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Storied & Scandalous Wisconsin
The Globe Pequot Press
246 Goose Lane, Suite 200, Guilford, CT 06437
9781493047574, $19.95, PB, 200pp
Synopsis: Compiled by Anna Lardinois, "Storied & Scandalous Wisconsin" is a collection of true and shocking tales
from Wisconsin's seamy past. Lardinois has synthesized well-researched information into cohesive assembly of tales of
about terrible fires, vengeful call girls, famous flim-flam men, and eye-brow archingly suspicious deaths. Meet mob
boss Frank Balistrieri and discover the havoc he wreaked. Readers will enjoy these true and historical stories of red
light districts, rum runners, crimes, and tragedies.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and intrinsically riveting read from cover to cover, "Storied & Scandalous
Wisconsin" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to Wisconsin highschool, community, college
and university library Wisconsin History collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Storied &
Scandalous Wisconsin" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Anna Lardinois owns Gothic Milwaukee, offering the city's most popular haunted, historical walking
tours. She is also the author of Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends, and the creator of Walking Milwaukee, a collection of
self-guided tours that explore the best of Cream City's history and architecture.
Cheese: The Making of a Wisconsin Tradition
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299329242, $27.95, PB, 271pp
Synopsis: Wisconsin has not always been the dairy state, but cheese is a notable part of its heritage. Capturing the
voices of farmers, milk haulers, makers, and graders, Jerry Apps provides a rich view into the history of cheese in the
state, beginning with its humble origins in farmhouse kitchens. As he explores the extraordinary diversity of cheese
products, he peppers his lively narrative with obscure lore.
In this significantly updated second edition of "Cheese: The Making of a Wisconsin Tradition", Apps examines
tumultuous changes in the business over the past twenty years, including the impacts of corporate megafarms and the
rise of artisanal producers. Vivid historical photographs and striking portraits of modern family-operated factories
reveal the delicate balance between art and science that goes into the process of turning ordinary milk into a wide
variety of flavors, from the ubiquitous cheddar to sublime delicacies. Through these stories, we can come to better
appreciate the remarkable farmers and producers that shaped cheesemaking into the thriving industry it is today.
Critique: A 'must read' for non-specialist general readers with an interest in Wisconsin history that is written with a true
storyteller's charm, an historians love of detail, and simply stated as a reviewer's recommendation, no Wisconsin
highschool, community, college, or university library should be without a copy of this newly revised, expanded and
undated edition of Jerry Apps' "Cheese: The Making of a Wisconsin Tradition" in their collections.
Editorial Note: Jerry Apps is the author of more than forty books on rural America and the Upper Midwest, including
The Land Still Lives, Simple Things, and Breweries of Wisconsin. He has appeared in five documentaries produced by
Wisconsin Public Television based on his books and is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin -
W. J. T. Mitchell
University of Chicago Press
1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
9780226695938, $22.50, HC 192pp
Synopsis: How does a parent make sense of a child's severe mental illness? How does a father meet the daily challenges
of caring for his gifted but delusional son, while seeking to overcome the stigma of madness and the limits of
psychiatry? In the pages of W. J. T. Mitchell's memoir, "Mental Traveler: A Father, a Son, and a Journey through
Schizophrenia" he tells his story that is at once representative and unique. It's the story one family's encounter with
mental illness and bears witness to the life of the talented young man who was his son.
Gabriel Mitchell was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age twenty-one and died by suicide eighteen years later. He left
behind a remarkable archive of creative work and a father determined to honor his son's attempts to conquer his own
illness. Before his death, Gabe had been working on a film that would show madness from inside and out, as media
stereotype and spectacle, symptom and stigma, malady and minority status, disability and gateway to insight. He was
convinced that madness is an extreme form of subjective experience that we all endure at some point in our lives,
whether in moments of ecstasy or melancholy, or in the enduring trauma of a broken heart. Gabe's declared ambition
was to transform schizophrenia from a death sentence to a learning experience, and madness from a curse to a critical
Laced throughout with both love and pain, "Mental Traveler" shows how Gabe drew his father into his quest for
enlightenment within madness. It is a personal yet university story that will touch anyone struggling to cope with mental
illness, and especially for parents and caregivers of those caught in its grasp.
Critique: Expressly recommended for the non-specialist general reader having to deal with the presence and impact of
mental illness in themself, their family, and their friends, "Mental Traveler: A Father, a Son, and a Journey through
Schizophrenia" is extraordinarily well written, organized and presented. While especially and unreservedly
recommended for both community and academic library Psychology collections, it should be noted for the personal
reading lists of psychology students, academia, mental health care providers, and the general public, that "Mental
Traveler" is also readily available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $13.50).
The Truth About The Barn
Great Plains Publications
9781773370507, $20.95, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: "The Truth About The Barn: A Voyage of Discovery and Contemplation" by David Elias offers informed and
informative answers to important questions about how barns came into being, why they look the way they do, why
they're worth reflecting on, and what possible future they may have. Individual chapters investigate the barn's place in
culture and religion, art and literature. Psychological and philosophical implications are also explored. Of special note
is that readers are treated to an occasional recollection of the David's own experiences with barns.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and impressively informative read the is enhanced with the occasional black-and-
white illustration, "The Truth About The Barn: A Voyage of Discovery and Contemplation" will prove to be an unique,
exceptional, enduringly popular, and prized addition to personal reading lists, as well as for both community and
college/university library collections.
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Winnipege, Canada, David Elias is the author of six books, the most recent of
which is "Elizabeth of Bohemia". His fiction has been nominated for a number of awards, including The Books in
Canada First Novel Award for Sunday Afternoon and The Journey Prize for his short story, How I Crossed Over. His
work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies across the country, and in addition to writing he spends time
as an editor, writer-in-residence, mentor and creative writing instructor.
The Education Shelf
Paying for College, 2021
Kalman A. Chany
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
9780525570097, $22.99, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: Exacerbated by the current economic decline, financing a college education for most aspiring college entrants
and their families is a daunting task. With line-by-line instructions for filling out the FAFSA and consumer-friendly
advice to minimize college costs, "Paying for College, 2021: Everything You Need to Maximize Financial Aid and
Afford College" by Kalman A. Chany will helps to take control of the college application and enrollment
"Paying for College, 2021" will: Maximize financial aid eligibility; Learn how COVID-19 and the latest tax laws affect
the financing of a college education; Explore long- and short-term strategies to reduce college costs and avoid
expensive mistakes; Complete every question on the FAFSA and CSS Profile forms to the aspiring student's best
advantage; Compare aid offers and learn how to appeal them if necessary; Plan strategically as a separated/divorced
parent, blended family, or independent student.
Critique: Fully up to date, comprehensive, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Paying for
College, 2021: Everything You Need to Maximize Financial Aid and Afford College" is unreservedly recommended for
all highschool counseling offices, community and college/university library collections, and most especially, students
and their families needing financial assistance to achieve a college and/or university education.
Editorial Note: Kalman A. Chany, is the founder and president of Campus Consultants, an independent New
York-based firm that has helped thousands of families maximize their financial aid since 1984. He has authored articles
on college funding for Parade and other publications and has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's
Evening News, CNN's Your Money, NBC's Nightly News, and NPR's Talk of the Nation.
The Cookbook Shelf
Some Good Sweet Treats
P.O. Box 2188, St. John's, NL, Canada, A1C 6E6
9781550818307, $21.95, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: Jessica Mitton is a Culinary Nutrition Expert and award-winning Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant
based in Moncton, New Brunswick. She has been featured in multiple publications and media channels, including the
Academy of Culinary Nutrition's From Scratch cookbooks, CBC radio, and the national magazine Optimyz.
In the pages of "Some Good Sweet Treats" she has compiled a thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' compendium of
decadent chocolate delights, oat-based goodies, muffins, cakes, squares, and cookies, these recipes will satisfy any
sweet tooth without the guilt. Because these sweet confections, baked wonders, and delicious desserts are made in ways
that are healthier and more nutritious. Now even the mst novice of kitchen cooks can make truly tasty treats that are
gluten and dairy free, incorporating healthier ingredients that will make everyone feel good!
Critique: Profusely illustrated, a pleasure and inspiration to simply browse through, and certain to be an immediate and
enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections, "Some Good Sweet
Treats" is unreservedly recommended.
The Biography Shelf
Raven's Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson
1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134-1161
9781680513073, $24.95, HC, 256pp
Synopsis: The work of cultural anthropologist, author, and radio producer Richard K. Nelson (1 December 1941 - 4
November 2019) focused primarily on the indigenous cultures of Alaska and, more generally, on the relationships
between people and nature.
Nelson lived for extended periods in Athabaskan and Alaskan Eskimo villages, experiences which inspired his earliest
written works, including "Hunters of the Northern Ice". Nelson was also the author of "The Island Within and Heart and
Blood". The recipient of multiple honorary degrees and numerous literary awards, he regularly packed auditoriums
when he spoke. His depth of experience allowed him to become an intermediary between worlds. This is his story.
In "Raven's Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson", biographer Hank Lentfer tells Nelson's story -- from his
midwestern childhood to his first experiences with Native culture in Alaska through his own lifelong passion for the
land where he so belonged.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and impressively informative biography, "Raven's Witness: The Alaska Life of
Richard K. Nelson" will prove to be of immense interest to readers with respect to Natural History, Environmentalist &
Naturalist Biographies, and Cultural Anthropology. While very highly recommended for both community and academic
library 20th Century American Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Raven's
Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.49).
As the Twig Is Bent: A Memoir
Wallace Byron Grange, author
Joseph L. Breitenstein, editor
Richard P. Thiel, editor
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299329501, $29.95, HC, 295pp
Synopsis: Wallace Byron Grange (1905 - 87) was an influential American conservationist who worked alongside Aldo
Leopold. Collaboratively edited by Joseph Breitenstein and Richard Thiel in "As the Twig Is Bent: A Memoir",
Grange's personal story vividly describes his mostly idyllic childhood watching bird life in the once grand prairies just
west of Chicago. He goes on to document his family's journey and pioneering struggle to operate a farm on the logged
cutover country in northern Wisconsin, a land that provided him with abundant opportunities to study the lives of wild
creatures he loved most.
Written when Grange was he was in his sixties, "As the Twig Is Bent: A Memoir" conveys how a leading
conservationist was formed through his early relationship to nature. In beautifully composed vignettes, he details
encounters both profound and minute, from the white-footed mice attracted by cookie crumbs in his boyhood clubhouse
to the sounds of great horned owls echoing through the wintry woods. As he develops his own understanding of the
natural world, he comes to an awareness of the dramatic and devastating role of humankind on ecosystems.
Grange's poignant observations still resonate today amid global conversations about the fate of our natural resources
and climate change.
Critique: An inherently interesting life story told with detail, candor, and impressively informative observation, "As the
Twig Is Bent: A Memoir" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and
college/university library American Biography collections. Of special relevance to readers with an interest in
conservation, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "As the Twig Is Bent: A Memoir" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.49).
Editorial Note: Joseph L. Breitenstein is a licensed psychologist and professor at Luther College. His professional
interests include the intersections between psychology and environmentalism. Richard P. Thiel is active with the
Timber Wolf Information Network and the International Wolf Center. His books include Keepers of the Wolves and
Wild Wolves We Have Known.
The Christian Studies Shelf
Invitation to Christian Ethics
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780825434457, $44.99, HC, 544pp
Synopsis: "Invitation to Christian Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Contemporary Issues" by Ken Magnuson (Professor of
Christian ethics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky) is an indispensable guide for
helping pastors, counselors, and everyday Christians navigate today's difficult moral questions. Readers will benefit
from Professor Magnuson's survey of ethics from a biblical perspective as well as contemporary theories of moral
This comprehensive and exhaustive survey is followed by twelve chapters devoted to some of the thorniest issues
Christians encounter today, such as: Sexuality, including homosexuality, sexual identity, and gender; Marriage and
divorce; Infertility and assisted reproductive technologies; Abortion; Physician-assisted suicide; Race relations;
Creation care; Capital punishment; Just war, pacifism, and the use of lethal force.
Professor Magnuson provides biblical insight into each topic and presents key moral considerations. He also answers
specific, practical questions that arise and concludes with a summary of his recommended approach to each issue.
Readers will learn how to grapple with difficult moral questions and will receive guidance for some of life's most
challenging ethical conundrums.
Critique: Impressively thoughtful and thought-provoking throughout, "Invitation to Christian Ethics: Moral Reasoning
and Contemporary Issues" is an ideal curriculum textbook for seminary students, unreservedly recommended for
church, community, and academic library Christian Ethical Studies collections -- and is especially and unreservedly
recommended to the attention of clergy, theologians, and non-specialist general readers within the Christian community
regardless of denominational affiliations.
The Church's Best-Kept Secret
Mark P. Shea
New City Press
202 Cardinal Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
9781565481183, $16.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: "The Church's Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching" by Mark P. Shea is a short primer
which lays out the basics of Catholic social teaching in a way accessible to the ordinary Catholic as well as to any other
person of good will attempting to grasp this often profoundly misunderstood area of Church doctrine and practice.
Writing in everyday language for the non-scholar general reader, Shea concisely describes the roots of Catholic social
teaching in Scripture and Tradition and gives simple, practical examples of how it works in ordinary life. Sketching the
meaning of the Dignity of the Human Person, the Common Good, Subsidiarity, and Solidarity, Shea bridges the gulf in
our politics and cultural warfare to make the case that Catholic Social Teaching, properly understood, is common sense,
as well as the path to living a happier and more just common life for each human person.
Critique: A thoroughly thoughtful and thought-provoking read, "The Church's Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic
Social Teaching" is an extraordinarily accessible work that will prove to be of immense interest and value to clergy and
seminarians, as especially the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject. While highly recommended
for seminary, church, community, and academic library Roman Catholic Social Theology collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists, it should be noted that "The Church's Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching"
is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. He is the author of numerous books including
"By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition". His articles have appeared in numerous
magazines and he is known nationally for his one minute "Words of Encouragement" on Catholic radio. Shea also
maintains the popular blog Stumbling Towards Heaven. In addition, Mark is an internationally known speaker on
various issues in Catholic faith and life.
Jesus the Great Philosopher
Jonathan T. Pennington
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9781587435140, $39.99, HC, 242pp
Synopsis: Many of we Christians tend to live as though Jesus represents the "spiritual part" of our lives. We don't
clearly see how he relates to the rest of our experiences, desires, and habits. How can Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity
become more than a compartmentalized part of our lives?
