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The Philosophy and Practice of Science
David B. Teplow
Cambridge University Press
9781107044302, $79.50, HC, 430pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "The Philosophy and Practice of Science", Professor David B. Teplow offers a novel
synthesis of the philosophy and practice of science, covering its diverse theoretical, metaphysical, logical, philosophical, and
The process of science is generally taught in its empirical form: what science is, how it works, what it has achieved, and
what it might achieve in the future. What is often absent is how to think deeply about science and how to apply its lessons in
the pursuit of truth, in other words, knowing how to know.
In "The Philosophy and Practice of Science", Professor Teplow presents illustrative examples of science practice, history
and philosophy of science, and sociological aspects of the scientific community, to address commonalities among these
disciplines. In doing so, he challenges cherished beliefs and suggests to students, philosophers, and practicing scientists
new, epistemically superior, ways of thinking about and doing science.
Critique: Impressively informative, exceptionally thoughtful and thoroughly thought-provoking, "The Philosophy and
Practice of Science" by Professor Emeritus David B. Teplow is of particular relevance to readers with an interest in the
philosophy and history of science and physics. Highly recommended for personal, professional, community, college and
university library Science & Philosophy collections, "The Philosophy and Practice of Science" is an ideal textbook selection
for Philosophy of Science curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in the subject that "The Philosophy and Practice of Science" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $52.49).
Editorial Note: David Teplow, (https://teplowlab.neurology.ucla.edu/david-teplow) a Professor of Neurology (Emeritus) at
University of California, Los Angeles, is an internationally recognized leader in efforts to understand and treat Alzheimer's
disease. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters, and commentaries and served on
numerous national and international scientific advisory boards. In addition to his basic science work, Dr. Teplow has had a
life-long interest in general philosophy and the philosophy of science. He spent a year-long sabbatical at the University of
Cambridge as a Fellow of Clare Hall and a visiting scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, where
much of this book was written. This experience stimulated Dr. Teplow to create new courses at UCLA in the ethics of
science, social aspects of scientific paradigm change, and the roles played by ignorance and failure in scientific
Knot Handbook: 50 Essential Knots and Their Uses
The GMC Group
9781784946746, $19.99, HC, 112pp
Synopsis: Some Knots for inclusion into "Knot Handbook: 50 Essential Knots and Their Uses" by George Lewis have been
chosen for their fame, some for their beauty, and others because they are knots that everyone should know how to tie.
The "Knot Handbook" from the GMC Group will introduce readers to time-honored techniques of an intricate and practical
art that has been practiced since before poetry or painting were dreamt of. Knots which cannot be mastered in just five
The "Knot Handbook" is an essential guide to 50 knots and their uses with clear illustrations with easy-to-follow
step-by-step line drawings. Anecdotes reveal the history and fascinating fun facts about the featured knots.
Critique: This concise (5 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches, 10.4 ounces) hardcover edition is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and
presentations, making it an ideal pick for personal, professional, and community library collections -- as well as a perfect
gift for friends and family members interested in outdoor living and the valued skill of knot tying for any and all
Editorial Note: George Lewis is the author of several books including Mates for Life and Strange Mates (Ammonite Press)
and Castles and Waterfalls (Park Lane Books). He also contributes to newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias and partworks.
Lewis learned about knots in the 1950s from herring fishermen on his ancestral Isle of Man. Lewis retains the traditional
knowledge and demonstrates that knots can give us so much more than the means to catch the traditional accompaniment to
1, 2, 3 with Mrs. C
9798888240182, $24.95 Hardcover/$16.95 Paper/$7.99 ebook
1, 2, 3 with Mrs. C: An Innovative Guide for Adult Interactions With Children comes from a teacher and mother of a
handicapped child who provides insights and keys to interacting with kids in more meaningful, effective ways.
Whether readers are educators or parents (or simply adults seeking to streamline or improve their communiques with
children), a wealth of examples, tips, lively discussions, and thought-provoking strategies lend importance and strength to
any adult's intention of becoming a positive force in a child's life. Of necessity, this involves a good deal of self-inspection
on the reader's part, which Kathleen Covens encourages. The book embraces the importance and incarnation of being
present and centering intentions around this thought, encouraging tailoring experiences to build memories that support
greater self-esteem and life skills.
Consider failure. While many a guide would promote avoiding such by emphasizing a child's success, Covens here remarks
on the valuable opportunities to be gained from experiencing and learning from failures: "Children will need to experience
failure along with success to master life on their own. Our job is to give them skills to cope with failure and success.
Unfortunately, the word "fail" has an extremely negative connotation. When we hear this word, we tend to react negatively,
correct? But failure can be positive in many ways. If we can see the benefits of failure and remove the stigma it carries, it
will be easier for us to expose the value of failure in a child's life so they have the coping skills they need."
Parents and caregivers are not immune to losing sight of their ultimate objectives in child-rearing. Covens offers a broad
range of exercises, techniques, and observations for getting back on a more positive track through methods that reinforce the
importance of individual journeys of discovery and positivity. The case histories which liberally accent these strategies offer
clear conclusions that adults can use as take-aways for analyzing their own ideals, motivations, and intentions in guiding
children: "Without failure, kids do not learn how to cope, and the expectation to succeed is always present." The result is a
delight to read. Accessible, involving, and worthy of book club and parenting group discussion and debate, 1, 2, 3 with Mrs.
C should be part of any library catering to parents, educators, and those who would improve their guiding skills and
relationships with children.
The Writing/Publishing Shelf
Buz Teacher, editor
Janet Bukovinsky Teacher, editor
Two Tree Press
9780578325804, $200.00, HC, 576pp
Synopsis: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Buz and Janet Teacher, "Among Friends: An Illustrated Oral History
of American Book Publishing and Bookselling in the 20th Century" is a 576-page deluxe, hand-numbered volume -- a
collectible edition limited to a single printing of 1600--pays homage to the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the book
business in the 20th century.
In fond recollections of the book titles that have helped shape our culture, and the people and companies behind them
including more than 100 prominent figures in publishing and bookselling who recall their careers from the postwar period
through the independent publishing revolution of the 1960s and '70s to the new millennium.
Profusely illustrated throughout with original photography of vintage book jackets, archival photos and period graphics from
Publishers Weekly, "Among Friends" reveals how the book business both reflected and responded to massive societal
The contributors to "Among Friends" includes: Tom Borders, Carolan Workman, Peter Kindersley, Jane Friedman, Dick
Snyder, Chip Gibson, Daniel Halpern, Clyde Anderson, Jim Chandler, David Cully, John Sargent, Betty Prashker, Bruce
Harris, John Cassidy, Lloyd Kahn, Joni Evans, Nan Talese, Esther Margolis, Sally Richardson, Constance Sayre, Jean
Feiwel, David Godine, Jack Romanos, Nigel Newton, Robert Haft and Gary Hoover.
Critique: This large format (10.1 x 3.2 x 12.4 inches, 8.6 pounds) hardcover edition of "Among Friends: An Illustrated Oral
History of American Book Publishing and Bookselling in the 20th Century" is a unique, seminal, exceptional, and massively
informative contribution to 20th Century publishing history. Extraordinarily informed and informative, "Among Friends" is
highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university Writing/Publishing collections -- and an
ideal pick for a community or academic library Memorial Fund acquisition.
Editorial Note #1: Buz Teacher (https://www.huffpost.com/author/buz-teacher) co-founded and was CEO of Running Press
from 1972 to March 2003. During that time, the company had more than 100 employees, published 220 new titles each year
under the Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage, and Running Press Kids imprints, and distributed their books
worldwide. Under his leadership, Running Press produced five New York Times hardcover bestsellers, including the
photo-essay book Sisters, which was on the hardcover bestseller list for more than 63 weeks. Buz is currently a consultant in
the publishing industry, and a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Press. He is a longtime active board member of the
Children's Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia, as well as a member of the Solebury Township Historic Architecture
Review Board. He has served as an expert witness for other publishers involved in various legal issues concerning book
Editorial Note #2: Janet Bukovinsky Teacher is a former magazine writer and editor. Her titles are listed at
The Christmas Shelf
Nikkolas: The Story of Santa Claus
John G. MacKenzie
Robert D. Reed Publishers
9781638214922, $24.95, PB, 100pp
Synopsis: "Nikkolas: The Story of Santa Claus" is illustrated with 33 pieces of original art by author John G. MacKenzie
and is a fictional biography about the life of Santa Claus from birth until death. Given up by his father because his mother
died in childbirth, Nikkolas grew up with a different family every year until he was fifteen years old and lived with a
carpenter and his wife. There Nikkolas learned the carpentry trade.
Nikkolas and his wife could not have children, so he made wooden toys for everyone else's children and delivered them on
Critique: A beautifully presented, impressively original, fully engaging, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' fictional biography,
"Nikkolas: The Story of Santa Claus" by author/illustrator John G. MacKenzie is an ideal and unreservedly recommended
pick for personal, family, and community library Christmas Book collections for readers of all ages. It should be noted that
"Nikkolas: The Story of Santa Claus" is also readily available from Robert D. Reed Publishers in a digital book format
(Kindle, $2.99) as well.
Editorial Note: As a child, John G. MacKenzie learned how to draw from a commercial artist who lived in the downstairs
apartment from his who would sit John on his knee and teach him how to draw stick people. John went to the University of
Waterloo for one year and studied acting, then decided that ge was more interested in writing and directing and I went to
Humber College for Film and Television Production where he graduated with honors. He became a portrait artist.
"Nikkolas: The Story of Santa Claus" combines Johns talents as a storyteller and an artist to in writing an original Christmas
book for children.
The Holly and the Ivy
Ink & Willow
c/o WaterBrook Press
9780593580455, $17.00, PB, 96pp
Synopsis: Get into the spirit of the Christmas season with "The Holly and the Ivy", a beautiful coloring book for adults filled
with festive illustrations and holiday-inspired quotes from beloved writers, songs, and Scripture.
With candles in the windows, lights in the trees, stockings over fireplaces, and the sound of bells in the air, Christmas really
is one of the most wonderful times of the year! In the midst of Christmas shopping, party planning, and event hosting, The
Holly and the Ivy offers a beautiful and festive way to meditate on the wonder and joy of the season. Each beautifully
illustrated page features an original design from a talented artist that illustrates a corresponding quote.
Critique: Highly recommended and an ideal Christmas gift, this large format (9.75" x 9.75) paperback edition of "The Holly
and the Ivy", the to-be-colored pages feature perforated edges for easy removal and display. The pages are high quality,
bleed-proof, bright white paper stock -- heavy enough to use pencils, pens, or markers, heavy enough for framing. There are
quotes from the Bible, Christmas songs, and a variety of inspirational writers including Ann Voskamp, Asheritah Ciuciu,
Charles Dickens, Enuma Okoro, G. K. Chesterton, George Eliot, Liz Curtis Higgs, Maya Angelou, and more. Of special
note is a link to a Spotify Christmas playlist to help set the festive mood for worship, creative expression, and a spirit of joy
and original illustrations by gifted artists.
Editorial Note: Ink & Willow products infuse contemplation and inspiration into the regular spiritual practice of
creative-minded Christians, wherever they are in their faith journey. Each thoughtfully curated gift product is based in
biblical truth and sparks a reminder of how God reveals beauty in the midst of our ordinary.
The Education Shelf
Promote Reading Gains
Laura Robb, author
Tim Rasinski, author
David Harrison, author
Shell Educational Publishing
c/o Teacher Created Materials
9798765903421, $39.99, PB, 312pp
Synopsis: With "Promote Reading Gains: Ready-to-Use Differentiated Lessons for Grades 3-5" elementary school
classroom teachers can accelerate their students learning gains using differentiated instruction! This professional teaching
resource supports educators with easy-to-use lessons that strengthen students' reading skills.
"Promote Reading Gains" provides teachers with 36 lessons that support differentiated instruction in grades 3, 4, and 5. The
lessons focus on four advanced reading skills: visualize, infer, draw conclusions, and compare/contrast.
Written by literacy experts Laura Robb and Tim Rasinski and award-winning children's author David L. Harrison, "Promote
Reading Gains" offers useful lessons and reading strategies that meet students' diverse reading needs.
The first part of this resource provides helpful information that supports the ready-to-implement lessons in the second part.
These lessons create opportunities for individual and collective growth by reading, discussing, and writing about poems and
texts. Now both novice and experienced classroom teachers can build key literacy skills such as comprehension, critical
thinking, vocabulary building, and word study with this thoroughly 'user friendly' curriculum planning resource!
Critique: Of special relevance to readers with an interest in reading/phonics teaching materials and elementary school
curriculum planning resources, "Promote Reading Gains: Ready-to-Use Differentiated Lessons for Grades 3-5" is
unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, school district, college/university library Reading Skills & Instruction
collections and supplemental Teacher Education curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for teacher and home-schooling
parents that "Promote Reading Gains: Ready-to-Use Differentiated Lessons for Grades 3-5" is also available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $37.99).
Editorial Note #1: Laura Robb, M.S.Ed., is an author, teacher, coach, and speaker who has taught grades 4 to 8 for more
than 40 years. In addition to speaking and consulting, she coaches K-8 teachers. Robb is a featured speaker at conferences
and leads workshops in the United States and internationally. In 2016, Robb was NCTE's recipient of the Richard W. Halle
Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator.
Editorial Note #2: David L. Harrison, M.S., is a children's author and Missouri's poet laureate. His poetry, fiction, and
nonfiction for young readers have been anthologized in more than 200 books. Harrison gives presentations at national,
regional, and local conferences and has been a featured speaker at literature festivals and schools. In 2020, Harrison received
the first Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Literature Medal for his body of work.
Editorial Note #3: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., is the author of numerous articles, books, and curriculum programs on literacy
education. He is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University where he previously directed the university's
award-winning reading clinic. Rasinski is known for his work on word study, reading fluency, and readers who struggle. In
2010, he was inducted into the International Reading Hall of Fame.
Addressing Anxiety in Young Learners
Dr. Sarah Taylor Vanover Ed.D., author
Kristen Mennona LPC BC-DMT & CEDS, author
Brookes Publishing Company
9781681256498, $29.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: Anxiety rates are skyrocketing among young learners -- and their teachers need explicit training on how to
understand and support these students. A concise, reader friendly guide written especially for teachers, "Addressing Anxiety
in Young Learners: A Teacher's Guide to Recognizing Needs and Resolving Behaviors" by educators Sarah Taylor Vanover
and Kristen Mennona is urgently needed book will prepare early educators to recognize anxiety issues in children ages 3 - 8,
identify the associated behaviors, and work effectively with students who have anxiety symptoms.
Teachers will start with a well organized primer on the different types of anxiety in children, featuring symptoms, causes,
triggers, treatment options, and case stories. Then they'll get expert guidance on addressing anxiety and challenging
behaviors in the classroom, with dedicated chapters on key topics like assessment, intervention, and the parents'
Ideal for both preservice and in service professional development, this introductory guide gives teachers the accessible
information they need to understand learners with anxiety and support their success inside and outside the classroom.
"Addressing Anxiety in Young Learners: A Teacher's Guide to Recognizing Needs and Resolving Behaviors" will prove of
immense benefit and interest to educators with an interest in: Exploring seven types of childhood anxiety: generalized
anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety, selective mutism, OCD, phobias, and anxiety rooted in
childhood trauma; Reviewing the assessment and evaluation process, and understand the role a teacher should play;
Recognizing co-morbidities with anxiety (including ADHD, autism, and depression) and how they may affect a child's
symptoms and treatment plan; Understanding the issues and emotions parents face, so that teachers can offer them sensitive
support; Using effective classroom interventions to meet the needs of children with anxiety and create a nurturing learning
environment; Learning which strategies to avoid, from unrealistic expectations to excessive reassurance.
Critique: Thoroughly 'user friendly in organization and presentation, "Addressing Anxiety in Young Learners: A Teacher's
Guide to Recognizing Needs and Resolving Behaviors" will be of particular value to readers with an interest in early
childhood education and mental health. Highly recommended for personal, professional, school district, college/university
library Developmental Psychology, Education Counseling, and Classroom Crisis Management collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists, it should be noted that "Addressing Anxiety in Young Learners: A Teacher's Guide to Recognizing
Needs and Resolving Behaviors" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $28.45).
Editorial Note #1: Sarah Taylor Vanover has been working in the field of early childhood education for over twenty-three
years. She first began as an assistant teacher in an infant classroom, and since then she has served as a lead teacher, a
program administrator, a trainer, a classroom teaching coach, and a college professor. Dr. Vanover is currently the Director
for the Division of Child Care in Kentucky where she is responsible for early education policy development, child care
subsidy, the Kentucky child care quality rating system, and professional development for early childhood educators.
Editorial Note #2: Dr. Vanover completed her doctoral research on what families look for when selecting child care for their
children. She is an active trainer in Kentucky and surrounding states, and she frequently speaks at conferences on topics like
quality childcare indicators, early childhood special education, and the importance of the child care system.
Kristen Mennona is the founder of Nurture Family Counseling, LLC in Denver, Colorado. Her practice specializes in the
treatment of pediatric eating disorders, OCD and anxiety within the context of the family. Kristen is a licensed professional
counselor, a board-certified dance/movement therapist, a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS), a registered yoga
instructor (RYT 200) and a BTTI trained clinician for pediatric OCD. Kristen combines best clinical practices with ancient,
embodied experiences for her clients. She believes in the inherent wisdom of the body to bring forth that which needs
Kristen presents nationally on topic of body image acceptance and the integration of expressive arts. She enjoys teaching
clinicians how to incorporate non-verbal methods to help clients tolerate body sensations (like anxiety). She hosts an
Instagram account called THE_BODY_AS to inspire more people to work on body image acceptance and to pass that
acceptance on to the next generation.
Creative Thinking in Schools: A Leadership Playbook
Bill Lucas, et al.
Crown House Publishing
81 Brook Hills Circle, White Plains, NY 10605
9781785836848, $34.95, PB, 150pp
Synopsis: Written by an internationally renowned team of thought-leaders, researchers and facilitators, "Creative Thinking
in Schools: A Leadership Playbook" is a practical guide that draws together various understandings about school leadership
combined with a deep experience of cultivating creative thinking in all aspects of school life and promoting creative
learning habits in the classroom.
"Creative Thinking in Schnools" is a leadership playbook that has been published to coincide with the global release of the
first PISA test results on creative thinking, the Creativity Collaboratives under way in England and the growing importance
of creative thinking in countries across the world.
"Creative Thinking in Schools" focuses on how leaders can create capacity among their staff to embed creative thinking,
both in their own lives and in the lives of their pupils. It also offers a framework for improving creative thinking based on
the widely used five creative habits framework developed by the Centre for Real-World Learning. The framework focuses
on developing learners who are inquisitive, persistent, collaborative, disciplined and imaginative.
Underpinned by research and analysis of practice in hundreds of schools across the world, and more recently by an in-depth
study of fifty schools in England, "Creative Thinking in Schools" provides a range of accessible resources, planning tools
and practical examples. These support leaders to reflect on their core purposes, understand the changes needed to embed
creative thinking, develop leaders across their staff, facilitate the development of their teachers, plan, teach and assess
creative thinking, and work with external partners, all the while developing a vibrant professional learning community.
Complemented and supported by a dedicated website which contains additional downloadable materials and case studies,
"Creative Thinking in Schools" will allow leaders and teachers around the world to connect with each other and share their
own experiences in order to develop, spread, extend and evaluate creative thinking within and across schools.
"Creative Thinking in Schools" will support a professional learning community of leaders and teachers who see creative
thinking as a core purpose of education and are interested in making it a priority in their school. It will encourage pupils to
develop their creativity in the classroom, allowing future generations to thrive in a world that is increasingly complex.
Critique: creative thinking is a core purpose in education from preschool to highschool and beyond. Thoroughly 'user
friendly' in organization and presentation, it should be noted that "Creative Thinking in Schools: A Leadership Playbook"
has been supported by the Mercers Company, Creativity, Culture and Education and the Arts Council of Wales. While also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.99), "Creative Thinking in Schools" is especially and unreservedly
recommended for classroom teachers, school administrators, school board members, and education policy makers.
Editorial Note: Professor Bill Lucas is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester. An
acknowledged thought-leader in education, Bill has been a school leader and the founder of two national educational
charities. With Guy Claxton he created the Expansive Education Network: an organisation of schools that share a common
view of the goals of education, as outlined in their seminal book, Educating Ruby. Bill is in demand across the world as a
researcher, speaker and facilitator. Bill's work on developing capabilities is widely used in Australia and across the UK. The
model of creativity on which Teaching Creative Thinking is based is the subject of a 14 country study by the OECD.
Paying for College, 2024
Kalman Charry, author
Geoffrey Martz, author
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
9780593516614, $$25.99, PB, 353pp
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, "Paying for College, 2024: Everything You
Need to Maximize Financial Aid and Afford College" helps you take control of your experience.
"Paying for College 2024" covers: Maximizing your financial aid eligibility; Preparing for upcoming changes affecting
student aid; Exploring long term and short term strategies to reduce college costs and avoid expensive mistakes; Completing
every question on the FAFSA and CSS Profile aid applications to your best advantage; Comparing aid offers and learning
how to appeal them if necessary; Planning strategically as a separated/divorced parent, a blended family, or as an
Critique: Comprehensive, accessible, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Paying for College,
2024: Everything You Need to Maximize Financial Aid and Afford College" is an indispensable and mandatory addition to
every highschool counselors office, an essential and timely addition to community library collections, and also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99) for personal and family use.
Editorial Note: The experts at The Princeton Review have been helping students, parents, and educators achieve the best
results at every stage of the education process since 1981. The Princeton Review has helped millions succeed on
standardized tests, and provides expert advice and instruction to help parents, teachers, students, and schools navigate the
complexities of school admission. In addition to classroom courses in over 40 states and 20 countries, The Princeton
Review also offers online and school-based courses, one-to-one and small-group tutoring, as well as online services in both
admission counseling and academic homework help.
The Kid Across the Hall
c/o Stanford University Press
9781503615274, $28.00, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: Growing up, Reid Saaris was confused and disturbed by the radically different opportunities his best friend
received. After a childhood spent together, Jamie and Reid found themselves on opposite sides of a high school hallway that
separated kids based on a misunderstanding of their supposed "potential". The gap between the two friends widened as
Reid's classes enabled him to pursue an elite college degree across the country studying educational opportunity and
Then, Reid became a teacher at an under-resourced South Carolina high school where efforts to serve the incredible students
were stymied by internal segregation and administrative ambivalence. He was disabused of the Hollywood myth that a good
teacher could simply save the day, when each false start with his students forced him to reckon with how much he didn't
know. After Reid assigned students a project to create a positive change, they pushed him to figure out how he, too, could
make a bigger difference.
While an individual's efforts are no match against entrenched systems, Reid learned firsthand that a community of people
powered by data can effect change. This lesson motivated him to found Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), a nationwide
nonprofit dedicated to finding the students who were overlooked, discouraged, or otherwise missing from higher-level
As EOS became more successful, partnering with major philanthropies, universities, and even the White House, Reid
grappled with his role as a leader. Only through the efforts of, first, his students in South Carolina, and later his team at
EOS, would he come to understand, and begin to overcome, the limitations of his vision. Informed by extensive new data on
educational opportunity in America, "The Kid Across the Hall: The Fight for Opportunity in Our Schools" is a powerful
story of learning and unlearning; of leading and learning to follow.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, thoughtful, thought-provoking, organized and presented, "The Kid Across the Hall:
The Fight for Opportunity in Our Schools" is part memoir, part economic impact study of income inequality upon our
education system. Having a great deal of value for readers with an interest in education reforms and the role that non-profits
and charity endowments/awards/grants can play, "The Kid Across the Hall: The Fight for Opportunity in Our Schools" must
be considered essential reading a an important contribution to personal, professional, community, school district, college,
and university library Contemporary Issues in Education collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be
noted for student and classroom teachers, education administrators, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in the subject that "The Kid Across the Hall: The Fight for Opportunity in Our Schools" is also available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Reid Saaris (https://reid4waschools.com) is the founder of Equal Opportunity Schools, a nonprofit dedicated
to ensuring that students of all backgrounds have opportunities to succeed at the highest levels. He is an Echoing Green, a
Draper Richards Kaplan, and a Stanford Social Innovation Fellow, and has advised federal, state, and local leaders, teachers,
philanthropies, companies, and universities on topics like justice, impact, data analysis, communications, and learning. His
most challenging and meaningful professional experiences have been as a classroom teacher.
Different Minds, second edition
Dierdre V. Lovecky
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
The second updated edition of Dierdre V. Lovecky's Different Minds: Gifted Children with ADHD, ASD, and Other Dual
Exceptionalities compiles works that help identify dual exceptionalities and insights into gifted children's special needs.
This continues to offer parents and educators a range of insights, options, and specific approaches to children with ADHD
and autism, from diagnosis to meeting ongoing needs. Much has changed since this book's original appearance in 2004, but
one thing has remained - the ongoing need for a reference such as this, which incorporates the latest studies about creativity,
assessment, and growth strategies tailored to these kids and those who work with them. From suggestions for improving
social communication skills to enhancing motivation and monitoring this group, a wide audience receives the concrete blend
of analysis and application that makes Different Minds a key acquisition for libraries or readers interested in the latest
insights into gifted children who also have special needs.
The Political Science Shelf
Transformative Civic Education in Democratic Societies
Tetyana Hoggan-Kloubert, et al.
Michigan State University Press
9781611864601, $49.95, PB, 250pp
Synopsis: Democracy is neither inevitable nor guaranteed to last. To survive, democracy needs people adequately prepared
to enact it. Such preparation for effective citizenship in a complex and plural world requires an adult civic education, one
that goes beyond simple knowledge acquisition. It requires a transformative education to help learners become agents and
co-shapers of their worlds.
Collectively compiled and co-edited by the team of Tetyana Hoggan-Loubert, Paul E. Mabrey III, and Chad Hoggan,
"Transformative Civic Education in Democratic Societies" offers examples of the roles that civic education has played and
can play in different communities. In this collection, scholars from around the world report and reflect on civic adult
education, examining approaches, paradigms, and concepts that help us to act in culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and
religiously diverse societies.
Critique: "Transformative Civic Education in Democratic Societies" is a timely and informatively erudite contribution to our
current national discussion with respect to the present forces that seek to replace our constitutional democracy with an
authoritarian governance in the form of a personality cult driven MAGA take-over the Republican Party resulting in the
attempted and violent overthrow of a freely elected government by an armed mob that invaded the Capital Building and
sought the execution of Vice President Mike Pence at the behest of then President Donald J. Trump in his attempt to retain
the presidency despite his having lost that election. While unreservedly recommended for personal, professional,
community, governmental, and college/university library Contemporary Political Science collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists, It should also be noted that "Transformative Civic Education in Democratic Societies" available in
a digital book format (Kindle, $47.45) for students, academia, political activists, governmental policy makers, and non-
specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.
Editorial Note #1: Tetyana Hoggan-Kloubert is lecturer in Adult Education at the University of Augsburg, Germany. Dr.
Hoggan-Kloubert researches migration and civic education in Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the United States. She
has conducted research as a visiting researcher at various universities, including Harvard University, Tufts University, and
Chernivtsi University. She is co-founder of the Civic Reconstruction Project and co-director of the Institute for Civic
Studies and Learning for Democracy.
Editorial Note #2: Paul E. Mabrey III is the Communication Center coordinator in the Learning Centers and assistant
professor in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University. Dr. Mabrey has received a "Civvy" award
honorable mention for American Civic Collaboration, secured 4-VA and Colonial Academic Alliance grant funding, and
published scholarship on the use of debate for civic learning. Previously, he served as the assistant director of Debate at
James Madison University and president of the Cross Examination Debate Association.
Editorial Note #3: Chad Hoggan is an associate professor of adult and lifelong education at North Carolina State University
and has been co-editor of the Journal of Transformative Education since 2016. Previous books include Transformative
Learning in Community Colleges, which won the 2020 Cyril Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education.
Dr. Hoggan is co-founder of the Civic Reconstruction Project and co-director of the Institute for Civic Studies and Learning
Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss
Princeton University Press
9780691243030, $32.00, HC, 360pp
Synopsis: In democracies, citizens must accept loss; we can't always be on the winning side. But in the United States, the
fundamental civic capacity of being able to lose is not distributed equally.
Propped up by white supremacy, whites (as a group) are accustomed to winning; they have generally been able to exercise
political rule without having to accept sharing it. Black citizens, on the other hand, are expected to be political heroes whose
civic suffering enables progress toward racial justice.
With the publication of "Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss", Professor Juliet Hooker (a leading thinker on
democracy and race), argues that the two most important forces driving racial politics in the United States today are Black
grief and White grievance. Black grief is exemplified by current protests against police violence -- the latest in a tradition of
violent death and subsequent public mourning spurring Black political mobilization. The potent politics of white grievance,
meanwhile, which is also not new, imagines the United States as a white country under siege.
Drawing on African American political thought, Hooker examines key moments in US racial politics that illuminate the
problem of loss in democracy. Professor Hooker connects today's Black Lives Matter protests to the use of lynching
photographs to arouse public outrage over post-Reconstruction era racial terror, and she discusses Emmett Till's funeral as a
catalyst for the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s.
Professor Hooker also traces the political weaponization of white victimhood during the Obama and Trump presidencies.
Calling for an expansion of Black and white political imaginations, Professor Hooker argues that both must learn to sit with
loss, for different reasons and to different ends.
Critique: Of special relevance to readers with an interest in how race shapes expectations about whose losses matter and
whose losses are discounted, which in turn has shaped our political discord from generations (and which has only
accelerated and intensified with Donald Trump and the MAGA takeover of the Republican Party), "Black Grief/White
Grievance: The Politics of Loss" is a welcome and timely contribution to our understanding of contemporary political
discourse and political division. Informative, articulate, insightful, "Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university Contemporary
Political Science collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, political
activists, and governmental policy makers that "Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss" is also available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $17.60).
Editorial Note: Juliet Hooker (https://juliethooker.com) is the Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence in Political
Science at Brown University. She is also the author of Race and the Politics of Solidarity and Theorizing Race in the
Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos, which was awarded the American Political Science
Association's 2018 Ralph Bunche Book Award for the best work in ethnic and cultural pluralism and the 2018 Best Book
Award of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
Machiavelli's Effectual Truth: Creating the Modern World
Harvey C. Mansfield
Cambridge University Press
9781009320122, $105.00, HC, 250pp
Synopsis: Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 - 21 June 1527) was an Italian diplomat, author, philosopher
and historian who lived during the Renaissance. He is best known for his political treatise The Prince (Il Principe), written
around 1513 but not published until 1532, five years after his death. He has often been called the father of modern political
philosophy and political science. (Wikipedia)
While Machiavelli was a Renaissance era thinker, yet in a notable phrase he invented, 'the effectual truth', he attacked the
high-sounding humanism typical of the Renaissance, while mounting a conspiracy against the classical and Christian values
of his time.
With the publication of "Machiavelli's Effectual Truth: Creating the Modern World", Professor Harvey C. Mansfield studies
and explains this overlooked phrase for the first time. The upshot of 'effectual truth' for any individual is to not depend on
anyone or anything outside yourself to keep you free and secure. Professor Mansfield argues that this phrase reveals
Machiavelli's approach to modern science, with its focus on the efficient cause and concern for fact. He inquires into the
effect Machiavelli expected from his own writings, who believed his philosophy would have an effect that future
philosophers could not ignore. His plan, according to Professor Mansfield, was to bring about a desired effect and thus to
create his own future and ours.
Critique: A seminal work of exhaustive research and meticulous scholarship, "Machiavelli's Effectual Truth: Creating the
Modern World" is an extraordinary contribution to Renaissance European political history and theory. Exceptionally
insightful, persuasively argued, expertly written, thoroughly 'reader friendly in organization and presentation, "Machiavelli's
Effectual Truth: Creating the Modern World" is an impressive and recommended addition to personal, community, and
college/university library Renaissance and Political Science collections, as well as supplemental Machiavelli curriculum
studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that
"Machiavelli's Effectual Truth: Creating the Modern World" is also available in a paperback edition (9781009320153,
$34.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.49).
Editorial Note: Harvey C. Mansfield (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Mansfield) has spent his life at Harvard
University, where he studies and teaches political philosophy. He is a translator of Machiavelli and Tocqueville, writing on
Edmund Burke, the invention of indirect government, defensible and constitutional liberalism, the discovery of the theory of
executive power, and the nature of manliness. He has received the National Humanities Medal (2004), delivered the annual
Thomas Jefferson lecture (2007), and has been awarded the Bradley Prize.
The Long Alliance
Henry Holt & Company
9781250829979, $29.99, HC, 432pp
Synopsis: Delving far deeper than the simplistic "bromance" narrative that's long held the public eye, with the publication of
"The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama", journalist Gabriel Debenedetti reveals the past,
present, and future of the unusual partnership, detailing its development, its twists and turns, its ruptures and reunions, and
its path to this pivotal moment for each man's legacy.
The true story of this relationship, from 2003 into 2022, is significantly more layered and consequential than is widely
understood. The original mismatch between the veteran Washington traditionalist and the once-in-a-generation outsider has
transformed repeatedly in ways that have molded not just four different presidential campaigns and two different political
parties, but also wars, a devastating near-depression, movements for social equality, and the fight for the future of American
The bond between them has been, at various times over the past two decades, tense, affectionate, nonexistent, and ironclad -
- but it has always been surprising. Now it is shaping a second presidential administration, and the future of the world as we
Critique: Simply stated, to understand and appreciate the presidencies of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, it is essential to read
"The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama" by political journalist and national
correspondent for the New York Magazine, Gabriel Debenedetti. Impressively insightful and informative, as well as
exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack
Obama" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library
Contemporary Political Science collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted that "The Long
Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama" is also readily available in a paperback edition
(978-1250871534, $19.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Gabriel Debenedetti is the national correspondent at New York Magazine, where he writes about politics and
national affairs. Previously, he covered politics for Politico and Reuters. His writing has also appeared in the New York
Times Book Review, the Economist, Politico Magazine, and the New Republic. A New Jersey native, he graduated from
Princeton University. (https://www.marathi.tv/political-analyst/gabriel-debenedetti)
The Environmental Studies Shelf
North Atlantic Books
9781623179021, $19.95, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Climate Resilience: How We Keep Each Other Safe, Care for Our Communities, and
Fight Back Against Climate Change", climate justice and resilience strategist Kylie Flanagan invites us to see and act
beyond status-quo solutions, Big Tech promises...and everything we're usually told about how to save the planet.
Centering the voices of Native Rights activists, queer liberation ecologists, youth climate-justice organizers, Latinx
wilderness activists, and others on the front lines, "Climate Resilience" urges us toward a vision of climate care that invests
in place-based, community-led projects focused on: Relationship Repair; Ecological Restoration; Economic Regeneration;
Collective Care; Community Adaptation; Cultural Strategy; and People Power.
Each section offers practical blueprints for engaging with different aspects of climate-change action through mutual aid,
seed-saving, community-owned energy, community safety plans, and more, and includes a range of ideas for readers to
apply these strategies in their own communities.
Critique: Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a ten page Glossary, twenty-four pages of Notes, and a
ten page Index, "Climate Resilience: How We Keep Each Other Safe, Care for Our Communities, and Fight Back Against
Climate Change" will be of special value to readers with an interest in addressing the issues of an evolving climatology
driven crisis. Especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, governmental, and
college/university Climate Science & Environment Science collections and supplemental Environmentalism curriculum
studies lists, it should be noted for students, academia, environmental activists, governmental policy makers, and non-
specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Climate Resilience: How We Keep Each Other Safe, Care for
Our Communities, and Fight Back Against Climate Change" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
Editorial Note: Kylie Flanagan is a climate communicator and the Executive Director of a small, climate justice-focused
foundation. Originally from Miwok lands in the California Bay Area, she currently resides on Munsee Lenape lands in New
York City. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and received a Master's in Sustainability Solutions from
Presidio Graduate School. She has dabbled in goat midwifery, cheesemaking, tiny house architecture and construction,
supper club hosting, edible landscaping, and sustainable business consulting, always driven by a desire to make the world
more delicious, beautiful, joyous, and just. Climate Resilience is her first book.
The Health/Medicine Shelf
The Medical Revolution of Messenger RNA
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
9781621824947, $29.50, HC, 138pp
Synopsis: To the casual observer, it took just 10 months to develop a vaccine against the virus responsible for the
COVID-19 pandemic. That extraordinary success was made possible by the use of messenger RNA (mRNA), the molecule
that instructs cells to make a virus surface protein that stimulates the production of antiviral antibodies.
What most people don't know is that this apparently breakthrough technology had been in development for three frustrating
decades. And that it was preceded by 30 earlier years of fundamental research.
With the publication of "The Medical Revolution of Messenger RNA", technology journalist Fabrice Delaye tells the story
of how mRNA's medical potential was finally realized, setting the stage for a coming revolution in which our own bodies
will generate therapeutic molecules we need. mRNA was long overlooked by mainstream molecular biologists. The pathway
to recognition of its therapeutic possibilities was littered with broken careers, lawsuits, and opportunities missed by
pharmaceutical companies. For the scientists who persisted through years of academic and commercial disappointment, the
COVID-19 vaccine was an enormous vindication and an important step toward a new generation of therapies.
Fabrice Delaye interviewed more than 40 scientists and entrepreneurs worldwide to create this definitive account of the rise
of a technology that promises to revolutionize medicine.
Critique: Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a section of B/W photographs, a Foreword by Noble
Prize Winner Thomas R. Cech, a two page Glossary, a four page Selected Bibliography, and an eight page Index, "The
Medical Revolution of Messenger RNA" is an extraordinary and impressively well written, definitively detailed history of
the development of COVID-19 vaccine. Exceptionally 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation. "The Medical
Revolution of Messenger RNA" especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college,
and university library History of Medicine collections, and supplemental Immunology curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Fabrice Delaye (http://www.liftglobal.org/people/fabrice-delaye) is a science and technology journalist based
in Switzerland. He was U.S. correspondent at the daily Swiss newspaper L'Agefi, science and technology editor at magazine
Bilan, and is now a reporter-at-large for Heidi.news in Geneva. He is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
and has a master's degree from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne, EPFL.
When COVID-19 imposed its relentless grip on the global population and messenger RNA-based vaccines came to the
rescue in seemingly record time, Delaye realized that their development could not have been as simple and quick as people
wanted to believe. But it was not until he went in pursuit of the origins of mRNA technologies that he uncovered a dramatic
story that had never been told.
Maximizing his decades of contacts and his unique grasp of the science and the stakes involved, Delaye set out to document
the long, harrowing, unlikely but ultimately triumphant road to discovery of RNA-based technology with the potential to
transform the world far beyond the pandemic.
The American History Shelf
All That Can Be Expected
Robert Orrison, author
Mark Wilcox, author
Savas Beatie LLC
9781611216868, $16.95, PB, 192pp
Synopsis: "They have done all that can be expected of them, we are outnumbered and outflanked," explained Lt. Col.
Benjamin Ford in regards to the desperate situation his Marylanders faced on the disastrous day of August 16, 1780.
