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Volume 3, Number 9 September 2008 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Jewelry Shelf Metaphysical StudiesShelf
Poetry Shelf Biography Shelf Military Shelf
Aviation Shelf Women's Studies Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Education Shelf Business Shelf Art Shelf
Gardening Shelf Library Science Shelf Real Estate Shelf
Literary Shelf Social Issues Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Sports Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Fiction Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
Political Science Shelf Cookbook Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Language Studies Shelf American History Shelf Urban Studies Shelf
Architecture Shelf Interior Design Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Computer Shelf Photography Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Crafts Shelf Library Reference Shelf International Studies Shelf
Science Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Gaming Shelf
Humor Shelf Library DVD Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Music Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Through Chinese Eyes
Edward Vernoff & Peter J. Seybolt
Center for International Training and Education
777 United Nations Plaza, Suite 3C, New York, NY 10017
The Apex Press (publicity)
PO Box 337, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
0938960512, $24.95,

China has been in a cultural turmoil over the past hundred years. Now in an updated and expanded third edition, "Through Chinese Eyes" is an impressively informative compilation of essays and thoughts direct from the mouths of those who have experienced it the people of China. From the communist revolution of the late 40's and the following decades to the sweeping reforms and social changes that have occurred since 1980, it's an enlightening and intriguing set of memoirs and ideas from a voice not often heard to western ears. "Through Chinese Eyes" is highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand the modern Chinese people.

Residential Wiring
Jeff Markell
6058 Corte del Cedro, PO Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018
9781572182042, $42.00,

Power is essential to residences in the twenty first century, so wiring is essential as well. "Residential Wiring: To the 2008 NEC" is an introductory text for electricians to be. Focusing on making electricians' work meet the demanding standards of the NEC the National Electrical Code. With professional level standards, author and wiring expert jeff markell goes over the uses of every bit of an electrician's tools, dealing with older wiring systems, replacing or adding new wires, repairing your mistakes, and troubleshooting issues, among other topics. Enhanced with a CD-ROM with a study guide program to help would-be electricians cram the vital information into their heads, "Residential Wiring" is an essential instructional and reference guide for students, do-it-yourself amateurs, and professional electricians.

The Jewelry Shelf

Jewelry Just for You!
Kalmbach Publishing Company
P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
9780871162618, $19.95

Most books on jewelry making assume a narrow focus on producing a wide range of jewelry, but style-conscious jewelry makers will find more appeal in JEWELRY JUST FOR YOU!, which also teaches how to pair jewelry with clothing for maximum impact. Step-by-step photos on making pieces compliment instructions on how to pair jewelry to specific features. Four different face types and four different necklines offer specific style and jewelry-making options, making this perfect not just for crafts libraries, but for fashion-conscious collections.

Diamond Ring Buying Guide
Renee Newman GG
International Jewelry Publications
500 W. Main St., Suite C-200, Alhambra, CA 91801
9780929975405, $18.95,

Diamonds are one of the most valuable materials in the world. "Diamond Ring Buying Guide: How to Evaluate, Identify, and Select Diamonds, & Diamond Jewelry" is now in a newly updated and expanded seventh edition, seeking to give readers the education they need to make informed purchases in an arena where a little knowledge counts for a lot when spending money. Covering subjects such as the style, fake diamonds, precious metals, customs, and in general being smart about purchases, "Diamond Ring Buying Guide" is a must for anyone in the market for a piece of jewelry that may cost them thousands of dollars.

Imperishable Beauty
Yvonne J. Markowitz and Elyse Zorn Karlin with Susan Ward
MFA Publications
c/o Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9780878467358, $29.95 1-800-338-2665

Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry is an art book showcasing jewelry that exemplified the European Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though an essay acquaints the reader with the history and aesthetics of art nouveau jewelry, for the most part the full-color photographs of breathtaking artistic creations speak for themselves. From a colorful blue-and-white brooch shaped like a swallow to a gold hair comb decorated with a profile of a dragon on a wave, the style, drama, and pathos of these three-dimensional creations are sure to captivate the imagination. Enthusiastically recommended for jewelry art book collections.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Marie D. Jones
New Page Books
3 Tice Road, PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Warwick Associates (publicity)
17404 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, CA 95476
9781601630070, $15.99,

December 21st, 2012, the last day of the Mayan Calendar. "2013: Envisioning the World After the Events of 2012" is a hypothetical look at the future if the 2012 doomsday scenario were to come into being. It ponders on the topics of the world after an earth shattering series of events, and how life will drastically change on the social, political, and geographical scales. "2013" is a unique examination of a possibility.

The Poetry Shelf

Peter Oresick
Carnegie Mellon University Press
5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15289-1021
Cornell University Press Services (distribution)
PO Box 6525, Ithaca, NY 14850
9780887485039, $16.95

A book of poetry about one man is unusual approach, but Peter Oresick makes it work in "Warhol-O-Rama". Andy Warhol was a pop artist who was known for associating with wide variety of people from all walks of life and using the ideas such diverse encounters engendered in his art, be it painting, film making, or writing. Oresick uses an artist's inspiration to write about the artist who inspired him, and the poetry is as original and entertaining as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. "Warhol-O-Rama" is highly recommended as a book of deftly written poetry and a fascinating read for the legendary Warhol's legions of fans.

In Daily Accord
Frank Golden
Salmon Poetry
c/o Trudy Corporation (publicity)
335 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CN 06851-1552
DuFour Editions (distribution)
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9781903392751, $23.95,

Experienced poet, novelists and short fiction writer Frank Golden brings poetry lovers something to enjoy with "In Daily Accord". The poems, inspired by Haiku and Senryu formats, seeks to express several views of the world from different voices to give readers a more inspiring look at the world in that their view is far from the only one that exists. "In Daily Accord" is a unique collection of short poems, easily enjoyed in short bursts or all at once. An unnamed sample from the "November" chapter: At three o'clock in the morning/I was reminded that the floor/Of our house was unclean.

Toad to a Nightingale
Brad Leithauser
David R. Godine Publisher
PO Box 450, Jaffrey, NH 03452
9781567923414, $20.95,

What mumbling communications go on between on between two very different members of the animal kingdom? "Toad to the Nightingale" is a collection of poetry from Brad Leithauser, who is prolific with four books of poetry before hand. An exchange between the titular pair proves unique and entertaining, and the great art from his brother Mark Leithauser does the verse justice. "Toad to a Nightingale" is highly recommended for poetry fans who look for odd twists on old formulas.

Season of Flowers and Dust
Gregg Mosson
Goose River Press
3400 Friendship Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572
9781597130561, $12.95,

Autumn has always been viewed as the sickening and death of the world. "Season of Flowers and Dust" is experienced poet Gregg Mosson's thoughts deftly laid out in meter and rhythm. He speaks on the cycle of dying, death, and rebirth that occurs yearly in the Pacific Northwest. "Seasons of Flowers and Dust" is a vivid and moving book of poetry that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking . "December Ice": Frost-webbed grass:/a thousand handfuls of starfish.

Flower of Perhaps
Toby Press
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
9781592642151, $14.95,

Jewish poetry fans who have not the time to learn Hebrew rejoice, as "Flowers of Perhaps" has been masterfully translated into English by Robert Friend. Ra'Hel is a Russian Jew who was one of the earlier movers to Palestine. Her poems speak of her times, an important time for Jews around the world. A bilingual anthology, "Flowers of Perhaps" places both Hebrew and English texts side by side, and is certain to please readers who appreciate poetry with historical value. "Pride commanded...": Pride commanded: with my own hands...//With my own hands/I broke the thread/I burnt the bridge,/and into the heart of an infant joy/I thrust the knife.../with my own hands.

The Biography Shelf

Still Alive!
Herbert Gold
116 John Street, #2810, New York, NY 10038
9781559708708, $25.00,

One doesn't survive three quarters of a century by hiding in their home. "Still Alive! A Temporary Condition" is Herbert Gold looking back on his long life and wondering where it all went to. With a Bohemian look at life and the changing times throughout the twentieth century and the dawning of the twenty-first, his imagination brings much cleverness and thought for readers to feast upon. "Still Alive!" is a fresh memoir from a man who is not so fresh, highly recommended.

A Persistent Peace
John Dear
Loyola Press
3441 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
DeChant, Hughes, & Associates (publicity)
1440 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60622
9780829427202, $22.95,

People who spend time in Prison are violent criminals, not men of peace. "A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World" is the story John Dear, a man who converted to Christianity later in his life and decided to take up the call to spread Jesus's famous words 'love thy neighbor as you love thyself.' The wisdom, while celebrated by many, isn't universally accepted, as his stands against several get him into trouble. A saddening and inspiring story at the same time where one can have such a positive message for it to be ignored, "A Persistent Peace" is a must for anyone seeking a biography of a different sort.

The Military Shelf

The War Chronicles
Joseph Cummins
Fair Winds
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781592332960, $29.95,

War has always been an evil that mankind has visited upon itself. "The War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks" covers more than two thousand two hundred years of history in the subject of warfare. Such subject as Persia's campaigns in Greece, the invasion of England in 1066, European campaigns in the New World, to its final chapter on America's rebellion against their British masters. "The War Chronicles" is a must for anyone fascinated with this aspect of human nature, be they scornful of what has come to pass, or glorify the heroes that each conflict spawns.

The Aviation Shelf

Dayton Air Show
Ty Greenlees & Timothy R. Gaffney
Orange Frazer Press
PO Box 214, Wilmington, OH 45177
9781933197456, $24.95,

The Airplane, despite being 105 years old, is still a marvel and fascination to many. "Dayton Air Show: A Photographic Celebration" is a photographic look at Dayton Ohio's treasured air show. From the first show in 1910 featuring the inventors in the Wright Brothers, to the modern incarnation where families bring their children to marvel art the skills of the pilots and their aircraft, "Dayton Air Show" is packed from cover to cover with full color photographs and informative writing, a must for any air enthusiast. A highly recommended addition for aircraft enthusiasts, as well as both academic and community library Aviation History reference collections.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Branding Miss G
Michelle Miller
Sumach Press
1415 Bathurst Street, #202, Toronto, ON, M5R 3H8, Canada
9781894549721, $28.95,

Feminist groups have been around for decades, but getting the steam and attention needed is a difficult endeavor. "Branding Miss G: Third Wave Feminists and the Media" is the story of one group getting the attention they desired. Their marketing scheme is unique and eye catching, and didn't push the feminist aspect too far all in the name of bring women's studies courses to Ontario schools. "Branding Miss G" is a message to other famous groups on how to push their messages effectively.

When Our Mothers Went to War
Margaret Regis
Nav Publishing
PO Box 5624, Bellingham, WA 98227
9781879932050, $29.95,

The efforts of the men in World War II have labeled them as heroes, but what of the fairer sex? "When Our Mothers Went to War: An Illustrated History of Women in World War II" tells why the generation of World War II is referred to as The Greatest Generation. These women, when many of the men were off giving their lives in Europe and the Pacific, gave more than just moral support, constructing the ammunition, weapons, and vehicles that the men used to win the war. A story of the second great war and the home front through pictures, "When Our Mothers Went to War" is a solid addition to any collection seeking books on history and for women's studies as well.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Climatic Cataclysm
Kurt M. Campbell
Brookings Institution Press
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
9780815713326, $28.95,

Could Global Climate do more than create environmental chaos? "Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change" looks at the other implications that a shifting climate could visit upon a world. Pondering scenarios ranging from likely to full on possible doomsday-level scenarios, they are all explained on what they mean for the world, how they can be averted, and how they can be dealt with if it's too late to avert it. "Climatic Cataclysm" is an enlightening look at how nature can wreak havoc on politics.