In the pages of "Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life", New Testament
scholar and teacher Jonathan Pennington argues that we need to recover the lost biblical image of Jesus as the one true
philosopher who teaches us how to experience the fullness of our humanity in the kingdom of God. Jesus teaches us
what is good, right, and beautiful and offers answers to life's big questions: what it means to be human, how to be
happy, how to order our emotions, and how we should conduct our relationships.
"Jesus the Great Philosopher" brings Jesus and Christianity into dialogue with the ancient philosophers who asked the
same big questions about finding meaningful happiness. It helps us rediscover biblical Christianity as a whole-life
philosophy, one that addresses our greatest human questions and helps us live meaningful and flourishing lives.
Critique: Erudite, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the
Wisdom Needed for the Good Life" is an extraordinary and ultimately inspiring study that will be a welcome addition
to Contemporary Christian Theology collections in general, and Christian Bible Studies/Christian Living Studies
supplemental reading lists in particular. It should be noted for seminary students, clergy, and non-specialist general
readers with an interest in the subject that "Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the
Good Life" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781587434655, $18.99) and in digital book format
Editorial Note: Jonathan T. Pennington is an Associate Professor of New Testament interpretation and Director of
Research Doctoral Studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also on staff as a preaching pastor at
Sojourn East Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, Professor Pennington is the host and co-producer of the
popular web series Cars, Coffee, Theology and has written numerous books, including The Sermon on the Mount and
Human Flourishing and Reading the Gospels Wisely.
John Edward Crean Jr.
c/o Church Publishing Incorporated
1637 Beechwood Ave #1, Louisville KY 40204
Synopsis: As the father of Western monasticism, Benedict of Aniane (747 - 821) pulled together various strands of
monastic spirituality into a single handbook for holiness. Alcoholics Anonymous presented an equally innovative way
to address alcoholism based on twelve steps drawn from numerous spiritual sources.
While it took a sixth-century Italian collating various sources to produce a handbook for spiritual life, it likewise took a
twentieth-century American to pull together the spiritual principles to recover one's physical life. In "Recovering
Benedict: Twelve-Step Living and the Rule of Benedict", John E. Crean, Jr. brings both traditions together in one
handbook for living: daily meditations are inspired by the down-to-earth wisdom of the Rule of Benedict, and AA's
template for sobriety and humbleness.
Critique: An exceptional and thoughtful daily devotional for anyone wishing for deeper healing, "Recovering Benedict:
Twelve-Step Living and the Rule of Benedict" is ideal for personal use, or as a curriculum text for small group study. It
should be noted for personal reading lists that "Recovering Benedict" is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note; The Very Reverend Canon John Crean is Dean Emeritus of the Diocese of Western Michigan. He taught
at Yale, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Hawaii, and Grand Valley State University, where he was also
department chair. John has published and presented scholarly papers on the Rule of Saint Benedict and served as co-
editor of Magistra. He is currently researching and publishing on ecclesiastical history. An oblate of Saint Boniface
Benedictine Abbey in Munich, John has been involved in twelve-step recovery work since 2003.
Brownlow North: His Life and Work
K. Moody Stuart
Banner of Truth
PO Box 621, Carlisle, PA 17013
9781848719460, $20.00, HC, 328pp
Synopsis: Brownlow North (17 July 1741 - 12 July 1820) was a bishop of the Church of England. The fruitfulness of
Brownlow North's ministry led him to become known as the 'John the Baptist of the great awakening of 1859'. As
demonstrated in the pages of "Brownlow North: His Life and Work" by K. Moody Stuart, this largely forgotten
evangelist of the nineteenth century has much teach the Christian community of today.
His preaching was marked by an eloquent, but unadorned proclamation of Christ as revealed in the Scriptures. He
brought fresh impetus to the old truths. He preached to both the hearts and intellects of his hearers. It was biblical
evangelism driven by biblical theology. These were the defining characteristics of Brownlow North's ministry, and his
example is a lesson for us today.
This compact biography sheds light on the life and ministry of a man who had experienced for himself the transforming
power of the gospel, and who was used by God to bring many others to know that same power.
After Brownlow North's death in 1875, the then Archbishop of Canterbury wrote to a friend: 'No one could know him
without seeing that his heart and life were devoted to his Master's service, and that he burned to preach to others what
he had found so precious to his own soul.'
Critique: Inspired and inspiring, "Brownlow North: His Life and Work" is commended to the attention of all members
of the Christian community and especially church, seminary, and academic library Religious Christian Leader
Biographies, Christian Spiritual Growth, and Historical Biographies collections. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of seminary students, clergy, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that
"Brownlow North: His Life and Work" is also readily available in a paperback edition ($4.50).
Editorial Note: Kenneth Moody Stuart (1842-1904) was the minister of Moffat St Mary's Church in Annandale,
Dumfriesshire, in the south of Scotland. He was the son of the well-known Free Church minister Alexander Moody
Stuart, and wrote a biography of his father, in addition to his study of Brownlow North.
Has Archaeology Buried the Bible?
William G. Dever
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
4035 Park East Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
9780802877635, $25.99, HC, 168pp
Synopsis: In the last four decades, archaeological evidence has dramatically illuminated ancient Israel. However,
instead of proving the truth of the Bible (as an earlier generation had confidently predicted) the new discoveries have
forced us to revise much of what was thought to be biblical truth, provoking an urgent question:
If the biblical stories are not always true historically, what, if anything, is still salvageable of the Bible's ethical and
"Has Archaeology Buried the Bible?" by Professor William G. Dever simplifies these complex issues and summarizes
the new, archaeologically attested ancient Israel, period by period (ca. 1200 - 600 BCE). But it also explores in detail
how a modern, critical reader of the Bible can still find relevant truths by which to live.
Critique: An ideal introduction to the advances made in biblical archaeology for the non-specialist general reader and
student, "Has Archaeology Buried the Bible?" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented. Enhanced for the
reader and academia with the inclusion of a seven page listing of Suggested Readings, a three page listing of Sources
for Illustrations, and a three page Index, "Has Archaeology Buried the Bible?" is an exceptionally informative and
highly recommended addition the personal reading lists of biblical archaeology enthusiasts, biblical archaeology
students, academia, seminary students, clergy, as well as both community and college/university library Biblical
Archaeology collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: William G. Dever is Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology at the
University of Arizona in Tucson. He has served as director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology in
Jerusalem, as director of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, and as a visiting
professor at universities around the world. He has spent thirty years conducting archaeological excavations in the Near
East, resulting in a large body of award-winning fieldwork.
Faith Wins: Overcoming a Crisis of Belief
New Hope Publishers
PO Box 830711, Birmingham, AL 35283-0711
9781563093869, $15.99, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: Sooner or later, even the most dedicated Christian will struggle to believe. Will feel as if they are in a state of
doubt about their Christian faith.
Doubt is a natural part of the Christian life. At some point, everyone goes through some type of a crisis of faith. But
"Faith Wins: Overcoming a Crisis of Belief" by Adam Groza is not only for those who experience the average moments
of doubt, but also for those who are in a chronic or nearly constant state of struggle.
Believer, if that's you, "Faith Wins" is specifically designed to help you make through your faith crisis and show you
how to come out on the other side with faith that is strengthened and matured.
Be encouraged to see how doubt and faith can coexist. With "Faith Wins" learn how to strengthen your faith to conquer
specific doubts. Understand the giants of the faith who doubted, but then allowed faith to endure -- let your faith be
victorious! If you possess saving faith, there is always hope: Faith wins!
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Faith Wins: Overcoming a Crisis of Belief" is inspired
and inspiring -- making it especially and unreservedly recommended reading for all members of the Christian
community regardless of denominational affiliations. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Faith Wins:
Overcoming a Crisis of Belief" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Adam Groza is a vice president and associate professor of philosophy of religion at Gateway Seminary
in Ontario, California. He has taught philosophy at a variety of institutions and has contributed to various books. Adam
travels internationally, preaching and speaking on faith and culture, apologetics, and evangelism.
Let This Be the Time
Janet Schaeffler, OP
1 Montauk Avene, #200, New London, CT 06320
9781627855594, $18.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: The journey of aging is different for every Christian, but no matter our path, the joys and challenges of
getting older give us all a wonderful opportunity to keep growing emotionally and spiritually. In "Let This Be the Time:
Spiritual Essentials for Life's Second Act", Janet Schaeffler draws on her own experiences of aging and the insights of
many elders to help us all deal with twelve increasingly important needs.
Those needs include: to live a life of meaning and purpose; to joyfully pursue love and relationships; to ask and explore
questions; to learn and grow and laugh; to navigate change and transition; to cope with losses; to be grateful; to forgive
and be forgiven; to give; for spiritual integration; to let go and simplify; and to prepare for dying and death.
The journey of aging is a gift for each eldering person, and filled from cover to cover with gentle wisdom and practical
suggestions, "Let This Be the Time" will help us make the most of this wonderful gift as we learn to live and love more
fully in our eldering years.
Critique: Exceptionally 'reader friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Let This Be the Time:
Spiritual Essentials for Life's Second Act" is both inspired and inspiring and especially commended to the attention of
all senior citizens regardless of denominational affiliations -- especially in this current era of pandemic, social unrest,
and economic stress.
Leaving God Behind
David Arthur Auten
Wipf and Stock Publishers
199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401-2960
9781725285248, $35.00, HC, 94pp
Synopsis: Written with warmth, wisdom, and compassion, in the pages of "Leaving God Behind', author David Arthur
Auten invites us to reclaim the secretive, intuitive nature of authentic becoming. In a time when many are increasingly
disenchanted with traditional demarcations between belief and unbelief, the sacred and secular, Auten offers a
refreshing account of what faith can look like beyond the bounds of religion.
Those thirsting for re-acquaintance with true selfhood, and the ability to heed the gift of their own inner voice, will find
consolation and inspiration in the author's story of leaving behind the church, ministry, and also God, not in exchange
for an atheist or even humanist outlook, but as an act of faith itself. Transgressive, insightful, and candid, "Leaving God
Behind" is a kind of memoir about following God beyond God, to a place of self-compassion, surrender, and
Critique: Inspired and inspiring, "Leaving God Behind" is especially commended to the attention of all members of the
Christian community regardless of denominational affiliations. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of
clergy, seminary students, and lay members of the Christian faith with an interest in personal transformation and
spirituality that "Leaving God Behind" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781725285231, $15.00).
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
The Alchemy of Stones
Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781644113097, $29.99, PB, 496pp
Synopsis: "The Alchemy of Stones: Co-creating with Crystals, Minerals, and Gemstones for Healing and
Transformation" presents an inspired breakthrough in Robert Simmons' thirty-five year career of exploring and
revealing the spiritual qualities and potentials of minerals, crystals, and gemstones. This holistic, Earth-based
framework for understanding stones and their energies initiates readers into an alchemical worldview that leads to
spiritual healing, transformation, and transcendence.
Engaging readers step by step, Simmons provides guidance on discovering and harnessing the three human powers of
intention, attention, and imagination, each a crucial component for meeting and working in harmony with the energies
of the Stone Beings. Simmons also introduces us to the Divine Feminine intelligence known as Sophia, or Wisdom.
The Stone Beings are her emissaries, and through relating and co-creating with them, the healing and redemption of
ourselves and the Earth becomes a reality.
Offering an illustrated dictionary of the spiritual qualities of more than 375 different minerals, crystals, and gemstones,
Simmons also explores in depth what he calls the Four Cornerstones of the Alchemy of Stones: Moldavite, Phenacite,
Azeztulite, and Rosophia. He discusses the stages of alchemical transformation and provides meditative practices with
specific stones to go with each stage. He also explores how to work with stone mandalas, crystal body layouts,
gemstone elixirs, and Orgonite energy devices and details powerful techniques for working with stones. Woven
throughout are Simmons' personal stories of the pivotal mystical experiences that triggered his capacity to feel stone
energies and led him to develop his relationship with the stones, revealing how this work can open minds and awaken
Critique: Offering a complete course of instruction in the subject, "The Alchemy of Stones: Co-creating with Crystals,
Minerals, and Gemstones for Healing and Transformation" is a profusely and beautifully illustrated volume that will
prove to be a prized addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library Metaphysical Studies
collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of those with a specific interest in the subjects of crystal
divination and healing that "The Alchemy of Stones" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Robert Simmons has been working with crystals and stones for over 35 years. He is the cofounder of
Heaven and Earth, a company offering gem and jewelry creations for self-healing and spiritual and emotional
development. Currently residing in New Zealong, he is also the author of several books, including The Book of Stones
and Stones of the New Consciousness.
The Spiritual Roots of the Tarot
Russell A. Sturgess
Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781644110560, $24.99, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: The Holy Grail has been discovered. Not a cup or chalice as myth leads us to believe, the Holy Grail is sacred
knowledge of the path to enlightenment and inner peace. While Russell Sturgess was conducting research on the
Marseille Tarot, he found evidence that this tarot deck, while masquerading as a simple card game, held the teachings
of an ancient heretical religious group from southern France, the Cathar, who are believed to be the keepers of the Holy
Grail. To avoid persecution by the papacy, this sect used portable art like illuminations to convey their Gnostic
Christian teachings, in the same way the stained glass windows of churches spoke to their congregations. This portable
Cathar art then inspired the creation of the Tarot.
After his breakthrough discovery of a hidden key on the Magician and Strength cards, Sturgess examined the Major
Arcana cards further and used the key to unlock their symbolism, discovering clear instructions for recalibrating human
consciousness and achieving enlightenment, with specific cards representing pivotal points in making the journey from
ignorance to awareness. Decoding the cards in detail, the author shows how they reveal a journey of transformed
consciousness that can result in finding what the Cathar called "the kingdom of heaven."
Calling this sacred knowledge the "Cathar Code", in the pages of "The Spiritual Roots of the Tarot: The Cathar Code
Hidden in the Cards" Sturgess reveals his personal development program based on the Code that opens access to a
meaningful lifestyle filled with peace and joy and that naturally fosters health and well-being. He shows how these
teachings offer a clear path that transforms a life burdened by fear of failure, rejection, and scarcity into one with clarity
of purpose, self-honoring, kindness, and the abundance that comes with making a fulfilling difference in the world.
Critique: An inherently fascinating, iconoclastic, informative, and compelling study, "The Spiritual Roots of the Tarot:
The Cathar Code Hidden in the Cards" will be an especially appreciated and unreservedly recommended addition to
personal, professional, community, and academic library Metaphysical Studies Collection in general, and Tarot Card
supplemental curriculum lists in particular. It should be noted for students and practitioners that "The Spiritual Roots of
the Tarot: The Cathar Code Hidden in the Cards" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia, Russell A. Sturgess has practiced as a
complementary health professional since the mid-1970s, developing his unique approach to osteopathic massage,
peace-centered healing, and mindfulness practice. He has personally trained over a thousand students throughout the
United States, New Zealand, and Australia.
