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Volume 13, Number 7 July 2018 Home | WBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Health/Medicine Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Music Shelf Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Automotive Shelf Gun Shelf Art Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Biography Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Music CD Shelf DVD Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Business Shelf LGBT Studies Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Education Shelf Fishing Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Self-Help Shelf Travel Shelf
Coloring Book Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Wisconsin's 37
Erin Miller & John B. Sharpless
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476672007, $29.95, PB, 251pp,

The signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973 signified the end of the Vietnam War. American personnel returned home and the 591 American prisoners held captive in North Vietnam were released. Still, 2,646 individuals did not come home. Thirty-seven of those missing in action were from Wisconsin. Their names appear on the largest object -- a motorcycle (that is now part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection) to ever be left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Using the recollections of the soldiers' families, friends and fellow servicemen, Erin Miller, with the help John B. Sharpless, (Professor of American history at the University of Wisconsin - Madison) tells the story of the life of each of those 37 men. Featuring an informative Foreword by Major General John D. Logeman (Ret.), "Wisconsin's 37: The Lives of Those Missing in Action in the Vietnam War" is an extraordinary and valued addition to the growing library of Vietnam War Histories and Memoirs. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Wisconsin's 37" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49).

Mountains Without Handrails
Joseph L. Sax
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
9780472037148, $19.95, PB,

Joseph L. Sax was a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he was the counselor to the Secretary of the Interior and Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. "Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections On The National Parks" is Joseph Sax's thought-provoking treatise on America's national parks, remains as relevant today as when first published in 1980. Focusing on the long-standing and bitter battles over recreational use of our parklands, Sax proposes a novel scheme for the protection and management of America's national parks. Drawing upon still controversial disputes such as those associated with Yosemite National Park, the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and the Disney plan for California's Mineral King Valley, Sax boldly unites the rich and diverse tradition of nature writing into a coherent thesis that speaks directly to the dilemma of the parks. Exceptionally well informed and informative, "Mountains Without Handrails" is an extraordinarily thoughtful and thought-provoking read throughout. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mountains Without Handrails" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.00).

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The A-List Diet
Fred Pescatore, MD
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, STE 400, Dallas, TX 75204
9781944648138, $24.95, HC, 336pp,

With a unique dieting innovation, more than 100 delicious recipes, and easy-to-follow meal plans, "The A-List Diet" by Dr. Fred Pescatore goes beyond Atkins, beyond The Whole30, beyond Eat Fat, Get Thin, and way beyond Paleo. By combining the benefits of protein boosting, protein rotation, inflammation busting, and acid-reducing alkalization, this diet maximizes your ability to drop weight. In "The A-List Diet", there is no point counting, no obsessing over the scale, and no gimmicks. Just smart swaps, simple solutions, and a fresh new look at everyday choices. Dr. Pescatore helps you identify what type of dieter you are so you can customize his strategies to work best for you, so this is truly an invaluable and effective diet secret. Featuring testimonials from Dr. Pescatore's patients, "The A-List Diet" is the ultimate guide to losing weight with healthy strategies and quick results. While very highly recommended for community and academic library Health & Medicine instructional reference collections for weight control, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The A-List Diet" is also available in a paperback edition (9781946885159, $17.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Needlecraft Shelf

Play-of-Color Quilting
Bernadette Mayr
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764355332, $24.99, HC, 128pp,

German quilt designer Bernadette Mayr specializes in the freehand cutting technique. She originally learned it from American quilt artist Nancy Crow, and has since made her mark with the unique designs and color use of her creations. In "Play-of-Color Quilting: 24 Designs to Inspire Freehand Color Play" she draws upon her many years of experience and expertise with twenty-four quilting projects where the emphasis is on the energy, the bold accents, and the contrasts. "Play-of-Color Quilting" offers new ways to think about freestyle color piecing. These new designs offer colorful, playful, wild, and geometric quilts to make, and enable even the most novice of quilt makers an encouraged ability to experiment with color. A few smaller projects, like pillows and a silk evening bag, focus color play into a smaller piece. "Play-of-Color Quilting" is also guide also serves as a complete resource for new quilters by offering 14 lessons on the important basic quilting skills like cutting shapes, freehand machine embroidery, and quilt assembly. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Play-of-Color Quilting" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal and community library Needlecraft instructional reference collections.

Stitches from the Yuletide
Kathy Schmitz
Martingale & Company
19021 - 120th Avenue NE, Suite 102, Bothell, WA 98011
9781604688955, $25.99, PB, 80pp,

Now needlecrafters ranging from the beginning novice to the experienced expert can celebrate the charms of the season with exquisite embroidery using instructive designs from needlecraft expert Kathy Schmitz! "Stitches from the Yuletide" showcase spectacularly embroidered winter scenes inspired by classic motifs, as well as delightful hand-drawn sketches and beautiful watercolor paintings in page after page of elegant designs. Using "Stitches from the Yuletide", dedicated needlecrafters can create a pillow, tea towels, wall art, ornaments, and more, all perfect for decorating and gift giving. Needlecraters will find themselves embroidering motifs that range from jolly snowmen to frolicking reindeer. Kathy's signature birds and bunnies also make a special appearance -- inspiring some of the season's best stitching! While very highly recommended for community library Needlecraft instructional reference collections, it should be noted for the personal lists of enthusiastic needlecrafters that "Stitches from the Yuletide" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.36).

Jelly Roll Bargello Quilts
Karin Hellaby
Landauer Publishing
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing
1970 Broad Street, East Petersburg, PA 17520
9781947163010, $18.95, PB, 64pp,

Bargello quilts consist entirely of straight seams and rectangular pieces, yet create the mesmerizing optical illusion of graceful movement, waves, and curves! "Jelly Roll Bargello Quiltes" by Karin Hellaby introduces Bargello quilt making including a fascinating technique that uses straight lines to create those optical illusions of curves and movement. Beginner friendly designs look complicated, but are suitable for new quilters. Hellaby provides a wide variety of projects with both solid and printed fabrics, and varying from monochromatic to riotously colorful -- and include patterns for pillows, a quilt bag, wall hangings, table toppers, and lap quilts. Bargello quilt making looks complex and difficult, but any beginner quilter who can sew a straight seam can master the necessary skills. It is also a technique that is easy to complete quickly and with confidence, thanks to pre-cut jelly rolls and Hellaby's clear how-to instructions. Hellaby works with both solid and printed fabrics, and varies her color palette from monochromatic to riotously colorful. She explores the impact of offset seams for gentle curves and matched seams for dramatic arc and turns in the pattern. The result is a quilting instructional guide that is exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation. "Jelly Roll Bargello Quilts" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library Needlecraft & Quilting instructional reference collections.

The Music Shelf

The Life I've Picked
John McEuen
Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781613738955, $18.99, PB, 336pp,

John McEuen is one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Now 50-years strong, the band is best known for its evergreen bestselling album Will the Circle Be Unbroken and for its gorgeous version of the song "Mr. Bojangles". McEuen is one of the seminal figures who conceived and originated the fusion of folk, rock and country, a unique sound still hugely popular today. In addition to performing on tour with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and on dozens of bestselling NGDB albums (many of which went platinum and gold), McEuen also has a successful solo performing and recording career. And as a music producer, he won the Grammy Award in 2010 for producing The Crow, a music album by Steve Martin, John's lifelong friend. McEuen writes candidly and movingly about the ups and downs in his life. Among the highs was NGDB's tour of the Soviet Union in 1977; they were the first American group to perform there. Among the downs was the breakup of his family in the 1980s. McEuen is a born storyteller, and his tales of working with everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash to the Allman Brothers to Bob Dylan to Dolly Parton to, of course, Steve Martin will thrill every fan of folk, rock, and country music alike. "The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey" is a wonderfully entertaining and impressively informative read from cover to cover. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary American Music History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Fiction Shelf

A Breath of Hope
Lauraine Snelling
Bethany House Publishers
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton Road, Ada, MI 49301
9780764230615, $22.99, HC, 336pp,

The second book in author Lauraine Snelling's outstanding 'Under Northern Skies' series, "A Breath of Hope" is the story of Nilda Carlson who has been trying to save enough money to go to America for months, so when a letter from Einar and Gerd Strand arrives, offering to pay her ticket, she jumps at the chance. Her younger brother Ivar accompanies her, and they can't wait to join their brother Rune and his family in the northern forests of Minnesota. Signe and Rune Carlson are thrilled to welcome Nilda and Ivar to America, but life on the farm remains a struggle. Though Gerd has softened and grown to love the Carlson family, Einar is still harsh and unforgiving, obsessed solely with felling as many trees as possible. Rune is trying to build a new home for his wife and children, but Einar refuses to help and forbids anyone from the nearby community from stepping foot on his land. What dark secret must lie in his past to have caused him to isolate himself (and anyone living under his roof) in this way? When a tragedy lays the truth bare, the Carlsons and Strands will have to come together like never before and become a true family. Another deftly crafted and unfailingly entertaining read by a master of the genre, Lauraine Snelling's "A Breath of Hope" is an especially recommended addition to community library general fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Breath of Hope" is also available in a paperback edition (9780764218972, $15.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.53).

The Season for Strawberries
Dorothy Brown Henderson
Wood Lake Publishers
9781773431437, $19.95, PB, / $9.99 Kindle 272pp

"The Season for Strawberries" by Dorothy Brown Henderson is about a feisty, single, female pastor who faces challenges in life until she discovers some truth while drinking liqueur with an elder in the church basement. Readers will be drawn into the village world of Aleda Vastag, complete with red rubber boots and a cranky old pet horse that lives in the stone church shed. What happens when the energy-consuming strawberry social is threatened and when a tragedy shakes the village to its core? A remarkably and inherently entertaining read from cover to cover, "The Season for Strawberries" showcases author Dorothy Henderson's genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling. While very highly recommended for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Season for Strawberries" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Mollie On The March
Anna Carey
O'Brien Press
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781788490085, $15.00, PB, 352pp,

Mollie and her best friend Nora have been bravely fighting for women's rights - even though nobody else really knows about it. They know they have to take part when they hear a big protest is being planned -- but against what odds? "Mollie On The March" is a wonderfully entertaining and carefully crafted read from cover to cover, showcasing author Anna Carey's genuine flair as a novelist for originality and narrative storytelling . Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mollie On The March" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Catch My Drift
Genevieve Scott
Goose Lane Editions
9780864929884, $22.95, PB, 331pp,

Lorna always wanted to stand out, but her career as a competitive swimmer was cut short by a knee injury. Cara, her daughter, tries hard to blend in, but when she has to fill in for her brother at a school pageant, she is overwhelmed by terror. Lorna is vain about her ability to shut out distractions. Cara can't control her scary thoughts. And while Lorna tries her best to move past life's early disappointments, Cara picks at the cracks in her family's story. Spanning two decades, Catch My Drift follows mother and daughter through life changes big and small, and reveals that despite our shared experiences, we each live a private story. An original, deftly crafted, and unfailingly entertaining novel by an author with a genuine flair for narrative storytelling, Genevieve Scott's "Catch My Drift" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists and community library Contemporary General Fiction collections.

