and Brandied Strawberry Freezer Jam. Profusely illustrated in full color throughout, this compendium of hundreds of recipes should be considered as an invaluable 'must have' addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

The New Filipino Kitchen
Edited by Jacqueline Chio-Lauri
Photography by Rowena Dumlao-Giardina
Agate Publishing
www.agatepublishing.com
9781572842588 $28.00 hc / $27.99 Kindle amazon.com

The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Around the Globe is more than a cookbook, though it features recipes of 30 Filipino chefs and home cooks who have lived abroad, including "Tortang Ampalaya" (stir-fried bitter melon omelet), "Tinola" (ginger chicken soup with moringa), "Sylvana" (balls of almond and candied lemon peel meringue filled with coffee praline buttercream), and more. Here are also a wealth of true-life stories about learning to adapt Filipino cuisine to different diets, ingredients, and preferences; insights into Filipino history, culture, and tradition; and much more. A wealth of full-color photography interleaves this treasury for cooks, gourmets, and anyone with a keen interest in Filipino cuisine and culture. Highly recommended!

Back to the Cutting Board
Christina Pirello
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75204
www.benbellabooks.com
9781946885364, $19.95, PB, 220pp, www.amazon.com

"Back to the Cutting Board: Luscious Plant-Based Recipes to Make You Fall in Love (Again) with the Art of Cooking" by Christina Pirello (a professional chef and the host of PBS's Christina Cooks), takes the family cook on a very special culinary journey to re-engage with the soul of food preparation, from the slice of the knife to the aroma of steam rising from a perfectly roasted winter squash. Showcasing more than 100 enriching plant-based recipes that pair the freshest ingredients with cooking techniques meant to optimize their natural, native flavors, Christina reintroduces dishes that range from Spicy Sauteed Collard Greens; Sweet Root Vegetable Stew; Sesame Hiziki Salad; and Chickpea Farro Soup; to Sweet Corn Fritters; Fabulous English Muffins; Tempeh Reuben; Ginger-Poached Pears; and Orange-Scented Steamed Pudding. Beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photography, "Back to the Cutting Board" is very highly recommended and certain to be an immediately popular addition to family and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Back to the Cutting Board" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.69).

Cook Slow
Dean Edwards
Hamlyn
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9780600635628, $19.99, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

In "Cook Slow" culinary expert Dean Edwards showcases 90 beautifully illustrated, simple, stress-free recipes for slow cookers and conventional ovens. In addition to serving size, an ingredients list, and serving suggestions, each recipes features both a conventional method and a slow cooker method of preparation. With recipes ranging from Overnight Slow Cooker Oats; Coconut Fish Curry; Braised Pork Meatballs in Rich Cider Gravy; and French Onion Soup with Blue Cheese Croutons; to Lazy Mexican Chicken Lasagne; Festive Soda-Baked Holiday Ham; Slow Roasted lamb with Boulangere Potatoes; and Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, "Cook Slow" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular resource for planning truly memorable menus for time-limited kitchen cooks. Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Cook Slow" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights
Christopher Kimball
Little, Brown & Company
c/o Hachette Book Group
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
www.hachettebookgroup.com
9780316437318, $35.00, HC, 416pp, www.amazon.com

Showcasing more than two hundred beautifully illustrated, palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, kitchen cook friendly recipes, "Milk Street: Tuesday Nights" by Christopher Kimball and his team of cooks and editors focus on weeknight cooking by showing how to make simple, healthy, delicious meals using pantry staples and just a few other ingredients. The recipes range from Poached Cod in Tomato-Garlic Broth; Tuscan Soup with Bread, Beans and Greens; Mushroom Pork Omelet; Miso-Ginger Chicken Salad; and Vietnamese Meatball Lettuce Wraps; to Toasted Pearl Couscous; Lemon Grass-Coconut Tofu; Potato Salad and Smoked Trout; Seared Strip Steak with Almond-Rosemary Salsa Verde; and Buckwheat Apple Pancakes. Some chapters focus on time featuring recipes that are Fast (under an hour, start to finish), Faster (45 minutes or less), and Fastest (25 minutes or less), while other chapters highlight easy methods or themes, including Supper Salads, Roast and Simmer and Easy Additions. And there's always time for pizza, tacos, "walk-away" recipes, one-pot wonders, ultrafast 20-minute miracles, and desserts. Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular culinary resource for planning midweek meals, "Milk Street: Tuesday Nights" will prove to be a welcome addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections!


