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Volume 10, Number 10 October 2015 Home | WBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Agriculture Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Music CD Shelf
DVD Shelf Cookbook Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Crafts Shelf Music Shelf Humor Shelf
Mythology Shelf Biography Shelf Parenting Shelf
Education Shelf Travel Shelf Photography Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Christine Seifert
Zest Books
35 Stillman Street, Suite 121
San Francisco, CA, 94107
9781936976980 $13.99

Today the phrase "If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you" is a descriptive cliche about outrageous falsehoods, but in the 1920's, the con man Victor Lustig managed to "sell" the Eiffel Tower - twice! Whoppers is an eye-popping compendium of incredible liars throughout history. Some lied for money; others for prestige; others purely for fun. From famous entertainers like P.T. Barnum, to Pope Leo X (whose excesses kindled the rise of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation), to scientific and metaphysical hoaxes, Whoppers is as amazing as it is educational! Whoppers is suitable for readers of all ages, and especially recommended for public and high school library collections.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

2015 Guide to Self-Publishing
Robert Lee Brewer, editor
Writer's Digest Books
c/o F+W Media
10151 Carver Road, Suite 200, Blue Ash, OH 45242
9781599638478, $29.99,

Thoroughly updated and revised every year, the "2015 Guide to Self-Publishing" continues to be one of the most 'user friendly' and practical information oriented references that authors considering self-publication have available to them. Comprehensive, and deftly organized, "2015 Guide to Self-Publishing" covers all aspects of self-publication organized into seven major sections (Production; Management; Promotion, Interviews; Listings; Resources; and Index). The contributed articles comprising these sections are provided by experienced and successful men and women who emphasize the practical. Informed and informative, "2015 Guide to Self-Publishing" is a critically important and highly recommended resource for anyone considering or who are already engaged in self-publication.

So I Published A Magazine
Lorraine Phillips
360 Books, LLC
9780988953536, $44.95,

"So I Published A Magazine: Conversations with Independent Publishers from Around the Globe" is a 286 page compendium based on the results of sixteen candid conversations with independent publishers from around the globe to find out exactly what it takes to start and run a magazine. The publishers were specifically asked how did you fund their magazine?. Whether or not they did they do any market research or create a business plan prior to launching?. How do they attract readers? What did they do to attract advertisers? How important is social media to their operation? Who handles their distribution? What factors do they think contribute to the success or failure of a magazine? And a great deal more. The featured magazines include: Blow, Cereal, Concrete Wave, Delayed Gratification, Disegno, HOLO, IdN, Katachi, Lionheart, Little White Lies, PAPER, Sneaker Freaker, Things & Ink, 3x3, Very Nearly Almost (VNA) and Wax Poetics. Impressively informed and informative, "So I Published A Magazine" should be considered a "must read" for anyone contemplating or already involved in establishing a magazine. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in composition, content, and presentation, "So I Published A Magazine" is very highly recommended for professional, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.

The Agriculture Shelf

The Complete Guide To Small-Scale Farming, second edition
Melissa Nelson
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9781620230091, $14.99, 288pp,

Now in a completely revised, updated, and expanded second edition, "The Complete Guide to Small-Scale Farming: Everything You Need to Know about Raising Beef and Dairy Cattle, Rabbits, Ducks, and Other Small Animals" by Melissa Nelson is an exceptionally well written, organized and presented instruction guide and manual that will enable even the most novice of small scale farmers to succeed in their efforts at animal husbandry. Of special note are the sections devoted to raising pigs, sheep, goats, and waterfowl. As informed and informative as it is thoroughly 'user friendly' in content and composition, "The Complete Guide to Small-Scale Farming" is very highly recommended for personal, professional, agricultural school, community, and academic library Agricultural Science reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists -- and most especially any urban or suburban dweller that would like to raise rabbits or chickens in their back yard.

Plant Diseases and Their Management in Organic Agriculture
Maria R. Finckh, Ariena H. C. van Bruggen, Lucius Tamm, editors
APS Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
9780890544761, $199.00, 414pp,

Collaborative compiled and co-edited by Maria R. Finckh (Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel, Witzenhausen, Germany), Ariena H. C. van Bruggen (Emerging Pathogens Institute and Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida), Lucius Tamm (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Frick, Switzerland), "Plant Diseases and Their Management in Organic Agriculture" is the first comprehensive book that fully addresses the systems approach to organic plant disease management and is a critically important instructional reference for any researcher, student, or practitioner involved in organic agricultural research, organic agricultural production, or organic agricultural regulation. Deftly organized into five major sections (General Introduction; Organic Plant Production Practices; Plant Diseases in Organic Agriculture; Plant Disease Management in Organic Agriculture; Specific Crops), "Plant Diseases and Their Management in Organic Agriculture" will prove to be a core addition to corporate agribusiness, governmental, and academic library Agricultural reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Sky in Stereo
Revival House Press
9781934460832 $17.95

Collecting the Ignatz Award-nominated comic series, Sky in Stereo is the first black-and-white graphic novel of a two-volume saga following a young girl in Northern England whose life is unraveling into complete disintegration. Iris, a young woman turning eighteen in early 1990's Manchester, is severely unfulfilled and disillusioned by her religious home life. Working at a burger bar at the train station, she has a blinding crush on fellow burger-flipper Glen, who introduces her to the messed-up world of illegal drugs. Iris gradually loses her grip on reality; she is obsessed with Glen, her mind is muddled by drugs, and she takes to wandering the streets, estranged from the mother who desperately wants to save her. Sky in Stereo is recommended for older teen or adult readers due to mature themes such as illegal drug usage.