The Kabbalah Master
Perle Besserman
Monkfish Book Publishing Company
9781939681928, $15.95, PB, 228pp,

Sharon Berg is a middle-aged divorcee with two children who has gainful employment working overtime for the mysterious Rabbi Joachim, spiritual director of the Center for Mystical Judaism. "The Kabbalah Master" by Perle Besserman is set in Coney Island, where Sharon's efforts at making a life for herself and her children take readers on a journey though Hasidism as it exists today including its schools for children and the fundamentalist characters that run them. When the Rabbi travels to Israel on a mission, and fails to return, Sharon must confront difficult choices and herself. A deftly crafted novel by an author with a genuine flair for descriptive and narrative driven storytelling, "The Kabbalah Master" is an extraordinary, informative, and entertaining read from cover to cover. While very highly recommended for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Kabbalah Master" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).

Midnight Blue
Simone van der Vlught
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
195 Broadway New York, New York 10007
9780062686862, $15.99, PB, 336pp,

Following the sudden death of her husband, twenty-five-year old Catrin leaves her small village and takes a job as a housekeeper to the successful Van Nulandt merchant family. Amsterdam is a city at the peak of its powers: science and art are flourishing in the Golden Age and Dutch ships bring back exotic riches from the Far East. Madam Van Nulandt passes her time taking expensive painting lessons from a local master, Rembrandt van Rigin, and when Catrin takes up a brush to finish some of her mistress's work, Rembrandt realizes the maid has genuine talent, and encourages her to continue. When a figure from her past threatens her new life, Catrin flees to the smaller city of Delft. There, her gift as a painter earns her a chance to earn a living painting pottery at a local workshop. Slowly, the workshop begins to develop a new type of pottery to rival fancy blue-on-white imported Chinese porcelain -- and the graceful and coveted Delft Blue designs she creates help revolutionize the industry. But when tragedy strikes, Catrin must decide whether to defend her newfound independence, or return to the village that she'd fled. Simone van der Vlugt is an acclaimed Dutch novelist (whose books have sold more than two million copies) and Midnight Blue is her latest and arguably her best novel to date. An inherently engaging and exceptionally well crafted read from first page to last, "Midnight Blue" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of her fans that "Simone van der Vlught's "Midnight Blue" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).

Hope of Azure Springs
Rachel Fordham
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800735166, $25.99, HC, 338pp,

Seven years earlier, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone. For Caleb Reynolds, sheriff of Azure Springs, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart. A deftly crafted and compellingly entertaining historical romance that is all the more impressive when considering that it is author Rachel Fordham's debut as a novelist, "Hope of Azure Springs" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated historical romance fans that "Hope of Azure Springs" is also available in a paperback edition (9780800734732, $15.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Showrunner
Kim Moritsugu
The Dundurn Group
3 Church Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5E 1M2
9781459740976, $17.99, PB, 304pp,

Rising-star showrunner Stacey McCreedy has one goal: to leave behind her nerd-girl origins and become a power player like Ann Dalloni, her former mentor and current producing partner. Ann, meanwhile, is feeling her age and losing her mind. But she'll be damned if she cedes control of their hit primetime TV show to Stacey. After Ann hires Jenna, a young actress hoping to restart her stalled career, as an assistant, the relationship between Ann and Stacey deteriorates into a blood feud. Soon, Jenna must choose whom to support and whom to betray to achieve her own ends. And Stacey will find out if she possesses the killer instinct needed to stay on top. Another deftly crafted and riveting novel by an author with a genuine flair for inherently engaging and unfailingly entertaining narrative driven storytelling, "The Showrunner" by Kim Moritsugu is an especially recommended addition to community library Contemporary General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Showrunner" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures
Jen Neale
ECW Press
9781770414143, $16.95, PB, 288pp,

Almost immediately upon Julie Bird's return to the small port town where she was raised, everyday life is turned upside down. Julie's Gulf War vet father, Marty, has been on the losing side of a battle with PTSD for too long. A day of boating takes a dramatic turn when a majestic blue whale beaches itself and dies. A blond stranger sets up camp oceanside: she's an agitator, musician-impersonator, and armchair philosopher named Jennie Lee Lewis -- and Julie discovers she's connected to her father's mysterious trip to New Mexico 25 years earlier. As the blue whale decays on the beach, more wildlife turns up dead (apparently by suicide) echoing Marty's deepest desire. But Julie isn't ready for a world without her father. A stunning exploration of love and grief, "Land Mammals and Sea Creatures" is magic realism on the seaside, a novel about living life to the fullest and coming to your own terms with its end. All the more impressive when considering that "Land Mammals and Sea Creatures" is author Jen Neale's debut as a novelist and reveals her genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling. While very highly recommended for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Land Mammals and Sea Creatures" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle $11.99).

Her Pretty Face
Robyn Harding
Scout Press
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th floor, New York, NY 10020
9781501174247, $26.00, HC, 352pp,

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat. A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester's world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before. Until she meets Kate Randolph. Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she's not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms -- only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart. Because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunik. And she's a murderer. In her masterful follow-up to "The Party", novelist Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past? A simply riveting read by a master of narrative storytelling, "Her Pretty Face" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Contemporary General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Her Pretty Face" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).

Storm Front
Susan May Warren
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800735135, $29.99, HC, 328pp,

A tornado has destroyed a small Minnesota community and among the missing are not only a group of students but PEAK Rescue team leader Chet King. Ty Remington will stop at nothing to rescue his mentor, not even when the girl he loved (and lost) walks back into his life. But Brette needs his help more than he knows, despite her stubborn determination to push him away. And when he gets a second chance, loving her just might cost him more than he can imagine. A blogger for Vortex Storm Chasers, Brette Arnold didn't expect her adventures to land her in the same place as Ty, the guy who she ran away from over a year ago. She had her reasons -- good ones. The kind that tell her that falling for him again would only lead to heartache. But Ty isn't the kind of man to give up -- not on the missing students, or on her. Life and love hang in the balance in "Storm Front", Susan May Warren's breathless story of holding on to hope during a deadly summer of storms. Another deftly crafted jewel of a novel by a master storyteller, "Storm Front" is unreservedly recommended addition to community library Contemporary General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Storm Front" is also available in a paperback edition (9780800727475, $14.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.54).

Where the Hurt Is
Chris Kelsey
Black Rose Writing
PO Box 1540, Castroville, TX 78009
9781684330713, $18.95, PB, 318pp,

It's an unseasonably hot April night in 1965. The social revolutions rocking America have mostly bypassed Burr, a tiny rural community in western Oklahoma. Like much of the state, Burr remains as it's always been: Religious. Conservative. And 100% white. When an unknown young African-American woman is found murdered on the railroad tracks outside town, most of Burr would rather look the other way. The town's police chief, troubled local hero and ex-Marine Emmett Hardy, doesn't have that luxury. A lover of books and jazz in the land of football and country & western, Emmett is an outsider in a place he knows like the back of his hand. In his search for the killer, he's forced to slice through layers of hate and hypocrisy to confront the ethical rot at the town's core, while being haunted by the vision of a life and love that might have been. "Where the Hurt Is" by author Chris Kelsey is a simply riveting read from cover to cover and one that showcases Kelsey's genuine flair for deftly crafted originality in terms of narrative driven storytelling. While very highly recommended, especially for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Where the Hurt Is" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.99).

Baghdad Noir
Samuel Shimon, editor
Akashic Books
232 Third Street, #A115, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9781617753435, $15.95, PB, 256pp,

"Baghdad Noir" is the latest addition to the simply outstanding 'Noir' anthology series from Akashic Books. This new volume showcases short stories by Sinan Antoon, Ali Bader, Mohammed Alwan Jabr, Nassif Falak, Dheya al-Khalidi, Hussain al-Mozany, Layla Qasrany, Hayet Raies, Muhsin al-Ramli, Ahmed Saadawi, Hadia Said, Salima Salih, Salar Abdoh, and Roy Scranton. The stories themselves play out against the background of one of the world's most war-torn cities. A simply fascinating and at times compulsively driven read, "Baghdad Noir" is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Baghdad Noir" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.15).

