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The Decarbonization Imperative
Michael Lenox, author
Rebecca Duff, author
Stanford Business Books
9781503614789, $28.00, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: It is now obvious for anyone watching the nightly news shows that time is of the essence, that climate change
now looms as a malignant force that will reshape our economy and society for generations to come. If we are going to
avoid the worst effects of climate change, we are going to need to effectively "decarbonize" the global economy by
This doesn't mean a modest, or even a drastic, improvement in fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. It means 100
percent of the cars on the road being battery-powered or powered by some other non-carbon-emitting powertrain. It means
100 percent of our global electricity needs being met by renewables and other non-carbon-emitting sources such as nuclear
power. It means electrifying the global industrials sector and replacing carbon-intensive chemical processes with green
alternatives, eliminating scope-one emissions (emissions in production) across all industries, particularly steel, cement,
petrochemicals, which are the backbone of the global economy. It means sustainable farming while still feeding a growing
Responding to the existential threat of climate change with the publication of "The Decarbonization Imperative:
Transforming the Global Economy by 2050" by Michael Lenox and Rebecca Duff proposes a radical reconfiguration of the
industries contributing the most, and most harmfully, to this planetary crisis. Disruptive innovation and a particular
calibration of industry dynamics will be key to this change.
"The Decarbonization Imperative: Transforming the Global Economy by 2050" analyze precisely what this might look like
for specific sectors of the world economy (ranging from agriculture to industrials and building, energy, and transportation)
and examine the possible challenges and obstacles to introducing a paradigm shift in each one. With regards to existent
business practices and products, how much and what kind of transformation can be achieved? "The Decarbonization
Imperative: Transforming the Global Economy by 2050" asserts that markets are critical to achieving the needed change,
and that they operate within a larger scale of institutional rules and norms. "The Decarbonization Imperative: Transforming
the Global Economy by 2050" concludes with an analysis of policy interventions and strategies that could move us toward
clean tech and decarbonization by 2050.
Critique: Timely, pertinent, essential reading in the face of the growing impact climate change is even now having on our
infrastructure, or agriculture, our economy, and our politics, both locally, nationally, and globally, "The Decarbonization
Imperative: Transforming the Global Economy by 2050" is an essential, critically important, and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Environmental Studies
collections. It should be noted for students, academia, environmentalists, political activists, corporate and government
policy makers, as well as the non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Decarbonization
Imperative: Transforming the Global Economy by 2050" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note #1: Michael Lenox is the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration at the University of
Virginia's Darden School of Business. He is the coauthor of Can Business Save the Earth? Innovating Our Way to
Sustainability (Stanford, 2018) and The Strategist's Toolkit (Darden, 2013).
Editorial Note #2: Rebecca Duff is Senior Research Associate with the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia's
Darden School of Business. She also serves as the managing director for Darden's Business Innovation and Climate
By Any Other Name: A Cultural History of the Rose
9780861540525, $35.00 / $15.99 Kindle
Synopsis: The rose is bursting with meaning. Over the centuries it has come to represent love and sensuality, deceit, death
and the mystical unknown. Today the rose enjoys unrivalled popularity across the globe, ever present at life's seminal
Grown in the Middle East two thousand years ago for its pleasing scent and medicinal properties, it has become one of the
most adored flowers across cultures, no longer selected by nature, but by us. The rose is well-versed at enchanting human
hearts. From Shakespeare's sonnets to Bulgaria's Rose Valley to the thriving rose trade in Africa and the Far East, via
museums, high fashion, Victorian England and Belle Epoque France, we meet an astonishing array of species and hybrids
of remarkably different provenance.
This is the story of a hardy, thorny flower and how, by beauty and charm, it came to seduce the world.
Critique: By Any Other Name: A Cultural History of the Rose is an in-depth reference, resource, and discussion of the rose
as perceived and used in culture. Throughout history, the rose has symbolized love, death, mysticism, religious beliefs, and
more. Chapters further examine how different types of roses have been cultivated and distributed worldwide. A fascinating
and thoroughly accessible cultural study, By Any Other Name is highly recommended for both personal and public library
collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that By Any Other Name is also available in a Kindle edition
Editorial Note: Simon Morley is a British artist and art historian. He is the author of several books and catalogue essays on
modern and contemporary art, and his art reviews and essays have been published in numerous magazines and journals,
including the TLS, Modern Painters, Tate Magazine, the Independent on Sunday, World Art and Third Text. Previously a
lecturer at the Sotheby's Institute and at Winchester School of Art, he is now Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Dankook
University, Republic of Korea. He is also a keen rose gardener.
12 Ways to Save Democracy in Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299334949, $21.95, PB, 168pp
Synopsis: Wisconsin, once a progressive stronghold led by Robert La Follette and others, inaugurated far-reaching reforms
that broadened public involvement in civic affairs. A wave of innovative social programs aimed at making the state more
egalitarian followed. In recent decades, however, the Badger State has become a laboratory for anti-democratic maneuvers
that have increased the political influence of the super-rich and corporations while decreasing the power of voters.
From tightening campaign finance laws and banning gerrymandering to rooting out structural racism and moving toward
economic equality, each individual chapter comprising "12 Ways To Save Democracy In Wisconsin" focuses on one of the
dozen reforms that are required to heal democracy within the state. Rothschild provides an in-depth rationale for each,
dismantling the counterarguments against them and exploring the complexities involved in implementing them. He offers
concrete proposals and action items for grassroots organizers and concerned community advocates to restore constituent
control of state politics.
This pocket-sized handbook is essential for politically aware citizens as well as journalists and watchdogs who see
Wisconsin as a crucial battleground state and political bellwether for the nation.
Critique: It is not an hyperbolic statement to assert that if Donald Trump and his currently constituted Republican party
once again size control of the Federal Government, and continue to hold political control in over 27 states (including
Wisconsin), and if their current efforts to make free elections over-turnable by replacing non-partisan election officials
with partisan Trump 'true believers', and state legislation majorities able to determine which votes will or will not be
counted, then the kind of American democracy described by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address as being a
"government of the people, by the people, for the people" will be done with and a thing of the past as we slide into an
autocratic, anti-democratic nightmare -- and take the rest of the world's democracies with us into a new Dark Age.
The only and final thing that stands in defense of democracy are the clarion calls of alarm and what we can do to respond
to the current assault on democracy. These remedies comprise Matthew Rothschild's "12 Ways To Save Democracy".
Which should be mandatory reading by every citizen of voting age as a kind of political DIY survival guide for
Simply stated, "12 Ways To Save Democracy" should be a part of every highschool civics class curriculum and every
college, university, and community library Contemporary Political Science collection throughout the state of Wisconsin -
and beyond! It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, political activists, and non-specialist
general readers with an interest in supporting and defending the U. S. Constitution that "12 Ways to Save Democracy in
Wisconsin" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.95).
Editorial Note: Matthew Rothschild is the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and a former editor
and publisher of The Progressive magazine. He is the author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of
Repression and the editor of Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive Magazine, 1909 - 2009.
I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker
Michal Skibinski, author
Ala Bankroft, artist
Synopsis: It is the summer of 1939 in Warsaw, Poland and Michal is an eight- year-old boy just finishing his school year.
In order to improve his handwriting, Michal's teacher gives him a simple assignment: keep a journal, writing one sentence
a day. Eighty years later, Michal's diary has been gorgeously illustrated with beautifully atmospheric paintings. Eloquent in
its simplicity, the journal is a remarkable artifact that captures the innocence of childhood and the trauma of war.
The journal starts out with a typical boy's observations: "July 15: I went to a stream with my brother and teacher." "July 23:
I found a caterpillar." However over the course of weeks, menacing details emerge. "July 27: A plane was circling over
Anin." "September 1: The war has begun." "September 3: I hid from planes." "September 14: Warsaw is bravely defending
itself." These haunting entries are interspersed with visits from relatives, a soccer game, a trip to a park, an ice cream cone.
Photographs of pages from Michal's diary enhance the poignancy of this simple record - an ordinary holiday interrupted by
war; a life changed forever by an extraordinary moment in history.
Critique: I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker is a unique artbook in that it was originally the diary of a young Polish boy
assigned to write one sentence a day over the summer of 1939. School did not resume when summer ended; instead, World
War II broke out. The simple journal transforms from reflections on everyday moments to stark descriptions of war. Pages
of the original journal's handwriting are included, but the highlight of I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker is the vivid, lush
paintings of natural greenery, later turning dark, ominous images of terror and uncertainty. Each artwork is paired with a
sentence from the diary, skillfully translated into English. I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker is an unforgettable artbook, in a
convenient size that will easily fit on any bookshelf, and highly recommended for both personal and public library
Editorial Note: Michal Skibinski was 8 years old and a schoolboy at Warsaw Primary school when he wrote this diary in
the summer 1939. Today he lives in a retirement house for elderly priests. Ala Bankroft is a painter, photographer and film
Fast Track Online
In House Publishing Australia
9780646829340, $4.99 ebook
Fast Track Online: Transition Your Work, Knowledge, Purpose And Skills Online To Earn More, Live More And Be Free
focuses on starting up an online side gig that holds income and promises freedom from 9-5 workplace demands, and is
highly recommended reading for those who want to tailor a plan of action to support this transitional opportunity.
It synthesizes author Judy Nichols's years of research, digital learning, and trial and error experiences into a set of ten
recommended best practices for achieving success, conducting the leg work needed so that those who would make this
change don't experience the same pitfalls that Nichols faced.
From self-assessment of expertise and strengths that could translate well to an online work environment to what influences
online business success stories, Nichols pairs basic business ideas about risk management, new ventures, and customer
development into a specific set of rules that apply to those making such transitions, no matter what the skill or job.
Specifics range from webinars and e-teaching to understanding affiliate relationships and various choices in email and
social media marketing tactics, offering advice on developing online content, emphasizing expertise and reaching target
audiences, and crafting LinkedIn and other profiles that sync with strategy priorities identified in early efforts.
From finding the best way to research, hire, and utilize talent to learning from the stories and challenges of others who
successfully made the transition to online business, Fast Track Online contrasts processes that held different lessons.
Fast Track Online should be a standard acquisition for any business library seeking a blend of business advice and personal
experience. Its focus on navigating the conundrums of transitional processes makes it an important guide that offers
approaches and strategies proven to hold superior results.
The Education Shelf
How to Enhance Your Research
Don J. Webber
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781788978088, $130.00, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Accessible in its style, comprehensive in content, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation,
"How to Enhance Your Research: 100 Practical Tips for Academics" is a truly groundbreaking combination of
instructional guide and DIY manual that provides students and researchers with a wealth of practical advice on how
academics can enhance their research practices. It also highlights the fundamental role of research leaders and how their
support can prove invaluable to academics in improving their research methodology.
With the publication of "How to Enhance Your Research: 100 Practical Tips for Academics" Professor Don Webber
(University of Sheffield, UK) expertly compiles responses from different research environments and practices across a
range of universities, succinctly summarising those that achieve better quality research output. Highlighting collective
practices as well as individual ones, he further illustrates the responsibilities placed upon academics for their own research
alongside those of their peers and how these can have considerable mutual benefits.
This invigorating read will be an excellent resource for new academics who wish to learn best practice and experienced
academics who may have lost their way and are wanting to get their research back on track. Research leaders who wish to
have a high performing department will find "How to Enhance Your Research: 100 Practical Tips for Academics"
insightful in gaining ideas on how to enable their colleagues to achieve their full potential.
Critique: Whether as a curriculum textbook for Study Skills Improvement classes, or a comprehensive DIY 'how to'
instructional for novice and experienced academic researchers alike, "How to Enhance Your Research: 100 Practical Tips
for Academics" will prove to be of extraordinary value for personal, professional, community, highschool, college, and
university library collections.
Sing & Sign for Young Children
Anne Meeker Watson
Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781681254975, $34.95, PB, 192pp
Synopsis: Research shows that teaching sign language to all young children has a wide range of benefits, from enhancing
social emotional and preliteracy skills to supporting positive parent child relationships. With "Sing & Sign for Young
Children", early childhood professionals will have a fun, easy, and highly effective way to teach and practice key ASL sign
vocabulary through music and play during everyday classroom routines.
Packed with engaging sign language activities and original, kid friendly songs, this innovative program was created by a
music therapist and early childhood specialist with years of experience working and playing with young children. With the
publication of "Sing & Sign for Young Children", Dr. Anne Meeker Watson, shows how to transform your daily activities
(including arrival, mealtime, shared book reading, free play, and departure) into joyful learning opportunities infused with
music, play, and warm adult child connections.
"Sing & Sign for Young Children" shows how to: Strengthen skills essential for academic and social success:
communication, social emotional, self regulation, and literacy skills; Combine signing with music (a powerful, motivating,
and neurologically rich experience for young children); Help children build positive, meaningful relationships with each
other and with their educators and caregivers; Infuse the school day with joy and fun, creating an environment that's
conducive to sustained attention and engagement; Give children many chances to practice and demonstrate new skills
across daily routines.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, ideal as a DIY
instruction manual and guide, perfect as a college level curriculum textbook, "Sing & Sign for Young Children" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for daycare and preschool staff, school district, college, and university library
Early Education collections in general, and Sign Language Teaching in-service training and education curriculums in
The Technological University Reimagined
G. Wayne Clough
Mercer University Press
9780881468120, $29.00 hc / $21.99 Kindle
Synopsis: In 1994 Georgia Tech was a good regional technological university, but the outgoing president left under a cloud
of problems with financial systems, federal audits, deferred maintenance, threats to accreditation, and the looming
commitment to serve as the Olympic Village for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. As the first alumnus of Georgia
Tech to serve as president, G. Wayne Clough was determined to find the means to solve these problems and save the
reputation of the university. Believing Georgia Tech had enormous untapped potential, Clough set out to use his
experience at four comprehensive universities to change the course of the university for the future. It would come down to
a set of key decisions, gaining support for them, and executing with persistence.
First, focus on the students, particularly the undergraduates, and their wellness and success. Second, take a campus not
known for esthetics or sustainability, and surrounded by dilapidated neighborhoods, and make it into one to be admired.
Third, embark on an ambitious building effort to provide facilities to compete with the best in emerging cross-disciplinary
research areas. Fourth, expand Georgia Tech's global reach through research partnerships and study abroad programs for
students. Fifth, energize the business school and the sciences and humanities programs by lifting them from service roles to
equal status with the engineering programs. Sixth, build a state, regional, and national policy presence. Lastly, support
programs allowing financially disadvantaged students to attend Georgia Tech and earn their degrees without incurrence of
When it was all said and done, Georgia Tech would be ranked among the top ten public universities in the country and
among the top thirty in the world.
Critique: The Technological University Reimagined: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1994-2008 presents the memoir of
author and University President G. Wayne Clough, who guided the Georgia Institute of Technology for years and
championed major policy changes to combat a host of problems, including but not limited to deferred maintenance and
threats to accreditation. Clough's efforts provided facilities that would support cross-disciplinary research, elevated the
business, science and humanities programs to match what was expected of the engineering programs, supported financially
disadvantaged students, and much more. A handful of inset color photographs this fascinating true-life story of dedication
to educational principles and improvements, highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that The
Technological University Reimagined is also available in a Kindle edition ($21.99).
Editorial Note: Growing up in rural South Georgia, G. Wayne Clough was among the first in his family to attend college.
Graduating from Georgia Tech he pursued an academic career, eventually becoming the first alumnus of Tech to be named
its president. During his tenure Tech served as the 1996 Olympic Village and became recognized as one of the nation's top
ten public universities.
The American History Shelf
Christopher W. Shaw
City Lights Publishers
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
9780872868779, $16.95, PB, 240pp
Synopsis: The fight over the future of the U.S. Postal Service has been a raging social issue for the past few decades. For
years, corporate interests and political ideologues have pushed to remake the USPS, turning it from a public institution into
a private business (especially during the Trump Administration) -- and now, with mail-in voting playing a key role in local,
state, and federal elections, the attacks have escalated. Leadership at the USPS has been handed over to special interests
whose plan for the future includes higher postage costs, slower delivery times, and fewer post offices, policies that will
inevitably weaken this invaluable public service and source of employment.
Despite the general shift to digital communication, the vast majority of the American people and small businesses still rely
heavily on the U.S. postal system, and many are rallying to defend it. "First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy,
and the Corporate Threat" by author, historian, and policy analyst Christopher W. Shaw brings readers to the front lines of
the struggle, explaining the various forces at work for and against a strong postal system, and presenting reasonable ideas
for strengthening and expanding its capacity, services, and workforce.
Emphasizing the essential role the USPS has played ever since Benjamin Franklin served as our first Postmaster General,
"First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat" warns of the consequences for the country
(and for our democracy) if we don't win this fight.
Critique: For our American style democracy to survive its citizens must protect and defend the privatization of schools,
libraries, and the U.S. postal system. All three of these institutions are necessary to insure that we have a literate and
informed electorate that can beat back the totalitarian and authoritarian forces that would turn our democracy into an
autocracy, that would restrict their freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and corruption free political elections to their
economic and financial status. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "First Class: The U.S. Postal Service,
Democracy, and the Corporate Threat" is an essential and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and
university library Political Science and Contemporary Social Issues collections. It should be noted for the personal reading
lists of students, academia, political activists, governmental policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in protecting our U.S. Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic -- the latter especially with specific
reference to our postal system.
John Benedict Buescher
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476684659, $49.95, PB, 432pp
Synopsis: When radio broadcasting began in the early 1920s, it popularity became nation wide. this new communication
technology would effect dramatic changes and influences in every segment of society.
Some thought it would dissolve the distance between time and place, others that human minds would become transparent,
one tuned to another. Performers claiming psychic powers turned radio broadcasting into a fabulous money machine.
These "mentalists," born from vaudeville, circuses, sideshows, and the Spiritualist and New Thought movements of the
mid-late 19th century, used the language of wireless technology to explain their ability to see the past, present, and
Casting their mystical knowledge as a scientifically honed craft, these mentalists persuaded millions to pay for dubious
advice until governmental and public pressures forced them off the air.
"Radio Psychics: Mind Reading and Fortune Telling in American Broadcasting, 1920-1940" is a history of over 25
performers who practiced their art behind studio microphones during the early years of radio broadcasting, from about
1920 to 1940. Here, laid out for the first time, is the tale of how they made cash rain from the heavens and harnessed the
sensation of the radio in search of wealth, health, love, and success.
Critique: Nicely illustrated with black and white images, "Radio Psychics: Mind Reading and Fortune Telling in American
Broadcasting, 1920-1940" by John Benedict Buescher is an exceptionally informative and unique contribution to 20th
Centry American History in general, and the history of radio in particular. While very highly recommended for community,
college, and university library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Radio Psychics: Mind Reading and Fortune Telling in
American Broadcasting, 1920-1940" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.49).
Editorial Note: John Benedict Buescher is the former chief of the Tibetan Broadcast Service of the Voice of America. He
has authored articles on radio broadcasting to Tibet and books on the history of Buddhism and on the history of 19-century
American Spiritualism. He is also a co-director of the International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and
The World History Shelf
Usurpers: A New Look at Medieval Kings
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526779502, $42.95, HC, 216pp
Synopsis: In the Middle Ages (approximately from the 5th to the late 15th centuries), England had to contend with a string
of usurpers who disrupted the British monarchy and ultimately changed the course of European history by deposing
England's reigning kings and seizing power for themselves. Some of the most infamous usurper kings to come out of
medieval England include William the Conqueror, Stephen of Blois, Henry Bolingbroke, Edward IV, Richard III, and
Henry Tudor. Did these kings really deserve the title of usurper or were they unfairly vilified by royal propaganda and
With the publication of "Usurpers: A New Look at Medieval Kings", author and historian Michele Morrical provides a
detailed examination of the lives of these six medieval kings, the circumstances which brought each of them to power, and
whether or not they deserve the title of usurper.
Along the way readers will also learn about some of the most fascinating people from medieval Europe, including Empress
Matilda, the woman who nearly succeeded at becoming the first ruling Queen of England; Eleanor of Aquitaine, the queen
of both France and England who stirred her own sons to rebel against their father, Henry II; the cruel and vengeful reign of
Richard II which caused his own family to overthrow him; the epic struggle for power between Henry VI, Margaret of
Anjou, Richard of York, and Edward IV during the Wars of the Roses; the notorious Richard III and his monstrous
reputation as a child-killer; and Henry VII who rose from relative obscurity to establish the most famous royal family of all
time: the Tudors.
Critique: A masterpiece of academic scholarship that will prove of interest to both academia and the non-specialist general
reader with an interest in Royal British History, and also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format
(Kindle, $25.00), "Usurpers: A New Look at Medieval Kings" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to
community, college, and university library British Monarchy Biography and History collections.
Editorial Note: Michele Morrical is an historical fiction & non-fiction writer with a particular affinity for researching and
writing about medieval kings and queens in England, especially during the Wars of the Roses and the ensuing Tudor
Dynasty. She maintains an informative website at: https://michelemorrical.com/
The Wars of Justinian I
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526760883, $34.95, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Justinian I was the last great conquering Roman emperor, who dramatically increased the size of his realm
although he never actually led an army in person. His long reign (527-565) was devoted to the challenging project of
renovatio imperii, that is the renovation of Empire. His was the will and vision behind campaigns that saw the re-conquest
of Italy and Rome itself from the Ostrogoths, North Africa from the Vandals, and parts of Spain from the Visigoths. These
grand schemes were largely accomplished through the services of two talented generals, Belisarius and Narses. And all this
in spite of the distractions of wars against the Persians in the east for most of his reign and the devastation caused by
"The Wars of Justinian I" by Michael Whitby is the only history available that is particularly devoted to analyzing all of
Justinian's campaigns on the basis of the full range of sources. Besides narrating the course and outcome of these wars, as
the historian and author analyses the Roman army of the period, considering its equipment, organization, leadership,
strategy and tactics, and considers the longer-term impact of Justinian's military ventures on the stability of the
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a four page Glossary, a twenty page Bibliography, and a nine page
Index, "The Wars of Justinian I" is a masterpiece of historical scholarship and is recommended as a core addition to
community, college, and university library Roman History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should
be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in Roman History that "The Wars of
Justinian I" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Michael Whitby is a Senior Naval Historian at the Directorate of History and Heritage, DND, and
co-author of "The Official History of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War".
Isle and Empires
9781911487395, $30.00, HC, 480pp
Synopsis: The tumultuous story of the Romanovs and their enigmatic relationship with Britain is brought to life in Stephan
Roman's analytical history, "Isle and Empires: Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of Wight", as he explores the
misunderstandings, suspicions and alliances that created an uneasy partnership between two of the world's most powerful
As an island off the south coast of England that was intimately linked the British royal family and the Romanovs, The Isle
of Wight was at the heart of this relationship. Peter the Great drew inspiration for the first Russian naval fleet from his
sailing trips around the Island, and Alexander I was immortalised by a hilltop monument built for him on St Catherine's
Down. Alexander II's beloved only daughter, Grand Duchess Marie, spent many years at Osborne House infuriating and
irritating her mother-in-law, Queen Victoria.
In contrast to the Isle of Wight's imperial and royal connections, Russian revolutionaries also made it their home,
establishing a summer colony of radical political thinkers and writers in Ventnor.
In August 1909 the Island hosted the Russian Imperial family during their visit to Cowes Week, then the most glamorous
yachting regatta in Europe's social calendar. A new era of Anglo-Russian collaboration was dawning and seemed destined
to become a dominant force in 20th century global politics. The Tsar's visit to Cowes was deliberately intended to set the
seal on this new alliance.
Less than ten years later the Romanovs had been overthrown, with the British government and royal family accused of
betrayal and complicity in their deaths. "Isle and Empires" is an historical journey into a world of Imperial glory and
power, family rivalry, wars, intrigue and alliances. It is also a story of Russia's revolutionaries, spies and terrorists, and the
refugees fleeing Tsarist oppression who found shelter and safety both in mainland Britain and on the Isle of Wight. These
events reverberate to the present day and much of what happened when the Romanovs ruled Russia continues to set the
pattern for the current relationship between the two countries.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Isle and Empires: Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of
Wight" is an extraordinarily informative and meticulously researched study that is enhanced for academia with the
inclusion of illustrations and maps, a three page Family Tree, twenty-four pages of Notes on Bibliographic Sources, a four
page listing of Acknowledgments, and a fifteen page Index. While especially and unreservedly recommended European
History & Biography collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist
general readers with an interest in the subject that "Isle and Empires: Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of Wight" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Stephan Roman studied History at the University of Oxford and trained in library and information science
at the University of Sheffield. He has held senior positions in the British Council working in Europe, Asia and the Middle
East. He became a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2012 and was awarded the Romanian Order of
Merit for Services to Culture in 2004.
The Civil War Shelf
Passing Through the Fire
Brian F. Swartz
9781611215618, $14.95 pbk / $7.99 Kindle
Synopsis: As the brigade he commanded attacked a Confederate battery on a hill outside Petersburg in July 1864, a
bursting shell blew Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain from the saddle and wounded his horse. After the enemy battery
skedaddled, the brigade took the hill and dug in, and up came supporting Union guns.
Chamberlain figured the day's fighting ended. Then an unidentified senior officer ordered his brigade to charge and capture
the heavily defended main Confederate line. Chamberlain protested the order, then complied, taking his men forward -
until a bullet slammed through his groin and left him mortally wounded.
Miraculously surviving a nighttime battlefield surgery, he returned home to convalesce as a brigadier general following an
impromptu deathbed promotion. Struggling with pain and multiple surgeries, Chamberlain debated leaving the army or
returning to the fight.
His decision affected upcoming battles, his family, and the rest of his life.
Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War chronicles Chamberlain's swift transition from
college professor and family man to regimental and brigade commander. A natural leader, he honed his fighting skills at
Shepherdstown and Fredericksburg. Praised by his Gettysburg peers for leading the 20th Maine Infantry's successful
defense of Little Round Top - an action that would eventually earn him Civil War immortality - Chamberlain experienced
his most intense combat after arriving at Petersburg.
Drawing on Chamberlain's extensive memoirs and writings and multiple period sources, historian Brian F. Swartz follows
Chamberlain across Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia while examining the determined warrior who let nothing
prevent him from helping save the United States.
Critique: Part of the "Emerging Civil War" series, Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil
War is the saga of Union general Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914). A survivor of grievous wounds and painful
battlefield surgery, he convalesced as a brigadier general after being promoted on what could have been his deathbed. He
debated leaving the army - yet his decision to return would profoundly impact history. Passing Through the Fire
meticulously chronicles his crucial military decisions, his leadership, and his role in saving the Union. Illustrated with a
wealth of vintage black-and-white photographs, Passing Through the Fire is a superb and highly recommended addition to
personal and public library Civil War collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Passing Through the
Fire is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99).
Editorial Note: Raised on Chamberlain Street in Brewer, Maine, Brian F. Swartz has worked as a newspaper reporter,
editor, and photographer for 34 years and has published several books. He writes the Maine at War blog post, published
weekly at www.maineatwar.bangordailynews.com
Alexander B. Rossino
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611215571, $32.95, HC, 312pp
Synopsis: Most students of the Civil War believe the story of Robert E. Lee's 1862 Maryland Campaign is complete, and
that new studies must rely on interpretations long-since accepted and understood. But what if this is not the case? What if
the histories previously written about the first major Confederate operation north of the Potomac River missed key sources,
proceeded from mistaken readings of the evidence, or were influenced by Lost Cause ideology?
As Alexander B. Rossino, author of the acclaimed Six Days in September, demonstrates with the publication of "Their
Maryland: The Army of Northern Virginia from the Potomac Crossing to Sharpsburg in September 1862", these types of
distortions continue to shape modern understanding of the campaign.
Rossino reassesses the history of the Confederate operation in seven comprehensive chapters, each tackling a specific
major issue including: Rebel Revolutionary: Did Robert E. Lee Hope to Foment Rebellion in Maryland in September
1862?; High Hope for Liberating Maryland: The Army of Northern Virginia Crosses the Potomac River, September 4 - 7,
1862; Four Days on the Monocacy: Confederate Encampments Near Frederick City and the Implications for the Lost
Orders Debate; Dreams Dashed on the Rocks of Reality: The Army of Northern Virginia's Mixed Reception in Maryland;
Rebels Photographed in Frederick, Maryland: The Case for September 1862; The Army of Northern Virginia Makes a
Stand: A Critical Assessment of Robert E. Lee's Defensive Strategy at Sharpsburg on September 15 - 16, 1862; A Very
Personal Fight: The Role of Robert E. Lee on the Field at Sharpsburg, September 17, 1862.
Rossino addresses many important issues: Did supply problems in Virginia force Lee north to press the advantage he had
won after the Battle of Second Manassas? What did Rebel troops believe about the strength of secessionist sentiment in
Maryland, and why? Did the entire Army of Northern Virginia really camp at Best's Farm near Frederick, Maryland? Did
D. H. Hill lose Special Orders No. 191, or is there more to the story? How did Maryland civilians respond to the Rebel
army in their midst, and what part did women play? Finally, why did Robert E. Lee choose to fight at Sharpsburg, and how
personally was he involved in directing the fighting?
