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Volume 11, Number 9 September 2016 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Social Issues Shelf Parenting Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Cookbook Shelf Photography Shelf
Sports Shelf American History Shelf World History Shelf
Civil War Shelf Military Shelf Fiction Shelf
Biography Shelf Psychology Shelf Divorce Shelf
Education Shelf Gardening Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Business Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
Poetry Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf Architecture Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Human Sexuality Shelf Genealogy Shelf
Judicial Studies Shelf Crafts Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Agriculture Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

How to Get a Green Card, twelfth edition
Ilona Bray, Loida Nicolas Lewis, and Kristina Gasson
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413322552, $39.99, PB, 416pp,

It is no secret that the U.S. immigration system is an enormous bureaucracy and difficult for ordinary people to navigate. Yet it is vital for millions of people to understand it before starting an application for a green card. Making a mistake can ruin any chances for a successful application -- and can even leave desperate men and women to fall victim to scam artists. Now in a fully updated twelfth edition, "How to Get a Green Card" provides everything necessary to know about qualifying for permanent U.S. residence -- especially if the aspiring applicant doesn't have an employer-sponsor. "How to Get a Green Card" fully covers how to work with U.S. officials and prepare and present the right documents at the right time to get a green card for parents, siblings, a spouse or fiance. It also covers such issues as: green card lotteries; political asylum or refugee status; U visas; Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); and all other categories. This newly revised twelfth edition of "How to Get a Green Card" covers the expanded provisional waiver of unlawful presence, which helps people unlawfully in the U.S. make sure they can travel for their visa interview without being barred from returning. Enhanced with the inclusion of new sample forms, updated poverty guidelines, and more, "How to Get a Green Card" is an indispensable reference for anyone seeking a Green Card, and should be a part of every immigration NGO, community, college, and university library instructional reference collection. It should be noted that "How to Get a Green Card" is also available in a Kindle format ($23.99).

I Can't Save You But I'll Die Trying
Dr. Burton A. Clark, EFO
Premium Press America
PO Box 58995, Nashville, TN 37205
9781887654579 $29.95

I Can't Save You But I'll Die Trying: The American Fire Culture challenges the status quo inherent in American culture that is getting both firefighters and civilians killed. Every year, 3,250 people in America die from fires. Changes in attitude and policy are desperately needed to reduce the death toll, but they are too slow in coming. "The NIOSH [National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health] line-of-duty death studies report that we [professional firefighters] do not follow our own safety SOPs, national standards, and training doctrine. We do not use our safety equipment. We do not hold firefighters, officers, or chiefs responsible and accountable when it comes to safety." I Can't Save You But I'll Die Trying addresses one example after another, and proposed ways to change fundamentally problematic behaviors. I Can't Save You But I'll Die Trying is highly recommended, especially for public library collections, and an absolute "must-read" for every volunteer or professional firefighter.

Figures of Memory
Michael Bernard-Donals
State University of New York Press
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246-0001
9781438460772, $80.00, HC, 224pp,

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the museum provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. "Figures of Memory: The Rhetoric of Displacement at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum" by Michael Bernard-Donals (Nancy Hoefs Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Madison) deftly examines how the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum uses its space and the design of its exhibits to move its visitors to memory. From the objects and their placement to the architectural design of the building and the floor plan, the museum was meant to teach visitors about the Holocaust. But what Michael Bernard-Donals found is that while they learn about and remember the Holocaust, visitors also call to mind other, sometimes unrelated memories. Partly this is because memory itself works in multidirectional ways, but partly it's because of decisions made in the planning that led to the creation of the museum. Enhanced with six pages of Notes, a sixteen page Bibliography, and a seventeen page Index, "Figures of Memory" is an impressive work of seminal scholarship and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library collections. For the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "Figures of Memory" is also available in a Kindle format ($76.00).

The Social Issues Shelf

Choosing Sharia?
Machteld Zee
Eleven International Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9789462366343 $58.50

Choosing Sharia? Multiculturalism, Islamic Fundamentalism & Sharia Councils is a harsh criticism of how the free rein of Sharia councils in Europe, particularly Britain, enables oppression and injustice. Women suffer the most; even though a civil court may grant her a lawful divorce, a Sharia council may dissuade or refuse her from obtaining a "religious divorce", meaning that she could be scorned, shunned, or even targeted for execution if she seeks to begin a new relationship or remarry. "Marital captivity" (forcing a woman to remain married against her will) is a real problem, enabled by the degree of power and freedom that is allowed to Sharia councils. Dutch political scientist and legal scholar Machteld Zee openly questions the vagueness of multicultural principles that permit such oppression, and notes the relative effectiveness of certain countermeasures - such as laws criminalizing marital captivity in such a manner that they hold both recalcitrant spouses and Sharia council members who refuse to grant a divorce accountable. Author Machteld Zee draws upon direct experience observing Sharia councils as well as individual case studies as she analyzes the problem and prospective solutions. Choosing Sharia? is highly recommended.

The Parenting Shelf

Parenting Gifted Children 101
Tracy Ford Inman & Jana Kirchner
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781618215185, $16.95, PB, 192pp,

Tracy F. Inman, Ed.D., has devoted her career to meeting the needs of young people, especially those who are gifted and talented. She has taught at both the high school and collegiate levels, as well as in summer programs for gifted and talented youth. Tracy serves as associate director for The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Jana Kirchner is Instructional Supervisor for Simpson County Schools in Kentucky. The collaborative work of Inman and Kirchner, "Parenting Gifted Children 101: An Introduction to Gifted Kids and Their Needs" is practical, easy-to-read book explores the basics of parenting gifted children, truly giving parents the "introductory course" they need to better understand and help their gifted child. The subjects directly addressed include myths about gifted children, characteristics of the gifted, the hows and whys of advocacy, social and emotional issues and needs, strategies for partnering with your child's school, and more. "Parenting Gifted Children 101" explores ways for parents to help their child at home and maximize their child's educational experience with strategies that are based on research, but easy to implement. Each individual chapter (from parenting twice-exceptional students to navigating the possible challenges that school may hold for your child) contains accessible resources for further reading and insights from more than 50 parents and educators of gifted children. Of special note are the chapters on 'How Can I Communicate and Partner with My Child's Educators' and 'What Can I Do at Home to Help My Child?'. Enhanced with the inclusion of a ten page listing of References, and a four page Glossary, "Parenting Gifted Children 101" is strongly recommended for personal, school, and community library Parenting instructional reference collections. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, it should be noted that "Parenting Gifted Children 101" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Literary Studies Shelf

The Death of the Book
John Lurz
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue
University Box L, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823270972, $90.00, HC, 199pp,

"The Death of the Book: Modernist Novels and the Time of Reading" by John Lurz (Assistant Professor of English at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts) is an examination of the ways major novels by Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf draw attention to their embodiment in the object of the book, "The Death of the Book" considers how bookish format plays a role in some of the twentieth century's most famous literary experiments. Tracking the passing of time in which reading unfolds, these novels position the book's so-called death in terms that refer as much to a simple description of its future vis-…-vis other media forms as to the sense of finitude these books share with and transmit to their readers. As Professor Lurz interrogates the affective, physical, and temporal valences of literature's own traditional format and mode of access, he shows how these novels stage intersections with the phenomenal world of their readers and develop a conception of literary experience not accounted for by either rigorously historicist or traditionally formalist accounts of the modernist period. Bringing together issues of media and mediation, book history, and modernist aesthetics, "The Death of the Book" offers a new and deeper understanding of the way we read now. Enhanced with the inclusion of twelve pages of Notes, a twelve page Bibliography, and a two page Index, "The Death of the Book" is a model of seminal scholarship that is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. While unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary Literary Studies collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Death of the Book" is also available in a paperback edition (9780823270989, $25.00) and in a Kindle format ($16.99).

