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nated. Readers will be tempted to make a list
of items they would like to taste, especially if
they intend to visit a plant’s place of origin or
where it is now cultivated, or shop for it in a
specialty grocery. —Linda Scarth
Virus: An Illustrated Guide to 101
By Marilyn J. Roossinck.
Oct. 2016. 256p. illus. Princeton, $35 (9780691166964).
With the Zika virus on the front page of
newspapers worldwide, a book that explains
what viruses are is very timely. This brief guide
by a professor of virus ecology at Pennsylvania State University provides an accessible
overview. These mysterious organisms are not
even cells. They are bits of DNA or RNA in
a protein coat that invade cells and take them
over. Many cause diseases such as HIV/AIDS,
hepatitis, and influenza. Some are actually important parts of their hosts’ lives.
The book begins with a history and time
line of virology and a discussion of the life
cycle of the major classes of virus. Profiles
of 101 viruses follow, each with a color illustration. The profiles are grouped by host:
human, vertebrates, plants, invertebrates,
fungi, bacteria, and archaea. The profiles are
one page long and include the name, order,
family, genus, genome, geography, hosts,
diseases, mode of transmission, and vaccine.
A short paragraph discusses relevant historical facts and the role of the virus in diseases,
ecosystems, and so forth. A glossary, resource
list, and index provide further information.
This is a very useful resource suitable for
school, public, and undergraduate libraries.
YA/C: This is an affordable resource
suitable for middle- and high-school
Classic Car: The Definitive Visual
Sept. 2016. 320p. illus. DK, $40 (9781465453396).
Defining what is meant by classic car is a
Health & Medicine
subjective exercise, to be sure, but the editor-
in-chief of this big, bold, beautiful book—a
splendid addition to any public library auto-
motive collection—offers this, “Cars made in
the period after World War II until the be-
ginning of the 1990s.”
But no one should enter
these oversize, colorful,
kinetic pages with a nit-
picky attitude about the
criteria, because these
will engage the eye of
anyone interested in
cars, regardless of how one defines classic. Be-
ginning with introductory words about auto
clubs and the restoration process for older
cars, the book moves steadily, with knowledge
and poise, through the 1940s to and through
the 1980s, spotlighting exemplary makes and
models, each given a brief textual profile and
a crisp, clean, side-view photograph. Further,
approximately a dozen more detailed explora-
tions, rendered in two-to-four-page spreads,
focus on particularly interesting makes and
on individual automotive designers whose ca-
reers had significant impact. And this lovely
survey is to be applauded, also, for its con-
scientious inclusion of European makes and
models. Obviously, this is a book to savor, to
be pored over time and again. —Brad Hooper
YA: DK’s photo-heavy layouts and
approachable style makes this perfect for
teenage motorheads to gawk at. SH.
Bellevue: Three Centuries of
Medicine and Mayhem at America’s
Most Storied Hospital.
By David Oshinsky.
Nov. 2016. 394p. Doubleday, $30 (9780385523363);
e-book (9780385540858). 362.1109747.
In his impressive biography of Bellevue
Hospital, historian Oshinsky (Polio: An
American Story, 2005)
writes about much more
than a building. He splendidly captures the essence
of a nearly 300-year-old
institution and its resolute
commitment to serving
those in need (especially
immigrants and the poor).
He infuses his account with the history of
American medicine, the growing pains of
New York City, and a cadre of captivating
and calamitous characters. Established in
1736, Bellevue began as an almshouse and
pesthouse. It is the nation’s oldest and largest
public hospital. Bellevue is branded in American culture—in film ( The Lost Weekend); in
its roster of notable patients (Sylvia Plath,
Stephen Foster, O. Henry, Charlie Parker);
and in exposé (Nelly Bly’s Ten Days in a MadHouse). Despite its many contributions to
medical education, research, public health,
and clinical care, “Bellevue” in the minds of
most seems inescapably linked to uproar and
insanity. Yet it was the first American hospital to establish a nursing school for women,
an ambulance fleet, a maternity ward, and
a forensic-medicine lab. Oshinsky pulls no
punches. Bellevue is far from a perfect place.
But his main message is in sync with the
hospital’s mission of providing care for all:
“When others flinched or turned their backs,
Bellevue stayed the course.” — Tony Miksanek
Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional
Child Grows Up.
By Michael Bérubé.
Oct. 2016. 232p. Beacon, $25.95 (9780807019313). 649.
Bérubé, literature professor and father of a
young man with Down Syndrome, picks up
Jamie’s story (Life As We Know It, 1996) now
that the boy has grown up. Much has gone
on in their lives during the last 20 years as
Jamie and the Bérubé family have grappled
with school, sports, including Special Olym-
pics, friends, a big brother, work, and more.
Each step, every misstep—Jamie got lost on
more than one occasion—and stroke of luck
has taught them all how to adjust in a world
generally unaccommodating to those with
cognitive disabilities. By virtue of his personal
experiences, his first book about Jamie, and
his intense interest in all things regarding
disabilities, Bérubé perhaps too frequently
lapses into pedagogy in talking about Ja-
mie’s life. And perhaps the final chapter may
truly engage only those who are particularly
interested in the concept of disability-versus-
normality and the ability to flourish in society
at large. Bérubé succeeds warmly, however, at
humanizing his son. —Donna Chavez
101 One-Dish Dinners: Hearty Recipes for
the Dutch Oven, Skillet & Casserole Pan.
By Andrea Chesman.
Oct. 2016. 192p. illus. Storey, paper, $16.95
(9781612128412); e-book (9781612128429). 641.82.
Every good cook needs close at hand a
number of one-dish dinners. For everyday
presentation, one-dish meals combine meats
and vegetables to help the cook put a balanced
meal on the table with less fuss. And for entertaining, one-dish dinners make impressive
centerpieces to feed a tableful of hungry guests
without trapping the host in the kitchen.
Chesman’s one-dish meals don’t necessarily
imply only baked casseroles and stews—there
are a number of salads whose multiple ingredients yield both nutritional completeness and
textural variety central to satisfying even the
most famished diners. Macaroni and cheese, a
fall-back of many family, appears with added
vegetables in both stovetop and oven-baked
examples. Chesman can be meticulous when
she wishes. She gives detailed advice on producing either light, fluffy matzo balls or more
substantial “cannonball” versions for chicken
soup. She also gives tips on making potpies
with crisp, nonsoggy crusts. This enjoyable
cookbook is recommended for most public
library collections. —Mark Knoblauch
The Canon Cocktail Book: Recipes from
the Award-Winning Bar.
By Jamie Boudreau and James O. Fraioli.
Nov. 2016. 352p. illus. HMH, $28 (9780544631038);
e-book (9780544631596). 641.8.
Boudreau displays his justified pride in
founding, owning, and running one of the
world’s greatest bars, Canon: Whiskey and
Bitters Emporium, in Seattle. He’s eager to
pass on all he’s learned, detailing advice to
hopefuls in two sections. The first, the hard-headed, bar-running stuff, isn’t as entertaining
as the drink recipes that follow. But myriad
bar-owning hopefuls have gone under because
they wandered wide-eyed into “a cutthroat