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Volume 11, Number 8 August 2016 Home | WBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Cookbook Shelf Sports Shelf
Photography Shelf Fiction Shelf Poetry Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Audiobook Shelf Music CD Shelf
DVD Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Computer Shelf Fishing Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Travel Shelf Automotive Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Homeowner's Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Biography Shelf Jewelry Shelf
Wisconsin Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

The Useful Book
Sharon and David Bowers
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4381
9780761171737 $19.95

The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop lives up to its title as a how-to omnibus of basic techniques for cooking, sewing, laundry, home improvement, woodworking/metalworking, plumbing, electrical (such as how to install a dimmer) and more. Simple, monochromatic sketches help illustrate the handy tips, tricks, and practical methods. The Useful Book is packed with so much information that even longtime jack-of-all-traders are likely to learn new things! "[When using a dishwasher] Scrape, but don't pre-wash! Your dishes need to be dirty in order for the detergent to clean them properly. (Enzymes in the detergent are made to cling to food particles.) Plus, pre-washing can waste up to 6,000 extra gallons of water per year." The Useful Book is a "must-have" for every household and an excellent resource for public and community library collections.

The Monster Book
Nick Redfern
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Rd., #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075
9781578595754, $19.95, PB, 400pp,

Nick Redfern is the author of 30 books on Bigfoot, lake monsters, the Abominable Snowman, and other unexplained phenomena. His latest study and reference work is "The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts and Fiends of Nature", an exhaustive compendium of beasts and creatures deftly organized into ten distinctive categories: Unearthly Cats, Deadly Dogs, Werewolves; Nature Gone Mad; Reptiles, Amphibians, Dinosaurs, and Worms; Lake, River, and Ocean Menaces; Cryptic Apes and Wild Men; Not So Human; Flying Beings; Vampires and Bloodsuckers; Monsters of Magic and Mind; UFO Creatures. "The Monster Book" deftly explores the history, mythology, pop culture, and the world of the supernatural. "The Monster Book" is a complete and comprehensive resource revealing and defining the monster menagerie from around the world, and drawn from every continent and culture. Of special note are the first-person accounts of bizarre freaks of nature and spine-tingling paranormal entities. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in content, organization and presentation, "The Monster Book" is unreservedly recommended for community library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Monster Book" is also available in a Kindle edition ($18.99).

"Birds Are People Too"
Kate Davis
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780878426690 $18.00

Featuring splendid photography on every page, "Birds Are People Too": Humor in the Avian World is a unique humor book pairing striking images of wild birds with funny, all-too-human quotes. For example, one page shows a woodpecker bringing berries to feed its child, with the caption "Berries?! What happened to the juicy caterpillars with their zesty flavor and lovely internal organs?" "Birds Are People Too" can be fully appreciated for its incredible photography or its chuckle-inducing quips alone; the unique combination makes it stand out as an excellent giftbook for bird lovers everywhere!

The Cookbook Shelf

The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook
Brenda and Bill Michaels
Surrey Books
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841949 $22.95

An assortment color photographs enriches The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook: More than 100 Delicious Apple Recipes, a user-friendly cookbook that would make Johnny Appleseed proud. Created in celebration of the 160th anniversary of The Fly Creek Cider Mill, this cookbook features apple- and cider-based recipes from mill workers, friends, and associates, including sauces, drinks, breads, soups, starters, and main courses. A few sample delicacies are "Puffy Apple Pancakes", "Easy Bacon-Apple Pizza", "The Official New York State Apple Muffin", "The Fly Creek Cider Mill All-Time Favorite Beef Pot Roast", "Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce", and much more. Thoroughly accessible to cooks of all skill and experience levels, The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook is a treasure for connoisseurs and a welcome addition to specialty cookbook shelves!

Picnics, Potlucks, & Porch Parties
Aimee Broussard
Quail Ridge Press
PO Box 123, Brandon, MS 39043
9781938879166, $24.95, PB, 224pp,

A popular food blogger, Aimee Broussard is the 2013 Dixie Crystals Cookie Bake-Off Champion. In 2014, she co-hosted several Taste of Home Cooking School Live shows spanning from Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, while showcasing her Honey Garlic Meatballs. Now in the pages of "Picnics, Potlucks, & Porch Parties: Recipes & Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to create what is basically a 'how to' manual for novice kitchen cooks and homemakers on how to create truly memorable dishes for informal entertainment at home, at the park, or at church. Beautifully illustrated and offering complete party and menu plans that include: Country Cozy Fried Chicken Picnic; Lovely Little Lunch on the Porch; Muffins for Moms Recipe Exchange; Backyard BBQ Family Reunion; Easter Bunny Brunch; Patriotic Porch party; Neighborhood Potluck Gathering; It's Tailgate Time!; Friendsgiving Feast; and Home for the Holidays. Of special note are the recipes for unforgettable beverages suitable for each and any occasion, from Tipsy Peach Tea and Cran-Orange Memosas, to Southern Sweet Lemonade to Early Kickoff Bloody Marys. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation, "Picnics, Potlucks, & Porch Parties: Recipes & Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining" will prove to be an enduringly popular and highly valued addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook
Katie Chin, author
Masano Kawana, photographer
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804845229, $24.95, HC, 160pp,

Katie Chin learned to cook as a young girl in her mother's kitchen. Her mother was Leeann Chin who, born in China, came to American and became an award-winning restaurateur and cookbook author with a special knack for demystify Chinese cooking for the American homemaker. When Leeann passed away in 2010, her daughter Katie was determined to see her mother's recipes and food legacy would be passed on to new and appreciative generations of kitchen cooks. The result is "Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother's Kitchen", a compendium of family recipes that includes many unique dishes that Leeann developed during a six-decade career in the food business, including time-honored classics that she herself learned from her own mother back in China. Some dishes reflect Leeann's Chinese-American childhood or are recipes which Katie and Leeann developed while together. Others are creations that Katie has developed more recently. Woven throughout the book are fond memories and anecdotes from Katie's childhood, always involving cooking and eating with her mom. With dishes that range from Beef with Rice Stick Noodle Soup; Chicken with Salted Black Beans, Tomatoes and Green Peppers; Stir-Fried Pork with Asian Eggplant; and Chinese-Style Parchment Fish; to Baby Bok Choy with Ginger and Garlic; Crystal Shrimp Dumplings; Honey Barbecued Pork; and Napa Cabbage and Tofu Salad, "Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to any personal, family, professional, or community library Chinese Cuisine cookbook collection.

