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Creativebug | eReviews

Indigenous Peoples of North America, Part II: The Indian Rights Association, 1882–1986 | eReviews

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Great Novels: The World’s Most Remarkable Fiction Explored and Explained

A worthwhile purchase for public library, high school, community college, and undergraduate collections.
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Opinions Throughout History: Worker’s Rights & Wages

A potentially useful reference work for high school and undergraduate collections.
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The Afterlife in Popular Culture: Heaven, Hell, and the Underworld in the American Imagination

O’Neill incorporates many examples from young-adult fiction as he provides clear, nonjudgmental evidence of the American fascination with, rather than fear of, life after death, focusing on the prevalent theme of optimism.
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Magill’s Literary Annual, 2022

Public and academic staff and patrons can benefit greatly from this quality annual.
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Latino Almanac: From Early Explorers to Corporate Leaders

Despite some flaws, this wide-ranging, clearly written volume will help researchers understand the past, present, and potential future of Latinos in the United States.
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Facts About the Presidents

Remains a standard of excellence for readers who never tire of learning things about American presidents and for researchers who want a well-organized and up-to-date source on the topic.

Everyday Adventures with Unruly Data

This is a highly engaging and recommended study on the daily encounters with data. Best for data specialists, librarians, taxonomists, and consumers.
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Auto America: Car Culture, 1950s–1970s

Fun to browse, this is an excellent collection of vintage pictures for car enthusiasts and anyone else with an interest in mid-20th-century American culture and photography.
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Making the Movement: How Activists Fought for Civil Rights with Buttons, Flyers, Pins, and Posters

Will likely appeal to anyone interested in the Civil Rights movement in the United States and related visual artifacts.

Mass Observation Project, Module III | eReviews

Bloomsbury Fashion Central (Updated) | eReviews

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Sports Market Place

A convenient, thorough, and well-organized source of information about the business side of sports.

1000 Design Classics

Beautiful and a must where patrons enjoy art and design.
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A Concise Dictionary of Comics

This reference is useful and recommended for most libraries so that they can support the growing interest in comic books within many user groups.

Mapping Historical Las Vegas: A Cartographic Journey

A gorgeous browse and an in-depth work of research that belongs on atlas shelves in public and academic libraries.
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The Constitution Explained: A Guide for Every American

Despite its limited coverage of amendments, this adds to the content in Bloch and Jackson’s and Vile’s works, and will interest general readers as well as students of political science, government, and teacher education.
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Chocolate: A Cultural Encycolpedia

This well-researched work provides a useful discussion of the historical, cultural, and commercial aspects of chocolate.

Bloomsbury History: Theory & Method | eReviews

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: L'Enfer de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France | eReviews

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Diabetes Handbook and Resource Guide

This is a useful resource, but everything in it is also available at no cost on U.S. government websites.
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Foster Care in America: A Reference Handbook

Worth strong consideration by both public and academic libraries.
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The Urban Prepper’s Guide: How To Prepare Your Home for the Next Crisis

This practical, concise introduction for those living in cities or towns will provide some cornerstone prepping ideas and tips but is by no means a comprehensive guide.
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Arab and Muslim Science Fiction: Critical Essays

Readers should not expect academic rigor; instead they’ll find wide-ranging specialized material on the disparate emerging field of multilingual sf from the Arab and Islamic worlds.
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Inside Wikipedia: How it Works and How You Can Be an Editor

Pair with LJ’s profile of Wikipedia editor Susan Barnum (libraryjournal.com/story/susan-barnum-movers-shakers-2018-advocates) to get fired up for some editing!
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What You Need To Know About Asthma

An excellent and concise, yet clear and comprehensive overview of a common disease. Should benefit new and longtime asthma patients, their parents and other relatives, and school personnel.
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The Schlager Anthology of Westward Expansion: A Student’s Guide to Essential Primary Sources

A valuable resource for high schoolers and undergraduates researching “Manifest Destiny” in the U.S.

Books for Browsers | Reference Round-Up

ProQuest Black Studies | Reference eReviews

The Gilded Age and Progressive Era | Reference eReviews

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Proquest Statistical Abstract of the United States 2022: The National Data Book

This continues to be a comprehensive, reliable, and trustworthy resource on economic, political, and social conditions in the United States and an essential and affordable reference for all collections.
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Indoctrination to Hate: Recruitment Techniques of Hate Groups and How To Stop Them

The academic style makes this most suitable for college and graduate school libraries.
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Concise Guide to Information Literacy (Revised)

Academic libraries and faculty professional development centers are strongly advised to consider this valuable work.

Storytelling Around the World: Folktales, Narrative Rituals, and Oral Traditions

Fascinating for general readers and students interested in storytelling, cross-cultural history, communication skills, anthropology, sociology, or world history.

