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Volume 11, Number 2 February 2012 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Economic Studies Shelf Money/Finance Shelf
Memoir Shelf Fiction Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Poetry Shelf Self-Help Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Psychology Shelf Political Science Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Crafts Shelf Art Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Photography Shelf Holiday Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Business Shelf Biography Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Parenting Shelf Social Issues Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Sports Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf
Jobs/Careers Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Humor Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Busted!!! The Big Con
Jay D. Glass, Ph.D.
Donington Press
PO Box 22
Corona del Mar, CA 92625-0022
9780966053630 $8.95 pbk.
9780966053623 $2.99 ebook

Former University of Pittsburgh faculty member and venture capital fund founder Jay D. Glass, Ph.D. presents Busted!!! The Big Con: How The Media, Politicians, and Wall Street's Game of Charades Are Destroying Our Country, a plain-terms expose of deceptions and frauds that the media, politicians, and Wall Street have used to serve themselves at the expense of America as a whole. From the charade of hawking subprime mortgages as a sure return and then effectively betting on them to fail, to manipulating the health care debate to be about who pays the overinflated insurance and medical costs rather than tackling means to lower them, insider trading laws that exempt members of Congress, allowing them to profit handsomely off the very laws they write and pass, to the vanishingly thin distinction between lobbying, campaign contributions, and outright bribery, and much more, Busted!!! The Big Con lives up to its tell-all title. A user-friendly, plain-terms "must read" about insidious root causes of injustice, suffering, and the decline of the middle class in American society, Busted!!! The Big Con is worthy of the highest recommendation.

A Chair with a View
David M. Sabine
Well Found Books
c/o Strategies (publicity)
PO Box 178122, San Diego, CA 92177
9780983574002, $15.95,

When your job is to engage people, you can find out much about them. "A Chair with a View: Scenes of Heartbreak and Breakthrough in Psychotherapy" is a memoir of sorts from David M. Sabine who writes from his own perspective as a therapist and what he has seen from his own chair. Stating that the personal transformations he helped provoke also gave him many lessons of life, "A Chair with a View" is a unique read with some thoughtful values, very much worth considering for community library psychology and memoir collections.

The Best Ghost Stories 1800-1849
Andrew Barger
Bottletree Books
#128 Ivy Brook CV
Collierville, TN 38017
9781933747330, $17.99,

Stories of the unexplained and unusual often leave us wanting more. "The Best Ghost Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Ghost Anthology" is a collection of early nineteenth century ghost stories collected under one cover, presenting a unique perspective on this dawn of horrors early roots and their connections to our modern day. "The Best Ghost Stories 1800-1849" is a choice pick with stories from many legendary authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving, very much recommended reading.

A Crisis of Heart & Hope
Sharon Beshoar
Heart Work
61401 Lobo Dr. Montrose, CO 81403
9780982293591, $16.00,

When life is on the brink of loss, a parent finds them struggling to do anything they can. "A Crisis of Heart & Hope: A Premature Birth Spiritual Care Guide for Parents, Families and Caregivers" is a guide for parents facing this potential tragedy, and how they can help themselves and their child in this taxing time for all around. With practical wisdom for keeping one's mind and soul composed, "A Crisis of Heart & Hope" is a strongly recommended pick for those who are facing this rough crisis.

Acid Indigestion Eyes
Wayne Lockwood
Codorus Press
34-43 Crescent St. Suite 1s
Long Island City, NY 11106
9780983978329, $14.99,

A generation unsure of where it wants to go. "Acid Indigestion Eyes" is a collection of essays from Wayne Lockwood as he ponders on the generation of the 1990s, and their ennui with the world. Lockwood presents many thoughts and ideas for the 90s generation future, discussing their pop culture icons and how they will lead us forward. "Acid Indigestion Eyes" is both humorous and thoughtful, very much recommended.

The Economic Studies Shelf

A Treatise on the Alteration of Money
Juan De Mariana
Christian's Library Press
161 Ottawa Avenue, NW, Suite 301
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
9781880595886, $9.95,

The way money has been used over the centuries has constantly changed and evolved. "A Treatise on the Alteration of Money: Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law" discusses the developments in economic theory over the past few hundred years, looking at the economic thinkers of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, as Juan De Mariana compiles them as a study for the first time in English. "A Treatise on the Alteration of Money" is an excellent addition to any economic studies collection.

Looking Up at the Bottom Line
Richard T. Troxell
Plain View Press
PO Box 42255
Austin, TX 78704
9781935514992, $22.95,

To require a job that allows you to pay your bills is heretical to some. "Looking Up at the Bottom Line: The Struggle for the Living Wage!" is a compilation of events on the battle for a liveable wage. Richard R. Troxell discusses the battles on this road, stating that the current minimum wage laws are not enough, and leave many Americans trying to work multiple jobs and still struggling to get by. "Looking Up at the Bottom Line" comes with its own plan to rescue millions of Americans from poverty, making it very much recommended reading for those who wish to pursue greater social justice in modern America.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Privacy Crisis Banking
Grant Hall
James Clark King, Publisher
4461 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
9780978657338, $34.95,

As more money is poured into banks, more security becomes vital. "Privacy Crisis Banking: Bank Secrecy Plan & Resource Guide to Protect Identity, Money, and Property" discusses the importance of security and privacy when managing one's personal finances and accounts, how to prevent identity theft, and other concerns keep in mind for when banks go wrong. "Privacy Crisis Banking" is a choice pick for anyone worried about their personal finances.

The Memoir Shelf

Return to Tyendinaga
Evelyn Loft Watts & Patricia Verge
One Voice Press
27 Walkern Road, Essex, MD 21221
9780983556114, $22.95,

Sharing belief can all too often prove difficult. "Return to Tyendinaga: The Story of Jim and Melba Loft, Baha'i Pioneers" who in 1949 sought to bring the Baha'i faith to the First Nations people of Canada. Their mission did not come easily, and their daughter recounts their journey of self-driven mission. "Return to Tyendinaga" is a choice pick for anyone seeking a memoir of faith and a history of Baha'i in Canada.

Little Miss Merit Badge
Ronda Beaman
c/o PEAK Learning
3940 Broad Street, Suite 7-385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
9781936214471, $16.00,

A little reward somehow keeps pushing us forward in spite of all rationality. "Little Miss Merit Badge" follows Ronda Beaman as she discusses her own sort of addiction of her young life, an addiction that plagued her ever since: earning merit badges. Demonstrating how this can follow her into adulthood, Ronda Beaman writes frankly and humorously in this original memoir. "Little Miss Merit Badge" is a fine addition to any general memoir collection.

Born on a Buzzard's Stump
Alva Harris
Boutique of Quality Books Publishing Company
9781937084127, $18.99,

A lust for adventure fueled by curiosity is an adventure that will never end. "Born on a Buzzard's Stump: The Epic Saga of a Man and His Myth" is a memoir from Alva Harris as he recalls his unique journey through life and what he learned and experienced all along the way. From hunting, fishing, mining, being a soldier and academic, he brings an experienced view of life to it all. "Born on a Buzzard's Stump" is a fine read with wisdom and humor, much recommended.

Where's The Watch?!
Len Lesser & Tama Ryder
Staff Picks Press
1475 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203
9781935680017, $17.50,

A life in Hollywood is more than a breakout role well past the retirement age. "Where's the Watch?!" a memoir from Len Lesser, a long time Hollywood actor who gained his own place in pop culture as he appeared in the hit sitcom "Seinfeld" throughout the shows run. A world war II veteran who got an academic degree in economics, he delve into acting and made it his passion. Providing a view of Hollywood from the common man, "Where's the Watch?!" is an excellent pick for fans of the man's work and Hollywood memoirs in general.

