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The following titles received ratings of "Outstanding" (O) by members of the 2008 University Press Books Committee. "Outstanding" titles are defined as having exceptional editorial content and subject matter. They are essential editions to most library collections.


Dalby, Liza

East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir through the Seasons

University of California Press

“Brilliantly written by the author of Geisha. A diary-like autobiographical memoir, written in 72 separate 5-day units, making use of the form of an ancient Chinese almanac discovered by the author.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)

“Essays from a gardener’s heart depict 72 stages of the year, as in Japanese tradition. Dalby recognizes and honors each stage with clever and creative essays and poems.”—Carla K. Bauman-Franks (PLA)


Mandel, David

Who’s Who in the Jewish Bible

The Jewish Publication Society

“This quick and comprehensive reference guide to men and women of the Jewish Bible serves well as fast-facts resource or a springboard to broader study. Each entry includes Biblical references for convenient cross-referencing.”—Carla K. Bauman-Franks (PLA)


Warner, Laceye

Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice

Baylor University Press

Saving Women is far too important a work to ignore in 2008, as it provides perspective on the ethical/moral insight of seven women. Without the right to vote and denied access to the circles of national power, they challenged slavery, political oppression, and poverty in the world around them. The women within this work are examples of faith-based power to a new generation of Americans who feel oppressed and disenfranchised.”—Sonja Plummer-Morgan (PLA)


Patel, Eboo

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

Beacon Press

“Eboo Patel’s story as an American Muslim is a powerful account of one hopeful man’s struggle against biases in America and how young people can bring together a purpose of common humanity and advance peace in the world.”—Laura L. Summers, PhD (AASL)


Campbell, Malcolm

Ireland’s New Worlds: Immigrants, Politics, and Society in the United States and Australia, 1815-1922

The University of Wisconsin Press

“Author Malcolm Campbell breaks away from general, national interpreted norms of the Irish immigrant experience and, instead, focuses on particular communities of Irish immigrants in America and in Australia. Beginning with a brief history of Ireland, it is the devastation of the Famine that creates massive emigration from that country. Campbell’s cross-national study of the immigrant experience finds that the various stages of economic development in each location had an impact on the Irish immigrant. In America, the Irish immigrant tended to settle in urban locations whereas the Irish immigrant in Australia tended to settle into farming. Politically, in America, the Irish immigrant tended towards activism and, in Australia, the Irish immigrant enjoyed greater religious tolerance. This comparative analysis of the 100 years of the history of the Irish immigrant experience in America and Australia is recommended for academic and public libraries.” —Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Goodlad, Lauren M.E. and Michael Bibby (Editors)

Goth: Undead Subculture

Duke University Press

Goth: An Undead Subculture is an outstanding book for adults who wish to understand the 27 year-old “fad.” The author reaches for many of the underlying myths and film/media roots for this poignant subculture in America and elsewhere. Goth answers the question whether this form of self expression that rejects the mainstream should be considered threatening and gives the reader enough data and observation to decide for themselves.” —Sonja Plummer-Morgan (PLA)


Drew, Shirley K., Melanie Mills, and Bob Gassaway (Editors)

Dirty Work: The Social Constructions of Taint

Baylor University Press

Dirty Work explains the importance of work that students are not normally exposed to in a typical career unit. Readers will gain an appreciation for the individuals behind the stigmatized roles and have a better understanding of the wide spectrum of opportunities in society.” —Laura L. Summers, PhD (AASL)


Bales, Kevin

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves

University of California Press

“A modern guidelines for putting an end to the global slave trade, a $13 billion industry. The author provides a thorough overview of slavery, which includes the history, the methods, and the conditions under which it flourishes, and the victims involved. Kevin Bales, the author, is president of Free the Slaves, the US sister organization of England’s Anti-Slavery International.” —Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)

“This important title will find a ready audience in most high schools. Bales goes beyond presenting a frank look at the scope of slavery in the 21st century (including slavery in the United States). His final two chapters provide a variety of strategies that students can put into action.” —Judith Repman, PhD (AASL)


Wiltse, Jeff

Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America

The University of North Carolina Press

“A detailed study of municipal pools, from the late 19th century to present day. A strong emphasis is stressed on how the history of these pools reflected the painful yet triumphal struggles that socio-economic class, gender, and race went through in this country.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Kennedy, Sheila

God and Country: America in Red and Blue

Baylor University Press

“Finding titles that deal with the role of religion in contemporary politics, and that present the issues in a balanced and accessible style are rare. This title provides enough history to help high school students understand why we hear so much discussion of ‘America in Red and Blue.’ “ —Judith Repman, PhD (AASL)


O’Hanlon, Michael E. (Editor)

Opportunity 08: Independent Ideas for America’s Next President

Brookings Institution Press

“Despite the fact that its title seems to imply that this book needs to be read right now, high school students and teachers will find these essays useful for many years to come. Organized into sections titled “Our World”, “Our Society”, and “Our Prosperity”, the distinguished authors of each chapter present a non-partisan discussion of the challenges facing the United States in the 21st century. Topics range from strengthening higher education to countering the challenge of Iran and the focus on solutions that transcend political rhetoric.” —Judith Repman, PhD (AASL)


DiIulio, John J. Jr

Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America’s Faith-Based Future

University of California Press

Godly Republic is a must-read that gives an illuminating insider’s view of government harnessing religious energy for the good of society. The author examines with care the issues raised vis-à-vis the U.S. Constitution and gives examples of thought from Thomas Jefferson, Madison, and Benjamin Franklin. A good choice for all library collections.”—Sonja Plummer-Morgan (PLA)


Finan, Christopher M.

From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America

Beacon Press

“Violations of the First Amendment have been a concern for almost one hundred years. In the early twentieth century, the Palmer Raids rounded up Russian immigrants and whether or not they were truly Socialists or Communists, hundreds were deported. Finan’s book traces the fight for free speech—the fight to unionize, the creation of the ACLU, the McCarthy hearings, artistic censorship, Sunshine laws, and the Patriot Act—in this highly readable history of the struggle.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Schulz, William F.

The Phenomenon of Torture: Readings and Commentary

University of Pennsylvania Press

“This no-holds-barred book brings out some of the heavy hitters in political thought including Voltaire, Solzhenitsyn, Arendt and Foucault. Comprised of seven chapters, this book covers the act of being tortured, who tortures, and lastly, healing the victims and ending torture. The readings are brief, quickly getting to the heart of each issue. The personal accounts are gripping; the callousness and banality of those responsible for torture are horrendous. The editor not only includes notes and an extensive bibliography, which is expected, but he also includes excerpts from documents alluded to in the text and a list of organizations for getting involved. I recommend this book for larger public libraries with a specialty in International Relations or Government Policy.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Norton, Augustus R.

Hezbollah: A Short History

Princeton University Press

“This volume is must-reading for any student interested in understanding the challenges in the Middle East. Norton has taken a lifetime of scholarship and distilled it into a short volume that provides a thorough and insightful look into the rise of Hezbollah.”—Judith Repman, PhD (AASL)


Bagley, Tennent H.

Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games

Yale University Press

Spy Wars reads like a detective novel, only the hero doesn’t wrap up all unanswered questions neatly at the end of the book! Bagley writes with conviction and understanding about a period in world history that is complex and unnerving and does it masterfully. The case of Yuri Nosenko is just one of many CIA-KGB dalliance over the span of the Cold War, what makes this case special is that several of the original participants still can not give a definitive answer as to whether Nosenko was a plant for the KGB or a defector to the CIA. Even the appendices, while offering written documentation of the ‘facts,’ still aren’t convincing. This tale is absolutely spellbinding! I recommend this book for all public libraries.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Sherman, Max (Editor)

Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder

University of Texas Press

“What enthuses me the most about this slim volume is the CD of Barbara Jordan’s speeches that accompanies the text. While her language is impeccable and her speeches uplifting, reading the speeches of this amazing woman is not enough. One cannot claim to understand Barbara Jordan until you have heard her unique and distinguished voice. The profound loss Max Sherman, editor of this wonderful work, feels at the loss of his dear friend is palpable. We too, as readers, mourn the loss of this remarkable woman, but through these personal insights and stories and her inspirational speeches Ms. Jordan’s life and legacy lives on for a new generation of citizens. I recommend this book for all public libraries.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Barry, Kathleen M.

Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants

Duke University Press

“Their roles as nurse-stewardess, glamour girls of the sky, airborne waitresses and hostesses, are described as Barry relates the struggles of flight attendants for improved working conditions. Changing flight technology, advertising and popular cultural images of working women are woven throughout this history.” —Paul J. Gregorio (AASL)


Nash, Steve

Millipedes and Moon Tigers: Science and Policy in an Age of Extinction

The University of Virginia Press

“Most of the chapters in this book first appeared in newspapers and magazines. Although the chapters are distinct in subject matter, from disappearing songbirds to the American chestnut blight to civil war battlefields, the underlying theme is the impact of governmental policies and technology on the environment. Nash shares his thoughts about what policies and technology should do in the immediate future to address current situations and to prevent future ecological predicaments. This is a very readable introduction to contemporary environmental issues.”—Christine Owens (PLA)


Zontek, Ken

Buffalo Nation: American Indian Efforts to Restore the Bison

University of Nebraska Press

“Zontek describes the restoration of bison from the 1870’s to the present due to Native-American stewardship. The efforts of Native leaders, tribal organizations and governmental programs in the United States and Canada combine in this story of restoration of the buffalo.”—Paul J. Gregorio (AASL)


Kilpatrick, Judith

There When We Needed Him: Wiley Austin Branton, Civil Rights Warrior

The University of Arkansas Press

“A civil rights lawyer whose first big case was the Little Rock nine, Wiley Austin Branton went on to work in Lyndon Johnson’s White House. He worked tirelessly to further the cause of civil rights in America. There are too few books that tell of the people who struggled along with Martin Luther King, Jr. and this is a well-written, welcome addition.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Norgren, Jill

Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President

New York University Press

“The fascinating biography of Belva Lockwood paints a picture of a woman struggling to become a lawyer, as it transports us to the women’s right issues of her day through the unique tales. Tales include her twice running for US president, even though she couldn’t vote, how in 1879 she won in her struggle to practice at the bar of the Supreme Court. However, Belva was not just an advocate for women’s rights, but also a determined fighter for peace and justice for ALL people. The book is important because it recaptures the life of one we can use as a role model—a champion for peace and justice for men and women alike, who are struggling against prejudice, racism and injustice.”—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)

“Belva Lockwood was the first woman admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. Twice she ran for president before women had the right to vote. Often forgotten in the shadows of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Belva Lockwood was a woman who worked tirelessly as a lawyer and civil rights advocate. This biography is beautifully written and opens up the world of a woman who felt that her deeds spoke for themselves, and that a book on her life would never be necessary. How wrong she was. This book gives a glimpse to a time and place in history that is often overlooked and does so with a human touch.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Hoffer, Peter Charles, Williamjames Hull Hoffer, and N.E.H. Hull

The Supreme Court: An Essential History

University Press of Kansas

“The battleground for many of the most important constitutional debates in U.S. History, The Supreme Court has been a body that has changed as its members have changed. With this book, Members of the editorial team of The Landmark Law Cases and American Society series and veteran historians have gathered a history that looks at the Court by the specific terms of the Chief Justices and the cases from their periods as moderators of a unique legal body. With this readable book, people can get a vision of how the Court responded or failed to respond to the cases of our history.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Burch, Susan and Hannah Joyner

Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson

The University of North Carolina Press

“This is the story of a deaf African American man who spent most of his life in a mental institution despite the fact that there was never any due process. This is an excellent study on how we have historically addressed diversity. This is an excellent historical study through an unflinchingly honest portrait of a life.”—Saul J. Amdursky (PLA)


Ifill, Sherrilyn A.

On The Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century

Beacon Press

“Out of the nearly 5,000 black Americans who were the victims of lynching between 1890 and 1960, Sherrilyn Ifill accounts for two cases in Maryland. The first part of the book describes the horrific practice of lynching and the gruesome histories of the Armwood and the Williams lynchings in the 1930s. Ifill implicates not only the terrorists who perpetrated the murders, but also the media and those people who did nothing to stop the lynchings. A civil rights lawyer, the author aligns her accounts with efforts at restorative justice and reconciliation as she outlines a pathway for reparations.” —Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Adams, David

Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners

Vanderbilt University Press

“David Adams has written an excellent study of the motivation behind men who murder their intimate partners. Working from interviews with the abusers, the author builds histories that help the reader to understand that a long series of complex factors and disturbing influences resulted in the perpetrators’ violent behavior. Adams also includes interviews with surviving victims and offers recommendations. As this is considered a hot topic that is often the subject of undergraduate research papers, I highly recommend this book for high school, community college, university and public libraries.”—Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Drennan, William R.

Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders

The University of Wisconsin Press/ Terrace Books

“Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most celebrated and written about, architects of our time. Before this title, little had been written about the murders of his lover and six others at his landmark residence of Taliesin. The book delves deeply into the personal lives of Wright and those around him and puts forth a well-researched story of the tragedies. The details are sometimes so overwhelming that they take away from the subject. Recommended for larger public libraries.”—Trish Burns (PLA)


Bornemann, Alberto Ulloa (Edited and Translated by Arthur Schmidt and Aurora Camacho de Schmidt)

Surviving Mexico’s Dirty War: A Political Prisoner’s Memoir

Temple University Press

“During Mexico’s Dirty War in the 1970s, author Alberto Ulloa Bornemann was held captive and tortured as a political prisoner by the military government. Bornemann’s tale is about his involvement with revolutionaries, his captivity, and his subsequent acknowledgement that Mexico’s problems would not be solved by armed conflict. Like Timerman’s Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number, this memoir is a graphic exposure to the methods Bornemann undertook took to survive for four years as he experienced the violent torture methods and psychological trauma in three of Mexico’s prisons.”—Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Feraca, Jean

I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio

The University of Wisconsin Press/ Terrace Books

“Jean Feraca is a great storyteller and poet that has shared the quirkiness of her family with the world. Her memoir is filled with passion, love, and hilarity.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Blaszczyk, Regina Lee

Producing Fashion: Commerce, Culture, and Consumers

University of Pennsylvania Press

“Thirteen essays describe the fashion culture of clothes for men and women as an interaction between economic factors and consumer tastes. The rise of fashion nationalism in Europe, Russia and the United States is presented in terms of individual and group styles for both formal and casual clothing.”—Paul J. Gregorio (AASL)


Forbes, Bruce David

Christmas: A Candid History

University of California Press

“Forbes presents a brief social history of Christmas from pre-Christian winter celebrations to the commercialization of the holiday in American popular culture. The growth of the holiday to include Christmas cards, music and movies are included in this easy to read overview, Includes an annotated bibliography.”—Paul J. Gregorio (AASL)