The Biography Shelf

Gabriel Renville
Gary Clayton Anderson
South Dakota Historical Society Press
900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SC 57501-2217
www.sdshspress.com
9784294604557, $29.95, HC, 220pp, www.amazon.com

Born on the shores of Big Stone Lake in modern-day South Dakota, Gabriel Renville (1825 - 1892) was a Sisseton-Wahpeton leader who opposed conflict with the United States during the Dakota War of 1862. He worked tirelessly to create and maintain a space for his people throughout his life. Credited with the creation of the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in 1867, Renville was a man of contrasts. Of European and Dakota descent, he adopted Christianity yet refused to abandon the Dakota Medicine Society. He held fast to kinship obligations even as he courted capitalism. He won favor among white missionaries and Indian agents for promoting their ideas about hard work even as he frustrated them with his love of dancing and feasting. He clung to traditional lifeways while also committing to the economic progress that made the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation a prime example of what the Bureau of Indian Affairs called its Civilization Program. Whether scouting under General Henry Sibley or serving as head chief of his people, Renville remained committed to traditional Dakota ethics even as he embraced the change he and others believed was needed to survive in the coming twentieth century. In this definitive history of Gabriel Renville and his achievements, biographer Gary Clayton Anderson (the George Lynn Cross Research Professor of History, University of Oklahoma - Norman) draws upon primary sources to illuminate the life and motivations of the Sisseton-Wahpeton chief. An impressively informed and informative study, "Gabriel Renville" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library 19th Century American Biography collections, and 19th Century Native American supplemental studies reading lists.


The Economic Studies Shelf

Universal Economics
Armen A. Alchian, author
William R. Allen, author
Jerry L. Jordan, editor
Liberty Fund, Inc.
11301 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032-4564
www.libertyfund.org
9780865979055, $24.00, HC, 736pp, www.amazon.com

Armen A. Alchian (1914-2013), was one of the twentieth century's great teachers of economic science and taught at UCLA from 1958 to 1984. William R. Allen (3 April 1924, age 94) is an American economist, professor and author). In Universal Economics Professors Alchian and Allen had written an erudite presentation of the analytical tools employed in the economic way of thinking. Deftly edited by Jerry L. Jordan (formerly Dean of the School of Management at the University of New Mexico, a member of President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisors and of the U.S. Gold Commission, Director of Research of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis, and President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland), this Liberty Fund edition of "Universal Economics" shows the critical importance of property rights to the existence and success of market economies. "Universal Economics" explain the interconnection between goods prices and productive-asset prices and how market-determined interest rates bring about the allocation of resources toward the satisfaction of consumption demands versus saving/investment priorities. "Universal Economics" shows just how the crucial role of prices in a market economy cannot be well understood without a firm grasp of the role of money in the modern world. The Professors Alchian and Allen application of information and search-cost analysis to the subject of money, price determination, and inflation is unique in the teaching of economic principles. An exhaustive yet definitive work of impeccable scholarship that is enhanced with the inclusion of an informative Foreword, figures, tables, questions, meditations, a glossary, and an index, "Universal Economics" is an unreservedly recommended and core addition to professional, community, college, and university library Economics collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for students, economists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Universal Economics" is also available in a paperback edition (9780865979062, $14.50) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Audiobook Shelf

Billion Dollar Whale
Tom Wright & Bradley Hope
Read by Will Collyer
Hachette Audio
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
www.HachetteAudio.com
9781478947998 $35.00 billiondollarwhale.com

Billion Dollar Whale is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a journalistic expose of an unprecedented financial heist. It began in 2009 when Jho Low, a recent graduate of the elite Wharton business school, persuaded Najib Razak, the prime minister of Malaysia, to create an investment fund, 1MDB. Low raised more than $10 billion for the fund, with assistance from the U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs and others. Then, through his secretive control over 1MDB, Low stole billions from the fund. He spent the money to finance elections, purchase luxury real estate, produce Hollywood films (including "The Wolf of Wall Street"), throw worldwide parties, hobnob with celebrities, and even donate to President Obama. Billion Dollar Whale is the utterly fascinating true tale of modern thievery almost beyond imagination, highly recommended especially for both public and college library audiobook collections. 11 CDs, 12.5 hours.

The Celtic World
Jennifer Paxton
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
www.recordedbooks.com
9781629975221, $39.95, CD, www.amazon.com

Written and ably narrated by Jennifer Paxton (Clinical Assistant Professor of History at The Catholic University of America) "The Celtic World" focuses upon the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose art, language, and culture once spread from Ireland to Austria in an informative series of 24 enlightening lectures explains the traditional historical view of who the Celts were, then contrasts it with brand-new evidence from DNA analysis and archeology that totally changes our perspective on where the Celts came from. European history and culture have been profoundly affected by the Celts, from the myth of King Arthur to the very map of the United Kingdom, where the English confronted the peoples of the "Celtic Fringe". In a complete and unabridged CD audio book format, "The Celtic World" presents each topic related to Celtic history with approachability and ease. Professor Paxton's engaging, often humorous delivery blends perfectly with the facts about the Celts to uncover surprising historical revelations. The ancient Celts are very much alive in the literary and artistic traditions that their descendants have both preserved and very deliberately revived. A flawless audio recording from beginning to end, "The Celtic World" will prove to be a prized and enduringly popular addition to personal, community, and academic library audio book collections in general, and Celtic History supplemental studies lists in particular.

Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, second edition
Joseph Romm, author
Read by Paul Heitsch
HighBridge Audio Books
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
https://highbridgeaudio.com
9781684415762 $39.99 amazon.com

Written by Joseph Romm, Ph.D. (Chief Sicence Advisor for the Emmy Award-winning "Years of Living Dangerously" series) and now in an updated second edition, Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know is the unabridged audiobook rendition presents straightforward answers to the most common (and politically charged) questions about the threat of man-made climate change. Chapters include an analysis of the Paris climate agreement, and the ramifications of the United States' withdrawal; potential implications of clean energy (solar power, wind power, batteries, and electric cars); updates on modern efforts to stem or slow climate change; thoughts on the effects Trump administration's policy with regard to climate action both within the U.S. and internationally; and more. Edifying and thoroughly accessible to individuals of all backgrounds, Climate Change is highly recommended especially for public library audiobook collections. 11 hours on 9 CDs.


The Graphic Novel Shelf

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery
Serena Blasco
Based on the novel by Nancy Springer
IDW Publishing
2765 Truxton Road, San Diego, CA 92106
www.idwpublishing.com
9781684053360 $14.99 amazon.com

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery is a full-color, hardcover graphic novel featuring Enola Holmes, the younger sister of celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes. On her fourteenth birthday, Enola discovers that her mother has disappeared, leaving behind only a collection of flowers and a coded message book. Her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft insist on sending her to boarding school, but Enola uses her own cunning to escape and search for her mother. In the process, she becomes involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, and learns skills to disguise herself and evade pursuit. A fascinating adventure featuring an intelligent and adaptable heroine, The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery is highly recommended for public library collections and readers of all ages.

The Provocative Colette
Annie Goetzinger
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Ste. 700, East Wing, New York, NY 10038
www.nbmpub.com
9781681121703 $24.99 amazon.com

The Provocative Colette is a full-color, biographical graphic novel about the talented French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), who was extremely open-minded and free- thinking, especially by the standards of her time. Her unconventional love life included salacious love affairs with both men and women, two divorces and three marriages, and even a romantic relationship with her adult stepson. She is best known for writing "Gigi", which became a play that launched Audrey Hepburn's career and a famous Hollywood musical, but her body of work and her unfettered life remain an inspiration for women's sexual and cultural liberation. The Provocative Colette is recommended for YA and adult audiences due to mature themes, and an excellent contribution to public library graphic novel collections.

The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy
Craig Yoe, editor
Dead Reckoning
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
www.deadreckoning.org
9781682473238, $29.95, HC, 272pp, www.amazon.com

Deftly edited by Craig Yoe, "The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy: A Collection of High-Seas Stories from Comics' Most Daring Sailor" is a collection of the best stories from the classic run of Don Winslow of the Navy, one of the most popular comic books running during and after World War II. In this new hardcover graphic novel style compendium, the selected stories are digitally remastered and contextualized with Yoe's impressive historical research. Preceding the full, colorful tales is a detailed introduction on the creation of the adventurous Don Winslow. The character served to foster recruitment and entertain Navy personnel and the general public alike during World War II and beyond. Winslow fights the Axis and supervillains like The Snake and the attractive, but deadly, Singapore Sal. Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal and community library collections, "The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy" is enthusiastically and unreservedly recommended.

Trench Dogs
Ian Densford, author/illustrator
Dead Reckoning
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
www.deadreckoning.org
9781682472330, $18.95, PB, 184pp, www.amazon.com

Inspired from assorted first-hand accounts and presented in a graphic novel format, "Trench Dogs" is a fictional story of World War I as an anthropomorphic retelling of that global conflict and the soldiers who experienced the horrors of the front lines and high seas. While horse drawn carts and trains were ordinary sights, automobiles, tanks, submarines, and airplanes made their wartime debuts alongside machine guns, poison gas, and flame throwers. While the nightmares of World War I and the aftermath are sometimes forgotten, "Trench Dogs" asks the reader to look again and remember the dead, and to weigh their number against those who would choose war. Conceived as a long, continuous camera pan through the trenches and beyond, the reader is soon buried in mud, corpses, and ruin, emerging on the other side with blurred recollections of lost comrades and a nagging sense of pointless destruction. Ian Densford's graphic watercolors paired with a spattering of onomatopoeic utterings create an unforgiving tale of the "war to end all wars". While very highly recommended for community library graphic novel collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Trench Dogs" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.00).

The 'Stan
Kevin Knodell, David Axe, and Blue Delliquanti
Dead Reckoning
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
www.deadreckoning.org
9781682470985 $16.95 pbk / $16.95 Kindle amazon.com

The 'Stan is a full-color, graphic novel anthology of true stories that took place during the first decade of U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan (America's longest war). The stories come from a diversity of perspectives, including those of Afghan and U.S. Army soldiers, as well as a Taliban ambassador and others. The 'Stan respects the extreme difficulties faced both by soldiers in American Afghanistan, and the civilians in a land torn apart by war. Highly recommended. It should be noted that The 'Stan is also available in an ebook or Kindle edition ($16.95).

