More Outstanding Books for the College Bound by lizbethbennett


									NEW REFERENCE BOOKS: JULY – AUGUST 2007 More Outstanding Books for the College Bound REF 028 O94 206 The title is self-explanatory, but the way the information is uniquely organized is helpful for all readers. Part One is divided into outstanding books by genre. Literature is divided into fiction, poetry, and drama. Nonfiction is divided into ten categories. All titles are arranged alphabetically and annotated. Part Two lists the “Outstanding Books for the College Bound,” selected by a fifteen-member committee, for every year from 1959 to 2004. Part Three has special lists, such as the Top Twenty-Four titles selected most frequently. Appendices include the committee guidelines for OBCB selection, tips for using the book, a reading action plan, and resources. The Real Story: A Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests REF 028.5 C796R 2006 In the introduction, essayist Chuck Klosterman is quoted as saying, “It has come to my attention that there is a burgeoning generation of Americans who are suddenly and deeply engrossed with the consumption of nonfiction. I like to refer to these people as the Suddenly and Deeply Engrossed with Nonfiction Generation.” This volume is for them. It is divided into nonfiction genres, nonfiction subject interests, life stories, and stylistic genres. The first two appendices are overviews by political pundits and spirituality writers, and the latter two feature book awards and Internet resources. I believe the nonfiction generation will be suddenly and deeply engrossed with this excellent guide. The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United State 1868 - 2004 REF 324.973 M542G 2005 Political pundits will enjoy this statistical gold mine. First, it displays a U.S. map showing which states supported which candidates in every presidential election from 1868 to the present. No, it does not have the red and blue maps we‟re used to seeing, as the maps are not in color, but the black and grey maps clearly convey the results. A few pages relate the facts about each election. For example, did you know that Benjamin Harrison of Indiana did not win his home county in 1888? He won the election based on an electoral vote majority, but lost the popular vote, a situation which was repeated in 2000 with George W. Bush and Al Gore. The second section of the book tallies each state‟s vote per county.

Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present (Three Volumes) REF 325 I33 2005 This timely reference set should be invaluable for researching the hot topic of immigration. The entries are found in Volumes One and Two, and Volume Three features documents and an index. The set opens with an “Alphabetical List of Entries,” where I found Visitors, Immigrants, and U.S. Border Security after September 11, 2001. This article reported that in 2003, “Secretary Tom Ridge‟s staff had made the jarring calculation that the department‟s border inspectors

would have to make 1.3 billion correct decisions every year to keep terrorists and their weapons out of the country.” Whew! Black-and-white photos accompany the text. International Law: A Dictionary LEGAL REF 340.03 B665I 2005 The description on the back of this volume best summarizes its intent as a “pathbreaking study of the development of international law from the earliest times to the present for students, scholars, legal professionals, and other interested readers. Combining the features of a brief encyclopedic dictionary and a textbook, readers are acquainted with the basic tenets of public international law. Preceding the main text are a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a glossary of Latin phrases, a chronology of major developments, a table of cases with references to entries, and a list of the 373 entries.” The Supervisor’s Handbook LEGAL REF 344.01 U89S 2006 The Indiana Chamber of Commerce published this handbook for Indiana supervisors and attorney Gregory Utken compiled the information. Its goal is best expressed by its subtitle: A Quick Reference Guide to Employment Issues for the Indiana Supervisor. However, I think employees would benefit from perusing it as well as management staff, since the legal information is easily understood. The Table of Contents clearly lists the contents of each chapter on issues such as addressing substance abuse problems and theft, accommodating disabilities and religious beliefs, and understanding workplace harassment and leave of absence basics. Local and Regional Government Information: How to Find It, How to Use It LEGAL REF 347.025 L811 2005 It is obvious that an experienced professional librarian edited this well-designed work. It is chock full of ways to search for information, including multiple lists of Web sites. Its 19 chapters each feature specific topics like government structure, archives, codes, courts, administrative sources, criminals, genealogy, maps, and many more. Each chapter opens with lists of major topics and resources and an introduction. A thorough index concludes the volume. Home Builder Contracts & Construction Management Forms LEGAL REF 347.055 H765 2006 The National Association of Home Builders collected the forms and contracts in this volume, selecting 95 of the most useful documents for builders. The builder may then download the specific forms he wants to use from the CD in the back of the book and customize the form with his or her own information. Weapons of Mass Destruction: An Encyclopedia of Worldwide Policy, Technology, and History (Two Volumes) REF 358.3 W362 2005 In his introduction, co-editor Eric Croddy stated that “the underlying assumption of what makes a weapon massively destructive is the idea that these weapons can cause simultaneous mass

