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The following titles received ratings of "Outstanding" (O) by one or more members of the 2012 University Press Books Committee. "Outstanding" titles are defined as having exceptional editorial content and subject matter. They are essential editions to most library collections.


Lyons, Martyn

Books: A Living History

Getty Publications

"We take books for granted nowadays. Print is everywhere around us. Books are inexpensive and available. They are also embattled as digital platforms change the production and access of information. That makes this a good time to take stock, says historian Lyons, of the history and evolution of the book from manuscript to e-book. For 2500 years, people have used books to record, to administer, to worship, and to educate. Lyons concentrates on book production rather than authorship. He writes about the mediums for books: clay tablets in Mesopotamia, bamboo strips in China, papyrus and parchment in Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and ultimately paper (invented in China and not introduced to Europe until the 12th century). Gutenberg's printing press was the culmination of technological inventions that included cutting the type, developing the ink, and constructing the press. By 1500 there were 236 printers in Western Europe. Commercial publishing was established in the 19th century when mechanized printing, cheap paper, and mass marketing created a demand for books. Bookstores were created as a commercial outlet. This book about books has extensive color illustrations. It gives heart to all booklovers: the book will be around for a long, long, time to come."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (PLR)

"Excellent overview of books in a beautifully illustrated book which uses clear, concise language. Those looking for a quick peek into the evolution of books and other topics which directly relate. This book can be used as reference book or read from cover to cover."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Haywood, John

The New Atlas of World History: Global Events at a Glance

Princeton University Press

"This is an essential purchase for public and high school libraries. There are 49 political maps, followed by time lines that show what was happening around the world from the origin of humankind to the present. 200-word essays mark specific years, such as 1492 (<0x2018>on the brink of European expansion; Aztec and Inca Empires at their peak'), 1812 (<0x2018>France bids for European dominance; establishment of British colonies in Australia'), and 1923 (<0x2018>end of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles'). Extensively illustrated, with a glossary of people, nations, and cultures, and suggestions for further reading."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (PLR)

"A unique format that is pulled off by using a beautiful illustrated book. An illustrated, two page, world map shows the largest cities and the geo/political landscape of the world at the present time. The next two pages show a time line which covers years leading up to the pivotal year discussed. This book will appeal to higher level elementary students in addition to middle and high school students."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Nessen, Ron

Making the News, Taking the News: From NBC to the Ford White House

Wesleyan University Press

"A smooth, engaging, funny and serious jaunt through the 60's and 70's with Ron Nessen. All students interested in journalism, the Vietnam War, or politics will find this book a winner. It will hook the reader from the first word and is hard to put down."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Langlois, Lyse

The Anatomy of Ethical Leadership: To Lead Our Organizations in a Conscientious and Authentic Manner

Athabasca University Press

"Dr. Lyse Langlois argues well for ethics in the work place. She believes that companies that go for short term profits at the expense of their employees and customers never succeed in the long run. This books audiences are college administrators and business professionals."—Richard E.B. Lord (AASL)


Michaelson, Jay

God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality

Beacon Press

"Religion and homosexuality has been a long debated topic and everyone has their own opinion on how it relates to their life and beliefs. God vs. Gay provides a different perspective in the religion versus homosexuality debate from someone who is a homosexual and a religious leader. The author argues that God wants everyone to be treated equally no matter who they are or what they do. He explains his reasoning by using scripture to prove God's love and equality and further, explains how some scriptures have been misinterpreted in order to condemn homosexuals."—Angela Green (PLR)


Duquesne, Jacques and François Lebrette

The Lives of the Saints through 100 Masterpieces

Duquesne University Press

"The Lives of the Saints through 100 Masterpieces provides a brief description of the saint, a painting masterpiece of the saint, and a little bit of history about the saint. Many people are aware of the saints but may not know much about them or why they are saints. This book provides the reader with amazing photos of paintings of the saints and a little bit of history, making it an enjoyable read."—Angela Green (PLR)


Rader, Dean

Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI

University of Texas Press

"With few exceptions, Native Americans have not had access to their own stories—the ability to tell their own stories in their own voices. Instead, Hollywood and the media interpreted their lives not for them but to them, and to the rest of us. In this one beautifully rendered interdisciplinary volume, the author moves us away from the common images and texts rendered by others to those created by diverse groups of Native American voices. <0x2018>This book is about texts' the author writes in the prologue. <0x2018>It addresses...many other things, but its main goal is to provide some new ways of looking at, thinking about, and making sense of recent American Indian art, literature and film.' The title, Engaged Resistance, emerges from the author's assessment of these works as a <0x2018>...mode of resistance...' against those forces that assimilated or erased altogether their lives. Rader moves engagingly and deliberately as he situates movies, poetry, fiction, paintings and sculpture as products of American Indian Sovereignty. He then examines what he terms <0x2018>aesthetic activism' recounting in detail the reclaiming of Alcatraz Island by American Indians <0x2018>on their own terms.' He looks lastly at the interdisciplinary works within the Native American genre, and tries to answer questions about <0x2018>resistance' and its role in the various artistic expressions of Native Americans. This is an outstanding selection because it is the rare work that presents an interdisciplinary view of Native Americans in one well-illustrated, well-documented volume. This is a well-researched scholarly work making it an outstanding choice for academic libraries especially to support their literature, anthropology, art history or ethnic studies departments. Its research value makes it highly recommended for public libraries with well-read populations and high schools with advanced placement classes."—Barbara Morrow Williams (PLR)


McIlwain, Charlton D. and Stephen M. Caliendo

Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns

Temple University Press

"This work is timely and informative not only because of the 2012 Presidential election, but also because it places recent past elections and their candidates in a new, sharper focus. The authors—one a media, culture and communication professor and the other a political science professor, observe <0x2018>Candidates often use any and every kind of tool available to them to persuade voters to elect them—sometimes even appealing to the most deplorable human attitudes to accomplish their electoral goals.' Recently coined code words—immigration reform, food stamp president, racial authenticity (Black) and the like and the technique of racial framing, for example, are re-examined through familiar and well-documented cases including foot notes, charts and graphs. Written in intelligent but <0x2018>non-academic language,' this is an outstanding selection for large public libraries, especially those with significant collections in history and popular culture, for libraries in schools with advanced placement classes (like history), and for academic libraries."—Barbara Morrow Williams (PLR)


Frank, Robert H.

