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Volume 11, Number 4 April 2016 Home | WBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Fiction Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Business Shelf Cookbook Shelf Sports Shelf
Computer Shelf Fishing Shelf Music Shelf
Biography Shelf Fashion Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Music CD Shelf DVD Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf
Poetry Shelf Travel Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Education Shelf Automotive Shelf
Humor Shelf Activity Shelf Political Science Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Gaming Shelf Wisconsin Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

The Boss of Me is Me
The Youth Connection & June Werdlow Rogers
Cable Publishing
14090 East Keinenen Road, Brule, WI 54820
9781934980231, $11.95, Spiral Bound, 48pp,

June Werdlow Rogers earned a PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Maryland and retired as a DEA Special Agent in Charge in 2008. Dr. Rogers currently serves as Program Director of the Criminal Justice Program at a Michigan college. In cooperation with The Youth Connection, and with the assistance of Grenae Dudley and Rayfield Rogers Jr., Rogers developed "The Boss of Me is Me", a 'fill in the blank' personal notebook that pulls no punches in constructing a variety of scenarios in which teens may either experience harm or be inclined to do harm. "The Boss of Me is Me" is character-driven and teaches teens that there is always a way out of any difficult situation. While highly recommended for use with teenagers either in terms of individual counseling or group counseling, it should be noted that "The Boss of Me is Me" is a 'consumable', making it inappropriate for school or community library permanent collections. Both counselors and parents should note that there is also a discussion manual, "The Companion Guide to The Boss of Me is Me: For Discussion Leaders, Parents & Teen Caregivers" (9781934980248, $19.95, PB, 98pp) available to help facilitate an effective utilization of "The Boss of Me is Me".

101 Magic Tricks
Bryan Miles
Quarry Books
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781631590726, $19.99, Flexibound, 208pp,

Currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, Bryan Miles is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed magician. His mind-blowing shows have taken him from London to New York. He has performed at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. He is featured on T.V, radio, magazines and newspapers regularly. Bryan has studied the mysteries of the human mind through illusion, mentalism, magic and hypnosis. He is a Silver Medallion graduate of the College of Magic in Cape Town and is frequently invited to teach his skills to aspiring magicians. His YouTube channel BryanMilesTV showcases his latest clips in which he demonstrates the incredible power of the human mind. In "101 Magic Tricks: Any Time. Any Place. - Step by step instructions to engage, challenge, and entertain At Home, In the Street, At School, In the Office, At a Party" Bryan Miles draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to reveal, step-by-step, 'user friendly' instructions on how to perform 101 different magic tricks. Profusely illustrated throughout, "101 Magic Tricks" is very highly recommended for personal and community library collections. It should be noted that "101 Magic Tricks" is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.99).

A Woman's Guide to the Wild
Ruby McConnell, author
Teresa Grasseschi, illustrator
Sasquatch Books
1904 Third Ave, Suite 710, Seattle, WA 98101
9781632170057 $18.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

A Woman's Guide to the Wild is a "must-read" primer for any every women considering a camping trip or other journey into the wilderness, whether by herself or as part of a group. Chapters address what to bring and what to leave at home; feminine hygiene matters; staying safe; first aid; outdoor etiquette; and much more. Occasional black-and-white sketches and diagrams illustrate this superb reference and resource.

Millville: A Real New England Ghost Story
Eric M. Larson
Morningside Books
c/o Morningside Enterprises
188 Morningside Drive East, Bristol, CT 06010
9780984461844, $14.95, PB, 284pp,

Millville, a sleepy little town located on the banks of Connecticut's Farmington River has its secrets. A witch's curse placed on the tiny New England village for the actions of their forefathers. Sarah is a young girl, trapped in the curse's darkness, wanting to come home. She must place her faith on an ancient prophecy and on Luke and Mary, a young couple who only have to do one thing -- believe the unbelievable. "Millville: A Real New England Ghost Story" is an inherently fascinating and deftly crafted story that demonstrates author Erick M. Larson's impressive and exceptional storytelling skills. A fully engaging and absorbing read from beginning to end, "Millville: A Real New England Ghost Story" is very highly recommended for community library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Millville: A Real New England Ghost Story" is also available in a Kindle edition ($6.99).

With This Ring?
Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears
Bethany House Publishers
11400 Hampshire Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55438
9780764217722, $14.95, PB, 368pp,

In "With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry", four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection that offers four stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer's "The Husband Maneuver," Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins when the ranch foreman she loves seems to be leaving forever. Regina Jennings offers "Her Dearly Unintended," where friends stranded by a rising river pretend to be newlyweds when a dangerous stranger arrives. Mary Connealy's "Runaway Bride" finds a Texas ranger getting more than he expected when he rescues a young woman fleeing a dangerous arranged marriage. And Melissa Jagears' "Engaging the Competition" finds a young woman forced to assist the man she's often sparred with after an accident leaves him helpless. Each deftly crafted tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers. Very highly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "With This Ring?" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.27). Librarians please note that "With This Ring" is also available in a hardcover large print edition (Thorndike Press, 9781410486974, $30.99).

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Red Hot Internet Publicity, fourth edition
Penny C. Sansevieri
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
9781519495624, $14.95, PB, 414pp,

Now in a completely updated and significantly expanded fourth edition, "Red Hot Internet Publicity: The Insider's Guide to Marketing Online" by Penny Sansevieri (the woman who responsible for researching, creating and implementing the first comprehensive Internet publicity campaign called, The Virtual Author Tour) is a complete course of instruction in a single volume. "Red Hot Internet Publicity" draws upon real-world examples directly relevant for authors and small business owners trying to build strong brands. Social media and publicity authority, Penny Sansevieri drew upon her many years of experience and expertise to create the essential Internet Publicity roadmap; delivers current, expert insight into how to build the perfect website that will turn visitors into customer; build a strong presence on today's Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube and Instagram. "Red Hot Internet Publicity" shows just how to: Amp up engagement on an authentic level and build a loyal fan base; Share content that excites people and gets them coming back for more; Target your activity for maximum exposure and impact - get noticed!; Utilize strategies that are proven to work on every major social media platform. Social media isn't about being everywhere, it's about being everywhere that matters. Of special note to authors and publishers is Penny's section on 'Building Super Fans: The Secret to Selling More Books'. Informative, practical, exceptionally well organized and presented, "Red Hot Internet Publicity" is highly recommended for community and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections, and should be on the "must read" list for anyone trying to make a career out of writing and/or publishing. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Red Hot Internet Publicity" is also available in a Kindle edition ($2.99).

Write Your Tale Off!
Robert Brown Butler
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
9781514849095, $14.99, PB, 204pp,

In 1971 when Robert Brown Butler was a what he describes as a"cub ink-slinger" and living in Aspen for the summer, he met Saul Bellow, who was also living there. Bellow read some of Butler's writing, and advised him "to learn the writer's trade". Butler took the future Nobel Prize winner's advice to heart and subsequently has authored eight books: In 1981, The Ecological House, which describes how to design and build houses that are friendly to the environment; between 1984 and 2002, five books on architectural engineering for McGraw-Hill; in 2012, Architecture Laid Bare, a book for laymen that details the latest environmental and technical issues facing American architecture (website:; and in 2014, the Disaster Handbook, a book on disaster preparedness which to date has won nine literary awards (website: http://thedisasterhandbook .com). In "Write Your Tale Off!", Butler draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to create a kind of "literary tool box" for aspiring authors that contains the essential tools of the writer's trade. Each of its fifty short chapters describes one of these literary tools, exemplifies its use with a passage by a usually famous author, and reveals the "literary script" by which anyone can create and utilize each tool for the purpose of enriching their own writing project whatever it might be. Absolutely 'user friendly' in content, organization and presentation, "Write Your Tale Off!" will prove to be an invaluable, practical, and immediately applicable do-it-yourself instruction manual for any and all aspiring writers for whatever their subject or literary genre might be.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Karma's a Killer
Tracy Weber
Midnight Ink
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989
9780738742106, $14.99, PB, 288pp,

When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fund raiser for a local animal shelter, she believes the only damage will be to her reputation. But a few downward-facing dogs are the least of Kate's problems when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning. The police arrest Dharma, a woman claiming to be Kate's estranged mother, and charge her with murder. To prove Dharma's innocence, Kate, her boyfriend Michael, and her German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism and organizational politics. As they investigate the dangerous obsessions that drive these groups, Kate and her sleuthing team discover that when it comes to murder, there's no place like home! Another terrifically entertaining mystery by a true master of the genre, Tracy Weber's "Karma's a Killer" is the latest, and perhaps the best yet, in here outstanding Downward Dog Mysteries series. Emphatically recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of mystery buffs that "Karma's a Killer" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.59).

Death Deals a Hand
Janet Dawson
Perseverance Press
c/o Daniel & Daniel, Publishers
PO Box 2790, McKinleyville, CA 95519
9781564745699, $15.95, PB, 232pp,

It's April 1953, and Zephyrette Jill McLeod is back on the rails, aboard the fabled train called the California Zephyr. Heading west from Chicago to the San Francisco Bay Area, Jill looks forward to reuniting with family members and the new man in her life. She's learned to expect and deal with just about anything on the train, from troublesome passengers to long-lost relatives to high-stakes poker games. But the stakes just got even higher: Death has a seat at the table. Another terrific read for any and all dedicated mystery buffs, "Death Deals a Hand" is the second title in author Janet Dawson's outstanding California Zephyr series. Clearly establishing Janet Dawson's mastery of the genre, "Death Deals a Hand" is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

Truth Always Kills
Rick Ollerman
Stark House Press
1315 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781933586823, $17.95, PB, 256pp,

Jeff Prentiss is a homicide cop in departmental trouble. He knows his wife is being stalked, but feels helpless to do anything about it. Does he report it and bring undue attention to himself, or should he take matters into his own hands, and damn the consequences? In "Truth Always Kills", author Rick Ollerman the author of Turnabout / Shallow Secrets (9781933586472, $19.95 PB, $4.99 Kindle, 256pp), has penned another terrific suspense thriller that will engage and hold the reader's rapt attention from first page to last. A master of the genre, Rick Ollerman's "Truth Always Kills" is very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Truth Always Kills" is also available in a Kindle edition ($4.99).

