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African American Lawman: 1867-1877
Lievin Kambamba Mboma
Lievin K. Mboma Press
9780998971667, $39.50, HC, 240pp
Synopsis: "African American Lawman: 1867-1877" by Lievin Kambamba Mboma explores the heretofore understudied
topic of African Americans in law enforcement, as well as in executive and elected political offices during the
Reconstruction Era. During this historical period, African Americans served in various capacities, including as
policemen, justices of the peace, judges, and correctional officers.
Additionally, African Americans were empowered with regulatory duties at the local, state, and federal levels such as
serving as tax collectors, school inspectors, sanitary inspectors, county board of supervisors, city appraisers, street
commissioners, and assessors. Moreover, they held executive offices at the city and state levels as mayors and
lieutenant-governors. Furthermore, they were elected as congressmen and senators.
Mboma analyzes the reconstruction policy approaches of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson along with
the views of radical lawmakers regarding the readmission of seceded states. Within this context, Congressman
Thaddeus Stevens's radical reconstruction vision is also explained.
"African American Lawman: 1867-1877" also examines the employment of African Americans in states and districts
like Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., that were not subjected to Reconstruction.
Mboma objectively tackles the difficulties faced by lawmakers regarding the readmission of rebel states and the specific
strategies used to overcome constitutional dilemmas during the readmission process.
Critique: An impressive work of seminal and meticulous scholarship, "African American Lawman: 1867-1877" is a
unique and extraordinary contribution to 19th Century American History in general, and Black History Studies
supplemental curriculum studies in particular. Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a ten page Selected
Bibliography and a ten page Index, "African American Lawman: 1867-1877" is an especially welcome and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
The Writing/Publishing Shelf
Invent & Wander
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781647820718, $28.00, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon.com -- which is the dominate on-line bookstore and exerts a powerful
impact upon the American publishing industry.
"Invent and Wander" is collection of Jeff Bezos's writings and includes his unique and strikingly original annual
shareholder letters, plus numerous speeches and interviews that provide insight into his background, his work, and the
evolution of his ideas. Readers will gain an insider's view of the why and how of his success. Spanning a range of topics
across business and public policy, from innovation and customer obsession to climate change and outer space, "Invent
and Wander" provides a rare glimpse into how Bezos thinks about the world and where the future might take us.
Written in a direct, down-to-earth style, "Invent and Wander" offers readers a master class in business values, strategy,
and execution: The importance of a Day 1 mindset; Why "it's all about the long term"; What it really means to be
customer obsessed; How to start new businesses and create significant organic growth in an already successful
company; Why culture is an imperative; How a willingness to fail is closely connected to innovation; What the
Covid-19 pandemic has taught us.
Each insight offers new ways of thinking through today's challenges (and more importantly, tomorrow's) and the
never-ending urgency of striving ahead, never resting on one's laurels. Everyone from CEOs of the Fortune 100 to
entrepreneurs just setting up shop to the millions who use Amazon's products and services in their homes or businesses
will come to understand the principles that have driven the success of one of the most important innovators of our
Critique: A unique opportunity to tapp into the mindset of a man who has dramatically influenced and shaped the
publishing industry of today, "Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos" should be considered
mandatory reading for anyone wanting or needing to do business with or through Amazon.com. While especially and
unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Booksellers/Bookselling and E-commerce
collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of authors and publishers in particular that "Invent and
Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.00) and as
a complete and unabridged audio book (Gildan Media, 9781663710758, $29.99, CD)
The Christmas Shelf
Holly Jolly: Celebrating Christmas Past in Pop Culture
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490977, $43.95, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: Break out the seasonal candy canes! "Holly Jolly: Celebrating Christmas Past in Pop Culture" by Mark Voger
offers readers a colorful sleigh ride through the history of Christmas, from its religious origins to its emergence as a
This full-color volume dedicated to all things Christmas in American popular culture explores movies (Miracle on 34th
Street, It's a Wonderful Life), music (White Christmas, Little St. Nick), TV (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer), books (Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol), decor (1950s silver aluminum trees), comics
(super-heroes meet Santa), and more! Featuring interviews with Charles M. Schulz (A Charlie Brown Christmas), Andy
Williams (TV's "Mr. Christmas") and others, the story behind Darlene Love's perrennial hit song Christmas (Baby
Please Come Home), and still more holiday memories!
Expertly written and deftly designed this profusely illustrated edition of "Holly Jolly: Celebrating Christmas Past in Pop
Culture" takes readers on a kind of time-trip to Christmases past that will be cherished all year long -- and for years to
Critique: Fun, informative, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Holly Jolly: Celebrating
Christmas Past in Pop Culture" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, family, community,
college, and university library Christmas themed popular culture collections. If you only have time for one Christmas
book for your personal reading lists you would be well advised to make it Mark Voger's "Holly Jolly: Celebrating
Christmas Past in Pop Culture"!
The Health/Medicine Shelf
Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9780309670388, $125.00, PB, 650pp
Synopsis: When communities face complex public health emergencies, state local, tribal, and territorial public health
agencies must make difficult decisions regarding how to effectively respond. The public health emergency preparedness
and response (PHEPR) system, with its multifaceted mission to prevent, protect against, quickly respond to, and recover
from public health emergencies, is inherently complex and encompasses policies, organizations, and programs.
Since the events of September 11, 2001, the United States has invested billions of dollars and immeasurable amounts of
human capital to develop and enhance public health emergency preparedness and infrastructure to respond to a wide
range of public health threats, including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and chemical, biological, radiological,
and nuclear events.
Despite the investments in research and the growing body of empirical literature on a range of preparedness and
response capabilities and functions, there has been no national-level, comprehensive review and grading of evidence for
public health emergency preparedness and response practices comparable to those utilized in medicine and other public
"Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response" reviews the state of the evidence
on PHEPR practices and the improvements necessary to move the field forward and to strengthen the PHEPR
This publication evaluates PHEPR evidence to understand the balance of benefits and harms of PHEPR practices, with
a focus on four main areas of PHEPR: engagement with and training of community-based partners to improve the
outcomes of at-risk populations after public health emergencies; activation of a public health emergency operations
center; communication of public health alerts and guidance to technical audiences during a public health emergency;
and implementation of quarantine to reduce the spread of contagious illness.
Critique: Particularly timely with respect to the current Covid pandemic, "Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health
Emergency Preparedness and Response" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college,
university, governmental, and health care center Health Policy & Emergency Medicine Response collections and
supplemental curriculum studies lists.
The Encyclopedia of Ailments and Diseases
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781644111895, $34.99, PB, 608pp
Synopsis: Our bodies use a secret language to talk to us. An ailment or illness is our body's way of shouting for help,
making us understand that we need to change our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behaviors. Our bodies wants us to
become aware of the stress that we carry, conscious or not, so that we can release all of our un-managed past and
present emotions and the physical complaints that accompany them.
Compiling years of research and the results of thousands of cases he encountered in his private practice and during
workshops over the past 30 years, in the pages of "The Encyclopedia of Ailments and Diseases: How to Heal the
Conflicted Feelings, Emotions, and Thoughts at the Root of Illness", Jacques Martel explains how to read and
understand the body's language of disease and imbalance. In this encyclopedia, he shows how body language reveals
specific thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are at the source of nearly 900 different ailments and diseases. Martel also
details his Integration and Acceptance Technique, which enables healing information to bypass the brain and connect
directly with the heart. This technique disables the source of the conflict, conscious or not, that could be at the root of
an illness, behavior, or condition and improves the chances of true healing.
"The Encyclopedia of Ailments and Diseases" is a comprehensive manual that offers a tool to help each of us become,
to some extent, our own doctor or therapist, get to know ourselves better, and recover health and well-being physically,
emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. For practitioners and therapists, "The Encyclopedia of Ailments and Diseases" is
a remarkable reference tool provides invaluable insights and prompts for healing.
Critique: Comprehensively detailed, impressively 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Encyclopedia of
Ailments and Diseases: How to Heal the Conflicted Feelings, Emotions, and Thoughts at the Root of Illness" is an ideal
personal health reference and instructional for the non-specialist general reader and is an excellent resource for all
members of the medical community. While unreservedly recommended for family, community, college and university
library Health/Medicine collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Encyclopedia of Ailments
and Diseases: How to Heal the Conflicted Feelings, Emotions, and Thoughts at the Root of Illness" is also readily
available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $23.99).
Editorial Note: Jacques Martel is an internationally known therapist, trainer, and speaker. A pioneer in the field of
personal development, he has created new methods and practical exercises that allow deep and permanent emotional
and spiritual transformations.
The Education Shelf
Tamra Stambaugh, editor
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, editor
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781646320806, $45.00, PB, 300pp
Synopsis: Written by authors with extensive experience in working with gifted students from low-income households,
and collaboratively edited by Tamra Stambaugh and Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, "Unlocking Potential: Identifying and
Serving Gifted Students From Low-Income Households" focuses on ways to translate the latest research and theory into
evidence-supported practices that impact how schools identify and serve these students.