Don't Believe It
Charlie Donlea
Kensington Publishing Corp.
119 West 40th Street, Floor 21, New York, NY 10018-2522
9781496713803, $26.00, HC, 304pp,

The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history -- a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over twelve weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last ten years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence. As Sidney begins researching, she uncovers startling evidence, additional suspects, and time line issues that were all overlooked during the original investigation. Before the series even finishes filming, public outcry leads officials to reopen the case. But as the show surges towards its final episodes, Sidney receives a letter saying that she got it badly, terribly wrong. Sidney has just convinced the world that Grace is innocent. Now she wonders if she has helped to free a ruthless killer. Delving into Grace's past, she peels away layer after layer of deception. But as Sidney edges closer to the real heart of the story, she must decide if finding the truth is worth risking her newfound fame, her career -- even her life. A riveting novel of suspense with more plot twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster, "Don't Believe It" showcases author Charlie Donlea's genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling. While unreserved recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that 'Don't Believe It" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

Side by Side
Jenni L. Walsh
c/o Tor/Forge Books
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780765398451, $27.99, HC, 320pp,

"Side by Side" is a novel based on the infamous outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde. Set in 1931 Texas at the height of the Great Depression, and Bonnie is miles from Clyde. He's locked up, and she's left waiting, their dreams of a life together dwindling every day. When Clyde returns from prison damaged and distant, unable to keep a job, and dogged by the cops, Bonnie knows the law will soon come for him. But there's only one road forward for her. If the world won't give them their American Dream, they'll just have to take it. A simply riveting read from beginning to end by a master of narrative storytelling, "Side by Side" by Jenni L. Walsh is unreservedly recommended for community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Side by Side" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

City of Sharks
Kelli Stanley
Minotaur Books
c/o St. Martin's Publishing Group
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250006752, $26.99, HC, 352pp,

The blonde secretary was scared when she visited Miranda Corbie's office. A shove into a streetcar track, a box of poisoned chocolates, and hateful, violent letters. Someone was trying to kill her. Miranda isn't sure of anything at first except that Louise Crowley, the blonde who works as an assistant to Niles Alexander, San Francisco publisher, is in trouble. Despite her own preparations for an imminent voyage to a blitzkrieged Britain and a painful farewell to the city she loves, Miranda decides to help Louise and takes on her last case as a private detective in San Francisco... investigating her client, surveying the publishing world of 1940, and stumbling into murder with a trail that leads straight to Alcatraz. Along the way, Miranda explores her beloved San Francisco once more, from Playland-at-the-Beach to Chinatown to Nob Hill and Treasure Island. She encounters John Steinbeck and C.S. Forester, and is aided and abetted by the charming and dapper San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. And she also discovers personal truths she's long denied. Set in 1940 San Francisco, "City of Sharks" is a deftly crafted compelling blend of mystery and suspense by an author with a genuine flair for narrative storytelling and memorable characters embedded in an inherently fascinating plot replete with unexpected twists and turns. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "City of Sharks" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).

Scandal Above Stairs
Jennifer Ashley
Berkley Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780399585531, $15.00, PB, 320pp,

Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat's employer asks for help in clearing her friend's name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair's wealthiest families. Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum. As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done. In the pages of "Scandal Above Stairs", author Jennifer Ashley continues to reveal herself as a master of the historical mystery genre. A compelling and entertaining read from first page to last, "Scandal Above Stairs" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Scandal Above Stairs" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99), as well as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781974903207, $29.99, CD).

Caught in Time
Julie McElwain
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781681777665, $25.95, HC, 464pp,

In October 1815, there is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel -- and that's back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that's not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker. When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. However, it isn't just mischief but murder that is discovered, when the body of the mill manager, Mr. Stone, is found brutally bludgeoned to death in his office. The Constable is certain the radical-minded Luddites committed the murder. One look at the crime scene and Kendra knows they did not, prompting the Duke to shock the locals by volunteering their services to catch the real killer. Joined by lover Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must sort through the puzzle of Stone's rather unsavory life, picking apart alibies and dissecting carefully created deceptions from a growing list of suspects. As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she'd encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they're dealing with a stone-cold killer -- someone who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect. A combination of science fiction time travel, mystery and suspense, "Caught in Time" is a simply fascinating and compelling read from cover to cover. Showcasing author Julie McElwain's impressive flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling, "Caught in Time" is very highly recommended for community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Caught in Time" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99), as well as a complete and unabridged audio book (Tantor Audio, 9781977355041, $29.99, CD).

The Con Artist
Fred Van Lente, author
Tom Fowler, illustrator
Quirk Books
215 Church Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
9781683690344, $14.99, PB, 288pp,

Comic book artist Mike Mason arrives at San Diego Comic-Con, seeking sanctuary with other fans and creators (and maybe to reunite with his ex) but when his rival is found murdered, he becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, Mike will have to navigate every corner of the con, from zombie obstacle courses and cosplay flash mobs to intrusive fans and obsessive collectors, in the process unraveling a dark secret behind one of the industry's most legendary creators. A wonderfully original and unrelentingly entertaining read from beginning to end, "The Con Artist" showcases author Fred Van Lente's genuine flair for colorfully original, narrative driven storytelling. While "The Con Artist" is very highly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists of mystery buffs in general, and comic convention fans in particular, that "The Con Artist" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

A Death in Eden
Keith McCafferty
Viking Books
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780525557531, $26.00, HC, 320pp,

When scarecrows appear in the cliffs above Montana's famous Smith River and a little girl reports being chased by one in the night, state investigator Harold Little Feather is brought in to find the culprit. Are the menacing effigies related to a copper-mining project that threatens the purity of the Smith? That's Harold's initial suspicion, but his investigation takes an ominous turn when a decapitated body is found in the river. As Harold's search leads him back in time through the canyon's history, Sean Stranahan launches his raft upriver. He has been hired to guide a floating party that includes Clint McCaine, the manager of the mine project; Bart Trueblood, the president of "Save The Smith", a grassroots organization devoted to stopping the project; and the documentarian filming their arguments. McCaine and Trueblood grew up on the Smith on neighboring ranches, and as they travel downstream, it's revealed that the two share a past that runs much deeper and darker than their opposing viewpoints. The currents of the seemingly unrelated trips will soon flow together, and Stranahan's long-time love Sheriff Martha Ettinger will enter the fray as the boats hurtle toward a date with danger at a place called Table Rock. The seventh novel in the author Sean Stranahan's Sean Stranahan mystery series, "Death in Eden" is another deftly crafted gem that is a riveting, entertaining read from first page to last. 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 in Eden" is also available in a digital press format (Kindle, $12.99).

Confound It
Maggie Toussaint
Camel Press
PO Box 70515, Seattle, WA 98127
9781603815956, $16.95, PB, 248pp,

While hosting out-of-town guests at her Georgia home, Dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called upon to help investigate a suspicious fire. One of her guests, close friend and fellow dreamwalker Deputy Sam Mayes, accompanies her to the scene. A meth cook is dead, and when Baxley visits her beyond the Veil of Life, she determines that the woman was murdered. Baxley pities Mandy Patterson, a single mother with aspirations for her teenage son Doodle. Unconcerned about the death of a criminal, the authorities pursue the drug-supply chain angle. Baxley worries about Doodle and vows to find out who killed his mother. As the case grows more baffling, Baxley struggles against her attraction to Sam. Although her husband is missing and declared dead, she does not feel free to love again until she is sure of his fate. Two suspects have the strongest motive, but Baxley has reason to believe they are pawns in a deeper game. And unless she can stop them, the world will never be the same. The fifth title in author Maggie Toussaint's simply outstanding Dreamwalker Mystery series, "Confound It" is another deftly crafted and simply riveting read by a master of the genre that is unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Confound It" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.95).

The Gene Police
Elliott Light
Bancroft Press
PO Box 65360, Baltimore, MD 21209
9781610882170, $25.95, HC, 264pp,

When Jennifer Rice was brutally murdered DNA evidence found at the scene, DNA that belongs to a man long thought dead, and a shadowy fifty-year old photograph of a woman holding a baby taken at a near-by farm. Shep Harrington is drawn into this legal quagmire by the arrival of his friend, and now client, Reggie Mason, a black state trooper, who admits that he obtained the DNA illegally. All Reggie wants Shep to do is to ask former residents of the farm it they remember anyone taking pictures or if they saw a woman with a baby. But simple requests are not easily contained. As Shep soon learns, the request brings him to the top of a slippery slope with an ill-defined edge. Question begets question, and the slide down the slope proves inevitable: What happened to the baby? Who is in the photograph? And who killed Jennifer Rice? The answers lead Shep into a confrontation with the so called gene police -- a confrontation that was fifty years in the making. "The Gene Police" by Elliott Light is an original and simply riveting mystery novel by a master of the genre -- one that is especially recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "The Gene Police" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.99).

Dead Pretty
David Mark
Blue Rider Press
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780399185151, $16.00, PB, 352pp,

While a colleague struggles to solve the recent killing of a man too vile to have mourners, Aector McAvoy, Detective Sergeant of the Humberside Police's murder squad, is still haunted by the past. His devotion to his cases is unshakeable, but it's been nine months since Hannah Kelly disappeared in the quiet English countryside, and it is becoming harder to convince himself that she is just missing instead of dead -- especially when another young woman is found brutally murdered. As McAvoy looks for connections between the women, his boss Trish Pharaoh is preoccupied with troubles of her own. Reuben Hollow (a man convicted of murder with the help of perjured testimony from the Humberside Police) has just been released from prison after a high-profile wrongful conviction suit, putting Pharaoh's reputation at stake. But when her house is broken into and her children threatened, she soon learns it is not only her good name that's in danger. As the cases intertwine and Pharaoh's behavior becomes more erratic, McAvoy must question who he can trust if he is to uncover Hannah's fate and find justice for the dead -- without joining them himself. Featuring a deftly crafted, gritty, atmospheric mystery by a master of the genre, "Dead Pretty" is a compelling read with more twists and turns that a Coney Island rollercoaster. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Dead Pretty" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

Three Strikes, You're Dead
Elena Hartwell
Camel Press
PO Box 70515, Seattle, WA 98127
9781603817271, $15.95, PB, 288pp,

Private investigator Eddie Shoes heads to a resort outside Leavenworth, Washington, for a mother-daughter getaway weekend. Eddie's mother Chava wants to celebrate her new job at a casino by footing the bill for the two of them, and who is Eddie to say no? On the first morning, Eddie goes on an easy solo hike, and a few hours later, stumbles upon a makeshift campsite and a gravely injured man. A forest fire breaks out and she struggles to save him before the flames overcome them both. Before succumbing to his injuries, the man hands her a valuable rosary. He tells her his daughter is missing and begs for her help. Is Eddie now working for a dead man? Barely escaping the fire, Eddie wakes in the hospital to find both her parents have arrived on the scene. Will Eddie's card-counting mother and mob-connected father help or hinder the investigation? The police search in vain for a body. How will Eddie find the missing girl with only Eddie's memory of the man's face and a photo of his daughter to go on? "Three Strikes, You're Dead" is another deftly crafted mystery by Elena Hartwell. With more plot twists and turns than a Cony Island roller coaster, "Three Strikes, You're Dead" is a compelling page-turner of a novel by a true master of the genre. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Three Strikes, You're Dead" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.95).

