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Disinformation and You: Identify Propaganda and Manipulation
Marie D. Jones
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Road, #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075
9781578597482,$46.95, HC, 400pp
Synopsis: We live in an age of disinformation, misinformation, outright lies and false claims of
Fake News. The modern world blasts us with information, talking points, spin, advertising, and
attempts to persuade. But what are we to believe and whom should we trust?
People filled with fear and angst are fairly easy to manipulate. Is it any wonder that politicians
tell voters that "they" are out to get them, cable news foments division, and social media
encourages outrage and anger in the hope of manipulating people into action?
Examining the history of propaganda and disinformation in war, politics, polling, media,
entertainment, cults, advertising, science, medicine, today's media landscape, and even in our
personal interactions, "Disinformation and You: Identify Propaganda and Manipulation" helps
you spot and counter the seductive and deceptive tactics to influence individual behavior. It also
provides a wealth of helpful suggestions and practical tips for identifying disinformation and
fighting back against manipulation and censorship.
The tools and methods of propaganda are dissected, such as Misdirection, Scapegoating,
Gaslighting, False Flags, Demonizing the Enemy, Half-Truths, Alternative Facts,
Marginalization, Smears, Coercive Persuasion, Repetition, Framing, Labeling, along with
Influencers, Algorithms, Feedback Loops, Echo Chambers, Dog Whistles, Spin, and so much
Engaging and useful, the helpful topics include: The money behind politics and the media;
Predictive programming as a form of social engineering; Advertising sales tactics; How things go
viral; The power of memes and hashtags to push a story or idea; Censorship in the media and on
social media networks; Sponsored news, fake news, and the mainstream media; Cult mentality
and group think; Disinformation campaigns and false flags; How conspiracy theories work; How
to identify fake news and propaganda.
"Disinformation and You: Identify Propaganda and Manipulation" shows all the tricks used to
influence your behavior. It will happily help you avoid being manipulated.
Critique: Timely and timeless, the perfect DIY course of instruction on spotting disinformation
and combating 'Fake News' allegations, "Disinformation and You: Identify Propaganda and
Manipulation" is enhanced with the inclusion of photos, illustrations, and graphics, a helpful
bibliography, and extensive index. While recommended as a core and essential addition to
highschool, community, college and university library collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Disinformation and You: Identify Propaganda and Manipulation" is also
readily available in a paperback edition (9781578597406, $19.95) and in a digital book format
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4381
9781523510269, $12.95, HC, 112pp
Synopsis: A book nerd is a dedicated bibliophile -- an individual who loves to read and collect
books. And according to "Book Nerd" by Holly Maguire, you know you're a Book Nerd when:
You have a minimum of 5 books on your night table; You never thought one the movie was
better than the book it was based upon; Your favorite mug says "I'd rather be reading."; You use
words like librocubicularist in casual conversation (though no conversation about books is ever
Critique: Charming, affectionate, entertaining, and memorably unabashed in its celebration of
bookishness, "Book Nerd" is the ideal gift for every avid reader, writer and publisher -- and
should be a part of every community, college and university library collection for the benefit of
student and community bibliophiles everywhere!
Editorial Note: A dedicated bibliophile and book nerd herself, Holly Maguire is also a freelance
illustrator based in Bristol, UK. Holly's work tends to have intricate detail, lots of color, and
playful imagery made using gouache, pen and ink. Holly has worked on a variety of projects such
as clothing, editorial, board games and stationery. Her clients include Boden, HP, Birchbox,
Vivetta, Little Brown Books, Radio Times, and DMC Embroidery.
They Better Call Me Sugar
232 Third Street, #A115, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9781617759291, $14.95, PB, 191pp
Synopsis: Growing up in dire poverty in Suffolk, Virginia, Sugar (born Ta'Shauna) Rodgers
never imagined that she would become an all-star player in the WNBA (Women's National
Basketball Association). Both of her siblings were in and out of prison throughout much of her
childhood and shootings in her neighborhood were commonplace. For Sugar this was just a fact
While academics wasn't a high priority for Sugar and many of her friends, athletics always played
a prominent role. She mastered her three-point shot on a net her brother put up just outside their
home, eventually becoming so good that she could hustle local drug dealers out of money in
With the love and support of her family and friends, Sugar's performance on her high school
basketball team led to her recruitment by the Georgetown Hoyas, and her eventual draft into the
WNBA in 2013 by the Minnesota Lynx (who won the WNBA Finals in Sugar's first year). The
first of her family to attend college, Sugar speaks of her struggles both academically and as an
athlete with raw honesty.
Sugar's road to a successful career as a professional basketball player is fraught with sadness and
death -- including her mother's death when she's fourteen, which leaves Sugar essentially
homeless. Throughout it all, Sugar clings to basketball as a way to keep herself focused and
And now in the pages of "They Better Call Me Sugar", she shares her story as a message of hope
and inspiration for young girls and boys everywhere, but especially those growing up in
economically challenging conditions. Never sugarcoating her life experiences, she delivers a
powerful message of discipline, perseverance, and always believing in oneself.
Critique: An inherently compelling memoir, "They Better Call Me Sugar" is a simply fascinating
and ultimately inspiring story -- and one that will linger in the mind and memory long after the
book itself is finished and set back upon the shelf. While also available in a digital book format
(Kindle, $14.99), "They Better Call Me Sugar" is an especially and unreservedly recommended
addition to personal reading lists, as well as community, college and university library
Contemporary American Biography collections.
Living and Loving in the Age of AIDS
9781786784964, $16.95, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: "Living and Loving in the Age of AIDS: A Memoir" is the personal story of a
devastating pandemic, of lives cut painfully short; it's also a love letter.
A distinguished professional designer Derek Frost and his husband Jeremy Norman (who was a
pioneering entrepreneur and creator of both The Embassy Club, London's answer to Studio 54,
and the iconic Heaven, Europe's largest gay discotheque), met and fell in love in 1977 -- now
more than 40 years ago.
Their lives were high-octane, full of adventure, fun and fearless creativity. Suddenly their friends
began to get sick and die -- AIDS had arrived in their lives. When they got tested, Jeremy
received what was then a death sentence: he was HIV Positive. While the onset of AIDS
strengthened stigma and fear globally, they confronted their personal crisis with courage, humour
and an indomitable resolve to survive.
Jeremy's battle lasted six long years. Turning to spiritual reflection, yoga, nature (and always to
love) Derek describes a transformation of the spirit, how compassion and empathy rose
phoenix-like from the flames of sickness and death. Out of this transformation also came Aids
Ark, the charity they founded, which helped to save, amongst the world's most marginalised
people, more than 1,000 HIV Positive lives.
"Living and Loving in the Age of AIDS: A Memoir" is a story of joy and triumph; about facing
universal challenges; about the great rewards that come from giving back. Derek speaks for a
generation who lived through a global health crisis that many in society refused even to
acknowledge. His is a powerful story chronicling this extraordinary time.
Critique: Exceptionally well written and presented, "Living and Loving in the Age of AIDS: A
Memoir" is an extraordinary, informative and thought-provoking read -- and one that is
especially and unreservedly commended to the attention of all members of the LGBTQ
community. While highly recommended for community, college and university library LBGTQ
Contemporary Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Living
and Loving in the Age of AIDS: A Memoir" is also readily available in a digital book format
Balancing Act: Teach Coach Mentor Inspire
Dr. Andrew Temte, CFA
c/o Simon & Schuster (dist.)
9781506276649, $24.99, HC, 216pp
Synopsis: "Success without balance is often more disastrous than failure with balance." So begins
Dr. Andrew Temte's collection of candid observations on the challenges facing business leaders
today. From top student to high school dropout, from aspiring rock star to successful business
leader, Dr. Temte shares lessons learned on the importance of balance in all aspects of life and
work in the pages of "Balancing Act: Teach Coach Mentor Inspire".
"Balancing Act" explores the characteristics required of a new generation of leaders who must
find balance between strength and vulnerability; confidence and selflessness; passion and
measure; single mindedness and inclusivity; determination and curiosity; and leadership and
followership. Dr. Temte stresses that balance is a journey, not a destination.
"Balancing Act, readers" reveals: How to identify and curtail organizational entropy; How
leaders can facilitate a culture of trust; How to realize the benefits of a diverse organization by
fostering a culture that encourages everyone to bring their 'whole self' to work: How embarking
on a continuous improvement journey can result in more balanced individuals, teams and
We are all seeking opportunity, joy, and purpose. With "Balancing Act", the commitment to
"teach, coach, mentor, and inspire," is a contribution we can all make as we seek balance in our
workplace and home life.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation,
"Balancing Act: Teach Coach Mentor Inspire" is an especially and unreservedly recommended
addition to personal, professional, community, corporate, college and university library Business
Leadership, Motivation, and Management collections and supplemental studies curriculums. It
should be noted for the personal reading lists of MBA students, academia, corporate executives,
and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Balancing Act: Teach
Coach Mentor Inspire" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Confessions Of A Bookseller
David R. Godine, Publisher
Fifteen Court Square, Suite 320, Boston, MA 02108-2536
9781567926644, $25.95 HC, $12.85 PB, $10.99 Kindle, 324pp
Synopsis: Shaun Bythell is the owner of Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop in the rural
community of Wigtown. But if you think his days are taken up with sorting through rare and
valuable first editions, snoozing by the fire with the latest literary gem, or chatting with
interesting, well-informed readers -- think again. Bookselling, Shaun reveals, is far from the idyll
you might imagine.
Beset by bizarre requests from customers who appear not to know what a book shop is, locked in
an endless struggle with Amazon, the frustrations of computerized online order receiving and
fulfilling, the diverse experiences of going out to people's homes for on-site book buys,
participation in several annual village events, and exasperated by his bin-diving, poultice-making
dramatically opinionated employees, Shaun faithfully records his daily trials and tribulations for
a complete year with a sharp eye and an even sharper wit. "Confessions of a Bookseller" is the
colorfully inside story of a life lived in books ranging from the pleasures of the unexpected find,
to the friendships forged over shared tastes, to the sadness of finishing a really good book -- and
a few really good friendships.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and fully engaging read from cover to cover, "Confessions of
a Bookseller" is a unique and utterly compelling read. Of special note is that in addition to the
daily tallies of Online Orders/Orders Fulfilled, and the daily Total Sales/Total Customers, each
individual month is prefaced with an extended bookshop oriented quote from Augustus Muir,
'The Intimate Thoughts of John Baxter, Bookseller (Metheun & Co., London 1942) and an
extended commentary by Shaun Bythell on the vagaries, trials and tribulations of owning and
operating a bookstore.
Offering a wealth of invaluable insights for authors and publishers into the bookstore business
today as it is today, and an absolute 'must read' for all dedicated bibliophiles and anyone who has
ever aspired to one day having a used bookstore of their own, this large print edition of
"Confessions of a Bookseller" is an essential addition to any and all community library
collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Confessions of a Bookseller" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99) and as a complete and unabridged
audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781094178745, $34.95, CD).
9781775165965, $12.56 Paper; $9.99 Kindle
Everyday Evil: Why Our World is the Way It Is will reach social issues and philosophy readers
alike with a multifaceted blend of history and contemporary inspection. It seeks to identify and
trace elements of evil, from ancient to modern times.
The account opens with a philosophy-based examination of the definition of good and evil, free
will, and responsibility, and justice. It then moves to chapters that examine how social, legal, and
physical barriers are erected between groups, societies, and people.
As Everyday Evil considers the evolving history of man's injustices and attitudes towards others,
from women and minority groups to other societies around the world, it provides a foundation for
understanding the personification of evil and its identification and nature.
This is especially critical reading in modern times, where opposing groups accuse each other of
inherent malicious, evil intent and portray themselves as being on the side of an identified 'good'
that may actually be questionable in its definition and incarnation.
From Biblical quotes to the examination of precedent in other cultures and history, Monique
Layton bases her discussion on solid information and interpretations which often offer intriguing
reconsiderations of this background, as in her thoughts about witchcraft: "A French proverb from
the thirteenth century, Qui veut noyer son chien l'accuse de la rage (Whoever wants to kill his
dog will say it has rabies), encapsulates much of the past attitude towards women: unless they
toed the line and did as they were told, any excuse would do to condemn them. The history of
witchcraft is a case in point. Witchcraft was closely interwoven into the details of daily life over
which people had little control."
The studious, information-backed reflections and interpretations are well done, supported by
research, and offer much food for thought about human interpretations of the physical world and
their place in it: "Going beyond our individual interpretation of sensory perceptions, what can we
say about the way we understand whole situations, either taken out of context or given a specific
slant? We know how easily our attention can be distracted and how unreliable our accounts
The result is highly recommended reading for students of history, sociology, philosophy, and
psychology. Everyday Evil also promises to reach beyond these scholarly circles to
general-interest readers with a special concern about the interpretation and broad modern
applications of evil's presence in everyday life, offering much food for thought and
The Writing/Publishing Shelf
Writing the Novella
Sharon Oard Warner
University of New Mexico Press
1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
9780826362551, $19.95, PB, 248pp
Synopsis: A novella is a short novel, that is, a narrative prose fiction whose length is shorter than
that of most novels, but longer than most short stories. No official definition exists regarding the
number of pages or words necessary for a story to be considered a novella or a novel. US-based
Writers of America defines novella's word count to be between 17,500 and 40,000 words.
While the novella has existed as a distinct literary form for over four hundred years, "Writing the
Novella" by Sharon Oard Warner is the first craft book dedicated to creating this
intermediate-length fiction. Innovative, integrated journal prompts inspire and sustain the
creative process, and classic novellas serve as examples throughout.
Part 1 defines the novella form and steers early decision-making on situation, character, plot, and
point of view. Part 2 provides detailed directions for writing the scenic plot points that support a
strong but flexible narrative arc. Appendix materials include a list of recommended novellas,
publishing opportunities, and blank templates for the story map, graphs, and charts used
throughout the book.
By turns instructive and inspirational, "Writing the Novella" will be a welcome resource for new
and experienced writers alike.
Critique: A complete and comprehensive course of instruction under one cover, "Writing the
Novella" must be considered essential reading for any aspiring or experience author wanting to
explore and practice this very special form of fictional literature. Especially well organized and
presented, "Writing the Novella" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to
personal, professional, community, college and university library Fiction Writing instructional
reference collection. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Writing the Novella" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.49).
Editorial Note: Sharon Oard Warner is a professor emerita of English and creative writing at the
University of New Mexico. She is the author of several books, including Sophie's House of
Cards: A Novel (UNM Press).
The Hollywood Standard, third edition
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615933228, $29.95, PB, 220pp
Synopsis: Intended to be kept at a screenwriter's fingertips,
Now in a newly updated and expanded third edition, "The Hollywood Standard: The Complete
and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style" by professional script writer Christopher
Riley provides what even the best script software cannot -- clear, concise instructions and
hundreds of examples to take the guesswork out of a multitude of formatting questions that
perplex even seasoned screenwriters.
"The Hollywood Standard" includes: When a new scene heading is appropriate and when it isn't;
How to format shot headings, dialogue, direction and transitions; How to control pace with
formatting; How to make a script page visually inviting to the reader; What to capitalize and
why; How to get into and out of a POV shot; How to handle text messages and Zoom meetings;
How Hollywood's most innovative screenwriters are pushing the boundaries of format; How
format for animation differs from live action formats.
Critique: Simply put, Riley knows more about script format than anyone in Hollywood and
shares it all in this indispensable guide for any aspiring script writer wanting their project to be
picked up and produced. Comprehensive and thoroughly 'user friendly' in commentary, content,
organization and presentation, this new third edition of "The Hollywood Standard: The Complete
and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended
addition to personal, professional, community, college and university library Screenwriting
instructional reference collections.
Editorial Note: Christopher Riley is an American screenwriter whose first film, After The Truth,
(a multiple-award-winning courtroom thriller) sparked international controversy when it was
released in Germany in 1999. Other credits include 25 To Life, written for Touchstone Pictures,
The Other White House, written for Sean Connery's Fountainbridge Films, Aces, written for
Paramount Pictures and Emmy-winning producer Robert Cort, and an adaptation of the book
Actual Innocence, for Mandalay Television Pictures and the Fox television network. Riley is also
a 14-year veteran of the Warner Bros. script department, and from 2005 through 2008, served as
director of the acclaimed Act One Writing Program in Hollywood. He executive produced the
groundbreaking 2010 web series Bump+ and produced the 2013 feature film, Red Line. He
teaches screenwriting at John Paul the Great Catholic University.
The Family Business
West Margin Press
9781513267210, $24.95, HC, 226pp
Synopsis: The history of the Ingram Content Group is one of the most important and remarkable
publishing industry stories that almost no one knows. Launched as a favor to a family friend, it
started as a local textbook distributor -- one tiny division within a thriving corporation focused
on oil, construction supplies, and shipping. From those humble beginnings it grew into the
world's largest book wholesaler, then into the most influential and innovative supplier of
infrastructure and services to publishers around the world.
Over the past 50 years, from its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, Ingram has played a
pivotal role in modernizing the book business. Two members of the founding family have led the
way: Bronson Ingram, a tough-minded industrialist who instinctively recognized a golden
opportunity to apply modern efficiencies to antiquated logistical systems, and Bronson's son John
Ingram, an "intrapreneur" with a keen understanding of both the opportunities and the risks
created by the new digital technologies. Led by these two brilliant managers, Ingram has used its
unparalleled industry-wide connections to help transform book publishing from a tradition-bound
business into a dynamic, global twenty-first century powerhouse.
Now, for the first time, "The Family Business: How Ingram Transformed the World of Books"
by Keel Hunt fully captures the whole story. In its pages, readers will learn about: The
introduction of the Ingram microfiche reader in 1972 and how it catapulted book retailing into
the electronic era; Ingram's network of coast-to-coast distribution centers turning U.S. book
publishing into a truly national business for the first time; Ingram using fast-growing video,
software, magazine, and international wholesaling operations to create a phenomenal record of
expansion, growing from a million-dollar company into a billion-dollar giant in just two decades;
Two of book publishing's most powerful organizations (Ingram and Barnes & Noble) almost
coming within a hair's breadth of merging, and how the deal fell apart at the eleventh hour.
Also revealed is: Ingram's unparalleled ability to rapidly fulfill product orders empowering
Amazon's unique customer service model and enabling its explosive growth; Lightning Source, a
technological marvel spawned by Ingram, converting the "long tail" of niche books from a costly
headache for publishers and retailers into a steady source of profitable sales; Ingram's
transformation of the book supply chain enabling countless booksellers and publishers to survive
and even thrive in the disruptive era of Covid-19.
Today, with Ingram's expanding portfolio of service and infrastructure businesses playing an
ever-growing role in the world of publishing, the company stands ready to help lead the industry
into an era of even more dramatic change.
"The Family Business" is the first publishing industry study to recount the story of this strategic
powerhouse that everyone in the publishing industry does business with, and that practically
everyone admires -- but that few people really understand.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, impressively comprehensive, meticulously researched, "The
Family Business: How Ingram Transformed the World of Books" is essential reading for authors,
publishers, book publicists, book sellers, distributors and wholesalers, as well as anyone in the
book business and the world of media -- as well as the bibliophile and non-specialist general
reader wanting to understand how this vastly influential publishing industry really works, as well
as the ways in which today's electronic information technologies are transforming the world.
While also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99), "The Family Business:
How Ingram Transformed the World of Books" is an essential, core addition to community,
college and university library Writing/Publishing collections.
Editorial Note: Keel Hunt is the author of two books on Tennessee political history and has been
a columnist for the USA Today Tennessee network since 2013. In his early career, he was a
journalist and Washington correspondent. He has been an adviser to the Ingram family and
Ingram businesses since 1995.
The Education Shelf
Really Good Schools
The Independent Institute
100 Swan Way, Oakland, CA 94621-1428
9781598133387, $29.95, HC, 424pp
Synopsis: Almost overnight and for more than a year now, the COVID virus shut down
America's schools and has brought into question America's nearly 200-year-old government-run
K-12 school-system -- and prompted an urgent search for alternatives. But where should we turn
to find them?
A distinguished scholar of education and the world's foremost expert on private, low-cost
innovative education, in the pages of "Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber,
Low-Cost Education", James Tooley takes readers to some of the world's most impoverished
communities located in some of the world's most dangerous places -- including such war-torn
countries as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and South Sudan.
And there, in places where education "experts" fear to tread, Tooley finds thriving private
schools that government, multinational NGOs, and even international charity officials deny
Why? Because the very existence of low-cost, high-quality private schools shatters the prevailing
myth in the U.S., U.K., and western Europe that, absent government, affordable, high-quality
schools for the poor could not exist.
But they do. And they are ubiquitous and in high demand. Founded by unheralded, local
educational entrepreneurs, these schools are proving that self-organized education is not just
possible but flourishing - often enrolling far more students than "free" government schools do at
prices within reach of even the most impoverished families.
In the course of his analysis Tooley asks the key questions: What proportion of poor children is
served?; How good are the private schools?; What are the business models for these schools?;
Can they be replicated and improved?
The evidence is in. In poor urban and rural areas around the world, children in low-cost private
schools outperform those in government schools. And the schools do so for a fraction of the
Thanks to the pandemic, parents in America and Europe are discovering that the education of
their children is indeed possible (and likely far better) without government meddling with rigid
seat-time mandates, outdated school calendars, absurd age-driven grade levels, and worse testing
regimes. And having experienced the first fruits of educational freedom, parents will be
increasingly open to the possibilities of ever greater educational entrepreneurship and
Critique: "Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education" is an
impressively timely, informative, iconoclastic, and much needed contribution to our on-going
national dialogue over the reforms needed with respect to inequities that the COVID pandemic
have exposed with respect to America's school systems throughout the country. While especially
and unreservedly recommended for community, college and university library Contemporary
Education Theory collections and supplemental studies curriculum lists, it should be noted for
the personal reading lists of educators, academia, local school administrators, state and federal
government school policy makers, political activists, and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in the subject that "Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost
Education" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).
Editorial Note: James Tooley is vice-chancellor and president at the University of Buckingham
and formerly was director of the E. G. West Centre and professor of education policy at
Newcastle University. Philanthropy Magazine has described him as "a 21st-century Indiana
Jones" traveling to "the remotest regions on Earth researching something that many regard as
mythical: private, parent-funded schools serving the Third World poor."
Pursuing Quality, Access, and Affordability
Stephen C. Ehrmann
Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781620369906, $125.00, HC, 228pp
Synopsis: Whether they recognize it or not, virtually all colleges and universities face three
Improve the learning outcomes of a higher education: A large majority of college graduates are
weak in capabilities that faculty and employers both see as crucial.
Extend more equitable access to degrees: Too often, students from underserved groups and poor
households either don't enter college or else drop out without a degree. The latter group may be
worse off economically than if they'd never attempted college.
Make academic programs more affordable (in money and time) for students and other important
stakeholder groups: Many potential students believe they lack the money or time needed for
academic success. Many faculty believe they don't have time to make their courses and degree
programs more effective. Many institutions believe they can't afford to improve outcomes.
These challenges are global. But, in a higher education system such as that in the United States,
the primary response must be institutional. Pursuing Quality, Access, and Affordability: A Field
Guide to Improving Higher Education" by Stephen C. Ehrmann analyzes how, over the years, six
pioneering colleges and universities have begun to make visible, cumulative progress on all three
Critique: A seminal and meticulous study, "Pursuing Quality, Access, and Affordability: A Field
Guide to Improving Higher Education" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented --
making it an essential, timely and invaluable contribution to college and university library
Contemporary Education collections and supplemental studies curriculum lists. It should be
noted for students, academia, education administrators, and non-specialist general readers with
an interest in the subject that "Pursuing Quality, Access, and Affordability: A Field Guide to
Improving Higher Education" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781620369913,
$35.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $35.00).
Keeping Us Engaged
Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781642670813, $27.50, PB, 151pp
Synopsis: "Keeping Us Engaged: Student Perspectives (and Research-Based Strategies) on What
Works and Why" by Christine Harrington (and with the contributions of fifty college students)
offers faculty practical strategies to engage students that are research-grounded and endorsed by
students themselves. Through student stories, a signature feature of this book, readers will
discover why professor actions result in changed attitudes, stronger connections to others and the
course material, and increased learning.
Structured to cover the key moments and opportunities to increase student engagement, "Keeping
Us Engaged" covers the all-important first day of class where first impressions can determine
students' attitudes for the duration of the course, through to insights for rethinking assignments
and enlivening teaching strategies, to ways of providing feedback that build students' confidence
and spur them to greater immersion in their studies, providing the underlying rationale for the
strategies she presents. The student narratives not only validate these practices, offering their
perspectives as learners, but constitute a trove of ideas and practices that readers will be inspired
to adapt for their particular needs.
Conscious of the changing demographics of today's undergraduate and graduate students (racially
more diverse, older, and many employed) "Keeping Us Engaged" highlights the need to engage
all students and shares numerous strategies on how to do so. While many of the ideas presented
were used by faculty teaching face to face classes, a number were developed by faculty teaching
online, and the majority can be adapted to virtually any teaching environment.
Based on student-centered active learning principles, structured to allow readers to quickly
identify practices that they may need in particular instances or to infuse in a course as a whole,
and presented without jargon, "Keeping Us Engaged" is a springboard for all faculty looking for
ideas that will engage their students at any level and in any course.
Critique: Exceptionally well written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and
presentation, "Keeping Us Engaged: Student Perspectives (and Research-Based Strategies) on
What Works and Why" is a seminal contribution to education theory and practice. While
especially and unreservedly recommended for professional, school district, college and university
library Higher Education Administration, Career Development Counseling, and Vocational
Guidance collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Keeping Us Engaged" is
also readily available in a digital book format ($18.95). Librarians should note that there is a
hardcover edition of "Keeping Us Engaged" (9781642670806, $125.00, 151pp).
Editorial Note: Dr. Christine Harrington is a national expert in student success and teaching and
learning (visit www.scholarlyteaching.org for teaching resources). She has worked in higher
education for almost 20 years.
Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
Brittany L. Hott, Kathleen M. Randolph, and Leslie Raymond
9781635502251, $89.95, PB, 397pp
Synopsis: "Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities" provides a
comprehensive resource for pre- service and in-service educators to teach and support academic,
social, and behavioral development. The text focuses on implementation of evidence-based
interventions, strategies, and practices. Dedicated chapters address quality service delivery
models including individual, classroom, and school-wide supports. In addition, academic
intervention chapters concentrate on reading, mathematics, writing, and study skills. Finally,
"Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities includes step-by-step directions
for conducting Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), developing Behavior Intervention Plans
(BIP), and monitoring student progress.
"Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities" features: Case studies written by
PreK-12 practitioners based on their experiences supporting students with EBD; Numerous
worksheets and examples to support implementation of evidence-based practices; Accessible and
consistent format across all chapters; Pedagogical aids reinforce understanding: chapter
objectives, key terms, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and lists of additional resources
and readings; A PluralPlus companion website with instructor resources including PowerPoints,
test banks, and sample class activities and student resources including links to videos, online
learning modules, and printable forms.
Critique: Expertly written, organized and presented, "Teaching Students with Emotional and
Behavioral Disabilities" will serve as a valuable reference for educators supporting students with
challenging behaviors and is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to school
district, college and university library Teacher Education and Classroom Management collections
and supplemental studies curriculum reading lists.
Editorial Note #1: Brittany L. Hott, PhD is an Associate Professor of Special Education at the
University of Oklahoma. She teaches assessment and interventions methods courses for the
Department of Educational Psychology. Dr. Hott's interests include school-based interventions,
evidence-based practice, and single case research design.
Editorial Note #2: Kathleen M. Randolph, EdD, BCBA-D is an Assistant Professor at the
University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Her research interests include coaching teachers to
increase use of evidence-based practices in classroom management, applied behavior analysis,
and support students with emotional and behavior disabilities in the general education
Editorial Note #3: Lesli Raymond, MS has worked for the past 25 years as an educator in the
same large, suburban school district she attended as a public school student. She currently works
as an educational diagnostician at two elementary school campuses and has taught both general
and special education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Her research interests
include evidence-based interventions for teaching students with disabilities as well as algebra
readiness interventions for students with or at risk for mathematics disabilities.
From Research to Teaching
PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
9780830839186, $20.00, PB, 152pp
Synopsis: Academically speaking, it is a long way from the research carrel to the classroom. No
matter your personality, your prior experience, or the specifics of your situation, the transition
from graduate studies to teaching involves a set of challenges for which no one is ever fully
"From Research to Teaching: A Guide to Beginning Your Classroom Career" is a practical
instructional guide by Professor Michael Kibbe, (who is also the author of From Topic to Thesis)
that provides a helpful companion for the journey. With plenty of personal examples and tested
advice, Kibbe covers preparation for teaching, best practices in the classroom, self-evaluation,
and the discovery of your mission and method.
He also reflects on the spiritual lives of professors, including social media practices, Sabbath,
and relationships. "From Research to Teaching" is the concise, accessible resource every new and
aspiring professor needs.
Critique: Expertly written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "From
Research to Teaching: A Guide to Beginning Your Classroom Career" is an ideal and
unreservedly recommended addition to community, school district, college and university library
Teacher Education collections. An absolutely 'must read' instructional guide for anyone aspiring
to be a teacher, and having a great deal of informational value for even currently practicing
classroom instructors from elementary school to graduate school, "From Research to Teaching: A
Guide to Beginning Your Classroom Career" is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Michael Kibbe (PhD, Wheaton College) is Associate Professor of Biblical
Studies and Dean of Communication and Theology at Great Northern University in Spokane,
Washington. He is also the author of Godly Fear or Ungodly Failure? Hebrews 12 and the Sinai
Theophanies and has written for journals such as Biblica, Theology Today, and the Journal of
The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities, 15th edition
Marybeth Kravets, M.A. and Imy F. Wax, M.S.
The Princeton Review
9780525570301, $31.99, PB, 752pp
Many may not realize that students with learning disabilities are fully capable of attending
college. Nor might they know that many schools offer special programs and services for such
attendees. The 15th updated edition of a basic reference for colleges for students with learning
disabilities reviews all of these institutions that have good programs for a variety of learning
disabilities, updating information to assure the latest amenities are represented. From special
accommodations such as a distraction-reduced environment, assistive technology, and coaching
and specialists to financial aid notes and campus life, this book packs in the details needed to
make an informed decision. The admissions process, too, is given special focus, including
required documentation and interview requirements. Organized by state and including both basic
college info and special notes on disability-friendly approaches, this is the item of choice for any
reference collection appealing to college-bound students at all levels of learning ability.
The Health/Medicine Shelf
Michael I. Goran & Emily E. Ventura
c/o Penguin Random House LLC
9780525541196, $26.00, HC, 368pp
Synopsis: It is widely known and acknowledged that sugar can wreak havoc on adult bodies, but
few realize how uniquely harmful it is to the growing livers, hearts, and brains of children. And
the damage can begin early in life. In his research on the effects of sugar on kids' present and
future health, Michael Goran (USC Professor of Pediatrics and Program Director for Diabetes
and Obesity at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles) has found that too much sugar doesn't just
cause childhood obesity, it can cause health issues in kids who are not overweight too, including
fatty liver disease, pre-diabetes, and elevated risk for eventual heart disease. And, it is a likely
culprit in the behavioral, emotional, and learning problems that many children struggle with
In a groundbreaking study, Professor Goran's team conducted a detailed analysis of the sugary
products that kids love and found that these yogurts, cereals, sodas, and juices often had more
sugar than advertised and also contained different types of sugar than were being disclosed.
Today's children are not just consuming more sugar than ever, but they are consuming sugars that
are particularly harmful to them -- and their parents don't even know it.
