Beth Bland

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Dairylandia: Dispatches from a State of Mind

This breezy read can be picked up and put down or started in the middle. A perfect “popcorn” book for high school to adult users who enjoy stories that highlight the Midwest with its individual quirks and its universality.

Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-free Gardens That Thrive Despite the Deer

For experienced gardeners with the time and budget to design, purchase, plant, and maintain these landscapes, or with the money to hire a professional to do it.


We Eat What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Unusual Foods in the United States

For general readers, high schoolers to adults, interested in learning more about the world's food.

Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare

A solid reference for general users.

Contemporary Youth Activism: Advancing Social Justice in the United States

This snapshot of the current social movements is a solid first source for information and research.

World Political Innovators

Despite its shortcomings, this publication is a good general reference.

Music Innovators

Despite its shortcomings, this solid general reference is suitable for casual music aficionados and provides a jumping-off point for further research.

Contemporary Supreme Court Cases: Landmark Decisions Since Roe v. Wade

Despite the occasional typo and the unusual step of including the preface in the second book, the authors meet their goal of creating a work "relevant [and] accessible to a wide variety of audiences" without overdoing the legalese.

Surveillance in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and the Law

This is a solid first stop for general research on surveillance, but it shouldn't be the primary source of reference.

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