The Disappearing
Lori Roy
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10014-3657
9781524741938, $27.00, HC, 352pp,

When Lane Fielding fled her isolated Florida hometown after high school for the anonymity of New York City, she swore she'd never return. But twenty years later, newly divorced and with two daughters in tow, she finds herself tending bar at the local dive and living with her parents on the historic Fielding Plantation. Here, the past haunts her and the sinister crimes of her father--the former director of an infamous boys' school -- make her as unwelcome in town as she was the day she left. Ostracized by the people she was taught to trust, Lane's unsteady truce with the town is rattled when her older daughter suddenly vanishes. Ten days earlier, a college student went missing, and the two disappearances at first ignite fears that a serial killer who once preyed upon the town has returned. But when Lane's younger daughter admits to having made a new and unseemly friend, a desperate Lane attacks her hometown's facade to discover whether her daughter's disappearance is payback for her father's crimes -- or for her own. With reporters descending upon the town, police combing through the swamp, and events taking increasingly disturbing turns, Lane fears she faces too many enemies and too little time to bring her daughter safely home. Powerful and heart-pounding, "The Disappearing" questions the endurance of family bonds, the dangers of dark rumors and small town gossip, and how sometimes home is the scariest place of all. Another deftly crafted read by a master of narrative storytelling, Lori Roy's "The Disappearing" is a simply riveting read from beginning to end. While an especially recommended addition to community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Disappearing" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).

Broken Ground
Joe Clifford
Oceanview Publishing
1620 Main Street, Suite 11, Sarasota, FL 34236
9781608092437, $26.95, HC, 304pp,

At an AA meeting, handyman and part-time investigator Jay Porter meets a recovering addict who needs his help. In the midst of another grueling northern New Hampshire winter, Amy Lupus' younger sister, Emily, has gone missing from the Coos County Center, the newly opened rehab run by Jay's old nemeses, Adam and Michael Lombardi. As Jay begins looking into Emily's disappearance, he finds that all who knew Emily swear that she's never used drugs. She's a straight shooter and an intern at a newspaper investigating the Center and the horrendous secret hidden in it -- or beneath it. When Jay learns of a "missing" hard drive, he is flung back to five years ago when his own junkie brother, Chris, found a hard drive belonging to Lombardi Construction. For years Jay assumed that the much-sought-after hard drive contained incriminating photos of Adam and Michael's father, which contributed to Chris' death. But now he believes that hard drive may have harbored a secret far more sinister, which the missing Lupus sister may have unwittingly discovered. The deeper Jay digs, the more poisoned the ground gets, and the two cases become one, yielding a toxic truth with local fallout -- and far-reaching ramifications. Another deftly crafted novel by Joe Clifford, "Broken Ground" is a simply riveting read from beginning to end and will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs in general -- Joe Clifford fans in particular -- that "Broken Ground" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

World of Warcraft: Before the Storm
Christie Golden
Del Rey
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780399594090 $28.00 hc / $14.99 Kindle

World of Warcraft: Before the Storm is a fantasy novel set in the world of the immensely popular multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, and specifically taking place between the "Legion" expansion and the "Battle for Azeroth" expansion. After a horrendous war to put an end to the demonic Legion, both the Alliance and Horde need time to plant crops, tend to their wounded, and recover from devastation. Rumblings of discontent remain, and renewed war between the factions seems inevitable... or is it? The young, recently crowned King Anduin devises a plan in hope of bridging the gap between the humans of the Alliance and the undead Forsaken of the Horde... but the Horde Warchief Sylvanas, Queen of the Forsaken has her own, cunning machinations. As the title implies, Before the Storm is a novel about the brief, uncertain, and tenuous cessation of hostilities; the narrative focus is not on combat or violence, but rather the daily lives of rulers and commoners alike. Light is shined on how the undead Forsaken see the world around them, and go on from day to day without biological rhythms to structure their existence. Vividly descriptive to the point of haunting, Before the Storm is a treat for fantasy connoisseurs and a "must-read" for any gamer looking forward to the Battle for Azeroth expansion!

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Church: Theology in History
Frederick J. Cwiekowski
The Liturgical Press
2950 Saint John's Road, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814644683, $39.95, PB, 424pp,

The historical context in which theological understandings have developed play an important role in our understanding of the modern Christian church. In "The Church: Theology in History", Sulpician priest and scholar Frederick J. Cwiekowski deftly traces the theology of the church, beginning with the community of disciples during Jesus' ministry and the New Testament era. Father Cwiekowski continues through the various periods of history, highlighting events from both the East and West, including the remarkable developments surrounding the Second Vatican Council, the post-conciliar period, and today's pontificate of Pope Francis. Written and intended for both theology students and seminarians, as well as non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, Father Cwiekowski hopes to promote an appreciation of the mystery that is the church. Impressively informed and informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Church: Theology in History" is an extraordinary study that is unreservedly recommended for seminary, community, and academic library Christian History collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, clergy, academia, and members of the Catholic community with an interest in the subject that "The Church: Theology in History" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $24.99).

Redeeming How We Talk
Ken Wytsma & A. J. Swoboda
Moody Publishers
820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610
9780802416179, $14.99, PB, 224pp,

Electronic technology such as the iPhone has made it easier than ever before to share just about everything: pictures, ideas, even the ups and downs of our morning errands. Yet all our talking doesn't seem to be connecting us the way it promised to. That's because we don't need to talk more, we need to talk better. In "Redeeming How We Talk: Discover How Communication Fuels Our Growth, Shapes Our Relationships, and Changes Our Lives", Ken Wytsma (President of Kilns College, Bend, Oregon, where he teaches courses in philosophy and justice) and A. J. Swoboda (Pastor of Theophilus Church, Portland, Oregon) collaboratively explore what the Bible has to say about that central aspect of life and relationships -- conversation. The Scriptures show us that words have remarkable power to create, to bless, to encourage, and to forgive. By weaving together theology, history, and philosophy, "Redeeming How We Talk" will help all members of the Christian community to reclaim the holiness of human speech and the relevance of meaningful conversation in our culture today. While highly recommended for seminary, church, community, and academic library Contemporary Christian Studies collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Redeeming How We Talk" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.59) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Christian Audio, 9781545907733, $19.98, CD).

Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching: The Beginning of the Gospel
Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
SVS Press
575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, NY 10707
9780881416084, $35.00, PB, 578pp,

It has been said that Jesus Christ is always actual, and at the same time always anticipating actuality. This is something that Metropolitan Hilarion has made abundantly clear in his monumental six-volume study, "Jesus Christ: his Life and Teaching". As he observes, throughout history there has never been a person about whom so much has been written; and yet the Metropolitan has himself found many new ways to restate, in fresh and vivid terms, the ancient truths about the Savior. "Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching: The Beginning of the Gospel is the first volume a truly remarkable and informative study that deserves to be read with close attention by all members of the Christian faith. While very highly recommended for seminary, church, and academic library Christian Studies collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of seminary students, clergy, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching: The Beginning of the Gospel" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Dudley Rutherford
Worthy Publishing
One Franklin Park
6100 Tower Circle, Suite 210, Franklin, TN 37067
9781683972518, $16.99, PB, 224pp,

In the pages of "Compelled: The Irresistible Call to Share Your Faith", Dudley Rutherford (Senior Pastor of Shepherd Church, a 15,000-member congregation) shares his earnest desire for each and every Christian believer to be equipped and bold with the good news of salvation. He encourages his readers with inspiring stories of men and women, young and old, who have accepted the irresistible call to share Jesus with everyone they meet. And he provides practical methods to overcome our fears and effectively articulate the message of salvation. "Compelled" will strengthen the gentle nudging in our spirit until it's too loud to ignore -- until we as members of the Christian community are compelled to tell others, Christians and non-Christians alike, about the hope we have found in our faith. While highly recommended for all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliations, it should be noted that "Compelled" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.48) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (ChristianAudio, 9781545907917, $19.98, CD).

Reclaim Regret
Kathryn J. Hermes, FSP
Pauline Books & Media
50 St. Paul's Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-3433
9780819865137, $14.95, PB,

Reflecting on the life you've lived so far might be an exercise wrought with guilt, frustration, disappointment, and regret. When these feelings hinder your spiritual strength and closeness to God, you might feel stuck in all areas of life. "Reclaim Regret: How God Heals Life's Disappointments" by Sr. Kathryn Hermes can lead you along the path of reshaping those regrets in the context of your life story. Real-world examples, powerful meditations, and Sr. Kathryn's own experiences can transform that feeling of midlife stagnation into spiritual liberation. "Reclaim Regret" is helpful guide that uses narrative, sacred scripture, and prayer to explore the hopeful journey of emerging from shame and disappointment from life choices. Learn about God's four promises to you that will help you forgive yourself, encounter God's love and healing, and embrace spiritual freedom. "Reclaim Regret" includes stories of real people who faced and overcame debilitating regret; prayer moments in each chapter connect scripture, stories, and personal reflection; a concrete process of reclaiming regret for a stronger relationship with God; and practical meditations to guide the spiritual healing journey. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Reclaim Regret" is an especially recommended addition to personal, church, community, and academic library Spirituality & Personal Growth collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The City of God: Abridged Study Edition
Saint Augustine, author
William Babcock, translator
Boniface Ramsey & Joseph Kelley, editors
New City Press
202 Cardinal Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
9781565486607, $34.95, PB, 620pp,

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is one of the greatest thinkers and writers of the Western world. After he converted to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo in North Africa, where he was influential in civil and church affairs. His writings have had a lasting impact on Western philosophy and culture. Along with his Confessions, "The City of God" is undoubtedly St. Augustine's most influential work. In the context of what begins as a lengthy critique of classic Roman religion and a defense of Christianity, Augustine touches upon numerous topics, including the role of grace, the original state of humanity, the possibility of waging a just war, the ideal form of government, and the nature of heaven and hell. But his major concern is the difference between the City of God and the City of Man one built on love of God, the other on love of self. One cannot but be moved and impressed by the author's breadth of interest and penetrating intelligence. For all those who are interested in the greatest classics of Christian antiquity, The City of God is indispensable. Ably translated into English by William Babcock and collaboratively edited by Boniface Ramsey and Joseph Kelley, "The City of God: Abridged Study Edition) is a highly recommended textbook for seminary, college, and university Christian Theology curriculums in general, and St. Augustine supplemental studies lists in particular -- as well as being an ideal choice for individual students, clergy, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.