Machete Squad
Brent Dulak, Kevin Knodell, David Axe, and Per Berg
Dead Reckoning
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
www.deadreckoning.org
9781682471005 $18.95 amazon.com

Machete Squad is the full-color, graphic novel memoir of Brent Dulak, a U.S. Army medic and veteran of two tours in Iraq sent to serve in Afghanistan, America's longest war. His duty is to take care of the wounded at a remote outpost as the Americans prepare to turn Kandahar Province over to Afghan forces. Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban; senseless violence plagues the land, sending not only injured soldiers, but also civilians and even dying children to the overworked Dulak. Candidly describing the violence of war, laced with dark humor, and all but impossible to put down, Machete Squad is highly recommended. It should be noted that Machete Squad is also available in an ebook edition.


The Library CD Shelf

Winterland
The Okee Dokee Brothers
Okee Dokee Music
$25.00 http://www.okeedokee.org

Grammy Award-winning group The Okee Dokee Brothers presents Winterland, a music album about celebrating the cold season. From the joys of ice fishing, to questioning how snow-"men" get assigned genders and identities, to the role of winter in nature's life cycle, these songs reach out to listeners of all ages with a positive, jubilant message. Highly recommended! 10% of all Winterland CD sales will be donated to Askov Finlayson's Keep the North Cold initiative (askovfinlayson.com/mission), which supports leading-edge solutions to the problem of man- made climate change. The tracks are "Blankets of Snow", "Welcome Home", "Ice Fishin' Shack", "Keep Me Warm", "The Abominable Yeti", "You You You", "Candles", "Slumberjack", "Ukulele in a Snowstorm", "Howl", "Snowpeople", "Lazy Day", "North Country Dance Band", "Great Grandmother Tree", "New Year", and "Signs of Spring".

Journey of Tears
Monica Williams
Heart Dance Records
https://www.heartdancerecords.com
$13.98 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Flutist and composer Monica Williams presents Journey of Tears, a captivating new age music album of original works, enriched with contributions from guest artists including fingerstyle guitarist Darin Mahoney, New Age flutist Sherry Finzer, and vocalist Alexa Nodromia. Journey of Tears reflects on the highs and lows of life - "Love and loss, joy and pain, fear and hope," in Williams' own words. The profound, emotionally moving songs reach out to the listener, exploring the untold mysteries of happiness and sorrow. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of the genre. The tracks are "Raining Tears", "Conversations Within", "New Horizons", "Unconditional Love", "On the Edge", "Finding Peace", "Constant Change", "Wandering", "Love from a Distance", and "The Great Beyond".

Beyond Measures & Time
Steve Rivera
steveriveramusic.com
Privately Published
$12.97 CD / $9.99 download cdbaby.com

Beyond Measures & Time is a new age solo piano music album by Steve Rivera, that dares to venture into the both the brilliance and the darkness of human emotion. Rich, layered, and inherently intricate, Beyond Measures & Time is an extraordinary, mindscape-spanning musical journey, highly recommended. The tracks are "Suspended Dream", "Passing Shadows", "Unlocking the Moments", "Spectrum of Thoughts", "Falling Closer", "In My Own Memories", "Waves and Particles", "From the Beginning", "Dark Tides", "Fragmented Dreams", and "Measures & Time".


The Library DVD Shelf

Nana
A film by her granddaughter Serena Dykman
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
$24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

Nana is a DVD documentary about a survivor of the Ravensbruck, Malchow, and Auschwitz death camps. When Poland-born Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant was held in the death camps, she was forced to translate for the notorious "Angel of Death" Josef Megele. After the war, Maryla dedicated her life to activism and public speaking. Directed by Maryla's 25-year-old granddaughter, Nana retraces Maryla's story, emphasizing the importance of speaking out against injustice, especially in modern times when the last survivors of World War II are fading away, and intolerance, racism, and antisemitism are making an ugly comeback. Profound, poignant, and an award-winner at fifteen film festivals, Nana is worthy of the highest recommendation to high school, university, and public library DVD collections. 100 min.

Strangers on the Earth
Featuring Dane Johansen
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
$24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

Shot amid the beautiful landscapes of northern Spain, Strangers on the Earth showcases the Camino de Santiago (also known as the "Way of Saint James"), a network of pilgrims' ways leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. These routes have been traveled through the centuries by those seeking spiritual growth and enlightenment. One such pilgrim is Dane Johansen, a performer who carries his musical instrument on his back and plays music, including songs by J.S. Bach, for his fellow seekers. Strangers on the Earth contemplates the concept and meaning of "journey", and the crucial role that the experience of travel and searching plays in the overall understanding of the human experience. Thoughtful, far-reaching, and inspirational, Strangers on the Earth is highly recommended for both personal and public library collections.