The news is dire, but there is also plenty of hope. We can prevent, address, and even in many
cases reverse the effects of too much sugar. "Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar That Are
Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and What You Can Do" is an effective guide to "Sugarproof"
kids. In this landmark publication Dr. Goran and his co-author Dr. Emily Ventura (an expert in
nutrition education and recipe development), bust myths about the various types of sugars and
sweeteners, help families identify sneaky sources of sugar in their diets, and suggest realistic,
family-based solutions to reduce sugar consumption and therefore protect kids. Their unique
"Sugarproof" approach teaches parents to raise informed and empowered kids who can set their
own healthy limits without feeling restricted. With a 7- and 28-day challenge to help families
right-size sugar in their diets, along with more than 35 recipes all without added sugars, everyone
can give their children a healthy new start to life.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers
of Sugar That Are Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and What You Can Do" is an ideal
instruction guide and manual for parents who are non-specialist general readers and concerned
with insuring their children's health with respect to diet and nutrition issues involving the risks
with respect to excessive sugar intakes. While an absolutely essential and core addition to
community library Health/Medicine collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar That Are Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and
What You Can Do" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Feel Great, Lose Weight
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
9781953295057, $19.95, PB, 200pp
Synopsis: Drawing on twenty years of experience, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee (a BBC personality and
author of "Feel Better in 5") has created a conscious, compassionate, sustainable approach to
weight loss that goes far beyond fad diets to find the individual strategies that will work.
Packed with quick and easy interventions, "Feel Great, Lose Weight: Simple Habits for Lasting
and Sustainable Weight Loss" will help the reader to: Understand the effects of what, why, when,
where and how we eat; Discover the root cause of personal weight gain; Nourish the body to lose
weight without crash diets or grueling workouts; Build a toolbox of techniques to help weigh less
while living more.
"Feel Great, Lose Weight" offers a new way to look at weight loss-a 360-degree view that goes
beyond calories to see the bigger picture, including not just physical but also mental and
environmental factors. With Dr. Chatterjee's guidance and encouragement, anyone can turn
simple and sustainable lifestyle changes for a more energized, confident, and healthier self.
Critique: Nicely illustrated throughout, "Feel Great, Lose Weight: Simple Habits for Lasting and
Sustainable Weight Loss" is an expertly written, impressively insightful, inspirationally
informative, eloquently presented, and inherently motivating DIY compendium for weight loss
and management. While very highly recommended, especially for professional, community,
college, and university library Health & Medicine collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Feel Great, Lose Weight: Simple Habits for Lasting and Sustainable Weight
Loss" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: A practicing GP in the UK for the last two decades and resident BBC Breakfast
doctor, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee wants to inspire people to transform their health through making
small, sustainable changes to their lifestyles. Leading the charge on how healthcare and medicine
is understood in the UK, Dr. Chatterjee most recently co-created a lifestyle medicine course with
the Royal College of GPs, which has now been delivered to over 400 GPs and health care
professionals. Host of the #1 iTunes podcast, Feel Better, Live More, and presenter of BBC 1's
Doctor in the House, Dr. Chatterjee is the author of two Sunday Times bestselling books and his
TED talk, "How to Make Diseases Disappear," has now been viewed over 2.6 million times.
My Clothes Fit Again!
Morgan James Publishing
11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300, Newport News, VA 23606-4448
9781642799545, $16.95, PB, 174pp
Synopsis: "My Clothes Fit Again!: The Overworked Women's Guide to Losing Weight" by Sue
Seal shows working women how to show up for their life before it is too late by helping them get
rid of that spandex and fit into their favorite clothes again.
As a physical therapist, integrative nutritional health coach, and yoga instructor, Sue combines
Eastern and Western philosophies to achieve weight loss, health, and functional longevity for an
amazing life. She has helped clients gain functionally healthy lives for more than thirty
In the pages of "My Clothes Fit Again!", Sue shares her eight-step method that helps women to:
Understand how hormones and stress contribute to weight gain; Discover how their digestive
tract can cause them to crave bad food; Make lifestyle and dietary choices that support weight
loss; Identify the foods that stress their body out and make it gain weight; Eat so they can reduce
body fat, fatigue, and joint pain.
Critique: Expertly written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "My
Clothes Fit Again!: The Overworked Women's Guide to Losing Weight" is especially and
unreservedly recommended to the attention of any woman having to deal with trying to lose
weight while continuing to have enough energy to work full time either in their home or at a job
site. While certain to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to community,
college and university library Weight Management & Health collection, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "My Clothes Fit Again!: The Overworked Women's Guide to Losing
Weight" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.49).
Editorial Note: Sue Seal is an established physical therapist and an Integrative Nutrition health
coach, who integrates her understanding of Eastern and Western practices into her seminars,
retreats, and speaking engagements. She is the founder of Balance Beyond the Mat, a women's
wellness practice that helps women to lose weight.
Michael Weiner, MD
Atlantic Publishing Group
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471-0640
9781620237601, $21.95, PB, 310pp
Synopsis: Long days, important decisions, difficult conversations. A oncology doctor's work is
never truly done.
After working as a pediatric oncologist for 40 years, Dr. Michael Weiner has collected a
multitude of stories. From the best case scenarios to the worst, in the pages of "Living Cancer:
Stories from an Oncologist, Father, and Survivor", Dr. Weiner has chosen to share some of the
most memorable and heartbreaking moments of his career.
Always in close contact with pain and heartbreak, Dr. Weiner's accounts express his willingness
to help patients and their families through great times of need. His observations about cancer are
further informed when his daughter was diagnosed with cancer as well as his own personal
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Living Cancer: Stories from an
Oncologist, Father, and Survivor" is especially commended to the attention of anyone having to
deal with cancer within themselves or a loved one. While especially and unreservedly
recommended for community, college and university library Health/Medicine collections in
general, and Oncology supplemental studies curriculums in particular, it should be noted for the
personal reading lists of the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject that
"Living Cancer: Stories from an Oncologist, Father, and Survivor" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $19.95).
Reader's Digest The Essential Guide to CBD
Reader's Digest Editorial Staff
Trusted Media Brands
c/o Reader's Digest Trade Publishing
44 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
9781621455066, $19.99, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: CBD is a cannabinoid found in cannabis -- a plant is also known as hemp. CBD has
splashed across the nation's headlines, taken the country by storm, and has everyone from
Coca-Cola to Starbucks considering adding this new "miracle supplement" to their drinks. But
the FDA has only approved it for use in treating epilepsy in children.
What is CBD, anyway? What's the difference between CBD, THC, cannabis, hemp, and
marijuana? Can CBD help me lose weight? How much CBD do I need to take to help my
condition? What do I look for when buying CBD? Is it better to take CBD oil or gummies or
"Reader's Digest The Essential Guide to CBD: Everything You Need to Know About What It
Helps, Where to Buy, And How to Take It" will answer all of these questions and so many more,
including both first-person anecdotes of real people's experiences with CBD and straightforward
reporting about what studies have actually been done and what they show.
Written in part by the experts at Project CBD, "Reader's Digest The Essential Guide to CBD"
will separate fact from fiction, hype from reality.
Critique: Fully living up to the promise of its title, "Reader's Digest The Essential Guide to CBD:
Everything You Need to Know About What It Helps, Where to Buy, And How to Take It" is an
authoritative but thoroughly user-friendly primer on CBD.
Comprehensively informative and deftly organized and presented for the non-specialist general
reader with an interest in the subject, "Reader's Digest The Essential Guide to CBD: Everything
You Need to Know About What It Helps, Where to Buy, And How to Take It" is an
extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community,
college, university, and medical school Health & Medicine collections in general, and CBD
supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular.
It should be noted that "Reader's Digest The Essential Guide to CBD: Everything You Need to
Know About What It Helps, Where to Buy, And How to Take It" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
The Parenting Shelf
Raising Boys With ADHD
Mary Anne Richey
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781646321100, $17.95, PB, 300pp
Synopsis: Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "Raising Boys With ADHD:
Secrets for Parenting Successful, Happy Sons" by school psychologist Mary Anne Richey
features the latest information on research and treatment for boys with ADHD.
The purpose of "Raising Boys With ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Successful, Happy Sons" is to:
Empower parents to help their sons with ADHD find success in school and beyond; Cover topics
not often found in other parenting guides; Provide a strength-based approach to helping boys
discover their strengths and abilities; Help boys become motivated, successful, and independent
adults; Discuss the preschool years, early diagnosis, and strategies for teens transitioning to work
A compendium of practical knowledge, a dynamic action planning guide, resources, and tools
needed to help parents address the many strengths and challenges of boys with ADHD, "Raising
Boys With ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Successful, Happy Sons" provides parents with
encouragement and hope for the future.
Critique: Effectively written for the non-specialist general reader, "Raising Boys With ADHD:
Secrets for Parenting Successful, Happy Sons" is the ideal introduction for parents to the subject
of raising boys having to deal with ADHD at home, at school, and everywhere else. A complete
introductory course of parenting information, instruction, tips and techniques, "Raising Boys
With ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Successful, Happy Sons" is especially and unreservedly
recommended for family, community, college and university library Parenting Skills collections
in general, and ADHD supplemental studies curriculums in particular. It should be noted for
personal reading lists of parents, behavioral studies students, and non-specialist general readers
with an interest in the subject that "Raising Boys With ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Successful,
Happy Sons" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Mary Anne Richey, M.Ed., is a Licensed School Psychologist and works as a
school psychologist in private practice evaluating children with learning disabilities and for
gifted eligibility. She consults with teachers and schools and has presented workshops at schools,
as well as at state and national organizations on ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, and
learning disabilities. She brings years of experience in working with children in many different
capacities including as a middle school teacher, administrator, high school guidance counselor,
and adjunct college instructor. She has assisted many students with ADHD and learning
disabilities to learn to use their strengths to accommodate their weaknesses.
Bethany House Publishers
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton Road, Ada, MI 49301
9780764237225, $22.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Do you worry that you're messing up your kids? Do you get stressed when you think
about their futures? Crystal Paine knows how you feel. A mom of four, Crystal has struggled
with anxiety over parenting. She wanted to parent with grace, instead of a system of rules where
kids are expected to do all the right things. She wanted to be a safe place for her children, and she
definitely didn't want to be remembered as the sort of mom who yelled, wounded her kids with
words, or worse, cared more about her reputation than her kids' hearts.
In the pages of "Love-Centered Parenting: The No-Fail Guide to Launching Your Kids", Crystal
shares the life-changing lessons that God has been teaching her about raising kids with love and
grace. "Love-Centered Parenting": Reveals the no-fail secret to launching your kids; Uncovers
the root of why we often feel so frustrated and irritated with our kids; Shares the four most
important choices we can make as parents; Gives you the tools to keep going when you want to
give up; Helps you get your kids to talk to you.
The underlying message of "Love-Centered Parenting" is that it's possible to parent from a place
of freedom and rest, giving your kids what they truly need to thrive in this world.
Critique: Exceptionally well written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and
presentation, "Love-Centered Parenting: The No-Fail Guide to Launching Your Kids", simply
stated, is an inspiring DIY manual for effective parenting and invaluable instructional reference
for all parents raising their children in these stressful times. While highly recommended for
community library Parenting collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Love-Centered Parenting: The No-Fail Guide to Launching Your Kids" is also readily available
in a paperback edition (9780764237232, $17.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Crystal Paine is the host of The Crystal Paine Show podcast, and author of "Say
Goodbye to Survival Mode" and "Money-Making Mom". She is also the founder of the website
Full Circle Parenting
Jimmy and Kristin Scroggins, with Leslee Bennett
B&H Publishing Group
1 LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234
9781087713441, $22.99, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: Parenting isn't for wimps. Parenting is not just the routines, schedules, discipline, and
heartaches -- it is also the hard conversations between a parent and a child. One of the greatest
challenges of parenting is navigating the crucial conversations that we all must have with our
Jimmy and Kristin Scroggins have been married for more than twenty five years and have eight
children. Jimmy pastors a church in South Florida. They've had plenty of crucial conversations in
their lives -- not only with their own children, but with parents who are scared and seeking
wisdom. They know they have to find a way to have those tough conversations from a biblical
perspective and a distinctly Christian worldview, but they don't know how.
Written with the assistance of Leslee Bennett and from a Christian perspective, "Full Circle
Parenting: A Guide for Crucial Conversations" employs the 3 Circles gospel tool (God's design;
brokenness; gospel), with Jimmy and Kristin providing parents with a "conversation map" to
work through any tough conversations with children of any age.
"Full Circle Parenting" covers: Gender, Sexuality, and Marriage; Technology; Alcohol and
Substance Abuse; Bitterness, Forgiveness, and Restoration; Friendship and Mean Kids.
Critique: A complete DIY course of instruction in the fine art of parenting, "Full Circle
Parenting: A Guide for Crucial Conversations" is an extraordinary and unreservedly
recommended addition to community library Parenting collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Full Circle Parenting: A Guide for Crucial Conversations" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.79).
Editorial Note: Jimmy and Kristin Scroggins have been married for 26 years and have 8 children,
and have served at Family Church since Jimmy became the lead pastor in July 2008. Under
Jimmy's leadership, Family Church has grown to a network of neighborhood churches in South
The Science Shelf
Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey
No Starch Press
245 - 8th Street, San Francisco, CO 94103-3910
9781718501225, $17.99, HC, 64pp
Synopsis: "Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey" is an illustrated adaptation by John Barnett of 'Carbon,'
a short story from Italian chemist, writer, and Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi. It traces the life
story and many molecular manifestations of a single atom of this life-essential element.
You'll follow one atom from its spectacular birth 14 billion years ago through its harrowing
journey on planet earth where it has become a basic building block of nearly 10 million known
compounds in living things.
"Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey" reveals that carbon: Is breathed in by the Peregrine Falcon; Helps
trees grow strong and tall; Lets a moth's eye make sense of light; Is found in your pencil as well
as in your liver; And even helps convert grapes into wine
In this wondrous graphic journey, clever narrative and detailed art help bring to life the natural
world and teach you a thing or two about how it was created. For anyone with a general interest
in chemistry, physics, and the science of the universe, "Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey" is a simply
beautiful book that will both educate and inspire.
Critique: Especially appropriate for STEM based science curriculums, "Carbon: One Atom's
Odyssey" is especially and unreservedly recommended for school and community library Popular
Science collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of Organic Chemistry,
Biochemistry, and Environmental Science students and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in these subjects that "Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $10.99).
Editorial Note: John Barnett is a life-long, self-taught lover of science. For the past decade he has
called himself a graphic designer and illustrator, skills he has applied toward many books. The
drawings comprising "Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey" were done 'old-school' with fine-tipped
mechanical pencils on paper.
The Blue Wonder
Frauke Bagusche, author
Jamie MacIntosh, translator
9781771646048, $26.95, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: In "The Blue Wonder: Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights
from the Ocean", marine biologist and veteran diver Frauke Bagusche brings readers on a
fascinating and beautiful deep-sea dive into the ocean.
Drawing on scientific discoveries and her own research, she uses photographs and playful prose
to reveal: Deep-sea reefs that glitter like glass; Fish that converse with each other by singing --
loudly; An octopus that imitates more than fifteen other animals; The secret behind why the sea
glows at night; "Weddings" that happen amongst the coral; underwater "drugstores"; A fish that
clean her own teeth!
Humans know more about the moon's surface than we do about the ocean. There is so much to be
discovered, under the sea. With the literary skills of a poet and the fact-based mind of a scientist,
Frauke Bagusche re-awakens our love for the sea and ignites a desire to protect this vital
Critique: An inherently fascinating and impressively informative account of the beauty, mystery,
and amazing science of the ocean, "The Blue Wonder: Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other
Astonishing Insights from the Ocean" is significantly enhanced for the reader with the inclusion
of a large insert section of full color photographs. Given the rising concerns over the impact of
pollution and climate change on the oceans and seas of the world, "The Blue Wonder: Why the
Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean" is an especially and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, college and university library
Oceanography, Marine Life, and Marine Ecosystems collections. It should be noted for students,
academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Blue
Wonder: Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.49).
Editorial Note: Dr. Frauke Bagusche is a marine biologist and diver, who, with a colleague,
founded TheBlueMind.org in 2018. Bagusche also works as a freelance lecturer and provides
training on the subjects of plastic pollution in the oceans, the effects of climate change on marine
ecosystems, and the over fishing of the oceans.
The Architecture Shelf
Frank Lloyd Wright's Forgotten House
Nicholas D. Hayes
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299331801, $29.95, HC, 200pp
Synopsis: While the grandiosity of Fallingwater and elegance of Taliesin are recognized
universally, Frank Lloyd Wright's first foray into affordable housing is frequently overlooked.
Although Wright began work on his American System-Built Homes (ASBH, 1911 - 17) with
great energy, the project fell apart following wartime shortages and disputes between the
architect and his developer. While continuing to advocate for the design of affordable small
homes, Wright never spoke publicly of ASBH. As a result, the heritage of many Wright-designed
homes was forgotten.
When Nicholas and Angela Hayes became stewards of the unassuming Elizabeth Murphy House
near Milwaukee, they began to unearth evidence that ultimately revealed a one-hundred-year-old
fiasco fueled by competing ambitions and conflicting visions of America. The couple's forensic
pursuit of the truth untangled the ways Wright's ASBH experiment led to the architect's most
productive, creative period.
"Frank Lloyd Wright's Forgotten House" includes a wealth of drawings and photographs, many
of which have never been previously published. Historians, architecture buffs, and Wrightophiles
alike will be fascinated by this untold history that fills a crucial gap in the architect's oeuvre.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a four page Chronology, twelve pages of
Notes, and a six page Index, "Frank Lloyd Wright's Forgotten House: How an Omission
Transformed the Architect's Legacy" by Nicholas D. Hayes is an inherently interesting and fully
engaging read throughout. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Frank Lloyd
Wright's Forgotten House: How an Omission Transformed the Architect's Legacy" must be
considered a high priority addition to community, college and university library Architecture
collections in general, and Frank Lloyd Wright supplemental studies curriculums in particular. It
should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, practicing architects, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in Frank Lloyd Wright's life and work that "Frank
Lloyd Wright's Forgotten House: How an Omission Transformed the Architect's Legacy" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.49).
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Shorewood, Wisconsin, Nicholas D. Hayes is a columnist
for Sailing Magazine, leads innovation at a water technology company, and is the award-winning
author of "Saving Sailing".
The LGBT Studies Shelf
Three Dads and a Baby
Ian Jenkins, MD
101 Hudson Street, Suite 3705, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
9781627783101, $18.95, PB, 286pp
Synopsis: As a closeted teen, Ian wondered if he would ever be able to live openly with a male
partner. Years later, he had not one but two partners in a polyamorous Throuple -- what more
could he ask for? But something was still missing.
In the pages of "Three Dads and a Baby: Adventures in Modern Parenting" readers will join Ian
and his two partners, Alan and Jeremy, as they embark on a sometimes hilarious, sometimes
tearful quest to become parents. They run the gauntlet: IVF failures, the threat of Zika virus, the
urgent hunt for a new doctor, pregnancy-threatening bleeds, costly legal battles and a reluctant
superior court judge.
Ultimately it was the grace of women (embryo donors, their egg donor, their surrogate, even a
surprise milk donor) that allowed them to complete their family with one perfect girl, and
become the first polyamorous family to ever be named as the legal parents of a child.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and thoroughly absorbing read from cover to cover, "Three
Dads and a Baby: Adventures in Modern Parenting" is an extraordinary account and one that is
unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of any member of the LBGTQ
community contemplating or experiencing parenthood with the context of their lives and
aspirations. Certain to be a welcome and enduringly appreciated addition to community, college
and university library Parenting & LBGTQ collections, it should be noted for personal reading
lists that "Three Dads and a Baby: Adventures in Modern Parenting" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $13.49).
Men I've Never Been
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299330903, $24.95, HC, 232pp
Synopsis: An LBGTQ biography, "Men I've Never Been: A Memoir" recounts Michael
Sadowski's odyssey as a boy who shuns his own identity (and, ultimately, his sexual orientation)
in order to become who he thinks he's supposed to be.
Beginning with the memory of a four-year-old sitting in a dingy dive bar, sounding out
newspaper headlines while his boasting father collects drinks from onlookers, each chapter
highlights a different image of manhood that Sadowski saw at home, at school, or on television --
from sports heroes, hunters, and game show hosts to his charismatic but hard-drinking father. As
he learns not to talk, laugh, cry, or love, he retreats further behind a stoic mask of silence, while
outwardly well-functioning but emotionally isolated, sinking under the weight of the past.
Through wrenching tragedy and tense, life-threatening challenges, Sadowski learns to find love,
purpose, and healthy self-regard. In coming to understand his identity and his place within his
family, he meditates on the power of real human connection and comes to grasp the damage of
his troubled upbringing and the traumas caused by toxic masculinity. By turns comic and tragic,
this nuanced memoir uncovers the false selves we create to get along in the world and the price
we pay to maintain them.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, impressive candid, remarkably detailed and engaging, "Men
I've Never Been: A Memoir" is an inherently interesting and unreservedly recommended addition
to community, college and university library Contemporary American Biography collections in
general, and LGBTQ supplemental studies curriculums in particular. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Men I've Never Been: A Memoir" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $16.49).
Editorial Note: An administrator and professor at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New
York), Michael Sadowski is an award-winning writer and author of several books, including "In
a Queer Voice", "Safe Is Not Enough", and "Adolescents at School".
The Political Science Shelf
The Socialist Manifesto
c/o Hachette Book Group
9781541647107, $17.99, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: In the pages of "The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of
Extreme Inequality", Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism's history since the mid-1800s and
presents a realistic vision for its future. With the stunning popularity of Bernie Sanders and
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Americans are embracing the class politics of socialism. But what,
exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system in America look like?
As the editor of Jacobin magazine, Sunkara shows that socialism, though often seen primarily as
an economic system, in fact offers the means to fight all forms of oppression, including racism
and sexism. The ultimate goal is not Soviet-style planning, but to win rights to healthcare,
education, and housing, and to create new democratic institutions in workplaces and
Critique: An erudite and comprehensive primer on socialism for the 21st century, "The Socialist
Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality" is recommended
reading for anyone seeking an end to the many and severe inequities of our time. Exceptionally
well written, organized and presented, "The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in
an Era of Extreme Inequality" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community,
college and university library Political Science collections in general, and Socialism
supplemental studies curriculums in particular. It should be noted for students, academia,
political activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The
Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(Blackstone Audio, 9781549180224, $35.00, CD).
Editorial Note: Bhaskar Sunkara is the founder and editor of Jacobin, which he launched in 2010
as an undergraduate at George Washington University. He has written for the New York Times,
the Guardian, VICE, and The Washington Post. Sunkara is also the publisher of Catalyst and the
Of Bears and Ballots
PO Box 2225, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2225
9781616208516, $25.95, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: In the pages of "Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics",
Heather Lende brings us her quirky and compassionate account of holding local political office in
a small Alaskan community.
Lende was one of the thousands of women inspired to take a more active role in politics during
the past few years. Though her entire campaign for assembly member in Haines, Alaska, cost less
than $1,000, she won! But tiny, breathtakingly beautiful community of Haines (a place accessible
from the nearest city, Juneau, only by boat or plane) isn't the sleepy town that it appears to be:
from a bitter debate about the expansion of the fishing boat harbor to the matter of how to stop
bears from rifling through garbage on Main Street to the recall campaign that targeted three
assembly members, including Lende, we witness the nitty-gritty of passing legislation, the lofty
ideals of our republic, and how the polarizing national politics of our era play out in one small
With an entertaining cast of offbeat but relatable characters, "Of Bears and Ballots" is an
inspirational tale about what living in a community really means, and what we owe one
Critique: A inherently fascinating political history that will be especially appreciated by political
science students, practitioners, activists, governmental employees and policy makers for
communities large and small, "Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town
Politics" is an extraordinary read that is as entertaining as it is informative. While especially and
unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college and university library
Political Science collections and supplemental studies curriculums, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics"
is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781643751405, $16.95), in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99), and as a complete and unabridged audio book (HighBridge,
9781696600941, $44.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Heather Lende writes personal essays and columns which have been widely
distributed ranging from NPR and Country Living, to the Christian Science Monitor and
Woman's Day magazine (where she was a contributing editor for a few years). Lende also writes
obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News and an Alaska Dispatch News column. She also maintains
an informative website at https://www.heatherlende.com
The Christian Studies Shelf
An Introduction to Christian Mysticism
Jason M. Baxter
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9781540964397, $44.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Christian mysticism refers to mystical practices and theory within Christianity.
Mysticism is not so much a doctrine as a method of thought. It has often been connected to
mystical theology, especially in the Catholic Church (including traditions from both the Latin
Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches) and Orthodox Christianity (including traditions from
both the Eastern Orthodox Church and Oriental Orthodoxy).
"An Introduction to Christian Mysticism: Recovering the Wildness of Spiritual Life" by
Professor Jason M. Baxter is a brief but accessibly written volume that introduces key figures,
texts, and themes of the mystical tradition within Christianity and shows how and why the
mystics can speak to the church today.
Jason Baxter, an expert educator and storyteller, explains that the mystical tradition within
Christianity historically offers a more robust understanding of God than our current shallow
conceptions. Featuring engagement with primary sources and suitable for use in a variety of
courses, "An Introduction to Christian Mysticism" argues that the mystics have much to say to
contemporary Christians searching for authentic modes of spirituality.
Critique: An impressively informative, inherently fascinating, and ultimately inspiring read, "An
Introduction to Christian Mysticism: Recovering the Wildness of Spiritual Life" is an
extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to church, seminary, community, college
and university library Christian Theology & History collections. It should be noted for the
personal reading lists of seminary students, clergy, academia, and non-specialist general readers
with an interest in the subject that "Mysticism Christian Theology" is also readily available in a
paperback edition (9781540961228, $22.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Jason M. Baxter (PhD, University of Notre Dame), an expert in medieval
Catholic thought, is associate professor of fine arts and humanities at Wyoming Catholic College
in Lander, Wyoming. He speaks at universities across the country and has written several books,
including A Beginner's Guide to Dante's "Divine Comedy."
30 Days with Married Saints
Kent Lasnoski & Caitlin Lasnoski
Pauline Books & Media
50 St. Paul's Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-3433
9780819875563, $18.95, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Compiled and written by Kent and Caitlin Lasnoski for the Roman Catholic
community, "30 Days with the Married Saints: A Catholic Couples Devotional" will help you to
pray with a variety of holy married men and women of the Church from well-known couples like
Mary and Joseph to lesser-known couples like Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi (the first
couple to be beatified together). Each day contains vivid portraits of heroically virtuous married
saints as well as prayers, moving reflections, questions, and practical suggestions to enrich your
marriage and inspire you and your spouse on your journey of sanctity.
Critique: A unique and very special compendium of daily and spiritually uplifting readings, "30
Days with Married Saints: A Catholic Couples Devotional" is an extraordinary and highly
recommended addition to personal, family, church, seminary, community, college and university
library Roman Catholic Theology collections.
An Ark For All God's Noahs
c/o Banner of Truth
PO Box 621, Carlisle, PA 17013
9781848715738, $10.00, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: We live in difficult days and in trying times. "An Ark For All God's Noahs: In a
Gloomy, Stormy Day" by Thomas Brooks (1608 - 1680) points us to the One in whom Christian
men and women have always found the strength to persevere come what may.
Taking Lamentations 3:24 as his starting-point - 'The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore
will I hope in him,' Brooks expounds the attributes of God with the aim of comforting those who
have felt not only the stresses and strains of daily life but also the shearing pain of loss in its
various forms. God, he says, 'is a portion that is exactly suited to the condition of the soul in its
desires, needs, wants, longings and prayers. All the soul needs is found in God. There is light to
enlighten the soul, wisdom to counsel the soul, power to support the soul, goodness to supply the
soul, mercy to pardon the soul, beauty to delight the soul, glory to ravish the soul, and fullness to
fill the soul.'
Critique: Spiritually inspiring and impressively relevant some 413 years after the death of its
author, "An Ark For All God's Noahs: In a Gloomy, Stormy Day" continues to be timely and
timeless reading that is unreservedly recommended for all members of the Christian community
including clergy, seminary students, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the
subject of Christian spiritual growth.
Editorial Note: Born in 1608, Thomas Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1625.
He was licensed as a preacher of the gospel by 1640 at the latest. Before that date he seems to
have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet. After the Civil War,
Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle's, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be
chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on 26 December, 1648. Three or four years
later he moved to St Margaret's, Fish-street Hill, London, but encountered considerable
opposition as he refused baptism and the Lord's Supper to those clearly 'unworthy' of such
privileges. The following years were filled with written as well as spoken ministry. In 1662 he
fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and
to have preached the Word as opportunity offered. Treatises continued to flow from his agile pen.
In 1677 or 1678 he married for the second time, 'she spring-young, he winter-old'. Two years
later he went home to his Lord.
The Miracles of Jesus
Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, NY 10707
9780881416695, $42.00, PB, 453pp
Synopsis: Hilarion Alfeyev (born Grigoriy Valerievich Alfeyev, 24 July 1966) is a bishop of the
Russian Orthodox Church. At present he is the titular Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, the
chairman of the Department of External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy
Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow. He is also a noted theologian, church historian and
composer and has published books on dogmatic theology, patristics and church history as well as
numerous compositions for choir and orchestra. (Wikipedia)
"The Miracles of Jesus" by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev is the third volume of the six-volume
series, 'Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching'. In this exhaustive theological study, Metropolitan
Alfeyev examines the miracles of Jesus in their scriptural and historical context, helping us to
understand their deeper meaning and to see how they reveal the true identity of Jesus Christ, our
Lord and Savior.
Critique: Inspired and inspiring, informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking,
"The Miracles of Jesus" is an extraordinary contribution to Christian theology from a Russian
Orthodox perspective. While very highly recommended for church, seminary, college and
university library Christian Theology collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists
of seminary students, clergy, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that
"The Miracles of Jesus" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: : Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev has authored numerous works on theology and
church history, and is an internationally recognized composer of liturgical music. In the words of
Patriarch Alexei II of blessed memory, "His many years of service to the mother church, his rich
creative activity, and his broad perspective enable him to present the tradition of the Orthodox
Church in all its diversity."
Experiments in Love
Emily Ralph Servant
c/o Wipf and Stock Publishers
199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401-2960
9781725260054, $41.00, HC, 218pp
Synopsis: Could it be that the stories we tell in our churches weaken our efforts to be
congregations who take risks in mission for the sake of love?
"Experiments in Love: An Anabaptist Theology of Risk-Taking in Missions" by Emily Ralph
Servant is a thoughtful and thought-provoking monograph in which she suggests that the work of
today's leaders is to explore new stories, listen to new voices, and open ourselves up to the
Spirit's work of transformation.
"Experiments in Love" engages in a three-way dialogue with feminist and liberation theologians,
the social and behavioral sciences, and the Anabaptist tradition. Out of this vibrant conversation
emerges the story of a God who takes the risk of being radically present to a vulnerable
The underlying message of "Experiments in Love" is that because of God's courageous presence
with us, we can also take the risk of being vulnerably present to others as God invites us all to
participate in God's community of life, love, and flourishing.
Critique: Inspired and inspiring, "Experiments in Love: An Anabaptist Theology of Risk-Taking
in Missions" is especially and unreservedly recommended reading for all members of the
Christian community. While an appropriate addition to church and seminary library collections, it
should be noted for personal reading lists that "Experiments in Love: An Anabaptist Theology of
Risk-Taking in Missions" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781725260047,
$26.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Emily Ralph Servant has spent a lifetime serving the church as a worship leader,
radio host, pastor, writer, professor, conference minister, and theologian. Dr. Servant is a
Leadership Minister for Mosaic Mennonite Conference.
Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare
Margaret Carney, OSF
9781632533708, $16.99, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: While weaving together Clare's story and Francis's story in "Light of Assisi: The Story
of Saint Clare", Sr. Margaret Carney draws special attention to Clare's significant contribution to
the Franciscan world in the many years following Francis's death. Far from merely reflecting
Francis's light, Clare had her own charisma, "a gift bestowed by the Spirit of the Lord and given
to her in a fullness and forcefulness that was hers alone."
"Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare" will introduce St. Clare of Assisi to those who do not
know her and to those who wish to know her better. It leads the reader from Clare's birth to her
death. While taking account of modern scholarship, Sr. Margaret Carney tells the story of this
medieval woman in a way readers today can understand.
