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Volume 12, Number 9 September 2017 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Social Issues Shelf Veterinary Studies Shelf
Education Shelf Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Art Shelf Music Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Biography Shelf Psychology Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Botany Shelf Anthropology Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Biology Shelf Gardening Shelf
Martial Arts Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf Criminology Shelf
Aviation Shelf World History Shelf Computer Shelf
Architecture Shelf Dance Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Travel Shelf    


Reviewer's Choice

The Young Adult's Guide to Selling Your Art, Music, Writing, Photography, & Crafts Online
Ann O'Phelan
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
www.atlantic-pub.com
9781620231777, $19.95, PB, 189pp, www.amazon.com

"The Young Adult's Guide to... Selling Your Art, Music, Writing, Photography, & Crafts Online: Turn Your Hobby into Cash" by Ann O'Phelan will provide the practical information and tools needed to sell material by using the internet. This is an ideal and thoroughly 'user friendly', step-by-step instruction guide and manual specifically written for writers and artists that have absolutely no experience with respect to selling on the internet. Included are tutorials, examples, and research that will turn any hobby into fast cash. "The Young Adult's Guide to Selling Your Art, Music, Writing, Photography, & Crafts Online" covers online galleries, website design, search engines, publicity sources, online forums, auction sites, the basics of online marketing, email marketing, and so much more. Those new to online selling will learn the exact times that people are most likely to look at a specific social media app so that they can reach as many people as they can. Of special note is the information regarding popular DIY sites like Etsy and Pinterest -- as well as how to start an online store. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Young Adult's Guide to Selling Your Art, Music, Writing, Photography, & Crafts Online" contains everything anyone will need to find customers -- and keep them coming back for repeat business. While very highly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading and reference lists that "The Young Adult's Guide to Selling Your Art, Music, Writing, Photography, & Crafts Online" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.57).

The Blood of Patriots
Bill Fulton and Jeanne Devon
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, Ste 400, Dallas, TX 75204
www.benbellabooks.com
9781944648077 $24.95 hc / $14.74 Kindle amazon.com

True patriotism isn't flag-waving - it's service, hard work, and sacrifice. The Blood of Patriots: How I Took Down an Anti-Government Militia with Beer, Bounty Hunting, and Badassery is the true-life story of author, Army infantry veteran, and professional bounty hunter Bill Fulton. When Fulton could no longer serve in the military due to problems with his knees, back, and ankles, he opened a military surplus supply store in Anchorage, and hired friends to help him apprehend more than 400 fugitives. When the FBI asked Bill to go undercover, he learned about the dark plans of Schaeffer Cox - a private militia commander building an arsenal and plotting to kill judges and law enforcement officers. Bill put his life on the line to take the murderous conspiracy down, all without a shot being fired - or a dollar of payment for doing the right thing (he was even shorted on reimbursement for expenses). Funny, honest, raw and candid, The Blood of Patriots is riveting from cover to cover and sure to prove a popular library lend. Highly recommended!


The Social Issues Shelf

Ensuring America's Health
Christy Ford Chapin
Cambridge University Press
32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-2473
www.cambridge.org
9781107044883, $113.00, HC, 369pp, www.amazon.com

"Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System" by Christy Ford Chapin (University of Maryland) explains why the US health care system offers world-class medical services to some patients but is also exceedingly costly with fragmented care, poor distribution, and increasingly bureaucratized processes. Based on exhaustive historical research, this comprehensive study deftly traces how public and private power merged to favor a distinctive economic model that places insurance companies at the center of the system, where they both finance and oversee medical care. Although the insurance company model was created during the 1930s, it continues to drive health care cost and quality problems today. An impressively wide-ranging work that not only evaluates the overarching political and economic framework of the medical system but also provides rich narrative detail, examining the political dramas, corporate maneuvering, and forceful personalities that created American health care as we know it, "Ensuring America's Health" breaks new ground in the fields of health care history, organizational studies, and American political economy. An impressive work of original and seminal scholarship, "Ensuring America's Health" is enhanced with the inclusion of ninety-two pages of Notes, and a seventeen page Index. While unreservedly recommended as an essential addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Social Issues collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Ensuring America's Health" is also available in a paperback edition (9781107622876, $32.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $31.34).


The Veterinary Studies Shelf

Ferret Medicine and Surgery
Edited by Cathy A. Johnson-Delaney, DVM
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
www.crcpress.com
9781498707879, $125.95, HC; 544pp, www.amazon.com

An impressively detailed resource illustrated with full-color photography throughout, Ferret Medicine and Surgery is an in-depth, scholarly guide created for aspiring and practicing veterinary professionals. Chapters cover applied clinical anatomy and physiology of the ferret; ferret behavior, housing, and husbandry; preventative care; emergency care; disorders that can affect various bodily systems of ferrets; analgesia and anaesthesia for ferrets; common surgical procedures used on ferrets; and much more. Ideal for course instruction or self-study, Ferret Medicine and Surgery is an absolute "must-have" for veterinary college libraries as well as the personal study and reference collections of professionals who provide urgent care to ferrets. "It is important to be aware that removing a ferret from a group or pair for as little as 2 days, for example for veterinary care or hospitalization, can result in it being perceived as a stranger on reintroduction and lead to fighting." While unreservedly recommended for veterinary clinic, college and university library Veterinary Medicine collections in general and Ferret Veterinary Medicine supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of veterinary students that "Ferret Medicine and Surgery" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $125.95).


The Education Shelf

Strategies That Work, third edition
Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis
Stenhouse Publishers
480 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101-3451
www.stenhouse.com
9781625310637, $44.93, PB, 298pp, www.amazon.com

Now in a newly updated and expanded third edition, "Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Engagement, Understanding, and Building Knowledge, Grades K-8" by education specialists Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis offer insightful perspectives on how to explicitly teach thinking strategies so that students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers. This new edition of "Strategies That Work" is comprised of thirty new lessons and new and revised chapters that shine a light on children's thinking, curiosity, and questions. Of special note is a new chapter on building knowledge through thinking-intensive reading and learning. Other fully revised chapters focus on digital reading, strategies for integrating comprehension and technology, and comprehension across the curriculum. This new edition is organized around three sections: Part I provides readers with a solid introduction to reading comprehension instruction, including the principles that guide practice, suggestions for text selection, and a review of recent research that underlies comprehension instruction; Part II contains lessons to put these principles into practice for all areas of reading comprehension; Part III shows you how to integrate comprehension instruction across the curriculum and the school day, particularly in science and social studies. Updated bibliographies, including the popular "Great Books for Teaching Content," are accessible online. This third edition of "Strategies That Work" is an essential and core addition to school district, college and university Teacher Education instructional reference collections, as well as the personal reading lists of both new teachers and experienced teachers alike.

Making Classroom Assessments Reliable and Valid
Robert J. Marzano
Solution Tree
555 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
www.solution-tree.com
9781945349171, $29.95, PB, 176pp, www.amazon.com

"Making Classroom Assessments Reliable and Valid" by Robert J. Marzano (who is the cofounder and CAO of Marzano Research in Denver, Colorado with 48 years in the field of education) maintains that classroom assessments should become the primary method for formally measuring student learning over other types of assessment in education. Marzano identifies and explains the key advantages of classroom assessments over interim, end-of-course, and state assessments in how to assess student learning and measure growth over time. Marzano also addresses the validity and reliability of classroom assessments and how to improve those metrics before bringing them to their rightful place in K-12 assessments. "Making Classroom Assessments Reliable and Valid" outlines how to revamp validity and reliability to match technical advances made in classroom assessment. Using "Making Classroom Assessments Reliable and Valid", teachers, schools, and districts can design classroom assessments that are equally if not more reliable and valid than traditional large-scale assessments. "Making Classroom Assessments Reliable and Valid" covers: The history of large-scale assessments in US education and the purpose of standardized testing; Inspects the importance of and future role of classroom assessment; Explores the three mathematical models of reliability, as well as the three major types of validity; Understanding the principles of assessment for learning and the importance of measuring students individual and comparative growth; Using the provided formulas to create classroom assessments that match traditional interim or end-of-year assessments in reliability and validity. Impressively organized and presented from beginning to end, "Making Classroom Assessments Reliable and Valid" is an especially recommended addition to school district, college, and university Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines, second edition
Doug Buehl
Stenhouse Publishers
480 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101-3451
www.stenhouse.com
9781625311214, $46.67, PB, 342pp, www.amazon.com

