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Volume 11, Number 12 December 2016 Home | WBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Christmas Shelf Fiction Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Islamic Studies Shelf
Poetry Shelf Military Shelf Beer/Wine Shelf
Gaming Shelf Biography Shelf Art Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Music CD Shelf
DVD Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Photography Shelf Travel Shelf
Education Shelf Architecture Shelf Native American Studies Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Self-Help Shelf Philosophy Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Uncle John's Presents Top 10 of Everything 2017
Paul Terry
Portable Press
PO Box 1117, Ashland, OR 97520
c/o Printer's Row Publishing Group
9781626868465 $19.99

Packed with full-color photography and jaw-dropping facts on every page, Uncle John's Presents Top 10 of Everything 2017 lives up to its title with record-breaking top-ten lists in almost every category imaginable, from the ten highest-selling video game titles, to the ten longest long jumps performed by exceptional athletes, to the ten deadliest natural disasters within the past several hundred years. Readers of all ages will find Uncle John's Presents Top 10 of Everything 2017 amazing and educational! Highly recommended.

Life From Scratch
Sasha Martin
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426213748, $25.00, HC, 336pp,

"Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness" is the story of how, over the course of 195 weeks, food writer and blogger Sasha Martin set out to cook (and eat) a meal from every country in the world. As cooking unlocked the memories of her own rough-and-tumble childhood and the loss and heartbreak that came with it, Martin became more determined than ever to find peace and elevate her life through the prism of food and world cultures. From the tiny, makeshift kitchen of her eccentric, creative mother, to a string of foster homes, to the house from which she launched her own cooking adventure, Martin's heartfelt and brutally honest memoir reveals the power of cooking to bond, to empower, and to heal. Ultimately it is a celebration of the simple truth that happiness is created from within. Witty, warm, and poignant, compelling, candid, deeply personal, and a simply riveting read from cover to cover, "Life From Scratch" is very highly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary American Biography collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Life From Scratch" is also available in a paperback edition (9781426216534, $15.95) and in a Kindle format ($9.99). Librarians should be aware that "Life From Scratch" is available as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio: 9781483085388, $34.95, CD / 9781483085371, $29.95, MP3).

The LEGO Animation Book
David pagano & David Pickett
No Starch Press
245 - 8th Street, San Francisco, CO 94103-3910
9781593277413, $19.95, PB, 216pp,

LEGO is a line of plastic construction toys that are manufactured by The Lego Group and consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks accompanying an array of gears, figurines called minifigures, and various other parts. LEGO pieces can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct objects; vehicles, buildings, and working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. "The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies!" is a complete course of do-it-yourself instruction on how to bring LEGO models to life with stop-motion animation. By following the throughly 'user friendly' step-by-step instructions to make a LEGO based animation, and then exploring the entire film making process, from storyboards to post-production, "The LEGO Animation Book" shows how to: Create special effects like explosions and flying minifigures; Convey action and emotion with your minifigure actors; Design sets for animation--make three buildings look like an entire city; Light, frame, and capture consistent photos; Add detail and scope to your films by building in different scales; Build camera dollies and rigs out of LEGO bricks; Choose cameras, software, and other essential animation tools, and more! "The LEGO Animaton Book" is enthusiastically recommended for dedicated LEGO fans from ages 8 to 88 and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal and community library collections. It should be noted that "The LEGO Animation Book" is also available in a Kindle format ($14.02).

The Christmas Shelf

Christmas from the Heart
Made in Arizona
Heart Dance Records
$13.99 CD / $9.49 MP3

Christmas from the Heart is a compilation of classic Christmas songs performed by a variety of musicians in the state of Arizona, as part of a "Made in Arizona" project. Instrumental accompaniment ranges from Spanish guitar to finger-style guitar, piano, ambient, Native American flute, and more. A joyful expression of the season, perfect for stirring holiday spirit at Christmas parties, Christmas from the Heart is highly recommended. The tracks are "Joy to the World", "Angels We Have Heard On High", "The Gift", "Away in a Manger", "Light to the World", "First Lights", "Jingle Bells", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Ave Maria", "Greensleeves", "Silent Night", "The Huron Carol, and "O Come O Come Emmanuel". It's worth noting that 10% of the proceeds from Christmas from the Heart will go to Music As Therapy (

The Fiction Shelf

The Natural Way of Things
Charlotte Wood
Europa Editions
214 West 29th Street, Suite 1003, New York, N.Y. 10001
9781609453626, $17.00, PB, 208pp,

Drugged, dressed in old-fashioned rags, and badly in need of a cigarette, Yolanda wakes up in a barren room. Verla, a young woman who seems vaguely familiar, sits nearby. Down a hallway echoing loudly with the voices of mysterious men, in a stark compound deep in the Australian outback, other captive women are just coming to. Starved, sedated, the girls can't be sure of anything -- except the painful episodes in their pasts that link them. In "The Natural Way of Things" author Charlotte Wood depicts a world where a woman's sexuality has become a weapon turned against her. The characters, each of whom are marked by their own public scandal, are silenced and shackled by a cruel system of corporate control and misogyny. In a Kafkaesque drag of days marked only by the increasing strangeness of their predicament, the fraught, surreal, and fierce reality of inhabiting a female body becomes frighteningly vivid. But it's in the very bind of this senseless system that Yolanda and Verla discover their ability to forge a bond powerful enough to bring it down. Drawing strength from the animal instincts they're forced to rely on, the girls go from hunted to hunters, along the way becoming unforgettable and boldly original literary heroines that readers will both relate to and root for. Exceptionally well written and a consistently compelling read from cover to cover, "The Natural Way of Things" is especially recommended for community and academic library Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Natural Way of Things" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Shelter in Place
Alexander Maksik
Europa Editions
214 West 29th Street, Suite 1003, New York, N.Y. 10001
9781609453640, $18.00, PB, 400pp,

Set in the Pacific Northwest in the jittery, jacked-up early 1990s, "Shelter in Place", by Alexander Maksik is a deftly crafted novel that deals with the hereditary nature of mental illness, the fleeting intensity of youth, the obligations of family, and the dramatic consequences of love. Joseph March, a twenty-one-year-old working class kid from Seattle, is on top of the world. He has just graduated college and his future beckons, unencumbered, limitless, magnificent. Joe's life implodes when he starts to suffer the symptoms of bipolar disorder, and, not long after, his mother kills a man she's never met with a hammer. Joe moves to White Pine, Washington, where his mother is serving time and his father has set up house. He is followed by Tess Wolff, a fiercely independent woman with whom he has fallen in love. The lives of Joe, Tess, and Joe's father fall into the slow rhythm of daily prison visits followed by beer and pizza at a local bar. Meanwhile, Anne-Marie March, Joe's mother, is gradually becoming a local heroine - many see her crime as a furious, exasperated act of righteous rebellion. Tess, too, has fallen under her spell. Spurred on by Anne-Marie's example, Tess enlists Joe in a secret, violent plan that will forever change their lives. A consistently compelling read by an impressively talented writer, Alexander Maksik's "Shelter in Place" is highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Shelter in Place" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99). Libraries should be aware that "Shelter in Place" also has a complete and unabridged audio book MP3 CD edition (Blackstone Audio, 9781504749725, $29.95).

Winter Sky
Chris Stewart
Shadow Mountain Publishing
P.O. Box 30178, Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0178
9781629722290, $16.99, HC, 192pp,

In a bombed-out Polish village during World War II a young resistance fighter finds that he is suddenly alone and trapped between two opposing armies. He is one of Poland's "Devil's Rebels" fighting desperately to save his homeland, but an injury has erased his memory and his only possession is a torn photograph of a couple he assumes are his parents. The woman appears to be holding the hand of a young child whose image has been ripped off. Could the child be him? A simply riveting novel by an extraordinarily gifted author, "Winter Sky" by Christ Stewart is enthusiastically recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Winter Sky" is also available in a Kindle format ($10.99). Librarians should especially note that "Winter Sky" also has a complete and unabridged CD audio book edition from Shadow Mountain Publishing (9781629722979, $29.99).

Yellow Dog
Miriam Korner
Red Deer Press
c/o Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
195 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario, Canada, L3R 4T8
9780889955462, $12.95, PB, 264pp,

Jeremy lives in a small community where winters are long and stray dogs roam the streets. When peer pressure leads Jeremy into a bad prank, he is immediately struck with guilt - and that's when Jeremy's life changes forever. Trying to make amends Jeremy befriends Yellow Dog, and in the process meets a curious old man who introduces him to the adventures of dog sledding. Soon Jeremy is forming his own old-time dog team with Yellow Dog at lead and in the process discovers more about himself (and the old man) than he ever thought possible. With a true natural born storyteller's skill, novelist Miriam Korner is able to deftly craft an impressively engaging and entertaining read that will make "Yellow Dog" an enduringly popular addition to personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections.