Many historians consider the battle of Camden as the high tide of Great Britain's prospects for victory in the American
South. In the spring of 1780, British leadership focused their attention on conquering the Southern Colonies. Charleston
capitulated, along with the bulk of the American army defending it, in May of 1780. After its fall, the British set up outposts
across South Carolina's backcountry in an effort to secure that colony before moving into North Carolina.
In response, the Continental Congress sent Gen. Horatio Gates, the "hero of Saratoga", to take over the Southern
Department. Gates reorganized the forces there and named his field command "Grand Army", whose core was a small
contingent of experienced Continentals from Maryland and Delaware. The majority, however, was comprised of untested
soldiers and newly recruited militia from Virginia and North Carolina.
Soon after his arrival, Gates led his army south to confront the British near Camden, South Carolina. The mostly
inexperienced American force found itself facing some of the best units of the British army under the command of one of its
best generals, Charles Cornwallis.
The result was an unmitigated disaster for the Americans with far-reaching consequences. With the publication of "All That
Can Be Expected: The Battle of Camden and the British High Tide in the South, August 16, 1780", co-authors and
historians Rob Orrison and Mark Wilcox set forth the events surrounding one of the worst American military defeats in
United States history. Readers will also follow in the footsteps of American and British soldiers through the South Carolina
backcountry on a narrative tour to help better understand this fascinating campaign of August 1780.
Critique: An impressive work of collaborative historical research by historians Robert Orrison and Mark Wilcox, "All That
Can Be Expected: The Battle of Camden and the British High Tide in the South, August 16, 1780" is the newest title in the
simply outstanding 'Emerging Revolutionary War' series from Savas Beatie and a welcome, unreservedly recommended
pick for personal, professional, community, and college/university library 18th Century American History collections in
general, and supplemental American Revolution curriculum studies lists in particular.
Editorial Note #1: Robert Orrison is co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and has worked in the public history field
for more than 25 years. He serves as the Division Manager for the Prince William County (VA) Office of Historic
Preservation. His works include A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American
Revolution, A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign, The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg
Campaign, 1863, and To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862.
Editorial Note #2: Historian Mark Wilcox works as a ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Maggie L.
Walker National Historic Site, leads battlefield tours around Richmond, and presents on the city's Revolutionary War, Civil
War, and Civil Rights history. Mark is also a living historian of the Colonial era and provides educational programs for
public history sites in Virginia. He is also a member of the Richmond Chapter of the Revolutionary War Roundtable and
blogs for Emerging Revolutionary War.
Canoe Tree Press/DartFrog Books
9781959096535, $18.99 Paper/$8.99 ebook
Nature's People: The Hog Island Story from Mabel Loomis Todd to Audubon chronicles the long and special history of Hog
Island, the gateway to Muscongus Bay's bird islands and its early role in the Audubon Society, serving as the Audubon
Nature Camp for Adult Leaders in 1936 and establishing a role and presence in the Society for decades to come. Socialite
Mabel Loomis Todd saved Hog Island from lumbering at the turn of the century, setting the stage for not only its
preservation, but for the events which would place it centerfold in conservation circles. The history of Hog Island and the
evolution of its use and preservation is, in effect, a concurrent history of conservation in America and the Audubon Society's
role in using the island as a focal point of nature study.
Tom Schaefer crafts a lively account that embraces this movement from the early 1900s, linking Hog Island's development
and the challenges involved in its preservation to how the Audubon camp was created, controlled, managed, and evolved
over the decades. Extensive chapter notes and references supplemented by vintage black and white photos provide added
value with documentation and insights that follow the social, political, and environmental challenges Hog Island posed to
the Audubon Society and represented to the general public outside of conservation circles.
The result is a captivating, uncommon history that deserves profile in any library strong in conservation history in America,
offering the depth and lively touches that will make Nature's People informative, engrossing and captivating beyond its
intended audience of nature and history buffs. This translates to an engaging account that will find a home not only in
libraries dedicated to conservation stories, but in general-interest collections where Hog Island and the Audubon Society
need not be prior knowledge in order to prove equally attractive.
The World History Shelf
Earthly Delights: A History of the Renaissance
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
9780500023136, $39.95, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Earthly Delights: A History of the Renaissance", art critic and historian Jonathan Jones
presents an imaginative reframing of Renaissance history as that of connections across Europe, where artists from the north
and south were products of the brilliantly fertile mix of classical inspiration, observation, and self-consciousness that set
European culture alight from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth centuries. From Leonardo da Vinci to Hieronymus Bosch,
Pieter Bruegel to Titian, this stirring narrative sets the lives of artists against a period of great change across the
Across its thirteen chapters, art critic and writer Jonathan Jones relates the story of Renaissance artists as pioneers,
adventurers, and by their own rights "geniuses". He also reveals how they were inspired by their travels and encounters
across Europe and beyond, such as the Aztec treasures upon which Albrecht Durer gazed with wonder in Brussels in 1520,
or Antonello da Messina's arduous journey to Bruges to discover the true nature of oil paint.
In this seminal history of shared ideals, the arrival of a hitherto unknown Netherlandish painter, Bruegel, in 1550s Rome
carries the same importance as the work Michelangelo was engrossed in at that very same moment to raise the new Saint
Peter's Basilica toward heaven. From Italian palazzi and piazzas to German woods, the royal castle of Prague to the
Habsburg Empire, this engaging and evocative read will captivate general readers and scholars alike.
Critique: This large format (7.8 x 1.3 x 10 inches" hardcover edition of "Earthly Delights: A History of the Renaissance" is
impressively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of 170 full color illustrations, an informative Introduction (The
Birth of Uncertainty), four pages of Notes, a one page listing of Acknowledgments, and a five page Index. Fascinating,
informative, impressively well organized and presented, "Earthly Delights: A History of the Renaissance" will prove of
immense interest and a welcome addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Renaissance Art
History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Jonathan Jones is an art critic for The Guardian. He is the author of several books, including The Lost
Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel that Defined the Renaissance, The Loves of the Artists: Art and
Passion in the Renaissance, Sensations: The Story of British Art from Hogarth to Banksy, and Artemisia Gentileschi. Jones
was also a member of the jury for the 2009 Turner Prize and has appeared in the BBC series The Private Life of a
Masterpiece. -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Jones_(journalist)
Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality
9781913875374, $44.95, HC, 232pp
Synopsis: The rise of the monetary economy transformed every aspect of medieval Europe, including its values and culture.
With the publication of "Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality", historian Diane Wolfthal explores the ways art
reflected and reinforced the complex ethical discussions that developed from the widespread role of money in everyday life
in the Middle Ages.
"Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality" deftly traces the origins of global money, and surveys economic history,
focusing on the environment, the plague, Jews, and institutions, using a wealth of imagery including illuminated
manuscripts, coins, artworks, money chests, and account books.
The iconography, minting, and foreign exchange of coins are also examined in "Medieval Money, Merchants, and
Morality", and the choice that Christians faced is investigated: should they save their money or their soul?
"Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality" explores images of Avarice, the greedy punished in hell, and immoral ways to
earn and spend money, and analyze representations of charity and voluntary poverty. Final chapters examine the material
culture of the monetary economy (from an illuminated oath for minters to purses and lockboxes) and images of medieval
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, this large format (8.25 x 1 x 10 inches, 2.6 pounds) hardcover
edition of Diane Wolfthal's "Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality" from Giles is impressively informative,
exceptionally well written, organized and presented. A seminal work of eloquent and detailed scholarship, "Medieval
Money, Merchants, and Morality" will be of particular value to readers with an interest in money and monetary
history/policy, western political economic history, and coin collecting making it unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, community, and college/university library Monetary History/Economics collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Diane Wolfthal specializes in late medieval and early modern European art. Founding Co-editor of Early
Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, she is David and Caroline Minter Chair Emerita in the Humanities and
professor emerita of Art History, Rice University.
Henry VIII: A History of his Most Important Places and Events
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781399007788, $49.95, HC, 236pp
Synopsis: The story of Henry VIII is well known: he is famed throughout the world as the charismatic king of England who
married six wives (and executed two of them), who broke with Rome and dissolved England's monasteries, and who grew
from a Renaissance prince into a lustful, egotistical and callous tyrant. He is the subject of scholarly and popular biographies
and of numerous fictional works, from John Fletcher and William Shakespeare's jointly authored play Henry VIII to
contemporary novels, films and TV series. But with the publication of "Henry VIII: A History of his Most Important Places
and Events", historian Andrew Beattie tells the story of Henry VIII in a very different way to any of these: through the
places where the events of his life unfolded.
From Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London to the site of the Field of the Cloth of Gold near Calais where Henry
met the French King Francis I for a week of pageantry in 1520, and from his lavish palaces in London to quieter manor
houses in the English countryside which he visited during his annual summer "progress", a whole new light is thrown on
this most compelling of historical figures.
While some sites associated with Henry are now very ruinous -- such as the Woking Palace in Surrey, which Henry
remodeled into a lavish royal residence but which is now little more than a few tumbledown walls, or Greenwich Palace,
where he was born, of which only a few remnants from his era remain -- others, most famously Hampton Court, are much
more substantial; "Henry VIII: A History of his Most Important Places and Events" focuses on Henry's connections with
each site in turn, along with the conditions that today's visitors to the site can expect, beginning with the Thames-side
palaces from Greenwich upstream to Hampton Court, before broadening its scope to include properties and sites outside
London, in the West and North of England and in Northern France.
Critique: A seminal and ground-breaking study, "Henry VIII: A History of his Most Important Places and Events" is
enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of an informative Introduction, a three page Bibliography and Further Reading, a
one page listing of Acknowledgements, and a nine page Index. A work of meticulous research and impressive scholarship,
"Henry VIII: A History of his Most Important Places and Events" is unreservedly recommended as a core and essential
addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library 16th Century British Royal History collections
and supplemental Henry VIII curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, historians, and non-
specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that 'Henry VIII: A History of his Most Important Places and
Events" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.49).
Editorial Note: Andrew Beattie is the author of several cultural-historical titles, including books on Prague and Cairo in
Signal Books' Cities of the Imagination series and on the Scottish Highlands and the River Danube for their Landscapes of
the Imagination series; he has also written for the travel series Rough Guides. Having written Following in the Footsteps of
the Princes in the Tower, this is his second book for Pen and Sword. He is also an established children's playwright and his
play Arthur: Boy-King of Britain has been performed by schools and youth theatre groups in the UK, the United States and
Australia. He is a graduate of Oxford University and lives in London.
Inside the Tudor Home
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781399089272, $42.95, HC, 200pp
Synopsis: Power. Politics. Prosperity. Plague. These were the hallmarks of 16th Century Tudor England. This was a country
replete with sprawling landscapes, dense forests and twisting urban labyrinths. This was also a place of stagnation and of
progress; of glorious cultural revolution, where the wheel of fortune is forever turning.
From the plush royal palaces to the draughtiest of wattle-and-daub cottages, sixteenth-century England revolved around the
people who formed the beating heart of Tudor society. These people celebrated scientific progress and lamented religious
persecution; championed the rights of women and the underrepresented; fell in love with sweethearts, cared for pets and
mourned the deaths of their loved ones.
With the publication of "Inside the Tudor Home: Daily Life in the Sixteenth Century", historian Bethan Catherine Watts
sheds light on the Tudor home and the everyday lives of those who lived there.
Critique: With a three page listing of Illustrations, an succinct discription of Money Conversion, twenty pages of Notes, a
seven page Bibliograpy and Further Reading, and an eight page Index, "Inside the Tudor Home: Daily Life in the Sixteenth
Century" is impressively informative, historically useful, and a seminal work of simply outstanding scholarship. Covering
an immense diversity of issues ranging from foods and recipes, to childcare, to funerary practices, and so much more,
"Inside the Tudor Home" must be considered a core and essential pick for personal, professional, community, college, and
university library 16th Century British Cultural History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be
noted for students, academia, historians, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Inside the
Tudor Home" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.99).
Editorial Note: Bethan Catherine Watts is a social historian of medieval and early modern history, and specializes in the
everyday lives of ordinary people. She is most interested in the lives of children and youths in history, as well as the health,
hygiene, and households of past peoples. Bethan holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Medieval History.
The Military History Shelf
The History of Roman Legion VI Victrix
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781399088572, $36.95, HC, 202pp
Synopsis: "The History of Roman Legion VI Victrix: The Original Watchers on the Wall" by Tony Sullivan and published
by Pen & Sword Books is the first in depth study on the history of Legion VI Victrix in Britain. Brought over from Germany
in 122 to assist in the building of Hadrian's Wall the Sixth Legion remained in Britain until the end of Roman rule. In "The
History of Roman Legion VI Victrix: The Original Watchers on the Wall", Sullivan investigates the changing military
organization, weapons and warfare as well as the many auxiliary units posted in the north of Britain.
The reader is introduced to those members of the Sixth Legion that are known from inscriptions and literary sources. From
lowly legionaries helping to build Hadrian's or the Antonine Wall to Pertinax, tribune of the Sixth, and destined to become
Emperor. Case studies will include a praefectus castrorum, Lucius Artorius Castus, along with the legionary bases at York
During there occupation of Britain, the men of the Sixth witnessed the tumultuous, and often bloody, history of Roman
Britain: the border shifting back and forth under Antoninus; barbarian incursions and army mutinies under the murderous
Commodus; the bloody civil war against Septimius Severus and the subsequent invasion of Caledonia.
In the last century of Roman rule, the Sixth supported several rival emperors from Constantine the Great, to Magnus
Maximus, until finally Constantine III.
This journey through British and Roman history will end with a discussion of the likely fate of the Sixth in the early fifth
century after the end of Roman authority.
Critique; A seminal, fascinating, and impressively informative study, "The History of Roman Legion VI Victrix: The
Original Watchers on the Wall" is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the evolution of the Roman legion, the
empire in general and the history Roman Britain in particular. Enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a three page
listing of Sources for Images and Maps, four pages of Notes, a four page Bibliography, and a three page Index, "The History
of Roman Legion VI Victrix: The Original Watchers on the Wall" is a very special and thoroughly recommended
contribution to personal, professional, community, and academic library Roman Britain history collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists. "The History of Roman Legion VI Victrix: The Original Watchers on the Wall" is also available in
a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Tony Sullivan lives in Kent with his wife and children. He spent 31 years in the London Fire Brigade and
have recently retired. He has been interested in dark age history and King Arthur in particular for many years. There is a
listing of his published books at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tony-Sullivan/a/3739
Cavalry: A Global History
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781399060899, $36.95, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Cavalry: A Global History", author Jeremy Black covers the role of horses and essential
mobility in 'shock action', in warfare in the classical world, in the major civilizations of China and India, Steppe cavalry, in
the middle ages with Islamic and European conflict, the 'social politics' in Christendom with knightly valor, and war with
non-Christian forces including the Muslim invasion of Europe, Islamic Spain, and conflict with the Mongols.
The early modern period covers the Asia and North Africa and the Ottomans (a major field of warfare continuing up to the
modern period) and the time is notable for the introduction of horses in the Americas -- a new phase in cavalry history.
The modern period from Napoleon to the First World War is the history of the mobility of cavalry in European warfare and
in imperial expansion and empire-building, but the concept of cavalry 'redundancy' arises in the maelstrom of 1914-1918
with artillery bombardment, trench warfare, and the role of infantry.
The long 'transition' period leading up the present and future is fascinating for both cavalry and infantry, with the
development of tanks and armor. And here is a fascinating and original concept of cavalry 'transformation' and not cavalry
'survivalism', with modern and post-modern development of drone warfare (from horses to drones) as a 'new cavalry' for
reconnaissance and combat.
Critique: An a seminal, original, and ground-breaking work of impeccable scholarship, "Cavalry: A Global History" will fill
a significant gap in the field of military history, and be of immense interest and value students, academia, military buffs, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject. "Cavalry: A Global History" provides a comprehensive history
of the universal role of cavalry in warfare from earliest times to the present -- and future! Enhanced with the inclusion of a
one page bibliography of Selected Further reading, twelve pages of Notes, and a nine page Index, "Cavalry: A Global
History" is an essential pick for community and college/university library Military History collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists. It should be noted that "Cavalry: A Global History" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Jeremy Black has recently retired as Professor of History at the University of Exeter. Graduating from
Cambridge with a starred first, he did postgraduate work at Oxford and then taught at Durham, eventually as professor,
before moving to Exeter in 1996. He has lectured extensively in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, New
Zealand, and the United States, where he has held visiting chairs at West Point, Texas Christian University, and Stillman
College. He was appointed to the Order of Membership of the British Empire for services to stamp design. His books
include The British Seaborne Empire, Contesting History and Rethinking World War Two.
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781399070034, $34.95, HC, 184pp
Synopsis: Warfare between the clans of the Highlands in the late Middle Ages determined the course of history in this
region of Scotland, and "Clan Battles: Warfare in the Scottish Highlands", historian and author Chris Peers' gripping
account of it (and of the rivalry between the strongest clans), gives the reader a deep insight into this bloody, turbulent phase
in the development of the far north of the British Isles. The battles he describes, all of them fought between the 1430s and
the 1540s, were flash points in the long struggle for dominance between the leading clans of the region.
The battles are reconstructed in vivid detail. The first, Druim n Coub, was fought in 1433 between the Mackays and the
Sutherlands. Then came Bloody Bay, a sea fight between rival MacDonald factions, Blar na Parc between the MacDonalds
and the Mackenzies, Creag an Airgid between the MacDonalds and the MacIains, Glendale between the MacDonalds and
MacLeods, and Torran Dubh between alliances headed by the Mackays and Sutherlands. The final battle, Blar na Leine,
fought between the MacDonalds and the Frasers in 1544, marked the end of an era.
The subsequent fate of the leading clans, principally the MacDonalds and Mackays, is also covered in a narrative that gives
the reader a fascinating new perspective of clan loyalties and conflict which still resonates today.
As well as covering the fighting "Clan Battles" also explains the way war in the Highlands was organized by the contending
clans during the period -- the strategies and tactics, weapons and armor they employed. The result is an absorbing all-round
account of the military history of the Highlands before the clans eventually lost their independence.
Critique: The sequel to "The Highland Battles: Warfare on Scotland's Northern Frontier in the Early Middle Ages" (Pen &
Sword, 2020), Chris Peer's "Clan Battles: Warfare in the Scottish Highlands" features a section of B/W photos, a five page
Sources & Further Reading bibliography, and a seven page Index. A work of elegant and fundamental research based
scholarship, "Clan Battles" is a welcome, impressively informative, inherently interesting, and recommended contribution to
personal, professional, community, and academic library Scottish History collections and supplemental curriculum studies
lists. It is also available for students, academia, and military history buffs that "Clan Battles" is also available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $18.99).
Editorial Note: Chris Peers is a leading expert on the history of ancient and medieval warfare and has written widely on the
subject. He has contributed many articles to military history, wargaming and family history magazines, and his major
publications include Warlords of China: 700BC-AD1662, Warrior Peoples of East Africa, Soldiers of the Dragon, The
African Wars: Warriors and Soldiers of the Colonial Campaigns, Offa and the Mercian Wars: The Rise and Fall of the First
Great English Kingdom, and Genghis Khan and the Mongol War Machine.
The Battle of Pharsalus (48 BC)
Gareth C. Sampson
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526793621, $34.95, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: In August 48 BC, following the earlier battle at Dyrrhachium, the two greatest Roman commanders of their
generation met in battle again at Pharsalus in Greece. Julius Caesar, conqueror of Gaul, had been defeated at Dyrrhachium
and forced to retreat but now stood at bay to face Pompey the Great, conqueror of the East. At stake lay the future of the
ailing Roman Republic, each man believing he alone had the solution to restoring Republican government.
With the publication of "The Battle of Pharsalus (48 BC): Caesar, Pompey and their Final Clash in the Third Roman Civil
War", author Gareth Sampson examines the campaigns which led up to the battle as well as the role played by the various
regional powers who got drawn into the Roman Civil War.
The Battle of Pharsalus itself is analyzed in detail to determine the strengths and weakness of both armies and their various
commanders, as well as the organization, equipment and tactics of the forces involved in the battle which culminated in a
decisive victory for Caesar -- and concludes with consideration of the aftermath of the battle, which saw Pompey murdered
in Egypt and Caesar distracted by the affairs of the East.
Critique: Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a section of B/W photos, an Introduction (The Battle of
Pharsalus: Winners, Losers, and the Judgement of History), a Timeline (Pre-Third Civil War 70-49 BC), Notes on Roman
Names, two Appendices, eight pages of Notes, a six page Bibliography, and a three page Index, "The Battle of Pharsalus (48
BC): Caesar, Pompey and their Final Clash in the Third Roman Civil War" is a welcome addition to the growing library of
Ancient Roman Military History studies and highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and
college/university collections. It should be noted for students, academia, historians, and non-specialist general readers with
an interest in the subject that "The Battle of Pharsalus (48 BC): Caesar, Pompey and their Final Clash in the Third Roman
Civil War" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: After a successful career in corporate finance, Gareth C Sampson returned to the study of ancient Rome and
gained his PhD from the University of Manchester, where he taught history for a number of years. He now lives in Plymouth
with his wife and children. His previous books, The Defeat of Rome (2008), The Crisis of Rome (2010), The Collapse of
Rome (2013), Rome Spreads Her Wings (2016) and Rome, Blood and Politics (2017) were also published by Pen &
Military Dogs of World War II
9781636243252, $28.95, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: Animals, especially dogs, have served in all the wars of men since time immemorial. During World War II, most
combatant nations employed dogs on the battlefield in a number of ways including searching for injured men or downed
airmen; detecting mines; carrying messages between units or dragging communications wires, particularly in difficult
terrain; transporting supplies; and sentry duty.
"Military Dogs of World War II" by Susan Bulanda is an illustrated book that provides an overview of how dogs were
trained and used in WWII by different countries, including the stories of some of the individual animals that served. It also
summarizes the various programs established to take care of the animals and send them home after the war.
Critique: A unique and unreservedly recommended pick for personal, community, and college/academic library World War
II Military History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists, "Military Dogs of World War II" is a fascinating
and informative read from start to finish. Profusely illustrated throughout with B/W historic photos, it should be noted that
"Military Dogs of World War II" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.49).
Editorial Note: Susan Bulanda (https://sbulanda.com) is an author and certified animal behavior consultant with the
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a retired adjunct professor.
The Civil War Shelf
Outwitting Forrest: The Tupelo Campaign in Mississippi, June 22 - July 23, 1864
Edwin C. Bearss, author
David A. Powell, editor
Savas Beatie LLC
9781611216707, $29.95, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: Few students of the Civil War know that legendary historian Edwin C. Bearss produced a classic study on the
little-known but significant Tupelo Campaign. The fighting in Mississippi was overshadowed by Nathan Bedford Forrest's
more spectacular victory at Brice's Crossroads a month earlier. Bearss performed the research and writing for the
Department of the Interior in 1969, and only a handful of softcover copies were circulated. It is published here for the first
time, with the posthumous assistance of author David A. Powell, as "Outwitting Forrest: The Tupelo Campaign in
Mississippi, June 22 - July 23, 1864".
The engagement came about when Maj. Gen. A. J. Smith marched a Federal expeditionary force (his XVI Army Corps) into
northern Mississippi in early July 1864. The thrust forced a response, the largest of which was delivered by the combined
Confederate cavalry of Stephen D. Lee (who was in general command) and Forrest.
The tactical result was a Union defensive success. The larger Confederate strategic play, however - one that might have
impacted the course of the war in the Western Theater - would have been to unleash Forrest on a raid into Middle Tennessee
to destroy the single line of railroad track feeding and supplying the Union armies of William T. Sherman in his ongoing
operations around Atlanta. Instead, his troopers were contained within the Magnolia State, where his combat effectiveness
was severely curtailed.
As an editor, Powell has left Bearss's prose and notes intact, while adding additional sources and commentary of his own.
The result is an exceptional study that has finally been made available to the general reading public as part of the Savas
Beatie Battles & Leaders Series.
Critique: Simply stated, no personal, professional, community, college, or university library American Civil War History
collection can be considered current and comprehensive without the inclusion of "Outwitting Forrest: The Tupelo Campaign
in Mississippi, June 22 - July 23, 1864" Fascinating, informative, and with occasional B/W illustrations, this is a Civil War
study as only the late and now becoming legendary Edwin C. Bearss could produce. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of all American Civil War students, scholars, and dedicated non-specialist general readers with an interest in
the subject that "Outwitting Forrest: The Tupelo Campaign in Mississippi, June 22 - July 23, 1864" is also available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $13.49).
Editorial Note #1: Edwin C. Bearss (26 June 1923 - 15 September 2020) was an author, preservationist, and tour guide best
known for his work on the Civil War. The grievously wounded World War II Marine served as the Chief Historian for both
Vicksburg National Military Park and the National Park Service, authored dozens of books and articles, and led scores of
tours each year. Ed helped discover and raise the Union gunboat USS Cairo from the Yazoo River, now on display at
Vicksburg National Military Park. Ed passed away at the age of 97. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Bearss)
Editorial Note #2: David A. Powell is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (1983) with a BA in history. He has
written dozens of books, articles, and historical simulations, including the award-winning Chickamauga Campaign trilogy,
The Maps of Chickamauga, and Failure in the Saddle. He is currently finishing the first of what promises to be a
five-volume history of the Atlanta Campaign. (https://emergingcivilwar.com/contributor/david-a-powell)
The Art Shelf
Essential Human Anatomy for Artists
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
9781631599590, $26.99, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: "Essential Human Anatomy for Artists: A Complete Visual Guide to Drawing the Structures of the Living Form"
by Ken Goldman is a comprehensive anatomy course that is specifically designed to offer new and experienced artist the
required tools to help them understand the connections between exterior forms and underlying structures.
Along with demonstrations of key materials are in-depth discussions of the skeleton and the study of the muscles. The
drawing demonstrations (which are based on a series of live model poses) are designed to help readers understand the
various forms of the human body. Key information on movement and lighting is also included.
For artists at every level of experience, "Essential Human Anatomy for Artists" will allow them to learn to work freely and
confidently with the human figure and use the information it provides to create an accurate visual impression.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, this large format paperback edition of "Essential Human Anatomy for Artists: A
Complete Visual Guide to Drawing the Structures of the Living Form" is exceptionally well organized and thoroughly 'art
student friendly' in presentation, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended pick for personal, professional,
community, art school, and college/university Human Figure Art Instruction collections and supplemental curriculum
studies lists. It should be noted for art students and professionals that "Essential Human Anatomy for Artists: A Complete
Visual Guide to Drawing the Structures of the Living Form" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: The For Artists series from Rockport Publishers is comprised of expertly presented instructional guides for
artists at all skill levels who want to develop their classical drawing and painting skills and create realistic and
representational art. In addition to "Essential Human Anatomy for Artists', this outstanding series also includes: Drawing the
Head for Artists, Figure Drawing for Artists, Life Drawing for Artists, Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists,
Dynamic Still Life for Artists, Landscape Painter's Workbook, Plein Air Techniques for Artists, and Sketching Techniques
Editorial Note: Ken Goldman (www.goldmanfineart.com) is an internationally known artist, author, teacher, and art juror. A
recipient of numerous awards, Goldman has exhibited widely in various group shows and solo exhibitions around the world.
In California, he has shown at the Oceanside Museum of Art, USC Fisher Museum of Art, and Autry Museum of the
American West. The author of many Walter Foster art instruction books, he teaches figure painting, artistic anatomy, and
plein air landscape at the Athenaeum School of the Arts in La Jolla and in workshops across the country, and has served as
president of the National Watercolor Society.
The Art of Fantasy
Quarto Publishing Group USA
9780711279957, $30.00, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: Artists have explored imaginary worlds and fantastical creatures for centuries, expressing the unreal and
impossible, the mystical and mythical, via the medium of paint.
But what draws them to the imaginary, the uncharted and the unknown? Is it merely an escape from reality? Or are they
seeking a greater understanding of the human experience, or perhaps the very meaning of life itself? With myriad styles and
methods of expression, what links artists through the ages? And how have these visual flights of fancy and imagination
changed over the course of time?
With the publication of "The Art of Fantasy: A Visual Sourcebook of All That is Unreal" by S. Elizabeth, artists are now
provided with a visual sourcebook of all that is fantastical, ranging from fine art to illustration, to surrealists and symbolists,
to the creatives working in undefined territories. While the artists in our history books (Blake, Goya, Dali, Magritte, Ernst)
first brought fantasy art to the galleries, it was the twentieth century artists who brought it to the masses. It is in "The Art of
Fantasy: A Visual Sourcebook of All That is Unreal" that, for the first time, they are united and equally weighted, presenting
a mesmerizing and thoughtful curation of the best fantasy artwork out there.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated in full color throughout, "The Art of Fantasy: A Visual Sourcebook of All
That is Unreal" is an informative, inspiring and inherently fascinating collection that will have an immense appeal and
attraction for fans and students of myth, magic, fantasy and art history. A unique, special, and unreservedly recommended
pick for personal, professional, community, and academic library Fantasy/Pop Culture Art collections and supplemental Art
History studies lists, it should be noted that "The Art of Fantasy: A Visual Sourcebook of All That is Unreal" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: S. Elizabeth (aka Mlle Ghoul) is a Florida-based writer specializing in art, the macabre and the supernatural.
She is a staff writer at Haute Macabre and has written for Coilhouse, Dirge and the blog Death & the Maiden. S. Elizabeth
was also the co-creator of The Occult Activity Book (vol 1 and 2) and runs two successful blogs: Ghoul Next Door
(www.ghoulnextdoor.tumblr.com) and These Unquiet Things (www.unquietthings.com).
The Cookbook Shelf
Taste of Home Budget-Friendly Cookbook
Taste of Home
c/o Trusted Media Brands
9781621459514, $19.99, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: In this time of rising food casts, now with the publication of "Taste of Home Budget-Friendly Cookbook: 220+
recipes that cut costs, beat the clock and always get thumbs-up approval" it has never been easier to cut grocery bills while
dishing out the meals everyone requests ranging from homey meat loaves and lasagnas to new takes on pasta and
Inside this very special cookbook you will find a culinary wealth of simply satisfying dinner ideas as well affordable
desserts that end menus on a sweet note.
"Taste of Home Budget-Friendly Cookbook" features for more than 220 delicious recipes (all approved by the Taste of
Home Test Kitchen); 150+ full-color photos; helpful icons for slow-cooked foods; recipes that use 5 or fewer ingredients,
some 50+ dietitian-approved, good-for-you dishes; Prep/Cook timelines with each dish; Nutrition Facts with every recipe;
and expert tips throughout help save money and time. Of special note is the bonus Pantry Staples chapter that will enable
you to 'stash some cash' when you make your own marinara sauce, biscuit mix, pizza dough and condiments.
Critique: An inspirational meal-planning pleasure to simply browse through, and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in
organization and presentation, "Taste of Home Budget-Friendly Cookbook" is an especially appropriate, timely, and highly
recommended pick for the time stressed, food budget limited, family chef, as well as a guaranteed popular addition to
community library cookbook collections.
Editorial Note: Taste of Home (www.tasteofhome.com) is the leading multi-platform producer of information on food,
cooking, baking and entertaining, serving home cooks engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food
made with love.
Taste of Home All-New Most Requested Recipes
Taste of Home
c/o Trusted Media Brands
9781621459675, $19.99, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "All-New Most Requested Recipes" from Taste of Home, kitchen cooks can now indulge
in 268 recipes for family favorite dishes. These recipes are ideal for creating a menu, planning a buffet, or serving a
impressive dessert. Need a dish to pass? Try any of these mouth-watering party contributions showcased here. Best of all,
along with their recipes, contributing family cooks share their kitchen secrets and heartwarming memories via interviews
featured throughout "All-New Most Requested Recipes", making this a culinary compendium that contemporary home
cooks refer to time and time again.
Critique: Menu inspiring and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly in organization and presentation, "All-New Most Requested
Recipes" showcase palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, and popuar dishes that would be appropriate for any and all dining
occasions. It features top-rated dishes from TasteofHome.com, recipe contests and valued contributors; At-a-Glance icons
that spotlight contest winning, air-fryer and Instant Pot recipes; as well as interviews with America's top home cooks,
sharing their kitchen secrets, Of special note is a bonus chapter of menus perfect for entertaining all year long. While also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99), "All-New Most Requested Recipes" is an unreservedly recommended
pick for personal, professional, and community library Contemporary Cookbook collection.
Editorial Note: Taste of Home is the leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking, baking and
entertaining, serving home cooks engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food made with love. Their
website, www.tasteofhome.com is a top destination for engaging audiences with kitchen-tested recipes, how-to techniques,
cooking videos and more.
Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker
Taste of Home
c/o Trusted Media Brands
9781621459828, $17.99, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: The slow cooker is the busy cook's best friend, and for good reason -- it delivers the perfect combination of
comfort food and convenience. When managing hectic schedules, there's something magical about a device that lets you do
your prep work in the morning and discover a ready-to-serve meal just a few hours later.
""Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker: 250+ recipes that make the most of everyone's favorite kitchen timesaver" is a
new cookbook comprised of beautifully illustrated recipes suitable for hot breakfasts, savory main courses, satisfying sides,
hearty soups and stews, and tempting desserts. Each and everyone one of these amazing, delicious, nutritious recipes can all
be made in the slow cooker so that you can plan cooking around whatever your schedule may be -- instead of planning your
schedule around cooking.
Shared by home cooks and approved in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, the slow-cooked specialties showcased in "Taste of
Home Everyday Slow Cooker" are sure to turn out perfect every time. Between family dinners, weekend snacks, charity
potlucks and game-day spreads, there's no reason to ever put your slow cooker in the cupboard because every day is a day
for slow cooking!
Critique: "Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker: 250+ recipes that make the most of everyone's favorite kitchen timesaver"
offers recipes suitable for creating: Slow & Easy Breakfasts; Snacks, Appetizers & Beverages; Side Dishes; Sandwiches;
Soups, Stews & Chilis; Entrees; and Desserts. Also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99), "Taste of Home
Everyday Slow Cooker" is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation, making it an ideal menu
planning resource, and an especially recommended pick for personal, professional, and community library collections.
Editorial Note: Taste of Home (www.tasteofhome.com) is the leading multi-platform producer of information on food,
cooking, baking and entertaining, serving home cooks engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food
made with love.
Taste of Home Copycat Favorites: Volume 2
Taste of Home
c/o Trusted Media Brands
9781621459330, $17.99, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: "Taste of Home Copycat Favorites: Volume 2" is a culinary compendium offering 'at home' versions of beloved
dishes from Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Rib Shack, Arbys', Applebee's, The Cheesecake Factory, Chick-Fil-A
Save money and don't just dial delivery, skip the drive-thru, and save your wait staff tips for yourself, because with
"Copycat Favorites: Volume 2" you can now enjoy an even greater collection of your favorite restaurant foods, snacks and
more at home with this unique cookbook comprised of beautifully illustrated DIY kitchen cook friendly recipes.
"Copycat Favorites: Volume 2" brings more of America's most popular menu items right to the at-home kitchen cook. It has
never been easier to treat your family to their favorite restaurant foods than with this all-new follow-up to Taste of Home's
best-selling cookbook "Copycat Restaurant Favorites" (2019) Inside "Copy Cat Favorites: Volume 2" are recipes more than
100 entrees, pizzas, sandwiches, soups and desserts -- each of which was inspired by popular eateries and the brands that
America loves best.
Critique: From Fun & Festive Cake Pops; Copycat Coleslaw; and Butterbeer; to The Famouse Doubletree Cookie; Fish &
Fries; Jalapeno Burgers with Gorgonzola; to Chipotle Chicken, the recipes comprising "Copycat Favorite: Volume 2" is an
effective DIY kitchen cook's way to bring restaurant fine dining and fast-food dining onto the family dining table to the
delight of all who sit there. Also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99), "Copycat Favorites" from Taste of
Home is a strongly endorsed addition to personal, professional and community library cookbook collections.
Editorial Note: For more than 25 years, Taste of Home has been one of the world's most popular cooking publications.
Through the pages of the flagship magazine, popular cookbooks and online community, Taste of Home offers a friendly
exchange of family-favorite recipes, cooking tips and personal stories from genuine home cooks. Because professional food
staff test and evaluate every recipe in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, readers are guaranteed success every time.
Taste of Home All New Christmas Cookies
Taste of Home
c/o Trusted Media Brands
9781621459866, $14.99, Spiral Bound, 208pp
Synopsis: The folk at At Taste of Home, based on the popularity of their cookbook "Christmas Cookies", have now created
a second volume of sweet Christmas themed treats with the publication of "All New Christmas Cookies". This is a magical
collection kitchen cook/baker recipes for 100 additional cookies, bars and brownies worthy of the holiday season (or any
other time of year!). From easy bites ideal for making memories with tiny bakers to impressive nibbles sure to wow the
crowd, this all-new edition features the cookies you need to make your holiday merry and bright.
Critique: "Taste of Home All New Christmas Cookies" features: 143 recipes with step-by-step directions; Full-color photo
with each recipe; Prep and bake timelines for cookie-baking success; Tips for gift-wrapping and shipping cookies, putting
together the ultimate assortment and hosting your own cookie exchange; Baking tips and cookie-making secrets from the
Taste of Home Test Kitchen. A perfect Christmas gift, stocking stuffer, or holiday present under the tree, "Taste of Home
All New Christmas Cookies" will help to make any Christmas party celebration even more 'Merry & Bright'. While also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99), "Taste of Home All New Christmas Cookies" is an ideal and very
special pick for personal, professional, and community library Holiday Cookbook collections.
Editorial Note: Taste of Home (www.tasteofhome.com) is the leading multi-platform producer of information on food,
cooking, baking and entertaining, serving home cooks engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food
made with love.
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
9781510776975, $19.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Fill your plates with peppermint candies, gingerbread, and snowballs and eat just like elves do with the recipes
comprising "Elf Food: 85 Holiday Sweets & Treats for a Magical Christmas", a cookbook will take you on a sweet, sugary
journey through Christmas Tree Meringue Pops, over rolling hills of Plaid Swiss Roll Cakes, and through a field of
Mistletoe Shortbread. You'll arrive at a Classic Gingerbread House and cuddle by the fire with some warm milk and a Hot
Critique: An ideal menu planning for desserts or snacking with illustrated and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' holiday
classics and new Christmas themed treats, "Elf Food" by culinary expert Cayla Gallagher will prove to be an enduringly
popular addition to personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections.
Editorial Note: Cayla Gallagher (https://www.pankobunny.com/about) is the host and creator of the YouTube channel
pankobunny, an online cooking show where she creates weekly tutorials, teaching her subscribers how to turn everyday
recipes into "edible cuteness" -- colorful, eye catching treats! With an audience of more than 300,000 followers across her
social media platforms and more than 300 million views on Facebook, she strives to bring amusement and creativity to
tables all over the world. Currently residing in Toronto, Canada, Cayla is also the author of Unicorn Food, Spooky Food,
Reindeer Food, and Mermaid Food.
Pickle & Ferment
Susan Crowther, author
Julie Fallone, author
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
9781510775756, $19.99, PB, 184pp
Synopsis: Fermenting, in the simplest definition, is changing food into a healthier version of itself -- a version that basically
stays fresh, forever. Sounds kind of magical, doesn't it? It kind of is.
