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Volume 12, Number 8 August 2017 Home | WBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Fishing Shelf Coloring Book Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Music CD Shelf
DVD Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Buddhist Studies Shelf Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Fashion Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Cookbook Shelf Poetry Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Photography Shelf Gardening Shelf
Biography Shelf Automotive Shelf Beer/Wine/Spirits Shelf
Art Shelf Music Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Education Shelf Literary Studies Shelf Criminology Shelf
Travel Shelf Sports Shelf  


Reviewer's Choice

The Chippewa
Richard D. Cornell
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
816 State Street, Madison, WI 53575
www.wisconsinhistory.org
9780870207808, $20.00, PB, 200pp, www.amazon.com

Richard D. Cornell traveled the Chippewa River from its two sources south of Ashland to where it joins the Mississippi. Over several decades he returned time and again in his red canoe to immerse himself in the stories of the Chippewa River and document its valley, from the Ojibwe and early fur traders and lumbermen to the varied and hopeful communities of today. In "The Chippewa: Biography of a Wisconsin Waterway", Cornell shares tales of such historical figures as legendary Ojibwe leader Chief Buffalo, world famous wrestler Charlie Fisher, and supercomputer innovator Seymour Cray, along with the lesser-known stories of local luminaries such as Dr. John "Little Bird" Anderson. Cornell gathered the firsthand stories comprising "The Chippewa" from diners and dives, local museums and landmarks, quaint small-town newspaper offices, and the homes of old-timers and local historians. Through his conversations with ordinary people, Cornell gets at the heart of the Chippewa and shares a history of the river that is both one of a kind and deeply personal. An extraordinarily informative, inherently fascinating, and deftly written account of people, places, and history, "The Chippewa" is a very highly recommended and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Wisconsin History collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Chippewa" is also available in a digital book format ($15.99).

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?
Jennifer Grant
Herald Press
1251 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
www.heraldpress.com
9781513801384, $29.99, HC, 192pp, www.amazon.com

In "When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife", writer and veteran columnist Jennifer Grant takes an unflinching and spirited look at the transitions of midlife. In "When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?" she plumbs the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes unique to the middle years: from the emptying nest to the sagging effects of aging. Grant acknowledges the complexities and loss inherent in midlife and tells stories of sustaining disappointment, taking hard blows to the ego, undergoing a crisis of faith, and grieving the deaths not only of illusions but of loved ones. But she also illuminates the confidence and grace that this season of life can also bring. Deftly written, exceptionally well organized and presented, impressively magnetic, consistently good-humored, full of hope in the sustaining power of the Spirit, "When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?" is an inspiring read for anyone facing the flux and flow of middle age and will prove to be a much appreciated and valued addition to community library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted for personal reading lists that "When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?" is also available in a paperback edition (9781513801315, $16.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

Shatter Your Senses!
Ripley's Believe It Or Not
7576 Kingspointe Parkway, Suite 188, Orlando, FL 32819
www.ripleys.com
9781609911782, $28.95, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com

"Shatter Your Senses!" is the 2018 edition of the annual series by Ripley's Believe It or Not! There's no way to prepare yourself for this all-true, all-new collection filled with incredible facts, unbelievable stories, and mind-blowing photography. Threatening a sensory overload, "Shatter Your Senses!" is sure to amaze and astound children and adults alike. Indeed, "Shatter Your Senses!" is filled from cover to cover with thousands of strange stories, bizarre feats, and hair-raising oddities from around the world. Readers will discover the sport of underwater ice hockey, marvel at the flower that bloomed in space, and enjoy so much more that is all weird and all true! Bursting with vibrant and eye-catching photos, as well as submissions from our dedicated Ripley's Believe It Or Not! fans, "Shatter Your Senses!" is a must-have for every Ripley's enthusiast and absolutely certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal and community library collections for readers of all ages.

Always Share Your Iceberg
Jamison Odone
Tilbury House, Publishers
12 Starr Street, Thomaston, ME 04861
www.tilburyhouse.com
9780884485698, $14.95, HC, 112pp, www.amazon.com

It was Virginia Woolf who said, "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." It was Confucius who said "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day." But who can remember such things? You'd remember if a penguin said them, and now they do in "Always Share Your Iceberg: A Penguin's Guide to Life". Compiled by Jamison Odone, "Always Share Your Iceberg" pairs 52 wise, witty, profound quotes from history's great writers, thinkers, and dreamers with penguin cartoons that bring the words to life in a new and engaging way. J.D. Salinger said, "She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together." And when the "she" in the illustration is a penguin, a great quote becomes unforgettable. Illustrated in color throughout, "Always Share Your Iceberg" is a wonderfully entertaining, thought-provoking, and simply delightful browse. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Always Share Your Iceberg" is also available in a digital book format ($9.99).


The Fishing Shelf

The Fly Fisherman's Bucket List
Slim Randles
Rio Grande Books
925 Salamanca NW, Los Ranchos, NM 87107
www.riograndebooks.com
9781943681709, $18.95, PB, 144pp, www.amazon.com

With "The Fly Fisherman's Bucket List" by Slim Randles, aspiring anglers will learn to view fly fishing as a race to see how many of the hundred-plus top places to catch fish in America that are listed in its illustrated pages before their fly fishing days are ended. There are fly fishing experts in each state steer steering the reader to their own hotspots, telling the readers when to fish and which flies work best. "The Fly Fisherman's Bucket List" is an ideal guide for fishing trips with benefit of advice and counsel from a true-outdoors person like Slim Randles -- who has packed mules in the High Sierra, competed as a roper and bulldogger in rodeo, guided hunters in Alaska and New Mexico, and drove a team in the first Iditarod Dogsled Race. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Fly Fisherman's Bucket List" will prove to be an enduringly popular resource for all dedicated fly fishing enthusiasts!


The Coloring Book Shelf

Dinosaurs Live!
Ted Rechlin
Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
www.farcountrypress.com
9781560377054, $9.95, PB, 64pp, www.amazon.com

Now anyone from 8 to 88 can bring the prehistoric world back to life in "Dinosaurs Live! The Ultimate Coloring Adventure!" with their own ultimate dinosaur coloring adventure. "Dinosaurs Live!" features wonderfully detailed and scientifically accurate coloring pages from acclaimed artist and dinosaur enthusiast Ted Rechlin. Each individual page is packed with amazing facts and coloring areas of an impressive variety of dinosaurs as fossilized museum mounts and in their full glory as they triumphantly roamed the Mesozoic earth. Featuring thirty-one dinosaurs in prehistoric scenes and species ranging from famous favorites to more recently unearthed finds, "Dinosaurs Live!" is the perfect coloring adventure for dinosaur lovers of all ages. This coloring book format makes "Dinosaurs Live!" highly recommended as the perfect gift for a friend or family member (or oneself!) and will provide hours and hours of informative fun.

The Age Of Glamour
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
www.thamesandhudsonusa.com
9780500420690, $19.95, PB, 96pp, www.amazon.com

Art Deco designs encompass a huge range of styles, techniques, and media. Throughout the boom and bust of the 1920s and 1930s, Art Deco defined modern style while drawing on the design traditions of the past. "The Age of Glamour: An Art Deco Coloring Book" draws upon the Art Deco collection at The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England and showcases the breadth of the era, from abstract designs to intricate patterns and fashion plates. International in scope, this adult coloring book features designs by Georges Barbier and Robert Bonfils from the V&A's outstanding collection. Full-color reproductions of the original designs are interspersed among more than forty line drawings for readers to color in. A short introduction places the designs in their historic and artistic context, and thumbnails at the end of the book identify all the images. Offering hours of quiet contemplative recreation, "The Age of Glamour: An Art Deco Coloring Book" features 80 illustrations (35 in color) and is very highly recommended for any personal coloring book collection for adults.


The Graphic Novel Shelf

Elric: The Vanishing Tower
Michael Moorcock, author
Roy Thomas, author
Jan Duursema, illustrator
Titan Books
www.titanbooks.com
9781782763192, $29.99 HC, $24.99 Digital, 168pp, www.amazon.com

With his reluctant companion Moonglum in tow, the albino emperor Elric of Melnibone embarks upon a perilous quest in search of the dark sorcerer Theleb K'aarna in "The Vanish Tower", the fifth volume in a graphic novel 'sword & sorcery' series. But in order to achieve his goal, he must first prove himself against the many horrors of the Young Kingdoms and form an unlikely pact with the beautiful and mysterious, Myshella - the Empress of the Dawn. Based on Michael Moorcock's most popular heroic fantasy work, adapted to a graphic novel format by Roy Thomas, and superbly illustrated by Jan Duursema, "The Vanishing Tower" is essential reading for all dedicated Michael Moorcock fans in an epic tale brought to life with luxuriant imagination -- and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library graphic novel collections. While being a consistently entertaining, 'stand alone' read by itself and serving as an excellent introduction to the fantasy world that Michael Moorcock has created, dedicated fans will also want to read the other titles in this outstanding 'Elric of Melnibone' series: Elric of Melnibone (9781782762881, $22.99 HC, $13.70 Digital); The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (9781782762898, $22.99 HC, $14.04 Digital); The Dreaming City (9781785853340, $14.99 HC, $9.99 Digital); The Weird of the White Wolf (978-1782762904, $24.99 HC, $17.99 Digital).

Khaal
Louis, author
Velentin Secher, illustrator
Titan Books
www.titanbooks.com
9781782766889, $19.99, PB, 104pp, www.amazon.com

Space is harsh and only the strong survive in a world ship that has been traveling in the star-studded blackness for millennia. In the middle of a high-security secret gigantic galactic prison, the three dominant and ever-warring species must collaborate to operate the machinery that keeps them alive. But one terrifying warrior with unexplainable powers wishes to build himself an empire. The name the universe will never forget? -- Khaal, the Galactic Emperor! A simply riveting read from cover to cover, Velentin Secher's artwork brings to life this original science fiction story by Louis. The result is a graphic novel of exceptionally quality and one that will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated science fiction enthusiasts that "Khaal" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.87).

Dark Souls: Winter's Spite
George Mann, author
Alan Quah, artist
Titan Comics
www.titan-comics.com
9781785853678 $16.99

Dark Souls: Winter's Spite is a full-color, fantasy graphic novel based on the grim, brutal, yet extremely popular "Dark Souls" role-playing game series. Andred of Ithvale is a battle-hardened protagonist in search of the sacred relic that was stolen from him. His quest takes him on a perilous journey through a realm of eternal winter, savage monsters, cruel captors, and a tragic yet manipulative spirit. An emotionally gut-wrenching tale that walks the fine line between fantasy and horror, Dark Souls: Winter's Spite is a "must-read" for both fans of the games and connoisseurs of the dark fantastic. Highly recommended.


The Audiobook Shelf

Dylan Goes Electric
Elijah Wald, author
Read by Sean Runnette
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781541401457 $42.99 www.tantor.com

Dylan Goes Electric is the unabridged audiobook rendition of musician Elijah Wald's examination of a seminal event in modern music history - the evening of July 25, 1965, when Bob Dylan and an electric band performed Dylan's new rock music hit "Like a Rolling Stone" at the Newport Folk Festival. Marking the end of folk revival and the birth of rock as the music of the new generation, it was a performance that captured hearts, minds, and voices. Read by award- winning performer Sean Runnette, Dylan Goes Electric is insightful, thought-provoking, and highly recommended especially for modern music connoisseurs. 10 CDs, 12 hours.