Christopher Gillis
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764329692, $24.99,

Wind blows across the world everywhere, plentifully without provocation and what is even more important, without cost. "Windpower" is an examination of one of the many proposed solutions to energy in today's world. Clean and cheap, people have been using windpower for centuries, and many scientists are pushing for its comeback to help fend off America's insatiable appetite for power. Enhanced with color photographs and diagrams, "Windpower" is a must for anyone who wants to further understand this green power source.

The Education Shelf

The Giant Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans
Kathy Charner, Maureeen Murphy, & Charlie Clark, editors
Gryphon House
10726 Tucker Street, Beltsville, MD 20705
9780876590683, $34.95,

The years between three and six are vital to children's educational development. "The Giant Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans For Children 3 to 6: More Than 250 Lesson Plans Created by Teachers for Teachers" is a guide for preschool and kindergarten educators who want to give the young children the intellectual stimulation they need to be the smartest they can be for elementary school and later. The lessons tackle a long list of subjects such as shapes, colors, counting, reading, and more elementary but vital educational topics. "The Giant Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans for Children 3 to 6" is a must for teachers of this range who want diverse, effective lesson plans.

Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed
Hugh B. Price
ASCD Press
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416606963, $21.95,

It takes a village to raise a child, as the proverb goes. "Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed" is a guide for community leaders who want to encourage educational success in school age children. With ideas for initiatives, moral support, involving parents, involving local businesses, and using the media as well, all ideas are fresh and sure to be effective. "Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed" is a solid guide for those who want to go farther in the education of our children.

The Business Shelf

Limited Liability Company
Gregory C. Damman
Self-Counsel Press
1704 N. State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
9781551807430, $19.95,

The benefits of a Limited Liability Company are great, and this newly updated and expanded fourth edition of "Limited Liability Company: How to Form and Operate Your Own" will tell readers how to reap the benefits. Outlining what an LLC is, who can take advantage of it, the downside to the formation of one, all the legal and tax issues come with it, it thoroughly explains if an LLC is right for the reader's organization. Enhanced with a CD-ROM that will be helpful in doing the legal work to create one's own LLC, "Limited Liability Company" is a must for any small business owner.

Six Disciplines Execution Revolution
Gary Harpst
Six Disciplines Publishing
c/o Planned Television Arts
1110 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022
9780981641102, $12.95,

How does one make their particular business excel past all their competitors? "Six Disciplines Execution Revolution: Solving the One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' and practical guide to help business owners answer that very question. Promoting 'The Excellence Business Model', which pushes balanced strategy and execution, successful entrepreneur and author Gary Harpst helps new business owners deal with anticipated and unexpected challenges as they occur and how they to avoid failure before such difficulties become an insurmountable problem. "Six Disciplines Execution Revolution" is an excellent pick for anyone looking to make their business venture an enduring success.

The eBay Business Start-Up Kit
Richard Stim
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413308655, $24.99,

eBay can be a great avenue to ordinary people wanting to earn money through buying and selling in the comfort of their own home. "The eBay Business Start-Up Kit: With 100s of Live Links to All the Information & Tolls You Need" is a complete, comprehensive, 'user friendly', step-by-step guide to becoming an eBay entrepreneur. From becoming a power seller to dealing with the legal troubles to handing returns, nothing is left to guesswork. Enhanced with a CD-ROM full of useful resources, "The eBay Business Start-Up Kit" is a must for anyone wanting to start their own eBay business with a minimal of start up capital and a maximum of revenue return.

Web Marketing for Small Businesses
Stephanie Diamond
Sourcebooks, Inc.
PO Box 4410, Naperville, Illinois, 60567-4410
9781402211768, $16.95,

The internet is a powerful tool for many things, such as marketing. "Web Marketing for Small Businesses: 7 Steps to Explosive Business Growth" is a guide for small time entrepreneurs who seek to use the internet to turn their companies around. With advice on finding the right tools and methods to doing so, using the concept of 'Web 2.0', connecting with your customers, online selling, and keeping track of this massive monster, "Web Marketing for Small Businesses" is a must read for any small time business who want to expand.

A Culture Of Rapid Improvement
Raymond C. Floyd
CRC Press
c/o Taylor & Francis Group
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781563273780, $40.00,, 1-800-272-7737

Employees who are good at their job are the bedrock upon which any corporation or business is founded. In "A Culture Of Rapid Improvement: Creating And Sustaining An Engaged Workforce", Raymond C. Floyd draws upon his more than forty years of industrial management experience and expertise to lay out the principles and practices that all corporate managers and business owners must apply if they are to establish, improve, and maintain employees who will insure the competitive advantage and commercial success of any enterprise regardless of the goods or services that company offers in today's highly competitive and volatile marketplace whether it is local, national, or international in scope. Winner of the Shingo Prize and having the distinction of having led businesses from two different industries that were both recognized by 'Industry Week' magazine as being among the 'Best Plants in America', Floyd shows management how to develop shared values and beliefs as a foundation for a dynamic business culture, how to engage all employees in joining that new culture through opportunities to initiate and participate in its improvement, as well as how to measure, evaluate and manage the performance of the new business culture. Of special note is the final section spanning a two year period of six month intervals in applying principles of change and development within the organization that will result in the inculcation of strategic goals from inception to accomplishment. Each chapter concludes with a succinct summarization of the principles and ideas covered in that chapter making "A Culture Of Rapid Improvement" an ideal textbook for MBA programs, a highly recommended addition to academic and corporate Business Management reference collections, as well as an informed and informative read for anyone aspiring to improve their business management skills within a corporate structure.

The Art Shelf

Sweet on the West
Denver Art Museum
The Institute of Western American Art
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204-2788
University of Oklahoma Press (distribution)
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806199696, $21.95, 1-800-627-7377

When one thinks of the old west, they think of cowboys, Indians, gold rushes, and... candy? Published by the Denver Art Museum with the support of The Institute of Western American Art, "Sweet on the West: How Candy Built a Colorado Treasure" is the story of one of the most famous candies of the modern world, the Jolly Rancher. Although modernly known for fruit based hard candies, the Jolly Rancher company started with chocolates and being a soda tap product. Its history over the past century is showcased through photographs, drawings, and old advertisements. "Sweet on the West" is an entertaining and informative story about how one company in Colorado became synonymous with a popular delicacy in the modern era.

John Romita Jr.
George Khoury & Eric Nolen-Weathington
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Dr., Raleigh, NC 27614
9781893905955, $14.95,

Spider-Man, Wolverine, Gambit, Daredevil, are all names and characters well known to Marvel comic fans everywhere. "John Romita Jr." is the eighteenth entry in the Modern Masters series, looks at the art and design of John Romita who has drawn all of these Marvel characters and a great many more. Romita's art has had a major impact on Marvel for the past three decades with his original blend of great art, great storytelling, and great professionalism. JRJR, as he has been dubbed by his fans, is one of the most enduringly popular Marvel artists and storytellers, and "John Romita Jr." is a 'must' for his legion of fans, as well as being a very highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library reference collections.

A Marquetry Odyssey
Silas Kopf
Hudson Hills Press
PO Box 205, 3556 Main Street, Manchester, VT 05254
9781555952877, $65.00,

The art of Marquetry, the art of crafting pictures into wood, is ages old. "A Marquetry Odyssey: Historical Objects and Personal Work" is Silas Kopf's fascinating and informative history of a specialized subject in the field of art. "A Marquetry Odyssey" survey's this art form's long and distinguished history, ranging back from its origins in ancient Egypt down to the present day. Kopf goes into his own work in the field, explaining his influences derived from historical precedent and examples from great Marquetry artists down through the ages. A core addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Art History reference collections, "A Marquetry Odyssey" is an excellent introduction to the art and a thoroughly 'reader friendly" explanation of its roots and origins for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the Marquetry art work.

The Gardening Shelf

The Vertical Garden
Patrick Blanc
W.W. Norton
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393732597, $60.00,

A different type of garden, designed for an area where real estate is invaluable, "The Vertical Garden: The Nature of the City" is Patrick Blanc's look at these creations that can be created in almost any urban setting. To the city they bring a visually pleasing image in an area where people only ever see is asphalt and concrete. The gardens can range from any height, from half a story tall to slowly growing up the sides of skyscrapers. Covering the history and skills involved in creating such gardens, "The Vertical Garden" is a must for anyone who wants to create a magnificent arrangement of plant life and doesn't have much horizontal to work with.

The Library Science Shelf

Linda Wedwick & Jessica Ann Wutz
International Reading Association
800 Barksdale Road, Newark, DE 19714-8139
9780872076198, $22.95,

The right material for the right child is the difference between the child's apathy and a lifelong enthusiasm for reading. "Bookmatch: How to Scaffold Student Book Selection for independent Reading" is a system for librarians to help guide readers on the right path. With nine categories ranging from book length, language level, genre, and more, it's a thorough system to help match children with appropriate subject matter to read. "Bookmatch" is a must for librarians who want to get children reading.

No School Library Left Behind
Carl A. Harvey
Linworth Books
3650 Olentangy River Road, Suite 260, Columbus, OH 43214
1586832336, $39.95,

The school library is often a child's first experience to the concept of a library. A school librarian should seek to make it a special one to plant the seeds of encouragement and a love of books. "No School Library Left Behind: Leadership, School Improvement, and the Media Specialist" takes a look at school libraries and offers school librarians hope and encouragement on how to turn their library into something far more special. With advice on collaborating with faculty, students, and parents, it's an ideal read for any school librarian. "No School Library Left Behind: Leadership, School Improvement, and the Media Specialist" is highly recommended for community library science collections.

Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries
Jack O'Gorman, editor
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838909430, $80.00,

The information era has exploded and brought countless references and resources out into the world. Now available in a newly updated and expanded seventh edition, "Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries" is a complete and comprehensive collection for librarians who want to maximize the amount of information they can place in their libraries. With essays from librarians on their experiences, their ideas should inform and inspire. The book contains specific chapters dedicated to each of the subjects in classical learning, and how each one is treated differently in reference compendiums. "Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries" is a must for any librarian who is dealing with the reality of limited resources, with aspirations bigger than their own library.

Copyright for Administrators
Carol Simpson
Linworth Books
3640 Olentangy River Road, Suite 250, Columbus, OH 43214
1586833235, $39.95,

Copyright law is something libraries and schools always need to be wary of violating. "Copyright for Administrators" is a complete and comprehensive guide to better understanding copyright laws. Aimed at school administrators, it's a crash course in teaching them about the common and uncommon issues that would so often appear in the field. Up to date, "Copyright for Administrators" is enhanced with indexes and glossaries, making it a must for education professionals.