Life Not Typical
Jennifer Shaw
This Side Up, LLC
PO Box 340773
Columbus, OH 43234
9780983959106, $14.99,

A seemingly perfect life can be destroyed as easy as a house of cards. "Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song" is a memoir of faith and parenting from Jennifer Shaw as a rough time in her life that left her with a miscarriage that destroyed her, without a father, and a child with unexplainable behavior. She tells her story of being taken to the limit, her son's Sensory Processing Disorder, and how faith let her survive it all. "Life Not Typical" is a fine pick that will ring true with other parents coping with their child's special needs.

Rise and Fall of a Track Star
O. Keeys
Passionate Writer Publishing
2113 East 62nd Street Indianapolis, IN 46220
9780983259596, $14.99,

With dreams, it can be easy to lose sight of them and what they mean to us. "Rise and Fall of a Track Star" is a memoir from O. Keeys as she tells her own story of being on the brink of greatness only to have it all crash down on her. From the shock of motherhood to coming to the reality of her future, she shares a driven read of facing life and making the best out of what ya have. "Rise and Fall of a Track Star" is a fine pick for those seeking memoirs of youth.

Freedom Technique
Yuri Spilny
Books to
1714 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
9781466367975, $11.95,

There are many paths to wholeness. "Freedom Technique" is a motivational memoir from Yuri Spilny, as he offers philosophical thought on many ins and outs of our own moves to a free mind and being. From faith, our needs and wants, and keeping a clear head for what really matters, "Freedom Technique" offers much to think about, highly recommended.

WT Naud
Grovesnor Square Press
1022 Buena Vista Road
Lucerne Valley, CA 92356
9780615573762, $19.95,
Temptation can be a quick downfall. "Oji: Spy Girls at the Gate" is a sort of memoir from WT Naud, as he recounts his time working with the Amy Security Agency in Post-War Japan. Charged with protecting codebreakers from the enticing Eurasian spies that were quick to get info on MacArthur's plan, Naud comes with much humor about what was done to put it all together. "Oji: Spy Girls at the Gate" is a fine and choice pick for community library military memoir collections.

The Blood Quilt
Daniel C. Friend
Inkwater Press
6750 SW Franklin Street, Suite A
Portland, OR 97223-2542
9781592996865, $21.95,

Love can remain strong, even after nearly half a century. "The Blood Quilt: A Memoir of Love Lost and Found" is a heart-warming memoir from Daniel C. Friend who delves into the love he lost due to familial strife, and how they lost each other by what they thought was forever. As they lived their lives, they soon realize they never truly forgot. "The Blood Quilt" is a strong addition to any personal memoir collection and for a reader looking for a story of lost love found.

A Mosaic Heart
Terry Jones-Brady
Quartet Books
PO Box 4204, Charlottesville, VA 22905
9780615517209, $17.95,

Losing a child can do quite the number on your life. "A Mosaic Heart: Reshaping the Shards of a Shattered Life" is a wise read from Terry Jones-Brady as she recounts the loss of her daughters in their short lives as they battled cystic fibrosis. As she recounts her gauntlet of tragedy, Terry brings a moving and wise read that will resonate with those who have been overtaken by their own losses. "A Mosaic Heart" is a fine addition to any memoir collection, highly recommended.

Room 939
Jenny Lynn Anderson
ThinkTank Digital
250 W. 39th St., Suite 2044
New York, NY 10018
9780983992301, $14.95,

In no time, a serene life can be utterly destroyed. "Room 939: 15 Minutes of Horror, 20 Years of Healing" is a memoir of the horrors faced by Jenny Lynn Anderson as she was raped over twenty years ago, and the fall out of the event that left her feeling less of a woman, unworthy of life. She tells her story of how she found her healing and how she put her life back together. "Room 939" is a tragic story with strength that others who have experienced this horror can take solace in.

The Fiction Shelf

Requisite Variety
Lior Samson
Gesher Press
58 Kathleen Circle
Rowley, MA 01969
9780984377237, $14.95,

Science is an avenue to many changes, and how we face them makes for intriguing challenge. "Requisite Variety" is a collection of short fiction from Lior Samson, as he presents unique explorations of the problems mankind will face in the future, as they advance technology, push our evolution forward, and conquer death. "Requisite Variety" is an excellent and unique compilation that shouldn't be overlooked.

Angels at Sunset
Tom Mach
Hill Song Press
PO Box 486, Lawrence, KS 66044
9780974515953, $9.95,

Daring to make a difference can make one many enemies. "Angels at Sunset" follows the continuing story of the Jessica Radford trilogy, about a woman who has survived all consuming fires and made her moves to better the lives of women. But this time the better life she seeks must be her own, as she is in the sights of murder, and it may take her family with it too. "Angels at Sunset" is an excellent pick for community library historical fiction collections.

Rose Mambert & Bill Racicot, editors
Pink Narcissus Press
PO Box 303, Auburn, MA 01501
9780982991343, $16.95,

Nothing makes sense when it all comes down to it. "WTF?" is a compilation of short stories focusing on the bizarre nature of the world we're in and the world we seem to be in. From the challenges of politeness, dinosaur cults, regrets of drunken lust, cults, and much more, this compilation dances around genre and time period, "WTF?" is an original and much recommended pick for fiction collections that want to wander far off the beaten path.

Mating in Captivity
Nava Renek
Spuyten Duyvil
42 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
9781933132952, $16.00,

In love, we find so much we don't. "Mating in Captivity" is a novel exploring the relationship and the struggles of mating in the modern world. From boredom to the obsessive desire for children and embracing the idea of monogamy and life's march into deep middle age, and our lives putting so many kinks in it. With humor and honesty throughout, "Mating in Captivity" is a fine pick for those seeking an honest and frank novel.

All Across Texas
Frank W. Lewis
Western Tales
988 Packer Way
Sparks, NV 89431
9781463751616, $29.95,

Survival was a day to day struggle in the time of the Texas Republic. "All Across Texas: Bents Fort to Galveston 1837" is a novel of the era, as Frank Lewis tells of Caleb Landers, a man whose wanted in the United States and is fleeing the Mexican army. Struggling to get by, he joins the Texas Republic in revolution against Mexico, working with American Indians and finding much to make him regret his decision. "All Across Texas" is a fine pick for those seeking a riveting work of historical fiction.

Vivaldi's Muse
Sarah Bruce Kelly
Bel Canto Press
555 Westham Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
9780983630401, $24.95,

A pursuit of music is not one that ever goes easily. "Vivaldi's Muse" is a historical novel following Annina Giro, protege of Vivaldi. The opera singer has a bright future ahead of her, but losing the way will seem easy as romance and family try so hard to pull her way from it all, and her artistry grows every so harder to continue. "Vivaldi's Muse" is an excellent pick for fans of classical music and historical romance.

Mr. Nachron's List
Mike Corbett
Centrifugal Publishing
PO Box 11874
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33339
9780983067924, $11.95,

Nostalgia drives our lives, as we search for meaning in an existence that is all too brief. Mike Corbett's novel "Mr. Nachron's List" spins a tale of southeastern Florida and a struggling individual named Ron Maddock, who tries to put together the pieces of his life. Yet he feels as though something is missing, even when everything appears to be going his way. "Mr. Nachron's List" is a thoughtful read of life that will entertain and leave the reader asking questions.

Erica Ferencik
Waking Dream Press
c/o Gulotta Communications (publicity)
341 Lexington Street, Newton, MA 02466
9780981574110,k $14.95,

Death is something that can elude. "Repeaters" is a spin of romance and death from Erica Ferencik, as she tells a tale of repeaters, murdered beings who cannot find a final demise until they find true love, something so hard to do when the wounds of their cruel fates seem so apparent. Dr. Astra Nathanson thought she had it all, but tragedy makes her realize she didn't have what she really wanted. "Repeaters" is an original and much recommended novel, not to be missed.