The Baker Street Irregulars
Michael A. Ventrella & Jonathan Maberry, editors
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
www.recordedbooks.com
9781501915109, $23.95, CD, www.amazon.com

"The Baker Street Irregulars" is a compilation of short stories featuring what could best be described as showcasing 'alternative universe" depictions Sherlock Holmes, adapting and revolutionizing the iconic character. Ably narrated by Graham Halstead, Saskia Maarleveld, Steven Crossley, we are treated to Sherlock Holmes as a vampire, as a woman, as a parrot, as an alien in outer space, as a reality TV star, as a holodeck recreation, and more! The settings for these diverse stories are as varied as Russia in the near-future, a dystopian world, a reality show, and an orchestra. Without losing the very qualities that make Sherlock so illustrious a character, these superbly talented authors spin new webs of mystery around their own singular riff on one of literature's truly singular characters. A thoroughly entertaining treat from beginning to end, this audio book edition of "The Baker Street Irregulars" is a 'must' for the legions of Sherlock Holmes fans, and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library audio book collections.

Forging Hephaestus
Drew Hayes, author
Amy Landon, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
www.tantor.com
9781515912965, $69.99, CD, www.amazon.com

Gifted with meta-human powers in a world full of capes and villains, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated. Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem. The education of a villain is not an easy one, and Tori will have to learn quickly if she wants to survive. On top of the peril she faces from her own teacher, there are also the capes and fellow apprentices to worry about, to say nothing of having to keep up a civilian cover. Most dangerous of all, though, are those who loathe the guild's very existence. Old grudges mean some are willing to go to any length to see the guild turned to ash, along with each one of its members. Even the lowly apprentices. One of the most unique and compelling entertaining science fiction novels in recent years, "Forging Hephaestus" by Drew Hayes is a truly riveting 'theatre of the mind' experience in this Tantor Media complete and unabridged audio book edition so deftly narrated by Amy Ladon. Unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for community library audio book collections, "Forging Hephaestus" is the first volume in a planned 'Villains' Code' series and is a 'must' for anyone who has every enjoyed a superhero comic book or movie!

The Ageless Body
Peta Bee and Dr. Sarah Schenker
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781543625011 $9.99 www.brillianceaudio.com

The Ageless Body: How to Hold Back the Years to Achieve a Better Body is an unabridged audiobook on MP3-CD (plays on MP3-CD enabled players or transfers to portable devices) about how women in their 40's, 50's, and beyond can maintain optimal health and a high quality of life, in spite of a naturally slowing metabolism and loss of muscle mass. Diet, exercise, and general advice for looking and feeling great through middle age and golden years make The Ageless Body a "must-have" for every woman over 30! Highly recommended. 1 disc, 7 hours.


The Music CD Shelf

Sharp & Ready
Double Tiger
doubletigermusic.com
Easy Star Records
$TBA CD / $9.99 download itunes.com

Sharp & Ready is an American reggae music album by Brooklyn-based artist/producer Double Tiger. Brimming with positive-minded enthusiasm, Sharp & Ready interlaces dulcet harmonies into its stylings ranging from progressive roots reggae to dancehall, smooth rock, rub-a-dub and more. Uplifting, energetic, and calling for action against injustice, Sharp & Ready is highly recommended. The tracks are "Rocking Time", "Creme De La Creme", "Babylon Expire", "Feel Is Nice", "Live Life", "Sharp & Ready", "A Feelin'", "Take a Lift", "Time Has Come", "Moonlight", "Falling", and "Ram Dancehall".

Mezana Dounia
Massa Dembele
Izniz Records
PO Box 681, Washington, DC 20044
$10.00 CD / $15.00 LP www.izniz.com

Mezana Dounia is the debut album of Burkinabe singer and songwriter Massa Dembele, an heir to a hereditary caste of West African musicians who traditionally serve as praise singers, historians, and social commentators. Dembele is skilled in a variety of traditional instruments, but has an especial affinity for the kamele n'goni, or West African harp. Mezana Dounia is an album of original, neo-traditional Mandinka music; the West African harp blends with indigenous percussion and imposing lyrics, fully translated for this international release. The songs express struggle and disillusionment with the modern world. Mezana Dounia is a unique and emotionally striking soundscape, highly recommended for international music collections. The tracks are "Mezana Dounia", "Sia", "Djelia", "Khanyome", "Seguin", "Bankebolou", "Trio", and "Yideni".

Guitare Mystique
Jim Stubblefield
jimstubblefield.com
Natural Elements Records
$12.98 CD / $9.99 download cdbaby.com

Guitare Mystique (the title is French for "mystical guitar") is an album showcasing Jim Stubblefield's talent as both an acoustic and an electric guitarist. The songs draw upon guitar styles from an array of world cultures, including Latin, Middle Eastern, Arabic, progressive-rock, and neo-classical guitar. Evocative and uplifting, Guitare Mystique is a unique and unparalleled joy to experience. The tracks are "Saint-Tropez", "Caravan of Souls", "Azure", "Before the Storm", "Cafe Cafe", "Voyager Aeternam", "Moonlight Requiem", "Oculus Tempestatis", "Rumba Furiosa, Opus 2", and "Sueno Pacifico".


The DVD Shelf

Murdoch Mysteries Season 10
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
www.us.RLJEntertainment.com
$59.99 www.acornonline.com

Based on the novels by Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries Season 10 continues the quintessentially Canadian and enduringly popular police procedural series, set at the dawn of the twentieth century. Historical events such as the Great Toronto Fire of 1904 form the backdrop of these riveting blend of mystery and character-based drama. Murdoch Mysteries Season 10 is a "must-see" for connoisseurs of the genre! Bonus materials include 41 min. of "the making of" featurettes. 18 episodes on 5 DVDs, 792 min. plus bonus, SDH subtitles.

Feeding Your Family's Soul
Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
www.paracletepress.com
9781612619712, $59.99, DVD, www.amazon.com

"Feeding Your Family's Soul" is a seventy-five minute DVD specifically designed by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle for parents seeking to create, strengthen and maintain the spiritual and faith-based bonds of parents with their children. "Feeding Your Family" is arranged and presented in seven distinctive segments: Learning to Love Our Neighbor from Mother Teresa; The Tradition of Prayer; Learning and Teaching Forgiveness; Whay Catholics Honor the Blessed Mother; Learning and Teaching the Virtues; Learning Perseverance from St. Monica; Learning Steadfast Faith from St. Teresa of Avila. Informative, engaging, and thoroughly 'viewer friendly' and 'user relevant', "Feeding Your Family' Soul" is very highly commended to the attention of all members of the Catholic community.

Qigong for Cancer
Helen Liang
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594394799 $39.95 www.ymaa.com

Tai Chi / Qigong master and cancer survivor Helen Liang presents Qigong for Cancer, a DVD guide to simple qigong moves for personal fitness and healing. Suitable for viewers of all skill and experience levels, Qigong for Cancer demonstrates fifteen basic exercises to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities, which can be done sitting or standing. Highly recommended as an accessible physical activity source for people of all ages and backgrounds, especially survivors of difficult or devastating illness.


The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Llewellyn's Little Book of Dreams
Michael Lennox
Llewellyn Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
www.llewellyn.com
9780738752075, $12.99, HC, 248pp, www.amazon.com

Michael Lennox is a practicing psychologist and one of the most respected and sought after dream interpreters in the U.S. In "Llewellyn's Little Book of Dreams" he draws upon his years of experience and expertise to write pocket-sized guide to dreams and interpretation for improved understanding of our journey through life. Dreams are intensely personal, and they offer unparalleled insight to the depths of who we are and where we are in our journey. "Llewellyn's Little Book of Dreams" is a simple and concise reference guide, using language that speaks directly to the dreamer. "Llewellyn's Little Book of Dreams" covers the basics of dream interpretation and the history of Freudian and Jungian approaches; explores the contemporary scientific understanding of sleep and dreams; and provides a wealth of tips and techniques for remembering dreams, dream journaling, and using dreams to enhance creativity. The expanded dictionary style entries on common dream archetypes enables "Llewellyn's Little Book of Dreams" to provide symbolic meanings and ideas for connecting dream images to our personal life. Impressively informed and informative, "Llewellyn's Little Book of Dreams" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Metaphysical Studies collections in general, and Dream Interpretation supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Llewellyn's Little Book of Dreams" is also available in a digital book format as well ($12.34).

Chakras, Plain & Simple
Sasha Fenton
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
65 Parker St., Ste. 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
www.hrpub.com
9781571747730, $14.95, PB, 144pp, www.amazon.com

"Chakras, Plain & Simple" by professional astrologer, palmist, and tarot card reader Sasha Fenton is an accessible, comprehensive, and user-friendly introductions to the seven major chakras (those spinning vortexes of energy throughout the body) and presents ways of healing the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual problems that arise when the chakras are blocked, misaligned, or too open. "Chakras, Plain & Simple" also describes how the chakras affect people and provides simple healing techniques, an explanation of the relationship between color and mood, tips for using gemstones to cleanse and energize, and advice for practicing aromatherapy and other complementary systems to channel energy within the body. A brief history of the chakras, a discussion of the relationship between the chakras and astrology, and an exploration of the chakras and kundalini are also included. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Chakras, Plain & Simple" will have special appeal for anyone interested in alternative medicine and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Metaphysical Studies collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Chakras, Plain & Simple" is also available in a digital book format ($12.06).

The Secret Nature of Matter
Richard Gordon
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
www.northatlanticbooks.com
9781623171483, $18.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Richard Gordon is widely recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of energy healing. In "The Secret Nature of Matter" he draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to layout new territory in the rarely explored intersection of science and spirituality in a fascinating investigation of the profound relationship between matter and consciousness. Building on the Quantum-Touch technique he has developed over the last four decades, Gordon explains how the hands-on energy healing technique that he uses to help to alleviate nerve pain, headaches, back pain, hip pain, TMJ, and more provides a unique window onto the secret nature of matter. He explains how, by examining pelvic and occipital torsion, and then aligning people without the use of touch or suggestion, he is able to run a wide range of simple experiments that challenge many dogmas of science. "The Secret Nature of Matter" teaches readers Gordon's technique along with 57 easy-to-reproduce experiments that allow them to test the results. These experiments clearly demonstrate that our consciousness can profoundly influence matter, and that an object charged with energy and intent can dramatically affect us physiologically in seconds. Exceptionally 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Secret Nature of Matter" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Metaphysical Studies collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Secret Nature of Matter" is also available in a digital book format ($12.99).

