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The Communist Chasm
9781934980842, $18.95, PB, 226pp
Synopsis: By the thousands, they followed a dream, a dream of a better life promised to them by
agents of North America's booming industry owners. It was a dream that led many of them into
the Upper Midwest's deep, dangerous mines and into fierce labor strikes and ruinous
blacklistings. Then years later and deeply disillusioned, they were promised a Worker's Paradise
by communist recruiters who sent them to Russia's Karelia, where their fate was sealed by Joseph
"The Communist Chasm: How the Dreams of a Better Life became a Terrible Nightmare" by
Nan Wisherd is their story told in documented detail.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented piece of informed and informative
history that rescues an horrific episode in the American communist experience for uncounted
numbers of Finnish emigrants and their families whose high expectations and idealistic hopes
were to be cruelly abused by a disillusioning and hostile reality that would lead to their deaths,
"The Communist Chasm: How the Dreams of a Better Life became a Terrible Nightmare" is an
especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, college, and
university library American Communist History collections and supplemental curriculum studies
lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest
in the subject that "The Communist Chasm: How the Dreams of a Better Life became a Terrible
Nightmare" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95).
Editorial Note: Nan Wisherd (https://cablepublishing.com/nan-wisherd), who is currently
residing in Brule, Wisconsin, spent her earliest years in northern Wisconsin's Finnish community
of Waino where stories of early pioneer life are still vividly recalled.
Don't Count Me Out
c/o Cornell University Press
512 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
9781501766350, $26.95, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: "Don't Count Me Out: A Baltimore Dope Fiend's Miraculous Recovery" by Rafael
Alvarez chronicles the life of Bruce White from the beginning of his drug use in elementary
school through criminal acts fueled by his need for drugs, to his miraculous recovery three
decades later and involvement in the treatment of addicts, where he is now a leader in the
Author and biographer Rafael Alvarez's recounting of White's journey should inspire those
dealing with the fallout of addiction. Alvarez, a journalist and screenwriter, allows the reader to
get inside the head of an addict who was stealing alcohol from his parents at the age of nine,
selling drugs and tripping on LSD and PCP by the time he hit seventh grade, and hooked on
morphine before he turned fifteen. "Bruce White? I thought he was dead?" is a response
encountered in many of the interviews Alvarez conducted.
"Don't Count Me Out" showcases an improbable and stunning miracle. Though this is just one
person's story, the contributing factors of early sexual assault, the role of permissive preoccupied
parents, and the need for peer approval, among others, will resonate with many -- especially as
the opioid crisis continues to haunt us.
Critique: Of special interest to anyone who has themselves had to deal with the scourge of drug
addiction within themselves, a family member, or a friend, "Don't Count Me Out: A Baltimore
Dope Fiend's Miraculous Recovery" is a compelling, informative, thought-provoking, and
ultimately inspiring read from first page to last. While highly recommended for community and
academic library Drug Dependency/Abuse Recovery collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Don't Count Me Out: A Baltimore Dope Fiend's Miraculous Recovery" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).
Editorial Note: Rafael Alvarez (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Alvarez) is a former City
Desk reporter for the Baltimore Sun and former writer for the HBO drama, The Wire. He is the
author of many books of fiction and nonfiction.
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781647821067, $30.00, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Work relationships can be hard. The stress of dealing with difficult people dampens
our creativity and productivity, degrades our ability to think clearly and make sound decisions,
and causes us to disengage. We might lie awake at night worrying, withdraw from work, or react
in ways we later regret in the form of rolling our eyes in a meeting, snapping at colleagues, or
staying silent when we should speak up.
Too often we grin and bear it as if we have no choice. Or throw up our hands because
one-size-fits-all solutions haven't worked. But you can only endure so much thoughtless,
irrational, or malicious behavior -- there's your sanity to consider, and your career.
With the publication of "Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)",
workplace expert and Harvard Business Review podcast host Amy Gallo identifies eight familiar
types of difficult coworkers (the insecure boss, the passive-aggressive peer, the know-it-all, the
biased coworker, and others) and provides strategies tailored to dealing constructively with each
She also shares principles that will help you turn things around, no matter who you're at odds
with. Taking the high road isn't easy, but Gallo offers a crucial perspective on how work
relationships really matter, as well as the compassion, encouragement, and tools you need to
prevail on your terms. She answers questions such as: Why can't I stop thinking about that nasty
email?! What's behind my problem colleague's behavior? How can I fix things if they won't
cooperate? I've tried everything -- what now?
Full of relatable, sometimes cringe-worthy examples, the latest behavioral science research, and
practical advice you can use right now, "Getting Along" is an indispensable guide to navigating
your toughest relationships at work -- and building interpersonal resilience in the process.
Critique: Timely, informative, insightful, 'real world practical', and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in
narrative style, organization, and presentation, "Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even
Difficult People)" is essential reading for anyone experienced workplace friction, discontent,
bullying, or unrealistic expectations and demands. Enhanced with the inclusion of an informative
Introduction (Can't We All Just Get Along?), sixteen pages of Notes, and a four page listing
Acknowledgments, "Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, corporate, community,
college, and university library Business Management, Communication, and Conflict Resolution
collections and supplemental MBA curriculum studies lists. It should be noted that "Getting
Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Amy Gallo (www.amyegallo.com) is a contributing editor at Harvard Business
Review. She is the author of the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict and a co-host of HBR's
Women at Work podcast. Her articles have been collected in dozens of books on emotional
intelligence, giving and receiving feedback, time management, and leadership. As a sought-after
speaker and facilitator, Gallo has helped thousands of leaders deal with conflict more effectively
and navigate complicated workplace dynamics.
Who Shot Van Gogh?
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500024843, $24.95, HC
Synopsis: Van Gogh is one of the most famous artist in the world, yet our understanding of his
life is full of contradictions. Art historians, filmmakers, journalists, psychologists, and conspiracy
theorists have offered theories on his life and work, yet their views are often poles apart. Van
Gogh has been described as a suffering genius; a nature-loving innocent; a man of violence, a
danger to himself and others; the embodiment of peace and compassion; a religious fanatic; a
Marxist; a madman; a cultural commodity; and an investment opportunity. Where does the truth
lie and the myth begin?
"Who Shot Van Gogh?: Facts and Counterfacts About the World's Most Famous Artist" by Alan
Turnbull is an original and wide-ranging study that provokes new questions about how we see his
life and work. Divided into the recurring themes that run through the artist's life and legacy, Who
Shot Van Gogh?" presents a collage of facts and "counter-facts" about the artist, dating from his
lifetime until now, from a wide field of sources: fellow artists, friends and family, doctors and
psychoanalysts, actors and writers, theorists, crackpots, and scholars. Conflicting statements go
hand in hand with an unconventional curation of images: featuring postcards of locations
associated with the artist, photographs of a fraudster's legal trial, a children's toy, a bottle label,
and a rusty revolver.
Turnbull's biographical study presents a intermingled kaleidoscope of fact and fiction about the
world's most discussed artist (sometimes funny, sometimes heartrending, always revealing)
giving readers new insights into the artist, his work, and his legacy. Van Gogh himself would be
amazed not only to see what people have said about him, but also to grasp the global
phenomenon that he has become.
Critique: Enhanced for the readers' enjoyment with 57 illustrations, "Who Shot Van Gogh?:
Facts and Counterfacts About the World's Most Famous Artist" is essential, informative, and
thought-provoking reading for dedicated art lovers and museum goers. "Who Shot Van Golgh?"
invites all readers familiar with Van Gogh to challenge received ideas about the man and his
work -- making this fascinating study especially and unreservedly recommended for personal,
community, and academic library Artist Monograph & Biography collections in general, and
Vincent Van Gogh supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular.
Editorial Note: Alan Turnbull is a practicing artist who has lectured in painting and printmaking
at Newcastle University and numerous other art schools.
D'Ann Katsu Davis
Playing Mantis: A Workbook For Inner Peace And A Playbook For The Revolution is an
allegorical autobiography of a mantis that comes with an added bonus: embedded original music
by D'Ann Katsu Davis, specifically designed to augment the story.
Asked to write a music bio, Davis quickly realized an even greater interest in writing a bio of the
music, as well. Nobody can synthesize the feel and special perspective of this book than the
author, who easily defines its mercurial form: "Playing Mantis is a story within a story within a
story within a story. It is the spiritual autobiography of a praying mantis, and an allegorical
memoir, while at the same time answering the question of "what the hell" am I doing with my
music and sounds? Which was a central goal. But it also came to embody larger social and even
Its main characters are an amalgamation of various spiritual teachers and influences that also
incorporate an unusual countenance as events are related from the points of view of a male
Buddhist and female indigenous praying mantis. The first strength to note in this story is a
powerful sense of people and places. These are vividly captured in first-person observations.
These power a transformation work that adopts a different perspective about the world, the
healers and spiritual forces that move through it, and those that educate and carry the narrator
Readers may not expect the full-bodied flavor of this experience, which contrasts diverse
concerns such as Eastern and Western philosophy, presents succinct round-up words of wisdom
by various 'mantis' incarnations (Medicine Mantis Says 'When people and nature are in perfect
harmony magic and beauty are everywhere'), and blends musical notes of enlightenment and
creative spirit into its experiences and observations: "She inhales air, and exhales music. She is a
Native American flute - mystic and enchanting - haunting and hollow. She is full of heart, peace,
and gratitude as she plays her offerings of praise to all who reside in the Seven Sacred Directions
of her Sound Medicine Wheel." The result is a lyrical work that begins and ends with music,
infusing this into high notes of spiritual revelation and life inspection that will prove particularly
attractive to readers interested in more than just memoirs of personal enlightenment.
Playful, thought-provoking, and spiritually revealing, Playing Mantis lives up to the weighty
promise of its subtitle (A Workbook For Inner Peace And A Playbook For The Revolution) with
a format that is at once easy to access and hard to define within the usual genre boundaries.
Libraries and readers interested in spiritual, philosophical, and artistic explorations will find the
language and focus of Playing Mantis exceptional, representing a free fall into healing and
growth that is unusually lively in both perspective and presentation.
The Writing/Publishing Shelf
Story and Structure: A Complete Guide
Leon Conrad, author
Jason Chuang, illustrator
The Squeeze Press
9781906069254, $39.95, PB, 528pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Story and Structure: A Complete Guide", published author
Leon Conrad reveals the untold story of just how story works. Using just six primary symbols,
Conrad outlines eighteen story structures and shows how they all optimally solve the problems
which give rise to them.
"Story and Structure: A Complete Guide" also demonstrates the much wider application of story,
presenting new insights into story as a dynamic force of life, allowing the reader to access more
harmony and flow in their life.
Critique: Offering a complete course of instruction for authors, novelists, storytellers, creative
writing teachers, folklorists, narrative therapists, anthropologists, poets, and non-specialist
general readers and bibliophiles interested in how story works will all find "Story and Structure:
A Complete Guide" useful and informative as they rethink ideas of story and storytelling. An
ideal textbook for Creative Writing courses and workshops, "Story and Structure: A Complete
Guide" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic
library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections and supplemental curriculum
Editorial Note #1: Leon Conrad (http://leonconrad.com/writer) is the author of History Riddles,
Odyssey: Dynamic Learning System (with David Pinto), and Aesop the Storyteller. He is a
storyteller and story structure consultant, based in London, UK.
Editorial Note #2: Jason Chuang (https://www.jasonchuangart.co.uk) is an illustrator and
storyteller based in Taiwan and the UK. His practice focuses on the exploration of human
emotions through the creation of symbolic imageries, coating them with elements of the absurd
The Education Shelf
The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions
Timothy L. Fields, author
Shereem Herndon-Brown, author
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
9781421444895, $21.95, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: Finding the right college is a challenge for all students. But Black families face
additional challenges and questions while navigating the admissions process. With the
publication of "The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation about
Education, Parenting, and Race", veteran college admissions experts Timothy L. Fields and
Shereem Herndon-Brown share provocative insights and demystify this complex process to
answer important questions from where to apply to how to get in.
Fields and Herndon-Brown discuss specific concerns for Black families that are not often
addressed by school counselors or other resources. They highlight how the current social justice
movement amplifies the distinct dynamics that exist between Historically Black Colleges and
Universities and predominantly white institutions and which college choices may be best for
Fields and Herndon-Brown pull from decades of experience to offer the savvy advice that Black
families need. Having worked on both sides of the desk (as school counselors and as college
admissions gatekeepers) they are well equipped to give parents, students, and school counselors
the information and inspiration to successfully research and navigate the admission journey.
The higher education landscape is constantly evolving, and admissions criteria have evolved with
it. Fields and Herndon-Brown cover everything from athletic recruitment and artistic talents to
financial aid and step-by-step instructions for how to get through the college search and
application processes. A list of the best colleges for Black students, a glossary of terms, a list of
notable Black college graduates, a suggested reading list, and an FAQ section round out the
guide. "The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions" is the definitive resource to begin the
complex conversation of understanding the choices that Black families face as they go through
the college admissions process at the intersection of education, parenting, and race.
Critique: Comprehensively information and exceptionally 'reader friendly' in both organization
and presentation, "The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation about
Education, Parenting, and Race" is an especially and unreservedly recommended instructional
reference for highschool and community library College Selection Guide collections. For
students, family, highschool counselor, and college/university admissions personnel reading lists
it should be noted that "The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation about
Education, Parenting, and Race" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.49).
Editorial Note #1: Timothy Fields (https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-fields-5936758) is a
graduate of Morehouse College and senior associate dean of admissions at Emory
Editorial Note #2: Shereem Herndon-Brown (www.collegevine.com/experts/profile/e/304) is a
graduate of Wesleyan University and the founder and chief education officer of Strategic
Admissions Advice, an educational consulting company specializing in the creation of college
counseling curriculum for charter schools and school districts, online essay courses, and
personalized college advice coaching.
Paying for College, 2023
Kalman A. Chany
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
9780593516492, $25.99, PB, 384pp
Synopsis: Financing a college education is a daunting task no matter your circumstances. With
line-by-line instructions for filling out the FAFSA and consumer-friendly advice to minimize
college costs, this new and fully updated edition of "Paying for College, 2023: Everything You
Need to Maximize Financial Aid and Afford College" helps aspiring college students and their
parents to: Maximize your financial aid eligibility; Prepare for upcoming changes affecting
student aid; Explore long- and short-term strategies to reduce college costs and avoid expensive
mistakes; Complete every question on the FAFSA and CSS Profile aid applications to your best
advantage; Compare aid offers and learn how to appeal them if necessary; Plan strategically as a
separated/divorced parent, blended family, or independent student.
Critique: Expertly organized and presented, this new edition of "Paying for College, 2023:
Everything You Need to Maximize Financial Aid and Afford College" is essential reading for
anyone student and their families needing to finance a college education given the increasing
costs that seem to rise higher and higher with every year. Simply stated, no Highschool Counsler,
College Student Parent, or College Student can afford not to give a careful reading to the
financially relevant information comprising "Paying for College, 2023: Everything You Need to
Maximize Financial Aid and Afford College". While unreservedly recommended for highschool,
community library, and college admissions office collection, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Paying for College, 2023: Everything You Need to Maximize Financial Aid
and Afford College" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Kalman A. Chany (http://www.campusconsultants.com/kalchany.html) is the
founder and president of Campus Consultants Inc. For over 35 years he has personally helped
thousands of clients get the most financial aid possible. He is a frequent information source for
the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Money Magazine and is regularly interviewed
on CNN and CNBC.
The World History Shelf
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781399000611, $34.95, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Illegitimate son to Edward IV and the uncle of Henry VIII, Arthur Plantagenet's life is
an intriguing story. Raised in his father's court, he then became a trusted member of Henry VII's
household and after his death, was a prominent figure at the court of Henry VIII. Henry VIII
treated his uncle well in the early years of his reign, making him vice-admiral and then Lord
Deputy of Calais in 1533.
Arthur did the best he could in his new position in Calais over seven years, including trying to
maintain a relationship with Thomas Cromwell against a background of religious change, but
there were numerous complaints about him and his paranoid nephew's suspicions over his loyalty
grew - culminating in Lisle's arrest and imprisonment for two years with no legal reason.
Arthur was released from the Tower in 1542, yet tragically died (3 March 1542) after receiving a
diamond ring from his nephew. He was so excited that his heart (that 'gentlest living heart') failed
We owe much of what we know about Henry VIII's uncle to the seizure and preservation of the
Lisle Letters, an impressive collection of correspondence obtained at his arrest that has
miraculously survived. Not only do they give details of Arthur's life, but they are an amazing
insight into the religious, political, culture and social background of the 16th century. Placed as
he was, Arthur Plantagenet's story gives a whole new, fresh perspective on a turbulent yet vibrant
period of history.
Critique: A masterpiece of historical scholarship by Sarah-Beth Watkins, "Arthur Plantagenet:
Henry VIII's Illegitimate Uncle" is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of
listing of the 'Dramtis Personae', a ten page listing of References, a four page Bibliography, and a
three page Index. Exceptional in both organization, documentation, and presentation, "Arthur
Plantagenet: Henry VIII's Illegitimate Uncle" is unreservedly recommended as a critically
important addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Royal British
History/Biography collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for
the personal reading lists of students, academia, historians, and non-specialist general readers
with an interest in the subject that "Arthur Plantagenet: Henry VIII's Illegitimate Uncle" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Sarah-Beth Watkins's love of writing has seen her articles published in various
publications over the past twenty years. Working as a writing tutor, Sarah-Beth has condensed
her knowledge into a series of writing guides for Compass Books. Her history works are Ireland's
Suffragettes, Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King Henry VIII, The
Tudor Brandons, Catherine of Braganza, Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, Anne of Cleves, The
Tragic Daughters of Charles I and Sir Francis Bryan.
Homecoming: The Scottish Years of Mary, Queen of Scots
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781780277233, $30.00, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: One of the most famous queens in history, Mary Stuart (8 December 1542 - 8 February
1587) lived in her homeland for just twelve years: as a dauntless child who laughed at her friends
seasickness as they sailed to safety in France and later, on her return as a 18-year-old widow to
take control of a nation riven with factions, dissent and religious strife. Brief though her time in
Scotland was, her experience profoundly in uenced who she was and what happened to her.
With the publication of "Homecoming: The Scottish Years of Mary, Queen of Scots", author and
historian Rosemary Goring tells the story of Mary's Scottish years through the often dramatic and
atmospheric locations and settings where the events that shaped her life took place and also
examines the part Scotland, and its tumultuous court and culture, played in her downfall.
Whether or not Mary Stuart emerges blameless or guilty, in this evocative retelling she can be
seen for who she really was.
Critique: An informative, deftly crafted, and thoroughly documented historical biography of a
major figure in 16th Century British/Scottish royal history, "Homecoming: The Scottish Years of
Mary, Queen of Scots" is a welcome and unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
professional, community, and academic library French, Scottish, and English 16th Century
History/Biography collections in general, and supplemental curriculum Mary Stuart studies
Editorial Note: Rosemary Goring (https://birlinn.co.uk/contributor/rosemary-goring) was born in
Dunbar and studied social and economic history at the University of St Andrews. She was the
literary editor of Scotland on Sunday, followed by a brief spell as editor of Life; Work, the
Church of Scotland's magazine, before returning to newspapers as literary editor of the Herald,
and later also of the Sunday Herald. In 2007 she published Scotland: The Autobiography: 2000
Years of Scottish History By Those Who Saw it Happen, which has since been published in
America and Russia.
Roman Legends Brought to Life
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781399098526, $34.95, HC, 232pp
Synopsis: The legends of early Rome are among the most memorable of any in the world. They
are also highly instructive. They taught generations of Romans about duty and obedience. Duty
and obedience were precisely the virtues that made a Rome great empire. The legends are not,
however, merely self-congratulatory and they are rarely simple exercises in nationalist
propaganda. On the contrary, many reveal their ancestors' dark side, which they expose
As in the case of Greek mythology, there is no authorized version of any Roman legend. The
legends survived because they reminded the Romans who they were, what modest beginnings
they came from, how on many occasions their city nearly imploded, and what type of men and
women shaped their story.
Defeat, loss, failure. That's where the story of Rome (the story of the boldest, most enduring, and
most successful political experiment in human history) begins. It's the story of how a band of
refugees escaped from the ruins of a burning city and came to establish themselves hundreds of
miles to the west in the land of Hesperia, the Western Land, the land where the sun declines, aka
Italia. It's also the story of a people who by intermingling, compromise and sheer doggedness
came to dominate first their region, then the whole of peninsula Italy, and finally the entire
Mediterranean and beyond.
Critique: A work of meticulous historical scholarship that reads with all the inherent reader
engagement of an extended saga, "Roman Legends Brought to Life" is a as informative as it is
fascinating. Informatively enhanced for the reader beginning with the inclusion of 'A Mostly
Somewhat Putative Chronology', and concluding with a two page Further Reading bibliography
organized into a Modern Studies list and an Ancient Sources in Translation list, "Roman Legends
Brought to Life" is an exceptional and recommended addition to personal, scholarly, and
community library Roman History/Mythology collection. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the
subject that "Roman Legends Brought to Life" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Robert Garland (https://www.colgate.edu/about/directory/rgarland) is the Roy D.
and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University, where he has taught for
30 years. He attended drama school before completing his Ph.D. at University College London.
In recent years he has recorded four courses for The Great Courses and written two videos for
TED Animation. Robert has published 13 academic books on both Greek and Roman history,
and has recently finished a comic historical novel. His interest is in how to make history come
alive and his most important contribution to the discipline has been to identify categories of
people who have been generally overlooked in conventional accounts of ancient history,
including the disabled and refugees.
The Ptolemies, Rise of a Dynasty: Ptolemaic Egypt 330 - 246 BC
John D. Grainger
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781399090223, $42.95, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "The Ptolemies, Rise of a Dynasty: Ptolemaic Egypt 330 - 246
BC" (the first volume of a trilogy on the Ptolemies), British historian John Grainger explains how
Ptolemy I established the dynasty's power in Egypt in the wake of Alexander the Great's death.
Egypt had been independent for most of the fourth century BC, but was reconquered by the
Persian Empire in the 340s. This is essential background for Ptolemaic history since it meant that
Alexander was welcomed as a liberator and, after the tyranny of Kleomenes, so was Ptolemy.
This was the essential basis of Ptolemy's power. He conciliated the Egyptians, but reinforced his
military strength with Greek settlers, mainly retired or available soldiers. He built the city of
Alexandria, but to his own requirements, not those planned by Alexander.
The empire outside Egypt was acquired, perhaps for defense, perhaps by sheer greed. Ptolemy
took over Cyrenaica (with difficulty), Cyprus and Syria/Palestine. These had to be defended
against his rivals, hence the development of his navy, and the Syrian Wars.
The succession was carefully managed, but was not directly hereditary (Ptolemy II was not the
eldest son), and the new king was very different. He fought repeated wars in Syria, and in the
Aegean, built up his navy to the greatest seen in the ancient world, and extended his empire into
the lands of the Red Sea, Sudan and Ethiopia. He taxed the Egyptians mercilessly to fund all
these activities. Yet few of his wars were successful, and he stored up trouble for his
Critique: Along with historical maps, "The Ptolemies, Rise of a Dynasty: Ptolemaic Egypt 330 -
246 BC" also features two pages of Genealogical Tables, nineteen pages of Notes & References,
and eight page Bibliography, and a nine page Index. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization
and presentation, "The Ptolemies, Rise of a Dynasty: Ptolemaic Egypt 330 - 246 BC" is an ideal
introduction to the creation and rise of Ptolemaic era of Egypt and will leave readers looking
forward to the next two volumes from the research studies of John Grainger. While a very special
and recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library Egyptian
History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists, it should be noted for students,
scholars, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Ptolemies,
Rise of a Dynasty: Ptolemaic Egypt 330 - 246 BC" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Evesham, Worcestershire, UK, John D Grainger is a former
teacher and historian of great experience with a particular interest in Classical and Hellenistic
Greek history. His many previous works include the following for Pen & Sword: Hellenistic and
Roman Naval Wars (2011); The Wars of the Maccabees (2012); Roman Conquests: Egypt and
Judaea (2013); a three-part history of the Seleukid Empire (2014-16), King's and Kingship in the
Hellenistic World 350-30 BC (2017), Antipater's Dynasty (2018), Ancient Dynasties (2019), The
Roman Imperial Succession (March 2020) and The Galatians (August 2020).
Alexander the Great and Persia
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781399094412, $34.95, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: Upon his return from India, Alexander the Great traveled to the Persian royal city of
Pasargadae to pay homage at the tomb of King Cyrus, founder of the Achaemenid Persian
Empire, whom he admired greatly. Disgusted to find Cyrus' tomb desecrated and looted, the
Macedonian king had the tomb guards tortured, the Persian provincial governor executed and the
This episode involving Cyrus' tomb serves as one of many case studies in Alexander's
relationship with Persia. At times Alexander would behave pragmatically, sparing his defeated
enemies and adopting Persian customs. Sisygambis, the mother of Persian King Darius III,
allegedly came to view Alexander as a son and starved herself at the news of his demise.
On other occasions he did not shy away from destruction (famously torching the palace at
Persepolis) and cruelty, earning himself the nickname 'the accursed'. This conflicting nature gives
Alexander a complex legacy in the Persian world. Joseph Stiles explores Alexander the Great's
fascinating relationship with his 'spear-won' empire, disentangling the motives and influences
behind his policies and actions as 'King of Asia'.
Critique: A seminal work of historical/biographical scholarship, "Alexander the Great and Persia:
From Conqueror to King of Asia" is a deftly crafted, impressively informative, and exceptionally
well presented history the includes twenty pages of Notes, a six page Bibliography, and a five
page Index. An inherently fascinating and original study, "Alexander the Great and Persia: From
Conqueror to King of Asia" is an especially recommended addition to community and academic
library Ancient Greek and Mesopotamia history/biography collections. It should be noted for the
personal reading lists of readers with an interest in the subject that "Alexander the Great and
Persia: From Conqueror to King of Asia" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Joseph Stiles has a bachelor's degree in History from Temple University and
recently gained his master's degree in World History from Norwich University, Vermont, USA,
where his research centred on Alexander the Great and his policies in the East. He now works as
a teacher and lives in suburban Philadelphia.
Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman Republic
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526733177, $42.95, HC, 328pp
Synopsis: "Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman Republic" is the story of how some Roman
aristocrats grew so competitive in their political rivalries that they destroyed their Republic, in
the late second to mid-first century BCE.
Politics had always been a fractious game at Rome as aristocratic competitors strove to outshine
one another in elected offices and honors, all ostensibly in the name of serving the Republic. And
for centuries it had worked -- or at least worked for these elite and elitist competitors. Enemies
were defeated, glory was spread round the ruling class, and the empire of the Republic steadily
grew. When rivalries grew too bitter, when aristocrats seemed headed toward excessive power,
the oligarchy of the Roman Senate would curb its more competitive members, fostering
consensus that allowed the system (the competitive arena for offices and honors, and the
domination of the Senate) to continue.
But as Rome came to rule much of the Mediterranean, aristocratic competitions grew too fierce;
the prizes for winning were too great. And so, a series of bitter rivalries combined with the social
and political pressures of the day to disintegrate the Republic.
"Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman Republic" is the story of those bitter rivalries from the
senatorial debates of Fabius and Scipio, to the censorial purges of Cato; from the murders of
Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus, to the ultimate rivalry of Caesar and Pompey. A work of historical
investigation, Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman Republic introduces readers not only to the
story of the Republic's collapse but the often-scarce and problematic evidence from which the
story of these actors and their struggles is woven.
Critique: Given the current state of American politics today, reading "Rivalries that Destroyed
the Roman Republic" by Jeremiah McCall gives a new currency to that old adage that 'Those
who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it." An impressively informative, compelling,
and thought-provoking read from first page to last, "Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman
Republic" is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a Glossary, a listing of
ancient authors and available onlikne translations, twenty-eight pages of Notes, a three page
Bibliography, and an eight page Index. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
$25.00) for students and non-specialist general readers, "Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman
Republic" is an especially recommended, core addition to community, college, and university
library Roman History collections and supplemental studies curriculum lists.