The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good

Princeton University Press

"A new perspective on the free market is presented in clear, persuasive, and lively prose. The author outlines a plan that would <0x2018>make the economic pie larger, eliminate government debt, and provide better public services, all without requiring painful sacrifices from anyone.' Important and timely book."—Steve Norman (PLR)


King, Jr., Martin Luther (edited and introduced by Michael K. Honey)

"All Labor Has Dignity"

Beacon Press

"Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches are collected and reproduced in chronological order. King was a strong supporter of labor unions. He firmly believed in the marriage between the civil rights movement and union interests. When he was murdered in Memphis, TN, he was in the city to support the sanitation workers strike."—Richard E.B. Lord (AASL)


Romero, Mary

The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

New York University Press

"Sociologist Mary Romero documents the story of <0x2018>Olivia,' the daughter of a live-in maid who grew up in the wealthy Los Angeles home where her mother Carmen worked. Romero traces Olivia's life from her childhood beginnings in Mexico, through her conflicted adolescence, and into adulthood where she forges her own identity. The challenges faced by Olivia and her mother as they negotiate dual cultures and economies make for compelling reading."—Virginia L. Stone (AASL)


Brands, H.W.

Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It

University of Texas Press

"And you thought you knew everything important that there was to know about the dollar? This book leads off in strong prose a new series [called], Discovering America, whose premise is that America is still a largely undiscovered country with an amazing story yet to be told. This volume indeed explores interesting new territory in monetary history."—Steve Norman (PLR)


Aalen, F.H.A., Kevin Whalen, and Matthew Stout (Editors)

Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape: Second Edition

University of Toronto Press

"Gorgeous, useful, authoritative updated atlas."—Steve Norman (PLR)


Naskrecki, Piotr

Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine

The University of Chicago Press

"The author defines relic as a creature or habitat that, while acted upon by evolution, remains remarkably similar to its earliest manifestations in the fossil record. The spectacular nature photography is so brilliant with exquisite close-ups. Their intensity and realism just pops off the page. The information in the text covers the natural world in remarkable spots around the globe. His humor and anecdotes draws the reader into the writer's world."—Teri Maggio (PLR)

"This book is thought provoking, but easy to understand. With great pictures and both funny and serious text, it gives the reader a wakeup call to remember to save what is left while we still can. The book makes the reader realize the consequences of our life and also anxious about what will happen if we do not change our ways."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Skolnik, Sam

High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction

Beacon Press

"This was a fascinating read. With both personal insight and a good journalistic sense it behooves us all to read this cautionary tale. Especially in states that are considering gambling as a way to boost their income. This book might make legislatures and governors think twice. What happens to communities where gambling takes hold can be more trouble than it is worth. There may be a boost to state revenue, but when that revenue starts to be spent on out of work, homeless addicts, the cost might outweigh the benefits."—Hilary Albert (PLR)


Rosen, Jeffrey and Benjamin Wittes (Editors)

Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change

Brookings Institution Press

"Private companies are determining what can be shared and our founding fathers never could have imagined this. Here is an anthology that tries to fit emerging technologies with the constitution. The current doctrine must accommodate or fail. New technology has become such a way of life for us that our core values are being challenged and looked at in new ways and this book brings it all together for us."—Hilary Albert (PLR)


Gona, Ophelia De Laine

Dawn of Desegregation: J. A. De Laine and Briggs v. Elliott

The University of South Carolina Press

"The 1954 famous school desegregation decision, Brown v. Topeka of Education of Topeka was the capstone of a battle that began in 1947 for the African American families of Clarendon County, South Carolina whose struggles are documented in the court case, Briggs v. Elliot. This book is an engaging and at times, terrifying memoir written by the daughter of the leader of that battle, Joseph A. De Laine, a pastor and school principal. Reverend De Laine led one of the first five school desegregation cases that ultimately resulted in the Brown decision. Ophelia De Laine Gona, now a retired medical professor, writes as an insider and from her father's papers and court records to fill a gap in the civil rights history of local school desegregation movements and of the education of African Americans generally in the Southern United States. She details the extraordinary organizational ability and courage needed by the NAACP and by the civil rights attorney—the future Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall—to bring the lawsuit to justice. She also details the retaliatory slander lawsuits waged by local whites in white dominated courts to discourage desegregation actions. To add to the context, Gona ties in national politics to the desegregation actions, citing the nomination of Harry S. Truman and the Southern Democrats walk-out at the 1948 national convention. Black and white photographs document the many previous <0x2018>invisible' individuals who participated in the desegregation actions and they document the violence visited upon the De Laine family (and others) for their stand against segregated schools. The destruction of their family home and attempted murder of Reverend De Laine resulted in his fleeing to North Carolina where he lived out his life in exile. Lest we forget, Gona also includes photographs that document the disparities between <0x2018>colored' schools and white schools, the genesis of the desegregation action by black parents. Written in very accessible, yet compelling language this is an outstanding addition to public libraries and to school libraries that adds more depth and insight to into one of the most powerful movements in the 20th century, providing context for contemporary education and civil rights issues."—Barbara Morrow Williams (PLR)


Martelle, Scott

The Fear Within: Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial

Rutgers University Press

"This is a good read for the average public library reader. This book is enjoyable while still being educational. The defendants, members of the communist party, were arrested and ultimately convicted under the Smith Act, which severely restricted expression during the red scare. This book follows the case of the defendants to the Supreme Court and discusses both the opinion and the dissent."—Hilary Albert (PLR)


Dobbins, James, et al.

Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran

RAND Corporation

"Iran has become a more noticeable player in the world due to its development and research of nuclear weapons. Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran explains that people must: accept that Iran is going to continue its nuclear program, find ways to encourage Iran to do it safely, and follow the international laws governing nuclear programs. Understanding the history between Iran and the United States helps to explain the issues between these two countries and assists the United States in the ways to handle this issue in a more effective way."—Angela Green (PLR)


George, Roger Z. and Harvey Rishikof (Editors)

The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth

Georgetown University Press

"The various entities that provide national security in the U.S. government can be very convoluted and difficult to navigate. Instead of the author providing an explanation as to how these entities operate, the author chose to have people from the different entities explain their own work and relevance. By doing this, the reader receives better information directly from the people who actually work in the system. They also have the opportunity to see things that outsiders do not."—Angela Green (PLR)


Haller, John S.