Magical Power For Beginners
Deborah Lipp
Llewellyn Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
www.llewellyn.com
9780738751986, $15.99, PB, 336pp, www.amazon.com

What makes magic work? What can it do and what can't it do? "Magical Power For Beginners: How to Raise & Send Energy for Spells That Work" by Deborah Lipp ( who was initiated into a traditional Gardnerian coven of Witches in 1981, became a High Priestess in 1986, and has been teaching Wicca and running Pagan circles ever since) is straightforward, easy-to-follow guide answers the most common questions about magical power. By learning the fundamentals of raising and sending power, you'll gain the skills you need to create and perform spells and rituals that work. Written for beginners or adepts from any spiritual background, this approachable book shows how to: Personalize power to suit your purpose; Choose a magical goal; Use magical correspondences; Store power in your tools; Transcend time and space; Perform group magic; Construct a spell (with step-by-step samples); Develop mind skills (meditation, grounding, and visualization). A complete course of instruction under one cover, "Magical Power For Beginners" is impressively 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, making it unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Metaphysical Studies collections. It should be noted for metaphysical studies students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Magical Power For Beginners" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Expect the Unexpected
Bill Philipps
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
www.newworldlibrary.com
9781608683673, $22.95, HC, 232pp, www.amazon.com

Bill Philipps is a psychic medium who helps the deceased communicate with their loved ones on earth. He conducts individual readings in person, by phone, or via Skype, as well as small- and large-group readings throughout the United States. With testimonies from everyday men and women, celebrities, business leaders, and one-time skeptics, he draws upon his years of experience and expertise in "Expect the Unexpected: Bringing Peace, Healing, and Hope from the Other Side" to provide an honest firsthand account of how spirits communicate with hi, why he believes they chose him to do this, and how he works with them to ultimately convey their messages. As Philipps confirms, it is normal to ask questions about what happens to our loved ones after death and to hope to reconnect with them. In "Expect the Unexpected" he offers insight and suggestions to help you ask for and receive signs with or without a medium and shows why he is convinced that readings always contain the possibility for love, peace, healing, and hope. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Expect the Unexpected" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Metaphysical Studies collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Expect the Unexpected" is also available in a paperback edition (9781608684953, $15.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Christian Studies Shelf

Scripture and Its Interpretation
Michael J. Gorman, editor
Baker Academic
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
www.bakerpublishinggroup.com
9780801098390, $34.99, HC, 464pp, www.amazon.com

Compiled and edited by Michael J. Gorman (the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland), "Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible" is comprised of contributions by top-notch biblical scholars from around the world and from various Christian traditions offering a fulsome yet readable introduction to the Bible and its interpretation. "Scripture and Its Interpretation" concisely introduces the Old and New Testaments and related topics and examines a wide variety of historical and contemporary interpretive approaches, including African, African-American, Asian, and Latino streams. The illustrious contributors include N. T. Wright, M. Daniel Carroll R., Stephen Fowl, Joel Green, Michael Holmes, Edith Humphrey, Christopher Rowland, and K. K. Yeo, among others. Also featured are questions for reflection and discussion, an annotated bibliography, and a glossary. An impressive volume of Biblical scholarship that is thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Scripture and Its Interpretation" is unreservedly recommended for church, seminary, community, and academic library Biblical Studies collections. It should be noted for students, clergy, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Scripture and Its Interpretation" is also available in a digital book format ($19.24).

Reunion
Bruxy Cavey
Herald Press
1251 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
www.heraldpress.com
9781513801391, $21.99, HC, 226pp, www.amazon.com

The underlying premise of "Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners" by Bruxy Cavey (a teaching pastor at The Meeting House, a multisite Anabaptist congregation in Ontario, Canada) is that the message of Jesus changed the world -- until the world changed the message. "Reunion" deals with the question: Is a truncated and fragmented version of the good news masquerading as the full, forceful gospel of Jesus? There is a growing movement of truth-seekers and Jesus-lovers who believe so, and they are calling for a return to the first and foundational message of Jesus. "Reunion" is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Readers will dig into Scripture with Cavey as he unfolds God's message for the world; Follow the Bible in scouting out the real definitions of sin and salvation; Discover true citizenship in the Jesus nation (where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for one); Glimpse a God who is love itself and who, like it or not, just can t stop thinking about you. A life-affirming and life-liberating read, "Reunion" is very highly recommended to the attention of those who are seeking a deeper understanding of Christian Principles in general, and organized Christian churches and denominations in particular. While unreservedly recommended for both church and community library Christian Studies collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists the "Reunion" is also available in a digital book format ($10.99).

Worshipful
James C. Howell
Cascade Books
c/o Wipf and Stock Publishers
199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401-2960
http://wipfandstock.com
9781498286633, $39.00, HC, 140pp, www.amazon.com

What does it look and feel like to be worshipful? Can we find a way to worship in such a robust, thoughtful way that when we aren't in worship, the worship might linger and invigorate us? Is it possible to live in the world -- doing the dishes, listening to music, being stuck in traffic, enmeshed in a thicket of meetings at work -- with a serene, abiding sense of God's presence despite all the racket, that we might do whatever we do for God, and sense God's presence? And maybe more importantly: could all we do between Sundays -- grocery shopping, paying bills, listening to music, taking a walk, visiting aging parents -- actually enrich and inform what we do on Sunday morning, making worship itself more vigorous, profound, just plain real, and memorable, and thus heightening the likelihood that the worship will linger through the rest of the week? "Worshipful" by James C. Howell (Senior Pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Adjunct Professor of Preaching at Duke Divinity School) is about living a worshipful life: understanding why we do what we do in Sunday morning worship, and then re-enacting those moods and actions all week long. Inspired and inspiring, "Worshipful" is very highly recommended reading for all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliation. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Worshipful" is also available in a paperback edition (9781625642479, $19.00) and in a digital book format ($9.99).

Everbloom
Shayne Moore & Margaret Ann Philbrick, editors
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
www.paracletepress.com
9781612619330, $17.99, PB, 249pp, www.amazon.com

Through the transforming power of story the women of Redbud know and themselves have experienced the importance of spiritual shelter, and how easy it becomes to feel alone and misunderstood. In the "Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives" collection so deftly compiled and co-edited by Shayne Moore (Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Redbud Writers Guild) and Margaret Ann Philbrick (who is a board member of the Redbud Writers Guild, as well as an author, gardener and teacher) the contributors offer essays, stories and poetry: intensely personal accounts of transformation; and their diverse journeys to ultimately find their own voices. Best of all, they invite the reader to join them, with writing prompts that encourage a response of honesty, faith and imagination. "Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives" is strongly recommended for church and community library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all Christians, regardless of denominational affiliation, the "Everybloom" is also avalable in a digital book format ($4.99).

The Pastorals and Polycarp
Richard L. Pervo
Polebridge Press
c/o Westar Institute
P.O. Box 346, Farmington, Minnesota 55024
www.polebridgepress.com
9781598151787, $18.00, PB, 128pp, www.amazon.com

"The Pastorals and Polycarp: Titus, 1-2 Timothy, and Polycarp to the Philippians" by academician and theologian Richard L. Pervo is the first-ever gathering of the Pastoral Epistles and Polycarp to the Philippians under a single cover and moves beyond traditional debates about Pauline authorship to address specific second-century themes, such as combining the traditional Roman Household Code with the emerging Church Order, the corrosive effects of greed, and the price worth paying for unity. A truly impressive work of seminal scholarship, "The Pastorals and Polycarp" includes the Greek texts, Pervo's dynamic English translations, introductions, notes and an index. "The Pastorals and Polycarp" is unreservedly recommended for personal, seminary, and academic library New Testament Studies collections.

Every Job a Parable
John Van Sloten
NavPress
www.navpress.com
c/o Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
www.tyndale.com
9781631465482, $14.99, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

A Walmart greeter, a nurse, and an astronaut walk into a church... Not the set up of a humorous jest, but examples of three Christians who each bring with them their own exhaustions and exasperations, their own uncertainty about whether and how their work matters to God. But here is the Good News: All work matters to God, because all work reflects some aspect of the character of God. God created the world so that it runs best when it mirrors Him, and we ourselves find the most fulfillment when we recognize God behind our labor. In "Every Job a Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses, and Astronauts Tell Us about God", pastor, teacher and writer John Van Sloten offers a fascinating and innovative reflection on vocation: Our work is a parable of God; as we work, we are icons of grace. Informative, thoughtful, inspired and inspiring, "Every Job a Parable " is very highly recommended to the attention of all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliations as a richly rewarding and life-enhancing read. It should be noted that "Every Job a Parable" is also available in a digital book format ($9.99), as well as a complete and unabridged audio book (Oasis Audio, 9781613759301, $17.99, CD).

Incarnation: A New Evolutionary Threshold
Diarmuid O'Murchu
Orbis Books
Price Building, Box 302, Maryknoll NY 10545-0302
www.orbisbooks.com
9781626982352, $25.00, PB, 248pp, www.amazon.com

The incarnation and resurrection of Jesus, writes Diarmuid O'Murchu in "Incarnation: A New Evolutionary Threshold", marks a new evolutionary threshold and points the way towards the fulfillment of our destiny. We can continue in that direction... or destroy ourselves. It is our choice: to co-create with God, or co-destruct on our own. Incarnation shows us what we need to know to choose rightly. "Incarnation" reveals how the notion of separateness of "others" and "borders" and the earth as an object to exploit endangers everyone and everything. O'Murchu expands the Christian idea of Incarnation to reveal a universal embodiment of Spirit. He shows how all forms of embodiment from bacteria to the stars, from our children to strangers evidence a God who loves bodies, and chooses the corporeal form in every initiative of co-creation. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Incarnation" is a compelling read that will have special appeal and interest for both clergy and laymen within the Roman Catholic community. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Incarnation" is also available in a digital book format ($20.50).

God of Sense and Traditions of Non-Sense
Sigve K. Tonstad
Wipf and Stock Publishers
199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401-2960
http://wipfandstock.com
9781498233156, $50.00, HC, 476pp, www.amazon.com

"God of Sense and Traditions of Non-Sense" by Sigve K. Tonstad (Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Loma Linda University, California) is theology from a Holocaust perspective. In an opening salvo, Professor Tonstad presents Job speaking of a God of sense, with Elihu and Job's three friends inaugurating a tradition of non-sense. This is the existential and theological predicament. The problem of finite suffering in this life is addressed in the theological tradition with the prospect of infinite, endless suffering. In the Holocaust, 188 women and 42 children from Oslo were deported, gassed, and cremated by the Nazis. In "God of Sense and Traditions of Non-Sense" this is not seen as a problem that defeats belief, but as the reality that demands a religious and theological account of human existence. A unique, extraordinary, deftly argued, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end, "God of Sense and Traditions of Non-Sense" is unreservedly recommended for seminary and academic library Christian Studies collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of clergy, seminary students, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "God of Sense and Traditions of Non-Sense" is also available in a paperback edition (9781498233132, $25.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

At Home in this Life
Jerusalem Jackson Greer
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
www.paracletepress.com
9781612616322, $18.99, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

In "At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises", Jerusalem Greer tells her story of finding redemption in what is rather than what could be, by practicing the presence of God through rediscovering ancient contemplative teachings and practices (solitude, study, work, prayer, and service) and pairing them with domestic arts (baking, gardening, sewing) -- all in the midst of beauty and mess, chaos and monotony, celebrations and mourning. Jerusalem writes with a raw honesty that reassures readers they are not alone in feeling not good enough, not wise enough, not Christian enough to figure out God's plans. Inspired and inspiring, "At Home in this Life" is an absorbing and potentially life changing read that is unreservedly recommended to the attention of all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliation. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "At Home in the Life" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).

Mind the Gap
Matthais Henze
Fortress Press
P.O. Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440-1209
http://fortresspress.com
9781506406428, $39.00, PB, 248pp, www.amazon.com

To have a more comprehensive understanding of the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth, his apostles, and the rise of early Christianity, it is necessary to study the Jews of the Second Temple period in terms of what they wrote and what Jesus and his followers might have read beyond the canonical Hebrew scriptures that comprised the Torah. In "Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings Between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus", by Matthias Henze ( who is the Isla Carroll and Perry E. Turner Professor of Hebrew Bible and early Judaism and founding director of the program in Jewish studies at Rice University) the reader is introduced the four-century gap between the Old and New Testaments and some of the writings produced during this period (different Old Testaments, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls). Professor Henze also discusses how these texts have been read from the Reformation to the present, emphasizing the importance of the discovery of Qumran; guides the student's encounter with select texts from each collection; and then introduces key ideas found in specific New Testament texts that simply can't be understood without these early Jewish "intertestamental" writings the Messiah, angels and demons, the law, and the resurrection of the dead. Finally, Professor Henize discusses the role of these writings in the "parting of the ways" between Judaism and Christianity. A sound work of scholarship that is impressively well written, organized and presented, "Mind the Gap" provides insightful perspectives on early Judaism and early Christianity, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to community, seminary, and academic library Christian Studies collections, as well as the personal reading lists of both Christian clergy and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.


