The Top 75 Community College Titles: December 2023

The best of all the titles appropriate for two-year colleges reviewed in the December issue of Choice.

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Gaynes, Robert P. Germ theory: medical pioneers in infectious diseases.  Wiley/American Society for Microbiology, 2023.  384p bibl index  ISBN 9781683673767, $69.95;  ISBN 9781683673781 ebook, $56.00;  61-0904

Hughes, William. Key concepts in Victorian studies.  Edinburgh University Press, 2023.  208p bibl index  ISBN 9781474499866, $110.00;  ISBN 9781474499873 pbk, $19.95;  ISBN 9781474499880 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0900

Schacter, Rafael. The world atlas of street art and graffiti, by Rafael Schacter and Lachlan MacDowall.  Revised edition.  Yale, 2023.  400p bibl index  ISBN 9780300267808, $40.00;  61-0901

Women and politics: global lives in focus, ed. Malliga Och.  ABC-CLIO, 2023.  328p bibl index  ISBN 9781440871900, $65.00;  ISBN 9781440871917 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0906


Humanities

Animals in the American classics: how natural history inspired great fiction, ed. by John Cullen Gruesser.  Texas A&M, 2022.  304p bibl index  ISBN 9781648430206, $38.00;  ISBN 9781648430213 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0935

Attebery, Brian. Fantasy: how it works.  Oxford, 2022.  208p bibl index  ISBN 9780192856234, $27.95;  ISBN 9780192668929 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0928

Brownell, Kathryn Cramer. 24/7 politics: cable television and the fragmenting of America from Watergate to Fox News.  Princeton, 2023.  424p index  ISBN 9780691246666, $35.00;  ISBN 9780691246680 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0923

Clark, Prentiss. Ralph Waldo Emerson: a companion.  McFarland, 2022.  301p bibl index  ISBN 9781476677606 pbk, $49.95;  ISBN 9781476647753 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0937

Dear, Michael J. Border witness: reimagining the US-Mexico borderlands through film.  California, 2023.  318p bibl index  ISBN 9780520391932, $85.00;  ISBN 9780520391949 pbk, $29.95;  ISBN 9780520391956 ebook, $29.95;  61-0956

Dictators and the disappeared: democracy lost and restored, ed. by Russ Davidson and Leslie Blaugrund Kim.  Museum of New Mexico Press, 2023.  240p bibl index  ISBN 9780890136751, $50.00;  61-0912

Doyle White, Ethan. Pagans: the visual culture of pagan myths, legends and rituals.  Thames & Hudson, 2023.  256p bibl index  ISBN 9780500025741, $34.99;  61-0973

Greiman, Jennifer. Melville’s democracy: radical figuration and political form.  Stanford, 2023.  332p bibl index  ISBN 9781503633322, $70.00;  ISBN 9781503634329 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0941

Grovier, Kelly. The art of colour: the history of art in 39 pigments.  Yale, 2023.  256p bibl index  ISBN 9780300267785, $38.00;  61-0913

Guarino, Mark. Country and Midwestern: Chicago in the history of country music and the folk revival.  Chicago, 2023.  524p bibl index  ISBN 9780226110943, $35.00;  ISBN 9780226824376 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0962

Jacobson, Matthew Frye. Dancing down the barricades: Sammy Davis Jr. and the long civil rights era: a cultural history.  California, 2023.  344p bibl index  ISBN 9780520391819, $29.95;  ISBN 9780520391819 ebook, $29.95;  61-0955

King, Rebekka. The new heretics: skepticism, secularism, and progressive Christianity.  New York University, 2023.  263p bibl index  ISBN 9781479822065, $89.99;  ISBN 9781479836147 pbk, $30.00;  ISBN 9781479899340 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0978

Liu, Xinru. Early Buddhist society: the world of Gautama Buddha.  SUNY Press, 2022.  223p bibl index  ISBN 9781438491233, $95.00;  ISBN 9781438491226 pbk, $32.95;  ISBN 9781438491240 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0979

Museum of Islamic art: the collection, ed. by Julia Gonnella.  Thames & Hudson, 2023.  592p bibl  ISBN 9780500480847, $90.00;  61-0914

Networked David Lynch: critical perspectives on cinematic transmediality, ed. by Marcel Hartwig, Andreas Rauscher, and Peter Niedermuller.  Edinburgh University Press, 2023.  280p bibl index  ISBN 9781474497060, $110.00;  ISBN 9781474497084 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0959

Nochlin, Linda. Making it modern: essays on the art of now, ed. by Aruna D’Souza.  Thames & Hudson, 2023.  448p bibl index  ISBN 9780500293706, $40.00;  ISBN 9780500777152 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0915

The Oxford handbook of early modern women’s writing in English, 1540–1700, ed. by Elizabeth Scott-Bauman, Danielle Clarke, and Sarah C. E. Ross.  Oxford, 2023.  896p bibl index  ISBN 9780198860631, $175.00;  ISBN 9780192604736 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0946