Carol Rocamora
Smith & Kraus Publishers
177 Lyme Road, Lyme NH 03755-6610
9781575258911, $21.95, PB, 399pp,

"Troika" is an anthology of three Russian plays translated for an American readership and interested community theatrical groups by educator, playwright, biographer, and literary critic Carol Rocamora who is a professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. "Troika" is comprised of Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev's play 'A Month in the Country'; Sukhovo Koblin's play 'Rasputin's Brother'; and Maksim Gorky's play 'Summerfolk'. Enhanced with an informative ten-page Introduction, "Troika" is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Russian Literature collections in general, and Turgenev, Koblin, Gorky supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Cookbook Shelf

Better Homes and Gardens Skillet Meals
Better Homes and Gardens Editorial Staff
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780544800878, $24.99 HC, $11.99 Kindle, 304pp,

A frying pan, frypan, or skillet is a flat-bottomed pan used for frying, searing, and browning foods. It is typically 200 to 300 mm (8 to 12 in) in diameter with relatively low sides that flare outwards, a long handle, and no lid. Larger pans may have a small grab handle opposite the main handle. The skillet is an essential piece of kitchen equipment for all home cooks. It's perfect not only for frying eggs, but also for stove-top lasagna, jalape¤o cornbread, apple pie, cookies, spatchcocked chicken, crowd-pleasing casseroles, and so much more! Beautifully showcasing more than 150 recipes and featuring 100 color photographs, "Better Homes and Gardens Skillet Meals" is an outstanding collection that aptly demonstrates the culinary range of the skillet and its adaptability to various techniques like sauteing, braising, baking, and browning. "Better Homes and Gardens Skillet Meals" includes innovative breakfast dishes, stir fries, pasta tosses, flavorful braises, surprising desserts, and more. Icons for Cast-Iron, Budget, Calorie-Smart, and Super-Fast recipes let readers identify special dishes in a snap. A front-of-book index gathers cast iron skillet - appropriate recipes into a quick reference. All of the featured recipes include full nutrition information. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation, "Better Homes and Gardens Skillet Meals" is unreservedly recommended for personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook
Ziggy Marley
Akashic Books
232 Third Street, #A115, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9781617754838, $24.95, HC, 102pp,

As the oldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, Ziggy was raised with both traditional Jamaican food and the more natural and healthy "ital" food of the family's Rastafari culture. The fifty-four recipes comprising the "Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook", each of which was inspired by Ziggy's youth is accompanied by beautiful photos, were contributed by Ziggy, his wife Orly, his sister Karen, as well as renowned chefs Bruce Sherman (Coconut Carrot Curry), Ben Ford (Escabeche, Escovitch), and Leonie McDonald (Caribbean Salsa). Many of the recipes are vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free. Featuring thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' step-by-step recipes, the dishes range from Breakfast Hash with Asparagus Sauce; Coconut Curry Squash Soup; Jamaican Rice and Peas; and Roasted Cauliflower; to Roasted Yam Tart; Vegetarian Hash; Jamaican Dumplings; and Orange Almond Chocolate Truffles. Of special note is a fish dinner -- Whole Roasted Branzino with Caramelized Okra and Preserved Lemons. Enhanced with the inclusion of a one page listing of Conversions, and a two page listing of Friends and Resources, "Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Vegans Go Nuts
Celine Steen & Joni Marie Newman
Fair Winds Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781592337255, $22.99, PB, 176pp,

To be a vegan is to abstaining from eating animal products. Providing protein to a vegan-based diet is the roll of nuts and seeds. Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman are to practicing vegans who draw upon their years of experience and expertise in "Vegans Go Nuts" to provide a beautifully and profusely illustrated culinary compendium of more than one hundred dishes featuring nuts and seeds. Beginning with an opening chapters on 'In the Kitchen with Nuts and Seeds' and 'Nuts and Seeds Basics', the featured recipes are presented in four specific chapters: Cheers to Nut-ritious Mornings; Simple Nuts Make Mean Mains; Substantial Soups, Sides, and Salads; Ending Things on a Sweet Nut. The recipes themselves range from Pepita Pepper Hummus; Strawberry Almond Horchata; Pea Scramble with Peanut Miso Drizzle; and Hawaiian Macadamia Tacos; to Autumnal chestnut and Carrot Bisque; Roasted Hazelnut Brussels Sprouts; Peacan Radicchio and Grilled Apple Salad; and Fruity Cashew Oat Squares. Unique and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly, "Vegans Go Nuts" will prove to be an extraordinary and enduringly popular addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted the "Vegans Go Nuts" is also available in a Kindle format ($11.99).

Healing the Vegan Way
Mark Reinfeld
Lifelong Books / Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780738217772, $22.99, PB, 352pp,

It is accepted medical wisdom that plant-based diets are better for the health of both people and the planet. Veganism (the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet) is a philosophy and attitude that is leading a dietary revolution in this country. The collaborative work of Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Michael Greger, and Dr. Joel Kahn, "Healing the Vegan Way: Plant-Based Eating for Optimal Health and Wellness" is a straightforward compendium of some two hundred whole-food, plant-based recipes. Enhanced with practical tips for plant-based living including preventable health challenges, nutritional theories, raw whole food health benefits and more, the thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes rages from Curried Garbanzo Cakes with Poppy Seeds; Black Bean and Corn Salad; Moroccan Chickpea Stew; and Lemon Tempeh with Kale and Rice Noodles; to Sweet and Spicy Baked Plantain; Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies; Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade; and Coco Bacon (one fo the best bacon substitutes ever!). Offering a thorough and comprehensive introduction to all aspects of vegan menu planning, "Healing the Vegan Way" is enthusiastically and unreservedly recommended for personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Healing the Vegan Way" is also available in a Kindle format ($13.99).

Rise and Shine
Katie Sullivan Morford
Roost Books
c/o Shambhala Publications, Inc.
300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-4544
9781611802948, $24.95, HC, 224pp,

Katie Sullivan Morford is a freelance food and nutrition writer with more than twenty years of professional writing experience. With the publication of "Rise and Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings", Katie has created a beautifully illustrated culinary compendium of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for breakfasts that are as appetite satisfying as they are palate pleasing. Organized into thematic sections (Smoothies and Drinks; Everyday Eggs; Granola, Oats, and Breakfast Grains; Yogurt and Fruit; Sandwiches and Wraps; Toast; Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast; Make-Ahead Muffins, Breads, and Bars; Weekend Favorities), the recipes range from Almost Instant Chocolate Breakfast Drink; Pimento and Cheddar Egg Pie; Slow Cooker Coconut Rice Pudding; Savory Yogurt Bowls; and Tex Mex Tofu Wraps; to Turkish Toast; One-Bowl Chile Cheese Cornmeal Pancakes; Baked Applesauce Molasses Donuts; and Buckwheat Blender Crepes. Of special note is the recipe for Farmers' Market Salad with Warm and Crispy Goat Cheese! A unique and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, professional, family, and community cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Rise and Shine" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Savvy Southwest Cooking
Janet E. Taylor
Rio Nuevo Publishers
PO Box 5250, Tucson, AZ 85703
9781940322155, $16.95, PB, 188pp,

Previously published as "The Green Southwest Cookbook", "Savvy Southwest Cooking " has been republished for a new generation of kitchen cooks by Janet Taylor and features a fresh new title and cover. Anyone can now set a healthy sustainable table by taking advantage of the tips and recipes to eat healthier and help our planet along the way. The recipes comprising "Savvy Southwest Cooking" are ideal for menu planning, supporting local agriculture, finding food in your own garden, and using fresh season ingredients with Southwest flavors. Nicely illustrated throughout, and featuring more than 100 palate pleasing, appetite satisfying dishes that range from Beef Fajitas; Breakfast Tacos; Tortilla Soup; and Spicy Vegan Chili; to Chipotle Enchiladas; Chocolate Lava Cake; Chard-Wrapped Chipotle Halibut; Meme's French Toast Fingers with Berry Dip; and Extraordinary Southwest Burger. An impressive culinary collection of truly outstanding dishes that are as nutritious as they are delicious, "Savvy Southwest Cooking" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Whole Food Baby
Michele Olivier
250 Wireless Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY 11788
9781438008325, $18.99, PB, 176pp,

Michele Olivier started making baby food after her first baby girl was born. Soon her innovative recipes were being converted by local moms and Michele decided to share her creations (and her baby's reactions) on her blog, In "Whole Food Baby" Michele draws upon her considerable experience and expertise to create a culinary compendium showcasing some two hundred nutritionally balanced recipes to give babies and toddlers a healthy start in life. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with full color photography, the thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes range from Pear and Cinnamon Puree; Steamed Green Beans with Lemon Zest; Simple Oat Pancakes with Cherry and Almond Syrup; and Caprese Sandwich Station with Basil Dip; to Nectarine and Basil Ice Pops; PB & J Nut Bars; Double Chocolate Banana Ice Cream; and Kid-Friendly Orange Poppy Seed Muffins. Of special note is the concluding chapter devoted to Nutritional Information including Notes for the Recipes in This Book; Choosing a Recipe for Your Baby; Top 5 Recipes for Essential Nutrients, Index of Recipes by Key Nutritional Benefit; and a General Index. Simply stated, "Whole Baby Food" is ideal for new mothers and will prove to be an enduringly popular and appreciated addition to community library cookbook collections.