Trumble, William and Lesley Brown (Editors)

Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Sixth Edition

Oxford University Press

“If your library has an ancient, unabridged dictionary, replace it with this two-volume dictionary! This dictionary is an abridged version of the 20 volume Oxford English Dictionary and is a complete update of earlier editions of the Shorter OED. Each entry is highly readable in a clear font. Many entries show the development of words through chronological definitions and etymologies. Over 600,000 English words from 1700 to the present day are included along with words appearing in Shakespeare’s works, the King James Bible and other major pieces of writing from before 1700. Includes a complete cd-rom version of the dictionary.”—Terri L. Lent (AASL)


Burgett, Bruce and Glenn Hendler

Keywords for American Cultural Studies

New York University Press

“This book takes sixty-four words that are in current and consistent use in American cultural studies today and not only explains them, but also dissects them, and makes them terms of discussion of their own merit. Leading scholars have approached individual keywords and given them their own interpretation in hopes of leading the general reader to understanding the latest thinking in scholarly concepts. College students now have the chance to discuss with their professors terms that are often glossed over as accepted vocabulary.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


McDonald, Angela

Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Names, Greetings, Insults, Sayings

University of California Press

“Highly readable and entertaining, Write Your Own Egyptian Hierglyphs covers the history of ancient Egyptian civilization and the context of this fascinating, early form of writing. Readers learn to create hieroglyphs for names, places, phrases and even insults! Kids from upper elementary through high school and adults will enjoy this fun book from the University of California Press.”—Terri L. Lent (AASL)


Fothergill, Alastair

Planet Earth: As You’ve Never Seen It Before

University of California Press

“Gorgeous photography and fascinating text make this companion book to the Discover Channel series, Planet Earth, a must have for all libraries. The book is divided into 11 sections, starting with the entire planet and breaking up to cover the poles, forests, great plains, deserts, mountains, underground caverns and caves, rainforests, fresh water, shallow seas and the deepest ocean habitats. The writers focus on the creatures who call these unique places home and the dangers facing them as habitats change through climate changes and the impact of humans. The book includes a comprehensive index, which makes this beautiful book accessible to students needing to research the natural world.” —Terri L. Lent (AASL)

“All types of land forms and habitats explode off the pages of this coffee-table size book, informing us of the varied marvels of the planet we inhabit. You feel you are right there encountering the landform, the creatures, vegetation and the weather. The awesome photography, the concise and authoritative text, as well as the breadth of the geographic survey make this one of the most outstanding scientific titles of the year for people in every walk of life. Planet Earth will gain a lasting place on bookshelves in homes and libraries of all types, for generations to come. Here one learns about the world through their eyes, as they enjoy strolling through the Planet Earth.”—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)

“I couldn’t believe my good fortune when I received this companion book to the BBC/Discovery Channel television series Planet Earth, put together by Alastair Fothergill. Like the TV series, the coffee-table size book is stunning, big and bold. The over 400 images are beautiful and many can stand on their own as art. The first chapter considers the entire Earth and the opening photograph is of the Earth, taken from the moon by Apollo 17. Each of the following 10 chapters considers a different biome--the poles, forests, plains, deserts, mountains, caves, fresh water, rainforests, seas, and oceans. I was prepared to enjoy the chapters on the oceans as much as I had enjoyed Fothergill’s TV series The Blue Planet, however, it was the chapter about caves that really amazed me. The issues that are brought up in the text are extremely important as they bring to the forefront the fact that if we do not take care of this planet, we may very well lose it. Since matters of sustainability are currently such a hot topic, I highly recommend this book for all school, academic, and public libraries.”—Karen Pangallo (AASL)

“This title is the companion book to the Discovery Channel/BBC series: Planet Earth. The photographs in this book are simply magnificent, capturing life in the seas, forests, deserts, poles, mountains, and plains, truly, as we’ve never seen it before. This book allows you to feel the awe and joy and power of the greater world around us. Descriptions and facts are somewhat short at times, but understood because of the sheer volume of material. Recommended for larger public libraries.”—Trish Burns (PLA)

Planet Earth is a spectacular panorama photograph book of the world’s flora, fauna, poles, forest, plains, deserts, mountains and oceans. Images reveal an astonishing variety of geology and life in exquisite colors from around the globe. The work is an offshoot of the Planet Earth series seen on the Discovery/BBC channels.”—Dr. Terri Maggio (PLA)

“A companion to the Discovery Channel/BBC series, this title’s stunning photographs and informative text cover ten different biomes. Detailing their landscapes and predator/prey relationships, it beautifully presents the incredible variety and intricacies of habitats while instilling a sense of the precariousness of the ecosystems in today’s changing world.” —Christine Owens (PLA)


Maor, Eli

The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History

Princeton University Press

“For the community college student in a liberal arts math class or for the math historian, this record of the evolution of the Pythagorean Theorem is a gem. Beginning with the solving of Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1993, the book then goes back to ancient Mesopotamia and Babylonia’s use of geometry. With a very readable style, author Eli Maor presents an account of the Pythagorean Theorem and its approximate 400 proofs, up to its importance in the Theory of Relativity. Along with abundant examples—the mover’s dilemma, Mozart’s music, and mapmaking—Maor’s book has 8 appendices, one of which is the solutions to brainteasers, and a chronology of the Pythagorean Theorem.”—Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Clark, Stuart

The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began

Princeton University Press

“This book walks a fine line between being a fascinating biography of one of the strangest characters in the field of astrophysics, Richard Carrington, and a very scientific history of the study of the sun. Clark refers to other pioneers in the study of astrophysics, but the focus of this story is on Carrington. Before the fierce magnetic storm in August 1859, Carrington had been observing, drawing, and noting the effects of solar activity on the Earth. It was his discovery regarding the rotation of the sun, his study of solar flares, and his sunspot catalog that launched the field of astrophysics. If only Carrington’s messy personal life—with his unfortunate marriage to his two-timing wife, her questionable demise, and his own suicide—hadn’t got in the way of his career. But that is what makes for an interesting biography.” —Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Rowe, David E. and Robert Schulmann

Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb

Princeton University Press

“Through an historical presentation of Einstein’s thoughts, writings, and letters, the reader learns how Einstein the Scientist and Einstein the Optimist was tested by world events. Each of Einstein’s documents is prefaced with the editors’ brief synopses of the events leading to Einstein’s comments. A wealth of primary documents, this book illustrates Einstein’s concerns and his opinion of Zionism, pacifism, the two world wars, anti-Semitism, socialism, political freedom, social justice, and nuclear weapons. When read all together, the reader is left with a picture of Einstein the Humanist.” —Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Bais, Sander

Very Special Relativity: An Illustrated Guide

Harvard University Press

“This book is for the neophyte interested in learning the fundamentals of the theory of relativity. Sander Bais brings clarity to the principles by using easy to follow diagrams and simple explanations. For those readers and physics students who like a challenge, Bais provides brainteasers after several of the concepts. Throughout the book, each chapter is introduced by a quote from Einstein and none describes this book better than, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.”—Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Hough, Susan Elizabeth

Richter’s Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man

Princeton University Press

“This is the first biography of Charles Richter who most know only by name. This well-researched and accessible title explores the many sides of this complex man. Hough, a seismologist herself, is well qualified to place Richter in the context of the history of seismology. This book clearly shows that Richter deserves to be known for more than just the scale that bears his name.” —Christine Owens (PLA)