Dishing Up Minnesota
Teresa Marrone
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
978161212584, $19.95, PB, 282pp,

Minnesota cuisine draws from ethnically diverse generations of Minnesotans including Scandinavian, German, Native American, Mexican, and Hmong culinary cultures. Beautifully and profusely illustrated with full color photography throughout, the recipes reflect Minnesota's lakes, pastures, woodlands, and festivals, featuring contributions from local farmers, foragers, and fishermen. These thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes comprising "Dishing Up Minnesota: 150 Recipes from the Land of 10,000 Lakes" range from Maple-Cinnamon Applies; Grilled Venison Loin with Honey, Juniper, and Black Pepper Gaze; Iron Skillet Pizza with Sweet Peppers, Red Onions, and Salami; Lamb and Pork Breakfast Sausages; and Big Woods Blue Cheesecake; to Heirloom Beans and Squash with Smoked fish and Balsam Broth; Busy-Day Pho - Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup; Mardi Garden Salad; Blue Ribbon Honey Pecan Pie; and Thai Peanut-Caramel Popcorn. A pleasure to browse and inspiring to plan menus with, "Dishing Up Minnesota" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library regional cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Dishing Up Minnesota" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Complete Book of Pork Butchering, Smoking, Curing, Sausage Making and Cooking
Philip Hasheider
Voyageur Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9780760349960 $24.99

The Complete Book of Pork Butchering, Smoking, Curing, Sausage Making and Cooking transcends the domain of a standard cookbook to include detailed, step-by-step instructions for butchering pork, using pork byproducts, and making sausage and bacon, as well as a discussion of pork's storied history as a relatively inexpensive, healthy and versatile food. The butchering instructions are illustrated with full-color photography, although most of the pork recipes are not. The basics of raising pigs are also discussed, and strong emphasis is placed on treating pigs humanely, especially when the time comes to kill them for food. A "must-read" for aspiring pig farmers and pork connoisseurs alike!

The Sports Shelf

The 1966 Green Bay Packers
George Bozeka
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476662039, $35.00, PB, 315pp,

The Green Bay Packers is a unique football franchise. It is the only one owned by the people and not vulnerable to be moved elsewhere in the country by a greedy owner. One of the consequences of this guaranteed permanency is an absolute and enduring loyalty on the part of Green Bay Packer fans. Interest in the history of the Green Bay Packers, its players and its coaches, has always been very high. Now the latest contribution to the growing library of Green Bay Packer literature is "The 1966 Green Bay Packers: Profiles of Vince Lombardi's Super Bowl I Champions" which is compiled and edited by George Bozeka (who is the Assistant Executive Director and Assistant Publications Director of the Professional Football Researchers Association). Focusing on a particular and single 'Golden Age' season of Packer history, "The 1966 Green Bay Packers" the 60 articles are deftly organized into five major section: The Organization; The 1966 Season; The Team; The Stadium; The Press. Enhanced with a two page listing of the contributors and their credentials, and a two page Index, "The 1966 Green Bay Packers" is an absolute 'must', both for the legions of Packer fans and inclusion into all Wisconsin community, college, and university libraries.

The Photography Shelf

Austin: A Photographic Journey
Mike Cox, author
John R. Rogers, photographer
Rob Greebon, photographer
Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
9781560376637, $12.95, PB, 80pp,

The full color images of photographers John R. Rogers and Rob Greebon fully capture the beauty and unique culture of Austin, the capital city of Texas. Also known as "The Live Music Capital of the World", with captions by Mike Cox, "Austin: A Photographic Journey" is a superbly presented photographic tribute showcases the city's striking skyline, bridges, lakes, parks and nature trails-a city famous for Longhorns of both the university and bovine varieties, and its beloved weird side with vibrant festivals, a passion for music, and hipster art scene. Ideal for armchair travelers and a delight to browse through by anyone who has ever had the privilege of visiting this vibrant city, "Austin: A Photographic Journey" is unreservedly recommended.

Manhattan Shop Window Mannequins
Roy K. Iwaki
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 S. Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
9781478753018 $19.95

Manhattan Shop Window Mannequins: Crossroads of the World is a full-color photographic showcase of sometimes lifelike, sometimes cartoonish, always striking mannequins found in the shop windows of Manhattan. No text distracts from the visuals; each page features a single, up-close and personal photograph of a different mannequin. Some invoke the "Uncanny Valley" shock response in full force; others exude high-class glamor; and still others are nonhuman (two standout examples are a mannequin of stitched teddy bears, and a mannequin of a Chinese dragon). Manhattan Shop Window Mannequins is an irresistible curiosity, and makes a unique giftbook for photography connoisseurs intrigued by the unusual.

The Fiction Shelf

The Shadow of Nanteos
Jane Blank
Y Lolfa
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781784611712, $17.00, PB, 285pp,

When William Powell and his headstrong wife Elizabeth inherit the glorious Nanteos estate in Cardiganshire, it seems their new life is everything they could wish for. Yet, as her debt-ridden husband is snared by the land disputes and violence of the 1750s lead wars, Elizabeth is increasingly drawn to the mysterious figure of Cai, the estate's handsome bailiff. Superstition, tales of haunting, and the powerful Nanteos grail cast their shadow over the house and soon the family is caught up in a vicious political and legal battle that will end in tragedy. An impressively presented and consistently compelling novel, "The Shadow of Nanteos" is a an inherently fascinating read that showcases author Jane Blank's exceptional storytelling skills. "The Shadows of Nanteos" is especially recommended for community library Historical Fiction collections, and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition the personal reading lists of anyone who appreciates a deftly crafted work of truly entertaining originality.

