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Announcing Semi-Finalists for the Tenth Annual 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards

The first phase of IPPY Awards judging is complete, and here is the list of semi-finalists in all 60 national categories for this year’s Tenth Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. Thanks and congratulations to all participants!

This year more than ever, the writing and publishing represented by the entrants is truly outstanding, and it has been extremely difficult to choose some and exclude others. There are life-changing books here…there are enlightening books here…Informative. Revelatory. Charming. Shocking. Revealing. Frightening. These books prove just how important independent authors and publishers are to the world of books and the world at large – these stories and ideas can’t be found in the mainstream. There are declarations and warnings here that would otherwise go unheard. The goal of the IPPY Awards is to help these books and their messages reach a wider audience and to get the attention they deserve.

Listed below are the semi-finalists in each of our national categories. The number of semi-finalists varies from 5 to 15, due to the varying numbers of entrants and/or the varying quality of the entrants. (Just one category has 15: Inspirational/Spiritual is the largest category with 174 entrants.) Click here to download the IPPY Semi-Finalists Results as a 12 pg. PDF.

Final results are scheduled to be announced online May 10th; at that time the winner and two finalists in each of the 60 categories will be named, as will the winners of our Ten Outstanding Books of the Year Awards, and also the Best Regional Fiction and Best Regional Non-Fiction award winners in each of ten North American regions. Previously announced semi-finalists in national categories that aren't named winner or finalist will become Honorable Mentions, and 1-3 Honorable Mentions will also be named in each of the Outstanding and Regional categories.

Winners will be formally recognized at the 10th Annual IPPY Awards event on Friday, May 19, in Washington D.C., as Jenkins Group presents "The Declaration of Independents: a Celebration of Excellence in Independent Publishing” sponsored by Adams Media, F&W Publications, Planned Television Arts, Mark Victor Hansen Associates, and Greenleaf Book Group, with additional support from Fidlar Doubleday, Desktop Miracles, BookMasters, Color House Graphics, and Promote-a-Book.

We applaud the efforts of all entrants and sponsors. Stay tuned!

2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards Semi-Finalists by category:

1. Fine Art

Along the Lines of Guillaume Azoulay (Bittan Fine Art); Betye Saar: Extending the Frozen Moment (University of Michigan Museum of Art); Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris (National Gallery of Art, Washington/D.A.P); Linda Carter Holman: Evolution of a Self-Taught Painter (Red Shoe Publishing); Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle (Santa Monica Museum of Art/D.A.P); The Art of Frederick Sommer: Photography, Drawing, Collage (Frederick Frances Sommer Foundation)

2. Performing Arts

Minds of Fear: A Dialogue with 30 Modern Masters of Horror (Midnight Marquee Press); A Gallery of Stars: The Story of the Hollywood Brown Derby’s Wall of Fame (Midnight Marquee Press); Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington (Yale University Press); Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond (Parkside Publications); Nights of Northern Lights: 40 Seasons of the Weathervane Theatre (Weathervane Theatre Alumni Association)

3. Photography

Flor Garduño, Silent Natures (Gabriele Capelli, Editor); Barbara Livingston’s Saratoga – Images from the Heart (Eclipse Press); Searchings: Secret Landscapes of Flowers, Volume III (Welcome Books); The Nature of Woman (Journey Publications); The Picture Man: Photographs by Paul Buchanan (Willoughby Books); Tsunami: A Document of Devastation (de-mo); Born into Brothels (Umbrage Editions)

4. Architecture

Treehouse Chronicles, One Man’s Dream of Life Aloft (TMC Books); New York Deco (Welcome Books); Kentuck Knob, Frank Lloyd Wright’s House for I.N. and Bernardine Hagan (The Local History Company/Towers Maguire Publishing Imprint); George Washington Smith: Architect of the Spanish-Colonial Revival (Gibbs Smith); Designing & Building: Rockhill and Associates (TUNS Press)

5. General Fiction

The Conference of Birds, by Jeffrey Lewis (Other Press); Birds of Paradise, by Hiram Goza (Claiborne Press); Rocks That Float, by Kathy B. Steele (John F. Blair); The People of Paper, by Salvador Plascencia (McSweeney’s); One Last Dance, by Mardo Williams, Kay Williams & Jeri Williams Lawrence (Calliope Press); The Weight of Nothing, by Steven Gillis (Brook Street Press); Hollywood and Sunset, by Luke Salisbury (Shambling Gate Press); Fire on Mount Maggiore, by John Parras (The University of Tennessee Press); Lies, by William Hoffman (River City Publishing); O My Darling, by Amy Gaige (Other Press)

6. Short Story Fiction

Other Electricities: Stories, by Ander Monson (Sarabande Books); The Soul in There: 14 Stories, by Phillip O. Jung (Commongood Publishing); Nobody’s Baby and Other Stories, by Leo Litwak (El Leon Literary Arts); Kilter: 55 Fictions, by John Gould (Handsel Books/Other Press); A Child Again, by Robert Coover (McSweeney’s)