Pearce, Fred

With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change

Beacon Press

“Environmental journalist Pearce explores Type II climate change, which occurs suddenly because “tipping points” have been crossed. In this timely title, Pearce includes the stories and research of scientists all over the globe and their growing knowledge of historic natural climate change. This readable book provides much evidence that the impact of global warming may be sudden and drastic. This title is an excellent book for those wanting a better understanding of climate change.”—Christine Owens (PLA)


Acorn, John

Deep Alberta: Fossil Facts and Dinosaur Digs

The University of Alberta Press

“Even though the fossils and dinosaur digs are in Alberta, readers of all ages and from all places easily learn about various creatures living long ago through the eyes of a paleontologist, through the interesting and clear text and the marvelous photos. Eighty of the most noteworthy fossils and fossil digs are featured, and include dinosaurs, fish, venomous mammals and smaller creatures. The authors writing and presentation quickly engross the reader making this a treasure trove for fossil lovers.”—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)


Naskrecki, Piotr

The Smaller Majority: The Hidden World of the Animals That Dominate the Tropics

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

“Naskrecki presents hundreds of colored photographs of animals smaller than a few inches living in tropical ecosystems in the hopes of helping readers overcome their phobia of such creatures. Rather than providing text covering the life cycle of these animals, he briefly describes some of their unique features. The photographs are absolutely amazing and readers will marvel at these tiny animals.”—Christine Owens (PLA)


McAllister, Ian

The Last Wild Wolves: Ghosts of the Rain Forest

University of California Press

“For those concerned for our environment and interested in the ecosystem of the wolf and other wild animals, The Last Wild Wolves moves the heart and mind to understand the frail nature of all living things and how easily it can become unbalanced. The marvelous photography enhances the text, but it is the added feature of the short DVD, that makes this title accessible to young and old alike and useful for all ages in a school setting or a community conservation project.”—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)

“The wolves in the coastal areas of British Columbia are genetically distinct from those further inland and exhibit very different eating and behavior patterns. They also have little knowledge of man. McAllister is an award-winning photographer with intimate knowledge of these wolves based on years of observations. He documents two wolf packs with text and incredible photographs in the hope that an understanding of these unique animals will lead to their preservation.”—Christine Owens (PLA)


Linden, David J.

The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

The Accidental Mind’s greatest strength is demystifying biology and neuroscience into under-standable human terms for the nonscientist. His writing is witty and engaging. What is interesting is how the human brain design is not designed as many have imagined.”—Dr. Terri Maggio (PLA)


Montgomery, David R.

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

University of California Press

“The author’s premise is that fertile dirt is becoming a rare commodity and in order to avoid suffering the same fate as other civilizations, steps need to be taken to protect what topsoil remains. Using history, archaeology and geology, Montgomery relates what man has done to destroy this precious natural resource from ancient times to the present. He also discusses agriculture technology that might help improve this dire situation. Readers will be fascinated by this natural and cultural history of dirt.”—Christine Owens (PLA)


Freedman, Paul (Editor)

Food: The History of Taste

University of California Press

“This book serves up 10 delicious historical essays about customs related to eating, food, and how world civilizations revolve around food. With a pinch of the politics of the time, a dollop of the influence of religions and a hint of local farming traditions, the authors present the history of taste, eating, and food. Lactose intolerance, cutlery, bans on pork, restaurants, supermarkets, chefs, delicatessens—these are but a few of the topics on the menu. Abundantly illustrated with art and photography, this is a very readable and useful reference tool for all libraries.”—Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Power, Susan C.

Art of the Cherokee: Prehistory to the Present

University of Georgia Press

“Thoroughly researched, this title provides a comprehensive look at Cherokee Art through the present. A glossary is included, as well as an excellent index and exhaustive section on works consulted. Photographs are quite detailed and good. The term “art”, as used in this book, includes the process or ceremony of making the objects, as well as the objects themselves.”—Trish Burns (PLA)


Battistini, Matilde

Astrology, Magic, and Alchemy

Getty Publications

“The occult, its symbolism and iconography, is artfully described and pictured in this volume from Getty’s Guide to Imagery series. This visual handbook informs the reader about astrological signs and symbols, allegorical and anthropomorphic alchemy, and all things magical as depicted in art from the Middle Ages through the art of Salvador Dali and Marc Chagall.” —Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Baragli, Sandra

European Art of the Fourteenth Century

Getty Publications

“Like other Getty publications in the Art Through the Centuries series, this succinct title is a beautifully illustrated book. With just enough information for the reader who is curious about the plague, stained glass, clothing, places, and artists of the fourteenth century, this volume is an outstanding introduction to the time period.” —Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Fink, Lois Marie

A History of the Smithsonian American Art Museum: The Intersection of Art, Science, and Bureaucracy

University of Massachusetts Press

“Lois Fink, a 23-year research curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, used the museum’s archives and primary sources to trace the history of the nation’s first federal art collection from 1846 to the 1980s. Along with the bumpy history of what was once called the National Cabinet of Curiosities, the reader learns about the management system that guides the philosophy, buildings, and acquisitions of the Smithsonian. Prone to the vagaries of legislation, discontent Board members, and a variety of leaders, the collections of the Smithsonian continued to grow in the Patent Office Building in Washington, DC. The appendix outlines sources of the collection, museum name changes, a list of buildings, a list of secretaries and directors, and an explanation of the Board of Regents. Although the book is recommended for academic and public libraries, of particular interest to librarians are the sections on collection management as well as education and research.”—Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Karson, Robin

A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era

University of Massachusetts Press

“Robin Karson’s lavish book will satisfy the historian, the professional landscape designer, as well as the home gardener. The clear narrative style of the eight biographies of garden architects from the early twentieth century will engage a variety of readers. An abundance of beautiful black and white photographs and landscape plans help convey the sense of time and place, as well as help illustrate the designs of the Country Place Era.”—Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Box, Hal

Think Like an Architect

University of Texas Press

“The author tries to get the reader to believe that good architecture matters and he does a credible job. Written in letter-style, Box answers questions posed to him by students and friends. The style of writing is easy and authoritative without being intimidating to the novice. A Reading List is a nice touch, as is a Seeing List (a list of structures that the author feels are examples of great architecture). The author effectively uses both text and illustrations to give the reader a more robust comprehension of the subject.”—Trish Burns (PLA)


Connell, Jo

Coloring Clay (Ceramics Handbooks)

University of Pennsylvania Press

“Useful for the artist, the student, or the instructor, Coloring Clay addresses the history and the techniques of coloring and using clay. The lavishly illustrated guide gives clear instructions as well as introducing leading artists of the various coloring techniques. Health and safety concerns are addressed and a list of suppliers is included.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Wardell, Sasha.