Ultraman 1
Eiichi Shimuizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200
San Francisco CA 94103
9781421581828 $12.99

Presented in its original "unflipped" right-to-left format, Ultraman 1 is a shonen manga (Japanese graphic novel aimed at teenaged male readers) connected to the genre-defining, long-running Ultraman franchise of television shows and movies - a Japanese pop culture phenomenon similar to America's obsession with superhero stories. In the Ultraman world, heroic individuals appropriate the superhuman powers of alien technology to battle against dangerous monsters. Decades ago, the original Ultraman fought off a terrifying invasion of gigantic Kaiju; his efforts brought many years of peace, but in the present day a renewed threat stirs. Only a new type of Ultraman can counter this menace! The revival of the Ultraman series is action-packed, featuring both titanic clashes and a human element, as the latest inheritor of the Ultraman legacy struggles to control powers he doesn't completely understand. Also highly recommended for fans of superhero-style shonen manga is Kohei Horikoshi's "My Hero Academia" (9781421582696, $9.99), about a middle school student who idolizes heroes yet possesses no powers and no prayer of admission to the prestigious U.A. High School for heroism training - until the legendary savior All Might offers him a chance to change his destiny forever!

Maid-sama! 1 & 2
Hiro Fujiwara
Viz Media LLC
1355 Market Street, Suite 200
San Francisco CA 94103
9781421581309 $14.99

Presented in its original "unflipped" right-to-left format, Maid-sama! 1 & 2 is a black-and-white shojo manga (Japanese graphic novel aimed at teenaged female readers) compilation of the first two volumes of a lighthearted saga about a tangled relationship. Misaki Ayuzawa is the class president of a predominantly male high school, and works hard to sharpen her reputation as an academic overachiever. But Misaki has a questionable secret - she works at a maid cafe after school! Then the attractive student Takumi Usui discovers her double life, and starts showing up at the maid cafe regularly; will he reveal her secret to the public? And is he serious when he says he likes her? Perhaps he's a little too forward with his attention - such as an unexpected kiss! Also highly recommended for fans of lighthearted shojo manga is Go Ikeyamada's "So Cute it Hurts!! 2" (9781421579863, $9.99), continuing the graphic novel saga of the adorably cute Kobayashi fraternal twins, who swap clothes and identities, prompting misadventures at school. The boy Mitsuru earns the ire of a local bully, while the girl Megumu unexpectedly falls in love with a guy who seems to be allergic to girls!

Witchcraft Works 7
Ryu Mizunagi
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor
New York, NY 10016
9781941220528 $12.95

Presented in its original "unflipped" right-to-left format, Witchcraft Works 7 is an action-fantasy black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) continuing the saga of two high school-age teenagers: Takamiya, a mostly ordinary (though perhaps not so ordinary anymore) young man, and the powerful, beautiful, and somewhat aloof witch Kagari. The two share a unique bond that bolsters Kagari's power. Takamiya finds himself attracted to Kagari, yet building up his own strength enough to hold a candle to Kagari's roaring flame is a daunting task! Furthermore, Takamiya has a dangerous entity sealed within him, and these seals are being broken one by one. Volume 7 takes place after the climactic battle with the villainous witch Weekend; with the town protected and order restored, Kagari and Takamiya have a little free time in which to think about their past and the future, in between the occasional rampaging monster or rogue's gallery witch attacks. Clues about their respective pasts leads the duo on a most unusual trip to the home of Kagari's sorcerer family, in hope of learning more. (Meanwhile, Takamiya's magically gifted little sister still has a raging, jealous complex for her oblivious big brother...). As always, Witchcraft Works is characterized by sweeping, beautiful artwork and a lighthearted mix of comedy and drama. Highly recommended!

Tokyo ESP 1
Hajime Segawa
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781941220603 $15.95

Showcasing its black-and-white artwork in "unflipped" original right-to-left format, Tokyo ESP 1 is a graphic novel about a young woman who suddenly gains psychic powers. Rinka Urushiba's ordinary life is completely disrupted one day, when she wakes up after literally falling through the floor. Another ESPer believes that Rinka is destined to become a hero of justice, capable of using her powers for good. Rinka's awakening comes just as greedy, destructive, and murderous opponents with frightening superpowers descend upon her home city of Tokyo. Rinka must navigate a transformed world with glowing fish flitting through the skies, a seeming roulette wheel of powers, and an ever-changing net of alliances and enemies, to protect what she holds dear! Action and emotion blend seamlessly in this suspenseful, modern-day sci-fi drama.

Ajin: Demi-Human, volume 6
Gaman Saurai
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor
New York, NY 10016
9781941220887 $12.95

The sixth volume of the science fiction manga (Japanese graphic novel) Ajin: Demi-Human continues the dark saga of an alternate present-day where a portion of the human population are "demi-humans". Demi-humans have two notable characteristics: they are virtually immortal (automatically resurrecting themselves after death), and they can temporarily summon dangerous, near-indestructible oozing black creatures. A demi-human's degree of control over their ability to summon, or over the creature's actions, varies greatly with the individual according to emotions, training/conditioning, and a host of other factors. Extreme discrimination against demi-humans has all but erupted into a factional civil war. Caught in the middle is Kei Nagai, a demi-human who hates almost everyone on both sides, and just wants to survive. Kei has extreme difficulty empathizing with others, yet maintains a tenuous friendship with Ko Nakano, a demi-human who has not yet given up on noble concepts such as justice. In volume 6, Kei makes a decision that, he believes, will significantly improve his and Ko's odds of survival; he chooses to ally with a power player who may be the most likely to "win", and who just might have the tiniest shred of empathy for other humans and demi-humans. (Maybe.) In their new role, Kei and Ko will both learn more about themselves and their powers than ever before. They also have to work with Izumi Shimomura, a teenaged female demi-human whose tragic past has taken its toll on her spirit, but not broken her will to live just yet. Volume 6 also contains separate sidestories about Izumi and Ko. At times bleak and disturbing, Ajin: Demi-Human is also a thoughtful parable about complicated human connections. Highly recommended for older teen and adult readers, due to some violence and mature themes.