Rossino makes extensive use of primary sources to explore these and other important questions. In doing so, he reveals
that many long-held assumptions about the Confederate experience in Maryland do not hold up under close scrutiny. The
result is a well-documented reassessment that sheds new light on old subjects and reinvigorates the debate on several
Critique: A masterpiece of meticulous and exhaustively researched scholarship, "Their Maryland: The Army of Northern
Virginia From the Potomac Crossing to Sharpsburg in September 1862" is a particularly appreciated and valued
contribution to the growing library of American Civil War histories. An impressively informative, exceptionally well
presented, and thought-provoking study that is very highly recommended as an essential addition to community, college,
and university library American Civil War collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students,
academia, civil war buffs and historians that "Their Maryland: The Army of Northern Virginia From the Potomac Crossing
to Sharpsburg in September 1862" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Author and historian Alexander B. Rossino has also published a two-part series of historically accurate
Civil War novels, Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee's Army in Maryland, 1862 (2017) and The Guns of September:
A Novel of McClellan's Army in Maryland, 1862 (2021), as well as a groundbreaking study in Savas Beatie's Civil War
Spotlight series titled The Tale Untwisted: George McClellan and The Discovery of Lee's Lost Orders, September 13, 1862
(2019), which he co-authored with Gene M. Thorp.
The Knights of the Golden Circle in Texas
Randolph W. Farmer
c/o Histria Books
9781592110872, $39.99, HC, 420pp
Synopsis: The United States today is a divided nation and some say the country may be heading toward a possible second
civil war. That attempted overthrow of a freely elected American president has happened before and the result was
disastrous. As many as 750,000 Americans perished during the American Civil War (April 12, 1861 - May 9, 1865). A
study of the causes of our last Civil War may help to prevent another.
The Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) played a major role in starting the Civil War in the United States. Although
intended to remain a secret organization of conspirators, it is perhaps the most well-documented conspiracy in United
States history. The goal of the KGC was the creation of a new society separate from the United States dedicated to the
preservation and expansion of slavery into Latin America.
The KGC existed in almost every state in the Union, but nowhere was it as powerful and successful as it was in Texas.
Several governors, many senators and military leaders were members, having taken an oath to support the organization and
their fellow members. Most of the documents generated by the KGC were destroyed after the war ended as its members
feared execution for treason.
Not everything was destroyed, though. "The Knights of the Golden Circle in Texas: How a Secret Society Shaped a State"
by Texas author and historian Randolph W. Farmer relies on documents created by the organization and its members that
have not previously been used by researchers. Many members of this organization remained in positions of authority in
state affairs after the abolition of slavery. "The Knights of the Golden Circle in Texas: How a Secret Society Shaped a
State" goes far beyond previous published work in establishing the identities of the members of this organization who
promoted and encouraged the most disastrous war in American history.
Critique: Those who do not know their history are often doomed to repeat it. Given today's American political climate, and
a failed attempt at overthrowing a presidential election result on January 6, 2021, "The Knights of the Golden Circle in
Texas: How a Secret Society Shaped a State" is more than just another history book. It is a clarion example of what can go
wrong in a body politic and the lethal consequences of an imperiled democracy. A model study of exhaustive and
impeccable scholarship, "The Knights of the Golden Circle in Texas: How a Secret Society Shaped a State" is especially
recommended for community, college, and university library American History collections in general, and American Civil
War studies lists in particular. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, political activists, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Knights of the Golden Circle in Texas: How a Secret
Society Shaped a State" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781592111572, $29.99).
The Native American Studies Shelf
Lincoln and Native Americans
Michael S. Green
Southern Illinois University Press
9780809338252, $24.95 hc / $14.72 Kindle
Synopsis: President Abraham Lincoln ordered the largest mass execution of Indigenous people in American history,
following the 1862 uprising of hungry Dakota in Minnesota and suspiciously speedy trials. He also issued the largest
commutation of executions in American history for the same act. But there is much more to the story of Lincoln's
interactions and involvement, personal and political, with Native Americans, as Michael S. Green shows. His evenhanded
assessment explains how Lincoln thought about Native Americans, interacted with them, and was affected by them.
Although ignorant of Native customs, Lincoln revealed none of the hatred or single-minded opposition to Native culture
that animated other leaders and some of his own political and military officials. Lincoln did far too little to ease the
problems afflicting Indigenous people at the time, but he also expressed more sympathy for their situation than most other
politicians of the day. Still, he was not what those who wanted legitimate improvements in the lives of Native Americans
would have liked him to be.
Critique: Lincoln and Native Americans is a critical and evenhanded look at how Abraham Lincoln interacted with Native
Americans. Author Michael Green (Associate Professor of History, University of Nevada in Las Vegas) evaluates that,
while Lincoln did sometimes express sympathy toward Native Americans (in contrast to the openly hostile attitudes held
by many political leaders and military officials of his era), Lincoln's policies as President did very little to ease the
hardships suffered by indigenous peoples. Chapters examine Lincoln's federal policies toward Native Americans before
and during the Civil War; how Lincoln's patronage appointments affected Indian affairs; and how white settlement
expanded under Lincoln. Perhaps most fascinating is the speculation of how Native American history would have been
different if Lincoln had lived beyond the end of the Civil War. Lincoln and Native Americans is a thoroughly fascinating
scrutiny of Lincoln's views and actions toward people of color who were not African-American, and a welcome
contribution to personal and public library American History shelves. Highly recommended! It should be noted for
personal reading lists that Lincoln and Native Americans is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.72).
Editorial Note: Michael S. Green, an associate professor of history at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is the author or
editor of three books on the Civil War, including Lincoln and the Election of 1860 (Southern Illinois University Press) and
Politics and America in Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War, and several books on Nevada, as well as dozens of articles
and essays. He is on the editorial advisory board of the University of Nevada Press and is the executive director of the
Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.
The Environmental Studies Shelf
c/o The GMC Group
9781784945572, $34.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: A complete and comprehensive guide to managing a small woodland based upon nearly 30 years of knowledge
and experience from woodsman Ben Law and his unique home in Prickly Nut Wood, "Woodlander: A Guide to
Sustainable Woodland Management" contains everything you need to know if you are managing, or intend to manage, a
Ben's inspiring, forest-dwelling life has allowed him to put together a complete package of detailed information and
practical examples based on his personal experience, giving this beautiful book an entirely authentic voice. Every page is
infused with a deep respect for the traditions of the past while also embracing new ideas, methods and creative
Offering a holistic approach to woodland management, which looks at the entire place including the wildlife it supports,
the natural cycles of growth and life, the precious products it creates and the communities that inhabit and surround it. All
the while, understanding and emphasising that it is a balance of all these things that makes a healthy, biodiverse, resilient
Detailed sections cover different types of woodland, the rich history behind them, how to assess what you've got, practical
maintenance, planning for the future, promoting wildlife and biodiversity, harvesting and extracting timber, the tools you
will need, crafts, social forestry and an in-depth resources section. Dotted throughout are personal snippets, observations
and insights from Ben's life at Prickly Nut Wood.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "Woodlander: A Guide to Sustainable Woodland Management"
is exceptionally well written, organized and presented. A thoroughly 'user friendly' DIY instructional manual and guide,
"Woodlander: A Guide to Sustainable Woodland Management" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, community, college, and university library Environmental Studies collections in general, and tree
farming/natural resources supplemental curriculum studies reading lists in particular.
Editorial Note: A woodsman, craftsman, eco-builder, teacher and writer, Ben Law lives and works in Prickly Nut Wood in
West Sussex, UK. The building of his unique woodland home was featured on Grand Designs in the UK and was voted by
viewers as the most popular episode ever. Ben runs courses on sustainable woodland management and permaculture, runs
a specialist eco-building company and trains apprentices. Ben Law is also the author of several books, including The
Woodland House (Permanent Publications, 2005). The Woodland Year (Permanent Publications, 2008), and Woodsman:
Living in a Wood in the 21st Century and Woodland Craft (GMC Publications, 2015). He maintains an informative
website at www.ben-law.co.uk
Drought, Flood, Fire
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
9781108839877, $24.95, HC, 332pp
Synopsis: Every year over the past three decades, increasingly severe droughts, floods, and fires impact hundreds of
millions of people and cause massive economic losses. Climate change is making these catastrophes more dangerous.
Now. Not in the future: NOW.
"Drought, Flood, Fire: How Climate Change Contributes to Catastrophes" by Chris Funk describes how and why climate
change is already fomenting dire consequences, and will certainly make climate disasters worse in the near future.
"Drought, Flood, Fire" deftly combines the latest science with compelling stories, providing a timely, accessible, and
beautifully-written synopsis of this critical topic.
"Drought, Flood, Fire" also describes our unique and fragile Earth system, and the negative impacts humans are having on
our support systems. It then examines recent disasters, including heat waves, extreme precipitation, hurricanes, fires, El
Ni¤os and La Ni¤as, and their human consequences.
By clearly describing the dangerous impacts that are already occurring, "Drought, Flood, Fire" provides a clarion call for
social change, yet also conveys the beauty and wonder of our planet, and hope for our collective future.
Critique: A timely, informative, and exceptionally well presented appeal for addressing the every growing menace of
climate change before it is too late, "Drought, Flood, Fire: How Climate Change Contributes to Catastrophes" must be
considered an essential addition to community, college, and university library Environmental Studies and Earth Sciences
collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, environmental activists, governmental
policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Drought, Flood, Fire: How Climate
Change Contributes to Catastrophes" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.17).
Editorial Note: Chris C. Funk is an internationally renowned climate hazard scientist who develops data sets and forecasts
that routinely help save lives and livelihoods around the world. His publications focus on climate and climate change,
highlighting how climate science can provide opportunities for predicting natural disasters, thus helping to alleviate their
dire consequences. His research has been featured in Science, on TV, in mainstream print media, and on the radio.
Marie D. Jones
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Rd., #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075
9781578597659, $46.95, HC, 300pp
Synopsis: When corporations legally bribe politicians through election fund contributions, should we really trust the
government, Big Pharma, agribusinesses, factory farms, or the fossil-fuel industry with our safety?
We live in a world filled with plastics, heavy metals, food preservatives, processed foods, genetically modified organisms,
drugs, ointments, medications, electromagnetic frequencies, radiation, treated water and all manner of substances alleged
to make our modern lives easier. But are the chemicals we encounter, ingest, and breathe necessarily harmless?
From the millions of premature deaths caused by unchecked environmental pollution and weak government oversight of
the safety of our food supply to social media driven fringe ideas like chemtrails, 5G fears, fluoride in our water supply, and
various conspiracy theories, "Toxin Nation: The Poisoning of Our Air, Water, Food, and Bodies" looks at the truth and the
schemes to allow toxins, poisons, and unproven substances to potentially harm our health.
"Toxin Nation" also reveals the huge profits that corporations make by selling unsafe products and the corrupting influence
of money on politicians, government bureaucrats, others tasked with protecting our safety.
"Toxin Nation" is both a disturbing and illuminating expose shows how the government and industries affect our health,
and how the choices we make and the products we purchase contribute to harming our bodies. Knowledge is power, and
the more you know, the safer and healthier you can become.
Critique: Extraordinarily informed and informative, "Toxin Nation: The Poisoning of Our Air, Water, Food, and Bodies"
should be considered essential reading and a critically important addition to community, college, and university library
Contemporary Environmental Issues collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. Filled with photos and other
graphics, Toxin Nation: The Poisoning of Our Air, Water, Food, and Bodies" is profusely illustrated and enhanced with
both a helpful bibliography and extensive index. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia,
environmental protection activists, government policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the
subject that "Toxin Nation: The Poisoning of Our Air, Water, Food, and Bodies" is also available in a paperback edition
(9781578597093, $19.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Cookbook Shelf
The Vegan Butcher
Smith Street Books
300 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010
9781922417329, $40.00, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: "The Vegan Butcher: The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Meat " by Zacchary Bird is specifically intended for
any vegans or vegetarians finding it difficult to avoid or forego meat (ranging from bacon to stake) when they decide what
to eat. Whether you want to experiment with simple meat substitutes in everyday meals or make an entire vegan
charcuterie board from scratch, "The Vegan Butcher: The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Meat" is here to shake up your
perception of plants and reintroduce you to your favorite classics.
Veganism isn't about missing out -- it's about getting creative, and with Zacchary's ingenuity, meat's no longer forbidden
(and we're not just talking jackfruit). Watermelon? Now it's a ham. Gluten flour? Turkey. Mushrooms - we think you mean
Equal parts science and magic, "The Vegan Butcher" is a unique cookbook that explores the vast world of plant-based
meat possibilities. From easy replacements to full-blown kitchen experiments, "The Vegan Butcher" offers recipes for
cooks of every level, with substitutes for (almost) any dish you could think of. Let's face it: falafels are great, but
sometimes we want an entire turkey, and with "The Vegan Butcher", we can now realize our guilt-free, home-cooked
dream of plant based substitutes for meat that really do taste like the real thing.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated in full color throughly, "The Vegan Butcher: The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Meat" is
ideal for planning vegan and vegetarian menus. A culinary treasure house of plant-based meat substitution ideas, "The
Vegan Butcher: The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Meat" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, and community library cookbook collections.
Editorial Note: Zacchary Bird is a writer and vegan recipe developer based in Melbourne, Australia. His first book, "Vegan
Junk Food" was published with Smith Street Books in 2020.
Smith Street Books
300 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010
9781922417183, $35.00, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Istria is the heart-shaped promontory at the northern crux of the Adriatic Sea, where rows of vines and olives
grow in fields of red earth. Here, the cuisine records a history of changing borders - a blend of the countries (Italy, the
Republic of Venice, Austria, and Hungary) that have shared Istria's hills and coasts and valleys.
Ably compiled by Paola Bacchia, "Istria: Recipes and stories from the hidden heart of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia" is a
record of traditions, of these cultures, and of Paola's family -- includng recipes from her childhood, the region's past, and
her family and friends who still live beside the Adriatic coast. Among recipes for semolina dumplings, beef and pork
goulash, and apricot strudel are memories of the region and the stories of the recipes' authors: the Italian-Istrians who
remained in the region after the 1940s, and those who left for new countries.
"Istria: Recipes and stories from the hidden heart of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia" showcases recipes inspired by home
kitchens and memories of what grew in the owner's gardens: hearty grain soups and seafood, crepes piled high, and biscuits
flavored with cinnamon. Istrian cuisine is a rich blend of Venice and Vienna, Hungary, and the Balkans - food doesn't have
borders, and certainly not in this culinary compendium of authentic and 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "Istria: Recipes and stories from the hidden heart of Italy,
Slovenia and Croatia" is a culinary masterpiece of authentic and elegant dishes for any and all fine dining and family
dining occasions that will materially enhance personal, professional, and community library Italian cookbook
Editorial Note: Paola Bacchia was born to Italian migrant parents and into their food culture. Her award-winning blog,
Italy On My Mind, explores the connection between family memories and food through stories, photos and recipes. She
returns to Italy every year to expand her knowledge of Italian food and traditions. Previously, she published :Italian Street
Food" and "Adriatico" with Smith Street Books.
Bayrut: The Cookbook
Smith Street Books
300 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010
9781925811698, $35.00, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is an exhilarating, chaotic city with a tumultuous past yet a thriving, vibrant
foodie reputation. Perfectly poised between the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Lebanese cuisine is hugely popular --
justifiably famed for its varied and flavourful regional dishes that emphasize whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, and
Beirut's ever-changing, often turbulent, heritage means that its food has evolved an exciting character of its own. In
"Bayrut: The Cookbook: Recipes from the heart of a Lebanese city kitchen", Lebanese chef Hisham Assaad shows you the
best the city has to offer, with accessible, delicious recipes, ranging from the classics to more modern fare. He tells the
story of a city with energy and diversity, of multiple cultures and traditions, with ever-popular street food, a thriving
restaurant and cafe scene, and traditional family favourites handed down through generations. Learn to create lavish
breakfast spreads, traditional Sunday feasts, fresh and vibrant salads, easy and nutritious suppers, or even a delectable
afternoon tea with tempting perfumed sweets and delicacies.
Critique: Enhanced with stunning food and travel photography, and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional,
and community library Ethnic, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cookbook collections, "Bayrut: The Cookbook: Recipes
from the heart of a Lebanese city kitchen" is an ideal menu planning resource for authentic, palate pleasing, appetite
satisfying, and truly memorable Lebanese cuisine.
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Dbayeh on the outskirts of Beirut, Hisham Assaad is a Lebanese chef and
photographer who regularly shares recipes and stories on his blog, cookin5m2. Raised in a food-loving family that came to
Lebanon from Palestine in the 1940s, his work has featured in print and online magazines. He works as a guide on
boutique food tours of Beirut and the surrounding countryside and is a frequent guest chef at local restaurants and
Cook It, Spill It, Throw It
Stuart O'Keeffe, author
Amy Phillips, author
Dey Street Books
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063039995, $24.99, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Inspired by the Real Housewife series and its stars, the dishes and drinks comprising "Cook It, Spill It, Throw It:
The Not-So-Real Housewives Parody Cookbook" will evoke familiar moments of chaos from the franchise. Whether
you're looking to make Ponytail Pulled Pork, or you want to comfort a friend in the Caicos with Eggs a Lu'Francais, there's
a meal for you -- and there are definitely plenty of drinks (including Henny-thing Can Happen and the classic Singer
Critique: Featuring gorgeous original photography accompanying the equally palate pleasing and appetite satisfying
recipes, "Cook It, Spill It, Throw It: The Not-So-Real Housewives Parody Cookbook" is the must-have cookbook for the
legions of Real Wife fans. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99), "Cook It, Spill It, Throw It: The
Not-So-Real Housewives Parody Cookbook" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal
and community library cookbook collections.
The Business Shelf
Gaurav Bhatnagar, author
Mark Minukas, author
McGraw Hill Professional
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 45th Floor, New York, NY 10020
9781264268160, $28.00, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Fear and uncertainty have been undermining performance and well-being in the workplace for as long as we
have had workplaces. Here's a little-known fact of business: mismanaged fear is responsible for almost all of the
dysfunction that most organizations experience. While fear can drive short-term results, it does so at the cost of high
employee burnout and turnover. It also undermines long-term business performance. But we cannot eradicate it entirely
because fear is inherent to the human condition. Winning organizations aren't fear-free; but they know how to reframe fear
into opportunities for learning and growth. They create resilient cultures of unfear.
"Unfear: Transform Your Organization to Create Breakthrough Performance and Employee Well-Being" is timely and
essential guide for corporate executives and business managers by, McKinsey alumni Gaurav Bhatnagar and Mark
Minukas that covers: The impact of fear, its biological underpinnings, and the archetypes through which it is expressed as
patterns of behavior in organizations; The strategies, techniques, and actions to bring about an unfear transformation; The
process begins with yourself (how to become an unfear individual); Transformation doesn't start with systems and
structures but with mindsets and behavior (how to build unfear teams); Employee well-being leads to high performance for
your business (how to build unfear organizations).
This proven approach to workplace anxiety reduces stress, boosts engagement, and overcomes obstacles that get in the way
of success. It leads to personal rewards greater profits, and sustainable growth. This is only possible with a culture of
Critique: An invaluable and thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional guide and manual to improving workplace morale and
productivity, "Unfear: Transform Your Organization to Create Breakthrough Performance and Employee Well-Being" is
an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to corporate, community, college, and university library Business
Management collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of
MBA studies, business professionals and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Unfear:
Transform Your Organization to Create Breakthrough Performance and Employee Well-Being" is also available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $17.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781666523492,
Rasmus Hougaard, author
Jacqueline Crter, author
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781647820732, $30.00, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: A global pandemic, economic volatility, natural disasters, civil and political unrest. From New York to
Barcelona to Hong Kong, it can feel as if the world as we know it is coming apart. Through it all, our human spirit is being
tested. Now more than ever, it's imperative for corporate leaders and business managers to demonstrate compassion.
But in hard times like these, leaders need to make hard decisions -- deliver negative feedback, make difficult choices that
disappoint people, and in some cases lay people off. How do you do the hard things that come with the responsibility of
leadership while remaining a good human being and bringing out the best in others? Most people think we have to make a
binary choice between being a good human being and being a tough, effective leader. But this is a false dichotomy. Being
human and doing what needs to be done are not mutually exclusive. In truth, doing hard things and making difficult
decisions is often the most compassionate thing to do.
Withe the publication of "Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way", Rasmus Hougaard
(founder and CEO of Potential Project) and his longtime coauthor, Jacqueline Carter, show of you must always balance
caring for your people with leadership wisdom and effectiveness. Using data from thousands of leaders, employees, and
companies in nearly a hundred countries, "Compassionate Leadership reveals that when leaders bring the right balance of
compassion and wisdom to the job, they foster much higher levels of employee engagement, performance, loyalty, and
well-being in their people.
With rich examples from Netflix, IKEA, Unilever, and many other global companies, as well as practical tools and advice
for leaders and managers at any level, "Compassionate Leadership" is an indispensable instructional guide and manual to
doing the hard work of leadership in a human way.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a
Human Way" is an extraordinarily timely, practical, informed and informative study that is especially and unreservedly
recommended for corporate, community, college, and university library Business Management, Ethics, and Decision
Making collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of MBA
students, academia, corporate executives, business managers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the
subject that "Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note #1: Rasmus Hougaard is the founder and CEO of leadership development and consulting firm Potential
Project. In 2019 he was short listed for the Thinkers50 Leadership Award, recognizing "thinkers who shed powerful and
original new light onto this perennial and still vital subject." He writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Business
Insider and is the coauthor, with Jacqueline Carter, of "The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and
Your Organization for Extraordinary Results".
Editorial Note #2: Jacqueline Carter is a partner and North American Director for Potential Project. She has over twenty
years of experience helping leaders and organizations manage change and achieve results. She is a regular contributor to
Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Leader to Leader.
Elevating the Human Experience
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781119791348, $30.00, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: When Amelia Dunlop first heard the phrase "elevating the human experience" in a leadership team meeting with
her boss, she thought, "He is crazy if he thinks we will ever say those words out loud to each other -- much less to a
We have been conditioned to separate our personal and professional selves, but work is fundamental to our human
experience. Love and worth have a place in work because our humanity and authentic identities make our work better. The
acknowledgement of our intrinsic worth as human beings and the nurturing of our own or another's growth through love
ultimately contribute to higher performance and organizational growth.
Now with the publication of "Elevating the Human Experience: Three Paths to Love and Worth at Work", as the Chief
Experience Officer at Deloitte Digital, a leading Experience Consultancy, Amelia Dunlop demonstrates that we, as
business managers and corporate exectives, must embrace elevating the human experience for the advancement and
success of ourselves and our organizations.
"Elevating the Human Experience: Three Paths to Love and Worth at Work" fully integrates the findings of a quantitative
study to better understand feelings of love and worth in the workplace and introduces three paths that allow individuals to
create the professional experience they desire for themselves, their teams, and their clients.
Drawing on her own personal journey to find love and worth at work in her twenty-year career as a management
consultant, in the pages of "Elevating the Human Experience: Three Paths to Love and Worth at Work", Amelia also
weaves together insights from philosophers, theologians, and sociologists with the stories of people from diverse
backgrounds gathered during her research.
Critique: Impressively informative, thought-provoking, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation,
"Elevating the Human Experience: Three Paths to Love and Worth at Work" is especially recommended reading for
anyone who has felt the struggle to feel worthy at work, as well as for those who have no idea what it may feel like to
struggle every day just to feel loved and worthy, but love people and lead people who do. Offering a practical, effective,
and life-changing approach to elevating the human experience that will lead to important conversations about values and
purpose, and ultimately, meaningful change, "Elevating the Human Experience: Three Paths to Love and Worth at Work"
is an especially recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Workplace
Culture, Business Management, and Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists
that "Elevating the Human Experience: Three Paths to Love and Worth at Work" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $18.00).
Editorial Note: Amelia Dunop is the Chief Experience Officer at Deloitte Digital, as well as U.S. Customer Strategy and
Applied Design Leader. She helps organizations develop winning strategies that combine design, creativity, and strategy.
She is a regular writer and speaker on the topic of elevating the human experience.
From Impressed to Obsessed
McGraw Hill Professional
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 45th Floor, New York, NY 10020
9781264258789, $28.00, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: The fundamental premise of "From Impressed to Obsessed: 12 Principles for Turning Customers and Employees
into Lifelong Fans" by Jon Picoult is that if you are only aspiring to satisfy your customers, then you are aspiring to
A customer experience expert, Picoult draws upon his years of experience and expertise to explain why building customer
loyalty requires leaving indelible positive impressions on everyone you work with -- not just shaping their experiences, but
also shaping their memories.
Picoult also explores the cognitive science behind great customer experiences, pinpointing the breakthrough,
psychology-based strategies that both industry leaders (like Apple, Disney, and Southwest Airlines) as well as fast-growing
startups (like BILT and Framebridge) use to shape people's perceptions and sculpt unforgettable impressions - thereby
turning more sales prospects into customers, and more customers into obsessed brand ambassadors.
Packed from cover to cover with intriguing and illustrative case studies, engaging stories, and eye-opening research, "From
Impressed to Obsessed: 12 Principles for Turning Customers and Employees into Lifelong Fans" details these proven
principles and illustrates how they can be applied to almost any type of business or customer.
Examples include cases that show how to:
Create Peaks & Avoid Valleys - leverage the science of memory to etch positive impressions in people's minds, by creating
greater experiential peaks and fewer experiential valleys.
Give the Perception of Control - the almost magical power of giving customers a sense of agency, via choice and
expectation-setting, causing them to feel better about the experience a business is already delivering.
Make It Effortless - make interactions easy for customers, not just from a physical perspective, but also a cognitive one, to
satisfy today's demand for simplicity and convenience.
Stir Emotion - harness the power of emotion as a memory cue, by infusing customer experiences with emotional
resonance, highlighting positive feelings while stemming negative ones.
No matter what kind of constituency you serve (customers or colleagues, individuals or institutions, employees or
employment candidates) "From Impressed to Obsessed: 12 Principles for Turning Customers and Employees into Lifelong
Fans" will help you do it with distinction. Picoult's message is particularly relevant for managers, as he shows the parallels
between how great companies cultivate engagement with customers, and how great leaders accomplish the same with their
Critique: Expertly and accessible written, organized and presented, "From Impressed to Obsessed: 12 Principles for
Turning Customers and Employees into Lifelong Fans" will prove an invaluable, informative, insightful,
thought-provoking, and motivating read that is particular recommended for personal, professional, community, college,
and university library Customer Relations, Marketing, and Workplace Culture collections. It should be noted that "From
Impressed to Obsessed: 12 Principles for Turning Customers and Employees into Lifelong Fans" is also readily available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.35).
Editorial Note: Jon Picoult helps organizations impress their customers and inspire their employees, creating "raving fans"
that drive business growth. He is the founder of Watermark Consulting and a noted authority on customer and employee
experience. A sought-after business advisor and accomplished public speaker, Jon's insights have been featured by dozens
of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes. He has
also worked with the CEOs and executive teams at some of the world's foremost brands, helping those companies build
powerful loyalty in both the marketplace and the workplace.
The Money/Finance Shelf
Baby Steps Millionaires
9781942121596, $26.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Dave Ramsey made his first million in his twenties (the wrong way) and then went bankrupt. That's when he set
out to learn God's ways of managing money and developed the Ramsey Baby Steps. Following these steps, Dave became a
millionaire again -- and this time the right way. After three decades of guiding millions of others through that same plan,
the evidence is undeniable: if you follow the Baby Steps outlined in "Baby Steps Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built
Extraordinary Wealth -- and How You Can Too", you too can become a millionaire and get to live and give like no one
"Baby Steps Millionaires" isn't a book that tells the secrets of the rich. It doesn't teach complicated financial concepts
reserved only for the elite. As a matter of fact, this information is straightforward, practical, and maybe even a little boring.
But the life you'll lead if you follow the outlined Baby Steps is anything but boring! You don't need a large inheritance or
the winning lottery number to become a millionaire. Anyone can do it -- even today's troubled economy.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Baby Steps Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built
Extraordinary Wealth--and How You Can Too" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' combination of instructional guide and DIY
how-to manual for improving personal and professional finances. Practical, effective, comprehensive, "Baby Steps
Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth--and How You Can Too" is an ideal and highly
recommended addition to community, college, and university library Money/Finance collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Baby Steps Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth--and How You Can
Too" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Dave Ramsey is an author, a personal finance expert, and the host of The Ramsey Show, which is heard by
more than 18 million listeners each week. He's authored seven books including: The Total Money Makeover,
EntreLeadership, and Smart Money Smart Kids. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Today,
Fox News, CNN, Fox Business and many more. Since 1992, Dave has helped people regain control of their money, build
wealth, and enhance their lives. He also serves as CEO for the company, Ramsey Solutions.
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Laboratory Dogs Rescued
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476685014, $29.95, PB, 247pp
Synopsis: Animal testing for the benefit of humans is a controversy that has raged for hundreds of years. Some people
view experiments on dogs as necessary for human medical progress, while others argue that the practice is barbaric.
When the Ellie Hansen adopted Marty (a beagle rescued from a research laboratory) she found herself rehabilitating a
terrified dog with a traumatic past. She soon discovered the well-kept secret of painful and often fatal testing on dogs.