Readers will: Learn about evidence-supported identification systems, tools, and strategies for finding students from
low-income households; Discover curriculum models, resources, and instructional strategies found effective from
projects focused on supporting these students; Understand the important role that intra- and interpersonal skills,
ethnicity/race, families, school systems, and communities play; Consider the perceptions of gifted students who grew
up in low-income households; Learn how educators can use their experiences to strengthen current services.
"Unlocking Potential" is the go-to resource for an up-to-date overview of best practices in identification, curriculum,
instruction, community support, and program design for gifted learners from low-income households.
Critique: Thoroughly 'educator friendly' in organization and presentation, "Unlocking Potential: Identifying and Serving
Gifted Students From Low-Income Households" is a seminal and unreservedly recommended addition to professional,
school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and Gifted Education supplemental
curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., is an associate research professor in special education and executive director
of Programs for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University.
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is currently the director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.
She has more than 24 years of experience designing and conducting educational programs for learners of all ages
including summer programs, weekend programs, distance learning programs, programs for underrepresented gifted
students, as well as workshops for parents and teachers. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois
Mathematics and Science Academy and currently is a member of the boards of the National Association for Gifted
Children and the Illinois Association for Gifted Children.
The Complete Learner's Toolkit
Crown House Publishing
81 Brook Hills Circle, White Plains, NY 10605
9781781353172, $26.95, PB, 200pp
Synopsis: Jackie Beere knows that schools have a much more important job to do than simply to prepare children for
exams. In "The Complete Learner's Toolkit" she hands busy classroom teachers the tools they need to weave personal
development into the curriculum in powerful and exciting ways.
"The Complete Learner's Toolkit" focuses on the most important skills identified by the World Economic Forum
(including critical thinking, emotional intelligence and judgement and decision making) and presents 36 lessons that
can either be used as stand-alone sessions or be incorporated into a topic or subject context. Furthermore, they can be
employed in whole-class lessons or when working with individuals/small groups who need extra support to become
more independent, confident learners.
Jackie has devised each lesson to develop the habits of reflection and metacognition in all learners, setting them up with
the skills they will need in order to thrive and the emotional intelligence that will help them pursue a happy future.
To make the most of the material in "The Complete Learner's Toolkit" and create the best outcomes for students, Jackie
suggests teachers also treat these lessons as personal CPD. Doing so can help embed in teachers day-to-day practice the
skills and mindsets which she promotes, and so model them for their students. Teachers can also consider how best to
adapt the lessons in this book and how to incorporate the World Economic Forum essential skills within their subject
Critique: Specifically designed for classroom teachers to use with studens ages 7-16, the individual lesson plans in "The
Complete Learner's Toolkit" are also available as editable PDFs sold under an annual licence. Thoroughly 'user friendly'
in organization and presentation, "The Complete Learner's Toolkit" will empower teachers to transform their pupils
learning and reliably achieve academic success throughout their school career and life.
Editorial Note: Jackie Beere, OBE is an Independent Thinking Associate who worked as a newspaper journalist before
embarking on a career in teaching and school leadership. She was awarded an OBE in 2002 for developing innovative
learning programs and is the author of several books on teaching, learning and coaching. Since 2006, Jackie has been
offering training in the latest strategies for learning, developing emotionally intelligent leadership and cultivating a
The Psychology Shelf
Reversing the Trauma of War
Phyllis Kahaney, MSW, PhD
Rachel Epstein, LAc, JD
9781883148263, $18.00, PB, 244pp
Synopsis: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a
traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, child abuse, or other threats on a person's life.
Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to
trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and an increase
in the fight-or-flight response. These symptoms last for months and even years after the event. (Wikipedia).
"Reversing the Trauma of War: PTSD Help for Veterans, Active Duty personnel and Their Families" by Phyllis
Kahaney (who worked as a readjustment counselor at the San Diego Vet Center treating veterans with PTSD.) and
Rachel Epstein (who is the Director of the American Institute for Mental Imagery and a healthcare practitioner) is for all
Vets who have witnessed and survived combat and are still struggling with PTSD. Just as they trained for combat they
can now re-train your mind for civilian life.
"Reversing the Trauma of War" is specifically for those who have experienced any or all of these devastating PTSD
symptoms: Addiction; Guilt; Anxiety; Hypervigilance; Anger; Insomnia; Depression; Flashbacks; Nightmares; Pain --
emotional and/or physical.
"Reversing the Trauma of War" empowers Vets to become stronger, more self-confident, and able to form healthy
relationships. "Reversing the Trauma of War" also outlines safe and effective visual imagery exercises. With regular
practice, these exercises will help to cope with stressful situations and slowly transition away from the automatic
reactions that arise in PTSD.
"Reversing the Trauma of War" is also a great resource for family members of present and former military personnel as
well as healthcare practitioners.
Critique: Expertly written, impressively informative, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation,
"Reversing the Trauma of War: PTSD Help for Veterans, Active Duty personnel and Their Families" should be a core
addition to every community, college, and university library Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Popular Psychology
Pathologies, and Self-Help/Self-Improvement collection. It should be noted for personal and professional reading lists
that "Reversing the Trauma of War" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781623174880, $24.95, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: "Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy: Awareness, Breath, Resonance, Movement and Touch in
Practice" by Susan McConnell introduces a new therapeutic modality that blends principles of somatic therapy (like
movement, touch, and breathwork) with the traditional tools of the Internal Family Systems framework. Broadening the
benefits and applications of the IFS model, author Susan McConnell introduces 5 core practices that mental health
professionals can apply to their practice: somatic awareness, conscious breathing, radical resonance, mindful
movement, and attuned touch. Clinical applications include the treatment of depression, trauma, anxiety, eating
disorders, chronic illness, and attachment disorders.
Within the IFS framework, clients will learn to identify their "inner worlds" -- the discrete subpersonalities within each
of us that hold emotions, perceptions, and belief systems, and that affect our behavior and emotional wellness.
Body-based somatic tools are incorporated into therapy as patients learn to recognize different facets of their internal
family and reconcile the needs of subpersonalities (like their inner child or internal manager) to bring more harmony to
their physical and emotional well-being.
Critique: Enhanced for medical practitioners, counselors, psychology students, academia, and non-specialist general
readers with six pages of Notes and an eight page Index, "Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy: Awareness,
Breath, Resonance, Movement and Touch in Practice" is an exceptionally well written, comprehensive, informative,
organized and presented study that is especially and unreservedly recommended for professional and academic library
Psychopathology, Psychotherapy, and Medical Counseling collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It
should be noted for personal reading lists that "Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy: Awareness, Breath,
Resonance, Movement and Touch in Practice" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).
Editorial Note: Susan McConnell is a senior trainer for the Center for Self Leadership, and has taught Internal Family
Systems (IFS) in the U.S. and internationally since 1997. Somatic IFS, which McConnell developed in 2004, is a
synthesis of her forty years of study, teaching, and clinical practice with bodywork, psychotherapy, and spiritual
practices. McConnell holds a Master's Degree with an emphasis on Somatic Psychology, and is a Certified Internal
Family Systems Therapist and a Certified Hakomi Therapist. She was also instrumental in curriculum development for
IFS trainings and, as a Hakomi faculty member, for a training for bodyworkers using the Hakomi Method to explore
through touch the way mind, body, heart, and spirit weave together to form the client's experiential world. McConnell
has had a private practice since 1983 in Chicago, where she offers bodymind integration and consultation.
The Environmental Studies Shelf
Say Goodbye to Plastic
Sandra Ann Harris
c/o The Hatherleigh Foundation
62545 State Highway 10, Hobart, NY 13788
9781578268603, $15.00, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: Even with accelerated recycling efforts, discarded plastic is polluted our oceans and filling up our trash
If you've heard of the plastic-free lifestyle, but think you don't have time for it in your busy life, prepare to be
delightfully wrong. In the pages of "Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living"
environmentalist, anti-pollution activist, and entrepreneur Sandra Ann Harris shows you how -- whether you are
seeking to knock plastic out of your life or just try out a few novel eco-hacks in your kitchen, bathroom, office or dining
In "Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living" Sandra Ann Harris invites us to say goodbye to
plastic, room by room. Opportunities abound to simplify our lives by re-thinking our wasteful habits -- we just need to
learn to recognize them!
Critique: Impressively informative and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Say Goodbye to
Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living" is an extraordinary, timely, and practical contribution to our on-going
national dialogue with respect to the role of plastic in environmental pollution. While especially and unreservedly
recommended for community, college, and university library Environmental Issues collections and supplemental
curriculum studies reading lists, it should be noted for students, academia, environmental activists, and non-specialists
with an interest in the subject that "Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Editorial Note: Sandra Ann Harris is the founder and president of ECOlunchbox, a mission-based consumer products
company. Her passion is protecting the oceans by reducing people's dependence on plastics. ECOlunchbox innovates
and sells high-quality, plastic-free food container solutions. She has a diverse background in business consulting,
product development, investigative journalism, and digital marketing strategy along with her work in the non-profit
sector for a humanitarian aid organization.