Editorial Note: Jeremiah McCall (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremiah-mccall-79302527) has a
PhD in Classical History and specializes in the military history and political culture of the Roman
Republic. He teaches high school history in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a pioneering advocate of the
use of video games as a means for learning history. His previous works include The Cavalry of
the Roman Republic (2002); The Sword of Rome: A Biography of Marcus Claudius Marcellus
(Pen & Sword 2012) and Swords and Cinema: Hollywood vs the Reality of Ancient Warfare
(Pen & Sword, 2014).
The Army of Ptolemaic Egypt 323 to 204 BC
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781473833838, $42.95, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: The Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled Egypt and much of the eastern Mediterranean basin for
nearly 300 years. As a Macedonian dynasty, they derived much of their legitimacy from military
activity. As an Egyptian dynasty, they derived much of their real wealth and power from
maintaining a secure hold on their new homeland. As lords of a far-flung empire, they
maintained much of their authority through garrisons and the threat of military action. To achieve
this they devoted much of their activity to the development and maintenance of a large army and
With the publication of "The Army of Ptolemaic Egypt 323 to 204 BC: An Institutional and
Operational History", Professor Paul Johstono focuses on the period of the first four Ptolemies,
from the acquisition of Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great to the great battle of Raphia
more than a century later.
"The Army of Ptolemaic Egypt 323 to 204 BC: An Institutional and Operational History" offers
an informative study of the Ptolemaic army as an institution, and of its military operations, both
reconstructed through a wide range of ancient sources, from histories to documentary papyri and
inscriptions to archaeological finds. It also examines the reasons for Ptolemaic successes and
failures, the causes and nature of military change and reform, and the particular details of the
Ptolemaic army's soldier classes, unit organization, equipment, tactics, and the Ptolemaic state's
strategy to compile a military history of the golden age of one of the classical world's significant
Critique: A seminal and outstanding contribution to personal, professional, community, and
academic library Egyptian Military History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists,
"The Army of Ptolemaic Egypt 323 to 204 BC: An Institutional and Operational History" is
informative enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a section of color plates, maps, thirty
pages of Notes, a twenty-two page Bibliography, a four page Index of Personal Names, and a
seven page Index. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Army of Ptolemaic Egypt
323 to 204 BC: An Institutional and Operational History" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $16.99).
Editorial Note: Paul Johstono gained his PhD from Duke University, North Carolina, USA, with
a thesis on Hellenistic military institutions. He is an Associate Professor of Military History and
Security Studies at the Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, where he
designs and teaches leadership and ethics curriculum. He was previously Associate Professor for
History of Warfare and Leadership Studies at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He was
formerly lead project historian for the video game team, Europa Barbarorum. He has published
numerous articles and book chapters on Hellenistic military history, Ptolemaic history, and
ancient historiography. He regularly speaks on ancient warfare, leadership, and strategy.
Machiavelli's Broken World
John M. Najemy
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9780199580927, $40.00, HC, 496pp
Synopsis: Machiavelli (3 May 1469 - 21 June 1527) was painfully aware of living in a disastrous
moment of Italy's history with respect to foreign invasions, occupations and shattered states. He
was harshly critical of Italy's princes (such as Francesco Sforza), its professional military class
(especially Cesare Borgia), and the Church (Pope Julius II).
"Machiavelli's Broken World" by John M. Najemy is a study of Machiavelli's evaluation of their
failures and of their underlying causes. He believed that the root of Italy's political weakness was
the excessive ambition of its elite classes, who, like their counterparts in ancient Rome, were
prepared to overthrow governments that obstructed their ambition.
Machiavelli formulates this phenomenon, first theoretically, then historically in the context of the
Florentine Republic's descent into family-based factionalism, which culminated in the brittle
Medici regime. The most damaging tyranny, according to Machiavelli, was the collective tyranny
of wealthy elites ready to undermine law and government to preserve and augment their power
Critique: With added currency to that old adage about those who don't know history are doomed
to repeat it, "Machiavelli's Broken World" is especially timely both as a work of political history
having lessons about the causes and consequences of corruption that existed in Machiavelli's
time -- and our own. A work of meticulous and insightful scholarship, "Machiavelli's Broken
World" is a welcome and recommended addition to the personal reading lists of students,
academia, and non-specialist general readers, as well as community, and academic library World
History and Political Theory collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: John M. Najemy is an expert on Machiavelli. In addition to many essays, a study
of the famous epistolary exchange with Francesco Vettori, exploring the political and personal
contexts in which Machiavelli wrote The Prince (Between Friends: Discourses of Power and
Desire in the Machiavelli-Vettori Letters of 1513-1515, 1993). He has also written two books on
Florentine history, including A History of Florence, 1200-1575 (2006; Italian translation, 2014),
and essays on a variety of Italian authors from Albertano da Brescia and Brunetto Latini to Leon
Battista Alberti and Baldassare Castiglione. He has edited The Cambridge Companion to
Machiavelli (2010) and Italy in the Age of the Renaissance (2004) in the Short Oxford History of
The Civil War Shelf
The Women's Fight
University of North Carolina Press
116 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3808
9781469653631, $37.50, HC, 392pp
Synopsis: Historians of the Civil War often speak of "wars within a war" -- the military fight and
wartime struggles on the home front, as well as the political and moral battle to preserve the
Union and end slavery. With the publication of "The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for
Home, Freedom, and Nation", Professor Thavolia Glymph provides a comprehensive new history
of women's roles and lives in the Civil War (North and South, white and black, slave and free)
showing how women were essentially and fully engaged in all three arenas.
Professor Glymph focuses on the ideas and ideologies that drove women's actions, allegiances,
and politics. We encounter women as they stood their ground, moved into each other's territory,
sought and found common ground, and fought for vastly different principles. Some women used
all the tools and powers they could muster to prevent the radical transformations the war
increasingly imposed, some fought with equal might for the same transformations, and other
women fought simply to keep the war at bay as they waited for their husbands and sons to return
Professor Glymph also shows how the Civil War exposed as never before the nation's fault lines,
not just along race and class lines but also along the ragged boundaries of gender. However,
Professor Glymph makes clear that women's experiences were not new to the mid-nineteenth
century; rather, many of them drew on memories of previous conflicts, like the American
Revolution and the War of 1812, in order to make sense of the Civil War's disorder and
Critique: Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a thirty page Bibliography,
sixty-two pages of Notes, an eight page Index of Names, and a fourteen page Index of Subjects,
"The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation" is a unique and
impressively written, organized and presented study that is a critically important and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library
American Civil War and 19th Century Women's History Studies collections, It should be noted
for the personal reading lists of students, academia, historians, and non-specialist general readers
with an interest in the subject that "The Women's Fight" is also available in a paperback edition
(9781469672502, $27.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Thavolia Glymph (https://history.duke.edu/thavolia-glymph) is the Peabody
Family Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of Law at Duke University and the
author of "Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household".
Thirteen Months in Dixie, or, the Adventures of a Federal Prisoner in Texas
W. F. Oscar Federhen, author
Jeanine Honstein, editor
Steven A. Knowiton, editor
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611215885, $29.95, HC, 168pp
Synopsis: Oscar Federhen was a new recruit to the 13th Independent Battery, Massachusetts
Light Artillery, when he shipped out to Louisiana in the spring of 1864 to participate in the Red
River Campaign. Not long after his arrival at the front, a combination of ill-luck and bad timing
led to his capture. Federhen was marched overland to Tyler, Texas, where he was held as a
prisoner of war in Camp Ford, the largest POW camp west of the Mississippi River.
Co-edited by Jeaninne Surette Honstin and Steven A. Knowiton, "Thirteen Months in Dixie, or,
the Adventures of a Federal Prisoner in Texas: Including the Red River Campaign, Imprisonment
at Camp Ford, and Escape" recounts Federhen's always thrilling and occasionally horrifying
ordeals as a starving prisoner.
The captured Union Army artillerist tried his hand at escaping several times and faced sadistic
guards and vicious hounds before finally succeeding. But his ordeal was just beginning as the
young soldier faced a series of challenges as he made his way cross-country through northeast
Texas to reach Union lines.
Federhen had to dodge regular Confederates, brigands, and even Comanches in his effort to get
home. He rode for a time with Rebel irregular cavalry, during which he witnessed robberies and
even cold-blooded murder. When he was recaptured and thought to be a potential deserter, he
escaped yet again and continued his bid for freedom.
Federhen wrote his recollections in lively engaging style not long after the war, but they sat
unpublished until Jeaninne Surette Honstein and Steven Knowlton carefully transcribed and
annotated his incredible manuscript. Numerous illustrations grace the pages, including two from
Federhen's own pen.
"Thirteen Months in Dixie" is not only a gripping true story that would have otherwise been lost
to history, but a valuable primary source about the lives of Civil War prisoners and everyday
Texans during the conflict.
Critique: After being hidden away for decades as a family heirloom, the incredible manuscript for
"Thirteen Months in Dixie, or, the Adventures of a Federal Prisoner in Texas: Including the Red
River Campaign, Imprisonment at Camp Ford, and Escape" is finally available, annotated and
illustrated, and published for the first time. A rollicking tale of adventure, captivity, hardship, and
heroism during the last year of the Civil War (and written in his own words), this is a very special
and unique American Civil War memoir and a prized addition to personal, community, and
academic library American Civil War History/Biography collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Thirteen Months in Dixie, or, the Adventures of a Federal Prisoner in
Texas: Including the Red River Campaign, Imprisonment at Camp Ford, and Escape" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.50).
Editorial Note #1: Jeaninne Honstein (https://jhonstein.com) is a conceptual artist based in
Princeton, New Jersey. Her paintings, sculpture, photography, and writing are influenced by her
perception of history and antiquities. She is pleased to bring the story of her ancestor William
Francis Oscar Federhen to the attention of the reading public for the first time.
Editorial Note 32: Steven A. Knowlton (https://scholar.princeton.edu/steven.a.knowlton/biocv) is
Librarian for History and African American Studies at Princeton University. His historical
research has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. He is the recipient of the William
Driver Award from the North American Vexillological Association and the Marshall Wingfield
Award from the West Tennessee Historical Society, and has won the Justin Winsor Library
History Essay Award twice.
The Health/Medicine Shelf
Being Well with Chronic Illness
Kat Hill, author
Nancy Peate, author
c/o The Hatherleigh Foundation
62545 State Highway 10, Hobart, NY 13788
9781578269471, $17.99, PB, 192pp
Synopsis: More than 40% of the US population are affected by chronic diseases. "Being Well
with Chronic Illness: A Guide to Joy & Resilience with Your Diagnosis" is a guide book for
every single one of those people suffering with chronic illness and wanting to live full lives
characterized by joy, resilience, and wellness.
Receiving a diagnosis of terminal illness is a turning point in a person's life where everything
they've ever known is suddenly turned on its head. Negative emotions like anxiety, depression,
anger and uncertainty are ever-present, while the way forward back to health and wellness seems
full of twists and turns. This is because the path to wellness (and away from wellness) is a
"Being Well with Chronic Illness" introduces the simple, but powerful concept of the Wellness
Spiral, an actionable pathway anyone can follow to turn bad life events to opportunities for
growth and wellness. The intricacies of the Wellness Spiral lay out a road map to how we
respond to life's harshest challenges -- and how we can rise above them.
The message is that you can reclaim wellness through intention and self-discovery as "Being
Well with Chronic Illness" charts the course for a journey that supports finding hope and
wholeness after an unexpected diagnosis. "Being Well with Chronic Illness" is for anyone who is
at a crossroads and wants to find ways to build resilience.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, impressively informative, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in
both organization and presentation, "Being Well with Chronic Illness: A Guide to Joy &
Resilience with Your Diagnosis" will have a very special relevance and value for anyone having
to deal with a chronic illness in themselves or a loved one. So many chronic and terminal illness
is the result of either genetic predisposition or environmental toxins that "Being Well with
Chronic Illness: A Guide to Joy & Resilience with Your Diagnosis" is especially and
unreservedly recommended as a critically important addition to personal, professional,
community, college, and university library Health/Medicine collections and supplemental
curriculum Nervous System Diseases studies lists in particular.
Editorial Note #1: Kat Hill (https://www.kathill.org) has a degree in Public Health, Nursing and
Midwifery. She has worked as an educator and nurse, but after her diagnosis of young onset
Parkinson's Disease, she has devoted her time as an advocate for persons with chronic illnesses.
She is currently an Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation and sits on the patient
advisory committee for the World Parkinson Coalition. She spoke at the World Parkinson's
Congress in Kyoto, Japan in 2019. She has a podcast, PD Lemonade, that focuses on wellness
Editorial Note #2: Nancy Peate (https://hatherleighcommunity.com/authors/nancy-peate) writes
and speaks about wellness and how to live one's best life despite chronic illness. A research
librarian by profession, research topics of most interest include resilience and chronic illness,
particularly Parkinson's disease. She has participated and volunteered for the Parkinson's
Resources of Oregon, the Davis Phinney Foundation, and the World Parkinson Coalition. She
spoke at the World Parkinson's Congress in Kyoto, Japan in 2019 and hosts a monthly
Parkinson's support group.
The Baby and the Biome
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
9780593421024, $26.99, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: A baby's immune system develops rapidly in the first 1,000 days of life, with the first
six months and year being most important. With the publication of "The Baby and the Biome:
How the Tiny World Inside Your Child Holds the Secret to Their Health", by medical researcher
Meenal Lele explains how diet, environmental toxins, antibiotics, and even common parenting
practices can damage the delicate balance of our children's microbiomes, thereby increasing the
risk for a host of immune diseases, including eczema, asthma, food allergies, IBS, and more.
Lele discovered firsthand how critical our microbiomes are to our overall health when she sought
to understand the root causes for her son's food allergies. Drawing on her medical background
and through extensive research and interviews with scientists and doctors, Lele discovered the
simple, practical steps that all parents and pregnant moms can take to help foster a healthy and
protective microbiome in their baby. "The Baby and the Biome" will empower parents to protect
and safeguard their children's health for years to come.
Critique: An invaluable and impressively informative guide for parents concerned with their
baby's health and well being, "The Baby and the Biome: How the Tiny World Inside Your Child
Holds the Secret to Their Health" will have a special attraction for parents and caregivers
concerned with a child developing food allergies. Exceptionally well organized and presented,
"The Baby and the Biome: How the Tiny World Inside Your Child Holds the Secret to Their
Health" is unreservedly recommended as an essential, core addition to personal, professional,
community, and academic library Pediatrics, Parenting, and Health/Medicine collections. It
should be noted for families with food allergy concerns that "The Baby and the Biome: How the
Tiny World Inside Your Child Holds the Secret to Their Health" is also available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $15.99).
Editorial Note: Meenal Lele (https://shandeeland.com/meenal-lele-52) is the founder and CEO of
Lil Mixins, a food allergy prevention solution that is the #1 pediatrician-recommended
early-introduction product available. She is the creator of the hit podcast Fixing Sick, which
explores the science behind immune disease. Her work has been featured in Forbes,
Entrepreneur, and Real Woman magazine, and radio shows across New York, New Jersey, and
Pennsylvania. She has appeared on Good Day Philadelphia, Great Day Washington, "Health
Watch" on Fox 5 DC, "Chasing News" on Fox, and My9 in New York, New Jersey, and
Philadelphia. She is a frequent guest on national food allergy and mommy podcasts, including
Idea Mix, Blossoming Mom and Baby, and Today We Tried.
9780578299082, $9.99 Paper/$4.99 Kindle
Insomnia is a widespread problem, and shelves of books about the subject have already been
written. What sets Stephen Altschuler's Beating Insomnia: A No-Nonsense Way to Natural Sleep
apart from most is its review of why most sleep advice doesn't work, and the methods which
have been proven successful.
Altschuler experienced powerful chemotherapy, which saved his life but exacted many tolls --
among them, the inability to sleep. The cookie-cutter approach of many doctors towards fostering
elusive sleep didn't help. In fact, they made matters worse. Timing is everything; but nowhere is
that adage more effective than in sleep patterns. Body clocks vary, body chemistry differs, and
this is why 'one size fits all' approaches to insomnia are more likely to expand the problem than
solve it. And that's the ticket to success in Beating Insomnia, which presents a self-help program
of identifying and working with one's natural rhythms instead of a singular approach. There are
many avenues towards reaching the goal of better sleep that are involved in this process.
Some may be surprising to readers that anticipate nighttime mantras or wind-down routines
alone. One example involves the move to improve overall life quality: "To shift attention away
from sleep difficulties, you must find something in your life to look forward to waking up to - a
purpose that is enjoyable, that fires your creative juices, that literally consumes you with interest
and thought -- something you find so interesting that it can distract you from obsessing upon
It seems counterproductive to get all fired up about an effort to sleep, but Altschuler maintains
that this and other life-changing approaches all contribute to better sleep by improving the quality
of not just nighttime, but daytime routines. He defines "natural sleep" as "sleep without
prescription medications or over the counter sleep aids," and he attends to routines and measures
which also are not too addictive or rigid in their deployment.
As self-help readers and insomniacs pursue the many tips to creating a more restful, sleep
inducing environment, from outfitting a room with blackout curtains and making sure it's cool to
adopting a regular schedule that encourages sleep, they will find it easy to adjust these tips to suit
their own lifestyles and approaches. And yet, the basics of these admonitions allow for
understanding the fundamental influences on reaching the goal of natural sleep patterns.
Reading Beating Insomnia is like pressing the "reset" button. It allows readers to better
understand the roots of their individual problem and pattern disruptions, and to adopt the routines
and processes which mitigate sleep-reducing influences and patterns. It also helps identify and
address anticipatory fears and many other underlying psychological factors that interfere with
sleep patterns. It is best used by the self-help insomniac who would consider and revise
perceptions not just of sleep, but their lives.
Libraries looking for new approaches to self-health and beating insomnia will find Beating
Insomnia filled with examples gleaned from Altschuler's own experiences as well as a host of
practical solutions any insomniac can readily employ to address their own sleep-elusive issues.
The book will help its readers fall and stay asleep. Its author's experiences offer invaluable keys
to identifying common pitfalls and overcoming them, making Beating Insomnia a highly
recommended choice above many competing sleep aids.
The Cookbook Shelf
The Betty Crocker Cookbook, 13th Edition
Betty Crocker, author
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780358408581, $32.50, HC, 704pp
Synopsis: For the past 100 years, Betty Crocker has helped generations of American home cooks,
and this is the cookbook that they've come to trust. This newly revised and expanded 13th edition
of the "Betty Crocker Cookbook" is radically refreshed and made with busy families in mind,
with more than 375 exclusive, new, and on-trend recipes. Look for 5-ingredient, air fryer,
multicooker, and slow cooker recipes throughout, plus ways to use up your on-hand ingredients,
dependable cooking guides, and much, much more. For the health-conscious, you'll find a new
veggie-forward chapter, plus gluten-free and vegan recipes, with full nutritional info for all of the
Perfect for makers of any cooking level, this foundational culinary volume offers an introduction
to basic kitchen tools and staples plus charts for cooking times and storage, measurement
conversions, as well as inspirations to be creative in your cooking. It's everything a home cook
needs for confident cooking and baking at your fingertips, with chapters on appetizers and salads,
cookies, cakes, and desserts, and all eating occasions in between.
Critique: Beautifully and informatively illustrated throughout and now in a durable, lay-flat, book
format, this new 13th edition of "The Betty Crocker Cookbook, 13th Edition: Everything You
Need to Know to Cook Today" is a core addition to personal, professional, family, and
community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that it is also readily available for the
family cook in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).
Editorial Note: Betty Crocker (https://www.bettycrocker.com) is dedicated to showcasing
innovative new ways to make delicious simple through reliably tasty and intuitive kitchen
solutions. With more than 75 million cookbooks sold since 1950, Betty Crocker continues to
connect with makers everywhere.
Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
9781510772083, $26.99, HC, 232pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two: Delicious Vegan Recipes
to Enjoy Together", professional chef Lei Shishak shares 80 extraordinarily delicious meat-free
recipes for pairs. From morning beverages to baked goods, breakfast to lunch, mid-day snacks to
sides, dinner to dessert, this book is a must-have for plant-forward enthusiasts, plant-based
dieters, vegans, veg-curious, and anyone in between!
All 80 palate pleasing, appetite satisfying recipes are perfectly portioned for two but can also
work for larger households where varied eating preferences often exist. Small-batch cooking isn't
complicated or restrictive. It cuts down on waste (and waist!) and leads to greater variety in
The thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes range from a Kiwi Kale Smoothie; Nut and Seed
Granola; Blackberry Thyme French Toast; Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad; and Mushroom PŸte
en Baguette; to Sweet Potato Tacos; Sesame Soba Bowl; Rye Raisin Scones; Chocolate Layer
Cake -- and more!
"Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two" will help you make delicious sweet and savory plant-based
recipes in just the right quantities. So whether you're newly married, flying solo, BFFs,
roommates, empty-nesters, or one in a large crowd, get ready to say goodbye to endless leftovers
and hello to a new, delicious plant-based dish every day.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout with full page color photography of finished dishes,
"Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two: Delicious Vegan Recipes to Enjoy Together" will have a
very special and particular appeal to vegans, vegetarians, and anyone with an interest in seaonsal
dishes for seasonal menus. While highly recommended for personal, professional, and
community library cookbook collections, "Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two: Delicious Vegan
Recipes to Enjoy Together" is an especially culinary pleasure to simply browse through one
inspiring recipe after another.
Editorial Note: Lei Shishak (www.leishishak.com) is the author of numerous cookbooks
including: Beach House Dinners, Beach House Brunch, Farm-To-Table Desserts, and Beach
House Baking. She received her culinary training at the CIA in New York and holds a certificate
in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. After heading
pastry kitchens at notable LA and Orange County restaurants, Lei founded Sugar Blossom Bake
Shop in San Clemente, California, and has been featured in People, Riviera Magazine, Sunset
Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register, KTLA Morning News, PBS, and
many more media outlets. She can be followed on Instagram @leishishak
Supper: Recipes Worth Staying in For
Hardie Grant Books
c/o Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781784885274, $32.50, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: "Supper" is a truly impressive compendium of Flora Shedden's best-loved recipes for
transforming the often-mundane dining-in experience into something worth staying in for.
Featuring over 100 delicious and thoroughly kitchen cook friendly recipes, "Supper" also
includes sample menu suggestions, drink ideas and practical guidance on how to make the most
of leftovers. "Supper" also shows home cooks how to elevate even the most ordinary dinners at
home, into something joyful and celebratory.
Critique: Beautifully, profusely, and inspiringly illustrated throughout with full color
photography of finished dishes, "Supper: Recipes Worth Staying in For" will enable even the
most novice of kitchen cooks to create meals and menus that would rival any 5 star restaurant.
While a magnificent and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, and
community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Supper: Recipes Worth Staying
in For" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Flora Shedden (https://www.florashedden.com) is the author of Aran, a book
based on her bakery of the same name, which focuses on quality and seasonality in baking and
cooking. The bakery sells out daily and has been listed in multiple food guides including
Scotland the Best and both the Telegraph and Olive Magazines guide to the best bakeries in the
UK. Flora opened her second shop LON Store in 2020. Specializing in good quality local
ingredients and excellent store cupboard staples from some of the best independent producers in
the UK it has been a huge hit with locals and visitors alike. Its main aim as a store it to inspire
people to cook locally and seasonally.
The Sustainable Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
Serena Ball MS RD, author
Deanna Segrave-Daly, author
9781637741542, $28.95, 288pp
Synopsis: "The Sustainable Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: More Than 100 Easy, Healthy
Recipes to Reduce Food Waste, Eat in Season, and Help the Earth" by culinary experts Serena
Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly is a comprehensive guide to getting the most from this incredible
regimen, with 10 steps to a more eco-friendly kitchen including helpful guidance on more
sustainable ingredient choices, energy-saving cooking methods, smarter storage, and food waste
reduction. Even making a few of these small changes can add up to a big impact on the health of
"The Sustainable Mediterranean Diet Cookbook" is a compendium of recipes ranging from
Tahini Swirl Yogurt Parfait with Grapes; Broiled Halloumi with Mint Cucumber Salad;
Mascarpone Scrambled Eggs with Carrot Bacon; and Turkish Tomato Flatbread; to Falafel with
Pickled Herb Spread; Smoked Seafood Farro Risotto; North African Chicken Couscous Bowls;
Parsley Pistachio Beef Bulgur Koftas; Baklava Frozen Yogurt Bark; and Olive Oil Polenta Berry
Each showcased recipe includes detailed nutritional information, as well as helpful ingredient
substitutions, prep tips, and time-saving suggestions. Each recipes was triple-tested by real home
cooks and are adaptable for gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegetarian and vegan
lifestyles. Meat and seafood lovers will also find approachable ways to make more eco-conscious
Critique: An impressive culinary resource for a climate-friendly menu, and profusely illustrated
throughout with full-color photographs throughout, "More Than 100 Easy, Healthy Recipes to
Reduce Food Waste, Eat in Season, and Help the Earth" is a welcome compendium of palate
pleasing, appetite-satisfying, environmentally compatible recipes that are thoroughly 'kitchen
cook friendly' in both organization and presentation. While "The Sustainable Mediterranean Diet
Cookbook" is highly recommended for personal, professional, and community library cookbook
collections, it should be noted for personal reference that it is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Both Serena Ball, MS, RD, and Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD, have over 20 years of
culinary nutrition experience and have dedicated their careers to helping people make delicious
and nutritious meals. Together, they are the authors of "The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet
Cookbook", and the "Easy Everyday Mediterranean Diet Cookbook".They have a website at
www.teaspoonofspice.com and do weekly live-stream recipe demonstrations on their Facebook
page, Teaspoon of Spice.
Good Mornings: 50 Delicious Recipes to Kick Start Your Day
Deborah Kaloper, author
Mark Roper, author
Smith Street Books
300 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010
9781922417916, $19.95, HC, 144pp
Synopsis: Brunch is often something decadent that should be reserved for lazy weekends. But
what if brunch could be an everyday treat without the indulgence? "Good Mornings: 50 Delicious
Recipes to Kick Start Your Day" is full of delicious options that are as good for you as they are
palate pleasing and appetite satisfying.
Featuring gorgeous, simple recipes, the dishes comprising "Good Mornings: 50 Delicious
Recipes to Kick Start Your Day" are all refined-sugar free, mostly vegetarian, and packed with
vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options. With chapters focusing on fruits, vegetables, drinks,
baking, eggs, and grains, there's no reason every morning shouldn't be a Good Morning!
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with full page color photographs of
finished dishes, "Good Mornings: 50 Delicious Recipes to Kick Start Your Day", with its recipes
ranging from Espresso Chia Pudding with Espresso Cacao Sauce; to Veggie Hash with Fried
Eggs & Coriander Salso, to Cherry Goji Berry Smoothie, will prove to be an especially
appreciated addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook
Editorial Note #1: Deborah Kaloper (https://www.deborahkaloper.com) is a California-raised,
Melbourne-based food writer, chef, former pastry chef, and now sought-after food stylist. Deb
works daily with the best photographers, chefs, and writers, spending her downtime perfecting
her tortillas. She has previously authored Ramen-topia and Taco-topia, both published by Smith
Editorial Note #2: Mark Roper (http://markroperphotography.com) is a Melbourne-based
lifestyle, travel, food, and interiors photographer. He has collaborated with publications such as
Vogue Living, Conde Nast Traveller, Belle, Gourmet Traveller, Delicious, Habitus, and Country
Style, while also working with top brands, architects, and restaurants including Aesop, Williams
Sonoma, Chobani, Hostplus, and Dinner by Heston.
The Joy of Chocolate
Paul A. Young
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780857839909, $34.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Written and compiled by Paul A. Young, one of the UK's most celebrated master
chocolatiers, and a presenter on the BBC2 TV series The Sweet Makers, "The Joy of Chocolate"
is an instructive guide showcasing how to make delicious chocolates from scratch in your own
This delightfully decadent compendium of recipes and stories is a kind of love letter to chocolate
as it presents the very fundamentals of what is chocolate, how to taste and buy chocolate,
achieving a world-class shine and blending flavor like a professional. "The Joy of Chocolate"
explains everything clearly and with creativity, so that by the end of the book, anyone from a
beginning novice to a confident and experience cook will be able to make the very best chocolate
Critique: Beautifully illustrated with full page color photography, "The Joy of Chocolate" is a
dedicated chocolate lover's delight from first page to last. The recipes are 'kitchen cook friendly',
the commentaries informative, and "The Joy of Chocolate" covers such diverse and relevant
subjects as branding/advertising/packaging; eating/tasting etiquette; festivals/rituals/celebrations.