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Defining Documents in American History: The Great Depression (1929–1941)

A valuable resource in an academic library for students writing historical research papers.

Research Methods Primary Sources | eReviews

Women’s Studies Archive: Female Forerunners Worldwide Gale | eReviews

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Hardy Apples: Growing Apples in Cold Climates

Practical for Northern Hemisphere libraries, with mouth-watering, often amusing descriptions that will have readers everywhere sourcing Ambrosia apples and Granite Beauties.
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Bold Words from Black Women: Inspiration and Truths from 50 Extraordinary Leaders Who Helped Shape Our World

Though intended for a middle grade audience, this one will be equally inspiring for adults seeking quote books.
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David Yarrow: How I Make Photographs

Compact, practical, and often breathtaking. Suggest to photographers, artists, conservationists, and armchair travelers.
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The Aircraft Book: The Definitive Visual History

The eye-catching graphics and tight writing will entrance middle school readers through adults. A must for libraries.
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Africa in Fashion: Luxury, Craft and Textile Heritage

A visually stimulating record of the global factors that affect colors, patterns, and shapes as they move in and out of fashion.
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Around the World in 80 Birds

General audiences’ enthusiasm for bird books shows no sign of waning, and this volume delights on all levels.
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Primetimer Guide to Streaming TV: The Painless Way To Decide What To Watch Next on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO Max, Disney+, Peacock, Paramount+ and Other Popular Streamers

Streaming newbies will find the overall explanations enlightening, while seasoned viewers can flip through short descriptions and occasional commentary. Useful for most libraries.
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From Gay to Z: A Queer Compendium

Many readers will enjoy this breezy, wide-ranging, and at times opinionated look at LGBTQIA+ figures, trends, and influencers.
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Homelessness in America: A Reference Handbook

Wakin’s concise but comprehensive guide is recommended for any reader who wants to understand homelessness in the United States.

Same-Sex Marriage: Exploring the Issues

This accessible work is informative and appropriate for a wide variety of readers, from high school and seminary students through politicians, religious leaders, and think tanks.
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Cambodian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide

A high-quality and informative general work for anyone interested in genocide studies, Asian history, and 20th-century history.
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Free Speech and Censorship: A Documentary and Reference Guide

An important addition to any reference collection.
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Writing on the Job: Best Practices for Communicating in the Digital Age

Coven follows her own advice, delivering compact and readable chapters for all who text, email, blog, craft memos, and otherwise communicate online. Useful for all libraries.
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About Me: Information You Will Need When I’ve Passed

Kabacy’s logical presentation and supportive tone give reassurance on a topic many people would rather avoid. A worthy purchase for most libraries.

The Making of Modern Law: Landmark Records and Briefs of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, 1891–1950 | eReviews

Geopedia: A Brief Compendium of Geologic Curiosities

Will fascinate and delight nearly all readers but particularly word lovers, rock lovers, and geology hobbyists. Excellent ready reference and fun reading for high schoolers and undergraduates studying astronomy, geology, ecology, and environment, and for hobbyists of all ages.
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Gemstones: A Concise Reference Guide

Humans have held gemstones in high regard, and this guide makes it clear why. Ideal for anyone with an interest in gemstones or for those interested in geology.

Spiders of North America

Indispensable. Rose gives professional biologists and interested amateurs everything they need to go a-spidering.
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The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English

A specialized but delightful book that is essential for undergraduate students of linguistics, literature, and history and will appeal to anyone with a yen for history or language.
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Bizarre Medicine: Unusual Treatments and Practices Through the Ages

A useful starting point for students and the general public interested in the history of medicine.
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Women Who Changed the World: Their Lives, Challenges, and Accomplishments Through History

For high school and university students and general readers, this encyclopedia adds balance to history collections.

Lies: The Science Behind Deception

A fascinating resource for anyone curious about why we lie and the physical and psychological effects of deception.
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American Indian Wars: The Essential Reference Guide

A first-rate introduction and overview for all readers that clearly conveys the devastating impact of more than 400 years of war on Indigenous culture.
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Food Cultures of Mexico: Recipes, Customs, and Issues

Persistent general readers, travelers, and culinary students will find useful material here.

Great Cities: The Stories Behind the World’s Most Fascinating Places

An attractive coffee-table book, highly recommended for fans of history and travel.

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

For philosophers, language lovers, novelists, and fantasists, this perspective-expanding little book offers abundant ambedo (“a momentary trance of emotional clarity”).
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Who Am I? Understanding Identity and the Many Ways We Define Ourselves

High school and community college students, especially, seeking a grounding on the topic might start here.

Lizards of the World

Anyone interested in animals or planning a trip to an area with lizards will find this vibrant book a helpful and appealing addition.