Anna Karenina
Starring Helen McCrory, Kevin McKidd, and Stephen Dillane
Adapted from the novel by Leo Tolstoy
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
www.us.RLJEntertainment.com
$34.99 www.acornonline.com

Adapted into a four-part mini-series by award-winning writer Allan Cubitt, Anna Karenina is based on the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy, about the passionate yet troubled affair between a a married aristocrat and an affluent count. A saga of love and betrayal in 19th century Russia, Anna Karenina brings the vibrance, dangers, and tumultuous changes of over a hundred years ago to vivid life. Anna Karenina is highly recommended especially for public library collections, but recommended for mature viewers due to the presence of disturbing images and sexual situations. 4 episodes on 2 DVDs, 241 min.

Sando
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
www.us.RLJEntertainment.com
$39.99 www.acornonline.com

Sando is an outrageously funny Australian comedy, featuring the charismatic yet extraordinarily self-centered business mogul Victoria "Sando" Sandringham (played by Sacha Horler). As the "package deal queen" of a furniture empire, Sando once had it all - but an extreme indiscretion at her daughter's wedding shut her out of her family's good graces, and ten years later, Sando is also being forced out of her own company! Can Sando worm her way back into her family's hearts, and regain control of her business? Or will her own selfishness sabotage her yet again? Featuring unforgettably flamboyant characters, Sando is a sensational madcap delight! Bonus material includes cast interviews (7 min.), Sandro's Warehouse commercial (1 min.) and "Real Deal" music video (2 min.). 6 episodes, approx. 188 min. plus bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles.


The Psychology Shelf

Owning Bipolar
Michael G. Pipich
Citadel Press
Kensington Publishing Corp.
119 West 40th Street, Floor 21, New York, NY 10018-2522
www.kensingtonbooks.com
9780806538792, $16.00, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Grasping the basics of bipolar disorder can give you the power you need to detect it, accept it, and own the responsibility for treatment and lifelong disease management. With its three-phase approach, "Owning Bipolar: How Patients and Families Can Take Control of Bipolar Disorder" by licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Michael G. Pipich can help anyone who is bipolar and their loved ones to become experts at an illness that, if left untreated, often leads to tragedy. "Owning Bipolar" covers: The Pre-stabilization phase and recognition: confronting the causes of bipolar and the effects, including depression, anxiety, loss of energy, avoidance of responsibilities, and suicidal thoughts; The Stabilization phase and acting on it: starting effective medication, accepting the disease, and treating different types of bipolar; The Post-stabilization phase and living with it: undertaking long-term maintenance, accepting a new identity, and coming to terms with personal responsibilities, and the responsibilities of caregivers. Accessible and encouraging, and accented with empathetic first-hand stories from people who share the disorder, "Owning Bipolar" is a vital for readers to help them understand, treat, and live successfully with a bipolar condition. Impressively informed and informative, exceptionally well written, thoroughly accessible for the non-specialist general reader in organization and presentation, "Owning Bipolar" is especially recommended for personal, community, and academic library Psychology collections in general, and Bipolar supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted that "Owning Bipolar" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.00) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Tantor Audio, 9781515933755, $29.99, CD).


The Library Science Shelf

Get Your Community Moving
Jenn Carson
yogainthelibrary.com
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
www.alastore.ala.org
9780838917251, $54.99, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Jenn Carson is a professional yoga teacher and the director of the L.P. Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. She is the creator of the website yogainthelibrary.com and has been delivering movement-based programs in schools, libraries, and museums for a decade. She was named the inaugural member of the Let's Move Libraries advisory board. She also blogs about her physical literacy adventures at the ALA's Programming Librarian website: www.programminglibrarian.org. In "Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to: Describe the concept of physical literacy and explains why it matters, using both research and library testimonials; Share tips for building enthusiasm among library staff, training, marketing, partnering with community organizations, and handling patron feedback; Show how to get started regardless of staffing or budget limitations, with hints for sneaking physical literacy into existing spaces and initiatives;
Include programs for children and families, such as ABC Boom!, storytime fun runs, and a healthy nutrition lecture and tasting; Outline a Water Wars! party, a Quidditch match, an earth walk, and other programs that convert teens energy into healthy movement; Demonstrate ways that adults can also get moving, from gym passes and walk/run clubs to ballroom dancing; guide libraries on involving special populations through outreach and in-reach; and provide checklists for prep, teardown, tie-ins, and followup. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Get Your Community Moving" is unreservedly recommended for college and university library 'Library Science" collections, as well as community library in-service training manual for librarian instructional curriculums.