Being literate in an academic discipline means more than simply being able to read and comprehend text; it means you can think, speak, and write as a historian, scientist, mathematician, or artist. Now in a newly revised and expanded second edition, "Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines" by Doug Buehl strips away the one-size-fits-all approach to content area literacy and presents a much-needed instructional model for disciplinary literacy, showing how to mentor middle and high school learners to become "academic insiders" who are college and career ready. "Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines" shows classroom teachers how to help their students adjust their thinking to comprehend a range of complex texts that fall outside their reading comfort zones. "Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines" provides the following supports for teachers with respect to: Instructional tools that adapt generic literacy practices to discipline-specific variations; Strategies for frontloading instruction to activate and build background knowledge; New approaches for encouraging inquiry around disciplinary texts; In-depth exploration of the role of argumentation in informational text; Numerous examples from science, mathematics, history and social studies, English/language arts, and related arts to show you what vibrant learning looks like in various classroom settings. Impressively informative and insightful, "Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in its organization and presentation, making it unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

A Professional's Guide to Promoting Self-discovery in Youth
Lissa Masters
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704
http://www.ccthomas.com
9780398091842, $38.95, PB, 390pp, www.amazon.com

It is the premise of registered art therapist Lissa masters that education is the alchemical key to the evolution and enlightenment of humanity. "A Professional's Guide to Promoting Self-discovery in Youth: A Creative-Based Curriculum" is comprised of forty lessons that guide students through an exploration of the four domains of the self: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Each individual lesson provides expressive art activities to enhance the process and to generate meaningful content. "A Professional's Guide to Promoting Self-discovery in Youth" consists of four sections, each of which offers detailed, easy-to-read, and easy-to-follow instructions. The contents comprising "A Professional's Guide to Promoting Self-discovery in Youth" offer children a foundational program of self-exploration, an important support for all other learning that will take place in preparation for adulthood. In addition, there is an extensive appendix with templates for Healthy Eating Plate, Medicine Wheel, and a Certificate of Participation. As well as, Group Warm-up Ideas, The Emergence of a New Educational Paradigm in America, and Suggested Readings. "A Professional's Guide to Promoting Self-discovery in Youth" is an unreservedly recommended curriculum textbook, especially for schools adopting holistic principles with respect to educating their students.

Empower Your Students
Lauren Porosoff & Jonathan Weinstein
Solution Tree
555 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
www.solution-tree.com
9781945349249, $34.95, PB, 248pp, www.amazon.com

The collaborative effort of Lauren Porosoff (who teaches middle school English at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Bronx, New York) and Jonathan Weinstein (who is a clinical psychologist with the Veterans Administration), Empower Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience, Grades 6-12" is a complete instruction manual for showing teachers (regardless of the subject matter being taught) how to motivate their students in the classroom, using the elements of 'EMPOWER' -- Exploration, Motivation, Participation, Openness, Willingness, Empathy, and Resilience. By following the 'tips, tricks and techniques' outlined in this thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional, school teachers can provide a positive, meaningful experience in their students lives while cultivating intrinsic motivation. A highly practical resource offering enjoyable, engaging classroom activities, as well as a number of strategies for refining teaching practices, incorporating student values into course content, fostering the development of soft skills, and deeply connecting with learners, "Empower Your Students" covers: Understanding what values are and how they are different from preferences and goals; Discovering how to help students determine which values they want to enact at school and in life; Examining how to incorporate values work into the classroom curriculum in all disciplines; Exploring examples of classroom experiences that highlight the importance of student empowerment; Learning how to bring your own values to the classroom to become a better teacher and colleague. An ideal curriculum text for school district teacher education programs, "Empower Your Students" should be a part of every college and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collection. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of student teachers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Empower Your Students" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $33.20).

Beyond Reform
Lindsay Unified School District
Marzano Research Laboratory
555 N. Morton St., Bloomington, IN 47404
http://www.marzanoresearch.com
9781943360116, $19.95, PB, 176pp, www.amazon.com

Lindsay Unified School District (LUSD), located in California's Central Valley, serves over four thousand students in the city of Lindsay and its surrounding area. LUSD's implementation of performance-based education has become a model and an inspiration for schools and districts around the country. With the publication of "Beyond Reform: Systemic Shifts Toward Personalized Learning -Shift from a Traditional Time-Based Education System to a Learner-Centered Performance-Based System" it has created a detailed resource revealing how Lindsay Unified took action to improve student learning by shifting from a traditional time-based education system to a learner-centered performance-based system. By adopting and tailoring Lindsay Unified's instructional model, you and your team can embark on your own district's transformation toward establishing a revised education system that empowers and motivates all students to succeed. Readers will be able to: Consider Lindsay Unified's core values and visions for leadership, curriculum, assessment, learning, and technology; Meet Lindsay Unified students and see how the district's performance-based system transformed their learning; Explore core value rubrics that school staff can use to reflect on personal leadership growth, frame important conversations, and provide feedback; Study Lindsay; Unified's instructional model, which helps align the district's instructional decisions with its unified instructional vision; Download a free reproducible checklist for shifting to a performance-based system and lists of recommended strategies for ensuring a successful district transformation. A critically important and invaluable contribution to K-12 public school administration collections on the college and university level, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of school district administrators, school board policy makers, classroom teachers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Beyond Reform" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.52).


The Fiction Shelf

Delia's Crossing
V. C. Andrews
Pocket Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 13th fl., New York, NY 10020
www.pocketbooks.com
9781501162220, $5.99, PB, 432pp, www.amazon.com

After her parents are killed in a truck accident, Delia Yebarra's life is turned upside down. At fifteen, she leaves the rural Mexican village where she grew up and embarks on a new life in America. Coming to her wealthy aunt Isabella's huge estate in Palm Springs, California, should be a dream come true for a simple country girl like Delia -- only to become un preso del destino, a prisoner of destiny. Instead, her aunt refuses to acknowledge Delia's heritage, relegating her to servants' quarters with a licentious language tutor intent on exploiting the pretty young foreigner. Her cousin Edward is kind, but cousin Sophia is cruel, manipulative, and resentful of Delia's beauty. And just when Delia begins to embrace the life of a real American girl, a heartbreaking chain of events sends her spiraling back to a Mexico she hardly recognizes, making her wonder if she will ever find a place to call home. A deftly crafted, consistently engaging, extraordinarily entertaining read from cover to cover, "Delia's Crossing" is another literary gem from the mind and imagination of V. C. Andrews and a 'must read' for her legions of faithful fans. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Delia's Crossing" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).

Autopsy of a Father
Pascale Kramer, author
Robert Bononno, translator
Bellevue Literary Press
c/o NYU School of Medicine
550 First Ave., OBV A612, New York, NY 10016
www.blpress.org
9781942658245, $16.99, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

When a young woman returns to her childhood home after her estranged father's death, she begins to piece together the final years of his life. What changed him from a prominent left-wing journalist to a bitter racist who defended the murder of a defenseless African immigrant? Set in Paris and its suburbs, and inspired by the real-life scandal of a French author and intellectual, "Autopsy of a Father" blends sharp observations about familial dynamics with resonant political and philosophical questions, taking a scalpel to the racism and anti-immigrant sentiment spreading just beneath the skin of modern society. Deftly translated into English for an American readership, "Autopsy of a Father" by Pascale Kramer (recipient of the 2017 Swiss Grand Prize for Literature) is a deftly crafted and inherently fascinating read by an impressively talented novelist. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Autopsy of a Father" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.97).

Snake Oil: Easy Pickins
Marcus Galloway
Five Star Books
10 Water Street, Suite 310, Waterville, ME 04901
http://gale.cengage.com/fivestar
9781432832636, $25.95, HC, 268pp, www.amazon.com

Professor Henry Whiteoak is a salesman, a con artist, and a cheat. Traveling in a brightly colored wagon, he sells chemical concoctions and steeply priced contraptions to any and all who attend his medicine shows. When he arrives in the small town of Barbrady, Kansas, Henry Whiteoak also shows his talents in a fight and a mind that's sharper than a stiletto. Showcasing author Marcus Galloway's genuine flair for deftly crafted storytelling, "Snake Oil: Easy Pickins" is a unique and compelling read from cover to cover. While very highly recommended for community library collections where it will quickly become an enduringly popular addition, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Snake Oil: Easy Pickins" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

A Far Trumpet
Fred Grove
Sagebrush Large Print Westerns
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781785413810, $29.99, PB, Large Print, 276pp, www.amazon.com

Dishonorably dismissed from the Army after twelve years of service as a First Lieutenant in the 6th Calvary, Scott Dunham sets out to prospect and hunt in New Mexico. There, he meets Holly Warren, a frontier woman who had buried both a husband and a child. How can these two possibly make a future together? "A Far Trumpet" in an impressively crafted and consistently entertaining novel by of the storytelling arts. Indeed, Fred Grove's "A Far Trumpet" is unreservedly recommended for community library collections and this particular edition will have an immense appeal for readers needing a large print format.