Of special note is the section denoting 21 of the very best chocolate recipes. While also available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99), this hardcover volume is an especially recommended
for personal and community library cookbook collections.
Editorial Note: Paul A Young (https://www.paulayoung.co.uk) is a ground-breaking and
inspirational chocolatier who is at the forefront of the British chocolate scene. Trained as a chef
before moving into the world of chocolate, Paul's cutting-edge creativity has won him numerous
awards and led to him being ranked among the world's best chocolatiers. In 2014, the
International Chocolate Awards named Paul Outstanding British Chocolatier. Paul's dedication to
his craft, his personality and his experimental creativity shine through in the quality of his
chocolates and through the style of his beautiful boutique chocolateries.
The Mediterranean Migraine Diet
Alicia Wolf, author
Shin C. Beh, author
West Margin Press
9781513134925, $44.49, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: Co-authored by Alica Wolf (the healthy living blogger and creator of
TheDizzyCook.com) and neurologist Dr. Shin Beh, "The Mediterranean Migraine Diet: A
Science-Based Roadmap to Control Symptoms and Transform Brain Health" is a unique
cookbook and lifestyle guide that provides migraine patients with a dietary roadmap to control
attacks and radically transform health. Based on the popular Mediterranean diet, this eating plan
goes a step beyond migraine elimination diets to help people living with migraine expand their
palette of ingredients.
The co-authors (who are patient and doctor in real life), teamed up to provide not only a
cookbook, but a science-based guide to eating well, adapting the heart- and brain-healthy
Mediterranean diet specifically for people living with migraine to help control their symptoms.
Alicia shares her own journey with vestibular migraine and how she healed herself through the
foods she cooked. Dr. Beh adds scientific information to bolster her delicious recipes.
"The Mediterranean Migraine Diet: A Science-Based Roadmap to Control Symptoms and
Transform Brain Health" features: Ten tips for eating a Mediterranean-style diet; Typical
migraine food triggers and how to adapt them to the Mediterranean diet; Instructions for curating
a migraine-friendly pantry; Information on how to shop for and cook with specific brain-friendly
ingredients; More than 70 healthy and delicious recipes organized by food type;
Migraine-friendly meal plans and tips for making meals ahead; Tips and tricks for customizing
dishes for special diets and personal migraine triggers
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with full color photos of finished
dishes, "The Mediterranean Migraine Diet: A Science-Based Roadmap to Control Symptoms and
Transform Brain Health" will prove to be of special interest and value to readers with an interest
in dealing with migraine headaches through their diet. Also available in a paperback editon
(9781513134918, $27.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49), and comprised of
insightful information coupled with palate pleasing and appetite satisfying dishes, "The
Mediterranean Migraine Diet: A Science-Based Roadmap to Control Symptoms and Transform
Brain Health" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, family, and community
library cookbook collections.
The Fast Five: Shortcuts to Deliciousness
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9781460762875, $40.00, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: From culinary expert and cookbook author Donna Hay, "The Fast Five: Shortcuts to
Deliciousness" is all about taking your favorite recipes and re-imagining them in faster, more
All-time classics and old stand-bys ranging from lasagne, to pasta, to tacos and more -- are
reinvented with midweek twists which focus on cutting down time and upgrading flavor. Weekly
go-tos are given a new lease on life, as Donna takes tried-and-tested recipes and gives them a
fresh new twist. For example, the weekly taco night moves from straight out-of-the-box
ready-made to fresh and delicious fit-for-a-restaurant, with five flavourful variations made
inclusive for all tastes and preferences. With fresh salsas and sides, a fully-fledged feast comes
fresh to the table in minutes.
Whether looking for ways to improve on on favourites or for a total kitchen refresh, "The Fast
Five" showcases new fast new fabulous flavor combinations -- all done without ever straying
from any repertoire of go-to menu choices. The culinary compendium that is "The Fast Five" is
comprised of fast, delicious recipes for dishes made in ways never before tried.
Critique: Beautifully, prolifically, and deliciously illustrated throughout with full color
photography, "The Fast Five: Shortcuts to Deliciousness" is an extraordinary and thoroughly
'kitchen cook friendly' source book for menu planning drawing upon a quick and easy approach
to cooking meals for any and all dining occasions. Simply stated, "The Fast Five: Shortcuts to
Deliciousness": is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, family
and community library cookbook collections.
Editorial Note: Donna Hay (https://www.donnahay.com.au) is Australia's favorite and most
trusted home cook, a household name, and an international food-publishing phenomenon.
Donna's 27 books have been translated into 10 different languages, and her television cooking
shows have brought her signature style to life for viewers in more than 14 countries. In Australia,
her recent books have dominated the bestseller charts, with Fresh and Light (2012), The New
Classics (2013), Life in Balance (2015) and Basics to Brilliance (2016). Her food range is
stocked in supermarkets nationally.
Listen To Your Vegetables
Sarah Grueneberg, author
Kate Heddings, author
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780358647119, $45.00, HC, 432pp
Synopsis: "Listen To Your Vegetables: Italian-Inspired Recipes for Every Season" is incredible
exploration of seasonal produce with which James Beard Award - winning and Top Chef finalist
chef Sarah Grueneberg offers insights, techniques, and recipes to truly get the best out of your
vegetables in terms of how and when to shop for, cook, season, and seamlessly incorporate
potatoes, squash, beans, greens, mushrooms, peppers, and more.
Each of the effectively illustrated 15 chapters focuses on a vegetable (or fruit, depending on your
definition) so they can take center stage, plus one devoted entirely to pastas, drawing on Sarah's
long love affair with Italian cooking and the methods that she uses at her renowned restaurant,
This elemental cookbook celebrating seasonal produce offers more than 180 impressive yet
surprisingly achievable recipes, including:
Shaved Mushroom and Celery Salad with Truffle Vinaigrette (#thatsaladtho)
Grilled Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Honey Butter and Pimenton
Carrot and Lamb Merguez Sausage Lasagna
There is also an indispensable section devoted to tips and techniques, under the heading "Get It
Get It" -- an expression Sarah uses in her kitchen when things are coming together perfect. With
planned menus drawing from "Listen to Your Vegetables", even the most carnivorous of family
chefs will be inspired to 'elevate their vegetable game'.
Critique: Enhanced throughout with useful and interesting commentaries, "Listen To Your
Vegetables: Italian-Inspired Recipes for Every Season" is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in
organization and presentation, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended acquisition for
personal, family, professional, and community library Italian Ethnic & Vegetarian/Vegan
Editorial Note #1: Sarah Grueneberg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Grueneberg) is an
American chef who is head chef and owner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago.
While executive chef at Spiaggia, she held a Michelin star for three years. In 2017, she was
named the 2017 Best Chefs in the Great Lakes at the James Beard Foundation Awards.
Grueneberg came second in the ninth season of Top Chef; and she also appeared on the first
season of Iron Chef Gauntlet.
Editorial Note #2: Kate Heddings (https://www.foodandwine.com/author/kate-heddings) is an
experienced food writer and editor with a deep understanding of chefs, restaurants and recipes.
She was a food editor at Food & Wine for over 17 years, during which time she got to eat and
drink all over the US. She has also authored 3 cookbooks.
Barbara Abdeni Massad
c/o Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
9781623718534, $35.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Beirut, once nicknamed "Paris of the East," is the capital of Lebanon. It is arguably the
culinary capital of the Arab world, with an unmatched cuisine that has ancient roots and is
influenced by a number of civilizations and cooking styles, including Arab, Turkish, and French.
It is one of the oldest cities in the world and one of the most cosmopolitan and religiously diverse
in the region. Situated on the Mediterranean coast and flanked by the majestic Mount Lebanon, it
boasts an abundance of flavorful ingredients and spices, including whole grains, fruits,
vegetables, and seafood.
Compiled by renowned Lebanese chef and award-winning cookbook writer and photographer
Barbara Abdeni Massaad, "Forever Beirut: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Lebanon"
showcases a collection of 100 easy-to-prepare recipes that celebrate Beirut's rich culinary
heritage, its resilience, and healing power. Comprised of stories and anecdotes about the customs,
food, people, and traditions, along with sections for soups, salads, breads and savory pastries,
mezze, kibbeh, grilling, main dishes, pickles and preserves, and sweets, it is Barbara's way of
honoring the city of her childhood, her dreams, her Lebanese family kitchen, and the food that
Critique: Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photographs "Forever
Beirut: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Lebanon" is a delight to simply browse through one
page at a time. Fun to create menus incorporating authentic Lebanese cuisine, "Forever Beirut"
will have a very special appeal for anyone who enjoys healthful and delicious Middle Eastern
dishes. Simply stated, "Forever Beirut" is a very special and unreservedly recommended addition
to personal, professional, family and community library ethnic cookbook collections.
Editorial Note: Barbara Abdeni Massaad is a Lebanese food writer, TV host, and cookbook
author. She is the author of Soup for Syria, Man'oushe, and Mouneh, which won the Gourmand
Cookbook Award and the International Academy of Gastronomy Award. She is also a founding
member of Slow Food Beirut.
Palestine on a Plate: Memories from My Mother's Kitchen
c/o Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
9781566560696, $35.00, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: "Palestine on a Plate: Memories from My Mother's Kitchen" is a celebration of
genuine Palestinian cuisine, cooked with the ingredients that culinary author Joudie Kalla's
mother and grandmother use, and that their grandmothers used before them.
Drawing upon the beautifully showcases recipes comprising, "Plaestine on a Plate, anyone can
now experience the wonderful flavors of Palestine through zingy fattet hummus (tangy yoghurt,
chickpeas and hummus, served over toasted pita bread and drizzled in buttered pine nuts),
satisfyingly spiced makloubeh (an upside down spiced rice dish with lamb neck and fried
eggplant), eggplant and zucchini stuffed full with spiced and herbed lamb, and sublimely
decadent awameh (honey dumplings) all accompanied by fresh mint tea and white coffee (not
actually coffee at all, but a refreshing mix of water, orange blossom water and sugar).
Colorful, stunning photography evoking the vibrancy and romance of the country, along with
inherently interesting commentaries on each dish, will bring Palestine cuisine into the home and
onto the table for even the most novice of kitchen cooks. Fun to browse through, ideal for menu
planning, "Palestine on a Plate: Memories from My Mother's Kitchen" is a particularly
recommended addition to personal, family, professional, and community library Ethnic cookbook
collections. It should be noted that "Palestine on a Plate: Memories from My Mother's Kitchen"
is also available in a paperback format (9781623719395, $25.00) and in a Flexibound edition
(9780711245280, $39.94 Amazon).
Editorial Note: Joudie Kalla (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joudie_Kalla) is a Palestinian-British
chef and food writer. She is also the author of "Baladi: A Celebration of Food from Land and
Latin American Street Food
Sandra A. Gutierrez
University of North Carolina Press
116 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3808
9781469672564, $25.00, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: From tamales to tacos, food on a stick to ceviches, and empanadas to desserts, with the
publication of "Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and
Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina" cookbook author Sandra A. Gutierrez takes kitchen
cooks on a kind of tasting tour of the most popular and delicious culinary finds of twenty Latin
American countries, including Mexico, Cuba, Peru, and Brazil, translating them into 150 easy
recipes for the home kitchen. These exciting, delectable, and accessible foods are sure to satisfy
Sharing fascinating culinary history, fun personal stories, and how-to tips, Gutierrez showcases
some of the most recognized and irresistible street foods, such as Mexican Tacos al Pastor,
Guatemalan Christmas Tamales, Salvadorian Pupusas, and Cuban Sandwiches. She also presents
succulent and unexpected dishes sure to become favorites, such as Costa Rican Tacos Ticos,
Brazilian Avocado Ice Cream, and Peruvian Fried Ceviche. Beautifully illustrated, "Latin
American Street Food" includes a list of sources for ingredients.
Critique: Fully authentic, this impressive compendium of Latin American street vendor cuisine is
thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation. A delight to simply browse
through and inspiring to plan menus with, "Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of
Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina" is a very special and highly
recommended addition to personal, family, professional, and community library Ethnic cookbook
collections. It should be noted for personal use that it is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Sandra A. Gutierrez (https://www.facebook.com/sandralatinista), who grew up in
the United States and Guatemala, is a food writer, culinary instructor, and recipe developer. She
is also the author of "The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and
Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South".
Live Life Keto
9781637741528, $28.95, PB, 300pp
Synopsis: Keto is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet mainly used for weight loss in adults, but can
also be a Ketogenic diet -- a special diet for treating epilepsy, mostly in children. The benefits of
the keto diet are well established: It's proven to lower insulin levels, increase metabolism, and
control hunger. For many of us, though, it can be intimidating to start -- and extremely difficult to
stay on plan.
With the publication of "Live Life Keto: 100 Simple Recipes to Live a Low-Carb Lifestyle and
Lose the Weight for Good", Jennifer Banz (a certified life coach and the founder of the popular
blog Low Carb with Jennifer), reveals that she has not only lost 50 pounds with keto, but has also
helped hundreds of people in her private program do the same with her simple 5 "fail-stops" to
keto success. "Live Life Keto" shows how to change your mindset so you can stay compliant
with keto and reap the rewards -- weight loss, reduced cravings, increased energy, and more.
Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, "Live Life Keto"
shares a huge variety of delicious, uncomplicated recipes the whole family can enjoy, including:
Energizing breakfasts like Cinnamon Crunch Bread, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, and Blueberry
Noatmeal; Hearty soups, stews, and chowders including Steak and Fauxtato Soup, Tikka Masala
Soup, and Ground Beef Ramen; Power lunches such as Sloppy Joe-Stuffed Portobellos and
Meal-Prep Bang Bang Chicken; and Crowd-pleasing appetizers like Philly Cheesesteak-Loaded
Jicama Fries and Slow-Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Also featured are: Quick dinners such as Taco Cornbread and Parmesan-Crusted Salmon;
Satisfying sides like Coconut Cauliflower Rice and Butter-Roasted Cabbage Steaks; Craveable
desserts like Chocolate Chip Protein Bars and White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Cookies;
Essential low-carb condiments including sauces, spice rubs, dressings, and jams.
With a focus on ingredients that are easy to find at any grocery store, plus tried-and-true advice to
help you live keto for life, "Live Life Keto will become an indispensable companion on a journey
to optimal health.
Critique: Impressively and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation,
"Live Life Keto: 100 Simple Recipes to Live a Low-Carb Lifestyle and Lose the Weight for
Good" is informative enhanced with the inclusion of a one page Metric Conversion chart and a
six page Index. With a special appeal to anyone with an interest in low carb diets, law
carbohydrate diets, and weight loss/control recipes, "Live Life Keto" is unreservedly
recommended as an essential addition to personal, professional, and community library cookbook
collections. It should be noted that "Live Life Keto" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Jennifer Banz is a dedicated blogger and lover of keto. She shares her experience
with her loyal followers on her Facebook page Low Carb Recipes with Jennifer, on her Youtube
channel under the same name, and on her popular recipe blog at www.JenniferBanz.com
The King Arthur Baking School
King Arthur Baking Company
The Countryman Press
c/o W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9781682686157, $45.00, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: Baking is a culinary craft, one that has been celebrated by King Arthur Baking
Company for more than two centuries. Their cookbook, "The King Arthur Baking School:
Lessons and Recipes for Every Baker" reflects a curriculum that has been honed and refined over
the years, with instructors who are experts not just at baking, but at teaching baking. The recipes,
notes, instructive photographs, and thoughtfully organized chapters here reflect this depth of
From Yeast Breads to Sourdough, Laminated Pastries to Pies and Tarts, Cookies to Cake, readers
gain confidence as they play in the kitchen and build new skills. King Arthur's unique approach
is friendly and accessible to all levels, focusing on the "how" and "why." So much of the magic
of baking is understanding how the ingredients interact, trusting when bread dough is proofed,
appreciating how buttercream comes together -- and more!
Critique: Informatively illustrated with the inclusion of 200 color photographs, "The King Arthur
Baking School: Lessons and Recipes for Every Baker" is the next best think to enrolling on-site
in their school. An ideal textbook for 'teach yourself baking' personal studies program, "The King
Arthur Baking School: Lessons and Recipes for Every Baker" is comprehensive and thoroughly
'user friendly' in organization and presentation -- making it a particular and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community instructional cookbook
Editorial Note: King Arthur Baking Company (https://www.kingarthurbaking.com) has been a
trusted baking resource since 1790, providing expert guidance, inspiration, and premium baking
products, along with workshops and classes at its two respected baking schools (Vermont and
The Native American Studies Shelf
Dancing for Our Tribe
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9781733674423, $80.00, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: In the heyday of the Anishinaabe Confederacy, the Potawatomis spread across Canada,
Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Pressured by the westward expansion of the fledgling
United States of America, they became the most treatied of any Indian tribe. Forced removals and
multiple treaty-era relocations resulted in cultural chaos and an enduring threat to their
connections to the ancestors. Despite these hardships, they have managed to maintain (or restore)
their rich heritage.
Beginning with Citizen Potawatomi Nation, photographer and Citizen Potawatomi Sharon
Hoogstraten visited all nine nations of the scattered Potawatomi tribe to construct a permanent
record of present-day Potawatomis wearing the traditional regalia passed down through the
generations, modified to reflect the influence and storytelling of contemporary life. While the
silver monochrome portraits that captured Native life at the turn of the twentieth century are a
priceless record of those times, they also contribute to the impression that most Indian tribes exist
only as obscure remnants of a dimly remembered past.
With more than 150 formal portraits and illuminating handwritten statements, "Dancing for Our
Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition in the New Millennium" by Sharon Hoogstraten portrays the fresh
reality of today's Native descendants and their regalia: people who live in a world of assimilation,
sewing machines, polyester fabrics, duct tape, tattoos, favorite sports teams, proud military
service, and high-resolution digital cameras.
The Potawatomi nations have merged loss and optimism to reinforce their legacy for generations
to come. Children and young adults learn from the elders the old arts of language, ribbonwork,
beading, and quillwork with renewed urgency. Preserving Potawatomi culture, tribal members
are translating traditional designs into their own artistic celebration of continuing existence,
lighting the path forward for the next seven generations.
"Dancing for Our Tribe" illustrates vividly that in this new millennium, "We Are Still Here."
Critique: A simply magnificent coffee-table style volume (9.75 x 1.25 x 13 inches, 4.9 pounds),
"Dancing for Our Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition in the New Millennium" features full page, full
color photography of men and women in full and authentic regalia enhancing an impressively
informed and informative commentary. A monumental and seminal work of meticulous
scholarship, no personal, professional, college or university library Native American Studies
collection can be considered comprehensive or complete without a copy of "Dancing for Our
Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition in the New Millennium" on their shelves. Community libraries
should note that this superb hardcover edition of "Dancing for Our Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition
in the New Millennium" would be ideal as a Memorial Acquisition selection.
Editorial Note: Photographer Sharon Hoogstraten (https://www.hoogstratenphotography.com)
spent a decade portraying contemporary Potawatomis in regalia and as an unexpected dividend,
discovered her own roots. A Michigan native, she traveled to Chicago for graduate study and
then stayed having no clue that she was literally walking in the footsteps of her Potawatomi
ancestors. Beginning with Citizen Potawatomi Nation, her home reservation in Shawnee,
Oklahoma, she called on all nine nations of the scattered Potawatomi Tribe -- traveling to
Michigan, Wisconsin, Ontario, and Kansas. Hoogstraten previously published Green City
Market: A Song of Thanks, a pictorial retrospective of the groundbreaking farmers market that
boosted Chicago's culinary reputation as a nationally acclaimed food destination. Sharon resides
in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
The Art Shelf
Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe
Kathleen Ash-Milby, editor
Bill Anthes, editor
National Museum of the American Indian
c/o University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9781933565330, $50.00, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Oscar Howe (1915 - 1983) committed his artistic career to the preservation, relevance,
and ongoing expression of his Dakota culture. He proved that art could be simultaneously
modern and embedded in customary Ochethi Sakowin (Sioux) culture and aesthetics -- to him as
an artist there was no contradiction.
Howe challenged the art establishment's preconceptions and definitions of Native American
painting. In doing so, he catalyzed a movement among Native artists to express their
individuality rather than conforming to an established style. This legacy of innovation and
advocacy continues to inspire generations of Native artists to take pride in their heritage and
Expertly compiled and co-edited by the team of Kathleen Ash-Milby and Bill Anthes. "Dakota
Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe" is published by the National Museum of the American Indian
in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name. "Dakota Modern" features the most
extensive representation of Howe's artworks to date, and it examines his life as both artist and
educator. Coedited by Kathleen Ash-Milby and Bill Anthes, the catalog also includes
contributions by Janet Catherine Berlo, Christina Burke, Philip J. Deloria, Erika Doss, Emil Her
Many Horses, John Lukavic, Inge Dawn Howe Maresh, Anya Montiel, Denise Neil, and Joyce
Critique: A magnificent coffee-table style volume (9.25 x 1 x 11.25 inches, 3 pounds), "Dakota
Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe" is a visual delight with full color reproductions of Howe's
paintings supported by an informative and insightful commentary. Graceful, elegant, lavish,
"Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe" is especially and unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, community, college, and university library Native American Art
collections. Indeed, "Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe" would make an excellent choice
for a library Memorial Fund acquisition.
Editorial Note #1: Oscar Howe (Mazuha Hokshina or "Trader Boy", May 13, 1915 - October 7,
1983) was a Yanktonai Dakota artist from South Dakota, who became well known for his casein
and tempera paintings. He is credited with influencing contemporary Native American art,
paving the way for future artists. His art style is marked by bright color, dynamic motion and
pristine lines. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Howe)
Editorial Note #2: Kathleen Ash-Milby is curator of Native American art at the Portland Art
Museum, and the curator of the exhibition Dakota Modern: Tthe Art of Oscar Howe. As
associate curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian she was the
editor of HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor (NMAI, 2010) and co-editor of Kay
WalkingStick: An American Artist (NMAI, 2015), with David Penney. Her web page is at
Editorial Note #3: Bill Anthes (https://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/bill-anthes) is a
professor in the Art Field Group at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and the author of the
books Native Moderns: American Indian Painting, 1940 - 1960 (2006) and Edgar Heap of Birds
(2015) both published by Duke University Press.
Emma Hassencahl-Perley, author
John Leroux, author
Goose Lane Editions
9781773102665, $45.00, PB, 228pp
Synopsis: The "Micmac Indian Craftsmen" of Elsipogtog (then known as Big Cove) rose to
national prominence in the early 1960s. At their peak, they were featured in print media from
coast to coast, their work was included in books and exhibitions (including at Expo 67) and their
designs were featured on prints, silkscreened notecards, jewelry, tapestries, and even English
Primarily self-taught and deeply rooted in their community, they were among the first modern
Indigenous artists in Atlantic Canada. Inspired by traditional Wabanaki stories, they produced an
eclectic range of handmade objects that were sophisticated, profound, and eloquent.
By 1966, the withdrawal of government support compromised the Craftsmen's resources,
production soon ceased, and their work faded from memory. Now with the publication of
Wabanaki Modern: The Artistic Legacy of the 1960s "Micmac Indian Craftsmen", and for the
first time, the story of this groundbreaking co-operative and their art is told in full.
Accompanying a major exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery opening in 2022, "Wabanaki
Modern" features essays on the history of this vibrant art workshop, archival photographs of the
artisans, and stunning full-colour images of their art.
Critique: With the commentary presented in three languages (English, French, Micmac), : The
Artistic Legacy of the 1960s "Micmac Indian Craftsmen" is a unique, informative, and critically
important contribution that is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community,
and academic library Canadian Art History collections.
Editorial Note #1: Emma Hassencahl-Perley (https://emmahassencahlperley.ca) is a Wolastoqey
artist, curator, and educator from Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation).
Editorial Note #2: John Leroux (https://www.johnleroux.com) is manager of collections and
exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
Asian Women Artists
Mary Ellen Snodgrass
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476689258, $75.00, PB, 257pp
Synopsis: "Asian Women Artists: A Biographical Dictionary, 2700 BCE to Today" by
academician and author Mary Ellen Snodgrass is a comprehensive guide to identifying female
creators and artistic movements from all parts of Asia, offering a broad spectrum of media and
presentation representing a wide variety of milieus, regions, peoples and genres.
Arranged chronologically by artist birth date, entries date as far back as Leizu's Chinese
sericulture in 2700 BCE and continue all the way to the March 2021 mural exhibition by
Malaysian painter Caryn Koh, each entry features biographical information, cultural context and
a survey of notable works.
Covering creators known for prophecy, dance, epic and oratory, the unique compendium includes
obscure artists and more familiar names, like biblical war poet Deborah, Judaean dancer Salome,
Byzantine Empress Theodora and Myanmar freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi. In an effort to
relieve unfamiliarity with parts of the world poorly represented in art history, "Asian Women
Artists: A Biographical Dictionary, 2700 BCE to Today" focuses on Asian women often passed
over in global art surveys.
Critique: A seminal work of simply outstanding scholarship, "Asian Women Artists: A
Biographical Dictionary, 2700 BCE to Today" will have a particular appeal to readers with an
interest in Asian History and Female Asian Artists. A simply fascinating compendium that is
impressive in informational content, organization and presentation, "Asian Women Artists: A
Biographical Dictionary, 2700 BCE to Today" is a valued and recommended addition to
personal, professional, community, and academic library Biography and Art History
Editorial Note: Mary Ellen Snodgrass (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ellen_Snodgrass) is
an award-winning author of English and Latin textbooks and reference works for 35 years. She
taught at Hickory High School and Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina for 23 years. Her
writing focuses on women's and world literature and history and general research topics,
including epidemics, the history of money, clothing, food, and dance.
You Can Draw Cute Animals
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9780760376751, $22.99, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "You Can Draw Cute Animals: A Step-by-Step Guide to
Drawing and Coloring Adorable Creatures" artist and illustrator Yasmina Mattson presents easy
illustration techniques for turning up the charm on 30 animals that run, fly, swim, slither, and
waddle. Discover how to create sparkling eyes, blushing cheeks, joyful smiles, and button noses,
transforming even the most ferocious beasts into delightful, appealing characters.
A comprehensive guide to understanding the secrets of cute, "You Can Draw Cute Animals"
begins with basic drawing techniques and exercises and a rundown of what factors make things
adorable with a unique, easy, three-step drawing method that includes observation, simplification
and exaggeration using simple shapes, and refining and adding details.
Those techniques are incorporated in creating a diverse array of animals, including a panda,
monkey, kangaroo, tiger, cat, goat, hedgehog, owl, crow, fox, deer, snail, butterfly, seal, duck,
flamingo, and more. Even complete beginners will feel confident in their skills to draw any
animal in a cute style as they explore ways to add vivid color with watercolor, pencils, and
markers, adding even more personality and style.
Critique: Thoroughly 'artist/illustrator' friendly in organization and presentation, "You Can Draw
Cute Animals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing and Coloring Adorable Creatures" is an ideal
DIY instructional guide and 'how to' manual that is especially and unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, and community library Art Instruction collections, as well as school art
class supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Yasmina Mattson (www.yasminacreates.com) is a self-taught artist who
specializes in drawing, ink, watercolor, and other mixed media. Her style is varied and includes
cute and colorful animals, people, and objects, as well as loose and dreamy florals and
landscapes. Her life's purpose is to show people they can draw or paint whatever their heart
desires. Yasmina believes art should be fun and simple, and that everyone needs creativity in
their life. She shares that passion as a top teacher on Skillshare, where she has 24 classes
attended by more than 300,000 students. Yasmina can be followed on Instagram:
Trees of the West: An Artist's Guide
1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134-1161
9781680513387, $22.95, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: Artist Molly Hashimoto has appreciated trees all her life -- they have shaped her as a
hiker, outdoors enthusiast, gardener, traveler, and artist. She pays homage to them through her
art, working in many different media, each revealing different aspects of these stalwart
companions: crisp lines, imposing silhouettes, and the subtle (or sometimes brilliant) hues of
foliage. Hashimoto also delves into the process of creating art, discussing the mediums she used
in the featured pieces and the reasons she chose them, as well as sidebars with tips and
As in her previous and popular art books "Colors of the West" and "Birds of the West", with the
publication of "Trees of the West: An Artist's Guide" Hashimoto continues to emphasizes her
personal experiences with nature, telling stories about her encounters with trees everywhere from
her backyard to national parks and forests throughout the West. She focuses primarily on native
trees, rather than cultivars, with a special interest in 46 major species found across the region,
ranging from the stately Coast redwoods to the diminutive but distinctive Fishhook Barrel
Rooted in place, trees offer endless opportunities for observation, admiration, relaxation, and
inspiration. "Trees of the West" invites us to pause and appreciate these sentinels in all their quiet
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with art in a variety of mediums
(pencil, pen, and wash sketches; block prints; studio watercolors; and intaglio etchings), "Trees
of the West: An Artist's Guide" includes a rich natural history and brief ethnobotanical notes for
each featured species, as well as featuring poems and quotes from other writers and artists
celebrating our connection to trees. "Trees of the West: An Artist's Guide" is especially and
unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library
Watercolor Painting instructional reference collections and studies lists.
