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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Education Shelf Cookbook Shelf
American History Shelf World History Shelf Civil War Shelf
Military Shelf Science Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Literary Fiction Shelf Romantic Fiction Shelf Western Fiction Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Business Shelf Music Shelf
Library Science Shelf Native American Studies Shelf Art Shelf
Parenting Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Biography Shelf Agriculture Shelf Journalism Shelf
Archaeology Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf Holocaust Studies Shelf


Reviewer's Choice

The Preamble as Policy
Robert Irons, author
Jim Twombly, author
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
29 Broadway, 18th floor, New York, NY 10006
www.peterlang.com
9781433188039, $114.95, HC, 95pp

https://www.amazon.com/Preamble-Policy-Guidebook-Governance-Civic/dp/1433188031

Synopsis: With the publication of "The Preamble as Policy: A Guidebook to Governance and Civic Duty", collaborative authors Robert Irons and Jim Twombly show that the Preamble to the Constitution is more than an introduction to the document; it sets the tone for the rest of the document and how it should be viewed and interpreted.

The Preamble is also a list of goals for a new government and a tool for holding our elected representatives accountable for their efforts on our behalf.

"The Preamble as Policy: A Guidebook to Governance and Civic Duty" also examines the history of the development of the Constitution to show how the Preamble can be used to judge the laws and policies enacted by the federal government.

"The Preamble as Policy: A Guidebook to Governance and Civic Duty" deftly weaves political thought, history, and current events together allowing for examination of an oft forgotten part of the Constitution. It provides a unique framework and firm foundation for class discussions or social interactions about what we have achieved as a nation and where we might have come up short.

Critique: Especially timely in terms of the current insurrectionist attacks on overthrowing a duly elected government of the United States by Donald J. Trump and his associates, "The Preamble as Policy: A Guidebook to Governance and Civic Duty" should be given a careful and considerate reading by every elected member of state and federal congresses, every candidate for political office ranging from county clerk to the American presidency, every political activist of every party, and every citizen of the United States with an appreciation for how precarious these times are for the survival our American style democracy. Also available in a paperback edition (9781433188237, $40.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $40.95), "The Preamble as Policy: A Guidebook to Governance and Civic Duty" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, governmental, college, and university library Contemporary Political Science and American Constitutional Law collection and supplemental curriculum studies.

Editorial Note #1: Robert Irons (Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology) is Associate Professor of Finance and Chair of the Accounting and Finance Department at Illinois Wesleyan University. He has taught undergraduate and MBA students for over twenty years and is published in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of Portfolio Management. Dr. Irons worked as a financial analyst for AT&T and United Airlines.

Jim Twombly (Ph.D., Stony Brook University) is Professor of Political Science at Elmira College in New York. He is the author of The Progression of the American Presidency, Political Scandal and American Pop Culture: Sex, Power, and Cover-ups, and Directing the Whirlwind: The Trump Presidency and the Deconstruction of the Administrative State (with Lisa K. Parshall).


The Education Shelf

Cultivating Joyful Learning Spaces for Black Girls
Monique W. Morris
ASCD
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
www.ascd.org
9781416631224, $27.95, PB, 140pp

https://www.amazon.com/Cultivating-Joyful-Learning-Spaces-Black/dp/1416631224

Synopsis: "Cultivating Joyful Learning Spaces for Black Girls: Insights into Interrupting School Pushout" is a thought-provoking and illuminating book in which former educator and social justice advocate Monique W. Morris addresses the harmful policies, practices, conditions, and assumptions that too often criminalize Black girls' behavior and steer them down "school-to-confinement pathways" in disproportionate numbers.

The key to disrupting such punitive pushout is for educators to develop meaningful relationships with Black girls - connections that are grounded in cultural understanding and focused on helping Black girls develop their identities as valued individuals and contributors to the larger community. Such relationships, Morris argues, can shift Black girls' schooling from a punishment-oriented experience to one that is joyful, healing, and transformative.

Along with her own research and experience, Morris explores the topic through in-depth conversations with three distinguished educators and clinical practitioners: Venus Evans-Winters, Janice Johnson Dias, and Kakenya Ntaiya, who provide insights about the challenges of educating Black girls and uplifting accounts of success in promoting their excellence and achievement.

These conversations and takeaways for practice are essential guideposts for any teacher, school leader, and policymaker committed to creating learning environments that dispel damaging attitudes and practices and allow Black girls to flourish.

Critique: Knowledgeably and comprehensively addressing a serious contemporary issue of gender and racial inequality in education, "Cultivating Joyful Learning Spaces for Black Girls: Insights into Interrupting School Pushout" is informative enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a four page listing of Resources, six pages of Notes, and a six page Index. "Cultivating Joyful Learning Spaces for Black Girls: Insights into Interrupting School Pushout" will have a special appeal and relevance for readers with an interest in General Gender Studies, college and university student life, and is an especially recommended addition to school district, college, and university library Contemporary Education collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Cultivating Joyful Learning Spaces for Black Girls: Insights into Interrupting School Pushout" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.49).

Editorial Note: Monique W. Morris, EdD, is an award-winning author and social justice scholar focused on education, civil rights, and juvenile and criminal justice. She is the president and CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color and the founder and board chair of the National Black Women's Justice Institute. She has written and lectured widely on research, policies, and practices associated with improving juvenile/criminal justice, educational, and socioeconomic conditions for girls and women of color. She has a website at https://www.moniquewmorris.me

Educator Bandwidth
Jane A. G. Kise, author
Ann C. Holm, author
https://www.annholm.net
ASCD
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
www.ascd.org
9781416631132, $29.95, PB, 175pp

https://www.amazon.com/Educator-Bandwidth-Reclaim-Energy-Passion/dp/1416631135

Synopsis: With respect to schools today, being an educator is more stressful than ever, and teachers and administrators must constantly shift gears to stay on top of the newest initiatives and students' ever-changing needs. With the publication of "Educator Bandwidth: How to Reclaim Your Energy, Passion, and Time" authors and educators Jane Kise and Ann Holm provide the tools and strategies to reduce stress, avoid burnout, and regain the time that gets lost to interruptions, temptations, competing demands, and task-switching.

The first step is to understand how much stress is weighing on your own mental bandwidth. That is why professional development experts Jane A. G. Kise and Ann Holm have developed the Brain Energy and Bandwidth Survey to help you self-assess the six key factors that contribute to an the 'bandwidth' of a classroom teacher.

"Educator Bandwith" includes: Balance between priorities; Filtering through possibilities; Mental habits that improve focus; Physical habits that fuel the brain; Connection with others; Workload and time management.

Kise and Holm combine the latest neuroscience research with their own extensive experience working with educators to bring the most effective strategies and habits that help you manage your mental bandwidth and prioritize drains on mental energy. When you can establish good habits, focus on what's possible within your locus of control, and balance priorities, you can improve your educator bandwidth and feel more engaged, centered, and effective in your work.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Educator Bandwidth: How to Reclaim Your Energy, Passion, and Time" is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a five page listing of References, a page of Notes, and a six page Index. An ideal textbook for in-service teacher training workshops and student teacher curriculums, "Educator Bandwidth: How to Reclaim Your Energy, Passion, and Time" is especially recommended for personal, professional, college, and university library Educator Stress Management and Education Certification/Development collections.

Editorial Note #1: Jane A. G. Kise, EdD, CPQC, founder of Differentiated Coaching Associates, has worked as a consultant for 30 years, specializing in executive and instructional coaching and professional development. She is also the author or coauthor of over 25 books, including Doable Differentiation; Holistic Leadership, Thriving Schools; Differentiated Coaching; and Creating a Coaching Culture for Professional Learning Communities. She holds an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas, where she is an adjunct professor for their doctoral program. She has a dedicated website at https://www.janekise.com/

Editorial Note #2: Ann C. Holm, MS, PCC, CPQC, is a professional certified coach specializing in executive, leadership, and personal development. She is an MBTI Master Practitioner and is known as a thought leader in integrating psychological type theory with other coaching models, including Emotional Intelligence, Positive Intelligence, and Polarity Thinking, where she holds certifications. In addition, Holm has 25 years of experience in applied brain science as a speech-language pathologist specializing in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. She is a frequent podcast guest and is the author of numerous articles and blogs. She has a dedicated website at https://www.annholm.net

Linking Assignments to Assessments: A Guide for Teachers
Deborah Crusan, author
Todd Ruecker, author
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
www.press.umich.edu
9780472038657, $35.00, PB, 234pp

https://www.amazon.com/Linking-Assignments-Assessments-Guide-Teachers/dp/0472038656

Synopsis: "Linking Assignments to Assessments: A Guide for Teachers" by the team of Deborah Crusan (Wright State University) and Todd Ruecker (University of Nevada - Reno) is specifically designed for teachers in training in TESOL programs, future preK - 12 teachers, and practicing instructors who need to integrate assessment into classrooms. Educators seeking fair and accessible assessment practices for English learners will find helpful information on language acquisition and differentiated instruction.

"Linking Assignments to Assessments: A Guide for Teachers" shares foundational information on the importance of assessment literacy and on how language acquisition, student backgrounds, and language standards need to be considered. It also offers step-by-step instructions on creating effective assessments for listening and reading, speaking and writing, grammar and vocabulary.

Teachers are provided context for understanding standardized assessments and strategies to advocate for and prepare English learners in high-stakes assessment contexts. Each individual chapter includes activities, discussion questions, and strategies for developing an assessment philosophy to help educators link their theory and practice.

Critique: Comprising a complete and comprehensive course of instruction that is impressively organized and presented for both K-12 teacher education students and practicing educators, "Linking Assignments to Assessments: A Guide for Teachers" is an ideal choice as a textbook for school district, college, and university library Contemporary Education collections, as well as Education Assessment, English as a Second Language Instruction, and Foreign Language Instruction curriculums.

Bringing Forth the Bard
Zoe Enser
Crown House Publishing
81 Brook Hills Circle, White Plains, NY 10605
www.crownhousepublishing.com
9781785836299, $22.95, PB, 150pp

https://www.amazon.com/Bringing-teaching-Shakespeare-English-classroom/dp/1785836293

Synopsis: The more you explore the plays of Shakespeare, the more you realize how they are an interrelated network of ideas and themes -- linked to his context, his audience and his understanding of the world.

With the publication of "Bringing Forth the Bard A Guide to Teaching Shakespeare in the English Classroom" educator and author Zoe Enser equips busy teachers with the core knowledge that will enable them to make links between the themes, characters, language and allusions in Shakespeare's oeuvre. Each chapter includes tips on how to bring his plays to life in the classroom, and features case studies from practicing teachers in a range of contexts to illustrate how they can ensure that their students develop an appreciation of his work - moving beyond the requirements of exams and empowering them to engage in the discussion around his influence and enduring appeal.

Underpinned by Zoe's academic enquiries on the subject, at both undergraduate and master's level, the book enables teachers to access the information they need in order to enrich their teaching beyond a single play and begin to unpick the threads of Shakespeare's work as a whole. The link between subject knowledge and pedagogical approaches runs throughout the book, focusing on the Shakespeare plays most popularly taught in the classroom and how we can enrich students' understanding of these by looking both at the links across the domain and the bigger picture his work presents.

Zoe builds a detailed schema of Shakespeare's work, his world, his ideas and his influences - and offers signposts to further reading and provides an appendix which will support teachers to rapidly find references to the plays they are teaching, and the ideas related to them.

Critique: An absolute 'must read' selection for any classroom teacher working with their students on a Shakespeare curriculum, "Bringing Forth the Bard A Guide to Teaching Shakespeare in the English Classroom" is the ideal instructional guide and one that will ensure successfully engaging and inspiring students with what Shakespeare has to offer with respect to our appreciation of great literature and our understanding of human behavior. While also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $21.00), "Bringing Forth the Bard A Guide to Teaching Shakespeare in the English Classroom" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, college and university library Education Instruction collections in general, and Shakespeare Instruction supplemental studies curriculum syllabus in particular.

Editorial Note: Zoe Enser was a classroom teacher for 20 years, during which time she was also a head of English and a senior leader with a responsibility for staff development and school improvement. She is now the lead specialist English adviser for Kent working with The Education People and is an evidence lead in education (ELE). Zoe has also been working on developing materials for the National Professional Qualifications and on their delivery. Zoe also writes for TES and is the co-author of Generative Learning in Action and The CPD Curriculum (with Mark Enser). She also has a dedicated web page on The Education People website at www.theeducationpeople.org/blog/the-rise-of-zoe-enser-teacher-mentor-leader-and-author


The Cookbook Shelf

It's All About Dinner
Nicky Corbishley
Kyle Books
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9781914239397, $26.99, HC, 224pp

https://www.amazon.com/Its-All-About-Dinner-delicious/dp/1914239393

Synopsis: Putting dinner on the table every night should be fun but can be stressful. Often thinking what to make is harder than actually cooking it, especially when you factor in all family members. This is where Kitchen Sanctuary and "It's All About Dinner: Easy, everyday, family-friendly meal " by Nicky Corbishley comes in. This is a cookbook compendium offering a selection of some 100 of the brand's most popular recipes drawn from both YouTube and the blog.

While Kitchen Sanctuary's online presence is still extremely in-demand, searching for what you want when you don't really know yourself can be hard. Having the recipes gathered in one place makes them easier to follow in the kitchen and also brings them to a whole new audience who are yet to find them online.

What started as a blog has now become a trusted brand, with over 2.5 million monthly page views and a rapidly growing YouTube channel - from 6k subscribers in January 2020 to 261k and counting.

Critique: Impressively illustrated throughout with full page, full color photographs of the showcased and ready for the table dishes, "It's All About Dinner: Easy, Everyday, Family-Friendly Meals" is a culinary pleasure to browse through and plan menus with. A veritable treasury of kitchen cook friendly recipes for palate pleasing, appetite satisfying meals for any and all family dining occasions, "It's All About Dinner" is especially appropriate and recommended for family and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "At's All About Dinner" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Editorial Note: An award-winning food blogger, Nicky Corbishley started Kitchen Sanctuary as a way to keep a diary of her favorite recipes, and it quickly grew in popularity, with readers loving the straightforward, easy-to-follow recipes, eye-catching photography and professional recipe videos. Her website is at https://www.kitchensanctuary.com/

Chetna's Easy Baking: With A Twist Of Spice
Chetna Makan
Hamlyn
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9780600637394, $29.99, HC, 208pp

https://www.amazon.com/Chetnas-Easy-Baking-twist-spice/dp/0600637395

Synopsis: Chetna Makan's popular and accessible style has charmed millions of people since her first appearance on The Great British Bake Off. Since then, she has written several bestselling cookbooks that combine her creative flavors with a love of simple Indian home cooking.

"Chetna's Easy Baking: With A Twist Of Spice" is her new culinary collection in which she showcases delicious sweet and savory bakes which have easy-to-find ingredients and simple-to-follow methods, but a special flavor twist to make your bakes sing and shine.

That could be a spice you might not expect, such as star anise in a tarte Tatin, a fusion of global incidences such as Masala Focaccia, or a twist on a classic, such as a drizzle cake dazzling with mango and ginger. Proving once again that simple baking methods are the best, Chetna's inspirational recipes are a joy to make and share with your favorite people.

Critique: Beautifully illustrated throughout with full page color photography of finished dishes, "Chetna's Easy Baking: With A Twist Of Spice" is an impressive compendium showcases more than eight authentic, palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, kitchen cook friendly recipes that will transform any dining occasion into a truly memorable feast with recipes that range from Banana Traybake with Toffe-Chocolate Sauce; Black Tahini Honey Tart; Pea nd Potato Sabji Stuffed Bread; and Naan with Garlicky Mushrooms; to Rose and Cardamom Yum Yums, Matcha and Strawberry Sponge Fingers; Spicy Coriander Chicken Bake; and Roasted Cauliflower Katchapuri. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99), "Chetna's Easy Baking: With A Twist Of Spice" is a unique and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, family, and community library Ethnic Cookbook collections.

Editorial Note: Chetna Makan was born in Jabalpur, an ancient city in central India. She has a degree in fashion and worked in Mumbai as a fashion designer before moving to the UK in 2003. Chetna reached the semi-final of The Great British Bake Off in 2014, and her first book, The Cardamom Trail, is a celebration of baking with Indian flavors. She has a very popular YouTube channel 'Food with Chetna' where she shares her creative flair for food. Her other books include Chai, Chaat& Chutney, Chetna's Healthy Indian, Chetna's Healthy Indian Vegetarian, and Chetna's 30 Minute Indian. Chetna's fan base continues to grow in the UK and US, and she now has over 213k Youtube followers and 199k on Instagram. @chetnamakan

Fire & Slice
Ryland, Peters & Small
341 East 116th Street, New York, NY 10029
www.rylandpeters.com
9781788794480, $14.99, HC, 128pp

https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Slice-Deliciously-simple-recipes/dp/1788794486

Synopsis: Showcasing nothing by pizza recipes that are crispy, tasty and authentic, "Fire & Slice" will have a unique and enduringly special appeal for all dedicated pizza lovers.

Designed for the home pizza oven, there is a culinary wealth of tips and tricks for making the most of your appliance and producing perfect pizzas from the comfort of your own home or garden.

Included in "Fire & Slice" are guides to making bases and sauces, and recipes that embrace the simplicity of classic pizza, such as an authentic Four-Cheese and a Pizza Marinara. For special occasions or to spice things up a bit, there are more complex options like Pear, Pecorino and Taleggio Pizza with Honey and Sage, or Pizza Picante, plus focaccia recipes to enjoy.

With the instructive guidance of "Fire & Slice", you will be surprised and delighted with just how many variations you can get out of your pizza oven!

Critique: Beautifully illustrated in full color throughout, "Fire & Slice" by the editorial staff of Ryland, Peters & Small will prove to be a welcome and enduringly prized addition to personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections. A 'must have' culinary compendium for all dedicated pizza fans, it should be noted that "Fire & Slice" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.49).

Editorial Note: Editorial Note: Ryland Peters & Small creates outstandingly beautiful books on homes & gardens, food & drink, weddings, babies & kids, plus vibrant stationery and gifts. Their purpose is to capture, in words and pictures, those elements of life that give the greatest pleasure: sharing the perfect meal with friends, relaxing in a beautifully scented bath after a busy day, and a home that makes you happy every time you open the front door.

The Joy of Chocolate
Paul A. Young
https://www.paulayoung.co.uk
Kyle Books
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9780857839909, $34.99, HC, 208pp

https://www.amazon.com/Joy-Chocolate-Recipes-Stories-Wonderful/dp/085783990X

Synopsis: Published by Paul A. Young (who is one of the UK's most celebrated master chocolatiers, and a presenter on the BBC2 TV series The Sweet Makers), "The Joy of Chocolate: Recipes and Stories from the Wonderful World of the Cocoa Bean" beautifully showcases step-by-step instructions on how to make delicious chocolates from scratch in your own kitchen.