With the publication of "Laboratory Dogs Rescued: From Test Subjects to Beloved Companions" details what Ellie has
learned about the past and present of laboratory testing on dogs, life after laboratories and the hope for a future without
Interviews with rescue organizers and adoptive families reveal the struggles of removing dogs from laboratories and
acclimating them to daily life. Scientists discuss the ethics of dog research and advocate for new biomedical technologies.
Fundamental change is brewing, with the public, scientists and governments urging the use of new technologies that can
replace testing on animals and yield better results.
Critique: What must be considered essential reading for humane animal care advocates, "Laboratory Dogs Rescued: From
Test Subjects to Beloved Companions" by dog owner and author Ellie Hansen is an impressively engaging and informative
read from first page to last. While especially recommended for community, college, and university library collections, it
should be noted for the personal reading lists of everyone who has a canine companion of their own (or who is
contemplating acquiring one), that "Laboratory Dogs Rescued: From Test Subjects to Beloved Companions" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.49).
Editorial Note: Ellie Hansen is the founder and CEO of Lovable Pets, Inc., a holistic pet supply company located in
Billings, Montana. She is also the Animal Research Outreach Coordinator with the Center for a Humane Economy, and a
Humane Policy Volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States. Her published works include two books and
several magazine articles focusing on profound human relationships with dogs.
Enlightened Dog Training
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781644113707, $14.99, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: A complete guide to raising and relating to your pet in a mindful way that leads to calm, intuitively-obedient
dogs, "Enlightened Dog Training: Become the Peaceful Alpha Your Dog Needs and Respects" by Jesse Sternberg reveals
the principles of the secret language of the animal kingdom to help you communicate with your pet and read their signals.
It also offers cutting-edge, unique solutions to everyday canine problems by looking at behavioral issues through the lens
of your pet's emotions. As well as providing training exercises and powerful meditative practices to do with your pet as
well as on your own to help soothe anxiety, overcome aggression issues, and transform tension into harmony
Helping you cultivate empathy, awareness, and confidence to become the peaceful alpha your dog craves, "Enlightened
Dog Training: Become the Peaceful Alpha Your Dog Needs and Respects" is a DIY guide that shows you how to
strengthen your human-animal bond, communicate with actions, and command with respect and love.
Critique: Ideal for anyone who has a canine companion, "Enlightened Dog Training: Become the Peaceful Alpha Your
Dog Needs and Respects" is exceptionally 'user friendly' how-to manual that is as practical and effective as it is
inspirational and motivational. While also readily available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle,
$9.99), "Enlightened Dog Training: Become the Peaceful Alpha Your Dog Needs and Respects" is unreservedly
recommended for personal, professional, and community library Pets/Wildlife collections.
Editorial Note: Jesse Sternberg is a mindfulness teacher, meditation instructor, and master dog trainer. The founder of the
Peaceful Alpha Project, he has been working with animals for more than 30 years.
Starve Cancer - Feed Your Dog!
Jo Cowden, PhD., and Connie McMillan, DVM, authors
403 S. Mission St., Wenatchee, Washington 98801
9781617813108, $19.95 PB, $19.95 Kindle, 114pp
"Starve Cancer - Feed Your Dog! A Nutrition Regimen for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer in Dogs" is a pet care
book with the mission of educating dog owners who find themselves caring for loved pets with a diagnosis of cancer.
A special nutrition regimen is described and recommended which helps maintain the dog's weight while not contributing to
the growth of the cancer.
The book's purpose is described as follows:
1. To present a Nutrition Regimen as a systematic plan including processes, steps, diets and menus which, when combined
establish, a Standard of Nutritional Intervention for use by dog owners and veterinarians treating cancer in dogs.
2. To provide detailed information on the necessary ingredients for healthy intervention.
3. To provide the detailed structure of the nutritional regimen that we recommend."
The information provided in this densely packed tome includes an overview of cancer in dogs, a nutrition regimen
definition, metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and other vitamins and minerals, and tips on diet choices,
presentation, and other aspects of home care for dogs.
At the end of the book is a list of cited works, which are also reference material for concerned dog owners, and a glossary.
Finally, there is a brief but helpful appendix of dog food recipe books, including "Dog Food Homemade, The Best
Nutrition for Your Four Legged Friend (by C. McGraw, 2017)."
"Starve Cancer - Feed Your Dog!" is an excellent, practical, compassionate resource for owners of canines wanting to
prevent or slow the growth of cancer. Nutritional Intervention is a valuable tool in effective treatment of this common
diagnosis in dogs. "Stave Cancer - Feed Your Dog!" helps establish the practices which will become watchwords in cancer
treatment and prevention for dogs.
The Nautical Shelf
Adlard Coles Nautical
c/o Bloomsbury Press
9781472977076, $20.00, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: When you learn how to skipper a yacht the practical courses cover a whole range of activities, from passage
planning to pilotage and berthing. The way you learn about these elements on a course is usually like this:
1. The briefing, where the instructor prepares you for the exercise. He should explain what we're trying to achieve, how it's
going to work, and what the skipper and crew need to do
2. The practical activity - you all have a go
3. The debriefing afterwards, where you discuss what happened and how it went, and take notes of what to remember.
At the end of the course, you will have had a go at all the important stuff you have to do in the course of sailing the yacht,
but you'll probably struggle to remember all the essential bits: the all-important briefing, and the sequence of things you
have to remember.
Containing all the author's own briefing notes and concise explanations, "Practical Skipper: Essential notes and checklists
for day and coastal skippers" by Bill Johnson covers every activity a skipper will need to carry out. Using bullet points,
handy checklists and simple diagrams, "Practical Skipper" is a unique resource for all skippers but most especially, a
source of reassurance for new skippers that they haven't forgotten something vital, as well as a useful reminder for the
Simply stated, "Practical Skiller" is comprised of all the notes you wish you'd written when you attended your sailing
course, and had to hand when revising for your exam or refreshing your knowledge later.
Critique: Profusely and beautifully illustrated in full color throughout, "Practical Skipper: Essential notes and checklists for
day and coastal skippers" must be considered on onboard instructional resource and guide for anyone at the helm of a yacht
or any other kind of wind driven sail boat. Highly recommended for community, college, and university library Nautical
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Practical Skipper" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $13.99).
Editorial Note: A Cambridge-educated engineer, Bill Johnson swapped his career for long distance sailing. He stopped
logging miles sailed somewhere around 50,000. He was also a sailing instructor for ten years, focusing on the RYA
courses from beginner to Yachtmaster level.
The Biography Shelf
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526755308, $52.95, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: Justinian II (668/9 - 4 November 711 A.D.) became Roman emperor at a time when the Empire was beset by
external enemies. His forces gained success against the Arabs and Bulgars but his religious and social policies fueled
internal opposition which resulted in him being deposed and mutilated (his nose was cut off) in 695. After a decade in
exile, during which he strangled two would-be assassins with his bare hands, he regained power through a coup d'etat with
the backing of the erstwhile Bulgar enemy (an alliance sealed by the marriage of his daughter, Anastasia).
His second reign was seemingly harsher and again beset by both external and internal threats and dissension over doctrinal
matters. An energetic and active ruler, his reign saw developments in various areas, including numismatics, administration,
finance and architecture, but he was deposed a second time in 711 and beheaded.
Drawing on all the available evidence and the most recent research, with the publication of "Justinian II: The Roman
Emperor Who Lost his Nose and his Throne and Regained Both", Professor Peter Crawford makes a long-overdue
re-assessment of Justinian's colorful but troubled career and asks if he fully deserves his poor reputation.
Critique: Also readily available for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with
an interest in the subject, "Justinian II: The Roman Emperor Who Lost his Nose and his Throne and Regained Both" is an
exceptional, well written, exhaustively researched, and detailed biography that is very highly recommended for personal,
community, college, and university library Ancient Roman Biography & History collections and supplemental curriculum
Editorial Note: Currently residing in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Dr Peter Crawford gained his PhD in Ancient
History at Queen's University, Belfast under the tutelage of respected classicist Professor Brian Campbell. His previous
books, "The War of the Three Gods" (2013) and "Constantius II" (2015) were also published by Pen & Sword.
The Real Leonardo Da Vinci
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526761057, $39.95, HC, 184pp
Synopsis: Leonardo Da Vinci was left-handed. That's probably why he wrote backwards from right to left to avoid
smudging ink on his hand as he made notes on his latest works and visionary discoveries. His words could only be read
with the help of a mirror making it taxing for anyone but himself to quickly decode his handwriting.
There are many theories exploring the reason why he kept using "mirror writing" in all his manuscripts. Some historians
say that he was trying to make it more challenging for people to steal his ideas while others claim that it was a clever
attempt to hide scientific findings from the intolerant Roman Catholic Church of the Renaissance.
Whatever the logic behind this, the constant association with mirror writing and studies on the human body anatomy, made
him one of the most enigmatic figures of his and then of our century. A unique biography, "The Real Leonardo Da Vinci"
by Rose Sgueglia investigates Leonardo and his different roles from anatomist to inventor, architect, painter, rumoured to
be templar and scientific pioneer. Despite leaving several of his works incomplete, Leonardo managed to influence
generations of artists and still today remains a highly regarded figure in both the artistic and scientific sector.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and informative read from beginning to end, "The Real Leonardo Da Vinci" is a unique
study and a well deserved addition to the growing body of literature regarding one of the most influential men of the
Renaissance era. While highly recommended, especially for community, college, and university library European
Biography collections in general, and Leonardo Da Vinci supplemental curriculum reading lists in particular, it should be
noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Real Leonardo Da
Vinci" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.99).
Editorial Note: Rose Sgueglia is a writer and marketing consultant based in Cardiff, England. She is also the founder and
director of Miss Squiggles, a magazine, marketing agency and online shop. As part of her role at Miss Squiggles, she
works with clients on their social media, digital marketing and PR strategies. Additionally, Rose is also a freelance
journalist. Her work has been published in different publications including GQ, La Repubblica, and Yahoo.
The Shaytan Bride
9781459747678, $19.99 pbk / $10.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Sumaiya Matin was never sure if the story of the Shaytan Bride was truth or myth. When she moved at age six
from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Thunder Bay, Ontario, recollections of this devilish bride followed her. At first, the Shaytan
Bride seemed to be the monster of fairy tales, a woman possessed or seduced by a jinni. But everything changes during a
family trip to Bangladesh, and in the weeks leading to Sumaiya's own forced wedding, she discovers that the story - and the
bride herself - are much closer than they seem.
The Shaytan Bride is the true coming-of-age story of a girl navigating desire and faith. Through her journey into adulthood,
she battles herself and her circumstances to differentiate between destiny and free will. Sumaiya Matin's life in love and
violence is a testament to one woman's strength as she faces the complicated fallout of her decisions.
Critique: A true-life memoir written with the craft and natural flow of a work of literature, The Shaytan Bride: A
Bangladeshi Canadian Memoir of Desire and Faith tells of Bangladeshi-Canadian author Sumaiya Martin's coming of age,
her escape from a forced marriage, and the complex consequences of the choice to seek agency in her own life. Emotional,
candid, and profound, The Shaytan Bride is highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that The
Shaytan Bride is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.99).
Editorial Note: Sumaiya Matin is a writer, part-time social worker/psychotherapist, and strategic advisor for the Ontario
government, working on a wide range of public policy files, including anti-racism.
Like Boy Scouts with Guns
Roger S. Durham
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476684727, $35.00, PB, 301pp
Synopsis: Facing the possibility of being drafted and sent to Vietnam, Roger Durham secured a deferment when he
enrolled in college. Devoting more time to anti-war protests than to studies, he became immersed in the late 1960s
counterculture, flunked out and was drafted anyway.
Deployed to Vietnam with the U.S. Army's 18th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, he was assigned to a helicopter base
"behind the wire," far from the action. But the action came to him as the base drew mortar, rocket and sapper attacks.
Durham's clear-eyed and intensely personal story, "Like Boy Scouts with Guns: Memoir of a Counterculture Warrior in
Vietnam" relates an often untold experience of the Vietnam War -- that of the counterculture soldier whose opposition to
war did not end when he was inducted.
Adjusting to life 'in-country', he finds a thriving drug culture and a brotherhood of like-minded warriors, who resist both
the enemy and the culture of zealous militarism that prosecutes what they see as an immoral war, against American
national interests. Durham undergoes changes in perspective, extending his tour of duty when the thought of going home
fills him with anxiety and anticipation.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and informative personal account offering a unique perspective on the Vietnam War,
"Like Boy Scouts with Guns: Memoir of a Counterculture Warrior in Vietnam" by Roger Durham is occasionally
illustrated with black-and-white photos. Very highly recommended, especially for community, college, and university
library Vietnam War history and memoir collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Like Boy Scouts
with Guns: Memoir of a Counterculture Warrior in Vietnam" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Roger S. Durham has worked for over 35 years as an historian for several state and federal agencies and has
authored numerous books and magazine articles on military history.
John B. Denton
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
9781574418408, $29.95, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Denton County and the City of Denton are named for pioneer preacher, lawyer, and Indian fighter John B.
Denton, but little has been known about him. With the publication of "John B. Denton: The Bigger-Than-Life Story of the
Fighting Parson and Texas Ranger", author and biographer Mike Cochran provides an impressively extensive, in-depth
look into the life and death of Denton, and in doing so, has made use of new materials not available to previous
biographers to help bring the story to life.
John B. Denton (July 28, 1806 - May 22, 1841) was an orphan in frontier Arkansas who became a circuit-riding Methodist
preacher and an important member of a movement of early settlers bringing civilization to North Texas. He was a
participant in the first missionary effort to bring Methodism to Texas, answering a call from William B. Travis to bring
Methodists to the new republic. Denton then became a ranger on the frontier, ultimately being killed in the Tarrant
Expedition, a Texas Ranger raid on a series of villages inhabited by various Caddoan and other tribes near Village Creek
on May 24, 1841. He was leading a small raiding party that had separated from the larger group led by General Edward
Tarrant when he was shot by native defenders.
Denton's true story has been lost or obscured by the persistent mythologizing by publicists for Texas, especially by pulp
western writer Alfred W. Arrington, and by the self-aggrandizing stories told by members of the Tarrant raiding party. His
death came at a time when entrepreneurs were trying to attract Anglo settlers to the Republic of Texas and were especially
apt to glorify the early settlers. Denton was further made a martyr of the church by Methodist historians.
Critique: An impressively well researched, organized and presented study, "John B. Denton: The Bigger-Than-Life Story
of the Fighting Parson and Texas Ranger" rescues from an undeserved obscurity the life story and achievements of an
extraordinary man who lived in extraordinary times. Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of two Appendices,
thirty-four pages of Notes, a ten page Bibliography, and a fourteen page Index, "John B. Denton: The Bigger-Than-Life
Story of the Fighting Parson and Texas Ranger" is especially recommended for community, college, and university library
19th Century American Biography collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists of student, academia, and
western history enthusiasts that "John B. Denton: The Bigger-Than-Life Story of the Fighting Parson and Texas Ranger" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Denton, Texas, Mike Cochran is a former Denton city council member, served as
chair of Denton's Historic Landmark Commission and president of the Historical Society of Denton County, and continues
to maintain the website www.dentonhistory.net. Cochran has also written a catalog of O'Neil Ford's Denton works.
Hugh Lenox Scott, 1853 - 1934: Reluctant Warrior
Armand S. La Potin
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806175744, $36.95, HC, 290pp
Synopsis: As a newly minted second lieutenant fresh from West Point, Hugh Lenox Scott arrived on the northern Great
Plains in the wake of the Little Bighorn debacle. The Seventh Cavalry was seeking to subdue the Plains tribes and confine
them to reservations, and Scott adopted the role of negotiator and advocate for the Indian "adversaries." He thus embarked
on a career unique in the history of the U.S. military and the western frontier. "Hugh Lenox Scott, 1853 - 1934: Reluctant
Warrior" by historian and academician Armand S. La Potin tells the full story of this unlikely, self-avowed "soldier of
peace," whose career, stretching from Little Bighorn until after World War I, reflected profound historical changes.
The taste for adventure that drew Scott to the military also piqued his interest in the tenacity of Native cultures in an
environment rife with danger and uncertainty. Armand S. La Potin describes how Scott embraced the lifeways of the
Northern Plains peoples, making a study of their cultures, their symbols, and most notably, their use of an intertribal sign
language to facilitate trade. Negotiating with dissident bands of Indians whose lands were threatened by Anglo settlers and
commercial interests, he increasingly found himself advocating federal responsibility for tribal welfare and assuming the
role of "Indian reformer."
"Hugh Lenox Scott, 1853 - 1934: Reluctant Warrior" makes clear that "reform" was understood within the context of
Scott's own culture, which restricted the concept of "civilization" to the so-called Anglo race. Accordingly, Scott promoted
the "civilization" of Native Americans through assimilation into Anglo-American society -- an approach he continued in
his later interactions with the Moro Muslims of the southern Philippines, where he served as a military governor.
Although he eventually rose to the rank of army chief of staff, over time Scott the peacemaker and Indian reformer saw his
career stall as Native tribes ceased to be seen as a military threat and military merit was increasingly defined by battlefield
experience. With the publication of "Hugh Lenox Scott, 1853 - 1934: Reluctant Warrior", a picture emerges of an
uncommon figure in American military history, at once at odds with and defined by his times.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and detailed biography, "Hugh Lenox Scott, 1853 - 1934: Reluctant Warrior" is a work
of meticulous scholarship and exhaustive research. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Hugh Lenox
Scott, 1853 - 1934: Reluctant Warrior" rescues from obscurity a unique and extraordinarily interested individual. Enhanced
with forty-two pages of Notes, a twelve page Bibliography, and an eleven page Index, "Hugh Lenox Scott, 1853 - 1934:
Reluctant Warrior" is a very special and recommended addition to community, college, and university library American
Biography and Native American Studies collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia,
American western history buffs, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Hugh Lenox Scott,
1853 - 1934: Reluctant Warrior" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.95).
Editorial Note: Armand S. La Potin is Professor Emeritus of History at the State University of New York College at
Oneonta and the author of Native American Voluntary Organizations.
The Early Life of Walt Disney
Andrew Stanley Kiste
c/o Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526780805, $34.95, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Most biographies of Walt Disney portray him as a creative genius who revolutionized the entertainment industry
during the first half of the twentieth century. While he did transform the medium of animation, quickly becoming a
household name during his late thirties, many biographies tell the story of Walt Disney's development in a historical
vacuum, separate from the historical events happening around him. However, while Walt Disney was certainly a
history-influencer, historical events happening in America and the world also shaped the entertainment pioneer he would
As the twentieth century began, a new form of entertainment called "motion pictures" would emerge, capturing the
imagination of a young boy from Missouri. Over the next several years, Walt Disney would begin to hone his art skills,
overcoming a number of hurdles including numerous relocations, a brutal paper route, a deployment to Europe in the days
after World War One, numerous bankruptcies, and even homelessness. It was these adversities, along with the historical
events that surrounded him, that would influence the man he would become.
For the first time ever, "The Early Life of Walt Disney" by Disney historian and biographer Andrew Stanley Kiste tells
some important stories that help to flesh out the Disney history. How instrumental was Elias Disney's career as a carpenter
in Chicago? Why did the Disneys really leave Chicago to move to Marceline, Missouri? What types of jobs did Walt
perform in France in the days following World War One? How was Walt influenced by the budding industry of animation
in America? In addition to answering these questions, "The Early Life of Walt Disney" also includes a tour of the newly
restored Walt Disney Birthplace, a new museum located in the childhood home of Walt Disney in Chicago, Illinois!
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a five page Bibliography and a three page Index, "The Early Life of
Walt Disney" by Andrew Stanley Kiste is a 'must read' biography for the legions of Walt Disney fans. While unreservedly
recommended for community, college, and university library 20th Century American Biography collections, it should be
noted for the personal reading lists of academia and non-specialist general readers that "The Early Life of Walt Disney" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49).
Editorial Note: Andrew Kiste is an historian and high school teacher who has written about the fascinating stories of the
Walt Disney Company. He is the author of the popular book series, A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World and Walt
Disney and the 1964-1965 New York Worlds Fair.
The General Fiction Shelf
Ruth F. Stevens
9781956019018, $16.99 Paper/$5.99 ebook
In Stage Seven, Barbara is a busy caregiver and part of the "sandwich generation" caught between family and the needs of
aging parents. Dedicated to family and more than "taken" by her responsibilities, Barbara is in desperate need of love and
caring, herself. And when she finds it in an unusual way, she stands to lose more than propriety in Stage Seven.
As the story opens, Barbara struggles with her recent decision to move her mother, Dolly, into an Alzheimer's facility.
Driven by her sense of family and responsibility to live up to her obligations and values, Barbara nonetheless finds the
energy to move in a different direction for herself with Jack, a married older man who struggles with a wife with dementia
who no longer knows who he is. "Every place is a strange place to Ma now."
It's also a strange situation, for Barbara to consider options she never knew she had, much less believed in pursuing.
Barbara has spent quite a long time denying her own needs. When new possibilities blossom, she faces a transformation
that challenges not only her sense of duty and trajectory in life, but the values she has built about love, making
connections, and taking risks.
While the story centers on Barbara and Jack, it doesn't neglect the thoughts and reactions of those around them such as
Sarah, Barbara's daughter. Ruth F. Stevens takes the time to give her a voice in matters, as well, as her perception of her
mother evolves and changes. These realistic, intimate inspections of lives affected by dementia, obligations, and love
create a compelling story that will prove especially appealing to any "sandwich generation" member struggling with similar
duties and opportunities.
Its ability to juxtapose fun with serious inspections and thought-provoking moments makes Stage Seven highly
recommended for women and families who are navigating the currents of dementia and romance concurrently, and who
look for stories steeped in real-world emotions and interpersonal explorations.
Other People's Children
R. J. Hoffmann
Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781982159092, $27.00, HC, 384pp
Synopsis: What makes a family? -- When Gail and Jon Durbin moved to the Chicago suburbs to set up house as soon as
Gail got pregnant. But then she miscarried -- once, twice, three times. Determined to expand their family, the Durbins turn
to adoption. When several adoptions fall through, Gail's desire for a child overwhelms her.
Carli is a pregnant teenager from a blue-collar town nearby, with dreams of going to college and getting out of her mother's
home. When she makes the gut-wrenching decision to give her baby up for adoption, she chooses the Durbins. But Carli's
mother, Marla, has other plans for her grandbaby.
In a novel by R. J. Hoffmann, "Other People's Children", three mothers make excruciating choices to protect their families
and their dreams -- choices that put them at decided odds against one another. You will root for each one of them and
wonder just how far you'd go in the same situation.
Critique: All the more impressive when considering that "Other People's Children' is author R. J. Hoffman's debut as a
novelist, this is an impressively well written, inherently entertaining, and thought provoking exploration of love and
family. While "Other People's Children" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library
Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle,
$12.99), and that it is also available from Simon & Schuster in a paperback edition (9781982159108, $18.00) in April
2022, and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781797119014, $39.99, CD).
The Wilderness Between Us
9781646634149, $18.95 pbk / $7.49 Kindle
Synopsis: Faye Mackenzie and her friends' anorexic daughter, Clare, are thrown together when a flood separates them from
their hiking group in the remote, mountainous Tsitsikamma region of South Africa. With Clare critically injured, Faye is
compelled to overcome her self-doubt and fear of the wild to take care of the younger woman, who opens her heart to
As their new friendship takes the women on an unexpected journey of discovery, the rest of the group wrestles with the
harrowing aftermath of their own near tragedy. When the hiking party is reunited, their number is reduced by one.
Juxtaposing physical and psychological suspense, The Wilderness Between Us is a tale of two fragile women who
unexpectedly find clarity, independence, and renewed purpose as they fight to survive. It is a vivid, moving story about
family, friendship, adventure, and the healing power of nature and compassion.
Critique: The debut novel of journalist Penny Haw, The Wilderness Between Us is the story of a hiking group separated by
a flood, while trekking through a remote, mountainous region of South Africa. Two women are stranded on their own; the
older Faye Mackenzie must fight back her doubts and fears to look after Clare, who is anorexic and has suffered an injury.
Friendship develops between the two, yet tragedy and danger loom large. A character-driven work that blends elements of
psychological suspense, wilderness adventure, and heartfelt bonds, The Wilderness Between Us is highly recommended. It
should be noted for personal reading lists that The Wilderness Between Us is also available in a Kindle edition
Editorial Note: Longtime journalist, columnist, and latter-day author Penny Haw has written for many leading South
African newspapers and magazines for more than three decades. Her children's book, Nicko; The Tale of a Vervet Monkey
on an African Farm, was published in 2017 and is now included in school curricula. The Wilderness Between Us is her
debut novel for adults, again expounding her love for animals and the outdoors.
A Day Like This
Lake Union Publishing
9781542030441, $14.95, PB, 287pp
Synopsis: A beautiful house, a loving husband, and an adorable daughter, Annie Beyers has everything. It's a day like any
other when she takes Hannah to the pediatrician -- until she wakes hours later from a car accident. When she asks for her
daughter, confused doctors tell Annie that Hannah never existed. In fact, nothing after waking from the crash is the same as
Annie remembers. Five happy years of her life apparently never happened.
Annie's marriage is coming to an end. Now a successful artist living in Manhattan, she's no longer home in their beloved
upstate farmhouse. Her long-estranged sister is more like a best friend, and her recently deceased dog is alive and well.
With each passing day, Annie's remembered past and unfamiliar present begin to blur. Haunted by visions of Hannah, and
with knowledge of things she can't explain, Annie wonders if everyone is lying to her?
The search for answers leads Annie down an illuminating path far from home, to reconcile the memories with reality and
to discover the truth about the life she's living.
Critique: A literary masterpiece of magical realism, "A Day Like This" is a riveting read and showcases author Kelley
McNeil's impressive flair for original and narrative driven storytelling. While highly recommended for community library
Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Day Like This" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Brilliance Audio,
9781713621065, $14.99, MP3-CD).
Fire & Flood
Morgan James Publishing
11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300, Newport News, VA 23606-4448
9781631954740, $18.99, PB, 340pp
Synopsis: "Fire and Flood" by Dawn Morris is a novel about two young women, one who is near the beginning of history
(at the time of Noahic flood) and the other one who is at the end of Earth's history at the time of the tribulation of
Both women come dramatically to faith in God through the incredible events they encounter. Throughout "Fire and Flood",
readers will marvel at the remarkable similarity between these women's journeys and their own time in history. As the
times women are living in today are equally perilous, with "Fire and Flood" they will be encouraged by the faithfulness of
God to His people.
Critique: A unique, entertaining, and deftly crafted novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and a compelling
distinctive style of storytelling, "Fire & Flood" by novelist Dawn Morris will have particular appeal to readers who enjoy
biblical fiction combines with Christian oriented mystery and romance. While very highly recommended for community
library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Fire & Flood" is also readily available
in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.49).
Editorial Note: Dawn Morris is an author and speaker who has done extensive research on biblical prophecy for over 30
years and led many studies on what the Bible has to say about the Last Days. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Education
from the University of Houston and has written numerous articles, Bible studies, and devotionals. Dawn is the author of
two other novels, One Will Be Taken and One Will Be Left.
The Literary Fiction Shelf
Ghost Runners: An Olympic Dream Betrayed
9798480247794, $27.95 Hardcover/$19.99 Paper/$3.99 ebook
Ghost Runners: An Olympic Dream Betrayed is an historical novel and sports examination that also portrays anti-Semitism
in the athletic world. The story opens at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933, where Joshua Sellers awakens on a Greyhound
bus with the memory of a footrace against Jesse Owens and dreams of losing once again. He holds one more chance to beat
Jesse, the champion "Brown Thunderbolt" whose ability seems impossible to defeat.
From the start, Robert Rubenstein outlines the real focus of his story -- racism: "Blacks paid double the price to Soldier's
Field. Not even to get to see the midway outside the Fair. It was an outrage worse than a racial slur. It was racism
undisguised. The Century of Progress, the theme of the fair, only served corporate interests. Neither women nor Blacks
were represented. Blacks worked as porters, latrine cleaners, or as "freaks" or pygmies in midway spectacles."
His inspections of real-world events surrounding the American Olympic team in Nazi Germany in Berlin in August of
1936 (during the Holocaust) will interest and attract novel readers not just for its sports milieu, but for its close inspections
of racism and the forces that contributed to oppression in various forms, against various peoples, around the world. Even
The reader who begins this odyssey may hold initial interest on Joshua's racing career and not racism. But as both
immediately entwine to breach boundaries both real and imagined, readers delve into the 1930s via a series of vivid
descriptions that bring this era to life. Rubenstein does a fine job of juxtaposing the trappings of normalcy with the rise of
Nazi powers and rules that confront and alter that state. Even the Olympics are not immune to political pressure and social
strife as white supremacy rises, young radicals are provoked to action, and friendships are tested with new rules of decency
Under Rubenstein's hand, history is closely inspected, melding with a fictional overlay that brings peoples, events, and
issues to life. While it would have been too easy to limit discussions to racial implications alone, Rubenstein implicates
and describes the underlying business interests that affected and directed social and political currents both in America and
abroad. This focus on motivation and financial entanglements adds depth and further thought-provoking inspection to the
evolving story of two Jewish-American athletes who both hone their competitive abilities and examine their decisions
during the 1936 Berlin Olympic games.