Editorial Note: Molly Hashimoto (www.mollyhashimoto.com) is dedicated to connecting people
of all ages to nature through hands-on art experiences. She teaches and leads watercolor
workshops around the West, including at the North Cascades Institute, Yellowstone Forever
Institute, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
The Egyptology Shelf
Treasures of Egypt
Annk R. Williams, editor
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426222634, $50.00, HC, 400pp
Synopsis: Drawing from National Geographic's unparalleled photo archive, the images
comprising "Treasures of Egypt: A Legacy in Photographs From the Pyramids to Cleopatra" have
created a breathtaking coffee-table style volume (9.75 x 1.25 x 11.25 inches, 1 pound)
celebrating the vibrant beauty and rich cultural heritage of Egypt on the 100th anniversary of the
discovery of King Tut's tomb.
Egypt's rich history astonishes us again and again with priceless treasures, exquisite
craftsmanship, and a bounty of artifacts that enables us to envision the past with extraordinary
detail. It is an epic saga 5,000 years in the making, and one that National Geographic has covered
for more than a century.
"Treasures of Egypt: A Legacy in Photographs From the Pyramids to Cleopatra" portrays the
hallowed country's most remarkable achievements, viewed through decades of discovery
chronicled in National Geographic magazine. From the breathless opening of King Tut's tomb in
1922 to the astonishing find of perfectly preserved boats, entombed for eternity near Giza's
pyramids, here is the story of a proud and dynamic empire that changed the world; its colossal
architecture and imposing statues force us to re-think the engineering limitations of the world
before modern tools were available.
Documenting a series of incredible discoveries that includes a complex of royal graves filled with
dazzling gold artifacts at the ancient city of Tanis, intriguing clues to the life and times of
Cleopatra, and newly uncovered traces of Alexandria, Abydos, and other fabled sites, "Treasures
of Egypt: A Legacy in Photographs From the Pyramids to Cleopatra" embodies the culture's most
fascinating historical milestones.
Critique: With the publication of "Treasures of Egypt: A Legacy in Photographs From the
Pyramids to Cleopatra", students, academia, Egyptologists, and non-specialist general readers
with an interest in the subject are treated to a visual wealth of vivid full color photographs,
informatively revealing time lines, and inherently interest profiles of major explorers in the
archaeological field of Egyptology. A delight to browse through on fascinating page at a time,
"Treasures of Egypt: A Legacy in Photographs From the Pyramids to Cleopatra" is unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
Egyptology collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: General Editor Ann R. Williams specializes in writing about the ancient world
and cultural heritage preservation. As a writer for three decades at National Geographic magazine
and digital news, she reported on new discoveries and the latest research in archaeology around
The Biography Shelf
46 John Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9781612199849, $28.99, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: The Irish "Troubles" were at a murderous fever pitch when John Crawley volunteered
for the IRA. Bloody Friday, Bloody Sunday, the bombing of the British Houses of Parliament,
and other deadly incidents had recently unfolded or were about to. Civilian casualties were as
common as those of the British soldiers, Republican militants (who wanted the UK out of
Northern Ireland), and Unionist police and militants (who wanted to remain in the UK), engaged
in seemingly constant gun battles and car bombing throughout Northern Ireland. The death toll
numbered over 1,000.
The IRA split over how to react between the old-line IRA, and the new Provisional IRA -- the
Provos, mostly impassioned young men who were not hesitant to resort to violence.
With the publication of "The Yank: The True Story of a Former US Marine in the Irish
Republican Army", a powerful, brutally honest, no-holds-barred recounting of John Crawley's
personal experience, details, first, the grueling challenges of his Marine Corps training, then how
he put his hard-earned munitions and demolitions skills to use back in Ireland in service of the
This memoir is a compelling story that will see him running guns with notorious American
mobster (and secret IRA fundraiser) Whitey Bulger; running, under cover of night, from safe
house to safe house in the Irish countryside, one step ahead of British troops; being captured,
imprisoned, and being part of a mass escape attempt; fending off a recruitment offer from the
CIA; and being one of the masterminds behind a campaign to take out London's electrical
Along the way, Crawley is blisteringly candid about the memorable people he worked with,
including behind-the-scenes portrayals of revered IRA leader Martin McGuinness, and of the
psychopathic Whitey Bulger, as well as others in the Boston IRA support network. There are
vivid portraits of colleagues and enemies, and Crawley is unflinching in his commentary on IRA
leadership and their tactics, both military and political.
Through it all comes the steadfast voice of a man on a mission, providing an evocative, detailed,
and passionate recounting of where that mission led him and why -- as well as why, to this day,
he remains ready to serve.
Critique: A compelling, compulsive, page turner of a true life memoir that reads with all the
drama of finely crafted action/adventure fiction, John Carwley's "The Yank: The True Story of a
Former US Marine in the Irish Republican Army" is a certain and unreservedly recommended
addition to personal, community, and academic library American Biography/Memoir collections.
Of special value to readers with an interest in the history of the IRA, White Bulgar, and Irish-
British conflict that the current Brexit departure from the European Union threatens to renew, it
should be noted that "The Yank: The True Story of a Former US Marine in the Irish Republican
Army" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: John Crawley was born in New York to Irish immigrant parents, and moved to
Ireland as a young teenager to attend school. Inspired there by the struggle for Irish freedom
against British rule in the North of Ireland, he returned to America to receive military training in
an elite, special forces "Recon" unit of the US Marine Corps. Afterwards, he returned to Ireland
to volunteer for the IRA and conducted many missions, including gun-running from the US,
working with Boston criminal head Whitey Bulger. Crawley would be captured and imprisoned
twice, both in Ireland and in England, while on major missions, done in both times by informers.
He is now retired and married with a family, and lives in County Monaghan, Ireland. He remains
as committed as ever to the ending of British rule in Ireland and the establishment of a united
The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
The Team-Up Companion
Michael Eury, author
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605491127, $39.95, PB, 272pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "The Team-Up Companion", comic book historian, Back Issue
and RetroFan editor Michael Eury examines team-up comic books of the Silver and Bronze Ages
of Comics -- DC's The Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents, Marvel's Marvel Team-Up
and Marvel Two-in-One, plus other team-up titles, treasuries, and treats -- in a lushly illustrated
selection of informative essays, special features, and trivia-loaded issue-by-issue indexes.
Comic book fans will be taken behind the scenes of their favorite team-up comic books with
specially curated and all-new creator recollections from Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Mike W. Barr,
Eliot R. Brown, Nick Cardy, Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber,
Steven Grant, Bob Haney, Tony Isabella, Paul Kupperberg, Paul Levitz, Ralph Macchio, Dennis
O'Neil, Martin Pasko, Joe Rubinstein, Roy Thomas, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and many other
all-star writers and artists who produced the team-up tales that so captivated readers during the
1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout with classic comic book cover illustrations to enhance
the impressively informative and inherently fascinating commentary, "The Team-Up
Companion" a fun and information loaded read from cover to cover. A unique and valued
contribution to the growing library of Comics & Graphic Novels literature and histories, "The
Team-Up Companion" is an important and unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
professional, community, college, and university library Comics/Graphic Novels collections and
supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Michael "Mike" Eury is an editor and writer of comic books, and of reference
works pertaining to comic books and other aspects of pop culture. He has worked for DC
Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Comico Comics, having worked on books including Maze
Agency and The Legion of Super-Heroes, originating practices such as the loose leaf format of
DC's Who's Who in the DC Universe reference series. In 2002 he began working for
TwoMorrows Publishing, and since 2003, has edited the retrospective magazine Back Issue! He
is also an advisor for the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, and as of 2018, he has written over
two dozen books examining aspects of pop culture. (Wikipedia).
The Man Who Fell to Earth: The Official Movie Adaptation
Dan Watters, author
Dev Pramanik, illustrator
9781787737013, $29.99, HC, 128pp
Synopsis: An all-new, fully-authorised graphic novel adaptation of the cult 1976 movie starring
David Bowie and directed by Nicholas Roeg, "The Man Who Fell to Earth: The Official Movie
Adaptation" includes a gallery of never-before-seen photos used to illustrate an exclusive feature
on the making of the movie. Also included is a bonus section showcasing the development of the
The film, based on the classic science fiction novel by Walter Trevis, sees an extra-terrestrial
called Thomas Jerome Newton (played in the movie by David Bowie) land on Earth in search of
water to save his dying home planet. Using his advanced scientific knowledge, Thomas becomes
incredibly rich and uses his wealth to search for a way to transport water back to his home planet.
But as his mission on Earth drags on, Thomas becomes seduced by the excesses of our world and
desperate to return home unaware he has become a target of interest for the U.S. Government and
a sinister corporation, eager to exploit him.
This all-new graphic novel also features exclusive bonus material including a 10-page article on
the production of the original film illustrated with dozens of rarely seen on-set photographs. As
well as cover concepts, character designs, a 'script to art' section chronicling the development of
the artwork, and a reproduction of the original movie poster.
Critique: A memorably impressive adaptation of an outstanding film version of a classic science
fiction novel, "The Man Who Fell to Earth: The Official Movie Adaptation" by the team of
author/storyteller Dan Watters and artist/illustrator Dev Pramanik is an especially recommended
addition to personal and community library Science Fiction graphic novel collections. It should
be noted that "The Man Who Fell to Earth: The Official Movie Adaptation" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle/Comixology, $28.49).
Editorial Note #1: Dan Watters )https://www.dc.com/talent/dan-watters) is a UK-based
comic-book writer. His first book, "Limbo" was released through Image Comics in 2016. He has
since written "The Shadow" for Dynamite Comics, and "Assassin's Creed", "Wolfenstein", and
the 2022 smash-hit "Cowboy Bebop" for Titan Comics. Currently he is writing "Arkham City:
The Order of the World" for DC Comics, and "Home Sick Pilots" for Image Comics.
Editorial Note #2: Dev Pramanik studied at the Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College. His
first published work was on Nightbreedbreed #9-11. He went on to work on Vampire: The
Masquerade, Paradiso and Firefly as well as working with Ram V on both Grafity's Wall and
Black Mumba. He recently finished work on the comic adaptation of the prequel to Dune: House
Apple Black 2
9780760376911 $13.99 pbk / $10.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Young sorcerer and prophesied savior, Sano, continues his quest by attempting to
uncover and protect the secrets behind his father's research on the immense power known as
Many years ago, humans acquired fruits called "Black" from a tree that descended from the skies,
which turned humans into sorcerers. Although all of Black is now extinct, humans still have
sorcery inherited from their ancestors. Blessed by "Merlin," the god of sorcery, with the Arodihs
arm, Sano, a young sorcerer, is raised and trained in isolation and secrecy to be the world's savior
known as the Trinity. The savior is believed to be the one who dawns the Infinite Night, an
eternal night of chaos.
Sano gets a fiery start after being admitted to Black Bottom Island's guild for young sorcerers
with his newfound freedom from isolation. As his fellow gifted allies and sorcerers accompany
Sano on his quest, the treachery, betrayal, and evil that have plagued nearly all of Eden emerge
again to threaten the world. With his visions offering him a darker path, Sano seeks to find those
responsible for his loss and walk a path away from revenge but rather one towards forgiveness to
find closure. Ridding Eden of the Infinite Night will require him to uncover the secrets behind his
father's research on fully rejuvenating the effects of Black in bloodlines with the immense power
known as Apple Black.
Opal Wantmore, another young sorcerer, must find a misplaced tourist amid Black Bottom
Island. Unfortunately, it's under attack by a deadly division of rebels from Gideon Banburi's
rebellion. These terrorists seek to collect Apple Black research and to leave the country in ruins.
But nothing would be better than to capture Sano, the Trinity himself! The siege is led by Prince
Ceazar Ashokahn, who has his own motives for wanting to scorch Black Bottom Island off the
face of Eden.
Apple Black is rated T for Teen, recommended for ages 13 and up.
Critique: Apple Black 2 is the second volume of a black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic
novel) series by creator Odunze Oguguo, and an all-new relaunch of Oguguo's "Apple Black"
high-action-fantasy saga set in a world where the power of sorcery has been inherited among
humans for generations. The world is plagued with violence, betrayal, and suffering; Sano, a
young sorcerer, is on a quest to learn more about the mysterious power of Apple Black, and
perhaps transform society. In addition to Sano's struggles, Volume 2 (subtitled "Sunny Eyes")
highlights the brash, sharp-tongued, strong-willed student sorceress Opal Wantmore (pictured on
the cover); she is determined to find a misplaced tourist who could be in peril on Black Bottom
Island! A thoroughly engaging blend of magic, combat, and shades of dystopia, the Apple Black
series is highly recommended. It should be noted that Apple Black is intended for readers who
are 13 or older, since there are scenes of violence.
The Audiobook Shelf
Old Indian Legends
Katie Anvit Rich, narrator
9781799784982, $9.99, MP3-CD
Synopsis: "Old Indian Legends" is an exquisite collection of children's Native American
folktales, in which author and storyteller Zitkala-Sa shares the legends that were handed down to
her through generations of Yankton storytellers. These tales display the wide range of insights
and observations that accrue to such stories through repeated iteration, but they also benefit from
the sharp ear and finely tuned sensibility of Zitkala-Sa as a writer. Her characters seem to speak
to us - often crying out to us - in the same tones that Zitkala-Sa must once have heard. Whether
or not readers have any previous familiarity with the trickster Iktomi or the many animals who
seek to outwit him, Zitkala-Sa's work has the power to charm, enchant, and enlighten.
Critique: This 'Amazon Classics Edition' edition from Brilliance Audio us impressively 'brought
to life' in a true theatre of the mind experience by Katie Anvil Rich. Complete and unabridged,
"Old Indian Legends" is especially recommended for personal, elementary school, middle school,
and community library Native American Folklore/Mythology audio book collections. (1 Hour, 56
Editorial Note: Zitkala-Sa (February 22, 1876 - January 26, 1938) was a writer, editor, translator,
musician, educator, suffragist, and one of the most important American Indian activists of the
twentieth century. Born Gertrude Simmons on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota,
she adopted the name Zitkala-Sa (Lakota for Red Bird) in her early teens. Educated at Quaker
schools, Zitkala-Sa strove to retain her cultural identity and to enlighten white English-speaking
audiences about American Indian life. In addition to writing numerous articles for the Atlantic
Monthly and Harper's Monthly, Zitkala-Sa published Old Indian Legends and American Indian
Stories and wrote the libretto for The Sun Dance Opera, the first ever by an American Indian. In
1926 she cofounded the National Council of American Indians, which advocated for the civil
rights that American Indians had long been denied. Zitkala-Sa served as its president until her
The Eyes Have It and Other Stories
Phillip K. Dick, author
J.S. Arquin, narrator
9781799784920, $9.99, MP3-CD (7 Hours, 40 Minutes)
Synopsis: First published in various science fiction magazines of the 1950s, these early short
stories from the now legendary and award-winning novelist Philip K. Dick showcase the budding
author's uncanny ability to forge strange new paths into alternate realities. Already in command
of the themes and techniques he would later employ in his novels, Dick here envisions alien
infiltrations, far-off worlds at war, nightmarish totalitarian societies, and uncanny depths lying
just beneath seemingly commonplace realities. Fantastical, sinister, paranoid, and darkly
amusing, these are seminal works in Dick's justly celebrated career.
Critique: Brilliantly narrated by J. S. Arquin, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of
"The Eyes Have It and Other Stories" perfectly showcase examples of the late Philip K. Dick's
genuine flair for originality and will be of immense interest to a whole new generation of
dedicated science fiction fans. Simply stated, "The Eyes Have It and Other Stories" will prove to
be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal and community library Science
Fiction & Fantasy audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 - March 2, 1982) was an American
science fiction writer who sold his first story in 1951 -- and thus began his long and prolific
career. During his lifetime, Dick published more than 120 short stories and thirty-six novels,
including such celebrated works as The Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric
Sheep?, Ubik, The Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. He was the recipient of the Hugo
Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award among other honors, and was inducted into
the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Dick)
Editorial Note: Author and voice over narrator A. S. Arquin has two informative websites:
https://www.booksweeps.com/discover/j-s-arquin/ and https://www.arquinworlds.com
Owen Mullen, author
Andy Watkins, narrator
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781804154939, $88.95, MP3-CD
Synopsis: Charley Glass arrived in her family's lives like the hurricane she'd escaped. But she
hadn't run far enough: the ruthless Giordano family are on her tail and want two things - her life,
and the return of the property she stole from them. No matter how many bodies stack up.
After years of longing, Charley finally has the family she's always wanted, but now she's going to
have to tell them the real reason she came looking them. There is only one way she's going to
stay alive, and that is to employ the muscle of the notorious Glass Family.
The head of the family, Luke, has become embroiled in a dangerous political plot and isn't sure
they're strong enough to take on one of New Orleans' biggest crime gangs. But he'd put his life on
the line to protect the empire they've built -- even if they'll have to take on an enemy hurting
enough to cross an ocean for revenge.
Critique: A riveting suspense thriller of an action novel by Owen Mullen, this complete and
unabridged audio book edition of "Thief" as narrated by the vocal performance and talents of
Andy Watkins creates a perfectly nuanced and fully engaging 'theatre of the mind' experience for
the listener. Available in either a traditional audio CD or an MP3-CD format, "Thief" is a
welcome and recommended addition to personal and community library Audio Book collections.
(9 Hours, 20 Minutes).
Editorial Note #1: Owen Mullen (https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/owen-mullen) is a
McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
Editorial Note #2: Andy Watkins (https://www.mandy.com/uk/a/andy-watkins) has set up a home
studio space and gained valuable knowledge and experience in recording and editing. He landed
his first voice artist job, an audiobook, recording at a studio in Oxford, England. The role
required 7 different accents, including 4 he had to learn from scratch in just 3 weeks!
Theophrastus' Characters: An Ancient Take on Bad Behavior
James Romm, author
Billy Crudup, narrator
Pamela Mensch, translator
9798212170420, $24.95, CD
Synopsis: When Aristotle wrote that that "comedy is about people worse than ourselves", he may
have been recalling a hard-edged gem of a treatise written by his favorite student,
This audio book edition of "Theophrastus' Characters: An Ancient Take on Bad Behavior" is a
joyous festival of fault-finding: a collection of thirty closely observed personality portraits,
defining the full spectrum of human flaws, failings, and follies. With piquant details of speech
and behavior taken straight off the streets of ancient Athens, Theophrastus gives us sketches of
the mean, vile, and annoying that are comically distorted yet vividly real.
Enlivened by Pamela Mensch's fresh translation (the first widely available English version in
over half a century, "Theophrastus' Characters" transports the listener to a world populated by
figures of flesh and blood, not bronze and marble. Lightly but helpfully annotated by classicist
James Romm, these thirty thumbnail portraits comprising "Theophrastus' Characters" are
startlingly recognizable twenty-three centuries later. The characters of Theophrastus are
archetypes of human nature that remain insightful, caustic, and relevant.
Critique: Impressively narrated by Billy Crudup and unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, community, and academic library audio book collections, "Theophrastus'
Characters: An Ancient Take on Bad Behavior" offers a true 'theatre of the mind' experience for
the listener and will have a very special appeal to those with an interest in Classical Literature
and Literary Criticism/Theory. It should be noted that this Blackstone Audio edition of
"Theophrastus' Characters" includes a bonus PDF with illustrations by Andre Carrilho.
Ashley & Leslie Saunders, authors
Aida Reluzco, narrator
9781713659792, $14.99, MP3-CD
Synopsis: It's been twelve years since the 2040 Quake rocked the Golden State, fracturing Los
Angeles and the fortunes of millions. It's been six years since tech billionaire Damon Yates
founded his elite academy, giving Unfortunates from the wrong side of his hyperloop tracks a
new future at Quest Campus, tucked away in the Santa Monica Mountains. But an endeavor that
sought to bridge a divide only tore eighteen-year-old twin sisters apart.
Jade is a street-savvy adrenaline seeker ruling the city's downtrodden eastside. Crys is an
influential socialite ensconced in Yates's westside mansion - every bit her adoptive father's
daughter. After the mysterious murder of one of the academy's brightest, Jade sets out with her
factious band of exiles to prove there's something sinister going on behind the walls of Yates's
exclusive empire. But to expose the earthshaking truth, Jade needs her estranged sister back on
There's a big problem, though: Crys is inexplicably terrified of her own twin's face.
Critique: With an impressive vocal performance by narrator Aida Reluzco, this flawlessly
produced complete and unabridged audio book edition of Ashley and Leslie Sauncers science
fiction novel "Exiles", combines a a suspense thriller of a mystery with an examination of class
difference. This explosive coming-of-age adventure about living in (and doing anything to
survive) in the technologically advanced metropolis of the unshakable City of Dreams is an
especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both personal and community library
Science Fiction & Fantasy audio book collections. (8 Hours, 12 Minutes)
Editorial Note #1: Twin sisters Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders are the authors of The Rule
of One, The Rule of Many, and The Rule of All in the dystopian series The Rule of One. The duo
honed their love of storytelling in film school at the University of Texas at Austin. After just
under a decade penning screenplays and directing commercials, the sisters deliberately stumbled
into the world of novel writing. They vow to never leave it. The sisters can be found at
Editorial Note #2: Aida Reluzco (https://www.aidareluzco.com) arrived on the voice-over scene
in 2018 as a multidisciplinary artist, bringing with her a background in the performing arts,
classical art history, illustration, literature, poetry, and spoken word.
Jeff Wheeler, author
Kate Rudd, narrator
9781713663485, $14.99, MP3-CD
Synopsis: Eilean is rising. A foundling raised in an abbey, she was entrusted by its imprisoned
druid, Mordaunt, with an ancient tome. Its magical words can change the world. Eilean's first
mission: translate it. Her second: rescue a benevolent Aldermaston sentenced to death as a heretic
by the High Seer. But wielding power, knowledge, and ambition has now made Eilean the
In pursuit is Captain Hoel Evnissyen, an inquisitor in service to the High Seer's demands. His
objective is to track Eilean and steal Mordaunt's invaluable work. But Hoel's quest soon yields a
fascination with the woman he's been ordered to pursue. When an invasion begins and the world
erupts in chaos, Eilean and Hoel find themselves bound by their mutual wills to survive and,
against all odds, realize they are not each other's enemy.
But now Eilean must decide who is friend and who is foe. Especially when the powerful tome
falls into the wrong hands. The closer Eilean and Hoel get, the nearer they are to realizing the
part they must play in their kingdom's destiny -- and its ties to Eilean's own mysterious past.
Critique: The second volume in author Jeff Wheeler's 'The Dawning of Muriwood' fantasy series,
this superbly produced audio book edition of "The Hunted" is deftly narrated in an impressive
vocal performance by Kate Rudd. A true 'theatre of the mind' experience for the listener, "The
Hunted" is a 'must' for all dedicated action/adventure fantasy fans and this complete and
unabridged MP3-C audio book edition from Brilliance Audio is unreservedly recommended for
personal and community library audio book collections. (9 Hours, 2 Minutes).
Editorial Note #1: Never one to be short on ideas, Jeff Wheeler (www.jeff-wheeler.com) further
perfected his craft through storytelling during games of Dungeons and Dragons during high
school. Inventing stories to bring these games alive, Jeff would engross his friends and family
members as they played the fantasy game. Now he writes compelling fantasy novels.
Editorial Note #2: Kate Rudd (https://www.kateruddreads.com) is the winner of the 2013 Audie
and Odyssey Awards for her narration of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, has been
performing audiobooks for nearly a decade. A ten time Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award
recipient, Kate's performances have garnered inclusion in Audiofile's Best Audiobooks of the
Year 2012/2017/2018 and Best Voices of the Year 2012. She has narrated more than 450 titles
across a variety of genres.
They Come at Knight
Yasmin Angoe, author
Tamika Katon-Donegal, narrator
9781713651956, $24.99, MP3-CD
Synopsis: For elite assassin Nena Knight, eliminating dangerous players on the world stage is
part of the job. The Tribe, a powerful business syndicate in Africa, ensures that she has those
opportunities. But for Nena, the Tribe is more than just her employer; it's an organization that
supports the African people -- until it turns on itself.
As Nena embarks on a new mission, a violent siege by a paramilitary group throws the Tribe into
chaos, and mysterious acts of violence plague the Tribe's territories. As the attacks escalate, Nena
suspects a different kind of enemy at play: someone on the inside, determined to undermine the
As this new threat closes in on her own family, Nena enlists a team to root out the danger. But as
she gets closer to the truth, she will have to risk everything to protect the future she holds dear --
even if it means facing off with an enemy she never expected.
Critique: Action-adventure at its very best, author Yasmin Angoe's "They Come At Knight" is
now available as a complete and unabridged audio book that is magnificently narrated by the
vocal performance of Tamika Katon-Donegal. A flawless performance from start to finish, this
audio book edition from Brilliance Audio will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to
personal and community library audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: Yasmin Angoe is the author of the critically acclaimed Her Name Is Knight,
first book in the Nena Knight trilogy. She is a first-generation Ghanaian American and the
recipient of the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color. Her Name Is
Knight came in #1 on multiple Amazon Bestseller charts and is an Editor's Pick for Best
Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense.
Editorial Note #2: Tamika KatonDonegal is best known for her roles in Veronica Mars (2004)
Rocketboy (2006), and Agent Carter (2015). A talented voice over narrator she has a website
page at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21310256.Tamika_Katon_Donegal
The Library CD Shelf
Joan Beckow Legacy Project
$30.00 CAD CD / $25.00 CAD digital
Joan Beckow Legacy Project is a two-CD album created in honor of the prodigal talent of
Jewish-Canadian composer Joan Beckow, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 88. A great
collaboration of musicians and vocalists perform 22 of Joan Beckow's songs, in this grand artistic
treasure highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections. The tracks
of Disc 1 are Once There Was a Tailor, Look at Me, A Christmas Wish, Miracles, One Perfect
Rose, Pretending, Christmas Comes, Happy Ever-Aftering, On the Other Side of Nowhere,
Guided by the Stars, and Here Where it Counts. The tracks of Disc 2 are May the Words, Open
Unto Us, Loveliest of Trees, The Woman I'll Be, Dwelling Places, Sh'ma, Wheresoever I Turn
Mine Eyes, Oseh Shalom, Psalm, Tov L'Hodot, and How Goodly Are Thy Tents.
Leroy Van Dyke
Country Rewind Records
$10.98 CD / $9.49 MP3
True Treasures is an album of unreleased musical gems performed by country music artist,
honky-tonk singer and guitarist Leroy Van Dyke (b. 1929) and brought up to modern song
recording standards by producer Paul Martin. A wonderfully enthralling collection of long-
overlooked highlights by a worthy country music legend, True Treasures lives up to its name and
is especially recommended for connoisseurs of the genre and public library music collections.
The tracks are Walk On By, Oklahoma Hills, Just A State Of Mind, If A Woman Answers (Hang
Up The Phone), San Antonio Rose, You Couldn't Get My Love Back (If You Tried), Anytime -
Oh Lonesome Me (Medley), Be A Good Girl (Til I Get Back In Town), I've Never Been Loved,
Jambalaya, The Other Boys Are Talking, The Last Letter, Auctioneer, Big, Wide Wonderful
World Of Country Music, and Ol' Man Mose.