The Eagle Has Crashed
Ted A. Lacksonen
Clear Peak Press
PO Box 378, Gambier, OH 43022
9780983638308, $14.95,

One last moment of inaction sends the country to its doom. "The Eagle Has Crashed" is a novel of twenty years into the future as America spirals into an economic collapse and the chaos that follows, and the impact it had on a small Ohio town. Proving a unique story with commentary on our current woes, "The Eagle Has Crashed" is a thoughtful novel with a solid warning on the troubles that an inactive government can bring.

Stay Tuned
Lauren Clark
Monterey Press
57 North Monterey Street
Mobile, AL 36604
9780984725007, $10.99,

A brawl leads to personal stardom. "Stay Tuned" tells the story of producer turned anchor Melissa Moore breaks up a brawl and takes the brawlers' place, but finds that her TV network is crumbling in turmoil and her home life isn't doing much better; she has a potentially cheating husband and perhaps a stalker on her tail. A story of everything going wrong just as it's going right, "Stay Tuned" is a riveting and much recommended piece of Chick lit that shouldn't be missed.

Kyleah's Tree
Janet Muirhead Hill
Raven Publishing
PO Box 2866, Norris, MT 59745
9780982737798, $12.00,
The world can seem so hateful to a youth trying to comprehend it all. "Kyleah's Tree" tells the tale of the struggles of young Kyleah Ralston, abandoned by her father and family. Not getting along with her foster family, she turns to flee it all with her foster brother, and their journey takes them across America and into Canada. Kyleah quickly learns many lessons of life, with perhaps the true meaning of family. "Kyleah's Tree" is a thoughtful and much recommended read for youth fiction collections.

Chopin in the Attic
Elisabeth Bell Carroll
Silverberry Press
PO Box 492, Sharon, MA 02067
9780984360895, $24.95,

One's belief can be so strong that nothing can defer you. "Chopin in the Attic" is a novel following Belle O'Shane, a young woman who claims her visions are from God herself, copying down his words in her journey, seeing things no one has ever seen. When a doctor diagnoses her with epilepsy and states her visions were simply a byproduct of that, her faith is challenged, and she puts away her journal, until years later when she has another thought of her visions. "Chopin in the Attic" is a unique tale of faith, life, and what the world is to us, highly recommended.

Taft 2012
Jason Heller
Quirk Books
215 Church Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781594745508, $14.95,

A time rift can mess everything up. "Taft 2012" is an unusual exploration a what if scenario that no one ever thought of - unwilling one term president William Howard Taft finds himself flung a century forward and suddenly the presidency is all the more tempting. With neither of the parties considering him, he delves into the very thing that did his first term in - a third party run against both parties. "Taft 2012" is biting and thoughtful political satire in a time where everyone may be fed up business as usual.

Justice Quinn
Dawn Dyson
Creation House
Charisma Media Company
600 Rinehart Road, Lake Mary, Fl 32746
9781616386269, $12.99,

The existence of evil is trying to anyone who calls themselves faithful in God's goodness. "Justice Quinn" is a Christian novel, following Drew McKenzie and his connection to the Driscoll family. Through his strong bond, the face each other's secrets, but Justice Quinn Driscoll proves to have unique answers to what plagues them. "Justice Quinn" is a fine pick for Christian fiction collections, seeking to discuss the notions of God's justice and the bonds of family.

Color of the Day
Gary Armstead
Chloe Enterprises, LLC
PO Box 26054
St. Louis, MN 55426
9780982490976, $16.00,

America is a nation founded by worlds colliding. "Color of the Day" is an inspirational read from Gary Armstead, as he crafts a novel connecting the meeting of worlds, from the urban downtrodden areas of Chicago through a man driven to raise above it who meets head on with a white Irish catholic woman, the two learn much about the world through one another. "Color of the Day" is a driven read with plenty to ponder, highly recommended.

The Scholar of Moab
Steven L. Peck
Torrey House Press
PO Box 750196
Torrey, UT 84775
9781937226022, $15.95,

When everything seems to be haze, telling what's real is a greater challenge than most can handle. "The Scholar of Moab" is a unique comedic novel from Steven L. Peck, telling of a series of events surrounding the mountain town of Moab, Utah. A mother with a missing baby, alien abductions, dead beat fathers, Peck presents a world that seems all too real in the 1970s. "The Scholar of Moab" is a choice addition to any general fiction collection.

Emeralds Never Fade
Stephen Maitland-Lewis
Glyd-Evans Press
PO Box 14946, Portland, OR 97293-0946
9780983259633, $14.95,

Millions lost their family's worth due to hate. "Emeralds Never Fade" is a story of Holocaust aftermath, as families are scattered and Germans, both Jewish and gentile, try to put together their lives together once more. As corruption reeks in business, one man uncovers a plot hoping to seize upon the wrongfully seized assets of the genocide. A story of family heirlooms and people trying to set things right, "Emeralds Never Fade" is a fine and recommended read, not to be overlooked.

The Hypnotist
Gordon Snider
Helm Publishing
PO Box 9691
Treasure Island, FL 33706
9780984139736, $15.00,

With high society comes high society's vices. "The Hypnotist" is a novel following Marta Baldwin, a woman who has chosen to abandon her privilege to work with the poor. An encounter with a hypnotist that trances women into brothels leads her to clash with them when her assistant goes missing. Having to wade through the worst of San Francisco to find her friend and the truth, "The Hypnotist" proves to be a riveting read, hard to put down.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Fields
Ty Schawamberger
The Zombie Feed Press
c/o Apex Publications
PO Box 24323
Lexington, KY 40524
9781937009021, $9.95,

Enslaving the living was ruled immoral, but what of the dead? "The Fields" is a unique novel of the post-Civil War South - with zombies! Landowner Billy Fletcher is visited by a man named Abraham, who offers him a new source of labor to replace his freed slaves: the slaves of his father, returned from the dead. But as Billy ponders his actions, he asks himself if holding the dead back from the freedom of death is really worth it. A surprisingly thought-provoking zombie novel, "The Fields" is a fine read that shouldn't be overlooked.

The Melanin Apocalypse
Darrell Bain
Twilight Times Books
PO Box 3340
Kingsport, TN 37664
9781933353708 $16.95

Author Darrell Bain describes the possibility of selective racial genocide through the release of horrifying biological weapons in his chilling novel, The Melanin Apocalypse. Drawing upon research in microbiology, as well as real-life predictions of the creation of virus or prion weapons that could theoretically annihilate humans selectively by race, Bain has crafted a blood-curdling tale in the hope that the atrocities he personally fears will never become reality. In The Melanin Apocalypse, a deadly man-made biological weapon is targeting black and Arabic human beings worldwide, with catastrophic results. Race riots erupt, and a corrupt rumor spreads that the Center for Disease Control is behind the plague, causing angry blacks to lay siege to the very institution that is desperately trying to devise a cure. A tense story of merciless ethnic genocide and the bravery of daring heroes who risk their lives to create a cure, The Melanin Apocalypse remains gripping to the very end.

The Annunaki Enigma
Symm Haws McCord
A-Argus Enterprises
PO Box 914, Kernersville, NC 27285
9780984514267, $22.95,

Some mysteries are meant to be kept secret. "The Annunaki Enigma: Creation" is the first entry into Symm Haws McCord's metaphysical apocalypse series, following aging Zach Donovan as he may have let the closely guarded secret he was meant to keep slip into the hands of a journalist. With the secret of forces of other worlds and the fate of the planet in danger of causing the world more problems, "The Annunaki Enigma" is a fast paced read with plenty to entice for fans of the style and genre. Also recommended is the third entry, "The Annunaki Enigma: Armageddon 2012" (9780984514274, $22.95), continuing the ongoing crisis on a universal scale.