Crystal Grids Handbook
Fair Winds Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9781592339877, $19.99, HC, 176pp
Synopsis: Throughout recorded human history the use of crystal grids to create, heal, and manifest goals and intentions
has been a part of the medical culture. A condensed version of "The Ultimate Guide to Crystal Grids", Judy Hall's
"Crystal Grids Handbook: Use the Power of the Stones for Healing and Manifestation" shows the reader all the
fundamentals for constructing an effective grid.
Readers will learn how to harness the power of sacred geometry to activate and amplify the power of their crystals.
Featuring dozens of grids designed by one of the world's leading crystal experts, the Crystal Grids Handbook" is the
essential and ideal quick-reference guide where the beginner grids are based on basic geometric shapes and templates as
well as showcasing advanced grids for deep healing and transformation.
Aspiring crystal users will learn how to select the best crystal for a particular grid or purpose as well as how to correctly
set up, activate, and dismantle a grid. This indispensable little volume includes grids for: Love; Manifesting prosperity;
Career; Healing; Protection. Enhanced throughout with beautiful photos and illustrations, the "Crystal Grids Handbook"
is essentially a step-by-step guide for harnessing the magic and power of crystals.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated, the "Crystal Grids Handbook" by Judy Hall is the ideal introduction to the use of
crystals and especially recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university metaphysical
studies collections in general, and crystal healing instructional reference collections in particular. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that the "Crystal Grids Handbook" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Dorst, England, Judy Hall is a successful Mind-Body-Spirit author with over 45
MBS books to her credit, including the Crystal Bible (volumes 1 and 2), Encyclopedia of Crystals, 101 Power Crystals,
Crystals and Sacred Sites, The Crystal Seer, Crystal Prescriptions, and The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle.
A trained healer and counselor, Judy has been psychic all her life and has a wide experience of many systems of
divination and natural healing methods. She also has a BEd in Religious Studies with an extensive knowledge of world
religions and mythology and an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University. Her areas of
expertise are past life readings and regression, soul healing, reincarnation, astrology and psychology, divination, and
Judy has appeared four times in the Watkins list of the 100 most influential spiritual living writers and was voted the
2014 Kindred Spirit MBS personality of the year. An internationally known author, psychic, and healer, Judy conducts
workshops in her native England and internationally. Her books have been translated into 16 languages.
Life with the Afterlife
Amy Bruni & Julie Tremaine
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Book Group
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
9781538754146, $27.00, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: Amy Bruni, co-star of the television series Kindred Spirits and one of the world's leading paranormal
investigators, has learned a lot about ghosts over her years of research and first-hand experience. Now, in "Life With
The Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned About Ghosts", she shares the insights she has gleaned and how they have shaped
her unique approach to interacting with the spirits of the dead and those who encounter them.
From her earliest supernatural encounters as a child, through her years appearing on the television series Ghost Hunters
and the creation of her own company, Strange Escapes, which offers paranormal excursions to some of America's most
notoriously haunted destinations, and into her current work on The Travel Channel's Kindred Spirits, "Life With The
Afterlife" is full of astonishing and deeply moving stories of Amy's efforts to better understand the dead but not yet
With Amy's bright humor and fierce compassion for both those who are haunted and those who are haunting, "Life
With The Afterlife" is an informative look at what connects us as people, in life and beyond.
Critique: Exceptionally well written with the literary assistance of Julie Tremaine, "Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I
Learned about Ghosts" by Amy Bruni is extraordinary, insightful, thought provoking, inherently fascinating, and very
highly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in metaphysical studies. While especially and unreservedly
recommended for both community and college/university library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading
lists that "Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned about Ghosts" is also readily available in a digital book format
(Kindle, $14.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781549161506, $40.00, CD).
Editorial Note: Amy Bruni started working professionally as a paranormal investigator in 2007, when she began
appearing on Ghost Hunters, one of the longest-running and highest-rated paranormal television shows. Now, she's the
co-star and executive producer of The Travel Channel's Kindred Spirits. In addition, Amy is the owner of Strange
Escapes, a company offering paranormal excursions to some of America's most notoriously haunted destinations.
The Automotive Shelf
How to Swap GM LT-Series Engines into Almost Anything
838 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, MN 55025
9781613253885, $34.95, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: The GM LS engine has dominated the crate and engine-swap market for the past 20 years, and now the new
LT engine has become a popular crate engine for swap projects as well. As essentially the next-generation LS, the LT
features a compact footprint, lightweight design, and traditional V-8 pushrod architecture similar to its predecessor, so
it swaps easily into many classic cars, hot rods, and even foreign sports cars.
The new LT1/LT4 takes a bold step forward in technology, using active fuel management, direct injection, an upgraded
ignition system, continuous variable valve timing, and a wet- or dry-sump oiling system. With this advanced technology
and higher performance, more engine swappers are using the LT platform. In "How to Swap GM LT-Series Engines
into Almost Anything" engine swapping expert and longtime author Jefferson Bryant presents thorough instruction for
each crucial step in the LT swap process.
Although the new LT shares the same basic engine design with the LS, almost all of the LT engine parts have been
revised and updated. As a result, the mounting process has changed substantially, including motor-mount location,
K-member mounting process, and component clearance; all these aspects of the swap are comprehensively covered.
The high-compression direct-injected engines require higher-pressure fuel systems, so the fuel pump and fuel lines must
be compatible with the system. LTs also feature revised bellhousing bolt patterns, so they require different adapter
The oil pan profile and oiling systems are unique, and this can present crossmember clearance problems. All other
important aspects of the swap process are covered, including accessory drives and cooling systems, engine management
systems, tuning software, controllers, and exhaust, so you can install the LT in popular GM A- and F-Body platforms as
well as almost any other chassis. Solutions for the major swapping challenges, parts compatibility, and clearance issues
Muscle car, hot rod, truck, and sports car owners have embraced the new LT platform and the aftermarket has followed
suit with a wide range of products to facilitate swap projects. "How to Swap GM LT-Series Engines into Almost
Anything" affords comprehensive guidance so you can complete a swap with confidence.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, expertly written, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and
presentation, "How to Swap GM LT-Series Engines into Almost Anything" by 'life long car guy' Jefferson Bryant is the
ideal step-by-step instructional guide and manual for anyone wanting to learn how the swap process takes place and/or
has a personal engine swapping project of their own.
The Fred Opert Story
Veloce Publishing Ltd.
9781787115651, $25.00, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: Fred Opert's life journey took him from a brief stint in a New York jail, to having a successful career as
race-car importer/dealer, race team owner and F1 team manager -- before tragedy caused him to walk away from the
sport he loved.
"The Fred Opert Story: Motor Sport Entrepreneur, Wheeler-dealer, Racer, Champion-maker & Bon Vivant" by
motoring journalist Peter Hill is fascinating biography follows Fred Opert's whirlwind lifestyle, talent-spotting
successes, and the trials and tribulations of managing the ATS F1 team. Detailing the drivers who came up through the
ranks with Opert, this biography features interviews with many of those who worked with him and has been written
with the co-operation of Opert's family, friends and ex-employees.
Critique: Impressively informative, featuring two sections of full color photographs, and informatively enhanced with
the inclusion of Forewords by Nico Rosberg, Alan Jones MBE and Keke Rosberg. "The Fred Opert Story: Motor Sport
Entrepreneur, Wheeler-dealer, Racer, Champion-maker & Bon Vivant" is the extraordinary story of an extraordinary
man that will be an enduringly appreciated addition to the personal reading lists of dedicated automotive history fans
and the Biography collections of both community and college/university libraries.
The Philosophy Shelf
KISS and Philosophy: Wiser than Hell
Courtland Lewis, editor
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812694918, $19.95, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: KISS is the most outrageous and yet the most enduring of rock bands, with an unparalleled, almost religious
level of devotion from millions of die-hard fans. Compiled and edited by Courtland Lewis, in the pages of "KISS and
Philosophy" a series of professional thinkers of diverse outlooks provide much-needed insights into the motivating
ideas and metaphysical foundations of the KISS take on life.
According to some, the true message of KISS is self-actualization through the hard work of following your dreams.
Others focus on the existential aspect of KISS thinking, drawing upon Camus and Sartre to show that KISS is
preoccupied with empowering the individual to achieve self-greatness. By contrast, there is a view of KISS which
identifies a "destroyer" attitude, leading some listeners to reject KISS outright, while encouraging others to become the
most dedicated of followers. Yet another view sees KISS's "letting loose" as essentially Dionysian.
Some chapters gain access to KISS thinking by tracing the band's cultural and historical impact, finding meaning in the
way generations of fans make sense of KISS's always evolving output, the changing line-up, and the archetypal
characters represented by the band's use of make-up and presentation. Other chapters look at the aesthetic quality of the
band's output, especially their most controversial album, Music from "The Elder."
Several chapters examine KISS's orientation to bodily pleasures, notably sex, extracting the band's philosophy of sex
and love from different clues and indications. How does KISS's unashamed indulgence relate to various
pleasure-governed ethical systems throughout history? Is getting the most out of pleasure key to living the good life?
And does a life of gratifying one's body ultimately yield fulfillment? What are the limitations and hazards of a
The biography of band members also provides material for reflection, looking at the nature of forgiveness through the
lens of KISS's notorious feuds, and determining how to reconcile the apparently conflicting accounts of some famous
squabbles. The changing line-up of the band raises questions about the meaning of "KISS" and whether KISS could last
Critique: A seminal collection of inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and interestingly insightful
commentaries, "KISS and Philosophy: Wiser than Hell" is the latest entry in the the Open Court Publishing Company's
'Popular Culture and Philosophy' series and will prove to be of immense interest to the legions of KISS fans, as well as
to students of philosophy and popular culture. While highly recommended for both community and academic library
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "KISS and Philosophy: Wiser than Hell" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Courtland Lewis is an Instructor of Philosophy at Owensboro Community and Technical College. He is
co-editor of Doctor Who and Philosophy, More Doctor Who and Philosophy, and Red Rising and Philosophy and editor
of Divergent and Philosophy.
The Art Shelf
The Art of Drawing Dragons
c/o The Quarto Group
Synopsis: Ever considered the differences between fairies and pixies or struggled to remember how many heads belong
to a hydra? With more than 50 step-by-step projects; tips and techniques for working with graphite pencil, charcoal, and
ink; as well as a little history for each featured mythological and fantasy creature, The Art of Drawing Dragons,
Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures includes everything you need to know to get started drawing your own
From choosing the right tools and materials to helpful drawing techniques, such as understanding value, basic shading
techniques, creating textures, and constructing your own creatures, this step-by-step drawing guide is the perfect first
step for beginning artists. Follow along as you learn to draw dragons and fantasy creatures from around the world,
including elemental dragons, sea serpents, hydras, fairies, trolls, goblins, gargoyles, and more! With practice, you'll
soon be able to capture your favorite fantasy creatures - and learn a little bit about their origin and history at the same
The Collector's Series offers approachable, step-by-step art instruction for a variety of mediums and subjects, such as
drawing, oil, acrylic, watercolor, cartooning, calligraphy, and more. Perfect for beginning artists, each title features
artist tips for drawing or painting anything and everything from people, animals, and still life to flowers, trees, and
Critique: The Art of Drawing Dragons is a superbly detailed guide for aspiring artists of all skill and experience levels.
Featuring black-and-white illustrations of the steps of drawing as well as guidelines for creating textures and meticulous
instructions, The Art of Drawing Dragons goes beyond its title to demonstrate how to draw a wide variety of other
mythical creatures as well! Highly recommended.
How to Create Manga: Drawing Clothing and Accessories
Studio Hard Deluxe Inc.
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805315637, $17.99, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: Fashion meets form in this essential style guide for aspiring artists seeking to to dressing up their drawings.
Even the most novice of artists, with the help of "How to Create Manga: Drawing Clothing and Accessories" will learn
how to drape their manga creations in the wardrobe of their dreams, all while learning techniques and tips used by
professional illustrators to realistically draw clothing and accessories of all types ranging from blouses and T-shirts to
button downs, sweaters, coats, pants, skirts and shorts. And with respect to accessories, boots, belts, shoes and sandals
are all included as well, along with detailed coverage of satchels, purses and backpacks.
Critique: Profusely and usefully illustrated with more than 900 illustrative and instructional drawings by twelve
professional illustrators, "How to Create Manga: Drawing Clothing and Accessories" the detailed, in-depth, and
thoroughly 'user friendly' instructions make this the perfect DIY guide and manual. While especially and unreservedly
recommended for community, art school, and college/university library Art Instruction collections, it should be noted
for the personal reading lists of neophyte manga artists that "How to Create Manga: Drawing Clothing and Accessories"
is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).
The Art of Figure Drawing for Beginners
Walter Foster Publishing
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9781633228818, $21.99, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: Mastering the human form for portraiture is one of the most challenging subjects for a beginning artist to
learn. Packed with practical instructions, helpful tips, and fundamental techniques, "The Art of Figure Drawing for
Beginners: Learn to use basic shapes and art mannequins to draw faces and figures" by Gecko Keck is a comprehensive,
DIY, 144-page course of thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction that will prove to be an essential resource for learning to
draw the human form and poses with ease.
"The Art of Figure Drawing for Beginners" features instructions for learning how to render the head, body, and
extremities using very basic shapes, as well as drawing mannequins placed in a variety of configurations. An
informative and easy-to-follow content covers figure drawing essentials, including: An overview of basic anatomy;
Natural variations in shape, texture, and proportion; Helpful techniques for rendering humans in single and group
poses; Information for working with the tools of the trade.
Critique: An ideal instructional guide and manual for beginning artists, art enthusiasts, and serious fine art students,
"The Art of Figure Drawing for Beginners" has continuing value for even more experienced artists needing to depict the
human form and anatomy in their work -- making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
professional, art school, community, and college/university library DIY Art Instruction collections and supplemental
Editorial Note; Gecko Keck is a well known artist and entrepreneur on the German artistically creative scene. As early
as 1989, he founded an agency for caricatures and illustrations and got to know about production as a graphic designer.
He has been a freelancer again since 1993, and has created over 5000 design drawings, as well as over 300 models for
the popular Kinder surprise eggs.
You Are an Artist
Bob Smith & Roberta Smith
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500239933, $19.95, HC, 168pp
Synopsis: According to contemporary artist and activist Bob and Roberta Smith, every human is an artist. Drawing is an
important part of learning to communicate, and above all else, life is a conversation, making art a vital part of human
existence. In "You Are an Artist" they help the reader to work out what kind of artist he or she is and what can be
achieved, combining thought- provoking meditation on art practice with practical exercises and creative prompts that
encourage creativity and self-expression.