casualties.” He adds a brief history of WMD and CBW (chemical and biological warfare) in the modern era. A chronology of CBW precedes the alphabetical entries in Volume One, which focuses on chemical and biological weapons. The chronology is repeated for nuclear weapons, the focus of Volume Two. Both volumes also include an alphabetical list of entries and an index. U.S. News & World Report Ultimate Guide to Law Schools REF 378.1 M147U 2006 This guide features a fascinating section on the top five law schools: Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, and New York University. Did you know that Stanford Law School, the “world-class law school in paradise,” had 4,800 applications in 2005 for 170 positions? That‟s considering the cost of roughly $50,000 per year with the high cost of living in the Bay area. However, a law degree may result in a six-figure starting income from any of these schools, so prospective law students should benefit from this guide‟s chapters, such as what the top schools require for entrance, how to find financial aid, and the lists of comparisons and rankings that readers of U.S. News & World Report publications expect. Zip Code Atlas: The United States Mail Business Bible REF DESK 383 Z79 2003 The “Guide to the Zip Code Atlas” section explains how to use this atlas. Each state has its own map and listing of counties, cities and towns. Further helps include maps for time zones and area codes, and charts of statistics that are useful to marketing professionals. The Greenwood Library of American Folktales (4 Volumes) REF 398.2 G816 2006 The different regions of the United States are divided among the four volumes in this set targeting students, teachers, and researchers. Each regional section is divided into four categories: Origins; Heroes, Heroines, Tricksters, and Fools; The Powers That Be: Sacred Tales, and The Powers That Be: Secular Tales. The majority of the stories were drawn from the “Golden Age” of American regional collections (ca. 1880-1950s.) There were two firsthand accounts from Indiana about Confederate Brigadier General Morgan‟s raids in southern Indiana. In one, a woman brandished a butcher knife and told one raider: “I‟ll let you know I am one of the blue hen‟s chickens from the state of Virginia and if you make any other attempt to enter here I‟ll cut your heart out.” The rebel raider left. Oceans: An Illustrated Reference REF 551.46 S892O 2006 If you have a few minutes, thumb through this book and revel in the lovely photography and beautiful colors of the marine landscapes. Even the introduction is exciting, divided into articles about the ocean frontier, the lure of the sea, historical voyages, and pioneers of ocean science, all illustrated with full-color artwork. The eye-catching layout complements the text, which has chapters with enticing titles like “Hidden Riches of the Ocean,” and Silent, Swift, & Strong,” which offer information on ocean systems and ocean life. Readers cannot be bored with chapter subtitles like “Sexual Encounters.” It includes a revealing photo of the anglerfish and his mate

that may require a parental waiver. The volume‟s conclusion probes future challenges like climate change and global awareness. Gray’s Anatomy for Students MED REF 611 D762G 2005 You have only to compare the professional Gray’s Anatomy with this version to understand why medical students will thank the authors for this student-friendly version. It was revised after the editors noted “an explosion of information in every discipline” that “increases the amount to be learned without necessarily increasing the time available.” The text guides the reader from the basics to more detailed anatomy and includes real-life clinical cases and questions. Over 1,000 vibrant illustrations complement the text. Color Atlas of Anatomy MED REF 611 R737C 2006 This atlas is an excellent companion to Gray’s Anatomy for Students, although it is not for squeamish readers. My daughter‟s anatomy class visited the fascinating “Body World 2” exhibit at Chicago‟s Museum of Science and Industry, which displayed actual bodies preserved with plastination. Anyone who liked that exhibit will also appreciate the large color photos of actual cadaver dissections in this attractive well-designed atlas. At the very least, students can test their ability to stomach working in a medical field by perusing this volume. It includes a detailed index. The Guide to Off-Label Prescription Drugs: New Uses for FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs Med Ref 615.1 G946 2006 A definition is necessary to understand this large book‟s purpose. Before a drug is evaluated, the FDA requires that a specified use be stated. This is the “on-label” for which it is approved. However, doctors and researchers may notice an additional or “off-label” use as patients try it. For example, Rogaine was initially approved as a treatment for high blood pressure. Then it was noted that it spurred hair growth in balding men, and Rogaine is even better known now for that purpose. The resource is divided into three sections. Part One features ailments, Part Two provides abbreviated drug profiles, and Part Three offers lists of additional pharmaceutical information. A thorough index completes the volume. Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine MED REF 615.321 F575D 2006 I always expect a beautiful book from the National Geographic Society, but the text is as interesting as the botanical illustrations are appealing. Who would have thought that a desk reference could be so captivating? Nine essays about geographic regions or nations are dispersed among the alphabetical list of healing plants. I consulted the essay on China, as my Chinese doctoral student friend just informed me about century-old traditions that follow childbirth. China‟s most famous botanist, Dr. Shiu Yin Hu, received her PhD from Harvard and served as a crucial liaison between Chinese and American botanists. Since she is now over 100 years old,

