April 2018 Prime Picks
5 Day Weekend
Nik Halik and Garrett B. Gunderson
5 Day Weekend: Freedom to Make Your Life and Work
Rich With Purpose
(9781885167811, $24.99) is for anyone who would cultivate more leisure
their lives, and presents a better way to balance work and pleasure
plan for building multiple streams of passive, independent income.
stories compliment charts, case histories that contribute foundations
knowledge, tips on understanding the financials of how a business makes
and ideas about how to re-envision the American Dream.
is a book
rich in purpose and approach that covers everything from investment
to the kinds of savings that translate to financial freedom and a
Make It Rain
Areva Martin with Donna Beech
Make it Rain: How to Use the Media to Revolutionize
Your Business and
Brand comes from a media and legal expert who shows how to
use media to
reach the right audiences, using pitches that attract audiences and
herself used media appearances to cement her brand, build her business,
supersede advertising. Her expertise has won her appearances on Dr.
Phil and other
television and news shows; but her book expands the reach of her
offers business readers many concrete nuggets of advice.
From how she
media appearances to a new level to seeing every appearance as an
to connect with new people, Make it Rain
presents a powerful program that no business owner should be without;
especially those who envision media attention as being part of their
Dr. Jason Selk & Tom Bartow with Matthew Rudy
Organize Your Team Today: The Mental Toughness
Needed to Lead Highly
Successful Teams outlines a program for success which can
apply to all
kinds of teams, from sports to business.
It surveys a
motivational and organizational strategies that lend to high-performing
structures and distils a combined fifty years of experience into a
game plan that moves from understanding a team's working bandwidth and
expectations of self and each other to resisting powerlessness, making
adjustments, and understanding that high-level success is not just
ensuring winning strategies make for an engrossing discussion highly
recommended for anyone who wants a team approach to success.
Recipes from Sweet to Savory
Marilyn Haugen & Jennifer Mackenzie
150 Best Waffle Maker Recipes from Sweet to Savory
offers a recipe
collection of tips for making waffles. Why the need for another waffle
cookbook? Because this doesn't just feature the standards: it offers a
range of innovations, from a savory Cheddar Cheese Waffle accompanied
sweet and sour sausage/onion sauce to actually using the waffle maker
produce snacks and pizzas.
expanding the waffle maker's traditional purpose allows for using it
like a grill, making leftover meat loaf into a rye sandwich, a pizza
layered with toppings that bake in the waffle iron, or even
incorporate dough bottoms with toppings, this cookbook's attention to
the boundaries of the waffle iron itself makes it a top recommendation
waffle iron owners seeking a different approach to using the iron more
On the Side
On the Side: A Sourcebook of Inspiring Side Dishes
is a narrow
focus on side dishes to main courses, and goes beyond most concepts of
dish to profile over a hundred recipes for making side dishes become
of a table's appeal.
Marinated Fennel with feta cheese and Chorizo Roast Potatoes that
roast potato concept with fresh ideas to a Cheesy Polenta made with
Cheddar and spiced Cinnamon, Chickpea and Apricot Couscous, this is
lovely full-page color photos of finished dishes that are meant to be
It should be
that some terms are British ('aubergine' rather than the American
for one example); but this won't deter cooks familiar with British
seek a side dish book that's innovative and different.
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman
Parties Around a Punch Bowl comes from an
experienced hostess who
provides a worldwide history of the punch bowl and creates festive
around it, from an Easter Egg Hunt to a Margarita Mixer for Taco
and nonalcoholic punches offer versatility for any occasion, while
include assessing and incorporating punch bowls, glasses, and settings
for dipping to cupcakes and sides to accompany the punch, this
guide is highly recommended for any home cook who would create special
occasions centered around the punch bowl.
The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker: 100 Delicious Recipes for
Easy Everyday Meals
emphasizes easy Tex-Mex creations that create big flavors in a slow
environment, offering many tricks and tips for producing dishes that
standouts and often unique to this cookbook.
latter include a Hominy Squash Casserole; a Rio Grande Valley Lemon
with Valley lemons, cake mix, and zest; and a twist on the traditional
Sweet Tea called Texas Tea Cocktail, made with vodka and orange liqueur.
wide-ranging set of adaptations and innovations highly recommended for
Tex-Mex fare who look to expand the notion of the cuisine and adapt it
slow cooker environment.
