May 2020 Prime Picks
of Politically Charged Guerrilla Art
Streetwise: 35 years of Politically Charged
Guerrilla Art places
all the images from Robbie Conal's poster campaigns under one cover,
his satire, social commentary, and the artistic expertise that turned
caricatures of famous personalities into commentaries about social
more than a survey of his life and works, however. It covers the topic
guerrilla art history and its underlying messages, imparting both
encouragements and critical observations as it offers insights on
and independent art ventures, art's connection to social change, and
lasting impact on fellow artists, the art world, and society as a whole.
Streetwise: 35 years of Politically Charged
Guerrilla Art is an
involving survey that links politics to artistic expression in a
designed to interest arts and social issues holdings alike.
cookbooks are top recommendations for cooks seeking both tested recipes
are foolproof and added insights into why these particular recipes
superior fare over competitors.
RD, CNSC works with the staff of America's Test Kitchen in Easy Everyday Keto: Healthy Kitchen-Perfected
(9781848703123, $24.99) to provide both new keto dishes and reinvented
that is healthier and more flavorful than competing keto or non-keto
Rolls made with ground pork, ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses
spices to Pan-Seared Salmon with Cucumber-Ginger Relish, each
why the recipe works and documents the testing process's successes and
failures, providing nutrition information for each dish. A facing page
photos accompanies each easy recipe.
for professional-quality cooking techniques tailored to their abilities
relish the learning opportunity in 100
Techniques: Master a Lifetime of
Cooking Skills, From Basic to Bucket List (978194526936,
$40.00), in effect,
a culinary school in a book which profiles such techniques as sautéing,
using aquafaba to give body and structure to a dish, and even making
without a tortilla press.
photos accompany each technique, which is enhanced with supporting
color photos of completed dishes.
100 Techniques is a winning guide to
techniques that home cooks will find both easy to absorb and an
to producing consistently good fare.
that deserve a spot in any culinary library or home cook's learning
Marian Tracy, Editor
Indiana University Press
Coast to Coast Cookery gathers the best
regional fare from across
the country and is a top recommendation above and beyond other regional
American cookbooks because it juxtaposes new fare with older classics
mid-century from a number of different cultures. These dishes have
staples in their area, yet some may have relatively little audience
their area of origin.
A New York
Cranberry-Apple Punch, for example, features fresh cranberries combined
apple juice, frozen pineapple cubes, and club soda, while a Tennessee
Casserole with lima beans, tomatoes, and pork chops reflects a Northern
possibly Creole influence, and a classic Michigan Celery Relish
staple for many dishes.
arrangement makes it easy to locate dishes specific to each area, while
on how each region developed its own distinctive cookery will delight
look for background about the dishes they choose.
historical and culinary insights with recipes specific to each state's
evolution is simply exquisite.
Fresh Island Style: Casual Entertaining and
Inspirations from a
Tropical Place comes from a model, wellness expert, and
who grew up on the island of Mauritius. Here, she provides a casual
emphasis on entertaining that pairs recipes with the fresh fruits and
vegetables of her island kitchen and home.
by the cook in full-page color photos that also include home interiors,
and complete dishes. These are accompanied by recipes for unique fare
such as a
Young Okra Salad made with apple cider vinegar, cilantro, red onion,
and lemon juice, or a Papaya bread filled with raisins, rum, and ripe
colorful and refreshingly different, adding a fun perspective to a
that is appealing and highly recommended, especially for
cooks interested in tropical ingredients and different approaches to
Science, Nature & Technology
The Cat: A
and Cultural History
Princeton University Press
The Cat: A Natural and Cultural History
is an inviting introduction
to cats around the world and provides a survey of domestic pets that
their different attributes, breeds, behaviors, and natural history.
dictionary of some forty breeds is only one visual embellishment of the
this book, which range from vintage black and white illustrations to
contemporary color photos.
dispositions, solitary and group makeups, and interactions between cats
people to different kinds of cat adaptability patterns, The
Cat is a cheerful blend of history, natural history, and
science that will delight anyone with an interest in cats large or
Simon & Schuster
The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure,
Treachery, and the Hunt for
the Perfect Bird is a crime thriller and nature story that
poaching, and the business of protecting birds.
