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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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Rocks, Minerals, and Geology of the Pacific Northwest

Geologists both amateur and expert, rock hounds, geo-travelers
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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.
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Just the Job: How Trades Got Their Names

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

Clear, concise, beautifully photographed. Likely to find an audience in most libraries.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Value of a Dollar 1860–2019

A fascinating look at what Americans have bought, paid, and earned over the past 150 years.
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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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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2020

Equally useful for completing school assignments, settling bets, and discovering trivia.

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Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Though this is not a replacement for more in-depth titles such as Andrew Chevallier’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine and Susan Weis-Bohlen’s Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide, this wide-ranging work will be of interest to the general public, high school and undergraduate students.
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Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health

A worthy effort that will be helpful for general readers at public libraries, for high school students, and for early-level undergraduates. A comparable work is ABC-CLIO’s Encyclopedia of Public Health: Principles, People, Programs, which emphasizes people from the history of public health along with diseases, conditions, and our efforts to combat them.

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The Complete Resource Guide for People with Chronic Illness

This comprehensive volume, written in supportive, nontechnical language, is a solid option for public libraries; retirement and assisted living center libraries may also wish to consider.
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An Underground Guide to Sewers: Or: Down, Through and Out in Paris, London, New York &c

Readers will never again flush a toilet without marveling at this miracle of convenience and sanitation. A quirky and delightful asset for most libraries.

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How To Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist’s Guide with Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations Before 1900/Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

Consider for libraries with significant patron interest in Irish and Christian genealogy sources.

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Addictions: Elements, History, Treatments, and Research

This supportive and authoritative reference will be of solid use to students, beginning researchers, and family members of addicts looking for broad guidance.
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Champions of Flight: Clayton Knight and William Heaslip; Artists Who Chronicled Aviation from the Great War to Victory in WWII

With more than 400 photos and illustrations, including images of aerial dogfights, New Yorker covers, and mechanics at work, along with carefully documented and readable text, this title will appeal to historians, aeorphiles, graphic designers, and commercial artists.
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Food Labels: Your Questions Answered

Concise, informative, and accessible. Consider when updating health and nutrition sections.
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Peculiar Questions and Practical Answers: A Little Book of Whimsy and Wisdom from the Files of the New York Public Library

This amusing, occasionally enlightening work is a testament to the sleuthing skills of reference librarians and an excellent diversion from more serious research queries.

An Atlas of Geographical Wonders: From Mountaintops to Riverbeds

Besides appealing to general readers who enjoy cartography, art, and “superlative” books, such as the Guinness Book of World Records, this is also well suited to academics and students of history, geography, and art.

National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks

The quality of this tome and its emphasis on current features make it worth a purchase even where libraries own National Geographic the National Parks: An Illustrated History.
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Salem Health: Women’s Health

The same information and more can be found in the latest edition of The Merck Manual and specific titles, such as Chandrima Biswas’s Pregnancy Encyclopedia.

Dinosaur Facts and Figures: The Theropods and Other Dinosauriformes

A marvelous work of synthesis. Selectors would do well to place it the circulating collection, as readers will need time and leisure to absorb the many wondrous facets.
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National Geographic Almanac 2020: Trending Topics, Big Ideas in Science, Photos, Maps, Facts & More

A fun, breezy resource for fans of National Geographic; kids and teens will enjoy it, too.
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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders

Tying together a vast topic, this comprehensive set will be useful to students and professionals in the fields of audiology, clinical linguistics, or language pathology, as well as those in the fields of education. General readers curious to learn more about a disorder that affects them or someone they know may also be interested.

