Angling, History, Law, and Pricing Guides | Reference Short Takes

Fisherman’s Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Angling Reference. Skyhorse. 2014. 611p. ed. by Jay Cassell. illus. ISBN 9781616088378. pap. $29.95. ref

fishermansbible072514“Bigger than golf!” crows ­Cassell (editorial director, Skyhorse publishing) about the $48 billion angling industry, which serves an estimated 40 million fishing enthusiasts in the United States. This reference seeks to be the piscine counterpart to Skyhorse’s Shooter’s Bible, first released in 1925. Largely a gear guide, with information on rods, reels, lures, and lines, this new work also includes a charming excerpt from Steve Price’s The Fish That Changed America, covering the history of bass fishing. A directory of manufacturers and suppliers is also provided. ­VERDICT Consider this reference for more complete angler collections only; Field & Stream magazine will provide more timely, comprehensive help.

Manz, William H. Gibson’s New York Legal Research Guide. Heinemann-Raintree. 2014. 728p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780837739755. $85. ref

Manz (senior research law librarian, St. John’s Univ. Sch. of Law) adds new online resources and other information that has become available pertaining to current and historical legal research in the Empire State since his 2004 edition, which received the American Association of Law Libraries’ ­Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award. The first half of this book covers material for the entire state; the rest is focused solely on New York City. Seven appendixes, including listings of key state law libraries and legal abbreviations, and an overall index are provided. VERDICT An essential update for law and history collections already holding this award-winning reference and a worthwhile purchase for libraries that don’t own a previous edition.

Older Americans Information Directory: 2014/2015 Tenth Edition. Grey House. 2014. 1251p. ed. by Richard Gotttlieb. maps. index. ISBN 9781619252578. pap. $169.95. ref

Heralded as an “essential resource” (LJ 4/1/13), this latest iteration of a biennial reference serves up a statistical snapshot of our aging population, drawing from government data up to 2011, the most recent available, and also the year the eldest of the baby boomers turned 65. Following this overview are nearly 10,000 contact information listings of national and state entities focused on elder concerns. The bulk of these entries are health oriented, covering assisted living, visual impairment, and more. Legal and health glossaries are also included, as are entry-name, geographic, and subject indexes. VERDICT A useful update of a recommended ready reference on a growing demographic.

valueofadollar072514The Value of a Dollar: Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860–2014. 5th ed. Grey House. 2014. 738p. ed. by Scott Derks. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781619252547. $155. ref

New Beginnings is what Derks terms the period 2010–14, coverage of which is included in this fifth edition of a straightforward reference. Certainly there are free ­cost-of-living comparison tools online, but this collection of price history tables for goods, salaries, investments, and various side matter yields riches not to be encountered in single-query searches. For example, while many prices dropped during the recent economic downturn, this reference demonstrates in aggregate how they are now “recovering” upward. VERDICT An illuminating compendium for money-crunching history buffs.—Judy Quinn, formerly with Library Journal

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