The American History Shelf
Free Speech and the Suppression of Dissent During World War I
Eric T. Chester
Monthly Review Press
134 W. 29th Street, Suite 706, New York, NY 10001
9781583678695, $49.00, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: World War I, given all the rousing "Over-There" songs and in-the-trenches films it inspired, was, at its outset,
surprisingly unpopular with the American public. As opposition increased, Woodrow Wilson's presidential
administration became intent on stifling antiwar dissent. Wilson effectively silenced the National Civil Liberties
Bureau, forerunner of the American Civil Liberties Union. Presidential candidate Eugene Debs was jailed, and Deb's
Socialist Party became a prime target of surveillance operations, both covert and overt. Drastic as these measures were,
more draconian measures were to come.
In "Free Speech and the Suppression of Dissent During World War I", Eric Chester reveals that out of this turmoil came
a heated public discussion on the theory of civil liberties -- the basic freedoms that are, theoretically, untouchable by
any of the three branches of the U.S. government. The famous "clear and present danger" argument of Supreme Court
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and the "balance of conflicting interest" theory of law professor Zechariah Chafee, for
example, evolved to provide a rationale for courts to act as a limited restraint on autocratic actions of the
But Chester goes further, to examine an alternative theory: civil liberties exist as absolute rights, rather than being
dependent on the specific circumstances of each case. Over the years, the debate about the right to dissent has
intensified and become more necessary. This fascinating book explains why, a century after the First World War (and in
the era of Trump) we need to know about this.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a five page Chronology, fifty-one pages of Notes, a seven page
Glossary, a ten page Bibliography, and a twenty-five page Index, "Free Speech and the Suppression of Dissent During
World War I" is a meticulous work of informed and informative scholarship that is especially recommended for
community, college, and university library 20th Century American History & Political Science collections. It should be
noted for the personal reading lists of student, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the
subject that "Free Speech and the Suppression of Dissent During World War I" is also readily available in a paperback
edition ( 9781583678688, $27.00) and in digital book format (Kindle, $19.00).
Editorial Note: Eric Thomas Chester was Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts in
Boston and, later, lecturer at San Francisco State University. In the 1960s, Chester was active in the civil rights
movement and Students for a Democratic Society. He remains an activist in the trade union solidarity movement and
the Socialist Party, and was the Socialist Party's vice-presidential candidate in 1996. He is the author of Socialists and
the Ballot Box. His essays have appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Critique, Z, Insurgent Sociologist,
Resist, Public Finance, Changes, and Against the Current.
Finding the American Dream
PO Box 5131, St. Louis, MO 63139
9781681062754, $22.50, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: From a can of Dr. Pepper, to the iconic sounds of Motown hits like Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and The
Temptations, each of these uniquely American emblems began as a dream. From humble beginnings and against
insurmountable odds, our culture pervasively clings to the notion that given equal opportunities, anyone can achieve the
success of their wildest imagination. It's the dream that has empowered countless entertainers, leaders, inventors, and
historical figures to become and create to the best of their ability, and that still inspires us today.
Travel journalist and author Bill Clevlen opens up the topic in "Finding the American Dream: A Guided Tour Of Places
Where Americans Changed History", one dreamer at a time. The reader will be guided to the place were they began
their journey, as if traveling there themselves. Standing inside the small rural house were Johnny Cash grew up after the
Great Depression. Exploring the bottling plant where Dr. Pepper became America's first nationally sold soft drink.
Discovering the very first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant where 65 year-old Harland Sanders started a billion-dollar
"Finding The American Dream" showcases and proves that the American Dream is not dead. The inspiring stories
comprising this combination biography and history book demonstrate that anyone can still achieve greatness through
hard work, determination, and of course, a little bit of luck.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Finding the American Dream: A Guided Tour Of Places
Where Americans Changed History" is an inherently fascinating and impressively informative read from cover to cover.
While also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99), "Finding the American Dream: A Guided Tour
Of Places Where Americans Changed History" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, school,
community, college, and university library American History collections.
The Biography Shelf
Pertinax: The Son of a Slave Who Became Roman Emperor
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781784385255, $42.95, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: The son of a former slave, Pertinax was the Roman Emperor who proved that no matter how lowly your
birth, you could rise to the very top through hard work, grit and determination.
Born in AD 126, he made a late career change from working as a grammar teacher to a position in the army. As he
moved up the ranks and further along the aristocratic cursus honorum, he took on many of the most important postings
in the Empire, from senior military roles in fractious Britain, the Marcomannic Wars on the Danube, to the Parthian
Wars in the east. He held governorships in key provinces, and later consulships in Rome itself.
When Emperor Commodus was assassinated on New Year's Eve AD 192/193, the Praetorian Guard alighted on
Pertinax to become the new Emperor, expecting a pliable puppet who would favor them with great wealth. But Pertinax
was nothing of the sort and when he then attempted to reform the Guard, he was assassinated. His death triggered the
beginning of the 'Year of the Five Emperors' from which Septimius Severus, Pertinax's former mentoree, became the
ultimate victor and founder of the Severan Dynasty.
This previously untold story brings a fascinating and important figure out of the shadows. A self made everyman, a man
of principle and ambition, a role model respected by his contemporaries who styled himself on his philosophizing
predecessor and sometime champion Marcus Aurelius, Pertinax's remarkable story offers a unique and panoramic
insight into the late 2nd century AD Principate Empire.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and deftly crafted biography, "Pertinax: The Son of a Slave Who Became Roman
Emperor" by Simon Elliott is an extraordinary work of seminal and meticulous research. An invaluable contribution to
community, college and university library Roman History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists, it
should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest
in the subject that "Pertinax: The Son of a Slave Who Became Roman Emperor" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $25.00).
Editorial Note: Simon Elliott is an historian, archaeologist and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent
where he studied for his PhD in Archaeology on the subject of the Roman military in Britain. He also has an MA in
War Studies from KCL and an MA in Archaeology from UCL. He frequently gives talks on Roman themes and is
co-Director at a Roman villa excavation.
The Martial Arts Shelf
The Martial Arts of Vietnam
Augustus John Roe
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594397974, $17.95, PB, 168pp
Synopsis: "The Martial Arts of Vietnam: An Overview of History and Styles" by Augustus John Roe presents an
engaging overview of the evolution of Vietnamese martial arts from 2,000 BCE until today.
"The Martial Arts of Vietnam" examines the mythical origins of the Vietnamese people and the impact that invasions
from neighboring countries had on the martial culture of Vietnam. It also covers how kings and governments promoted
and, in some cases, crushed martial traditions; alongside how Vietnams' unusual geography both protected and exposed
martial styles and lineages.
"The Martial Arts of Vietnam" features stunning photography, era timelines, and regional maps that allow for an
engaging adventure through Vietnam's northern, central, and southern regions, all in search of events and catalysts that
shaped its martial history through the ages.
In examining Vietnams' martial arts society, the reader learn about the many teachers from the northern, central, and
southern regions who, through courageous efforts, are attempting to codify and preserve their unique combat systems
for the benefit of all martial artists. "The Martial Arts of Vietnam" also explores the ethnic minority martial arts,
Sino-Vietnamese and Chinese martial arts, as well as various imported and foreign systems and how they are positioned
in relation to modern Vietnam's martial arts practices.
"The Martial Arts of Vietnam" lifts the veil of secrecy long surrounding this socialist state to reveal its combat systems
and their thousand years of evolution.
Critique: Impressively informative, expertly written, accessibly organized and presented, "The Martial Arts of Vietnam:
An Overview of History and Styles" is an inherently fascinating read and will prove to be an immediate and enduringly
popular addition to community, college, and university library Martial Arts collections and supplemental curriculum
studies lists. It should be noted for martial arts students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in
the subject that "The Martial Arts of Vietnam: An Overview of History and Styles" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $8.99).
Editorial Note: Augustus John Roe is an author, linguist, and instructor of traditional Vietnamese martial arts. For more
than a decade, he has lived and trained in Asia. During this time Augustus has worked on numerous television shows,
books, magazines and academic projects documenting local cultures and martial arts practices.
The Historical Fiction Shelf
Betrayal of a Republic: Memoirs of a Roman Matrona
Addison & Highsmith
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781592110629, $32.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Based on historical facts, "Betrayal of a Republic: Memoirs of a Roman Matrona" by novelist Joost Douma
recounts the demise of the Roman Republic as seen through the eyes and reflections of Cornelia Africana, mother of the
Gracchi brothers and a woman at the zenith of power and influence in the Republic.
At its peak as the sole superpower in the Mediterranean in the 1st century BCE, internal crisis gripped the Republic of
Rome, generated by the breakdown of Senate leadership. The Republic had become a source of self-enrichment for the
corrupt elites. Land grabs, financial scandals, corruption, intrigues and electoral fraud plunged the Republic into a
constitutional crisis. The Gracchi brothers tried to save the Republic, attempting to reestablish it as a union of free men
by reclaiming public land for veterans and restoring the rule of law through an extensive legislative program. In a bold
move, the eldest brother, Tiberius, succeeded in having his fellow-tribune impeached to break his veto, an
unprecedented political act, which tore the Republic apart.