7. Anthologies

Contemporary Maine Fiction, edited by Wesley McNair (Down East Books); Life’s Spices from Seasoned Sisters, edited by Vicki Ward (Nubian Images Publishing); Sonnets, edited by William Baer (The University of New England Press); Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press); The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North (Fulcrum Publishing); Mommyhood Diaries: Living the Chaos One Day at a Time (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing); Healing the Heart of the World, edited by Dawson Church, PhD (Elite Books); Nothing Held Back: Truth & Fiction from WriteGirl (WriteGirl Publications); Poetic Voices Without Borders, edited by Robert L. Giron (Gival Press); The Imaginary Poets (Tupelo Press)

8. Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction

Tilli’s Story: My Thoughts Are Free, by Tilli Schulze and Lorna Collier (iUniverse); Neverlore, by H.S. Ramsey; illus. by Jackie Valerio (First Page Productions); Wicked Odd: Stories to Chill the Heart, by Steve Burt; illus by Jessica Hagerman (Burt Creations); The Isabel Factor, by Gayle Friesen (Kids Can Press); Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren’t as Scary…by Various Authors (McSweeney’s); Tunnels of Tyranny, by Mary Harelkin Bishop (Couteau); Mimus, by Lilli Thal (Annick Press); Jane on a Crane, by Jane Dana; illus by Viktor Bakhtin (Green Troubadour Press); Mella and the N’anga: An African Tale, by Gail Nyoka (Sumach Press); Riddle in the Mountain, by Daryl Burkhard (Dogtooth Books); Double Crossing, by Eve Tal (Cinco Puntos Press); Red is for Remembrance, by Laurie faria Stolarz (Llewellyn)

9. Fantasy/Science Fiction

Legacy of Morevi: Book One of the Arathellean Wars, by Tee Morris (Dragon Moon Press); Silverthought: Ignition, a speculative fiction anthology (Silverthought Press); New Wilderness, by Brian S. Matthews (Aydy Press); Broken: A Plague Journal, by Paul Evan Hughes (Silverthought Press); Paradox: Book One of the Nulapeiron Sequence, by John Meaney (PYR/Prometheus)

10. Historical/Military Fiction

The Stonecutter’s Aria, by Carol Faenzi (Aperto Books); The Iran-Contradictions, by James A. Scott (Aafton Research and Media); Boone: A Novel of an American Legend, by Cameron Judd (High Country Publishers); Rashi’s Daughters: Book One - Joheved, by Maggie Anton (Banot Press); It Happened in Minnesota, by Tony Bridwell (Singing River Publications); The Nero Prediction, by Humpfry Knipe (Process); Battlelines, by LtCol David R. Brown, USMC (ret) and Tiffany Brown Holmes (iUniverse); Pirates of the Potomac or The Squid, by James E. Churches (Green Man Publishing); Shadow of an Indian Star, by Bill Paul and Cindy Paul (Synergy Books)

11. Horror

The Splintered Damned, by Jon Frankow (The Author’s Press); Palindrome Hannah, by Michael Bailey (Unlimited Publishing); Ivy Cole and the Moon, by Gina Fargo (NeDeo Press); The Bride of Trash, by Mike Segretto (Contemporary Press); The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles, by R.W. Ridley (BookSurge)

12. Multicultural Fiction Adult

Watercolor Women Opaque Men, by Ana Castillo (Curbstone); The Tree of Youth and Other Stories, by Robert Edison Sandiford (DC Books); The Storytellers’ Club, by Loretta Outwater Cox (Alaska Northwest Books); The Man with No Skin, by Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill (Dialogue Publishing); The Pacific Between, by Raymond K. Wong (Behler Publications); When It Burned to the Ground, by Yolanda Barnes (Sarabande Books); Only the Eyes Are Mine, by Usha Alexander (Frog Books); Whiskey Priest, by Alexander J. Motyl (iUniverse)

13. Multicultural Fiction – Children’s

Bella Balistica and the Indian Summer, by Adam Guillain (Milet Publishing); Mr. Touchdown, by Lyda Phillips (iUniverse); Antonio’s Card – La Tarjeta de Antonio, by Rigoberto González; illus. by Cecilia Concepcián Álvarez (Children’s Book Press); Buscando a Papá: un cuento sobre la época de la Gran Depresion, by Jo and Josephine Harper; illus. by Ron Mazellan (Turtle Books); Am I a Color Too?, by Heidi Cole & Nancy Vogl; illus. by Gerald Purnell (Illumination Arts); Out of the Apple Orchard, by Yvonne David; illus. by Lyn Rodden (Arbiter Press); Under a Stand Still Moon, by Ann Howard Creel (Brown Barn Books); Neptune’s Honor: A Story of Loyalty and Love, by Pamela Bauer Mueller (Piñata Publishing)

14. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Dead and Dying Angels, by James A. Mangum (John M. Hardy Publishing); The Long Mile, by Clyde W. Ford (Midnight Ink/Llewellen); The Grail Conspiracy, by Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore (Midnight Ink/Llewellen); The East Side of Lauderdale, by Ken Kaye (authorHouse); Cold Burn, by Kit Ehrman (Poisoned Pen Press); The Mayan Glyph, by Larry Baxter (Atlantic Media); A Bridge in Darkness, by Carlos Victoria (Pureplay Press); Mute, by Brad Steel (Graphos Books); Judas Burning, by Carolyn Haines (River City Publishing); Liars Dice, by Bob Gust (Syren Book Company)

15. Religious Fiction

Emily's Hope, by Ellen Gable (Full Quiver Publishing); The Didymus Contingency, by Jeremy Robinson (; Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls, by Bettye Johnson (Living Free Press); Garments of Skin: A Genomic Apocalypse Book, by KD McMahon (Xlibris); La Paraclete:The Story of Abelard and Heloise, by Rod Randall (AuthorHouse)

16. Romance

Magic Carpet Ride, by Audrey McClellan (Beaver's Pond Press); Distant Shores, Silent Thunder, by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books); Deceit Times Two, by Cissy Hassell (RoseHeart Books); Outside Man, by Cora Holmes (Legend Books); Nevermore? by Tammie Rothermel (Stonehome Publishing)

17. True Crime

When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem and Murder, by Steve Fischer (Berkline Press); The Murder of Andrew Sigler: A True Crime Novel, by Glen Hawley Carlson (Dog Ear Publishing); Witness to the Unsolved, by Edward Olshaker (Remiel Press); Superthief, by Rick Porrello (Next Hat Press); Thief, by J. D. Hylton (Castle Pacific Publishing)

18. Visionary Fiction

A Crack in the Dike, by Rob Woodbright (Schmitt Publishing); Twice Departed, by Frank Johnson (Llumina Press); Essence, by Glenn Woods (High Country Publishers); Another Way to Be: The Path Within, by Michael Hansen (Highpoint Experience); Phase One After Zero: Where 9/11 Never Happened, by Vladimir Chernozemsky (Triumvirate Publications)

19. Children’s Picture Books (6 & Under)

I'm Not Afraid of This Haunted House, by Laurie Friedman; illus. by Teresa Murfin (Carolrhoda Books); Mixed Beasts, Verses by Kenyon Cox; illus. by Wallace Edwards (Kids Can Press); Many Ways, by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly Ed.D. (Millbrook Press); Where Are My Slippers? by Dr. Carolan; illus. by Joanna F. Carolan (Banana Patch Press); Can You See A Little Bear? by James Mayhew; illus. by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children's Books); Rip Squeak and His Friends, by Susan Yost-Filgate; illus. by Leonard Filgate (Rip Squeak Press); Tails Are Not for Pulling, by Elizabeth Verdick; illus. by Marieka Heinlen (Free Spirit Publishing); What About Me? by Eileen Kennedy-Moore; illus. by Mits Katayama (Parenting Press); On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman (Darling Press); Regular Lu, by Robin Nelson (Absey and Company); Now, Louie! written and illustrated by Meng (Alligator Boogaloo); Upside Down, by Jill Lamere (Minikin Press)

20. Children’s Picture Books (7 & Over)

The Adventures of Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi & Roberto Innocenti (Creative Editions); Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes, by Demian Elaine Yumei; illus. by Nicole Tamarin (Illumination Arts); Jinnie Ghost, by Jane Ray & Berlie Doherty; illus. by Jane Ray (Frances Lincoln Children's Books); A Mother's Journey, by Sandra Markle; illus. by Alan Marks (Charlesbridge); B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet, by Anita C. Prieto; illus. by Renee Graef (Sleeping Bear Press); Who Carved the Mountain? The Story of Mount Rushmore, by Jean L.S. Patrick; illus. by Renee Graef (Mount Rushmore History Association); Once Upon a Christmas Eve, by Kathy-Jo Wargin; illus. by Bruce Langton (Mitten Press); Holes In My Socks, by Christy Dreiling; illus. by Suzanne Wolff (Holes in my Socks); Hopalong Jack and the Blue Bunnies, Written and Illustrated by Jeri Landers (Ochre Moon Press); Family Stories/Cuentos Familiares, Written and Illustrated By Maria Elena Castro, Charles Glaubitz, Daniel Gonzalez, Gronk, Jose Lozano, Jose Ramirez, Artemio Rodriguez, Sonia Romero, Arturo Romo, Eduardo Sarabia (Lectura Books); The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India, Written and Illustrated by Jan Thornhill (Maple Tree Press); Dzani Yazhi Naazbaa: Little Woman Who Came Home - A Story of the Navajo Long Walk, by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie; illus. by Irving Toddy (Salina Bookshelf, Inc.)