Fermenting is what happens when you mix two things together: food and salt. As soon as food and salt are combined, they
wake up microbes -- bacteria and yeast that are living in and on the food.
With the publication of "Pickle & Ferment: Preserve Your Produce & Brew Delicious Probiotic Drinks", co-authors Susan
Crowther and Julie Fallone explore a specific type of fermentation: raw pickling or live-fermentation. Live-fermented foods
are the healthiest to eat and easiest to make. Live-fermentation is simpler than canning and the food lasts longer than
freezing. This technique saves time and energy, as it cuts down on heating and cooking. Live-fermented foods do not require
refrigeration. Plus, they can stay fresh indefinitely.
In addition to saving energy costs, fermenting increases a food's health benefits. Live-fermented foods are healthier than
their original raw products. Vital nutrients and vitamins (often destroyed with heating) are not only kept alive, but improved.
And other nutrients are actually created during fermentation.
In the pages of "Pickle & Ferment: Preserve Your Produce & Brew Delicious Probiotic Drinks", Susan Crowther and Julie
Fallone effectively collaborate to offer step-by-step instructions for pickling and fermenting all kinds of produce from
carrots to garlic to sweet potatoes, plus offers recipes for Live-Fermented Hot Sauce, Fermented Hot Honey, and more
unique and healthy goodies. Readers will also find recipes for kombucha, jun tea, and other probiotic drinks.
Finally, there's an abundance of recipes for incorporating your probiotic-rich ferments into other recipes, such as Healthier
Hummus, Jun Sourdough Bread, Cultured Muffins, and even Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake!
Critique: Showcasing 60 classic and unique recipes for probiotic-rich ferments such as sauerkraut, pickled veggies, salsas,
kimchi, sourdough, jun tea, and more, "Pickle & Ferment: Preserve Your Produce & Brew Delicious Probiotic Drinks" is
beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with full page, full color photography. It is informative, user friendly in
organization, and especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university
library natural food cookbook collections. It should be noted for the family cook that this DIY instruction reference for
home-based fermenting is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note #1: Susan Crowther graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and eventually ran her own catering
business - Susie's Menu. Susie's passions encompass cooking, writing, and health. She has worn several hats: cook, chef,
caterer, nutritionist, massage therapist, health educator, college professor, and mom. She sells her fermented goodies under
the name FerMont in and around her hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont.
Editorial Note #2: Julie Fallone (https://www.juliefallone.com) has made food her career and passion from an early age. She
has run a restaurant kitchen and a catering company and written a newspaper food column. Today she devotes her time to
food photography, recipe testing, and jewelry making from her Baltimore apartment.
Smith Street Books
9781922754455, $19.95, HC, 140pp
Synopsis: Showcasing recipes more than 60 DIY delicious pizza recipes suitable for any night of the week, "Pizza Night" by
Deborah Kaloper is a mouthwatering, exploration of the delicious world of pizza recipes that range from Neapolitan classics
and deep-dish pies, to the sweet and the fried.
With "Pizza Night" as a menu planning resource, even the most novice of kitchen cooks can get the party started with such
pizza delights as Sopressa & Olive Panzerotti or Pizzette Fritte. They can satisfy the whole family with fan-favorites like
Pepperoni, Margherita, or Hawaiian. Experiment with new pizza combinations like Kimchi & Sesame, Peach with Goat's
Cheese, or Radicchio & Candied Walnuts. Then dig into a Detroit-style Hottie or a Chicago Veggie Pie and finish the night
off with a Banana Nutella Calzone with Mascarpone.
With pizza to suit any nighttime dining event, whether you're making pizzas with friends, have a date to impress, or want to
curl up on the couch with a calzone for one, "Pizza Night" has fun and easy recipes for thin pizza, thick pizza, focaccia
pizza, sweet pizza, and the best of pizza's cousins. So with the aid of "Pizza Night", anyone can now get out the cheese and
toppings, and get ready to slice up a great time!
Critique: Profusely and beautiful illustrated with full page, full color photography of finished dishes, and also available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $7.69), "Pizza Night: 60+ Recipes for Date Nights, Lazy Nights, and Party Nights" is a 'must'
for the legions of pizza lovers and a welcome addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook
Editorial Note: Deborah Kaloper (https://www.deborahkaloper.com) is a California-raised, Melbourne-based sought-after
food stylist, prop stylist, and recipe developer. Her passion for all things food started at the age of six with her first
cookbook given to her by her grandmother, Nonie. A former breakfast and pastry chef, Kaloper works with top
photographers, chefs, food writers, and brands, styling their food for books, magazines, and advertising. In her downtime
you can find her up early walking along the ocean to catch the sunrise and trying to perfect her Nonie's Croatian Easter
More Daily Veg
More Daily Veg: No Fuss or Frills, Just Great Vegetarian Food is a companion to Joe Woodhouse's already-acclaimed Your
Daily Veg. It captures international influences on vegetable cooking, offering modern updates of traditional vegetarian
dishes to make them both healthier and more widely appealing. The grouping by ingredient allows vegetarian cooks easy
access to dishes which work with seasonal availability, while easy instructions to re-crafted dishes such as Celeriac Puff Pie
or Biang Biang Noodles makes them accessible to all home cooks. Facing pages of color photos add the inviting appeal
needed to make these vegetable-based dishes attractive to a wide audience of both vegetarian cooks and meat-eaters looking
for appealing additions to the table.
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen, Publisher
Gatherings: Casual-Fancy Meals to Share takes a different approach than many America's Test Kitchen titles, inviting cooks
from their various departments to share favorite ways of entertaining family and friends at home. It arrives at a perfect time
(when COVID isolation is ending and many are considering entertaining at home for the first time in years) and reinvents
the notion of entertaining with meals and dishes cooks can produce that give them the freedom to attend their own parties.
From Goetta (pork shoulder simmered with onion, herbs and spices, shredded and mixed into a loaf with steel-cut oats and
fried until golden) to a Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad with Fried Shallots, recipes that lend to more than a few celebrants
feature the hallmark foolproof testing of America's Test Kitchen, the personal comments of cooks who have successfully
used these dishes to entertain, and the attraction that comes from comfort food that holds widespread appeal. Libraries and
home cooks will find Gatherings easy to use.
These new recipe books should be on the shelves of libraries interested in expanding their collections of techniques and
innovative approaches to cooking.
Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge, Natalia Garcia Bourke, and Andy Shannon's How to Make Better Cocktails: Cocktail
Techniques, Pro-Tips and Recipes (9780600637943, $19.98) is recommended for those with some prior experience in
cocktails who are looking to expand their repertoires. It covers not only recipes, but basic insights on how superior cocktails
are created, discussing balance, dilution, and foaming. Some 70 classic and unique recipes are profiled in an attraction for
any cocktail drinker who would become a drinks creator.
Blanche Vaughan's A Year in the Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes for Everyday Pleasure (9781784728953, $44.99) excels in
colorful full-page photos paired with recipes that will attract a wide audience. From Boneless Chicken with Lemon and
Thyme Salt to Baked Pumpkin Soup and Warming Madagascan Curry with Coconut Rice, these seasonal dishes are replete
in international influences and produce-based ingredients, perfect for seasonal cooking that embraces the harvests of the
The Wine/Spirits Shelf
Nixology: Low-to-no Alcohol Cocktails
Elouise Anders, author
Claudia Frittitta, illustrator
Smith Street Books
9781922754547, $19.95, HC, 152pp
Synopsis: For anyone looking to drink less, to leave alcohol permanently on the shelf, or to wake up a little less hung over
on Sunday, shake and stir up your next party with "Nixology: Low-to-No Alcohol Cocktails".
With classics like the Martini, Negroni, and Cosmo, and new creations like a Springtime Fizz, Sparkling Melon Sangria,
and Juniper & Tonic, "Nixology" is a compendium of 60 DIY recipes that are full of flavor instead alcohol. Even the most
novice of hosts can now whip up single cocktails, batches to share, or low-ABV drinks for a tiny buzz.
Whether it's a sunny afternoon, a dinner with friends, a big bash, or a quiet night in, "Nixology" has the perfect drink to
Critique: Colorfully enhanced throughout with the illustrations of Claudia Frittitta and the 60 classic cocktails remixed with
low-to-no alcohol by Elouise Anders, "Nixology" will prove to be an immediate, popular, singularly unique, thoroughly
'user friendly', and prized addition to personal, professional, family, and community library cocktail recipes collections.
Editorial Note: Elouise Anders is a mixologist-turned-culture-writer based in Melbourne. She consults the city's finest bars
and restaurants on how to best curate drinks lists. Previously, she has published Cocktail Botanica, Spritz Fever!,and Drinks
on the Lanai with Smith Street Books. Claudia Frittitta is an illustrator and graphic designer working in Melbourne,
Australia. Her passion lies in creating contemporary, playful, and innovative design.
The Biography Shelf
Our Secret Society
Tanisha C. Ford
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063115712, $32.99, HC, 368pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Our Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil
Rights Movement", author and biographer Tanisha C. Ford brilliantly illuminates a little known yet highly significant aspect
of the civil rights movement that has been long overlooked as the powerhouse fundraising effort that supported the
movement -- the luncheons, galas, cabarets, and traveling exhibitions attended by middle-class and working-class Black
families, the Negro press, and titans of industry, including Winthrop Rockefeller.
No one knew this world better or ruled over it with more authority than Mollie Moon. With her husband Henry Lee Moon,
the longtime publicist for the NAACP, Mollie became half of one of the most influential couples of the period. Vivacious
and intellectually curious, Mollie frequently hosted political salons attended by guests ranging from Langston Hughes to
Lorraine Hansberry. As the president of the National Urban League Guild, the fundraising arm of the National Urban
League; Mollie raised millions to fund grassroots activists battling for economic justice and racial equality. She was a force
behind the mutual aid network that connected Black churches, domestic and blue-collar laborers, social clubs, and sororities
and fraternities across the country.
Historian and cultural critic Tanisha C. Ford brings Mollie into focus as never before, charting her rise from Jim Crow
Mississippi to doyenne of Manhattan and Harlem, where she became one of the most influential philanthropists of her time -
- a woman feared, resented, yet widely respected. "Our Secret Society" deftly chronicles Mollie's larger-than-life antics
through exhaustive research, never-before-revealed letters, and dozens of interviews.
"Our Secret Society" also ushers the reader into a world with its own rhythm and rules, led by its own Who's Who of
African Americans in politics, sports, business, and entertainment. It is both a searing portrait of a remarkable period in
America, spanning from the early 1930s through the late 1960s, and a strategic economic blueprint today's activists can
Critique: Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of 16 pages of never-before-seen photographs, "Our
Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement" rescues from an
undeserved obscurity one of the truly significant woman who made the Civil Rights Movement the success that it was (and
continues to be) as a much needed national tool to continue to establish racial equality in our still racially turbulent
American politics and culture. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community and academic librry
American Civil Rights Movement History/Biography collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of readers
with an interest in Women's & African-American Biographies/Memoirs that "Our Secret Society" is also available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $15.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Harper Audio, 9798212698917, $41.99,
Editorial Note: Tanisha C. Ford (www.tanishacford.com) is a cultural critic and award-winning writer. A professor of
history at The Graduate Center, CUNY, she has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Time, the Root, Elle,
Harper's Bazaar, and featured on NPR, among other places. In 2019, she was named to the Root's list of the 100 Most
influential African Americans. Ford is the author of Dressed in Dreams, Kwame Brathwaite: Black is Beautiful, and
Liberated Threads, which won the 2016 Organization of American Historians' Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for best
book on civil rights history. Her research has been supported by New America/Emerson Collective, Harvard Radcliffe
Institute, Schomburg Center, and Ford Foundation, among others. She can be followed on social media: @SoulistaPhD
A Man of Two Faces
Viet Thanh Nguyen
9780802160508, $28.00, HC, 400pp
Synopsis: With insight, humor, formal invention, and lyricism, in "A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A
Memorial", Viet Thanh Nguyen tells the story of his own life. He expands the genre of personal memoir by acknowledging
larger stories of refugeehood, colonization, and ideas about Vietnam and America, writing with his trademark sardonic wit
and incisive analysis, as well as a deep emotional openness about his life as a father and a son.
At the age of four, Nguyen and his family are forced to flee his hometown and come to the USA as refugees. After being
removed from his brother and parents and homed with a family on his own, Nguyen is later allowed to resettle into his own
family in suburban San Jose.
But there is violence hidden behind the sunny facade of what he calls AMERICA (TM). One Christmas Eve, when Nguyen
is nine, while watching cartoons at home, he learns that his parents have been shot while working at their grocery store, a
place where he sometimes helps price tins of fruit with a sticker gun.
Years later, as a teenager, the blood-stirring drama of the films of the Vietnam War such as Apocalypse Now throw Nguyen
into an existential crisis: how can he be both American and Vietnamese, both the killer and the person being killed?
When he learns about an adopted sister who has stayed back in Vietnam, and ultimately visits her, he grows to understand
just how much his parents have left behind. And as his parents age, he worries increasingly about their comfort and care,
and realizes that some of their older wounds are reopening.
Profound in its emotions and brilliant in its thinking about cultural power, "A Man of Two Faces" deftly explores the
necessity of both forgetting and of memory, the promises America so readily makes and breaks, and the exceptional life
story of one of the most original and important writers working today.
Critique: Impressively candid, insightfully informative, thoughtful, thought-provoking, memorable, exceptionally well
written, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A
Memorial" is an extraordinary life story that is a distinctive and unreservedly recommended addition to community and
college/university library Contemporary Biography/Memoir collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A
Man of Two Faces" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.24).
Editorial Note: Viet Thanh Nguyen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viet_Thanh_Nguyen) was born in Vietnam and raised in
America. He is the author of The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and soon to be an HBO Original Series; its
sequel, The Committed; the short story collection The Refugees; the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies, a finalist for the
National Book Award; and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. He is the Aerol Arnold Professor
of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and a recipient of fellowships from
the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. He now lives in Los Angeles.
Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy
c/o BenBella Books
9781637744147, $27.95, HC, 269pp
Synopsis: The Tony Award-nominated writer of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and the long-running hit Off-Broadway
play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and a Sundance Festival award winner, Charles Busch has created a unique place in the
entertainment world as a playwright, LGBT icon, drag actor, director, and cabaret performer, with his extraordinary gift for
both connecting with and channeling the leading ladies of show business.
"Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy" is his memoir, (which is by turns comic and moving), and reveals how
ever since his mother's death when he was seven, he has sought out surrogate mothers in his life. In his teens, Charles
moved to Park Avenue in Manhattan to live with his Auntie Mame-like Aunt Lil, who encouraged and nourished Charles'
talents and dreams, and eventually he discovered his gifts for writing plays and performing as a male actress.
Charles also shares his colorful and sometimes outlandish interactions with film and theatrical luminaries including the
hilarious comedian Joan Rivers (who became a mother figure to Charles after Aunt Lil's death), Angela Lansbury (who
attended her first Passover seder with Charles), Rosie O'Donnell, Claudette Colbert, Valerie Harper, Kim Novak, and many
Critique: "Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy" features wry humor, anecdotal history, impressive candor, and
rare photos. "Leading Lady" is of particular interest to readers of entertainment biographies and memoirs, as well as anyone
who enjoys the true-life memoirs of artists, actors, musicians, and creatives whose lives 'break the mold, ditch the
boundaries, and find their own unique way to sparkle'. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community and
academic library American Biography/Memoir & Broadway/Theatrical History collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Leading Lady" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
Editorial Note: Charles Busch (https://www.charlesbusch.com) is an actor, playwright, and drag legend. He is the author and
star of many plays, including Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, one of the longest-running plays in Off-Broadway history. His
play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife played 777 performances on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play.
Busch wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won
him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He has been honored with a special Drama Desk Award for
career achievement as both performer and playwright and he also received the Flora Roberts Award for Sustained
Achievement in the theater by the Dramatist's Guild.
Pauline Boty: British Pop Art's Sole Sister
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
9780711287549, $40.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Pauline Boty (6 March 1938 - 1 July 1966) was a founding member of the British Pop Art movement and one of
its very few female performers. She attended London's Royal College of Art at a watershed moment when its students
included David Hockney, Peter Blake, R.B. Kitaj and Allen Jones. Dying tragically young at the age of 28, she is now seen
as central to British Pop Art and an icon of Sixties culture.
As well as her work as an artist, she appeared on the stage, TV and in film (including alongside Michael Caine in Alfie) and
was a regular contributor on BBC radio. She was photographed by David Bailey and other society photographers and
became a key player in 1960s London's golden age.
Outspoken, provocative and charismatic, she refused to accept the oppositions between sexual woman and serious artist,
between celebration and critique, between high and low culture. Observer and participant, feminist and hedonist, subject and
object, Boty's 'double vision' was decades ahead of its time, and prefigured a diversity of artists -- everyone from Cindy
Sherman to Madonna.
Having been largely forgotten after her death, her reputation has been growing steadily since the rediscovery and exhibition
of her works in the early 1990s. As well as cropping up regularly in various books, documentaries and newspaper articles
since then, she features as a central character in Ali Smith's novel Autumn (2016) and one of her works sold for $1.4m at
auction in June 2022.
Critique: A fascinating, informative, and illustrated biography by Marc Kristal, this heftly (7.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches, 2.45
pounds) hardcover edition of "Pauline Boty: British Pop Art's Sole Sister" will have a special appeal and value to readers
with an interest in 60's British Pop Culture & Art history and personalities. Also available for personal and professional
reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.99), "Pauline Boty: British Pop Art's Sole Sister" is exceptionally well
written and presented, making it unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Biography/Memoir
and Pop Art History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Marc Kristal (https://marckristal.com) is an author, screenwriter, filmmaker, editor, and journalist. He has
authored, co-written or contributed to more than forty books, notably Re:Crafted: Interpretations of Craft in Contemporary
Architecture and Interiors (2010), Immaterial World: Transparency in Architecture (2011), and The New Old House:
Historic and Modern Architecture Combined (2017). His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New
York Times, Architectural Digest, Wallpaper, Metropolis, and Elle Decor. He has also written films about contemporary
and modern artists, notably Cindy Sherman and Mark Rothko. He is also a two-time MacDowell fellow.
Judy Canova: Singin' in the Corn!
9781593933166, $19.95, PB, 234pp
Synopsis: Judy Canova (November 20, 1913 - August 5, 1983), was the professional name of Juliette Canova who was a
20th Century American comedienne, actress, singer, and radio personality. She appeared on Broadway and in films. She also
hosted her own self-titled network radio program, a popular series broadcast from 1943 to 1955.
"Judy Canova: Singin' in the Corn!" by Ben Ohmart is the first biography of everyone's favorite rube and is comprised of
family interviews and along with rare and hitherto unpublished photos.
Critique: Impressively informative and a fun read that rescues music/stage/film/radio star Judy Canova from an undeserved
obscurity, "Judy Canova: Singin' in the Corn!" is a particularly recommended addition to personal, professional, community,
and college/university library 20th Century American Biography collections. It should be noted for Judy Canova fans that
"Judy Canova: Singin' in the Corn!" is also readily available from BearManor Media in a digital book format (Kindle,
$9.95) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781504670227, $19.95, CD).
Editorial Note: Ben Ohmart has written books on voice actors Paul Frees and Walter Tetley, as well as biographies of Don
Ameche, the Bickersons, Disney composer Buddy Baker, playwright Tim Kelly, and others. He runs BearManor Media, a
small publishing company specializing in books on old radio and old film actors.
The House that Cheese Built
Miguel A. Leal
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
9781394184026, $28.00, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Miguel Leal came to the U.S. penniless as a teenager, speaking almost no English; he literally slept in the boiler
room of a Wisconsin cheese factory for months before he was caught. Through hard work, grit, and ingenuity Leal would go
on to launch his own business. He is widely credited with introducing Mexican cheeses to the U.S. market and grew his
company to a multimillion-dollar success story that defined an industry.
Yet, like many successful entrepreneurs, Leal's great successes were matched by personal failures: the end of a marriage;
trouble with law enforcement; and the deeply felt sense that there must be something more to life than great wealth.
With the publication of "The House that Cheese Built: The Unusual Life of the Mexican Immigrant who Defined a
Multibillion-Dollar Global Industry" we can now read the astounding memoir of a Mexican immigrant who worked his way
to success in the American cheese industry. Readers will find inspiration in Miguel Leal's determination and refusal to give
up on his dream. They will see how Leal persevered in the face of obstacles and setbacks in his personal life. They will
follow Miguel's story as he finds peace, purpose, and grace -- and realizes that money isn't everything
Leal's memoir, "The House that Cheese Built", is both a quintessential immigrant success story, one that beautifully
illustrates the immigrant experiences: isolation, fear, and ambition for a better life and assimilation, as well as a thoughtful
personal account of entrepreneurship and all its benefits and costs.
Critique: Candid, eloquent, fascinating, and inspiring, "The House that Cheese Built: The Unusual Life of the Mexican
Immigrant who Defined a Multibillion-Dollar Global Industry" is impressively well written, organized and presented,
making it especially and unreservedly recommended for community and college/university library Contemporary
Biography/Memoir collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The House that Cheese Built" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.00).
Editorial Note: Miguel Leal founded Mexican Cheese Producers in 1994. Leal eventually sold his business to Sigma
Alimentos, which used his recipes to win the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest. Today, Miguel is deeply invested
in a new passion project: supporting Mexico's organic farming movement with a farm of his own.
Mitchell Beazley/Octopus Publishing
Free Spirit: A Memoir of a Extraordinary Life tells of the successes and challenges of author Tanya Sarne's life. The founder
of Ghost, Sarne is best known for the entrepreneurial fashion sense which led to her success and fame - but her story is so
much more than that of building a business. It captures the milieu of the 1960s and 70s fashion world, rubs elbows with
artists in other genres, reveals some close calls (as when she was invited to stay with Sharon Tate the night of the Manson
murders), and presents a vivid globe-hopping story of growth and discovery which is absolutely riveting. Black and white
photos of Ghost models and creations pair well with personal images of her life, adding visual flavor and value to a story
highly recommended for any library strong in memoirs, the arts, and women's experiences.
Dancing On Eggshells
Dancing On Eggshells: Kitchen, Ballroom & the Messy Inbetween is a dance memoir written by the third-series winner of
The Great British Bake Off and runner up to Strictly Come Dancing with his same-sex dancing partner, and offers many
flavors memoirs typically don't embrace under one cover. John Whaite came out on Bake Off, but before that event he
struggled with bulimia, mental health challenges, and his parents' separation. It's unusual to see a book that blends food and
cultural focuses with insights on gay people and baking alike, but Dancing on Eggshells hold the unusual ability to bring a
wide range of seemingly disparate subjects together under one cover. That it does so in a lively tone that considers changing
relationship influences, growth, and personal and professional transformation alike is tribute to its special blend of recipes,
competition stories, and emotional examination. Dancing on Eggshells should be in any library strong in gay memoirs,
culinary experiences, and psychological growth.
The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
Kafka: A Manga Adaptation
Nishioka Kyodai, author/illustrator
David Yang, translator
9781782279846, $19.95, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: Franz Kafka's work is given vivid new life in "Kafka", a collection of manga adaptations of 9 of his greatest
stories by author/illustrator Nishioka Kyodai and deftly translated into English by David Yang.
With spectacularly detailed, otherworldly illustrations, the brother-and-sister duo known as Nishioka Kyodai create a
haunting, claustrophobic visual world for Kafka's surreal masterpieces.
Features are adapted versions of: The Metamorphosis; A Hunger Artist; In the Penal Colony; A Country Doctor; The
Concerns of a Patriarch; The Bucket Rider; Jackals and Arabs; A Fratricide; The Vulture.
Among the standouts are "The Metamorphosis" and "A Hunger Artist," which present absorbing moments for their unique
art style to offer vivid entry points into Kafka's world and which take the immersion experience to a whole other level.
Critique: An inherently fascinating, entertaining, and novel approach to the short stories of Franz Kafka, this manga-style
graphic novel adaptation of his work, and presented in this paperback edition by Pushkin Press is especially and
unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and college/university library Dystopian Fiction & Graphic Novel
collections, as well as a supplemental Franz Kafka curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note #1: Nishioka Kyodai (literally 'Nishioka siblings') are the brother-and-sister manga duo of Satoshi Nishioka
and Chiaki Nishioka. They debuted in the weekly magazine Morning in 1989 and have since produced more than a dozen
works and have become well-known for their surreal illustration style and dark psychological themes.
Editorial Note #2: David Yang is a Ph.D. student in Japanese Literature at UCLA, having previously received a B.A. in
German Literature and Cultural History from Columbia University. He translates from Japanese, Chinese, and German.
Watership Down: The Graphic Novel
Richard Adam, author
Joe Sutphin, illustrator
James Sturm, adaptor
Ten Speed Graphic
c/o Ten Speed Press
9781984857194, $35.00, HC, 384pp
Synopsis: A stellar story about a group of rabbits who must go on an epic journey in search of home, "Watership Down" by
novelist Richard Adam is a classic tale of survival, hope, courage, and friendship that has delighted and inspired readers
around the world for more than fifty years.
Adams originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, Juliet and Rosamond, on a trip to
Stratford-on-Avon, to see a play. They insisted he publish the tale as a book. When Watership Down was finally published,
it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Watership Down has become
a modern classic and won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1972.
Now masterfully adapted by James Sturm and gorgeously illustrated by artist Joe Sutphin, "Watership Down" is now a
spectacular graphic novel from Ten Speed Press that will once again delight old fans while inspiring new ones, bringing the
joy of "Watership Down" to a new generations of appreciative readers.
Critique: An acclaimed work of literary excellence when it was first published some five decades ago, with the publication
of "Watership Down: The Graphic Novel" we see a flawless adaption of this original and legendary fable into an extended
graphic novel format. This large format (7.25 x 1.34 x 10.28 inches, 1.25 pounds) hardcover edition is especially and
unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists for ages 10 to Adult, as well as community, college, and university
library Classic Literature/Fiction Graphic Novel collections. It should be noted that "Watership Down: The Graphic Novel"
is also available in a paperback edition (9781984857200, $26.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note #1: Richard George Adams (9 May, 1920 - 25 December, 2016) is best remembered as the author of
Watership Down, but he also wrote many other novels, short stories, poems and a biography. During the last year of his life
he kept a blog: https://www.watership-down.com/blog/.
Editorial Note #2: Joe Sutphin (https://www.joesutphin.com) is an illustrator of fine books for kids such as Andrew
Peterson's beloved Wingfeather Saga, the newly envisioned edition of Hellen Taylor's timeless classic Little Pilgrim's
Progress (Moody Publishers) and the official graphic novelization of Richard Adams's masterpiece Watership Down (Ten
Speed - 2023). His love of nature, and of the living creatures in the fields and woods around his home, has informed his art
for much of his life.
Editorial Note #3: James Sturm (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Sturm) is an American cartoonist and co-founder of
the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. Sturm is also the founder of the National Association of
Comics Art Educators (NACAE), an organization committed to helping facilitate the teaching of comics in higher
Prince in Comics!
Nicholas Finer, author
Tony Lourenco, author
Montana Kane, translator
Joel Alessandra, et al., artist/illustrators
9781681123219, $27.99, HC, 168pp
Synopsis: The late Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016) was a complete artist, all at once an author,
composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. A real showman on stage, songs like " 1999" or " Purple Rain,"
made him an international star. With his tormented life, sulfurous relationships, sex and drugs, he was above all a genius
artist with a very distinctive original style who sold more than 80 million records around the world. "Prince in Comics!"
from NBM Publishing is his extraordinary destiny in a mix of colorfully illustrated articles and comics!
Critique: In an impressive graphic novel style biography that includes the work of two co-authors, sixteen illustrators, a
graphic designer, and a translator, "Prince in Comics!" is a 'must' for the legions of dedicated Prince fans and a welcome
addition to community library American Biography collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Prince in
Comes!" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).
Editorial Note #1: Nicolas Finet, author, publisher, filmmaker, journalist, curator, speaker, translator, has worked in comics
for more than three decades. He is the author of more than half a dozen reference works on it. In music, he is the writer on
NBM's recent bio of Janis Joplin Love Me Please and he has just made a documentary on the blues and comics, Mississippi
Ramblin, devoted to bluesman Robert Johnson. He is also the writer of the graphic novel Forever Woodstock.
Editorial Note #2: Tony Lourenco (alias Nyt) has been exploring and expressing his artistic sensibility for a long time. He
did this first through singing and piano at the Paris International Conservatory of Music, then, seduced by imagery, he
created a photo studio in a Parisian barge. At the same time, he paints and writes short stories, scenarios, tales and
The Pacific Comics Companion
Jon B. Cooke, author and editor
Stephan Friedt, author
Dave Stevens, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, et. al., artists
9781605491219, $29.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "The Pacific Comics Companion", author Stephan Friedt shares the story of the meteoric
rise of the Schanes brothers' California-based imprint Pacific Comics, which published such legends as Jack Kirby, Sergio
Aragones, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Mike Grell, Bernie Wrightson, and Dave Stevens.
From its groundbreaking 1981 arrival in the fledgling direct sales market, to a catastrophic, precipitous fall after only four
years, "The Pacific Comics Companion" reveals the inside saga, as told to Friedt by Bill and Steve Schanes, David Scroggy,
and many of the creators themselves.
It also focuses on the titles and the amazing array of characters they introduced to an unsuspecting world, including The
Rocketeer, Captain Victory, Ms. Mystic, Groo the Wanderer, Starslayer, and many more.
Written with the editorial assist of Eisner Award-winning historian Jon B. Cooke, this retrospective is the most
comprehensive study of an essential publisher in the development of the creator's rights movement. Of special note are the
main cover illustration by Dave Stevens.
Critique: Another profusely illustrated and 'insider' informative history of the comic book industry from NBM Publishing,
"The Pacific Comics Companion" is impressively comprehensive and must be considered essential reading by Pacific
Comics fans and a seminal and recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
American Comics History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: TwoMorrows Publishing (https://twomorrows.com) is a publisher of magazines about comic books, founded
in 1994 by John and Pam Morrow out of their small advertising agency in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Its
products also include books and DVDs.
Working With Ditko
Jack C. Harris, author
Steve Ditko, illustrator
9781605491226, $24.95, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: "Working With Ditko" takes a unique and nostalgic journey through the 'Bronze Age' of comics, as editor and
writer Jack C. Harris recalls his numerous collaborations with legendary comics master Steve Ditko!
"Working with Ditko" features never-before-seen preliminary sketches and pencil art from Harris' tenure working with
Ditko on The Creeper, Shade the Changing Man, the Odd Man, the Demon, Wonder Woman, Legion of Super-Heroes, The
Fly, and even Ditko's unused redesign for Batman! Plus, it documents their work on numerous independent properties, and
offers glimpses of original characters from Ditko's drawing board that have never been viewed by even his most avid
Critique: This large format (8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches) illustrated paperback edition of "Working with Ditko" reveals the creative
comic book process by one of the industry's most revered creators, as seen through the eyes of one of his most frequent
collaborators. Inherently fascination and impressively informative, "Working with Ditko" is especially and unreservedly
recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated Ditko fans and community/academic library History of Comics
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note #1: Jack C. Harris (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_C._Harris) is an American comic book writer and
editor known mainly for his work in the 1970s and 1980s at DC Comics.
Editorial Note #2: Stephen John Ditko (November 2, 1927 - June 29, 2018) was an American comics artist and writer best
known for being co-creator of Marvel superhero Spider-Man and creator of Doctor Strange. He also made notable
contributions to the character of Iron Man with the character's iconic red and yellow design being revolutionized by Steve
Dungeon: Zenith: Fog & Tears
Lewis Trondheim, author
Joann Sfarr, illustrator
9781681123165, $17.99, PB, 96pp
Synopsis: The valiant duck Herbert and Isis (his beautiful and belligerent Kochaque companion) a son is born. As much as
the young parents are delighted with this new arrival, tensions are not long in rising. Isis wants to submit her baby to the
traditional Kochaque rite of passage. Herbert, judging it far too dangerous, tries to dissuade her. Unable to convince her, he
finally decides to kidnap the infant.
In the second story, the fight to recover the Dungeon from the hands of the big bad Delacourt still keeps our heroes busy.
While Horus has been trying for days to hypnotize the spirits of Terra Amata freed from the Vault of Souls by Delacourt, the
Guardian calls on Marvin to come to the thaumaturge's aid. But to get there, he will have to, willy-nilly, make an alliance
with a former classmate of his new wife.
Critique: The fifth book in the graphic novel fantasy 'Dungeon: Zenith' series by French co-authors Lewis Trondheim and
Joanne Sfar, "Fog & Tears" is a beautifully illustrated, deftly crafted, laced with humor, and fully entertaining read that is
very highly recommended for the personal reading lists of all dedicated fantasy fans and a welcome addition to highschool
and community library graphic novel collections.
Editorial Note #1: Lewis Trondheim is one of the leaders of a new generation of comic artists bringing in novel ways of
creating comics. One of the founders of the disruptive 'L'Association' publishing cooperative in France, he helped usher in
much longer and sophisticated narratives in the graphic novel form. He is an amazing font of original and out of the box
ideas that have propelled him to a leading author standing in Europe.
Editorial Note #2: Joann Sfar is an artist, writer, and film director. He is best known for his adaptation of The Little Prince
and his original bestselling title The Rabbi's Cat. Boulet, born in Meaux, France, now resides in Paris. He is a leading artist,
scriptwriter and colorist for many popular series including becoming the regular artist on the Zenith subseries of
Editorial Note #3: NBM Publishing (https://nbmpub.com) is a leading and critically acclaimed independent graphic novel
publisher showcasing the diversity of comics from North America and Europe.
Hockney: A Graphic Life
Quarto Publishing Group USA
9780711288423, $24.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: David Hockney OM CH RA (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and
photographer. As an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most
influential British artists of the 20th century. (Wikipedia)
From his childhood in Bradford and early years making it as an artist, to his sun-drenched Los Angeles period, to his
triumphal return to the UK and his recent iPad drawings that proudly exclaim that 'spring cannot be cancelled', "Hockney: A
Graphic Life" by Simon Elliot is a charming biography published in a graphic novel style format and traces the captivating
life and times of David Hockney. Drawn entirely on an iPad in a fun, fully illustrated style (and in homage to Hockney's
own iPad drawings) this is a colorful, thought-provoking and joyous biography of one of the world's best-loved artists.
Critique: Especially and unreservedly recommended for community and college/university library Artist Biography/Art
History collections, and a 'must' for the legions of David Hockney fans, this hardcover edition of "Hockney: A Graphic Life"
from Frances Lincoln accurately and informatively follows the life journey of David Hockney's exceptional life and career
as an artist.
Editorial Note: Simon Elliott is a criminal barrister, art obsessive and standup comedian. Inspired by Hockney's message
'spring cannot be cancelled', and with time to fill (thanks to Covid), Simon engrossed himself in all things Hockney, learned
how to paint on an iPad and began a journey to create this colourful, joyous and thought provoking biography with a
The Audiobook Shelf
Eve Smith, author
Rose Robinson, narrator
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781399153584, $103.95, MP3-CD (10 Hours 50 Minutes)
Synopsis: One law. One child. Seven million crimes.
Climate emergency has spawned a one-child policy in the UK, ruthlessly enforced by a totalitarian regime. Compulsory
abortion of 'excess' pregnancies and mandatory contraceptive implants are now the norm.
Kai is a 25-year-old 'baby reaper', working for the Ministry of Population and Family Planning. If any of her assigned
families attempt to exceed their child quota, she ensures they pay the price. Until she discovers that an illegal sibling on her
Ministry hit-list is hers. And to protect her parents from severe penalties, she must secretly investigate before anyone else
finds out. Kai's hunt for her sister unearths much more than a dark family secret.
As she stumbles across a series of heinous crimes perpetrated by the people she trusted most, she makes a catastrophic
discovery that could bring down the government -- and tear her family apart!
Critique: A combination of medical thriller, political extrapolation, and dystopian science fiction, "One" by author Eve
Smith is brought to life in a true theatre of the mind experience by the narrative storytelling talents of vocal actress Rose
Robinson. This flawless, complete and unabridged audio production from Isis Publishing is especially and unreservedly
recommended for both personal and community library audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: Eve Smith (https://www.evesmithauthor.com) writes speculative fiction, mainly about the things that
scare her. Eve's debut novel The Waiting Rooms, is set in the aftermath of an antibiotic resistance crisis and was shortlisted
for the Bridport Prize First Novel Award.
Editorial Note #2: There is a lengthy list of audio books narrated by Rose Robinson at
D. L. Marshall, author
David Morley Hale, narrator
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781399153881, $122.95, MP3-CD (14 Hours 30 minutes)
Synopsis: John Tyler has gone rogue, pursuing an international vendetta against those responsible for killing his brother. But
now he is lured back by the CIA for one final mission.
Simple, for a man like Tyler: journey to an old Soviet-era hotel in the frozen wastes of Siberia to obtain information from a
Russian scientist about a double agent within NATO. But strange things are afoot, events related to the hotel's grisly past
and the KGB's Cold war experiments into psychic phenomena.
Unexplained deaths revolve around the scientist, and with enemies from Tyler's own past emerging, he must fight to keep
the man alive. But a killer stalks the hotel's dilapidated corridors, able, apparently, to kill through concrete walls and sealed
As Tyler homes in on the double agent, he quickly realises nothing is as it seems, and his own past is coming back to haunt
Critique: Action-adventure suspense thriller fiction at its very best, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "77
North" by D. L. Marshall is vividly narrated by the vocal talents and performance of David Morley Hale. The result is a fully
entertaining and highly recommended pick for personal and community library audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: D. L. Marshall (https://www.canelo.co/authors/d-l-marshall) was born and raised in Halifax, West
Yorkshire. Influenced by the dark industrial architecture, steep wooded valleys, and bleak Pennine moors, he writes thrillers
tinged with horror, exploring the impact of geography and isolation. In 2016 he pitched at Bloody Scotland. In 2018 he won
a Northern Writers' Award for his thriller novel Anthrax Island.
Editorial Note #2: David Morley Hale (https://www.davidmorleyhale.com) is a very versatile voice actor with a soft
Lancastrian natural accent but with a strong facility for characterisations and a warm, reassuring natural read. Many years
experience in professional theatre and as a skilled musician ensure performances are realistic, natural and with an ear
attuned to the aural medium.
The Grave Robber
Darynda Jones, author
Lorelei King, narrator
9781501207884, $9.99, MP3-CD (3 Hours 5 Minutes)
Synopsis: Eric Vause is done. -- He is done with ghosts. Done with hellhounds. And definitely done with asshole demons,
mostly because he'd been possessed by one. Even now, five years later, the rage he absorbed from the creature has yet to
wane, so he decides a road trip is in order.
Surely some cool air, great scenery, and a case of Dos Equis will shake things loose. But unfortunately, supernatural events
happen everywhere. When he meets up with a friend whose partner's daughter needs help with a pest problem (aka, a ghost).
So Eric takes that as his cue to leave. -- Until he sees her.
He can tell Halle's house isn't the only thing that is haunted. The hopelessness behind her eyes tugs at something deep inside
him. Something all too familiar. The fact that she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen has nothing to do with his
change of heart. And he vows to leave her in his rearview the minute he takes care of the poltergeist. Then again, vows were
never his strong suit.
