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“[All] librarians recognize that
there are standard books to
keep on hand for ready-refer-
ence, despite the perception
that you can Google everything.
Among them is Chase’s Calendar of Events, the most comprehensive reference available on
special events, holidays, federal and state observances, historic anniversaries, and more.”
An Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield
2016 World Political Yearbook.
2015. 900p. illus. Salem, $125 (9781619259522).
This massive resource draws from the
database of the annual Nations of the
World: A Political, Economic, and Business
Handbook. It profiles every nation and self-governing territory (down to tiny island Niue
in the Pacific) and is arranged alphabetically
by regions (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe,
Middle East). Concise regional overviews
and maps, currencies for the past five years
in units per U.S. dollar, and key indicators
(e.g., population, GDP, inflation, and balance
of trade) precede the country chapters. The
country essays are current and arranged
in similar formats of history, facts, political
structure/parties, economy, risk assessment, and key indicators of the past five
years. Writing is clear, objective, and lively.
Recommended for public and academic
libraries. —Arthur Meyers
American First Ladies. 3rd ed.
2015. 459p. illus. Salem, $165 (9781619259423).
This third edition of a look at the First Ladies, updated from 2006, is a companion
to the publisher’s series on the presidents.
The chronologically arranged essays, by
academic contributors, follow the same
format: pre–White House life, marriage
and family, years in the White House,
unique contributions as First Lady, and
legacy. A few of the women profiled were
not wives, but they all had similar roles.
Each chapter includes boxed sidebars of
the challenges or accomplishments during
the term. Writing is objective, accurate,
sympathetic, and current through 2015.
Nine overview essays cover such topics as
social causes promoted and campaigns.
Extensive bibliographies, an index, and
photos enhance the value of this work,
which is suitable for high-school and college students. —Arthur Meyers
The Guide to Period Styles for
Interiors: From the 17th Century to
the Present. 2nd ed.
Ed. by Judith Gura.
2015. 496p. illus. Bloomsbury, paper, $90
This updated pictorial guide to interior
The SAGE Encyclopedia of World
design features fully revised sections and
a new chapter on twenty-first-century
styles. There are 350 photographs, a bib-
liography, a glossary, and a chronology.
Every era is covered in a brief narrative,
along with photos of prime examples
(mostly individual furniture pieces) of the
style. Sidebars offer information on move-
ments, designers, and styles. Enough
here has changed that libraries owning
the first edition will want to consider this
update. Essential for academic and special
libraries serving art and design students;
a nice purchase for larger libraries where
there is an interest in interior design or
history. —Rebecca Vnuk
Poverty. 2nd ed.
Ed. by Mehmet Odekon.
5v. 2015. 2,560p. illus. Sage, $750
This is substantially larger than the
previous edition, likely reflecting the rising level of economic crisis. The new
volumes display the same attention to
quality “encyclopedia craft” as the first,
with 175 new articles and an increase
to about 900 articles overall. The original
appendixes have been changed, with an
entire volume of comparative statistics
from the U.S. Census and the World Bank.
The increase in the amount of material
also brings with it a substantial increase in
the price; however, as this covers a topic
whose importance does not decrease,
libraries that purchased the first edition
should seriously consider updating in print
or electronic format. —Danise Hoover
Working Americans, 1810–2015:
Volume VI; Women at Work. 2d ed.
Ed. by Scott Derks.
2016. 600p. illus. Grey House, $150
This updated edition keeps the pattern
of the series, offering fictionalized profiles
of average workers throughout American
history (here, specifically, women). Jobs
range from nineteenth-century “Estate
Matron” and “Anti-Corset Advocate” to a
variety of teachers, a librarian in 1933, and
an Olympic hockey player in 2006. These
profiles provide an accurate reflection
of the zeitgeist as well as the expertise,
home life, and work experiences of the
subjects, and are followed by historic and
economic data of the time, “Historical
Snapshots” (which give current-event
information for the time period), news features, and selected price information to act
as comparison points between decades.
There are time lines and black-and-white
illustrations throughout. This is a sound
resource suitable for larger public and academic libraries. —Rebecca Vnuk
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