Horses Speak of God
Laurie M. Brock
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
9781612619293, $16.99, PB, 144pp,

Laurie M. Brock is an Episcopal priest serving St. Michael the Archangel in Lexington, Kentucky. She also volunteers as a crisis chaplain with the Lexington Police Department. "Horses Speak of God: How Horses Can Teach Us to Listen and Be Transformed" is what happens when a writer, preacher, and lover of words encounters some of creation's wisest theologians -- horses. First, she argues with them. They are, after all, horses. What could they possibly know about life and God that theologians haven't already written? But slowly she engages their language and listens to their holy wisdom, attending to how they express their being, their actions, and their relationships. She allows horses to draw her out of the faith of intellect and into a deeper faith of emotion, body, and soul. With edgy honesty and humor, Laurie Brock invites all who have longed for a deeper spiritual encounter with God to join her in the saddle (and occasionally on the ground) to discover how horses speak of God and how their ways of knowing help us to discover ways of God speaking to us. Unique, entertaining, thought- provoking, inspired and inspiring, "Horses Speak of God" is very highly recommended and uplifting reading for all members of the Christian community. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Horses Speak of God" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Judaic Studies Shelf

The Israel Bible
Rabbi Tuly Weisz, editor
Menorah Books
c/o Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.
c/o Toby Press
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
9781940516806, $59.95, HC, 2212pp,

This bilingual (English/Hebrew) edition of "The Israel Bible" is the world's first Bible centered around the Land of Israel, the People of Israel, and the dynamic relationship between them. Designed for both Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike, "The Israel Bible" offers a unique commentary that seeks to explain God's focus on the Land of Israel alongside the original Hebrew text and the New Jewish Publication Society translation. All 929 chapters highlight verses that relate to Israel, including relevant quotes and perspectives from prime ministers, as well as abundant maps, charts, and illustrations. In the 70 years since the modern rebirth of the State of Israel, the Jewish State has been at the forefront of the world's attention. Today, there are countless efforts to vilify the Jewish state. Yet, there is also an ever-expanding movement of biblical Zionists who stand alongside the nation of Israel as an expression of their commitment to God's eternal word. As we seek to understand the clash between these two conflicting ideologies, while seeking to make sense of the modern world's great interest in Israel, the need for "The Israel Bible" has never been so timely or important. Very highly recommended for academia and non-specialist general readers alike, "The Israel Bible" is an impressively informative, exceptionally well organized, and accessibly presented study that should be a part of every community, synagogue, and academic library Judaic Studies collections.

The Automotive Shelf

The Chandler Automobile
James H. Lackey
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476663937, $75.00, HC, 264pp,

Incorporated by veteran automakers in 1913, the Chandler Motor Car Company was initially successful in a fiercely competitive industry, manufacturing an array of quality automobiles at a range of prices. Yet by the late 1920s the company was floundering under mismanagement. Producing four lines of cars with numerous body styles, Chandler and its lower-priced companion marque, Cleveland, were unable to find markets for their numerous models and seemed in effect to be competing against themselves. Drawing on numerous automotive histories and two large private collections of memorabilia, "The Chandler Automobile: A History Including the Cleveland and Chandler-Cleveland Marques" by James H. Lackey is an exhaustive and comprehensive study of the Chandler Motor Car Company that covers the automobiles in detail, including all body styles, and their changes during production. "The Chandler Automobile" aptly chronicles the growth, expansion and later troubles of Chandler and Cleveland, providing fresh insight into the formative years of the auto industry and the personalities who made it go. Profusely illustrated throughout, exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Chandler Automobile" is an extraordinary and welcome addition to personal, community, and academic library 20th Century American Automotive History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Brain Haulage Ltd
Peter Sumpter
5m Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
9781912158164, $39.95, HC, 144pp,

Brain Haulage was formed by Charles Edward Brain in 1950 and played a major role in the container revolution in the UK, completely changing the way goods were transported over the world. Peter Sumpter was a driver with Brain Haulage until it closed in 1992, and he is an unofficial archivist of the brand, having taken hundreds of photographs and chronicling his adventures in a diary for over 20 years. In the illustrated pages of "Brain Haulage Ltd: A Company History 1950-1992", Peter tells the history of Brain and the container revolution, as well as the story of Charles Brain, from his early years working for the L.M.S. Railway at Camden Town to his time in the R.A.F. during the second world war, before eventually starting his own haulage company. The rest of the story is from Peter's own diary and the many ex-drivers and Brains staff he worked with over the years. Including over 300 previously unpublished photographs, "Brain Haulage Ltd" is a uniquely informative history and unreservedly recommended reading for academicians and non-specialist general readers interested in containers and their revolution, as well as road transport and haulage trade enthusiasts. While unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Automotive & Transportation History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Brain Haulage Ltd" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $24.99).

The Gun Shelf

Blue Book of Gun Values, 39th edition
S. P. Fjestad
Blue Book Publications
9781936120321, $54.95, PB, 2512pp,

Now in a newly updated and expanded 39th edition featuring accurate information and up-to-date values for modern firearms and many major trademark antiques, the "Blue Book of Gun Values" by S. P. Fjestad once again provides the most firearms information and pricing, including all the new makes/models for 2018. This 39th edition the "Blue Book of Gun Values" continues to be the "bible" for the firearms industry and is comprised of more than 1,700+ manufacturers and trademarks are listed with brief histories whenever possible. Almost 24,000 models are individually listed and described with 550,000 up-to-date values being provided. The 80-page color Photo Percentage Grading System (PCGS) has been revised, making firearms grading even easier and more accurate. Serialization charts have been expanded, allowing more years of manufacture to be determined on individual makes/models. Unique, comprehensive, reliable, exceptionally well organized and presented, this 39th edition of the "Blue Book of Gun Values" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library reference collections. It should be noted that it is also available in DVD-ROM format (9781947314061, $39.95).

The Art Shelf

Painted Ladies
Randy Walker
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780887403927, $29.99, PB, 128pp,

Today's nose art has become the rule and not the exception throughout the bomber and tanker fores of Strategic Air Command, and although Tactical Air Command frowns on non-standard markings of any sort, several TAC gained Air National Guard units have artwork on their aircraft. Tradition plays a large part in modem nose art. As shown in Randy Walkers' profusely illustrated study, the painting of cartoons and sexy ladies on military aircraft has returned. Names like "Memphis Belle", "Chow Hound" and "Maid in the USA", that once went to war on B-17s and B-24s are now carried by B-52s and FB-111s, as well as many other modem aircraft. This modem nose art is often applied by a professional artist, though it is sometimes painted by members of the unit, and in the process some excellent artwork has been created. A simply fascinating read, "Painted Ladies: Modern Military Aircraft Nose Art & Unusual Markings" is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Military Aviation History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Bigfoot Nation
David Hatcher Childress
Adventures Unlimited Press
PO Box 74, Kempton, IL 60946
9781939149961, $22.00, PB, 346pp,

David Hatcher Childress is world-known author and researcher, the author of over 26 books, and currently the co-star on the History Channel's popular series Ancient Aliens which now in its 11th season. In the pages of "Bigfoot Nation", Childress examines the seemingly real world of bigfoot around us in the United States and Canada. Whether real or imagined, bigfoot has made his way into the American psyche. He appears in television commercials, movies, and on roadside billboards. In fact, bigfoot is everywhere, with actors portraying him in variously believable performances and it has become the popular notion that bigfoot is both dangerous and horny. Bigfoot Nation is all about style, a kind of lifestyle that keeps bigfoot on the fringes of society, gently creeping into our dreams. "Bigfoot Nation" begins with the very first bigfoot reports in the 1800s and continues to the present day. The chapters that comprise "Bigfoot Nation" include: 1800 to 1899: The Wildmen of the Frontier; The Oldest Bigfoot Photo; 1900 to 1940: The Pre-War Years; 1950 to 1990: The Post-War Years; The Skunk Apes of Swamp Nation; Missing Hunters & Berry Pickers; Bigfoot in New Mexico and Arizona; 2000 to 2020: Post-Millennial Bigfoot, more. Enhanced with the inclusion of 16 pages of color photos that document Bigfoot Nation, this unique and inherently fascinating study is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of anyone with a curiosity about the creatures known as Sasquatch, Yetis, or Bigfoot.

The Animal Allies and Gemstone Guardians Cards
Margaret Ann Lembo, author
Richard Crookes, illustrator
Findhorn Press
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781844097418, $15.99, Cards,

When an animal, insect, bird, or other creature from nature appears repetitively, whether in real life or dreams, it is time to pay attention and find the message that nature is bringing you. "The Animal Allies and Gemstone Guardians Cards " is a full-color oracle deck pairing animal allies and gemstones to increase our awareness and bring inspiration to light our path Each individual card matches the vibration of an animal with the energy of a crystal, mineral, or stone to provide guidance and messages of hope, happiness, and well-being. This beautifully crafted deck includes 44 full-color cards, each with a question for contemplative thought, a positive affirmation, and Divine Guidance. Animal allies are helpers, supporters, and our spiritual entourage, here to reveal self-knowledge and provide clarity on life's challenges. The Gemstone Guardians are the devic force of the gemstone, which adds energetic assistance in achieving goals and desires through the color and geometric structure of the stone. Very highly recommended for personal and professional metaphysical studies and tarot collections, each of the cards in this unique deck offers a question for contemplative thought, a positive affirmation, and Divine Guidance.

Modern Druidism
Yowann Byghan
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476673141, $29.95, PB, 252pp,

Yowann Byghan is an author, poet and playwright who has been a practicing Druid for more than fifty years. He is a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, and speaks fluent Cornish. His knowledge of Scottish Gaidhlig, Irish Gaeilge and Welsh, as well as Latin, has allowed him to research source texts in the original languages as well as in translation. In the pages of "Modern Druidism" Byghan provides an informed and informative introduction to modern Druidism, as well as providing a comprehensive overview of today's Pagan religion and philosophy, whose roots are in the Celtic tribal societies of ancient Britain and Ireland. "Modern Druidism" covers Druidism's mythology, history and important figures and its beliefs and moral system, and describes practices, rituals and ceremonies. A gazetteer of important sacred sites is included, along with information about modern Druid groups and organizations, "Modern Druidism" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Metaphysical Studies collections in general, and Druidism supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Modern Druidism" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).