The Photography Shelf

Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography, revised edition
Richard I'Anson
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781760340742, $22.99, PB, 376pp,

In the pages of "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography", internationally renowned travel photographer Richard I'Anson shares his wealth of experience and knowledge about travel photography in a jargon-free guide to taking better photographs. Now in a newly revised edition has been thoroughly updated and refreshed with up-to-the minute advice, information and instructions on how to take amazing travel photographs using the latest digital cameras, "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography" also includes tips on how to get great results from smartphones, DSLR cameras, drones and GoPro action cameras. "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography" covers: How to get started in travel photography; What kit is required and how to use it; Types of software and computers needed to process pin-sharp images; On-the-ground advice, including photography etiquette, safety and security Essential advice and know-how on lighting, composing and shooting great images; How to choose the best lense, set aperture, shutter speeds and exposure; Detailed instructions on taking photographs of moving subjects, portraits of people, landscapes, cities, wildlife, festivals, food and drink; Processing, saving and sharing digital images using various software programs, and even selling travel images. The "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography" continues to be the definitive and thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional handbook for anybody keen to improve the photographs they take on their travel trips and wow their friends and family at home. While unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Photography instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography" is also available in a Kindle format ($13.79).

The Sports Shelf

Outside The Game
Jim Mandelaro
RIT Press
Rochester Institute of Technology
90 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623
9781939125156, $17.95, PB, 218pp,

Jim Mandelaro is a writer for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York. He is a three-time winner of the New York State Associated Press award for outstanding sports feature writing, a two-time recipient of the Rochester Press-Radio Club Sportswriter of the Year Award, and a member of the Frontier Field Walk of Fame. In "Outside the Game: A Collection of Inspirational Sports Stories" Mandelaro showcases a collection of truly exceptional sports stories, each of which was previously published in Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle, and now are available to a national audience. In "Outside The Game" Mandelaro describes the triumphs and tragedies of both local and national athletes. These narratives go beyond the wins and losses of the game to illuminate the perseverance of the human spirit over challenging life situations. While certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Sports/Athletics collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Outside The Game" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The American History Shelf

Laurie Collier Hillstrom
155 West Congress, Suite 200, Detroit, MI 48226
9780780815100, $60.00, HC, 246pp,

The latest addition to Omnigraphics outstanding 'Defining Moments' series, "Reconstruction" by Laurie Collier Hillstrom is a reference work on the history of the Post-Civil War American Reconstruction era and is organized into three major sections: Narrative Overview; Biographies; Primary Sources. Enhanced with a useful 'How to Use This Book' introduction; a six page listing of Important People, Places, and Terms; an eight page Chronology; a two page list of Sources for Further Study; a four page Bibliography, a two page listing of Photo and Illustration Credits, and a three page Index. An ideal and exceptionally well organized and presented resource for student papers, "Reconstruction" is unreservedly recommended for community, highschool, college, and university library American History collections in general, and Post-Civil War Reconstruction Era supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

Pembroke: A Rural, Black Community on the Illinois Dunes
Dave Baron
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive, SIUC Mail Code 6806, Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809335022 $26.50

Pembroke: A Rural, Black Community on the Illinois Dunes examines the history of the Pembroke Township, one of the most impoverished locations in America. During the Great Migration, black farmers from the South who disliked the crowded living conditions of Chicago settled in Pembroke, where land was sold at low prices. Yet the sandy soil made profitable farming all but impossible, and economic opportunity has remained out-of-reach of Pembroke residents for decades. Author and constitutional litigator Dave Baron enriches this history with portraits of well-known Pembroke residents, dating back to Pembroke's first black settlers, as well as reminiscences of his own visits to the community. Notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this multifaceted portrait, which vividly illustrates persistent modern challenges in America's ongoing struggle against racial discrimination and systemic poverty.

The World History Shelf

The Story of Egypt
Joann Fletcher
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781681771342 $29.95

Professor Joann Fletcher presents The Story of Egypt: The Civilization that Shaped the World, a complete history of ancient Egypt spanning more than 4,000 years, up to roughly 30 B.C. From evidence of Egypt's oldest art and the earliest settlers of the Nile River valley, to stories of Egypt's pharaohs (some of whom were women - on at least ten occasions!), and violent wars with other nations. Notes, a bibliography, an index, and a handful of color photographs round out this fascinating history, accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Highly recommended.

The Civil War Shelf

"The Bloody Fifth"
John F. Schmutz
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611212044 $32.95

"The Bloody Fifth": Vol. 1: Secession to the Suffolk Campaign is an extensively researched accounting of the 5th Texas Infantry, colloquially known as "The Bloody Fifth", during the American Civil War. The first of two volumes, "Secession to the Suffolk Campaign" covers the regiment's performance during the first half of the war, while the forthcoming installment "Gettysburg to Appomattox" covers the remaining half. Black-and-white maps enhance this descriptive, expertly researched and thoroughly accessible work of military history, highly recommended especially for public and college library Civil War collections.

The Military Shelf

Military Life 101
Janet I. Farley
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781442256019, $36.00, HC, 207pp,

Anyone joining America's modern all volunteer military will have a multitude of questions about what they (and their families) can expect. "Military Life 101: Basic Training for New Military Families" by Janet I. Farley (a long-time respected career transition expert within the greater military community" answers many of the questions that service members and their family may have about life in and around the armed forces. Organized into eight comprehensive chapters (Great Expectations; Military Money and Benefits; Military Family Support; Mastering Military Moves; Military Spouse Careers and Education; Difficult Topics in Military Life; Mission Transition), "Military Life 101" addresses what to expect from life on the home front in the military and how this career path not only affects the service members but their families. "Military Life 101" is a practical, useful, comprehensive, concise guide effectively introduces new service members and their families to the culturally relevant and need-to- know information required to survive and thrive in the ever-evolving military lifestyle. Enhanced with the inclusion of two appendices ('Military Life 101 Recommended Reading List' and 'Common Military Terms and Expressions'); Notes, and an Index, "Military Life 101" is unreservedly recommended for highschool, community, college, and university library Jobs/Careers collections in general, and Military Studies supplemental reading lists in particular. For the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "Military Life 101" is also available in a Kindle format ($36.00).

The Fiction Shelf

The Other Cisco Kid
Sydney J. Bounds
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444828221 $TBA

Short stories, comics, and television shows about the Cisco Kid have thrilled Western connoisseurs since 1907. The Other Cisco Kid is an action-packed, large-print western novel. The story follows young Billy Baxter, who strikes a daring bargain with the legendary Cisco Kid. The Cisko Kid has been offered the position of marshal in two separate towns, and can only fulfill one - it's up to Baxter to protect the town of Prospect. But guarding the residents from outlaws may be far more perilous than Baxter could ever have imagined! The Other Cisko Kid is sure to thrill connoisseurs of the genre, and is especially recommended for fans of the genre.

V. C. Andrews
Pocket Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 13th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781471158605, $7.99, PB, 368pp,

Audrina remembers a better time, when her husband, Arden, was a young man with a heart filled with devotion for her. He didn't used to be this ambitious, expansive or this cruel. But then, the death of Audrina's father changed a great many things. When the reading of her father's will reveals that Audrina herself will control fifty-one percent of the family brokerage -- the halls of Whitefern again don't feel safe. Arden's protestations become frantic, nearly violent. And while Audrina didn't anticipate running the family business, she's curious to do so. And she can't help but wonder what had made her father change his will at the last minute? What did he know about Arden that she didn't? Trapped in the middle of it all: her fragile, simple sister-the beautiful, trusting Sylvia. Audrina promised her father she'd watch over the young woman. But after years of relative quiet, the dark days of Whitefern may have returned. "Whitefern" is the sequel to V. C. Andrews "My Sweet Audrina" and once again establishes Andews as one of the most popular and gifted authors of our time. A 'must' for the legions of V. C. Andrews fans, "Whitefern" is an unreservedly recommended and memorably read.

Sunday's on the Phone to Monday
Christine Reilly
Touchstone Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781501116872, $25.00, HC, 325pp,

Claudio and Mathilde Simone, once romantic bohemians hopelessly enamored with each other, find themselves nestled in domesticity in New York, running a struggling vinyl record store and parenting three daughters as best they can: Natasha, an overachieving prodigy; sensitive Lucy, with her debilitating heart condition; and Carly, adopted from China and quietly fixated on her true origins. With prose that is as keen and illuminating as it is whimsical and luminous, debut novelist Christine Reilly tells the unusual love story of this family. Poignant and humane, "Sunday's on the Phone to Monday" is a deft exploration of the tender ties that bind families together, even as they threaten to tear them apart. A deftly written and original story, "Sunday's on the Phone to Monday" is an extraordinary and enthusiastically recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Sunday's on the Phone to Monday" is also available in a paperback edition (9781501116889, $15.00) and in a Kindle format ($12.99).