Critique: An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and engaging study, "Light of
Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare" is especially and unreservedly recommended for church,
seminary, and community library Christian Saints and Religious Leader Biography collections. It
should be noted for clergy and seminary students in general, and all members of the Roman
Catholic community in particular, that "Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Margaret Carney is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann
Communities. Her education in theology and Franciscan studies took place at Duquesne
University, the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University and the Pontifical University
Antonianum in Rome. She served on the commission responsible for the revisions of the Rule of
the Third Order Regular in 1982 and completed her research on the Rule of St. Clare in 1988.
From 1999-2004 she was the Director of the Franciscan Institute and served as a founding
member of the Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. Her presidency of St.
Bonaventure University began in 2004 and she retired from that post in 2016. She continues to
serve as a lecturer and leader for Catholic higher education and Franciscan organizations of the
Singing in the Dark
David C. Cook
c/o Cook Communications
4050 Lee Vance Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
9780830781874, $17.99, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: Far too often, life's challenges and questions cause people to fight feelings of doubt
and despair, as they search endlessly for hope. In the pages of "Singing in the Dark: Finding
Hope in the Songs of Scripture", Ginny Owens introduces her readers to powerful ways of
drawing closer to God and how the elements of music, prayer, and lament offer rich, vibrant, and
joyful communion with Him, especially on the darkest days.
Ginny has gained a unique life perspective, as she has lived without sight since age three. She
brings rich, biblical teaching that will encourage readers and compel them to dig deep into the
beautiful songs, prayers, and poetry of Scripture -- the same words through which the people of
the Bible flourished in impossible circumstances.
Singing in the Dark includes reflection and journaling prompts at the end of each chapter.
Critique: Exceptional, extraordinary, inspired and inspiring, "Singing in the Dark: Finding Hope
in the Songs of Scripture" is strongly commended to the attention of all members of the Christian
community regardless of denominational affiliations. While unreservedly recommended for both
church and community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Singing in the Dark: Finding Hope in the Songs of Scripture" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Ginny Owens, blind since age three, has had an award-winning career that
encompasses two decades as a Christian music artist while also a contributor of multiple writing
projects and nonprofit initiatives. She is currently a seminary student and continues to inspire
others with the truth of the gospel through her personal stories, music, and Bible teaching.
The Judaic Studies Shelf
Rabbi Shalom Rosner, author
Marc Lesnick, editor
Maggid / The Toby Press
c/o Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
9781592645510, $29.95, HC, 536pp
Synopsis: Shalom Rav (in English "Abundant Peace") is a blessing that is recited at the end of
the evening and afternoon Amidot in the Ashkenazic tradition. There is a different version of this
prayer, Sim Shalom for the morning Amidah. In the Sefardic, Chasidic-Sefardic, and Nusach Ari
rites, Sim Shalom is said at all prayer services.
"Shalom Rav: Insights on the Weekly Parasha: Vayikra, Bemidbar, Devarim" is a compilation of
Rabbi Shalom Rosner's inspiring and thought-provoking ideas on the weekly parasha. Selected
and adapted by Marc Lesnick from Rabbi Rosner's hugely popular parasha classes. Drawing on
an extraordinarily wide spectrum of sources, these essays offer relevant and refreshing insights
for every Jewish home.
Critique: Erudite, inspiring, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Shalom Rav: Insights on the
Weekly Parasha: Vayikra, Bemidbar, Devarim" is an invaluable and unreservedly recommended
contribution to personal, rabbinical, community, college and university library Contemporary
Judaic Studies collections and supplemental curriculum reading lists.
Editorial Note: Rabbi Shalom Rosner is the Rav of the Nofei Hashemesh community, located in
Bet Shemesh, Israel. He teaches at Yeshivat Reishit and Yeshivat Shaalavim. His shiurim can be
enjoyed through websites such as YU.com and OUTorah.org. He also maintains an informative
website at http://rabbirosner.com
The Travel Shelf
Best Lake Hikes Wisconsin
c/o The Globe Pequot Press
9781493046805, $22.95, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Beautifully illustrated throughout, "Best Lake Hikes Wisconsin: A Guide to the State's
Greatest Lake and River Hikes" by Steve Johnson includes detailed hike descriptions, maps, and
color photos for approximately 100 of the most scenic lake hikes in the area. Hike descriptions
also include history, local trivia, and GPS coordinates.
"Best Lake Hikes Wisconsin" is the ideal guide for planning trips through state and national
parks, forests, monuments and wilderness areas, as well as from popular city parks to the most
remote and secluded corners of the area to view the most spectacular lakes and rivers.
Critique: Enhanced for the trip planner with the inclusion of and informative Introduction, a
"How to Use This Guide" instructional, a Trail Finder and Map Legend, "Best Lake Hikes
Wisconsin: A Guide to the State's Greatest Lake and River Hikes" is exceptionally 'user friendly'
in organization and presentation. Comprehensively informative, "Best Lake Hikes Wisconsin: A
Guide to the State's Greatest Lake and River Hikes" is an essential and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college and university library
Wisconsin Travel & Guide collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Best
Lake Hikes Wisconsin: A Guide to the State's Greatest Lake and River Hikes" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.49).
Editorial Note: Steve Johnson is a consummate outdoors recreation expert and enthusiast. A
regular contributor to Backpacker and regional magazines across the country, some of Steve's
other work include "Minnesota Waterfalls", "Loop Hikes Colorado", and "Bicycling
Modernist Escapes: An Architectural Travel Guide
9783791386348, $40.00, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: Armchair travelers and dedicated fans of Modernist architecture will want to dive right
into the pages of "Modernist Escapes: An Architectural Travel Guide", a profusely illustrated and
informative guide to remarkable buildings designed by famous architects from Alvar Aalto to
Showcasing over 130 unique structures that span the globe, "Modernist Escapes: An
Architectural Travel Guide" covers the full spectrum of modernist principles from Bauhaus to
Brutalism. Author and designer Stefi Orazi chose buildings that are open to the public -- and with
some that are even available for overnight stays!
Full-colour photography of the exterior and interiors highlight incredible details such as the
bright red drum fireplace in Giancarlo de Carlo's Ca' Romanino, Urbino, Italy, or the
constructivist-like staircase in Renaat Braem's house and studio in Antwerp, Belgium. Each
building is accompanied by informative text offering visitor information and insights into its
Critique: A unique compendium of simply outstanding examples of original architecture,
"Modernist Escapes: An Architectural Travel Guide" provides architectural students and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject with a truly global overview of
Modernist architecture -- making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
professional, community, college and university library Travel Guide collections in general, and
Architectural supplemental studies curriculum lists.
Editorial Note: Currently residing in London, England, Stefi Orzi is a designer and the author of
several books on architecture, including "Modernist Estates: The Buildings and the People Who
Live in Them" and "The Barbican Estate".
100 Things to Do in Nebraska Before You Die
Tim Trudell & Lisa Trudell
PO Box 5131, St. Louis, MO 63139
9781681062488, $18.00, PB, 192pp
Synopsis: The Good Life. The Beef State. The Cornhusker State. All slogans over the years to
describe Nebraska. But, The Good Life does seem to sum up how the vast majority of
Nebraskans feel about living there. Whether it's Cornhusker football in the fall or canoeing the
Niobrara River in the summer, Nebraska is a very special state. And with "100 Things to Do in
Nebraska Before You Die" as a travel guide and itinerary resource, the visitor see just what it is
people love so much about their state.
"100 Things to Do in Nebraska Before You Die" is a veritable bucket list of places to visit, things
to do, and top tips for the best places to eat and sleep. The traveler can explore the birthplaces of
Nebraska-centric events and people. From the founding of Arbor Day to the hometown of Johnny
Carson, as well as great places to eat and drink, "100 Things to Do in Nebraska Before You Die"
explores in depth the diversity and beauty of the country's 16th largest state.
Critique: With the publication of "100 Things to Do in Nebraska Before You Die", local authors
and travel bloggers Tim and Lisa Trudell demonstrate that they are expert guides through the
diversity and beauty of Nebraska in a new light. While especially and unreservedly recommended
for personal, professional, community, college and university library Travel Guide collections, it
should be noted that "100 Things to Do in Nebraska Before You Die" is also readily available in
a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Tim and Lisa Trudell are the owners of the travel blog, The Walking Tourists,
and live in southwest Omaha. Lisa was a travel professional for over 16 years. Tim Trudell was a
journalist with community newspapers for several years and is currently a freelance writer and
online content creator, as well as the photographer, editor, and author of the blog. They are the
coauthors of 100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die and Unique Eats and Eateries of
Omaha. When not traveling, they love to continue to explore their hometown of Omaha, as well
as the unique areas of Nebraska. They can be followed at @100ThingsOmaha, and they maintain
an informative website at www.thewalkingtourists.com
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
The Ultimate Guide to Astrology
Fair Winds Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781589239876, $26.99, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: Astrology can be a complicated subject filled with technical content such as charting,
planetary aspects, and transits. For most beginners, these are confusing and dry details that
obscure the most magical aspects of astrology. "The Ultimate Guide to Astrology: Use the
Guidance of the Planets to Manifest Your Power and Purpose" by astrology expert and
practitioner Tanaaz Chubb clearly and succinctly explains these complicated facets, thus enabling
you to quickly move onto the bigger picture of using the signs and the planets to understand
yourself and your life with deeper clarity.
With "The Ultimate Guide to Astrology" aspiring astrology practitioners will: Learn how to
quickly set up an astrological chart; Understand the unique energetic expression of each planet
and how it expresses itself in a birth chart; Discover where each sign sits in a chart and how it
impacts specific life areas such as career, finances, health, and relationships.
Critique: Thoroughly 'user friendly' in commentary, content, organization and presentation, and
offering a unique and effective approach to practicing astrology, "The Ultimate Guide to
Astrology" will enable even the most novice of astrology practitioners to intuitively understand a
cosmic blueprint and how to apply it to daily life -- making it an ideal and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college and university library
Metaphysical Studies collections in general, and Astrology supplemental studies curriculum lists
Editorial Note: Tanaaz Chubb is the creator of Forever Conscious (https://foreverconscious.com),
one of the most prominent spiritual websites online today. As a gifted intuitive and astrologer,
Tanaaz has worked with many different people from all around the world, helping to guide them
to understand themselves better through harnessing the power of the stars and spirit.
Living the Faery Life
9781642500615, $16.95, PB, 182pp
Synopsis: Kac Young is a three-doctorate and prolific author who has studied world religions
extensively and has worked in television for over thirty years. In writing "Living the Faery Life:
A Guide to Connecting with the Magic, Power and Joy of the Enchanted Realm" she draws upon
the ancient wisdom of her Celtic roots.
Many of the things we believe about faeries are old wives' tales, made-up myths, and invented
stories to satisfy cultural curiosity. In the pages of "Living the Faery Life" you will learn how to
separate myth from truth and discover how to create your private faery kingdom.
"Living the Faery Life" reveals the rules of faery life and how reconnect with nature. "Living the
Faery Life" also shows how to make a faery garden, what particular trees and plants attract faery
folk, and rituals you can perform to connect with the faery realms.
Even if you are not yet a fully-fledged "Faery Believer," a walk in the outdoors will never be the
same once you have been touched by the wisdom and enchantment of "Living the Faery
"Living the Faery Life" is a charming and informative guide for everyone be they Tinkerbell fans,
faery non-believers, fanatics, Pagan and Wiccan practitioners, as well as metaphysical devotees
who enjoy the ritual use of candles and crystals.
Critique: An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, exceptionally well written, and
thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Living the Faery Life: A Guide to
Connecting with the Magic, Power and Joy of the Enchanted Realm" is an extraordinary and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college and university
library Metaphysical Studies collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of
anyone with an interest in Fairies, Ghosts, Hauntings, Supernaturalism, or Pagan Beliefs, that
"Living the Faery Life: A Guide to Connecting with the Magic, Power and Joy of the Enchanted
Realm" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: The author of 24 books, Kac Young has been a producer, writer and director in
the Hollywood television industry for over 25 years. Kac has also earned a Ph.D. in Natural
Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor
University. Clients come to her for advice on health, nutrition and spiritual well being. Using her
third Doctorate degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy, she helps people manage weight control,
smoking cessation, behavior modification, stress reduction, past-life regression, and phobia
The Complete Guide to Astrological Self-Care
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9781577152347, $23.99, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Astrology is a stellar language that allows us to understand the nuances of who we are
and how to live our life with more insight and awareness. While we may look to our zodiac signs
to help us navigate our relationships, career, finances, and family matters, astrology can also play
quite a pivotal role in helping us optimize our vitality and well-being.
From passionate Aries to sensitive Pisces, and all the signs in between, each astrological profile
is associated with a unique temperament and different needs when it comes to nurturing body,
mind, and spirit. Knowing these can help you personalize your self-care regimen by
incorporating natural remedies and wellness practices more aligned with your signs.
Divided into twelve chapters, one for each zodiac sign, "The Complete Guide to Astrological
Self-Care" by Stephanie Gailing includes an array of modern holistic lifestyle approaches that
will help you curate an astrologically aligned self-care regimen. For each sign you'll find dozens
of recommendations in categories ranging from Areas of Health Focus, Eating Tips, Wellness
Therapies, Relaxation Practices, Natural Remedies, Sleep Tips, and more!
In addition you'll also discover ways to bolster your well-being by connecting to the celestial
cycles, featuring topics such as:
Stellar Life Stages: You'll discover a road map (including an array of wellness strategies and
journaling questions) to navigate your self-care from your twenties to your eighties based upon
astrological invitations that occur at different times in our lives.
The Moons: You'll learn about the twenty-four different New Moons and Full Moons including
the opportunities and challenges each one brings. You'll find affirmations you can do on each
lunation as well as self-care rituals to undertake and several questions to use as journaling
Planetary Retrogrades: Get a deeper understanding of the opportunities for awareness that
Mercury, Venus and Mars Retrograde yield. You'll discover strategies to sidestep stress, self-care
suggestions, ways to work with your dreams, meditation techniques, flower essences, supportive
crystals, and journaling questions.
Critique: A complete course of comprehensive and thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction, "The
Complete Guide to Astrological Self-Care" is especially and unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, and community library Metaphysical Studies collections in general, and
Astrology supplemental studies curriculums in particular. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of astrology students and practitioners that "The Complete Guide to Astrological
Self-Care" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note; Stephanie Gailing is a wellness consultant and modern mystic with more than 25
years of experience. As the co-host of the "So Divine!" podcast, she is also the resident astrologer
at Healers, the onsite dream and astrology expert at Rise and Shine, and the
astrologer-in-residence at The Cloud Room in Seattle. Her work on holistic well-being has been
featured in Refinery 29, Bustle, Seattle Magazine, City Arts, AstroStyle, MindBodyGreen, The
Fold, Huffington Post, King 5 News, Seattle Times, and other outlets.
Wild Soul Runes
Lara Veleda Vesta
c/o Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578637393, $16.95, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: Using inquiry and original translations alongside traditional rune poems and sacred art,
"Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine" by Lara Veleda Vesta invites readers
to develop their own wisdom connection with the runes through practice. "Wild Soul Runes" is
based on the premise that all of us possess the ability to receive divine information through rune
practice. Rather than telling the reader what the runes mean, Nordic runes expert Lara Vesta
shares an interactive practice for readers to discover the unique ways the runes speak to
"Wild Soul Runes" covers the history of the runes, both in myth and through the connection with
Old European archaeological findings. This history offers evidence for the idea that the runes
have a feminine origin, coming from the well of the Norns, the female triple giantesses who
represent the fates in Norse myth.
"Wild Soul Runes" also introduces the concept of the runes as beings rather than simply an
alphabet or magical tools. The purpose of "Wild Soul Runes" is to create a relationship with
these beings through ancestral connection, personal gnosis, and ritual practice.
Specifically, "Wild Soul Runes" shows how to: Make a rune altar; Develop a daily ritual practice
with the runes; Honor the Germanic/Anglo Saxon wheel of the year; Craft a rune set and rune
ceremonies for divination.
Critique: An impressively well written, organized and presented combination of instructional
manual and introduction to Nordic runes, "Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral
Feminine" is an inherently fascinating, exceptionally informative, intrinsically absorbing read
throughout. While it is especially and unreservedly recommended as a core addition to personal,
professional, community, college and university library Metaphysical Studies collections in
general, and Nordic Runes supplemental studies curriculums in particular, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Lara Veleda Vesta is an artist, author, storyteller and educator transforming
chronic illness into a path of healing and reclaiming. She is the author of The Moon Divas
Guidebook, and The Moon Divas Oracle, illustrator of The Moon Divas Oracle Cards and is
currently working toward her PhD in Philosophy and Religion while exploring ancestral
connection and disability as initiation. She shares her path of myth, folk magic, ancestor lore and
ritual practice with her Patreon community and through classes at the Wild Soul School.
The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781644112205, $22.99, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: Offering an illustrated exploration of the origins and history of amulets, lucky charms,
talismans, and mascots, including photos of unique and original artifacts from his extensive
collection, Nigel Pennick's "The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots: Folk
Magic in Witchcraft and Religion" examines these objects from a magical perspective, from
ancient Egypt to the present. Pennick examines age-old spiritual principles, folklore, and the
esoteric traditions behind their creation, as well as the use of numbers, colors, sigils, geometric
emblems, knots, crosses, pentagrams, and other symbols.
Pennick explores magical charms and objects manufactured from bones, teeth, claws, and horns
and those that include symbols of the human body. He also discusses religious relics as well as
the combining of charms to make more powerful objects, from the bind runes of the Norse and
the crowns of ancient Egypt to the Mojo hand and the medicine pouch.
Revealing the lasting power of amulets, talismans, charms, and mascots, Pennick shows that
these objects and symbols have retained their magic across the centuries.
Critique: Nicely illustrated throughout, "The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and
Mascots: Folk Magic in Witchcraft and Religion" is an amazingly informative compendium and
must be considered an essential, core addition to personal, professional, community, college and
university library Metaphysical Studies collections in general, and Rune Divination, Witchcraft,
Ancestral Religion, and Folk Magic supplemental studies curriculum lists in particular. It should
be noted that "The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots: Folk Magic in
Witchcraft and Religion" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).
Editorial Note: Currently residing near Cambridge, England and the founder of the Institute of
Geomantic Research and the Library of the European Tradition, Nigel Pennick is an authority on
ancient belief systems, traditions, runes, and geomancy and has traveled and lectured extensively
in Europe and the United States. He is also the author and illustrator of more than 50 books,
including The Pagan Book of Days.
Risa Dickens, author
Amy Torok, author/illustrator
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781623175726, $17.95, PB, 312pp
Synopsis: When you start looking for witches, you find them everywhere. As contemporary
seekers and practitioners reclaim and restore magic to its rightful place among powerful forces
for social, personal, and political transformation, more people than ever are claiming the identity
of "Witch". But our knowledge of witchcraft and magic has historically been marred by erasure,
sensationalism, and sterilization, with the true stories of history's witches being left untold.
Through the meditations, stories, and practices comprising "Missing Witches: Recovering True
Histories of Feminist Magic", authors Risa Dickens and Amy Torok offer an intersectional,
contemporary lens for uncovering and reconnecting with feminist witch history. Sharing
traditions from all over the world ranging from Harlem to Haiti, Oaxaca to Mesopotamia,
"Missing Witches" introduces readers to figures like Monica Sjoo, HP Blavatsky, Maria Sabina,
and Enheduanna, shedding light on their work and the cultural and sociopolitical contexts that
Structured around the 8 sabbats of the Wheel of the Year, each individual chapter includes
illustrations by Amy Torok, as well as invocations, rituals, and offerings that incorporate the
authors' own wisdom, histories, and journeys of trauma, loss, and empowerment. "Missing
Witches" offers an inside look at the vital stories of women who have practiced (and lived)
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Missing Witches: Recovering
True Histories of Feminist Magic" is an inherently fascinating and impressively informative
introduction to feminist magic, it's ancient history and contemporary practice. Thoroughly 'reader
friendly' in commentary style and detailed content, "Missing Witches: Recovering True Histories
of Feminist Magic" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
professional, community, college and university library Metaphysical Studies collections. It
should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in Wicca,
Paganism, Feminism, and Witchcraft Magic that "Missing Witches: Recovering True Histories of
Feminist Magic" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Risa Dickens and Amy Torok started the Missing Witches podcast in September
2018. Both have a background in creative community building, and ran two different,
interdisciplinary monthly arts performance showcases for years in the same town before
beginning the podcast.
The General Fiction Shelf
The Kindred Spirits Supper Club
Amy E. Reichert
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
9780593197776, $16.00, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: For Sabrina Monroe, moving back home to the Wisconsin Dells (the self-described
Waterpark Capital of the World) means returning to the Monroe family curse: the women in her
family can see spirits who come to them for help with unfinished business. But Sabrina's always
redirected the needy spirits to her mom, who's much better suited for the job. The one exception
has always been Molly, a bubbly rom-com loving ghost, who stuck by Sabrina's side all through
her lonely childhood.
Her personal life starts looking up when Ray, the new local restaurateur, invites Sabrina to his
supper club, where he flirts with her over his famous Brandy Old-Fashioneds. He's charming and
handsome, but Sabrina tells herself she doesn't have time for romance -- she needs to focus on
finding a job. Except the longer she's in the Dells, the harder it is to resist her feelings for Ray.
Who can turn down a cute guy with a fondness for rescue dogs and an obsession with perfecting
his fried cheese curds recipe?
When the Dells starts to feel like home for the first time and with Ray in her corner, Sabrina
begins to realize that she can make a difference and help others wherever she is.
Critique: A deftly crafted and immensely entertaining novel by an author with a genuine flair for
originality, humor, the introduction of memorable characters, and fully reader engaging plot
twists, "The Kindred Spirits Supper Club" by novelist Amy Reichert is an extraordinary and
unreservedly recommended addition to community library Contemporary General Fiction
collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Kindred Spirits Supper Club"
is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
3705 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
9781646633418, $29.95, HC, 330pp
Synopsis: It has been ten months since forest conservationist Sienna lost her daughter in a tragic
home accident when she was the only other person around. Kira's death transforms Sienna into
an overprotective mother to her son. But then Kai dies under similar circumstances. Desperate to
keep from losing her mind, if only to preserve the memories of her children, Sienna climbs into
the treehouse where Kai took his last breath.
While meditating to connect with him, terrifying images of a "mother tree," a nurturing hub tree
Sienna studied in an isolated meadow near their lake house, corrupt all memories of her kids. No
longer a majestic, colorful sentinel, the tree menaces her with its limbs draped in leaves that
morph into skeletal hands. As Sienna's thoughts fester, convincing her that her children's deaths
were not simple accidents, those around her try to persuade her she must be guilty of harming
Kira and Kai, even if she can't remember. Anxious to unveil the terrible truth hiding in her
psyche, Sienna instead finds herself in very physical danger as secrets come to light.
Critique: Original, compelling, and an inherently fascinating read from first page to last,
"Deciduous" reveals and showcases author Michael Devendorf's impressive flair for the kind of
narrative storytelling style that will keep the reader's total and rapt attention from cover to cover.
Certain to be especially appealing to fans of Psychological Thriller and Supernatural Mystery
Fiction, "Deciduous" is especially recommended for community library collections. It should be
noted for personal reading lists that "Deciduous" is also readily available in a paperback edition
(9781646633395, $19.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.49).
When in Vanuatu
She Writes Press
9781647420345, $16.95, PB, 336
Synopsis: When Diana quit her job and followed her husband to Manila, she believed the move
would work for both of them: Jay would finally have his dream job, and she would take time off
from her accounting career to start a family.
Four years later, however, she's still not pregnant. Her fertility doctor advises her to relax -- an
undertaking that is easier said than done in one of the noisiest, most crowded cities in the world.
Nevertheless, Diana tries. She takes up yoga and meditation. She buys goldfish. Then one day,
while Jay is away on business, a violent coup d'etat erupts. The rebels bomb the presidential
palace and occupy parts of the city.
Clearly, Diana decides, something needs to change. Determined to have a baby while she's still
young enough, she convinces Jay to transfer to the small South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, said to
be "the most relaxing place on earth". It isn't long before she realizes that the island's tropical
beauty hides dangers and disappointments that will test her courage, her marriage, and her ability
to open herself up to new possibilities.
Critique: An inherently absorbing novel that showcases author Nicki Chen's impressive flair for
originality and the kind of narrative storytelling talent and style that will hold the reader's rapt
attention from first page to last, "When In Vanuatu" will hold a very special appeal to those with
an interest in a woman's struggle to have a child of her own. While very highly recommended for
community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "When In Vanuatu" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299332143, $19.95, PB, 240pp
Synopsis: C.J. Anderson wants you to know he's no hero. Broken and reeling from the untimely
death of his parents, the young vet with PTSD begins working a small farm plot at the suggestion
of his grandfather. As the land yields its first crops, C.J. begins to heal and contacts a few
wounded Army friends to join him in Settlers Valley. They build a collective of sustainable
farmers who called themselves the Back to the Land Veterans. Their progressive ideas and
neighborly spirit are welcome by many in the tight-knit town. But others would much rather
things stay exactly the way they were, thank you very much. When a series of tragic events hits
the valley, will neighbors come together, or will the town fall apart?
Critique: The author of some forty fiction and non-fiction books, and perhaps best known for his
simply outstanding books based upon his personal memories of growing up in Wisconsin, and
various aspects of Wisconsin life, history and culture, Jerry Apps once again turns his impressive
literary talents to fiction with the publication of "Settlers Valley", newly published by the
University of Wisconsin Press.
Taking on the themes of small-town problems as revealed through the lives of broken men
seeking to heal themselves by helping others, all while dealing with small town prejudices and
vested interests in maintaining the status quo, "Settlers Valley" is an inherently absorbing and
ultimately thought-provoking read from cover to cover. Simply stated, "Settlers Valley" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community library
Contemporary General Fiction collections.
The Restaurant Inspector
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299331641, $18.95, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: A mysterious illness is afflicting the residents of Millsville, Wisconsin -- but that
might be the least of their problems. Investigating the situation is Arthur Reilly, the county
restaurant inspector who recently relocated from New York City following an unseemly
When he gets sidetracked and falsely suggests a link between the outbreak and a local
Albanian-run diner, the town descends into panic, chaos, and finger pointing. As the situation
spirals out of control, county commissioner Janet Vosberg seizes the moment to position herself
for higher office and newspaper editor Adam Bender aims to settle a long-simmering score. And
what's with the hot dog pushcart that recently appeared by the side of Highway 9?
Critique: "The Restaurant Inspector" by Alex Picket (a writer based in London whose stories
have appeared in numerous publications including Southern Humanities Review, Subtropics,
Passages North, and Green Mountains Review) is an inherently fascinating portrayal of
small-town life, a roster of memorable characters, their relationships and their convoluted,
corrupting ambitions. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library
Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The
Restaurant Inspector" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).
Hope Between the Pages
1810 Barbour Drive, Uhrichsville, OH 44683
9781643528267, $12.99, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family
bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of
a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step
outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a
hint of the man's identity in her great-great-grandmother's letter. From the nearby grand estate of
the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family
and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.
Critique: Deftly combining elements of history, romance and mystery, "Hope Between The
Pages" by Pepper Basham is an extraordinarily entertaining and inherently fascinating novel and
a thoroughly engaging read from first page to last. While especially and unreservedly
recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Hope Between The Pages" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
Tears of Honor
James A. Ardaiz
c/o Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721-9875
9781610359009, $19.95 PB, $11.49 Kindle, 480pp
Tears of Honor is a novel about Japanese Americans in World War II, and provides a gripping
study in prejudice, justice, and heroism as it surveys the Japanese American soldiers who fought
the Nazis in Europe even as their families were imprisoned in camps in America.
The heroes are Sammy and Freddy, who are dreaming of becoming baseball players when war
leads them and their families to be viewed as enemies. Determined to prove their loyalty to their
country, the boys enlist even as their families are placed in internment camps at home. As they
struggle for honor, fight against the enemy at home and abroad, and come to realize their own
perilous identity as Japanese Americans who are viewed with prejudice during times of war,
Tears of Honor becomes emotionally charged with a fine blend of military clashes, history, and
insights into prejudice and redemption in a gripping saga that is hard to put down and realistic in
The Historical Fiction Shelf
A Rebellious Woman
Claire J. Griffin
5 South 1st Street, Richmond, VA 23219
9781951565473, $20.95, PB, 384pp
Synopsis: "A Rebellious Woman" is an historical novel by Claire J. Griffin that is based on the
life story of Belle Boyd (1844-1900), whose coming of age coincided with the opening shots of
the Civil War. Debutante, teenaged spy, seductress, actress, divorcee, cross-dresser, and
self-promoter, she carried a pistol and wasn't afraid to use it. In a century when a woman was
meant to be nothing more than a well-behaved wife and mother, Belle Boyd stands out as a
scandalous woman of history defying all the rules.
Critique: A deftly crafted and inherently fascinating novel by an author with an impressive flair
for narrative storytelling and exceptional attention to historical detail, "A Rebellious Woman"
clearly establishes Claire Griffin as an extraordinarily gifted novelist. While especially and
unreservedly recommended for community, college and university library Historical Fiction
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Rebellious Woman" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).
The Crown of Rosemund
Michele Ashman Bell
9781524414344, $16.99, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Anduron, 1498, the king and queen are dead, murdered by one who will stop at
nothing to rule. But the young princess Rosemund has survived, spirited deep into the forest by
her parents' most trusted advisor. There, she finds refuge in a small cottage and a new life, one in
which she must play a role that will ensure her survival.
Soldiers are combing the countryside, searching for the lost princess, and they will not rest until
she is found -- and executed. But Rosemund's strength grows as she trains for battle and endures
the hardships and dangers of peasant life. When chance brings Maxwell, a young man from the
nearby village, into her life, Rose finds in him an ally and a friend.
As her eighteenth birthday approaches, the time has come for Rose to reclaim her birthright, and
in a court controlled by a vengeful new ruler, she must play a deadly game of politics in order to
seize the throne that is rightfully hers.
Critique: A carefully crafted and inherently fascinating novel by an author with a genuine flair for
original and the kind of narrative storytelling style that makes for a truly memorable reading
experience, "The Crown Of Rosemund" by Michele Ashman Bell is an extraordinary and
unreservedly recommended addition to community library historical fiction collections. It should
be noted for personal reading lists that "The Crown Of Rosemund" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $5.39) and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(9781524414351, $27.99, CD).
The Literary Fiction Shelf
E. C. Osondu
BOA Editions, Ltd.
9781950774319, $17.00, PB, 200pp
Synopsis: A compendium of short stories by celebrated Nigerian-born writer E.C. Osondu,
"Alien Stories" showcases his nimble dexterity and startling originality.
Comprised of eighteen startling stories, each centered around an encounter with the unexpected,
"Alien Stories" deftly explores what it means to be an alien. With a nod to the dual meaning of
alien as both foreigner and extraterrestrial, Osondu turns familiar science-fiction tropes and
immigration narratives on their heads, blending one with the other to call forth a whirlwind of
With wry observations about society and human nature, in shifting landscapes from Africa to
America to outer space and back again, "Alien Stories" breaks down the concept of foreignness
to reveal what unites us all as 'aliens' within a complex and interconnected universe.
Critique: Exceptionally entertaining, extraordinarily well written, inherently absorbing,
thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Alien Stories" is an especially and unreservedly
recommended addition to community, college and university library Contemporary Literary
Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Alien Stories' is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).
Editorial Note: E.C. Osondu is the author of Alien Stories (BOA, 2020), which won the BOA
Short Fiction Prize; Voice of America (HarperCollins, 2011); and the novel This House Is Not
For Sale (HarperCollins, 2015). He is also a winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and
the Allen and Nirelle Galso Prize for Fiction, among other awards. His fiction has appeared in
The Atlantic, AGNI, n+1, Guernica, Kenyon Review, McSweeney's, Zyzzyva, The Threepenny
Review, Lapham's Quarterly, New Statesman, and many other places, and his work has been
translated into over half a dozen languages including Icelandic, Japanese, and Belarusian. He
lives in Rhode Island and teaches at Providence College.
