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Education for Democracy: Renewing the Wisconsin Idea
Chad Alan Goldberg, editor
University of Wisconsin Press
728 State Street, Suite 443, Madison, WI 53706-1418
9780299328900, $44.95, HC, 314pp
Synopsis: All the public universities in America were founded in a civic tradition that differentiated them from their
European predecessors -- steering away from the exclusive pursuit of knowledge for its own sake.
Like many such higher education institutions across the United States, the University of Wisconsin's mission, known as
the Wisconsin Idea, emphasizes a responsibility to serve the needs of the state and its people. This commitment, which
necessarily requires a pledge to academic freedom, has recently been openly threatened by state and federal actors
seeking to dismantle a democratic and expansive conception of public service.
Using the Wisconsin Idea as a lens, the contributors "Education for Democracy" collectively argue that public higher
education institutions should remain a bastion of collaborative problem solving. Examinations of partnerships between
the state university and people of the state highlight many crucial and lasting contributions to issues of broad public
concern such as conservation, LGBTQ+ rights, and poverty alleviation. The contributors also restore the value of state
universities and humanities education as a public good, contending that they deserve renewed and robust support from
their alumni, their communities, and the state.
Critique: Expertly compiled and edited by sociologist, author and educator Chad Alan Goldberg, "Education for
Democracy: Renewing the Wisconsin Idea" is comprised of eleven erudite and informative articles by experts in their
fields of studies, and is additionally enhanced for academia with the inclusion of an informative Preface, an
Introduction (The University's Service to Democracy), an Afterword (by Owen Drury), a four page listing of the
contributors and their credentials, and a twenty-one page Index. Informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-
provoking, "Education for Democracy: Renewing the Wisconsin Idea" is an especially and unreservedly recommended
addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Sociology of Social Theory collections in
general, and Education Reform, Policy, and History supplemental curriculum studies reading lists in particular.
Editorial Note: After earning a doctorate at the New School for Social Research, Chad Goldberg joined the faculty at
the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He writes about politics, history, and social theory.
100 Things to Do in Madison Before You Die
PO Box 5131, St. Louis, MO 63139
9781681061955, $16.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "100 Things to Do in Madison Before You Die" by
Katie Vaughn fully lives up to its title and should be considered a 'must' for anyone living in or visiting Wisconsin's
capital city. Exceptionally well organized and presented, this is the ideal resource and reference for planning itineraries
that would include places to go and events to participate in. With the individual entries deftly organized into specific
sections for Food & Drink; Music & Entertainment; Sports & Recreation; Culture & History; Shopping & Fashion, it
should be noted that "100 Things to Do in Madison Before You Die" is enhanced for Madison residents and visitors is
enhanced further with the inclusion of Suggested Itineraries, Activities by Season; and a three page Index.
Critique: Impressively 'user friendly', "100 Things to Do in Madison Before You Die" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99) -- making it especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, and
community library American Travel Guide collections in general, and Madison, Wisconsin community, school, college,
and university library collections in particular.
Search Press Ltd.
9781782217619, $19.95, PB, 160pp
Synopsis: Napkins add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any dining table and showcasing 40 ideas for original
table settings, "Napkin Folding" from Marie Claire is a wonderful source of inspiration to help even the most novice of
hosts to decorate and customize their home with taste and creativity.
Napkins are functional as well as decorative, and these 40 lovely designs include a pleated rectangle, a leaf, a flower
and a knot. Each napkin design is explained through clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations. There are folds to
suit every occasion from a smart dinner party to a family barbecue, weddings, picnics and more. The readers of "Napkin
Folding" are guaranteed to gain all the skills, techniques and expertise needed in order to create stunning, contemporary
table decorations to a professional and elegant standard.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated instructions make "Napkin Folding" an ideal instructional guide and manual. A unique
and certain to be immediately popular addition to personal, professional, family, and community library collections, it
should be noted that "Napkin Folding" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.20).
Editorial Note: The Marie Claire magazine and website are outstanding resources for craft. Marie Claire Idees is the
essential place for creative hobbies from cross stitch, sewing, crochet and embroidery to dyeing painting and collage. It
is a community of creative and passionate people who share their creations and ideas through the magazine Marie
Claire Idees and the website www.marieclaire.fr/idees
The Writing/Publishing Shelf
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615933235, $39.95, HC, 520pp
Synopsis: Originally an influential memo that Hollywood development executive, screenwriter, author and educator
Christopher Vogler wrote for Walt Disney Animation executives regarding The Lion King, "The Writer's Journey:
Mythic Structure for Writers" details a twelve-stage, myth-inspired method that has galvanized Hollywood's treatment
of cinematic storytelling.
A format that once seldom deviated beyond a traditional three-act blueprint, Vogler's comprehensive theory of story
structure and character development has met with universal acclaim, and is detailed in the pages of "The Writer's
Journey" using examples from myths, fairy tales, and classic movies. Indeed, "The Writer's Journey" is justifiably
credited with having changed the face of screenwriting worldwide over the last 25 years -- and continues to do so to this
Critique: This fourth edition of "The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers" from Michael Wiese Productions
was published in celebration of its 25th year. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college,
and university library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists,
it should be noted for the personal reading lists of novice screenwriters, film and television program developers and
writers, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Writer's Journey: Mythic
Structure for Writers" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781615933150, $29.95).
The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations
c/o The Hatherleigh Foundation
62545 State Highway 10, Hobart, NY 13788
9781578266302, $11.99, HC, 96pp
Synopsis: Comprised of more than 200 meaningful quotes, heartfelt humor and witty one-liners that will have a very
special and direct appeal to dedicated bibliophiles, "The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations: An Inspired Collection
on Reading, Writing and Literature" brings together the best and brightest to speak on all that books have to offer.
Whether it's their ability to transport us to exciting new worlds, or the way they open our eyes to new ways of seeing
our own, "The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations" speaks directly to the lifelong reader in each of us.
Critique: Knowledgeably compiled and deftly organized by Jo Brielyn, "The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations: An
Inspired Collection on Reading, Writing and Literature" is a delight to simply browse through again and again and
again. Inspired and inspiring, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations: An
Inspired Collection on Reading, Writing and Literature" should be considered an essential, core addition to the personal
reading lists of authors, publishers, and dedicated fans of the written word. While especially and unreservedly
recommended for community, college, and university library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists
that "The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations: An Inspired Collection on Reading, Writing and Literature" is also
readily available in a pocket sized (5 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches) paperback edition (9781578266302, $11.99).
Editorial Note: Jo Brielyn is an author and contributing writer for Hatherleigh Press and has currently completed 16
nonfiction books about health and wellness. She is the founder, writer, and editor of Creative Kids Ideas, a resource
website that supplies parents, teachers, and family members with the tips and fun ideas to help build stronger, happier,
and more creative kids.
The Psychology Shelf
Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9781615995318, $29.95, HC, 98pp
Synopsis: Alfredo Zotti is a professional musician and bipolar survivor with a university degree in social anthropology
and three years study of psychology, provides an introduction to music theory with specific case studies of applications
for Alzheimer's, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and other
Working primarily as a peer support counselor, his person-centered methods are respectful of client's needs, abilities
and responses to music therapy. Strategies explored include both active listening of recorded music as well as
instruction in playing musical instruments. Using patience and listening skills, the non-specialist general reader can
(with the help of Zotti's "Music Therapy") begin their own journey of music therapy.
Critique: Impressively informative, insightful, and 'user friendly' in terms of organization and presentation, "Music
Therapy: An Introduction with Case Studies for Mental Illness Recovery" is an extraordinary and unreservedly
recommended addition to community and college/university library Contemporary Psychology & Counseling
collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, counselors, and non-specialist
general readers with an interest in the subject that "Music Therapy: An Introduction with Case Studies for Mental
Illness Recovery" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781615995301, $19.95) and in a digital book format
The General Fiction Shelf
The Names of the Stars
New Hope Publishers
PO Box 830711, Birmingham, AL 35283-0711
9781563094224, $15.99, PB, 304pp
Synopsis: Annalise Rycroft has spent her whole life afraid she'll be lost to obscurity. She wants nothing more than to be
viewed as someone important.
Synopsis: Anna grew up traveling with her family on the Vaudeville circuit with dreams of becoming a shining star.
She has talent. Unfortunately, as a young girl, she also has fears that she will have to overcome if she is going to be
With a powerful voice able to mesmerize audiences, Anna is paralyzed by stage fright. But that's not her only fear. Her
deepest fear is that she'll be lost to obscurity, becoming part of the "surplus population" spoken of by Ebenezer Scrooge
in her favorite book A Christmas Carol.
