Arts & Humanities Reviews | December 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Arts Beene, Geoffrey & others. Beene by Beene. Vendome, dist. by Abrams. 2005. 205p. photogs. ISBN 0-86565-162-0. $65. FINE ARTS Late American fashion designer Beene (1927 – 2004) was admired for his disciplined, impishly intelligent clothes, traits that sum up his own approach to the industry that made him famous. It is […]

Fiction Reviews | December 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Ahern, Cecelia. If You Could See Me Now. Hyperion. Jan. 2006. c.320p. ISBN 1-4013-0187-8. $22.95. F Must you be able to see something for it to exist? This is the question that faces Ahern’s (Rosie Dunne) heroine, uptight interior decorator Elizabeth Egan. Looking after her six-year-old nephew, Luke, has honed her skills […]

Social Sciences Reviews | December 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Anthropology & Customs Town & Country Modern Manners: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Social Graces. Hearst: Sterling. 2005. 256p. ed. by Thomas P. Farley. ISBN 1-58816-454-3. $17.95. ETIQUETTE Does the world need yet another book on contemporary etiquette? If it’s this classy volume of engaging essays edited by Farley, Town & Country […]

Sciece Fiction & Fantasy Reviews | December 15, 2005

By Jackie Cassada, Asheville Buncombe Lib. Syst., NC Bisson, Terry. Numbers Don’t Lie. Tachyon, dist. by Independent Pubs. Group. Dec. 2005. c.176p. illus. ISBN 1-892391-32-5. pap. $14.95. SF Wilson Wu, formerly a rock musician, an aeronautics engineer, a camel driver, a mechanic, and a trial lawyer, has a knack for introducing his friend Irving to […]

Short Takes | December 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to Present. 3 vols. ABC-CLIO. 2005. 1100p. ed. by Matthew J. Gibney & Randall Hansen. index. ISBN 1-57607-796-9. $310. ref At a time when anti-immigration sentiment seems to be the norm not just across this country but in many other Western nations, it is easy to forget […]

Audio Reviews | December 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Fiction | Nonfiction Fiction Anderson, Kevin J. Scattered Suns. 17 CDs. unabridged. 20 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2005. ISBN 1-59737-208-0 [ISBN 978-1-59737-208-4]. $127.25. f A number of factors bog down this fourth installment in Anderson’s epic "Seven Suns" space saga (e.g., Forest of Stars), which continues the conflicts and alliances among the different […]

Cookery Reviews | December 15, 2005

By Judith Sutton Ambrosia, Gloria. The Complete Muffin Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to Making Great Muffins. Square One, dist. by Ingram. Jan. 2006. c.216p. index. ISBN 0-7570-0179-3. pap. $14.95. COOKERY The author of two previous muffin cookbooks, Gloria’s Glorious Muffins and Gloria’s Gourmet Low-Fat Muffins, Ambrosia here presents her all-time favorite recipes developed over the […]

Video Reviews | December 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Down the Yellowstone. color. 60 min. Riverbank Media, dist. by Instructional Video, 2219 C St., Lincoln, NE 68502; 800-228-0164; 2004. DVD $20. Public performance. CONSERVATION Down the Yellowstone follows the 660-mile-long Yellowstone River from its base in Wyoming to its confluence with the Missouri River in North Dakota. Viewers will enjoy […]

Classic Returns Reviews | December 15, 2005

By Michael Rogers Fiction | Nonfiction Fiction Appel, Benjamin. Brain Guy/Plunder. 338p. ISBN 1-933586-01-X [ISBN 978-1-933586-01-4]. Rabe, Peter. Blood on the Desert/A House in Naples. 308p. ISBN 1-933586-00-1 [ISBN 978-1-933586-00-7]. Randisi, Robert J. The Ham Reporter/The Disappearance of Penny. 335p. ISBN 0-9749438-9-4 [ISBN 978-0-9749438-9-3]. ea. vol: Stark House. Jan. 2006. pap. $19.95. F A fine […]

Science & Technology Reviews | December 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Agriculture Condon, Marlene A. Nature-FriendlyGarden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People, Too. Stackpole. Mar. 2006. c.160p. photogs. ISBN 0-8117-3261-4. pap. $19.95. GARDENING  The growing market for books on gardening indicates that many people recognize the emotional and health benefits of this popular pastime. Condon (Landscaping for Wildlife) presents an […]