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101 Tips for Surviving in a Pandemic: A Generation Z Guidebook
Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9781615996469, $21.95, HC, 44pp
Synopsis: Kate Paris Battaglia, a resilient high school student, has taken advantage of her
COVID-imposed solitude to author her first book: "101 Tips for Surviving in a Pandemic: A
Generation Z Guidebook".
Born near 2000, Kate allows readers to travel into the minds of a generation accustomed to the
technology of the internet. However, she surprisingly does not dwell on social media to cure all
ills that COVID-19 and its variants have inflicted upon the "zoomers" of Gen Z.
This astute young author: Offers advice on finding creative outlets in confined spaces; Suggests
sharing resources and affection with both neighbor and stranger; Provides hope to those who
have lost it in the melee of COVID variants, uncertain vaccines and treatments, and a changing
educational and work landscape: Gives older generations (such as baby boomers) a new
vocabulary - like vlog!
Critique: Offering a wealth of practical, innovative, effective, and even fun pandemic
quarantined survival tips as simple as planting flowers and as complex as forgiveness, with the
publication of "101 Tips for Surviving in a Pandemic: A Generation Z Guidebook", Kate
Battaglia truly gives us a COVID guidebook that is recommended for everyone from 16 to 96.
Whether home bound because of the current pandemic, or simply looking for ways to pass the
time, it should be noted for that "101 Tips for Surviving in a Pandemic: A Generation Z
Guidebook" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781615996452, $9.95) and in a
digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).
Editorial Note: Born in 2004, Kate Battaglia is 17 years old. She was raised in Wellesley, MA
where she attended schools through the 6th grade. Her family then moved to Dallas, Texas,
where Kate and her younger sister enrolled in a north Dallas school. During the early stages of
the COVID-19 pandemic, Kate attended school digitally, later switching to face-to-face
classrooms. Many of her peers contracted COVID; she herself had one false positive test, and
later chose to be vaccinated. She is ambitious, taking numerous Advanced Placement and Honors
classes in this, her junior high school year. She has been published in her high school literary
magazine, and won a grade-level school award for English. Kate has also been published in
Explore Big Sky.
The Green Hour: A Natural History of Home
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299334604, $28.95, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: When Alison Townsend purchased her first house, in south-central Wisconsin, she put
down roots where she never imagined settling. To understand how she came to live in the
Midwest, she takes a journey through personal landscapes, considering the impact of geography
at pivotal moments in her life, vividly illuminating the role of mourning, homesickness, and
With sparkling, lyrical prose,"The Green Hour: A Natural History of Home" undulates
effortlessly through time like a red-winged blackbird. Inspired by five beloved settings (Eastern
Pennsylvania, Vermont, California, Western Oregon, and the spot atop the Wisconsin hill where
she now resides) Townsend considers the role that place plays in shaping the self. She reveals the
ways that a fresh perspective or new experience in any environment can incite wonder, build
unexpected connections, and provide solace or salvation.
Mesmerizingly attentive to nature with its beauty, its fragility, and its redeeming powers,
Townsend asks what it means to live in community with wilderness and to allow our identities to
be shaped by our interactions with it: our story as its story.
Critique: An inherently fascinating, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking read
throughout, "The Green Hour: A Natural History of Home" showcases author Alison Townsend's
enviable skills as an observant storyteller. The result is a book that will linger in the mind and
memory of the reader long after it has been finished and set back upon the shelf. While very
highly recommended, especially for community, college, and university library collections, with
its unique combination of memoir, Wisconsin history, and nature writing, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "The Green Hour: A Natural History of Home" is also readily available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $21.99).
Editorial Note: Professor Emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Alison
Townsend is the award-winning author of two poetry collections, "The Blue Dress" and
"Persephone in America", as well as a volume of prose, "The Persistence of Rivers".
When Alison Townsend purchased her first house, in south-central Wisconsin, she put down
roots where she never imagined settling. To understand how she came to live in the Midwest, she
takes a journey through personal landscapes, considering the impact of geography at pivotal
moments in her life, vividly illuminating the role of mourning, homesickness, and
With sparkling, lyrical prose, The Green Hour undulates effortlessly through time like a
red-winged blackbird. Inspired by five beloved settings - eastern Pennsylvania, Vermont,
California, western Oregon, and the spot atop the Wisconsin hill where she now resides -
Townsend considers the role that place plays in shaping the self. She reveals the ways that a fresh
perspective or new experience in any environment can incite wonder, build unexpected
connections, and provide solace or salvation.
Mesmerizingly attentive to nature - its beauty, its fragility, and its redeeming powers - she asks
what it means to live in community with wilderness and to allow our identities to be shaped by
our interactions with it: our story as its story.
Surviving Workplace Bullying... Strategies for Victims
9798782115852, $12.95 Paper/$9.95 Kindle
Many books cover bullying, but typically are focused on school experiences; so it's refreshing to
see an adult-oriented coverage that exposes one of the more common experiences adults face:
workplace bullying. It's even more refreshing to see an approach that goes beyond providing
examples of this experience to delve into what victims can do about it. Articles, reports, and
studies form the basis of this analysis of workplace pressures. From definitions of workplace
bullying to especially vulnerable workers (such as the elderly), these links to supporting articles
drive and provide extensive references for defining, understanding, and alleviating bullying
From financial impacts of workplace bullying to how workplace dysfunction often begins from
the top and how workers and CEOs alike can instigate changes to eliminate it, Sherman has done
all the legwork, providing powerful online references that cover all aspects of the issue. He
organizes them into subject categories that make it easy for users to receive specific insights into
everything from suicide and the psychology of bullies to legal approaches for handling workplace
Most of these references will not become dated over time, but will remain relevant, important
keys to addressing workplace bullying on many different levels. Library collections strong in
business and legal references will find this analysis of the presence and forms of workplace
bullying and how to effectively neutralize them provides essential information that managers and
workers alike will want to review.
The Writing/Publishing Shelf
Refuse to Be Done
853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
9781641293419, $15.95, PB, 168pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in
Three Drafts" experienced writer and academician Matt Bell provides an encouraging and
intensely practical combination instructional guide and 'how-to' manual for aspiring novelists that
focuses on specific rewriting tasks, techniques, and activities for every stage of the process of
writing a successful novel.
You won't find bromides here about the "the writing Muse." Instead, Bell breaks down the
writing process in three sections. In the first, Bell shares a bounty of tactics, all meant to push
you through the initial conception and get words on the page. The second focuses on reworking
the narrative through outlining, modeling, and rewriting. The third and final section offers a
layered approach to polishing through a checklist of operations, breaking the daunting project of
final revisions into many small, achievable tasks.
Whether you are a first time novelist or a veteran writer, you will find an abundance of strategies
here to help motivate you and shake up your revision process, allowing you to approach your
work, day after day and month after month, with fresh eyes and sharp new tools.
Critique: Especially recommended reading for any novelist on how to approach the inevitably
necessary work re-writes and revisions, "Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel
in Three Drafts" is exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation. Impressively
informative and 'real world' practical, as well as very highly recommended for personal,
professional, community, college, and university library Writing/Publishing collections, it should
be noted for personal reading lists that "Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel
in Three Drafts" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99). Simply stated,
if you are working on a novel and only have time to read one help and improvement 'how to' title
on writing, make it "Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts" by
Editorial Note: Matt Bell is the author most recently of the novels "Scrapper" (a Michigan
Notable Book) and "In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods" (a finalist for
the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor
Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award). His stories have appeared
in Best American Mystery Stories, Tin House, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, Gulf Coast, and
many other publications. He currently teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.
A Sense of Dread
Neal Marshall Stevens
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615933334, $26.95, PB, 194pp
Synopsis: "A Sense of Dread: Getting Under the Skin of Horror Screenwriting" by professional
screenwriter Neal Marshall Stevens features three main sections:
1) A detailed examination of the biological, psychological, and cultural bases of fear. What fears
do we share with animals? What fears are uniquely human? What fears have we learned from our
culture? From our families? From our experiences growing up? And what, exactly, is the
difference between fear and dread?
2) A Sense of Dread then combines these ideas to explore the roots of human fear and apply
them to storytelling for the screen. "The Toolbox of Dread" outlines the techniques for creating
terror on the page. A wide array of horror subgenres are also explored, including why they exist,
and what challenges each presents to the horror screenwriter.
3) Author Neal Marshall Stevens puts Theory into Practice, using examples from his own work
to demonstrate how to apply his "toolbox" and the principles of "Dread" to put real scares into
the pages of a screenplay. Finally, we seek to answer the question many people ask: What are you
Critique: An absolute 'must read' combination of instructional guide and 'how to' manual for
aspiring screenwriters working in the horror movie genre, "A Sense of Dread: Getting Under the
Skin of Horror Screenwriting" is truly exceptional and impressively 'user friendly' in its
organization and presentation, creating an ideal DIY resource for individual studies or for formal
film school curriculums. While an essential addition to the core collections of professional,
community, college, and university library Cinematic Studies collections, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "A Sense of Dread: Getting Under the Skin of Horror Screenwriting" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $21.84).
Editorial Note: Neal Marshall Stevens has been a working professional in the entertainment
industry for over thirty years. Among other projects, Neal sold his original screenplay Deader to
Dimension Pictures, which was subsequently produced as Hellraiser: Deader, and wrote the
screenplay for Dark Castle's feature remake of Thirteen Ghosts. In addition to his work as a
screenwriter, Neal has taught online for eight years for Script University, and is currently a
professor in the MFA in Screenwriting program at the David Lynch Graduate School of
Cinematic Arts at Maharishi International University.
The Social Issues Shelf
The Hidden History of Big Brother in America
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland CA, 94612
Synopsis: Most Americans are worried about how companies like Facebook invade their privacy
and harvest their data, but many people don't fully understand the details of how their
information is being adapted and misused. "The Hidden History of Big Brother in America: How
the Death of Privacy and the Rise of Surveillance Threaten Us and Our Democracy" is a
thought-provoking and accessible book, in which Thom Hartmann reveals exactly how the
government and corporations are tracking our every online move and using our data to buy
elections, employ social control, and monetize our lives.
Hartmann uses extensive, vivid examples to highlight the consequences of Big Data on all
aspects of our lives. He traces the history of surveillance and social control, looking back to how
Big Brother invented whiteness to keep order and how surveillance began to be employed as a
way to modify behavior. As he states, "The goal of those who violate privacy and use
surveillance is almost always social control and behavior modification."
Along with covering the history, Hartmann shows how we got to where we are today, how China
(with its new Social Credit System) serves as a warning, and how we can and must avoid a
similarly dystopian future. By delving into the Constitutional right to privacy, Hartmann reminds
us of our civil right and shows how we can restore it.
Critique: A particularly timely contribution to our national conversation and concerns about
privacy in an internet and social media world, "The Hidden History of Big Brother in America:
How the Death of Privacy and the Rise of Surveillance Threaten Us and Our Democracy" is a
vitally important read for anyone with concerns over the erosion of democratic norms that have
been the bulwark defense of the individual against abuses by the state (and now, the national and
international corporations). While especially and unreservedly recommended for community,
governmental, college, and university library Contemporary Social Issues, Constitutional Law,
and Privacy/Surveillance Issues collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists, it should
be noted for students, academia, governmental policy makers, corporate executives, political
activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Hidden
History of Big Brother in America: How the Death of Privacy and the Rise of Surveillance
Threaten Us and Our Democracy" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Thom Hartmann is a four-time winner of the Project Censored Award, as well as
the author of thirty-three books, and America's #1 progressive talk radio show host. His talk
show is syndicated on local for-profit and nonprofit stations and broadcasts nationwide and
worldwide. It is also simulcast on television into nearly 60 million US and Canadian homes.
Dismantling Global White Privilege
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland, CA 94612
9781523000005, $24.95 Paper/$11.99 ebook
Plenty of books identify the problem, structure, and social impact of white privilege in Western
society. Histories and social analyses abound in this subject area. Few, however, tackle the
process of what to do about it. Dismantling Global White Privilege: Equity for a Post-Western
World fills this gap in literature by providing a dedicated survey of uneven playing fields around
the world in business, social, cultural, educational, and financial circles. Even more importantly,
it accompanies each analysis with solutions and suggestions for revised attitudes, systems, and
The book is based on Chandran Nair's global travels and the resulting insights which stemmed
from these encounters. He pinpoints many specific issues from these personal vantage points of
experience. Another satisfying note is that Nair is candid about what this book does and does not
represent: "It is also critically important to remind the reader that this book is not in any way
arguing that all race-based injustices in the world are perpetrated by Western powers, White
people, and the associated phenomena of White privilege. Neither is it suggesting that equity in a
post-Western world is wholly dependent on dismantling global White privilege. That would be
absurd and factually incorrect."
Nair's focus is on both perceived Western superiority and White privilege's incarnation and
effects and what can be done about it today, although the problem has its origins over five
hundred years ago. As readers journey through history, society, and changing attitudes, they
receive a study that will especially interest concerned citizens, activists, scholars, those involved
in business and government sectors, and organizations. Nair pinpoints the underlying motivation
and purpose of his study: "...a key objective of this book is to address some very inconvenient
truths and suggest practical ways forward. New narratives have to be the starting point for raising
From the processes of indoctrination and accepted forms of education and teachings about
wealth, poverty, society, and business pursuits to observations about why Western white societies
are more supported and promoted than others ("...selective programming of White Western
literary and scientific brilliance perpetuates White privilege by explicitly valuing these
achievements above the contributions of non-Western writers and scientists. This legitimizes
Western people and nations as contemporary leaders in these spheres."), Nair provides much
food for thought and details on how these established, accepted patterns of repression could be
Dismantling Global White Privilege is a powerful discussion that needs to be a foundation title in
any library collection strong in political and social theory and revised ideas of empowerment and
transformation. It's very highly recommended as a standout blend of history and a call to action
that will require much change on social, economic, and intellectual levels in order to fully
address the issues of the privileged status quo that currently drives the world.
The Education Shelf
David C. Berliner, editor
Carl Hermanns, editor
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
9780807766101, $118.80, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of David C. Berliner (Regents
Professor Emeritus, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University) and Carl
Hermanns (Clinical Associate Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State
University), "Public Education: Defending a Cornerstone of American Democracy" is timely and
critically important collection of contributions by which eminent education scholars and
practitioners remind us that our nation's system of free universal public education is under attack,
putting our very democracy in jeopardy.
Over and above preparing students for employability, American schools must prepare our youth
to be informed citizens and active, constructive participants in the democratic process. These
essayists, criticizing as well as lauding our educational system, believe that such a goal is best
accomplished through a high-quality, public, and free system of schooling designed to serve all
our children without regard to race, religion, gender, LGBTQ+ identity, (dis)ability, social class,
citizenship status, or language.
In the 100th anniversary year of the Horace Mann League, these thought leaders in education take
stock of enduring principles, current dilemmas, and important forward directions. With profiteers
growing in numbers and seeking to take advantage of systemic breakdowns, "Public Education:
Defending a Cornerstone of American Democracy" will serve as a rousing defense of our public
schools for our nation's educators, parents, school board members, and politicians.
"Public Education: Defending a Cornerstone of American Democracy": Reminds all Americans
of the essential roles that schools serve in contemporary society, beyond simply instilling a
prescribed curriculum; Presents a counterpoint to those who promote private or charter schooling
at the expense of genuine public schools; Paints a complex and multi-faceted portrait of our
public education system and provides a set of diverse and provocative remedies for many
pressing contemporary problems of public schooling.
Critique: Our public school systems are chronicle under funded, the target of anti-democratic
forces wanting to 're-write' our American history, suppress controversial aspects of our current
popular and political cultures, replace free education for all with privately funded education for
some through systematically replacing public schools with private educational institutions.
"Public Education: Defending a Cornerstone of American Democracy" is a clarion call for
protections and reforms to insure a sound and free public school system that will cease being a
political catspaw for ambitious politicians, racist elements, and those who seek to replace history
with disinformation, and the suppression of age appropriate gender issues as part of school
curriculums -- all in support of the prejudices and cultural biases of minorities seeking to
overrule and subvert a bulwark of American democracy.
While an essential, core addition to school district, community, college, and university library
Contemporary Social Issues and Education collections, it should be noted for the personal
reading lists of academia, educational philosophy students, school administrator, school board
members, teachers, governmental police makers, political activists, and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in the subject that "Public Education: Defending a Cornerstone of
American Democracy" is also available in a paperback edition (9780807766095, $39.95) and in a
digital book format (Kindle, $37.95).
Race Conscious Pedagogy
Todd M. Mealy
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476680330, $39.95, PB, 232pp
Synopsis: In 1935, W.E.B. Du Bois asked, "Does the Negro need separate schools?" His stunning
query spoke to the erasure of cultural relevancy in the classroom and to reassurances given to
White supremacy through curricula and pedagogy. Two decades later, as the Supreme Court
ordered public schools to desegregate, educators still overlooked the intimations of his
"Race Conscious Pedagogy: Disrupting Racism at Majority White Schools" by Todd M. Mealy
reflects upon the role K-12 education has played in enabling America's enduring racial tensions.
Combining historical analysis, personal experience, and a theoretical exploration of critical race
pedagogy, "Race Conscious Pedagogy: Disrupting Racism at Majority White Schools" calls for
placing race at the center of the pedagogical mission.
Critique: A timely study given the nation wide attempts to suppress and/or ban outright
classroom discussions of racial issues in America's past, and which is enhanced with the
inclusion of an informative Foreword by Terrence J. Roberts and an cogent Afterward by George
Yancy, "Race Conscious Pedagogy: Disrupting Racism at Majority White Schools" also features
two Appendices (Response to a Parent, May 2018 & Seminar in Critical Race Studies Summer
Reading Assignment), a fourteen page Bibliography, and a four page Index.
While especially, urgently, and unreservedly recommended for community, school district,
college, and university library Contemporary Educational Issues collections, it should be noted
for the personal reading lists of students, academia, political activists, governmental policy
makers, school board members, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject
that "Race Conscious Pedagogy: Disrupting Racism at Majority White Schools" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.99).
Editorial Note: Todd M. Mealy (Ph.D., American Studies, Penn State University) is a writer who
specializes in 19th and 20th century civil rights history and sports culture. and a contributor to
Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine.
The Health/Medicine Shelf
The Mandible: An Atlas of Osteological and Radiological Anatomy
Joe Iwanaga, author
R. Shane Tubbs, author
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704
9780398093785, $79.95, HC, 456pp
Synopsis: The medical science involved in osteological and radiological anatomy procedures in
dental and oral surgery has progressed greatly in recent years, especially in the field of dental
In dental implant surgery, the maxilla and mandible are the operative fields. The frequent
complications of dental implants on the maxilla are bleeding and iatrogenic maxillary sinusitis,
but these are less likely to be life-threatening injuries. However, dental implant surgery of the
mandible can lead to serious complications such as mental nerve paresthesia and airway
obstruction due to hematoma. Therefore, knowledge of anatomical structures relevant to the
mandible is significant, and the authors have a long history of investigating normal anatomy and
anatomical variations of the mandible.
When the dentist needs a comprehensive photographic review of the anatomy focusing on the
mandible, including well-described anatomy and rarely shown variations with both gross and
radiologic observations, "The Mandible: An Atlas of Osteological and Radiological Anatomy" by
Joe Iwanaga and R. Shane Tubbs will prove to be a valuable resource that is useful for
"The Mandible: An Atlas of Osteological and Radiological Anatomy" is the first book of its kind
devoted to the osteological and radiological anatomy of the mandible for dentists and oral
surgeons. It will satisfy the growing demand in the field of surgery and education and will be
welcomed and timely for clinicians and trainees in the field.
"The Mandible: An Atlas of Osteological and Radiological Anatomy" will also be of benefit to
general dentists, dental students, and specialists and residents of periodontics, dental implant,
prosthodontics, and oral surgery, as well as craniofacial surgeons, anatomists, plastic surgeons,
ENT surgeons, head and neck surgeons, medical students, dental hygienists, anthropologists, and
Critique: A truly exceptional and extraordinary photographic compendium, "The Mandible: An
Atlas of Osteological and Radiological Anatomy" is an ideal textbook for dental students and
especially recommended for both medical school and dental school curriculums and
supplemental studies reading lists.
Strong Heart, Sharp Mind
Joesph C. Piscatella, author
Marwan Sabbagh, MD, author
9781630061937, $24.99, HC, 250pp
Synopsis: "Strong Heart, Sharp Mind: The 6-Step Brain-Body Balance Program that Reverses
Heart Disease and Helps Prevent Alzheimer's" by heart health expert Joseph C. Piscatella and
board certified neurologist and geriatric neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh presents a cutting-edge,
science-based program that teaches readers how to develop the habits and lifestyle practices that
improve both heart and brain health.
Readers will learn how they can prevent or forestall both the nation's number-one killer (heart
disease) as well as the affliction Americans fear most: Alzheimer's disease. For the 108 million
Americans 50 and over, creating what the authors call the "Brain-Body-Balance" through the
steps detailed in these pages can also improve quality of life and longevity, by synchronizing the
interaction between our two most vital organs.
Joseph C. Piscatella, author of countless heart health books, and one of the longest-living
survivors of coronary bypass surgery (43 years and counting!) and Cleveland Clinic neurologist
Marwan Noel Sabbagh, M.D., one of the worlds's foremost researchers in the fight against
Alzheimer's, employ the latest science and recommendations from other leading-edge thinkers
and practitioners, to help readers optimize the connection between cardiac and neuro health -- a
nexus that until recently has been overlooked as a key to wellness and longevity. Joe Piscatella
and Dr. Sabbagh are poised to guide readers to this new intersection of heart-brain health, and
take them through the necessary steps to make that connection between our most vital organs, for
optimal wellness, as well as to protect them against the world's most lethal and feared
"Strong Heart, Sharp Mind: The 6-Step Brain-Body Balance Program that Reverses Heart
Disease and Helps Prevent Alzheimer's" blends science and solution in the form of a new,
singular heart/brain-specific program and takes readers through the steps necessary to optimal
wellness and a longer, happier life.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Strong Heart, Sharp Mind: The
6-Step Brain-Body Balance Program that Reverses Heart Disease and Helps Prevent
Alzheimer's" is impressively informative and highly recommended reading for professionals and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in Homeopathy Medicine, Heart Disease, and
medical conditions and diseases associated with the aging process, that "Strong Heart, Sharp
Mind: The 6-Step Brain-Body Balance Program that Reverses Heart Disease and Helps Prevent
Alzheimer's" is an invaluable and welcome addition to personal, community, college, and
university library Health/Medicine collections, as well as also being readily available for personal
reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Sit to Get Fit
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781783254453, $14.99, HC, 160pp
Synopsis: We live increasingly sedentary lives and our lifestyle has radically changed in terms of
how we work and naturally move throughout our day. While we all know about the benefits of
exercise for mental and physical health, what we're not so attuned to are the damaging effects of
just how we sit while at our desks, scrolling on our phones, in the car or even on our
But it doesn't have to be this way. By making small changes to our everyday sitting behavior, we
can experience increased energy, confidence, optimism and openness.
With "Sit to Get Fit" by psychologists and self-care expert Suzy Reading we change the way we
sit in 28 days for health, energy and longevity with a practical 28-day plan to transform our
relationship with sitting, how long we sit at a time, how to add simple breath work and
movement into our day and restorative moves for the end of the day. Basically we will sit up, sit
better and reap the benefits!
Critique: Nicely illustrated with line drawings, "Sit to Get Fit" is a unique and impressive health
improving approach to an otherwise often neglected aspect of our physical day -- a very large part
of which is spent sitting down. While also readily available for personal reading lists in a digital
book format (Kindle, $4.99), "Sit to Get Fit" is enthusiastically recommended addition to
community, college, and university library Health & Physical Fitness collections.
Editorial Note: Suzy Reading is a chartered psychologist (B. Psych (Hons), M.Psych (Org)) and
qualified yoga teacher from Australia, specializing in wellbeing. Her offerings include
face-to-face coaching, walk & talk sessions, private and group yoga, mummy and baby yoga
courses, Skype coaching, workshop presentations on self-care and other topics such as sleep, rest
and relaxation, and how to make sustainable lifestyle changes. Suzy is also the Neom Organics
Psychology expert and a Contributing Editor on Psychologies Magazine. She has contributed to
journals on the subject of self-care. She is also the author of The Little Book of Self-Care,
Self-care For Tough Times and Stand Tall Like A Mountain.
Nature Wants Us to Be Fat
Richard J. Johnson, MD
9781637740347, $26.95, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: Dr. Richard Johnson has been on the cutting edge of research into the cause of obesity
for more than a decade. His team's discovery of the fructose-powered survival switch -- a
metabolic pathway that animals in nature turn on and off as needed, but that our modern diet has
permanently fixed in the "on" position, where it becomes a fat switch. This insight has
revolutionized the way we think about why we gain weight.
With the publication of "Nature Wants Us to Be Fat: The Surprising Science Behind Why We
Gain Weight and How We Can Prevent--and Reverse--It", Dr. Johnson details the mounting
evidence on how this switch is responsible both for excess fat storage and for many of the major
diseases endemic to the Western world, including heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Dr.
Johnson also reveals the surprising link between the survival switch and health conditions such
as gout, kidney disease, liver disease, stroke -- and even behavioral issues like addiction and
ADHD. And, most important, he shares a science-based plan to help his readers to fight back
Guided by ongoing clinical research (plus fascinating observations from the animal kingdom,
evolution, and history) Dr. Johnson covers: What you can do to turn off your survival switch;
What we have in common with hibernating bears, sperm whales, and the world's fattest bird;
Why it's fructose (not glucose) that drives insulin resistance and metabolic disease; The foods we
eat that trigger the body to make its own fructose; The surprising role salt and dehydration play in
Dr. Johnson not only provides new recommendations for how we can prevent or treat obesity, but
also how we can use this information to reduce our risk of developing disease. Nature wants us to
be fat, and when we understand why, we gain the tools we need to lose weight and optimize our
Critique: Enhanced for academia and the non-specialist general reader with the inclusion of an
eight page Glossary, a thirty-four page list of References, and a nine page Index, "Nature Wants
Us to Be Fat: The Surprising Science Behind Why We Gain Weight and How We Can
Prevent--and Reverse--It" is exceptionally well organized and presented, making it an ideal and
highly recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library
Health/Medicine collections. An especially appropriate addition to Diet & Eating Disorder
studies lists, "Nature Wants Us to Be Fat: The Surprising Science Behind Why We Gain Weight
and How We Can Prevent--and Reverse--It" is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Dr. Richard Johnson is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado and
is both a clinician, educator and a researcher. He is board certified in internal medicine,
infectious diseases, and kidney disease and is the founding editor of Comprehensive Clinical
Nephrology, one of the main textbooks on kidney disease. For more than 20 years, he has led
research on the cause of obesity and diabetes, with especial interest in the role of sugar
(especially fructose) and uric acid. His research has been highly cited, published in top medical
journals, and supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. He is also the author of
"The Sugar Fix" and "The Fat Switch".
The Environmental Studies Shelf
From the Ground Up
2000 M St NW Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036
9781610918961, $35.00, PB, 304pp
Synopsis: For decades, American cities have experimented with ways to remake themselves in
response to climate change. These efforts, often driven by grassroots activism, offer valuable
lessons for transforming the places we live. With the publication of "From the Ground Up: Local
Efforts to Create Resilient Cities", design expert and author Alison Sant focuses on the unique
ways in which US cities are working to mitigate and adapt to climate change while creating
equitable and livable communities. She shows how, from the ground up, we are raising the bar to
make cities places in which we don't just survive, but where all people have the opportunity to
The efforts discussed and showcased in "From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient
Cities" demonstrate how urban experimentation and community-based development are
informing long-term solutions. Sant shows how US cities are reclaiming their streets from cars,
restoring watersheds, growing forests, and adapting shorelines to improve people's lives while
addressing our changing climate. The best examples of this work bring together the energy of
community activists, the organization of advocacy groups, the power of city government, and the
reach of federal environmental policy.
"From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities" is comprised of 12 case studies,
drawn from research and over 90 interviews with people who are working in these communities
to make a difference. For example, advocacy groups in Washington, DC are expanding the urban
tree canopy and offering job training in the growing sector of urban forestry. In New York, transit
agencies are working to make streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians while shortening
commutes. In San Francisco, community activists are creating shoreline parks while addressing
historic environmental injustice.
Critique: Especially and unreservedly recommended reading for environmental activists and
governmental policy makers, "From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities" is a
clarion and illustrated call to action regarding the necessity for communities to become climate
resilient in the face of inexorable climate change driven impacts while acknowledging and
addressing the unfortunate social and racial injustice of past urban developments. While highly
recommended for community, governmental, college, and university library Environmental
Studies & Issues collections, it should be noted for personal and professional reading lists that
"From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $33.25).
Editorial Note: Alison Sant is a co-founder and partner in the Studio for Urban Projects, an
interdisciplinary design collaborative based in San Francisco. She has taught at the California
College of the Arts, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the College of Environmental Design,
University of California Berkeley.