A Lady Unrivaled
Roseanna M. White
Bethany House Publishers
11400 Hampshire Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55438
9780764213526, $14.99, PB, 416pp,

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile -- even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action -- and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better. With "A Lady Unrivaled", accomplished novelist Roseanna M. White has written still another wonderfully entertaining Edwardian romance novel for her legions of appreciative readers. While "A Lady Unrivaled" is very highly recommended, especially for community library Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Lady Unrivaled" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.86).

Away Running
David Wright & Luc Bouchard, authors
Orca Book Publishers
PO Box 468, Custer, WA 98240-0468
9781459810464, $14.95, PB, 312pp,

Matt, a white quarterback from Montreal, Quebec, flies to France (without his parents' permission) to play football and escape family pressure. Freeman, a black football player from San Antonio, Texas, is in Paris on a school trip when he hears about a team playing American football in a rough, low-income suburb called Villeneuve-La-Grande. Matt and Free join the Diables Rouges and make friends with the other players, who come from many different ethnic groups. Racial tension erupts into riots in Villeneuve when some of their Muslim teammates get in trouble with the police, and Matt and Free have to decide whether to get involved and face the very real risk of arrest and violence. The deftly written collaboration by novelists David Wright and Luc Bouchard, "Away Running" is a finely crafted story that is a consistently compelling read from cover to cover. While very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Away Running" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

This Road We Traveled
Jane Kirkpatrick
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800722333, $14.99, PB, 352pp,

When Tabitha Brown's son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son's concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear. The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha's faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family's survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn't know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life--and the greater part she had to play in history. With "This Road We Traveled", novelist Jane Kirkpatrick again reveal a true storyteller's knack for creating an inherently compelling work of fiction that is based on actual events. While very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "This Road We Traveled" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.86).

Exile on Bridge Street
Eamon Loingsigh
Three Rooms Press
9781941110423, $15.95, PB, 356pp,

In "Exile on Bridge Street", author Eamon Loingsigh presents the story of teenage Irish immigrant Liam Garrity and his struggle to adulthood in pre-Prohibition Brooklyn. Back home, Ireland's fight for its own independence erupts with the 1916 Easter Rising. The fate of Garrity's father, an Irish rebel, is unknown, which leaves his mother and two sisters vulnerable on the family farm as British troops swarm, seeking reprisals. Garrity must organize their departure to New York immediately. In Brooklyn, Garrity is adopted by Dinny Meehan, leader of a longshoremen gang based in an "Irishtown" saloon under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Meehan vows to help Garrity and his family. But just as Ireland struggles for independence, Garrity faces great obstacles in his own coming of age on the violent Brooklyn waterfront. World War I, the Spanish Influenza, the temperance movement, the rise of Italian organized crime, police, unions and shipping and dock companies all target the Brooklyn Irish gang and threaten Garrity's chances at bringing his family to New York. When "Wild Bill" Lovett, one of the gang's dockbosses vies to take over, both Meehan and Garrity face a fight for survival in New York City's brawling streets mirroring Ireland's own fledgling independence movement. An impressively crafted novel and a compelling read from beginning to end, "Exile on Bridge Street" is very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Exile on Bridge Street" is also available in a Kindle format ($8.69).

Stony River
Tricia Dower
Leapfrog Press
P.O. Box 505, Fredonia, NY 14063
9781935248866, $15.95, PB, 320pp,

It wasn't all poodle skirts and rock 'n' roll in Stony River during the 1950s; it was a perilous time to come of age. "Stony River" by Tricia Dower is about absent mothers, controlling fathers, teenage longing and small-town pretense abound, with the threat of violence all around: crazy fathers, dirty boys, strange men in strange cars, one dead girl, one never seen, and another gone missing. A consistently compelling and unfailingly entertaining read from cover to cover, "Stony River" is very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Stony River" is also available in a Kindle format ($10.99).

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Blue Baron Mystery
Jerry Labriola
Strong Books
PO Box 1194, Middlebury, CT 06762
9781928782803, $24.95, HC, 304pp

An expert forensic scientist with an earned reputation for discretion among overt and covert traders in international artifacts, Dr. Paul D'Amean's career and life are on the line in "The Blue Baron Mystery", a truly compelling read by author Jerry Labriola who is a seasoned master of the genre. Hired by 'Gens de Ferite', an ancient French organization dedicated to tracking down the murderer of six people and to locate the stolen Blue Baron diamond, Paul finds himself traveling in perilous jeopardy following a serious of hazardous incidents that occurs as he finds himself in France, Holland, The Hauge, Belgium, Angola, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Buenos Aires and Gibraltar. A deftly crafted and riveting read from cover to cover, "The Blue Baron Mystery" is enthusiastically recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated suspense thriller buffs and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections. It should be noted that a complete list of Jerry Labriola eleven previous novels is available at

A Death In Vienna
Daniel Silva
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014-3658
9780451213181, $9.99, 448pp,

Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to discover the truth behind a bombing that killed an old friend, but while there he encounters something that turns his world upside down. It is a face -- a face that feels hauntingly familiar, a face that chills him to the bone. "A Death In Vienna" is another riveting read from author Daniel Silva who is an undisputed master of the suspense thriller genre. Deftly crafted characters embedded in a consistently compelling story of unexpected plot twists and turns, "A Death In Vienna" is very highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library collections. It should be noted that "A Death In Vienna" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Death of a Toy Soldier
Barbara Early
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781629538389, $25.99, HC, 304pp,

Liz McCall grew up in a playful winter wonderland but it was never her dream to manage her father's vintage toyshop. However, after he sank his entire police pension into the business, someone needed to help him turn his dreams into reality -- and keep him from sneaking off to patrol the not-so-mean streets of East Aurora, NY. The mood goes from nice to naughty when a nervous man, who was trying to have his antique toys appraised, is found in the shop with a lawn dart through his chest. Suddenly, Liz's business plan is plunged into deep freeze, while she and her father find themselves toying with a cold-blooded killer who's playing for keeps. Now, it looks like Christmas might be cancelled for the neighborhood kids if Liz can't wrap up the case. All the more impressive considering that "Death of a Toy Soldier" is author Barbara Early's debut as a novelist, this is a mystery's lover's delight and a solidly entertaining read from cover to cover that launches her 'Vintage Toyshop Mystery' series. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Death of a Toy Soldier" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.59).

Tales of an Unlikely Sleuth
J. R. Canfield
Biographical Publishing Company
95 Sycamore Drive, Prospect, CT 06712-1493
9780997602807, $14.00, PB, 412pp,

Hamilton Smith is a Bon Vivant, man-about-town, and amateur detective who slips in and out of retirement whilst encountering the sinister motivations of several unlikely homicide suspects. "Tales of an Unlikely Sleuth" is comprised of four deftly crafted and sequential Hamilton Smith mysteries in settings ranging from New England to the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. Exceptionally well written, consistently compelling, and a thoroughly entertaining read from cover to cover, "Tales of an Unlikely Sleuth" is an especially recommended addition to the personal reading lists of all mystery buffs and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

Shawn Corridan & Gary Waid
Oceanview Publishing
595 Bay Isles Road, 120-G, Longboat Key, FL 34228
9781608092154, $26.95, HC, 320pp,

In the Bering Sea, Bennkah, the largest oil tanker ever built, newly commissioned in Vladivostock, Russia, is on a secret mission. On this maiden voyage, Captain Borodin is at the helm. He is the only one aboard aware of the mission. Soon an engineer discovers a defect -- seemingly minor, but one with disastrous potential. Despite his attempts to correct the problem, a fire erupts, contained at first, then rapidly spreads out of control, consuming the behemoth ship. A Mayday call alerts Sonny Wade some two hundred miles from the burning ship. This could be the lifeline that Sonny and his rag-tag crew need to save their failing salvage business. But Dan Sharp, Sonny's nemesis and former employer (the owner of the largest salvage business in northern Alaska) also hears the call. A brutal race is on to claim the burning ship before it sinks or runs aground, contaminating the entire north Pacific Rim -- and not only with oil. A deftly written and riveting read from beginning to end, "Goliath" is an exceptionally entertaining thriller that is very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Goliath" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Where Roses Never Die
Gunnar Staalesen
Orenda Books
c/o Trafalgar Square Publishing
388 Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, VT 05053
9781910633090, $14.95, PB, 285pp,

Mette is a three-year-old girl who in September 1977 suddenly disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found. Almost 25 years later, as the expiration date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette's mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge. Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns by a master of the crime thriller genre, Gunnar Staalesen's "Where Roses Never Die" is a consistently compelling read from first page to last. While very highly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Where Roses never Die" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.89).

