May 2018 Prime Picks
Arts and Crafts
Art Collecting Today: Market Insights for Everyone
Passionate About Art
pairs real-world stories about the art market with insights designed to
newcomers and seasoned collectors understand what is often a mercurial
confusing world, and is recommended reading for anyone who would be
aware of how
the art marketplace really works.
basics of not just evaluating and purchasing art, but mistakes and
problems involved in buying and selling art. Especially notable is the
that covers tax laws about collecting art, which favor "art
investors" over "art collectors."
genres and acquisitions to acquiring works by big-name artists, Art Collecting Today is a basic manual
that should be required reading for anyone either involved in or
become immersed in the world of art collecting.
Beginning Color Mixing: Tips and Techniques for
Mixing Vibrant Colors
and Cohesive Palettes adds to Walter Foster Publishing's Portfolio series for aspiring artists
and teaches the basic concepts for mixing colors for different artistic
Color theory is, of course, one of the foundations of this survey; but equally important (and nicely presented) are tips on hue, color values, and associations between color choice and atmosphere.
to Beginning Color Mixing is that
not be working in a particular artistic medium in order to benefit from
information: artists working with oil, watercolor, and drawing will
step-by-step exercises and a host of personal tips ("Mauve
(red-purple) is easier to pair with my choice of colors
than dioxazine violet (blue-purple). I keep both in my palette,
however, I usually
use dioxazine violet for deep and dark shadows that are almost black.").
these very specific personal insights on best practices and results
that sets Beginning Color Mixing
others, lending it a more customizable flexibility than basic artistic
theory competitors: that, and a wealth of color illustration examples
Art, Fashion, Film, Architecture, Photography, Product Design &
Graphic Design for Art, Fashion, Film,
Product Design & Everything In Between packs in over
four hundred color
illustrations as it explores how graphic designers can collaborate with
creative professionals in the art and business world to produce new
the art, fashion, and film industries.
spreads illustrate the works of various designers and agencies while
discussions provide insights into the collaborative process, its
organization, and how designers work together.
is a fine
reference for the industry which shows how creative and promotional
collaborate towards a greater end result for all.
Shelley S. Paulson
Horses: Portraits & Stories comes
from an equestrian
photographer whose excellent images accompany photographic tips
capturing horses and human handlers alike.
often covered in more general-interest guides; but having a survey
horses allows for an in-depth approach to creating images that capture
wonder of the horse both in individual and group settings.
As page after page presents extraordinary artistic shots, Shelley S. Paulson provides the technical discussions key to learning how better to approach and shoot the horse through all kinds of seasons and environments, both indoors and out.
would move beyond basics into equestrian scenes must have this
Inspired Bead Embroidery features jewelry
designs by the author; so
it's not just a collection of techniques but also a project design
unique approaches to jewelry-making from a celebrated teacher and
building blocks of details on how to produce bead embroidery with
color photos that synthesize Serafini's thoughts on creative designing.
stitching directions supported by the good-sized color photos
step are enhanced by notes about the creative wellsprings of each piece.
interested in bead embroidery techniques will relish both the diversity
insights in this collection, which should be in any jewelry-making
Kimono Collection of Katsumi Yumioka
PIE International Inc.
Kimono and the Colors of Japan comes from
an antique kimono
collector whose acquisitions have appeared in high-profile fashion
the world, and offers fashion and arts holdings a very specific, brand
printing of a 2005 classic.
collection of antique kimonos, however, it covers Japanese style and
theory by taking each single kimono color and discussing its meaning in
Japanese culture and the arts.
anyone with a prior interest in the kimono in general and Japanese
concepts in particular will be pleased to learn that the focus here is
the usual style and traditional cultural display of the kimono itself,
but on the
colors of kimono and obi; not their construction or how to wear them.
uniquely-Japanese color combinations offer insights into the various
in which Japanese textile artists perceive colors.
examples and images, Kimono and the
Colors of Japan is a 'must' for any arts collection holding a
interest in Japanese images, as well as for general Japanese cultural
St. Martins Press
Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou
de la Falaise and the
House of Saint Laurent is recommended for biography and arts
alike (and many a women's history collection) and provides an in-depth
of Loulou de la Falaise, a freewheeling bohemian whose unique sense of
caught the eye of designer Yves saint Laurent.
professional relationship resulted in thirty years of collaboration
Loulou become his muse and the creative source of many of the images
with his brand.
easy to just focus on the duo's impact on the fashion world by
singular focus on their work; but Petkanas traces their impact through
memories of some two hundred people around them, from friends and
competitors, enemies, and famous fans.
lives devoted to style, emotions entangled and relationships that
against all possible odds, and provides detailed, complex insights of
Loulou and Yves partnership that supersedes any more casual fashion
closely examining the hearts and minds of a volatile, creative pair and
lasting impact. Loulou & Yves
very highly recommended for its multifaceted and in-depth examination.
Thames & Hudson
Retro Cameras: The Collector's Guide to Vintage
covers some 50 years and over a hundred cameras and their film formats,
offering a blend of camera and film history, artistic examination, and
appreciate the book for its wide-ranging tips on choosing old cameras
them, while artists will appreciate the tips on how to create
images from older models. Images of both cameras and their products
fine cross-comparison of vintage images to digital creations, showing
how to build a camera collection, but how to take best advantage of
models by understanding their capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
No camera or
photography buff should be without this in-depth survey of old-style
film analog devices.