This delightfully decadent coffee-table style (7.95 x 1.05 x 10.5 inches, 2.41 pounds) book is a love letter to chocolate, from the very fundamentals of what is chocolate and how to taste and buy, to achieving a world-class shine and blending flavor like a pro. It explains clearly and with creativity, so that by the end of the book, anyone from beginner to confident cook will be able to make the very best chocolate recipes.

Ever since Paul introduced sea salted caramel to the world of chocolate, he has been at the forefront of artisan chocolate making. With three chocolateries in London, Paul has a reputation as a flavor alchemist who often incorporates unusual ingredients into his wonderful confections and develops combinations that are original, experimental, sometimes daring, yet always perfectly balanced.

Critique: Enhanced for the reader with color photography throughout, "The Joy of Chocolate: Recipes and Stories from the Wonderful World of the Cocoa Bean" is a comprehensive and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' compendium of step-by-step directions to creating delicious chocolates and fillings from scratch by master chocolatier Paul A. Young. A delightful book to simply browse through for the dedicated chocolate fan, and one that is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Joy of Chocolate" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).

Editorial Note: Paul A Young is a ground-breaking and inspirational chocolatier who is at the forefront of the British chocolate scene. Trained as a chef before moving into the world of chocolate, Paul's cutting-edge creativity has won him numerous awards and led to him being ranked among the world's best chocolatiers. In 2014, the International Chocolate Awards named Paul Outstanding British Chocolatier. Paul's dedication to his craft, his personality and his experimental creativity shine through in the quality of his chocolates and through the style of his beautiful boutique chocolateries. He maintains an informative and chocolate dedicated website at https://www.paulayoung.co.uk


The American History Shelf

All in a Day's Riding
Stephen Zimmer
Sunstone Press
PO Box 2321, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2321
www.sunstonepress.com
9781632933607, $18.95, PB, 162pp

https://www.amazon.com/Days-Riding-Stories-Mexico-Range/dp/1632933608

Synopsis: "All in a Day's Riding: Stories of the New Mexico Range" is an anthology showcasing the works of Western 'riders & writers' from America's southwest. Informative enhanced for the reader with introductory essays by Stephen Zimmer and a bibliography of the New Mexico cattle frontier, the contributors to "All in a Day's Riding, Stories of the New Mexico Range" range from C. M. Chase, James H. Cook, and Captain William French, to Albert W. Thompson, Colonel Jack Potter, and N. Howard (Jack) Thorpe.

Critique: Nicely illustrated with black-and-white historical photos and drawings, "All in a Day's Riding, Stories of the New Mexico Range" is a unique, informative, inherently fascinating, and collective glimpse into New Mexico history. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "All in a Day's Riding, Stories of the New Mexico Range" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library American Western History collections in general, and New Mexico History supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "All in a Day's Riding, Stories of the New Mexico Range" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).

Editorial Note: Stephen Zimmer comes from four generations of West Texas cattle ranchers. Beginning in 1976 he spent twenty-five years as Director of Museums at New Mexico's Philmont Scout Ranch. He has been studying the history of the New Mexico cattle frontier for more than thirty years. He has driven through or ridden horseback in all kinds of weather over the land where outfits ran cattle in the last decades of the 19th century in order to better understand what life was like for the men and women who worked the range. He lives outside of Cimarron, New Mexico on his Double Z Bar Ranch where he writes about western art and cowboy life. His articles have appeared in "Cowboy Magazine," "Western Horseman," "New Mexico Magazine," and "Wild West" among others. "Parker's Colt: A Novel of New Mexico Ranch Life" and "Cowboy Days, Stories of the New Mexico Range," were also published by Sunstone Press.


The World History Shelf

The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades
Helena P. Schrader
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
9781526787590, $42.95, HC, 384pp

https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Land-Era-Crusades-Civilizations/dp/1526787598

Synopsis: The Near East in the era of the Crusades was home to diverse populations that included Orthodox and Latin Christians, Shia and Sunni Muslims, Jews and Samaritans. It was the meeting-point for Arab, Turkish, Byzantine and Frankish culture, the latter itself a mixture of Western traditions adapted to circumstances in the crusader states by the Europeans who had settled in the Holy Land.

While the Crusades have become a synonym for brutality and bigotry, the crusader states represented a positive example of harmonious coexistence across two centuries. Likewise, while scholars from a wide range of disciplines including archaeology, art history, and medicine have shed light on diverse aspects of the crusader states, to date there is no single introductory source that provides a comprehensive overview of these unique states as a starting point for the uninitiated.

With the publication of "The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades: Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations, 1100 - 1300", historian Helena Schrader aims to fill this gap while correcting common misconceptions by bringing together recent scholarly research on a range of topics to create a comprehensive description. This comprehensive study covers the history, demography, state institutions, foreign policy, economy, art, architecture, and lifestyle of the people who lived in the crusader states in the period from 1100 to 1300.

Organized in two main parts (a chronological historical overview, and a topical discussion of key features of these unique kingdoms), "The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades: Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations, 1100 - 1300" has a final chapter that describes the rise and fall of the House of Ibelin to give the entire history a human face.

Critique: Exceptionally informative and an impressive work of meticulous scholarship, "The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades: Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations, 1100 - 1300" is an ideal textbook for undergraduates and non- specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, while offering historians and scholars with an introduction to the crusader states with tips for further research. While also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99), "The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades: Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations, 1100 - 1300" is particularly recommended as an addition to community, college, and university library Medieval History & Military collections in general, and supplemental curriculum Crusades studies lists in particular.

Editorial Note: Helena Schrader earned a PhD in History from Hamburg University in Germany before becoming a US diplomat in Africa and Europe. She has published three popular history books and is an award-winning novelist, whose novels set in the crusader states have won a total of 15 literary awards to date.

The Perdiccas Years, 323-320 BC
Tristan Hughes
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
9781526775115, $42.95, HC, 400pp

https://www.amazon.com/Perdiccas-Years-323-320-BC/dp/1526775115

Synopsis: At around 4:00pm 11 June 323 BC in Babylon, Alexander the Great breathed his last. He left one of the largest empires the world had seen, stretching from Greece to the Punjab.

Surrounding the king's deathbed were his highest subordinates: young, experienced and charismatic commanders (some of the greatest military minds of antiquity) each with their own insatiable ambitions for power, glory and legacy. Only recently these men had fought side-by-side on the battlefield, kept in line by Alexander's overarching aura. But now, with Alexander dead and leaving no clear successor, many of these former brothers-in-arms quickly became fierce foes as they vied for dominance.

What followed was an extraordinary series of military campaigns as powerful warlords and warrior queens attempted to assert their authority throughout the length and breadth of Alexander the Great's former empire; from Afghanistan to Athens, from Africa to Asia powerful armies decided matters by the spear. This first book covers the initial years of the conflict and several major campaigns that immediately seized the kingdom.

Critique: Informatively enhanced with the inclusion of an informative Introduction and Epilogue, a six page Bibliography, thirty-three pages of Notes, a fifteen page listing of characters (Who's Who), and a twenty-two page Index, "The Perdiccas Years, 323-320 BC" by historian and author Tristan Hughes is a comprehensive and inherently fascinating historical study of Alexander the Great's successors that is an impressive and valued contribution to the growing library of ancient Greek military histories and biographies. Highly recommended for community, college, and university library collections, It should be noted that "The Perdiccas Years, 323-320 BC" is also available for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).

Editorial Note: Tristan Hughes studied Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Having graduated in summer 2018, he currently works as a producer and presenter at History Hit and is the host of 'The Ancients' history podcast.

Elizabeth I's Final Years
Robert Stedall
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
9781399083157, $49.95, HC, 344pp

https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Final-Years-Favourites-Fighting/dp/1399083155

Synopsis: With the publication of "Elizabeth I's Final Years: Her Favourites and Her Fighting Men", Robert Stedall outlines the interwoven relationships and rivalries between politicians and courtiers surrounding England's omnipotent queen in the years following the death in 1588 of the Earl of Leicester. Queen Elizabeth now surrounded herself with magnetically attractive younger men with the courtly graces to provide her with what Alison Weir has called 'an eroticized political relationship'.

With these 'favorites' holding sway at court, they saw personal bravery in the tiltyard or on military exploits as their means to political authority. They failed to appreciate that the parsimonious queen would always resist military aggression and resolutely backed her meticulously cautious advisors, William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and later his son Robert.

With its access to New World treasure, it was Spain who threatened the fragile balance of power in Continental Europe. With English military intervention becoming inevitable, the Cecils diverted the likes of Walter Raleigh and the Earl of Essex, despite their lack of military experience, away from the limelight at court into colonial and military expeditions, leaving them just short of the resources needed for success. The favorites' promotions caused friction when seasoned soldiers, like Sir Francis Vere with his unparalleled military record in the Low Countries, were left in subordinate roles.

When Spanish support for rebellion in Ireland threatened English security, Robert Cecil encouraged Elizabeth to send Essex, knowing that high command was beyond his capabilities. Essex retorted by rebelling against Cecil's government, for which he lost his head.

Both Elizabeth and Cecil realized that only the bookish Lord Mountjoy, another favorite, had the military acumen to resolve the Irish crisis, but his mistress, Essex's sister, the incomparable Penelope Rich, was mired by involvement in her brother's conspiracy. Despite this, Cecil gave Mountjoy unstinting support, biding his time to tarnish his name with James I, as he did against Raleigh and his other political foes.

Critique: A masterpiece of original scholarship that includes nine pages of Endnotes, a five page Bibliography, a twenty page listing of References, and a twenty-one page Index, "Elizabeth I's Final Years: Her Favourites and Her Fighting Men" is an exceptionally informative and appreciated contribution to community, college, and university library Royal British History collections in general, and Queen Elizabeth I supplemental curriculum studies syllabus in particular. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Elizabeth I's Final Years: Her Favourites and Her Fighting Men" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.49).

Editorial Note: A complete listing of books by Robert Stedall can be found at https://penandswordbooks.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Robert+Stedall

The Normans in Ireland: Leinster, 1167-1247
Richard Lomas
John Donald / Birlinn Ltd.
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781910900338, $30.00, PB, 432pp

https://www.amazon.com/Normans-Ireland-Leinster-1167-1247/dp/1910900338

Synopsis: The Norman invasion of Britain, as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry, is well known, but the later invasion of Ireland is much less well documented. Yet much of what we see today in Irish heritage has Norman roots. Ireland and Britain have many similarities, although relations between them have too often descended into bitterness and violence.

"The Normans in Ireland: Leinster, 1167-1247" by historian and academician Richard Lomas goes back to the starting point of this, more than eight hundred years ago. Beginning with Irish history before the Norman invasion, the book describes how Ireland was conquered and settled by the French-speaking Normans from north-west France, whose language and culture had already come to dominate most of Britain.

This specialized historical study looks at the creation and government of a large region called the Liberty of Leinster between 1167 and 1247, a turning point in Irish history, identifying the Frankish institutions imposed upon Ireland by its Anglo-Norman conquerors.

The Normans were not always belligerent conquerors, but they were innovators and reformers, who incorporated the sensible traditions and practices of their subjugated lands into their new government. In little over one hundred years the Normans had a transforming effect on British and Irish societies and, while different in many ways, both countries benefited from their legacy.

Critique: Informative enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of Maps, Genealogical Tables, a three page Glossary of Terms, a one page Glossary of Irish Names, twelve pages of Notes, an eight page Bibliography, and a five page Index, "The Normans in Ireland: Leinster, 1167-1247" is an extraordinary work of meticulous research. Exceptional in organization and presentation, "The Normans in Ireland: Leinster, 1167-1247" is a welcome and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Medieval French, English, and Irish History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the Norman Conquest that "The Normans in Ireland: Leinster, 1167-1247" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.49).

Editorial Note: Richard Lomas worked at Durham University there for over twenty years as a lecturer in History and College Vice-Principal. Now retired, he has written a number of books, including North-East England in the Middle Ages; County of Conflict: Northumberland from Conquest to Civil War; A Power in the Land: The Percys; and The Fall of the House of Percy, 1368-1408.

The Battle of Dyrrhachium (48 BC)
Gareth C. Sampson
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
9781526793584, $34.95, HC, 248pp

https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Dyrrhachium-48-BC-Campaigns/dp/152679358X

Synopsis: In 49 BC the Roman Republic collapsed once more into bloody civil war. At the heart of this war lay the two greatest living Roman commanders, and former allies, Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar, each having built their own factions within the Roman oligarchy and refusing to compromise. The subsequent civil war would be fought for control of the Republic with each man determined to restore peace and stability to Rome, under their leadership. Yet despite this clash it was eighteen months before the two men met in Battle at Dyrrhachium in Albania.

With the publication of "The Battle of Dyrrhachium (48 BC): Caesar, Pompey, and the Early Campaigns of the Third Roman Civil War", historian Gareth Sampson outlines the strategic background, describing the early campaigns of the civil war and the factions of Caesar and Pompey that fought for control of the vast resources of the Republic. The Battle of Dyrrhachium itself is analyzed to determine the strengths and weakness of both armies and their various commanders as well as the tactics used in the phases of the battle which culminated in victory for Pompey. Focus is also given to the aftermath of the battle that saw Caesar defeated and Pompey in the ascendancy.

Critique: An impressively well researched, written, and detailed account, "The Battle of Dyrrhachium (48 BC): Caesar, Pompey, and the Early Campaigns of the Third Roman Civil War" is enhanced for the reader's benefit with the inclusion of Maps, Illustrations, Digrams, three Time Lines, two Appendices, nine pages of Notes, a ten page Bibliography, and a three page Index. An informative and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library Roman Military History collections, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Battle of Dyrrhachium (48 BC): Caesar, Pompey, and the Early Campaigns of the Third Roman Civil War" is also readily 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. 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 & Sword.


The Civil War Shelf

James Longstreet and the American Civil War
Harold M. Knudsen
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
www.savasbeatie.com
9781611214758, $32.95, HC, 288pp

https://www.amazon.com/Confederacys-Most-Modern-General-Longstreet/dp/1611214750

Synopsis: The American Civil War is arguably known as the first "modern war". Sandwiched between the Napoleonic Wars and World War I, it spawned a host of "firsts" and is considered a precursor to the larger and more deadly 20th century wars. Confederate Gen. James Longstreet (January 8, 1821 - January 2, 1904) made overlooked but profound modern contributions to the art of war.

With the publication of "James Longstreet and the American Civil War: The Confederate General Who Fought the Next War", author and Civil War historian Harold M. Knudsen explains what Longstreet did and how he did it.

Initially, commanders on both sides extensively utilized Napoleonic tactics that were obsolete because of the advent of the rifled musket and better artillery. Some professional army officers worked to improve tactics, operations, and strategies. On the Confederate side, a careful comparison of Longstreet's body of work in the field to modern military doctrine reveals several large-scale innovations.

Longstreet understood early that the tactical defense was generally dominant over the offense, which was something few grasped in 1862. Longstreet's thinking demonstrated a clear evolution that began on the field at First Manassas in July 1861, developed through the bloody fighting of 1862, and culminated in the brilliant defensive victory at Fredericksburg that December. The lethality with which his riflemen and artillery mowed down repeated Union assaults hinted at what was to come in World War I.

Longstreet's ability to launch and control powerful offensives was on display at Second Manassas in August 1862. His assault plan at Chickamauga in Georgia the following September was similar, if not the forerunner to, World War II tactical-level German armored tactics. Other areas show progressive applications with artillery, staff work, force projection, and operational-level thinking.

Longstreet was not the sole agent of modern change away from the Napoleonic method, but his contributions were significant and executed on a large scale. They demonstrated that he was a modern thinker unparalleled in the Confederate Army.

Unfortunately, many Civil War students have a one-sided view of Longstreet, whose legacy fell victim to bitter postwar Southern politics when "Old Pete" supported Reconstruction bills, accepted postings with the Grant Administration, and criticized Robert E. Lee. Many modern writers continue to skew the general's legacy.

"James Longstreet and the American Civil War: The Confederate General Who Fought the Next War" draws heavily upon 20th century U.S. Army doctrine, field training, staff planning, command, and combat experience and is the first serious treatment of Longstreet's generalship vis-a-vis modern warfare.

Critique: Offering a new and inherently fascinating study of one of the Confederacy's most colorful, successful, and controversial generals, "James Longstreet and the American Civil War: The Confederate General Who Fought the Next War" is an extraordinary work of original and meticulous scholarship. While perhaps iconoclastic in the view of some American Civil War historians, "James Longstreet and the American Civil War: The Confederate General Who Fought the Next War" is an exceptionally well considered study that is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of Maps, Drawings, an Appendix (Confederate Fire Support Failure at Pickett's Charge), a ten page Bibliography, and a five page Index. While highly recommended for personal, community, college, and university library American Civil War Histories & Biographies collections, it should be noted that "James Longstreet and the American Civil War: The Confederate General Who Fought the Next War" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.39).

Editorial Note: With a career that spans twenty five years of active duty Army service, and includes seven resident career artillery, command and staff Army schools and colleges, Harold M. Knudsen (Lt. Col. Ret.) has many years of tactical experience in the integration of fire support into maneuver plans and fire control computation for cannon units. He spent nine years in Germany training tactics offensive armored warfare, as well as peace-keeping and counter-insurgency training. A combat veteran of Desert Storm, he performed extensive artillery fire planning and execution in support of the U.S. breakthrough of the Iraqi line and penetration into Iraq. He has also served in the Iraq Campaign. His years of staff work at the Corps, Army, and Pentagon levels give him a strong understanding of army operations from the lowest to highest levels.

Dreams of Victory
Sean Michael Chick
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
www.savasbeatie.com
9781611215212, $16.95, PB, 192pp

https://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Victory-General-Beauregard-Emerging/dp/1611215218

Synopsis: Few American Civil War generals have attracted as much debate and controversy as Pierre Gustav Toutant Beauregard. P. G. T. combined brilliance and charisma with arrogance and histrionics. He was a Catholic Creole in a society dominated by white Protestants, which made him appear exotic next to the likes of Albert Sidney Johnston and Robert E. Lee.

He was reviled by Jefferson Davis and often mocked by Mary Chesnut in her diary. Yet, he was popular with his soldiers and subordinates. Outside of Lee, he was the South's most consistently successful commander, winning at Bull Run, defending Charleston in 1863, and defeating Benjamin Butler at Bermuda Hundred and Ulysses Grant and George Meade at Petersburg. Yet, he lived his life in the shadow of his one major defeat: Shiloh.

