Reference Reviews, July 2012

Congdon, Kristin G. & Kara Kelley Hallmark. American Folk Art: A Regional Reference. 2 vols. ABC-CLIO. 2012. 730p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313349362. $205. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Famous or obscure, the 300 artists recognized in these volumes attest to the creative imagination of the 20th-century folk movement. A short introduction, with a useful bibliography, helps set the works discussed in historical and contemporary context. The regional organization reflects the influence of place. A thoughtful overview of physical, historical, and cultural features precedes groupings on the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West. The range of artwork included is impressive: decoys, textiles, paintings, baskets, carvings, boats, mosaics, assemblages, pottery, dolls, metal, paper, musical instruments, wax, beads, photography, saddles, and environmental art, inter alia. There are also engaging artist entries, which are both biographical and art-critical. While numerous black-and white illustrations are provided and accompanied by informative captions, unfortunately, for about 20 percent of the artists, no work is displayed. Additional illustrations are not available in the ebook version, but almost all illustrations are in full color there, a significant bonus. The writers argue that the art they present is simultaneously innovative and traditional. Congdon (Univ. of Central Florida; Just Above the Water) and Hallmark (Univ. of Texas, Austin; Art Education for Social Justice) are knowledgeable and write clearly. Since a work of this size could not aim for comprehensiveness, more insight into the editors’ selection criteria, especially of lesser-known artists, would have been useful. An index helps users find reproductions and references outside the specific artist entry. A glossary, a museum list, and extensive print bibliographies round out the presentation. VERDICT These volumes, celebrating human inventiveness and identifying artists whose work deserves regard, are as worthwhile for inspiring potential folk artists as for researchers.‚ Patricia Lothrop, St. George’s Sch., Newport, RI

Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood. 2012. 400p. ed. by Daina Ramey Berry & Deleso A. Alford. photogs. bibliog. ISBN 9780313349089. $89. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Berry (history, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia) and Alford’s (law, Florida A&M Univ.) concise volume updates readers on research about enslaved women. Berry’s introduction serves as a short explanation of this area of research, which has lagged behind investigations of the history of male bondmen. Alphabetical and topical lists of entries open the volume. Each of the more than 100 entries, most of which are one to five pages in length, includes See also references and a suggested reading list. All aspects of the daily life of bondwomen are covered, and there are also profiles of notable and lesser-known slaves. Also included are black-and-white photos and primary-source documents, a detailed Chronology of Enslaved Women in America, an appendix covering the Population of Enslaved Women 1750‚ 1860, and a selected bibliography of more than 340 print and web sources. VERDICT Ranging in topic from branding to child care and from folk medicine to hiring out, these absorbing pieces are also well written and approachable for a general adult audience and undergraduates through faculty. All public and academic libraries supporting American history, African American studies, or women’s studies programs should purchase this work.‚ Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ., South Bend

Matz, David. Voices of Ancient Greece and Rome: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life. Greenwood. (Voices of an Era). 2012. 173p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313387388. $79. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Finding primary-source material can be a difficult task for classicists and history students. Matz (classical languages, St. Bonaventure Univ.) provides modern, easy-to-read translations of excerpts from ancient Greek and Roman documents. The texts are enhanced with definitions, contextual explanations, follow-up blurbs, reader questions, and ideas for related questions. The introductions to each text as well as the aftermath conclusions are particularly helpful, as they provide useful information regarding the social, political, economic, or cultural circumstances surrounding the account. While the language used in the book is aimed at college students, the accompanying questions and topics are occasionally simplistic and more focused on reading comprehension than on deeper thinking. The layout occasionally comes across as juvenile, but this is a minor issue considering the book’s other strengths. Matz does not address the nuances of translating primary texts, which is a surprising oversight considering the depth of his explanations and the impact different translators may have on the content of a translated work. He does, however, give an excellent account of how the experiences of the various contemporary authors may have colored their writing. VERDICT This volume will well serve students taking introductory classics courses. It will be a fun addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in Greek and Roman history.‚ Lauren de Bruin, Alberta Lib., Edmonton

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Atlas A-Z: A Pocket Guide to the World Today. 5th ed. DK. 2012. 432p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 9780756689773. pap. $11.95.

National Geographic Compact Atlas of the World. National Geographic Bks. Jul. 2012. c.256p. maps. ISBN 9781426209956. pap. $14.95. REF

Complete Atlas of the World: The Definitive View of the Earth. 2d ed. DK. 2012. 432p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 9780756689728. $75. REF


Online Advertising and Promotion: Modern Technologies for Marketing. Business Science. 2012. 430p. ed. by Payam Hanafizadeh & Mehdi Behboudi. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781466608856. $185. Online: REF

Health & Medicine

Salem Health Complementary & Alternative Medicine. 4 vols. Salem. 2012. 1500p. ed. by Richard P. Capriccioso, M.D., & Paul Moglia. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781587658709. $495. Online: Salem Health, eBooks on EBSCOhost, Follett Library Resources, ebrary, Gale Virtual Reference Library, MyiLibrary, Overdrive REF


Chronology of the U.S. Presidency. 4 vols. ABC-CLIO. 2012. 1556p. ed. by Mathew Manweller. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781598846454. $399. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Reimer, Robert C. & Carol J. Reimer. Historical Dictionary of Holocaust Cinema. Scarecrow. (Historical Dictionaries of Literature & the Arts). 2012. 272p. ed. by Jon Woronoff. photogs. bibliog. ISBN 9780810867567. $75. Online: eBooks on EBSCOhost, Overdrive, MyiLibrary, EBL, & Questia REF

Law & Crime

Beloof, Douglas E. Victims’ Rights: A Documentary and Reference Guide. Greenwood. 2012. 313p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780313393457. $100. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Schultz, David. Encyclopedia of American Law and Criminal Justice. rev. ed. 2 vols. Facts On File. 2012. 800p. illus. index. ISBN 9780816081455. $150. Online: Infobase eBooks REF

POlitical Science

Conley, Richard S. Historical Dictionary of the Clinton Era. Scarecrow. (Historical Dictionaries of U.S. Politics & Political Eras). 2012. 394p. bibliog. ISBN 9780810859722. $95. Online: eBooks on EBSCOhost, Overdrive, MyiLibrary, EBL, & Questia REF

Social Sciences

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. 2d ed. 4 vols. Academic. 2012. 3464p. ed. by Ruth Chadwick. index. ISBN 9780123736321. $995. REF

Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage. 2 vols. SAGE. 2012. 1224p. ed. by Carl A. Zimring & William L. Rathje. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781412988193. $320. Online: SAGE Reference Online REF

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Henrietta Verma is Senior Editorial Communications Specialist at NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore, and was formerly the reviews editor at Library Journal.