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Volume 13, Number 3 March 2018 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Education Shelf
Parenting Shelf Biography Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Fiction Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Cookbook Shelf Music Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf
Multimedia Shelf Science Shelf Military Shelf
Gardening Shelf Psychology Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
Poetry Shelf Business Shelf Art Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Native American Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Library Science Shelf Gun Shelf
Criminology Shelf    


Reviewer's Choice

Evidence Explained, third edition
Elizabeth Shown Mills
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
www.genealogical.com
9780806320403 $59.95 hc / $32.95 Kindle amazon.com

Now in an updated and revised third edition, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace is an invaluable reference not only for genealogists, but also for historians, scientists, librarians, college students and professors, anyone and everyone who draws upon primary sources and records, including a guidelines for citing a vast array of sources not discussed in other citation manuals. These sources include cemetery records; census records; church records; national government records; published maps, leaflets and videos; broadcasts and miscellany on the world wide web; and much more. Evidence Explained goes the extra distance in identifying information that should be recorded not just in the publication stage, but also in the much earlier research stage, in order to preserve details crucial to evaluating the validity or potential bias of the source. With its emphasis on proper citation, clarification, and evaluation, Evidence Explained is an absolute "must-have" for college library collections, highly recommended.

Holidays Around The World, sixth edition
Pearline Jaikur, editor
Omnigraphics
615 Griswold, Suite 901, Detroit, MI 48226
www.omnigraphics.com
9780780816190, $177.00, 1500pp, www.amazon.com

In a newly updated and expanded sixth edition,"Holidays Around The World" is a comprehensive reference guide from Omnigraphics that covers more than 3,500 observances. Featuring both secular and religious events from many different cultures, countries, and ethnic groups, "Holidays Around The World" includes contact information for the events. Enhanced with the inclusion of multiple appendices with background information on world holidays; extensive bibliography; and multiple indexes, "Holidays Around The World" is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library reference collections.

Life in the Marble Palace
Clifford B. Stearns
www.cliffordstearns.com
Friesen Press
www.friesenpress.com
9781460287606 $29.99 hc / $5.99 Kindle amazon.com

Life in the Marble Palace (In Praise of Folly) is by former Congressman Cliff Stearns, reflecting on his 24 years of service in Congress (he represented Florida's 6th district from 1989 to 2013). Stearns calls for much-needed change in the American political process, including the severe need for campaign finance reform. Candid, insightful, and at times openly critical of Stearns' colleagues, Life in the Marble Palace is a "must-read" blend of memoir and advocacy, highly recommended. "It was never intended that the President could force through his own legislation without Congress's intervening and reaction. Today, Congress pretty much follows the President's desires almost as leadership worship, except when his party is not in power. Isn't his job to mainly be sure that the law of the land is enforced and enact a legal foreign policy - and nothing else?"


The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Copyright Handbook, thirteenth edition
Stephen Fishman, J.D.
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
www.nolo.com
9781413324266, $49.99, PB, 448pp, www.amazon.com

Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. This is usually only for a limited time. The exclusive rights are not absolute but limited by limitations and exceptions to copyright law, including fair use. A major limitation on copyright is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas, and not the underlying ideas themselves. Now in a fully updated thirteenth edition, "The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know" fully lives up to its full title and provides writers with all the information needed to protect their work from infringement, plagiarism, counterfeiting, or unauthorized exploitation. Compiled, written, organized and presented by Stephen Fishman (who has dedicated his career as an attorney and author to writing useful, authoritative and recognized guides on taxes and business law for entrepreneurs, independent contractors, freelancers and other self-employed people, as well as books on copyright law and the public domain) shows writers how to: register literary work; maximize copyright protection; transfer ownership of copyright; avoid infringement; deal with infringers; understand the "fair use" rule; obtain permission to use copyrighted work; profit from copyright. Of special note is the inclusion of downloadable forms and that "The Copyright Handbook" comes with an invaluable web site enabling writers to keep current with legal updates on copyright law and access informative copyright podcasts. Simply stated, "The Copyright Handbook" is an essential, core addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted that this new edition of "The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.17).

The Dragon Grammar Book
Diane Mae Robinson
www.dianemaerobinson.com
Privately Published
9781988714011 $12.99 pbk / $3.99 Kindle amazon.com

Award-winning author and writing instructor Diane Mae Robinson presents The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom, an English grammar guidebook created to be thoroughly accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds. The fantasy and dragon motif adds a dash of tongue-in-cheek spice to the straightforward, user- friendly descriptions of English grammar rules complete with a wealth of examples. "Participles are adjectives ending in 'ing' or 'ed.' [...] A participle phrase is a phrase that contains a participle and modifies the subject of the sentence. A dangling participle is when the participle modifies the wrong thing. [...] (Wrong) 'Rushing to catch the dragon, Petra's sword fell out of its sheath.'" The Dragon Grammar Book is an excellent tutorial or refresher for writers everywhere, and highly recommended especially for public and school library college collections, as well as personal reading lists.

Writing Wrongs: Common Errors in English
Robert M. Martin
Broadview Press
c/o FedEx Trade Networks
555 Riverwalk Parkway, Tonawanda, NY 14150
www.broadviewpress.com
9781554813919, $19.95, PB, 352pp, www.amazon.com

"Writing Wrongs: Common Errors in English" by Robert M. Martin (who after many years retired as a Professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada) is a concise and thoughtful guide to common errors in English. "Writing Wrongs" covers frequently confused and misused words along with problems of grammar, punctuation, and style, and offers a brief and up-to-date guide to major citation styles. Though it provides guidelines and recommendations for usage, "Writing Wrongs" acknowledges the evolution of language over time and the fact that different contexts have different rules -- it is not narrowly prescriptive. A friendly, flexible, and easy-to-read reference, "Writing Wrongs" will be useful to students and general readers alike, making it unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of aspiring writers, as well as community and academic library English language and writing instructional reference collections.

How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book, second edition
Rudy Shur
Square One Publishers
115 Herricks Road, Garden City Park, NY 11040
www.squareonepublishers.com
9780757004308, $18.95, PB, 252pp, www.amazon.com

Rudy Shur began his work in publishing as a field representative for Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company and William C. Brown Publishing Company. He later founded Avery Publishing Group, where he was responsible for the acquisition of over 1,000 titles, many of which became bestsellers. Currently, he is the publisher at Square One in Garden City Park, New York. Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, Rudy Shur draws upon his years of experience and expertise to provide aspiring writersówho may have a great idea for a nonfiction book, but often don't know a thing about getting it publishedówith practical answers to such questions as: Where do you start?; What should you send?; and Are some book publishers better than others?, in the pages of "How to Publish Your Nonfiction Book: A Complete Guide to Making the Right Publisher Say Yes". Providing an insider's knowledge of how publishing companies operate in this era of publishing as a rapidly changing industry, this new edition of "How to Publish Your Nonfiction Book" starts off by helping writers define their book's category, audience, and marketplace so that you know exactly where your book "fits in". Writers are guided in choosing the best publishing companies for their particular book and in writing a winning submission package. Then using the Square One System, "How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book" explains exactly how to submit a package so that chances for success are optimized while minimizing time, cost, and effort. Also included is a special section on contracts that will turn legalese into plain English, allowing even the most novice of writers to be a savvy player in the publishing business. Most importantly, "How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book" will help neophyte writers to avoid the most common errors that so often prevent them from reaching their publishing goals. Impressively written, organized and presented, "How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book" is extraordinarily 'user friendly' and an absolute 'must' for anyone wanting to write (and have published!) a nonfiction book -- and an essential, core addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.


The Education Shelf

Literacy Essentials
Regie Routman
Stenhouse Publishers
480 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101-3451
www.stenhouse.com
9781625310378, $54.67, PB, 482pp, www.amazon.com

Regie Routman is a mentor teacher, coach, and author who works side-by-side with teachers and principals in diverse schools and districts. She is dedicated to increasing and sustaining reading and writing achievement across the curriculum for all learners. She draws upon her years of experience and expertise in "Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence and Equity for All Learners" to address a fundamental question: How do we ensure that all students are engaged each day in meaningful, challenging, and joyful work and have equal opportunity to learn?. Routman's response is that such an outcome is only possible within a culture of empowerment in which all students and teachers feel encouraged and supported to let their voices be heard, explore their passions and interests, develop deep knowledge, and become their fullest and truest selves. Based on her ongoing teaching, leading, and coaching in diverse schools and districts, Regie offers K-12 teachers and leaders practical, easy-to-implement tools to help students develop as self-determining readers, writers, and learners including: Take Action sections with specific suggestions for authentically teaching, assessing, and learning; Extensive research that is easily accessible and actionable; Personal stories that connect to literacy teaching and learning; Rich online resources including a comprehensive lesson plan, an easy-to-use study guide, downloadable Appendices, and more. "Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence and Equity for All Learners" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Grades K-1
Joyce VanTassel-Baska & Tamra Stambaugh
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
www.prufrock.com
9781618217240, $39.95, PB, 175pp, www.amazon.com

The Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program targets reading comprehension skills in high-ability learners by moving students through an inquiry process from basic understanding to critical analyses of texts, using a field-tested method developed by the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary. Students in grades K-1 will learn to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the activities in Jacob's Ladder, Grades K-1 by Joyce VanTassel-Baska (Professor Emerita at The College of William and Mary where she founded the Center for Gifted Education) and Tamra Stambaugh (Assistant Research Professor in Special Education and Executive Director of Programs for Talented Youth, Vanderbilt University). Specifically developed for students in grades K 1, "Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Grades K" includes stories and ladder tasks carefully selected for young children to develop oral communication and listening skills in addition to the other ladder goals. This level provides stories focused on picture analysis, read alouds, classics, and original works. Also very highly recommended for school district in service teacher training programs, as well as college and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections, is the companion title scheduled for release by Prufrock Press in April 2018, "Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Grades 1-2" (9781618217264, $39.95, PB, 176pp).