Catherine McKenzie
Lake Union Publishing
9781477817940, $24.95, HC, 349pp,

Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who's been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn't know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course. After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie's stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly. A deftly crafted and consistently compelling read from beginning to end, "Fractured" showcases author Catherine McKenzie's impressive and undeniable flair as a novelist and is very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Fractured" is also available in a paperback edition (9781503937826, $14.95) and in a Kindle format ($4.99).

The Christian Studies Shelf

Praying for Your Pastor
Eddie Byun
InterVarsity Press
PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 605151426
9780830844661, $15.00, PB, 160pp,

Being the pastor of a Christian community is hard work. Pastors must face demands and pressures on every side, ranging from the challenges of a church ministry to the realities of spiritual warfare. But members of a Christian congregation can make a difference in behalf of their pastor. Their Christian prayers can provide a lifeline for their pastor's spiritual health and ministry effectiveness. In "Praying for Your Pastor: How Your Prayer Support Is Their Life Support", Eddie Byun ( lead pastor of Crossway Mission Church in Seoul, South Korea. He is also professor of practical theology at Torch Trinity Graduate University) offers a handy, practical guide to praying for pastors. He shares stories of how congregational intercession changes things, with specific guidelines for prayers for protection, rest, anointing, integrity and more. God calls us to pray for our leaders. When we do, their ministry is strengthened, the kingdom is advanced and lives and communities are transformed. While very highly recommended to the attention of all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation, it should be noted that "Praying for Your Pastor" is also available in a Kindle format ($8.88).

Men Who Love Fierce Women
Leroy Wagner & Kimberly Wagner
Moody Publishers
820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610
9780802414656, $14.99, PB, 240pp,

It is commonly observed that some men are married to strong-willed women. That can give rise to such questions as: What if I'm laid-back and my wife is... not?; How can I lead when I feel emasculated?; I'm not sure I love my wife anymore. What happened? "Men Who Love Fierce Women: The Power of Servant Leadership in Your Marriage" was written to respond to just such issues and is based on Leroy Wagner's personal experiences with failures and frustrations as a husband, and the ultimate realizations that saved his own marriage, along with the requirements God places on every husband, whether they are laid-back or not in their relationship with their wives. With their insights combined, Kim and LeRoy Wagner equip men to rise up, handle conflict, love their wife, and lead their marriage, regardless of who has the stronger personality. Very highly recommended, "Men Who Love Fierce Women" includes reflection questions at the end of every chapter, plus an appendix for addressing conflict. It should be noted that "Men Who Love Fierce Women" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.37) and as an unabridged CD audio book ($19.98).

Total Family Makeover
Melissa Spoelstra
Abingdon Press
2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., PO Box 280988, Nashville, TN 37228-0988
9781501820656, $16.99, PB, 256pp,

As parents, God calls us as parents to be key disciple-makers in our children's lives, but if we're honest, some days it's a battle just to get them dressed and ready for school on time. How can you mold their hearts when sometimes you can't even find their shoes? In "Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home" popular women's conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer Melissa Spoelstra gives parents a way to building family discipleship. She focuses on eight key habits of growth: Spending Time in Prayer; Reading God's Word; Growing Through a Mentoring Relationship; Finding Community in the Church; Serving Others; Taking Time to Rest; Giving Back to God; Sharing Your Faith. Disciples are made, not born. Whether children are babes in arms or teenagers getting ready to leave the nest, making disciples at home starts with the parents. With the help of "Total Family Makeover" Christian parents can provide their family members with a practical approach to helping children learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Inspired and inspiring, "Total Family Makeover" is very highly recommended to all members of the Christian community and also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Prosecuting Jesus
Mark Osler
Westminster John Knox Press
100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396
9780664261856, $17.00, PB, 208pp,

Christians have been arguing about the answer to the question 'Who is Jesus?' as long as there have been Christians, and it seems unlikely that theyre going to agree on an answer anytime soon. Mark Osler, always a bit uncomfortable in church, was never able to find a Jesus that seemed real to him until he put Jesus on trial. Drawing on his training as a federal prosecutor and professor of law, Osler and a group of friends staged the trial of Jesus for their church, as though it were happening in the modern American criminal justice system. The event was so powerful that before long Osler received invitations to take it on the road. Each time he served as Christ's prosecutor, the story of Jesus opened up to him a bit more. "Prosecuting Jesus" follows Osler in this extraordinary journey of discovering himself by discovering Jesus. Juxtaposing things we rarely put together, like the passion of Christ and our ideas about capital punishment, Osler explores an active engagement between Jesus and our contemporary law and culture. Unique and effective, inherently fascinating and ultimately inspiring, "Prosecuting Jesus" is a consistently compelling read and highly recommended for church, seminary, and community library Christian Studies collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Prosecuting Jesus" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Beyond Stewardship
John Zehring & Kate Jagger
Judson Press
PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
9780817017668, $15.99, PB, 160pp,

John Zehring has served United Church of Christ congregations for twenty years as Senior Pastor in Massachusetts (Andover), Rhode Island (Kingston), and Maine (Augusta). Co-author Kate Jagger chaired the Annual Giving Committee at South Church in Andover which brought the Annual Giving effort to new heights and field-tested this approach over a multi-year period. Together they have collaborated to present "Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaign". A complete instruction guide under one cover, "Beyond Stewardship" applies the best principles of fund raising to the annual giving campaign in local congregations. By emphasizing the individual givers and the act of giving as integral to the givers' spiritual life, "Beyond Stewardship" goes beyond typical stewardship models to celebrate the generosity already demonstrated by church members and to invite further giving based on that generous past. Using a collaborative paradigm that engages leadership across the church, this volume offers four interlocking strategies for a successful annual giving campaign: personal visits, concentric circles of commitment, public witness, and direct mail. Enhanced with the inclusion of a practical appendix of tools and resources list, "Beyond Stewardship" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, making it very highly recommended for anyone, clergy or laity, who is charged with the responsibility of assisting their church with respect to its finances.

Great Catholic Parishes
William E. Simon, Jr.
Ave Maria Press
PO Box 428, Notre Dame, IN 46556
9781594714177, $17.95, PB, 224pp,

In 2012 William E. Simon Jr. founded Parish Catalyst, an organization devoted to researching and supporting the health and development of Catholic parishes. In the pages of "Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive" Simon offers insights and the success stories of 244 vibrant parishes to show just what makes them great. All of the parishes studied shared four foundational practices that led to a profound sense of belonging within their parish communities and a deepening commitment to discipleship: Share leadership by using clergy and lay staff with the best talents and skills to direct the community; Foster spiritual maturity and plan for discipleship by offering a variety of formation programs and ministry opportunities to reach parishioners at differing points in their lives; Excel on Sundays by dedicating significant time, energy, and money to liturgical celebrations that parishioners and visitors find welcoming; Intentionally evangelize by challenging insiders to look outward and providing service programs, social events, global mission opportunities, and pastoral care at key sacramental moments that focus on inviting outsiders to deeper relationship with Christ and the Church. Each chapter closes with either crucial takeaways or a summary of practical challenges that will help pastors and leaders focus on growth and excellence. "Great Catholic Parishes" is very highly recommended reading for both clergy and parishioners alike. It should be noted that "Great Catholic Parishes" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.15).

