June 2018 Prime Picks
are top recommendations for library lending collections, offering a
superior package consisting of notable authors paired with effective,
narrators in a durable package that lends well to the rigors of library
Barnhill's Dreadful Young Ladies and Other
(9781684411603, $34.99) is narrated by John Lee, whose smooth voice
life a powerful gathering of nine stories about strange, different
From a young
struggling with grief and sexuality who uses letter-writing to reach
out to a
beloved recipient to imagination which moves beyond its confinements
boundaries to become all too real, this gathering of eerie writings
life in audio and is especially recommended for audiences who look for
gem of short fiction that enters into the realm of eerie gothic
Andersen's The Darkling Bride
$39.99) is narrated by Sarah-Jane Drummey whose voice perfectly
family drama of the Gallaghers, who have commanded a castle home for
centuries before its final resting place in the public domain.
mysterious and violent deaths, a detective on a mission to find out the
and a series of incidents that revolve around the castle for a riveting
of Gothic atmosphere and mystery that will keep readers completely
This is a
example of audio narration at its best.
Goodkind's The Girl in the Moon
$39.99) is read by Elisabeth Rodgers, who puts a fine spin on the story
Angela's rare ability. Angela has survived an abusive childhood, a
is a meth user, and adult pressures that robbed her of her childhood.
secret life because of her special ability to psychically identify
When a group of terrorists penetrates her carefully protected world,
discovers she may be the only one who can save herself.
Elisabeth Rodgers brings this vivid story to life.
Tidbeck's Jagannath Stories
is narrated by Kristen Potter, whose smooth voice deftly captures the
stories and world of Tidbeck, who specializes in literary speculative
unlike most other eerie reads.
From a child
a tin can to women who live beyond the constraints of time, these
revealing and thought-provoking literary pieces that come nicely to
audio, promising hours of listening pleasure.
It should be
cautioned that Grits to Glory: How
Southern Cookin' Got So Good isn't your usual Southern
but a vivid collection of descriptions, stories, quotes, and down-home
from Southerners who examine the roots of Southern cooking.
written about Southern culture and culinary history, but Grits
to Glory pairs scholarship and research with a lively
compilation of insights from a range of Southerners and includes fun
of 'Porch Talk' details offering insights many more scholarly books
include: "For poor folks who were
desperate to feed a hungry family, almost any bird would do, and if
else, they would turn to crow. Nobody liked the taste of crow, and it
served as a last resort."
is as much
a good cultural meal as it is a culinary survey of everything from mock
dishes to differences between Northern and Southern approaches to food.
The Minimalist Kitchen: The Practical Art of Making
More With Less
is more than a cookbook: it's a way of life, embracing a philosophy of
shopping, stocking a pantry, and producing meals that don't require a
special methods or kitchen appliances.
would rely on spiralizers, pressure cookers, food processes, and
instructions, The Minimalist Kitchen
prepares its dishes with far less attention to complexity but no less
find exceptionally easy a host of creations, from The Evergreen
with summer vegetables and fresh herbs, to Chicken Pesto Sandwiches
made from pesto,
chicken, and cheese.
efficient techniques and basic tools, so busy cooks with little time
still receive the opportunity to work with extraordinary flavors and
a minimum of fuss and expense. Add full-page color photos for a
What makes a
a standout with so many international cookbooks on the market today?
example of high quality in comparison to others in its genre, take a
look at Wild Honey & Rye: Modern
within were inspired by the food of Ren Behan's childhood and today's
Polish cuisine, but represent a departure from the usual Polish review
traditional dishes because she deliberately focuses on lighter,
versions of these dishes.
classics such as pierogi dumplings, hearty stews and meats, and roasts
updates and variations. Full-page color photos accompany many of the
but the star quality here lies in an approach that omits the usual sour
and calorie-laden Polish fare with versions that don't sacrifice
resulting in a mouth-watering display that is also virtually
guilt-free. Wild Honey & Rye
is very highly
recommended for modern Polish cooks who want something ethnically
guides should be considered key picks for any educator's reference
promising lasting value and proven techniques.
The Blended Learning Blueprint for Elementary
Teachers by Jayme
Linton (9781544318639, $34.95) will reach K-5 teachers with its
teaching more effectively in blended school environments.
teacher's personal strengths and designing blended learning approaches
classroom to specific examples of various blended learning approaches
proved successful, this survey of tools and processes is especially
pages, highlighted points, tips for maximizing classroom experiences,
and white photos make for a user-friendly instructional even the
teacher will have time to digest.
Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Grades K-8: 75 Balanced Literacy Activities
Students Do (Not You!)
$33.95) is a primer for
building student literacy and provides a plan to support independent
full color help teachers encourage independent student activities and
approaches. The book arranges reading and writing tasks into three
crafting small lessons for approaching tasks a piece at a time, and
teachers with a structure for managing these stages of achievement.
Both are top
recommendations that busy teachers will find accessible, satisfyingly
and well organized.
1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink
tells of a
dangerous world political climate that (many readers might not realize)
just as delicate as the Cuban Missile Crisis, and documents a dangerous
replete with war games, a Soviet fighter's shooting down of a Korean
flight, Reagan's perception of the Soviet Union as "evil", and the
nervous response as they anticipated a nuclear attack.
documents just released by Freedom of Information requests contribute
to a new view
of how nuclear war loomed larger than ever in 1983 as a new Cold War
intelligence failures, misconceptions, and the jittery interactions
military collection should be without this thorough documentation of a
hitherto-undisclosed era in which the world once again was posed on the
of nuclear war.