During the 1918 flu epidemic, Anna has a strange experience where characters from her favorite book unlock a hidden
part of her past -- a past that involves an absent father and missing younger brother. Dismissed as a fever dream, Anna
pushes aside not only the dream but her fears as she pursues the stage.
Years pass, and eventually Anna finds the career success she desired. Yet even as an adult, she is driven by unfilled
longings. She wants to marry her leading man Frederick Mansfield -- only Frederick has fears and failings of his own.
Leaving the drunk lush and philanderer behind, Anna pushes toward even greater stardom only to discover that the
fever dream was based on reality, when her dad Charles surprises her with a visit.
As she spends more time with her father, she learns she must choose between her fear of being seen as part of the
"surplus population" or to courageously believe and act in a way that shows everyone has significance.
Critique: An inherently absorbing novel by an author with an impressive narrative storytelling style that keeps the
entertained reader's full and complete engagement from first page to last, Ann Tatlock's "The Names Of The Stars" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for community library's Christian History Fiction collections. It should be
noted for personal reading lists that "The Names Of The Stars" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts
Nancy Campbell Allen
Shadow Mountain Publishing
P.O. Box 30178, Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0178
9781629727370, $15.99, PB, 368pp
Synopsis: Emmeline O'Shea is determined to save the world -- single-handedly, if necessary. A strong voice for societal
reform, she is the natural choice to deliver a key speech at the end of the International Shifter Rights Organization's
week-long Summit in Scotland.
But when a death threat arrives at Emme's home, she is immediately placed into protective custody, watched over by
none other than her personal nemesis, Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed. The two have crossed paths many times, with
disastrous results, but now they will have to work together in order to reach the Summit before midnight of the last day
in order to ensure legislation is passed to protect the Shifter community.
As unseen enemies close in around Emme and Oliver, they struggle to reach Edinburgh by any means necessary, only to
find Emme's vindictive stepsister, Oliver's vampire brother, and a dangerous political minefield awaiting them in
Even more difficult is their own refusal to admit that the fiery animosity that once burned between them might be
turning into the heat of romantic passion. Could a straitlaced policeman determined to uphold the law and an outspoken
activist willing to break the rules ever find true love? Or will all their dreams shatter like glass when the clock strikes
Critique: Impressively original, entertaining, and showcases author Nancy Campbell Allen's genuine flair for the kind
of narrative driven storytelling and profusion of unexpected plot twists and turnes, "Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts"
is a compelling and enjoyable read from first page to last. While very highly recommended for community library
collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of steampunk fans and Scottish/Victorian historical
romance buffs that "Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99)
and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781799905004, $29.95, CD).
The Mermaid from Jeju
c/o Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781643854403, $26.99, HC, 300pp
Synopsis: In the aftermath of World War II, Goh Junja is a girl just coming into her own. She is the latest successful
deep sea diver in a family of strong haenyeo. Confident she is a woman now, Junja urges her mother to allow her to
make the Goh family's annual trip to Mt. Halla, where they trade abalone and other sea delicacies for pork. Junja, a sea
village girl, has never been to the mountains, where it smells like mushrooms and earth. While there, she falls in love
with a mountain boy Yang Suwol, who rescues her after a particularly harrowing journey. But when Junja returns one
day later, it is just in time to see her mother take her last breath, beaten by the waves during a dive she was taking in
Spiraling in grief, Junja sees her younger siblings sent to live with their estranged father. Everywhere she turns, Junja is
haunted by the loss of her mother, from the meticulously tended herb garden that has now begun to sprout weeds, to the
field where their bed sheets are beaten. She has only her grandmother and herself. But the world moves on without
The political climate is perilous. Still reeling from Japan's forced withdrawal from the peninsula, Korea is forced to
accommodate the rapid establishment of US troops. Junja's canny grandmother, who lived through the Japanese
invasion that led to Korea's occupation understands the signs of danger all too well. When Suwol is arrested for
working with and harboring communists, and the perils of post-WWII overtake her homelands, Junja must learn to
navigate a tumultuous world unlike anything she's ever known.
Critique: A deftly scripted novel from beginning to end, and exhibiting a genuine flair for originality and a distinctive
style of narrative storytelling, "The Mermaid From Jeju" by novelist Sumi Hahn will prove to be an immediate and
enduringly popular addition to community library World War II era general fiction collections. Of special interest to
readers with a particular interest in Asian American Literature and Coming of Age stories, it should be noted that "The
Mermaid From Jeju" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99) and as a complete and
unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781662055720, $22.99, CD).
Jeffrey E. Barlough
Gresham & Doyle
9780978763473, $14.95, PB, 273pp
Synopsis: Jeffrey E. Barlough was born in 1953, and holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University
of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. from Cornell. He has published some seventy research and review articles in scientific
journals, and has edited several small-press publications of minor and archaic English works. His Western Lights series
of fantasy-mysteries, begun in 2000 with the renowned Dark Sleeper, has been widely acclaimed for its imaginative
setting, eccentric characters, droll humor, and unconventional storylines.
His novel, "Hooting Grange" is the story of Captain Robert Surtees of Falaise who has found that when he had lost his
livelihood and his beloved ship the Lady Jane after a downturn in the coasting trade, his only recourse was to an
inheritance left him years earlier by a maiden aunt.
That inheritance was Hooting Grange, a rambling old wilderness of a country manse in the Tillington Road, on the far
outskirts of Market Snailsby in Fenshire. With its vast, walled perimeter, steep roofs and clumps of twisted chimneys,
the Grange was a sight to behold. And Ramshackle Great Place (the captain's name for the house in his youth ) had a
reputation to match. Workmen refused to work in it, housekeepers disliked keeping house in it, because, as people
whispered, there was something wrong with the place -- despite their affection for the captain's kindly aunt, Miss Belle
Normand, who lived there.
Five years now have passed since the captain's aunt mysteriously vanished on the road, while traveling to a nearby town
to consult a medical specialist for her condition. Her nephew has moved into the Grange, and already trouble has reared
its head. Worse yet, according to a provision of his aunt's will, Captain Surtees is prohibited from selling the Grange or
any part of it or its acres, and so has no practical means of recovering his former life.
Critique: "Hooting Grange" is the eleventh volume in novelist Jeffrey Barlough's acclaimed Western Lights series of
fantasy-mysteries, and returns to the scene and times of Bertram of Butter Cross, in a whimsical tale of the captain who
might have lost a ship but has gained something else -- trouble! A deftly crafted and narrative driven story that will hold
the reader's total and rapt attention from first page to last, "Hooting Grange" is an especially entertaining and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists and community library collections.
The Thief of Blackfriars Lane
9781643527154, $15.99, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But
that's Kit Turner's domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way -- conning the rich to
give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, and the only way to do
that is by enlisting Kit's help. If Jackson doesn't find the cabby, he'll be fired. If Kit doesn't help Jackson, he'll arrest her
for thievery. Yet neither of them realize those are the least of their problems.
Critique: An impressively original, exceptionally entertaining, deftly scripted, and simply riveting read from first page
to last, in the pages of her novel, "The Thief of Blackfriars Lane", author Michelle Griep deftly blends elements of
Mystery, Suspense, Romance, and Historical Fiction. Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to
community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Thief of Blackfriars Lane" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.19) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Oasis Audio,
9781640914780, $14.99, CD).
The Historical Fiction Shelf
Mary and Martha
H. B. Moore
9781524414429, $15.99, PB, 208pp
Synopsis: Experience as never before the accounts of those who knew Christ, not only as the Savior of the World but
also as a friend.
For prosperous landowner Lazarus, hard work and extensive travel are a means to comfortably support his family,
including his two sisters, Mary and Martha. Following a journey to sell his wares, Lazarus stumbles upon an
opportunity to assist a stranger in need, delaying his return home. Through Lazarus's selfless act of service, he, Mary,
and Martha find themselves standing witness to miracles they never dreamed possible in the presence of a man who
will forever change them and those they love -- a man called Jesus of Nazareth.
Critique: A superbly crafted and impressively entertaining read from cover to cover, "Mary and Martha" is especially
and unreservedly recommended to those who appreciate Christian fiction at its very best. While highly commended for
community library Historical Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mary and Martha" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(9781524414436, $27.99, CD).
The Literary Fiction Shelf
Alfred A. Knopf
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
9780525658184, $27.95, HC, 288pp
Synopsis: Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying
reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted
high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal
mother is living in her bed.
Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the
hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and
grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it
Critique: "Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants
ravaged by depression and addiction and grief that blends faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally
searing, "Transcendent Kingdom" is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut with her first
novel "Homegoing" (Vintage, 9781101971062, $16.95 PB, $12.99 Kindle). An original and tautly written with her
distinctive narrative storytelling style, "Transcendent Kingdom" is unreservedly recommended for community and
academic library Contemporary American Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Transcendent Kingdom" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
The OK End of Funny Town: Stories
BOA Editions, Ltd.
9781950774050, $17.00, PB, 200pp
Synopsis: A fastidious pet robot with a knack for knitting. A soporific giant pitching camp in the middle of a city. A
mysterious mime whose upcoming performance has the whole town on edge. The stories comprising Mark Polanzak's
BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning short story anthology "The OK End of Funny Town" collaboratively and deftly stitch
fantastic situations into the drab fabric of everyday life.
In his stories, Polanzak delights in stretching every boundary he encounters, from the new focus on practical learning at
the New Community School, to the ever-changing tastes of diners in search of the next big trend in local cuisine.
Wondrous yet familiar, "The OK End of Funny Town" excavates the layers between our collective obsession with
passing fads and our secret yearning for lasting connection.
Critique: With an extraordinary flair for originality, "The OK End of Funny Town: Stories" by Mark Polanzak is a
compelling read from first page to last and a truly memorable short story anthology that will be an especially
appreciated addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary American Literary Fiction collections.
It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The OK End of Funny Town: Stories" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).
Editorial Note: Mark Polanzak is author of the hybrid fiction/memoir POP! (Stillhouse, 2016). His stories have
appeared in The Southern Review and The American Scholar, and anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading
2017. He is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process and a contributor to the podcast, The Fail Safe. A graduate
of the University of Arizona's MFA program in fiction, Mark teaches writing and literature at the Berklee College of
Music in Boston.
The Romantic Fiction Shelf
Secret Nights with a Cowboy: A Kittredge Ranch Novel
St. Martin's Press
120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271
9781250625496, $7.99, PB, 400pp
Synopsis: Riley Kittredge has always known exactly what he wanted. His land, his horses. His woman. He met and
married Rae Trujillo far too young, and their young love combusted right after they said their vows. But their passion
has never managed to burn itself out. Yet when Rae shows up this time, it's not a night of pleasure she demands, but a
Rae should have moved on a long time ago. She knows she and Riley just don't work. They might make great lovers,
but that doesn't make a marriage. And now Rae wants a new life, complete with a baby. But when her husband offers to
be a father, to give her the family she's always secretly desired, she and Riley will both have to face demons from their
past -- and choose love over fear at last.
Critique: As an author and novelist, Caitlin Crews continues to reveal her impressive flair for originality, total mastery
of the romance genre, and a narrative driven storytelling style that is inherently entertaining and engaging from first
page to last. Her latest novel, "Secret Nights With A Cowboy" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular
addition to personal reading lists and community library Romance Fiction collections. It should be noted that "Secret
Nights With A Cowboy" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Truth, Lies, and Second Dates
St. Martin's Griffin
c/o St. Martin's Press
120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271
9781250053176, $16.99, PB, 320pp
Synopsis: Captain Ava Capp has been flying from her past for a decade. She'd much rather leave it, and her home state,
behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, against her better judgment, everything goes sideways in
a way she never expected it to.
M.E. Dr. Tom Baker has never forgotten Ava and the cold case she ran away from. When she shows up unexpectedly in
town, in spite of himself, sparks fly. Which is terrible because he can't stop his growing attraction to her. Can these two
Type-A's let their guards down and work together to put Ava's tragic past behind her for good? And keep their hands off
each other at the same time?
Critique: A wonderfully entertaining blend of contemporary romance and deftly infused humor, "Truth, Lies, and
Second Dates" by MaryJanice Davidson is highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to
community library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated romance fiction fans that
"Truth, Lies, and Second Dates" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Bell Bridge Books
9781611949889, $15.95, PB, 248pp
Synopsis: Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott is happy to score some free mulch from one of her brother's
landscaping jobs -- until she discovers the dead body buried beneath the bark.
Worse, her brother's landscaping tools were used to commit the murder. Once the police arrest her brother and seem
happy to have "caught their man", Andi Grace has no choice but to track down the real killer. She'll risk everything to
prove her brother's innocence. Even if it means turning over every rock in town!
Critique: A deftly crafted 'whodunnit' style mystery, "Dog-Gone Dead" by novelist Jackie Layton is an inherently
entertaining story laid out against a framework of small-town coastal life, dogs, and strong heroines. Certain to be an
immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for
personal reading lists that "Dog-Gone Dead" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).
The Tease / Sin for Me
Stark House Press
1315 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781951473044, $19.95, PB, 264pp
Synopsis: "The Tease" -- Wes McCord and his wife are fighting again, and this time it looks like she's going to leave
him for good. She doesn't trust him; thinks he drinks too much. Alone that evening, Wes receives an unexpected guest,
a terrified young girl named Bonnie who is on the run and crying rape. Worse, she had witnessed the death of the "old
man," and was being chased by his friends. Wes agrees to hide her. But young Bonnie is more than she seems, and Wes
soon finds himself involved with a nosy cop, some very desperate characters and a bundle of stolen money. If only he
weren't so broke, he wouldn't be tempted. But, of course, there's Bonnie...
"Sin For Me" -- Sunderland misses his ex-wife Germaine like hell. But she's got a new husband, Paul Knowles, a
smooth operator who's living in the house Jesse built. Now Jesse just sells real estate, and drinks a lot. So when a young
lady calls him up to show her some houses, he is surprised to find that she doesn't want a house at all. She wants Jesse
to steal the money her former partner (who is now known as Paul Knowles) stole from her, which she knows must be
hidden somewhere in Jesse's old house. Jesse agrees, and it might have worked if Germaine hadn't found the money
first and set him up to be the fall guy in a sudden case of murder!
Critique: Bringing back for a new generation of appreciative mystery buffs two of author Gil Brewer's best suspense
thriller short stories under one cover, "The Tease / Sin For Me" will prove to be a welcome and popular addition to
community library Mystery/Suspense collections and leave full entertained readers scouring the shelves of bookstores
and libraries for more of Brewer's work. It should be noted for personal reading lists that this Stark House Press title is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).
Editorial Note: Gil Brewer (Nov. 20, 1922 - Jan. 9, 1983) in Canandaigua, NY. After leaving the army at the end of
WWII, he joined his family who had settled in St. Petersburg, Florida. There he met Verlaine in 1947 and married her
soon after. Brewer started by writing serious novels, but soon turned to paperback originals after a sale to Gold Medal
Books in 1950. At his height, he was a brilliant writer of sharply defined noir thrillers, usually involving a male
protagonist driven to crime by the sexual allure of a young siren. But unwilling to promote himself, his career took a
turn for the worse after a mental breakdown, and a long decline into alcoholism.
Murder at Andaman
6524 NE 181st Street, Suite #2, Kenmore, WA 98028
9781603816809, $16.95, PB, 206pp
Synopsis: Maya Mallick, PI, is called when her best friend's husband, a book publisher, is murdered in the Andaman
Islands in India. Maya travels there, endangering herself, only to discover he'd been living a secret life. Her quest is
made more difficult when she starts to suspect her friend of wrongdoing.
Critique: Another carefully crafted mystery from the pen of Bharti Kirchner, "Murder at Andaman" is a riveting read
that will have special appeal to dedicated mystery buffs and is a 'must read' for the growing legions of Bharti Kirchner
fans. Simply stated, "Murder at Andaman" is an original and unreservedly recommended addition to any and all
community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections.
Bitter Lemon Press
9781913394431, $14.95, PB, 248pp
Synopsis: The setting for author Mercedes Rosende's novel, "Crocodile Tears" is the Uruguay city of Montevideo with
its Old Town comprised of dark alleys, crumbling facades and watchful residents. The gig is an armored truck robbery.
The cast of characters includes Diego, a failed kidnapper with weak nerves, Ursula Lopez, an amateur criminal with an
insatiable appetite, the Hobo, a notorious hoodlum with excessive self-confidence. Dr Antinucci, a shady lawyer with
big plans. And finally, Leonilda Lima, a washed-out police inspector with a glimmer of faith in justice.