Ignatius of Loyola: Legend and Reality
Pierre Emonet, S.J. author
Jerry Ryan, translator
Thomas M. McCogg, S.J., editor
Saint Joseph's University Press
5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131
9781945402005, $40.00, HC, 160pp,

The original French edition of "Ignatius of Loyola: Legend and Reality", by Pierre Emonet, S.J., was published in 2013 by Editions Lessius in Belgium. It has since been translated into Spanish and German. Now the Saint Joseph's University Press offers an English translation of this seminal work by Jerry Ryan. Given all the biographies of Ignatius Loyola already in print, why another one? Unlike many biographies, "Ignatius of Loyola: Legend and Reality" is succinct without being superficial. Here the reader will encounter Ignatius, the man and the legend, in a true and accurate biographical simplicity. Here the reader is presented the traits and characteristics of Ignatius of Loyoal ( October 23, 1491 - July 31, 1556) who is one of the most influential Roman Catholics to have attracted, annoyed, alarmed and amused generations over the last 500 years. Enhanced with fifteen full color images, "Ignatius of Loyola: Legend and Reality" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, seminary, and academic library collections in general, and Ignatius of Loyola" supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

Favor with Kings
Caleb Anderson
David C. Cook
c/o Cook Communications
4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
9781434710413, $16.99, PB, 288pp,

"Favor with Kings: God's Purpose, Your Passion, and the Process of Doing Great Things" by Caleb Anderson (who leads Mariners Church in Huntington Beach, one of the fastest-growing churches in Southern California) is a remarkably unique and inspiring look at the ancient Hebrew story of Nehemiah. Anderson takes the story to places it has never been before so that his readers can go to places they have never gone to before. "Favor with Kings" deals with a diversity of issues including: identifying a purpose or dream; developing a passion or conviction; creating a plan of action; empowering people to play their role; persevere through inevitable adversity. "Favor with Kings" is especially recommended to the attention of anyone one within the Christian community who has ever had a dream; ever felt stuck or restless; ever experienced the discouragement of feeling like they are behind or not good enough or disqualified; ever started but lack the courage or conviction to stay the course. Very highly recommended and a potentially life-changing read, it should be noted that "Favor with Kings" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Bernard of Clairvaux: Miscellaneous Sermons
Daniel Griggs, translator
Cistercian Publications
c/o The Liturgical Press
2950 Saint John's Road, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780879074685, $39.95, PB, 512pp,

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 - 20 August 1153) was a French abbot and the primary reformer of the Cistercian order of the Roman Catholic Church. He joined the fifteen-year-old monastery of Citeaux in 1113. In 1115 he became the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey, whence his name, Bernard of Clairvaux. Saint Bernard was a gifted and prolific writer of theological treatises, Scriptural commentaries, letters, and many sermons. Ably translated into English by Daniel Griggs, "Bernard of Clairvaux: Miscellaneous Sermons " is a compilation of his sermons that unlike his lack the specific point of departure that characterizes his other recorded sermons. That is, whereas the sermons on the Song of Songs are a verse-by-verse commentary on that biblical book and his Sermons for the Year follow the liturgical calendar, this collection of sermons deals with his various pastoral concerns. Since Scripture is always Bernard's point of departure and inspiration, the sermons often read like a Scripture study, but what comes through equally is the voice of an understanding spiritual father who is a masterful student of Scripture, biblical language, and the needs of his monks. "Bernard of Clairvaux: Miscellaneous Sermons" is an exceptional and highly recommended addition to personal, church, community, college, and university library Christian Studies collections in general, and Cistercian History supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted that "Bernard of Clairvaux: Miscellaneous Sermons" is also available in a Kindle format ($31.99).

The Islamic Studies Shelf

Restoring The Balance
John Andrew Morrow
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
9781443890144, $81.95, HC, 235pp,

"Restoring the Balance: Using the Qur'an and the Sunnah to Guide a Return to the Prophet's Islam" by independent scholar John Andrew Morrow is a penetrating reflection upon the reality of Islam in the modern world. Addressing a myriad of pressing issues that impact Muslims in the East, West, North, and South, it tackles topics that are both difficult and troubling, threading its way through a mine-field of religious, cultural, and ideological issues with courage, balance, caution, and concern. In a world of extremes, which pits religious fundamentalists against radical reformists, "Restoring The Balance" calls upon Muslims to maintain the middle ground, using the Qur'an and the Sunnah to guide to a return of the Prophet's Islam. Impressively well written, organized and presented, "Restoring The Balance" is additionally enhanced with the include of four appendices: The Covenants Initiative; The Genocide Initiative; Edict against ISIS; What Should Muslims Say to Donald Trump? An invaluable and much needed contribution to our national dialogue and our near term future under a Trump administration, "Restoring The Balance" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library collections in general, and Islamic Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.

The Poetry Shelf

The West Coast of Heaven: Poems
Jack Moser
Fithian Press
c/o Daniel & Daniel Publishers
PO Box 2790, McKinleyville, CA 95519
9781564745880, $14.00, PB, 108pp,

A compendium showcasing the poetry of Jack Moser, "The West Coast of Heaven". Toward the end of this seventh published collection of his poetry Moser announces without embarrassment that he is bipolar. This will not surprise readers familiar with his previous work, with its open and honest passion that can be pegged as alternately manic or depressive, revealing the poet to be alternately gloriously happy with the world, with God, and with humankind and also angry and discouraged with the same. Jack Moser is a man and a poet who loves Ireland, his family, his patients, and all the rest of life, especially Shekhinah, the female aspect of God's Holy Spirit. But this same man and this same poet has fierce, angry feelings about the brutality of war, the economics of greed, and humanity's historical and persistent cruelty. A collection of candid and deftly crafted verse, "The West Coast of Heaven" is highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Contemporary Poetry collections.

Blue Hallelujahs
Cynthia Manick
Black Lawrence Press
9781625579454, $15.95, PB, 65pp,

Cynthia Manick is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. "Blue Hallelujahs" is the latest compendium of her work and showcases her unique gifts as a wordsmith of the first order. A master of the free verse format, Marrick's poetry is deeply personal while being at the same time, impressively universal in accessability. A consistently compelling read from cover to cover, "Blue Hallelujahs" is very highly recommended for personal reading lists as well as community and academic library Contemporary American Poetry collections.

Blaris Moor
Medbh McGuckian
Wake Forest University Press
PO Box 7333, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
9781930630789, $13.95, PB, 112pp,

Elegant, intuitive, reflective, memorable, the poetry of Medbh McGuckian comprising the pages of "Blaris Moor" with its historical overtones and subject matter is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Contemporary Poetry collections. 'An Early Apocalypse': I see the skeleton of the year / poised in the cool moonplay, / trying to catch at the blemished / calendar of the next. // Embraced most of the day / by the low and slender rainbow, / the world-jewel sweeps on / with its morning, noon and night. // The nowhereness of the fifth-month grass / stayed for a moment only, / before the earthless mountain light / anointed without mountains.

Garden Time
W. S. Merwin
Copper Canyon Press
PO Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368
9781556594991, $24.00, HC, 96pp,

W. S. Merwin (born September 30, 1927) is an American poet, credited with over fifty books of poetry, translation and prose. Merwin has served as Poet Laureate of the United States and has received every major literary accolade, including two Pulitzer prizes. Published by Copper Canyon Press, "Garden Time" is his latest collection of free verse prose poetry and is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of poetry enthusiasts, as well as community, college, and university library Contemporary American Poetry collections. 'Early One Morning': Here is Memory walking in the dark / there are no pictures of her as she is / the coming day was never seen before / the stars have gone into another life / the dreams have left with no sound of farewell / insects wake flying up with their feed wet / trying to take the night along with them / Memory alone is awake with me / knowing that this may be the only time

The Military Shelf

Hornet 33
Ed Denny
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476666099, $29.95, PB, 296pp,

Combat helicopter pilots in the Vietnam War flew each mission facing the possibility of imminent death. Begun as a series of attempted letters to the Department of Veterans Affairs, "Hornet 33: Memoir of a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam" is compelling memoir of Ed Denny who was an aircraft commander in the 116th Assault Helicopter Company nicknamed "The Hornets". Denny relates his experience of the war in frank and candid detail. From supporting the 25th Infantry Division's invasion of Cambodia, to flying the lead aircraft in the 101st Airmobile Division's pivotal Operation Lam Son 719 invasion of Laos to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail at LZ Hope, Denny vividly recounts the traumatic events of his service from March 1970 to March 1971. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Hornet 33" is an invaluable and highly recommended addition to the growing library of Viet Name War literature. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Hornet 33" is also available in a Kindle format ($3.03).

