English Grammar, World Religions, Jewish Ethics, Holistic Health & Healing | Reference Reviews, February 1, 2015


An unusual approach to grammar; an introduction to the world’s religions, from the Christian perspective; a Talmudic reference to support ideas in writing or speaking; a starting point for those seeking alternative medicine information.

Hughes’s Letters, Poetry from Sleigh, Michelangelo, Contemporary Art, Film | Arts & Humanities Reviews, January 2015


Correspondence that shows Hughes’s kindness, generosity of spirit, and commitment to craft; driven, muscular poems that wrestle with violence, love, and the hybrid self; Unger’s Michelangelo captivates the reader from the first sentence.

Guides to Food History, Publishing, Magical Realism, World Religions, with New Short Takes | Reference Reviews, December 2014

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Herman’s friendly and supportive guide to the publishing industry, The Norton Anthology of World Religions allows readers to draw their own conclusions, an essential heralded genealogical resource, Tucci’s clever Investing Answer Book.

Jane Austen, Aretha Franklin, Anjelica Huston, Anne Lamott | Arts & Humanities Reviews, November 15, 2014


A must-read for Huston fans, a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings from Lamott, Ritz’s compelling record of the life of a musical titan, a comprehensive overview of the many iterations of the Jane Austen oeuvre.

Facts That Astonish, Everything To Know About Zombies, Race and Racism in the United States, & More | Reference Reviews


Well-rounded essays offer concise perspectives of the vice president’s time in office, a fascinating, informative collection that anyone interested in the history of zombies will want to read, a focus on Muhammad and his legacy.

Bird on the Origins of the Gospels, A Guide to Jewish Holidays, Turner’s American God | Spirituality & Religion Reviews


A perfect fit for seminary libraries, religious leaders, and scholars; Jewish seekers and religious leaders will be attracted to Falk’s book; Our Great Big American God should be read with care by Christians across denominations.

History (David O. Stewart), Politics (David Axelrod), Self-Help (Ron Lieber), & More | Social Science Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4


Axelrod, David. Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Penguin Pr. Feb. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9781594205873. $29.95. CD: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR After eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod switched lanes to become a political consultant, strategizing for over 150 local, state, and national campaigns. His clients have included Barack Obama, […]

The Mythical Zoo, Mack Sennett’s Fun Factory, & More | Reference Reviews

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Informative and accessible, Sax’s The Mythical Zoo is a survey of the representation in myth of various members of the animal kingdom, Mack Sennett’s Fun Factory is essential for film collections

Reference Reviews | March 1, 2014


Reviews of Edward Hirsch’s A Poet’s Glossary; Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape; John R. Vile’s The United States Constitution: Questions and Answers, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

Reference Reviews | February 1, 2014


Reviews of Anthony Lo Bello’s Origins of Mathematical Words: A Comprehensive Dictionary of Latin, Greek, and Arabic Roots, Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture, and a list of titles from the February 1 issue.