The Real Estate Shelf

The Homeowner's Guide to Foreclosure
James I. Wiedemer
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10006
9781427797681, $18.95,

Foreclosure is something thousands live in fear of. Now in a newly expanded and updated second edition, "The Homeowner's Guide to Foreclosure: How To Protect Your Home and Your Rights" is a complete and comprehensive manual on foreclosure and how to deal with it. With much advice given on how to fight it and prevent it when the bills begin to pile up, how to pursue legal advice and dealing with the flood of forms that comes with all this, the second edition is a welcome one. "The Homeowner's Guide to Foreclosure" is a must for all who are faced with the threat on a regular basis.

The Literary Shelf

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays
Cynthia Greenwood
c/o Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9781592577088, $18.95,

The works of Shakespeare are world renown but can be a little intimidating for someone just starting out. "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays" is a guide for those who want to better understand this series of famous works without earning a Master's degree in English Literature. Covering both his major plays such as Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet to his lesser known ones, the guide also entertains with facts and stories about each of the plays and the man behind the pen himself, Shakespeare. "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays" is a must for any stage actor who doesn't fully understand the bard's work.

The Marlow-Shakespeare Connection
Samuel L. Blumenfeld
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640
9780786439027, $45.00,

William Shakespeare. Real Name: Christopher Marlowe? "The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection: A New Study of the Authorship Question" is a look at something that some literary critics would dismiss as heresy that legendary author and playwright William Shakespeare did not exist and all of his writing was in fact done by supposedly dead contemporary Christopher Marlowe. With evidence to back up the outrageous claim, Blumenfeld will have readers too, contemplating that William Shakespeare is more legend than man.

The Canterbury Tales
Robert Boenig & Andrew Taylor
Broadview Press
2215 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207
9781551114842, $22.95,

One of the great English classics, an illustrated edition "The Canterbury Tales" has been re-released by Broadview Press in the original Middle English to be read and interpreted on its own and not processed for contemporary readers through translators. For easier understanding for some readers, Robert Boenig and Andrew Taylor have provided annotations on Chaucer's archaic English language for more complete comprehension. An enduringly popular satire of his own time, contemporary readers will find for themselves why "The Canterbury Tales" is an authentic literary classic. A superbly printed and presented edition, "The Canterbury Tales" is especially recommended for academic library reference collections.

The Social Issues Shelf

Hunting the American Terrorist
Terry D. Turchie & Kathleen M. Puckett
History Publishing Company
PO Box 700, Palisades, NY 10964-0700
9781933909349, $24.95

The Terrorist is not something of strictly Arabic manufacture. "Hunting the American Terrorist: The FBI's War on Homegrown Terror" is a look at what many Americans don't know exists those who would call themselves American citizens and do harm upon their own people. A look at these bizarre individuals and the acts they have visited upon us, such as Timothy McVeigh and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings, it also gives the optimistic light on how these individuals are cracked down upon daily. A frightening and eye opening look at a subject not often talked about, "Hunting the American Terrorist" is a must for anyone who would truly understand Terror.

James H. Carr & Nandinee K. Kutty, editors
270 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Gulotta Communcations (publicity)
341 Lexington Street, Newton, MA 02466
0415965330, $36.95,

Segregation is still alive in America, and it's still doing damage to society. "Segregation: The Rising Costs for America" is a collection of scholarly essays on this subject. Speaking on how the last few decades have moved toward lowering the racial walls of society and how although progress is being made, it still exists and is costing America. "Segregation" is a must for those who want to understand the racial issues that plague society to this day.

Schooling Passions
Veronique Benei
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804759069, $24.95,

India is the home of more than one billion people and it is one of the most diverse countries on the planet. "Schooling Passions: Nation, History, and Language in Contemporary Western India" is an in-depth examination of the schools of western India. India, with its mixed Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu populations. The schools try to appeal to the one thing that all of them have in common that they are all Indians. "Schooling Passions" is a model that American schools could draw ideas from on what to do and what not to do.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Funerals with Today's Families in Mind
Doreen M. McFarlane
The Pilgrim Press
700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
9780829817867, $18.00,

Death is inescapable, and families must face it happening to the ones they hold dear. "Funerals with Today's Families in Mind: A Handbook for Pastors" is a guide for religious leaders in helping family during tough times, when they are in need of tender care the most. Covering the issues family face, what a pastor could do to help, and the question of religious issues be it with the deceased or the attendees. "Funerals with Today's Families in Mind" is a sensitive guide to eulogizing the dead, even if their beliefs clashed with one's own.

Amish Grace
Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, & David L. Weaver-Zercher
c/o John Wiley & Sons
989 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
9780787997618, $24.95,

Sometimes kindness comes from the least expected of places. "Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy" is a look back at the shocking kindness shown by the Amish after a horrible tragedy in the Nickel Mines of Pennsylvania claimed the lives of ten schoolgirls. Shattering the stereotype of the Amish as a backwards people who condemn the outside world for their heretical ways, it's a refreshing look at a good, albeit unique type of people. "Amish Grace" is a refreshing tale of the good side of religion.

The Blessing of Blessings
Roberta Ervine, translator
Cistercian Publications
c/o Liturgical Press
2427 Bond St, University Park, IL 60466
9780879072155, $21.95

True wisdom never dies and never goes out of date. "The Blessing of Blessings: Gregory of Narek's Commentary on the Song of Songs" is deftly translated work written in the ancient Armenian language by Roberta Ervine. The commentary, although focusing on the work at hand, offers timeless insights derived from the ancient Christian wisdom of Gregory of Narek who espoused concepts and admonitions that still apply today. Encouraging Christians that the love of god is immortal, "The Blessing of Blessings" is recommended for Christian scholars and non-specialist general readers alike.

America's Secular Challenge
Herbert London
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
9781594032271, $18.00,

Could extremist secularism be doing as much damage as extremist religions? "America's Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion" is an examination of secularism and its impact on America. Herbert London, president of the Hudson institute, lays out his argument against something that the country so often ignores in the idea of tolerance and political correctness. "America's Secular Challenge" is a top pick for anyone who thinks political correctness may be going too far.

The Sports Shelf

The Book of Sports Virtues
Fritz Knapp
ACTA Publications
5559 W. Howard Street, Skokie, IL 60077
9780879463489, $14.95,

There's more to a game of sports than winning and losing. "The Book of Sports Virtues: Portraits from the Field of Play" is an assortment of stories telling of athletes and their virtues in their chosen sports. Be it a tale of Appreciation involving Lou Gehrig, Nobility involving Jackie Robinson, or Unity involving Olympic hockey teams, "The Book of Sports Virtues" is a collection of virtue and should be read by any coach or sports educator who want to impart good sportsmanship on their students.

The Business of Sports Agents
Kenneth L. Shropshire & Timothy Davis
University of Pennsylvania Press
3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4112
9780812240849, $29.95,

It takes skill to deal with the massive corporations that are NFL, MLB, and NBA teams, just like it takes skill to play in those leagues. This newly expanded and updated second edition of "The Business of Sports Agents" is a guide to the subject of the title of the book. Covering the recent changes in the industry, including one agency closing in spite of its size, the constant changes that the business faces, and more. It also covers recent legal challenges, and the league's backlashes against some agents' tactics. "The Business of Sports Agents" is highly recommended for anyone looking to get into the industry.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Cool Jew
Lisa Alcalay Klug
Andrew McMeel Publishing
4520 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111-7701
9780740771132, $12.99,

In the past century, being cool and faithful to your religion have rarely coincided. "Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe" is a guide to getting with the times while keeping it cool between oneself and G-d. Tackling the many things Jews find in mainstream gentile society, it grants advice on many subjects about combining the faith and fun. "Cool Jew" is a unique and hilariousness book, highly recommended as a gift for any Jewish teen.

Commitment and Complexity
Rabbi Yehuda Amital
KTAV Publishing House
930 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
9781602800304, $19.95,

Traditional Long standing wisdom stays that way for a reason it can apply even to the modern age. "Commitment and Complexity: Jewish Wisdom in an Age of Upheaval" is a Rabbi's opinions and views on the current world and its turmoil. Using traditional Jewish wisdom and the guidance of the Torah and Talmud and applying their lessons to the modern world, the views, despite being thousands of years old, are new and refreshing to the common era. "Commitment and Complexity: Jewish Wisdom in an Age of Upheaval" is a must have for community library Judaic studies collections.

Canada's Jews
Gerald Tulchinsky
University of Toronto Press
10 St. Mary Street, Suite 700, Toronto, ON M4Y 2W8, Canada
9780802093868, $45.00,

One of the few places to open them with open arms, the Jews have a long history with Canada. "Canada's Jews: A People's Journey" is a look back at the long line of Canadian Jews. With the history ranging from 1760 and forward, it explains how Canadian Jews have forged their own unique identity in the country, which gives them unique qualities from Jews elsewhere in the world. All is not sunshine and rainbows, however, as it also speaks on the dark side of Canadian Antisemitism. "Canada's Jews" is a must for any with interest in Canadian and Jewish history.

Daughters of Sarah
Eva Martin Sartori & Madeleine Cottnenet-Hage
Holmes & Meier
PO Box 943, Teaneck, NJ 07666
0841914451, $20.00,

English isn't the only language Jewish writers ply their trade in. "Daughters of Sarah: Anthology of Jewish Women Writing in French" is a collection of essays and stories from French Jewish women from the past two hundred plus years. The writings reflect on many subjects, not just those regarding France or Jewish culture. "Daughters of Sarah" is a must for anyone who wants a different sampling of Jewish writers in the world.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Human to Horseman
Rick Lamb
Trafalgar Square
PO Box 257, Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, VT 05053
9781570763946, $24.95,

The bond between man and horse is ancient. "Human to Horseman: A Journey of Discovery, Growth, and Celebration" is a book of advice, tips, tricks and techniques for any aspiring horseman or horsewoman who want to master their skill riding horses for fun, for competition, or for work. Covering both the basic techniques riders should know to get started to advanced techniques to training horses oneself, "Human to Horseman" is a must for anyone who loves enjoys riding horses.

Frog Oddities & Trivia
Time O' Brien
Ripley Publishing
7576 Kingspointe Parkway, Suite 188, Orlando, 32819
9781893951334, $9.88,

Frogs have always occupied a strange place between gross and fascinating. "Frog Oddities & Trivia: A Journey Through the Rapidly Shrinking World of Amphibians" is a compilation of facts and trivia about the amphibious creature. Also of focus is their endangered status and how many species of frog are in danger of extinction. Sure to please the offbeat child who falls into the fascinated category in their opinions of Frogs, "Frog Oddities & Trivia" would be an ideal gift for them.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Eating for Recovery
Molly Siple
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9781600940446, $17.95,

Alcohol destroys families, destroys relationships, it also destroys bodies. "Eating for Recovery: The Essential Nutritional Plan to Reverse the Physical Damage of Alcoholism" is a guide to reversing the long term physical damage than heavy drinking does to the body. First covering what alcohol does to the body, it outlines what to consume to speed recovery and other activities one can do to help the process along. With recipes and day by day diet planners, it's a complete and comprehensive guide to getting your body the resources it needs to help one in a fight against alcohol addiction. "Eating for Recovery" is a must for anyone who is trying to overcome their past demons.