The Beer/Wine Shelf

PAIRED: Champagne & Sparkling Wines
Fran Flynn & David Stevens-Castro
Paired Media
c/o Latino Cellar
9780994348500, $38.00, HC, 150pp,

Food and wine pairing can be easy! All you need are taste buds, a sense of adventure, and a copy of the Writer's Digest Press award winning "PAIRED: Champagne & Sparkling Wines" by the husband-and-wife team wine expert David Stevens-Castro and food photographer Fran Flynn. Beautifully and profusely illustrated in full color, this thoroughly 'user friendly' culinary recipe compendium showcases sparkling wines of all styles with tantalizing home-cooked recipes for all courses of a complete meal -- and not just with finger food occasions. "PAIRED: Champagne & Sparkling Wines" offers seven chapters each of which showcase a particular style of sparkling wine, present a visual synopsis of the country of origin, supply complimentary cheese ideas, and several recipes that will pair with the topical variety. Common misconceptions about wine are dispelled, a broad range of dishes suitable for sharing and entertaining are presented, and suggestions on how you can introduce your friends to the wonderful world of food and wine are also provided. With "PAIRED: Champagne & Sparkling Wines" even the most novice of kitchen cooks can turn any meal into an elegant and truly memorable dining experience. "PAIRED: Champagne & Sparkling Wines" is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

The Gaming Shelf

How to Crush No-Limit Hold'em
Dusty Schmidt & Paul Christopher Hoppe
Cardoza Publishing
808 South Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89108-6404
9781580423342, $24.95, PB, 208pp,

Dusty Schmidt's resume is legendary: He has won more than $5 million in cash games, and had the world's highest win rate in both $5/$10 and $10/$20 no-limit hold'em for two years running. His resume includes 12 million poker hands and 12,000 hours of playing poker. In the pages of "How to Crush No-Limit Hold'em" Dusty Schmidt, draws upon his years of experience and expertise as an Internet cash game player and renowned poker strategy teacher to show players how to crush today's toughest no-limit hold'em cash games. "How to Crush No-Limit Hold'em" explains how to maneuver in inexact situations where players don't know opponents' ranges and strategies, and where pot odds and stack sizes aren't necessarily known quantities. Mistakes, and good plays are dissected allowing aspiring poker players learn how to think and play in real games where multiple situations apply so that players can cut through the noise and focus on the facts that matter most. The critical concepts that spell the difference between winning and losing, and the critical thinking needed to win in today's tough games is the focus of this informed and informative instructional guide to making serious money in cash games. Bluffing, inducing multi-street bluffs, exploiting capped and uncapped ranges, post-flop squeezes, turning scare cards into profit, and over-betting are just a few powerful concepts discussed and dissected through real-play examples. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "How to Crush No-Limit Hold'em" should be considered a 'must read' for any poker player sitting down to a game of No-Limit Texas Hold'em.

The Biography Shelf

50 Percent of Mountaineering Is Uphill
Susanna Pfisterer
NeWest Press
#201, 8540-109 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 1E6
9781926455600, $24.95, PB, 310pp,

Written by his daughter Susanna, "Fifty Percent of Mountaineering Is Uphill" is the personal story of the late Jasper's Willi Pfisterer, who was and remains a legend in the field of mountaineering and safety in the Rocky Mountains. For more than thirty years, Willi was an integral part of Jasper's alpine landscape, guiding climbers up to the highest peaks, and rescuing them from perilous situations. Originally from Austria, Willi was a mountain man who came to Canada in the 1950s to assail the Rockies, and stayed to become an integral part of mountain safety in Western Canada and the Yukon. His daughter, Susanna Pfisterer, has shaped his stories and lectures as an engaging and educational adventure story that features over 100 archival photographs, including avalanches in the National Parks, highlights from climbing 1600 peaks and participating in over 700 rescues, and guiding adventures with Prime Ministers. Accompanied by the humorous wisdom of the "Sidehillgouger", readers will traverse an historical and spectacular terrain. Impressively informative, deftly written, organized and presented, "50 Percent of Mountaineering Is Uphill" is a truly extraordinary account of an extraordinary life and very highly recommended for community library biography shelves and academic library mountaineering history collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "50 Percent of Mountaineering Is Uphill" is also available in a Kindle format ($14.99).

Die Young with Me
Rob Rufs
Touchstone Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781501142611, $25.00, HC, 400pp,

Punk's not dead in rural West Virginia. In fact, it blares constantly from the basement of identical twins Rob and Nat Rufus. When the brothers start their own band, their lives begin to change: they meet friends, they attract girls, and they finally get invited to join a national tour and get out of their rat box little town. But their plans are cut short when Rob is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that has already progressed to Stage Four. Not only are his dreams of punk rock stardom completely shredded, there is a very real threat that this is one battle that can't be won. While Rob suffers through nightmarish treatments and debilitating surgery, Nat continues on their band's road to success alone. But as Rob's life diverges from his brother's, he learns to find strength within himself and through his music. "Die Young With Me" is a raw, candid honest account of a brave teen's fight with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery. This extraordinary memoir is very highly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary American Biography collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Die Young with Me" is also available in a paperback edition (9781501142628, $14.99) and in a Kindle format ($12.99).

Smell the Raindrops
B. A. Austin
Crescendo Press
9780989504737, $22.00, HC, 200pp,

"Smell the Raindrops: One young woman's journey through life, love and recovery" is the very personal memoir of B. A. Austin told in a series of succinct vignettes that result in an inherently fascinating and candid account of her life experiences, the events and the people that comprised formed and comprised her world. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Smell the Raindrops" is an extraordinary and consistently engaging read from first page to last and very highly recommended for community library American Biography collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Smell the Raindrops" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Art Shelf

Creative Revolution
Flora Bowley
Quarry Books
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781631592591, $24.99, PB, 128pp,

Flora Bowley is an internationally celebrated painter, workshop facilitator, author, visionary, and inspirationalist. "Creative Revolution: Personal Transformation Through Brave Intuitive Painting" is the culmination of Flora's life's work as an artist, and offers a profusely and beautifully illustrated instruction, inspiration, and guidance for others to embrace their authentic selves through paint. In the pages of "Creative Revolution" Flora has created a kind of do-it-yourself workshop. After reading "Creative Revolution", Flora's readers will have a deeper connection to their intuition, increased confidence to make bolder choices, freedom to let go and explore various options, an understanding that everything is transformable, the trust that it will all work out in the end, and a renewed sense that creating can be fun and playful. All of this powerful transformation begins with paint. While very highly recommended for community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Creative Revolution" is also available in a Kindle format ($11.99).

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Blame! 2
Tsutomu Nihei
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781942993780 $34.95, 374 pp.,

Blame! 2 is a black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel), continuing a gritty, post- apocalyptic cyberpunk saga, set in a future where humanity is on the brink of extinction. The City is a sprawling, technological world populated by human and semi-human tribes struggling for survival. Kyrii and Cibo are tasked with a desperate mission - to search for the Net Terminal Gene, the only thing that can halt the City's expansion and preserve what remains of humankind. Hostile, robotic enemies threaten them; Kyrii awakens a new power of observation within himself; and Cibo must confront her trepidations about Kyrii's true nature. Brought to life with sweeping, intense artwork and dramatic battles, Blame! is a "must-have" for cyberpunk connoisseurs, highly recommended.

The Knight in the Crypt
Raymond Khoury, author
Miguel Lalor, artist
Cinebook, Ltd
c/o National Book Network (dist.)
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781849183086, $13.95, PB, 56pp,

"The Knight in the Crypt" is the second volume in the outstanding four issue series 'The Last Templar" written by Raymond Khoury and illustrated by Miguel Lalor. In this installment, the investigation onto the lethal museum raid continues, but it's a difficult one. One of the four 'knights' has already died in his guarded hospital room, and FBI Agent Reilly is unknowingly engaged in a race to find the other thieves before the mysterious assassins trying to eliminate them. Meanwhile, young archaeologist Tess Chaykin is following up the Templar lead -- one that the FBI considers too far-fetched to be worth looking into. The storytelling combination of medieval Templar flashbacks and the contemporary action/adventure is flawless. Very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Graphic Novel collections, it should be noted that "The Knight in the Crypt" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.55).

Clear Blue Tomorrows
Fabien Vehlmann, author
Bruno Gazzotti, artist
Ralph Meyer, contributor
Cinebook Ltd.
c/o National Book Network (dist.)
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781849182843, $15.05, PB, 64pp,

"Clear Blue Tomorrows" begins with a future in which the entire population is under a de facto dictatorship because of cerebral implants invented by one F.G. Wilson -- implants which prevent anyone from trying to harm Wilson. Trying to get around his own implant's prohibition against harming Wilson, Nolan Ska, an engineer, manages to travel back in time, with the intention of changing history by preventing Wilson form inventing his implant through encouraging him to pursue what was his first career of being a novelist. But the man who will eventually become a seemingly immortal despot turns out to be a poor writer, and it will be up to Nolan to use his own memories to be his ghost writer. Superbly illustrated and featuring 'stories within stories', "Clear Blue Tomorrows" is a superbly presented science fiction graphic novel that is enthusiastically recommended for both community library graphic novel collections and the personal reading lists of any and all science fiction buffs.