The Science Shelf
Explorers of Deep Time
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231195348, $35.00, HC, 344pp
Synopsis: Paleontology is the scientific study of life that existed prior to, and sometimes
including, the start of the Holocene epoch (roughly 11,700 years before present). It includes the
study of fossils to classify organisms and study their interactions with each other and their
Paleontology is also one of the most visible yet most misunderstood fields of science. Children
dream of becoming paleontologists when they grow up. Museum visitors flock to exhibits on
dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. The media reports on fossil discoveries and new clues to
mass extinctions. Nonetheless, misconceptions abound: paleontologists are assumed only to be
interested in dinosaurs, and they are all too often imagined as bearded white men in battered
With the publication of "Explorers of Deep Time: Paleontologists and the History of Life"
Professor Roy Plotnick provides a behind-the-scenes look at paleontology as it exists today in all
its complexity. He explores the field's aims, methods, and possibilities, with an emphasis on the
compelling personal stories of the scientists who have made it a career. Paleontologists study the
entire history of life on Earth; they do not only use hammers and chisels to unearth fossils but are
just as likely to work with cutting-edge computing technology.
Professor Plotnick presents the big questions about life's history that drive paleontological
research and shows why knowledge of Earth's past is essential to understanding present-day
environmental crises. He introduces readers to the diverse group of people of all genders, races,
and international backgrounds who make up the twenty-first-century paleontology community,
foregrounding their perspectives and firsthand narratives. He also frankly discusses the many
challenges that face the profession, with key takeaways for aspiring scientists.
Critique: Informed and informative, exceptionally well written, thoroughly 'reader friendly' in
organization and presentation, "Explorers of Deep Time: Paleontologists and the History of Life"
is especially recommended reading for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers
wanting to know the illustrated facts about the everyday work of real-life paleontologists. While
especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library
Paleontology collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists, it should be noted that
"Explorers of Deep Time: Paleontologists and the History of Life" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $19.24).
Editorial Note: Roy Plotnick is professor emeritus in the Department of Earth and Environmental
Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a fellow of the Geological Society of
America and the Paleontological Society.
Melvin A. Felton, Jr.
c/o John Hunt Publishing
9781789047196, $16.95, PB, 328pp
Synopsis: "Universe Within: The Surprising Way the Human Brain Models the Universe" by
physicist Melvin A. Felton, Jr. makes the case that the human brain is a physical model of the
universe because of structural and dynamical similarities shared between the two systems based
on the pictures emerging out of neuroscience and physics, respectively. The relationship between
the human brain and the universe revealed with the publication of "Universe Within: The
Surprising Way the Human Brain Models the Universe" might be the missing principle that leads
to the theory-of-everything.
Critique: Informative, iconoclastic, and thought-provoking, "Universe Within: The Surprising
Way the Human Brain Models the Universe" is an inherently fascinating and compelling read
from cover to cover. While highly recommended for community, college, and library collections,
it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academics, and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in biology, physics, and philosophical metaphysics that "Universe
Within: The Surprising Way the Human Brain Models the Universe" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $16.49).
Editorial Note: Melvin Felton is a physicist who conducts research in diverse fields that include
remote sensing of the lower atmosphere, cybernetics, and computational neuroscience.
The Mathematics Shelf
Irrationality and Transcendence in Number Theory
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9780367628376, $99.95, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Irrationality and Transcendence in Number Theory",
mathematician David Angell tells the story of irrational numbers from their discovery in the days
of Pythagoras to the ideas behind the work of Baker and Mahler on transcendence in the 20th
"Irrationality and Transcendence in Number Theory" focuses on themes of irrationality, algebraic
and transcendental numbers, continued fractions, approximation of real numbers by rationals,
and relations between automata and transcendence. It also serves as a guide and introduction to
number theory for advanced undergraduates and early postgraduates. Readers are led through the
developments in number theory from ancient to modern times. Also included are a wide range of
exercises, from routine problems to surprising and thought-provoking extension material.
"Irrationality and Transcendence in Number Theory" uses techniques from widely diverse areas
of mathematics, including number theory, calculus, set theory, complex analysis, linear algebra,
and the theory of computation. It is eminently suitable as a primary textbook for advanced
undergraduate courses in number theory, or as supplementary reading for interested
postgraduates. Each chapter concludes with an appendix setting out the basic facts needed from
each topic, so that "Irrationality and Transcendence in Number Theory" is fully accessible to
readers without any specific specialist background.
Critique: Exceptionally informative, impressively organized and presented, "Irrationality and
Transcendence in Number Theory" is an ideal selection as a curriculum textbook. While highly
recommended for college and university library Mathematical Set Theory, Number Theory, and
Number Systems collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Irrationality and
Transcendence in Number Theory" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: David Angell studied mathematics at Monash University and the University of
New South Wales, Australia, earning a Ph.D. from the latter institution with a thesis on Mahler's
method in transcendence theory. He has been a member of the academic staff in the School of
Mathematics at UNSW since 1989, and has consistently received glowing evaluations of his
teaching both from colleagues and from students. He has for many years been the problems
editor for Parabola, the online mathematics magazine produced by UNSW, as well as
contributing a number of articles to the magazine.
The Art Shelf
Metalwork from the Arab World and the Mediterranean
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500971116, $85.00, HC, 340pp
Synopsis: "Metalwork from the Arab World and the Mediterranean" by Doris Behrens-Abouseif
(Professor Emerita at SOAS, University of London, and previously Nasser D. Khalili Chair of
Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS), is the latest in the series on the treasures of The al-Sabah
Collection, Kuwait, presents metalwork made in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and Yemen from the early
Islamic period through the end of the Ottoman era in the nineteenth century.
The pieces comprising "Metalwork from the Arab World and the Mediterranean" include
exquisite platters, serving vessels, candlesticks, and pen boxes produced for royal courts, but also
many beautifully decorated bronze domestic items, such as bowls, lunch boxes, door knockers,
buckets, and lamps.
Rooted in earlier artistic traditions from the Mediterranean, Iraq, Iran, and the Indian
subcontinent, the metalwork traditions showcased in "Metalwork from the Arab World and the
Mediterranean" reflect the complex history of the Arab world following the advent of Islam.
The collection starts in the Late Antique period, which informed the early Islamic royal styles of
the Umayyad, Abbasid, and Fatimid dynasties, and goes on to trace the emergence of Mosul as a
center for metalwork in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; the influential courtly Mamluk style
during the Bahri period (1250 - 1380s); the Circassian era (1380s - 1517); the growth of the
European export market in the fifteenth century; distinctive vernacular styles in Yemen during
the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries; and the many revivals and fusions of
international styles over six centuries of Ottoman rule (1517 - 1900s).
Finally, an enigmatic group of zoomorphic fittings that defy easy dating is celebrated for the
craftsmanship and charm of its animal figures.
Critique: Enhanced with the inclusion of 350 full color illustrations, and highly recommended for
personal, professional, community, college, and university library Islamic Art collections,
"Metalwork from the Arab World and the Mediterranean" is an impressively informative and
beautifully illustrated large coffee-table style volume (8.62 x 10.87 inches) that features many
important unpublished pieces and must be considered essential reading for specialists, but it will
fascinate and inform the non-specialist general reader with an interest in Islamic culture and
history, metalwork, and the decorative arts of the Arab world.
Art of the Baltic States
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500025130, $60.00, HC, 294pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Art of the Baltic States", scholar and art critic Serge
Fauchereau presents the modern art scene of the Baltic countries, showing how artists from
Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia created their own art movement rooted in Baltic life.
By the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Baltic artists and writers were starting to
reclaim and promote their artistic heritage as radically distinct from that of the invading nations,
with pioneers such as M. K. Ciurlionis and Vilhelms Purvitis demonstrating rare originality in
Focusing on the modern era, Fauchereau tackles a broad range of artistic fields such as painting,
sculpture, photography, and art criticism and includes works by Petras Kalpokas, Aleksandra
Belcova, and Eduard Ole, among many others.
"Art of the Baltic States" is deftly organized into three main chapters, documenting the history of
art in each country. Enriched with some 294 illustrations drawn from important museum
collections, Fauchereau covers key art movements as well as their rich and complex historical
background, from time under the Czars and the German crown to the invasion by the Soviet
Union and beyond.
With each country showcased in its own lavishly illustrated section, "Art of the Baltic States" is a
wonderfully informative guide to a vibrant field in European art history that is often overlooked
but deserves rediscovery and a place on the global stage.
Critique: A unique, impressively informative, and magnificently presented volume, "Art of the
Baltic States" will prove to be an extraordinary, enduringly welcome, and highly prized addition
to personal, professional, community, college, and university library European Art History
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Serge Fauchereau is a scholar and art critic. He was also a professor of American
literature at New York University, and has curetted major exhibitions at the Pompidou Center.
Serge Fauchereau has published over twenty books, including a dozen monographs such as
Braque, Jean Arp, Kupka, and Malevich.
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500204771, $24.95, PB, 240pp
Synopsis: William Hogarth (10 November 1697 - 26 October 1764) was one of the great
eighteenth-century painters, a marvelous colorist, and an innovator at all levels of artistic
expression. Now in a newly updated and expanded edition, with the publication of "Hogarth" as
part of the renowned World of Art series from Thames & Hudson, art historian and Hogarth
scholar David Bindman surveys the works of this artist whose wry humor and sharp wit was
reflected in his prolific paintings and prints, including The Rake's Progress and Marriage
William Hogarth was also a master of pictorial satire, highlighting the moral and political issues
of the day with delightful detail and comedy -- themes that continue to resonate deeply with our
own times. This new edition of "Hogarth" has been specially updated to include a discussion of
Hogarth's representation of Black people in eighteenth-century Britain, a subject that has long
been overlooked in his many works.
Critique: Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, beautifully and profusely
illustrated in with full color reproductions of this master artist's work throughout, "Hogarth" is a
vivid, insightful, inherently interesting, insightful, and an seminal study of the artist William
Hogarth and will prove to be an enduringly welcome addition to personal, professional,
community, college, and university library European Art History collections in general, and
William Hogarth supplemental curriculum reading lists in particular. It should be noted for
students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that
"Hogarth" by Professor Emeritus Daid Bindman is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: David Bindman is an emeritus professor of the history of art at University
College London. He is currently a fellow of the Hutchins Center for African and African
American Research, Harvard University, and he was a visiting professor of history of art at
Harvard, 2011 - 2017. His publications include Blake as an Artist, Hogarth and His Times:
Serious Comedy, Ape to Apollo: Aesthetics and the Idea of Race in the 18th Century. Since
2006, he has been the editor with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of the Image of the Black in Western
Art series, in twelve volumes so far.
Camille Pissarro: The Studio of Modernism
Christophe Duvivier, editor
Josef Helfenstein, editor
9783791378275, $70.00, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: As one of the founding figures of Impressionism, Camille Pissarro (10 July 1830 - 13
November 1903) exerted considerable influence over the movement's other members, such as
Paul Ce zanne, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, and Mary Cassatt.
Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Christophe Duvivier (Director of the Museums of
Pontoise, France.) and Josef Helfenstein (Director at the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland),
"Camille Pissarro: The Studio of Modernism" focuses on Pissarro's collaborations with these and
other artists. It also celebrates the avant-garde quality of his painting, particularly in his
contributions to Neo-Impressionism.
Focusing on his role in the revolutionary Impressionist movement of the 1870s, "Camille
Pissarro: The Studio of Modernism" traces Pissarro's work in dialog with his fellow artists,
particularly Cezanne and Gauguin, and also reveals his influence on works by Alfred Sisley,
Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and others.
In addition to pages of exquisite reproductions of works by Pissarro and his contemporaries,
"Camille Pissarro: The Studio of Modernism" also features illuminating essays about his
influences on Van Gogh, his approach to the female figure, and the role of synthesis among the
Readers will come away with a new understanding of how Pissarro's unique talent for
collaboration and unity was vital to the development of French painting in the late 19th
Critique: A coffee-table style volume (10.19 x 1.38 x 12.06 inches), "Camille Pissarro: The
Studio of Modernism" is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a ten page Biography, an
eight page listing of Exhibited Works, and a two page Selected Bibliography. The essays are
impressively informative, the artwork is superbly reproduced in full color. The result is a volume
that would make an ideal Memorial Fund selection for their Art History collections by both
community and academic libraries. "Camille Pissarro: The Studio of Modernism" is especially
recommended for art history students, academia, artists, and non-specialist general readers with
an interest in the subject.
Greatest Garden: The Paintings of David More
University of Calgary Press
9781773852249, $39.99, PB, 112pp
Synopsis: David More (born 1954) is a Scottish botanical illustrator who was born in Dingwall
and educated in Kent. Books he has illustrated include Collins GEM Trees (1980), Trees of
North America (1988), with the late Alan Mitchell, and the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees
(2003) by John White. He has also contributed artwork for many other books, magazines and
posters, including a design for the Natural History Museum in London
More is one of western Canada's truly exceptional painters and is based in the rural hamlet of
Benalto, near Red Deer Alberta. More is part of a generation of landscape artists who emerged in
the 1970s to make beauty out of the ordinary and challenge the expected with bold acts of
Throughout his career, More has returned to the garden as a deeply functional yet ritualistic space
of human endeavour. The garden is a place of shelter and sanctuary, of colour and fragrance, of
order and wilderness. The garden is a private space, carefully tended and planted, observed en
plein air or through the living-room window. The garden is a public space, a park where people
gather to let their natures blossom. The garden is the world, the nature that sustains and surround
us, the environment we all live within, and all have a responsibility to cultivate and tend.
"Greatest Garden" is a visual celebration of More's engagement with the garden as a multifaceted
subject. Featuring over fifty original artworks, "Greatest Garden" encompasses a career spent in
conversation with gardens in their many and varied forms. With lively brushwork, a keen sense
of colour, and an aptitude for expressive drawing and varied composition, More has found the
garden in expected and unexpected places.
Critique: . With the publication of "Greatest Garden: The Paintings of David More" by
Mary-Beth Laviolette, we are welcomed to walk its sunlit paths one beautiful page at a time.
Each superbly reproduced painting is captioned and interspersed with quotations and
commentaries that will prove of immense interest and thematic appropriateness. A lovely volume
to simply page through from cover to cover, "Greatest Garden" is especially and unreservedly
recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library
Contemporary Canadian Art collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Greatest Garden" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $31.57).
Editorial Note: Mary-Beth Laviolette is an independent curator and writer with a visual art
practice spanning forty years. She is also the author of An Alberta Art Chronicle and A Delicate
Art: Artists, Wildflowers, and Native Plants of the West. She has curated exhibitions for the Art
Gallery of Alberta, Calgary's Glenbow Museum, the Whyte Museum, and more. Mary-Beth is
also the recipient of many awards, including the Alberta Centennial Medal and Artist in the
Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1682
9781606067697, $50.00, HC, 248pp
Synopsis: For centuries, anatomy was a fundamental component of artistic training, as artists
such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo sought to skillfully portray the human form. In
Europe, illustrations that captured the complex structure of the body (spectacularly realized by
anatomists, artists, and printmakers in early atlases such as Andreas Vesalius's De humani
corporis fabrica libri septem of 1543) found an audience with both medical practitioners and
"Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy" by Monique Kornell (who is an independent scholar and
curator specializing in the history of anatomical book illustration and the study of anatomy by
artists) examines the inventive ways anatomy has been presented from the sixteenth through the
twenty-first century, including an animated corpse displaying its own body for study, anatomized
antique sculpture, spectacular life-size prints, delicate paper flaps, and 3-D stereoscopic
photographs. Drawn primarily from the vast holdings of the Getty Research Institute, the over
150 striking images, which range in media from woodcut to neon, reveal the uncanny beauty of
the human body under the skin.
Critique: A masterpiece of anatomy based art, "Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy" is a
unique and impressively informative coffee-table style ( 8 x 1.1 x 11 inches) art book that will be
an especially prized addition to personal, professional, community, art school, medical school,
college, and university library Human Figure & Anatomy Art Book collections.
Editorial Note: This edition of "Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy" is published to
accompany an exhibition on view at the Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center from
February 22 to July 10, 2022.
Painting Happiness: Creativity with Watercolors
Leaping Hare Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9780711270565, $19.99, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: "Painting Happiness: Creativity with Watercolors" by watercolor expert Terry Runyun
is simple and vibrant 'how to' guide that explores the art of watercolor through the lens of
mindfulness, presenting activities and projects which aspiring artists can paint along with as they
allow their creative side to flourish.
This illustrated and instructive watercolor guide is especially easy and accessible for beginners,
as Runyan gently delves into the basics of the artform, starting with simple techniques which can
be follow along with, as well as presenting some fun projects ideas for novice painters to
Alongside beautiful examples of the techniques and styles explored in "Painting Happiness",
Runyan also encourages readers to practice mindfulness as they paint, and explores the ways in
which art can be used to help improve mental health. Exploring the idea of 'perfectly imperfect
watercolors', Runyan places emphasis on self-expression and allowing yourself to make
"Painting Happiness" also includes fun projects for readers to try at home, including: Turning
blobs into birds; Creating wild hairstyles; Experimenting with different prompts to paint at least
one thing a day. From technical skills and notes on materials to insight into the creative process,
"Painting Happiness has everything needed to start painting in the medium of watercolor.
Critique: Especially in these stressful times, "Painting Happiness: Creativity with Watercolors" is
an ideal pastime and approach to combating stress and anxiety while releasing our inner creative
aspirations. Exceptionally informative and 'user friendly' in organization and presentation,
"Painting Happiness: Creativity with Watercolors" is very highly recommended for personal,
professional, community, college, and university library Watercolor Art instructional reference
Editorial Note: Terry Runyan is a visual artist and creative encourager. After a long career as an
in-house illustrator for Hallmark, Terry now runs her own business, creating art and videos, and
leading classes at Skillshare to help others explore their creativity. She loves painting cats, cats
on heads, big hair, and encouraging imperfectly perfect watercolor. She maintains an informative
website at: www.terryrunyan.com and can be followed on Instagram: @terryrunyan; YouTube:
Terry Runyan; Facebook: @terryrunyancreative; and the Daily Creating Group on Facebook:
Bridget Riley: Working Drawings
Lucy Askey, et al.
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500971161, $60.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE (born 24 April 1931) is an English painter known for
her op art paintings. She lives and works in London, Cornwall and the Vaucluse in France.
Riley's paintings are developed carefully over time, the result of methodically working through
pictorial variables such as color, tone, scale, and rhythm. Studies are central to this process,
allowing Riley to concentrate on the analysis and synthesis that lie at the heart of her working
"Bridget Riley: Working Drawings" is coffee-table style volume that richly illustrates the
thinking that goes into Riley's work through a selection of over 150 drawings, color analyses,
notations, scale studies, and cartoons. The selection spans most of Riley's working life, tracing
the origins and evolving nature of her remarkable body of work. Riley's beginnings are also
documented through selected childhood drawings, work made during and immediately following
her studies at Goldsmiths' College and the Royal College of Art, and her early explorations into
The artist's working method is brought into high relief in a newly commissioned conversation
with Riley and Sir John Leighton, Director of the National Galleries of Scotland. The text
explores the cardinal moments in the artist's practice and the impulses that bring her work into
existence. "Bridget Riley: Working Drawings" also features four texts dedicated to Riley's studies
and practice written by the artist, art historians, curators, and museum directors, which shed
further light on the enduring role of drawing and the process of exploration central to her
Critique: Highly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university
library Contemporary Art & Artist collections, and published by Thames & Hudson in a large
sized, hardcover edition (10.1 x 1.6 x 11 inches) that includes some 200+ color illustrations,
"Bridget Riley: Working Drawings" is the collaborative work of Lucy Askew (Chief Curator of
Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Galleries of Scotland, and a Trustee of The
Common Guild and of Edinburgh Art Festival); Gene Baro (an American curator, critic, writer,
and organizer of special exhibitions of art; Lynne Cooke (Senior Curator for Special Projects in
Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC); Maurice de Sausmarez (who was a
painter, teacher, and art historian and author of Bridget Riley, London, 1970); and Michael
Harrison (who was Director of Kettle's Yard in Cambridge).
The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Instincts of a Talent Agent
9780998785479, $18.95, HC, 128pp
Synopsis: "Instincts of a Talent Agent: Entrepreneurial Takeaways from an Industry Insider" by
professional talent agent Marc Guss is a candid and 'real world' combination instructional guide
and how-to manual written revealing to aspiring actors and others new to the profession how they
can establish their acting careers in the entertainment industry by using an entrepreneur's specific
"Instincts of a Talent Agent" also shares Marc's deeply personal experiences from the trenches
with names like Lauren Bacall, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Christopher Reeve, Quentin Tarantino,
Whoopi Goldberg, J.J. Abrams, Dr. Phil, and others, what he learned, and how to apply those
"Instincts of a Talent Agent" includes cautionary tales and hilarious moments, all of which
contribute to telling it like it is, and is especially meant for those who are truly serious about a
career in entertainment. Highlights include: Tips for breaking into the business and immediately
making your mark; How to claim and cultivate your own niche; Establishing and building your
brand; Navigating cutthroat players and other survival and growth strategies; How to make social
media a powerful and efficient creative tool.
Of special note is the inclusion of practical take-aways at the end of each chapter and a
comprehensive Reader's Guide.
Critique: Also readily available in a paperback edition (9780998785486, $14.95), "Instincts of a
Talent Agent: Entrepreneurial Takeaways from an Industry Insider" is an absolutely essential,
informative, instructive, and thoroughly 'user friendly' read for anyone contemplating or trying to
create a career in theatrical or cinematic acting. "Instincts of a Talent Agent: Entrepreneurial
Takeaways from an Industry Insider" is an especially and unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, community, college, and university library Theatre/Cinema collections in
general, and Acting/Auditioning reading lists in particular.
The Archaeology Shelf
The Red Sea Scrolls
Pierre Tallet, author
Mark Lehner, author
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500052112, $39.95, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Archaeologist Pierre Tallet's discovery of the Red Sea Scrolls (the world's oldest
surviving written documents) in 2013 was one of the most remarkable moments in the history of
Egyptology. These papyri, written some 4,600 years ago, and combined with fellow archaeologist
Mark Lehner's research, changed what we thought we knew about the building of the Great
Pyramid at Giza.
With the publication of "The Red Sea Scrolls: How Ancient Papyri Reveal the Secrets of the
Pyramids", and for the first time, the world-renowned team of Egyptologists Tallet and Lehner
give us the definitive account of this astounding discovery. The story begins with Tallet's hunt for
hieroglyphic rock inscriptions in the Sinai Peninsula and leads up to the discovery of the papyri,
the diary of Inspector Merer, who oversaw workers in the reign of Pharaoh Khufu in Wadi
el-Jarf, the site of an ancient harbor on the Red Sea. The translation of the papyri reveals how the
stones of the Great Pyramid ended up in Giza. Combined with Lehner's excavations of the harbor
at the pyramid construction site the Red Sea Papyri have greatly advanced our understanding of
how the ancient Egyptians were able to build monuments that survive to this day.
Tallet and Lehner narrate this thrilling discovery and explore how the building of the pyramids
helped create a unified state, propelling Egyptian civilization forward. A lavishly illustrated
volume, "The Red Sea Scrolls: How Ancient Papyri Reveal the Secrets of the Pyramids" captures
the excitement and significance of these seminal findings, conveying above all how astonishing it
is to discover a contemporary eyewitness testimony to the creation of the only remaining Wonder
of the Ancient World.
Critique: An invaluable, unique, profusely illustrated, and impressive contribution to the growing
library of Egyptology, "The Red Sea Scrolls: How Ancient Papyri Reveal the Secrets of the
Pyramids" is an essential addition to personal, professional, museum, community, college, and
university library Egyptology collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of
archaeology and Egyptology students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in the subject that "The Red Sea Scrolls: How Ancient Papyri Reveal the Secrets of the
Pyramids" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.49).
Editorial Note #1: Mark Lehner is president of Ancient Egypt Research Associates and research
associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. He has conducted fieldwork at
Giza for over forty years. He is the author of the bestselling The Complete Pyramids and the
definitive volume on the subject, Giza and the Pyramids.
Editorial Note #2: Pierre Tallet is a professor of Egyptology at the Sorbonne and president of the
French Society of Egyptology. He is the leader of the archaeological mission at Wadi el-Jarf,
where he discovered the Red Sea Papyri.
The Cookbook Shelf
Betty Crocker Simply Delicious Diabetes Cookbook
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780358659075, $24.99, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: Managing diabetes by what you eat does not have to feel overwhelming or even like
you're depriving yourself of good, palate pleasing, appetite satisfying meals. Not when you have
the "Betty Crocker Simply Delicious Diabetes Cookbook" which offers 162 easy, delicious
recipes to help you enjoy a healthy meal plan, with a variety of flavorful foods that satisfy.
The chapters comprising the "Betty Crocker Simply Delicious Diabetes Cookbook" span every
meal and snack of the day ranging from Flavor-Packed Basics, Scrumptious Breakfasts, Tasty
Light Meals & Snacks, to Colorful Salads & Veggies, Satisfying Dinners, and Sweet Treats &
Refreshing Drinks (it's possible!).
Each of six features has tips to focus on one area to help you stay on track without feeling like
you're on a diet, covering topics like how to dine out at restaurants, how to deliciously add flavor
to foods without unwanted fat or sodium, smart snacking choices, and more! You'll find fast prep
recipes for satisfying meals in minutes, as well as gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, plus
tips to help the recipes turn out successfully, no matter what your cooking experience. Enjoy the
wide variety of these recipes for the foods you like to eat while sticking to a healthy meal
Critique: If it's Betty Crocker, you know its going to be good! Profusely and beautifully
illustrated with full color photography throughout, the "Betty Crocker Simply Delicious Diabetes
Cookbook" is an inspiring culinary compendium for planning truly memorable meals for
diabetics and non-diabetics alike! An impressive compendium of thoroughly 'kitchen cook
friendly' step-by-step recipes, the "Betty Crocker Simply Delicious Diabetes Cookbook" is
unreservedly recommended for personal, family, professional, and community library cook book
collections. It should be noted that the "Betty Crocker Simply Delicious Diabetes Cookbook" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Your Daily Veg
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780857839664, $26.99, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: Bold, fuss-free cooking that just happens to be vegetarian, "Your Daily Veg:
Innovative, fuss-free vegetarian food" by vegetarian chef Joe Woodhouse celebrates everyday
vegetables in a fresh and modern way. Chapters focus either on one core vegetable or a group of
similar vegetables, celebrating seasonality and encouraging you to make swaps if you don't have
the exact ingredients. These recipes can then be used as a base for experimenting.
Starting with the ingredient and working forward from there, Woodhouse recipes blend textures,
spices and flavors to create satisfying meals that use minimal ingredients but achieve maximum
flavor. With tips on how best to prep dishes and advice on minimising stress and time in the
kitchen, each recipe comprising "Your Dailey Veg" is as straightforward and thoroughly 'kitchen
cook friendly' in presentation.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated in full color, "Your Daily Veg: Innovative,
fuss-free vegetarian food" is an innovative compendium of palate pleasing, appetite satisfying,
vegetarian dishes that will make any meal truly memorable. A culinary treasury whose meal-time
delights range from Spiced Cauliflower with Celery & Blue Chip Dip; Curried Lentil & Spring
Green Hand Pies with Green Chilli; and Griddled Aubergine, Garlic, Yoghurt, Roasted Cherry
Tomatoes and Brown Butter; to Green Beans with Shallot & Garlic Cream & Toasted
Breadcrumbs; Tomato Broth with Thyme Dumplings; and Creamed Corn, Soft-Boiled Egg &
Garlic Chilli Crisp. "Your Daily Veg" is a delight to browse through and plan menus with --
making it an unreservedly recommended addition to personal, family, professional, and
community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Your Daily Veg" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
Editorial Note: Joe Woodhouse has been vegetarian since the age of 10, teaching himself how to
cook. He later trained as a chef and spending years working in kitchens such as Vanilla Black
and the Towpath Cafe, as well as working at events with restaurants such as the Quality Chop
house. Acclaimed as being one of the best vegetarian chefs in the business, his work has featured
in publications such as Bon Appetit.
Leon Happy One-Pot Vegetarian
Rebecca Seal, author
Chantal Symons, author
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781840918038, $24.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: The award-winning healthy UK restaurant chain LEON is back once again with the
publication of "Leon Happy One-Pot Vegetarian" a culinary collection showcasing more than
100 fuss-free, full-of-flavor recipes for vegetarian and vegan main course dishes that can be
created with only one cooking pot, pan or baking tray.
Even the most novice of kitchen cooks can enjoy simple-to-follow, satisfying recipes that are
perfect for any dining occasion, whether it is a mid-week supper, a quick weekend lunch or
something more impressive (but easy) for friends or family. From fiery tray bakes to comforting
casseroles, "Leon Happy One-Pot Vegetarian" is all about the food and not the washing up,
leaving you more time to veg-out after the meal eaten.
There are simple instructions on how to plan a one-pot meal, including batching and freezing, a
seasonal chart of fruit, vegetables and herbs to help you maximize flavor and take advantage of
fresh produce, a guide for keeping a well -stocked cupboard, and tips throughout for easily
converting vegetarian recipes to vegan and easy swaps for ingredients that just aren't your
Critique: From exotic recipes ranging from Pea & Ricotta Puff Tarts; Dan-Dan Inspired Noodles;
and Harissa-Roasted Roots with Feta, Almonds & Chickpeas; to Ackee Fried Rice; Giant Pasta
Shells Stuffed With Herbed Ricotta; and Braised Spiced Okra & Broad Beans, "Leon Happy
One-Pot Vegetarian" is enhanced with the inclusion of beautiful full color photography
throughout, "Leon Happy One-Pot Vegetarian" is a vegetarian's delight and will prove to be an
enduringly favorite and appreciated addition to personal, professional, and community library
Vegetarian Cookbook collections.