The Harry Bartlett Trio
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3
Award-winning music group The Harry Bartlett Trio presents Wildwood, a vivacious new music
album blending jazz, American folk, and Western music styles into an adventurous fusion.
Wildwood is an extraordinarily creative and finely detailed listening experience, highly
recommended for both personal and public library collections. The tracks are Burgess Falls,
Circle of Moss and Fire Smoke, Snowfall on Sword Ferns, The Incident at Blood Bay, Sailing
Over Troubled Waters, Story Book Picture, Jellybean, Queen of Surrey, and Lachesism.
$17.00 CAD CD / $12.00 CAD digital
Israeli-born, Toronto-based pianist and composer Noam Lemish presents Twelve, a jazz
orchestra album showcasing the talents of an extraordinary ensemble of performers, including
multiple JUNO award winners. An inventive, immensely ambitious work, Twelve is a "must-
have" for connoisseurs of original jazz and highly recommended for both personal and public
library music collections. The tracks are Song for Lia, The Nagila Mayster, Beethoven's 7th Visit
to Romania, Steals on Steeles, Between Utopia and Destruction, and Rebirth.
Upon First Impression
$TBA CD / $7.00 CAD digital
Upon First Impression is the debut album of Finnish-born, Montreal-based vocalist Saku
Mantere. His outstanding performance is supported by an extraordinary array of talented
musicians on trumpet, saxophones, trombone, piano, bass, drums, and more. Mantere's rich voice
resonates in these songs about heartbreak and living life split between two homelands and
cultures. Highly recommended! The tracks are And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Time,
Wedding Poem, Building You Building Me, Open Secrets, Radio Silence, I Think It's Time to
Say Goodbye Again Again, Countdown, The Professional, and Leap of Faith.
Traveling the Blissful Highway
$10.98 CD / $9.49 MP3
GRAMMY award-winning music artist Darlene Koldenhoven presents Traveling the Blissful Highway, an
original album that showcases her prowess in synthesizer composing, arranging, production, and
engineering. Her beautiful vocals enhance the music, although Traveling the Blissful Highway is
primarily an instrumental work. Seamlessly combining new age, ambient, and world music
elements, Traveling the Blissful Highway is a choice pick for listeners in need of songs to ease
stress, and also makes a wonderful gift year-round. Highly recommended! The tracks are
Cheerful Mohana, Time Traveler, Jade Dreams, Gentle Soul, Birds in Paradise, Dot Calm,
Tropical Chill, Sweet Peace, Osmium Glow, Native Star, Highland Mist, and Blissful
Happy Note Records
$TBA CD / $11.99 digital
Producer, composer, electronic musician, and percussionist Charles Xavier presents Pandemic
Piano, an ambient neo-jazz album created and recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic. The
instrumental music conveys the difficulties of frustration, isolation, hardship, and loss, as well as
the serenity gained from understanding that life is transient and there is indescribable value in
learning to live in the moment. Pandemic Piano encapsulates turbulent years in its unforgettable
music, and is highly recommended. The tracks are You Know, Perfect Mold, Grand Happiness,
Swallow, COVID Oddity, Little Portugal, When I Think Of You, Africa, I Sat Outside There,
Morning, Evening, Sexual Vibration Chakra, Mary's Pond, Stories New Stories Old,
Expectations, Ascended Masters, Profile Rock, St John's Cathedral, and Round Hill.
$15.98 CD / $9.99 digital
Haitian-Canadian songwriter, guitarist, and producer Wesli (Wesley Louissaint) presents
Tradisyon, the first part of a two-part music project retelling the saga of Haiti's past and
protecting its future. Tradisyon consists of both original compositions and cultural treasures of
Haiti's music; lyrics transcend a medley of languages, including Creole and the African languages
of Yoruba, Ewe, and Fon. Years of travel and research went into recreating authentically Haitian
sound, in this powerful and emotionally charged exploration of Haiti's long history that does not
shy from calling out generations of injustice. Tradisyon is a "must have" for international music
collections, highly recommended.
Findings is a modern jazz album of original music by double bass player Jim Dedrick (with one
joint collaboration track with Tom Reyes), featuring Tom Reyes on piano and Chuck Ferrell on
drums. A strong improvisational thread runs through Findings, as the album is intended to
represent the development of music as it is played, and all three musicians recorded together in
one room. Findings is inspirational, stirring, passionately creative, and highly recommended! The
tracks are Kelly, Lugubrious, Spontaneous Blues, Tension, Bullfrog Burp, Demon, and Rough
Love and the Catalyst
$14.65 CD / $9.49 MP3
Vocalist and songwriter Aimee Allen presents Love and the Catalyst, an emotional jazz album
about romance and the grand scheme of the cosmos. Supported by Toru Dodo on piano, Francois
Moutin on bass, Kush Abadey on drums, and more, Aimee Allen has created a poignant,
memorable listening experience, highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of jazz with
dulcet vocals. The tracks are Little Sunflower, Earth is Waiting, Quantum Entanglements, Crystal
Silence / 500 Miles High, Star Eyes, Love's Crescendo, Reaction Time, Mortally Immortal
(Requiem), The Comet's Tail, Man Ripples Through Time, Hidden Place, and Worlds
$12.98 CD / $11.49 MP3
Two-time JUNO award winner Diana Panton presents "blue", her tenth album, and the third
album in an emotional trilogy that began with the album "pink" and continued with the 2015
JUNO winning album "RED". The trilogy began with "pink" for the blossom of first love,
continued with "RED" for the embrace of true love, and now "blue" represents the heartbreak of
love lost. A profound, wistful expression of tragedy and reminiscence, "blue" is unforgettable
and highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of emotional jazz. The tracks are Medley,
Without Your Love, Losing My Mind, This Will Make You Laugh, The Trouble with Hello is
Goodbye, I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life, To Say Goodbye, Meaning of the Blues,
I'll Only Miss Him When I Think of Him, It's Always 4 a.m., Just Sometimes, How Did He
Look?, Nobody's Heart, Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year, and You Are There.
The Historical Fiction Shelf
Voices in the Dead House
Bellevue Literary Press
c/o NYU School of Medicine
550 First Ave., OBV A612, New York, NY 10016
9781954276017, $16.98, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: After the Union Army's defeat at Fredericksburg in 1862, Walt Whitman and Louisa
May Alcott converge on Washington to nurse the sick, wounded, and dying.
Whitman was a man of many contradictions: egocentric yet compassionate, impatient with
religiosity yet moved by the spiritual in all humankind, bigoted yet soon to become known as the
great poet of democracy.
Alcott was an intense, intellectual, independent woman, an abolitionist and suffragist, who was
compelled by financial circumstance to publish saccharine magazine stories yet would go on to
write the enduring and beloved Little Women.
In the pages of "Voices in the Dead House", is a superbly crafted historical novel by author
Norman Lock who fully captures the musicality of Whiteman and Alcott in their encounters with
Civil War era luminaries ranging from Lincoln, to battlefield photographer Mathew Brady, to
reformer Dorothea Dix. "Voices in the Dead House" deftly renders the war's impact on their
personal and artistic development.
Inspired by Whitman's poem "The Wound-Dresser" and Alcott's Hospital Sketches, (and the
ninth stand-alone book in The American Novels series), "Voices in the Dead House" is a
masterful dual portrait of two iconic authors who took different paths toward chronicling a
country beset by prejudice and at war with itself.
Critique: While also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99),
"Voices in the Dead House" is a simply riveting read by Norman Lock -- an author with a
genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that fully engages the
reader from fist page to last. "Vocies of the Dead House" is an especially and unreservedly
recommended addition to community, college, and university library Historical, Biographical,
and American Civil War era fiction collections.
Editorial Note: Norman Lock (https://normanlock.com) is the author of novels, short fiction, and
poetry, as well as stage and radio plays. He has won The Dactyl Foundation Literary Fiction
Award, The Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, and has been long listed twice for the
Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize. He has also received writing fellowships from the New Jersey
State Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment
for the Arts. He is currently at work on the next books of his 'The American Novels' series.
The Romantic Fiction Shelf
The Wish List
c/o Harlequin Books
9781335430649, $9.99, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: For some families, a Christmas reunion is like a feel-good movie. For Beth Carlyle, it
might be more of a disaster epic.
Her ex-husband's new girlfriend is already pregnant. Her self-absorbed, bestselling author mother
recently suffered a stroke and has summoned Beth's sisters, Freya and Trinity (neither of whom
even seem to like Beth very much) back to Magnolia.
Beth is so lonely and stressed that she spills her guts to a stranger, wondering why the handsome
newcomer affects her so deeply.
Reality TV star Freya deliberately forged a career that would upset her mother, who's always
been as brilliant as the sun... and just as distant. Now a handsome literary agent is making Freya
dream of a different life.
As for Trinity, she just wants to start over after leaving an abusive relationship and make a future
for her and her baby.
It'll be a Christmas like no other in Magnolia. But the Carlyle sisters might find they have more
in common than their shared past -- and that the holidays are made for second chances.
Critique: Enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a bonus holiday novella set in Magnolia,
"The Wish List" by Michelle Major is an original, deftly crafted, fun and engaging read that is
unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Romance collections. It should
be noted for dedicated romance fans that "The Wish List" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $6.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (9798212154789,
Editorial Note: As an author and reader of novels, Michelle Major (www.michellemajor.com)
loves stories of new beginnings, second chances and always a happily ever after.
Happily Ever Amish
Shelley Shepard Gray
Kensington Publishing Corp.
119 West 40th Street, Floor 21, New York, NY 10018-2522
9781496739827, $26.00, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Addie Byler may be Apple Creek's resident wallflower, but she knows she has a lot to
offer -- and much to be grateful for. Raised by her loving grandmother, she lives a life filled with
good friends and hard work. Wary of romance, Addie assumes no man will look beyond her
glasses and her tendency to talk to her rescue donkey, Snickers -- until the day she finds a note
from a secret admirer. A prank, most likely. But then, a second note arrives!
It's not that Daniel Miller doesn't like Addie, he just doesn't want to court her. She's too willful,
too chatty, too odd. Yet when he learns she's been teased because she's never had a beau, he
decides to send a little note of encouragement. One note leads to another. And when Addie
begins replying with thoughtful messages of her own, he's struck by her sweetness and warmth.
Soon, what began as a sympathetic gesture becomes something deeper. Daniel fears revealing the
truth, but with courage, faith (and a helping hand from their close-knit community) Apple
Creek's most unlikely couple may find their path to happiness!
Critique: A classic Amish/Mennonite romance novel by a truly gifted author, "Happily Every
Amish" by Shelley Shepard Gray is a thoroughly charming and engaging read from first page to
last. While highly recommended for community library Contemporary Romance collections, it
should be noted for the personal reading lists of the legions of Shelley Shepard Gray fans that
"Happily Ever Amish" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781496739858, $16.95)
and in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.21).
Editorial Note: Shelley Shepard Gray (www.ShelleyShepardGray.com) is the two-time Holt
Medallion Award-winning, New York Times and the author of over one hundred novels. Her
novels have been translated into multiple languages and highlighted in the Philadelphia Enquirer,
The Washington Post, Time Magazine, NPR and USA Today.
The Western Fiction Shelf
D. D. Lang
Lindford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444848588, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 211pp
Synopsis: Travelling West was never easy. Men, women and children endured the rough terrain,
the heat, the cold, illness and, sometimes, Indians. So, when sickness struck, and wagons had to
be segregated, the danger was increased.
There were always men ready to take advantage and Clem Watkins and his gang were ready to do
just that. Ardal Maloney, his wife Kate and two children had left Ireland to seek out a new life in
the West. Leaving behind them starvation, poverty and death, they came to the New World to
But the senseless killing of women and children fired Ardal into seeking to avenge their
Critique: A masterpiece of a vengeance quest action/adventure western, "Death Trail" by D. D.
Lang (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/408937.D_D_Lang) is a simply riveting and
compulsive page turner of a read from cover to cover. This large print paperback edition from the
Linford Western Library collections is especially recommended for community library Western
Fiction collections and the personal reading lists for the legions of D. D. Lang fans.
Editorial Note: Derek Doyle writes under the pen name of D.D. Lang and has had over 40 Black
Horse Westerns published.
Return to Crows Creek
John E. Vale
Lindford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444848748, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 234pp
Synopsis: Englishman Marshal Daniel Wheetman has been given over to President Hayes by
Queen Victoria in an attempt to bring justice to the lawless west. However, Daniel's methods of
policing are in complete contrast to those employed by US lawmen. Not only is he unable to ride
a horse, he also does not believe in the use of firearms. Additionally, he has a personality that
makes the vast majority of cowboys want to blow his head off!
Critique: Few western writers have a sense of humor to match that of novelist John E. Vale as
evidenced by his stories featuring a kind of Sherlock Holmes style lawman, Englishman Daniel
Wheelman, who is loaned out by Queen Victoria to the Americans and is teamed up Murphy -- a
semi- reformed gunman promised a pardon from hanging as the assigned 'protector' of this
seemingly vulnerable excuse for a U.S. Marshall. The problem is that if Daniel Wheelman gets
himself killed, the pardon goes away and Murphy will find himself hung! Unabashedly
recommended for both dedicated western fans and community library Western Fiction
collections, "Return to Crows Creek" is the second volume in a simply outstanding series of
western action/adventure novels by John E. Vale.
Lindford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444848496, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 252pp
Synopsis: Jesper Tubbs has spent his life wandering the western mountains, searching for the
elusive glint of gold. But Fate plays its fickle hand late in his life when, at the point of starvation,
he literally stumbles upon a fabulous strike. However, Tubbs finds far more than just gold. His
chance discovery is to turn sane men into wanton killers, who will stop at nothing to find his
secret location deep in the Tobacco Root Mountains -- and claim it as their own!
Critique: A classic novel of prospectors and claim jumpers in the Old West, "Bighorn Gold" by
Art Isberg is a fully engaging and entertaining read that will be an enduringly appreciated and
popular addition to community library Western Fiction collections. This large print paperback
edition of "Bighorn Gold" from the Linford Western Library collection is particularly
commended to the attention of all dedicated western action fans.
Editorial Note: Art Isberg writes westerns, both novels and short stories. A freelance writer for
more than four decades, he has explored unmapped ghost towns, followed ancient wagon ruts of
pioneers across western deserts, and successfully dug up bandit treasure taken in a Wells Fargo
robbery. He has published six novels and over 300 short stories and articles. His writing has been
featured in Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Safari, Bugle, Fly Fisherman, Saltwater
Fisherman, and many other major outdoor press magazines. It has also been featured in Daily
Republic, West Coast newspapers with stories about growing up through the war years of World
War II, living in western mountains, and in the newsletters of western historical societies.
The Marshal and the Fatal Foreclosure
C. M. Wendelboe
Five Star Publishing
c/o Gale Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
9781432895426, $25.95, HC, 315pp
Synopsis: U.S. Marshal Nelson Lane is trying to aid his deputy in evicting Lucky Graber, a failed
Wyoming rancher, when a dead man is found on Lucky's land, apparently killed in a hunting
The victim, Gino Bonelli, took an interest in Lucky's ranch shortly before he was killed, though
the land is worthless as far as Nelson and everyone else in the town of Gillette is concerned.
Then Lucky Graber disappears, and the victim's gangster brother Bruno arrives in town with his
thugs, intent on finding out for certain how Gino died.
Before long, it becomes apparent that the "hunting accident" was staged, and that other people
around Gillette (including the owner of the bank that foreclosed on Lucky's ranch) are far more
interested in this "worthless" piece of real estate than they should be. Maybe enough to kill
While Nelson and his deputies work to solve the crime, Bruno and his goons fan out, threatening
anyone connected with the missing rancher and gathering what information they can to identify
Gino's murderer so Bruno can give the killer his own brand of justice. Will Lucky surface --
assuming he's still alive? Will Nelson discover why Gino Bonelli was in the area, snooping on
Lucky's ranch land? And will Gino's death be avenged?
Critique: A deftly blended combination of action/adventure western and 'whodunnit' mystery,
"The Marshal and the Fatal Foreclosure" by novelist C. M. Wendelboe is a fun read from first
page to last. Having a particular attraction to both the western fan and the mystery buff, "The
Marshal and the Fatal Foreclosure" is unreservedly recommended for either Historical Mystery of
Western Fiction collections.
When the Devil Comes A-Calling
Ethan J. Wolfe
Five Star Publishing
c/o Gale Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
9781432893996, $25.95, HC, 277pp
Synopsis: When Judge Parker of Fort Smith, Arkansas, sends two US marshals on a routine
prisoner pickup and they never make it to their destination, he sends Marshals Emmet and Jack
Youngblood to find them.
Emmet and Jack (considered two of the best marshals in the West), come upon the dead bodies
of the missing marshals, but their prisoner wagon is not to be found. They follow the tracks left
behind by the heavy wagon to Springfield, Missouri.
In Springfield, the brothers learn that notorious outlaw Joe Foster, wounded in a bank robbery
attempt, was broken out of jail by members of his gang, who disguised themselves as the two
murdered marshals and used the prisoner wagon for his escape. Emmet and Jack return to Forth
Smith, where they gather intelligence on Joe Foster.
Foster comes from a Mormon family in Salt Lake City. After traveling to Utah to see the Foster
family, Emmet and Jack learn that Joe left the Mormons before the Civil War with his friend
Jacob Compton and that the Fosters received a letter from Joe one year ago from Deadwood, in
the Dakota Territory. Now the hunt gets even more dangerous and deadly for the Emmet and
Critique: A 'Youngblood Brothers' western from the pen of Al Lamanda under his pseudonym of
Ethan J. Wolfe, "When The Devil Comes A-Calling" is a classic action/adventure western novel
that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to the personal reading lists
of dedicated western fans, as well as community library Western Fiction collections.
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Dashing Through the Snowbirds
c/o St. Martin's Publishing Group
9781250760227, $26.99, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Christmas in Caerphilly is wonderful! Unless you're a Canadian whose inconsiderate
boss is forcing you to spend the holiday there, far from family and friends, with only a slim
chance of a white Christmas.
Meg already has her hands full, trying to make the season festive for the dozen programmers who
are staying with her and Michael while working on a rush project with her brother's software
company. At least it's an interesting project, since the Canadian company is doing forensic
genealogy and DNA analysis.
But when the inconsiderate boss is found murdered, there are too many suspects. Even before
their Christmas in exile, his own employees had plenty of motives, and the growing number of
people suing the company for faulty DNA analysis and invasion of their genetic privacy include
at least one notorious murderer.
Can Meg crack the case in time to keep the Yuletide bright?
Critique: A fun read for all dedicated 'whodunnit' mystery buffs, "Dashing Through The
Snowbirds" by Donna Andrews is the latest Meg Langslow mystery and is certain to be a popular
and much sought after addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. Additionally,
it should be noted for personal reading lists of the legions of Donna Andrews fans that "Dashing
Through The Snowbirds" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
Editorial Note: Donna Andrews (http://www.donnaandrews.com) has won the Agatha, Anthony,
and Barry Awards, an RT Book Reviews Award for best first novel, and four Lefty and two Toby
Bromberg Awards for funniest mystery. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America,
Sisters in Crime, and Novelists, Inc. Andrews lives in Reston, Virginia. She has written over 30
books in the Meg Langslow mystery series.
Shadows in the Forest
Jennifer J. Morgan
Secret Staircase Books
c/o Columbine Publishing Group
9781649140890, $13.99, PB, 236pp
Synopsis: Libby Madsen, professional massage therapist and co-owner of the luxurious Dharma
Inspired Day Spa, has probably heard it all. During what she thinks of as 'tabletop confessions'
her clients often talk about way more of their personal lives than she really wants to hear. So
when a regular, Maggie Crenshaw, talks about how her daughter went away on a camping trip
with friends, it's just so much chatter. But when Maggie says Isobel didn't return home on time, is
not answering her phone, and that the young woman is diabetic and really needs her meds. Libby
offers to pick up the medications at Maggie's house and deliver them -- she and her Labrador
puppy, Shadow, are going camping in the same area and it's no trouble at all.
Except when Libby and Shadow arrive at the campground, Isobel is nowhere to be found, and no
one there has seen her or the group of friends she claimed to be traveling with. Libby enlists the
help of handsome Forest Ranger Greg Lawson, but even he can't find anyone who has seen the
girl. The fact that she's now been without her insulin for several days is worrisome, and Greg
initiates a Search and Rescue operation.
Libby and Shadow join Greg and the volunteers to search the adjoining camping areas. Some
shady characters and a few clues do turn up. But no Isobel. Libby becomes convinced that
something more sinister is going on and she's determined to find out what has happened, little
knowing that her own life may be in danger as she gets too close to the truth.
Critique: A fun read from first page to last, "Shadows in the Forest" launches author Jennifer J.
Morgan's new three volume 'whodunnit' trilogy 'Libby Madsen Cozy Mysteries' series. An
impressively original and deftly crafted read, "Shadows in the Forest" will have a very special
appeal for readers with an interest in amateur woman sleuths and their canine companions. While
also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99), "Shadows in the
Forest" will leave satisfied mystery buffs looking eagerly toward the next Libby Madsen story.
Simply stated, "Shadows in the Forest" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular
addition to any and all community library Mystery/Suspense collections.
Editorial Note: Jennifer J. Morgan (https://jenniferjmorgan.com/index.html) is a gifted cozy
mystery writer. Most of her characters in her Libby Madsen Cozy Mystery series are named after
beloved pets that have blessed her life over fifty+ years.
Second Story Press
9781772602685, $22.95, PB, 344pp
Synopsis: Marie Russell and Detective Romeo Leduc are finally getting married, but the joyous
occasion is overshadowed by the unexpected arrival of Magnus Sorenson, renowned eco-warrior
and Marie's first great love. When Magnus' plans for a dramatic environmental protest take a
dark turn, Romeo and Marie are forced to abandon their honeymoon in the Laurentians in order
to catch a killer, unearthing long-buried secrets along the way.
Critique: A simply riveting novel with a narrative story line the includes love and romance,
retaliatory vengeance, and environmental climate justice, "Whale Fall" by Ann Lambert is
especially and unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery
fans, as well as community library Contemporary Mystery & Suspense collections.
Editorial Note: Ann Lambert (https://www.annlambertbooks.com) has been writing and directing
for the stage for thirty-five years. Several of her plays, including The Wall, Parallel Lines, Very
Heaven, The Mary Project and Two Short Women have been performed in theatres in Canada,
the United States, Europe and Australia. She has been a teacher of English literature at Dawson
College for almost twenty-eight years in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where she makes her
Viviana Valentine Gets Her Man
Emily J. Edwards
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781639101825, $28.99, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: New York City, 1950. Viviana Valentine is Girl Friday to the city's top private
investigator, Tommy Fortuna. The clients can be frustrating, and none more maddening than
fabulously wealthy Tallmadge Blackstone, who demands Tommy tail his daughter, Tallulah, and
find out why she won't marry his business partner, a man forty years her senior.
Sounds like an open-and-shut case for a P.I. known for busting up organized crime -- but the next
day, Viviana opens the office to find Tommy missing and a lifeless body on the floor.
The cops swoop in and Detective Jake Lawson issues a warrant for Tommy's arrest. Desperate to
clear Tommy's name, Viviana takes on the Blackstone case herself. When she goes out for a
night on the town with the heiress, she begins to learn the secrets behind Tallulah's
headline-grabbing life. Meanwhile, Lawson is itching to solve his murder case, and continues
harassing Viviana for answers -- until she's the victim of a series of violent attacks.
But Tommy's still missing, and Viviana is scared. As she digs into the dirty history of the
Blackstone empire, she suddenly realizes the true danger at hand. Now, it's up to her to find her
missing boss and make sure he doesn't turn up D.O.A.
Critique: A riveting, pulse-pounding, compulsive page turner of a novel, "Viviana Valentine Gets
Her Man" is an impressively well written and entertaining read that will have a very special
appeal to anyone with an interest in Women Sleuths and Historical Mysteries. While also
available for personal reading lists in a paperback edition (9781639104277, $18.99), in a digital
book format (Kindle, $13.99), and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape
Media, 9781666620825, $22.99, CD), "Viviana Valentine Gets Her Man" is very highly
recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.
Editorial Note: Emily Edwards (https://www.msemilyedwards.com) earned her degree in
Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and took the long road to becoming an
author, working for over a decade as a wine and spirits journalist, radio producer, and
Devil's Chew Toy
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643859439, $26.99, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Seattle teacher and part-time blogger Hayden McCall wakes sporting one hell of a
shiner, with the police knocking at his door. It seems that his new crush, dancer Camilo
Rodriguez, has gone missing and they suspect foul play. What happened the night before? And
where is Camilo?
Determined to find answers, pint-sized, good-hearted Hayden seeks out two of Camilo's friends
(Hollister and Burley) who are both lesbians and both fiercely devoted to their friend. From them,
Hayden learns that Camilo is a "Dreamer" whose parents had been deported years earlier, and
whose sister, Daniela, is presumed to have returned to Venezuela with them. Convinced that the
cops won't take a brown boy's disappearance seriously, the girls join Hayden's hunt for
The first clues turn up at Barkingham Palace, a pet store where Camilo had taken a part-time job.
The store's owner, Della Rupert, claims ignorance, but Hayden knows something is up. And then
there's Camilo's ex-boyfriend, Ryan, who's suddenly grown inexplicably wealthy. When Hayden
and Hollister follow Ryan to a secure airport warehouse, they make a shocking connection
between him and Della -- and uncover the twisted scheme that's made both of them rich.
The trail of clues leads them to the grounds of a magnificent estate on an island in Puget Sound,
where they'll finally learn the truth about Camilo's disappearance -- and the fate of his
Critique: A skillfully crafted and impressively original suspense thriller of a read, "Devil's Chew
Toy" by novelist Rob Osler will have a particular affinity and attraction for the fans of the Cosy
Mystery genre. With its LGBTQ element, "Devil's Chew Toy" is unreservedly recommended for
community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the
personal reading lists of all dedicated mystery buffs that the "Devil's Chew Toy" is also available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(Dreamscape Media, 9781666533729, $59.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Rob Osler (https://robosler.com) writes the Hayden & Friends contemporary
mystery series featuring a rainbow of memorable characters. With Devil's Chew Toy, Rob coined
the term, "Quozy Mystery," giving a unique label to the colorful sub-genre of cozy mysteries
featuring LGBTQ+ main characters.
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
Bolinda Audio Books
Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781639102945, $28.99, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Sid Halley, a private investigator, has a new left hand, having had a transplant since his
last appearance in Refusal. After receiving death threats, an ex-jockey trainer friend calls Sid to
ask for his help, but Sid has his own problems to deal with; like recovering from surgery and
saving his crumbling marriage.
When his friend's stable yard is torched, horses killed, and the friend is found dead, Sid can only
blame himself for not helping sooner. The police think it's suicide, but Sid is not convinced after
his friend's terrified phone calls. Heavy with a guilty heart, Sid starts to investigate and soon
finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that cuts to the very heart of the integrity of British horse
Can Sid figure out what happened to his friend, or will he be the next one that the killer
Critique: A compulsive page turner of a read from cover to cover, "Hands Down" by novelist
Felix Francis is a carefully crafted private eye mystery that delivers a clever 'whodunnit'. Highly
recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, "Hands Down" is the stuff of
which block buster novel based movies are made! It should be noted for the personal reading lists
of Felix Francis fans that "Hands Down" is also available in a paperback edition
(9781639105533, $17.99), in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99), and as a complete and
unabridged audio book (9781038616753, $45.70, Bolinda, CD).
Editorial Note: Felix Francis (http://felixfrancis.com/index.php) was born in Oxford, England,
son of the famous mystery author, Dick Francis and his wife, Mary Francis. Felix graduated from
London University. His initial career led him into physics, where he was a successful teacher of
A Level Physics. But he could not deny that his family's gift of writing had been passed along to
him, and he started his second career (as an author) where he found his knowledge of physics
was a great advantage.