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Lake District Murder
John Bude
Magna Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9780750544405, $35.50, HC, 348pp, www.amazon.com

John Bude was the pseudonym of Ernest Elmore (1901-1957), who wrote thirty crime novels. Bude was also a cofounder of the Crime Writers' Association and worked in the theater as a producer and director. Now one of his very best mysteries, "The Lake District Murder", which had long been out of print has been brought back for a new generation of appreciative readers in a large print edition. When a body is found at an isolated garage, Inspector Meredith is drawn into a complex investigation where every clue leads to another puzzle: was this a suicide, or something more sinister? Why was the dead man planning to flee the country? This classic mystery is set amidst the stunning scenery of a small village in the Lake District. Simply stated, no community library Mystery/Suspense collections should be without a copy of "The Lake District Murder" in their collections for the benefit of dedicated mystery buffs.


The Art Shelf

Ancient Ivory: Masterpieces of the Assyrian Empire
Georgina Herrman
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
www.thamesandhudsonusa.com
9780500051917, $60.00, HC, 208pp, www.amazon.com

Elephant ivory is a tactile, beautiful, and workable material. It can be made into many different forms and is the strongest material in the animal kingdom. It has been highly prized from the Paleolithic to the present day, and the impact on elephants has been severe. It was the primary reason that the Syrian elephant was hunted to extinction and that today's African elephants are in danger of extinction from the ravages of poachers. During the early first millennium bce (known historically as "The Age of Ivory") literally thousands of carved ivories found their way to the Assyrian capital city of Kalhu, or modern Nimrud, in northern Iraq. The majority were not made there but arrived as gifts, tributes, or booty gathered by the Assyrian kings from the small neighboring states of the ancient Middle Eastern world, with the ivory itself probably sourced from the African elephant. These ivories form a unique and unparalleled record of the art of the Middle East. "Ancient Ivory: Masterpieces of the Assyrian Empire" by Georgina Herrmann (Honorary Professor and Emeritus Reader in Near Eastern Studies at University College London and who for a decade directed the archaeological excavations at Merv, Turkmenistan, a series of medieval settlements on the Silk Road now designated, as a result of her project, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) documents these outstanding works and includes a general history of the art of ancient ivory, creating a resource of exquisite detail and exceptional importance, as so many works have been destroyed or lost in the sacking of the Iraq Museum as well as in the ongoing conflict and destruction of cultural heritage in the region. Beautifully and profusely illustrated with more than 350 full color photographs, "Ancient Ivory: Masterpieces of the Assyrian Empire" is exceptionally informative and an inherently fascinating read from cover to cover -- and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Art History collections.

Terra Magna: Labrador
Jean Claude Roy
Breakwater Books
P.O.Box 2188, St. John's, NL, Canada, A1C 6E6
www.breakwaterbooks.com
9781550816839, $59.95, HC, 208pp, www.amazon.com

It took JC Roy years of painstaking dedication and travel to paint a scene from every town on the island of Newfoundland. And after seeing that grand vision made available to all in Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: JC Roy's Newfoundland, Roy headed north to finish the second half of his magnum opus. With Roy's singular brushwork, palette, and vision displayed in gorgeously rendered full-colour reproductions, and text in English, French, Innuaimun, and Inuttitut, "Terra Magna: Labrador" is a magnificent visual tribute to the cultures and landscapes of The Big Land. Elegantly designed and remarkably affordable, this vibrant volume of original and flawless reproduced art completes an imaginative project like no other and stands as an entirely unique testament to one artist's exhaustive and passionate commitment to a place. An absorbing visual experience from cover to cover, "Terra Magna: Labrador" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Contemporary Canadian Art collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Music Shelf

A Short History of Irish Traditional Music
Gearoid O hAllmhurain
O'Brien Press
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
www.dufoureditions.com
9781847178732, $14.00, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

A leading authority on Irish culture and heritage, Dr Gearoid O hAllmhurain is a 5th generation Irish traditional musician, scholar and former member of the legendary Kilfenora Ceili Band. Over the past 30 years, he has presented more than 1,000 concerts, lectures and workshops on four continents. In "A Short History of Irish Traditional Music" he draws upon his decades of experience and expertise to present an informed and informative single volume study of the history of Irish traditional music, song and dance from the mythological harp of the Dagda right up to Riverdance and beyond. Exploring a wide spectrum of sources, this impressively well written, organized and presented guide uncovers the contribution of the Normans to Irish dancing, the role of the music maker in Penal Ireland, as well as the popularity of dance tunes and set dancing from the end of the 18th century. It also follows the music of the Irish diaspora from as far apart as Newfoundland and the music halls of vaudeville to the musical tapestry of Irish America today. While very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Irish Music History collections and supplemental studies reading lists, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "A Short History of Irish Traditional Music" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.77).


The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Forgotten British Film
Phillip Gillet
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
www.cambridgescholars.com
9781443898904, $104.95, HC, 245pp, www.amazon.com

Some films are remembered long after they are released; others are soon forgotten, but do they deserve oblivion? Are factors other than quality involved? "Forgotten British Film" by independent researcher and British cinema expert Phillip Gillet exhumes some of the films released in Britain over the last seventy years from Daybreak (1948) to 16 Years of Alcohol (2003), and considers the reasons for their neglect. As well as exploring the contributions of those involved in making the films, "Forgotten British Film" examines such issues as marketing and the response of critics and audiences. Films are grouped loosely into categories such as B films and television films. Some works were little seen when they were first released and have stayed that way; others were popular in their day, but have slipped into obscurity. In some cases, social change has overtaken them, making the attitudes or subjects they depict seem dated. Even being released as a DVD does not guarantee that a title will be rehabilitated. In addition, how significant is the American market? Unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Theatre/Cinema/TV collections in general, and British Film History supplemental studies reading lists in particular, "Forgotten British Film" will have a strong and special appeal to lovers of British film, as well as to film studies students and everybody curious about the vagaries of success and failure in the arts.


The Biography Shelf

The Unexpected President
Scott S. Greenberger
Da Capo Press
www.dacapopress.com
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
www.perseusbooksgroup.com
9780306823893 $28.00 hc / $18.99 Kindle amazon.com

Thoroughly accessible to lay readers and scholars alike, The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur tells the remarkable true story of America's 21st president, Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), who served in office from 1881-1885 after president James A. Garfield was assassinated. A product of the New York political machine, Chester A. Arthur was widely criticized as unfit to govern - yet when he inherited the highest office in the land, he directly opposed the corruption that had controlled him for decades. He presided over civil service reform, signing into law and actively enforcing legislation to do away with the "spoils system" that used to dole out major political offices as juicy rewards. What brought out the honest within the generational crony? Biographer Scott S. Greenberger examines the positive influence of a little-known, bedridden young woman named Julia Sand, who wrote Arthur nearly two dozen letters urging him to prioritize the country ahead of his party, and find "the spark of true nobility" within. The Unexpected President is the extraordinary tale of a largely forgotten Gilded Age politician who found his conscience and his resolve when his country needed him most, and highly recommended for both public and college library biography and American History collections.

Until Antietam
Jack C. Mason
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive, SIUC Mail Code 6806, Carbondale, IL 62901
www.siupress.com
9780809336111 $22.50 pbk / $21.38 Kindle amazon.com

Until Antietam: The Life and Letters of Major General Israel B. Richardson, U.S. Army is an in- depth biography of Israel B. Richardson, who served as a Union general in the American Civil War until his fatal injury at the Battle of Antietam. Author Jack Mason encountered an unprecedented discovery when researching Richardson's life - more than one hundred previously unpublished letters from Richardson to his family, spanning Richardson's time as a West Pont cadet until the day before his lethal injury at Antietam. Richardson was a leader whose laid-back view of military rules earned him the goodwill of his men, and his leadership skills were just beginning to catch the eyes of his superiors when his life abruptly ended. Thorough, meticulous, and engrossing, Until Antietam is enthusiastically recommended for public and college library Civil War and Biography collections.

