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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Philosophers: Their Life and Works

Graphically pleasing, with a varied, international selection, this is an engrossing introduction for any public library.

The World Atlas of Wine

Wine continues to be a popular topic, and this updated atlas will interest browsers and travelers.

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.

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.

The Firefly Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Gems

Consider for all libraries when updating earth sciences or mineralogy sections.

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.

Best of the Best of the Business Web

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


25 Events That Shaped Asian American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

College and advanced high school students, as well as general readers interested in Asian American history, will find these thorough writings a rich source of research ideas.


Magill’s Literary Annual, 2019

A good starting point for research into current literature or as a readers’ advisory tool.


The Handy Accounting Answer Book

Anyone interested in learning more about personal or corporate accounting will find useful information here.


Examining Energy and the Environment Around the World

This eye-opening, thought-provoking work challenges readers with accurate, current, and important information about the environment. For high school students, lower-level undergraduates, and general readers.


Black Baseball, 1858–1900: A Comprehensive Record of the Teams, Players, Managers, Owners and Umpires

This title will be a hit among readers interested in 19th-century American cultural history and African American history, along with baseball fans wishing to know more about an important piece of the national pastime’s early story.


Aliens in Popular Culture

Sf enthusiasts will appreciate this comprehensive reference about extraterrestrials in popular culture.


American Prisons and Jails: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends

There is a great need for trustworthy material such as this given the human and financial resources devoted to penitentiaries and the thousands of lives they affect on a daily basis. A strong starting point for researchers and readers

The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens

Readers familiar with Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs will miss its generous back-of-book selection aids, and some will find the current volume’s index erratic, especially concerning common names. But these are quibbles: Dirr and Warren have given those who plant, care, and love trees an essential reference.


The UFO Encyclopedia: The Phenomenon from the Beginning

Recommended for general readers and researchers interested in UFO phenomenon.

Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology, and Culture

An approachable, scholarly work on a topic that many find fascinating, this encyclopedia will appeal to both public and academic communities in the hard and soft sciences.


National Geographic Almanac 2019

A hefty yet thoroughly absorbing reference for most public libraries.


Frederick Douglass and Ireland: In His Own Words. Vol. 2

As the bibliography of transatlantic studies continues to develop, this work will be of immediate interest and lasting scholastic consequence to educators and students in 19th-century world history courses from high school to the university.

Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies

Filling a need for historical and cultural information on an understudied subject, this title highlights the economic and political power of people with disabilities and should be an essential resource.


The Handy Christianity Answer Book

This title will interest young adults, general readers, Christians curious to learn more, and those who are spiritual but not religious and would like to explore the basics and some of the mysteries of the religion.


A State-by-State History of Race and Racism in the United States

A stimulating work that provides readers and researchers with a wealth of information and historical data. For high school students, college undergraduates, and general readers.

Forgotten Women: The Artists

Timely and inclusive, with thoughtfully chosen illustrations. One or more from the series would brighten any library.

Speeches of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Orations Deserving of a Wider Audience

Every reader is likely to find at least one speech (or speaker) with which to connect. Attractive, with ample food for thought.

The #MeToo Movement

The #MeToo issues show no signs of dissipating, and a reliable reference on the topic will benefit patrons interested in learning more.

Hip Hop Around the World: An Encyclopedia

A solid place for students, from high schoolers to undergraduates, to begin exploring a genre that's long been underrepresented in research literature.

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

A useful encyclopedia for high school students, lower-level undergraduates, and general readers.

Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore: Gods & Goddesses

Readers will find the well-organized, contextualized, wide-ranging coverage here convenient and accessible, with many leads to additional research.

APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology

This research-oriented title fills a need in an academic library's graduate and professional collections, as similar volumes are single topic monographs or textbooks. For upper-level undergraduates majoring in psychology or sociology, graduate students, professionals, researchers, and clinicians.

The 1950s: Key Themes and Documents

Of particular use for those studying advanced placement history. Consider for high school and college libraries, and as a teacher resource.

The Designer's Dictionary of Type

For readers ready to venture beyond Arial and Times New Roman.

Octopus, Squid, and Cuttlefish: A Visual, Scientific Guide to the Oceans' Most Advanced Invertebrates

Captivating photos introduce readers to a fascinating group of underwater creatures. Pair with Sy Montgomery's National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus for instant appeal.

Everything We Have: D-Day 6.6.44

D-Day is a topic of enduring interest for many readers. A strong addition for public libraries.

Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History

An essential resource for those just beginning to study queer history, and highly recommended for readers, even those well versed in the subject, who wish to gain a global perspective.

American Military Life in the 21st Century: Social, Cultural, and Economic Issues and Trends

This excellent reference provides readers at all levels with a better understanding of how 21st-century military life not only impacts individuals who are serving but also their loved ones.

Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Essential Reference Guide

A helpful addition to any reference collection; relevant for undergraduates and public library users alike.

Novels into Film: Adaptations & Interpretation

Recommended for those curious about how stories transition from the printed page to the big screen.

Infectious Diseases: In Context

A solid reference for college students or general readers seeking background information on infectious diseases.

Climate Change Politics and Policies in America: Historical and Modern Documents in Context

A great resource for high school or college students and anyone else interested in environmental politics.

Special Education: A Reference Book for Policy & Curriculum Development

A comprehensive source for administrators, educators, and education students.

Masterplots: 2010–2018 Supplement

Not just for students in a rush, this wide-ranging reference resource will be invaluable to anyone interested in literature.

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Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species

Going far beyond the practical value of a guidebook, this is an important update to bat literature and one to savor, containing a wonder on nearly every page and proving that bats are indeed "intelligent, curious, comical, even essential animals."

Violence in Popular Culture: American and Global Perspectives

An absorbing, timely title for high school and undergraduate students and general readers interested in media depictions of violence.

Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture Across History

Essential for academic and religious institutions.

The Handbook of Research on Black Males: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Multidisciplinary

An indispensable offering for academicians, researchers, advanced students, policymakers, and experienced community practitioners.

Atlas of World War II: History's Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New Cartography

Thoughtfully curated and beautifully designed, this volume is sure to appeal to military history aficionados and anyone with an unadorned coffee table.

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Adolescent Psychology in Today's World: Global Perspectives on Risk, Relationships, and Development

This valuable contribution to the literature will be most useful to psychology, anthropology, and sociology graduate students; professionals working with at-risk youth; and those who involved in think tanks concerning adolescents.

The American Flag: An Encyclopedia of the Stars and Stripes in U.S. History, Culture, and Law

A masterly exploration of the American flag, with a potpourri of fun details for anyone with an interest in U.S. history, patriotic symbols, and vexillology.

Native American Landmarks and Festivals: A Traveler's Guide to Indigenous United States and Canada

This authoritative, information-packed volume will be invaluable for tourists but also useful to others researching Indian history, heritage, and current cultural production.

A Chickasaw Historical Atlas

This atlas will undoubtedly be of great interest to those with a solid grounding in the subject, but other readers, though attracted by the maps, may be deprived of full understanding of the history reflected here.

Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga

For those in need of a solid guide to manga, but libraries that already possess the earlier iteration can skip it.

Environmental Geography: People and the Environment

A well-researched reference for those who want to learn more about humanity's impact on the environment, for students from middle school to college.

The Travel Atlas: The Ultimate Atlas for Globetrotters

A great addition to public library shelves.

The World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia

Recommended for general adult and undergraduate readers.

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Asian American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events

For academic and public libraries, this compilation provides a useful and unusual initial research point.

500 Words You Should Know

A bracing addition to libraries serving ambitious middle school through adult readers.

American Revolution: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection

Heavy on biographies and battles but lighter on socioeconomics and ideas, the encyclopedia is an admirable scholarly monument to the military aspects of this influential civil and global conflict.

Ultimate Eats: The World's Top 500 Food Experiences…Ranked

With so many selections, there's a savory or sweet for just about everyone. Beautiful eye candy, ideal for any public library.

The Handy Texas Answer Book

A strong choice for any Texas library, with almost 1,000 answers providing readable information on hundreds of topics.

All over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey

A must for cartography collections and a wonderful addition to social science and art shelves.

Innumerable Insects: The Story of the Most Diverse and Myriad Animals on Earth

An engrossing addition for most libraries.

Gangland: An Encyclopedia of Gang Life from Cradle to Grave

A strong starting point for students and general readers, especially high school students doing reports.

Inventions: A Visual Encyclopedia

Readers from middle school to adult will be engrossed by the brief explanations flowing through photo-rich layouts.

Psychology: An Illustrated History of the Mind from Hypnotism to Brain Scans

An absorbing overview of the human mind and how we think, for most public libraries.

The History of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context

Great for classrooms, libraries, and scholars, this work opens the door for anyone interested in jazz in Europe from its inception to the present and is a strong starting point for further research for scholars seeking to contribute to the field.

Empire of the Eagle: An Illustrated Natural History

The stunning photographs and readable text make this a solid choice for all libraries, especially in areas with bird-watchers or significant eagle populations.

Spacecraft: 100 Iconic Rockets, Shuttles, and Satellites That Put Us in Space

Detailed enough for serious readers yet accessible to all with an interest in rockets or space exploration. Consider for most public libraries.

Vitamins and Minerals

An additional selection for large libraries. Somewhat academic in tone, suitable for most readers, especially those delving deeper into nutritional issues.

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