Perhaps the real power of Ghost Runners lies in its ability to meld an impressive historical backdrop with a fictional
consideration of special interests and the political struggles that inject themselves into an athlete's choices and competitive
drive to win against all odds. In this milieu, winning against all odds includes more than physical ability. It's about
reconsidering the kinds of decisions and influences that dictate the rules of the game itself, even at its highest levels. The
audience for Ghost Runners may begin with those who look for historical fiction surrounding sports events, but to limit it
to this readership would be to do the book a grave disservice.
Ideally, it should be in any collection strong in Jewish experience, Nazi examinations, and the social and political
atmosphere of the 1930s. Many themes and historic events are explored in a story that looks to connect the dots between
systemic racism, from the rise of eugenics theories in America and its influences on Nazism to The White Bridge, Ginger
Lee's relationship with Joshua and her trials and tribulations as a cub reporter and as a woman in Jazz Age Chicago, and
the story of Jesse Owens. What seem to be disparate themes, biographical sketches, and events dovetail in a hard-hitting,
thought-provoking work that embraces a lot of researched history.
Ghost Runners should be digested in snippets, to assure that its astute points and powerful revelations are entirely
understood. From one individual's secret use of philanthropy to fund National Socialism at home and abroad to powerful
statements of responsibility in America for events that unfold in Germany, Rubenstein pulls no punches and lets no country
go uncriticized for what transpires. All these strengths set Ghost Runners apart from many stories of these times; making it
a top recommendation that literary collections and readers won't want to miss.
Quntos KunQuest, author
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572842823, $18.00, PB, 250pp
Synopsis: "This Life" is the story of Lil Chris, who is just nineteen when he arrives at Angola as a prisoner. He's got a life
sentence with no chance of parole, but he's also got a clear mind and sharp awareness -- one that picks up quickly on the
details of the system, his fellow inmates, and what he can do to claim a place at the top.
When he meets Rise, a mature inmate who's already spent years in the system, and whose composure and raised
consciousness command the respect of the other prisoners, Lil Chris learns to find his way in a system bent on repressing
every means he has to express himself.
Lil Chris and Rise channel their questions, frustrations, and pain into rap, and author Quntos KunQuest's debut novel,
"This Life" flows with the same cadence that powers their charged verses. It pulses with the heat of impassioned inmates,
the oppressive daily routines of the prison yard, and the rap contests that bring the men of the prison together.
"This Life" is told in a voice that only a man who's lived it could have -- a clipped, urgent, evocative voice that surges with
anger, honesty, playfulness, and a deep sense of ugly history. Angola started out as a plantation (and as "This Life" makes
clear, black inmates are still in a kind of enslavement there.
Critique: An inherently riveting and original novel populated with memorable characters and a exceptionally effective,
narrative driven, storytelling style, Quntos KunQuest's "This Life" is especially and unreservedly recommended for
community, college, and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal
reading lists that "This Life" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
The Easy Life in Kamusari
Shion Miura, author
Juliet Winters Carpenter, translator
9781542027151, $19.95, HC, 206pp
Synopsis: Yuki Hirano is just out of high school when his parents enroll him, against his will, in a forestry training
program in the remote mountain village of Kamusari. No phone, no internet, no shopping. Just a small, inviting community
where the most common expression is "take it easy."
At first, Yuki is exhausted, fumbles with the tools, asks silly questions, and feels like an outcast. Kamusari is the last place
a city boy from Yokohama wants to spend a year of his life. But as resistant as he might be, the scent of the cedars and the
staggering beauty of the region have a pull.
Yuki learns to fell trees and plant saplings. He begins to embrace local festivals, he's mesmerized by legends of the
mountain, and he might be falling in love. In learning to respect the forest on Mt. Kamusari for its majestic qualities and its
inexplicable secrets, Yuki starts to appreciate Kamusari's harmony with nature and its ancient traditions.
"The Easy Life in Kamusari" is warm and lively coming-of-age story in which author/storyteller Shion Miura transports us
from the trappings of city life to the trials, mysteries, and delights of a mythical mountain forest.
Critique: An inherently entertaining and deftly written coming-of-age novel in the context of the culture of Japan, "The
Easy Life in Kamusari" by Shion Miura and ably translated into English for an American readership by Juliet Winters
Carpenter is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary
Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Easy Life in Kamusari" is also readily
available in a paperback edition (9781542027168, $12.95), in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99), and as a complete and
unabridged audio book (Brilliance Audio, 9781713612209, $24.99, MP3-CD).
Editorial Note #1: Shion Miura made her fiction debut in 2000 with Kakuto suru mono ni maru (A Passing Grade for
Those Who Fight). In 2006, she won the Naoki Prize for her story collection Mahoro ekimae Tada Benriken (The
Handymen in Mahoro Town). Her other novels include Kaze ga tsuyoku fuiteiru (The Wind Blows Hard), Kogure-so
monogatari (The Kogure Apartments), and Ano ie ni kurasu yonin no onna (The Four Women Living in That House). Fune
o amu (The Great Passage, translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter) received the Booksellers' Award in Japan in 2012 and
an Earphones Award and was made into an award-winning motion picture. Miura has also published more than fifteen
collections of essays and is a manga aficionado.
Editorial Note #2: Juliet Winters Carpenter is a professor emerita of Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts and a
veteran translator. Her first translated novel, Secret Rendezvous by Kobo Abe, received the 1980 Japan-U.S. Friendship
Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. In 2014, her translation of A True Novel by Minae Mizumura
received the same award, as well as the American Translators Association's Lewis Galantiere Award. Besides Shion
Miura's bestselling novel The Great Passage, her recent translations include An I-Novel by Minae Mizumura, At the End
of the Matinee by Keiichiro Hirano, and Pax Tokugawana: The Cultural Flowering of Japan, 1603 - 1853 by Toru
The Romantic Fiction Shelf
The Highlander's Inconvenient Bride
Mills & Boon
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9780263289695, $TBA, PB, Large Print, 384pp
Synopsis: Betrothed by duty to his enemy as a political strategy to strengthen an alliance between their clans, future
chieftain of the mighty Cameron Clan, Robbie Cameron, must marry Sheena MacLerie. Only she is the last person he
would have picked after her betrayal of him some years ago. Now she is as infuriatingly elusive as ever -- and, worse, she
seems intent on breaking their betrothal! Just what is his inconvenient bride hiding? Uncovering her secrets means earning
her trust -- but that also ignites a simmering passion!
Critique: Of particular interest to fans of historical highlander romances, "The Highlander's Inconvenient Bride" by Terri
Brisbin is an inherently riveting read from first page to last. Memorable characters, entertaining plot twists and turns, an
original storyline, "The Highlander's Inconvenient Bride" is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community
library Historical Romance collections as one of those deftly crafted and original stories that will linger in the mind and
memory long after the novel is finished and set back upon the shelf.
Captivating The Cynical Earl
Mills & Boon
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9780263289718, $TBA, PB, Large Print, 384pp
Synopsis: For Jack Beresford, the cool and aloof Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But
when his brother brings his new wife and her enchanting best friend to his country home everything changes. Lady Cecily
Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must
resist her charms, for in a month she'll be gone -- unless his frozen heart thaws before then!
Critique: Historical romance at its very best, "Captivating The Cynical Earl" by Catherine Tinley reads like one of those
BBC movies -- elegant, fascinating, and memorable. An inherently engaging read from beginning to end, this large print
paperback edition of author Catherine Tineley's "Captivating The Cynical Earl" is very highly recommended for the
personal reading lists of all dedicated historical romance fans and will be a popular and appreciated addition to community
library Romance Fiction collections.
Battle Royal: A Novel
9780063040069, $15.99 pbk / $10.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her
ingenious, creations captivated viewers and intrigued all but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere. When Sylvie's unicorn
cake went spectacularly sideways, Dominic was quick to vote her off the show. Since then, Sylvie has used her fame to
fulfill her dream of opening a bakery. The toast of Instagram, Sugar Fair has captured the attention of the Operation Cake
producers... and a princess.
Dominic is His Majesty the King's favorite baker and a veritable British institution. He's brilliant, talented, hard-working.
And an icy, starchy grouch. Learning that Sylvie will be joining him on the Operation Cake judging panel is enough to
make the famously dour baker even more grim. Her fantastical baking is only slightly more troublesome than the fact that
he can't stop thinking about her pink-streaked hair and irrepressible dimple.
When Dominic and Sylvie learn they will be fighting for the once in a lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for the upcoming
wedding of Princess Rose, the flour begins to fly as they fight to come out on top.
The bride adores Sylvie's quirky style. The palace wants Dominic's classic perfection. In this royal battle, can there be
room for two?
Critique: Award-winning romance author Lucy Parker presents Battle Royal: A Novel, about two bakers with widely
disparate personalities who clash in a contest for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for a royal wedding.
Sylvie Fairchild is a former baking-contest-show contestant who recently fulfilled her dream of opening a bakery; Dominic
is a stern and dour baker in service to British royalty. Their respective passions for culinary art seem to put them at defiant
odds - yet could their be room for creative collaboration? Battle Royal is delightfully delicious from cover to cover, highly
recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Battle Royal is also available in a Kindle edition
Editorial Note: Lucy Parker is an award-winning romance author who lives in New Zealand. A romance reader from a
young age, she loves to write about people pursuing their dreams and falling hopelessly in love along the way - often with
the last person they would expect! Her previous titles have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, and
Oprah Magazine, and were included in NPR's Book Concierge for three consecutive years.
Since You've Been Gone
9780800736491, $15.99 pbk / $10.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a
success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits
company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah's past difficult, he also seems determined to complicate
her present as well.
Jon is trying to prove to the Heritage Fruits board that he, not his manipulative uncle, should be running the business. The
board insists Jon find a new owner for the building that will house Leah's business. To avoid forcing a buyout of Leah's
part of the building, Jon strikes a compromise with Leah, and the two go into business together. With her vision and his
know-how, it might work. And Leah might realize he's loved her since high school. If only he didn't keep on shooting
himself in the foot by boxing her out of important decisions.
Sparks fly in this romantic story of two people who must learn to trust both each other and the one who called them to this
Critique: Part of the "Restoring Heritage" series of heartwarming Christian novels set in the fictional town of Heritage,
Michigan, Since You've Been Gone is a romance about second chances as a gift from God. Leah Williams and Jonathan
Kensington are former sweethearts with a falling out; both return to Heritage in hope of earning success in business.
They're forced to work with one another as a compromise, when the board of the business Jonathan aspires to run insists
on finding a new owner for the building Leah wants to make the site of her new business. Attraction flickers between the
two, but so does pride. Hurt feelings, and complicated baggage from the past make any sort of reconciliation, let alone
teamwork or something more, very difficult. Since You've Been Gone is an emotionally satisfying romance with
thoughtful subtext about the importance of improving one's skills at listening and communication, highly recommended. It
should be noted for personal reading lists that Since You've Been Gone is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.99).
Editorial Notice: Tari Faris is the author of You Belong with Me and Until I Met You. A member of American Christian
Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy, she is the projects manager for My Book Therapy, writes for
learnhowtowriteanovel.com, and is a 2017 Genesis Award winner. She has an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary
and lives in the Phoenix, Arizona, area with her husband and their three children. Although she lives in the Southwest now,
she lived in a small town in Michigan for 25 years. Learn more at TariFaris.com.
At best, Lincoln's record is mixed. He served in the Black Hawk War against tribes who were combating white
encroachment. Later he supported policies that exacerbated the situation. Finally, he led the United States in a war that
culminated in expanding white settlement. Although as president, Lincoln paid less attention to Native Americans than he
did to African Americans and the Civil War, the Indigenous population received considerably more attention from him
than previous historians have revealed.
In addition to focusing on Lincoln's personal and familial experiences, such as the death of his paternal grandfather at the
hands of Indians, Green enhances our understanding of federal policies toward Native Americans before and during the
Civil War and how Lincoln's decisions affected what came after the war. His patronage appointments shaped Indian
affairs, and his plans for the West would also have vast consequences. Green weighs Lincoln's impact on the lives of
Native Americans and imagines what might have happened if Lincoln had lived past the war's end. More than any many
other historians, Green delves into Lincoln's racial views about people of color who were not African American.
Undercurrent of Secrets
Rachel Scott McDaniel
9781643529943, $12.99 pbk / $9.99 Kindle
Synopsis: As wedding coordinator for the 100-year-old steamboat The Belle of Louisville, Devyn Asbury takes pride in
seeing others' dreams come true, even though her engagement had sunk like a diamond ring to the bottom of the Ohio
River. When the Belle becomes a finalist in the Timeless Wedding Venue contest, Devyn endeavors to secure the
prestigious title with hopes to reclaim some of her professional dreams. What she hadn't planned on was Chase Jones
showing up with a mysterious photo from the 1920s.
A century earlier, Hattie Louis is as untamable as the rivers that raised her. As the adopted daughter of a steamboat captain,
her duties range from the entertainment to cook. When strange incidents occur aboard the boat, Hattie's determined to
discover the truth. Even if that means getting under First Mate Jack Marshall's handsome skin.
Critique: The fourth novel in the Doors to the Past historical romance series, Undercurrent of Secrets tells the parallel
stories of a modern-day wedding coordinator and the adopted daughter of a 1920's steamboat captain. Written with the
passion and attention to detail that characterizes the Doors to the Past series, Undercurrent of Secrets sweeps the reader
into both an unfolding shipboard intrigue, and a vibrant love story. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of
the genre! It should be noted for personal reading lists that Undercurrent of Secrets is also available in a Kindle edition
Editorial Note: Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis
Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. She currently enjoys life in
Ohio with her husband and two kids. Rachel can be found online at www.RachelScottMcDaniel.com and on all social
Girls Before Earls
St. Martin's Press
9781250793911, $8.99, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: To survive her difficult childhood, Miss Hazel Lively relied on two things: a tough exterior and a love of books.
Now, she's realized her life-long dream of opening a school for girls. She's hoping the wealthy families who summer at the
shore will entrust their daughters to Bellehaven Academy -- and help pay for less fortunate students. All Hazel must do is
maintain a flawless reputation. It's a foolproof plan -- until a handsome earl strides into her office!
Gabriel Beckett, Earl of Bladenton, has had a monstrous headache since the day his teenaged niece became his ward. She's
already been expelled from two London schools, but Blade is determined to enroll her at Bellehaven Academy, where
she'll be out of his hair. If only he can convince the buttoned-up (and unexpectedly intriguing) headmistress to take a
Blade makes an offer that's impossible for Hazel to refuse, but she has one condition: the earl must visit his niece every
other week. Soon, Blade discovers there's more to Hazel than meticulous lessons. Their sparring leads to flirtation and
eventually something altogether deeper. But the passion that flares between them poses a threat to Hazel's school and
Blade's battered heart. They say a good thing can't last forever, but true love? Well, it just might!
Critique: Extraordinarily gifted author and storyteller, Anna Bennett's newest novel "Girls Before Earls" is an original,
compelling and impressive crafted romance that will be of particular interest to dedicated Regency Romance fan. While
especially recommended for community library Historical Romance collections, it should be noted for personal reading
lists that "Girls Before Earls" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
A Heart Adrift
Fleming H. Revell Company
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800741020, $29.99, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: Set in 1775, "A Heart Adrift" by Laura Frantz is the story of a colonial lady and a privateering sea captain who
collide once more after a failed love affair a decade before. Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart? Or will a
new shared vision reunite them?
Critique: Author Laura Frantz is a master of the historical romance genre and "A Heart Adrift" continues to showcase her
originality and storytelling talents. Memorable characters, unexpected plot twists, and impressive attention to historical
detail, "A Heart Adrift" is unreservedly recommended for community library Historical Romance collections. It should be
noted for the legion of Laura Frantz fans and those readers with a special interest in Christian Historical Fiction, that "A
Heart Adrift" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9780800734978, $16.99) and in a digital book format
The Western Fiction Shelf
D. Laszlo Conhaim
Broken Arrow Press
9780984317530, $13.90 PB, $7.99 Kindle, 248pp
With The Unredeemed, D. Laszlo Conhaim delivers a sequel to Comanche Captive that will appeal to prior fans of
Conhaim's work as well as newcomers who enjoy Western historical fiction. From intrigues involving Indian raiders and
U.S. Cavalry scouts to dialogue that fits the times, Conhaim presents a story that is vivid, evocative, and filled with
satisfying insights about interactions between all kinds of frontier types.
While its foundations lie in real-world Herman Lehmann's experiences of abduction and living nine years with the
Apaches (during which time Lehmann lived and thought as one of them and not as a "paleface," as he came to call white
people), The Unredeemed provides a fascinating read that depicts a form of Stockholm Syndrome, in which the captive
becomes allied with his captor in order to survive.
Lehmann's story, however, is only the jumping off point of this fiction about a captive's choice to remain an "Indian." The
story of the white boy turned Native American warrior is explored against the backdrop of the little-known Buffalo Soldier
Tragedy of 1877. Another notable approach that differentiates The Unredeemed from the typical Western is its attention to
diversity. African Americans are prominently represented here in the Old West.
Black sergeant Emanuel "Tops" Chance takes risks and makes choices every bit as critical as his white or Indian
counterparts in this story. This, too, sets The Unredeemed apart. Much food for thought emerges as the story unfolds,
presenting characters and readers alike with new perspectives. The resulting achievement expands upon its predecessor,
Comanche Captive, and yet presents nicely as a stand-alone Western that excels in its sense of place, and whose unusual
mix of characters makes it hard to put down and satisfyingly unpredictable.
The Unredeemed should join Comanche Captive in any collection strong in Western novels and Native American
Borders To Cross
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781785419515, $TBA, PB, Large Print, 240pp
Synopsis: While it becomes clear that Dan Mason had a hand in killing his cousin Bill in order to gain control of the family
ranch, the Lazy M. Still, Cal Holland is determined to steer clear of another man's fight - until the fight is brought to his
Mason sends Lew Dawson, a hired killer, after him. And when that fails, a strange little man named Peewee Foster. And if
this wasn't already enough to stir him to action, Cal discovers that the life of Bill's sister Nancy is also threatened by Dan's
ambitious greed, as is an English (and incompetent) rancher owner named Woodforde who hires Cal to help him against
the rapacious Dan Mason. The result is gunplay and bodies on the ground.
"Borders to Cross" is a true western action/adventure fans' compulsive page turning delight from cover to cover. Highly
recommended for personal and community library collections, this large print paperback edition from the Linford Western
Fiction library brings back into print for the benefit of a new general of appreciative readers one of author Parker Bonner's
best western novels.
Ride The Red Trail
Lewis B. Patten
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781785419720, $TBA, PB, Large Print, 368pp
Synopsis: Lewis Byford Patten (January 13, 1915 - May 22, 1981) was a prolific author of American Western novels. He
often published under the names Lewis Ford, Lee Leighton and Joseph Wayne. He used the last two names when writing in
collaboration with Wayne D. Overholser. "Ride The Red Trail" is comprised of a trio of the best of Patten's western
In the title story, "Ride The Red Trail", Lew Harvey was forced to leave home because of a shooting incident. Now a letter
from his former girlfriend has summoned him back. His parents are about to be driven off their spread and they need his
help, but his father hasn't forgiven Lew...and more gun trouble may be on the way.
In "Summer Kill," a man seemingly without enemies is murdered on a nighttime trail ride, and it falls to his two sons to
track down the killer.
"Rustler's Run" tells the story of young Burt Norden, who has been doing a man's job running the N Bar Ranch since his
father's death. But now he may really have to prove himself. Rustlers have swept into the area and there's a confrontation
brewing with a local hardcase.
Critique: As an author, Lewis B. Patten was able to create Western adventures 'so real you can almost feel the trail dust'.
Now from Linford Western Library comes a new edition of "Ride The Red Trail, introducing a new generation of western
novel fans to one of the genre's most accomplished writers. This large print paperback edition of "Ride The Red Trail" is
especially recommended for the personal reading lists of western action/adventure enthusiasts and will prove to be a
welcome addition to community library Western Fiction collections.
Law of the Land: Stories of the Old West
c/o Tor/Forge Books
9781250768995, $27.99, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: An action-packed collection of sixteen short stories of the old West by Elmer Kelton, this edition of "Law of the
Land: Stories of the Old West" from Forge Books includes the never-before-published "Biscuits for a Bandit." These are
classic western action/adventure tales where good meets bad, and everything in between, from the legendary author of the
west, "The Law of the Land" chronicles some of Kelton's most exciting and dangerous tales of the old west, collected for a
new generation of western fans together for the first time.
Critique: While also readily available for personal reading lists in a trade paperback edition (9781250769015, $17.99), and
a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99), "Law of the Land: Stories of the Old West" has the highest possible recommended
for personal and community library Western Fiction collections.
Editorial Note: The late Elmer Kelton (April 29, 1926 - August 22, 2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty
novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men's Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on
a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was
published in 1956. Among his awards were seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage
awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring
Tommy Lee Jones.
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
The Thresher Ghost
The Thresher Ghost is a powerful historical thriller set in 1960s America. It revolves around a cast of characters both real
and fictional including a disgraced Los Angeles surgeon, Howard Hughes, the Kennedy family and relationships and
events which change everything.
From the opening paragraphs, Spencer Compton excels at outlining evocative scenes connecting the worlds of Jack,
Bobby, Marilyn, and other real-life people. From Marilyn's not-so-mysterious death (as it's explained in the opening
scenes) to doctors, actors, and personalities that move through the 1960s with both familiar history and fictional
presentations conjured by Compton, this is a fine examination of how an ordinary man is caught up in murder and danger.
Compton creates a wide cast of characters and places them in environments that test their perceptions, prejudices, and
As Dr. Wiley McCoy finds himself immersed ever deeper in an intriguing world beyond his medical training, this milieu
comes to life through various characters' eyes. References to music stream through many of their encounters.
Circumstances surrounding the lost American nuclear submarine Thresher move through these scenarios and create a focal
point of intrigue as McCoy's antagonist Romulo, a scientific adventurer, selects American malcontent Lee Harvey Oswald
for an extraordinary mission. Meanwhile, McCoy embarks on life aboard the newly retrofitted Thresher, whose journey
connects Romulo and McCoy in unusual ways.
From the cultural milieu of Haiti to a dangerous dictator's murderous confrontations; intrigue, politics, and personal
ambition create an absorbing interplay between characters in a story that moves far beyond Kennedy's assassination into
international waters and political motivations.
Spencer Compton's novel is complex and involving. Readers of historical thrillers will find its roots in facts and its
extrapolations of connections and people to be engrossing, mercurial, and hard to put down.
The Witch's Child
Susan Van Kirk
Prairie Lights Publishing
The Witch's Child blends several elements of the mystery genre (cozy, culinary, and animal-oriented) to brew up an
intriguing read that returns to the small town of Endurance and its treasure trove of special offerings.
In this story, retired teacher Grace Kimball is delighted when a former student returns to town, even if it's to oversee the
sad duty of burying her mother. The woman was a self-proclaimed witch who died in jail after an eye-popping murder trial
that turned the small town on end. Detective TJ Sweeney is well aware that Sybil Mackenzie's death holds as much
potential for controversy as her life once did. But what she doesn't know is that the return of the witch's child will prove a
catalyst for unleashing forces both psychic and psychological that will, once again, turn the town upside down and
challenge his investigative skills.
As author Susan Van Kirk moves through this story of ill-fated lives touched by magic and mystery, even newcomers to
this milieu gain a fine sense of the small town's special atmosphere as controversy brews up a storm.
Has fate led Grace to that restaurant where her boyfriend Jeff Maitlin and best friend TJ are discussing political changes
when all hell literally walks through the door? The peaceful and cooperative atmosphere described at the beginning of the
story is a wonderful contrast to what evolves as Fiona Mackenzie's arrival reawakens trouble and introduces danger to the
peaceful small town atmosphere.
Van Kirk is especially adept at portraying Endurance's struggle to live up to its name as events unfold. Does Fiona have the
power to be in two places at the same time? Is Sybil haunting them all? As relatives, strangers, and town history intersect,
readers are treated to a blend of atmospheric small-town concerns and intrigue that capture its residents' love for their
beautiful place as much as the forces that conspire to change it.
This cozy mystery unfolds on many levels, most of them designed to support the 'cozy' designation of its characters and
intrigue with a layer of pleasurable comfort that will delight readers more interested in a supernatural whodunit (or, who is
it?) conundrum than a tension-laden piece. Any mystery collection interested in small town settings or another story of
Endurance's compelling people will find The Witch's Child delightful.
A Cotswold Christmas Mystery
Isis Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781785419829, $TBA, PB, Large Print, 300pp
Synopsis: It's Christmas, and things are looking good at the Slocombe house. Thea's daughter Jessica has come to stay,
much to her stepdaughter Stephanie's delight. But then things take a turn for the worse. A local family, the Frowses, find
themselves increasingly harassed by an aggressive landlord. When Beverley Frowse goes missing, Thea and Stephanie
both feel they should do their best to help her husband and son solve the mystery. Then Christmas Day arrives. There are
presents, a turkey, and general goodwill, despite Thea's suppressed hankering to be involved in events at the Frowses'
house - where a dead man has been discovered!
Critique: A 'whodunnit' mystery lovers delight, this deftly written, large print, paperback edition Rebecca Tope's "A
Cotsworld Christmas Mystery" is a great read laced with unexpected plot twists and a roster of engaging characters --
making this a high value and recommended addition to personal reading lists and community library Contemporary
Black Reed Bay
Thorpe/Charnwood Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
9781444848113, $TBA, PB, Large Print, 408pp
Synopsis: When a young woman makes a distressing call to 911 in the early hours of the morning, running for her life from
a pursuer in a quiet, exclusive oceanfront neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything seems to point towards a
domestic incident. Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn't sit right with the officers at Hampstead County
PD. With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening
the integrity of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Casey Wray is thrust into an increasingly puzzling case. And then the
first body appears!
Critique: A deftly crafted police procedural suspense thriller of a read, "Black Reed Bay" showcases author Rod Reynolds'
originality, storytellers mastery of surprising plot twists that leave the reader compelled from first page to last. This large
print paperback edition will prove to be an extraordinary and popular addition to the personal reading lists and an
enduringly welcome acquisition for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.
The Return of the Pharaoh
c/o St. Martin's Publishing Group
9781250788207, $25.99, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H.
Watson, M.D." in 1974, author and Sherlock Holmes scholar Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished
case that reinvigorated the world's interest in the first consulting detective. Now, many years later, Meyer is given
exclusive access to Dr. Watson's unpublished journal, wherein he details a previously unknown case and has published it
under the title "The Return of the Pharaoh: From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D.".
In 1910, Dr. John Watson travels to Egypt with his wife Juliet. Her tuberculosis has returned and her doctor recommends a
stay at a sanitarium in a dry climate. But while his wife undergoes treatment, Dr. Watson bumps into an old friend --
Sherlock Holmes, in disguise and on a case. An English Duke with a penchant for Egyptology has disappeared, leading to
enquiries from his wife and the Home Office.
Holmes has discovered that the missing duke has indeed vanished from his lavish rooms in Cairo and that he was on the
trail of a previous undiscovered and unopened tomb. And that he's only the latest Egyptologist to die or disappear under
odd circumstances. With the help of Howard Carter, Holmes and Watson are on the trail of something much bigger, more
important, and more sinister than an errant lord.
Critique: A delightfully entertaining and deftly crafted Sherlock Holmes 'whodunnit' novel, "The Return of the Pharaoh:
From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D." is a 'must' for the ever expanding legions of Sherlock Holmes fans --
and is an especially welcome and recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be
noted for personal reading lists that "The Return of the Pharaoh: From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D." is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).
The Chocolate Raccoon Rigmarole
c/o Penguin Random House
9780440000273, $26.00 hc / $13.99 Kindle
Synopsis: A frantic late-night phone call from her right-hand woman Dolly Jolly brings Lee Woodyard to the scene of a
break-in at the Warner Pier jewelry store next door to TenHuis Chocolade. To her shock, the suspect being held at
gunpoint by police is Dolly's boyfriend, Mike Westerly, who was recently hired as a night watchman specifically to prevent
break-ins. Dolly hopes Lee can help straighten out the crazy misunderstanding.
Even crazier? The thieves took nothing of value from the jewelry store, only swiping some snacks. It's another in a series
of break-ins by burglars the media has dubbed the Cookie Monsters. They've been hitting shops selling everything from
sunglasses to shoes but stealing only sweets: lollipops, cookies, even chewing gum!
It all seems pretty funny--until the discovery of a dead body. With her friends and community in danger, Lee must stop one
very sour killer before someone else comes to a bitter end.