Fast and Effective Assessment
Glen Pearsall
ASCD
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
www.ascd.org
9781416625339, $31.95, PB, 211pp, www.amazon.com

If teachers dramatically reduced the amount of time they spend reviewing and correcting student work, would that result in better student learning? That's the question Glen Pearsall ( a teacher at Eltham High School and a board member of the Curriculum Assessment Authority in Victoria, Australia), addresses while sharing dozens of classroom-tested strategies that lessen teachers' workload while increasing students' class participation and improving their understanding in "Fast and Effective Assessment: How to Reduce Your Workload and Improve Student Learning". Classroom teachers will learn how to: Refine their classroom questioning techniques to continually check students' progress and provide instant feedback; Encourage students to internalize learning goals so they better understand what is expected of them; Use fast, formative assessment strategies to check and correct during class time; Modify traditional summative-testing strategies to monitor student progress in a formative way; Speed up the correction process via student self-proofing, representative sampling, and helpful technology tools; Engage students in becoming actively involved in assessing their own work. Drawing from his own experience as a teacher and coach, Pearsall offers a compendium of practical, real-world advice in the form of techniques that are both effective and sustainable in the everyday classroom. The result is smarter assessment for both teachers and students. Exceptionally well organized and effectively presented, "Fast and Effective Assessment" is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Vocabulary in a SNAP
Angela B. Peery
Solution Tree
555 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
www.solution-tree.com
9781945349058, $37.95, PB, 264pp, www.amazon.com

Developing a vocabulary is a core and essential aspect of true literacy. "Vocabulary in a SNAP: 100+ Lessons for Secondary Instruction" by education consultant, author, classroom teacher Angela B. Peery offers one hundred effective, practical, and fun classroom vocabulary exercises that take 20 minutes or less. Designed specifically for middle school and high school teachers of grades 6-12, each mini-lesson can be easily modified to fit a curriculum and students' needs. "Vocabulary in a SNAP " is a reliable resource for refining classroom instruction and strengthen students' vocabulary, their interest in reading, and their likelihood of success in the 21st century. "Vocabulary in a SNAP" shows how to increase vocabulary for high school and middle school students by: Exploring more than 100 short, memorable mini-lessons for teaching vocabulary that can be adapted to fit diverse curricula; Obtaining suggestions for scaffolding and accelerating each short vocabulary activity to meet students' individual needs; Targeting vocabulary words with the most crucial root words, prefixes, and suffixes in the English language to best employ instructional time; Finding helpful resources on how to teach vocabulary, such as websites and applications; Gaining research-based vocabulary learning strategies used in the mini-lessons. Impressively 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Vocabulary in a SNAP" is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of classroom teachers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Vocabulary in a SNAP" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $36.99).


The Parenting Shelf

Parenting is Forever
Elizabeth Green
UWA Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
www.isbs.com
9781742589565, $34.99, PB, 440pp, www.amazon.com

Believe and trust in your children. But most of all, be kind. Parents ask, 'Why are children so anxious?', 'Has my child got autism?' 'How do I calm a screaming baby, yelling child or angry teenager?' and 'What can I do when my child wants to die?' Anxiety, autism, ADHD, and learning problems make school hard. Depression, self-harm, cyberbullying and eating disorders are part of our complex lives. Stress, busyness, and a digital world have changed parenting. "Parenting is Forever: A Paediatrician's Tips For Parents, Teachers And Carers" reflects the ongoing conversations of pediatrician, Dr. Elizabeth Green, with those who care for children. It is influenced by her experience as a parent and from helping more than 30,000 families over twenty-five years. Dr. Green shares her practical tips for navigating the developmental stages of childhood. From before birth, through early childhood and adolescence to adulthood. Parenting is not a competition. It's okay to fail and try again. That's what makes us better parents. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Parenting is Forever " is an invaluable resource, especially for new parents and parents of children with behavioral issues. Thoroughly 'parent friendly' in tone and commentary, "Parenting is Forever" will prove to be an enduringly appreciated and valued addition to personal reading lists and community library Parenting instructional reference collections.


The Biography Shelf

The Woman Who Fought an Empire
Gregory J. Wallance
Potomac Books, Inc.
c/o University of Nebraska Press
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166-2012
www.potomacbooksinc.com
9781612349435 $32.95 hc / $27.96 Kindle amazon.com

The Woman Who Fought an Empire: Sarah Aaronsohn and Her Nili Spy Ring is the biography of Sarah Aaronsohn (1890-1917), a member of the Nili Spy Ring, a network of Jewish spies that smuggled vital information to British forces, hastening the end of the Ottoman Empire. The daughter of Romanian-born Jewish settlers in Palestine, Sarah witnessed firsthand the horrific mass slaughter of the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Ottomans. Believing that only the defeat of the Ottoman Empire could protect Palestinian Jews from a similar fate, she joined the Nili spy ring and eventually became the organization's leader. She would pay for her courage with her life, when the Turks intercepted a carrier pigeon and crushed the spy ring; after days of torture, she killed herself to protect her secrets. Her legacy was contested long after her death; Jewish settlers regarded Nili survivors harshly for years, yet over time Sarah came to be regarded as a war hero. A bibliography and an index round out this expertly researched, thoroughly accessible biography of a courageous and capable woman. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library biography collections.

Piercing the Horizon
Sunny Tsiao
Purdue University Press
504 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2058
www.thepress.purdue.edu
9781557537911 $29.95 amazon.com

Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Piercing the Horizon: The Story of Visionary NASA Chief Tom Paine is a biography of Thomas O. Paine (1921-1992), the man who would serve as the third administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Under his direction, seven Apollo flights orbited the Earth, five visited the moon, and the first of twelve men set foot on the moon. In 1985, Paine would answer the call of the Regan administration to chair America's first-ever National Commission on Space. Author Sunny Tsiao (who has over thirty years' experience in aerospace and defense, including service as a Space Shuttle mission training instructor) offers a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse not only into Paine's life, but also into the evolution of the "space race". Notes, a bibliography, and an index around out this engaging saga of literally reaching for the stars. Piercing the Horizon is highly recommended, especially for public and college library biography shelves.

Alastair Denniston
Joel Greenberg
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781526709127 $50.00 hc / $10.17 Kindle amazon.com

Alastair Denniston: Code-breaking From Room 40 to Berkeley Street and the Birth of GCHQ is the expertly researched biography of the man who created and led the British intelligence organization best known for cracking the Nazi's codes in World War II, although its operations stretch back to the First World War, and its legacy continues to this day. Author and historian Joel Greenberg draws the reader into the complex world of intelligence, cryptography, and politics. Written with a scholar's attention to detail, yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Alastair Denniston is highly recommended especially for public and college library Biography collections as well as personal reading lists.

Life: A Temporary Title
Irit Amiel, author
Anna Blasiak, translator
Vallentine Mitchell
International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
www.isbs.com
9781910383476, $18.95, PB, 138pp, www.amazon.com

Born in 1931 to a secular Jewish family in Poland, Irit Amiel grew up in the city of Czestochowa with its significant Jewish community of 30,000. She survived the Second World War having escaped from the ghetto and living under false Aryan papers, in various places. In the autumn of 1945 and at the age of 14, she set on a brave journey to the Middle East. She escaped from Europe via illegal smuggling routes and displaced persons camps in Germany, Italy, and Cyprus, finally reaching Eretz Israel in December 1947. She settled in a kibbutz and participated in the joint effort of building the country with native Israelis and Shoah survivors. There she met the love of her life, a charming Israeli Palmachnik of Moroccan heritage, Chuzy Amiel. Together they started a new life and raised a family. Only when her grandchildren reached their teens was she ready to tell her story, understanding her experiences are unique and that the passage of time will erase the memories of yesterday. Irit talks to herself throughout this intensely personal memoir, and in her unique style of writing each chapter is both part of the whole and an individual story at the same time. In this way her individual voice becomes the voice of her generation. Ably translated into English by Anna Blasiak for an American readership, "Life: A Temporary Title" is a simply extraordinary and inherently moving true life story that is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Biography collections in general, and Holocaust Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.


The American History Shelf

The Commanders
Robert M. Utley
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806159782 $29.95 www.oupress.com

The Commanders: Civil War Generals Who Shaped the American West chronicles the military history of the post-Civil War West with particular emphasis on the contributions of seven military leaders who served as major generals for the Union in the Civil War, then progressed to commanding the U.S. Army's western departments. The seven leaders, each of whom has a chapter dedicated to them, are Christopher C. Augur, George Crook, Oliver O. Howard, Nelson A. Miles, Edward O.C. Ord, John Pope, and Alfred H. Terry. Some of them are well-known today; others have been largely overlooked by history. All played pivotal roles in the subjugation of American Indian tribal groups, and postwar army doctrine. Notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this thoroughly accessible study, highly recommended especially for public and college library American History shelves.

American Sea Power in the Old World
William N. Still Jr.
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591146186 $24.95 www.nip.org

American maritime historian William N. Still Jr. presents American Sea Power in the Old World: The United States Navy in European and Near Eastern Waters, 1865-1917, a studious, in-depth military history of the U.S. Navy in Europe and the Near East from the end of the Civil War to America's declared entry into World War I in 1917. Here are true-life stories of individual ships, detached units, and special squadrons; as well as the new navy's response to the Turkish Crisis (1889-1895) and the evacuation of thousands of refugees, American tourists, Armenians, Jews, and Italians after Italy entered WW I on the side of the Allies. Scholarly, attentive to detail, yet thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, American Sea Power in the Old World is highly recommended and a welcome contribution to public and college library collections.

Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981
Philip S. Foner
Haymarket Books
PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
www.haymarketbooks.org
9781608467877, $22.00, PB, 520pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: The late Philip S. Foner (1910-1994) was an American historian and professor who taught and lectured all over the world. He wrote and edited more than a hundred books, including the ten-volume "History of the Labor Movement in the United States" and "The Black Panthers Speak". In the pages of "Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981", Professor Foner deftly traces the radical history of Black workers' contribution to the American labor movement. Now brought back into print for the benefit of a new generation of readers, "Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981" is an extraordinary and comprehensive history that should be a part of every community, college, and university library American Labor History collection in general, and Black Studies reading lists in particular.

The Great Water
Matthew R. Thick, editor
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
http://msupress.org
9781611862676, $26.95, PB, 298pp, www.amazon.com

Michigan's location among the Great Lakes has positioned it at the crossroads of many worlds. Its first hunters arrived ten thousand years ago, its first farmers arrived about six thousand years after that, and three hundred years ago the French expanded into the territory. "The Great Water: A Documentary History of Michigan" by Matthew R. Thick (who is a Lecturer for the Department of History at the University of Michigan - Flint and an Adjunct History Instructor at Delta College and Lansing Community College) is a small sample of the words of Michigan's people as presented in a collection of stories, letters, diary entries, news reports, and other documents that give personal insights into important aspects of Michigan's history. Designed to provoke thought and discussion about Michigan's past, the documents in this reader are expressions of past ideas, markers of change, and windows into the lives of the people who lived during well-known events in Michigan history. An impressively informative work of original scholarship, "The Great Water" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Michigan History collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Great Water" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $21.95).


