H.W. Wilson (Reference Shelf). Sept. 2021. 202p. ISBN 9781642657937. pap. $75. REF
New contributions to “Reference Shelf” maintain the series’ goal to offer a balanced array of primary sources that explore “issues of importance in modern society.” Food Insecurity & Hunger in the United States includes articles from NPR, the U.N., Politico, Redbook, and Wired that look at issues underlying hunger in the U.S. (poverty; education), geographic factors, global hunger generally, and solutions. Vaccinations includes articles from Teen Vogue, the Guardian, Vox, and Poynter focusing on U.S. COVID vaccination, though several pieces also consider the history of vaccines. Coverage is generally pro-vax; some articles discuss vaccine hesitancy, effects of medical racism (like mistrust of vaccines, particularly among Black Americans), and the business of vaccination. In both books, each section is grounded by an uncredited introductory essay.
VERDICT Of use for debate topics and school projects. Libraries may opt for the online versions available through H.W. Wilson, which provides electronic access to the full “Reference Shelf” collection with an annual subscription.
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