Vegetarian Viet Nam comes from a
professional chef who introduces
readers to meatless Vietnamese fare and comes from years he spent
cooking in Vietnam; but with a difference that sets his approach apart
typical Vietnamese cookbook.
based on those created by Mahayana Buddhist monks over a period of
and use Vietnamese herbs and sauces to produce such dishes as
Bean Dumplings and Green Banana Tomato Tofu Soup: fare not seen in many
competing Vietnamese cookbooks.
handy tips on how to make parts of the dishes ahead of time for quicker
last-minute assembly: something most Vietnamese cookbooks also don't
photos throughout and dishes as varied as Magenta Beet Tofu Soup,
Lemongrass Mushroom Rice Bowl, and Cucumber Pineapple Rolls with
Sauce contribute to a winning collection that is not only accessible to
newcomers to Vietnamese cooking, but especially recommended for
want a collection filled with innovative and exciting new flavor
Momentum for Positive Behavior in Young Children
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Building Positive Momentum for Positive Behavior in
discusses common behavioral issues in kids ages 3-9, and includes
strategies to improve these behaviors and encourage lasting change.
as role models for kids while school staff can collaborate with
families in the
course of developing classroom routines that encourage behavior
Theory is accompanied by real-world examples that teachers will find especially useful for handling emotional disturbances, improving teacher-student relationships, and turning unwanted behaviors into positive alternatives.
Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Editor
Fordham University Press
Flashpoints for Asian American Studies
provides a critique of Asian
American studies by practitioners in the field, and calls for a
of how Asian American studies takes place in American university
students of educational processes and politics will find it an
survey of the history and field of Asian American studies, considering
have responded to and changed in the presence of social pressure and
have been transformed in the face of political change and shifts in
varied set of ethnic flashpoints and their impact on Asian American
perspectives and processes that makes for an engrossing study that
required reading for any serious college-level Asian American studies
English: Students, Texts, and Contexts, 2nd Edition
John S. Hedgcock and Dana R. Ferris
Teaching Readers of English: Students, Texts, and Contexts provides teachers with an important resource for working with students at the secondary and postsecondary levels, gathering strategies for teaching and assessing second-language reading.
about such teaching is included in this survey, with new changes
the second edition including updated, revised chapters on formative
updated information on reader demographics, new chapter summaries and
activities and review, and notes on vocabulary development.
and approaches to reading to assumptions behind common approaches to
reading, Teaching Readers of English
is an in-depth, comprehensive survey that should be in any educator's
titles are highly recommended for health collections strong in
dementia psychology, offering specific insights and focuses not to be
many competing books.
Chapman's Counselling and Psychotherapy with
People In Care: A Support Guide (9781785923968, $42.95) is
psychotherapists and professionals working with older people, and
mental health service options for older adults.
living options and assessment processes to different options for
elders, considerations of what aspects of engagement processes may
especially challenging to some therapists, and different emotion
tests and how to interpret and respond to them, this is a solid
therapists will want to consider.
and Professor Rob Howard's Essentials of
Dementia: Everything You Really Need to Know for Working in Dementia
(9781785923975, $29.95) is for professionals who want to keep up to
care options and processes, and provides a basic introduction for
It serves as
textbook and is based on a standard course structure for dementia
everything from diagnosis to legal and ethical concerns surrounding
patients and their management.
discussions of issues accompanied by case history examples, and surveys
support services and assistance technologies contribute to a
powerful survey suitable for self-study and classroom pursuit alike.
Linda Camp's Teaching Empathy and
Conflict Resolution to People with Dementia: A Guide for
Practice (9781785927551, $19.95) shows how to develop and use
respect when caring for older people with dementia, providing a
helping those with dementia and their caregivers to develop new
family caregivers receive instruction on how to help dementia patients
better level of independence and communication, resulting in improved
conditions for all.
conflict resolution processes and mindfulness are particularly well
offering important insights that can be applied to a wide range of
Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and
the New Plan to
Recharge Your Body & Mind proposes a new regimen for
better sleep which
takes the various stages of sleep, the sleeping environment, and
needs into consideration for a better sleep experience.
many of the
former ideals of sleep and habits supporting it. This book uses
professional athletes to consider optimizing and personalizing the
experience, from napping and sleeping in the right temperature
defining one's ideal sleep situation and adapting it to partner and
sleeping smarter to tips on snoozing and recharging one's system, Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of
Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body & Mind
is recommended for in
any health collection, with its new perspectives on a sleep process
customization over general admonitions.
Living with Heart Disease
Johns Hopkins University Press
A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease
discusses the daily
challenges of living with heat disease and is based on author Carolyn
Thomas's Heart Sisters blog.
basics are here, from recognizing the early signs of a heart attack
different for women than men) and understanding how cardiac
works to daily life with heart disease and how to alleviate
depression without drugs.
The blend of
and practical health science makes A
Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease an accessible,
any women's issues or health library will find a popular read.
titles are top recommendations for library lending collections and
seeking durable packaging, memorable authors, and an audio narration
places each production above its print counterpart.
Perry's The Bomb Maker
is a psychological thriller brought to life by narrator Joe Barrett,
ability to highlight plot and action enlivens the story of a LAPD Bomb
team changed by an unexpected trap that destroys half its members.
It's up to
former Bomb Squad commander who left the force to run his own security
to find out who set the trap, what mastermind is creating a series of
bomb-based weapons, and how to stop him.
engrossing thriller/mystery is hard to stop listening to.
Metz's Talk to the Paw
is read by Elise Arsenault, whose smooth voice brings to life the story
Jamie Snyder, who has commitment issues around males ... not including
tabby, a cat burglar who is stealing from the neighbors.
human is lonely; and he has the perfect man in mind for her. Can his
steal things extend to stealing a man's heart on her behalf?