The World History Shelf

The History of Modern Spain
Adrian Shubert & Jose Alvarez Junco, editors
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
www.bloomsbury.com
9781472591982, $108.00, 504pp, www.amazon.com

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Adrian Shubert (Professor of History at York University, Toronto, Canada) and Jose Alvarez Junco (Professor of History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), "The History of Modern Spain: Chronologies, Themes, Individuals" is a comprehensive examination of Spain's history from the beginning of the 19th century to the present day. Bringing together an impressive group of leading figures and emerging scholars in the field from the UK, Canada, the United States, Spain and other European countries, "The History of Modern Spain" combines a strong and clear political narrative with chapters exploring a wide range of thematic topics, such as gender, family and sexuality, nations and nationalism, empire, environment, religion, migrations and Spain in world history. "The History of Modern Spain" also includes a series of biographical sketches of influential Spaniards from intellectual, cultural, economic and political spheres which provides an interesting, alternative way into understanding the last 220 years of Spanish history. Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a glossary, a chronology and a further reading list, "The History of Modern Spain" should be considered essential reading for all students of the modern history of Spain. While unreservedly recommended for both community, college, and university library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The History of Modern Spain" is also available in a paperback edition (9781472591975, $36.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.65).

Atlas of Empires
Peter Davidson
CompanionHouse Books
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N., East Petersburg, PA 17520
www.FoxChapelPublishing.com
9781620082874, $19.99, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

In Peter Davidson is a freelance writer and has been, among other things, a restorer of antiquities from around the world, a writer and director of documentaries on World War II and related subjects for the History Channel, and a tutor on the Politics, Philosophy and History degree at Birkbeck College, University of London. In "Atlas of Empires: The World's Great Powers from Ancient Times to Today", Davidson tells the story of how and why the great empires of history came into being, operated and ultimately declined, and discusses the future of the empire in today's globalized world. Featuring 60 beautiful and detailed maps of the empires' territories at different stages of their existence and organized thematically to reflect the different driving forces behind empires throughout history (such as faith, nomadic culture, nationhood and capitalism), each individual section discusses the rise and fall of the empires that existed in a region: their government and society, wealth and technology, war and military force, and religious beliefs. From the earliest empires of the Sumerians and the Pharaohs to the modern empires of the USSR and the European Union, "Atlas of Empires" is a compelling story that reveals how empires are created and organized, how later empires resolve the problems of governance faced by earlier empires, and how the political and cultural legacies of ancient empires are still felt today. On a par with the late English historian Edward Gibbon's "The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire", Davidson's "Atlas of Empires" is especially recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated history buffs, and should be considered an essential and core addition to both community and academic library World History collections and supplemental studies lists.

God's City: Byzantine Constantinople
Nic Fields
Pen & Sword Books
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
9781473895089, $39.95, HC, 296pp, www.amazon.com

Scholars and historians have long debated whether Byzantium was a Greek or Roman city, familiar or hybrid, barbaric or civilized, Oriental or Western? In the late eleventh century Constantinople was the largest and wealthiest city in Christendom, the seat of the Byzantine emperor, Christ's vice-regent on earth, and the center of a predominately Christian empire, steeped in Greek cultural and artistic influences, yet founded and maintained by a Roman legal and administrative system. Despite the amalgam of Greek and Roman influences, however, its language and culture was definitely Greek. Constantinople truly was the capital of the Roman empire in the East, and from its founding under the first Constantinus to its fall under the eleventh and last Constantinus the inhabitants always called themselves Romaioi, Romans, not Hellenikes, Greeks. Over its millennium long history the empire and its capital experienced many vicissitudes that included several periods of waxing and waning and more than one 'golden age'. Its political will to survive is still eloquently proclaimed in the monumental double land walls of Constantinople, the greatest city fortifications ever built, on which the forces of 'barbarism' dashed themselves for a thousand years. Indeed, Byzantium was one of the longest lasting social organizations in history. Very much part of this success story was the legendary Varangian Guard, the elite body of axe-bearing Northmen sworn to remain loyal to the true Christian emperor of the Romans. There was no hope for an empire that had lost the will to prosecute the grand and awful business of adventure. The Byzantine empire was certainly not of that stamp. Exceptional historical scholarship at its very best, "God's City: Byzantine Constantinople" by Nic Fields (a freelance author and researcher based in southwest France, specializing in ancient military history) is impressively informative and expertly written, organized and presented. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library World History collections in general, and Byzantium History supplemental studies lists 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 "God's City: Byzantine Constantinople" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.97).

The Cinderella Campaign
Mark Zuehlke
Douglas & McIntyre
c/o Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
www.douglas-mcintyre.com
9781771620895 $37.95 amazon.com

The twelfth installment of the Canadian Battle Series, The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Battles for the Channel Ports is an in-depth study of how the First Canadian Army (a.k.a. the "Cinderella Army"), assigned to the left flank of the Allied advance toward German near the close of World War II, undertook the arduous task of opening the Channel ports from Le Havre to Ostend in Belgium. They battled fierce German resistance on the way to the ports, and confronted entrenched fortresses upon arrival. This "Cinderella Campaign", waged with scant supplies, was pivotal to ending the war before Christmas. Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this detailed yet accessible chronicle, highly recommended especially for college and public library military history shelves.


The Fiction Shelf

The Black Rocks of Morwenstow
John Wilcox
Magna Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9780750545464, $35.50, HC, Large Print, 384pp, www.amazon.com

The year is 1832 and great change and reform are sweeping England, but 23-year-old Joshua Weyland is languishing in Key West, USA. He was third mate on the schooner Jessica, which had run aground in suspicious circumstances and the skipper has been arrested on charges of deliberately wrecking his ship. Josh is desperate to get back to England to marry his fiance, so he ships as second mate on a small brig bound for Bristol. But when the ship founders on rocks off the coast of Cornwall, it's clear it's been deliberately wrecked, and it's just a question of time before they seize the cargo -- can Joshua stop them? Now in a large print edition from Magna, "The Black Rocks of Morwenstow" by John Wilcox is a superbly crafted and unfailingly entertaining read from cover to cover. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Historical Fiction collections, "The Black Rocks of Morwenstow" is especially commended to the attention of readers requiring a large print format.

The Last Ride
Les Savage, Jr.
Sagebrush Large Print Westerns
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781785413940, $29.99, PB, Large Print, 252pp, www.amazon.com

Pothook Marrs is the day cook at the Cattleman's Rest, a small cafe in Dallas. He was once a top-hand cowboy and expert roper. He was also a mavericker, suspected of mavericking after it was outlawed in Texas. Above all, he was believed to have shot his best friend in the back. He had been arrested, tried, convicted, and sent to prison, and he had escaped. He was just a youth then, and time has changed how he looks, although it cannot hide the scars from the rope burns on his hands. A deftly crafted and gripping story from beginning to end, "The Last Ride" showcases author Les Savage's total master of a narrative driven western novel replete with unexpected plot twists and a truly riveting conclusion. Especially appropriate for personal reading lists and community library collections, this large print edition of "The Last Ride" is very strongly recommended.

The Killing Of Jericho Slade
Paxton Johns
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444834154, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 256pp, www.amazon.com

When Jericho Slade, the five-year-old son of Senator Morton J. Slade, is killed in Dodge City during a botched bank robbery, someone's neck is bound to be stretched. One of the gang, Billie Flint, makes a likely suspect -- but when Born Gallant drifts into Dodge and sees the innocence on the accused's face as he is being escorted to the gallows by the town sheriff and his deputy, he reacts impulsively and snatches young Flint from certain death. Setting out to hunt down the real killer of the child, Gallant will soon learn that being the hero does not always mean doing what's right. An original and riveting western by a master of the genre, and replete with unexpected plot twists and turns, this large print edition of Paxton Johns' "The Killing Of Jericho Slade" is unreservedly recommended for community library collections and the personal reading lists of dedicated western action/adventure fans.

Ms Ice Sandwich
Mieko Kawakami
Pushkin Press
www.pushkinpress.com
9781782273301, $13.95, PB, 96pp, www.amazon.com

A novella is a text of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel, somewhere between 7,500 and 40,000 words. Mieko Kawakami is a master of the novella format and "Ms Ice Sandwich" is her latest literary work which is ably translated into English for an American readership by Louise Heal Kawai. A boy is obsessed with a woman who sells sandwiches. He goes to the supermarket almost every day, just so he can look at her face. She is beautiful to him, and he calls her "Ms Ice Sandwich", and endlessly draws her portrait. But the boy's friend hears about this hesitant adoration, and suddenly everything changes. His visits to Ms Ice Sandwich stop, and with them the last hopes of his childhood. A moving and surprisingly funny tale of growing up and learning how to lose, it is no overstatement to assert that "Ms Ice Sandwich" is Mieko Kawakami at her very best. While very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Ms Ice Sandwich" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

The Gift: The Amish of Hart County
Shelley Shepard Gray
Avon Inspire
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
www.harpercollins.com
9780062469144, $12.99, 272pp, www.amazon.com

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone. Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes. Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt...or worse. A simply riveting and thoroughly entertaining read from cover to cover, "The Gift: The Amish of Hart County" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections. For the personal reading lists of author Shelley Shepard Gray, "The Gift: The Amish of Hart County" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99) while librarians should note that "The Gift: The Amish of Hart County" is available in a hardcover edition (William Morrow, 9780062697851, $25.99, 272pp).

The Night Child
Anna Quinn
Blackstone Publishing
31 Mistletoe Road, Ashland, OR 97520
www.BlackstoneAudio.com
9781538434345, $24.99, HC, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks. Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered -- a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown. All the more impressive when considering that "The Night Child " is author Anna Quinn's debut novel, this original and compelling story deftly examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, "The Night Child" is a compelling novel of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds. While very highly recommended for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Night Child" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.24). Librarians should be aware that there is also a complete and unabridged audio book edition "The Night Child" (Blackstone Audio, 9781538422366, $34.95, CD).