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Celebrity Ghosts and Notorious Hauntings

A solid introduction to the idea of ghosts and hauntings, for those with a serious interest in the paranormal.
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The Byzantine Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia

Packed with information on the 1,200 years of this influential empire and accessible to nonspecialist general readers, these volumes will also be of use to undergraduates studying medieval history.
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Health and Medicine Through History: From Ancient Practices to 21st-Century Innovations

This inspired look at the evolution of health and medicine will appeal to the general public and undergraduate students.
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The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures: 25 Movies To Make You Film Literate

Consider for academic arts libraries or collections where filmmaking and film criticism are popular.
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The Handy Science Answer Book

More for dabblers than researchers, this is an enjoyable way for the scientifically inclined to while away a few hours.
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Philosophers: Their Life and Works

Graphically pleasing, with a varied, international selection, this is an engrossing introduction for any public library.
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The World Atlas of Wine

Wine continues to be a popular topic, and this updated atlas will interest browsers and travelers.
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Daily Life in the 1960s Counterculture

Will probably see most use in high school or college libraries. Those in need of a deep dive into the Roaring Twenties or the Swinging Sixties will appreciate these titles.

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: The Official Guide to APA Style

Taking on everything from tables and figures to bias-free language, this is a clear guide to APA style. Though much of the information is available online, the print format is concise and well organized.

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The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names: How Arcade Fire, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Vampire Weekend, and 532 Other Bands Got Their Names

A music lover’s walk down trivia lane, with occasional four-letter input when quoting band members. For large public libraries.
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Guitar: The World’s Most Seductive Instrument

Will likely find an audience, whether readers know their single coil from their humbucker pickup or just want a peek at Willie Nelson’s Trigger or one of Prince’s Clouds.
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The Firefly Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Gems

Consider for all libraries when updating earth sciences or mineralogy sections.
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Coins and Currency: An Historical Encyclopedia

This readable resource will appeal to historians, travelers, and those interested in stories of rumored lost treasures, as well as to the obvious numismatic audience.
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Best of the Best of the Business Web

Highly useful for business librarians or researchers. Berkman also compiles a monthly subscription e-newsletter.
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The Ecology Book

With this series addition, DK’s science experts have gone beyond “reduce-reuse-recycle” and embraced a comprehensive idea of ecology, complete with eye-catching graphics and succinct text to engage browsers.
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The Factory: A Social History of Work and Technology/The Tavern: A Social History of Drinking and Conviviality

Some books in this series will be of wider general interest (The Bathroom; The Bedroom [scheduled for 2020]). The Tavern and The Factory, with their more specialist topics, will likely find readership with sociologists and architects and in academic libraries.

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Principles of Ecology

This volume may prove of some interest to the general public or high school students but is an otherwise middling effort of substandard value to most library collections.
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The World of the Crusades

High school students, undergraduates, and general readers will find this an invaluable and accessible synthesis of traditional sources and current scholarship.

Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History

This informative compilation on fascinating conspiratorial topics that will continue to be debated for decades will be a solid addition for all libraries.
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Daily Life of U.S. Soldiers: From the American Revolution to the Iraq War

Highly recommended for undergraduate majors and graduate students of history or military science, or general adult history buffs.
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Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: History, Theme, and Technique

A thorough, conscientious look at the topic, given the space provided. If the writing is sometimes dry, that’s an acceptable trade off: even though comics and graphic novels have risen in general and academic esteem, most writing on them mirrors the author’s enthusiasms, rather than going for general coverage. This volume is a solid corrective.

Infectious Diseases & Conditions

A valuable and insightful set for undergraduate and graduate students, scientists, faculty, and the public.

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All Things Ancient Egypt: An Encyclopedia of the Ancient Egyptian World

Offering secondary and undergraduate students an introduction to a vast subject, these densely informative volumes might also appeal to lay specialists.

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African Americans and the Presidents: Politics and Policies from Washington to Trump

Certainly not the final word on the historical significance of presidents and their relationships with African Americans, this is an effective overview, with excellent supporting documentation.

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World War I: A Country-by-Country Guide

These volumes’ stellar organization and depth of scholarly coverage make them important supplements to the numerous existing World War I reference works.

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Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders

This authoritative, accessible work not only answers questions but also provides a variety of perspectives about future Latinx political trends. For general readers, high school students, and undergraduates.

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