This fun cat
story is especially recommended listening for prior cat fanciers.
The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain
$34.99) is read by Robertson Dean, whose crisp and clear voice brings
the story of a seemingly random mugging at a prestigious hotel in Paris
involves concierge Acacia in a mystery surrounding Nicholas Cassirer, a
customer who uses an assumed name every time he checks into the hotel.
job threatened, she also discovers that Nicholas has his eye on her,
trouble becomes a winding road into danger.
audiobooks, perfect for leisure listeners.
Napa at Last
Simon & Schuster
Napa at Last Light: America's Eden in an Age of
Calamity provides a
regional history of a California county that began as an isolated,
wine region and blossomed into a powerhouse of wine relationships
family dynasties and big business. It should be read by anyone who
understand the growth of California's winery business in general and
Valley's many changes in particular.
This book is
third in James Conaway's Napa trilogy, and traces land destruction,
and sometimes-calamitous routes to development that are changing the
Napa's lands forever.
family landmarks as multinational corporations take over and the
Napa's promises, dreams, and wealth makes for a somber, fitting
Napa's story that should not be missed by anyone interested in either
California history or the wine industry's lasting impact in the region.
See You at
Vanessa Garcia with Regina Abuyuan
7 Mile House
See You at the 7: Stories from the Bay Area's Last
Original Mile House
offers a unique story of a 1800s San Francisco institution which, until
has received little attention in the annuals of City history. As such,
should be on the bookshelves of any serious San Francisco history
holding as a
7 Mile House
built circa 1858 as a stagecoach stop located seven miles from the San
Francisco Ferry Building, and was one of a number of 'mile houses'
as stagecoach stops and local post offices. It's the last one standing
Vanessa Garcia purchased the establishment completely ignorant of its
history. A faded photograph on its wall led to years of research as she
together more and more facts about one of the Bay Area's most venerable
See You at the 7 is packed with vintage
photos, contemporary color
images of personalities who frequented the watering hole, colorful
those who had a relationship with 7 Mile House, and a wealth of
background about its notorious past and present-day incarnation.
It's hard to
historian's attention to detail with a lively survey of a popular,
bar's ability to survive so many changes over so many years; but See You at the 7 achieves this fine
balance and presents a colorful compendium of personalities and events
represents an essential addition to San Francisco's history. It's a
acquisition for any serious California history collection.
Sounds for a
Top Reads Publishing
Ancient Sounds for a New Age: An Introduction to
Himalayan Sacred Sound
Instruments is recommended for body, mind and spirit
collections strong in
new age music topics, and shows how to use the Tibetan bowls, ganta,
as doorways to better connecting with and understanding one's soul.
overview of sound healing techniques using Himalayan instruments,
what is needed to enter this field, how to apply techniques from other
and how author Diáne
Mandle has used her experience
with the Tibetan bowl to best advantage.
Access to a
one-hour instructional video that demonstrates these practices lends
the step-by-step techniques described in her book, while questions and
explore the work and its applications to common issues such as
wide-ranging and well-studied introduction to the concept and art of
sound and its use in spiritual and mental well-being.
Two new age
are top, recommended picks for collections looking for solid
Redfern's The Slenderman Mysteries: An
Legend Comes to Life (9781632651129, $15.99) discusses The
origins as an Internet phenomenon, maintaining that he may be a
that has made the transition from thought to reality based on how many
believe in him.
born of rage, nightmares, and murder; and perhaps may be a form of
the Internet conjures up a digital nightmare.
disturbing documentaries about The Slenderman, offer case histories and
of obsessions, emergencies, and encounters with the figure, and provide
food for thought about The Slenderman's appearances, purpose, and
Miller's The Elements of Spellcrafting: 21
Successful Sorcery (9781632651204, $16.99) tells how to get
with magic, reviewing the principles and strategies for how to apply
before one's first spell is cast.
guaranteed to assure a positive result to how to build a spell to
spiritual and material success beyond its original incarnation, The Elements of Spellcrafting offers a
solid survey and foundation for spellcrafting and offers many
gathering incense to understanding micro-enchantment.
Sizzling Social Issues
All the Women in My Family Sing
Deborah Santana, Editor
Nothing But the Truth, LLC
All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the
Equality, Justice, and Freedom gathers prose and poetry by
women of color
who address various topics, from struggles for physical survival to
self-identity, immigration, love and career. These wide-ranging
opportunities for reflection and healing on many different levels and
thoroughly engrossing set of insights that will lend well to classroom
individual pursuit alike.
women assume literary proportions and are therefore too often regulated
literary readers and collections. This anthology addresses social
women's experiences, layering creative writing and literature with an
considering and exposing social injustice and struggles for freedom.
highly recommended collection powerful in literary approaches, diverse
subject and presentation, yet accessible to all thinking women who look
blend of emotion-based experiential pieces and ways of navigating
wounded pasts to better futures.
Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond
Impossible Standards of
Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives
discusses a growing
mental health crisis among teen girls who often bear the brunt of toxic
cultural norms, and comes from an educator and writer who works on a
interviewed over a hundred girls, school professionals, and parents to
the common hurdles they face and overcome, from social media and
college applications and insecurities about the future.
identifying common issues: clear strategies are offered for halting
overthinking, helping girls practice self-compassion, and for parents
better manage their own anxieties to offer stronger lessons to their
healthy risk-taking to halting negative thinking, Enough
As She Is provides a powerful set of techniques for helping
girls achieve real happiness in and contentment with life.
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the
Internet Can Tell Us
About Who We Really Are will reach high school to
science readers and many a general-interest reader interested in the
world of internet and data management. It comes from a Harvard-trained
economist and former Google data scientist who examines how much
average human being processes from internet and other sources.
methods and digital information can go far in helping people get at the
of truths about themselves and the world. In fact, Google and online
are places where many people are at their most honest and genuine.
It's hard to
that online behaviors may be a truer indicator of personas, values, and
objectives than real-world encounters, but this book makes a strong
how online behaviors and big data can be used to more clearly answer
questions about how people interact in the world.
science will find Everybody Lies a
lively, engrossing presentation that's hard to put down.
Fordham University Press
Google Me: One-Click Democracy is
recommended for media studies,
social issues, and philosophy holdings alike, and comes from a
philosopher who examines
big data and the idea of democratic processes in its management and
culture of information access and unlimited information dissemination
collection, examining the foundations of informational culture and the
raised by the globalization of knowledge.
analyzed, mass society and mass culture are discussed, and Google as a
of democracy is considered in a powerful survey that will lend
well to college-level classroom discussion and debate.
Summers of Love
Happy Daze: The Summers of Love stands
out from the wealth of books
written about the heyday of the hippies published to commemorate the
anniversary of 'The Summer of Love' because it comes from an insider
photographer who lived the times, whose images captured three pivotal
from 1967 to 1969.
He was the
chief photographer for the then-new Rolling Stone Magazine, and his
only captivated audiences but served as iconic portraits of the mid-60s
Wolman was a
to one of the most incredible cultural changes in U.S. history, and Happy Daze displays these changes using
visuals which are captivating and iconic.
in 1960s American history and culture should be without this
The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of
Martin Luther King Jr.
is published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of King's
details a vivid history of the days immediately following King's death,
world struggled to deal with his sudden absence.
landmark civil rights laws had been enacted and interracial
seemed to be on the mend. After his death, riots not only shook
cities, but attitudes of blacks towards whites changed virtually
King's dream seemed to die with him.
effects were evident; but the long-term effects of a rising anger and
between racial groups is even more of a legacy, and are explored here
pointed examination of the differences between King's ideals and world
his death and those which emerged afterwards.
holding should be without this thought-provoking survey.
Joseph Madison Beck
The University of Georgia Press
My Father & Atticus Finch: A Lawyer's Fight
for Justice in 1930s
Alabama is a Southern memoir reminiscent of the classic novel
To Kill a Mockingbird, but is firmly
rooted in the story of the author's late father, who defended a black
accused of raping a white woman in 1930s Alabama.
was often told his father's case might have inspired Harper Lee's
led him to locate the trial transcript and newspaper articles
his father's legacy.
changed a community and challenged convention. The legal and social
controversies which swirled around his efforts and court case should be
required reading for any civil rights history buff, and will appeal to
collections strong in memoirs, Southern history and culture, and legal
challenges around defending minorities.
Through the Lens When...
It's hard to
a more timely publication for media insights and assessment than Newsreal: A View Through the Lens When...
network news and what has led to its issues today comes from an
winning cameraman and producer with thirty-plus years of being a
every major U.S. television news network and the Foreign Press Corps.
extensive background places Tim Ortman in the ideal role to turn the
his occupation to provide a personal, social, and political story of
decades in broadcast news and changing issues in reporting and
and part industry examination, Newsreal
is a lively, revealing read that's highly recommended beyond media
circles, nicely capturing the milieu of journalism and reporting with a
sent to long-term viewpoints and lasting historical impact.
A Spy in
A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous
Photographer to Infiltrate
the Civil Rights Movement should be in social issues and
history holdings alike, and considers the double life of civil rights
photographer Ernest Withers, exposing a closely-held secret in the
for capturing many images of the civil rights movement; but what is
is that he was also an FNI informant who used his images to help the
identify and track these same figures.