Bring It! Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and
gathers special dishes for easy entertaining, and pairs color photos
exotic-sounding (but easy to make) fare such as Asparagus and Goat
Sweet and Sour Fish, Red Wine Pasta, and Cherry Tomato Tart.
The emphasis on dishes that look and sound time-consuming but actually rely on a minimum of ingredients and preparation time creates the perfect title for food lovers who like shortcuts. Bring It! Features guides to both practical and foolproof dishes that promise attainable and eye-catching results.
such as Shepard's Pie, certainly aren't unique concepts particular to
book, their new incarnation as easy entertainment choices makes the
endeavor especially recommendable to working home cooks who like to
The Pesto Cookbook: 115 recipes for Creative Herb
Dishes Bursting with Flavor proves that the definition of
include basil at all, and actually refers to pureed sauces that can be
from a range of ingredients such as red peppers and walnuts, peanuts
sesame, or even herbs and breadcrumbs.
produce these different sauces from this cookbook, which include many
and flavors from around the world, and will also appreciate recipes
how to use the pestos in everything from salads to desserts.
full-page color photos completes the education of readers who may have
thought 'pesto' and 'basil' were synonymous.
Turner Publishing Company
The Quick & Easy Southwestern Cookbook
is the sixth in the updated Jane Butel Library and provides a
recipes that range from Grilled Squash Medley with Herbs to Grilled
Tacos, a honey-spiced Sweetheart Barbecued Chicken, and a Southwestern
Vegetable Lasagna made from corn tortillas and beans.
attention to pairing Southwestern flavors with dishes that are
easy to put together will attract readers who may have heard of
cuisine, but have little idea that it can be duplicated across the
very basic ingredients.
dishes filled with Southwest spices and flavor makes this cookbook a
recommendation above others on the subject which may appear more
actually don't hold any more flavorful dishes than this.
Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need
features over seventy recipes
from San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jessica Battilana's kitchen and
the basics and techniques of making foolproof dishes at home, pairing
with stories, anecdotes, and discussions about daily meals that adults
children can enjoy together.
versatility and flexibility not always seen in cookbooks; but even more
importantly, it explains the logic when extra steps are needed, such as
slow-cooking tomatoes to render them sweet and soft, or making the
look for bucatini hollow noodles rather than more familiar spaghetti
making a simple Bucatini all'Amatriciana.
family tidbits of information nicely compliment a collection the entire
will enjoy testing.
Risotto & Beyond: 100 Authentic Italian
Rice Recipes for Antipasti,
Soups, Salads, Risotti, One-Dish Meals, and Desserts goes
risotto cookbooks in exploring Italian rice cookery as it pertains not
main courses, but everything from entrees to salads and desserts.
discusses and contrasts various types of Italian rice, while recipes
Warm Rice Salad with Chicken, Spinach and Mushrooms to Risotto with
Pesto and Fresh Mozzarella, Rice from Vercelli with Lardo, Red Wine,
Beans, and Dried Salami, and Venetian Seafood Risotto.
good-sized color photos throughout, and advice on wine pairing for each
compliments recipes that often require a good amount of preparation,
include many specifics to help make the dishes practically foolproof
new to making risotto.
highly recommended 'must' above other competing risotto cookbooks on
because it takes the time to thoroughly explain the Italian cultural
and regional origins of each dish and covers not just basics, but the
culinary approaches that produce exceptional results.
publications are highly recommended picks for educators looking for
to a lasting reference collection.
A Local Assessment Toolkit to Promote Deeper
Learning (9781506393759, $39.95) is a treasure trove of
research and best
practices, featuring tools that pertain to measuring data and applying
new research: the Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrices have long been used by
educators for assessing different modules in an assessment system; but
they are put together into one resource for professional development
be used for individual and professional development, have been
and offer task examples in a workbook form that includes highlighted
better teaching, discussion of guiding principles of assessment
keys to successfully monitoring student progress over time.
hard statistics that blend with teaching approaches will find that
rigorous tools comply with state standards in a book that examines how
assessment practices are developed and applied.
David A. Sousa and Tom Pilecki's From
STEM to STEAM: Brain-Compatible Strategies and Lessons That Integrate
(9781506322452, $32.95) shows teachers how to add the arts into
non-arts teaching programs, offering lessons from actual classrooms
successfully added arts subjects to STEM structures.
applications for transitioning STEM to STEAM objectives to individual
approaches, this collection of tested strategies will assure that the
arts don't fall to the wayside as STEM objectives take over.
Educated: A Memoir combines a family
story and the author's growth
and education with the fascinating saga of a Cambridge scholar who was
by survivalists, and who didn't attend school until she was seventeen.
distrusted public schools and all government institutions, so she was
allowed to go to school, and taught herself advanced subjects. It was
one of her brothers got to college that Tara realized there was a
beyond preparing for its end; and she taught herself math, grammar and
entering Brigham Young University to study many of those subjects in a
setting for the first time.
The story of
education and her family's isolation makes for a fascinating account of
only the education system, but her ability to intellectually survive
and then enter a totally unfamiliar mainstream situation. Educated: A Memoir is highly recommended
reading for education,
biography and general-interest readers alike.