Critique: Flawless performed by vocal actress Lorelei King, "Every 1001 Dark Nights" is a novella by Darynda Jones that is
a standalone story. For new readers, it's an introduction to an author's fantasy world. And for fans, it's a bonus book in the
author's fantasy adventure series starring Charley Davidson's adventures and misadventures with the supernatural. This
complete and unabridged audio book edition from Brilliance Audio is highly recommended for both personal and
community library Fantasy Fiction audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: Darynda Jones (http://www.daryndajones.com) has won numerous awards for her work, including a
prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into 17 languages. As a
born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who
happened by, certain they went away the better for it. She penned the international bestselling Charley Davidson series and
is currently working on several beloved projects, most notably the Sunshine Vicram Mystery Series with St. Martin's Press
and the Betwixt and Between Series of paranormal women's fiction.
Editorial Note #2: Lorelei King (https://www.loreleiking.com/audiobooks.html) is one of the most successful and
accomplished American actresses working in the UK today, appearing in numerous films from Hollywood blockbusters
such as 'Notting Hill' and 'The Saint,' to British independent films, such as 'House of Mirth,' '24 Hours in London,' and
'Suzie Gold.' Most recently she can be heard in the role of spaceship's computer MUTHUR in 'Alien: Covenant'.
The Court of Shadows
Victor Dixen, author
Carlotta Brentan, illustrator
9781799798477, $29.99, MP3-CD (12 Hours 35 Minutes)
Synopsis: Louis XIV transformed from the Sun King into the King of Shadows when he embraced immortality and became
the world's first vampire. For the last three centuries, he has been ruling the kingdom from the decadent Court of Shadows
in Versailles, demanding the blood of his subjects to sate his nobles' thirst and maintain their loyalty.
In the heart of rural France, commoner Jeanne Froidelac witnesses the king's soldiers murder her family and learns of her
parents' role in a brewing rebellion involving the forbidden secrets of alchemy. To seek her revenge, Jeanne disguises
herself as an aristocrat and enrolls in a prestigious school for aspiring courtiers. She soon finds herself at the doors of the
palace of Versailles.
But Jeanne, of course, is no aristocrat. She dreams not of court but of blood. The blood of a king.
Critique: Highly recommended for community library fantasy audio book collections, and of particular appeal and specific
interest to fans of the vampire novel, novelist Victor Dixen's "The Court of Shadows" is the first of a 'Vampyria Saga', a two
volume audio book series from Brilliance Audio. Complete and unabridged, "The Court of Shadows" is brilliantly narrated
by Carlotte Bentan whose vocal performance brings the story to life in a true theatre of the mind experience and will leave
the listener eagerly looking toward the second volume of this outstanding historical fantasy series. .
Editorial Note #1: Two-time winner of the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, Victor Dixen stands at the forefront of French
fantasy. His acclaimed series include Animale, Phobos, Cogito, Extincta, and Vampyria. A nomadic writer, he has lived in
Paris, Dublin, Singapore, New York, and now Washington, DC, drawing inspiration from the promises of the future as
much as the ghosts of the past. He has a fascinating website at www.victordixen.com.
Editorial Note #2: Carlotta Brentan (http://carlottabrentan.com) is New York based, Meisner trained actor, award-winning
audiobook narrator & producer working in theater, audiobooks, film, commercials, and voice-over projects.
Dwain Worrell, author
Gary Tidemann, illustrator
9798400132308, $19.99, MP3-CD (11 Hours 45 Minutes)
Synopsis: In one terrifying event called the Ninety-Nine, all major military installations on earth were eviscerated. But by
whom? Foreign powers, AIs, ETs? Every conceivable adversary was ruled out. Reeling from massive casualties and amid
hundreds of conspiracy theories, humanity creates Andrones: bipedal android drones piloted remotely by soldiers who will
never again need to be on the field of battle. Newly minted Androne pilot Sergeant Paxton Ares has now been deployed into
a fight against an enemy no one understands or has ever seen.
Passing mostly uneventful days patrolling an unidentified desert, Paxton spends time communicating with his pregnant
girlfriend back home and reflecting on his impending fatherhood. But as he is drawn deeper into military camaraderie and
begins quickly rising up the ranks on the strength of his father's military legacy, Paxton starts to question the swirling
rumors about the nature of the conflict. What he's encountered in the shifting dunes (something inexplicable, indomitable)
fills him with the fear that whatever is out there is destined to win.
Whether it's curiosity, ambition, or a newfound paternal instinct, Paxton has a driving need to understand the dangerous
truths of this strange, invisible war. And the choices he must make have the power to change everything.
Critique: Riveting science fiction at its very best, "Androne" by novelist Dwain Worrell is brought vividly to life by the
impressive narrative storytelling skills of vocal actor Gary Tidemann in this complete and unabridged audio book edition
from Brillance audio. Simply stated, "Androne" is a prized pick for both personal and community library Science Fiction
audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: Dwain Worrell (www.dwainworrell.com) is a filmmaker, Chinese interpreter, and novelist. The
Barbadian native now works as a film and television writer and producer in Los Angeles. His writing credits include
Marvel's Iron Fist, CBS's Fire Country, and the Disney+ series National Treasure, among others.
Editorial Note #2: Gary Tidemann (https://www.garytiedemann.com) is a bilingual, half-Cuban, half-dude from L.A. who
learned how to act in the studios and improv, sketch comedy and theatre stages of Chicago.
The Wedding Shake-Up
JJ Knight, author
Kendra Kenneth, narrator
Victor Quixabas, narrator
9781491555071, $19.99, MP3-CD, (8 Hours 30 Minutes)
Synopsis: A destination wedding on La Jarra Island for Tillie James's sister has its drawbacks: hair-wrecking ocean spray
and pincher crabs. And its perks: sexy, hotheaded beachfront bartender Gabe Landers, who brings out the competitive streak
in fellow drinkslinger Tillie. When the rivals get together for a cocktail-making challenge, the blend is pure bliss, leaving
them shaken and stirred.
The spirited blue-eyed tourist from Georgia makes Gabe's head spin faster than his signature drink, the mermaid sunrise.
But he's determined not to obsess because out-of-towner love stories never last. Tillie agrees. They'll just enjoy each other
for now and make a clean break. No strings. No attachments. No chance. But when Tillie's kiss goodbye comes with an
invitation for Gabe to visit Atlanta, he can't resist. As fate has it, it's home to a heartbreaking piece of his own past.
As Tillie and Gabe face new challenges, destiny could tear them apart -- or turn an intoxicating romance on the rocks into
more than they ever expected!
Critique: Of special interest to fans of romance comedy, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "The Wedding
Shake-Up" by J. J. Knight is impressively narrated by the vocal performances of Kendra Kenneth and Victor Quixabas. Fun
and funny, "The Wedding Shake-Up" is the stuff of which Hallmark Romance Movies are made and is a highly
recommended pick for personal and community library audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: JJ Knight (http://www.jjknight.com) is an author of romantic comedy and sports romance. Her books
portray characters who learn to push through hardship to find love and belly laughs. She can be follow her on TikTok:
https://firstname.lastname@example.org, Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7827726.J_J_Knight, and
on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jjknightauthor
The Brewery Murders
J. R. Ellis, author
Michael Page, narrator
9798400137815, $19.99, MP3-CD (8 Hourse 10 Minutes)
Synopsis: Steeped in a history of award-winning Yorkshire ale, the town of Markham boasts not one but two breweries.
Richard Foster runs one; his sister, Emily, along with her partner, Janice, runs the other. And not without some
The unwelcome return of the town's former bad boy, Brendan Scholes, threatens to ignite the sibling rivalry further. Scholes
claims to have found the long-lost secret recipe to the beer that made Richard and Emily's father famous, and he wants
But it isn't long before Scholes' body is found floating in a fermentation tank at one of the breweries, his head caved in by a
hammer. DCI Oldroyd and Andy Carter are called in to investigate the murder, and there's no shortage of suspects.
As rumours of the possible existence of a recipe for the famous beer spread against a backdrop of growing homophobia and
misogyny, tempers run high. With Markham's beer industry at stake, a killer on the loose and the town's residents out for
blood, Oldroyd needs to solve the murder before someone else is killed!
Critique: Another solidly entertaining British murder mystery from the pen of J. R. Ellis, this complete and unabridged
MP3-"CD author book edition of "The Brewery Murders" is superbly performed by veteran narrator Michael Page. The
result is an inherently fascinating 'whodunnit' that will be an especially appreciated and popular addition to personal and
community library Mystery/Suspense audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: John R. Ellis has lived in Yorkshire for most of his life and has spent many years exploring Yorkshire's
diverse landscapes, history, language and communities. He recently retired after a career in teaching, mostly in further
education in the Leeds area. In addition to the Yorkshire Murder Mystery series, he writes poetry, ghost stories and
biography. He has completed a screenplay about the last years of the poet Edward Thomas and a work of faction about the
extraordinary life of his Irish mother-in-law.
Editorial Note #2: Michael Page (https://tantor.com/narrator/michael-page.html) has been recording audio books since the
mid-1980s and now has nearly 500 titles to his credit. He has won two Audie Awards and several AudioFile Earphones
Awards. A PhD and a professional actor, Michael is also a retired professor of theater.
The House Beyond the Dunes
Mary Burton, author
Erin Bennett, narrator
9798400137471, $19.99, MP3-CD (10 Hours 17 Minutes)
Synopsis: Lane McCord wakes up in a hospital having survived a near-fatal fall at a North Carolina beach cottage. Her
boyfriend, Kyle, wasn't so lucky. A senseless tragedy on their first romantic getaway. All Lane remembers is lying at the
bottom of the stairs in Kyle's pooling blood.
Confused and grieving, Lane plans to return to the cottage, collect her personal belongings, and get out. Until a winter
rainstorm leaves her stranded and vulnerable, but not alone. A concerned neighbor, who claims he heard a violent argument
before the accident, has come out of the storm. So has a suspicious detective on the trail of a missing woman, whose diary
deepens the mystery -- and raises more questions that fill Lane with dread.
How well did she know Kyle? How well does she know herself? What really happened?
Critique: Mary Burton's suspense thriller of a read, "The House Beyond The Dune" is brought to life in a true theatre of the
mind and imagination by the narrative storytelling talents of vocal actress Erin Bennett in this complete and unabridged
audio book edition from Brilliance Audio. In an MP3-CD format, "The House Beyond The Dune" is a solidly entertaining
and highly recommended addition to personal and community library audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: Mary Burton (www.maryburton.com) is the author of more than thirty-five romance and suspense novels,
including The Lies I Told, Don't Look Now, Near You, Burn You Twice, and Never Look Back, as well as five
Editorial Note #2: Erin Bennett (https://www.erinbennettvo.com) is a Los Angles based voice and stage actress who has
recorded more than 220 titles for major publishers ranging from Penguin Random House to Blackstone, Recorded Books,
Brilliance, Dreamscape and Audible.
Salt House Place
Jamie Lee Sogn, author
Danice Cabanela, narrator
9798400141812, $29.99, MP3-CD (10 Hours 45 Minutes)
Synopsis: In the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest, three best friends spend a day at the lake -- but only two come
Ten years later, Delia Albio is tormented by the mystery of what happened to fifteen-year-old Zee on the lake that day.
When she receives an email from Cara, the remaining friend in the trio, she can't resist the pull of the "life-changing" news
in the message. Delia, hopeful for answers, travels home to see her old friend.
But Cara is gone by the time she gets there, setting off another mystery. When Delia hears about the women's empowerment
group that Cara joined, she sets out for the group's retreat property on the Oregon coast to find her. Delia feels this could be
her chance to reconnect with Cara and reckon with that fateful day at the lake.
Instead, Delia uncovers a possessive group with a dark agenda. As their leadership closes in, Delia hurtles ever closer to the
truth - if only she can survive a cult that will protect its secrets at any cost.
Critique: Now available as a complete and unabridged audio book that is effectively narrated by the impressive and effective
storytelling talents of Danice Cabanela, "Salt House Place", the psychological thriller of a novel by Jamie Lee Sogn is
especially recommended for personal and community/public library Mystery/Suspense audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: Jamie Lee Sogn (https://www.jamieleesogn.com) studied anthropology and psychology at the University
of Washington and received her juris doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law. She is a recovering attorney who
writes contracts by day and (much more exciting) fiction by night.
Editorial Note #2: Danice Cabanela (https://www.danicecabanela.com) is a Filipino American actor, producer & activist.
She is also a co-founder of Filipinx Actors Barkada, an all-Filipinx artist group with members across the U.S. and Canada.
Over the pandemic, she also co-founded APA Artists for Change that aims to connect, educate, and galvanize artists toward
higher civic engagement on local and national levels.
It Ends With Knight
Yasmin Angoe, author
Tamika Katon-Donegal, narrator
9798400115554, $29.99, MP3-CD (12 Hours 59 Minutes)
Synopsis: Until his untimely death, Nena's mentor was the backbone of the Tribe. With his leadership position unfilled and
despite the Tribe's newfound misgivings about her, Nena has stepped into a new role she never wanted.
Politics is an entirely new venture for her, and now one of the Tribe's own has been kidnapped, forcing her back to her
origins as an assassin. But the only person qualified for such a rescue mission is Nena Knight -- and a new team whose trust
in her continues to waver.
Determined to harness the power of her former role to succeed in her new one, Nena must also face what she left behind.
Old fears, resentments, and anger threaten the precarious hold Nena has on her new life as she realizes that the past (and the
people from it) are never far behind.
Critique: Of special appeal to readers with an interest in novels involving assassination, serial killers, and political thrillers,
"It Ends with Knight" by Yasmin Angoe is now available as a complete and unabridged audio book deftly narrated by
Tamika Katon-Donegal. A flawlessly produced audio book from Brilliance Audio, "It Ends with Knight" is especially and
particularly recommended for both personal and community Suspense/Thiller audio book collections.
Editorial Note #1: Yasmin Angoe is the author of Her Name Is Knight and a first-generation Ghanaian American. She has
served in education for nearly twenty years and works as a developmental editor. Yasmin received the 2020 Eleanor Taylor
Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award from Sisters in Crime and is a member of numerous crime, mystery, and
thriller organizations like Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Color, and International Thriller Writers. You can find her at
www.yasminangoe.com, on Twitter at @yasawriter, and on Instagram at @author_yas
Editorial Note #2: Tamika Katon-Donegal (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1346532) is a seasoned professional vocal actor
and audio book narrator.
The Taken Ones
9798400116230, $19.99, MP3-CD (10 Hours 31 Minutes)
Synopsis: Summer 1980: Despite the local superstition that the Bendy Man haunts the woods, three girls go into a
Minnesota forest. Only one comes out, dead silent, her memory gone. The mystery of the Taken Ones captures the
Summer 2022: Cold case detective Van Reed and forensic scientist Harry Steinbeck are assigned a disturbing homicide -- a
woman buried alive, clutching a heart charm necklace belonging to one of the vanished girls. Van follows her gut. Harry
trusts in facts. They're both desperate to catch a killer before he kills again. They have something else in common: each has
ties to the original case in ways they're reluctant to share.
As Van and Harry connect the crimes of the past and the present, Van struggles with memories of her own nightmarish
childhood -- and the fear that uncovering the truth of the Taken Ones will lead her down a path from which she, too, may
Critique: A carefully and skillfully crafted novel of intense suspense from start to finish, "The Taken Ones" by Jess Lourey
will have a special interest for fans of kidnapping themed 'whodunit' crime thrillers. Brought vividly to life by the narrative
talents of Carly Robins, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "The Taken Ones" is highly recommended for
both personal and community library Mystery/Suspense audio book collections.
Editorial Note: Jess Lourey (www.jessicalourey.com) is the author of The Quarry Girls, Litani, Bloodline, Unspeakable
Things, The Catalain Book of Secrets, the Salem's Cipher thrillers, and the Mira James mysteries, among many other works,
including short stories, young adult fiction, and nonfiction. Winner of the Anthony and Thriller Awards, Jess is also an
Edgar, Agatha, and Lefty Award - nominated author; TEDx presenter; Psychology Today blogger; and recipient of The
Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship. Check out her TEDx Talk for the true story behind her debut novel, May Day. She
lives in Minneapolis with a rotating batch of foster kittens (and occasional foster puppies, but those goobers are a lot of
Editorial Note #2: Carly Robins (https://www.carlyrobins.com) is an actor and voiceover artist based in NYC. She has
narrated close to 1000 audiobooks and has completely fallen in love with the medium. Her voice can also be heard on video
games, promos, commercials, animation and ESL.
Deborah J. Ledford, author
Jennice Ontiveros, narrator
9798400132247, $19.99, MP3-CD (10 Hours 26 Minutes)
Synopsis: After four women disappear from the Taos Pueblo reservation, Deputy Eva "Lightning Dance" Duran dives into
the case. For her, it's personal. Among the missing is her best friend, Paloma, a heroin addict who left behind an
Eva senses a lack of interest from the department as she embarks on the investigation. But their reluctance only fuels her
fire. Eva teams up with tribal police officer and longtime friend Cruz "Wolf Song" Romero to tackle a mystery that could
both ruin her reputation and threaten her standing in the tribe.
And when the missing women start turning up dead, Eva uncovers clues that take her deeper into the reservation's protected
secrets. As Eva races to find Paloma before it's too late, she will face several tests of loyalty -- to her friend, her culture, and
Critique: Holding a very special interest for fans of police procedural murder mysteries playing out in a contemporary
Native American context, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "Redemption" from Brilliance Audio features
the vocal performance skills of seasoned narrator Jennice Ontiveros who brings Deborah Leford's 'whodunnit' alive in a true
theatre of the mind experience from start to finish.
Editorial Note #1: Deborah J Ledford (http://DeborahJLedford.com) is an Agatha Award winner, three-time nominee for the
Pushcart Prize, two-time finalist for the Anthony Award, and the Hillerman Sky Award nominee for best mystery who
captures the landscape of the Southwest. "Redemption" is her fifth crime fiction novel. Part Eastern Band Cherokee, she
lives in Phoenix with her husband and their awesome Ausky.
Editorial Note #2: There is a listing of the audio books narrated by Jennice Ontiveros at
The Library CD Shelf
Spring Comes Early
$TBA CD / $7.92 MP3
Award-nominated music artist John Herberman composed and arranged all of the multi-instrumental jazz songs in Spring
Comes Early. Spring Comes Early features John Herberman on piano and Rhodes keyboard, and a grand entourage of
contributions from additional performers on saxophones, flugelhorn, trumpet, electric guitar, vibraphone, acoustic and
electric bass, drums, cello, and more. The extraordinary musical confluence resonates with the artistry of a concert
performance. Spring Comes Early is a choice pick for both personal and public library jazz collections, worthy of the
highest recommendation. The tracks are Courtenay Circle, Central Park West, Not The Blues, Modalities, Gentle Giant,
Spring Comes Early, St. James Town, and Ballad for M.T.
Now or Never
Girls Next Door
Girls Next Door is an all-female vocal group who have reunited to share their talent with the world, after taking a decades-
long break from the music scene to raise children and care for family. Now or Never is their latest album, beautifully
showcasing their talent and harmony with support from a variety of musicians. A treasure through and through, Now or
Never is highly recommended and also makes an excellent gift. The tracks are What's This Thing (You've Got Against
Leaving), Glow in the Dark, When the Water's Down, She's Gone, Shades of Gray, If God Was a Woman, and Livin' in the
With Peter Bradley: Soundtrack and Original Score
Solid Jackson Records
$16.98 CD / $9.49 MP3
With Peter Bradley: Soundtrack and Original Score is the score to the art world documentary "With Peter Bradley",
performed by the quartet Javon Jackon on saxophone, Jeremy Manasia on piano, David Williams on bass, and Charles
Goold on drums along with guest trumpeter Greg Glassman. Javon Jackson, a longtime friend of Peter Bradley, composed
the score to reflect a wide range of emotions and life experiences, as befits the long and creative career of a talented artist.
(Four of the tracks are bonus gifts that were not part of the film's original soundtrack or score.) With Peter Bradley:
Soundtrack and Original Score is a masterpiece worthy of a place on personal and public library shelves, in addition to the
documentary film. Highly recommended! The tracks are Peter Bradley, The Game, Brother G, Edith Ramsey, Amy's Theme,
1 Plus 1, Easy Peasy, On the Move, Never Let Me Go, In the Studio, C.B., That's Earl Brother, Mr. Parker, That's It, In the
Clouds, and "D" Town.
Sara Serpa & Andre Matos
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3
Vocalist Sara Serpa and guitarist Andre Matos, an album of original compositions, improvisations, and a Bartok bagatelle.
Additional talented performers lend their mastery of piano/synth, drums, voice, and cello to various individual tracks. The
songs have a strong eco-centric message, questioning excessive consumption and the destructive exploitation of natural
ecosystems. Night birds is evocative, beautiful, and highly recommended especially for personal and public library music
collections. The tracks are From a Distance, Carlos, Melting Ice, Family, Night Birds, Counting, Underwater, Degrowth,
Bergman's Island, Lost Whale, Watching You Grow, and Bagatelle Op.6: Lento.
Aspenrose: Live at the Opera House
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3
Aspenrose: Live at the Opera House is a jazz album featuring Herb Silverstein on piano and Michael Ross on bass. The
original songs resonate with expression, craft, and emotion drawn from the highs and lows of everyday life. Aspenrose: Live
at the Opera House is a choice pick for personal and public library jazz collections, highly recommended. The tracks are
Happy Daze, Monday Morning, My Way or the Highway, My Four Legged Girlfriend, Si Senorita, our Little Secret,
Synchrony, SB Blues, She Only Has Eyes for Herb, Waiting by the Window, Helix 49, and Zorro.
Seulah Noh Jazz Orchestra
$TBA CD / $15.00 digital
South Korea-born pianist, composer, and conductor Seulah Noh presents Nohmad, her debut album of six original
compositions and two arrangements. Supported by a jazz orchestra that includes both a string quartet and a traditional 17-
piece big band, Seulah Noh has created a resonant masterpiece of sweeping emotion. Nohmad is highly recommended for
both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are L'illusionniste (feat. Song Yi Jeon), Arrogant or Elegant,
Hear the Light (feat. Astghik Martirosyan), Heartsong, Traveler's Suite: I. 6829 Miles, Traveler's Suite: II. A Letter From
Me, Traveler's Suite: III. Sail at Dawn, have You Heart (feat. Kan Yanabe), and L'illusionniste (Alternate Take).
Chronicling the Times
Free Dirt Records
$14.98 CD / $8.99 MP3
English musician and political satirist Leon Rosselson presents Chronicling the Times, a collection of seventeen of
Rosselson's favorite songs from his repertoire throughout the decades. The music and lyrics hold nothing back on charged
political topics of modern history, as well as biting criticism of powerful leaders. Chronicling the Times is music not only as
an art, but also as a powerful message for social change, and highly recommended. The tracks are Songs of the Old
Communist; Stand Firm; Across the Hills; Ballad of a Spycatcher; Flower Power = Bread; She Was Crazy, He Was Mad;
Topside Down Party; Rules of the Game; Postcards from Cuba; Bringing the News from Nowhere; General Lockjaw Briefs
the Troops; Where Are the Barricades?; Talking Democracy Blues; Wo Sind Die Elefanten?; World Turned Upside Down
(Part 2); The Ghost of Georges Brassens; and Stand Up for Judas.
We've Got Nothing
$TBA CD / $6.93 MP3
We've Got Nothing is the second live jazz album by Peripheral Vision (Trevor Hogg on tenor saxophone, Don Scott on
guitar, Michael Herring on bass, and Nick Fraser on drums) and their sixth full length release. All compositions are by Don
Scott and Michael Herring. The songs are selected from the band's finest live performances between January and April
2023. Elements of rock, classical, and improv are reflected in this creative, instrumental collection, highly recommended
especially for connoisseurs of the genre. The tracks are Close the Paper and Play, Standing on Two Feet, Full Disclosure
Comedy Vehicle, Cone of Silence, Goodbye Heintzman, I've Got Nothing, and The Mask Has Become the Face.
Jesse Dietschi Trio
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3
Gradient is a completely original contemporary jazz album by the Jesse Dietschi Trio (Jesse Dietschi on bass, Ewen
Farncombe on piano, and Ethan Ardelli on drums). The instrumental songs are all composed by Jesse Dietschi. Gradient
draws upon elements of orchestral and chamber music to craft its mind-expanding soundscapes; the songs invoke a wide
range of emotions, from joyous celebration to placid introspection. Gradient is a treasure for connoisseurs of modern
instrumental jazz, highly recommended. The tracks are It's What It's, The Road Home, Both/And, Loose Plug, Lake Effect,
Canmore, Waxing Nostalgic, The Process of Perspective, Archetype, and The New Normal.
Allison Au with the Migrations Ensemble
$20.00 CAD CD / $10.00 CAD digital
Migrations is an original contemporary jazz album written in tribute to people who leave their homes in search of a better
life in a new land. All compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations are by Allison Au. Allison Au performs on alto and
soprano saxophones, with members of the Migrations Ensemble lending their talents with vocals, piano, acoustic and
electric bass, drums, vibraphone, violin, viola, and cello. The result is a complex creation interwoven with elements of
musical diversity, reflecting the phenomenon of migration itself. Highly recommended! The tracks are The Choice, Prayer,
The ISM, Progress, Aves Raras, Racing Across the Land, For Russel and Rowena Jelliffe, Them intro, Them, Keep a Few
Embers From The Fire, Migration, Pecola, and I Dream A World.
Billy Jam Records
Country is a five-track EP album by singer/songwriter and guitarist Alex Miller. Contributions from additional musicians on
drums, bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, keyboards, and harmony vocals enrich Country. Emotional
and passionate, Country is a choice pick for fans of the genre and highly recommended. The tracks Girl, I Know a Guy;
When God Made The South; Every Time I Reach For You, Puttin' Up Hay; and Gettin' Lucky in Kentucky.
Spotted Peccary Music
$16.99 CD / $9.49 MP3
Titled after a Zen parable, Cup is a reflective album by electronic music artist AeTopus. The instrumental music weaves
together electronic beats, complex time signatures, and an internal wellspring of serenity to create a soundscape of solace
and introspection. A truly beautiful work that encourages the listener to expand their horizons, Cup is highly recommended
especially to connoisseurs of new age and electronic music. The tracks are Pure, Clean Break, Beam, Relic, Sygna, Drue,
They Know, Glance, Access, Sundial, Advent, Memento, and Softgreen.
Built In System: Live in New York
Chien Chien Lu
Giant Step Arts, Ltd.
$TBA CD / $10.00 digital
Composer and vibraphone player Chien Chien Lu presents Built In System: Live in New York, a music album showcasing
her phenomenal talent. Chien Chien Lu composed all eight tracks, and masterfully plays vibraphone with fellow band
members Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Richie Goods on bass, and Allan Mednard on drums. The complex themes of Built In
System reflect the tangled weave of fate, as well as Chien Chien Lu's respect for the value of cultural inheritance. Built In
System: Live in New York is an expressive, emotional treasure, highly recommended especially for vibraphone music
connoisseurs. The tracks are Boulanger's Variation, Hslu Chin, Traumerei, Chun Yi, Special Things, Percussion Song (The
Wheel of Fate), Just Listen, and Full Moonlight.
The Library DVD Shelf
Dirk Braun, actor/director
Tom Casey, actor
ASIN: B0CCSVC98R, $19.99, DVD (1 Hour 17 Minutes)
Synopsis: In the film, "Flying Boat", a handful of pilots and mechanics are featured who have restored, fly, and maintain the
last few airworthy examples of the flying boat, a magnificent aircraft from a long lost era of adventure and romance. The
aircraft featured was restored and brought back to flying condition after being decommissioned and sitting in neglect for
decades in the Tucson, Arizona desert known as the Boneyard. These aviators share a camaraderie and reflect upon their
experiences and aspirations as to why they fly them today. With the capabilities of landing and taking off on open ocean,
land, and even snow and ice, these venerable machines inspire dreams and speak to fantasy.
Critique: With a very special appeal to viewers with an interest in aircraft restoration and aviation history, "Flying Boats" is
an inherently fascinating, informative, and entertaining documentary film that is especially and unreservedly recommended
for personal and community library DVD collections.
Critique: Outsider Pictures is a sales and distribution company releasing films in the US and Canada. Outsider Pictures is
dedicated to realizing the visions of independent filmmakers without compromise and committed to bringing moviegoers
the most original stories from around the world. Outsider Pictures releases 6-8 films per year for distribution and acquires
3-4 film for World sales.
Doc Martin: Last Christmas in Portwenn
Martin Clunes & Caroline Catz, actors
Ben Bold, director
c/o RLJ Entertainment
Item #XG1552, $27.99, DVD (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
Synopsis: Portwenn is full of festive fun, until Doc Martin has the grotto closed down because he fears Santa has something
contagious, upsetting the children prompting his portrayer to show "Doc the Grinch". Of special note is the inclusion of the
celebration special 'Farewell Doc Martin'.
Critique: A 'must see' special episode for the legions of fans for the long running Doc Martin television series, this special
DVD edition of "Doc Martin: Last Christmas in Portwenn" from Acorn Media is especially and unreservedly recommended
for personal and community library DVD collections.
Editorial Note: Doc Martin is a British medical comedy-drama television series starring Martin Clunes as Doctor Martin
Ellingham. It was created by Dominic Minghella developing the character of Dr Martin Bamford from the Nigel Cole
comedy film Saving Grace (2000). The series is set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn and filmed on location in the
village of Port Isaac, Cornwall, United Kingdom, with most interior scenes shot in a converted local barn. Fern Cottage is
used as the home and surgery of Doctor Ellingham
Alliance Entertainment (distributor)
2023 DVD, $27.97, DVD, English, 86min, TV-MA
Synopsis: A married couple almost divorcing become trapped in quicksand while hiking through a rainforest in Colombia. They battle
the elements of the jungle and must work together to survive.
Critique: A grim thriller that is not for the faint of heart, the cast for "Quicksand" includes Carolina Gaitan, Allan Hawco,
Sebastian Eslava, and Andres Castaneda. "Quicksand" is recommended for both personal and community library DVD film
collections. Also included as a special feature is 'The Making of Quicksand'.
Sophie Lowe & Louisa Krause, actors
Maximilian Erlenwein, director
Alliance Entertainment (distributor)
ASIN: B0CCK4VCJP, $13.99 DVD, $14.99 Blue-Ray
Synopsis: For scuba enthusiast sisters Drew (Sophie Lowe) and May (Louisa Krause), their choice of an isolated location to
go below turns devastating when a subsea rockslide pins May to the ocean floor, 90 feet down. Unable to budge the boulder
off her sibling, Drew faces a desperate race to surface safely and seek help-as May tries to cope with the terror of her oxygen
supply running out, in this effective and unnerving two-hand thriller. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Critique: A riveting thriller of a film from start to finish, "The Dive" is an especially and unreservedly recommended pick
for personal and community library movie collections. Highly recommended!
The General Fiction Shelf
Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063345096, $30.00, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Christmas comes early (far too early) to McCredie's little Old Town bookshop in Edinburgh. It's summer, but an
American production company has decided that McCredie's is the perfect location to film a very cheesy Christmas movie.
After all, who can resist the charmingly narrow historic street with its Victorian grey stone buildings and warmly lit shop
Carmen Hogan, the bookshop's manager, is amused and a bit horrified by the goings-on, but the money the studio is paying
is too good to pass up. She uses the little windfall from filming to create new displays and fend off a buyout offer from an
obnoxious millionaire who wants to turn McCredie's into a souvenir shop selling kilts made in China and plastic
Still reeling slightly from a breakup, Carmen is not particularly looking forward to the holidays. But just as snow begins to
fall and the lights of Christmas blink on, all sorts of lovely new possibilities present themselves -- for McCredie's bookstore,
and for Carmen herself!
Critique: An original and fun read from cover to cover, "Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop" is yet another example of
author Jenny Colgan's impressive flair for the kind of narrative storytelling that fully enchants and entertains her reader from
first page to last. While an especially recommended and certain to be popular addition to community library Women's
Fiction and Holiday Fiction collections, it should be noted for the growing legions of Jenny Colgan fans that "Midnight at
the Christmas Bookshop" is also available in a paperback edition (9780063260450, $18.99), in a digital book format
(Kindle, $9.99), and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9798212697866, $41.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Jenny Colgan (https://www.jennycolgan.com) is the author of numerous novels, including The Christmas
Bookshop, The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe. Jenny, her
husband, and three children live in a genuine castle in Scotland.
We Are Family
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781837513390, $41.00, PB, Large Print, 564pp
Synopsis: Thirty-three-year-old Ruth Henderson and her daughter Maggie have some hard choices to make. Following the
tragic death of Maggie's father, they are left with a mountain of debt and broken hearts. So, despite her vow never to return
home after the fall-out from her teenage pregnancy, Ruth can't see any option other than for the two of them to move back in
with her parents.
Going home means many things -- finally confronting her estranged father, navigating her mother's desperate need to make
everything ok despite the wobbles in her own marriage, not to mention helping a still-grieving Maggie to settle into a new
school, find new friends, and stop expressing her emotions through her ever-changing hair color.
What Ruth needs are friends, but she abandoned her childhood ones when she left all those years ago. Luckily for Ruth, they
haven't abandoned her. Slowly she lets herself be embraced by a group of women who have always had her back -- even
when she didn't know it. And as the grief and shock recede, Ruth can even begin to imagine sharing her life with someone
other than just Maggie -- if Maggie will let her.
Critique: With a special appeal for fans of women's family and friendship fiction, this Boldwood Books large print
paperback edition "We Are Family" by Beth Moran is highly recommended reading and will prove to be a memorably
popular addition to personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections.
Editorial Note: Beth Moran (https://bethmoranauthor.com) worked as a biochemist and then taught antenatal classes before
giving it up to follow her dream of becoming an author. As well as writing novels, she is a foster carer and a trustee of the
fabulous Free Range Chicks charity.
Daughters of Muscadine: Stories
c/o The University Press of Kentucky
9781950564330, $24.95, HC, 144pp
Synopsis: Two events tie together the nine stories comprising author Monic Ductan's "Daughters of Muscadine: Stories" -
the 1920s lynching of Ida Pearl Crawley and the 1980s drowning of a high school basketball player, Lucy Boudreaux. Both
forever shape the people and the place of Muscadine, Georgia, in the foothills of Appalachia.
The daughters of Muscadine are Black southern women who are, at times, outcasts due to their race and are also estranged
from those they love. A remorseful woman tries to connect with the child she gave up for adoption; another, immersed in
loneliness, attempts to connect with a violent felon. Two sisters love each other deeply even when they cannot understand
one another. A little girl witnessing her father's slow death realizes her own power and lack thereof. A single woman
weathers the excitement (and rigors) of online dating.
Critique: With individual stories that collectively covering the last one hundred years of history "Daughters of Muscadine:
Stories" is an impressive compendium of well crafted and rivetingly personal stories of women whose voices have been
suppressed and erased for too long, including Black women, rural women, Appalachian women, and working-class women.
As a novelist, Monic Ductan has a genuine and enviable flair for portraying the extraordinary and the revealing in the
everyday lives of ordinary women. Of special appeal to readers with an interest in stories of southern small town life and
women's lives, "Daughters of Muscadine: Stories" is available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle,
$18.99) and is a highly recommended pick for community, college, and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction
Editorial Note: Monic Ductan (https://monicductan.com) teaches literature and creative writing at Tennessee Tech
University. Her writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Oxford American, Good River Review, Southeast
Review, Shenandoah, Appalachian Heritage, and South Carolina Review. Her essay "Fantasy Worlds" was listed as notable
in The Best American Essays 2019.
The Christmas Guest
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063297456, $19.99, HC, 112pp
Synopsis: Ashley Smith is an American art student in London for her junior year. She was planning on spending Christmas
alone, but a last-minute invitation from fellow student Emma Chapman brings her to Starvewood Hall, country residence of
the Chapman family.
The Cotswold manor house, festooned in pine boughs and crammed with guests for Christmas week, is a dream come true
for Ashley. She is mesmerized by the cozy, firelit house, the large family, and the charming village of Clevemoor, but also
by Adam Chapman, Emma's aloof and handsome brother.
But Adam is being investigated by the local police over the recent brutal slaying of a girl from the village, and there is a
mysterious stranger who haunts the woodland path between Starvewood Hall and the local pub. Ashley begins to wonder
what kind of story she is actually inhabiting. Is she in a grand romance? A gothic tale? Or has she wandered into something
far more sinister and terrifying than she'd ever imagined?
Over thirty years later the events of that horrific week are revisited, along with a diary from that time. What began in a small
English village in 1989 reaches its ghostly conclusion in modern-day New York, many Christmas seasons later.
Critique: A deftly crafted novella by Peter Swanson, "The Christmas Guest" will be of very special interest to fans of
psychological suspense thrillers where the quality of the narrative driven storytelling rises to that of truly memorable literary
excellence. While unreservedly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading
lists that "The Christmas Guest" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99) and as a complete and
unabridged audio book (Blackston Audio, 9798212698603, $27.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Peter Swanson (https://www.peter-swanson.com) is the author of nine novels, including The Kind Worth
Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and Her
Every Fear, an NPR book of the year. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features
have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and
New Link Publishing
c/o Mystic Publishers, Inc.
9781948266178, $17.95, PB, 294pp
Synopsis: The discovery of a centuries-old journal from a Spanish monk sends Detach and his team on another quest for
gold. From England to the Azores, and finally, to Spain, they follow a twisted trail filled with hazards that test all of their
skills. Each clue uncovered brings Detach and his team closer to the hidden treasure, but they will have to escape the death
stalking them to get it!
Critique: A fun read from start to finish, "Spanish Gold" showcases author Fred Rayworth's impressive flair for originality
and narrative driven storytelling skills. Of special interest to fans of romance, action, adventure, mystery and suspense,
"Spanish Gold" will prove an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to community library fiction
collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Spanish Gold" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Fred Rayworth found his passion for writing in 1995. He's so far completed twelve full-length novels and is
currently working on number thirteen, in genres including science fiction, icky bug (horror), adventure/thriller and fantasy.
Over a dozen of his short stories have made it to print in not only those genres, but non-fiction as well. He has also
published numerous non-fiction articles on amateur astronomy including co-founding and editing the original Observer's
Challenge for the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. He published a series of autobiographical articles between 2014 and
2016 with the now defunct web site, Let's Talk Nevada. You can read his writing tips and adventures at
Garnett Kilberg Cohen
University of Wisconsin Press
9780299345242, $17.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: Opening with "Hors d'oeuvres" and closing with a "Feast," the stories comprising "Cravings" fairly pulse with
longing, missed opportunities, recriminations, and joy as author Garnett Kilberg Cohen leads her readers through acutely
crafted explorations of the way events shape and change our lives, sometimes for the better and sometimes in ways that
haunt us forever. Love, friendship, childhood, parenthood, and leaving home (all these experiences of desire, driven by the
unrelenting passage of time) form the heart of this charismatic short story collection.
Cohen's captivating and vulnerable characters often recognize their shortcomings and past mistakes, but cannot always rise
above them. One woman learns to forgive her husband's ex; another fears her love of salty snacks caused a family tragedy.