Perrusquia has been a reporter for over 25 years: his research appears
50th anniversary of King's assassination in a powerful and often dark
that's a 'must' not just for social science collections, but for any
history holding looking at the civil rights era's hidden history.
titles are top recommendations for aspiring professionals who would
basic techniques and further into the arena of photographic artistry.
basics with instructions for posing, shooting, and artistic techniques,
business savvy directed to those who would earn a living from their
Tracy Dorr's How to Start a Photography
Business (9781682031285, $37.95) teaches the basics of how to
photography business of one's dreams, outlining a series of strategies
either building a thriving business or redoing an existing studio with
through the essentials of branding, niche marketing and photography,
photography setups, and working at a quick enough pace to ensure a
profit margin, readers receive a solid discussion of the connections
photography as an art and photography as a venture that successfully
is one of those ventures that pays the bills nicely, and Doug Gordon's Flow Posing: Fast and Furious Posing
Techniques for Wedding Photographers (9781582031445, $37.95)
shows how to
create a range of poses that capture the special moments of a couple's
focuses just on posing, showing how
can create the kinds of images couples find exceptional. Where other
photography guides focus on setting and lighting, Gordon's exclusive
posing techniques creates a winning approach that aspiring wedding
photographers will relish.
Painting with Light: Lighting &
Photoshop Techniques for Photographers (9781682031520,
$37.95) appears in
its second updated edition to help photographers identify optimal
subjects, design shooting plans, and take everyday scenes to new levels.
approach to 'painting with photography' that compiles a fine set of
using simple equipment and approaches, from considering how photography
a poor model for reality to how to use this to best advantage for
with an artistic approach, from getting permission for shoots (where
needed) to thinking through compositions as much as possible.
his own first-person experiences enhances a solid discussion filled
colorful examples throughout.
and assistant editor for Nature Photographer
magazine, produces Photographing the
Aurora Borealis: How to Shoot the Northern Lights
which is especially recommended for those who anticipate being in the
locales where this beautiful phenomenon is a regular winter attraction.
how-to discussion is a survey of the science of the aurora, the
challenges of shooting in subzero weather, how to capture the aurora at
and refine images in postproduction, and how to create a composition
profiles the aurora.
photo examples throughout, Photographing
the Aurora Borealis: How to Shoot the Northern Lights is a
recommendation for understanding the special technical and composition
challenges of photographing the aurora borealis.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies
is a 'must'
read for anyone interested in Hollywood traditions and how they are
challenged by new models, film standards, and big buck franchises; and
the chaotic changes affecting the entire film industry.
Hollywood is being affected by big business and international
Street Journal reporter/author Ben Fritz interviews major people at
Marvel, Netflix and others to examine specific changes that are
only how movies are marketed and sold, but how they are conceived of
sense of doom
accompanies artistic transformation, there's also a feeling of hope for
resurrection of film in a new manner. The
Big Picture captures all of these nuances in a hard-hitting
such topics as why studios stopped making mid-budget dramas, how Disney
perfectly positioned to benefit from the age of film franchising, and
big-business decisions affected the ownership of some films.
or fan of
film should be without The Big Picture's
set of insights into where filmmaking was and where it's heading.
Elizabeth V. Reyes
The Tropical House: Cutting Edge Design in the
color photography by Lucia Invernizzi Tettoni, which comes to life in
oversized presentation surveying tropical house interior designs.
More than 25
and condos in and around Manila are profiled in a focus on homes that
East-West influences, modern furnishings, and contemporary design
color photos of Filipino residences accompany written descriptions of
architectural influences from the founders of architectural firms and
involved in building these houses.
The modern feel of interiors which blend traditional tropical style with modern accessories and approaches makes for an attractive, revealing survey that should be in any arts collection strong in architectural design.
Princeton University Press
American Empire: A Global History is a
weighty, sweeping survey
contrasting the trajectories of the U.S. and Western Europe as they
influenced the world, considering three centuries of history and the
imperial conditions of Europe and the American republic.
the American colonies and how it reflected an overall crisis in
imperial progression and role to the expansion of the American republic
its processes paralleled developments in Western Europe, American
Empire considers forces of change, imperialism's progression
and issues, and the global forces that affected the establishment and
maintenance of empires around the world.
While American Empire is highly recommended
for American history holdings, its broader contexts and comparisons
essential for world history collections, as well.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Before the Refrigerator: How We Used to Get Ice
history of the ice industry from the 1880s to its collapse after World
War I in
a lively survey that tells how people got ice before mechanical
inventions that made the ice industry possible to how it changed daily
America until something more advanced came along, Before
the Refrigerator offers a solid look into technology's
on everyday consumer lives.
especially recommended for anyone involved in the food industry who
interest in the changing influences on the American consumer's food
Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a
Martyr in Mao's China
is published on the event of the 50th anniversary of Zhao's execution
from a historian who profiles a woman who was a resister, steeped in
ideals and Christian faith in the face of Communist powers.
In 1968, at
thirty-six, she was shot after she refused to submit to "thought
reform" in prison, writing a constant litany of protest, often in her
of determination against all odds makes for a compelling profile in
which is hard to put down, adding much insight about Communist China's
the fate of dissidents in general, and should be required reading for
who would learn more about that era and Lin Zhao's extraordinary life
sacrifices in particular.
Science, Nature & Technology
The Book of
Paul Smith, Editor
University of Chicago Press
The Book of Seeds: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World is a 'must have' acquisition for any serious botany or science collection interested in seed species, covering some six hundred world species in detail.
receives a photo
of the seed (often enlarged so all its detail is fully seen) to
short description, distribution map, conservation status, and natural
There is no
the size or kinds of seeds covered; but the real strength of The Book of Seeds lies not just in its
diversity, but in its unexpected details and visual impact.
library should be without this authoritative scientific survey.