Carolyn Nelson, Esq.
edition of LSAT Logic Games
fifty practice games and explanations designed for student success in
the LSAT's Analytical Reasoning section of the test, and offers a
five-step approach to helping master logic games through exercises,
and an overview of the test.
newcomers to the
LSAT and those re-taking the exam will find specific challenges that
what students are being asked, how to figure out answers, and how to
assess clues that lead to the right responses.
the logic section of the LSAT needs this in-depth self-study guide's
When Food is
Julie M. Simon
New World Library
When Food is Comfort: Nurture Yourself Mindfully,
Rewire Your Brain,
and End Emotional Eating reminds readers that overeating or
wrong foods may not come from hunger alone; but from emotional needs
to physical desires.
The focus is
people eat in the absence of physical hunger cues and why they equate
foods with comfort.
this same message; but Julie Simon's goal is to teach readers how to
their inner impulse to nurture themselves through a better application
stress-reducing measures that take the focus off of food and unhealthy
histories of how
clients were taught to pay mindful attention to their beliefs and
outline the process of not only self-realization, but guided teachings
surrounding food and brain rethinking processes.
recommended for heath and food collections alike, and will please any
interested in the intersection of science, health, and matters of the
Tim Bono, PhD
Grand Central Publishing
When Likes Aren't Enough: A Crash Course in the
Science of Happiness
considers the often-discussed topic of happiness; but does so in a way
younger audiences—particularly those involved in social media—can
gaining approval and feeling worthy receive close inspection from a
of positive psychology who uses his popular college course on the
teach young adults the basics of finding happiness and real purpose in
Based on Dr.
own search for elusive happiness in modern society, When
Likes Aren't Enough provides concrete steps to identifying
sources of happiness and social connections surrounding them, including
important studies to support these efforts.
New World Library
The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the
Dimension explores spirituality, mythology, and myths that
have shaped and
influenced everyday life and experience, and gathers Joseph Campbell's
from 1944-1968 which are key to understanding the nature of mythology
will be the most likely to appreciate this literary mythological
spirituality readers interested in discussions of transformation
spiritual ideologies, religions of identity, and basic theological
will find the collection goes far beyond mythological examination to
studied, passionate survey that embraces a range of belief systems and
These wider-ranging considerations make The Flight of the Wild Gander a recommendation not just for new age or spirituality readers, but those who appreciate history served with an added dose of philosophical and religious inspection.
titles are highly recommended picks for readers interested in Israeli
Biblical topics, offering material suitable for all kinds of religious
provides three close examinations of Biblical interpretation and
comes from a religious scholar whose books focus on what the Bible
Who Really Was the Biblical David?
(9789652299284, $24.95) considers
the early life of David before he became king of Israel, from 1 Samuel,
uses the words of the Bible to examine David's psyche, life, and
note that Drazin reveals significant differences between Biblical
about David and what is presented as truth as interpreted by churches,
and those who embellish Biblical descriptions to create quite a
His The Authentic King Solomon: A Close
Examination of the Biblical Verses (9789652299338, $24.95)
asks many hard
questions about the character of a king renowned for his wisdom. Was he
a wise king? Biblical commentators of all religious have interpreted
Solomon in different ways; but Drazin's attention to detail includes a
of how he ruled the Israelites, whether or not his actions were
self-interest, and how his choices sometimes conflicted with his
reveal something different.
The Tragedies of King David
(9789652299291, $24.95) adds another to
the Rational Series collection that include the two books mentioned
focuses on II Samuel and the first two chapters of 1 Kings, and
the Bible states about David when he was king.
Anyone who has studied David and who thinks they know his character and psyche will find this story fills out many aspects of his life and times, adding new dimensions based on not on speculative interpretations, but actual Bible passages.
provide controversy, debate, and enlightenment in the process of
understanding these major Biblical characters and their true missions
Ken Spiro's Destiny: Why One Tiny Nation Plays such a
Huge Role in History (9789652299093, $21.00) gives an
overview of basic
themes in Jewish history, discusses Jewish values on humanity as a
considers how Jewish spiritual and historical perspectives have
changed how human stories have evolved.
fold-out movie storyboards by Hollywood movie illustrator Yariv Newman
Jewish history in movie form, reinforcing the intention of this survey
only clearly explain Jewish history and peoples; but to convey it in
manner as to capture the excitement and passion of drama at the
'must' read that places Israel and Jewish peoples' importance in solid
perspective of the whole of human history.
Schwartz's The Spiritual Revolution of
Rav Kook: the Writings of a Jewish Mystic (9789652299130,
from a modern spiritual thinker whose approach to recognizing and
God's work in the world led him to produce thought-provoking writings
spiritual connections between religion, culture, and political forces
in the world.
one of the best-known early thinkers in Jewish history; but this book
on his revolutionary writings which offer insights into the Torah,
Zionism, science, and lifestyle choices. It should be a part of any
Jewish history or spirituality collection; especially those with prior
Scintillating Science Fiction and Fantasy
If Tomorrow Comes continues a trilogy
begun in Nancy Kress's
novella Tomorrow's Kin, and is
especially recommended for those readers who avidly read the prior book
aliens arriving in New York Harbor in an adventure told from an obscure
since the aliens left Earth, and mankind has built a ship to follow
their homeworld. It carries a crew of scientists and diplomats.
arrives, they find little to help them address the spore disease that
Earth, and discover that time is not on their side as they race to save
left of humanity from a crippling virus.