The Book of Tarot
Danielle Noel
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449491864, $16.99, PB, 208pp,

More than a just another instructional guidebook, "The Book of Tarot: A Guide for Modern Mystics" by freelance designer, writer, and visual artist Danielle Noel offers a space in which to set goals and intentions with clarity and purpose. It also serves as an accessible introduction to the Tarot's many uses, from mystical touchstone to practical resource. In this beautifully designed, easy-to-navigate volume, Noel instructs readers in using the Tarot as a tool for self-understanding, meditation, and soulful introspection. A unique approach to learning about the use and value of tarot readings, "The Book of Tarot: A Guide for Modern Mystics" will prove to be a welcome and valued addition to personal, professional, and academic library Tarot collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of tarot students and practitioners that "The Book of Tarot: A Guide for Modern Mystics" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Biography Shelf

Under the Birch Tree
Nancy Chadwick
She Writes Press
9781631523571, $16.95, PB, 248pp,

A birch tree grows tall and arabesque in the front yard of Nancy Chadwick's childhood home. Over time the tree becomes her buddy and first learned connection, synonymous with home. One spring morning, she makes a discovery under its boughs that foreshadows the many disconnections within her family, relationships, jobs, and home that are to come. Through the chapters in her life, Chadwick's search for home carries her through with unflinching honesty, but in the end, her's is a story of survival and triumph over adversity. She does not wallow in self-pity but remains tenacious as she examines her life. An exploration of what it means to belong, "Under the Birch Tree" is a success story of finding home. Candidly engaging, Nancy Chadwick's memoir is an inherently fascinating, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary American Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Under the Birch Tree" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95).

Old Riot, New Ranger
Bob Alexander
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
9781574417296, $34.95, HC, 544pp,

"Old Riot, New Ranger" by Bob Alexander is the definitive biography of 20th-century Ranger Captain Jack Dean, who holds the distinction of being one of only five men to serve in both the Officer's Corps of the Rangers and also as a President-appointed United States Marshal. Jack Dean's service in Texas Ranger history occurred at a time when the institution was undergoing a philosophical revamping and restructuring, all hastened by America's Civil Rights Movement, landmark decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court, zooming advances in forensic technology, and focused efforts designed to diversify and professionalize the Rangers. His job choice caused him to circulate in the duplicitous underworld of dishonesty and criminality where twisted self interest overrode compliance with societal norms. This comprehensive biography is packed from cover to cover with true-crime calamities: double murders, single murders, negligent homicides, suicides, jailbreaks, manhunts, armed robberies and home invasions, kidnappings, public corruption, sexual assaults, illicit gambling, car-theft rings, dope smuggling, and arms dealing. Impressively well written, organized and presented, "Old Riot, New Ranger" is an exceptionally informative and engaging study that is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century American Biography collections in general, and the personal reading lists for students of Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshall histories.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Tim Sievert
Uncivilized Books
PO Box 6534, Minneapolis, MN 55406
9781941250259, $17.95, PB, 228pp,

Hired to acquire the fabled Goblet of the Crimson Wizard, the expert dungeoneering team that call themselves the Clandestinauts, enter the legendary Master Wizard's formidable fortress with visions of unimaginable treasures in their futures. That is until, like most journeys through the dreary depths of blood-soaked sepulchers, things don't go according to plan. Threats both external and existential stand ready to test the always frayed sinews that bind this team of bitter rivals together. An original and unfailingly entertaining read from first page to last, "Clandestinauts" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to the personal reading lists of all action/adventure fantasy fans and will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Science Fiction & Fantasy graphic novel collections.

The Audiobook Shelf

Between You & Me: A Novel
Susan Wiggs, author
Performed by Tanya Eby and Adam Verner
Harper Audio
195 Broadway, Floor 2, New York, NY 10007-3132
9780062850898 $39.99

Between You & Me: A Novel is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of a story set deep within Amish country. Caleb Stoltz made a deathbed promise to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in quiet Middle Grove, but a sudden disaster has him cross paths with Dr. Reese Powell. At once both a love story and a complex, character-driven narrative that questions the lengths to which one should choose to keep secrets hidden, Between You & Me is thoughtful, compelling, and superbly brought to life with excellent performances from Tanya Eby and Adam Verner. Highly recommended, especially for public library audiobook collections. 11 hours, 9 CDs. It should be noted that Between You & Me is also available as an e-book, a downloadable audiobook, in large print, and in hardcover.

End Game
David Baldacci
Hachette Audio
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
9781478930037, $40.00, CD,

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing. Last seen in rural Colorado, Blue Man had taken a rare vacation to go fly fishing in his hometown when he disappeared off the grid. With no communications since, the team can't help but fear the worst. Sent to investigate, Robie and Reel arrive in the small town of Grand to discover that it has its own share of problems. A stagnant local economy and a woefully understaffed police force have made this small community a magnet for crime, drugs, and a growing number of militant fringe groups. But lying in wait in Grand is an even more insidious and sweeping threat, one that may shake the very foundations of America. And when Robie and Reel find themselves up against an adversary with superior firepower and a home-court advantage, they'll be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man. A riveting thriller of an action/adventure novel with more plot twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster, this flawlessly produced, complete and unabridged audio book edition of "End Game" superbly narrated by the team of Kyf Brewer and Orlach Cassidy. Highly recommended for personal and community library collections, this 10 CD formatted "End Game" has a total running time of 11 hours, 54 minutes.

Bring Me Back
B.A. Paris, author
Read by Cathleen McCarron & Kevin Hely
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427296603 $29.99

Bring Me Back is the unabridged audiobook rendition of the psychological suspense novel by B.A. Paris. Finn and Layla were once a loving couple on vacation. Finn stopped to use a restroom on deserted highway, locking his car with the sleeping Layla inside. When he came back, Layla was gone. This is the story Finn told the police - but he did not tell them everything. Ten years later, Finn is engaged to Layla's sister Ellen, and on the verge of proposing, even though Finn's sixth sense tells him that he shouldn't trust Ellen. Then long-lost items from Layla's past start to appear, and Finn learns that someone from his past has claimed to see Layla hiding in plain sight. Could Layla be alive, and if so, then why has she concealed herself all this time? A plot marked by twists and turns, each more shocking than the last, builds to a jaw-dropping climax in this tense, unforgettable audiobook vividly brought to life with masterful performances by Cathleen McCarron and Kevin Hely. 6 CDs, 7.5 hours.

The Music CD Shelf

Stage Door Live!
Dori Rubbicco with the John Harrison Quintet
Whaling City Sound
c/o Naxos (distribution)

Recorded live at New Bedford's Zeiterion Theater, Stage Door Live! features Dori Rubbicco and the John Harrison Quintet performing a mix of original compositions and covers of popular favorites. The masterful piano of John Harrison III is the perfect complement to Dori Rubbicco's mesmerizing voice, in this mellifluous, dulcet treasure. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Roman Sun", "Imagine", "Two Kites", "Pretty Funny", "No Regrets", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "Throw It Away", "Twisted", "Right Here Waiting", "I Can See Clearly", and "That's All".

Queen City Jubilee
The Slocan Ramblers
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3

Queen City Jubilee is a blend of original and traditional songs as well as some instrumental tunes from Toronto bluegrass band The Slocan Ramblers. Drawing upon the essence Appalachian old- time music grounded in all-night james and extended square-dance sessions, Queen City Jubilee is vivacious, captivating, and highly recommended. The tracks are "Mississippi Heavy Water Blues", "Just to Know", "Down in the Sugarbush", "Hillbilly Blues / Deer on the River", "Hill to Climb", "Long Chain Charlie and Moundsville", "First Train in the Morning", "New Morning", "Through and Through", "Sun's Gonna Shine in My Back Door Someday", "Makin' Home", "Mighty Hard Road", "Shut the Door", and "Riley the Furniture Man".

Second Bloom
Red Pony Records
$15.98 CD / $9.49 MP3

Second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imagined is an album from country/pop/contemporary musician Sylvia, who performs her most popular songs from the 1980s with a transformative modern sheen. Sylvia's honeyed voice transcends decades, and Second Bloom is a golden treasure for connoisseurs! The tracks are "Drifter", "Nobody", "Tumbleweed", "Fallin' In Love", "Cry Just A Little Bit", "Sweet Yesterday", "Like Nothing Ever Happened", "Snapshot", "I Love You By Heart", and "You Can't Go Back Home."

The DVD Shelf

Girlfriends series 1
Written by Kay Mellor
Starring Zoe Wanamaker, Phyllis Logan, & Miranda Richardson
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment

Girlfriends series 1 is the DVD debut of BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor's six-part drama set in modern times. The saga follows three female friends, each of which must confront modern-day problems and responsibilities. Linda's husband tragically goes missing on a cruise; Sue is systematically being shut out of the company she co-founded; and Gail's son abruptly returns home from prison. The three women seek much-needed support from one another, in this deftly woven character drama packed with twists and turns. Bonus materials include a behind-the- scenes featurette (29 min.) and the cast panel at the Television Critics Association event (18 min.), although it should be noted that Girlfriends is intended for mature viewers due to the presence of strong language, violence, and disturbing images. 294 min. plus bonus.