Critique: Part of the popular Chocoholic Mystery series, The Chocolate Raccoon Rigmarole is a culinary mystery
extraordinaire. A string of unusual business break-ins where the thieves only take sweet snacks seems almost humorous -
until a dead body is discovered. Chocolatier Lee Woodyard becomes involved in an attempt to clear the boyfriend of an
employee. The Chocolate Raccoon Rigmarole has tasty twists and turns of the plot, as well as morsels of chocolate trivia,
and no calories! Highly recommended, especially for personal and public library cozy mystery collections. It should be
noted for personal reading lists that The Chocolate Raccoon Rigmarole is also available in a Kindle edition ($13.99).
Editorial Note: JoAnna Carl is the pseudonym for a multi-published mystery writer. She is the national bestselling author
of the Chocoholic Mysteries, including The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha and The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans.
The Last Mrs. Summers
Berkley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Random House
9780451492883, $16.00 pbk /$11.99 Kindle
Synopsis: I am a bit at loose ends at the moment. My cook, Queenie, is making my new role as mistress of Eynsleigh
something akin to constant torture as Darcy is off on another one of his top secret jaunts. And Grandad is busy helping
wayward youths avoid lives of crime. So when my dearest friend, Belinda, inherits an old cottage in Cornwall and begs me
to go with her to inspect the property, I jump at the chance.
After a heart-stopping journey in Belinda's beast of a motorcar, we arrive at the creaky old cottage called White Sails and
quickly realize that it is completely uninhabitable. Just when I'm starting to wonder if I would have been better off trying to
get Queenie to cook a roast that hasn't been burnt beyond all recognition, we meet Rose Summers, a woman Belinda knew
as a child when she spent time in Cornwall. Rose invites us to stay at Trewoma Hall, the lovely estate now owned by her
Belinda confesses that she never liked Rose and had a fling with Tony years ago, so staying with them is far from ideal but
beggars can't be choosers as they say. Trewoma is not the idyllic house Belinda remembers. There's something
claustrophobic and foreboding about the place. Matters aren't helped by the oppressively efficient housekeeper Mrs.
Mannering or by the fact that Tony seems to want to rekindle whatever he and Belinda once had right under his wife's
Our increasingly awkward visit soon turns deadly when a member of the household is found murdered and all clues point
to Belinda as the prime suspect. I soon learn that some long buried secrets have come back to haunt those in residence at
Trewoma Hall and I'll need to sift through the ruins of their past so Belinda doesn't lose her chance at freedom in the
present. . . .
Critique: A stand-alone novel in the Royal Spyness series set in 1930's Cornwall, England, The Last Mrs. Summers is a
tantalizing historical mystery in which amateur sleuth Georgie Rannoch visits a Cornish mansion. When a member of the
household is murdered, Georgie's friend Belinda is the primary suspect, and Georgie must unravel a complex weave of
intrigue, scandals, and cross-purposes to prove her innocence! The Last Mrs. Summers is a treat for connoisseurs of
historical murder mysteries, highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that The Last Mrs. Summers
is also available in a Kindle edition ($11.99).
Editorial Note: Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery
writing, including the Edgar, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is the author of the
Royal Spyness Mysteries, set in 1930s London, the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the
Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales.
Stabbed in the Tart
Carol E. Ayer
c/o Epicenter Press
9781942078203, $15.95 / $5.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Home bakery owner and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Kayla Jeffries has been hired for the Gourmet and Stay
Valentine's Weekend at the historic Countryside Inn in Los Robles, CA. When one of her fellow cooks is murdered during
dinner service, she becomes a person of interest - and a possible suspect.
Critique: Stabbed in the Tart is a cozy mystery featuring Kayla Jeffries, a sleuth who is a home baker and Highly Sensitive
Person (a person whose sensitive nervous system is easily overloaded). When a fellow cook is stabbed during a dinner
service, Kayla becomes a person of interest and potential suspect! Customers shy away from her business, and she resolves
to uncover the killer before she loses her livelihood and possibly her freedom. Delicious twists and turns of plot make
Stabbed in the Tart a delectable choice for mystery connoisseurs! It should be noted for personal reading lists that Stabbed
in the Tart is also available in a Kindle edition ($5.99).
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643858340, $26.99, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Thirty-something veterinarian Ally Winter has found a new "leash" on life since she moved back to her
hometown of Willow Bluff, Wisconsin. But when she takes Domino, the black standard poodle she's boarding for the
weekend, for a sunny September stroll along the shore of Lake Michigan, the diminutive dog dashes off, only to return
with a single, polka-dotted, high-heeled shoe. Retracing Domino's paw prints back to a weeping willow tree, they find the
other shoe. It's still on the foot of 20-year-old Pricilla Green -- lying dead beneath the willow, with a silk scarf knotted
tightly around her neck.
Willow Bluff's finest (and handsomest) detective, Noah Jorgenson, is soon on the tail of the killer. But he has another
worry on his mind when Ally's grandfather, a lifelong true-crime buff, starts to suspect that the recent burglary of a local
big-box store may have some connection to Pricilla's murder. Noah cautions Ally to keep Gramps well away from the
homicide investigation, but the old dog is drawn to danger like a puppy is to a squeaky ball.
The fur flies as Ally, Noah, Gramps, and Domino race the clock to fetch the felon. It will take all of their canine canniness
to comb out the twists and curls in this wild and woolly case. And if they fail, they won't live to go walkies again!
Critique: A superbly crafted murder mystery by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative
storytelling so thoroughly enjoyed by dedicated mystery buffs, "Tailing Trouble" by Laura Scott is the sequel to "Dogged
by Death", as part of her 'Furry Friends Mystery' series and will have a special appeal to both dog lovers and cozy mystery
fans. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections, it
should be noted for personal reading lists that "Tailing Trouble" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Crimes and Covers
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643855967, $26.99, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Christmas is coming to the Western New York village of Cascade Springs, and so is the long-awaited wedding
of Charming Books proprietor Violet Waverly and police chief David Rainwater. Grandma Daisy and Violet's best friend,
Sadie, go all out to make the nuptials the event of the season -- whether Violet likes it or not. But the reception becomes
memorable for all the wrong reasons when a woman's dead body floats by on the frigid Niagara River.
Violet is shocked to recognize the deceased as a mysterious woman who visited Charming Books two days before the
wedding, toting a rare first edition of Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Well aware that a mint condition copy could be
worth more than $14,000, Violet told the woman she would have to have the book appraised before she could consider
buying it. Most displeased, the woman tucked the precious tome under her arm and stormed out of the shop. Now she's
dead, and an enigmatic message scrawled in pen upon her palm reads, "They stole my book."
It's a confounding case, indeed. But fortunately, Violet can draw on the resources of her bookshop's magical consciousness,
which communicates clues to Violet via quotes from Walden. With Emerson the tuxedo cat and Faulkner the crow at her
side, Violet sets out to recover the priceless book by solving a murder most transcendental.
Critique: Deftly blending 'magical realism' with the 'cosy mystery' whodunnit style, "Crimes and Covers: A Magical
Bookshop Mystery" by Amanda Flower is wonderfully original and thoroughly entertaining from first page to last --
making it an enduringly welcome and popular addition to any and all community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It
should be noted for the growing legions of Amanda Flower fans that "Crimes and Covers: A Magical Bookshop Mystery"
is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
A Three Book Problem
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643857985, $26.99, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: It's a crisp, early October weekend, and business is slowing down as fall descends at the Sherlock Holmes
Bookshop and Emporium and the adjacent Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. Wealthy philanthropist and prominent Sherlockian
David Masterson has rented Suffolk Gardens House, where he plans to entertain his friends in a traditional English country
As the chosen caterers, Jayne Wilson and Gemma Doyle get to work preparing lavish meals and setting up Sherlockian
books and props for entertainment. Meanwhile, police detective Ryan Ashburton has taken time away from his duties to
assist in the kitchen. It quickly becomes apparent that David's guests don't like each other -- or their host. Plus, some of
them aren't even acquainted with the adventures of the Great Detective.
Before Gemma can ponder their relationships a poisoned dart sails through the window of the library, presenting Gemma
Doyle with a three-book problem.
Critique: A 'Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery' by that master of the 'cozy mystery' genre Vicki Delany, "A Three Book
Problem" is an extraordinarily fun read from cover to cover for dedicated mystery buffs in general, and Sherlock Holmes
style 'whodunnits' in particular. While also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99) and
as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781666531435, $19.99, CD), "A Three Book Problem" is
an especially recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.
The Mystery of Albert E. Finch
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643858029, $26.99, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: Bath, England, 1892. Celebrated mystery author Lady Amy Lovell is set to tie the knot with Lord William
Wethington, a fellow member of the Mystery Book Club of Bath. Amy's great-aunt, Lady Priscilla Granville, has offered to
host their wedding at her stately Derby Manor House. But on the eve of the ceremony, the festive air in the drawing room
is marred by Mrs. Alice Finch's argument with her husband, Albert, in another room. The next morning at the wedding
breakfast, Alice falls face-first into her breakfast -- dead.
When Amy and William's favorite detectives are summoned to the house, they see two champagne glasses in front of Mrs.
Finch and none in front of her husband. Did Albert give his wife a poisoned drink? Always looking for the easiest solution,
the detectives charge Albert with the murder.
But Lady Amy is not convinced that Albert is guilty. There are too many things that don't add up. In the hopes of being
able to leave Bath and begin their honeymoon, Amy and William once again take things into their own hands. Suspects
begin to pop up, but nothing takes them more by surprise than the discovery of a second body.
Stuck in Bath until the whole poisonous predicament is solved, Amy and William are anxious to collar the perfidious
poisoner and be on their way to their honeymoon. If they can't catch the killer, not only is their newlywed bliss under
threat, but they may not live to see happily-ever-after at all!
Critique: A clever, absorbing, and thoroughly entertaining read from cover to cover, "The Mystery of Albert E. Finch" by
author Callie Hutton is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to community library collections. It
should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated 'cozy mystery' fans that "The Mystery of Albert E. Finch" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape
Media, 9781666531312, $22.99, CD).
1620 Main Street, Suite 11, Sarasota, FL 34236
9781608094622, $26.95, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Washington, D.C. homicide detective Marko Zorn is investigating the murder of an actress (and an old love)
when he is assigned to protect the visiting prime minister of Montenegro, the beautiful Nina Voychek.
Political enemies are planning her assassination -- but now it's apparent that he, too, is a target. As he foils the initial
attempts on his life, he pulls out all stops and deploying his sometimes nefarious resources in order to hunt whoever is
targeting him and prevent an international tragedy on American soil.
Decoded messages, Supermax prisoner interviews, mafia lawyers, and an ancient Black Mountain curse swirl among the
icons of D.C. Marko and his young partner, Lucy, face down what may be multiple assassins with diverging agendas. Or
are they facing one assassin -- the deadliest and most elusive on the international stage?
Critique: Another deftly crafted and simply riveting Marko Zorn suspense thriller of a mystery novel by Otho Eskin, "Head
Shot" will prove to be a welcome and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It
should be noted for all dedicated espionage thriller fans and police procedural buffs that "Head Shot" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49).
Little Creek Press
9781736337318, $24.95, HC, 262pp
Synopsis: A missing federal agent, suitcases full of cash, a secluded cabin in the woods. Spider Lake is no longer the
peaceful retreat John Cabrelli needs to recover from his gunshot wounds and start a new life. Knowing Cabrelli is a former
law enforcement officer, the new chief of police recruits him to help untangle a string of strange events in the little town of
Critique: The second novel in author Jeff Nania's 'A Northern Lake Mystery' seriesf, "Spider Lake" once again features
John Cabrelli and a colorful team of local residents land in the center of a fast-paced, deftly crafted, action driven, suspense
thriller of a read with a unforeseen surprise ending. Very highly recommended as an addition to community library
Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections, Jeff Nania's multiple award-winning novel, "Spider Lake", is also available
in a paperback edition (9781942586678, $17.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.99).
Little Creek Press
9781942586999, $17.95, PB, 304pp
Synopsis: When grouse hunters stumble upon a body in the backwoods, Sheriff John Cabrelli works to untangle the
complex case, while stressed relationships, public outcries for justice, and pressure from the media compound the
situation. As the body count rises in the expansive landscape, he soon finds his greatest resource is the community
Critique: "Bough Cutter", the third book in the author Jeff Nania's award winning series 'A Northern Lakes Mystery' series
and like its predecessors is a deftly written suspense thriller of a read with many an unexpected plot twist and turn. "Bough
Cutter" once again showcases author Jeff Nania's genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative driven storytelling
style that keeps the reader riveted from first page to last. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community
library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Bough Cutter" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $6.99).
Little Creek Press
9781736337301, $24.95, HC, 246pp
Synopsis: Every night John Cabrelli relives the tragic events that ended his career. While struggling to find himself again,
John inherits his uncle's cabin and returns to the lake where he spent much of his youth. Little does John know that danger
waits for him when he uncovers suspicious circumstances of his uncle's death. Few people will talk about it as John
unravels a mystery that could forever change the landscape.
Critique: "Figure Eight" is the first of author Jeff Nania's 'A Northern Lakes Mystery' series and features a shattered career,
a crooked lawyer, an unsolved murder, and a Northwoods setting that is fraught with danger, but also a story of redemption
and second chances. While also readily available for the personal reading lists of all dedicated mystery buffs in a
paperback edition (9781942586555, $17.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.99), "Figure Eight" is an especially
recommended addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections.
Everything We Didn't Say
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781982115081, $17.00, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: Juniper Baker had just graduated from high school and was deep in the throes of a summer romance when Cal
and Beth Murphy, a childless couple who lived on a neighboring farm, were brutally murdered. When her younger brother
became the prime suspect, June's world collapsed and everything she loved that summer fell away. She left, promising
never to return to tiny Jericho, Iowa.
Until now. Officially, she's back in town to help an ill friend manage the local library. But really, she's returned to repair
her relationship with her teenage daughter, who's been raised by Juniper's mother and stepfather since birth -- and to solve
the infamous Murphy murders once and for all. She knows the key to both lies in the darkest secret of that long-ago
summer night, one that's haunted her for nearly fifteen years.
As history begins to repeat itself and a dogged local true crime podcaster starts delving into the murders, the race to the
truth puts past and present on a dangerous collision course. Juniper lands back in an all-too-familiar place with the answers
to everything finally in her sights, but this time it's her daughter's life that hangs in the balance. Will revealing what really
happened mean a fresh start? Or will the truth destroy everything Juniper loves for a second time?
Critique: A talented and imaginative novelist, with the publication of "Everything We Didn't Say" author Nicole Baart has
once again has deftly combined mystery and family drama. While especially recommended for community library
Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Everything We Didn't Say" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio,
9781797133041, $39.99, CD). Librarians should note that there is also a large print, Library Binding edition of
"Everything We Didn't Say" (Center Point Publishing, 9781638081678, $19.99, 500pp).
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
9780063112193, $28.99, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: Forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta has come almost full circle, returning to Virginia as the chief medical
examiner, the state where she launched her storied career. Finding herself the new girl in town once again after being away
for many years, she's inherited not only an overbearing secretary, but also a legacy of neglect and potential corruption.
She and her husband Benton Wesley, now a forensic psychologist with the U.S. Secret Service, have relocated to Old
Town Alexandria where she's headquartered five miles from the Pentagon in a post-pandemic world that's been torn by
civil and political unrest. Just weeks on the job, she's called to a scene by railroad tracks where a woman's body has been
shockingly displayed, her throat cut down to the spine, and as Scarpetta begins to follow the trail, it leads unnervingly
close to her own historic neighborhood.
At the same time, a catastrophe occurs in a top-secret laboratory in outer space, endangering at least two scientists aboard.
Appointed to the highly classified Doomsday Commission that specializes in sensitive national security cases, Scarpetta is
summoned to the White House and tasked with finding out exactly what happened. But even as she works the first
potential crime scene in space remotely, an apparent serial killer strikes again very close to home.
Critique: Simply stated, author and storyteller Patricia Cornwell is a master of the medical thriller genre. This is again
demonstrated with the publication of her new novel, "Autopsy". An inherently riveting read with a roller coaster ride of
deftly plotted twists and turns, "Autopsy" is unreservedly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary
Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of Patricia Cornwell fans that "Autopsy" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Travis S. Taylor & Les Johnson
9781982125509, $25.00 hc / $9.99 Kindle
Synopsis: The year is 2072. At the lunar farside radio observatory, an old-school radio broadcast is detected, similar to
those broadcast on Earth in the 1940s, but in an unknown language, coming from an impossible source, and originating at
an equally impossible location - Proxima Centauri. While the nations of Earth debate making first contact, they learn that
the Proximans are facing an extinction-level disaster, forcing a decision: will Earth send a ship on a multiyear trip to
Interstellar travel is not easy, and by traveling at the speeds required to arrive before disaster strikes at Proxima, humans
will learn firsthand the effects of Einstein's Special Relativity and be forced to ponder the ultimate questions: Are we alone
in the universe? What does it mean to be human?
Critique: Saving Proxima is a science fiction novel about potential first contact between Earth and an alien civilization on
Proxima Centauri. In the year 2072, Earth is capable of sending a starship to provide aid to the Proximans, who are at risk
for extinction, but such a charitable act carries an array of dire risks. The theory of Einstein's Special Relativity comes into
play, as do the dangers of interfering with another culture - and yet, to do nothing as a sentient species dies out would be
inhuman. Saving Proxima is fascinating from cover to cover, as it grapples with both speculative fiction and humanitarian
conundrums, and highly recommended for connoisseurs of the genre. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
Saving Proxima is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).
Editorial Note: Dr. Travis S. Taylor heads up the cast of The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch and can be seen on The
Machines that Built America on the History Channel. He has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense
and NASA for the past twenty years. His expertise includes advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes,
space-based beamed-energy systems, future combat technologies, and next-generation space launch concepts. Taylor is
also the author of pulse-pounding, cutting-edge science fiction novels, including the highly popular One Day on Mars, Tau
Ceti Agenda, and the groundbreaking Warp Speed series. He is a regular on the History Channel's Life After People and
The Universe series.
Les Johnson is a physicist and author. He is the author of The Spacetime War, Mission to Methone; Rescue Mode,
coauthored with Ben Bova; Saving Proxima coauthored with Travis S. Taylor; and coeditor of the science/science fiction
anthologies Going Interstellar and Stellaris: People of the Stars. He was technical consultant for the movies Europa Report
and Lost in Space and has appeared in numerous documentaries on the Discovery and Science channels. Les was also the
featured "Interstellar Explorer" in National Geographic Magazine and interviewed for Science Friday. By day, he serves as
solar sail principal investigator of NASA's first interplanetary solar sail missions and leads research on various other
advanced space propulsion technologies at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.
The God Is Not Willing
c/o Tor/Forge Books
9780765323590, $27.99, HC, 496pp
Synopsis: Many years have passed since three warriors brought carnage and chaos to Silver Lake. Now the tribes of the
north no longer venture into the southlands. The town has recovered and yet the legacy remains.
Responding to reports of a growing unease among the tribes beyond the border, the Malazan army marches on the new
god's people. They aren't quite sure what they're going to be facing. And in those high mountains, a new warleader has
risen amongst the Teblor. Scarred by the deeds of Karsa Orlong, he intends to confront his god even if he has to cut a
bloody swathe through the Malazan Empire to do so.
Further north, a new threat has emerged and now it seems it is the Teblor who are running out of time. Another long-feared
migration is about to begin and this time it won't just be three warriors. No, this time tens of thousands are poised to pour
into the lands to the south. And in their way stand only a single company of Malazan marines.
Critique: A deftly crafted and brilliantly entertaining read from cover to cover, "The God Is Not Willing" by Steven
Erikson is a simply riveting novel of swords & sorcery. The first book in dark fantasy author Steven Erickson' thrilling
Witness sequel trilogy, and also readily available in a trade paperback edition (Bantam Press, 9781787632875, $20.00), as
a mass market paperback (9780765363442, $9.99), in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99), "The God Is Not Willing" is
an unreservedly recommended addition to the personal reading lists of all dedicated fantasy fans, as well as an enduringly
popular acquisition to community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections.
Editorial Note: Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His
Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including The Crippled God, Dust of Dreams, Toll the Hounds and Reaper's Gale, have
met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first
book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates,
was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site.
The Spacetime War
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781982125653, $16.00, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: Humanity has finally made it to the stars. Colony worlds thrive and there is general peace among the settled
systems. Until now. Matte black ships of an advanced design appear in colonial systems. Their drives and weapons are not
extremely advanced beyond their Terran counterparts -- just superior enough to be utterly devastating. Colonies and their
populations are obliterated. Once settled worlds are rendered radioactive wastelands. Earth herself lies defenseless before
the marauding enemy.
Standing against the invasion are two of humanity's finest starship captains, Winslow Price of the British Space Navy and
Anika Ahuja of the Indian Space Forces. Compatriots. Fierce competitors. Former lovers. Now they are on a quest that will
plumb the scientific wells of existence itself, where the primordial knot of spacetime may be unraveling. Price and Ahuja
are sworn to do whatever it takes to defend Earth and humanity from ultimate obliteration by an enemy that will not even
speak its name. Even if it pushes each to the brink of life and death in battle. Even if it leads each beyond space and time --
and to the edge of ultimate possibility!
Critique: A simply riveting read from beginning to end, "The Spacetime War" will have a special interest for science
fiction fans who enjoy stories of heroic resistence to overwhelming odds. A master of the military science fiction genre,
Les Johnson deftly blends intrigue, suspense, and science fiction into a memorable entertaining action/adventure novel
with many an unexpected twist and turn. While highly recommended, especially for community library Science Fiction
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Spacetime War" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $8.99).
Editorial Note: Les Johnson is a physicist and author. He is the coauthore with Travis S. Taylor of "Saving Proxima "; and
co-editor of the science/science fiction anthologies "Going Interstellar" and "Stellaris: People of the Stars". He was
technical consultant for the movies Europa Report and Lost in Space and has appeared in numerous documentaries on the
Discovery and Science channels. Les was also the featured "Interstellar Explorer" in National Geographic Magazine and
interviewed for Science Friday. By day, he serves as solar sail principal investigator of NASA's first interplanetary solar
sail missions and leads research on various other advanced space propulsion technologies at the George C. Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
In Fury Born
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781982125738, $16.00, PB, 832pp
Synopsis: Zhikotse. Shallingsport. Louvain. These are sacred fields of battle on far-flung worlds where warriors of the
Imperial Cadre spent blood and lives defending human civilization. Alicia DeVries was there; she led the charge. Her
reward? Betrayal by a deceitful empire. Retirement to obscurity.
Now Alicia is the only survivor of a brutal attack on her frontier-world family. Not since the mighty Achilles has the
ancient spirit of the Fury Tisiphone taken up residence inside a human being. But not since Achilles has a warrior so
skilled, so implacable, and possessing so much battle sense sprung up among the mass of humankind. Hero of the Empire.
Holder of the Banner of Terra. -- There is a blood price to be paid. The Fury has awakened.
Critique: Original published in a hardcover edition in April, 2006 and as a mass market paperback in July, 2007, and now
available in a trade paperback edition, "The Fury" by the now legendary science fiction author David Webber will prove to
be a welcome addition to the personal reading lists of the legion of David Webber fans, as well as an enduringly
appreciated and welcome part of community library Science Fiction collections. It should be noted that "The Fury" is also
now available in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.99) as well.
Editorial Note: David Mark Weber (born October 24, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He has
written several science-fiction and fantasy books series, the best known of which is the Honor Harrington science-fiction
series. His first novel, which he worked on with Steve White, sold in 1989 to Baen Books. Baen remains Weber's major
Compass to Vinland
295 Herlong Ave., Suite 401, Rock Hill, SC 29732
9781954614512, $32.95 Hardcover/$16.95 Paper
Compass to Vinland will appeal to urban fantasy readers from young adult into adult audiences. It follows the adventures
of loner Wren Larkin, who finds his life changed when Maria moves to town and befriends him. Used to being ignored by
his father and bullied by his peers, Wren finds her support unusual and welcome-- even if it does lead to his involvement in
a magical threat.
It's not chance that leads Wren to live in a strange house that looks like a shoe. There's a magical shoe-making workshop
underneath it. His discovery of this leads to a brush with danger as he and his companions flee strange visitors to enter the
world of Underfoot and its many strange inhabitants.
Author Dani Resh does an excellent job of exploring magic in an unlikely setting. References to shoes, feet, and a mission
leads the characters to find hope in the Eradicator, who might be able to wake up Maria's abuela...for a price.
As Tristen, Rusty, Maria, and Wren uncover many new truths about the nature of their world, reality, and the Undershoe
residents, their journey embraces revised perceptions of their lives: "People didn't appear and disappear because they were
ghosts, they were simply Vins traveling from one port to another."
All ages will appreciate the blend of paranormal and fantasy inspection in an epic adventure that melds the individual
desires and perceptions of four disparate teens. Resh's ability to show each of these young people try to make sense of an
alien world and their place in it (and at home) makes for satisfying contrasts and plenty of action. The tension is nicely
developed, the magical components are intriguing, and the adventure spirit never lets up. The result is an enticing story of
the absurd and the impossible.
Compass to Vinland will particularly delight readers looking for an urban fantasy/paranormal magic experience that builds
on the evolution of teen relationships and changing senses of place and purpose.
In Fury Born
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
In Fury Born is a powerful chronicle of survival that centers around Alicia, the only survivor of an attack on her
frontier-world family. She harbors the spirit of the Fury Tisiphone, who has been awakened and seeks battle revenge. As
for Alicia, she led battles in the past, defending human civilization before she was betrayed and regulated to obscurity. Is
she really up for being motivated by a spirit intent on revenge? Weber provides an absorbing tale of battles and courage
that pits Alicia against everything she's familiar with and threatens either further loss or redemption. Its engrossing story of
courage and change will attract a wide audience interested in powerful young women whose lives intersect with forces
beyond their control.
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
Two new arrivals from Baen Books are highly recommended picks for sci-fi collections looking for mystery and history
added to sci-fi backdrops.
Tom Kratman, Justin Watson and Kacey Ezell's The Romanov Rescue (9781982125707, $25.00) is recommended for fans
of alternate history and military sci-fi and recreates the world of 1918 Russia and a formerly powerful family that faces
their fate as their fortunes decline. As alternate futures clash, the fate of not only this pivotal family but Russia and
communism are placed on the line in a historical revamp that offers many unpredictable moments and astute characters
whose struggles come to life.
Charles E. Gannon's This Broken World (9781982125714, $25.00) tells of the changing fate of a young man slated for
leadership from an early age. His destiny changes when he discovers a wider world and mysteries that challenge his
command and future as he watches nearby kingdoms and absorbs some hard lessons in realities of his world. From how
heavy dragons can fly to the presence of ancient fossils in a world that is supposed to be young, Druadaen finds himself on
a journey involving dragons, ancient artifacts, and long-hidden truths.
Both are outstanding tales replete in action and adventure that are highly recommended reads for sci-fi fans looking for
complex, unpredictable stories.
The Genealogy Shelf
New-England Runaways, 1769-1773
Joseph Lee Boyle, compiler
c/o Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806359267, $45.00, PB, 338pp
Synopsis: Compiled by genealogist Joseph Lee Boyle, "New-England Runaways, 1769-1773" is the third volume of
colonial New England runaways, as identified in contemporary newspaper ads. The majority of individuals are runaway
servants and slaves, but a number are runaway apprentices, both men and women, military deserters, and criminals.
This compilation lists all individuals mentioned in the ads. If an individual is listed with more than one name, all the
names appear in the index. While many of the African Americans and some Indians are listed as slaves, many are not, so
they may have been paid servants.
In compiling this work, Boyle examined 28 newspapers from New England to Maryland, including The Boston
News-Letter, The Boston Post-Boy, The Boston Gazette, The Connecticut Courant, The Massachusetts Spy, The New
Hampshire Gazette, The Pennsylvania Gazette, The New York Gazette, and The Maryland Gazette. Each ad gives a
number of details about the runaway and his/her master, including names and aliases, physical description, personality
quirks if any, location in New England (including the future states of Vermont and Maine), and where to contact the
Critique: Unreservedly recommended as a unique and invaluable contribution to personal, professional, community,
college, and university library Genealogy reference collections, "New-England Runaways, 1769-1773" will have particular
relevance for genealogists working and/or researching in the American colonial period.
Editorial Note: Joseph Lee Boyle worked for the National Park Service for thirty-two years, retiring as Historian at Valley
Forge. His first book was From Redcoat to Rebel: The Thomas Sullivan Journal, and he has published versions of the
Ephraim Blaine papers, Elias Boudinot letterbook and the Samuel Hodgdon papers. He has also published a two volume
compilation of deserters during the American Revolution, taken from newspaper accounts. His eighth volume of
documents written from Valley Forge is scheduled to be published by Heritage Books.
The Self-Help Shelf
Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
9780757323966, $15.95, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Thriving Life: How to Live Your Best Life No Matter the Cards You're Dealt" by Laura
Berg anyone can now learn how to take charge of their life and transform the way they view themselves, their
relationships, and their experiences.
Each chapter comprising "Thriving Life" discusses a specific issue that many people struggle with such as defining one's
own happiness, dealing with rejection, and setting limits in relationships. With practical tips and a step-by-step approach to
help find what makes the reader happy, they will learn to stop selling themselves short and how to rise above anything that
life throws at them.
The underlying message of "Thriving Life" is that everyone has their own share of struggles, but with the right tools and
attitude, it is possible to overcome them and flourish despite them.
