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Other People’s Words: Wisdom for an Inspired and Productive Life

Less extensive than some compilations, Siegel’s highly personal collection will connect with readers looking for something just a step off the beaten path.

Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World

This work will appeal to readers with a wide range of interests, including cartography, history, and the environment.

Work-from-Home Hacks: 500+ Easy Ways To Get Organized, Stay Productive, and Maintain a Work-Life Balance While Working from Home!

This addition to the publisher’s “Hacks” series offers simple fixes and solid advice, along with a few “Why didn’t I think of that?” tips for readers looking to up their WFH game.

Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook; From Aphrodite to Zeus, a Profile of Who’s Who in Greek Mythology

Greek mythology is of enduring interest, and readers aged 10 and older will enjoy this selection.

Bibliophile: Diverse Spines

Perfect for guiding book clubs or anyone looking to read more inclusively.

North American Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways To See the Continent

A great choice for school and public library collections.

The True Crime Dictionary: From Alibi to Zodiac; The Ultimate Collection of Cold Cases, Serial Killers, and More

An interesting if occasionally grisly addition for most libraries.

Dr. Disaster’s Guide to Surviving Everything: Essential Advice for Any Situation Life Throws Your Way

Succinct advice best read in advance of need, for awareness and prevention. Information on stroke warning signs, go bags, and evacuation plans could save time and even lives.

Menopause: No Need To Panic

The book’s straightforward, supportive tone and unintimidating size will appeal to those seeking introductory information on menopause.

The New Wedding Book: A Guide to Ditching All the Rules

From engagement to happily-ever-after, this is a practical “you do you” primer, peppered with four-letter words.

Card Night: Classic Games, Classic Decks, and the History Behind Them

From slapjack to minuman (a drinking version of Go Fish) to variations on solitaire, this book has a card game for everyone. A family-friendly guide to low-tech diversions.

A Chronology of Film: A Cultural Timeline from the Magic Lantern to Netflix

Scholars will especially appreciate the depth of thought, and the images make this work an enjoyable browse for casual film buffs.

Pregnancy and Birth

A thoughtful look at issues confronting pregnant Americans. Will appeal to readers who work in think tanks, those involved with public health, and premed, nursing, midwife, and doula students.

The Reagan Revolution and the Rise of the New Right

Though the analysis isn’t groundbreaking, the history of Reagan and his era is told clearly, with useful ancillary material. However, readers who are unfamiliar with U.S. history may come away with an overly rosy view of the Reagan administration.

The 2000s

Students and general readers curious about the 2000s will find the chapters engaging and the suggested reading lists thorough.

Birdpedia: A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore

Leahy’s breadth of knowledge is impressive, and he expresses it beautifully, allowing readers to easily absorb his many salient points. Most highly recommended for all libraries serving young adults and older, and for all academic libraries, especially those that don’t already have The Birdwatcher’s Companion.

The Congress

Undoubtedly, today’s students need to understand Congress; this slim, detailed, accessible volume is an excellent start for readers from high school up.

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Southwestern Adventure: In the Footsteps of First Peoples; Mogollon, Hohokam, Salado and Sinagua

Researchers of history or culture, armchair travelers, and vacation planners will find this guide enriching.

The Presidency

An excellent, balanced resource for high schoolers and undergraduates that’s also accessible to the generalist. Even political junkies with in-depth knowledge of the topic will glean much from the material.

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in America: A Reference Handbook

Well organized and easy to use, the work is a good starting point for information on executive, legislative, and judicial actions taken over the last 200 years to protect and insure individual civil rights. It strikes a strong balance between basic information and specialized content and is an effective resource for students and general readers.

Medicare and Medicaid: A Reference Handbook

Most reference works about Medicare and Medicaid focus on benefits, provider requirements, Medicaid planning and application, health care fraud, or the single-payer concept; this volume sets itself apart, offering a detailed, nuanced look at the debate around public health care. A fascinating, useful book.

Food Inequalities

Allen aggregates much information and describes pervasive, distressing connections between food and systemic social inequality; the book’s ambitious but unscholarly approach, however, contrasts with such scholarly treatments as Alison Hope Alkon’s Cultivating Food Justice.

An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts: The U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection

A unique, beautifully crafted work that will resonate with artists, gardeners, botanists, farmers, growers, agricultural students, and anyone interested in fruit and nut trivia.

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Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence: The Past, Present, and Future of AI

Beginners will find some important information here, along with a great deal for specialists, but there isn’t much on regulation and policy issues.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies

An excellent, well-written starting point for researchers. Will interest a wide variety of readers, including people considering transition and people studying or working in a variety of fields (social sciences, family studies, law, history, think tanks, counseling, medicine).