The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Fighting Buddha
Jeff Eisenberg
Findhorn Press
www.findhornpress.com
9781844097227, $14.99, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

"Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It" is Jeff Eisenberg's personal memoir and details his forty year journey in martial arts and meditation training, as well as some 25 years of Buddhist practice. Using autobiographical anecdotes, along with martial art fighting strategies, Buddhist folk stories, and koan and sutra teachings, Eisenberg explores both the benefits and detriments of each practice, as well as how they complement each other as a singular practice. An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented read from beginning to end, "Fighting Buddha" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Martial Arts and Buddhism collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Fighting Buddha" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.10).


The Fiction Shelf

Serenity Harbor
RaeAnne Thayne
HQN Books
c/o Harlequin Books
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3K9
9780373799398, $7.99 PB, $3.99 Digital, www.amazon.com

Computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. As far as she can see, he's arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. But Kat is, especially if it brings her closer to her goal of adopting an orphaned little girl. And as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there's more to sexy, wary Bo than she'd ever realized. With "Serenity Harbor", author RaeAnne Thayne has added another deftly crafted masterpiece of thoroughly entertaining fiction to her outstanding 'Haven Point' series. "Serenity Harbor" will prove to be a welcome addition to personal reading lists and an enduringly popular addition for community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collections.

The Fabrications
Baret Magarian
Pleasure Boat Studio
201 West 89 Street, New York, NY 10024
www.pleasureboatstudio.com
9780912887494, $29.95, HC, 442pp, www.amazon.com

When Bloch, a popular London novelist, starts writing a fictionalized story featuring his unremarkable friend Oscar, the invented details from the story start to come true. Gradually, Oscar embarks on a surreal odyssey into fame, while Bloch descends into the dark places of his soul. Oscar falls in love with Najette, a bewitching painter, but their relationship hangs in the balance as his myth balloons out of all proportion. At the center of the hype and spin stands the demon-like publicist Ryan Rees, whose power enables him to manufacture the truth, and the story builds to an unforgettable, startling climax. Unique, original, deftly crafted, "The Fabrications" reveals author Baret Magarian's genuine flair for deftly created and memorable characters for a novel laced with throughout with humor and the unexpected. An absorbing, entertaining, read from cover to cover, "The Fabrications" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Fabrications" is also available in a paperback edition (9780912887470, $19.95) and in an inexpensive digital book format ($0.99).

Alabaster
Chris Aslan
Kregel Publications
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
www.kregel.com
9781782642282, $14.99, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

Maryam is stuck in an abusive marriage, living with her in-laws in a conservative, toxically religious village. A few years back, her father was given a jar of priceless perfume by a dying leper and it seemed as if their fortunes would improve, but then Maryam's father contracted leprosy and was exiled from the village. Maryam and her siblings, Eleazar and Marta, experience the shame and ostracism this brings. The precious jar that was meant to bring them freedom has only brought destruction. But rumors abound concerning a new doctor; perhaps hope is on the horizon. A compelling and deftly crafted novel by Chris Aslan, "Alabaster" brings a first-century Middle Eastern village and its culture to life for modern-day readers. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Historical Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Alabaster" is also available in a digital book format ($9.99).

Love Story
Karen Kingsbury
Howard Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
www.simonandschuster.com
9781451687590, $22.99, HC, 368pp, www.amazon.com

From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years -- until Elizabeth died of cancer. So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole's heritage project, he's not sure he can do it. The sadness might simply be too great. But he agrees and allows his heart and soul to go places they haven't gone in decades. Back to the breathless first moments, but also to the secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together. At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans -- and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try, or is it time for them to say goodbye for good? As school comes to an end, Cole presents his report on the love story between his grandparents John and Elizabeth Baxter. It is a tale that touches the hearts of the entire family, and one that causes Cole to better understand his own beginning. A completely engaging, heart-warming, 'feel-good' entertainment, "Love Story" is one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. A compelling and deftly crafted novel by a master of the genre with a genuine flair and mastery of the genre, "Love Story" by Karen Kingsbury will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Romantic Fiction collections. It should be noted for the legions of Karen Kingsbury fans that "Love Story" is also available in a paperback edition (9781451687606, $15.99) and in a digital book format ($11.99).

House of Names
Colm Toibin
Scribner
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
www.simonsays.com
9781501140211, $26.00, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

"House of Names" by Colm Toibin is a retelling of the ancient Greek story of Clytemnestra and her children in ancient Mycena, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war. Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, Clytemnestra reveals the tragic saga that led to these bloody actions: how her husband deceived her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles, only to sacrifice her because that is what he was told would make the winds blow in his favor and take him to Troy; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus, who shared her bed in the dark and could kill; how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself; and how Clytemnestra finally achieved her vengeance for his stunning betrayal -- his quest for victory, greater than his love for his child. An absolutely compelling and deftly crafted novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality, "House of Names" by Colm Toibin will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library Historical Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "House of Names" is also available in a digital book format ($13.99).

Chapel Car Bride
Judith Miller
Bethany House Publishers
11400 Hampshire Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55438
www.bethanyhouse.com
9780764230110, $25.00, HC, 352pp, www.amazon.com

Hope Irvine always sees the best in people. While traveling on the rails with her missionary father, she attracts the attention of a miner named Luke and a young mine manager. When Luke begins to suspect the manager is using Hopes missions of mercy as a cover for illegal activities, can he discover the truth without putting her in danger? Another deftly crafted, consistently engaging, impressively original, and unfailingly entertaining read from award-winning novelist Judith Miller, "Chapel Car Bride" is unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended, especially for community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Chapel Car Bride" is also available in a paperback edition (9780764219054, $15.99) and in a digital book format ($5.99).

Secrets of Southern Girls
Haley Harrigan
Sourcebooks Inc.
1935 Brookdale Road, #139, Naperville, IL 60563
www.sourcebooks.com
9781492647553, $15.99, PB, 400pp, www.amazon.com

Ten years earlier, Julie Portland had accidentally killed her best friend, Reba. What's worse is she got away with it. Consumed by guilt, she left the small town of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, and swore nothing would ever drag her back. Now, raising her daughter and struggling to make ends meet in Manhattan, Julie still can't forget the ghost of a girl with golden hair and a dangerous secret. When August, Reba's first love, begs Julie to come home to find the diary that Reba kept all those years ago, Julie's past comes creeping back to haunt her. That diary could expose the shameful memories Julie has been running from, but it could also unearth the hidden truths that Reba left buried -- revealing that Julie isn't the only one who feels responsible for Reba's death. A deftly crafted and engaging novel from beginning to end, "Secrets of Southern Girls" showcases author Haley Harrigan's impressive flair for storytelling. While 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 "Secrets of Southern Girls" is also available in a digital book format ($9.99).

Fall from Grace
Libby Sternberg
Bancroft Press
PO Box 65360, Baltimore, MD 21209
www.bancroftpress.com
9781610882064, $25.95, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Eli Baine has sinned. Spectacularly. When he's caught using a prostitution ring, the news blasts across print and broadcast media: the son of a reality TV evangelical clan, whose Christian lifestyle is showcased regularly in Baine Family Values television episodes, is exposed as a hypocrite. Carted off to rehab, Eli chafes at being lumped in with molesters and serial adulterers. But when he escapes to visit his wife, Ruth, he finds no solace there. She can hardly bear to look at him, let alone admit him back into her life with their infant child. This sets Eli off on a hard journey toward redemption, understanding and reconciliation. His first stop is at a mainline Protestant church that embraces him with tolerance and support, but where he must endure counseling from a "she-priest" and an ultimate betrayal by someone who had offered a helping hand. Meanwhile, Ruth herself sets out on a healing path, being counseled by a new, young pastor at her parents' fundamentalist church who offers her more than just spiritual guidance. Both Eli and Ruth wander in the wilderness of heartbreak, distrust, and eventual tragedy until they finally transform into different individuals who can see the light of hope and love in their marriage and their lives. Truly a novel for our times by an author with a genuine flair for deftly created characters and engaging storytelling from beginning to end, "Fall From Grace" is one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf.

The Threat Level Remains Severe
Rowena Macdonald
Aardvark Bureau
c/o Gallic Books
www.gallicbooks.com
9781910709153, $15.95, PB, 352pp, www.amazon.com

House of Commons secretary Grace has been counting the tea breaks in the same dull job for a decade. Brett is on a mission to shake up the dusty backrooms of power -- and set to collide with Grace. Office life begins to look up when Grace receives an email. But amid the gothic gloom of Westminster, she begins to wonder who soulful, enigmatic, Reuben Swift really is. Rowena Macdonald's "The Threat Level Remains Severe" is a deftly crafted and original novel by an author with a genuine flair for compelling storytelling. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Threat Level Remains Severe" is also available in a digital book format ($8.99).

Wabi-Sabi
Francesc Miralles, author
Julie Wark, translator
Alma Books
c/o Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
www.bloomsbury.com
9781846883989, $11.00, PB, 300pp, www.amazon.com

Living apart from his girlfriend Gabriela, from whom he seems to have grown gradually distant, university lecturer Samuel is shaken from his humdrum existence when he receives an anonymous postcard from Japan depicting a porcelain figurine of a cat and the words "wabi-sabi", followed by the unexpected visit at work of a girl trying to identify the language of a strange, haunting song. This sets Samuel on a quest that will take him to the Land of the Rising Sun, not only to discover the meaning of the cryptic message, which may hold the key to some of his unanswered questions, but also to find enlightenment, a new equilibrium and a re-appreciation of the small joys of life. Written with author Francesc Miralles's trademark quirkiness, wit and lightness of touch, and deftly translated into English for the benefit of an American readership, "Wabi-Sabi" is a compelling and entertaining read from cover to cover -- and reveals Miralles' genuine flair for crafted a consistently engaging and truly memorable novel.

As Good as Gone
Larry Watson
Algonquin Books
PO Box 2225, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2225
www.algonquin.com
9781616205713, $26.95, HC, 352pp, www.amazon.com

It's 1963, and Calvin Sidey, one of the last of the old cowboys, has long ago left his family to live a life of self-reliance out on the prairie. He's been a mostly absentee father and grandfather until his estranged son asks him to stay with his grandchildren, Ann and Will, for a week while he and his wife are away. So Calvin agrees to return to the small town where he once was a mythic figure, to the very home he once abandoned. But trouble soon comes to the door when a boy's attentions to seventeen-year-old Ann become increasingly aggressive and a group of reckless kids portend danger for eleven-year-old Will. Calvin knows only one way to solve problems: the Old West way, in which scores are settled and ultimatums are issued and your gun is always loaded. And though he has a powerful effect on those around him -- from the widowed neighbor who has fallen under his spell to Ann and Will, who see him as the man who brings a sudden and violent order to their lives--in the changing culture of the 1960s, Calvin isn't just a relic; he's a wild card, a danger to himself and those who love him. A deftly written and compelling read from an author with a genuine flair for originality and skilled storytelling, "As Good as Gone" by Larry Watson is an unreservedly recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections and one that will prove to be an enduringly popular and appreciated selection. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "As Good as Gone" is also available in a paperback edition (9781616206956, $15.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Medicine Feather
Will DuRey
Lindford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444830774, $20.99, PB, LP, 234pp, www.ulverscroftusa.com

Successful prospectors in the hills north of Council Bluffs are being ambushed and killed by a gang determined to snatch every ounce of gold that is dug from the ground or panned from the streams. But when one such indiscriminate attack earns the robbers nothing but a pack of pelts, it sets in motion a chain of events leading to a bloody conclusion. Their victim is a man unwilling to relinquish his possessions without seeking revenge. To the settlers along the Missouri he is known as Weston Gray, but to those further west he is Medicine Feather, brother of the Arapaho and friend of the Sioux. With "Medicine Feather", once again Will DuRey demonstrates that he is a master of the western action/adventure genre. This large print edition is a wonderfully entertaining read from beginning to end and highly recommended for the personal reading lists of all dedicated fans of a well crafted western.