The Audiobook Shelf

If Someone Says "You Complete Me," Run!
Whoopi Goldberg
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478960072 $30.00

Read aloud by author, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg, If Someone Says "You Complete Me," Run! is the unabridged audiobook rendition of her straightforward, candid chat about human relationships, spiced with her natural genius for comedy. Why is the modern divorce rate so high? Why does our society insist that marriage is the best path for everyone, when for some individuals it clearly isn't? If Someone Says "You Complete Me," Run! does not demean the institution of marriage in any way; rather, it emphasizes that understanding one's own nature and desires is crucial to living a happy life, whether or not that life is shared with an intimate partner. Wise, funny, and thoughtful, If Someone Says "You Complete Me," Run! is highly recommended. It should be noted that If Someone Says "You Complete Me," Run! is also available in a hardcover edition (9780316302012, $26.00).

Best. State. Ever.
Dave Barry
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
C04462, $40.00, CD,

David McAlister "Dave" Barry (born July 3, 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. Every few months, Dave will get a call from some media person wanting to know, "What the hell is wrong with Florida?" Somehow, the state has acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid. As a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why in a series of unfailingly witty storytelling vignettes superbly narrated by Dick Hill. Listeners will join Dave as he celebrates his beloved state of Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that's at the top, and from the Sunshine State's earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness that is Florida today. Wonderfully entertaining from beginning to end, "Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland" is very highly recommended, especially for community library audio book collections.

Settle for More
Megyn Kelly
Harper Audio
195 Broadway, Floor 2, New York, NY 10007-3132
9780062565945 $39.99

Megyn Kelly is a television journalist well-known for her show "The Kelly File" on the Fox News Channel. Settle for More is her autobiography, now available as an unabridged audiobook read by Kelly herself. Kelly speaks openly about growing up in a strict family, the heart- wrenching death of her father, and how she chose to "settle for more" by changing career paths from law to the news business. Kelly also tells her side of her public feud with Donald Trump, offers new insight into the Republican debates of the 2016 presidential primary, and on a personal level, how she balances her job and her home life as a working mother. Told with wry humor, keen insight, and unfettered honesty, Settle for More is highly recommended. 9 CDs, 10 hours.

Burning Bright
Melissa McShane, author
Read by Cat Gould
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781515914303 $42.99

Burning Bright is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a historical fantasy novel about a strong-willed young woman with an unusual talent for pyromancy. Elinor is the only Extraordinary in England capable of wielding fire magic for over one hundred years. When her father tries to force her into a loveless marriage to propagate her gift in more powerful offspring, she rebels and joins the Royal Navy. She turns her burning talent against the French privateers and ruthless pirates of the Caribbean, gradually earning the respect of her captain and the ship's crew. But could her growing talent spiral out of control? Burning Bright is a sweeping, character- driven adventure, highly recommended. 10 CDs, 13 hours.

Ad Astra
Jack Campbell
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781515960638, $24.99, CD, MP3,

Expertly narrated by Adam Verner, "Ad Astra" is an audio book collection of science fiction short stories by John Hemry writing under the pseudonym of Jack Campbell. This is a simply outstanding compendium of tales about spaceships, interstellar travel, and far flung colonies. These are the kind of stories that were the mainstay of such classic 'Golden Age of Science Fiction' magazines such as Galaxy and Astounding Tales. Of special note are the succinct introductions to each individual story that reveal the author's original inspiration for writing them. Complete and unabridged (6 CDs, 7 Hours), "Ad Astra" is wholeheartedly recommended for community library audio book collections in general, and the listening lists of dedicated science fiction fans in particular!

Seeds of Deception
Sheila Connolly, author
Read by Marguerite Gavin
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781515907725 $39.99

Seeds of Deception is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a murder mystery that disrupts the honeymoon of a newly married couple. Meg and Seth both share a love for apples, and come to Thomas Jefferson's orchards at Monticello for their ideal vacation. But when Meg's parents discover the corpse of their handyman in the backyard, Meg and Seth must take action to prove her father's innocence! A dramatic, finely crafted whodunnit brought to life by award-winning performer Marguerite Gavin, Seeds of Deception is highly recommended.

Christmas Caramel Murder
Joanne Fluke, author
Narrated by Suzanne Toren
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781501932595 $TBA

Part of the "Hannah Swensen Holiday Mystery" series (with over a dozen recipes!), Christmas Caramel Murder follows Hannah and her close friend Lisa, who agree to provide snacks for their Minnesota town's production of "A Christmas Carol". Then the ex-girlfriend of Lisa's husband is found dead, clad in a scanty costume. Suspects abound; Hannah and Lisa have to find the season's murderer quickly, before he or she strikes again! A cozy curl-up-by-the-fire audiobook, Christmas Caramel Murder is especially recommended for fans of the genre. 4 CDs, 4.5 hours.

The Music CD Shelf

Late Nights & Heartbreak
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
Record Kicks
$19.98 CD / $8.99 MP3

Late Nights & Heartbreak is the second dulcet album by UK-based soul performer Hannah Williams and The Affirmations. A resonant, emotionally moving experience, Late Nights & Heartbreak is truly captivating, and a sparkling gem for connoisseurs of the genre. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Tame In The Water", "Dazed and Confused", "Fighting Your Shadow", "Woman Got Soul", "Ain't Enough", "Fool", "Late Nights & Heartbreak", "In Your Arms", "Still In My Head", "Callin' Me Back", "7am to Seville", "Another Sunrise", and "Your Luck Can Change".

Andalusia of Love
Marcel Khalife, composer
Mahmoud Darwish, poetry
Nagam Records
$18.20 CD / $9.49 MP3

Master of the oud (a stringed instrument used in traditional Middle Eastern music) and composer Marcel Khalife combines his talent with Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (lyrics), Rami Khalife (piano), Jilbert Yamine (kanoun, a stringed instrument similar to the zither), and Bachar Khalife (percussion) to create Andalusia of Love, a passionate, beautiful album. Influenced by Western classical, jazz, experimental music, and traditional Arabic music, Andalusia of Love voices the Arab experience of everyday life, and memories of the glory days of Al-Andalus, a time in history when southern Span was ruled by Muslim Arabs but open to Muslims, Christians, and Jews, who cooperated freely with one another. An album of inspiration and hope, Andalusia of Love is supported by the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) which supports civil rights for all people and opposes all forms of racism and bigotry. Also highly recommended for world music collections is "Damar" by Bosnian singer Amira Medunjanin ($16.98 CD / $8.99 MP3).

The DVD Shelf

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200, San Francisco CA 94103
$79.99 Blu-ray & DVD combo pack limited edition
$69.98 Blu-ray & DVD combo pack standard edition
$28.29 DVD

Usagi is a capricious teenage girl prone to daydreams, who struggles with poor grades in school. Then an intelligent black cat gifts her with magical powers, and the costumed identity of Sailor Moon! Only Sailor Moon, her fellow Sailor Scouts, and the dapper yet mysterious Tuxedo Mask have the power to confront the menace of the Dark Kingdom and the relentless Queen Beyrl. Based on the popular shojo manga (Japanese comics created especially for girls) by Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 is the brand new anime (Japanese animation) series that completely re-imagines the 1990's Sailor Moon television series. Featuring gorgeous, 100% original animation, captivating music, and the viewer's choice of Japanese or English voice acting, Sailor Moon Crystal brings the pretty, klutzy, and somewhat ditzy heroine to a new generation of viewers. Set one consists of fourteen episodes, spanning the complete Dark Kingdom Arc. Since there are fewer episodes than the 1990's Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Moon Crystal follows the original manga's story more closely and doesn't have repetitive "filler" episodes with "monster of the week" battles. Children and nostalgic adults alike will find this timeless tale of good versus evil a "must-have"! Highly recommended. Bonus content includes an interview with the English cast, clean opening and ending songs, and an art gallery. Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 is available in an inexpensive DVD format (2-disc, $28.29), as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack (4-disc, $69.98), or in a special Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack bundled with a full-color artbook and set of illustrated notecards (4-disc, $79.99). 320 min., Japanese and English stereo audio, subtitles, 1080p HD, widescreen, rated TV-14.

The Syndicate: All Or Northing
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment

The Syndicate: All Or Northing is a British television series about class tensions exacerbated by the vagaries of fate. The palatial home of Hazelwood Manor has a rich history dating back to the 18th century, but its owners are burdened with 6.5 million in debt, and have been forced to dismiss all but five of the maintenance staff. When their remaining staff unexpectedly win the lottery, their influx of money rapidly erodes the distinction between social classes! The Syndicate: All or Nothing is a "must" for connoisseurs of character-driven British drama. It should be noted that The Syndicate: All Or Nothing contains coarse language, nudity, and sexual situations, and is therefore recommended for mature viewers. 6 episodes on 2 DVDs, 366 min. widescreen, SDH subtitles. Also highly recommended for fans of the genre is the suspenseful series Capital: Someone Wants What They Have (189 min., $34.99).