American Religious History: Belief and Society through Time

A valuable resource for teachers, students, and anyone interested in religion and contemporary American society.

9/11: The Essential Reference Guide

The monumental 2011 edition will still satisfy most readers, but this more compact edition preserves the core and adds a few updates.

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First Amendment Freedoms: A Reference Handbook

Although readers might wish for more attentive editing and deeper analysis, the excellent scholarly essays and the information consolidated here will be valuable to students of U.S. history and the Constitution.

The COVID-19 Pandemic

Though useful, the book focuses on events in the United States before the 2020 election and the widespread rollout of vaccines. It examines social, political, and economic issues rather than medical and clinical information. Those seeking current information about the pandemic and its effects around the world will need to consult other sources for supplemental information.

Rosa Parks: A Life in American History

Those interested in learning more about Parks and the civil rights movement will find inspiration in this enlightening work.

Race and Sports: A Reference Handbook

Will be of interest to social sciences and physical education students, as well as those interested in athletics.


World Oceans: A Reference Handbook

Compelling and convincing for all readers, especially those interested in oceans, climate change, and consequences of neglecting and abusing the sea.

Guide to Chicago’s Twenty-First-Century Architecture

With stunning visuals, this is not only a captivating study of architecture but also an insightful snapshot of Chicago’s history and daily life. Readers interested in Chicago or in urban architecture, planning, or development will devour this volume.

Organic Food and Farming: A Reference Handbook

McIntyre’s presentation of this complex subject combines authentic expertise with clear, objective communication for a nonexpert audience. Invaluable for new and advanced students of U.S. agriculture, business, and society.

The Supreme Court

Silverstein’s insightful, thorough, well-organized, lucidly expressed guide to both basic and abstruse aspects of the court will be essential for students of U.S. history and government.

Great Sieges in World History: From Ancient Times to the 21st Century

Never glossing over the human casualties and physical destruction wrought by war, Tucker’s thoughtful work will help readers understand the evolution of siege warfare. Highly recommended for those interested in military history.

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Storey’s Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills: 214 Things You Can Actually Learn How To Do

Taking on everything from no-equipment-necessary foot massages to the relatively complex tiny shelter on wheels, this one will appeal to DIYers. Particularly useful for rural libraries.

Defining Documents in World History: Pandemics, Plagues & Public Health

In addition to examining epidemics throughout history, readers can explore documents relating to child labor, vaccine safety, or alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. Likely to see most use in academic settings, with some appeal in public libraries, given that COVID-19 is a major concern for many.

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets: Your Questions Answered

Evenhanded, with solid nutritional information and suggestions for navigating social interactions when adopting new eating patterns.

Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community 2020–2021

Of interest to newbies or seasoned comics readers looking to support local stores or find publishers with BIPOC team members.

Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality: Understanding Biology, Psychology, and Culture

Users may want to consult more specialized sources for further information on a specific topic, but this is an excellent introduction to sex and sexuality for public and consumer health libraries.

Epidemics and Pandemics: From Ancient Plagues to Modern-Day Threats

With an excellent index, a glossary, and comprehensible and accurate explanations of disease throughout history, this is an outstanding reference source, suitable for all libraries.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: The Official Guide to Style; Over 100 Fashion, Decorating and Entertaining Tips To Bring Out Your Inner Holly Golightly

Fun and flirty, with a “you go, girl!” attitude, this title will let aspiring Hollys capture her vibe. A quick pick-me-up for the 646 section.

Welcome to Wine: An Illustrated Guide to All You Really Need To Know

An accessible and friendly reference for beginning oenophiles.

Great Women’s Speeches: Empowering Voices That Engage and Inspire

Originally published in 2019 as So Here I Am, this quick, inspiring read is recommended for purchase by libraries that don’t own the original release.

MLA Handbook

A necessary addition to every library’s reference desk, this work is likely to see use from students and scholars, even with the plethora of online citation creators.

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Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places, and Events That Made the Movement

Laden with information, this affecting guide provides a nuanced and powerful representation of Black Americans’ fight for freedom and equality. For every library.

AMNH Birds of North America

Highly recommended, but not crucial for libraries that already have an earlier edition or the National Geographic title.

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What To Watch When: 1,000 TV Shows for Every Mood and Moment

Even dedicated television hounds are sure to discover something new. Well organized, readable, often humorous, and highly recommended.