Philip, Robert. A little history of music.  Yale, 2023.  312p index  ISBN 9780300257748, $26.00;  ISBN 9780300271720 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0964

Sword, Helen. Writing with pleasure.  Princeton, 2023.  328p bibl index  ISBN 9780691191775, $29.95;  ISBN 9780691229416 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0931

Vinzent, Markus. Resetting the origins of Christianity: a new theory of sources and beginnings.  Cambridge, 2023.  350p bibl index  ISBN 9781009290487, $39.99;  ISBN 9781009290463 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-0985

Writing the history of the humanities: questions, themes, and approaches, ed. by Herman Paul.  Bloomsbury Academic, 2023.  392p bibl index  ISBN 9781350199064, $110.00;  ISBN 9781350199101 pbk, $36.95;  ISBN 9781350199088 ebook, $33.25;  61-0910


Science & Technology

Goldberg, Dave. A relatively painless guide to special relativity.  Chicago, 2023.  192p bibl index  ISBN 9780226825427, $99.00;  ISBN 9780226821856 pbk, $24.00;  ISBN 9780226821863 ebook, $23.99;  61-1039

Hampton, Ellen. Doctors at war: the clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation of France.  Louisiana State, 2023.  192p bibl index  ISBN 9780807178737, $34.95;  ISBN 9780807179437 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1025

Johnson, Brian R. Honey bee biology.  Princeton, 2023.  512p bibl index  ISBN 9780691204888, $45.00;  ISBN 9780691246093 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1015

The Living planet: the state of the world’s wildlife, ed. by Norman Maclean.  Cambridge, 2023.  422p bibl index  ISBN 9781108499828, $120.00;  ISBN 9781108731652 pbk, $50.00;  ISBN 9781108607216 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1016

Parmar, Shobhika. Microplastics in marine ecosystem: sources, risks, mitigation technologies, and challenges, by Shobhika Parmar, Vijay Kumar Sharma, and Vir Singh.  CRC Press, 2023.  228p bibl index  ISBN 9781032319308, $130.00;  ISBN 9781000878035 ebook, $64.95;  61-1019

Perera, Frederica P. Children’s health and the peril of climate change.  Oxford, 2022.  248p bibl index  ISBN 9780197588161, $35.00;  ISBN 9780197588178 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1031

Sacco, William K. The Caribbean coral reef: a record of an ecosystem under threat.  CRC Press, 2023.  217p bibl index  ISBN 9781032414508, $120.00;  ISBN 9781003358145 ebook, $64.95;  61-1010

Sheehy, Suzie. The matter of everything: how curiosity, physics and improbable experiments changed the world.  Knopf, 2023.  320p bibl index  ISBN 9780525658757, $30.00;  ISBN 9780525658764 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1041

Winn, Joshua N. The little book of exoplanets.  Princeton, 2023.  304p bibl index  ISBN 9780691215471, $22.95;  ISBN 9780691221175 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1001


Social & Behavioral Sciences

Abbott, Carl. Suburbs: a very short introduction.  Oxford, 2023.  160p bibl index  ISBN 9780197599242 pbk, $11.95;  ISBN 9780197599266 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1191

Abraham, Joseph N. Kings, conquerors, psychopaths: from Alexander to Hitler to the corporation.  Hidden Hills Press, 2020.  312p bib index  ISBN 9780578680590 pbk, $19.99;  ISBN 9781946160386 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1180

Adams, Will W. A wild and sacred call: nature-psyche-spirit.  SUNY Press, 2023.  422p bibl index  ISBN 9781438492056, $95.00;  ISBN 9781438492063 pbk, $33.95;  ISBN 9781438492070 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1181

Andrews, Gregg. Shantyboats and roustabouts: the river poor of St. Louis, 1875–1930.  Louisiana State, 2022.  336p bibl index  ISBN 9780807178478, $45.00;  61-1106

Atkins, E. Taylor. A history of popular culture in Japan: from the seventeenth century to the present.  Bloomsbury Academic, 2022.  408p bibl index  ISBN 9781350195936, $100.00;  ISBN 9781350195929 pbk, $32.95;  ISBN 9781350195943 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1095

Biro Walters, Jordan. Wide-open desert: a queer history of New Mexico.  Washington, 2022.  304p bibl  index  ISBN 9780295751016, $105.00;  ISBN 9780295751023 pbk, $30.00;  ISBN 9780295751030 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1108

Cassano, Christina. Guided drawing with multilingual preschoolers: developing language, vocabulary, and content knowledge, by Christina M. Cassano and Kathleen A. Paciga.  Teachers College Press, 2023.  192p bibl index  ISBN 9780807767757, $108.00;  ISBN 9780807767740 pbk, $35.95;  ISBN 9780807781425 ebook, $35.95;  61-1073