Taunt, gripping, and packed with scientific and cultural revelation, If Tomorrow Comes demands no prior familiarity with its predecessor in order to prove thoroughly accessible and absorbing (though newcomers will likely want to consult Tomorrow's Kin to get the complete picture).
Sizzling Social Issues
The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished
War, 1945-1947 comes
from a former State Department official who now edits Foreign
Affairs Magazine, who here traces diplomatic and guerrilla
war efforts in China in the years after World War II.
retired from the Army at the end of the war, Marshall received a call
President Truman to embark on a final mission to thwart revolution in
the possibility of deeper U.S. involvement in China's affairs.
brokered deals that would shortly fall apart and challenge his mission
retirement. This book provides an in-depth inspection of two years that
even more difficult than all his battlefield strategies put together.
War II or American political history should be without this
Teaches Us to
Mary Frances Berry
History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive
Movements Have Succeeded
in Challenging Times comes from a historian who demonstrates
resistance to presidential administrations has ultimately resulted in
changes in the future even if, at the time, they seemed ineffective.
era could the appearance of this book be so timely: it provides a
presidential powers, resistance to them, and the ultimate results of
progressive movements that succeeded against all odds, offering
not just protests, but their strategies, logic, and long-standing
effects on presidential
policy and power.
collections appealing to social advocates, political science readers,
anyone interested in how presidential politics is influenced and,
It's Time to
It's Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a
Lasting Majority in
American Politics comes from an associate professor of
who provides readers with a concrete, actionable plan to help revamp
revitalize all three branches of government.
discussions on the topic, It's Time to
Fight Dirty pinpoints the inefficiency of the Constitution
in regards to
this modern country and its contemporary dilemmas and outlines areas
improvement as well as the process of implementing a more progressive
vote and organize political institutions and parties to sweeping
designed to revitalize political processes and districts, It's Time to Fight Dirty features a wide
variety of restructuring
ideas that will surely meet with controversy, debate, and
some of the cornerstones of the democratic process.
The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing
Our Humanity comes
from a CNN political commentator who here considers the evolutionary
cultural roots of hate in communities, countries, and personal choices.
well-known liberal commentator on Fox News who has given talks about
kindness and cultivating understanding between opposing political
belief systems. The 2016 process, however, challenged her progressive
hate began to permeate the political environment, causing her to more
examine the foundations and influences of intolerance.
The Opposite of Hate examines the
evolutionary and cultural roots
of hate and not only includes a political focus, but a scientific
follows Cohn's travels around the world interviewing those who
banished hate from their own politically and socially challenged lives.
important food for thought for any political and social issues reader,
highly recommended for its broader-reaching approach to the subject
have been expected from a professional liberal news reporter.
Chicago Review Press
The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age
the usual broad focus on King's life or narrowed examination of his
but considers his early years at Crozer: three years that would form
foundations of his beliefs.
gave him a different view of the world than he'd been raised to believe
his Southern Baptist church teachings, and The
Seminarian follows his courses, describes his classes and
and shares his evolving interest in social reform as well as religious
girlfriend Betty Moitz agreed to be interviewed here for the first
contributes both a unique perspective about this process and a powerful
of how racial tension destroyed their relationship.
collection should be without this unique and specific examination of
era in his life.
Columbia University Press
Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC, and the Birth of the
the history of how the Cold War entered Hollywood with a blast, with
of hearings by the House Un-American Activities Committee examining
instances of Communist subversion practices in the movie industry.
prompted the rise of blacklisting in the movie industry and other
resulting in hundreds of artists and Hollywood personnel being ousted
profession they loved.
coverages of these events, but Show Trial
offers the first in-depth probe of media and political
entertainment and political circles, documenting stories ranging from
Hollywood Ten to those who testified and implemented the blacklist.
detailed political and social survey of how blacklisting was
Show Trial a key acquisition for
collection interested in political processes and their social impact.
The War on
The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's
and Why Universal Basic Income is Our Future considers the
dominance of automation in the workplace and how a new wave of
set to result from streamlined, automated functions.
technological advancement may be a destabilizing influence on America's
and economy may be startling on some levels; but this specter has long
looming and shouldn't be a surprise to any who have worked in an
already has seen jobs drop as faster robotic replacements arrived in
talk about this trend, McKinsey departs from the usual focus by
future based not on job security; but one on Universal Basic Income,
guarantees all citizens a minimum income and which may be a different
to job security and making a living.
issues or business collection should be without The
War on Normal People, which moves beyond the usual
of robotic replacements in the workplace to consider social changes
replace traditional employment and economic structures.
Knitted Tanks & Tunics: 21 Crisp, Cool
Designs for Sleeveless Tops
is recommended for knitters who want to create a range of styles and
camisoles to tunics, and covers extended size ranges from XS to 3X as
skills and creative ideas through basic projects.
detailed instructions that also include tips on how to work with linen,
and other yarns; while skill levels are mentioned and tips on needles
summer, which makes the timing of this book perfect for seasonal
Sara Nephew and Marci Baker
Stack & Cut Hexagon Quilts: Mix &
March 38 Kaleidoscope Blocks
& 12 Quilt Settings is for any quilter (especially
those past the
novice stage) who wants to work with large-scale prints, but doesn't
to best incorporate them into a quilt.
are made from blocks that use stacked repeat fabrics and big patterns
striking designs. Specific notes introduce each discussion and provide
to quilters who want to know the basics of separating blocks, setting
from end pieces, and other tricks of creating hexagons.
collection is that it uses clear color photos from a range of projects
different quilters, including each quilter's unique approach to
quilts, wall hangings, and more.
diverse collection that goes beyond one designer's approach to gather
tricks, tips, and construction examples from array of quilt artists;
especially recommended for quilters looking for a solid introduction to
stack and cut techniques.