Slipcasting (Ceramics Handbooks)

University of Pennsylvania Press

“Slipcasting, the process of forming pottery in molds, is an ancient technique with modern implications. Wardell’s handbook gives the historical context, details the step-by-step process of modern slipcasting, and introduces notable artists in the field.” —Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Moser, Barry

Ashen Sky: The Letters of Pliny the Younger on the Eruption of Vesuvius

Getty Publications

“The horrors of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Veruvium in A.D. 79 are the subject of Ashen Sky. Historical context is explained and Pliny the Younger is introduced to readers. Barry Moser illustrates translations of Pliny the Younger’s letters through beautiful and intricate woodcut engravings. This book would be appropriate for middle school and high school students studying ancient Rome in social studies classes or taking Latin language classes.” —Terri L. Lent (AASL)


Greenough, Sarah and Diane Waggoner

The Art of the American Snapshot: 1888-1978

Princeton University Press

“Based on the fall 2007 exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., this book covers the history of photography, differing photo types, processes and techniques, all through the eyes of amateur photographers across the United States. The book is divided into sections covering approximated twenty years of history. History teachers would find this book useful as primary documents, English teachers could use this for writing prompts and photography teachers could use this as a textbook for their classes!” —Terri L. Lent (AASL)


Lee, Russell

Russell Lee Photographs: Images from the Russell Lee Photograph Collection at the Center for American History

University of Texas Press

“This book is a documentary of photographs of the outstanding 20th century photographer whose images of America are reflective of a fine artist. He captures the essence of his subjects and their communities. The technical quality of his photographs are superb-some of the finest candids in the history of American photography.”—Dr. Terri Maggio (PLA)


Pollack, Howard

George Gershwin: His Life and Work

University of California Press

“An exhaustive amount of biographical and professional research. Gershwin’s musical scores are analyzed as closely as classical music scholars have examined the works of Mozart and Bach’s.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)

“This comprehensive biography of the American composer of musical theatre works reveals the life and works of the extraordinary George Gershwin. The extensive details are both interesting and scholarly with over 100 pages of notes, plus a bibliography that includes taped interviews, videography, scripts, and archival sources. Gershwin’s writings and many other Gershwin biographies, making this the first place to start research or just a book to glean how Gershwin reflected the joyful spirit and the soul of American blues to the everyday person.”—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)

“This book is exhaustively researched and very well written. Anyone interested in Gershwin’s life and music will want access to this book.”—Saul J. Amdursky (PLA)


Flinn, Caryl

Brass Diva: The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman

University of California Press

“A definitive all-inclusive piece of work that has been masterfully put together. The author addresses many intrinsic details both of Merman’s personal and professional life. What questions you have had of the ins and outs of Merman’s career have been more than answered in this publication.” —Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)

“Flinn presents a detailed biography of the life and singing career of Ethel Merman from the late 1920’s to the early 1980’s. Her professional and personal lives are described in the context of the changing Broadway and movie musicals. Includes a discography. filmography and listing of her stage work.”—Paul J. Gregorio (AASL)


Burgos Jr., Adrian

Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line

University of California Press

“Most baseball fans are well aware of the struggles African-American ballplayers encountered before the color line was broken, but most have no knowledge of the history of Latino players in the sport. Using a vast number of primary sources and interviews, Burgos shows how managers and owners manipulated racial distinctions to include Latino players from the earliest days of baseball but how they were—and are—victims of discrimination, especially if they were of a darker skin color. The book is a fascinating read for both baseball fans and history buffs.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Allen, John B.E.

The Culture and Sport of Skiing: From Antiquity to World War II

University of Massachusetts Press

“Allen’s history of skiing ranges from its utilitarian origins to its use in the military and expansion into a popular and competitive sport. The emphasis is on culture and national influences especially in Europe. Includes many illustrations.” —Paul J. Gregorio (AASL)


Larson, Thomas

The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative

Ohio University Press/Swallow Press

“Written in a way that is both scholarly and personable, this book is not a guide for writing your own personal memoirs, but helps to encourage a deeper analysis of your work’s honesty.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Popescu, Lucy and Carole Seymour-Jones

Writers Under Siege: Voices of Freedom From Around the World

New York University Press

“Bears witness to the power of the pen and the indelible rights of expression so easily taken for granted by members of free societies. Fifty contributions by writers who have paid dearly for the privilege to write: some have been imprisoned; some have been tortured; some have been killed; all have paid the price for speaking out.” —Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)

“The fifty-some writers from twenty-five countries whose prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction make up this anthology have all shared the experience of being persecuted, some to the point of death, for what they have written. This eye-opening, thought-provoking and deeply moving collection demonstrates why freedom of expression needs to be a basic right worldwide.”—Christine Owens (PLA)


Waldron, Karen A., Janice H. Brazil, and Laura M. Labatt (Editors)

Risk, Courage, and Women: Contemporary Voices in Prose and Poetry

The University of North Texas Press

“A collection of poems, essays, and narratives, that relate to how women have demonstrated courage by taking risks that have changed their lives. The introduction includes an interview with Dr. Maya Angelou. All net profit from sales of this book goes to the WINGS nonprofit organization, a recipient of Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network award. WINGS is a resource that provides funding for uninsured women with cancer.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)

“A diverse group of women writers, some well known, others less so, explore their experiences of demonstrating courage through narratives, prose and poetry. The contexts for their risk-taking include personal struggles, relationships and cross-cultural situations among others. This collection is an encouraging testament to the strength of women of all walks of life in circumstances that all women can relate to. Although intended as a textbook in Women’s Studies, individuals or book groups will find much of value here.”—Christine Owens (PLA)


Tobin, Daniel

The Book of Irish American Poetry: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present

University of Notre Dame Press

The Book of Irish American Poetry includes more than two hundred poets from the eighteenth century to 2006. This anthology is complete with biographical, historically accurate notes, and extensive bibliographies. Daniel Tobin’s work can be considered a remarkable benchmark in Irish-American studies, and indispensable to any library collection.”—Barbara Bertoldo (AASL)


Aragón, Francisco

The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry

The University of Arizona Press

“Features the work of twenty-five Latin American poets in a variety of poetry forms that is reflective of their experience in contemporary society. The book’s title alludes to the fact that poetry, like the wind, is a force that knows no boundaries.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Platt, Donald

My Father Says Grace: Poems

The University of Arkansas Press

“Extraordinary poetry whose subject matter is steeped in coping with human struggle and adversity. Subject matter ranges from racially charged conversations in a southern beauty salon to the author’s struggles with sexual identity, from elegies for public personalities, such as Janis Joplin, to poems detailing the effect a parent’s death has on the author’s family.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Whalen, Philip (Edited by Michael Rothenberg)

The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen

Wesleyan University Press

“A massive volume of work. Philip Whalen is credited with the beginning West Coast Beat movement, which is the predecessor to the performance poetry of the 60s and 70s and what has morphed into Slam poetry.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Finney, Nikky

The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South

University of Georgia Press

“The one-hundred plus emerging and well-known contemporary poets chosen for this anthology are not necessarily Southern born but as editor Nikky Finney states, “claim the South in what and how we hear ourselves.” This exceptional collection of vibrant voices deals with many aspects of the Southern experience.”—Christine Owens (PLA)


Gaunt, Carole O’Malley

Hungry Hill: A Memoir

University of Massachusetts Press

“Playwright Carole O’Malley Gaunt writes a beautiful picture of her teen years in a troubled Irish-Catholic family in working class Springfield, Massachusetts. It isn’t easy to make life with seven brothers, an alcoholic father and unlikeable stepmother sound like more than a depressing tale. Gaunt manages to make the story real and accessible. The reader empathizes without pity and cheers for the woman she becomes.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Sachsman, David B., S. Kittrell Rushing, and Roy Morris Jr. (Editors)

Memory and Myth: The Civil War in Fiction and Film from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Cold Mountain

Purdue University Press

“America’s fascination with the Civil War goes far beyond a fascination with war. The war between brothers, the idea of slavery, states’ rights, all of this had and still has such an impact on American society. Like the Vietnam War and now the war in Iraq, it is a war that brings about more questions than it answers. Memory and Myth examines how the Civil War has been approached in both film and the written word. The book delves into how the war was, is perceived by writers and filmmakers, and allows the reader to think twice about how the views of others have affected him.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Franklin, Wayne