Mapping of the
Mapping of the Pacific:
The Epic Story of Seafarers, Adventurers and Cartographers Who Mapped
Earth's Greatest Ocean
especially appeal to cartography collections, but is recommended for
and history holdings alike as it follows the explorers who mapped the
actually known about the Pacific Ocean until
the latter part of the eighteenth century, when European explorers
charting the world's oceans and producing fine nautical maps.
presentation allows for good-sized color reproductions of many of these
maps, while accompanying discussion of everything from explorer
mapping efforts to the publishers of sea-atlases in Europe provides a
well-rounded history of individuals, companies, and the economic
early data collection.
highly recommended discussion for any history collection interested in
evolution of maps of the world.
Though Atticus Finch: The Biography appears
well after the publication of Harper Lee's Go
Set a Watchman in 2015, it should become a classic
biographical survey of
the enigmatic and reclusive Lee's sources of inspiration, and is
reading for anyone who would pursue To
Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a
Watchman with more than a light attention to literary
Joseph Crespino uses original, unique sources to show how Lee's father
Coleman Lee provided the wellspring of inspiration for her depiction of
Atticus Finch. His survey considers Lee's opposition to mob rule in
his newspaper writings, and his fights for justice despite being a
moderate Southerner who wasn't particularly known for standing up for
perceptions translated to Lee's works makes for fascinating reading
to understanding both of her books and their lasting impact, making Atticus Finch: The Biography an
especially significant acquisition for high school to college-level
H. Jon Benjamin
Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir
comes from one of the
voices behind the TV productions Bob's
Burgers and Archer, but
it is as
much a documentary about failure as it is about the author's eventual
It provides its readers with H. Jon Benjamin's life story and how he
own failures in his life to move on to successes.
Failure Is an Option documents a range
of these experiences large
and small, adding humor into the mix as Benjamin reviews the ironies
lessons learned from failures and points out why society tends to
promote an avoidance
of failure over how to learn from it.
humor with thought-provoking messages backed by Benjamin's life
an absorbing, funny, pointed memoir highly recommended not just for
of Benjamin's achievements, but for anyone who would understand the
success and failure.
Happy to Be
I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade
motherhood as it's never been seen before, offering the quirky, funny,
startlingly honest survey of a mother's addiction after she had
her ongoing struggle to be a mother even after she lost custody of them.
pregnant at age twenty-one by a man she'd only known for three months,
decided to get married and grow into motherhood. Instead, she grew
drifted, and turned to alcohol for relief.
addiction to eventual sobriety but also details a variety of influences
on the perceptions
and realities of motherhood which makes for a revealing, absorbing
account. I'm Just Happy to Be Here will
struggling young mothers and those interested in how motherhood is
accepted, and managed.
Timothy J. Duerden
Lewis Hine: Photographer and American Progressive
could have been
featured in our arts or politics sections; but is reviewed here because
subject under consideration is wider-ranging than either category and
considered for college-level libraries strong in American photography
political history alike.
Lewis Hine uses a number of sources,
from interviews with surviving
family members to research, to blend a biography of Hine with a survey
images of children at work in cotton mills and mines: images which
movement to end child labor and reformed the labor laws of the late
good-sized black and white reproductions of his works throughout, this
is especially recommended for arts and social issues collections
specific histories of those involved in the progressive movements of
The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the
World's Rarest Species
could have easily been featured in our science section; but is reviewed
because horticulturalists and biography and travel literature readers
will find it completely absorbing and educational.
passionate about saving plant species. As he moved from a fascination
flora of his native Spain to journeys around the globe searching out
species, Magdalena not only committed his life to protecting all plants
manmade destruction, but embarked on a program to educate others about
threats and their ultimate impact.
book should reach well beyond science holdings and into collections
social and political issues, global history, botanical perspectives,
Very highly recommended, The Plant
Messiah holds a message that should neither be missed or
limited to expert
botanist audiences alone.
Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao
Plum Brook, LLC
Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites,
Scholars and Scoundrels
belongs in autobiography collections and in libraries strong in social
historical inspections of China in the 1930s and 40s, documenting a
legacy of privilege changed by separation and the Cultural Revolution.
left China for Hong Kong at age eighteen, it wasn't with the intention
making Hong Kong her home. She had no idea that she would be separated
family, never to see her father again.
Chao returned to China with her daughter on a mission to reconnect with
and discover their lives and fates. Remembering
Shanghai follows five generations of Chinese and family
history and is a
riveting, well-crafted production that blends research with personal
This combination proves hard to put down; even for those with little
familiarity with or special interest in Chinese history and affairs.
Shakedown Cruise: Lessons and Adventures from a
Cruising Veteran as He
Learns the Ropes comes from a veteran sailor who has, in the
much advice about the mechanics of handling a boat. Nigel Calder here
strong biography of how he gained all of his nautical knowledge.
how he learned to cruise, including many of the situations which both
threatened his life and taught him lasting lessons about handling a
for vivid adventure reading that will be thoroughly relished by two
nautical readers who love anything to do with the sea; and armchair
who will find that Calder's story of a world cruise and its challenges
new family (among other tales of wonder and danger) makes for
Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 comes from a former historian at the CIA Museum and a longtime CIA officer and Marine colonel who uses his Oxford training as a historian to uncover and reveal the clues that suggest that literary icon Hemingway's participation in World War II intelligence work was far more complex than commonly known.
exploits are revealed here for the first time; from his recruitment by
spies and relationships with various branches of the U.S. intelligence
government communities to how his inherent appreciation for
intelligence led to
his role as an agent widely active in undercover operations.
could have been featured in our history or literary categories, it's
here because any biography reader used to the typical approaches to
life and times will delight in finding a very different focus on his
achievements in political and intelligence circles.