Novels and Thrillers
Bitter Lemon Press
Beside the Syrian Sea is a spy thriller
written by an author who
worked for the British government for the last ten years, who was asked
write under the pseudonym of James Wolff to
protect his identity.
This in and
lends an unusual atmosphere of authenticity to the story; but add a
Beirut, the story of a young British intelligence officer who tries to
father from ISIS captivity, and an effort which toes the line between
terrorists and British intelligence pursuers alike for a sizzling hot
centered around Jonas, who becomes so entangled in intelligence efforts
sometimes there seems no clear path to salvation.
the taunt exploits and real backdrop of Beside
the Syrian Sea will thoroughly immerse thriller audiences who
plots complex and action-packed and their reading thought-provoking and
Set in a
where climate change has changed the world, the North End of an unnamed
has long been abandoned. Only a few thousand people live there: some,
narrator, haunted by their dreams of the past.
As the city
and things fall apart, the 'everyman' narrator observes that this
actually is a
microcosm of the world he once knew, and finds his self-imposed
crumbling in turn as the attraction of better-situated sanctuaries also
saga evolves which is both compelling for its sci-fi elements and
its wider-ranging psychological, social, and philosophical insights.
Science, Nature & Technology
Birds New to
Birds New to Science: Fifty Years of Avian
some half a century of new discoveries about some 300 species of birds;
value lies as much in lovely color close-up photos as in the
these birds and their natural history.
collections catering to them will welcome a vivid collection that pairs
images with descriptions of movements and range, conservation status,
history, and sometimes several images of each bird.
still discovering new bird species yearly, from points around the
this culmination of half a century of such discoveries will be
interesting to amateurs and professionals alike.
Galapagos: A Traveler's Introduction
ordinarily would appear in our
travel section, but its solid biology and rich color photos from
author Wayne Lynch makes it a special recommendation for armchair
any interest in the visual and scientific processes of these unique
the backbone of a discussion designed to visually illustrate Darwin's
providing amateur naturalists with beautiful color images that make it
to understand not only Darwin's observations and conclusions, but the
allure of the Galapagos.
It's a rare
treat highly recommended for armchair naturalists, would-be visitors,
nature enthusiasts alike.
A Last Wild
A Last Wild Place reprints a classic
wilderness book that includes
a discussion of Mike Tomkies's life and work as the naturalist writer
over thirty years in remote, wild places in the Scottish Highlands,
to unique observations and insights that fuel a powerful story of not
wildlife, but living in the wild amongst them, observing animal
first person in his descriptions, and this lends a satisfyingly
"you are there" feel to his encounters with and within nature, making
A Last Wild Place a fine survey that
naturalists will appreciate for both its vivid tone and engrossing
Return of the Sea Otter: The Story of the Animal
That Evaded Extinction
on the Pacific Coast comes from a science journalist who
the Pacific coast from California to Alaska to track the sea otters
the coastline, and is recommended reading for anyone interested in the
history and plight of marine mammals in general and sea otters in
discussions of ecosystems affected when sea otters vanish and
reflections on an
era where the sea otter was hunted nearly to extinction. The comments
comebacks of both otters and the ecosystems they support and depend on
for an especially important set of connections between animal and
contributing to an appealing book that is lively, educational, and hard
The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the
Quest to Colonize the
Cosmos examines a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are
rebuilding the presence of Americans in space, and provides a history
of government-backed NASA expeditions, but how these billionaires
financial gains to be had from rebooting the Space Age.
It was once
that a commercial business could not fund a space program; but these
of the richest individuals in the world, and their efforts use
advancements to move beyond any NASA or government-funded vision of the
delight anyone who perceives a future in space; whether it be for
Who We Are
and How We
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the
New Science of the
Human Past considers how recent scientific studies of DNA
human bones have changed concepts of human prehistory and evolution and
these concepts, in turn, have solved many questions about human
human genome project and how ancient DNA is changing ideas about the
modern humans, including new ideas about long-standing inequality
sexes and amongst populations makes for a series of insights that
genetic revolutions in different populations such as Native Americans.
tone makes his technical-sounding pursuit quite accessible to lay
even those with minimal familiarity with genetic research and the
of DNA analysis.
are top recommendations for transportation history and car buff
each offering special insights, lively history, and car facts that
hard to find elsewhere.
Magnante's 1001 Corvette Facts
$24.95) comes from an expert already known for his knowledge of
trivia; but here focuses on the Chevy Corvette and the changes it's
during its sixty years of production.
covered through different generations, with chapters in chronological
presenting a host of facts about each car's manufacture, design,
redesigns, style changes in response to changing consumer demands, and
other car books in the '1001 Facts' series and will provide trivia fans
host of authoritative insights collected by a Corvette enthusiast who
technical and production specifics about all the models.
Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports
by Linda Vaughn with
Rob Kinnan (9781613252321, $39.95) is from a woman who has been a
automotive goods for over 55 years, who documents her annual
some of the top automotive and racing events in the country.
in motor sports and promotions is captured through photos that recall
encounters with car racers and automotive professionals, and some of
motor sports news in history.
immediately recall her name, her image as a buxom model will prove
even those with only a casual interest in motor sports history. Such an
audience will find her many lively memories key to understanding not
life, but the culture of motor sports as a whole.
Mavrigian's Automotive Machining: A Guide to
Decking, Honing and More (9781613252833, $29.95) is a
for auto restorers, shops, and students of auto mechanics, and provides
complete guide to engine machining which covers all aspects of engines
inspect and evaluate engine components; how to bore, hone, and service
and how to adjust ratios, valves, rods, and other engine components for
good-quality photos throughout assure that all these techniques are
detailed and leave nothing to wonder; even for relative newcomers to
All are top
recommendations for auto history and transportation collections alike.
The Encyclopedia of Misinformation holds
the feel of an internet
browser combined with the lively display of topics in a trivia history
and offers a wide-ranging focus on misinformation that examines frauds,
delusions, conspiracies, and more.
general-interest library holdings will be the likely audience for this
inspection, this collection comes from a culture writer who has
basic misinformation concepts, evidence of masquerades and illusion,
different types of deception from gaslighting and Photoshopping to
The result appears in encyclopedic form, but is anything but dull: it employs a vivacious set of illustrations, facts, and 'fake facts' to consider the foundations of cultural oddities, ironies, and outright lies. This dynamic approach to a range of topics makes for entertaining as well as informational reading on everything from pareidolia to jabberwockys and phantom limb hypotheses. Trivia buffs and cultural studies readers will find it thoroughly engrossing and highly educational.
Da Capo Press
My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live,
Love, and Die examines
the Irish way of death and how it is as much about social obligation
spectacle as an opportunity for coming to terms with death.
unsuccessful attempt to come to terms with the death of his father and
in a blend of personal memoir with a survey of the rituals of the Irish
and its lasting lessons not just about death, but for the living.
legacy of the Irish wake provide guideposts on how to die and how to
Social, historical, and personal reflections create a thought-provoking
cultural examination that should be part of any definitive collection
titles from New Society Publishers are recommended picks for home
organic farmers, and those who look for books about mindful gardening
Linda Glikeson's Backyard Bounty; The
Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
(9780865718418, $29.99) has been revised and expanded to include the
information on organic fertilizers, seasonal planting schedules,
and containers, and pest and weed management.
It adds more
to the previous fruit and vegetable profiles, updates variety choices,
includes monthly 'what to do' lists of chores for year-round success in
region will especially appreciate the specific basics for successful
which move from foundation ideas and approaches to more advanced
for the Pacific Northwest's environment.
Blackmore's The Food Lover's Garden: Growing,
and Eating Well (9780865718425, $29.99) pairs gardening and
with a guide to growing and preserving vegetables and herbs which are
used and easy to grow.
instructions for using even small spaces like balconies to tasty
using these vegetables to best advantage, The
Food Lover's Garden covers the basics of cultivating and
and teaches not only shortcuts and basics of producing the best foods;
using them during all seasons and for different palates.
and gardeners receive a discussion replete with color photos and
enliven discussions of terminology, skills, and making the move from
gloves to apron.
lively read designed for bare-bones newcomers to gardening or cooking
as gardeners who operate somewhere between novice and semi-pro.
Mark C. Jerng
Fordham University Press
Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction
belongs not only
in literature collections but in college-level social issues and
history holdings. It examines the works of popular writers to consider
circumstances in which racial descriptions embody racism itself. The
is that readers are taught when, where, and how to notice racial
a set of narrative and literary strategies that go beyond biological
presentation to set racial foundations for behaviors and social
topics as epic fantasy and S&S traditions, hero depictions, and
of adventure that incorporate social and economic depictions under
fictional conditions. These are literary examples of circumstances
depictions often serve to create assumptions in the reader's mind.
also discussed in relation to African American and Asian American
considering how scholars have analyzed and presented relationships in
literature based on racial ideology.
discussion especially recommended for college-level students of popular
who are considering its impact on popular cultural perception.
and Star-Spangled Celebrations
Tinsel, Tumbleweeds, and Star-Spangled
Celebrations: Holidays on the
Western Frontier from New Year's to Christmas arrived too
late for timelier
holiday mention; but as a solid and lively history, it's recommended as
addition not just for American history holdings, but to
leisure readers who like accounts of early American holiday
songs, games, food, and the evolution of celebratory events using
from source materials such as early journals and newspaper articles,
accounts, and even recipes and outlines of early game rules.
how major Americanholidays were celebrated in the 'old days' will find Tinsel, Tumbleweeds, and Star-Spangled
Celebrations a thought-provoking, revealing read.
A Walk Through Paris: A Radical Exploration
A Walk Through Paris: A Radical Exploration
is for destination
travelers to Paris and armchair adventurers alike, offering a walking
pairs historical insights and geographic descriptions with literary and
cultural references as Eric Hazan takes readers through lesser-known
its radical past.
the May '68 uprising and the battlefields of the Rue Saint-Martin to
that even many Parisians may be unaware of (such as the fact that the
esplande in front of the Gare du Nord has been known since 1987 as the
Napoleon-III, an era when neoliberalism became common dogma), Hazan
something many other walking tours omit: a studied survey of the city's
influences and roots.
own radical foundations as a social critic in Paris which lends this
such a unique flavor, creating a compilation of insights and
readily seen in other Paris travel or history guides. Destination
want to pack this guide for take-along consultation.
