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1000 Design Classics

Beautiful and a must where patrons enjoy art and design.

Sports Market Place

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

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.

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.

Chocolate: A Cultural Encycolpedia

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

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.

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


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.

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.

Foster Care in America: A Reference Handbook

Worth strong consideration by both public and academic libraries.

Inside Wikipedia: How it Works and How You Can Be an Editor

Pair with LJ’s profile of Wikipedia editor Susan Barnum ( to get fired up for some editing!

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.


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

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

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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.

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.

David Yarrow: How I Make Photographs

Compact, practical, and often breathtaking. Suggest to photographers, artists, conservationists, and armchair travelers.

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.

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.

Around the World in 80 Birds

General audiences’ enthusiasm for bird books shows no sign of waning, and this volume delights on all levels.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Free Speech and Censorship: A Documentary and Reference Guide

An important addition to any reference collection.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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”).

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.


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.

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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.

Rocks & Minerals

Beautiful and useful. A necessary addition when updating or enhancing a library’s 549 section.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The 100 Greatest Superhero Films and TV Shows

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

Notable Crime Fiction Writers

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Beautiful News: Positive Trends, Uplifting Stats, Creative Solutions

Recommended for anyone looking for a more positive perspective on current events.

Patented: 1,000 Design Patents

A unique reference; will be useful to historians and designers and fascinating to browsers.

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.

Science in the Ancient World: From Antiquity Through the Middle Ages

Loaded with oddball tidbits that will fascinate trivia fans, Lawson’s book will complement other ancient history titles, such as Will and Ariel Durant’s “Story of Civilization” series. A true multidisciplinary resource, it will appeal to general readers as well as high school and undergraduate students.

The Origins of Modern Science: From Antiquity to the Scientific Revolution

Whether consulted as a reference work or read cover to cover, Gal’s work will appeal to college and graduate students studying a wide variety of subjects, including architecture, religion, political science, medicine, anthropology, the classics, natural philosophy, and astronomy.

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How To Forage for Mushrooms Without Dying: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Identifying 29 Wild, Edible Mushrooms

Novice mushroom hunters who may have a taste for fungi but aren’t seeking scientific training will appreciate this work. Likely to see most use in rural libraries and by sharp-eyed city-dwellers and hobbyist mushroom farmers.

The Baseball 100

This thought-provoking volume is a must-have for baseball fans.

Atheism and Agnosticism: Exploring the Issues

Few are agnostic about atheism and agnosticism; this eloquent, wide-ranging volume should appeal to many, as well as supporting recent academic interest in its subject.

Iconotypes: A Compendium of Butterflies and Moths; Jones’ Icones Complete

A book as lovely as the creatures it depicts. There’s much here for specialists (lepidopterists; art historians) but lay readers too can savor an astonishingly beautiful “pre-industrial butterfly world.”


A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting To Know the World’s Most Misunderstood Bird

This informative selection will encourage city-dwelling nature lovers to observe and enjoy these ubiquitous birds that often get a bad rap.

Symphonies for the Soul: Classical Music To Cure Any Ailment

Readers will learn of musical suggestions to invite passion as well as soothe grief. Of interest to those seeking gentle, at-home, nonmedical solace and mood-elevating ideas.

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