Battlefield Medicine: A History of the Military Ambulance from the Napoleonic Wars Through World War I

Southern Illinois University Press

"Many books discuss soldiers roles in war, focusing on the military personnel who fight—however, many people serve in the military in a non-combat role. John S. Haller explains how medical units began in the military, its development through time, and the effects the medical personnel have had on combat soldiers. It's quite interesting to read how ambulatory services began and how important they are for soldiers' survival rate and reducing the severity of wounds."—Angela Green (PLR)


Seeman, Neil and Patrick Luciani

XXL: Obesity and the Limits of Shame

University of Toronto Press

"Entertaining and insightful are not two words you would normally associate with a book about obesity, but this book certainly has both traits. The authors offer a great overview of global health and social issues caused by obesity. The concept of shaming obese individuals into changing their lifestyle is a central tenant of the book, but not the only eye-opening concept. The authors suggested solutions are also intriguing; such as offering vouchers for healthy eating, changing school meal choices and adjusting government policy. The examples included are relevant and timely and certainly offer plenty of food for thought. I would recommend this book for all large public libraries."—Christina Beaird (PLR)


Reyes, Maria de la Luz (Editor)

Words Were All We Had: Becoming Biliterate Against the Odds

Teachers College Press

"As people from different backgrounds become more intertwined in the world—due to the ease of travel and mass media, they encounter more and more cultures and languages. Many children learn one language in their home but use a different language at school, which can lead them to become biliterate. Maria de la Luz Reyes provides personal narratives from Chicanas, Chicanos, and Puerto Ricans who acquired biliteracy at an early age. Through these personal stories, one can learn about the life of children who grew up in the United States speaking Spanish at home, but forced to speak English only at school—and the struggles they encountered in all aspects of their lives."—Angela Green (PLR)


Moe, Terry

Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools

Brookings Institution Press

"Teachers' unions rise to power has led to problems in the education system in America. Terry Moe describes the development of teacher unions, the control they have over all the education system, and the ways in which these unions are negatively affecting the schools. The unions can be controlled and reformed through politics and the usage of technology so that the best education can be provided to the children."—Angela Green (PLR)


Chin, Tiffani, Jerome Rabow, and Jeimee Estrada

Tutoring Matters: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about How to Tutor, Second Edition

Temple University Press

"Formally or informally, people tutor every day, usually not realizing it. Tutoring Matters explains the in and outs of tutoring so that people who want to tutor can do so effectively and confidently. It includes tips throughout the book along with an explanation on what to expect, and how to deal with situations one might encounter while tutoring. All of this information comes from people who have extensive experiences in tutoring and want to share the knowledge they have acquired with others who have the same desire to tutor."—Angela Green (PLR)


Mayer, Janet Grossbach

As Bad as They Say?: Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx

Fordham University Press

"With all the bad news about the United States education system, one finds a teacher like Janet Grossbach Mayer—who has dedicated her life to teaching children in the Bronx. She tells the story of the children she taught from one of the schools she calls "Carter" and the life challenges these student endure personally and academically. The reader learns about the type of teacher Janet Mayer is and sees that she was not only concerned about teaching them, but also cared about them personally and would help them in any way she could. Reading the stories shows how dedicated many teachers are to their students and how the administrations and businesses in the education field forget to listen to these teachers when making policy decisions about education."—Angela Green (PLR)

"If you are thinking of teaching or are in teaching and need a book to help inspire you, this is the one to read. Mayer chronicles her teaching for 3 decades in the Bronx. She does talk about the bad, but there are so many positive stories that it reminds you of why teachers are important and how important they are in a child's life."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Malloy, Edward A.

Monk's Tale: Way Stations on the Journey

University of Notre Dame Press

"This book describes one Monk's journey through his career as a priest at Notre Dame. Prior to his presidency at Notre Dame, Father Malloy was a priest who had many interesting encounters. He was not afraid to speak his mind, even if it meant that he disagreed with the Vatican. His story examines how his work as a professor, scholar, advisor and administrator (to name a few of his roles) affected the young people around him, as well as the world. Father Malloy's memoir reveals what it's like to be a priest in higher education. He makes you realize that anyone can grow on their journey in their life."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Pilkinton, Mark C.

Washington Hall at Notre Dame: Crossroads of the University, 1864<0x2013>2004

University of Notre Dame Press

"Many people who have attended a university or grown up enthralled with a university can understand how one building can have a powerful effect on the campus, the staff, the students, and the community. Notre Dame's Washington Hall is no exception. The building served as a multipurpose building for over 100 years and held a special place for many students and staff. This book describes Washington Hall's history and what it means for those from Notre Dame."—Angela Green (PLR)


Richardson, Amy, et al.

Effects of Soldiers' Deployment on Children's Academic Performance and Behavioral Health

RAND Corporation

"Many school districts in the United States have children of military personnel—making this book a valuable resource. The authors show how deployments affect the students' academic performance due to: teachers being unaware of the students who are part of a military family, military families being very mobile, and little communication from military installations, to name a few issues. Recommendations on how to improve the situation are provided for school districts, as well as for military installations, so that military children can have the opportunity to have a good education."—Angela Green (PLR)


Hill, Daniel Delis

American Menswear: From the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century

Texas Tech University Press

"Fashion historian Hill presents a detailed chronology of men's fashion and style from the 1850's to the present day. The development of mass production, mass distribution, and mass marketing during that period led to a democratization of fashion. By 1900 most working men could afford a ready-to-wear suit, factory-made in America, and bought at a local store or by mail order. Clothing style changes in response to changing ideas and ideals about masculinity, from Victorian blue serge to 1950's gray flannel to 1970's Peacock Revolution. In the 19th century, work clothes were flannel overshirts and <0x2018>cowboy pants,' at first made of heavy worsted wool and later out of denim. Dress shirts evolved with detachable collars and cuffs, linen fronts and cotton bodies. Athletic wear was developed with the popularization of team sports like baseball, football, and basketball after the Civil War. Shoes, hosiery, and hats were also subject to fashion. The book is profusely illustrated with advertisements and photographs."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (PLR)