A stoic rural community drives a newcomer out of town; a young man's entire life is colored by a traumatic childhood event
at a zoo. Focusing on the specific, unforgettable moments that reveal our connections to one another, Cravings offers an
expansive vision of humanity that lingers long after the final page is turned.
Critique: The impressive literary quality of the short stories comprising "Cravings" is just what you would expect of a writer
who has taught creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago for more that twenty-five years. Eloquent, original, moving,
memorable, and published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Garnett Kilberg Choen's short story anthology, "Cravings"
is a welcome and recommended pick for community and college/university Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. It
should be noted for personal reading lists that "Cravings" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.05).
Editorial Note: Garnett Kilberg Cohen (https://garnettcohenauthor.com) is the author of three story collections: Lost
Women, Banished Souls; How We Move the Air; and Swarm to Glory.
Down the Steep
A. D. Nauman
Regal House Publishing
9781646033706, $19.95, PB, 326pp
Synopsis: The year is 1963 in small-town Virginia. Willa McCoy is a strong-minded teenager who longs to follow in the
footsteps of her father, an important member of the KKK. Willa believes the Klan is daring and brave -- like the father she
idolizes. She wants only to rise in his esteem; he wants only to keep everyone in their place.
When Willa is sent to babysit for the new minister's wife, Ruth Swanson, she finds herself at Ruth's kitchen table with
Langston Jones, a smart young Black man. At first they despise each other, but they have one thing in common: they both
love Ruth. When Langston reveals a secret he's discovered (that Willa's father is having an affair) the once-loyal daughter
plots to destroy her father's reputation, unwittingly setting into motion a series of events that leads to her family's
Critique: Deftly crafted and impressively original, "Down the Steep" by author A. D. Nauman is a riveting read from start to
finish, and one that will hold al special appeal to readers with an interest in southern-based coming of ages stories. With a
narrative driven and eloquent storytelling style by novelist A. D. Nauman "Down the Steep" is raised to from ordinary
fiction to literary fiction at its best. While also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49),
"Down the Steep" is a solid and recommended pick for community and college/university library Southern Literature
Editorial Note: A.D. Nauman (https://adnauman.com) is a Chicago author whose short fiction has appeared in Chicago
Quarterly Review, Willow Springs, TriQuarterly, Necessary Fiction, The Literary Review, and many other journals. Her
dystopian novel, Scorch, was published in 2001 and re-released in a StoryBundle in 2019. Nauman is an Illinois Arts
Council Literary Award recipient, whose work has been produced by Stories on Stage and broadcast on NPR. Though now a
Midwesterner, Nauman grew up mostly in Tidewater, Virginia.
The Historical Fiction Shelf
c/o Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
9780802161611, $17.00, PB, 496pp
Synopsis: Skilled Royal Air Force bomber pilot Sam Lambert is exhausted, and his veteran crewmen have just been
replaced by an inexperienced new team. Victor von Lowenherz, a German night fighter pilot who intercepts RAF bombers
in his Junkers Ju 88, looks on with horror at the Nazi regime. And Hansl, a German boy in the small market town of
Altgarten, sleeps at home. Lambert and his crew prepare for a bombing raid on the Ruhr area. It's a night that many will
Critique: Although a work of fiction "Bomber" by Len Deighton offers an historically accurate background to his
masterfully written, inherently gripping, minute-by-minute account of what was to occur over the next twenty-four hours.
Told from the perspective of protagonists on all sides and astonishingly precise in its depictions of planes, weapons, and
behind-the-scenes war strategy, "Bomber" is novelist Len Deighton at his best as he presents unforgettable portrait of war,
both in the air and on the ground. A "must" for the legions of Len Deighton fans, this edition of "Bomber" from Grove Press
is highly recommended for personal and community library World War II fiction collections. It should be noted that this
edition of "Bomber" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.67).
Editorial Note: Len Deighton (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len_Deighton) is considered one of the most important British
espionage writers. He has written more than thirty books that range from historical fiction, dystopian alternative fiction, and
brilliant nonfiction on the Second World War.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Johanna Van Zanten
Addison & Highsmith Publishers
c/o Histria Books
9781592111022, $39.99, HC, 524pp
Synopsis: "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Johanna Van Zanten is set in The Netherlands during World War II.
Jacob van Noorden is a military policeman with a wife and two children, and a third on the way, just assigned his first job as
chief of a crew in a rural town, close to the German border. When the German army invades and moves through his town,
Jacob and his crew have no defense. They can only watch the tanks rumble by without stopping.
As the Queen and cabinet escaped to Britain, their last direction is for all public servants to stay at their posts, as long as it
serves the Dutch nation, and the occupier follows international laws. After a pro-German who slavishly follows all idiotic
Nazi laws replaces Jacob's boss, all moral guidance must come from Jacob himself. As the Nazis open a prison camp in
Jacob's jurisdiction but hire Dutchmen to run it, the ordeal begins.
Jacob's wife, Margaret, is German-born. His mother-in-law is an outspoken admirer of Hitler. Soon he learns that his wife's
twin brother has joined the Dutch Nazi Party. Stuck with his family of mixed German-Dutch heritage, he joins the resistance
as an informer. Jacob is forced to deal with the increasingly disastrous events of the Nazi regime's occupation. He learns that
in the end that every action he takes, no matter how well-intentioned, has enormous, long-lasting consequences to those
Critique: Although a work of fiction, author Johanna Van Zanten has based her novel, "Between A Rock And A Hard
Place", on her own family's personal experiences of living through the German Occupation of the Netherlands from
1940-1945. This give her story a feeling of authenticity. Exceptionally well written and inherently interesting, "Between A
Rock And A Hard Place" is a strongly recommended pick for community library Historical & World War II Fiction
collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Between A Rock And A Hard Place" is also available in a
paperback edition (9781592112814, $19.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).
Editorial Note: Johanna Van Zanten is an immigrant to Canada from The Netherlands. As she continued her job as a social
worker, she discovered the life-altering gift of writing later in life when she began writing short stories. When some of these
stories made the shortlist in contests and were published, she took courage and expanded into writing novels. Now retired
from her day job, she enjoys her life writing, dividing her time between Canada and Mexico.
The Children of Gods and Fighting Men
Head of Zeus
9781803282626, $29.95, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: 981 AD. The Viking King of Dublin is dead. His young widow, Gormflaith, has ambitions for her son (and
herself) but Ireland is a dangerous place and kings tend not to stay kings for long.
Gormflaith also has a secret. She is one of the Fomorians, an immortal race who can do fire-magic. She has kept her powers
hidden at all costs, for there are other immortals in this world -- like the Tuatha De Danann, a race of warriors who are
sworn to kill Fomorians.
Fodla is one of the Tuatha De Danann with the gift of healing. Her kind dwell hidden in a fortress, forbidden to live
amongst the mortals. Fodla agrees to help her kin by going to spy on Brian Boru, a powerful man who aims to be High King
of Ireland. She finds a land on the brink of war -- a war she is desperate to stop. However, preventing the loss of mortal lives
is not easy with Ireland in turmoil and the Fomorians now on the rise.
Critique: Of special and particular interest to fans of historical fantasy/folklore and alternative history fiction, the
publication of "The Children of Gods and Fighting Men" launches author Shauna Lawless' new fantasy Gael Song series
that blends factual history with Irish mythology. All the more impressive when considering that it is her debut as a novelist,
"The Children of Gods and Fighting Men" is a fun and deftly crafted read from start to finish and will leave the reader
looking eagerly toward the next title in this original fantasy series. While unreservedly recommended for community/public
library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated action/adventure
fantasy fans that "The Children of Gods and Fighting Men" is also available in a paperback edition (9781803282640,
$16.76, amazon.com) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Editorial Note: Shauna Lawless (www.shaunalawless.com) is an avid reader of Irish mythology and folklore. As an Irish
woman, she loves that Irish mythology has inspired so many stories over the years; however, she wanted to explore the
history and mythology of Ireland in a more authentic way. She lives in Northern Ireland with her family and can be followed
When We Were Enemies
Lake Union Publishing
9781662509889, $16.99, PB, 347pp
Synopsis: Camera-shy Elise Branson is different from the other women in her maternal line. Her mother is an
award-winning actress. Her late grandmother, Vivian Snow, is a beloved Hollywood icon. But when Elise's upcoming
wedding coincides with a documentary being made about Vivian, Elise can't escape the camera's gaze. And neither can her
grandmother, even in death.
It's 1943 when Vivian, a small-town Indiana girl, lends her home front support to the war effort. As a translator in the
nearby Italian POW camp, she's invaluable. As a celebrated singer for the USO, she lifts men's spirits and falls in love with
a soldier. But behind this all-American love story is a shocking secret -- one that is vital to keep buried if Vivian is to
achieve the fame and fortune she covets.
For Elise and Vivian, what's hidden (and what's exposed) threatens to unravel their lives. The heart-wrenching choices they
must make will change them both forever.
Critique: As a novelist, Emily Bleeker has a genuinely impressive, narrative driven, and distinctive storytelling style that
fully engages her readers from first page to last. Her latest novel, "When We Were Enemies" will have a special appeal to
readers with in interest in comparative generational historical fiction at its very best. A memorable read throughout, "When
We Were Enemies" is a highly recommended pick for community library fiction collections. It should be noted for personal
reading lists that "When We Were Enemies" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99) and as a
complete and unabridged audio book (Brilliance Audio, 9781491556696, $19.99, MP3-CD).
Editorial Note: Emily Bleeker (www.emilybleeker.com) is the author of six novels. Combined, her books have reached
more than two million readers. She is also a two-time Whitney Award finalist as well as an Amazon Charts and Wall Street
Journal best selling author.
The LGBTQ Fiction Shelf
Three Rooms Press
9781953103383, $16.00, PB, 212pp
Synopsis: Harris, San Francisco's most annoying gay barfly, doesn't mean to be bitchy, passive aggressive, or insulting. But
he's so bedazzled by his own critical brilliance he feels morally obliged to share his scathing opinions with the world at any
and every opportunity. This irritates no one more than his roommate, Maxine, an avant-garde transsexual cabaret
When she overhears him badmouthing her on the phone she flies into a rage and expels him from their apartment. This
crisis couldn't come at a worse time. The year is 1999 and the "dot com" boom has rendered cheap housing nonexistent, and
Harris, who works as a part-time telemarketer, is (as usual) low on funds.
Will he be able to convince one of his eccentric, semi-dysfunctional friends with a rent-controlled apartment to let him
Critique: Impressively original, exceptionally well written with a genuine flair for the kind of narrative driven storytelling
that will keep the reader's rapt attention from start to finish, "Vulgarian Rhapsody" by Alvin Orloff is a fun read and one that
immerses the reader in the eclectic bohemian and LGBTQ life styles that San Francisco is so well known for. Highly
recommended for both community and college/university library LGBTQ Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Vulgarian Rhapsody" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).
Editorial Note: Alvin Orloff (http://www.alvinorloff.com) began writing in 1977, penning lyrics for The Blowdryers, an
early San Francisco punk band. He spent the 1980s working as a telemarketer and exotic dancer while attending U.C.
Berkeley and performing with The Popstitutes, an absurd performance art/homocore band. In 1990 he co-founded
Klubstitute, a floating queer cabaret that featured spoken word, theater, drag, and musical acts. The author of three previous
novels, including I Married an Earthling, he was a LAMBDA Literary Prize finalist for his memoir Disasterama!
Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997 (Three Rooms Press), He lives in San Francisco and works in the heart of
the historic Castro District as the proprietor of Fabulosa Books.
The Literary Fiction Shelf
A Description of Moldavia
Center for Romanian Studies
c/o Histria Books
9781592110254, $49.99, HC, 276pp
Synopsis: Written by one of the country's most renowned rulers, "A Description of Moldavia" by Dimitrie Cantemir
provides unique insight into the geography, history, economy, ethnography, culture, and traditions of the principality.
Born to a noble family, Dimitrie Cantemir, ruled as Prince of Moldavia on two occasions (March-April 1693 and
1710-1711). He was a famed statesman, philosopher, and scholar. Cantemir wrote his Description of Moldavia (Descriptio
Moldaviae) in 1716 at the request of the Royal Academy in Berlin, of which he was a member.
Cantemir's manuscript included a map (reproduced in this current edition), which the first real map of the country and
containing geographical detail. "A Description of Moldavia" also provides a wealth of information about the country's
natural resources, political organization, customs and traditions, history, religion, and language. This deluxe edition of this
classic work marks the first time "A Description of Moldavia" has appeared in the English language.
An introduction and notes by Dr. A.K. Brackob, a noted specialist on Romanian and East European history, further
enhances this invaluable historical resource.
Critique: Deftly edited and featuring an informative Introduction by A. K. Brackob, "A Description of Moldavia" by
Dimetrie Cantemir (26 October 1673 - 21 August 1723) is organized into three major sections: Geography; Politics;
Religion & Literature. Fascinating, informative. A unique historical resource, "A Description of Moldavia" is unreservedly
recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Romanian History collections and
supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: A. K. Brackob is a noted specialist in East European history. His other books include Scanderbeg: George
Castriota and the Albanian Resistance to Islamic Expansion in Southeastern Europe in the Fifteenth Century and Mircea the
Old: Father of Wallachia, Grandfather of Dracula.
At Medeleni: A Summer in Moldavia
9781592112920, $24.99, PB, 356pp
Synopsis: "At Medeleni: A Summer in Moldavia" by Ionel Teodoreanu is classic work of Romanian literature and a
wonderful novel for all ages. Ionel Teodoreanu captivates your mind and your heart as he places you alongside his
memorable characters: Olga, Monica, and Dan.
"At Medeleni: A Summer in Moldavia" takes place during the years between the two world wars and is a delightful account
of brother-sister rivalry, along with the life of a generally happy, easy-going family in rural Moldavia.
Critique: A finely crafted novel written with 'warmth, wit, love, and the pursuit of dreams', "At Medeleni: A Summer in
Moldavia" will prove to be of special appeal for readers ages 15 to 95 with an interest in a family life novel whose
excellence and merit raise it to the level of timeless Fine Arts Literary Fiction. While an especially and unreservedly
recommended pick for highscool, community and academic library Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "At Medeleni: A Summer in Moldavia" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Ionel Teodoreanu (6 January 1897 - 3 February 1954) wrote more than twenty books during his prolific
literary career, including the classic Lorelei, but At Medeleni remains his most beloved work. In it, the author drew on his
experiences growing up in rural Moldavia. Published as a trilogy, At Medeleni: A Summer in Moldavia is a translation of
volume 1 of the trilogy, titled in Romanian, Hotarul Nestatornic. The illustrated edition of At Medeleni is part of the
Classics of Romanian Literature series published by the Center for Romanian Studies as part of its efforts to promote access
to Romanian culture in the world. It includes an introduction by A.K. Brackob.
The Dream of the Red Chamber
Cao Xueqin, author
Edwein lowe, introduction
H. Bencraft Joly, translator
9780804840965, $29.95, PB, 992pp
Synopsis: "The Dream of the Red Chamber" by Cao Xueqin is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese
Literature." It is renowned for its huge scope, large cast of characters, and telling observations about the life and social
structures of 18th century China. Many consider it to be the pinnacle of the classical Chinese novel.
The "Red Chamber" is a term used to describe the sheltered area where the daughters of wealthy Chinese families lived.
"The Dream of the Red Chamber" is believed to be based on the author's own life and intended as a memorial to the women
that he knew in his youth.
As Edwin Lowe writes in his introduction, "Henry Bencraft Joly's attention to detail and the faithfulness in his translation of
Hong Lou Meng makes this revised edition of The Dream of the Red Chamber an excellent book for the student of modern
Critique: A work of fiction that easily rises to the full level of literary excellence and aptly translated into English by H.
Bencraft Joly for a contemporary American readersip, a student studying Chinese, a member of academia studying or
teaching Chinese historical literature, or a non-specialist general readers simply interested in Chinese literature, "The Dream
of the Red Chamber" is an eloquent, elegant, multilayered, richly descriptive, complex and entertaining story that also
provides a wealth of key insights into Chinese culture and history. While especially and unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, college, college/university Chinese Classical Literature collections and supplemental curriculum
studies lists, it should be noted that "The Dream of the Red Chamber" is also available in a digital format (Kindle,
Editorial Note #1: Cao Xueqin (4 April 1710-10 June 1765) was a Chinese novelist and poet during the Qing dynasty.
Editorial Note #2: There is a lengthy listing of titles translated into English by H. Bencraft Joly at
Editorial Note #3: Edwin H. Lowe has been a university researcher and academic for over 20 years in the diverse fields of
conservation genetics, molecular biology, defence and strategic studies, Chinese history, Chinese politics and Chinese to
English translation. He has worked and taught at Macquarie University, the Australian National University, the University
of New South Wales and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Defence College. Edwin has authored and
co-authored articles and books in these fields, and has translated and edited translations of Chinese texts.
The Siren's Lament: Essential Stories
Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, author
Bryan Karetnyk, translator
9781782278092, $18.00, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: Featuring "The Qilin," "The Siren's Lament," and the novella "Killing O-Tsuya", this gorgeous new edition of 3
classic works from Pushkin Press are ably translated into English by Bryan Karetnyk who deftly distills the essence of
Jun'ichiro Tanizaki's shorter fiction: the co-mingling of Japanese and Chinese mythologies, the chillingly dark side of desire,
and the paper-thin line between the sublime and the depraved.
"The Qilin": The sage Confucius travels to a kingdom ruled by a struggling duke, whose pursuit of virtue is threatened by
his consort's obsession desire for pleasure.
"Killing O-Tsuya": A naive servant elopes with his master's daughter, only to be plunged headlong into a world of murder
"The Siren's Lament": Exhausted by a lifestyle of never-ending debauchery, a young prince finds himself in possession of a
dazzling, beguiling mermaid.
The essential short works of one of the most important and widely-read figured in modern Japanese literature, and the
author of hugely popular works including In Praise of Shadows, The Makioka Sisters, and Naomi, author Jun'ichiro
Tanizaki is renowned for his investigations of family dynamics, eroticism, and cultural identity.
Critique: This compact (4.78 x 0.6 x 6.44 inches, 6.40 ounces) paperback edition of "The Siren's Lament" will prove to be
of immense interest to students, academia, and the non-specialist general reader of Japanese literature. While also available
for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99), "The Siren's Lament" is an ideal and unreservedly
recommended pick for community and college/university International Literary Fiction collections and supplemental
Japanese Literary Studies curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note #1: Jun'ichiro Tanizaki (24 July 1886 - 30 July 1965) was a widely acclaimed writer, considered to be one of
the most important figures in modern Japanese literature. His writing career extended from the end of the Meiji era in 1912
through the rapid growth and modernization of the 1960s. His writing draws on elements of classical Japanese literature, as
well as Chinese mythology and Western literature.
Editorial Note #2: Bryan Karetnyk (https://lithub.com/author/briankaretnyk) is a British writer and translator. His
translations for Pushkin Press include several works by Gaito Gazdanov, Irina Odoevtseva and Rynunosuke Akutagawa. He
is also the editor of the Penguin Classics anthology Russian Emigre Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky.
What Makes You Think You're Supposed to Feel Better
Jody Hobbs Hesler
9781960329073, $24.95, PB, 236pp
Synopsis: The seventeen short stories by Jody Hobbs Hesler that comprise "What Makes You Think You're Supposed to
Feel Better" include: The grisly death of the hermit outsider in a tight-knit neighborhood prompts a young mom to yearn for
solitude. A man wrestles with regrets from a 30-year-old affair while his wife hovers toward death in the ICU. An older,
childless woman aches to rescue the seemingly mistreated child she observes in the grocery store. And a girl's desire to
avoid the party her father dragged her to nearly gets her abducted.
All seventeen short stories comprising Jody Hobbs Hesler's debut collection are told with restraint and deep compassion
against the backdrop of Virginia back streets and small towns, shines with its portraits of longing, disconnection, and the
ache for renewal and redemption that comes from our own frailties.
Critique: Eloquent, elegant, deft crafted, original, thoughtfully entertaining, Jody Hobbs Hesler's "What Makes You Think
You're Supposed to Feel Better: Stories" from Cornerstone Press is an especially and unreservedly recommended pick for
personal reading lists, as well as community, and college/university library Literary Fiction & Short Story Anthology
Editorial Note: Jody Hobbs Hesler (https://www.jodyhobbshesler.com) has written ever since she could hold a pencil and
now lives and writes in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her stories and other work have appeared in Los Angeles
Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Necessary Fiction, CRAFT, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere. Growing up, she split time
between suburban Richmond, Virginia, and the mountains outside Winchester, Virginia. Experiences of all three regions
flavor her writing. She teaches at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia, and reads for The Los Angeles Review. Her
debut novel, "Without You Here", is forthcoming in November 2024.
The Romantic Fiction Shelf
The Woman in the Castle
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444851809, $24.50, PB, Large Print, 324pp
Synopsis: Malory has landed her dream job for the summer. She's restoring a collection of old paintings in a Swiss castle,
owned by a young, handsome businessman. But her life changes drastically when a young Canadian turns up, looking for his
missing sister. Malory is flung into an adventure she had never imagined -- one which stirs up memories from her past and
may even threaten her life as she investigates the secret of the woman in the castle.
Critique: Mixing deftly crafted mystery with the perils and promise of romance, with the publication of "The Woman in the
Castle, author Evelyn Orange demonstrates her impressive flair for narrative driven storytelling of the kind that is as riveting
as it is memorable. This large print paperback edition of "The Women in the Castle" is an especially recommended addition
to personal reading lists and community library Romance Fiction collections.
Editorial Note: Evelyn Orange (https://www.evelynorange.co.uk) is an author from north east England who writes
contemporary romantic suspense novels, twentieth century sagas, and has a blog at
Kiss The Girl
c/o Disney Publishing Group
9781368053365, $26.99, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: Ariel del Mar is one of the most famous singers in the world. She and her sisters (together, known as the band
Siren Seven) have been a pop culture phenomenon since they were kids. On stage, wearing her iconic red wig and sequined
costumes, staring out at a sea of fans, is where she shines. Anyone would think she's the girl who has everything.
But lately, she wants more. Siren Seven is wrapping up their farewell tour, and Ariel can't wait to spend the summer just
living a normal life -- part of a world she's only ever seen from the outside. But her father, the head of Atlantica Records,
has other plans: begin her breakout solo career immediately, starting with a splashy announcement on a morning talk
The night before, Ariel and her sisters sneak out of their Manhattan penthouse for a night of incognito fun at a rock concert
in Brooklyn. It's there that Ariel crosses paths with Eric Reyes, dreamy lead singer of an up-and-coming band. Unaware of
her true identity, Eric spontaneously invites her on the road for the summer. And for the first time in her life, Ariel disobeys
her father -- and goes with him.
Caught between the world she longs for and the one she's left behind, can Ariel follow her dreams, fall in love, and,
somehow, find her own voice?
Critique: An original and fun read that will have a very special appeal to fans of romantic comedy with a feel-good vibe
from start to finish, "Kiss The Girl" by novelist Zoraida Cordova is an extraordinarily entertaining and highly recommended
pick for community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Kiss The Girl" is also readily
available in a paperback edition (9781368053365, $15.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Zoraida Cordova (www.zoraidacordova.com) is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels and short
stories, including the Brooklyn Brujas series, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate, and The Inheritance of Orquidea
Divina. In addition to writing novels, she serves on the Board of We Need Diverse Books, and is the co-editor of the
bestselling anthology Vampires Never Get Old, as well as the cohost of the writing podcast, Deadline City. She also writes
romance novels as Zoey Castile.
One Christmas Morning
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063288478, $18.99, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: Eva has spent the past three years burying herself in her work, trying to forget the heartbreaking events of the
Christmas that ripped her world apart. This year, the last thing she wants is to attend her friend's weekend-long Christmas
party. But at her husband James' insistence, here they are.
When Eva (overwhelmed by bittersweet memories) tries to sneak back to London in the middle of the night, she is visited
by the ghost of her beloved grandmother. Gran tells Eva that if she doesn't face her fears head-on and stop shutting out her
loved ones, she risks losing them all forever.
When Eva wakes on Christmas morning, she finds herself living not her own life, but that of her hardworking assistant,
Diana, whose overflowing inbox isn't the only secret she's been keeping.
The next day, she wakes on Christmas morning again, this time in the body of her best friend's little sister.
As Eva lives the same day again and again through the perspectives of her friends, she is offered a glimpse into the lives of
those she has been pushing away. With each Christmas Day comes a new lesson -- and an insight into the secrets and
struggles her loved ones have been hiding. To move forward, Eva must let go of the past. But is it too late to fix her
Critique: A deftly mixing of romance, relationships and fantasy, "One Christmas Morning" by novelist Rachel Greenlaw is a
fun read with a particular appeal to fans of women's friendship and holiday romance fiction. While also readily available for
personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Harper Audio,
9798212698795, $41.99, CD), "One Christmas Morning" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community
Editorial Note: Rachel Greenlaw grew up in North Cornwall, surrounded by wild moorland. She studied English with
creative writing at Falmouth University before moving to an island in the middle of the Atlantic, where she lives with her
husband and two children. "One Christmas Morning" is her first novel.
The Flower Quilter
9781636096421, $14.99, PB, 249pp
Synopsis: Barbara Schwartz was born into a family of quilters, but she would rather eat dirt than partake in another quilting
frolic or sew on another binding. When her parents send her to Indiana to help her grandmother in her quilting shop, she
finds herself amongst a very different community. It's only one summer and then she will be back in Kentucky where she
Melvin Bontrager's world stopped six years ago when his parents died. Now when his only means of providing for his
widowed sister and niece is threatened, Melvin finds his landscaping business disappearing too. When spring delivers a
newcomer who is immune to his salty moods, Melvin does something he has never done before, accepts help.
What blooms is the last thing Barbara ever expected, and everything Melvin could ever want.
Critique: Mindy Steele is the author of "The Flower Quilter", part of 'The Heart of the Amish' series from Barbour Books.
An original, impressively crafted and genuinely entertaining story of struggle, change, and above all, romance, "The Flower
Quilter" is also available and highly recommended for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49),
community librarians should note that "The Flower Quilter" is also available as a complete and unabridged audio book
(Oasis Audio, 9781685924294, $32.18, CD) and in a large print Library Binding edition (Thorndike Press, 9798885793933,
Editorial Note #1: The Heart of The Amish series also includes: Ruth's Ginger Snap Surprise by Anne Blackburne; The
Quilt Room Secret by Lisa Jones Baker; Courting the Amish Bishop by Mindy Steele; Mary's Calico Hope by Anne
Editorial Note #2: Mindy Steele (https://mindysteele.com) raised in Kentucky timber country, writes Amish Romance
peppered in humor, using her rural surroundings as her muse. She is a best selling author and the winner of the 2022
FHLCW Reader's Choice award for sweet romance. Steele creates realistic characters for her readers and believes in
engaging all the senses to make you laugh, cry, hold your breath, and root for the happy ever after ending.
Letters of Comfort
Wanda E. Brunstetter
9781636094878, $16.99, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: Doretta Schwartz used to be so happy and passed her positive attitude along to friends in several letters she wrote
each month. But that all changed the day she learned of her fiance's death and a heavy weight of depression fell upon her.
Feeling empty, she puts away her letter writing and won't even respond to calls from friends. William's twin brother,
Warren, is also grieving his loss, while at the same time, trying to be supportive to his parents and Doretta. Doretta responds
to Warren's friendship, but is he just becoming a replacement for the once-in-a-lifetime love she lost?
Critique: Another masterpiece of Amish romance storytelling by the definitive expert (and arguably the founder) of this
romance fiction subgenre, "Letters of Comfort" is Book 2 of the Wanda E. Brunstetter 'The Friendship Letters' series. A
highly prized and recommended pick for personal reading lists and community library Romance Fiction collections, it
should be noted that "Letters of Comfort" is available in digital book format (Kindle, $9.99). Librarians should also note
that "Letters of Comfort" is readily available as a complete and unabridged audio book (Oasis Audio, 9781685924263,
$37.99, CD) and in a large print Library Binding edition (Thorndike Press, 9798885792530, $35.99, 503pp).
Editorial Note: Wanda E. Brunstetter (www.wandabrunstetter.com) is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She
has written more than 100 books translated in four languages. With over 12 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently
earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
Fancy Meeting You Here
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063245198, $18.99, PB, 304pp
Synopsis: Every single one of Elise Ngo's close girlfriends (Rebecca, Jesse, and Beth) is getting married within the same
few months, and every single one of them has asked her to be both bridesmaid and florist. Though it's a lot for her to juggle,
the work and exposure is a boon to her struggling flower shop.
The stakes are high at Rebecca's high-profile wedding, where the guests are mostly political connections of Rebecca's
parents. Desperate for the event to go off without a hitch, Elise enlists the help of an outside caterer who turns out to be Ben
Yu, Rebecca's elusive younger brother.
Though Ben is prickly and aloof, he offers Elise much needed business designing flowers for his mom's campaign
fundraisers and Elise begins to see there's more to Ben than his gruff and handsome exterior. But their romance takes off as
the political campaign ramps up, complicating their relationship with unforeseen consequences. Now always-the-bridesmaid
Elise must fight for what she wants to finally get her own happily ever after.
Critique: The stuff of which contemporary rom-coms are made, "Fancy Meeting You Here" by novelist Julie Tieu is an
original and fun read from start to finish. Memorable characters, great plot twists, and an ultimately happy ending, "Fancy
Meeting You Here" is unreservedly recommended for personal and community library Contemporary Romance Fiction
collections. It should be noted that "Fancy Meeting You Here" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
$9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (HarperCollins, 9798212699754, $41.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Julie Tieu (https://www.julietieu.com) is a Chinese American writer, born and raised in Southern California.
When she is not writing or working as a college counselor, she is reading, on the hunt for delicious eats, or dreaming about
her next travel adventure.
To Spark a Match
Bethany House Publishers
c/o Baker Publishing Group
9780764240218, $16.99, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: After five unsuccessful Seasons on the marriage mart, Miss Adelaide Duveen has resigned herself to the notion
that she's destined to remain a spinster forever -- a rather dismal prospect, but one that will allow her to concentrate on her
darling cats and books.
However, when she inadvertently stumbles upon Mr. Gideon Abbott engaged in a clandestine activity during a dinner party,
Adelaide finds herself thrust into a world of intrigue that resembles the plots in the spy novels she devours.
Former intelligence agent Gideon Abbott feels responsible for Adelaide after society threatens to banish her because of the
distraction she caused to save his investigation. Hoping to return the favor, he turns to a good friend (and one of high
society's leaders) to take Adelaide in hand and turn her fashionable.
When danger surrounds them and Adelaide finds herself a target of the criminals in Gideon's case, the spark of love between
them threatens to be quenched for good -- along with their lives!
Critique: Original, deftly crafted, and a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish, with the publication of "To Spark A
Match", once again documents author Jen Turano's genuine flair as a talented storyteller with a knack for creating
memorable novels that will have a very special appeal and interest to fans of Christian historical romance fiction. While also
available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99), "To Spark A Match" is an especially
recommended pick for personal and community library Historical Romance collections.
Editorial Note: Jen Turano (www.JenTurano.com) is known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age.
Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from RT Book Reviews, and praise from
Library Journal. She's been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top
100 romances of the past decade from Booklist.
You Make It Feel like Christmas
Bethany House Publishers
c/o Baker Publishing Group
9780764242069, $14.99, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: It's the most wonderful time of the year -- for everyone except Starr Lewis. As if going home for the holidays
jobless and single wasn't bad enough, she's dragged into a holiday season full of activities leading up to her sister's
uber-romantic Christmas Eve wedding -- to Starr's ex-boyfriend. But when her brother's best friend, Waylon Emmerson,
attends their family Thanksgiving, she starts to wonder if maybe coming home for Christmas isn't so bad after all.
As Starr finds the perfect distraction in helping Waylon make over his late mother's Christmas shop, the most wonderful
time of the year works its magic and the spark between them grows. But with the holidays fast approaching, Starr must
decide what she wants out of life after the gifts are unwrapped and the ornaments are put away -- to go back to New York
City or to open her heart to a love that will last beyond Christmas Day?
Critique: With what begs to be turned into a Hallmark Channel Christmas 'feel good' romance movie, "You Make It Feel
like Christmas" by author and storyteller Toni Shiloh is a delightfully fun read from cover to cover, Original, clever,
entertaining, memorable, "You Make It Feel like Christmas" is a strongly recommended pick for personal reading lists and
community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collections. It should be noted that "You Make It Feel like Christmas" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Toni Shiloh (www.ToniShiloh.com) is a wife, a mom, and an award-winning Christian contemporary
romance author. Her novel In Search of a Prince won the first ever Christy Amplify Award. It has also been praised by
Oprah Daily, POPSUGAR, Library Journal, and Booklist, and is a Parable bestseller. Her books have won the Selah Award
and have been finalists for the Carol Award and the HOLT Medallion. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers
(ACFW), Toni enjoys connecting with readers and authors alike via social media.
All's Fair in Love and Christmas
Bethany House Publishers
c/o Baker Publishing Group
9780764242052, $14.99, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Every December two things are guaranteed for graphic designer Mackenzie Graham -- Christmas celebrations and
the annual promotion at her workplace. Those two things are by no means mutually exclusive. In fact, the better an
employee is at harnessing the Christmas spirit, the more likely they'll win the new job.
With her social anxiety, Mackenzie never thought she'd be a contender in her company's holiday competition, so how
exactly has she found herself dueling her workplace crush with wrapping paper tubes and using tinsel as her weapon of
choice for a much-needed raise?
Jeremy Fletcher's life is meticulously planned out, including how to win this year's promotion at work. Not only will the
new position fulfill some of his career goals, but as a single guardian to his twin niece and nephew, he needs the salary
increase to support his family. Jeremy has barely noticed Mackenzie Graham around the office, but now that she's his rival,
he can't stop thinking about her.
Her quirkiness intrigues him, and he's afraid that if he can't get his head on straight, the promotion isn't the only thing he'll
end up losing to Mackenzie.
Critique: An exceptionally impressive and thoroughly fun read from cover to cover, "All's Fair in Love and Christmas" is an
original rom-com novel from the mind and imagination of author Sarah Monzon. The stuff of which Hallmark Channel
Christmas themed rom-com movies are made, "All's Fair in Love and Christmas" will prove a welcome and enduringly
popular addition to community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of all dedicated holiday rom-com fans that "All's Fair in Love and Christmas" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $11.49).
Editorial Note: Sarah Monzon (www.sarahmonzonwrites.com) is a HOLT Medallion and Selah Award-winner, and a Carol
The Western Fiction Shelf
The Talons of Iron Eyes
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444850482, $24.50, PB, Large Print, 240pp
Synopsis: In pursuit of Squirrel Sally on his way back from Fort Liberty, the infamous Iron Eyes is bushwhacked by a pair
of horse thieves who steal his thoroughbred palomino stallion. Leaving him for dead, the outlaws head on to the logging
town of Bear Creek. What neither man knows is that Squirrel Sally has observed them leaving the stallion at the livery
stable. Realizing that Iron Eyes would never willingly part with his prized horse, she fears the worst -- and sets off to find
Critique: Featuring one of the most unique and lethal figures of the fiction Old West, "The Talons of Iron Eyes" by Rory
Black is western action/adventure at its best. This large print paperback edition of "The Talons of Iron Eyes" is a prized pick
for community library Western Fiction collections and a 'must' for the personal reading lists of any and all dedicated western
Editorial Note: There is a comprehensive on-line listing of the novels by Rory Black at
E. Jefferson Clay
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444850369, $24.50, PB, Large Print, 217pp
Synopsis: Spargo was a mining town -- but there hadn't been any mining there for a while. The mines were in a dangerous
condition, and their owner, Foley Kingston, refused to make improvements. So the miners (those who'd survived the
numerous cave-ins and accidents) went on strike, and Kingston called on his old friend, Duke Benedict, to help him break
Benedict's partner, big Hank Brazos, immediately sided with the miners. And even though Benedict knew Kingston was at
fault, he had to stand by him. Back in the War, Kingston had saved his life, so he owed the man. But there were darker
forces at work in Spargo -- from Kingston's cheating wife Rhea to saloon owner Ace Beauford, who wanted to run the entire
outfit all by himself.
And then there was a man-mountain named Paddy Clancy, who figured to double-cross all of them!
Critique: "Cry Riot!" is the sixth title in the stellar western series by novelist E. Jefferson Clay and features the continuing
adventures (and misadventures) of former Union calvary office Duke Menedict and is trail companion and partner, former
confederate sergeant Hank Brazos. A fun read from start to finish, this large print paperback edition of "Cry Riot!" from the
Linford Western Library collection is unreservedly recommended for community libraries and the personal reading lists of
any and all dedicated western novel fans.
Editorial Note: Editorial Note: E. Jefferson Clay (www.fantasticfiction.com/c/e-jefferson-clay) is one of the many
pseudonyms for Australian author, comic book writer and illustrator Paul Wheelahan.
Brand of the Forgotten
Sheldon B. Cole
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444850376, $24.50, PB, Large Print, 201pp
Synopsis: Blake Durant wasn't looking for trouble, but as usual, trouble found him anyway. It came in the shape of a crusty
old miner called Pete Doubell, who was outnumbered and under attack by a bunch of gunmen when Blake ran across him.
Ever the loner, Blake wanted no part of it, but somehow he got drawn into a complicated web of lies, death and
double-dealing. Along the way he locked horns with gunfighter Vance Carter, and vengeance-hungry Reke Bodie and his
gun-hung crew. But when he looked into the eyes of Doubell's niece Christine, all the danger seemed a price worth
Critique: Another riveting action/adventure western from novelist Sheldon B. Cole, who is as prolific as he is good, "Brand
of the Forgotten" this large print edition from the Linformd Western Library series is a fun read for all dedicated western
buffs and a solid pick for personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction collections.
Editorial Note: Editorial Note: There is a comprehensive and available listing of Sheldon B. Cole's novels at
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444850383, $24.50, PB, Large Print, 228pp
Synopsis: One hundred factory-new repeating rifles had gone missing and if they fell into the wrong hands, the west would
run red with blood.
The job of finding them and returning them to the army fell to Shane Preston and Jonah Jones. Along the way, they
collected a rag-tag bunch of helpers, from a Mormon missionary to a disgraced sheriff. And even when they located the
rifles, getting them back to Fort Dumas wasn't going to be easy.
The Mexican outlaw Pedro Mantez wanted those weapons, and he didn't care how many innocent people his army of
renegades had to kill to get them!
Critique: A fun read for the dedicated western fan from first page to last, this large print paperback edition of "Bandidio!" by
Cole Sheldon newly released by the Linford Western Library is a decidedly recommended pick for personal reading lists and
community library Western Fiction collections.
Editorial Note: Editorial Note: There is an impressive on-line listing of novels by Cole Sheldon at
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Murder Most Royal
S. J. Bennett
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063051201, $30.00, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Queen Elizabeth II is looking forward to a traditional Christmas gathering with her family in Sandringham when a
shocking discovery interrupts holiday plans. A severed hand has been found -- but even more unsettling, she recognizes the
signet ring still attached to a finger. It belongs to a scion of the St Cyr family, her old friends from nearby Ladybridge Hall.