The Deer Stalker
Zane Grey
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
www.skyhorsepublishing.com
9781634502641, $14.99, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Because of the unrestrained slaughter of cougars on Buckskin Mountain, the deer population has increased so fast that they begin to starve. But when Thad Eburne, chief forest ranger, hears the government's plan to open a massive deer hunt to hundreds of indiscriminate hunters, he worries that it will only worsen man's dangerous meddling with nature. Then, when Eburne decides to save a deer herd from a cattleman bent on selling illegal deer meat for easy money, he finds himself up against the deadliest outlaw in the West. There are a great many reasons why Zane Grey continues down to this day to be one of the most famous and appreciated authors of western fiction and in brining back into print his "The Deer Stalker", a new generation of enthusiastic readers will discover just what those reasons are. "The Deer Stalker", as with all of his other classic works, features swift action, magnificent descriptions of the desert and canyon country, plus the added valiant effort of a ranger's struggle to save the doomed herd of deer on the Buckskin range. A simply riveting read from cover to cover, "The Deer Stalker" is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of the legions of Zane Grey fans, as well as all community and academic library Western Fiction collections.

The Lighthouse
Alison Moore
Biblioasis
1520 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, ON N9A 3L2, Canada
www.biblioasis.com
9781771961455, $14.95, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com

The "The Lighthouse" is the debut novel of author Alison Moore and is the story of Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man who is heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. During his circular walk along the Rhine, Futh contemplates the formative moments of his childhood. At the end of the week, Futh returns to what he sees as the sanctuary of his hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence. A unique, compelling, deftly crafted novel that reveals author Alison Moore's genuine flair for creating memorable characters and an unpredictable and consistently engaging storyline, "The Lighthouse" is unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Lighthouse" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Give Up the Dead
Joe Clifford
Oceanview Publishing
595 Bay Isles Road, 120-G, Longboat Key, FL 34228
www.oceanviewpub.com
9781608092048, $26.95, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com

Three years have passed since estate-clearing handyman Jay Porter almost lost his life following a devastating accident on the thin ice of Echo Lake. His investigative work uncovering a kids-for-cash scandal may have made his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire, a safer place, but nothing comes without a price. The traumatic, uncredited events cost Jay his wife and his son, and left him with a permanent leg injury. Jay is just putting his life back together when a mysterious stranger stops by with an offer too good to be true: a large sum of cash in exchange for finding a missing teenage boy who may have been abducted by a radical recovery group in the northern New Hampshire wilds. Skeptical of gift horses and weary of reenlisting in the local drug war, Jay passes on the offer. The next day his boss is found beaten and left for dead, painting Jay the main suspect. As clues begin to tie the two cases together, Jay finds himself back on the job and back in the line of fire. Another riveting novel by a master of the noir fiction genre, Joe Clifford's "Give Up The Dead" is the third and latest volume in the outstanding 'Jay Porter Series'. A simply riveting read from first page to last, "Give Up The Dead" is highly recommended and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Give Up The Dead" is also available in a digital book format ($9.99).

Death at Gills Rock
Patricia Skalka
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
www.uwpress.wisc.edu
9780299304508, $26.95, HC, 248pp, www.amazon.com

Park ranger and former Chicago homicide detective Dave Cubiak is elected Door County sheriff and finds himself confronted with unexpected deaths in the isolated fishing village of Gills Rock. Three prominent World War II veterans who are about to be honored for their military heroics die from carbon monoxide poisoning during a weekly card game. Blame falls to a faulty heater but Cubiak puzzles over details. When one of the widows receives a message claiming the men "got what they deserved," he realizes that there may be more to the deaths than a simple accident. Investigating, Cubiak discovers that the men's veneer of success and respectability hides a trail of lies and betrayal that stems from a single, desperate act of treachery and eventually spreads a web of deceit across the peninsula. Author Patricia Skalka is a master of the genre and in this second book of her outstanding 'Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series' has once again penned a simply riveting read with a deftly created story replete with unexpected twists and turns. An absolutely absorbing novel from cover to cover, "Death at Gills Rock" is unreservedly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Death at Gills Rock" is also available in a paperback edition (9780299304546, $16.95) and in a digital book format ($9.49).

Another Man's Ground
Claire Booth
Minotaur Books
c/o St. Martin's Publishing Group
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
www.minotaurbooks.com
9781250084415, $25.99, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com

Sheriff Hank Worth is called out to look at stands of trees that have been stripped of their bark, which the property owner had planned to harvest for the booming herbal supplement market. At first, Hank easily balances the demands of the investigation with his fledging political career. He was appointed several months earlier to the vacant sheriff position in Branson, Missouri, but he needs to win the fast-approaching election in order to keep his job. He thinks the campaign will go well, as long as he's able to keep secret the fact that a group of undocumented immigrants (hired to cut down the stripped trees) have fled into the forest and he's deliberately not looking for them. But then the discovery of a murder victim deep in the Ozark backwoods sets him in the middle of a generations-old feud that explodes into danger not only for him, but also for the immigrants, his deputies, and his family. He must rush to find a murderer before election day, and protect the vulnerable in Branson County, where politicking is hell and trespassing can get you killed. An original and deftly crafted novel by a true master of the genre, "Another Man's Ground" by Claire Booth is a consistently riveting read from cover to cover. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Another Man's Ground" is also available in a digital book format ($12.99).

KNOLL: The Last JFK Conspiracist
Stephen Hillard
SelectBooks, Inc.
87 Walker Street, Suite B1, New York City, NY 10013
www.selectbooks.com
9781590794210, $23.95, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com

A young protege of Edward Snowden flees the NSA after she learns that her project (KNOLL) is designed to detect and destroy any person with new facts about the conspiracy to assassinate JFK. The project's latest target: a small-town attorney, son of a mysteriously murdered cop, who has just discovered his family's involvement with deceased Mafia Kingpin Carlos Marcello, and the events that day in Dallas. All paths lead to a small Louisiana town that still hides its secrets, and converge on the doorstep of Marcello's still-active savant of assassins. He is unstoppable. His creed: Omerta Is Forever. A deftly crafted and inherently fascinating suspense thriller, "KNOLL: The Last JFK Conspiracist" reveals novelist Stephen Hillard's mastery of the genre and genuine flair for creating an unfailingly entertaining read from cover to cover. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "KNOLL: The Last JFK Conspiracist" is also available in a digital book format ($9.99).

Cold Hearted River
Keith McCafferty
Viking Books
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
www.penguin.com
9780525429609, $26.00, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com

When a woman goes missing in a spring snowstorm and is found dead in a bear's den, Sheriff Martha Ettinger reunites with her once-again lover Sean Stranahan to investigate. In a pannier of the dead woman's horse, they find a wallet of old trout flies, the leather engraved with the initials EH. Only a few days before, Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club, had been approached by a man selling fishing gear that he claimed once belonged to Ernest Hemingway. A coincidence? Sean doesn't think so, and he soon finds himself on the trail of a stolen trunk rumored to contain not only the famous writer's valuable fly fishing gear but priceless pages of unpublished work. The investigation will take Sean through extraordinary chapters in Hemingway's life. Another superbly crafted mystery by a true master of the genre, "Cold Hearted River" is a consistently compelling and unfailingly entertaining read from cover to cover. While strongly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Cold Hearted River" (the sixth title in Keith McCafferty's outstanding Sean Stranahan Mystery Series) is also available in a digital book format ($12.99).

Ten Dead Comedians
Fred Van Lente
Quirk Books
215 Church Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
www.quirkbooks.com
9781594749742, $24.99, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Nine comedians of various acclaim are summoned to the island retreat of legendary Hollywood funnyman Dustin Walker. The group includes a former late-night TV host, a washed-up improv instructor, a ridiculously wealthy "blue collar" comic, and a past-her-prime Vegas icon. All nine arrive via boat to find that every building on the island is completely deserted. Marooned without cell phone service or wifi signals, they soon find themselves being murdered one by one. But who is doing the killing, and why? A deftly crafted and inherently fascinating 'who done it' novel by a master of the genre, Fred Van Lente's "Ten Dead Comedians" is an ingeniously plotted puzzler with classically unanticipated twist ending. While unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Ten Dead Comedians" is also available in a paperback edition (9781683690221, $12.99) and in a digital book format ($12.99).

Murder on Black Swan Lane
Andrea Penrose
Kensington Publishing Corp.
119 West 40th Street, Floor 21, New York, NY 10018-2522
www.kensingtonbooks.com
9781496710772, $25.00, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com

The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A.J. Quill, skewers them both. But then the clergyman is found slain in a church with his face burned by chemicals, his throat slashed ear to ear -- and Wrexford finds himself the chief suspect. An artist in her own right, Charlotte Sloane has secretly slipped into the persona of her late husband, using his nom de plume A.J. Quill. When Wrexford discovers her true identity, she fears it will be her undoing. But he has a proposal -- use her sources to unveil the clergyman's clandestine involvement in questionable scientific practices, and unmask the real murderer. Soon Lord Wrexford and the mysterious Mrs. Sloane plunge into a dangerous shadow world hidden among London's intellectual enclaves to trap a cunning adversary before they fall victim to the next experiment in villainy. A Regency era mystery, "Murder on Black Swan Lane" is an extraordinary and deftly crafted read by a master of the genre, making this simply outstanding novel an unreservedly recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs it should be noted that "Murder on Black Swan Lane" is also available in a paperback edition (9781496713346, $15.95) and in a digital book format ($11.99).

Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
Blackstone Publishing
31 Mistletoe Road, Ashland, OR 97520
www.BlackstoneAudio.com
9781504779739, $26.99, HC, 332pp, www.amazon.com

It's Paris in 1937 and Luke Hamilton (a junior air intelligence officer at the British Embassy) finds himself the target of an assassination attempt. This first appears to be simply a case of mistaken identity -- or so it seems. As Luke is hunted across a continent sliding toward war, he comes to learn that the answers lie deep in a past that predates his abandonment as a baby on the steps of an orphanage twenty-five years ago. Set against a terrific backdrop of Europe on the cusp of the Second World War, "Where Dead Men Meet" is a compelling and deftly crafted novel by a master of the genre. Rich in adventure, espionage, secrets, and lies, "Where Dead Men Meet" is a highly entertaining adventure thriller that will prove 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 "Where Dead Men Meet" is available in a digital book format ($1.99).