she‟s an excellent poster child for Chinese medicinal herbs, making me believe my friend will do well to follow the Chinese traditions. The 5-Minute Herb & Dietary Supplement Consult MED REF 615.321 F958F 2003 The author has researched databases, clinical studies, and other sources to make this consult as complete as possible. The herbs and supplements are neatly listed in a table of contents. Their alphabetical entries include basic information, clinical trials, risks, and dosages. Some entries include a question and answer section. The text is followed by a lengthy list of references, tables, and a thorough index. ABC of Dermatology MED REF 615.5 B991A 2003 The table of contents lists the skin problems in this slim volume. The author‟s intent was “to provide the non-dermatologist with a practical guide to the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions.” The graphic photos of diseased flesh should be helpful in identifying diseases, but I‟d recommend waiting until after a meal to consult it. The Encyclopedia of Endocrine Diseases and Disorders MED REF 616.4 P489E 2005 This encyclopedia‟s 17-page introduction is an excellent overview of the endocrine glands‟ vital functions. The alphabetical entries are user-friendly and include charts, tables, and recommended resources. I discovered there were two kinds of diabetes: insipidus, and mellitus. The latter is the common name for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003 estimated the risk of developing diabetes mellitus for children born in 2000 was 38.5% for females and 32.8% for males. Sadly, the risk continues to rise. The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Binge Eating Disorder MED REF 616.8526 O32 2004 Dr. C. Everett Koop is quoted in the introduction as saying, “The best prescription is knowledge.” The editors‟ goal is that patients might find helpful information here that is not available on the Web. Part I defines the disorder and discusses available resources. Part II includes studies and more advanced resources. Part III consists of five appendices about medications, alternative medicine, nutrition research, medical libraries, and the patient‟s rights and insurance. This book doesn‟t include patient stories or discuss emotional issues. To quote the editors: “you can think of this sourcebook as your personal Internet age reference librarian.” Art Office: 80+ Business Forms, Charts, Sample Letters, Legal Documents & Business Plans REF 706.8 S644A 1998 As the authors state, “This book is designed to save the fine artist time and energy, as well as help avoid frustrations.” Both authors have experience marketing art as a career, and Ms. Viders

is a practicing artist as well. This book of practical suggestions for organizing an artist‟s business looks like a godsend for creative people everywhere. The chapters focus on the office, bookkeeping, legal, inventory, customers, marketing plans, letters (that may be copied) and sales. The Playmakers: Amazing Origins of Timeless Toys REF 745.1 W227P 2004 Author Tim Walsh, a game inventor, wrote this fabulous reference work “as a giant thank-you to the individuals responsible for the biggest, brightest and best playthings ever created.” I thank Mr. Walsh for this interesting, well-designed, and just plain fun book. Its crisp color photos and reader-friendly layout should appeal to a wide range of patrons. The text is divided into time periods ranging from the 1900s to the 1990s, and each opens with a “Toy Timeline.” I looked up Lincoln logs, which were created in 1916, and was surprised to learn that Frank Lloyd Wright‟s architect son invented them. John Lloyd Wright was inspired by a trip to Japan to observe the interlocking beam design of earthquake-resistant buildings. Over 100 million sets of Lincoln logs have been sold since its inception, and it is still on the toy section shelves today. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry (5 Volumes) REF 808.81 G816 2003 This encyclopedia is packed full of information. In fact, the editors did not even include illustrations; perhaps so more facts could be conveyed. I looked up James Whitcomb Riley, the “Hoosier Poet,” in the index in Volume 5 and was surprised to learn his biographer claimed he was involved with “confidence games” in the late 1870s. However, his nostalgic dialect verse won him a reputation as a poet for common people, and at the time of his death in 1916, he was the most popular poet in the United States. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy (3 Volumes) 809.387 G816 2005 On the eve of the momentous introduction of the last Harry Potter book, it is only appropriate to learn about the series from a scholarly point of view. The first two volumes of the encyclopedia cover 400 themes, which are listed in the beginning of the volumes. I looked up “Wizards” and read about how wizards like Harry Potter are effective lead characters in literature. The entry also discussed Gandalf and Saruman of The Lord of the Rings, Merlin, and the Wizard of Oz. The third volume of this resource covers classic works. The entry for the J. K. Rowling series begins with a quote from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” I imagine J. K. Rowling‟s publisher is thrilled to have chosen to publish her work! The Spirit Book: The Encyclopedia of Clairvoyance, Channeling, and Spirit Communication REF 133.9 B924S 2006 The book‟s back cover describes it as “an amazing, inspiring look at the connections between the living and the dead.” It further mentions Abraham Lincoln‟s beliefs, so I had to look at his entry. It reported that a young woman in a trance lectured Lincoln about the need for emancipation, and repeated the admonition two days later. The more than 500 entries cover ghosts, hauntings, and