Ninja Slayer: Machine of Vengeance 1
Original work by Bradley Bond and Philip Ninja Morzez
Art by Yuki Yogo
Script by Yoshiaki Tabata
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781941220931 $12.95

Presented with its black-and-white artwork "unflipped" in its original right-to-left format, Ninja Slayer: Machine of Vengeance 1 is the first volume of a shockingly violent and action-packed manga (Japanese graphic novel) set in a futuristic, crime-ridden urban landscape flooded with neon light and ruled by ruthless criminals. The most menacing of these crimelords are ninjas with superhuman powers, who war relentlessly, control the private and public sectors of everyday life, and terrify ordinary people. But one individual is determined to bring change at any cost. He is the Ninja Slayer, and he will go to any extreme to rid the world of ninjas forever! Ninja Slayer: Machine of Vengeance 1 is recommended for older readers (minimum thirteen years of age) due to its over-the-top body count, and will not disappoint fans of high-octane fighting ferocity.

The Audiobook Shelf

Sherrilyn Kenyon
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427261205, $39.99,

Out of all the shape shifting creatures who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it's hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan. Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded. But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames, in Dragonbane, the next explosive Dark-Hunter novel by Sherrilyn Kenyon presented in a flawless produced, complete and unabridged audiobook edition deftly narrated by Holter Graham. Strongly recommended for personal and community library Science Fiction/Fantasy audio book collections. (7 CDs).

Danielle Steel, author
Read by Dan John Miller
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781455833290 $38.99

Country is a romance novel about a middle-aged widow re-learning to enjoy the spontaneity of life. Setphanie Adams had stayed in her dull, joyless marriage for years for the sake of her children; then her fifty-two-year-old husband suddenly dies. While her children grieve, she has conflicting feelings, and struggles to resurrect her identity as an independent individual. A sudden impulse leads her on a road trip to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting that revolutionizes her life. She meets country music star Chase Taylor, and nothing is ever the same again. Country a thoughtful story about complex characters adjusting to the turbulent changes of their lives. 8 CDs, 9 hours 29 min. Also highly recommended for fans of passionate romance is J.T. Geissinger's "Sweet as Sin" (9781491590256, $14.99, 10 CDs, 12 hours 18 min.) an intense audiobook about the passionate chemistry that develops between Hollywood makeup artist Kat Reid and a notorious rock star.

H.J. Bellus, author
Read by Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494516697 $30.39 CD / $12.50 MP3

Blue is an emotional romance that draws inspiration from the parable of Beauty and the Beast. Blue Williams is talented and celebrated at her high school - senior class valedictorian, prom queen, popular squad cheerleader, and more. Her life changes completely when she attends college; she is no longer the local celebrity, and able to blend in for the first time she can remember. Then, a brush with horror forces her to re-examine her entire life, as well as the man who rescues her; ninety percent of his body is covered with terrible scars. Can love blossom between such physical opposites? At once both passionate and thoughtful, Blue is especially recommended to romance connoisseurs.

Robert Ludlum's The Patriot Attack
Written by Kyle Mills
Read by Jeff Woodman
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478979579 $30.00

Robert Ludlum's The Patriot Attack is an unabridged audiobook rendition of a modern-day work of international suspense and nuclear tension. An attack on a Japanese warship has pushed Japan and China to the brink of war, and top Covert-One operative Colonel John Smith embarks on a mission to recover material from the wreckage of the Fukushima nuclear reactor. Then Smith goes missing. CIA agent Randi Russell ventures on an unsanctioned mission to find him, and learns that the material he sought to salving may well be evidence that Japan, led by the warmongering military chief of staff Masao Takahashi, has been secretly developing next- generation weapon systems as part of their military buildup. Can Cover One prevent General Takashi from igniting a third world war fought with nuclear weapons? Exciting to the very end, Robert Ludlum's The Patriot Attack is a "must-have" for fans of the genre! 9 CDs, 10 hours.

The Music CD Shelf

New York Boogaloo
Spanglish Fly
Chaco World Music
$15.00 CD / $20.00 vinyl

New York Boogaloo is the debut album of Spanglish Fly, showcasing an American music style created by Puerto Ricans in New York and influenced by the soul, rock, and pop of the 1960's. Boogaloo shifts freely from English to Spanish; thoughts its character is Latin, it welcomes musicians of all heritages to share and experiment. Spanglish Fly recaptures the high-flying spirit of Boogaloo in its lively performance featuring wurlitzer and brass, funky bass, congas and timbales, and more. The result is just plain fun to experience! The tracks are "Esta Tierra" [a re- imagining of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land"], "Bump (And Let It Slide)", "Return of the Po-Po", "Martian Boogaloo", "Mira Ven Aca", "42 (El Cuarenta Y Dos)", "Love Graffiti Me", "Me Gusta Mi Bicicleta", "Cuidate Hermana", and "Brooklyn Boogaloo".