In her final years, an aging Cornelia looks back on her life and that of her sons who tried to save the Republic. This
historical novel gives readers keen insight into the secret life of women who were politically active behind-the-scenes.
It also recounts a successful women's revolt in 195 BC, with mass sit-downs at the Forum that resulted in greater social
freedoms. The reader gets a rich and rare look at the rise of one of the Republic's most politically influential women and
the forces that helped to shape her extraordinary life. The story is even more compelling for the parallels it offers with
current superpower politics, the rise of strongmen, financial scandals, the shrinking of the middle class, and questions
about the future of our democracy.
Critique: With an impressive attention to historical detail, "Betrayal of a Republic: Memoirs of a Roman Matrona" by
accomplished novelist Joost Douma is an inherently compelling, entertaining, and thought-provoking read from cover
to cover. This is 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 -- making it an unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as
community and college/university library Historical Fiction collections.
The Life and Travels of Saint Cuthwin
Pleasure Boat Studio
3710 SW Barton Street, Seattle, WA 98126
9780912887975, $35.00, HC, 428pp
Synopsis: Set in the 11th century England, during the time of Saxon domination before and after the disastrous Battle of
Hastings in 1066, "The Life and Travels of Saint Cuthwin" by Irving Warner is the story of a man known as Cuthwin of
Alnwick and his wife who must strive to survive in a turbulent time as best they may.
Critique: With a laudable attention to historical detail, and showing a genuine flair for originality, deftly crafted and
memorable characters, as well as the kind of narrative storytelling style that will immediately engage the reader's total
attention from first page to last, "The Life and Travels of Saint Cuthwin" is an extraordinary and unreservedly
recommended for the personal reading lists of medieval English history fans, as well as community, college, and
university library Historical Fiction collections.
The Literary Fiction Shelf
A Good Map of All Things: A Picaresque Novel
Alberto Alvaro Rios
University of Arizona Press
1510 E. University Boulevard
P.O. Box 210055, Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
9780816541034, $19.95, PB, 248pp
Synopsis: "A Good Map of All Things" is author Alberto Alvaro Rios's new picaresque novel presenting a momentous
adventure and showcasing quiet connections that brings twenty people to life in a small town in northern Mexico.
"A Good Map of All Things" is home to characters whose lives are interwoven but whose stories are their own, adding
warmth and humor to this continually surprising communal narrative. The stories take place in the mid-twentieth
century, in the high desert near the border (a stretch of land generally referred to as the Pimeria Alta) an ancient passage
through the desert that connected the territory of Tucson in the north and Guaymas and Hermosillo in the south. The
United States is off in the distance, a little difficult to see, and, in the middle of the century, not the only thing to think
about. Mexico City is somewhere to the south, but nobody can say where and nobody has ever seen it.
Rios has created a whimsical yet familiar town, where brightly unique characters love fiercely and nurture those around
them. The people in "A Good Map of All Things" have secrets and fears, successes and happiness, winters and
summers. They are people who do not make the news, but who are living their lives for the long haul, without lotteries
or easy answers or particular luck. Theirs is the everyday, with its small but meaningful joy.
Whether your heart belongs to a small town in Mexico or a bustling metropolis, Alberto Alvaro Rios has crafted a novel
that is overflowing with comfort, warmth, and the familiar embrace of a tightly woven community.
Critique: A deftly crafted novel that highlights the author's genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative driven
storytelling that keeps and holds his reader's rapt attention from beginning to end, "A Good Map of All Things" will
prove to be an immediate and enduringly welcome addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary
Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Good Map of All Things" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
How Fire Runs
Charles Dodd White
c/o Ohio University Press
215 Columbus Road, Suite 101, Athens, OH 45701
9780804012287, $22.95, PB, 272pp
Synopsis: What happens when a delusional white supremacist and his army of followers decide to create a racially pure
"Little Europe" within a rural Tennessee community? As the town's residents grapple with their new reality, minor
skirmishes escalate and dirty politics, scandals, and a cataclysmic chain of violence follows.
In this uncanny reflection of our time of armed white supremacist militias, and the resurrection of American neo-Nazis
and the KKK, in the pages of "How Fire Runs", novelist Charles Dodd White asks whether Americans can save
themselves from their worst impulses and considers the consequences when this salvation comes too late.
Critique: Although a deftly crafted work of fiction, "How Fire Runs" offers a sobering perspective on America today. A
compelling and original work, "How Fire Runs" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college,
and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for persona reading lists that "How
Fire Runs" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Editorial Note: Charles Dodd White is the author of four novels, including a second title from Swallow Press: "In the
House of Wilderness". He has received the Appalachian Book of the Year Award and the Chaffin Award for his fiction.
He is also an Associate Professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.
A Sense of the Whole: Stories
PO Box 8385, Asheville, NC 28814
9781949039115, $18.00, PB, 176pp
Synopsis: Showcasing the literary talents of Siamak Vossoughi, the fable-like short stories comprising "A Sense of the
Whole" feature characters who refuse to believe that we are unconnected, refuse to not aspire to the notion of the
human family. These characters are girls and boys, men and women, Iranians and Americans, all seeking a home for the
body and the soul.
Critique: Featuring 31 literary gems of original, entertaining, thought-provoking, narrative driven storytelling, "Siamak
Vossoughi's "A Sense of the Whole: Stories" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal
reading lists, as well as community, college, and university library Contemporary Asian American Literary Fiction
Editorial Note: Siamak Vossoughi was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives in Seattle, Washington. His first story
collection, "Better Than War", received the 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. His stories have
appeared in Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and The Rumpus, among other places.
The Western Fiction Shelf
Death On The Bozeman
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444844931, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 240pp
Synopsis: One year after the end of the Civil War, three ex-Confederate southerners are heading northwest on the
Bozeman Trail to the gold mining camp at Virginia City. When they find the army has closed the trail because the
Sioux are on the warpath, they accept work at Fort Phil Kearny. After an Indian ambush, the men flee the fort, together
with a man called Slade. But when Slade is revealed as a hired gun and murderer, the southerners, along with a Union
Army sergeant and the legendary Jim Bridger are drawn into a bloody hunt to apprehend him, dead or alive, to clear
Critique: The very definition of an compulsively entertaining action/adventure western, "Death on the Bozeman" by
veteran western novelist Paul Bedford, this large print edition from the Linford Western Library is certain to be an
entertaining read for all dedicated western fans from cover to cover -- making it an especially recommended addition to
personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction collections.
Cross Of Iron
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444844726, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 248pp
Synopsis: Reverend Matthew Devlin is busy writing the moment a ruthless gang of six killers burst through the church
doors, attacking both him and his wife Sarah. When Matt regains consciousness, he's been trussed to his own cross, and
Sarah has been viciously raped and murdered. And so Matt, (who once was a skilled gunman and bounty hunter called
Iron Matt), must again take the path of violence to exact a lethal retribution for those responsible . With an old grudge
bearing rival from his bounty hunting days also on the trail of the gang, a war party of vengeance quest Apaches, and a
woman who loves her weak-willed husband, a complex confrontation between good and evil is inevitable. But who will
emerge the victor?
Critique: As an action/adventure western novelist, Ethan Flagg ranks up alongside such luminaries as Max Brand, Zane
Grey, and Louis L'Amour. This large print edition of "Cross of Iron" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly
popular addition to the personal reading lists of dedicated western buffs, as well as community library Western Fiction
Guns and Dreamers
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444845426, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 224pp
Synopsis: All of sixteen years old, Jason McKinney decides to head out on his own to see the country beyond Kansas.
His offer of help is declined by a couple of bounty hunters he tries to hook up with in Wichita, so he turns his travels to
the south. Upon his return from an eye-opening but short-lived venture into Texas, he finds that his father Mac Shepard
is now a wanted man accused of cattle rustling. With Mac on the run, Jason is reluctantly forced to take charge of the
ranch while his nearest neighbor schemes to take full possession.
Critique: "Guns and Dreamers" by Scott Gese is a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining read -- and one that will
particularly appeal to western novel enthusiasts who appreciate deftly scripted stories that are populated with
memorable Old West characters. This large print paperback addition is highly recommended for community library
Western Fiction collections and the personal reading lists of western novel fans.
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444845372, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 240pp
Synopsis: The gold mines still maintaining a foothold in the Sierra Nevadas have a big problem: the wagons
transporting gold down narrow, rocky trails are easy targets for outlaws. The Pinkerton Agency has been charged with
the security of a large haul of gold, and they have a daring plan. If it works, five hundred gold bars will make it east. If
it fails, all will be lost. But unknown to them, the Greeley gang has inside knowledge, and is intent on stealing the cargo
at any cost!
Critique: Another deftly scripted and riveting western by a master of the genre, Will Black's "Blood River" has it all in
terms of plot twists, gunfights, and the lethal plans of an intelligent and ruthless outlaw gang leader willing to eliminate
even the members of his own conspiracy when they've fulfilled their assignments and are no longer useful. This large
print edition of "Blood River" is a fully entertaining and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists
and community library Western Fiction collections.