Brick by Brick
Dr. Ben Still
Particle Physics Brick by Brick: Atomic and
Subatomic Physics Explained
in Lego® features a fine pairing of Lego® construction and
physics in a
lively discussion by a British physicist who does an excellent job of
the building blocks of Lego® to
building blocks of life.
rules of physics and discoveries about how the world works, considers
that explain and explore how the universe came to be and how it works,
assigns bricks to each atomic element.
these real or imaginary bricks receive lessons on their interactions
particle physics in a most accessible, colorful and interactive manner.
Particle Physics Brick by Brick is
educational approach especially recommended for prior Lego® enthusiasts
want to learn science through a familiar and attractive structural
All Over the
True Heroes of Texas Music
University of North Texas Press
All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music
comes from an Austin
music critic who gathers some forty-two profiles of Texas music
pioneers in an
updated second edition that includes fifteen new portraits and six
Photographer Scott Newton provides the visuals while Michael Corcoran covers the recording careers and influences of such varied artists as Freddie King, Johnny Gimble, the Butthole Surfers, and more.
Texas music focus on country-western musicians; so it's especially
to find a broader survey in All Over the
Map, which tells of musicians who influenced different
regions of Texas,
documented on a map and in extensive descriptions of their achievements.
arrangement allows for a more specific focus than most surveys of Texas
musicians, making for an excellent contribution to popular music
seeking a broader interpretation of Texas's influence than most.
Tom Weaver with David Schecter and Steve Kronenberg
The Creature Chronicles: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy is an in-depth examination of the famous monster movie productions that is not for the faint-hearted or casual reader; but a 'must' reference for anyone with more than a passing interest in these classic horror films.
production history specifics, biographies, photos, and insights from
involved in the productions, from costume designers to actors, create a
detailed, in-depth survey that goes beyond the usual casual movie
delve into production details. These include explorations of the music,
script-to-screen comparisons, editing and added scenes, various remakes
choices involved in new Creature incarnations, and more.
arts collections, as well as those with a special and specific interest
monster movie history in general and the classic Creature productions
particular, will find The Creature
Chronicles packed with invaluable reference material and
complimented by black and white photos throughout.
Mulholland Books/Little Brown
Green Sun shows what great crime fiction
looks like, adds a new
book to the autobiogaphical Hanson Trilogy, and is set in 1983 Oakland,
California, where a Vietnam veteran has returned home from one war to
different kind of battlefield.
believes that justice
is most effective when it comes from within a community—and so he lives
same neighborhood he patrols, cultivating some unusual relationships
locals as a drug king who has a deep sense of fairness and honor, an
black woman, and a young man well on his way to becoming a dope dealer.
Hanson's tightrope walk between being a law enforcer and a member of
community; an effort which too often places him at odds with one side
of the law
or the community.
sharp portraits of Oakland's street life bring Hanson's world to life
or not the reader has been to Oakland or is familiar with urban crime
scenarios, making Green Sun an
outstanding saga that moves well beyond typical crime scenes and into
of solid literary achievement.
Harry: Life, Loss, and Love provides a
biography of Britain's
Prince Harry, who is slated for marriage to American actress Meghan
May, and is a close inspection of his young life, from his relationship
his mother to his coming of age and adulthood.
being a rebel, but he is also much loved by the British people.
his romances, personal experiences, and life in a close inspection of
which exposes life in the royal palace and the influences that made
Harry who he is today.
for complete appreciation of this biography is a prior affection for
Harry and the world of British royalty.
Ideas You Can
Cool Springs Press
Kitchen Ideas You Can Use appears in an
updated edition to cover
the latest kitchen appliances, styling trends, and tips for any
looking to renovate their kitchen, and is packed with color photos of
different kitchen projects paired with invaluable short notes about how
projects address common kitchen arrangement issues.
From zinc as
alternative to stainless steel and its history of being used for
Europe for over a century to creating an ADA-accessible kitchen with an
design, this collection covers all kinds of purposes, styles, and
options, and comes
packed with information on key decisions and choices and how to adapt
to special needs.
With so many
discussions of contrasting options and why one choice would be better
another for a given purpose, Kitchen
Ideas You Can Use is a go-to guide any kitchen remodeler will
consult before work begins.
Citadel Press/Kensington Publishing Corp.