Uncertain Weights and Measures
Jocelyn Parr
Goose Lane Editions
500 Beverbrook Court, Suite 330, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 5X4
www.gooselane.com
9780864929822, $22.95, PB, 384pp, www.amazon.com

The place is Moscow. The year is 1921. Tatiana and Sasha meet in a bookstore the night it is bombed. In the aftermath of the explosion, Sasha grabs Tatiana's hand and together they run to safety. They fall in love. A promising young scientist, Tatiana follows her mentor, Dr. Bekhterev, to the Institut Mozga, established to study the source of genius. She thrives in the state-sponsored research institute, but Sasha, an artist, feels left behind in this new world where his art seems without place or function. A rift between them grows. When Bekhterev suddenly dies, Tatiana is prompted to speculate about the shadowy circumstances of his death. Disconcerted and unable to find answers to her questions, she plunges into doubt - about her work as a scientist, her naivete about the Revolution, her faith in the state, and her relationship with Sasha. "Uncertain Weights and Measures" is a story that takes place in the heady days of post-Revolution Russia, when belief in a higher purpose was everything. Novelist Jocelyn Parr vividly captures the ambiance of 1920s Moscow and the frisson of real-life events while also spinning a captivating tale of a love torn apart by ideology and high-stakes politics. The result is a novel that is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Uncertain Weights and Measures" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.95).


The Graphic Novel Shelf

Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey
Ted Rechlin
Rex Tooth Studios
www.rextooth.com
c/o Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
www.farcountrypress.com
9781591522133, $19.95, HC, 96pp, www.amazon.com

In "Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey", author and illustrator Ted Rechlin visually presents an inherently fascinating and impressively informative epoch-spanning evolutionary adventure Sharks in the format of a life-science graphic novel adventure. Sharks have been cruising our planet's waters for some 400 millions years. They even pre-date the dinosaurs. In "Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey", Rechlin deftly weaves a captivating history of strange and ancient shark species while sharing insights into the distant past of life on Earth. The engaging and action-packed art teaches readers of all ages how these legendary ocean dwellers got their start and how they developed into the sharks we know today. Educational, fascinating, and beautifully produced, "Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey" is a memorable introduction to the history of sharks for budding marine biologists, graphic novel fans, and all enthusiasts of these ancient apex predators of the deep. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to both school and community library Pets/Wildlife collections, "Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey" is unreservedly recommended.

Hercules: Wrath of The Heavens
Jean-David Morvan, author
Looky, illustrator
Titan Comics
https://titan-comics.com
9781785855863, $19.99, PB, 144pp, www.amazon.com

A stunningly illustrated, science fiction retelling of the Hellenic legend of Hercules and his 12 labors by multi award-winning writer, Jean-David Morvan and featuring the unique artwork of self-taught French comic book illustrator Looky, "Hercules: Wrath of The Heavens" takes place when a seemingly endless war rages across the galactic frontier. Hercules is a one half-human, half-god super-soldier who faces his greatest enemy in the form of his own demons in a complex tale of truth, redemption and revenge. An inherently fascinating and unrelentingly entertaining read from cover to cover, "Hercules: Wrath of The Heavens" will leave the reader looking eagerly toward the next installment of the adventures of Hercules as reinterpreted by the team of Movan and Looky! While unreservedly recommended for community library graphic novel collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Hercules: Wrath of The Heavens" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).

The Chronicles of Corum: The Knight of Swords
Michael Moorcock, author
Mike Baron, author
Mike Mignola, illustrator
Titan Comics
https://titan-comics.com
9781782763253, $24.99, HC, 112pp, www.amazon.com

Michael John Moorcock is an English writer, who while having published literary novels, is primarily known for his science fiction and fantasy. He is best known for his 'sword & sorcery' novels about the character Elric of Melnibone, who was a seminal influence on the field of heroic fantasy in the 1960s and 1970s. Another of his action/adventure fantasy characters is Prince Corum Jhaelen. In "The Chronicles of Corum: The Knight of Swords" the Vadhagh prince of the scarlet robe embarks on an epic journey of fate and vengeance through all the fifteen planes of Earth, even to the very center of Time-the still, blue city of Tanelorn. Superbly adapted by author Mike Baron to a graphic novel format that is exquisitely illustrated by Mike Mignola, Michael Moorcock once again weaves stunning blend of magic, heroism, and wonder for a whole new generation of appreciative readers. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal and community library graphic novel collections, it should be noted that "The Chronicles of Corum: The Knight of Swords" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

The True Death of Billy the Kid
Rick Geary
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Ste. 700, East Wing, New York, NY 10038
www.nbmpub.com
9781681121345, $15.99, HC, 56pp, www.amazon.com

One of the great folk legends of the Wild West, William H. Bonney, alias Bill the Kid, went from cowboy and rancher's gunslinger to a pure outlaw, forever dodging justice in New Mexico before it was even a state. On the one hand, he was charming, fun-loving, often present at social events, quite appealing to the ladies. Also conversant in Spanish, "Billito" was popular with the Spanish speaking crowd. On the other hand, he had no compunction to coldly kill a man, a sheriff, a deputy -- anyone who got in the way of his rustling cattle or horses for an illicit living. He also proved hard to keep in jail once he was caught. It is probably his daring escapes from jails that made him most famous, and this is the main subject of this graphic novel biography, which traces his story up through his death by a gunshot in the pitch darkness, fired by lawmen obsessed with getting rid of him. Written and illustrated by Rick Geary, "The True Death of Billy the Kid" is an unabashedly entertaining read from cover to cover and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal and community library graphic novel collections.

It's a Van Goof
Andre Franquin
Cinebook Ltd.
www.cinebook.com
c/o National Book Network (dist.)
www.nbnbooks.com
9781849183659, $11.95, PB, 48pp, www.amazon.com

The latest addition to Andre Franquin's graphic novel cartoon 'Goomer Goof' series, "It's a Van Goof" continues the calamitous actions and adventures of one of the world's most accident prone characters. As for his best friend, his girlfriend, and assorted associates, to work in the same building as a walking disaster like Gomer is no picnic. Between his 'fun' chemistry experiments and his attempts at amateur rocketry, no one is spared, be it co-workers, secretaries, bosses, neighbors. In "It's a Van Goof" we also discover that he's just as dangerous outside of work: day at the beach or in the country, weekend between friends or romantic outing - there's nowhere safe from the undisputed master of the goof! Laugh-out-loud funny from cover to cover, "It's a Van Goof" is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly favorite addition to personal and community library Comix/Graphic Novel collections. For the personal reading lists of the legions of Van Goof fans, it should be noted that "It's a Van Goof!" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.55).


The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Becoming John Wayne
Larry Powell & Jonathan H. Amsbary
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9781476664132, $35.00, PB, 193pp, www.amazon.com

"Becoming John Wayne: The Early Westerns of a Screen Icon, 1930-1939" by Larry Powell (Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama-Birmingham) and Jonathan H. Amsbary (Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama-Birmingham) exploring the early westerns of John Wayne from his first starring role in the The Big Trail (1930) to his breakthrough as the Ringo Kid in John Ford's Stagecoach (1939). "Becoming John Wayne" traces the actor's transformation from Marion Mitchell Morrison, movie studio prop man, into John Wayne, a carefully crafted film persona of his own invention that made him world famous. Wayne's years of training went well beyond honing his acting skill, as he developed the ability to do his own stunts, perfected his technique as a gun handler and became an expert horseman. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community and academic library American Cinematic History collections in general, and John Wayne supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated John Wayne fans that "Becoming John Wayne" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).

The Lone Ranger on Radio, Film and Television
Ed Andreychuk
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9780786499724, $29.95, PB, 188pp, www.amazon.com

The Lone Ranger has endured as an iconic figure in American popular culture, from his 1933 premier as a radio serial hero through a highly-rated television series (1949-1957) to a 2013 feature film. Created by script writer Fran Striker and radio station owner George W. Trendle, the character was meant to embody courage, fair play and honesty, and writers had to adhere to specific guidelines: "he never smokes ... he uses precise speech ... he never shoots to kill." The popularity of the Ranger, along with his great horse Silver and his Indian companion Tonto inspired later crime fighting duos like Batman and Robin, and The Green Hornet and Kato. "The Lone Ranger on Radio, Film and Television" by western film buff and historian Ed Andreychuk examines the Lone Rancher franchise in detail, providing summaries and production details of the original radio episodes. An inherently fascinating read from beginning to end, "The Lone Ranger on Radio, Film and Television" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library Television History and Popular Culture collections. An absolute 'must read' for the legions of Lone Ranger fans, it should be noted that "The Lone Ranger on Radio, Film and Television" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).


The Cookbook Shelf

Mildreds Vegan Cookbook
Daniel Acevedo & Sarah Wasserman
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9781784723736, $29.99, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. Bursting with clever ideas for feasts with family and friends, as well as for delicious, simple everyday meals, "Mildreds Vegan Cookbook" is comprised of punchy flavored, satisfying dishes with a dash of urban cool and a refreshing take on the conventional stereotype of vegan food. Beautifully illustrated throughout with mouthwatering full color photography, the vegan dishes themselves range from Pan-Fried Girolles with Vegan Hollandaise; Butternut Squash and Pistachio Borek; Brazilian Black Bean Soup with Raw Corn Salsa; and Malaysian Red Curry with Toasted Macadamia Nuts and Mango; to Grilled Courgettes with Almond and Pine Nut Pesto; Roast Pumpkin with Savoury Sages and Pumpkin Seed Granola; Smoked Chilli Jam; and Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Inspiring to plan menus with and a thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' experience to prepare and service for any and all dining occasions, "Mildreds Vegan Cookbook" is unreservedly recommended and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library Vegan/Vegetarian cookbook collections.

Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60s
Addie Gundry
St. Martin's Griffin
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
www.stmartins.com
9781250146328, $19.99, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

A beautifully and profusely illustrated compendium of truly nostalgic recipes, "Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60s: 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, and Drinks Everyone Will Love" compiled and presented by Addie Gundry serves up 'yesteryear' recipes associated with the rise of a post-World War II home entertainment culture made for prettier, more complex food. With French influence from Julia Child, and elegant aspirational figures like Jacqueline Kennedy, suburban dinner parties went glamourous, including the emergence of backyard barbecues, fondues gathering everyone around a table, and cocktail parties. With each recipe being paired with a full-color, full-bleed finished dish photo, the 'kitchen cook friendly' dishes range from Three Cheese Souffles; Old-Fashioned Potato Salad; Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole; and Turkey Tetrazzini; to Classic Corn Pudding; Beef Wellington; Hot Milk Cake; and a Vodka Gimlet. A pleasure to browse through and inspiring to plan menus with, "Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60s: 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, and Drinks Everyone Will Love" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and an especially recommended addition to family and community library cookbook collections.