Despite the personal connection, the Queen wants to leave the investigation to the police -- that is, until newspapers drag her
name into the matter.
As reporters speculate about the proximity of the crime to the Crown and the police fail to investigate a suspicious accident
on her doorstep, Elizabeth quietly begins to mull over the mystery herself. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary,
Rozie Oshodi, she delves into the interlocking layers of fact and fiction surrounding the high-profile case. Someone in the
quiet county of Norfolk seems to have a secret worth killing for, and the Queen is determined to find out who and what that
is -- even if that means discovering that someone in her close circle is a murderer.
Critique: A cozy mystery with the amateur female sleuth being Elizabeth II, Queen of England! An original, well written,
riveting and fun read from start to finish, "Murder Most Royal" (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates) is certain to be a
wildly popular pick for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of
the legions of dedicated cozy mystery enthusiasts and Queen Elizabeth II fans that "Murder Most Royal" is also available in
a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99). Librarians should also note that "Murder Most Royal" is also available in a large
print paperback edition (Harper Large Print, 9780063297708, $34.00) and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(Blackstone Audio, 9798212695459, $41.99, CD).
Editorial Note: S. J. Bennett (https://www.sjbennettbooks.com) gained her PhD in Italian Literature from the University of
Cambridge and was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co before becoming a professional writer. She has published ten
books for teenagers, winning the Times/Chicken House Competition for Threads in 2009 and the Romantic Novel of the
Year award for Love Song in 2017.
Clive Cussler, author
Graham Brown, author
G. P. Putnam's Sons
c/o Penguin Group
9780593543979, $29.95, HC, 432pp
Synopsis: On a NUMA training mission in the Caribbean, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala catch a distress call from a nearby
freighter. Leaping into action, they locate a damaged vessel and a dead captain clutching a shotgun.
While searching the freighter for clues, Kurt and Joe are ambushed by crew members who seem terrified and disoriented,
almost brainwashed. The trawler they were hauling has vanished, taken (the men say) by baffling lights that circled the
Kurt and Joe deduce that the men are suffering from Havana Syndrome, which deepens the mystery and raises the stakes.
Soon, they're confronting Cuban mercenaries who plan to use magnificent modern airships to hijack a nuclear submarine --
culminating in a life-or-death showdown in the skies.
Critique: Begun by the legendary author and master of the action/adventure novel Clive Cussler, and posthumously
completed for publication by accomplished novelist Graham Brown, "Condor's Fury" is a spellbinding and memorable read
from start to finish. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Suspense Thriller and
Action/Adventure collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of the legions of Clive Cussler fans that (with
the assistance of Graham Brown) "Condor's Fury" is also readily available in a digital book format ($14.99). It should also
be noted for librarians that there is a large print paperback edition (Random House Large Print, 9780593792520, $32.00) of
"Condor's Fury" and that it is also available as a complete and unabridged audio book (Penguin Audio, 9780593787823,
Editorial Note #1: Clive Cussler was the author of more than eighty books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt(R),
NUMA Files(R), Oregon Files(R), Isaac Bell(R), and Sam and Remi Fargo(R). Cussler passed away in February 2020.
Editorial Note #2: Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain, Black Sun, and Clive Cussler's Dark Vector, and the coauthor
with Cussler of Devil's Gate, The Storm, Zero Hour, Ghost Ship, The Pharaoh's Secret, Nighthawk, The Rising Sea, Sea of
Greed, Journey of the Pharaohs, and Fast Ice.
Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal
Raquel V. Reyes
Crooked Lane Books
9781639105243, $30.99, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: A surprise trip to Miriam's parents in Punta Cana, which should be filled with arroz con pollo and breezy days
under the tamarind tree, quickly becomes a hunt for a possible property saboteur. But before Miriam can begin to uncover
the person damaging the vacation rentals her parents manage, she's called away to Puerto Rico to film a Three Kings Day
special. She's welcomed to the blue ballast-stone streets of Old San Juan by crime scene tape, and things only get worse
An anonymous personal gift on Miriam's doorstep on New Year's Eve screams stalker, and the 400-year-old guesthouse
creaks and moans like there is something trapped in its walls. Luckily, her BFF, Alma, and their mutual friend Jorge are in
town to keep her distracted between filming cultural segments for the network. But private chef tables and spa days come to
an abrupt halt when Jorge's telenovela heartthrob novio goes missing. And there is something worrisome about Alma's
too-perfect boyfriend -- specifically, his duffle bag full of cash!
Will demon masks, African drumbeats, and dark alleys lead to Miriam's demise? Or will the mysterious events come
together like the delicious layers of a pastelon?
Critique: Featuring all the elements needed for a memorable and fun cozy mystery read with an Hispanic flair, "Barbacoa,
Bomba, and Betrayal" is a riveting 'Caribbean Kitchen Mystery' from the talented novelist Raquel V. Reyes for her growing
legions of fans. Original, carefully crafted, and with a genuine flair for the kind of narrative storytelling style that fully
engages the rapt attention of the reader from start to finish, "Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal" is a prized and unreservedly
recommended pick for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of
cozy cuisine mystery enthusiasts that "Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Raquel V. Reyes (http://rvreyes.com) writes about Latina protagonists. Her Cuban American heritage,
Miami, and Spanglish feature prominently in her work. "Mango, Mambo, and Murder" is the first in her Caribbean Kitchen
Mystery series, and won a Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery. It also was nominated for an Agatha Award and optioned for
film. Raquel's short stories appear in various anthologies, including The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022.
New Leash on Life
9781636096629, $14.99, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Air Force veteran Dr. Lane Bishop and Nora Hernandez's romance has cooled. He is busy working as a researcher
at the vet school, and she's busy with her restaurant and opening an antique shop.
What Lane hasn't told her is his PTSD, which manifests mostly with nightmares, makes him believe he's damaged goods.
But that is about to change when he meets a stray pup that acts a lot like a military working dog.
When a tornado hits Brenham, there is damage in the downtown area and a fire is ignited in Nora's new store. A Belgian
Malinois dog is seen at the fire and later Lane sees him at a wedding venue where an explosion occurs.
Not long after, a second explosion rocks Brenham and sends Nora and Lane on a hunt for the person responsible. Will the
pair find the guilty party before more damage is done to the city's landmarks? And will Lane find the words to tell Nora how
much he loves her before it's too late?
Critique: A deftly crafted 'whodunnit' cozy mystery of suspense, romance, and a canine companion, "New Leash on Life" is
the sixth title in the simply outstanding 'Gone to the Dogs' cozy mystery series. An original, riveting, and fun read for cozy
mystery fans from start to finish, "New Leash on Life" is also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format
(Kindle, $9.99) and unreservedly recommended as an enduringly popular addition to community/public library
Editorial Note #1: Kathleen Y'Barbo (https://kathleenybarbo.com/books) is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee and
the author of more than one hundred books. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, Texas A&M
Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Women Former Students (Aggie Women), Texas Historical Society,
Novelists Inc., and American Christian Fiction Writers.
Editorial Note #2: The Gone to the Dogs series also includes: Off the Chain by Janice Thompson; Dog Days of Summer by
Kathleen Y'Barbo; Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Janice Thompson; The Bark of Zorro by Kathleen Y'Barbo; Every Dog
Has His Day by Janice Thompson.
The Christmas Appeal
c/o Simon & Schuster
9781668035887, $21.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: The Christmas season has arrived in Lower Lockwood, and the Fairway Players are busy rehearsing their festive
holiday production of Jack and the Beanstalk to raise money for a new church roof. But despite the season, goodwill is
distinctly lacking among the amateur theater enthusiasts with petty rivalries, a possibly asbestos-filled beanstalk, and some
perennially absent players behind the scenes.
Of course, there's also the matter of the dead body on stage. Who could possibly have had the victim on their naughty list?
To answer this question, lawyers Femi and Charlotte team-up to investigate Christmas letters, examine emails, and pore
over police transcripts in order to identify both the victim and killer before the curtain closes on their holiday production --
Critique: A first class 'whodunnit' murder mystery laced with both humor and suspense, "The Christmas Appeal" by novelist
Janice Hallertt is an inherently fun novella and highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community/public
library Mystery/Suspense collections.
Editorial Note: Janice Hallett (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janice_Hallett) is a former magazine editor, award-winning
journalist, and government communications writer. She wrote articles and speeches for, among others, the Cabinet Office,
Home Office, and Department for International Development. A playwright and screenwriter, she penned the feminist
Shakespearean stage comedy NetherBard and co-wrote the feature film Retreat. She lives in London and is the author of The
Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels, The Appeal, and The Twyford Code.
Incentive for Death
9781608095766, $28.95, HC, 400pp
Synopsis: On a beautiful spring morning in Washington, D.C., a high-profile attorney is found dead in his office.
McDermott " Mac" Burke and Oliver Shaw, homicide investigators for the Metropolitan Police Department, are called to
investigate. There appear to be no signs of foul play, but there is also no obvious sign of a natural cause of death.
The detectives are perplexed until the medical examiner notices a tiny pin prick on the lawyer's neck and theorizes that the
man was injected with succinylcholine (aka " sux") which is a common horse tranquilizer that dissipates quickly in the
As Mac and Oliver begin to look further, they discover that the lawyer had sold his life insurance policy to a large viatical
company. Then, they realize that more deaths under mysterious circumstances have occurred among those who' ve sold their
policies to the same company.
Critique: "Incentive For Death" is all the more impressive when considering that it is author James Spoonhour's debut as a
novelist. A riveting, original, and deftly crafted suspense thriller from start to finish, "Incentive For Death" is especially and
unreservedly recommended reading for readers with an interest in crime thrillers and police procedural murder mysteries.
Also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49), "Incentive For Death" is a highly
recommended pick for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.
Editorial Note: James Spoonhour (https://jamesspoonhour.com) is a lifelong reader turned mystery writer. A graduate of the
University of Nebraska and Georgetown University, James has worked in Special Investigations for the Air Force and was
once assigned to the Pentagon. He then practiced civil litigation and appellate law in Orlando, Florida, and was later a law
professor at the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.
William L. Myers, Jr.
9781608095728, $27.95, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Remi Bone is a good guy. He's a hardworking mechanic, a single father raising his late wife's daughter, and now,
he's dying of heart failure. But his daughter Kayla was just admitted to the college of her dreams. How will she afford
college with two dead parents?
Before he dies, Remi decides to stockpile as much money as possible for Kayla's future. When a chance to participate in a
lucrative gun-for-hire scheme arises, Remi, out of desperation, agrees to execute a hit on a shady Philadelphia drug
This becomes only the first of several murders Remi is hired for, and soon, Remi is the most sought-after hitman in town --
both by his clients and by the police. He leaves investigators little to work with, but ear witnesses identify him by the phrase
he recites before each killing: "Tick tock says the clock, time's up..."
With the police catching on to the "Tick Tock Killer," Remi has to work quickly to earn enough money for Kayla's school --
all while ensuring he dies with a clean record. Tick tock.
Critique: "Remi Bone" is author William L. Myers, Jr.'s sixth novel and once again demonstrates his genuine flair for
creating memorable characters and an original, compelling, compulsive page turner of a read from start to finish. A fun read
from cover to cover, "Remi Bone" will have a special fascination for readers with an interest in organized crime,
assassination, and suspense laden murder thrillers. Very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Remi Bone" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: William L. Myers, Jr. is a Philadelphia trial lawyer and the author of the best-selling Philadelphia Legal
Series, as well as the psychological thriller Backstory. He has tried cases up and down the East Coast and has argued before
the United States Supreme Court. (https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/william-l-myers-jr)
The Adventures of Ellery Queen
American Mystery Classics
c/o Penzler Publishers
9781613164570, $25.95, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: For Ellery Queen, there is no puzzle that reason cannot solve. In his time, he has faced down killers, thugs, and
thieves, protected only by the might of his brain -- and the odd bit of timely intervention by his father, a burly New York
police inspector. But when a university professor asks Queen to teach a class, the detective finds there are people whom
reason cannot touch -- college students.
Queen's adventure on campus is only the first of this incomparable collection of short mysteries. In the tales that follow, he
tangles with a violent book thief, an assassin of acrobats, and New York's only cleanly shaven bearded lady. And the only
thing more dazzling than the mysterious murders he confronts are his brilliant solutions at the end.
Critique: Ellery Queen was a master of the short mystery, so closely associated with the form that the longest-running
magazine for such tales bears his name; the excellent stories in this volume show why he continues to be considered one of
the greatest American practitioners of the Golden Age whodunnit. "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" is once again brought
back into print by American Mystery Classics for the benefit of a whole new generation of appreciative readers, as well as
the legion of hard-core Ellery Queen detective mystery fans. While an absolutely recommended pick for community library
Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" is also
available in a paperback edition (9781613164587, $15.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Editorial Note: Ellery Queen was a pen name created and shared by two cousins, Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred
B. Lee (1905-1971), as well as the name of their most famous detective. Born in Brooklyn, they spent forty-two years
writing the greatest puzzle-mysteries of their time, gaining the duo a reputation as the foremost American authors of the
Golden Age "fair play" mystery genre. Eventually famous on television and radio, Queen's first appearance came in 1929
when the cousins won a mystery-writing contest with the book that would eventually be published as The Roman Hat
Mystery. Besides co-writing the Queen novels, Dannay founded Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, one of the most
influential crime publications of all time. Although Dannay outlived his cousin by nine years, he retired the fictional Queen
upon Lee's death.
Between a Wok and a Dead Place
Seventh Street Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
9781645060611, $17.95, PB, 236pp
Synopsis: Pepper Reece, owner of the Spice Shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market, loves a good festival, especially one
serving up tasty treats. So what could be more fun than a food walk in the city's Chinatown - International District,
celebrating the Year of the Rabbit?
But when her friend Roxanne stumbles across a man's body in the Gold Rush, a long-closed residential hotel, questions leap
out. Who was he? What was he doing in the dust-encrusted herbal pharmacy in the hotel's basement? Why was the
pharmacy closed up -- and why are the owners so reluctant to talk?
With each new discovery, Pepper finds herself asking new questions and facing more brick walls.
Then questions arise about Roxanne and her relationship to Pepper's boyfriend Nate, away fishing in Alaska. Between her
worries and her struggle to hire staff at the Spice Shop, Pepper has her hands and her heart full. Still, she can't resist the lure
of the Gold Rush and its tangled history of secrets and lies stretching back nearly a century.
But the killer is on her tail, driven by hidden demons and desires. As Pepper begins to expose the long-concealed truth, a
bigger question emerges: Can she uncover the secrets of the Gold Rush Hotel without being pushed from the wok into the
Critique: A deftly crafted cozy mystery from author Leslie Budewitz, "Between a Wok and a Dead Place" has more
unexpected plot twists and turns than an Texas tornado and carries the reader along at swift and compulsive page turning
speed. On original and fun read from start to finish, "Between a Wok and a Dead Place" is especially and unreservedly
recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of the
legions of dedicated cozy mystery fans that "Between a Wok and a Dead Place" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Leslie Budewitz (https://www.lesliebudewitz.com) blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the
Northwest in two cozy mystery series, the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle's Pike Place Market, and the Food Lovers'
Village Mysteries, set in NW Montana. She also writes moody suspense under the pen name Alicia Beckman. Leslie is the
winner of three Agatha Awards - 2013 Best First Novel for DEATH AL DENTE, the first Food Lovers' Village mystery;
2011 Best Nonfiction, and 2018 Best Short Story, for "All God's Sparrows," her first historical fiction. She is a past
president of Sisters in Crime and a former board member of Mystery Writers of America.
Baking Spirits Bright
c/o Penguin/Random House
9780593546635, $8.99 PB, $8.99 Kindle, 288pp
Synopsis: Winter has arrived in Larch Haven, Vermont, bringing with it holiday cheer, lots of snow, and freezing
temperatures. Becca Ransom is squeezing in time to skate on the frozen canals and drink hot chocolate by a roaring fire
while also whipping up new creations for her family's chocolate shop and experimenting with holiday flavors like eggnog,
gingerbread, and peppermint. At the same time, Becca is preparing for the Baking Spirits Bright holiday baking competition,
a popular annual event. She's planning to enter an edible model of Larch Haven, with a mountain backdrop made of cake,
gingerbread cottages, and chocolate gondolas on sugar-glass canals.
Professional bakers and a local food blogger are also participating in the event and they aren't about to go down without a
fight. The competition quickly heats to a boiling point, with flaring tempers and mysterious happenings. When one of the
entrants is found dead, stabbed with Becca's chocolate chipper, Becca tries to salvage the season by finding the killer. But
the heat is on, and Becca is in danger of getting burned.
Critique: A cozy mystery lover's delight from start to finish, "Baking Spirits Bright" by Sarah Fox if a fun read complete
with memorable characters, and original plot, and more entertaining story twists and turns than a Coney Island Roller
Coaster. A part of author Sarah Fox's 'A True Confections Mystery' series, "Baking Spirits Bright" is an unreservedly
recommended pick for community library Mystery/Suspense collections and the personal reading lists of all dedicated cosy
Editorial Note: Sarah Fox (www.authorsarahfox.com) was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she
developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her
way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.
Sugar Plum Poisoned
c/o Penguin/Random House
9780593549124, $8.99 PB, $8.99 Kindle, 304pp
Synopsis: When up-and-coming singing sensation Shelby Vaughn arrives in town for two weeks of concert dates, she hires
her old friend Angie and the rest of the bakery crew to supply cupcakes for the VIP guest lounge every night.
After overhearing Shelby in a heated argument with her manager, Mel is concerned, but she and the crew decide to make the
best of their time working with the star. Just as the bakers fall into the rhythm of the job, Shelby's manager is found dead,
clutching a bit of fabric from a Santa suit and a cupcake.
With the bakery crew and Shelby's backup dancers all dressed in similar Santa costumes, it's impossible to say who is the
killer. When all suspicions lead back to Shelby, Mel and Angie stand up for their friend, determined to prove her innocence
before she's frosted for a crime she didn't commit.
Critique: As an novelist, Jenn McKinlay is a master of the cozy mystery genre as evidenced by her 'A Cupcake Bakery'
mystery series and its latest addition, "Sugar Plum Poisoned". An original and fun read from first page to last, "Sugar Plum
Poisoned" will prove to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to community library
Mystery/Suspense collections and is a 'must' for the legions of cozy mystery fans -- especially during this holiday season of
celebration and 'whodunnit' murder mysteries!
Editorial Note: Jenn McKinlay (https://www.jennmckinlay.com) is the author of several mystery and romance series. Her
work has been translated into multiple languages in countries all over the world.
c/o Kensington Publishing Corp.
9781496742308, $27.00, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: As the manager of Vino y Vida Wine Bar in Colinas, Cecelia "Cece" Barton's first Alexander Valley harvest is a
whirlwind of activity. Her twin sister, Allie Halstead, who owns a nearby Victorian bed & breakfast, is accustomed to the
hustle and bustle of peak tourist season. But Cece barely has a moment to enjoy her new home in between worrying about
her estranged college-age daughter, juggling her responsibilities at the bar, and navigating the sticky politics of the local
wine association. Just when it seems things can't grow any more intense, Colinas is rocked by a murder within the wine
community --- and Cece is identified as a possible suspect!
With her reputation and her livelihood on the line (and the Sonoma County deputy sheriff breathing down her neck) Cece
has no choice but to open up her own murder investigation. Tensions are already high in the valley, as a massive wildfire
creeps toward Colinas, threatening homes, vineyards, and the vital tourist trade. And now, with a murderer on the loose, and
Cece's sleuthing exposing the valley's bitterest old rivalries and secret new alliances, Colinas feels ready to pop! But with
Allie's help, Cece is determined to catch the killer and clear her name before everything she's worked so hard for goes up in
Critique: A fun and riveting read from first page to last, "Murder Uncorked" showcases author Maddie Day's total mastery
of the cozy mystery genre. Nicely crafted characters, entertaining plot twists, and a fascinating 'whodunnit' murder mystery,
"Murder Uncorked" is an exceptional and unreservedly recommended pick for community library Mystery/Suspense
collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all cozy mystery fans that "Murder Uncorked" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.77) while librarians need to be aware that there is also a large print paperback
edition (Thorndike Press, 9798885795609, $27.99) as well.
Editorial Note: Maddie Day (MaddieDayAuthor.com) is the Agatha Award-winning author of the Cozy Capers Book Club
Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries, the CeCe Barton Mysteries, and the Local Foods Mysteries, as well as other series
and short crime fiction written under the name Edith Maxwell. A member of Mystery Writers of America and a proud
lifetime member of Sisters in Crime, she is a regular contributor at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen and belongs to the Wicked
Authors, a group of bestselling authors who blog at www.WickedAuthors.com.
St. Simons Island
Mercer University Press
9780881468960, $27.00, HC, 291pp
Synopsis: Stella Bankwell has suddenly found herself in a 'heap of trouble' in the words of her mountain people. Ten years
ago, the pretty, charming redhead was a sports marketing executive when she married unforeseen trouble-dashing Asher
Bankwell who is descended from 150 years of old Atlanta money and prestige. Now, she is banished from Atlanta society,
after her high falutin' lifestyle humiliatingly crashed publicly in front of Atlanta's snootiest at a blacktie gala.
After a brief runaway to her childhood mountain home to her Mama's consoling, she escapes for her beloved St. Simons
Island where the sea and her best friend, Marlo, offer peace and calm. But there on the enchanting island, she also finds
herself embroiled in a mystery that includes murder and money laundering.
With the help of her best friend, Chatty (Chatham Balsam Colquitt IV, the only good that came from her marriage to Asher),
who follows her to his second home on adjoining Sea Island; former Governor McCager Burnett (Chatty's Sea Island
neighbor); and handsome U.S. Marshal Jackson (Pepper) Culpepper, they set out to solve a mystery that, most surely, will
send a deep rattling through the columned, brick mansions of Atlanta's exclusive Buckhead.
Stella was simply trying to escape her scandalous embarrassment and an unhappy marriage. Now, she's facing real trouble:
Possible federal indictments that lead to a murder that leads to serious danger for Stella. It all turns out to be the beginning
of Stella Bankwell, former Atlanta socialite, becoming Stella Bankwell, amateur sleuth!
Critique: An original, elegant, eloquent, deftly crafted, richly entertaining, and truly memorable mystery novel by author
Ronda Rich, "St. Simons Island" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal and community library
Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "St. Simons
Island" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.00).
Editorial Note: Ronda Rich (https://www.rondarich.com) whose Georgia roots were planted around 1750, is the bestselling
author of several books including What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should) and The Town That
Came-a-Courtin', also a television movie. Her weekly syndicated column about Southern life appears in forty-seven
newspapers across the Southeast.
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
The Girl from Wudang
9780804856928, $17.99, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: Yinyin, called Tigress, was raised in the sacred mountains of Wudang, where her life was about Tai Chi, the Dao,
and trying to balance her yang with yin. Artificial intelligence and neuroscience were things she'd never even heard of. But
then her overpowering yang sets her on a course to the Bay Area to become a professional fighter.
For as long as she could remember, Yinyin had been told she was poised to become part of something big, but what "big"
turned out to be was beyond her imagining: a scientific experiment that would allow her to connect her brain to a thing they
called "Brainternet" and become unbeatable. And then there would be a bonus -- the suicidal headaches that had plagued her
all her life would cease.
But nothing comes without a price, and this connection would give others access to family secrets Yinyin has sworn to
protect. Secrets that, at large and in the wrong hands, could be a very dangerous thing.
Critique: Riveting, original, and of particular interest to fans of immortality, cyberpunk, techno-thriller, martial arts,
artificial intelligence, and gritty action/adventure science fiction novels, "The Girl from Wudang" by novelist PJ Caldas is
an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended pick for community and college/university library Science Fiction
collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated science fiction fans that "The Girl from Wudang" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: PJ Caldas (https://www.pjcaldas.com) is the author of multiple best-selling novels in Brazil. He was picked
by the Dictionary of Brazilian Literature as one of the most important writers of the twenty-first century. There, he published
four books inspired by the mythology carried to the country by the African diaspora, and reached the top five best-selling
titles multiple times. PJ is also a martial artist with 40 years of experience in combat sports, including kempo, karate, tai chi,
and Brazilian jiu jitsu.
City of Bones
c/o Tor/Forge Books
9781250861672, $18.99, PB, 416pp
Synopsis: The city of Charisat, a tiered monolith of the Ancients' design, sits on the edge of the vast desert known as the
Waste. Khat, a member of a humanoid race created by the Ancients to survive in the Waste, and Sagai, his human partner,
are relic dealers working in the bottom tiers of society, trying to stay one step ahead of the Trade Inspectors.
When Khat is hired by the all-powerful Warders to find relics believed to be part of one of the Ancients' arcane engines, he,
and his party, begin unravelling the mysteries of an age-old technology.
This they expected.
But they soon find themselves as the last line of defense between the suffering masses of Charisat and a fanatical cult, bent
on unleashing an evil upon the city with an undying thirst for bone.
That, they did not expect.
Critique: First published in hardcover (1995) and highly recommended as a pick for community library Science Fiction &
Fantasy collections, "City of Bones" by Martha Wells is now newly released in paperback by TorDotCom and is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99). "City of Bones" is guaranteed to have a special appeal to readers with an
interest in dark fantasy action/adventure novels by a master of the genre.
Zoey Is Too Drunk for This Dystopia
St. Martin's Press
9781250285935, $30.00, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: Zoey Ashe wakes up every day feeling like she's trying to steer a battleship while tied to the propeller. The
twenty-three-year-old heiress to a criminal empire is navigating a futuristic world of high-tech liars and cutthroats, forced to
learn the rules of a devious game she never asked to play. Now she's facing a crisis that is both bigger and stranger than all
that came before:
The gleaming new city of Tabula Ra$a is hosting its massive annual music festival, which every year precedes the equally
massive annual drunken riot. This is all organized by Zoey's people, including the riot. As her advisors explain, the citizens
need a little controlled chaos now and then. Zoey, however, fears the chaos will not stay controlled for long.
When a horrific crime is broadcast live on an all-seeing social network, Zoey and her team suspect a carefully-stage hoax
arranged by one of the Tabula Ra$a's shadowy power players. But in a city in which lies are always served in layers, even
that explanation will prove far too simple.
Critique: "Zoey Is Too Drunk for This Dystopia" is the third Zoey Ashe novel by author Jason Pargin and especially
commended to the attention of readers who appreciate their science fiction being original and laced with satirical humor. A
fun read from start to finish, "Zoey Is Too Drunk for This Dystopia" is an entertaining and memorable novel and one that is
unreservedly recommended for community library Science Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal reading
lists of all dedicated SciFi fans that "Zoey Is Too Drunk for This Dystopia" is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Jason Pargin is the author of the John Dies at the End series. He previously published under the pseudonym
David Wong. His essays at Cracked.com and other outlets have been enjoyed by tens of millions of readers around the
Eric James Fullilove
Overlord is set in the near future and postulates a scenario in which climate change is not a future possibility, but an
immediate reality. In this world, rising seas not only lead to mass evacuations due to melting polar ice and a concurrent drop
in the North American tectonic plate, but challenge the efforts and survival of salvager Madison Cervantes and her crew,
who are trying to put out an oil rig fire that threatens to ignite the entire Gulf. There are monsters in the water, there's fire in
the air, and impossible trials stem from nature which lead to literally being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
as a damaged ecosystem fights back. Other characters also struggle with vastly changed conditions - even survivors such as
Devin "Reaper" Delacorte, whose Cleveland roots and military stint both lend to traits that make him a valuable team
Eric James Fullilove tackles social as well as climate change issues in his story. These are embedded in each character's
background and reactions to threat. Set in 2028 and charged with the social and political turmoil that buffet the world in the
wake of repeated climate disasters, Overlord features a tone of familiarity to current conditions and times that makes it a
realistic sci-fi exploration cli-fi fans will find attractive. As political and social strife ignite, readers are presented with
thought-provoking confrontations between and within people that lead to especially vivid scenarios of transformation,
survival, and demise.
The nonstop action juxtaposes nicely with richer questions posed by such impacts, making for a story in which characters
from disparate backgrounds find themselves both united and (in other circumstances) divided by the forces of nature that
emerge from the background to take center stage in their survival attempts. The result is a grim, heart-grabbing story of the
impact of climate change on many levels. Overlord will more than engage readers and libraries interested in cli-fi that makes
them think about choices, the future, and the role climate plays in ordinary and extraordinary human affairs.
The Poetry Shelf
The Blue House: Collected Works of Tomas Transtromer
Tomas Transtromer, poet
Patty Crane, translator
Copper Canyon Press
9781556596858, $40.00, HC, 536pp
Synopsis: Tomas Gosta Transtromer (15 April 1931 - 26 March 2015) was a Swedish poet, psychologist and translator. His
poems captured the long Swedish winters, the rhythm of the seasons and the palpable, atmospheric beauty of nature.
Transtromer's work is also characterized by a sense of mystery and wonder underlying the routine of everyday life, a quality
which often gives his poems a religious dimension. He has been described as a Christian poet. (Wikipedia)
With slow strokes and subtle, rich lines, "The Blue House: Collected Works of Tomas Transtromer" is evidence of a Nobel
Prize-winning poet tracing the world with his pen. A stunning testament to an illustrious career, "The Blue House" gathers
poems and writings from Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer's fourteen collections into a single volume. Original Swedish
sits alongside their English translations as Patty Crane translates his words into revelatory language acute in the
understanding of human change and loss.
Subtle in politics and exact in imagery, the poems of "The Blue House" range from agile haiku to cinematic prose. Social
phenomena are observed in rich detail (a "dictator's bust" presiding over a train car of doomed passengers) and the
collection is propelled by empathy and curiosity. Under Transtromer's watchful eye, no subject is overlooked: Milij
Balakirev, the Russian composer; Nils Dacke, the Swedish peasant who led a rebellion against the king; and him, the
stranger who forgets his name by the roadside. From the personal to the political to the existential, Transtromer's poems act
as a telephoto lens, granting us reinvigorated access to the world we live in.
Critique: Featuring an informative Introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa, this large format (7 x 1.75 x 9 inches, 2.8 pounds)
hardcover edition of "The Blue House: Collected Works of Tomas Transtromer" from Copper Canyon Press will prove of
special and particular attraction to readers with an interest in Scandinavian Poetry & Literary Criticism. With memorably
crafted verse covering a wealth of subjects ranging from nature to death, grieve and loss, "The Blue House" is especially and
unreservedly recommended as a seminal and core addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university
library Poetry collections. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in
the subject that "The Blue House" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $40.00).
The Business Shelf
International Entrepreneurship, second edition
Antonella Zucchella, et al.
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781802204834, $125.00, HC, 182pp
Synopsis: Now in a thoroughly revised and updated second edition, "International Entrepreneurship" explains the
opportunities and challenges facing internationalising entrepreneurial ventures. With a new section on international
sustainable entrepreneurship and new cases and examples throughout, this second edition of a heretofore successful
textbook will be indispensable for students of international entrepreneurship.
Critique: Exceptionally well organized and presented, this new second edition of "International Entrepreneurship: provides a
solid foundation for all international entrepreneurship course curriculums, as well as an ideal supplementary text for
graduate students studying entrepreneurship and international business. While unreservedly recommended for
college/university library Business/Entrepreneurship collections and supplemental MBA curriculums studies lists, it should
be noted that "International Entrepreneurship: 2nd Edition" is also available in a paperback edition (9781802204858,
$58.95) and an ebook edition (9781802204841, $47.16).
Editorial Note: Antonella Zucchella, Full Professor, Department of Economics and Management, University of Pavia, Italy,
Birgit Hagen, Associate Professor of International Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Department of Economics and
Management, University of Pavia, Italy and Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria and Manuel G. Serapio,
Associate Professor, Business School, and Faculty Director, IIB-CIBER, University of Colorado - Denver.
Matt Holt Books
c/o BenBella Books
9781637744024, $30.00, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: The need to belong is innate and enduring, yet often elusive. Genuine belonging requires a bold approach, one
that offers both depth and credibility to the work required from leaders whose organizations are craving a sense of
connection, security, and acceptance.
With the publication of "Belonging Rules: Five Crucial Actions That Build Unity and Foster Performance", Brad Deutser
offers nuanced, direct guidance for navigating both the pre-existing and ever-evolving social and organizational demands of
today's workplace. The five rules within, based on extensive research and application, create a framework to dissect and
decode the complex, complicated, and controversial issues of the modern workforce.
And executive coach and award-winning management consultant, Deutser gives leaders the confidence to address the most
critical societal imperative -- belonging. His approach doesn't tell leaders what to do, rather he provides leaders with the
how to: Identify the heart of existing power structures and societal mandates; Reframe the impact of inclusion at an
individual and organizational level; Challenge and fundamentally redefine the relationship with diverse stakeholders.
Leading can be uncomfortable. "Belonging Rules" is a guide that will empower leaders to shift attention, understanding, and
effort toward bridging differences and uniting the "movable middle" which depowers the extremes, driving necessary
change and desired performance.
Critique: Exceptionally 'reader friendly' in style, tone, organization and presentation, "Belonging Rules: Five Crucial
Actions That Build Unity and Foster Performance" is informatively enhanced with the inclusion of a ten page listing of
Acknowledgments, a four page Selected Bibliography, and a seven page Index. Of particular and specific value to readers
with an interest in workplace culture, business management, and organizational leadership, "Belong Rules" is an appropriate
and highly recommended pick for personal, professional, community, corporate, and college/university library Business
Management collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for MBA students, academia,
corporate executives, business managers, entrepreneurs, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject
that "Belonging Rules: Five Crucial Actions That Build Unity and Foster Performance" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $14.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9798212928984, $41.99,
Editorial Note: Brad Deutser (https://deutser.com) is founder and CEO of Deutser, an award-winning management
consulting firm, and the Deutser Clarity Institute, a think tank, idea accelerator, and innovative learning center. Deutser has
transformed many prominent educational, healthcare, energy, industrial services, professional services, private equity, retail,
and cause-based organizations through his unique perspective on organizational clarity. He is a leading business consultant,
creative strategist, executive coach, and trusted counselor to top corporate leaders working to build great companies inside
and out, especially during the turbulence of transition.
Game Changer: How Strategic Pricing Will Reshape Your Business, Your Market, and Society
Jean-Manuel Izaret and Arnab Sinha
Business readers who choose Game Changer: How Strategic Pricing Will Reshape Your Business, Your Market, and
Society will find its analysis and suggestions for a comprehensive pricing strategy to be attractive not because it's a succinct
overview, but because of its depth of attention to business details and comprehensive methodology. Of necessity, this means
that Game Changer is recommended more for the future-thinking executive or entrepreneur who seeks to craft a vision
paired with practicality about developing a logical frameworks for pricing (here called 'The Strategic Pricing Hexagon') than
those looking for quick how-to reading. This depth is emphasized in chapters that encourage not only rethinking existing
pricing strategies, but identifying ways they fail long-term.
The book demonstrates how to create a winning game plan for transitioning existing pricing approaches to decisions based
on a vastly revised application of unilateral moves that take competition and internal business frameworks into
consideration. From assessing the modern role of supply and demand and the "failure of the aggregate supply and demand
curve" to better understanding traditional and non-traditional applications of pricing decisions, Game Changer ultimately
presents a major opportunity to business readers - to reinvent the wheel of pricing strategies based on value-driven
approaches. This principle (and others within) may feel ethereal, but another big 'plus' to this examination lies in its many
case histories of real-world business stories, which profile companies that took a game-changing risk and ran with it
successfully. From specific transformation challenges that affect different departments in a corporate structure to reviews of
key takeaways to each account of successful alternatives, Jean-Manuel Izaret and Arnab Sinha reinforce their survey at all
points and in different ways to show just how pricing strategy revision affects and challenges all levels of business.
Offering training and incentives, challenging established market pricing and strategies, and analyzing customer life cycles
and how to fine-tune value throughout changing circumstances, Game Changer continually recalibrates the formula for
maximum success. It provides practical insights and applications that business leaders will find enlightening and essential
when building their own pricing strategy adaptations. How is value created, transmitted, and fine-tuned? These and other
questions are answered in a wide-ranging yet specific approach that is highly recommended for business leaders who know
they need to reinvent their company's approaches to pricing strategy, value, and frameworks leading to long-term success.
Business library collections seeking a major contribution on the topic of strategic pricing will appreciate the scope and depth
of Game Changer, which elevates it from another business book to a major lexicon of well-developed pricing approach
The Veterinary Studies Shelf
Pathology and Epidemiology of Aquatic Animal Diseases for Practitioners
Laura Urdes, et al.
9781119839675, $170.00, PB, 448pp
Synopsis: Collectively compiled and co-edited by the team of Laura Urdes, Chris Walster, and Julius Tepper, "Pathology
and Epidemiology of Aquatic Animal Diseases for Practitioners" provides information on the diseases and applied
epidemiology of all aquatic animal taxa, including invertebrates and vertebrates, along with information on applied
epidemiology, acknowledging the One Health concept, and discussion on probabilities of disease outbreaks occurring and
assesses the economic costs of treating those outbreaks, if applicable.
Divided into two sections ('Pathology of Aquatic Animal Species' & 'Epidemiology and Animal Health Economics'),
"Pathology and Epidemiology of Aquatic Animal Diseases for Practitioners" looks at the pathology of major aquatic taxa
and their associated infectious diseases (parasitic, viral, and bacterial) and non-infectious diseases. Each entry includes an
overview, their host range and transmission, signs and diagnosis, differentials, and treatment and management. These assets
are accompanied by clinical signs-lesion differential charts.
Sample topics discussed in Pathology and Epidemiology of Aquatic Animal Diseases rang from: Echinoderms, including
crinoidea (crinoids, sea lilies, feather stars, and asteroidea), sea stars/starfish, and ophiuroidea (brittle stars and basket stars);
to Reptiles, including turtles (freshwater and marine), crocodilians, marine iguanas, and sea snakes; to Pinnipeds, including
otariidae (eared seals), odobenidae (walruses), phocidae (earless seals), mustelidae (otters), and sirenia (manatees and
dugongs); to Tropical marine aquarium fish (damselfish, angelfish, gobies, wrasses, parrotfish, butterfly fish, and clownfish)
Critique: Illustrated throughout in full color, "Pathology and Epidemiology of Aquatic Animal Diseases for Practitioners" is
a comprehensive and thoroughly 'user friendly' reference for veterinary students, veterinary practitioners, academic staff, and
and aquatic life researchers. Unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university
library Aquatic Veterinary collections, "Pathology and Epidemiology of Aquatic Animal Diseases" is also available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $136.00) and especially suitable for students, academia, veterinarians, and non-specialist
general readers who are interested in aquatic veterinary medicine. Of special note is that "Pathology and Epidemiology of
Aquatic Animal Diseases for Practitioners" also serves as a companion to "Fundamentals of Aquatic Veterinary Medicine"
from the same editorial team.
Editorial Note #1: Laura Urdes is Assistant Professor at The University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of
Bucharest in Romania. She is also Past-President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Association (WAVMA).
Editorial Note #2: Chris Walster is a qualified veterinary surgeon with a long-standing interest in aquatic veterinary
medicine and current WAVMA administrator in Stafford in the UK. He is also Past-President of WAVMA.