Critique: In the pages of "Thriving Life", professor, author, entrepreneur, trained therapist, and parenting expert Laura Berg
deftly draws upon her years of experience and expertise to create an ideal DIY instructional guide that is as practical and
effective as it is inspired and inspiring. Of particular relevance for anyone suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
pervasive depression, or who simply want to get the most the good things out of what life has to offer, "Thriving Life: How
to Live Your Best Life No Matter the Cards You're Dealt" is highly recommended for personal, professional, community,
college, and university library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Thriving Life" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
The Automotive Shelf
Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving
2000 M St NW Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036
9781642832402, $27.00, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: In "Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving", technology historian and academician Peter
Norton argues that driverless cars cannot be the safe, sustainable, and inclusive "mobility solutions" that the tech
companies and automakers are currently promising us. The salesmanship behind the driverless future is distracting us from
investing in better ways to get around that we can implement now. Unlike autonomous vehicles, these alternatives are
inexpensive, safe, sustainable, and inclusive.
Professor Norton takes the reader on an engaging ride ranging from the GM Futurama exhibit to "smart" highways and
vehicles in order to show how we are once again being sold car dependency in the guise of mobility. He argues that we
cannot see what tech companies are selling us except in the light of history. With driverless cars, we're promised that new
technology will solve the problems that car dependency gave us -- zero crashes! zero emissions! zero congestion! But these
are the same promises that have kept us on a treadmill of car dependency for 80 years.
"Autonorama" is hopeful, advocating for wise, proven, humane mobility that we can invest in now, without waiting for
technology that is forever just out of reach. Before intelligent systems, data, and technology can serve us, Professor Norton
suggests, we need wisdom. Rachel Carson, the author of "Silent Spring", warned us that when we seek technological
solutions instead of ecological balance, we can make our problems worse. With this wisdom, Professor Norton contends,
we can meet our mobility needs with what we have right now.
Critique: Offering iconoclastic arguments that are well worth our attention, "Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of
High-Tech Driving" by Professor Peter Norton is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and
university library Automotive History and Contemporary Social Issues collections. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of students, academia, political activists, environmentalists, governmental policy makers, and non-specialist
general readers with an interest in the subject that "Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Peter Norton is an associate professor of history in the Department of Engineering and Society at the
University of Virginia. He has authored many articles, book chapters, and the book "Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the
Motor Age in the American City".
1966 Pontiac GTO: In Detail
838 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, MN 55025
9781613256923, $24.95, PB, 96pp
Synopsis: The Pontiac GTO is often credited as being the first muscle car. As model year 1966 ended, an astounding
96,946 GTOs traversed Pontiac assembly lines, which set a high-water mark that would cement the GOAT as the most
salable muscle car that was produced during the golden age of performance.
With the publication of "1966 Pontiac GTO: In Detail", automotive historian David Bonaskiewich examines this model
year in precise detail, taking into account every cosmetic change and optional hardware that warranted this sales boom.
The Coke-bottle styling for the remodeled GTO certainly tipped the scales for some consumers. However, as they say,
"The devil is in the details."
"1966 Pontiac GTO: In Detail" delves into those details, showcasing the vast array of optional equipment across its three
bodystyles (hardtop, sports coupe, and convertible). Thorough examinations of the drivetrain, interior, suspension, brakes,
and wheels and tires are exhaustive, which unveils exactly why the 1966 GTO was the most successful muscle car ever
Critique: Profusely illustrated and exceptional in organization and presentation, "1966 Pontiac GTO: In Detail" will have a
particular interest for GTO owners and admirers, making it an ideal and recommended addition to personal, professional,
and community library 20th Century American Automotive History collections.
Editorial Note: Dave Bonaskiewich has had an unbridled enthusiasm for cars. His father was a mechanic who was fond of
Fords, but was supportive when Dave developed a strong interest in Pontiacs during his teenage years. Together, they
rebuilt his first car, a 1970 LeMans, which Dave continues to drive every chance he gets. Dave has contributed many
feature articles for High Performance Pontiac, Smoke Signals, Timeless Muscle, and Poncho Perfection magazines.
The Theatre/Cinema Shelf
The Three Lords and Three Ladies of London
William Shakespeare, author
William Percy, author
Anna Faktorovich, author
Anaphora Literary Press
9798750095049, $25.00, HC, 166pp
Synopsis: The play is an exercise by a young dramatist who is grappling with understanding philosophical and legal
concepts by simplifying these into personifications.
Three Lords of London (called Pleasure, Pomp and Policy) declare their superiority with puffing emblems and insist that
they have an innate right to marry the three Ladies of London (Love, Lucre and Conscience). The Ladies have been
imprisoned in the first part of this series (Three Ladies of London) for their sins, and Nemo has decided that he would only
release them if precisely three suitors bid for all of their hands in marriage simultaneously. The Ladies are told to remain
silent and to obey whoever is willing to marry them, or they would have to return to prison to be tortured by Sorrow. Thus,
instead of the standard comedic objections from female characters to potential matches, the only obstacles to this
pre-determined resolution are that the three Lords of Spain and the three Lords of Lincoln appear to also bid for the
The defeat of the Spaniards is presented in an exchange of insults about emblems and epithets during a meeting that
alludes to the Spanish Armada attack. And the Lords of Lincoln are briskly defeated when they are told they merely
deserve the symbolic stones the Ladies have been sitting on. The introductory remarks explain how Lords should be part of
the main canon because it might be one of only three pre-"Shakespearean" British comedies. And a section presents an
alternative explanation for the mystery of how the seven copies of Lords' print-run ended up with strange combinations of
The annotations explain how the detail of Usury's parents being Jewish has been misinterpreted by previous critics as
anti-Semitic, when this passage actually summarizes the ethnic backgrounds of the actual members of the Ghostwriting
Workshop, as the merchant-lender among them Sylvester was Jewish, and Percy was from a region near-Scotland and had
been educated in France. And evidence is presented why the series that includes Lords and Ladies should be re-attributed
away from "Robert Wilson" and to Percy.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a 6 page listing of Acronyms, a 1 page Summary, a 23 page
Exordium, 21 pages of Plot and Stagng, a 104 page Text, and and 5 pages of Terms, References, Questions, and Exercises,
"The Three Lords and Three Ladies of London" is Volume 10 of that Anaphora Literary Press 'British Renaissance
Re-Attribution and Modernization' series. A unique and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and
university library Shakespeare, British, and Irish drama collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The
Three Lords and Three Ladies of London" is also available in a paperback edition (9798750094424, $20.00) and in a
digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note #1: William Percy (1567?-1648) is the dominant tragedian behind the "William Shakespeare" pseudonym
according to the computational-linguistic study in The Re-Attribution of the British Renaissance Corpus. Percy was a
younger son of the assassinated 8th Earl of Northumberland and the brother of the imprisoned in the Tower 9th Earl.
Editorial Note #2: Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. She has published two
academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The
Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She
has also published two fantasy novellas with Grim's Labyrinth Publishing: The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the
Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014). She has been editing and writing for
the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009, and started the second Anaphora periodical,
Cinematic Codes Review in 2016. She has presented her research at the MLA, SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, BWWC and
many other conferences. She has won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military
The Wine/Beer/Spirits Shelf
The Thinking Drinkers Almanac
Ben McFarland, author
Tom Sandham, author
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780857839565, $12.99, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: No matter what day of the year it is and regardless of the occasion, there is always a very good reason to enjoy a
drink. Responsibly of course.
Aimed at discerning drinkers keen to broaden their booze horizons and those looking to become more adventurous in their
elbow-bending, "The Thinking Drinkers Almanac: Drinks For Every Day Of The Year" by the team of Ben McFarland and
Tom Sandham is an enlightening and alternative almanac that celebrates every day of the year with an appropriate
alcoholic drink - featuring everything from Absinthe and Zinfandel to Martinis and Monastic beers.
"The Thinking Drinkers Almanac is a cocktail of cultural history, eccentric events, unlikely anniversaries, recipes and
recommendations infused with all manner of 'interestingness", several dashes of drinking did-you-knows, fascinating facts,
famous folk, unsung heroes, lesser-known legends from all walks of life and major weird, wonderful and well-known
moments from our past.
As entertaining as it is informative, "The Thinking Drinkers Almanac: Drinks For Every Day Of The Year" is a unique and
unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Wine & Alcoholic Spirits collections. It
should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Thinking Drinkers Almanac: Drinks For Every Day Of The Year" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Editorial Note: Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham are award-winning alcohol experts and performers. Ben has been
named Beer Writer of the Year on three occasions and has authored several award-winning books on beer including
World's Best Beers (reissued in 2017 and published in 5 languages). Tom is the author of World's Best Cocktails and was
named Spirits Communicator of the Year by the IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Competition). They also host
podcasts including the recent 'Pour de France'. They can be followed on Instagram @thinkingdrinkers 11.5k, and on
Twitter @thinkingdrinks 8.4k followers.
The Graphic Novel Shelf
Hamlet: Modern English Edition
Adapted by Crystal S. Chan
Illustrated by Julien Choy
Modern English Adaptation by Michael Barltrop
Part of the "Manga Classics" series that transforms literary works into black-and- white graphic novels with an artistic style
resembling Japanese manga, Hamlet: Modern English Edition adapts William Shakespeare's classic play about a prince
driven to pursue revenge at all costs. Captivating, dynamic art brings Shakespeare's harrowing saga of treachery and
murder to life. This Modern English edition replaces Shakespeare's original text with modern English phrasing; this
combined with the striking illustrations makes Hamlet: Modern English Edition an extraordinarily accessible and
reader-friendly interpretation of Shakespeare's work. Hamlet: Modern English Edition is highly recommended as a new
way to re-experience Shakespeare's saga, and as a choice pick for school library collections. Also highly recommended is
the original "Manga Classics" version of Hamlet with the unabridged original text (9781947808126, $17.99).
The Audiobook Shelf
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2022
Richard N. Bolles, author
Kathrine Brooks, author
Mel Foster, narrator
9781511311649, $29.99, MPW CD
Given today's challenging job market that has been so dramatically impacted by a global pandemic, as recent grads face a
shifting economic landscape and seek work that pays and inspires, as workers are laid off mid-career, and as people search
for an inspiring work-life change, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever.
This new audio book edition (deftly narrated by Mel Foster) has been fully revised for 2022 by Vanderbilt University
Career Center director Katharine Brooks, EdD, with modern advice on the job-hunt strategies that are working today, such
as building an online resume, making the most of social media tools, and acing virtual interviews. Building on the wisdom
of original author Richard N. Bolles, this edition updates the famed Flower Exercise (which walks job seekers through the
seven ways of thinking about themselves) and demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to
interviewing and networking.
With the unique and authoritative guidance of What Color Is Your Parachute?, job-hunters and career changers will have
all the tools to discover (and land) their dream job.
This complete and unabridged MP3 audio book edition of "What Color Is Your Parachute? 2022: Your Guide to a
Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional,
community, college, and university library Jobs/Careers and Audio Book collections. Of special note is the inclusion of a
reference guide PDF on this disk.
Steven Tingle, author
Matt Godfrey, narrator
9781666506143, $22.99, CD
Synopsis: Davis Reed is plagued by the three A's: anger, alcohol, and anxiety. A former Charleston police officer turned
private detective, Davis hopes to gain some respect, self and otherwise, by writing a book. His subject? The true story of a
B-25 bomber that crashed on Cold Mountain in western North Carolina just after the end of World War II.
From the comfort of a mountain cabin in Cruso, North Carolina, Davis spends his days popping anti-anxiety pills, drinking
copious amounts of home-brewed beer, and not writing. But when he discovers a set of keys on a mountain trail, he
becomes curious and then obsessed with finding the rightful owner. With the help of his friend Dale Johnson, a 275 pound
local deputy who is full-time ornery and part-time clever, and Dale's cousin Floppy, a motor-mouthed mechanic with a
penchant for conspiracy theories and kleptomania, Davis works to uncover the mystery of the keys while navigating a
world of small-town secrets, shady characters, 80s heavy metal, and murder.
But Davis has his own secrets, and even though he's escaped to the mountains, some bad business in Charleston is
beginning to catch up with him. For an anxiety-riddled man looking for peace and quiet, he somehow stumbles into more
chaos and crossfire than any amount of beer and pills can alleviate.
Critique: With Matt Godrey's impressive narration of Steven Tingle's original suspense thriller of a mystery novel, this
complete and unabridged audio book edition of "Graveyard Fields" provides the listener with a true 'theatre of the mind'
experience in a 9 Hour 9 Minute production. A truly compelling, deftly crafted, and expertly presented audio book from
Dreamscape Media, "Graveyard Fields" is especially recommended for personal and community library audio book
9781713614876, $14.99, MP3-CD
Synopsis: An unquestionably charming and sometimes maddeningly naive, cloth mage Paul Gallagher is desperately trying
to make a name for himself in a reimagined postwar London. But in a world where magic is commonplace, sewing
enchanted clothes is seen as little more than a frivolous distraction. Paul is hiding a secret, however: he possesses a
powerful (and illegal) innate magic that could help him achieve his wildest dreams.
Unfortunately, Paul confides in the wrong person, Captain Hector Hollister, and, along with his brother/best friend Tom, is
drawn into a sinister plot that risks reigniting the machinery of war. To make matters worse, the pretty American gossip
reporter Paul just met reveals her personal quest to expose a government cover-up may be related to Hollister's magical
goals. When Hollister threatens the life of Tom, Paul realizes that his poor judgement has put not only his family and
friends in danger, but also the whole world!
The only way to set things right may be for Paul to undergo the dangerous and potentially lethal ritual to become Court
Magician -- the most powerful magician in the country. But is becoming part of the institution the best way to enact change
in a terribly unjust society?
Critique: All the more impressive when considering that "Innate Magic" is author Shannon Fay's debut as a fantasy
novelist, this unique approach to a society in which the use of magic is routine and commonplace will prove a delightful
experience for all dedicated fantasy fans. Superbly narrated by Peter Kenny, this complete and unabridged audio book
edition of "Innate Magic" is a welcome and recommended addition to personal and community library Science Fiction &
Fantasy audio book collections.
The Library CD Shelf
Heart Dance Records
$12.99 CD / $9.49 MP3
Connections is the third solo flute album released in the "Naked Flute" series by talented and experienced performer Sherry
Finzer. The peaceful music fosters stress relief, and makes an excellent accompaniment to meditation or simply unwinding
after a long day. Connections is rapturously beautiful, and highly recommended for both personal and public library
collections. The tracks are Resilience, Distant Rivers, Pete's Journey, Homecoming, Ephemera, Peace at Home, Through
the Veil, Red Hawk Hill, A New Day, Connections, Bella's Moon, Highland Waterfall, Wind Spirit, Ever Same, Greatest
Blessings, The Crossing Place, and Journey with Spirit.
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3
Colors is an immersive solo piano album of emotional music, representing the memories and experiences of a year. Pianist
and composer Stephen Wallack draws upon both formal and self-taught experience to portray a rich, vibrant, evocative
soundscape. Colors is highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are Birch
Lake, Josh, Colors, Stunning, Brave, Dreams, Earth, Hope, Marlon, and Midnight.
$14.98 CD / $9.49 MP3
Jazz Christmas is a mostly instrumental anthology of holiday-themed jazz music, by a diverse variety of performers. Many
of the songs transform timeless favorites into smooth-flowing soundscapes, whether performed by a traditional jazz band
or on the piano. Jazz Christmas is a delightful holiday music pick for both personal and public library collections, highly
recommended. The tracks are "Winter Wonderland", "The Christmas Song", "Angels We Have Heard on High", "Let It
Snow", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Blue Christmas", "Christmas Time In New
Orleans", "Silver Bells", and "Bringing In a Brand New Year".
Greg Amirault with Steve Amirault, Adrian Vedady, and Jim Doxas
$TBA CD / $8.91 MP3
News Blues is a jazz album by Montreal guitarist Greg Amirault, pianist Steve Amirault, bassist Adrian Vedady, and
drummer Jim Doxas. Seven of the songs are Greg's original compositions; two are classic works of jazz (If You Could See
Me Now by Carl Sigmund & Tadd Dameron, and Embraceable You by George Gershwin) with solo guitar arrangements.
A smooth, unforgettable listening experience, News Blues is highly recommended especially for jazz connoisseurs. The
tracks are News Blues, Tribute Tune, Sweet Way, Song for Nova Scotia, Uninvited, Meeting the Master, If You Could See
Me Now, Reissued, and Embraceable You.
Not this Room
Roddy Ellias Free Spirit Ensemble
Featuring Kellylee Evans
$15.00 CD / $7.00 digital
Not this Room is a jazz album that bends toward heartrending beauty. Award-winning music artist Roddy Ellias and the
Free Spirit Ensemble bring a medley of captivating original compositions with smoothly performed lyrics. Not this Room
is a treasure for connoisseurs, highly recommended. The tracks are Not this Room, The Street, Draw Me a Circle, Closer,
Blood and Bone, Suddenly, What You Needed, Hold On, and Prayer.
The DVD Shelf
Hinterland Complete Collection
Starring Richard Harrington
c/o RLJ Entertainment
Hinterland Complete Collection is a DVD collection of all three seasons of the gripping "Welsh noir" drama Hinterland,
about a former London policeman Tom Mathias, who comes to a remote coastal town burdened with grief and guilt from
his difficult past. Yet darkness hides in the hearts of people who live among the close-knit mountain village, surrounded by
beautiful scenery. Enhanced with behind-the-scenes featurettes for all three seasons, Hinterland Complete Collection is a
treasure for connoisseurs of intricate intrigue, highly recommended. 21 hours plus 50 minutes of bonus material, SDH
The Journalism Shelf
Four Wars, Five Presidents
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781538160619, $32.00, HC, 236pp
Synopsis: Currently residing in Anapolis, Maryland, Terence Smith is an award-winning journalist who has been a
political reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and television analyst over the course of an almost five-decade career that
included The New York Times, CBS News, and the Newshour on PBS. In 2013 Smith was inducted into the Professional
Journalists Hall of Fame. He resides in Annapolis, Maryland.
In his memoir, "Four Wars, Five Presidents: A Reporter's Journey from Jerusalem to Saigon to the White House", Terence
recounts his extraordinary journalistic career with The New York Times, CBS News and PBS, where in the course of his
career he covered everything from the inner workings of the White House, to fours wars and stories drawn from the daily
lives of people in 44 countries.
Of special note is that in "Four Wars, Five Presidents: A Reporter's Journey from Jerusalem to Saigon to the White House"
he also provides a first-hand account of the evolution of journalism from print to digital.
Critique: Exceptionally informative, impressively organized and presented, "Four Wars, Five Presidents: A Reporter's
Journey from Jerusalem to Saigon to the White House" provides an 'insider' view to the life and work of a professional
journalist. A combination of personal memoir and the history of journalism over the past few decades, "Four Wars, Five
Presidents: A Reporter's Journey from Jerusalem to Saigon to the White House" is highly recommended for community,
college, and university library Contemporary Journalism and Contemporary American Biography collections. It should be
noted for the personal reading lists of journalism students, academicians, and non-specialist general readers with an interest
in the subject that "Four Wars, Five Presidents: A Reporter's Journey from Jerusalem to Saigon to the White House" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $30.00).
The Art Shelf
Drawn Into the Dream
9781736217498, $19.95 Paper/$9.99 Kindle
Drawn into the Dream: How Drawing Your Dreams Can Take You to the Land of Awes sports a deceptively simple cover
art of a drawing of a dream that introduces us to the book's intriguing subject -- drawing simple sketches of one's dreams to
solidify their underlying meanings and emotions.
The book is meant to attract people interested in a very different form of dream analysis. Unlike the typical dream
inspection which encourages psychological analysis, Walter Berry uses art to support the process. The art of drawing is one
way of connecting to the unconscious mind, and often produces results that enhance the dream analysis process. Examples
and instructions are provided in a step-by-step approach that encourages readers to put drawing implement to paper to
capture these meanings.
While it may sound like psychological analysis is part of the equation, it's not. Berry connects all the dots needed to
understand why drawing one's dream differs from writing, how to do it, and how to understand its fruitful results. The
enthusiasm and spark of energy is also captured in this book: "In spite of their thoughtfulness, words cannot truly capture
or encompass the experience of standing in the place of awe. These definitions refer to awe as an emotion, but I look at it
also as an experience, not just the emotion alone. It is a state of being for me, a place where you can connect with
something outside yourself. The difference between the concept (and definitions) of awe and the experience of awe is akin
to the difference between the concept of love and being in love."
As readers pursue Drawn into the Dream, the choice of its simple cover art becomes apparent. It's a deliberate
representation of all the possibilities this method of dream inspection promises. All that's required is the memory of one's
dreams...no artistic talent is needed. Just draw.
The Wyvern Collection
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500024560, $95.00, HC, 480pp
Synopsis: Compiled with commentary by academician P:aul Williamson, "The Wyvern Collection: Medieval and
Renaissance Enamels and Other Works of Art " is the fourth and newest catalog devoted to the Wyvern Collection -- an
exceptional private collection of medieval and Renaissance art. Works of art in enamel are among the most attractive,
colorful, and revealing objects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Enamel embellished a broad array of objects,
including reliquary caskets, crosses, book covers, croziers, censers and pyxes for the church, and a wide range of tableware
for the secular market.
Among the highlights in this coffee-table style volume (9.1 x 1.9 x 11.2 inches) are two extremely rare Romanesque
enamels c. 1160 - 70 from the Meuse Valley: the reliquary triptych probably originally belonging to the Bishop of Liege,
and a beautiful phylactery with scenes from the story of the True Cross, said to have come from the abbey of Lobbes.
Limoges enamels of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries are particularly well represented, and the later painted enamels of
Limoges, from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, include remarkable examples of the work of the principal enamelers,
most notably Pierre Reymond.
"The Wyvern Collection: Medieval and Renaissance Enamels and Other Works of Art" also includes other outstanding
works of art such as an important Anglo-Carolingian chrismatory of the ninth century, a small group of enigmatic
twelfth-century drinking cups, and sumptuous examples of German late medieval goldsmiths' work. Stained and painted
glass roundels, Italian Renaissance ceramics, luxurious textiles and tapestries, and German and Italian armor are also
featured. An appendix presents several important pieces, recently acquired, which supplement those published in the first
With more than 250 objects, all specially photographed, ""The Wyvern Collection: Medieval and Renaissance Enamels
and Other Works of Art" is a beautiful addition to the collection of catalogs documenting one of the greatest private
Critique: Comprised of some 400 color illustrations and an informed and informative commentary, "The Wyvern
Collection: Medieval and Renaissance Enamels and Other Works of Art" is an informative delight to simply browse
through and would be a valued and appropriate selection for library Memorial Fund collections. Of special relevance to
both academia and non-specialist general readers with an interest in medieval and renaissance art history, "The Wyvern
Collection: Medieval and Renaissance Enamels and Other Works of Art" is an ideal acquisition for personal, professional,
community, college, and university library collections.
Editorial Note: Paul Williamson is Keeper Emeritus and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert
Museum and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. His many books include Gothic Sculpture,
1140-1300; Medieval Ivory Carvings: Early Christian to Romanesque; and Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200-1550.
c/o The GMC Group
9781784946173, $14.99, PB, 96pp
Synopsis: "Still Life" is a DIY instruction course specifically developed by still life artist Susie Johns for complete
beginners wanting to learn how to draw and paint contemporary still-life subjects.
Following a concise guide to the tools, materials and basic techniques that every beginner needs to know (including line,
tone, colour, composition and perspective), there are ten tutorials showing how to draw and paint a variety of still life
subjects using beginner-friendly materials, including pencil, charcoal, coloured pencils, pen and ink, watercolour paints
and watercolour pencils.
Each tutorial has a list of the materials and tools required, step-by-step photographs of the work, informative text and tips
and strategies for getting the best results. By working through the tutorials, the aspiring still life artist will gradually
develop skills and build confidence until feeling equipped to attempt any still life. In addition to the tutorials there are three
'focus on' feature spreads. These pages offer more in-depth/advanced techniques appropriate to the projects.
Critique: An ideal 'how to' instruction manual and guide, "Still Life: Techniques and Tutorials for the Complete Beginner"
is profusely and effectively illustrated in support of the instructive and descriptive commentaries -- making "Still Life:
Techniques and Tutorials for the Complete Beginner" highly recommended for personal and community library Art
Instruction collections, and as a school art class curriculum textbook.
Editorial Note: Susie Johns is an artist and designer. She has written dozens of instructional books on a range of different
topics. She studied Fine Art at Ravensbourne College, went on complete an MA at the prestigious Slade School in London,
and later gained a post-graduate teaching qualification (PGCE) at the University of Greenwich. As well as teaching
drawing and painting at a local community college, Susie has years of experience running life-drawing classes and leading
workshops focusing on pen and ink, mixed media, artists' sketchbooks, drawing for health and well-being, and family art.
She also teaches classes online on various platforms including YouTube.
Oil Painting Every Day
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781631599941, $24.99, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Oil Painting Every Day: A Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide to Painting the World
Around You - Develop a Successful Daily Creative Habit", artist Robin Sealark shows you how to translate what you see
into captivating paintings. Begin with a solid understanding of oil paint and essential supplies, then try easy exercises that
will train your eye to see the world like an artist. From there, you'll learn how to capture beautiful details in landscapes and
still lifes and create shadows and depth to make your work come alive. Refine those details to paint waves, clouds, and
floral scenes, and get all the tips, tricks, and techniques you need for a doable portrait to get you started in figurative
Offering great ideas for creating engaging compositions while capturing the world around you, and discover how a variety
of simple brushstrokes add energy and life to a piece, "Oil Painting Every Day" covers: How drawings and underpaintings
can give your paintings a boost; How to care for your tools and materials; Tips and techniques for working in sketchbooks
and on canvas; The benefits of maintaining a consistent art practice; How to paint from life and photographs; Ways to
build cohesive compositions that tell a story.
Critique: Beautifully and effectively illustrated throughout, "Oil Painting Every Day: A Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide to
Painting the World Around You - Develop a Successful Daily Creative Habit" is the ideal DIY instructional guide and
manual for the novice or beginning artist wanting to work with oil paints. Comprehensive and thoroughly 'user friendly' in
organization and presentation, "Oil Painting Every Day" is especially recommended for personal, professional, and
community library 'how to' art and oil painting collections.
Editorial Note: Robin Sealark spent her undergraduate years at Brigham Young University specializing in oil painting and
hyper-realistic portraiture, but shifted her focus to landscapes, seascapes, and skies over time. Robin frequently posts her
work, process videos, tips, tutorials, relatable sketches, and advice for creatives on Instagram and YouTube. Through her
personal work and teaching, she seeks to emphasize the idyllic beauty found in all subject matter through deepened
observation and a discerning artist's eye. She maintains an informative website at www.robinsealark.com
The Interior Design Shelf
Universal Principles of Interior Design
Kelly Harris Smith, author
Chris Grimley, author
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9780760372128, $40.00, HC, 216pp
Synopsis: Richly and profusely illustrated throughout and impressively easy to navigate, "Universal Principles of Interior
Design: 100 Ways to Develop Innovative Ideas, Enhance Usability, and Design Effective Solutions" is a comprehensive
reference that deftly pairs clear explanations of every topic with visual examples of it applied in practice. By considering
these concepts and examples, non-professional readers with an interest in interior design can learn to make more informed
and ultimately better design decisions.
"Universal Principles of Interior Design: 100 Ways to Develop Innovative Ideas, Enhance Usability, and Design Effective
Solutions" is organized alphabetically so that principles can be easily and quickly referenced. For those interested in
addressing a specific challenge or application problem, the principles are also indexed by questions commonly confronting
Each principle is presented in a two-page format: The left-hand page contains a succinct definition, a full description of the
principle, and examples of and guidelines for its use. Side notes, which appear to the right of the text, provide elaborations
and references. The right-hand page contains visual examples and related graphics to support a deeper understanding of the
"Universal Principles of Interior Design: 100 Ways to Develop Innovative Ideas, Enhance Usability, and Design Effective
Solutions" is a truly landmark reference and sets the standard for interior design students, practitioners, and educators, and
others who seek to broaden and improve their understanding of and expertise in interior design.
Critique: Comprehensive, inspiring, thought-provoking, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation,
"Universal Principles of Interior Design: 100 Ways to Develop Innovative Ideas, Enhance Usability, and Design Effective
Solutions" is an essential and core addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Interior
Design collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note #1: Chris Grimley has organized, designed, and implemented experiential environments, interiors, master
plans, and branding initiatives for clients ranging from small offices to large institutions. He has broad experience in
architecture, graphic design, and interior design. He is the co-author and designer of several books, including The Interior
Design Reference & Specification Book (2018), Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of the Pittsburgh
Renaissance (2019), and Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (2015).