Tough Luck Hero
Maisey Yates
HQN Books
c/o Harlequin Books
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3K9
9780373789818, $7.99, PB, 384pp,

Ranching heir Colton West knew his wedding would be the talk of the town. But he didn't expect to get left at the altar -- or to escape on the next flight to Vegas with Lydia Carpenter, the woman who gets under his skin like no one else. The only thing crazier than honeymooning with Lydia is waking up married to her. So why does he find himself entertaining his new wife's desire to stay married -- and fantasizing about a real wedding night? As Copper Ridge's prospective mayor, Lydia can't risk a divorce scandal so close to election time. But pretending to be blissfully in love with her new husband is more confusing than she'd thought. For a man who's always rubbed her the wrong way, Colton suddenly seems to know exactly what to do with his hands. And his lips. Now Lydia's wildest mistake could turn out to be her luckiest move, if they're both willing to take the ultimate gamble. "Tough Luck Hero" is another terrific read from Maisey Yates who is a true master of the romance fiction genre. "Tough Luck Hero" is enthusiastically recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections in general, and Maisey Yates fans in particular.

The Alliance
Jolina Petersheim
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781496413994, $22.99, HC, 384pp,

When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea it's a foreshadowing of things to come. Soon after the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that won't start. Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives. In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses, and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible. Whom will they help and whom will they turn away? When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far they're willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life. In "The Alliance", author Jolina Petersheim demonstrates an original and exceptional storytelling talent as novelist. A riveting and thoroughly entertaining read from beginning to end, "The Alliance" is unreservedly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Alliance" is also available in a paperback edition (9781496402219, $14.99) and in a Kindle format ($8.46).

Escape To Redemption
Peter M. Parr
Roundfire Books
c/o John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
Laurel House, Station Approach, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9JH, UK
9781785352270, $16.95, 273pp,

Josie only had the gun to frighten Curtis Rook, but his son disturbed her. One startled reflex and now he's dead. Josie flees to Poland leaving her boyfriend Snaz to take the rap. A reformed criminal offers her refuge from the police and the chance to begin a new life, but she cannot hide from her guilt. As the stakes rise, Josie begins to realize that only her own forgiveness can set her free. Fast-paced and original, Peter M. Parr's contemporary take on Crime and Punishment challenges traditional ideas about guilt and redemption, and the meaning of forgiveness. "Escape To Redemption" is an original and compelling read from beginning to end. Clearly demonstrating author Peter M. Parr as an exceptionally talented novelist, "Escape To Redemption" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Escape To Redemption" is also available in a Kindle edition ($6.15).

The Turbulent Trail
Mike Thompson
Five Star Books
10 Water Street, Suite 310, Waterville, ME 04901
9781432831783, $25.95, HC, 287pp,

Former soldier and Army sharpshooter turned brawler and drunk. Charlie Deegan finds himself winding up in the Yuma Territorial Prison. Knowing he can't last the remaining nine years of his sentence, Charlie escapes and is determined to change his life. Charlie heads north hoping to become a cowboy. Beaten down by the harsh Sonora Desert, he discovers a mummified miner whose hoard of supplies gives Charlie a new chance at life. He befriends a cowboy, Creed McCall, who agrees to help him get a job on a north bound cattle drive. Untested as a cowboy, Charlie must start as the cook's helper. As the herd heads out on the long trail drive, will he be able to prove that he has what it takes to become a real cowboy? "The Turbulent Trail" is another terrifically entertaining western novel from Mike Thompson and once again demonstrates the author's total mastery of the western action/adventure genre. Unreservedly recommended for community library Western Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of western novel fans that "The Turbulent Trail" is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.99).

The Poetry Shelf

Into A New Country
Deborah Fleming
Cherry Grove Press of Cincinnati
c/o WordTech Communications LLC
9781625491718, $19.00, 106pp,

A good poet is more than just a word smith able to fashion memorable and deftly attractive phrases, a good poet must be able to have their word images resonate with the mind, the imagination, the memory, the life experiences, the emotional state of their reader. "Into A New Country" is an impressive compendium of poetry by Deborah Fleming (Professor of English, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, and the Editor of the Ashland Poetry Press) that clearly demonstrates her mastery of free verse poetry and is a consistently compelling and reflective read from beginning to end. "Into A New Country" is a body of work that is very highly for personal, community and academic library Contemporary American Poetry collections. 'Anniversary: 2013' - In springtime wind the branches gesture / while purpose martins gurgle their mating songs. / Twenty years ago we came here. / In springtime wind the branches gesture. / I planted spruces that very year. / Twenty years ago we both were young. / In springtime wind the branches gesture / while purple martins gurgle their mating song.

American Western Love Song
Victor Pearn
Indian Paintbrush Poets
c/o Pearn & Associates, Inc.
9780989724234, $34.95, PB, 295pp,

Now in a newly revised edition, "American Western Love Song" is a comprehensive compendium of the free verse poetry of Victor Pearn. Here is a poet exhibiting an impressive mastery of language who is able to deftly craft images that touch the emotions of his readers. A collection of verse to be browsed through time and time again, "American Western Love Song" is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of poetry enthusiasts and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary American Poetry collections. VW Heaven: all the volkswagens / died and went to / Mexico reborn as / blue taxies in one / place green in another / then on the road / red orange yellow and black love bugs / slim sexy bodies easy on / the gas no dents no rust / they look brand new / polished and clean / waiting to take you / anywhere you say

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Semi-Sweet Hereafter
Colette London
Kensington Publishing Corp.
119 West 40th Street, Floor 21, New York, NY 10018-2522
9781617733499, $7.99, PB, 352pp,

The third volume in Colette London's outstanding 'Chocolate Whisperer' mystery series, "The Semi-Sweet Hereafter" find Hayden Mundy Moore in London to lend her expertise to high-street chocolaterie-patisserie Primrose. Nothing more. Really! But when a famous culinary bad boy is found dead under suspicious circumstances (in her lodgings!), Hayden's eagerness not to be involved (this time) makes her the prime suspect in the ensuing investigation. "The Semi-Sweet Hereafter" is another terrific and original mystery from the pen of Colette London, a writer who has become a master of the mystery/suspense genre. While unreservedly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs in general, and Colette London fans in particular, that "The Semi-Sweet Hereafter" is also available in a Kindle edition ($5.99). Also very highly recommended are the first two titles in this outstanding series: "Criminal Confections" (9781617733451, $7.99 PB, $5.99 Kindle) and "Dangerously Dark" (9781617733475, $7.99 PB, $5.99 Kindle).