Beauregard's career before and after the war was no less tumultuous than his Civil War record. He was born among the Creole elite of Louisiana, but rejected the life of a planter in favor of the military, inspired by tales of Napoleon. He was considered a shining light of the antebellum army and performed superbly in the Mexican-American War. Yet, he complained about a lack of promotion and made a frustrating stab at being mayor of New Orleans in 1858.

After the war, he was a successful railroad executive and took a stand against racism, violence, and corruption during the Reconstruction. Yet, he was ousted from both railroads he oversaw and his foray into Reconstruction politics came to naught. Although he provided for his family and left them a hefty sum after his death, the money was mostly gained by working for the corrupt Louisiana Lottery.

With the publication of "Dreams of Victory: General P. G. T. Beauregard in the Civil War", Civil War historian Sean Michael Chick explores a life of contradictions and dreams unrealized -- arguably the first real hero of the Confederacy who sometimes proved to be his own worst enemy.

Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout with black-and-white photography, "Dreams of Victory: General P. G. T. Beauregard in the Civil War" is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of numerous Maps, as well as a two page bibliography of Suggested Reading. An impressively researched and comprehensive study, "Dreams of Victory: General P. G. T. Beauregard in the Civil War" will prove to be an enduringly welcome addition to the growing library of American Civil War History & Biography collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and American Civil War buffs that "Dreams of Victory: General P. G. T. Beauregard in the Civil War" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.97, -- currently on Amazon $1.99).

Editorial Note: Sean Michael Chick has a Master's Degree in history from Southeastern Louisiana University. As an historian and author he is also a member of the Emerging Civil War community. He has long been active in the development and design of historical board games covering a variety of eras. A New Orleans native, his popular tours help residents and visitors appreciate the city's layered past.

Lieutenant General James Longstreet
F. Gregory Toretta
Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781636241173, $34.95, HC, 264pp

https://www.amazon.com/Lieutenant-Longstreet-Innovative-Military-Strategy/dp/1636241174

Synopsis: Lieutenant-General James Longstreet ((January 8, 1821 - January 2, 1904), was the commander of the First Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, as well as a brilliant tactician and strategist. Prior to the Civil War there were many technological developments, of which the rifled musket and cannon, rail transport and the telegraph were a few. In addition, the North enjoyed a great advantage in manpower and resources. Longstreet adapted to these technological changes and the disparity between the belligerents making recommendations on how the war should be fought.

While Longstreet made a leap of thinking to adjust to this new type of warfare. Many others did not make this adjustment, including Robert E. Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, Bragg, Hood and Jefferson Davis. Unfortunately, Longstreet's advice was not heeded and given the weight it deserved. In contrast to many other southern generals, Longstreet advocated for defensive warfare, using entrenchments and trying to maneuver the enemy to assault his position, conserving manpower, resources and supplies.

With the advent of the highly accurate and long-range rifled musket, offensive tactics became questionable and risky. This caused Longstreet to come into conflict with General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg. Longstreet opposed the Gettysburg campaign and Lee's battle plans at Gettysburg against General Meade and the Army of the Potomac. At Chickamauga, Longstreet was at odds with General Bragg on how to proceed after the stunning victory by the Army of Tennessee over Rosecrans and his forces.

Longstreet was never given full authority over an army in the field. He was a pragmatic and methodical general and had his suggestions been utilized there would have been a better outcome for the South. Many historians and biographers have misunderstood Longstreet and his motives, not focusing on the total picture.

"Lieutenant General James Longstreet: Innovative Military Strategist: The Most Misunderstood Civil War General" by F. Gregory Toretta offers a fresh and unique perspective on Longstreet's contributions to the Civil War battle field. This narrative takes a new viewpoint of the Civil War and the generals who tailored their designs to pursue the war, analyses Longstreet's views of the generals and the tactics and strategy they employed and examines why Longstreet proposed and urged a new type of warfare.

Critique: A simply fascinating and exceptionally informative combination of American Civil War military biography and history, "Lieutenant General James Longstreet: Innovative Military Strategist: The Most Misunderstood Civil War General" by F. Gregory Toretta (who is a writer and historian with a passion for the American Civil War, accumulating an extensive library and undertaking copious research) is an outstanding contribution to the growing library of American Civil War studies. A critically important and valued addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library American Civil War collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Lieutenant General James Longstreet: Innovative Military Strategist: The Most Misunderstood Civil War General" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.95).

The Lion of Round Top
H. G. Myers
Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781636241111, $34.95, HC, 216pp

https://www.amazon.com/Lion-Round-Top-Military-Brigadier/dp/1636241115

Synopsis: Citizen-soldier Strong Vincent (June 17, 1837 - July 7, 1863) was many things: Harvard graduate, lawyer, political speaker, descendent of pilgrims and religious refugees, husband, father, brother. But his greatest contribution to history is as the savior of the Federal left on the second day at Gettysburg, when he and his men held Little Round Top against overwhelming Confederate numbers. Forgotten by history in favor of his subordinate, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Vincent has faded into relative obscurity in the decades since his death.

With the publication of "The Lion of Round Top: The Life and Military Service of Brigadier General Strong Vincent in the American Civil War", author and historian H. G. Myers restores Vincent to his rightful place among the heroes of the battle of Gettysburg: presenting his life story using new, never-before-published sources and archival material to bring the story of one of the most forgotten officers of the American Civil War back to the attention of readers and historians.

Critique: A valued and appreciated contribution to American Civil War history, this military biography clearly and informatively rescues from an undeserved obscurity on of the Union's key commanders at the battle of Gettysburg. An absorbing read from cover to cover, "The Lion of Round Top: The Life and Military Service of Brigadier General Strong Vincent in the American Civil War" is clearly and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library American Civil War Studies collections. For students, academia, and Civil War history buffs, it should be noted that "The Lion of Round Top: The Life and Military Service of Brigadier General Strong Vincent in the American Civil War" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).

Editorial Note: Hans G. Myers is an historian from Erie, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania (Class of 2019) and the University of Indianapolis (2021), Myers served as the inaugural Gerald and Marjorie Morgan Graduate Student Assistant in History at the University of Indianapolis. He studies social and military history in the nineteenth-century United States.


The Military Shelf

St Nazaire Raid, 1942
Stephen Wynn
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
9781526736307, $34.95, HC, 200pp

https://www.amazon.com/Nazaire-Raid-1942-Stephen-Wynn/dp/1526736306

Synopsis: The raid on St Nazaire has gone down in British military history as one of the most daring commando raids of all time. Given the code name of Operation Chariot, it took place in the early hours of Saturday, 28 March 1942, and was a joint undertaking by the Royal Navy and British Commando units.

The port at St Nazaire, which sits on the Loire estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, has a dry dock that was capable of accommodating some of Germany's biggest naval vessels, such as the Bismarck, or the Tirpitz. By putting the port out of action, any repairs or maintenance work that needed to be carried out would instead have to be undertaken back home at the German port of Bremerhaven. To do this, the German vessels would either have to navigate the waters of the English Channel or the North Sea, with both journeys potentially bringing them to the attention of the Home Fleet of the Royal Navy.

A raiding force of 612 officers and men were assembled and dispatched from Falmouth to carry out the raid, sailing on board the obsolete British destroyer HMS Campbeltown, along with 18 Motor Launches. The idea was to ram the destroyer in to the outer gates of the dry dock at St Nazaire and put it out of action for as long as possible. The raid was a success, but came at a price: of those who set out, 169 were killed while a further 215 were captured. Only 3 Motor Launches and 228 men escaped and made the return journey back to the UK.

Many brave men gave it their all during the action at St Nazaire, to such an extent that 89 of those who took part in the raid were awarded decorations for bravery, including 5 who were awarded the Victoria Cross.

Critique: With the publication of "St Nazaire Raid, 1942" by Stephen Wynn, one of the truly critical, dramatic, and costly British assaults against the Germans is laid out in chronological fashion. The result is an impressively detailed and inherently fascinating account that is further informatively enhanced with the inclusion of a fifteen page section of historic black-and-white photographs, a one page listing of Resources, and a three page Index. Having a very special appeal to World War II history buffs and also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99), "St Nazaire Raid, 1942" is a very highly recommended and welcome addition to personal, community, college, and university library of World War II histories.

Editorial Note: A retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. The two sons (Luke and Ross) of Stephen Wynn served five tours of Afghanistan between 2008 and 2013 and both were injured. This led to the publication of his first book, "Two Sons in a Warzone - Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father's Conflict", published in October 2010. Both Stephen's grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.

The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion: Fighting on Both Fronts
Samuel De Korte
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
9781399008686, $29.95, HC, 240pp

https://www.amazon.com/614th-Tank-Destroyer-Battalion-Fighting/dp/1399008684

Synopsis: The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion was activated on 25 July 1942 at Camp Carson, USA and, like many other tank destroyer battalions, would be sent to Europe. It saw combat in France, where a platoon earned the Distinguished Unit Citation, and later continued to fight gallantly in Germany and Austria until the war was over.

However, unlike many other tank destroyer battalions that fought in the Second World War, this unit was crewed only by black soldiers. The men had been subjected to racism from their countrymen during training, although the battalion did eventually win the respect of the white soldiers they fought alongside. When the third platoon deployed their guns on the slopes near Climbach, France, they weren't just fighting against the Germans, but also against any prejudices that their white countrymen might have had.

Having earned the respect of the 103d Infantry Division, the 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion shared in their triumphs and tragedies. So when the division needed to retreat during a blizzard, or when Task Force Rhine pushed its way across the German plains, or when the division suffered heavy losses at Schillersdorf, the 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion was there with them.

Critique: With the publication of "The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion: Fighting on Both Fronts" by Samuel De Korte one of the overlooked aspects of World War II in the European Theatre, namely the role of African-Americans in the front lines of combat is revealed in meticulous detail. Further enhanced for the reader is the inclusion of three Appendices (List of men in the unit; List of Casualties; Medals and Citations), a five page listing of Literature & Sources, thirteen pages of Endnotes, and a twenty-seven page Index. Impressively well written, organized and presented, "The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion: Fighting on Both Fronts" must be considered an essential and core addition to any personal, professional, community, college, or university library World War II History collection in general, and African-American Military History supplemental curriculum syllabus. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academicians, World War II military history buffs, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion: Fighting on Both Fronts" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.99).

Editorial Note: Samuel de Korte is a graduate of Utrecht University, where he received an MA in the Cultural History of Modern Europe, and in his spare time enjoys researching or writing articles about popular history. He wrote his thesis about the representation of Black Americans during the Second World War in contemporary media, indicating that although they formed a substantial part of the American armed forces, they don't receive an equal share in the representation. His research provided the starting point for "The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion: Fighting on Both Fronts".

War of Supply
David D. Dworak
The University Press of Kentucky
663 South Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40508-4008
www.kentuckypress.com
9780813183770, $40.00, HC, 282pp

https://www.amazon.com/War-Supply-Logistics-Mediterranean-Military/dp/0813183774

Synopsis: The era of modern warfare introduced in World War II presented the Allied Powers with one of the more complicated logistical challenges of the century: how to develop an extensive support network that could supply and maintain a vast military force comprised of multiple services and many different nations thousands of miles away from their home ports. The need to keep tanks rolling, airplanes flying, and food and aid in continuous supply was paramount to defeating the Nazi regime.

An extensively researched book, with the publication of "War of Supply: World War II Allied Logistics in the Mediterranean", author David Dworak takes readers behind the scenes and breaks down the nuances of strategic operations for each of the great Mediterranean military campaigns between 1942 and the conclusion of World War II on May 8, 1945.

Dworak gives readers an informative glimpse behind the curtain, to show how the vast administrative bureaucracy developed by the Allies waged a literal "war of materiel" that gave them a distinct, strategic advantage over the Axis powers. From North Africa to Southern France, their continued efforts and innovation developed the framework that helped create and maintain the theater of war and, ultimately, paved the path to victory.

Critique: A very special and unique contribution to the growing library of World War II military histories, "War of Supply: World War II Allied Logistics in the Mediterranean" is a part of the University of Kentucky Press series 'Foreign Military Studies' and will prove to be an enduringly appreciated addition to community, college and university library World War II Military History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, military historians, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "War of Supply: World War II Allied Logistics in the Mediterranean" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $30.49).

Editorial Note: David D. Dworak retired from the US Army with the rank of colonel and is currently an academic administrator at the US Army War College. He has over thirty years of experience supporting joint military operations worldwide and has taught numerous courses on strategic planning, supply chain management, logistical support, and military history. He is a certified Demonstrated Master Logistician and has a PhD in history from Syracuse University.

The Good Captain
R. D. Hooker, Jr.
Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781636241487, $34.95, HC, 298pp

https://www.amazon.com/Good-Captain-Personal-Memoir-America/dp/1636241484

Synopsis: R. D. Hooker, Jr. was an American combat soldier and leader in five wars. He then served as a senior Pentagon advisor and as a White House staff member in four different administrations. At the time of his retirement from the military in 2010 he was the most decorated colonel in the US Army.

Beginning with his enlistment at 18 in 1975, "The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War" chronicles his experiences in the post-Vietnam Army as a young paratrooper, as a West Point cadet, and as a combatant in the many military conflicts which followed.

Hooker served in the invasion of Grenada, in the earliest days of the Somalia intervention, as one of the first American responders to the Rwandan genocide, with the first American units to enter both Bosnia and Kosovo, in peace-keeping operations in the Sinai desert, in the Pentagon on 9/11, and again in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rising from private to colonel, he commanded a paratroop company, battalion and brigade and served in the continental US, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southwest Asia. When not serving with troops, he taught at West Point and served in several high-level Pentagon assignments and in the White House in the administrations of George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

As a gritty and accomplished combat soldier and leader of vast experience, Colonel Hooker's writing conveys a first-person, hands-on appreciation of the American soldier and of close combat, around the globe and through five different conflicts, in all its demanding, heroic, and often tragic dimensions.

Few if any memoirs of this genre can match the narrative arc shown here. In addition, Colonel Hooker describes each of these campaigns from a strategic and policy perspective informed by his White House and Pentagon experiences as well as years of academic training. The juxtaposition of these contrasting perspectives is compelling and unique.

Critique: An inherently interesting story of active duty life in the military, "The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War" will prove to be an invaluable and enduringly appreciated contribution to the growing library of Contemporary American Military Biographies & Memoir collections. While also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.95), "The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War" will be of special interest to military history buffs with respect to the Iraq & Afghan War histories. Simply stated, "The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War" is an especially recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Contemporary American Military History & Biography collections.

Editorial Note: There are three web pages dedicated to Richard D. Hooker Jr. at https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/expert/richard-d-hooker-jr/ and https://www.ausa.org/people/richard-d-hooker-jr and https://nwc.ndu.edu/About/Faculty/ArticleView/Article/1596469/hooker-dr-richard-dod/

Fighting Back
Jeff Weiss, author
Craig Weiss, author
Wicked Son
c/o Post Hill Press
1604 Westgate Circle, Suite 100, Brentwood, TN 37027
https://posthillpress.com/wicked-son
9781637583111, $30.00, HC, 272pp

https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Back-Andrews-Birth-Israeli/dp/1637583117

Synopsis: In 1948, Stan Andrews left a comfortable postwar life in Los Angeles to travel to the war-torn Middle East, where a four-front Arab invasion threatened to destroy the newly-declared State of Israel. There he joined the Israeli Air Force and became one of its first fighter pilots.

Andrews was an unexpected volunteer for the fight for a Jewish state. He was many things including an artist, writer, assimilated Jew, ladies' man, pilot, and combat veteran of the Pacific War. He had previously been aloof from the struggle for Jewish independence but found himself so roused by the anti-Semitism of 1940s America that he decided to go to Israel and risk everything.

Stan made the most of his time in Israel, serving in fighter and bomber squadrons and leaving his mark on an Israeli Air Force that has since become the stuff of legend. "Fighting Back: Stan Andrews and the Birth of the Israeli Air Force" is the story of both the man and the earliest days of the Israeli airforce.

Critique: Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Fighting Back: Stan Andrews and the Birth of the Israeli Air Force" is an inherently riveting read from cover to cover. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99), for the personal reading lists of military buffs, "Fighting Back: Stan Andrews and the Birth of the Israeli Air Force" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library 20th Century Israeli Military History & Biography collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

Editorial Note #1: Jeff Weiss is the co-author of I Am My Brother's Keeper: American Volunteers in Israel's War for Independence. He is also featured in the 2014 Nancy Spielberg documentary "Above and Beyond." In addition to a law degree, he holds Master's degrees in International Law and in Biotechnology.

Editorial Note #2: Craig Weiss, is the co-author of I Am My Brother's Keeper, is fluent in Hebrew, and lived in Israel for four years. He is also featured in Above and Beyond. As part of the research for I Am My Brother's Keeper, Craig personally interviewed more than one hundred of the volunteers.


The Science Shelf

The Lewisian: Britain's Oldest Rocks
Graham Park
Dunedin Academic Press
https://www.dunedinacademicpress.co.uk
c/o Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
www.artbook.com
9781780460987, $45.00, HC, 336pp

https://www.amazon.com/Lewisian-Britains-oldest-rocks/dp/1780460988

Synopsis: The first 2,500 million years of the geological history of Britain are stored in the gneisses of the Lewisian Complex of North West Scotland. With the publication of "The Lewisian: Britain's Oldest Rocks", Graham Park (Emeritus Professor of Tectonic Geology) explores the long journey of discovery in which this history has been gradually deciphered since the end of the 19th Century when these rocks were first investigated in detail.

The usual tools of stratigraphic investigation were of no value in dealing with such a complex assemblage of highly deformed and metamorphosed rocks; there was no fossil evidence and few signs of recognizable sedimentary strata. "The Lewisian: Britain's Oldest Rocks" deftly charts the increasing sophistication of the geochronological and geochemical techniques used to decipher the complex.

The first important breakthrough was the recognition that a set of intrusive metamorphosed dykes could be used, perhaps, to separate episodes of deformation and metamorphism that occurred before the dykes were intruded, from those that occurred subsequently.

Geochronological dating methods evolved from the first relatively crude potassium-argon and uranium-lead dates in the 1950s to the present amazingly accurate lead isotope dates.

Geochemical techniques have also advanced to the point when mafic igneous assemblages can be identified as having oceanic volcanic arc signatures or were the products of intra-continental magmatism.

Thus, from a stratigraphy composed of three events, Scourian, dyke intrusion, and Laxfordian, has grown a complex history covering many separate events of igneous, metamorphic, and tectonic activity spanning 2,500 million years of Precambrian time.