Living Long & Loving It
Irvin M. Korr & Rene J. McGovern
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591025726, $18.95,

The modern elderly are not sentenced to the kind of the senior life of poverty and restricted opportunity typical of their grandparents' generation. Co-authored by Lrvin M. Korr and Rene J. McGovern, "Living Long & Loving It: Achieving a Healthy and Active Lifestyle" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' guide for those who are striding past the fifty years of age mark and don't want to resign themselves to the rocking chair for the rest of their lives. With a wealth of practical (yet little known) tips, tricks and techniques for staying upbeat about life and health in our senior years, "Living Long & Loving It" outlines the are vulnerabilities associated with our advancing years that must -- and can -- be successfully dealt with by ordinary men and women in ordinary circumstances. 'Reader friendly' from beginning to end, "Living Long & Living It" is a must for seniors who have lived an active life and want to stay that way.

Thinking Your Way to Better Health
Andrew Goliszek
Booklocker Publishing
PO Box 2399, Bangor, ME 04402
Publishers Marketing Agency (publicity)
PO Box 24906, Winston-Salem, NC 27114
9781601454973, $16.95,

Is it really all in your head? "Thinking Your Way to Better Health: How to Use the Mind-Body Connection for Health and Self-Healing" is a look at the mind and body connection and how it can help the human body heal. Examining why we get sick and how we overcome it naturally, Dr. Andrew Goliszek is suggesting nothing radical or extreme just simply motivating one's body to do what needs to be done, so that one can be back on his feet faster and without an ailment. "Thinking Your Way to Better Health" is a fine and much needed acquisition to anyone who agrees with the proverb 'Mind over Body'.

The Age of Dedoctorization
Aydin Z. Bill
American Literary Press
8019 Belair Rd., Suite 10, Baltimore, MD 21236
1934696129, $16.95,

What happens when business starts to run health? "The Age of Dedoctorization: Memories of a Psychiatrist" is Aydin Bill, a doctor in psychiatry, and his views on his time serving as the last remaining administrator who was a psychiatrist in one of the first private psychiatric hospitals. He expresses his distaste in the lack of care when business takes over. An attack on the problems with some modern psychiatric care, "The Age of Dedoctorization" is a must for those concerned with quality over saving money.

The Fiction Shelf

Blood Etc.
Gee Williams
c/o DuFour Editions
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9781905762071, $17.95,

Award winning author and writer Gee Williams brings readers a treat with "Blood, Etc.", a collection of short stories. The stories, mature and unique to appeal to many reader's tastes, tackle subjects such as families, memories, obsessions, and other topics. Engrossing and captivating, "Blood, Etc." is highly recommended to all general unique fiction fans as reading worth their time.

Small Lives
Pierre Michon
Archipelago Books
232 Third St. #A111, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9780972869218, $15.00,

We're all ultimately a part of something bigger. "Small Lives" is from acclaimed French author Pierre Michon, deftly translated into English by Jody Gladding and Elizabeth Deshays. The story follows a series of eight lives and how they are all intertwined with each other, Michon himself explores humanity through their lives, and begins to discover something about himself as he writes. Touching and inspiring writing, "Small Lives" is highly recommended to world fiction fans everywhere.

Sailor Girl
Sheree-Lee Olson
The Porcupine's Quill
c/o Timinkster, RGD
68 Main Street, Erin, ON N0B 1T0, Canada
9780889843011, $27.95,"pql

What drives a nineteen-year-old girl to find herself on a harsh ship? "Sailor Girl" is Kate McLeod's story of her time on a Great Lakes Grain boat. She is trying to get over a harsh relationship with a boyfriend who treated her as if she was sub human, and she finds comfort in the brutal labor that comes with being a sailor. A tale of growing up done in an unusual and unique way, "Sailor Girl" is highly recommended for its sweet blend of elements and original presentation.

How to Make a Wave
Lisa Hurst-Archer
Red Deer Press
311 Washington Street, Brighton, MA 02135
9780889953956, $12.95,

What is the reason we're sometimes miserable? "How to Make a Wave" follows young Delia, who with her low self-esteem, shuts herself out from the world. She faces the world and finds that maybe shutting herself in wasn't so bad when she finds the painful history of her family. But she learns to face in a desire to learn the truth. That truth may make a wave in his previously stagnant life, making "How to Make a Wave" a unique and highly recommended piece of fiction.

If Every Month Were June
Tony Bender
Fulcrum Books
4690 Table Mountain Drive, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80403
9781555916602, $14.95,

There's a line between appreciating a tasteful picture of a swimsuit calendar model and driving across the country to meet her. "If Every Month Were June: A Comedic Quest for True Love" follows Hooter Pridley as he crosses than line. Smitten with Trixie Foxalot, he begins to drive to Los Angeles and meets an array of characters. Laugh at loud funny, "If Every Month Were June" is recommended for anyone looking for novel that will be too humorous to put down.

In Love
Alfred Hayes
Peter Owen Ltd.
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9780720612943, $25.95,, 1-800-869-5677

The late Alfred Hayes (1911-1985) was a prolific and talented writer whose credits include seven novels and a series of screenplays and adaptations for television. Perhaps the very best of his novels is "In Love", a story set in Manhattan during the 1940s when a middle-aged man relates to a young stranger the story of a last love affair that was replete with lust, emotion, depression, and a dysfunctional relationship. A finely crafted work of enduring literary merit which was originally published in 1953, "In Love" is now once again available to a new generation of appreciative readers and is an especially recommended addition to both academic and community library collections.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Blues Man
Rob Vollmar & Pablo G. Callejo
NBAA Comics Lit
c/o NBM Press
40 Exchange Place, Suite 1308, New York, NY 10005-2742
9781561635320, $24.95,

The blues is music from the soul, and one man has a lot to be blue for. "Blues Man" is a graphic novel uniquely assembled like a blues song to tell its story. Lem Taylor is being chased across Arkansas, wrongfully accused of things he did not do. The dark scenery of the late 1920s paves the way for a highly engaging and entertaining tale, giving "Blues Man" our highest recommendations.

Eamon Espey
Secret Acres
75-22 37th Avenue, #452, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
9780979960918, $13.00,

Original and unique, "Wormdye" is a graphic novel like no one has seen. A bizarre story involving alien technology, the River Styx, and corn, the entertainment value is nonstop through the whole thing. Through its humor it also offers insights on the human experience as a whole, from everything from relationships to religion to death. "Wormdye" is a must for anyone seeking something offbeat and different.

The Political Science Shelf

Campaign and Election Reform, second edition
Glenn H. Utter and Ruth Ann Strickland
130 Cremona Drive, PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 94116-1911
9781598840698, $55.00,

Elections are the foundation of any democracy, and the foundation of any free country. "Campaign and Election Reform" looks at voting and the issues surrounding it in the modern era. Debating the use of electronics and how computers can be fallible, "Campaign and Election Reform" explores ways to make rigging foolproof so that elections are more honest. Widening its scope beyond American democracy, "Campaign and Election Reform" examines the errors and innovations different countries have made, and is highly recommended for anyone who wants to better understand democracy.

The Sleeping Giant has Awoken
Jeffrey W. Robbins & Neal Magee, editors
Continuum Books
80 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
9780826429698, $19.95,

What are the dangers of religion mixing with politics in America? "The Sleeping Giant Has Awoken: The New Politics of Religion in the United States" is a collection of thoughts on the subject, running from the 2004 presidential race to 2008. The ideas found within offer much knowledge, ideas, and points out many ideas that one may have not have thought of before on the subject. An ideal anthology of essays to expand one's mind, "The Sleeping Giant Has Awoken" is a must for anyone who would truly understand religion's place in politics.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Spirit of Tea
Frank Hadley Murphy
Sherman Asher Publishing
126 Candelario Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
9781890932350, $21.95,

Tea has been a beverage enjoyed through the centuries, and has had much attributed to it in culture. "The Spirit of Tea" is a look at the mystical nature of the six categories of tea and how humanity has treated them throughout history. Offering new ideas about each of them and their value to spirituality, "The Spirit of Tea" should be considered by anyone who takes their tea with curiosity.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

What I Really Want to Do On Set in Hollywood
Brian Dzyak
Lone Eagle Books
c/o Watson-Guptill Publications
770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
9780823099535, $19.95,

The 'credits track' of some movies can run almost ten minutes become of the dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of people it takes to make a modern film. "What I Really Want to Do on Set in Hollywood: A Guide to Real Jobs in the Film Industry" is a guide to jobs outside the known one such as actor, director, producer. Covering the countless jobs you tend to only hear about at the end of movie credits, it offers in depth descriptions and advice on finding the job that may be the right one for the reader. "What I Really Want to Do on Set in Hollywood" is a unique guide to making one's way in Hollywood.

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical
Thomas Hischak
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9780195335330, $39.95,

High School Musical has sparked interest in the genre of musicals once more, but "The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television" is a guide to the history of the genre focusing on America's past great musicals such West Side Story, Rent, and Grease with looks in on the great minds behind them such as Andrew Lloyd Webber. Covering anything anyone would want to know about the American musical, "The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television" is a top pick for community library collections dedicated to television, movies, and theatre.

The Language Studies Shelf

Greek & Latin Roots Keys to Building Vocabulary
Timothy Rasinski & Collaborators
Shell Education
5301 Oceanus Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1030
9781425804725, $24.99,

Greece & Rome have huge influences on the western world, including the languages we speak. "Greek & Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary" is a look at the grammar of the Greek and Latin languages. Covering prefixes, suffixes, bases, and more, all to facilitate learning how to speak these ancient and historic languages, "Greek & Latin Roots" is highly recommended for any language studies shelf.

The American History Shelf

John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages 1607-1609
Helen C. Rountree, Wayne E. Clark, and Kent Mountford
University of Virginia Press
PO Box 400318, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4318
9780813926445, $35.00 1-800-831-3406

John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages 1607-1609 is a scholarly, extensive, and detailed examination of Captain John Smith's historic voyages exploring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Smith himself documented his travels with care; the famous event when he was captured and brought before the great chief Powhatan was only one highlight of a vast and intrepid adventure. John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages 1607-1609 reconstructs Smith's travels day by day, discussing the Native American reaction to British territorial encroachment as well as Smith's viewpoint, and meticulously calculates the winds, tides, and local currents Smith would have faced on his journey. Illustrated with a scattering of black-and-white as well as color maps and vintage artworks, John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages 1607-1609 is a seminal contribution to American history shelves in general and Chesapeake Bay history shelves in particular. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections.