Breakfast Is Served
Laura Ascari & Elisa Paganelli
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9781784723378, $14.99, HC, 144pp, www.amazon.com

While acknowledged to be 'the most important meal of the day', all too often the breakfast menu is a traditionally restricted one. Now anyone tired of the usual breakfast fare can forget such attempts at variety as poached eggs and avocado on toast, because they will find "Breakfast is Served" is cookbook that will inspire even the most novice of kitchen cooks with new breakfast and brunch recipes drawn from around the world. From Canada for Pumpkin Pie and Ecuador for Bolon de Verde, to Lebanon for Labneh and Germany for Pumpernickel, these thoroughly 'user friendly' recipes take inspiration from the four corners of the globe to make sure that weekend breakfasts and brunches are no longer stereotyped and repetitive dishes. Aspiring cooks will learn how to make the perfect Pain au Chocolat, delight friends with colorful doughnuts, or indulge in comforting Miso Soup. From a sociable brunch with friends, to the ultimate hangover cure, to meals that fill you up all day, to indulgent sweet treats, there's a recipe in the pages of "Breakfast Is Served" for every morning occasion. While highly and unreservedly recommended for family and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Breakfast Is Served" is also available for personal cookbook reference lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).

The Dirty Vegan Cookbook
Catherine Gill
Hatherleigh Press
c/o The Hatherleigh Foundation
62545 State Highway 10, Hobart, NY 13788
www.hatherleighpress.com
9781578267125, $20.00, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

A writer, blogger, and holistic vegan chef who specializes in natural and health foods, Cath4erine Gill's draws upon her experience and expertise in "The Dirty Vegan Cookbook: Your Favorite Recipes Made Vegan" lets even the most novice of kitchen cooks to prepare delicious vegan cuisine that anyone and everyone can enjoy, and showcases the sheer variety of amazing recipes you can create, all while remaining vegan. Providing healthy, vegan alternatives to the sorts of delicious comfort foods that everyone craves, "The Dirty Vegan Cookbook" makes it easier than ever to live the vegan lifestyle, featuring delicious recipes that use common ingredients available in any grocery store. Features over 100 rich, indulgent recipes ranging from Vegan Ravioli Dippers; Avocado and "Bacon" Cheesy Cheddar Bread Ring; and S'mores Pancakes; to "Steak" Tips and Sweet Potatoes; Italian Wedding Soup; and Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms, "The Dirty Vegan Cookbook" is a compendium of more than one hundred palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, easy to prepare dishes that will be enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans alike! Beautifully illustrated throughout, "The Dirty Vegan Cookbook" is unreservedly recommended for personal, family, and community library collections. It should be noted that "The Dirty Vegan Cookbook" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Vegan for One
Ellen Jaffe Jones with Beverly Lynn Bennett
http://vegcoach.com
The Book Publishing Company
PO Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
www.BookPubCo.com
9781570673511, $17.95, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

Nicely illustrated and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Vegan for One: Hot Tips and Inspired Recipes for Cooking Solo" showcases essential strategies for the single vegan cook, including how to set up a kitchen for one, plan exciting meals and menus, shop for fresh produce, choose the right tools and equipment, trim prep time, and save money. Both neophytes and experienced cooks will benefit from the valuable tips for extending the shelf life of produce, determining which canned goods and packaged items to buy, and transforming leftovers into appetizing meals. Cooking solo doesn't mean cutting corners when it comes to flavor and satisfaction. With more than 100 eye-appealing, innovative recipes perfectly portioned for singles, "Vegan for One" proves that cooking and eating alone can be both pleasurable and gratifying with dishes ranging from Sweet Cinnamon Baked Tortilla Chips; Taco Salad; Portobello Mushroom Burgers; and Indian-Style Millet; to Tuscan Tempeh with Onion and Bell Pepper; Nut Butter Cookies; Tropical Chia Pudding Parfait; and Fruit Galette for One. "Vegan for One" will prove to be an enduringly popular and appreciated addition to personal and community library vegan cookbook collections.


The Music Shelf

Rhinestones and Twanging Tones
Jim Washburn & Mac Yasuda
Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing
PO Box 13819, Milwaukee, WI 53213
www.halleonardbooks.com
9781495088131, $29.99, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Country may be the plainspoken music of rural America, but it certainly got gussied up on its way to the hit parade. In "Rhinestones and Twanging Tones: The Look and Sound of Country Music" the team of Jim Washburn (a published expert on music and popular culture) and Mac Yasuda (one of the world's foremost guitar experts and collectors) show in glittering detail how most classic country stars traded in their overalls for sequined and spangled outfits that shone from a mile away, and strummed guitars that were often just as ornately bedecked, or customized by decades of road wear. These musical accouterments demanded attention, and certainly captivated young country fan Mac Yasuda as he was growing up in Japan. A Hank Snow record set Yasuda on a musical path that led to him becoming friends with many of his heroes and performing alongside them on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Along the way, he amassed the unique collection shared here of their signature guitars and suits (most of the latter made by the famed "rodeo tailor" Nudie), including ones played and worn by Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Jim Reeves, Ferlin Husky, and other classic country stars. Those include Snow's famed "Snow Job" custom Martin D-45, Hank Thompson's Paul Bigsby-modified Gibson SJ-200, Carl Smith's Gay guitar, and others, depicted here in lavish detail. "Rhinestones and Twanging Tones" is a unique bundling of the sartorial and six-stringed equipage that defined the look and sound of a generation of country music. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "Rhinestones and Twanging Tones" offers a unique perspective on the evolution of country music performers and performances. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, community, and academic library Popular Culture and Music History collections, "Rhinestones and Twanging Tones" is unreservedly recommended.


The Audiobook Shelf

Desperate Remedies
Thomas Hardy, author
Read by Anna Bentinck
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
9781781981108 $89.98 www.naxosaudiobooks.com

The debut novel of author Thomas Hardy, originally published in 1871, Desperate Remedies is a classic Victorian novel now available in a "Naxos Complete Classics" unabridged audiobook rendition, superbly performed by BBC Radio professional Anna Bentinck. Set in the Victorian era, the story follows the impoverished young woman Cytheria Graye, who by necessity takes a job for the wealthy and eccentric Miss Aldclyffe. Aldclyffe deliberately grooms and pressures Cytheria into a love affair and potential engagement with her charismatic steward Aeneous Manston, but malicious secrets lurk beneath the surface. Did Aeneous' previous wife truly perish in an accidental fire? A tangled tale of love, lust, crime, and blackmail, Desperate Remedies is as captivating today as it was nearly 150 years ago. Highly recommended, especially for public library audiobook collections. 14 CDs, 17 hours 41 min. 48 sec.

Noumenon
Marina J. Lostetter, author
Celesta Ciulla, narrator
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
www.recordedbooks.com
ASIN: B0748W35GS, $35.95, CD, www.amazon.com

In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth's solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go? Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He's discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon or something manufactured. The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind's greatest ambition - to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy - is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated "Convoy Seven") changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie's mysterious star and explore its origins - and implications. A mosaic novel of discovery, "Noumenon" is comprised of a series of vignettes over the space of the interstellar expedition journey to and from their objective that examines the dedication, adventure, growth, and fear of having your entire world consist of nine ships in the vacuum of space. The men and women, and even the AI called ICC, must learn to work and live together in harmony, as their original DNA is continuously replicated and they are born again and again into a thousand new lives. With the stars their home and the unknown their destination, they are on a voyage of many lifetimes - an odyssey to understand what lies beyond the limits of human knowledge. Impressively narrated by Celesta Ciulla, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of Marina J. Lostetter's superbly crafted and unfailingly entertaining science fiction saga is unreservedly recommended for community library collections and should be considered a 'must' for all dedicated science fiction fans. (15 Hours, 5 Minutes, 12 CDs).


The Library CD Shelf

A Piano Story
Jim Pearce
JimPearceMusic.com
Oak Avenue Publishing
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Pianist and synthesist Jim Pearce, whose credentials include composing and recording music for more than 300 television shows, presents A Piano Story, his first new age/neo-classical album (he has previously created seven jazz recordings and won numerous award competitions). A piano story revels in the depth and breadth of the acoustic piano, enhanced with highlights of synthesizer sounds, cello, violin, percussion, cymbals, and woodwinds. The result is a mind- expanding soundscape that evokes a resonating atmosphere, promoting contemplation and insight. A Piano Story is highly recommended for neo-classical connoisseurs, public library collections, and gift-giving. The tracks are "Tender Story", "Uplifting Piano", "The Old Neighborhood", "Beautiful Moment", "A Leap of Heart", "Preludial Moon", "The Years Gone By", "Deep In Your Eyes", "Hymn to Rain", "Ecstatic Musing", "Twilight Reverie", "My Heart Is Yours", "Clouds and Bicycles", "Dark Mood Sets", "You Are My Sun and Moon", and "Hope Breaks Out".

Acoustic Music Seminar Selections from 2012-2016
Seminar created by Mike Marshall
Privately Published
www.adventure-music.com
$15.99

Acoustic Music Seminar Selections from 2012-2016 is a music album of songs featuring highlights from the first five years of an artist development program created by Mike Marshall for young musicians at the Savannah Music Festival. In each year of the program, young music artists have the opportunity to workshop their original compositions, receive professional mentoring, and showcase their creations. Acoustic Music Seminar Selections from 2012-2016 brims with vibrant, blossoming talent from a diversity of budding creators, and is enthusiastically recommended especially for acoustic connoisseurs and public library music collections. The tracks are "Expatiation", "Gas Station Caviar", "Legend of the Ear", "Mona", "Paradise Fell", "Bubbles", "Seaweed", "Bourbon Barrel", "Mr. & Mrs. Wilson", "Ill at Ease", "Dislocation", and "Untitled 8".

Drum Distillery
James Asher and Arthur Hull
james-asher.co.uk
villagemusiccircles.com
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $11.49 MP3 amazon.com

Drum Distillery is an instrumental album featuring the collaboration of professional drummer James Asher (who regularly performs with multiple bands in the UK) and Arthur Hull, who is well-known in America as a drum circle facilitator. The result is rich collection of rhythms ranging into tone from soul-charging percussive to thoughtful and atmospheric. Drum Distillery is a unique showcase of the wide range of emotions that drumming can convey, and is highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are "Circadian Spirals", "Helix Rising", "As We Grow Forward", "Giving Thanks", "Breathdub", "Mystic mambo", "Guarana Gazelles", "Billy Bravado", "Sandless Desert", "Absorbing the Moment", "Deep Valleys", "Global Samba", and "Infiniterium".