"You Are an Artist" is a compendium of entertaining, startling, and often evocative narratives that bring to life a series
of lessons about the nature of art and inspiration. Providing ideas, tips, and practical examples from Bob's own work as
an art teacher and activist, "You Are an Artist" is for anyone who wants to be an artist and needs just needs a bit of a
creative push for them to take the plunge.
Critique: Enhanced with the inclusion of 125 color illustrations, "You Are an Artist" is the ideal DIY 'starter kit' to
launch an art career in any medium. Inspired and inspiring, "You Are an Artist" is highly recommended for personal,
professional, community, art school, and college/university library collections. It should be noted for aspiring art
students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "You Are an Artist" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Bob and Roberta Smith, a.k.a. Patrick Brill, is a British contemporary artist, activist, writer, broadcaster,
musician, art education advocate, and keynote speaker. He is a Royal Academician, and in 2017 was awarded an OBE
for services to Art. Bob is a patron of The Big Draw and the National Society for Education in Art and Design. He sat
on the Tate Modern Council and was recently a trustee of Tate. He is also a Trustee of Art UK and a contributor to the
Guardian. He has extensive experience of teaching and is Associate Professor at the Department of Art and Architecture
and Design at London Metropolitan University. He has curated numerous public art projects, including the 2013 Art
Party to promote contemporary art and advocacy. His works have been exhibited internationally, and are in collections
in Europe and the United States.
Cartoon Animation With Preston Blair
Walter Foster Publishing
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9781560100843, $25.99, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: Cartoon animation is the process of drawing and photographing a character in successive positions to create
lifelike movement. Animators bring life to their drawings, making the viewer believe that the drawings actually think
and have feelings. "Cartoon Animation With Preston Blair" was written by a professional animator to help aspiring
animators learn how to animate. The pioneers of the art of animation learned many lessons, most through trial and error,
and it is this body of knowledge that has established the fundamentals of animation.
Animators must first know how to draw; good drawing is the cornerstone of their success. The animation process,
however, involves much more than just good drawing. This DIY instructional guide and manual teaches all the other
knowledge and skills animators must have.
In chapter one, Preston Blair shows how to construct original cartoon characters, developing a character's shape,
personality, features, and mannerisms. The second chapter explains how to create movements such as running, walking,
dancing, posing, skipping, strutting, and more. Chapter three discusses the finer points of animating a character,
including creating key character poses and in-betweens. Chapter four is all about dialogue, how to create realistic mouth
and body movements, and facial expressions while the character is speaking.
There are helpful diagrams in this chapter that show mouth positions, along with a thorough explanation of how sounds
are made using the throat, tongue, teeth, and lips. Finally, the fifth chapter has clear explanations of a variety of
technical topics, including tinting and spacing patterns, background layout drawings, the cartoon storyboard, and the
synchronization of camera, background, characters, sound, and music.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout and comprehensively covering all of the fundamentals of cartoon animation,
"Cartoon Animation With Preston Blair" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional,
art school, community, and academic library Animation Art Instructional Guide collections and supplemental
curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Preston Blair (October 24, 1908 - April 19, 1995) was a native Californian who studied art at the Otis
Art Institute, as well as illustration under Pruett Carter at Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts).
As a member of the California Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society in New York, he exhibited
work all over the country. Preston was a fine artist during the early days of full-length feature animation. For the Disney
production Fantasia, he designed and animated the hippos in "The Dance of the Hours". He also animated Mickey
Mouse in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, portions of the classic film Pinocchio, and the famous scene in Bambi when the
owl talks about love in his "twitterpated" speech. At MGM, Preston directed Barney Bear short films, and he was well
known as the designer and animator of one of Tex Avery's epic shorts Red Hot Riding Hood. Preston later moved to
Connecticut, where he produced television commercials, educational films, and cartoons, including The Flintstones.
Before he passed away, he worked as an inventor of interactive TV programs, such as teaching reading through
animation and virtual reality games featuring full-sized animated opponents.
The General Fiction Shelf
The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780825446375, $15.99, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: When his wife, Angel, is killed in a head-on collision, Gomez Gomez feels he can't go on -- so he doesn't. He
spends his days in the bushes next to the crash site drinking Thunderbird wine, and his nights cradling a coffee can full
of Angel's ashes. Slow, sure suicide, with no one for company but the snakes, Elvis's ghost, and a strange kid named
Across town, Father Jake Morales plays it safe, haunted by memories of the woman he left behind, hiding his guilt,
loss, and love behind a thick wall of cassock and ritual. Then a shady business deal threatens the town and his good
friend Gomez Gomez. Father Jake can't just stand by and watch, but what happens when the rescuer is the one in need
"The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez" is quirky, heartfelt, and deeply human. Lives and hopes collide in the town of
Paradise, stretching across decades and continents in this epic story of forgiveness, redemption, and love.
Critique: The first volume in the 'Ballads of Paradise' series by Buck Storm, "The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez" is
an inherently fascinating read from an author with an impressive gift for the kind of narrative storytelling style that will
quickly engage the reader from first page to last. While unreservedly recommended and certain to be an enduringly
popular addition to community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Glimmer As You Can
c/o Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643855233, $26.99, HC, 298pp
Synopsis: In the middle of Brooklyn Heights sits the Starlite: boutique dress shop by day, underground women's club by
night. Started by the shop's proprietor after her marriage crumbled, Madeline's social club soon becomes a safe haven
for women from all walks of life looking for a respite from their troubled relationships and professional frustrations.
These after-hour soirees soon bring two very different women into Madeline's life (Elaine, a British ex-pat struggling to
save her relationship, and Lisa, a young stewardess whose plans for the future are suddenly upended) irrevocably
changing all three women's lives in ways no one could have predicted.
But when Madeline's ne'er-do-well ex-husband shows up again, the luster of Starlite quickly dampens. As the
sisterhood rallies around Madeline, tension begins to eat at the club. When an unspeakable tragedy befalls their sorority,
one woman must decide whether to hide the truth from the group or jeopardize her own hopes and dreams.
Critique: Set in 1962 "Glimmer As You Can" fully captures the heartbeat of an era and the ambitions of a generation of
women living in a man's world -- a world threatened by a wave of change. Showcasing the narrative storytelling skills
of author Danielle Martin, "Glimmer As You Can" is an impressively original, fully reader engaging, and deftly scripted
novel that will prove to be a welcome addition to community library General Fiction collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Glimmer As You Can" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99) and
as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781662048081, $24.99, CD).
Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything
c/o Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643855004, $16.99, PB, 336pp
Synopsis: Agatha Arch's life shatters when she discovers her husband in their backyard shed, in flagrante delicto, giving
the local dog walker some heavy petting. Suddenly, Agatha finds herself face to face with everything that frightens her -
- and that's a very long list indeed!
Agatha keeps those she loves close. Everyone else, she keeps as far away as possible. So she's a mystery to nearly
everyone in her New England town. To her husband, she's a saucy, no-B.S. writer. To her Facebook Moms group, she's
a provocateur. To her neighbor, she's a standoffish pain in the butt. To her sons, she's chocolate pudding with
marshmallows. And to her shrink, she's a bundle of nerves on the brink of a cataclysmic implosion.
Defying her abundant assortment of anxieties, Agatha dons her "spy pants" (a pair of khakis whose many pockets she
crams with binoculars, fishing line, scissors, flashlight, a Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD, candy, and other espionage
essentials) and sets out to spy on her husband and the dog walker. Along the way, she finds another intriguing target to
follow: a mysterious young woman who's panhandling on the busiest street in town.
It's all a bit much for timorous Agatha. But with the help of her Bear Grylls bobblehead, a trio of goats, and a dog
named Balderdash, Agatha may just find the courage to build a better life.
Critique: An absorbing and entertaining read of the first order, "Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything" by novelist
Kristin Bair is a wonderfully original and highly recommended addition to community library collections. Singularly
original and satisfyingly compelling, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Agatha Arch is Afraid of
Everything" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio
book (Dreamscape Media, 9781662052934, $22.99, CD).
Catherine Wallace Hope
c/o Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643854816, $26.99, HC, 278pp
Synopsis: Isolated in the aftermath of tragedy, Erin Fullarton has felt barely alive since the loss of her young daughter,
Korrie. She tries to mark the milestones her therapist suggests (like today, the 500th day without Korrie) but moving
through grief is like swimming against a dark current.
Her estranged husband, Zac, a brilliant astrophysicist, seems to be coping better. Lost in his work, he's perfecting his
model of a stunning cosmological phenomenon, one he predicts will occur today -- an event so rare, it keeps him from
being able to acknowledge Erin's coinciding milestone.
But when Erin receives a phone call from her daughter's school, the same call she received five hundred days earlier
when Korrie was still alive, Erin realizes something is happening. Or happening again. Struggling to understand the
sudden shifts in time, she pieces together that the phenomenon Zac is tracking may have presented her with the gift of a
lifetime: the chance to save her daughter.
Unable to reach Zac or convince the authorities of what is happening, Erin is forced to find the answer on her own. Erin
must battle to keep the past from repeating -- or risk losing her daughter for good.
Critique: Compelling, original, the kind of novel that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has
been finished and set back upon the shelf, "Once Again" by Catherine Wallace Hope is a strongly recommended
addition to community and college/university library Contemporary General Fiction collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Once Again" is also readily available for personal reading lists in a digital book format
(Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781662048005, $24.99, CD).
A Solitude of Wolverines
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
195 Broadway New York, New York 10007
9780062982063, $27.99, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: While studying wolverines on a wildlife sanctuary in Montana, biologist Alex Carter is run off the road and
threatened by locals determined to force her off the land.
Undeterred in her mission to help save this threatened species, Alex tracks wolverines on foot and by cameras
positioned in remote regions of the preserve. But when she reviews the photos, she discovers disturbing images of an
animal of a different kind: a severely injured man seemingly lost and wandering in the wilds.
After searches for the unknown man come up empty, local law enforcement is strangely set on dismissing the case
altogether, raising Alex's suspicions. Then another invasive predator trespasses onto the preserve. The hunter turns out
to be another human -- and the prey is the wildlife biologist herself. Alex realizes too late that she has seen too much,
that she has stumbled onto a far-reaching illegal operation and now has become the biggest threat.
In this wild and dangerous landscape, Alex's life depends on staying one step ahead -- using all she knows about the
animal world and what it takes to win the brutal battle for survival.
Critique: A deftly blended combination of suspense thriller and action adventure that is the stuff from which block
buster movies are made, "A Solitude Of Wolverines" by novelist Alice Henderson is a compelling read from beginning
to end. While certain to be an immediately welcome and enduringly appreciated addition to community library fiction
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Solitude Of Wolverines" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $14.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio,
9781799944164, $39.99, CD).
The Historical Fiction Shelf
Fleming H. Revell Company
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800738174, $26.99, HC, 496pp
Synopsis: It is AD 312. Rome teeters on the brink of war. Constantine's army is on the move. On the Rhine frontier,
Brandulf Rex, a pagan Germanic barbarian, joins the Roman army as a spy and special forces operative. Down in
Rome, Junia Flavia, the lovely and pious daughter of a nominally Christian senator, finds herself embroiled in
anti-Christian politics as she works on behalf of the church.
As armies converge and forces beyond Rex's and Flavia's controls threaten to destroy everything they have worked for,
these two people from different worlds will have to work together to bring down the evil Emperor Maxentius. But his
villainous plans and devious henchmen are not easily overcome. Will the barbarian warrior and the senator's daughter
live to see the Empire bow the knee to Christ? Or will their part in the story of Constantine's rise meet an untimely and
Critique: A deftly crafted and fully absorbing novel by an author who is an especially skilled storyteller, the readers of
"The Conqueror" by Bryan Litfin will travel back to one of the most pivotal eras in Christian and Roman history -- a
time when devotion to the pagan gods was fading and the Roman Empire was being conquered by the sign of the cross.
While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Historical Fiction collections, it should be
noted for personal reading lists that "The Conqueror" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
The Romantic Fiction Shelf
Key to Love
Betsy St. Amant
Fleming H. Revell Company
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800739164, $29.99, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: The only thing Bri Duval loves more than baking petit fours is romance. So much so, she's created her own
version of the famous Parisian lovelock wall at her bakery in Story, Kansas. She never expects it to go viral -- or for
Trek Magazine to send travel writer Gerard Fortier to feature the bakery.
He's definitely handsome, but Bri has been holding out for a love story like the one her parents had, and that certainly
will not include the love-scorned-and-therefore-love-scorning Gerard.
Just when it seems Bri's bakery is poised for unprecedented success, a series of events threaten not just her business but
the pedestal she's kept her parents on all these years. Maybe Gerard is right about romance. Or maybe Bri's recipe just
needs to be tweaked.
Critique: A pure literary treat for dedicated Christian romance fans, "The Key To Love" by Betsy St. Amant is a
wonderfully entertaining and original novel that would prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to
any community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collection. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
"The Key To Love" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9780800738891, $15.99) and in a digital book
format (Kindle, $10.99).
Return to Virgin River
195 Broadway, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007
9780778388340, $27.99, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Kaylee Sloan's home in Southern California is full of wonderful memories of the woman who raised her. But
the memories are prolonging her grief over her mother's recent death. A successful author, Kaylee hoped she could pour
herself into her work. Instead she has terrible writer's block and a looming deadline.
Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the
isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, she
immediately feels inspired. Until she arrives at a building that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to
Jack's Bar to plan her next steps. The local watering hole is the heart of the town, and once she crosses the threshold,
she's surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a friend (or a stranger) in need.
Kaylee's world is expanding in ways she never dreamed possible. And when she rescues a kitten followed by a dog with
a litter of puppies, she finds her heart opening up to the animals who need her. And then there's the dog trainer who
knows exactly how to help her. As the holidays approach, Kaylee's dread turns to wonder. Because there's no better
place to spend Christmas than Virgin River.
Critique: Another perfectly crafted gem of a novel by Robyn Carr, "Return To Virgin River" is a literary treat for her
legions of fans -- and an ideal introduction to one of the most accomplished masters of the romance genre for those
unfamiliar with her work. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary
Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Return To Virgin River" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99) and in a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone
Publishing, 9781799920076, $29.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Robyn Carr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She is the author of the
popular long-running Virgin River series, as well as the Grace Valley, Thunder Point, and Sullivans Crossing series.