Bells for Eli
Susan Beckham Zurenda
Mercer University Press
1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207-0001
9780881467376, $25.00, HC, 282pp
Synopsis: First cousins Ellison (Eli) Winfield and Adeline (Delia) Green are meant to grow up
happily and innocently across the street from one another amid the supposed wholesome values
of small-town Green Branch, South Carolina, in the 1960s and 70s. But Eli's tragic accident
changes the trajectory of their lives and of those connected to them.
Shunned and even tortured by his peers for his disfigurement and frailty, Eli struggles for
acceptance in childhood as Delia passionately devotes herself to defending him. Delia's vivid and
compassionate narrative voice presents Eli as a confident young man in adolescence (the visible
damage to his body gone) but underneath hides indelible wounds harboring pain and insecurity,
scars that rule his impulses. And while Eli cherishes Delia more than anyone and attempts to
protect her from her own troubles, he cares not for protecting himself. It is Delia who has that
responsibility, growing more challenging each year.
Critique: "Bells for Eli" by Susan Beckham Zurenda is a lyrical. tender, and deftly crafted
exploration of the relationship between cousins drawn together through tragedy in a love
forbidden by social constraints and a family whose secrets must stay hidden. As a gifted and
talented novelist, Zurenda is able to masterfully transport her readers into a small Southern town
where quiet, ordinary life becomes extraordinary. A fully engaging, entertaining, and compelling
coming of age story, culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite
to guard each other in a world where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph, "Bells
for Eli" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college and university
library Contemporary American Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Bells for Eli" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9780881467741,
$18.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.49).
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Susan Beckham Zurenda
taught English for thirty-three years and now works as a book publicist for Magic Time Literary
Publicity. A recipient of several regional awards for her fiction, including The South Carolina
Fiction Project, The Porter Fleming Literary Competition, and The Southern Writers Symposium,
she has also published numerous stories and nonfiction pieces in literary journals.
Under the Gaze of Angels: Stories
Interlink Publishing Group
9781623718992, $15.00, PB, 192pp
Synopsis: "Under the Gaze of Angels" is a compilation of four erudite short stories by Said
Habib (is a Toronto-based writer of Palestinian descent) who offers treasured views of family and
neighborhood life, native to the Galilee, in the years leading up to and following the upheavals of
Each of four stories are told with simplicity and warmth. They also include three set during the
time of British mandate rule: "Zuha and the Book Vendor," "The English Gramophone," and
"Yildiz the Turkish Woman." These are followed by the book's title work, "Under the Gaze of
Angels", a remembrance that travels from childhood to elder years, pursued by loss. Imagined or
recalled in exile, these vivid, evocative mementos quietly disarm the violence that surrounds
them, restoring a stolen past to memory under the gaze of angels.
Critique: All the more impressive when considering that this consistently entertaining,
remarkably original, and compelling short story collection is author Said Habib's debut as a
published writer, "Under the Gaze of Angels: Stories" is a simply outstanding and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, community, college and university library Literary Fiction
9781550818666, $22.95, PB, 248pp
Synopsis: When Ydessa Bloom's husband dies in a Cessna crash in a mid-Ontario lake, she rents
a cottage at that lake, without really comprehending why, and stays for three months. There she
meets three people who will influence her life dramatically -- her landlady, a yoga teacher, and a
precocious eight-year-old boy named Henry Rattle.
Years later, at the age of twenty-five and reeling from personal tragedy, Henry seeks Ydessa out
once again, and they find themselves alone on the day of the Northeast blackout, drawn into an
encounter that will change them both.
In her latest novel, "Instructor", Canadian author Beth Follett magnificently follows the natural
tendencies of the human mind to dart and drift, to leap and eddy, creating an utterly compelling
narrative at once patient and enthralling. Through grief, wonder, and introspection, Instructor
captures the fluidity of the self, carrying readers away in the current of an inescapable prose
Critique: Erudite, literate, polished, and inherently engaging, "Instructor" is a seminal work of
deftly crafted literature by an author with a flourishing gift of storytelling that is original and
entertaining. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college and
university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Instructor" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Canadian author and poet Beth Follett is the founder and publisher of Pedlar
Press, a Canadian literary house. Her first novel, Tell It Slant (Coach House Books, 2001), a
retelling of Djuna Barnes's 1936 novel Nightwood, met with critical acclaim. Her poetry, prose
and nonfiction work have appeared in Brick, Best Canadian Poetry 2019, and elsewhere.
The Romantic Fiction Shelf
Promise of Spring
Linford Romance Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444845723, $22.50, PB, Large Print, 344pp
Synopsis: After the breakdown of her relationship with Justin, Amy moves out of town to a small
village. In her cosy cottage, with her kind next-door neighbour Meg, she's determined to make a
fresh start. But there are complications in store. Though Amy has sworn never to risk her heart
again, she finds her friendship with Meg's great-nephew Mike deepening into something more.
Until Mike's ex-girlfriend Emma reappears on the scene - and so does Justin!
Critique: A wonderfully entertaining and expertly crafted novel that will have special appeal for
all romance novel devotees, this large print paperback edition of "Promise of Spring" by Beth
Francis from the Linford Romance Library collection is especially recommended for both
personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collections!
Refining the Debutante
Anneka R. Walker
9781524416942, ?$15.99, PB, 264pp
Synopsis: Miss Miranda Bartley is in love with the Honorable Ethan Roderick, their engagement
all but official. But as she basks in the success of her London Season, her joy is cut short when
Ethan ends their courtship, claiming she is too insensitive. In the wake of her heartbreak,
Miranda is dealt yet another blow, one that changes everything. In a harsh twist of fate, she
quickly falls from Society darling to servant in her uncle's home.
Believing he will never see Miranda again, Ethan is shocked when he encounters her by accident.
Even more surprising is her dramatic change; she is no longer the self-centered young woman he
left behind. Her eyes are now open to the plight of poverty surrounding her, and Miranda has
become every bit the lady Ethan once imagined her to be. As he helps the woman he once loved,
their tattered relationship returns to familiarity. But Ethan is determined to protect his heart and
begins a courtship with his neighbor, who is predictable and safe everything Miranda is not.
Forced to perform a delicate dance, Miranda and Ethan must choose follow the rules of Society
or the longing of their hearts.
Critique: A classic Regency Romance novel by an author with a genuine mastery of the genre,
"Refining The Debutante by Anneka R. Walker is an especially deftly crafted and inherently
entertaining read from first page to last. While very highly recommended, especially for
community library Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists
of all dedicated Regency romance fans that "Refining The Debutante" is also readily available in
a digital book format (Kindle, $5.39).
Fleming H. Revell Company
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800739683, $29.99, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: Actress Katherine Parker is on the cusp of achieving the kind of career success she'd
always dreamed of. But a visit to Hope Harbor for some much-needed R&R-and an unexpected
partnership with a handsome local coffee shop owner-may cause her to rethink her ambitions and
open her heart to a new dream!
Critique: "Blackberry Beach" clearly showcases author Irene Hannon's complete mastery of the
Christian romance genre with its deftly crafted characters and memorable narrative driven
storyline. While certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community
library Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all
dedicated contemporary and Christian romance novel fans that "Blackberry Beach" is also readily
available in a paperback edition (9780800736156, $16.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle,
Carol Van Den Hende
3705 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
9781646631902, $29.95, HC, 280pp
Synopsis: One July morning in Manhattan, handsome athlete and entrepreneur Phoenix Walker
accompanies his love, half-Asian beauty Orchid, to the airport. Neither believes today is
But after she leaves, disaster strikes. Phoenix wakes in the hospital, broken, forever changed. He
longs for Orchid but remembers the tragedy in her past that makes her panic over images of
trauma. Now, he's faced with the hardest decision of his life. Does he burden the woman whose
traumatic childhood makes him feel protective of her? Or does true love mean leaving her
without explaining why?
Critique; A inherently compelling, impressively original, and deftly crafted novel showcasing
author Carol Van Den Hende's distinctive narrative driven storytelling style, "Goodbye, Orchid:
To Love Her, He Had To Leave Her" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to
community library Multicultural Romance Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists that "Goodbye, Orchid: To Love Her, He Had To Leave Her" is also readily
available in a paperback edition (9781646631889, $14.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle,
The Paris Apartment
c/o Hachette Book Group
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
9781538718155, $15.99, PB, 416pp
Synopsis: London, 2017: When Aurelia Leclaire inherits an opulent Paris apartment, she is
shocked to discover her grandmother's hidden secrets -- including a treasure trove of famous art
and couture gowns. One obscure painting leads her to Gabriel Seymour, a highly respected art
restorer with his own mysterious past. Together they attempt to uncover the truths concealed
within the apartment's walls.
Paris, 1942: The Germans may occupy the City of Lights, but glamorous Estelle Allard flourishes
in a world separate from the hardships of war. Yet when the Nazis come for her friends, Estelle
doesn't hesitate to help those she holds dear, no matter the cost. As she works against the forces
intent on destroying her loved ones, she can't know that her actions will have ramifications for
generations to come.
Set seventy-five years apart, against a perilous and a prosperous Paris, both Estelle and Lia must
summon hidden courage as they navigate the dangers of a changing world, altering history (and
their family's futures) forever.
Critique: A deftly crafted blend of historical and contemporary romance, "The Paris Apartment"
by Kelly Bowne is an impressively original and extraordinary novel by an author with a
remarkable flair for imaginative and creative storytelling with a distinctive narrative technique
that will keep the reader's rapt and compulsive page turning attention from cover to cover. While
very highly recommended, especially for community library collections, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "The Paris Apartment" is also readily available in a digital book format
(Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio,
9781549111211, $40.00, CD).
How To Train Your Earl
St. Martin's Press
9781250218803, $7.99, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: Brina Feld has settled into a life devoted to helping others since the sinking of the
Salty Dove left her widowed. She has no need for a man in her contented life. But when the
notorious and handsome Lord Blacknight returns and awakens her desires, her peace and serenity
vanish. If she agrees to an alliance with him, she knows she will have to battle her heart to keep
from being snared under his spell.
Zane, the Earl of Blacknight, was never supposed to inherit the earldom, so he didn't much care
to lead a respectable life before then. Fistfights, card games, and drinking are the order of the
day. Now he's determined to change his rakish ways and he knows the proper lady who can help
him. There's just one problem: He's already bet he'll win her hand before the Season is over. With
her resolve to out-scheme him, how can he show her that his love is true?
Critique: A classic and deftly crafted Regency Romance novel by an author with a total mastery
of the genre, "How To Train Your Early" by Amelia Grey is pure entertainment from cover to
cover. While highly recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections, it should
be noted for the personal reading lists of the legions of Regency Romance fans that "How To
Train Your Earl" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Had We Never Loved So Blindly
Liz MacRae Shaw
Top Hat Books
c/o John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
9781789046038, $18.95, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: It was in 1937 that John Norman, a fisherman's son, first encountered Felicity
MacDougall, the daughter of a retired tea planter. But this chance meeting during a London air
raid leads to a tentative romance, which becomes a long distance affair when John joins the Navy
and Felicity takes a job at the famous, secretive Bletchley Park.
Their relationship falls prey to the timeless obstacles of insecurities, doubts and
misunderstandings. Can they overcome the distance between them, and also the war? "Had We
Never Loved So Blindly: In Peril On Land And Sea" by Liz MacRae Shwas is timeless love
story, forged amid the emotional intensity of WW2.
John and Felicity's relationship has fateful consequences, not only for them, but beyond, into the
Critique: One of those deftly crafted wartime romances that are the stuff of which BBC movies
are made, "Had We Never Loved So Blindly: In Peril On Land And Sea" is an extraordinarily
memorable and entertaining reads from cover to cover. While fully and unreservedly
recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for the
personal reading lists of all dedicated romance fans that "Had We Never Loved So Blindly: In
Peril On Land And Sea" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.49).
The Indebted Earl
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780825446191, $15.49, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life -- especially
since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying
wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiancee and mother safely to a new cottage home
by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his
uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.
When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need
of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young
ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly,
Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.
Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's
elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate.
This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert
her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to
oversee his property and wards.
It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie
realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his
freedom but also for his love.
Critique: A carefully crafted and inherently engaging novel of an unlikely romance beset by
unexpected troubles, "The Indebted Earl" by author Erica Vetsch (www.ericavetsch.com) is the
stuff of which BBC period movies are made. While certain to be an immediately popular
addition to community library Historical Romance collections, it should be noted for the personal
reading lists of all dedicated romance fans that "The Indebted Earl" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
The Shell Collector
c/o WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
10807 New Allegiance Drive Suite 500, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
9780593193594, $16.00, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: Two years after her husband's death, Amanda Whittier has two children to raise alone,
an abandoned dream of starting a business, and a fixer-upper cottage by the sea. She has no room
in her life for anything else and little interest in moving on after losing the man she loved.
Paul Grant is a relative newcomer to the area, and his work with former military dogs needing
rehabilitation has been good for the town. Though he loved once before, he's convinced he's not
suited for romance and is determined to find meaning (alone) through his work and role in the
Widowed Maeve Lindsay was born and raised on Whelk's Island. Spirited, kind, and a little
mischievous, she pours her life into the town. But she carries a secret that shapes her every
Together, these three souls find encouragement in the most mysterious places and discover a love
that's bigger than their pain, healing their wounded hearts in ways none of them could have
hoped for or expected.
Critique: A deftly crafted novel of friendship and romance, "The Shell Collector" by DNancy
Naigle will prove to be an immediately and enduringly popular addition to community library
Contemporary Romance Fiction collections. While librarians should note that "The Shell
Collector" is available in a large print library binding edition (Thorndyke, 9781432889678,
$30.99), it is also readily available for the personal reading list of all dedicated true romance fans
in a digital book format as well (Kindle, $11.99).
The Western Fiction Shelf
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444845419, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 264pp
Synopsis: When Montana gold prospector Luke Driscoll receives a letter from his estranged
brother Nate urgently asking for help, he returns to his home in Garrison, Texas. There he learns
that Nate has become embroiled in a land dispute with cattle baron Robert McTavish - and it's
about to turn deadly. But Luke also meets the lovely Miranda, McTavish's eldest daughter, and
cannot help his feelings for her. Now Luke must balance family loyalty and his budding love for
Miranda to fight the determined and resourceful McTavish and his crew of hired killers.
Critique: Featuring a number of catastrophic cliff hanger plot twists, "Blood Feud" fully lives up
to its title as author Bill Grant rolls out still another riveting western packed with the smell of
gunsmoke and a growing need for vengeance. Now in a new large print paperback edition from
the Linford Western Library collection, "Blood Feud" will prove to be an enduringly popular
addition to the personal reading lists of all western action/adventure fans, and a 'must' for
community library Western Fiction collections.
The Sins of Motherlode
Gillian F. Taylor
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444846669, $22.50, PB, Large Print, 224pp
Synopsis: Sin is a profitable commodity in a mining town like Motherlode. Lust makes money
for the brothel madam Miss Jenny; wrath and avarice create targets for man hunter Jonah Durrell;
and newspaperman Hulton Robinson is greedy for stories. When Louise Waterford, one of Miss
Jenny's workers, is raped during a stagecoach robbery, Jonah Durrell seems to be the only man
who cares. He's determined to see justice done - and so are Miss Jenny and her women -- along
with the twin guns of Jonah Durrell.
Critique: As an author of western novels, Gillian F. Taylor ranks among the very best. This large
print paperback edition of "The Sins of Motherlode" from the Linford Western Library large print
collection, showcases his ability to create memorable characters, cliff-hanger plot twists, and
riveting gun fights. A fun read from first page to last, "The Sins of Motherlode" is an especially
recommended addition to the personal reading lists of western novel fans and community library
Western Fiction collections.
Allan Vaughan Elston
Sagebrush Large Print Westerns
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785418662, $32.00, PB, Large Print, 264pp
Synopsis: A gunslinger by the name of Perry Hamil, is a fugitive from Texas who is headed for
the Canadian border in order to escape the law. Riding through Montana, he witnesses the
massacre of a stagecoach and all its passengers by the Sioux -- and when he investigates what's
the dead and mutilated bodies in what's left of the stagecoach, he's inspired with an idea. What if
one of the five mutilated bodies were him? No more wanted posters or crazy gunfights. No more
threat of the gallows. So Perry becomes Barry Rodman, a young Virginian who'd been bound for
Bozeman to inherit a fortune -- more money than he's ever dreamed of. All he has to do is wait
around for six months. But Barry's fiancee back in Roanoke, Virginia is keen to come stake her
claim on her man. Then there is Harry De Shon, a trigger-happy sheriff who knows a younger
Perry from the old days and could expose the deception. Add to all that is a lovely local girl from
a wealthy family, a deadly conflict between the ranchers of Bozeman and gun toting rustlers, and
several face-to-face gun slinging showdowns.
Critique: Once again with the publication of this large print edition of "Montana Masquerade"
from the Sagebrush Large Print Westerns series, continues to confirm author Allan Vaughan
Elston as a true and practiced master of the western action/adventure novel. An absorbing read
that has a surprising and sudden 'reveal' at the end, "Montana Masquerade" will prove to be an
immediate and enduringly welcome addition to the personal reading lists of dedicated western
novel fans and community library Western Fiction and Large Print Fiction collections.
Stagecoach to Serenity
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444846638, $22.50, PB, Large Print, 256pp
Synopsis: After Darren Norton impulsively shoots Arthur Hamlin dead during a card game, he
goes on the run, leaving behind his girlfriend Sal the Gal -- an ambitious prostitute with plans of
her own that definitely include Darren. A reward is put up for his capture, and bounty hunter
Gustavus Greeley is soon on his trail. He catches Norton in the hills, and intends to take him
back to Serenity by stagecoach to stand trial. But a fierce and deadly storm create catastrophe and
Critique: Once again with the publication of "Stagecoach To Serenity", author Steven Gray has
penned a fully original action/adventure western with more unexpected plot twists and turns than
an Oklahoma twister -- and one with a totally unexpected ending that will linger on in the mind
and memory of the reader long after the book is finished and set back upon the shelf. This large
print edition of "Stagecoach To Serenity" from the Linford Western Library collection is very
highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections.
Dead Man's Gold
Sagebrush Large Print Westerns
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785418709, $32.00, PB, Large Print, 162pp
Synopsis: Vern sure had the knack of getting into a parcel of trouble. First the damfool cattle had
stampeded, and he and his two cattle drive companions, Snuffy and Pike, had been sent to find
and bring back the twenty-odd beefs that had gone and lost themselves. Then they discovered the
dead Spaniard -- with old leather bags full of gold! Dead man or not, gold was gold, and Vern,
Pike and Snuffy and were not about to let this opportunity pass them by. So Vern, Snuffy and
Pike would hunt down the source of that lost gold mine, and that was the real beginning of his
trouble. Because how far can a man get in rugged country without his horse, his gun and his
boots -- and with a mad and lethal old prospector seeing them as claim jumpers after that old
Spanish gold he felt was his own tracking them all down to take them out one by one!
Critique: A simply riveting story of gold, greed, betrayal and vengeance, this large print
paperback edition from the Sagebrush Large Print Western collection of "Dead Man's Gold" by
veteran western novelist Lee Hoffman will prove a popular and welcome addition to the personal
reading lists of all dedicated western fans and community library Western Fiction
A Sack Full Of Dollars
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444845969, $22.50, PB, Large Print, 280pp
Synopsis: John Smiley is a traveling entertainer. As he and his son, John Junior, and daughter,
Katie, are approaching the small township of Silver Spur in Kansas, they run up against Black
Bart and his gang. Bart, a notorious gunman, demands money, and carbine-whips John Junior.
Smiley, however, is a skilled boxer and humiliates the outlaw, leaving Bart hell-bent on revenge
-- which leads to a series of dark and bloody events when the family reach their destination. But
John Junior dies of a head wound inflicted by the infamous Black Bart and his father vows
vengeance. But it's going to need the help of Marshal Adam Kirk, his friend Charlie the Medic,
and a whole lot of gunplay to accomplish.
Critique: Once again western author Lee Lejeune demonstrates his total mastery of the genre with
this large print paperback edition of "A Sack Full Of Dollars". A ripping great read from first
page to last, "A Sack Full Of Dollars" is a terrific and unreservedly recommended addition to the
personal reading lists of all western novel fans and community library Western Fiction
The Crooked M Killings
Frank Ellis Evans
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444846751, $22.50, PB, Large Print, 264pp
Synopsis: Marshal Reuben Kane is charged with finding the men who have spread terror and
violence in an unprecedented bank robbing spree. It's a routine, albeit dangerous, assignment -
until he discovers Sal McIntyre, badly beaten, physically abused, and left to die by a gang of
outlaws who murdered her husband Ed. Reuben postpones his search in order to nurse Sal back
to health. But whilst he wishes to bring her husband's killers to justice, Sal is consumed by
hatred, wants revenge, and with her own considerable skills with firearms, just might be able to
Critique: A classic western vengeance novel but with a twist that it's a female leading the hunt,
"The Crooked M. Killings" by Frank Ellis Evans is a simply riveting read from first page to last.
This paperback large print edition from the Linford Western Library collection is particularly and
especially recommended for personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Rage of the Assassin
Isis Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785419232, $TBA, PB, Large Print, 366pp
Synopsis: Sir Roger Mellanby attends a performance of MACBETH at Covent Garden, featuring
Hannah Granville. It is the final performance of what has been a triumphant production and both
the Prince Regent and Hannah's love, Bow Street Rival Paul Skillen, are in the audience. After
the show, both Mellanby and the Prince Regent make their way to the stage door for a glimpse of
Hannah. As the crowd jostles around them, a shot is fired and Mellanby is killed, but Paul Skillen
quickly deduces that the assassin was really after the Prince Regent. Will Paul and his twin
brother Peter be able to stop him from killing Prinny?
Critique: Set in London, 1818, "Rage of the Assassin" by Edward Marston is an impressively
original, inherently compelling and compulsive page turner of suspense thriller mystery from first
page to last. This large print paperback edition from Isis is certain to be an enduringly popular
addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections and the personal reading lists of all
dedicated fans of historical mystery fiction.
Kaoru Takamura, author
Marie Iida and Allison Markin Powell, translators
c/o Soho Press
853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
9781616957018, $28.95, HC, 600pp
Synopsis: Set in Tokyo, 1995, "Lady Joker" is the story of five men who meet at the racetrack
every Sunday to bet on horses. They have little in common except a deep disaffection with their
lives, but together they represent the social struggles and griefs of post-War Japan: a poorly
socialized genius stuck working as a welder; a demoted detective with a chip on his shoulder; a
Zainichi Korean banker sick of being ostracized for his race; a struggling single dad of a teenage
girl with Down syndrome. The fifth man bringing them all together is an elderly drugstore owner
grieving his grandson, who has died suspiciously after the revelation of a family connection with
the segregated buraku community, historically subjected to severe discrimination.
Intent on revenge against a society that values corporate behemoths more than human life, the
five conspirators decide to carry out a heist: kidnap the CEO of Japan's largest beer conglomerate
and extract blood money from the company's corrupt financiers.
Inspired by the unsolved true-crime kidnapping case perpetrated by "the Monster with 21 Faces,"
and translated into English for an American readership by the team of Marie Iida and Allison
Markin Powell, "Lady Joker" by Kaoru Takamura has become a cultural touchstone since its
original publication in 1997, and is acknowledged as the magnum opus by one of Japan's literary
masters, twice adapted for film and TV, and often taught in high school and college
Critique: Of special interest to fans of Sports Journalism, Kidnapping and Organized Crime
Suspense Thrillers, Kaoru Takamura's "Lady Joker" is an especially and unreservedly
recommended addition to community, college and university library Mystery/Suspense and
Japanese Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Lady
Joker" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Kaoru Takamura was born in Osaka in 1953 and is the author of thirteen novels.
Her debut, "Grab the Money and Run", won the 1990 Japan Mystery and Suspense Grand Prize,
and since then her work has been recognized with many of Japan's most prestigious awards for
literary fiction as well as for crime fiction: the Naoki Prize, the Noma Literary Award, the
Yomiuri Prize, the Shinran Prize, the Jiro Osaragi Prize, the Mystery Writers of Japan Award,
and the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize. "Lady Joker" is her first novel to be
translated into English, received the Mainichi Arts Award, and has been adapted into both a film
and a television series.
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780062908339, $27.99, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: What begins as a typical day for Officer Bernadette Manuelito (serving a bench
warrant, dealing with a herd of cattle obstructing traffic, and stumbling across a crime scene)
takes an unexpected twist when she's called to help find an old friend. Years ago, Bernie and
Maya were roommates, but time and Maya's struggles with addiction drove them apart. Now
Maya's brother asks Bernie to find out what happened to his sister.
Tracing Maya's whereabouts, Bernie learns that her old friend had confessed to the murder of her
estranged husband, a prominent astronomer. But the details don't align. Suspicious, Bernie takes
a closer look at the case only to find that nothing is as it seems. Uncovering new information
about the astronomer's work leads Bernie to a remote spot on the Navajo Nation and a calculating
The investigation causes an unexpected rift with her husband and new acting boss, Jim Chee,
who's sure Bernie's headed for trouble. While she's caught between present and past, Chee is at a
crossroads of his own. Burdened with new responsibilities he didn't ask for and doesn't want, he
must decide what the future holds for him and act accordingly.
Can their mentor Joe Leaphorn (a man also looking at the past for answers to the future) provide
the guidance both Bernie and Chee need? And will the Navajo heroes that stud the starry sky
help them find justice -- and the truth they seek?
Critique: Another deftly crafted gem of a read from cover to cover, "Stargazer" once again
demonstrates author Anne Hillerman's particular and impressive narrative storytelling skills and
will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library
Mystery/Suspense collections in general, and Anne Hillerman's Police Procedural fans in
particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Stargazer" is also readily available in
a mass market paperback edition (9780062908346, $9.99), and in a digital book format (Kindle,
$14.99). Librarians should also note that there is a large print paperback edition (HarperLuxe,
9780063063037, $29.99) available for their collections as well.
Beyond the Headlines
R. G. Belsky
1620 Main Street, Suite 11, Sarasota, FL 34236
9781608094097, $26.95, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: Laurie Bateman was living the American dream. Since her arrival as an infant in the
U.S. after the fall of Saigon, the pretty Vietnamese girl had gone on to become a supermodel, a
successful actress, and, finally, the wife of one of the country's top corporate deal makers. But
that dream has now turned into a nightmare when she is arrested for the murder of her wealthy
New York City TV journalist Clare Carlson does an emotional jailhouse interview in which
Bateman proclaims her innocence -- and becomes a cause celebre for women's rights groups
around the country.
At first sympathetic, then increasingly suspicious of Laurie Bateman and her story, Clare delves
into a baffling mystery which has roots extending back nearly fifty years to the height of the
Vietnam War. Soon, there are more murders, more victims, and more questions as Clare
struggles against dire evil forces to break the biggest story of her life.
Critique: A complex and deftly written mystery replete with unexpected plot twists and darkly
memorable characters, "Beyond The Headlines" by novelist R. G. Belsky is a mystery lovers
delight from cover to cover. The stuff of which Hallmark Mystery Channel movies are made, and
also readily available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.95),
"Beyond The Headlines" is an especially recommended addition to community library
Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections.
St. Martin's Press
9781250078445, $7.99, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: When zillionairess Zelda Zoransky throws a party, she means business. Assistant
extraordinaire, Deidre "Foxtrot" Lancaster knows she's in for a night when anything can (and
will) happen. The evening's festivities include a high-stakes game between two escape artists
locked in a bitter rivalry.
But the magic turns tragic when one of the escape artists ends up dead. This is no disappearing
act -- it's murder. The suspects include a scientist with a 3D printer, a psychedelically-impaired
rock star, and a serpent-tongued ghost with ties to the Garden of Eden. Now it's up to Foxtrot,
Tango, and Whiskey to figure out which guest committed the crime before they reach they end of
this deadly game of Clue. How will this tail end?
Critique: A thoroughly fun read for anyone with an appreciation for a finely crafted and
impressively original 'whodunnit' mystery by an author with the kind of narrative storytelling
style that will keep the reader's total and compulsive page turning attention from cover to cover,
"Purrfectly Dead" is the stuff of which Hallmark Mystery Movies are made. While a fully
recommended addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections, it
should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated mystery buffs that "Purrfectly
Dead" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
c/o St. Martin's Publishing Group
9781250623409, $27.99, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: In 1927, moonshining is a way of life in rural Bronwyn County, Ohio, and even the
otherwise upstanding Sheriff Lily Ross has been known to turn a blind eye when it comes to stills
in the area. But when thirteen-year-old Zebediah Harkins almost dies after drinking tainted
moonshine, Lily knows that someone has gone too far, and (with the help of organizer and
moonshiner Marvena Whitcomb) she is determined to find out who.
But then, Lily's nemesis, the businessman George Vogel, reappears in town with his new wife,
Fiona. Along with them is also her former brother-in-law Luther Ross, now an agent for the
newly formed Bureau of Prohibition. To Lily, it seems too much of a coincidence that they
should arrive now.
As fall turns to winter, a blizzard closes in. Lily starts to peel back the layers of deception
shrouding the town of Kinship, but soon she discovers that many around her seem to be betraying
those they hold dear -- and that Fiona too may have an agenda of her own!
Critique: A crisply written and inherently absorbing suspense thriller of a read, "The Sills" fully
showcases author Jess Montgomery's impressive narrative storytelling abilities and particular
flair for creating deftly crafted and memorable characters. A literary treat for fans fo historical
prohibition era mysteries and female sleuths, "The Stills" is highly recommended, especially for
community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists
of dedicated mystery buffs that "The Stills" is also readily available in a paperback edition
(9781250830456, $17.99), a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99), and as a complete and
unabridged audio book (Macmillan Audio, 9781250789907, $52.99, CD).
Arsenic and Adobo
Mia P. Manansala
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
9780593201671, $16.00, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life
seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She's tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's
failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with
love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her
ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly becomes a
kind of living nightmare.
With the cops treating her like she's the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to
finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila's left with no choice but to
conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her
trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck
on the chopping block.
Critique: Deftly written with inherently interesting plot twists and turns, as well as a thoroughly
fun read from cover to cover, and one that will hold a very special appeal for dedicated
whodunnit mystery fans everywhere, "Arsenic and Adobo" by Mia Manansala is an especially
and unreservedly recommended addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense
collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Arsenic and Adobo" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Not The Real Jupiter
Cedar Street Editions
9780988356764, $16.95, PB, 247pp
Synopsis: In "Not the Real" Jupiter Cassandra is translating two manuscripts from Spanish. One
of them is a collection of stories of speculative fiction by her old friend, the Uruguayan writer
Luisa Montiflores. When editorial complications threaten its publication by an independent press
in Portland, Cassandra travels from Luisa's apartment in Montevideo to the coast of Oregon to
meet the publisher and sort things out. Only to find that those complications now include a body
that fell (or was pushed) over the side of a bluff.
Under suspicion herself and ordered not to leave the country, Cassandra heads to Portland to do
her own investigation. Here she encounters Latina writers, a well-known children's author, and an
attractive librarian in her quest to solve the mystery and get back home to London. Not yet retired
(and still game for almost anything) Cassandra finds the trail is more tangled and fraught with
family secrets than she ever imagined.
Critique: Dedicated mystery buffs will enjoy joining traveling translator Cassandra Reilly as she
solves a new mystery in "Not The Real Jupiter, author Barbara Wilson's new series about the
London-based, Irish-American sleuth. While especially and unreservedly recommended for
community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists
that "Not The Real Jupiter" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Barbara Wilson's previous Cassandra Reilly mysteries include Gaud- Afternoon
(9781580050562, $12.99 PB, $9.89 Kindle) and The Case of the Orphaned Bassoonists
(9781580050463, $9.00 PB, $9.99 Kindle).
Mother May I
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780062855343, $27.99, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned that the world was a dark
and scary place. Bree rejected that fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married
into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree now has all a woman could ever dream
Until the day she awakens and sees someone peering into her bedroom window -- an old
gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play
of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the
bad feeling that overcomes her.
Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daughters' private
school just minutes before Bree's infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes.