"A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia"
Thomas Hariot
University of Virginia Press
PO Box 400318, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4318
9780813926056, $35.00,, 1-800-831-3406

The men of the 15th and 16th centuries who first explored the Eastern seaboard of the New World left written records of their travels that have been of significant interest to 21st century scholarship and academia. Thomas Hariot's "A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia" is a facsimile edition of the 1590 Theodor de Bry Latin Edition featuring the modernized English text is a four hundred year old document published for the Library at the Mariners' Museum by the University of Virginia Press. The original, highly illustrated edition served to provide Europeans with their first introduction to the American continent and shaped contemporary European perceptions of North America -- and subsequent research on that period ever since. Containing hand-colored illustrations from the period, the original is one of only three recorded copies with colored plates still in existence. This superbly produced and highly recommended edition with the inclusion of a contemporary English text for present day academia should be considered an essential and core addition to academic library American History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Technology, Innovation, and Southern Industrialization
Susanna Delfino & Michele Gillespie
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65201
9780826217950, $24.95,

The stereotype of the south has always been one of a people backwards and not up with the times. "Technology, Innovation, and Southern Industrialization: From the Antebellum Era to the Computer Age" seeks to dispel that myth by discussing the south's contributions to America's revolutions in technology as the country entered the twentieth century and brought technology to the forefront of humanity's achievements. With a look at southern inventions so often overlooked as southern, "Technology, Innovation, and Southern Industrialization" is a history book that any southern intellectual can look on with pride for his region.

The Urban Studies Shelf

Urban Fiction
Gunther Feuerstein
Edition Axel Menges
c/o National Book Network
4270 Boston Way, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9783930698264, $138.00,, 1-800-462-6420

Throughout recorded human history, the concept of an ideal city has been a part of every culture that had some form of metropolis. That municipal idea is known in literature and legend as Utopia. In "Urban Fiction: Strolling Through Ideal Cities From Antiquity To The Present Day", Gunther Feurstein (who until his retirement was a professor at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Linz and also a lecturer at the Akademie der blindenden Kunste and the Technische Universitat in Vienna) takes the reader on an impressive series of examinations covering some 350 cities created and occupied throughout various periods time and in countries around the world. Accompanying an informed and informative text are more than 500 illustrations and overflights of 800 additional dream cities. The result is a lexicon of utopian notions of the ideal city, notions created by philosophers, artists, travelers, saints, dreamers, and city planners. From Palmanova, Freudenstadt, and Guise, to Brasilia, Lingang, and Auroville, intermixed are utopias drawn from literature, archeology, myth, and social reformers. Some are works of sheer imagination, others the result of innovative thinkers and hard work. Enhanced with the inclusion of a Bibliography, an Index, and a listing of Photo Credits, "Urban Fiction" is very strongly recommended for personal, professional, and academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists as a unique, original, and seminal contribution to Urban Studies.

The Architecture Shelf

Frederic Edelmann & Francoise Ged, editors
Roca i Batlie, 2-4, 08023, Barcelona, Spain
9788496954502, $39.95,

China is home to some of the world's most famous architecture -- old and new. Compiled and co-edited by Frederic Edelmann and Francoise Ged, "Positions: Portrait Of A New Generation Of Chinese Architects" is an impressive visual survey of more than forty finished building structures created over the last five years (2003 to 2008) by Chinese architects and their architectural firms, representing a new generation of building designers who are making their presence known for innovation, style, beauty, utility, and even grandeur upon the world stage of architectural design. Featured with full color photography are works by the China Architecture Design & Research Group, Jiakun Architects, Atelier Deshaus, Mada S.P.A.M., MAD Studio, Fake Design, TM Studio, Urbanus, Studio Pei-Zhu, Amateur Architecture Studio, Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, Atelier Z+, Qi Xin Architects and Engineers, Standarchitecture and the Architectural Design & Research Institute of Nanjing University. A welcome, original, and highly recommended addition to professional and academic Architectural Studies reference collections, "Positions" is informed, informative, and occasionally inspiring. Also highly recommended is Actar's bilingual English/Chinese language edition of "Mad Dinner: A Monograph on the Beijing-Based MAD Office" (9788496954212, $49.95) co-edited by Brendan McGetrick and Chen ShuYu.

The Interior Design Shelf

Eat-In Kitchen
Catherine Warren Leone
Creative Homeowner Press
24 Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
9781580114127, $19.95, 1-800-631-7795

The kitchen is the heart of every home and the center of daily life. "Eat-In Kitchens" is an impressive compilation of interior designs, concepts, and examples from fashion and home design expert Catherine Warren Leone of what can be done to enhance the beauty, utility, and efficiency of the kitchen as a place for all occasions including breakfast, brunch, lunch, mid-afternoon snacking, dinner, and late night dining. Profusely illustrated with full color photography by Mark Samu, "Eat-In Kitchen" is a visual and conceptual celebration of the conveniences and pleasures of creating a single space in which the acts of cooking, eating, and enjoying quality time with family and friends. A welcome and invaluable contribution to personal, professional, and community library Interior Design reference collections, "Eat-In Kitchen" is specifically intended to help the non-specialist general reader to select just the right layout to maximize the available space; create individual 'kitchen zones' for food preparation, cooking, serving, and cleanup; select eco-friendly and visually appealing cabinetry, paints, flooring, and appliances; and crate an overall color scheme in compliance with professional standards of quality. Whether creating a new kitchen in a new home, or seeking to rehabilitate, update and modernize an existing kitchen facility, "Eat-In Kitchens" is the perfect source of ideas as to what can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime, and on any budget.

At Home By The Sea
Bruce Snider
Down East Books
PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843
9780892727544, $40.00,, 1-800-685-7962

Home built by the water are as popular today as they were throughout the whole of recorded human history. Superbly enhanced by two hundred color photographs taken by Brian Vanden Brink, "At Home By The Sea: Houses Designed For Living At The Water's Edge" has architect Bruce Snider taking the reader on a spectacular tour of twenty sea-side homes from Canada's Bay of Fundy, to the tropical splendor of St. Barthelemy, to such landmark sites as South Carolina's Hilton Head, Massachusetts' Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard, to California's Belvedere and Carmel, to several stunningly beautiful locations in Maine. Floor plans and site planes for most of these showcased homes are provided, as well as seaside vista views, home interiors, decks, porches. Windows, mirrors, building materials and decorative items are set within the context of interior designs. A beautiful book for browsing, "At Home By The Sea" is replete with inspirations and examples for those seeking ideas for their own projects and a welcome addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library reference collections.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Don't Sabotage Your Submission
Chris Roerden
BellaRosa Books
PO Box 4251, 1060 Ragin Lane, Rock Hill, SC 29732
9781933523316, $17.95,

There are a number of factors that can doom the commercial success of a book, regardless of the quality of the writing. "Don't Sabotage Your Submission: Save Your Manuscript From Turning Up D.O.A." is an invaluable and thoroughly 'user friendly' guide for aspiring writers trying to get their work published. With sage and sound advice from someone who has been on the other side of the editorial table for years, Chris Roerden draws from her experience and expertise to point out what writers have to avoid when sending out their manuscripts to publishers. Her purpose is to give novice authors the best chance possible, by relying on the skill instead of random technicalities to turn their manuscripts and proposals into published works available to a reading public. The tips are practical, plentiful, and 'real-world' based, which makes "Don't Sabotage Your Submission" a must for anyone who seeks to become a published author.

Fiction Writer's Workshop
Josip Novakovich
Story Press/Writer's Digest Press
c/o F&W Publications, Inc.
700 East State Street, Iola, WI 54990
9781582975368, $16.99,, 1-800-726-9966

The primary purpose and goal of a writer's workshop is to help writers improve their writing. Simply stated, but often quite difficulty to accomplish because like most things in life, writer workshops can be classified into one of three categories -- the good, the bad, and the mediocre. Now in an updated and expanded second edition, award-winning writer and teacher Josip Novakovich's "Fiction Writer's Workshop" is clearly one of the good ones in the form of a comprehensive instructional that covers every aspect of the art of fiction while providing aspiring and practicing writers with all the tools and techniques useful to developing the consistent, day-to-day discipline so fundamentally necessary for becoming a success professional at the literary craft. Offering more than one hundred writing exercises, with each exercise including a specific statement of purpose to guide the aspiring author through every step of the creative process, "Fiction Writer's Workshop" also provides self-critique questions with each exercise for assessing written works with an eye toward identifying weaknesses and strengths before moving on to the next lesson. Enhanced with the full text of eight acclaimed short stories complete with analysis and exercises suitable for modeling and the reinforcement of 'lessons learned', "Fiction Writer's Workshop" is appropriate for all fiction writers regardless of personal writing styles. Especially recommended for those aspiring to write publishable works of fiction, the "Fiction Writer's Workshop" should be considered indispensable reading for anyone who has every considered or attempted writing the kind of novels and short stories that would attract the attention of academia, the general populace, and generations of future readers yet unborn.

Writer's Block Busters
Velina Hasu Houston
Smith & Kraus, Inc.
PO Box 127, Lyme NH 03768
9781575255972, $17.95,, 1-888-282-2881

Sooner or later, every author will encounter the dreaded condition called 'writer's block'. This is when no ideas occur to the writer who may well sit and stair at a blank page in the typewriter or a blinking cursor on the computer screen for hours, days, weeks, and longer. For just such inevitable occasions, and drawing upon her many years of experience and expertise writing more than 30 plays (including fourteen of which were commissioned assignments complete with deadlines), Velina Hasu Houston has compiled a series of 'user friendly' and real-world productive activities and actions in "Writer's Block Busters: 101 Exercises To Clear The Deadwood And Make Room For Flights Of Fancy". Each exercise occupied a single page and is succinctly presented in one paragraph. Occasionally enhanced with quotable quotes, each exercise is designed to prompt the blocked writer to start composing on the spot. Here's an illustrative example: Homecoming: Character A has suffered torture, enslavement, insults, and disrespect in order to return to the side of a loved one. He or she returns home only to find that his or her loved one is gone. Place that sense of rupture and loss in your protagonist. Write. "Writer's Block Busters" should be on the ready reference shelf of every aspiring or seasoned author -- because no matter how gifted or inspired you may be in the pursuit of your craft, sooner or later that dreaded condition known as 'writer's block' will strike. That's when you will reach for your copy of "Writer's Block Busters" and be glad you have it handy!

The Half-Known World
Robert Boswell
Graywolf Press
2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, Saint Paul, MN 55114
9781555975043, $15.00,

Robert Boswell is the author of five novels and teaches creative writing at New Mexico State University, the University of Houston, and in the Warren Wilson MFA program. Therefore he brings to "The Half-Known World: On Writing Fiction" as very special expertise in his examination of the workings of fiction that will prove enormously useful to aspiring writers seeking to master their craft, as well as offering fascinating insights to academia and non-specialist general readers with respect to the issues facing literary writers from Leo Tolstoy to Alice Munro. Occasionally drawing upon his own experiences as a creative writer, Boswell provides details and examples of what it means for writers to experience what he describes as the 'half-known world' of fiction where the best fiction converges surprise and meaning for the benefit of the reader. Presenting an engaging series of essays that address a range of issues from Process and Paradigm; to Narrative Spandrels; Urban Legends, Pornography, and Literary Fiction; to Politics and Art in the Novel, and so much more, "The Half-Known World" is highly recommended reading, especially for anyone seeking to write their own 'Great American Novel'.