Archival Futures
Caroline Brown, editor
Facet Publishing
www.facetpublishing.co.uk
9781783302185, $185.28, HC, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Caroline Brown is the Programme Leader and Honorary Lecturer for the archives programmes at the Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University of Dundee, where she is also Deputy Archivist. In "Archival Futures" Professor Brown draws upon her years of experience and expertise as well as the contributions of a range of international experts to consider the current archival landscape and imagine the archive of the future. Firmly rooted in current professional debate and scholarship, Archival Futures offers thought provoking and accessible chapters that aim to challenge and inspire archivists globally and to encourage debate about their futures. It is widely acknowledged that the archive profession/discipline is facing a time of change. The digital world has presented changes in how records are created, used, stored and communicated. At the same time, there is increased public debate over issues such as ownership of and access to information and its authenticity and reliability in a networked and interconnected world. While an absolutely essential and unreservedly recommended addition to college, and university Library Science collections and supplemental studies lists, "Archival Futures" will have a special appeal and value to an international audience of students, academics and practitioners in archival science, records management, and library and information science. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of community, academic, and corporate librarians, as well as non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Archival Futures" is also available in a paperback edition (9781783301829, $89.99).


The Aviation Shelf

Early Jet Fighters
Leo Marriott
Pen & Sword Books
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
9781526727770, $28.95, PB, 128pp, www.amazon.com

In almost 200 archive photographs, "Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954" by aviation expert and historian Leo Marriott deftly traces the development of British and American jet fighters during the first pioneering decade of their production. In many ways the period from 1944 to 1954 was one of the most exciting and innovative in the history of military aviation. Rare images show the first jet fighters flown by the RAF toward the end of World War II and takes the story forward to the most advanced designs that played a key role in the Korean War. The range of experimental and operational aircraft that were conceived and built during this short time was remarkable. "Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954" is a graphic and informative introduction to an extraordinary stage in the evolution of the modern warplane, making it an ideal and very highly recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library American Military Aviation collections and supplemental studies lists.


The Sports Shelf

Hockey Plays and Strategies
Mike Johnson & Ryan Walter
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
www.HumanKinetics.com
9781492562535, $24.95, PB, 248pp, www.amazon.com

Hockey Plays and Strategies features more than 200 plays, systems, and strategies for game play in the offensive, neutral, and defensive zones. With tactics for all players in each of the various zones, you can prepare players to hit the ice with confidence and dominate their opponents. Both amateur and professional hockey players and their coaches to find detailed plays on entering the offensive zone with a dump-in or chip-and-chase, covering shorthanded goals, and using hybrid icing as an offensive advantage. Including tips and 10 key strategies for winning face-offs, "Hockey Plays and Strategies" offers detailed instructions for specific skills, techniques, position responsibilities, and team player requirements will help you learn optimal execution of the following: Breakouts; Attack options; Offensive zone strategies; Forechecking systems; Backchecking alignments; Neutral zone forechecking tactics; Power-play breakouts and zone setups; Penalty kill forecheck and zone alignment; Faceoff plays for each zone; Game management strategies. "Hockey Plays and Strategies will enable players to plan for an opponent with tips on scouting the competition and adjusting game strategy accordingly. No matter what level being coached, "Hockey Plays and Strategies" will guide smart, consistent, and winning play. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Hockey Plays and Strategies" is very highly recommended for personal, professional, school, community, and hockey team instructional reference collections. It should be noted that "Hockey Plays and Strategies" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.49).


The Music Shelf

Music as an Art
Roger Scruton
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
www.bloomsbury.com
9781472955715, $32.00, HC, 272pp, www.amazon.com

As Sir Roger Scruton (who currently teaches an MA course in philosophy for the University of Buckingham) argues in "Music as an Art", in earlier times, our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, the concert hall and the home; in the ceremonies and celebrations of ordinary life, religion and manners. Yet we no longer live in that world. Fewer people now play instruments and music is, for many, a form of largely solitary enjoyment. As is shown in "Music as an Art", we live at a critical time for classical music, and this study is an important contribution to the debate, of which we stand in need, concerning the place of music in Western civilization. "Music as an Art" begins by examining music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German idealism, as well as recalling Roger Scruton's personal struggle to encourage his students to distinguish the qualities of good music. Scruton then explains (via erudite chapters on Schubert, Britten, Rameau, opera and film) just how we can develop greater judgement in music, recognizing both good taste and bad, establishing musical values, as well as musical pleasures. As thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is informed and informative, "Music as an Art" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, college, and university Music Appreciation collections and supplemental studies lists.


The American History Shelf

Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge City
Kevin Britz & Roger L. Nichols
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
www.oupress.com
9780806160290, $32.95, HC, 280pp, www.amazon.com

The Wild West may be long gone, but its legend lives on in places like Tombstone, Arizona; Deadwood, South Dakota; and Dodge City, Kansas. In "Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge City" Kevin Britz and Roger L. Nichols have collaborated to provide an informed and informative tour of these iconic towns, revealing how over time they became repositories of western America's defining myth. Beginning with the founding of the communities in the 1860s and 1870s, "Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge City" deftly traces the circumstances, conversations, and clashes that shaped the settlements over the course of a century. Drawing extensively on literature, newspapers, magazines, municipal reports, political correspondence, and films and television, "Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge City" shows how Hollywood and popular novels, as well as major historical events such as the Great Depression and both world wars, shaped public memories of these three towns. "Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge City" also definitively document the forces ranging from business interests to political struggles that influenced dreams and decisions in these three iconic cities. While very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library American History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge City" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.95).