The Dead, the Dying and the Damned
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444745386m $21.49, PB, Large Print, 240pp
Synopsis: Juan Manuel Benitez and his bandit army of more than 200 outlaws known as EL AZOTAR (the Scourge)
had been the terrors of the border country until they were driven back by the FEDERALES and scattered. Turning to the
town of Hermanas Pozos for help, Benitez was rebuffed, his son killed. But now EL AZOTAR has once again
reformed, and Benitez is out for revenge. Because of his love for a seriously ill woman, it falls on gunslinger and
former Confederate soldier Cotton Harding to deal with him. Will Harding step up to the task, or push others to fight
Critique: "The Dead, the Dying and the Damned" by Matt Cole is a saga of a novel that will have particular and special
appeal for anyone who is a fan of the Yul Brenner movie 'The Magnificent Seven'. A true cliff hanger of a read from
start to its unpredicted finish, this large print edition of "The Dead, the Dying and the Damned" will prove to be an
exceptionally popular and appreciated addition to personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780825445316, $15.99, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: DSS Regional Security Officer Brian Mullaney has been tasked with an incredibly dangerous mission. When
a synagogue in Jerusalem is destroyed by an explosion, burying the second key prophecy Mullaney is hunting (and the
deadly box that protects it) the answers he desperately needs are also crushed.
How can he discover the meaning of the centuries-old prophecy now? Why are he and the ambassador he's assigned to
protect being targeted? And is there any way this lone man can thwart a nuclear arms race between three ascendant
empires of the past?
An otherworldly servant of evil known only as the Turk is maneuvering all three nations into an intricate dance
designed to undermine prophecy about the end times. And he won't let Mullaney or anyone else get in his way.
Wounded in a bloody shoot-out, pressured by his wife to come home, and mourning the death of his best friend,
Mullaney doesn't need a powerful enemy. Who is he to save the Ishmael Covenant, the treaty promising peace in the
Middle East? Despite angelic intervention, Mullaney wants nothing to do with his final assignment. But without him,
evil will win the ultimate struggle -- and humankind will have no hope left!
Critique: An inherently riveting story by a novelist with a genuine flair for originality and a reader engaging narrative
storytelling style, "Persian Betrayal" is the second installment of author Terry Brennan's skillfully crafted 'Empires of
Armageddon' series and an especially recommended addition to community library Contemporary Christian
Mystery/Suspense Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Persian Betrayal" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Destroyer of Worlds
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781982124847, $25.00, HC, 416pp
Synopsis: The Great Extermination has begun. In the Capitol, Grand Inquisitor Omand Vokkan hatches a plot to kill
every member of the untouchable caste in all of Lok, down to the last man, woman, and child. As a member of the
Order of Inquisition, Vokkan has no official say in the creation of Law, but he has powerful allies willing to do his
bidding. Through them, he has convinced the Judges that the genocide will be swift, complete, and without
complication. Nothing is further from the truth.
Lord Protector Devedas has sworn to uphold the Law. Once, he and the traitor Ashok Vadal had been like brothers.
Now, he hunts Vadal and the Sons of the Black Sword, heretics and rebels who seek to live outside the rule of the Law.
All Devedas must do is find and kill his best friend and order will be restored to Lok.
The rebels seek the secret kingdom spoken of by the Prophet Thera, a paradise where water is pure and food plentiful,
where there are no castes, where the people rule themselves, and are not slaves to the Capitol. Ashok Vadal is not sure
he believes in such a paradise, but he (along with his allies) do seek refuge in the rebellion's hideout in Akershan. But
Vadal, a former High Protector who has turned his back on the corrupt Law, will not merely wait meekly, hoping that
fleeing to Akershan will spare the rebellion from the clutches of the Great Extermination. No, if it's a war the Capitol
wants, Vadal, who has faced down gods and demons, will be all too willing to give it to them.
Critique: "Destroyer Of Worlds" is the eagerly anticipated third volume of author Larry Correia's epic action/adventure
military fantasy series, "Saga of the Forgotten Warrior" that began with "Son of the Black Sword" and continued with
"House of Assassins". An inherently compelling and compulsive page turner of a read, "Destroyer Of Worlds" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections -- and a 'must'
for the growing legions of Larry Correia fans. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated fantasy
fans that "Destroyer Of Worlds" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781982125462, $8.99) digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Graphic Novel Shelf
Manga Classics: Frankenstein
Story adaptation by M. Chandler
Art by Linus Liu
9781947808157 $24.99 hc
9781947808164 $19.99 pbk amazon.com
Synopsis: Obsessed with natural philosophy, the young Victor Frankenstein succeeds in creating life from its basic
elements - and abandons the newborn monstrosity in terror when he cannot bear to look at it. The rejected creature
vanishes, and Victor attempts to forget what he has done... But the monster survives. It learns. Deprived of everything,
fated to forever be alone, it has nothing left but revenge.
Manga Classics(R) presents a frightening new manga adaptation of Mary Shelly's famous tale of creation and
Critique: Manga Classics: Frankenstein adapts Mary Shelley's classic horror novel of madness, a monster, and murder
most foul into graphic novel featuring striking black-and-white art in the style of manga. Manga Classics: Frankenstein
is both a captivating new way to re-experience this timeless tale of horrific consequences, and an excellent way to
encourage young adults to read literature. Highly recommended, especially for both public and school library
collections as well as the shelves of manga connoisseurs!
Manga Classics: Anne of Green Gables
Story adaptation by Crystal S. Chan
Art by Kuma Chan
9781947808171 $24.99 hc
9781947808188 $19.99 pbk amazon.com
Synopsis: Siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert were planning to adopt an orphaned boy to help out around their
farm, Green Gables - instead, they got Anne Shirley. A plucky redheaded girl with a vibrant imagination, Anne turns
first Green Gables and then the rest of Prince Edward Island on its ear. Manga Classics(R) is proud to be the only
authorized manga adaption of Anne of Green Gables by the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery. This trade paperback volume
presents a faithful recreation of this classic kids novel, from the Lake of Shining Waters to the Dryad's Bubble!
Critique: Manga Classics: Anne of Green Gables is a black-and-white graphic novel adaptation with manga-style art,
fully authorized by the heirs of L.M. Montgomery, the original author of this widely beloved novel for young adults.
Like all Manga Classics adaptations, Anne of Green Gables is extremely faithful to the original work. The vast majority
of the original's dialogue is preserved, and the beautiful artwork brings to life the saga of a spunky, adopted redhaired
girl with unparalleled charm, wit, and imagination. Readers of all ages will thoroughly enjoy this rendition of a beloved,
timeless classic, further enriched with a forward by Kate Macdonald Butler (granddaughter of L.M. Montgomery).
Willie Nelson: A Graphic History
T. J. Kirsch, author
Adam Walmsley et al., illustrators
160 Broadway, Ste. 700, East Wing, New York, NY 10038
9781681122625, $16.99, HC, 96pp
Synopsis: Since he was a child in Hill County, Texas, Willie Nelson has been writing and performing his music for
adoring crowds. Though his mainstream success did not come until later in his life, he has been determined to take his
unique sound and voice to the people even before he was a household name. There have been tragedies, missteps, IRS
troubles, good times and bad along the way, but Willie continues to shine his positive outlook and project his humble
voice out into the world.
Critique: "Willie Nelson: A Graphic History" by T. J. Kirsch is an informative and inherently fascinating graphic novel
style biography with each chapter representing a different era of his life and struggles, and each illustrated by a team of
unique independent comics talent. While also available in a digital format (Kindle/comiXology, $11.99), "Willie
Nelson: A Graphic History" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, community,
college, and university library American Biography collections.
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781524860677, $14.99, HC, 112pp
Synopsis: Elsie the vampire is three hundred years old, but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all
changes one night in a bar when she meets Jimmy, a charming werewolf with a wry sense of humor and a fondness for
running wild during the full moon. Together they enjoy horror films and scary novels, shady strolls, fine dining (though
never with garlic), and a genuine fondness for each other's unusual habits, macabre lifestyles, and monstrous
First featured as a webcomic series on Tapas, "Fangs" chronicles the humor, sweetness, and awkwardness of meeting
someone perfectly suited to you but also vastly different. This deluxe hardcover edition of Fangs features an "engraved"
red cloth cover, dyed black page trim, and 25 exclusive comics not previously seen online. Filled with Sarah Andersen's
beautiful gothic illustrations and relatable relationship humor, Fangs has all the makings of a cult classic.
Critique: Simply stated, "Fangs" by Sarah Andersen is a love story between a werewolf and a vampire in the format of a
graphic novel. A unique, entertaining, and memorable read from first page to last, "Fangs" is solidly recommended for
personal and community library Graphic Novel collections -- and a 'must read' for all dedicated vampire and werewolf
Editorial Note: Sarah Andersen is a cartoonist and illustrator. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art
in 2014. Her semi-autobiographical comic strip, "Sarah's Scribbles," finds the humor in living as an adult introvert with
beloved pets and the continual struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social
situations. Her debut book, "Adulthood is a Myth", was the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Graphic Novels
The Audiobook Shelf
Stuff You Should Know
Josh Clark & Churck Bryant
9781250771506, $39.99, CD
Synopsis: Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant started the podcast "Stuff You Should Know" back in 2008 because they were
curious about the world around them, curious about what they might have missed in their formal educations, and
curious to dig deeper on stuff they thought they understood.