The Library DVD Shelf

Reclaiming Life
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
www.paracletepress.com
9781640600638 $69.95

Reclaiming Life Faith, Hope, and Suicide Loss is a DVD providing first-hand testimonies and theological insights into the world-shattering experience of losing a loved one to suicide. Kay Warren and Marjorie Antus speak openly about the deaths of their children; and Fr. Ronald Rolheiser (President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio) shares insights from years of service to families devastated by this tragedy. Reclaiming Life is profound, uplifting, and highly recommended, especially for public library and church DVD collections. 90 min.


The Multimedia Shelf

Moonlight In Empty Rooms
Heidi Breyer
www.heidibreyer.com
Winterhall Records
www.moonlightalbum.com
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Moonlight In Empty Rooms: A Musical Study of the Art of Alexander Volkov is a double CD- DVD of musical pieces by talented composer Heidi Breyer, inspired by the artwork of her husband, world renowned realist painter Alexander Volkov. Moonlight In Empty Rooms ensorcells the senses with mellifluous piano and violin, drawing the listener on a transcendental journey. A choice pick for connoisseurs of original artistry, Moonlight In Empty Rooms is highly recommended for both personal and public library collections. The tracks are "Unfinished Conversation", "Autumn Snowfall", "Autumn in Bruges", "Christian's Workshop", "Moonlight In Empty Rooms", "Eastertide", "Rainy Day", "The Sound And The Fury", "Winter Rose", "Half Hour Before Spring", "Faith", and "End Of Summer".


The Science Shelf

Particle Physics Brick by Brick
Ben Still
Cassell Illustrated
c/o Firefly Books Ltd.
www.fireflybooks.com
9781844039340, $24.95, PB, 176pp, www.amazon.com

Dr Ben Still is a Physicist at the University of London. Alongside his research career, Ben has been an advocate of new methods of communicating physics. He has worked with artists, designers, and illustrators to show complex physics research topics in a new light. With the publication of "Particle Physics Brick by Brick" Dr. Still draws upon his experience and expertise to use LEGO blocks to create a uniquely visual and clear depiction of the way our universe is put together. It turns out that this is offers a perfect and 'student friendly' introduction to the enigmatic and fascinating world of Quantum Physics. "Particle Physics Brick by Brick" starts with the Big Bang, and along the way, the constructs and interactions within and among atoms and sub-atomic particles, and the forces that play upon them, are clearly explained, with each LEGO block representing a different atomic or sub-atomic particle. The different colors and sizes denote what that particle is and its relationship with the other 'building blocks'. Each individual chapter is presented in digestible chunks, using toy building blocks to illustrate the ideas and experiments that have led to some of the biggest discoveries of the past 150 years. Soon readers will be able to construct every element in the Universe using a box of LEGO and Dr. Still's "Particle Physics Brick by Brick", making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library General Science collections, as well as Particle Physics supplemental studies reading lists.

Electrical Engineering Experiments
G. P. Chhalotra
Mercury Learning
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
www.merclearning.com
9781683921141, $49.95, PB, 274pp, www.amazon.com

Specifically written and designed to be a hands-on guide for labs, the hobbyist, or for the industry professional, "Electrical Engineering Experiments" by G.P. Chhalotra covers instructions and methods for doing experiments with currents and magnetism. "Electrical Engineering Experiments" includes 49 separate experiments on electricity, magnetism, currents, voltage, generators, transformers, relays, alternators, resistance, gaps, and more. Each individual experiment covers: the object, method, result, and questions with answers on the experiment under discussion. Of special note is a separate chapter at the end of the "Electrical Engineering Experiments" has over 175 questions with answers to test the reader's knowledge of electricity and electronics. Exceptionally well organized, "Electrical Engineering Experiments" is an ideal and very highly recommended for personal, professional, highschool, community, college, and university library Science & Technology collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Electrical Engineering Experiments" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.95).

Particle Physics: An Introduction
Robert Purdy
Mercury Learning
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
www.merclearning.com
9781683921424, $49.95, PB, 418pp, www.amazon.com

Professor Robert Purdy is a lecturer in Physics at the University of Leeds. He has taught modules in classical mechanics, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, nuclear physics, particle physics, quantum field theory, and mathematics for physicists. In the pages of "Particle Physics: An Introduction" he draws upon his years of experience and expertise to designed as a brief introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the matter in our universe. Numerous examples, figures, and simple explanations enable general readers and physics students to understand complex concepts related to the universe. Selected topics include atoms, quarks, accelerators, detectors, colliders, string theory, and more. Impressively informative, expertly organized and presented, "Particle Physics: An Introduction" is an ideal textbook choice for a college or university library physics curriculum and unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Science instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Particle Physics: An Introduction" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $21.95).


The Military Shelf

Operation Fall Weiss
Stephan Janzyk
Pen & Sword Books
9781473894617, $32.95, HC, 184pp, www.amazon.com

While the fledgling German paratroop operations in Belgium and the Netherlands in 1940, and on Crete in 1941, attracted worldwide attention, what is not as well known is that the use of paratroopers was planned for the invasion of Poland in 1939, in an act that began the Second World War. This has given rise to the myth that Adolf Hitler wanted to keep this new, and hitherto little-known, branch of the armed services secret for future projects. However, on several occasions the men of Parachute Regiment 1 were sat ready in their Ju52 transport planes, fully equipped and ready to go. "Operation Fall Weiss: German Paratroopers in the Poland Campaign, 1939" by Stephan Janzyk (who is an officer in the parachute regiment, and who has been interested in military history for many years, particularly the formation and early years of the German paratrooper units) deftly and informatively describes the role of the German paratroopers in the Polish campaign using war diaries, maps, contemporary documents and photographs -- including those from various private collections around the world. A remarkably informative and invaluable contribution to the growing library of World War II history collections, "Operation Fall Weiss" is extraordinary and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated military history buffs that "Operation Fall Weiss" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

SAS Zero Hour
Tim Jones
Frontline Books
c/o Casemate
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781526713513, $22.95, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Britain's elite Special Air Service Regiment, the SAS, is one of the most revered and feared special-ops units in the world. Its high-profile operations include the spectacular storming of the Iranian Embassy in London on 5 May 1980 and the hunt for Osama bin Laden in southern Afghanistan following 9/11. The regiment has become a byword for the highest possible standards in both conventional and unorthodox methods of warfare. But where did it all begin? In "SAS Zero Hour: The Secret Origins of the Special Air Service", military historian and SAS expert Tim Jones tackles this fascinating question from a fresh perspective. It is commonly held that the regiment was the brainchild of just one man, David Stirling. While not dismissing Stirling's considerable contribution to the regiment's genesis, Jones's insightful investigation identifies all of the major factors that played a part in shaping the SAS, including the role of such notables as Dudley Clarke, Archibald Wavell and Claude Auchinleck, among others. Drawing extensively on primary sources, as well as reassessing the more recent regimental histories and memoirs, "SAS Zero Hour" is an illuminating, provocative, informed and informative account of how this renowned regiment came into being. While unreservedly recommended as an addition to community, college, and university library Military History collections in general, and SAS History supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for students and military history buffs that "SAS Zero Hour" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.77).


The Gardening Shelf

Beginner's Garden
Alex Mitchell
IMM Lifestyle Books
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N., East Petersburg, PA 17520
www.FoxChapelPublishing.com
9781504800983, $16.99, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

Aimed at complete beginners, "Beginner's Garden: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables & Fruit without Getting Your Hands Too Dirty" by journalist, author and dedicated gardener Alex Mitchell, deftly de-mystifies the gardening process with sound practical and seasonal advice, lots of hints and tips for successful growing, delicious recipes, and fun weekend projects to help you make the most of your outdoor area, however small. A completely new kind of gardening book, "Beginner's Garden" is especially ideal for first-timers who have busy working lives but still want to grow their own produce -- without spending all weekend digging! Profusely illustrated and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Beginner's Garden" will prove to be an enormously popular and appreciated addition to personal and community library Gardening & Horticulture instructional reference collections.


The Psychology Shelf

Indigenous Healing Psychology
Richard Katz
Healing Arts Press
Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
www.innertraditions.com
9781620552674, $29.95, PB, 480pp, www.amazon.com

Connecting modern psychology to its Indigenous roots to enhance the healing process and psychology itself, "Indigenous Healing Psychology: Honoring the Wisdom of the First Peoples" by Richard Katz (Professor Emeritus at the First Nations University of Canada and an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Saskatchewa) shares the healing wisdom of the Indigenous people Professor Katz has worked with, including the Ju/'hoansi of the Kalahari Desert, the Fijians of the South Pacific, Sicangu Lakota people, and Cree and Anishnabe First Nations people. :Indigenous Healing Psychology" explains how Indigenous perspectives can help create a more effective model of best practices in psychology and explores the vital role of spirituality in the practice of psychology and the shift of emphasis that occurs when one understands that all beings are interconnected. An exceptionally informative and inherently fascinating read from beginning to end, "Indigenous Healing Psychology" would be an appropriate and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Alternative Medicine, Psychology, and Spirituality collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Indigenous Healing Psychology" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.99).


The Jobs/Careers Shelf

The Instant Company Secretary
David Martin
Thorogood
c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
www.styluspub.com
9781854189004, $116.00, PB, 400pp, www.amazon.com

"The Instant Company Secretary: An A-Z Guide to Duties and Responsibilities" by David M. Martin (who runs his own successful consultancy and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute of Directors) deals with the latest requirements regarding Registers of Persons of Significant Control. It provides essential practical, easily accessible advice and guidance to the wide range of important company secretarial duties and regulations that must be adhered to. The refreshing no-nonsense approach tackles these challenges making it an indispensable and practical guide to the whole range of issues with which the person performing the legally required duties of the Company Secretary must comply. The duties covered in "The Instant Company Secretary" include: Compliance by the company and its officers with all statutory and other regulatory requirements; Maintenance of the statutory records and filing data with Companies House within specified time limits; Interfacing with the shareholders or guarantors, convening general meetings, drafting and recording resolutions, dealing with shares etc.; Servicing board meetings and compiling the legally required minutes; Providing a company-wide focal point for legal matters and interpretation, and a logical point of contact for third parties; Providing the board with accurate and timely advice; Anti-bribery; Modern slavery; Gender pay reporting; Tax evasion legislation. Unique, comprehensive, thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Instant Company Secretary" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to professional, corporate, community, and academic library Business Management collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Instant Company Secretary" is available in a digital book format (Kindle, $40.61).