Brief Encounters
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment

Brief Encounters is a British comedy-drama series set in 1980's England. Four married women, in an effort to make ends meet, collaborate in a business for selling exotic lingerie and other "marital aids" that ignites a renewed zest for lovemaking in the local community. But success has its own headaches, in this saga about societal transformation and the difficulties of balancing family responsibilities and professional life. A soundtrack straight from the 80's enhances this character-driven period piece, highly recommended for connoisseurs of the unique wit and insight of British television. Bonus material consists of 14 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes. 6 episodes on 2 DVDs, 288 min. plus bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Guttersnipes
Scott Eric Barrett
Vanguard Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9781784651374, $14.99, PB, 250pp,

Charlie Daniels is more than six feet tall, allergic to almost everything, and has a pet dinosaur named Trike at home. His life in Arizona is relatively normal. That is, apart from the nightmares Charlie has. But when Trike, gets kidnaped by a strange old lady and her cat-like sidekick, Charlie and his misfit friend Arty are sucked into a story bigger than both of them. Risking everything to rescue Trike, Charlie and Arty are flung into the past, landing in the chaos of New York City, 1865. Dodging the mysterious Nasten Cobblestine, and avoiding the perils of New York's nastiest street cleaners' strikes, test Charlie's wits as well as his courage. All he wants to do is reunite with his dinosaur and somehow find a way back home. As Charlie searches for Trike, he draws dangerously close to P.T. Barnum's eerie museum and the creature that lies within. Will he find Trike and get home alive? And who is the Ice Lady of his nightmares?

The Needlecraft Shelf

Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws For the Family
Sarah Zimmerman
P.O. Box 8000, Big Sandy, TX 75755
9781590127872, $8.99, PB, 20pp,

Sarah Zimmerman is a yarn lover, crafter, blogger, and a self-taught crocheter. In "Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws For the Family" she draws upon her experience and expertise to provide needlecraft enthusiasts with a fun and unique way of crocheting! By following a pixel graph instead of a written pattern, anyone can incorporate virtually any character or image they desire into a crochet blanket. "Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws For the Family" is great do-it-yourself instructional guide that includes how-to instructions and step-by-step photos. Also included are instructions for 5 cute throws and each showcased design is made using #4 worsted-weight yarn. Simply stated, "Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws For the Family" is enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library Needlecraft instructional reference collections. It should be noted that "Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws For the Family" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Home Sewn Quilts
Trine Bakke
Sellers Publishing
161 John Roberts Road, South Portland, ME 04106
9781416245858, $19.95, PB, 128pp,

Trine Bakke is an avid quilt maker and pattern designer. She is the author of two previous books on quilting: "Patchwork Quilts" and "Scandinavian Quilt Style". Now in her third quilting book, "Home Sewn Quilts: 31 Hand & Machine Stitched Projects for All Levels" Trine presents indispensable, straightforward advice for both novice and experienced quilt makers. Throughout "Home Sewn Quilts" needlecrafters will find ideas and inspiration as well as suggestions for tools and supplies, fabric selection, working with repurposed materials, and specific information on cutting. Each individual project includes the finished size, a materials list, cutting methods, and step-by-step instructions accompanied by full-color photography and instructional line drawings. "Home Sewn Quilts" begins with an extensive section on Patchworks and includes 18 scrap-friendly projects for pillows, table runners, shopping bags, and more. The second part moves into Quilt Making and presents six designs for simple bed-size quilts using Four Square and Brick Wall blocks. The following chapter is for the experienced quilter and presents seven designs using Clamshell blocks as well as Grandmother's Flower Garden, Ohio Star, Jack in the Pulpit, Four Square, and Log Cabin. It is interesting to note that Trine has even included at the back of "Home Sewn Books" an enormously helpful 14 page encyclopedia of quilt-making tips and tricks with entries on hand and machine stitching, working with and without special equipment, how to make templates, applying applique, embroidery, assembling the quilt, and types of finishing. Everything is included to get started, making "Home Sewn Quilts" an unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and community library Needlecraft/Quilting instructional reference collections.

Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul
Jane Richmond & Shannon Cook
Marian Rae Publications
c/o Independent Publishers Group
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9780991728923, $21.95, PB, 132pp,

Jane Richmond is a knitwear designer and a blogger who discusses her process and inspiration through her blog. "Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul" is the newest collection by designers Jane in collaboration with needlecrafter Shannon Cook, and features six signature patterns knitting patterns. "Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul" features thoroughly 'user friendly' instructions for knitting accessories, a shawl, and other everyday garments. Together, the pieces in this accessible collection make a functional and beautiful addition to any knitter's wardrobe. More than just another knitting pattern book, "Within" takes the dedicated needlecrafter on an inherently fascinating visual journey through a world of rustic coziness that was photographed on Vancouver Island, and designed to stimulate the senses and kindle inspiration. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Within" is unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library Knitting/Needlecraft instructional reference collections.

Crochet Cowls
Sharon Hernes Silverman
Stackpole Books
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
9780811716741, $21.95, PB, 120pp,

Cowls are a perennially popular wearable accessory and great cowl designs can be deftly crocheted by even the most novice of needlecrafters. "Crochet Cowls: 15 Bold & Beautiful Designs" crochet design expert Sharon Hernes Silverman draws upon her years of experience and expertise to showcase fifteen simple graphic designs, some in striking black and white, as well as more complex color patterns to present a variety of looks and styles. Includes instructions and patterns for crocheting strikingly beautiful cowls using traditional and Tunisian techniques, plus beautiful color photos of the finished pieces. Profusely illustrated throughout and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Crochet Cowls" is very highly recommended for personal and community library Needlecraft instructional reference collections. It should be noted that "Crochet Cowls" is also available in a Kindle format ($11.99).

The Grid Design Workbook
Cindy Seitz-Krug
American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781683390114, $24.95, PB, 96pp,

Award winning quilter Cindy Seitz-Krug first started quilting in 1992 when her mom signed her up for a quilting class. After making that first quilt, she was immediately hooked on quilting. She considers herself a traditional quilter, but she really likes innovative quilts which take traditional patterns and enhance them. In "The Grid DesignWorkbook" Cindy draws upon her years of experience and expertise to create a thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction manual showcasing a step-by-step process through a an impressive array of gridded quilting designs. Included are numerous examples of where the stitches can be used to best enhance quilts. Detailed diagrams and instructions make learning to quilt these stitches easy. A prize-winning quilt gallery is included that features gridded background designs for inspiration. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "The Grid Design Workbook" will prove to be an exceptional and highly popular addition to personal and community library Needlecraft instructional reference collections.

The Cookbook Shelf

Smoke It Like a Pit Master with Your Electric Smoker
Wendy O'Neal
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612436128, $18.95, PB, 144pp,

Wendy O'Neal is the creator of the popular food and homemaking blog, Around My Family Table. In "Smoke It Like a Pit Master with Your Electric Smoker: Recipes and Techniques for Easy and Delicious BBQ" she draws upon her experience and expertise to compile and present a series of outstanding recipes for dishes using an electric smoker in their preparation that will please any palate and satisfy any appetite. Beautifully illustrated and with thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes that range from Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates; Herb-Crusted Pork Loin; Classic Texas Brisket; and Homemade Patrami; to Cajun Salmon BLTs; Smoked Walnut Pesto; Smoked No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Coconut Cookies; No-Churn Smoked Peach Ice Cream. Enhanced with the inclusion of Conversion Charts and a Recipe Index, "Smoke It Like a Pit Master with Your Electric Smoker" is very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook
Brenda Michaels & Bill Michaels
Surrey Books
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841949, $22.95, PB, 224pp,

Compiled by the husband and wife team of Bill and Brenda Michaels (owners of the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard in Fly Creek, New York), "The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook" is an extraordinary culinary celebration of the versatile apple and showcases more than one hundred recipes based upon apples. Beautifully illustrated throughout, "The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook" begins with a section of basic apple recipes beginning with the 'Fly Creek Cider Mill 1856 Barbecue Sauce'; to breakfasts dishes such as Apple Pie Spice Pancakes with Cider Syrup and Spiced Apples; to starters and snacks such as Thai Chicken-Apple Skewers; to Soups and Salads including Molded Apple Cider Salad; to side dishes like The Michaels Family Thanksgiving Apple-Sweet Potato Bake; to main course dishes such as Apple Butter-Glazed Salmon; eight different Breads including Apple-Caramel Bread; drink recipes including the Fly Creek Cider Mill Appletini; and of course wonderfully delicious desserts such as a Fly Creek Apple-Cheddar Pie. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook" will prove to be an especially and enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook" is also available in a Kindle format ($13.49).