other spectral subjects as well as notorious frauds. The A to Z format concludes with a lengthy list of resources and a thorough index. Legal Guide for Americans Over 50 REF 305.26 A5122006 This is a wonderful, valuable resource for those who are over 50 or simply preparing for the future. It‟s from the American Bar Association and its subtitle describes it as “everything about the law and Medicare & Medicaid, retirement rights, and long-term choices for yourself and your parents.” The text is easily understood and features sidebars with legal questions and interesting information. Using the table of contents and the thorough index, I was able to find information that may be of great benefit to my elderly friend. Immigration in U.S. History (2 Volumes) REF 325.73 I56 2006 Since immigration is such a hot topic now, this resource should be quite useful. Its 193 alphabetical entries are listed in the table of contents at the front of the first volume. The essays highlight the many ethnic communities that have impacted our country‟s “melting pot.” Blackand-white photographs, side bars, and cross-references enhance the text. Appendices include a bibliography, a 12-page time line, and indexes of categories, court cases, laws and treaties, personages, and subjects. I believe it wins the prize for most indexes in a reference book. However, I was a bit puzzled by one exclusion. Although Ellis Island is mentioned in many essays, it does not have its own entry. Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia (8 Volumes) REF 361 S624 2006 Students with assignments about social issues should be delighted when they find this reference set. It covers a wide variety of topics in a pleasant format scattered with sidebars. Major entries include references and web sites for further research, as well as a glossary and documents as needed. The encyclopedia is well designed, with a thorough table of contents, a topic finder section, cross-reference index, and a comprehensive index in the last volume. I easily found the entry about stem cell research and learned that “several well-publicized clinical trials involving the transplantation of fetal tissue into human patients with degenerative diseases of the brain and nervous system, such as Parkinson‟s disease, have been conducted with essentially no success.” The glossary in this entry was helpful for words such as “trophectoderm,” and the text of President George W. Bush‟s policy speech concluded the article. Encyclopedia of Censorship REF 363.31 G796E 2005 The introduction includes a quote by Hilaire Belloc (1908): And always keep a-hold of nurse, for fear of finding something worse. The word censor is from the Latin censere, which meant “to declare formally” or “assess.” Thus, the official duties of the Roman Censor were to count Rome‟s population. I will let you read the introduction to learn how the term progressed to its modern day usage, but I can‟t resist sharing an entry that I chanced to see. Rabbit’s Wedding is a picture book by famed author, Garth Williams, that sold well from 1958 to May 1959. At that