The Virgin River series is the basis for a Netflix Original television drama series. Her novel By Right of Arms won the
won the RITA award for best novel. She maintains an informative website at www.RobynCarr.com
The Blended Quilt
Wanda E. Brunstetter, author
Jean Brunstetter, author
P.O. Box 719, 1810 Barbour Drive, Uhrichsville, OH 44683
9781643526010, $12.99, PB, 288pp
Synopsis: Sadie Kuhns has a lot happening in her life. She is creating a unique quilt by blending a traditional Amish
pattern with a Hawaiian pattern as a tribute to her time spent in the islands, and she is working on a self-published
book. But her relationship with Wyman Kauffman has stagnated after six months of courtship. He can't seem to commit
to a profession that would secure a future, and he is jealous of the time Sadie gives to her own pursuits. Is there really
any reason to drag this courtship out? Only time will tell.
Critique: A deftly crafted Amish romance novel, "The Blended Quilt" is an impressive and memorably entertaining
read from beginning to end. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Romance Fiction
collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated romance fans that "The Blended Quilt" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.34) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Oasis
Audio, 9781640914797, $14.99, CD).
Forget Me Not
Sarah M. Eden
226 S. 630 E., Suite #4, American Fork, Utah 84003
9781524413354, $16.99, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Julia Cummings has long been acquainted with loss-her mother, her brother, her sister, her friend, all gone
too soon. But the loss that pushed her grief to the limit as a young girl was that of her best friend, Lucas Jonquil, who
abandoned her without looking back. Now, eight years later, Lucas has returned to Lampton Park, and Julia has steeled
herself-she will never forgive the man who broke her heart.
After losing too many of his friends and family to early deaths, Lucas vowed to live life to the fullest. And after
traversing the world, he has returned from his adventures to find his family and home as he left them-except for Julia.
The little girl he left behind has blossomed into a captivating lady, a lady who makes it clear she despises him.
With little hope of reconciliation, the former friends are blindsided when their parents make a shocking announcement.
Lucas and Julia have been betrothed without their knowledge and are to marry immediately. Now Lucas must rely on
the help of his closest friends to win the heart of a lady who loathes him -- a lady he's coming to love more deeply every
Critique: Set in Nottinghamshire, England, 1785, "Forget Me Not" is the debut volume of author Sarah M. Eden's new
'The Gents' historical romance series and effectively showcases her narrative storytelling skills and total mastery of the
Georgian Romance genre. Fully developed characters, unexpected plot twists, nicely crafted background details,
"Forget Me Not" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections. It
should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated historical romance fans that "Forget Me Not" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book from Covenant
Communications (9781524413361, $22.99, CD).
The Love Note
Joanna Davidson Politano
Fleming H. Revell Company
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800739201, $29.99, PB, 384pp
Synopsis: Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the
summer of 1865 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the
passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of
Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings (mostly negative ones) about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have
disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa's search becomes even more complicated when she
misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message
in its words.
Laced with mysteries large and small, "The Love Note" is romantic Victorian-era tale of love lost, love deferred, and
Critique: A fully engaging, impressively entertaining, and exceptionally well written novel by a master of the kind of
narrative driven storytelling style that keeps the reader rapt attention from first page to last, "The Love Note" by Joanna
Davidson Politano is certain to be an immediately and enduringly welcome addition to community library Mystery,
Suspense, Romance collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Love Note" is also readily
available in a paperback edition (9780800736897, $15.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Nothing Short of Wondrous
Fleming H. Revell Company
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800739218, $29.95, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: It is 1886, and the government has given the US Cavalry control of Yellowstone. For widowed hotelier Kate
Tremaine, the change is a welcome one. She knows every inch of her wilderness home like the back of her hand and
wants to see it protected from poachers and vandals.
Refused a guide by Congress, Lieutenant William Prescott must enlist Kate's aid to help him navigate the sprawling
park and track down the troublemakers. But a secret from his past makes him wary of the tender feelings the capable
and comely widow raises in him.
As they work together to protect the park and stand firm through injustice and tragedy, they may just find that two
wounded hearts can share one powerful love when God is in control.
Critique: A wonderfully crafted and fully entertaining historical romance novel by a writer with a genuine gift for
involving the hearts and minds of her readers, "Nothing Short of Wondrous" by Regina Scott is a highly recommended
addition to personal reading lists and community library Romance Fiction collections. It should be noted that "Nothing
Short of Wondrous" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9780800736408, $15.99) and in digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99).
Looking for a Cowboy
St. Martin's Press
120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271
9781250250063, $7.99, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: A beautiful stranger has come to Clearview, asking questions that are nobody's business. Cooper Owens also
wasn't born yesterday. He knows that this out-of-towner is hiding a dark secret of her own. Much as he knows he should
head in the other direction, he can't make himself turn away.
P.I. Marlee Frampton always wanted to lead a nice quiet life, working as a cop in her local police department. But that
dream came to an end when her sister was murdered and her baby kidnapped. Now Marlee's come to Texas to
investigate the Harpers, who may be linked to shady adoption agencies. Cooper can't believe that his friends could be
involved in anything so sinister. Soon he makes it his mission to help Marlee discover the truth -- and keep her safe in
Critique: A deftly crafted contemporary western romance, "Looking for a Cowboy" is an extraordinarily entertaining
and compelling read from beginning to end and successfully showcases author Donna Grant's impressive flair for
narrative driven storytelling. While highly recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections, it should
be noted for personal reading lists that "Looking for a Cowboy" is also readily available in a digital book format
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
New Man in the School / Her High School Lover
Stark House Press
1315 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781944520786, $19.95, PB, 204pp
Synopsis: In "New Man in the House" Roger Garland has made a career out of pleasure. He is, in fact, the perfect butler
-- discreet, deferential and ready to please the family, particularly the women of the house. His new employer is banker
Matthew Hornaday. But Garland is much more interested in Hornaday's teenage daughter, Lorna. Lorna is just
discovering sex, and Garland is certain that he can be the perfect teacher. But there is also Mrs. Hornaday to consider.
She may be married to a banker, but she was once a Broadway star, and has lost none of her lust for life - or for
Garland. If only Mr. Hornaday didn't distrust him so much, this could be the perfect set-up for seduction.
In "Her High School Lover", Laura Vaughn has fallen out of love with her second husband. Her first husband, Pierre,
taught her all about life when they were young in France, but archeologist Robert makes her feel like an obligation.
While Laura writes letters to Pierre, her teenage son Tony seethes with rage and confusion, resentful of his mother,
disdainful of his step-father, mad at the world. And Tony's friend, Tad Howard, has problems of his own -- his parents
hate each other, and use him as their punching bag. Each one them is seeking something and someone to make the pain
go away. It is only a matter of time before Laura and Tad find each other.
Critique: Peter Rabe aka Peter Rabinowitsch, (1921 - 1990), was a German American writer who also wrote under the
names Marco Malaponte and J. T. MacCargo (though not all of the latter's books were by him). Rabe was the author of
over 30 books, mostly of crime fiction, published between 1955 and 1975. Now Stark House Press has brought back
into print for the benefit of a new generation of appreciative readers two of his stories with the publication of "New
Man in the School / Her High School Lover". Enhanced with an informative Afterword by Barry N. Malzberg, and
unreservedly recommended for both community and college/university library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should
be noted for personal reading lists that "New Man in the School / Her High School Lover" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).
The Body in Bodega Bay
Betsy Draine & Michael Hinden
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299297947, $17.95, PB, 232pp
Synopsis: Life in Bodega Bay, a place made famous as the setting for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, has been quiet for
antiques dealer Toby Sandler -- until his new business partner is found dead in the harbor. Soon, the local sheriff
discovers that the victim's recently acquired Hitchcock artifacts and a painting of an angel have mysteriously
Toby and his wife, art historian Nora Barnes, are enlisted to aid the investigation. As they dig into tales of the area's
past and encounter perplexing clues that are both criminal and otherworldly, the couple contemplates whether some
mysteries are too deep to solve.
Critique: Originally published in a hardcover in 2014 and now newly available in a paperback edition, "The Body in
Bodega Bay" is a classic whodunnit in which the co-authors Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden plays fair with the reader
in terms of plot twists and turns. "The Body in Bodega Bay" is a fully engaging and impressively entertaining read --
and one that will have immense appeal for dedicated mystery buffs. While especially recommended for community
library Mystery/Suspense collections it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Body in Bodega Bay" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).
Funeral for a Friend
31 Mistletoe Road, Ashland, OR 97520
9781982663728, $27.99, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: Jonathan Stride's best friend, Steve Garske, makes a shocking deathbed confession: he protected Stride by
covering up a murder. Hours later, the police dig up Steve's yard and find a body with a bullet hole in its skull.
Stride is pretty sure he knows who it is. Seven years ago, an out-of-town reporter disappeared while investigating
anonymous allegations of rape against a prominent politician. Back then, the police believed that the reporter drowned
at a dangerous swimming hole called the Deeps but the discovery of the body changes everything. Now Stride's partner,
Maggie Bei, is forced to ask Stride an uncomfortable question: Did you kill him?
Stride is obviously hiding things. He was the last person to see the reporter alive. And he admits lying to Maggie about
that meeting, but won't tell her why. With suspicion in the murder pointing at him, Stride finds himself off the case and
on leave from the Duluth Police.
His only ally in clearing his name is his wife, Serena, who retraces the reporter's investigation into the explosive
allegations. The clues all point to a hot Duluth summer years earlier that everyone in town would prefer to forget.
Someone was willing to kill rather than let those long-ago secrets come out, and the suspect with the strongest motive is
Critique: A deftly crafted and simply riveting police procedural novel by a true master of the genre, "Funeral For A
Friend" by Brian Freeman is the stuff of which box office hit movies are made and will prove to be an immediate and
enduringly welcome addition to community library Mystery/Suspense/Thriller collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Funeral For A Friend" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.69) and
as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781982663421, $29.95, CD).
Never Turn Back
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643855370, $26.99, HC, 280pp
Synopsis: Ethan Faulkner is a precocious child with a brilliant but troublesome sister, a war vet for a father, and a weary
mother trying to manage their family. One night a young woman rings their doorbell, desperate to hide from two men
who are pursuing her, when one of the two barges in after her. The struggle leaves both of Ethan's parents dead.
Years later, Ethan has a successful teaching career and a budding relationship with a coworker. But he hasn't quite
followed through on his promise to his dying father -- to take care of his sister. Susannah is not an easy person to keep
tabs on, is a handful even when the tabs are kept, and quite frankly, Ethan wants her to suffer for preventing him from
getting to his dad before he died all those years ago.
It was a long time ago and Ethan tries to put all of it behind him. But that's easier said than done. When news of a brutal
murder breaks with evidence pointing to Ethan as the prime suspect, all the painful memories of his past come rushing
to meet him.
Critique: As a novelist, Christopher Swann is a master of the kind of narrative storytelling style that artfully conveys
both emotion and nuance. His latest novel, "Never Turn Back" is a powerfully rendered story of family, vengeance, and
actions that can echo down through the years with irreparable consequences for the future. Having a very special appeal
for mystery buffs who appreciate an artfully written suspense thriller featuring an amateur sleuth and many an
unexpected plot twist and turn, "Never Turn Back" is a welcome and recommended addition to community library
collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Never Turn Back" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $12.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781662048036,
The Russian Pink
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018
9781643135502, $25.95, HC, 272pp
Synopsis: When "The Russian Pink" (which is a stunningly large rose-hued diamond) makes a surprise appearance
around the neck of Honey Li, the wife of surging presidential candidate Harry Nash, Alex Turner, an investigator for
the Treasury Department's diamond division and former C.I.A. agent, finds himself spiraling down a seemingly endless
rabbit hole. A diamond like that always carries secrets, but the web of mystery behind "The Pink" is more complex than
Alex could ever image.
Starting with the trail of damage from botched sting operation, Alex wavers between legal and illegal tactics, friends,
family, and foes to find out why a mysterious Russian double agent betrayed him and the diamond ended up on a
potential path to the White House. For wherever the Russian Pink goes, secrecy, deception, and death surely
Critique: An original and riveting read from start to finish, "The Russian Pink" is an impressively well crafted novel of
suspense with more plot twists and turns thatn a Disneyland roller coaster. The stuff from which block buster movies
are made, "The Russian Pink" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly welcome addition to community library
Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Russian Pink" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).
East of Texas, West of Hell
105 South Court Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
9781588384164, $18.95, PB, 280pp
Synopsis: A desperate call from heiress Elle Meridian shakes ex-Dallas TV anchor Jack Prine from his comfortable life
in the Big Easy as he begins his long search for Meridian's missing teenage daughter. Instead of the girl, Jack discovers
the savaged bodies of drug dealers and embarks on a journey of relentless violence and lethal betrayal across the
As an intricate web of deception, extortion, and murder unwinds, Prine finds himself at odds with neo-Nazis, the cartel,
and the Dixie Mafia. Even if Prine can save Meridian's child, can he justify the blood on his hands? Rod Davis expands
the thrilling world of South, America in this Southern noir, rife with chaos, unexpected turns, and fascinating
Critique: In the pages of "East of Texas West of Hell", accomplished novelist Rod Davis deftly exposes the dark
underbelly and underground economies of God's country in a compelling story that fully engages the reader's attention
from one unexpected cliff-hanger of a plot twist after another. While highly recommended as a popular addition to
community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "East of Texas West of Hell" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).
The Well Of Ice
1620 Main Street, Suite 11, Sarasota, FL 34236
9781608093663, $26.95, HC, 352pp
Synopsis: Its a cold December on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal and solicitor Benedicta "Ben" O'Keeffe
is working flat out before the Christmas holidays. While on a trip to Dublin to visit her parents, she runs into Luke
Kirby (the man who killed her sister) freshly released from jail. On the surface he appears remorseful, conciliatory even,
but his comment as she walks away makes her realize he is as evil as ever.
Back in Glendara, she finds chaos. The Oak pub has burned down and Carole Kearney, the Oak's barmaid, has gone
missing. And then, while walking the dog up Sliabh Sneacht, Ben and her partner, Sergeant Tom Molloy, make a
gruesome discovery: a body lying face down in the snow. Another brutal attack in the small town and Ben plunges into
full discovery mode.
Who could be behind this vicious attack on Glendara and its residents? And why disturb such a charming town at
Christmas time? As Ben delves in to find answers, she comes face to face with the reality that all this evil could be
swirling around her as her past confronts her present -- and future!
Critique: Another riveting suspense thriller of a mystery from an accomplished master of the genre, "The Well Of Ice"
is the newest addition author Andrea Carter's 'Inishowen Mystery' series and certain to be an immediate and enduringly
popular addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for personal
reading lists of all dedicated mystery buffs that "The Well Of Ice" is also readily available in a paperback edition
(9781472125989, $12.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49).