Editorial Note #3: Julius Tepper is a Veterinarian at Long Island Fish Hospital in Manorville, New York in the USA. He is
also Past-President of WAVMA.
The Philosophy Shelf
Ancient Women Philosophers
Kathrine R. O'Reilly, editor
Caterina Pello, editor
Cambridge University Press
9781316516188, $110.00, HC, 290pp
Synopsis: Despite the common misconception that ancient philosophy was the sole domain of male thinkers, sources
confirm that ancient women engaged in philosophical activity.
Bringing together a collection of essays on ancient women thinkers, with special focus on their ideas and contributions to
the history of philosophy, "Ancient Women Philosophers: Recovered Ideas and New Perspectives " is about the earliest
women philosophers, their breakthroughs, and the methods we can use to excavate them.
The essays comprising "Ancient Women Philosophers" survey the methodological strategies we can use to approach the
surviving evidence, retrieve the largely unresearched thought and the original ideas of ancient women philosophers, and
carve out a space for them in the canon. The broad focus includes women thinkers in ancient Indian, Chinese, and Arabic
philosophy as well as in the Greek and Roman philosophical traditions.
"Ancient Women Philosophers" will be valuable for a wide range of researchers, teachers, and students of ancient
Critique: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Professor Katharine R. O'Reilly and Research Fellow
Caterina Pello, "Ancient Women Philosophers: Recovered Ideas and New Perspectives" is a compendium of twelve
informative, intrinsical and erudite essays contributed by individual scholars studying women in Greco/Roman antiquity.
Along with an informative Introduction (The Value of Women Philosophers for the History of Philosophy), "Ancient
Women Philosophers" also includes a listing of the contributors and their credentials, a list of abbreviations, a twenty-two
page list of References, and a three page Index. Original, seminal, ground-breaking, unique, "Ancient Women Philosophers"
must be considered an critically essential addition to personal, professional, community, college and university library
History of Philosophy and Women's 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 "Ancient Women Philosophers:
Recovered Ideas and New Perspectives" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $104.50).
Editorial Note #1: Katharine R.O'Reilly (https://katharine-oreilly.com) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Toronto
Metropolitan University. Her research areas include moral psychology in the Ancient Greek and Roman traditions, and
ancient women philosophers (particularly in the Hellenistic schools).
Editorial Note #2: Caterina Pello (https://philpeople.org/profiles/caterina-pello-3) is a Research Fellow at the University of
Geneva (SNSF Ambizione). She has published Pythagorean Women (Cambridge 2022) in the series Cambridge Elements
on Women in the History of Philosophy.
The Music Shelf
Rock This Way
University of Michigan Press
9780472076284, $70.00, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: Any and all songs are capable of being remixed. But not all remixes are treated equally. With the publication of
"Rock This Way: Cultural Constructions of Musical Legitimacy", Professor Mel Stanfill examines transformative musical
works (cover songs, remixes, mash-ups, parodies, and soundalike songs) to discover what contemporary American culture
sees as legitimate when it comes to making music that builds upon other songs.
Through examples of how popular discussion talked about such songs between 2009 and 2018, Professor Stanfill uses a
combination of discourse analysis and digital humanities methods to interrogate our broader understanding of
transformative works and where they converge at the legal, economic, and cultural ownership levels.
"Rock This Way" provides a new way of thinking about what it means to re-create and borrow music, how the racial identity
of both the reusing artist and the reused artist matters, and the ways in which the law polices artists and their works.
Ultimately, Professor Stanfill demonstrates that the extent to which a work is seen as having new expression or meaning is
contingent upon notions of creativity, legitimacy, and law, all of which are shaped by white supremacy.
Critique: Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a six page Data Appendix, thirty-eight pages of Notes,
a two page listing of References, and a nine page Index, "Rock This Way: Cultural Constructions of Musical Legitimacy" is
a seminal work of original scholarship and a ground-breaking contribution to the subject of musical creativity that will have
immense appeal and value to musicians, their fans, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the
subject. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, and also available in a paperback edition (9780472056286,
$29.95), "Rock This Way" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university
library Music Development/Creation collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Mel Stanfill (http://melstanfill.com/curriculum-vitae) is Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the
Texts and Technology Program and the Department of English at the University of Central Florida.
All the Years Combine
9781771965705, $18.95, PB, 240pp
Synopsis: In "All the Years Combine: The Grateful Dead in Fifty Shows ", Ray Robertson argues that a Grateful Dead
concert is life. Because like life, it can be alternately compelling and lackluster; familiar and foreign; occasionally sublime
and sometimes insipid.
Although the Grateful Dead stopped the day Jerry Garcia's heart did, what the band left behind is the next best thing to being
there in the third row, courtesy of the group's unorthodox decision to record all of their concerts. Meaning that it's possible
to follow the band's evolution (and devolution) through their shows, from the R&B-based garage band at the beginning, to
the jazz-rock conjurers at their creative peak, to the lumbering monolith of their decline.
In "All the Years Combine: The Grateful Dead in Fifty Shows", Robertson listens to and writes ecstatically about 50 of the
band's most important and memorable concerts in order to better understand who the Grateful Dead were, what they
became, and what they meant -- and what they continue to mean.
Critique: Impressively insightfully informative, exceptionally well organized and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in
presentation, "All the Years Combine: The Grateful Dead in Fifty Shows" is a 'must read' history for the legions of Grateful
Dead fans. While an outstanding and unreservedly recommended pick for community and college/university library
American Rock Music History collections and supplemental Musical Philosophy/Popular Culture curriculum studies lists, it
should be noted for personal reading lists that "All the Years Combine: The Grateful Dead in Fifty Shows" is also available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Ray Robertson (https://rayrobertson.com) is the author of nine novels, five collections of non-fiction, and a
book of poetry. His work has been translated into several languages. He contributed the liner notes to two Grateful Dead
archival releases: Dave's Picks #45 and the Here Comes Sunshine 1973 box set.
Bill Connell, author
Mercer University Press
9780881469004, $26.00, PB, 241pp
Synopsis: Newly published by the Mercer University Press, "Allman Joy: Keeping the Beat With Duane and Gregg" is Bill
Connell's insightful account of the mid-1960s musical journey he went on as the drummer for The Allman Joys, a group that
was a precursor to The Allman Brothers Band.
A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Connell began drumming as a teenager. A passing encounter with the Allmans in 1966
led to Connell being offered the drummer's chair in The Allman Joys. The day after high school graduation he found himself
headed to New York City's Greenwich Village to join the band. His experiences touring with the group over the next several
years make for captivating stories and offer tremendous insight into a little-known chapter in the development of The
Allman Brothers Band.
Connell's time in the band was cut short by the draft, but he remained in contact with both Allmans, and he resumed his
musical career after his service in the U.S. Navy was completed.
Critique: A compendium of personal thoughts and humor laden stories from the road, "Allman Joy: Keeping the Beat With
Duane and Gregg" features a section of B/W historic photographs and is exceptionally well written, making it a must-read
for the legions of Allman Brothers fans. "Allman Joy" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, community, and college/university library American Music History/Biography collections.
Editorial Note: Navy veteran Bill Connell (1948-2023) was a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was best known as a
professional live and studio drummer, music publisher, music and video producer, and director for public television. John
Lynskey has been involved with The Allman Brothers Band since 1995, first serving as editor-in-chief of Hittin' the Note,
the group's music magazine. He co-authored "My Cross To Bear", Gregg Allman's autobiography.
The Fashion Shelf
Wear It Well
c/o Chronicle Books
9781797221427, $25.95, PB, 224pp
Synopsis; Personal stylist Allison Bornstein has mastered the art of helping people look good and feel good. With the
publication of "Wear It Well: Reclaim Your Closet and Rediscover the Joy of Getting Dressed, she shares her philosophy
and outlines systems that will bring your style into alignment and create a wardrobe that delights your spirit and reflects
your most authentic self.
"Wear It Well" is about using the viral Three-Word Method to discover and define your personal style. Curate your closet
with the AB Closet-Editing System, eliminating items that don't fit or work for your lifestyle to build a safe and inspiring
space that is filled with only clothes that bring you joy, confidence, and empowerment. Create new, sustainable looks by
shopping your closet and mixing and matching with the Nine Universal Pieces.
Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of client stories, gentle guidance, and expressive photography,
"Wear It Well" is an inspirational resource for identifying, articulating, and developing a personal style, and then dressing
Critique: Beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photography, "Wear It Well: Reclaim Your Closet and
Rediscover the Joy of Getting Dressed" is an extraordinary DIY source that will be of immense, practical, and inspirational
interest to readers with an interest in Fashion Design and developing personally memorable wardrobes. While especially and
unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and college/university library Fashion & Clothing Design collections
and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted that "Wear It Well" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Allison Bornstein (www.allisonbornstein.com) is a stylist and wardrobe consultant who specializes in
helping "everyday" people look and feel fantastic. She found her passion during the pandemic by helping people from all
over the world find their personal style and curate their closets via FaceTime. Bornstein hopes to empower people to view
fashion as a tool for self-expression and overall wellness. By encouraging her clients to shop their closets, tune into their
authentic needs, and embrace the pleasure of "repeat dressing," she has created a brand that is as much about sustainability
as it is about joy. She can be followed on Instagram @allisonbornstein6, on TikTok @allisonbornstein6, and on
The Architecture Shelf
Universal Principles of Architecture
Cruz Garcia, author
Nathalie Frankowski, author
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
9780760380611, $40.00, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Divided into Archetypes, Methods, Conditions, Relationships, and Imaginaries, each of the five sections
comprising "Universal Principles of Architecture: 100 Architectural Archetypes, Methods, Conditions, Relationships, and
Imaginaries" introduces in 20 principles architecture at different scales and stages of the design process. Through an
inclusive and holistic approach, "University Principles of Architecture" refers to initial design ideas, creative design
approaches, reflections on the effects of the built and destroyed environments, and architectural desires and aspirations to
transform the world and engage with the cosmos.
Because architecture is the converging point where many fields of knowledge, ideas, forms, approaches, methods,
sensibilities, and materials meet, "Universal Principles of Architecture" provides a flexible and dynamic space where the
material, conceptual, and social take shape.
Written, illustrated, and designed by critically acclaimed architects, educators, and co-authors Cruz Garcia and Nathalie
Frankowski of WAI Architecture Think Tank, "Universal Principles of Architecture" deftly combines accessible writing
with otherworldly images like the ones they have displayed in exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou Metz, Museum of
Modern Art New York, Neues Museum Nuremberg, and Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology Lisbon.
Intended as an intergenerational and transdisciplinary reference volume, "Universal Principles of Architecture" presents an
ambitious overview of what architecture has been and can be in a world full of urgent challenges and abundant opportunities
for social and ecological responsibility, and design creativity.
Critique: This large format (8.25 x 0.75 x 10 inches, 2.3 pounds), beautifully illustrated, hardcover edition of "Universal
Principles of Architecture: 100 Architectural Archetypes, Methods, Conditions, Relationships, and Imaginaries" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college and university library Architecture
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for architecture students, academia, working
architects, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Universal Principles of Architecture: 100
Architectural Archetypes, Methods, Conditions, Relationships, and Imaginaries" is also available in a digital book format
Editorial Note #1: Founded by Puerto Rican architect, artist, curator, educator, author, and theorist Cruz Garcia and French
architect, artist, curator, educator, author, and poet Nathalie Frankowski, WAI Architecture Think Tank is an internationally
recognized studio invested in the development of new curricula and experiments that support public engagement with
architecture. They are particularly interested in decolonization and anti-racist reconstruction of the role of architecture in the
construction of new worlds. Garcia and Frankowski are Associate Professors at Iowa State University, where they are
Design for Critical Futures Fellows in Activism and Emancipatory practice respectively, as well as faculty at the Advanced
Architectural Design program at Columbia University. Their work has been part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture
Biennial and exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou Metz, Neues Museum Nuremberg, Museum of Modern Art New York, and
the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology Lisbon. They are authors of Universal Principles of Architecture.
Editorial Note #2: All the titles in the Rockport Universal series offer comprehensive and authoritative information and
edifying and inspiring visual examples on multidisciplinary subjects for designers, architects, engineers, students, and
anyone who is interested in expanding and enriching their design knowledge.
The Psychology Shelf
The Science of Romantic Relationships
Theresa DiDonato, author
Brett Jakubiak, author
Cambridge University Press
9781108841603, $150.00, HC, 500pp
Synopsis: Why do people fall in love? Does passion fade with time? What makes for a happy, healthy relationship? "The
Science of Romantic Relationships" is an introduction to relationship science and follows the lifecycle of a relationship
from attraction and initiation, to the hard work of relationship maintenance, to dissolution and ways to strengthen a
Designed for advanced undergraduates studying psychology, communication or family studies, "The Science of Romantic
Relationships" is textbook presentation for a fresh, diversity-infused approach to relationship science. It includes real-world
examples and critical-thinking questions, callout boxes that challenge students to make connections, and researcher
interviews that showcase the many career paths of relationship scientists. Article Spotlights reveal cutting-edge methods,
while Diversity and Inclusion boxes celebrate the variety found in human love and connection.
Throughout "The Science of Romantic Relationships", students see the application of theory and come to recognize
universal themes in relationships as well as the nuances of many findings. Instructors can access lecture slides, an instructor
manual, and test banks.
Critique: Exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Science of Romantic Relationships" by co-authors and
academicians Theresa DiDonato and Brett Kakubia is seminal and informative enhanced for psychology students and
counselors with the inclusion of a fifteen page Glossary, ninety-four pages of References, and an eighteen page Index.
Holding a special relevance and interest for readers studying the medical psychology of sexuality, "The Science of Romantic
Relationships" is an ideal textbook selection for college and university library Human Sexuality/Counseling collections and
Human Sexuality curriculum studies list. It should be noted for personal and professional reading lists that "The Science of
Romantic Relationships" is also available in a paperback edition (9781108794961, $64.99) and in a digital book format
Editorial Note #1: Theresa DiDonato is a professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland, where she has served as
the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Psychology. She serves on the Teaching Committee of the International
Association of Relationship Research (IARR) and is a long-time member of SPSP. She has a Psychology Today blog, 'Meet,
Catch, and Keep. (https://www.loyola.edu/academics/psychology/faculty/full-time-faculty/didonato)
Editorial Note #2: Brett Jakubiak is an associate professor of psychology at Syracuse University and won the Syracuse
University Meredith Early Performance Award for exemplary teaching. Brett also maintains an active program of research
focused on the interpersonal support processes that regulate stress, encourage autonomous goal pursuit, and enhance
relationship quality across the lifespan. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National
Institutes of Health. (https://artsandsciences.syracuse.edu/people/faculty/jakubiak-brett-k)
The Mathematics Shelf
Math for Security
No Starch Press
9781718502567, $49.99, PB, 312pp
Synopsis: "Math for Security: From Graphs and Geometry to Spatial Analysis" will equip you with essential tools to tackle
complex security problems head on. All you need are some basic programming skills.
Once you've set up your development environment and reviewed the necessary Python syntax and math notation in the early
chapters, you'll dive deep into practical applications, leveraging the power of math to analyze networks, optimize resource
distribution, and much more. In the final chapters, you will take your projects from proof of concepts to viable applications
and explore options for delivering them to end users.
As you work through various security scenarios laid out in "Math for Security", you will: Employ packet analysis and graph
theory to detect data exfiltration attempts in a network; Predict potential targets and find weaknesses in social networks with
Monte Carlo simulations; Use basic geometry and OpenCell data to triangulate a phone's location without GPS; Apply
computational geometry to Voronoi diagrams for use in emergency service planning; Train a facial recognition system with
machine learning for real-time identity verification; Use spatial analysis to distribute physical security features effectively in
an art gallery.
Whether you're an aspiring security professional, a social network analyst, or an innovator seeking to create cutting-edge
security solutions, "Math for Security" will empower you to solve complex problems with precision and confidence.
Embrace the intricate world of math as your secret weapon in computer security!
Critique: "Math for Security: From Graphs and Geometry to Spatial Analysis" covers Python 3.x, and is fundamental to
learning how to utilize mathematics with respect to maximizing computer security. While also available for personal DIY
training in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.99), Daniel Reilloy's "Math for Security: From Graphs and Geometry to
Spatial Analysis" from No Starch Press is a welcome and essential addition to personal, professional, community, and
college/university library Computer Science & Computer Security collections and supplemental curriculum studies
Editorial Note: Daniel Reilly is a security researcher, analyst, and consultant based out of Seattle, WA. He has worked in the
security field for 20 years, more than half of which has been spent developing and managing operational security for small
The Judicial Studies Shelf
Judicial Dispute Resolution
Lawrence Susskind, author
Justice William Tilleman, author
Nicolas Parra Herrera, author
9781839988660, $110.00, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: "Judicial Dispute Resolution: New Roles for Judges in Ensuring Justice" describes the ways in which judges,
using JDR (Judicial Dispute Resolution), have been facilitating problem-solving among litigants, and in the process,
ensuring more just outcomes. JDR is similar to mediation ADR (alternative dispute resolution), but it is provided by a
judge, not a private mediator.
Very little has been written about JDR, especially in Canada where it has been pioneered for several decades, because all the
records have remained confidential. The story can now be told because the co-authors Susskind, Tilleman, and Para-Herrera
were given exclusive access to the records and the parties (including the JDR judges) in nine illustrative cases.
The three co-authors also have collaborated to provide a complete Teaching Appendix summarizing the JDR cases from the
standpoint of a variety of legal specialties, while highlighting the differences between JDR and ADR.
Critique: Informative enhanced for readers with an interest in the Canadian and American judicial systems, "Judicial
Dispute Resolution: New Roles for Judges in Ensuring Justice" features nine Case Studies, an eight page Bibliography, a
two page Appendix, a two page
Teaching Guide. While also available for students, academia, members of the legal profession, and judicial reform activists
in a paperback edition (9781839988981, $29.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $28.45), "Judicial Dispute
Resolution: New Roles for Judges in Ensuring Justice" is especially recommended for college and university Judicial
Studies collections and supplemental Arbitration/Negotiation/Mediation law school curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note #1: Lawrence Susskind is Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT), Co-founder and Vice Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and Founder and
Chief Knowledge Officer of the Consensus Building Institute.
Editorial Note #2: William A. Tilleman, LL.B., J.D., LL.M, S.J.D., is federally appointed judge (2009 - 2021) and
Chamberlain Fellow in Legislation, Columbia University.
Editorial Note #3: Nicolas Parra-Herrera is S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, Graduate Fellow at the Program on
Negotiation, Harvard Law School, and Visiting Professor at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).
Milestone Documents of the Supreme Court: Exploring the Cases That Shaped America
Edited by Paul Finkelman
Schlager Group Inc.
9781935306863, $395 (print); $365 (ebook)
Editor Paul Finkelman has extensive legal expertise, being a William McKinley Distinguished Professor and Emeritus at
Albany Law School, among many other experiences. His editorial eye in Milestone Documents of the Supreme Court:
Exploring the Cases That Shaped America thus lends to a reference that is expansive, authoritative, and should be a
mainstay in any American history, civics, or social and political studies collection. The cases selected for feature here
include the earliest from the beginning of America's republic to modern-day decisions about reproductive and human rights
Each of the 81 critical decisions profiled includes an overview and context discussion, in-depth background history about its
author, an equally authoritative analysis of the document and its impact, and a concluding bibliography of references for
further reading about the case. Law students will find this attention to detail particularly well done, as each case receives
exhaustive analysis and insights on its influences from all arenas, from political and social pressures to legal precedent and
judicial interpretations of the provisions and special circumstances of each. Between arguments and acknowledgments to
contrasting sides in each case, discussions probe both the legal and political impact of these milestone Supreme Court
decisions, enlightening readers about the process of debate and consideration that the Court maintains as it oversees and
cements the law of the land.
Readers will gain solid insights not only into each particular case, but how legal interpretations are formed, argued, and
made into law in this country. This furthers Milestone Documents of the Supreme Court's intrinsic importance as not just a
history, but an examination worthy of classroom debate and discussion. Library collections strong in American history, law,
and political analysis will find Milestone Documents of the Supreme Court: Exploring the Cases That Shaped America a
key to better understanding America's rule of law and how it is reinforced, interpreted, and guided. Very highly
recommended, Milestone Documents of the Supreme Court: Exploring the Cases That Shaped America ideally will become
a lively point of discourse for a wide range of purposes, from book clubs and American history groups to legal students and
anyone interested in the letter of American law.
The Military Shelf
U.S. Naval Power in the 21st Century
Brent Droste Sadler
Naval Institute Press
9781682477779, $39.95, HC, 372pp
Synopsis: Our Cold War and Global War on Terror defense structures need an update. With the publication of "U.S. Naval
Power in the 21st Century: A New Strategy for Facing the Chinese and Russian Threat", Brent Droste Sadler provides such
a framework for the changed world we live in, offering a detailed roadmap that shows how the United States can field a
war-winning fleet that can also compete aggressively in peacetime against dangerous competitors unlike any the nation has
Sadler presents a compelling new strategy and organizing approach that he calls naval statecraft, which acknowledges the
centrality and importance of the maritime domain. While similar in scale and scope to Cold War containment strategies
against the Soviets, naval statecraft is much more. It must be to challenge China's involvement in global supply chains,
which gives that country significant financial heft and influence around the world.
Unlike what existed during of the Cold War, however, Sadler provides a unique vision for competing with China and
Russia. Rather than simply calling for better coordinated U.S. diplomacy, military operations, and economic statecraft,
Sadler argues for integrating the levers of national power coherently and in a sustainable way.
This is no small feat, and his approach is informed by a long career rich in working with various agencies of government,
foreign militaries (including hostile ones), and our allies. It is an approach imminently appropriate to our times but comes
with a realization that the nation is not ready for the competition it faces from China and Russia.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "U.S. Naval Power in the 21st Century: A New Strategy for
Facing the Chinese and Russian Threat" is a timely and invaluable contribution to our political and military national debate
over how best to respond to China's rise seeking dominance in the Pacific, and Russia's antagonisms as represented by their
invasion of Ukraine. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.99), "U.S. Naval Power in the 21st Century:
A New Strategy for Facing the Chinese and Russian Threat" is an unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
professional, community, military, governmental, college, and university library Contemporary Naval Military Strategy
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Brent Droste Sadler (https://www.usni.org/people/brent-sadler) is a twenty-six year Navy veteran with
numerous operational tours on nuclear powered submarines and has been a member of personal staffs of senior defense
department leaders and was a military diplomat in Asia.
The Christian Studies Shelf
Near in the Night
Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781400231324, $22.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Why is it that when the lights go off our minds start racing? We stew over what we could have done differently
that day. We remember details we're afraid we'll forget in the morning. And most of all, we worry. Small anxieties as well as
huge fears come alive when we're exhausted and the house is finally quiet.
Emily Ley finds that having a simple devotional routine before bed puts anxieties in their place and brings peace to her soul.
In this unique evening devotional, she shares her own stories and struggles, invites you to contemplation, and brings you
back to the unchanging comfort of God's Word.
With the publication of "Near in the Night: 100 Evening Meditations on God's Peace and Rest" emily presents a
compendium of practical ideas to make your evenings calmer, along with pages for taking notes, making lists (so you can
stop thinking about those to-dos!), and writing out personal reflections.
Each of the 100 devotions will help you: Turn off your worries and regrets at night; Remember God's goodness in an
uncertain world; Develop a gentle, grace-filled evening routine so you can sleep well and wake up refreshed and prepared
for the day ahead
This devotional is ideal for: Anyone looking for uplifting biblical readings for those stress-filled evening hours; Readers of
Emily's previous books, including her companion morning devotional, Sure as the Sunrise; Christmas, New Year's, Mother's
Day, birthdays, and graduation gift giving.
Pairing biblical wisdom with Emily's simplicity expertise, "Near in the Night" reminds us that God is always faithful and
ever near, even in the darkest of nights.
Critique: Especially and unreservedly recommended for all members of the Christian community regardless of their
denominational affiliations, "Near in the Night: 100 Evening Meditations on God's Peace and Rest" is also readily available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note: Author, entrepreneur, wife, mother, and devoted Christian, Emily Ley (https://www.emilyley.com) is the
founder of Simplified(R), a brand of planners and organizational tools for busy women, and the creator of The Simplified
Podcast. Emily and her team collaborated with AT-A-GLANCE(R) to create gift and planning collections carried in Office
Depot, Staples, Walmart, and Target. Emily is the author of national bestselling books Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing
Simplicity, Celebrating Joy; A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living; When Less Becomes More: Making
Space for Slow, Simple, and Good; and Growing Boldly: Dare to Build a Life You Love.
CSB Life Counsel Bible
c/o New Growth Press
9781087773131, $49.99, HC, 1920pp
Synopsis: In the midst of the ever challenging seasons of life there is hope.
The "CSB Life Counsel Bible" was developed in partnership with New Growth Press, is specifically designed to equip
readers with biblical truth and counsel on a wide range of topics and tough life issues related to relationships, marriage,
parenting, and more. This edition of the Bible includes a wealth of useful tools and resources for life application and
discipleship grounded in the truth of the gospel of grace.
The "CSB Life Counsel Bible features: More than 150 full-length articles from respected Christian counselors and scholars;
Callout quotes placed near each article provide truth, hope, and encouragement to apply to life; Over 100-word studies
focusing on key words applicable to personal healing, growth, and counsel; Introductions that include "Circumstances of
Writing," "Structure," "Contribution to the Bible," and a special "Truth for Healing" section with an overview of key truths
related to healing from each book of the Bible; Wide margins for notetaking and journaling; Robust page-end
cross-reference system with over 25,000 cross-references connecting Scripture from Genesis to Revelation; Durable
Smyth-sewn lay-flat binding; Elegant two-color interior design; A two-column text format; Topical subject headings;
Easy-to-read 9.5-point type size; A black-letter text; Footnotes ; A ribbon marker for easy referencing between pages; a
Concordance; a Topical Scripture Index; a Presentation page for gift-giving; and full-color maps.
The CSB Life Counsel Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible(R) (CSB). The
CSB captures the Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture's
life-transforming message and to share it with others.
Critique: Developed by more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations, the Christian Standard Bible(R) (CSB) captures the
Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity -- helping you read, understand, and share God's Word. This thoroughly
'reader friendly' hardcover edition of the "CSB Life Counsel Bible" is especially and unreservedly recommended for
members of the clergy, seminary students, all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational
affiliations, as well as church, community, college/university library Christian Studies and Biblical Studies collections and
supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: New Growth Press (NGP) publishes life-changing books, small group resources, and minibooks that are
grounded in scriptural truth and the gospel of grace. NGP's biblical-counseling resources apply God's Word to relationships,
marriage, parenting, and counseling issues. An exclusive line of children and family products reach young hearts with the
lasting truth of the gospel. NGP's goal is to provide Christian resources that are theologically robust, meet the needs of the
church community, and point people all over the world to Christ.
The Beginning of the Story
Timothy J. Geddert
9781513813073, $31.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Although the Bible contains sixty-six books that usually span over a thousand printed pages, most Christians turn
first (and sometimes only) to the New Testament. So often, Christian readers have little idea what to do with the Old
Testament, if we read it at all. Sure, we value a few well-known stories and use a few psalms for personal devotions and for
worship. Beyond that, many Christians find the Old Testament mostly confusing, troubling, or irrelevant.
But to understand the Bible as the grand story that it is (the story of God's dealings with humanity and relationship to the
whole universe) we as Christians must learn to read the first three-quarters of Scripture as Jesus did, and as the New
Testament teaches us to do.
Walking through the arc and major themes of the Old Testament narrative, "The Beginning of the Story: Understanding the
Old Testament in the Story of Scripture" by author and biblical scholar Timothy J. Geddert guides curious readers of the
Word into a fruitful and fulfilling reading of the Bible's first thirty-nine books, restoring joy in reading and studying the
most important story ever told.
Critique: Informative, fascinating, enlightening, inspiring, "The Beginning of the Story: Understanding the Old Testament in
the Story of Scripture" is an essential study that is unreservedly recommended to the attention of clergy, seminary students,
and all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliations. Exceptionally well written and
organized, "The Beginning of the Story: Understanding the Old Testament in the Story of Scripture" is thoroughly 'reader
friendly' in presentation and an ideal, unreservedly recommended addition to personal, church, seminary, community, and
college/university library Biblical Studies collections and supplemental Hebrew Bible & Adult Christian Education
curriculum studies lists. It should be noted that "The Beginning of the Story: Understanding the Old Testament in the Story
of Scripture" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781513813066, $18.98) and in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Timothy J. Geddert is Professor of New Testament at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and adjunct
professor at the Theologischer Seminar Bienenberg in Listal, Switzerland. He has worked as a church planter, pastor, and
teacher in many countries, including Canada, the United States, and Germany. Geddert is the author of numerous books,
including the Believers Church Bible Commentary on Mark.
The Judaic Studies Shelf
Frayed: The Disputes Unraveling Religious Zionists
c/o Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.
9781592645848, $29.95, HC, 278pp
Synopsis: Religious Zionists are an increasingly influential part of Israeli society, and their influence is felt across the
societal spectrum. They are a significant force in almost every sector of Israel, including the media and legal, military, and
financial spheres. Their growing prominence, however, has created its own set of challenges.
Deep ideological disagreements are dividing the Religious Zionist community from within. The political and theological
glue that once unified the Religious Zionist world no longer exists, and ideological debates are creating the grounds for a
possible political and social split within the Religious Zionist community. What are the larger ideas that are causing this
internal tension? Who are the Religious Zionist leaders at the forefront of this divide? Is this a uniquely Israeli phenomenon
or are there parallel conflicts in English-speaking Modern Orthodox communities across the globe?
With the publication of "Frayed: The Disputes Unraveling Religious Zionists", Yair Ettinger analyzes and discusses these
issues. Ettinger takes his readers, both religious and secular, on an intellectual journey into the world of Religious Zionism.
"Frayed" looks at burning issues such as the role of women in Jewish life, the scope of rabbinic authority, and the impact
that the disengagement from Gaza has had on the community's relationship to the state. Along the way, readers will get an
inside look at the rabbis, politicians, female scholars, yeshivot, seminaries, synagogues, halakhic rulings, and internet
forums that are reshaping the face of Religious Zionism.
Critique: A seminal and ground breaking study of the influence and impact of Religious Zionism upon the people and state
of Israel, "Frayed: The Disputes Unraveling Religious Zionists" will be of special and particular value with readers having
an interest in Contemporary Israeli Politics and a uniquely special pick for personal reading lists, as well as professional,
community, college, and university library Judaic/Israeli Zionism History collections.
Editorial Note: Yair Ettinger (https://www.hartman.org.il/person/yair-ettinger) is a former Kogod Research Fellow at
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and an Israeli journalist whose work focuses primarily on religious affairs, the
religious and Haredi communities, and their politics. Previously, he covered issues relating to Palestinian citizens of Israel
and was a foreign affairs correspondent in Paris.
The Buddhist Studies Shelf
Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
9781645470892, $21.95, PB, 280pp
Synopsis: The Buddhist concept of Silent Illumination is a way of penetrating the mind through curious inquiry. It is an
especially potent, accessible, and portable meditation practice perfectly suited for a time when there is so much fear,
upheaval, and sorrow in our world. It is a method of reconnecting with our true nature, which encompasses all that exists
and where suffering cannot touch us.
The practice of silent illumination is simple, allowing each moment to be experienced as it is in order to manifest our innate
wisdom and natural capacity for compassion. It can be integrated into all aspects of daily life and is meaningful for secular
and Buddhist audiences, new and seasoned meditators alike.
After guiding readers through the history and practice of silent illumination, in the pages of "Illumination: A Guide to the
Buddhist Method of No-Method", Rebecca Li shows us how we can recognize and unlearn our "modes of operation" --
habits of mind that get in the way of being fully present and engaged with life. Cultivating clarity on the empty nature of
these habits offers us a way to unlearn and free ourselves from unhelpful modes such as harshness to self, perfectionism,
quietism, striving for spiritual attainment, and more.
"Illumination" offers stories and real-life examples, references to classic Buddhist texts, and insights from Chan Master
Sheng Yen to guide readers as they practice silent illumination not just on their cushions, but throughout their lives.
Critique: A modern guide to the transformative practice of silent illumination from Chan Buddhist teacher Rebecca Li,
"Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method" is an impressively informative and thoroughly 'reader
friendly' resource for anyone with an interest in Buddhist rituals, practices, traditions, sacred writings, and meditation. While
highly recommended, especially for community and college/university Buddhism collections and supplemental curriculum
studies lists, as well as students, academia, all members of the Buddhist community, and non-specialist general readers with
an interest in the subject that "Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method" is also available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $16.99).
Editorial Note: Rebecca Li (www.rebeccali.org) is a meditation and Dharma teacher in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng
Yen and founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community. She gives Dharma talks and leads Chan retreats in North
America and Europe. She is also a sociology professor (The College of New Jersey).
The Native American Studies Shelf
Unrepentant Dakota Woman
Linda M. Clemmons
South Dakota Historical Society Press
9781941813485, $29.95, HC, 280pp
Synopsis: Born in Minnesota in 1845 into a prominent mixed-blood Dakota family, Angelique Renville (1845-1876)
initially learned traditional Dakota ways of life from her relatives while navigating the complex multi-cultural world of the
declining fur trade.
At age six, she and her younger sister Agnes were adopted by Protestant missionaries Stephen and Mary Riggs, who did
their utmost to erase her Dakota identity and educate her as a "proper" Christian woman. Despite the Riggs's best efforts,
Angelique remained close with her Dakota kin, especially her mother and siblings.
After a frustrating year at a female seminary in Ohio, Angelique worked as a domestic servant for a Riggs family friend,
ostensibly continuing her education. The outbreak of the U.S. - Dakota War in 1862 and Agnes's subsequent death at a U.S.
Army prison camp changed everything.
Returning to Minnesota, Angelique turned her back on the missionaries, entered a polygamous marriage with a Dakota man,
and moved with her relatives to Dakota Territory, where she increasingly distanced herself from the Riggs family.
In 1869, she took legal action to emancipate herself from the guardianship of Stephen Riggs and to seek legal redress
against unscrupulous loan sharks who had illegally sold her lands. This was an extraordinary act for an American Indian
woman of the time, and she faced a steep uphill battle in court.
Until her untimely death from tuberculosis in 1876, Angelique Renville lived her adult years on her own terms.
Critique: An impressively informative biography, "Unrepentant Dakota Woman: Angelique Renville and the Struggle for
Indigenous Identity, 1845-1876" by Professor Linda M. Clemmons is an extraordinary account of the extraordinary life of a
19th Century Native American woman. An exceptional and meticulous work of exhaustive research and seminal
scholarship, "Unrepentant Dakota Woman: Angelique Renville and the Struggle for Indigenous Identity, 1845-1876" is a
critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, community and college/university
library 19th Century Native American History/Biography collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: As an author, Linda M. Clemmons works from extensive primary sources, including letters written by
Angelique herself -- a rarity for American Indian women who are all too often silenced or ignored in the written historical
record. Linda is a professor of 19th century American and Native American history and the current director of the Honors
Program at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She is the author of "Dakota in Exile: The Forgotten Stories of
Captives in the Aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War" (University of Iowa Press) and "Conflicted Mission: Faith, Disputes,
and Deception on the Dakota Frontier" (Minnesota Historical Society Press). Her work examines the interaction of
Protestant missionaries and Dakota families in the nineteenth century.
The Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Magic Time: The Films and Scripts of Billy Wilder
J. R. Jordan
9798887712512, $44.00, HC, 438pp
Synopsis: Billy Wilder (June 22, 1906 - March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-born filmmaker. His career in Hollywood
spanned five decades, and he is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Classic Hollywood cinema.
He received seven Academy Awards (among 21 nominations), a BAFTA Award, the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or and
two Golden Globe Awards.
"Magic Time: The Films and Scripts of Billy Wilder" by film historian J. R. Jordan is a compendium of descriptively
informative and erudite commentaries on all of Wilder's 36 cinematic projects, from the obscure to the legendary, from
Begin the Beguine to All Good Things. Of special note us the section devoted to Wilder's catchphrases and the enclusion of
Critique: Comprehensive, informative, exceptionally well written, organized, and presented, "Magic Time: The Films and
Scripts of Billy Wilder" will be of immense interest to the legions of Billy Wilder fans and an essential, core addition to
personal, professional, community, and college/university library Cinematic History collections and supplemental
Movie/Video Direction/Production curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of film students,
academia, movie buffs, and non-specialist general readers that "Magic Time: The Films and Scripts of Billy Wilder" is also
available in a paperback edition (9798887712505, $34.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95).
Editorial Note: J.R. Jordan has been writing about motion pictures for several years. He is the author of Showmanship: The
Cinema of William Castle and Robert Wise: The Motion Pictures.
Andrew J. Rausch, editor
R. D. Riley, editor
9781593938222, $22.95, HC, 242pp
Synopsis: It is frequently said that one man's trash is another man's treasure, and nowhere is this statement more accurate
than in the case of obscure bizarro exploitation films.
Containing 55 essays on such trash classics as Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975), I Spit on Your Grave (1978), and Faster,
Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), "Trash Cinema: A Celebration of Overlooked Masterpieces" celebrates the good, the bad, and
the ugly of these so-called "trash" films.
Some of the pieces are reverential, some poke fun at the absurdity of the films, and others offer a more critical eye to these
proceedings. With essays from more than 40 noted film writers, this unique collection is a one-of-a-kind treasure for those
amongst those of us with a passion for the seedier side of cinema.
Critique: Knowledgeably compiled and deftly co-edited by the team of cinema fans Andrew J. Rausch and R. D. Riley,
"Trash Cinema: A Celebration of Overlooked Masterpieces" is a compendium of succinct and informative commentary
essays on 55 films by contributors with inherently interesting perspectives on their chosen movie. An fascinating, thought-
provoking, and memorable read, "Trash Cinema" is a 'must' for all dedicated movie buffs. While an important, entertaining,
and fully recommended pick for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Cinematic History
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists, "Trash Cinema" is also available in a paperback edition
(9781593938215, $19.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95).
Editorial Note #1: Andrew J. Rausch (https://en.everybodywiki.com/Andrew_J._Rausch) is an American film journalist,
author, screenwriter, film producer, and actor. Rausch has published nearly forty books with nearly twenty different
publishers. His nonfiction includes multiple books on author Stephen King and screenwriter/director Quentin Tarantino. In
2004, he wrote a book titled Turning Points in Film History (2004) that was used as a textbook in many collegiate film
classes. He spent seven years interviewing film directors for his book Fifty Filmmakers: Conversations with Directors from
Roger Avary to Steven Zaillian (2008). Some of his key nonfiction titles include The Films of Martin Scorsese and Robert
De Niro (2010), The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood (2015), and My Best Friend's Birthday: The Making of a
Quentin Tarantino Film (2019). Rausch has written on topics as diverse as film, atheism, blaxploitation, and hip-hop
Editorial Note #2: R. D. Riley is also the author of "The Steven King Movie Quiz Book"
The Needlecraft Shelf
Yarn Cake Amigurumi: 15 Cute Creatures to Crochet
The GMC Group
9781784946678, $24.99, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: "Yarn Cake Amigurumi" by crocheting expert Jacki Donhou is a collection of 15 adorable amigurumi animals
and creatures to crochet using multicolored yarn cakes.