Stewart L. Udall: Steward of the Land
Thomas G. Smith
University of New Mexico Press
MSC05 3185, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
www.unmpress.com
9780826357755 $34.95 hc / $24.73 Kindle amazon.com

Expertly researched and presented by Thomas G. Smith (professor emeritus of history, Nichols College), Stewart L. Udall: Steward of the Land is the first biography of three-term member of Congress and secretary of the interior during the Kennedy and Johnson cabinets, Stewart L. Udall (1920-2010). Udall championed wilderness preservation, as well as reforming the seniority system in Congress, limiting the production and testing of nuclear weapons, and helping oppressed people of emerging nations. Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this studious, in-depth, yet thoroughly accessible and engaging life story of a passionate public servant. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library biography collections.

A Missouri Railroad Pioneer
Joel P. Rhodes
University of Missouri Press
113 Heinkel Bldg., 201 S. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65211
www.umsystem.edu/upress
9780826217981 $50 hc
9780826221414 $TBA pbk / $16.89 Kindle amazon.com

Expertly researched and detailed by author Joel P. Rhodes (professor in the History Department of Southeast Missouri State University), A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck is a thoughtful and studious biography of lawyer, journalist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Louis Houck, known as the "Father of Southeast Missouri" because his efforts brought the railroad and industrialization to the state. In addition to economic development, he promoted art, culture, and formal education for all social classes. Enhanced with a bibliography and an index, A Missouri Railroad Pioneer will prove fascinating to scholars and lay readers alike, and is especially recommended for college and public library biography or American history collections.

A Forgotten Man
Geoffrey Elliott
I. B. Tauris Publishers
www.ibtauris.com
9781784538408, $30.00, HC, 264pp, www.amazon.com

John Lodwick (1916-1959) was one of the great novelists of the early twentieth century. Yet his novels, and indeed his own extraordinary life story, have been virtually lost to the mists of time. In "A Forgotten Man: The Life and Death of John Lodwick", independent writer and historian Geoffrey Elliott pieces together Lodwick's eventful life beginning with his youth in Ireland, then going on to his wartime experiences in the SOE and Special Boat Service, his subsequent literary career, and his untimely death in a car crash in Spain at the age of just 43. Initially acclaimed by Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess, soon after his death Lodwick's novels fell out of fashion and they have largely remained out-of-print since. Elliott makes the case for a revival in the fortunes of this singular English novelist, in a deftly crafted biography which sheds new light on the early twentieth century literary scene, the surrealist art world and the real-life experiences of World War II. Impressively informative and exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "A Forgotten Man" is an invaluable and highly recommended addition to both community and academic library Biography collections in general, and John Lodwick supplemental studies reading lists in particular.


The Psychology Shelf

Popular Myths about Memory
Brian H. Bornstein
Lexington Books
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
www.rlpgbooks.com
9780739192184, $105.00, HC, 334pp, www.amazon.com

Misconceptions about memory phenomena often go hand-in-hand with popular misrepresentations about the function of memory in movies, novels, television, and other forms of popular media. In "Popular Myths about Memory: Media Representations versus Scientific Evidence", Brian H. Bornstein (Professor of Psychology and Courtesy Professor of law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) draws on examples of these media representations to examine a number of memory myths dealing with an array of topics, including memory permanence, recovered memory and repression, amnesia, eyewitness memory, superior memory, and other topics. Professor Bornstein examines how these myths about memory clash with scientific research findings, and discusses the consequences of these myths and possible strategies for debunking them. An exceptionally well written work of seminal scholarship, "Popular Myths about Memory: Media Representations versus Scientific Evidence" is unreservedly for professional and academic library Contemporary Psychology, Media & Cultural Studies collections. For the personal reading lists of students, academics, and non-specialist general readers with an interested in psychology, media and film studies, communication studies, and sociology, it should be noted that "Popular Myths about Memory" is also available in a digital book format (9780739192191, $99.00) from Lexington Books.

Woman's Embodied Self
Joan C. Chrisler & Ingrid Johnston-Robledo
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
www.apa.org/books
9781433827129, $89.95, HC, 273pp, www.amazon.com

"Woman's Embodied Self: Feminist Perspectives on Identity and Image" by the team of Joan C. Chrisler (Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College, where she teaches courses on the psychology of women, health psychology, and social psychology) and Ingrid Johnston-Robledo (Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Community Engagement at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont) is compelling and informative examination of how women relate to their bodies and how attitudes toward the body affect women's sense of self. In particular, it documents the disturbing, never-ending barrage of standards used to judge women's bodies. These standards prompt women to pursue life-long body improvement projects, which lead to self-objectification or a negative embodied self. Professor Chrisler and Dean Johnston-Robledo analyze these phenomena using various psychological theories, including objectification theory, stigma theory, terror management theory, and stereotype embodiment theory. Importantly, they also suggest ways to help women and girls achieve a positive embodied self, which includes challenging and resisting pressures to alter and discipline their bodies in unhealthy ways. Unreservedly recommended for college and university library Contemporary Psychology and Women's Studies collections, "Woman's Embodied Self " is an impressively well organized and presented work of seminal scholarship that includes seventy-six pages of References and a twelve page Index.


The Cookbook Shelf

Betty Crocker Lost Recipes
Betty Crocker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
www.hmhco.com
9781328710338, $25.00, HC, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Simply stated, "Betty Crocker Lost Recipes" is an absolute 'must have' culinary compendium for the legions of devoted Betty Crocker fans -- as well as family kitchen cooks who are interested in recipes with a retro/nostalgic twist. Eighty percent of this beautifully illustrated cookbook includes tried-and-true recipes that simply aren't in today's cooking repertoire and are mainly comprised of from-scratch recipes that are hard to find. Twenty percent is a fun and informative look back at some of the cooking customs of the past that may not be worth repeating, but are worth remembering. Features include ideas like "How to Throw a Hawaiian Tiki Party," and the robust introductory pages contain interesting stories, anecdotes, and artwork from Betty Crocker's history. Recipes are carefully curated to ensure that they are still relevant, achievable, and made with available ingredients. The featured recipes range from Beef Stroganoff; Chicken la King; Waldorf Salad; and Chiffon Cake; to Manhattan Cocktails; Raspberry Pee-A-Books; Seven Layer Salad; Velvet Crumb Cake; and Lemon Schaum Torte. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' from cover to cover, "Betty Crocker Lost Recipes" will prove to be a treasured addition to family and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Betty Crocker Lost Recipes" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Quick & Easy Low-Carb Cookbook
George Stella
Quail Ridge Press
PO Box 123, Brandon, MS 39043
www.quailridge.com
9781938879234, $19.95, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly kitchen cook friendly in organization and presentation, "Quick & Easy Low-Carb Cookbook" is comprised of recipes for palate pleasing, appetite satisfying recipes for anyone wanting a paleo, ketogenic, gluten-free, wheat-free, low-carb, or sugar-free menu. Featuring recipes for dishes that range from Chicago Deep Dish Quiche; Cheesy Cauliflower Crown; 2-Hour Pot Roast with Zucchini and Yellow Squash; Tilapia with Melon Salsa; and Faux Fried Apples; to Berry & Cream Cheese Cookies; Strawberry & Cream Ice Pops; Mini Fruit Tarts with Lemon Custard; and Coconut Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Crust, George Stella's Quick & Easy Low-Carb Cookbook" will prove to be an enduringly popular and valued addition to both personal and community library cookbook collections.

Instant Pot Miracle
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Editors
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
www.hmhco.com
9781328851055, $22.99, PB, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Compiled by the editorial staff of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,"Instant Pot Miracle: From Gourmet to Everyday, 175 Must-Have Recipes" is a culinary compendium of recipes especially appropriate for the family kitchen crockpot. A profusely illustrated cookbook featuring recipes for all the functions of the Instant Pot ranging from everyday staples to surprising new dishes, the thoroughly 'kitchen cook easy' dishes that range from an Artichoke Dip; to Chicken Toscana with White Beans; to Citrus Prawns with Orange-Cashew Rice; to Garlic Broccoli with Lemon & Olives; to Carrot Ginger Soup, and more! The 175 featured recipes cover everything from breakfast to dessert. Of special note are the recipes for jams and yogurts -- even an entire cheesecake. "Instant Pot Miracle" is recommended as the perfect companion to the best-selling kitchen appliance called an Instant Pot, and will prove to be a popular addition to community library cookbook collections.