Much of the extensive literature on the Lewisian is highly specialized and not easily accessible to the general reader; "The Lewisian: Britain's Oldest Rocks" is an attempt to distill the most important results of this research into a more user-friendly form. It will appeal to many geologists including students, geological visitors to the North West of Scotland, and academics seeking a readable account of remarkable and significant advances in earth science.

Critique: Organized into three major sections (The Pioneers; Gathering the Data; Models and Hypothesis), "The Lewisian: Britain's Oldest Rocks" is further informatively enhanced with the inclusion of an eight page Glossary, a ten page listing of References, and a twelve page Index. A complete and comprehensive course of study in a single coffee-table style volume (8 x 1 x 10.25 inches, $2.77 pounds), "The Lewisian: Britain's Oldest Rocks" is very highly recommended for inclusion into college and university library Geology collections, as well as being an ideal choice for supplemental curriculum British Geology studies syllabus.

Editorial Note: Graham Park is Emeritus Professor of Tectonic Geology at the University of Keele. He is the author of the best-selling "Introducing Geology: A Guide to the World of Rocks", "The Making of Europe: A Geological History", and "Mountains: The Origins of the Earth's Mountain systems which are also published by Dunedin Academic Press.


The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory
John P. Whitelaw, et al.
Comstock Publishing Associates
c/o Cornell University Press
512 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
www.cornellpress.cornell.edu
9781501759468, $39.95, HC, 176pp

https://www.amazon.com/Elusive-Birds-Tropical-Understory-Whitelaw/dp/1501759469

Synopsis: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of John P. Whitelaw, Jeffrey D. Brawn, Henry S. Pollock, and John W. Fitzpatrick, "Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory" combines unique images of tropical birds with inspired essays by leaders in the world of modern ornithology.

With one-of-a-kind photos of seldom-documented birds, "Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory" showcases photography as a conservation tool. Many of the birds are more often heard than seen -- and not much is known about some of them, with much of what we do know being found in historical natural history literature, not contemporary accounts.

Due to dense vegetation, low light conditions, and the birds' furtive behavior and cryptic coloring, they are notoriously difficult to photograph. Yet, "Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory" visually delves deep into the Panamanian forest understory to show why these birds should be included in discussion of the current conservation crisis.

What these species lack in bright colors they make up for in distinctive behaviors, subtle plumage patterns, and ongoing mystery. "Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory" invites and inspires naturalists of all ages to take a closer look at a fascinating assemblage of overlooked birds.

Critique: A simply gorgeous coffee-table style volume (11.5 x 0.75 x 10.5 inches) that will have a very special appeal to academic ornithologists, dedicated bird watchers, and animal photography enthusiasts, "Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory" is an impressively informative and unreservedly recommended contribution to all personal, professional, community, college, and university library Avian Wildlife collections and supplemental curriculum Ornithology studies lists.


The Literary Fiction Shelf

Kyoto Stories
Steve Alpert
Stone Bridge Press
1393 Solano Avenue, Suite C, Albany CA 94706
www.stonebridge.com
9781611720747, $19.95, PB, 320pp

https://www.amazon.com/Kyoto-Stories-Steve-Alpert/dp/1611720745

Synopsis: Don Ascher is a young American living in Kyoto in the 1970s. He is a student of Japanese. He also teaches English, works at a shabu-shabu restaurant, and hangs out in the company of gangsters, hostesses, housewives, tea teachers, and fellow foreigners. Set amidst the timeless beauty of the ancient capital and its garish modern entertainments, "Kyoto Stories" is a compilation of quirky and entertaining episodes from Don's life which also provide a kind of window into Japanese culture, as well as a chronicle of romance and human connections.

Critique: With a very special appeal to readers with an interest in Japanese culture and city life, "Kyoto Tales" by Steve Alpert is a simply fascinating read and, populated with deftly crafted and memorable characters, effectively demonstrates the author's mastery of the biographical fiction genre. While highly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Kyoto Tales" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).

Editorial Note: Steve Alpert attended Cornell University before enrolling in Columbia University's graduate department of East Asia Languages and Cultures, where he studied Japanese Literature. He lived and worked in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Taipei for more than 35 years and speaks Japanese fluently and Chinese poorly. He has translated a number of Japanese films and several short works of Japanese fiction. Kyoto, where he lived as a student, is his favorite city in the world. He is also the author of "Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli".

The Displaced
Rodrigo Ribera d'Ebre
Arte Publico Press
4902 Gulf Freeway, Bldg 19, Rm 100, Houston, TX 77204-2004
www.artepublicopress.com
9781558859388, $18.95, PB, 270pp

https://www.amazon.com/Displaced-Rodrigo-Ribera-Debre/dp/1558859381

Synopsis: Mikey and Lurch are worlds apart, even if they're from the same Mexican neighborhood in West Los Angeles. Mikey just graduated from UCLA and is determined to get out. Lurch, the leader of the Culver City gang, loves the hood-its projects, beat-up apartments and crackheads-more than his own life. They hook up with a doctor, who is from the same area. He put himself through medical school selling dope and now is back, running a clinic across from the Mar Vista Gardens housing project.

All three notice changes. Suddenly there are outsiders everywhere: white people with beards, wearing V-neck sweaters and plaid shirts, running in jogging outfits or riding bikes with helmets, oblivious to the gangbangers. They're artists, students, developers and entrepreneurs; a plague, pushing people out of their homes. Old people on fixed incomes start getting evicted or foreclosed on and the residents of the projects are being relocated, but some of the locals aren't going to sit by without a fight. Soon they are fortifying the housing projects and stockpiling assault weapons!

"The Displaced" by Rodrigo Ribera d'Ebre is a deftly crafted and engaging novel that follows a group of people who are determined to save their homes and neighborhood from gentrification, even if it means turning to violence. Exploring an issue relevant to all major urban cities in the United States, Rodrigo Ribera d'Ebre's timely and topical novel shines a light on the impact of rising land and home values that pits a more privileged populace against those who have lived in the area for generations. A literary masterpiece of Hispanic-American Literature, "The Displaced" is unreservedly recommended as an addition to community, college, and university library Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Displaced" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Editorial Note: Rodrigo Ribera d'Ebre has been a contributor to the Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Los Angeles Times Design LA Magazine. His short stories have appeared on Storgy, Joyland, and other literary journals, while his philosophy work has been praised by NPR. He is an award-winning fillmaker for his writing and direction in the documentary film, Dark Progressivism. He is a 2017 graduate of the MFA creative writing program at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles.

Eulogy
Michael Laser
https://michaellaser.com
Regal House Publishing
https://www.regalhousepublishing.com
9781646032440, $15.95, PB, 146pp

https://www.amazon.com/Eulogy-Michael-Laser/dp/1646032446

Synopsis: You think you know your father -- but what if he kept secrets until the day he died? Just hours after delivering his father's eulogy, Ken Weintraub learns that his father, a hard-working, unassuming man, had spent three years in prison. Consumed by the astonishing news, Ken sets out to unravel the mystery. As he pries information from old friends, relatives, and others, he pieces together a portrait that's full of contradictions. Was his father an assassin's accomplice? A gullible victim? Or a heroic, loyal friend? Everywhere he turns, he hears stories that surprise him. Even when he thinks he knows the whole truth, there's still more to learn.

Critique: A carefully crafted and inherently fascinating novel by author Michael Laser, "Eulogy" is a compelling and memorable read from first page to last. A clear and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Eulogy" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.49).

Editorial Note: Michael Laser is also the author of "The College Writing Clinic: Teach Your Students to Write Clear, Graceful Sentences (Yes, It's Possible!)", as well as the novels "My Impending Death", "6-321", "Old Buddy, Old Pal", and "My Impending Death". He has a dedicated website at https://michaellaser.com


The Romantic Fiction Shelf

Blackberry Way
Emma Davies
Linford Romance Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444848007, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 252pp

https://www.ulverscroft.com/title.php?sqlCmd=isbn%3D9781444848007

Synopsis: Nobody knows the lanes and fields around Much Marlowes like forager Laura Ashcombe does. As autumn settles in, her kitchen is filled with tempting truffles and the heady perfume of quinces. Laura can go for days without seeing a soul - and that's just the way she likes it. Meanwhile, Stephen Henderson is finally beginning to get himself and his business back on track. And when his life collides with Laura's, it awakens in him something he's never felt before.

Critique: As a romance novelist, Emma Davies has a genuine flair for (and mastery of) the kind of romance that is certain to appeal to readers with appreciate the combination of an original storyline and memorable characters. This large print paperback edition of Emma Davies' "Blackberry Way" from the Linford Romance Library series is an open heartedly recommend addition to both personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collections.


The Western Fiction Shelf

Guadalupe Canyon
Paul Cox
https://paulcoxauthor.com
Five Star Books
c/o Gale Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
www.gale.com/five-star
www.cengageptr.com
9781432891190, $25.95, HC, 263pp

https://www.amazon.com/Guadalupe-Canyon-Paul-Cox/dp/1432891197

Synopsis: Monte Segundo, Rosa Bustamonte and Billy Cabott are a trio of friends who are unwillingly drawn into a military search and rescue mission along the 1916 U.S.-Mexican border. Soon it is discovered that the woman they are looking for, an Eastern aristocrat, was not injured or lost but has been kidnapped. Believing the woman has been taken by bandits, the search continues deep into Guadalupe Canyon. However, what the combined patrol of civilians and soldiers eventually discover stuns everyone but must remain a closely guarded secret.

Critique: The third book in the series of westerns by author Paul Cox ("Destiny" & "Black Sun"), and featuring the continuing adventures of Monte Sequndo, Rosa Bustamnte and Billy Cabott, "Guadalupe Canyon" is a fun and engaging read from cover to cover and will have immense appeal for all dedicated fans of western action/adventure -- making it a highly recommended addition to personal reading lists and community library western fiction collections.

Editorial Note: Paul Cox lives on a small ranch in Sandpoint, Idaho. He is an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Single Action Shooting Society and Western Writers of America. Most of his writing and art work are done in the winter when a fire is blazing and the snow is deep. His "boots on the ground" research is usually reserved for the spring but if a story warrants it, he will hike the Arizona or Nevada deserts in mid July. He has a dedicated website at https://paulcoxauthor.com

Trail to Tin Town
Melody Groves
Five Star Books
c/o Gale Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
www.gale.com/five-star
www.cengageptr.com
9781432892326, $25.95, HC, 329pp

https://www.amazon.com/Trail-Town-Colton-Brothers-Saga/dp/1432892320

Synopsis: Battling a wild horse, poisoned water, aggravated Apache, a fanatical Army officer, and other life-threatening trials, the four Colton brothers refuse to turn their three thousand longhorns around and head back to Mesilla. Determined to deliver the contracted beeves to Tin Town, California, James Colton drives men and cattle as hard and as fast as he can. The brothers hope to celebrate the end of the Civil War and the cattle drive by hoisting a beer in Tin Town. But Whid MacGilvry has other ideas. Killing James is not enough to exact his revenge. Destroying the entire Colton family will have to do. And where better than out on the range?

Critique: Following "Kansas Bleeds" and "Black Range Revenge, "Trail to Tin Town" is the third volume of author Melody Groves 'Colton Brothers Saga' series. Particularly recommended for dedicated western readers with an interest in a roller coaster of a ride replete with gun play and cliff hanger suspense, "Trail to Tin Town" is certain to be a popular addition to both personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction collections.

Editorial Note: Melody Groves Melody is a contributing editor for Round Up magazine for Western Writers of America. She is also a contributing writer for "American Westward Expansion," a collegiate history encyclopedia. She also writes for Wild West, True West, New Mexico and other magazines. She has a dedicated website at http://melodygroves.net/

Bozeman Paymaster
Robert Lee Murphy
https://robertleemurphy.net
Five Star Books
c/o Gale Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
www.gale.com/five-star
www.cengageptr.com
9781432892999, $25.95, HC, 451pp

https://www.amazon.com/Bozeman-Paymaster-Fetterman-Massacre-Western/dp/1432892991

Synopsis: "Bozeman Paymaster: A Tale of the Fetterman Massacre" by Robert Lee Murphy is the story of how in the nation's drive to advance Manifest Destiny at the expense of Native Americans, it blundered into one of its most distressing reverses.

Fighting to defend their favorite buffalo hunting grounds following the Civil War, Lakota Chief Red Cloud's coalition of Sioux, Northern Cheyennes, and Arapahos drove the military forces out of the Powder River country of modern-day Wyoming. On a bone-chilling day in December 1866, Captain William Fetterman led eighty men into the army's worst defeat at the hands of the Indians until Custer's Last Stand a decade later.

Despite the turmoil of virtually constant Indian attacks at Fort Phil Kearny, a youthful paymaster clerk and a beautiful young schoolteacher fall in love. Their future is torn asunder when in the aftermath of the Fetterman Massacre the United States abandons the forts protecting the Bozeman Trail, closing the shortest route used by immigrants to reach Montana's goldfields.

Critique: Of historical interest is that Red Cloud's War was the only war the American Indians won fighting the U.S. Army. Based upon the historical battle known as the Fetterman Massacre, "Bozeman Paymaster" is a compelling and impressively scripted novel that will prove to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to both the personal reading lists of dedicated western fans and community library Western Fiction collections.

Editorial Note: Robert Lee Murphy is the author of the "The Iron Horse Chronicles" trilogy. "Eagle Talons", the first book in The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy, was awarded the 2015 Bronze Will Rogers Medallion. "Bear Claws", book two in the trilogy, won the Wyoming State Historical Society first place award in the Publications Category Fiction for 2016. Bear Claws also was awarded the 2016 Silver Will Rogers Medallion Award. "Golden Spike", the concluding book in the trilogy, received the 2018 Silver Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for Younger Readers. He has a dedicated website at https://robertleemurphy.net

The Legend of Keane O'Leary
Philip McCormac
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444848793, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 276pp

https://www.ulverscroft.com/title.php?sqlCmd=isbn%3D9781444848793

Synopsis: When outlaw chief Keane O'Leary decides it's time to retire from a life of banditry, he is unaware that he is about to unleash a violent sequence of events. His three daughters are the heirs to his empire of crime -- and hell hath no fury like a woman who covets her sisters' inheritance. The brothers Alward and Monday Gallagher are caught up in the vicious infighting and sibling rivalry, and must wade through blood and bullets as mayhem ensues. The arena soon becomes littered with the dead and dying as the fateful sequence of events play out right up to the blood-spattered end.

Critique: "The Legend of Keane O'Leary" an original and deftly crafted novel by veteran western author Philip McCormac has everything any dedicated western buff could want including unexcepted plot twists and showdown gunplay. This large print paperback edition of "The Legend of Keane O'Leary" from the Linford Western Library series will prove to be an immensely welcome and popular addition to both personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction collections.

Editorial Note: Philip McCormac lives in Leicestershire, England. He is a prolific western writer having 19 Black Horse Westerns published under P.McCormac and various pen names. Readers can find out more about him and his books at https://www.amazon.com/Philip-McCormac/e/B007N13W72%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Bad Name Drifter
Frank Callan
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444848489, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 228pp

https://www.ulverscroft.com/title.php?sqlCmd=isbn%3D9781444848489

Synopsis: Dalton, Kansas is a town split in two: north of the railroad line, life is decent and ordered; on the south side, cowboys raise hell and the riff-raff of the world frequent the streets. Into this place comes Wes Galway, a former Union soldier. Wes wants to change his life, but there are complications: his young nephew, who worships him; his respectable brother, who hates him; and the fact that he's fallen foul of the town marshal.

Critique: "Bad Name Drifter" by Frank Callan is the kind of novel that Clint Eastwood western movies are made. A riveting read from first page to last, "Bad Name Drifter" will prove a welcome addition to the personal reading lists of western fans and community library Western Fiction collections alike.

Editorial Note: Frank Callan is the author of The Feud at Broken Man and Return to Blood Creek.

Tears of the Buffalo
Paul Bedford
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444848779, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 240pp

https://www.ulverscroft.com/title.php?sqlCmd=isbn%3D9781444848779

Synopsis: The days of slaughtering buffalo were supposedly over, mainly because there were so pitifully few of them remaining. But with top dollar on offer for their severed heads as trophies, some hunters just can't resist.

In Yellowstone Park, where such poaching is illegal, Captain Moses Harris and his company of US Cavalry are assigned the job of stopping them. Yet in the depths of winter, following an apparently motiveless murder on the army post in Mammoth, the captain begins to realise that it is not just the buffalo that are threatened by greed and corruption.

With a merciless hired gun on the loose, Harris sends army scout Deke Wilson and a squad of soldiers in pursuit. This triggers a sequence of events involving high finance and the Northern Pacific Railroad, which not only endangers the lives of them all, but also the very survival of America's first national park.

Critique: Deftly blending mystery with action, "Tears of the Buffalo" by novelist Paul Bedford plays out with an inherently absorbing story that is as deftly crafted against the background of greed, violence, and the formation of Yellowstone Park. Highly recommended for personal reading lists, this large print paperback edition of Paul Bedford's western novel is an ideal selection for community library Western Fiction collections.

Editorial Note: Paul Bedford is the author of Bone Treasure, Death on the Bozeman, and The Lord of the Plains.

Return to Crows Creek
John E. Vale
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444848557, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 234pp

https://www.ulverscroft.com/title.php?sqlCmd=isbn%3D9781444848748

Synopsis: The nephew of President Hayes has been murdered in Crows Creek so he orders the Governor to hire a first class Marshal, someone with a proven track record for solving crimes. Unfortunately the best person for the job seems to be Daniel Wheetman, an Englishman who has no experience of the West; he cannot ride or shoot, and his abrupt manner and lack of social skills would only mean a quick and violent death. So a rough tough cowboy called Murphy is hired to keep the Marshal alive.

Marshal Wheeman is under the misconception that all villains will automatically surrender once challenged by an officer of the law, whereas Murphy has a 'shoot now ask questions later' policy. And so together the two mismatched lawmen take on a powerful Cattle Barron and a corrupt Sheriff.

Critique: A simply fascinating and entertaining read from cover to cover, this large print paperback edition of "Crows Creek" by John E. Vale is especially recommended for personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction. Also very highly recommended is the sequel by John Vale, "Return to Crows Creek" (Linford Western Library, 9781444848748, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 234pp).

Editorial Note: John Vale has written a book about The Beatles and two novels in the Rhodri Williams detective series.