Editorial Note #1: Rebecca Seal has written about food and drink for the Financial Times,
Evening Standard, the Observer, the Guardian, Red and The Sunday Times. Her cookbooks
include Istanbul: Recipes from the heart of Turkey and Lisbon: Recipes from the heart of
Portugal, as well as co-authoring LEON Happy Soups, LEON Happy One-pot Cooking, LEON
Fast Vegan, LEON Happy Curries and LEON Happy Fast Food with John Vincent. She is one of
the food and drink experts on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.
Editorial Note #2: Chantal Symons' passion for cooking was ignited when, as a teenager, she was
diagnosed as allergic to dairy, eggs and wheat. She believes everyone should take joy and
satisfaction from food and so she specializes in freeform cooking. Chantal has worked as a
personal chef, caterer, restaurateur and in food product development. She is also a champion
barbequer, and has won several competitions including Jamie Oliver's 'Big Feastival'.
Salad: 100 Recipes for Simple Salads & Dressings
Smith Street Books
300 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010
9781922417619, $27.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Salads are so versatile: healthy and inexpensive meals that can be thrown together
using endless combinations of ingredients and a little creativity. Dressed up or pared back, a
salad can be as simple as tossing a few green leaves in a bowl or served as a main meal packed
with vegetables, grains, or your choice of protein.
"Salad: 100 Recipes for Simple Salads & Dressings" is an impressive culinary collection and
filled from cover to cover with light, everyday meals for all occasions, with dressings to mix and
match, ideas for toppings, and simple breads and crackers to make from scratch.
Filled with beautiful photography and suggestions to make each dish your own, Salad is a book
about so much more than the humble lettuce.
Critique: There is so much more to a salad than just lettuce and dressing from a grocery store
bottle. That is made clarion clear with the publication of "Salad: 100 Recipes for Simple Salads
& Dressings" showcasing Janneke Philippi's culinary compendium totally devoted to the subject
of palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, visually impressive DIY salads. Enhanced for the kitchen
cook's menu planning with the inclusion of fabulous photography of finished recipes for
memorable salads, "Salad: 100 Recipes for Simple Salads & Dressings" is especially and
unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook
Editorial Note: Janneke Philippi is a cookbook author, food stylist who writes recipes for many
magazines. She has a monthly column in the popular Dutch food magazine Delicious.
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781914239083, $24.99, HC, 176pp
Synopsis: Compiled by Clodagh McKenna for family cooks with a limited time for preparing
palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, nutritious meals, "In Minutes: 10, 20, 30" is a cookbook that's
here to help. Whilte most cookbooks suggest menu choices that focus on giving specific recipe
ideas around occasions or certain types of food, "In Minutes: 10, 20, 30" turns this concept on its
head, because most nights of the week the cook at home will ask themselves 'how much time do I
actually have to make dinner tonight?'
For "In Minutes: 10, 20, 30", Clodagh has devised recipes that will fit to what time you have,
showing you how to make super-quick 10 minute suppers that are packed with flavor, 20 minute
meals that are easy and accessible to all, and 30 minute recipes that will please anyone sitting
down at the family table for a memorable meal.
Critique: Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout, "In Minutes: 10, 20, 30" is simply
packed from cover to cover with timed, step-by-step preparation instructions for an impressive
variety of quick, easy, fun meal-time menu suggestions that range from Warm Lentil Salad with
Goat's Cheese; Moroccan Prawn Rice Bowl; Tofu Pad Thai; and Happy Hotdogs with Oh Yeah
Yum Sauce; to Steak with Thai Sriracha Sauce; Quick Chermoula Fish Parcels; The Juiciest
Burger of All; and Everyone Loves Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake. Of special note is that each
recipes comes with a one paragraph commentary by Clodagh. A fun and prized addition to
personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "In Minutes: 10, 20, 30" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Clodagh McKenna is a chef, restaurateur, broadcaster and author who studied in
France and New York and trained and worked at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Ireland. She is the
author of six books including Clodagh's Weeknight Kitchen, Clodagh's Suppers and Clodagh's
Jeremy Pang's School of Wok
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600637301, $24.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: A wok is a deep round-bottomed cooking pot that originated in China. Woks are used
in a range of Chinese cooking techniques, including stir frying, steaming, pan frying, deep frying,
poaching, boiling, braising, searing, stewing, making soup, smoking and roasting nuts.
Bringing together the best Asian flavors from across the continent, "Jeremy Pang's School of
Wok" is comprised of wok- based recipes for quick-fire, easy meals that take as little as 15
minutes to cook. From lavish suppers for lavish weekend suppers to family feasts with a bit more
flare, Jeremy Pang's School of Wok contains the tips and tricks you need to make the world of
Asian cooking easily accessible so you never have to resort to a fakeaway ever again.
Most of the recipes in "Jeremy Pang's School of Wok" utilise the 'wok clock' technique, where
the ingredients are laid out in a clock formation in the order they will be cooked for complete
simplicity. Wok Wednesdays and Flavor Fridays, all seen on the School of Wok Youtube
channel, are also featured.
Critique: An ideal cookbook for the novice family chef wanting to provide authentic wok
prepared Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese; Singaporean, Malaysian; Indonesian, Pindy, Lorean,
Japanese dishes, "Jeremy Pang's School of Wok" is profusely and beautifully illustrated in full
color and provides thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes instructions for each showcased
dish. Of special note is the secton devoted to 'Tasty Sides'. Also available in a digital book format
(Kindle, $12.99), and enhanced with the inclusion of a Glossary and an Index, "Jeremy Pang's
School of Wok" will be a prized and appreciated addition to personal, family, professional, and
community library Asian Cookbook collections.
Editorial Note: The young and talented chef Jeremy Pang comes from three generations of
Chinese cooks. Jeremy is now a regular chef on BBC1's Ready Steady Cook and Channel 4's
Sunday Brunch as well as having published two of his own cookbooks: demystifying Chinese
cooking in Chinese Unchopped and exploring different delectable dishes in Hong Kong
Now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Pang's School of Wok has gone from strength to
strength: launching a range of products and meal kits, winning at The British Cookery School
Awards in 2014 and teaching over 60,000 students the secrets of Asian cuisines.
Craig McAnuff, author
Shaun McAnuff, author
9781526631879, $30.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Caribbean food is often known for its tasty meat and fish dishes. However, there's
more to Caribbean food than jerk chicken. Caribbean cusine also features a wide variety of fresh
fruit and vegetables like plantain, yams, jackfruit, guava, and plenty more, making it perfect for
Jamaica has a long and authentic vegan tradition: the Ital diet of Jamaican Rastafarians. Ital
means clean, natural, and unprocessed as much as possible. Rastafari is an expression of unity
with all things, and the Ital diet reflects that through a sense of peace and togetherness with the
natural world. Essentially Jamaican cooking without salt, meat, or additives, Ital is just as tasty
but with the power to promote overall health and wellness.
Craig and Shaun charmed cooks everywhere with their essential introduction to home-cooked
Caribbean food in Original Flava. Now, in "Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based Caribbean
Recipes", they are offering the family cook Ital inspiration and punchy Caribbean flavors to the
feel-good, plant-based, vegetarian diet.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated with full color photography throughout, "Natural Flava: Quick &
Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes" offers informative commentaries of each showcased dish,
along ingredients lists and preparatory instructions with 'kitchen cook friendly' style of
organization and presentation. From Corn Fritters; Mushroom Pepper Steak; Lentil and Bean
Stew; and Red Pea Soup; to Meta-Free Kebabs; Mango Coleslaw, Sweet Potato Salad; and Rum
Cake, "Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes" will prove to be a unique
and enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, and community library Vegetarian
Cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based
Caribbean Recipes" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).
Editorial Note: Craig and Shaun McAnuff, raised in London and of Jamaican descent, are
bringing Caribbean food to the masses. In April 2016, they launched the Original Flava brand,
sharing videos of them cooking simple Caribbean recipes. Their videos went viral and they have
since been featured on the BBC, Buzzfeed, BET Network, London Live and Reprezent Radio
and have published two books, including Caribbean Cookbook in 2017 and Original Flava in
The Camping Cookbook
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781914239151, $14.99, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "The Camping Cookbook: Fabulous Campfire Feasts For
Outdoor Adventurers", Annie Bell shows even the most novice of campers how to make
delicious and interesting camping recipes with just the barest of essentials.
Using a traveling barbecue, one-ring burner or a tripod and pot, now new and experienced
outdoor campers can create portable feasts such as Baba Ghanoush, Chicken Tagine with Pine
Nuts and Raisins, and Apricots with Gooey Nougat, and learn about the best equipment to use for
minimum mess and clearing up.
From hearty brunches and tea & cake to one-pot cooking and sweet treats, "The Camping
Cookbook: Fabulous Campfire Feasts For Outdoor Adventurers" essential guide has more than
60 recipes for every occasion, so you can eat in style wherever you are.
Critique: Showing that there can be so much more to campfire cuisine than hot dogs and smores,
"The Camping Cookbook: Fabulous Campfire Feasts For Outdoor Adventurers" is profusely and
beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photography, From Twice Baked Banana Cake;
Feta with Pistachios in Honey; and Cowboy Coffee Beef; to Goat Cheese Wrapped in Parma
Ham; Butterflied Leg of Lamb, all the recipes comprising "The Camping Cookbook: Fabulous
Campfire Feasts For Outdoor Adventurers" are thoroughly 'camp fire cook' friendly. With the
inclusion of an entire section devoted to side dishes, expert advice on what constitutes an
essential kit and more, "The Camping Cookbook: Fabulous Campfire Feasts For Outdoor
Adventurers" is highly recommended for personal, family, professional, and community library
Editorial Note: Annie Bell is an award-winning cookery writer who trained as a chef before
writing for Vogue, and then the Independent. She was awarded Journalist of the Year by the
Guild of Food Writers in 2003. She has been principal cookery writer on the Mail on Sunday's
YOU Magazine for the last 20 years. Her previous cookbooks include Plant Power, Annie Bell's
Baking Bible, Soup Glorious Soup, Low Carb Revolution, Low Carb Express and How to
A Good Day to Bake
c/o Hardie Grant
9781787138018, $32.00, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: Compiled by Benjamina Ebuehi, "A Good Day to Bake: Simple Baking Recipes for
Every Mood" is a culinary compendium showcasing 70 sweet and savory baking recipes for any
day of the week.
Going through the ritual of bringing out the measuring scales, pouring out flour, whipping up the
eggs, stirring the batter and impatiently slicing up warm cake is a beautiful thing that deserves to
be enjoyed all year round no matter the day, the season or the occasion.
"A Good Day to Bake: Simple Baking Recipes for Every Mood" is a cookbook that embraces
simplicity, mindfulness and the therapeutic comforts of baking. The Great British Bake Off's
2016 contestant Benjamina writes so warmly about cakes and her recipes speak to a natural,
seasonal and down-to-earth way of baking. The chapters comprising "A Good Day to Bake:
Simple Baking Recipes for Every Mood" include Herbs & Tea, Stone Fruit & Berries,
Vegetables, Best of Beige, Spice Cupboard, and Chocolate.
The underlying message throughout "A Good Day to Bake: Simple Baking Recipes for Every
Mood" is that every day is a good day to bake!
Critique: Beautifully illustrated with full color photography throughout, "A Good Day to Bake:
Simple Baking Recipes for Every Mood" is a dedicated baker's delight to simply browse through
one delicious recipe at a time. Of particular value for both the novice and the experienced family
baker, "A Good Day to Bake: Simple Baking Recipes for Every Mood" is an especially and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, family, and community library
cookbook collections. It should be noted that "A Good Day to Bake: Simple Baking Recipes for
Every Mood" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Benjamina Ebuehi writes recipes, styles and creates content for media, such as
BBC Good Food, Waitrose Weekend and Guardian Feast as well as brands such as Sainsbury's,
McVities, Lindt, Lyles Golden Syrup, Anthropologie, Baileys and Schwartz spices. She is also an
ambassador for the incredible social enterprise Luminary Bakery, and co-founded, with her sister
Bonita, The Sister Table (www.thesistertable.com), hosting pop-up brunches and supper clubs
for women across London. Her food blog Carrot and Crumb (www.carrotandcrumb.com) was a
finalist in the 2019 Saveur Blog Awards.
The Jobs/Careers Shelf
Great Careers Without a Bachelor's Degree series
College & Career Press
PO Box 300484, Chicago, IL 60630
Synopsis: "Great Careers Without a Bachelor's Degree" is a new DIY instructional guide series
by Andrew Morkes that showcases lucrative and satisfying careers that can be trained for by
earning certificates and associate's degrees at community colleges and technical colleges; by
completing apprenticeships; and by training in the military.
These careers provide students with a path to a comfortable, middle class life. Each individual
title comprising this outstanding series features information on typical job duties and work
environments for the career; a glossary of more than 35 commonly used terms in the career;
information on educational training paths; a list of college scholarships and other types of
financial aid that help students reduce the cost of training; information on typical salaries; 15+
ways to explore the field while still in school -- classes, competitions, camps, websites, books,
tours, school clubs, information interviews, job shadowing; a detailed look at the employment
outlook in the United States; interestingly informative sidebars, and more than 40 photos that
illustrate that particular career.
Of special interest is the inclusion of interviews with professionals and educators who describe
what it's like to work in the field, what they love about their jobs, and key skills for success. The
thoroughly 'user friendly' titles currently comprising this series of 'real world practical' books
include: "Wind Turbine Technicians" (9780982921029, $19.95, PB, 96pp); "Physical Therapist
Assistants" (9780982921036, $19.95, PB, 96pp); Paralegals (9780982921012, $19.95, PB,
96pp); 9780982921005, $19.95, PB, 96pp); and Computer Support Specialists (9780982921043,
$19.95, PB, 96).
Critique: Each individual title is illustrated throught out with black/white photography and
provides a comprehensively description information with respect to job description, salary
information, and are currently experiencing above average job growth rates. Although the books
comprising the "Great Careers Without a Bachelor's Degree" are readily available for personal
reading lists individually, it is especially and unreservedly recommended for highschool and
community library Jobs/Careers collections that the entire series be acquired for the benefit of
their students and patrons.
Editorial Note: Andrew Morkes is the founder and editorial director of College & Career Press in
Chicago, Illinois. He has written about college- and career-related topics for more than 25 years.
Andrew is the author of more than 50 books about college planning and careers, including many
titles in the Vault Career Guides series (including Law, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, and
Information Technology); Mason Crest's Careers in the Building Trades and Cool Careers in
Science series; College Spotlight newsletter, the CAM Report career newsletter; and They Teach
That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors. He is also
the author and publisher of "The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends" blog and
a member of the parent advisory board at his son's school.
The Military Shelf
Fighting the Forever War
Lisa M. Mundey
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476688893, $39.95, PB, 258pp
Synopsis: During two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, U.S. service members confronted
numerous challenges in their mission to secure the country from the threat of al-Qaeda and the
Taliban and assist in rebuilding efforts.
Because the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan occurred simultaneously, much of the American public
conflated them or failed to notice the Afghanistan War; and most of the war's archival material
remains classified and closed to civilian researchers.
Drawing on interviews and letters home, "Fighting the Forever War: The U.S. Service Member
Experience in Afghanistan, 2001-2014" by military historian Lisa M. Mundey relates the
Afghanistan War through the experiences of American troops, with firsthand accounts of both
combat and humanitarian operations, the environment, living conditions and interactions with the
Critique: Occasionally illustrated with black/white photography, "Fighting the Forever War: The
U.S. Service Member Experience in Afghanistan, 2001-2014" is enhanced for academia with the
inclusion of a three page Glossary, twenty-eight pages of Chapter Notes, a ten page Bibliography,
and a three page Index. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Fighting the Forever War:
The U.S. Service Member Experience in Afghanistan, 2001-2014" is an extraordinarily
informative and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university
library Contemporary American Military History collections in general, and Afghanistan War
studies lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, military history buffs, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Fighting the Forever War: The
U.S. Service Member Experience in Afghanistan, 2001-2014" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $23.99).
Editorial Note: Lisa M. Mundey is an American and military historian who has worked both in
academia and U.S. Army history. She has written extensively on U.S. operations in
The First Black United States Marines
Ronald K. Culp
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786477142, $35.00, PB, 272pp
Synopsis: On June 1, 1942, the United States Marine Corps broke a 144-year tradition and
enlisted the first black Marines. Three months later, more than 400 black volunteers began their
training as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a Marine camp
of over five square miles located within Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Informed by personal interviews, "The First Black United States Marines: The Men of Montford
Point, 1942-1946" takes an in-depth look at the African American men who braved the color
barrier and became the first black Marines. Beginning with a look at the pre-World War II
Marine Corps, it examines the creed and contemporary image of the USMC. The main focus is
the experiences of the new black Marines.
Additional topics comprising "The First Black United States Marines: The Men of Montford
Point, 1942-1946" include internal Marine perspectives on the admittance of blacks, initially
enforced quotas, and the difficulties of segregation. Appendices provide information regarding
monthly inductions into the Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945; rank and pay structure; depot and
ammunition companies from 1943 to 1946; and Pacific Ocean area units of fire for ground
Critique: A unique and long awaited history that is an impressively informative contribution to
both African-American 20th Century and 20th Century American Military histories, "The First
Black United States Marines: The Men of Montford Point, 1942-1946" by Retired Marine
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald K. Culp is enhanced for academia and dedicated military history
buffs with the inclusion of a six Appedices, twelve pages of Chapter Notes, an eight page
Bibliography, and a three page Index. "The First Black United States Marines: The Men of
Montford Point, 1942-1946" is a very strongly recommended addition to personal, professional,
community, college, and university library African American Demographic Studies and World
War II History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Alpha One Sixteen: A Combat Infantryman's Year in Vietnam
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781636240565, $22.95, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: Peter Clark's year in Vietnam began in July 1966, when he was shipped out with
hundreds of other young recruits, as a replacement in the 1st Infantry Division. Clark was
assigned to the Alpha Company. In his memoir, "Alpha One Sixteen: A Combat Infantryman's
Year in Vietnam", Clark gives a visceral, vivid and immediate account of life in the platoon, as
he progresses from green recruit to seasoned soldier over the course of a year in the complexities
of the Vietnamese conflict.
Clark gradually learns the techniques developed by US troops to cope with the daily horrors they
encountered, the technical skills needed to fight and survive, and how to deal with the awful
reality of civilian casualties. Fighting aside, it rained almost every day and insect bites constantly
plagued the soldiers as they moved through dense jungle, muddy rice paddy and sandy roads.
From the food they ate (largely canned meatballs, beans and potatoes) to the inventive ways they
managed to shower, every aspect of the platoon's lives is explored in this revealing personal
story. The troops even managed to fit in some R&R whilst off-duty in the bars of Tokyo.
"Alpha One Sixteen" follows Clark as he discovers how to cope with the vagaries of the enemy
and the daily confusion the troops faced in distinguishing combatants from civilians. The Viet
Cong were a largely unseen enemy who fought a guerrilla war, setting traps and land mines
everywhere. Clark's vigilance develops as he gets used to 'living in mortal terror', which a brush
with death in a particularly terrifying fire fight does nothing to dispel. As he continues his
journey, he chronicles those less fortunate; the heavy toll being taken all around him is
powerfully described at the end of each chapter.
Critique: An impressively candid, detailed, informative, and emotionally engaging military
memoir of one man's experience fighting in Viet Nam, "Alpha One Sixteen: A Combat
Infantryman's Year in Vietnam" is an especially and unreservedly contribution to the expanding
library of Viet Nam military histories, biographies and memoirs. Originally published in a
hardcover edition in 2018, this newly published paperback edition from Casemate remains an
important and recommended addition to community, college, and university library collections. It
should be noted for the personal reading lists of military buffs and Viet Nam war studies that
"Alpha One Sixteen: A Combat Infantryman's Year in Vietnam" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note: Peter Clark served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1968, including
Vietnam service with the 1st Infantry Division. He currently serves in the U.S. Department of
Health & Human Services in the Office of the Inspector General.
The Civil War Shelf
Day by Day through the Civil War in Georgia
Michael K. Shaffer
Mercer University Press
1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207-0001
9780881468243, $35.99, HC, 480pp
Synopsis: Until now, a comprehensive daily account (1,630 days) of Georgia's social, political,
economic, and military events during the Civil War did not exist. During the 160 years since the
conflict's termination, many fine accounts of wartime Georgia have rolled off various
"Compiled by Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer, "Day by Day through the Civil War in
Georgia" is comprise of daily entries derived from a quill scrolling the parchment or a press
imprinting type on the day the activity occurred.
For academician and historian Shaffer, constraint proved a continuing challenge, while the
unearthing of a few dramatic quotes, without a date associated, negated their use in this resource.
Many former reference books were too much North or too much South, but with this effort,
Shaffer strikes a balance between the combatants while remembering the struggles of enslaved
persons, folks on the home front, and merchants and clergy attempting to maintain some sense of
Historians and students will benefit from utilizing "Day by Day through the Civil War in
Georgia" in future research endeavors. As such, this work will become the standard reference
book for those studying the Civil War in Georgia. The inclusion of maps, footnotes, a detailed
index, and bibliographical references will aid those wanting more.
Critique: A unique, extraordinary and impressively informative contribution to the growing
library of American Civil War histories, "Day by Day through the Civil War in Georgia" is
exceptional in its organization and presentation, making it an ideal and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
Editorial Note: Michael K. Shaffer is a Civil War historian, instructor, lecturer, newspaper
columnist, and author. He is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the
Civil War Western Theater, and the Georgia Association of Historians. Shaffer teaches Civil War
courses at Kennesaw State University's College of Graduate and Professional Education and at
Voices of the Army of the Potomac
Vincent L. Burns
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781636240725, $37.95, HC, 384pp
Synopsis: As American Civil War historian David W. Bright noted in "Race and Reunion: The
Civil War in American Memory" -- "No other historical experience in America has given rise to
such a massive collection of personal narrative 'literature' written by ordinary people." This
"massive collection" of memoirs, recollections and regimental histories make up the history of
the Civil War seen through the eyes of the participants.
With the publication of "Voices of the Army of the Potomac: Personal Reminiscences of Union
Veterans", Burns provides an overview of what Civil War soldiers and veterans wrote about their
experiences. It focuses on what Union veterans remembered, what they were prepared to record,
and what they wrote down in the years after the end of the war. In an age of increased literacy
many of these men had been educated, whether at West Point, Harvard or other establishments,
but even those who had received only a few years of education chose to record their
The writings of these Union veterans convey their views on the cataclysmic events they had
witnessed but also their memories of everyday events during the war. While many of them
undertook detailed research of battles and campaigns before writing their accounts, it is clear that
a number were less concerned with whether their words aligned with the historical record than
whether they recorded what they believed to be true. "Voices of the Army of the Potomac:
Personal Reminiscences of Union Veterans" explores these themes and also the connection
between veterans writing their personal war history and the issue of veterans' pensions.
Understanding what these veterans chose to record and why is important to achieving a deeper
understanding of the experience of these men who were caught up in this central moment in
Critique: A welcome and expertly presented contribution to the growing library of American
Civil War histories, biographies, and memoirs, "Voices of the Army of the Potomac: Personal
Reminiscences of Union Veterans" is an inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and
unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library American
Civil War collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students,
academia, civil war enthusiasts and historians, as well as non-specialist general readers with an
interest in the subject that "Voices of the Army of the Potomac: Personal Reminiscences of
Union Veterans" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.49).
Editorial Note: Vincent Burns has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in American History from the
University of Memphis. His previously published titles include The Fifth New York Cavalry in
the Civil War (McFarland, 2014) and a novel entitled Moonlight in Vermont.
The American History Shelf
The Material World of Eyre Hall
Carl R. Lounsbury, editor
c/o Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201-5149
9781911282914, $89.95, HC, 448pp
Synopsis: Erected in 1759 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Eyre Hall is still occupied by
descendants of its builder. It retains a rich variety of objects from furniture and books to silver
and paintings acquired by the family, reflecting the tastes and aspirations of its many different
generations. Only a small handful of places in Virginia can claim such continuity.
The material culture of Eyre Hall illustrates the ever changing meanings of this place in
American culture from the seventeenth- through the twenty-first century. It represents the cultural
endeavors of southern society that was built on slavery and suffered the tribulations of wars,
emancipation, and economic depressions.
Compiled and edited by Professor Carl R. Lounsbury, "The Material World of Eyre Hall: Four
Centuries of Chesapeake History" is an original study that explores the mutability of this
inheritance in the wake of such transformative events.
"The Material World of Eyre Hall: Four Centuries of Chesapeake History" is divided into four
sections. The first recounts the history of those who lived at Eyre Hall. The second examines the
architecture of the house and its service buildings. The third explores the formal garden. The
fourth section is a catalogue raisonne of its objects.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, "The Material World of Eyre Hall: Four Centuries of
Chesapeake History" is a coffee-table style volume (9.5 x 1.5 x 11.5 inches) that will have
relevance for students of residential architecture and regional American history. With informative
essays covering the changing fortunes of the Eyre family over the last four centuries, their home's
architecture and landscape, "The Material World of Eyre Hall" includes illustrated catalog
commentaries on Eyre Hall furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, paintings, maps, prints, books,
musical instruments, sheet music, costumes, textiles, ironwork, and arms. A volume that could
well serve as a template for other studies of long established, notable, and enduring American
homes, "The Material World of Eyre Hall" is unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, community, college, and university library collections.
Editorial Note: Edited by Carl R. Lounsbury, Senior Architectural Historian, Colonial
Williamsburg Foundation (retired), Adjunct Associate Professor of History, College of William
and Mary With an Introduction by Dr. Cary Carson, Senior Vice President of Research at
Colonial Williamsburg, retired. Contributions by Laura Barry, Bennie Brown, Edward Chappell,
Sam Florer, Erik Goldstein, Haley Hoffman, Neal Hurst, Angelika Kuettner, Mark Letzer, Carl
R. Lounsbury, George McDaniel, Katie McKinney, Elizabeth Palms, Margaret Pritchard,
Sumpter Priddy, Will Rieley, Alexandra Rosenberg, Gary Stanton, Robert Watkins, and John
Synopsis; Erected in 1759 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Eyre Hall is still occupied by
descendants of its builder. It retains a rich variety of objects from furniture and books to silver
and paintings acquired by the family, reflecting the tastes and aspirations of its many different
generations. Only a small handful of places in Virginia can claim such continuity. The material
culture of Eyre Hall illustrates the everchanging meanings of this place in American culture from
the seventeenth- through the twenty-first century. It represents the cultural endeavors of southern
society that was built on slavery and suffered the tribulations of wars, emancipation, and
economic depressions. This study explores the mutability of this inheritance in the wake of such
transformative events. The book is divided into four sections. The first recounts the history of
those who lived at Eyre Hall. The second examines the architecture of the house and its service
buildings. The third explores the formal garden. The fourth section is a catalogue raisonne of its
The Founders' Fortunes
Willard Sterne Randall
c/o Penguin Group USA
9781524745929, $29.00, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: In 1776, upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers
concluded America's most consequential document with a curious note, pledging "our lives, our
fortunes and our sacred honor". Lives and honor did indeed hang in the balance, yet just what
were their fortunes? How much did the Founders stand to gain or lose through independence?
And what lingering consequences did their respective financial stakes have on liberty, justice,
and the fate of the fledgling United States of America?
"The Founders' Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of America" is landmark account in
which historian and academician Willard Sterne Randall investigates the private financial affairs
of the Founders, illuminating like never before how and why the Revolution came about.
"The Founders' Fortunes" uncovers how these leaders waged war, crafted a constitution, and
forged a new nation influenced in part by their own financial interests. In an era where these very
issues have become daily national questions thanks to the presidency of Donald J. Trump, the
result is a remarkable and insightful new understanding of our nation's bedrock values.
Critique: Impressively informative and exceptionally well written, "The Founders' Fortunes: How
Money Shaped the Birth of America" is a unique and welcome addition to community, college,
and university library American History collections. Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of
eight pages of Notes, and eight page Bibliography, and a seventeen page Index, it should be
noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with
an interest in the subject that "The Founders' Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of
America" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Willard Sterne Randall is a Distinguished Scholar in History and Professor
Emeritus at Champlain College. Prior to academia, he worked for seventeen years as an
investigative reporter -- during which he garnered the National Magazine Award, the Hillman
Prize, the Loeb Award, and the John Hancock Prize -- eventually pursuing advanced studies in
history at Princeton University. As a biographer and lecturer, he specializes in the history of the
Born of Lakes and Plains
Anne F. Hyde
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393634099, $40.00, HC, 464pp
Synopsis: Often overlooked, there is mixed blood at the heart of America. And at the heart of
Native life for centuries there were complex households using intermarriage to link disparate
communities and create protective circles of kin. Beginning in the seventeenth century, Native
peoples (Ojibwes, Otoes, Cheyennes, Chinooks, and others) formed new families with young
French, English, Canadian, and American fur traders who spent months in smoky winter lodges
or at boisterous summer rendezvous.