Heart of Stone
James W. Ziskin
Seventh Street Books
c/o Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228
9781633881839, $15.95, PB, 290pp,

In the waning days of a lazy August holiday, Ellie Stone is enjoying a bright Adirondack-lake morning. Nearby, two men plummet to their deaths on the rocks below, just a few feet short of the water of a dangerous diving pool. A tragic accident, it seems. But the state police quickly establish that the two victims (one who is a stranger to the lake and the other who is a teenaged boy from a nearby music camp) surely didn't know each other. That anomaly is strange enough, but what really perplexes Ellie is the out-of-place station wagon parked twenty yards from the edge of the cliff. Wading into a slippery morass of fellow travelers, free-love intellectuals, rabid John Birchers, and charismatic evangelicals, Ellie must navigate old grudges and Cold War passions, lost ideals and betrayed loves. She sticks her nose where it's unwanted, rattling nerves and putting herself in jeopardy. But this time, it's her heart that's at risk. "Heart of Stone" is another terrific read from the pen of James Ziskin and continues the mystery adventures of Ellie Stone. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery fans that "Heart of Stone" is also available in a Kindle edition ($2.99). Ziskin is a true master of the mystery genre; his first three Ellie Stone novels are: "Styx & Stone" (9781616148195, $15.95 PB, $9.99 Kindle), "No Stone Unturned" (9781616148836, $15.95 PB, $9.99 Kindle), and "Stone Cold Dead" (9781633880481, $15.95 PB, $11.99 Kindle).

The Hanged Man
Gary Inbinder
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781681771649, $25.95, HC, 352pp,

It is Paris in July, 1890, as Police Inspector Achille Lefebvre and his wife Adele are enjoying their stay at a seaside resort -- until a body found hanging from a bridge in a public park demands the Inspector's attention. Is it suicide or murder? A twisted trail of evidence draws Inspector Lefebvre into a shadowy underworld of international intrigue, espionage, and terrorism. Time is of the essence; pressure mounts on the Surete to get results. Achille's chief orders him to work with his former partner, Inspector Rousseau, now in charge of a special unit in the newly formed political brigade. But can Achille trust the detective who let him down in another case? Inspector Lefebvre uses innovative forensics and a network of police spies to uncover a secret alliance, a scheme involving the sale of a cutting-edge high explosive, and an assassination plot that threatens to ignite a world war. "The Hanged Man" is another terrifically original mystery from the fertile mind of Gary Inbinder. Deftly crafted and consistently compelling from beginning to end, "The Hanged Many" is unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For the personal reading lists of dedicated Inspector Lefebvre fans it should noted that "The Hanged Man" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

Written Off
E. J. Copperman
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
Blackstone Audiobooks
31 Mistletoe Road, Ashland, OR 97520
9781629535999, $25.99, HC, 336pp,

Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor's office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy finishing up her next book, when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing persons case. The caller's name? Duffy Madison. Is this real or has she lost her mind? She doesn't have much time to find out because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target. Author E. J. Copperman is a master of the mystery/suspense genre and the publication of "Written Off" is launching his new 'Mysterious Detective' series. Another terrific read from a exceptionally skilled storyteller, "Written Off" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs it should be noted that "Written Off" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.69). Librarians should noted that "Written Off" is also available in a complete and unabridged Audio CD format (Blackstone Audiobooks, 9781504717946, $90.00).

The Audiobook Shelf

Learning to Ride
Erin Knightly, author
Read by Courtney Patterson
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478967590 $10.00

Part of the "James Patterson's Bookshots: Flames" series created especially for connoisseurs short yet sweet original romance novels, Learning to Ride is the salaciously sexy story of rodeo king Tanner Callen and New York beauty Madeline Harper. She never wanted to fall in love with a cowboy, and he never wanted more than a casual fling... at first. But sometimes, love and longing can blossom when they're the least expected! This unabridged audiobook edition is superbly performed by Courtney Patterson, and enthusiastically recommended for fans of burning, passionate romance. 3 hours on 3 CDs.

North By Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!
Paula Poundstone
Highbridge Audio Books
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781681682228, $22.95, CD,

"North By Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!" is a two disc CD featuring two of stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone's live performances. CD #1 is a recording of her improve ad-lib style humor in an event in Bayfield, Wisconsin. CD #2 is a recording of her improve ad-lib style humor in Portland, Oregon. Each performance, with the exception of a single joke (what it's like to try and sleep with 14 cats coughing hairballs throughout the night) both performances are unique and feature Paula's distinctive comedic stylings as she plays off members of her audiences. Laugh-out-loud hilarious, "North By Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!" is a must for the legions of Paula Poundstone fans and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library audio book humor collections.

The Music CD Shelf

Dedication to Sylvia Rexach
Barbes Records
$10.99 CD / $7.99 MP3

Puerto Rican singer Reinaldo Alvarez and the group Miramar (their name roughly translates to "Look at the sea") present Dedication to Sylvia Rexach, a captivating album in which they perform songs created by the vivacious and multi-talented Syvlia Rexach (1922-1961). Rexach was born and raised in Puerto Rico, yet during the dark days of World War II she joined the United States Army as a member of the WACS (Women's Army Corps Service) and served as an office clerk. Joyous, creative, and beautiful, Dedication to Sylvia Rexach is a "must" for Latin- American music collections. The tracks are "Tus Pasos", "Alma Adentro", "Sin Ti", "Nuestra Luna", "Di Corazon", "Estatua", "Por Siempre", "Y Entonces", "En Mis Suenos", and "Como Tu Eres".

