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choreography. This is a valuable reference work
for public, high-school, and college libraries
and for special libraries focusing on religion or
folk arts. —Mary Ellen Snodgrass
YA/C: A wide range of well-researched
entries make this volume suitable for high-school reports. RV.
Why Be Jewish? A Testament.
By Edgar M. Bronfman.
Mar. 2016. 256p. Twelve, $26 (9781455562893); e-book,
$13.99 (9781455562886). 296.7.
(1929–2013) didn’t believe in God or an
afterlife. That he did believe in being Jewish—
quite apart from more than two decades
presiding over the World Jewish Congress
and spurring the revitalization of Hillel, the
Jewish college-campus social alliance—his last
book demonstrates. He argues for the Jewish
principles of existential awe, ethical inquiry,
and this-world orientation. He discusses how
to embrace the pillars of Jewish identity: the
Torah and the Talmud, the family, the inter-
national culture of the Diaspora. He shares
his delight in the Jewish holidays—above
all, in Passover and its continuing affirma-
tion of human liberty—and he explains why
and how to celebrate them outside of the
strictures of dogma. The last chapter, “A Les-
son in Leadership,” draws upon the career of
Moses to stir new generations to further trans-
form the world for the good of all. Citing his
and his father’s lives in business, as well as
philosophers and Jewish scriptures (also in-
cluding the New Testament book Revelation!),
Bronfman makes his case intellectually as
well as spiritually persuasive. —Ray Olson
By David Kushner.
Mar. 2016. 26p. Simon & Schuster, $26
In this thoroughly reported, masterfully
written memoir about a gruesome 1973
murder, veteran journalist Kushner (
Levittown, 2009) retraces the aftermath of his
brother’s bike ride to and from a Florida
7-Eleven, sparing no horrific details. The title of the
tale comes from the Snappy
Gator Gum that Jon, 11,
bought there for the author,
then four, but never got to
deliver. Instead, one of the
two killers gave it to his
own son. Kushner puts the
By Ronald Orenstein.
2015. 288p. illus. Firefly, $45 (9781770855809). 595.7.
This is a combination of exquisite coffee-table book and factual introduction to the
six butterfly families and their night-flying
relatives, moths. The text is full of fascinating facts about what a butterfly is (a
day-flying moth), their origins, families, how
they fly, and their colors, patterns, and mimicry. Courtship, nuptial gifts, host plants,
caterpillar behavior, metamorphosis, diet,
and migration are also succinctly covered
in accessible language. Special attention is
paid to threats, conservation, and samples
of the effects of climate change. The images and accompanying descriptions are a
worldwide sample of especially beautiful
members of each family: swallowtails, skippers, brush-footed, gossamer-winged, and
whites, sulphurs, and yellows. This book
aims to entice browsers and readers alike
to learn more about these small, miraculous creatures. —Linda Scarth
Firefly Complete Guide to Stargazing.
By Robin Scagell.
2015. 320p. illus. paper, $39.95 (9781770854741). 520.
With a multitude of colorful images, this
The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior
volume introduces readers to the world of
stargazing. Beginners will appreciate the de-
tailed chapters on getting started and advice
on how to use equipment for observing,
while the rest of the book offers a month-by-
month analysis of the night sky in addition
to a comprehensive A–Z listing of terms
pertaining to the field that takes up one-third
of the text. Chapters on the moon, the solar
system, stars, and deep-sky objects round
out the subject matter. The book concludes
with an appendix and an index. A dedicated
website associated with the book provides
updated links and additional resources. Fea-
turing clear and thorough explanations, this
is a worthwhile resource for the beginning
stargazer. —Maren Ostergard
Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their
Care Givers. 2d ed.
5v. 2015. 2,588p. illus. Gale, $859 (9781573027526).
This new edition (the first was published
in 2010) features 664 alphabetical entries
covering diseases and conditions, drugs,
organizations, adaptive devices, and issues
of interest to seniors. More than 70 entries
are new, and 229 have been updated, authored by health-care practitioners, medical
writers, and academics. All entries have
references and definitions of key terms in
sidebars. Questions that readers should
ask practitioners also appear in sidebars,
and there are tables and color photographs.
Coverage of such topics as end-of-life
planning and Medicare coverage and such
assistive aids as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs make this a very useful resource
for anyone concerned with the care of the
aging. The rapidly growing population of
seniors will make this an essential resource
for most public libraries. —Barbara Bibel
A History of Architecture in 100
Ed. by Dan Cruickshank.
2015. 352p. illus. Firefly, $39.95 (9781770855991).
Cruickshank takes us on a trip through
time and space to visit a selection of struc-
tures representing key moments in the
history of world architecture. The book is
organized around seven themes, such as
“Buildings of Vision” and “Follies.” Each
building included is described in an essay
accompanied by striking color photographs,
a number of them double-page spreads.
These essays provide factual information
and, more important, the author’s personal
reaction to each building, since he has actu-
ally visited all but three of them. Armchair
travelers and architecture buffs will enjoy
the company of a knowledgeable and im-
passioned guide in this concise and colorful
work. —Carolyn Mulac
Millennials in America.
Ed. by Robert L. Scardamalia.
2015. 440p. illus. Bernan, $100 (9781598887792).
Bernan, long a quality publisher of U.S.
government data, has used the American
Community Survey to highlight the characteristics of various population groups.
The much-talked-about millennials are
the subject of this one. All the standard
census categories are included: race,
ethnicity, household relationships, nativity, education, language, income, mobility,
and more. The data is displayed nationally
and by state, county, and major cities. The
background material at the beginning of
the volume may be even more useful, as it
defines the ACS and how to effectively use
the data. This is an accessible resource for
most libraries that have a lot of census or
statistical questions. —Danise Hoover
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