It happened so quickly -- Bree looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place,
warning her that she is being is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the
police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.
The mysterious woman makes contact, and Bree learns she, too, is a mother. Why would another
mother do this? What does she want? And why has she targeted Bree? Of course Bree will pay
anything, do anything. It's her child.
To get her baby back, Bree must complete one small but critical task. It seems harmless enough,
but her action comes with a devastating price. Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family
-- but what if the cost tears their world apart?
Critique: A simply riveting read from cover to cover, "Mother May I" by Joshilyn Jackson is a
impressively scripted suspense thriller of a novel that is especially and unreservedly
recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Mother May I" is also readily available in a (digital book format
(Kindle, $14.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio,
9781665033411, $39.99, CD). Librarians note that "Mother May I" is also available in a
paperback large print edition (HarperLuxe, 9780063083509, $29.99, 496pp).
c/o Simon & Schuster
9781982136352, $27.00, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Cat lives in Los Angeles, far away from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house
in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As girls, they invented
Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns.
These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with
her husband Ross.
But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to 36
Westeryk Road, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. The grand old house is still full of
shadowy corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying
ghosts from the past. Because someone (maybe El?) has left Cat clues in almost every room: a
treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and
Critique: A twisty, dark, and brilliantly crafted thriller about love and betrayal, redemption and
revenge, "Mirrorland" is all the more impressive when considering that this is author Carole
Johnstone's debut as a novelist. is an inherently riveting and compulsive page-turning suspense
thriller about the power of imagination and the price of freedom, "Mirrorland" is a truly
exceptional and unreservedly recommended addition to community library Contemporary
Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mirrorland" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99) and as a complete and unabridged
audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781797116808, $39.99, CD).
Her Three Lives
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Book Group
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
9781538736340, $15.99, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: In her public life Jade Thompson seems to have it all. She's an up-and-coming social
media influencer, and she has a beautiful new home and a successful architect for a fiance. But
there's trouble behind the scenes. To Greg's children, his divorce from their mother and his new
life can only mean a big mid-life crisis. To Jade, his suburban Connecticut upbringing isn't an
easy match with her Caribbean roots.
In her private life a savage home invasion leaves Greg house-bound with a traumatic brain injury
and glued to the live feeds from his ubiquitous security cameras. As the police investigate the
crime and Greg's frustration and rage grows, Jade begins to wonder what he may know about
their attackers. And whether they are coming back.
And in her secret life, as Greg watches Jade's comings and goings, he becomes convinced that
her behavior is suspicious and that she's hiding a big secret. The more he sees, the more he
wonders whether the break-in was really a random burglary. And whether he's worth more to
Jade if he were dead than alive.
Critique: A unique and deftly crafted novel of psychological suspense, "Her Three Lives" by Cate
Holahan is a compulsively compelling page turner of a read from cover to cover. The stuff of
which block-buster movies are made, "Her Three Lives" will prove to be an immediately popular
and enduringly appreciated addition to any and all community library Contemporary
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Her
Three Lives" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99) and as a complete
and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781549111013, $40.00, CD).
Death on the Homefront
Allium Press of Chicago
9780999698273, $18.99, PB, 244pp
Synopsis: With the United States on the verge of entering World War I, tensions run high in
Chicago in the Spring of 1917, and the city simmers with anti-German sentiment mixed with
virulent patriotism. Shockingly, amateur sleuth Emily Cabot is present when a young Chicago
woman, who is about to make a brilliant society marriage, is murdered. Was her death retaliation
for her pacifist activities, or was it linked to her romantic entanglements?
Emily has a personal connection to the woman, but she's torn between her determination to solve
the murder and her deep need to protect her newly adult children from the realities of a new
world. As the country's entry into the war unfolds, Emily watches with trepidation as her sons
and daughter make questionable choices about their own futures. Violent worker unrest and the
tumultuous arena of automobile racing provide an emotionally charged backdrop for this
Critique: The eighth volume in novelist Frances McNamara's simply outstanding Emily Cabot
Mysteries series published by the Allium Press of Chicago, "Death on the Homefront" is an
inherently compelling read and one that will be especially appreciated by mystery buffs partial to
women sleuth 'whodunnit' stories. Deftly crafted with many an unexpected plot twist and turn,
"Death on the Homefront" is unreservedly recommended for community library
Mystery/Suspense collections and readily available for personal reading lists in a digital book
format (Kindle, $6.99) as well.
R. Franklin James
6524 NE 181st Street, STE #2, Kenmore, WA 98028
9781603817370, $15.95, PB, 210pp
Synopsis: Johanna Hudson is a 30 year-old genealogist who discovers that the intersection of
unintended consequences and murder is unavoidable, and her determination to find an heir puts
her in the path of a killer who is just as determined to stop her as she is forced to face the pain of
her own past while discovering that her talents can be used to solve more than her clients'
ancestor family lines -- including blackmail and murder.
Critique: An original and compelling 'whodunnit' style mystery by an author with a genuine
mastery of the genre, "The Inheritance" by R. James Franklin is an inherently compelling read
from first page to last. While also readily available for the personal reading lists of dedicated
mystery buffs in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.99), "The Inheritance" is especially and
unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.
The Complete Ivy Frost
Donald Wandrei, author
Stephen Haffner, editor
9781893887619, $50.00, HC, 720pp
Synopsis: It may come as a surprise to some of his legions of fans that the late Donald Wandrei
wrote more mysteries than all his horror, fantasy, and science fiction tales combined.
Now published by Haffner Press for a new generation of appreciative readers, "The Complete Ivy
Frost" is volume collects all eighteen adventures of Wandrei's ratiocinative detective I.V. (or Ivy)
Frost, who is ably assisted by his beautiful and tough female assistant, Jean Moray.
A scientist and inventor, Frost has his own approach to solving mysteries. Rather than following
the usual hard-drinking, trench-coated style of many of his contemporaries, Frost's strategy was
to mix the logic of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes with the technology of Lester
Dent's Doc Savage.
In 2000, D.H. Olson edited a volume published by Fedogan and Bremer collecting the first eight
of Frost's adventures. A second volume of the remaining 10 tales was promised but never
materialized. Finally with the publication of "The Complete Ivy Frost" all 18 adventures of Ivy
Frost are compiled in a single volume.
Critique: Of special note is how the end sheets of this hardcover edition are colorfully decorated
with the pulp cover art from each story's original pulp magazine appearance. Additionally,
Wandrei biographer D. H. Olson provides an impressively researched and exceptionally
informative introduction. A 'must read' anthology for the all Donald Wandrei fans, and offering
inherently fascinating and wonderfully entertaining reading from cover to cover, "The Complete
Ivy Frost" will prove to be a welcome and enduringly popular addition to personal, community,
college and university library Mystery/Suspense collections.
Editorial Note: Donald Albert Wandrei (April 20, 1908 October 15, 1987) was a science fiction,
fantasy and weird fiction writer, poet and editor. He was the older brother of science fiction
writer and artist Howard Wandrei. He had fourteen stories in Weird Tales, another sixteen in
Astounding Stories, plus a few in other magazines including Esquire. He was also the co-founder
(with August Derleth) of the prestigious fantasy/horror publishing house Arkham House.
The Dead Husband
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Ave., #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781728225081, $15.99, PB, 400pp
Synopsis: Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates's small, affluent
hometown -- and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened. Haunted by
guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career.
And then her husband is found dead.
As far as Detective Colin Pearson is concerned, Rose is guilty. Her marriage wasn't as happy as
she'd led everyone to believe, and worse, she's connected to a twenty-year-old cold case. She can
play the part of the victim, but he won't let her or her family escape justice this time around.
Grieving her husband and struggling to make ends meet, Rose returns home, hoping to finally
confront her domineering father and unstable sister. But memories of a horrific crime echo
through the house, and Rose soon learns that she can't trust anyone, especially not the people
closest to her.
Critique: Especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary
Mystery/Suspense collections, "The Dead Husband" is a carefully crafted story of deception,
hereditary sin, and what we'll do to protect our own by author Carter Wilson. It should be noted
for the personal reading lists of all dedicated suspense/thriller fans that "The Dead Husband" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged
audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781662099717, $22.99, CD).
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Voyagers: Twelve Journeys through Space and Time
Three Rooms Press
9781953103048, $16.00, PB, 448pp
Synopsis: Robert Silverberg (born January 15, 1935) is an American author and editor, best
known for writing science fiction. He is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards, a
member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and a Grand Master of SF. He has
attended every Hugo Awards ceremony since the inaugural event in 1953. (Wikipedia)
In the pages of "Voyagers: Twelve Journeys through Space and Time", Robert Silverberg collects
twelve of his finest science fiction short stories and novellas, each and all of which will carry his
readers to the next level of imagination and into a new universe of the mind.
This new collection spans 60 years of work by Silverberg, traveling from one end of the universe
to the other, from the dawn of time to its final hours. A journey through its pages reveals
time-travelers from the future come back to witness a catastrophe of our own time, Spanish
conquistadores looking for (and finding) the Fountain of Youth, a tourist in Mexico stepping into
an alternative universe, and spacefarers among the stars making a surprising discovery.
The range of these stories, the kinds of voyages they describe, just begins to demonstrate the
scope of science fiction, and the lengths to which Silverberg's sparkling imagination can
Critique: As a critique this one is easy! An absolute 'must' for the legions of Robert Silverberg
fans and all dedicated science fiction buff, "Voyagers: Twelve Journeys through Space and
Time" is a core and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college and university
library Science Fiction collections.
The Last Watch
J. S. Dewes
c/o Tor/Forge Books
9781250236340, $18.99, PB, 480pp
Synopsis: The Divide is the edge of the universe and now it's collapsing and taking everyone and
everything with it. The only ones who can stop it are the Sentinels -- the recruits, exiles, and
court-martialed dregs of the military. But at the Divide, Adequin Rake commands the Argus. She
has no resources, no comms -- nothing except for the soldiers that no one wanted. Her ace in the
hole could be Cavalon Mercer -- a genius, asshole, and exiled prince who nuked his grandfather's
genetic facility for "reasons". She knows that they are humanity's last chance to survive.
Critique: A veritable saga of a novel, "The Last Watch" by J. S. Dewes is a dedicated science
fiction fans delight from first page to last. While especially and unreservedly recommended for
community library Science Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that
"The Last Watch" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
A River Called Time
232 Third Street, #A115, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9781617759260, $28.95, HC, 448pp
Synopsis: The Ark was built to save the lives of the many in the face of global catastrophe, but
rapidly became a refuge for the elite with the entrance being closed suddenly and without
Years after the Ark was cut off from the world (a world much like our own, but one in which
slavery has never existed) a chance of survival within the Ark's confines is granted to a select few
who can prove their worth. Among their number is Markriss Denny, whose path to future
excellence is marred only by a closely guarded secret: without warning, his spirit leaves his body,
allowing him to see and experience a world far beyond his physical limitations.
Once inside the Ark, Denny learns of another with the same power, whose existence could spell
extinction for humanity. He is forced into a desperate race to understand his abilities, and in
doing so uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself, and the people he thought he once knew.
Critique: A deftly crafted dystopian science fiction novel by an author with a genuine flair for
originality and the kind of narrative driven storytelling that reaches out and graps the reader's
totally engaged and compulsive page turning attention from cover to cover, "A River Called
Time" by Courtina Newland is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to
community, college, and university library Dystopian Science Fiction collections. It should be
noted for personal reading lists that "A River Called Time" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $21.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Bolinda Audio,
9781867518556, $29.99, MP3-CD).
Two new books from Baen provide readers with absorbing stories replete with high drama and
Robert E. Hampson and Sandra L. Medlock edit The Founder Effect (9781982125097, $16.00
TPB, $8.99 MMPB, $8.99 Kindle, 400pp), which presents short stories by Jody Lynn Nye, D.J.
Butler, David Weber, and other Baen authors. These original works are set in the universe o 2185
CE in which humans control the solar system and are venturing to stars beyond to build a new
civilization. The stories of these pioneers and how they look to build a new world are presented
in a diverse selection of stories that capture personalities, people, and an objective that keeps
changing as battles and confrontations emerge.
Will McCarthy's Lost in Transmission (9781982125035, $16.00 HC, $6.69 PB, $8.99 Kindle,
368pp) provides a vivid story of a crew of rebels who have been banished to a starship to settle
new worlds. Their voyage is perilous and long (it's a century-long endeavor), royalty becomes
entwined with crew in a shared exile that strips personalities and purposes to their core, and the
intriguing tale of death and defiance in the Queendom of Sol adds a note of intrigue and
adventure in a quest story that blends politics with high-tech challenges for a satisfyingly
The Art Shelf
Luise Kaish: An American Art Legacy
Maura Reilly, et al.
D. Giles Limited
c/o Consortium (distribution)
9781911282518, $54.95, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Expertly compiled by curator and art authority Maura Reilly, "Luise Kaish: An
American Art Legacy" is a major new study and celebration of the career and legacy of the
modernist sculptor, painter, collagist and educator Luise Clayborn Kaish (1925 - 2013).
Kaish was a key figure in the New York art scene of the late 20th century, whose
multidisciplinary and process oriented practice contributed to various artistic discourses at the
time. The strength and breadth of her work, her influential role in education, and the prestigious
awards she received in recognition of her practice set her apart as an early female leader in the
She will be remembered for her immense talent, highly individual point of view, pursuit of the
sublime, keen execution, and passion for life, which, despite the tides of changing tastes, will
remain forever significant.
This superbly produced and lavishly illustrated volume brings together nearly of her works.
Featured are a number of informative essays covering Kaish's life and career, her artistic
practices, her lifelong interest in the spiritual and metaphysical, and her work as an educator are
followed by a main plate section.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of an Illustrated Chronology and an
Exhibition History, "Illustrated Chronology and Exhibition History" fully and effectively
showcases the life and work of a gifted and talented artist and is expressively, especially, and
unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college and university library
Sculpture Appreciation, Arts & Photography Criticism, 20th Century Artist Biography
collections in general, and Luise Kaish supplemental studies curriculum reading lists in
Editorial Note: Maura Reilly is a curator and arts writer, based in New York. Gail Levin is an
American art historian, biographer, artist, and a Distinguished Professor of Art History,
American Studies, Women's Studies, and Liberal Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate
Center of the City University of New York. Daniel Belasco is executive director of the Al Held
Foundation, New York. Samuel D. Gruber is visiting associate professor of Jewish Studies,
Cornell University. Eleanor Heartney is a contributing editor for Art in America. Norman L.
Kleebatt is a fine art curator, critic, and consultant based in New York City, and was the Susan
and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum in New York until 2017. Roger Lipsy is a
biographer, art historian, editor, and translator.
Thomas W. Brunk
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
978161186386, $55.95, HC, 496pp
Synopsis: Pewabic Pottery is a ceramic studio and school at 10125 East Jefferson Avenue,
Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1903, the studio is known for its iridescent glazes, some of which
grace notable buildings such as the Shedd Aquarium and Basilica of the National Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception. The pottery continues in operation today, and was designated a National
Historic Landmark in 1991. (Wikipedia)
"Pewabic Pottery: The American Arts and Crafts Movement Expressed in Clay" by Thomas
Brunk is a detailed chronological history of Pewabic work -- and the most extensive study
published to date. The focus of this exhaustive study is primarily on the pottery as operated by
Perry and Caulkins, and then goes up through the beginning of the Pewabic Society Inc. in
This nicely illustrated and definitive study also offers a fascinating and in-depth exploration of
the various aspects of the history of Pewabic Pottery, ranging from the personal lives of its
founders and prominent potters, to discussions of tiles and glazes, and finally to Pewabic
Pottery's place at Michigan State University.
Authored by the most recognized scholar on Pewabic Pottery, this study relies heavily on
archival sources to achieve a comprehensive history of one of Michigan's most interesting art
Critique: A seminal work of simply outstanding scholarship, "Pewabic Pottery: The American
Arts and Crafts Movement Expressed in Clay" must be considered the definitive study on the
subject and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college and
university library Ceramic Arts & Pottery collections and supplemental studies curriculum
Editorial Note #1: Thomas W. Brunk (1949 - 2018) was curator and archivist of Michigan State
University's Pewabic Pottery from 1974 to 1981 and cofounder of the Pewabic Society Inc. in
1979, serving as its president in 1988 - 1989. He was considered Detroit's foremost chronicler of
subjects such as Pewabic Pottery, the Scarab Club, and the Masonic Temple, among others.
I Can Draw
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500652428, $19.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: Over several decades teaching in schools and art colleges, artist and illustrator Peng
has developed expert knowledge of the building blocks of drawing and sketching. As he shows
with his step-by-step DIY instruction manual "I Can Draw", creativity can come from anywhere
and entire sketches can spring up from the simplest lines or curves.
Peng's easy-to-follow guide inspires confidence and creativity by showing how even complete
novices can quickly learn how to draw characters and develop their own individual style. Starting
with the basics of figure construction and moving through to expression, storytelling, and
animals, the artist conjures up delightful cartoons with wicked humor and a lightness of touch.
Simple tips and exercises reveal how anyone and everyone can master the art of drawing.
"I Can Draw" encourages aspiring comics and manga artists to experiment with a variety of
techniques executed through brush, pencil, and pen.
Critique: Enhanced with the inclusion of 200 illustrations, "I Can Draw" is thoroughly 'user
friendly' throughout, making it an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to
personal, professional, community, college and university library Art Instruction reference
Drawing and Painting Anime and Manga Faces
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781631599620, $22.99, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: Anime is hand-drawn and computer animation originating from Japan. The term
Manga is used in Japan to refer to both comics and cartooning. "Drawing and Painting Anime
and Manga Faces: Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating Authentic Characters and Expressions"
by renowned Japanese manga artist and international instructor Nao Yazawa guides the aspiring
artist step by step through all phases of drawing and painting anime and manga faces ranging
from the basics of creating essential anime and manga characters, to creating dynamic and
authentic expressions to coloring and adding special touches.
"Drawing and Painting Anime and Manga Faces" covers: Essential supplies, basic drawing
techniques, and a summary of the process from rough sketches to finished drawings; Explores
how to draw key anime and manga characters as well as how to depict a range of emotions for
each, from delight to sadness to terror; Take Manga and Anime drawings to the next level by
adding striking definition, stunning color, and special finishing touches that will give characters
just the right note of authenticity.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout and offer a complete course of instruction under one
cover, "Drawing and Painting Anime and Manga Faces: Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating
Authentic Characters and Expressions" is the ideal and unreservedly recommended DIY
instruction guide and manual for any aspiring artist wanting to master the Anime/Manga style of
Japanese cartooning and animation. "Drawing and Painting Anime and Manga Faces:
Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating Authentic Characters and Expressions" will prove to be an
enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, community, college and university library
Art Instruction collections.
Editorial Note: Nao Yazawa is a Japanese manga artist residing in Tokyo, Japan. She is most
well known for her manga series Wedding Peach, which was made into an anime series of the
same name. Both the manga and anime series were translated into several languages. Since 2008,
she has been teaching manga workshops (in English) internationally, in Germany, Denmark,
Austria, Canada, and the United States. She teaches in-person workshops at Nakano Manga
School, in Nakano-ku, Tokyo, where she also maintains the studio where she hosts her online
classes. She is also the author of the instructional guides Manga Drawing Deluxe and Drawing
and Painting Anime and Manga Faces.
En Plein Air: Light & Color
Walter Foster Books
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9781633228344, $21.99, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: Geared for beginning artists, "En Plein Air: Light & Color" by professional artist Iain
Stewart introduces a variety of techniques for on-location watercolor painting for the novice or
aspiring artist. Following a brief introduction to the basics of painting en plein air and an
overview of the necessary tools and materials, art students will learn how to choose a subject and
paint a compelling outdoor composition using the subtleties of watercolor to create beautifully
expressive subjects and themes.
Other important topics include perspective, rendering the background and foreground, capturing
both urban and pastoral landscapes, mastering color to convey weather and time of day, and
much more. From choosing just the right subject to awaiting the perfect time of day, let "En Plein
Air: Light & Color" guide you in your artistic travels as you explore this daring and expressive
Painting outdoors is a rewarding, peaceful experience full of joy, adventure, and persistence. Let
the En Plein Air Series guide you in your artistic travels as you explore this daring and expressive
method of painting, wherever you may be.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated in full color throughout, "En Plein Air: Light &
Color: Expert techniques and step-by-step projects for capturing mood and atmosphere in
watercolor" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional,
community, art school, college and university library watercolor painting instructional reference
Editorial Note: Maintaining a studio in Opelika, Alabama, Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist and
illustrator and a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies. His
work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought after juror
and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele, a
business he has run for the last 20 years.
The Self-Help Shelf
Who The Hell Told You That?
Atlantic Publishing Group
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471-0640
9781620237922, $21.95, PB, 118pp
Synopsis: As children, we are taught right from wrong, good from bad. Our parents and
caregivers provide us with tools to get us started on the right path, in hope that we will make the
best decisions possible throughout our lives. But what if the advice we've received isn't helping
us anymore? Is it possible to relearn life lessons?
In "Who The Hell Told You That?: An Eviction Notice for Indoctrinated Thoughts", Dr. Melissa
Carver discusses the important idea of reprogramming the mind in order to be your best self
today, in this moment. Though it may be difficult, living your best life may mean stepping out of
the comfort zone you've inhabited for so long and releasing the past.
Whether you are facing difficulties in your job, relationships, or personal life, "Who The Hell
Told You That?" is full of helpful tips that will ultimately lead to happiness and fulfillment in
every area of your life.
Critique: It was Donald Trump who made 'Fake News' a part of our daily lexicon (ironically,
because he was an immense source of Fake News -- incorrect and biased information). It's the
fake or incorrect news or information that we receive on a daily basis through social media
outlets, forums and formats that has take such a tremendous toll on our mental and spiritual well
being. Dr. Carver's "Who The Hell Told You That?: An Eviction Notice for Indoctrinated
Thoughts" is an effective antidote to the indoctrinated poisons that must now be dealt with every
day if we are to restore ourselves to an optimal mental, emotional, and spiritual good health.
While very strongly recommended for community, college and university library
Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Who
The Hell Told You That?: An Eviction Notice for Indoctrinated Thoughts" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $1.99).
Editorial Note: Dr. Melissa Carver is the founder of the nonprofit organization, Mindset Junkies.
This organization focuses on funding programs and scholarships for low income families to learn
the power of mindfulness, primarily the families of those in drug or alcohol rehabilitation or US
Veterans. Outside of her PhD in Philosophy, Dr. Carver is certified as an Ayurvedic Chopra
Instructor, Nirvana Flow Specialist, and has continued post graduate education in Counseling
Psychology. Her intention is to help others break out of the perspectives that bind them to
negative actions, becoming the best versions of themselves, just a little -- day by day.
No Regrets Living
Harley A. Rotbart, MD
Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
9780757323942, $15.95, PB, 272pp
Synopsis: Dr. Harley Rotbart's prescription for a life filled with gratitude for what we have and
appreciation for what we have done with our time on earth, "No Regrets Living: 7 Keys to a Life
of Wonder and Contentment " is a proactive, 7-step plan to help us better appreciate what we
have in our lives, and take greater pride in what we've done with our lives -- without spending
precious time and energy wishing things had turned out differently.
Of course all of us have had disappointments, lamentable moments. For some, those times have
led to lasting unhappiness and a life that feels unfulfilled, even meaningless. Others have found
ways to move past the downturns and find better ahead. "No Regrets Living" leads us to see the
world through a lens of appreciation for the magnificence around us, which in turn helps us
accommodate those not-so-magnificent moments in our lives.
Dr. Rotbart brings his unique perspective as physician, scientist, child of a Holocaust survivor,
and heart patient to "No Regrets Living". Part self-help manual, part inspirational road map, part
moving memoir, "No Regrets Living" is essential a DIY blueprint for reaching greater
satisfaction and fulfillment in life.
Woven into the timely and timeless message of "No Regrets Living: 7 Keys to a Life of Wonder
and Contentment" are especially timely observations on the COVID-19 pandemic based upon Dr.
Rotbart's expert perspective as an infectious diseases physician -- including coping mechanisms
and paths for going forward as individuals and as a society.
Critique: Part spiritual/motivational self-help manual, part blueprint for achieving happiness in
the face of the ordinary stresses and strains of life during and after this present pandemic, "No
Regrets Living: 7 Keys to a Life of Wonder and Contentment" is impressively 'user friendly' in
organization and presentation, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to
community, college and university library collections. It should be noted for personal reading
lists that "No Regrets Living: 7 Keys to a Life of Wonder and Contentment" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note: Harley Rotbart, MD, is a nationally renowned infectious diseases specialist,
pediatrician, parenting expert, speaker, and educator. He is also professor and vice chair emeritus
of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado.
He is the author of numerous medical and scientific publications, and books for lay audiences
including No Regrets Parenting, 940 Saturdays, and Miracles We Have Seen. Dr. Rotbart was
named to Best Doctors in America for 18 consecutive years.
c/o Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781973693147, $25.00, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: Whether we are speaking to an audience of one or a gathering of thousands, our words
have influence and impact. The question is are they having the influence we want?
In the pages of "Winning Words: Speaking Life to Influence Others", Ross Hjelseth draws on his
more than four decades of career experience in athletics and education to create an informative
instructional guide to choosing the right words at the right time -- words that inspire, encourage,
guide, teach, empathize, and elevate.
Ross shares maxims gleaned from teachers, coaches, and leaders, together with his own
observations, to help you: Empower yourself and those you care about; Develop leadership skills
and insights to better serve others; Build relationships through listening, speaking, and observing
others; Appreciate the importance of practice, hard work, discipline, perseverance, and
motivation; Determine when to use positive or negative reinforcement.
Each individual chapter concludes with several inspirational quotes from coaches and leaders, as
well as thoughtful questions to help you make a meaningful difference in your life and the lives
of others. You can serve people in every context and renew your focus on gratitude,
encouragement, and teamwork.
Critique: A complete course of DIY instructions on becoming an effective and influential
communicator at any time, with anyone, under any circumstances, "Winning Words: Speaking
Life to Influence Others" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
professional, community, corporate, college and university library Self-Help/Self- Improvement
instructional reference collections. It should be noted that "Winning Words: Speaking Life to
Influence Others" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781973693154, $14.95) and
in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
When Crisis Strikes
Jennifer Love, MD & Kjell Tore Hovik, PsyD.
c/o Kensington Publishing Corp.
119 West 40th Street, Floor 21, New York, NY 10018-2522
9780806540818, $16.95, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: Stress is an unfortunate fact of modern life, and when those stressors are catastrophic
(divorce, illness, caregiving, loss) a brain under stress becomes a brain in crisis. "When Crisis
Strikes: 5 Steps to Heal Your Brain, Body, and Life from Chronic Stress" is an invaluable guide,
by psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Love and neuropsychologist Dr. Kjell Hovik as they explore how to
heal the damage that prolonged stress can do to your brain and your health.
In "When Crisis Strikes" you will learn how to prevent these side effects from hijacking your
daily life. You will also: Discover how your brain works with your body's natural stress response
system; Learn how mental and emotional cues cause physical reactions like muscle tension, pain,
lowered sex drive, and more; Practice the five steps to relieve a stressor's toll on your mind and
your body; Utilize the tools to deal with any life crisis.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "When Crisis Strikes: 5 Steps to
Heal Your Brain, Body, and Life from Chronic Stress" is an ideal and thoroughly 'user friendly'
DIY instructional guide and manual for dealing with chronic, debilitating stress. Especially
timely given the additional stress brought about by the current pandemic, the economic
deterioration, social protests and political violence, "When Crisis Strikes" is unreservedly
recommended for personal, professional, community, college and university library
Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted that "When Crisis Strikes" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.88).
Editorial Note #1: Dr. Jennifer Love, MD is board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry
and addiction medicine, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Love is an award-winning researcher and
international speaker, has appeared as a medical expert on The Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors,
and has been interviewed for documentaries (including the Broken Brain series by Dr. Mark
Hyman), podcasts and vlogs.
Editorial Note #2: Kjell Tore Hovik, PsyD, Ph.d. is a clinical neuropsychologist who has
authored and co-authored more than 16 peer-reviewed academic articles and book chapters. Dr.
Hovik is Editor-in-Chief of Nevropsykologi, which is the peer-reviewed journal of the
Norwegian Neuropsychological Society.
Let It Go: How to Stop Your Past Ruining Your Future
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781784618308, $14.99, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: "Let It Go: How to Stop Your Past Ruining Your Future" by David Rahman is a
self-help book whose clarion messages is to leave behind negative patterns of thinking and
behavior which give rise to unwanted emotions and hold you back in life.
"Let It Go: How to Stop Your Past Ruining Your Future" offers a combination of theory and
sound practical strategies, proven time and time again in mind-coach David Rahman's workshops
and courses to really show people how to live happier lives.
Critique: Expertly written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Let It
Go: How to Stop Your Past Ruining Your Future" offers useable insights that are both timely and
timeless, specific and universal. Motivationally inspiring, this DIY instruction guide and manual
is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college and
university library Contemporary Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that 'Let It Go: How to Stop Your Past Ruining Your Future" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: David Rahman is a speaker and mind coach, working with clients to improve
self-esteem and confidence and to develop a positive mindset. He is also a facilitator at
workshops in this field and a keynote speaker for organizations globally.
The Martial Arts Shelf
Blue Snake Books
c/o North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781623175788, $19.95, PB, 240pp
Synopsis: Baguazhang or Pakua chang is one of the three main Chinese martial arts of the
Wudang school, the other two being T'ai chi and Xing Yi Quan. It is more broadly grouped as an
internal practice (or neijia quan). Bagua zh ng literally means "eight trigram palm," referring to
the trigrams of the I Ching (Yijing), one of the canons of Taoism. (Wikipedia)
One of the most esoteric disciplines in martial arts, baguazhang is based on the eight trigrams
(bagua) of the Yi Jing, and emphasizes the importance of maneuverability, evasion, and change
to deflect an aggressor's attacks. Unlike martial arts systems that employ overt punches, kicks,
and grappling techniques, most of the bodily weapons of the baguazhang arsenal are well
concealed, agile, and smooth. Utilizing deceptive forms of footwork and body shifting, the
principles and techniques of Baguazhang will help readers develop a firm foundation and build a
critical skill set for this unique martial art.
In the pages of "Baguazhang: Fundamentals, Applications, and Footwork", martial arts
practitioner and author Phillip Starr introduces aspiring martial artists to the fundamentals of
baguazhang, showing how the movements of this enigmatic and widely misunderstood art can be
practically applied in self-defense. The student martial artist will learn: Key baguazhang
principles; Footholds; Basic stepping techniques, walking exercises, and postures; Proper
alignments; "Mother palms," or basic exercises critical to the development of the "bagua
Ideal for newcomers to baguazhang, this introduction elucidates the two foundational Single
Change and Double Change Palms and offers a refresher for advanced practitioners looking to
further explore applications for movements they already know.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout with step-by-step instructions, "Baguazhang:
Fundamentals, Applications, and Footwork" is a complete and comprehensive DIY course of
instruction under one cover. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation,
"Baguazhang: Fundamentals, Applications, and Footwork" is especially and unreservedly
recommended for personal, professional, community, college and university library Martial Arts
collections. It should be noted for martial arts students, practitioners, and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in the subject that "Baguazhang: Fundamentals, Applications, and
Footwork" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
Editorial Note: Phillip "Pete" Starr began teaching Chinese martial arts in 1967 at Parsons
College in Fairfield, Iowa. After spending several years in law enforcement, he opened his first
full-time martial arts school in Ottumwa, Iowa. He entered competition and earned the title of
U.S. National Champion five times, the last time when he was sixty-three years old. He was
named to the National Rules Committee of the United States Karate Association and became the
kung fu chairman. Later, he was named to the list of the Rocky Mountain top ten competitors.