time, integration became such a hot topic that someone noticed the lapine couple was composed of a black buck and a white doe. The “Home News” of Montgomery, Alabama, stated that Rabbit’s Wedding was integrationist propaganda aimed at children in their formative years, and the Montgomery library hid the book in their “reserved” shelves. As ridiculous as that may sound in 2007, it‟s a good example of the extremes which are exposed in this fascinating reference book. The Historical Atlas of American Crime REF 364 R813H 2005 The combination of an atlas with the topic of crime is intriguing. The author agrees. In “How to Use This Book,” Fred Rosen says that “from 1592 to 2003, crime and criminals adapted to geography, population shifts, and new methods of communication, transportation, and weapons technology. The entries presented here detail this progression in a way crime has rarely been considered.” In 1992, the Clements Library at the University of Michigan acquired the Medler collection of true crime literature. It filled in the gaps of criminal history between the 17th and 19th centuries, enabling this project to be completed. The atlas is divided into chronological time periods from 1587 – 2003 and includes both biographical and geographical entries. The Harp brothers were mentioned repeatedly by the author as the first serial killers (1790-1800) so I looked them up and was appalled by their vicious acts. This atlas should delight true crime aficionados. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore (3 Volumes) REF 398.2 G816A 2006 The bright colors on the covers of these three volumes attract the eye, but this set is attractive in more ways than one. It is reader-friendly, including a list of entries, a guide to related topics and an impressive index, and strives to fill a gap in academia, which has tended to neglect African American folklore. International scholars and researchers contributed entries on topics ranging from language, dance, food, and festivals to material culture, genres, and events. I looked up quilting and was impressed by the well-written article‟s mention of Faith Ringgold and the Gee‟s Bend quilters. A side bar described a woman‟s memory of crawling underneath a quilt frame in a quilting bee and watching needles plunge through the fabric that topped her safe haven. Habitats of the World (11 Volumes) REF 577 H116 2006 The introduction describes this attractive set as “a powerful tool for learning about habitat diversity, ecosystem dynamics, and environmental issues impacting our world today. Most important, it helps readers understand the vital role of humans in maintaining habitat diversity and sustaining a healthy planet.” That quote makes me think Al Gore would enjoy this welldesigned reference set. Its text is complemented by lovely color photos, illustrations, and sidebars. Students should appreciate its many helps, such as a list of the contents of each slim volume, a reader‟s guide, glossary, and six indexes. Comparative Guide to American Hospitals: 4,200 Hospitals with Key Personnel and 17 Quality Measures in Treating Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Pneumonia MED REF 610.25 C737 2005

Since the competition between area hospitals is often in our local news, this guide will be an interesting source of information. Section One is devoted to hospital rankings and profiles by state. The data is from Grey House‟s Directory of Hospital Personnel, a Medicare sponsored website called Hospital Compare, and newly developed statistical summaries and state rankings. The latter are featured in Section Two. The first pages under Indiana are charts comparing hospitals in three specific emergency situations: heart attack care, heart failure care, and pneumonia care. Saint Elizabeth Medical Center outranked Home Hospital in every comparison except two: Oxygenation Assessment and Assessment of Left Ventricular (only separated by three places for the latter.) Most Indianapolis hospitals were ranked higher than our area hospitals, except for Adult Smoking Cessation Advice (St. E. was 10th in the state), Initial Antibiotic Timing for Pneumonia (St. E. was 24th,) and Oxygenation Assessment (St. E. was 20th.) In overall rankings that compared further data related to the three emergency situations, Home Hospital was 58th and St. Elizabeth was 59th in the state. Encyclopedia of Heart Diseases MED REF 616.12 K45E 2006 Dr. M. Gabriel Khan, the cardiologist author of this encyclopedia, was praised in the foreword of another book he authored. Dr. Henry Marriott quoted Oliver Goldsmith‟s poem: And still they gaz’d, and the wonder grew that one small head could carry all he knew. We could say the same about this single volume that is packed with knowledge. It opens with a detailed table of contents and closes with a detailed index. I enjoyed reading about diets (Dr. Khan‟s favorite is the Mediterranean diet) and “Aspirin for Heart Disease.” An illustration in the latter entry indicated that an aspirin a day was better than a daily apple. The next four pages explained why by describing clinical studies, the mechanism of action, and recognized indications for aspirin and dose. The entry included a bibliography. Although the text uses medical technology, a lay person should be able to understand it, but it may be daunting for anyone younger than high school age. A Dictionary of Modern Design REF 745.44 W888D 2004 This browsable, well-designed dictionary explains more than 2000 design terms from the past 150 years. The cover page for each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with a modern design. I was curious about the Arts and Crafts Movement, and found a boxed entry about it. The “M” page featured a stained glass creation by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who was interested in both the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Deco. A two-page biographical entry about William Morris revealed that his theories about fine craftsmanship and natural motifs were a foundation for the Arts and Crafts Movement. Unfortunately, the emphasis on excellent craftsmanship rendered the pieces unaffordable for the general public, and that is still the case in 2007. American Popular Music: Blues, Classical, Country, Folk, Jazz, Rock n’ Roll, and Rhythm & Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop (8 Volumes) REF 781.6 A512 2006 “The rich cross-fertilization of cultures – African American, Hispanic, Asian, and European – has resulted in one of the unique musical mixtures in the world,” according to editor Richard