Fire Wolf
Michael D. George
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444848618, $23.00, PB, Large Print, 234pp

https://www.ulverscroft.com/title.php?sqlCmd=isbn%3D9781444848618

Synopsis: The deadly hired killer Fire Wolf is heading to a remote settlement in answer to a telegraph message. On the way there he tangles with three wanted outlaws in the ghost town known as Gold Strike. When the remaining two outlaws show up they vow vengeance and trail the emotionless Fire Wolf. Upon arriving in Jamesburg to find the man he thinks has hired his lethal services, it seems that no one is expecting him. No one apart from the actual man who has hired Fire Wolf.

Critique: An inherently compelling story of an anti-hero in lethal confrontation with two different groups set out to kill him, "Fire Wolf" is vividly portrayed by western author Michael D. George as a two pistol killer that is as unbelievably fast on the draw as he is deadly accurate. Yet even as implacable an assassin as he is, the plea of a broken father to rescue (if she's still alive) his kidnapped daughter somehow finds him single handedly going up agains a veritable fortress complete with high walls, a small army of gunmen -- and a Gatling gun. A compulsive page turner of action-packed gun play, this large print paperback edition of "Fire Wolf" from the Linford Western Library series is emphatically recommended reading for all dedicated western novel fans and community library Western Fiction collections.

Editorial Note: Michael D. George has written more than 100 novels for Black Horse under his real and several pen names, including Bury Them Deep in War Smoke, Dry Gulch Outlaws, and Shadow Shooters.

The Legend of Keane O'Leary
P. McCormac
Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroftusa.com
ISBN: TBA, $TBA

https://www.ulverscroft.com/store/us/browse

Synopsis: When outlaw chief Keane O'Leary decides it's time to retire from a life of banditry, he is unaware he is about to unleash a bloody sequence of events that will make his past misdeeds seem like a hillbilly shindig. His three daughters are the inheritors of his empire of crime, and hell hath no fury like a woman who covets her sisters' inheritance. Brothers Alward and Monday Gallagher are caught up in the vicious infighting unleashed by the retirement of the bandit chief and the consequent rivalry of the sisters, and have to wade through blood and bullets as mayhem ensues. The arena soon becomes littered with the dead and dying as the fateful sequence of events play out right up to the blood-spattered end.

Critique: With "The Legend of Keane O'Leary", author P. McCormac has provides a re-imagining of Shakespeare's King Lear set in the form of a western novel -- and at the end of all the treachery and gun smoke only two will be left standing. An inherently fascinating read and deftly crafted reade that dedicated western fans will appreciate, this large print paperback edition from the Linford Western Library collection is especially recommended for both personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction collections.

Editorial Note: For those interested, there is a website dedicated to P. McCormac at https://www.biblio.com/p-mccormac/author/1989979

Gold Rush
Bill Grant
Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444848625, $23.00, PB, 229pp

https://www.ulverscroft.com/store/us/browse

Synopsis: Union Army deserter Cody Black thinks Gold Hill is a safe place to hide out the war and make his fortune. But Cody finds prospecting to be a tough business and soon finds himself in debt to the local gold baron. Desperate for work, he is forced to become a deputy sheriff and now faces the very violence he fled the Army to avoid. To make matters worse, a nefarious plot is afoot to tip the war in favor of the Confederates by hijacking a major gold shipment which will be used to recruit Mexican soldiers and mercenaries for the Southern Cause. Cody must battle Southern sympathizers, and his own doubts, to seek redemption and help save the Union in Gold Rush.

Critique: "Gold Rush" by Bill Grant is a thoroughly fun read for dedicated western novel fans from cover to cover. Replete with gun play and cliffhanger suspense aplenty, readers will keenly appreciate the expected final gunfight and also the completely unexpected resolution of our reluctant hero's personal problems as a U.S. Army deserter. This large print paperback edition of "Gold Rush" from the Linford Western Library series is highly recommended for the reading lists of western novel fans and community library Western Fiction collections.

Editorial Note: There is a complete roster of author Bill Grants fiction and non-fiction available at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/575562.Bill_Grant

The Return of the Wolf
Larry D. Sweazy
www.larrydsweazy.com
Five Star Books
c/o Gale Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
www.gale.com/five-star
www.cengageptr.com
9781432868925, $25.95, HC, 300pp

https://www.amazon.com/Return-Josiah-Wolfe-Texas-Ranger/dp/1432868926

Synopsis: When Josiah Wolfe quits the Texas Rangers and returns home, he finds himself in the middle of a family feud. The Langdons and the Halversons have been fighting over land as the townfolk fled after losing out on a railroad junction. Morris Langdon has vowed revenge on Josiah and the Texas Rangers for the hanging of his older brother. The Halverson family also holds a grudge against Josiah for leaving with their young grandson.

The Texas Rangers are called in to end the feud after the county sheriff is murdered. Josiah is accused of the killing. Will the Rangers help Josiah clear his name, or will they treat him like a cold-blooded killer? Or is the feud nothing more than a ploy by Morris Langdon to exact his revenge and gain control of Anderson County once and for all?

Critique: "The Return of the Wolf" by Spur Award winning western author Larry D. Sweazy will have a very special appeal for readers with an interest in Texas Ranger stories. Western style action/adventure at its best, "The Return of the Wolf" is a riveting read and certain to be a welcome addition to community library Western Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated western buffs that "The Return of the Wolf" is also available in a complete and unabridged audio book edition (Blackstone Audio, 9781665082051, $39.95, CD).

Editorial Note: Larry D. Sweazy is the author of eighteen novels. He won the WWA (Western Writers of America) Spur award for Best Short Fiction in 2005 and for Best Paperback Original in 2013, and the 2011 and 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for books the Josiah Wolfe series. And most recently, Larry won the 2020 WF (Western Fictioneers) Peacemaker Award for Best Western. Larry has published over one hundred nonfiction articles and short stories, which have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine; The Adventure of the Missing Detective: And 25 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories!; Boys' Life; Hardboiled, and several other publications and anthologies. He has a dedicated website at www.larrydsweazy.com

Rule of the High Plains
John Neely Davis
Five Star Books
c/o Gale Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
www.gale.com/five-star
www.cengageptr.com
9781432878320, $25.95, HC, 289pp

https://www.amazon.com/Rule-High-Plains-Western-Collection/dp/1432878328

Synopsis: The Rio Grande Valley of the New Mexico Territory and the High Plains of Texas for decades were the domain of Comancheros and marauding bands of renegade Indians. Frank Rule, his wife, Ellen, and their family live in the lawless land near the Rio Grande.

Frank is not the average cowboy. Short, bald, and bespectacled, he could easily be mistaken for a clerk in some unsuccessful dry-goods store in a dried-up, godforsaken town. Ellen, the victim of abduction and rape, delivered a half-Indian son. Their daughter, Shirl, was kidnapped by Comancheros and stashed in a remote outlaw encampment in the Texas Panhandle. Their oldest son was also abducted by Indians.

Frank rescues Shirl, but his oldest son's fate remains unknown. Frank and Ellen make the fateful decision to leave their isolated ranch and begin a new life near the town of Longsought, Texas. Ordinarily a peaceful man, Frank becomes vengeful after another tragic episode of losses.

Tormented at night by the supernatural reappearance of his wife and hectored during the day by the voice of the devil, at times Frank borders on insanity and capable of extreme violence. Yet, even with his own troubles, he has an innate ability to help those who have been wronged. His paladin-like adventures take him across the enormous expanse of the Llano Estacado and into dangerous and unparalleled situations, where he needs all his wits and harsh experiences to survive and see justice done!

Critique: Comprised of nine linked short stories, "Rule of the High Plains" by western author John Neely Davis is an inherently interesting and impressively crafted compendium of memorable characters, unexpected plot twists, and features the kind of narrative driven storytelling that hooks and keeps the reader's total and compulsive page turning attention. While highly recommended as an addition to community library Western Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated western fans that "Rule of the High Plains" is also available in a large print paperback edition (9781432878337, $24.99, 421pp) from Wheeler Publishing.

Editorial Note: John Neely Davis has a dedicated Amazon.com website page at https://www.amazon.com/John-Neely-Davis/e/B00ROAVUBC


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Holy Chow: An Andy Carpenter Mystery
David Rosenfelt
Minotaur Books
c/o St. Martin's Publishing Group
www.minotaurbooks.com
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250828873, $27.99, HC, 304pp

https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Chow-Andy-Carpenter-Novel/dp/1250828872

Synopsis: Retired lawyer Andy Carpenter's calling has always been running the Tara Foundation. The dog rescue organization places hundreds of dogs in new homes every year. It's added up to so many dogs and new owners that Andy can't even do the math. But there's one dog (and one owner) Andy will always remember.

About a year ago, Rachel Morehouse came to the foundation looking for a canine companion. In her sixties and recently widowed, Rachel wanted a senior dog that also needed someone. Andy took a liking to her, Rachel took a liking to Lion, an older Chow Chow, and the rest is history.

That is, until Rachel calls Andy begging for a favor: If Rachel dies, will Andy take care of Lion if her stepson cannot? Andy agrees, no questions asked, and promptly forgets about it -- until he receives a call from Rachel's estate to attend her will reading. Which is where he meets Rachel's stepson, Tony, who is promptly arrested for his stepmother's murder. And he wants Andy to prove his innocence.

Andy has continued to learn more about the woman he so greatly admired and the businesses she ran, and holy chow, was this woman impressive. The person who killed her deserves to be held accountable, and if Tony is to be believed, they're still out there. And that possibility is too much for Andy to remain on the sidelines.

Critique: A beautifully crafted mystery comprised of memorable characters, unexpected plot twists, and a clever finale, "Holy Chow" by David Rosenfelt is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections. "Holy Chow" is also readily available for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99). It should be noted by community librarians and mystery fans alike that there is a superbly produced, complete and unabridged audio book of "Holy Chow" deftly narrated by Grover Gardner (Macmillan Audio, 9781250852106, $29.99, CD).

Castle Deadly, Castle Deep
Veronica Bond
Berkley Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
www.penguin.com
9780593335901, $8.99, PB, 288pp

https://www.amazon.com/Castle-Deadly-Dinner-Murder-Mystery/dp/0593335902

Synopsis: Autumn has arrived at Castle Dark, and Nora Blake has settled into her role as an actor in Derek Corby's castle murder-mystery troupe. She is troubled, however, by the setting of Derek's fall mystery: the catacombs in the depths of the castle. Yes, these catacombs are part of a set, the skeletons and cobwebs mere props, but Nora feels uneasy in the shadowy passages beneath Castle Dark. When a man is killed during one of their first shows, the eerie catacombs become a place of terror.

Joined by her castle companions, Nora attempts to find the motive for killing a seemingly innocent victim. Some of those answers appear to lie with the local community theater, the members of which Nora has come to know because she has joined Derek's latest town production.

As Nora practices her lines at Wood Glen's Blue Curtain Theater, she realizes that everyone around her is an actor, and all of her suspects are perfectly capable of convincing others of their innocence. Nora soon discovers that someone else is in danger and that she may also be in the sights of the killer. With the help of her handsome boyfriend, Detective John Dashiell, Nora will have to go off-script to prevent a murderous encore!

Critique: Launching a new cozy mystery series (A Dinner and a Murder Mystery) by Veronica Bond, "Castle Deadly, Castle Deep" is an especially fun read cover to cover. Very highly recommended for community library collections as a classic 'whodunnit' mystery by an author with a genuine flair for the genre, "Castle Deadly, Castle Deep" is also readily available for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery fans in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).

The Paper Caper
Kate Carlisle
https://katecarlisle.com
Berkley Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
www.penguin.com
9780593201466, $27.00, HC, 336pp

https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Caper-Bibliophile-Mystery/dp/0593201469

Synopsis: Brooklyn is excited to be included in the Covington Library's first annual Mark Twain Festival. She'll rebind a rare first edition of The Prince and the Pauper before an enthusiastic audience of book nerds -- her favorite people.

The festival is the passion project of wealthy media mogul, book lover, and newspaper owner Joseph Cabot, who considers himself Twain's biggest fan. Brooklyn's hunky husband, Derek, and his security team once rescued Joseph from a corporate kidnapping attempt. Now Derek and his agents are charged with keeping Joseph and his beautiful young wife safe during the festivities taking place all over town.

The centerpiece of the festival is a citywide contest based on The Prince and the Pauper: one lucky look-alike will trade places with Joseph for a few days -- with access to all the money and power that Joseph commands. Brooklyn and Derek worry that the contest might be generating some dangerous attention. And when someone is mysteriously poisoned right before Brooklyn's eyes, she's not convinced that the victim was the intended target.

Now she and Derek must frantically chase clues and suspects through the streets of San Francisco before another murder becomes front-page news!

Critique: Another splendidly crafted cosy mystery by a master of the genre, Kate Carlisle's "The Paper Caper" will have a very special appeal to fans of amateur sleuth 'whodunnit' mysteries. A thoroughly fun read from cover to cover, "The Paper Caper" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. The stuff of which Hallmark TV Mystery Movies are made, it should be noted for the growing legions of Kate Carlisle fans that "The Paper Caper" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).

Editorial Note: Kate Carlisle is the author of the Bibliophile Mysteries, including Little Black Book and The Grim Reader, as well as the Fixer-Upper Mysteries series including Absence of Mallets. Kate also has her own website at https://katecarlisle.com

A Dark and Stormy Tea
Laura Childs
Berkley Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
www.penguin.com
9780593200896, $27.00, HC, 320pp

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Stormy-Tea-Shop-Mystery/dp/0593200896

Synopsis: It was a dark and stormy night, but that was the least of Theodosia Browning's troubles. As she approaches St. Philips Graveyard, Theodosia sees two figures locked in a strange embrace. Wiping rain from her eyes, Theodosia realizes she has just witnessed a brutal murder and sees a dark-hooded figure slip away into the fog.

In the throes of alerting police, Theodosia recognizes the victim -- it is the daughter of her friend, Lois, who owns the Antiquarian Bookshop next door to her own Indigo Tea Shop.

Even though this appears to be the work of a serial killer who is stalking the back alleys of Charleston, Lois begs Theodosia for help. Against the advice of her boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, and the sage words of Drayton, her tea sommelier, amateur-sleuth Theodosia launches her own shadow investigation. And quickly discovers that suspects abound with the dead girl's boyfriend, nefarious real estate developer, private-security man, bumbling reporter, and her own neighbor who is writing a true-crime book and searching for a big ending.

Critique: Cozy mystery at its best, "A Dark and Stormy Tea" by veteran author Laura Childs will prove to be a welcome and appreciated read by all dedicated 'whodunnit' mystery buffs. Enhanced with the inclusion of Tea Time Recipes & Tips, "A Dark and Stormy Tea" is a 'must' for community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections and readily available for the personal reading lists of Laura Childs' legions of fans in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99) as well.

Editorial Note: Laura Childs is the author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. She was also the CEO of her own marketing firm, has authored several screenplays, and produced a reality TV show. She has an informative Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/laurachildsauthor


The Business Shelf

Handbook on the Entrepreneurial University
Alain Fayolle, editor
Dana T. Redford, editor
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
www.e-elgar.com
9781781007013, $71.95, PB, 496pp

https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Entrepreneurial-University-Alain-Fayolle/dp/1781007012

Synopsis: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Alain Fayolle and Dana T. Redford, the "Handbook on the Entrepreneurial University" is a compendium of insightful and erudite essays by expert contributors and offers a lens through which to view entrepreneurship strategy for higher education institutions, as it becomes increasingly necessary for universities to consider changing their strategies, culture and practices to become more entrepreneurial.

Is the idea of an entrepreneurial university a myth or a reality? Is the university model capable of adapting to new evolving trends and a more complex professional world? And, what is the impact of entrepreneurship in education?

Through extensive research and case studies from some of the leading entrepreneurial thinkers around the world, The contributors to the "Handbook on the Entrepreneurial University" answer these questions and raise further issues for debate.

Particular focus is given to developing university strategy, public policy and start-up support as a means to foster graduate entrepreneurship. Each individual contribution explores different perspectives related to the entrepreneurial university concept and its role in stimulating economic growth through cooperative relationships with business and government.

As a comprehensive study of the entrepreneurial university, the "Handbook on the Entrepreneurial University" will prove invaluable to business and entrepreneurship students and academics, as well as university administrators, researchers and others interested in the evolution of the university.

Critique: A seminal body of outstanding scholarship, the "Handbook on the Entrepreneurial University" includes a complete listing of the contributors and their credentials and is divided into three major sections: Different Perspectives of the Entrepreneurial University; Pedagogic Practices in Entrepreneurial Education; The Relationship Between Entrepreneurial Universities and Enterprises: Technology Transfer, Venture Capital and Spin-Offs. While also available for personal reading lists in a paperback edition (9781783471744. $71.95), the "Handbook on the Entrepreneurial University" is an especially and unreservedly recommended for college and university library Business/Entrepreneurship and Higher Education collections, and as a text book for supplemental studies curriculums syllabus.

Editorial Note #1: Alain Fayolle, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities, University of Cagliari, Italy. He has a dedicated web page on Google Scholar at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_YYuWooAAAAJ

Editorial Note #2: Dana T. Redford, President, Platform for Entrepreneurship Education in Portugal, UCP-Porto, Portugal. He has a dedicated professional website at https://peep.pt/?team=dana-redford-president-and-founder


The Music Shelf

The Clash: All the Albums, All the Songs
Martin Popoff
www.martinpopoff.com
PM Press
PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623
www.pmpress.org
9781629639345, $39.95, HC, 240pp

https://www.amazon.com/Clash-All-Albums-Songs/dp/1629639346

Synopsis: Established in 1976 at the fore London's punk rock insurgence, The Clash would outlast their peers while creating some of the most influential albums in rock 'n' roll history.

With the publication of "The Clash: All the Albums All the Songs" veteran music reviewer Martin Popoff dissects each of the Clash's ninety-one studio tracks, examining the circumstances that led to their creation, the recording processes, the historical contexts and more.

In addition, introductory essays set the scene for the band's six studio releases (including the double LP London Calling and the triple Sandinista!) and feature sidebars detailing studios, release dates, personnel, and more.

Illustrated with rare performance and offstage photography, along with images of 7-inch singles sleeves and gig posters, the resulting volume is a fitting tribute to the foursome whose staunch political stance and groundbreaking amalgam of punk, rockabilly, reggae, and hip-hop earned the title "The Only Band That Matters."