Kendrick and Sara of Draconia
K. T. Tran
Open Sail Books
2215 Ringwood Ave
San Jose, CA 95131
9780983185895, $14.95,

War's hunger cannot be satiated. "Kendrick and Sara of Draconia" is a fantasy from K. T. Tran as she tells of souls connected in spite of distance, and how they must meet to stop the rebirth of the God of War. A story of love, its power for good, and how it is needed to beat evil, "Kendrick and Sara of Draconia" is an excellent and choice read, not to be missed for those looking for a unique spin on fantasy.

Pilgrim of the Sky
Natania Barron
Candlemark & Gleam
104 Morgan Street, Bennington, VT 05201
97819366460090, $19.95,

Tragedy can turn to horror so very quickly. "Pilgrim of the Sky" is a fantasy as Maddie Angler is grieving over her lost boyfriend. But truth reveals that he has simply moved onto a new existence, as a god, and not a benevolent one. As she enters a world of wonder she never existed, she realizes her break up will be a lot difficult than she ever imagined. "Pilgrim of the Sky" is an excellent and much recommended pick for fantasy readers.

I, Charles Darwin
Nickell John Romjue
610 Delano Street, Suite 104
Tucson, AZ 85705
9781604946451, $7.95,
There is nothing a scientist loves more than the chance to find greater knowledge. "I, Charles Darwin: Being the Journal of His Visitation to Earth in the Year 2009" is a unique story from Nickell John Romjue, as he brings forth the originator of the theory of evolution and places him with the ability to gain further knowledge one hundred and fifty years after his publication of the Origin of Species. A story of science and looking at the clash of faith and science, "I, Charles Darwin" proves endlessly entertaining and much recommended reading.

The Immortalists
Kyle Mills
Thomas & Mercer
PO Box 400818
Las Vegas, NV 89140
9781612182162, $24.95,

To cure the plague of aging would be a discovery with much weight in our world. "The Immortalists" is a scientific thriller as a biologist hoping to save his daughter finds something that could change humanity, and this discovery has many factions surrounding them are grabbing at this secret that has been sought after for ages..."The Immortalists" is a riveting read with plenty to consider, a top pick for those looking for a science-driven thriller.

The Legacy
Eileen L. Ziesler
Toad House Publishing
W7425 Old 14 Road
Ladysmith, WI 54848
9780981883120, $24.95,

Through centuries, we gain insight on what drew our ancestors through their paths. "The Legacy" is a novel covering two hundred years of history, placing itself in the 1920s, and our near future, as a family of the twenty second century looks back. Discussing the concerns of our world and how they are changing, yet still remaining the same for years to come, "The Legacy" is a thoughtful read with much to consider and ponder of the world, highly recommended.

Secrets of the Undercity
E. A. Rappaport
Owl King Publishing
119 Kennedy Drive
Orange, CT 06477-2631
9780978939304, $10.00,

In the pursuit of justice and purging corruption, there is plenty to get in one's way. "House of Secrets" is a novel of fantasy from Jennie Walters, who creates a story of Halia and her crusade against a thief who has stolen the office of governor in Terun. With dragons and other bizarre creatures making her journey more difficult, Halia must find unique allies to find a worthwhile solution. "House of Secrets" is an exciting work of fantasy, very much worth considering.

Traveling in Space
Steven Paul Leiva
Bluroof Press
PO Box 61027
Pasadena, CA 91116
9780615478500, $16.95,

Humanity is a strange and unusual species. "Traveling in Space" is a unique spin of science fiction as a group of travelers from deeper space come across the strange blue planet of Earth and begin to observe the unusual life that lives there, a people who are both self-destructive and creative and impossible for the outside to truly understand. With much humor and much to think about, "Traveling in Space" is a fine pick, not to be overlooked.

The Poetry Shelf

A Perfect Lawn?
C. G. Ferrel
Acheulean Publishing
PO Box 6166, Rock Island, IL 61204
9780972968430, $14.95,

We can try to make something flawless, only to learn there is no such thing. "A Perfect Lawn?" discusses the long path to perfection we seek, as seasoned veteran of life C. G. Ferrel touches on his journey through his life. With a bit of humor and frankness, "A Perfect Lawn?" is worth considering for any poetry fan. "Fading Star": The Light/slowly dims./The applause/begins to fade.//The actor,/No longer wanted,/steps quietly/from the stage.

The Vanishing Point
Paul Doru Mugur
Talisman House
PO Box 896, Greenfield, MA 01302
9781584980889, $26.95,

Throughout the world, many of the same problems are faced, but we all face them quite differently. "The Vanishing Point That Whistles" is a compilation of poetry from many Romanian poets as they discuss the many aspects of Romanian life and the essence of it all. For any international poetry collection, "The Vanishing Point That Whistles" is an excellent compilation that shouldn't be overlooked, highly recommended. "The Strength of Leaves" by George Vasilievici: in the end the leaves separate their fingers/and spread their palms wide open./billions of small fists now crush the light./only when the fist opens/can I see you beside me and I plan/to teach them all to give up boxing/and sleep at night/with their palms spread wide open.

Memory Wing
Bill Lavender
Black Widow Press
9 Spring Lane, Boston, MA 02109
9780983707905, $19.95,

There are essences of life that simple text cannot catch alone. "Memory Wing" is a memoir through poetry, as Bill Lavender provides a long poetic style that seeks to explain his views of the world and memories in a unique lyrical poem that tells its long story with verse. "Memory Wing" is a unique and experimental adaptation of poetry and memoir, much recommended.

Swimming in Moses' Well
Yakov Azriel
Time Being Books
10411 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63131
9781568091440, $15.95,

Through faith, we gain a bit of soulfulness. "Swimming in Moses' Well" is a collection of poetry surrounding the book of Numbers in the Torah and Old Testament, as Yakov Azriel delivers a bit of religiously charged poetry in our life and our push forward. "Swimming in Moses' Well" has plenty of unique thought, very much worth considering. "After the Sin": There is the earth/There are the heavens./And there is a ladder.//"Climb!": What happens, though,/When someone has no feet?/And if there are feet,/There are no hands?/And if there are both hands and feet,/There is no dream?//Grant me, please,/O Lord,/the wings of a dove/and I will rise/To You;/But if not,/Gift me at least a bird's voice --/I will try/To awake at dawn,/I will try/To sing you/A new song.

Instructions for Killing the Jackal
Erica Wright
Black Lawrence
115 Center Ave
Aspinwall, PA 15215
9781936873104, $14.00,

Under the guide of friendlyness, it can be difficult to free yourself from something quite detrimental. "Instructions for Killing the Jackal" is a collection of poetry from Erica Wright who comes together with unique thought of a world both wonderful and violent. With a unique style that's hard to replicate, "Instructions for Killing the Jackal" is a choice pick for any poetry collection. "The Story of Horses": Spilling bleach behind the cabinets/leaving mothballs in the closets,//we remember what we can't keep away/and who won't stay long enough,//run through them alphabetically/like a catalogue of trees in unexplored country//or neighbor's backyards where children dig,/find then halve worms to watch them carry on.