The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Alzheimer's Medical Advisor
Philip D. Sloane, MD
Sunrise River Press
838 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, MN 55025
www.sunriseriverpress.com
9781934716663, $26.95, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com

Dr. Philip Sloane is a geriatrician with over 35 years of experience managing and researching issues related to older persons, with a focus on Alzheimer's disease and related cognitive disorders and those who assist them with care and services. In "The Alzheimer's Medical Advisor: A Caregiver's Guide to Common Medical and Behavioral Signs and Symptoms in Persons with Dementia" he draws upon his professional experience and expertise to provide a resource for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, the people who provide support for a variety of medical conditions and dementia-related behaviors. "The Alzheimer's Medical Advisor " contains information on more than 50 medical and behavioral conditions that caregivers often address. Each condition is presented in an easy-to-follow, two-page guide that provides basic facts; signs that indicate a possible emergency; practical guidance when conferring with health care professionals; and tips on providing relief in the home. Additional sections address how to best manage visits to medical offices, emergency departments, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living residences. Also, an entire chapter is devoted to how caregivers can take care of their own health and safety while helping someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Based on the latest clinical knowledge and scientific research, "The Alzheimer's Medical Advisor" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Health/Medicine collections in general, and Alzheimer's supplemental studies reading lists in particular.


The Environmental Studies Shelf

Our Peaceful Planet
Yasmin Davar
Morgan James Publishing
11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300, Newport News, VA 23606-4448
www.morganjamespublishing.com
9781683502418, $31.95, HC, 206pp, www.amazon.com

"Our Peaceful Planet: Healing Ourselves and Our World for a Sustainable Future" by environmental engineer Yasmin Davar contains extraordinary ideas that have the power to transform lives and the planet. "Our Peaceful Planet" is unique because it provides a practical healing framework for the whole world, starting at how people can change the beliefs that cause them to be destructive in their own lives and in their own world, to the actions that they can take to create global peace and environmental and economic sustainability. As each part of their world dynamically interacts in terms of their beliefs, their governance, their environment, their industries and their economy, "Our Peaceful Planet" provides a complete and 'real world practical' solution by considering all of those interactions in totality. "Our Peaceful Planet" contains big ideas for world leaders and little ideas for everyday people, because everyone has the power to make a difference, to themselves and others, and to the world. "Our Peaceful Planet" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' blueprint for the future in which everyone can play a role. While very highly recommended, especially for community, college, and university library Environmental Studies collections, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Our Peaceful Planet" is also available in a paperback edition (9781683502401, $19.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

A New Basis for Animal Ethics
Bernard E. Rollin
University of Missouri Press
113 Heinkel Bldg., 201 S. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65211
www.umsystem.edu/upress
9780826221018, $40.00, HC, 208pp, www.amazon.com

Author Bernard E. Rollin is the University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University. "A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense" is the culmination of Professor Rollin's forty years of theorizing about the moral status of animals, explicates and justifies society's moral obligation to animals in terms of the commonsense metaphysics and ethics of Aristotle's concept of telos. Professor Rollin uses this concept to assert that humans have a responsibility to treat animals ethically. Aristotle used the concept, from the Greek word for "end" or "purpose", as the core explanatory concept for the world we live in. The basic foundational concept is that we understand what an animal is by what it does. That this is the nature of an animal, and helps us understand our obligations to animals. Informative, insightful, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "A New Basis for Animal Ethics" is an impressive work of outstanding scholarship and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject is that "A New Basis for Animal Ethics" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.49).


The Graphic Novel Shelf

She and Her Cat
Story by Makoto Shinkai
Art by Tsubasa Yamaguchi
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781945054402 $12.95 www.vertical-inc.com

She and Her Cat is a black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) about a young woman who lives alone with her cat Chobi. Told primarily from Chobi's perspective, the complete-in-one- volume story addresses the troubles and loneliness that come with independence. Heartfelt and poignant, She and Her Cat is a touching, emotional story, and highly recommended for manga connoisseurs and public library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that She and Her Cat is also available in a Kindle edition ($6.15).

Stardrop: Home in Time
Mark Oakley
I Box Publishing
iboxpublishing.com
9781926496054 $9.95

Stardrop: Home in Time is the third black-and-white graphic novel in an all-ages series blending otherworldly sci-fi and the joys and tribulations of everyday life. Space princess Ashelle and galatic noblewoman Lady Kytanna have settled into small-town life on Earth, but that doesn't preclude wacky antics, or even time-travel! In volume 3, Kytanna's genius boyfriend Tom desires to explore the larger universe beyond the confines of his native Earth; the time-traveling defender Jenny Mysterious gets tired of being broke; and then galactic invasion fleet appears on the Earth's horizon! Can space Ashelle, Kytanna, Jenny and their friends turn back an entire space amada before the Earth is burned to cinders? A charming series with highlights of comedy and excitement, Stardrop: Home in Time is a choice pick for both personal reading lists and public library graphic novel collections. Also highly recommended are the first two graphic novels in the series, "Stardrop" (9780968102572, $9.95) and "Stardrop: A Place to Hang My Space Suit" (9780968102589, $9.95).

Pride of the Decent Man
T.J. Kirsch
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Ste. 700, East Wing, New York, NY 10038
c/o Independent Publishers Group (dist.)
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
www.ipgbook.com
9781681121208 $19.99 www.nbmpub.com

Pride of the Decent Man is a full color graphic novel about the struggle for redemption, set in upstate New York. Andrew Peters had a tough childhood, and his best friend persuades him to assist in a robbery - with dire consequences. In prison, Andrew learns that he has a daughter, and he resolves to reform himself in order to become a decent man and a good father; but the road to redemption is not easy. Poignant and powerful, Pride of the Decent Man is highly recommended for both personal and public library graphic novel collections.

The Wendy Project
Osborne Fish
Papercutz
160 Broadway, Suite 700E, New York, NY 10038
www.papercutz.com
9781629917696 $12.99 amazon.com

The Wendy Project is a graphic novel that subtly deconstructs and reinterprets the classic Peter Pan fable. 16-year-old Wendy accidentally crashes her car in a lake with her two brothers inside; when she awakes in a hospital, she is told that her younger brother Michael is dead. Yet she is certain that she saw him fly away in the custody of a mysterious boy, who strongly resembles Peter Pan. Fantasy, reality, and survivor's guilt blur in her mind as she begins to see the people around her as characters from "Neverland". The Wendy Project shifts colors between black-and- white of the everyday world and the fantastic colors of the Neverland world, and is at once both beautiful and heartrending. The Wendy Project is highly recommended for readers of all ages, as well as school and public library graphic novel collections.


The Audiobook Shelf

Jefferson's Garden
Timberlake Wertenbaker
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
9781682660430 $29.95 www.latw.org

Jefferson's Garden is an audiobook rendition of the full-cast, live performance of a play about America's Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, set primarily during the years from 1776 to the 1790's. The performance by a cast of talented actors is the next best thing to personally witnessing Jefferson's Garden acted on a stage. Sharply focusing on the shocking contrast between the lofty principles in America's Declaration of Independence, and the cruel reality of continued slavery in American colonies, Jefferson's Garden is highly recommended, especially for personal and public library audiobook collections. 2 CDs, 1 hour 54 min.

Oroonoko
Aphra Behn, author
Read by Clare Wille
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
9781781980545 $22.98 www.naxosaudiobooks.com

Oroonoko is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a groundbreaking novel, originally published in 1688, by one of the first female professional writers of England. The story is a slave narrative, following Oroonoko, a valiant royal prince who is betrayed, robbed of his status, and sold into slavery. His kingly nature continues to burn within, but his unwillingness to submit comes at terrible cost. Controversial in its day for its condemnation of slavery, and its vivid portrayal of shocking violence, Oroonoko remains a classic work of literature, highly recommended especially for public and college library collections. 3 CDs, 3 hours 3 min. 22 sec.


The Library CD Shelf

Flying Solo Silhouette
Ann Sweeten
Annsweeten.com
Orange Band Records
$16.00 CD / $9.99 download cdbaby.com

Flying Solo Silhouette is the first original solo piano album by composer Ann Sweeten, drawn from her music at created over ten years and five previous albums. Each of the tracks has been re-created as solo piano pieces for the first time, arranged in a playlist that naturally flows and is pleasing to the ear. Every composition has been remixed and remastered, transforming Flying Solo Silhouette into its own unique expression. Elegant, transformative, and inspirational, Flying Solo Silhouette is highly recommended for both personal and public library solo piano music collections. The tracks are "A Light Rain" (4:56), "Dawn on Red Mountain" (4:48), "Veil of Tears" (4:48), "Elysian Fields" (5:00), "Afterglow" (4:11), "Nikki's Song" (3:57), "December Snow" (4:40), "Broken Wing at North Light" (4:38), "Eclipse" (5:28), "The Hourglass" (5:38), "Falling Leaves" (5:03), and "On Wings of Light".

