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Best Reference Books 2023


The Beginner’s Guide to Ayurvedic Home Remedies: Ancient Healing for Modern Life

Of interest to readers looking for natural or alternative-medicine ways to improve overall health.

Practical Cycling: Equip, Maintain, and Repair Your Bicycle

Interest in outdoor activities remains high. This book is helpful for readers considering a bike purchase or current cyclists looking to interact more with their bikes.

Behind the Screens: Illustrated Floor Plans and Scenes from the Best TV Shows of All Time

Delightfully offbeat views of Stars Hollow (The Gilmore Girls), Central Perk (Friends), and the Pie Hole (Pushing Daisies). Consider ordering a couple of copies, as this will likely stay in circulation.

Nothing but the Tooth: An Insider’s Guide to Dental Health

Finding a trusted dentist and preventing and addressing tooth and gum disease add greatly to quality of life, so this is a useful resource for every library.

Talking with Hands: Everything You Need To Start Signing Native American Hand Talk

An interesting and useful cultural resource, equally at home in a children’s reference section or for adults.

Why We Love Middle-Earth: An Enthusiast’s Book About Tolkien, Middle-Earth, and the LotR Fandom

A delightful addition to most libraries. Expect an uptick in circulation of other Tolkien-related books and DVDs after purchase.

Smithsonian America: The Atlas

Visually rich, with thoughtful and approachable text suitable for teen and adult readers.

Thrive with a Hybrid Workplace: Step-by-Step Guidance from the Experts

Written to help leaders draft and iterate hybrid workplace policies that promote employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention.

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