Mastering Stand-Up
Stephen Rosenfield
Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
www.chicagoreviewpress.com
9781613736920, $16.99, PB, 272pp, www.amazon.com

"Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian" is an entertaining and sharply written guide by Stephen Rosenfield (who is a pioneer in the field of teaching comedy and founder of the American Comedy Institute, a premier stand-up comedy school in the United States, in 1989) is specifically intended for both beginners breaking into comedy and professionals seeking to improve their sets and advance their careers. "Mastering Stand-UP' examines the work of great comedians such as Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Izzard, Moms Mabley, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, and more as a means of illustrating the most important techniques of performing and writing stand-up. In the pages of "Mastering Stand-Up", Rosenfield deftly lays out a clear plan for achieving success, candidly explaining what works, what doesn't, and why. Of special note is the inclusion of a 12-item "Successful Comedian's To-Do List". An absolutely essential instructional guide and reference for anyone aspiring to a career as a comedian, "Mastering Stand-Up" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Performing Arts collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mastering Stand-Up" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Poetry Shelf

The President of Planet Earth
David Wheatley
Wake Forest University Press
PO Box 7333, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
www.wfu.edu/wfupress
9781930630833, $15.95 PB, 176pp, www.amazon.com

'It's War': Man against man. / Man against sheep. / Sheep against man. / Sheep against grass. / Sheep against sheep. / Mountain against sky. / Grass against mountain. / Sheep against sky. / Sky against nothing. David Wheatley is an accomplished poet whose previous collections are Thirst (1997; Rooney Prize for Irish Literature), Misery Hill (2000), Mocker (2006) and A Nest on the Waves (2010). His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry, and has been awarded a variety of prizes, including the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and first prize in the Friends Provident National Poetry Competition. "The President of Planet Earth" is his latest (and arguably his best yet) anthology of original verse and one that is unreservedly recommended for personal reading list, as well as both community and academic library Contemporary Poetry collections. It should be noted that "The President of Planet Earth" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Business Shelf

The Young Adult's Guide to Starting a Small Business
Jim Kim, editor
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
www.atlantic-pub.com
9781620231616, $19.95, PB, 180pp, www.amazon.com

Aptly compiled by Jim Kim, "The Young Adult's Guide to Starting a Small Business: 101 Ideas for Earning Cash on Your Own Terms" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' guide showcasing 101 specific and 'real world practical' ideas for teens and young adults to starting their own money-making business. "The Young Adult's Guide to Starting a Small Business" covers options such as pet sitting, babysitting, and tutoring in great detail. Aspiring young entrepreneurs will learn how to use the Internet to help them make money with options such as surveys, advertising, blogs, and social media. "The Young Adult's Guide to Starting a Small Business" not only covers how to make one's own money, but it also teaches how to save it and how to make it grow by creating a budget, all presented specifically with teens and young adults in mind. "The Young Adult's Guide to Starting a Small Business" contains inspiring stories from young adults who have started their own businesses. "The Young Adult's Guide to Starting a Small Business" as their instructional guide any teenager or young adult can start making money on their own terms without having to depend on their parents. While "The Young Adult's Guide to Starting a Small Business" is unreservedly recommended, it should be noted for school and community librarians that "The Young Adult's Guide to Starting a Small Business" is also available in a library binding edition (9781620232316, $32.95). For the personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Young Adult's Guide to Starting a Small Business" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.93).

Do Good
Anne Bahr Thompson
Amacom Books
1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
www.amacombooks.org
9780814438398, $27.99, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Good works are no longer optional for any company seeking to become success in a competitive marketplace. For many businesses, success comes in unexpected ways. For example: Toms grew into a $600 million company by giving away 35 million pair of shoes. Patagonia's profits have climbed year after year even as it funnels heavy investments into sustainability. And it's not just millennials rewarding companies with causes. In every age group, people commit to brands that show good citizenship. From CVS's destocking cigarettes to Chipotle's ethical sourcing, people want to see fair employment practices, social responsibility, and charitable giving-and they quickly call out negligence. Based on extensive research with thousands of consumers, "Do Good: Embracing Brand Citizenship to Fuel Both Purpose and Profit" by Anne Bahr Thompson (who was named one of the 2018 Top Thought Leaders in Trust) documents this sea change and explains how to embed social consciousness into a company's DNA. Packed with examples and original data, the five-step model highlights the new rules of business: TRUST: Deliver on promises; ENRICHMENT: Make daily life easier or more inspiring; RESPONSIBILITY: Treat people and the environment with respect; COMMUNITY: Mirror values shared by customers, employees, and partners; CONTRIBUTION: Make a difference in the world. Buyers today demand more than half-hearted pledges. By actively linking great brands with higher purposes, companies capture both markets and hearts. As informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Do Good" is an invaluable and unreservedly recommended addition to corporate, community, and academic library Business Management instructional reference collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of corporate managers, MBA students, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Do Good" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Art Shelf

A Chronology of Art
Iain Zaczek, editor
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
www.thamesandhudsonusa.com
9780500239810, $29.95, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Most surveys of the history of art are divided into historic periods, artistic schools, and movements. In reality, movements and artists' careers overlap and intertwine, reacting to events in the world around them. By prioritizing a purely chronological approach, "A Chronology of Art" illuminates these relationships from a fresh perspective and places the developments of the art world into context with one another. Structured around a central timeline covering Ancient & Medieval, Renaissance & Baroque, Rococo & Neoclassicism, Romanticism & Beyond, and The Modern Era, "A Chronology of Art" features lavish illustrations of artworks, together with commentaries, and lively "In Focus" features with information about the social, stylistic, technical, political, and cultural events of each period. This approach reveals little- known connections: the most illustrious Neoclassical painting (David's Oath of the Horatii) was executed just a couple of years after one of the best-known Romantic scenes (Fuseli's The Nightmare); and American artist James Whistler, who had attended West Point Military Academy, was creating his finest work in Europe at the very time when his homeland was being torn apart by civil war. Beautifully and profusely illustrated with 350 images, "A Chronology of Art" is an inherently fascinating and impressively informative study that is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Art History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Pictographs
Mishibinijima
The Porcupine's Quill
http://porcupinesquill.ca/index.html
9780889844056, $24.95, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

In "Pictographs", Ojibway artist James Simon Mishibinijima brings to life the legends of his people passed down to him by generations of his tribal and clan Elders. In this simply outstanding collection of his pictographic drawings, each individual image tells its own particular story, silently communicating lessons of harmony, interconnectedness and peace. Unique and an inherently fascinating read from cover to cover, "Pictographs: The Graphic Art of James Simon Mishibinijima" is an uncommon and very special addition to personal, community, and academic library Canadian Art History collections in general, and Ojibway art and cultural history supplemental reading lists in particular.


The Philosophy Shelf

Philosophical Imagination and the Evolution of Modern Philosophy
James P. Danaher with Wiliam K. Pottinger
Paragon House
3600 Labore Road, Suite 1, St. Paul, MN 55110-4144
www.paragonhouse.com
9781557789303, $17.95, PB, 184pp, www.amazon.com

Throughout modern history, the philosophical imagination has created the philosophical perspectives of modern materialism, rationalism, empiricism, phenomenalism, historicism, existentialism, pragmatism, hermeneutics, and feminism. Although these schools of thought have their origin in the imagination, we all too often believe these perspectives give us access to truth itself, rather than being ways to make sense of our experience. Truth as something to know will always be relative to the imagination and the perspectives it creates. However, another notion of truth as something to be has emerged over the history of philosophical thought from Socrates to the present that is not relative to the changing perspectives of truth as something to know. "Philosophical Imagination and the Evolution of Modern Philosophy" by James P. Danaher (Professor of Philosophy, Nyack College) offers a narrative of how the modern mind evolved through the philosophical imaginations of certain individuals who provided new perspectives in order to make sense of emerging data and circumstances of which the inherited philosophical perspectives of the day were unable to explain. Unreservedly recommended for both academia and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, "Philosophical Imagination and the Evolution of Modern Philosophy" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Contemporary Philosophy collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Philosophical Imagination and the Evolution of Modern Philosophy" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95).


The Native American Studies Shelf

Black Elk
Joe Jackson
Picador USA
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1800, New York, NY 10010
www.picadorusa.com
9781250141255, $20.00, PB, 640pp, www.amazon.com

"Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary" is the definitive biographical account of Black Elk (December 1, 1863 - August 19, 1950), a figure whose dramatic life converged with some of the most momentous events in the history of the American West. Born in an era of rising violence between the Sioux, white settlers, and U.S. government troops, Black Elk killed his first man at the Little Bighorn, witnessed the death of his second cousin Crazy Horse, and traveled to Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Upon his return, he was swept up in the traditionalist Ghost Dance movement and shaken by the Massacre at Wounded Knee. But Black Elk was not a warrior, instead he accepted the path of a healer and holy man, motivated by a powerful prophetic vision that he struggled to understand. In "Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary", author and biographer Joe Jackson has deftly crafted a truly epic Native American biography, restoring our understanding of Black Elk in the context and richness of his times. "Black Elk" reveals a life of heroism and tragedy, adaptation and endurance, in an era of permanent crisis on the Great Plains. While an absolute 'must' for both community and academic library Native American Biography collections and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Black Elk" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

On Religion
Benjamin Constant
Translated by Peter Paul Seaton, Jr.
Liberty Fund, Inc.
11301 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032-4564
9780865978966 $30.00 hc
9780865978973 $14.50 pbk www.libertyfund.org

Benjamin Constant (1767-1830) was a Swiss-French political activist, author, and philosopher, who among many other ideals, drew a distinction between "Liberty of the Ancients" in which the people directly participated in politics, and "Liberty of the Moderns" where people elected representatives, since greater population sizes made direct participation by all people impossible. On Religion: Considered in Its Source, Its Forms, and Its Developments is the first full-length English translation of Constant's massive study on humanity's religious forms and development, originally published in five volumes between 1824 and 1831. Constant appraises religion with the eye of scientist, but not dispassionately so. On Religion was written in the aftermath of the French Revolution, a time when Constant sought to convince partisans of the new order that religious impulses were a natural impulse, and to attempt to purge all religion would only bring suffering. At the same time, Constant chastised religious reactionaries and perceived "spirituality" unfettered to find new ways of expression as the future. On Religion also embraces a central tenet of liberalism: the separation of church and state. On Religion is as invaluable a read today as it was hundreds of years ago, and this edition enhanced with an extensive index is highly recommended especially for public and college library collections.