As it turns out, they aren't the only curious ones. They've since amassed an enthusiastic and growing fan base, making
"Stuff You Should Know" one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Armed with their inquisitive natures and a
passion for sharing, they uncover the weird, fascinating, delightful, or unexpected elements of a wide variety of
The pair have now taken their near-boundless "whys" and "hows" to the chapters of an audiobook for the first time --
featuring a completely new array of subjects that they've long wondered about and wanted to explore. Fans and
everyone else can now follow along as the two dig into the underlying stories of everything from the origin of Murphy
beds, to the history of facial hair, to the psychology of being lost -- and so much more!
Critique: Read by the authors, "Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things"
includes a bonus PDF on the final disc. Laid out on 8 CDs, and showcasing a wealth of inherently fascinating trivia and
'fun facts, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium
of Mostly Interesting Things" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, community,
college, and university library audio book collections.
The Library CD Shelf
Reflections: Improvisations on Christmas
$14.64 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com
Reflections: Improvisations on Christmas is Stephen Wallack's solo piano renditions and inspirations based on
traditional Christmas songs. A joyful and wondrous new way to experience classic favorites, Reflections:
Improvisations on Christmas is a choice pick for personal and public library holiday music collections, ideal for setting
the mood of the season! The tracks are "Deck the Halls" (4:49), "Rudolph" (3:57), "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
(4:09), "We Three Kings" (5:42), "Away In A Manger" (3:37), "Jingle Bells" (4:02), "Frosty" (4:28), "Joy to the World"
(4:26), "Oh Christmas Tree" (3:45), and "Silent Night" (4:26). Also highly recommended is Stephen Wallack's "Stories:
Solo Piano Reflections".
Camille Nelson Music
$12.98 CD / $8.99 MP3 amazon.com
Acoustic Christmas is a beautiful holiday music album showcasing Camille Nelson's talent on the acoustic guitar.
Nelson plays arrangements of classic Christmas songs with special guest vocalists, in this treasure sure to add cheer to
the winter season. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Come, All Ye Faithful" (3:17), "Joy to the World" (3:36),
"Little Drummer Boy" (4:29), "Wexford Carol" (2:55), "Still, Still, Still" (feat. KORA) (4:48), "Once in David's Royal
City" (3:30), "More Holiness Give Me" (4:42), "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" (2:39), "O Holy Night" (5:03), and "Silent
Waltz of Life
$15.07 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com
Waltz of Life is an instrumental album showcasing both solo piano and piano accompnied by violin, cello, bass, and
other instruments. The flowing music, inspired by the beauty and transitory fragility of life itself, is an emotional
treasure ideal for meditation, relaxation, or creative inspiration. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Waltz of Life",
"Dreams", "BJ", "A Life", "Looking Back", "Gatherings", "Spring Light", "No More Tears", "Beginnings", "Blind
Boy", "Your New Wings", "True Heart", "Harvest Moon", and "Waltz of Life".
Love Italian Style
Love Italian Style is a music album treasury of classic Italian love songs. Emotional, inspirational, and beautifully
performed by Perry Canestrari, Love Italian Style is a heartwarming pick to set a romantic mood year-round. Highly
recommended! The tracks are "Malafemmena", "Arrivederci Roma", "Il Mondo", "Amore Scusami", "Caruso",
"Neapolitan Medley", "My Way", "O Sole Mio", "Perdere L'amore", "Volare", "Love Story", and "Opera Meldey".
$11.98 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com
Colorado Zen is an instrumental, new age guitar album steeped in Eastern music tradition. Created by music artist
Victor Towle and refined through live performances at meditation classes, Colorado Zen is a polished treasure ideal for
fomenting relaxation, contemplation, and creativity. Highly recommended, especially to connoiseurs of the genre. The
tracks are "Emerging", "Spring Crocus", "Front Porch", "The Sun's Wisdom", "No Reservations", "Freed from Tethers",
"September 3rd", "Leaves Falling", "Like the Wind", "Thanksgiving Day", and "Light on the Horizon."
The Military Shelf
From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog
Colonel Steve Ladd USAF (Retired)
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781526761248, $34.95, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Fighter pilots in wooden planes from the earliest days of World War I down to the present age of the jet plane
are iconic warrior symbols of aerial combat. Images of Baron Manfred von Richthofen and Eddie Rickenbacker in the
Great War, Johnnie Johnson, Robert Stanford Tuck and Richard Bong in the Second World War, or Robin Olds in
Vietnam, all spring to mind. Volumes have been written about them, past and present. Understandably, most of these
revolve around the skill, cunning and bravery that characterizes this distinctive band of brothers, but there are other
dimensions to those who take to the skies to do battle that have not been given the emphasis they deserve -- until
"From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot" is Colonel Steve Ladd's fascinating
personal tale, woven around his 28-year career as a fighter pilot. This extremely engaging account follows a young man
from basic pilot training to senior command through the narratives that define a unique ethos. From the United States to
Southeast Asia; Europe to the Middle East; linking the amusing and tongue-in-cheek to the deadly serious and poignant,
this is the lifelong journey of a fighter pilot.
The anecdotes provided are absorbing, providing an insight into life as an Air Force pilot, but, in "From F-4 Phantom to
A-10 Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot", Colonel Ladd stresses that the focus is not on fireworks or
stirring tales of derring-do. Instead, this is an articulate and absorbing account of what life is really like among a rare
breed of arrogant, cocky, boisterous and fun-loving young men who readily transform into steely professionals at the
controls of a fighter aircraft.
Critique: Offering unique and informative insights into being a fighter pilot in times of war and in times of peace,
"From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot" is an extraordinary and unreservedly
recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library Military Biography collections. It should
be noted for students, academia, military history buffs and aviation enthusiasts that "From F-4 Phantom to A-10
Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).
Spying from the Sky
Robert L. Richardson
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781612008363, $34.95, HC, 312pp
Synopsis: William Gregory, "Greg" to all, was born into a sharecropper's life in the hills of north central Tennessee.
From the back of a mule-drawn plow, Greg learned the value of resilience and the importance of living a determined
life. Refusing to accept a life of continued poverty, Greg sought and found a way out in the form of a work-study
college program that made it possible to leave farming behind him forever.
While at college, Greg completed the Civilian Pilot Training Program and was subsequently accepted into the Army's
pilot training program. Earning his wings in 1942, Greg became a P-38 combat pilot and served in North Africa during
the summer of 1943 -- a critical time when the Luftwaffe was still a potent threat, and America had begun the march
northward from the Mediterranean into Europe proper.
Following the war, Greg served with a B-29 unit, then transitioned to the new, red-hot B-47 strategic bomber. In his
frequent deployments, he was always assigned the same target in the Soviet Union - Tblisi, Stalin's home town. While a
B-47 pilot, Greg was selected to join America's first high-altitude program - the Black Knights. Flying RB-57D aircraft,
Greg and his team flew peripheral "ferret" missions around the Soviet Union and its satellites, collecting critical
order-of-battle data so desperately needed by the Air Force at that time.
When that program neared its design end, and following the Gary Powers shoot-down over the Soviet Union, Greg was
assigned to command of the CIA's U-2 unit at Edwards AFB. It was during that five-year command that Greg and his
team provided critical overflight intelligence, including during the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the
Vietnam build-up. He found time to also become one of the first to fly U-2s off aircraft carriers in a demonstration
Following his U-2 command, Greg attended the National War College, was assigned to the reconnaissance office at the
Pentagon, and then was named Vice-Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). Greg retired from
the Air Force in 1972.
Critique: An inherently interesting, impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented
military biography, "Spying from the Sky: At the Controls of US Cold War Aerial Intelligence" by Robert L.
Richardson is a unique and especially recommended addition to both community and academic library collections. Of
particular interest to students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in Aviation & Nautical
Biographies, or in Cold War Era Political Intelligence that "Spying from the Sky" is also readily available in a digital
book format (Kindle, $17.99).
Editorial Note: Following a successful career in international business and global education, Robert Richardson began
writing about the little-known, personal, but critically important stories of World War II and the Cold War. He wrote
The Jagged Edge of Duty in 2017, and his current project relates to the events in the South Pacific during the early
months of World War II.
The Gaming Shelf
Chess Improvement: It's all in the mindset
Barry Hymer & Peter Wells
Crown House Publishing
81 Brook Hills Circle, White Plains, NY 10605
9781785835025, $19.95, PB, 352pp
Synopsis: "Chess Improvement: It's all in the mindset" by the collaborative team of Barry Hymer and Peter Wells is an
engaging and instructive guide that sets out how the application of growth mindset principles can accelerate chess
With contributions by Tim Kett, "Chess Improvement" also features insights from Michael Adams, David Howell,
Harriet Hunt, Gawain Jones, Luke McShane, Matthew Sadler and Nigel Short, as well as an informative Foreword by
Henrik Carlsen -- father of world champion Magnus Carlsen.