Critique: Ably translated into English for an American readership by Tim Gutteridge, "Crocodile Tears" by Mercedes
Rosende is the kind of suspense thriller read from start to finish that would make for a block buster movie. With many
an unexpected twist and laced with dark humor, "Crocodile Tears" is an impressively original, exceptionally
compelling, and deftly crafted story -- a novel that would be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition
to community library collections and is readily available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle,
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
L. R. Braden
Bell Bridge Books
9781611949896, $15.95, PB, 274pp
Synopsis: Children are disappearing. With Purity growing in political power and bigotry on the rise across the Realms,
Alex's short-term goals are to stay under the PTF's radar and as far from the fae Courts as she can. But her plans go up
in smoke when May, the younger sister of her good friend Emma, goes missing.
The fae are involved. Alex will do everything she can to find May, but to mount a rescue she'll have to avoid PTF raids,
conquer old ghosts, and risk coming face to face with her fae grandfather again.
War is coming. Lines are being drawn. No one is safe. To survive, Alex will have to choose a side.
Critique: While also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99), "Casting Shadows" is the fourth book in
fantasy author L. R. Braden's simply outstanding action/adventure fantasy series 'The Magicsmith'. An exceptionally
entertaining and compelling read from first page to last, "Casting Shadows" will be especially appreciated by dedicated
fantasy fans and is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Science Fiction & Fantasy
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
V. E. Schwab
c/o Tor/Forge Books
9780765387561, $26.99, HC, 448pp
Synopsis: Set in France, 1714, "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by V. E. Schwab is the story of how, in a moment
of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever -- and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she
meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries
and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But
everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he
remembers her name!
Critique: Original, inherently entertaining, and an inherently riveting read from beginning to end, "The Invisible Life of
Addie LaRue" is a deftly scripted, innately compelling and highly recommended addition to community library fantasy
fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated action/adventure fantasy fans that
"The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99) and as a
complete and unabridged audio book (Macmillan Audio, 9781250777966, $66.99, CD).
The Valkyrie Protocol
David Weber & Jacob Holo
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781982124908, $27.00, HC, 592pp
Synopsis: Agent Raibert Kaminski and the crew of the Transtemporal Vehicle Kleio have stumbled across a temporal
implosion that has claimed two whole universes, and neither Raibert nor his crew can - figure out what caused this
calamity, or how to stop its spread. Meanwhile, old colleagues of Raibert's from the Antiquities Rescue Trust, together
with a version of Samuel Pepys transplanted from the 17th century into the 30th, have proposed an expedition into the
past. The goal? To branch the timeline by preventing the Plague of Justinian, one of the worst pandemics in human
And on a multidimensional level, governmental entity SysGov's multiverse neighbor, the xenophobic Admin, is
stirring. While their ambassadors put on a friendly show, the Admin is amassing a fleet of advanced, heavily armed
time machines -- with SysGov firmly in the crosshairs.
In the midst of the temporal turmoil, time is running out for Raibert and his team to save the rest of the known
universes from ceasing to exist. Navigating the paradoxes of time can be a killer task - especially when dogged by those
who seek your destruction at every turn. But this isn't the - first Time Rodeo for the crew of the Kleio, and they won't go
down without a - fight no matter where or when the threat to the multiverse arises!
Critique: "The Valkyrie Protocol" is the prequel to David Weber and Jacob Holo's 'The Gordian Protocol' and a 'must'
for the legions of David Weber fans. While certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community
library Science Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated science fiction fans
that "The Valkyrie Protocol" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
The Graphic Novel Shelf
Marvel Comics: The First 80 Years
9781787735088, $29.99, HC, 160pp
Synopsis: For 80 years, the late Stan Lee and Marvel Comics have inspired millions of fans worldwide with iconic
characters and timeless stories that have brought the Marvel Universe to the forefront of contemporary pop culture.
Though now the company is famous for their blockbuster hits such as the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men,
and Spider-Man, "Marvel Comics: The First 80 Years" from Titan Comics will explore the Marvel Comics company's
humble beginnings and it's struggle to become the powerhouse of publishing that it is today.
Featuring all encompassing overviews of the trials and triumphs from each decade, with marvelous milestones,
characters, creators, incredible illustrations, and behind-the-scenes trivia.
Critique: An ultimate, profusely illustrated and impressively informative memorial celebrating and showcasing the
mightiest Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe, "Marvel Comics: The First 80 Years" is a 'must read' for the legions of
Marvel Comics fans and is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, community, and
academic library Comics & Graphic Novels History collections.
Authorised Happiness: Vol. 1
Jean Van Hamme, author
c/o National Book Network (dist.)
9781849184472, $13.95, PB, 56pp
Synopsis: When society pushes the ideals of social equality to their breaking point, the result can easily become plain
absurd. For example, in order to avoid the chronic budget deficit of social security, what better way is there but to
forbid people to take any chances with their health? Even if it leads to a Medical Police and fines for anyone not
watching the weather forecast. What if in order to keep health costs down taking a vacation was not only mandatory but
ruthless enforce as a government controlled imperative? What if severe unemployment resulted in having to work for a
company whose products and/or services are a ruthless kept secret -- even from its own employees?
Critique: The first volume in a new graphic novel series dedicated to exploring dystopian futures, "Authorised
Happiness" is comprised of three Kafkaesque style stories that paint a frightening picture of an over-regulated world. A
compelling thought-ful and thought-provoking read that will leave you looking eagerly toward the publication of
"Authorized Happiness: Volume 2", this debut volume is especially recommended for community, college, and
university library graphic novel collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Authorized Happiness:
Volume 1" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle/comiXology, $5.99).
Vostok, Do You Read Me?
Frederic Zumiehl, author
Gil Formosa, illustrator
c/o National Book Network (dist.)
9781849184991, $11.95, PB, 48pp
Synopsis: Tasked with testing the new F-35 in extreme cold conditions, Buck and his two wingmen are sent to
Antarctica -- much to Sonny's disgust. The F-35 recurring technical problems force them to make a longer first stop
than anticipated on their crossing of the continent. And while it does allow Buck to meet the lovely Natalya, a Russian
scientist, it also puts them in the middle of a merciless snowstorm. That's when they receive a mysterious SOS from
Vostok Station and are unexpectedly faced with a biological warfare threat to the entire human race.
Critique: Aviation and military buffs in particular will appreciate the detailed notations for the abbreviations used in
this action/adventure graphic novel's dialogue. A compelling and entertaining cliff-hanger of a story, "Vostok, Do You
Read Me?" is the eleventh installment in this simply outstanding Buck Danny series from the team of author/storyteller
Frederic Zumiehl and artist/illustrator Gil Formosa. Highly recommended for community library Graphic Novel
Mermaid Project: Episode 4
Corine Jamar Fred Simon, illustrator
c/o National Book Network (dist.)
9781849184137, $11.95, PB, 48pp
Synopsis: Romane Pennac's niece has been kidnapped in Paris. Her genetic makeup, inherited from the experiments
conducted on her mother (and Romane) in her youth, make her a perfect candidate for Algapower's hybridisation
experiments that seek to surgically create mermaids out of humans. Hell bent on rescuing her and putting an end to the
corporation's actions, El Malik and Pennac attempt a daring raid on Algapower's Rio laboratory. But when things go
wrong, they'll find some very strange allies!
Critique: A deftly scripted action/adventure plot with a wealth of unexpected twists and turns, "Mermaid Project:
Episode 4" is a compelling page turner of a read from beginning to end and highly recommended for community library
graphic novel collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that like the first 3 volumes in this outstanding
series, "Mermaid Project: Episode 4" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle/comiXology, $1.99).
The Route List: Kansas
c/o National Book Network (dist.)
9781849184533, $11.95 PB, 48pp
Synopsis: During the 1961 floods in Kansas, the Clown is searching a house, looking for important documents. When
the police arrive, though, a shoot-out ensues that ends in the killer's apparent death. And yet by the time the owner of
the house returns, along with Alex Poliac, the documents have disappeared, and Alex is convinced his old enemy is still
alive. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Laura Kensington is arrested for treason. "Kansas" is the third volume in author Eric
Stainer's graphic novel series "The Route List" and, like the previous two volumes (Illinois and Missouri), continues the
death list liquidation of embedded communists under orders to be eliminated as the Kremlin power struggles back in
Critique: A wealth of unexpected plot twists, turns and revelations continue unabated and will leave the reader looking
eagerly toward the next installment of this hit man saga, "The Route List: Kansas" is a thoroughly entertaining and
highly recommended read and a welcome addition to community library graphic novel collections.