Starr went on to train in Arnis, becoming a certified instructor under Tuhon Leo Gaje and Jeet
The Audiobook Shelf
Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier
Bob Drury, author
Tom Clavin, author
George Newbern, narrator
9781250788122, $39.99, 9 CDs
Synopsis: It is the mid-eighteenth century, and in the 13 colonies founded by Great Britain,
anxious colonists desperate to conquer and settle North America's "First Frontier" beyond the
Appalachian Mountains commence a series of bloody battles. These violent conflicts are waged
against the Native American tribes whose lands they covet, the French, and finally against
England, the mother country itself, in an American Revolution destined to reverberate around the
This is the setting of "Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First
Frontier", and the guide to this epic narrative is America's first and arguably greatest pathfinder,
Daniel Boone -- but not the coonskin cap-wearing caricature of popular culture but the
flesh-and-blood frontiersman and Revolutionary War hero whose explorations into the forested
frontier beyond the great mountains would become the stuff of legend. Now, thanks to
painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of the brutal birth of the United
States is told through the eyes of both the ordinary and larger-than-life men and women, white
and red, who witnessed it.
Critique: Complete and unabridged, this extraordinary audio book edition of "Blood and
Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier" is deftly narrated by the vocal
talents of George Newbern who brings to life authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin's inherently
fascinating and impressively informative history. Simply stated, "Blood and Treasure: Daniel
Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier" should be considered a core addition to
community library audio book collections on American history.
Animal Instinct: A K Team Novel
David Rosenfelt, author
Fred Berman, narrator
9781250788238, $29.99, 6 CDs
Synopsis: Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, a German shepherd named Simon Garfunkel, are
recently retired police officers turned private investigators. Along with fellow former cop Laurie
Collins and her investigating partner, Marcus, they call themselves the K Team, in honor of
The K Team's latest case (a recent and unsolved murder) gives Corey a chance to solve "the one
that got away". Corey knew the murder victim from his time on the force, when he was unable to
protect her in a domestic dispute. Now, he is convinced the same abusive boyfriend is
responsible for her murder. With some help from Laurie's lawyer husband, Andy Carpenter, the
K Team is determined to prove what the police could not, no matter the cost. What they uncover
is much more sinister than they could have imagined.
Critique: Superbly narrated by Fred Berman, "Animal Instinct" by David Rosenfelt is a complete
and unabridged audio book that will prove to be an enduringly welcome and appreciated addition
to community library collections and will have a special appeal to fans of deftly crafted
'whodunnit' style mysteries.
Turn a Blind Eye
Jeffrey Archer, author
George Blagden, narrator
9781250805744, $39.99, 8 CDs
Synopsis: Newly promoted to Detective Inspector, William Warwick is tasked with a dangerous
new line of work, to go undercover and expose crime of another kind: corruption at the heart of
the Metropolitan Police Force. Along with detectives Rebecca Pankhurst and Nicky Bailey, his
team is focused on following Detective Jerry Summers, a young officer whose lifestyle exceeds
his income. But the investigation risks being compromised when Nicky falls for Summers.
Meanwhile, notorious drug baron Assem Rashidi goes on trial, defended by Booth Watson QC,
while William's father Sir Julian and sister Grace lead the prosecution case. And William's wife
Beth, now a new mother to twins, makes a surprising new friend in Christina Faulkner (the
ex-wife of William's former rival, criminal financier Miles) who has not only turned over a new
leaf, but also has a new-found source of income when Faulkner dies suddenly of a heart attack
and she stands to be sole inheritor of his estate.
As the undercover officers start to draw the threads together, William realizes that the corruption
may go deeper still, and more of his colleagues than he first thought might be willing to turn a
Critique: Jeffrey Archer at his best, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "Turn A
Blind Eye" is expertly narrated by George Blagden. The result is a true 'theatre of the mind"
experience not to be missed by the legions of Jeffrey Archer fans and one which is very highly
recommended for personal and community library audio book collections.
The Library CD Shelf
Bill & the Belles
Happy Again is a completely original album of roots music by Bill & the Belles. As the titular
song "Happy Again (I'll Never Be)" ironically expresses, Happy Again is about divorce. Its songs
delve into the emotionally wrenching subject with tongue-in-cheek reflections on love and loss.
Profound, powerful, and keenly written, Happy Again is an unforgettable album especially
recommended for roots music collections. The tracks are "Happy Again (I'll Never Be)", "Make
It Look Easy", "Taking Back My Yesterday", "That'll Be Just Fine", "The Corn Shuckin' Song",
"Bye Bye Bill", "People Gonna Talk", "Blue So Blue", "Sobbin' the Blues", "Get Up and Give It
One More Try", and "Good Friends Are Hard To Find".
The Great Kat
Provocative performer The Great Kat is a Juilliard graduate violin virtuoso, Carnegie Recital
Hall violin soloist, and supremely accomplished shred artist. Three CD albums showcase The
Great Kat's talent for shredding classical music at phenomenal speeds. All are choice picks to
re-experience timeless greatness in a whole new way!
"Beethoven, Beethoven and the Reincarnation of Beethoven" ($9.98, 9 min.) features
Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Beethoven's Minuet in G for Guitar and Violin, Beethoven's Egmont
Overture, Beethoven's Violin Concerto for Guitar and Violin, Beethoven's Turkish March,
Beethoven's Razumovsky String Quartet, and Beethoven's Triple Guitar Concerto in Shred
Major. "Rossini, Beethoven, Paganini and Shredfest" ($9.98, 10 min.) features Beethoven's
Pastoral Symphony No. 6, Beethoven's Bolero Mosh, Rossini's William Tell Overture, Czardas
Gypsy Violin, Beethoven's Eroica Symphony No. 3, Beethoven's Fur Elise For Guitar Violin and
Piano, and Paganini's Caprice No. 24. "Katherine Thomas Violin Virtuoso" ($9.98, 10 min.)
features Czardas Gypsy Violin, Beethoven's Violin Concerto for Violin and Symphony
Orchestra, Beethoven's Minuet in G for Violin and Piano, Beethoven's Turkish March for Violin
and Turkish Military Band, Beethoven's Fur Elise Fur Violine and Klavier, Beethoven's
Razumovsky String Quartet Opus 59 No. 3, Brindisi Viennese Waltz For Violin And Piano, and
The Library DVD Shelf
Discoveries... Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park & Quepos
$24.95, 53 min.
Part of the Discoveries... Costa Rica series of beautifully filmed DVD documentaries,
Discoveries... Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park & Quepos showcases one of Costa
Rica's most striking destinations. Manuel Antonio National Park is both one of the most popular
and one of the smallest parks in the nation. Situated near the town of Quepos, the park is within a
true rainforest, and includes jungle terrain, white sand beaches, and coral reefs. Well-known for
its diversity of tropical fauna and plants, including three-toed sloths, endangered white-faced
capuchin monkeys, and hundreds of bird species, Manuel Antonio National Park is an
extraordinary nature preserve. The documentary also introduces viewers to the Gaia Hotel &
Reserve, a five-star luxury eco-lodge that has dedicated over 12 acres of their 14-acre property to
the preservation and reintroduction of the Scarlett Macaw to the area (after it disappeared from
the region 40 years ago). Discoveries... Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park & Quepos is a
treasure for both armchair travelers and public library DVD collections, highly
The Biography Shelf
Themistocles: The Powerbroker of Athens
Jeffrey A. Smith
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (distribution)
9781526790453, $34.95, HC, 312pp
Synopsis: "Themistocles: The Powerbroker of Athens" by academician and biographer "Jeffrey
A. Smith is an exciting new study of Themistocles of Athens, the architect of the Greek victory
over the Persian invasions of 490 BC and 480 to 479 BC.
While his role in the Persian wars is naturally a major theme, Themistocles' career before and
after those conflicts is also considered in detail. Themistocles was a leading exponent of a new
kind of populist politics in the young democracy of Athens, manipulating the practice of
ostracism (exile) to get rid of his political rivals. Jeffrey Smith explains Themistocles' rise to a
position of virtual hegemony which allowed him to institute his far-sighted policy of preparation
against the growing Persian threat. In particular he strengthened Athens' fleet and thereby secured
the support of the poor thetes, who found employment as rowers.
During the first invasion, Themistocles fought, and possibly held joint command, at the decisive
battle of Marathon. When the Persians struck again in 480, he commanded the fleet at
Artemisium and Salamis. The latter battle he won by subterfuge and secured Athens' liberation
and survival. Ironically he was himself eventually ostracized by his fellow citizens and ultimately
entered Persian service, ending his days as governor of Magnesia in Asia Minor.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a Note On Sources, a Chronoloy, an
informative Introduction, a Conclusion (The Legacy of Themistocles), a glossary, a Character
List, Notes, References, and an Index, "Themistocles: The Powerbroker of Athens" is a
masterpiece of historical scholarship and an unreservedly recommended addition to community,
college and university library biography collections in general, and Ancient Greek History
supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Themistocles: The
Powerbroker of Athens" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Jeffrey A. Smith has an undergraduate degree in religion, with a focus on the
ancient world, from Dartmouth College (USA) and a master's degree in history from the
University of Birmingham (UK). He has taught humanities and ancient history at The Stony
Brook School, a boarding school on the North Shore of Long Island, for the past decade.
The Notorious John Morrissey
James C. Nicholson
The University Press of Kentucky
663 South Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40508-4008
9780813167503, $40.00, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: An Irish immigrant, a collection agent for crime bosses, a professional boxer, and a
prolific gambler, John Morrissey (February 12, 1831 - May 1, 1878) was, if nothing else, an
unlikely candidate to become one of the most important figures in the history of Thoroughbred
racing. As a young man, he worked as a political heavy in New York before going to San
Francisco in search of fortune at the height of the Gold Rush. After returning to the east coast, he
was hired by Tammany Hall and was soon locked in a deadly rivalry with William Poole, better
known as "Bill the Butcher."
As time went on, Morrissey (nicknamed 'Old Smoke) parlayed his youthful exploits into a
remarkably successful career as a businessman and politician. After establishing a gambling
house in Saratoga Springs, the hard-nosed entrepreneur organized the first Thoroughbred race
meet at what would become Saratoga Race Course in 1863. Morrissey went on to be elected to
two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and two terms in the New York State
"The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and
Founded Saratoga Race Course" is an impressively detailed biography in which James C.
Nicholson explores the improbable life of the man who brought Thoroughbred racing back to
prominence in the United States.
Though few of his contemporaries did more to develop the commercialization of sports in
America, Morrissey's colorful background has prevented him from getting the attention he
deserves. An entertaining and long-overdue biography, "The Notorious John Morrissey: How a
Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course" finally does
justice to his astounding rags-to-riches story while exploring an intriguing chapter in the history
of horse racing.
Critique: Of special and particular interest to fans of thoroughbred racing, 19th century bare
knuckle boxing, and American rags to riches stories, "The Notorious John Morrissey: How a
Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course" by James C.
Nicholson (who received a PhD and JD from the University of Kentucky, and who practices law
and teaches US history in Lexington) is especially and unreservedly recommended for
community, college and university library 19th Century American Biography collections. It
should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Notorious John Morrissey: How a
Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course" is also
readily available in a paperback edition (9780813180991, $19.95) and in a digital book format
This One Wild Life
9781770416000, $16.95, PB, 248pp
Synopsis: "This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir " is a personal memoir
of self-discovery that directly tackles the problems of modern parenting in a digital age
Disillusioned with overly competitive organized sports and concerned about her lively daughter's
growing shyness, author Angie Abdou set herself a challenge: to hike a peak a week over the
summer holidays with her daughter Katie. They will bond in nature and discover the glories of
What could go wrong? Well, among other things, it turns out that Angie loves hiking but Katie
doesn't. Hilarious, poignant, and deeply felt, "This One Wild Life" deftly explores parenting and
marriage in a summer of unexpected outcomes and growth for both mother and daughter.
Critique: An inherently fascinating, absorbing, entertaining, deftly written, thoughtful and
thought-provoking read from cover to cover, "This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter
Wilderness Memoir" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college and
university library Contemporary American Biography collections. It should be noted for personal
reading lists that "This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir" is also readily
available in digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
Editorial Note: Angie Abdou is the author of five novels and a memoir of hockey parenting,
Home Ice. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a CBC Canada Reads finalist and was awarded
the 2011 - 12 MacEwan Book of the Year. Angie is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at
Little and Often: A Memoir
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780062976642, $26.99, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Trent Preszler thought he was living the life he always wanted, with a job at a winery
and a seaside Long Island home, when he was called back to the life he left behind. After years of
estrangement, his cancer-stricken father had invited him to South Dakota for Thanksgiving. It
would be the last time he saw his father alive.
Preszler's only inheritance was a beat-up wooden toolbox that had belonged to his father, who
was a cattle rancher, rodeo champion, and Vietnam War Bronze Star Medal recipient. This
family heirloom befuddled Preszler. He did not work with his hands -- but maybe that was the
point. In his grief, he wondered if there was still a way to understand his father, and with that
came an epiphany: he would make something with his inheritance. Having no experience or
training in woodcraft, driven only by blind will, he decided to build a wooden canoe, and he
would aim to paddle it on the first anniversary of his father's death.
While Preszler taught himself how to use his father's tools, he confronted unexpected revelations
about his father's secret history and his own struggle for self-respect. The grueling challenges of
boatbuilding tested his limits, but the canoe became his sole consolation. Gradually, Preszler
learned what working with his hands offered: a different perspective on life, and the means to
"Little and Often" is an unflinching account of bereavement and a stirring reflection on the
complexities of inheritance. Between his past and his present, and between America's heartland
and its coasts, Preszler shows how one can achieve reconciliation through the healing power of
Critique: A deftly written and deeply personal story of a father and his son, about familial love
the grieving of an intimate loss, "Little and Often: A Memoir" by Trent Preszler is both intensely
unique and yet ultimately universal. An inherently engaging read from first page to last, "Little
and Often: A Memoir" will prove to be a particularly welcome and enduringly appreciated
addition to community library Contemporary American Biography collections. It should be noted
for personal reading lists that "Little and Often: A Memoir" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $13.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio,
9781799953616, $39.99, CD).
Gorilla in the Room and Other Stories
3705 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
9781646633074, $29.95, HC, 344pp
Synopsis: Ed Tracy was the perfect candidate for cancer. Intensely motivated and a tireless innovator, the non-stop pace led
to high anxiety, erratic sleep patterns and a life-altering medical diagnosis unlike that of anybody else. Rule No.1:
Nobody's cancer journey is the same.
Growing impatient and irritable, he began to imagine an oncology ward on a Broadway stage with costumes and music and
patients and hope. When he needed to check out of chemotherapy, he checked into imaginary rehearsals of a musical
Along the way, he realized the treatments made his memories sharp. He began to periodically track his cancer journey and
encouraged friends to get cancer screenings. Soon he was delving into his past-growing up in farm country, acting in
college theatre and remembrances of inspirational friends and mentors. Each scene found its place in an act of the musical,
and the result is "Gorilla in the Room and Other Stories."
These wide-ranging, homespun stories, mixed with family drama and the humor of a skilled storyteller, will appeal to
lovers of nature, theater fans, and military enthusiasts and honors the courageous patients, family members and service
providers facing life-threatening challenges, aging and a future where they are themselves becoming mentors for the next
Critique: An exceptional, extraordinary, entertaining, thought-provoking, and inherently memorable work of true-life storytelling, "Gorilla in the Room and Other Stories" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college and university library memoir collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Gorilla in the Room and Other Stories" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781646633050, $19.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).
The Poetry Shelf
Eilean Ni Chuilleanain
Wake Forest University Press
PO Box 7333, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
9781930630963, $19.95, PB, 424pp
Synopsis: Newly published by the Wake Forest University Press, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain's
"Collected Poems" gathers in a single volume nine collections of her poetry, from Acts and
Monuments (1972) to The Mother House (2020), as well as new poems and translations. Her
poetry is scrupulously controlled but also continuously startling, using the language of history,
religion, landscape, and myth.
Travelers, pilgrims, and women (especially the veiled subject of the nun) remind us of our
deepest inner sanctum with its litany of spiritual truths, human fears, and needs. These images
also catalogue the importance of the ordinary and the domestic as metaphors for human
experiences and emotions.
Ni Chuilleanain allows those who have been silenced by history to surface in art as surreal but
living presences. It is now unquestionably apparent that she is one the major poets in
Critique: Erudite, literate, cultured, polished, seminal, the poetry showcased in the pages of this
anthology impressively showcase the breadth and depth of Eilean Ni Chuilleanain's wordsmith
abilities. A book to be browsed through carefully one page and poem at a time, "Collected
Works" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college and university
library Contemporary Poetry collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Collected Poems" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.95).
Editorial Note: Eilean Ni Chuilleanain was born in Cork in 1942. She is a Fellow of Trinity
College Dublin and an emeritus professor of the School of English which she joined in 1966. Her
broad academic interests (notably her specialism in Renaissance literature and her interest in
translation) are reflected in her poetry. She retired from full-time teaching in 2011 and a selection
of her poems are currently on the syllabus for the Leaving Certificate, the final state examination
for secondary school students. Ni Chuilleanain is also a member of Aosdana, a founder of the
literary magazine Cyphers, alongside Pearse Hutchinson, Macdara Woods and Leland Bardwell.
She continues to edit the magazine and has contributed several recitations of her poems,
including 'Small' (written after the death of Pearse Hutchinson), to the Irish Poetry Reading
The Interior Design Shelf
Designer Window Fashions
Charles Randall International
9781890379445, $39.95, HC, 448pp
Synopsis: "Designer Window Fashions" is Charles Randall's newest creation based upon his
original masterworks: "The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions" and "The Window Decorating
Book". This new volume continues the tradition of showcasing classic and contemporary window
coverings from some of America's top designers. With more full-color photographs and black &
white illustrations than ever before, "Designer Window Fashions" presents and showcases
countless combinations of window and bed coverings for any room in the home ranging from a
simple rod pocket curtain to a designer masterpiece.
"Designer Window Fashions" features: Extensive window covering ideas in full-color photos and
illustrations; Extensive bed covering section with coordinating draperies and top treatments;
Hard window coverings coordinated with valances, swags, and cornices; Vital information for
designers, workrooms, and window covering professionals; Equal size color and blackline
drawings; Extensive yardage calculations; Pros and cons of various window coverings; Solutions
for challenging window shapes; Glossaries of decorating and fabric terms
Critique: Absolutely essential reading for aspiring and practicing interior designers, "Designer
Window Fashions" is a complete course of instruction in the art and practice of designing
window treatments for any architectural setting be it domestic or corporate, personal or
professional. Exceptionally well written, illustrated, organized and presented, "Designer Window
Fashions" is an especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community,
college and university library Interior Design instructional reference collection. It should be noted
for personal reading lists that "Designer Window Fashions" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Since he began in the soft furnishings business in 1976 as a drapery installer,
Charles Randall has become a best-selling author and a leading expert on window treatments.
After a successful sales career, working for Drapery World in Garden Grove, California, he
opened Window Fashions in 1980. Charles has decorated more than 60,000 windows. In 1987,
he revolutionized the interior design world, writing "The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions", a
comprehensive book on window decorating. He is listed as a leading window decorating expert
in Samantha Ettus' book: "The Experts Guide to Everything at Home".
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Dogs: Working Origins and Traditional Tasks
White Owl /Pen & Sword
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781526742308, $49.95, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: With his signature hands-on style, Mike Loades experiences what it is like to handle
various dogs engaged in their traditional tasks. These adventures take him to the Jordanian
desert, where he shares the saddle of his camel with a Saluki and to the green hills of Wales,
where he works cattle with a Corgi. He mushes Huskies in Alaska, drives carriages with
Dalmatians and flies falcons with Spaniels. Each encounter not only highlights the bond between
humans and dogs, it also frames that connection in its historical context. Different types of dogs
appear the way they do because, at some stage in their development, they were bred selectively
for a specialist job.
In the illustrated pages of "Dogs: Working Origins and Traditional Tasks", Loades takes key
types on a walk through history. Along the way he explores the methods and practices of their
original occupations. He delves into when, where and why they were first bred as the types we
recognize today. The fascinating and engaging text is supported by over 250 stunning color
photographs of dogs in action. It results in an illuminating journey through many cultures and
time periods. "Dogs: Working Origins and Traditional Tasks" is a personal and heartfelt tribute
to the enduring partnership between humans and dogs.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and exceptionally interesting survey of canine history, breeds,
and cultural history, "Dogs: Working Origins and Traditional Tasks" is an extraordinarily
informative and exceptionally well presented study. While an impressive and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college and university library
Canine Studies & History collections, it should be noted for students, academia, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Dogs: Working Origins and
Traditional Tasks" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.49).
How Stella Learned to Talk
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063046832, $27.99, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: When speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger first came home with her puppy,
Stella, it didn't take long for her to start drawing connections between her job and her new pet.
During the day, she worked with toddlers with significant delays in language development and
used Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices to help them communicate.
At night, she wondered: If dogs can understand words we say to them, shouldn't they be able to
say words to us? Can dogs use AAC to communicate with humans?
Christina decided to put her theory to the test with Stella and started using a paw-sized button
programmed with her voice to say the word "outside" when clicked, whenever she took Stella out
of the house. A few years later, Stella now has a bank of more than thirty word buttons, and uses
them daily either individually or together to create near-complete sentences.
Part memoir and part how-to guide, "How Stella Learned to Talk: The Groundbreaking Story of
the World's First Talking Dog" chronicles the journey Christina and Stella have taken together,
from the day they met, to the day Stella "spoke" her first word, and the other breakthroughs
they've had since. It also reveals the techniques Christina used to teach Stella, broken down into
simple stages and actionable steps any dog owner can use to start communicating with their
Filled with conversations that Stella and Christina have had, as well as the attention to
developmental detail that only a speech-language pathologist could know, "How Stella Learned
to Talk" will be the indispensable dog book for the new decade.
Critique: Inherently fascinating, impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized
and presented, "How Stella Learned to Talk: The Groundbreaking Story of the World's First
Talking Dog" will prove to be of special interest to anyone who has a canine companion of their
own. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Pets/Wildlife
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "How Stella Learned to Talk: The
Groundbreaking Story of the World's First Talking Dog" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $14.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio,
9781665076555, $29.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Christina Hunger is a speech-language pathologist and the creator of the project
Hunger for Words. She is known for her groundbreaking work in being the first person to teach a
dog to talk using a customized communication device and speech therapy techniques. Hunger has
a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University and has
professional expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She works with
young children with significant delays in language development as an early intervention speech
A Shape in the Dark
1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134-1161
9781680513097, $17.95, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: In the pages of "A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears",
wilderness guide and lifelong Alaskan Bjorn Dihle weaves personal experience with historical
and contemporary accounts to explore the world of brown bears ranging from encounters with
the Lewis and Clark Expedition to frightening attacks (including the famed death of Timothy
Treadwell), to the controversies related to bear hunting, the animal's place in native cultures, and
the impacts on the species from habitat degradation and climate change.
Much more than a just a dry biological and historical study on human-bear interactions, "A Shape
in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears" is compelling story that intimately explores
our relationship with one of the world's most powerful predators. An authentic and thoughtful
work, "A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears" deftly blends outdoor
adventure, history, and elements of memoir to present a mesmerizing portrait of Alaska's brown
bears and grizzlies, informed by the species' larger history and their fragile future.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, impressively informative, and an inherently fascinating read
throughout, "A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears" is a unique,
extraordinary, and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college and university
library Wildlife collections in general, and Ursine Biology supplemental curriculum studies lists
in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in the subject that "A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Writer and wilderness and wildlife film guide, Bjorn Dihle is a contributing
editor for Alaska Magazine and Hunt Alaska Magazine and has been published in Outdoor Life,
Sierra, High Country News, and Birdwatching, among others. He is the author of two books,
Haunted Inside Passage: Ghosts, Mysteries, and Legends of Southeast Alaska and Never Cry
Halibut: And Other Alaska Hunting and Fishing Tales. A native of Southeast Alaska, he lives on
Douglas Island with his family.
The Economic Studies Shelf
Between Capitalism and Community
Michael A. Lebowitz
Monthly Review Press
134 W. 29th Street, Suite 706, New York, NY 10001
9781583678879, $89.00, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: In "Between Capitalism and Community", Professor Michael Lebowitz deepens the
arguments he made in his award-winning study "Beyond Capital" which focused on capital and
the capitalist class that is its embodiment. It is the endless accumulation of capital, its causes and
consequences that are central to Marx's analysis. In taking this approach, Marx tended to obscure
not only the centrality of capital's "immanent drive" and "constant tendency" to divide the
working class but also the political economy of the working class ("social production controlled
by social foresight").
In "Between Capitalism and Community", Professor Lebowitz demonstrates that capitalism
contains within itself elements of a different society, and one of community. Whereas Marx's
intellectual construct of capitalism treats it as an organic system that reproduces its premises of
capital and wage-labor (including a working class that looks upon the requirements of capital "as
self-evident natural laws"), Professor Lebowitz argues that the struggle of workers in common
and activities based upon solidarity point in the direction of the organic system of community, an
alternative system that produces its own premises, communality, and recognition of the needs of
If we are to escape the ultimate barbarism portended by the existing crisis of the earth's climate
system, the subordination of the system of capitalism by that of community is essential. Since the
interregnum in which capitalism and community coexist is marked by the interpenetration and
mutual deformation of both sides within this whole, however, the path to community cannot
emerge spontaneously but requires a revolutionary party that stresses the development of the
capacities of people through their protagonism.
Critique: Erudite, seminal, iconoclastic, thoughtful and thought provoking, "Between Capitalism
and Community" is an extraordinary work of exhaustively detailed and meticulous scholarship.
While an essential and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college and university
library Contemporary Economics collections and supplemental studies curriculums, it should be
noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, economists, governmental policy
makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Between
Capitalism and Community" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781583678862,
$24.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.00).
Editorial Note: Michael Lebowitz is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Simon Fraser
University in Vancouver, Canada, and the author of several books including The Socialist
Imperative, The Contradictions of "Real Socialism," and The Socialist Alternative. He was also
the Director, Program in Transformative Practice and Human Development, Centro Internacional
Miranda, in Caracas, Venezuela, from 2006-11.
John F. Wasik
9781635766936, $31.99, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: A unique contribution to the growing library of Lincoln histories and literature, and the
only biography of its kind, "Lincolnomics: How President Lincoln Constructed the Great
American Economy" by John F. Wasik freshly explores the foundational ideas and policies on
infrastructure rooted in society and government by America's sixteenth president.
Lincoln's view of the right to fulfill one's economic destiny was at the core of his governing
philosophy - but he knew no one could climb that ladder without strong federal support. Some of
his most enduring policies came to him before the Civil War, visions of a country linked by
railroads running ocean to ocean, canals turning small towns into bustling cities, public works
bridging farmers to market.
In the pages of "Lincolnomics", Wasik tracks Lincoln from his time in the 1830s as a young
Illinois state legislator pushing for internal improvements; through his work as a lawyer
representing the Illinois Central Railroad in the 1840s; to his presidential fight for the
Transcontinental Railroad; and his support of land-grant colleges that educated a nation. To
Lincoln, infrastructure meant not only the roads, bridges, and canals he shepherded as a lawyer
and a public servant, but also much more.
These brick-and-mortar developments were essential to how the nation could lift citizens above
poverty and its isolating origins. "Lincolnomics" revives the disremembered history of how
Lincoln paved the way for Eisenhower's interstate highways and FDR's social amenities. With an
informative Afterword addressing the failure of American infrastructure during the COVID-19
pandemic, and how Lincoln's policies provide a guide to the future, "Lincolnomics" makes the
case for the man nicknamed "The Rail Splitter" as the Presidency's greatest builder.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Lincolnomics: How President
Lincoln Constructed the Great American Economy" is an impressively unique, extraordinarily
informative, and a seminal work of simply outstanding scholarship. Enhanced for academia with
the inclusion of four Appendices, a two page Author's Note (My Stake in Lincolnomics--A Full
Disclosure), a twelve page Bibliography, and an eight page Index, "Lincolnomics: How President
Lincoln Constructed the Great American Economy" is an especially and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college and university library
American Economic History collections in general, and Abraham Lincoln supplemental studies
curriculums in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, economists, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Lincolnomics: How President
Lincoln Constructed the Great American Economy" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $17.99).
Editorial Note: John F. Wasik is the author of nineteen books, including Lightning Strikes:
Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla. His columns, blogs, and
articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, Forbes, and
Bloomberg News. In 2018, Wasik was named an Illinois Road Scholar for the Illinois
Humanities Council. He is a sought after speaker on technology, history, investing, and
innovation who reaches global audiences.
Sacred Economics, revised edition
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781623175764, $20.99, PB, 520pp
Synopsis: This newly revised edition of "Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age
of Transition" by academician and economist Charles Eisenstein traces the history of money,
from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, and includes new material on cryptocurrencies
and emerging research that has come out since the book's original publication.
Eisenstein shows how capitalism contributes to alienation, competition, and scarcity; destroys
community; and necessitates endless growth at the cost of social and environmental devastation.
Today, these trends have reached their extreme -- and their collapse presents a golden
opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.
Eisenstein describes the deeper narratives beneath our economic system, and how we can
reimagine it to align with a new story. Applying a broadly integrated synthesis of theory, policy,
and practice, he explores avant-garde concepts of the New Economics, including
negative-interest currencies, local economies, gift economics, cryptocurrencies, and the
restoration of the commons.
Tapping into a rich lineage of conventional and unconventional economic thought, Eisenstein
presents a vision that is original yet commonsense, radical yet gentle, and increasingly relevant as
the crises of our civilization deepen.
Critique: Extrapolating from past and current economic trends to present very real near term and
long term future economic conditions, this newly revised edition of "Sacred Economics: Money,
Gift & Society in the Age of Transition" must be considered a seminal work and a unreservedly
recommended as a core addition to personal, professional, community, government, college and
university library Contemporary & International Economics, Money & Monetary Policy, and
Political Economy collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for
students, academia, economic policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest
in the subject that "Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).
Editorial Note: Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of
civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web
magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at
conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Eisenstein
graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent
the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator.
The Cookbook Shelf
Anyone Can Cook
9783791387512, $30.00, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Since its launch in 2014, the Kitchen Stories app has acquired a dedicated following
among seasoned and beginner cooks alike. Now the best of their recipes, expertise, and tips are
distilled into "Anyone Can Cook", an essential culinary compendium that will help even novice
and inexperienced home chef prepare meals like a pro.
Designed with the elegant simplicity their fans have come to expect, "Anyone Can Cook" focuses
on dinners -- which for many family cooks is the most important and stressful meal to prepare.
Profusely illustrated throughout, "Anyone Can Cook" offers recipes that take no more than one
hour from kitchen to table, and many can be cooked in a single pot or pan. Most importantly,
"Anyone Can Cook" is specifically designed to help beginner cooks develop basic skills, stock
their kitchens and pantries, and master easy yet elegant meals.
From the correct way to hold a knife, the art of sauteing vegetables, and composing the perfect
salad bowl, to popular basics such as stir fries, chicken cutlets, meatballs, and sheet pan salmon,
the instructions throughout "Anyone Can Cook" are clear, concise, and accompanied by large
full-color photographs to match. Best of all, "Anyone Can Cook" demystifies many techniques
and dishes that new cooks think are beyond their skill level, and even encourages adaptations
based on diet and preference.
If the words "chiffonade" or "homemade pesto" make you nervous, the chefs and editors at
Kitchen Stories are here to tell you that anyone, including you, can cook, and cook well.
Critique: Truly exceptional in organization and thoroughly 'user friendly' in presentation,
"Anyone Can Cook" is an ideal introduction to the culinary arts -- making it an essential and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community library cookbook
collections. "Anyone Can Cook" would also be an extraordinary instructional textbook for
highschool and technical college Home Economy cooking class curriculums.
Editorial Note: Kitchen Stories founders Mengting Gao and Verena Hubertz share a passion for
great food. They generated the Kitchen Stories platform and a video-based, user-friendly, and
design-oriented cooking app to empower its international community to cook, share, and come
together around a common interest and idea: Anyone can cook!