Saoirse McClory, et.al., Editors
Everyday Gratitude: Inspiration for Living Life as
a Gift is
recommended reading for anyone searching for positivity in their lives
comes from the Network for Grateful Living, a non-denominational
dedicated to inspirational quotes and practices.
The goal is
readers reconnect with the foundations of happiness (which, here, are
lie in an atmosphere of gratitude).
handwritten admonitions make for not only thought-provoking reading,
bright reminders of the choice of attitude inherent in everyday life
making Everyday Gratitude a
gift pick for seekers looking for positive inspiration.
Clare R. Johnson, PhD
Mindful Dreaming: Harness the Power of Lucid
Dreaming for Happiness,
Health, and Positive Change joins what seems to be a plethora
of new age
titles on dream interpretation; but readers already more than familiar
topic will find that this one holds a difference, adding mindfulness
Mindful Dreaming not only addresses
issues of interpreting and
acting within the dream state, but provides a specific approach and
applying dream lessons to one's waking life and its choices.
includes tips on improving sleep quality and having lucid dreams, it is
especially powerful in its survey of how to transform nightmares into
opportunities and how to interpret dream messages using mindful
age readers will find this approach unique, specific, and filled with
self-help and transformation.
Sizzling Social Issues
Rebellion in the West
Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West
is a powerful examination of
the militia movement across America. Reporter James Pogue encountered
movement in a remote corner of Oregon, where he was granted unique
access by leader
Ammon Bundy to their armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife
As Pogue met
and militiamen determined to fight the federal government's forces, he
witnessed defiance, but the deadly outcome of an occupation that led to
battle to bring the presence and purposes of militia movements to the
roots in these events but expands outward as Pogue considers the
concepts of freedom, purpose, and the roots of a movement that defies
of government control.
American social movements and issues will relish Chosen
Country's blend of historical, political, and social
Irwin Redlener, MD
Columbia University Press
The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean
Twenty-First-Century America is both a memoir and a social
follows Dr. Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician who works in homeless
encounters with poverty and kids translates to a hard-hitting
inspection of the
nation's healthcare and the special programs that affect these
The Future of Us follows Redlener's
career and choices; but it's
quickly evident that his is a hard-hitting social commentary piece that
beyond the research lab or statistical analysis and onto the streets,
where he profiles
children who struggle against all odds, yet still dream of achievement.
personal, The Future of Us makes an
impassioned plea for change based not only on study but on personal
arguing that America needs to drastically change its viewpoints and
towards social programs and helping kids.
Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the
Borders of Europe
comes from a journalist whose years of reporting experience lends to a
and emotionally wrenching discussion of the plight of refugees in the
Union who have become unwanted aliens and migrants, and the systems
control and subjugate them.
system has evolved to control migrants in Europe, from detention
refugee camps; and while these receive occasional headline attention
world (until other news takes over and pushes the ongoing issue aside),
Trilling here delves into the personal stories of refugees he met and
from country to country.
Lights in the Distance injects the
personal plight into the
political scenario and is highly recommended reading for anyone seeking
faces, names, and personal experience back into the bigger social issue
refugees in Europe.
Richard A. Walker
Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of
Prosperity in the
San Francisco Bay Area can be marketed to economics or
collections and anyone interested in San Francisco history and culture;
it's reviewed here for its additional recommendation to social issues
collections interested in urban changes and their social impact.
of how the tech world has changed the Bay Area, resulting in both
wealth for those involved in the tech industry and a host of social
special challenges for the tech workers operating at menial wage levels
found San Francisco housing and basic necessities unaffordable almost
From the expansion of a housing bubble which has extended to the farther reaches of the Bay Area and created a situation of unaffordable housing to the impact of start-up organizations with different business approaches to worker management, this hard-hitting book should be on the shelves of not just San Francisco readers, but anyone concerned with the impact of a rapidly-escalating economic system on ordinary people.
Pictures of a Gone City is very, very
highly recommended for its
astute observations of a currently unique (but possibly not limited to
Francisco) social hurricane of urban transformation.
Michael K. Honey
might wonder at the need for yet another book on Martin Luther King Jr.
most historical angles been more than covered?
However, To the Promised
Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice
another angle on King's famous story, reflecting on his legacy of
poor people through not just social and political approaches, but
both a historian and a former civil rights organizer; and here he draws
important links between King's struggle for economic justice and the
his evolving relationships with organized labor.
From a focus
lesser-known advocacy efforts in 1966 Chicago and his growing awareness
class and racial issues to how he become involved in labor rights
issues, To the Promised Land is a
adjunct to the usual approaches to King's life and work and deserves a
any serious civil rights or American history collection.
"We Are All
Fast-Food Workers Now"
"We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now": The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages examines marginalized workforce efforts to gain decent living wages and working conditions, but differs from some others on the topic by incorporating a global focus on the experiences of such workers around the world.
Liz Cooke contributes 20 black and white photos of these global
workers as Annelise Orleck documents their lives, unionization
social and political challenges, and workplace environments with an eye
documenting the efforts of a new global working class intent on
creating a new
vision of what a better workplace might look like.