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Believing: The Other Stories of Zenna Henderson
PO Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701
9781610373388, $32.00, HC, 470pp
Synopsis: Zenna Chlarson Henderson (November 1, 1917 - May 11, 1983) was an American elementary school teacher
and science fiction and fantasy author. Her first story was published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in
1951. Her work is cited as pre-feminist, often featuring middle-aged women, children, and their relationships, but with
stereotyped gender roles. Many of her stories center around humanoid aliens called "The People", who have special
powers. Henderson was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1959 for her novelette "Captivity". Science fiction authors
Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Connie Willis, Kathy Tyers, and Dale Bailey have cited her as an influence
on their work.
Best known for her stories of The People, published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from the early
1950s to the mid-1970s, The People were a group of human-appearing aliens, escaped the destruction of their home
world only to be shipwrecked on Earth, where they struggled to hide their extra abilities. These stories were collected
into one volume in 1995 when NESFA Press published Ingathering: "The Complete People Stories of Zenna
During the same period, Henderson published an equal number of non-People stories. Like the stories of The People,
they range from comforting to unnerving. Fans of The People will recognize the same underlying belief in the goodness
of people and other beings as they struggle for a chance at a better future. These stories have a common theme -- belief.
A girl believes that the hills are lost beasts and leads them home; a boy believes he can fight evil with a pocket piece
made from Popsicle sticks; a boy believes he can build a noise-eating machine -- with fatal results.
"Believing: The Other Stories of Zenna Henderson" contains every non-People story, all long out of print. Thirty-three
of the stories in this volume are from her collections, The Anything Box and Holding Wonder. The remaining five
stories and three poems were previously published in other magazines and anthologies.
Critique: An absolute 'must have' addition to the personal collections of all dedicated science fiction buffs and both
community/academic library American Science Fiction History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists
that tis NESFA edition of "Believing: The Other Stories of Zenna Henderson" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.95) from www.amazon.com.
Editorial Note: NESFA is the New England Science Fiction Association, Inc. and maintains a website (www.nesfa.org)
that is comprehensive, covering a wide variety of activities, information, and services that NESFA provides to the
science fiction community and to their members. Science fiction fans can also send news item suggestions to
newsworthy[at]nesfa.org, and for events and activities to calendar[at]nesfa.org.
Days of Burning, Days of Wrath
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781982124762, $25.00, HC, 400pp
Synopsis: When Patricio Carrera's family was murdered by Salafist terrorists aided and abetted by the fleet of alien
Earth, the only restraint on his ruthlessness and ambition was also removed. Now, after decades of war and preparation
for war in his adopted homeland of Balboa, the last of the Tauran Union Expeditionary Force collapses and is herded
into prison camps and ships, where their re-education commences.
An Islamic rebellion explodes inside the Tauran Union, bringing the governments and the bureaucracies to their knees -
- except when they're hauled up by their necks on lampposts. In neighboring Santa Josefina, the Taurans' Task Force
Jesuit is pinned into one small corner of the country, helplessly awaiting destruction. At sea, the Balboan classis and the
remaining fleet of the Zhong Hegemony battle for the supply lines that keep the invading Zhong Army in Balboa alive,
while the legions, now rid of the Taurans, redeploy against the Zhong, vengeance and massacre in their hearts and
And finally, Hamilcar Carrera, Patricio's young son, stands poised on the bridge of a clandestine assault transport, ready
to obliterate the last enemy base on his planet, even as a small ship is poised to remove the alien interstellar fleet
Critique: A deftly crafted and compelling science fiction story of political revolution, holy war, and armed violent
struggle on an interplanetary scale, "Days Of Burning, Days Of Wrath" by Tom Kratman is a riveting read that is
unreservedly recommended for community library Science Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of all dedicated science fiction 'Star Wars' style action/adventure fans that "Days Of Burning, Days Of
Wrath" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Political Science Shelf
In the Balance of Power, revised edition
Omar H. Ali
Ohio University Press
215 Columbus Road, Suite 101, Athens, OH 45701
9780821424346, $29.00, PB, 304pp
Synopsis: Now in a newly updated and expanded edition, "In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and
Third-Party Movements in the United States" by Professor Omar H. Ali reveals the multiple independent political
tactics and strategies that African Americans have used to expand democracy and uphold civil and political rights since
the founding of the nation.
This newly revised edition of Professor Ali's groundbreaking narrative includes an epilogue by independent political
analyst and leader Jacqueline Salit. New material addresses the historic presidencies of both Barack Obama and Donald
Trump, as well as the rising tide of independent and anti-party sentiments.
Critique: Impressively informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "In the Balance of Power: Independent Black
Politics and Third-Party Movements in the United States" provides invaluable insights into the current political
divisions of American politics on a national level with profound implications for the near term and long term political
climate. Enhanced with the inclusion of six page Time Line, forty-eight pages of Notes, an eighteen page Bibliography,
and an eight page Index, "In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third-Party Movements in the
United States" is a deftly crafted work of meticulous scholarship and unreservedly recommended for both community
and college/university library Contemporary Political Science collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. 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 'In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third-Party
Movements in the United States" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $27.55).
Editorial Note: Omar H. Ali is the Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College and professor of global and
comparative African diaspora history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. A graduate of the London
School of Economics, he received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and was named the Carnegie
Foundation North Carolina professor of the year.
Truth & Democracy
2747 Regent St., Berkeley, CA 94705
9781587904998, $16.95, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: Democracies are forged in the wake of oppression. At first there is trust among those with a common cause.
But maintaining unity is a continual challenge. Democracy is in crisis in the United States and in many countries around
the world -- a situation that even includes some members of the European Union.
Many nations that started on a path to democracy in this century now are reverting to autocracy. Their elected leaders
maintain support by pitting one part of the population against the other as they threaten those who challenge them. They
exert their authority by repeating mistruths and intimidating the press.
Internal divisions in the United States now threaten that it will tread that path. In the US and other democracies equality
and human dignity still have not fully been realized. In every generation we must renew our commitment to democratic
principles and their meaning for our time.
Critique: Witnessing the breakdown of American political norms, etiquette, and sense of fair play that has given rise to
the Trump administration and ethically corrupted the Republican party to what seems to be its very core, "Truth &
Democracy: Truth As A Guide For Personal And Political Action In An Age Of Polarization" by Steve Zolno should be
considered mandatory reading for all political activists regardless of where they stand on the political spectrum today --
as well as a part of every community, college, and university library's Contemporary Political Science collection and
supplemental curriculum studies list.
The Conscience of a Progressive
c/o John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
9781789044966, $23.95, PB, 216pp
Synopsis: "The Conscience of a Progressive" by Professor Steven Klees begins where Senator Barry Goldwater's The
Conscience of a Conservative (1960) and Paul Krugman's The Conscience of a Liberal (2007) leave off.
In this new study Professor Klees draws on 45 years of work around the world as an economist and international
educator to paint a detailed picture of conservative, liberal, and progressive views on a wide range of current social
issues. He takes an in-depth look at his specializations: education, economics, poverty and inequality, international
development, and capitalism.
Professor Klees also examines major social problems like health care, the climate crisis, and war. Throughout this
informed and informative study, Professor Klees tries to give a fair and careful depiction of how conservatives and
liberals see these issues, whilst focusing on critiques by progressives, and on the alternatives they offer.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, reasoned, reported, organized and presented, "The Conscience Of A Progressive"
is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and college/university library Comparative Politics,
Economic Policy, and Political Philosophy collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for
students, academia, political activists, and non-specialist general readers that "The Conscience Of A Progressive" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Steven Klees is Professor of International Education Policy at the University of Maryland and
specializes in education, economics, and international development. He has previously taught at Cornell University,
Stanford University, Florida State University, and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. He has a
Ph.D. from Stanford University. His work examines the political economy of education and development.
The Graphic Novel Shelf
c/o National Book Network (dist.)
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham MD 20706
In Marc Verdrines' "Islandia: The Westfjords" (9781849184519, $13.95, PB, 52pp) Jacques continues his journey
through the heart of Iceland, still looking for answers to questions even he doesn't quite understand. However, he
unknowingly leaves behind a trail of disasters and tragedies that strike every one he's come close to. Pursued first by
vengeful men, then by the authorities, he eventually arrives in a village where he finds a rocky formation that he's
dreamed of long before touching down on the island.
In the final installment of science fiction author and illustrator Marazano Shang's epic graphic novel "We Will Never
Forget You" (9781849183673, $17.95, 72pp), convinced that they are the last survivors of the human race, Ian and his
friends have decided to go in search of the command centre controlling the machines that hunt them so mercilessly.
Their only ray of hope is that SAM, their robot ally, is once again with them, but even with his help, they are painfully
aware that their attempt to reach the place where everything ended for mankind is little more than a suicide
The fifth and latest addition to author Rodolphe and illustrator Leo's Canadian Mountie graphic novel series Trent,
"Wild Bill" (9781849183956, $11.99, PB, 48pp) finds that while escorting a prisoner, Trent stops in a very animated
small town because the famous Wild Bill Turkey is passing through on his way to his bride. Bill is a legend among
gunfighters of the Old West. An aging one, yes, but that doesn't prevent him from coming to the Mountie's help when a
group of men try to free his prisoner. A powerful man is behind that attempt, though, and both Trent and Bill suddenly
become targets. Of special note is a totally unexpected ending!
The Audiobook Shelf
The Devil and the Dark Water
Stuart Turton, author
James Cameron Stewart, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781705268469, $44.99, CD
Synopsis: It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed
for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Traveling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is
determined to prove his friend innocent. But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A
twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered. And then three
passengers are marked for death, including Samuel. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes? With Pipps
imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger. A mystery that stretches back into their past
and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.
Critique: Brought vividly to life in a true theatre of the mind experience through the narrative talents of James Cameron
Stewart, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "The Devil and the Dark Water" by Stuart Turton is an
extraordinarily entertaining and thoroughly recommended addition to community library collections and to the specific
attention of all dedicated historical mystery buffs. (14 CDs, 17 Hours).
Stand Up And Die
William W. Johnstone, author
J. A. Johnston, author
Danny Campbell, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494541545, $12.99, CD
Synopsis: Some say bad luck comes in threes. And if you're a bandit, bank robber, or bloodthirsty killer, that bad luck
comes in the form of three hard justice-seekers known as the Jackals. Each of the Jackals has his own path to follow:
Former Texas Ranger Matt McCulloch is trying to protect a young Commanche from scalphunters. Retired cavalry
sergeant Sean Keegan is dodging bullets in a prison breakout planned by the notorious Benteen brothers. And bounty
hunter Jed Breen is bringing in one of the bank-robbing Kruger twins-while the other one's out for his blood! Three
Jackals. Three roads to justice. But when their paths cross near Arizona's Dead River, they've got to join forces and face
all of their enemies come hell or high water. They don't call it Dead River for nothing.
Critique: An action packed western novel brought to life in an extraordinarily effective theatre of the mind experience
by the narrative talents of Danny Campbell, "Stand Up and Die" by the team of William and J. A. Johnstone is packed
with everything a dedicated Johnstone fan has come to expect -- making it a certain and unreservedly recommended
addition to community library Western Fiction and audio book collections. (Complete and unabridged, 8 CDs, 9.5
Cunning of the Mountain Man
William W. Johnsone, author
J. Rodney Turner, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494538224, $39.99, CD
Synopsis: Framed for the murder of a rancher, Smoke Jensen must escape the angry lynch mob out for his blood, win
the trust of the widow of his supposed victim, and clear his name by exposing the land-hungry killers responsible for
the crime. That's going to take a steady gun hand and an iron nerve.
Critique: Containing mature themes and written by a master of the western fiction genre, this complete and unabridged
audio book edition of "Cunning of the Mountain Man" by William W. Jonnstone is an inherently gripping, engagingly
entertaining story deftly narrated by the vocal acting talents of narrator J. Rodney Turner. An absolute 'must' for the
legions of William Johnstone fans, "Cunning of the Mountain Man" is certain to be an immediately popular and
enduringly appreciated addition to community library audio book collections. (7 CDs, 8.5 Hours)
The Last Campaign
Martin L. Shoemaker, author
Rebecca Moses, narrator
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781799754879, $14.99, CD
Synopsis: Brazilian investigator Rosalia Morais, and her husband, revered American spacer Nicolau Aames, are
building a life together in Mars's Maxwell City, the fastest-growing settlement on the planet. Good news: there are no
natural predators. Bad news: there are humans. That means the crime rate is growing, too.
To ensure public safety, Rosie's appointed by the mayor as the Red Planet's first chief of police. No sooner does she
build a law enforcement squad than the biggest challenge looks to be internal. Policing the police for graft and
corruption is one thing. But when an industrialist is found among the chars of an arson, it's murder.
The fire leads to questions that can be answered by only one man -- Nick's former officer on the Earth-to-Mars vessel
the Aldrin. And Nick is still duty bound to keep the officer's secrets. As loyalties shift, trust breaks, and the tide of a
political conspiracy rises, Rosie must solve a mystery that could doom the future of humanity on Mars.
Critique: A flawless produced complete and unabridged audio book, award-winning actress Rebecca Mozo's superbly
presented narration of Martin L. Shoemaker's novel "The Last Campaign" is an extraordinary listening experience and
one that will have immense and immediate appeal to science fiction fans and mystery/suspense buffs alike -- making it
an ideal and highly recommended addition to any and all community library audio book collections.
The Music CD Shelf
Halfway from Nashville
Cosmic Cowboy Records
Halfway from Nashville is a music album of original songs by Sean Harrison, crafted in his signature style blending the
boundaries of Americana, country, blues, and rock. The candid, all-too-real lyrics tell stories of ordinary struggles,
triumphs, and travails of American life. Halfway from Nashville is memorable, heartfelt, and highly recommended. The
tracks are "Halfway from Nashville", "Go To Girl", "Gravel & Dirt", "Big Decisions", "Ode To A Goner", "Wake Up
Dead", "Fingertips", "Psychedelic", "Paydays", "The Last Water Tower", "Worried", and "Breathe Out Her Name".