The Globe Pequot Press
9781493050505, $29.95, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in
diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. An individual
who follows the diet or philosophy is known as a vegan. (Wikipedia)
In "California Vegan: Inspiration and Recipes from the People and Places of the Golden State",
plant-powered dietitian Sharon Palmer tells the diverse story of California veganism with recipes
showcasing local produce and celebrating the cultural roots, historical legacy, and future of
plant-based pioneers in the state. California is where vegan culture all began, and where a diverse
group of innovators continue breaking new ground. From the first glimpses of California cuisine
in the 1970s to today's Silicon Valley startups revolutionizing the way America eats, the Golden
State starts the veggie trends the rest of the country follows.
Featuring over 100 plant-based recipes with full nutritional information and illustrated with
original photography, "California Vegan" welcomes Californians into veganism and vegans all
over the world into California.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated with full color images throughout, "California
Vegan: Inspiration and Recipes from the People and Places of the Golden State" will prove to be
an enduringly welcome and appreciated addition to personal, family, professional, and
community library Vegan/Vegetarian cookbook collections. It should be noted that his simply
outstanding culinary compendium is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Known as The Plant-Powered Dietitian, Sharon Palmer (MSFS, RDN) has
established an award-winning career in the field of nutrition and sustainability. One of the most
widely recognized registered dietitians in the world, Sharon is an accomplished writer, editor,
blogger, author, speaker, and media expert. In particular, she has gained recognition for her
expertise in plant-based nutrition and sustainability. Sharon has authored over 1000 articles in a
variety of publications, including Better Homes and Gardens and Oprah Magazine.
Low Sodium, Big Flavor
1904 Third Ave, Suite 710, Seattle, WA 98101
9781632172860, $22.95, PB, 272pp
Synopsis: A lack of salt often means that food tastes bland, which can ruin your appetite and
adversely affect your quality of life. Yet the reality is that sodium levels in packaged and
processed foods (such as ketchup, canned broths, and soups, to name just a few) are shockingly
and unhealthily high. To stick with a low-sodium diet long-term you want to savor the food
you're eating (so important!), which means finding new ways to replace the flavors that salt
Author and culinary expert Lara Ferroni (who adheres to a low-sodium diet herself) has spent
years creating naturally flavorful recipes everyone will love. Her latest cookbook, "Low Sodium,
Big Flavor" is a compendium showcasing 115 recipes for homemade condiments, spice blends,
dressings, cheeses, breads, prepared meats, and other foods to be found in ordinary pantries and
In addition, "Low Sodium, Big Flavor" offers daily meal plans (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and
even dessert) which contain less than a total of 2,000 mg of sodium, typically the daily amount
allowed on a low-sodium diet. Ferroni, who is also a food photographer, has filled the pages of
"Low Sodium, Big Flavor" with enticing photos and shares her experiences of maintaining (and
making peace with) a low-sodium diet. There is no need to feel deprived on a low-sodium diet.
These recipes will help you love the food you eat while at the same time feel good about taking
care of your health.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated with mouth-watering images of delicious, low-sodium dishes
suitable for any and all dining occasions, "Low Sodium, Big Flavor" recipes run the range from
Green Goddess Dressing; Oatmeal Batter Bread; Roasted Turkey Lunch Meat; and Cashew
Chicken, to Barbecue Ribs; Vegetarian Bolognese; Spice Roasted Carrots; and Brown Butter
Chocolate Chip Cookies. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presenation,
"Low Sodium, Big Flavor" is unreservedly recommended for family, professional, and
community library cookbook collections. It should be noted for personal culinary resource lists
that "Low Sodium, Big Flavor" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Lara Ferroni is a tech geek turned food geek who spends her days exploring food
and cocktail culture. As a writer and photographer, she can be found learning to make kimchi in
the back room of a local church, foraging for wild berries or snapping away in some of the finest
kitchens and bars. She is the author of five cookbooks, including Doughnuts, An Avocado a Day,
Real Snacks and Put an Egg on It.
Baked to Perfection
9781526613486, $28.00, HC, 384pp
Synopsis: Compiled by culinary expert Katarina Cermelj, "Baked to Perfection" is the only
gluten-free baking book a family kitchen cook will ever need as it showcases delicious and
illustrated recipes that will work out perfectly every time.
"Baked to Perfection" begins with a thorough look at the gluten-free baking basics: how different
gluten-free flours behave, which store-bought blends work best, and how to mix your own to suit
your needs. Covering cakes, brownies, cookies, pastry and bread in turn, Katarina shares the best
techniques for the recipes in that chapter, and each recipe is accompanied by expert tips, useful
scientific explanations and occasional step-by-step photography to help you achieve gluten-free
Recipes include classic bakes like super-moist chocolate cake, caramel apple pie and chocolate
chip cookies, the softest, chewiest bread, including crusty artisan loaves, baguettes, brioche
burger buns and soda bread, and mouth-watering showstoppers like toasted marshmallow
brownies, coffee cream puffs and strawberries + cream tart.
Critique: From proper crusty bread, pillowy soft cinnamon rolls and glorious layered cakes to
fudgy brownies, incredibly flaky rough puff pastry and delicate patisserie (everything that once
seemed impossible to make gluten-free) can now be baked successfully be even the most novice
of kitchen cooks -- making "Baked to Perfection" an ideal and unreservedly recommended
addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should
be noted that "Baked to Perfection" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
The Living Table
9781644548493, $24.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: "The Living Table: Recipes and Devotions for Everyday Get-Togethers" by Abby
Turner is a beautifully illustrated combination of devotional, hospitality book and cookbook that
will enable even the most intimidated hostess to succeed with respect to any dining
The underlying message of "The Living Table" is that hosting doesn't require food that takes all
day to prepare. It's also not about being perfect; it's about offering care to one another and
In "The Living Table", Abby shares easy-to-recreate recipes and fun, DIY projects that take 15
minutes or less. Each section starts with a first-hand account of the miraculous ways God has
showed up at Abby's table-how deep conversations have led to deep spiritual growth, how a new
friend has become a forever friend, and how tears and laughs and mishaps have become treasured
memories. With each section focusing on specific tables (dinner table, coffee table, outside table,
etc.), you'll discover fast and easy ways to liven up any moment, whether that be Tuesday night
home with family or a well-thought-out Thanksgiving.
Critique: From Parmesan Bacon Crackers; Blueberry Balsamic Goat Cheese Spread; Pesto and
Chicken Savory Pie; and Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet; to Buffalo Chicken Sliders; Cheesecake
Salad; Raspberry Punch; Rib Tips with Sauce; Rugelach Nutella Rolls, and more, "The Living
Table: Recipes and Devotions for Everyday Get-Togethers" is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly'
in organization and step-by-step presentation, making it an especially and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library cookbook
Editorial Note: Three years ago, Abby Turner started cooking for friends and acquaintances in
hopes of building community, and she found that when you bring people around food,
community flourishes. While she has never attended culinary school, she admits to watching ''a
ton of YouTube videos'' and loves finding ''easy twists'' to store-bought favorites. She encourages
people of all ages to open their homes with fun and easy recipes and themed table settings on her
popular blog www.atabletopaffair.com, as well as on Pinterest and Instagram.
Leon Happy Guts
Rebecca Seal & John Vincent
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781840918021, $19.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: LEON was founded on the principle of nourishing the soul with food that nourishes the
body - making us happy as a result. With the publication of "Leon Happy Guts: Recipes to help
you live better", LEON, the home of healthy fast food, showcases more than 100 simple,
colorful, delicious new recipes to recharge your gut and transform your health with .
In this latest culinary compendium in the bestselling LEON Happy series, the LEON team have
created more than 100 recipes on eating for a happy, healthy gut. It is not about eating a
restrictive diet or depriving yourself of delicious food, but about incorporating gut-friendly
ingredients into your daily diet with recipes loaded with natural probiotics, prebiotics and
In addition to recipes, "Leon Happy Gut Cooking" offers the latest advice on improving your gut
health, including why we should all use extra-virgin olive oil with abandon and that wine and
cheese might actually be good for you.
Critique: Fully living up to that ancient personal health maxim that 'You are what you eat', and
with beautifully illustrated recipes ranging from Classic WholeMeal Loaf; Coconut, Jackfruit &
Lime Curry; and Miso Butter; to Perfect Pickle; Sourdough Brownies with a Tahini Swirl;
Seared Beef & Grain Salad with Chilli, Coriander & Mint; and Home Brewed Ginger Beer,
"Leon Happy Gut Cooking" will prove to be a prized and appreciated addition to personal,
professional, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Leon
Happy Gut Cooking" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
The American History Shelf
David A. Smith
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806168487, $36.95, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: For an element so firmly fixed in American culture, the frontier myth of the Cowboy is
surprisingly flexible. How else to explain its having taken two such different guises in the
twentieth century -- the progressive, forward-looking politics of Rough Rider president Teddy
Roosevelt and the conservative, old-fashioned character and Cold War politics of Ronald
This is the conundrum at the heart of "Cowboy Presidents: The Frontier Myth and U.S. Politics
since 1900", in which David A. Smith fully explores the deployment and consequent
transformation of the frontier myth by four U.S. presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon B.
Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.
Behind the shape-shifting of this myth, the historian Smith finds major events in American and
world history that have made various aspects of the "Old West" frontier more relevant, and more
useful, for promoting radically different political ideologies and agendas. And these divergent
adaptations of frontier symbolism have altered the frontier myth. Theodore Roosevelt, with his
vigorous pursuit of an activist federal government, helped establish a version of the frontier myth
that today would be considered liberal. But then, Smith shows, a series of events from the
Lyndon Johnson through Jimmy Carter presidencies - including Vietnam, race riots, and
stagflation - seemed to give the lie to the progressive frontier myth.
In the wake of these crises, Smith's analysis reveals, the entire structure and popular
representation of frontier symbols and images in American politics shifted dramatically from left
to right, and from liberal to conservative, with profound implications for the history of American
thought and presidential politics. The now popular idea that "frontier American" leaders and
politicians are naturally Republicans with conservative ideals flows directly from the Reagan
For the first time, "Cowboy Presidents" gives us a new, clarifying perspective on how Americans
shape and understand their national identity and sense of purpose; at the same time, reflecting on
the essential mutability of a quintessentially national myth, this in-depth study suggests that the
next iteration of the frontier myth may well be on the horizon.
Critique: An impressively meticulous and seminal work of original scholarship, "Cowboy
Presidents: The Frontier Myth and U.S. Politics since 1900" is enhanced for academia with an
informative Introduction (The Frontier Myth), thirty pages of Notes, a fourteen page
Bibliography, and a twelve page Index. While especially and unreservedly recommended for
community, college and university library American Political History collections, it should be
noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with
an interest in the subject that "Cowboy Presidents: The Frontier Myth and U.S. Politics since
1900" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.95).
Editorial Note: David A. Smith is History Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon. He has published articles in the Journal of American Culture, Pacific Northwest
Quarterly, and South Dakota History.
The Irish in Illinois
Mathieu W. Billings & Sean Farrell
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809337996, $24.50, PB, 270pp
Synopsis: Today over a million people in Illinois claim Irish ancestry and celebrate their love for
Ireland. "The Irish in Illinois" is a concise narrative history by the collaborative team of
academicians and historians Mathieu W. Billings and Sean Farrell that brings together both
familiar and unheralded stories of the Irish in Illinois, highlighting the critical roles these
immigrants and their descendants played in the settlement and the making of the Prairie
Comprised of short biographies and twenty-eight photographs vividly illustrating the significance
and diversity of Irish contributions to Illinois, "The Irish in Illinois" informs the reader of the
countless ways Irish men and women have shaped the history and culture of the state. They
fought in the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the Civil War, and two world
wars; built the state's infrastructure and worked in its factories; taught Illinois children and served
the poor. Irish political leaders helped to draw up the state's first constitution, served in city,
county, and state offices, and created a machine that dominated twentieth-century politics in
Chicago and the state.
This lively history adds to our understanding of the history of the Irish in the state over the past
two hundred fifty years. Illinoisans and Midwesterners celebrating their connections to Ireland
will treasure this rich and important account of the state's history.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with maps, figures, a ten page For Further Reading list,
eighteen pages of Notes, a sixteen page Bibliography, a four page Surname Index, and a nine
page Subject Index, "The Irish in Illinois" is a model of meticulously detailed, informed and
informative scholarship. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Irish
in Illinois" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional,
community, college and university library American Immigrant History and Ethnic Demographic
Studies collections in general, and Illinois History supplemental curriculum studies lists in
Editorial Note #1: Mathieu W. Billings is a faculty associate in the history and political science
department at the University of Indianapolis.
Editorial Note #2: Sean Farrell is a professor of history at Northern Illinois University. He is the
author of Rituals and Riots: Sectarian Violence and Political Culture in Ulster, 1784 - 1886 and a
co-editor of Shadows of the Gunmen: Violence and Culture in Modern Ireland.
c/o Globe Pequot
9781493048366, $26.95 HC, $15.19 Kindle, 400pp
Empire: The Pioneer Legacy of an American Ranch family belongs in any American history
collection strong in Western sagas, and brings to life the story of a family whose interests and
efforts paralleled that of the country to expand and develop. From an 1885 160-acre homestead
ranch to its expansion to embrace tens of thousands of acres, range wars, and changing ranching
products and purposes to meet new demands from the eastern part of the country, this is both a
family chronicle and a concurrent review of how America developed and changed, and receives a
lively tribute using an unexpected perspective.
c/o Globe Pequot
Two new history titles belong in any collection strong in lively, accessible surveys of women's
roles in American social, political, and economic development.
Chris Enss's Iron Women: The Ladies Who Helped Build the Railroad (9781493037759, $19.95
PB, $14.49) follows the contributions women made to the expansion of the railroad across
country even as an authoritative report claimed that "no woman had laid a rail and no woman had
made a survey." So, what did they do? Plenty. Women have been connected with railroading
efforts from 1838 to modern times, and this book considers their roles, their influence in how the
rail lines were created, and their largely unheralded position that should be as central to
American rail history as any man's. These biographical sketches of women who made a different
blend into overall rail history to provide an illustrated and specific review of women who were
architects, designers, hospitality ambassadors, engineers, and more.
Jan Cleere's Military Wives in Arizona Territory: A History of Women Who Shaped the Frontier
(9781493052943, $19.95 PB, $14.49 Kindle, 216pp) surveys military wives who traveled into
the then-undeveloped Arizona Territory in the 19th century to participate in newly established
settlements alongside their men. Their letters, diaries, and journeys from army post experiences
document the special challenges they endured and their role as part of the military posts that
helped keep the frontier safe for others. Original research and history follows their movements
and influences in a collection of narratives about early military wives that will interest not just
military history holdings, but those strong in women's history.
The World History Shelf
A History of Tourism in Africa
Ohio University Press
215 Columbus Road, Suite 101, Athens, OH 45701
9780821424339, $29.50, PB, 216pp
Synopsis: Since the nineteenth century, foreign tourists and resident tourism workers in Africa
have mutually relied upon notions of exoticism, but from vastly different perspectives. Many of
the countless tourists who have traveled to the African continent fail to acknowledge or even
realize that skilled African artists in the tourist industry repeatedly manufacture "authentic"
experiences in order to fulfill foreigners' often delusional, or at least uninformed,
These carefully nurtured and controlled performances typically reinforce tourists' reductive
impressions (formed over centuries) of the continent, its peoples, and even its wildlife. In turn,
once back in their respective homelands, tourists' accounts of their travels often substantiate, and
thereby reinforce, prevailing stereotypes of "exotic" Africa.
Meanwhile, Africans' staged performances not only impact their own lives, primarily by
generating remunerative opportunities, but also subject the continent's residents to
objectification, exoticization, and myriad forms of exploitation.
Critique: A seminal and meticulously presented study, "A History of Tourism in Africa:
Exoticization, Exploitation, and Enrichment" by Professor Todd Cleveland is an inherently
fascinating and impressively informative history. Exceptionally well written, organized and
presented, "A History of Tourism in Africa: Exoticization, Exploitation, and Enrichment" is an
original and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college
and university library African History Cultural Anthropology collections in genera, and African
Hospitality, Travel & Tourism supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular.
Editorial Note: Todd Cleveland is an Associate Professor of History at the University of
Arkansas. His books published by the Ohio University Press include: Sports in Africa, Past and
Present (2020), Following the Ball: The Migration of African Soccer Players across the
Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1949 - 1975 (2018), Diamonds in the Rough: Corporate
Paternalism and African Professionalism on the Mines of Colonial Angola, 1917 - 1975 (2015),
and Stones of Contention: A History of Africa's Diamonds (2014).
Henry VIII in 100 Objects
c/o Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526731289, $44.95, HC, 248pp
Synopsis: Henry VIII (28 June 1491 - 28 January 1547) is one of history's most memorable (and
infamous) British monarchs. Popularly known for his six wives, and the unfortunate fate which
befell Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Henry initiated many reforms and changes which still
affect our lives today.
The annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon set in motion the separation of the English
church from Rome and the establishment of the Church of England, which in turn led to the
dissolution of the monasteries, the hauntingly evocative remains of which can be seen across the
United Kingdom. Henry also oversaw the legal union between England and Wales, and he is also
known as 'the father of the Royal Navy', with one of his great warships, the Mary Rose, lost in
1545 and recovered in 1982, becoming one of the most famous wrecks in maritime history.
In addition to the monasteries, other buildings around the UK continue to remind us of the times
of the Tudors -- there is the site of Greenwich Palace at the Royal Naval College Greenwich,
where Henry was born; his great palace at Hampton Court; Lambeth Palace where Thomas More
refused to sign the oath to make Henry the Head of the Church, and the Bell Tower in the Tower
of London where More was imprisoned before he was beheaded.
Henry's breach with the Pope led to the threat of war with Catholic France and Spain, which
prompted Henry to construct a series of powerful forts around the English and Welsh coasts.
These elegant and symmetrical defensive structures are still awe-inspiring.
"Henry VIII in 100 Objects: The Tyrant King Who Had Six Wives" by Paul Kendall is an
engaging and hugely informative book, that embarks the reader on a journey across the country,
from Deal Castle on the south coast, to Tower Green where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
lost their heads, and far north to Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. Along the way we see places
where Henry stayed, where the Mary Rose was recovered, the homes of his consorts and
Smithfield where prominent individuals convicted of heresy were burned at the stake. Travel,
then, not just across the country, but also back in time through 100 objects from the days of the
second Tudor monarch - Henry VIII.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "Henry VIII in 100 Objects: The
Tyrant King Who Had Six Wives" is an extraordinarily informative and inherently fascinating
introduction to the life and times of Henry VIII. While especially and unreservedly recommended
for community, college and university library British History collections in general, and Henry
VIII supplemental studies curriculums in particular, it should be noted for the personal reading
lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that
"Henry VIII in 100 Objects: The Tyrant King Who Had Six Wives" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).
Editorial Note: Educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, where he
also served as an Honorary Midshipman with the University of London Royal Naval Unit, Paul
Kendall is a military historian and author from Kent specializing in the First World War.
Bohemond of Taranto: Crusader and Conqueror
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526744289, $32.95, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: The Lord of Antioch, Bohemond of Taranto (c. 1054 - 3 March 1111), was the
unofficial leader of the First Crusade. A man of boundless ambition and inexhaustible energy --
he was, in the words of Romuald of Salerno, 'always seeking the impossible'. While he failed in
his quest to secure the Byzantine throne, he succeeded in founding the most enduring of all the
crusader states. Yet few substantial accounts of the life of this remarkable warrior have been
written and none have been published in English for over a century.
"Bohemond of Taranto: Crusader and Conqueror" is an absorbing new study by military historian
Georgios Theotokis who concentrates on Bohemond as a soldier and commander, covering his
contribution to the crusades but focusing in particular on his military achievements in Italy,
Sicily, the Balkans and Anatolia. Since medieval commanders generally receive little credit for
their strategic understanding, he examines Bohemond's war-plans in his many campaigns,
describes how he adapted his battle-tactics when facing different opponents and considers
whether his approach to waging war was typical of the Norman commanders of his time.
Critique: A seminal and meticulous work of simply outstanding scholarship, "Bohemond of
Taranto: Crusader and Conqueror" is enhanced for academia with maps, a section of color plates,
and informative Introduction, an Epilogue (Death and Heritage), 20 pages of Notes, a six page
Bibliography, and a three page Index. An inherently fascinating and impressively informative
study throughout, "Bohemond of Taranto: Crusader and Conqueror" is a very highly
recommended addition to community, college and university library history collections in
general, and Crusader Biography reading lists in particular. It should be noted for students,
academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Bohemond of
Taranto: Crusader and Conqueror" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Roman Britain's Missing Legion
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526765727, $39.95, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: The Roman empire's Legio IX Hispana had a long and active history, later founding
York from where it guarded the northern frontiers in Britain. But the last evidence for its
existence in Britain comes from AD 108. The mystery of their disappearance has inspired debate
and imagination for decades. The most popular theory in academia is that the legion was sent to
fight the Caledonians in Scotland and wiped out there.
But more recent archaeology (including evidence that London was burnt to the ground and
dozens of decapitated heads) suggests a crisis, not on the border but in the heart of the province,
previously thought to have been peaceful at this time. What if IX Hispana took part in a
rebellion, leading to their punishment, disbandment and damnatio memoriae (official erasure
from the records)? This proposed 'Hadrianic War' would then be the real context for Hadrian's
'visit' in 122 with a whole legion, VI Victrix, which replaced the 'vanished' IX as the garrison at
York. Other theories are that it was lost on the Rhine or Danube, or in the East.
Critique: "Roman Britain's Missing Legion: What Really Happened to IX Hispana?" is a seminal
and landmark study in which archeologist and historian Simon Elliott considers the evidence for
these four theories, and other possibilities. A meticulous work of detailed and document
scholarship, "Roman Britain's Missing Legion: What Really Happened to IX Hispana?" includes
and informative Introduction, an eight page Bibliography, and a five page Index. Of immense
value for historical scholarship and an inherently fascinating read for the non-specialists general
reader with an interest in the subject, "Roman Britain's Missing Legion: What Really Happened
to IX Hispana?" is recommended as a core addition to British History and Roman Military
History collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Roman Britain's Missing
Legion: What Really Happened to IX Hispana?" is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Simon Elliott is an historian, archaeologist and Honorary Research Fellow at the
University of Kent where he studied for his PhD in Archaeology on the subject of the Roman
military in Britain. He also has an MA in War Studies from KCL and an MA in Archaeology
from UCL. For a day job he runs his own PR company, and is a former defense and aerospace
journalist at titles including Jane's Defence Weekly and Flight International. He frequently gives
talks on Roman themes and is co-Director at a Roman villa excavation.
The Field Campaigns of Alexander the Great
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526796608, $26.95, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Alexander the Great (20/21 July 356 BC - 10/11 June 323 BC) is one of the most
famous men in history, and many believe he was the greatest military genius of all time (Julius
Caesar wept at the feet of his statue in envy of his achievements). Most of his thirteen-year reign
as king of Macedon was spent in hard campaigning which conquered half the then-known world,
during which he never lost a battle. Besides the famous set-piece battles (Granicus, Issus,
Gaugamela, Hydaspes), Alexander's army marched thousands of miles through hostile territory,
fighting countless smaller actions and calling for a titanic logistical effort.
There is a copious literature on Alexander the Great, but most are biographies of the man
himself, with relatively few recent works analyzing his campaigns from a purely military angle.
"The Field Campaigns of Alexander the Great" by Stephen English combines a narrative of the
course of each of Alexander's campaigns, with clear analysis of strategy, tactics, logistics
Combined with "The Army of Alexander the Great" and "The Sieges of Alexander the Great"
also by Stephen English, "The Field Campaigns of Alexander the Great" completes a very
compelling examination of one of the most successful armies and greatest conquerors ever
Critique: A superbly written, organized and presented study, "The Field Campaigns of Alexander
the Great" will prove a seminal and enduringly appreciated addition to community, college and
university library Military History collections in general, and Alexandrian curriculum studies
lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, and non- specialist general readers
with an interest in the subject that "The Field Campaigns of Alexander the Great" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Country Durham in North East England, Dr Stephen English
was recently awarded his PhD for his thesis on the military career of Alexander the Great. His
first book, "The Army of Alexander the Great", was published by Pen & Sword in 2009.
England in the Age of Austen
Indiana University Press
1310 East 10th Street, Bloomington, Indiana, 47405
9780253051929, $90.00, HC, 356pp
Synopsis: Dedicated fans of Jane Austen's novels will delight in accompanying historian Jeremy
Black through the drawing rooms, chapels, and battlefields of the time in which Austen lived and
wrote in his newest history, "England in the Age of Austen".
In this exceedingly readable and sweeping scan of late 18th- and early 19th-century Britain,
Professor Black provides a historical context for a deeper appreciation of classic novels such as
"Pride and Prejudice", "Emma", and "Sense and Sensibility". While Austen's novels bring to life
complex characters living in intimate surroundings, "England in the Age of Austen" provides a
fuller account of what the village, the church, and the family home would really have been
In addition to seeing how Austen's own reading helped her craft complex characters like Emma,
Professor Black also explores how recurring figures in the novels, such as George III or Fanny
Burney, provide a focus for a historical discussion of the fiction in which they appear. Jane
Austen's world was the source of her works and the basis of her readership, and understanding
that world gives fans new insights into the multifaceted narratives she created.
Critique: An absolute 'must' for the legions of Jan Austen fans, "England in the Age of Austen" is
an extraordinarily well written history, impressively detailed, and a seminal work of original
scholarship that is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a four page bibliography
(Selected Further Reading) and a seventeen page Index. While an especially and unreservedly
recommended addition to community, college and university library English History collections
in general, and Jane Austen supplemental studies curriculum in particular, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "England in the Age of Austen" is also readily available in a paperback
edition (9780253051936, $30.00) and a digital book format (Kindle, $16.19).
Editorial Note: Jeremy Black is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter and a
Senior Fellow both of Policy Exchange and of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the
author of many books including A Subject for Taste: Culture in Eighteenth-Century England;
George III: America's Last King; England in the Age of Shakespeare; and Charting the Past: The
Historical Worlds of Eighteenth-Century England. Professor Black is also a recipient of the
Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History.
Elizabeth I's Last Favourite: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
c/o John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
9781789045956, $9.95, PB, 184pp
Synopsis: Despite widespread interest in Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex by scholars and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the life of Queen Elizabeth the First, little has
been written about him in decades past. In the pages of "Elizabeth I's Last Favourite: Robert
Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex", author and historian Sarah-Beth Watkins brings the story of his
life, and death, back into the public eye.
In the later years of Elizabeth I's reign, Robert Devereux became the ageing queen's last favorite.
The young upstart courtier was the stepson of her most famous love, Robert Dudley, Earl of
Leicester. Although he tried, throughout his life, to live up to his stepfather's memory, Essex
would never be the man he was. His love for the queen ran in tandem with undercurrents of
selfishness and greed. Yet, Elizabeth showered him with affection, gifts and the tolerance only a
mother could have for an errant son.
In return, for a time, Essex flattered her and pandered to her every whim. But, one disastrous
commission after another befell the earl, from his military campaigns, to voyages seeking
treasure, to his stint as spymaster. Ultimately, his relationship with the queen would suffer and
his final act of rebellion would force Elizabeth I to ensure her last favorite troubled her no
Critique: Reading with all the inherent fascination of a BBC historical drama, "Elizabeth I's Last
Favourite: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex" is an extraordinary and meticulously
documented, informed and informative read. While very highly recommended, especially for
community, college, and university library Historical British Biography collections in general,
and Queen Elizabeth I supplemental curriculum studies lists, it should be noted for students,
academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Elizabeth I's
Last Favourite: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Co. Wexford, Ireland, Sarah-Beth Watkins' life-long love of
history and writing has seen her publish articles in several magazines and online, and she has
quickly established herself as one of the world's most eminent figures in the field of Tudor and
Stuart biographical expertise. Sarah-Beth also tutors creative writing and journalism.
The Great Journeys in History
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500287033, $16.95, PB, 408pp
Synopsis: Ferdinand Magellan, Genghis Khan, Thor Heyerdahl, Amelia Earhart, and Neil
Armstrong: these are some of the greatest travelers of all time. Expertly compiled and edited by
Robin Hanbury-Tenison, "The Great Journeys in History" chronicles their stories and many
more, describing epic voyages ranging from early trips through the great port city of Alexandria
to the latest journeys into space.
In antiquity, we follow Alexander the Great to the Indus and Hannibal across the Alps; in
medieval times, we trek beside Genghis Khan and Ibn Battuta. The Renaissance eventually led to
Columbus visiting the Americas and to the circumnavigation of the world. In the following
centuries, global maps are filled in by Abel Tasman, Vitus Bering, and James Cook. Journeys
specifically made for scientific discoveries, most famously by Alexander von Humboldt and
Charles Darwin, begin. In modern times, the ends of the earth were reached -- including both
poles and the world's highest mountain.
As an editor Robin Hanbury-Tenison leads an incredible team of fifty-two contributors, including
Robert Ballard and Ranulph Fiennes, who relate firsthand experiences with the journeys and
places they describe. The result is "The Great Journeys in History" which informatively
chronicles the stories of bold, early travelers who explored the unexplored and who set out into
the unknown, bringing alive the romance and thrill of adventure.
Critique: Enhanced with the inclusion of some 114 illustrations, "The Great Journeys in History"
is an extraordinary collective history and one that is an especially and unreservedly recommended
for highschool, community, college and university library World History Expeditions,
Discoveries, and Travel collections. 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 Great
Journeys in History" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.10).
Editorial Note: Robin Hanbury-Tenison is an explorer, author, filmmaker, conservationist, and
campaigner. A veteran of over forty expeditions, he is also a leading member of the Royal
Geographical Society and Survival International. His books include "The Great Explorers" and
"The Modern Explorers".
The Civil War Shelf
Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station
Jeffrey William Hunt
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611215397, $32.95, HC, 324pp
Synopsis: Contrary to popular belief, the Eastern Theater during the late summer and fall of 1863
was anything but inconsequential. Generals George Meade and Robert E. Lee continued where
they had left off, boldly maneuvering the chess pieces of war to gain a decisive strategic and
tactical advantage. Cavalry actions and pitched battles made it clear to anyone paying attention
that the war in Virginia was a long way from having been decided at Gettysburg. This period of
the war was the first and only time Meade exercised control of the Army of the Potomac on his
own terms, but historians and students alike have all but ignored it. Historian and academician
Jeffrey Hunt brilliantly rectifies this oversight in "Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station: The
Army of the Potomac's First Post-Gettysburg Offensive, from Kelly's Ford to the Rapidan,
October 21 to November 20, 1863".
It was a fascinating time in north-central Virginia. After recovering from the carnage of
Gettysburg, the Richmond War Department sent James Longstreet and two divisions from Lee's
army to reinforce Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee, where they helped win the Battle of
Chickamauga. Washington followed suit soon thereafter by sending two of Meade's corps (the XI
and XII) to reinforce William Rosecrans' Army of the Cumberland. Despite his weakened state,
Lee took advantage of the opportunity and launched a daring offensive that drove Meade back on
Washington but ended in a bloody defeat at Bristoe Station on October 14.
What happened next is the subject of "Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station", a fast-paced
and dynamic account of Lee's bold strategy to hold the Rappahannock River line as the Army of
the Potomac retraced its steps south. Pressured by Washington to fight but denied strategic
flexibility, Meade launched a risky offensive to carry Lee's Rappahannock defenses and bring on
a decisive battle. The dramatic fighting included a stunning Federal triumph at Rappahannock
Station (which destroyed two entire Confederate brigades) that gave Meade the upper hand and
the initiative in his deadly duel with Lee, who retreated south to a new position behind the
Rapidan River. It seemed as though Lee's vaunted Army of Northern Virginia had lost its magic
after its defeat in Pennsylvania.
This third installment in of Professor Hunt's award-winning Meade and Lee series is grounded
upon official reports, regimental histories, letters, newspapers, and other archival sources.
Together, they provide a day-by-day, and sometimes minute-by-minute, account of the Union
army's first post-Gettysburg offensive action and Lee's efforts to repel it. In addition to politics,
strategy, and tactics, Hunt's pen ably examines the intricate command relationships, Lee's
questionable decision-making, and the courageous spirit of the fighting men. Complete with
original maps and outstanding photographs, "Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station" is a
significant contribution to Civil War literature.