True North
The Stetson Family
$15.00 AUD CD / $12.00 AUD download

Acoustic, five-piece bluegrass and folk Americana band The Stetson Family presents True North, an album of original songs, each of which tells its own story. The Stetson Family is based in Australia, but the rugged, down-to-earth charm of their music is universal. A "must-have" especially for fans of country and its creative offshoots! The tracks are "Hey Bartender" (2:50), "Run Daddy Run" (3:27), "Every Second Beat Of My Heart" (4:28), "Lover Where You Going" (3:15), "Man and a Pretty Girl" (3:56), "Billy" (4:11), "Travelin' Man" (3:35), "Top of the Mountain" (3:03), "Don't Look Back" (4:07), "Haunted Hills" (3:13), "Let It Ride" (4:59), and "How Mountain Girls Can Love" (2:43).

Fantasy Reality
Salvador Santana
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $9.99 download

The second full length album by Grammy Award Winner Salvador Santana, Fantasy Reality is inspired by a timeless Walt Disney Quote: "When we do fantasy, we must not lose sight of reality." Fantasy Reality connects the raw elements of rhythm with emotionally moving melodies, and lyrics with a strong positive message. Inspirational and supportive, Fantasy Reality stimulates the imagination while reminding the listener of the quintessential human condition. The tracks are "Be the Change", "Till the Mornin' Light", "Somethin' That's Real", "Change Is Gonna Come", "Here With You Tonight", "Keep Pressin' On", "Let The Wall Down" "Love Is Peach", "Fantasy Reality", "Sound Physician", "Visualize Strength", and "I Don't Want It To End".

The DVD Shelf

The Secrets of the Pack Line Pressure Defense
Matt Woodley
Championship Productions
2730 Graham Street, Ames, IA 50010

The Secrets of the Pack Line Pressure Defense is an instructional DVD concerning one of the most effective defensive strategies in basketball. Expert coach Matt Woodley (former Head Coach at Truman State) teaches viewers how to learn the pack line defense through a series of breakdown drills, how to quickly build the pack line defense in transition, apply the concept of "tagging" on basket cuts to prevent easy baskets, and more. On-court demonstrations, meticulous analysis, and extensive instruction distinguishes this "must-have" for any coach or basketball team determined to elevate their gameplay to the next level.

Just Walk: Walk to the Hits - All Time Favorites
Leslie Sansone
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
Troy, MI 48084-3304

Part of the "Just Walk" series of fitness DVDs, Just Walk: Walk to the Hits - All Time Favorites blends energetic music and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to create a fun, completely accessible exercise program that anyone can participate in. The core program is a 3-mile walk routine that guides the viewer to step, tap, kick, and twist to old favorites, in this great way to get moving. Highly recommended especially for people who have trouble getting motivated to stay in shape! The tracks are "Warm Up Walk" (6 min.), "Speed Segment 1" (5 min.), "HIIT Session 2" (12 min.), "Speed Segment 2" (5 min.), "HIIT Session 2" (12 min.), and "Cool Down Walk & Stretch" (8 min.). 56 min. widescreen.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Mindfulness Cookbook
Dr. Patrizia Collard & Helen Stephenson
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600632610 $12.99

Illustrated with full-color photography throughout, The Mindfulness Cookbook: Recipes, Tips and Plans for Mindful Eating is a health-conscious cookbook that does not involve calorie- counting, dieting, or fasting. Rather, the mindful approach is all about tuning into one's own "body wisdom", and learning to enjoy food to the fullest. This enables one to reduce portion sizes and focus on nourishing foods; by paying attention to and savoring the food one eats, one feels completely satiated while pursuing a weight-loss regimen and a lifelong balance. Tips, tricks, and techniques to transform one's eating habits for the better are interspersed among such recipes as "Spinach & lima bean frittata", "Greek country salad with halloumi", "Quick prosciutto & arugula pizza", "Malaysian rendang lamb", "Broiled fruits with palm sugar" and much more. The Mindfulness Cookbook is an excellent tool to make restructuring one's culinary habits practical and fun, as well as a gourmand's delight!

Italy from the Source
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781743607619 $24.99

Featuring full-color photography on almost every other page, Italy from the Source is a sumptuous cookbook of Italian cuisine. The recipes and images are all directly from locations in Italy itself, and shared by families who invented or inherited them. Enhanced with numerous descriptive culinary asides, Italy from the Source is as much a gustatory tour of Italy as it is a showcase of appetizing recipes, and enthusiastically recommended for international cookbook collections. Dishes include "Pumpkin Tortelli", "Olive Mill-Style Soup", "Octopus Stew with Tomatoes, Aromatic Herbs & Potatoes", "Pasta with Tomatoes & Aubergine", and much more.

The Cheese Lover's Cookbook
Emily Chambers and Whitney Lindsley, authors
Mysha Denson and Nicole Fernley, photography
Front Table Books
c/o Cedar Fort, Inc
2373 W. 700 South, Springville, Utah 84663
9781462115907, $16.99,

"The Cheese Lover's Cookbook" has a plethora of delicious new cheese recipes for appetizers, sides, salads, main dishes, and desserts, appealing to a wide variety of palates. Each recipe has a colored sidebar highlighted list of ingredients and measurements, and most recipes have mouth-watering color photos of the finished product. Many are simple and easy to make. Here are some tasty examples: Mozzarella Caprese Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip, Iceberg Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, Baked Five-Cheese Ziti, Goat Cheese and Cabbage Tacos, Baked Reuben Braid (at truly majestic, festive dish), Ultimate Grilled Cheese Variations (Three-Cheese, Caprese, and Bacon Cheddar), Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna), and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast. All recipes are clearly explained and very family friendly. For dessert, there is Berry Mascarpone Trifle, Hazelnut Cocoa Tiramisu, and the reviewer's favorite, Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. Everybody enjoys cheese as a great source of energy and protein, so "The Cheese Lover's Cookbook" is a sure winner, with something scrumptious for everyone.