Dead Men Don't Decorate
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781639101252, $28.99, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Roberto Fratelli, proprietor of the antiques store Waited4You, is the meanest man in
Marthasville, Virginia. So when he puts the business up for sale, the other merchants in town are
overjoyed. And now the business has a prospective buyer: local resident and the newly elected
mayor's mom, Camille Benson, who's thrilled at the prospect of getting into the antiques
During a celebration in honor of Camille's new venture, her best friend, Opal, tells her about
finding a letter, purportedly from Sally Fairfax to George Washington, dated 1756, hidden under
a chair in the shop. When they return to retrieve the cache, they find Roberto's lifeless body on
the floor and no letter.
Police question Ella Coleman, Roberto's ex-wife, and discover that her current husband supplied
Roberto with oh-so-faux Victorian furniture. Did the two cheat the wrong customer? Or could
the murder be connected to an earlier theft of rare books from the shop -- a theft Roberto never
reported? As Camille prepares to confront these questions and investigate the murder, she knows
she might become the latest knock-off.
Critique: Another superbly crafted and original cozy mystery from novelist Cordy Abbott, "Dead
Men Don't Decorate" is an extraordinary and fun read from first page to last. A mystery fan's
delight, "Dead Men Don't Decorate" is especially recommended for community library
Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of Cordy Abbott
fans that "Dead Men Don't Decorate" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Cordy Abbott (https://cordyabbott.com) is the author of the Old Town Mystery
series. She has a post-graduate certificate in Antiquities Theft and Art Crime.
Death on a Deadline
Joyce St. Anthony
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781639101153, $29.99, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: As World War II rages in Europe and the Pacific, the small town of Progress is doing
its part for the soldiers in the field with a war bond drive at the annual county fair. Town gossip
Ava Dempsey rumors that Clark Gable will be among the participating stars. Instead of Gable,
the headliner is Freddie Harrison, a B-movie star. When Freddie turns up dead in the dunk tank,
Irene Ingram, editor-in-chief of The Progress Herald, starts chasing the real headline.
There are plenty of suspects and little evidence. Ava's sister Angel, who was married to the dead
actor, is the most obvious. The couple had argued about his affair with the young starlet Belinda
Fox, and Angel was the last person to see Freddie alive.
Irene discovers there's more than one person who might have wanted Freddie dead. As Irene
draws on her well-honed reporter's instincts to find the killer -- but nothing is what it seems in
Progress, and now her own deadline could be right around the corner.
Critique: Cosy mystery writing at its best, "Death on a Deadline" by novelist Joyce St. Anthony is
a fund read that will be memorably enjoyed by all dedicated mystery fans. While highly
recommended as an immediately popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Death on a Deadline" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
Editorial Note: Joyce St. Anthony (https://crookedlanebooks.com/joyce-st-anthony) was a police
secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but
settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is also the author of the award winning
Brewing Trouble mysteries set in Pittsburgh.
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Night of Demons and Saints
Menna van Praag
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780062932501, $17.99, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: After the battle with their demon father ends in a devastating loss, the Grimm sisters
are separated. But, now three years later, as their twenty-first birthday approaches, dark fate
brings them together once more.
For Goldie, this birthday is overshadowed by sorrow. She cannot forget the outcome of that
battle, the devastating tragedy that has wreaked havoc on her already turbulent waking life. While
her sisters have thrown themselves into their own endeavors, Goldie has grown distant and
inconsolable. Driven by grief, she devises a diabolical plan using a human sacrifice to resurrect
what she has lost.
When Liyana unexpectedly discovers what Goldie intends to do, she agrees to help if Goldie will
try another way, without sacrificing a life. Returning to Everwhere, they combine their powerful
magic to bring back what Goldie has lost. But something goes terribly wrong, and Scarlet is
showing signs of being possessed by an evil spirit.
With their lives at stake, the sisters realize they must confront their personal trauma, make
amends with the past, and once again prepare for a demonic fight to come. On the night of their
birthday, battle ensues and tragedy strikes once more!
Critique: The sequel to author Menna van Praage action/adventure fantasy novel "The Sisters
Grimm" (9780062932464, $27.99 HC, $13.49 Kindle, $25.99 Audio CD), "Night of Demons
and Saints" is a superbly crafted dark fantasy fiction that will have a very special appeal to fans
of the paranormal. While readily available for personal reading lists in a digital book format
(Kindle, $11.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio,
9781799957386, $39.99, CD), "Night of Demons and Saints" is highly recommended for
community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections.
Editorial Note: Menna van Praag (https://www.mennavanpraag.com) was born in Cambridge,
England, and studied modern history at Oxford University. Her first novella, Men, Money, and
Chocolate (an autobiographical tale about a waitress who aspires to be a writer) has been
translated into twenty-six languages. Her first work of fiction, The House at the End of Hope
Street, was inspired by an idea van Praag had to set up a house for female artists and give them a
year to fulfill their artistic ambitions.
Lost In Time
A. G. Riddle
Head of Zeus
9781804541760, $24.95, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: One morning, Dr. Sam Anderson wakes up to find that the woman he loves has been
murdered. For Sam, the horror is only beginning.
He and his daughter are accused of the crime. The evidence is ironclad. They will be convicted.
And so, to ensure his daughter goes free, Sam does what he must: he confesses. But in the future,
murderers aren't sent to prison.
Thanks to a machine Sam helped invent, the world's worst criminals are now sent to the past -
approximately 200 million years into the past, to the dawn of the time of the dinosaurs -- where
they must live out their lives alone, in exile from the human race.
Sam accepts his fate. But his daughter doesn't! Adeline Anderson has already lost her mother to a
deadly, unfair disease. She can't bear to lose her father as well. So she sets out on a quest to prove
him innocent. And to get him back. People around her insist that both are impossible tasks.
But Adeline doesn't give up. She only works harder. She soon learns that impossible tasks are her
specialty. And that she is made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined.
As she peels back the layers of the mystery that tore her father from this world, Adeline finds
more questions than answers. Everyone around her is hiding a secret. But which ones are
connected to the murder that exiled her father?
That mystery stretches across the past, present, and future -- and leads to a revelation that will
Critique: The theme of most time travel novels is that if you alter the past you change the present.
"Lost In Time" is a riveting saga of a time travel novel that author A. G. Riddle has penned with
impressive originality, expert storytelling skills, and an inherent fascination that will hold a very
special appeal for science fiction fans. While especially and unreservedly recommended for
community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections, it should be noted for personal reading
lists that "Lost In Time" is also available in a paperback edition (9781804541784, $16.99) and in
a digital book format (Kindle, $10.49).
Editorial Note: A.G. Riddle (www.agriddle.com) spent ten years starting and running internet
companies before retiring to focus on his true passion: writing fiction.
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
Deploying Dragons is highly recommended for readers of speculative fiction who enjoy doses of
hard science and dragon conundrums in their stories of biotech futures. The race to develop
military-grade dragons to be used in combat produces real dragons that fuel the Build-A-Dragon
company's profits. Unfortunately, the military promise to use them as weapons challenges
designer Noah in new ways, as well. The story of a race between special interests will appeal to
readers of fantasy, military sci-fi, and those who look for strong characters and complex
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
Two new publications are recommended reading for sci-fi readers looking for the added value of
moral and ethical challenges in their adventure stories.
David Carrico's The Blood is the Life (9781982192099, $25.00) follows young man Chaim
Caan, who is ready to let off steam at a nightclub after a year in COVID lockdown.
Unfortunately, the alluring young woman he meets there turns him into a vampire, introducing
him to the life of the undead that runs head on into his beliefs as an observant Jew. The moral
and spiritual dilemmas play out well against an action-packed backdrop as Chaim finds all his
concepts about life and values turned on end. Readers will especially appreciate the conundrums
that emerge from these physical, spiritual, and psychological changes that introduce a dark new
world that vies with all prior beliefs.
Larry Correia and Kacey Ezell's No Game for Knights: The Dark Side of SF & Fantasy Heroes
(9781982192082, $25.00) gathers stories by Laurell K. Hamilton, Sharon Shinn, and other
notable Baen authors and genre writers as it presents short stories that meld sci-fi and noir
investigations alike. The stories consider the intersection between good and evil, nice guys and
fall guys, and good deeds gone awry, spinning a series of yarns that pair fantasy with detective
noir elements for engrossing reads.
Both of these new titles from Baen Books are attractive and unusual presentations designed to
appeal to a diverse audience of sci-fi and psychological fiction buffs.
The Business Shelf
Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption
Jerome S. Engel, editor
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781800885158, $200.00, HC, 480pp
Synopsis: "Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption" is about corporate and economic
innovation ecosystems, Clusters of Innovation (COI) and the Global Networks of Clusters of
Innovation (GNCOI) they naturally form. What is innovation and why is it important to us?
Innovation is nothing less than the ability for constructive response and adaptation to change.
The cause and catalyst for that change is frequently identified as technology and its unceasing
pressure to improve on existing solutions and address unmet needs. The last decade has painfully
demonstrated that exogenous environmental shocks are also sources of change that call for
innovative responses, ranging from the obvious challenges such as global warming and Covid-19
to the more subtle social and political perturbations of our time.
Entrepreneurs, in collaboration with venture investors and major corporations can create a
flywheel of constructive engagement, a cluster of Innovation, that helps build the resiliency of
our communities to adsorb and rebound from these shocks. The process is enhanced when
actively supported by government, universities, and other elements of the ecosystem. "Clusters of
Innovation in the Age of Disruption" provides the tools for understanding this value creation
process and the means to enhance it, in both emerging and mature innovation ecosystems.
"Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption" provides a framework for understanding
innovation in mature and emerging innovation ecosystems to a wide swath of professionals and
academics, from senior executives of major corporations, government leaders, public policy
makers, and consultants, to academics, researchers, and educators.
Critique: With the publication of "Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption", Professor
Jerome Engel has expertly compiled and edited an impressively comprehensive, extraordinarily
informative, and deftly organized and presented study comprised of sixteen contributions by
credentialed experts. While also available for personal reading lists in a paperback edition
(9781035312146, $55.00), "Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption" is strongly
recommended as a core addition to corporate, college, and university library
Entrepreneurship/Business collections and MBA supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Jerome S. Engel (https://jeromeengel.com) is an internationally recognized
expert in innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital -- and lectures and advises business
and government leaders around the world. He joined the faculty of University of California,
Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, of which he is a senior fellow
and the founding executive director emeritus.
Bill George, author
Zach Clayton, author
John Wiley & Sons
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781119886105, $32.00, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "True North: Leading Authentically in Today's Workplace,
Emerging Leader Edition), renowned leadership expert Bill George and Millennial tech
entrepreneur Zach Clayton issue the challenge to emerging leaders (from Gen X to Millennials
and Gen Z) to lead their organizations authentically through never-ending crises to make this
world a better place for everyone.
Emerging leaders do so by discovering their "True North" (who they are) and then finding their
"North Star" -- their leadership purpose. To navigate today's complexities, George and Clayton
show emerging leaders how to lead with their hearts, not just their heads, with passion,
compassion, and moral courage by being true to their values to reach their full potential as they
take on great challenges and navigate complex issues.
The Emerging Leader Edition of "True North" is filled with dramatic stories from successful
leaders such as Microsoft's Satya Nadella and Merck's Ken Frazier to PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi and
General Motors' Mary Barra, and emerging leaders like OneTrust's Kabir Barday and Kanbrick's
Tracy Britt Cool of how they overcame great challenges to build highly successful
Critique: What must be classified as essential reading for anyone seeking to: Becoming an
authentic leader, equipped to lead inclusively with moral clarity through challenges and
Cultivating regular introspection to ground yourself with self-awareness, live your values, and
use your unique strengths; Integrating all aspects of their lives -- including who you are at home,
at work, and in the community; Understand how Millennials are leading more effectively in
today's world; In being an inclusive leader prepared to take on fraught issues like stakeholder
challenges, racial and sexual equality, and sexual misconduct; Knowing when (and how) leaders
should speak out on today's complex public issues.
Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "True North: Leading Authentically in
Today's Workplace, Emerging Leader Edition" is particularly and especially recommended for
personal, professional, community, corporate, college, and university library Business
Management, Leadership & Motivation collections. It should be noted that "True North: Leading
Authentically in Today's Workplace, Emerging Leader Edition" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $19.00).
Editorial Note #1: Bill George (https://www.billgeorge.org) is the former Chair and CEO of
Medtronic and Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he has taught
leadership to MBAs and executives since 2004. He is the author of four bestselling books:
Authentic Leadership, True North, Finding Your True North, and 7 Lessons for Leading in
Crisis. True North has been recognized as one of the 25 Best Leadership Books of All-Time. He
has served on the boards of Goldman Sachs, Mayo Clinic, ExxonMobil, Novartis, and
Editorial Note #2: Zach Clayton is the founder and CEO of Three Ships, which operates digital
marketplace businesses. He leads this fast-growing business with several hundred
Natan Linder, author
Trond Arne Undheim, author
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781119906001, $26.95, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Augmented Lean: A Human-Centric Framework for
Managing Frontline Operations", serial startup founder Dr. Natan Linder and futurist podcaster
Dr. Trond Arne Undheim deliver an urgent and incisive exploration of how to facilitate agile
processes amongst a millennial workforce that already lives by many of its tenets.
"Augmented Learn" demonstrates how to abandon legacy industrial technology that is failing
modern operations and hindering operational excellence and digital progress. As an executive
and leader, you cannot fall prey to hyped-up notions of industry 4.0's factory of the future
automation, artificial intelligence, internet of things, sensors, digital twins, and augmented reality
fixing every problem. Instead, to truly reduce cognitive load, complexity, and frustrations in the
workplace, we must build cyber-physical technologies so that humans remain at the center.
Leaders must ensure that the technology they deploy at an industrial scale has fluid interfaces that
demonstrably simplifies work and makes operations more flexible without introducing fear,
uncertainty, or doubt -- and "Augmented Lean" will teach them just how they can accomplished
Critique: Timely, informatively, exceptionally well organized, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in
presentation, "Augmented Lean: A Human-Centric Framework for Managing Frontline
Operations" will have a special and practical value to readers with an interest in Corporate
Leadership and Industrial Relations. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
$16.00), "Augmented Lean: A Human-Centric Framework for Managing Frontline Operations" is
an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community,
college, and university library Business Management instructional reference collections and
supplemental MBA curriculum studies.
Editorial Note #1: Natan Linder (https://www.linkedin.com/in/linder), is Co-founder and CEO of
the frontline operations platform Tulip, and the Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of
Formlabs, a pioneer in professional desktop 3D printing. He received his doctorate from MIT
Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group.
Editorial Note #2: Trond Arne Undheim (https://trondundheim.com), is a futurist, podcaster,
venture partner, Co-founder of Yegii, and formerly with MIT, WPP, Oracle, and the EU. He
received his doctorate in the Future of Work and Artificial Intelligence from the NTNU's Faculty
of Social and Educational Sciences.
Thriving on Overload
c/o McGraw Hill Professional
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 45th Floor, New York, NY 10020
9781264285402, $28.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: "Thriving on Overload: The 5 Powers for Success in a World of Exponential
Information" is a groundbreaking guide that delivers the practical insights and strategies
necessary to build a positive relationship with information and excel at work and in any
"Thriving on Overload" author Ross Dawson draws on his work as a leading futurist and 25 years
of research into the practices that transform a surplus of information into compelling value. In
"Thriving on Overload", he shares simple actionable techniques for staying ahead in an
accelerating world. It's all about choosing to thrive on overload -- rather than being overwhelmed
by it. Develop the five intertwined powers that enable extraordinary performance in a world of
Readers will discover valuable lessons from some of the world's most extraordinary "information
masters" -- the entrepreneurs, investors, executives, and researchers who excel at transforming
vast mines of data into the solid gold of insight and effective action.
Packed from cover to cover with clear guidance, useful exercises, engaging stories, and handy
resources, "Thriving on Overload" will help to build the capabilities that enable the readers to
outperform their peers and prosper as never before in a world defined by excessive
Critique: The next best thing to sitting front row center in one of Ross Dawson's workshops,
"Thriving on Overload: The 5 Powers for Success in a World of Exponential Information" is
informative enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a remarkable Introduction (Learning to
Thrive), an eight page listing of Resources for Thriving, a four page listing of Acknowledgments,
twenty pages of Notes, and a ten page Index. While highly recommended as an addition to
community and academic library Entrepreneurship, Information Management, and Self-
Help/Decision Making collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Thriving on
Overload: The 5 Powers for Success in a World of Exponential Information" is also available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $15.12)
Editorial Note: Ross Dawson (https://rossdawson.com) is a world-leading futurist, entrepreneur,
and keynote speaker. He is Founding Chairman of the Advanced Human Technologies group of
companies, with clients including industry leaders, such as Boston Consulting Group, Citibank,
Coca-Cola, Google, Interpublic Group, Microsoft, News Limited, Oracle, Procter & Gamble,
PwC, Visa, and Walmart. Dawson is in strong demand globally, having delivered keynote
speeches and strategy workshops to business and government leaders in over 30 countries. He
appears frequently in media, such as ABC TV, BBC, The Guardian, New York Times, and
VICE, among many others.
The Computer Shelf
A Gentle Introduction to Scientific Computing
Dan Stanescu, author
Long Lee, author
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9780367206840, $99.95, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Scientific Computation has established itself as a stand-alone area of knowledge at the
borderline between computer science and applied mathematics. Nonetheless, its interdisciplinary
character cannot be denied: its methodologies are increasingly used in a wide variety of branches
of science and engineering.
"A Gentle Introduction to Scientific Computing" by Professor Dan Stanescu and Professor Long
Lee intends to serve a very broad audience of college students across a variety of disciplines. It
aims to expose its readers to some of the basic tools and techniques used in computational
science, with a view to helping them understand what happens "behind the scenes" when simple
tools such as solving equations, plotting and interpolation are used.
To make "A Gentle Introduction to Scientific Computing" as practical as possible, the authors
explore their subject both from a theoretical, mathematical perspective and from an
implementation-driven, programming perspective.
"A Gentle Introduction to Scientific Computing" features: Middle-ground approach between
theory and implementation; Suitable reading for a broad range of students in STEM disciplines.
Could be used as the primary text for a first course in scientific computing; An introduction to
mathematics majors, without any prior computer science exposure, to numerical methods; All
mathematical knowledge needed beyond Calculus (together with the most widely used Calculus
notation and concepts) is introduced in the text to make it self-contained.
Critique: An ideal textbook for college/university Scientific Computing curriculums, "A Gentle
Introduction to Scientific Computing" is informatively enhanced with the inclusion oif four
major Appendices, a two page Bibliography, and a three page Index. While also available for
personal and professional reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $99.95), "A Gentle
Introduction to Scientific Computing" is unreservedly recommended for college and university
Editorial Note #1: Dan Stanescu (https://www.uwyo.edu/mathstats/people/faculty/stanescu.html)
received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnical Institute in
Bucharest, Romania. He then pursued his graduate studies at McGill University and obtained his
Ph.D. at Concordia University, both in Montreal, Canada. His initial fascination with modeling
fluid flow led him to develop both frequency- and time-domain computational methods for the
study of aircraft noise. His publications include work in aeroacoustics, spectral methods,
stochastic processes and biomathematics. Upon joining the Mathematics Department at the
University of Wyoming in 2003, he directed the Institute for Scientific Computing for six years
and initiated an Interdisciplinary Computational Science Minor program. He has taught a wide
range of courses in applied mathematics and has been developing and using the material included
herein, during the last ten years, for a core class that is part of this Minor.
Editorial Note #2: Long Lee (https://www.uwyo.edu/mathstats/faculty-pages/math/llee.html) is a
Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, USA. He received his Ph. D.
in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Before his Ph.D.,
he received a BS in Engineering and an MS in Geophysics.
Robert H. Chen, author
Chelsea Chen, author
Chapman & Hall
c/o CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781032103471, $120.00, HC, 344pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction for the Inquisitive
Reader", co-authors Robert and Chelsea Chen guides their readers through the history and
development of AI, from its early mathematical beginnings through to the exciting possibilities
of its potential future applications.
To make this journey as accessible as possible, the authors build their narrative around accounts
of some of the more popular and well-known demonstrations of artificial intelligence including
Deep Blue, AlphaGo and even Texas Hold'em, followed by their historical background, so that
AI can be seen as a natural development of mathematics and computer science.
As "Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction for the Inquisitive Reader" moves forward, more
technical descriptions are presented at a pace that should be suitable for all levels of readers,
gradually building a broad and reasonably deep understanding and appreciation for the basic
mathematics, physics, and computer science that is rapidly developing artificial intelligence as it
The only mathematical prerequisite for reading "Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction for the
Inquisitive Reader" is an elementary knowledge of calculus making it accessible to anyone with
an interest in AI and its mathematics and computer science.
Critique: "Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction for the Inquisitive Reader" is an ideal textbook
for use in curriculums for AI or the History of Mathematics and Computer Science studies in
regard to artificial intelligence. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Artificial
Intelligence: An Introduction for the Inquisitive Reader" is especially recommended for personal,
professional, community, college, and university library AI and Computer Science
Editorial Note #1: Robert H. Chen is the author of three books in English on Personal
Computers, Liquid Crystal Displays, and Einstein's Relativity, and four books in Chinese on
LCDs & Intellectual Property, Patents, Anglo-American Contract Law, and Technology &
Copyright Law, and many scholarly articles in physics and the law. He has a Ph.D. in Space
Physics and a J.D. in law and is a member of the California Bar. He divides his time between
California and Taiwan with his wife and daughter.
Editorial Note #2: Chelsea C. Chen graduated in physics and computer science from U.C
Berkeley and is a software development engineer at a major tech company in Silicon Valley. She
presently lives in Northern California.
Dive Into Systems: A Gentle Introduction to Computer Systems
Suzanne J. Matthews, author
Tia Newhall, author
Kevin C. Webb, author
No Starch Press
9781718501362, $79.99, PB, 816pp
Synopsis: "Dive Into Systems: A Gentle Introduction to Computer Systems" provides a crash
course in the major hardware and software components of a modern computer system. Designed
for use in a wide range of introductory-level computer science classes, it guides readers through
the vertical slice of a computer so they can develop an understanding of the machine at various
layers of abstraction.
Early chapters begin with the basics of the C programming language often used in systems
programming. Other topics explore the architecture of modern computers, the inner workings of
operating systems, and the assembly languages that translate human-readable instructions into a
binary representation that the computer understands.
Later chapters explain how to optimize code for various architectures, how to implement parallel
computing with shared memory, and how memory management works in multi-core CPUs.
Accessible and easy to follow, the book uses images and hands-on exercise to break down
complicated topics, including code examples that can be modified and executed.
Critique: An ideal textbook for introductory computer science curriculums, "Dive Into Systems:
A Gentle Introduction to Computer Systems" by the team of Suzanne J. Matthews, Tia Newhall,
and Kevin C. Webb is comprehensive, exceptionally well organized, and thoroughly 'student
friendly' in presentation. Unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and
academic library Computer Science collections, it should be noted for both students and non-
specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Dive Into Systems: A Gentle
Introduction to Computer Systems" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note #1: Suzanne J. Matthews is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the
United States Military Academy, West Point. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Texas
A&M University. Her research interests are in parallel computing, single board computers, and
computer science education.
Editorial Note #2: Tia Newhall is a professor in the computer science department at Swarthmore
College. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin. Her research
interests are in parallel and distributed systems.
Editorial Note #3: Kevin C. Webb is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Swarthmore
College. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from UC San Diego. His research interests are in
networks, distributed systems, and computer science education.
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
The Naturalist's Companion
1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134-1161
9781680515763, $19.95, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "The Naturalist's Companion: A Field Guide to Observing and
Understanding Wildlife", Dave Hall fills an important void in outdoor education by teaching
readers how to become more learned and patient observers and, ultimately, more proficient
Through exhaustive time in the field, Hall has developed a comprehensive understanding of
nature awareness and refined his skills to enhance any time spent outdoors and to foster closer,
more respectful encounters with wildlife. Through personal anecdotes and detailed explanations,
Hall teaches the principles and ethics of stealth walking, calling, tracking, interpreting basic
animal behavior, and much more. Each chapter concludes with a list of exercises, prompting
readers to study and put these skills into use, while introductory sections discuss gear, safety,
ethics, and thoughtful engagement.
"The Naturalist's Companion" will deepen readers' connection with the outdoors and help them
to establish and maintain consistent, intimate, and informed wildlife observations.
Critique: Impressively illustrated with full color photography in support of an informative text,
"The Naturalist's Companion: A Field Guide to Observing and Understanding Wildlife" is an
inherently fascinating and practical guide that will prove to be of special value for readers with
an interest in observing North American wildlife in their native habitat. Of special note is the
Introduction (Why Observe Wildlife), a two page listing of Sources & Resources, and a seven
page Index. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99), "The Naturalist's
Companion: A Field Guide to Observing and Understanding Wildlife" is especially
recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library North American
Editorial Note: Dave Hall (www.davehalloutdoors.com) is the founder of Primitive Pursuits, a
youth-focused nature awareness program offered in partnership with Cornell Cooperative
Extension of Tompkins County, New York. He has worked as a naturalist and guide in
Massachusetts and New York and has served as an instructor with the Adirondack Mountain
Club, the State University of New York at Cortland, Cornell Outdoor Education, and Ithaca
College. Dave is also the co-author of Winter in the Wilderness: A Field Guide to Primitive
Pacific Salmon Field Guide
Sean Godwin & Martin Krkosek, authors
Joesph R. Tomelleri, illustrator
Tavish Campbell, photographer
Lone Pine Publishing
9781774511343, $24.95, PB, 60pp
Synopsis: Pacific salmon are of immense cultural, ecological and economic importance to the
west coast of North America. They are the most commonly seen fish on the western side of North
America but identifying among the seven species is difficult for most of their life stages.
Two salmon researchers, Sean Godwin and Martin Krkosek, have worked extensively in the field
with this iconic group of fish and have developed "Pacific Salmon Field Guide" the first
comprehensive field identification guide for Pacific salmon in a functional format. This guide
presents information and identifying characteristics for the seven Pacific salmon species
(sockeye, coho, Chinook, pink, chum, steelhead and coastal cutthroat) across five life stages,
with strong emphasis on detailed and intuitive illustrations.
This guide is an ideal identification resource that includes natural history, life stage descriptions
and conservation status of Pacific salmon and how to observe these fish in the wild. The
identification portions are organized into five life stages: fry, smolt, post smolt, ocean adult, and
The many scientific illustrations for each species are drawn from real specimens representative of
their species and life stage. Joseph Tomelleri, who drew all the brilliant illustrations in this book,
painstakingly measured every part of each fish, counting every fin ray and row of scales while
layering colour upon color. In addition, dozens of photos by Tavish Campell showcase these fish
in incredible detail.
Critique: Expertly organized and thoroughly 'user friendly in presentation, "Pacific Salmon Field
Guide is impressively comprehensive and detailed -- making it an ideal and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community and academic library Marine Life
instructional reference collections in general, and Salmon research and fishing guides in
The Gardening Shelf
Cleveland's Cultural Gardens: A Landscape of Diversity
John J. Grabowski, author
Lauren R. Pacini, photographer
The Kent State University Press
1118 Library, P.O. Box 5190, Kent OH 44242
9781606354414, $35.00, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: From their beginnings as private farmland to their current form as monuments to
cultural and ethnic diversity, the unique collection of landscaped, themed gardens that compose
Cleveland's Cultural Gardens holds a rich history.
With the publication of "Cleveland's Cultural Gardens: A Landscape of Diversity", John J.
Grabowski guides readers through this story, using both archival images and Lauren R. Pacini's
stunning contemporary photography to illustrate their development and importance. The effect is
a comprehensive view of the factors that made the Cultural Gardens possible, from Cleveland's
geographical features to international conflicts.
First erected as the Shakespeare Garden in 1916, the land bordering Doan Brook slowly began to
incorporate tributes to immigrants, reflecting Cleveland's role as a key location for eastern
European immigrants. Through this chronicle of the gardens' changing landscapes, Grabowski
shapes a gripping narrative of shifting attitudes toward immigration, both locally and
Throughout both world wars, the Cold War, and more recent events, the gardens' composition
has changed to reflect more diversity, now encompassing 33 individual gardens that honor
cultures and countries with connections to Cleveland. Today, each garden features plants native
to the corresponding culture, from German to Vietnamese and from Ethiopian to Finnish. This
vast cultural inclusivity makes Cleveland's Cultural Gardens a forerunner in the push for greater
representation of cultures and people of color in memorials and public spaces.