The Coffee Book

In-depth and accessible, this volume will fascinate coffee lovers wanting to learn more about the popular beverage, as well as those interested in learning about coffee varieties, brewing techniques, and recipes.

LGBTQ Life in America: Examining the Facts

Accurately describes the diversity, challenges, and needs of LGBTQ Americans while at the same time dispelling false, misleading, and long-held misperceptions in an unbiased, fact-based, and engaging style.
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Starbucks

A well-written book featuring fascinating tidbits, this work goes beyond the basics to appeal to business students and faculty, Starbucks fans, business managers, and entrepreneurs looking for successful insights or strategies.

National Theatre Collection 2 | Reference eReviews

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The Schlager Anthology of the American Revolution: A Student’s Guide to Essential Primary Sources

A worthwhile resource for public libraries and community colleges.

Debating Your Plate: The Most Controversial Foods and Ingredients

A strong updated complement to Myrna Chandler Goldstein and Mark A. Goldstein’s Food and Nutrition Controversies Today. Minetor encourages readers to make up their own minds on nutrition, food science, and marketing.
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Modern Greece

A valuable resource, ideal for students doing research or general readers interested in knowing more about Greece, both its current state and its history.

Turtles of the World: A Guide to Every Family

Authoritative, visually compelling, and broadly accessible, this guide will please a broad swath of readers interested in turtles.
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World Architecture and Society: From Stonehenge to One World Trade Center

Erudite but accessible, notable for emphasizing cultural importance over time, these densely informative volumes will attract architecture aficionados, professional or amateur.

The Black History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

Readers of all levels will enjoy the aesthetics, content, and presentation of this encyclopedia that so aptly captures the rich history of Black culture.
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The Complete Birds of the World: Every Species Illustrated

In spite of its many virtues, this volume is liable to be thoroughly eclipsed by Joseph del Hoyo’s All the Birds of the World, which depicts 11,524 species, based on all four major world lists; is 311 pages longer; and boasts superior art and more maps (well worth the higher price, about $100). Still, Arlott and van Perlo’s work is a strong addition for larger collections.
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Rocks & Minerals

Beautiful and useful. A necessary addition when updating or enhancing a library’s 549 section.
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The History of Speed: The Quest To Go Faster, from the Dawn of the Motor Car to the Speed of Sound

Fascinating fare for racers, drivers, car buffs, and historians. Likely to see use in most libraries.
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The Ultimate Book of Pub Trivia by the Smartest Guy in the Bar: Over 300 Rounds and More Than 3,000 Questions

With more than 3,000 questions, this is a winning collection of brain teasers for any library.
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Can I Mix You a Drink?: 50 Cocktails from My Life & Career

Some readers may be put off by the profanity and references to intoxication; still, the recipes are sure to enliven any cocktail party.
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Stream This Next: 1,000 TV Shows To Suit Your Mood

An almost endless source of ideas, from Fawlty Towers and Hill Street Blues to Small Axe and Bridgerton. Bound to be popular at most libraries.
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The 100 Greatest Superhero Films and TV Shows

A diverting book with accessible writing and, on occasion, academic depth. Superhero fans will be charmed.
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Notable Crime Fiction Writers

Beneficial in academic and public settings; a vital resource for readers’ advisory and mystery and detective buffs.
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Vaccinations

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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Diamonds: Their History, Sources, Qualities and Benefits

Brilliant, oversize images of loose stones at all stages and in custom-made jewelry will draw gem buffs, jewelry makers, collectors, and historians.
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I Wish I Read This Book Before Law School

Supportive, current (the books tackle diversity and equity, microaggressions, and social media), and useful. Highly recommended for all libraries.

Bloomsbury Cultural History | Reference eReviews

Gale Case Studies | Reference eReviews

Rick Pender on the Challenge and Opportunity of Summing Up Stephen Sondheim

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Saws, Planes, and Scorps: Exceptional Woodworking Tools and Their Makers

Readers need not know a lump hammer from a bevel gauge to appreciate durable, efficient, and striking hand tools. A resurgent interest in handcrafts will draw in newbies as well as seasoned woodcrafters and collectors with an appreciation for tool function and design. Recommended.

National Geographic Photo Ark Wonders: Celebrating Diversity in the Animal Kingdom

“I want people to care,” says Sartore, “to fall in love, and to take action.” Mission accomplished. An essential purchase for most collections.
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Beautiful News: Positive Trends, Uplifting Stats, Creative Solutions

Recommended for anyone looking for a more positive perspective on current events.
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Patented: 1,000 Design Patents

A unique reference; will be useful to historians and designers and fascinating to browsers.
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Illustrated Human Anatomy: The Authoritative Visual Guide to the Human Body

Curious readers can find answers to specific inquiries or browse an overview of the lymphatic system, brain structure, or information on allergic response. A fascinating, attractive, and valuable addition to any library.
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