Critique: Impressively informative, well written, profusely illustrated, exceptionally 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Clash: All the Albums All the Songs" is a 'must' for the legions of Clash fans and will prove to be an exemplary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Punk & Rock Music History & Criticism collections. It should be noted that "The Clash: All the Albums All the Songs" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Editorial Note: At approximately 7,900 (with over 7,000 appearing in his books), Martin Popoff has unofficially written more record reviews than anybody in the history of music writing across all genres. Additionally, Martin has penned approximately 108 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting. He was Editor-In-Chief of the now retired Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada's foremost metal publication for 14 years, and has also contributed to Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine, Record Collector, bravewords.com, lollipop.com, and hardradio.com, with many record label band bios and liner notes to his credit as well. Additionally, Martin has been a regular contractor to Banger Films, having worked for two years as researcher on the award-winning documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, on the writing and research team for the 11-episode Metal Evolution and on the ten-episode Rock Icons, both for VH1 Classic. Additionally, Martin is the writer of the original metal genre chart used in Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and throughout the Metal Evolution episodes. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through his dedicated website at www.martinpopoff.com

Love Is Understanding
Sergio Farias
BearManor Media
PO Box 71426, Albany, GA 31708
www.bearmanormedia.com
9781629339139, $39.00, HC, 354pp

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Understanding-hardback-Times-Monkees/dp/162933913X

Synopsis; Between 1966 and 1967, the popular music band known as the Monkees sold more records than the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined! They also had a revolutionary TV series and raised the bar of rock concerts.

As songwriters and musicians, their musical diversity ranged from the pioneering use of the banjo and the Moog synthesizer in pop music to becoming one of the forerunners in the creation of country rock. This creative unity won admirers like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Timothy Leary. However, when they exposed the modus operandi of the American record industry, they paid the consequences, and public opinion designated the Monkees as just a prefabricated group at the height of the counterculture.

After the band broke up, its members were relegated to brutal ostracism. Peter Tork was the most affected. Though he was a scholar, a classical musician capable of playing seven musical instruments, and an excellent actor and songwriter, for some Peter was simply "the dummy".

With the publication of "Love Is Understanding: The Life and Times of Peter Tork and The Monkees", author Sergio Farias seeks to do justice to the Monkees' extraordinary legacy in pop culture, revealing the ups and downs of the band's backstory and tracing Peter's dramatic trajectory and pilgrimage through life. Peter Tork was true rock and roll survivor, but, above all, a brilliant artist in his own right.

Critique: An absolute 'must' for the legions of Monkees fans, "Love Is Understanding (hardback): The Life and Times of Peter Tork and The Monkees" is an inherently fascinating and impressively informative biography of a musician and a band that had a significant impact on American pop culture. While highly recommended for community, college, and university library American Music History & Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Love Is Understanding (hardback): The Life and Times of Peter Tork and The Monkees" is also available in a paperback edition (9781629339122, $29.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95).

Editorial Note: Sergio Farias was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has contributed to several websites and magazines that discuss 60s pop rock. His publications include the play "Quem Te Viu, Quem Te Ve", and the books "Look at Me - John Lennon vida e obra, "Sentimental Journey - os anos solo de Ringo Starr", and the erotic thriller novel "Manipuladoras".

Mellencamp: American Troubadour
David Masciotra
The University Press of Kentucky
663 South Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40508-4008
www.kentuckypress.com
9780813147338, $35.00, HC, 290pp

https://www.amazon.com/Mellencamp-American-Troubadour-David-Masciotra/dp/0813147336

Synopsis: John Mellencamp's numerous hits, awards, and recognitions (including his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame) puts him in such celebrated company as Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. With the publication of "Mellencamp: American Troubadour", biographer David Masciotra explores the life and career of this important talent, persuasively arguing for his space among the most distinguished songwriters of our time.

Beginning with Mellencamp's modest start in Seymour, Indiana, Masciotra details the artist's road to fame, examines his struggles with the music industry, and celebrates the success he found by remaining true to his Midwestern roots. With themes that range from small-town life, race, and religion to poverty and the struggles of adulthood, Mellencamp's songs remain central to the social and historical context of contemporary America. Acting as an artistic archivist, he has refused to forget the struggles of workers and Black Americans, and in line with his tributes to 1960s rock and Americana folk, he has summoned his sizable talent and his tenacious heart to tell a story his audience and country need to hear.

"Mellencamp: American Troubadour" is a thoughtful analysis that highlights four decades of the artist's music, showing how it has consistently elevated the dignity of everyday people, and spanned the genres of folk, soul, and rock and roll to amplify the struggle of democracy.

Critique: Absolutely essential reading for the legions of Mellencamp fans, "Mellencamp: American Troubadour" is an impressively informative and comprehensive biography of the life and achievements of a singularly talented rock music star. This newly updated edition of "Mellencamp: American Troubadour" from the University Press of Kentucky is informatively enhanced with the inclusion of a six page Bibliography and a ten page Index. Especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library American Music History & Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mellencamp: American Troubadour" is also available in a paperback edition (9780813195568, 26.96) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

Editorial Note: David Masciotra is a journalist and art critic who has written for numerous publications, including Salon, the Progressive, and No Depression. He teaches at Indiana University Northwest and he is the author of I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters.


The Library Science Shelf

3D Data Creation to Curation
Jennifer Moore, et al.
Association of College & Research Libraries
c/o ALA Editions
www.alastore.ala.org
9780838939130, $96.00, PB, 330pp

https://www.amazon.com/Data-Creation-Curation-Community-Preservation/dp/0838939139

Synopsis: While there has been rapid growth in the creation and use of 3D data over the last decade, the ongoing development and evolving usage of these data have left many unresolved questions about their stability, durability, and long-term accessibility.

"3D Data Creation to Curation: Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation" collects the efforts of the Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP) initiative (a large practicing community of librarians, researchers, engineers, and designers) to move toward establishment of shared guidelines, practices, and standards. Using a collaborative approach for standards development that promotes individual investment and broad adoption, this group has produced a work that captures the shared preservation needs of the whole community.

Individual chapters deftly cover best practices for 3D data preservation, management, metadata, legal issues, and access. Beginning with surveys of current practices, the contributors provide recommendations for implementing standards and identify areas in which further development is required. Of special note is the inclusion of a glossary of key terms and acronyms is included for easy reference.

Critique: Impressively comprehensive, exceptionally well organized, and accessibly presented, "3D Data Creation to Curation: Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation" is particularly intended and appropriate for a broad readership ranging from 3D data novices to seasoned practitioners, as well as those who may not be involved in the creation of the data but are tasked as librarians with curating, migrating, and sustaining access to these data long-term. "3D Data Creation to Curation:: Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation" is every highly recommended for personal, professional, college, and university library Library Science collections and as a textbook for library management and information science curriculum studies lists.

Using Context in Information Literacy Instruction
Allison Hosier
ALA Editions
www.alastore.ala.org
9780838937983, $64.99, PB, 160pp

https://www.amazon.com/Using-Context-Information-Literacy-Instruction/dp/0838937985

Synopsis: With the publication of "Using Context in Information Literacy Instruction: Beyond Basic Skills" academician and librarian Allison Hosier shows both novice and experienced academic librarians how to use context when teaching information literacy, an approach that offers a substantive and enduring impact on students' lifelong learning.

Librarians know that information literacy is much more complex and nuanced than the basic library research skill that it's often portrayed as; in fact, as outlined by the ACRL Framework, research is a contextual activity. But the settings in which we teach often constrain our ability to take a more layered approach.

"Using Context in Information Literacy Instruction: Beyond Basic Skills " not only shows how to teach information literacy as something other than a basic skill, but also how to do it in whatever mode of teaching most often engaged in, whether that's a credit-bearing course, a one-shot session, a tutorial, a reference desk interaction, or a library program.

Through each step of the research process, "Using Context in Information Literacy Instruction: Beyond Basic Skills" shares ideas for adding context while exploring topics such as: How conversations about context can be integrated into lessons on common information literacy topics; Examples of the six genres of research and suggested course outlines for each; Ensuring that context strategies fit within the ACRL Framework; Questions for reflection in teaching each step of the research process; Four different roles that sources can play when researching a topic; Helping students refine a topic that is drawing too many or too few sources; Cultivating students to become good decision-makers for the best type of research sources to use depending on their need; and How to address the shortcomings of checklist tools like the CRAAP test.

Critique: Highly recommended for personal, professional, and academic library collections as an ideal textbook for Library Science curriculums and in-service workshops, "Using Context in Information Literacy Instruction: Beyond Basic Skills" is an exceptionally informative, impressively organized and thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional guide that will be of immense value to library science students, novice librarians, and even more experienced library staff members and directors.

Editorial Note: Allison Hosier is an instructor and scholar of information literacy at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her current scholarship focuses on studying and thinking about research as an activity with important contextual implications. She writes about her work regularly on her website Studying Research at https://studyingresearch.com

Once Upon a Time in the Academic Library
Maria Barefoot, et al.
ACRL Books Association of College & Research Libraries
c/o American Library Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601-7616
https://www.ala.org
9780838938607, $56.00, PB, 166pp

https://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Time-Academic-Library/dp/0838938604

Synopsis: Storytelling evolved alongside us to provide entertainment via literature, plays, and the visual arts. It helps to shape society through parables, moral tales, and religion. Storytelling plays a role in business, law, medicine, education in modern society -- and libraries!.

Academic librarians can apply storytelling in the same way that teachers, entertainers, lawyers, and businesspeople have done for centuries, as education within information literacy instruction and as communication in the areas of reference, outreach, management, assessment, and more. "Once Upon a Time in the Academic Library: Storytelling Skills for Librarians" explores applications of storytelling across academic librarianship in three sections: The Information Literacy Classroom; The Stacks; Physical and Virtual Library Spaces.

A thorough introduction discusses the historical and theoretical roots of storytelling, as well as the mechanics and social justice applications. Chapter authors demonstrate using storytelling to share diverse viewpoints that connect with their users, and each chapter contains practical examples of how storytelling can be used within the library and cultural considerations for the audience. The first section focuses on storytelling as a pedagogical tool; the others include examples of how storytelling has been used as a communication method in sharing and developing collections, at service points, and in online spaces.

"Once Upon a Time in the Academic Library: Storytelling Skills for Librarians" can provide ideas and inspiration for incorporating storytelling into your teaching and communication, and inspire you to invent new ways of using it in your work.

Critique: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Marie Barefoot (the online learning librarian at the University of Delaware), Sara Parme (Project Director for the Appalachian College Association's Open and Affordable Resources Initiative and the Grants Coordinator of PA GOAL, Pennsylvania's open and affordable grants program); and Elin Woods (an independent researcher previously holding librarian posts at Saint Francis University and most recently at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a student success librarian), "Once Upon a Time in the Academic Library: Storytelling Skills for Librarians" is an ideal choice for college and university Library Science curriculums and collections -- as well as a textbook for use in library staff in-service training workshops.

Data Driven Decisions
Amy Stubbing
Facet Publishing
www.facetpublishing.co.uk
9781783304790, $100.99, HC, 200pp

https://www.amazon.com/Data-Driven-Decisions-Information-Professionals/dp/1783304790

Synopsis: With the publication of "Data Driven Decisions: A Practical Toolkit for Library and Information Professionals" experienced library manager Amy Stubbing provides a simple, jargon-free guide to using data for decision making in library services.

Step-by-step, "Data Driven Decisions" walks its readers through each stage of implementing, reviewing and embedding data driven decisions in their organisation, providing accessible visualisations, top tips, and downloadable tools to support readers on their data journey. Staring with the absolute basics of using data, "Data Driven Decisions" creates a framework for building skills and knowledge slowly until the reader is comfortable with even complex uses of data.

"Data Driven Decisions" begins with an exploration of explore the foundations of data driven decisions in libraries including a look at the impact of the current financial climate on resources, theoretical foundations of data collection and analysis, and how this book can be used in practice. The next section takes readers through the data driven decisions model, providing the guide for understanding and manual for implementation of the model. Finally, "Data Driven Decisions" provides further perspectives and reading surrounding analysis and implementation of data driven decisions. This section aims to give supplementary and focused information on different areas of data driven decisions which can be included in processes once the reader understands the foundation of the book from earlier chapters.

Highly practical and written in an accessible style, "Data Driven Decisions" is an essential resource for librarians and information professionals who increasingly need to justify decisions on programmes and services through quantifiable data.

Critique: Informative enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of Figures, Tables, a four page Bibliography and a five page Index, "Data Driven Decisions: A Practical Toolkit for Library and Information Professionals" fully lives up to the promise of its title and must be considered essential reading for library science students and practicing librarians -- and a core addition to college and university Library Science collections.. An ideal textbook for library in-service training workshops and programs, it should be noted that "Data Driven Decisions: A Practical Toolkit for Library and Information Professionals" is also available in a paperback edition (9781783304783, $70.21, Amazon).

Editorial Note: Amy Stubbing has had a varied career across different sectors, and has held roles in areas including collection management, customer services, and library management. She is currently Academic Engagement Lead at University of Westminster where she is responsible for strategic planning and development of the learning support provision for the university, including academic liaison and academic learning development. Her previous roles have included Campus Library Manager at University of East London, and the Library Customer Care Collections Coordinator at Royal Holloway University. Amy's interest in data and using it to inform service decisions and developments to improve user experience has been a core part of her career. She has a dedicated web page at https://alastore.ala.org/content/amy-stubbing

Interim Leadership in Libraries
Jennifer E. Knievel, editor
Leslie J. Reynolds, editor
ACRL Books Association of College & Research Libraries
c/o American Library Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601-7616
www.alastore.ala.org
9780838939154, $70.00, PB, 246pp

https://www.amazon.com/Interim-Leadership-Libraries-Relationships-Decisions/dp/0838939155

Synopsis: It's common for libraries to use visiting, interim, temporary, and acting roles to solve a variety of personnel vacancies. And with the current, widespread retirements and turnover at the most senior levels of library leadership, more and more libraries are being led by interim leaders.

"Interim Leadership in Libraries: Building Relationships, Making Decisions, and Moving On" draws on evidence-based research, professional expertise, and personal experience to address the practical implications that arise from the decision to appoint interim leaders. Authors from a variety of institutions who have served in many different interim roles explore this unique type of leadership in five thorough sections: Building Relationships for Interim Leaders; Leading with Confidence; Making Long-Term Decisions as an Interim Leader; Leading Through Contraction: When No One Can Be Hired; Moving On: When the Dust Settles.

Chapters cover topics including serving as a non-librarian interim, leading through a hiring freeze, strategic planning and reorganization as interim, and developing future library leaders. Individuals asked to step into interim or acting leadership roles face personal and professional challenges. "Interim Leadership in Libraries" will help leaders, and those who work with them, learn from the successes and failures of others who came before them in order to have a lasting impact on their organization.

Critique: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of experienced interim library managers Jennifer E. Knievel and Leslie J. Reynold, "Interim Leadership in Libraries: Building Relationships, Making Decisions, and Moving On" is comprised of sixteen chapters covering every aspect of managing a library on an interim basis. Exceptional, comprehensive, and highly recommended, "Interim Leadership in Libraries: Building Relationships, Making Decisions, and Moving On" is a 'must' for all Library Science collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted that "Interim Leadership in Libraries:: Building Relationships, Making Decisions, and Moving On" is an ideal textbook for library in-service training workshops and programs.

Editorial Note #1: Jennifer E. Knievel is a professor and lead of the Researcher & Engagement Team at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. She has held four interim leadership roles in her career, all at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was the interim head of Reference & Instruction in 2005 - 2006. She also held two interim roles as associate dean of libraries and one as senior associate dean of libraries between 2016 - 2019. She has been in management positions since 2004.

Editorial Note #2: Leslie J. Reynolds is a professor and senior associate dean of libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has held five interim leadership roles in her career. Her first full-time position was at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign as a visiting assistant engineering librarian. She served over two years as the interim associate dean for User Services at Texas A&M University. At the University of Colorado Boulder, she served as interim dean of libraries for a little over a year, spent six months as the interim dean of the Graduate School, and most recently served as the co-interim leader for the library's Collection Strategies division. She has held library management positions since 2001.


The Native American Studies Shelf

Tribal Administration Handbook
Rebecca M. Webster, editor
Joseph Bauerkemper, editor
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
http://msupress.org
9781938065149, $39.95, PB, 248pp

https://www.amazon.com/Tribal-Administration-Handbook-Native-Nations/dp/193806514X

Synopsis: A direct response to the needs and ambitions articulated by tribal administrators and leaders, "Tribal Administration Handbook: A Guide for Native Nations in the United States", collaborative compiled and co-edited by Rebecca M. Webster and Joseph Bauerkemper is comprehensive handbook that seeks to serve practitioners, students, researchers, and community members alike.

The "Tribal Administration Handbook" grew out of an ongoing collaboration among scholars and practitioners from tribal nations, universities, tribal colleges, and nonprofit organizations who are developing practical and teaching resources in the field of tribal administration and governance. Designed as a readable, accessible volume, it focuses on three key areas: tribal management, funding and delivering core services, and sovereign tribes engaging settler governments.

While the chapters complement one another by presenting a coherent and unified constellation of voices that illuminates a shared terrain of practical Indigenous governance, each chapter ultimately stands alone to accommodate a variety of needs and interests with specific best practices, quick-reference executive summaries, and practitioner notes to aid lesson applications.

This humble collection of remarkable voices initiates a conversation about tribal administration that will hopefully continue to grow in service to Native nations.

Critique: A seminal and ground-breaking resource "Tribal Administration Handbook: A Guide for Native Nations in the United States" is comprised of seventeen informative articles organized into three major sections: Tribal Management; Funding and Delivery of Core Services; Sovereign Tribes Engaging Settler Governments. The is also a complete listing of the contributors and their credentials, and a seventeen page Index. Unique, comprehensive, deftly organized, impressively presented, "Tribal Administration Handbook: A Guide for Native Nations in the United States" is a critical and essential addition to personal, professional, community, tribal, college, and university library Contemporary Native American Studies & Government collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that the "Tribal Administration Handbook" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.99).

Editorial Note #1: Rebecca M. Webster is an enrolled citizen of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. She serves on the faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth in its Department of American Indian Studies. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in its tribal administration and governance programs.

Editorial Note #2: Joseph Bauerkemper serves on the faculty in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and as affiliate faculty for the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


The Art Shelf

Modern Calligraphy
Maricar Concepcion Ramos
Walter Foster Publishing
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
www.quartoknows.com
9780760377314, $24.99, PB, 144pp

https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Calligraphy-Learn-beautiful-lettering/dp/0760377316

Synopsis: Unlike traditional calligraphy, which typically uses a pen to form consistent letters that follow stricter guidelines, modern calligraphy allows you to personalize your hand-lettered art.

There are fewer rules, which adds to the fun! You can add color, florals, and other embellishments, and the process is more relaxing and whimsical. It's ideal for beginning calligraphers and anyone else looking to make hand-lettered art without a lot of guidelines.