The Loyalist Conscience
Chaim M. Rosenberg
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9781476672458, $49.95, PB, 232pp, www.amazon.com

Freedom of speech was restricted during the Revolutionary War. In the great struggle for independence, those who remained loyal to the British crown were persecuted with loss of employment, eviction from their homes, heavy taxation, confiscation of property and imprisonment. Loyalist Americans from all walks of life were branded as traitors and enemies of the people. By the end of the war, 80,000 had fled their homeland to face a dismal exile from which few would return, outcasts of a new republic based on democratic values of liberty, equality and justice. In "The Loyalist Conscience: Principled Opposition to the American Revolution", author Chaim M. Rosenberg showcases one of the critically important but often overlooked or undervalued fact that roughly one-third of the people living in the 13 Colonies did not support the American Revolution. Exceptionally well researched, written, organized, presented, and very highly recommended for both community and academic library American History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Loyalist Conscience" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.57).

Saving Spaces
John H. Sprinkle, Jr.
Routledge
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8, New York, NY 10017-9209
www.routledge.com
9781138888661, $150.00, HC, 244pp, www.amazon.com

"Saving Spaces: Historic Land Conservation in the United States" by John H. Sprinkle Jr. (who is an historian with the National Park Service and an Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, University of Maryland, College Park) offers an historical overview of the struggle to conserve both individual parcels of land and entire landscapes from destruction in the United States. Professor Sprinkle deftly identifies the ways in which the identification, evaluation, and stewardship of selected buildings and landscapes reflect contemporary American cultural values. Detailed case studies bring the text of "Saving Spaces" to life by highlighting various conservation strategies and suggesting the opportunities, challenges, and consequences of each. Balancing close analyses with a broader introduction to some of the key issues of the field, "Saving Spaces" is ideal for students and instructors of historic preservation. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Saving Spaces" is a critically important and highly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of academia and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Saving Spaces" is also available in a paperback edition (9781138888678, $44.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $42.70).

Hidden History of Queens
Richard Panchyk
Arcadia Publishing
420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
www.arcadiapublishing.com
9781540235343, $29.99, HC, 194pp, www.amazon.com

Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn at the southwestern end of Long Island, and to Nassau County farther east on Long Island; in addition, Queens shares water borders with the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. Queens has a history filled with fascinating firsts, cool characters and ramshackle ruins. From the nation's first modern highway to the first-ever transatlantic flight, the borough has long been at the forefront of modern transportation. Poet Clement Clarke Moore was inspired by childhood memories of Elmhurst when he wrote the poem "'Twas the Night before Christmas". The infamous William "Boss" Tweed once fled jail to a secret hideout in a Bayside hotel. The remains of the old Creedmoor Hospital complex in Queens Village are haunting, as are the eerie remnants of Fort Tilden in the Rockaways. In the pages of "Hidden History of Queens", author and Queens native Richard Panchyk reveals glimpses of a hidden history that is inherently fascinating and informative reading from beginning to end. While very highly recommended for community and academic library American History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Hidden History of Queens" is also available in a paperback edition (9781467138536, $23.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.98).


The World History Shelf

A History of France
John Julius Norwich
Atlantic Monthly Press
c/o Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
154 West 14th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10011
www.groveatlantic.com
9780802128904, $30.00, HC, 400pp, www.amazon.com

Beginning with Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul in the first century BC, "A History of France" by John Julius Norwich is a study of French history comprising a cast of legendary characters ranging from Charlemagne, Louis XIV and Napoleon, to Joan of Arc and Marie Antionette, it chronicles France's often violent, always fascinating history. From the French Revolution (after which neither France, nor the world, would be the same again) to the storming of the Bastille, from the Vichy regime and the Resistance to the end of the Second World War, "A History of France" is packed from cover to cover with heroes and villains, battles and rebellion. An impressively informative, exceptionally well written, superbly organized and presented study, "A History of France" is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library French History collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted that "A History of France" is also available as a complete and unabridged audio book (Tantor Audio, 9781977367884, $29.99, CD).

Eminent Chinese of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911/2
Arthur W. Hummel, editor
Berkshire Publishing Group
122 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
https://www.berkshirepublishing.com
9781614720331, $189.00, HC, 2 Vols., www.amazon.com

Knowledgeably edited by Arthur W. Hummel, "Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period 1644-1911/2" is a standard reference used by scholars because it is meticulously compiled and unique in its scope. This respected and scholarly history was produced under the auspices of the US Library of Congress and published by the United States Government Printing Office during World War II. Now in a new 2018 Berkshire edition, ""Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period 1644-1911/2" features the original text of 800 biographical sketches as well as a preface by Hu Shih, a scholar who had been China's ambassador to the United States, together with new material for 21st-century readers. While an essential, core addition to community, college, and university library Chinese History collections and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that the two volume "Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period 1644-1911/2" is also available in a paperback edition (9781614728504, $120.00) and in a digital book format (9781614728498).