Voodoo Possum Records, LLC
Papa Rosko is the self-titled debut album offering a blend of reggae, rock, Latin, dub, and pop. The result is a genre-
bending, original fusion that tantalizes the listener with its unique rhythmic medley. The lyrics touch upon serious
topics, including how the news media is driven by profit over the pursuit of truth, and lessons to be learned from
George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984". Papa Rosko is thoughtful, thoroughly engaging on multiple levels, and highly
recommended. The tracks are "Folsom Prison Blues", "Tranquilo", "Angel", "When You Say Nothing At All",
"NooZies", "Chemistry Is Everything", "You're Not The Only One", "1984", "Now Is The Moment", and "Man Wan 2
Commissioned by James and Robert Freeman
Three Tributes is a music CD of original, instrumental scores commissioned in honor of the parents of brothers James
and Robert Freeman. Award-winning composers Kevin Puts, Andrea Clearfield, and Gunther Schuller each contributed
a chamber orchestra piece. A treasure for anyone who enjoys the rich medley of orchestra performance, Three Tributes
is a choice pick for personal collections or holiday gift-giving. Highly recommended. The tracks are "Quintet for Piano
and Strings: 'The Red Snapper", "Romanza for Violin and Chamber Orchestra", and "Sonata for Two Pianos, Four
Best of Solo Piano, 2007-2018
Mt. Pollux Music
$19.99 / $TBA digital amazon.com
Best of Solo Piano, 2007-2018 is a compilation of original solo piano works by Dan Kennedy, created in a style that
draws upon elements of both new age and classical traditions. The sweeping, rapturous music is a treasure for
connoisseurs of the genre, and also makes an excellent gift. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Heaven", "Falling",
"Moving On", "Beautiful Day (With You)", "Cycle", "Jade", "Wintergreen", "Souvenirs", "Story Within a Story", "Dear
Girl", "Backstory", "A Moment", "California", "Ballad", "Wildflower", "Allelu", and "Clear as the Coast".
The Great Kat
The Great Kat, well-known for her unabashedly provocative appearances, sensual videos, and extraordinary talent in
skillfully shredding classical works of music at record-breaking speeds, is celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday with
the release of two new singles in both digital and CD format. "Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony for Guitar and
Symphony Orchestra" ($9.98) is a profound new way to experience a classical musical journey inspired by nature's
transitions from tranquility to thunderstorms. "Beethoven's Fur Elise" ($9.98) is a transformatively shredded version of
Beethoven's posthumously discovered work in honor of an unknown woman whose identity has been the source of
near-endless speculation. As always, the Great Kat displays an incredible gift for musical performance that pushes
boundaries in more ways than one; both singles are highly recommended.
The DVD Shelf
Double Cross, season 1
c/o AMC Networks
Double Cross, season 1 is an original DVD series about a brother-sister pair of twins with a dark past and the
determination to eradicate an evil far greater than their own. The sudden rise of a sex trafficking ring that kidnaps
young girls spurs them to hunt down the most vile type of criminals and serve vigilante justice. Their grim elimination
of traffickers attracts the attention of the police, putting their own futures in jeopardy. Double Cross is an intense
psychological drama starring two fascinating anti-heroes, highly recommended for connoisseurs of the genre. 6
episodes on 2 DVDs, 198 min., SDH subtitles.
Balthazar, series 2
Balthazar, series 2 is an original forensic procedural DVD series. A combination of crimesolving, drama, and pathos,
Balthazar series 2 delves deeper into its protagonist's troubled past. A lead surfaces in the investigation to find the
culprit who murdered Balthazar's wife twelve years ago. Balthazar and Chief Inspector Helene Bach work together to
prevent the killer from claiming more victims, even as their own relationship deepens. Balthazar, series 2 is a superb,
thought-provoking series, highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of the genre. 10 episodes on 3 DVDs, 600
min., SDH subtitles.
Championship Products is the premier publisher of sports training DVDs. They have now released three new and
outstanding training basketball DVDs, each one by a top ranked basketball coach, each of which is especially and
unreservedly recommended for highschool, college, university, and professional basketball training instructional
"Dick Bennett's Encyclopedia of the Pack Line & Blocker/Mover Systems" (BD-05763, $39.99, DVD) features a
in-depth on the Pack Line Defense and Blocker/Mover Offense with coach Dick Bennett who is the creator of both
systems. Viewers will: Learn the origins, philosophy, and best practices of the pack line defense, which has been widely
adopted across all levels of the game; Understand how the blocker-mover offense operates and how to best adapt it to
their team; Build a successful basketball program built on strong morals and principles.
"Joe Gallo: Using a Zone as Your Primary Defense" (BD-05762, $29.99, DVD) shows: How to run a stifling zone
defense that forces opponents to run their second best offense and take shots they don't work on consistently;
Understand why Coach Gallo prefers using zone defense and why he chose to run it full-time in the first place; Get a
blueprint for working on zone defense in practice and how to make practice sessions more competitive; Deep-dive into
how to make a zone defense more effective with practice footage and game film breakdowns.
"Coaching Basketball the Bob Hurley Way" (BD-05761, $39.99, DVD) will widen the base of a coaching spectrum
with drills, offensive and defensive strategies, and pillars for success. Coaches and players will learn many of Coach
Hurley's favorite go-to drills that he used over a long and successful coaching career; Receive insightful coaching tips
for the offensive and defensive sides of the ball that will make your team more efficient; Absorb essential team building
and culture-enriching advice from a Hall of Fame coach.
The Travel Shelf
Exploring Wine Regions - Bordeaux France
Michael C. Higgens
International Exploration Society
PO Box 93613, Pasadena, CA 91109
9780996966023, $44.95, PB, 500pp
Synopsis: "Exploring Wine Regions - Bordeaux France: Discover Wine, Food, Castles, and The French Way of Life"
by author and photographer Michael C. Higgens brings a unique approach in educating and inspiring readers about the
wine region of Bordeaux France in the form of a kind of profusely illustrated journey that deftly explores the long and
fascinating history of wine, gastronomy, castles and joie de vivre, the French way of living life.
The perfect companion for any wine lover or travel enthusiast, extensive resources are provided for wine lovers who
want to know where to go, what to look for, what questions to ask, and how to understand complex answers. Everyone
can learn how to develop a palate to appreciate the finest wine and food the French of the Bordeaux region have to
Critique: Ideal for the armchair traveler and for mapping out excursions for the adventurous on-site traveler, "Exploring
Wine Regions - Bordeaux France: Discover Wine, Food, Castles, and The French Way of Life" is an extraordinary,
informative, and thoroughly 'user friendly' resource that is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, community, and college/university library Travel Guide and wine enthusiast reference collections.
Spirits of San Francisco
Gary Kamiya, author
Paul Madonna, illustrator
9781635575880, $28.00, HC, 244pp
Synopsis: Gary Kamiya's first foray into travel book writing was "Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco".
Now "Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City" he joins forces with artist and illustrator Paul
Madonna to take a fresh look at this one-of-a-kind city. Marrying image and text in a way no travel book about this city
has done before, Kamiya's captivating narratives accompany Madonna's masterful pen-and-ink drawings, breathing life
into San Francisco sites both iconic and obscure.
Critique: An ideal read for the dedicated armchair traveler and of special value to anyone with an interest in one of
America's premier cities with its exceptional influence on American popular culture, "Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages
through the Unknown City" is an extraordinarily informative and thought-provoking tour-de-force showcasing the city
and its people. While very highly recommended for community, college, and university library American Travel &
Travelogue collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the
Unknown City" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Soul of Barcelona: A Guide to 30 Exceptional Experiences
Fany Pechiodat, author
Vincent Moustache, author
9782361953874, $14.95, PB, 144pp
Synopsis; With a copy of "Soul of Barcelona: A Guide to 30 Exceptional Experiences", visitors to Barcelona can plant
an itinerary that can include grooving to jazz on Gaudi's rooftops, tasting tapas prepared by a grandmother who is
inspiring all the young Spanish chefs, discovering how to get to a secret beach, sinking into the ultimate churros, taking
a hot bath at a spa beneath the city, and so much more!
"Soul of Barcelona" showcases the 30 best experiences the city has to offer -- any one of which alone make it well
worth the trip. Additionally, the aspiring traveler with particularly appreciated the inclusion of interviews with those
who give the city its spirit and illustrations that capture the city's soul.
Critique: For the armchair traveler, browsing through the pages of "Soul of Barcelona: A Guide to 30 Exceptional
Experiences" is the next best thing to being there. For the on-site visitor "Soul of Barcelona: A Guide to 30 Exceptional
Experiences" is an ideal itinerary planning guide to get the most out of a visit be it a day trip excursion or an extended
vacation. "Soul of Barcelona: A Guide to 30 Exceptional Experiences" is unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, and community library Travel Guide & Travelogue collections.
Synopsis: Jonglez Publishing is a premier publisher of travel guides. Two of their newest titles in the Jonglez
Publishing 'Unusual Guide' series are especially to be recommended for personal, professional, and community library
With "Secret Edinburgh: An unusual guide" (9782361953638, $21.95, PB, 320pp) the traveler can descend into a Cold
War bunker, piece together guerrilla mosaics, unearth the most glorious of grottoes, genuflect before the wooden robot
overlord, sniff out dogs more dazzling than Greyfriars Bobby, peruse a 17th-century list of ladies of pleasure, get
water-boarded in a prototype Jacuzzi, travel to the Wild West of Morningside, discover hidden gardens and clandestine
art that not even the neighbors know about, and more!
With "Secret Venice" (9782361954116, $21.95, PB, 432pp) travelers will discover the secrets of St. Mark's Basilica
without any tourist, decipher the capitals of the palace of the Doges, take the only underground canal in Venice, look
out for of the alchemical sculpture of the winged horse, open your eyes to traces of the Teriaca, this miracle drink that
was long made in Venice, tear up the paintings of the Scuola di San Rocco according to the principles of the Hebrew
Kabbalah or the construction of San Francesco della Vigna according to those of the musical Kabbalah, visit an
underground graveyard, push the doors of palaces and monasteries to walk in unsuspected gardens, admire the
extraordinary forgotten library of the Venice seminary, sleep in a sublime room hidden in a palace, go shopping at the
women's prison market of the Giudecca, play petanque in the heart of the city, make a retreat in a wonderful monastery
of the lagoon, and more!
Critique: Both of these profusely illustrated, information jam packed, easily portable little volumes are indispensable
street and armchair guides for those who would like to explore the curiosities of these two most secretive of cities.
While especially recommended for community library Travel Guide collections, it should be noted that"Secret Venice"
is also available in a digital book format (Kindle $9.99).
The Business Shelf
What Is Strategy?: An Illustrated Guide to Michael Porter
Joan Magretta, author
Emile Holmewood, illustrator
Heinrich Zimmermann, contributor
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781633698239, $25.00, HC, 80pp
Synopsis: In "What Is Strategy?: An Illustrated Guide to Michael Porter", Joan Magretta (author of "Understanding
Michael Porter"), has teamed up with illustrator Emile Holmewood to capture essential strategy concepts in a short,
easy-to-understand, graphic format.
In a kind of graphic novel format, the reader will find the classic Porter frameworks (industry structure and the Five
Forces, competitive advantage and the value chain) as well as a set of practical tests to apply in evaluating existing
strategies or developing new ones. The reader will also learn Porter's thinking about critical issues such as scale, goal
setting, sustainability, and disruption.
With a relatable cast of characters (a deadlocked team of managers calls in Professor Porter to help them devise a new
strategy) "What Is Strategy?: An Illustrated Guide to Michael Porter" brings a sense of fun to a serious subject. It will
help the reader to quickly grasp the fundamentals of strategy, whether they are a seasoned strategist looking to cut
through all the new buzzwords or a new manager about to lead their first strategy meeting.
Critique: Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "What Is Strategy?: An Illustrated Guide to
Michael Porter" will prove to be an invaluable, practical, and appreciated addition to personal, professional,
community, corporate, and college/university library Business Management & Planning collections and supplemental
MBA curriculum studies lists for MBA students, academia, as well as an in-service training textbook for corporate
executives, business managers, entrepreneurs, and the DIY studies lists for non-specialist general readers with an
interest in the subject.
Editorial Note: Previously a Bain partner and a strategy editor at Harvard Business Review, Joan Magretta has worked
with Michael Porter for over two decades. A McKinsey Award winner, she is currently a Senior Associate at the
Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.
John E. Quinlan
An Inc. Original
c/o Greenleaf Book Group Press
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9781733478175, $24.95, HC, 242pp
Synopsis: The present pandemic driven economic collapse underscores that in our modern unforgiving and complex
global market environment, only a groundbreaking organizational change framework will allow companies and
corporations to sustainably compete and thrive
"Alignment Strong: A Strategic and Human-Centric Handbook for Competitive Leadership" is inspirational guide
created by ex-CEO and road-tested executive leadership coach John E. Quinlan who takes you on a journey of
self-discovery as a leader of others.
Years ago, deep in the Utah desert near the end of a long motorcycle trek, Quinlan had a vision of perfect organizational
alignment -- with da Vinci's Vitruvian Man at the core. This concept is what became "Alignment Strong".
Concise yet impassioned, "Alignment Strong" is an essential handbook that clarifies the ten components of Quinlan's
proven competitive leadership model by overlaying them on a depiction of da Vinci's ideal human form. As a result, the
perfect organizational alignment converges with the ultimate individual alignment.
By following the "Alignment Strong" framework, you will learn the importance of: Articulating your own change
philosophy and applying a shared formula with deftness; Finding vulnerability and courage by understanding your own
personal power, blind spots (CEO disease), career derailers, and resistance to change; Integrating strategic and
human-centric systems within your enterprise to increase organizational health, financial results, and competitive
posture; Aligning espoused core values with strategic vision, mission, leadership/team, strategy, goals, and a
performance management system, while culturally imbedding an appetite for change.
Utilizing research and advice from top business and thought leaders, as well as self, organizational, and team
assessments, Quinlan's "Alignment Strong" enables you to transform not only yourself, but your company.
Critique: A unique and extraordinary contribution to the growing library of business management DIY instructional
materials, "Alignment Strong: A Strategic and Human-Centric Handbook for Competitive Leadership" is impressively
informative, exceptionally thoughtful, extraordinarily insightful, eminently practical, and unreservedly recommended
for professional, community, corporate, college, and university library Business Management, Leadership, Motivational
collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of MBA students,
academia, corporate executives, business managers, entrepreneurs, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in
the subject that "Alignment Strong" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: John E. Quinlan co-founded and ran a publicly traded financial services holding company, building it to
330 employees in 14 states and $430 million in assets. But Quinlan ended up losing it all. His failure became his
competitive advantage and ultimately the genesis for his book, Alignment Strong".
After co-establishing a consulting and investment banking firm in Detroit, he left America for the other side of the
world, where he and his wife founded, in remote Papua New Guinea, a certified-organic and Rain Forest Alliance
coffee growing, collection, and exporting business. It grew and prospered until local greed and vengeance, culminating
in an assassination attempt, forced the Quinlans to abandon their company.
Quinlan is now an author, speaker, organization development specialist, and executive leadership coach. He holds a
Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Albion College in Michigan, and a Master of Science in Organizational
Development (MSOD) from the American University, Washington, D.C. Quinlan was recognized as an entrepreneurial
polymath by Inc. magazine.