21. Children’s Interactive

Two Birthdays: A Story Based on Apple Variety Names, by Bryce Thorup; illus. by Daniel Muller (Round Tower Press); The Fabulous Song, by Don Gillmor; illus. by Marie-Louise Gay (The Secret Mountain); Noom & Raj Start a Business: The ABCs of Money (Moonjar); Discover Bays & Estuaries (Project WET Kid in Discovery Series); Meet Patou, by Dianna Edwards; illus. by Jessica Hargreaves (Patou Books); The Animated Bunny’s Tail, by Paul Wehr; illus. and animated by Julian Wehr (Wehr Animations)

22. Juvenile-Teen-Y/A Non-Fiction

Still There Clare (Raincoat Books); Respect: A Girl’s Guide To Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line is Crossed (Free Spirit Publishing); The Girl’s Yoga Book (Maple Tree Press); The Sibling Slam Book: What It’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs (Woodbine House); 100 Things Guys Need to Know (Free Spirit Publishing); Smile Wide Look Inside (ABCDEPress); Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley (Carolrhoda Books); Go Ask Ogre: Letters from a Deathrock Cutter (Process Media); Causes of the Iraq War (OTTN Publishing); Wild Dogs: Past and Present (Darby Creek); Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made (Kids Can Press)

23. Multicultural N-F Juv-Teen-YA

Chipi Chipis Small Shells of the Sea (CPCC Press); Those Oldies but Goodies (Dream House Press); The Warrior’s Apprentice: Your First Guide to the Magic of Strategy (Clearbridge Publishing); Interviews with Muslim Women of Pakistan (Syren Publishing Co.); Six Million Paper Clips (Lerner Publishing Group)

24. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult

Friendship with the Elements: Opening the Channels of Communications (Little Light Publications); In Every Tongue: The Racial & Ethnic Diversity of the Jewish People (Institute for Jewish & Community Research); South of Main (Hub City Writers Project); The London Jungle Book (Tara Publishing); Jewish Life in the Industrial Promised Land 1855-2005 (Michigan State University Press); The Other Islanders: People Who Pulled Nantucket’s Oars (Spinner Publications); Salsa Talks!: A Musical Heritage Uncovered (Digital Domain)

25. Essay/Creative Non-Fiction

1 Dead in the Attic, by Chris Rose (Chris Rose Books); Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers, edited by Vendela Vida (McSweeney’s); More Vineyard Voices, Interviews and Portraits by Linsey Lee (Martha’s Vineyard Historical Center); Black Rednecks and White Liberals, by Thomas Sowell (Encounter Books); Race Against Time, by Stephen Lewis (Anansi)

26. Autobiography/Memoir

Without a Blueprint: Surviving in a Changing World, by Zoltan S. Kiss (Sandor Press); A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister, by Julie Mars (GreyCore Press); Angels in the Wilderness, by Amy Racina (Elite Books); The Rice Queen Diaries, by Daniel Gawthrop (Arsenal Pulp Press); Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome, by Greg Palmer (Woodbine House); The King’s English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller, by Betsy Burton (Gibbs Smith, Publisher); The Wild Gentle Ones: A Turtle Island Odyssey, by Jerome Irwin (Wild Gentle Press); Presence of Angels: A Healer’s Life, by J.C. Hugh MacKimmie (Knowing Heart Publishing); On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I Was Taught to Hate, by Sondra Perl (State University of New York Press); Barefooted Soul, by Imelda Roberts (First Magnitude International)

27. Biography

Stalin, by Robert Service (Harvard University Press); Randy Newman’s American Dreams, by Kevin Courrier (ECW Press); Seema’s Show: A Life on the Left, by Sara Halprin (University of New Mexico Press); Conversations with Tom Petty, by Paul Zollo (Omnibus Press); Rommel: The End of a Legend, by Ralf Georg Reuth (Haus Publishing); The Cave of the Heart: The Life of Swami Abhishiktananda, by Shirley Boulay (Orbis Books); Douglass and Melville: Anchored Together in Neighborly Style, by Robert K. Wallace (Spinner Publications)

28. Aging/ Death & Dying

Keep Swinging: Approach Your Senior Years Without Skipping A Beat (Vital Health Publishing); My Friend Matilda (Eagle Creek Publications); Recovering from Mortality: Essays from a Cancer Limbo Time (Novello Festival Press); Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells (Beaver’s Pond Press); A Caregiver’s Challenge: Living, Loving, Letting Go (Feterson Press); My Lasting Wishes: A Gift of Love (McWidget Publishing); The End of Time (Encounter Books); Still Going Strong: Memoirs, Stories and Poems about Great Older Women (The Haworth Press); The Long Way Home: A Journey Through Alzheimers’s (Harrop Press)