Israel Rising: The Land of Israel Reawakens
is published to
celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Israel, and uses an
format to provide a pictorial, visual history of Israel's rise from a
desert country to a thriving nation.
meant to be a
celebration of Israel. It captures the nation's rise using photos taken
the 1880s to 1940s, pairing them with modern images of those same
create a powerful tribute to the region's history, meaning, battles,
worked with photographer Elise Monique Theriault as they traveled
the country to match these original vintage photos and their angles
modern-day places. The facing full-page images capture past and present
perfectly, making Israel Rising a
visual testimony to the many changes Israel has seen in its 70 years of
Peter Normanton, Editor
It Crept from the Tomb is the second
collection of horror comics
history to follow 'atomic comics' lost to the Cold War, and includes
artists, British horror productions, and a range of comics both
famous in underground circles only.
color cover art from these comic productions accompanies pages packed
black and white visuals and discussions of notable comic issues, gum
productions, editorial and artistic competition for comic book
of short comic strips to macabre renditions of classic stories, this
of articles provides a powerful set of insights and history that should
the shelves of any horror comics fan.
Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our
Reality is a
thought-provoking consideration of truth, falsehood, and how knowledge
disseminated, judged, and assessed. It considers everything from
truths and changing truths to suit or inspire situations to how truth
is used and
abused in all walks of life. These narratives blend examples from case
with an analysis of how actions and hearts are influenced by
truth and lies.
From attitudes towards risk and value to apparent and unknown truths and their impact, chapters consider various kinds of truths, moral values, cultural contexts, and more, creating a thought-provoking discussion especially recommended for psychology and social issues readers.
Wake Up! A Handbook for Living in the Here and Now
fifty-four strategies to help readers live a fuller, more engaged life,
the problem, perils, and solutions to sleepwalking through one's world.
ideas inviting readers to try something new, from experiences with
saying yes to something you'd normally say no to.
The book is
into three types of actions: plugging in, turning in, and powering up.
strategy is presented in three parts, with the book as a whole offering
for year-around engagements. All experiments have been tested on
people, but only those are included where over eighty percent of the
participants reported positive changes, with nearly a hundred reporting
winning approach that goes beyond theorizing to examine concrete
Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose
to Live Again
comes from the best-selling author of Following
Atticus and tells of a depressed old dog and the man who gave
him new life.
initially thought to give Will a peaceful place to die; but given Tom's
attention and love, Will actually began to thrive. In turn, he gave
lessons in recovery and resilience that can apply as much to human
lives as a
heart-warming animal stories with underlying messages of love and
relish Will's Red Coat, a touching,
beautiful story of a special bond between man and dog as age takes its
the Leader of the Free World
Johns Hopkins University Press
Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World
is a biography
following the career of Eisenhower that ordinarily would be recommended
biography collections alone; but which offers many insights into the
and history of his times. Political issues and history holdings will
this book packed with not just biographical insights, but military,
political history as well.
reputation and leadership abilities changed over the years to the ups
of his growth, his decisive military battles, and his presidency, Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free
World charts the course of a post-World War II leader whose
the world for decades to come.
readers will find Eisenhower a
powerfully revealing account.
Life in the
Palace (In Praise of Folly)
Honorable Clifford B. Stearns
Life in the Marble Palace (In Praise of Folly)
comes from a former
Congressman who examines his 24 years in Congress with an eye to
the American political process and its strengths and weaknesses.
both in political circles and in private business lend to a discussion
examines political routines, differences, and issues ranging from
conflicts of interest in the highest offices in the country to how
need to step up to offer an alternative vision of how the American
should grow and be managed.
many thought-provoking assessments based not on an outsider's
an insider's decades of work within the 'marble palace'.
Barbara Feinman Todd
Pretend I'm Not Here: How I Worked with Three
Newspaper Icons, One
Powerful First Lady, and Still Managed to Dig Myself Out of the
Swamp is the powerful political autobiography of a woman who
began as a
copy aide at the Washington Post and worked her way up to associate
of the biggest reporters and political figures of her times.
highly recommended for journalism readers, it's reviewed here for its
consideration of government processes, interactions with journalists,
writers and reporters contribute to public image and wrestle with their
ethical and moral dilemmas during the reporting process.
Bob Woodward to her own revelations about the process, Pretend
I'm Not Here is an engaging story that should not be missed
by anyone interested in either journalism or Washington politics.
The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
surveys a lively,
in-depth history of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which
the right to vote.
provide a more wide-ranging, sweeping examination, journalist Elaine
narrows her subject to the campaign's last six weeks, which revolved
decision made by Tennessee which swung the vote.
specific focus on the suffragists in that state, the reasons behind its
the political and social pressures on not just women voting but black
participation in the process, and how democratic ideals came to clash
political rights in Nashville.
lively survey of how close the issue was and why it nearly didn't pass,
for a thought-provoking read which benefits from a narrow focus that
right down to a riveting finish line.
picture books stand out from the crowd, each offering an unusual
interesting facts, and approaches that are refreshingly different from
Wittenstein's The Boo-Boos That Changed the
World: A True
Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!)(9781580897457,
$16.99) tells of the invention of Band-Aids. While this may initially
dull, it's a fascinating story of a 1920s Johnson & Johnson
accident-prone wife and how he invented a strip to help her prevent
from her many cuts and scrapes.
find fascinating the Band Aid's dubious beginnings, the involvement of
Scouts in the new product, and how innovations come to public attention.
drawings enhance an unexpectedly lively story that many an adult will
read aloud just for their own edification.