Amigurumi is the art of using crochet to make toys. The varied and fun creations in this profusely illustrated instruction
guide/manual range from Biscuit, the adorably cute little duckling, and Aggie, the punkish bull, to Garrick, the mythical
dragon, and Jasper, the inquisitive puppy.
All 15 the projects are made using ombre yarn cakes, which have seamless fades of color hues, from light to dark and allow
the readers to crochet lots of color, without the need to constantly change yarn. These creations will stand out among the sea
of solid colored amigurumi designs, with their bold, transitional striping and flair.
"Yarn CVake Amigurumi" is comprised of 15 adorable amigurumi animals to crochet with Each animal measures 5 - 10in
(12.5 - 25cm) in size, making them perfect for play or display. Of special note are the clear and 'user friendly' step-by-step
instructions and photographs -- making each individual project suitable for beginner or intermediate level crocheting
Critique: The large format (8.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches, 1.05 pounds) paperback edition of "Yarn Cake Amigurumi" from GMC
Publications is an ideal, fun, and unreservedly recommended pick for personal, professional, and community library
Editorial Note: Jacki Donhou (https://www.ravelry.com/designers/jacki-donhou) taught herself to crochet as a hobby to pass
the time alongside bringing up her three children, and she has been designing amigurumi and plush patterns ever since. Her
passion is to bring something unique to the crochet and yarn community that children and adult collectors alike will
Simply Knitted Socks: 25 Beautiful Patterns to Create
The GMC Group
9781784946708, $24.99, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: "Simply Knitted Socks: 25 Beautiful Patterns to Create" by knitting expert Christine Boggis introduces her
readers to a dynamic assortment of styles from baby booties that are perfect for beginning knitters, to twisty rib socks for the
more experienced knitters.
Whether your interest is in creating unique socks to wear or to present to friends and family "Simply Knitted Socks: 25
Beautiful Patterns to Create" promises hours of stress-free creative fun and relaxation for knitters everywhere and is
comprised of beautiful color photography throughout. Of special note are the step-by-step illustrated guides, measurement
diagrams and useful tips, and easy-to-follow instructions for a wide variety of sock styles
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated in full color throughout, this large format (7.9 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches, 1.4 pounds)
paperback edition of "Simply Knitted Socks: 25 Beautiful Patterns to Create" will prove to be a fun and highly prized
addition to personal, professional, and community library Needlecraft/Knitting DIY instructional guide/manual
Editorial Note: Christine Boggis (https://www.ravelry.com/designers/christine-boggis) is the editor of Knitting magazine
and the author of "JOMO Knits: 21 Projects to Celebrate the Joy of Missing Out".
The Interior Design Shelf
Farrow & Ball How to Redecorate
Joa Studholme & Charlotte Cosby
Mitchell Beazley/Octopus Publishing
Farrow & Ball How to Redecorate follows the previous success How to Decorate with a new focus on redecorating
possibilities. Over three hundred photos and illustrations accompany practical advice on handling colors, building themes
and logical pairings of interior design, and 'how to' instructions that are quite specific, such as how to paint a paneled door in
three colors. Full-page color photos accompany these insights and efforts to provide clarity to discussions that cover
everything from using cornices and mouldings to understanding how architectural neutrals can reinforce the desired
industrial feel of a home. In short, Farrow & Ball How to Redecorate should be the first step used by a potential designer or
renovator. Thus, it should be in any library that appeals to homeowners, interior designers, and those who would redecorate
with a more informed attention to modern trends and appearances.
The Autism Shelf
Planning Your Career Through Intense Interests: A Guide for Autistic People
Yenn Purkis and Barb Cook
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Yenn Purkis and Barb Cook's Planning Your Career Through Intense Interests: A Guide for Autistic People is a practical
resource for autistic teens who are facing transitions to work or higher education opportunities. It pairs practical advice with
real-life examples to help those on the spectrum plan a career around their special interests and abilities. From ascertaining
personal strengths and presenting these in a positive light to identifying support needs, crafting a support plan around them,
and understanding new kinds of relationships as they develop at work and in school, Planning Your Career Through Intense
Interests offers hope, opportunity, and specific game plans that are fine-tuned with the autistic reader in mind. The resulting
set of guidelines and insights should be in any collection reaching autistic young people who have an eye on their future
goals and possibilities.
The Travel Shelf
Best of the World: 1,000 Destinations of a Lifetime
National Geographic, author
National Geographic Press
9781426222368, $40.00, HC, 400pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Best of the World: 1,000 Destinations of a Lifetime" armchair travelers and on-site
visitors can discover their next great adventure in beautifully illustrated, large format (9.5 x 1.17 x 12.18 inches; 4.52
Pounds) guide to the world's best travel destinations. From the ultimate hiking trails to the most scenic train rides, the most
stunning coral reefs to the most epic mountain retreats, here showcases are 1,000 exceptional destinations to add to an
travelers bucket list!
Each one of the 1,000 bucket list-worthy trips in this sumptuous coffee-table style volume has been carefully vetted and
selected by the celebrated travel experts at National Geographic. On every page there are new ways listed in order to
experience beloved destinations to their fullest, such as a family-friendly tour of Rome's beloved ruins or a foodie tour of
New York City, as well as hidden gems around the globe, including a cloud forest in the mountains of Ecuador and a kite
surfing excursion off the coast of Spain.
Of special note is the profuse inclusion of detailed road trips to places near (Charleston, South Carolina) and far (a grand
tour of Switzerland), along with top 10 lists from the best ski resorts to the best green hotels. Within the pages of "Best of
the World: 1,000 Destinations of a Lifetime" will be discovered majestic nature escapes, family getaways, cultural hot spots,
remarkable cityscapes, and one-of-a-kind thrills in this beautifully illustrated collection that will help aspiring travelers to
find their next exhilarating destination.
Critique: Stunningly illustrated, impressively informative, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Best
of the World: 1,000 Destinations of a Lifetime" is factual, motivational, a pleasurable delight to simply browse through, and
appreciatively inspirational to plan trip itineraries with -- making it a welcome and unreservedly recommended acquisition
for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Atlas/Maps and Travel Guide collections.
prettycityparis: Discovering Paris's Beautiful Places
Siobhan Ferguson, author
The History Press
c/o Arcadia Publishing
9780750995221, $40.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "prettycityparis: Discovering Paris's Beautiful Places" by Siobhan Ferguson, armchair
travelers and on-site visitors can go beyond the French capital's famous landmarks and discover the hidden gems in this
ancient city. From secluded mews and undiscovered cafes to flower markets and tree-lined streets, prettycityparis champions
the quiet, gentle moments that allow you to escape in a huge capital city like Paris.
If you know where to look, you will find that traditional shopfronts, vintage transport, artisan bakeries, whimsical florists
and timeless bookstores are but a hop, skip and a jump from the center. Some are right in the middle.
Full of the unexplored and less-appreciated areas of Paris, this stunning guide also includes tips on how to plan and
photograph your own prettycityparis experience, whether on foot or dreaming from afar.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated in full color, this impressive edition of "prettycityparis: Discovering Paris's
Beautiful Places" from The History Press will prove to be of particular relevance and appreciation for readers with an
interest in Paris, in Urban Photography, and French Travel Guides. Impressively informative, exceptionally 'reader friendly'
in organization and presentation, "prettycityparis: Discovering Paris's Beautiful Places" is an unequivocally recommended
pick for personal, professional, community, and academic library collections.
Editorial Note: Siobhan Ferguson is the curator and founder of the hugely popular Instagram accounts @prettycitylondon,
@theprettycities and @siobhaise. A photographer and social media consultant, she is the author of prettycitylondon (2018)
and prettycitynewyork (2019). A native Irish woman, she currently lives in Chiswick.
The Family Bucket List
Nana Luckham, author
Kath Strathers, author
9780789344175, $36.95, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: With options for exciting trips and anything but ordinary journeys, the vast choice of experiences showcased in
"The Family Bucket List: 1,000 Trips to Take and Memories to Make Around the World" by co-authors Nana Luckham and
Kath Strathers is curated to appeal to all types of families and people of all ages: from visiting a "hobbit roundhouse" in
Cornwall, England or shopping the docks for lobster in Portland, Maine to birdspotting along the Panama Canal or partaking
of hundreds of activities at the Florida State Fair.
Organized geographically,the entries comprising "The Family Bucket List" feature a wide array of things to do spanning
numerous interests and activity levels sure to appeal to all ages from kids to grandparents: go boating on New York State's
Erie Canal; stroll the tulip fields outside Amsterdam; celebrate Mexico's Day of the Dead - the "original" Halloween;
experience authentic Japanese living including a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto; take your family to a cooking school in
Tuscany; explore the Pacific Northwest by ferry; and much more.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with color photography, this large format (7 x 1.37 x 9.19 inches,
1.25 pounds) hardcover edition from Universe Publishing of "The Family Bucket List: 1,000 Trips to Take and Memories to
Make Around the World" will have immense appeal to both the armchair traveler and the on-site visitor alike. An
impressively inspirational and planning alternative to a generic vacation, "The Family Bucket List" is a very highly
recommended pick for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Travel & Travel Guide
Editorial Note #1: Nana Luckham has written for many travel publications and was a contributor to The Bucket List: Eco
Editorial Note #2: Kath Stathers is a leading travel writer whose books include The Bucket List, The Bucket List: Wild, and
The Bucket List: North America.
The Computer Shelf
The Shape of Data
Colleen M. Farrelly, author
Yae Ulrich Gaba, author
No Starch Press
9781718503083, $39.99, PB, 264pp
Synopsis: Whether you are a mathematician, seasoned data scientist, or marketing professional, "The Shape of Data:
Geometry-Based Machine Learning and Data Analysis in R" by co-authors Colleen M. Farrelly and Yae Ulrich Gaba is the
perfect introduction to the critical interplay between the geometry of data structures and machine learning.
"The Shape of Data" is an extensive collection of case studies (drawn from medicine, education, sociology, linguistics, and
more) and offering a gentle explanations of the math behind dozens of algorithms provide a comprehensive yet accessible
look at how geometry shapes the algorithms that drive data analysis.
In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of how to implement geometry-based algorithms with code, "The Shape of
Data" covers: Supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms and their application to network data analysis; The way
distance metrics and dimensionality reduction impact machine learning; How to visualize, embed, and analyze survey and
text data with topology-based algorithms; New approaches to computational solutions, including distributed computing and
Critique: Comprehensive and exceptionally well written, "The Shape of Data: Geometry-Based Machine Learning and Data
Analysis in R" is impressively 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, making it an ideal instructional resource for
anyone with an interest in topology, computer hacking, or mathematical/statistical computer software. Also available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $23.99), "The Shape of Data: Geometry-Based Machine Learning and Data Analysis in R" is a
strongly recommended pick for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Computer Science
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note #1: Colleen M. Farrelly is a senior data scientist whose academic and industry research has focused on
topological data analysis, quantum machine learning, geometry-based machine learning, network science, hierarchical
modeling, and natural language processing. Since graduating from the University of Miami with an MS in biostatistics,
Colleen has worked as a data scientist in a variety of industries, including healthcare, consumer packaged goods, biotech,
nuclear engineering, marketing, and education. Colleen often speaks at tech conferences, including PyData, SAS Global,
WiDS, Data Science Africa, and DataScience SALON.
Editorial Note #2: Yae Ulrich Gaba completed his doctoral studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT, South Africa)
with a specialization in topology and is currently a research associate at Quantum Leap Africa (QLA, Rwanda). His research
interests are computational geometry, applied algebraic topology (topological data analysis), and geometric machine
learning (graph and point-cloud representation learning). His current focus lies in geometric methods in data analysis, and
his work seeks to develop effective and theoretically justified algorithms for data and shape analysis using geometric and
topological ideas and methods.
The C# Type System
No Starch Press
9781718501584, $49.99, PB, 344pp
Synopsis: The type system is the foundation upon which all C# programs are built. "The C# Type System" by Steve Love
will show you how to define and implement value types effectively, and write more performant and robust code. Real-world
code examples and test cases throughout will elevate your programming with C# and show you how best to implement the
principles you're learning.
Among the core aspects of working with the type system, "The C# Type System" covers: How user-defined value types, and
even simple types, can enhance your code's readability; How reference and value types differ within C#; How method
parameters and arguments relate to reference and value types; How differences in copy semantics between value and
reference types affect a program's behavior; How the different methods of value comparisons for equality work behind the
scenes; The unique characteristics and roles of various types in an application, especially how value types go beyond
meredata storage; Why inheritance isn't optimal for value types; How to measure and evaluate the performance of an app's
use of different data types.
Critique: Exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "The C# Type System" is the ideal DIY instruction
manual that is unreservedly recommended for novice users and seasoned programmers alike. Indispensable for learning how
to turn good code into great code, and also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.99), "The C# Type System" is an
especially recommended pick for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Software Computer
Code collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Steve Love has been a professional C# developer for nearly 20 years, and has trained many other C#
developers of varying levels of expertise. He writes for the ACCU magazines C Vu and Overload, and is a frequent speaker
The Async-First Playbook
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780138187538, $39.99, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: Distributed work is now inevitable, but conventional agile approaches are too "synchronous" for today's remote
teams. Meetings, ceremonies, and rituals can become unsustainable when teams are scattered across the globe. The result:
burnout, constant interruptions, a lack of deep work, poor work-life balance, greater frustration, and workplaces with poor
With the publication of "The Async-First Playbook: Remote Collaboration Techniques for Agile Software Teams", Sumeet
Gayathri Moghe (Thoughtworks Principal Product Manager) provides tools and techniques to embed remote-native,
asynchronous practices into traditional agile methods, making remote work more efficient, inclusive, thoughtful, and
Drawing on extensive experience leading distributed teams, Moghe addresses the "nuts and bolts" of specific practices and
the crucial "softer" elements such as culture, mindset, and leadership. Short, practical chapters show how to adapt traditional
agile techniques such as sprints and pair programming for the realities of today's distributed environments. Whatever your
project, you'll learn how to create asynchronous environments that promote success, improve the workplace experience, and
deliver better results.
"The Async-First Playhbook" covers: Discovering why asynchronous collaboration is crucial to your project's success;
Learning the tools, skills, and protocols you need to get right in order to go "async-first"; Mapping current agile techniques
to async-first versions that better reflect today's realities; Becoming a more supportive and effective leader of async-first
teams; Anticipating, navigating, and mitigating the pitfalls of async-first distributed work; Bringing it all together -- walking
through your async-first transition; Accessing valuable resources, examples, and hands-on templates at the companion
Critique: Offering a complete and comprehensive textbook quality study and instructional guide that is thoroughly 'user
friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Async-First Playbook: Remote Collaboration Techniques for Agile Software
Teams", by Sumeet Gayathri Moghe is especially and unreservedly endorsed and recommended for personal, professional,
and college/university library Computer Software Design/Engineering/Development collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists. It should be noted that "The Async-First Playbook: Remote Collaboration Techniques for Agile
Software Teams" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.99).
Editorial Note: Sumeet Gayathri Moghe is a Principal Product Manager and transformation specialist at Thoughtworks. He
loves building great products for clients and leading engineering transformation initiatives. Besides consulting with clients
he has also led a number of internal and external programs around knowledge management, learning and development, and
The Photography Shelf
New York City Yesterday and Today
The Globe Pequot Press
9781493052110, $29.95, HC, 168pp
Synopsis: "New York City Yesterday and Today: Exploring the City's Tax Photographs" by author and photographer Jamie
McDonald is a compendium of little-known, but utterly fascinating tax photographs taken from The City of New York's
Hall of Records and also reveals how those areas look today.
The photographs are an interesting page in the history of the city's municipal workings alone, but provide a fascinating look
into daily city life in the 1940's. They were taken to help figure out property tax assessments.
Incredibly, city officials employed a team of photographers to go out to all five boroughs and photograph literally every
building in the city. The result is tens of thousands of photos of practically every nook and cranny of the streets of New
With the publication of "New York City Yesterday and Today: Exploring the City's Tax Photographs", interested readers
can now compare the old locations with modern photos -- and marvel at the changes some neighborhoods have undergone,
whereas some parts of the city have remained remarkably unchanged. This is a truly remarkable look at the city's past and
Critique: A unique, informative, and inherently fascinating approach to the history of the singularly American city, "New
York City Yesterday and Today: Exploring the City's Tax Photographs" is a special and unreservedly recommended addition
for personal, professional, community, and college/university library American History collections in general and New York
City History collections in particular. It should be noted that "New York City Yesterday and Today: Exploring the City's
Tax Photographs" is also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.46).
Editorial Note: Jamie McDonald wrote, directed and hosted the Emmy award winning PBS television series "New York
Originals," which brought about the subsequent book of the same name published by Universe/Rizzoli. He is a former
producer at Fox News and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His last film, "Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills and
Painted Nightmares" was broadcast on several public television stations nationwide. The film received three out of four
stars from USA Today, and won two "Best Documentary" awards. He also co-produced "The Latin Legends of Comedy,"
which has played in several theaters and has also been released on DVD. Jamie has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications
from Boston University and a Master's Degree from New York University. He is also the author of No Access New
Just a Minor Threat
Glen E. Friedman, photographer
9781636141367, $35.00, HC, 138pp
Synopsis: "Just a Minor Threat: The Minor Threat Photographs of Glen E. Friedman" is a large format (10.5 x 0.75 x 8.75
inches, 2.12 pounds) volume of Glen E. Friedman's most outstanding photographs of the Washington, DC, band Minor
Threat -- one of the most influential hardcore punk bands in music history. While this edition of "Just a Minor Threat" from
Akashic Books offers Friedman's best-known photographs of the band, most of the pictures comprising this volume, shot in
1982 and '83, have never been seen before.
Along with the photography, "Just a Minor Threat" also features writings by Jello Biafra, Alec MacKaye, Guy Picciotto,
Zack de la Rocha, Jamie Shanahan, and Ian F. Svenonius. Friedman's own introduction explains how he initially met the
band, and the lifelong friendships that grew from there.
The first time Friedman made pictures of Minor Threat was in Southern California early in the summer of 1982, then later
on their home turf of Washington, DC. At the end of that same year, he shot them at an "explosive and uncontrollable"
performance at CBGB in New York City. In addition to these, Just a Minor Threat also comprises very rare candid and
posed photos of the band, including many from the same roll as the now classic "Salad Days" image on the front steps of
their "Dischord House."
Critique: This unique collection includes Glen E. Friedman's most iconic images of Minor Threat, as well as many
never-before-seen photographs is a 'must' for the fans of Minor Threat and a strongly recommended addition to personal,
professional, community, and college/university library American Photography and 20th Century American Music History
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Glen E. Friedman (http://burningflags.com/home) is one of the most important photographers of his
generation. He is principally known for his influential and iconic images of rebellious artists from classic skateboarding,
punk, and hip-hop cultures. As a true artist, his process was much more incendiary than it was documentary. Friedman, first
published at the age of fourteen, has produced over one hundred record covers, countless magazine pages, and almost a
dozen books, including What I See: The Black Flag Photographs, Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs,
DogTown: The Legend of the Z-Boys, My Rules, and Together Forever: The Run-DMC and Beastie Boys Photographs. His
work is now included in a number of notable international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
The Sacred Herbs of Yule and Christmas
Ellen Evert Hopman
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
9781644117804, $29.99, PB, 344pp
Synopsis: For millennia human cultures around the world have taken a special and dedicated time to honor the darkest days
of the year with lights, foods, rituals, traditions, and celebratory festivities.
In ancient Egypt, people decorated their homes with greenery at the festival of the rebirth of the God Horus. The ancient
Romans shared gifts, especially candles, at the midwinter festival of Saturnalia. In Scandinavian and Germanic cultures, the
Yule Log was burned in the hearth, fruit orchards were wassailed, and sheaves of wheat were displayed to carry luck into
the New Year. In Celtic cultures, mummers and guisers went door to door, and European mistletoe (Viscum album) was
gathered by Druids as a medicinal and magical aid.
With the publication of "The Sacred Herbs of Yule and Christmas: Remedies, Recipes, Magic, and Brews for the Winter
Season", Ellen Evert Hopman shares folklore, recipes, rituals, and crafts to enliven your Yuletide observance. She explores
the origins of the Christmas tree and Santa Claus as well as holiday Spirits and Yuletide animals. She explains how to
perform Winter Solstice divinations and make traditional foods and drinks such as Elizabethan gingerbread cookies and
Wassail. And she looks in depth at the medicinal and magical properties of the many herbs, barks, and berries associated
with the Christmas and Yuletide season such as Frankincense and Myrrh, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Hibiscus, Bayberry, and
Critique: "The Sacred Herbs of Yule and Christmas: Remedies, Recipes, Magic, and Brews for the Winter Season" an
exceptionally well written, organized and presented guide that offers a wealth of practical and magical ways to celebrate and
honor the darkest days of the year. Providing readers with an around-the-world tour of ancient Christmas celebrations,
Pagan Solstice customs, and magical seasonal plants, "The Sacred Herbs of Yule and Christmas: Remedies, Recipes, Magic,
and Brews for the Winter Season" is a unique and highly prized addition to personal, professional, community, and
college/university library Metaphysical/Paganism Studies and Herbal Medicine collections. It should be noted for the
personal reading lists of students, academia, herbalists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that
"The Sacred Herbs of Yule and Christmas: Remedies, Recipes, Magic, and Brews for the Winter Season" is also available in
a digital book format (Kindle, $20.99).
Editorial Note: Ellen Evert Hopman (https://elleneverthopman.com) is a master herbalist and lay homeopath, who has been
a Druidic initiate since 1984. She is a founding member of the Order of the White Oak, the Archdruidess and founder of
Tribe of the Oak, a former professor at the Grey School of Wizardry, and a member of the Grey Council of Mages and
Sages. She is the author of Celtic herbals and Druid novels, including Secret Medicines from Your Garden, The Sacred
Herbs of Samhain, and Once Around the Sun: Stories, Crafts, and Recipes to Celebrate the Sacred Earth Year.
Pagan Portals: The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens
Collective Ink Books
9781782798330, $12.95, PB, 92pp
Synopsis: The Morrigan or Morrigan, also known as Morrigu, is a figure from Irish mythology. The name is Mor-Rioghain
in Modern Irish, and it has been translated into English as "great queen" or "phantom queen". (Wikipedia)
On shadowed wings and in raven's call, with the publication of "Pagan Portals: The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens",
author Morgan Daimler introduces the ancient Irish goddess of war, battle, prophecy, death, sovereignty, and magic. "The
Morrigan" is an informative introduction to the Morrigan and several related goddesses who share the title, including Badb
"The Morrigan" deftly combines solid academic information with the author's personal experience in a way that is intended
to dispel the confusion that often surrounds who this goddess was and is. The Morrigan is as active in the world today as she
ever was in the past but answering her call means answering the challenge of finding her history and myth in a sea of
misinformation, supposition, and hard-to-find ancient texts.
Here in one place, all of her basic information has been collected along with personal experiences and advice from a
long-time priestess dedicated to a goddess who bears the title Morrigan.
Critique: The Morrigan is mainly associated with war and fate, especially with foretelling doom, death, or victory in battle.
In this role she often appears as a crow, the badb. She incites warriors to battle and can help bring about victory over their
enemies. The Morrigan encourages warriors to do brave deeds, strikes fear into their enemies, and is portrayed washing the
bloodstained clothes of those fated to die. She is most frequently seen as a goddess of battle and war and has also been seen
as a manifestation of the earth- and sovereignty-goddess, chiefly representing the goddess's role as guardian of the territory
and its people. (Wikipedia)
A quick, easy, and impressively informative read from first page to last, this edition of Morgan Daimler's "Pagan Portals -
The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens" from Moon Books must be considered essential reading for anyone with an
interest in paganism, Celtic mythology, and/or New Age Goddesses. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
$6.49), "Pagan Portals - The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens" is unreservedly commended to personal, professional,
community, and academic library Metaphysical Studies collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Morgan Daimler is an Irish Re-constructionist with Heathen tendencies who has been a polytheist since the
early '90 s. A wandering priestess of Odin and dedicant of Macha, she teaches classes on Irish and Norse magical practices,
fairies, and related subjects around the northeastern United States. Morgan's writing has appeared in a variety of magazines
and anthologies including 'By Blood, Bone, and Blade: A Tribute to the Morrigan' and 'Naming the Goddess'. Morgan is
also the author of nine books including 'Fairy Witchcraft' and the urban fantasy novel 'Murder Between the Worlds'
Freya: Meeting the Norse Goddess of Magic
c/o Collective Ink Books
9781803410029, $12.95, PB, 104pp
Synopsis: The most popular of the Norse goddesses is the Vanic deity Freya, originating in the Norse myths and brought
into modern mass media, yet often obscured by contradictory tales and external moral coding.
Freya is an alluring deity of magic and fertility, a being so important in the mythology that gods and giants fought over her,
yet she is never shown as a passive prize to be won only as a forceful being with agency and will of her own. Who is this
powerful goddess who has left such a profound mark across not only Norse culture but also wider Western culture?
A part of the Pagan Portals series, "Pagan Portals - Freya: Meeting the Norse Goddess of Magic" by Morgan daimler is a
basic introduction to the Norse Goddess Freya that covers her history, mythology, associations, and modern appearances,
and offers readers suggestions for how to begin connecting to Freya in their own lives.
Critique: A succinct biography and study of a primary female deity drawn from Norse mythology and folklore, "Meeting the
Norse Goddess of Magic" is a unique and unreservedly recommended pick for personal, community, and college/university
library collections and supplemental Norse Mythology curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia,
and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Pagan Portals - Freya: Meeting the Norse Goddess of
Magic" is also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.49).
Editorial Note: Morgan Daimler (https://www.patreon.com/morgandaimler) is a blogger, poet, teacher of esoteric subjects,
witch, and priestess of the Daoine Maithe. Morgan is a prolific pagan writer, having published more than a dozen books
under Moon Books alone, and she is one of the world's foremost experts on all things Fairy.
The Floating World Tarot
Oliver Luke Delorie, author
Mia Komatsu, illustrator
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
9780760385814, $26.99, Card Deck, 80pp
Synopsis: Ukiyo (which can be translated to floating/fleeting/transient world) is the Japanese term used to describe the
urban lifestyle and culture, especially the pleasure-seeking aspects, of the Edo period (1600 - 1867) in Japan. "The Floating
World Tarot: Explore the Ancient Traditions of the Tarot with Japanese Spiritualism creatively reimagines the ukiyo
lifestyle through the lens of manga art and pairs it with the ancient art of tarot to create an all-inclusive kit that gives you
everything you need to master this powerful divination tool.
"The Floating World Tarot: Explore the Ancient Traditions of the Tarot with Japanese Spiritualism" by tarot expert Oliver
Luke Delorie and artist/illustrator Mia Komatsu is comprised of 78 tarot cards encompassing both Major and Minor Arcana,
each illustrated in a unique and gorgeous manga style. Also included is an 80-page illustrated guidebook with detailed
explanations, guiding keywords, and reversed meanings of each card.
With this deck and book, gather the knowledge and master the ability to analyze the symbolism that comes with each
archetype. Then apply that wisdom to your everyday life.
Critique: Of special and particular value to tarot students and practitioners with an interest in Japanese philosophy,
spiritualism, and ancient culture, "The Floating World Tarot: Explore the Ancient Traditions of the Tarot with Japanese
Spiritualism" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal and professional Tarot and
Metaphysical Studies collections.
Editorial Note #1: Nicknamed "monk" the day he was born, and steeped in Eastern philosophy and martial arts,
multidimensional creative professional Oliver Luke Delorie has a black belt in self-help, penning the playful 100 Small
Ways to Quit Worrying and 100 Small Ways to Manage Time, the philosophical Wabi Sabi and Shinrin-Yoku, and the
inspirational Creative Manifestos, among several other books. He has an informative website at
Editorial Note #2: Mia Komatsu (https://miwa-komatsu.jp/en) is a Japanese artist and calligrapher, currently based in
Germany. She specializes in modern ukiyo-e style illustrations and brush-and-ink calligraphy, but is increasingly
experimenting with digital art and photography. Primarily a freelance artist, Mia has designed everything from shop logos to
vinyl jackets. You can see her art on Instagram @miacomart
Soul Journey through the Tarot
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
9781644117095, $22.95, PB, 384pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Soul Journey through the Tarot: Key to a Complete Spiritual Practice", astrologer John
Sandbach illuminates in depth that the Tarot is a portal to realms of wisdom. That it can not only can provide deep insight
through traditional readings but also offer a hands-on way to learn multiple spiritual practices and metaphysical systems,
each of which are interrelated through numbers and the ways the systems are worked with to reveal cosmic truths.
In this guide, Sandbach explores the deep interconnected meanings of each of the 78 cards of the Tarot and explains how to
work with the cards for spiritual healing and growth as well as to synergistically learn other methods of spiritual insight, in
particular numerology and astrology.
Connecting the traditional, symbolic, psychological, alchemical, astrological, and numerological meanings of each card to
its deepest meaning, the one closest to its spiritual core, he shows how exploring the interconnected meanings of the cards
allows you to understand the Tarot as an integrated whole and enables you to provide insightful and deeply intuitive
He also explains how every card is connected to the Tree of Life, an ancient Kabbalistic diagram of the universe, and details
how to use the Tarot to calculate the numerological value of names, words, and dates, including birthdays, to reveal their
metaphysical significance. He explores the connections between alternative rulerships for the cards and how they allow you
to understand astrology at a deeper level.
Finally, he demonstrates several types of card layouts that can be used to perform readings for yourself or others, and he
provides instructions for Tarot Contemplations to access deeper meanings of the cards.
By journeying through the nexus of wisdom connections within each card, you not only are simultaneously learning the
ancient wisdom of numerology and astrology, but also opening access to your own inner wisdom.
Critique: Comprehensive, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Soul Journey through the Tarot:
Key to a Complete Spiritual Practice" by tarot master John Sandbach is a complete DIY course of instruction that will have
a very special value and appeal to readers with an interest in New Age Mysticism, Kabbalah, and the Tarot. It should be
noted for the personal reading lists of metaphysical studies students and practitioners of the tarot that "Soul Journey through
the Tarot: Key to a Complete Spiritual Practice" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.99).
Editorial Note: John Sandbach (https://johnsandbach.net) is a highly respected astrology and Tarot researcher who has been
working professionally in these fields for more than 50 years. He is the visionary behind the Chandra Symbols of the 360
degrees of the zodiac system, and he offers private astrology and Tarot readings online. He is also author of several books,
including The Circular Temple and Astrology, Alchemy, and the Tarot.
c/o Collective Ink Books
9781803413327, $17.95, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: Right under your feet lies one of the best magickal tools a practitioner could use in their workings - dirt. Whether
it comes from graveyards, footprints, crossroads, or elsewhere, the dirt from different places is a powerful aid in the magick
to your workings.
When we work with dirt, we're working with one of the most fundamental elements of being human. As they saying goes --
From dust we appeared and to dust we shall return. Dirt creates a magickal, energetic link that heightens any endeavor. This
element of earth brings a deep spiritual dynamic and connection to any working.
Since it might be difficult to decide where to start (because dirt covers the planet, even under the oceans) with the
publication of "Conjuring Dirt: Magick of Footprints, Crossroads & Graveyards", author Taren S narrows the focus to
specific magickal-spiritual locations, locations of merit and power, for you to collect your own dirt. Implementing dirt into
magickal workings requires more skill than its availability would denote.
Dirt workings involve the realms of light and dark magick, healing, curses, and death. "Conjuring Dirt: Magick of
Footprints, Crossroads & Graveyards" will guide, help, and warn all those who wish to use dirt for magickal workings.
Critique: Fully addressing one of the often overlooked elements of metaphysical/magick studies, "Conjuring Dirt: Magick of
Footprints, Crossroads & Graveyards" is an informed and informative instructional guide that is a firmly recommended and
essential contribution to personal, professional, community, and college/university library Metaphysical Studies collections.
It should be noted for both novice and experienced practitioners and students of the arcane arts that "Conjuring Dirt: Magick
of Footprints, Crossroads & Graveyards" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
Editorial Note: Taren S (https://www.houseofwitchcraft.com/taren-s) stood in her first magickal circle in the backwoods of
North Carolina when she was seventeen years old. She was initiated High Priestess within American Witchcraft in 1995.
For over a decade she worked at a Haitian Voodoo Doctor's botanica as a spiritual counselor and professional tarot card
reader in the South Carolina Lowcountry region. Furthering her magickal and spiritual path she was initiated as a Mama
Bridget within American Voodoo/Hoodoo.
Nature Quest Oracle
Theresa Hutch, author/illustrator
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902
9781646711147, $22.95, Card Deck
Synopsis: With inspiration from Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, the "Nature Quest Oracle" card deck by Theresa Hutch invites you
on a journey to manifest a mindful life in harmony with nature. Prominent sages (Thich Nhat Hahn, Ram Dass, Ramana
Maharshi and Anandamayi Ma) share insights that are in alignment with Taoist philosophy to make the teachings of the Tao
accessible and relevant to your daily life. This 50-card deck by author and illustrated Theresa Hutch features charming
watercolor art and is organized around the five elements. It also includes 132-page full-color guidebook.
Critique: Offering taoist wisdom relevant to our contemporary times, "Nature Quest Oracle" will have a very special appeal
and enduring value to students and practitioners of fortune telling and tarot reading. Ethereal, eternal, lovely, and endlessly
fascinating, "Nature Quest Oracle" is especially and uniquely recommended for students of eastern wisdom, and
practitioners of tarot based fortune telling.
Editorial Note: Theresa Hutch (https://whitesagetarot.com/pages/about-us) is the creator of White Sage Tarot, Land Sky
Oracle. She finds inspiration through connecting with nature everyday. Theresa lives and works out of her home studio in
Minneapolis, MN. She does tarot readings both online and in-person. She owns an on-line stationery shop called Small
Cloud Shop and sells her items wholesale to small shops across the globe. All greeting cards are locally printed in small
batches and are encased in eco-friendly bio-sleeves that are compostable. Theresa is plants a tree with every deck purchase
from her website through the National Forest Foundation. So far over 2000 trees have been planted!
Divine Nature Oracle Deck & Book Set
Angi Sullins, author
Greg Spalenka, illustrator
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902
9781646711185, $26.95, Card Deck
Synopsis: Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? You were born golden, and the
earthly experience of humanity conditions you to believe you're made entirely of earth. But no matter how much encasing
the world has put on you, nothing can change your divine nature: golden, radiant, valuable.
"Divine Nature Oracle Deck & Book Set" by the team of author Angi Sullins and artist Greg Spalenka is an oracle/tarot
deck that is like a kind of phoenix-fire, melting away all that does not belong to your divine nature. The 100-page book that
accompanies the card deck is full of feathers of insight and talons of formidable intent. You don't need to rise from the fire,
you ARE the fire, both divine and natural, a treasure beyond your wildest imaginings. It's time that you spent it.
Critique: Extraordinary, exceptional, impressive, memorable, the "Divine Nature Oracle Deck & Book Set" includes 44 gold
gilt-edged cards with foil accented backs, an organza pouch and 100-page guidebook, packaged in a magnetic hinged, spot
varnish accented box. This "Divine Nature Oracle Deck & Book Set" from U.S. Games Systems is ideal for gift giving to
metaphysical practitioners and students.
Editorial Note #1: Angi Sullins (https://angisullins.com) is addicted to wonder, make videos, sing songs, and write books
that encourage both the wonder that is out in the world and the wonder that is inside the soul.
Editorial Note #2: Greg Spalenka (https://www.spalenka.com) feels that he is a cross disciplinary artist who loves to work in
different mediums ranging from high touch to high tech, paint to pixels, photography to music, books to jewelry -- all in a
grand fusion of possibility. For three decades he has been teaching, lecturing and conducting workshops at colleges,
universities, art institutions around the country and abroad to share his professional experience and encourage the creation
of art businesses. He founded the educational service, Artist As Brand to inspire and nurture art career sustainability.
Fairy Gems Deck & Book Set
Ellen Steiber, author
Linda Ravenscroft, illustrator
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902
9781646711178, $26.95, Card Deck
Synopsis: Fairies have been with us forever. Spun of light and shadow, these mysterious beings are timeless nature spirits
who belong to the wild and carry all its wisdom and power. They connect us to a vibrant, enchanting world where anything
Gemstones, too, have always held the promise of magic. They've been used as amulets and talismans -- called upon to
protect or heal, to grant clairvoyance and prophecy and travel into other realms.
"Fairy Gems Deck & Book Set" is 40-card tarot deck with which the power of fairies and gems come together through the
luminous paintings of Linda Raven-scroft and the book of Oracles by Ellen Steiber.
Each card will bring you insight from the world of Fairy. Enter this enchanted realm to befriend the spirits of earth and sky,
and to encounter the treasure of your own soul. Includes 204-page illustrated book and drawstring organza pouch.
Fairies recognize their own. Though you may not be able to detect them yet, you have wings. Your psyche is equipped to
soar: through your own adventures, beyond your wildest imaginings and into the realm where impossible things happen
every day. Discover the power of fire and flight in this special collector's deck and book set.
Critique; Linda Ravenscroft is a British artist currently living in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. While author Ellen
Steiber, was born and raised in New Jersey, lived in New York City, worked in publishing for 14 years, and currently
resides in Tucson, Arizona. Together they have created a tarot deck of wonder and enchantment that will have a very special
resonance and are especially recommend for tarot practitioners who have an enduring interest in the fairy folk.
Editorial Note: U.S. Games Systems, Inc. has been the premier publisher of tarot and inspirational decks since 1968.
Additionally, they also offer inspirational gift products such as Angel Kindness Cards, Pup Notes, and Healing Notes.
For The Love of Dragons
Angi Sullins, author
Amy Brown, illustrator
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902
9781646711161, $26.95, Card Deck
Synopsis: Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend never met a dragon. Inside "For The Love Of Dragons", a tarot
deck by Angi Sullins and beautifully illustrated by artist Amy Brown, you will find majestic guides, petite playmates, cute
companions and wild free spirits.
They are all allies to those who hold faeries and fables dear. Because of their voracious appetites, they have tasted many
truths, imbibed much wisdom and learned a thing or two about navigating the skies of change.
They also recognize their own. Though you may not be able to detect them yet, you have wings. Your psyche is equipped to
soar: through your own adventures, beyond your wildest imaginings and into the realm where impossible things happen
Discover the power of fire and flight in this special collector's book and deck. "For The Love Of Dragons" includes 44 pink
gilt-edged cards, organza pouch and 104-page guidebook, packaged in a magnetic hinged, spot varnish accented box.
Critique: Angi Sullins is a poet and scribe who is based out of Northern New Mexico. While artist/illustrator Amy Brown
resides in the Pacific Northwest. The two ave them have brilliantly collaborative together to create an original, beautiful,
inspiring, and impressive, "For The Love Of Dragons" card deck that will prove a true favorite among tarot readers who are
also fans of dragon lore and culture.
Editorial Note: U.S. Games Systems, Inc. has been the premier publisher of tarot and inspirational decks since 1968.
Additionally, they also offer inspirational gift products such as Angel Kindness Cards, Pup Notes, and Healing Notes.
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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