Peculiar Honors
Sharon Cumberland
Black Heron Press
PO Box 13396
Mill Creek, WA 98082
9780930773991, $16.00,

As the world hits you hard, you gain a clearer view of it. "Peculiar Honors" is a collection of poetry from Sharon Cumberland as she considers life and the unusual events of life and what they ultimately teach us about it all. "Peculiar Honors" is a fine assortment of poetry, very much recommended reading. "Unreasonable Woman": Sometimes, alone at home, I say into the air/"Bastard! Thieves!" or sometimes,/"I love you", to nobody, in order to hear/my voice, and to address the people/who ought to have been here, fighting/with me, whom I could resent for hemming/me in so that I could never have/this solitude. For not loving me enough,/or not appreciating my feelings./"I love you" I say to the one/who did not believe me, who never came here,/that thief who let my hair grow gray/without him, that bastard.

Ingeborg Bachmann
Ariadne Press
270 Goins Court
Riverside, CA 92507
9781572411814, $16.00

A nation defeated, a nation with regrets. "Enigma" is a collection of poetry from Ingeborg Bachmann, famous for being one of the leading German speaking poets following World War II. A native Austrian, she viewed much as Europe, and used her work to speak of what was important to her as a German and as a woman during a time women's liberation became an important issue. "Enigma" is an excellent addition to any historical world poetry collection. "Hotel de la Paix": The rose-load falls silent form the walls,/and through the carpet shine earth and soil./The heart-light of the lamp fades./Darkness. Steps./The bolt has slid across in front of death.

The Self-Help Shelf

Drawing Solutions
Patti Dobrowolski
Creative Genius Press
2400 NW 80th Street #138
Seattle, WA 98117
9780983985600, $14.00,

Visualization can help when crawling towards the goals in one's life. "Drawing Solutions: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life" is a guide to using visual art to help readers reach out to attain a more realistic grasp of what one wants out of life. From career goals to everyday life goals and much more, Patti Dobrowolski seeks to inspire people to push themselves forward and express them more completely. "Drawing Solutions" is a fine pick for motivational collections.

The Frog Whisperer
Jane Atkinson
Live Oak Book Company
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9781936909308, $17.95,

It can often be difficult to find something of worth and keep it for a lifetime. "The Frog Whisperer: A 3-Step Approach to Finding Lasting Love" is a unique discussion of romance and love from Jane Atkinson who discusses on how to cope with the often frustrating dating scene and gain a more complete control over it so that one can find the one worthy of sharing their life with. "The Frog Whisperer" is a must for those who are struggling to find romance or want to make the best of what they have.

A Minute For Me
Megan McDonough
Satya House Publications
PO Box 122, Hardwick, MA 01037
9781935874096, $14.95,

Embracing the moment can provide much important clarity for the world. "A Minute for Me: Learning to Savor Sixty Seconds" is an inspirational read from Megan McDonough as she advises readers to take a bit of time from their lives, embrace it, and gain a more complete understanding of their lives challenges, appreciating what they have, and pushing forward on the right way. "A Minute for Me" is an inspirational and much recommended read for self-help and inspirational collections.

3 Off the Tee
Lorii Myers
Leda Publishing Corp
667 Welham Road, Suite 5
Barrie, ON, Canada L4N 0B7
9780986790034, $18.95,

There are little things that can improve your golf game, just as there are little things that can help your career. "3 Off the Tee: Make it Happen - A Healthy, Competitive Approach to Achieving Personal Success" is a guide from Lorii Myers as she provides inspirational wisdom, using her long time experience as manager and successful entrepreneur. Encouraging readers to rise above their status quo, she tells readers to make it happen, and gives tips on how to make that dream a reality. "3 Off the Tee" is a positive and much recommended read for those who want great things for their career.

Ten: How Would You Rate Your Life?
Terry A. Smith
HigherLife Publishing
400 Fontana Circle
Building 1 - Suite 105
Oviedo, FL 32765
9781935245506, $24.95,

You only got one of them, so you better make it a good one. "Ten: How Would You Rate Your Life?" is a Christian inspirational guide from Terry A. Smith who advises readers to drive themselves forward and reach out to create a more moving bit of life. Encouraging readers to look towards faith, know when to make a change, and makes dreams a real thing, "Ten: How Would You Rate Your Life" is filled with practical advice for those who want to reach out and make their life worth rating a perfect score.

Share My Insanity
Francesca De Grandis
White River Press
PO Box 3561
Amherst, MA 01004
9781935052531, $22.00,

It's not a bad idea to be a little crazy. "Share My Insanity: It Improves Everything" is an inspirational book from Francesca De Grandis as she advises readers to bring in their own chaos to life and fully embrace it. Advising readers of any spiritual walk in life to break through and find their own endeavor, "Share My Insanity" is an inclusive call to improve one's own life with its unique brand of humor, very much recommended.

The True Measure of a Man
Richard E. Simmons
Evergreen Press
PO Box 191540, Mobbile, AL 36619
9781581693591, $21.95,

The value of manhood is often misunderstood. "The True Measure of a Man: How Perceptions of Success, Achievement & Recognition Fail Men in Difficult Times" discusses masculinity during times that challenge it. Richard E. Simmons writes with a positive mindset that encourages men to follow their thoughts and ideas in trying to succeed in crisis, being true to themselves while remembering when to defer their pride. "The True Measure of a Man" is a positive and much recommended read for men who have little idea what manhood means anymore.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

If You Can Play Scranton
Nancy McDonald
Tribute Press
PO Box 95
Archbald, PA 18403
9780983741824, $12.95,

One of the major theaters of the vaudeville era, "If You Can Play Scranton: A Theatrical History" discusses the theater which earned prominence as a major platform of vaudeville, big band concerts, comedy, and many other performance art aspects. To this day, Scranton still serves as a major pinnacle of show business in Pennsylvania, serving as a launch pad for careers. "If You Can Play Scranton" is a wise and much recommended read for theatrical study collections.

Know Your Zombies
Ed Wenck & Lou Harry
Blue River Press
c/o Cardinal Publishing Group
2402 Shadeland Ave., Suite A
Indianapolis, IN 46219
9781935628026, $12.00,

Decades of horror films have been well equipping viewers with what they need to survive the inevitable zombie apocalypse. "Know Your Zombies: Test Your Brains Before They Are Eaten" is a trivia and game book that discusses the countless zombie films over the past few decades. With plenty of questions, puzzles, and much more to quiz someone's zombie know how, "Know Your Zombies" is a choice pick for those who want to review what they've learned from their misspent youth.

The Psychology Shelf

Life Before Birth
Arthur Janov
NTI Upstream
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Ste. 700
Chicago, IL 60601
9780983639602, $24.99,

Many things of our lives are decided at conception. "Life Before Birth: The Hidden Script That Rules Our Lives" discusses our genetics and the impact of conditions on pregnant mothers and what they can do to the unborn child. Stress, drug use of any type, and much more have untold effects on the future of a child, and Dr. Arthur Janov provides an intriguing and deep discussion of these factors and how we can try to gain a greater understanding of them. Stating that a more unified field of psychotherapy that tries to connect a bigger picture of one's future, "Life Before Birth" is an excellent pick for any psychology or biology collection, highly recommended.

The Political Science Shelf

The American Challenge
Robert C. Etheredge
MiraVista Press
PO Box 961, Orinda, CA 94563
9780966580440, $14.95,

America has assembled quite the history in merely two hundred years. "The American Challenge" traces the long history of the country, its leaders, and its conflicts, with particular attention paid to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Complete with a citizenship test and answer key, "The American Challenge" asks readers to learn the same knowledge that is required of all American immigrants. "The American Challenge" is a thoughtful breakdown of America's eventful history, recommended.