Broken Ground
Karen Halvorsen Schreck
Howard Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781476794839, $14.99, PB, 336pp,

A pure and joyous read from beginning to end, "Broken Ground" clearly demonstrates author Karen Halvorsen Schreck as an impressively skilled storyteller of the first order. "Broken Ground" is that story of a young oil rig widow who escapes her grief with the death of her husband in an oil rig accident, and the deprivations of the Texas Dust Bowl. When she travels to California to accept a scholarship from a college in the city of Pasadena in pursuit of her dream of becoming a teacher. Then, unexpectedly, she also finds the possibility of true love and the healing of her broken heart. While enthusiastically recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Broken Ground" is also available in a Kindle format ($10.99).

Dark Mesa
Hank J. Kirby
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444828252, $20.99, PB, 248pp,

When Ross McCall provides aid to wounded bandit Ace Morgan (the last surviving member of an outlaw gang, and his pa's old comrade) the dying man repays his kindness by sharing the location of the outlaw band's last bank robbery haul, which he had hastily hidden away on McCall's land. But a great many others are after the loot, imprisoning McCall and searching his spread for the money. Now a released convict from the Yuma Prison, McCall only wants to be left alone to establish his small homestead and rounder-up maverick cattle thereby creating his own small herd. Can McCall face down those who would snap up his land - and succeed in finding his supposed legacy? "Dark Mason" is a consistently compelling read from beginning to end as once again author Hank Kirby writes a stirring western action/adventure story complete with unexpected twists and turns. In this large print edition, "Dark Mason" is enthusiastically recommended for the personal reading lists of western buffs and would be an enduringly popular addition to community library Western Fiction collections.

As Good as Gone
Larry Watson
Algonquin Books
PO Box 2225, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2225
9781616205713, $26.95, HC, 400pp,

It's 1963, and Calvin Sidey, one of the last of the old cowboys, has long ago left his family to live a life of self-reliance out on the prairie. He's been a mostly absentee father and grandfather until his estranged son asks him to stay with his grandchildren, Ann and Will, for a week while he and his wife are away. So Calvin agrees to return to the small town where he once was a mythic figure, to the very home he once abandoned. But trouble soon comes to the door when a boy's attentions to seventeen-year-old Ann become increasingly aggressive and a group of reckless kids portend danger for eleven-year-old Will. Calvin knows only one way to solve problems: the Old West way, in which scores are settled and ultimatums are issued and your gun is always loaded. And though he has a powerful effect on those around him--from the widowed neighbor who has fallen under his spell to Ann and Will, who see him as the man who brings a sudden and violent order to their lives--in the changing culture of the 1960s, Calvin isn't just a relic; he's a wild card, a danger to himself and those who love him. Clearly author Larry Watson is an extraordinary and gifted novelist with a genuine knack for originality. "As Good as Gone" is a consistently compelling and deftly crafted read from beginning to end. While enthusiastically recommended for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "As Good as Gone" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.43).

The Biography Shelf

Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest
Ron Hamm
Sunstone Press
PO Box 2321, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2321
9781632931146, $29.95, HC, 168pp,

Many people appreciate and enjoy the American Southwest without truly understanding it. But Ross Randall Calvin, a discerning and erudite observer did, and we are all the richer for it. Calvin began his search as a pilgrim health-seeker, believing he had left the ''known world'' behind when he fled the East for New Mexico. There he soon found to our benefit that he could use his observational skills and intellect to fashion a picture that helped him and us comprehend those unique factors that make New Mexico what it is -- including its history, people, culture, climate, and so much more. Those lessons learned he shared with us. His books and essays opened our eyes to New Mexico if we but heed them. In Ron Hamm's impressively well researched, written, organized and presented biography, "Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest", Calvin's story as discoverer and interpreter unfolds in rich detail from beginning to end. Enhanced with the inclusion of an informative Introduction, a five page listing of Descendants of Ross Randall Calvin, and a twenty-one page listing of Notes and Sources, "Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest" is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library American Biography collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest" is also available in a paperback edition (9781632931153, $22.95) and in a Kindle format ($7.99).

West Texas Middleweight
Frank Sikes
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037, Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896729759 $24.95

West Texas Middleweight: The Story of LaVern Roach is the biography of a small-town boxer who became one of the sport's most well-known figures during the 1940's. At the time, boxing and baseball were the two most popular professional sports in America. LaVern Roach's life ended abruptly when he died from injuries received in the ring during a nationally televised event. His death brought the sport of boxing under greater scrutiny than ever before. West Texas Middleweight chronicles Roach's endeavors, from boxing amateur to enlistment in the US Marines, his time as captain of the nation's most successful military boxing team, to being named "Rookie of the Year" for 1947 in "The Ring Magazine" and a top ten contender for the middleweight world championship. A handful of vintage black-and-white photographs, notes, appendices, and an index round out welcome contribution to sports biography collections, highly recommended especially for boxing fans.

The Psychology Shelf

Technology in Mental Health, second edition
Stephen Goss, Kate Anthony, LoriAnn Sykes Stretch, and DeeAnna Merz Nagel
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704
9780398091057 $81.95

Now in an updated second edition, Technology in Mental Health is an anthology of essays by an array of different experts, each written especially for professionals in the field. Chapters discuss how modern advances in technology can be used to aid patients with psychological problems. Topics include "Using Forums to Enhance Client Peer Support", "The Role of Blogging in Mental Health", "Using the Telephone for Conducting a Therapeutic Relationship", "Using Chat and Instant Messaging (IM) to Enrich Counselor Training and Supervision", and much more. An index rounds out this "must-have" for both college library and private practice Psychology shelves.

Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome
David Stein, Psy.D.
Woodbine House
6510 Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
9781606132630 $21.95

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder frequently associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability. Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome: The Respond but Don't React Method is a timely guide for caregivers, parents, and psychology professionals, and is especially relevant considering that 30 percent of children with Down syndrome are diagnosed with behavior disorders (compared to 10% of typically developing children). Pediatric psychologist David Stein, Psy.D. emphasizes proactive means for guiding the behavior of children with Down syndrome, rather than reactive and punitive approaches. The methods are grounded in research and clinical findings, yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds. For example, in working with one family whose Down syndrome daughter would "stop and flop" during trips to the store, the focus included gradually building up the young girl's tolerance to the noise and crowds. "Over time, Luz's grocery trips gradually became longer and longer until she could tolerate a full grocery trip. But remember, slow and steady wins the race; we have to build up to long outings slowly and with a lot of success and encouragement along the way." Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome is a "must-read" for anyone who interacts with young people who have Down syndrome.

Stopping the Noise in Your Head
Reid Wilson
Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9780757319068, $16.95, PB, 375pp,

Worrying can be an important asset when it forces our attention on problem-solving. But anxious worrying can cause us to unnecessarily focus on threat, to retreat and avoid, and to seek reassurance and safety -- which is no way to foster a life of growth and excitement. In "Stopping the Noise in Your Head", Reid Wilson (a licensed psychologist who directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center) proposes a groundbreaking, paradoxical approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress and discomfort. Through the use of unconventional strategies, readers will learn how to confront anxiety head-on and step forward into the face of threat. Drawing on sources ranging from firefighters and fitness instructors, to Sir Isaac Newton and Muhammad Ali, "Stopping the Noise in Your Head" demonstrates the importance of shifting our perspective and stepping toward our challenges in order to regain control of our lives. As informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Stopping the Noise in Your Head" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, content, commentary, organization and presentation. While highly recommended for community and academic library Self-Help instructional reference collections and Contemporary Applied Psychology & Counseling supplemental studies reading lists, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Stopping the Noise in Your Head" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99) and in a complete and unabridged CD auto book format ably narrated by Eric Michaelian (Tantor Audio, 9781515952428, $29.99).

The Divorce Shelf

Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce, sixth edition
Emily Doskow
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413322675, $24.99, PB, 514pp,

With approximately half of all marriages in American ending in divorce, this newly revised and expanded sixth edition of "Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce" is a critically important addition to every community library collection, and vitally necessary reading for any man or woman contemplating or entering a divorce who is seeking to make the legal process as simple, inexpensive, and conflict-free as possible. Drawing upon her years of experience and expertise, family law attorney Emily Doskow deftly explains how to make divorce less painful by helping the reader: understand the divorce process; minimize day-to-day conflict with your spouse; work with lawyers or mediators without breaking the bank; avoid costly, exhausting court battles; and to stay calm and make good decisions. Fully updated with the latest state rules on divorce, "Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce" covers all legal rights and options and how to tackle the tough issues, including: child support; child custody; alimony; dividing property, including pensions and real estate; and drafting a marital settlement agreement. Of special note is how well "Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce" is written, organized and presented, making it fully accessible for the non-specialist general reader. For personal reading lists it should also be noted that "Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce" is also available in a Kindle format ($15.72).