The Paris Spy
Susan Elia MacNeal
Bantam Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
www.randomhouse.com
9780399593802, $26.00, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com

Maggie Hope has come a long way since serving as a typist for Winston Churchill. Now she's working undercover for the Special Operations Executive in the elegant but eerily silent city of Paris, where SS officers prowl the streets in their Mercedes and the Ritz is draped with swastika banners. Walking among the enemy is tense and terrifying, and even though she's disguised in chic Chanel, Maggie can't help longing for home. But her missions come first. Maggie's half sister, Elise, has disappeared after being saved from a concentration camp, and Maggie is desperate to find her -- that is, if Elise even wants to be found. Equally urgent, Churchill is planning the Allied invasion of France, and SOE agent Erica Calvert has been captured, the whereabouts of her vital research regarding Normandy unknown. Maggie must risk her life to penetrate powerful circles and employ all her talents for deception and spycraft to root out a traitor, find her sister, and locate the reports crucial to planning D-Day in a deadly game of wits with the Nazi intelligence elite. "The Paris Spy" is another simply riveting read by a master of the genre and showcases author Susan MacNeal's genuine flair for compelling and deftly crafted storytelling. While unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Paris Spy" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

Dead Certain
Adam Mitzner
Thomas & Mercer
9781477822593, $15.95, PB, 348pp, www.amazon.com

Ella Broden is living a double life. By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city's most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan. No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she's not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she's sold her first novel, Ella couldn't be more thrilled... until she gets a call that her sister's gone missing. Ella starts investigating with the help of Detective Gabriel Velasquez, an old flame in the NYPD, and what she finds is shocking. If art imitates life, then her sister's novel may contain details of her real-life affairs. And any one of her lovers could be involved in her disappearance. Desperate to bring Charlotte home, Ella works through her list of suspects, matching fictitious characters with flesh-and-blood men. But will it be too late to save the sister she only thought she knew? "Dead Certain" is a simply riveting read from beginning to end and clearly reveals author Adam Mitzner as a deftly skilled novelist with an impressive mastery of the mystery suspense genre. While very highly recommended and certain to be a popular addition to community library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Dead Certain" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).

The Fifth Reflection
Ellen Kirschman
Oceanview Publishing
595 Bay Isles Road, 120-G, Longboat Key, FL 34228
www.oceanviewpub.com
9781608092505, $26.95, HC, 272pp, www.amazon.com

Police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is pulled into the vortex of a terrible crime involving an eccentric photographer whose images of nude children make her a prime suspect in the disappearance of her own daughter. The principal investigator in the case is a young officer whose dedication to work and obsession with finding the missing child is tearing his own family apart. Trapped between her allegiance to the investigator, her complicated connections to the photographer, and her unstable relationship with the police chief, Dot must find a way to help everyone involved. As Dot's psychological expertise and determination contribute to solving the mystery, her involvement with the missing child's extended, dysfunctional family brings her face-to-face with painful psychological issues of her own. "The Fifth Reflection" delivers a chilling, up-close look at the psychological strain of investigating Internet crimes against children, the complexities of being married to a cop, and the deadliness of jealousy. A deftly crafted and riveting read from beginning to end, "The Fifth Reflection" clearly reveals author Ellen Kirschman's genuine flair for originality and mastery of the genre. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "The Fifth Reflection" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Self-Help Shelf

Overcoming Your Difficult Family
Eric Maisel
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
www.newworldlibrary.com
9781608684519, $15.95, PB, 232pp, www.amazon.com

Many of the difficult and even toxic people you encounter in daily life can be avoided -- but not if they're family members? What if the difficult person is a parent, a sibling, one of your children, or your mate? In "Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation", life coach and retired family therapist Eric Maisel offers useful strategies for dealing with the people you're connected to for life, even when they are not cooperative. Dr. Maisel tackles the problematic aspects of families, describing eight vital skills to help you cope with challenging relationships. "Overcoming Your Difficult Family" also serves as a unique "field guide" to personally thriving even if having to deal with common types of dysfunctional families, authoritarian families, anxious families, addicted families, and more. "Overcoming Your Difficult Family" is a compendium of practical, 'real world', battle-tested advice, tips, tricks and techniques for maintain inner peace in the midst of family chaos and create a better life for yourself and your whole family. While very highly recommended for community library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Overcoming Your Difficult Family" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Fashion Shelf

Paris Fashion: A Cultural History, third edition
Valerie Steele
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
www.bloomsbury.com
9781635570892, $40.00, HC, 344pp, www.amazon.com

This beautifully illustrated, updated and expanded third edition of "Paris Fashion: A Cultural History" by Valerie Steele (Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York) examines the history and culture of style in the fashion capital from the 14th century through to the present day. Paris has been the international capital of fashion for more than 300 years. Even before the rise of the haute couture, Parisians were notorious for their obsession with fashion, and foreigners eagerly followed their lead. From Charles Frederick Worth to Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent, fashion history is dominated by the names of Parisian couturiers. But Valerie Steele's Paris Fashion is much more than just a history of great designers. "Paris Fashion: A Cultural History" demonstrates that the success of Paris ultimately rests on the strength of its fashion culture which was (and continues to be) created by a host of fashion performers and spectators, including actresses, dandies, milliners, artists, and writers. Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, a delight to simply browse through while offering students and non-specialist general readers with a comprehensive Parisian fashion history, "Paris Fashion: A Cultural History" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Paris Fashion: A Cultural History" is also available in a paperback edition (9781859739730, $32.95).


The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Writing For Bliss
Diana Raab
www.dianaraab.com
Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
www.lovinghealing.com
9781615993239, $21.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Diana Raab is an award-winning memoirist, poet, blogger, workshop leader and speaker. In "Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to provide aspiring writers with techniques and prompts for that will lead even the most novice writers to tap into their creativity through storytelling and poetry. "Writing for Bliss" also examines how life-changing experiences can inspire writing, pursue self-examination and self-discovery through the written word, and, understand how published writers have been transformed by writing. Featuring an appendix (A List of Writing Prompts); an eight page list of References; an eight page bibliography of Further Reading; a seven page listing of Recommended Memoirs; and a three page Index, "Writing for Bliss" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented, making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Writing for Bliss" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.95).


The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

You Win or You Die
Ayelet Haimson Lushkov
I. B. Tauris Publishers
www.ibtauris.com
9781784536992, $15.95, PB, 272pp, www.amazon.com

If the Middle Ages form the present-day backdrop to the continents of Westeros and Essos, then antiquity is their resonant past. The Known World is haunted by the remnants of distant and powerful civilizations. Inspired by Carolyne Larrington's "Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones", Ayelet Haimson Lushkov explores the echoes in "You Win or You Die" ranging from the Summer Islands to Storm's End. Lushkov discusses, the convergence of ancient Rome and the reach, scope, and might of the Valyrian Freehold. She shows how the wanderings of Tyrion Lannister replay the journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas. She suggests that the War of the Five Kings resembles the War of the Four Emperors (68-69 AD). She also demonstrates just how the Wall and the Wildlings advancing on it connect with Hadrian's bulwark against fierce tribes of Picts. "You Win or You Die" reveals the remarkable extent to which the entire Game of Thrones universe is animated by its ancient past and is a 'must read' for the legions of Game of Thrones fans. While very highly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted that "You Win or You Die" is also available in a digital book format ($9.99).


The Cookbook Shelf

Artisanal Preserves
Madelaine Bullwinkel
Surrey Books
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
www.agatepublishing.com
9781572842199 $18.95 pbk / $11.28 eBook amazon.com

Artisanal Preserves: Small-Batch Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, and More is a unique cookbook of recipes for flavorful homemade preserves, and tasty breads, muffins, and desserts that use them! Chapters walk the reader through the techniques and equipment used to create preserves, and the vast array of recipes range from Peach Blueberry Jam to Lime Zucchini Marmalade, Quick Tropical Pineapple Preserves, French Toast with Plum Sauce, and even some no-sugar jams! A seasonal guide to fresh fruits and an index round out this accessible and reader-friendly kitchen guide.

Aperitivo: Drinks and Snacks for the Dolce Vita
Kay Plunkett-Hogge
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
978178472310, $19.99, HC, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is a well-respected food and drink writer with a wide culinary repertoire and an in-depth knowledge of the drinks industry. In the beautifully illustrated pages of "Aperitivo: Drinks and Snacks for the Dolce Vita", she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to compile a thoroughly palate pleasing and kitchen cook friendly roster of fabulous recipes that are divided into two major sections: The Drinks; The Food. With cocktails ranging from Kay's perfect Negroni; to The Isola Del Sole; to The Roman Mule; and foods ranging from Peperoni Ripieni; to Salsa Di Faioli Toscani; to Bucce Di Melanzana Marinate Al Pepe; these are Italian treats that will make any and all special occasion parties and gatherings truly memorable. Of special note is the section devoted to Breads & Baking. While certain to be a perennial favorite, "Aperitivo: Drinks and Snacks for the Dolce Vita" is enthusiastically recommended for personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Aperitivo: Drinks and Snacks for the Dolce Vita" is also available in a digital book format ($7.99).


The Poetry Shelf

Where Now: New and Selected Poems
Laura Kasischke
Copper Canyon Press
PO Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368
www.coppercanyonpress.org
9781556595127, $30.00, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Laura Kasischke teaches in the University of Michigan MFA program and the Residential College. She has published seven collections of poetry and seven novels. "Where Now: New and Selected Poems" is her latest published collection and as an anthology represents some of her best work to date -- and a simple pleasure to browse through again and again and again. Showcasing the prose poetry of major and contemporary talent, "Where Now: New and Selected Poems" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Contemporary American Poetry collections. 'Your Last Day': So we found ourselves in an ancient place, the very / air around us bound by chains. There was / stagnant water in which lightning / was reflected, like desperation / in a dying eye. Like science. Like / a dull rock plummeting through space, tossing / off flowers and veils, like a bride. And // also the subway. / Speed under ground. / And the way each body in the room appeared to be / a jar of wasps and flies that day -- but, enchanted, like frightened children's laughter.


The Needlecraft Shelf

Baby Quilts for Beginners
Karen M. Burns
Martingale & Company
19021 - 120th Avenue NE, Suite 102, Bothell, WA 98011
www.shopmartingale.com
9781604688641, $19.99, PB, 64pp, www.amazon.com

Now with the aid of "Baby Quilts for Beginners" compiled by Karen M. Burns, even the most novice of quilting enthusiasts can create a truly memorable and appreciated quilt for a baby shower, birthday, and holiday gift giving -- or just to bring a smile to Baby's face! Comprised of 13 fabulously fast and delightfully simple quilts for little ones are that bright, adorable, and super easy to make, "Baby Quilts for Beginners" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation. While very highly recommended for personal and community library instructional quilting collections, it should be noted that "Baby Quilts for Beginners" is also available in a digital book format ($8.99).


The Photography Shelf

100 Great Street Photographs
David Gibson
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
www.prestel.com
9783791383132, $34.95, HC, 208pp, www.amazon.com

David Gibson is a street photographer, the author of The Street Photographer's Manual, and a founder of the street photography collective In-Public. He regularly leads street photography workshops in London and other cities across the globe. In "100 Great Street Photographs" he presents a celebration of contemporary street photography in all its edgy, strange, beautiful, haunting, colorful, and humorous glory, by brings together the work of a new generation of talented artists. Over the past few decades, the long tradition of street photography has been wholly transformed by the proliferation of digital cameras, the Internet, and smartphones. A new generation of photographers have embraced this modern technology to capture the world around us in a way that is un-staged, of-the- moment, and real. Exploring this rich seam of emergent and exciting street photography, the 100 photographs featured here (the majority of which are previously unpublished and taken in the last few years) are presented on double-page spreads along with commentary about the work and its creator. Curated by David Gibson, "100 Great Street Photographs" is a simply stunning volume of work that offers a truly global collection of images. Gibson's insightful introduction gives an insider's overview of street photography, illuminating its historic importance and its renaissance in the digital age. "100 Great Street Photographs" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Contemporary Photography collections and supplemental studies lists.