Wonderland is a modern poetry collection
exploring familiar themes
of family, community, and violence from a personal perspective and
works of a May Sarton Prize-winning poet, who pairs reflections of his
Oregon childhood with images of youthful hijinks, violence, and change.
tends to be mercurial in its presentation and subject and Wonderland is especially flexible and
thought-provoking in its
consistent juxtapositions of excitement, danger, wonder and angst: "Some of the walnuts are rotten but
most/of them are not./Most of them are not bothering anyone./The
brown snap-back/Starter caps/in between the blades of grass."
reflective, Wonderland is a dual
celebration of youth, coming of age, and life which offers a push/pull
both enchantment and dismay that will resonate in the mind long after
flavor of Matthew Dickman's words are fully absorbed.
Film, Stage, and Television
Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay and Chris Vander Kaay
Indie Science Fiction Cinema Today
provides more than the
anticipated survey of independent film productions in the sci-fi genre:
charts a massive shift in subject matter in 21st century productions as
follows the emerging new subgenres stemming from indie filmmaker
considers how these differ from 20th century films of the past.
emergence of the 'Diseases and Pathogens' subgenre's emphasis that
be genetically modified and how that subgenre substantially changed
events of 9/11 to the indie arena's involvement in creating social
from the classic 'Deadly Creatures' genre, Indie
Science Fiction Cinema Today breaks down sci-fi into
long-held plot approaches and then differentiates indie efforts from
traditional filmmakers' approaches.
profiles of feature filmmakers and producers compliment profiles of
indie movies for a completely engrossing discussion which should be on
reading lists of any sci-fi film buff.
Todd S. Purdum
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's
Broadway Revolution affords
a strong portrait of collaborative musical partners Rodgers and
how their efforts transformed and redefined Broadway shows, pairing
about the stars of their productions with a history and insights into
writing team's biggest achievements and how they succeeded in
surveys of the duo and their influence on musical theater history. Few
succeeded in pairing psychological profiles and insights with an
survey of the process of collaboration that resulted in the creation of
serious musical play genre, spicing drama with song, dance, and acting
dashes of history, psychological insights, the excitement of writing
scripting fresh new shows, and how true collaborations evolve among
artists, Something Wonderful is an
especially lively read for anyone who appreciates the musical form and
a thought-provoking read about its evolution and the artistic
involved in the making of a show.
York Jewish Intellectual
Rutgers University Press
Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual
is a multifaceted and
in-depth biographical survey of a film director whose approach produced
the world's greatest productions.
anticipate that this survey will focus on his techniques, Nathan
professor of film studies in Wales, takes a different approach by
roots in New York as a member of the Jewish community and considering
works in light of his cultural influences and background.
key themes in his pictures, how they reflected New York Jewish
concerns of the times, and how his Jewish identity ultimately
creation of some of the most engrossing films of his era.
No film or
history holding should be without this different approach to Kubrick's
audiobooks pair sturdy plastic cases suitable for library lending with
authors and readers who bring each book to life, promising ongoing
attention and listening interest.
Alice Peck's Dead Set on Living
(9781684410729, $29.99) is narrated by Roger Wayne, whose ability to
Chris Grosso's memoir and advice makes for compelling listening indeed.
drugs and alcohol and embarked on a journey to understand why people
mistakes in their lives even when it's very evident that these are
self-destructive actions not in their best interests.
his intimate conversations with doctors, teachers, spiritual leaders
writers, offering insights paired with the new meditation techniques he
in the course of his investigations.
Travis Langley edits The Walking Dead Psychology (9781684411504, $34.99), which receives a powerful dual reading by Adam Verner and Allyson Ryan as it analyzes the premises and popularity of the zombie apocalypse concept.
from various contributors analyze the psychology and impact of The Night of the Living Dead and its kin,
offering solid inspections in an analysis especially recommended for
Goodkind's The Girl in the Moon
is read by Elisabeth Rodgers, who lends a passionate tone and clear
this story of an ordinary girl with a rare ability.
circumstances to grow up too soon, Angela lives a secretive life due to
special talent of detecting killers: a secret that soon leads her to
target of a group of terrorists.
closely-held lives permeate a thriller that's hard to stop listening
carried by the power of Rodgers' smooth and compelling attention to
Petrocelli's Through the Bookstore Window
(9781684412525, $34.99) enjoys a narrative by Suzanne Elise Freeman as
of a San Francisco bookstore manager still haunted by her harrowing
the Balkan War.
Her past is
a part of her fear; it's actually threatening her new life as forces
search her out and someone from her past turns up alive.
narratives especially recommended for the lending rigors and diverse
of library patrons.
806 tells of three very different siblings who seem totally unalike in every way, their only connection being a biological father they have never met.
When KT, Jesse, and Gabe embark on a cross-country adventure to find their shared biological father, these sperm donor kids face many new challenges to their talents and each other during a very different kind of road trip from those stories usually directed to older readers.
Cynthia Weil's use of the first person succeeds in capturing the personalities, interactions, and struggles between all three in a moving story that charts inner and outward journeys alike, creating an appealing and different sense of family in a leisure read teens will relish both for its fun tone and its psychological depth.