The Self-Help Shelf
Growing Big Dreams
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608687046, $16.99, PB, 344pp
Synopsis: "Growing Big Dreams: Manifesting Your Heart's Desires through Twelve Secrets of the Imagination" by
Robert Moss is a passionate yet practical call to step through the gates of dreams and imagination to weather tough
times, embark on travel adventures without leaving home, and grow a vision of a life so rich and strong it wants to take
root in the world. Vitally relevant today more than ever, dreams are a tool available to all.
Moss is a cartographer of inner space, equally at home in Jung's psychology and shamanic journeying. In "Growing Big
Dreams" he presents a collection of compelling stories, playful activities, and wild games -- all of which are specifically
designed to lead the reader to manifest a life of creative joy and abundance. His readers will learn to connect with their
inner 'imagineer' and become scriptwriter, director, and star of their own life movies, choosing their preferred genre and
stepping into a bigger and braver story.
Great artists, mystics, and shamans know that there are places of the imagination that are entirely real. In "Growing Big
Dreams" Robert Moss shows how to get there.
Critique: Impressively 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Growing Big Dreams: Manifesting Your
Heart's Desires through Twelve Secrets of the Imagination" is an extraordinary and potentially life enhancing read that
is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and college/university library Self-Help/Self-
Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Growing Big Dreams" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Robert Moss is the creator of the School of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern
dreamwork and ancient shamanic and mystical practices. He leads popular workshops all over the world, including a
three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming and online courses for the Shift Network. He maintains an
informative website at www.mossdreams.com
The Money/Finance Shelf
Moneyfulness: Learning to Live with Money
Morgan James Publishing
11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300, Newport News, VA 23606-4448
9781642796162, $16.95, PB 220pp
Synopsis: Money causes the most stress for people around the world. Seventy-two percent of all Americans experience
stress about their finances and that money stress is not only caused by not having money but is caused by the way
people think about money -- their convictions and behavior.
In the concept of mindfulness, there is no mention of stress reduction about money problems. People can find all kinds
of stress relievers regarding depression, burn-out, anxiety, etc.
For the first time, Michael Keet presents in the pages of "Moneyfulness: Learning to Live with Money" a unique
concept that fills this gap in the overall concept of mindfulness. Michael presents the idea that people's mindset about
money and the practical "how to" belong together, walking readers through the seven aiding factors of mindfulness as
they apply to money along with the practical steps for how to actually manage money.
For those who are ready to end their money stress, "Moneyfulness" shows them how to never look at money the same
Critique: Expertly written, organized and presented for the benefit of the non-specialist general reader with an interest
in the subject, "Moneyfulness: Learning to Live with Money" is packed from cover to cover with practical insights,
information, strategies, tactics, and encouragement. Especially recommended for community and college/university
library Money & Finance Management instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists
that "Moneyfulness: Learning to Live with Money" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Currently resides in Noord Brabant, The Netherlands, Michael Keet was a high school drop-out, and at
the age of 21 was labeled as "underprivileged" with no relevant education or work experience. He now has his
Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance and, within nine years, Michael went from "underprivileged" to finance
director at the age of 30 before becoming an entrepreneur and developing online accounting software to help small
business owners. He is also a certified mindfulness coach and has been published in and interviewed by the Dutch
Financial Times, along with other local newspapers.
The Poetry Shelf
A Brief History of Fruit
Kimberly Quiogue Andrews
The University of Akron Press
30 Amberwood Parkway, Ashland, OH 44805
9781629221618, $15.95, PB, 99pp
Synopsis: In the verse comprising "A Brief History of Fruit" by Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, the reader is shuttled
between the United States and the Philippines in the search for a sense of geographical and racial belonging. Driven by
a restless need to interrogate the familial, environmental, and political forces that shape the self, these poems are both
sensual and cerebral: full of "the beautiful science," as Kimberly puts it, of "naming: trees of one thing, then another,
then yet another."
Colonization, class dynamics, an abiding loneliness, and a place's titular fruit, from tiny Filipino limes, to the frozen
berries of rural America, all serve as focal markers in a collection of verse that insists that we hold life's whole fragrant
pollination in our hands and look directly at it, bruises and all. Throughout, these searching, fiercely intelligent and
formally virtuosic poems offer us a vital new perspective on biracial identity and the meaning of home, one that asks us
again and again: "what does it mean, really, to live in a country?"
Critique: "A Brief History of Fruit" is poet Kimberly Quiogue Andrews's award-winning full-length debut and will
leave the reader looking eagerly toward her next literary project. Thoughtful, thought-provoking, and above all --
memorable, "A Brief History of Fruit" is especially and unhesitatingly recommended for community and
college/university contemporary American poetry collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Brief
History of Fruit" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.15).
Editorial Note: Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet, literary critic, and the author of BETWEEN, winner of the 2017
New Women's Voices Prize from Finishing Line Press. A two-time Academy of American Poets prize winner and a
Pushcart nominee, her poems have appeared widely, including in Poetry Northwest, Grist, West Branch, The Shallow
Ends, Tinderbox Poetry Journal and elsewhere, and have been selected for inclusion in Bettering American Poetry. Her
essays and criticism have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, ASAP/J, and elsewhere. She can be found on
Twitter at @kqandrews.
Wonder & Wrath
A. M. Juster
Paul Dry Books
1700 Sansom Street, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5214
9781589881495, $14.95, PB, 80pp
Synopsis: A. M. Juster is an award-winning poet, translator, and critic. His most recent books include John Milton's
The Book of Elegies, The Elegies of Maximianus, and Sleaze & Slander, and his first book of original poetry, The
Secret Language of Women, won the Richard Wilbur Award. Juster's poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in
Poetry, The Paris Review, The Hudson Review, The New Criterion and many other publications.
Published by Paul Dray Books, "Wonder & Wrath" is his latest collection of original and translated poetry. These
poems display great formal accomplishment and deliver pleasure in the act of reading them -- especially when read
aloud in accordance with the cadence and rhythm of the words and their phrasing.
Critique: The poems comprising "Wonder & Wrath" have previously appeared in Poetry, The Hudson Review, Rattle
and many other top journals. A truly memorable collection of impressively crafted verse that as timely and timeless, as
it is inherently thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Wonder & Wrath" is especially and unreservedly recommended for
personal reading lists, as well as both community and college/university library the Contemporary American Poetry
The Sports Shelf
Good Shot: A Guide to Using Clay Target Skills in the Field
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
9780811703772, $19.95, HC, 144pp
Synopsis: Stephen Mulak writes, hunts birds, and shoots targets at his home in Massachusetts. He has written six books
on hunting, dog training, and nature.
In "Good Shot: A Guide to Using Clay Target Skills in the Field", Mulak covers the question of what makes someone a
good shot? He has given this question a lot of thought, and in the pages of "Good Shot" he analyzes problems faced by
shooters everywhere. A good shot doesn't miss the same shot twice because he figures out why he missed it and what he
must do to correct his mistake.
Shooting a shotgun well takes skill, and "Good Shot" will help the reader improve their technique in terms of: What to
look for in a field shotgun; How to improve technique and how to recognize and change bad habits; How to use skeet to
improve your hunting plus clay target games.
As Mulake attests -- "If you are a bird hunter looking to improve your marksmanship, welcome to the skeet field!"
Illustrations and photographs clearly show the right way (and the wrong way) to shoot skeet and improve the shooter's
score. Mulak's "Good Shot" takes a shooter from the skeet range to the hunt, with a whole new set of tools at their
Critique: An ideal, comprehensive, and thoroughly 'user friendly' DIY educationally informative guide and manual,
"Good Shot: A Guide to Using Clay Target Skills in the Field" well prove to be an enduringly welcome and appreciated
addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Shooting Sports & Recreation instructional
reference collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Good Shote" is also readily available in a
paperback edition (9780811739092, $16.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.49).
Editorial Note: Steven Mulak wrote, hunted birds, and shot targets at his home in Massachusetts. He has written several
books on hunting, dog training, and nature, including a collection of short stories and an annotated suburban naturalist's
almanac, "Just Off Main Street" (Down East Books, 9780892726646, $15.95 PB, $14.99 Kindle, 159pp).
The Hunting Shelf
Wingshooting: More Birds in Your Bag
Peter F. Blakeley
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
9780811705660, $29.95, HC, 160pp
Synopsis: A definitive instructional guide and manual, "Wingshooting: More Birds in Your Bag " by Peter F. Blakeley
is comprised of an effective distillation of tips and techniques and carefully compiled knowledge of the unit lead
system. Offering a new and productive approach to hunting quail, doves, pheasants, ducks, and geese, "Wingshooting:
More Birds in Your Bag" emphasizes how to apply a specific lead to a specific target. Of special note are the chapters
on eye dominance, gun fit and mount, muzzle control, the birds, timing, and shooting rhythm.
Critique: A complete, comprehensive, and illustrated DIY instructional, "Wingshooting: More Birds in Your Bag" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library
Hunting & Sports Recreation collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Wingshooting: More Birds
in Your Bag" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9780811739139, $21.95) and in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Currently residing near Dallas, Texas, Peter Blakeley writes for Sporting Clays magazine. He grew up in
Stockport, Cheshire, England, and shot and operated a gun shop on the Duke of Buccleuch's Estate in Langholm. He
earned his credentials as a shooting coach at Annandale Shooting Ground in Dumfriesshire and Westside Sporting
Grounds in Houston and the Dallas Gun Club.
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
101 Rescue Puppies
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608686568, $18.95, PB, 152pp
Synopsis: Over the past decade, Kathy Callahan's family has taken in more than a hundred rescue puppies. "101 Rescue
Puppies: One Family's Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust" is delightful photo-filled book that features the
wonderful stories that emerged as these foster pups were suddenly surrounded by a nurturing family complete with
patient adult dogs and curious cats. With a gift for capturing the moment in both words and images, Callahan brings her
readers inside the poignant and ultimately uplifting work of fostering.
While "101 Rescue Puppies: One Family's Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust" is an inspiring read that is indeed
about puppies, it is also about family and human connection. It's about finding your own way through that one special
thing you can do to 'light a candle, instead of cursing the darkness'.
Critique: A thoroughly charming book to browse through from first page to last, "101 Rescue Puppies: One Family's
Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust" is most certainly recommended, especially for community library
Pets/Wildlife collections. Especially commended to the attention of everyone who has ever had a canine companion of
their own, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "101 Rescue Puppies: One Family's Story of Fostering Dogs,
Love, and Trust" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Kathy Callahan is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) living in Alexandria, Virginia. She
loves to coach people and their puppies into a great pack life. Her family continues to foster puppies amid their own
The Woodworking Shelf
Sharpening: A Woodworker's Guide
Randall A. Maxey
The GMC Group
9781784944407, $24.95, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: "Sharpening: A Woodworker's Guide" by woodworking expert Randall A. Maxey takes one of the most
important aspects of maintaining a successful workshop and breaks it down into all of key areas in an easily-accessible
manner. Keeping tools sharp is one of the most fundamentally important disciplines to ensure top-quality results.
Aimed at both those new to woodworking as well as the experienced woodworker, "Sharpening: A Woodworker's
Guide" is broken down into three main sections: sharpening by hand, machine sharpening and putting the theory into
practice. Traditional sharpening techniques and tools are covered as well as those using the latest innovations for both
hand and machine sharpening.
"Sharpening: A Woodworker's Guide" covers: sharpening with oilstones, waterstones and diamond stones; correct
methods for holding tools; power grinders and grinding wheels; using jigs and tool rests.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, "Sharpening: A Woodworker's Guide" is an ideal instructional guide and
manual that will prove essential for the beginner and hold a great deal of value for even the more experienced
woodworker. Simply stated, "Sharpening: A Woodworker's Guide" would be appropriate as a curriculum textbook for
every public school and technical college woodworking course, as well as for personal, professional, and community
library woodworking collections.
Editorial Note: Randall Maxey has been woodworking almost since he was old enough to lift a hammer. Born and
raised in central Ohio, he owns a custom woodworking business, Cherry Ridge Woodworks. He is also the founder and
owner of MiniMaxWorkshop.com which supports the idea that you can build great projects in small spaces. Randall
also served ten years as senior editor for a woodworking magazine. He continues to write and edit articles for other
woodworking publications and companies.
The Needlecraft Shelf
The GMC Group
9781784945664, $24.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: "Crocheted Dogs" by Vanessa Mooncie is comprised of ten canine themed DIY crocheting projects that
include their individual detailed patterns being effectively illustrated with stunning photographs and helpful
hand-drawn charts. There is also an extensive techniques section explaining all the stitches and techniques needed to
make a perfectly created crocheted canine companion!
Critique: An ideal and thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction manual and guide, "Crocheted Dogs" will prove to be an
especially welcome and enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, and community library Needlecraft
collections. Ideal for both the novice and experienced crocheting enthusiasts, it should noted for personal reading lists
that "Crocheted Dogs" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Vanessa Mooncie spent many happy hours as a child sitting with her mother and grandmother learning
to knit and crochet. She went on to study fashion and textile design and became a children's wear designer, illustrator
and interior designer. Vanessa now specializes in silkscreen work (www.vanessamooncie.com) and designing crochet
jewelry through her company Kissy Suzuki (www.kissysuzuki.com). Vanessa has written many successful books for
GMC Publications, including Animal Hats, Crocheted Wild Animals, Sew Adorable, And Sew to Bed and Crocheted
Sea Creatures. She is also a regular contributor to other craft books and magazines.
The Crafts Shelf
Kawaii Resin and Clay Workshop
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9781631599682, $24.99, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: In "Kawaii Resin and Clay Workshop: Crafting Super-Cute Charms, Miniatures, Figures, and More", author
and crafter Alex Lee (of PolymomoTea YouTube and Instagram fame) shares his amazing techniques, tips, and tricks
for creating awwww-inspiring, heart-stoppingly cute tiny and little projects to wear and give.
Aspiring resin and clay crafters will learn about the essential tools and techniques for working with these easy-to-use
mediums, from shaping to adding color, and from casting to curing. They will also discover 25 jaw-droppingly adorable
projects that combine polymer clay and resin in fun and unique ways. Plus they will be provided with expert guidance
on how to create and adapt designs for making jewelry and multiples.
Critique: An expertly written, profusely illustrated, thoroughly 'user friendly' step-by-step, DIY instructional guide and
manual, "Kawaii Resin and Clay Workshop: Crafting Super-Cute Charms, Miniatures, Figures, and More" is an ideal
and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library Polymer
Clay, Beadwork, and Miniatures instructional reference collections.
Editorial Note: The creator of popular YouTube channel, Instagram account, and Facebook page PolymomoTea, Alex
Lee designs and creates super-cute charms and other projects using polymer clay, resin, and other crafts materials.
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