Critique: A meticulously presented and impressively informative work of seminal scholarship
and exhaustively detailed research, no personal, professional, community, college or university
library's American Civil War History collection can be considered comprehensive or up to date
without the inclusion of Professor Jeffrey Hunt's "Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station: The
Army of the Potomac's First Post-Gettysburg Offensive, From Kelly's Ford to the Rapidan,
October 21 to November 20, 1863". It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students,
academia, Civil War historians, and American Civil War buffs that "Meade and Lee at
Rappahannock Station" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.29).
Editorial Note: Jeffrey William Hunt is the Director of the Texas Military Forces Museum, the
official museum of the Texas National Guard in Austin, Texas, and an Adjunct Professor of
History at Austin Community College, where he has taught since 1988. He had also served for
many years as the Curator of Collections and Director of the Living History Program at the
Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. He is also the
author of several books on the Civil War, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning
"Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Forgotten Final Stage of the Gettysburg Campaign, from
Falling Waters to Culpeper Court House, July 14-31, 1863" as well as "Meade and Lee at Bristoe
Station: The Problems of Command and Strategy after Gettysburg, from Brandy Station to the
Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863".
The Business Shelf
Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice: Paradoxes in Play, third edition
Suna Lowe Nielsen, et al.
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781789908039, $175.00, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: Now in a fully updated and expanded third edition, "Entrepreneurship in Theory and
Practice: Paradoxes in Play" by the academic team of Suna Lowe Nielsen, Kim Klyver, Majbritt
Rostgaard Evald and Torben Bager from the University of Southern Denmark, this continuingly
creative and successful textbook provides a broad overview of entrepreneurship from both a
theoretical and a practical perspective.
With an engaging text specifically designed for undergraduates, "Entrepreneurship in Theory and
Practice: Paradoxes in Play" embeds theories of entrepreneurship with tensions and dilemmas,
presented as paradoxes for each chapter. It also offers insights into the entrepreneurial process
and challenges readers to assess the paradoxes and pitfalls encountered on an entrepreneurial
"Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice: Paradoxes in Play" showcases: Opportunities for
student involvement through theory, paradoxes, actions, and exercises; Real-life international
case stories by high profile entrepreneurship scholars, such as William B. Gartner, Saras
Sarasvathy, Alain Fayolle, Benson Honig; Latest thinking on phenomena such as sustainability,
nascent entrepreneurship, design thinking, the circular economy and technology
All undergraduate students with or without prior entrepreneurship education can enjoy the many
benefits, puzzles, and insights that "Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice: Paradoxes in Play"
has to offer. It is an ideal curriculum textbook for undergraduate students on introductory courses
in entrepreneurship, as well as more advanced students interested in entrepreneurial opportunities
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Entrepreneurship in Theory and
Practice: Paradoxes in Play" must be considered an essential and core addition to college and
university library Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Contemporary General Business collections.
It should be noted for the personal reading lists of MBA students, academia, entrepreneurs,
corporate executives, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that
"Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice: Paradoxes in Play" is also readily available in a
paperback edition (9781789908053, $49.95).
UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work
Stacey A. Gordon
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781119779049, $25.00, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Dismantling unhealthy workplaces involves much more than just talking about it, and
so much more than charts, graphs, and statistics. Dismantling unhealthy workplaces requires
action. Although it's increasingly common for businesses of all shapes and sizes to appreciate the
importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, many are often unaware of bias in the
cultures they've created. Others might know there's a problem, but don't know how to properly
"UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias At Work" by Stacey Gordon (CEO of Rework Work, a
company on a mission to reduce bias in global talent acquisition and management) will helps the
corporate executive to understand concepts of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and
shows how to identify bias, and provides the tools for actively removing barriers and ensuring
equity throughout any organization.
Offering step-by-step guidance on creating workplace cultures where employees feel they belong,
"UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias At Work" shows how to: Identify and address bias in
the workplace; Understand what you can do to be more inclusive; Handle potentially
uncomfortable conversations; Discuss race in an authentic and meaningful way; Use
workplace-proven tools that make concepts of diversity and equity actionable; Help employee
resource groups without giving them extra work; Place accountability on organizational policies
that allow biased behavior.
Critique: Impressively informative, exceptionally well organized, and thoroughly 'user friendly'
in presentation, "UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias At Work" is an essential resource and
reference for all employers, managers, and HR professionals seeking to create and sustain
healthy, inclusive, and equitable workplace environments. While very highly recommended for
corporate, community, college and university library Business Management/Business Ethics
collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of MBA students, academia,
corporate executives, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that
"UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias At Work" is also readily available in a digital
format (Kindle, $15.00).
Editorial Note: Stacey Gordon combined her diversity & inclusion knowledge with her recruiting
expertise to create education workshops, leadership development and provide other resources to
help companies with their 'pipeline' problem. Stacey is also the creator of the number one resume
course at LinkedIn learning which is well on its way to accumulating 1 million views. Her
unconscious bias course has been translated into several languages and has been featured by
LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Virgin America (now Alaska Airlines). As a consultant and career
strategist, Stacey has written career and diversity related articles and provided content for SHRM,
Fast Company, Skillsoft, Forbes, NPR Radio, BBC Radio, Essence Magazine, and Monster.com,
to name a few.
The Heart of Business
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781647820381, $30.00, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: In the pages of "The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of
Capitalism", experienced corporate executive and former CEO of Best Buy, Hubert Joly unveils
his personal playbook for achieving extraordinary outcomes by putting people and purpose at the
heart of business.
In "The Heart of Business", Joly shares the philosophy behind the resurgence of Best Buy under
his corporate leadership: pursue a noble purpose, put people at the center of the business, create
an environment where every employee can blossom, and treat profit as an outcome, not the
This approach is easy to understand, but putting it into practice is not so easy. It requires radically
rethinking how we view work, how we define companies, how we motivate, and how we lead. In
this book Joly shares memorable stories, lessons, and practical advice, all drawn from his own
personal transformation from a hard-charging McKinsey consultant to a leader who believes in
Given the economic distress perpetuated and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, "The
Heart of Business" is a timely guide for leaders ready to abandon old paradigms and lead with
purpose and humanity. It shows how we can reinvent capitalism so that it contributes to a
Critique: Offering a complete seminar in corporate leadership under one cover, "The Heart of
Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism" should be considered essential
reading by anyone having a corporate responsibility for successfully establishing and maintaining
their business enterprise whether it be local, regional, national, or international in scope. Readers
are invited to visit www.TheHeartofBusiness.org to learn more. While highly recommended for
community, corporate, college and university library Contemporary Business Management
collections in general, and Strategic Retail Industry Planning supplemental curriculum studies
lists in particular, it should be noted for MBA students, academia, corporate executives, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Heart of Business:
Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Hubert Joly is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Best Buy Co.,
Inc. where he led the company's turnaround and transformed it into an industry leader,
consistently rated one of the best places to work for. He is now a senior lecturer at the Harvard
Business School. He is also a member of the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson and Ralph
Lauren Corporation, and a vice chairman of the Business Council. He has endowed the Joly
Family chair in Purposeful Leadership at HEC Paris where he actively collaborates with the
Managing Generation Z
Robin Paggi & Kat Clowes
Quill Driver Books
2006 S Mary St, Fresno, CA 93721
9781610354004, $18.95 PB, $10.99 Kindle, 326pp
Managing Generation Z: How to Recruit, Onboard, Develop, and Retain the Newest Generation
in the Workplace should be part of any manager or HR leader's reading as it considers the
psyches and values of a generation born after 1996. It comes from a veteran HR manager and an
educational consultant who worked with many Gen Z'ers, and provides a key to understanding
the approaches to life and value sets of a generation usually managed by those from another era.
From their tech-savvy abilities which might supersede those of their superiors to their naivety
over professional interactions and office politics, this management guide is key to understanding
this generation and tapping their inherent skills. Leaders who wish to guide these employees to
greater heights will find discussions specific and important, from how Gen Z views time
differently and reacts differently to time management requirements to how to create meaningful
benefits to the job based on Gen Z values.
The Jobs/Careers Shelf
Video Game Careers Demystified
Michael S. Chang
Best Seller Publishing
9798735660415 $17.95 pbk / $9.95 Kindle
Synopsis: What to know what it's really like to to make and release games?
If you think you've got what it takes to become a game developer, and want to be educated about
the skills you need and the steps to take to get started, then this is the right book for you! This
reference guide offers you the chance to walk in the shoes of a video game professional.
Learn from the best and find out the humble beginnings of the most hailed names in the industry!
Experts behind iconic games like Halo, Assassin's Creed, Battlefield, ABC mouse, and many
more share their inspiring words of wisdom.
Kickstart your game developing journey with Michael Chang's Video Game Careers
Demystified! This book delves into the incredible journey, tribulations, as well as highs and lows
of the exciting video game industry. It explores first-hand accounts, shedding light on numerous
processes behind developing, launching, and publishing a successful game.
Thoughtfully written to captivate, enlighten, and inspire readers, this insightful guide seeks to
answer the industry's most asked questions: What is it like to create and publish games? Does the
industry offer viable opportunities for young people? Should educators and parents foster or
Critique: A thoroughly accessible and information-packed resource for readers of all ages curious
about a potential career in the video game industry, Video Game Careers Demystified: The
Trifecta of Makers, Athletes, and Ecosystem in a Thriving Industry lives up to its title with
profiles and testimonies from professionals in the field. The jobs discussed are classified as
"Mage" (jobs directly involved in game development), "Warrior" (playing video games
professionally, often competitively) and "Rogue" (careers that revolve around games in a
different way - journalism, marketing, analytics publishing, and more). Candid, insightful, and
absolutely fascinating to page through whether one is contemplating a profession connected to
video games or not, Video Game Careers Demystified is highly recommended.
Editorial Note: Michael S. Chang is an international bestselling author, video game marketer and
consultant. He is equipped with more than a decade of working experience in both AAA game
development and indie game studios.
The Military Shelf
Diversion and Deception
Whitney T. Bendeck
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806168463, $45.00, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Among the operations known as Plan Bodyguard, the deception devised to cover the
Allies' Normandy landing, was the little known but critical Plan Zeppelin, the largest and most
complex of the Bodyguard plans. Zeppelin, in conjunction with the Mediterranean Strategy,
succeeded in pinning down sixty German divisions from southern France to the Balkans in time
for D-Day. This was the work of "A" Force, Britain's only military organization tasked with
carrying out both strategic and tactical deception in World War II. Whitney T. Bendeck's
Diversion and Deception finds "A" Force at its finest hour, as the war shifted from North Africa
Focusing on the years 1943 to 1945, Bendeck describes how "A" Force, under the leadership of
Dudley Clarke, orchestrated both strategic and tactical deception plans to create notional threats
across the southern perimeter of Europe, with the chief objective of keeping the Germans pinned
down across the Mediterranean, "Diversion and Deception: Dudley Clarke's "A" Force and Allied
Operations in World War II" by Professor Whitney Bendeck offers a close and clarifying look at
"A" Force's structure and command, operations and methods, and successes and failures and,
consequently, its undeniable contribution to the Allies' victory in World War II.
By shining a light on the often overlooked Mediterranean theater and its direct connection to
European plans and operations, "Diversion and Deception" also provides a deeper understanding
of Allied grand strategy in the war.
Combining military and deception histories (so often viewed in isolation) "Divrsion and
Deception" provides context for the deceptions and adds a layer of knowledge regarding the
planning of military operations. The result is a more complete and nuanced view of Allied
operations than is to be found in most histories of World War II.
Critique: An impressively meticulous, detailed and informative study, "Diversion and Deception:
Dudley Clarke's "A" Force and Allied Operations in World War II" is an extraordinary and
unreservedly recommended contribution to the growing library of World War II histories in
general, and the D-Day invasion of Europe in particular. Also available for personal reading lists
in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.49), "Diversion and Deception: Dudley Clarke's "A" Force
and Allied Operations in World War II" is core addition to community, college and university
library World War II Military History collections.
Editorial Note: Whitney T. Bendeck is a professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
(International Affairs Program) at Florida State University and the author of "A" Force: The
Origins of British Deception during the Second World War.
Other People's Wars
Brent L. Sterling
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
9781647120597, $119.95, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: Preparing for the next war at an unknown date against an undetermined opponent is a
difficult undertaking with extremely high stakes. Even the most detailed exercises and war games
do not truly simulate combat and the fog of war. Thus, outside of their own combat, militaries
have studied foreign wars as a valuable source of battlefield information. The effectiveness of
this learning process, however, has rarely been evaluated across different periods and
Through the series of in-depth case studies of the US Army, Navy, and Air Force comprising
"Other People's Wars: The US Military and the Challenge of Learning from Foreign Conflicts"
by Professor Brent L. Sterling creates a better understanding of the dynamics of learning from
"other people's wars", determining what types of knowledge can be gained from foreign wars,
identifying common pitfalls, and proposing solutions to maximize the benefits for doctrine,
organization, training, and equipment.
"Other People's Wars" also explores major US efforts involving direct observation missions and
post-conflict investigations at key junctures for the US armed forces: the Crimean War (1854 -
56), Russo-Japanese War (1904 - 5), Spanish Civil War (1936 - 39), and Yom Kippur War
(1973), which preceded the US Civil War, First and Second World Wars, and major army and air
force reforms of the 1970s, respectively.
These case studies identify learning pitfalls but also show that initiatives to learn from other
nations' wars can yield significant benefits if the right conditions are met. Sterling puts forth a
process that emphasizes comprehensive qualitative learning to foster better military preparedness
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of maps, a list of abbreviations, a fourteen
page Select Bibliography, and a fourteen page Index, "Other People's Wars: The US Military and
the Challenge of Learning from Foreign Conflicts" is an extraordinary contribution to
community, college and university library Military Strategy and National/International Security
collections and supplemental studies curriculums. For the personal reading lists of students,
academia, military personnel, governmental policy makers, and non-specialist readers with an
interest in the subject that "Other People's Wars: The US Military and the Challenge of Learning
from Foreign Conflicts" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781647120603, $39.95)
and in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.99).
Editorial Note: Brent L. Sterling is an adjunct professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of
Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of Do Good Fences Make Good
Neighbors? What History Teaches Us about Strategic Barriers and International Security
(Georgetown University Press, 2009). He has spent the past thirty years as a defense analyst,
including positions at the Central Intelligence Agency and consulting firms that support the US
Department of Defense.
Special Forces Operator
Robert W. Brown
Pen & Sword Books
9781526785497, $42.95, HC, 216pp
Synopsis: "Special Forces Operator: Serving with the SAS and MRF" is the story of Robert W.
Brown's military career. As he notes -- "The killing part is the easy bit; the tricky part is finding
the right people to kill."
1974 saw Rob Brown in Rhodesia as a member of the internationally acclaimed C Squadron
SAS, where he was wounded on operations twice. This was a turning point in Rob's life as he
surrendered to Christ becoming a Christian. He was to carry on as an operator, but now with a
biblical world view. Rob was recruited in 1980 by the South African Defense Force and was a
member of 6 Reconnaissance Commando Special Forces and later became an operative with
what was commonly called 'the funnies' or CSI Chief of Staff Intelligence.
From 1996 to 2007 Rob was in South Sudan and Iraq, receiving a letter of commendation from
the United States Army. Still active today, Rob specializes in close protection and tactical
security training for civilian personnel.
Critique: An inherently absorbing read that will be especially appreciated by military history
buffs and anyone who has seen war up close and personal, "Special Forces Operator: Serving
with the SAS and MRF" is exceptionally well written and presented from first page to last. While
a seminal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college
and university library Military History and Military Memoirs collections, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Special Forces Operator: Serving with the SAS and MRF" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).
Editorial Note: Robert W. Brown was a Special Forces operator with some of the world finest
regiments and served in four national armies over a career that has spanned forty years and
continues today. In 1965 he earned the converted Green Beret as a member of 2 Commando
Australia. He left in 1968 to Southeast Asia. Finding work of a military nature in Laos, (in the
war that never was). The end of the contract found him in England where he joined the British
Parachute Regiment and completed three tours in Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles,
taking part in Operation Demetrius. On his last tour, he was detached from his battalion and
worked covert operations with a little-known group called the MRF (Military Reaction
The Philosophy Shelf
Bald: 35 Philosophical Short Cuts
Yale University Press
PO Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040
9780300255966, $25.00, HC, 264pp
Synopsis: The moderator of the New York Times' Stone column and the author of numerous
books on everything from Greek tragedy to David Bowie, Professor Simon Critchley has been a
strong voice in popular philosophy for more than a decade. Now with the publication of "Bald:
35 Philosophical Short Cuts" he brings together thirty five essays, originally published in the
Times, on a wide range of topics, from the dimensions of Plato's academy and the mysteries of
Eleusis to Philip K. Dick, Mormonism, money, and the joy and pain of Liverpool Football Club
In an engaging and jargon free style, Professor Critchley writes with honesty about the state of
world as he offers philosophically informed and insightful considerations of happiness, violence,
and faith. Stripped of inaccessible academic armatures, these short pieces bring philosophy out of
the ivory tower and demonstrate an exciting new way to think in public.
Critique: An inherently thoughtful and thought-provoking compendium of erudite insight and
contemplative cognition, "Bald: 35 Philosophical Short Cuts" will have an immense appeal to
both academia and the non-specialist general reader. While especially and unreservedly
recommended for community, college and university library Contemporary Philosophy
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Bald: 35 Philosophical Short Cuts"
is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for
Social Research and the moderator of the New York Times' Stone column. He is a board member
of the Onassis Foundation, and his most recent book is "Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us".
The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
A Chronology of Film
Ian Haydn Smith
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500023693, $29.95, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Ian Haydn Smith is the author of Selling the Movie and Cult Filmmakers and the
update editor on "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die". He is also the editor of BFI
Filmmaker Magazine and Curzon Magazine.
In his latest cultural history of the movies, Ian Smith's "A Chronology of Film: A Cultural
Timeline from the Magic Lantern to Netflix" presents a fresh perspective on the medium by
tracing the complex links between technical innovations, social changes, and artistic
interventions in the order that they occurred.
Organized around a central timeline that charts the development of film from the earliest moving
images to present-day blockbusters, this detailed and profusely illustrated study features key
films, film commentaries, and contextual information about the period in which they were
produced. By revealing the social, political, and cultural environments in which these films were
created, this book reveals new insights into great directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Federico
Fellini, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion, Barry Jenkins, Pedro Almodo
var, and Bong Joon-ho and films such as Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather, Moonlight, and
"A Chronology of Film" also features lavish film stills, commentaries, and a lively "In Focus"
feature with information about the social, stylistic, technical, political, and cultural events of each
Critique: Enhanced with an informative Introduction, some 300 color illustrations, a six page
listing of Awards, a one page Further Reading bibliography, a four page Index, "A Chronology of
Film: A Cultural Timeline from the Magic Lantern to Netflix" compiled is an inherently
interesting, impressively organized, and accessibly presented compendium of insightful and
detailed commentary that is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
professional, community, college, and university library Film, Movie & Video History and
Reference collections and curriculum studies lists.
Producer to Producer
Maureen A. Ryan
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615932665, $41.95, PB, 350pp
Synopsis: "Producer to Producer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Low-Budget Independent Film
Producing" by Maureen A. Ryan is a comprehensive instruction guide and manual for
low-budget film producing and specifically designed for emerging and professional
Structured to guide the reader through production meetings, every aspect of the film-production
pro-cess is outlined in detail. Invaluable checklists -- which begin 12 weeks before shooting and
continue through principal (and secondary) photography and postproduction -- keep the
filmmaker on track and on target.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Producer to Producer: A
Step-by-Step Guide to Low-Budget Independent Film Producing" is an ideal DIY instruction
guide and offers a complete and comprehensive course under one cover, making it an ideal film
school curriculum textbook. While highly recommended for community, college and university
library Film & Video Production collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists of film
students and aspiring film/video producers that "Producer to Producer: A Step-by-Step Guide to
Low-Budget Independent Film Producing" is also readily available in a digital book format
(Kindle, $25.04) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media,
9781690599715, $22.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Maureen A. Ryan is a New York - based producer concentrating on narrative and
documentary feature films. She is co-producer of James Marsh's Man on Wire, winner of the
2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary and the 2009 BAFTA for Best British Film. She is
also the co-producer of Project Nim and the production advisor on the Netflix 10-part series
Making a Murderer by Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi. She is co-executive producer of the
television pilot Stanistan for USA Network / Universal Cable Productions. She is the executive
producer on The Penny Black, a nonfiction episodic series with a pilot episode already produced,
and is the re-creations producer for both Johanna Hamilton's new feature documentary, 1971, and
for Alex Gibney's feature documentary, Mea Maxima Culpa: Si-lence in the House of God. The
author is also a producer of the independent narrative film BOMBER, which premiered at the
SXSW Film Festival and won numerous film festival awards. It should be noted that there is a
companion website: www.ProducerToProducer.com
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615933211, $29.95, PB, 380pp
Synopsis: Collaborating with actors is, for many filmmakers is the scariest part of the job, and
het the part they long for most -- the place where connection happens.
Now newly published by Michael Wiese Productions as a 25th Anniversary Edition, "Directing
Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television" by Judith Weston (who has
been a teacher of directors, actors, and writers since 1985) covers the challenges of the
actor-director relationship, including the pitfalls of "result direction"; breaking down a script;
how to prepare for casting sessions; when, how and whether to rehearse -- but with updated
references, expanded ideas, more detailed chapters on rehearsal and script analysis (using a scene
from The Matrix), as well as a whole new chapter on directing children.
For twenty-five years the industry standard for instilling confidence in filmmakers, "Directing
Actors" perseveres in its mission to bring directors, actors and writers deeper into the
exhilarating task of creating characters the world will not forget.
Critique: An essential and core addition to film school curriculums and an esteemed DIY
instructional reference for aspiring filmmakers for the past two and a half decades, "Directing
Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television" is an absolutely and
unreserved recommended for personal, professional, community, film school, college and
university library Theatrical/Movie/Video Direction & Production instructional reference
collections. It should be noted that the 25th Anniversary edition of "Directing Actors: Creating
Memorable Performances for Film and Television" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $19.95).
The Native American Studies Shelf
The Moundbuilders, second edition
George R. Milner
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500295113, $29.95, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "The Moundbuilders: Ancient
Societies of Eastern North America" by Professor George R. Milner is comprehensive and richly
illustrated volume that covers the entire prehistory of the Eastern Woodlands and the thousands
of earthen mounds that can be found there, built between 3100 BCE and 1600 CE.
This new edition of "The Moundbuilders" has been brought fully up-to-date, with the latest
research on the peopling of the Americas, including more coverage of pre-Clovis groups, new
material on Native American communities in the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries CE, and new
narratives of migration drawn from ancient and modern DNA.
Critique: An exceptionally informative, organized and presented study, "The Moundbuilders:
Ancient Societies of Eastern North America" is the perfect visual guide to the region for students,
tourists, archaeologists, and non-specialist general readers interested in ancient American history,
making it an essential and core addition to community, college and university library Native
American Studies collections. It should be noted for students, academicians, and anyone with an
interest in Moundbuilder culture and history that "The Moundbuilders: Ancient Societies of
Eastern North America" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.67).
Editorial Note: George R. Milner is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University,
specializing in the history of eastern North America and human osteology. His previous books
include "The Cahokia Chiefdom" and "In the Wake of Contact".
Bkejwanong Dbaajmowinan/Stories of Where the Waters Divide
Monty McGahey II, editor/translator
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781938065125, $24.95, PB, 188pp
Synopsis: Bkejwanong means "where the waters part," but the waters of St. Clair River are not a
point of separation. The same waters that sustain life on and around Bkejwanong (formerly
known as Walpole Island, Ontario, Canada) flow down into Chippewas of the Thames, the
community to which author Monty McGahey II belongs.
While there are no living fluent speakers of Anishinaabemowin in this community, McGahey has
fostered relationships with fluent speakers from nearby Bkejwanong. Bkejwanong. Compiled,
edited and translated by McGahey, this bilingual edition of "Bkejwanong Dbaajmowinan/Stories
of Where the Waters Divide" is a collection of stories from these elders, who understand the vital
importance of passing on the language to future generations in order to preserve the beloved
language and legacy of the community.
Like the waters of St. Clair River, the relationships between language speakers and learners have
continued to nourish Anishinaabe communities in Bkejwanong and Chippewas of the Thames,
particularly in language revitalization. With these new English translations by McGahey,
"Bkejwanong Dbaajmowinan/Stories of Where the Waters Divide" is an invaluable and essential
resource for Anishinaabemowin learners, teachers, linguists, and historians.
Critique: Expertly translated, written and edited, "Bkejwanong Dbaajmowinan/Stories of Where
the Waters Divide" is a unique, seminal, extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition
to personal, professional, college and university library Native American and Canadian
Aboriginal linguistic and culture collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Monty McGahey II is of Anishinaabe and Oneida descent and was raised in
Chippewas of the Thames, where he currently works in language revitalization. He is a
second-language speaker of Anishinaabemowin and holds a master's of professional education in
Indigenous educational leadership from Western University in London, Ontario.
The Genealogy Shelf
Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 229, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806321134, $28.45, PB, 172pp
Synopsis: "Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond" by David Dobson identifies the major
sources and repositories for those just getting started on their genealogical research, and it also
focuses on the other, less commonly used, sources that exist, which will allow more advanced
researchers to put the basic facts they have gathered into context.
With an emphasis on publications, manuscript sources, and archival records, Dobson highlights
ways to trace Scottish ancestors using alternative sources, primarily those covering the years
between 1550 and 1850. For each research topic -- including statutory registers, church records,
tax records, sasines and land registers, court records, military and maritime sources, burgh and
estate records, emigration records, and much more.
Dobson has compiled an extensive list of the publications and archival records that will enable
family historians to advance their research. Another unique feature of "Scottish Genealogy: The
Basics and Beyond" is the inclusion of numerous excerpts from publications and archival
records, which will help lead researchers to the sources most applicable to their research.
Critique: An absolute 'must' as an instructional guide and reference manual for novice (and even
experienced) genealogists wanting to work with and research Scottish records, "Scottish
Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended resource for
personal, professional, community, college and university library Genealogical Studies
Editorial Note: Genealogist and historian David Dobson is the author of more than 200 books
including "Scottish Emigration to Colonial America 1607-1785", "Scottish Trade with Colonial
The Technology Shelf
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781630818258, $159.00, HC, 274pp
Synopsis: "High-Throughput Satellites" by Hector Fenech discusses the motivation for the
evolution of a new breed of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) that have emerged from
traditional communications satellites. It also explores the commercial sectors and technical
context that have shaped HTS. The historical underpinnings of HTS are provided to highlight the
requirements that dimension these satellites. A survey of operational GEO HTS systems is also
included. Readers will understand the technical, operational and commercial context of HTS
systems, as well as the performance of the current HTS system.
This initial breed of satellites was limited to geostationary satellites, but it is quickly projecting
into low earth orbit (LEO) constellations, often referred to as mega-constellations. The industrial
and operational facets of LEO constellations are challenging. The characteristics of GEO and
LEO systems are presented to understand the differences between the two systems. The book also
explores the evolution of the current HTS payload architectures, as well as theoretical
methodology is presented for the capacity estimation for both the FORWARD link and RETURN
link, which can be used for preliminary HTS dimensioning and can be adapted to practical
Critique: Informed and informative, exceptionally well written,, "High-Throughput Satellites" by
satellite technology expert Hector Fenech offers a complete course of instruction that is
impressively organized and presented, making it an ideal curriculum textbook on the subject and
unreservedly recommended for professional, governmental, corporate, college and university
library Satellite Technology collections.
Editorial Note: Hector Fenech is an electrical engineer and director of the Future Satellite
Systems group at Eutelsat in Paris, France. He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2014 for contributing to the definition of
telecommunications satellite architectures and systems through innovation and technological
exploitation. He was also named a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
The Psychology Shelf
Reassembling Models of Reality: Theory and Clinical Practice
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9781324015970, $42.50, HC, 384pp
Synopsis: Therapists must rely on their clients' reporting of experience in order to assess, treat,
and offer help. Yet we all experience the world through various filters of one sort or another, and
our experiences are transformed through several nonconscious processes before reaching our
conscious awareness. Science, philosophy, and wisdom traditions share the belief that our
awareness is very restricted. How, then, can anyone accurately report their experience, let alone
get help with it?
In "Reassembling Models of Reality: Theory and Clinical Practice", neuropsychologist Aldrich
Chan examines how our experience of reality is assembled and shaped by biological,
psychological, sociocultural, and existential processes. Each individual chapter deftly explores
processes within these domains that may act as "veils". The topics covered in "Reassembling
Models of Reality: Theory and Clinical Practice" include: the default mode network, cognitive
distortions, decision-making heuristics, the interconnected mind, memory, and cultural concepts
of distress. By understanding the ways in which reality can be distorted, clinicians can more
effectively help their clients reach their personal psychotherapeutic goals.
Critique: Enhanced for practicing professional and academia with the inclusion to Tables,
Figures, eight Appendices, and a thirty-four page Index, "Reassembling Models of Reality:
Theory and Clinical Practice" is expertly written, organized and presented study of meticulous
and detailed scholarship -- making it an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to
professional, college and university library Clinical Psychology collections in general, and
Cognitive Neuroscience/Neuropathology supplemental curriculum lists in particular. It should be
noted for psychology students, academia, clinical counseling practitioners, and non-specialist
general readers with an interest in the subject that "Reassembling Models of Reality: Theory and
Clinical Practice" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.99).
Editorial Note: Aldrich Chan is a clinical neuropsychologist and founder of the Center for
Neuropsychology and Consciousness, a practice in Miami, Florida that provides
neuropsychological and psychological services. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Pepperdine
University and conducts research on the default mode network and trauma at the University of
Miami. He has publications on topics including Alzheimer's disease, memory, imagination,
mindfulness, play, and creativity.
Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome, second edition
Dennis McGuire & Brian Chicoine, MD
6510 Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
9781606132852, $29.95, PB, 466pp
Synopsis: Now in a newly and thoroughly updated second edition, "Mental Wellness in Adults
with Down Syndrome" by the team of Dennis McGuire and Brian Chicoine continues to reflect
both the breadth of the authors' knowledge (acquired as cofounders of the first medical clinic
dedicated solely to the care of adults with Down syndrome) and the number of psychosocial
issues and mental disorders that can affect people with Down syndrome. This is the essential,
single volume information and reference guide for parents, health practitioners, and caregivers
who support teens and adults with Down syndrome.
"Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome" emphasizes that understanding and
appreciating both the strengths and challenges of people with Down syndrome is the key to
promoting good mental health. It shows readers how to distinguish between bona fide mental
health issues and common characteristics of Down syndrome -- quirks or coping strategies. For
example, although talking to oneself can be a sign of psychosis, many adults with Down
syndrome use self-talk as an effective problem-solving strategy.
The new expanded second edition includes new chapters on sensory issues (written by Dr. Katie
Frank) and regression, expanded and now separate chapters on communication, concrete
thinking, and visual memory, and an extensively updated chapter on Alzheimer's disease citing
abundant new research. Other chapters cover a range of conditions and assessment and treatment
options: What Is Normal?; Self-Esteem & Self-Image; Self-Talk; Grooves & Flexibility;
Life-Span Issues; Social Skills; Mood & Anxiety Disorders; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder;
Psychotic Disorders; Eating Refusal; Challenging Behavior; Self-Injurious Behavior; Autism;
Tics, Tourette Syndrome & Stereotypies.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, and an essential, core addition to
community, college and university library collections, "Mental Wellness in Adults with Down
Syndrome: Second Edition" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended textbook for Down
Syndrome curriculums and supplemental studies reading lists.
Editorial Note: Dennis McGuire, Ph.D., is Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down
Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital outside of Chicago. Brian Chicoine, M.D. is the
medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Together they founded The Center in
1992 and have served nearly 3,000 adults with Down syndrome since its inception. Both Drs.
McGuire and Chicoine are frequent speakers at conferences around the U.S. and abroad
regarding their work and expertise.
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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