Melissa Castrillon's Yellow Kayak
(9781534401945, $17.99) presents the bright story of a child and friend
embark on an adventure when they hop on a yellow kayak to sail away.
rhyme ("Yellow kayak. Blue sky.
Paddle swiftly. Wave good-bye.") supports lovely, colorful
Melissa Castrillon in a tale that lends well to read-aloud enjoyment.
Gravett's Old Hat (9781534409170,
$17.99) tells of
Habet, who likes his knitted hat, even though it's not the latest
Harbet just can't keep up with current styles: every time he gets a new
it's already old. There's only one thing a dog can do; and maybe that
a different perspective on fitting in.
Trimmer's Teddy's Favorite Toy
$17.99) is illustrated by Madeline Valentine and tells of Teddy, who
nice toys, but one favorite. His female toy is the best one in his
but when disaster strikes, only another female may be able to solve his
and make things right again.
Fleming's This is the Nest That Robin Built
(9781481430838, $17.99) is a lovely collage picture book from a
building a nest with a little help from her friends. Each creature
something to her nest, but at first the contributions seem a disparate
objects that Robin will be well challenged to make use of.
Based on the
That Jack Built' classic, This is the
Nest That Robin Built demonstrates that many paws, beaks, and
makes for light work.
Capucilli and David Mottram's Mighty Tug
(9781481476812, $17.99) tells of a female tug who may not be the
but she's the most powerful, the bravest, and the proudest in the
As the brave
tug performs many different duties, young readers receive a gentle
rhyme, fun drawings, and basic boating lore.
Sima's Harriet Gets Carried Away
(9781481469111, $17.99) tells of Harriet, who loves costumes and
wearing them everywhere she goes. Her fathers have decorated the house
party and Harriet has her favorite costume of all picked out for her
day; but when she encounters real penguins, her penguin costume gets
Can she find
back home in order to celebrate in a proper manner?
different, fun blends of original stories and appealing drawings that
presentations are outstanding winners that kids will find vivacious and
Zommer's Big Brown Bear's Cave
$16.99) tells of a new cave that somehow just doesn't feel like home.
that maybe if he fills his new home with stuff, he'll feel more
The question is: how much stuff translates to a warm feeling?
When Brown Bear takes lessons from human homes, he discovers they may not quite translate to his own perception of what makes for a comfortable den.
Desmond's Albert's Tree
tells of Albert's dilemma when his favorite tree begins crying, and he
idea what to do.
offer insights about the source of the tree's sorrow and what can be
make things better, based on their own experiences; but somehow
Albert does is futile—even yelling at the tree to stop.
stops for a
moment himself to contemplate an alternative, a surprising result
about empathy and easy solutions to pain.
Child's A Dog with Nice Ears
$17.99) features Charlie and Lola and tells of two kids who pretend to
with nice ears, even though their parents have banned dogs from their
perfect pet? Nice ears are only the beginning of the equation as Lola
Charlie explore the attributes important in animals, getting further
further from reality in the process of their whimsical pursuits.
innovative reads that kids and parents will appreciate.
Firefly Forest is beautifully illustrated
by Mike Health, whose
gorgeous, vivid green backgrounds of the forest lend to the stunning
a beautiful fantasy story and forest images.
Firefly Forest holds shimmering color, an
light-accented blends of real and fantasy elements, and a fun and
display of tiny houses and magical worlds that evolve into a lesson on
find its beauty and message suitable for re-reading and much reflection.
My Pet Wants
Henry Holt and Company
My Pet Wants a Pet is illustrated by Eric
Barclay and tells of a
boy who wants a pet of his own to care for and love.
his mother for such until she says yes, and then he loves his puppy and
him. However, the puppy suffers from the same need to have something of
to care for ... and so the puppy gets a pet, and things expand from
pets are too
many? A lovely story evolves, perfect for kids who love animals and
Pig and Small
Pig and Small tells of Pig and Bug, who
want to be friends despite
the huge difference in their sizes.
that Pig has
developed Squeaky Nose Syndrome, but when it turns out to be something
decides he has a new friend; not an ailment.
friend isn't contributing his share to the relationship, and trouble
this delightfully original story of a pig and a bug who face seemingly
overwhelming obstacles to what they want from each other.
books provide young readers with energetic and appealing tales,
lasting parental read-aloud and library lending value.
Gray's An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth
(9781585363728, $16.99) receives beautiful drawings by Steliyana Doneva
surveys an ordinary, dusty gray month who compares himself to more
even a human child who sees him thinks he's ugly, but when that child
a lecture on why the little moth is special, she learns to cultivate a
different sense of self-awareness in this story of a moth who learns
talents and why her appearance, though dull, matters.
Herzog's W is for Welcome: A Celebration of
Diversity (9781585364022, $17.99) is illustrated by a group
acclaimed artists and pairs poetry, art, and history in a survey for
and an appreciation for a primer that explores diversity and the
of minority groups in this country lend to appreciation of a creative
that kids will find lively and educational.
Anderson writes A is for Astronaut:
Blasting Through the Alphabet (9781585363964, $16.99), a
primer with space as its subject and science facts about space flight
Scott Brundage illustrates a lively history of NASA and the experience of being a space astronaut, while fun poems and topics that lend to curriculum studies make for a colorful and revealing science book for leisure readers and young researchers alike.