Reference Short Takes | February 1, 2014

Albion, Michele Wehrwein. The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt. Univ. Pr. of Florida. 2013. quotable eleanor021414272p. ISBN 9780813044941. $24.95. REF

Credit Albion with the trademark courage of her esteemed subject—this quotation collection begins with Eleanor carping, “It has always seemed to me very unwise to quote people after they are dead.” Gauntlet thrown, Albion, author of similar compilations on Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, goes on to organize Roosevelt’s key sayings by subject, including government, race, gender, work, and more. Albion’s overall introduction as well as setups to each section fill in the biographical picture, as does her front-of-book chronology and judicious dating of each quotation cited. VERDICT A pithy peek into the thoughts of this influential first lady.

Bronstein, Judith L. & others. Ecosystem Services for Sustainability. 168p. ISBN 9781614729662. pap. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781614729679.

Dernbach, John C. & others. Energy Industries and Sustainability. 171p. ISBN 9781614729907. pap. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781614729686.

ea vol: Berkshire. (Essentials). 2013. ed. by Ray C. Anderson & others. illus. index. REF

Drawing from the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability (Vol. 4 was reviewed in LJ 8/12), these concentrated excerpts from that larger reference provide welcome glimpses of the expansive world of sustainability studies. Ecosystem Services outlines the many benefits people obtain from nature and the policies and initiatives used or needed to manage these resources. Energy Industries puts renewable energy in relief, focusing on mining, nuclear power, and conservation incentives. Both guides convey their narrative via essay chapters and include further reading lists and limited but effective black-and-white illustrations. VERDICT Accessible, quick-shot primers on key sustainability subjects.

hatsandheadwear021414Chico, Beverly. Hats and Headwear Around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. 2013. 531p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610690621. $100. REF

“The way you wear your hat” was significant to Frank Sinatra and is important anthropologically, too. A contributor to Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (LJ 10/1/10), Chico (history/humanities, Regis Univ., Denver) tackles this topic through A–Z entries that encompass continents and countries (Africa, China), specific forms (fez, pillbox), and heady intersections (Christianity, advertising). While more illustrations would be welcome, Chico offers a useful introduction, nifty sidebars (including a riff on Mary Tyler Moore’s classic hat toss), and an extensive bibliography and index. VERDICT An absorbing cultural study for those fascinated by fascinators and more.

Miller, Judith. Miller’s Antiques Marks. Octopus. 2013. 296p. illus. ISBN 9781845337988. pap. $9.99. REF

As any viewer of Antiques Roadshow knows, the specific mark on any “antique” item often determines if you have a gold-mine find or junk-heap fake. In this palm-sized reference, Roadshow regular Miller provides an identification guide to more than 6,000 antiques marks, organized in sections covering silver, Sheffield plate, bronze, ceramics, glass, costume jewelry, dolls, teddy bears, and toys. VERDICT While the author’s Antique Handbook & Price Guide (LJ 11/1/13) provides more in-depth assistance, this pocket pal will be a quick, nifty aid for treasure hunters.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book 2013. Bernan. (County & City Extra). 2013. 460p. ed. by Deirdre A. Gaquin & Gwenavere W. Dunn. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9781598886276. $89; ebk. ISBN 9781598886306. REF

The U.S. Census Bureau terminated its Statistical Compendia program in 2011, including ceasing regular publication of its data book focused on states, metropolitan/micropolitan areas, and their component counties. Bernan rectifies this situation by reviving and updating that former government guide as part of its ongoing census data collection series. This updated offering provides 2010 census counts and includes more recent population estimates for all areas, results of the 2012 state and national elections, and an extensive source notes and explanation section. VERDICT This back-from-the-dead data compendium will prove useful in urban research ­collections.

Wyeth, Sims. The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking. Norton. 2014. 128p. ISBN 9780393346046. pap. $14.95. REF

essentialsofpublicspeaking021414Wyeth, president of an executive development firm, seeks to take the sting out of speechifying by providing “pointers substantive and fun, like organic jalapeño chips.” His approach is indeed quite snackable—only one tip is showcased per page, with sections covering the power of speech, preparation, delivery, the design and use of visual aids, and special occasions. He offers advice both practical (be careful of the “side effects” of technology, such as sing-songing along with a teleprompter) and inspirational (be sure to be a good leader as well as a good speaker). VERDICT An upbeat and easy-to-digest guide to public speaking.—Judy Quinn, formerly with Library Journal

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