Morning Sun: Adventures with Oboe
Paul McCandless with Paul Winter Consort
www.paulwinter.com
Living Music
$15.00 CD / $8.99 download

Morning Sun: Adventures with Oboe is an anthology of recordings made by double-reed master Paul McCandless and seven-time Grammy winning group the Paul Winter Consort over the course of 45 years. Intended as both a historical retrospective and as a tribute, Morning Sun: Adventures with Oboe is a treasure, enhanced with a 32-page album booklet chronicling the Paul Winter Consort's history through the eyes of Paul Winter himself. Morning Sun: Adventures with Oboe is a mellifluous "must", highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are "All the Mornings Bring", "Elves' Chasm", "Bright Angel", "Whooper Dance", "On the Steppes of Central Asia", "Witchi Tai To", "Sunset on the Great Sand Dunces", "Um Abraco (A Big Hug)", "Anabela", "Sunderland", "Eagle", "Common Ground", "Twilight", "The Last Train", "Fantasia in G", and "Morning Sun". 66 min.

Miyo Kekisepa, Make A Stand
Northern Cree
Canyon Records Productions
1761 West University Drive, Suite 145, Tempe, AZ 85281-3220
$14.98 CD / $9.49 MP3 www.canyonrecords.com

Miyo Kekisepa, Make A Stand: Pow-Wow Songs Recorded Live at Red Mountain is from 7-time Grammy nominee Northern Cree, a group known for their Pow-Wow and Round Dance singing, and their commitment to their Cree culture, language, and traditions. The songs embody strength, love, and a way of life expressed with unfettered fervor. Miyo Kekisepa, Make A Stand is a choice pick for traditional Native American music collections, enthusiastically recommended. The tracks are "Dancers Only" (4:47), "Old Yeller" (5:23), "Angel Star" (3:20), "Old-Time Straight Song" (3:41), "TreyJam" (4:27), "Hop to the Drop (Crow Hop)" (3:11), "Str8-2 Vegas" (3:02), "#TicTac Adventures" (4:10), "Cheezy Legs (Crow Hop)" (3:15), "Don't Forget It" (3:55), "nimihito awasis ('Dancing Child')" (5:31), and "Red Mountain Royalty" (5:37).

Canyon Records Productions
1761 West University Drive, Suite 145, Tempe, AZ 85281-3220
$14.98 each www.canyonrecords.com

Two albums published by Canyon Records, each by a talented master of the Native American flute, provide a serene and wondrous audio experience. "Purify" by Tony Duncan melds cedar and cane flutes into a balance that promotes inner peace and harmony, ideal for accompanying yoga, massage, or meditation. "Gratitude", the debut recording of Jonah Littlesunday, accents Native American flute playing with an occasional light touch from Native percussion, and draws the listener in to its musical theme of unity, peace, and respect for the land itself. Both are a treasure for connoisseurs of flute music, and highly recommended for both personal and public library collections.


The Library DVD Shelf

The Churchills
Presented by David Starkey
Athena
c/o Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
www.us.RLJEntertainment.com
$34.99 www.acornonline.com

Historian David Starkey presents The Churchills, a three-episode documentary on DVD about two of Britain's greatest war leaders. Winston Churchill stood against Adolf Hitler during World War II, and Winston's ancestor John Churchill, opposed an earlier tyrant - the "Sun King" Louis XIV of France. Winston Churchill, a writer and historian before he was Prime Minister, drew inspiration from his ancestor, and composed a gigantic biography of John Churchill titled "Marlborough: His Life and Times". Starkey proposes that the decade Winston spent working on Marlborough is a pivotal aspect of what transformed and prepared him for the monumental task of leading Britain against Nazi Germany. The Churchills is an extraordinary and fascinating documentary, highly recommended especially for public and college library DVD collections. 1 DVD, 3 episodes, 150 min.

Louise by the Shore
With the voice of France Castel
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
$24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

Louise by the Shore is an animated movie for all ages, about 75-year-old Louise who misses the last train out of a small, seaside resort town. An extremely heavy rainstorm floods the streets, and the next day she discovers that the town is deserted. Louise survives by herself in dreamlike solitude, encountering only a talking dog and memories from her past. Bordering on the surreal, Louise by the Shore is beautiful, introspective, and highly recommended for both personal and public library DVD collections. 75 min.

Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef
Bennett Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244th Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
9781604902136 $24.95 www.Bennett-Watt.com

Part of the excellent Discoveries... America National Parks series of high-definition video essays, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef: Cedar Breaks, Glen Canyon & Rainbow Bridge reveals a wealth of beautiful national parks found in Utah. From the multi-hued sandstone cliffs of Zion, to the geologic monocline known as Waterpocket Fold at Capitol Reef, to the subalpine forest of Cedar Breaks and more, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef is utterly breathtaking, and the next best thing to experiencing the natural splendor of Utah's parks in person. Highly recommended, especially for armchair travelers and public library DVD collections. 51 min.


The Botany Shelf

Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada
Timothy J. Baroni
Timber Press
133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland OR 97204-3527
www.timberpress.com
9781604696349, $27.95, Flexibound, 600pp, www.amazon.com

Timothy J. Baroni is a Distinguished Professor of Biology at the State University of New York. He also teaches at SUNY College at Cortland and works on biodiversity research of macrofungi globally with emphasis on mushrooms and other fungi found in the Americas. In "Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada" he draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to create a compact and beautifully illustrated 600 page guide that is packed from cover to cover with descriptions and photographs of more than 400 of the region's most conspicuous, distinctive, and ecologically important mushrooms. The geographic range covered by "Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada" includes Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Ontario, and most of Quebec. In addition to profiles on individual species, "Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada" also includes a general discussion and definition of fungi; information on where to find mushrooms and guidelines on collecting them; an overview of fungus ecology; and a discussion on mushroom poisoning and how to avoid it. Comprehensively definitive and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada" is an absolutely essential addition to both community and academic library mushroom identification guides. It should be noted for personal reference and reading lists that "Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.44).


The Anthropology Shelf

An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
C. Nadia Seremetakis
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
www.cambridgescholars.com
9781443873345, $104.95, HC, 260pp, www.amazon.com

Cultural anthropology is a branch of anthropology focused on the study of cultural variation among humans. "An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology" by Professor C. Nadia Seremetakis, who is a cultural anthropologist at the University of the Peloponnese, Greece where she teaches anthropology and cultural management, and who is also the founding head of the public anthropology program on Everyday Life and Culture (culture.uop.gr), engages students, teachers and anthropology researchers in a critical dialogue with past and present directions in cultural-historical studies. More particularly, This introductory study prepares prospective anthropologists, as well as non-specialist general readers interested in human cultures for understanding basic theoretical and methodological ethnographic principles and pursuing further what has been known as cultural anthropological perspectives. "An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology" discusses key, field-based studies in the discipline and places them in dialogue with related studies in social history, linguistics, philosophy, literature, and photography, among others. Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented, "An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology" would well serve as a basic text book for introductory courses in cultural anthropology and is to be considered as an essential, core addition to community, college, and university library Anthropology collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Being Godless
Roy Llera Blanes & Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, editors
Berghahn Books
20 Jay Street, Suite 512, Brooklyn, NY 11201
www.berghahnbooks.com
9781785336287, $95.00, HC, 154pp, www.amazon.com

Collaborative compiled and co-edited by the team of Roy Llera Blanes (Ramon y Cajal Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council) and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic (Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh), "Being Godless: Ethnographies of Atheism and Non-Religion" is comprised of an informative Introduction (Godless People, Doubt, and Atheism) and Afterword (On Atheism and Non-Religion), and six erudite and impressively written essays by experts in the field. Drawing on ethnographic inquiry and the anthropological literature on doubt and atheism, "Being Godless" explores people's reluctance to pursue religion. The various contributors capture the experiences of godless people and examine their perspectives on the role of religion in their personal and public lives. In doing so, "Being Godless" contributes to a critical understanding of the processes of disengagement from religion and reveals the challenges and paradoxes that godless people face. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Philosophy collections in general, and Atheism/Agnosticism supplemental studies reading lists in particular, it should be noted for academia and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Being Godless" is also available in a paperback format (9781785335730, $27.95).