Science, Nature & Technology
of the Amazon
Adrià López-Baucells, et.al.
Field Guide to Bats of the Amazon
provides science readers with a
species identification guide to 160 species of bat in the Amazon
lovely photos and an acoustic key for identifying bats with details
greatly enhance efforts to track a notoriously difficult species.
general-interest readers or collections, this field guide is a specific
much-needed tool for those working in the Amazon who, until now, has
in the way of effective field tools to work with.
It represents an unprecedented effort and achievement in identifying bats, providing close-up color photos and drawings, and its often-full-page images are an essential ingredient to any scientist looking for a take-along field guide accompanying an expedition into the Amazon.
Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology,
Ambition, and the Perils
of Science's Highest Honor could have been featured in our
section because on the surface it documents Keating's brush with
how he lost it; but the actual story is wider-ranging than one
experience, and includes a plea to reform an award that in actuality
doesn't serve its purpose.
work on the
BICEP experiments turned into a pursuit of the Nobel Prize which
him away from the scientific processes and community the Prize was
designed to encourage.
man's research, the elusive nature of winning the Nobel, and the
scientific pursuit and recognition—provide a hard-hitting, critical
of the Nobel prize in physics that should be read by any scientist
this ultimate pinnacle of success.
Addicted to Americana
Prospect Park Books
glance, Addicted to Americana might
road trip to some of the nation's byways and oddities; but look closer
you'll find an underlying attention to both traditional American
attractions that are anything but ordinary.
settings for odd
theme parks, pop culture, strange architectural structures, and exotic
re-enactments of past and future worlds to drive-ins, vintage segments
towns, odd mid-century creations, and other cultural oddities, Charles
has seen and documents the most endearing, bizarre, and atmospheric
Americana collecting and culture.
with color photos in an eye-catching display that makes every page a
highly recommended for any who would undertake an armchair road trip
America on roads and from perspectives far less traveled, much less
And Now We
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I
Was Ready follows
a young girl's accidental pregnancy and her initial worries that having
will involve losing sight of her own goals and purposes in life.
So far, this
like a standard memoir theme; but dose this perspective with a humorous
and discussions of different kinds of special challenges that emerge
unplanned pregnancy and something quite different from the usual
And Now We Have Everything is the item of
choice for any young
woman facing similar circumstances. It's candid, revealing,
shocking, and filled with bigger-picture thinking that draws important
connections between living life and giving birth in a potent, lively,
New World Library
Breaking Up with Busy: Real-Life Solutions for
Overscheduled Women is
for both professional and ordinarily overscheduled women who find too
their life is conducted on the run, and offers clear and concrete
better time management and choosing better options.
often becomes an uncontrollable pattern, as Yvonne Tally points out,
and it was
her own career experiences and struggles with life balance that led her
the ER room to producing this book of methods to break the too-busy
be successful, always busy, and looking for concrete solutions to
management for better quality of life.
Two fine new
from CarTech are recommended picks for transportation collections
appealing to auto
enthusiasts; each offering excellent, specific technical information.
Greenblatt's The Corvette Hunter
$26.95) tells of Corvette car enthusiast Kevin Mackay's vintage
and his efforts to restore them. While this subject will be especially
attractive to fellow Corvette car buffs, it should in no way be limited
reveals how he
found and restored many valuable Corvettes, offering tales of famous
owners, and his interactions with both.
particular affection for Corvettes will find the lively text and
peppering of color photos throughout make for a revealing and fun
pursuit that offers many technical insights unique to the Corvette in
course of its discussion.
Quinn Thomas's Jeep Wranger JK
2007-Present (9781613253595, $26.95) is a comprehensive
examination of the
Wranger's history, modifications, and performance options that is
recommended for auto mechanics who would enhance and improve this model
needed to convert street vehicles to off-road trucks accompanies
specifics on performance upgrades that will elevate the Jeep Wrangler
its original purpose, while color photos and diagrams throughout assume
technical knowledge as they document every step of the process.
recommendations for automotive collections and the readers who want
specifications and satisfyingly in-depth details.
Writer's Field Notebook
Sara Mansfield Taber
Johns Hopkins University Press
Change Particulars: A Writer's Field Notebook for
Essayists, Memoirists, Novelists, Journalists, Adventurers,
Sketchers, and Other Note-Takers and Recorders of Life is for
who would capture unfamiliar and unique experiences using a field
format to record life as it happens, and provides a detailed primer for
who want to create initial notes and observations that could turn into
full-length productions later.
been written on how to produce polished writing; but having a narrowed
creating a field notebook that captures sensory details as they happen
different approach. This technique is basic for superior writing; and
thus Change Particulars should be
a foundation text for novices who would hone the finer art of
before moving to the next level.
The Dogs of
Margaret Reed and Joan Lownds
The Dogs of Camelot: Stories of the Kennedy Canines
is a fun survey
of the Kennedy family's lifetime love for dogs and the animals they
the White House, and uses photos and stories from the archives of the
Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to offer insights into canines
interest in both
canine and Kennedy history will be a prerequisite for enjoying this
history buffs may be particularly fascinated to learn that a host of
about the Kennedy presidency are revealed during the course of
about the family's canine companions.
is an easy
read, and a simple way of getting non-history readers to enjoy
Floundering Fathers offers prior fans and
newcomers another 'Pearls
Before Swine' comic strip collection that excels in and emphasizes puns.