The Photography Shelf

A Wandering Eye: Photographs 1975 - 2005
Eric Boman
Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
9788862084871, $45.00, HC, 128pp,

Swedish-American photographer Eric Boman embarked on a career in fashion photography in the early 1970s, working for British Vogue, Harper's & Queen, and The World of Interiors in London, and Marie-Claire in Paris. "A Wandering Eye: Photographs 1975 - 2005" is comprised personal photographic work that has remained unseen for over 45 years, and was stored away as 35mm slides. Most of the showcased photographs are devoid of people, in contrast to Boman's professional work, which almost always has involved some form of portraiture. In "A Wandering Eye: Photographs 1975 - 2005" the photographs are juxtaposed for the visual dialogue that emerges including: a picture of a glass merchant in Morocco that faces a nearly identical one of a brass merchant in Tunisia; an image of a manicured Swedish topiary facing a lush rainforest around the corner from Boman's house; and a sculptural memorial to a fallen soldier in Denmark facing a desert island in the Caribbean. Beautifully designed in collaboration with renowned book designer Miko McGinty, "A Wandering Eye: Photographs 1975 - 2005" is a tribute to a well-traveled eye. An inherently fascinating volume that is enhanced with commentary by Kevin Moore, "A Wandering Eye: Photographs 1975 - 2005" is especially recommended for the personal reading lists of photography buffs, as well as community and academic library Contemporary Photography collections.

Little Book of Wonders
Nadia Drake
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426216893 $12.95

Little Book of Wonders: Celebrating the Gifts of the Natural World pairs vivid, full-color photography of natural wonders with fascinating fact vignettes on every two-page spread. "Rare, emerald-colored icebergs are actually capsized chunks of ice. When the bergs tip over, their formerly submerged bottoms are exposed, revealing frozen seawater colored by algae." The result is a joy to page through, and makes an excellent gift, especially for nature lovers. Highly recommended!

The Travel Shelf

My First Trip to Paris
Sara DeGonia, author
Giovanni Simeone, photographer
Sime Books
9788899180539, $19.95, PB, 240pp,

Beautifully and profusely illustrated with the full color photography of Giovanni Simeone, "My First Trip to Paris: A Family's Travel Survival Guide" by Sara DeGonia features informative highlights and helpfully practical advice for visiting more than 100 attractions, restaurants, parks, and playgrounds while touring Paris, France with kids in tow. A thoroughly 'user friendly' and handy guide filled from cover to cover with essential tips and tidbits, as well as metro stops and corresponding websites for logistics of every destination on a dream Parisian vacation (come rain or shine). Along with a metro map, a book of French phrases, and sense of adventure; "My First Trip to Paris" will guarantee a fun-filled journey the whole family will cherish. Simply stated, "My First Trip to Paris" is enthusiastically recommended for personal, family, and community library Travel Guide collections and is ideal for the armchair traveler interested in what an on-site visit to Paris would have to offer.

The Education Shelf

From the Big Screen to the Classroom K-2!
Lynne Stover
Pieces of Learning
1990 Market Road, Marion, IL 62959
9781632790569, $14.95, Spiral Bound PB, 116pp,

Movie makers have discovered that a popular children's book can be excellent source material for a blockbuster motion picture. Now classroom teachers can take advantage of this trend by using recently released movies as a hook to spark students interest in content connections of the books those movies are based on. K-2 students will learn lessons in civics, economics, geography, history, and world cultures. "From the Big Screen to the Classroom K-2!" contains nine popular book/movie titles and features interactive lessons and activities that will challenge and engage students in content area investigation, skill application, and creative problem solving including: The Adventures of Captain Underpants; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events; The BFG; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Lorax; The Tale of Despereaux; and Where the Wild Things Are. Also very highly recommended in this outstanding series are: "From The Big Screen To The Classroom 3-6!" (9781632790576, $14.95) and "From The Big Screen To The Classroom 6+!" (9781632790583, $14.95).

The Architecture Shelf

Total Latin American Architecture
Ana de Brea
Actar D
c/o Actar Publishers
355 Lexington Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017
9781940291475, $44.95, PB, 400pp,

A selected, fully open, and deep assemblage, that carries the explicit intent of outlining, conceptual and practical verifications, on critical views and specific projects, concerning the actual architecture in the Latin American territory, "Total Latin American Architecture: Libretto of Modern Reflections & Contemporary Works" by academician and architect Ana de Brea communicates a targeted objective, to circumscribe a segment, and a series of observations and actions in architecture. However, it is a selected, fully open, and deep fragment, outlining conceptual and practical verifications on critical views and concrete projects, concerning the actual, extensive world of architecture in the Latin American territory, and in the first years of the new century. "Total Latin American Architecture" is comprised of a sequence of topical segments organized as an unsystematic series and through a number of different projects in each case including: the single family house; searches on bigger scales; poetical structures; topics under consideration; a look over laboratories; terrain, landscape and topography; covering folk factors; and the volumetric reasoning and physical features. A selected and deep assemblage of the current architecture in the Latin American territory, "Total Latin American Architecture" is a seminal work that is a 'must' for professional, college, and university library Architectural Reference collections in general, and Latin American Architecture supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal, second edition
Nancy Dutton & Helen Malkin
Douglas & McIntyre
c/o Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
9781771621113 $24.95

Featuring full-color photography throughout, as well as maps ideal for a self-guided walking tour, A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal showcases the extraordinary architecture of Montreal, Canada. More than 100 notable contemporary architectural projects are featured, each with photographs and a few descriptive paragraphs. A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal is also highly recommended to armchair travelers, as the next best thing to seeing Montreal's architectural wonders in-person!

The Native American Studies Shelf

"All the Real Indians Died Off" and 20 Other Myths about Native Americans
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Beacon Press
24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
9780807062654 $15.00 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

Award-winning author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and award-winning journalist Dina Gilio- Whitaker present "All the Real Indians Died Off" and 20 Other Myths about Native Americans, a sober, serious deconstruction of popular beliefs about the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Why are Native Americans purported to be "dying off" when, according to the 2010 US census, 5.2 million people identified as Native American or Alaskan Native (either alone or in combination with other races), and 2.9 million people identified as Native American or Alaskan Native alone? Why does the bizarre idea that "Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans" get so much traction, in spite of Native American protests? How does the false belief that "Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich" persist in spite of the high rate of poverty among the Native American population? "The myths about Native peoples outlined in this book grow from the racialized social structures upon which the United States is built... Ultimately they serve the settler state and by extension its international allies, who largely fail to recognize the political existence of Indigenous peoples." "All the Real Indians Died Off" and 20 Other Myths about Native Americans is enlightening from cover the cover, and highly recommended for both public library collections and personal reading lists.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Tarot for One
Courtney Weber
Weiser Books
c/o Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578635955 $19.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

Tarot are a set of specialized cards that have been used for divination since the late 18th century. Simple, black-and-white illustrations and card layout diagrams illustrate Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself, a user-friendly guide to the history, practice, and interpretations of Tarot. Guiding readers step-by-step to the basics of a Tarot reading that allows the cards' message to come through, Tarot for One is a choice pick for self-study or Tarot workshops. Author Courtney Weber, a Wiccan priestess and a Tarot reader of 20 years' experience, has provided a clear, concise, and thoroughly accessible how-to book, highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Tarot.

The Self-Help Shelf

You Are What You Believe
Hyrum W. Smith
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland CA, 94612
9781626566668 $14.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

You Are What You Believe: Simple Steps to Transform Your Life is a self-help guide to improving one's own behavior for greater success in one's career and in everyday life. The core concept is that changing one's principles and beliefs changes one's behavior. Readers are guided step-by-step to a "Reality Model" for remaking one's approach to life from the inside out. You Are What You Believe is candid, accessible, and positive, and highly recommended. "Imprinting a new principle on a Belief window is the same as developing a new habit. At first, it will seem awkward, and you will have to consciously remind yourself that you believe in a new way. Over time, especially as you see the results of the new behaviors that grow out of your new principle, it will become a natural part of you."

The Philosophy Shelf

The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy
Edited by Eric J. Silverman and Robert Arp
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812699500 $19.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy: You Think or Die is an anthology of essays by learned authors discussing philosophical concepts in the wildly popular television series "Game of Thrones" (which is based on the novels by George R.R. Martin). Individual writings include "Jon Snow, a Misshapen Christ Figure", "How Can We Know Anything in a World of Magic and Miracles?", "Horrifying Violence, Gratuitous Sex, and the Truth", and more. The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy will appeal to both fans of the series, and to philosophy students interested in seeing concepts applied in methodical practice. Highly recommended.

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