Poole, W. Scott

Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting

Baylor University Press

"Ever wonder where our obsession for vampires comes from? Haunted houses? Monsters in America is a great read for anyone interested in the whys of monsters and other stories of the dark. In an amazingly accessible way Poole explains the history of these stories as well as where they come from. Students in middle school, with a keen interest in monsters, and high school students might be engaged by this book."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Wineburg, Sam, Daisy Martin, and Chauncey Monte-Sano

Reading Like a Historian: Teaching Literacy in Middle and High School History Classrooms

Teachers College Press

"This remarkable book opens teachers to an alternative way to teach history. Rather than memorizing facts and dates, it uses analytical thinking and questioning to help create lesson plans that focus student attention on learning reasoning skills and writing skills that will take them beyond rote facts. The book uses basic history lessons to teach complex skills."—Hilary Albert (PLR)

"This book will help teachers from Junior High to College freshman to teach students how to use resources. Also, teachers can instruct students in how to assess the value of the resources they collect. This book is for professionals."—Richard E.B. Lord (AASL)


Hockey, Thomas

How We See the Sky: A Naked-Eye Tour of Day and Night

The University of Chicago Press

"How We See the Sky provides readers with information about the sky as seen without the help of a telescope. Thomas Hockey shows the reader how to look at the sky, when to observe and what to seek. The book starts with the horizon, introduces us to celestial spheres, moves to the stars and sun, and discusses the seasons, the moon, eclipses, and more. The prose is engaging with charts, images and photographs that illustrate concept and expand meaning."—Suzanne Metcalfe (AASL)


Ford, Kenneth W.

101 Quantum Questions: What You Need to Know About the World You Can't See

Harvard University Press

"A clear and concise overview of quantum physics in an engaging format, 101 Quantum Questions invites readers to search for specific answers or just browse for general information. Physics students can use this book to expand and reinforce classroom lessons. The book is organized in a question and answer format, and Kenneth Ford's answers are clear and explained well. Topics include atoms, time, space, nuclei, particles, waves and more. From quarks to string theory, each question is addressed in a few paragraphs with lively prose and engaging illustrations and images. 101 Quantum Questions is an excellent book for high school libraries' physics collections."—Suzanne Metcalfe (AASL)


Hinrichsen, Don

The Atlas of Coasts and Oceans: Ecosystems, Threatened Resources, Marine Conservation

The University of Chicago Press

"As our sea level is rising, people are wondering about our coasts, oceans and how the ecosystems involved are being affected. This book looks at it and how to use conservation to help alleviate the problem. The book shows in detail how the coasts are eroding and gives an explanation for each coast. Included are charts with projected change, a glossary, and other resources. This book is an eye-opener."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Seidl, Amy

Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming

Beacon Press

"In engaging prose, a thoughtful and resourceful look at how humans can respond to climate change."—Steve Norman (PLR)

"How does global warming really affect us? Amy Seidl takes a positive look at how humans and animals can adapt to global warming despite the changes. Seidl draws on new scientific research and tells of how animals and plants have adapted to the changes of global warming both behaviorally and genetically. Seidl does acknowledge that there are some species that cannot adapt; she also shows how resilient we are."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Gibbons, Bob

Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World

Princeton University Press

"This magnificently illustrated volume features 200 panoramic, full-color photographs. It has a color map for every site and describes the kind of flowers at each and the best times to see the flowers in bloom. This book should be in any public library, whether you are a bird watcher, photographer, etc. The author does an excellent job of weaving together cultural and geological history as well as the ecology of the area."—Teri Maggio (PLR)

"Between the beautiful images, written details describing why the location is the best sight for flowers and the general information provided, this book is relaxing and inspiring for all. The images tell a story in themselves and the text just enhances the story. This book is great for teaching about plants and learning about new and exciting locations to visit."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Mattison, Chris

Frogs and Toads of the World

Princeton University Press

"With nearly 6,000 species currently identified, this book is a comprehensive guide to the natural history of these creatures. The volume is well-written, well-organized and illustrated with more than 200 color photographs. It traces the evolution of frogs and toads highlighting 49 unique families and their distinctive and notable species. It vividly describes their remarkable diversity; life cycle; habitats; etc."—Teri Maggio (PLR)

"[I had] been looking for a comprehensive and eye-catching book about frogs and toads, this book fit the bill. The images are life like; they almost jump off the page. Mattison has included developments in frog classification, origins and other facts that will help anyone learn more about frogs and toads, including how to tell them apart. Mattison covers any fact that you need about frogs and toads from eating to reproduction."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Weis, Judith S.

Do Fish Sleep?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about Fishes

Rutgers University Press

"This book is for the person who wants to know if fish sleep or have other questions about fish or types of fish. The book answered both basic questions and complicated questions. This is not only for research, but also for people with a general interest."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Crossley, Richard

The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds

Princeton University Press

"The most outstanding features of the book are: the wide selection of excellent color photos of the 660+ eastern birds of the United States and Canada, its unique photographic presentation, visual species index and inclusion of rarer species. The web version is interactive and you can find additional information and questions not included in the book."—Teri Maggio (PLR)

"With vivid pictures, easy to read maps and great text this is a book for people interested in birds, learning about birds or just to look at. The book was a page turner that even as a non-bird watcher I could not put it down. This book is an asset to any collection."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Goodfellow, Peter

Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build

Princeton University Press

"This spectacularly illustrated book features 300 full-color images that profile species worldwide. The author provides blueprints for each nest type, a list of building materials, and case studies. The text is easy to understand and can be shared with children."—Teri Maggio (PLR)


Strycker, Noah

Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica

Oregon State University Press

"Noah Strycker details his time among penguins in Antarctica in this page turning story. At 22 he was dropped by helicopter to a remote camp in Antarctica with a supply of food and 2 other scientists. He was there to research the Adeile Penguins. They have been the subject of study to see how they will adjust to climate change, due to these studies scientist know more about their adaptation than any other in the world. With humor, curiosity, and a passion for his work, Strycker writes an exciting and page turning tale about these animals."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Nicklin, Charles "Flip"

Among Giants: A Life with Whales

The University of Chicago Press

"Imagine living your life researching and being with whales. Charles Nicklin did just that. He chronicles his life through captivating stories and pictures. He includes how his father rode a whale and caused him to become interested in whales. Nicklin lead an interesting life that would inspire anyone."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Whouley, Kate

Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words: Travels with Mom in the Land of Dementia

Beacon Press

"The author <0x2018>...strips away the romantic veneer of mother-daughter love to bare the toothed and tough reality of caring for a parent who is slowly losing her mind.' When we meet the author of this compelling memoir, she has seen her mother through her rehab for alcoholism, her divorce from her father and her marriage to an abusive step father only to discover little by little, day by day, that her mother is developing Alzheimer's disease. It seems that we can never learn everything about this disease of the mind. Much of what we know can only be speculated by medicine and psychology, and observed in bewilderment and horror by family survivors. Those who have watched sadly as a parent or a friend declines, however, will quickly recognize Kate Whouley's account of her once musically talented mother's erratic behavior. But from discovering piles of garbage in her mother's home, to quickly forgotten conversations that lead her mother to fret, <0x2018>...I can't remember what I had for breakfast...don't get old, Katie, don't get old...' Whouley is admirable in her dogged determination to protect her mother and see her through this latest—and last—catastrophe with or without her relatives or her mother's lifelong friends, who both step in to help or who might fail to appear at all. Nevertheless, Kate develops her own positive coping strategies for making it through each day with her mother in tow. At the end, she like many of us in similar situations, battles the contradictory feelings of grief, relief, and guilt even though we know and she knows that she did everything possible for her ailing mother. Writing the book is clearly therapeutic for Whouley and readers—whether or not they have shared her experience—will probably find it equally therapeutic. Its contemporary subject matter and wide appeal make this is an outstanding choice for public libraries—highly recommended for book clubs—and for academic libraries, especially those in institutions that train medical providers, psychologists and social workers."—Barbara Morrow Williams (PLR)


Cole, Katherine

Voodoo Vintners: Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers

Oregon State University Press

"Who could have imagined that a book on viticulture and winemaking in Oregon would be this entertaining and appealing!"—Steve Norman (PLR)


de Steiguer, J. Edward

Wild Horses of the West: History and Politics of America's Mustangs

The University of Arizona Press

"Joseph Edward De Steiguer traces the history of the wild horse's evolution, biology, and introduction to the Americas. He explores the impact of wild horses on western culture and evenhandedly clarifies controversies surrounding their protection and management. The book includes an extensive bibliography and photographs."—Virginia L. Stone (AASL)


Stark, Ruth

How to Work in Someone Else's Country

University of Washington Press

"Easy to read, humorous and informative with a <0x2018>voices from the field' vignette on almost every page. These vignettes will bring the points home to the reader. This book will be of value to students considering international business."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Guttmann, Allen

Sports and American Art from Benjamin West to Andy Warhol

University of Massachusetts Press

"Sports themed art from the eighteenth century to the late twentieth century is examined as it relates to the culture and activities of each time period. The knowledgeable sports historian, Allen Guttmann, reveals the sport history along side of the art history, so we learn about the context of sports in art and the influence of one on the other. Presenting a parallel history of sports and art, gives greater meaning to both the art history and to the sports history. The artwork shows human movement and body mechanics, allowing viewers a greater appreciation of many different sports and athletes. The glossy, colored artwork by its self makes this an outstanding art history resource. The unique idea of showing through text and artwork, the parallel histories of art and sports makes this a valuable and unique history reference."—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)


Stillinger, Elizabeth

A Kind of Archeology: Collecting Folk Art in America, 1876-1976

University of Massachusetts Press

"American folk art is defined as decorative or utilitarian objects in local styles for local use, created by ordinary people. The scope of folk art is broad: pottery, glass, metalwork, furniture, needlework, textiles, decoys; nonacademic paintings, drawings, and watercolors; household, farm, and other implements. The rise of mass-produced, mass-marketed wares in the 19th century led to a lack of appreciation for these locally-designed and produced items. The Colonial Revival of the late 19th century began an interest in historic preservation not only of buildings but also in the items that furnished them. That led to the conscious collecting of folk art. Stillinger writes about the proponents of folk art, including Henry Chapman Mercer, Electra Havereyer Webb, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and Faith and Edward Andrews. This is a sumptuously-illustrated, comprehensive study that will interest art historians, craftspeople, history buffs, and collectors."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (PLR)


Masi, Antonio and Joan Marans Dim

New York's Golden Age of Bridges

Fordham University Press

"The history of the New York City bridges from the engineering marvels of the Brooklyn Bridge of 1889, through the building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964 are presented alongside mesmerizing paintings of all the bridges. Each of these bridges altered the life of the city and the citizens, besides being awe inspiring architectural structures. Readers discover the bridges were built almost entirely by courageous immigrants and ingenious designers, who struggled through political battles, physical effort, and economic issues. Artist Antonio Masi's magnificent, misty watercolors are reason enough to look at this title. The bridges and their surroundings come alive; you feel the fog lifting, see the sun trying to break through, you feel the heavy weight of the structure and wonder at the intricate artistry of the bridges."—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)


Whyte, Mary

Working South

The University of South Carolina Press

"Artist Mary Whyte documents the world of vanishing southern workers in this collection of her watercolors. Her sensitive pieces depict the daily lives of laborers such as the textile worker, oyster man, and milliner. Accompanying text describes the story of each painting as Whyte describes her travels, techniques, and interviews with her subjects."—Virginia L. Stone (AASL)


Herzig, Monika

David Baker: A Legacy in Music

Indiana University Press

"This inspiring biography of a brilliant jazz musician takes us from his Great Depression years and his European band tours as a trombonist, to his composing and teaching career at Indiana University. Baker's passion for music and his knack for teaching dominate the writing. Black and white photos, music scores, arrangement techniques and quotes about Baker from other musicians and educators are a few of the unique features of this title. With this biography we come to discover a musician, a composer, a conductor, and an educator not with just text alone, but by listening to his compositions on the CD inside the back cover. So much more can be experienced and learned when you get to listen to Baker's music."—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)


Austen, Jake (Editor)

Flying Saucers Rock <0x2018>n' Roll: Conversations with Unjustly Obscure Rock <0x2018>n' Soul Eccentrics

Duke University Press

"This book is an interesting book for anyone. The author takes the most compelling Roctober interviews and talks about them. You will find plenty of information about many obscure artists (including songs that they wrote that were made famous by other singers). Some of the artists lead wild lives and others told exaggerated tales, but this book makes you wonder if Rock 'n' Roll is as wild as its reputation."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Daniel, Douglass K.

Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks

The University of Wisconsin Press

"There is not a tremendous amount of information available on Brooks the filmmaker or the man. He directed such films as Blackboard Jungle, Elmer Gantry, The Professionals, and Looking For Mr. Goodbar. He was known for his temper on the set and his respect for the written word. Daniel's book provides some insight into the director and the man. His interview with ex wife Jean Simmons is valuable."—Saul Amdursky (PLR)


White, Richard D.

Will Rogers: A Political Life

Texas Tech University Press

"Will Rogers was loved for his entertaining, however, underneath his witty humor he provided a very astute analysis of politics and helped to shape many opinions in America. He had the ability to influence public opinion and policy without being a true politician and many influential people recognized this and used it to their advantage. Rogers traveled extensively and was able to share his opinions and thoughts to many people without backlash that many politicians often face."—Angela Green (PLR)


Flachmann, Michael

Shakespeare in Performance: Inside the Creative Process

The University of Utah Press

"Shakespeare in Performance is more than a history of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The creative process, the analyses of plays and characters, designing scripts, rehearsing, roundtable discussion of actors and directors and all those things necessary for a Shakespeare production are covered by Flachmann, a professor who has been teaching Shakespeare for 40 years. Each of the dramas, comedies, histories, the tragedies and the romances are discussed individually. The collaborative process of theatre production with inside real-life experiences makes this a treasure of information on the theater and Shakespeare's plays."—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)


Bogost, Ian

How to Do Things With Videogames

University of Minnesota Press

"In a time when students seem to be inspired by video games, this is a great way [to] learn how to reach young people. It also is great for young people to learn how to use their love of video games to achieve their goals or learn about how people think about a variety of things. It also shows how video games can persuade the player to think in a certain way. A great read."—Elizabeth Willoughby (AASL)


Wangerin, David

Distant Corners: American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes

Temple University Press

"The subtitle of this book says it all. While there are certainly successes and heroes, Thomas Cahill and Bill Jeffrey to name two, there is far more about poor organization, and pointless competition between professional leagues, and a downward economic spiral. Wangerin's writing is accessible and he establishes himself as the preeminent authority on his topic."—Saul Amdursky (PLR)

"Distant Corners presents American soccer history in detailed stories of events and places. Important facts, opinions, and statistics support the soccer issues discussed and reveal how these events shaped and formed American soccer. Through the narrative writing style of the passionate soccer historian, David Wangerin, one learns of the struggles facing soccer popularity. Through his storytelling about his experiences in and around soccer the reader expands his knowledge of little known soccer history, like unique information about Tom Cahill's role in establishing soccer in the USA and descriptions of college and professional soccer from its roots. Even soccer fans will learn new things about soccer history."—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)


Ruck, Rob

Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game

Beacon Press

"Raceball boldly, unfolds the history of baseball, as told through the eyes of an African-American baseball historian. In the process of American major league baseball integrating Jackie Robinson and others into the major leagues, this integration gutted the strong Negro and Latino baseball leagues. Ruck passionately tells of the consequences to society and to the game of baseball, with a sociological emphasis. Ruck believes baseball has turned into a business now and the game has been weakened. Readers discover more than detailed information about baseball history, but about the social ramifications of the Jim Crow laws and how the black culture views their athletes today. Ruck knows his baseball history and gives us insights into how race lines influenced play on the field and how inequalities made baseball a transnational sport."—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)


Strickland, Ron

Pathfinder: Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America

Oregon State University Press

"This is the tale of a novice hiker's dream to build a trail across three national parks and seven national forests. Strickland weaves vignettes of his life on and off the trail; of the struggles to build the trail, of local history and of the simple joys of walking in the wilderness. It is reflective writing and reflective reading, the author makes you stop and consider life. Readers get snapshots that are not just informative, but are witty, humorous and wise. Through the author's storytelling you learn about the outdoors and about yourself. Now, after 40 years, in 2009 with the effort of countless volunteers Strickland saw the reality of his dream, as Congress added the Pacific Northwest Trail to the National Trails System. Pathfinder is inspirational reading for hikers and armchair adventures alike."—Gay Ann Loesch (AASL)


Spanier, Sandra and Robert W. Trogdon (Editors)

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, 1907-1922

Cambridge University Press

"Besides just loving the opportunity to read more of Hemingway's glorious writing, these letters are edited so beautifully. With snippets of information to give each letter context it is like being in the room with the writer."—Hilary Albert (PLR)


Haworth, Kevin and Dinty W. Moore

Lit from Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing

Ohio University Press

"Billy Collins, Charles Baxter, and other masters write masterfully on the art and craft of writing."—Steve Norman (PLR)


Hart, Jack

Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction

The University of Chicago Press

"Wonderful prose. Surely, bound to become the standard guide to writing narrative nonfiction."—Steve Norman (PLR)

"Jack Hart, the former managing editor of The Oregonian and author of A Writer's Coach, offers expert advice sprinkled with entertaining examples from award winning nonfiction writers. This engaging manual explores the basic elements of composing narrative nonfiction, such as developing structure, story, character, and theme. Journalism students and instructors will especially appreciate Hart's approach."—Virginia L. Stone (AASL)


Weilbach, S.

Singing from the Darktime: A Childhood Memoir in Poetry and Prose

McGill-Queen's University Press

"S. Weilbach, who is Jewish, was a child during the Holocaust. Through her poems she is able to express her emotions, interpretation of events, and thoughts that occurred during that time. Many books and videos exist to tell people what occurred and one gets a lot of factual information, but it can be hard to fully understand or feel what these people endured. With this book, the reader obtains a different perspective of the Holocaust—one that is more emotional and personal."—Angela Green (PLR)

"Lyrical, compelling recounting in verse and prose of a girl's childhood in rural Germany as Hitler came into power, then her long journey on the refugee ship St. Louis in search of sanctuary."—Steve Norman (PLR)


Coke, Allison Adelle Hedge (Editor)

Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas

The University of Arizona Press

"A fine anthology of Indigenous American poetry. Includes over 80 poets, both acclaimed and emerging, from Alaska to Chile."—Steve Norman (PLR)