With the publication of "Modern Calligraphy: Learn the Beautiful Art of Brush Lettering", experienced calligrapher Maricar Ramos features step-by-step projects for using a brush pen and paper to form letters, words, and embellishments. Once you've learned the basics of brush lettering, use the helpful tips and gorgeous artwork to create your own elegant-but-fun lettered artwork. Then you can hand-letter anything you like, from address labels on envelopes to party invitations, letters to loved ones, cards, decorative artwork, maps, and so much more.

Critique: An ideal and unreservedly recommended DIY instructional guide and 'how to' manual, "Modern Calligraphy: Learn the Beautiful Art of Brush Lettering" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation. Beautifully and informatively illustrated in full color throughout, this edition of "Modern Calligraphy" will have a very special appeal to students and practitioners of Mixed-Media Crafts in general, and Calligraphy in particular -- making it very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Calligraphy collections.

Editorial Note: Maricar Concepcion Ramos is an artist, educator, and entrepreneur based in the Philippines. She runs Seven Brushstrokes, an online teaching resource and popular Instagram account. Maricar learned to do calligraphy in 2017 while working as an engineer and looking for a break from her everyday routine. She is a self-taught calligrapher and brush artist who runs video tutorials and virtual workshops for students all over the world. Maricar has taught calligraphy to more than 3,000 students, including on Skillshare. She has worked with Faber-Castell and Stabilo, and she represents Tombow Philippines as an ambassador. She has a dedicated website at www.sevenbrushstrokes.com and can be followed on Instagram at @sevenbrushstrokes


The Parenting Shelf

52 Parenting Principles
Miles Mettler
www.MilesMettler.com
Morgan James Publishing
11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300, Newport News, VA 23606-4448
www.morganjamespublishing.com
9781631956867, $17.95, PB, 226pp

https://www.amazon.com/52-Parenting-Principles-Bring-Best/dp/1631956868

Synopsis: With the publication of "52 Parenting Principles: How To Bring Out The Best In Your Kids", Miles Mettler outlines simple strategies to help parents prepare their kids with important life skills for when they leave home.

The 52 principles are bite-sized nuggets that parents can learn, understand, and apply weekly or as they choose. With enough theory for context, it emphasizes applications parents can make immediately. Most of the principles can be adopted to fit children of all ages.

Each principle is followed by discussion questions and action steps to help parents understand and integrate what they have learned. By giving "52 Parenting Principles" a careful reading, parents will feel empowered to make changes they can master and witness relational transformation.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "52 Parenting Principles: How To Bring Out The Best In Your Kids" is thoroughly 'real world practical' and 'parent friendly', making it an ideal DIY instruction guide for parents and caregivers wanting to children of all ages to have successful a childhood as a basis for having a successful adulthood -- especially when it comes time for them to have children of their own. While highly recommended for personal and community library Parenting instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "52 Parenting Principles: How To Bring Out The Best In Your Kids" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Editorial Note: Miles Mettler, PhD is an ambassador for Focus on the Family, a global Christian ministry located in Colorado Springs, CO dedicated to helping families thrive. He attended South Dakota State University where he received his bachelor's and master's degree. After working for eight years, he studied exercise/wellness and behavior change at Arizona State University where he received his doctoral degree. A lifelong learner, Miles is a certified as a life coach, and a Leading From Your Strengths facilitator. He enjoys speaking, coaching, writing, and opining on his blog at www.MilesMettler.com


The Audiobook Shelf

Corpse in the Waxworks
John Dixon Carr, author
Sounding CD
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781407997599, $88.95, CD

Synopsis: Last night Mademoiselle Duchene was seen heading into the Gallery of Horrors at the Musee Augustin waxworks, alive. Today she was found in the Seine, murdered. The museum's proprietor, long perturbed by the unnatural vitality of his figures, claims that he saw one of them following the victim into the dark; a lead that Henri Bencolin, head of the Paris police and expert of impossible crimes, cannot possibly resist.

Surrounded by the eerie noises of the night, Bencolin prepares to enter the ill-fated waxworks, his associate Jeff Marle and the victim's fiance in tow. Waiting within, beneath the glass-eyed gaze of a leering waxen satyr, is a gruesome discovery and the first clues of a twisted and ingenious mystery.

Critique: First published in 1932 at the height of crime fiction's Golden Age, this macabre and atmospheric dive into the murky underground of Parisian society presents an intelligent puzzle delivered at a stunning pace. Very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, this new complete and unabridged CD audio book edition from Soundings is also available in an MP3-CD format.

Editorial Note: John Dickson Carr (November 30, 1906 - February 27, 1977) was an American author of detective stories, who also published using the pseudonyms Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson, and Roger Fairbairn.

The Hidden One
Linda Castillo
Macmillan Audio
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250852083, $39.99, 8 CDs

https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-One-Novel-Suspense-Burkholder/dp/1250852080

Synopsis: Over a decade ago, beloved Amish bishop Ananias Stoltzfus disappeared without a trace. When skeletal remains showing evidence of foul play are unearthed, his disappearance becomes even more sinister.

The town's elders arrive in Painters Mill to ask chief of police Kate Burkholder for help, but she quickly realizes she has a personal connection to the crime. The handsome Amish man who stands accused of the murder, Jonas Bowman, was Kate's first love. Forced to confront a painful episode from her past, Kate travels to Pennsylvania's Kishacoquillas Valley, where the Amish culture differs dramatically from the traditions she knows. Though Bishop Stoltzfus was highly respected, she soon hears about a dark side to this complex man. What was he hiding that resulted in his own brutal death?

Someone doesn't want Kate asking questions. But even after being accosted and threatened in the dead of night, she refuses to back down. Is she too close to the case (and to Jonas) to see clearly? There's a killer in the Valley who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. Will they get to Kate before she can expose the truth? Or will the bishop's secrets remain hidden forever?

Critique: With a very special appeal to fans of mystery and suspense, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "The Hidden One" by novelist Linda Castillo is impressively performed by the narrative talents of Kathleen McInerney. This deftly crafted and unabridged audio book production is especially recommended to the attention of dedicated mystery buffs and the audio book collections of community libraries.

Editorial Note #1: Linda Castillo is the author of the Kate Burkholder series, set in the world of the Amish. Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Mystery Writers of America's Sue Grafton Memorial Award, and an appearance on the Boston Globe's shortlist for best crime novel. She has a dedicated website at https://www.lindacastillo.com/

Editorial Note #2: Kathleen McInerney has narrated numerous audiobooks by bestselling authors such as Emily Giffin, Danielle Steel, Jeffrey Stepakoff, Mary Kay Andrews, and Linda Castillo. Her narration of Just One Day by Gayle Forman won an AudioFile Earphones Award. She has appeared on-stage in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-overs. She has an informative personal and professional biographical page on Wikipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veronica_Taylor

Elsewhere
Alexis Schaitkin
Macmillan Audio
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250852779, $39.99, 7 CDs

https://www.amazon.com/Elsewhere-Novel-Alexis-Schaitkin/dp/1250852773

Synopsis: Vera grows up in a small town, removed and isolated, pressed up against the mountains, cloud-covered and damp year-round. This town, fiercely protective, brutal and unforgiving in its adherence to tradition, faces a singular affliction: some mothers vanish, disappearing into the clouds. It is the exquisite pain and intrinsic beauty of their lives; it sets them apart from people elsewhere and gives them meaning.

Vera, a young girl when her own mother went, is on the cusp of adulthood herself. As her peers begin to marry and become mothers, they speculate about who might be the first to go, each wondering about her own fate. Reveling in their gossip, they witness each other in motherhood, waiting for signs: this one devotes herself to her child too much, this one not enough -- that must surely draw the affliction's gaze. When motherhood comes for Vera, she is faced with the question: will she be able to stay and mother her beloved child, or will she disappear?

Critique: Provocative and hypnotic, Alexis Schaitkin's "Elsewhere" is at once a spellbinding revelation and a rumination on the mysterious task of motherhood and all the ways in which a woman can lose herself to it; the self-monitoring and judgment, the doubts and unknowns, and the legacy she leaves behind. Providing a superbly performed narration, Ell Potter does full justice to the novel in this complete and unabridged audio book edition from Macmillan Audio. A truly memorable and work of dystopian fiction, "Elsewhere" is a recommended addition to personal and community library audio book collections.

Editorial Note #1: Alexis Schaitkin is the author of Saint X. Her short stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow.

Editorial Note #2: Ell Potter is an actress and writer, known for Lem N Ginge: The Princess of Kakos (2020), Minutes (2022) and Surfing (2016). She has an informative website at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8653965

Nightwork
Nora Roberts, author
Will Damron, reader
Macmillan Audio
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250852120, $44.99, 13 CDs

https://www.amazon.com/Nightwork-Novel-Nora-Roberts/dp/1250852129

Synopsis: Harry Booth started stealing at nine to keep a roof over his ailing mother's head, slipping into luxurious, empty homes at night to find items he could trade for precious cash. When his mother finally succumbed to cancer, he left Chicago -- but kept up his nightwork, developing into a master thief with a code of honor and an expertise in not attracting attention or getting attached.

Until he meets Miranda Emerson, and the powerful bond between them upends all his rules. But along the way, Booth has made some dangerous associations, including the ruthless Carter LaPorte, who sees Booth as a tool he controls for his own profit. Knowing LaPorte will leverage any personal connection, Booth abandons Miranda for her own safety (cruelly, with no explanation) and disappears.

But the bond between Miranda and Booth is too strong, pulling them inexorably back together. Now Booth must face LaPorte, to truly free himself and Miranda once and for all.

Critique: Another terrific read from the mind and imagionation of novelist Nora Roberts, "Nightwork" is brought vividly to life in a true 'theatre of the mind' experience by the impressive and articulate narrative talents of Will Damron in this complete and unabridged edition from Macmillan Audio. With a special appeal to fans of suspense and romance, "Nightwork" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal and community library audio book collections.

Editorial Note #1: Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Shelter in Place, Year One, Come Sundown, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print. She has an informative website at https://noraroberts.com/

Editorial Note #1: Will Damron has narrated over 400 audiobooks in almost every genre ranging from literary fiction to fantasy, YA, memoirs, business, romance, children's books, and historical fiction. He has an informative website at https://willdamron.com


The Library CD Shelf

Afro-Cubano
Putumayo World Music
www.putumayo.com
$14.98 CD with booklet and download card

https://www.putumayo.com/afro-cubano

Afro-Cubano is a vibrant CD anthology of songs with African and Latin rhythms; each track is performed by a different music artist. Upbeat and adventurous, Afro-Cubano is a joy to experience and a welcome contribution to personal and public library world music collections. The CD comes with an booklet spotlighting each individual performer, and an album download card. Highly recommended! The tracks are Bessoka, Dur Di Kutubel, Adios Guajira, Sociedade Parasita, Femme Noire, Paraiso Guajiro, Boracho, Requiem de l'Amour, Santomense, and N'dona Ponte.

Artifact
Kate Wyatt
www.katewyattpiano.com
Privately Published
$20.00 CAD CD / $10.00 CAD digital

https://katewyatt.bandcamp.com/album/artifact

Pianist and composer Kate Wyatt presents her debut jazz album Artifact, with contributions from Lex French on trumpet, Adrian Vedady on bass, and Jim Doxas on drums. Artifact is an adventurous soundscape that sweeps the listener into a breathtaking exploration. The daring, original rhythms set Artifact apart as a choice pick for instrumental album connoisseurs and public library collections. The tracks are Artifact, Short Stories, A Flower is a Lovesome Thing, Lhotse Face, Antepenultimate, Underwater Chant, and Duet.

Golden Hour
Jocelyn Gould
jocelyngould.com
Privately Published
$20.00 CD

https://www.jocelyngould.com/store/goldenhour

Guitarist Jocelyn Gould presents Golden Hour, which features her masterful guitar playing throughout and her voice on three tracks. Additional contributions from Jon Gordon on saxophone, Will Bonness on piano, Rodney Whitaker on bass, and Quincy Davis on drums enrich this sparkling selection of original compositions, including blues, contemporary jazz, and more. Golden Hour is a treasure for guitar music connoisseurs, highly recommended for library collections and also makes an excellent gift. The tracks are Golden Hour, Horizons, Serendipity, Sweet Lorraine, Gemini, Lover Come Back to Me, A Cottage for Sale, Willow Weep for Me, Tides are Turning, and Bright Note.

Sanctuary
Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer
www.pauladams.org
www.elizabethgeyer.com
Privately Published
$15.00 CD / $TBA digital

https://pauladams.bandcamp.com/album/sanctuary

Sanctuary is a collaborative new age album featuring the talents of Paul Adams and Elizabeth Geyer. Featuring exotic flute play, jazzy piano, and ambient vocals, Sanctuary is a beautiful creation ideal for fostering meditation, introspection, and creativity. Highly recommended! The tracks are Sanctuary, A Forest's Embrace, Through The Tree Tops, An Evening's Caress, Nothing Is Really Lost, Forest Light, Graceful Waters, And Endless Summer's Evening, and By The Waters Edge.

Passings
David Franklin
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $14.00 digital

https://davidfranklin.bandcamp.com/album/passings

Passings is an instrumental new age album by David Franklin, contemplating the themes of overcoming challenges and persevering through hard times. Guitar, piano, and bass feature prominently in this thoughtful, evocative creation, highly recommended both connoisseurs and for public library collections. The tracks are I'll Never Hear My Father's Stories Again, The Meeting Tree, We All Become Ancestors, Sweet Dreams and Travel Well, Carousel, Laughing in whispers, Changes, Another Perspective, Ghost Tree, When Shadows Were Analog, Perspectives, The Zebra Song, Back in A Different Place, Dancing in Memory, and A Musical Essay (for music-box).

IN
David Helping
Spotted Peccary Music
www.spottedpeccary.com
$TBA vinyl/CD/digital

https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/in

Available in vinyl, CD, and digital formats, IN is a two-disc original ambient music by David Helping, inspired by the greatness nestled within the smallest of spaces. The colors and wonders of nature, and the mysteries of life's beauty, are reflected within flowing soundscape. IN is a treasure for new age connoisseurs, highly recommended especially for meditation or as a listening experience to expand the imagination. The tracks are Waves Dream of Breaking, This Burning Sky, Only What's Been Taken, Here All Along, Still As Stone, The Bliss You've Always Carried, Slipping, The Cold Distance Between, You Already Are, Following the Lines, Bending Towards the Night, In Waves of Fire, and I Too Am Coming Home.


The Biography Shelf

Antarctic Pioneer
Joanna Kafarowski
https://www.joannakafarowski.com
The Dundurn Group
www.dundurn.com
9781459749535, $21.99, PB, 304pp

https://www.amazon.com/Antarctic-Pioneer-Trailblazing-Jackie-Ronne/dp/1459749537

Synopsis: Jackie Ronne (October 13, 1919 - June 14, 2009) was an ordinary American woman whose life changed after a blind date with rugged Antarctic explorer Finn Ronne. After marrying, they began planning the 1946 - 1948 Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition. Her participation was not welcomed by the expedition team of red-blooded males eager to prove themselves in the frozen, hostile environment of Antarctica.

On March 12, 1947, Jackie Ronne became the first American woman in Antarctica and, months later, one of the first women to overwinter there.

The Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition (1947 - 48) secured its place in Antarctic history, but its scientific contributions have been overshadowed by conflicts and the dangerous accidents that occurred. Jackie dedicated her life to Antarctica: she promoted the achievements of the expedition and was a pioneer in polar tourism and an early supporter of the Antarctic Treaty. In doing so, she helped shape the narrative of twentieth-century Antarctic exploration.

Critique: An impressively researched biography rescuing a remarkable woman and her extrarodinary achievement from an undeserved obscurity, "Antarctic Pioneer: The Trailblazing Life of Jackie Ronne" by Joanna Kafarowski is a compelling and detailed life story that is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Women's History, Arctic Polar History, and 20th Century Adventure/Explorer History collections. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented (including black-and-white historical photographs), it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Antarctic Pioneer: The Trailblazing Life of Jackie Ronne" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

Editorial Note: Joanna Kafarowski is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Geographers, a Member of the Society of Woman Geographers, an Affiliate Member of the American Geographical Society, a Member of the Antarctican Society, a Member of the Canadian Geographical Society and a Member of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association. She is also the author of "The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd", which is the first comprehensive biography of a female Arctic explorer. She has a dedicated website at https://www.joannakafarowski.com


The Agriculture Shelf

The Rice Blast Fungus and Allied Species
Jing Luo, author
Ning Zhang, author
APS Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
https://www.apsnet.org/publications/apspress/Pages/default.aspx
9780890546828, $139.00, HC, 164pp

https://my.apsnet.org/APSStore/Product-Detail.aspx?WebsiteKey=2661527A-8D44-496C-A730-8CFEB6239BE7&iprodu ctcode=46826

Synopsis: The fungal order Magnaporthales includes economically and scientifically important cereal and grass pathogens, such as the rice blast fungus, the summer patch pathogen, and the take-all root rot pathogen. The accumulated knowledge about the taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, and pathology of this fungal order is scattered across an ever-expanding range of periodicals and books dating back 140 years -- until now.

"The Rice Blast Fungus and Allied Species: A Monograph of the Fungal Order Magnaporthales" compiles all of this knowledge in one resource. Professors Jing Luo and Ning Zhang (who are with the Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers University) provide dichotomous keys to the three families and 38 genera in Magnaporthales, along with color photos to facilitate identification. Morphological descriptions, diagnostic illustrations, type designations, geographical distributions, host ranges, and references are provided for representative taxa, with an emphasis on economically important species. In addition, GenBank accessions for fungal DNA barcodes, several other phylogenetic markers, and genome sequences for representative taxa are provided.

Collecting both historic records and recent advancements, "The Rice Blast Fungus and Allied Species" provides researchers with the most updated information and will facilitate future work on systematics, biodiversity, genetics, plant protection, and quarantine of an important fungal group.

Critique: Impressively informative, exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Rice Blast Fungus and Allied Species: A Monograph of the Fungal Order Magnaporthales" is a meticulous and comprehensive study sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Rutgers University Department of Plant Biology. Informatively illustrated throughout, "The Rice Blast Fungus and Allied Species: A Monograph of the Fungal Order Magnaporthales" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, college, and university library Agriculture collections in general and as a textbook for supplemental curriculum Phytopathology studies syllabus in particular.