Pearls collections didn't include this emphasis, Floundering
Fathers demonstrates that this added approach to
cartoon satire and humor results in an exceptional production as Pastis
the Pearls gang's repertoire with a series of 'groaners' that will have
strip fans laughing and shaking their heads.
fans will rush to pick up this latest, it's quite accessible to all
with no prior Pearls experience), who will find this latest addition a
thought-provoking and fun, winning set of observations about life and
ironies and oddities.
New World Library
of death take common routes in examining the process of preparing for a
but The Green Burial Guidebook
quite a different approach to the subject and comes from a
mortician who advocates for 'greener' burials.
The focus is
environmentally friendly, cost-effective choices in burial or
cremation. The Green Burial Guidebook
is the first
book to address the concept of green burial practices and how they
religious and social attitudes on planning for death.
with the practical in this book, pairing an overall change in
the basics of how to go about arranging for a green burial and working
funeral homes and cemetery services.
The Green Burial Guidebook is a basic
consumer primer that deserves
a place alongside any book on grief, death, and burial preparation
American Story of Sneakers
Kicks: the Great American Story of Sneakers
provides a cultural
history of sneakers in a survey that charts the rise of a $20 billion
industry which elevated the lowly shoe to near-celebrity status.
a beach shoe in the mid-1800s but has evolved into a sports and fashion
with different lines moving into athletic arenas and commanding big
intriguing stories of marketing, design, fashion, stormy personalities
American social norms will relish this multifaceted book, which reaches
beyond fashion to offer a lively history that educates readers not just
footwear, but the changing lives and perspectives of Americans as a
CSS3, 4th Edition
Anne Boehm and Zak Ruvalcaba
edition of Murach's HTML5 and CSS3
recommended as a reference staple for any web developer looking to stay
on the latest renditions of these tools, and not only gives insights
their features work, but uses an increasingly-complex example of CSS3
a foundation of knowledge.
chapters begin with an introduction to HTML and CSS3, discussing
structure, basic concepts of Responsive Web Design, and include many
examples of common tasks such as creating a 2-tier navigation menu,
with HTML files for web pages, and using CSS for page layouts.
succinct descriptions, examples from real-life working achievements,
CSS code, and discussions of their properties makes for a clear
reference piece that should not be missed by any web designer seeking
to get up
to speed or take a refresher course in HTML and CSS.
James Fallows and Deborah Fallows
Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of
from authors who have spent five years traveling across America in a
single-engine prop plane, visiting dozens of towns and interviewing
leaders and ordinary workers alike.
captures both the social, political, and economic struggles of a nation
cognizant of its choices and issues and those people looking to effect
in their worlds which at times challenge the course of modern politics
From flight details between locales to descriptions of town politics and environments, the Fallows provide readers with a personal, eye-opening survey of America's ideals. The authors achieved their goal of placing themselves in social situations with strangers they were trying to engage in meaningful discussions. The evidence of their success lies in Our Towns.
Donald J. Schroeder, PhD
edition of Police Sergeant Exam
offers review material based on the latest versions of the test for any
looking to rise to Police Sergeant level, and should be required
any such test-taker.
practice exams (one diagnostic test and three full-length exams),
exercises with answer sheets and keys, discussions of the changing
private and public organizations on assessment center processes, and
miscellaneous tips and comments on everything from student time
unstructured and structured response formats to recommended strategies
acing exams on test day.
'must' study reference for any educational collection catering to
studies and tests.
Adlard Coles Nautical/Bloomsbury
Where the Magic Happens: How a Young Family Changed
Their Lives and
Sailed Around the World follows a nautical adventure with a
family that comes up with a radical idea to change their lives by
a round-the-world sailing adventure.
the world; but most don't carry toddlers aboard ship. Many navigators
untouched beaches and paradises; but how would they handle a child's
sea, power failures that strand them miles from help, and a style of
sea that represents many departures from traditional thinking?
revealing survey will appeal to two audiences: armchair adventurers who
vivid stories of magic and mayhem, and young couples who would consider
nuts and bolts of embarking on a similar life-changing family adventure.
Film, Stage & Television
Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen
Miles comes from
an architect author who offers a mile-by-mile examination of the street
residents (and any with an affection for stage and shows) will
sweeping focus on the influences of Broadway's development and colorful
an icon of American theater culture as chapters move from the origins
Broadway's name (when Dutch colonists established the Brede Wegh, or
to the personalities who crafted its culture and architecture.
varied and focus on both individual influence and social and artistic
they follow the evolution of Broadway as a street, a community, and a
for the arts.
collections and New York-centric holdings will be the likeliest
this book, it's reviewed here because any involved in Broadway shows
it lively, revealing, accessible, and essential reading.
Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince
Blood Moon Productions
Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds: Princess
Leia & Unsinkable
Tammy in Hell represents the first in-depth biography of the
mother-daughter duo, and is especially recommended for prior fans of
who will find this survey replete with new information, scandals, and
vintage photos liberally pepper a series of revelations which assume
drama and attraction of hot Hollywood gossip, but with an overlay of
attends to revealing not only the lives of and connections between
Reynolds, but their overall, lasting impact on Hollywood and pop
that a survey
of much-publicized icons offers unique perspectives and new
information, but Carrie Fisher &
Debbie Reynolds does
so in a sweeping, thoroughly engrossing manner that will give their
insights and perspectives.
should be without this authoritative coverage, it should also be
despite its volume (over six hundred pages of detail), it's quite
those with relatively little prior information about the duo, who will
the length of the volume in no way precludes its value as both a
and an attractive leisure read.