Awaken Me: Songs from the Heart of a Seeker
Kimberly Haynes
Kimberly Haynes Music

New Age singer/songwriter Kimberly Haynes presents her debut album Awaken Me: Songs from the Heart of a Seeker, a gentle, heart-touching collection of original songs revealing her mellifluous vocal talent. A handful of guest performances enrich this treasury of spiritually uplifting songs. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Awaken Me" (7:18), "The Dream" (4:46), "Light of my Soul" (4:52), "My Heart Knows the Way" (5:31), "Pathless Path" (6:32), "The Jewel" (4:32), "Great Divide" (4:24), "Do I Dare" (7:45), "You're The One That I Want" (7:18), "Come Come" (4:24), and "Do I Dare (Earth Mix)" (7:45).

The Best of Bossacucanova
Six Degrees Records
$11.72 CD / $9.49 MP3

The Best of Bossacucanova is an album of songs that Brazilian band Bossacucanova feel best represent their artistic expression, including two brand new compositions. Their high-energy music showcases Portuguese culture, Brazilian anthems, electronic beats, multipart rhythms and harmonies, and more. The Best of Bossacucanova is a must-have for world music collections! The tracks are "Berimbau" (4:39), "Consolacao" (3:51), "Meditacao" (4:12), "Bye Bye Brasil" (5:36), "Agua de Beber" (5:12), "Brasilidade" (5:23), "Essa Moca ta Diferente" (4:22), "Previsao" (3:00), "Aguas de Marco" (4:43), "Adeus America" (3:58), "E Preciso Perdoar" (4:15), "Balanca (Nao Pode Parar!)" (3:35), "Indio Quer Apito" (3:13), and "Waldomiro Pena (Dalata Remix)" (3:46).

Aditya Prakash Ensemble

Mara is a music steeped in South Indian tradition, culture, and stylings. The title refers to the demon Mara, who tempted the Buddha and sought to keep him from attaining Enlightenment. Mara represents the shadow self, the darkness of the mind in every human being, the inner struggle to improve as a person. The music follows an individual as she braves this dangerous psychological maze, flowing with vocalizations and rhythm to weave a soundscape story, ranging in flavor from reflective to all-out dance. Mara is unique, experimental, and highly recommended.

The DVD Shelf

Murdoch Mysteries Season 9
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment

Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, Murdoch Mysteries Season 9 collects 18 episodes of this acclaimed Canadian mystery series, set in Toronto during the early 1900's. Murdoch (played by Yannick Bisson) and his associates are put to the test against serial killers, bank robbers, opium sellers, and more. They also cross paths with historical luminaries such as Lucy Maud Montgomery (author of "Anne of Green Gables"), temperance advocate Carrie Nation, and legendary American author/satirist Mark Twain (played by William Shatner). Wry, witty, intense, and tightly plotted, Murdoch Mysteries Season 9 is a highly recommended for mystery connoisseurs. Bonus features include making-of featurettes (43 min.) and a photo gallery. 18 episodes on 5 DVDs or 4 Blu-ray discs, 792 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

Attack the Attack
Jeff Burger
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594393952 $29.95

Attack the Attack: Split-Second Counterattacks is a martial arts DVD by Jeff Burger, who holds a fifth-degree black belt in both Shito-ryu karate and Matsukaze-ryu ju jitsu. The primary focus is on learning how to effectively defend oneself and counter attacks, especially by improving one's response time. Both physical blocking techniques and psychological strategies such as the OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act) are discussed. Dozens of drills are included to hone one's body and mindset. Attack the Attack is a superb supplementary resource for anyone practicing martial arts, whether for self-defense or sport fighting, and highly recommended. 135 min.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot
Anthony Louis
Llewellyn Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
9780738749082, $24.99, PB, 336pp,

With occasional black-and-white illustrations, "Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot" is a complete course of instruction under one cover and contains everything a tarot reader needs to know about this arcane art. Readers will join with tarot expert Anthony Louis as he explores tarot history, shares card meanings and spreads, and provides detailed guidance that educates and inspires, whether you're a beginner or an advanced reader. "Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot" includes basic reading techniques for a wide variety of systems, including Marseilles, Rider-Waite, and Thoth. "Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot" identifies the meaning of associations, correspondences, reversals, and dignities, and experience the ways that tarot interacts with astrology and personal spirituality. "Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot" will enable tarot practitioners to combine tarot reading with Kabbalah, numerology, Jungian psychology, journaling, and storytelling while exploring card selection, creativity, tarot ethics, and specialized spreads. Focusing on the use of tarot for insight, empowerment, self-understanding, and fortunetelling, "Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot" provides centuries of accumulated wisdom that will enable you to make optimal use of one of the most powerful spiritual tools ever developed. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content, commentary, organization and presentation, "Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot" is unreservedly recommended for personal, profession, academic, and community library Metaphysical Studies collections in general, and Tarot supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Stitches from the Garden
Kathy Schmitz
19021 - 120th Avenue NE, Suite 102, Bothell, WA 98011
9781604687767 $24.99

Expert quilter Kathy Schmitz (founder of the pattern company Kathy Schmitz Studio) presents Stitches from the Garden: Hand Embroidery Inspired by Nature, a medley of embroidery projects inspired by charm and wonder of nature. Filled with full-color photography, traceable embroidery patterns based on Schmitz's hand-drawn artwork, reader-friendly step-by-step instructions, and supplemented with a helpful diagram of embroidery stitches, Stitches from the Garden is a treasure trove of inspiration for needlecrafters! Highly recommended.

Celtic Threads: A Journey in Cape Breton Crafts
Eveline MacLeod & Daniel W. MacInnes
Cape Breton University Press
P.O. Box 5300, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, B1P 6L2
9781897009796, $19.95, PB, 170pp,

For more than sixty years, Eveline MacLeod's life has been inextricably woven into the art and craft of weaving in Cape Breton. An avid weaver herself, Eveline became an ardent student of the art and a teacher of the craft, tracing its roots from the glens of Cape Breton to the Highlands of Scotland and beyond. In "Celtic Threads: A Journey in Cape Breton Crafts", Eveline draws upon her years of experience and expertise, and with the material assistance of Daniel MacInnes (Professor of Sociology, St. Francis Xavier university) whose research on rural life was invaluable, has produced a beautifully illustrated, exceptionally well written, and impressively organized and presented historical study on Cape Breton needlecrafts. Deftly blending personal memoir with a history that ranges from the Highlands of Scotland down to present day Cape Breton, "Celtic Threads: A Journey in Cape Breton Crafts" is an inherently fascinating and consistently compelling read from beginning to end. Simply stated, "Celtic Threads: A Journey in Cape Breton Crafts" is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library collections, and will prove of special interest for non-specialist general readers with an interest in Cape Breton contributions to fibre arts and crafts in general, and weaving in particular.