Texas Wildflowers Impressions
Rob Greebon & Richard Reynolds
Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
www.farcountrypress.com
9781560376750, $12.95, PB, 80pp, www.amazon.com

In the pages of "Texas Wildflowers Impressions" armchair travelers can go on a wildflower tour with native Texan photographers Rob Greebon and Richard Reynolds. From cacti blossoms at Big Bend National Park in West Texas, to the famous fields of bluebonnets in the Hill Country, to the carnivorous pitcher plants found in the Big Thicket National Preserve in East Texas, enjoy spectacular Texas wildflowers in 93 gorgeous color photographs. Included are the state's vegetational zones with tips on when and where to find blooms, and how to photograph your own beautiful wildflower landscapes. A simply beautiful compendium of full color photography from cover to cover, "Texas Wildflowers Impressions" is very highly recommended -- and could well serve as a template for dedicated photography enthusiasts in creating similar wildflower photography collections of other states.

Mallorca
Michael Poliza
teNeues Publishing Group
7 West 18th Street, New York, NY, 10011
www.teneues.com
9783832769215, $65.00, HC, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Majorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. An inimitable tourist destination for international travelers, nature photographer Michael Poliza focused on a place of legendary beauty that brims unexpected surprises in his compendium of photographs that comprise "Mallorca" beautifully showcasing an attractive mix of old and modern architecture, lively beaches and secluded bays, and the vibrant city of Palma, quaint mountain villages, and more! An ideal browse for the armchair traveler, "Mallorca" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, community, and academic library Contemporary Photography collections.


The Gardening Shelf

Visionary Landscapes
Kendall H. Brown & David M. Cobb
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
www.tuttlepublishing.com
9784805313862, $24.95, HC, 128pp, www.amazon.com

Japanese gardens are traditional gardens whose designs are accompanied by Japanese aesthetic and philosophical ideas, avoid artificial ornamentation, and highlight the natural landscape. Master garden designers Hoichi Kurisu, Takeo Uesugi, David Slawson, Shin Abe and Marc Keane have each interpreted the style and meaning of the Japanese garden in unique ways in their innovative designs for private, commercial and public spaces. Several recent Japanese-style gardens by each designer are featured in "Visionary Landscapes: Japanese Garden Design in North America, The Work of Five Contemporary Masters" with detailed descriptions and sumptuous color photos. Hoichi Kurisu focuses on transformative spaces for spiritual and physical equilibrium; Takeo Uesugi showcases bright, flowing gardens that evoke joyful living; David Slawson presents evocations of native place that fuse with the surrounding landscape; Shin Abe produces dynamically balanced "visual stories" that produce meaning and comfort; Marc Keane reflects on human connections with nature through the art of gardens. Also included are essays on the designers and mini-essays by them about gardens in Japan which have most inspired their work, as well as commentaries by patrons and visitors to their North American gardens. Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout, "Visionary Landscapes" focuses on recently-created gardens to suggest how the art form is currently evolving, and understanding Japanese garden design principles and practices. Informed and informative, "Visionary Landscapes" is a delight to browse through and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Gardening & Horticultural collections in general, and Japanese Gardens supplemental studies reading lists in particular.


The Biography Shelf

The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat
Marissa Landrigan
Greystone Books
343 Railway Street, Suite 201, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6A 1A4
www.greystonebooks.com
9781771642743, $16.95, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Growing up in a household of food-loving Italian-Americans, Marissa Landrigan was always a black sheep. She barely knew how to boil water for pasta! But at college, she thought she'd found her purpose. Buoyed by animal rights activism and a feminist urge to avoid the kitchen, she transformed into a hardcore vegan activist, complete with shaved head. But Landrigan still hadn't found her place in the world. Striving to develop her career and maintain a relationship, she criss-crossed the U.S. Along the way, she discovered that eating ethically was far from simple -- and simply cutting out meat was no longer enough. As she got closer to the source of her food, eventually even visiting a slaughterhouse and hunting elk, Landrigan realized that the most ethical way of eating was to know her food and prepare it herself, on her own terms, to eat with family and friends. Part memoir and part investigative journalism, "The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat" is as much the personal story of a search for identity as it is a fascinating treatise on food. An exceptionally well written and inherently fascinating memoir (and loving that ironic title!) "The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat" is unreservedly recommended, especially for community and academic library Contemporary American Biography collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat" is also available in a digital book format ($10.94).


The Automotive Shelf

Auto Upkeep, fourth edition
Michael Gray & Linda E. Gray
Rolling Hills Publishing
300 Eagle Flight, Ozark, Missouri, 65721
www.rollinghillspublishing.com
9781627020169, $75.00, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Now in a newly updated and expanded fourth edition, "Auto Upkeep" has been adopted by over 500 schools in the United States and Canada (as well as thousands of homeschoolers) to teach maintenance, light repair, auto ownership, and how cars work. "Auto Upkeep: is an outstanding and practical resource for anyone who wants to learn more about cars. Impressively comprehensive, profusely illustrated throughout, "Auto Upkeep" covers everything from choosing an insurance policy, to performing basic maintenance and repair, to advances in automotive technology, to automotive industry career paths, as well as including a glossary and an index.. While unreservedly recommended as high school auto shop textbook, and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Automotive Studies collections. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, it should be noted for personal reading lists that this new fourth edition of "Auto Upkeep" is also available in a paperback edition (9781627020114, $45.00).


The Beer/Wine/Spirits Shelf

The New Wine Lover's Companion, fourth edition
Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst
Barron's
250 Wireless Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY 11788
www.barronseduc.com
9781438008820 $16.99 amazon.com

Now in an updated fourth edition, The New Wine Lover's Companion is a user-friendly reference to the world of fine wine, with alphabetical entries covering everything from "alluvial soil" (a type of soil prized in the viticultural world for the flavorful grapes it produces) to "Zinfandel" (a red-wine grape grown primarily in California). Charts and tables, guides to storing and serving wine, a bibliography, and much more round out this superb resource. Highly recommended, especially for anyone curious to learn more about the depth of wine culture!

Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-created
Patrick E. McGovern
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
www.wwnorton.com
9780393253801 $26.95 hc / $12.99 Kindle amazon.com

Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-created Including Homebrew Interpretations & Meal Pairings lives up to its title as an in-depth guide to the alcoholic drinks enjoyed by civilizations past. From the extensive historical context of intoxicating beverages enjoyed by the Neolithic Chinese or Middle Eastern kings, and even the "grog" cherished in Europe before wine stole center stage. Recipes, recommended meal pairings, a bibliography, and an index round out this treasury for those seeking to personally experience these heritage brews. A "must-have" for adventurous alcohol connoisseurs!

Brewing Revolution
Frank Appleton
Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
www.harbourpublishing.com
9781550177824 $24.95 amazon.com

Brewing Revolution: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement is the memoir of Frank Appleton, widely considered to be the father of Canada's craft-brewing movement. Appleton speaks candidly of the beer business, from working for a major brewery in his early years, to his efforts to establish the first cottage brewery in Canada. Attracting the attention of beer lovers away from the "Big Three" breweries was no easy task, further complicated by strife with the BC Liquor Control Board, and difficulties of brewing plant design as well as the complex process of malting itself. Appleton's efforts inspired a wealth of microbreweries in Canada and the US, and his story is a "must-read" for anyone interested in craft-beer revival. Highly recommended!

The Wildcrafted Cocktail
Ellen Zachos
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
www.storey.com
9781612127422, $18.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Compiled by Ellen Zachos, "The Wildcrafted Cocktail" showcases more than 50 recipes for bitters, garnishes, syrups, infusions, and juices using plants readily found in backyards, farmers' markets, and along roadside fields. Each thoroughly 'user friendly' recipes underscores just how easy it is to make delicious, one-of-a-kind mixed drinks with common flowers, berries, roots, and leaves that you can be found along roadsides or in your backyard or natural wilderness area. Foraging expert Ellen Zachos provides an impressive array of cocktail recipes that range from Quick Pickled Daylily Buds; Rose Hip Syrup, and Chanterelle-infused Rum; to Stinger in the Rye; Don't Sass Me; and Tree-tini. Absolutely certain to be an enduringly popular and appreciated addition to community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Wildcrafted Cocktail" is also available in a digital book format ($9.99).

The Mezcal Rush
Granuille Greene
Counterpoint Press
1919 Fifth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710-1916
www.counterpointpress.com
9781619028449, $26.00, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave plant native to Mexico. In recent years, as the oldest spirit in the Americas, Mezcal has been reinvented as a pricy and popular choice among booze connoisseurs and the mixologists who use it as a cocktail ingredient. Unlike most high-end distillates, most small-batch mezcal is typically produced by and for subsistence farming communities, often under challenging conditions. As author Granville Greene spends time with maestros mezcaleros, who distill their drinks using local agaves and production techniques honed through generations, he came to realize that mezcal had become a spirit of contradictions, being both a liquid language celebrating village identity and craftsmanship, as well as a luxury export undergoing a gold-rush-style surge. "The Mezcal Rush: Explorations in Agave Country" deftly explores the complications that can arise when an artisanal product makes its way across boarders. Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Mezcal Rush" is an original and inherently fascinating read from beginning to end. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Mezcal Rush" is also available in a digital book format ($15.33).


The Art Shelf

Andy Warhol: Dark Star
Douglas Fogle, et al.
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
www.prestel.com
9783791356150, $49.95, HC, 208pp, www.amazon.com

Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 - February 22, 1987) was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. From soup cans to car crashes, his early work is reconsidered in "Andy Warhol: Dark Star", an illustrated collection of essays from a wide variety of scholars, writers, and artists. Warhol embodied many of the paradoxes of postwar America. Emerging as a successful commercial artist during the heyday of Madison Avenue, Warhol was obsessed with consumer objects and the production of fame. His early work reveals his fascination with Hollywood stars, everyday household products, disasters, car crashes, and the Kennedy assassination. "Andy Warhol: Dark Star" is a provocative and stimulating collection of essays, which accompanies an exhibition at Museum Jumex, Warhol and his art illuminate the utopian promise and the dark side of American culture. Profusely illustrated throughout with a wide-ranging series of images drawn from Warhol's famed as well as lesser-known works, this outstanding collection brings into clearer focus the artist's personal struggles. A unique and informative study, "Andy Warhol: Dark Star" is an inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and very highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library 20th Century American Art History collections in general, and Andy Warhol supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

"O'er the Wide and Tractless Sea"
Michael P. Dyer
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnn Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740-6398
9780997516135, $65.00, HC, 365pp, www.whalingmuseum.org

From the 1750s through the first years of the 20th Century, American whaling voyages ranged farther off shore and ultimately around the world, in a pursuit that produced oil and baleen for the growing population and industrialization of the U.S. "O'er the Wide and Tractless Sea" is a compendium of artworks generated by and/or in celebration of those whaling voyages, experiences, history and culture in the form of paintings, drawings, prints, and scrimshaw. Showcasing some 327 illustrations and images, supported by an impressively informed and informative commentary by Michael P. Dyer (Curator of Maritime History at the New Bedford Whaling Museums and Old Dartmouth Historical Society), "O'er the Wide and Tractless Sea" is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition for the personal, community, and academic library American Art History collections.