The Audiobook Shelf
Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares
7520 Standish Place, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20855
9781648815324, $TBA, MP3 CD
Synopsis: From the world of author Pierce Brown's original science fiction series Red Rising comes a story of love and
loss and rage! In the future, when mankind has spread across the stars, the hierarchy of man is dictated by the color of
The Golds rule all, but what will happen when one falls for a lowly Red? "Red Rising: Sons of Ares" reveals how a
forbidden love will set the course of events for the future and lead to the formation of the formidable Sons of Ares!
Adapted from the graphic novel and produced with a full cast of actors, immersive sound effects and cinematic music,
"Red Rising: Sons of Ares" provides the listener with a true 'theatre of the mind' experience.
Critique: Simply stated, "Red Rising: Sons of Ares" is certain to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular
addition to personal and community library Science Fiction & Fantasy audio book collections. Listeners will look
eagerly toward the next title in this outstanding series from Graphic Audio, "Red Rising: Sons of Ares, Volume 2:
Wrath". (1 MP3-CD, 4 Hours)
The Music CD Shelf
Mike Renzi with Jim Porcella
Whaling City Sound
c/o Naxos (dist.)
$16.99 CD amazon.com
Award-winning pianist Mike Renzi with baritone vocal performer Jim Porcella present Christmas Is, a holiday-themed
album ideal for setting a mood of celebration, joy, and compassion. Wonderful, warmhearted, and evocative, Christmas
Is flows beautifully and is highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are
"Cool Yule", "The Christmas Song", "The Holiday Song", "Our First Christmas", "Blue Christmas", "Christmas Is",
"I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm", "A Christmas Love Song", "Snowfall", and "Winter Wonderland".
Down Home Christmas
The Oak Ridge Boys
Lightning Rod Records
$14.99 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com
Down Home Christmas is a holiday-themed album by The Oak Ridge Boys. The songs are overflowing with holiday
cheer, and include both renditions of beloved seasonal classic and invigorating original creations! The tracks are "The
Family Piano", "Angels", "Bring Daddy Home", "Reindeer on the Roof", "Silent Night", "Hallelujah Emmanuel",
"Down Home Christmas", "South Alabama Christmas", "Don't Go Pullin' On Santa Claus' Beard", "Amazing Grace
(spoken introduction)", and "Amazing Grace". Also highly recommended is another treasury of Christmas music by The
Oak Ridge Boys, "Christmas Time's A-Coming" ($14.00 CD / $9.49 MP3).
Beethoven 250 Mashup
The Great Kat
$9.98 CD / $0.99 MP3 amazon.com
The extraordinarily talented, boundary-pushing music artist The Great Kat applies her talent for guitar-shredding
classical music at extraordinary speeds in Beethoven 250 Mashup, a CD single with over four minutes of mashed-up
shreds from Beethoven's "5th Symphony", "Moonlight Mosh", "Turkish March", "Fur Elise", "Beethoven Mosh 2",
"Razumovsky String Quartet", "Minuet in G", "Egmont Overture", "Violin Concerto", and "Eroica Symphony".
Beethoven 250 Mashup is a brief yet exciting and enthralling new way to experience Beethoven's timeless classics, and
makes an adventurous gift for connoisseurs of the intense guitar shredding!
$10.00 CD / $7.00 digital bandcamp.com
Austin-based funk and soul band Honey Made present their debut full-length music album Brand New, which
showcases their talent for crafting and performing music with elements of soul, funk, reggae, and jazz. Vibrant and
extraordinary, Brand New is enthusiastically recommended especially to connoisseurs of original soul. The tracks are
"Chicken Sweats feat. Ms. Mack", "Brand New", "Steppin' Out", "Be True feat. Ms. Mack", "Smoove", "Can You Feel
It?", "Canadian Mist", "Like You", "Southern Fried Funk", and "So Good".
$TBA CD / $TBA digital
Never Mind is a country music EP album by 85-years-young music artist, songwriter, and mother Margie Singleton.
Her son Steve aided the creation of Never Mind as a studio builder, producer, and co-writer, making Never Mind their
first "family affair". A rich, emotional, "FCC Clean" collection, Never Mind is a joy for country music connoisseurs and
also makes an excellent holiday gift. The tracks are "Never Mind" (3:22), "Who's Gonna Love You" (2:34), "Wonder
What She's Doing" (3:10), "Missing You" (2:59), and "Lie to Me" (4:04).
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com
Sacred Gift is a wonderous and spiritual new age album featuring both instrumentals and vocals. A philosophical
journey that transcends the moment, Sacred Gift is a choice pick for fomenting inspiration, creativity, passion, and
contemplation. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of the genre. The tracks are "First Creek", "Spacious
Heart", "Kojaeed", "Fragments of a Dream", "Calling Forth", "Dance of Waves", "Rising Sun", "Touch", and
$12.89 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com
Illuminance is a beautiful, new age music album featuring the vocals of classically-trained music artist Sangeeta Kaur,
the piano and keyboards of Peter Kater, the cello and cello arrangements of Tina Guo, the bass of Mark Gorman, the
guitar of Dat Nguyen, and the percussion of MB Gordy and Christian Teele. A profound, multidimensional musical
journey, Illuminance cultivates an uplifting sense of grace, elegance, and fascination. Highly recommended. The tracks
are "All My Love", "Illuminance", "Worlds Collide", "Light Of Love", "Path oOf Light", "Come And Find Me",
"Supernova", "Stardust", and "Dedication".
The Travel Shelf
Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide, third edition
The University Press of Kentucky
663 South Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40508-4008
9780813180311, $21.95, PB, 264pp
Synopsis: Bourbon is a type of American whiskey, a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name
ultimately derives from the French Bourbon dynasty, although the precise inspiration for the whiskey's name is
uncertain; contenders include Bourbon County in Kentucky and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, both of which are
named after the dynasty. Although bourbon may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with
the American South and with Kentucky in particular. As of 2014, distillers' wholesale market revenue for bourbon sold
within the U.S. was about $2.7 billion, and bourbon made up about two-thirds of the $1.6 billion of U.S. exports of
distilled spirits. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, in 2018 U.S. distillers derived $3.6
billion in revenue from bourbon and Tennessee whiskey (a closely related spirit produced in the state of Tennessee)
sold in the United States. It was recognized in 1964 by the United States Congress as a "distinctive product of the
United States". Bourbon sold in the United States must be produced in the U.S. from at least 51% corn and stored in a
new container of charred oak. (Wikipedia)
Like wine lovers who dream of traveling to Bordeaux or beer enthusiasts with visions of the breweries of Belgium,
bourbon lovers plan their pilgrimages to Kentucky. Some of the most famous distilleries are tucked away in the scenic
Bluegrass region, which is home to nearly seventy distilleries and responsible for 95 percent of all of America's
bourbon production. Locals and tourists alike continue to seek out the world's finest whiskeys in Kentucky as interest in
America's only native spirit continues to grow.
Now in a fully updated and expanded third edition, "Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide", by
Susan Reigler offers updated, essential information and practical advice to anyone considering a trip to the state's
distilleries (including the state's booming craft distillery sector) or the restaurants and bars on the Urban Bourbon Trail.
Featuring more than two hundred full-color photographs and a bourbon glossary, "Kentucky Bourbon Country" is
organized by region and provides valuable details about the Bluegrass -- including attractions near each distillery and
notes on restaurants, lodging, shopping, and seasonal events in Kentucky's beautiful historic towns.
In addition to providing knowledge about each point of interest, "Kentucky Bourbon Country" weaves in little-known
facts about the region's best-kept secrets, such as the historic distillery used as a set in the movie Stripes and the fates of
used bourbon barrels. Whether you're interested in visiting the place where your favorite bourbon is made or hoping to
discover exciting new varieties, "Kentucky Bourbon Country" is handy and practical guide is the key to enjoying the
best of bourbon.
Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, this new third edition of "Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel
Guide" is an ideal planning guide for any and all bourbon enthusiasts wanting to explore the history and culture of
'Bourbon Country' for themselves. Simply paging through "Kentucky Bourbon Country" as an armchair traveler will
prove to be an immensely interesting pastime. While very highly recommended for community library American Travel
Guide collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Kentucky Bourbon Country" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.49).
Editorial Note: Currently residing in Louisville, Kentucky, Susan Reigler is a former restaurant critic for the Louisville
Courier-Journal and a current correspondent for Bourbon+ and American Whiskey magazines. She has also authored or
coauthored six books on bourbon, and in 2019, she was inducted into the Order of the Writ.