Death on a Starry Night
Betsy Draine & Michael Hinden
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780299307301, $24.95, HC, 224pp,

Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden (Professors Emeriti of English at the University of Wisconsin - Madison) are the co-authors of the mysteries "Murder in Lascaux" (9780299284206, $26.95 HC; $24.95 PB; $10.49 Kindle) and "The Body in Bodega Bay" (9780299297909, $26.95 HC, $14.95 Kindle), the first two novels in their Nora Barnes and Toby Sandler mystery series. Another deftly crafty novel of mystery and suspense, "Death on a Starry Night" is the third book featuring Nora and Toby. This time finds that when art historian Nora Barnes returns to France for a Van Gogh conference in the charming medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, she's expecting a vigorous debate about whether the famed artist's suicide was actually a homicide. But on the night before the conference, an elderly French woman who'd promised to reveal important evidence is found head down in the village fountain, and her Chanel briefcase is nowhere to be seen. During a week of academic squabbling, dining, romance, and suspense, the quirky conference members, one by one, fall under police suspicion and the amused gaze of Nora's husband, Toby. But someone wants to halt Nora and Toby's amateur sleuthing, and what happens next is no joke. "Death on a Starry Night" is highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to the personal reading lists of mystery buffs, and a sought after addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

Dying for a Taste
Leslie Karst
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781629535975, $25.99, HC, 304pp,

After losing her mother to cancer, Sally Solari quits her job as an attorney to help her dad run his old-style Italian eatery in Santa Cruz, California. But managing the front of the house is far from her dream job. Then in a sudden twist her Aunt Letta is found murdered in her own restaurant, and Sally is the only one who can keep the place running. But when her sous chef is accused of the crime, and she finds herself suddenly short-staffed, Sally must delve into the world of sustainable farming, not to mention a few family secrets, to help him clear his name and catch the true culprit before her timer runs out. A terrifically entertaining and deftly written mystery from the pen of Leslie Karst, "Dying for a Taste" is all the more impressive when considering that this is the author's debut as a novelist. Clearly a master of the mystery genre, "Dying for a Taste" is very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For the personal reading lists of mystery buffs it should be noted that "Dying for a Taste" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

Bad Sign
R. J. Ellory
The Overlook Press
141 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012
9781468311273, $26.95, HC, 440pp,

Orphaned by an act of senseless violence that took their mother from them, half-brothers Clarence Luckman and Elliott Danziger have been raised in state institutions, unaware of any world beyond its walls. But their lives take a sudden turn when they are seized as hostages by a convicted killer en route to death row. Earl Sheridan is a psychopath of the worst kind, and as he and his two hostages set off on a frenetic path through California down to Texas, Clarence and Elliot must come to terms with the ever-growing tide of violence in their wake. It's a path that will force them to make a choice about their lives, and their relationship to each other and it will change their lives forever. Set in the 1960s, "Bad Signs" is a tale of the darkness within all of us, the inherent hope for salvation, and the ultimate consequences of evil. With "Bad Sign", author R. J. Ellory has once again penned a spellbinding and compelling thriller of a novel that will hold the reader's rapt attention from beginning to end. "Bad Sign" is very highly recommended and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Bad Signs" is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.83).

Dying to Tell
T. J. O'Connor
Midnight Ink
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989
9780738742076, $14.99, PB, 384pp,

Oliver "Tuck" Tucker is a former police detective who now solves mysteries from the afterlife. Tuck doesn't know how perilous the past is until his wife, Angel, is nearly killed and reclusive banker William Mendelson is found dead in a hidden vault. Tuck knows there's more to Mendelson's murder than decades-old skullduggery. As murderers, thieves, and spies descend on small-town Winchester, Tuck joins up with Angel, his old detective partners, and his long-dead grandfather who's still on an army mission from 1942. With the case unfolding around him, Tuck must confront haunting family secrets and the growing distance between his death and Angel's life -- and the outcome is a killer of its own. "Dying to Tell" is a deftly crafted blend of mystery and fantasy that will prove a riveting read to fans of both genres. Launching what promises to be an outstanding new series by author T. J. O'Connor, "Dying to Tell" is very highly recommended for community library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Dying to Tell" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.99).

Midnight in Berlin
James MacManus
Thomas Dunne Books
c/o St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250079404, $26.99, HC, 416pp,

"Midnight in Berlin" by James MacManus is set in Berlin, Germany, in the spring of 1939. Hitler is preparing for war. Colonel Noel Macrae, a British diplomat, plans the ultimate sacrifice to stop him. The West's appeasement policies have failed. There is only one alternative: assassination. The Gestapo, aware of Macrae's hostility, seeks to compromise him in their infamous brothel. There Macrae meets and falls in love with Sara, a Jewish woman blackmailed into becoming a Nazi courtesan. Macrae finds himself trapped between the blind policies of his government and the dark world of betrayal and deception in Berlin. As he seeks to save the woman he loves from the brutality of the Gestapo, he defies his government and plans direct action to avert what he knows will be a global war. Although a work of deftly crafted fiction, "Midnight in Berlin" is inspired by actual true events and historical characters. Indeed, "Midnight in Berlin" is a passionate and riveting story of courage, sacrifice, and love set against a world on the brink of war. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Midnight in Berlin" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99) and in an MP3 CD format ($29.95).

Once Upon a Lie
Michael French
Terra Nova Books
33 Alondra Road, Santa Fe, NM87508
9781938288654, $26.95, PB, 388pp,

Twelve-year-old Jaleel Robeson is on the run after the police in his tiny Texas town try to frame him for the death of his father. A world away, Alexandra "Alex" Baten is growing up amid all the material comforts a wealthy Los Angeles lawyer can provide. One day, a simple cup of lemonade unites their lives, leading to a maze of adultery and murder that shatters Alex's youthful innocence and Jaleel's struggle to reshape his life. While the forces of the law try to unravel the mysterious death (or at least find a scapegoat) the two youths see the trajectories of their lives entwine, unravel, and come together again. Justice, Alex learns, can be a strange and nebulous thing, easily enmeshed in webs of loyalty and betrayal. Justice, Jaleel finds, can be a powerful (but dangerous) rock on which to build a life of honor and courage. As their stories play out over the years in cities far apart, author Michael French fills the world of Alex and Jaleel with a cast of vivid characters both supporting and threatening their efforts to build a life that "works" amid the expectancies of others and their own conflicting drives. "Once Upon A Lie" is a riveting page-turner of a novel from beginning to end and very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Once Upon A Lie" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Cry Blood / Killer in Silk
H. Vernor Dixon
Stark House Press
1315 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781933586793, $20.95, PB, 292pp,

Two riveting classics of noir fiction by the late H. Vernor Dixon have been made once again available to readers who appreciative appreciate an especially well crafted tale of mystery and suspense. A man s friends turn on him when he is unjustly accused of a crime in "Cry Blood". In "Killer in Silk", an alcoholic writer is taken in by a woman who may have murdered her husband. Dixon was a popular Gold Medal writer of the 1950s. This Stark House Press edition of "Cry Blood / Killer in Silk" is enhanced with the inclusion of an informative treatise on H. Vernor Dixon by Donald S. Napoli, and a complete H. Vernor Dixon bibliography. "Cry Blood / Killer in Silk" is very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, as well as the personal reading lists of dedicated noir mystery fans.

The Fiction Shelf

The Blackpool Highflyer
Andrew Martin
Isis Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785411236, $35.50, 440pp,

Assigned to drive holiday makers to the seaside resort of Blackpool in the hot summer of 1905, Jim Stringer is happy to have left behind the grime and danger of life in London. But his dreams of beer and pretty women are soon shattered when his high-speed train meets a huge millstone on the line. In the months that follow, as he hunts for the saboteur, Jim is drawn into a beguiling but dangerous world of eccentrics, conmen, and cowards. From ventriloquists to funfair salesmen, ticket clerks to dandies, everyone is a suspect. A deftly crafted and compelling read from beginning to end, "The Blackpool Highflyer" reveals author Andrew Martin as a skilled and impressively accomplished novelist. This large print edition of "The Blackpool Highflyer" is especially commended to the attention of community libraries and the personal reading lists of mystery/suspense enthusiasts.

A Kiss To Change Her Life
Karin Baine
Mills & Boon
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780263263697, $29.95,

Jessica Halliday is producing a documentary to support Belfast's Community Children's Hospital, and she needs handsome pediatrician Rob Campbell on board. But to persuade him she'll have to put her heart on the line and open up about her infertility. Jessica's confession leads Rob to share a part of his heart he's long kept hidden. With an unexpected intimacy created after just one kiss, their walls begin to crumble. Can Rob create a new happy-ever-after with this time having Jessica by his side? Very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Romance Fiction collections, "A Kiss To Change Her Life" is another terrific read from the pen of Karine Baine who once again has proven herself to be a master of the romance genre.

Fear of Falling
Catherine Lanigan
Harlequin Books
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3K9
9780373367818, $6.50, PR, 368pp,

Was Olivia hearing this right? The one man in Indian Lake she'd found truly intriguing since, well, forever, is the hopelessly handsome heir to the region's most successful farming operation, Rafe Barzonni -- was involved in horse racing? That made him, and her sudden attraction, downright dangerous. He wasn't just out of her league. He was a gambler. Like her father. With the shame of her father's racetrack betting addiction still haunting her, Olivia can't be part of that world. Rafe's world. She can't trust him, or his magnetism. But there's something deep in his incredible blue eyes that keeps drawing her closer. Catherine Lanigan has been writing novels for over 35 years. Her bestselling romances have been translated into 27 languages. When "Fear of Falling" Catherine has written still another terrifically entertaining romance novel which is book 5 in her outstanding 'Shores of Indian lake' series. Very highly recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections, "Fear of Falling" is a 'must read' for Catherine's legions of fans. It should be noted that "Fear of Falling" is also available in a Kindle edition ($4.99).

To Look on Death No More
Leta Serafim
Coffeetown Press
c/o Camel Press
PO Box 70515, Seattle, WA 98127
9781603811927, $13.95, PB, 240pp,

In autumn of 1943, a lone allied soldier parachutes into Greece. His stated goal: to build an airstrip for the British. Brendon O'Malley is an Irishman, and he soon discovers that fighting the Nazis is not the same as embracing the British, who have seriously misled him about his mission. Wounded during the drop, he's set upon and robbed by a seventeen-year-old girl, Danae, and her little brother, Stefanos, who hold him captive for over six weeks, first in a cave and later in the cellar of their home in Kalavryta. A wary friendship develops between the three. Over time O'Malley's relationship with the girl gradually deepens into love. Slowly O'Malley earns Danae's trust, and he stays on with her family in their house in the village. After his wounds heal, he heads up into the mountains to join the Greek soldiers, the antartes, who are suspicious of the British and slow to accept him into their ranks. O'Malley is no ordinary man, and his honesty, strength, and courage impress them and finally win the day. But disaster lies just ahead, and the Nazis, already a palpable presence in their lives, stage a savage attack on Kalavryta. Through it all, the love of this Irishman for his indomitable Greek muse cannot be extinguished. "To Look on Death No More" is an impressively crafted read from beginning to end and clearly establishes author Leta Serafim as an exceptionally gifted novelist. Very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "To Look on Death No More" is also available in a Kindle edition ($6.95).

Echoes of Massacre Canyon
Ben Tyler
Five Star Books
10 Water Street, Suite 310, Waterville, ME 04901
9781432831387, $25.95, HC, 254pp,

Clint Ramsay is an Underwood Detective Agency troubleshooter who in 1881, travels to San Reale, Texas, in order to help a friend. He soon discovers that danger is lurking behind every bush and rock. He finds himself drawn into a complex web of treachery, greed, and murder. What is the secret everyone seems to know but him? Ramsay is unexpectedly reunited with beautiful Calico Holliday, a tough, no-nonsense woman from his past. When we add an old Comanche adversary named, Wolf Eye, an ex-Quantrill raider, and rumors of hidden gold, we have the makings for an exciting adventure. "Echoes of Massacre Canyon" is a fast-paced and riveting read of a western novel of intrigue, twists, and turns, clearly underscoring author Ben Tyler as a master of the western genre. Very highly recommended for western novel buffs and community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Echoes of Massacre Canyon" is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.99).