Compendium of Pea Diseases and Pests
Robert M. Harveson, et al.
APS Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
https://www.apsnet.org/publications/apspress/Pages/default.aspx
9780890546550, $149.00, PB, 130pp

https://my.apsnet.org/APSStore/Product-Detail.aspx?WebsiteKey=2661527A-8D44-496C-A730-8CFEB6239BE7&iProdu ctCode=46550

Synopsis: Pea production acreage has increased tremendously over the past decade in direct response to rising consumer demands for healthy foods and sustainable production systems. Now in a fully updated third edition, "Compendium of Pea Diseases and Pests" from APS Press is timely revision that documents, collates, and presents pea production problems in a single, comprehensive volume.

Divided into three parts (Infectious Diseases; Insect Pests and Their Natural Enemies; Noninfectious Disorders) this new third edition offers updated disease and pest descriptions and identification information, along with pathogen and insect life cycles. It also includes sections on nutrient disorders and abiotic and vertebrate damage, as well as a new introduction with brief histories of pea usage and production and discussion of the botany of the pea plant. Coverage is provided of all types of peas, including those that utilize both pods and seeds.

This new edition of "Compendium of Pea Diseases and Pests" includes 205 high-quality images with more than 90% of them being new. The editors placed special emphasis on providing more images of plant injury symptoms caused by herbicides and nutritional deficiencies, along with pathogens and insects. A comprehensive glossary; an appendix with a list of the common names of diseases, disorders, and insect pests; and an index provide useful tools for readers.

With contributions from almost 50 scientists affiliated with organizations from seven countries, this compendium will serve as the preeminent guide about pea diseases, disorders, and pests worldwide. It will provide a comprehensive and reliable reference for field workers, diagnosticians, Extension specialists, agronomists, horticulturalists, entomologists, home gardeners, and other agriculture and horticulture professionals and enthusiasts, along with plant pathologists concerned with the production of pea.

Critique: Exceptionally 'reader friendly' in illustration, organization and presentation, "Compendium of Pea Diseases and Pests" will have a special appeal and value to agriculture field representatives; clients/customers in the pea industry; colleagues in state and county extension; researchers and diagnosticians -- making it a vitally important core addition to personal, professional, corporate and academic library Agriculture collections and reference collections.

Natural Asset Farming
David B. Kindenmayer, at al.
CSIRO Publishing
c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
www.styluspub.com
9781486314836, $34.99, PB, 204pp

https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Asset-Farming-Productive-Biodiverse/dp/148631483X

Synopsis: Farm dams, creeklines, vegetation and rocky outcrops are natural assets that are essential for healthy, sustainable farms. Protecting and enhancing these elements of natural capital on farms not only supports biodiversity, but also contributes to farm productivity and to the well-being of farmers and farming communities.

"Natural Asset Farming: Creating Productive and Biodiverse Farms" by the team of Professor David B. Lindenmayer AO (who has worked as a researcher on Australian farms for more than 23 years), Suzannah M. Macbeth (who manages communications and engagement for the Sustainable Farms project, based in Canberra), David G. Smith (a research ecologist with the Conservation and Landscape Ecology Group at The Australian National University, working on the Sustainable Farms project), and Michelle L. Young (the Sustainable Farms' Project Director, and a social scientist who has worked on a range of research and evaluation projects in agriculture, the environment, and public health), reveals seven key natural assets and why they are so valuable for biodiversity and productivity on farms.

Drawing on two decades of long-term ecological monitoring and knowledge exchange with farmers, landcare groups, and natural resource management experts, "Natural Asset Farming" is a tool for building and enhancing natural assets in agricultural landscapes. In bringing together ecological science and the experience of farmers in the wheat and sheep belt of south-eastern Australia, "Natural Asset Farming" will help foster ideas, boost resilience, and improve the sustainability of agricultural production.

"Natural Asset Farming": Shows why protecting and enhancing natural assets can be a fantastic investment for a farm, delivering biodiversity, productivity, and well-being benefits; Includes insights and experience from farmers who have undertaken natural asset management actions; Explores the science of managing natural assets on farms; Provides principles on how to manage natural assets on farms; Includes images that show the key features of an enhanced natural asset.

Critique: Nicely illustrated throughout, "Natural Asset Farming: Creating Productive and Biodiverse Farms" is informatively enhanced for the reader with a complete listing of the contributors and their credentials, two appendices (Plant Lists for Farm dam Revegetation; Plant Lists for Supporting Pollinators on farms), and a seven page index. Exceptional in organization and presentation, "Natural Asset Farming: Creating Productive and Biodiverse Farms" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Farming & Agricultural Science collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted that "Natural Asset Farming: Creating Productive and Biodiverse Farms" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.49).


The Journalism Shelf

The Future of Business Journalism
Chris Roush
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
www.press.georgetown.edu
9781647122560, $29.95, HC, 272pp

https://www.amazon.com/Future-Business-Journalism-Matters-Street/dp/1647122562

Synopsis: Business owners, consumers, and employees have long relied on the news to make financial decisions with respect to what to buy, who to hire, and what products to sell. In the twenty-first century, that news has shifted. Only the big businesses and executives can afford expensive subscriptions, while most consumers and small business owners are left scrambling to find the news they need to succeed and thrive.

With the publication of "The Future of Business Journalism: Why It Matters for Wall Street and Main Street", veteran business journalist and professor Chris Roush explores how the field of business journalism has evolved into this divide and then offers solutions on how business journalism can once again provide the stories and content that a broad society needs.

"The Future of Business Journalism" explains the causes, reveals the consequences, and offers potential solutions to this pressing problem. It also delves into how the crisis occurred, from the disintegration of the once-strong relationship between businesses and media to the media's focus on national coverage at the expense of local news -- revealing how these trends result in major "coverage deserts."

Critique: Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of an eighteen page Appendix (Timeline), thirty-eight pages of Notes, a fourteen page Bibliography, and a seven page Index, "The Future of Business Journalism: Why It Matters for Wall Street and Main Street" is deftly organized into three major sections (Causes of the Information Gap; Consequences and Their Impact; Solutions to the Problems). A work of original, seminal, and detailed research and scholarship, "The Future of Business Journalism: Why It Matters for Wall Street and Main Street" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to professional, community, college, and university library Contemporary Journalism collections and the personal reading lists of journalists, journalism students, academicians, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.

Editorial Note: Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University. He previously spent seventeen years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he started its business journalism program. He is also the author or coauthor of ten books, including the textbook "Show Me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication". He has won awards for business journalism teaching and has taught business journalism on five continents. He has an informative Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Roush


The Archaeology Shelf

The World of Stonehenge
Duncan Garrow, author
Neil Wilkin, author
The British Museum
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9780714123493, $65.00, HC, 272pp

https://www.amazon.com/World-Stonehenge-Duncan-Garrow/dp/0714123498

Synopsis: Stonehenge is one of the best known, but most misunderstood, monuments in the world. Contrary to common belief, it was not a static, unchanging structure built by shadowy figures or druids. Rather it represents the cumulative achievement of numerous generations who were woven into a complex and widespread network of cultural interactions, environmental change, and belief systems.

With the publication of "The World of Stonehenge" which accompanies the first exhibition about Stonehenge ever staged in London, the team of archaeologists Duncan Garrow and Neil Wilkin utilize the monument as a gateway to explore the communities and civilizations active at the time of its construction and beyond, between 4,000 and 1,000 BCE.

Recent archaeological findings regarding the origin of Stonehenge's striking 'bluestones' have re-ignited interest in this ancient wonder, the people who built it, and the beliefs they held. Through the 'iconic' structure, spectacular objects of precious and exotic material and more humble, personal objects, "The World of Stonehenge" examines the dramatic cultural and societal shifts that characterized the megalithic world of Stonehenge, including the introduction of farming and development of metalworking.

Covering a period of thousands of years, "The World of Stonehenge" traces the appearance of the first monuments in the landscape of Britain around 4,000 BCE, the arrival of the bluestones from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire 1,000 years later, all the way up to a remarkable era of cross-Channel connectivity and trade between 1,500 and 800 BCE.

Through a new study of the enigmatic and beautiful objects made and circulated during the age of Stonehenge, connections are charted in the shared religious practices and beliefs of communities from across Britain, Ireland, and continental Europe. The presence of other stone and wooden circles hundreds of miles from Salisbury Plain (including Seahenge which was discovered on a beach in Norfolk in 1998) is further evidence of these shared ways of thinking.

At a critical moment in the narrative of Stonehenge, around 2,500 BCE, the significance of the cosmos and the heavens expressed through the construction of stone circles and megalithic passage tombs began to wane and portable objects gained increasing importance. This key transformation is demonstrated by a highlight object from Germany: the Nebra Sky Disc, a bronze disc inlaid with gold symbols believed to represent the Sun, a crescent moon and the Pleiades constellation. More modest items found in tombs, burials and settlements are no less important in shedding light on the development of ideas relating to identity, religious practices, and relationships between the living and dead.

Monuments such as Stonehenge cannot be understood in isolation. Stonehenge was not always a static, monolithic structure: over generations it was adapted and added to by communities that changed and developed the landscape on which it still stands today.

Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with color photography, "The World of Stonehenge" is expertly organized and impressively presented -- making it of immense informational value to both students of archaeology and British Pre-History, and the personal lists of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject Stonehenge and megalith architecture. Enhanced with the inclusion of an informative Introduction (The World of Stonehenge) and Afterword (The Last of the Light), three pages of Notes, an eight page Bibliography, and a six page Index, this coffee-table style volume (11.57 x 1.22 x 13.86 inches, 3.97 pounds) is highly recommended for personal and professional Archaeological Studies lists, and ideal as a Memorial Fund acquisition selection for community, college, and university libraries.

Editorial Note #1: Duncan Garrow is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading. He specializes in European prehistory (with a particular focus on Britain) and archaeological theory.

Editorial Note #2: Neil Wilkin is curator of Early Europe (Neolithic and Bronze Age collections) at the British Museum. His research focuses on grave goods, hoards, and the relationships between different strands of archaeological knowledge.

Childhood in Ancient Egypt
Amandine Marshall, author
Colin Clement, translator
American University in Cairo Press
200 Park Avenue, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10166
www.aucpress.com
9781649031228, $70.00, HC, 298pp

https://www.amazon.com/Childhood-Ancient-Egypt-Amandine-Marshall/dp/164903122X

Synopsis: There could be no society, no family, and no social recognition without children. The way in which children were perceived, integrated, and raised within the family and the community established the very foundations of ancient Egyptian society.

"Childhood in Ancient Egypt" by archaeologist Amandine Marshall is the most comprehensive attempt yet published to reconstruct the everyday life of children from the Predynastic period to the end of the New Kingdom. Drawing on a vast wealth of textual, iconographic, and archaeological sources stretching over a period of 3,500 years, Amandine Marshall pieces together the portrait of a society in which children were ever-present in a multiplicity of situations.

The ancient sources are primarily the expressions of male adults, who were little inclined to take an interest in the condition of the child, and the feelings of young Egyptians and all that touches on their emotional state can never be deduced from the sources. Nevertheless, by cross referencing and comparing thousands of documents, Marshall has been able to explore how ancient Egyptians perceived children and childhood, and whether children had a particular status in the eyes of the law, society, and the Egyptian state.

She also examines the maintenance of the child and the care expended on its being, and discusses the kinds of clothing, jewelry, and hairstyles children wore, the activities that punctuated their daily lives, the kinds of games and toys they enjoyed, and what means were employed to protect them from illness, evil spirits, or ghosts.

Illustrated with 160 drawings and photographs, "Childhood in Ancient Egypt" sheds unprecedented light upon the experience of childhood in ancient Egypt and represents a major contribution to the growing field of ancient-world childhood studies.

Critique: A masterpiece of archaeological scholarship, "Childhood in Ancient Egypt" is informative enhanced with the inclusion of numerous illustrations and tables, as well as a chronology, a glossary, a bibliography, notes, and an index. While a groundbreaking and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library Egyptology collections and supplemental curriculum studies syllabus, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academicians, Egyptologists, archaeologists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Childhood in Ancient Egypt" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $52.49).

Editorial Note: Amandine Marshall obtained her PhD in Egyptology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHSS), Toulouse. She is a research associate with the French Archaeological Mission of Thebes West, a scientific advisor for French television, and the director of two bilingual Egyptological channels, ToutankaTube (for adults) and NefertiTube (for children and teachers). She lives in France and is the author of twenty books. She has a Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amandine_Marshall

Iron from Tutankhamun's Tomb
Katja Broshat, et al.
American University in Cairo Press
200 Park Avenue, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10166
www.aucpress.com
9781617979972, $35.00, HC, 76pp

https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Tutankhamuns-Tomb-Katja-Broschat/dp/161797997X

Synopsis: A century after Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon's sensational discovery in 1922 of the virtually intact tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, the boy-king and his treasures continue to fascinate people all over the world. Although nearly 5,400 objects accompanied the young pharaoh on his journey to the afterlife, many of them have not been investigated in detail.

"Iron from Tutankhamun's Tomb" from the American University of Cairo analyzes iron artifacts from the tomb in depth for the first time. This group consists of small iron chisels set into wooden handles, an Eye of Horus amulet, a miniature headrest, and the blade of a richly decorated golden dagger. The most important of these were placed in close proximity to the king's mummy, emphasizing the high value attributed to this rare material in late Bronze Age Egypt - a time when iron smelting was not yet known in the land of the Nile.

Informatively written by a research team of archaeologists, scientists, and conservators, "Iron from Tutankhamun's Tomb" is comprehensive study that explores in fascinating detail the context and meaning of these artifacts, while establishing for the first time that Tutankhamun's iron came from meteorites. The contributors complete their examination with the results of chemical analyses, offering in the process a rich overall understanding of iron and its significance in ancient Egypt.

Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated in full color, "Iron from Tutankhamun's Tomb" is a coffee-table style volume (9 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches, 1.52 pounds) that will be of special interest and appeal to readers with an interest in Egyptology in general and Pharonic Burial Practices in particular. Especially recommended to both the attention of scholars and non- specialist general readers with an interest in the subject "Iron from Tutankhamun's Tomb" will be an immediately welcome and popular addition to personal, community, and academic library collections.

Editorial Note: Katja Broschat is a conservator at the Romisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz, Germany. Florian Strobele was a researcher between 2011 and 2019 at the archaeometry laboratories of the Romisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany, and of Historic England, Portsmouth, UK. Christian Koeberl is a professor of impact research and planetary geology at the University of Vienna, a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and former director general of the Natural History Museum in Vienna. Christian Eckmann is a conservator and head of the department for restoration and conservation at the Romisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz, Germany. Eid Mertah is a Conservator of archaeological materials in the Restoration and Conservation Department of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.


The Judicial Studies Shelf

Progressive Prosecution
Kim Taylor-Thompson, editor
Anthony C. Thompson, editor
New York University Press
838 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10003
www.nyupress.org
9781479809950, $45.00, HC, 312pp

https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Prosecution-Reform-Criminal-Justice/dp/1479809950

Synopsis: A racial reckoning in the US criminal justice system was long overdue well before the highly publicized murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others in 2020. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by academicians Kim Taylor-Thompson and Anthony C. Thompson, "Progressive Prosecution: Race and Reform in Criminal Justice" argues that prosecutors, having helped build our failed system of mass incarceration, must now lead the charge to dismantle it.

With contributions from practicing district attorneys as well as leading scholars in the fields of law and criminal justice, "Progressive Prosecution: Race and Reform in Criminal Justice" offers an unapologetically ambitious vision for reform. The contributors draw from empirical evidence and years of combined research experience to argue that change must happen at the local level, with prosecutors choosing to adopt race-conscious approaches.

These prosecutors must do the hard work themselves, actively focusing on the ways that race misshapes perceptions of criminality, influences discretionary calls, affects how we select juries, and induces a reliance on punitive responses.

"Progressive Prosecution: Race and Reform in Criminal Justice" acts as both a call to action and a practical guide, instructing prosecutors on what they need to do to bring about lasting and meaningful change.

Critique: Along with an informative Introduction (Reckoning in the Moment), "Progressive Prosecution: Race and Reform in Criminal Justice" is comprised of seven erudite and thought-provoking article essays that make it an impressive work of original scholarship and essential reading for academics, jurists, attorneys, political activists, governmental policy makers committed to racial equity and meaningful criminal justice reforms. While especially and unreservedly recommended for professional, law school, and academic library Criminal Law collections, it should be noted for law students, professional members of the bar, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Progressive Prosecution: Race and Reform in Criminal Justice" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $33.99).

Editorial Note #1: Kim Taylor-Thompson is Professor of Clinical Law, Emerita at New York University School of Law. Professor Taylor-Thompson is the Chair of the Board of the Equal Justice Initiative and serves on the Board of the Public Welfare Foundation.

Editorial Note #2: Anthony C. Thompson is Professor of Clinical Law, Emeritus at New York University School of Law. Professor Thompson is the author of a number of articles and books including Dangerous Leaders and Releasing Prisoners/Redeeming Communities, among others.


The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Last Train to Auschwitz
Sarah Federman
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
816 State Street, Madison, WI 53575
www.wisconsinhistory.org
9780299331702, $79.95, HC, 326pp

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Train-Auschwitz-National-Accountability/dp/0299331709

Synopsis: In the immediate decades after World War II, the French National Railways (SNCF) was celebrated for its acts of wartime heroism. However, recent debates and litigation have revealed the ways the SNCF also worked as an accomplice to the Third Reich and was actively complicit in the deportation of 75,000 Jews and other civilians to death camps.

With the publication of "Last Train to Auschwitz: The French National Railways and the Journey to Accountability", Sarah Federman (who is an Assistant Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Management at the University of Baltimore) delves into the interconnected roles (perpetrator, victim, and hero) the company took on during the harrowing years of the Holocaust.

Grounded in history and case law, "Last Train to Auschwitz" traces the SNCF's journey toward accountability in France and the United States, culminating in a multimillion-dollar settlement paid by the French government on behalf of the railways. The poignant and informative testimonies of survivors illuminate the long-term effects of the railroad's impact on individuals, leading the company to make overdue amends.

In a time when corporations are increasingly granted the same rights as people, Federman's detailed account demonstrates the obligations businesses have to atone for aiding and abetting governments in committing atrocities. This original and informative study highlights the necessity of corporate integrity and will be essential reading for those called to engage in the difficult work of responding to past harms.

Critique: Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of illustrations, an appendix (Legal and Legislative Tables), forty-six pages of notes, an eighteen page bibliography, and an eleven page index, "Last Train to Auschwitz: The French National Railways and the Journey to Accountability" is a unique contribution to the growing library of Holocaust histories and studies. While strongly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Holocaust Studies collections and supplemental curriculum reading lists, it should be noted for the benefit of students, academicians, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Last Train to Auschwitz: The French National Railways and the Journey to Accountability" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).


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