The gardens also highlight a growing emphasis on collaboration and coexistence among cultures,
as symbolized in the Peace Garden of the Nations and its crypt of intermingled soil from historic
shrines around the world.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos,
"Cleveland's Cultural Gardens: A Landscape of Diversity" will be of special and particular
interest to landscape field specialists and amateur gardeners alike for bot its excellent
illustrations and for its informative discussion of culture, inclusion, and diversity both on a local
and a national scale. While unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community,
and academic library Gardening/Landscaping collections, it should be noted for personal reading
lists that "Cleveland's Cultural Gardens: A Landscape of Diversity" is also available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $33.25).
Editorial Note #1: John J. Grabowski (https://history.case.edu/faculty/john-grabowski) works as
the Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History at Case Western Reserve University
and as the Krieger-Mueller Chief Historian at the Western Reserve Historical Society. He is the
editor of the online edition of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and The Dictionary of
Cleveland Biography. He has published numerous books, including The Encyclopedia of
Cleveland History, The Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, and Sports in Cleveland: An
Editorial Note #2: Lauren R. Pacini is an author and photographer specializing in
black-and-white photography. Also a member of the Western Reserve Historical Society, Pacini
focuses much of his work on Cleveland. His writing and photography have been published in
numerous books, including Honoring Their Memory and Renaissance on East 9th Street.
Bloom: Flowering Plants for Indoors and Balconies
Lauren Camilleri, author
Sophia Kaplan, author
Smith Street Books
300 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010
9781922417855, $40.00, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: The fundamental message of "Bloom: Flowering Plants for Indoors and Balconies" by
the team of Lauren Camilleri andj Sophia Kaplan is that the homeowner or apartment dweller
doesn't need a sprawling garden to brighten their lives with flowers. This beautifully designed,
illustrated and instruction guide shows how any space, no matter how small, can be transformed
into a colorful oasis with flowering plants.
The ultimate guide to beautiful blooms, Lauren and Sophia from Leaf Supply have tips for care,
selection, styling, and arrangement. A guide through the seasons, Bloom has everything you need
to create flowering gardens indoors or on balconies.
Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Bloom" is a compendium of:£
Practical information on the best light, soil, and care requirements; Provides details of when to
plant and when flowers bloom; Showcases 60+ flowering plant profiles; and includes interviews
with plant-lovers who have filled their homes with blooming plants!
Critique: Fun and informative, inspired and inspiring, a flower lover's delight to simply browse
through one page at a time, "Bloom: Flowering Plants for Indoors and Balconies" is a welcome
and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic
library Urban Gardening collections.
Editorial Noter: Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan are the creative force behind the
Sydney-based interior-design nursery Leaf Supply. They have professional backgrounds in
interior architecture and advertising, respectively. Together, they have previously authored Leaf
Supply, Indoor Jungle, and Plantopedia for Smith Street Books.
The Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Chris Enss, author
Howard Kazanjian, author
The Lyons Press
c/o The Globe Pequot Press
246 Goose Lane, Suite 200, Guilford, CT 06437
9781493060405, $30.00, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Margaret Dumont (born Daisy Juliette Baker; October 20, 1882 - March 6, 1965) was
a Broadway acting regular by the 1920s. But it was when she started appearing in film with the
Marx Brothers that Dumont found lasting fame.
Tall and regal in bearing, her character provided the perfect foil to the wisecracking Groucho
Marx in a series of films including A Night at the Opera and Duck Soup. Her character's
seemingly obliviousness to insult led to the widespread belief, encouraged by Groucho himself,
that Dumont was a humorless person who never got the joke. a belief she contradicted in a 1942
interview. "I'm not a stooge," she said. "I'm a straight lady. There's an art to playing straight. You
must build up your man but never top him and never steal the laughs from him.
Straight Lady: The Life and Times of Margaret Dumont, "The Fifth Marx Brother" by the team
of authors and cinema historians Chris Enss and Howard Kazanjian focuses on the Dumont and
her role in the production of the comedy teams' most successful films. Several books have been
previously written about the Marx Brothers as a comedy family and about their individual lives,
but there haven't been any cinematic histories written about the contribution of Margaret Dumont
to their success -- until now!
Critique: Informed and informative, Straight Lady: The Life and Times of Margaret Dumont,
"The Fifth Marx Brother" must for the personal reading lists of motion picture enthusiasts,
cinematic film historians, and the legions of Marx Brothers' fans. While unreservedly
recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library 20th Century
Cinematic History & Biography collections, it should be noted that "Straight Lady: The Life and
Times of Margaret Dumont, "The Fifth Marx Brother" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Chris Enss and Howard Kazanjian have written a number of award-winning
books including "The Young Duke: The Early Life of John Wayne" and "Cowboys, Creatures
and Classics: The Story of Republic Pictures".
Horror Films of 2000-2009
John Kenneth Muir
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476678054, $75.00, HC, 699pp
Synopsis: Horror films have always reflected their audiences' fears and anxieties. In the United
States, the 2000s were a decade full of change in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the
contested presidential election of 2000, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These social and
political changes, as well as the influences of Japanese horror and New French extremism, had a
profound effect on American horror filmmaking during the 2000s.
"Horror Films of 2000-2009" by cinema historian John Kenneth Muir is a filmography that
covers more than 300 horror films released in America from 2000 through 2009, including such
popular forms as found footage, torture porn, and remakes. Each entry covers a single film and
includes credits, a synopsis, and a lengthy critical commentary. The appendices include common
horror conventions, a performer hall of fame, and memorable ad lines.
Critique: Featuring black/white illustrations, and organized chronologically by year, "Horror
Films of 2000-2009" is a massive coffee-table style volume (8.5 x 1.4 x 11 inches, 4.18 pounds)
that is an comprehensive, extraordinary, essential, and critically important addition to personal,
professional, community, and academic library 21st Century Cinematic History collections.
Editorial Note: John Kenneth Muir (http://johnkennethmuir.com) is an American literary critic
and award-winning author. As of 2022, he has written 30 reference books in the fields of film
and television, with a particular focus on the horror and science fiction genres.
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Essential Oils and Gemstone Guardians Cards
Margaret Ann Lembo
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781644115398, Cards/Booklet, 160pp
Synopsis: Just like gemstones, essential oils work on an energetic level to re-balance us
spiritually, mentally, and emotionally and offer many physiological benefits.
Bringing aromatherapy into partnership with crystals, "Essential Oils & Gemstone Guardians
Cards" by crystal expert and aromatherapist, Margaret Ann Lembo presents a hands-on way to
engage with the enhanced powers of allies from the mineral and plant kingdom together.
Specifically created to help you establish clear intentions, the 42 two-sided cards each show an
essential oil and a vibrationally matching crystal, offering guidance and positive affirmations for
The color-coded cards are divided into six groups: Focus, Grounding, and Protection; Health and
Well-Being; Love, Friendship, and Romance; Money, Creativity, and Motivation; Happiness and
Self-Confidence; Intuition and Communication -- each helping you to understand yourself better.
With an intention or request for clarity or insight in mind, you can either draw just one card or
create a card spread by choosing several cards.
The accompanying booklet provides, for each essential oil, the botanical name, fragrance profile,
chemical components, therapeutic properties, and safety precautions as well as how the gemstone
relates to the use of the essential oil.
As Margaret Ann Lembo explains, the energetic value, or vibration, of an essential oil is
stabilized by the devic forces associated with mother plant, flower, root, or bark. The energetic
vibration of a gemstone holds records and goals to help you focus on the reality you wish to
create. You design your reality and the cards in this deck will help you focus on your intentions
and ignite transformation in your life.
Critique: Beautifully designed, "Essential Oils and Gemstone Guardians Cards" is a unique, 'user
friendly', and very specially recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and
academic library Aromatherapy, Divination with Crystals, Mental & Spiritual Healing, and
Metaphysical collections and studies lists.
PR: Margaret Ann Lembo (https://www.margaretannlembo.com) is a noted and sought after
author and speaker with close to 30 years of experience. She is the creator of a line of
award-winning Aroma-Energetic Sprays, including Smudge in Spray and the seven Chakra
Sprays. She is also a spiritual entrepreneur and practitioner, aromatherapist, and the owner of The
Crystal Garden -- a book store, gift store, and spiritual center in southeast Florida.
The Travel Shelf
The Professional Guide's Handbook
9781682753248, $50.00, PB, 359pp
Synopsis: Professional guides have a lot of skills to learn and perfect to become successful. With
the publication of "The Professional Guide's Handbook: How to Lead Adventure Travel Trips
and Expeditions", author and travel guide expert Colby Brokvist covers everything contemporary
guides would need to know in order to become successful in their profession in terms of the
needed skills for success, consideration of travel guide ethical standards, sustainability issues,
leadership, and how to utilize all these skills when on the job.
"The Professional Guide's Handbook" offers insight, wisdom, and real-life anecdotes from the
Colby's own worldwide adventures as an expedition leader. Readers will find a thorough and
thoughtful text that looks at everything from leadership skills to the importance of stewardship
practices in the outdoor industry. They will develop a better understanding of travelers and their
expectations to group management frameworks. It will leave readers empowered, enlightened,
and ready to lead their next trip with renewed confidence.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Professional Guide's
Handbook: How to Lead Adventure Travel Trips and Expeditions" is a comprehensive and
thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction manual and 'how to' guide for creating and succeeding in a
travel guide career. While available in a digital book format (Kindle, $37.04), "The Professional
Guide's Handbook: How to Lead Adventure Travel Trips and Expeditions" is an ideal and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library
Jobs/Careers and General/Adventure Travel Reference collections and reading lists.
Editorial Note: Colby Brokvist
(https://www.nathab.com/guides-and-staff/guide-bios/colby-brokvist/is a professional guide who
leads worldwide expeditions for some of the most acclaimed companies in adventure travel. He
was inspired to pursue guiding as a career during a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail in the
summer of 2000. Since then, he has led hundreds of adventure travel departures, ranging from
backpacking and trekking adventures to mountaineering and rock-climbing trips, sea kayaking
and sailing voyages, and wildlife safaris. His expeditions have taken him to destinations as
far-flung as Greenland, Antarctica, Africa, and Patagonia, as well as across the United States and
Canada. In addition to fieldwork, Colby assumes a variety of managerial, operational, and
consulting roles within the adventure travel sphere. His work centers on guide training, guide
team management, and itinerary development. He sits on the board of directors for the Polar
Tourism Guides Association and is a certified Senior Polar Guide through the same
100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime
March Carriker Smothers
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426222641, $40.00, HC, 400pp
Synopsis: "100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime: Magical Experiences From Around the World"
by Marcy Carriker Smothers is a beautifully illustrated treasury showcasing 100 beloved and
little-known Disney adventures ranging from seeing fireworks on a dessert-themed boat ride, to
dining with your favorite characters, to a tour of the Galapagos Islands.
"100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime: Magical Experiences From Around the World" is the next
best thing to waking up to the sight of giraffes grazing outside your window; or watching the
Disneyland fireworks from the Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge, far away from the crowds; or
tasting your way through six continents at EPCOT's International Food & Wine Festival; or
going on a family journey to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with National
All of these incredible experiences and more comprising this awe-inspiring collection of 100
not-to-be-missed adventures that bring the magic of Disney to life.
Along with beautiful imagery that will shape the Disney wish list for those planning a visit, this
delightfully illuminating guide includes pilgrimages to historic Disney sites, insider stories, and
inspiration for planning your next Disney vacation.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout with full color photography enhancing an informative
commentary, "100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime: Magical Experiences From Around the
World" is ideal for the armchair traveler, a planning guide for the aspiring visitor, as well as a
welcome and nostalgic remembrance of having visited, explored and enjoyed what Walt Disney
had accomplished with the creation of America's most popular theme park. Indeed, "100 Disney
Adventures of a Lifetime: Magical Experiences From Around the World" is an especially
recommended for personal, community, and academic library Theme Park Travel Guide
collections in general, and Disneyland and Walt Disney World collections in particular.
Editorial Note: Marcy Carriker Smothers (https://www.marcycarrikersmothers.com) is the author
of the fan favorite "Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food". A noted radio
personality, she has hosted several programs, including The Food Guy and Marcy Show with the
Food Network's Guy Fieri. In celebration of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, she
co-authored Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World. Her love of all things Disney (especially
Disneyland) inspired her to write "Walt's Disneyland: A Walk in the Park with Walt
The Sports Shelf
Colorado Alpine Trail Runs
Colorado Mountain Club
c/o Mountaineers Books
1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134-1161
9781937052768, $24.95, PB, 216pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Colorado Alpine Trail Runs", author Annalise Grueter makes
it easy to find great places to run and jog in the Colorado mountains. This essential guidebook
introduces you to beautiful, rugged trails and inspiring vistas across Colorado, providing key
info, including route access, mileage, directional cues, and difficulty, as well as guidance around
responsible outdoor recreation. The guide features 45 spectacular runs that vary in length from 4
miles to nearly 30, with a mix of options from introductory to technical, to suit a variety of skill
levels. Every route reaches an elevation over 11,500 feet and includes a high-alpine pass, lake, or
summit, allowing for spectacular 360-degree views.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated in full color, "Colorado Alpine Trail Runs" is
thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation and ideal for anyone seeking remote
routes or reliable information on a classic trail. Informed and informative, motivationally
inspiring, and a simply indispensable DIY guide, "Colorado Alpine Trail Runs" is unreservedly
recommended for personal, professional, and community library Mountain Running/Jogging
Editorial Note: Annalise Grueter (https://blog.nols.edu/author/annalise-grueter) has been
exploring Colorado trails her entire life. She is a marathoner and ultramarathoner as well as an
avid hiker. She has made over 153 summits of Colorado's Fourteeners and stood atop the highest
peaks in Mexico, Germany, and Tanzania. A NOLS graduate, she has taught and mentored both
children and adults on camping, orienteering, and safe mountain practices. Annalise enjoys
exploring mountain ranges around the world, especially through sports such as mountain running
and ski mountaineering.
Cyclist - Climb
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781784728090, $40.00, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Cyclist - Climb: The most epic cycling ascents in the world",
the cycling experts at Cyclist Magazine showcases thirty-five of the most notorious, grueling
cycling climbs the world has to offer.
Comprised of route maps, altitude charts, first-hand ride reports, and incredible imagery from the
finest cycling photographers, "Cyclist - Climb" is an amazing tribute to the peaks, hills and
ascents that every cyclist should try.
Tracing the routes of the greatest rides across France, Italy, Spain and Belgium, "Cyclist - Climb"
is a beautiful coffee-table style volume (9.35 x 1.05 x 11.3 inches) that also includes
lesser-known climbs covering northern and eastern Europe and the USA -- with every single ride
tried, tested and conquered by the experts at Cyclist magazine.
Critique: Each of the thirty-five international climbs is enhanced with a route map and gorgeous
full color photography. Informed and inspiring, "Cyclist - Climb" fully lives up to its subtitle:
The most epic cycling ascents in the world! While also available for personal reading lists in a
digital book format (Kindle, $14.99), "Cyclist - Climb" is an inherently fascinating read for
amateur and professional cyclists and a highly recommended addition to personal, professional,
community, and academic library Sports Cycling collections.
Editorial Note: Cyclist (https://pocketmags.com/us/cyclist-magazine) is the world's biggest road
cycling magazine and winner of multiple awards. Combining experienced cycling writers with
exclusive images from top photographers, Cyclist showcases the most stunning rides from
around the world and gets behind the scenes with the biggest names in the sport.
The Wine Shelf
The Complete Bordeaux, fourth edition
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781784727512, $75.00, HC, 736pp
Synopsis: The wines of the Bordeaux region of France are universally recognized as being among
the finest in the world and in this fully revised and updated fourth edition of his classic study
"The Complete Bordeaux: The Wines, The Chateaux, The People", renowned wine expert
Stephen Brook provides an unrivaled survey of the region and its wines.
The new hardcover edition of "The Complete Bordeaux" offers detailed information on the many
communes and appellations of Bordeaux along with descriptions and assessments of all its major
properties. As well as incisive portraits of the leading properties and their produce, Stephen
Brook provides a detailed look at Bordeaux's lesser-known areas and chateaux.
Of special note is the inclusion of an invaluable vintage guide to the last four decades. Bordeaux
encapsulates an incredible 13,000 wineries throughout 54 appellations and this book includes a
thorough explanation of Bordeaux's history, terroir and winemaking styles.
More than just a producer-by-producer reference work - "The Complete Bordeaux" provides an
analyzes of the information Brooke presents in order to give a clear picture of the current trends
in the region. Brooke provides professional assessments of more than 1,000 significant wine
producers in Bordeaux, considering its history, viticulture, vinication, wine styles and
Critique: An impressively informative, expertly organized, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in
presentation, this new and expanded fourth edition of "The Complete Bordeaux: The Wines, The
Chateaux, The People" will be of special value to professional connoisseurs and non-specialist
enthusiasts with an interest in wines, the collection of wines, and the Bordeaux wine country of
France. Comprehensive, professional, detailed, "The Complete Bordeaux: The Wines, The
Chateaux, The People" is especially and unreservedly to personal, professional, community,
college, and university library Wine/Spirits reference collections.
Editorial Note: Stephen Brook (https://www.decanter.com/author/StephenBrook) is a leading
writer on wine and gastronomy. His previous books include Sauternes, The Wines of Germany,
and The Wines of California, which won the Prix Lanson, Glenfiddich and Veuve Clicquot
awards. He is also the author of Pauillac and Bordeaux: People, Power and Politics, which won
the Veuve Clicquot and ICP awards.
The Literary Studies Shelf
The Stuff of Science Fiction
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476686592, $49.95, PB, 297pp
Synopsis: While students and general readers typically cannot relate to esoteric definitions of
science fiction, they readily understand the genre as a literature that characteristically deals with
subjects such as new inventions, space, robot and aliens. With the publication of "The Stuff of
Science Fiction: Hardware, Settings, Characters", Professor Gary Westfahl looks at science
fiction in precisely this manner, with twenty-one chapters that each deal with a subject that is
repeatedly addressed in science fiction of recent centuries.
Based on a packet of original essays that Professor Westfahl had assembled for his classes, "The
Stuff of Science Fiction: Hardware, Settings, Characters" could well serve as a supplemental
textbook in science fiction classes, but it also contains material of interest to science fiction
scholars and others devoted to the genre.
In some cases, chapters offer thorough surveys of numerous works involving certain subjects,
such as imagined vehicles, journeys beneath the Earth and undersea adventures, discovering
intriguing patterns in the ways that various writers developed their ideas. When comprehensive
coverage of ubiquitous topics such as robots, aliens and the planet Mars is impossible, chapters
focus on major themes referencing selected texts. A conclusion discusses other science fiction
subjects that were omitted for various reasons, and a bibliography lists additional resources for
the study of science fiction in general and the topics of each chapter.
Critique: Impressively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of an informative Introduction
and Conclusion, "The Stuff of Science Fiction: Hardware, Settings, Characters" also features a
sixteen page Bibliography and a thirty-four page Index. Comprised of an inherently fascinating
and thought-provoking series of articles deftly organized into three major sections, "The Stuff of
Science Fiction: Hardware, Settings, Characters" is available for personal reading lists in a digital
book format (Kindle, $29.99) and is unreservedly recommended as a significant and fascinating
addition to community, college, and university library Literary Studies collections in general, and
Science Fiction supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular.
Editorial Note: Gary Westfahl (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Westfahl), is a Professor
Emeritus at the University of La Verne, California, and has authored, edited, or co-edited 27
books about science fiction and fantasy, as well as hundreds of articles and reviews. In 2003, he
received the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award for his lifetime contributions
to science fiction and fantasy scholarship.
Ovid's "Heroides" and the Augustan Principate
Megan O. Drinkwater
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299337803, $79.95, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: 43 BCE, the year after the assassination of Julius Caesar. While the Roman republic
had seen many conflicts, it was this civil war, headed by the vengeful triumvirate of Mark
Anthony, Marcus Lepidus, and Octavian, that irrevocably transformed Rome with its upheaval.
What followed was years of fighting and the eventual ascendancy of Octavian, who from 27 BCE
onwards would be best known as Caesar Augustus, founder of the Roman Principate.
It was in this era of turmoil and transformation that Ovid, the Roman poet best known for
Metamorphoses, was born. The Heroides, one of his earliest and most elusive works, is not
written from the first-person perspective that so often characterizes the elegiac poetry of that time
but from the personae of tragic heroines of classical mythology.
With the publication of "Ovid's "Heroides" and the Augustan Principate", Professor Megan O.
Drinkwater illustrates how Ovid used innovations of literary form to articulate an expression of
the crisis of civic identity in Rome at a time of extreme and permanent political change. The
letters are not divorced from the context of their composition but instead elucidate that context
for their readers and expose how Ovid engaged in politics throughout his entire career. Their
importance is as much historical as literary.
Professor Drinkwater makes a compelling case for understanding the Heroides as a testament
from one of Rome's most eloquent writers to the impact that the dramatic shift from republic to
empire had on its intellectual elites.
Critique: A seminal work of outstanding scholarship, "Ovid's "Heroides" and the Augustan
Principate" is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of an eleven page Coda
(Hindsight and the Double Herodes), a ten page bibliographic listing of Works Cited, thirty-two
pages of Notes, a six page Index Locorom, and a six page Index. Exceptionally well written,
organized, and presented, "Ovid's "Heroides" and the Augustan Principate" is an extraordinary
and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, college, and community library
Roman Literature/Culture collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Megan O. Drinkwater is a professor and chair of the department of classics at
Agnes Scott College. She has previously published several articles on different aspects of Ovid's
work and has contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy. She has a web
page at https://www.agnesscott.edu/directory/faculty/drinkwater-megan.html
Pierre Macherey and the Case of Literary Production
Warren Montag, editor
Audrey Wasser, editor
Northwestern University Press
629 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL 60208
9780810145122, $99.95, HC, 232pp
Synopsis: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Warren Montage and Audrey Wasser, the
contributors to "Pierre Macherey and the Case of Literary Production" show how Pierre
Macherey's remarkable (and still provocative) early work can contribute to contemporary
discussions about the act of reading and the politics of formal analysis.
Across a series of historically and philosophically contextualized readings, the volume's
contributors interrogate Macherey's work on a range of pressing issues, including the
development of a theory of reading and criticism, the relationship between the spoken and the
unspoken, the labor of poetic determination and of literature's resistance to ideological context,
the literary relevance of a Spinozist materialism, the process of racial subjectification and the
ontology of Blackness, and a theorization of the textual surface.
"Pierre Macherey and the Case of Literary Production" also includes three new texts by
Macherey, presented here in English for the first time: his postface to the revised French edition
of A Theory of Literary Production; "Reading Althusser," in which Macherey analyzes the
concept of symptomatic reading; and a comprehensive interview in which Macherey reflects on
the historical conditions of his early work, the long arc of his career at the intersection of
philosophy and literature, and the ongoing importance of Louis Althusser's thought.
Recent translations of Macherey's work into English have introduced new readers to the critic's
enduring power and originality. Timely in its questions and teeming with fresh insights, "Pierre
Macherey and the Case of Literary Production" demonstrates the depths to which his work
resonates, now more than ever.
Critique: Informative enhanced with the inclusion of a fourteen page bibliography listing Works
by Pierre Macherey, a two pager listing of the Contributors and their credentials, and a seven
page Index, "Pierre Macherey and the Case of Literary Production" is an ideal introduction to the
literary work of Pierre Macherey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Macherey). While
especially recommended for college and university library Literary Criticism & Theory
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 "Pierre Macherey and the Case of
Literary Production" is also available in a paperback edition (9780810145115, $34.95) and in a
digital book format (Kindle, $30.90).
The Archaeology Shelf
Archaeologies of Cosmoscapes in the Americas
J. Grant Stauffer, et al.
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781789258448, $39.95, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: "Archaeologies of Cosmoscapes in the Americas" examines how pre-Columbian
societies in the Americas envisioned their cosmos and iteratively modeled it through the creation
of particular objects and places. It emphasizes that American societies did this to materialize
overarching models and templates for the shape and scope of the cosmos, the working definition
Noting a tendency to gloss over the ways in which ancestral Americans envisioned the cosmos as
intertwined and animated, the contributors examine how cosmoscapes are manifested
archaeologically, in the forms of objects and physically altered landscapes. The chapters
comprising "Archaeologies of Cosmoscapes in the Americas" therefore, offer case studies of
cosmoscapes that present themselves as forms of architecture, portable artifacts, and transformed
aspects of the natural world. In doing so, it emphasizes that the creation of cosmoscapes offered a
means of reconciling peoples experiences of the world with their understandings of them.
Critique: Compiled and co-edited by the team of J. Grant Stauffer (a PhD candidate in the
Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis whose doctoral research is
on landscape transformations, mound building, and coalescence at the Cahokia site in
Bretton T. Giles (Assistant Research Professor in the Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Department at Kansas State University who also serves as KSU supervisory archaeologist at the
Fort Riley Army Installation in north-central Kansas); and Shawn P. Lambert (Assistant
professor of anthropology and senior research associate with the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at
Mississippi State University and who is also a co-editor of the book, New Methods and Theories
for Analyzing Mississippian Imagery), "Archaeologies of Cosmoscapes in the Americas" is
illustrated throughout with line drawings and black/white photographs. Comprised of thirteen
erudite and informative contributions, "Archaeologies of Cosmoscapes in the Americas" also
includes a three page listing of the contributors and their credentials. An exceptionally well
presented collection of scholarly research, "Archaeologies of Cosmoscapes in the Americas" is
an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, college, and
university library Contemporary American Archaeology collections and supplemental curriculum
The Road to Kells
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781911633266, $30.00, PB, 240pp
Synopsis: "The Road to Kells" is an archaeological study that begins with Mesolithic
hunter-gatherers, who foraged in a forested, primeval landscape, and left traces of a campsite on
a gravel ridge in Cakestown Glebe, by the River Blackwater. It continues, chapter by chapter,
over a span of c. 5,000 years, recording the homes, burial grounds, work and worship of
Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age communities.
The it brings us at last to the threshold of history, in the Iron Age/early medieval transition
period, when we meet agricultural workers on tillage land in Kilmainham, stoking the
cereal-drying kilns that would secure their surplus grain harvest for the winter. Kells was not yet
the seat of a famous monastery at that time but had already become a central place in the region,
with a tribal capital at Commons of Lloyd, on the hill that overlooks the town today.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and impressively comprehensive study of prehistoric
archaeology of the M3 Navan to Kells and N52 Kells Bypass road project, "The Road To Kells"
is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to professional, college and university
library Archaeology collections. Profusely illustrated throughout with full color photography, it
should be noted for personal and professional reading lists that "The Road To Kells" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Fintan Walsh is a Board Member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland.
Aerial Atlas of Ancient Britain
David R. Abram
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500024164, $45.00, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Drawing on years of travel around Britain's most extraordinary prehistoric sites, David
Abram's some 200 full color aerial photographs comprising his "Aerial Atlas of Ancient Britain"
reveal the ancient wonders hiding in plain sight around the country, from Neolithic tombs on the
Wessex chalklands to Iron Age crannogs in Hebridean lochs.
Breathtaking photos reveal Neolithic enclosures, cairns, and stone circles; Bronze Age villages,
farmsteads, tombs, and burial mounds; and Iron Age hillforts, all captured in spectacular
bird's-eye-view detail. Stone cairns and circles evoke lost rituals and religious ceremonies; Iron
Age ramparts hint at former strongholds; and tangible geographical clues reveal the scars of real
or mythical battles.
The eye-in-the-sky perspective unveils both the unseen forms of these ancestral monuments as
well as their relationship to their wider landscapes, capturing subtle symmetries and forgotten
sight lines. Many of Abram's images have an abstract quality that momentarily disrupts one's
sense of perspective, allowing the shapes carved thousands of years ago to evoke an emotional
resonance -- an experience at once pleasurable and instructive.
"Aerial Atlas of Ancient Britain" is an inspiring way to discover the beauty and history of the
British landscape, revealing the visible traces of our ancestors, from such famous monuments as
Stonehenge to little-known gems that have never before been seen from the air.