From the Source - Thailand
Austin Bush & Mark Wiens
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781743607633, $24.99, 272pp,

Lonely Planet Publications is best know as the world's leading travel guide publisher. Their 'From the Source' series focuses on the ethnic cuisines that food lovers and travel enthusiasts will encounter when traveling abroad and who want to replicate those dishes at home in their American kitchens. "From the Source - Thailand" showcases 70 authentic local dishes of Thailand. Beautifully enhanced with full color photography throughout, as well as featuring inside stories and tips from the world's best local cooks, from street-food vendors, and even Michelin-starred chef patrons. From Central Thailand's sophisticated, cosmopolitan cuisine layered with Chinese and Muslim influences, to Northern Thailand's mild, seasonal dishes with ancient roots, to Northeastern Thailand's full-flavored, rustic cooking that doesn't skimp on spice, and to Southern Thailand's spicy offerings, with an emphasis on seafood, chillies and salt, "From the Source - Thailand" is a culinary cornucopia with recipes ranging from Stir-Fried Prawns with Thai Herbs; Jasmine-Infused Agar-Agar with Tropical Fruit Salad; and Tapioca Dumplings in Coconut Cream, to Slow-Cooked Beef in Herbs; Southern Thai Dry Pork Curry; and Steamed Cassava & Coconut Cake. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly', "From the Source - Thailand" is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

Grandbaby Cakes
Jocelyn Delk Adams
Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841734, $22.95, 224pp,

Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories is the debut cookbook from sensational food writer, Jocelyn Delk Adams. Since founding her popular recipe blog Grandbaby Cakes in 2012, Adams has been putting fresh twists on old favorites. Adams has earned praise from critics and the adoration of bakers both young and old for her easygoing advice, rich photography, and the heartwarming memories she shares of her family's generations-old love of baking. Beautifully and profusely illustrated, "Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories" is a culinary treasury of outstanding recipes for pound cakes, layer cakes, sheet cakes, baby cakes, celebration cakes, and cakes for all manner of seasons and holidays. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in content and presentation, the recipes range from a Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake; a Red Velvet Cake with Blackberry-Cream Cheese Whipped Frosting; and a Marble Texas Sheet Cake; to Roasted-Raspberry Cupcakes; a Strawberry Sundae Cake; and a Watermelon-Berry-Lime Icebox Cake. Very highly recommended, "Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family and community library cookbook collections! It should be noted that "Grandbaby Cakes" is also available in a Kindle edition ($13.77).

Toni Miller
Cedar Fort, Inc.
2373 West 700 South, Springville, Utah 84663
9781462116263, $19.99, 160pp,

Who doesn't like cupcakes -- those smaller and bite sized versions of their larger pastry brethren! Comprised of a culinary wealth of kitchen cook friendly recipes, the beautifully illustrated cup cake recipes comprising "Cupcakery: Party-Perfect Cupcakes in a Flash" are certain to please any palate. Toni Miller's is a self-taught home cake baker and decorater who quickly grew her hobby into a successful baking blog and a love for all things adorable sweet. Her work can be found on many websites and publications around the world, including Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Today, Yahoo!, and more. After an informative introduction and a very useful instructional guide covering cupcake tools, ingredients and supplies, baking, frosting, toppings, and more, the individual cupcake recipes in "Cupcakery" range from Blueberry-Stuffed French Toast; Cherry Cheesecake; Chocolate Caramel Irish Cream; and Lemon Pudding; to Cinnamon Eggnog; Caramel Popcorn; Ice Cream Sundae; and Blue Velvet Coconut. Guaranteed to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Cupcakery" is also available in a Kindle edition ($6.15).

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Feng Shui from the Inside, Out
Victoria Pendragon
Ozark Mountain Publishing, Inc.
PO Box 754, Huntsville, AR 72740
9781940265094 $16.00

Professional residential and commercial Feng Shui consultant Victoria Pendragon presents Feng Shui from the Inside, Out. Pendragon does not advocate Feng Shui as the complete solution to all of life's problems; rather, it is only one technique to help the user prepare for and capitalize on good happenings. Pendragon combines basic Feng Shui tenets with self-help principles that she dubs "Sleep Magic" to improve one's self-awareness, become more receptive and alert, and transform one's life for the better. "One of the least followed tenets of excellent Feng Shui is a mirror-free bedroom. A bedroom should be mirror-free for a very good reason: bedrooms are supposed to be places of peace and stillness; mirrors bring a vibration very much the opposite of that, amplifying light energy in the pace throughout the day and turning the bedroom into a kind of battery, buzzing with vibration when it should be a place of calm." Accessible and user- friendly, Feng Shui from the Inside, Out is a choice self-help guide especially recommended for practical-minded individuals seeking the benefits of Feng Shui.