Delicious series 2
Starring Dawn French, Emilia Fox, & Iain Glen
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment

Delicious series 2 continues the character-driven British drama television series set in the Penrose Hotel. Nearly a year after the abrupt death of philandering chef Leo Vincent (played by Iain Glen), his ex-wife Gina (played by Dawn French) and widow Sam (played by Emilia Fox) have transformed the once-failing Penrose Hotel into a thriving success. Gina is a master chef while Sam expertly handles day-to-day business, but the two tend to butt heads both personally and professionally! An ongoing police investigation, an extraordinarily handsome new hire, and a guest that nobody could have expected further complicate matters. As Leo himself watches and wonders from beyond the grave, his deepest secrets gradually come bubbling to the surface. Delicious is utterly delectable for connoisseurs of fine drama, highly recommended! Bonus material includes a behind-the-scenes featurette (10 min.) and a photo gallery. 4 episodes, 187 min. plus bonus, SDH subtitles.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

A Puppy Called Wolfie
Kathie Gregory
Hubble & Hattie
9781787110700, $18.99, PB, 176pp,

Using an established and cutting edge psychotherapy called Free Will Teaching, "A Puppy Called Wolfie" by qualified animal behaviorist and trainer Kathie Gregory offers a perspective that will change your approach to teaching dogs. Force-free, and embracing each dog's right to free will, both you and the dogs you work and live with will achieve great success. Owning a puppy is an exciting and rewarding experience. Understanding why your puppy does what he does, and what influences his behavior, is key to a harmonious life together, and essential for avoiding the many problems and issues that crop up along the way. Charting the first 18 months of a canine named Wolfie's life from when he arrived with Kathie Gregory's family at 9 weeks old, "A Puppy Called Wolfie" looks in detail at the mind and behavior of a puppy, and how he develops as he becomes an adult dog. It also examines how dogs think, what they do, how they learn, form responses, their likes, dislikes, development stages, hormones, and how all of these influence a dog's personality and development. For both pet owner and professional, the Free Will Training approach is a dynamic way of teaching that takes modern dog training into the future. Effective and real world practical, "A Puppy Called Wolfie" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library dog training instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Business Shelf

Reinvent Your Business Model, revised edition
Mark W. Johnson
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781633696464, $35.00, HC, 256pp,

Now in a newly revised and updated edition, "Reinvent Your Business Model: How to Seize the White Space for Transformative Growth" by Mark W. Johnson (who co-founded the strategy and innovation management consultancy Innosight with Clayton M. Christensen) provides the businessman and entrepreneur with an eminently practical framework for understanding how a business model actually works. Identifying its four fundamental building blocks, Johnson deftly lays out a structured and repeatable process for reinventing an existing business model or creating a new one and then incubating and scaling it into a profitable and thriving enterprise. In a new chapter on digital transformation, Johnson also shows how serial transformers like Amazon leverage business model innovation so successfully. Featuring case studies of companies that have achieved new success and postmortems for those that haven't, "Reinvent Your Business Model" shows how to: Determine if and when your organization needs a new business model; Identify powerful new opportunities to serve your existing customers in existing markets; Reach entirely new customers and create new markets through disruptive business models and products; Seize opportunities for growth opened up by tectonic shifts in market demand, government policy, and technologies; Make business model innovation a more predictable discipline inside your organization. Exceptionally well written and accessibly organized and presented, "Reinvent Your Business Model" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, corporate, community, and academic library Business Management instructional reference collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists of MBA students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Reinvent Your Business Model" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.24).

The LGBT Studies Shelf

Raised by Unicorns
Frank Lowe, editor
Cleis Press
101 Hudson Street, Suite 3705, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
9781627782562, $17.95, PB, 216pp,

There are now a great many books out on the subject of LBGT parenting. Now there is a new one offering the perspective of children being parented by LBGT parents. "Raised by Unicorns: Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents", Frank Lowe has carefully compiled and edited an anthology that reflects on the upbringing of children in many different forms of LGBTQ+ families. From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, "Raised by Unicorns" features diverse stories that express the distinctiveness of this shared journey and of each particular family. It's visceral, raw, and not always pretty, but love is always the common thread. "Raised by Unicorns" is a unique and ground-breaking compendium of personal stories that candidly reveal true accounts of this particular niche of humanity, while simultaneously creating a moving snapshot of the world in which we live. "Raised by Unicorns" guides the reader through an empathetic journey that is nothing short of compelling and poignant. While very highly recommended for community and academic library LBGT collections in general, and LBGT parenting supplemental studies in particular, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Raised by Unicorns" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

The Cookbook Shelf

Homefront Cooking
Tracey Enerson Wood, Beth Guidry Riffle, Carol Van Drie
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
9781510728707, $24.99, HC, 240pp,

Food brings families and friends together, providing not only nourishment for our bodies, but also the glue that holds our families and society together. It is around the dinner table that we interact and important announcements are made. In the military it was chow time in the foxholes when soldiers came to know each other, forming bonds so strong they would risk their own lives for one another. Remembering the smells and tastes of home support many in difficult times, those memories captured here in photographs and recipes. Nicely illustrated throughout, "Homefront Cooking: Recipes, Wit, and Wisdom from American Veterans and Their Loved Ones" showcases a collection of treasured family recipes and photographs from military service members past and present, and their loved ones. Recipes are accompanied by brief stories and memories related to the recipe, military service, and/or lifestyle. With recipes that range from Bagel and Lox Benedict; Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole; Creamy Asparagus and Cauliflower Soup; and African Meat Samosas; to Beth's Electric Chocolate Chip Cookies; Afghan Rice; Meat Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables; and Sunday Dinner Roast Beef, "Homefront Cooking" is one of those culinary compendiums that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. "Homefront Cooking" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.59). It should be noted that all the authors' profits will be donated to a charitable organization in support of veterans.

T-Bone Whacks and Caviar Snacks
Sharon Hudgins
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
9781574417142, $39.95, HC, 448pp,

Showcasing 140 traditional and modern recipes by Sharon Hudgins and Tom Hudgins, "T-Bone Whacks and Caviar Snacks: Cooking with Two Texans in Siberia and the Russian Far East"is unique cookbook is filled with fascinating food history, cultural insights, and personal stories about the culinary adventures of two intrepid Texans who lived, worked, traveled in (and ate their way around!) the Asian side of Russia. Sharon vividly describes the memorable meals that she and her husband enjoyed at the apartments of Russian friends in Soviet-era high-rises, at new restaurants and ancient festivals, on boats and on picnics, at remote little dachas in the lush green forests near the Russian-Chinese border, with the Buryat-Mongolians living in southern Siberia, and along thousands of miles of the Trans-Siberian Railroad tracks. This culinary compendium of recipes for classic Russian New Year's fare, spring festival foods, traditional Russian Easter desserts, and the East Asian dishes adopted by Russians living in that part of the world will prove to be a unique and immensely popular addition to persona, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "T-Bone Whacks and Caviar Snacks" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle $31.96).

Grits to Glory
Joe Johnston
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781455624034, $23.95, PB, 176pp,

In the pages of "Grits to Glory: How Southern Cookin' Got So Good", Missouri native Joe Johnston takes his readers on an armchair excursion through the folksy history of Southern cooking ranging from the best fruitcake recipe before the Civil War, to the ultimate Southern kitchen essential -- the cast iron pan. Johnston's cultural history brings reminiscences from his own friends and family in addition to thoroughly-researched historical anecdotes. Sprinkled throughout with valuable stories and quotes from Southerners who really know their stuff, "Grits to Glory" will have a very special appeal for those from every Southern walk of life, as well as inherently interesting to anyone who is simply fascinated with the cultural history of cooking. With every detailed recollection, the heart and soul of Southern cooking shines through, making it an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Grits to Glory" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.19).

The Korean Kimchi Cookbook
Kim Man-Jo, Lee D-Young, Lee Kyou-Tae
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804848602, $17.99, PB, 128pp,

A traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage and Korean radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlic, ginger, and jeotgal (salted seafood), Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made with different vegetables as the main ingredients. In traditional preparations, kimchi was stored underground in jars to keep cool, and unfrozen during the winter months. With the rise of technology, kimchi refrigerators are more commonly used to make kimchi today. Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout, "The Korean Kimchi Cookbook" features the extensive history and background information about Korea's cuisine and fascinating culture, then goes on to showcase 78 flavorful and easy to prepare recipes organized by season including: Fresh Oyster Kimchi; Swiss Chard Kimchi; Fresh Ginger Pickles; and Traditional Cabbage Kimchi. Now in a newly revised edition, "The Korean Kimchi Cookbook" has been rewritten to make instructions more accessible for the home cook, with all spices, condiments, and vegetables easily found in any supermarket. Plus, all 78 recipes are easy enough for anyone new to the world of fermentation, yet the combinations and possibilities are endless! Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Korean Kimchi Cookbook" will prove a welcome addition to personal, professional, and community library Ethnic Cookbook collections. It should be noted that "The Korean Kimchi Cookbook" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

The Acadian Kitchen
Alain Bosse
Whitecap Books
c/o Fitzhenry & Whiteside
195 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 4T8
9781770503137, $34.95, PB, 240pp,

The Acadians were French-speaking residents of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, forced to migrate to Louisiana after the 1763 British conquest of French Canada. Celebrating the evolution of Acadian cooking from its 17th century roots to the Cajun and French Canadian dishes it's known for today, "The Acadian Kitchen" by Alain Bosse (President of Alain Bosse Consulting Ltd, and the food editor for Saltscapes Magazine) is a landmark guide to Acadian and Cajun history, culture and the time-honored foods that define this one-of-a-kind heritage. Influenced by the cultural exchange of historic French, Creole, Indigenous and maritime ideas, Acadian cuisine is defined less by technique than by the desire to take simple, local ingredients and turn them into something delicious. Offering a detailed culinary history supplemented with sidebars, historical timelines, glossaries and over 120 extraordinary recipes, "The Acadian Kitchen" includes chapters on chowders, pies, preserves, and classic desserts. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "The Acadian Kitchen" features authentic and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes that are as palate pleasing as they are appetite satisfying. Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections, "The Acadian Kitchen" is unreservedly recommended and an ideal introduction to French Canadian and Cajun cuisine.

The Education Shelf

Design Thinking for School Leaders
Alyssa Gallagher & Kami Thordarson
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416625940, $29.95, PB, 208pp,

Collaboratively written by experienced public school educator, school and district administrator, facilitator, and educational consultant Alyssa Gallahger and public educator Kami Thordarson, "Design Thinking for School Leaders: Five Roles and Mindsets That Ignite Positive Change" explores the changing landscape of leadership and offers practical ways to reframe the role of school leader using 'Design Thinking', one step at a time. Leaders can shift from "accidental designers" to "design-inspired leaders," acting with greater intention and achieving greater impact. "Design Thinking for School Leaders" detail five specific roles to identify opportunities for positively impacting students, teachers, districts, parents, and the communityincluding: The Opportunity Seeker. Shifts from problem solving to problem finding; The Experience Architect who designs and curates learning experiences; The Rule Breaker who challenges the way things are "always" done; The Producer who gets things done and creates rapid learning cycles for teams; The Storyteller who captures the hearts and minds of a community. Full of examples of Design Thinking in action in schools across the country, "Design Thinking for School Leaders" is expertly organized and presented so as to fully enable teachers, principles, superintendents, and school board members to guide their school to the forefront of the new design + education movement, one that will move traditional education into the modern world and drive the future of learning. While very highly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Design Thinking for School Leaders" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.76).