Once a Rancher
Linda Lael Miller
HQN Books
c/o Harlequin Books
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3K9
9780373789771, $26.99, HC, 320pp,

Slater Carson might be a filmmaker by trade, but he's still a cowboy at heart - and he knows the value of a hard day's work under the hot Wyoming sun. So when he sees troubled teen Ryder heading down a dangerous path, he offers the boy a job on the ranch he shares with his two younger brothers. And since Ryder's guardian is the gorgeous new Mustang Creek resort manager, Grace Emery, Slater figures it can't hurt to keep a closer eye on her, as well. Grace Emergy doesn't have time for romance. Between settling into her new job and caring for her ex-husband's rebellious son, her attraction to larger-than-life Slater is a distraction she can't afford. But when an unexpected threat emerges, she'll discover just how far Slater will go to protect what matters most -- and that love is always worth fighting for. The first volume of a new series (The Carsons of Mustang Creek), by Linda Lael Miller, "Once a Rancher" is another terrifically entertaining read from a true master of the romance genre. Highly recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Once a Rancher" is also available in a mass market paperback edition (9780373779680, $7.99) and in a Kindle format ($6.49).

What We Find
Robyn Carr
c/o Harlequin Books
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3K9
9780778318859, $26.99, HC, 352pp,

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit - and experiencing levels of anxiety she's never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan's Crossing. Named for Maggie's great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide Trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie's eccentric father, Sully. When she shows up unannounced, he welcomes her with open arms, and she relishes the opportunity to indulge in his simple way of life. But shortly after arriving, Maggie's world is rocked once again and she must take on more responsibility than she'd planned. Though she's relieved a quiet and serious-looking hiker, Cal Jones, is willing to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man's eagerness to help -- until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation. Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon... if only they can learn to find peace and healing (and perhaps love) with each other. Another deftly written and thoroughly entertaining read from an established master of the romance genre, "What We Find" by Robyn Carr is enthusiastically recommended for community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collections. For personal reading lists for her legions of fans, it should be noted that "What We Find" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

Deal Master
Adam Gittlin
Oceanview Publishing
595 Bay Isles Road, 120-G, Longboat Key, FL 34228
9781608091805, $27.95, HC, 416pp,

Power Broker Jonah Gray is home. But does that mean Amsterdam, or New York City? Will he be Ivan Janse or Jonah Gray? One thing is certain Jonah, as always, is steeled to get where he needs to go. This time around, the stakes couldn't be higher. Someone from Jonah's past is back in a big way. Jonah has been strong-armed into using his knowledge of the business of skyscrapers to assist in a nefarious, global scheme -- and failure, as has been made clear, is simply not an option. There are monstrous deals and piles of cash to be made. There are reputations (even lives) to be lost. Facing the horrors of the past, Jonah's own demons start to encroach as Perry, the woman he loves, seems to sink deeper and deeper into drugs and/or insanity. Jonah could be cracking under stress just as he needs maximum focus. He has always been able to call up his resolute strength of character and it's never been needed more than now. Jonah is in for the fight of his life. Not just for himself, and not just for Perry, but for an entire industry. Another terrific read from the mind and imagination of Adam Gittlin, "Deal Master" is a an original and riveting read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Deal Master" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.95).

Winds of Change
Bonnye Matthews
Publication Consultants
PO Box 221974, Anchorage, Alaska, 99522-1974

"Winds of Change" by Bonnye Matthews is an exceptionally and impressively researched five volume series of prehistoric novels focused upon a theme of the Peopling of the Americas. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, this outstanding and original series is comprised of "Ki'Ti's Story, 75,000 BC" (9781594333125, $19.95 PB, $8.79 Kindle, 350pp); "Manak-Na's Story, 75,000 BC" (9781594333736, $19.95 PB, $8.79 Kindle, 352pp); "Zamimolo's Story: 50,000 BC" (9781594334566, $19.95 PB, $8.79 Kindle, 266pp); Tuksook's Story: 35,000 BC" (9781594335211, $19.95 PB, $9.49 Kindle, 354pp); and "The Seal Eaters, 20,000 BC" (9781594336003, $19.95 PB, $9.95 Kindle, 314pp). This inherently fascinating series deals with such diverse anthropological issues as when humans first came to the North and America continents, where did the first humans to occupy this new world come from, and just who were they? The currently popular notion that humans didn't cross over from either Asia or Europe until around 10,000 years ago is becoming increasingly obsolete given the continued advances in anthropological and archaeological research. What author Bonnye Mathews has managed to do is to expertly craft a series of notably entertaining novels that incorporates new data into an historical fictional accounts that bring these ancient peoples alive in a way that will prove inherently fascinating, informative, and entertaining for the non-specialist general reader. Each of these five volumes can be read as 'stand alone' works by themselves, but enthusiastic readers will find themselves wanting to engage in what amounts to a more than 50,000 year saga and read all five volumes, especially when reading them in the above chronological order. Simply stated, this outstanding "Winds of Change" series is very highly and enthusiastically recommended for personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library Historical Fiction collections.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism
Stanley E. Porter & Andrew W. Pitts
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802872241, $22.00, PB, 224pp,

The textual criticism of the New Testament is the analysis of the manuscripts of the New Testament, whose goals include identification of transcription errors, analysis of versions, and attempts to reconstruct the original. In "Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism", Stanley E. Porter (President, Dean, and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontari) and Andrew W. Pitts (Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix) expertly collaborate to present all the essential, foundational elements necessary to grasp textual criticism of the New Testament. "Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism" accurately defines the subject of textual criticism, discusses the canon and manuscripts of the New Testament, outlines methodological principles, and more. "Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism" then concludes with a chapter on New Testament translations and how to evaluate them. Part of a coordinated Greek study curriculum, "Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism" is designed to function as a companion to Fundamentals of New Testament Greek and its accompanying workbook (Eerdmans, 2010); as well as an intermediate grammar of New Testament Greek is forthcoming. "Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism" is very highly recommended for seminar and academic library Biblical Studies reference collections, as well as the non-specialist general reader with an interest in New Testament studies. It should be noted for that "Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism" is also available in a Kindle edition ($18.21).

Ten: How the Commandments Set Us Free
Mark Mitchell
Discovery House
3000 Kraft Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
9781627074865, $10.99, HC, 128pp,

Everyone knows about The Ten Commandments that are deemed as coming directly from God by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. But do you see them as a strict set of rules with a punishment for disobedience? Do you think they are outdated, without meaning for us today? Or might they be a blueprint for your life, designed by a loving and gracious God? The law that He spoke into being on the mountainside so long ago is still active and applicable to our lives now. In "Ten: How the Commandments Set Us Free", Denver Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary graduate Mark Mitchell (who is currently the Lead Pastor of Central Peninsula Church, a multi-campus church on the San Francisco Peninsula) shows us how we can embrace both God's law and His gospel of grace to find true freedom. Witten with an impressive clarity and insight, "Ten: How the Commandments Set Us Free" is very highly recommended for all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Ten: How the Commandments Set Us Free" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99).

The Face of the Deep
Paul J. Pastor
David C. Cook
c/o Cook Communications
4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
9780781413329, $16.99, PB, 304pp,

Many Christians don't have a clear idea of the Holy Spirit's role in their life. Yet Scripture is full of stories that show the Spirit as a vibrant, personal being. "The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit" invites you on a quest for the Holy Spirit that journeys through our world and Bible. The adventure is infused with wonder and symbolic imagination ranging from the black void of Genesis 1, all the way through the explosive re-creation at the close of Revelation. You'll encounter the love and power of the Holy Spirit revealed through the beauty of creation, art, history, and theology. Paul J. Pastor is a writer and grassroots pastor living in the woods of Oregon's majestic Columbia River Gorge with his wife and three children. With an M.A. in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary, Paul is a contributing editor for Christianity Today's Leadership Journal and a regular adjunct professor at Multnomah University. With "The Face of the Deep", he draws upon his many years of experience, study, and theological expertise to provide an informative and inspiring treatise that is very highly recommended for both clergy and laity regardless of their denominational affiliation. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Face of the Deep" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Splendor of the Saints
Fr. Aloysius Roche
TAN Books
c/o Saint Benedict Press
PO Box 410487, Charlotte, NC 28241
9781618906076, $16.95, PB, 216pp,

In "The Splendor of the Saints: Why They Dazzle the World and Shape History", the late Fr. Aloysiys Roche (1886-1968) answers that question of how Catholic saints affect and influence us with a very special wit and wonder in his refreshing, rollicking account of outstanding saintly achievements across the centuries. These stories will inspire you to follow the saints' examples as you discover how they: Lived fascinating lives that make legends seem dull by comparison; Practiced heroic selfness, detachment, self-denial, and generosity; Displayed startling energy and stamina in fulfilling their missions; Transformed society through ways of thinking far ahead of their time; Left their imprint on the world's geography, languages, and cultures. This new and definitive edition of Fr. Roche's modern classic features a new Foreword about the author's life by Paul Thigpen. It also features 133 new biographic and explanatory footnotes; comprehensive Scripture citations, as well as an updated style and vocabulary to make it accessible to the contemporary reader. "The Splendor of the Saints" is especially recommended to the attention of all members of the Roman Catholic community. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Splendor of the Saints" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.98).

Manual for Eucharistic Adoration
The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, author
Paul Thigpen, editor
TAN Books
c/o Saint Benedict Press
PO Box 410487, Charlotte, NC 28241
9781618907868, $29.95, Leather Bound, 336pp,

Eucharistic adoration according to Fr. Frederick Faber is the queen of all devotions. Pope St. Pius X taught that it was the devotion most profitable for our salvation. And St. Gemma Galgani treasured it as the school of Paradise where one learns how to love. So many popes and saints exhort us to spend time with our Eucharistic Lord. Deftly edited by Paul Thigpen, the "Manual for Eucharistic Adoration" from The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration will enrich your hours with the Lord. The "Manual for Eucharistic Adoration" is presented in two major sections. Part One, Preparing for Eucharistic Adoration, answers these questions: What is Eucharistic adoration, and why is it so important?; What does Scripture teach about this devotion?; What are the fruit of Eucharistic adoration?; How should I spend my time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Part Two, Aids in Eucharistic Adoration, provides these essential resources: Teaching about the Eucharist from Scripture and Church documents; Scripture verses for adoration, wisdom and inspiration from saints especially devoted to our Eucharistic Lord; Prayers, Rosary meditations, reflections and hymns. Mother Teresa once said: The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Take this great saint's words to heart. Then take the "Manual for Eucharistic Adoration" when you go to meet Him, and keep it with you Spiritual Communions and other moments of spontaneous adoration throughout the day. This beautiful Premium UltraSoft leather bound gift edition features sewn binding, ribbon marker and gold edges. Very highly recommended to all members of the Roman Catholic community, it should also be noted that the "Manual for Eucharistic Adoration" is available in a Kindle edition ($9.98).

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?
Charles Halton, editor
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310514947, $16.99, PB, 176pp,

There is little doubt that in recent years the nature of the Genesis narrative has sparked much debate among Christians. Compiled and edited by Old Testament scholar Charles Halton, "Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?" is part of the Zondervan 'Counterpoints' series and introduces three predominant interpretive genres and their implications for biblical understanding. Each of three contributors identifies their position on the genre of Genesis 1-11, addressing why it is appropriate to the text, and contributes examples of its application to a variety of passages. The contributors and views include: James K. Hoffmeier: Theological History; Gordon J. Wenham: Proto-History; Kenton L. Sparks: Ancient Historiography. Of special note is Charles Halton's explanation of the importance of genre and his provision of historical insight in the introduction and helpful summaries of each position in the conclusion. In the reader-friendly Counterpoints format, "Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?" helps readers to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed conclusions in this much-debated topic. Simply stated, "Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?" will prove to be of immense and informative interest for academics and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject. While very highly recommended for seminary and academic library Old Testament Studies reference collections, It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.99).