The Music Shelf

The Spree of 83
Freddy Powers, Catherine Powers, Jake Brown
Waldorf Publishing
2140 Hall Johnson Road 102-345, Grapevine, TX 76051
www.waldorfpublishing.com
9781945174940, $24.99, HC, 350pp, www.amazon.com

With an informative Foreword by Tanya Tucker, "The Spree of 83" features exclusive commentaries from Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, John Rich, Tanya Tucker, The Voice finalist/Powers' protege Mary Sarah, and hosts of other Nashville luminaries, as it showcases Freddy Powers 50-year career expanding the perimeters of country and western music, including the creation of a fusion of country honky-tonk and swing jazz. In this candidly informative memoir, Freddy recounts first-hand the highly-entertaining and emotionally-touching story behind his decades-long roller-coaster ride through the music business, to the top of the charts, and his inspiring struggle in recent years battling Parkinson's disease, all while his legacy endured through generations of fans. An inherently compelling read from beginning to end, "The Spree of 83" is a 'must' for the legions of Freddy Powers fans and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library American Western Music History collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Spree of 83" is also available in a digital book format ($3.99). Librarians should be aware that there is an audio book edition of "The Spree of 83" (Blackstone Audio, 978-1441703897, $29.95, CD).


The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Total ME-Tox
Beth Behrs
Weinstein Books
250 West 57th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10107
www.weinsteinbooks.com
9781602863088, $26.00, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Before hitting her stride as one of Hollywood's hottest rising stars, Beth Behrs was a high-strung, stressed out, junk-food-loving couch potato. Then one day, she decided she'd had enough: she was going to take back her life. Beth began with simple steps that led to big changes-and now she wants to help readers do the same. In "The Total ME-Tox: How to Ditch Your Diet, Move Your Body & Love Your Life", Beth shares her journey toward wellness, along with easy-to-follow healthy recipes, shrewd shopping tips, and fun living-room fitness routines (a.k.a. "Meh Workouts") each of which are specifically designed to revitalize and inspire even the laziest among us. As entertaining as it is instructive, "The Total Me-Tox" is an achievable program for looking and feeling great about yourself. Practical, effective, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Total ME-Tox" is unreservedly recommended, especially for community, college, and university library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Total ME-Tox" is also available in a digital book format ($13.99).


The Education Shelf

International Admissions
Mandee Heller Adler & Aimee Heller
Biographical Publishing Company
95 Sycamore Drive, Prospect, CT 06712-1493
www.biopub.us
9780997602845, $14.95, PB, 266pp, www.amazon.com

Mandee Heller Adler is the founder and principal of International College Counselors, one of the world's largest and most successful college and graduate school admissions counseling businesses. Aimee Heller is a writer and an essay expert for International College Counselors. Together they have collaborated to write "International Admissions: How to Get Accepted to U.S. Colleges". This do-it-yourself instruction manual and guide will enable aspiring students to gain the tools and resources they will need to find and get into U.S. colleges and universities -- including the world's top private and public schools. Aspiring students will learn what they need to do in high school and on their own time to make a college desire them as a student at their institution. Students will recognize just how to choose a school that meets their particular needs and goals. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "International Admissions" will enable students to make their skills, achievements, and potential shine through on college applications, in interviews, and during school visits. Students will learn how to make their background and experiences work for them. Thoroughly 'user friendly', impressively informed and informative, efficiently practical, exhaustively comprehensive, real-world practical, "International Admissions" is unreservedly recommended for personal, highschool, community, and academic library College Entrance Guide instructional reference collections.

School Leadership for Results
Beverly G. Carbaugh, Robert J. Marzano, Michael D. Toth
Learning Sciences International
c/o Marzano Research Laboratory
555 N. Morton St., Bloomington, IN 47404
http://www.marzanoresearch.com
9781941112106, $29.95, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Parents, teachers, building principles, district superintendents, and school board members must struggle with the question of what defines an effective school leader -- and how do you measure effectiveness? School leaders have a direct and significant impact on student achievement. They drive the effectiveness of teachers who, in turn, influence the performance of students. Without the right kind of support, training, vision, and tools, however, school leaders are often unable to perform at the highest levels of effectiveness. Based on historical and contemporary research, "School Leadership for Results: Shifting the Focus of Leader Evaluation" explores the importance of evaluating school leaders based on something far more powerful than measurement alone: evaluating based on growth. Education authorities Beverly G. Carbaugh, Robert J. Marzano, and Michael D. Toth describe ways to transform evaluation into a model that: Measurably improves the performance of school leaders; Aligns the vision, mission, and goals of school leaders; Connects goals with practices that impact teachers and students; Is designed with domains, scales, and evidences to address key questions; Provides a clear course to help school leaders prepare for evaluations; Ensures that district leaders offer fair, unbiased school leader evaluations. Featuring Endnotes, a list of References, and a handy Index, "School Leadership for Results" is unreservedly recommended and will prove to be a core addition to school district and academic library Contemporary Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of education policy makers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "School Leadership for Results" is also available in a digital book format ($18.57).


The Literary Studies Shelf

The Linguistics of Stephen King
James Arthur Anderson
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
www.mcfarlandpub.com
9781476668345, $39.95, PB, 252pp, www.amazon.com

Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy whose books have sold more than 350 million copies, with many of them having been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books. King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books. He has written nearly 200 short stories. Stephen King's influence on popular culture has drawn both strong praise and harsh criticism from reviewers and scholars alike. While his popularity cannot be overstated, his work has received relatively little critical attention from the academic world. "The Linguistics of Stephen King: Layered Language and Meaning in the Fiction" by James Arthur Anderson (who is a professor at Johnson & Wales University's North Miami Florida campus where he teaches writing, literature, and science fiction) examines King's fiction using modern literary theory, in a study that reveals the unexpected complexity of 22 short stories and novels, from Carrie to End of Watch. Professor Anderson finds King using fantasy and horror to expose truths about reality and the human condition. An impressively informative, thought-provoking, and inherently fascinating analysis, "The Linguistics of Stephen King" is a critically important and highly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Studies collections. It should be noted for both students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Linguistics of Stephen King" is also available in a digital book format ($19.99).

Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals
Rick Ollerman
Stark House Press
1315 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501
www.starkhousepress.com
9781944520328, $17.95, PB, 298pp, www.amazon.com

Rick Ollerman has been writing introductions for Stark House Press for the past six years. "Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals: Essays on Crime Fiction Writers from the 50s through the 90s" collects all those essays. "Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals" includes a lot of new material written specifically for this volume. Impressively informed and informative, exceptionally well written, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals" should be considered a 'must read' for all dedicated fans of the noir mystery/suspense genre and is an especially recommended and unique addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Studies collections.

Paperbacks from Hell
Grady Hendrix
Quirk Books
215 Church Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
www.quirkbooks.com
9781594749810, $24.99, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com

In the pages of "Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction", diehard horror fiction fan Grady Hendrix take the reader on an impressive tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and '80s. Showcased are dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Then there are the shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Himself a published horror author and vintage paperback book collector, Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby. An affectionate, nostalgic, informative, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades (complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles), there are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth the reading time and which one should stay buried -- with a proverbial stake through the heart! While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Studies collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Paperbacks from Hell" is also available in a digital book format ($14.99).


The Criminology Shelf

Staggered Paths
Steven Spingola
Badger Wordsmith Books
www.badgerwordsmith.com
9780692910139, $14.95, PB, 170pp, www.amazon.com

During a twenty year span, over two dozen young men were found dead in Wisconsin lakes, rivers, and wooded areas. Law enforcement officials attribute almost all of these strange deaths to acute alcohol intoxication, but others suspect a shadowy serial killer. Like most readers, Steve Spingola first learned of these tragic incidents from newspaper and television reports. During a career that spanned parts of four decades, the now retired lieutenant of detectives spent fifteen years investigating some of Milwaukee's most complex and heinous murders, including those linked to Jeffrey Dahmer and the north side strangler. In Staggered Paths, the stellar sleuth poured through thousands of pages of police reports, dozens of newspaper accounts, and autopsy findings to independently review these strange and troubling deaths. Is a serial killer lurking in college towns, such as La Crosse and Eau Claire, to lure inebriated men to their watery graves? In "Staggered Paths: Strange Deaths in the Badger State" Spingola definitively answers this question and suggests some of these cases should be revisited. An extraordinary, unique, and inherently compelling read from cover to cover, "Staggered Paths" is unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library True Crime collections in general, and Wisconsin Criminal Histories supplemental studies reading lists in particular. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Staggered Paths" is also available in a digital book format ($8.99).

Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado
Bill Neal
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
9781574416954 $24.95 www.untpress.unt.edu

Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado: The Assassination of J.W. Jarrott, a Forgotten Hero is a historical analysis of a cold case murder committed in 1902. The Llano Estacado in far West Texas had been recently opened for settlement, yet frontier cattlemen using the unfenced prairie land to feed their herds hated the coming of the "nesters", as a potential threat to their income. Jim Miller, a famous hired assassin, murdered James W. Jarrott, leader of a band of twenty-five homesteader families. But who was Jim Miller's employer? Author and criminal law practitioner Bill Neal pieces together evidence revealing the culprit's guilt, in addition to honoring the legacy of a true people's champion and martyr. The story of Jarrott's young widow Mollie, who persevered against severe odds, adds further depth to this riveting true-life page-turner. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections.


The Travel Shelf

Tokyo Geek's Guide
Gianni Simone
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
www.tuttlepublishing.com
9784805313855 $16.95 amazon.com

Packed with helpful mini-maps and full-color photography throughout, Tokyo Geek's Guide: Manga, Anime, Gaming, Cosplay, Toys, Idols & More is a travel guide especially for Japanese pop culture enthusiasts. Chapters direct readers to highlights of Tokyo's cosplay scene ("cosplay" involves dressing up as fictional or animated characters for fun), as well as choice eateries with a pop culture theme, the "must-browse" shopes of anime and manga connoisseurs, a Tokyo festival and fair calendar, and much more. The lavish illustrations and lively text makes Tokyo Geek's Guide a blast for armchair travelers as well! Tokyo Geek's Guide is just plain fun to browse from cover to cover, and a "must-have" supplement for any manga, anime, or video game connoisseur on their trip of a lifetime to Tokyo.

Eat Smart in Portugal
Ronnie Hess and Joan Peterson
Ginkgo Press
PO Box 5346, Madison, WI 53705
www.eatsmartguides.com
c/o University of Wisconsin Press (dist.)
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
www.uwpress.wisc.edu
9781938489112 $15.95 amazon.com

Part of the excellent "Eat Smart" series, Eat Smart in Portugal: How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure is a superlative culinary guide for travelers visiting Portugal on business or pleasure. Chapters include a brief historical survey of Portugal's cuisine, a tour of regional variations of Portuguese foods, helpful phrases in English translated into Portuguese especially for food shoppers, a menu guide, and more. A handful of inset color photographs, a bibliography, and an index round out this sumptuous resource!


The Sports Shelf

Cheating Is Encouraged
Mike Siani and Kristine Setting Clark
Sports Publishing
www.sportspubbooks.com
c/o Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
www.skyhorsepublishing.com
9781613218204 $24.99 hc / $13.99 eBook amazon.com

Cheating Is Encouraged: A Hard-Nosed History of the 1970s Raiders is a sports history of the Oakland Raiders pro football team during the 1970s, a time when they were notorious for "behavioral issues", "attitude", and prioritizing victory above all else. Here are true tales of willful team owner Al Davis, creative genius coach John Madden, and colorful borderline-outlaw players such as John "Tooz" Matuszak and Lyle Alzado. Week-by-week summaries of football seasons enhance this adventurous history, accessible to readers of all backgrounds, and utterly fascinating whether one adores or despises the Oakland Raiders!


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