Eight Paths to Leadership
Belva C. Collins
Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781681251714, $34.95, PB, 184pp,

Belva Collins is a seasoned educator herself, knows that many special education teachers are called on as "leaders by default" when colleagues turn to them for expertise. She draws upon her years of experience and expertise in "Eight Paths to Leadership: A Guide for Special Educators" to show special educators how to pursue more intentional leadership roles so they can maximize their impact in preK - 12 schools. Preservice and in-service teachers will discover eight different paths they can follow to become leaders in: Making data-based decisions and conducting classroom research; Effecting schoolwide change; Mentoring other teachers and paraprofessionals; Conducting professional development and consultations; Working effectively with families; Supporting students during transitions; Advocating for students; Connecting with professional organizations that address disability-related concerns . For each path to leadership, teachers will get detailed guidelines for success, grounded in up-to-date research and the author's deep understanding of the everyday challenges educators face. Throughout this instructive study, "Voice of a Leader" interview excerpts share nuggets of practical wisdom and show how real teachers evolved and triumphed on diverse paths to leadership. Individual chapters include learning objectives, definitions of key terms, thought-provoking reflection questions, interview excerpts, and follow-up activities to help teachers delve deeper into each leadership path. Full transcripts of interviews with eight teacher leaders are available online. A complete and comprehensive course of study under one cover, "Eight Paths to Leadership" is an ideal special education in-service curriculum text, and is unreservedly recommended for school district, college and university library Teacher Education collections in general, and Special Education supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

It's Not About Grit
Steven Goodman
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
9780807758984, $29.95, PB, 208pp,

Steven Goodman is founding executive director of Educational Video Center (EVC), a nonprofit youth media organization in New York City dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people. In the pages of "It's Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity, and the Power of Transformative Teaching " he draws upon his years of experience and expertise working with struggling learners who may be experiencing the trauma of poverty, violence, or family separation, as well as using a unique blend of students' personal stories, classroom experience, and social and political policy to inform the teaching of marginalized students to provide a comprehensive review of the issues that students bring to the classroom, including health and housing, police and juvenile justice, immigration, gender and identity, and foster care. At, "It's Not About Grit" features links to original clips from student-produced video documentaries and a curriculum guide to spark discussions in college courses, professional development workshops, and high school classes. Informative, insightful, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "It's Not About Grit" is very highly recommended as an addition to school district in-service teacher training curriculums, as well as college and university Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Fishing Shelf

Fishing the Salmon River
Spider Rybaak
Burford Books, Inc.
101 East State Street, #301, Ithaca, NY 14850
9781580801881, $18.95, PB, 192pp,

Spider Rybaak writes on angling and the outdoors for the Oswego County Tourism Bureau, lectures frequently on fishing in the area and is the author of "Fishing The Great Lakes Of New York" (9781580801768, $16.95 PB, $8.99 Kindle), and "Fishing Oneida Lake" (9781580801775, $16.95 PB, $12.99 Kindle). The Salmon River in upstate New York ranks as one of the world's great fisheries, boasting two major records to prove it: the Great Lakes record chinook salmon (47 lbs. 13 oz.) and the world record coho salmon (33 lbs. 4 0z.) This fabulous, 44-mile-long stream does it all, yielding up everything from a mess of panfish to a trophy wall-hanger. In "Fishing The Salmon River", Rybaak has now written the first book to specifically detail the where and how of fishing this outstanding length of water, with notes on all the significant fishing spots and the tackle, techniques, and strategies to best approach them. The river hosts a wealth of species, from three species of salmon (Atlantic, king and coho), trout, steelhead, smallmouth bass, pike, perch and more, which can be fished with fly or spinning tackle. Rybaak, who has fished the entire length of the Salmon River intensively for many years, draws upon his years of experience and expertise to help any angler, from newcomer to veteran, put more fish on the line when plying the waters of the Salmon River!

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2019/2020
Judith Miller
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781784724207, $27.99, PB, 432pp,

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers. "Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2019-2020" is her up-to-date guide to the collectibles market that no dealer, collector or auctioneer should be without. Featuring more than 4,000 objects in full color, each with a detailed description and current price range, "Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2019/2020" also offers instructive information on how to spot that rare example that may be worth twenty times more than another piece. Meanwhile, in-depth Closer Look features explain what to look for when appraising everything from 20th century glass to costume jewelry. Every image is changed for every edition to keep the Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide" fully up-to-date with collecting and buying trends and is the only full-color, fully-illustrated collectibles price guide in the world. Essential, reliable, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, and an inherently fascinating volume to simply browse through, "Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2019/2020" is a 'must have' reference for anyone dealing with antiques and collectibles whether for fun or profit!

The Safe Bank Book
Michael Holz
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764355608, $79.99, HC, 272pp,

Made as toy savings banks, souvenirs, or advertising premiums, cast iron safe banks are found in a variety of sizes, colors, and finishes, and were produced from 1865 until World War II. Due to their numerous parts, coupled with the locking mechanism, they have not been reproduced. Compiled by Michael Holz, "The Safe Bank Book: Cast Iron Safe Banks Made between 1865 and 1941" is the most complete listing of iron safe banks known to date and includes a broad range of additional information, taken directly from primary reference resources, to engage both the casual reader and serious collector. There are nearly 500 unique casting variations identified with multiple colors and finishes represented. This catalog is augmented with informative chapters that include more than twenty company profiles, 175 pages of this remarkable volume are reproduced from original manufacturer catalogs, with over sixty ads from period mail order catalogs, and nearly forty related US Patents, as well as trade cards, postcards, calendars, posters, and other ephemera related to safe banks and the companies that made them. An inherently fascinating browse from cover to cover, this unique, informative, and beautifully illustrated volume will prove to be an immediate and appreciated addition to community library Antiques/Collectibles collections -- and is a 'must' for collectors of personal cast iron savings banks!

The Self-Help Shelf

The Outward Mindset
The Arbinger Institute
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland CA, 94612
9781626567153, $16.95, PB, 192pp,

Unknowingly, too many of us operate from an inward mindset, that is, a narrow-minded focus on self-centered goals and objectives. When faced with personal ineffectiveness or lagging organizational performance, most of us instinctively look for quick-fix behavioral band-aids, not recognizing the underlying mindset at the heart of our most persistent challenges. Through true stories and simple yet profound guidance and tools, "The Outward Mindset" enables individuals and organizations to make the one change that most dramatically improves performance, sparks collaboration, and accelerates innovation -- a shift to an outward mindset. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves" is an effective instructional guide for changing lives and transforming organizations for the better. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, "The Outward Mindset" is very highly recommended for community, corporate, and academic library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Outward Mindset" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Audio, 9781520014838, $19.99, CD).

The Travel Shelf

Secret Dallas
Mark Stuertz
Reedy Press
PO Box 5131, St. Louis, MO 63139
9781681061047 $20.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

Secret Dallas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure is a traveler's treasure trove of little-known destinations in this bustling Texas metropolis. A wealth of black-and-white photographs and an inset section of color plates enliven this tour of celebrity burial grounds, the invention of the computer chip, a German POW camp and much more. Secret Dallas is a "must- have" for prospective city visitors and an armchair traveler's delight, highly recommended.

Secret Philadelphia
Mary Dixon Lebeau
Reedy Press
PO Box 5131, St. Louis, MO 63139
9781681061344 $20.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

Secret Philadelphia: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure lives up to its title as a different type of travel guide - one that spotlights amazing, lesser known places to visit and learn from in the City of Brotherly Love. Black-and-white photographs as well as an inset section of color plates enhance this showcase of wonders. From the tradition of throwing a penny on the Founding Father's grave, to learning how surgery was performed in the 19th century, to the cave of the first doomsday cult and much more, Secret Philadelphia is a "must-have" for city visitors and a treat for armchair travelers!

The Coloring Book Shelf

Pomegranate Communications, Inc.
19018 NE Portal Way, Portland, OR 97230

Pomegranate Communications is a premier publisher of flawless produced and thematically presented coloring books for adults. Five of their newest titles are particularly outstanding in terms of quality and offering hours of quiet, meditative fun and entertainment. "A World of Things: Denis Diderot Coloring Book" (9780764982279, $16.95, HC, 108pp) features 50 illustrations to color in a lay-flat binding and a high-quality paper-easy format to use with all your fine coloring tools. It also provides an informative introduction about the mid-18th century masterwork Encyclopedie, ou Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers (Encyclopedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Crafts), as edited by Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d Alembert. "Molly Hashimoto: Birds and Other Wildlife Coloring Book" (9780764982187, $7.95, PB, 48pp) features images to color in the form of twenty-two unpainted block prints celebrates nature in Molly's original artwork, creating beautiful images of the landscapes and wildlife she encounters in the national parks and wilderness areas of the West. "English Decorative Designs Coloring Book" (9780764982231, $7.95, 48pp) showcases twenty- two images drawn from the English 'Arts & Crafts' movement with their exquisite textiles, wallpaper, carpet, tile, and architectural ornaments from designers such as Christopher Dresser, C. F. A. Voysey, William de Morgan, and Owen Jones. "Chinese Decorative Designs Coloring Book" (9780764982255, $7.95, 48pp) presented twenty-two images drawn from a tradition practiced for hundreds of years throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties where Chinese military and civil officials wore large silk badges on the front and back of their robes that signified the individual's rank based on the animal depicted. "Elegant Herbs and Medicinal Plants Coloring Book" (9780764982286, $7.95, 48pp) is comprised of twenty-two images drawn from medieval medical tomes such as the twelfth-century Book of Simple Medicines, by Italian physician Matthaeus Platearius and are appreciated by pharmacists and naturalists today as snapshots of botanical and medical history. All of these very highly recommended adult coloring books are designed so that the individual pages can be removed and framed.

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