True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives
Sidney Kirpatrick & Nancy Kirkpatrick
A. R. E. Press
215 - 67th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-2061
9780876048269, $17.95, 272pp,

Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 - January 3, 1945) was an American mystic (nicknamed The Sleeping Prophet) who answered questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis and future events while in a trance. "True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives: Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet" explores the intricate details and eye-opening stories of the people who received his readings. Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick, with their decades of experience and research, take the reader on a journey into the archives and history of these psychic passages, finding the most interesting case studies and exploring the most astounding results of the Cayce work in so many people's lives. Their findings are presented in a way that reads like a whodunit that is an absolutely absorbing read from beginning to end. "True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives" is enthusiastically recommended to students of Metaphysical Studies in general, and the life and work of Edgar Cayce in particular. It should be noted that "True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.56).

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Night of the Horns / Cry Wolfram
Douglas Sanderson
Stark House Press
1315 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781933586724, $20.95, 262pp,

Doug Sanderson isn't well known but he should be. He wrote a series of white hot thrillers in the 1950s which were published under his two pseudonyms, Martin Brett and Malcolm Douglas. But he also published a good many novels under his own name, and Stark House has now published two of Doug Sanderson's time-lost classics. "Night of the Horn" is the seedy tale of a Southern California lawyer whose life is ripped apart when he agrees to do a job for a racketeer. "Cry Wolfram" is the story of cross-and-double-cross affair that takes place on the coast of Spain. Exceptionally well written, action-packed, fast paced, and thoroughly entertaining, "Night of the Horns / Cry Wolfram" is very highly recommended reading and will ably serve to introduce a whole new generation of appreciative readers. Of special note is the inclusion of a complete Douglas Sanderson Bibliography which also includes his books under his two pseudonyms.

Chicago Noir: The Classics
Joe Meno, editor
Akashic Books
232 Third Street, #A115, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9781617753770, $29.95, 288pp,

Noir fiction is a literary genre closely related to hard-boiled genre with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include the self-destructive qualities of the protagonist. A typical protagonist of the Noir fiction is dealing with the legal, political or other system that is no less corrupt than the perpetrator by whom the protagonist is either victimized and/or has to victimize others on a daily basis. The fifteen short stories comprising "Chicago Noir: The Classics", which are knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by Joe Meno, are true gems of the noir literary tradition. "Chicago Noir: The Classics" features classic noir tales by Harry Stephen Keeler, Sherwood Anderson, Max Allan Collins, Richard Wright, Nelson Algren, Fredric Brown, Patricia Highsmith, Barry Gifford, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Sara Paretsky, Percy Spurlark Parker, Sandra Cisneros, Hugh Holton, and Stuart Dybek. The fifteen stories anthologized in "Chicago Noir: The Classics" are deftly presented in three major sections: The Jazz Age; Noir & Neo-Noir; Modern Crime. "Chicago Noir: The Classics" is a consistently entertaining and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It is also highly recommended for academic library Literary Studies collections as well. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Chicago Noir: The Classics" is also available in a paperback edition (9781617752940, $15.95) and in a Kindle format ($12.28).

The Christian Studies Shelf

As the Sun Has Risen
H. Dennis Fisher
Discovery House
3000 Kraft Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
9781627073486 $19.99

As the Sun Has Risen: Scriptural Reflections on C.S. Lewis' Life and Literature explores the Christian and spiritual themes in C.S. Lewis' classic works, from autobiographical writings to essays to literature. Writings contemplated include "All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C.S. Lewis 1922-1927", "The Chronicles of Narnia" young adult fantasy epic, "Mere Christianity", "The Screwtape Letters", "The Space Trilogy" and many more. Nearly every reflection is succinctly stated on a single page, along with an appropriate reference to Scripture, making As the Sun Has Risen ideal for browsing, or as a supplement to daily prayer. "Our Lord seemed to give C.S. Lewis sensitivity for bringing the truth to hurting people at their point of need. Often this happened through letter writing - of which he once told a friend: 'My correspondence involves a great number of theological letters already which can't be neglected because they are answers to people in great need of help and often in great misery.'"

The Defense Never Rests, second edition
Craig A. Parton
Concordia Publishing House
3558 South Jefferson Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63118-3968
9780758650429, $12.99, 176pp,

"The Defense Never Rests" by Craig A. Parton is an informed and informative analysis of contemporary American Christianity as well as chronicling the personal spiritual pilgrimage of one man as well as providing an impressive defense of the pure Christian Gospel. Divided into two major parts, "The Defense Never Rests" is a kind of spiritual autobiography of the author, describing his journey from unbelief to American Evangelicalism and Campus Crusade staff work, to his true home in the Lutheran church. "The Defense Never Rests" is also a deftly crafted critique of shallow, pop-style Christian worship and theology. Now in a newly revised and expanded second edition, "The Defense Never Rests" contains new sections dealing with the challenges of New Atheism, Bart Ehrman and the new wave of biblical criticism. A truly exceptional work, "The Defense Never Rests" is especially recommended to the attention of all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Defense Never Rests" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