Fasting as a Family
Melissa Naasko
Ancient Faith Publishing
PO Box 748, Chesterton, IN 46304-0748
9781936270521, $21.95, PB, 176pp,

All Christians are familiar with the concept of fasting as a part of their religious lives. But when fasting day or season (such as Lent) arrives, does it find you scanning your pantry shelves in a panic, wondering what in the world to cook for dinner? Help is on the way with "Fasting as a Family: Planning and Preparing Delicious Lenten Meals" by Melissa Naasko, who as a Christian, a food blogger and the mother of 11, will walk you through the process of stocking a Lenten pantry, planning Lenten season meals, provide for those with tight budgets and dietary restrictions, resulting in the cooking of easy to prepare delicious, and varied fast-appropriate meals that both kids and adults will love. With worry about food compatible with a season of fasting is a thing of the past, because you will be able to focus on the spiritual aspect of the fasts as never before. It should be noted that "Fasting as a Family" also includes an extensive recipe section. Illustrated with black/white photography, "Fasting as a Family" is very highly recommended to all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation. It should be noted that "Fasting as a Family" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Relics for the Present
Levi Cooper
c/o Toby Press
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
9781592643608, $29.95, HC, 324pp,

Levi Cooper teaches at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and serves as the rabbi of HaTzur VeHaTzohar Congregation in Zur Hadassa, Israel. In "Relics for the Present: Contemporary Reflections on the Talmud", Rabbi Cooper address such theological issues as: How much time should it take to pray? Is one allowed to argue with God? Who can give a blessing? And what is worth crying for? "Relics for the Present" is a page-by-page companion to Berakhot, the first tractate of the Talmud, in which Rabbi Cooper deftly explores the wisdom of the Jewish sages, transforming their ancient teachings into lessons for everyday life. Very highly recommended for synagogue, community, and academic library Judaic Studies reference collections and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in Talmudic studies that "Relics for the Present" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Business Shelf

How and Where to Locate the Merchandise to Sell on eBay, second edition
Zachary Humphrey and Alexander L. Kaplan, P.A.
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9781601389459 $16.95

Now in a revised and updated second edition, How and Where to Locate the Merchandise to Sell on eBay lives up to its title as a practical, hands-on guide to obtaining quality items that one can buy for a few cents on the dollar and flip on eBay for a profit. Filled with tips, tricks, techniques, an extensive merchandise directory, and an index, How and Where to Locate the Merchandise to Sell on eBay is a thoroughly accessible "must" for anyone interested in their own eBay business, whether as a hobby for a little extra pocket change or a full-time career. Highly recommended!

Shops that POP!
Pamela Danziger & Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti
Paramount Market Publishing, Inc.
950 Danby Road, Suite 136, Ithaca, NY 14850
9781941688410, $28.00, PB, 208pp,

Small businesses create more new jobs than do the corporate conglomerates. But to do that the small business owner and/or manager must be savvy and learn how to tap into retailing trends, attract high-potential and high-spending customers by providing a new shopping experience that those customers cannot find at the mall, in the national chains, or in big box stores.
In "Shops that POP!: 7 Steps to Extraordinary Retail Success", speaker, author, and market researcher Pamela N. Danziger teams up with Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti (an independent writer specializing in writing for market research and analysis, industry reports, business and technology coverage, and corporate communications) to provide even the most novice of small business proprietors with simple step-by-step instructions on how to go about transforming their stores from ordinary to extraordinary, and learn from seventeen of the nation's best specialty retailers about how they made their stores "pop". Very highly recommended for both community and academic library Business Management instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists, "Shops that POP! 7 Steps to Extraordinary Retail Success" is particularly commended to the personal reading lists of independent specialty retailers who want to thrive in the volatile and competitive post-recession shopping environment. It should be noted that "Shops that POP! 7 Steps to Extraordinary Retail Success" is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.95).

7 Steps to Sales Force Transformation
Warren Shiver & Michael Perla
Palgrave Macmillan
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
9781137548047, $35.00, HC, 199pp,

Collaborative written by Warren Shiver (who is the Founder and Managing Partner of Symmetrics Group, one of America's fastest-growing private companies, which is dedicated to driving sustainable revenue improvements by transforming sales organizations) and Michael Perla (a Principal with Symmetrics Group and who helps to lead, scope and execute sales transformation efforts for the organization), "7 Steps to Sales Force Transformation: Driving Sustainable Change in Your Organization" is specifically intended to enable leaders in transforming their sales team with a practical, 'real-world based', step-by-step plan that includes diagnostics, and an actionable roadmap for transforming change and follow up analytics. Enhanced with the inclusion of figures, tables, four pages of Notes, and a six page Index, "7 Steps to Sales Force Transformation" is an exceptionally well written, informed and informative guide that is very highly recommended for the personal reading lists of anyone charged with sales and marketing responsibilities, as well as corporate, community, and academic library Business Management reference collections and supplemental studies curriculums.

The Surging Team
Scott D. Brennan
New Insights Press
c/o Over And Above Creative Group
9780996548601, $24.95, PB, 262pp,

In "The Surging Team: 10 BOLD skills for Accelerated Team Success", business management expert Scott D. Brennan shows how to develop and lead what he calls a "Surging Team", that is, a team that demonstrates highly functioning interactive capabilities, achieves seemingly unstoppable momentum, and goes on to accomplish its goals and always win. Surging Teams are full of co-creative drive, pursuing a specific purpose, and using collaboration to summon the innovations needed to overcome obstacles. "The Surging Team" shows how to develop a Surging Team based on a powerful methodology that Brennan developed over 25 years as a manager at GE and then as a highly successful business owner. You will learn the 10 BOLD skills for Accelerated Team Success -- a program designed to transform a team into an unstoppable force, one that defeats all internal and external obstacles to achieve its objectives. Knowing how to lead an unstoppable Surging Team will give a significant marketplace edge and help the reader of "The Surging Team" to become a distinctive leader who people will crave to work for. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Surging Team" is very highly recommended for community, corporate, and academic library Business Management reference collections and supplemental studies lists. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Surging Team" is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.95).

The Cookbook Shelf

Jewish Cooking for All Seasons
Laura Frankel
Agate Surrey
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841888, $18.95, PB, 288pp,

Laura Frankel is the executive chef and head of food services at the Wolfgang Puck Kosher Catering and Cafe at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. In "Jewish Cooking for All Seasons: Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for Holidays and Every Day" Chef Frankel draws upon her many years of experience and expertise to present a culinary wealth of 150 fully kosher recipes for dishes that are as nutritious and delicious as they are thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in preparation and presentation. With dishes ranging from Pan-Roasted Wild King Salmon with Mustard-Chive Sabayon; Blackberry-Lemon Frozen Custard; Leek and Onion Tart; and Chilled English Pea and Mint Soup with Mint Pesto Crostini; to Braised Veal Shanks with Moroccan Spices and Mango Gremolata; Venison Loin Poivrade with Roasted Sweet Potatoes; Roasted Duck Breasts with Cherry-Red Wine Reduction; "Jewish Cooking for All Seasons " is very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library Ethnic Cookbook collections.

Tasting Kentucky
Maggie Green
Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
9781560376538, $29.95, HC, 176pp,

Compiled and presented by Maggie Green, "Tasting Kentucky: Favorite Recipes from the Bluegrass State" showcases Kentucky's impressive cuisine ranging from classic barbecue, Hot Browns, and catfish with beer cheese grits, to innovative fusions of regional and global flavors. Beautifully illustrated with color photography throughout, the 102 recipes comprising "Tasting Kentucky" are drawn from some of the finest restaurants, inns, cafes, and bed-and-breakfasts across the state. Deftly organized into six major chapters: Breakfast & Brunch; Appetizers & Snacks; Salads & Sides; Soups & Stews; Main Courses; Desserts & Treats; the thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes range from Jack's Lounge Mint Julep; Bourbon Mashed Potatoes; Rosemary Braided Bread; and Roasted Cauliflower and Pecan Soup with Mint Oil; to Bison Meatball Sliders with Goat Chees Mayonnaise; Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pie; Kentucky Summer Tacos; and Coconut Cream Pie. "Tasting Kentucky" will prove to be a welcome and highly appreciated contribution to any personal, family, or community library regional cookbook collection.

Protein Powder Cooking...Beyond the Shake
Courtney Nielsen
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612435244, $15.95, PB, 288pp,

Courtney K. Nielsen is a recipe blogger and fitness professional from Arizona. In "Protein Powder Cooking...Beyond the Shake: 200 Delicious Recipes to Supercharge Every Dish with Whey, Soy, Casein and More" she draws upon her many years of experience and expertise to showcase protein powder based recipes for dishes that are as nutritious as they are delicious. The recipes range from a Strawberry Banana Bowl; to Orange Walnut Waffles; to Baked Buttery Dumplings; to Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake; to Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies; Chickpea Birthday Cake Bars, and so many, many more. A unique and thoroughly 'user friendly' culinary reference for meal planning, "Protein Powder Cooking...Beyond the Shake" is highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Protein Powder Cooking...Beyond the Shake" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Master Of The Grill
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02445
9781940352541, $29.95, PB, 454pp,

Part field guide to grilling and barbecuing and part cookbook, "Master of the Grill: Foolproof Recipes, Top-Rated Gadgets, Gear & Ingredients Plus Clever Test Kitchen Tips & Fascinating Food Science" features a wide variety of kitchen-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, pizza, and more. These are the recipes everyone should know how to make, including the juiciest burgers, barbecue chicken that's moist not tough, tender grill-smoked pork ribs, the greatest steak (and grilled potatoes to serve alongside). Regional specialties are included as well and even the most novice of kitchen cooks will learn how to make Cowboy Steaks, Alabama BBQ Chicken, and Kansas City Sticky Ribs. Colorful photography throughout captures the culinary beauty of the recipes, while step-by-step shots guide kitchen cooks through everything they need to know. Of special note is an informed and informative section on grilling essentials that covers the pros and cons of gas and charcoal grills, as well as the tools to use with either of them such as grill brushes, tongs, vegetable baskets, and wood chips and chunks. Another simply outstanding cookbook from America's Test Kitchen, "Master Of The Grill" is enthusiastically recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Master Of The Grill" is also available in a Kindle edition ($28.99).

Sweet Mornings
Patty Pinner
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841864, $27.50, HC, 272pp,

Beautifully and profusely illustrated with full color photography throughout, and showcasing 125 sweet and savory dishes specifically appropriate for breakfast dining, "Sweet Mornings" offering range from donuts, to crumb cakes, to sweet rolls, sundry culinary treats that truly evoke feelings of warmth and comfort like only good, old-fashioned breakfast food can. Author and expert kitchen cook Patty Pinner comes from a long line of breakfast bakers, and many of the recipes in comprising "Sweet Mornings" have been passed down from the great-grannies and -aunties, as well as cousins and other influential women in Pinner's life. These wonderfully delicious recipes range from Glazed Cinnamon-Raisin Biscuits; Applesauce Spice Loaf; Triple-Berry Parfait; and Banana Streusel Coffee Cake; to Apricot Galette; Nut Bread; Ricotta Hot Cakes with Berries; and Hickory-Smoked Bacon and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Of special note are the little commentaries that accompany the recipes. A unique and thoroughly delightful culinary treasure trove for browsing and meal planning, "Sweet Mornings" is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition for personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections! It should be noted that "Sweet Mornings" is also available in a Kindle edition ($17.94).