Ethan Siegel, PhD
Star Trek: Treknology could have been
featured in our science book
review section, but is included here because any Trekkie will want to
about the publication of this survey of over twenty scientific
unique to the series, which actually have roots in real science.
considers technologies from warp drive and phasers to replicators,
and visors that help the blind to see, pairing Trek scenes and
close-ups of the
technology's image with scientific discussions of their realities or
color photos of equipment and scenes from the productions, Star Trek: Treknology offers an
intriguing and attractive
discussion no Trekkie will want to forego, which will reach into
circles, as well, with its technical analysis.
The Art of
Roy Luo & Kelly Tong
The Art of Leather Braiding: Beginner's Guide to
Pendants, Bracelets, Belts, Straps, and Key Fobs provides a
projects and techniques which require no special tools and which
leather cord (readily found in any craft shop) to prove successful.
four-string braid designs use a blend of written instruction, close-up
illustrations of each technique, and images of final results. Materials
supplement discussions strong in imparting clear, easy directions.
The Art of Leather Braiding is a fine
guide especially recommended
for newcomers to braiding who will find the versatility of leather an
attraction and this braiding guide a key to using it successfully.
Robert C. Price
Anyone who knows Northern California knows that Bakersfield, a central valley town, isn't exactly considered a bastion of arts and culture. However, even musician readers are fairly unlikely to know about the startling musical roots explored in The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music.
This book documents a little-known segment in California musical influence and history. It focuses on a valley town that actually served as one of the hearts of country and rockabilly music in America, even though it was located far from what is considered to be the traditional home of such music (Nashville).
Price provides many historical details on the roots of Bakersfield's
heritage, making The Bakersfield Sound a
highly recommended 'must' reference for any collection that purports to
on regional country music history and influences.
Claire Trevor: the Life and Films of the Queen of
Noir covers the
film productions and life of Claire Trevor, best known for her noir
in the 1930s and 40s, who also appeared in a number of non-noir roles
nominated for four Oscars.
covers her life and career in detail in a well-researched survey of her
and achievements that accounts for the diversity of her acting roles
previously-understated film achievements.
photos pepper an in-depth consideration that goes beyond her life and
explain why her roles and approaches to film resulted in such a notable
should be without this memorable review of Trevor's life and notable
Dusk to Dawn
Dusk to Dawn: A Guide to Landscape Photography at
Night is a new
approach to landscape photography that combines night photography with
landscape concepts using the digital camera. This marriage provides
photographers the opportunity to capture night realms that would be
for a film camera to duplicate.
have basic skills and camera usage under their belts and who are
different, creative applications of landscape photography concepts will
that Dusk to Dawn provides
needed to digitally capture night landscapes.
planning a shoot
to taking images of the sky and landscapes which are lit by moonlight
chapters cover the basics of equipment, exposure times, setup, and
methods of shooting to make the most of the land and sky portions of
achievements pack every page with full-color examples that include
time and place, exposure data and f-stops, and approaches to focus
other technical subjects.
about expanding the concept of landscape art into the night arena
should not be
without this specific, example-filled survey of techniques.
Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips
ACC Art Books
Gemologue: Street Jewellery Styles &
Styling Tips features
lovely color photos from Gemologue, the blog winner of the Best Blog in
Fashion category at the UK Best Blog Awards 2015, and comes from a
expert whose designs have influenced fashion around the world.
Gemologue pairs "street-style" pictures
sometimes-startling display choices, focussing on how jewelry and
choices in their
display tell more about the wearer than other clues. It captures the
street displays that were Urla's focus. This provides an appealing
as much on social and cultural art insights as on the contents that
make up a
jewelry collection (although the latter is also included in discussions
jewelry's impact on wearers and observers alike).
anything but your usual jewelry inspection. Gemologue
is a vivid, creative, and often eye-popping survey that
examines the heart
of jewelry's display and fashion and its connections to the fashion
The Lives of
Thames & Hudson
glance, The Lives of the Surrealists
to duplicate the information provided in the many other art history
surrealism already on the market; but this examination features a
focusing on lives rather than artistic productions. It defines
five basic styles and plugs career discussions into these ideas and
between this book and competitors is that Morris considers how his
identification and selection of surrealist artists differs from titles
focus on those who participated in group meetings and followed André
Breton's definition of surrealism. Morris concentrates on a
consideration of the underlying philosophy of surrealism rather than
artistic rendition alone.
photos pepper a survey of how surrealism became not just an art form
but a way
of life for these selected artists, pairing biography with artistic and
insights throughout as it analyzes the works and sentiments of Picasso,
Man Ray and other icons of the genre.
holding that claims to be authoritative in surrealism representations
without this definition-expanding coverage of not just the movement,
variations on the surrealist ideal.
books provide young readers with lively stories and fun illustrations,
them special picks for discriminating parents and elementary-level
Sometimes You Fly (9780547633909,
$17.99) is illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, whose lovely
compliment this fun celebration of a child's achievements from her
birthday to graduation. Parents expecting a linear approach will be
and delighted to find this story anything but usual: the 'before the'
deftly chronicle all these milestones, but use pictures to explain
meanings; while later, simple sentences pack in a great dose of
meaning in just a few words ("But
when we break/we learn to mend.").
lovely, reflective celebration that uses deceptively simple sentences
encourage parent/child read-aloud contemplation of some excellent
ranging from growth to dreaming big.
