Reference Reviews | October 1, 2012

Bartrop, Paul R. A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good. ABC-CLIO. 2012. c.403p. photogs. bibilog. index. ISBN 9780313386787. $89. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Bartrop (Holocaust and genocide studies, Richard Stockton Coll.; Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide; The Genocide Studies Reader; Dictionary of Genocide) studies post-Holocaust individuals who have been affected by genocide. He indicates that those profiled may be perpetrators, victims, or even bystanders, and offers a different take on the subject than is usually available. The introduction to the text outlines major events related to genocide from 1944 to the present day. Key individuals are highlighted and are discussed later in the biographical profiles. Entries offer basic facts and information about each subject, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions about the people and their actions. Black-and-white photographs appear throughout. Back matter includes a glossary of important terms and a time line. VERDICT This encyclopedia presents a variety of key individuals to study with respect to genocidal acts. The succinct text offers a valuable starting point for further study as well as an informative read for those generally interested in the unfortunate subject matter.—Annette Haldeman, Dept. of Legislative Svcs. Lib., Annapolis, MD

Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams: The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber. 2 vols. Greenwood. 2012. 904p. ed. by Deirdre Barrett & Patrick McNamara. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313386640. $189. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Editors Barrett (psychologist, Harvard Medical Sch.) and McNamara (director, Evolutionary Neurobehavior Laboratory, Boston Univ. Sch. of Medicine) offer 330 entries by international contributors on the many aspects of slumber, including information culled from the areas of sleep medicine and sleep and dreams research. The large field of sleep disorders is examined in specific contributions such as, “Sleep in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease” and “REM Sleep Behavior Disorder.” Unexpected entries include “Sumerian Dream Beliefs,” “Creative Problem Solving in Dreams,” “Body Dreamwork,” and even a piece covering a website, “ An Online Archive for Studying Dream Content.” Some of the articles read like scientific studies (“Endocrinology of Sleep”) and describe measures and methodologies. The relationship of dreams to literature (Shakespeare), music (Paul McCartney and the writing of “Yesterday”), and cinema (e.g., directors Georges Méliès and Edwin S. Porter) is also discussed. Extensive entries include “Sleep and Dreams in Western Antiquity,” “Sleep and Brain Networks,” and “Sleep in Aquatic Mammals,” which illustrate the broad range of topics covered. A guide to related topics found at the front of both volumes unites the cross references in a list that helps group interests. The referencing of many journal articles for current viewpoints, and the provision of an appendix of further resources make this a good source for students. VERDICT This is a great place to find a wide array of sleep topics and resources and will prove very helpful in understanding concepts and forming theses. A welcome update for library sleep and dream collections. —Barb Kundanis, Longmont
P.L., CO

Malesky, Kee. Learn Something New Every Day: 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life. Wiley. Oct. 2012. c.288p. ISBN 9781118112755. $19.95. REF

Malesky (National Public Radio’s longest serving librarian; All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge ) shares her research savvy in this clever compendium of 366 clearly written half-page entries, including one for leap years. The material ranges from history and science to arts and language. Readers unfamiliar with entomophagy, for example, can read about it in the Feb. 25 entry, which describes the “tasty” protein of the future. Elsewhere they’ll learn that President James Garfield, trained in classical languages, could simultaneously write in Latin with one hand and Greek with the other. Appended citations offer credibility and promote further study. VERDICT This entertaining and informative work is recommended for high school and public libraries, and for casual readers and fact afficionados everywhere. —Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY

The following titles are reviewed in the October 1 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

Health and Medicine

Encyclopedia of Wellness: From Açaí Berry to Yo-Yo Dieting. 3 vols. Greenwood. 2012. 984p. ed. by Sharon Zoumbaris. photogs. index. ISBN 9780313393334. $278. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF


starred review starThe Encyclopedia of the War of 1812: A Political, Social, and Military History. 3 vols. BC-CLIO. 2012. 1034p. ed. by Spencer C. Tucker. maps. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781851099566. $310. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Political Science

Tarr, Dave & Bob Benenson. Elections A to Z. 4th. ed. CQ Pr. 2012. (American Government A to Z) 832p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780872897694. $125. Online: CQ Press Electronic Library REF


Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets: A Compendium of Biblical Scholarship. IVP Academic: InterVarsity. 2012. 966p. ed. by Mark J. Boda & J. Gordon McConville. index. ISBN 9780830817849. $60. REF


Rice, Stanley A. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Facts On File. 2012. 598p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780816077267. $95. Online: Infobase eBooks REF

Social Sciences

Generation X: Americans Born 1965 to 1976. 7th ed. c.330p. ed. by New Strategist Eds. ISBN 9781937737047.

The Millennials: Americans Born 1977-1994. 5th. ed. c.526p. ed. by New Strategist Eds. ISBN 9781937737023.

Older Americans: A Changing Market. 7th ed. ed. by New Strategist Eds. ISBN 97819377737085.

Russell, Cheryl. The Baby Boom: Americans Born 1946 to 1964. 7th. ed. ISBN 9781937737061.
Ea. vol.: New Strategist. (American Generations). 2012. $95. REF

The Arab Spring. c.200p. ed. by Paul McCaffrey. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780824211162.

Conspiracy Theories. c.228p. ed. by Paul McCaffrey. ISBN 9780824211158.

U.S. National Debate Topic 2012–2013: Transportation Infrastructure. 200p. ed. by Tyler Weidler. ISBN 9780824211172.
Ea. vol.: H.W. Wilson. (Reference Shelf). 2012. bibliog. index. pap. $55 each or as part of six-title, $270 annual subscription. REF

Henrietta Verma About Henrietta Verma

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