MLA Style Manual
Modern Language Association
26 Broadway, New York, NY, 10004-1784
9780873522977, $32.50,

The Modern Language Association is referenced throughout academia and the publishing industry as the standard setter for matters of grammar and other aspects of writing. Now available in a newly updated and expanded third edition, the "MLA Style Manual: And Guide to Scholarly Publishing" is their thoroughly comprehensive and 'user friendly' guide for publishing a useful reference that will be especially appreciated by those new to publishing and an indispensable reference for anyone needing a reference work on publishing standards. The newly expanded and updated third edition offers invaluable and practical advice on a broad spectrum of publishing issues ranging from stating sources and electronic submission, to new information on copyright and fair use practices. "MLA Style Manual" is an essential and indispensable reference work for any publishing company or self-published author looking for the best way to make their books viable in today's volatile and competitive marketplace.

Crafting Fiction, Poetry, & Memoir
Matthew Leone, editor
Colgate University Press
c/o Syracuse University Press
1600 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210
0912568194, $19.95, 1-800-365-8929

The writer conferences, seminars, and workshops are all useful forums for aspiring writers and practicing authors to hone their technical skills, acquire insights into their craft, and take away inspiration to pursue with renewed vigor their chosen profession. Compiled and edited by Matthew Leone (Director of the Annual Colgate Writer's Conference at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York), "Crafting Fiction, Poetry, & Memoir: Talks From The Colgate Writers' Conference" is a collection of fifteen informed and informative presentations on various aspects of creative writing ranging from creative nonfiction, to the rhythms of poetic expression, to issues of author-narrator-character dynamics, to getting published. The next best thing to having actually been in attendance and sitting on the front row, "Crafting Fiction, Poetry, & Memoir" is highly recommended reading for anyone who aspires to excel in the writing of successful novels and short stories, memorable and well-crafted poetry, as well as engaging works of nonfiction including biographies, memoirs, and more.

What Writers Need To Know About Publishing
Jerry D. Simmons
Author Marketing Experts (publicity)
PO Box 421156, San Diego, CA 92142
9780978924706, $19.99

Because of the huge number of excellent instructional books available to the aspiring writer, there is very little need to 'reinvent the wheel' when it comes to the point where authors are ready for their manuscripts to be published and made available to the reading public. Drawing upon his twenty-five years of experience and expertise as a New York publishing executive, Jerry D. Simmons has written an excellent general introduction with "What Writers Need To Know About Publishing". A great deal of basic information is provided with respect to the publishing industry and the publishing process from acquisition to marketing -- precisely the kinds of background info that every author needs to know when dealing with a publisher. As good as it is (and it is very good indeed), in laying out and informed and informative presentation of the general basics that should be a part of every writer's understanding of the role of publishers and what writer's can (and should) expect as part of the process of being published, "What Writers Need To Know About Publishing" does not provide information on the role that reviews and review publications play in book marketing. But there are several excellent titles available to fill that gap. A detailed 'Contents' list makes up for the absence of an Index. Simply stated, "What Writers Need To Know About Publishing" is an excellent general introduction, an informative and well presented read, and an valuable addition to any writer's supplemental reading list on getting published in today's highly competitive publishing industry.

The Computer Shelf

Multiplayer Gaming and Engine Coding for the Torque Game Engine
Edward F. Maurina III
AK Peters
888 Worcester Street, Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
9781568814223, $64.00,

The Torque gaming engine has much potential to offer developers. "Multiplayer Gaming and Engine Coding for the Torque Game Engine" a reference manual focusing on the titular subjects and how the Torque game engine can be used to create remarkable games. Not for beginners, the book assumes basic familiarity with Torque, and the advanced approach will be appreciated by those who want to get right to learning new techniques instead of reviewing old ones. An accompanying CD-ROM is included to assist the learning experience, making "Multiplayer Gaming and Engine Coding for the Torque Game Engine" a must for aspiring Torque masters.

Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL
Joel Murach
4340 N. Knoll, Fresno, CA 93722-7825
9781890775509, $52.50,

For the past quarter of a century and then some, Murach has been bringing programmers the most complete and comprehensive manuals on the subject. "Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL: Training and Reference" lives up to that banner of quality perfectly well, giving programmers all the knowledge and tolls they need to master SQL statements and create truly effective and efficient databases for themselves and their companies to use. "Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL" is almost a must for anyone looking to master the topics discussed within.

The Photography Shelf

The French Country House
Christians de Nicolay-Mazery & Bernard Touillon
The Vendome Press
1334 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021
9780865651944, $29.95,

A quaint blend of the old world and the new. "The French Country House" is a look at this unusual and unique combination of two worlds. The French countryside, although showing modernization, is still a look back through history to hundreds of years ago where many of the buildings and objects of the medieval period still stand stoically, relics of an elder era. The full color photographs, beautiful and poignant, tells the stories of the centuries in worlds simply cannot. "The French Country House" is a riveting and highly recommended book of photography.

Historic Photos of Chickamauga/Chattanooga
James A. Hoobler
Turner Publishing
200 4th Avenue North, Suite 950, Nashville, TN 37219
9781596524125, $39.95,

In war there are always losses and great leaders try to minimize them when and where they are able. "Historic Photos of Chickamauga/Chattanooga" is a fascinating compilation of superbly executed and poignant black and white historic photographs telling the legendary Civil War story of Union General William S. Rosecrans and his taking of Chattanooga, Tennessee from defending Confederate forces while losing only six of his own men in the process. A photo history of this dramatic campaign shows the harsh times and ugly realities of this historic American military conflict. With an accompanying text that is both informed and informative, "Historic Photos of Chickamauga/Chattanooga" is an important addition for personal, academic, and community library Civil War Studies and American Photographic History reference collections.

The Self-Help Shelf

Stop Being Pushed Around!
Lynda Bevan
Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Superior Book Promotions (publicity)
1202 Pine Street, Marquette, MI 49855
9781932690453, $14.95,

Sometimes just developing the fortitude to do things can make a world of difference in itself. "Stop Being Pushed Around! A Practical Guide" is a guide to building self esteem, self confidence, and in general just standing up for oneself when it comes to relationships. Encouraging readers to stand up to that boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, and attempting to make a relationship as it should be, a fifty-fifty affair. "Stop Being Pushed Around!" is what you can do to make your relationships happier for you and why you shouldn't feel selfish about it.

The Crafts Shelf

The Pocket Paper Engineer
Carol Barton
Popular Kinetics Press
6005 Yale Avenue, Glen Echo, MD 20812
9780962775222, $26.95,

Crafting a pop-up book can be something as entertaining to a child as it is to an adult. "The Pocket Paper Engineer: How to Make pop-ups step-by-step: Volume two Platforms & Props" focuses on the items and stages used to set the scenes in pop up books, which in many ways are just as important as the characters themselves. Focusing on ideas that almost anyone can create out of everyday items, it provides ten samples that are sure to inspire readers to create their own. "The Pocket Paper Engineer" is a must for anyone who doubts that paper and scissors can be fun.

The Library Reference Shelf

Goode's World Atlas, 21st edition
Howard Veregin, editor
Rand McNally
8255 North Central Park, Skokie, IL 60076
0528853392, $39.95,

The world of 2008 may be different from the world of 2007. "Goode's World Atlas", world renown and widely used by educational professionals at the college level, is back with the twenty first edition of its atlas. This new edition contains maps regarding topics such as the spreading HIV infections, the advancement of Women's rights, among other topics. It also features expanded features of older versions, such as more in-depth demographic maps for the United States. Drawn from the most advanced digital mapping technology available, "Goode's World Atlas" is the leader of atlases, highly recommended for anyone in the market for an atlas, or must be on the bleeding edge of knowledge in this subject.

Timeless Earth
36-36 33rd Street Long Island City, NY 11106
9780843709933, $59.95,

There is a seemingly never-ending struggle between historical preservation and the contemporary needs of the people. "Timeless Earth: 400 of the World's Most Important Places" is a look at some of the most magnificent places on the planet, accompanied by magnificent and beautiful full color photographs of each. The four hundred are drawn from both natural wonders of the world, man-made wonders ancient, medieval, and modern to create a blend of the world's wonders. With an informative text on each showcased example discussing their significance, "Timeless Earth" is an entertaining and educational experience under one cover, making it a great choice for those looking for something to leave on their coffee table, as well as a welcome and popular addition to school and community library reference collections.

The International Studies Shelf

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora
Carole Boyce Davies, editor
PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781851097005, $295.00 1-800-368-6868

A three-volume encyclopedia set packed with over 500 entries, Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora discusses the global history of how people from Africa have spread out to other continents - some by choice, others through abduction and the slave trade. The resulting mix of global cultures would never be the same. Edited by Carole Boyce Davies (professor of African Diaspora Studies, Florida International University of Miami), Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora is a scholarly account filled with maps revealing crucial locations and transit patterns of the African Diaspora, illustrated with eye-catching photography, Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora is at once both an accessible resource and a work of exacting research on Diaspora communities, locations, peoples, culture, arts, historical events, organizations, theories and more. Highly recommended especially for public and college library collections.

The Science Shelf

Aurora Torealis
Marco Beretta, Karl Grandin, & Svante Lindqvist, editors
Science History Publications
PO Box 1240, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562-1240
0881353981, $49.95,

Science is always science, no matter when it's done. "Aurora Torealis" is a compilation of scientific writings throughout history. With writings from countless big thinkers of the past and laying out their ideas on topics from the enlightenment to Horticulture to E-books to Jules Verne, it's a huge sample of thoughts and ideas, sure to open and expand the minds of any reader who gives it their time. "Aurora Torealis" is a must for any community library collection dedicated to science and science history.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Death Finds a Foothold
Glyn Carr
Rue Morgue
87 Lone Tree Lane, Lyons, CO 80540
9781601870223, $14.95,

Over forty years and still as classic and entertaining a read as ever. "Death Finds a Foothold" is a classic mystery apart of the renown in Britain "Filthy" Abercrombie Lewker series. Visiting a friend near a popular mountaineer destination, Lewker finds trouble finding him once more as foul play inevitably occurs. He sets out to bring justice to those responsibly. "Death Finds a Foothold" is a must for any who are fans of vintage British mystery novels.

Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead
Bruce Hartman
Salvo Press
PO Box 7396, Beaverton, OR 97007
1930486812, $16.95,

People in their prime aren't suppose to drop dead. "Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead" is the story of an ex-lawyer who is accused of murder for his former partner in his old firm is found dead. With him the perfect patsy for the crime, the police, the mob, and others seek after him and put to rest any moves for him to save himself. His life becomes more and more complicated as the mystery becomes more and more complex - "Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead" is a gripping mystery from first page to last, a top pick for community library mystery collections.

Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles
John H. Watson, M. D.
John S. Fitzpatrick, editor
Riverbend Publishing
PO Box 5833, Helena, MT 59604
9781931832960, $12.95, 1-866-787-2363

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes is the best known and most popular detective in literature. The Baker Street Irregulars is a major Sherlock Holmes fan club whose members have written a number of impressive post-Doyle tales of their crime-fighting hero. In "Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles", John S. Fitzpatrick has provided the legion of Sherlock Holmes fans with an anthology of newly discovered Sherlock Holmes tales as reported by his trusty and trusted assistant, Dr. John H. Watson. Now we have five new tales of deductive reasoning and high adventure to add to the Holmes cannon: The Discovery; The Opera House Murder; The Tammany Affair; The Ghosts of Red Lion; and The Mysterious Woman. This new compendium of Holme's crime solving activities is enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of an 1897 map of Southwestern Montana; plus fourteen historical black-and-white photographs. "Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal and community library Sherlock Holmes collections -- and a 'must' for every dedicated Baker Street Irregular!!