Chasing Glenn Beck
Michael Charney
Riddle Brook Publishing
1 Hardy Road, Suite 215
Bedford, NH 03110
9780984792702, $14.95,

A discussion that involves shouting isn't much of a discussion at all. "Chasing Glenn Beck: A Personal Experiment in Reclaiming Our Hijacked Political Conversation" is a unique memoir from Michael Charney, a Republican who believes that the fear-driven hardcore right wing fringe is destroying his party. Through an adventure on twitter and discussing with other conservatives on the direction of the party, "Chasing Glenn Beck" is a fascinating discussion on today's political climate, highly recommended.

America Beyond Capitalism
Gar Alperovitz
Democracy Collaborative Press
6930 Carroll Ave.
Suite 414, Takoma Park, MD 20912
9780984785704, $16.95,

Capitalism has served us mostly well, but it does not mean we can't improve upon it. "America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, & Our Democracy" discusses the fractures that reside in America's current capitalist system, and how its problems are running deep and causing many problems surrounding our liberty and democracy, author Gar Alperovitz explains that capitalism should be second to those ideals, despite in the public spectrum it being placed first. "America Beyond Capitalism" is very much recommended reading, a valuable addition to the modern public discourse.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Festpredigten, Twenty Festival Sermons
Isaac Rosenberg
Gefen Books
11 Edison Place
Springfield, NJ 07081
9789652295385, $18.95,

In celebration, there is also faith. "Festpredigten: Twenty Festival Sermons" is a collection of sermons from Isaac Rosenberg, produced in five years at the turn of the twentieth century. These sermons were aimed at inspiration, celebrating the faith to uplift listeners, instead of condemnation, which was often the message of his contemporaries. With positive and driven thought that rings true today, "Festpredigten" is an excellent addition to any Judaic studies collection that focuses on historic sermons and speeches.

Seekers of Meaning
Richard F. Address
URJ Press
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-6778
9780807412268, $16.95,

As we advance in age, we ask questions of our purpose and what it means to us. "Seekers of Meaning: Baby Boomers, Judaism, and the Pursuit of Healthy Aging" discusses the challenges that many aging Jews are facing as they enter the later stages of their life. Discussing the struggles that come with the aging generation, facing the twilight of one's parents and the maturity of one's children, and much more, Rabbi Richard Address offers traditional faith as guidance in these trying times. "Seekers of Meaning" is an excellent and choice collection, highly recommended.

Charting the Sea of Talmud
Yisrael Ury
Feldheim Publishers
208 Airport Executive Park
Nanuet, NY 10954
9780981497488, $11.99,

With thousands of years of existence, the Talmud can often be daunting for modern readers. "Charting the Sea of Talmud: A Visual Method of Understanding the Talmud" is a visual guide to understanding the ins and outs of the Talmud, the principle Jewish text. Offering many diagrams to help readers gain a better understanding of all around about the book. "Charting the Sea of Talmud" is a strong pick for any student of the Talmud who wants some aspects of the text made clearer.

The Crafts Shelf

Vintage Impressions Jewelry
Terry Ricioli
Annie's Attic
306 East Parr Road
Berne, IN 46711
9781596354074, $9.95,

Classic is always in. "Vintage Impressions Jewelry" is a do-it-yourself jewelry guide from Terry Ricioli and Annie's Attic, as they channel vintage styles for modern creations to create a piece that's timeless and brings a bit of classic nobility to anyone's wardrobe. Many designs are discussed with full color photographs all throughout, making "Vintage Impressions Jewelry " a valuable pick for anyone who wants to design their own accessories with a classical tint.

The Pen Turner's Bible
Richard Kleinhenz
Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary
Fresno, CA 93721-9875
9780941936613, $22.95,

A pen can be far more than simply a writing implement. "The Pen Turner's Bible: The Art of Creating Custom Pens" is a guide to those who want to apply their woodworking skills to pens, as author Richard Kleinhenz brings readers through the basics of many types of pen, inviting readers to use his advice and then embrace their creativity the rest of the way. A full color and comprehensive manual, "The Pen Turner's Bible" is a choice pick for crafts and woodworking collections.

The Art Shelf

International Painting Annual 1
Manifest Creative Research Gallery & Drawing Center
2727 Woodburn Avenue, PO Box 6218, Cincinnati, OH 45206
9780983730200, $30.00,

Through many cultures, there are many languages, but art can speak to them all. "International Painting Annual 1" is a full color collection of some of the best works, 129 chosen out of thousands submitted to the exhibit, this proves to be a fascinating compilation for those seeking a wide sampling of international art. "International Painting Annual 1" is a must for any international art fan who is seeking a solid and complete variety, highly recommended.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Dakharo Heist
Donald Frederickson
Hiawatha Publishing
39550 Tunstall, Clinton Township, MI 48038
9780984672295, $16.95,

Over a hundred million dollars often makes things well worth the risk. "Dakharo Heist" is a novel of Daniel Webb, international thief's daring heist of $150,000,000 dollars from an oil tanker that is being used for a transaction between rogue states. Faced with vicious Somali pirates and rival thieves and warlords, this heist is a big payday, but Webb will question if it's worth his life. "Dakharo Heist" is a fine read for thriller collections.

The Safety Expert
Doug Richardson
Velvet Elvis Entertainment
13547 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 126
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
9780984807109, $14.99,

Safety is a myth. "The Safety Expert" is a novel following Ben Keller as the world is out to break his bubble of safety that he so direly wanted to protect himself in. As a cast of intriguing characters with their own characters threaten the safety he so desired, Ben sees an opportunity to break out of it himself, and claim vengeance on what made him so paranoid in the first place. "The Safety Expert" is a fine read that will keep the pages turning.

Murder on Aconcagua
Charles G. Irion & Ronald J. Watkins
Irion Books, LLC
4462 E. Horseshoe Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85028
9780984161850, $19.95,

Far above the world, human nature's darkest side shines through. "Murder on Aconcagua" is a collection of seven mysteries set on the highest points of the world's seven continents. Creating a unique assortment of mystery set in the far flung reaches of different cultures, the murders which range from traditional to masterful schemes, "Murder on Aconcagua" proves to be a masterful and recommended read for community and library mystery collections.

Ken Coffman
Stairway Press
1500A East College Way #554
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
9780982773420, $12.95,

Peace rarely comes to those who seek it. "Fairhaven" follows Jake Mosby as he tries to enjoy his retirement. But a serial killer on the loose brings him back to the force, and his family doesn't want him to rest either. But not every rouse from his pursuit of rest is a bad one as love may come with it all as well. "Fairhaven" is a uniquely character driven mystery, very much recommended reading.

Slaves on Horseback
Allan Chapman
AC Writings
9780979678011, $15.95,

Sometimes the only way you can maintain your innocence is to do the law's job for them. "Slaves on Horseback" is a novel following survivor and accused Nick Shepherd, as he finds himself a wanted terrorist. As he finds truth, he finds another brand of truth, a faith that will spur him forward. "Slaves on Horseback" is a riveting thriller that weaves spirituality in for a unique tale.

The Photography Shelf

Pet Photography for Fun
Susan Ley
Water Dogs Publishing
389 Laguna Avenue
Key Largo, FL 33037
9780975287613, $19.95,

Photography isn't just for humans anymore. "Pet Photography for Fun" is a guide for pet lovers and would-be photographers who want tips on transforming their photography experiments with their pets and into something truly memorable. Animals aren't always the most cooperative of creatures when it comes to photography, and Susan Ley advises readers on how to make the most out of the dilemma. "Pet Photography for Fun" is a strongly recommended pick for community and library pets and photography collections.