The Language Studies Shelf

Word Mastery through Derivatives Designed for Students of Latin
Elizabeth Heimbach
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
www.bolchazy.com
9780865168534, $24.95, PB, 163pp, www.amazon.com

"Word Mastery through Derivatives Designed for Students of Latin" by veteran teacher Elizabeth Heimbach is workbook is specifically constructed for students studying Latin. Heimbach organizes English derivatives by topic. Two chapters are devoted to affixes, twelve chapters present special topics like mythology, and eleven chapters featuring grammar-related derivatives like prepositions and deponent verb derivatives. A student-friendly and engaging narrative presents derivatives and demonstrates the symbiotic relationship between Latin and English. The text provides students the skills and practice to apply word-building analysis to their study of both Latin vocabulary and English derivatives. Of special note are the "just for fun" activities for each special topic chapter. Enhanced with appendices that list of derivatives broken out by chapter, as well as a list of phrases used in English, "Word Mastery through Derivatives Designed for Students of Latin" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to academic library Latin Studies instructional reference collections in general, and as a Latin Studies curriculum supplemental studies reading lists in particular.


The Biology Shelf

Chromatin: Structure, Dyamics, Regulation
Ralf Blossey
Chapman & Hall
c/o CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
www.crcpress.com
9781498729369, $89.95, HC, 192pp, www.amazon.com

Chromatin is a complex of macromolecules found in cells, consisting of DNA, protein, and RNA. The primary functions of chromatin are: package DNA into a more compact, denser shape: reinforce the DNA macromolecule to allow mitosis: prevent DNA damage; and control gene expression and DNA replication. The primary protein components of chromatin are histones that compact the DNA. Chromatin is only found in eukaryotic cells (cells with defined nuclei). "Chromatin: Structure, Dynamics, Regulation" by Ralph Blossey (Research Director, French National Science Center) is a fully up to date and invaluable resource for computational biologists and researchers from other fields seeking an introduction to the topic. "Chromatin: Structure, Dynamics, Regulation" offers comprehensive coverage of this dynamic interdisciplinary field, from the basics to the latest research. Computational methods from statistical physics and bioinformatics are detailed whenever possible without lengthy recourse to specialized techniques. Featuring figures, tables, and a four page index, "Chromatin: Structure, Dynamics, Regulation" (the latest addition to the outstanding Chapman & Hall 'Mathematical and Computational Biology' series) is an unreservedly and highly recommended and core addition to professional, corporate, and academic library Contemporary Biology collections in general, and Genetics supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academicians, genetics researchers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Chromatin: Structure, Dynamics, Regulation" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $85.43).


The Gardening Shelf

The Salad Garden
Joy Larkcom
Frances Lincoln Publishers
c/o Quarto Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
www.quartoknows.com
www.franceslincoln.com
9780711238701, $24.99, PB, 288pp, www.amazon.com

In this nicely illustrated edition of "The Salad Garden", gardening expert Joy Larkcom draws upon her years of experience to deftly craft a definitive guide to growing over 200 salad plants in gardens of all sizes! "The Salad Garden" covers everything necessary for growing a personal or family garden filled with all manner of salad greens. Featuring the best growing techniques, and the best which varieties of plants based upon personal palette preferences, "The Salad Garden" also includes instruction on making a beautifully designed potager garden. Whether you have space for intricate walkways, or are growing in a window box, "The Salad Garden" will prove to be a thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional for even the most novice of gardeners. While unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for community library Gardening instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Salad Garden" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.10).

Urban Flowers
Carolyn Dunster, author
Jason Ingram, photographer
Frances Lincoln Publishers
c/o Quarto Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
www.quartoknows.com
www.franceslincoln.com
9780711238626, $29.99, HC, 192pp, www.amazon.com

Creating color and interest in a small urban garden by growing a range of flowers and other decorative plants brings with it many rewards. In "Urban Flowers: Creating Abundance in a Small City Garden" Carolyn Dunster (who trained in floristry with Jane Packer and now works as a florist and planting designer, running her business, Urban Flowers, from her home in north London) shows aspiring gardeners what to grow and how to use their own blooms, leaves and berries in a range of indoor displays and hand-tied bouquets. Locally-grown flowers in season is a significant and welcome trend in floristry. The most local, seasonal flowers, which are the most satisfying to give and to display, are the ones that are 'home grown' -- and in "Urban Flowers" Carolyn Dunster shows how to do this in even the smallest of urban and suburban spaces. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with the color photography of Jason Ingram, and unreservedly recommended for community library Gardening collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Urban Flowers" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.98).

Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables
Mel Bartholomew
Cool Springs Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
www.quartoknows.com
9781591866831, $17.99, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

For urban and suburban families, Square Foot Gardening is the most popular alternate gardening method in the world, and "Growing Perfect Vegetables" is a superbly written, organized and presented instructional guide and manual that gets to the root of what every gardener wants -- perfect produce, and lots of it! Whether you grow in a Square Foot Garden, a straw bale garden, containers, or a traditional garden plot, you'll be happy to have "Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables" is an exceptionally helpful gardening book enabling even the most novice of gardeners to approach harvest time with confidence. In "Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables", aspiring gardeners will find hundreds of beautiful photos that show exactly how produce should look when perfectly ripe, and ready for picking and buying. Of special note are the tips and clues to help novice gardeners to interpret what their plants are trying to tell them about the fruit they are bearing. Providing crucial information that includes optimal planting and harvesting times for more than 60 fruits and vegetables, along with the many high resolution photos of perfectly ripe produce, "Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables" is thoroughly 'user friendly' and highly recommended for community library Contemporary Gardening collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of aspiring gardeners that "Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables " is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Martial Arts Shelf

Defensive Tactics for Today's Law Enforcement
Stephen K. Hayes & Joe Niehaus
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
www.crcpress.com
9781498776677, $69.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Few of the many defensive tactics books on the law enforcement training manual market include the training and methods of martial arts. Drawing on the centuries-old techniques of Ninjutsu, "Defensive Tactics for Today's Law Enforcement" by the team of Stephen K. Hayes (who was elected to the prestigious Black Belt Hall of Fame for his years of work introducing Japanese ninja martial arts to the Western world. He was awarded the rare honor of ju-dan 10th degree Black Belt in the historical ninja tradition.) and Joe Niehaus (who spent 36 years in the law enforcement field, retiring as a Lieutenant with the Kettering Police Department in Ohio, where he created the Defensive Tactics Program and developed one of the first Integrated Use of Force training programs in the United States) offers alternatives to the traditional police defensive tactics taught to most officers. "Defensive Tactics for Today's Law Enforcement" stresses relying on natural tendencies in a violent encounter to ensure officer safety and to better utilize the techniques and training officers do receive. By integrating existing training with martial arts expertise, "Defensive Tactics for Today's Law Enforcement" provides officers access a full complement of techniques to better navigate physical conflict safely and effectively. Intended for law enforcement practitioners, as well as practitioners of any other professions that present a personal security risk, "Defensive Tactics for Today's Law Enforcement" is unreservedly recommended for police department, community, and academic library collections, and will be of special interest to non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject with its wealth of information on a diverse range of appropriately lawful defensive tactics.


The Judicial Studies Shelf

Multi-Criteria Analysis in Legal Reasoning
Bengt Lindell
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
www.e-elgar.com
9781786430199, $120.00, HC, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Providing an accessible introduction to the application of multi-criteria analysis in law, "Multi-Criteria Analysis in Legal Reasoning" by Bengt Lindell (Law Department, Uppsala University, Sweden) illustrates how simple additive weighing, a well known method in decision theory, can be used in problem structuring, analysis and decision support for overall assessments and balancing of interests in the context of law. Through clear illustrations and a variety of concrete examples, "Multi-Criteria Analysis in Legal Reasoning" shows how simple additive weighing can be applied in any situation in which there are one or more objectives, multiple options and multiple decision criteria. Further demonstrating the use of fuzzy logic in conjunction with this method, Bengt Lindell adeptly shows the reader how extra-disciplinary methods have much to contribute in a legal decision-making context. The methods covered in "Multi-Criteria Analysis in Legal Reasoning" help to balance the issues of intuition versus structural analysis, risk and uncertainty, and the merging of probability and utility in the context of law. Practical and engaging, "Multi-Criteria Analysis in Legal Reasoning" will prove an invaluable and 'real world' practical guide for academics and scholars across many legal disciplines. Public and private decision makers will also benefit from its clear and concise approach, affording them new insights into the application of multi-criteria analysis in law. Unreservedly recommended as a curriculum textbook, as well as supplemental studies reading lists for novice lawyers, "Multi-Criteria Analysis in Legal Reasoning" is a critically important addition to law firm, college, and university library Contemporary Judicial Studies collections.