Anatomy of a Killer & A Shroud for Jesso
Peter Rabe
Stark House Press
2200 O Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781933586229, $14.95,

Peter Rabe brings readers a treat with two mystery novels with noir inspirations combined under one cover. "Anatomy of a Killer" follows hitman Sam Jordan. Good at his job, he slips up and makes the gravest error one can make in line of work becoming attached to another human being. "A Shroud for Jesso"is the story of Jack Jesso dealing with a boss who wants him dead and a business deal which is far from on the level. Both of these original stories by Peter Rabe are engaging from beginning to end, making "Anatomy of a Killer & A Shroud for Jesso" an ideal pick for those looking for a solidly written and thoroughly entertaining read.

The Gaming Shelf

Pawn Sacrifice!
Timothy Taylor
Everyman Chess
c/o The Globe Pequot Press
PO Box 480, 246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
9781857445657, $24.95,

The making of a small sacrifice for a larger gain, is a common tactic of chess masters. "Pawn Sacrifice! Winning at Chess the Adventurous Way" is a guide to the game of chess centered around this common, yet effective tactic. Outlining when it's a good idea, when it's foolish, and when it's just reckless, "Pawn Sacrifice!" is a guide to improve the chess game of any who play it. "Pawn Sacrifice!" is highly recommended to any who take pride in the way they play the game.

Caro's Secrets of Winning Poker
Mike Caro
Cardoza Publishing
PO Box 98115, Las Vegas, NV 89193
9781580422505, $14.95,

The came of Poker, despite being perceived as simply a card game of gambling, is a matter more of skill than luck in the long run. "Caro's Secrets of Winning Poker" is written by Mike Caro, who is widely recognized as one of the poker's most talented mind's. In the pages of this instructional guide, Caro reveals secrets and explains strategies so that both casual and serious players alike can improve their game by substantial margins. With an introduction included for novice players, countless other tips for newbies and pros alike, "Caro's Secrets of Winning Poker" is very highly recommended reading for anyone seeking master the game of poker and wants advice from a master player.

How to Beat Low-Limit Poker
Shane Smith & Tom McEvoy
Cardoza Publishing
PO Box 1500, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276
9781580422116, $9.95,

There are so many books out there for poker players looking for high stakes games but what about the 95% of players who stick to low stakes games? "How to Beat Low-Limit Poker: A Beginner's Guide to Winning Big Bucks at Little Games" is the guide for the little guy who isn't out to make themselves filthy rich, but wouldn't mind leaving with their wallet a little heavier. With ten tips and strategies designed specifically for low limit games, "How to Beat Low-Limit Poker: A Beginner's Guide to Winning Big Bucks at Little Games" is a deftly written instructional for any low stakes player who wants an edge in their games.

The Humor Shelf

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Takes a Swing at Baseball
The Bathroom Readers' Institute
PO Box 1117, Ashland, OR 97520
9781592238828, $12.95,

When nature calls, it's wise to bring some entertainment along. "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Takes a Swing At Baseball" says the entertainment should be educational as well. With nearly three hundred pages of intriguing and enthralling trivia, it covers the history of baseball with facts that many people don't normally know about America's pastime such as promotional gimmicks used by stadiums. "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Takes a Swing At Baseball" is a must for any baseball fan who wants to make their time on home base go a little easier.

The Library DVD Shelf

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collection: Wyrd Sisters & Soul Music
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
DVD, $39.99

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collection: Wyrd Sisters & Soul Music collects the animated adaptions of two of Terry Pratchett's widely beloved Discworld fantasy series. Created by the award-winning animators of Cosgrove Hall Films, these DVDs faithfully bring both novels to life with their wit and wisdom intact - and even a little extra polish not possible on the printed page, such as the toe-tapping rock-and-roll pastiches in the "Soul Music" soundtrack. In "Wyrd Sisters", three witches have to confront a destructive king - but they cannot use their magic to overthrow him directly, because what magic rules, magic destroys. Only the true heir to the throne can set things right - or can he? In "Soul Music", Death literally takes a holiday, leaving his recently orphaned teenage granddaughter (the child of his adopted daughter and his former apprentice) to take over the Duty. It's a difficult enough job, but when she encounters a handsome young man possessed by the essence of rock-'n'-roll, she is determined to save him before the music burns out his life, Duty be damned! Suitable for viewers of all ages (though adults will more readily grasp the sophisticated dimensions of Pratchett's humor), Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collection is an absolute "must-have" for fans of humorous fantasy in general and Pratchett's work in particular. Special features such as storyboards, an interview with Terry Pratchett, character bios, and more round out this treasury, worthy of the absolute highest recommendation for both library and personal collections, as well as for birthday or holiday gift-giving.

Faerie Tale Theatre
Koch Vision
c/o Koch Entertainment
22 Harbor Park Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050
Foundry Communications (publicity)
KOC-DV-6544, $99.98

Actress, producer and director Shelley Duvall created one of the most original and popular approaches to classic fairy tales with the creation of her 26 episode television series 'Faerie Tale Theatre'. Each week children and their parents were treated to live action performances of beloved fairy tales featuring headlines stars that included Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, James Earl Jones, Liza Minnelli, Eric Idle, Howie Mandell, Carrie Fisher, and so many more of Hollywood's best known. The roster of directors was equally prestigious and included Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Medak, Tim Burton, Roger Vadim, and others just as renowned. Great attention was given to costuming and set design in every episode that ranged across a spectrum of cultures to include such diverse stories as 'Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp', to 'Cinderella', to 'The Little Mermaid', to 'The Three Little Pigs', to The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and twenty-one others. A 7-disc boxed set of flawlessly recorded productions, the DVD format includes such bonus features as "Lost Episode: 'Faerie Tale Theatre's Greatest Moments'; Vintage Faerie Tale Theatre, Presentation Reel with Shelley Duvall, and B-Roll Promo Footage. The box set is enhanced with the inclusion of a photo-rich 112-page storybook featuring all 26 fairy tales, as well as a '3-in-1' Faerie Tale Theatre Game (custom playing cards, memory math and trivia). Ideal for both family and community library DVD collections, "Faerie Tale Theatre" will prove to be an enduringly popular treat for both children and adults!

The Dali Dimension
Joan Ubeda, et al.
MVD Entertainment Group
H-840 North Circle Drive, Oaks, PA 19456
#1001DVD, $24.95,

Most people know Salvador Dali as the peculiarly mustached surrealist painter of drooping clocks. "The Dali Dimension: Decoding The Mind Of A Genius" is an award-winning investigatory documentary that, through a series of rare film clips and interviews with the artist himself, delves into Dali's interest in psychoanalysis, relativity theory, and mathematics. Ably narrated by Joseph Nuzzolo, "The Dali Dimension" is the collaborative effort of documentarians Joan Ubeda, Susi Marques and Eli Pons. Of special note is the never previously available footage of Dali feverishly working on a series of drawings, using ink spread and splashed with a large a large palette knife. Students of Dali's work will find "The Dali Dimension" both informed and informative. Superbly produced and featuring leading experts in the fields of science talking about their personal experiences with Salvador Dali as a man of science as well as an artist, "The Dali Dimension: Decoding The Mind Of A Genius" is a compelling addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library DVD documentary collections.

Meals In Minutes
Stevie Ray
Learning ZoneXPress
PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
1571756949, $49.95, 1-888-455-7003

Sooner or later, almost every one experiences an accident in the kitchen or a problem with poorly prepared and/or poorly stored foods. Laced with comedy but showcasing spot-on advice for safety in the kitchen, with the foods stored there, and with the meals prepared there, "Meals In Minutes: Kitchen & Food Safety" is a 19 minute DVD specifically designed to entertain and inform viewers from sixth grade Home Ec classes to young adults just starting their culinary careers as homemakers, to experienced adults in need of a refresher on food and kitchen safety. Featuring a split screen format illustrating both safe ('Do Stevie') and dangerous (Don't Stevie) practices in the kitchen, and using 'real world' examples such as making an apple crisp, spaghetti with meatballs, and a dinner salad, "Meals In Minutes" covers such issues as hand washing, knife safety, cross-contamination, burns and cuts, food storage, and more. The DVD format includes a closed caption feature for those that need it. "Meals In Minutes" is especially recommended for family, school, and community library instructional DVD collections.

Dueling Guitars
Paul Bollenback & John Hart
Arkadia DVD
34 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
V.I.E.W. Video (distribution)
34 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
72021, $19.98,

Whether acoustic or electric, the guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments. In the hands of a master performer, the guitar can evoke an enormous range of emotional responses. Now two masters of the guitar, Paul Bollenback and John Hart, team up to demonstrate what guitar duets can accomplish in creating original and memorable music in "Dueling Guitars", a flawlessly recorded DVD showcasing a total of 78 minutes of performance and an additional 40 minutes of bonus features. The performances including Alone Together; Scenes from a Song; Superstition; I Mean You; Reflections of Jaco; From This Moment On; Double Gemini; But Not For Me, and Trio (Duo) Slant. "Dueling Guitar" bonus features include a performance clip of 'You Must Believe in Spring'; John Hart and Paul Bollenback biographies; John hart and Paul Bollenback interviews; 'instant access' to songs and solos; Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Stero Audio; Digitally Mastered Audio & Video; and DVD Recommendations. A superbly produced performance DVD, "Dueling Guitars" is recommended for personal and community library collections, and should be considered a 'must' viewing experience by guitar enthusiasts and aspiring performers.

The Sensation Of Sight
Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
9781569946596, $24.95,

A multiple award winning independent film, "The Sensation Of Sight" is the story of Finn, a middle-aged English teacher entering a mid-life crisis precipitated by personal tragedy. Finn sells encyclopedias to town locals, as his anxieties mount and he finds himself pursued by an unrelenting ghost. This is the deftly portrayed story of loneliness and disconnection that in the end leads to an unanticipated awakening and personal redemption. Showcasing the talents of David Starthairn, Ian Somerhalder, Daniel Gillies, Jane Adams, Ann Cusack, Elisabeth Waterston, Joe Mazzello, and Scott Wilson, all under the direction of Aaron J. Wiederspahn, "The Sensation Of Sight" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and community library DVD film collections.