World's Easiest Paleo Baking
Elizabeth Barbone
Lake Isle Press
2095 Broadway Suite 301, New York, NY 10023
9781891105579, $19.95, PB, 216pp,

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Elizabeth Barbone is the author two beloved cookbooks, "Easy Gluten-Free Baking" and "How to Cook Gluten-Free", and shares her love of baking at In her latest cookbook, "World's Easiest Paleo Baking: Beloved Treats Made Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, and with No Refined Sugars" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to showcase cakes, cookies, pies, doughnuts, breads, and all of the treats that were once off limits but are now ideal for those who are trying to avoid gluten in their daily diet. Each of these showcased recipes are made without grains, dairy, and refined sugar. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, the thoroughly kitchen cook friendly recipes range from Big Fluffy Pancakes; Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies; Almond-Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake; and Classic Double-Crust or Crumb-Topped Fruit Pie; to Marzipan; Pumpkin Spice Muffins; Fudge Brownies; and Raid-the-Pantry Carrot Cake. Of special note for the novice kitchen cook is the FAQs, Ingredients, and Kitchen Tools sections. An ideal culinary guide for planning gluten-free meals, "World's Easiest Paleo Baking" is enthusiastically recommended for personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

My Japanese Table
Debra Samuels
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805313954, $18.95, PB, 176pp,

In "My Japanese Table: A Lifetime of Cooking with Friends and Family", Debra Samuels draws upon a wealth of experience and her a great passion for Japanese cooking to introduce the aesthetics and quality food that are the hallmarks of Japanese cuisine. She learned through her years in Japan that true Japanese homestyle dishes are easy to prepare once you master a few basic techniques. And now that authentic Japanese ingredients are available in most supermarkets, Japanese food has become far more accessible than ever before. The recipes in this Japanese cookbook, the result of decades spent teaching and preparing homestyle Japanese dishes, include familiar favorites like Hand-Rolled Sushi and classic Miso Soup and less familiar but equally welcome dishes such as Lobster Rolls with Wasabi Mayonnaise and Fried Pork Cutlets. There is also a chapter on the increasingly popular bento lunch boxes, along with a wonderful selection of desserts, including the delectable Mochi Dumplings with Strawberries. All of the recipes come with stories and cooking tips to help bring the sights, aromas and tastes of Japan into your kitchen at home. Profusely and beautifully illustrated in full color throughout, "My Japanese Table" is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in tone, content, organization, and presentation. Of special note is the chapter devoted to Desserts & Drinks. "My Japanese Table" will prove to be a welcome and treasured addition to personal, family, and community library ethnic cuisine cookbook collections.

The Arabian Nights Cookbook
Habeeb Salloum
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804846455, $18.95, PB, 160pp,

For untold centuries, the Bedouin of the Arabian Peninsula, in their desert tents, have served their honored guests lavish meals featuring roasted lamb with rice. Bedouin hospitality has not changed over the ages but Arabian cuisine has undergone a remarkable evolution in the last 100 years, making it extremely diverse. This diversity is due, in part, to the explosion of wealth on the Arabian peninsula which has drawn people (along with their foods and cooking methods) from around the world. The blending of these culinary worlds has produced something truly remarkable. In "The Arabian Nights Cookbook: From Lamb Kebabs to Baba Ghanouj, Delicious Homestyle Middle Eastern Cooking", Habeeb Salloum has compiled an amazing array of authentic recipes that celebrate this blending of cultures while still making it compatible with the everyday kitchens of American kitchen cooks. This outstanding compendium of featured recipes present dishes that range from Stuffed Grape Leaves; Spicy Eggplant Salad; Omani-Style Tandoori Chicken; Saudi-Style Shripm 'N Rice; and Spicy Chickpea Stew; to Pita Bread; Pureed Lentils with Fried Garlic and Pita Croutons; Baked Lamb Kebabs with Aromatic Spices; Shrimp Balls in a Tangy Sauce; Irresistible Baklava; Real Arab Coffee Made Just Right. A pleasure to browse through and inspiring to plan meals with, "The Arabian Nights Cookbook: From Lamb Kebabs to Baba Ghanouj, Delicious Homestyle Middle Eastern Cooking" will prove to be an enormously popular addition to any and all ethnic cookbook collections.

The Chew
Ashley Archer, editor
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017-0010
9781484753552, $19.99, PB, 256pp,

The five hosts of ABC's hit show The Chew invite you to enjoy the fun and flavor of cooking without the hassle and expense in the pages of "The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining". Just as they do everyday on their popular ABC daytime show, Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon collaborate to present a culinary compendium packed with mouth-watering recipes and useful entertaining tips to make cooking for family and friends both unforgettable and manageable. "The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining" is also a prized collection of time-savers and comfort classics, as well as guilty pleasures and recipes handed down from the their families to yours. "The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining" is a thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' instructional guide and resource for the planning, cooking and enjoyment of everyday meals with a very special twist. Beautifully illustrated throughout and showcasing recipes ranging from Sausage and Cheese Manicotti; Lunch Box Yogurt Parfait; Blackberry-Brown Sugar Swirl Pancakes with Bacon-Bourbon Maple Syrup; and Crab Cake Phyllo Cups with Spicy Remoulade; to Greek Lamb Wellington; Crunchy Chicken and Potato Chip Sandwich; Burger Bread Pudding; and Daphne's Baked Doughnuts and coconut Cream, "The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

The Sports Shelf

The Detroit Tigers, fifth edition
William M. Anderson
Painted Turtle Books
c/o Wayne State University Press
4809 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-1309
9780814341575, $39.99, HC, 360pp,

Enhanced with more than 500 carefully selected photographs, this newly updated fifth edition of "The Detroit Tigers: A Pictorial Celebration of the Greatest Players and Moments in Tigers History" vividly illustrates the history of major league baseball in Detroit from 1881 through the 2014 season. Author and sports enthusiast William M. Anderson presents highlights and lowlights of each Tigers season and gives a context for appreciating the careers of the many players whose images grace the pages of the "The Detroit Tigers". Organized chronologically by decade, "The Detroit Tigers" surveys the Tigers' earliest days, formidable championship teams, and legendary players, and updates this edition with the team's exploits since the 2008 season. Of special note is the detailing of the recent star-studded Tigers cast, including Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez, and David Price, and the team's four consecutive Central Division titles, 2012 pennant win, and seasons of record-breaking attendance, despite its disappointments in deeper post-season play. Featuring a foreword by former Tigers shortstop and later, manager, Alan Trammell. Tigers fans old and new will appreciate the exhaustive history and striking images in this volume. "The Detroit Tigers" is very highly recommended for Detroit Tigers fans, as well as community library Sports/Athletics sections, and academic library American Baseball History reference collections.

The Computer Shelf

Learn to Program with Scratch
Majed Marji
No Starch Press
245 - 8th Street, San Francisco, CO 94103-3910
9781593275433, $34.95, PB, 288pp,

Scratch is a fun, free, beginner-friendly programming environment where you connect blocks of code to build programs. While most famously used to introduce kids to programming, Scratch can make computer science approachable for people of any age. Rather than type countless lines of code in a cryptic programming language, why not use colorful command blocks and cartoon sprites to create powerful scripts? In "Learn to Program with Scratch", Majed Marji uses Scratch to explain the concepts essential to solving real-world programming problems. The labeled, color-coded blocks plainly show each logical step in a given script, and with a single click, you can even test any part of your script to check your logic. You'll learn how to: Harness the power of repeat loops and recursion; Use if/else statements and logical operators to make decisions; Store data in variables and lists to use later in your program; Read, store, and manipulate user input; Implement key computer science algorithms like a linear search and bubble sort. Hands-on projects will challenge you to create an Ohm's law simulator, draw intricate patterns, program sprites to mimic line-following robots, create arcade-style games, and more! Each individual chapter is packed with detailed explanations, annotated illustrations, guided examples, lots of color, and plenty of exercises to help the lessons stick. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content, organization, and presentation, "Learn To Program From Scratch" is strongly recommended for personal, school, and community library Computer Science instructional reference collections. It should be noted that "Learn To Program From Scratch' is also available in a Kindle edition ($13.08).

Problem Solving Cases In Microsoft Access and Excel, 14th edition
Ellen Monk, Joseph Brady, Emillio Mendelsohn
Course Technology
c/o Cengage Learning, Inc.
200 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902
9781305868625, $107.95, PB, 304pp,

Now in a newly updated fourteenth edition, "Problem Solving Cases In Microsoft Access and Excel" is the collaborative project of Ellen F. Monk (who has been teaching Information Systems at the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware since 1989; Joseph A. Brady (who has taught MIS courses at the University of Delaware from 1990 to 2009); and Emilio Mendelsohn (who joined the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware in 2012 as an adjunct professor of Management Information Systems and who currently works as a risk manager for U.S. Bank in the Retail Payments Solutions Division. "Problem Solving Cases In Microsoft Access and Excel is specifically designed and intended to show computer science students how to maximize the advantages of the latest Access database management system and Excel spreadsheet to effectively analyze and solve real-world business problems. Packed from cover to cover with hands-on applications, this new edition specifically highlights six user-friendly tutorials that build students' practical knowledge as they walk step-by-step through each software application's capabilities. Twelve all-new case studies present scenarios and problems common in real-life practice while a wealth of online instructor resources support your teaching. In addition, a unique emphasis on skill-building integration requires students to use Access and Excel together on cases, demonstrating the power when these applications work together. Very highly recommended as a curriculum textbook, "Problem Solving Cases In Microsoft Access and Excel " is a completely up-to-date, practical guide for the widely used Access and Excel programs and should be a part of every academic library Computer Science instructional reference collection. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Problem Solving Cases In Microsoft Access and Excel " is also available in a Kindle edition (Rent: $43.38; Buy: $70.99).

The Fishing Shelf

Fish of the Midwest
Dave Bosanko
Adventure Publications
9781591935834, $9.95, Spiral Bound, 22pp,

Whether you're fishing on shore, off a dock or in a boat, anywhere in the Midwest, anglers will want to keep a copy of "Fish of the Midwest" by Dave Bosanko close at hand. Based on Dave Bosanko's best-selling field guides and featuring 81 of the most common sport fish in the Midwest, this tabbed booklet is deftly organized by fish groupings for quick and easy identification. Exceptionally well organized with full color illustrations, "Fish of the Midwest" can easily and effectively narrow the choices by appearance, and view just a few species at a time. The pocket-sized format is much easier to use than laminated foldouts, and the waterproof and tear-resistant pages help to make "Fish of the Midwest" safe to take anywhere, under any conditions. Simply stated, anyone fishing anywhere in the American Midwest should have their very own informed and informative copy of "Fish of the Midwest" for maximum enjoyment of their fishing venture.

The Music Shelf

Ramones at 40
Martin Popoff
Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810
9781454918349, $27.95, HC, 208pp,

The Ramones helped kick-start the punk movement and change rock history. Now, on the 40th anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut album, comes the first fully illustrated color coffee-table book on the legendary band. Written by veteran music journalist Martin Popoff, and enhanced with the inclusion of an informative Foreword by C. J. ramone, "The Ramones at 40" explodes off the pages with superlative visuals and offers fresh, thoughtful writing, stand-alone features, interviews, and a full discography. "Ramones at 40" covers the group's early days and the CBGB crowd, classic albums and rarities, European tours, critical reception, politics, induction into the Hall of Fame, effect on pop culture, and so much more. An absolute "must" for the legions of Ramones fans, "Ramones at 40" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition for community and academic library American Music History collections.