The Criminology Shelf

Criminal Justice Technology in the 21st Century, third edition
Laura J. Moriarty
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704
http://www.ccthomas.com
9780398091514, $44.95, PB, 296pp, www.amazon.com

Now in a fully updated and expanded third edition, "Criminal Justice Technology n the 21st Century" by Laura J. Moriarty and eighteen other contributors offers a welcome and appropriate mixture of knowledge or information about specific types of technology along with empirical studies of certain technology used in various subcomponents of the criminal justice system. Comprised of 12 chapters, with eight completely new and four substantially revised and updated, "Criminal Justice Technology n the 21st Century" is arranged into two parts: law enforcement technology and public safety technology. Major topics include: technology infrastructure: what it is and how it's changing; current overview of law enforcement technology; body-worn cameras: the new normal; avoiding the technological panacea of the body-worn camera; examining perceptions of technology-enabled crimes; digital forensics; technological advancements in keeping victims safe; the evolution of offender electronic monitoring: from radio signals to satellite technology; technoprisons: technology and prisons; inside the Darknet: techno-crime and criminal opportunity; securing cyberspace in the 21st century; and assessing the deployment of automated license place recognition technology and strategies to improve public safety. Numerous illustrations and tables highlight the chapter contents. Featuring state-of-the-art information and a thoroughly 'reader friendly' organization and presentation, "Criminal Justice Technology n the 21st Century" is an ideal textbook and unreservedly recommended for professional, college, and university library Contemporary Criminology collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Aviation Shelf

Blackbird
James Hamilton-Paterson
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
www.pegasusbooks.com
9781681775050 $26.95 / $12.99 Kindle amazon.com

Blackbird: A History of the Untouchable Spy Plane is the fascinating true history of the SR-71 Blackbird, a "spy" jet designed to be the world's fastest and highest-flying aircraft. First proposed in the late 1950s, the Blackbird was fully developed in 1964, and used heavily over battlefields in Vietnam and later the Middle East. Not a single one was ever shot down. The Blackbird's saga of success comes to a close in 1999, and the modern trend toward unmanned military aircraft imply that there may never be another line of jets like it. A bibliography, glossary, and index round out this fascinating history, thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds and especially recommended for public library collections and aviation history connoisseurs.


The World History Shelf

Midnight in the Pacific
Joseph Wheelan
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
www.perseusbooksgroup.com
9780306824593 $28.00 hc / $18.99 Kindle amazon.com

Written with scholarly precision, yet thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal - The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War is a close study a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II. The US Navy battled the Imperial Japanese Navy to a draw, at a heavy cost. Yet it was the first time the previously unstoppable military juggernaut of Imperial Japan was halted in its tracks. Exhaustively researched, and drawing directly upon accounts written by Guadalcanal's combatants, military archives, and oral histories, Midnight in the Pacific is highly recommended especially for public and college library military history collections.


The Computer Shelf

The Manga Guide to Microprocessors
Michio Shibuya, Takashi Tonagi, and Office Sawa
No Starch Press
245 - 8th Street, San Francisco, CO 94103-3910
www.nostarch.com
9781593278175 $24.95 amazon.com

Part of the excellent "Manga Guide" series designed to make science, technology, engineering, and math more accessible to readers by incorporating manga (comics drawn in the animated style of Japanese pop culture) into their lessons, The Manga Guide to Microprocessors is an in-depth guide to the internal workings of the CPU within all computers, phones, and modern electronic devices. The story of world-class shogi (a Japanese board game often compared to chess) player Ayumi who loses a match to a computer - and vows to learn all she can about her new nemesis. The Manga Guide to Microprocessors alternates manga with text and smaller illustrations designed to illuminate technical concepts. The result is an in-depth, scientific guide highly recommended for computer science students and intrigued lay readers alike. Chapters cover how computers perform arithmetic operations and store information; logic gates and how they're used in integrated circuits; assembly language and how it differs from high-level programming languages; and much more. The Manga Guide to Microprocessors is especially recommended, for public school and college library collections, both for its educational content and its reader- friendly format!


The Architecture Shelf

The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Gregory D. Huber
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
www.schifferbooks.com
9780764353192, $50.00, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Greg Huber is a barn and house historian, consultant and owner of Past Perspectives and Eastern Barn Consultants, which are historic cultural resource companies. He has authored more than 210 articles on houseand barn architecture. In "The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture & Preservation, Built 1750-1900" he draws upon his years of experience and expertise to present an informed, informative, and beautifully illustrated volume for anyone who has ever admired a barn on an old country lane. Here is the background story of that barn and a great many others in Southeastern Pennsylvania, or, specifically, "the hearth", the area east of the Susquehanna River and South of the Blue Mountains. This was one of the earliest-settled areas in North America. This region of the Keystone State, which includes Lehigh, Bucks, and Lancaster Counties, is home to an astounding 20,000 standing barns, in various states of repair, built from the early 1800s on. "The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania" also discusses the primary factors that have determined the fundamental structures and appearances of the six great barn classifications, including forest resources. Other featured topics include architectural aspects and regionalisms, dates of construction, survival of 18th-century examples, mysterious decorations, and barn preservation. Completing this exceptionally well written, organized and presented treatise are representative color photographs, building plan sketches, charts conveying the prevalence of types, and a glossary of barn terms. "The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania" is an absolute 'must' for personal, community, and academic library Architectural Studies collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Dance Shelf

Dance Production and Management
Heather Trommer-Beardslee
Princeton Book Company
614 Route 130, Highstown, NJ 08520
www.dancehorizons.com
9780871273840, $24.95, PB, 128pp, www.amazon.com

Heather Trommer-Beardslee is the director of University Concert Dance Theater at Central Michigan University, and the booking agent for the Emmy Award-winning company Jump Rhythm Jazz. She lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In "Dance Production and Management" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to present in a single comprehensive instructional guide everything from early conceptual work through performance and touring. A thoroughly 'user friendly' and ideal how-to book for dance management, "Dance Production and Management will allow dancers, as an educational exercise, to create a fictional company and follow it through a myriad of steps and complexities necessary for a successful production and troupe. After establishing a mission statement; holding auditions; and considering the specific needs of music, sound, lighting, costuming, and make up, this superbly organized and presented manual provides aspiring dance directors with the basic theater terminology and the skills needed when planning marketing and public relations campaigns for actual dance companies. Covering music, lighting, programming, technical theatre, box office management, booking, costuming, makeup, marketing, and fundraising, as well as featuring photographs, drawings, charts, examples, and 'helpful hints', "Dance Production and Management" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Contemporary Dance Studies collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Countering Religious Extremism
David Carlson
New City Press
202 Cardinal Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538
www.newcitypress.com
9781565486140, $15.95, PB, 147pp, www.amazon.com

"Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships" recounts David Carlson's personal journey into friendship with people of other faith traditions. "Countering Religious Extremism" profiles Christians, Muslims, and Jews who come to acknowledge one another's gifts and so come to value their own. In establishing and nurturing these friendships, Carlson (a Professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana where he has been teaching for 39 years) does not seek to change others, nor to settle for mere tolerance. He and his friends realize that they are entering into a way of life that asks much of them but in return gives even more. Indeed, they sense that they are making history. As timely as it is inspired and inspired, "Countering Religious Extremism" is a much needed contribution to our national dialogue in view of the current resurgence of antisemitic, anti- Muslim, white supremacist movements in our country. "Countering Religious Extremism" is an urgently recommended addition to personal, church, seminary, community, and academic library Religion/Spirituality collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Travel Shelf

Drawn to the Dark
Chris Kullstroem
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
www.pelicanpub.com
9781455622948, $28.95, PB, 368pp, www.amazon.com

Inspired by a fascination with fear culture, writer Chris Kullstroem left her job and home to experience firsthand some of the world's most legendary scare shows. Under the guidance of locals, she saw it all: attractions like the Day of the Dead, the haunts of New Zealand, and even the mythical Krampus brought to life in the streets of Austria. Each eerie enactment evokes a sense of wonder, demonstrating powerful emotions that transcend language and culture to reveal a connection we all share. A lifelong Halloween, horror, and dark tourism enthusiast, Kullstroem holds seminars on how scare venues blend history, theater, and social interaction, and she enjoys exploring what these shows can teach us about our society and the people around us. It is interesting to note that Kullstroem has also worked as a traveling correspondent on the radio show Paranormal Talk. In "Drawn to the Dark: Explorations in Scare Tourism Around the World" she draws upon her experiences and expertise to create a truly riveting read from cover to cover. While highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Folklore & Mythology, Customs & Traditions collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Drawn to the Dark" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.83).


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