The Education Shelf

Talk to Me, Baby! second edition
Betty S. Bardige
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598579208 $29.95

Now in an updated second edition with more strategies grounded in up-to-date research, Talk to Me, Baby! How You Can Support Young Children's is a guide for parents and early childhood educators to helping young children engage their minds and their language skills. Chapters discuss how to include young children in everyday conversations, even when they're too young to talk; games, songs, and activities for boosting language skills; ways to help bilingual children improve their skill in both languages; and more. A list of references and an index round out this excellent resource, highly recommended especially for college library Education shelves and professional educator's reading lists.

Big Ideas in Education
Dr. Russell Grigg
Crown House Publishing
6 Trowbridge Drive Suite 5, Bethel, CT 06801
9781785830273 $35.95

Big Ideas in Education: What Every Teacher Should Know is a guide written especially for professional teachers about core concepts of the profession. Chapters discuss such ideas as the importance of cultivating a positive disposition; moral purpose and ethics that guide teachers; how providing personalized, accurate, and timely feedback improves learning; the role of research in the development of teachers; and more. "...great teachers vary considerably in their style - some were quiet, others animated; some kept to the basics, while others veered away from the set curriculum. Yet what emerged was the capacity of these teachers to adapt new ideas to their own contexts as well as common practices that proved effective across the board." A bibliography and an index round out this excellent reference, guide, and resource.

Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law
Beverly H. Johns
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598579710, $27.95, PB, 164pp,

Over the past couple of decades there has been a budget-cut driven curtailment of Federal and State mandates requiring public school systems to educate disabled children. "Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law" by Beverly H. Johns (a Professional Fellow for MacMurray College, where she teaches courses on special education law, emotional and behavior disorders, and diverse learners)is an essential guide for classroom teachers with respect to teaching students who have special needs. Professor Johns addresses the issues of legal responsibilities; the provision of appropriate, legally compliant special education services; and avoiding pitfalls that could lead to due process hearings and court dates. "Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law " is an interactive quick guide featuring concise and accessible answers. Thoroughly 'user friendly in organization and presentation, "Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law" gives educators and administrators the basics of special education law in an engaging, easy-to-read format. With the jargon-free definitions and reader-friendly descriptions of laws and court cases, "Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law " is a veritable storehouse of knowledge teachers can apply in their own classrooms. And with the thought-provoking activities and real-life scenarios in each chapter, "Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law " illustrates law-abiding practices in action and put classroom teacher knowledge to the test so that they will be ready to fulfill their important responsibilities to special education students and their families. While very highly recommended for school district, community, and academic library Special Education instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law" will prove to be an invaluable guide for the parents of special education children as well.

Literacy Unleashed
Bonnie D. Houck & Sandi Novak
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416622338, $29.95, PB, 162pp,

In "Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction Through Classroom Visits", Bonnie D. Houck (the coordinator of the K-12 Teacher of Reading Program at the University of Minnesota) and Sandi Novak (an education consultant with more than 30 years of experience as an assistant superintendent, principal, curriculum and professional learning director, and teacher) deftly collaborative explain why ensuring high-quality reading instruction is one of school leaders' most important jobs and introduce their Literacy Classroom Visit (LCV) Model. Meticulously researched and refined through years of application in the field, the LCV Model enables administrators to evaluate and improve literacy instruction in their school or district. "Literacy Unleashed" will help classroom teachers to: Identify the elements of effective literacy instruction and establish common beliefs, practices, and language within the education community; Convene a team to conduct classroom observations and pinpoint common patterns that indicate your school or district's areas of strength and need; Provide targeted professional development and resources that reduce unnecessary budget expenditures; Implement the LCV Model across your entire school including all grade levels and content areas or district; Ensure that all students are mastering grade-level standards and expectations. "Literacy Unleashed" is a comprehensive guide that includes a repertoire of tools, checklists, and templates to support teachers on their LCV journey, along with scenarios and videos of real schools and practitioners to illustrate what the model looks like in action. With both academic standards and 21st century jobs requiring higher-level literacy skills, quality reading instruction is more important than ever. "Literacy Unleashed" provides everything you need to create a culture of literacy, reflective practice, and continual learning among staff and students alike. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Literacy Unleashed" is unreservedly recommended for college and university library Teacher Education collections and curriculum reading lists.

Now That's a Good Question!
Erik M. Francis
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416620754, $28.95, PB, 175pp,

In "Now That's a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning", author and educator Erik M. Francis (who is also the owner and lead professional education specialist for Maverik Education LLC, providing professional development, guidance, and support in teaching and learning for cognitive rigor) explores how one of the most fundamental instructional strategies (questioning) can provide the proper scaffolding to deepen student thinking, understanding, and application of knowledge. "Now That's a Good Question!" covers: Techniques for using questioning to extend and evaluate student learning experiences; Eight different kinds of questions that challenge students to demonstrate higher-order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge; How to rephrase the performance objectives of college and career readiness standards into questions that engage and challenge students. "Now That's a Good Question!" offers myriad examples of good questions across content areas and grade levels, as well as structures to help teachers create and use the different kinds of questions. By using "Now That's a Good Question!" to fine-tune the approach to questioning, classroom teachers can awaken the spirit of inquiry in their classroom and help their students deepen in knowledge, understanding, and ability to communicate what the students think and know. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content and commentary, "Now That's a Good Question!" is unreservedly recommended for professional and academic library Teacher Education instructional collections and curriculums.

The Gardening Shelf

Wild Suburbia
Barbara Eisenstein
Heyday Books
PO Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709
9781597143639 $18.00

Illustrated with full-color photography throughout, Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants lives up to its title. Wild Suburbia contains descriptions of 20 native American plants, six lawn-removal methods, a suggested garden calendar, and much more. Written especially to be accessible to gardeners of all skill and experience levels, Wild Suburbia is informative, easy-to-use, and highly recommended. "The first thing most people do [when selecting nursery plants] is look at a plant's leaves, and that's the perfect place to start. Minor damage is not a big concern, but browned tips or yellowing of leaves can indicate an accumulation of salts in the potting mix, whether from overfertilizing, disease, or a nutrient imbalance. Some native plants are deciduous, dropping their leaves seasonally or in response to heat, or frost, and they may look unhealthy when in fact they are fine."

Drought-Resistant Planting
Beth Chatto, author
Steven Wooster, photographer
Frances Lincoln Publishers
c/o Quarto Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9780711238114, $25.99, PB, 192pp,

A gardener and writer, Beth Chatto has no formal horticultural training, but was inspired by her parents' enthusiastic gardening, her husband's lifelong study of natural associations of plants, and friendship with the great plantsman and artist Sir Cedric Morris. The Beth Chatto Gardens began at Elmstead Market, Essex in 1960. By applying the principles of ecological gardening, she transformed an overgrown area of wasteland into informal gardens that harmonie with the surrounding countryside. Complementing the gardens is a large plant nursery producing a wide range of unusual plants, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Beth has won ten Gold Medals the Chelsea Flower Show and was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour (1987), the Lawrence Memorial Medal and an honorary doctorate from Essex University. In "Drought-Resistant Planting: Lessons From Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to prove a compendium of insightful, practical, and immediately applicable ideas, applications, and practices that will material assist gardens in water limited conditions to have gardens that are as pleasing to the eye as they are comforting to the soul. Profusely and wonderfully illustrated with the full color photography of Steven Wooster, "Drought-Resistant Planting" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary and content, making it an absolute 'must' for personal, professional, and community library Gardening instructional reference collections.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
Elmore Leonard
The Library of America
14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022
9781598534924 $40.00

Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels gathers four crime fiction novels by American mystery author Elmore Leonard (1925-2013). They are "Get Shorty", in which a Miami loan shark with a movie idea cons his way into becoming a Hollywood producer; "Rum Punch", in which a bail bondsman getting on in years joins forces with an airline stewardess to get the better of both cops and criminals; "Out of Sight", in which a deputy U.S. marshal Karen Sisco and an escaped bank robber become the unlikely couple of a thriller-romance; and "Tishomingo Blues", a tangled saga of gangsters, hustlers, Civil War reenactors, and... exhibition high divers? The short story that introduced Karen Sisco, "Karen Makes Out", is also included as a bonus. Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels is a choice pick for connoisseurs of the genre, and enthusiastically recommended especially for public library Mystery/Suspense shelves.