It follows a
who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors and the detective
tracked him down, documenting both this story of poaching and the
involved in illicit trading in wildlife.
between wildlife authorities and poachers to counterterrorist, legal,
international efforts to contain wildlife poachers, and the impact of
work, this true crime adventure is reviewed here because it will be of
to anyone concerned about wildlife management and preservation.
The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity
Theft, Avian Intrigue,
& Ian Fleming is a 'must' read for any fan of the
Bond movies or writer
Ian Fleming's creation, offering an intriguing real story of an
whose life mimicked Bond's world, in many ways. Thus, it's also highly
for an audience who may be unused to literary books or popular movies
their radar: science and nature enthusiasts.
Bond published a landmark book about birds of the West Indies, not
that his endeavors would lead to his becoming linked with the name of a
In a case of
identity theft, Bond was to find his life pursuit linked to Fleming's
in a most unusual way.
The Real James Bond is an outstanding
survey of these events and is
a thoroughly engrossing read packed with color photos throughout. It
interest not just Bond and Fleming fans, but science and nature history
see that the 1978 original publication The
Starship and the Canoe has not only survived the test of
time, but has
gained a new foreword by Neal Stephenson, who applauds its lovely blend
biography and science.
The Starship and the Canoe explores the
between Freeman Dyson, an astrophysicist who dreamed of exploring space
designed a nuclear-powered spaceship to bring him there, and his high
dropout genius son George, who lives in a tree house and designs his
alternative transport in the form of a kayak to explore Alaska.
father and son, and here describes and contrasts their disparate lives
visions in a lovely story that connects science to wilderness and
The Starship and the Canoe was
outstanding over thirty years ago,
and its appearance in a new edition for modern audiences should be
Beaming Up and Getting Off is a memoir by
the Star Trek actor which
follows his childhood during World War II, his youth, and his path to
the iconic Ensign Pavel Chekov on Star Trek.
fascinate and is recommended for prior 'Trekkies' who have
most of the other actors. They will find this survey of Koenig's life
during, and after Star Trek to be revealing and thoroughly engrossing.
evolution of his acting career and its various challenges, readers will
delightful and often surprising the myriad of journeys that Koenig
throughout the course of his life.
Beaming Up and Getting Off is highly
recommended for avid Trekkies
who want to know more about Koenig's overall life as well as his Star
Muriel R. Gillick, MD
Johns Hopkins University Press
The Caregiver's Encyclopedia: A Compassionate Guide
to Caring for Older
Adults should be on the reading list of any family caregiver,
from a leading expert in caring for aging adults.
covers health-care system options and operations; various settings and
of care; the methods used to evaluate health issues; common treatments
ailments affecting the elderly; and how to monitor chronic conditions.
busy caregivers to absorb, offering highlighted topics within each that
quick scanning for pertinent information. There are many insider tips
on how medical
staff operates and how to make the most of the medical community's
system by asking the right questions.
be without the invaluable medical insider's tips offered in The Caregiver's Encyclopedia—information
that otherwise all too often comes from trial and error.
At first a
reader might wonder at the need for yet another coverage of the City,
but Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost
Landscapes, Unsung Heroes & Radical Histories is a
historical San Francisco literature, surveying its underground artistic
industries, prehistory, and more to cover all the influences that have
focus on some of the same topics, Chris Carlsson juxtaposes them to
lively survey of the City's evolving social and political structure.
receive much more than a rehash of facts, with many lesser-known
included that expose San Francisco's evolutionary process as a whole.
historical memoirs, details about key figures who helped shape the
explorations of little-known events contribute to a book that is lively
informative, and a 'must' for anyone interested in San Francisco's
As It Is in
As It Is in Heaven: A Collection of Prayers for All
classic Christian prayers from thousands of years of faith writings and
them with art to invite young readers to discover new meanings in
will likely already be familiar to them.