"Sing is a compilation of multilingual poems from over eighty indigenous poets in the Americas. Unique in scope, it includes the work of noted and emerging poets from diverse countries such as the United States, Canada, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. This outstanding collection offers expressions of experience that transcends cultural boundaries."—Virginia L. Stone (AASL)


Menes, Orlando Ricardo (Editor)

The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991<0x2013>2008

University of Notre Dame Press

"A superb and rewarding collection of poetry. All of the 24 poets whose work is represented have been students, or faculty, or both, at Notre Dame. The styles, forms, and subjects of the poetry are diverse and distinctive."—Steve Norman (PLR)


Lee, Josephine, Don Eitel, and R.A. Shiomi

Asian American Plays for a New Generation

Temple University Press

"Themes running through this collection of seven plays include reclaiming Asian and Asian American history for the contemporary. In the introduction, the editor writes, <0x2018>In many ways the characters in these plays express a longing, however guarded, for some form of racial or ethnic community. At the same time, these plays are distinctive for their wariness toward reproducing the clich<0x00E9>s of minority oppression and a crisis of identity...' Often lost in the white and black divide in discussions of race, writers of Asian descent at the same time reject the <0x2018>silent majority' label. The collection is notable for including playwrights who have enjoyed less exposure, for example Hmong writers who are often invisible among Chinese or Japanese writers. Further, some of the themes of the plays, including the Hmong play, allow interweaving the alternate portrayals of Asian women who are not stereotypic characters--like prostitutes, the tragic Madam Butterfly or the mean-spirited Dragon Lady character so popular in Hollywood. The overall theme that the reader comes away with from this novel and intriguing collection is a better understanding of the diversity of the contemporary lives of <0x2018>Asian American' people as <0x2018>...the characters draw on distinctive ethnic, cultural, and religious affiliations...' Recommended to be read aloud or as plays, the collection is an outstanding selection for high school libraries for their drama departments, public libraries, especially for readers' theater programs, and academic libraries."—Barbara Morrow Williams (PLR)


Martin, Wendy and Cecelia Tichi (Editors)

Best of Times, Worst of Times: Contemporary American Short Stories from the New Gilded Age

New York University Press

"This is a fully engaging collection of contemporary short stories—the New Gilded Age as the late 20th <0x2013>early 21st Century has become known in some circles. [You will] find here a full range of social and political issues in short story format written by men and women authors who bring insight from a variety of class perspectives and ethnicities. Authors include the immediately recognizable and those who may be better known in smaller but equally literate circles. The collection groups their works into "sub collections" for stories about family relations, identity, and working conditions, for example. The involvement of university students to help identify which stories to include gives the collection a freshness and accessibility for anyone who enjoys reading and maybe discussing well-written contemporary short stories wherever they can find them. The stories are written using a variety of styles and voices, making this collection highly recommended for public libraries, and for high school libraries and academic libraries, especially for writing and literature classes."—Barbara Morrow Williams (PLR)


Cramer, Jeffrey S.

The Quotable Thoreau

Princeton University Press

"So many quotes from so many places. One forgets that there is so much more to Thoreau than his major works. This is a lovely book to hold from the feel of the paper to the layout of the quotes. It is obvious that Cramer put much love into this collection."—Hilary Albert (PLR)


Dirda, Michael

On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling

Princeton University Press

"This is a delightful critique of the author's work. Mr. Dirda expresses his views in a light conversational manner. Nevertheless, he shows the author's views with warts and all. This is a definite purchase for high school and college libraries."—Richard E.B. Lord (AASL)


Wilde, Oscar (Edited by Nicholas Frankel)

The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

"When one reads a novel from a previous time period, it can be difficult to fully understand the context of the story. For some stories, it helps to understand the author better, the time period he or she lived in, and where the author may have lived, in order, to grasp the complete story. The Picture of Dorian Gray provides an in-depth description about Oscar Wilde, and it further explains the novel with the usage of annotations in the sidebar to provide the reader with the complete story."—Angela Green (PLR)


Tagore, Rabindranath (Edited by Fakrul Alam and Radha Chakravarty)

The Essential Tagore

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

"An ambitious collection on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Bengali poet and writer, who was the first Asian Nobel Laureate. This is the largest single volume in English of his work."—Steve Norman (PLR)


Barzanji, Jalal

The Man in Blue Pyjamas: A Prison Memoir

The University of Alberta Press

"Jalal Barzanji, a Kurd from Iraq, endured imprisonment, torture, and exile, in order to share his life experiences through the usage of words. This is not a chronological story from beginning to end, but rather has a storytelling aspect that skips around to different memories that he has about his own life, and from others who have told him their memories and stories."—Angela Green (PLR)


Martin, Joseph B.

Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean

The University of Alberta Press

"Joseph B. Martin describes his life from growing up on a farm in Canada to dean of Harvard Medical School. Along the way, readers are provided with in-depth information about his family history, health care, the education system and its politics, and the interesting stories that people tell about their life. Throughout the book, he provides photos for the reader so that he or she may have a visual perspective and understanding of his life story."—Angela Green (PLR)


Davis, Robert C. and Beth Lindsmith

Renaissance People: Lives that Shaped the Modern Age

Getty Publications

"The Renaissance began in northern Italy in about 1400 with the rediscovery of Classical scholarship and culture. The movement rapidly spread through Western Europe. Historian Davis and journalist Lindsmith present portraits of 94 people who flourished between 1450 and 1550. In addition to the best-known (DaVinci and Columbus) they include artists (Botticelli and van Eyck), politicians (Machiavelli and de Medici), churchmen (Pope Pius II and Martin Luther), scientists (Copernicus and Brahe), and women (Isabella d'Este and Christine de Pizan). Each biography is concise (about 750 words). The abundant illustrations include pictures of the person and of his or her work. This is an excellent resource for student assignments and an enjoyable anthology for the general reader."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (PLR)

"Renaissance People tells the story of an age by examining the lives of those who lived it. The 94 short biographies exemplify the enormous diversity of the renaissance era. The readability of the text makes its content accessible to both teen and adult readers. Black and white as well as color examples of the subjects' works richly illustrate this thought-provoking collection. Many of the figures will be familiar (Botticelli, Machiavelli, Titian) but there are some unusual and intriguing choices as well (Eleanor of Toledo, Cristoforo da Messisbugo, Isabella Andreini). Renaissance People will successfully introduce the reader to Renaissance history, accomplishments, discoveries and influential persons."—Merlyn K. Miller (AASL)