Lonely Planet's Where To Go When Europe
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781838690403, $24.99, HC, 304pp
Synopsis: Packed from cover to cover full with trip recommendations for every time of year, and
curated with weather, seasonal costs, crowds and events in mind, "Lonely Planet's Where To Go When Europe" covers
every flavor of the European travel experience, from culture-rich city breaks and sun-kissed beach escapes to scenic
road trips and adrenaline-fuelled adventures.
With more than 300 suggestions for destinations across Europe and the best time of year to experience them, this
304-page travel guide is the ultimate trip planner for every month of the year. It features unique interactive flow chart in
each month's chapter to help you refine your interest. Find out how to escape the crowds in the pastel-hued villages of
Italy's Cinque Terre, discover why the slopes of Moritz are the place to be come winter time, and get to know when to
explore the highlands and islands of Scotland for the best weather.
Destinations are divided by months of the year, and a key describes where on the continent is best to enjoy adventure,
culture and food and drink, where is best to spot species of wildlife, the best places to kick back and relax, and where
you get the best bang-for-your-buck. Ultimately, whether you want to wander through sky-high mountain ranges or lose
yourself wandering through quaint and cobbled city streets, this trusty and expert-led book will have you covered.
Critique: Ironically in this time of a botched pandemic response by the Trump administration, Americans are forbidden
to travel to Europe, "Lonely Planet's Where To Go When Europe" is the next best thing to being able to go there and
will be treasured by dedicated armchair travelers and frustrated on-site travelers alike. Beautifully illustrated,
impressively informative, exceptionally well organized and presented, "Lonely Planet's Where To Go When Europe"
will prove to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, community,
college, and university library Travel Guide collections.
Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel List, second edition
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781788689137, $24.99, HC, 336pp
Synopsis: Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition of "Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel List", the armchair
traveler and trip planner is presented with an all-new ranking of the greatest places to visit on Earth, reflecting the travel
tastes and trends of today's world. Decided by Lonely Planet's global family of writers, editors and industry experts, and
packed from cover to cover with insightful commentary, awe-inspiring photos and over 200 new entries, "Lonely
Planet's Ultimate Travel List" is a unique, informed and informative reference and resource for explorers and armchair
With experiences ranging from hiking among the vast granite pillars of South America's mesmerising Torres del Paine
to snaking your way through the desert to the treasured ancient city of Petra, this anticipated book covers everything
from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to azure bays and white-sand beaches by way of iconic cities. With 500 entries,
320 pages and an all-new ranking system, this is the definitive wishlist for the best places to visit on the planet.
Critique: Fun to browse through, beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel
List" is a unique, extraordinary, thoroughly reader/user friendly in organization and presentation, making it an
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Travel Guide
The Poetry Shelf
Wake Forest University Press
PO Box 7333, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
9781930630949, $13.95, PB, 96pp
Synopsis: Alan Gillis's "The Readiness" is a volume of verse that moves fluently among various modes of poetic
expression: the lyric, one of his most beautiful and assured; the gritty, one of his most familiar; and the comic, one of
his most form-splitting.
As a poet Alan Gillis can be darkly profound and lovingly comic, bitingly indicative, and compassionately pained.
Gillis crafts poems that measure our cultural morass with the love, pity, and sarcasm that it deserves. The volume is set
in the terms Hamlet finally comes to at the end of the play: "There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow... the
readiness is all." Gillis concludes: So make sure you're up to speed when, at sunset or dawn, worms vex the seed, crows
shadow the corn.
The shadowy threats that appear throughout the volume are met in "Late Spring" by how the beauty of "a green / world
moves through // us in slow motion." They are also answered by the "quake" of recognition in a poem like "The Dote"
that leaves the poet's "mind in the air." Yet, the darkness remains. We readers must also be ready, and, as the poet
insists, we "know this, / the oncoming day, is nothing / but the night's brief parenthesis."
Critique: A visceral word smithing delight for those who appreciate the versatility of the English language in setting up
memorable word pictures with an emotional impact and cerebral insight into the human conditions. "The Readiness" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community/academic library Contemporary
Editorial Note: Alan Gillis is from Belfast and now lives in Scotland, where he teaches English at the University of
Edinburgh. He has published Scapegoat and Other Poems (2016) in the US, which was a compendium of poems from
previous volumes published in Ireland: Scapegoat (2014), Here Comes the Night (2010), Hawks and Doves (2007), and
Somebody, Somewhere (2004), which won the Strong Award for Best First Collection in Ireland. He has also been
shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.
Beyond Earth's Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight
Julie Swarstad Johnson, editor
Christopher Cokinos, editor
University of Arizona Press
1510 E. University Boulevard
P.O. Box 210055, Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
9780816539192, $19.95, PB, 280pp
Synopsis: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Julie Swarstad Johnson and Christopher Cokinos,
"Beyond Earth's Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight: is a trailblazing anthology of poetry that spans from the dawn of the
space age to the imagined futures of the universe. This anthology offers a fascinating record of both national mindsets
and private perspectives as poets grapple with the promise and peril of U.S. space exploration across decades and into
Tracing an arc of literary skepticism during the Apollo era and before to a more curious, and even hopeful, stance today,
"Beyond Earth's Edge" includes diverse perspectives from poets such as Robert Hayden, Rae Armantrout, N. Scott
Momaday, Adrienne Rich, Tracy K. Smith, Ray Bradbury, May Swenson, Pablo Neruda, and many other engaging
"Beyond Earth's Edge" vividly captures the violence of blastoff, the wonders seen by Hubble, and the trajectories of
exploration to Mars and beyond through a wide array of lyric celebrations, somber meditations, accessible narratives,
concrete poems, and new forms of science fiction. With the dawn of the New Space movement, continued interest in
Mars, and renewed excitement about returning to the Moon, "Beyond Earth's Edge" is a giant leap toward bridging
poetry and science.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and memorable volume of original and space exploration themed verse, "Beyond
Earth's Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight" is a unique and extraordinary anthology that is especially recommended for
personal, community, college, and university library Contemporary Poetry collections.
How Time Moves: New and Selected Poems
9781734247725, $22.00, PB, 376pp
Synopsis: "How Time Moves: New and Selected Poems" brings together over 30 years of Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's
poetry on what it means to be human in a particular place, time, body, history, and story. The new poems include a
special section on pandemic time, exploring how the nature of our hours, days, and months change during this
unprecedented era in our lives.
Mirriam-Goldberg is a wise and warm literary companion, leading us into more vivid sight and keen insight into the
times of our life, and how time tumbles across generations, landscapes, callings, and questions.
Critique: An impressive compendium of literate, articulate, reflective, considered, lyrical verse showcasing Caryn
Mirriam-Goldberg's word smithing skills, "How Time Moves: New and Selected Poems" is an especially and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library
Contemporary American Poetry collections.
The Computer Shelf
Murach's SQL Server 2019 for Developers
Bryan Syverson & Joel Murach
Mike Murach & Associates
4340 North Knoll Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722
9781943872572, $59.50, PB, 674pp
Synopsis: The collaborative work of Bryan Syverson and Joel Murach, "Murach's SQL Server 2019 for Developers" is
specifically crafted for professional application developers, as well as anyone training to be one.
"Murach's SQL Server 2019 for Developers" presents the SQL statements that developers need to retrieve and update
the data in a database. These are the SQL statements that would be used every day. Then this expert instructional guide
and manual shows how to design a database, how to implement that design, and how to work with database features
like views, scripts, stored procedures, functions, triggers, transactions, security, XML data, and BLOB data with
With "Murach's SQL Server 2019 for Developers" developers will be able to create database applications that are
thoroughly professional, as well as being familiar with the DBA-related issues. Of special note is that SQL developers
will have a handy reference to answer questions and handle new challenges as they come up.
Critique: Expertly written, organized and presented, "Murach's SQL Server 2019 for Developers" is ideal as a
curriculum textbook and a DIY instruction manual -- making it especially and unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, technical college, and university library Computer Science Training & Reference collections.
Murach's ASP.NET Core MVC
Mary Delamater & Joel Murach
Mike Murach & Associates
4340 North Knoll Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722
9781943872497, $59.50, PB, 780pp
"Murach's ASP.NET Core MVC" by the team of Mary Delamater and Joel Murach is intended for computer science
students and practitioners who already know the basics of C# and are ready to learn how to create web applications
using Microsoft's powerful technology, ASP.NET Core MVC (Model-View-Controller).
By the end of section 1 (just 5 chapters) the reader will be developing real-world web apps using C# code for the model
and controller classes including HTML, CSS, and Razor code for the view files (for the user interface), as well as
Bootstrap classes for responsive design so that apps adapt well to all screen sizes. Readers will also be able use the
debugging tools in Visual Studio and their browser to test their apps and make sure they'll work right for all users.
