Reference Reviews | April 1, 2013

Talhami, Ghada. Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa. Scarecrow. 2012. 440p. bibliog. ISBN 9780810868588. $100. REF

Talhami’s (politics, emerita, Lake Forest College, IL; The Mobilization of Muslim Women in Egypt ) concise book begins with an excellent chronology of the significant political, social, and cultural events that have affected the lives of women in the region, and follows with an introduction that provides a brief but rich history of the contributions of women in the Middle East and North Africa, again from political, social, and cultural viewpoints. Researchers will find entries about women and men who were or are activists, journalists, poets, novelists, and political leaders whose work helped improve the status of area women. In addition to the entries about individuals, numerous entries cover nongovernmental organizations, marriage, education, feminist organizations, movements, and religious laws. The extensive bibliography, arranged by topic, includes films and works in Arabic. ­ VERDICT Students and researchers can use this dictionary as a starting point for their research, making it a solid addition to academic reference collections. —Diane ­Fulkerson, Univ. of South Florida Polytechnic, Lakeland

Reel, Justine. Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention. Greenwood. 2013. 498p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440800580. $100. REF

This single-volume encyclopedia contains about 175 entries, almost half of which are written by licensed counselor Reel (health promotion and education, Univ. of Utah; The Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders and Body Image ). The articles cover topics directly related to eating disorders (such as amenorrhea, anorexia nervosa, purging, and weight-related sports) as well as peripheral topics, such as “Freshman 15,” skin tone, tanning behaviors, and yoga. Articles range from one to three pages in length and all provide cross references and further-reading suggestions. The book is particularly strong with regard to treatment modalities and prevention programs. Although few entries fully examine a given topic, the articles will point counselors, educators, family members, and affected individuals in the direction of further information. The photographs in the book are few, and sometimes seem oddly chosen (for example, a photo of Sonja Henie in the article on figure skating and an image of a 1926 military pilot in the piece covering masculinity). Articles vary in their scholarly reliability. One article states “in Western societies television is viewed daily for 7 hours on average” without citing a source for that figure, and another draws the conclusion that the link between “muscle” and its French root “mouse” comes about because women might swoon at both muscles and mice. The “Appendix of Case Illustrations,” containing only two cases, is too brief to add significantly to the book. VERDICT While its quality varies at some points, this is overall a solid and up-to-date introduction for college or graduate school students. Articles are most valuable as overviews and to direct the serious reader to additional material. The extensive entries for treatment and prevention programs add to the title’s usefulness. —Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX

Library Journal Reviews starred review Encyclopedia of Social & Political Movements. 3 vols. Wiley-Blackwell. 2013. 1552p. bibliog. index. ed. by David A. Snow & others. ISBN 9781405197731. $595. REF

With the Tea Party and the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements in mind, the topicality of this work is indisputable. As relevant as today’s headlines, its timely appearance underscores the seminal importance of social and political movements both in the past (e.g., the Civil Rights Movement) and today. In more than 400 entries ranging in length from a page and a half to several pages depending on the topic covered, Snow (sociology, Univ. of California, Irvine; The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Social Movements ), Donatella della Porta (political sociology, European University Institute, Florence; Social Movements: An Introduction ), Bert Klandermans (applied social psychology, VU Univ. of Amsterdam; Methods of Social Movement Research ) and Doug McAdam (sociology, Stanford Univ.; Putting Social Movements in Their Place ) gather material from several hundred social scientists worldwide to produce a work of exceptional scholarly scope. Although no work even of this magnitude could be totally comprehensive, in its sweeping coverage and eclecticism this book comes close, offering discussions of social and political movements, complemented by entries on a vast array of “theoretical perspectives, concepts, processes, and methods.” In so doing, this title differentiates itself from other smaller-scale encyclopedia treatments of the subject, which tend to be parochial and ethnocentric by focusing primarily on the United States. VERDICT Political scientists, sociologists, as well as students in other academic disciplines should find this book of enormous value. —David Ettinger, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, DC

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

Fine Arts

Dickerson, Madelynn. The Handy Art History Answer Book. Visible Ink. (Handy Answer Book). Jun. 2013. 350p. ISBN 9781578594177. pap. $21.95; ebk. ISBN 9781578594634. REF

General Reference

The Military Quotation Book: More Than 1,100 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, and Victory. Thomas Dunne. May 2013. 176p. ed. by James Charlton. ISBN 9781250004505. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466834729. REF

Health & Medicine

Tate, Nick J. ObamaCare Survival Guide: The Affordable Heath Care Act and What It Means for You and Your Healthcare. Humanix. 2012. 229p. index. ISBN 9780893348625. pap. $19.95; ebk. 9780893349097. REF


Great Lives from History: Scientists and Science. Salem. 2012. 1180p. bibliog. index. ed. by Joseph L. Spradley. ISBN 9781587659683. $395.00. REF

Performing Arts

Carman, Judith E. & others. Art Song in the United States, 1759–2011: An Annotated Bibliography. Scarecrow. 2013. 646p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780810883079. $120. REF


Encyclopedia of Religious Controversies in the United States. 2 vols. ABC-CLIO. 2012. 945p. ed. by Bill J. Leonard & Jill Y. Crainshaw. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781598848670. $189; ebk. ISBN 9781598848687. REF

Social Sciences

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Art and Architecture. Univ. of North Carolina. ( New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 21). 2013. 592p. illus. ed. by Judith H. Bonner. ISBN 9780807837177. $49.95; ebk. ISBN 9780807869949. REF

Yuferev, Oleg V. The Unknown Russia: From Macro to Micro: Encyclopedia of Russia’s Business by Region and Industry.
Vol. I: Far East: Economic Potential. ISBN 9781418785342, 629p.
Vol.2: Far East: Business and Government. ISBN 9781418785350, 403p.
Vol. 3: Siberia: Economic Potential. ISBN 9781418785369, 814p.
Vol. 4: Siberia: Business and Government. ISBN 9781418785377, 846p.Vol. 5:
Ural: Economic Potential. ISBN 9781418785385, 488p.
Vol. 6: Ural: Business and Government. ISBN 9781418785393, 764p. Vol. 7:
Volga: Economic Potential. ISBN 9781418785407, 860p. Vol. 8:
Volga: Business and Government. ISBN 9781418785415, 852p.
Ea. vol: 2012. Business Information Agency.tables. index. $249. 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.


  1. Eli D says:

    Henrietta, I have read Justine Reel and thats a good book for the US! 66% of all Americans right now are obese, and 23% of those are morbidy obese. That book really zooms in on the problems and the solutions too.

    Thanks for posting!


  2. Gia says:

    Hello Henrietta, The book on eating disorders really helped my Mom recover from the loss of my Father when she was in her 40’s. Great book thanks for the write up!