The Sins Of The Father
C. B. Hanley
Magna Large Print Books
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780750542678, $35.00, HC, 324pp,

The year is 1217 A.D. and England has been invaded. Much of the country is in the grip of Louis of France and his collaborators, and civil war rages as the forces of the boy king try to fight off the French. Most of this means nothing to Edwin Weaver, son of the bailiff at Conisbrough Castle in Yorkshire, until he is suddenly thrust into the noble world of politics and treachery as he is ordered by his lord the earl to solve a murder which might have repercussions not just for him but for the future of the realm. Edwin is terrified but he must obey, uncovering a horrific secret which might kill them all. A brilliantly crafted medieval mystery, "The Sins Of The Father" is a consistently compelling read from first page to last. Simply stated, "The Sins Of The Father" is unreservedly recommended for all mystery buffs and in this large print format would prove to be an enduringly popular addition community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

A Quiet Place
Seicho Matsumoto
Bitter Lemon Press
37 Arundel Gardens, London, W11 2LW, United Kingdom
9781908524638, $14.95, PB, 224pp,

While on a business trip to Kobe, Tsuneo Asai receives the news that his wife Eiko has died of a heart attack. Eiko had a heart condition so the news of her death wasn't totally unexpected. But the circumstances of her demise left Tsuneo, a softly-spoken government bureaucrat, perplexed. How did it come about that his wife (who was shy and withdrawn, and only left their house twice a week to go to haiku meetings) ended up dead in a small shop in a shady Tokyo neighborhood? When Tsuneo goes to apologize to the boutique owner for the trouble caused by his wife's death he discovers the villa Tachibana near by, a house known to be a meeting place for secret lovers. As he digs deeper into his wife's recent past, he must eventually conclude that she led a double life! The late Seicho Matsumoto was Japan's most successful thriller writer. Now ably translated into English for an appreciative American readership, "A Quiet Place" is a deftly crafted novel that is unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated crime thriller enthusiasts that "A Quiet Place" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.40).

Deadly Jewels
Jeannette de Beauvoir
Minotaur Books
c/o St. Martin's Publishing Group
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250045409, $25.99, HC, 352pp,

When Martine LeDuc, publicity director for the city of Montreal, is summoned into the mayor's office, she's pleasantly surprised to find the city is due for a PR coup: a doctoral researcher at McGill University claims to have found proof that the British crown jewels were stored in Montreal during WWII. Martine is thrilled to be part of the excavation project, until it turns out that the dig's discoveries include the skeleton of a man with diamonds in his ribcage and a hole in his skull. Is this decades-old murder leading her too far into the dangerous world of Canada's neo-Nazi networks, or is there something going on that makes the jewels themselves deadly? Is history ever really completely buried? With pressing personal issues crowding into her professional life, Martine needs to solve not only the puzzle of the jewels, but some more recent crimes (including another murder, a kidnapping, and the operation of an ancient cult in Montreal) and do it before the past reaches out to silence her for good. "Deadly Jewels" is another riveting read from the pen of author Jeannette de Beauvoir and continues to demonstrate her total mastery of the mystery/suspense genre. While highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs who appreciate a particularly well crafted novel that "Deadly Jewels" is also available in a Kindle format ($12.99).

The Business Shelf

Get Scrappy
Nick Westergaard
Amacom Books
1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780814437315, $21.95, HC, 240pp,

In the commercial world of today, no business can afford not to utilize social media as an integral part of their marketing plan. The use of digital content (in web sites for one example) or other forms of virtual communication is critically important in attracting customers for whatever goods or services the business is offering. That's why "Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small" by Nick Westergaard (Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital; host of the popular On Brand podcast; and producer and host of the Social Brand Forum, the Midwest's premier digital marketing event) will prove to be an enduringly valued instruction manual on the use of marketing executives and personnel in the utilization of social media to compete in local, regional, national, and international markets. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content and commentary, "Get Scrappy" is an essential and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, company, community, college, and university library Business Management collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Get Scrappy" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

The Money/Finance Shelf

The Modern Couple's Money Guide
Lesley-Anne Scorgie
The Dundurn Group
3 Church Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5E 1M2
9781459729773, $22.99, PB, 179pp,

The leading cause of divorce in America is not infidelity, it is differences with respect to the handling of money. "The Modern Couple's Money Guide: 7 Smart Steps to Building Wealth Together" by Lesley-Anne Scorgie (the founder of MeVest, a money school helping Canadians reach their financial potential) is specifically written to help men and women avoid heartache by learning how to merge, manage, and grow their finances together. "The Modern Couple's Money Guide" will be of practical help to couples in collaboratively building a powerful financial, personal, and professional foundation by following specific seven steps to build wealth together: Getting on the same page; Scraping emotions and sorting out accounts; Curbing overspending; Getting the hell out of debt; Owning the walls they live in; Investing like a pro; Designing a master money plan. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Modern Couple's Money Guide" is an extraordinary, 'user friendly', and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Money/Finance Management reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. For the personal reading lists of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "The Modern Couple's Money Guide" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.59).

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

High-Risk Patrol: Reducing the Danger to You, third edition
Gerald W. Garner
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704
9780398091118, $44.95, PB, 273pp,

Law enforcement is one of the most hazardous occupations there are in this country. A great many questionable encounters between police officers and members of the community they serve that have given rise to the current 'Black Lives Matter" movement arose out of sense of personal peril on the part of the officer. Now in a newly revised and updated third edition, "High-Risk Patrol: Reducing the Danger to You" by Gerald W. Garner covers a compendium of relevant issues including an examination of the training and culture of law enforcement; personal preparation for risk; vehicle stops and contacts; defusing disturbances; domestic violence; dealing with people under the influence of alcohol or narcotics; 'suspicious persons incidents'; burglaries and structure searches; barricades and hostage takers; 'man with a gun' calls; vehicle pursuits; ambush tactics; mentally ill persons; off-duty confrontations; prisoner control and transfers; terrorist threats; and accidents. Of special note is the chapter on 'Reducing Your Emotional Risks'. Very highly recommended as a police academy textbook, the general public would be well served by community libraries having a copy of "High-Risk Patrol" being available to the general public they serve.

The Poetry Shelf

Celebrate Survival
Lon Cole
A&T Publishing
13017 73rd Ave. Ct. E., Puyallup, WA 98373
9780692842553, $20.00 pbk, 295pp,

"Celebrate Survival" by Lon Cole is a combination of a personal (and inherently fascinating) Vietnam military memoir and a volume of exceptionally well crafted poetry. On the military side, Cole tells of how he might well have been left for dead in the jungles of Vietnam, well behind enemy lines, if it weren't for one particular Vietnamese solder. It is also the story of him having to fear for his life in boot camp, coming home from the war suffering from PTSD, and at the age of sixty-one being diagnosed with the onset of Alzheimer's. Cole began writing poetry after coming home from the horrors of war as a means of coping first with PTSD, and then again years later with the emotional stress of knowing of his Alzheimer's diagnosis and all that it portended. Ultimately a true celebration of survival against formidable odds, "Celebrate Survival" is a consistently compelling read and one that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book has been finished and set back upon the shelf. 'Made in the US of A': Where is America where has it been / Is it the same country we used to live in // What's made in America is always the best / American made will pass every test // Some things have turned upside down / When you look for the best it's never around // Where can we go what can we do / Everything is cheaper for me and for you // What do we stand for where do we go / Is made in China the best we can show // We better wake up before it's too late / For our children's sake we really can't wait // We must get back to made in the US of A / Or our rights and freedoms can be taken away

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Shackleton: The Voyage of the James Caird
Text by Gavin McCumiskey
Illustrations by David Butler
Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781848892811 $16.00

Intended for readers ages ten and up, Shackleton: The Voyage of the James Caird is a full color graphic novel recounting the astonishing true story of explorer Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton dreamed of being the first to cross the Antarctic, but when his ship "Endurance" became immobilized in the icy floes of the Weddell Sea, his voyage became a quest to save the lives of the twenty-seven members of the crew. An odyssey of survival under taxing conditions, culminating in a lifeboat (the titular "James Caird") journey with five others in hope of securing aid and rescue, Shackleton: The Voyage of the James Caird is an extraordinary tale brimming with excitement, hardship, and daring. Highly recommended, especially for public and school library graphic novel collections.

Pocahontas: Princess of the New World
Loic Locatelli-Kournwsky
Translated by Sandra Smith
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781681772172 $25.95

Superbly translated from the original French, Pocahontas: Princess of the New World is a black- and-white graphic novel about the life story of Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, an American Indian princess who earned a legendary place in history. She defied her father's taboos to aid British colonists with food, intervened to protect the life of Captain Smith... and fell in love with an outsider from her tribe. Although Pocahontas: Princess of the New World reads like an adventure story, it stays close to what is known of historical events, and does not shy from depicting the violence that erupted between colonists and native peoples. Highly recommended, especially for public library graphic novel collections.