Twenty-first-century knowledge about skills development and expertise requires us to keep such mystical notions as
fixed talent in perspective, and to emphasise instead the dynamic and malleable nature of these concepts.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in chess, where many gifted players fall prey to plausible but self-defeating beliefs
and practices-and thereby fail to achieve the levels their natural abilities predicted. Happily, however, the reverse can be
true too; through learned dispositions such as grit, risk-taking, strategic thinking and a capacity for sheer hard work,
players of apparently modest abilities can achieve impressive results.
Blending theory, practice and the distinct but complementary skills of two authors-one an academic (and amateur chess
player) and the other a highly regarded England Chess Olympiad coach (and grandmaster)-Chess Improvement is an
invaluable resource for any aspirational chess player or coach/parent of a chess player.
Barry and Peter draw on interviews conducted with members of England's medal-winning elite squad of players and
provide a template for chess improvement rooted in the practical wisdom of experienced chess players and
They also include practical illustrative descriptions from the games and chess careers of both developing and leading
players, and pull together themes and suggestions in a way which encourages readers to create their own trajectories for
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Chess Improvement" is immanently suitable for any
chess player from novice to professional, as well as the reading lists of chess coaches or the parent of a chess player.
While especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Chess instructional
reference collections, it should be noted for personal studies that "Chess Improvement" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).
Editorial Note: Based in Lancashire, UK, Barry Hymer is Emeritus Professor of Psychology in Education at the
University of Cumbria and author or co-author of ten books and numerous papers in the field of teaching and learning.
He is one of the UK's foremost authorities on the educational applications of mindset theory, and has worked with
Carol Dweck on several conference tours. He is a national ambassador for the organisation Potential Plus UK and for
the educational chess organisation Dansk Skoleskak.
Grandmaster Peter Wells has over 30 years' professional experience in the chess world and has authored or co-authored
nine well-received chess books. He has extensive coaching experience, having worked with the England Open and
women's teams at a total of 16 major events, and now works with the leading English juniors through the Chess Trust's
Accelerator Programme. As a player Peter has won three British Rapidplay titles and is part of a small group of English
players to have progressed beyond the zonal stage of the World Championship cycle.
The Cookbook Shelf
The Friendly Vegan Cookbook
Toni Okamoto & Michelle Cehn
9781950665365, $22.95, PB, 300pp
Synopsis: The recipes comprising "The Friendly Vegan Cookbook: 100 Essential Recipes to Share with Vegans and
Omnivores Alike" by Toni Okamoto and Michelle Cehn clearly demonstrate that eating vegan doesn't have to mean a
lifetime of bland veggie burgers and boring salads. Nor does it have to make every shared meal a source of stress!
Enter Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto are longtime friends and two of the most trusted figures in the online vegan
community. Through their popular food blogs, videos, podcast, and cookbooks, the two have helped millions of people
make living vegan easy, fun, and delicious. In "The Friendly Vegan Cookbook" they draw upon their mutual culinary
experience and expertise to share 100 amazing recipes for satisfying meals, snacks, and treats, designed for both the
veggie-curious and longtime vegans looking for a trusted recipe resource.
Of special note is that in "The Friendly Vegan Cookbook" Michelle and Toni also share their go-to kitchen tips to make
meal planning a breeze, helpful shopping lists, and directions for vegans making their own staples, including nut milks,
dressings, pasta sauces, and breads.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated with finished dishes throughout, "The Friendly Vegan Cookbook: 100 Essential
Recipes to Share with Vegans and Omnivores Alike" is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and
presentation -- making it an ideal resource for vegan menu planning with respect to any and all dining occasions. While
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99), "The Friendly Vegan Cookbook" is unreservedly
recommended for personal, family, professional, and community library Vegan/Vegetarian Cookbook collections.
The Dirty Vegan Cookbook, revised edition
c/o The Hatherleigh Foundation
62545 State Highway 10, Hobart, NY 13788
9781578268719, $25.00, PB, 256pp
Synopsis: Now in a newly revised and expanded edition, "The Dirty Vegan Cookbook: Your Favorite Recipes Made
Vegan" lets even the most novice of kitchen cooks prepare delicious vegan cuisine that anyone and everyone can enjoy,
and showcases the sheer variety of amazing recipes you can create, all while remaining vegan. For too long, the vegan
lifestyle has been seen as limiting -- a laundry list of all the things vegans can't or shouldn't have.
Providing healthy, vegan alternatives to the sorts of delicious comfort foods that everyone craves, "The Dirty Vegan
Cookbook" makes it easier than ever to live the vegan lifestyle, featuring delicious recipes that use common ingredients
available in any grocery store.
"The Dirty Vegan Cookbook" features over 120 rich, indulgent recipes that are sure to delight, and range from Artisan
Sicilian Pizza, Breakfast Lemon Cheesecake, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, and Chocolate Chip Cookies, to Gourmet
"Beef" Stroganoff, Roasted Carrot Tomato Soup, Sausage YUMbo Gumbo, Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie and so many
With simple, delicious recipes, "The Dirty Vegan Cookbook" is not just for vegans, but is ideal for menu planning for
anyone who wants to prepare nutritious dishes using minimal equipment and processing. Self-styled as "vegan junk
food" (healthy vegan food that doesn't skimp on taste) "The Dirty Vegan Cookbook" is a culinary celebration of all the
amazing tastes and dishes available to those on vegan diets -- making it especially and unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, and community library vegan/vegetarian cookbook collections.
The Political Science Shelf
3901 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19807-1938
9781882926930, $13.00, PB, 125pp
Synopsis: In the pages of "The American Cause", author Russell Kirk explains in simple yet eloquent language the
bedrock principles upon which America's experiment in constitutional self-government is built.
Kirk, whose life and thought has recently been featured in C-SPAN's acclaimed American Writers series, intended his
little book to be an assertion of the moral and social principles upholding our nation. Kirk's primer is an aid to reflection
on those principles (political, economic, and religious) that have united Americans when faced with challenges and
threats from the enemies of ordered freedom.
In this new age of politically based terrorism and authoritarianism, Kirk's lucid and straightforward presentation of the
articles of American belief is both necessary and welcome.
Of special note is that Gleaves Whitney's newly edited version of Kirk's work, combined with his insightful
commentary, make "The American Cause" a timely and invaluable addition to the literature of liberty.
Critique: In this era of pandemic, economic collapse, social justice based unrest, political division, and Donald Trump,
"The American Cause" should be read by everyone wanting to defend American democracy from the authoritarian
forces abroad and at home that seek erode it. While unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university
library Political Science collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of political science students,
academia, political activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The American
Cause" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Editorial Note; Russell Kirk (1918-1994) is widely regarded as one of the principal architects of the postwar
conservative intellectual movement. A columnist, essayist, novelist, historian, and critic, Kirk's best-known work is The
Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot. Gleaves Whitney is a senior aide to and chief speechwriter for Michigan
Governor John Engler. The first senior fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, his work has appeared in
the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Review, Christian Science Monitor, Vital Speeches of the Day,
Crisis, Modern Age, Intercollegiate Review, University Bookman, and Policy Review.
The Money/Finance Shelf
Handbook of Financial Risk Management
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781138501874, $288.40, HC, 1176pp
Synopsis: Developed over 20 years of teaching academic courses, the "Handbook of Financial Risk Management" by
Professor Thierry Roncalli can be divided into two main parts: risk management in the financial sector; and a
discussion of the mathematical and statistical tools used in risk management.
This comprehensive textbook offers readers the chance to develop a sound understanding of financial products and the
mathematical models that drive them, exploring in detail where the risks are and how to manage them.
Of special note is that written by an author with both theoretical and applied experience, "Handbook of Financial Risk
Management" features: comprehensive coverage of the key topics in financial risk management and contains 114
exercises -- with solutions provided online at www.crcpress.com/9781138501874
Critique: Exceptional in organization and presentation, the "Handbook of Financial Risk Management" is an ideal
curriculum resource for students pursuing a master's degree in finance who want to learn risk management. While
unreservedly recommended for college and university library Business Finance and Money Management instructional
reference collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, professional money
managers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that the "Handbook of Financial Risk
Management" is also readily available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $240.00).
Editorial Note: Thierry Roncalli is Head of Quantitative Research at Amundi Asset Management. He is also a Professor
of Economics and Finance at the University of Evry. Dr. Roncalli has over 20 years of experience in finance and is the
author of many articles and several books in quantitative finance. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the
University of Bordeaux.
The Computer Shelf
Mary Delamater & Zak Ruvalcaba
Mike Murach & Associates
4340 North Knoll Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722
9781943872626, $59.50, PB, 752pp
CSS or a server-side programmer who's coded in languages like PHP, C#, Java, and Python.
skills you need for getting the most from jQuery. Then, section 2 presents the jQuery skills that are likely to be used,
including how to create slide shows, image swaps, carousels, and accordions (how to validate the data in forms) and
how to use plugins and widgets.
section 3 expands the user's skill set as they learn how to work with date and time objects, browser objects, web
storage, arrays, the user's own objects, regular expressions, and more. Finally, section 4 takes skills to a new level as the
user learns how to use ECMAScript modules, work with Promises and Ajax, and get started using Node.js.