Stories with Intent, second edition
Klyne R. Snodgrass
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
www.eerdmans.com
9780802875693, $58.00, HC, 912pp, www.amazon.com

Now in an updated and expanded second edition, "Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus" offers pastors and students a comprehensive and accessible guide to Jesus' parables. Klyne Snodgrass (Professor Emeritus of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois) deftly explores in vivid detail the historical context in which these stories were told, the part they played in Jesus' overall message, and the ways in which they have been interpreted in the church and the academy. Professor Snodgrass begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation and providing an overview of other parables (often neglected in the discussion) from the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world. He then groups the more important parables of Jesus thematically and offers a comprehensive treatment of each, exploring both background and significance for today. This tenth anniversary edition includes a substantial new chapter that surveys developments in the interpretation of parables since the book's original 2008 publication. Featuring bibliographies of both primary and secondary sources, an index of authors, and an index of ancient sources, "Stories with Intent" continues to be a seminal work of outstanding biblical scholarship and unreservedly recommended for church, seminary, community, and academic library Contemporary Christian Studies collections.


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

In the Shadow of Agatha
Leslie S. Klinger, editor
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
www.pegasusbooks.com
9781681776309, $25.95, HC, 356pp, www.amazon.com

Debuting in 1920, Agatha Christie is a legendary mystery author with worldwide sales in the billions and whose last novel was published in 1976, giving her a career longer than even Conan Doyle's forty-year span. What is not generally known by mystery enthusiasts in general, and Agatha Christie fans in particular, is that her success was made possible by writers like Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis, the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England; and Mary Fortune in Australia that made publishers willing to publish the works of women crime-writers. Authors who followed them, such as Patricia Wentworth, Dorothy Sayers, and, of course, Agatha Christie would not have thrived without the bold, fearless work of their predecessors -- and the genre would be much poorer for their absence. So while Agatha Christie may still reign supreme, it is important to remember that she did not ascend that throne except on the shoulders of the women who came before her (and inspired her) and who are now removed from her shadow once and for all by this superb new anthology of their mysteries deftly compiled and edited by Leslie S. Klinger. While unreservedly recommended for community libraries and the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs, it should be noted for academia and college/university libraries that "In the Shadow of Agatha" is enhanced with the inclusion of a four page Bibliography. For personal reading lists there is also a digital book edition of "In the Shadow of Agatha" (Kindle, $12.99).


The Judicial Studies Shelf

A Handbook on Aviation Law
George McKeegan & William Ranieri
ABA Publishing
c/o American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
https://www.americanbar.org
9781634259538, $92.00, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

The collaborative work of aviation law experts George McKeegan and William Ranieri, "A Handbook on Aviation Law" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' handbook that is replete with interesting and provocative accident accounts and liability outcomes, many of which are the subject of significant court cases. "A Handbook on Aviation Law" includes (but is not limited to) acts of terrorism, slip and falls on airport premises, baggage and cargo loss, cancellation and delay, refusal to transport, aircraft turbulence, communicable diseases, and more. The legal outcomes and rationales of these cases are included and explained. The topics covered with "A Handbook on Aviation Law" include: Montreal and Warsaw Conventions; Airport security; Accidents and attacks; Discrimination; Product liability issues; Emotional support animals; Drones ; and Communicable diseases. Thoroughly up to date and impressively comprehensive, "A Handbook on Aviation Law" is unreservedly recommended for professional, community, and academic library collections and Aviation Law supplemental studies reading lists.


The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Bear: Myth, Animal, Icon
Wolf D. Storl
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
www.northatlanticbooks.com
9781623171636, $21.95, PB, 320pp, www.amazon.com

Since the beginning of human history, bears have been regarded as animals of great power. Ethnobotanist and cultural anthropologist Wolf Storl has spent years in the wilderness with bears, and in "Bear: Myth, Animal, Icon" draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to explore the fascinating relationship between bears and humans, including the history, mythology, healing lore, and biology of this formidable creature. Storl takes the reader from the bear caves of the Neanderthals to the bear-worshipping Siberian tribes of today, from the extinct cave bear to the modern teddy bear. Bears were traditionally seen as a kind of "forest human" under whose shaggy fur a king or a god was hidden, he explains. Vividly illustrating the power of myths and fairy tales to reveal more than scientific treatises about the true nature of beings (especially in the case of bears) Storl restores this magnificent animal to its rightful place at the forefront of the human imagination as well as among the dwellers of the forest. An inherently fascinating and impressively informative study, "Bear: Myth, Animal, Icon" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Pets/Wildlife collections in general, and Ursine Studies supplemental reading lists in particular. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest the subject that "Bear: Myth, Animal, Icon" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).


The Environmental Studies Shelf

Invaders of the Great Lakes
Karen R. Hollingsworth, author
Wildlife Forever, editor
Adventure Publications
www.adventurepublications.net
9781591937708, $6.95, PB, 152pp, www.amazon.com

"Invaders of the Great Lakes: Invasive Species and Their Impact on You" is handy, full-color guide by Wildlife Forever spotlights 44 aquatic invasive species which are divided into three categories: invertebrates, plants, and fish. "Invaders of the Great Lakes" provides details on how these invasive species live, grow, reproduce, and spread. "Invaders of the Great Lakes" also reveals how these invasive species impact people, the environment, and the economy. "Invaders of the Great Lakes" also offers tips for stopping aquatic hitchhikers, features QR Codes that link to web pages with even more details, as well as other important information. Armed with this knowledge, the reader can then help to protect our inland waters collective referred to as the Great Lakes, including keeping favorite fishing spots and lakeshores healthy. Impressively informative, profusely illustrated, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Invaders of the Great Lakes" is an extraordinary 'pocket size' field guide that is highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library collections.


The Library Science Shelf

Information Systems: Process and Practice
Christine Urquhart, Faten Hamad, Dina Tbaishat, and Alison Yeoman, editors
Facet Publishing
www.facetpublishing.co.uk
9781783302413 $87.10

Information Systems: Process and Practice is an anthology of scholarly essays by expert authors about library and information architecture. Written especially for professionals in the field, with analysis of methods, tools, techniques, and trends, Information Systems offers theory and supporting case studies. Individual writings include "Workflow analysis and process mapping in US academic libraries", "The enterprise website and its information structures", "Increasing social connection through a community-of-practice-inspired design", and much more. Information Systems: Process and Practice is an excellent reference and resource, highly recommended especially for Library Science collections.


The Gun Shelf

Armed in America
Patrick J. Charles
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
www.prometheusbooks.com
9781633883130 $28.00 / $12.99 amazon.com

Historian and legal scholar Patrick Charles presents Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonel Militias to Concealed Carry, an unbiased and nonpartisan history of the lawful right to bear arms and the gun-rights movement in America, from the inception of the Second Amendment to the rise and evolution of the National Rifle Association, to the modern day. Armed in America is a "must" read for anyone who wants to learn about the facts and history surrounding this contentious issue, unclouded by the shrill rhetoric of either side, and is a "must- have" for public and college library collections. Highly recommended.


The Criminology Shelf

Supermax Prison
Larry L. Franklin & Rakesh Chandra, MD, JD
History Publishing Company, LLC
PO Box 700, 15 Heyhoe Woods Road, Palisades, New York 10964-0700
www.historypublishingco.com
9781933909837, $19.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Collaboratively written by Larry L Franklin (who is the author of "The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole" published by Southern Illinois University Press; "Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman's journey from mental illness to a prison cell," published by Chipmunka Publishing Company) and Dr. Rakesh Chandra (who provided input based upon his years of experience and expertise working with mentally ill inmates in a supermax prison setting), "Supermax Prison: Controlling The Most Dangerous Criminals" provides a penetrating look at the violence that swept prisons in the 1980's and 1990's and the organizational structure mirroring the Mafia that erupted in them. The inmates had to make a choice between joining a gang that offered protection, friendships, financial rewards, access to drugs and other contraband or serving as a lone inmate in a dangerous, even lethal world. The worst in this violent world were sent to the Illinois supermax prison called Tamms. "Supermax Prison" the inherently fascinating and illustrative story of life in that prison. Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, ""Supermax Prison: Controlling The Most Dangerous Criminals" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Penology Studies collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist readers with an interest in the subject that ""Supermax Prison: Controlling The Most Dangerous Criminals" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).

Crescent City Crimes
Charles Cassady Jr.
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
www.schifferbooks.com
9780764354083, $16.99, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

In the first 200 years of New Orleans history, the Crescent City has earned a reputation for sin, temptation, intrigue, lawlessness, ritual-magic, and ghosts. Step back in time to the city's first few crime-stained centuries from 1718 - 1918 to explore the classic tales of mischief, mayhem, and skullduggery comprising "Crescent City Crimes: Old New Orleans 1718 - 1918" compiled by Charles Cassady Jr. Arranged by topic appreciative readers will be compelled to find out whether the heart of Dixie truly beats with wicked rhythms; Meet a cast of rascals and ruffians in the era of American piracy and smuggling; Discover legendary sorcery and unspeakable rumors surrounding Voodoo and ghosts; Examine ritual violence, as well as the largest mass-lynching ever on US soil and a unique red-light district. Deftly combining historical fact and popular folklore, "Crescent City Crimes: Old New Orleans 1718 - 1918" is an inherently fascinating read from cover to cover, making it an unreservedly recommended and enduringly popular addition to personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library American History collections in general, and the History of New Orleans supplemental studies lists in particular.

No Hope for Heaven, No Fear of Hell
James C. Kearney, Bill Stein, and James Smallwood
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
www.untpress.unt.edu
9781574417111 $21.95 pbk / $20.85 Kindle amazon.com

No Hope for Heaven, No Fear of Hell: The Stafford-Townsend Feud of Colorado County, Texas, 1871-1911 is a meticulously researched chronicle of the blood-soaked family feud that festered in Texas for decades after the close of the Civil War. Here are true-life stories of ruthless assassination, gun battles, revenge, juries and law enforcement turning a blind eye, and long- lasting bitterness. No Hope for Heaven, No Fear of Hell is absolutely compelling from cover to cover, and an invaluable addition to public and college library collections, highly recommended.


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