Hot Body Boot Camp
Amy Bento
Anchor Bay Entertainment
1699 Stutz Drive, Troy, MI 48084
DV15557, $14.98,

DVD technology has brought about a revolution in home-based fitness and exercise routines. The newest addition to the popular '10 Minute Solution' series, "Hot Body Boot Camp" is comprised of a series of ten-minute segments that enable the viewer to work out for as little as ten minutes or as long as an hour to condition the body while enhancing stamina, agility, coordination, and improving reaction time. The five segments comprising this outstanding DVD include Hot Body Cardio; Ab Assault; Rock Bottom Sculpt; Calorie Blasting Drills; and Better Body Stretch. With the step-by-step illustrated example of NASM certified group fitness instructor Amy Bento, the first four of these segments induce sweat, raise the heart rate, and challenge muscles to the point of fatigue. The final segment offers respite and recovery from the vigorous and effective workout. A DVD enabled bonus feature of the highly recommended and thoroughly 'user friendly' "10 Minute Solution: Hot body Boot Camp" is the ability to crate individualized and customized workouts by programming any of the five segments in what ever order the viewer wishes to work out to. Also very highly recommended for personal, professional, and community library exercise DVD collections are Leah Sarago's "10 Minute Solutions: Dance Off Fat Fast" (DV15959, $14.98); Suzanne Bowen's "10 Minute Solution: Pilates Perfect Body" (DV15957, $14.98); and Jessica Smith's "10 Minute Solution: Quick Tummy Toners" (DV15958, $14.98).

Pure Barre
Carrie Rezabek
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
DVD, $19.95,

"Pure Barre" is an instructional DVD showcasing a specific series of exercises drawing upon ballet, pilates, and the Lotte Berk Method to assist viewers in developing and maintaining a superb physique. This series of exercises are the creations of dancer/choreographer/fitness guru Carrie Resabek whose Pure Barre Technique is ideal for both the home and the gym. Before beginning this unique system of exercises, viewers will need two sets of weights (one heavier set and one lighter set), a mat, a small towel or sock, and a sturdy support to hold onto such as a counter-top or a chair. "Pure Barre" begins with a light warm-up and arm work using light hand weights to increase the heart rate and tone the upper body. Then targeted and user friendly exercises are provided for the legs, sea and abs. Stretches throughout the workout help create dancer-quality slim, lean and flexible muscles. A superbly produced exercise DVD instructional, "Pure Barre" is a highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library Health & Exercise DVD collections and routines.

Flying The Secret Sky
WGBH Boston Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
WG42679, $24.95,

"Flying The Secret Sky" is a 75-minute documentary showcasing The British RAF's little known activities in transporting military aircraft from North America to England before America's entrance into World War II. This hazardous and secretive aspect of military aviation in 1940 preceded America's entry into the war and was part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's assistance to Britain's efforts to defend themselves against Hitler's attacks. "Flying The Secret Sky" is the story of dedicated, risk-taking young pilots who flew across a wartime Atlantic in unarmed aircraft as told by the flyers in their own words. Of special note is the American civilian pilot who transported Winston Churchill. Enhanced with a profusion of previously unseen home movies and rare footage of Ferry Command aircraft and crews, "Flying The Secret Sky" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Aviation History and World War II European Theatre DVD collections.

Backyard Lacrosse
Marty Schupak
Youth Sports Club
9 Florence Court, Valley Cottage, NY 10989
9780978945169, $24.95

A Native American sport going back centuries, Lacrosse was introduced to Europeans and became on of the most popular sports world wide. It is currently the fastest growing team sport in America. "Backyard Lacrosse" is an instructional 38-minute DVD showcasing creative drills and fundamental techniques of interest to both novice and experienced lacrosse players. Each of these exercises can be down in an ordinary backyard, school playground, and either alone or with teammates. Appropriate for players ages 10 and older (especially the competitive high school player), "Backyard Lacrosse" covers stick control, scooping fundamentals, cradling, shooting techniques, creative drills, dodging, an equipment over view, and a wealth of practical tips that will enhance lacrosse player performance. "Backyard Lacrosse" is a strongly recommended addition to personal, school, community center, and community library Sports & Athletics instructional DVD collections.

The Gladys Aylward Story
Vision Video
PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
501244D, $14.99, 1-800-523-0226

The newest addition to the outstanding Vision Video series 'The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith', "The Gladys Aylward Story", a thirty-minute animated video for children ages 8 through 12 that presents a true account of a Christian missionary who helped more than one hundred Chinese orphans to escape the onslaught of the Japanese when they swept through China in 1940 massacring whole populations in their conquest. Glady's Aylward's embarked with the orphans upon a one hundred mile trek over the mountains of China to a safe haven. With only her determination, faith, and commitment to those children entrusted to her care, Gladys Aylward was able to accomplish one of the truly legendary rescues of World War II. This superbly recorded DVD is enhanced with English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles, and is enhanced for the viewer with the additional inclusion of a documentary featuring biographer Carol Purves and Gladys' adopted son, Clifford Liu. A comprehensive leader's guide with lessons plans, background information, reproducible student handouts, and more make "The Gladys Aylward Story" ideal for home schooling and church schooling curriculums. Additional resources are available online at Also highly recommended from Vision Video (a premier publisher of DVDs for the Christian community) are their other new releases including "Reflections on the Lord's Prayer for People with Cancer" (501260D, $19.99); "Somebody's Daughter" (501284D, $19.99); and "Advent Calendar on DVD 2: Christmas Carol Edition" (501283D, $14.95, 25 segments, total running time of 115 minutes).

The Audiobook Shelf

Dick Francis & Felix Francis
Penguin Audio
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780143143857, $34.95,

Superbly narrated by Martin Jarvis, "Silks" is the collaborative work of Dick and Felix Francis. This unabridged, 9 disk audio book is a compelling racetrack murder mystery set in Britain. Defense Lawyer Geoffrey Mason is not only a barrister in London's Old Bailey, but an amateur jock with a passion for horse racing. When a fellow jockey is brutally murdered by a pitchfork through the chest, Mason is called upon to defend Steve Mitchell, a fellow jockey and the most likely suspect. A story of violence, intrigue, and threats upon his own life, Geoffrey Mason is faced with a complex web of possibilities and unknowns that must be resolved if his client is to be cleared -- and his own life preserved. Dick Francis is an acknowledged master of race track mysteries, and this flawlessly recorded audio book edition of "Silks" is a 'must' for his legions of fans.

The Garden Angel
Mindy Friddle
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
CV050, $102.75, 1-800-638-1304

Audio books are the perfect format for passing the time while having to other things from household chores to driving in traffic. Recorded Books is the premier publisher of audio books be they abridged or unabridged, cassette or CD. A flawlessly produced, 9 disk audio book capably narrated by Julia Gibson, "The Garden Angel" is author Mindy Friddle's debut title and the story of Cutter, a hard-working woman making her living by waiting tables and writing obituaries for the local paper. She is also dedicated to preventing the sale of her family's fairly run-down ancestral home by any means she can. Every time a potential buyer comes calling, Cutter makes every effort to play down any possible charm to be found within the crumbling walls of her dilapidated home. While this is going on, Cutter's younger sister is engaged in an affair with a local (and married) English professor. It's when the professor's reclusive wife seeks out the 'Other Woman' and runs into Cutter, rather than with the philandering sister, that an unlikely, quirky, and comforting friendship begins. Laced through and through with genuine humor, characters to care about, and plot twists to engage the listener's appreciative attention, "The Garden Angel" is highly recommended for personal and community library Audio Book collections. (9 disks, total running time 10.75 hours).

The Giant Book Of Poetry
William H. Roetzheim, editor
Level 4 Press, Inc.
13518 Jamul Drive, Jamul, CA 91935
9781933769400, $29.95,

Poetry is as old as recorded human history. It was a storytelling device long before the advent of written language. It is a form of communication and artistic creation that is found in every culture around the world. Originally published as a 752-page book (9780976800125, $19.95), "The Giant Book Of Poetry" is now available as a 19-disc CD boxed set that presents this impressive anthology of 550 poems through the talents of thirteen professional actors and voice artists. Flawlessly recorded, the poems span history from approximately 4,000 BC down to the present day. The poems are grouped according to subject categories that include Poems of Romance; Poems of Inspiration and Faith; Poets Look at Lust, Betrayal, and Lost Love; Poets Look at Eternity; Poets Look at Growing Up and Growing Old; Poems for Children of All Ages; Poems of Ghosts, Evil, and Superstition; Poems of Loss and Sorrow; Poems of Nature; Poems of Working; Poets Look at War and Peace; and Poets Look at Writing, Art, and Poetry. A truly impressive body of superbly executed works, "The Giant Book Of Poetry" under the deft and knowledgeable editorship of William H. Roetzheim is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Poetry and Audio Book collections.

The Library CD Music Shelf

Julie Fowlis
Shoeshine Records/Cadiz Music
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404
SPIT032, $17.98,

Julie Fowlis is a dedicated Gaelic singer whose researches and performances have brought Gaelic music to the forefront of appreciative European and American audiences. "Cuilidh" is her newest contribution to a steadily increasing body of work and ranges from lighthearted mouth music to serious ballads chronicling life and loss on the rugged Outer Hebrides island and its surrounding sea. Her hauntingly beautiful performances of twelve distinctive, historically authentic, beautifully sculptured songs in the Gaelic language are flawlessly recorded, making "Cuilidh" a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library CD music collections.

A Traveler's Guide To Mars
Ian Tescee
Privately Produced
c/o The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
ITC-21232, $15.99,

Ian Tescee draws upon his more than twenty-two years of experience and expertise with creating electronic music to compose and perform "A Traveler's Guide To Mars", a collection of fourteen original and unique works inspired by space scientist William K. Hartman and utilized in the major planetarium production about Mars at the Carnegie Science Center's Duhl Digital Dome in Pittsburgh. Tescee utilizes keyboard synthesizers and electronic drums, analog guitars, and even sings on one of the tracks. Enhanced with a half-dozen NASA commands and a countdown, a cello solo by Nancy Snustad, the faint quoting of a line from the Ray Bradbury short story 'The Lost City of Mars', "A Traveler's Guide To Mars" also features music written by electronic musician Russell Story, and 'The Wooden Prince' based on a theme by Bela Bartok. The individual pieces comprising this flawlessly produced and highly recommended CD include The New World (5:27); Passport (6:01); Earthrise (4:01); The Lost City of Mars (4:16); Aquamarine (3:43); The Wooden Prince (2:24); Dust-Red Sky (2:02); God of War (2:42); Beneath the Ice (2:09); It's Time to Go Back: Part 1 (2:48); It's Time to Go Back: Part 2 (3:54); Space Tourist Mars (5:23); Life on Mars (4:50); Billions and Billions of Stars (3:54).

Tibetan Chants for World Peace
The Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir
White Swan Records
6395 Gunpark Dr. Ste. A, Boulder, CO 80301
Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404

Tibetan Chants for World Peace is an audio CD of transcendent Tibetan Buddhist chants, some of which have never before been heard outside of Gyuto Tantric Monastic University until the twenty-first century. The Gyuto monks perform low-pitched throat singing that supplicates for the well-being of all life on Earth. No monk is permitted to perform these chants until he has undergone extensive initiation, empowerment, and training over the course of many years. A one-of-a-kind audio encapsulation of the music wholly dedicated to spreading mercy and love to the world, Tibetan Chants for World Peace carries the absolute highest recommendation for public library CD collections and for Buddhist studies shelves. A fold-out insert with photographs of the monks and information about the chants is included, and all royalties for the sale of Tibetan Chants for World Peace go to Gyuto Tantric University.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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Oregon, WI 53575-1129
phone: 1-608-835-7937

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