Books of interest which cross my desk

(some serious, some fun)

Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little by Christopher Johnson (Norton. Jul. 2011. 192p. ISBN 9780393077407. $19.95.)
“In this guidebook, Johnson helps us think small, explaining how to write effectively when we write all those little bits that are now a part of our lives. Think brand names, sound bites, taglines, domain names, and tweets—in each case, As a verbal branding consultant—now there’s an interesting job—he should know. This actually could be pretty useful.” (Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal’s Prepub Alert blog, 9 Jan 2011)
10 January 2011

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“The temptation to wave a wand and get the things you’ve always wanted, the things you couldn’t achieve any other way, is hard to withstand.” from Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand by Gail Carson Levine, illustrated by David Christiana.

Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits by Jack Murnighan (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2009; Uncorrected Proof).

Color for Thought… written and illustrated by fifth-grade students of Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach, Mississippi (New York: Scholastic, 2004; Kids Are Authors Competition Grand Prize Winner Non-Fiction). (Cover & sample pages.) 21 July 2009

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Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee, by Bee Wilson (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press).

“This is a story of turpitude and greed, of the vile indifference with which some human beings will treat the health of others if it means making money” … “Adulteration on an endemic scale is a disease of industrialized cities, coupled with a relatively noninterventionist state” (p. xiii, xiv).

Chapters: German Ham and English Pickles; A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread; Government Mustard; Pink Margarine and Pure Ketchup; Mock Goslings and Pear-nanas; Basmati Rice and Baby Milk; Adulteration in the Twenty-first Century. 11 June 2009

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Txtng: The Gr8 Db8, by David Crystal (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2008) 10 June 2009

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Dress Sense: Emotional and Sensory Experiences of the Body and Clothes, edited by Donald Clay Johnson and Helen Bradley Foster (Oxford, UK: Berg, 2007). Chapters include “Sight, sound, and sentiment in Greek village dress,” “More than costume history: dress in Somali culture,” “Dress, Hungarian socialism, and resistance,” “Clothes make the empire: British dress in India,” “African American enslavement and escaping in disguise,” “Role of scents and the body in Turkey” “Awakening the senses: the aesthetics of Moroccan Berber dress,” “Power of touch: women’s waist beads in Ghana,” “Indian Madras plaids as real India,” “Performing dress and adornment in Southeastern Nigeria,” “Women, migration, and the experience of dress,” “Handmade, textiles: global markets and authenticity,” “Growing old and dressing (Dis)gracefully,” “Embodying the feminine: male-to-female cross-dressing ” “Virtual sensation: dress online .” 27 May 2009

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What Schools Ban and Why, by R. Murray Thomas (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008). Chapters include “Books,” “Computers and the Internet,” “Movies, Television, and photographs,” “Garb,” “Food and drink,” “Speech,” “Bullying and sexual annoyances,” “Music,” “Vandalism,” “Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco,” “Weapons,” “People,” “Ceremonies and performances,” and “Displays.” 21 May 2009

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Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World, by Naomi S. Baron (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008). (Times Higher Education review, 7 Aug 2008.)

Rituals and Patterns in Children’s Lives (Ray and Pat Browne Book), edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson (Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin, 2005). Additional contributors: Anne Tuominen, Mark I West, Jyotsna M. Kalavar, Ellen J. Narotzky Kennedy, Luise van Keuren, Barbara Martinson, Sabrina Thomas, Sally Sugarman, Kathy Merlock Jackson, Vincent Digirolamo, Leona W. Fisher, Jamie McMinn, H. Alan Pickrell, Ray Merlock, and Jo Ann Oravec. 20 May 2009

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Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays (New York: Miramax, 2005).

Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature, edited by Kara K. Keeling and Scott T. Pollard (New York: Routledge, 2009). Additional contributors: Genny Ballard, Holly Blackford, Winnie Chan, Lan Dong, James Everett, Leona W. Fisher, Lisa Rowe Frausstino, Elizabeth Gargano, Robert M. Kachur, Jacqueline M. Labbe, Karen Hill McNamara, Martha Satz, Jodie Slothower, Jan Susina, Richard Vernon, Annette Wannamaker, and Jean Webb. 29 April 2009