Complete coding examples, practice exercises, and Murach's distinctive "paired-pages" format (each topic is presented
in a 2-page spread with text and illustrations); all combine to let the student/reader to tailor the pace and content to their
personal learning style.
jQuery" is the perfect DIY instruction manual for beginners and impressively useful as a reference resource for even the
experience professional -- making it an invaluable and recommended addition to personal, professional, college and
Image Processing And Acquisition Using Python
Ravishankar Chityala & Sridevi Pudipeddi
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9780367198084, $120.00, HC, 451pp
Synopsis: "Image Processing And Acquisition Using Python" by the team of Ravishankar Chityala and Sridevi
Pudipeddi provides readers with a sound foundation in both image acquisition and image processing -- one of the first
books to integrate these topics together. By improving readers' knowledge of image acquisition techniques and
corresponding image processing, "Image Processing And Acquisition Using Python" will help them perform
experiments more effectively and cost efficiently as well as analyze and measure more accurately. Long recognized as
one of the easiest languages for non-programmers to learn, Python is used in a variety of practical examples.
A refresher for more experienced readers, the first part of "Image Processing And Acquisition Using Python" presents
an introduction to Python, Python modules, reading and writing images using Python, and an introduction to images.
The second part discusses the basics of image processing, including pre/post processing using filters, segmentation,
morphological operations, and measurements. The second part also describes image acquisition using various
modalities, such as x-ray, CT, MRI, light microscopy, and electron microscopy. These modalities encompass most of
the common image acquisition methods currently used by researchers in academia and industry.
Critique: With its impressively organized and comprehensive text, "Image Processing And Acquisition Using Python"
is an ideal and unreservedly recommended curriculum textbook and should be a part of every professional, college and
university library Computer Science collection in general, and Python instructional reference lists in particular. It
should be noted for personal and academic studies that "Image Processing And Acquisition Using Python" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $47.16).
Editorial Note: Ravishankar Chityala, Ph.D. is Principal Engineer at IonPath, with eighteen years of experience in
image processing. He teaches Python programming and Deep learning using Tensorow at the University of California
Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Campus. Dr. Chityala co-authored Essential Python (Essential Education, California, 2018),
also contributed to the writing of Handbook of Physics in Medicine and Biology(CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2009, Robert
Splinter). His research interests include image processing, machine learning and deep learning.
Sridevi Pudipeddi, Ph.D. has eleven years of experience teaching undergraduate courses. She teaches Machine Learning
with Python and Python for Data Analysis at the University of California Berkeley at San Francisco campus. Dr.
Pudipeddi's research interests are in machine learning, applied mathematics and image and text processing. Python's
simple syntax and its vast image processing capabilities, along with the need to understand and quantify important
experimental information through image acquisition, have inspired her to co-author this book. Dr. Pudipeddi co-authored Essential Python (Essential Education, California, 2018).
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
The Bird-Friendly City: Creating Safe Urban Habitats
2000 M Street NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036
9781642830477, $35.00, PB, 272pp
Synopsis: How does a bird experience a city? A backyard? A park? As the world has become more urban, noisier from
increased traffic, and brighter from streetlights and office buildings, it has also become more dangerous for countless
species of birds. Warblers become disoriented by nighttime lights and collide with buildings. Ground-feeding sparrows
fall prey to feral cats. Hawks and other birds-of-prey are sickened by rat poison. These name just a few of the myriad
hazards. How do our cities need to change in order to reduce the threats, often created unintentionally, that have
resulted in nearly three billion birds lost in North America alone since the 1970s?
In "The Bird-Friendly City: Creating Safe Urban Habitats", Timothy Beatley, a longtime advocate for intertwining the
built and natural environments, takes readers on a global tour of cities that are reinventing the status quo with birds in
mind. Efforts span a fascinating breadth of approaches: public education, urban planning and design, habitat restoration,
architecture, art, civil disobedience, and more. Beatley shares empowering examples, including: advocates for "catios,"
enclosed outdoor spaces that allow cats to enjoy backyards without being able to catch birds; a public relations
campaign for vultures; and innovations in building design that balance aesthetics with preventing bird strikes. Through
these changes and the others Beatley describes, it is possible to make our urban environments more welcoming to many
Readers will come away motivated to implement and advocate for bird-friendly changes, with inspiring examples to
draw from. Whether birds are migrating and need a temporary shelter or are taking up permanent residence in a
backyard, when the environment is safer for birds, humans are happier as well.
Critique: Impressively informed and informative, exceptionally well organized and presented, clearly outline the
problems while offering insightful and practical solutions, "The Bird-Friendly City: Creating Safe Urban Habitats" is an
outstanding and unreservedly recommended contribution to personal, professional, community, college and university
library Urban & Land Use Planning collections in general and Bird Field Guides and Avian Environmental studies
curriculum lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, urban planners, governmental policy makers,
wildlife enthusiasts, bird lovers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The
Bird-Friendly City: Creating Safe Urban Habitats" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of
Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching and
research interests are in environmental planning and policy, with a special emphasis on coastal and natural hazards
planning, environmental values and ethics, and biodiversity conservation. His books that explore these issues include
"Biophilic Cities, Resilient Cities, and Blue Urbanism" (Island Press).
Dog's Best Friend
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
195 Broadway New York, New York 10007
9780063052246, $26.99, HC, 320pp
Synopsis: Ludo is a dog and Simon Garfield's beloved black Labrador retriever, one of millions of canines who have
become integral parts of our personal lives. But how did the dog become top dog? How did these faithful animals come
to assist us not only in hunting, but in bomb disposal and cancer detection -- and ultimately become our closest
companions? "Dog's Best Friend: The Story of an Unbreakable Bond" examines how this bond developed over the
centuries, and how it has transformed countless lives, both human and canine.
Garfield begins with the earliest visual representations (dogs depicted in ancient rock art) and ends at the laboratory that
first sequenced the canine genome. Along the way, we meet the legendary Corgis of Buckingham Palace, the dogs of
the Soviet space program, the world's first labradoodle, and a border collie that can identify more than a thousand
different plush toys. Garfield reveals the secrets of the world's best dog trainers, takes us inside the wild world of dog
breeding and dog shows, and unearths the deep psychological roots of the human-dog link. And Ludo pops his snout in
from time to time as well.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and impressively informative read from cover to cover, "Dog's Best Friend: The
Story of an Unbreakable Bond" is a history and celebration of a unique interspecies connection. While especially and
unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Pets/Wildlife collections. It should be noted
for the personal reading lists of anyone who has or ever has had a canine companion of their own that "Dog's Best
Friend: The Story of an Unbreakable Bond" is also readily available in a digital book format ($13.99) and as a complete
and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781799945277, $34.99, CD).
Editorial Note: A recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award for nonfiction and currently residing in London, England,
Simon Garfield is author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of nonfiction including Timekeepers, To the Letter, On
the Map, and Just My Type.
The Criminology Shelf
Requiem for a Female Serial Killer
World Encounter Institute
c/o New English Review Press
9781943003426, $29.99, HC, 250pp
Synopsis: "Requiem for a Female Serial Killer" by Phyllis Chesler (Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's
Studies at City University of New York) is a true crime psychological thriller takes us inside the mind of a unique
female serial killer, a prostitute who murdered seven adult men in a case with which the author was intimately involved.
The issues raised by this high-profile criminal case remain unresolved to this day.
Women, even prostitutes, have the right to self-defense in theory, but in practice, the story is more complicated.
"Requiem for a Female Serial Killer" will challenge everything you ever thought about prostitutes, serial killers, and
justice in America.
Aileen Wuornos is a damaged soul, a genuine American outlaw, a symbol of women's rage, a symbol of what can
happen to severely abused children, and of how our justice system fails women.
Professor Chesler's involvement with a serial killer has haunted her ever since. She speaks in Aileen Wuornos' voice, as
well as in her own, and delivers an incisive, original, and dramatic portrait of a cognitively impaired, traumatized, and
alcoholic woman who had endured so much pain in her short life. When she'd had enough, the results were deadly.
"Requiem for a Female Serial Killer" is a poignant, sometimes humorous, never-before-told behind-the-scenes tale.
Wuornos' story is handled with great sensitivity, but also with realistic detachment by Professor Chesler as she probes
the telling moment, the telling phrase. Was Wuornos suffering from post-traumatic stress after a life lived on a "killing
field?" Was she also "born evil?" So many prostitutes have been torture-murdered by serial killers - how did Wuornos,
once prey, become a predator?
Critique: A impressively seminal contribution to community, college, and university library Criminology collections,
"Requiem for a Female Serial Killer" is an extraordinary story and one that will linger in the mind and memory of the
reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. It should be noted for the personal
reading lists of criminology students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that
"Requiem for a Female Serial Killer" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781943003433, $14.99) and in a
digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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