The Audiobook Shelf

A Bee in Her Bonnet
Jennifer Beckstrand
Read by Amy Melissa Bentley
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781515905127 $39.99

A Bee in Her Bonnet is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a country love story. Poppy Christner is an independent-minded woman who has been standing up for the weak ever since she was a young girl. She has known Luke Bontranger since they were schoolmates, and his arrogant personality grates on her. Now an unknown vandal is causing trouble on her farm, and Luke seems a little too keen on helping her find the culprit! Reluctant attraction rises between a strong-willed couple, in this choice pick for connoisseurs of the genre. 8 CDs, 9.5 hours.

Hellmaw: Eye of Glass
Marie Bilodeau
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494519179, $39.99, CD,

Following a slight misfire with a prank (on a cop, involving herself as the dead body), Jaeda finds herself confined to a small room, with only a TV as company. Relaxing will help her regenerate her mostly missing body, but that's entirely too boring for her liking. Besides, she has better things to do with her time, like becoming a model. But when her guardian and keeper vanishes, Jaeda has to move quickly to avoid capture and save herself, her guardian, and her new human pets. Regenerating will simply have to wait. A unique and unusual science fiction story from the unique and unusual imagination of Marie Bilodeau, "Hellmaw: Eye of Glass" is a riveting 'theatre of the mind' listening experience superbly narrated by Charles constant. Complete and unabridged, "Hellmaw: Eye of Glass" is unreservedly recommended to the attention of science fiction enthusiasts and would be an enduringly popular addition to community library audio book collections. (7 CDs, 8.5 Hours).

The Library CD Shelf

Marc Enfroy
Privately Published
$14.00 CD / $9.99 download

Crossroads is a new age album created by Marc Enfroy, featuring original songs and extraordinarily beautiful female vocals by Aili Laine and Lila Ives. A confluence of piano, rhythm guitar, violin, and more, Crossroads evokes the profound emotions of life-changing events, from the heartbreak of ending a relationship to the fear of starting anew to the wonder of unexpected hope. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of the genre. The tracks are "Crossroads" (3:03), "Toxic" (4:13), "Your Silence is a Razor (feat. Aili Laine)" (4:45), "Sepia" (3:45), "Betrayed" (1:43), "Fading White (feat. Lila Ives)" (4:58), "Dying in Degrees" (4:21), "Shattered" (3:18), "Shed my Skin (feat. Lila Ives)" (4:29), "Moonlight Obsession" (6:06), "Fading White Reprise" (6:43), "Wildfire Rising" (5:07), "In that Moment" (4:03), "Unbounded Reprise" (3:52), "Shed my Skin instrumental version" (4:29), and "Your Silence is a Razor instrumental version" (4:43). 69 min. 39 sec.

Kevin Bowers
Machinery Music/BMI
$TBA CD / $9.99 download

Nova is an album that feels like a movie soundtrack, featuring intense Brazillian music. Vocals soar above a backdrop of electric bass, resonating drumbeats, piano and keyboards, electric and acoustic guitar, and much more. Together, the songs form a loose narrative, sweeping the listener along in a raptuous saga. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Two Vagabond Lovers" (2:43), "Sofia (Walking With Her Shadow)" (2:58), "Ground Motion" (2:28), "Imagination Voodoo" (3:05), "Without A Sound" (2:39), "Forward Rhythm Agenda" (2:28), "Wrong Side Of The Tracks" (3:57), "Lady Day Fortune" (4:26), "Breaking For Conversation" (3:24), "The Last Night In June" (3:23), "Intuition (Someday, Someday)" (7:07), and "Two Vagabond Lovers - French Version" (2:54).

At Peace Beneath the Shade of My Father's Tree
Terry Lee Nichols
Heart Dance Records
$14.99 CD / $9.99 download

At Peace Beneath the Shade of My Father's Tree is an instrumental album composed of piano, keyboards, and virtual instruments, reflecting upon the hard-gathered wisdom earned from facing a lifetime of challenges. Evocative and inspirational, At Peace Beneath the Shade of My Father's Tree uplifts the spirit, even its songs reflect upon life's darkest moments as well as its brightest. The tracks are "At Peace Beneath the Shade of My Father's Tree" (3:00), "Only You" (3:59), "Follow Me..." (3:06), "Reflections" (1:15), "Appassionato" (3:50), "Timekeeper" (3:05), "Train to Dachau" (5:55), "Pamela's Time" (3:00), "On My Way to See the Dancing Sisters Figg" (2:55), "A Winter's Tale" (3:16), "Sailing" (4:33), "Crossroads" (2:50), "A Curious Life" (3:38), "Last Train Home" (5:34), "Autumn" (2:48), "Lullaby" (2:56), and "Requiescat" (4:33). 60 min. 16 sec.

Rowing in Eden
Rebekah Eden
Privately Published
$15.00 CD / $7.99 MP3

New age and modern-classical singer-songwriter Rebekah Eden presents Rowing in Eden, a beautiful album for listeners of all ages. The songs draw inspiration from classic realms of fantasy, including J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings", and C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia". Also included is a cover of the beloved Led Zeppelin tune "Ramble On". Sweeping and rapturous, Rowing in Eden is a joy for the senses and highly recommended. The tracks are "A Message From the Stars", "Iachtach", "Prince Caspian's Prayer", "The Wind", "Ramble On", "There and Back Again", "Light of Destiny", "The Two Trees", "A King's Farewell", "In the Days", "Wild Nights", and "A Message from the Stars (Virtual Choir)".

The Library DVD Shelf

Tanks: A Century of Dominating the Battlefield
Produced by Clyde Hoch
Privately Published

Tanks: A Century of Dominating the Battlefield is a DVD documentary about American tanks, from their origins in World War I to their latest modern technological innovations. Producer Clyde Hoch, a USMC volunteer who served in the Vietnam War and became a tank commander, applied his personal experience as well as objective reporting to this fascinating documentary. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library military history collections! 38 min.

Hard to Believe
Ken Stone
Swoop Films, LLC

Hard to Believe is a documentary on DVD questioning the world's lack of response to an atrocity perpetrated by the Chinese government - the imprisonment and execution of its own citizens for their beliefs (especially those who engaged in the spiritual practice of Falun Gong), followed by the deliberate harvest of their organs. Two-time Emmy award-winner Ken Stone investigates evidence of the nightmare, and questions why a 2014 U.S. House Resolution condemning the crime of forced organ harvesting from tens of thousands of Chinese prisoners of conscience was proposed, but never voted on. A horrifying expose of monumental mass-murder, Hard to Believe is highly recommended especially for public and college library DVD collections. 56 min.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Series 1-3 Collection
Starring Essie Davis
Based on novels by Kerry Greenwood
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment

Available in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Series 1-3 Collection is a murder mystery anthology of the first three seasons of a murder mystery based on the popular novels by Kerry Greenwood, and set in 1920s Australia. Miss Phryne Fisher is a cultured, glamorous, yet uniquely insightful detective with a dual talent for solving crimes and navigating high society. Armed with a pearl-handled lady's pistol for self-dense and a supremely keen wit, Miss Fisher is dapper, distinguished, and determined to catch culprits! Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of mystery. It should be noted that Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is intended for mature audiences, as the episodes contain violence, coarse language, drug use, nudity, and sexual situations. 11 DVDs or 8 Blu-ray discs, 31 hours, SDH subtitles.

The Architecture Shelf

Vertical Urban Factory
Nina Rappaport
Actar D
c/o Actar Publishers
355 Lexington Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017
9781940291635 $42.00

Architectural historian, curator, and educator Nina Rappaport presents Vertical Urban Factory, an architectural study of urban factories throughout the world and throughout history. As factories have evolved to be cleaner, smaller, taller, more environmentally friendly, and more flexible, they can be more effectively integrated into urban life and city planning. Vertical Urban Factory explores how these design changes have been and continue to be applied, complementing its luminary text with a wealth of full-color photography. A studious resource created especially for aspiring and practicing professionals, Vertical Urban Factory is especially recommended for college library architecture collections.

The Language Studies Shelf

The Vulgate of Mark with the Synoptic Parallels
Dale A. Grote
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865168350 $29.00

The Vulgate of Mark with the Synoptic Parallels is a text especially for intermediate Latin students. Presenting Latin passages from the gospels of Matthew and Luke, along with historical and grammatical notes, The Vulgate of Mark with the Synoptic Parallels encourages students not only practice their comprehension of Latin vocabulary and grammar, but also to think critically about the texts they study. Notes, a complete Latin-to-English glossary, a map of sites mentioned in the synoptics, and much more round out this accessible, student-friendly resource.