St. Paul's
2187 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314

Four titles from St. Paul's (a non-profit apostolate of the Pious Society of St. Paul in the United States) offer spiritual guidance to Christian readers. Patricia McCarthy's "The Girl Who Learned How To Kneel: The Story of Etty Hillesum" (9780818913594, $4.95) is the powerful story of the conversion, faith, and martyrdom of a young Dutch woman of Jewish descent, who struggled with daily horrors during World War II and ultimately perished in Auschwitz. Enzo Bianchi's "Why Pray, How to Pray" (9780818913662, $12.95) is a philosophical defense of prayer in today's era, when some Christians question whether prayer is an "escape" from social responsibility, or even a waste of time given God's seeming indifference to horrors such as the Holocaust. Bianchi examines these objections, and refutes them by demonstrating the quintessential nature of prayer as a cornerstone of Christian life and connection to God. Robert Letellier's "The Bible and Covenant: Using Sacred Text and Images to Understand Salvation History" (9780818913600, $16.95) cross-examines the meaning of spiritual covenants with God, including both those mentioned in the Old Testament and the new covenant sealed with the blood of Christ. Letellier advances that no covenant with God is ever "replaced"; rather, all are fulfilled in Jesus, who himself embodies the essence of the covenant. Friar Guy Lespinay's "Introduction to Religious Life" (9780818913754, $12.95) is an accessible guide to understanding and following the precepts of religious life as a personal commitment to following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and the earliest Christian communities, specifically by joining a monastic order or an apostolic institute. Introduction to Religious Life is especially recommended to anyone considering such a life path for themselves, as well as friends and family who wish to better understand a loved one with the calling, or anyone else who seeks to learn more about the subject. All four titles are eruditely written, and especially recommended for church library collections or private study.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

613 Mitzvot
Ronald L. Eisenberg
Schreiber Publishing
c/o Casemate-IPM
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9780884003335, $25.95,

The Hebrew word 'mitzvah' refers to precepts and commandments as commanded by God. It is used in rabbinical Judaism to refer to the 613 commandments given in the Torah at biblical Mount Sinai and the seven rabbinic commandments instituted later for a total of 620. The 613 commandments divided into two categories: 365 negative commandments and 248 positive commandments. According to the Talmud, all moral laws are, or are derived from, divine commandments. In "613 Mitzvot: A Contemporary Guide to the Commandments of Judaism" by Ronald L. Eisenberg (a student of Jewish law, history, and culture for many years), the 613 commandments embodied in the Torah are presented in layman's language, making them quite easy to look up and readily understand. It should be noted that commentaries from the Mishnah and the Talmud to present- day interpretations are included. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in composition, organization, and presentation, "613 Mitzvot" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Judaic Studies reference collections.

The Crafts Shelf

LaFosse & Alexander's Origami Jewelry
Michael G. LaFosse & Richard L. Alexander
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805311516, $16.95, 80pp,

"LaFosse & Alexander's Origami Jewelry: Easy-to-Make Paper Pendants, Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings" Is a new paper craft book from world renowned origami artists, Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander. Even the most novice crafter will be delighted to discover how quick, fun and inexpensive it is to make durable DIY jewelry that can actually be worn! "LaFosse & Alexander's Origami Jewelry" shows step-by-step how to create 3D designs to go with hair, skin, and wardrobe by customizing the components to a personal fashion. A full-color easy-to-follow book, clear diagrams and the included DVD provides thoroughly 'user friendly' guidance to creating lovely pendants, medallions, charms, bracelets, necklaces and earrings in minutes. The origami paper and other materials needed are inexpensive and available in any craft store and a simple starch-based paste will provide do-it-yourself jewelry with remarkable strength to last for years. Very highly recommended and a great deal of fun, it should be noted that "LaFosse & Alexander's Origami Jewelry" is also available in a Kindle edition ($11.99).

The Music Shelf

What Is Punk?
Eric Morse, author
Anny Yi, illustrator
Black Sheep
c/o Akashic Books
232 Third Street, #A115, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9781617753923, $15.95,

"What Is Punk?" is a creative claymation-influenced illustrated condensed history of punk rock for kids. Written in witty narrative verse, "What Is Punk?" traces the beginnings of the music movement in new York City, Chicago, London, and more. Groups like the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, and the Clash defined a new sound and promoted songs for the working class and the idea of equality for all. American bands like Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Blondie, as well as the Ramones brought a new punk sound to the U.S. Iggy Pop brought punk to the Middle West, shirtless or not. After the initial bands broke the ground with their sound, female punk bands and stars took off, as well as L. A. Bands like the Descendents and the Dickies, Circle Jerks, Germs, and Weirdos. More punk bands played in Washington D. C. And elsewhere. Punk can be a sound, loud and fast, or a movement. Punk culture has evolved into many other forms and versions of punk, but "if you really want to know punk...You just have to listen." This highly imaginative narrative verse condensation of Punk history is ideally illustrated with detailed clay figures and objects that define state of the art punk in a truly unique and fun, zany way. Just like Punk.

The Humor Shelf

The Future and Why We Should Avoid It
Scott Feschuk
Douglas & McIntyre
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
9781771620338 $22.95

The Future and Why We Should Avoid It is a wry, tongue-in-cheek look at the future's myriad dark possibilities - aging, death, technology that devours jobs, questionable inventions, projected political misadventures, and more. Author Scott Feschuk hypothesizes about the next Apple invention (iCap? iSnuggie? iCouch, a platform ideal for updating Facebook with one's ass?), the 2056 race for the White House (contenders include Zombie Hillary Clinton and Deep Blue 7.0, in beta), and strategies for keeping one's job in an increasingly automated workforce ("Make yourself indispensable.... It's probably easier just to swallow the CFO's hard drive. Also, there's hostage-taking - a surprisingly effective attention-getter in the short term. And remember: prison offers solitude and none of the hassle of vetting whom/what you have sex with.") Keen-edged satire and laugh-out-loud silliness will hopefully help readers face their terrifying future with smile - or at least a strained grimace!