James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Yale University Press

“This first volume about James Fenimore Cooper by Wayne Franklin opens the reader’s eyes to the world of a man who single-handedly invented the American mythology through frontier stories and sea stories. He painted the vision of Native Americans that showed their losses at the hands of white Europeans with understanding rather than caricature. Franklin delves deeply into the family papers to give his audience a view of the writer and the man. One can only hope that he does for the later years what he has done here for the early years.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Niggli, Josefina (Edited by William Orchard and Yolanda Padilla)

The Plays of Josefina Niggli: Recovered Landmarks of Latino Literature

The University of Wisconsin Press

“At first I assumed that this would be a book of writing for a specific region. I was surprised by the beauty of the writing and the haunting melody of the poetry included. Josefina Niggli, while little remembered deserves a wider audience. A writer and editor for M-G-M, a scholar-in-residence at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and a teacher of drama for over two decades, Niggli brings her experience as a Mexican-American to her work and opens the eyes of her readers and audiences to a world that might otherwise be missed.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Rideout, Walter B.

Sherwood Anderson: A Writer in America, Volume 2

The University of Wisconsin Press

“Sherwood Anderson’s second biographical volume, the first written in twenty years, covers Anderson from his move in the mid-1920’s to Virginia, through his involvement in labor struggles in the South, to his unexpected death in 1941. This is an in-depth, concise biographical rendition of Anderson’s life assists the student of Anderson’s works in understanding the writer’s struggle to comprehend the social, political and artistic movements of his time. The work is a thorough coverage of Anderson’s later life and scholarship.”—Barbara Bertoldo (AASL)


Carr, Pat

The Death of a Confederate Colonel: Civil War Stories and a Novella

The University of Arkansas Press

“This book, which could have been so easily overlooked, is beautiful in its simplicity. The writing is graceful as it recounts the lives of everyday individuals during the Civil War. From slave owners to soldiers, the reader is transported to a world that allows her to share in the joys and sorrows of the characters. It is a memorable achievement that Pat Carr has given us and should not be missed.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Holmes, Linda Janet and Cheryl A. Wall (Editors)

Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara

Temple University Press

“When most people think of African American women writers they will immediately think of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni. However, they should also think of Toni Cade Bambara, a woman who lifted up these and other writers both figuratively and literally. Her writing paved the way for other female African Americans to be able to reach a wider audience with their words and she taught many to stand on their own. Savoring the Salt is an ode to this wonderful woman by many of today’s well known authors, critics and political thinkers. It reminds everyone that no one stands alone, and we all get a lift from those who come before us and who stand beside us.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Apps, Jerry

In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story

The University of Wisconsin Press/ Terrace Books

“A delightful tale of life on a Midwest farm in the mid-1950’s when big agribusiness was beginning to push out the little guy. A gentle reminder that tradition, good values, family and friends can make it possible to keep the old way of life possible while learning to live with the new.” —Hilary Albert (PLA)


Halaby, Laila

Once in a Promised Land

Beacon Press

“An intimate look at the post 9/11 world through the eyes of Arab immigrants far from the towers, but close enough in the American psyche to be touched by them. Once the towers fall, nothing is the same again and the American dream does not seem to exist for these two immigrants living in Tucson, Arizona. Caught up in unexpected happenings, the main characters must find their way in the new reality that is post 9/11 America.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Hall, Meredith

Without a Map: A Memoir

Beacon Press

“Meredith Hall eloquently expresses the pain and humiliation she faced as a teenaged girl pregnant and abandoned by her family in 1965 and how that experience colored the rest of her life. She spent the next 20 years trying to escape into her own brain moving from experience to experience trapped, feeling like an outsider, by her own choice and that of society. She traveled the world in search of peace, never grasping the serenity and sense of loving she desperately needed. Then one day 21 years later, a phone call changes that forever. Reuinion! She writes her life in raw detail as an act of catharsis for herself and that of her beloved child. I recommend this book for all public libraries melancholy... their range is endless. I recommend this book for all public libraries.” —Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Macpherson, Heidi Slettedahl

Courting Failure: Women and the Law in Twentieth-Century Literature

The University of Akron Press

“Combines feminist literary theory with law and the literature movement. A rigorous analysis of gender and justice in both print and screen.”—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Katz, Joy and Kevin Prufer (Editors)

Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems

University of Illinois Press

“I loved this book, not only for the poems included, but for the commentary that introduces each. It is easy to overlook poetry that might not be written by a “famous” poet or deemed a “classic” by a professor or anthology editor. What makes this work unique and truly remarkable is its ability to make you, the reader, want to read these works. By delivering fascinating and sometimes irreverent commentary on why the reader liked the poem and why the reader should too! The works represented here span centuries and continents and, I’m sure, many have not been seen in generations. They are lively, tender, gruesome, soulful, melancholy... their range is endless. I recommend this book for all public libraries.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Nuttall, A. D.

Shakespeare the Thinker

Yale University Press

“Just when you think nothing more can be said about Shakespeare that is new and insightful; A.D. Nuttall comes along and proves you wrong. His introduction alone is stellar in its explanation of how Shakespeare’s youth sowed a seed in him that grew to make him one of the greatest playwrights of all time. Nuttall cracks Shakespeare out of his sixteenth century shell and makes him relevant to today’s readers by showing how Shakespeare created his characters, breathed life into them and gave them souls replete with emotion. Nuttall’s knowledge of Shakespeare is exhaustive and thought provoking allowing you to come away from this volume with a greater understanding of Shakespeare’s works. I recommend this book for all public libraries.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Shakespeare, William (Annotated, with an introduction, by Burton Raffel)

Annotated Shakespeare Series (Antony and Cleopatra; King Lear; Twelfth Night)

Yale University Press

“The combination of clear, student-friendly annotations, an explanatory introduction, and an essay by Harold Bloom, along with an extensive well-organized list for further reading make these editions outstanding choices for the high school media center. Teachers and students will find these editions invaluable in “create(ing) the necessary bridges from Shakespeare’s four-centuries-old English to ours” (from “About this Book”).”—Judith Repman, PhD (AASL)


Cox, John D.

Seeming Knowledge: Shakespeare and Skeptical Faith

Baylor University Press

“A masterful Shakespearean scholar, John D. Cox, provides us with a new and exhilarating interpretation of Shakespeare’s greatest works as they pertain to faith and Christianity. This work, with its in-depth coverage of Shakespeare’s works, examines the juxtaposition between Christianity and the “fall and redemption” theme found in Shakespeare’s plays. Seeming Knowledge is impressive and should be considered as a mainstay in medieval drama collections as well as Shakespearean studies. The scholarship is concise and well-written.” —Barbara Bertoldo (AASL)


Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer Cavendish (Edited by Jonathan Gross)

The Sylph: A Novel

Northwestern University Press

“This book begins with a sordid tale of gambling addiction, infidelity and loss and that is just the brief biography of the author, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. She published The Sylph anonymously in 1779 at the age of twenty-two, shortly after her ill-fated marriage to the Duke of Devonshire began. What makes this ‘romance’ novel so compelling is that it predates Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice, by three decades and could very well have influenced Austen, Bronte and many writers since. The novel is composed of a series of letters mostly between the heroine and her family, describing at first the excitement, but then the gruesome reality of loneliness, vanity and deceit. I recommend this book for libraries with strong romance or historical fiction collections.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Hart, Trevor and Ivan Khovacs (Editors)

Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature, and Theology

Baylor University Press

“I am not a theologian, philosopher or avid Tolkien reader and that is exactly why I have marked this book outstanding. This book is highly readable, without getting bogged down in technical terms or philosophical minutia. The work comprises seven essays each depicting a different facet of Tolkien’s life and works. While The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a main focus in this book, it is not the only topic. Other writings such as Silmarillion and Mythopoeia are covered. The editors seamlessly interject stories from Tolkien’s life; his friendships with C.S. Lewis and others, as the backdrop for his thoughts and writings. I recommend this book to larger public libraries with strong literary criticism or Tolkien collections.” —Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Fontaine, Jean De La

The Complete Fables of Jean De La Fontaine

University of Illinois Press

“Well-known fabulist, Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695), with his animal personifications of French society and human nature are captured most skillfully by Norman Shapiro, a translator of French poetry for over twenty years. This complete collection of fables captures the wit of country life and combines it with the sophistry of French society in a way that captures the tone of the original French work. This masterful translation is sure to become a staple in many library collections and is well-suited to the needs of the college-bound student.” —Barbara Bertoldo (AASL)

“Norman R. Shapiro is a well known translator who has given lively voice to these French fables. They have lost none of their subtlety or wit through his translation. Surely this will become the standard edition for years to come.”—Hilary Albert (PLA)


Verne, Jules (Edited by Arthur B. Evans)

The Kip Brothers

Wesleyan University Press

“This Wesleyan edition of Jules Verne’s tale of two castaways, the Kip Brothers, on a barren South Pacific island, and their rescue by the James Cook, combine the mystery of murder with an onboard mutinous crew. The work includes the 1902 black and white plates from the original work that are scattered throughout the adventurous story. The translation of the Verne’s work captures the excitement of early Pacific exploration and interweaves the science fiction genre to create a one-of-a-kind work. The Wesleyan version includes a bonus critical analysis of the novel that can be utilized by scholar and student alike.”—Barbara Bertoldo (AASL)


Edwards, Jennifer Gabrielle

The Flight of the Condor: Stories of Violence and War from Colombia

The University of Wisconsin Press

“The short stories and essays in this volume show the deep effects that the continued violence in Columbia has had on the daily life of the population. Descriptions of bloodshed, rape, and murder often surface as matter-of-fact intrusions in an otherwise ordinary day. A short professional bio of each contributor is detailed at the close of the book and gives the reader a good sense of the depth of knowledge and personal experience of the writers.” —Trish Burns (PLA)


Potter, Russell A.

Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875

University of Washington Press

“Russell Potter traces the story of the long, drawn-out exploration of the Northwest Passage and the early quest to reach the North Pole. Potter paints the visual pictures of the Arctic by gathering letters, diaries, cartoons, sketches, and even playbills and newspaper articles to show the Arctic in all of its beauty and savage glory. He uses full-color plates of the era to create a visual history of the mysterious, untamable frozen North. He has created a work that is conceptually unique in its handling of the polar passion to explore the nineteenth century Arctic.”—Barbara Bertoldo (AASL)


Litalien, Raymonde, Jean-François Palomino, and Denis Vaugeois

Mapping a Continent: Historical Atlas of North America, 1492-1814

McGill-Queen’s University Press

“This outstanding work outlines the history of the North American continent and its cartographic representation as seen through the eyes of the settlers of North America. The work features approximately 40 chapters on subjects naturally divided by century, including topics such as landing, exploring, conquering and crossing North America with detailed maps on the Northwest Passage, the hydro-development of the St. Lawrence, and England’s conquest of Canada. Mapping a Continent is well-indexed and is superbly illustrated with some 200 beautiful antique maps and prints, taken for the most part from BAnQ’s collections but also from several other famous collections in Canada, the United States and Europe, most notably from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.” —Barbara Bertoldo (AASL)


Oxford University Press

Atlas of the World, 14th Edition

Oxford University Press

Atlas of the World, 14th Edition, maps 69 cities and nearly 100 different regions of the world. Each region has carefully selected map scales to give a unique perspective of the earth. The work includes full-color tables, charts, and graphs, with current global topics highlighted such as global warming, population migration, and even world conflicts. New city-states and countries are included with their geographic and demographic information. New national parks throughout the world are included with satellite images of a variety of regions worldwide. The work is well indexed and updated annually. This fourteenth edition must be praised for its beauty and affordability.”—Barbara Bertoldo (AASL)

“This continues to be a very good atlas. The new addition continues a long history of well organized information and easily accessible maps.”—Saul J. Amdursky (PLA)


Valavanis, Panos, Vasileios Petrakos, and Angelos Delivorrias

Great Moments in Greek Archaeology

Getty Publications

Great Moments in Greek Archaeology is presented with concise attention to detail from its overview of the greatest archaeological sites in Greece to the smallest detail of Greek design. Great Moments includes 658 color illustrations with works such as Aphrodite of Melos and mosaic with Dionysus and the Panther from the House of the Masks. There are several detailed chapters on Greek marine archaeology that discus shipwrecks and the breathtaking artifacts found under water. Each chapter contributor has been written and edited by some of the most prominent Greek scholars in the world. The book is printed and bound on museum-quality paper; a must-have for any library collection.”—Barbara Bertoldo (AASL)


Fung, Eddie (Edited by Judy Yung)

The Adventures of Eddie Fung: Chinatown Kid, Texas Cowboy, Prisoner of War

University of Washington Press

“What a life! Eddie Fung was born in Chinatown, ran away from home to become a cowboy, became the only Chinese-American soldier to be captured by the Japanese in World War II, worked on The Bridge on the River Kwai, and even went on to marry the woman who interviewed him as part of a different book project. This tale of resourcefulness and heroism will find broad appeal with high school students and teachers.”—Judith Repman, PhD (AASL)


Kirshenblatt, Mayer, and Barbara Kirsehblatt-Gimblett

They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before the Holocaust

University of California Press

“Kirshenblatt’s illustrated memoir of growing up as a Jew in pre-World War II Poland reads like an episodic novel as he introduces the reader to village life and the myriad of unusual and interesting characters. Kirshenblatt left Poland at the age of eighteen and taught himself to paint at age 73. In collaboration with his daughter, he shares his memories of a time and place that no longer exist.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Delgado, Aidan

The Sutras of Abu Ghraib: Notes From a Conscientious Objector in Iraq

Beacon Press

“Aidan Delgado’s experiences put the Iraq War into harsh perspective in spite of the book’s uneven pace. What makes this book important from other war memoirs is Mr. Delgado’s upbringing. He was raised as a diplomat’s son and spent nearly all of his life overseas in Thailand, Egypt and Senegal, then returned to Florida to attend college. He joins the army shortly after entering college is soon sent to Iraq. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that the treatment of civilians in Iraq is unjust and begins a long fight to declare conscientious objector status. He stays to fight for what he believes is right in the face of tremendous odds. This is a great book for teen non-fiction collections in all public libraries.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Allawi, Ali A.