Brendler's The Two Mutch Sisters
$17.99) tells of sisters who have two of everything. Violet believes
perfectly matched, but Ruby thinks differently. And so begins a survey
similarities, differences, and the connections between sisters which
turn into unexpected
diversions when one sister decides that too much similarity is not good
Each has a
of objects they take pride in; but now something is missing...
A fine story
that is especially recommended for young readers with siblings.
Underwood's Monster & Mouse Go Camping
(9780544648326, $17.99) receives simple yet engaging drawings by Jared
who brings to life the tale of a reluctant novice camper, Monster, and
joins Mouse in the little one's adventure of a lifetime.
when a hungry monster, lured by the promise of food, is left alone at
no meals? The unexpected leaves both wondering about the wisdom of
adventure in a different kind of camping trip saga that holds a lesson
preparedness and changing objectives.
Hunter's Possum and the Summer Storm
(9780544898912, $17.99) tells of a possum who calls to his youngsters
indoors as bad weather threatens; but his efforts can't save his family
to give the now-homeless family some respite, but their homes just
suited to the possum posse's needs. How can a big family work with
friends to get something acceptable, as a replacement?
appearance of the Possums: this third adventure both continues their
provides newcomers with a delightfully moving tale.
Guided Reading Levels C and E are recommended easy books for grades K-1
1-2, each offering a fun story, durable hardcover binding, and simple
designed to appeal to the very young.
Florian's Pig and Cat Are Pals
$14.95) tells of best friends facing a problem: Pig discovers he likes
too—and Cat is not invited to play with them!
illustrations will appeal to aspiring young artists with colorful
could have come from one of their contemporaries as the story explores
friendship affected by change.
Dance, Dance, Dance! (9780823438594,
$14.95) tells of Horse, who loves to dance; and his friend, Buggy, who
not. Or, she thinks that she hates dancing...
story tells of a bug who happily observes Horse's dance moves, but
up with excuses for not dancing, herself.
A Lion is a
A Lion is a Lion presents a fierce lion
who seems too threatening to
some...but what if said Lion wore a hat, talked politely, and decided
picture book story follows the basics of what makes a lion fierce and
his nature, offering some surprises and alternate perceptions of
fear, and predatory behaviors. Kids will find this gentle story is
from the usual approach to lions as it documents how two kids decide to
the King of Beasts in their own home.
The engaging, original treatment offers a few surprises that parents and kids will appreciate.
After' stories are illustrated by Xindi Yan and will reach ages 5-9
series additions about after-school arts and crafty productions.
In The Un-Friendship Bracelet
best friends Emily and Maddie share a love for crafts and artwork until
student Bella shows up.
discovers she has just as much talent as Emily, and soon trouble
Emily and Maddie's exclusive relationship changes.
Making the Band (9781534409118) is the
second book in the series
and revolves around a talent show that stymies the now-four friends who
think of anything to submit.
in the concept of putting together not just a band, but instruments
scratch. Can they combine their crafty inclinations with a different
challenges both their abilities and their friendships?
stories of art and friendship alike.
Laminack's The King of Bees
is illustrated by Jim LaMarche and will reach ages 4-8 with lovely
the powerful story of Henry, who helps his Aunt Lilla work with the
will lend to an appreciation of this survey of farm operations, a boy's
involvement in its success, and his newfound exploration of his aunt's
beekeeping equipment and processes.
facts and will empathize with young Henry's desire to help in this
appealing tale that comes to life with Laminack's detailed descriptions
LaMarche's beautiful drawings.
Bulion's Leaf Litter Critters
$14.95) also excels in gorgeous color drawings. Robert Meganck's
exceptionally vivid images compliment descriptions written in various
forms which examine creatures that live in leaves.
vivid artwork or humor in a nature survey, much less poetry; but the
combination creates a winning form packed with facts, activities,
and a format that encourages experimentation and investigation.
additions to elementary-level collections that stand out from the crowd.
picture books provide leisure readers with warm stories perfect for
interactions and read-aloud pleasure.
Allen's Pet Dad (9780525428266,
a family conflict: young Plum wants a pet, but her father says "no
Plum, however, is stubborn and used to getting her way, so she comes up
creative solution to satisfy her needs.
remains in Dad's attitude. Can Plum or her father change for the
Allen's underlying probe of a father and daughter's relationship is
effective, unexpected, and poignant.
Anna Dewdney's Ilama Llama Loves to Read (9780670013975, $17.99) tells of a young llama who knows his letters and is just learning how to use them to read.
Llama sounds out letters and has discovered a new world in the
library; but his real pleasure lies in demonstrating his newfound
skills to his
reader follows the youngster's success, his pride in accomplishment,
journey to reading.
books offer a satisfying blend of whimsy and pointed messages, and are
recommended for parents and teachers looking for something different.
Wheeler's People Don’t Bite People
$17.99) is illustrated by Caldecott honoree Molly Idle, who provides a
guide that parents with kids who bite will especially relate to and
It's a topic that typically doesn't receive attention in an
which makes this admonition and fun review an exceptional approach.