The Inside Out of Flies

Readers may not come to love these creatures, but they will likely grow to see them as more than simply germ-laden pests. Recommended for most libraries.


Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things

Purchase this lighthearted, enlightening work for readers who don’t mind puns and some snark along with in-depth research.

Black Firsts: 500 Years of Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events

A wide-ranging overview that will result in hours of browsing and serve as a strong jumping-off point for research projects or deeper study.

2021 Night Sky Almanac: A Month-by-Month Guide to North America’s Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Intermediate astronomers and beginners eager to learn more will find this volume highly useful as they watch the skies throughout the year.


Figuring Out the Past: The 3,495 Vital Statistics That Explain World History

Though dry reading for many, this work may be a fit for those familiar with the Economist’s Pocket World in Figures and for those who want to draw their own conclusions about the spread of ideas relating to gender equality and economic and religious practices.

Strata: William Smith’s Geological Maps

This impressive selection is highly recommended for geologists or for anyone with an interest in what lies beneath our feet.

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The Encyclopedia of New York

A must purchase; those who love New York will adore it, and those less enamored with the Big Apple will still find this fun and informative encyclopedia a fascinating portrait of the metropolitan area.

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Must-Have Databases for Academic and Public Libraries 2020

Rocks, Minerals, and Geology of the Pacific Northwest

Geologists both amateur and expert, rock hounds, geo-travelers

Time in Maps: From the Age of Discovery to Our Digital Era

This scholarly work provides an intriguing, unique way to consider maps. Recommended for those who like cartography and history.

Just the Job: How Trades Got Their Names

A quick read, of possible interest to etymology buffs and historians.

Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World’s Most Infamous Items

Skeptics will remain unconvinced, but many will enjoy reading about the Hope diamond, Shakespeare’s grave, and whether it is safe to ignore a chain letter.

Restorative Yoga

Clear, concise, beautifully photographed. Likely to find an audience in most libraries.

Greek Myths: Meet the Heroes and Heroines, Monsters and Gods of Ancient Greece

Aimed at middle school readers and older, this book will see use in most public and school libraries.

The Language of Liberty: A Citizen’s Vocabulary

Occasionally dry, with useful background for the general reader on democracy, the Electoral College, and the Supreme Court.

Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

A diverting compendium, probably more suited to personal purchase, while enjoyable through library checkout as well.

LGBTQ Health Research: Theory, Methods, Practice

Paired with Sally Kuykendall’s Skewed Studies, this work provides everything one needs in designing and following through on LGBTQ research. A must for health science and social science majors, graduate students, faculty, and researchers.

A Slice Through America: A Geological Atlas

A must for anyone who appreciates geology or antique atlases and maps.

Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide

A handy one-stop resource that concentrates on identifying and locating dementia resources by diagnosis. Accurate and useful for those searching for basic information and a resource directory.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests

Hiam and her contributors have effectively eschewed medical jargon for comprehensible language, making the material here accessible and appealing to high school and undergraduate students.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine

A useful, if not inspiring, work that may prove beneficial to general readers and high school students.

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Principles of Anatomy

Complementing Gale’s Human Diseases and Conditions, this will be invaluable to the general public, as well as to students and researchers in need of background or introductory material outside of their expertise.

Grasses, Sedges, Rushes: An Identification Guide

The question is not whether or not selectors should purchase (they should); it’s where to shelve it (reference or circulating?). Probably the latter

The Climate Change Debate: A Reference Handbook

This is a handy source for high school students, undergraduates, and general readers seeking a brief look at the basic concepts, evolution, and contemporary perspectives of climate change.

Science and Technology in World History

This set explains scientific achievement over centuries while offering a glimpse at where technology may take us. Middle and high school students will find the subject matter excellent for reports and background research, while nonspecialists and history and science buffs will value the wide selection of topics and authoritative presentation of the authors.

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The Business and Culture of Sports: Society, Politics, Economy, Environment

Unlike other titles, which limit discussion to a specific topic, such as sports law, this set offers a moderately in-depth examination of multiple sports topics, giving readers a big-picture overview. Will be of interest to undergraduate business, sociology, anthropology, and sports career students.

Every Penguin in the World: A Quest To See Them All

The quasihuman charm of penguins is hard to resist, and this title is sure to find its audience.

The Value of a Dollar 1860–2019

A fascinating look at what Americans have bought, paid, and earned over the past 150 years.

The Wikipedia Encyclopedia of Serial Killers: An A–Z Guide to History’s Most Heinous Murderers

Not for the faint of heart. The blood-spattered cover and straightforward title convey the type of information found here.

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