The Military Shelf

Military Communications in the Future Battlefield
Marko Suojanen
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
www.artechhouse.com
9781630813338, $139.00, HC, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Taking an applications-oriented view, "Military Communications in the Future Battlefield" by Marko Suojanen (who is a researcher in the Information Technology Division at the Fininsh Defence Research Agency and holds an M.Sc. in electronics engineering from the Tempere University of Technology, where he is currently pursuing his Dr.Tech degree in electronics and telecommunications) is unique volume delivers a forward-looking roadmap to military communications. A hands-on reference that offers military and security technology practitioners insights into the key issues related to long-term development within the battlefield communications area, "Military Communications in the Future Battlefield" presents the technological alternatives for communication in the battlefield in unexpected situations and environments. An authoritative resource that discusses unstructured formations of actors using a holistic approach that considers key capability requirements, "Military Communications in the Future Battlefield" is an invaluable and instructive resource for professionals and officers wanting to learn how to prepare for the unexpected and start building agile, adaptive and cognitive systems that are needed in future operating environments. From scenario-based capability planning to situational and context awareness to unmanned ground and aerial platforms, "Military Communications in the Future Battlefield" is easy-to-understand instructional guide and manual covering the critical topics that practitioners need to master to achieve top performance in the battlefield. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Military Communications in the Future Battlefield" is a core addition to college and university library Contemporary Military Studies collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Building a Career Outside Academia
Jennifer Brown Urban & Miriam R. Linver, editors
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
www.apa.org/books
9781433829529, $29.99, PB, 190pp, www.amazon.com

While many graduates, having earned their doctorate degree go on to pursue academic careers, academia isn't for everyone. "Building a Career Outside Academia: A Guide for Doctoral Students in the Behavioral and Social Sciences" is career guide by collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Jennifer Brown Urban (Professor, Department of Family Science and Human Development, Montana State University) and Miriam R. Linver (Professor, Department of Family Science and Human Development, Montclair State University) that examines the rewarding opportunities that await social and behavioral science doctorates in non-academic sectors, including government, consulting, think tanks, for profit corporations, and nonprofit associations. The individual chapter authors are all experienced professionals who provide a true insider's look into their respective fields. They explain why they chose their paths, the challenges they overcame, and how they applied their PhDs to make a difference in the real world. Each Chapter offers tips for leveraging support from mentors, conducting job searches, marketing a degree and skillset, networking, and preparing for interviews. While unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Jobs/Careers collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Building a Career Outside Academia" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $28.23).


The Art Shelf

Centering Modernism
Louise Siddons
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
www.oupress.com
9780806160337, $45.00, HC, 328pp, www.amazon.com

During the twentieth century, artists across the United States participated in the modernist movement. But as American modernism evolved during the 1950s and 1960s, the art world likewise changed, narrowing its vision toward large coastal cities such as New York and Los Angeles. As these cities increasingly claimed the avant-garde for themselves, artists from the "flyover" states all but disappeared from the canon of experimental artists. Among these forgotten figures is Oklahoma modernist J. Jay McVicker (1911 - 2004). In "Centering Modernism: J. Jay McVicker and Postwar American Art", Louise Siddons (Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater) fills a curious gap in the history of American art by exploring and rescuing from obscurity McVicker's career and contributions to international modernism. Featuring nearly one hundred full-color reproductions of McVicker's works, "Centering Modernism" showcases the extraordinary range of his artistry. As the first comprehensive survey of McVicker's career and oeuvre, and a scholarly study enhanced with the inclusion of twenty-six pages of Notes, an eight page Bibliography, and a ten page Index, this impressively informed and informative volume is also the story of American modernism in all its diversity, making it an essential, core addition to American Art History collections in general, and J. Jay McVicker supplemental studies reading lists in particular.


The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

77 Things to Know Before Getting a Cat
Susan M. Ewing
Fox Chapel Publishing Company
www.FoxChapelPublishing.com
9781620082911 $19.99 amazon.com

Featuring striking full-color photography throughout, 77 Things to Know Before Getting a Cat: The Essential Guide to Preparing Your Family and Home for a Feline Companion lives up to its title as a thoroughly reader-friendly guide to getting ready for and caring for a cat. Whether one is buying a purebred from a breeder, adopting from a shelter, or acclimating a stray, 77 Things to Know Before Getting a Cat is filled cover and cover with need-to-know information. 77 Things to Know Before Getting a Cat is highly recommended for both personal reference and public library collections. "When you cut your cat's nails, try to avoid the quick, the dark blood vessel running through the middle of the nail. If you can't see the quick, cut the nail just where it starts to curve and you should miss the quick. If you accidentally cut the quick, use a touch of styptic powder to stop the bleeding or just hold your finger tightly to the end of the nail until the bleeding stops."


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