These families built cosmopolitan trade centers from Michilimackinac on the Great Lakes to
Bellevue on the Missouri River, Bent's Fort in the southern Plains, and Fort Vancouver in the
Pacific Northwest. Their family names are often imprinted on the landscape, but their voices
have long been muted in our histories.
With the publication of "Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed-Descent Peoples and the Making of
the American West" by Professor Anne F. Hyde is a path breaking history that restores them in
Vividly combining the panoramic and the particular, "Born of Lakes and Plains" follows five
mixed-descent families whose lives intertwined major events: imperial battles over the fur trade;
the first extensions of American authority west of the Appalachians; the ravages of imported
disease; the violence of Indian removal; encroaching American settlement; and, following the
Civil War, the disasters of Indian war, reservations policy, and allotment.
During the pivotal nineteenth century, mixed-descent people who had once occupied a middle
ground became a racial problem drawing hostility from all sides. Their identities were challenged
by the pseudo-science of blood quantum (the instrument of allotment policy) and their traditions
by the Indian schools established to erase Native ways. As "Born of Lakes and Plains" shows,
they navigated the hard choices they faced as they had for centuries: by relying on the rich
resources of family and kin.
Critique: A unique, inherently fascinating, ground-breaking study of Native American history in
the American West, "Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed-Descent Peoples and the Making of the
American West" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to community,
college, and university library American History & Native American History collections and
supplemental curriculum studies lists. Enhanced with the inclusion of maps, an informative
prologue (Seasons of Marriage and War) and an epilogue (The Twentieth Century), a four page
listing of Acknowledgments, seventy-eight pages of Notes, a section of black/white historical
photos, and a nineteen page Index, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist
general readers with an interest in the subject that "Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed-Descent
Peoples and the Making of the American West" is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: One of our foremost historians of the North American West and a professor of
history at the University of Oklahoma, Anne F. Hyde is also the author of "Empires, Nations, and
Families", winner of the Bancroft Prize, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
The World History Shelf
Queens of Jerusalem
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018
9781643139241, $28.95, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: In 1187 Saladin's armies besieged the holy city of Jerusalem. He had previously
annihilated Jerusalem's army at the battle of Hattin, and behind the city's high walls a last-ditch
defence was being led by an unlikely trio that included Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem. They could
not resist Saladin, but, if they were lucky, they could negotiate terms that would save the lives of
the city's inhabitants.
Queen Sibylla was the last of a line of formidable female rulers in the Crusader States of
Outremer. Yet for all the many books written about the Crusades, one aspect is conspicuously
absent: the stories of women. Queens and princesses tend to be presented as passive transmitters
of land and royal blood. In reality, women ruled, conducted diplomatic negotiations, made
military decisions, forged alliances, rebelled, and undertook architectural projects.
Queen Sibylla's grandmother Queen Melisende was the first queen to seize real political agency
in Jerusalem and rule in her own right. She outmanoeuvred both her husband and son to seize
real power in her kingdom, and was a force to be reckoned with in the politics of the medieval
The lives of her Armenian mother, her three sisters, and their daughters and granddaughters were
no less intriguing.
Critique: A simply fascinating, original, and detailed history that is especially and unreservedly
recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Crusader
History & Medieval Palestine collections, "Queens of Jerusalem: The Women Who Dared to
Rule" by Katherine Pangonis is a model of historical research. Exceptionally well written,
organized and presented, "Queens of Jerusalem: The Women Who Dared to Rule" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).
Editorial Note: Katherine Pangonis is a historian specializing in the medieval world of the
Mediterranean and Middle East. She holds MA degrees in literature and history from Oxford
University and University College London. She has a particular interest in rewriting the voices of
women into the historical narrative, re-examining understudied areas of history and bringing her
findings into the public eye.
The Emperors of Byzantium
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500023297, $39.95, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: The Byzantine empire was one of the most successful states of the Middle Ages, ruling
over a huge terrain straddling Europe and western Asia for eleven hundred years from the fourth
to fifteenth centuries.
These rulers, who included famous figures such as Constantine the Great and Justinian I, a
scattering of women, as well as ruthless usurpers, left their mark upon the modern world with the
establishment of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith, the creation of a visual template for
Christian art, and the magnificent artistic achievements of Hagia Sophia and Mount Athos.
Each illustrated biographical entry comprising "The Byzantine Emperors" by historian Kevin
Lygo contributes to the story of how Byzantium shaped art, culture, religious beliefs, and justice
systems, as well as the role this extraordinary empire played in halting repeated invasions,
allowing the idea of "Europe" to flourish. Through this compelling history, Lygo paints vivid
portraits of the entire Byzantine cast, with tales of petty revenge, religious devotion, sexual
intrigue, and artistic brilliance. From soaring intellectuals to illiterate peasants, eunuchs, and
despots, this is a humanizing portrayal of the individuals whose rule profoundly impacted the
lives of millions.
Critique: Enhanced with the inclusion 180 magnificent color illustrations supporting and
exceptionally well written, organized and present historical study that is unreservedly
recommended for community, college, and university library Byzantine History, Christian
History collections, "The Emperors of Byzantium" will have great appeal for history students,
academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject.
Editorial Note: Kevin Lygo is an expert in Islamic and Byzantine art, and has traveled across
Europe and the Middle East extensively. He has previously edited the publications "Portraits of
the Masters: Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages" and "Pages of the Qur'an: A
Study of Islamic Calligraphy"
Limits of Empire: Rome's Borders
Simon Forty, author
Jonathan Forty, author
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781636240763, $34.95, HC, 200pp
Synopsis: The borders of the Roman Empire were frontiers that were often wild and dangerous.
The expansion of the empire after the Punic Wars saw the Roman Republic become the dominant
force in the Mediterranean as it first took Carthaginian territories in Gaul, Spain and north Africa
and then moved into Greece with purpose, subjugating the area and creating two provinces,
Achaea and Macedonia. The growth of the territories under Roman control continued through the
rise of Julius Caesar (who conquered the rest of Gaul) and the establishment of the empire: each
of the emperors could point to territories annexed and lands won.
By AD 117 and the accession of Hadrian, the empire had reached its peak. It held sway from
Britain to Morocco, from Spain to the Black Sea. And its wealth was coveted by those outside its
borders. Just as today those from poorer countries try to make their way into Europe or North
America, so those outside the empire wanted to make their way into the Promised Land -- for
trade, for improvement of their lives or for plunder. Thus the Roman borders became a mix (just
as our borders are today) of defensive bulwark against enemies, but also control areas where
import and export taxes were levied, and entrance was controlled. Some of these borders were
hard: the early equivalents of the Inner German Border or Trump's Wall -- Hadrian's Wall and the
line between the Rhine and Danube. Others, such as these two great rivers, were natural borders
that the Romans policed with their navy.
With the publication of "Limits of Empire: Rome's Borders" co-authors Simon and Jonathan
Forty examines these frontiers of the empire, looking at the way they were constructed and
manned and how that changed over the years. "Limits of Empire" looks at the physical barriers
ranging from the walls in Britain to the Fossatum Africae in the desert. It also looks at the traders
and the prices that were paid for the traffic of goods, as well as the civil settlements (vici) which
grew up around the forts and fortlets and what life was like for soldiers, sailors and civilians.
Critique: Superbly illustrated in full color throughout, "Limits of Empire: Rome's Borders" is an
impressively informative, exceptionally well written, deftly organized and presented study that is
especially recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library
Ancient Roman History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted
for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in the subject that "Limits of Empire: Rome's Borders" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $13.49).
Editorial Note: Simon Forty was educated in Dorset and the north of England before reading
history at London University's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has been
involved in publishing since the mid-1970s, first as editor and latterly as author. Son of author
and RAC Tank Museum curator George Forty, he has continued in the family tradition writing
mainly on historical and military subjects including books on the Napoleonic Wars and the two
world wars. Recently he has produced a range of highly illustrated books on the Normandy
battlefields, the Atlantic Wall and the liberation of the Low Countries with co-author Leo
The Greek Hoplite Phalanx
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526788566, $52.95, HC, 544pp
Synopsis: The Greek hoplite and the phalanx formation have been the subject of considerable
academic debate over the past century. With the publication of "The Greek Hoplite Phalanx: The
Iconic Heavy Infantry of the Classical Greek World", academician and historian Richard Taylor
provides an overview of the current state of play in the hoplite debate in all its aspects, from
fighting techniques to the social and economic background of the 'hoplite revolution', in a form
that is accessible for the general reader and military history enthusiast.
"The Greek Hoplite Phalanx" then goes further: offering a new perspective on the hoplite
phalanx by putting it in the context of other military developments in the Mediterranean world in
the middle of the first millennium BC. Dr. Taylor argues that the Greek phalanx was different in
degree but not in kind from other contemporary heavy infantry formations and that the hoplite
debate, with its insistence on the unique nature of the hoplite phalanx, has obscured the
similarities with other equivalent formations. The result is a fresh take on a perennially popular
Critique: An inherently fascinating and impressively informative work of meticulous historical
scholarship, "The Greek Hoplite Phalanx: The Iconic Heavy Infantry of the Classical Greek
World" is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a five page List of Battles, a three page
Glossary, thirty pages of Notes, a one page listing of Abbreviations & Translations, a seven page
Bibliography, and a five page Index -- making "The Greek Hoplite Phalanx: The Iconic Heavy
Infantry of the Classical Greek World a welcome and highly recommended addition to the
growing library of Ancient Greek cultural and military histories. While it is enthusiastically
recommended for community, college, and university library collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia,
and non- specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Greek Hoplite
Phalanx" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $32.99).
Editorial Note: Dr Richard Taylor holds BA and DPhil degrees in Ancient History from Oxford
University. His doctoral thesis won the Hellenic Foundation prize for best UK thesis in classics
and ancient history (and forms the basis for part of The Macedonian Phalanx ). He has published
a number of articles on ancient history and warfare in Slingshot, the journal of the Society of
Ancients. He has worked in publishing and IT, and is currently employed at a UK university.
On Bloody Sunday
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781800960404, $29.99, HC, 384pp
Synopsis: In January 1972, a peaceful civil rights march in Northern Ireland ended in bloodshed.
Troops from Britain's 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment opened fire on marchers, leaving 13 dead
and 15 wounded. Seven of those killed were teenage boys. The day became known as 'Bloody
The events occurred in broad daylight and in the full glare of the press. Within hours, the British
military informed the world that they had won an 'IRA gun battle'. This became the official
narrative for decades until a family-led campaign instigated one of the most complex inquiries in
In 2010, the victims of Bloody Sunday were fully exonerated when Lord Saville found that the
majority of the victims were either shot in the back as they ran away or were helping someone in
need. The report made headlines all over the world.
While many buried the trauma of that day, historian and campaigner Juliann Campbell (whose
teenage uncle was the first to be killed that day) felt the need to keep recording these interviews,
and collecting rare and unpublished accounts, aware of just how precious they were. Fifty years
on and with the publication of "On Bloody Sunday: A New History Of The Day And Its
Aftermath - By The People Who Were There", survivors, relatives, eyewitnesses and politicians,
shine a light on the events of Bloody Sunday, together, for the first time.
As they tell their stories, the tension, confusion and anger build with an awful power. "On
Bloody Sunday" unfolds before us an extraordinary human drama, as we experience one of the
darkest moments in modern history -- and witness the true human cost of conflict.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a map of the Bogside Area, an informative
Introduction and Afterword, a five page list of Acknowledgments, three Appendices (Speakers &
Sources; List of Fatalities and Wounded; Chapter Notes), black/white photos, and a five page
Index, "On Bloody Sunday: A New History Of The Day And Its Aftermath - By The People Who
Were There" is a comprehensive and detailed combining of personal eye-witness accounts and
historical research. While an especially and highly recommended addition to community, college,
and university library 20th Century British & Irish History collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in the subject that "On Bloody Sunday: A New History Of The Day And
Its Aftermath - By The People Who Were There" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: A PhD Researcher at Ulster University's School of Law exploring the impact of
post-conflict storytelling and a director of the Pat Finucane Centre for Human Rights, Julieann
Campbell's seventeen-year-old uncle, Jackie Duddy, was the first person to be killed on 30
January 1972. For more than a decade, Julieann has worked to document and archive the
collective experiences of that day. As a former Chair of the Bloody Sunday Trust, she took on the
role of family press officer ahead of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in 2010.
Romanians and Hungarians: Historical Premises
9781592111312, $29.99, HC, 136pp
Synopsis: Romanians and Hungarians have been linked throughout history since the Middle
Ages. Both peoples have bravely fought to defend Christianity against Islamic terror, oftentimes
shoulder to shoulder. Despite their close ties, controversies have often arisen leading to conflicts
at various times throughout their mutual history, most recently at the beginning of World War II,
when through the Diktat of Vienna, Hitler and Mussolini awarded large portions of Romanian
territory to Hungary.
In "Romanians and Hungarians: Historical Premises", which was originally published during
those tumultuous times, historian C. Sassu discusses the historical premises of
Romanian-Hungarian relations and tries to explain, as lucidly as possible, the real value of the
affirmations made, in the hope that minds unbiased by passion and not narrowed by self-interest
will find it useful and opportune to understand the true elements of this controversy.
"Romanians and Hungarians: Historical Premises" also provides informative insights for anyone
seeking to understand the historical background of Romanian-Hungarian relations.
Critique: "Romanians and Hungarians: Historical Premises" is enhanced for the reader with the
inclusion of illustrations and several useful maps that help the reader understand the issues
presented. An exceptionally well written, exhaustively researched, informed and informative,
impressively organized and presented study, "Romanians and Hungarians: Historical Premises" is
an especially recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and
university library Romanian History and Hungarian History collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists.
Anatomy of a Nation
Synopsis: From an obscure, misty archipelago on the fringes of the Roman world to history's
largest global empire and originator of the world's mongrel, magpie language called Old English
-- this is Britain's past. But, today, Britain is experiencing an acute trauma of identity, pulled
simultaneously towards its European, Atlantic and wider heritages. To understand the dislocation
and collapse, we must look back: to Britain's evolution, achievements, complexities and tensions.
"Anatomy of a Nation: A History of British Identity in 50 Documents" offers a ground-breaking
new take on British identity by historian and barrister Dominic Selwood who explores over
950,000 years of British history by examining 50 documents that tell the story of what makes
Some of these documents are well-known. Most are not. Each reveal something important about
Britain and its people. From Anglo-Saxon poetry, medieval folk music and the first Valentine's
Day letter to the origin of computer code, Hitler's kill list of prominent Britons, the Sex Pistols'
graphic art and the Brexit referendum ballot paper, "Anatomy of a Nation" reveals a Britain we
have never seen before. People are at the heart of the story: a female charioteer queen from
Wetwang, a plague surviving graffiti artist, a drunken Bible translator, outlandish Restoration
rakehells, canting criminals, the eccentric fathers of modern typography, and the bankers who
caused the finance crisis.
Selwood vividly blends human stories with the selected 50 documents to bring out the startling
variety and complexity of Britain's achievements and failures in a fresh and incisive insight into
the British psyche. This is history the way it is supposed to be told: a captivating and entertaining
account of the people that built Britain.
Critique: Offering a unique, informative, and compelling approach to the study of British history,
"Anatomy of a Nation: A History of British Identity in 50 Documents" by Dominc Selwood is
enhanced for academia with the inclusion of two Appendices (The Many Names of Britain & A
Note on the Changing English Alphabet); a thirty-six page Bibliography; thirty-three pages of
Notes; and a nine page Index. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community,
college, and university library British History collections and supplemental curriculum studies, it
should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academics, and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in the subject that "Anatomy of a Nation: A History of British Identity in
50 Documents" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note: Dominic Selwood is a historian and barrister. An author and novelist, he is also a
frequent contributor to national newspapers, radio and television. He has a doctorate in history
from the University of Oxford and a masters from the Sorbonne. He is a Fellow of the Royal
Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries. He lives in London and can be contacted with
Apartheid's Black Soldiers
Ohio University Press
215 Columbus Road, Suite 101, Athens, OH 45701
9780821424551, $80.00, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: In anti-colonial struggles across the African continent, tens of thousands of African
soldiers served in the militaries of colonial and settler states. In southern Africa, they often made
up the bulk of these militaries and, in some contexts, far outnumbered those who fought in the
liberation movements' armed wings. Despite these soldiers' significant impact on the region's
military and political history, this dimension of southern Africa's anticolonial struggles has been
almost entirely ignored in previous scholarship.
Black troops from Namibia and Angola spearheaded apartheid South Africa's military
intervention in their countries' respective anticolonial war and postindependence civil war.
Drawing from oral history interviews and archival sources, with the publication of "Apartheid's
Black Soldiers: Un-national Wars and Militaries in Southern Africa", academician Lennart
Bolliger challenges the common framing of these wars as struggles of national liberation fought
by and for Africans against White colonial and settler-state armies.
Focusing on three case studies of predominantly Black units commanded by White officers,
Professor Bolliger investigates how and why these soldiers participated in South Africa's security
forces and considers the legacies of that involvement. In tackling these questions, he rejects the
common tendency to categorize the soldiers as "collaborators" and "traitors" and reveals the
un-national facets of anticolonial struggles.
Finally, "Apartheid's Black Soldiers: Un-national Wars and Militaries in Southern Africa"
provides a unique analysis of apartheid military culture that shows how South Africa's military
units were far from monolithic and instead developed distinctive institutional practices,
mythologies, and concepts of militarized masculinity.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of maps, illustrations, fifty-two pages of
Notes, a two page 'Note on Interviews Conducted by the Author, a twenty-two page
Bibliography, and a six page Index, "Apartheid's Black Soldiers: Un-national Wars and Militaries
in Southern Africa" is a significant and unique study that is the result of meticulously detailed
scholarship involving numerous oral histories from Black Namibian and Angolan troops who
fought in apartheid South Africa's security forces. While especially and unreservedly
recommended for college and university library South African Military History collections, it
should be note for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non- specialist general
readers with an interest in the subject that "Apartheid's Black Soldiers: Un-national Wars and
Militaries in Southern Africa" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $63.99).
Editorial Note: Lennart Bolliger is a lecturer in international history at Utrecht University
(Utrecht, Netherlands). Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Asian and
African Studies of the Humboldt University of Berlin and a visiting researcher at the History
Workshop of the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa). His research has
previously been published in the Journal of Southern African Studies and the South African
The General Fiction Shelf
Syracuse University Press
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110, Syracuse, NY 13244-5290
9780815611394, $29.95, HC, 298pp
Synopsis: "Mona Passage" is a novel by Thomas Bardenwerper and the story of two neighbors in
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Galan Betances, a Cuban emigrant, and Pat McAllister, a young Coast
During long evenings spent together talking on their Calle Luna rooftop, a deep friendship
develops based on shared traumas and a common desire to heal. When Galan learns that his
sister, Gabriela, is going to be committed to a mental health facility in Cuba, he plans her escape
to Puerto Rico.
Pat, whose Coast Guard cutter patrols the Mona Passage for drug traffickers and migrants, warns
Galan that such a journey will be treacherous -- perhaps fatal. Aware of the dangers but
determined for Gabriela to live a full life, Galan hands over all the money he has to a Dominican
smuggler based out of a San Juan nightclub, and Gabriela begins her terrifying journey.
Knowing that his cutter may be all that separates Galan and Gabriela (and haunted by the human
suffering he has witnessed at sea) Pat must decide. Will he remain true to his oath, as his older
brother had done in Iraq? Or will he risk his own future, and perhaps his freedom, for his closest
On a moonless night, two armed vessels converge in the Mona Passage, and three lives change
Critique: A compelling and fully engaging novel about friendship, honor, and the complexities
involved when trying to determine what the 'right thing' would be, "Mona Passage" is one of
those rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set
back upon the shelf. While also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format
(Kindle, $22.49), "Mona Passage" is unreservedly recommended for community library
Contemporary Literary Fiction collections.
Editorial Note: Thomas "Buddy" Bardenwerper served for five years in the US Coast Guard. He
is currently pursuing a JD and a master's in public policy at Harvard Law School and the Harvard
John F. Kennedy School of Government.
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781800482814, $39.00, Large Print, PB, 595pp
Synopsis: The Queen of Glasgow, Toni McVay, is no ordinary crime boss. For one thing, she
likes to discipline disappointing employees by scooping out their eyeballs and keeping them as
Jamie Gray and his gang the Blood Brothers are happy to do her dirty work in return for lessons
in the ways of the local underworld, but are in no doubt that they need to keep Toni sweet to keep
Rival families The Gordons and The Thompsons are ready for a turf war, keen to take over the
lucrative Gallowburn estate, and weaken Toni's grip on the city. But can the old enemies really
trust each other enough to join forces? And will their assumption that the Blood Brothers are the
weak link in the McVay empire, prove to be their greatest mistake?
Meanwhile Jamie's past refuses to stay hidden, and as his biggest secret looks set to be revealed
with explosive consequences, Jamie faces the battle of his life. To keep his family safe, to keep
his friends safe, to keep himself safe, and to keep the woman he loves alive.
Critique: A skillfully crafted and compelling read from first page to last, this large print
paperback edition of "Blood Ties" by novelist Heather Atkinson will have a very special appeal
to fans of organized gangland conflicts with its roster of memorable characters, unexpected plot
twists, and the author's effective, entertaining, narrative driven storytelling style. Simply stated,
"Blood Ties" is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library
Editorial Note: Heather Atkinson is a prolific author and can be followed on various internet
platforms: Website: www.heatheratkinsonbooks.com; Twitter at #heatheratkinso1; Facebook:
The Books of Heather Atkinson; Instagram: heathercrimeauthor
The Marsh Bird
Anne Brooker James
3705 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
9781646633654, $29.95, HC, 346pp
Synopsis: Set in the American south, "The Marsh Bird" by novelist Anne Brooker James is the
compelling coming of age story of a young, orphaned, multiracial girl from Louisiana and a
white teen abandoned as an infant and raised by a local white fisherman, both embraced by the
residents of a rural, Gullah Geechee sea island community. Set among descendants of those once
enslaved in the lush marshes of the Lowcountry coast of South Carolina and Georgia, "The
Marsh Bird" is an engaging love story, as well as a tale of survival.
Critique: Deftly crafted, thought-provoking, and a thoroughly engaging read from cover to cover,
"The Marsh Bird" showcases the literary storytelling talents of Anne Brooker James -- all the
more impressive when considering that this is her debut as a novelist. "The Marsh Bird" will
prove to be an immediate and enduringly welcome addition to community library contemporary
literary fiction collections. It also should be noted for personal read lists of southern fiction fans
that "The Marsh Bird" is also readily available in a paperback edition, (9781646633654, $19.95)
and in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Road of Bones
St. Martin's Press
120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271
9781250274304, $27.99, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: Surrounded by barren trees in a snow-covered wilderness with a dim, dusky sky
forever overhead, Siberia's Kolyma Highway is 1200 miles of gravel packed permafrost within
driving distance of the Arctic Circle. A narrow path where drivers face such challenging
conditions as icy surfaces, limited visibility, and an average temperature of sixty degrees below
zero, fatal car accidents are common.
But motorists are not the only victims of the highway. Known as the Road of Bones, it is a
massive graveyard for the former Soviet Union's gulag prisoners. Hundreds of thousands of
people worked to death and left where their bodies fell, consumed by the frozen elements and
plowed beneath the permafrost road.
Fascinated by the history, documentary producer Felix "Teig" Teigland is in Russia to drive the
highway, envisioning a new series capturing Life and Death on the Road of Bones with a ride to
the town of Akhust, "the coldest place on Earth", collecting ghost stories and local legends along
the way. Only, when Teig and his team reach their destination, they find an abandoned town,
save one catatonic nine-year-old girl -- and a pack of predatory wolves, faster and smarter than
any wild animals should be.
Pursued by the otherworldly beasts, Teig's companions confront even more uncanny and
inexplicable phenomena along the Road of Bones, as if the ghosts of Stalin's victims were
haunting them. It is a harrowing journey that will push Teig beyond endurance and force him to
confront the sins of his past.
Critique: A deftly crafted blend of history and the supernatural, "Road of Bones" by veteran
novelist Christopher Golden is a simply riveting read with the lights full on! While highly
recommended, especially for community library collections, it should be noted for the personal
reading lists of dedicated supernatural thrillers that "Road of Bones" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
3705 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
9781646635467, $29.95, HC, 268pp
Synopsis: Lizbeth Gordon is a school counselor and a master at facilitating conflict resolution in
everyone's life but her own. She returns home to South Carolina after her husband's sudden
Seeking solace at the ramshackle family cottage, she walks the winter beach, but the quiet life
doesn't last. An elderly aunt has troubling family stories: a blockade runner hunted as a traitor
after the fall of Charleston, and ancestors who disappeared during Civil War Reconstruction.
Curiosity drives Lizbeth into roots research that dead ends.
Tentacles of the past reach across the continents when Lizbeth takes a job at an international
school in Rio de Janeiro. She meets a multiethnic descendant of Confederate exiles, with the
Gordon surname and nineteenth-century documents. Robert Gordon's letters describe bold
escapes from Federal blockaders and Civil War intrigue in Scotland. Laurette Gordon's diary
shares a heart-wrenching story of sacrifice.
Can the keys to generations-long secrets open a path to family reconciliation and healing?
Critique: A unique, fascinating, entertaining, and finely crafted novel from first page to last,
"Exiled South" by Harriet Cannon is all the more impressive when considering that is her debut
as a novelist. An extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to community library
General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Exiled South" is
also readily available in a paperback edition (9781646635443, $17.95) and in a digital book
format (Kindle, $7.49).
Editorial Note: Harriet Cannon is a writer with Southern roots and a wanderlust. Curiosity about
places we live and how family history effects our world view has been a life-long passion. In her
career as a psychotherapist, she has specialized in culture and identity. Harriet is also the
co-author of :Mixed Blessings: A Guide to Multicultural and Multiethnic Relationships". Her
website can be found at www.harrietcannon.com.
Red Thread of Fate
Lyn Liao Butler
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
9780593198742, $17.00, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: Two days before Tam and Tony Kwan receive their letter of acceptance for the son
they are adopting from China, Tony and his estranged cousin Mia are killed unexpectedly in an
accident. A shell-shocked Tam learns she is named the guardian to Mia's five-year-old daughter,
Angela. With no other family around, Tam has no choice but to agree to take in the girl she hasn't
seen since the child was an infant.
Overwhelmed by her life suddenly being upended, Tam must also decide if she will complete the
adoption on her own and bring home the son waiting for her in a Chinese orphanage. But when a
long-concealed secret comes to light just as she and Angela start to bond, their fragile family is
threatened. As Tam begins to unravel the events of Tony and Mia's past in China, she discovers
the true meaning of love and the threads that bind her to the family she is fated to have.
Critique: An immediately absorbing and inherently compelling novel by an author with a genuine
flair for distinctive, memorable, and narrative driven storytelling, "Red Thread Of Fate" by Lyn
Liao Butler is an especially recommended choice for community library Asian American themed
literary fiction. It should be noted for fans of multiculture based romance novels that "Red
Thread Of Fate" is also readily available for personal reading lists in a digital book format
The Historical Fiction Shelf
Gettysburg by Morning
9781592111015, $29.99, HC, 280pp
Synopsis: It's July 4, 1861, and the featured speaker at this year's Independence Day celebration
at Concord, MA, is high-spirited and fiercely patriotic Eloise Edwards. She rails against the
South's attack on Fort Sumter and the injustice of slavery. A newspaper article recounting the
speech inspires her brother Edward to enlist. The siblings' father, a War of Independence veteran,
dies, and Edward decides he doesn't want to join the Union army after all and runs away.
Heartbroken, Eloise returns to the family telegraph office, committed to a life of boredom and
servitude. The disappointment in her brother devastates Eloise.
In a dramatic moment, she decides that she will take her brother's place and fight for the honor of
her family and the country. She joins the Massachusetts 20th and lives through several horrific
battles, including the most devastating conflict in U.S. history, Gettysburg. General George
Custer discovers her talent as a telegraph operator, and she soon rises through the ranks and to
the war room at the White House, where she works daily with President Abraham Lincoln. One
night, as Eloise sleeps at her post, Lincoln sees a copy of the newspaper article featuring Eloise's
speech. He reads it, is inspired by it, and borrows key phrases for the most famous speech in
American history, The Gettysburg Address.
There are over two hundred documented cases of women dressing as men to fight in the Civil
War. "Gettysburg by Morning" by Randy O'Brien places the reader on the battlefield with a
patriotic young woman fighting arm-in-arm with her fellow soldiers. Historical characters like
Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, George Custer, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others make
reading "Gettysburg by Morning" like being a witness to our nation's Civil War.
Critique: A deftly crafted historical novel by an author with a meticulous flair for narrative
driven storytelling that is expertly combined with an eye for historical detail, "Gettysburg by
Morning" is a riveting and entertaining read from cover to cover that will have a special appeal
for Civil War buffs. Simply stated, "Gettysburg by Morning" is unabashedly recommended for
personal reading lists and community library Historical Fiction collections.