Grady's Write to Me: Letters from Japanese
Children to the Librarian They Left Behind (9781580896887,
reach the same age group with a lively story illustrated by Amiko Hirao
provides a different perspective of Japanese-American internment
Library children's librarian Clara Breed had to say goodbye to many of
young readers, who were sent off to prison camps. But before they left,
asked them to write to her, and gave them books to take with them.
three years, many of the children corresponded with her. Write
to Me this uses excerpts from these actual writings to
capture their experience, especially powerful when paired with Amiko
lovely colored pencil illustrations, which are overlaid with drawings
postcards with the children's notes.
Harrison's A Place to Start a Family: Poems
That Build (9781580897488, $17.99) will engross young readers
ages 5-9 with
a different kind of poetry collection that follows up on a prior
between writer Harrison and illustrator Giles Laroche.
illustrations provide lovely 3-D renditions of underground builders'
land efforts, and the works of beavers and others whose creations
water sources, while a rollicking rhyme cements facts and adds a
flavor to the effort.
highly recommended reads.
productions will appeal to the very young, with bright color images and
tales that lend to read-aloud adult and youngster enjoyment alike.
access to the classic Curious George monkey tales with Curious
George's Box of Books (9781328798954, $18.99), a slipcased
collection of four books for toddlers.
introduction to Curious George includes Curious
George's ABCs, Curious George's Are
You Curious?, Curious George's
Opposites and Curious George's 1 to
10 and Back Again.
present basic topics, add the attractive, colorful, mischievous
antics, and will delight kids with fun explorations of the alphabet,
opposites and counting.
Thompson's Twilight Chant
receives gorgeous drawings by Jen Betton as it tells of the special
who come out at desk. The beautiful art captures twilight and the
nature that appears
when human play is done and dusk falls.
theme of "twilight/the low light" reinforces a beautiful survey that
picture book readers and their read-aloud parents will find attractive
Wiesner's I Got It! (9780544309029,
very few words and uses realistic, large-size drawings to tell most of
story, inviting picture book readers to pay attention to images to
pitch and baseball hit story; but what transpires next moves from
the world of fantasy and will best be read and understood with adult
assistance, who will find the unexpected story fascinating.
stories and lasting lending potential.
In the Rain
book In the Rain, illustrated by
Oliphant, provides the third book in and closes the 'In the Weather'
about weather. A young girl heads outside to enjoy a rainy day with her
finding many activities that impart a special appreciation of rain.
durable board book formats that lend to reading aloud will relish
watercolors and colored pencil drawings, which nicely compliment the
approach of a story designed to help the very young appreciate rain's
recommended picks for kids interested in unusual topics and lively
Mantchev's Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime!
(9781481467018, $16.99) uses simple language and fun drawings by
Cotterill to explore the story of siblings who fight crime together.
to fight each other, and they lived ordinary lives until they decided
their powers for good and not evil, defending the innocent and
planet while still being kids.
juxtaposition of everyday events with lively imagination provides a
different take on the superhero notion that kids and parents will
Bates' The Big Umbrella
is co-written by Juniper Bates and tells of a big, friendly umbrella
to help others. But, how many different refugees can it assist during a
An excellent story of giving and helping emerges.
Pearson's Fly Girls: The Daring American
Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII (9781534404106, $16.99)
grade readers ages 10 and up with a fine, true story about female
pilots who served during World War II.
Force was forced to hire women when they faced a big lack of skilled
Over a thousand female pilots had to prove their abilities in a
industry in this story of how these female civilians overcame many
serve their country.
pages of information reads with the lively description of fiction, but
real individuals and their challenges, and includes an index,
additional notes perfect for report purposes.
book arrivals are top recommendations for libraries looking for
Ikegami's Seed Man (9781585363797,
$16.99) is more
than just a story of a man who loves plants: it tells of a mysterious
who calls on fairies to help nurture the seeds he plants. The result of
special approach involves an entire town in both magic and kindness in
that goes far beyond any idea of Johnny Appleseed.
The heart of
tale, which even delves into how joy is received by those who have a
with life, will reach read-aloud parents and the very young with a
message about special fruit accessible even by those who don't know
Phumiruk's Mela and the Elephant
$16.99) enjoys fun drawings by Ziyue Chen as it tells of a girl who
explore new territory, a little brother who is told to go home, and a
evolves when Mela's boat is swept into the jungle and she becomes lost.
kindness are all themes explored as Mela makes her way through a
in a new fable embedded with authentic Thai customs. The conclusion
author's note about Thai traditions and the Thai language, further
kids who harbor good reading skills and an interest in folk stories
the history and cultures of other countries.
Markarian's The Princess and the Café on the
(9781585363971, $16.99) is illustrated by Chloe Douglass, who tells of
busy castle preoccupied with assignments, daily chores, and work.
a job except the princess, who longs to be busy like everyone else.
seems to need anything she has to offer.
So she sneaks away in search of somebody to help, and embarks on a mission to rescue others in this delightfully different take on good deeds and a royal, giving person.