29. Animals/Pets

For the Love of Dachshunds (Brown Trout Publishers); Miracle Dog: How Quentin Survived the Gas Chamber to Speak for Animals on Death Row (Alpine); Cow Tails & Trails (Willow Creek Press); Rocky Mountain Horses (Wildfire Enterprises); Tails of Devotion: A Look at the Bond Between People and Their Pets (Tails of Devotion); Dogs and Dads (Fetch It Up); Working Horses (Sandy Thorne Publishing); Living with Wolves (The Mountaineers Books)

30. Business/Career/Sales

Thinking Clockwise: A Field Guide for the Innovative Leader (MinneApple Press); The Accidental Millionaire: Leaping from Chance to Mastery in the Game of Life (Greenlight Press); Coffee at Luna’s: Three Secrets to Knowledge, Self-Improvement, and Happiness in Your Work and Life (NFI Research); Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time (Berrett-Koehler Publishers); Green Weenies and Due Diligence (Mike French Publishing); Marketing Playbook: The Manual for Growing Organizations (Eagle Cross Publishing); The Ugly Truth About Small Business: 50 Things That Can Go Wrong and What You Can Do About It (SourceBooks); Bag The Elephant!: How to Win & Keep Big Customers (Bard Press); How to Communicate With Your Spanish & Asian Employees: A Translation Guide for Small Business Owners (Atlantic Publishing Company); Strategy for Sales Managers (ClearBridge Publishing); Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development with Nonprofits (Authenticity Consulting); Intangibles: Exploring the Full Depth of Issues (Grafiks Marketing and Communications)

31. Coffee Table Books

Sahyadris: India’s Western Ghats – A Vanishing Heritage (Atree); One People, Many Journeys (Lonely Planet Publications); The Art & Character of Nutcrackers (Collectors Press); The Life That Gave Me Art (Mary Schaefer Studio); Sky’s the Limit: The Art of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey (Fox Creek Publishing)

32. Computer/Internet

3D AutoCAD 2006: One Step at a Time (Forager Publications); Running QuickBooks in Nonprofits: The Only Comprehensive Guide for Nonprofits Using QuickBooks (CPA911 Publishing); When Computers Were Human (Princeton University Press); Bug-Free Computing: Stop Viruses, Squash Worms, and Smash Trojan Horses (The TeleProcessors); Understanding Enterprise SOA (Manning)

33. Cookbooks

The New Glorious American Food (Welcome Books); Masterpieces: A Celebration of Food and Art in Virginia (Virginia Museum of Fine Art); Cooking 101 with Chef Jean-Pierre (Very Edible Productions); Ajanta: Regional Feasts of India (Gibbs Smith); The Little Saigon Cookbook: Vietnamese Cuisine and Culture in Southern California’s Little Saigon (Globe Pequot Press); Simple, Fresh, Delicious: Recipes for Easy Living and Relaxed Entertaining (Fabulous Food Creations); The Spanish Kitchen (Interlink Publishing Group); Flavours of Cooper’s Cove Guest House (Angelo Prosperi-Porta); Ocean Friendly Cuisine (Willow Creek Press); 500 Cookies (Ronnie Sellers Productions); Will Cook For Sex: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking (Stephens Press); Fonda San Miguel: Thirty Years of Food and Art (Shearer Publishing)

34. Current Events

Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (Extending Horizons Books); Feet to the Fire: The Media After 9/11 (Prometheus Books); A War Against Truth (Raincoast Books); Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting in Yugoslavia…Journalism & Tragedy (Graphics Management Press); Best AltWeekly Writing and Design 2005 (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies); The Uncivil University (The Institute for Jewish & Community Research); Suicide Terrorism (Polity); Aid, Diplomacy and Facts on the Ground: The Case of Palestine (Chatham); Hidden Power: What You Need to Know to Save Our Democracy (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)

35. Education/Academic/Teaching

Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had (VanderWyk & Burnham); The Emergency Teacher (West Parley Press); A Framework for Understanding Poverty (aha! Process); How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families (Tanabe); Lessons for Tomorrow: Bringing America’s Schools Back from the Brink (Orgone Press)

36. Environment/Ecology/Nature

Walk For Your Life! Restoring Neighborhood Walkways to Enhance Community Life, Improve Street Safety and Reduce Obesity (Vital Health Publishing); In the Company of Crows and Ravens (Yale University Press); Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Over Packaged World (Sierra Club Books); Design for Life: The Architecture of Sim Van Der Ryn (Gibbs Smith); The Smaller Majority (Harvard University Press)

37. Erotica

Velvet Heat, edited by Scott McMorrow (Pretty Things Press); Best Women’s Erotica, edited by Violet Blue (Cleis Press); Stolen Moments: Erotic Interludes 2 (Bold Strokes Books); With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (Arsenal Pulp Press); webAffairs: Show-n-tell (Eighteen Publications)

38. Finance/Investment/Economics

The Smart Spending Guide (Smart Spending Resources); Capitalism as if the World Matters (Earthscan); Estate Planning Success for Business Owners (Barron Publishing Co.); Short Changed (Berrett Koehler); Biblical Principles for Building a Successful Business (City Christian Publishing)