The Biography Shelf

Hudson Mack: Unsinkable Anchor
Hudson Mack
Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
9781550177206, $24.95, PB, 224pp,

For decades, Hudson Mack has been the face of television news on Vancouver Island. Mack's career began in 1980 at CFJC (Kamloops) and CKPG (Prince George). In 1985 he moved to Victoria and worked for CHEK TV, The New VI, A-Channel and CTV Vancouver Island. In 2004, when he "crossed the street" from CHEK to The New VI, it was an industry-wide sensation. As he recalls that life-changing event in this autobiography he admits he wasn't sure where his new path might lead. CHEK was established, respected and popular in Victoria, but its senior management had passed Mack over for promotion to news director, more than once. The New VI was high-budget and original, but hadn't exactly earned a reputation for professionalism, especially after one of its anchors dropped an F-bomb on the air. When New VI management offered Mack the chance to rebuild and lead its news department, he couldn't resist the chance to rescue the floundering news program and signed on. Mack has received many industry awards, including Broadcast Performer of the Year, as well as personal accolades such as the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Chancellor's Community Recognition Award. Exceptionally well written and an inherently fascinating read from beginning to end, "Hudson Mack: Unsinkable Anchor" is a candidly informative autobiography and highly recommended for community and academic library Contemporary Canadian Biography collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Hudson Mack: Unsinkable Anchor" is also available in a Kindle edition ($16.99).

The Fashion Shelf

The Isaac Mizrahi Pictures
Nick Waplington
c/o Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
9788862084512, $50.00, HC, 168pp,

From 1989 to 1993, New York fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi granted the British photographer Nick Waplington rare backstage access to photograph every detail of the designer's fitting sessions in the weeks before his twice-yearly fashion shows. Combining Waplington's gritty verite style with Mizrahi's haute couture sensibilities, the resulting images offer a candid glimpse into the world of fashion when supermodels including Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell reigned supreme. At the same time, Waplington set out to document the wildly creative nightlife of the '90s "club kid" culture in New York, juxtaposing his images of uptown style with downtown looks and taking pictures at some of the city's most infamous clubs, such as the Pyramid Club and Save the Robots. "The Isaac Mizrahi Pictures: New York City 1989-1993" showcasing the color photography of Nick Waplington is an inherently fascinating browse and is especially commended to the attention of fashion enthusiasts and photography buffs. In a coffee table art book format, this compendium of Nick Waplington photography is very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library 20th Century American Photography reference collections and supplemental studies lists.

The Audiobook Shelf

A Turn for the Bad
Sheila Connolly
Read by Amy Rubinate
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781515903208 $39.99

A Turn for the Bad is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a murder mystery set in Ireland. After six months in her new home, Boston expatriate Maura Donovan is still learning about Irish culture and customs. Tragedy shakes the close-knit local community, when a farmer mysteriously disappears from the coast, and his young son is the only witness. Was it murder? Suicide? Drowning? Determined to find out the truth for herself, Donovan begins investigating deserted covers and isolated inlets... but is she in too deep? Turn for the Bad is a cozy, captivating mystery, highly recommended. 6 CDs, 7.5 hours.

Chasing the Dime
Michael Connelly, author
Read by Jonathan Davis
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478908036 $25.00

Chasing the Dime is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a knife-edge novel of suspense, obsession, and murder. Henry Pierce has just moved to a new apartment, and his job involves "chasing the dime" - doing whatever it takes to ensure his company is the first to deliver a multimillion-dollar scientific breakthrough. But he's distracted from work by phone messages that clearly aren't meant for him - they're addressed to a woman named Lilly, and increasingly disturbing. When Pierce tries to help a woman he has never met, he becomes the chief subject of a horrific murder case. Intense to the very end, Chasing the Dime is a "must-read" for connoisseurs of the genre. 9 CDs, 10.5 hours.

Solar Express
L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494510640, $44.99, CD,

The nations of the earth had agreed not to militarize space. This one rule had led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth's surface is causing some interested parties to militarize, namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation. The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact dubbed the "Solar Express" before it perhaps destroys itself. Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna's friend Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries-provided that Chris can prevent war from breaking out as he navigates among the escalating tensions between nations. Expertly narrated by Robert Fass, and with flawless technical production values, "Solar Express" offers a consistently entertaining 'theatre of the mind' experience and is very highly recommended for personal and community library science fiction audio book collections. Complete and Unabridged, 14 CDs, 17 Hours.

Playing Gods: Isolation
Chris Rohan & Karen Rohan
Graphic Audio
4940 Hampden Lane, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814
9781628511628, $19.99,

With humor, modern relevance and amazing new alien worlds and cultures, "Playing Gods: Isolation" is a new action packed cosmic fantasy series from Graphic Audio. Xriah and Vylis, are two avatars, both empowered with differing superhuman abilities, and repeatedly thrust into wildly varying worlds to do battle with each other on behalf of their respective deities. Though the nature of their deities is shrouded in mystery, both of the avatars' faith in their purpose is strong and unwavering. On each successive world they seek one another out, and then it is a battle to the death, despite the fact that both the defeated and victor alike are reborn and plunged into yet another world, to begin the fight all over again. And as they continue their endless battle the real victims are the inhabitants of the avatars' battlefields. The avatar Vylis feels nothing but the joy of the game, the sport of defying expectations, and exploiting the true weakness of his nemesis avatar, namely: that Xriah has come to care for the unfortunate denizens of the worlds upon which this world-crushing game is played. In this debut episode of the "Playing Gods" series, the two bitter opponents unknowingly become trapped on a world cut off from the source of their immortality, the very gods for whom they fight. There will be no resurrection this time in the brutal and lethal game they play. Now for everyone who walks the face of this alien world, inhabitant or intruder, death is absolutely final. Offering a true and complete "theatre of the mind" experience, based upon flawless production values, impressive special effects and music, and showcasing a large and talented group of actors who do full justice to Chris and Karen Rohan's unique science fiction/fantasy story line, "Playing Gods: Isolation" is very highly recommended and will leave its avid listeners looking eagerly forward to the next installment of "Playing Gods". Complete & Unabridged, 9 CDs, 10 Hours.

The Music CD Shelf

Divine Spark
Natty Nation
iNatty Records
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3

Divine Spark is an album by reggae performers Natty Nation, based in Madison, Wisconsin. Their membership has been fluid since 1995, but their intense vision of hard roots rock reggae and dub, enriched with elements of soul, rock, and funk, has become a unique signature. Divine Spark is a "must" for connoisseurs, though it should be noted that the song "Civil Rights" has explicit lyrics. The tracks are "Balance", "Meditation", "Intimidation", "Suffice", "Purpose", "Prophecy", "I'm Willing", "Civil Rights feat. F. Stokes", "Negus Negast", "Divine Spark", "5th Dimension Dub", and "She Cries Dub".

Altered States: Music for the Journey Within
Uma Silbey
Airo Audio

Altered States: Music for the Journey Within is a New Age keyboard album drawing inspiration from the ten scales that comprise traditional Indian ragas. A deep, thoughtful immersion conducive to meditation and healing, Altered States also incorporates acoustic piano, acoustic keyboards, electric keyboards, and synthesized sounds. The soundscape journey incorporates both structure and moments of improvisation. A beautiful reflection of the mysterious, Altered States is highly recommended for New Age music collections. The tracks are "Invitation", "Voices from the Deep", "Morning Embrace", "Mountain", "Streaming", "Cloudscapes", "Levitation", "Remembering", "Moonscape", "Time Travel", "Destination Infinity", "Lightfield", and "Heartfelt".

Abbar el Hamada
Aziza Brahim
Glitter Beat
$11.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Abbar el Hamada ("Across the Hamada") is an album by Western Saharan musician and activist Aziza Brahim, who was raised in a Saharawi refugee camp in the Algerian desert, and lived in exile in Cuba and Barcelona for more than two decades. Brahim speaks to the harsh experience of refugees and migrants, in particular condemning the sand fortifications that Morocco created along the Western Saharan border to prevent the return of the Saharawi to their homeland. Elements of traditional African music and the traditions of Barcelona blend in this open and captivating creation; the song titles and lyrics are in Spanish. Abbar el Hamada is a truly unforgettable listening experience. The tracks are "Buscando la Paz", "Calles de Daijla", "El canto de la arena" "El was", "La cordillera negra", "Abbar el Hamada", "Baraka", "Mani", "Intifada", and "Los muros".

The DVD Shelf

Bleach Unforgiven 2-Pack
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200, San Francisco CA 94103

Bleach Unforgiven 2-Pack is a set of two full-length anime (Japanese animation) movies based on the wildly popular, long-running saga of Ichigo, a high school student who accidentally inherits the power and duty to destroy evil spirits ("Hollows") and send good spirits ("Pluses" or "Wholes") to the afterlife. In "Fade to Black", a bizarre catastrophe has affected the Soul Society. Rukia, the Soul Reaper who granted Ichigo his powers, has gone missing; the rest of the Soul Society has no memory of Ichigo, and consider him responsible for the disaster, forcing Ichigo to search for answers while on the run! In "Hell Verse", a group of Sinners condemned to Hell plot to escape their eternal prison, and take Ichigo's younger sister Yuzu as a hostage. Ichigo must brave Hell itself to stop the Sinners and rescue Yuzu - but could his efforts unleash Hell on the world of the living? Both movies are action-packed sagas of supernatural excitement. A "must-have" for longtime fans of the manga, Bleach Unforgiven 2-Pack is also an accessible introduction for newcomers to the series. Bleach Unforgiven 2-Pack is rated recommended for older teen and adult viewers (TV 14 rating) due to scenes of violence. 2 DVDs, 180 min., English and Japanese audio, optional English subtitles.

Midwinter of the Spirit
Starring Anna Maxwell Martin and David Threlfall
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621724780 $34.99

Midwinter of the Spirit is a three-episode supernatural crime drama, starring two-time BAFTA-award winning actress Anna Maxwell Martin. and BAFTA-Award winner David Threlfall. Martin plays country vicar Merrily Watkins, who is in training to be an exorcist. The severe Reverend Huw Owen (David Threlfall) teaches her, but she is wracked with doubt over her husband's death, and the struggle of raising her teenaged daughter as a solo parent. Then Merrily is called to consult on a gruesome murder investigation, and must confront nightmarish terrors. An intense thriller, Midwinter of the Spirit is a "must-see" for connoisseurs of the genre. It should be noted that Midwinter of the Spirit contains coarse language, disturbing images, graphic violence, nudity, and sexual situations. 3 episodes on 1 DVD, 145 min. with bonus photo gallery, widescreen, SDH subtitles.

Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621723943 $39.99

Mayday is a five-episode British mystery-drama about a remote community harboring dark secrets and a possible killer. The sleepy English village still celebrates pagan traditions, including the May Day parade. But when the May Queen, 14-year-old Hattie Sutton, vanishes just before the event, the local people are terrified by the possibility that a killer could lurk within their midst. The search to find Hattie uncovers lies and conspiracies festering beneath the small town's placid surface. Suspenseful to the very end, Mayday is especially recommended to connoisseurs of the genre. It should be noted that Mayday is intended for mature audiences, as it contains scenes of violence, coarse language, sexual situations, brief nudity, and disturbing images. Bonus material includes a 25-min. featurette, "The Making of Mayday", and a photo gallery. 5 episodes on 2 DVDs, widescreen, SDH subtitles.