The Holiday Shelf

Christmas Campfire Companion
Chila Woychik
Port Yonder Books
6332 - 33rd Avenue Drive
Shellsburg, IA 52332
9781935600084, $13.95,

Just because there's snow all over it doesn't mean it isn't the west. "Christmas Campfire Companion: Stories from 14 of Today's Top Western Writers" is an assortment of stories charged with the good old western style of story telling when the snow Christmas season comes along. With plenty to enjoy for western fans with an undying year round Christmas spirit, "Christmas Campfire Companion" is a choice and much recommended anthology, not to be missed.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Legends of Guatemala
Miguel Angel Asturias
Latin America Literary Review Press
PO Box 17660, Pittsburgh, PA 15235
9781891270536, $19.00,

The culture of the Native cultures of the America provide a fascinating enigma. "Legends of Guatemala" is a translation of this novel from Miguel Angel Asturias, who transforms the vast resource of Mayan mythology and legend into a surreal yet intriguing experience. Originally published in 1930, it is presented in English by Kelly Washbourne, "Legends of Guatemala" is a core addition to any international literature collection.

Natural Theologies
Denise Low
The Backwaters Press
3502 North 52nd Street
Omaha, NE 68104-3506
9781935218227, $20.00,

Times change, and what defines the American Plains also has changed. "Natural Theologies: Essays About Literature of the New Middle West" discusses the changes of modern American Midwest literature, and the writers and pets speaking on the current issues of the debate. "Natural Theologies" is a fine addition to any literary studies collection, proving a scholar and comprehensive look at the modern regional literature.

The Business Shelf

From Idea to Exit
Jeffrey Weber
Triple Nickel Press
555 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
9780982702994, $27.95,

A good idea is the foundation of any good business. "From Idea to Exit: The Entrepreneurial Journey" is a guide for aspiring entrepreneurs who wan to strike out with their ideas and make the most out of their ideas for good business, using them well, and knowing when it's time to move on. Aimed at small business people who want to get an idea rolling and keep acting on their ideas throughout their careers, "From Idea to Exit" is a fine pick for anyone who wants to act well in business, highly recommended.

Switched-On Networking
Jerry V. Teplitz & Donna Fisher
Happiness Unlimited Publications
1304 Woodhurst Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
9780939372232, $19.95,

How do some people form connections so easily yet others struggle? "Switched-On Networking: Balance Your Brain for Networking Success" is a guide to improving one's networking skills, stating how to make that strong first impression in any meeting, whether it be physical, or as is becoming more and more common, online. With plenty of information on creating strong bonds that are mutually beneficial, "Switched-On Networking" is a strongly recommended pick for business managers and business people in general.

The Biography Shelf

This'll Be the Day
Maury Dean
Maxwell Hunter Publishing
PO Box 9
Blue Point, NY 11715
9780972624923, $19.95,

A goofy kid with glasses is credited for getting the music of the late 20th century rolling. "This'll Be the Day: The Life and Legacy of Buddy Holly" looks at the life and music of Buddy Holly, and his inspiration on the genre of rock and roll and everything that has spawned out of it. From the Beatles to the modern music and much more, Maury Dean does well in connecting Holly to the figures of popular music in the past six decades. "This'll Be the Day" is a strong pick for musical biography collections, highly recommended.

Circle of Service
Richard P. Bessette
RTN Press
P.O. Box 2333
Orland Park, IL 60462
978974797045, $20.00,

How does one reach the top of the Pentagon? "Circle of Service" is a memoir from Richard P. Bessette following the rise of Michael W. Wynne, who rose to the Pentagon's top civilian post in the Air Force, only to be forced to resign in 2008. Following his career and the events that led to the resignation, Bessette provides an intriguing look inside the Pentagon and what goes on in the American Defense department. "Circle of Service" is an insightful and recommended read, not to be missed for biography and military collections.

The Cookbook Shelf

Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking
Leah Schapira
Mesorah Publications, ltd
4401 Second Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232
9781422611449, $34.99,

Fresh cooking is something to attain for greater health and richer flavor. "Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking: Ordinary Ingredients, Extraordinary Meals" is a general cookbook with the rule of keeping kosher for many original dishes all throughout. Approaching two hundred easy to follow directions with many full color photographs accompaniment, side dishes, and other food related tips, "Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking" is an eye catching pick for any cookbook connoisseur who wants to expand their kosher repertoire.

Modern Family Table
Pamela Ellgen
Goops Unlimited
PO Box 1840
Battle Ground, WA 98604
9780983486541, $18.95,

Good cooking has become the core of keeping people at the dining room table. "Modern Family Table: Savoring Fresh, Whole Foods with the People You Love" discusses the many angles and ideas that a parent can do to make the time at the table invaluable, advocating whole and fresh foods. Dishes are wide and varied from standard meat dishes to vegetarian selections, and desserts of any sort. Presented in full color with easy to follow recipes, "Modern Family Table" is a cookbook with a strong message of family, highly recommended.

Making Healthy Sausages
Stanley and Adam Marianski
BookMagic LLC
11771 Park Blvd
Seminole, FL 33772
9780983697305, $19.95,

Sausage is delicious, but it can also be healthy. "Making Healthy Sausages" is a guide from Stanley and Adam Marianski as they advise readers on how to make the most of their sausage making techniques and how to make delicious sausages with less of the health downsides associated with them. From cutting out the fat, reducing salt, to even Kosher and vegetarian recipes, "Making Healthy Sausages" is an excellent and choice pick for any who love sausage and want to try their own hand at making their own.

A Well-Seasoned Kitchen
Sally Clayton & Lee Clayton Roper
MLC Publishing
PO Box 6374, Denver, CO 80206
9780984116331, $34.95,

Fresh food requires cooking with the seasons. "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen: Classic Recipes for Contemporary Living" is a cookbook from Sally Clayton & Lee Clayton Roper as they guide readers through their families cooking through the seasons with full color photography all throughout. Recipes include meat dishes like Cajun Pork Chops, Layered Chines Chicken Salad, Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls, and countless other dishes to be enjoyed year round. "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen" is an excellent full-color cookbook collection, highly recommended.

The Parenting Shelf

Practical Parenting Tips, new edition
Vicki Landksy
Book Peddlers
18318 Minnetonka Blvd
Deephaven, MN 55391
9781931863148, $12.95,

Parenting is a job that can feel quickly overwhelming. "Practical Parenting Tips" is a new edition of Vicki Lansky's parenting advisory guide as she grants simple wisdom for dealing with the daunting endeavor that comes with raising a child from infancy to adulthood and dealing with the many perils and things that drive parents mad all along the way. With a touch of humor and plenty of straight forward knowledge, "Practical Parenting" is a top pick for any parent who is expecting unequaled stress in the next eighteen years.

Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens
Wes Crenshaw
Family Psychological Press
PO Box 882, Lawrence, KS 66044-9998
9780615570402, $13.99,

Teens can be overwhelming in our lives. "Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens" is a parenting guide from Wes Crenshaw, a psychologist with much experience in dealing with teenagers of many levels. With plenty of frank advice as Crenshaw discusses topics with the assistance of many teen writers, he presents an intriguing and thoughtful break down of what it takes to be a good mentor to a teen. "Dear Dr. Wes" is a top pick for parents struggling with their teens. Also of note is "Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens" (9780615570419, $13.99) a more direct advice manual for teenagers from Dr. Wes and his teenage collaborators.