In section 2, readers will build out that set of skills to create more complex controllers, work with Razor views, handle
cookies and sessions, do model binding, validate data, and handle database data with EF (Entity Framework) Core.
They will also see how all these skills come together in a single application, with coverage of the gotchas that can occur
and how to solve them.
Finally, in section 3, readers can pick up additional skills as they need them to: create custom tag helpers and view
components; authenticate and authorize users; use dependency injection to automate testing; and use Visual Studio
All along the way, readers will get complete web apps that show how each feature works in context (these can be
downloaded these for free from the Murach website). Readers will get chapter exercises that let them practice their new
skills. And readers will get Murach's distinctive paired-pages format that presents each skill in a 2-page spread, full of
examples, notes, and explanation -- a format that developers praise because it saves them both training and reference
Critique: Thoroughly 'user friendly' as a training and reference resource for computer science students in general, and
ASP.NET Core MVC students and practitioners in particular, "Murach's ASP.NET Core MVC" is an ideal and
unreservedly recommended DIY instructional textbook and will prove to be a welcome and appreciated addition to
personal, professional, technical college and university library Computer Science collections.
The Needlecraft Shelf
Weekend Makes: Hoop Embroidery
c/o The GMC Group
9781784945909, $22.95, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: In the pages of "Weekend Makes: Hoop Embroidery Art", experienced needlecrafter Rosemary Drysale
features 25 beautifully stitched embroideries that are mounted and hung in an embroidery hoop. Inexpensive and quick
to make, these small pieces are perfect for using up remnants of fabric and embroidery thread, felt, buttons and beads.
The essential tools and techniques section means that those new to embroidery will be able to pick up a much-loved
craft and create beautiful and simple pieces. "Weekend Makes: Hoop Embroidery Art" also covers how to finish the
back of the pieces, as well as how to hang them. These simple projects are achievable for all levels of ability and
experience from novice to professional.
Critique: Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout, "Weekend Makes: Hoop Embroidery Art" is thoroughly 'user
friendly' in organization and presentation -- making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended introduction and
instructional guide to hoop embroidery and an enduringly welcome addition to personal, professional, and community
library Needlecraft instructional reference collections.
Editorial Note: Rosemary Drysdale has worked as an embroidery designer. She was at the forefront of the cross-stitch
craze in the 1990s, traveling the world teaching workshops and giving demonstrations. She is recognized as a global
expert on black work embroidery, as well as a teacher of many other advanced stitching techniques.
Weekend Makes: Punch Needle
c/o The GMC Group
9781784945893, $22.95, PB, 144pp
Synopsis: Fun and fats, the use of a Punch Needle is one of the hottest trends in needlecrafting right now. Featuring 25
quick and easy punch needle designs, "Weekend Makes: Punch Needle" by Sara Moore is a great way to learn the craft
or challenge yourself with a new design idea.
"Weekend Makes: Punch Needle" introduces the needlecrafter to the basics of the punch needle craft, including the
materials needed, marking fabric, and the basic stitches and techniques to be used. There are also tips for successful
stitching, guiding the needlecrafter through the process of making some stunning projects in very little time.
Critique: Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Weekend Makes: Punch Needle" is the ideal DIY
combination of step-by-step instruction guide and manual -- making it an especially and unreservedly recommended
addition to personal, professional, and community library Needlecrafting collections.
Editorial Note: Sara Moore is a modern punch needle artist, teacher, and the owner of Whole Punching, a needle
punching on-line shop. Based in Bristol, United Kingdom, Sara has been teaching the craft since 2018 throughout the
South West. Sara is passionate about encouraging others to engage in the craft through teaching in person and with her
online presence. More of her work can be seen at https://www.wholepunching.co.uk/blogs/news, or she can be followed
on Instagram @wholepunching.
The Christian Studies Shelf
The Shroud of Turin
Baylor University Press
One Bear Place, #97363, Waco, TX 76798-7363
9781481311472, $59.95, HC, 524pp
Synopsis: Shrouds have long held a special place among the sacred relics of Christendom. In the Middle Ages, shrouds,
like holy relics, were the prize possessions of churches and cities.
Cloaked in mystery, these artifacts have long been objects of reverence and awe, as well as sources of debates, quarrels,
thefts, and excommunications. Shrouds (so some Christians claim) provide visible testimony to faith. One in particular
has drawn the interest of scholars, clergy, and the public alike: the Shroud of Turin.
In "The Shroud of Turin: The History and Legends of the World's Most Famous Relic", Andrea Nicolotti (Professor of
History of Christianity and the Churches at the University of Turin) chronicles the history of this famous cloth,
including its circuitous journey from the French village of Lirey to its home in the Italian city of Turin, as well as the
fantastical claims surrounding its origin and modern scientific efforts to prove or disprove its authenticity.
Full of intrigue and mystery, "The Shroud of Turin" dismantles hypotheses that cannot survive the rigors of historical
analysis as Nicolotti directly addresses the thorny problem of the authenticity of the relic and the difficult relationship
between history, faith, and science.
Critique: Impressively written, organized and presented, "The Shroud of Turin: The History and Legends of the World's
Most Famous Relic" by Professor Andrea Nicolotti is an extraordinary work of exhaustive and meticulous research
conducted with an impressive degree of seminal scholarship. Ably translated into English for an American readership
by Jeffrey M. Hunt and R. A. Smith, "The Shroud of Turin: The History and Legends of the World's Most Famous
Relic" is enhanced for academia with Figures, Genealogical Stemma, and an Index of Names -- making it an ideal and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, church, seminary, college and university library Christian
Historiography collections in general, and Shroud of Turn supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
The Theology of Sergius Bulgakov
Robert F. Slesinski
575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, NY 10707
9780881416015, $35.97, PB, 280pp
Synopsis: Sergei Nikolaevich Bulgakov (28 July 1871 - 13 July 1944) was a Russian Orthodox Christian theologian,
philosopher, priest and economist.
"The Theology of Sergius Bulgakov" by Fr. Robert F. Slesinski is arguably the single best one volume introduction and
critical study of Bulgakov now available in English. In a time when Bulgakov's complex theology and profound legacy
in modern theology in Christian East and West is finally being widely appreciated, Fr. Slesinkski's study has given us a
sure conceptual guide, with marked critical analysis, not a mere summary, to the major themes and words of Bulgakov's
massive oeuvre. "The Theology of Sergius Bulgakov" is a meticulous and detailed study which will set a scholastic
standard for all future academic work that attempts to understand Bulgakov -- who is to be noted as the awakening giant
of modern Orthodox theology.
Critique: Fr. Slesinski's "The Theology of Sergius Bulgakov" is an impressively informative and detailed biography of
Bulgarkov's life and work. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Theology of Sergius Bulgakov" is
an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to church, seminary, college, and university library Orthodox
Christian collections and supplemental curriculum studies list. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of clergy,
seminary students, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Theology of Sergius
Bulgakov" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).
Editorial Note: Robert F. Slesinski received his doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in
Rome, and served on the faculty of the John XXIII Institute for Eastern Christian Studies (Bronx, NY). He is the author
of Pavel Florensky: A Metaphysics of Love (SVS Press, 1984), as well as other books and articles.
DoubtLess - Because Faith is Hard
New Growth Press
1301 Carolina Street, #L101, Greensboro, NC 27401
9781645070757, $15.99, PB, 128pp
Synopsis: Is God good? Can I trust him with my life? Is the Bible true? These are just some of the questions that can
plague young adult Christians as they stand at the crossroads of life, when new responsibilities loom large and the
world around them treats God as a small or irrelevant part of life.
In DoubtLess, author and Cru campus minister Shelby Abbott comes alongside young Christians to help them honestly
face their doubt and turn to God for the gift of faith. He reminds readers that biblical scripture recounts the stories of
many men and women who have also faced deep misgivings and uncertainty in their walk of faith.
Using both Scripture and personal illustrations, Abbot shows us how to feed our faith in seasons of doubt through
authentic relationships with other Christians, hearing from God in the Bible, and practicing thankfulness. Doubt should
not scare us, nor should it become our obsession. He urges readers to see the difference between doubt and unbelief,
assuring us that big questions can press us deeper into the heart and character of God rather than push us away from
Used for biblical reflection, group discussion, devotional reading, DoubtLess is full of gospel hope for those grappling
with the mysteries of Christian faith.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "DoubtLess - Because Faith is Hard" is an inspired and
inspiring read that is unreservedly recommended to all members of the Christian community regardless of
denominational affiliations. It should be noted for students, clergy, seminarians, and non-specialist general readers with
an interest in the subject that "DoubtLess - Because Faith is Hard" is also readily available in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Shelby Abbott is an author, campus minister, and conference speaker on staff with the ministry of Cru.