Applique for Modern Beginners
Eva Birch, Nancy Gano, Jodi Robinson
American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781683390053, $24.95, PB, 95pp,

Applique Quilts take on a modern twist with quilting experts Eva Birch, Nancy Gano, and Jodi Robinson in "Applique for Modern Beginners". Complete with modern and fresh patterns, "Applique for Modern Beginners" features bold and graphic applique shapes are perfect for beginner and novice quilters. Profusely illustrated step-by-step directions are clear and easy to follow -- and do-it-yourself quilts can be made using a variety of different applique methods. "Applique for Modern Beginners" is unreservedly recommended for personal and community library Needlecraft instructional quilting reference collections.

The Computer Shelf

Murach's SQL Server 2016 for Developers
Bryan Syverson & Joel Murach
Mike Murach & Associates
4340 North Knoll Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722
9781890774967, $57.50, PB, 672pp,

A newly updated and expanded edition, "Murach's SQL Server 2016 for Developers" is a complete and comprehensive instructional specifically designed for application developers. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content, organization and presentation, "Murach's SQL Server 2016 for Developers" presents all of the SQL statements needed to retrieve and update the data in a database. These are the SQL statements that you'll use every day. "Murach's SQL Server 2016 for Developers" also shows how to design a database, how to implement that design, and how to work with database features like views, scripts, stored procedures, functions, triggers, transactions, security, XML data, BLOB data with FILESTREAM storage, and the CLR integration feature. With "Murach's SQL Server 2016 for Developers" even the most novice application developers will quickly be able to create database applications that are thoroughly professional. "Murach's SQL Server 2016 for Developers" covers the DBA-related issues that let application development work be done efficiently and effectively. "Murach's SQL Server 2016 for Developers" is a handy instruction manual and reference that is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, college, and university Computer Science reference collections in general, and application development supplemental study reading lists in particular.

The Fishing Shelf

Buoy 10: The Largest Salmon Run in the World!
Larry Ellis
Frank Amato Publications
PO Box 82112, Portland, OR 97282
9781571885302, $24.95, PB, 112pp,

"Buoy 10: The Largest Salmon Run in the World!" by outdoor writer and accomplished angler Larry Ellis is a comprehensive study on the Columbia River's world-famous Buoy 10. "Buoy 10" features ten detailed maps, boat launches, techniques, rigs, safety, timing, species, weather, tides, boats, accommodations, campgrounds tackle shops, marinas, and everything else an angler needs to know to find success at Buoy 10 -- the home of the world's largest salmon run. Profusely illustrated throughout, informed and informative, exceptionally well organized, thoroughly 'reader friendly' in presentation, and featuring a brief history of Buoy 10 by Frank Amato, "Buoy 10: The Largest Salmon Run in the World!" is a 'must read' for anyone contemplating taking advantage of what Buoy 10 has to offer by way of truly memorable salmon fishing for both the novice and the experienced angler.

The Christian Studies Shelf

A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit
Anthony C. Thiselton
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802873491, $24.00, PB, 240pp,

The seventeen chapters comprising "A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit: Bible, Doctrine, Experience" by Anthony C. Thiselton (Professor Emeritus of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham, England) is deftly organized into three major sections: The Spirit in the Biblical Writings; Doctrinal Themes; Experience and Global Origins and Current issues among Pentecostals. An inherently compelling read that is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit" is especially commended to both clergy and non-specialist general readers with an interest in Christian theology and biblical doctrine. Enhanced with the inclusion of a fourteen page Bibliography; a five page Index of Authors; a nine page Index of Subjects; and a twenty page Index of Scriptures and Other Ancient Sources, "A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit" is unreservedly recommended for personal, church, seminary, community, and academic library Christian Theology reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

First Fruits
Susan Butler
Morgan James Publishing
11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300, Newport News, VA 23606-4448
9781630477486, $48.99, HC, 496pp,

Many Christians desire a deeper walk with God, but feel they are too busy to add one more thing to their personal schedules. Because time is valuable and reading God's Word consistently takes strong discipline, "First Fruits: Giving God Your Best 365 Days of the Year " by Susan Butler offers a condensed explanation of specific Scripture passages for all 365 days of the year. The Scripture and the Scripture reference is printed on each page. It's easy to open up to a single one to share a moment with God, and perhaps, change the course of our day. "First Fruits" is written in the first person of God, allowing ordinary Christians to understand Scripture as if in conversation with Him. God wants nothing more than to have a personal, intimate relationship with each soul He created. This relationship is achieved through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, and then believing in and depending upon the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. In "First Fruits", Christian readers delve into not only the grace of God, but everyday issues thought by some to be too mundane for God. Christian readers will learn what God's desires are for speech, attitude, faith, obedience, discipline, stewardship, acts of love, and trust in Him. Christian readers will understand the security they have as a Believer, the power and sovereignty of God, the End Times, what to expect in Heaven, and so much more! Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "First Fruits" is unreservedly recommended for personal, church, seminary, community, and academic library Christian Studies reference collections and reading lists. For students and all members of the Christian community, it should be noted that "First Fruits" is also available in a paperback edition (9781630477462, $24.99) and in a Kindle format ($10.69).