39. Gay/Lesbian

Gay Marriage, Real Life: Ten Stories of Love and Family (Skinner House); Tantric Sex for Women (Hunter House); Potato Queen, by Rafaelito V. Sy (Palari Publishing); Elements of Recovery, by R. Beck (Behler Publications); How to Name a Hurricane, by Rane Arroyo (University of Arizona Press); Black by Gaslight/The Madonna of the Sorrows, by Nene Adams (Cavalier Press); Turnover: A Collection of H.I.V. Prevention Comics (The Institute for Gay Men’s Health)

40. Health/Medicine/Nutrition

The Food is a Lie: The Truth Within (Triple B Publishing); Green for Life (Raw Family Publishing); 50 Signs of Mental Illness (Yale University Press); Waking the Warrior Goddess (Basic Health Publications); Don’t Get Thin: Get Healthy (Golden Green Press); The Good Foot Book (Hunter House); The Colon Cancer Survivor’s Book (Tatra Press); You Don’t Look Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness (The Haworth Medical Press); Death by Modern Medicine (Matrix Vérité); Defeating the Child Obesity Epidemic (PSG Books); Estrogen’s Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause (Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research)

41. History

Bleed, Blister and Purge: A History of Medicine on the American Frontier (Mountain Press); Young Las Vegas: 1905-1931 Before the Future Found Us (Stephens Press); Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923 (Cinco Puntos Press); Chicago in the Fifties: Remembering Life in the Loop and the Neighborhoods (Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc.); Earthquake Days: The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire (Faultline Books)

42. Home & Garden

75 Exciting Vegetables for Your Garden (Gibbs Smith); My Home Workbook: Essential Tasks You Can Tackle with Confidence in Your Home (Ronnie Sellers Productions); Outdoor Living: The Ultimate Project Guide (Landauer Corporation); Contemporary Western Design: High-Style Furniture & Interiors (Gibbs Smith); Landscaping with Stone: Create Patios, Walkways, Walls, and Other Landscape Features (Creative Homeowner)

43. How-To (Crafts/Hobby)

Dynamic Art Projects for Children: Includes Step-by-Step Instructions and Photographs (Crystal Productions); Pillow Talk: Home Dec and Embroidery Work Together (Sewing Information Resources); So Simple Crochet: A Fabulous Collection of 24 Fashionable and Fund Designs (Creative Homeowner); Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater (Annick Press); Grandma’s Magic Scissors: Paper Cutting from A-Z (Day-to-Day Enterprises); Susan Beecher Woodfired Pottery (Ruder Finn Press); Big Book of Quilt Blocks (Publishing Solutions); Vogue Knitting Stitchionary, Vol. 1: Knit & Purl (Sixth & Spring Books); Knitovation (Sixth & Spring Books); Dyeing to Knit: How to Use and Create Your Own Beautiful Hand-Dyed Yarns (Down East Books)

44. Humor

Business Daffynitions: Humor from the Workplace, by Joe Huer (Daffynitions Press); The Best of Wally Trabing: Mostly About Family (Rising Star Press); Vintage Whine, by Patty Fedili (Fedeli Corporation); Just One %$#@ Speed Bump After Another…, by Dave Coverly (ECW Press); The Writer At Work, by Richard Krzemein (Restless Minds Press); Where Will the Atheists Pray? by William Louis Finn (Ruder Finn Press); Republican Like Me, by Harmon Leon (Prometheus Books); The Thong Also Rises, edited by Jennifer L. Leo (Travelers’ Tales); How to Dress for Every Occasion, by the Pope (McSweeney’s); The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

45. Inspirational/Spiritual

Stairwell to Heaven (Aviva Publishing); The Prayers of Jehoshaphat for America (The Olive Press); Create a Ripple: Making a World of Difference (Making Waves Press); Back to the Garden: Getting From Shadow to Joy (PD Communications); What If You Can Change the World? (Radiant Star Publishing); God’s Art (Grand Canyon Publishing); The Ghostwriter & The Muse (M.A. Nevetson); The Power of Forgiving (Templeton Foundation Press); From Heartbreak to Happiness: An Intimate Diary of Healing (Same Page); God’s Perfect View (Blake & King); The Joy of Giving (Farina von Buchwald Publishing); If I Could Be Sick For You for Just One Day (Tristan Publishing); Send Me Tulips (Prisma Press); The Grace of Ordinary Days (Center for Living Arts); A Journey of Hope: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Unconditional Love (Camp Heartland Project)