Father'. This prayer receives the facing page of a man and child on a
overlooking the water, with cloudy skies above them. This impression of
weather, nature, and the man and boy who entreat God to keep them safe
an inviting review of the words of this most basic of prayers.
various sources, as in the 'Prayer for Peace' attributed to saint
and prayer combinations make for an inviting collection especially
for adult/child spiritual discussions.
books each offer young readers a combination of gorgeous drawings and
plots and themes designed to capture the eye, attention, and interest
of a wide
Murphy's What I Like Most
holds lovely drawings by Zhu Cheng-Liang and explores a little girl's
her window and the things both inside and outside her home that bring
toast to shoes with bright lights that flash, she observes daily
acknowledges that things change. Things will disappear and priorities
shift, but right now "it is what I like most in the world." This
story about appreciating the present holds an important message for all
Elliott's In the Woods
receives gorgeous drawings by Rob Dunlavey and provides a companion
volume to In the Sea, In the Wild, and On
It pairs Elliott's lovely poems with beautiful, colorful forest animal
art in a
celebration of nature that invites the young to observe its signs.
Tanager' which captures the flash of red that heralds spring's arrival
threatening hornet which actually is intent on avoiding people rather
stinging them, these poems both capture the creatures under observation
provide natural history insights.
Kids will be
attracted by the compelling drawings and will learn from the
Howard's Bones: An Inside Look at the Animal
(9781536210415, $19.99) also enjoys gorgeous illustrations. Chervelle
provides lovely visual embellishments which include animals and their
figures, accompanying information about skeletal makeups and how the
animals move through their environments.
how bones hold weight and are flexible to those used in flight, in
animals, and in running, young readers with good reading skills will
'inside look' at the animal kingdom to be compelling and fun.
Dorion's Darwin's Rival: Alfred Russel
the Search for Evolution (9781536209327, $24.99) is an
picture book biography of Alfred Russel Wallace's world travels and
discoveries, which happened before his friend and rival simultaneously
his theory of natural selection.
boats, descriptions of explorations in the rainforest and other
and discussions of how information was disseminated all require good
skills, but the lively tone and information will delight both kids and
may hold some prior familiarity with Darwin but none about Wallace.
highly recommended picks for discriminating collections.
will attract young readers with captivating illustrations and unique
Helmore's Paper Planes
reaches kids ages 4-8 with a fine story of best friends Mia and Ben,
a love for making paper planes. Both dream of making one that will fly
the lake they both live on.
But when Ben
discovers his family is moving, how can he stay friends with Mia, much
fulfill this shared effort? A lovely story of long-distance friendships
receives fine illustrations by Richard Jones.
Sill's Curious About Birds
$6.99) enjoys exceptionally lovely illustrations by John Sill. It
2-6 with a board book from a wildlife illustrator who explores very
be captivated by these gorgeous illustrations.
Bulion's Amphibian Acrobats
$15.99) for ages 8-12 receives zany drawings by Robert Meganck which
science survey of various amphibians and their special abilities.
are fun and are designed to attract attention, the science is solid and
educational, adding humor to specific focuses on creatures such as the
Strawberry Poison Frog of central America, 'living statues' like the
Newt and Yellow-Eyed Ensatina, and the Australian Desert Spadefoot Toad.
Sheth's Feast of Peas
enjoys attractive, fun illustrations by Jeffrey Ebbeler which bring to
mystery set in India that revolves around food, friendship, and
clever thieves make for a whimsical creation that holds some unexpected
picture books that kids and their read-aloud parents will appreciate.
books provide youngsters with fine reads that will also appeal to
parents looking for superior drawings and interesting new story lines.