Editorial Note: An award-winning radio journalist and book reviewer, Randy O'Brien has a B.S.
degree from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, majoring
in English and minoring in History and Secondary education. He was the News Director of
WMOT-FM for three decades, reporting hard news and features. He was also an adjunct writing
instructor at MTSU and Watkins School of Art and Design and a former President of the
Tennessee Screenwriting Association.
The Magnolia Palace
c/o Penguin Group USA
9780593184011, $27.00, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: Eight months after losing her mother in the Spanish flu outbreak of 1919,
twenty-one-year-old Lillian Carter's life has completely fallen apart. For the past six years, under
the moniker Angelica, Lillian was one of the most sought-after artists' models in New York City,
with statues based on her figure gracing landmarks from the Plaza Hotel to the Brooklyn Bridge.
But with her mother gone, a grieving Lillian is rudderless and desperate -- the work has dried up
and a looming scandal has left her entirely without a safe haven.
So when she stumbles upon an employment opportunity at the Frick mansion (a building that,
ironically, bears her own visage) Lillian jumps at the chance. But the longer she works as a
private secretary to the imperious and demanding Helen Frick, the daughter and heiress of
industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick, the more deeply her life gets intertwined with that
of the family -- pulling her into a tangled web of romantic trysts, stolen jewels, and family drama
that runs so deep, the stakes just may be life or death.
Nearly fifty years later, mod English model Veronica Weber has her own chance to make her
career (and with it, earn the money she needs to support her family back home) within the walls
of the former Frick residence, now converted into one of New York City's most impressive
museums. But when she, along with a charming intern/budding art curator named Joshua, is
dismissed from the Vogue shoot taking place at the Frick Collection, she chances upon a series of
hidden messages in the museum: messages that will lead her and Joshua on a hunt that could not
only solve Veronica's financial woes, but could finally reveal the truth behind a decades-old
murder in the infamous Frick family.
Critique: A veritable saga of a novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality, descriptive
commentary, and narrative driven storytelling, "The Magnolia Palace" by Fiona Davis is a
compellingly memorable read with its blending of historical fiction with a mystery, and will
prove to be an enduringly welcome addition to community library general fiction collections. It
should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Magnolia Palace" is also readily available in
a large print paperback edition (Random House Large Print, 9780593460153, $29.00, 480pp) and
in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
The Lawless Land
Boyd Morrison, author
Beth Morrison, author
Head of Zeus, Ltd.
9781801108638, $29.95, HC, 432pp
Synopsis: Canterbury, 1351. Ex-communicated knight Gerard Fox is a battle-hardened warrior
whose ancestral home was unjustly taken from him. Now, he roams across the known world of
Europe looking for work as a man-at-arms. Equipped with only his Damascus-steel sword and
war bow, Fox takes out tyrannical and dishonorable men in a land still blighted by the Black
In his ongoing crusade to deliver justice, Fox comes to the aid of Lady Isabel, who is fleeing
from her brutal betrothed. But she hasn't told him the whole story. Isabel is guarding a priceless
holy relic. One many men would kill for.
Fox and Isabel soon find they are being chased across the continent and try to evade those who
seek the relic. But as more assassins close in, Fox realizes they will stop at nothing to possess the
sacred treasure that Isabel has sworn to protect...
Critique: A simply riveting action/adventure novel that will have a very special appeal to fans of
medieval era fiction, "The Lawless Land" is the debut volume authors Boyd and Beth Morrison's
historical fiction series 'Sword & Honor' series. The stuff of which block buster movies are made,
"The Lawless Land" will leave its enthusiastic readers looking eagerly toward the next
installment this entertaining sage of battle knight Gerard Fox. Certain to be a welcome addition
to community library Historical Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists
that "The Lawless Land" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781801108652,
$15.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.49).
Editorial Note #1: Boyd Morrison is the author of twelve thrillers, including six collaborations
with Clive Cussler in the Oregon Files adventure series. His first novel, The Ark, was an Indie
Next Notable pick and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Editorial Note #2: Elizabeth Morrison is Senior Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty
Museum. A leader in her field, she has curated several major exhibitions, including 'Imagining
the Past in France, 1250-1500,' and 'Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World'.
Daughter of the King
Black Rose Writing
PO Box 1540, Castroville, TX 78009
9781684338375, $15.95, PB, 247pp
Synopsis: La Rochelle France, 1661. Fierce Protestant Isabelle is desperate to escape persecution
by the Catholic King. Isabelle is tortured and harassed, her people forced to convert to the
religion that rules the land. She risks her life by helping her fellow Protestants, which is
forbidden by the powers of France. She accepts her fate -- until she meets a handsome Catholic
soldier who makes her question everything.
She fights off an attack by a nobleman, and the only way to save herself is to flee to the colony of
Canada as a Daughter of the King. She can have money, protection and a new life -- if she adopts
the religion she's spent a lifetime fighting. She must leave her homeland and the promises of her
past. In the wild land of Canada, Isabelle finds that her search for love and faith has just
Based on the incredible true story of the French orphans who settled Canada, "Daughter of the
King" by novelist Kerry Chaput is a sweeping tale of one young woman's fight for true freedom.
Chaput brings the past to life, expertly weaving a gripping saga with vivid historical details.
Critique: A deftly crafted historical novel featuring a memorable heroine and is replete with
unexpected plot twists and turns, "Daughter of the King" clearly demonstrates author Kerry
Chaput's complete master of the genre. A fully entertaining and compelling read from first page
to last, "Daughter of the King" is unreservedly recommended for community library Historical
Fiction collections and is also readily available for personal reading lists in a digital book format
Editorial Note; Kerry Chaput began writing shortly after earning her Doctorate degree. Her love
of storytelling began with a food blog and developed over the years to writing historical fiction
novels. She has always been fascinated by tales from our past and is forever intrigued by the
untold stories of brave women. She also maintains an informative website www.kerrywrites.com
is on Twitter @ChaputKerry
The Romantic Fiction Shelf
Where the Last Rose Blooms
Bethany House Publishers
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton Road, Ada, MI 49301
9780764239908, $29.99, HC, 312pp
Synopsis: Alice runs a New Orleans flower shop alongside her aunt, but thoughts of her mother,
who went missing during Hurricane Katrina, are never far from her mind. After getting off on the
wrong foot with a handsome yet irritating man who comes to her shop, Alice soon realizes their
worlds overlap -- and that the answers they both seek can be found in the same place.
In 1861 Charleston, Clara is known to be a rule follower -- but the war has changed her.
Unbeknownst to her father, who is heavily involved with the Confederacy, she is an abolitionist
and is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause. With assistance from a dashing Union spy,
she attempts to help an enslaved woman reunite with her daughter. But things go very wrong
when Clara agrees to aid the Northern cause by ferrying secret information about her father's
Faced with the unknown, both women will have to dig deep to let their courage bloom.
Critique: Two deftly blended stories of romance, "Where The Last Rose Blooms" is author
Ashley Clarks' latest addition to her simply outstanding 'Heirloom Secrets' series. Once gain
readers are treated to original storylines, memorable characters, and a compulsively entertaining
read from cover to cover. While a highly recommended selection for community library
Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Where The Last
Rose Blooms" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9780764237621, $15.99) and in a
digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note: Ashley Clark writes romantic women's fiction set in the South. With a master's
degree in creative writing, Ashley teaches literature and writing courses at the University of West
Florida. Ashley has been an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers for almost a
decade. She maintains an informative website at www.ashleyclarkbooks.com
The Spark of Love
Fleming H. Revell Company
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800741037, $29.99, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: When a spurned suitor threatens her, heiress Alexandra Tarkington flees New York for
Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country, where her father is building a hotel. But the happy
reunion she envisions is not to be as her father insists she return to New York. Instead, Alexandra
carves out a niche for herself in town, teaching schoolchildren to paint and enjoying the company
of Gabe Seymour, a delightful man she met on the stagecoach.
But all is not as it seems. Two men, each with his own agenda, have followed her to Mesquite
Springs. And Gabe is an investigator, searching for proof that her father is a swindler. When a
series of apparent accidents threaten her life, Alexandra and Gabe will have to work together to
discover the truth. And perhaps along the way they will discover that the sparks of attraction
they've felt from the beginning are more than sparks -- they are in love.
"The Spark of Love" by Amanda Cabot invites her readers back to 1850s Texas in an exciting
and heartwarming tale of treachery, love, and learning to trust.
Critique: A master of the genre, "The Spark of Love" will have a very special attraction and
appeal for dedicated fans of historical Christian romance and history novels. While certain to be
a welcome and popular addition to community library Historical Christian Romance Fiction
collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of the growing legions of Amanda
Cabot fans that "The Spark of Love" is also readily available in a paperback edition
(9780800735371, $15.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note: Amanda Cabot is the author of "Out of the Embers" and "Dreams Rekindled", as
well as the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward
Winds series. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion,
and the Booksellers' Best. She also maintains an informative website at
A Brush with Love
St. Martin's Press
120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271
9781250805980, $16.99, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program
when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal
than face any distractions, even one this adorable. A first-year dental student with a family legacy
to contend with, Dan doesn't have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he
finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper's rules. So with the greatest of
intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be "just friends." But as they get
to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose
control and can't risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan
Critique: A thoroughly fun read from cover to cover, "A Brush With Love" by Mazey Eddings
will, with its carefully crafted and narrative driven storytelling style, have a very special and
enduring appeal for dedicated romance fans. While highly recommended for personal reading
lists and community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted that
"A Brush With Love" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99). Librarians
should also be aware that "A Brush With Love" is available in a large print library binding
edition (Center Point Publishing, 9781638083184, $37.95, 500pp).
The Western Fiction Shelf
Librarians of the West: A Quartet
Hazel Rumney, editor
Five Star Books
c/o Gale Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
9781432881054, $25.95, HC, 301pp
Synopsis: Compiled and edited by Hazel Rumney, "Librarians of the West: A Quartet" is an
anthology of four deftly written and thoroughly entertaining western adventure short stories by
four true masters of the genre and format.
"Too Much Dancing Going On" by Randi Samuelson-Brown is the account of an
independent-minded young woman in a wide-open Montana who loved books and horses, and
later a certain literary young man.
"The Cowboy, The Librarian, and the Broomsman" by Mark Warren is the story of Lyle
Hardiman, an easy-going, illiterate, Montana cowboy who accidentally blunders into the new
library with his horse (he thought it was a livery). He meets the new librarian, Miss Rebecca
Spark, and sets into motion a chain of events that will ensure the little town of Burnt Creek a
place in the history books. With the help of the local saloon/shop sweeper, Lyle will discover a
path laid out for him by destiny -- a path that leads to the heart of Miss Rebecca Spark.
"The Book Mama" by Charlotte Hinger is the story of Lady Jane Woodruff, a woman who is
stranded with an abusive husband in a harsh new country and relies on the wisdom of an ancient
African American woman to guide her to freedom.
"Terrible and Wonderful" by Candace Simar is the story of fourteen-year-old Pearl Ellingson
who learns life's hard lessons as she struggles to start a library in frontier North Dakota in
"Terrible and Wonderful."
Critique: With its theme of books and libraries in the Old West, "Librarians of the West: A
Quartet" is an impressively entertaining read from cover to cover. Of special note is the inclusion
after each of the four stories is a succinct biographical entry of the author. Simply stated,
"Librarians of the West: A Quartet" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to
the personal reading of dedicated western fans and certain to be an enduringly popular
contribution to community library Western Fiction collections.
John D. Nesbitt
Five Star Books
c/o Gale Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
9781432868321, $25.95, HC, 269pp
Synopsis: Reese Hartley has come to Wyoming to settle on his own land. But his cattleman boss
expects his hired men to turn their homestead claims over to him. Hartley resists and is let
He then meets a woman named Muriel. She has come west to look for land, but her cousins want
to exploit her. A cowboy is found dead on the range, and an underage female cousin of Muriel is
found dead. This girl, Nancy, has a history of flirting, and suspicion falls on Hartley.
After interviewing Nancy's father and an unsavory drunk, Hartley confirms that the perpetrator of
the murders is a man who got Nancy pregnant. When the villain flees, the marshal and a small
posse set out on a chase along bluffs and canyons, there to have the showdown. Hartley and
Muriel make plans to take up homestead claims in an area called the Great Lonesome.
Critique: A deftly crafted novel with fully defined and memorable characters, "Great Lonesome"
by John D. Nesbitt is an inherently riveting read from cover to cover. A blend of action/adventure
with a well plotted mystery, "Great Lonesome" is one of the author's best and unreservedly
recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated western fans and community library
Western Fiction collections.
Editorial Note: John D. Nesbitt teaches English and Spanish at Eastern Wyoming College. He
has had ten short fiction collections, four contemporary western novels, and thirty traditional
western novels published in various hardbound, large print, audio, and mass-market paperback
editions. He has also written a guide to writing fiction and a Boise State Western Writers Series
booklet on Robert Roripaugh. Nesbitt has also won three awards from the Wyoming State
Historical Society (for fiction), two awards from Wyoming Writers for encouragement of other
writers and service to the organization, two Wyoming Arts Council literary fellowships (one for
fiction, one for non- fiction), four Western Fictioneers Peacemaker finalist awards for fiction, the
Peacemaker award for short fiction, two Western Writers of America Spur finalist awards for
mass-market paperback original novel and short fiction, and four Spur awards for mass-market
paperback, short fiction, and poem.
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781785419645, $TBA, Large Print, PB, 328pp
Synopsis: The Missouri River is the gateway to the West aboard paddle wheel river boats whose
pilots must deal with a thousand miles of mud, sudden torrents, treacherous currents, hidden
snags, unexpected inlets, hostile Indians hidden behind every bend. But river boat pilot Brant
McRae knows every turn in it like the back of his hand. When he finally becomes a captain of his
own boat it mysteriously catches fire and burns into ruin while tide up at its dock. Then strangers
hire him to pilot the Western Star up the Big Muddy. McRae suspects there's something sinister
about this job - but not that he carries a contraband cargo, rather it is something so much
Critique: A western novel and river boat fans pure entertainment delight, "Captain McRae" is an
original and inherently engaging read from cover to cover. Along with cliff-hanger plot twists
and a simply riveting confrontation with a massive and lethal Native American uprising, there is
also an element of romance with an unexpected reveal. This large print paperback edition of
William Heuman's "Captain McRae" from the Linford Western Library series is authentically
recommended for both the personal reading lists of western action/adventure novels and
community library Western Fiction collections.
Editorial Note: William Heuman is also the author of the Vintage Ace Double, "Hardcase
Halloran/The Ghost Riders"; "Guns at Broken Bow"; Bullets for Mulvane"; "Then Came
Mulvane"; "Secret of Death Valley"; and "Gunhand from Texas".
Law and Outlaw
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781785419560, $TBA, Large Print, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: The old woman was dying. That meant a lot of things to U.S. Marshall Will Titus. It
meant sorrow, for she'd raised him from a baby, one of the only seven survivors of a wagon trans
who men and women had been butchered by a Mormon vigilante group called the Danites. With
the old woman's death it meant one fewer good person in a world where they were rare enough
already. But mostly, it meant the eventual arrival of Bart Laney. Bart was the son of the dying
woman and almost a brother to Will -- but a brother gone wrong. While Will had chosen a U.S.
Marshal's badge, Bart had gone down the outlaw trail. Now Will had to deal with Bart's outlaw
comrades, bounty hunters after a dead or alive reward for Bart, the Mormon church leaders in the
little town of Circle City -- and the dreaded Danites.
Critique: With plenty of gun play and bodies piling up, "Law and Outlaw", with its Mormon
culture subtext, is a fascinating and fully entertaining read that will have special appeal to all
dedicated western action/adventure fans. This large print paperback edition from the Linford
Western Library series is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library
Western Fiction collections.
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
The Debutante's Code
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780825447136, $15.99, PB, 312pp
Synopsis: Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in
London society. Due to her years away, she hasn't spent much time with her parents, and sees
them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love. But when they disappear, she
discovers she never really knew them at all. They've been living double lives as government spies
-- and they're only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family's legacy.
Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into
the dangerous world of spy craft. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts,
regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the
mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her
endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors -- not to mention nosy, irritatingly
handsome Bow Street runner Daniel Swann, who suspects her of a daring theft.
Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents' last mission? Or will it lead her
to a terrible end?
Critique: A carefully crafted Regency Mystery by author Erica Vetsch, "The Debutante's Code" is
part of an inherently fascinating new series that combines mystery and suspense with elements of
Regency era elegance, decadence, adventure, and romance. While also readily available for the
personal reading lists of dedicated Regency Era fans in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99),
"The Debutante's Code" is unconditionally recommended for community library Historical
Editorial Note: Fans can learn more about novelist Erica Vetsch and her books by visiting her
website at www.ericavetsch.com
A Secret Never Told
c/o Tor/Forge Books
9781250750457, $27.99, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: Philomena Amesbury, expatriate Countess of Dunbridge, is bored. Coney Island in the
sweltering summer of 1908 offers no shortage of diversions for a young woman of means, but
sea bathing, horse racing, and even amusement parks can't hold a candle to uncovering dastardly
plots and chasing villains. But Lady Dunbridge hadn't had a big challenge in months.
Fate finally obliges when Philomena is called upon to host a dinner party in honor of a visiting
Austrian psychologist whose revolutionary theories may be of interest to the War Department,
not to mention various foreign powers, and who may have already survived one attempt on his
The guest list includes a wealthy industrialist, various rival scientists and academics, a party
hypnotist, a flamboyant party-crasher, and a damaged beauty whose cloudy psyche is lost in a
world of its own. Before the night is out, one of the guests is dead with a bullet between the eyes
and Philomena finds herself with another mystery on her hands, even if it's unclear who exactly
the intended victim was meant to be.
Worse yet, the police's prime suspect is a mystery man who Philomena happens to be rather
intimately acquainted with. Now it's up to Lady Dunbridge, with the invaluable assistance of her
intrepid butler and lady's maid, to find the real culprit before the police nab the wrong one!
Critique: The fourth Lady Dunbridge Mystery from novelist Shelley Noble, "A Secret Never
Told" is a fun read from cover to cover for 'whodunnit' style historical mystery fans. With many
an unexpected plot twist and interesting characters, "A Secret Never Told" will prove to be a
welcome and popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be
noted that "A Secret Never Told" is also readily available for personal reading lists in a digital
book format (Kindle, $14.99).
The Good Son
9780778311799, $27.99, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: What do you do when the person you love best becomes unrecognizable to you? For
Thea Demetriou, the answer is both simple and agonizing: you keep on loving him
Stefan was just seventeen when he went to prison for the drug-fueled murder of his girlfriend,
Belinda. Three years later, he's released to a world that refuses to let him move on. Belinda's
mother, once Thea's good friend, galvanizes the community to rally against him to protest in her
daughter's memory. The media paints Stefan as a symbol of white privilege and indifferent
justice. Neighbors, employers, even some members of Thea's own family turn away.
Meanwhile Thea struggles to understand her son. At times, he is still the sweet boy he has always
been; at others, he is a young man tormented by guilt and almost broken by his time in prison.
But as his efforts to make amends meet escalating resistance and threats, Thea suspects more
forces are at play than just community outrage. And if there is so much she never knew about her
own son, what other secrets has she yet to uncover -- especially about the night Belinda
Critique: An impressively crafted and psychologically compelling novel, "The Good Son" is an
extraordinary read that showcases author Jacquelyn Mitchard's abilities as a narrative driven
storyteller whose story will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set
back upon the shelf. While highly recommended for community library general fiction
collections, it should be noted that "The Good Son" is also readily available for personal reading
lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(Blackstone Audio, 9781665104524, $41.99, CD).
Front Page Murder
Joyce St. Anthony
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643858982, $26.99, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Irene Ingram has written for her father's newspaper, the Progress Herald, ever since she
could grasp a pencil. Now she's editor in chief, which doesn't sit well with the men in the
newsroom. But proving her journalistic bona fides is the least of Irene's worries when crime
reporter Moe Bauer, on the heels of a hot tip, turns up dead at the foot of his cellar stairs.
An accident? That's what Police Chief Walt Turner thinks, and Irene is inclined to agree until she
finds the note Moe discreetly left on her desk. He was on to a big story, he wrote. The robbery
she'd assigned him to cover at Markowicz Hardware turned out to be something far more
devious. A Jewish store owner in a small, provincial town, Sam Markowicz received a terrifying
message from a stranger. Moe suspected that Sam is being threatened not only for who he is --
but for what he knows!
Tenacious Irene senses there's more to the Markowicz story, which she is all but certain led to
Moe's murder. When she's not filling up column inches with the usual small-town fare (locals in
uniform, victory gardens, and scrap drives) she and her best friend, scrappy secretary Peggy
Reardon, search for clues. If they can find the killer, it'll be a scoop to stop the presses. But if
they can't, Irene and Peggy may face an all-too-literal deadline.
Critique: A thoroughly enjoyable cosy mystery of the 'whodunnit' genre, "Front Page Murder" by
Joyce St. Anthony (and all the more impressive when considering it is the author's debut as a
novelist) is recommended as an enduringly popular addition to community library
Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated
World War II era mystery fans that "Front Page Murder" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $13.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media,
9781666534504, $22.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Joyce St. Anthony was a police secretary for ten years and more than once
envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out
of jail. She is also the author of the award winning Brewing Trouble mysteries set in
Paris Noir: The Suburbs
Herve Delouche, editor
232 Third Street, #A115, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9781636140773, $39.95, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Compiled and edited by Herve Delouche, "Paris Noir: The Suburbs" features
brand-new short stories by: Cloe Mehdi, Karim Madani, Insa Sane, Christian Roux, Marc
Villard, Jean-Pierre Rumeau, Timothee Demeillers, Rachid Santaki, Marc Fernandez, Guillaume
Balsamo, Anne Secret, Anne-Sylvie Salzman, and Patrick Pecherot.
All stories were written in French and translated into English by Katie Shireen Assef, David Ball,
Nicole Ball, and Paul Curtis Daw.
Critique: The newest addition to the simply outstanding Akashic Noir series, "Paris Noir: The
Suburbs" showcases memorable and literate short stories by some of the best writer's in the noir
thriller/mystery genre that France has ever produced. While highly recommended for community,
college, and university library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal
reading lists of noir literature enthusiasts that "Paris Noir: The Suburbs" is also readily available
in a paperback edition (9781617757556, $16.95), in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99), and as
a complete and unabridged audio book (Brilliance Audio, 9781799784104, $24.99, CD).
Editorial Note; Herve Delouche is a noir literature specialist, columnist, conference moderator,
and noir festival coordinator. He was in charge of the full reissue of Jean Meckert's work for
Editions Joelle Losfeld, and he works as a copy editor for the French publishers Gallmeister,
Rivages, and le Seuil. From 2007 to 2016 he was the president of 813, the first French
association of noir literature lovers.
c/o Simon & Schuster
9781982156022, $28.99, HC, 496pp
Synopsis: When a U.S. airdrop of billions of dollars disappears in the desert sands of Syria, only
a small group of military operatives knows its ultimate destination or why it has been stolen.
Their goal is no less than the restoration of America's geopolitical dominance on the global stage.
Essential to this scheme are Greta Webb, a sophisticated CIA operative who is an expert on dark
money, not to mention lethally skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and Elias Vicker, the damaged,
dangerous soul who runs the world's largest hedge fund.
To achieve its goals, the group must form dangerous alliances. One is with the hidden family that
manages the largest private pool of capital that has ever existed. Another is with Fyodor Volk,
the ruthless founder of Russia's most successful private military company, a mercenary with ties
to Vladimir Putin. Volk has his eye on Greta. She would be wise to avoid him but cannot.
Arcing from Manhattan's finest apartments to Washington, D.C., from Middle Eastern war zones
to private European bank vaults, "Undermoney" by Jay Newman follows the Americans as they
are enmeshed in the world of dark money and confront ever-increasing danger. Ultimately, they
must decide whether their objectives are worth the cost of sacrificing not just a few but
potentially many human lives.
Critique: Although a work of fiction (and the author's debut as a novelist), "Undermoney" reveals
the details only a sophisticated financial insider like Jay Newman knows and filled with
compulsive page-turning action. A true reflections of 'real world' events, "Undermoney" is a
combination of political, financial, and criminal action that reveals the secret intentions and
savage deeds of the world's richest people as revealed by the famous/infamous data leaks in
recent years. While highly recommended for community library Contemporary Suspense/Thriller
Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Undermoney" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(Blackstone Audio, 9781797123868, $49.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Jay Newman has worked in the field of international finance as a trader,
investment banker, and investor for forty years. During most of that time, he focused on
investments in the defaulted debt of sovereign nations in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa,
C.L. Bluestein Books
9780996621014, $14.99, www.amazon.com
Seduction is the first book in a thriller series and introduces the dance between rich (but
dangerous) Ted X. Donovan and Rachel Allen, who has already been a victim and unwittingly
falls prey to Ted's charm and his countenance as a philanthropist and caring man. All is not what
it seems, as both spiral into a situation that involves international intrigue and threats, dangerous
propositions, and murder and blackmail. As personal and political circles gone awry, Ted and
Rachel become caught up not only with one another, but in circumstances beyond their control.
Each character is called upon to tap their strengths, facing challenges to their ability to survive
physically, psychologically, morally and ethically. Reluctant to embark on a journey with an
older man who nonetheless holds the charm and power that Rachel has been lacking in her life,
she finds herself in dangerous territory indeed.
Seduction is about the gray area between right and wrong decisions. It's also about characters
who must look within to find the kinds of choices that reorient their lives towards making
positive changes, both for themselves and for their country. The political thriller which evolves
against a suspense backdrop brings readers into this world with a passion and power that makes
every character choice thought-provoking and involving. Seduction belongs on the shelves of not
just political thriller and suspense collections, but in the hearts and minds of women who look for
moral and ethical conundrums, powerful women, and dangerous men who face ruthless choices
and actions for the sake of the greater good... and themselves.
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Rise of the Mages
c/o Tor/Forge Books
120 Broadway, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10271
9781250820150, $27.99, HC, 400pp
Synopsis: Emrael Ire wants nothing more than to test to be a weapons master. His final exam will
be a bloody insurrection, staged by corrupt nobles and priests, that enslaves his brother. With the
aid of his War Master tutor, herself an undercover mage, Emrael discovers his own latent and
powerful talents. To rescue his brother, Emrael must embrace not only his abilities as a warrior
but also his place as last of the ancient Mage Kings -- for the Fallen God has returned!
Critique: All the more impressive when considering that "Rise of the Mages" is author Scott
Drakeford's debut as a novelist and that this superbly crafted and epic fantasy saga is the first
volume in his new 'Age of Ire' series and will keep enthusiastic readers eagerly awaiting the next
installment. Populated with memorable characters, unexpected plot twists, and all the action that
fans of a military oriented fantasy could ask for, "Rise of the Mages" is unreservedly
recommended for personal and community library science fiction and fantasy collections. It
should be noted for all dedicated fantasy action/adventure fans that "Rise of the Mages" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Though the Earth Gives Way
Mark S. Johnson
PO Box 65360, Baltimore, MD 21209
9781610885478, $26.95, HC, 260pp
Synopsis: "Though the Earth Gives Way" by novelist Mark Johnson tells a timely and timeless
tale of the struggle to find truth in belief, faith in fact, and friendship in times of fear. It is a new
survival story, one that takes place post-climate apocalypse where our main character, Elon,
thirty-seven, alone, hungry, and desperate to hear just another voice, is determined to discover
what is next for a world sunken and on fire.
When Elon discovers a hidden retreat deep in the woods of Northern Michigan, he soon finds
himself on the verge of regeneration, as a pack of loners band together amidst a society turned
hostile and an environment turned violent. No longer must he travel alone with his shopping cart,
his jug of gasoline, and rotten crab apples. Now, he has the chance to rediscover friendship and
intimacy -- if an increasingly volatile climate and always treacherous world doesn't prove fatal to
him and his companions.
Critique: A deftly crafted novel that is all the more impressive when considering that it is author
Mark S. Johnson's debut as a novelist, "Though the Earth Gives Way" showcases his genuine
flair for creative originality, as well as the kind of brilliantly delivered and narrative driven
storytelling style that creates a riveting read and an all to believable post- apocalyptic dystopian
world. "Though the Earth Gives Way" is especially and unreservedly recommended for
community, college, and university library Science Fiction collections. It should be noted for the
personal reading lists of dedicated science fiction fans that "Though the Earth Gives Way" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).
To End in Fire
David Weber & Eric Flint
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
To End in Fire chronicles an alliance that challenges the status quo of the Solarian League, which
has been defeated by Manticore, Haven and Grayson's Grand Alliance. Charged with recreating
new connections with new rules, the League's citizens aren't necessarily on board with their
government's experiences and their future. From conspiracies to uncertain alliances, freedom and
slavery, and a confrontation with ancient evil, To End in Fire provides a lively and complex story
especially recommended for sci-fi fans who have appreciated Flint's ongoing Crown of Slaves
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
Two new arrivals are top recommendations for sci-fi readers who enjoy fast-paced action and
Dave Bara's Trinity (9781982125660, $16.00) tells of a Rim rebellion that leads space captain
Jared Clement to abandon his naval career to join the rebels. Ten years have passed since this
decision, and Clement has a new opportunity to command a new vessel on a mission to Trinity, a
star system which may hold a first contact alien encounter. Or war. And Clement is better at the
latter than being dutiful, especially when it comes to revenge. The fast-paced events prove hard
to put down.