46. New Age (Mind-Body-Spirit)

Chasing Dreamtime: A Sea-Going Hitchhiker’s Journey Through Memory and Myth (Brookview Press); Circle of Life: Traditional Teachings of Native American Elders (Clear Light Publishers); Fearless Living: Yoga and Faith (Himalayan Institute Press); Victorian Fairies and the Enchanting People of a Romantic Age (Premium Press America); The Way of Vastu: Creating Prosperity Through the Power of the Vedas (Balanced Books); Invoking the Light: Lift the Veil of Illusion (PowerLight Enterprises); A Path to Wholeness: A Spiritual Perspective on Understanding and Healing the Gaps in Your Life (Healing Pathways International); The Heart and Science of Yoga (AMI Publishers); Kid’s Sacred Places: Rooms for Believing & Belonging (ICE Press); Aquarius Now: Radical Common Sense and Reclaiming Our Personal Sovereignty (Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari); The Book of Stones: Who They Are & What They Teach (Heaven & Earth Publishing)

47. Parenting

Would Somebody Please Send Me to My Room: A Hilarious Look at Family Life (Glenbridge); Screamfree Parenting: Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool (Oakmont Publishing); EcoKids: Raising Children Who Care for the Earth (New Society Publishers); Raising A G-Rated Family in an X-rated World: A Survival Guide from a Family of Nine (Greentree Publishing); Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting (American Academy of Pediatrics); Tweens: What to Expect from and How to Survive Your Child’s Pre-teen Years (OneWorld Publications); Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins (Harvard University Press); Spintastik for the Family (Ronnie Sellers Productions); The Goodnight Book for Moms and Little Ones (Welcome Books)

48. Poetry

From the Dark Side, by Jonathan Schwartz (Jonathan Books); The Singers I Prefer, by Christian Barter (CavanKerry Books); Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless Otherwise Instructed, by Mike Sharpe (Northcastle Books); The Man Under My Skin, by Juliana Gray (River City Publishing); The Great Canopy, by Paula Goldman (Gival Press); The Fork Without Hunger, by Laurie Lamon (CavanKerry Press); Approximately Paradise, by Floyd Skloot (Tupelo Press); Hurry Back, by Alvin Greenberg (Lost Horse Press)

49. Popular Culture/Leisure

The Hollywood Dictionary (Welcome Books); Wild Open Spaces: Why We Love Westerns (Maverick Spirit Press); Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America (The University of Arkansas Press); Everett Raymond Kinstler: The Artist’s Journey Through Popular Culture 1942-1962 (JVJ Publishing); Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties (Feral House); Writers United: The Story About WUFC – A Swedish Graffiti Crew (Dokument Forlag)

50. Psychology/Mental Health

The Bingo Report: Mandatory Celibacy & Clergy Sexual Abuse (CSRI Books); Faith & Mental Health: Religious Resources for Healing (Templeton Foundation Press); Get Over It! Surviving Grief to Live Again (A String of Hope Inc.); Listening for Wellness: An Introduction to the Tomatis Method (The Mozart Center Press); Peace Begins With Me: An Inspirational Journey to End Suffering and Restore Joy (Ted Kuntz Counseling Services); Room for J: A Family Struggles with Schizophrenia (Beaver’s Pond Press); Abducted: How People Come To Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens (Harvard University Press); Women, Trauma & Visual Expression (Amy Stacey Curtis); War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Quest Books); The Jonathon Letters: One Family’s Use of Support as They Took In and Fell in Love with a Troubled Child (The Infant-Parent Institute, Inc.)

51. Sports/Fitness/Recreation

A Season of Loss: A Lifetime of Forgiveness (ECW Press); The Taxidermist’s Son (Rock Spring Press); Building Champions: A Guide for Parents of Junior Golfers (Becoming Press); 1001 Golf Holes: You Must Play Before You Die (Ronnie Sellers Productions); Gym Climbing: Maximizing Your Indoor Experience (The Mountaineers Books); Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective (Full Swing Golf Publishing); Fly Fishing’s Greatest Adventures: The Hunt (Don Muelrath)

52. Reference

The Groom’s Guide: A Gentlemen’s Indispensable Wedding Planner (Ronnie Sellers Production); The Encyclopedia of Native Music (University of Arizona Press); The One Wedding Planner & Regional Resource Guide (Creative Design & Publishing); The Barbier Dressage Training Companion (Common Ground Communications); Drinktionary: The Dictionary of Cocktail Recipes (Drinktionary); Denim Design Lab (Denim Design Lab); Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country (BowArrow Publishing Co.); The Complete Portfolio of Human Anatomy and Pathology (Scientific Publishing)

53. Religion

The Way We Were, by Joan Chittister (Orbis Books); Science and the Bible, by Ted Burge (Templeton Foundation Press); Faith without Certainty: Liberal Theology in the 21st Century, by Paul Rasor (Skinner House Books); Neo-Conned! by Various Authors (HIS Press); Come to the Table: A Catholic Passover Seder, by Meredith Gould (Plowshares Publishers); God Without Religion, by Sankara Saranam (The Pranayam Institute); Tending Life’s Garden, by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (Buddha’s Light Publishing); The Truth about the Five Primary Religions & The Seven Rules of Any Good Religion, by Laurel (The Oracle Institute); The Great Golden Garland of Gampopa’s Sublime Considerations on the Supreme Path, by B. Simhananda (Orange Palm Publications); Do You Want to Go to the Mountain (Theology on Fire)