Lord Willing?: Wrestling with God's Role in My Child's Death
Jessica Kelley
Herald Press
1251 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
9781513800196 $16.99 / $9.99 Kindle

Author Jessica Kelley wrestles with a conundrum as old as faith itself: why does God allow innocent lives to suffer and die? She writes not only as a Christian philosopher and theologian, but also as a mother who lost her young son to incurable brain cancer. Her journey to understand offers a new perspective drawn from Scripture and the teachings of Jesus Christ. For example, in seeking wisdom from the book of Job (in which Job loses everything to tragedy, including his family, and rails against God), Kelley states, "Job had started with the assumption that God had single-handedly determined everything that came to pass... Because God understood Job's flawed assumptions, he knew Job's accusations were not only logical but, more importantly, honest. He therefore praised his servant for speaking rightly. And when Job responds, we find him repenting from his misguided presumptions, not from the candidness of his rants." Lord Willing? offers profound insight and is highly recommended for Christian spirituality shelves, church library collections, and personal study.

The Travel Shelf

London Cycling Guide, updated edition
Tom Bogdanowicz
IMM Lifestyle Books
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing Company (dist.)
1970 Broad Street N., East Petersburg, PA 17520
9781504800198 $14.99

Now in an updated edition with new routes and photographs, London Cycling Guide: More than 40 Great Routes for Exploring the Capital is an excellent resource for cyclists looking to make the most of their visit to London. Detailed information and full-color maps fill this practical- minded, user-friendly reference. The extensive photography and descriptions of landmarks make London Cycling Guide a fine browse for armchair travelers as well!

Perth: A Guide for the Curious
Terri-Ann White, editor
UWA Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781742587554, $26.99, PB, 330pp,

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with an estimated population of 2.02 million living in Greater Perth. Compiled and edited by Terri-Ann White and featuring a Foreword by Perth's Lord Mayor Lisa-M. Scaffidi, "Perth: A Guide for the Curious" is comprised of twenty-four informed and informative articles contributed by an eclectic group of Perth people sharing their insights. From an architect's perspective on heritage to a historian's ruminations on Perth's swampy origins; from a walk down streets that don't exist to Noongar place names; from the union movement to public art to criminal Perth to conversational Perth, "Perth: A Guide for the Curious" encourages new encounters with the city. Indeed, "Perth: A Guide for the Curious" traverses social, cultural and political spaces as the reader traverses the streets, kindling a sense of curiosity about a city by unearthing buried treasure. "Perth: A Guide for the Curious" is not a book of nostalgia. It doesn't posit a golden age or list a series of laments. Rather it is a compendium about continuities and unfolding narratives. "Perth: A Guide for the Curious" situates the present in the past and illuminates possible futures. This is an informed and informative volume that is meant to be thumbed through in cafes, stuffed into satchels and walked around the city like a tireless companion, delighting and inspire both visitor and local alike. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Perth: A Guide for the Curious" is unreservedly recommended for another living in and/or anticipating visiting the ever-evolving city of Perth, Australia.

The Last Road North
Robert Orrison and Den Welch
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611212433 $14.95

The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863 is especially for anyone who wants to experience the ultimate Civil War road trip. Historians Robert Orrison and Dan Welch invite the reader to follow the patch of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac, describing historical sites and monuments with an intensity that recreates history. Individual chapters pay especial attention to The Confederate Advance, The Union Response, Jeb Stuart's Ride, The Battle, and The Retreat from Gettysburg. Black-and-white maps or photography illustrate almost every page of this excellent guide, which will also appeal to armchair travelers.

The Automotive Shelf

The Definitive Barracuda & Challenger Guide 1970-1974
Scott E. Ross
CarTech Inc.
39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
9781613252369 $39.95

Featuring 336 full-color photographs, The Definitive Barracuda & Challenger Guide 1970-1974 is a gorgeous in-depth showcase of these compact, lightweight, and powerful muscle cars, which remain valued treasures to this day. Packed cover to cover with facts, figures, and history of these cars, The Definitive Barracuda & Challenger Guide 1970-1974 does not shy from technical details for the hardcore automotive enthusiast's reference. Casual connoisseurs will enjoy browsing the photographic display, as well as the history behind these cars' creation, modification, options, marketing, and sales. "The Oil Shock of 1973 had a devastating impact on new-car sales at the time it hit in early October of that year, barely anything was moving off a dealer's lot, regardless of how good its gas mileage was." The Definitive Barracuda & Challenger Guide 1970-1974 is fascinating to page through, and makes an excellent giftbook for muscle car fans.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Identifying Birds of Prey
Laura Erickson
Stackpole Books
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
9780811716185 $9.95

Easy to use and concise at 60 pages, Identifying Birds of Prey: Quick Reference Guide for Eastern North America is a user-friendly guide for birdwatchers of all skill and experience levels. Habitat distributions and a silhouette of each species (when gliding with wings outstretched) accompany a full-color photograph of each species. A one-page "quick index" rounds out this excellent resource for quickly and accurately identifying these fierce and majestic avians!

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

The Book of Great American Firecrackers
Jack Nash
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764351426 $24.99

The Book of Great American Firecrackers: Cherry Bombs, M-80s, Cannon Crackers, and More is a collector's dream catalog, showcasing a vast assortment of American firecrackers and associated items, illustrated with 183 color and black-and-white images with vintage photographs and packaging, and enhanced with price/value estimates. The text is a thoughtful history of the use, sale, and regulation of firecrackers (which initially became popular as a replacement for more dangerous celebrations of gun and cannon fire) throughout American history. Particular attention is spent detailing all the types of firecrackers produced in the US. Anyone curious about American fireworks is sure to enjoy paging through The Book of Great American Firecrackers from cover to cover!

The Homeowner's Shelf

The Complete Outdoor Builder, updated edition
Black + Decker
Cool Springs Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781591866671 $35.00 hc / $16.99 Kindle

Now in an updated edition, The Complete Outdoor Builder is a hands-on guide to more than 150 backyard construction projects, compiled and presented by the experts of the well-known tool brand Black + Decker. Each step of every project is illustrated with full-color photographs as well as descriptive text, making The Complete Outdoor Builder extremely user-friendly. Undertakings include how to build a Sandset Brick Patio, a Stone Retaining Wall, a Lean-To Tool Bin, a Do-It-Yourself Playset, and much more. Vivid images of the finished creations make The Complete Outdoor Builder an excellent "catalog" of beautiful and functional property improvements one can choose from, then personally create! Highly recommended.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts 2
Presented by MAYBE
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781942993421 $10.95

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts 2 continues the black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) series set in a world where human soldiers were transformed into virtually mythological monsters. Now that their long war has ended, these ferocious "Incarnates" have been losing their humanity. Hank, a former Incarnate and once the leader and teacher of these soldiers, has taken the sober duty to execute his former brothers-in-arms whenever they endanger or kill innocent people. Schaal, the daughter of an Incarnate that Hank killed, has suspended her quest for vengeance to travel with him and learn more about the Incarnates. Together, they arrive in Whitechurch, following a report on the whereabouts of Cain Madhouse, the man who "loosed the Beasts upon the world". But at least one other Beast is also present within the city! A strong gothic atmosphere surrounds this thoughtful saga of morality and humanity, highly recommended.