(Mister G) and Noar Lee Naggan's Lilah
Tov Good Night (9781524740665, $17.99) follows a family's
journey to a new
observes nature along the lay, says 'lilah tov' (good night) to
different worlds, and wishes everything well—even the bats in their
drawings lend to a bedtime story that celebrates nature in a lovely
Marino's Night Animals Need Sleep Too
(9780425290651, $17.99) reveals a sleepy possum who can't go to bed
too bright, and he can't find his usual dark and quiet place to sleep.
places (a cave, a tree, a wolf den) but finds none of them acceptable
the help of his friends. It's a fun story of adversity and creative
Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story
by Maria Gianferrari
(9780399548420, $16.99) receives lovely drawings by Jonathan Voss, who
to life these gorgeous owl haiku poems.
action and adventure from haiku, nor an exploration of owl natural
these are all features of a lovely survey highly recommended for young
and natural history readers alike.
advanced elementary to middle grade readers offer stories that leisure
McCann's Wannabe Farms
(9781524793005, $18.99) is
a fun visual collection of poems and animal adventures that pairs rhyme
fanciful discussions of animals who aspire to be more than just
to comedy will appeal to advanced elementary to early middle grades as
explores a world in which pigs try to live like humans, sheep desire to
barbers, and cows build their own car.
Meghan Lands enhance the zany circumstances described by McCann.
Gardner's Mr. Tiger, Betsy, and the Blue Moon
(9780593095164, $16.99) tells of a secret island, a little girl who
mysterious tiger, and a quest that involves them both.
drawings that follow the blue text descriptions of their journey and
relationship in a fun read kids will find captivating.
Race to the
Race to the Sun tells of seventh grader
Nizhoni Begay, who is able
to detect monsters masquerading as ordinary people. Her latest insight
dad's new boss, who is strangely interested in their family and Navajo
vanishes after admonishing them to run, the siblings and their friend
a rescue mission that tests their heritage, special abilities, and
in a journey that faces more than monsters.
As the story
through family interactions and struggles to a rescue mission that
impossible, it provides engrossing insights to readers interested in
adventures that hold underlying social and family messages.
The story is
refreshingly original, unexpected, and hard to put down.
Sleeping Bear Press are outstanding leisure choices that read-aloud
young new readers can equally enjoy.
Fly, Firefly! by Shana Keller
(9781534110335, $16.99) will reach
ages 4-8 and is inspired by naturalist Rachel Carlson. It follows a
firefly's journey when the wind carries him out to sea and he confuses
bioluminescence in the water for other fireflies.
this real observation. This story provides a lovely take-off on her
from the perspective of a young girl who rescues the little lost
Joosse's Lulu & Rocky in Nashville
(9781534110656, $16.99) is illustrated by Renee Graef and provides the
book in the Our City Adventures series.
The fox duo
penguin chaperone Pufferson provide a new escapade as they explore
music in Nashville and the various cultural attractions that city has
descriptions ("At the tippy-end of
the day, we do barbecue chicken wings and bowling at Pinewood Social.
falls in love with a bowling pin.") keep the story jolly and
fun as the
Nashville facts evolve.
Brennan-Nelson's Mae the Mayfly
(9781534110519, $16.99) is illustrated by Florence Weiser and advocates
the most of one's life, however long or short.
lives in a single day. How can Mae cram in so much into so short a
about the life cycle of a mayfly, but basics about mindfulness and
lives as they absorb a blend of natural history and fun rhyme. Parents
this book aloud with the very young will find it holds much opportunity
discussion and enlightenment.
Travel Guide for Monsters by Lori Degman
(9781534110373, $16.99) is
a fun guide to traveling through the nation's parks, monuments, and
It's written in verse and paired with fun monster drawings by Dave Szalay which capture the ironies and intrigue of a road trip through the country, filled with 'cautions' about taking a monster along for a whirlwind car trip.