In Light of Change: 2 Week Fitness Program
Julie Rammal
Privately Published
c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)

Celebrity fitness trainer (and Ayurvedic and Holistic Health Practitioner) Julie Rammal, who serves clients in both California and the Middle East, presents In Light of Change: 2 Week Fitness Program, a guide to reaping the benefits of regular exercise and improved fitness. In just two weeks, it's possible to begin reshaping one's lifestyle to look and feel younger and more energetic. Filmed on-location at beautiful coastal and natural locations around the world, In Light of Change consists of warm-up, three cardio sections (cardio stretch, cardio box, and cardio legs), lower and upper body workout, "total abs" conditioning, stretching, flexibility, and cooldown segments, offering a fine balance of ancient and modern exercises as well as alternative complimentary medicine techniques. In Light of Change is an excellent addition to personal DVD fitness libraries, highly recommended. 52 min.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Ranma 1/2: 25 & 26 (2-in-1 edition)
Rumiko Takahashi
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200, San Francisco CA 94103
9781421566344 $14.99

The popular martial-arts-action-comedy manga (Japanese comics) Ranma 1/2 has been collected into "2-in-1" editions that are also "unflipped"; each volume displays Rumiko Takahashi's artwork from right-to-left, as originally drawn. Ranma 1/2: 25 & 26 is the thirteenth of the "2-in- 1" editions, gathering volumes 25 and 26 under one cover. In this volume, Ranma fights for the ability to be a man again (even if its only until the next time he's splashed with cold water). Then Ranma confronts Hinako Ninomiya, a new teacher with an extraordinary secret - even though she looks like a little girl, she knows a technique that can cripple master martial artists, and change her body into that of a powerful (and sexy) adult woman! Also, Akane meets a young man who risked his life to save hers when she was a child, and must confront a maiden-devouring mythological monster to obtain lifesaving medicine. Can Ranma and Ryoga overcome their pride long enough to help her? The entire Ranma 1/2 series is both laugh-out-loud funny and an enduring classic for manga fans everywhere. Highly recommended!

Assassination Classroom 8
Yusei Matsui
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200, San Francisco CA 94103
9781421582801 $9.99 pbk / $4.49 Kindle

The eighth volume of the Assassination Classroom series of black-and-white manga (Japanese comics) continues the convoluted saga of group of students charged with a most unusual task - to assassinate their own teacher! But their instructor and supposed target Koro-Sensei is not a human being; he (it?) is a multi-limbed, highly adaptable lifeform that has threatened to devastate the Earth if his students don't succeed in their goal. At the same time, Koro-Sensei seems to genuinely care about his students, and wants them to develop their utmost potential, both physically and mentally! In volume eight, the students are in a race against time because they have been infected with a deadly disease - the handiwork of professional assassins. Can they track down the culprits and obtain the cure before time runs out? Even the otherwise powerful Koro-Sensei has been forced into his "absolute defense" form, and is incapable of aiding them beyond giving advice! Assassination Classroom 8 is recommended for older teen and adult readers due to dark themes and violence, yet balances its destructive main narrative with thoughtful undertones about learning, growth, and self-improvement. Highly recommended.

Last Man: The Show
Balak, Bastien Vives and Michael Sanlaville
First Second
175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781626720497 $9.99

Succinctly translated into English, Last Man: The Show continues the low-fantasy, cross-dimensional, black-and-white graphic novel saga of an unlikely rogue, a single mother, and her gifted yet startlingly naive twelve-year-old son. Marianne Velba and young Adrian Velba have tracked the thieving pit fighter Richard Aldana across parallel universes to Paxtown, a modern mega-city rotted to the core with drugs and crime. Richard's past has caught up to him, and the criminal overlords running the city intend to extract whatever value they can get out of his hide... but first, they plan to put him on display in the Fighting Fists Funeral Cup, the world's most famous boxing tournament. Marianne and Adrian also enlist, but how long can this mother-son team last against the seasoned professions in the ring, let alone against the thugs outside of it? A tangled morass of conflicting motivations and villainous plots takes shape in this action-packed story, recommended for adult or older teen readers due to violence and mature situations.

My Neighbor Seki 7
Takuma Morishige
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781942993100 $10.95

My Neighbor Seki 7 is the latest black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) in a humorous series about schoolgirl Rumi Yokoi, whose efforts to study are all too often derailed by the amazingly brilliant, creative, and mischievous antics of her deskmate Seki. Yet even though Seki is prodigiously talented, his skill has limits. Can Seki win a cocklebur-tossing conflict against the school's ace pitcher? Are the hand-crafted pencils he painstakingly creates truly any better than store-bought ones? Can Yokoi turn around the inevitably tragic story-acts that Seki weaves with puppets and figures? Like all volumes in the series, My Neighbor Seki 7 is an anthology of shorts following only the loosest of continuities, and makes as good a jumping-on point as any for connoisseurs of light comedy. My Neighbor Seki is suitable for all ages, and highly recommended.

Nichijou My Ordinary Life 1
Keiichi Arawi
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781942993308 $10.95

Nichijou My Ordinary Life 1 is a black-and-white sketch comedy manga (Japanese graphic novel) about a mostly ordinary group of high school students and teachers. Aside from the one girl who is a robot and has a wind-up key in her back. And the principal who wrestles deer. And one oddball thing after another... yet even though the definition of "ordinary" goes up for grabs, Nichijou My Ordinary Life stays close to familiar highlights of schooling, such as the pressure to prepare for exams. Nichijou My Ordinary Life is suitable for all ages, and highly recommended.

The Poetry Shelf

Return to Streets of Eternity
Jan Carew
Smoke Stack Books
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9780992740986, $21.00, PB, 217pp,

An anthology showcasing the verse of Jan Carew, "Return to Streets of Eternity" brings together, for the first time, poems written during a life-time of passionate engagement in anti-colonial, civil rights, black power, and liberation movements, including many previously unpublished tributes to nineteenth and twentieth-century revolutionary leaders and to writers like Martin Carter, Dennis Brutus, Agostinho Neto, Andrew Salkey, Alejo Carpentier, and Mumia Abu-Jamal. "Return to Streets of Eternity" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Contemporary Poetry collections. 'To Joy': Even now / I love big brown eyes that caress like silk / ever and ever sad and laughing eyes / whose lids make such sweet shadows when they close / it seems another beautiful look of hers / I love her fresh mouth / ahh her scented mouth / and curving hair / subtle as smoke / and light fingers / and laughter of green gems

From The Wild
Mary Ann Archibald
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
9781517638399, $14.95, PB, 90pp,

In the deftly crafted poetry of Mary Ann Archibald as comprised in the pages of "From The Wild", her readers will discover a world where commonplace observation and insight collide. From a hot bubbling pot of fudge to a night sky filled with fireflies, this body of verse holds a prism up to the value of our daily lives. Courage and vivid imagery guide the journey as the Mary Ann Archibald gently pokes fun at lighter moments yet tackles serious issues facing many today in a broader context. "From The Wild" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary American Poetry collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "From The Wild" is also available in a free Kindle edition for Amazon Kindle subscribers. Day Break: Bumping the moon / onto our garden path / snuffing out fireflies // The dusty moon asleep, / a sliver in the sky / tucks away its cratered mirror // as the sun lights / the other side / and dark finds its dawn.

The Travel Shelf

Lonely Planet San Francisco, tenth edition
Alison Bing, Sara Benson, John A. Vlahides
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781559922012, $31.99, HC, 332pp,

Enhanced throughout with color photography and now in a fully updated and expanded tenth edition, "Lonely Planet San Francisco" is deftly organized into four major sections: Plan Your Trip; Explore San Drancisco; Understand San Francisco; Survival Guide. "Lonely Planet San Francisco" is as comprehensive, informative and practical as it is thoroughly 'user friendly' with relevant, up-to-date, exceptionally well organized and presented advice on what to see and what to skip, as well as what hidden discoveries await the San Francisco visitor. From enjoying Golden Gate Park, to strolling across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, to getting spooked at Alcatraz, to riding a legendary cable car, to maneuver down the crookedest street in the world, to taking a day trip to wine-soaked Napa Valley, and so much more, "Lonely Planet San Francisco" is an ideal resource for planning and enjoying a trip to San Francisco whether you are coming from across the country or the other side of town. Very highly recommended for community library Travel Guide collections, it should be noted for personal use that "Lonely Planet San Francisco" is also available in a paperback edition (9781743218556, $21.99) and in a Kindle format ($12.99).

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Naruto: Shikamaru's Story
Masashi Kishimoto and Takashi Yano
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200, San Francisco CA 94103
9781421584416 $10.99 pbk / $4.49 Kindle

Naruto: Shikamaru's Story is an original prose novel set in the world of the popular Naruto series of manga and anime (Japanese comics and animation), where trained ninja with fantastic, supernatural powers surpass the might of armies. The era is two years after the Great Ninja War. The protagonist is Shikamaru, a colleague and comrade of the nigh-legendary Naruto. Shikamaru has risen through the ranks to become one of Konoha's key protectors; he is well known not only for his masterful shadow ninjitsu, but also his natural talent for leadership. (Despite his efforts to improve, his personal flaws still include a degree of laziness and the tendency to complain... being a good leader is hard work). Then large numbers of ninja from every region start disappearing, including master ninja and artist Sai, whose specialties include the ability to bring his own drawings to life. The abducted Shinobi have been taken to the Land of Silence, an empire shrouded in mystery; Shikamaru must uncover the mastermind behind the disappearances before it's too late! Naruto: Shikamaru's Story is a self-contained adventure; newcomers to the Naruto series can enjoy it as thoroughly as longtime fans. Highly recommended for readers of all ages.

Cockroaches for Sale
Al Kalima
Westbow Press
c/o Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781512730241, $35.95, HC, 280pp,

Through diligent research and modern technological innovations, man is able to breach the six hundred light years to Keplar 22b, a planet very similar to earth, ready-made for habitation and yet uninhabited. Keplar 22b seems to be the ideal solution to the teeming population problems of Mother Earth but there is a problem: the astronauts return with a plague and people die in hundreds of thousands. On the brink of extinction, no one has the answers until some people make some serendipitous discoveries which converts the status of cockroaches from pests to priceless commodities. An original and deftly crafted science fiction novel that clearly establishes author Al Kalima as a skilled master of the genre, "Cockroaches for Sale" is a riveting and thoroughly entertaining read from beginning to end, leaving Kalima's readers looking eagerly toward his next novel. Very highly recommended for community library Science Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Cockroaches for Sale" is also available in a paperback edition (9781512730234, $19.95) and in a Kindle format ($4.99).

Susan Krinard
Tor Books
c/o Tor/Forge Books
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780765332103, $15.99, PB, 480pp,

Susan Krinard is the author of more than twenty-five fantasy and paranormal romance novels. In "Battlestorm" Susan has penned another terrific science fiction fantasy novel. Centuries ago, the Norse gods and goddesses fought their Last Battle with the trickster god Loki and his frost giants. All were believed lost, except for a few survivors...including the Valkyrie Mist, forgotten daughter of the goddess Freya. But the battle isn't over, and Mist (living a mortal life in San Francisco) is at the center of a new war, with the fate of the Earth hanging in the balance. As old enemies and allies reappear around the city, Mist must determine who to trust, while learning to control her own growing power. It will take all of Mist's courage, determination, and newfound magical abilities to stop Loki before history repeats itself. The third volume in Susan's outstanding 'Midgard' fantasy series, "Battlestorm" is very highly recommended for community library collections. For the personal reading lists of fantasy fans it should be noted that "Battlestorm" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Self-Help Shelf

Switch On Your Brain
Caroline Leaf
Baker Books
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780801018398, $13.99, PB, 240pp,

It is surprising to learn that the vast majority (a whopping 75-98 percent) of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. In fact, fear alone triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses in our bodies, activating more than thirty different hormones! Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses. In the pages of "Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health", supported by current scientific and medical research, communication pathologist and audiologist Caroline Leaf gives readers a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology. She shares with readers the "switch" in our brains that enables us to live happier, healthier, more enjoyable lives where we achieve our goals, maintain our weight, and even become more intelligent. She shows us how to choose life, get our minds under control, and reap the benefits of a detoxed thought life. "Switch On Your Brain" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented, making it an ideal for the non-specialist general reader and very highly recommended for community library Self-Help/Self-Improvement instructional reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Switch On Your Brain" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.32).