The Mythology Shelf

The Bigfoot Book
Nick Redfern
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Road #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075
9781578595617 $19.95

Featuring nearly 200 alphabetized entries and 120 black-and-white photographs, The Bigfoot Book is an incredible encyclopedia of folklore, legends, eyewitness accounts, and more about the mythologized "Bigfoot" - supposedly a lurking, hairy, humanoid monster that subsists in remote areas on the fringes of society. Could such creatures truly exist? After all, shambling, bipedal primates are a common occurrence in folklore, in North America and beyond. The Bigfoot Book covers everything from history and tall tales about Bigfoot, to pop culture representations, television shows on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic channel, and the results of scientific study. Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Bigfoot Book lives up to its title and is highly recommended.

The Biography Shelf

The Only Woman in the Room
Rita Lakin
Applause Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010
9781495014055 $29.99

The Only Woman in the Room: Episodes in My Life and Career as a Television Writer is the memoir of Rita Lakin, whose career writing and producing for television spanned 25 years. The worked on shows such as "Dr Kildare", "Peyton Place", "Mod Squad", and "Dynasty", eventually creating her own shows: "The Rookies", "Flamingo Road", and "Nightengales" as well as Movies of the Week and mini-series. Her many awards include Emmy nominations and the Mystery Writer's of America's Edgar Allen Poe award. She was essentially a feminist before feminism became mainstream (and before she herself realized that she fit the definition), personally defying stereotypes, introducing women to the male-dominated business, and advocating for women's rights. The Only Woman in the Room is an extraordinary true story of lifetime accomplishment, highly recommended.

Developing the Pacific Northwest
William H. Wilson
Washington State University Press
PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
9780874223316 $29.95

Developing the Pacific Northwest: The Life and Work of Asahel Curtis is an in-depth biography of photographer Asahel Curtis (1875-1941). Curtis began his photography career at his older brother Edward's photography studio, and then joined the Klondike gold rush with a box camera, preserving images of the trail, miners, gold creeks, and Dawson city. But when Curtis returned home, conflict brewed over these photographs, leading to Curtis' estrangement from his own brother. In time, Curtis opened his own studio and earned a living as a commercial photographer, yet he had passions beyond his daily job. He married and purchased a farm in the Yakima Valley; he belonged to Washington's good roads movement to promote economic development and tourism; and he helped found the Seattle Mountaineers Club as well as chair the Mount Rainier Advisory Board. Notes, a list of sources, and an index round out this thoughtful and detailed portrait.

The Parenting Shelf

Common Sense Parenting series
Boys Town Press
14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010
$15.95 each

The Common Sense Parenting series from Boy's Town Press is a guide filled with research-tested methods, adaptive skills, tips, tricks, and techniques for parents of children. Focusing on teaching and discipline rather than rewards/punishments, and aimed at strengthening family relationships, the Common Sense Parenting series is thoroughly accessible and practical. "Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers, second edition" by Bridget A. Barnes, M.S. and Steven M. York, M.H.D. (9781934490716) offers strategies for dealing with tantrums, recommendations for motivating one's child, suggestions for teaching social skills to children, and much more. "Common Sense Parenting, fourth edition" by Ray Burke, Ph.D., Ron Herron, and Bridget A. Barnes, M.S. (9781934490815) covers the entire process of raising school-aged children, from learning how to communicate clearly to correcting problem behavior to helping children handle peer pressure and more. Both are highly recommended for parents everywhere, as well as public library collections.

The Education Shelf

Colleges That Create Futures, 2016 Edition
Robert Franek
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780804126083 $14.99

Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom, 2016 Edition profiles fifty colleges that go the extra mile to empower students with notable research, internship, and hands-on learning programs. Each scrutinized institution has a several- pages-long entry providing contact information, an a succinct summary of each aspect that makes it stand out. Colleges That Create Futures is an excellent resource for ambitious students seeking the ideal school to realize their lifelong goals.

The Travel Shelf

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, 10th edition
Regis St. Louis, Greg Benchwick, Michael Grosberg, & Luke Waterson
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781742207858 $24.99

Now in an updated tenth edition, Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands is a "must-have" travel guide, assembled to Lonely Planet's exactingly high standards. Packed with information about local delights, hotels and restaurants, outdoor activities, resources for planning one's itinerary, a wealth of maps in full color, recommendations for safe travel, information about indigenous Ecuador, wildlife guides, an index, and much more. Accessible and user-friendly, Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands is highly recommended for anyone traveling to the region, whether for business or pleasure.

The Photography Shelf

David Busch's Nikon D750 Guide to Digital SLR Photography
David D. Busch
Cengage Learning, Inc.
200 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902
9781305629646 $32.99

Packed with full-color photography to illustrate its steps and guidelines, David Busch's Nikon D750 Guide to Digital SLR Photography is a comprehensive user manual to one of the most advanced digital SLR cameras made by Nikon. The Nikon D750 has 24 megapixels of resolution, automatic focus, Wi-Fi capabilities for real-time streaming to a smartphone/tablet/computer, and the first-ever tilting screen on a Nikon full frame camera. Written by a professional photojournalist, for photography professionals and dedicated amateurs, David Busch's Nikon D750 Guide to Digital SLR Photography extensive, meticulous, user-friendly and highly recommended. "Today shift/tilt photography is so popular that Nikon and other vendors are building a faux perspective/focus control capability right into the camera as a 'Miniature Effect' retouching aid. While lenses like Nikon's PC-E line are still useful for their original purpose - perspective control - I've seen some absolutely brilliant portrait and wedding photography that uses tilt/shift capabilities as a dreamy focus control."

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