54. Science

The Grand Contraption (Princeton University Press); The Plausibility of Life (Yale University Press); Let Them Eat Flax: 70 All New Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Food & Life (ECW Press); The Joy of Chemistry: The Amazing Science of Familiar Things (Prometheus Books); The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul (Belknap Harvard); Living Mountains: How and Why Volcanoes Erupt (Mountain Press Publishing Company); The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles (Mountain of Love Productions)

55. Self Help

Critical Choices That Change Lives: How Heroes Turn Tragedy Into Triumph (Beartooth Press); The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure, and Bounce Back From Setbacks (Berrett-Koehler Publishers); Emotional Comfort: The Gift of Your Inner Guide (Wilder Press); From Ex-Wife to Exceptional Life: A Woman’s Journey Through Divorce (Purple Lotus Press); Embracing Your Power Woman: 11 Steps to Coming of Age in Mid-Life (Wild Ox Press); Thrivorship: Power Tools for Success (Beaver’s Pond Press); Power to Change: You Always Have a Choice (Action IQ Publishing); The Dance of Balance: Feng Shui for Body Mind and Spirit (White Dove Publishing); The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can (ThoughtsAlive Books); The Empathy Effect (The Majestic Group); Remodel Your Reality: Seven Steps to Rebalance Your Life and Reclaim Your Passion (River Rock Press); Moving Inward: the Journey to Meditation (Himalayan Institute Press)

56. Sexuality/Relationships

Sacred Sexuality: A Manual for Living Bliss (Grail Press); Best Sex Writing 2005 (Cleis Press); Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews (Process Media); Mastering Marriage: For Every Couple Who Wants to Grow Happier and More in Love Each Year (Mastering Lifeskills); The Art of the Spark: 12 Habits to Inspire Romantic Adventures (Many Pearls Press); The Housewife’s Guide to Practical Striptease (Indulgent Press)

57. Travel Essay

Islands: Great Lakes Stories (Ann Arbor Media Group); In Search of Sacred Places: Looking for Wisdom on Celtic Holy Islands (Bog Walk Press); Big Dead Place: Inside the Strange & Menacing World of Antarctica (Feral House); A Woman’s Asia (Travelers’ Tales); The Best Travel Writing 2005 (Travelers’ Tales); The Gentleman From Finland: Adventures on the Trans-Siberian Express (Rivendell Publishing Northwest); 99 Days to Panama: An Exploration of Central America by Motorhome (Brindle Press); Waters Less Traveled: Exploring Florida’s Big Bend Coast (University Press of Florida); Being Caribou (The Mountaineers Books); Passing Through: An Existential Journey Across America’s Outback (Stephens Press)

58. Travel Guidebook

Acadia: The Complete Guide (Destination Press); St. Peter’s Basilica: An Audio Guide to Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica and It’s Remarkable Art Treasures (Context Audio Guides); Paddling the Yukon River and It’s Tributaries (Publication Consultants); A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York (Roaring Forties Press); Antarctica (Lonely Planet Publications); Palestine: A Guide (Interlink Publishing Group); Roadside Guide to Indian Ruins & Rock Art of the Southwest (Westcliffe Publishers); Wise Guide: Wrigley Field (Wise Guides Inc); Fun on Foot in America’s Cities (Wyltan Books); Great Hostels USA: An Inside Look at America’s Best Adventure (Sedobe)

59. Women’s Issues

The Starving Family (Champion Press); A Labor of Love: A Guide to Natural Childbirth without Fear (Gabrielle Targett); Red Light: Superheroes, Saints, and Sluts (Arsenal Pulp Press); Let Your Goddess Grow!: 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking (The Goddess Network Press); 34 Million Friends (Ladybug Press); The Second Eve: Understanding Biblical Equality (Junia Publishing); Urgent Message from Mother (Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari); Garden Voices: Stories of Women & Their Gardens (Water Dance Press); Kiss Me Goodnight: Stories and Poems by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died (Syren Books); Women in Shadow and Light: Journeys from Abuse to Healing (Beagle Bay Books/Creative Minds Press)

60. Writing/Publishing

Rebel Bookseller: How to Improvise Your Own Indie Store and Beat Back the Chains (Vox Pop); Blockbuster Plots: Pure & Simple (Illusion Press); Book Club Productions Presents Pam Houston (Book Club Productions); Inner Voices, Inner Views: Conversations with Southern Writers (The Enolan Group); How to Succeed in the Publishing Game (Triple Crown Publications); Books in the Digital Age (Polity); Tools of the Writer’s Craft (Moving Finger Press); Book Design and Production: A Guide for Authors and Publishers (Aeonix Publishing Group)

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