It's good to
food, but bad to bite your sister...and while animals may bite, people
"choose to use our words" instead. That's the run, rollicking message
of a story which gets its point across through good-sized, appealing
illustrations and an approach that gently teaches kids why it's a good
to bite inappropriate things.
dePaola's In A Small Kingdom
$17.95) enjoys good drawings by Doug Salati as it explores a small
along an ancient road which faces changes after its beloved king dies,
a young heir to the throne.
price's older half brother steals the trappings of rule and destroys
little kingdom falls upon hard times. How can the young price locate a
source of power to rescue his new inheritance?
will lend nicely to appreciation of this story of leadership success.
Pancakes in Pajamas (9781481480504,
$17.99) is a bear book that documents what can happen when the Bear
decides to take the day off, stay in their pjs, and eat pancakes all
skills or parental read-aloud assistance will enhance the experience of
story of a family that decides to relax and play all day. Asch's
creation is appealingly fun.
books and readers for the lower elementary-level grades are also solid
from picture books to chapter titles will appreciate Carla Spinner's Trolley Ride! (9781534416277, $17.99),
which invites new readers to imbibe in the story of Daniel, who is
a trolley ride around his neighborhood.
Kids who are
learn how to read receive a story of about a hundred words (many
which include frequently used words, rhymes, instructions, and a
question-and-answer format designed to reinforce reading comprehension
Rylant's Rosetown (9781534412774,
reach ages 8-12 with the easy story of nine-year-old Flora Smallwood of
Rosetown, Indiana, who faces the death of her dog, the separation of
parents, and a move to fourth grade: any of which would bring angst.
overwhelmed by too many changes in her formerly-stable life. How can
Donne's Hoops: Elle of the Ball (9781534412316,
$16.99) also reaches ages 8-12 with its story of a tall (six feet!)
girl who faces changes in her basketball team and classmates.
challenge involves learning to ballroom dance with a boy much shorter
among other obstacles. How can she make the most of her stature and
place in this rapidly changing world?
Lupica's Team Players
looks as though it would reach an older age group; but ages 8-12 will
discover it to be a special read in many ways. Team
Players is the fourth, final book in the Home Team series
centers around four sports-oriented friends living in a fictional town.
girl with Asperger's Syndrome on her softball team and learns some
lessons on leadership, ability, special needs, and sportsmanship in the
of blending abilities into a team effort.
elementary into early middle school grades will also receive much to
also writes My Shoot: Balancing It All
and Standing Tall (9781534412286, $17.99), the
autobiographical story of
how Donne walked away from a scholarship and a chance to play in a
women's college basketball program to stay at home and help her older
attend college and return to sports, but it would be a while before she
her passion for basketball and learned how to approach the game from a
different angle, on her own terms.
Reynolds' For Every One
(9781481486246, $14.99) is
directed to kids who dream big and comes from a professional dreamer
long fought to make his own dreams a reality.
success at sixteen, eighteen, then in his twenties. His message for
who strive (and many who don't dare to take a risk to make their dreams
true) comes in the form of uplifting free verse poetry that holds a
and a message.
Sunny by Jason Reynolds (9781481450218,
$16.99) is the third book
in the 'Track' series that follows kids from different backgrounds
an elite middle school track team on the road to the Olympics. Sunny is
main character here, and his life story is revealed in chapters that
why Sunny struggles so hard to be a winner.
of family tragedy and his drive to win comes the gentle story of
disposition, efforts, and why he suddenly brings everything to a
Gibbs' Waste of Space
provides the third (and concluding) book in the Moon Base Alpha series.
Familiarity with the prior books in the series is recommended in order
readers ages 8-12 to readily absorb the story of Dash, who has rescued
base commander and now just looks forward to a quiet birthday
entry into his teens.
But when a
happens on base, Dash finds himself again on the fast track of
in a riveting mystery set on the Moon. Kids who enjoy sci-fi and
reads will find this tale stands nicely alone, although Dash's
talents really shine in the concluding saga and bring the other books
circle for those readers who appreciated his talents earlier.
appeal to various age ranges with appealing topics and writings that
imagination and attention.
explores a 1910 Colorado family's struggles as they attempt to make a
off hundreds of acres of land that the government is offering them for
the perspective of young Belle Martin as she, her mother, and her six
move out west to join their father in a five-year farming effort.
counted on the natural disasters which continually stymie their road to
struggle and achievement emerges, deftly illustrating the events that
place during the Westward expansion, for ages 9-11.
Brennan-Nelson's Good Night, Forest
(9781585363889, $16.99) enjoys gorgeous, full-page drawings by Marco
whose often-whimsical portraits of forest creatures compliment a very
survey for ages 4-8.
getting sleepy as night falls, and a gentle lullaby in rhyme follows
different critters as they prepare for night, creating a soft and
read-aloud that parents can use to lull their children to sleep.
A Horse Named Jack (9781585363957,
$16.99) is illustrated by Petra Brown and provides the engaging picture
story of Jack the horse, who loves to have kids come visit him on the
attention, though; because one day nobody comes to visit him, and he
becomes bored. Nobody knows he can escape his stall; but when he
jailbreak talents and begins to survey the neighbor's garden, trouble
blends with Jack's playful exploits in a lovely horse saga that kids
Branam's Roof Octopus
(9781585369973, $16.99) is
illustrated by Rogério
Coelho, whose whimsical and fun
drawings compliment the mystery of a giant octopus that appears on the
Nora's apartment building: an event that she thinks is simply
sure, until they discover that the octopus likes to lend eight hands to
illustrating dilemmas and fun help make this story even more of an
All are excellent recommendations for parents and librarians seeking the unique.