Les Johnson's The Spacetime War (9781982125653, $16.00) contrasts two starship captains who
were also former lovers and now find themselves on a quest to keep spacetime itself intact.
Sworn to defend Earth and preserve humanity, the two find their interpersonal relationship
complicates matters as much as it enhances their individual strengths. The story of love and war
is inviting and action-packed.
The Political Science Shelf
America's Voucher Politics
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
9781108491419, $99.99, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: What explains the explosive growth of school vouchers in the last two decades? With
the publication of "America's Voucher Politics: How Elites Learned to Hide the State",
academician Ursula Hackett shows that the voucher movement is rooted in America's
foundational struggles over religion, race, and the role of government versus the private
Drawing upon original datasets, archival materials, and more than one hundred interviews,
Hackett shows that policymakers and political advocates use strategic policy design and rhetoric
to hide the role of the state when their policy goals become legally controversial. For over sixty
years of voucher litigation, white supremacists, accommodationists, and individualists have
deployed this strategy of attenuated governance in court.
By learning from previous mistakes and anticipating downstream effects, governmental
policymakers and political activists supporting K-12 public schools can avoid painful defeats,
gain a secure legal footing, and entrench their policy commitments despite the surging power of
rivals. An ideal case study, education policy reflects multiple axes of conflict in American
politics and demonstrates how policy learning unfolds over time.
Critique: Enhanced for academia and the non-specialist general reader with the inclusion of a
forty page Appendix, a twenty-eight page list of References, and a seven page Index, "America's
Voucher Politics: How Elites Learned to Hide the State" is an extraordinary study offering
research based and insightful analysis of the history and contemporary employment of school
vouchers and their selective education purposes, as well as their political implications. While
highly recommended as a unique and critically important contribution to our on-going national
discussion of school vouchers, "America's Voucher Politics: How Elites Learned to Hide the
State" is a highly recommended addition to community, college, and university library
Contemporary Educational Issues & Political Science collections. It should be noted for the
personal reading lists of governmental policy makers, academia, and education activists that
"America's Voucher Politics: How Elites Learned to Hide the State" is also readily available in a
paperback edition (9781108812054, $29.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $24.00).
Editorial Note: Ursula Hackett is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of
London. Her Oxford doctorate won the Political Studies Association's Sir Walter Bagehot Prize
in Government and Public Administration. She researches religion, race, public policy, and
American Political Development, and speaks on American politics regularly at Chatham House
and the UK Foreign Office.
9781641772105, $30.99, HC, 264pp
Synopsis: "I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance" by Tony Woodlief is a story of hope, but also of peril. It all began when our nation's polarized political class started
conscripting everyday citizens into its culture war. From their commanding heights in political
parties, media, academia, and government, these partisans have attacked one another for years,
but increasingly they've convinced everyday Americans to join the fray.
Why should we feel such animosity toward our fellow citizens, our neighbors, even our own kin?
Because we've fallen for the false narrative, eagerly promoted by pundits on the Left and the
Right, that citizens who happen to vote Democrat or Republican are enthusiastic supporters of
Team Blue or Team Red. Aside from a minority of party activists and partisans, however, most
voters are simply trying to choose the lesser of two evils.
The real threat to our union isn't Red vs. Blue America, it's the quiet collusion within our nation's
political class to take away that most American of freedoms: our right to self-governance. Even
as partisans work overtime to divide Americans against one another, they've erected a system
under which we ordinary citizens don't have a voice in the decisions that affect our lives. From
foreign wars to how local libraries are run, authority no longer resides with We the People, but
amongst unaccountable officials. The political class has stolen our birthright and set us at one
"I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance" is the story of how that all
happened and what we can do about it today. America stands at a precipice, but there's still time
to reclaim authority over our lives and communities.
Critique: Informed and informative, impressively well organized and presented, "I, Citizen: A
Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance" should be available to as large a readership
as possible. A timely clarion call for protecting our constitutional democracy which is under
constant attack for political, social, and cultural elites, and financed by corporations,
compounded by an ever expanding economic imbalance between the 1% and the rest of us, "I,
Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance" offers insights combined with
'real world' possible remedial responses.
While especially and unreservedly recommended as a vitally important addition to community,
college, and university library Contemporary Political Science & Social Issues collections, it
should be noted for the personal reading lists of political science students, academia,
governmental policy makers, political activists, and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in the subject that "I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Tony Woodlief is executive vice president at State Policy Network, a nationwide
community that cultivates and supports state-based organizations working on behalf of citizen
freedom and self-determination. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of
Michigan, and is an award-winning columnist whose work has appeared in the Wall Street
Journal, National Review, American Conservative, and Governing magazine.
Letters to Martin
Randal Maurice Jelks
Lawrence Hill Books
c/o Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781641606035, $26.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Evoking Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail", with the publication
of "Letters to Martin: Meditations on Democracy in Black America", Professor Randal Maurice
Jelks has compiled twelve meditations, each written in the form of letters to King, to speak
specifically to the many public issues we presently confront in the United States, including
economic inequality, freedom of assembly, police brutality, ongoing social class conflicts, and
Professor Jelks invites readers to reflect on US history by centering on questions of democracy
that we must grapple with as a society. Hearkening to the era when James Baldwin, Dorothy Day,
Reinhold Niebuhr, and Richard Wright used their writing to address the internal and external
conflicts that the United States faced, "Letters to Martin" is a contemporary revival of the literary
tradition of meditative social analysis.
Critique: Timely and timeless, "Letters to Martin: Meditations on Democracy in Black America"
is an inherently engaging, thoughtful and thought-provoking read that will have a very special
and enduring appeal to social activists, students, academia, and non-specialist general readers
with an interest in African American history and demographics. A deftly crafted work that
combines meticulous scholarship with an inherently skillful style of organization and
presentation, "Letters to Martin: Meditations on Democracy in Black America" is especially and
unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library African American
History collections and supplemental African American curriculum reading lists. It should be
noted for personal reading lists that "Letters to Martin: Meditations on Democracy in Black
America" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).
Editorial Note: Currently teaching American Studies, African Studies, and African American
Studies at the University of Kansas, Randal Maurice Jelks is a professor, a documentary
producer, and the author of "African Americans in the Furniture City" and "Benjamin Elijah
Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement". Professor Jelks has most recently written "Faith and
Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge
Cleaver and Muhammad Ali". He was also an executive producer of the documentary I, Too,
Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled.
The Christian Studies Shelf
On Love and Mercy: A Social Justice Devotional
P.O. Box 866, Harrisonburg, VA 22803
9781513809373, $21.99, HC, 300pp
Synopsis: A hopeful and Christ-centered devotional for Christians who know social justice to be
a good and holy endeavor, "On Love and Mercy: A Social Justice Devotional" by Stephen
Mattson is a 60-day devotional that invites its readers to expand their vision of both their
personal faith in God and the redemptive and saving work of social action.
Breaking down the premise that Christians must choose between being either socially conscience
or theologically sound, Mattson offers the hopeful message that Jesus (and Christianity) is both.
Each day's entry offers Christians who long to see justice and equity within society with a
much-needed source of affirmation, solidarity, and encouragement.
These heart-felt devotions bring readers hope and encouragement to embrace social justice as the
Christ-like discipline that it always was and is meant to be. "On Love and Mercy" validates social
justice practices within the Christian faith by centering the example of Jesus as the ultimate
The ultimate message of "On Love and Merch" is that although our religion, our church, or our
community may fail us, Jesus never will. He walks alongside us in living out God's commands us
to love our neighbors to the best of our ability. Step into this journey and discover anew what it
means to be devoted to Jesus and justice.
Critique: Inspired and inspiring, thoughtful and thought-provoking, exceptionally well organized
and presented, "On Love and Mercy: A Social Justice Devotional" is especially and unreservedly
recommended for church, seminary, community, college, and university library Christian Social
Issues & Devotional collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of clergy,
seminary students, social justice activists, and all other members of the Christian community that
"On Love and Mercy: A Social Justice Devotional" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Stephen Mattson is a writer and activist whose work has been published in
Relevant, Huffington Post, Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, and a variety of other venues.
Mattson graduated from Moody Bible Institute, served as a youth pastor, and now works at
University of Northwestern--St. Paul.
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310361909, $25.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: All of us at one time or another cry out "My life doesn't look anything like I wanted it
to. How do I even keep going?" When the dreams for our life die, our vision of who we hoped to
become often dies too. That's when The Voice of Giving Up appears.
Visual artist and spiritual director Scott Erickson has had long midnight conversations with The
Voice of Giving Up, and he knows how anxiety and depression make The Voice especially loud.
But he's discovered that our darkest moments are sometimes doorways to a deeper, more
joy-filled journey of recovering who we are, why we're here, and why the future bursts with
possibilities if we are willing to say yes to life's brightest gifts.
With the publication of "Say Yes: Discover the Surprising Life beyond the Death of a Dream",
Scott helps, from a Christian perspective, how you can learn to reawaken your deepest desires,
disempower your greatest fears, and identify the destructive narratives holding you back.
Combined with Scott's beautiful, thought-provoking illustrations, this is a profound exploration
of beginning again after: Disappointment at how life is turning out; Suspecting we are not
prepared or smart enough; Losing hope that change is possible and that pain can have a
Reading "Say Yes: Discover the Surprising Life beyond the Death of a Dream" is the first step to
gaining the gentle yet powerful tools you need, and say yes to what lies ahead today.
Critique: Inspired and inspiring, "Say Yes: Discover the Surprising Life beyond the Death of a
Dream" is impressively well written, organized and presented. While highly recommended for all
members of the Christian community, and anyone else who is struggling with the inevitable
failures that life will inflict in terms of our aspirations and personal plans, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Say Yes: Discover the Surprising Life beyond the Death of a Dream"
is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Scott Erickson is a touring painter, performance storyteller, and creative curate
who mixes autobiography, biblical narrative, and visual aesthetics that speak to our deepest
experiences. He is currently touring his multimedia storytelling piece "Say Yes: A Liturgy of Not
Giving Up on Yourself" and is also the author of "Honest Advent: Awakening to the Wonder of
God-With-Us Then, Here, and Now".
The Judaic Studies Shelf
Rooted in Torah
Rabbi Matityahu Clark
Gefen Publishing House
c/o Storch 255 Central Ave #B-206, Lawrence, NY 11559
9789657023174, $34.95, HC, 465pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Rooted in Torah: Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the
Weekly Parashah and the Holidays" by Rabbi Matityahu Clark, the brilliance of Rabbi Samson
Raphael Hirsch's Torah commentary is now available in brief, accessible essays, conveniently
organized around the weekly Torah portion, the Torah readings for each festival, and other
special Torah readings.
All of Rabbi Hirsch's depth, his understanding of human nature and relationships, his inspired
analysis of Hebrew language, shines from every page. Whether looking for an idea about the
weekly parasha or a topic to discuss at the table on Shabbat or yom tov, this extraordinary
volume is an essential resource.
Those who are interested in the Hebrew words that underlie each essay will especially enjoy
Rabbi Hirsch's analysis of the key words from the Torah verses discussed. This is in keeping with
Rabbi Hirsch's conviction that learning Torah cannot be separated from an understanding of the
words of Torah. These grammatical explanations are found in the shaded area of the text.
The essays in this volume are drawn from Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch's Torah commentary
and other writings. The topics were carefully selected by Rabbi Matityahu Clark, a longtime
devotee of R. Hirsch and author of The Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew, a
comprehensive guide to the roots of Hebrew words in Tanach, based entirely on the methodology
of Rabbi Hirsch.
Critique: A prized and welcome addition to the every growing library of Judaic Studies literature,
"Rooted in Torah: Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the Weekly Parashah and the Holidays" is
an extraordinarily informed and informative resource that is unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, synagogue, college, and university library Judaic Studies collections in
general, and Torah supplemental curriculum studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted
that "Rooted in Torah: Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the Weekly Parashah and the Holidays"
is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.84).
Editorial Note: Rabbi Matityahu Clark, a lifelong educator, served in principal director positions
in Montreal, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Washington. He is one of the founders of the
Educational Council of America and former president of the Council for Jewish Education. In
1988 he retired from his position as Director of the Board of Jewish Education of Greater
Washington and made aliyah. He currently resides in Jerusalem. Rabbi Clark's interest in the
work of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch was sparked by his father, who studied in Frankfurt in the
early 1900's at the behest of his father, the Dayan of Kovno.
The Self-Help Shelf
Jay Glazer, author
Dey Street Books
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063062856, $27.99, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Unbreakable: How I Turned My Depression and Anxiety into
Motivation and You Can Too", professional football athelete Jay Glazer speaks directly to his
readers, his teammates, and shares his hard won truths -- That all the success from his
screeching-and-swerving joy ride through professional football, the media, the MMA fighting
world, Hollywood, the military-warrior community, comes with a side of relentless depression
Living in the gray, as Jay calls it, is just a constant for him. And, in order to work through and
work better, Jay knows he has to keep going, to be of service, to believe in himself when no one
else will, and be stronger, tougher, and more dedicated than anyone. Unbreakable is his story of
how he has done this in all of his many endeavors -- a relentless insider who won't quit talking or
take his foot off the gas, whether detailing how he got his big break inside the NFL (it involves a
friendship with Michael Strahan that seems too unlikely even for Hollywood) or helping veterans
fight for their lives in gyms around the country or playing himself on the hit show Ballers, Jay's
ability to laugh at himself and take on his mental struggles has given him a clarity, toughness,
and openness that few people can rival.
Throughout "Unbreakable", Jay uses his true life stories (featuring some of the biggest, baddest,
and most fascinating characters in the public eye today) to tackle the toughest subjects by making
you laugh. He will also use them as motivation to outline a prescriptive plan for his readers to get
to the top of their game, whatever that game may be -- and to stop making excuses. He shows
how to use personal insecurities and one's own battles with mental health to get where we need to
go -- scars and all.
Critique: Principally written in a conversational style, "Unbreakable: How I Turned My
Depression and Anxiety into Motivation and You Can Too" is an inherently interesting and
thought-provoking read that is inspirationally motivating and would be a prized addition to
personal and community library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for
the reading lists of Jay Glazer's football fans, counseling professionals and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in the subjects of self-esteem and anxiety disorders, that "Unbreakable:
How I Turned My Depression and Anxiety into Motivation and You Can Too" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(Blackstone Audio, 9798200852215, $36.99, CD).
Choose Your Story, Change Your Life
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
195 Broadway, New York, NY, 10007
9781400228409, $27.99, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Most of the "self-stories" you tell yourself (the kind of person you say you are and the
things you are capable of) are invisible to you because they have become such a part of your
everyday mental routine that you don't even recognize they exist.
Yet, these self-stories influence everything you do, everything you say, and everything you
"Choose Your Story, Change Your Life: Silence Your Inner Critic and Rewrite Your Life from
the Inside Out" by Kindra Hall (who is President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller
Collective, a consulting firm focused on the strategic application of storytelling to today's
communication challenges) will help you take complete control of your self-stories and create the
life you've always dreamed you'd have. "Choose Your Story, Change Your Life" offers up a new
window into your psychology, one that travels the distance from the frontiers of neuroscience to
the deep inner workings of your thoughts and feelings.
"Choose Your Story, Change Your Life" will help you to: Uncover the truth of how you have
created the life you have; Challenge everything you think you know about how your life has been
built; Uncover the clear steps you can take to create the life you want; Take control of your
self-story to become the author of who you are; Live your life in a way you never have
"Choose Your Story, Change Your Life" offers an eye-opening, but applicable journey that will
transform you from a passive listener of these limiting, unconscious thoughts to the definitive
author of who you are and everything you want to be.
The underlying message of "Choose Your Story, Change Your Life" is that changing your life for
the better is as simple as choosing better stories to tell yourself. If you can change your story, you
can change your life!
Critique: Enhanced for the reader's benefit with the inclusion of four pages of Notes and a five
page Index, "Choose Your Story, Change Your Life: Silence Your Inner Critic and Rewrite Your
Life from the Inside Out" is exceptional, motivationally inspiring, 'real world practical',
transformatively effective, and thoroughly reader friendly in organization and presentation. While
especially and unreservedly recommended for community, corporate, college, and university
library Business Management and Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Choose Your Story, Change Your Life: Silence Your Inner Critic and
Rewrite Your Life from the Inside Out" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
$14.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Brilliance Audio, 9781713651253,
$27.99, MP3 CD).
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Soul Helper Oracle: Messages from Your Higher Self
Christine Arana Fader, author
Elena Dudina, illustrator
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781644114681, $19.99, Card Deck & Guide Book, 128pp
Synopsis: Held within your soul lies your highest potential and your own profound inner wisdom.
By connecting with the messages of your soul, you can discover the answers you seek and initiate
a much deeper process of transformation and awakening.
With evocative and inspiring images and profound spiritual messages, the 43 dreamlike cards of
the Soul Helper Oracle help you to hear and understand messages from your higher self, the
whispers of your soul's wisdom. Each card features four companions to guide and support you on
your soul's path: a power animal, a healing stone, a plant essence, and a number with a
In the accompanying guidebook, Christine Arana Fader details the message of each card and the
supportive qualities of each card's companions. She shares two well-known card spreads to use
when working with the Soul Helper cards and explains how to channel your inner voice through
the cards and reveal what issues need to be explored in your life. Christine also shows how to
work with the theme of a card for a 21-day cycle, allowing you to make meaningful changes and
find the courage to face and apply what is revealed to you.
By immersing yourself in the guidance of these cards, the soul helpers will bring you clarity,
divine light, and wisdom. They will immediately change something for the better, open gates for
you, and lead you to happiness. Through these cards you will encounter your true feelings, be
able to accept what is, find your heart's goals, and experience wisdom, truth, peace, and
Critique: Since 2010 Christine Arana Fader has been leading seminars, workshops, and guided
trance journeys. She is deeply connected to dragons, Avalon, and the spirit world. Through her
work she shares the wisdom, love, and insight she receives from the spirit world, thereby
planting a light-filled seed for a new world in people's hearts. The author of the Dragon Wisdom
oracle deck, she currently resides in Germany.
Showcasing the artwork of illustrator Elena Dudina, the 43 card deck, "Soul Helper Oracle:
Messages from Your Higher Self" from Christina Arana Fader is an extraordinary, memorable,
engaging, and highly recommended addition to personal and professional Tarot collections.
Soulflower Plant Spirit Oracle
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781644114766, $30.00, Card Deck & Guide Book, 176pp
Synopsis: Each flower or plant species has its own plant spirit, or deva, who radiates a unique
healing energy and embodies specific soul qualities and universal spiritual truths. These soul
energies are also present in each one of us like small seeds, dormant and waiting for the right
conditions to sprout and grow.
"Soulflower Plant Spirit Oracle: 44-Card Deck and Guidebook" is a high-vibration, full-color
card deck with which artist and plant whisperer Lisa Estabrook presents 44 beautiful and vividly
illustrated Soulflower oracle cards, along with empowering and insightful messages from each
card's plant spirit, to help you tend the garden of your soul.
The cards are designed to help you remember the simple truth that all of Nature is sharing -- that
we are cyclical beings intimately entwined with the Earth and all of life. Working with the cards
will help you connect directly to your own inner wisdom, your intuition, like a mirror reflecting
back at you the truth of what's in your heart. For example, Chamomile reflects the soul quality of
stability and its plant spirit reveals how, even on a cloudy day, the sun is still shining -- it is just
obscured. For Bleeding Heart, the soul quality is independence and its plant spirit helps you to
recognize and strengthen the true source of your heart's power.
In the accompanying guidebook Lisa offers ideas on how to use the Soulflower cards for daily
self-reflection and personal growth. She includes a longer, deeper message from each Soulflower
plant spirit as well as suggestions to help you embody the lessons shared. She also shows how
working with the cards provides potent plant spirit medicine to help you reconnect to Nature,
recognize patterns in your thoughts, words, and actions, and expand your awareness of what is
happening around and within you.
By working with the Soulflower cards, you can learn from the plant spirits and awaken the seeds
of your own inner wisdom and intuition. As your understanding of the flowers and the
interconnectivity of all of Nature deepens, so does your understanding of yourself. And
understanding yourself is true empowerment.
Critique: Lisa Estabrook is an artist, mother, way shower, writer, home herbalist and plant
whisperer working with the Soulflower plant spirits to remember, embody, heal and restore
Divine Feminine consciousness on our beautiful Earth. Her work includes the Soulflower Plant
Spirit Oracle and The Daily Practice Journal.
Lisa's maintains an informative website at www.mysoulflower.com where she features a growing
range of beautiful, intentional, healing tools to inspire and deepen your relationship with your
intuition, your heart, and the planet through the power of art and flowers.
Unique, inspiring, meditative, thought-provoking, "Soulflower Plant Spirit Oracle: 44-Card Deck
and Guidebook" is a truly extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal and
professional metaphysical and tarot studies collections.
Blackthorn's Protection Magic
c/o Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578637614, $16.95, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: There has long been a need for a 'user friendly' hands-on guide to protection magic
using essential oils, incense, spells, and tarot cards. "Blackthorn's Protection Magic: A Witch's
Guide to Mental and Physical Self-Defense" by Amy Blackthorn guides readers through the
realm of the green witch to a glade filled with options for your protection.
Amy discusses spiritual, emotional, and physical security in an easy-to-understand way.
"Blackthorn's Protection Magic: A Witch's Guide to Mental and Physical Self-Defense" provides
an overview of what protection means to witches and then explores practices in more depth,
including: Essential oils for protection magic; The role plant allies play in both protecting and
healing; What tarot can teach us about our strengths and weaknesses; Oracle spell work as a
potent source of protection.
As a witch who has worked in executive security for nearly fifteen years, Amy possesses the
botanical spirit of an animist witch, able to see the inherent spirit in plants, as well as a keen eye
on ways to make a home feel safer and more secure, on the magical and the mundane levels. For
example, holly trees provide magical protection from lightning, but also make a prickly barrier
outside the home to keep burglars from lurking in the shadows.
Critique: A unique and invaluable contribution to the every growing library of practical magic
books for the metaphysical student and practitioner, "Blackthorn's Protection Magic: A Witch's
Guide to Mental and Physical Self-Defense" is extraordinarily well written, organized and
presented. A complete instructional compendium and 'how to' manual which is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99), "Blackthorn's Protection Magic: A Witch's
Guide to Mental and Physical Self-Defense" by Amy Blackthorn is highly recommended for
personal, professional, community, college, and university library Witchcraft & Magic
Editorial Note: Amy Blackthorn is a professional intuitive, a practicing withc, and the author of
"Blackthorn's Botanical Magic", "Sacred Smoke", and "Blackthorn's Botanical Brews". She has a
certification in aromatherapy and incorporates her experiences in a traditional witchcraft with her
horticulture studies. Amy's company, Blackthorn's Botanicals, creates tea based on magical
herbal formulas. She has appeared in print as well as on Coast to Coast AM, HuffPoLive,
Netflix's Top Ten Secrets and Mysteries in an episode about Supernatural Abilities. Amy has an
online tea shop at www.BlackthornsBotanicals.com and can be followed on Instagram at
A Beginner's Guide to Chakras
Smith Street Books
9781922417626, $19.95, HC, 160pp
Synopsis: Chakras are various focal points on the human body used in a variety of ancient
meditation practices, collectively denominated as Tantra, or the esoteric or inner traditions of
Hinduism. Working with the chakras and understanding their energy will add a new depth to
your health and well-being.
With its roots in ancient India, the chakra system has evolved into a modern-day tool for balance
and healing. "A Beginner's Guide to Chakras: Open the path to positivity, wellness and purpose"
by Lisa Butterworth offers an easy-to-understand overview and guidance for tuning into, caring
for, and engaging with your energetic centres (including chakra-specific yoga poses, crystals,
food and herbs, and visualizations) for an informative journey towards greater love and
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, as well as enhanced with the full
color photography by Lisa Linder, "A Beginner's Guide to Chakras: Open the path to positivity,
wellness and purpose" is an ideal combination of instructional reference and 'how to' manual for
the novice Charas and Parapsychology student and aspiring practitioner. Impressively
informative and comprehensive, "A Beginner's Guide to Chakras: Open the path to positivity,
wellness and purpose" is especially recommended for personal, professional, community,
college, and university library New Age metaphysical studies collections.
Editorial Note: Lisa Butterworth is the West Coast editor of BUST and a founding editor of
Tidal. She covers food, fashion, pop culture, women's issues, and more for outlets including
Nylon, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, Elle, Martha Stewart Living, Time Out, and New York
Magazine while basking in L.A.'s eternal sunshine. She has previously published "28 Days
Vegan" (Smith Street Books).
The Graphic Novel Shelf
Emma Dreams of Stars: Inside the Gourmet Guide
Story by Emmanuelle Maisonneuve and Julia Pavlowitch
Art by Kan Takahama
9781647290573 $19.95 pbk / $10.99 Kindle
Emma Dreams of Stars: Inside the Gourmet Guide is an autobiographical, full-color graphic
novel written by Emmanuelle Maisonneuve and Julia Pavlowitch and brought to life with the
expressive manga artwork of Kan Takahama. The story follows the challenging yet rewarding
life of Emma, the first woman ever hired as an inspector for the famous "Michelin Guide", a
French publication well-known for ranking the highest quality restaurants. Though Emma
dreamed of glamour and great feasts, the reality she encountered was far more nuanced;
restaurants are difficult businesses to run smoothly, let alone at the highest level demanded of the
guide's strict rating system. Adding or removing a star to the "Michelin Guide" can enshrine or
destroy a restaurant's future - an exercise of power with the potential to be heartbreaking, given
the passion of the chefs and the staff. Emma Dreams of Stars is a fascinating, behind-the-scenes
read from cover to cover, highly recommended for both personal and public library graphic novel
collections, and a choice pick especially for gourmets and restaurant connoisseurs.
Arakawa Under the Bridge 1
c/o Penguin Random House (distribution)
9781945054419 $17.95 pbk / $13.99 Kindle
Arakawa Under the Bridge 1 is the first volume of a black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic
novel) series about the dramatic contrasts between people from different walks of life. Kou
Ichinomiya is a young man born to a wealthy family. He wholeheartedly believes in a value
drilled into him ever since childhood - that he must never be content to remain indebted to
another person, whether that debt is monetary or a debt of honor. Kou's life changes drastically
when Nino, a young homeless woman (who claims to be from the planet Venus), saves him from
drowning in the Arakawa river. Although Kou wants to repay Nino, she refuses all offers of
money; instead, she asks him to teach her about love. In his quest to fulfill her wish and repay his
debt, Kou starts to share her everyday life under the Arakawa bridge, and meets a most unusual
homeless community that exists outside the boundaries of everyday Tokyo. Arakawa Under the
Bridge thoughtfully cross-examines modern social issues with a captivating blend of comedy,
drama, insightful philosophy, and a cast extraordinarily quirky characters. Highly
Horizon Zero Dawn: Liberation
Anne Toole, writer
Elmer Damaso, artist
9781787734104 $17.99 pbk / $11.99 Kindle
Horizon Zero Dawn: Liberation is a full-color graphic novel set during the events of the
immensely popular, post- apocalyptic open-world video game Horizon Zero Dawn for the
Playstation 4. Horizon Zero Dawn: Liberation is a compilation of issues 1 to 4 of the comic book
"Horizon Zero Dawn arc two", and follows skilled survivalist Aloy and her fierce friend Erend
on a hunt to serve justice upon the murderer of Erend's sister. As they journey, Erend reveals the
saga of the Liberation of Meridian, a conflict in which his sister fought valiantly. The realistic art
style brings a saga of struggle and complex characters to vivid life, and the story is told in an
accessible manner that will draw in connoisseurs of post- apocalyptic adventure regardless of
their familiarity with the video game. A gallery of the original comic book issue covers rounds
out this excellent and exciting graphic novel.
The Audiobook Shelf
The Golden Couple
Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, authors
Marin Ireland & Karissa Vacker, narrators
9781250835611, $39.99, CD
Synopsis: If therapist and counselor Avery Chambers can't fix you in 10 sessions, she won't take
you on as a client. Her successes are phenomenal. She helps people overcome everything from
domineering parents to assault, while almost absorbing the emptiness she sometimes feels since
her husband's death.
Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem like the golden couple -- until Marissa cheats. She wants to
repair things, both because she loves her husband and for the sake of their eight-year-old son.
After a friend forwards an article about Avery, Marissa takes a chance on this maverick therapist,
who lost her license due to controversial methods.
When the Bishops glide through Avery's door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set
on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it's no longer
simply a marriage that's in danger!
Critique: A carefully crafted domestic thriller of a novel by the writing team of Greer Hendricks
and Sarah Pekkanen, "The Gold Couple" is brought to life in a true 'theatre of the mind'
experience by the gifted narrative talents of Marin Ireland and Karissa Vacker. This 9 CD,
complete and unabridged audio book from Macmillan Audio is an especially and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal and community library audio book collections.
