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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

English Department Book Orders Spring 2022


About This LibGuide


  • The purpose of the libguide is to provide Salem State English Studies Department faculty with a searchable repository of scholarly book reviews. 
  • It's primary purpose is to assist in the acquisition of books for the Berry Library.
  • The list also serves as a current awareness service for faculty and students in the English Department.

Selection Criteria

  • The list emphasizes books that are highly recommended in library book review sources, reputable newspapers, and scholarly journals. 
  • In instances where a title covers an important topic but has not been reviewed, additional information is provided to aid in purchasing decisions.

Sources of reviews

  • Library databases
    • Academic Source Premier
    • Project MUSE
    • Book Index with Reviews
    • GOBI Acquisitions Database
      • GOBI provides Spotlight Lists.
      • Multiple lists were consulted within GOBI for award winners, EBSCO subject lists, and special themes
  • Review Sources
    • Choice
    • New York Times Book Review
    • New York Review of Books
    • Times Literary Supplement 
    • The New Yorker
    • The Atlantic
    • Booklist
    • Choice Reviews
    • Publishers Weekly
    • Women's Review of Books
    • Latino Book Review
  • Publisher Catalogs
    • American Studies Association
    • Modern Language Association
    • Cambridge University Press
    • Oxford University Press
    • Bloomsbury Publishing
    • Norton
    • Palgrave Macmillan
    • bedford/st. martin's
    • Harvard University Press
    • Yale University Press
    • Princeton University Press
    • University of Chicago Press
    • Duke University Press
    • Johns Hopkins University Press
    • MIT Press
    • University of Arizona Press
    • University of Washington Press
  • Journals
    • American Studies
    • Psychology of Women Quarterly








Questions and Suggestions

Additional Information

  • I will be researching book reviews continuously and revising this list.
  • I welcome suggestions about review sources not included here.
  • Please let me know if I have overlooked any areas.
  • Also, if the organization is confusing or incorrect, please let me know. 

Thank you so much for your assistance!

Nancy Dennis, Library Liaison for English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Economics, and Criminal Justice with suggestions.