The Social Issues Shelf

Inside the Broken California Prison System
Boston Woodard
Humble Press
220 N. Zapata Highway, #111
Laredo, TX 78043
9780964700932, $16.95,

Our prison systems are broken. "Inside the Broken California Prison System" is an inside look at the corruption and bureaucracy of the Californian system as Boston Woodward, an inmate of quite some years, shares more than his gripes about prison life, providing hard evidence that the system is broken. Severely prison overcrowding can be likened to cruel and unusual punishment, and Woodard explains well where rights are broken and shattered. "Inside the Broken California Prison System" is a fine study of the problems with some solutions in mind, much recommended reading.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Secrets of a Pet Whisperer
Terri Steuben
McCoury Publishing
12340 Seal Beach Blvd Ste. B396
Seal Beach, CA 90740
9780983929789, $19.95,

Speaking your pets language can often prove so very difficult. "Secrets of a Pet Whisperer: Stop Telling Your Animals to Misbehave" is a pet training guide from Terri Steuben as she advises readers on how to reach out to one's pet and gain a better link with them to train them to more properly behave. Addressing many common behavior issues and how to address them in the proper ways, she covers from common puppies and kittens to horses, "Secrets of a Pet Whisperer" is a bit of common animal psychology that shouldn't be missed.

Lipstick and the Leash
Camilla Gray-Nelson
Double Dove Press
PO Box 751378, Petaluma, CA 94975
9780614565586, $16.95,

There's a womanly way to train one's dog. "Lipstick and the Leash: Dog Training a Woman's Way" discusses how a woman can use their own ways to train a dog to be a more well behaved member of the family. Being firm with one's dog is an effective way to train them to behave; begging and pleading with one's dog almost always fails. Straightforward and wise advice for all dog owners enhanced with extra woman's-perspective tips, "Lipstick and the Leash" is a wise and much recommended pick for pets and training collections.

The Sports Shelf

Inside, Outside, and On the Ropes
Keith Gockenbach
South Nine Publishing
PO Box 878, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl 32004
9780983873709, $17.95,

There are lessons to be learned from tiny balls, a bag of clubs, and goofy hats. "Inside, Outside, and On the Ropes" is a memoir of eight-time PGA Tour winner Keith Gockenbach who recalls his victories and failures out on the green, sharing his experience. Touching on life and what it's like to be pushing into the best of the best. For fans of the game of golf or sports memoirs in general, "Inside, Outside, and On the Ropes" is a wise and much recommended read for community library collections.

Weight Training for Triathlon
Ben Greenfield
Price World Publishing
1300 W. Belmont Ave. Suite #20g
Chicago, IL 60657
9781932549720, $16.95,

Muscle plays a major role in endurance, and it needs to be maintained. "Weight Training for Triathlon: The Ultimate Guide" is a guide for those who want to train their bodies for the long endeavor of the triathlon, where speed, endurance, and toughness will all be put to the extreme. Weight training can prepare muscles for the long enduring stress for the hours test that is the triathlon. "Weight Training for Triathlon" is a must for anyone who is trying to prepare themselves for this competition.

2012 Baseball Forecaster
Ray Murphy, editor
Triumph Books
542 South Dearborn Street
Suite 750, Chicago, IL 60605
9781600785870, $25.95,

What does the next season of baseball hold for fans? "2012 Baseball Forecaster: and Encyclopedia of Fanalytics" is a top pick for fans of the ball game who take their game seriously, as a typical superfan or whose second pastime is fantasy baseball. With statistics from debuting rookies to the long standing GMs ans their impact, "2012 Baseball Forecaster" is an absolute must for anyone who wants a complete and comprehensive read on the many details of the ball game, highly recommended.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Shut Up & Write
Judy Bridges
Redbird Studio Press
3195 S. Superior Street #211
Milwaukee, WI 53207
9780976474272, $19.95,

All a writer needs to do to write is write. "Shut Up & Write" is an inspirational writing guide as Judy Bridges urges writers to pick up their pens and go along the way and piece together what they want out of their writing, as she critiques the values and methods to writing groups, publishing, the methods of writing, and much more. For those looking for that spice to get writing, "Shut Up & Write" is a strong pick, not to be overlooked.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Mind Work
Peter Clothier
Parami Press, LLC
PO Box 65372
Vancouver, WA 98665
9780977977444, $18.00,

What drives us to create? Grounded in Buddhist meditation practice, "Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core" discusses the path to creativity and the many routes we take as people towards it in trying to gain a more complete understanding of our world. An assortment of essays that ponder the nature of thought and death, "Mind Work" presents much to think about for those who are following their own path to creativity in life.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Sharon Black
Benny Publishing
Suite 330, 9403 Lincolnwood, Dr.
Skokie, IL 60203
9780967481326, $18.95,

Breaking in is always the toughest step. "Gigs: A Beginner's Guide to Playing Music Jobs" is a guide to getting started as a professional musician, a task which leaves many remaining amateur. From making the connections needed to get jobs, working out problems as they come, starting small, and picking up spontaneous jobs, "Gigs" is an invaluable tool for those who want to make their living doing what they love - playing music.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Reasons for Hope
Carl Kerby
Genesis Publishing Group
2002 Skyline Place
Bartlesville, OK 74006
9781933591094, $14.99,

Accepting perfection is not possible is the first step to creating a better life. "Reasons for Hope" is an inspirational Christian living read from Carl Kerby, who seeks to advise readers to pick up hope for themselves once more and use it to piece together their life once more. Stating that one must use their faith in God to make a mosaic of life of morality, spirituality, and how one can help the world. "Reasons for Hope" is a fine pick with plenty to consider for Christian self-help collections.

The Humor Shelf

Obama 2012 Slogans Rewritten
Janie Johnson
RTR Press
1625 Highway 88, Suite 101
Minden, Nevada 89423
9780984881901 $14.95

Obama 2012 Slogans Rewritten is a jaunty, tongue-in-cheek political humor book by devoted mother and firmly anti-Obama conservative author Janie Johnson. Johnson has cleverly twisted dozens of Obama's most popular campaign slogans into statements that she believes are decidedly more representative of Obama's political policies (hint: it's not sunshine and kittens). Her witticisms include "You can depend on us to keep our Socialist boot on the necks of successful businesses!", "It's not our runaway spending that is at issue - the real problem is that Republicans won't raise taxes to pay for it!", and "Union thugs - we prefer to call them community organizers!" Snarky yet passionate, Obama 2012 Slogans Rewritten most definitely lives up to its title and is as sure to provoke conservative smirks as it is to raise liberal hackles!

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Zeta Message
Judy Carroll & Helene Kaye
Wild Flower Press
PO Box 1429
Columbus, NC 28722
9780926524705 $17.95

The Zeta Message: Connecting All Beings in Oneness is the true story of two Australian women's experiences with Grey alien visitors, also known as "Zeta Reticulans". In the course of their contact, both women learned that they were themselves Grey aliens in their previous lives, when their disc crashed in the American southwest. Their life experiences, and the wisdom learned from interactions with Zeta elders, are related in this engrossing narrative of interspecies extraterrestrial contact, teaching, and ultimately understanding. The Zeta Message is a choice pick especially recommended for metaphysical and extraterrestrial studies shelves.

The Science Behind Alien Encounters
Robert Farrell
R.E. Farrellbooks, LLC
18212 N. 130th Ave.
Sun City West, AZ 85375
9780975911617 $10.00

Part of the "Alien Log" series, The Science Behind Alien Encounters is a broad-ranging discussing of ufology, seeking to explain the testimony of those who witnessed phenomena of possibly alien origin through classical physics and relativity. Chapters cover Sumerian knowledge, the alien connection to the Great Pyramid of Giza, why UFOs crash, and more, even how the Universe itself began. A handful of black-and-white diagrams enhance this thoughtful cross-examination. "In a landmark case back in 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were abducted. Under hypnosis, Betty Hill produced a star chart which she said described where her abductors came from. Years later, Marjorie Fish, from the Ohio State University, took that star chart and determined that her abductors may have come from Zeta 1 & 2 Reticuli. These stars are yellow-orange stars like our Sun and are only about 40 light years away... ETs can probably live as long as they want and therefore time has little meaning for them."

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