The Library CD Shelf
The Shape of My Heart
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3
The Shape of My Heart is a selection of beloved classic jazz and blues American songs
performed by dulcet vocalist Jami Templeton. Each song has been carefully selected for its
portrayal of crucial emotions, aspirations, or turning points in life. Joel Frahm on tenor
saxophone, Andy Langham on piano and melodica, Edwin Livingston on bass, and Charles
Ruggiero on drums surround and support Jami Templeton's memorable performance, in this
treasure for personal and public library music collections. The Shape of My Heart also makes an
excellent gift for any season! Highly recommended. The tracks are Angel Flying Too Close to the
Ground, Shape of My Heart, Can't Help Lovin' That Man, Black Velvet, Let's Stay Together,
Need You Now, Room at the Top, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Ain't Misbehavin', I
Fall in Love Too Easily, and The Dance.
Honky Tonk Man
Content Rewind Records
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3
Honky Tonk Man gathers beloved songs performed by peerless country music artist Bob Luman
(1937-1978), bringing them from the vaults of history to the listening pleasure of connoisseurs
today. Luman's flair rockabilly, western swing, and even doo wop show through in his
unmatched vocals and mastery of the guitar. Honky Tonk Man is a timeless treasure for
connoisseurs, and highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections.
The tracks are Still Loving You, Honky Tonk Man, Come on Home and Sing the Blues to
Daddy, Everyday I Have to Cry Some, The Gun, Gettin' Back to Norma, It's All Over (But the
Shouting), The Great Snow Man, Woman Without Love, Knee Deep in the Blues, Guitar Man, I
Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine, Cleanin' Up the Streets of Memphis, and Today I Started
Loving You Again.
Music for Hard Times
The Living Earth Show and Danny Clay
$12.00 CD / $10.00 digital
Can music help the listener feel better in trying times? Music for Hard Times is an original,
experimental New Age album created in search of the answer to that question. The gentle,
harmonious songs promote feelings of relaxation and peace. A printed booklet accompanying the
physical CD includes thoughts from the music artists (The Living Earth Show and Danny Clay)
on the strategies they used when composing the album. Music for Hard Times lives up to its title
and is highly recommended especially for unwinding after a long and difficult day.
Colin Maier and Charles Cozens
$20.00 CD / $TBA digital
The debut collaboration of Colin Maier on oboe, bass, and harmonica with Charles Zoens on
piano and accordion, and both on vocals, JoyRide an original album fusing elements of jazz,
ragtime, blues, tango, klezmer and more into a high- energy performance evocative of a live
concert. The songs vary in nature from light and quirky to poignant and wistful, and spark an
enduring sense of creativity and adventure. Highly recommended! The tracks are Spirit of Earth,
Tiger Rag, Somewhere Under the Rainbow, Plight of the Bumblebee, Prism of Time, Rhapsody
in Light Blue, Isolation Blues, Air on a Blue String,Celebration, Kelzmer Fun, Tango de la
Noche, Czardahora, The Mirror, and La Fiesta.
Me and My Guitar
$6.00 CD / $9.49 MP3
Featuring John Martin and Kent Blazy on guitars and vocals, Me and My Guitar is a pure,
emotional treasure for connoisseurs of quality, resonant acoustic guitar music. Me and My Guitar
is a captivating experience to savor or simply play in the background while focusing on everyday
tasks, and also makes an excellent gift. The tracks are When This Is All Over, Just Another Old
Man, Nashville Strong, Songman, Rabbit Hole, Me and My Guitar, Human Touch, Raindrops,
The Future Ain't What It Used To Be, The Truth, The Night John Lennon Died, and The Times
They Are a Changin'.
Ran Out of Sky
Franklin Mountain Records
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3
Ran Out of Sky is a masterfully performed album by guitar maestro and captivating vocalist
Kevin Wilber. The evocative country songs are smooth and easy to listen to, fostering a sense of
inspiration and nostalgia. Ran Out of Sky is a joy to experience, highly recommended. The tracks
are Take It Back, Come On Wheels, Is It Working For You, It's All Your Fault, Bread on the
Table, She Don't Make It Easy, You've Gone To My Head, I Found Out, Freedom Song, Hammer
& Nail, Memphis (When You Got the Blues), Rhythm of Love, Stealing Time, Summer Time
Thing, What Love Left Behind, I Could Get Used To You, You Got Me Now, If I Was A House,
and Ran Out Of Sky.
$TBA CD / $10.89 MP3
Stones is an intense modern country music album featuring talented music artist Allie Colleen.
Her songs evoke both the joy and the heartache that are fundamental elements of life itself, in
emotional performances that resonate in the mind and heart long after the music fades. Stones is
an unforgettable contribution to the genre, highly recommended. The tracks are Stones (I Don't
Give A), Playin' House, Don't Give Your Heart to a Cowboy, Vagabond Angels, Wildflower,
Only Oklahoma, Blame it on the Weather, Good As It Gets, Well Enough Alone, Make Me a
Man, and Pink Lemonade.
The Business Shelf
Competing in the New World of Work
Keith Ferrazzi, author
Kian Gohar, author
Noel Weyrich, author
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781647821951, $30.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: You've shed antiquated systems and processes. You went all-in on digital. Your teams
settled into new, often better, ways of doing things. But did your organization change enough to
stay competitive in the post-pandemic world? Did you fully leverage the once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to leap forward and grow stronger? Are you shaping the new environment to your
advantage? -- If not, it's not too late to learn from the best.
With the publication of "Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability
Separates the Best from the Rest", author Keith Ferrazzi, along with co-authors Kian Gohar and
Noel Weyrich, shows corporate leaders and executives how to shape their organizations and
practices to remain competitive in a new, post-pandemic context. Based on an ambitious global
research initiative involving thousands of executives, innovators, and change makers who
redefined their strategies, business models, organizational systems, and even their cultures,
"Competing in the New World of Work" offers a bold new vision for the organization of the
future and reveals the workplace innovations that emerged during the pandemic. It also defines
the new model of leadership (radical adaptability) for sustaining continuous change throughout
the coming years of opportunity and transformation
"Competing in the New World of Work" is a 'real world' road map to embracing new realities,
motivating talent in today's local, regional, national, and international marketplace.
Critique: Enhanced with the inclusion of eight pages of Notes and a fourteen page Index,
"Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the
Rest" is unreservedly recommended and thought-provoking reading for any and all entrepreneurs,
business managers, or corporate executives. While a core addition to personal, professional,
community, corporate, college, and university library Human Resources/Personnel Management,
Strategic Business Planning, and Business/Organizational Learning collections, it should be
noted for MBA Students, academia, corporate executives, and non-specialist general readers with
an interest in the subject that "Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability
Separates the Best from the Rest" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $28.50).
Editorial Note: Keith Ferrazzi is the founder and chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a management
consulting and coaching company that works to transform many of the largest organizations and
governments in the world. Kian Gohar is a former executive director of the XPRIZE Foundation
and Singularity University and has coached the leadership teams of dozens of Fortune 500
companies. Noel Weyrich has co-authored and edited more than twenty business leadership
books and personal memoirs.
The Metail Economy
c/o McGraw Hill Professional
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 45th Floor, New York, NY 10020
9781264274635, $27.99, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: Armed with computers, tablets, smartphones, and social media, today's consumers
have revolted against the marketplace status quo. Demanding a voice, and sometimes a hand, in
the products they buy, these digitally empowered consumers ('Me's') have inverted the traditional
power dynamics of retail into 'Metail'. To put it simply, your customers are now in charge, and
you must recognize and embrace this fact in order to survive in new Metail economy.
From Joel Bines, one of today's top retail brand thought leaders,
With the publication of "The Metail Economy: 6 Strategies for Transforming Your Business to
Thrive in the Me-Centric Consumer Revolution" by Joel Bines (one of the top retail brand
thought leaders working today) provides innovative methods for connecting with the Me-centric
consumer and shows how to thrive in this consumer revolution. Bines provides examples of
companies that have failed to address the Metail paradigm, along with those that are on the right
path, clearly illustrating how the traditional power dynamic has inverted and why it matters for
"The Metail Economy" offers six proven models you can use to cultivate and serve highly
informed and empowered customers in the Metail marketplace: Curation; Customization;
Category Expertise; Cost; Convenience; Community.
"The Metail Economy" also explains why you shouldn't pigeonhole your business into one
model, but rather develop a deep self-awareness about how your organization is viewed and
valued by your customers -- and focus your efforts accordingly.
Whether you're the CEO of a global organization or starting your own clothing boutique, you
must become a Metailer - and this groundbreaking book will show you how.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Metail Economy: 6
Strategies for Transforming Your Business to Thrive in the Me-Centric Consumer Revolution"
should be considered as essential reading by any entrepreneur, business manager, or corporate
executive wanting their enterprise to succeed in this new era of technology driven marketing and
consumption. While an invaluable addition to community, corporate, college, and university
library Business Management, Marketing Research, and Consumer Behavior collections, it
should be noted for personal reading list that "The Metail Economy: 6 Strategies for
Transforming Your Business to Thrive in the Me-Centric Consumer Revolution" is also available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.19).
Editorial Note: Joel Bines leads the Global Retail Practice at the business consulting firm Alix
Partners. He's sought after worldwide for his advice on improving the performance of a wide
spectrum of global retailers, brands, and consumer companies.
The Automotive Shelf
Ford Mustang 2011-2014: How to Build & Modify
838 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, MN 55025
9781613256008, $36.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: The Ford Mustang has seen quite an evolution in its 50-plus years of existence. Times
change, consumer demands change, and sometimes, you stop and wonder, "How did we get
here?" Ford's designers and its customers were thinking the same thing in the early 2000s. The
evolution from the classic original design to the New Edge styling of the 1999 - 2004 models had
some scratching their heads. Ford decided to take a bold turn back to the Mustang's roots with the
fifth-generation model, which made its debut for the 2005 model year and lasted through
Echoing the Mustang fastback design of the 1960s, Ford inspired a path of retro design that the
Camaro and Challenger followed shortly thereafter. The move proved incredibly popular with
enthusiasts. Of course, with car enthusiasts, the immediate thought was, "How can we make this
new Mustang even better?" The big news in 2011 was the introduction of the new 5.0-liter
Coyote engine, which was a huge upgrade over the previous 4.6-liter engine.
In "Ford Mustang 2011 - 2014: How to Build and Modify", Mustang expert Wes Duenkel takes
you through the entire car, system by system, to explore ways to get more performance out the
last of the fifth-generation Mustangs. Included are chapters on engine modifications, brake and
exhaust upgrades, power adders, chassis and suspension upgrades, cooling system modifications,
and EFI and tuning tips.
Wheels and tires, differentials, electronic upgrades, and more are also covered. The 2011 - 2014
Mustangs are finding their way into the affordable category at present with warranties expiring
and acquisition costs being very reasonable. Of course, as with all generations of Mustang, there
is a robust aftermarket to explore for performance parts and accessories. Ford Mustang 2011 -
2014: How to Build and Modify covers it all and will help you make your Mustang everything
you want it to be.
Critique: Profusely illustrated and comprised of comprehensive, 'user friendly' step-by-step
instructions, the publication of "Ford Mustang 2011-2014: How to Build & Modify", will enable
any Mustang car enthusiast to maximize the potential of their 2011 - 2014 Mustang. While also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $35.10), "Ford Mustang 2011-2014: How to Build &
Modify" is very highly recommended for personal, professional, and community library
Mustange Automotive History collections.
Editorial Note: Wes Duenkel has wrenched on Mustangs since 1995. His first car was a
well-worn 1985 Mustang GT that needed lots of work. After college and a stint working in the
performance automotive aftermarket, his passion for sports cars and creative photography skills
led to a full-time career in motorsports photography and automotive writing. Since then, he's
created hundreds of technical and feature articles for enthusiast publications. A determined
do-it-yourselfer, Duenkel has owned and/or modified dozens of Mustangs from 1965 to present.
From carburetors to Coyotes, road racing to rotating assemblies, he is well-versed in the
engineering and mechanics of high-performance vehicles and enjoys using his words and photos
to entertain, inform, and inspire his fellow automotive enthusiasts.
Ford GT40 Anthology
John S. Allen, author
Colin Graham Endeacott, author
Veloce Publishing Ltd.
9781787115767, $90.00, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: A unique compilation of stories about one of the most iconic cars the automotive
industry ever produced, "Ford GT40 Anthology" is a new and unique compilation of feature
articles about the GT40, all accompanied by a host of old and new photographs. While not a
history of the GT40, each individual story will give the GT40 enthusiast new insights into the
car's design and development, as well as some fascinating racing tales and previously well-kept
Individual chapters include an explanation of the mysteries of Appendix J and its impact on the
design of the Mirage and MkIV GT40; a detailed scrutineering report on GT40P/1075 at Le
Mans; some untold truths behind the 2005 name controversy; and the unrecorded engine swap
which enabled a GT40 to race (and finish) at the Le Mans 24 hours. The "Ford GT40 Anthology"
contains information which at last shows that Ford did really install the Indy 4-cam engine in a
development of the GT40. It explains in detail how GT40-builder JWAE was structured, and
what its accounts looked like: the fascinating facts concerning the financial aspects of the
GT40-building business are revealed.
With the publication of "Ford GT40 Anthology", knowledgeable and experienced authors John S.
Allen and Graham Endeacott have collaborated to create a great collection of GT40 stories, some
of which had previously been published in magazines many years ago, but have now been
reworked, and some of which are totally new. None are currently available in any other
Critique: This coffee-table style volume (12.05 x 1.34 x 10.75 inches) is profusely illustrated
with expert commentaries -- making it a 'must read' for any and all dedicated GT40 enthusiast, as
well as a unique, cherished, and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional,
community, college, and university library Automotive History collections.
Editorial Note #1: John Allen's daily drive is a Ford Mustang GT, and his hobbies and interests
include anything to do with GT40s, sports racing cars, railways, model railways, and Luftwaffe
Editorial Note #2: Colin Endeacott built his own replica GT40 about 25 years ago, and is
currently engaged in rebuilding the same GT40 to be a more accurate replica. He has spent many
years helping and advising on the restoration of numerous original GT40s, and sourcing many
hard-to-find original parts.
The Needlecraft Shelf
Dara Tomasson, author
Amy Colleen Robertson, author
c/o C&T Publishing
9781644030905, $21.95, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Doodle School: A Daily Design Challenge to Up Your
Free-Motion Quilting Game" by needlecrafters Dara Tomasson and Amy Robertson, even the
most novice of quilters can master doodle designing in just 31 days.
The will be transformed into a skilled free-motion quilting expert with a month-long series of
daily design prompts and learning from experienced free-motion quilters Dara Tomasson and
Amy Robertson with respect to their direct methods.
Each design helps build muscle memory and spurs creativity with dozens of unique shapes and
styles. Start sketching feathers, arrows, shells, rainbows, bubbles, spider webs, and so much
more. Designs range from basic and vary in difficulty and intricacy making this the perfect
reference for those learning to draw free-motion designs. Once you've completed your daily
doodle challenges, show off your skills with a sampler quilt that features all of your doodle
Basically, with "Doodle School: A Daily Design Challenge to Up Your Free-Motion Quilting
Game" you start with pen and paper and take on daily doodle prompt challenges. Then become a
confident free-motion quilt designer by learning to stitch a variety of different shapes. There is a
wealth of skill-building techniques and easy-to-follow visual guides for each doodle design
Critique: Expertly organized and presented, enhanced with full color and line drawn illustrations
throughout, and thoroughly 'user friendly' with step-by-step instructions, "Doodle School: A
Daily Design Challenge to Up Your Free-Motion Quilting Game" is the perfect combination of
instructional guide and 'how to' manual. Highly recommended for personal, professional, and
community library collections, it should also be noted that "Doodle School: A Daily Design
Challenge to Up Your Free-Motion Quilting Game" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note #1: Dara Tomasson spends most of her days as a life coach to quilters by helping
them lose weight and create more joy in their lives. When she isn't coaching, longarm quilting or
cheering her kids at their basketball games, Dara loves to design patterns, make YouTube videos,
and quilt for charity. She has her own website at www.daratomasson.com
Editorial Note #2: Amy Robertson has been running her longarm quilting business, Dappled
Things Quilting, since 2018. She is currently exploring pattern design, fiber art, and the many
possibilities for art and design that exist within the quilting world. She has her website at
Stylehacking, Sew a Creative Wardrobe
Karoline Dahrling Hughes
c/o C&T Publishing
9781644031148, $29.95, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: Turn your clothing basics into a stylish wardrobe! Get inspired to elevate your
wardrobe with dozens of tips and tricks on creating handmade, fashionable creating fashionable,
wardrobe pieces with "Stylehacking, Sew a Creative Wardrobe: Use 5 Favorite Garments for
Dream about it one day and wear it the next. Take the essentials found in every closet (a
camisole, a tee, a jumper, a pair of trousers, and leggings) and learn how to transform them into
something new. The advice and ideas comprising "Stylehacking, Sew a Creative Wardrobe: Use
5 Favorite Garments for Limitless Possibilities" ranges from hemming and elastic techniques,
stitch and fabric guides, to basic sewing principles.
Perfect for sewing beginners looking to conquer clothing, you'll learn how to sew a top, trousers,
skirts, and other fashion favorites. Also great for more experienced sewists looking to get
creative with new timesaving garment tricks. All creatives can find something to design with 30+
wardrobe ideas from basic tee dress to cardigans, kimonos, bike shorts, and so much more.
"Stylehacking" is made for even the most novice of needlcraters to succeed because there is no
time spent on measuring, or decrypting the lines on paper patterns, or altering premade
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, "Stylehacking, Sew a Creative Wardrobe: Use 5
Favorite Garments for Limitless Possibilities" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and
DIY presentation. While a welcome and recommended addition to personal, professional, and
community library Contemporary Needlecrafting collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Stylehacking, Sew a Creative Wardrobe: Use 5 Favorite Garments for
Limitless Possibilities" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).
Editorial Note: Karoline Dahrling Hughes is a garment sewist, writer, designer, illustrator, and
crafter. She lives in Denmark and is a regular contributor to the British sewing magazine Simply
Sewing, where she shows readers how to make stylish garments without using paper patterns.
Her first book, Smart I En Fart ( Smart in a Hurry or Stylishly Dressed in a Hurry), was published
in Danish, her native tongue, in April 2017. She has a website at www.skandimama.com
Pet Portrait Embroidery
c/o C&T Publishing
9781644030141, $24.95, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: Cats and dogs seem to always have a paw planted firmly in our hearts. Now with the
publication of "Pet Portrait Embroidery: Lovingly Stitch Your Dog or Cat; A Modern Guide to
Thread Painting" needlecrafters and embroidery enthusiasts can capture the life in their pets eyes
and the texture of their fur with a unique embroidered pet portrait!
Self-taught artist Michelle Staub puts a modern spin on thread painting with her easy-to-learn
approach. Get started with 4 basic embroidery stitches, and follow the detailed tutorials to hone
your skills. Capture awe-inspiring details of your pet with lessons in full-color thread painting or
go clean with a simple line drawing -- the choice is yours as you learn to personalize your art
piece with names, dates, and decorative accents. With 20 sample patterns to customize, you can
easily recreate any breed!
Critique: With "Pet Portrait Embroidery: Lovingly Stitch Your Dog or Cat; A Modern Guide to
Thread Painting" as a DIY instructional guide and 'how to' manual, andone can create stunningly
realistic pet portraits with just a needle and thread. They can make either minimal outlines and
incredible full-color renderings. They can make their thread based projects modern with floral
garlands, personalized banners, and crisp lettering. A highly recommended addition to personal,
professional, and community library Needlecrafting collections, it should be noted that "Pet
Portrait Embroidery: Lovingly Stitch Your Dog or Cat; A Modern Guide to Thread Painting" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Michelle Staub is a self-taught embroidery artist who has been creating pet
embroideries since 2014. She loves using needle and thread to create gorgeous keepsakes. Her
pet portraits have been featured in magazines, on television, and on websites around the world.
She has a website at www.stitchingsabbatical.com
Kari Cornell, editor
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9780760373538, $24.99, PB, 192pp
Synopsis: Expertly compiled and edited by Kari Cornell (who has been knitting and collecting
vintage patterns for years), "Cozy Knits: 30 Hat, Mitten, Scarf and Sock Projects from Around
the World" showcases DIY stylish projects are inspired by knitting traditions from Scandinavia,
Eastern Europe, the British Isles, the Americas, and Asia.
Each individual knitting project is partnered with complete illustrated patterns, beautiful
four-color photography, schematics and diagrams, and alternatives for yarns and needle weights
and sizes to help you get the results you want. The patterns range from simple to more
complicated, making this a great book to grow your craft.
Critique: Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and step-by-step presentation, "Cozy Knits:
30 Hat, Mitten, Scarf and Sock Projects from Around the World" is an especially recommended
addition to personal, professional, and community library needlecraft instructional reference
Kyra E. Hicks
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786413744, $TBA, HC, 260pp
Synopsis: One million African Americans spend approximately $118 million annually on
quilting. Some believe that recent studies of oral histories telling of the role quilting played in the
Underground Railroad have inspired African Americans to take up their fabric and needles, but
whatever the reason, quilters like Faith Ringgold, Clementine Hunter, Winnie McQueen, and
many others are keeping the African American traditions of quilting alive.
"Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook" by Kyra E. Hicks is the first
comprehensive guide to African American quilt history and contemporary practices. It offers
more than 1,700 bibliographic references, many of them annotated, covering exhibit catalogs,
books, newspapers, magazines, dissertations, films, novels, poetry, speeches, works of art,
advertisements, patterns, greeting cards, auction results, ephemeral items, and online resources
on African American quilting.
"Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook" also includes primary research
utilizing the Internet usage of African American quilters, a listing of over 100 museums with
African American-made quilts in their permanent collections, a directory of African American
quilting groups in 29 states, and a detailed timeline that covers 200 years of African American
quilting and needle arts events.
Critique: Illustrated with black/white photography, "Black Threads: An African American
Quilting Sourcebook" is a groundbreaking and definitive work of meticulous research.
Impressively informative and exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation,
"Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook" is a unique and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
African American History & Culture collections. It will have a special appeal to dedicated
members of the quilting community and is also available for personal reading lists in a paperback
edition (9781476667102, $29.95).
Editorial Note: Kyra E. Hicks is a marketing professional and quilter whose quilts have appeared
in more than thirty group exhibitions such as the American Craft Museum in New York, the
Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford.
The Gardening Shelf
The Modern Gardener
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780857839435, $26.99, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: Most enthusiastic gardeners no longer just want to garden, they want to engage with
the land; the plants in it, the animals, insects and even the fungi. A practical guide for creating a
beautiful and creative garden, "The Modern Gardener" by gardening expert Frances Tophill isn't
just about creating a space that simply looks visually stunning, but about responding to the need
to modernize; to live in a way that works in harmony with the world around us and engages with
our outdoor space. That the plants that we choose to grow should encourage wildlife, reduce our
carbon footprint and be useful in all areas of our lives.
Filled with a wealth of projects, as well as the whys and hows of growing and choosing plants,
"The Modern Gardener" includes a recipe section with activities that can be tried at home for all
kinds of fun, ranging from delicious concoctions to essential products, and all made from
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated with ful color photography throughout, "The
Modern Gardener" is thoroughly 'user friendly' for the novice and experienced gardener alike.
Informative and motivating, "The Modern Gardener" is especially and unreservedly
recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library
Contemporary Gardening instructional reference collections. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of gardening enthusiasts that "The Modern Gardener" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
Editorial Note: Frances Tophill is a Horticulturist and Botanist who trained at The Royal Botanic
Garden, Edinburgh. Since 2012 she has been a presenter on ITV's Love Your Garden, with Alan
Titchmarsh. She also presents regularly on BBC Gardeners' World. She works closely with the
RHS Campaign for School Gardening and WWF, championing the importance of growing for us
as individuals and as communities. She is the author of three other books: "First-Time Gardener",
"The Container Gardener", and "Re-Wild Your Garden".
The Rooted Life
c/o Worthy Publishing
9781546012597, $28.00, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Have you ever wanted to experiment with growing your own food but didn't think you
had the space, the time, or the knowledge? Justin Rhodes thought the same thing -- until after
years battling systemic illness and struggling to provide the kind of wholesome food he wanted
for his family, he bought a seed packet at the grocery store and was hooked!
Justin discovered the miraculous potential and empowerment of working with nature to grow
food for his family, and since that discovery, he has shared his self-taught skills with hundreds of
thousands of growers via his popular YouTube channel and website. Whether you're looking for
greater food security, better health, tastier food, to save or earn money, connect with your food
source, "The Rooted Life: Cultivating Health and Wholeness Through Growing Your Own
Food" will enable anyone looking for a different kind of life, a life focused on health and
wellness, to accomplish just that.
Looking for every opportunity to pass his hard-earned knowledge onto others, with the
publication of "The Rooted Life: Cultivating Health and Wholeness Through Growing Your
Own Food", Rhodes provides an impressively illustrated instructional guide to growing your own
food and experiencing a more connected, sustainable lifestyle, no matter where you live or how
much space you have.
Filled with beautiful and inspiring photographs from the Rhodes' homestead and chock full of
resources, including gardening plans, everything you need to know about raising chickens, tips
for how to get your kids involved, and even recipes for how to serve up your home-grown
goodness, "The Rooted Life: Cultivating Health and Wholeness Through Growing Your Own
Food" provides the inspiration, the encouragement, and the practical wisdom that needed to
begin the journey to a more rooted life.
Critique: Inspired and inspiring, "The Rooted Life: Cultivating Health and Wholeness Through
Growing Your Own Food" is an inherently fascinating and motivating read from cover to cover.
Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, illustrated, organized and presented, "The
Rooted Life: Cultivating Health and Wholeness Through Growing Your Own Food" is
unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Organic Gardening,
Horticulture, and Agronomy collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists of any and
all aspiring gardeners that "The Rooted Life: Cultivating Health and Wholeness Through
Growing Your Own Food" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99) and
as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781668607725, $40.00, CD).
Editorial Note: Justin Rhodes is a Permaculturalist, film producer, and author, teaching folks to
work with nature to produce their own sustenance and live a more abundant life. Seasoned
homesteaders, the Rhodes family has enjoyed many years of practicing "beyond organic" and
permaculture methods on their seventy-five-acre family farm near Asheville, NC. Justin trained
under the highly accredited Geoff Lawton of PRI Australia for his Permaculture Design
Certificate (PDC) and has studied natural chicken care under popular author, Pat Foremen.
Abundant Permaculture was founded out of a love of teaching and the sustainable
The Biography Shelf
Paris Blue: A Memoir of First Love
9781646634712, $29.95 hc / $2.99 Kindle, 252pp
Synopsis: In Paris, 1976, twenty-year-old American student Julie Scolnik had just arrived in the
City of Light to study the flute when, from across a sea of faces in the chorus of the Orchestre de
Paris, she is drawn to Luc, a striking (and married) French lawyer in the bass section.
"Paris Blue: A Memoir of First Love" is a compelling memoir of an ebullient young American
and a reserved Frenchman which will transport its readers to the cafes, streets, and concert halls
of Paris in the late seventies, and, spanning three decades, evolves from deep romance to sudden
heartbreak, and finally to a lifelong quest for answers to release hidden, immutable grief.
Against a magical backdrop of Paris and classical music, "Paris Blue: A Memoir of First Love" is
a true life story (with a dark underbelly) about the tenacious grip of first love.
Critique: A deftly crafted, inherently fascinating, and impressively candid memoir by someone
who has a genuine flair for writing her compelling life story that is usually the province of
award-winning literary fiction authors, "Paris Blue: A Memoir of First Love" is especially and
unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary
American Biography & Memoir collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Paris Blue: A Memoir of First Love" is also readily available in a paperback edition
(9781646634699, $17.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).
Editorial Note: Julie Scolnik is an accomplished concert flutist and the founding artistic director
of Mistral Music, a chamber music series that since 1997 has been known for its virtuosi artists
and imaginative programming and the personal rapport she establishes with audiences. Julie also
maintains an informative website for "Paris Blue" at www.JulieScolnik.com
Dracul: Of the Father: The Untold Story of Vlad Dracul
Dr. A. K. Brackob
c/o Histria Books
9781592110278, $39.99, HC, 456pp
Synopsis: Stories of the person popularly known as Dracula have fascinated people around the
world for generations. Both the fictional vampire created by the Irish author Bram Stoker at the
end of the nineteenth century and the fifteenth century Prince called Vlad the Impaler, the man
regarded as the historical Dracula, have become part of universal culture. Yet few realize that the
Wallachian ruler dubbed "the Impaler," is not the original Dracula. Instead, that distinction
belongs to his father who is a little-known prince called Vlad Dracul (before 1395 - November
The elder Vlad, who gained the sobriquet Dracul or Dracula when Holy Roman Emperor
Sigismund of Luxemburg initiated him into the Order of the Dragon in February 1431, was
among the most important political personalities of his day. He far surpassed his more famous
namesake in those qualities that define a great ruler.
Vlad Dracul struggled to protect the independence of his land, under the most difficult of
circumstances, against the threats posed by his powerful neighbors, the Ottoman Empire and the
Kingdom of Hungary. In so doing, he in no small way contributed to the survival of his
principality at a time when Ottoman expansion in the Balkans expunged countries such as
Bulgaria and Serbia from the map of Europe.
