Star Charts | 2023 Starred Reference Reviews

From film costumes to business statistics to the afterlife, 19 reference titles earned starred reviews from LJ since the start of 2023 through the November issue. 



Carter, Ruth E. The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther. Chronicle. May 2023. 224p. ISBN 9781797203065. $40.

Critical Insights: Raisin in the Sun. Salem Pr. Jan. 2023. 283p. ed. by Peter J. Bailey. ISBN 9781637004289. $105.

Gray, Theodore (text) & Nick Mann (photos). Tools: A Visual Exploration of Implements and Devices in the Workshop. Black Dog & Leventhal. Oct. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780762498307. $35.

Scott, Keith. Cartoon Voices of the Golden Age, 1930–70, Vol. 1: The Pioneers of Animation Acting. BearManor Media. Sept. 2022. 544p. ISBN 9798887710082. pap. $38.

Scott, Keith. Cartoon Voices of the Golden Age, 1930–70, Vol. 2: Studio Filmographies with Voice Credits. BearManor Media. Sept. 2022. 360p. ISBN 9798887710105. pap. $38.

Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Asian Women Artists: A Biographical Dictionary, 2700 BCE to Today. McFarland. Oct. 2022. 257p. ISBN 9781476689258. pap. $75.


Business Statistics of the United States 2022: Patterns of Economic Change, 27th Ed. Bernan. Feb. 2023. 490p. ed. by Susan Ockert. ISBN 9781636710877. $204.


Brownell, Blaine. The Pandemic Effect: Ninety Experts on Immunizing the Built Environment. Princeton Architectural. Jan. 2023. 208p. ISBN 9781648961649. pap. $30.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Emerging Diseases, 2nd Ed. Gale. Dec. 2022. 741p. ed. by Deirdre S. Hiam. ISBN 9781535875509. $351.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders, 4th Ed. Gale. Mar. 2023. 1,100p. ISBN 9781535875523. $774.


Chin, John J. & others. Historical Dictionary of Modern Coups d’État: Vols. 1 & 2. Rowman & Littlefield. Dec. 2022. 1,506p. ISBN 9781538120675. $500.

Christian, Charles. The Witches Almanac: Sorcerers, Witches and Magic from Ancient Rome to the Digital Age. Visible Ink. Feb. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781578597604. pap. $24.95.

Larson, Kate Clifford. Harriet Tubman: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works. Rowman & Littlefield. (Significant Figures in World History). Jul. 2022. 254p. ISBN 9781538113561. $105. 

Rinke, Stefan. Conquistadors and Aztecs: A History of the Fall of Tenochtitlan. Oxford Univ. Jun. 2023. 328p. ISBN 9780197552469. $34.95.

Rossi, Milo. The Encyclopedia of the Weird and Wonderful: Curious and Incredible Facts That Will Blow Your Mind. Wellfleet. Oct. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781577153412. pap. $19.99.


Block, Courtney M. The Encyclopedia of Parapsychology. Rowman & Littlefield. Oct. 2022. 366p. ISBN 9781538155455. $149.


Dictionary of Paul and His Letters: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship. IVP Academic. Apr. 2023. 1,264p. ed. by Scot McKnight. ISBN 9780830817856. $70.

Jones, Marie D. & Larry Flaxman. The Afterlife Book: Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death. Visible Ink. Jun. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781578597611. pap. $22.95.


Bartley, Glenn & Andy Swash. Hummingbirds: A Celebration of Nature’s Jewels. Princeton Univ. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780691182124. $35.

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