Carlin. This reference set celebrates that diversity by giving students, researchers, and individual music lovers a plethora of information on each style. Seven of the volumes are devoted to a style and the eighth is a comprehensive index. The entries focus on performers, famous compositions, musical instruments, centers of musical activity and more. Each volume concludes with a recommended listening section, a chronology, a glossary, a list of festivals and organizations, study resources for further reading, and an index. Did you know B. B. King and his electric guitar “Lucille” have recorded more CDs (71) than any other living blues performer? The Animated Movie Guide REF 791.433 B393A The author, Jerry Beck, is an animation historian, which sounds like an enjoyable profession. As animation‟s popularity surged with the introduction of new technology, he noted the lack of a comprehensive movie guide. This fascinating guide certainly fills that need, from its opening chronological list of animated features to its concluding three appendices and detailed index. I looked up Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and learned that some studios nicknamed it “Disney‟s Folly.” I‟m sure they regretted that label when the film soared in popularity! It is described as “one of the most significant films ever made” and was a major innovation in its time. In fact, the author speculates that if Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had never been created, American animation may have veered off on a different course. Perhaps, Jerry Beck would not have had a career at all if that had been the case. However, it was made, thus allowing Mr. Beck to end his introduction with “the immortal words of Buzz Lightyear, „To infinity and beyond.‟ “ Swingin’ On the Ether Waves: A Chronological History of African Americans in Radio and Television Broadcasting, 1925 – 1955 (2 Volumes) REF 791.45 S192S 2005 I was curious why only a thirty-year span was covered by this history resource, but the preface answered my question. Previous publications have only marginally covered this time period, so author Henry T. Sampson, Jr. sought to fill this void. Volume One is divided into an overview and four time periods: 1924-1934, 1935-1939, 1940-1944, and 1945-1949. Volume Two covers 1950-1955, then proceeds to six appendices, four of which are radio scripts. A thorough index follows the text, which is strewn with black-and-white photos. I was surprised to learn that the author received a BS from Purdue in chemical engineering prior to earning an MS and PhD in nuclear engineering. Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre REF 808.381 J69H 2005 This outstanding reader‟s advisory work provides a wealth of information for readers and librarians alike. Chapter 15 alone includes biographies and bibliographies, online resources, publishers, writers‟ manuals, two appendices, and four indexes. The text is grouped into chapters on the basis of similarity of theme and style as opposed to definite time periods. Each chapter opens with a commentary on the subgenre and then is further divided into time periods and geographical locations. I discovered a chapter titled “Historical Thrillers” and discovered a new author under the subtitle, “Psychological Suspense.” Each title had a short summary so I could choose what appealed to me. Historical fiction readers should love this reference work!

All Things Austen: An Encyclopedia of Austen’s World (2 Volumes) REF 823.7 O52A 2005 The author was motivated to create this encyclopedia because one “fails to appreciate the truly elegant economy of her (Austen‟s) language without a full comprehension of the objects and ideas to which she refers.” The helpful components of the text include an alphabetized list of the 150 plus articles, illustrations from the Lewis Walpole Library, the Guide to Related Articles, a timeline, and abbreviated references to Austen‟s writings embedded in the articles. The latter is clarified by a “List of Works and Abbreviations.” In the entry about marriage, I learned that “a woman beyond the marriageable age was thought to be of little use to anyone.” Jane Austen certainly disproved that idea! James Dean in Death: A Popular Encyclopedia of a Celebrity Phenomenon REF 927.9143 D281B 2005 Did you know James Dean only appeared in three films? Yet his death made him a cult hero, and the fans that still revere him half a century later should enjoy this encyclopedia. The authors state that “this book is an alphabetical compendium of information related to the death of James Dean and its impact on popular culture. It does not serve as a biography of Dean the man or the actor, though much information on both will be found herein.” One unique entry is the entire deposition given by the other driver, Donald Turnupseed. It includes details about his background and how his collision with James Dean‟s Porsche affected his life. Another interesting detail is that James Dean is buried in Fairmount, Indiana, and there is a yearly commemoration service. Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives REF 973 U58O 2003 The purpose of this volume is “to encourage all Americans to participate in a series of events and programs to get us thinking, talking, and teaching about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy.” The team of archivists, historians, curators, and educators who chose the “top 100” did not include any documents newer than 1965 and focused on documents of political importance in the United States‟ development. A section of suggestions for further reading and a short index completes the volume.

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