Several books have been devoted to the study of his famous son, Vlad the Impaler, but any search
for the historical Dracula must begin with the story of the father. Now, for the first time, based on
extensive documentary research, the true story of the man who founded the Dracula dynasty is
revealed in Dr. A. K. Brackob's biography, "Dracul: Of the Father: The Untold Story of Vlad
Critique: An inherently fascinating and absorbing read from first page to last, "Dracul: Of the
Father: The Untold Story of Vlad Dracul" is a deftly crafted, impressively informative,
exceptionally well written, organized and presented biography that will have a special appeal to
the legions of interested readers in the Dracula legend, lore and history, and to students of
Romanian and Turkish medieval history. "Dracul: Of the Father: The Untold Story of Vlad
Dracul" is highly recommended for personal, community, college, and university library
Historical Biography collections.
Editorial Note: A.K. Brackob has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. He is a specialist on the history of southeastern Europe during the Middle
Ages and author of Mircea the Old: Father of Wallachia, Grandfather of Dracula.
Open Every Window: A Memoir
Douglas & McIntyre
c/o Harbour Publishing
9781771622967, $24.95, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: "Open Every Window" by Jane Munroe is a genre-bending prose account of the
unravelling of a life (actually of two lives) when Munro's husband, Bob, twenty years her senior,
is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. This intimately personal memoir deftly charts a path through
sorrow -- the pain of seeing a partner age and approach death, the exhaustion of caretaking and
the regret in seeing life's scope narrow and diminish. Writing with courage and love, Munro
grapples with what it means to care for a husband who is gradually but devastatingly
deteriorating. Her identity as a writer, yoga practitioner, mother and grandmother is eclipsed by a
single word -- caregiver.
When a doctor admonishes, "What job could be more important than caring for your husband?"
Munro wonders if the same question would be asked if the roles were reversed and her husband
was asked to put aside all his own needs in order to care for a wife with dementia. Ultimately,
Munro finds respite in the power of writing, Iyengar yoga and the rhythms of the moon -- not to
heal but to allow her to face grief without breaking.
A poignant affirmation for anyone who has experienced loss, "Open Every Window" reveals the
pain and power inherent in loving and being loved. Framed with short observations of the moon
(ranging from a new moon in Pune, India, to the following new moon in Vancouver, Canada)
"Open Every Window" is a memoir that will entrance the reader with its lyricism and comfort
with the writer's hard-won warmth and wisdom.
Critique: An accomplished wordsmith in both poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, Jane
Munro's "Open Every Window" is a personal memoir that rises to the highest standards of
literary excellence. The story itself is both memorable and unreservedly recommended reading
for anyone faced with the burdens and responsibilities and commitments of a caregiver for a
loved one that can no longer care for themselves. Simply stated, "Open Every Window" is an
especially recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library
Contemporary Biography & Memoir collections.
Editorial Note: Jane Munro is an award-winning Canadian poet, writer and educator. Her
previous books include the poetry collection Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014), which won the
2015 Griffin Poetry Prize, and more recently, Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). Munro has also
taught creative writing at universities across BC, led informal writing workshops and given
readings around the world.
9781643139036, $27.95, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: Growing up in the Polish village of Tarnogrod on the fringes of a deep pine forest,
Mala Szorer had the happiest childhood she could have hoped for. But at the age of twelve, as the
German invasion begins, her beloved village becomes a ghetto and her family and friends
reduced to starvation. She takes matters into her own hands and bravely removes her yellow star,
risking sneaking out to the surrounding villages to barter for food.
It is on her way back that she sees her loved ones rounded up for deportation, and receives a
smuggled letter from her sister warning her to stay away. In order to survive, she walks away
from everything she holds dear to live by herself in the forest, hiding not just from the Nazis but
hostile villagers. She is followed by a stray cat who stays with her -- and seems to come to her
rescue time and time again.
"Malach" the cat becomes her family and her only respite from painful loneliness, a guide, and a
reminder to stay hopeful even when faced with unfathomable darkness.
Critique: An unforgettable memoir, "Mala's Cat: A Memoir of Survival in World War II" by
Mala Kacenberg is a compelling true life story of remarkable spiritual strength that allows her
readers to see the war through the innocence of a child's eyes. Unreservedly recommended for
community, college, and university library Jewish Biography & Memoir collections, "Mala's Cat:
A Memoir of Survival in World War II" is a powerfully written, extraordinarily, compelling,
invaluable and unique addition to the World War II Holocaust canon. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Mala's Cat: A Memoir of Survival in World War II" is also available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(Dreamscape Media, 9781666530667, $44.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Mala Kacenberg (nee Szorer) was born in Tarnogrod, Poland in 1927. As World
War II broke out, she found herself having to fend for herself at the tender age of twelve.
Surviving by her wits, courage, and the help of a guardian angel (her cat Malach), she was the
sole survivor of her family. After the war, she immigrated to London with other Jewish refugees,
where she raised a large beautiful family, living long enough to be blessed with many
Sarah J. Hodder
c/o John Hunt Publishing
9781789049022, $17.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: Cecily Bonville-Grey (30 June 1460 - 12 May 1529) was one of the richest women of
her time, inheriting the Harington and Bonville fortunes as a young child. In 1474, at the age of
fifteen, she married Thomas Grey, the eldest son of Elizabeth Woodville from her first marriage
to Sir John Grey. When Thomas was created Marquis of Dorset a year later, Cecily became the
Marchioness of Dorset alongside him.
During her lifetime she was connected to many of the fifteenth and sixteenth century
personalities that we read about today. Her stepfather was William, Lord Hastings, her
mother-in-law Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. Her mother was a daughter of the great
Neville family and her uncle was the Earl of Warwick, also known as the 'kingmaker' having
assisted his cousin, Edward IV, in his path to the throne. Her second husband was a son of the
ancient Stafford family and Lady Jane Grey was a direct descendant of hers.
During the Wars of the Roses and the emergence of the new Tudor dynasty, Cecily was witness
to many of the events that unfolded and her own story is intertwined with many of these events.
Yet she remains relatively unknown. "Cecily Bonville-Grey - Marchioness of Dorset: From
Riches to Royalty" will effectively rescue an impressive woman who lived during perilous times
from an undeserved obscurity.
Critique: A fascinating, informative, and entertaining biography by Sarah J. Hodder, "Cecily
Bonville-Grey - Marchioness of Dorset: From Riches to Royalty" is recommended for
community, college, and university library Royal British Biography collections and Women in
History supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academicians, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Cecily Bonville-Grey -
Marchioness of Dorset: From Riches to Royalty" is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Currently residing in in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK, Sarah J. Hodder began
her career in publishing as a Production Manager for Shire Publications, but has had a love of
books since childhood. She is passionate about medieval and Tudor history, her particular
interest being in the lives of women.
Senor Sack: The Life of Gabe Rivera
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037, Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9781682830994, $27.95, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Gabriel "Gabe" Rivera was one of the greatest players in the history of Texas Tech
football. He earned All American status, was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame,
and saw his name elevated to the Texas Tech Ring of Honor. After his college career, Rivera
became a first-round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1983, but his career would be
tragically cut short by an accident during his rookie year that left him paralyzed from the waist
"Senor Sack: The Life of Gabe Rivera" by sports historian and academician Jorge Iber chronicles
a Mexican American athlete's rise to prominence and later life. Beginning with the Rivera family
in Crystal City, Texas, a hotbed of Chicano activism in the late 1960s, Senor Sack seeks to
understand how athletic success impacted the Rivera family's most famous son on his route to
stardom. Football provided this family with opportunities that were not often available to other
Mexican Americans during the 1940s and 1950s.
While Rivera's injury seriously derailed his life, "Senor Sack" also chronicles his struggle to
regain a sense of purpose. With great effort and despite adversity, over the final two decades of
his life, Rivera found meaning in helping minority youths in his community of San Antonio,
serving as an example of what can be accomplished even under incredibly trying
Ultimately, the true legacy of Gabe Rivera is not just on the football field, but also in the lives he
touched with his volunteer work. One of the most storied Red Raiders and a legend of Texas
football, Gabe Rivera powered through many obstacles to make way for future generations of
Latinos in American sports.
Critique: Inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and ultimately inspiring, "Senor Sack:
The Life of Gabe Rivera" will prove to be of immense and enduring interest for Contemporary
Latino biography collections. While highly recommended for community, college, and university
libraries, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Senor Sack: The Life of Gabe Rivera"
is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
Editorial Note: Jorge Iber was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in the Little Havana
neighborhood of Miami, Florida. He taught in the public schools of Miami-Dade County for five
years before pursuing a PhD. He is currently a professor of history and associate dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University. Over the past ten years, he has written
and published widely on the role of Latinos/Latinas in the history of US sports.
The Architecture Shelf
9783791388113, $50.00, 240pp
Synopsis: Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (6 October 1887 - 27 August 1965), also known as Le
Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the
pioneers of what is now regarded as modern architecture. His career spanned five decades, and he
designed buildings in Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America.
Drawing from the radical approach of the controversial architectural movement of Le Corbusier,
today's Brutalist buildings are both sophisticated and elegant. As the hundreds of exterior and
interior photos showcased with the publication of "Brutalism Reinvented" by Agata Toromanoff,
architects have taken advantage of new technology to make concrete-based structures that are
refined and alluring, as well as stylish and modish unlike their predecessors.
Each chapter comprising "Brutalism Reinvented" is dedicated to a different type of building and
is introduced with a selection of iconic structures as an essential visual reference for Brutalism's
new look. In some instances the overall strength of the aesthetic is paired with equally forceful
materials such as glass, metal and brick; other examples show how classically brutalist lines are
integrated into generously proportioned, light-filled spaces.
An informative celebration of Brutalist architecture's legacy, "Brutalism Reinvented" is an
exciting exploration of how today's most innovative architects are discovering the inherent
beauty of powerful concrete volumes that was at the heart of Le Corbusier's original vision.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, "Brutalism Reinvented" addresses single-family
homes, multi-dwellng units, cultural venues, offices, public buildings, hospitality buildings, and
sacred architecture. The erudite and informative commentary, combined with the photograph
illustrations, makes "Brutalism Reinvented" a unique and unreservedly recommended acquisition
for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Architectural Studies
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Agata Toromanoff is an art and design historian. She has worked for art
collectors and galleries, and has curated and managed numerous contemporary art projects. She
has authored several books on art, design, photography and architecture, including "Raising the
Roof: Women Architects Who Broke Through the Glass Ceiling".
Philadelphia City of Homes
David S. Traub
Camino Books, Inc.
PO Box 59026, Philadelphia, PA 19102
9781680980493, $29.95, HC, 128pp
Synopsis: "Philadelphia: City of Homes" is an affectionate and illustrated homage to Philadelphia
by architect David Traub, which showcases his deep and intimate knowledge of the city's streets
With the publication of "Philadelphia: City of Homes", Traub takes readers on a wide-ranging
and eclectic tour of the city's homes. Comprised of full-color photographs and detailed
descriptions of Philadelphia homes that date from the seventeenth through the twenty-first
centuries, and that range from modest rowhouses to distinctive mansions, and from the
historically significant to the eccentrically expressive.
Presented are homes located in every section and nearly every neighborhood in Philadelphia,
ranging from the working-class to the more affluent. In Traub's descriptions, these homes
become portals to greater understanding: of the history of the neighborhood where they appear;
of the range of architectural styles that characterize the city's homes; and of the aesthetic effect of
each building's massing of visual elements, inflected by an open-ended curiosity about those who
designed, built, or lived in these buildings -- all combining to bring them to life on the page.
In different chapters, we learn more about the types of homes found across Philadelphia's many
neighborhoods - including the ubiquitous rowhouse and townhouse; twin homes; courtyard and
walkway homes; detached houses; mansions and carriage houses; "unusual" or somehow
distinctive houses; modern houses, and the recently emerging style that Traub calls the New
Critique: In a volume that could well serve as a template for similar architectural histories and
studies of other major cities with diverse and historic neighborhoods, "Philadelphia: City of
Homes" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional,
community, college, and university library Architectural Studies collections and the personal
reading lists architecture students, academia, professional architects, and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in the subject.
Editorial Note: David S. Traub is the author of Searching for Philadelphia: The Concealed City
(2013), and Discovering Philadelphia: Places Little Known (2017). A native of Louisville,
Kentucky, he studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in the Master Class of Louis
I. Kahn. In 1974, Traub established his own architectural office on Walnut Street. In 2006, he
moved his office to a Victorian carriage house that he restored in the Fairmount section. In 1982,
for the tercentenary of the city's founding in 1682.
Vacant Spaces NY
Michael Meredith, author
Hilary Sample, author
c/o Actar Publishers
440 Park Avenue S, 17th FL, New York, NY 10016
9781948765992, $59.95, PB, 608pp
Synopsis: This project that culminated in the publication of "Vacant Spaces NY" by the team of
Meredith, Sample, began by walking around a New York neighborhood noticing empty
storefronts. Once noticed, they were everywhere. Many had no signage, no "for rent," no "coming
soon." Usually empty, sometimes dusty, sometimes with brown paper covering the glass. Such
vacancies had only increased in the densest city in the United States during a housing crisis and
throughout a pandemic. The quantity of vacant spaces is anyone's best guess. Only partially
documented, they hide in plain sight.
"Vacant Spaces NY" is organized from large to small, general to specific. It begins by looking at
vacancy within the United States and continues down to each Manhattan neighborhood, where it
zooms into specific vacant spaces. The authors have provided case studies that imagine some
possibilities for transforming current vacant spaces into housing or social services. There is also a
section on Covid 19, which infiltrated New York during their research.
As a whole, "Vacant Spaces NY" is not meant to provide specific solutions. The data is
incomplete. Case studies are limited. The authors are not policy experts or data analysts or urban
planners. Instead, "Vacant Spaces NY" is simply meant to show something we have taken for
granted, vacant spaces, taking part in a collective process of imagining a better city.
Critique: Informative, thought-provoking, and a unique contribution to our on-going regional and
national discussions with reference to urban planning and reversing urban decay, "Vacant Spaces
NY" is especially and unreservedly recommended additions to professional, governmental,
college, and university library Urban & Land Use Planning and Contemporary Architecture
collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of architects, city planners, urban
renewal activists, students, academics, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the
subject that "Vacant Spaces NY" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Michael Meredith, along with Hilary Sample, is a principal of MOS, an
internationally recognized architecture practice based in New York, and Professor at Princeton
University School of Architecture. Hilary Sample is the IDC Professor of Housing Design and
Sequence Director of the Core Architecture Studios at GSAPP, and co-founder of the New
York-based architecture and design studio MOS.
The Sports Shelf
Lords of Smashmouth
John Baskin, author
Michael O'Bryant, author
Orange Frazer Press
PO Box 214, Wilmington, OH 45177
9781949248524, $30.00, HC, 395pp
Synopsis: It all began in the spring of 1890 when a ragtag group of lads got off a Columbus train
in the sodden midlands of Ohio and walked themselves into football gridiron immortality. More
than a hundred and thirty years later, their athletic descendants at Ohio State are part of an
institution with nearly nine hundred wins and has become, said the Wall Street Journal, college
football's most valuable franchise, worth in excess of a billion and a half dollars.
Told imaginatively by John Baskin with the assistance of Michael O'Bryant, "Lords of
Smashmouth: The Unlikely Rise of an American Phenomenon" is a detailed account of a journey
across time that is also one of America's great sports stories,
Revealing the subterranean alignment of forces that built one of America's most spectacular
athletic institutions, "Lords of Smashmouth" contends the modern era of Ohio State football
began with the appearance of a bowtie-wearing Southwesterner who appeared in downtown
Columbus and outlined (with a handful of pocket change on the hotel carpet) game strategies no
one had ever seen before.
There was the near-miss of Ohio State's likely first dynasty, then the real thing: the tumultuous
near-quarter of a century in which Ohio State football (and its irascible coach Woody Hayes)
becaming a national icon for both excellence and excess.
Critique: A unique, extraordinary, and informatively presented football history, "Lords of
Smashmouth: The Unlikely Rise of an American Phenomenon" is a compelling read that is a
strongly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Sports History
collections. An excellent template for the historical study of other football teams, it should be
noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated football fans that "Lords of Smashmouth: The
Unlikely Rise of an American Phenomenon" is also readily available in a digital book format
The Chicago Tribune's 50 Best Chicago Bears of All Time
Chicago Tribune Staff
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572843059, $29.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: The Chicago Bears football team has a grip on the Windy City that spans generations
and cultures, endures disappointments, and impels celebration of triumphs great and small. From
the team's humble beginnings through its century-long history as the flagship NFL franchise, the
Chicago Tribune has documented every season and kept a close eye on the superstars who have
shone the brightest over the last 100 years.
"The Chicago Tribune's 50 Best Chicago Bears of All Time" is a tribute to Bears football
tradition, collecting classic photography and original profiles on the very best players to don the
navy and orange uniform. In 2019, as the team set out to begin their 100th season, the Chicago
Tribune took a look at the one thousand, five hundred and eighty-two players who have ever
suited up for the Bears and culled down the list to the fifty best of all time.
From Larry Morris to Walter Payton, the Chicago Tribune has put together an in-depth look at
each of these top players in franchise history, with profiles that provide readers with an overview
of the player's life and career, as well as his stats and how he measures up against the rest of the
field. As a team, the Bears found success at its very beginning, dominating the sport with four
NFL titles in the 1940s, seven winning campaigns in the 1950s, and a final title with founder
George Halas as coach in 1963. Their 1985 Super Bowl championship transformed the city's
passion into a full-blown love affair that continues today.
Professional football was practically born in Chicago, nurtured by Halas through the Depression
and a world war. The NFL game was made for Chicago, in Chicago, by a Chicagoan. Now the
award-winning journalists, photographers, and editors of the Chicago Tribune have produced a a
memorial volume that every Bears football fan will love.
Critique: A unique and very highly recommended addition for community library
Sports/Athletics collection, "The Chicago Tribune's 50 Best Chicago Bears of All Time" is a
must-have collector's item for any and all dedicated Bears fans. It would also well serve as a
template for similar historical tributes for other NFL teams.
Editorial Note: The Chicago Tribune, founded in 1847, is the flagship newspaper of the Chicago
Tribune Media Group. Its staff comprises dedicated, award-winning journalists who have
authored many best-selling books.
The Computer Shelf
Software Development Pearls
Pearson / Addison-Wesley
Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780137487776, $34.99, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: Experience is a powerful teacher, but it's also slow and painful. You can't afford to
make every mistake yourself! "Software Development Pearls: Lessons from Fifty Years of
Software Experience" helps you improve faster and bypass much of the pain by learning from
others who already climbed the learning curves. Drawing on his 25+ years of helping software
teams succeed, with the publication of "Software Development Pearls" Karl Wiegers has
crystallized 60 concise, practical lessons for all your projects, regardless of your role, industry,
technology, or methodology.
Wiegers's insights and specific recommendations cover six crucial elements of success:
requirements, design, project management, culture and teamwork, quality, and process
improvement. For each, Wiegers offers First Steps for reflecting on your own experiences before
you start; detailed Lessons with core insights, real case studies, and actionable solutions; and
Next Steps for planning adoption in your project, team, or organization. This is practical and
insightful knowledge not taught in college or boot camp. It can boost your performance as a
developer, business analyst, quality professional, or manager.
"Software Development Pearls" includes: Clarifying requirements to gain a shared vision and
understanding of your real problem; Creating robust designs that implement the right
functionality and quality attributes and can evolve; Anticipating and avoiding ubiquitous project
management pitfalls; Growing a culture in which behaviors actually align with what people claim
to value; Planning realistically for quality and build it in from the outset; Using process
improvement to achieve desired business results, not as an end in itself; Choosing your next steps
to get full value from all these lessons.
Of special note is being able to register your copy of book for convenient access to downloads,
updates, and/or corrections as they become available.
Critique: A truly impressive and unique compendium of tips, tricks and techniques of practical
value for novice and experienced software developers alike, "Software Development Pearls:
Lessons from Fifty Years of Software Experience" is an exceptionally well organized and
presented compendium of useful and applicable information that makes it an invaluable
instructional textbook for academic software design engineering and testing curriculums. While
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $27.99), "Software Development Pearls:
Lessons from Fifty Years of Software Experience" is unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, college, and university library Computer Science & Software Development
Editorial Note: Karl Wiegers is Principal Consultant with Process Impact, a software
development consulting and training company in Happy Valley, Oregon. Previously, he spent
eighteen years at Kodak, where he held positions as a photographic research scientist, software
developer, software manager, and software process and quality improvement leader. Karl
received a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. Karl is the author of twelve
previous books and has written many articles on software development, management, design,
consulting, chemistry, and military history. Karl has served on the editorial board for IEEE
Software magazine and as a contributing editor for Software Development magazine.
The Photography Shelf
Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 14
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781781578155, $40.00, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Charlie Waite is one of today's most respected landscape photographers and the
Landscape Photographer of the Year competition is his brainchild. Beautifully presented, this
memorable volume, the 14th in the series, is a stunning collection of images of the natural world
from incredible image-makers, both amateur and professional. Each individual image is
captioned with the photographer's account of the inspiration behind the picture, coupled with the
technical information on equipment and technique that shaped the photograph.
A hugely prestigious competition, coupled with a high-profile author and an exhibition in central
London, Landscape Photographer of the Year has enjoyed huge success in its thirteen years of
publication -- and this 14th year collection continues to live up to the standards set by its thirteen
Critique: An impressively coffee-table style book (10.5 x 0.95 x 10.55 inches) is inspired and
inspiring as aspiring and professional landscape photographers browse through its memorable
images one page at a time. While also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99),
"Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 14" is highly recommended for personal,
professional, community, college, and university library Contemporary Photography, Landscape
Photography, and Photographic Equipment/Techniques collections and supplemental
photography curriculum studies reading lists.
Editorial Note: Charlie Waite (born 18 February 1949) is an English landscape photographer
noted for his "painterly" approach in using light and shade. He is noted for his square format
images using a 6x6 Hasselblad. Waite is the recipient of a number of awards including a
Honorary Fellowship to the British Institute of Professional Photography as well as Best
Landscape Photography's 'Power of Visionary Award' and is frequently invited all over the world
to give lectures on landscape photography. He was awarded status of Fellowship of the Royal
Photographic Society in 2014 and was invited to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts, London
in summer 2015. (Wikipedia)
St. Joseph's College, Upholland
9783791387758, $55.00, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: At age eleven, Michael Kenna developed his first roll of black and white film in a
makeshift darkroom at St. Joseph's College, Upholland, the seminary he attended with the idea of
becoming a Catholic priest. Kenna abandoned his religious calling after leaving the seminary, but
his experiences there have continued to inform his work for decades.
The gorgeous, meditative, black-and-white photographs comprising "St. Joseph's College,
Upholland" were taken when Kenna returned to visit the now-shuttered school in the early 2000s.
All of the qualities that make Kenna's work so appealing and evocative are here -- richly nuanced
tones, studies in contrast, his ability to transform the ordinary into something extraordinary. But
Kenna is also revisiting a way of life that may be disappearing -- not only the, at times, ruthless
discipline of the British boarding school, but also the somber beauty of religious practice.
In page after page of richly toned images, Kenna's camera captures the architecture of the
school's built environment as well as its spiritual architecture. Kenna's richly detailed
biographical essay about his experiences and observations at St. Joseph's reveal much about the
way Kenna thinks and works.
"St. Joseph's College, Upholland" is enhanced with the inclusion of a critical essay by Vincent
Miles which focuses on the 110-year history of the college, contextualizing Kenna's time there.
At once captivating and haunting, "St. Josephs College, Upholland" truly reveals one of
photographer Michael Kenna's most personal and powerful projects to date.
Critique: A compelling and memorable compilation of visual imagery, "St. Joseph's College,
Upholland" is a coffee-table style (9.81 x 0.9 x 11.31 inches) volume that will prove to be a
unique and welcome addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university
library Contemporary Photography collections.
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Seattle, Washington, Michael Kenna has produced more
than 30 books of photography, including Forms of Japan, Rouge, Holga, Beyond Architecture,
and Buddha, all published by Prestel. His work is in the collection of countless museums and
galleries around the world.
The Travel Shelf
50 States, 500 Campgrounds
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426222177, $29.99, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "50 States, 500 Campgrounds: Where to Go, When to Go,
What to See, What to Do" by Joe Yogerst anyone can plan their next getaway to the great
outdoors with this one-of-a-kind resource for campgrounds across North America.
"50 States 500 Campgrounds" (the comprehensive sequel to Joe Yoerst's "50 States, 5,000
Ideas", is a compendium of practical information discover the top tent and cabin campsites, as
well as RV resorts and glamping destinations around the United States and Canada.
Comprised of destination information (location, contact info, open seasons, and amenities), along
with expert recommendations for activities including hiking, biking, and water sports, "50 States,
500 Campgrounds" features the best restaurants for days you need a break from the camp stove;
and nearby attractions as well as sights of interest within nearby national and state parks to local
Travelers and vacationers can choose from 10 sites in each state, Western and Eastern Canada,
the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, including a cabin at Yogi Bear's Delaware Beaches
Jellystone Park Camp Resort; a tent near the stunning waterfall at the Grand Canyon's Havasupai
Campground; or a cozy yurt in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Whatever your camping
bucket list includes, "50 States, 500 Campgrounds" has the site for you.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated throughout, "50 States, 500 Campgrounds" is exceptionally 'user
friendly' in organization and presentation, making it an ideal and impressively informative
resource for planning day trips and extended vacations alike. Fun for the armchair traveler to
simply browse through, "50 States, 500 Campgrounds" is a welcome and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library American Travel Guide
Editorial Note: During three decades as an editor, writer, and photographer, Joe Yogerst has lived
and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. His writing has appeared in Conde Nast
Traveler, CNN Travel, Islands magazine, the International New York Times (Paris), the
Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Geographic Traveler. He has also
contributed to 34 National Geographic books, including authoring the best-selling 50 States,
5,000 Ideas; 100 Drives, 5,000 Ideas; and 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas. Yogerst is also the host of a
National Geographic/Great Courses video series on America's state parks and can be followed on
Twitter and Instagram at @joeyogerst.
The Judicial Studies Shelf
Private Prosecution in America
John D. Bessler
Carolina Academic Press
700 Kent Street, Durham, NC 27701
9781531020064, $120.00, HC, 1024pp
Synopsis: "Private Prosecution in America: Its Origins, History, and Unconstitutionality in the
Twenty-First Century" by academician and attorney John D. Bessler is the first comprehensive
examination of a legal practice that dates back to the colonial era.
Tracking its origins to medieval times and the English common law, "Private Prosecution in
America" shows how "private prosecutors" were once a mainstay of early American criminal
procedure. Private prosecutors (acting on their own behalf, as next of kin, or though retained
counsel) initiated prosecutions, presented evidence in court, and sought the punishment of
Until the rise and professionalization of public prosecutors' offices, private prosecutors played a
major role in the criminal justice system, including in capital cases. After conducting a 50-state
survey and recounting how some locales still allow private prosecutions by interested parties,
with the publication of "Private Prosecution in America", Bessler argues that such prosecutions
violate defendants' constitutional rights and should be outlawed.
Critique: A major work of original and meticulous historical research and scholarship, "Private
Prosecution in America: Its Origins, History, and Unconstitutionality in the Twenty-First
Century" is an extraordinary and unique contribution the history of American jurisprudence.
Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Private Prosecution in America: Its
Origins, History, and Unconstitutionality in the Twenty-First Century" is especially and
unreservedly recommended as a very special and prized addition to professional, community,
college, and university library judicial studies collections and supplemental curriculum studies
lists. It should be noted for law students, academia, members of the legal profession, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Private Prosecution in
America: Its Origins, History, and Unconstitutionality in the Twenty-First Century" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $92.00).
Editorial Note: John D. Bessler teaches at the University of Baltimore School of Law and the
Georgetown University Law Center. He is also counsel with the Minneapolis law firm of Berens
& Miller, P.A. In 2018, he was a visiting scholar at the Human Rights Center of the University of
Minnesota Law School and received the University System of Maryland Regents' Faculty Award
for Excellence in Scholarship, Research, or Creative Activity.
The Mythology Shelf
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608687299, $29.95, HC, 560pp
Fans of Joseph Campbell will appreciate this new edition, part of his Masks of God series and
the third volume to explore the mythological connections between Western religion,
anthropology, and psychology. As Campbell follows the evolution of the figure and perception of
the Goddess in the archetypes of the West, he provides an astute blend of history, mythology, and
spiritual reflection that examines the evolving interconnected history of these genres as the
Goddess figure changed. This book originally appeared in 1964 as the third volume of a
four-book series. It remains as essential to any collection looking to update its well-worn lending
copy as to newcomers to Campbell's works.
The Philosophy Shelf
The Ultimate Supernatural and Philosophy
Richard Greene, Editor
The Ultimate Supernatural and Philosophy: Saving People, Killing Things, the Family Business
provides the third volume in the Pop Culture and Philosophy series that links modern times to
traditional and modern philosophical thinking. It is highly recommended as a bridge to this
discipline for readers who love the hit show Supernatural, and who want to better understand
how philosophical thinking relates to the show. As chapters profile issues of free will, heroism,
God's right to destroy the universe, and good versus evil, show followers will relish the
opportunity to better understand philosophy's relevance to daily life and higher-level thinking
through a through inspection of the show's underlying issues.
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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