Editorial Note #2: Kelly Harris Smith is a designer, creative director, and entrepreneur specializing in natural and
sustainable materials for commercial and residential interior design. A co-founder of FilzFelt (acquired by Knoll, Inc. in
2011), Kelly's award-winning designs are distinctive for their pattern, color, and innovative functionality. Kelly is also the
founder of Minni, a community creative space in Boston offering art and design education to young children. She was
awarded Product Designer Award at Interior Design's HiP 2020 and Emerging Product Designer Award at NYCxDesign in
The Needlecraft Shelf
Weekend Makes: Macrame
c/o The GMC Group
9781784946197, $22.99, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: A form of textile produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques, macrame is one of the
most popular craft trends on Instagram right now. With over 5 million posts using #macrame, this versatile textile art is
seeing a huge resurgence and it's time to get on board with this craft revival!
Macrame can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, making it ideal for crafters of all abilities. It's incredibly
simple to get started as there are no specialist tools required and very few materials. Easy to learn and quick to create,
you'll see your macrame design emerging in no time.
A collaboration between established macrame artists, "Weekend Makes: Macrame: 25 Quick and Easy Projects to Make"
by macrame expert Steph Booth deftly guides you on each individual project from start to finish, with the help of clear
step-by-step instructions and photography, and providing expert tips and ideas along the way.
Start by learning the basic knots and you'll soon unlock a world of macrame designs, from classic 70s plant hangers to
modern home furnishings and beautiful braided accessories. Once you've mastered the foundation techniques, you'll
gradually expand your repertoire of knots, experiment with different colours and types of cord, and learn how to add
embellishments, such as wooden beads and feathers.
The showcased projects comprising "Weekend Makes: Macrame: 25 Quick and Easy Projects to Make" includes: wall
hanging, plant hanger, feather lampshade, living wall, bunting, cushion, necklace, cuff bracelet, table runner, wreath, and
placemat and coaster set.
Critique: Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout, thoroughly 'user friendly' instructions clearly laid out, "Weekend
Makes: Macrame: 25 Quick and Easy Projects to Make" is the ideal DIY how-to manual that will transform even the most
novice of beginners into expert macrame needlecrafters. While highly recommended for school and community library
Needlecraft collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Weekend Makes: Macrame: 25 Quick and Easy
Projects to Make" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
The Fashion Shelf
Silk: Fiber, Fabric, Fashion
Lesley Ellis Miller, Ana Cabrera Lafuente, Claire Allen-Johnstone
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500480656, $95.00, HC, 504pp
Synopsis: The collaborative work of Lesley Ellis Miller, Ana Cabrera Lafuente, and Claire Allen-Johnstone, "Silk: Fiber,
Fabric, Fashion" is a detailed and beautifully presented history that reveals a breathtaking selection of fabric and fiber
dating from antiquity down to the early twenty-first century. Structured by technique, this outstanding new survey draws on
the exceptional collections of London's Victoria and Albert Museum and shows the nest aesthetic and technical
achievements of artisans, designers, and manufacturers.
From dyeing to weaving and crochet to embroidery, "Silk: Fiber, Fabric, Fashion" is a magnificent visual exploration of
methods used over the centuries. From historic treasures in China and South America to nineteenth-century European
International Exhibitions of art and industry, and more recently, designers' catwalk collections from the fashion capitals of
America, Asia, and Europe, including pieces by Dior, Balenciaga, and McQueen, here is the ultimate compendium of silk,
presented in a luxurious real-cloth binding.
"Silk: Fiber, Fabric, Fashion" is the authoritative reference and sourcebook, exploring methods and traditions across the
history and geography of silk production, and celebrating the ingenuity and skill of designers and makers.
Critique: Enhanced with 620 full color illustrations, "Silk: Fiber, Fabric, Fashion" is a coffee-style volume (9.4 in x 11.4 in
x 2 in) that is superbly organized, impressively informative, and a choice acquisition for personal, professional,
community, college, and university library collections.
Editorial Note: Lesley Ellis Miller is Senior Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum and
Professor of Dress and Textile History at the University of Glasgow.
Ana Cabrera Lafuente is Curator of Fashion at the Museo del Traje, Madrid, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the
Victoria and Albert Museum. Claire Allen-Johnstone is Assistant Curator of Furniture, Textiles, and Fashion at the
Victoria and Albert Museum.
The Christian Studies Shelf
The Euchologion Unveiled: An Explanation of Byzantine Liturgical Practice II
Synopsis: The Euchologion Unveiled describes and explains the sacramental services of the Orthodox Church. The
Euchologion is the liturgical book that priests use to serve all the mysteries, or sacraments, of the Church. Archbishop Job
"unveils" the history, meaning, and structure of these services, and the Orthodox understanding of the sacraments, through
which believers receive grace and become partakers of the divine life.
Though most people have heard of "the seven sacraments" - baptism, chrismation, the Eucharist, confession, marriage,
ordination, and unction - this is a later western schema, and the Orthodox Church performs several other sacramental rites,
which are also explained here: monastic tonsure, the funeral, the sanctification of chrism, the consecration of a church, and
the blessing of water.
This is a companion volume to The Typikon Decoded, and the second volume of An Explanation of Byzantine Liturgical
Critique: The fourth book of the Orthodox Liturgy Series, The Euchologion Unveiled: An Explanation of Byzantine
Liturgical Practice II is an in-depth explanation of the history, meaning, and ritual of Catholic liturgy. Chapters focus on
liturgies for ordinations, confession, marriage, monastic tonsure, funerals, and more. As a companion volume to "The
Typikon Decoded" (which is a practical and accessible analysis of the classic Byzantine liturgical manual), The
Euchologion Unveiled is highly recommended especially for church and public library collections.
The Whole Life: 52 Weeks of Biblical Self-Care
Eliza Huie & Esther Smith
New Growth Press
9781645071358, $17.99 pbk / $9.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Long distance runners know that they have to find a pace that they can keep for the long haul. Have you found
that pace in your own life? Or does busyness, overwork, and stress threaten you with burnout? Counselors Eliza Huie and
Esther Smith know firsthand how important it is to attend to our whole life - the spiritual, emotional and physical facets
God created in each of us. They give Christians a biblical framework, encouragement, and practical ways to pace yourself
for a lifetime of service and love.
In this practical guide, readers will explore the idea of biblical stewardship as it applies to all areas of life, with the
understanding that we can only offer others what we have first received from our own growing relationship with Christ.
Exhaustion, spiritual apathy, and burnout are not signs of how important and significant our life is, as our culture might
lead us to believe. Instead they are warning signs that we need to turn to God for daily help in how to steward our lives and
The Whole Life describes a balanced life that honors God and enables good works, offering practical guidance for
renewing body and soul so that readers will be energized to engage life with renewed enthusiasm and vigor for service to
God. Six key focal areas include health, preparation, faith, work, play, and rest, offering helpful strategies for each so that
Christians can experience transformation in how they care for themselves and others.
Critique: The Whole Life: 52 Weeks of Biblical Self-Care is a week-by-week treasury of biblical wisdom for taking care of
oneself, finding balance in one's life, and honoring God. Biblical counselors Eliza Huie and Esther Smith provide practical,
Christ-centered guidance. Weekly devotional principles offered include "You Can Have Jesus and a Counselor Too",
"Attend to Your Body", "Seek Righteous Desires", "Unified Relationships", "You Are Not Your Job Title", "Self-Care Is
Not a Savior" and much more. "I don't regret taking time to care for myself in those seasons when self-care felt futile... But
those self-care efforts were secondary to what I needed most. God revealed what was most important. It was my
relationship with Christ - a relationship that was sufficient in moments when self-care was not." The Whole Life is a
profound work of faith, designed to be used year after year, and highly recommended for Christian reading lists. It should
be noted for personal reading lists that The Whole Life is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).
Editorial Note: Eliza Huie, MA, LCPC, is the Director of Counseling at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA and the
Dean of Biblical Counseling at Metro Baltimore Seminary. She is the author of Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualized
World and Raising Kids in a Screen-Saturated World and is the coauthor of The Whole Life.
Esther Smith, MA, is a biblical counselor and licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Maryland. She is the
author of Chronic Illness: Walking by Faith, coauthor of The Whole Life, and has been published in the Journal of Biblical
Sweet Jesus, Is It June Yet?
Amy J. Cattapan
Ave Maria Press
9781646800377, $15.95 pbk / $11.99 Kindle
Synopsis: You work hard to motivate your students every day, but where can you find the inspiration you need when
teaching gets tough or your passion for the classroom starts to wane?
Veteran teacher Amy J. Cattapan invites you to look to the greatest teacher of all time - Jesus. With humor and stories from
the trenches, Cattapan draws valuable insight and tools from the Gospels and shares ten life-changing principles every
teacher can learn from Jesus. In Sweet Jesus, Is It June Yet?, she'll help you hang onto your sanity and fulfill your calling
even when you're feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and on the verge of burnout.
Classroom burnout is real. About 44 percent of new teachers in New York leave the profession by their fourth year and 40
percent of new teachers leave Chicago schools within five years. All over the country, managing online instruction has
only added to the pressures teachers face.
In order to combat frustration and burnout, Cattapan will help you:
remember where your calling began;
rediscover who this is all about;
know when to lean on others for help;
learn how Jesus dealt with challenges; and
understand that God's grace really is enough.
Whether you're a brand new teacher, a veteran educator, or a homeschooling parent, you'll find wisdom - and more than a
few laughs - in Cattapan's reflections on the Great Teacher and in classroom stories straight from the front lines.
Critique: Teaching is a profession with a high burnout and churn rate. Sweet Jesus, Is It June Yet? 10 Ways the Gospels
Can Help You Combat Teacher Burnout and Rediscover Your Passion for Teaching is a Christian resource written
especially for teachers and homeschooling parents, offering inspirations and practical advice drawn from the Gospels to
resist stress and burnout from teaching. For example, the story of St. Peter shows that despite his failings, including
denying Jesus three times (as Jesus himself predicted), "Peter went on to lead the disciples after Jesus's death. He became
the first bishop of Rome and bravely faced crucifixion upside down. What does this tell us? It tells us that even when we
fail as teachers, we can still find God's grace, pick ourselves up, and try again. We can still do great things even if we
stumble sometimes." Sweet Jesus, Is It June Yet? is highly recommended especially for Catholic church library collections
and the personal reading lists of teachers and tutors. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Sweet Jesus, Is It June
Yet? is also available in a Kindle edition ($11.99).
Editorial Note: Amy J. Cattapan is a middle school English teacher, speaker, and author who has written or contributed to
several books, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade and the award-winning novels Angelhood
and Seven Riddles to Nowhere. She is a regular contributor to the Homeschooling Saints podcast and hosts Cath-Lit Live!
for the Catholic Writers Guild.
The Judaic Studies Shelf
The Social Justice Torah Commentary
Rabbi Barry H. Block, editor
Central Conference of American Rabbis
978088123383, $23.95, PB, 400pp
Synopsis; One of the pressing questions for all members of the Jewish community today is what does the Torah have to say
about social justice? As the contributors to The Social Justice Torah Commentary demonstrate, a great deal. Compiled and
edited by Rabbi Barry H. Block, a diverse array of authors delve deeply into each week's parashah, drawing lessons to
inspire tikkun olam. Individual chapters deftly address key contemporary issues such as racism, climate change, mass
incarceration, immigration, disability, women's rights, voting rights, and many more. The result is an indispensable
resource for weekly Torah study and for anyone committed to repairing the world.
Critique: Exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Social Justice Torah Commentary" is an ideal curriculum
resource for personal or small group Judaic Studies curriculums -- making it an especially and unreservedly recommended
for community, synagogue, college, and university library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of
rabbinical students, rabbis, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Social
Justice Torah Commentary" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Cain v. Abel: A Jewish Courtroom Drama
Rabbi Dan Ornstein
Jewish Publication Society
2100 Arch Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia PA 19103-1399
9780827614673, $23.95, HC, 232pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Cain v. Abel: A Jewish Courtroom Drama" by Rabbi Dan Ornstein, the reader will
enter the packed courtroom and take their seat as a juror on the Cain v. Abel trial. Soon, the prosecution and defense
attorneys (angels from Jewish legend) will call Cain, Abel, Sin, Adam, Eve, and God to the witness stand to present their
perspectives on the world's first murder. Great Jewish commentators throughout the ages will also offer contradictory
testimony on Cain's emotional, societal, and spiritual influences. As jurors, when we mete out Cain's punishment, must we
factor in his family history, psychological makeup, and the human impulse to sin?
"Cain v. Abel: A Jewish Courtroom Drama" is a highly eclectic and gripping compilation of insights by Jewish
commentators on the Cain and Abel story, courtroom scenes are juxtaposed with Rabbi Ornstein's own commentary,
advancing novel insights and introspection. As each of us grapples with Cain's actions, we confront our own darkest traits.
If Cain is a symbol for all humanity, what can we do to avoid becoming like him? Furthering this conversation, Rabbi
Ornstein includes a discussion and activity guide to promote open dialogue about human brokenness and healing, personal
impulses, and societal responsibility.
Critique: Original, exceptional, informative, thought-provoking, and an inherently fascinating read, "Cain v. Abel: A
Jewish Courtroom Drama" is an especially and unreservedly recommended for community, synagogue, college, and
university library Judaic Studies collections in general, and Religious & Liturgical Dramas & Plays supplemental
curriculum reading lists in particular. It should be noted for rabbinical students, academia, and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in Religious Ethics that "Cain v. Abel: A Jewish Courtroom Drama" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
Editorial Note: Rabbi Dan Ornstein leads Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany, New York. He blogs at the Times of
Israel and Jewish Values Online, contributes essays at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and wrote for the Mesorah Matrix
book series on Judaism.
The Buddhist Studies Shelf
9781611808728, $16.95 pbk / $13.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Our natural awakening - or buddha-nature - is inherent within all of us and waiting to be realized. Buddha-nature
has the qualities of both silence and illumination, and by working with silent illumination meditation you can find your
own awakening. Distinguished Chan Buddhist teacher Guo Gu introduces you to the significance and methods of this
practice through in-depth explanations and guided instructions. To help establish a foundation for realizing silent
illumination, he has translated twenty-five teachings from the influential master Hongzhi Zhengjue into English,
accompanied by his personal commentary. This book will be an indispensable resource for meditators interested in
beginning or deepening their silent illumination practice.
Critique: Silent Illumination: A Chan Buddhist Path to Natural Awakening is the English translation of twenty-five
teachings from the Buddhist master Hongzhi Zhengjue, enhanced with excellent commentary from author and Buddhist
teacher Guo Gu. Silent Illumination is in-depth, yet strives to make complex philosophical precepts accessible to both
scholars and practitioners. Silent Illumination is a welcome contribution to personal and public library Buddhist Studies
collections, highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Silent Illumination is also available in a
Kindle edition ($13.99).
Editorial Note: Guo Gu is a Chan teacher and founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center. Professor of Buddhist studies at the
Florida State University and author of The Essence of Chan, Passing through the Gateless Barrier, and many articles, he is
one of the most distinguished Chan teachers of our time. Guo Gu is one of Master Sheng Yen's senior disciples and
assisted the master in leading activities at the Chan Meditation Center, Dharma Drum Retreat Center, and Dharma Drum
Mountain in Taiwan, and other locations in Europe and Asia.
The Music Shelf
The Legendary Toad's Place: Stories from New Haven's Famed Music Venue
Brian Phelps author
Randall Beach, author
c/o Rowman & Littlefield
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781493058600, $24.95 PB, $20.89 Kindle, 236 pages
Written by an early partner and cofounder and a renowned rock music critic for the New Haven Register from 1978-1984),
"The Legendary Toad's Place" covers a fabulous history of rock bands performing in the New Haven venue in the 70's, 80's
and 90's, up to the present. Filled with informal personal stories and color photographs of performers of multiple bands and
groups, "The Legendary Toad's Place" presents a plethora of historic and exciting musical experiences form the rock music
of 3 + decades.
Toad's Place is praised for being a welcoming performance arena for aspiring artists and musicians, with a capacity of 750
attendees and a stage which allowed for intimacy and communication between audience and performers. Still active,
Toad's Place promises to continue its reputation for encouraging promising rock artists and musicians.
Those who have fond memories of its history will love perusing "The Legendary Toad's Place," with its many stories of
famous artists in their early days and afterwards. In addition to multiple chapters about different artists and groups, and the
evolution of this inviting, unique artistic venue, there is a 30 page long alphabetical list of groups who have performed at
Toad's, with asterisks marking those bands or individuals who are members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The list is
not complete, but its contents are arresting.
Lovers of the last 50 years of rock band evolutionary history will want to include "The Legendary Toad's Place" in their
libraries for its nostalgia and bringing out of obscurity an unforgotten rock history.
The Jobs/Careers Shelf
HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781633699854, $44.00, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: In the grip of an economic disrupting pandemic, we are living through a crisis of purpose in a time that
economists have called The Great Resignation. Surveys indicate that people are feeling less connected to the meaning of
their work, asking, "How do I find my purpose?"
That's the wrong question. You don't find your purpose -- you build it. That is the underlying message of "HBR Guide to
Crafting Your Purpose" in which author Ginger Zee (the chief meterologist for ABC News) debunks three common myths
about purpose: that purpose is found, that you have only one, and that it stays the same over time. Packed with stories, tips,
and activities, "HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose" teaches you how to cultivate more meaning in your life and work
and endow everything you do with purpose.
"HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose" reveals how to: Find the reason behind your work; Identify what makes you feel
happy and fulfilled; Use job crafting to transform your role; Build positive, fulfilling relationships; Connect your work to
Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, "HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose" provides smart answers to
your most pressing work challenges.
Critique: Timely, informative, exceptionally well organized and presented, "HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose" is the
ideal DIY instruction guide and manual for anyone wanting to have employment that is more personally and professionally
fulfilling than they have now. Especially recommended for anyone going into employment for the first time, or who are
rejoining the labor force after an extended absence, "HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose" is an essential and core
addition to community, college, and university library Jobs/Careers & Business Management collections. It should be
noted for personal reading lists that "HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose" is also readily available in a paperback edition
(9781633699830, $21.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).
Editorial Note: John Coleman is a senior executive in financial services. He is the coauthor of two books, including
Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders. He is a regular online contributor to
Forbes Leadership Channel and Harvard Business Review, where he focuses on personal development and leadership
issues. His writing has been published in dozens of other outlets. He maintains an informative website at
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
360 Degrees of Your Star Destiny: A Zodiac Oracle
c/o Inner Traditions
9781644112823, $24.99 pbk / $16.99 Kindle
Synopsis: In this extraordinary synthesis of 50 years in star work, astrologer Ellias Lonsdale explains how each of the 12
signs of the zodiac has 30 degrees, and each degree, like every star, is the center of a whole system of meanings. Inspired
by the Chandra Symbols--evocative images for each degree channeled by John Sandbach nearly 40 years ago--as well as
his studies with master astrologers Dane Rudhyar and Marc Edmund Jones, Lonsdale explores the deeper story, or Star
Spark, of each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac, providing detailed write-ups for each degree.
The author explains how to use the degree of your Sun sign and other planets from your birth chart for personal chart
interpretation. Offering a way to tune in to your future star cycles as well as analyze a past event, he discusses how you can
learn about personal cycles from studying the degree of a transiting or progressed planet at a specific time, such as Mercury
Retrograde, or by following the degree meanings for successive New Moons or Solar Returns, revealing collective as well
as personal timings. He also details how to use the 360 Star Sparks as an astrological oracle to consult when you need
guidance or support for your awakening process as well as how they can be used as a source for daily contemplation by
following the Sun through each degree day by day throughout the year.
Providing an astrological tool to help you see deeply inside your life, your shadow, what you are questioning, and where
you are being guided, this key to the symbolic power of the 360 degrees of the zodiac shows that by embracing our star
cycles, we can discover our unique life path and light up the stars within.
Critique: Astrologer Ellias Longsdale presents 360 Degrees of Your Star Destiny: A Zodiac Oracle, an astrology book for
readers interested in deepening their understanding of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The first section is all about degree
symbiology; subsequent chapters focus on each of the twelve signs of the zodiac, and what each of the 30 degrees implies
for every sign. 360 Degrees of Your Star Destiny is an excellent contribution to astrology and metaphysical studies
collections, highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that 360 Degrees of Your Star Destiny is
also available in a Kindle edition ($16.99).
Editorial Note: Ellias Longsdale is a Star Master and New Earth Visionary. He developed a distinctive system of living
astrology in the 1970s and 1980s under masters Dane Rudhyar and Marc Edmund Jones as well as through involvement
with the Rudolf Steiner movement. He offers teleclasses and star readings and is the author of several books, including The
Book of Theanna.
Rock Point Editors - author
Lulu Mayo - illustrator
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9781631068287, $24.99, Tarot Deck & Guide Book, 64pp
Synopsis: With the tarot deck and guide that comprise "Kawaii Tarot: Understanding Tarot with the Kawaii Universe", the
aspiring tarot reader will how learn to use intuition to interpret the cards' messages, manifest your intentions, and connect
with one's inner self while being surrounded by the cuteness of kawaii! Now even the most novice of tarot readers can find
insights on where they are and figure out their next move with the help of original kawaii characters like Lucky Cat,
Princess Poodle, and Fancy Unicorn.
A thoroughly modern set, "Kawaii Tarot: Understanding Tarot with the Kawaii Universe" introduces the art of tarot
readings with: 78 charmingly illustrated cards; A comprehensive 64-page guidebook to the tarot; and strengthens the
spiritual practice with a very special tarot kit that is ideal for spiritual beginners and lovers of all things kawaii!
Critique: Unique, fun, effective, "Kawaii Tarot: Understanding Tarot with the Kawaii Universe" will be a welcome and
enduringly appreciated addition to the personal and professional collections of all dedicated tarot enthusiasts and
Editorial Note: Kawaii is the culture of cuteness in Japan. It can refer to items, humans and non-humans that are charming,
vulnerable, shy and childlike. Examples include cute handwriting, certain genres of manga, and characters including Hello
Kitty and Pikachu. The cuteness culture, or kawaii aesthetic, has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture,
entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, mannerisms -- and now, Tarot Cards.
Magickal Tarot Guidebook and Deck
Fair Winds Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9780760374207, $29.99, Tarot Deck & Book, 160pp
Synopsis: Tarot is an ancient and powerful tool for divination. Its magick, however, goes far beyond fortune-telling and
prediction. Tarot cards represent situations we experience as we progress through the journey of life, with each card
holding specific messages of perspective and guidance. Each individual tarot card holds rich symbolism that is imbued
with energy and vibration. That energy can be applied to nearly all forms of manifestation, thus making your tarot deck a
powerful magickal tool you can use to invoke specific outcomes in spells and ritual work.
With "Magickal Tarot Guidebook and Deck: Spreads, Spellwork, and Ritual for Creating Your Life" by Robyn Valentine,
the novice practioner will learn the specific manifestation focus of each Major Arcana card as well as spells and rituals that
align with each card.
Specifically, the "Magickal Tarot Guidebook and Deck: Spreads, Spellwork, and Ritual for Creating Your Life" will
enable the tarot reader to: Use the Magician for confidence and glamour magick; Use the High Priestess to assist in
dreamwork and divination; Use the Empress to support fertility and grounding of your creative projects; Use the Emperor
to aid in receiving a promotion or professional success.
After learning more about each Major Arcana card, the novice tarot practitioner will be able to utilize the full tarot deck
included in this kit as their own magickal tool!
Critique: Offering a thoroughly 'user friendly' and comprehensive DIY course of instruction that is very highly
recommended, especially for the beginning tarot reader, "Magickal Tarot Guidebook and Deck: Spreads, Spellwork, and
Ritual for Creating Your Life" will be of special interest to students of Wiccan practices and magic studies.
Editorial Note: Robyn Valentine is a witch, professional tarot card reader, and blogger. She is the creator of @atiredwitch,
an Instagram handle, blog, and online shop for new and baby witches.
The Health/Medicine Shelf
Philip Shepherd, author
Andrei Yakovenko, author
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781623176679, $19.95, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: What most of us are taught about exercise, aerobics, and mental and physical fitness is either misleading or
incomplete. Clinical research shows that we lose muscle mass as we age, and that preventing muscle loss through strength
training (more than cardio, stretching, or flexibility) is the key to staying active, healthy, and well.
"Deep Fitness: The Mindful, Science-Based Strength-Training Method to Transform Your Well-Being in Just 30 Minutes
a Week " by the team of Philip Shepherd and Andrei Yakovenko introduces a proven, new approach to building strength
and whole-body health: Mindful Strength Training to Failure (MSTF). This science-based method reverses muscle loss and
improves overall strength in just one or two 30-minute sessions a week.
MSTF exercises are simple and effective, and can be done at home with resistance bands and bodyweight, or with the
machines at your local gym. Using slow reps, MSTF marries mindful body awareness with proven strength-training
techniques to help you become stronger at any age.
With more than 30 full-color exercises, "Deep Fitness" explains the science behind MSTF. It also shows how the program
boosts longevity and healthspan; aids weight loss and fat reduction; increases overall wellness and mental health; and can
improve or reverse symptoms of: Prediabetes and diabetes; Cardiovascular disease; Metabolic syndrome; Alzheimer's and
dementia; Chronic inflammation; Osteoporosis; and other chronic illnesses.
Appropriate for people of all ages and activity levels, the exercises and techniques in "Deep Fitness" are effective,
straightforward, and sustainable, helping you enjoy the vibrant, fit, whole-body health you deserve.
Critique: Exceptionally well orgainzied and presented, "Deep Fitness: The Mindful, Science-Based Strength-Training
Method to Transform Your Well-Being in Just 30 Minutes a Week" is the ideal DIY instructional guide and manual for
achieving and maintaining maximum physical health and vitality. Enhanced with the inclusion of a four page Glossary,
fourteen pages of Notes, a two page listing of Resources, and a six age Index, "Deep Fitness: The Mindful, Science-Based
Strength-Training Method to Transform Your Well-Being in Just 30 Minutes a Week" is highly recommended for
community, college, and university library Health & Fitness collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Deep Fitness: The Mindful, Science-Based Strength-Training Method to Transform Your Well-Being in Just 30 Minutes
a Week" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note #1: Philip Shepherd is the creator of The Embodied Present Process(TM) (TEPP), a modality that uniquely
combines the two resources necessary for embodiment: effective practices (TEPP has over a hundred), and a deep
understanding of our culture's blind spots, which tend to keep us in our heads. TEPP is based on Shepherd's two books
(Radical Wholeness and New Self, New World) as well as his forty years' experience teaching embodiment techniques. He
currently travels the world sharing workshops, and running year-long Facilitators Trainings with his co-director and wife
Editorial Note #2: Andrei Yakovenko is the founder of New Element Training and the creator of the NET Method training,
which took him years of practical experience and multidisciplinary exploration of various scientific fields to develop. The
NET method is the foundation of the book.
The Technology Shelf
In AI We Trust
9781509548811, $25.00, HC, 200pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "In AI We Trust: Power, Illusion and Control of Predictive Algorithms" by Helga
Nowotny (who is former President of the European Research Council and a Professor Emerita of Science and Technology
Studies at ETH Zurich), we learn that one of the most persistent concerns about the future is whether it will be dominated
by the predictive algorithms of AI -- and, if so, what this will mean for our behaviour, for our institutions and for what it
means to be human. AI changes our experience of time and the future and challenges our identities, yet we are blinded by
its efficiency and fail to understand how it affects us.
At the heart of our trust in AI lies a paradox: we leverage AI to increase our control over the future and uncertainty, while
at the same time the performativity of AI, the power it has to make us act in the ways it predicts, reduces our agency over
the future. This happens when we forget that that we humans have created the digital technologies to which we attribute
agency. These developments also challenge the narrative of progress, which played such a central role in modernity and is
based on the hubris of total control. We are now moving into an era where this control is limited as AI monitors our
actions, posing the threat of surveillance, but also offering the opportunity to reappropriate control and transform it into
As we try to adjust to a world in which algorithms, robots and avatars play an ever-increasing role, we need to understand
better the limitations of AI and how their predictions affect our agency, while at the same time having the courage to
embrace the uncertainty of the future.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "In AI We Trust: Power, Illusion and Control of Predictive
Algorithms" is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. Especially and unreservedly
recommended for community, college, and university library Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy of Science collections
and supplemental curriculum reading lists, it should be noted that "In AI We Trust: Power, Illusion and Control of
Predictive Algorithms" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.00).
Lifecycle IoT Security for Engineers
685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
9781630818036, $129.00 HC, $129.00 Kindle, 215pp
Lifecycle IoT Security for Engineers provides a detailed introduction to the Internet of Things, considering the system
vulnerabilities and risks that present security threats to the industry. Risks at each stage of its evolution blend with
real-world examples of industry breaches and events, covering best practices programmers can use to secure IoT networks.
Discusisons range from operational security requirements during all phases of an IoT launch to vulnerabilities and security
techniques that can thwart attackers. No IT or business collection should be without this survey of IoT industry challenges
An Introduction to Optical Wireless Mobile Communications
Harald Haas, et.al.
685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
9781630816551, $159.00 HC, $159.00 Kindle, 406pp
An Introduction to Optical Wireless Mobile Communications is recommended for college-level and reference libraries
strong in communications systems, and documents the move from radio frequencies the optical spectrum in cellular and
wireless environments. It considers modeling examples, provides the first comprehensive reference for understanding the
technologies that influence this shift, and addresses the science and nature of interfaces, multiuser access, and other
techniques, including a review of recent standardization activities. Math examples of the geometry and applied formulas to
optical wireless channel characteristics and more provide technical grounding in discussions of different analytical
approaches, while diagrams and examples lend to study as they provide visual reinforcement. No library interested in
advanced mobile communications should be without this strong reference.