His passion for university students has led him to speak at college campuses all over the United States and author the
books Jacked, I'm Awkward You're Awkward, I Am A Tool (To Help With Your Dating Life), and Pressure Points. He
and his wife have two daughters and reside outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He maintains a ministry oriented
website at www.shelbyabbott.com
The Self-Help Shelf
The Ikigai Journey
Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805315996, $15.99, HC, 224pp
Synopsis: Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being". The word refers to having a meaningful
direction or purpose in life, constituting the sense of one's life being made worthwhile, with actions (spontaneous and
willing) taken towards achieving one's ikigai resulting in satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.
In "The Ikigai Journey: A Practical Guide to Finding Happiness and Purpose the Japanese Way", authors Hector Garcia
and Francesc Miralles showing their readers just how to find their own ikigai through practical exercises, such as
employing new habits and stepping outside your comfort zone.
Ikigai is the place where our passion (what we love), mission (what we hope to contribute), vocation (the gifts we have
to offer the world) and profession (how our passions and talents can become a livelihood) converge, giving us a
personal sense of meaning. "The Ikigai Journey" helps the reader to bring together all of these elements so that they can
enjoy a balanced life.
The Japan people have one of the longest life spans in the world, and the greatest number of centenarians -- many of
whom cite their strong sense of ikigai as the basis for their happiness and longevity. Unlike many "self-care" practices,
which require setting aside time in an increasingly busy world, the ikigai method helps to find peace and fulfillment in a
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Ikigai Journey: A Practical Guide to Finding
Happiness and Purpose the Japanese Way" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone and narrative style -- making it an ideal
and enduringly popular addition to community, college, and university library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections.
It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Ikigai Journey: A Practical Guide to Finding Happiness and
Purpose the Japanese Way" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Hector Garcia was born in Spain and worked at CERN in Switzerland before moving to Japan, his home
of more than 15 years. In Japan he developed voice recognition software and the technology for young Silicon Valley
companies to enter the Japanese market. His popular blog kirainet.com led to his internationally successful book A
Geek In Japan.
Francesc Miralles is a lecturer and author specializing in the areas of health and spirituality.
Be the Awesome Man
Quill Driver Books
c/o Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721-9875
9781610353373, $18.95, PB, 280pp
Synopsis: Young men are underachieving in unprecedented numbers. More and more young men are not attaining
standard benchmarks of maturity, such as entering and graduating from higher education, finding a career, establishing
their financial independence, and living on their own.
"Be the Awesome Man: A Young Man's Guide to Achieving Discipline, Success, and Happiness" by Dennis Gazarek
approaches the challenges of being a young man from a unique and practical perspective. Written in a sensible,
easy-to-read format, "Be the Awesome Man" delves into the roots of male underachievement and provides practical
guidance for young men and their parents, teachers, ministers, coaches, and other mentors.
Drawing on real-world experience as a coach, mentor, and father, Gazarek provides methods to counter the negative
influences that encourage underachievement, and shows how effective decision making can lead to a better life. "Be the
Awesome Man" emphasizes that freedom requires responsibility and offers specific guides and advice for taking full
responsibility and control over one's life.
Combining old-fashioned wisdom, a critical analysis of modern culture, and a pragmatic program of character
development, "Be the Awesome Man" offers a better way of life for young men who want to break out of mediocrity
Critique: As informed and informative as it is inspired and inspiring, "Be the Awesome Man: A Young Man's Guide to
Achieving Discipline, Success, and Happiness" is a kind of DIY self-help/self-improvement instructional guide and
manual for young men regardless of their ethnicity or background. While a highly recommended addition to
community, college and university library Parenting and Teenage/Young Adult self-help collections, it should be noted
for personal reading lists that "Be the Awesome Man" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Born in a working-class neighborhood of Windsor, Ontario, Dennis Gazarek paid for college by
working on farms, in factories, and in horse-racing tracks. His early work experience taught him the reality of heavy
manual labor and an appreciation for the challenges faced by working people in everyday life. After receiving an honors
degree in business administration from the University of Windsor, Gazarek worked in sales for Procter & Gamble and
General Motors, as well as working in real estate and as a business consultant. He is the author of Whacked! How GM
Careened into Bankruptcy and Took the Innocent with Them. Gazarek lives with his wife in the Toronto area, where he
plays saxophone with the Markham Concert Band.
Rethink Your Self
B&H Publishing Group
1 LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234
9781535995634, $17.99, PB, 224pp
Synopsis: Follow your heart. You do you. You are enough. -- We take these slogans for granted, but what if this path to
personal happiness leads to a dead-end?
In the pages of "Rethink Your Self: The Power of Looking Up Before Looking In", Trevin Wax encourages you to
rethink some of our society's most common assumptions about identity and the road to happiness.
Most people define their identity and purpose by first looking in to their desire, then looking around to express their
uniqueness, and finally (maybe) looking up to add a spiritual dimension to life. "Rethink Your Self" proposes a
counter-intuitive approach: looking up before looking in.
The ultimate message of "Rethink Your Self: The Power of Looking Up Before Looking In" is that it's only when we
look up to learn who we were created to be that we discover our true purpose and become our truest selves.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Rethink Your Self: The Power of Looking Up Before
Looking In" is an insightfully inspiring, life changing/life enhancing read and one that is especially recommended for
community, college, and university library Self-Help/Self-Improvement and Christian Spiritual Growth collections. It
should be noted for the personal reading lists of seminary students, clergy, and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in the subject that "Rethink Your Self: The Power of Looking Up Before Looking In" is also readily available in
a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Trevin Wax is senior vice president of Theology and Communications at LifeWay Christian Resources
and a visiting professor at Wheaton College. A former missionary to Romania, Trevin hosts a blog at The Gospel
Coalition and regularly contributes to The Washington Post, Religion News Service, World, and Christianity Today,
which named him one of thirty-three millennials shaping the next generation of evangelicals. As former director of
Bible Publishing at LifeWay, he led the launch of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) and served as general editor of
the CSB Worldview Study Bible. Currently he is the general editor of The Gospel Project, and an author of many
books, including This Is Our Time, Eschatological Discipleship, Gospel Centered Teaching, and Rethink Your
The Cookbook Shelf
Mediterranean Instant Pot
America's Test Kitchen
9781948703062, $24.99, HC, 192pp
Synopsis: Mediterranean cuisine is the foods and methods of preparation by people of the Mediterranean Basin. Many
culinary experts define the three core elements of the cuisine as the olive, wheat, and the grape, yielding olive oil, bread
and pasta, and wine; others emphasize the diversity of the region's foods and deny that it is a useful concept. A common
definition of the geographical area covered follows the distribution of the olive tree.
The region spans a wide variety of cultures with distinct cuisines, in particular (going anticlockwise around the region)
the Maghrebi, Egyptian, Levantine, Ottoman (Turkish), Greek, Italian, Provencal (French), and Spanish, though some
authors include additional cuisines. Portuguese cuisine, in particular, is partly Mediterranean in character.
Utilizing an Instant Pot for their creation, "Mediterranean Instant Pot: Easy, Inspired Meals for Eating Well" showcases
succulent meals such as Chicken Tagine, Lamb Meatballs with Couscous, Pickled Onions, and Tahini, Shrimp and
Asparagus Risotto, and Gigante Bean Soup with Celery and Olives become hands-off affairs for the busy cook.
The Instant Pot also takes the waiting game out of cooking dried beans and sturdy grains so it's easy to enjoy them more
often. And vegetables get star billing, both as main dishes (Braised Whole Cauliflower with North African Spices), and
sides (Marinated Artichokes and Baba Ghanoush). Recipes embrace the tenets of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid,
translating its less-meat-and-more-vegetables approach into vibrant, healthy one-dish meals that take the guesswork out
of balancing portions and multiple dishes.
Most recipes comprising Mediterranean Instant Pot" are ready in under an hour. Full nutritional information is provided
for each recipe.
Critique: Featuring mouth-watering full color photography of finished dishes throughout, "Mediterranean Instant Pot:
Easy, Inspired Meals for Eating Well" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal,
professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted as a personal culinary reference and menu
planning resource that "Mediterranean Instant Pot" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
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