Devil's Line 2
Ryo Hanada
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781942993384 $12.95

Devil's Line 2 is the second volume of a black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) set in a Japan where vampiric, blood-thirsting "devils" walk among human beings. Most devils appear ordinary at first glance, but exposure to human blood can drive them to insane madness, giving theme extreme power and the psychotic urge to kill or rape. Anzai is a half-devil (presumably...) and can also lose control after tasting blood. A mysterious blond devil (who might also be a half- breed?) saves Anzai from a sniper's bullet by giving Anzai blood, but can Anzai learn to control the madness that bloodthirst brings? Is it even possible for a woman and devil-halfbreed to fall in love, or maintain any kind of happiness together? Exacerbating the situation is a mysterious organization that appears hell-bent on unleashing blood madness in devils, beginning with a horrific incident live on broadcast TV! Devil's Line 2 is a mature story for readers ages 13+ due to scenes of violence.

Immortal Hounds 1
Ryo Yashohachi
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781942993599 $12.95

Immortal Hounds 1 is the debut volume of a violent black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) set in a bizarre reality where humans never die. Whenever humans become sick or injured, they can simply "kill" themselves and immediately be brought back to life in perfect health. Even drowning at the bottom of the ocean will cause them to "revive" on the shore! But a bizarre disease, Resurrection Deficience Syndrome, has begun to creep through the population. Those afflicted with RDS lose the ability to resurrect and will die for real when killed. All cases of RDS are traced to mysterious "Vectors" that carry false ID cards and knowingly spread the disease. Law enforcement agencies try to seek out and kill Vectors - but whenever a Vector is captured, disguised men and women known as Hounds inevitably seek to free the prisoner at any cost! A balance of mystery, sci-fi, and shocking violence, Immortal Hounds is recommended for readers ages 16+ due to scenes of violence.

Wolfsmund 7
Mitsuhisa Kuji
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781942993049 $12.95

Wolfsmund 7 continues a black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) series in 14th century St. Gotthard Pass between Switzerland and Italy, an area of land also known as the Wolf's Maw. All who seek to escape the rule of the Habsburg monarchy must flee through the pass; yet the unspeakable atrocities of the pass' ruler has prompted a peasant uprising. In volume 7, the peasants have seized control of Wolf's Maw, but for how long? Their former tormentor's master, Duke Leopold, will not suffer the rebellion, and has come with an army to put it down! Although the Wolfsmund series takes some liberties with historical events, it features a vividly (and gruesomely) accurate depiction of medieval warfare, politics, and technology. Wolfsmund is also a series known for savage violence and a high body count, fully reflecting the cruelty of medieval wars. Recommended for readers ages 16+ due to scenes of violence.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

World of Warcraft: Illidan
William King
Del Rey
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780399177569 $27.00 hc / $13.99 Kindle

World of Warcraft: Illidan is a fantasy novel about one of the most memorable anti-heroes from the popular, massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. Illidan is the first Demon Hunter, a ruthless night elf who chose to spearhead the resistance against the demonic, world-destroying Burning Legion by seizing the demons' power for his own use. But Illidan's power came at a terrible price, transforming him inside and out. He became something no longer elven, no longer mortal. World of Warcraft: Illidan recounts the violent saga of Illidan's life, his lost chance at love, and how he came to be called "the Betrayer" by his former people... or was it they who betrayed him? Yet when the demons return hungry for blood, Illidan is well-prepared to fight back! The story directly ties into the upcoming World of Warcraft game expansion "Legion", as well as the new "Demon Hunter" player class that will be made available. Fans of the game, or of high fantasy with a dark twist, will find World of Warcraft: Illdan a must- read!

The Biography Shelf

Otto Binder
Bill Schelly
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781623170370 $19.95 pbk / $14.99 Kindle

Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary is a thoughtful biography of Otto Binder (1911-1974), an American immigrant and writer whose success in pulp magazines of the 30's and 40's eventually led to his creation of some of the most popular and enduring characters in American comic books, including Supergirl, Bizarro, and the Legion of Super-Heroes. His incredible life story is one of hard work, survival during the dark times of the Great Depression, family tragedy, and cultural legacy. Highly recommended!

The Jewelry Shelf

Gemstone Buying Guide, third edition
Renee Newman
International Jewelry Publications
9780929975511 $19.95

Now in an updated third edition, Gemstone Buying Guide lives up to its title as a user-friendly, comprehensive guide to assessing the quality of colored gemstones. Full-color photographs on virtually every page illustrate this no-nonsense introduction to gem valuation, from the four C's (color, cut, clarity, and carat weight) to a working knowledge of gem treatments, transparency, geographic origin, optical effects, brilliance and more. A "must" for anyone who buys, sells, or studies precious gemstones!

The Wisconsin Shelf

Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round
Ron Faiola
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841932 $35.00

Illustrated with captivating photography on virtually every page, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round is a sumptuous tour of fifty loved and frequented supper club restaurants that help make Wisconsin's culinary scene unique, despite the ubiquitous encroachment of chain restaurants across America. Author Ron Faiola, the award-winning filmmaker who directed an produced the documentary "Wisconsin Supper Clubs", writes with the skill and passion of an expert gourmand. The next best thing to visiting and tasting what these wonderful eateries have to offer in person, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round is enthusiastically recommended for tourists in search of palate-pleasing treasures and armchair travelers alike!

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
phone: 1-608-835-7937

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