The Human Sexuality Shelf

Dating and Sex: A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy
Andrew P. Smiler, PhD
Magination Press
PO Box 92984, Washington, DC 20090-2984
9781433820458 $14.95

Even though Dating and Sex: A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy is written especially for young men, it is filled with practical, invaluable wisdom for readers of all ages and both genders. Developmental psychologist Andrew P. Smiler, PhD gives the lowdown on asking someone out, the demands of a long-term relationship, the critical importance of consent (giving or receiving) in sexual situations, masturbation and partnered sex, how to stay safe, gender roles and sexual orientation, and more. "Birth control pills aren't fool-proof. If a girl forgets to take the pill for a day or two, even though she knows - or expects - to have sex that day, she isn't protected against pregnancy. If a girl is also taking antibiotics or other medications, the effectiveness of the pill might decrease." Highly recommended, for public and school library collections, and a "must-read" for teenagers everywhere.

Learning Good Consent
Edited by Cindy Crabb
AK Press
370 Ryan Ave. #100, Chico, CA 95973
9781849352468 $13.95

Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support is an anthology of brief writings for teens and adults about human sexuality and the importance of consent. Sexual relationships are fraught with perils. The harsh realities of sexual abuse/violence have lifelong consequences. Learning Good Consent discusses ways to stay safe, the importance of delivering and recognizing clear, unambiguous consent, the difficulties unique to sharing a relationship with a survivor of sexual abuse or assault, and much more. Learning Good Consent is a "must-read" for young adults, and worthy of the highest recommendation for personal reading lists as well as public and school library collections.

The Genealogy Shelf

American Place Names of Long Ago
Gilbert S. Bahn
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806315577 $35.00

American Place Names of Long Ago is a genealogical listing outdated American place names, sorted by state/territory, as collected from an 1898 atlas published by George F. Cram. A brief introduction offers a modicum of guidance, but nearly all of American Place Names of Long Ago consists of the lists themselves. American Place Names of Long Ago is a solid primary resource for genealogical reference libraries.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Constitutionalism, Executive Power, and the Spirit of Moderation
Edited by Giorgi Areshidze, Paul O. Carrese, and Suzanna Sherry
State University of New York Press
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246-0001
9781438460413 $95.00

Intended for advanced students, researchers, and professionals, Constitutionalism, Executive Power, and the Spirit of Moderation is an anthology of scholarly essays by learned authors about constitutional, legal, and philosophical subjects. Individual writings include "Is Judicialization Good for Democracy?", "The Necessary and the Good in Lincoln's Wartime Reconstruction Policy", "Tocqueville on Liberal Democracy and the Philosophy of Moderation", and much more. Extensive essay-specific notes round out this critical anthology, highly recommended for college library Judicial Studies collections. "We most regret the cases inwhich the Supreme Court failed to prevent constitutional majorities from making serious constitutional mistakes. If we wish to avoid such regrets in the future, we should encourage more judicial activism, not less."

The Crafts Shelf

LaFosse & Alexander's Essential Book of Origami
Michael G. LaFosse & Richard L. Alexander
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805312681, $16.95, PB, 96pp,

Origami ("ori" being a Japanese word meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper") is the art of paper folding. The collaborative work of Michael G. LaFosse (an origami artist for decades, and is considered a leading authority and master of the art) and Richard L. Alexander (the co-founder of the Origamido Studio with Michael G. LaFosse in 1996), "LaFosse & Alexander's Essential Book of Origami: The Complete Guide for Everyone" is a complete course of instruction that is an ideal do-it-yourself introduction to the Japanese art of paper folding. Profusely illustrated, "LaFosse & Alexander's Essential Book of Origami" is a compilation of sixteen step-by-step presented lessons for a wide variety of origami creations that are thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content, and presentation. Enthusiastically recommended, it should be noted that "LaFosse & Alexander's Essential Book of Origami" is enhanced with the inclusion of an instructional DVD.

The Art of Paper Flowers
Bobby Pearce
Creative Publishing International
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781589239364, $26.99, HC, 192pp,

Paper is pretty much the least expensive craft material you'll find. It's also one of the most versatile. With a pile of colored sheets, a pair of scissors, and "The Art of Paper Flowers: Creating Realistic Blossoms from Ordinary Papers" by Bobby Pearce, anyone can now create gorgeous bouquets to give away or keep for themselves. "Offering a complete course of instruction, "The Art of Paper Flowers" provides fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions for creating beautiful roses, orchids, tulips, and more, and all completely out of paper. There are thirty-five flowers showcased in this instructive compendium, and each pattern is accompanied by a complete list of materials required, step-by-step instructions for creating the flower, original paper-folding techniques from the author, full-size patterns, and color photos for reference. Enhanced throughout with interesting bits of trivia, myths, or folklore for each delicate flower, "The Art of Paper Flowers", also includes a foreword by Rosie O'Donnell. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content, organization and presentation, "The Art of Paper Flowers" is an extraordinary and enthusiastically recommended addition to community library DIY Crafts instructional collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Art of Paper Flowers" is also available in a Kindle format ($12.99).

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Rabbit Breeds
Lynn M. Stone
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781612126029 $10.95

Illustrated with full-color photography on almost every other page, Rabbit Breeds is a pocket- sized reference featuring 49 different breeds of rabbit. Each breed is profiled with a list of quick facts about its country of origin, year recognized as a distinct breed, average weight, body type, fur type, colors and more, as well as a brief text passage about the breed's history and usage. Rabbit Breeds is an excellent identification resource for anyone involved in rabbit husbandry or pet shows, and also a delight for rabbit fans to simply page through.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Kinesiology Taping for Rehab and Injury Prevention
Aliana Kim
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612435534, $12.95, PB, 104pp,

Aliana Kim is a kinesiologist, biologist, licensed massage therapist, registered yoga teacher, CrossFit level 1, and gymnastics trainer. In Kinesiology Taping for Rehab and Injury Prevention: An Easy, At-Home Guide for Overcoming Common Strains, Pains and Conditions" Kim draws upon her years of experience and expertise to provide clear step-by-step instructions supported by helpful photos on how to tape the most common injuries and conditions anywhere on the body for a wide variety of medical purposes including: Neck pain; Frozen shoulder; Bicep strain; Tennis elbow; Wrist sprain; Tight IT band; ACL/MCL sprains; Achilles tendonitis; Ankle sprain; Plantar fasciitis. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in content, organization and presentation, "Kinesiology Taping for Rehab and Injury Prevention" is unreservedly recommended for personal, family, professional, community, college, and university library Health/Medical instructional reference collections in general, and Kinesiology supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Kinesiology Taping for Rehab and Injury Prevention" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.61).

The Agriculture Shelf

A Farmer's Guide To Corn Diseases
Kiersten Wise, et al.
APS Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
9780890544549, $29.95, 168pp,

One of the largest and most important cash crops in American agriculture, corn is a large grain plant that was first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago and has since come to be a food staple for the entire world for humans and domesticated animals. There are six major types of corn: dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn, and sweet corn. "A Farmer's Guide To Corn Diseases" is a complete course of instruction on corn diseases and disorders. Profusely illustrated and exceptionally well organized and regionally presented, "A Farmer's Guide To Corn Diseases" with general information on the impact of corn diseases; the diagnosis corn diseases; and offering comprehensive chapters on folic and aboveground diseases; crown and root disease; stalk rots; ear rots; and noninfectious diseases. Of special note is the chapter covering fijiviruses, maize streak, late wilt, and Asian downy mildews. Enhanced with a chapter covering the use of a hand lens, microscopic images, and creating a moist chamber, "A Farmer's Guide To Corn Diseases" also features a two page Glossary and an eight page Index. "A Farmer's Guide To Corn Diseases" will prove to be an invaluable and core addition to professional and academic library Agricultural Reference collections in general, and Corn instructional supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

A Farmer's Guide To Soybean Diseases
Daren Mueller, et al.
APS Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
9780890544556, $29.95, 160pp,

Soybeans are edible bean which have numerous uses for both human and animal consumption. The plant, classed as an oilseed rather than a pulse by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, produces significantly more protein per acre than most other uses of land. It is one of the most important cash crops in American agriculture. Profusely illustrated, informed and informative, "A Farmer's Guide To Soybean Diseases" begins with a chapter on how farmers can use the information in this manual to best advantage in understanding and dealing with soybean diseases and disorders. "A Farmer's Guide To Soybean Diseases" covers diagnostics of soybean problems, then rooting out and stemming soybean diseases. Also covered are noninfectious soybean disorders. Of special note is the chapter devoted to Diseases of Quarantine (Bacterila Tan Spot and Red Leaf Blotch). The concluding chapter covers using a hand lens, looking at microscopic images, and creating a moist chamber. Enhanced with the inclusion of a two page Glossary, six pages of Image Credit, and a thirteen page Index, "A Farmer's Guide To Soybean Diseases" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Agricultural reference collections in general, and Soybean supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

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