Williamson, Mary F. and Tom Sharp (Editors)

Just a Larger Family: Letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian Home Front, 1940<0x2013>1944

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

"The evacuation of British children during World War II is an often overlooked portion of history. Thousands of children were sent to live with strangers in countries deemed safe from the threat of German invasion. Just a Larger Family is the story of two English brothers bravely sent by their mother, Margaret Sharp, to live with the Williamsons of Toronto, Canada for the duration of World War II. While there is a small connection between the two families, Marie and John Williamson and their two children are virtually strangers to young Tom and Christopher Sharp. This unusual story is told entirely through the letters written by Marie to Margaret as one mother tries to lessen the pain of another by keeping her apprised of all the daily details of her sons' lives. Her beautiful letters allow the reader to become not only a part of this little Toronto family, but also to understand the hardships of World War II wartime in Canada."—Merlyn K. Miller (AASL)


Scearce, Phil

Finish Forty and Home: The Untold World War II Story of B-24s in the Pacific

University of North Texas Press

"Finish Forty and Home is one of those books that flows like a novel yet is loaded with all the factual detail any WW II history buff would hope for. This is the story of the men and missions of the 11th Bombardment Group in the South Pacific. The book opens with Sgt. Herman Scearce lying about his age to join the Army Air Corps at age 16. As the pages turn, the reader follows Scearce through his training and daring combat missions. It is an up close and personal look at the American bomber crewmen who flew thousands of miles on long and dangerous missions, with little glory. They relentlessly faced Japanese fighters with the goal to finish 40 missions and head home. Based on primary sources and interviews with surviving veterans, Phil Scearce has recreated <0x2018>The Untold World War II Story of B-24s in the Pacific.'"—Merlyn K. Miller (AASL)


Hunt, Swanee

Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security

Duke University Press

"This book describes the situation from <0x2018>the inside' through people living through the war that the author met and got to know. Then it describes it from <0x2018>the outside' via diplomats and politicians deciding how to handle the whole <0x2018>situation.' Ms. Hunt herself became deeply involved as can be found in each page of this beautifully written book."—Hilary Albert (PLR)


Vogel, Ezra F.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

"Vogel's exhaustive text's (714 pages) central thesis is that Deng accomplished an amazing amount subsequent to Mao's death. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was his ability to transform a very old civilization into one that accepts and embraces modernity. A very good addition to any collection that wants to present insights into modern China."—Saul Amdursky (PLR)


Hahn, Emily (Edited by Ken Cuthbertson/Foreword by Anneke Van Woudenberg)

Congo Solo: Misadventures Two Degrees North

McGill-Queen's University Press

"Emily Hahn travels to the Congo for eight months looking for adventure and a way to escape the Great Depression, only to find it would have an unexpected effect on her life. In Congo Solo, she describes the extraordinary trip she made crossing the country by rail, boat, car, pirogue, and foot. During her trip, she meets many Congolese people, and vividly depicts their lives, including the suffering they endured."—Angela Green (PLR)


Chopra, Ruma

Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution

The University of Virginia Press

"I recommend this book highly. Ms. Chopra has written a well documented and highly readable account of Loyalists living in New York City during the American Revolution. The audience for this [book] would be highly motivated high school readers and college readers majoring in American history."—Richard E.B. Lord (AASL)


Kalb, Marvin, and Deborah Kalb

Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama

Brookings Institution Press

"Even though the Vietnam War ended almost 40 years ago, its effects are still felt in American society causing people to still be divided over the issue. During the war and after the war, people remain much divided over the war and the decisions made during the war. Politicians running for office feel the effects from serving or not serving in the military during the Vietnam War. Presidents and Congress members think twice before enacting foreign policy in order to avoid it happening again. The American people view the military and military service differently because of the Vietnam War. The authors explain how the ghosts of the Vietnam War have affected the decision making of Presidents and shaped public policy for better or worse."—Angela Green (PLR)


Warshauer, Matthew

Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival

Wesleyan University Press

"A concise, well written overview of the major battles fought both on the ground and in the political arena during the Civil War. While the book's focus is Connecticut during the war, it also offers fresh insight into the political motivations of both Connecticut lawmakers and nationally elected officials regarding slavery, emancipation, black enlistment during the war and the concept of equality. Dozens of primary sources including letters, diaries and newspapers were quoted throughout the book offering first-hand accounts of the effects Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had on the black community, the state of Connecticut and the Union as a whole. I recommend this book for public libraries with strong Civil War collections."—Christina Beaird (PLR)


Williams, Susan Millar and Stephen G. Hoffius

Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow

University of Georgia Press

"The threads of these separate topics are weaved together through the life of Frank Dawson. Dawson, the influential editor of the Charleston News and Courier newspaper, was married to Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan. After a devastating earthquake struck Charleston in August 1886; Dawson was deemed a hero for his efforts. An undercurrent of resentment between races and classes was exacerbated by the quake. Soon after, those with power and influence were denounced by some. A scandal broke in the weeks following that damaged Dawson's political credibility and reputation. Dawson was murdered in 1889 and a sensational trial followed. This book is a fascinating read. I would recommend it to public libraries with large southern history and culture collections."—Christina Beaird (PLR)


Rosoff, Nancy B. and Susan Kennedy Zeller (Editors)

Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains

University of Washington Press

"A breathtaking look at an iconic American style of architecture: the Tipi. Hundreds of glossy photos of artifacts housed in dozens of museums, national parks, archives and historical societies across the country are used to accentuate a text that is informative and easy to follow. The editors splendidly blend historical fact with modern interpretation making this book an excellent resource for school projects and pleasure reading. The historic black and white photos jump off the page with such clarity that the peoples and events depicted come to life again. I would recommend this book for all public libraries."—Christina Beaird (PLR)


Gates, Jr., Henry Louis

Black in Latin America

New York University Press

"Well-written and truly eye-opening account of the experience of African slaves and their descendants in the New World outside of the United States. Of about 11 million Africans brought as slaves to the Western Hemisphere, less than 500 thousand came to the U.S. The rest were taken to the Caribbean and Latin America. A companion volume to the PBS series."—Steve Norman (PLR)

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