The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace

Yale University Press

“This book, written from an insider’s point of view, does not always praise the United States’ actions in the Iraq war. The book is dense with dozens of terms and names explained at the beginning but offers a razor-sharp interpretation of Iraq’s political history leading up to the current war. His book offers stark evidence of Saddam Hussein’s and the U.S. government’s personal biases and how those partialities led to war. Once the U.S.-led Coalition Forces entered Iraq, how did intelligence go so wrong, and how did the forces pick up the pieces and move on? Once it was clear that elections would be held, what were the threats and how were they overcome? I recommend this book for larger public libraries.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Krueger, Ambassador Robert and Kathleen Tobin Krueger

From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi: Our Embassy Years during Genocide

University of Texas Press

“The uniqueness of the book comes from the dual contributions of Ambassador Krueger and his wife Kathleen. He writes about the political aspects and she from a mother’s perspective trying to protect her children and the children of Burundi during this horrible period. Their eyewitness accounts of coup, assassination and annihilation are absorbing. You are transfixed; horrified to read what might come next. Through all of the blood and chaos, these people never lost hope that peace can be sustained and a better life secured for all Burundi Citizens, Tutsi and Hutu alike. This book engulfs you in the agonizing realities of one of the world’s most impoverished nations and how they, as a people, never gave up. I recommend this for all public libraries.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Gruenwald, Herman

After Auschwitz: One Man’s Story

McGill-Queen’s University Press

“While Gruenwald’s memoir begins in the typical way with the story of his childhood and his experiences at Auschwitz, the real crux of the story is not his concentration camp survival but his life after the war. The strengths that let to his survival also led to his later successes. From childhood, to concentration camp, to life in communist Hungary to immigration, to successful Canadian businessman, Gruenwald’s story is honest, interesting, and inspiring.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Finkelstein, Norman H.

American Jewish History: A JPS Guide

The Jewish Publication Society

“This easy-to-read, concise history of Jews in the United States gives a wealth of interesting information in a mix of historical narrative, illustrations, and “side-bars.” Easy enough for middle schoolers but “meaty” enough for adults, the book is a good multicultural selection as it addresses a rather neglected topic in an enjoyable format.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Bober, Natalie S.

Thomas Jefferson: Draftsman of a Nation

The University of Virginia Press

“Bober’s biography of Thomas Jefferson addresses an important need for high school libraries—quality, well-written biographies of historical figures. In this book, Jefferson comes to life, warts and all, in an interesting, sell-researched, and compelling read.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Craughwell, Thomas J.

Stealing Lincoln’s Body

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

“Adventure and history are rolled into one in this dramatic, sometimes humorous, account of the attempt to steal Lincoln’s body. By placing the grave robbery in its historical context, Craughwell’s chronicle of the planning, execution, and investigation of the crime reads like a popular novel. Attention to details such as the history of counterfeiting in the United States and the establishment of the Secret Service are interesting sidelights. This should be a first choice for high school libraries.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Holt, Marilyn Irvin

Mamie Doud Eisenhower: The General’s First Lady

University Press of Kansas

“Not much has been written about Mamie Eisenhower but after reading this book, you will feel as if you have known her all your life and that she is a close friend. And much more than that, Holt shows how Mamie Eisenhower quietly influenced her husband’s presidency, ran the White House like a drill sergeant, and impacted the role of future first ladies.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)


Moses, Jennifer Anne

Bagels and Grits: A Jew on the Bayou

The University of Wisconsin Press/ Terrace Books

“Jennifer Moses was a pleasure to get to know through her very readable, often humorous, memoir of one woman’s spiritual search. Moses looks to find more than just an identity with Judaism when she finds herself as one of approximately 200 Jewish families in Baton Rouge, heavily outnumbered by Evangelicals and born-again Christians. At a time when her mother was dying of cancer, Moses performs her mitzvahs (acts of kindness) by volunteering in an AIDS hospice center. During a year in Scotland, Moses faces her own demons. Surrounded by people who are vocal and song-filled in their love of Jesus Christ, Moses finds her place in her own religion.”—Karen Pangallo (AASL)


Sothern, Billy

Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City

University of California Press

“Billy Sothern, a death-penalty lawyer working with the poorest of the poor, left New Orleans on the eve of Katrina. His reflections on his return to his adopted city reveal a mixture of despair and hope for both the city he left and the city to which he returns. The vignettes of life in post-Katrina New Orleans, alternating with descriptions of life before the hurricane, are most compelling.”—Janet Hilbun, PhD (AASL)

“Billy Sothern’s writing reminds readers not to forget New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and encourages a love for the city even if one has never been there.”—Laura L. Summers, PhD (AASL)

“Sothern gives readers a passionate, personal account of the days leading up to Katrina and the terror and death left in her wake. This readable work is an expression of the author’s love and concern for the people and institutions of New Orleans.” —Carla K. Bauman-Franks (PLA)


Mackall, Joe

Plain Secrets: An Outsider among the Irish

Beacon Press

Plain Secrets: An Outsider among the Amish is an exceptionally clear and sympathetic view of the Amish. Joe MacKall, an occasional writer for the Washington Post, shows his genius as a storyteller for this usually silent community. This work is culturally powerful for all of America and an excellent choice for public and academic library collections.”—Sonja Plummer-Morgan (PLA)


Black, Jr., Timuel D.

Bridges of Memory Vol. 2: Chicago’s Second Generation of Black Migration

Northwestern University Press

“This volume of personal narratives provide a better understanding of the oppression and prejudice these African-Americans had to overcome as they move from the south to Chicago during and after World War I in pursuit of the promise of America.”—Laura L. Summers, PhD (AASL)


Jacob, Mark and Richard Cahan

Chicago under Glass: Early Photographs from the Chicago Daily News

The University of Chicago Press

Chicago under Glass portrays a visual history from the photo archives of the Chicago Daily News. The commentary and photographic selection will appeal to a wide audience curious about Chicago’s influence on twentieth century history.” —Laura L. Summers, PhD (AASL)

“This book fascinated me with its spectacular array of photos covering all walks of life: the famous, infamous and unknown. The authors, Mark Jacob and Richard Cahan, former Chicago Daily News employees, combed the photo morgue of the newspaper for pictures spanning decades of Chicago’s history. The chapters of the book, with titles like “Hooch and Homicide”, “Carnage and Calamity” and “Sluggers and Southpaws,” display the better-known facets of Chicago’s history like Al Capone’s gangland wars, the Black Sox fiasco and the Eastland disaster. This book is great for photos of celebrities from the first half of the 20th Century including Gloria Swanson, Mother Jones, Honus Wagner and dozens more. I recommend this book for libraries with larger history or photography collections.”—Tina Maria Beaird (PLA)


Hansen, Emma I.

Memory and Vision: Arts, Cultures, and Lives of Plains Indian People

University of Washington Press

“The expansive collection of cultural artifacts in the Plains Indian Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is captured in this book through vivid, color photography and explained through descriptive commentary by the Plains Indians.”—Laura L. Summers, PhD (AASL)

Memory and Vision is the story of the Native American Indians of the Great Plains including such tribes as the Cheyenne, Lakota, Shoshone Blackfeet, Comanche, Hidatsa, Crow and other Plains tribes. It describes the fundamental traditions of these cultures in brilliantly colored photographs and beautifully detailed descriptions of spiritual, cultural and economic life.” —Dr. Terri Maggio (PLA)


Chai, May-lee

Hapa Girl: A Memoir

Temple University Press

“May-lee Chai’s memoir exposes the racism and fear of change Americans do not like to admit exists. A great addition to a school and public library, Chai provides a thoughtful reflection on her family’s bond as they endure isolation and violence in a small town.”—Laura L. Summers, PhD (AASL)

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