Critique: Deftly organized into four major sections (The Palaeolithic & Mesolithic; Neolithic
Britain, The Cooper & Bronze Ages; Iron Age Britain), "Aerial Atlas of Ancient Britain" is
further enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a one page Further Reading bibliography; a
one page listing of Acknowledgments; a one page listing of Illustration Sources, and a three page
Index. Informative, fascinating, unique, "Aerial Atlas of Ancient Britain" is a coffee-table style
volume (9.8 x 1.1 x 10.6 inches, 3.76 pounds) that would be a highly prized addition to personal,
professional, community, and academic library British Archaeology collections.
Editorial Note: David Abram (http://www.davidabram.co.uk) is a writer and photographer who
has traveled the length and breadth of the British Isles, capturing views and researching his
findings. He lives in the southwest of England, near some of the oldest sites of human habitation
in the British Isles.
The Mythology Shelf
The Gods and Goddesses of Greece and Rome
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500024188, $39.95, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Who were the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome? What did they mean
to the people who worshipped them? Although their time of widespread worship is long gone,
the Greek and Roman gods have fascinated and inspired writers and artists for millennia. From
Aphrodite to Apollo, Poseidon to Zeus, these are some of the most recognizable characters in
Western culture, yet there is rich, unknown lore behind these famous figures who regularly
feature in art and writing.
The Greek and Roman gods are enthralling characters in the enduringly powerful Iliad, Odyssey,
and Metamorphoses, as well as in modern retellings like Circe and the Percy Jackson series.
They are immortal and powerful, yet also vain, vindictive, and vulnerable. Moreover, as
manifestations of death, fertility, love, and war, the gods are also our key to understanding how
the Greeks and Romans saw their world.
With the publication of "The Gods and Goddesses of Greece and Rome", Philip Matyszak
presents this pantheon in all their complexity, guiding us from Mount Olympus to the depths of
Hades. Each chapter focuses on an individual god or goddess, beginning with their "biography"
as understood by the Greeks and Romans and exploring the origins of the legends.
Critique: Essential reading for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an
interested in the mythology and classical civilization of Greece and Rome, "The Gods and
Goddesses of Greece and Rome" deftly mixes documented history and legend with vivid re-
tellings of the Greco-Roman myths about their gods and goddesses ranging from stories of
cosmic creation and universal war, to disastrous weddings and freak discus accidents. A
profusely and beautifully illustrated guide to the gods of Greece and Rome, "The Gods and
Goddesses of Greece and Rome" is especially recommended for personal, professional,
community, college, and university library Folklore/Mythology collections and supplemental
curriculum Greco-Roman History studies lists.
Editorial Note: Philip Matyszak (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Matyszak) is the author of
a number of books on classical civilization, including The Greek and Roman Myths, Chronicle of
the Roman Republic, The Sons of Caesar, Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens
on Five Drachmas a Day, Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World.
The Architecture Shelf
Pretty Good House
Dan Kolbert, et al.
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
9781641551656, $34.99, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: "Pretty Good House" bu the architectural team of Dan Kolbert, Emily Mottram,
Michael Maines, and Christopher Briley provides a framework and set of guidelines for building
or renovating a high-performance home that focus on its inhabitants and the environment -- but
keeps in mind that few people have pockets deep enough to achieve a "perfect" solution.
The essential idea is for homeowners to work within their financial and practical constraints both
to meet their own needs and do as much for the planet as possible. The fundamentals laid out in
the pages of "Pretty Good House" include: A house that's as small as possible; Simple and
durable, but also well designed; Insulated and air-sealed; Above all, is affordable, healthy,
responsible, and resilient.
Critique: Beautifully, informatively, and profusely illustrated with full color photography
throughout, "Pretty Good House" will prove to have a special appeal to non-specialist general
readers with an interest DIY home renovating, home building, and home rebuilding projects. As
informative as it is inspiring, "Pretty Good House" will prove to be an enduringly popular
addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Residential Architecture,
Home Design/Construction, and Residential Sustainability/Greet Design collections.
Editorial Note #1: Michael Maines is a residential designer specializing in energy-efficient
homes, sensitive renovations, and custom kitchens. He is a contributing editor to Fine
Editorial Note #2: Dan Kolbert is a carpenter and contractor, and for the past 10 years has been
moderator of the original building science discussion group in Portland, Maine, where the Pretty
Good House idea originated.
Editorial Note #3Emily Mottram is the founder and principal of Mottram Architecture,
specializing in new homes and renovations that are beautiful, functional, comfortable, healthy,
Editorial Note #4: Christopher Briley is principal architect at BRIBURN, a firm that designs and
creates spaces that are energy efficient, durable, and environmentally friendly and that enhance
the lives of their residents.
The Folktale/Fairytale Shelf
Into the Fairy Hill
Michael S. Newton
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476690025, $39.95, PB, 276pp
Synopsis: Headstrong heroines and hot-tempered chieftains, loch monsters and hill fairies, cattle
raids and clan feuds, wise animals and foolish saints: the Scottish Highlands' folktales date back
centuries and preserve the history and beliefs of a people deeply rooted in their land and
Oral traditions connect the modern world with the hearts and minds of Scottish Highlanders
across the ages, bringing their world to life in vivid detail. With the publication of "Into the Fairy
Hill: Classic Folktales of the Scottish Highlands", Professor Michael S. Newton anthology makes
available new and approachable translations of folktales from the Scottish Highlands and Nova
Scotia, providing extensive commentary on this rich storytelling tradition.
Each story is annotated with information about its origins and any insights into its meaning. The
original Scottish Gaelic texts, collected from a wide variety of rare and obscure sources, are
provided in an appendix.
Critique: An impressively work of seminal scholarship that further documents Professor Michael
S. Newton as North America's premier expert on Scottish folklore and mythology, "Into the Fairy
Hill: Classic Folktales of the Scottish Highlands" also includes four pages of Notes, a four page
Bibliography, and a two page Index. A seminal contribution to Scottish Folklore/Mythology
literary studies, "Into the Fairy Hill: Classic Folktales of the Scottish Highlands" is unreservedly
recommended for professional, community, college, and university library 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 "Into the Fairy Hill: Classic Folktales of the Scottish
Highlands" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.99).
Editorial Note: Michael S. Newton (https://independent.academia.edu/MichaelNewton) was an
assistant professor in the Celtic Studies department of St Francis Xavier University in Nova
Scotia from 2008 to 2013. He has written a multitude of books and articles about Gaelic culture
and history and is a leading authority on Scottish Gaelic heritage in North America.
The Photography Shelf
Hubble & Hattie
9781787114166, $37.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: "Wildlife Photography: Saving my life one frame at a time" by wildlife photographer
Paul Williams is a unique volume on and about wildlife photography -- including the power it
has to improve physical and mental well-being.
Designed to appeal to a wide range of individuals, from beginners with very little photographic
experience through to those further along on their photographic journey, "Wildlife Photography"
offers a wealth of practical help, tips and insights into the life of a working professional
photographer who uses photography to help deal with Williams' PTSD and the physical
reminders of his various careers as a soldier, physical training instructor, and police officer.
With some general tips and points about equipment, fieldcraft and techniques, "Wildlife
Photography" seamlessly aligns photography with creative suggestions around mindfulness,
well-being and holism to create a blueprint for anyone experiencing poor mental or physical
health, and who would like to express themselves creatively in the natural world. Whether you
want to go into your garden to photograph the wildlife there, or head further afield, "Wildlife
Photography" will empower you to take the next step towards regaining your sense of well-being,
and improve the quality of your life.
Critique: A magnificently beautiful coffee-table style volume (10.45 x 0.86 x 10.56 inches, 3.5
pounds), "Wildlife Photography: Saving my life one frame at a time" is a deep pleasure to simply
browse through one memorable full color (and often full page) photograph at a time -- along with
the inherently informative and thought-provoking text. While also readily available for personal
reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.19), "Wildlife Photography" by Paul Williams
is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community,
and academic library Wildlife Photography collections and supplemental curriculum
Photography Studies syllabus.
Editorial Note: Paul Williams (https://www.paulwilliams.photography) is a full time landscape
and wildlife photographer, who has won a number of prestigious national and international
photographic awards, as well as appearing on national television, and featuring regularly on
Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa
Michael Moushabeck, author
Hiltrud Schulz, photographer
c/o Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
9781623718282, $30.00, HC, 160pp
Synopsis: Mount Kilimanjaro is the African continent's highest mountain and the world's tallest
freestanding mountain. It is a geological wonder formed, sculpted, and molded by the natural
forces of volcanic fire and glacial ice. At 19,340 feet (5895 meters) high, Kilimanjaro towers
above the Great Rift Valley and lies 3 degrees south of the equator, on the northern border of
Tanzania, close to southeast Kenya.
Kilimanjaro is an accessible mountain that one can climb without the help of any technical
equipment. The ascent starts from the cultivated lower slopes with dry blistering heat, through a
lush, wet rainforest jungle, into heath and moorland zones, all the way up to the desolate alpine
desert landscape and the steep, exposed arctic summit area, where one will experience
breathtaking views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro.
Critique: With the publication of "Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa"
author Michel Moushabeck and photographer Hiltrud Schulz take their readers along as they
explore and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This impressive compendium of commentary and
photographer fully capture the essence of this majestic mountain. Featuring more than 200
full-color photographs enhancing an engaging and entertaining narrative that smoothly ties
together personal observations with the mountain's history, its people, and its ecology,
"Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa" is certain to be an immediate and
enduringly popular addition to community and academic library African Travel Photography &
Photo Essay collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of armchair travelers and
photography buffs that "Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa" is also
available in a paperback edition (9781566567534, $20.00).
Editorial Note #1: Michel S. Moushabeck is a writer, editor, publisher, and musician. He is the
founder of Interlink Publishing, a 25-year-old Massachusetts-based independent publishing house
and the author of four books including: Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of
Africa (Interlink Books, Northampton, Massachusetts & The Armchair Traveller at the
BookHaus, London, 2011) and A Brief Introduction to Arabic Music (Saqi Books, London,
Editorial Note #1: Hiltrud Schulz is also the photographer for "Portugese Home Cooking" by
Ana Patuleia Ortins and The Yogurt Cookbook: Recipes from around the World by Arto der
A World Away
Reel Art Press
c/o Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
9781909526877, $39.95, HC, 95pp
Synopsis: The black-and-white portraits and images of cultures and communities by
photographer Hunter Barnes were often ignored by the mainstream but nevertheless are
renowned for their stark beauty.
In 2006, Barnes travelled to Sri Lanka, intending to document the devastating aftermath of the
2004 tsunami. Instead, he arrived amid rapidly increasing tensions in the civil war and a
breakdown of the ceasefire established four years previously. It has taken Barnes more than 15
years to process the experience: "what I lived and felt has been buried far in my mind," he writes,
"sealed shut in a box of film and a journal I am just now able to read."
Spending his time in the Eastern Province, Barnes documented the impact of the resurgence of
the war on the Tamil people. These portraits are accompanied by his handwritten diary entries
from the time and the now published result is "A World Away".
Critique: With the inclusion of informative commentaries throughout, "A World Away" is a
remarkable and inherently interesting compendium of black/white photographs showcasing the
ordinary people of Sri Lanka. "A World Away" will prove to be of special interest to photograph
enthusiasts and recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library
Documentary Photography collections.
Editorial Note: Hunter Barnes (https://www.hunterbarnes.com) is a documentary photographer
whose work captures aspects of culture and communities ignored by the mainstream and often
misrepresented in the modern American narrative.
The Military Shelf
Forts and Roman Strategy
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526772107, $52.95, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Forts and Roman Strategy: A New Approach and
Interpretation", author Paul Coby here proposes a new system for the recording and mapping of
Roman forts and fortifications that integrates all the data, including size, dating and identification
of occupying units. Application of these methods allows analysis that brings new insights into the
placement of these forts, the units garrisoning them and the strategy of conquest and defense they
"Forts and Roman Strategy: A New Approach and Interpretation" presents a new and original
contribution to the long-running debate over whether the Roman Empire had a coherent grand
strategy or merely reacted piecemeal to emerging needs. Although Paul Coby focuses on several
major campaigns in Britain as case studies, he also stresses that his method's are also applicable
to elsewhere in the Empire.
Lavishly illustrated with color maps, "Forts and Roman Strategy: A New Approach and
Interpretation" is also supported by a website and blogs, encouraging further investigation and
Critique: Featuring five case studies drawn from Roman military campaigns in Britain, "Forts
and Roman Strategy: A New Approach and Interpretation" includes an informative Foreword (M.
C. Bishop), and Introduction (The Nature of the Roman Army in the First and Second Centuries
AD), two Appendices (Visiting the Sites of the Campaigns; Forts and Roman Strategy), a four
page Bibliography, and a thirteen page Index. A new and fascinating approach to the study of
Roman military history, "Forts and Roman Strategy: A New Approach and Interpretation" will
prove to be a unique and prized addition to personal, community, and academic library
collections and supplemental Roman Military History curriculum reading lists. It should be noted
that "Forts and Roman Strategy: A New Approach and Interpretation" is also available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).
Editorial Note: Paul Coby believes that his experience in digital technology has enabled him to
deploy data analysis and visualisation to the Roman Army's campaign methods and to apply
organizational theory to how the Roman military machine thought. He has always been
fascinated by the Roman Army and how it succeeded in controlling an empire from the
Highlands of Scotland to the deserts of Arabia. He continues to deploy up-to-date data analysis
techniques to Roman forts and campaigns to generate new insights into the mind of the Roman
military machine, now turning to the Roman Limes in Germany and Romania, as well as the
Roman Army's response to Boudica's Revolt and the dense network of forts in Northern
On the Eastern Front at Seventeen
Sergey Drobyazko, author
David Foreman, translator
9781784387419, $32.95, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: "On the Eastern Front at Seventeen: The Memoirs of a Red Army Soldier, 1942 -
1944" by Sergey Drobyazko is the true and autobiographical story of a young Red Army soldier
during the Second World War and told in his own words.
Recruited into the army aged just seventeen, Sergei Drobyazko's introduction to battle is a violent
one: forced to retreat from his home city of Krasnodar after it is set ablaze by German forces.
Later, Drobyazko is captured by the Germans and placed in a concentration camp, where
prisoners are reduced to eating scavenged rubbish and bathing battle wounds in urine.
After a daring escape from the camp, he enters Russian military service once more, rising to the
rank of sergeant in an infantry regiment. During this time, he witnesses the execution of deserters
and the routine ill-treatment of German prisoners of war by vengeful Soviet troops. After
surviving an attack that decimates his detachment, Drobyazko is almost court-martialled.
Seriously wounded in 1944, he retrains as a radio operator, but he never returns to the war
"On the Eastern Front at Seventeen: The Memoirs of a Red Army Soldier, 1942 - 1944" is
gripping memoir in which Drobyazko sets down his eye-witness experience of the war as it
unfolded around him. He claims to have consulted no historical sources and to have simply relied
on his own memory, making this a deeply personal account. Translated into English for the first
time by David Foreman for an American/English readership, this unique account will be
especially enjoyed by readers with an interest in World War II history from a Russian
Critique: An inherently fascinating and riveting read from first page to last, "On the Eastern Front
at Seventeen: The Memoirs of a Red Army Soldier, 1942 - 1944" is a unique and seminal
contribution to the growing library of World War II memoirs. While also available to the
personal reading lists of dedicated military history buffs in a digital book format (Kindle,
$11.49), "On the Eastern Front at Seventeen: The Memoirs of a Red Army Soldier, 1942 - 1944"
is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university
library collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Reading Hitler's Mind
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781399086271, $34.95, HC, 176pp
Synopsis: Most strongly associated with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, it is often stated
that Britain's policy of appeasement was instituted in the 1930s in the hope of avoiding war with
Hitler's Nazi Germany. At the time, appeasement was viewed by many as a popular and
seemingly pragmatic policy.
With the publication of "Reading Hitler's Mind: The Intelligence Failure that led to WW2",
author Norman Ridley (an Open University Honours graduate and a writer on inter-war
intelligence) sets out to show how appeasement was not merely a naive attempt to secure a
lasting peace by resolving German grievances, but a means of buying time for rearmament. By
the middle of the 1930s, British policy was based on the presumption that the balance of power
had already dramatically shifted in Germany's favor. It was felt that Britain, chiefly for economic
reasons, was unable to restore the balance, and that extensive concessions to Germany would not
satisfy Hitler, whose aggressive policies intensified the already high risk of war.
The only realistic option, and one that was clearly adopted by Neville Chamberlain, was to try to
influence the timing of the inevitable military confrontation and, in the meantime, pursue a
steady and economically sustainable program of rearmament. Appeasement would 'buy' that time
for the British government.
Crucially this strategy required continuously updated and accurate information about the strength,
current and future, of the German armed forces, especially the Luftwaffe, and an understanding
of their military strategy. Piercing the Nazis' veil of secrecy was vital if the intelligence services
were to build up a true picture of the extent of German rearmament and the purposes to which it
might be put.
The many agents, codebreakers, and counter-espionage personnel played a vital role in
maximizing the benefits that appeasement provided -- even as war clouds continued to gather.
These individuals were increasingly handed greater responsibility in a bid to inform British
statesmen now scrambling to prepare for a catastrophic confrontation with Germany.
In "Reading Hitler's Mind", Ridley reveals the remarkable efforts made by the tiny, underfunded
and often side-lined British intelligence services as they sought to inform those whose role it was
to make decisions upon which the wheels of history turned.
Critique: An inherently fascinating, informative, and iconoclastic study, "Reading Hitler's Mind:
The Intelligence Failure that led to WW2" is a thoughtful and thought-provoking read. A unique
and exceptionally well researched study, "Reading Hitler's Mind: The Intelligence Failure that led
to WW2" is a welcome and recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and
academic library World War II history collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It
should be noted for students, academia, and military history buffs that "Reading Hitler's Mind:
The Intelligence Failure that led to WW2" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Luftwaffe Fighter Ace
Norbert Hannig, author
John Weal, editor and translator
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781911667223, $22.95, PB, 192pp
"Luftwaffe Fighter Ace: From the Eastern Front to the Defense of the Homeland" by Norbert
Hanning (and edited/translated by John Weal) is the personal story of a Frontflieger, or
operational pilot who flew in World War II as one of the many rank and file German pilots
fighting for their country and not for the F hrer. But his wartime career makes for fascinating and
highly informative reading on an aspect of the 1939-45 war not often covered in the English
language; primarily that of the campaign against the Soviet Union.
Norbert started flying during high school on gliders and joined the German Air Force as
volunteer and officer cadet, one of the midwar-generation of Luftwaffe fighter pilots. He began
operations with JG54 on the eastern (Leningrad) front in March 1943; initially he flew
Messerschmitt Bf 109s before transitioning to the Focke-Wulf FW 190.
After a year's fighting, he was ordered back to Germany as a flight instructor to oppose the
bomber streams of the AAF and RAF. Returning to Russia at the end of 1944, he became a
Staffel CO and claimed many aircraft shot down. In April 1945 he converted to the first jet
fighter, the Me 262, in south Germany, and flew his last missions with this aircraft. Also serving
with JV44 (whose CO was Adolf Galland), Norbert Hannig finished the war with 42 victories
from more than 200 missions. Many and varied were his experiences in action against the
rejuvenated Soviet Air Force in the east, and the powerful western Allies over the homeland
during the final chaotic months of hostilities, which culminated in his captivity.
John Weal's skillful translation ensures that the fluid descriptive style of the author is preserved.
Thankfully, also, Norbert was a keen photographer who shot a profusion of images, all
previously unpublished, many of which appear in this important book.
Critique: An invaluable and special contribution to the growing library of World War II histories
and memoirs, "Luftwaffe Fighter Ace: From the Eastern Front to the Defence of the Homeland"
is a fascinating, informative, and recommended addition to personal, community, and academic
library collections. Two other additions from this simply outstanding and highly recommended
World War II Luftwaffe military aviation series include "Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot: Defending The
Reich Against The RAF And USAAF" (97819118667292, $22.95, PB) by Wolfgang Fiescher,
and "Luftwaffe Eagle: A WWII German Airman's Story" (9781911667308, $22.95, PB).
The Cactus Air Force
Eric Hammel, author
Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, author
4301 21st St, Suite 220B, Long Island City, NY 11101
9781472851079, $30.00, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: For 40 years from 1961, the late Eric Hammel interviewed more than 150 American
participants in the air campaign at Guadalcanal, none of whom are still alive. These interviews
are the most comprehensive first-person accounts of the battle assembled by any historian. More
importantly, they involved the junior officers and enlisted men whose stories and memories were
not part of the official history, thus providing a unique insight.
The battle of Guadalcanal was the first offensive operation undertaken by the US and its allies in
the Pacific War. "Cactus," the code name for the island, became a sinkhole for Japanese air and
naval power, experienced forces whose losses could never be made good. The three months of air
battles between August 20, 1942, when the first Marine air unit arrived on the island, and
November 15, when the last enemy attempt to retake the island was defeated, were perhaps the
most important of the Pacific War. After November 15, 1942, the US never looked back as its
forces moved across the Pacific to the war's inevitable conclusion.
Publishing "The Cactus Air Force: Air War over Guadalcanal" is a joint project between the late
Eric Hammel and Pacific War expert Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, and is unlike any other of the
many histories of this event that have been published over the years.
Critique: Enhanced for the reader's benefit with maps, a section of black/white historical photos,
a two page Glossary, and a nine page Index, "The Cactus Air Force: Air War over Guadalcanal"
is an extraordinary an singularly invaluable series of American military eye-witness accounts of
one of the major battles in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. While also available for the
personal reading lists of dedicated military buffs in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.60), "The
Cactus Air Force: Air War over Guadalcanal" is an enduringly important and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
World War II collections in general, and 20th Century American Military Aviation History
reading lists in particular.
Editorial Note #1: Eric Hammel (June 29, 1946 - August 25, 2020) was one of America's leading
military historians with more than 40 well-received books published over a 50-year career. His
previous books on the Solomons campaign, Carrier Clash, Carrier Strike, Decision at Sea, and
Starvation Island, are among the leading authoritative sources on the subject due to their
extensive use of first-person testimony.
Editorial Note #2: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver has been a published writer for the past 45 years
with his most recent work, Going Downtown (2022), being the latest addition to his best-selling
Osprey titles The Frozen Chosen (2016), Pacific Thunder (2017), Tidal Wave (2018), Holding
the Line (2019), MiG Alley (2019), and I Will Run Wild (2020). During his 30 years as a
screenwriter in Hollywood, he wrote the cult classic The Terror Within and worked as a
supervising producer on a number of TV and cable series. He served in the US Navy in
The Christian Studies Shelf
Jesus in Art and Literature
c/o University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9781639670062, $50.00, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: Throughout history, Jesus of Nazareth has unquestionably been an inspirational subject
for great works of art and literature. His life and message have strongly permeated Western art of
all periods, influencing giants such as Fra Angelico, Picasso, Tolstoy, and Houellebecq.
With the publication of "Jesus in Art and Literature", Pierre-Marie Dumont has chosen nearly
one hundred eclectic iconographic works of art, analyzing and comparing them to passages from
the Bible and excerpts from great literary texts. Richly illustrated, "Jesus in Art and Literature"
offers the reader an extraordinary variety of aesthetic interpretations of the life of Jesus and his
teaching, from early Christian to modern art. Through works as diverse as The Hand of God by
Auguste Rodin, The Resurrection of Lazarus by Rembrandt, and the "Hidden God" by Blaise
Pascal, Mr. Dumont highlights the evocative power of the figure of Jesus, who for Christians is
the "Christ of God."
Critique: A simply magnificent and impressively informative coffee-table style volume (9.33 x
11.25, 1.79 pounds), "Jesus in Art and Literature" by Pierre-Marie Dumont is ably translated into
English by Michael J. Miller and an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
church, community, and academic library Christian Studies and Art History collections and
supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Editor and author of many books about art and spirituality, Pierre-Marie
Dumontis (https://www.magnificat.net/foundation/about_us.asp) the creator and founding
publisher of Magnificat, a monthly Catholic magazine with a readership of 500,000 in the United
States and editions in five other languages throughout the world. The preface is by Edwart
Vignot, an art historian specializing in 19th-century painting, as well as an author, journalist,
visual artist, and videographer. Appointed an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2016, he
notably wrote Eugene Delacroix (Place des Victoires, 2017) and L'aquarelle et ses maitres (Place
des Victoires, 2018).
New Testament Readings & Devotionals, Volume 3
C.M.H. Koenig (compiler)
C.M.H. Koenig Books (through IngramSpark)
9781956475302, $14.99, PB
Like its predecessors, the third volume of New Testament Readings & Devotionals represents an
opportunity to better absorb, understand, and study the New Testament with an eye to
contemplating and discussing God and Christianity.
It profiles the works of thinkers Robert Hawker, Charles H. Spurgeon, and Octavius Winslow,
juxtaposing their reflective writings with Biblical passages and insights designed to both
enlighten readers and lead them to think deeper about Biblical passages and their contemporary
meaning. Readings from Acts, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1& 2 Timothy, and
other books from the New Testament offer reflections from AD 50/60 up to Revelation's end
times warnings, creating insights which range from historical settings and background
information to analytical and critical explorations that lend particularly well to group discussion
and Bible study.
Footnotes (some extensive) provide further cross-references to relevant Biblical sections which
expand and augment the three writers' insights, allowing Biblical study groups the food for
thought and cross-referenced passages necessary to better understand the Bible's wording,
concepts, and presentation.
As in the other books in compiler C.M.H. Koenig's growing reference library, this offers Biblical
students a unique opportunity to pair the reflections of three Christian thinkers to the basic
tenants of the Bible. The focus on these works in this manner translates to an effective method of
applying traditional Biblical events and concepts to contemporary life and thinking, making New
Testament Readings & Devotionals another rich tool in the Christian thinker's arsenal of spiritual
understanding and reflection.
The Self-Help Shelf
The Farewell Tour
Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, INHC
2246 Sixth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710-2219
9781632280756, $18.95, PB, 312pp
Synopsis: When her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Jessica Cording's family turned
their lives upside down to care for him during what he coined his "Farewell Tour" -- a nod to his
career in the music business. But when your loved ones need you most, who's taking care of the
Through the lens of this heartbreaking and intimate journey, with the publication of "The
Farewell Tour: A Caregiver's Guide to Stress Management, Sane Nutrition, and Better Sleep",
Cording offers a funny, heartwarming, and unique approach to end-of-life care or caring for
someone with ongoing needs.
Cording seamlessly blends her own expertise as a dietitian and health coach with humor and
personal anecdotes while featuring interviews from other wellness professionals,
world-renowned musicians, and music industry professionals.
"The Farewell Tour" includes a playlist based off of songs Cording and her father were each
listening to during his Farewell Tour, with suggested listening for each chapter. Cording reminds
you it's okay to laugh, it's okay to date (if you want to), and it's imperative to take care of yourself
along the way.
Whether you're feeling burned out or isolated, whether dealing with terminal illness or ongoing
needs, "The Farewell Tour" is an invaluable guide to navigating the burdens of caregiving that
often go unspoken.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, "The Farewell Tour: A Caregiver's Guide to Stress
Management, Sane Nutrition, and Better Sleep" is as inspiring as it is informative, encouraging,
and inherently interesting. Unreservedly recommended reading for anyone with a caregiver's
responsibility for the terminally ill, "The Farewell Tour: A Caregiver's Guide to Stress
Management, Sane Nutrition, and Better Sleep" is an ideal addition to personal, professional,
community, and academic library Stress Management & Motivational Self-Help collections. It
should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Farewell Tour: A Caregiver's Guide to Stress
Management, Sane Nutrition, and Better Sleep" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Jessica Cording (https://jessicacordingnutrition.com) is a registered dietitian,
health coach, and author with a passion for helping people simplify their wellness routine and
build sustainable healthy habits. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking, and
counseling, she works with individuals, corporations, and the media to help make drama-free
healthy living approachable and enjoyable. She is also the author of The Little Book of
Game-Changers: 50 Healthy Habits For Managing Stress & Anxiety. Jessica also runs the
Drama-Free Healthy Living podcast and has recorded guided meditations for Simple Habit.
Additionally, she has created educational content for CARAVAN Wellness. Cording is a part of
the mindbodygreen Collective and a frequent contributor to media outlets such as Forbes,
SHAPE, and more.
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