685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
Two new arrivals from Artech House are top recommendations for college-level technology and reference collections.
Those strong in electrical engineering will find Steli Loznen and Constantin Bolintineau's Electrical Product Compliance
and Safety Engineering Volume 2 (9781630818388, $165.00) adds to the best-selling reference as it considers safety
engineering and product compliance. From product approval processes and global markets to safety instructions,
environmental testing, and electrical product compliance with regulations, the authors discuss everything from medical
electrical equipment to radiation sources, environmental stresses during storage and transportation, and hazardous
materials management, creating a wide-ranging survey that should be in any collection strong in safety, product
compliance, and engineering.
Sebastien R. Mouchet and Olivier Deparis's Natural Photonics and Bioinspiration (9781630817978, $159.00) provides a
methodology for working with bioinspiration, including experimental tools nedded for working with photonic structures
and providing examples of all concepts. College-level science holds strong in biology and health will find this in-depth
review of photonic structures in nature to be absorbing, blending discussions of modeling concepts with surveys of the
design of bioinspired photonic devices in technology.
The Science Shelf
Crab Wars, second edition
Brandeis University Press
c/o The University of Chicago Press (distribution)
9781684580767, $24.95 pbk / $19.95 Kindle
Synopsis: Because every drug certified by the FDA must be tested using the horseshoe crab derivative known as Limulus
lysate, a multimillion-dollar industry has emerged involving the license to bleed horseshoe crabs and the rights to their
breeding grounds. William Sargent presents a thoroughly accessible insider's guide to the discovery of the lysate test, the
exploitation of the horseshoe crab at the hands of multinational pharmaceutical conglomerates, local fishing interests, and
the legal and governmental wrangling over the creatures' ultimate fate.
In the end, the story of the horseshoe crab is a sobering reflection on the unintended consequences of scientific progress
and the danger of self-regulated industries controlling a limited natural resource. This new edition brings the story up to
date as companies race to manufacture alternatives to the horseshoe crab blood, which is now essential for testing vaccines
such as those developed to counter COVID-19. However, horseshoe crab populations are still dwindling, with profound
implications not only for the future of the crabs themselves but also for the ecosystems that depend on them.
Critique: Now in an updated second edition, Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Ecology, and Human Health is a
harrowing tale of dire unintended consequences. Since the blood of horseshoe crabs is required to test drugs certified by
the FDA, a massive industry has arisen to capitalize upon horseshoe crabs and their breeding grounds. With the dire
worldwide threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, horseshoe crabs have been used to test new vaccines and medications - but
the population of these animals is dwindling, with harmful repercussions for the ecosystems in which they play a key part.
Crab Wars is measured, thoughtful, informative, examining the crab's use in medicine from the 1950's to Operation Warp
Speed (the final afterthoughts reach up to September 2020). Crab Wars is a "must-have" for both college and public library
Science and Environmental Studies collections, highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
Crab Wars is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.95).
Editorial Note: William Sargent is a consultant for the NOVA Science Series and is the author of numerous books about
science and the environment, including A Year in the Notch: Exploring the Natural History of the White Mountains and
Storm Surge: A Coastal Village Battles the Rising Atlantic. Formerly director of the Baltimore Aquarium and a research
assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, he has taught at the Briarwood Center for Marine Biology and at
Astronomical: From Quarks to Quasars
9781643137872, $26.95, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: Does the Big Bang prove the existence of God? What's the Universe expanding into? Is Earth the only planet
which supports life?
Space is the biggest, oldest, hottest, coldest, strangest thing a human can study. It's no surprise then, that the weirdest facts
in science (not to mention the weirdest scientists themselves) are found in astrophysics and cosmology.
With the publication of "Astronomical: From Quarks to Quasars: The Science of Space at its Strangest ", science teacher
Tim James takes us on a tour of the known (and unknown) universe, focusing on the most-mind boggling stuff we've come
across, as well as unpacking the latest theories about what's really going on out there.
Guiding us through Einstein's relativity, quantum mechanics and string theory, "Astronomical: From Quarks to Quasars:
The Science of Space at its Strangest" delves into the baffling corners of the cosmos and tackles the biggest mysteries we
face: from alien life to the zodiac; from white holes to wormholes; from quasars to quark stars. This is the science of space
at its absolute strangest.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Astronomical: From Quarks to Quasars: The Science of
Space at its Strangest" is an exceptionally informative introduction to the science of astronomy that will have immense
appeal to both astronomy students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject. While also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99), "Astronomical: From Quarks to Quasars: The Science of Space at its
Strangest" is especially recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Astronomy
collections and supplemental curriculum study lists.
Editorial Note: After graduating with a master's degree in chemistry, specializing in computational quantum mechanics,
Tim James (who is also the author of "Fundamental and Elemental"), is a science teacher, YouTuber, blogger, and
Pump: A Natural History of the Heart
Bill Schutt, author
Patricia J. Wynne, illustrator
PO Box 2225, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2225
9781616208936, $26.95, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: "Pump: A Natural History of the Heart" by academician and Museum of Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt is
lively, unexpected look at the hearts of animals ranging from fish, to bats, to humans.
Telling a seemingly incredible story of evolution and scientific progress, "Pump: A Natural History of the Heart" is a tour
that begins with the origins of circulation that are still evident in microorganisms today, then move on to the tiny
hardworking pumps of worms, and then to the golf-cart-size hearts of blue whales.
Readers will learn of how horseshoe crabs are being harvested for their blood, which has properties that can protect
humans from deadly illnesses. That when temperatures plummet, some frog hearts can freeze solid for weeks, resuming
their beat only after a spring thaw.
"Pump: A Natural History of the Heart" also takes us through human history with respect to the heart as philosophers and
scientists hypothesize (often wrongly) about what makes our hearts beat. Professor Schutt also traces humanity's cardiac
fascination from the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, who believed that the heart contains the soul, all the way up to
modern-day laboratories, where scientists use animal hearts and even plants as the basis for many of today's cutting-edge
Critique: With great value for professionals, and ably written for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the
subject, "Pump: A Natural History of the Heart" deftly blends evolutionary perspectives with cultural history.
Exceptionally well presented, "Pump: A Natural History of the Heart" is especially recommended for community, college,
and university library Physiology and Natural History collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Pump:
A Natural History of the Heart" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781643753232, $17.95), in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.18), and as a complete an unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781665110860, $39.99,
Editorial Note: Bill Schutt is a vertebrate zoologist and author of six nonfiction and fiction books, including "Cannibalism:
A Perfectly Natural History". Recently retired from his post as professor of biology at LIU Post, he is a research associate
at the American Museum of Natural History, where he has studied bats all over the world. His research has been featured
in Natural History magazine as well as in the New York Times, Newsday, the Economist, and Discover.
The Parenting Shelf
What About Us?
Karen Kleiman, author
Molly McIntyre, illustrator
9781641705714, $16.99, HC, 128pp
Synopsis: The demands of a new baby can test a couple's relationship like nothing else! When we factor in sleep
deprivation, hormonal changes, depression and anxiety, and different personalities, life with a newborn can feel a bit out of
control. Often couples tend to misinterpret this rough patch as a sign that something is wrong with the relationship, but
when couples take steps toward open communication and safeguard their relationship, they can face everything new
parenthood throws at them together.
"What About Us?: A New Parents Guide to Safeguarding Your Over-Anxious, Over-Extended, Sleep-Deprived
Relationship" by the team of author Karen Kleiman and illustrator Molly McIntyre is a new guidebook for struggling
parents that is comprised of short essays, comics, and quick journal prompts about the stressful newborn stage, the
struggles that so many new parents face, and the skills needed to successfully deal with them.
Critique: Practical, entertaining, informative, consoling, and sometimes inspiring, "What About Us?: A New Parents Guide
to Safeguarding Your Over-Anxious, Over-Extended, Sleep-Deprived Relationship" is essential reading for new (and not
so new) parents struggling with a new born addition to their family. While highly recommended as an invaluable and
enduringly appreciated addition to community library Parenting collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists
that "What About Us?: A New Parents Guide to Safeguarding Your Over-Anxious, Over-Extended, Sleep-Deprived
Relationship" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note #1: Karen Kleiman is a well-known international maternal mental-health expert with over thirty-five years
of experience as a psychotherapist, teacher, and writer. As an advocate and author of several groundbreaking books on
postpartum depression and anxiety, her pioneering work has influenced personal and professional populations within the
perinatal mental health community for decades. In 1988, Karen founded The Postpartum Stress Center, a treatment and
training facility for prenatal and postpartum depression/anxiety disorders where she treats individuals and couples.
Editorial Note #2: Molly McIntyre is an artist, illustrator, and animator living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been
featured in the upcoming Netflix series Worn Stories, the book Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts (Karen Kleiman,
Familius), Bitch magazine, Everyday Feminism, Scary Mommy, and Psychology Today, and shown in exhibitions
throughout the US and in Japan.
The Literary Studies Shelf
The Iliad and the Odyssey
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526779939, $34.95, HC, 312pp
Synopsis: The Iliad dealing with the final stages of the Trojan War and The Odyssey with the return and its aftermath were
central to the Classical Greeks' self identity and world view. Epic poems attributed to Homer, they underpinned ideas about
heroism, masculinity and identity; about glory, sacrifice and the pity of war; about what makes life worth living. From
Achilles, Patroclus and Agamemnon in the Greek camp, Hektor, Paris and Helen in Troy's citadel, the drama of the
battlefield and the gods looking on, to Odysseus' adventures and vengeful return - Jan Parker here offers the ideal
companion to exploring key events, characters and major themes.
With the publication of "The Iliad and the Odyssey: The Trojan War: Tragedy and Aftermath", academician and historian
Jan Parker provides a book-by-book synopsis and commentary discussing the heroes' relationships, values and psychology
and the narratives' shimmering presentation of war, its victims and the challenges of return and reintegration. Essays set the
epics in their historical context and trace the key terms; the 'Journey Home from War' continues with 'Afterstories' of both
heroes and their women.
Critique: "The Iliad and the Odyssey: The Trojan War: Tragedy and Aftermath" will prove of immense interest and value
to both academia and to the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject. While unreservedly recommended
for community, college, and university library Ancient Hellenic Literature collections, "The Iliad and the Odyssey: The
Trojan War, Tragedy and Aftermath" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Dr Jan Parker is a Senior Member of the Faculties of Classics and English, University of Cambridge, where
she teaches and researches Classical Literature and the core Finals subject paper: 'Tragedy'. Dr Parker is also the Founder
Editor of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: an international journal of theory, research and practice.
Conversations with Colum McCann
Earl G. Ingersoll, editor
Mary C. Ingersoll, editor
University Press of Mississippi
3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211
9781496812940, $60.00, HC, 242pp
Synopsis: Conversations with Colum McCann brings together eighteen interviews with a world-renowned fiction writer.
Ranging from his 1994 literary debut, Fishing the Sloe-Black River, to a previously unpublished interview conducted in
2016, these interviews represent the development as well as the continuation of McCann's interests.
The number and length of the later conversations attest to his star-power. Let the Great World Spin earned him the
National Book Award and promises to become a major motion picture. His most recent novel, TransAtlantic, has awed
readers with its dynamic yoking of the 1845-46 visit of Frederick Douglass to Ireland, the 1919 first nonstop transatlantic
flight of Alcock and Brown, and Senator George Mitchell's 1998 efforts to achieve a peace accord in Northern Ireland.
An extensive interview by scholar Cecile Maudet is also included, as is an interview by John Cusatis, who wrote
Understanding Colum McCann, the first extensive critical analysis of McCann's work.
An author who actually enjoys talking about his work, McCann (b. 1965) offers insights into his method of writing, what
he hopes to achieve, as well as the challenge of writing each novel to go beyond his accomplishments in the novel before.
Readers will note how many of his responses include stories in which he himself is the object of the humor and how often
his remarks reveal insights into his character as a man who sees the grittiness of the urban landscape but never loses faith
in the strength of ordinary people and their capacity to prevail.
Critique: Informative, interesting, insightful and compelling, "Conversations with Colum McCann" is the newest addition
to the University of Mississippi Press 'Literary Conversation' series. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of
Earl and Mary Ingersoll, "Conversations with Colum McCann" is highly recommended for community, college, and
university library Contemporary Literary Studies collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students,
academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the life and work of Colum McCann that "Conversations
with Colum McCann" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781496837912, $25.00) and in a digital book
format (Kindle, $18.99).
Editorial Note #1: Earl G. Ingersoll is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at SUNY College at Brockport. He has
written, edited, and coedited many books, including Conversations with May Sarton, Conversations with Rita Dove,
Conversations with Anthony Burgess, Conversations with Colum McCann, and Conversations with John Banville, all
published by University Press of Mississippi.
Editorial Note #2: Mary C. Ingersoll was an elementary school teacher who specialized in teaching humanities to gifted
students. She was also co-editor (with Earl G. Ingersoll) of Conversations with Anthony Burgess.
The Military Shelf
Alexander M. Bielakowski
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
9781574418392, $29.95, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: During the World War II, tens of thousands of African Americans served in segregated combat units in U.S.
armed forces. The majority of these units were found in the U.S. Army, and African Americans served in every one of the
combat arms. They found opportunities for leadership unparalleled in the rest of American society at the time. Several
reached the field grade officer ranks, and one officer reached the rank of brigadier general. Beyond the Army, the Marine
Corps refused to enlist African Americans until ordered to do so by the president in June 1942. The first African American
Marine Corps officer was not commissioned until after World War II, but two African American combat units were
formed and did see service during the war.
While the U.S. Navy initially resisted extending the role of African American sailors beyond kitchens, eventually the crew
of two ships was composed exclusively of African Americans. Like the Navy, the Coast Guard had restricted African
Americans to ships' galleys, but then became the first service to integrate -- initially with two shipboard experiments and
then with the integration of most of their fleet. Finally, the famous Tuskegee airmen are covered in the chapter on air
No previous books or published studies have synthesized the African American combat experience throughout U.S. armed
forces during World War II. In "Proud Warriors: African American Combat Units in World War II ", university professor
Alexander Bielakowski redresses this omission and makes the case that the wartime experiences of combat units such as
the Tank Battalions and the Tuskegee Airmen ultimately convinced President Truman to desegregate the military, without
which the progress of the Civil Rights Movement might also have been delayed.
Critique: An original, meticulous and comprehensively researched study, "Proud Warriors: African American Combat
Units in World War II" is impressively informative and exceptionally well written, organized and presented. While very
highly recommended for community, college, and university library World War II Military History collections and
supplemental curriculum studies textbooks, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, military
history buffs, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Proud Warriors: African American
Combat Units in World War II" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).
Editorial Note: A professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown, Alexander M. Bielakowsi is a former U.S.
Army Reserve officer and the author of "From Horses to Horsepower: The Mechanization and Demise of the U.S. Cavalry,
1916 - 1950", "African American Troops in World War II"; and "U.S. Cavalryman 1891 - 1920".
Midnight Flight to Nuremberg
Marcus A. Nannini
c/o Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
9781526792730, $32.95, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: The autobiography of C-47 pilot and instructor, First Lieutenant Harry E. Watson, Jr, USAAF., "Midnight Flight
to Nuremberg: The Capture of the Nazi who put Adolf Hitler into Power" by journalist and biographer is the fascinating
story of an American pilot who earned three Air Medals, seven Battle Stars and flew twenty-seven combat missions during
the Second World War.
As a young U.S. pilot, Harry Watson, arrived in Britain as the Battle of Normandy was reaching its crescendo. Thrown
immediately into the fray, Harry, along with more than 200 aircraft, set off to carry supplies to the troops fighting in
France. But with visibility reduced to zero, the aircraft were ordered to turn back -- and all of them did except for Harry,
who successfully delivered his life-saving cargo of blood and US Army nurses.
Harry continued to take risks, which resulted in many hair-raising episodes. This included almost being caught on the
ground, while on an urgent fuel resupply mission for a platoon of General Patton's tanks, by a German Mk.IV panzer and a
battalion of supporting infantry.
He flew throughout Operation Market Garden, losing a close friend to German anti-aircraft fire while taking some hits to
his own plane. Thereafter he led a flight of five transports on a desperate mission to evacuate a mobile field hospital that
was about to be over-run by the SS. Only four of the planes made it back as they came under direct fire just before they
could take-off with scores of casualties and medical personnel crammed aboard each Dakota.
Around midnight, in early April 1945, he was sent on a secret mission to fly to a point near Nuremberg, which was behind
enemy lines at the time. It was necessary for him to locate an empty meadow in the dark, land, load a party of US soldiers
and their captives, and then take-off again. He pulled it off. Among those prisoners was Franz von Pappen, the man who
had persuaded President Hindenburg to make Hitler Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Von Papen had been seized at his
own home by First Lieutenant Thomas McKinley and his men from the US 194th Glider Infantry Regiment.
Based on his own recollections, as told to the author Marcus Nanni, "Midnight Flight to Nuremberg: The Capture of the
Nazi who put Adolf Hitler into Power" is Harry Watson's exciting account of the air war told, unusually, through the words
of a transport pilot.
Critique: A riveting and detailed military memoir, "Midnight Flight to Nuremberg: The Capture of the Nazi who put Adolf
Hitler into Power" is an extraordinary and recommended addition to community, college, and university library World War
II biographies. Of particular interest to academia and dedicated military history buffs, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Midnight Flight to Nuremberg: The Capture of the Nazi who put Adolf Hitler into Power" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.99).
Along for the Ride
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781636240381, $34.95, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: During Hank Zeybel's first tour in Vietnam he flew 772 C130 sorties as a navigator. He volunteered for a second
tour, requesting assignment to B26s so he could "shoot back." When B26s were removed from the inventory, he accepted a
Spectre gunship crew slot, flying truck-busting missions over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. He describes the terror of flying
through heavy AA fire over the trail, and the heroics of the pilots in bringing their crews through.
Away from the war he recalls leave back in the US, his elderly father bewildered by his war-hardened attitude and black
sense of humor. Contextualizing his time with Spectre gunships, he compares his experiences with those of other airmen,
like Phil Combies and Robin Olds, and his broader Air Force career. He joined the air force upon graduating university in
1955 and his first operational assignment was as a B47 Stratojet navigator-bomber at Strategic Air Command -- trained to
drop thermonuclear bombs with precision. From 1957 to 1963, he logged over two thousand hours as a radar-bombardier
in B47 Stratojets and B52 C-models.
"Along for the Ride: Navigating Through the Cold War, Vietnam, Laos & More" is a memoir of Vietnam, his Air Force
career, and his second career as a journalist and writer, Zeybel's admiration of the skill and bravery of pilots (many of
whom who he depended on for his very survival) shines through his descriptions of combat missions and being "along for
Critique: A simply riveting, impressively informative, and exceptionally well written life story of an active American air
force combatant, "Along for the Ride: Navigating Through the Cold War, Vietnam, Laos & More" is an extraordinary and
highly recommended addition to community, college, and university library American Military History & Biography
collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of military history buffs that "Along for the Ride: Navigating
Through the Cold War, Vietnam, Laos & More" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).
Editorial Note: Henry Zeybel was born in Pittsburgh. He went to Penn State, graduating from there in 1955 and then he
joined the Air Force. retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1976. A journalist and author, Zeybel has written three novels:
"Spectre: Gunship of Death", "The First Ace", and "Wings of Fire" -- as well as dozens of magazine articles.
The Archaeology Shelf
Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs
Ann Williams, editor
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426221989, $35.00, HC, 512pp
Synopsis: Archaeology is the key that unlocks our deepest history as human beings. Ruined cities, golden treasures, cryptic
inscriptions, and ornate tombs have been found across the world, and yet these artifacts of ages past often raised more
questions than answers. But with the emergence of archaeology as a scientific discipline in the 19th century, everything
Illustrated throughout with dazzling full color photographs, ""Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed
the World" features an enlightening narrative that showcases the story of human civilization through 100 key expeditions,
spanning six continents and more than three million years of history. Each individual account relies on firsthand reports
from explorers, antiquarians, and scientists as they crack secret codes, evade looters and political suppression, fall in love,
commit a litany of blunders, and uncover ancient curses.
The pivotal discoveries comprising "Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed the World" include: King
Tut's tomb of treasure; Terracotta warriors escorting China's first emperor into the afterlife; The glorious Anglo-Saxon
treasure of Sutton-Hoo; Graves of the Scythians (the real Amazon warrior women); New findings on the grim fate of the
colonists of Jamestown -- and so much more!
Critique: A history lover and archaeology enthusiasts delight, "Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed
the World" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented. As inherently fascinating, as it is impressively
informative, "Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed the World" must be considered an essential and
core addition to community, college, and university library History and Archaeology collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the
subject that "Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed the World" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $15.99).
Editorial Note: As a General Editor for the National Geographic magazine, Ann Williams specializes in writing about the
ancient world and cultural heritage preservation. A writer for more than three decades career for National Geographic, she
reports on new discoveries and the latest research in archaeology around the world.
The Egyptology Shelf
The Treasures of Tutankhamun
Garry J. Shaw
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500052181, $16.95, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: "The Treasures of Tutankhamun" is a compact and beautifully illustrated book that brings to life the greatest
treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun. Fifty of the most important objects discovered in the tomb are accompanied by
short, easy-to-understand texts that explain the historical importance of these incredible ancient artifacts while instilling a
sense of wonder.
With the publication of "The Treasures of Tutankhamun", Egyptologist Garry Shaw gives an insightful and informative
overview of the world of Ancient Egypt into which Tutankhamun was born, as well as the key events of his short life. Each
of the carefully selected objects comprising "The Treasures of Tutankhamun" is presented with a full-page color image
accompanied by an explanation of its symbolic importance, intended use, as well as the reasons why it would have been
buried with the pharaoh.
Beyond the included artifacts, "The Treasures of Tutankhamun" also depicts the dramatic events leading up to the
discovery of the tomb in 1922. This pocket-sized guide is the perfect companion for anyone fascinated by the child
pharaoh, or anyone who plans to visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Cairo, or any of the Tutankhamun
exhibitions touring the world today.
Critique: Showcasing 65 color illustrations of items taken fromTutankhamun tomb, "The Treasures of Tutankhamun" is
best described as a visual feast accompanied by an informative commentary giveing each item an historical context --
making this an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and
university library Egyptology collections.
Editorial Note: Garry J. Shaw is an Egyptologist and travel writer who regularly writes for the Art Newspaper and has
contributed to Apollo magazine, History Today, Current World Archaeology, and Timeless Travels. He is also the author
of "The Egyptian Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends".
The Mathematics Shelf
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Rita Fioresi, author
Marta Morigi, author
Chapman & Hall
c/o CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9780367626549, $79.96, HC, 264pp
Synopsis: Central to almost all areas of mathematics, Linear Algebra is the branch of mathematics concerning linear
equations and their representations in vector spaces and through matrices. Linear Algebra is also used in most sciences and
fields of engineering, because it allows modeling many natural phenomena, and computing efficiently with such models.
For nonlinear systems, which cannot be modeled with linear algebra, it is often used for dealing with first-order
approximations, using the fact that the differential of a multivariate function at a point is the linear map that best
approximates the function near that point. (Wikipedia)
Offering a straightforward introduction to linear algebra that requires a minimal mathematical background to read and
engage with, "Introduction to Linear Algebra" by professors Rita Fioresi and Marta Morigi is primarily aimed at students
in applied fields (e.g. Computer Science and Engineering), providing them with a concrete, rigorous approach to face and
solve various types of problems for the applications of their interest.
Critique: With a brief, informative and engaging style, "Introduction to Linear Algebra" is an ideal curriculum textbook for
a wide broad range of undergraduates and comprises many worked examples and exercises. While highly recommended
for highschool, college, and university library Higher Mathematics & Algebra collections, it should be noted for students
and academia that "Introduction to Linear Algebra" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $74.99).
Editorial Note: Rita Fioresi and Marta Morigi are professors at the University of Bologna and teach linear algebra courses
to students of all majors. Their research publications are centered into algebra with some applications - for example: R.
Fioresi Lie theory & machine learning, M. Morigi Group theory.
Introduction to Lattice Algebra
Gerhard X. Ritter, author
Gonzalo Urcid, author
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9780367720292, $120.00, HC, 432pp
Synopsis: A lattice is an abstract structure studied in the mathematical subdisciplines of order theory and abstract algebra.
It consists of a partially ordered set in which every pair of elements has a unique supremum (also called a least upper
bound or join) and a unique infimum (also called a greatest lower bound or meet). An example is given by the power set of
a set, partially ordered by inclusion, for which the supremum is the union and the infimum is the intersection. Another
example is given by the natural numbers, partially ordered by divisibility, for which the supremum is the least common
multiple and the infimum is the greatest common divisor. (Wikipedia)
Lattice theory extends into virtually every branch of mathematics, ranging from measure theory and convex geometry to
probability theory and topology. A more recent development has been the rapid escalation of employing lattice theory for
various applications outside the domain of pure mathematics. These applications range from electronic communication
theory and gate array devices that implement Boolean logic to arti?cial intelligence and computer science in general.
"Introduction to Lattice Algebra: With Applications in AI, Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, and Biomimetic Neural
Networks" lays emphasis on two subjects, the first being lattice algebra and the second the practical applications of that
algebra. This university level textbook is intended to be used for a special topics course in arti?cial intelligence with a
focus on pattern recognition, multispectral image analysis, and biomimetic arti?cial neural networks. "Introduction to
Lattice Algebra" is self-contained and (depending on the student's major) can be used for a senior undergraduate level or
?rst-year graduate level course. "Introduction to Lattice Algebra" is also an ideal self-study guide for researchers and
professionals in the above-mentioned disciplines.
"Introduction to Lattice Algebra" is filled with instructive examples and exercises to help build understanding, making it
eminently suitable for researchers, professionals and students, both in mathematics and computer science. Of special note
is that every chapter comprising "Introduction to Lattice Algebra" consists of exercises with solution provided online at
Critique: Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Introduction to Lattice Algebra: With Applications in AI, Pattern
Recognition, Image Analysis, and Biomimetic Neural Networks" by the team of Gerhard X. Ritter and Gonzalo Urcid is an
ideal textbook and should be considered as an essential, core addition to professional, college, and university library
Abstract Algebra, Graph Theory, and Computer Vision/Pattern Recognition collections and supplemental curriculum
studies reading lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and academia that "Introduction to Lattice
Algebra: With Applications in AI, Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, and Biomimetic Neural Networks" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $113.89).
Editorial Note #1: Professor Ritter has written more than 140 research papers in subjects ranging from pure and applied
mathematics to pattern recognition, computer vision, and artificial neural networks. He is the founding editor of the
Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, and founding member and first chair of the Society for Industrial and
Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Imaging Science (SIAG-IS).
Editorial Note #2: Gonzalo Urcid is an Associate Professor in the Optics Department at INAOE. His research interests
include digital image processing and analysis, artificial neural networks based on lattice algebra, and lattice computing
applied to artificial intelligence and pattern recognition.
The Language Studies Shelf
Explore Latin: Ludi Scaenici
1000 Brown Street, Unit 301, Wauconda, IL 60084
9780865168794, $21.00, PB, 80pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Explore Latin: Ludi Scaenici" by Christopher Bungard, students, academia, and
non-specialist general readers with a knowledge of basic Latin can now experience the world of ancient drama entirely in
Latin! Using just over one-hundred unique Latin words, this Explore Latin reader offers an immersive introduction to the
theater, particularly comedy, of Greece and Rome.
Readers will discover the connections between theater and religion; consider how architecture could enhance theatrical
productions; meet some ancient playwrights as well as the stock characters that appear in their work. Copious color
photographs support the Latin text, helping to make information readily comprehensible to novice learners.
The topics introduced in "Explore Latin: Ludi Scaenici", are of interest in their own right, while also prepare readers to
transition to more complex Latin in the Encounter Latin novella series from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.
Critique: An ideal and thoroughly 'user friendly' DIY instructional introduction to the Latin language, "Explore Latin: Ludi
Scaenici" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, college, and university library Latin
Studies collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
The Architecture Shelf
Thingstatten: The Relevance of the Past for the Present
Katharine Bosse, editor
c/o Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
9783735606990, $65.00, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: Between 1933 and 1936, dozens of Thingstatte, or amphitheaters, were erected as propagandistic open-air
theaters and meeting places by the Nazi regime. While many of these amphitheaters are barely known today, they can still
be found throughout Germany, Poland and Russia. With the publication of "Thingstatten: The Relevance of the Past for the
Present" showcasing the legacy of Nazi Germany's architectural relics, historians, architects and artists can assess in detail
the relevance of these architectural specimens for future generations.
Critique: Exceptionally well illustrated in support of an informed and informative commentary, "Thingstatten: The
Relevance of the Past for the Present" is an extraordinary architectural history that will be especially appreciated as an
addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library 20th Century European Architectural History
collections and supplemental curriculum studies reading lists.
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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