The Education Shelf

Colleges That Pay You Back: 2016 Edition
Robert Franek, et al.
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9781101882467, $21.99, PB, 480pp,

A college or university degree is a major financial investment, and one that too many students and parents enter into blindly. The Princeton Review is the fastest growing test-preparation company in the country, with over 60 franchise offices in the nation. Each year, we help more than 2 million students prepare for college, grad school, professional licensing exams, and successful careers. With the publication of "Colleges That Pay You Back: 2016 Edition", The Princeton Review erases that uncertainty with an invaluable guide to public and private schools showing where students get the best return on their tuition investment. That doesn't necessarily mean schools with the lowest price tags, but it does mean schools that give you the best bang for your buck: a combination of great academics with a great price and great experiences for a great post-college outcome! This new 2016 edition of "Colleges That Will Pay You Back" includes: Top-value picks chosen based on 40+ data points, including academics, cost of attendance, financial aid, and post-grad salary figures; Profiles of 200 schools that offer a fantastic value, with insight into their career services offerings; The top 25 schools with the Best Alumni Network, Best Career Placement, Top Financial Aid, and more; The highest-paying majors and great schools that offer them; Starting and mid-career salary information for graduates of each school; Percentages of alumni who report high job meaning and who majored in science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) fields. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Colleges That Pay You Back: 2016 Edition" should be a part of every local high school and community library's college/university admissions reference collection.

The Automotive Shelf

Top Fuel Dragsters
Steve Reyes
CarTech Inc.
39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
9781613252185, $29.95, PB, 176pp,

Steve Reyes is one of the most noteworthy and respected drag racing photographers in history. In "Top Fuel Dragsters: Drag Racing's Rear-Engine Revolution" he provides a wealthy of images to enhance his commentary which has as its focus the impact rear-engine automotive technology has had on the sport of drag racing. As informed and informative as it is engaging and absorbing, "Top Fuel Dragsters" is a "must" for the legions of drag racing fans and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Automotive Studies reference collections.

The Humor Shelf

Science of Parenthood
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel & Jessica Ziegler
She Writes Press
1563 Solano Ave #546, Berkeley, CA 94707
9781631529474 $19.95

Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations is not really a parenting guide, but rather a hysterically funny compilation of witty insights about the trials and tribulations for parenting, ideal for relieving stress through laughter. Interspersed with wacky color drawings every few pages, Science of Parenthood offers such quick-chuckle quips as "Newton's First Law of Parenting: A child at rest will remain at rest... until you need your iPad back." Highly recommended, whether for personal mirth or as a cheerful giftbook.

Clean Up on Aisle Stupid
Darby Conley
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449462949, $14.99, PB, 128pp,

Created by cartoonist Darby Conley, Get Fuzzy first appeared in newspapers in 1999 and has been enormously popular every since. "Clean Up on Aisle Stupid" is the latest collection of the Get Fuzzy newspaper comic strips and continues the hilarious antics of a cat, a dog, and their long suffering master. Laugh out loud funny from first page to last, "Clean Up on Aisle Stupid" is a "must" for the legions of Get Fuzzy fans, and a very highly recommended introduction for those to whom this is their first exposure the wit and wisdom of cartoonist Darby Conly. It should be noted that "Clean Up on Aisle Stupid" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99). School and community libraries should be aware that "Clean Up on Aisle Stupid" also comes in a library bound edition (Turtleback Books, 9780606378307, $26.95).

The Activity Shelf

The Soul Discovery Coloring Book
Janet Conner & Christine Pensa
Conari Press
c/o Red Wheel/Weiser
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950-4600
9781573246859, $14.95, PB, 144pp,

Structured around 22 key questions to ignite the imagination, such as: When I look out, what do I see?; When I look in, what do I see?; and if I could create the perfect gate to my extraordinary life, what would it look like?; "The Soul Discovery Coloring Book" by author Janet Conner and illustrator Christine Pensa invites readers to: Noodle: use silence, reflection, staring off into space thereby allowing images to come; Doodle: not drawing to merely replicate; Color: allowing the colors to choose you; and Scribble or soul write -- scribbling because when we soul write we write fast and messy to get ahead of our conscious mind. For each of the 22 key questions there are 4 pages: the first poses and explores the question and provides an image to color, the second provides an image to color plus space to scribble and doodle, the third offers a quote or small inspiration design for free drawing, and the fourth offers blank space to allow the reader to complete their exploration through writing or coloring. "The Soul Discovery Coloring Book" comes with the added benefit of helping readers to reach deep within themselves to connect with the divine. The result? The reader not only colors a beautiful picture, but also creates a beautiful life. Simply stated, "The Soul Discovery Coloring Book" is one of those adult coloring books that will provide hours of contemplative and enjoyable activity that will also nourish the soul and spirit of men and women.

The Political Science Shelf

The Four Faces of the Republican Party and the Fight for the 2016 Presidential Nomination
Henry Olsen & Dante J. Scala
Palgrave Macmillan
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
9781137577481, $67.50, HC, 163pp,

An absolutely timely read given the present and highly controversial Republican race for the party's presidential nomination, "The Four Faces of the Republican Party and the Fight for the 2016 Presidential Nomination" by Henry Olsen (Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center) and Dante Scala (Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire and a Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy) provides a better understanding of the archetypes at play in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination by discussing four key factions that comprise today's Republican Party. Religion, class, and ideology have set in place a political map that the successful candidate will have to navigate in order to become the GOP nominee. A succinct, informed, insightful, and thought-provoking read, "The Four Faces of the Republican Party and the Fight for the 2016 Presidential Nomination" is very highly recommended for community and academic library Political Science collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Four Faces of the Republican Party and the Fight for the 2016 Presidential Nomination" is also available in a paperback edition (9781349720552, $54.99) and in a Kindle format ($36.00).

The Needlecraft Shelf

Bright & Bold Wool Applique
Angela Lawrence
Landauer Corporation
3100 NW 101st Street, Suite A, Urbandale, Iowa 50322
9781935726814, $24.95, PB, 112pp,

Needle artist Angela Lawrence has taught needle turn applique throughout the American Midwest since 1998. In the profusely illustrated pages of "Bright & Bold Wool Applique" she draws upon her many years of experience and expertise to turn ordinary applique patterns into eye-catching projects by introducing wool into your fabric mix. Angela has created more than a dozen projects in a variety of sizes using wool applique. The unique combination of wool, cotton and other materials promises stunning results. The projects comprising "Bright & Bold Wool Applique" include: coasters, pillows, table runners, wall hangings, and a lap quilt. Additional sections on using and caring for wool and preparing wool for applique ensure success. Dozens of applique templates that can be used time and time again accompany the beautiful projects. Detailed stitch diagram complete this thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional compilation. "Bright & Bold Wool Applique" is very highly recommended for both personal and community library Needlecraft reference collections.

Civil War Legacies
Carol Hopkins
19021 - 120th Avenue NE, Suite 102, Bothell, WA 98011
9781604680577, $24.99, PB, 80pp,

Now dedicated quilting enthusiasts can step back in time with the 15 favorite patchwork-quilt patterns that comprise the "Civil War Legacies" collection that has been compiled and presented by quilting expert Carol Hopkins. Each individual pattern design features classic blocks evocative of the era, beautifully showcasing today's reproduction quilt fabrics. "Civil War Legacies" offers wonderfully scrappy, small quilt patterns in sizes perfect for wall hangings and doll quilts; simple, step-by-step instructions with clear diagrams and pressing directions; and is a thoroughly 'user friendly' collection with something for every quilting skill level. It should be noted that "Civil War Legacies" is also available in a Kindle edition. Also very highly recommended from Martingale is Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene's "The Blue and the Gray: Quilt Patterns using Civil War Fabrics" (9781604682540, $24.99 PB, $9.99 Kindle, 80pp).

The Gaming Shelf

World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 1
Blizzard Entertainment
Dark Horse Books
c/o Dark Horse Comics
10956 SE Main Street, Milwaukie, OR 97222
9781616558451 $39.99

Featuring gorgeous, full-color artwork, World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 1 is a coffee-table book detailing the fantastic history and lore of Azeroth, the setting of the Warcraft real-time strategy games and the long-running, multiplayer computer roleplaying game World of Warcraft. As of this writing, World of Warcraft has lasted for 10 years and five expansions, with a sixth expansion and a movie adaptation forthcoming in 2016; its extensive story has also supported dozens of fantasy novels. Volume 1 of the Chronicle not only ties together the many threads of Azeroth's complex history, but also reveals cosmic mysteries that have only been hinted at before. World of Warcraft players will be amazed to learn more about the hidden secrets and tragic backstories of the in-game heroes they have aided, and the enemies they have battled. Volume 1 covers events from ancient, mythical times up to 45 years before the opening of the Dark Portal. The vivid, atmospheric paintings and the extraordinary depth of detail are truly captivating. World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 1 is an absolute "must-have" for any World of Warcraft player who enjoys the story and mythos of the game!

Tips on Cardplay
Mike Lawrence
Master Point Press
331 Douglas Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5M 1H2
9781771400220 $21.95

Part of a three-book series, Tips on Cardplay is an in-depth guide for players of the card game bridge. Chapters cover common play mistakes, timing, endplays, suit preference and defensive signals, third hand play, and much more. A wealth of simple black-and-white diagrams illustrating examples enhances this excellent choice for anyone seriously interested in improving their skill at bridge. Also highly recommended are the other guides in this series, "Tips on Bidding" and "Tips on Competitive Bidding".

The Wisconsin Shelf

Wisconsin Logging Camp, 1921
James Bastian
Trails Books
c/o Big Earth Publishing
3005 Center Green Drive, #225, Boulder, CO 80301
9781934553541, $18.95, PB, 160pp,

"Wisconsin Logging Camp, 1921" by James Bastian is a beautifully written historical fiction novel set primarily in the north woods of Wisconsin during 1920 and 1921. The narrative entwines the fictional story of an eight-year-old boy, Will, within that period's rich historic context. The story meticulously incorporates the history of logging in Wisconsin, the flu pandemic, Prohibition, World War I, and post-war American culture, specific to that time and place. Will's story reflects the challenges, hardships, and ethnic discrimination faced and overcome by American immigrants, then and now. These themes remain as relevant today as they were in 1920, and portray an archetypal immigrant experience, which is part of the proud, shared heritage of all Americans. The colorful language, rich history, characters, and Wild West atmosphere of the region will appeal to all readers. An extraordinary and compelling read from beginning to end, "Wisconsin Logging Camp, 1921" clearly documents author James Bastian's consistently impressive storytelling skills. Solidly entertaining from first page to last, "Wisconsin Logging Camp, 1921" is enthusiastically recommended for personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections.

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