Chang, Yu-Ping. China’s new imperialism: nature, causes, and rationalization.  Routledge, 2023.  264p bibl index  ISBN 9781032075709, $160.00;  ISBN 9781032075716 pbk, $48.95;  ISBN 9781000828689 ebook, $48.95;  61-1149

Cornell, Drucilla. Today’s struggles, tomorrow’s revolution: Afro-Caribbean liberatory thought.  Rowman & Littlefield, 2022.  154p bibl index  ISBN 9781538168486, $95.00;  ISBN 9781538168493 pbk, $35.00;  ISBN 9781538168509 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1161

Davies, Katherine. Siblings and sociology.  Manchester University Press, 2023.  208p bibl index  ISBN 9781526142177, $130.00;  ISBN 9781526142191 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1193

Dearden, Lizzie. Plotters: the UK terrorists who failed.  Hurst & Company, 2023.  272p  ISBN 9781787389298, $34.95;  ISBN 9781805260028 ebook, $34.95;  61-1133

Deter, disrupt, or deceive: assessing cyber conflict as an intelligence contest, ed. by Robert Chesney and Max Smeets.  Georgetown University, 2023.  318p bibl index  ISBN 9781647123307, $110.95;  ISBN 9781647123260 pbk, $36.95;  ISBN 9781647123253 ebook, $36.95;  61-1150

Elster, Jon. America before 1787: the unraveling of a colonial regime.  Princeton, 2023.  488p bibl index  ISBN 9780691242651, $45.00;  ISBN 9780691242668 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1109

Fernández-Jones, Delia. Making the MexiRican city: migration, placemaking, and activism in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Illinois, 2023.  304p bibl index  ISBN 9780252044847, $125.00;  ISBN 9780252086946 pbk, $28.00;  ISBN 9780252053993 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1110

Fischer, David Hackett. African founders: how enslaved people expanded American ideals.  Simon & Schuster, 2022.  960p index  ISBN 9781982145095, $40.00;  ISBN 9781982145118 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1111

Franklin, Samuel W. The cult of creativity: a surprisingly recent history.  Chicago, 2023.  264p bibl index  ISBN 9780226657851, $26.00;  ISBN 9780226657851 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1183

Gage, Beverly. G-man: J. Edgar Hoover and the making of the American century.  Viking, 2022.  864p bibl index  ISBN 9780670025374, $45.00;  ISBN 9780593492611 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1112

Gambone, Michael D. Modern conspiracies in America: separating fact from fiction.  Rowman & Littlefield, 2022.  256p bibl index  ISBN 9781538164631, $35.00;  ISBN 9781538164648 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1047

Ginsberg, Benjamin. Warping time: how contending political forces manipulate the past, present, and future, by Benjamin Ginsberg and Jennifer Bachner.  Michigan, 2023.  158p bibl index  ISBN 9780472076000, $70.00;  ISBN 9780472056002 pbk, $29.95;  ISBN 9780472903344 ebook, open access;  61-1135

Jacobs, Michelle R. Indigenous memory, urban reality: stories of American Indian relocation and reclamation.  New York University, 2023.  304p bibl index  ISBN 9781479837588, $89.00;  ISBN 9781479849123 pbk, $30.00;  ISBN 9781479833382 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1196

Knutson, Douglas. Counseling in a gender-expansive world: resources to support therapeutic practice, by Douglas Knutson, Chloë Goldbach, and Julie M. Koch.  Rowman & Littlefield, 2022.  252p bibl index  ISBN 9781538129418, $120.00;  ISBN 9781538129425 pbk, $35.00;  ISBN 9781538129432 ebook, $33.00;  61-1184

Larson, Edward J. American inheritance: liberty and slavery in the birth of a nation, 1765–1795.  W. W. Norton, 2023.  368p bibl index  ISBN 9780393882209, $32.50;  ISBN 9780393882216 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1115

Long, Jamey M. The value of voice in shared leadership and organizational behavior, by Jamey M. Long and Joseph A. Pisani.  Anthem Press, 2022.  160p bibl  ISBN 9781839985201, $100.00;  ISBN 9781839985218 pbk, $32.95;  ISBN 9781839985225 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1062

Mabon, Simon. The struggle for supremacy in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia and Iran.  Cambridge, 2023.  310p bibl index  ISBN 9781108473361, $90.00;  ISBN 9781108461443 pbk, $29.99;  ISBN 9781108582308 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1153

Mirski, Sean A. We may dominate the world: ambition, anxiety, and the rise of the American colossus.  PublicAffairs, 2023.  512p bib index  ISBN 9781541758438, $35.00;  ISBN 9781541758469 ebook, $19.99;  61-1155

Muller, Eric L. Lawyer, jailer, ally, foe: complicity and conscience in America’s World War II concentration camps.  North Carolina, 2023.  304p bibl  ISBN 9781469673974, $30.00;  ISBN 9781469673981 ebook, $23.99;  61-1118

Myth America: historians take on the biggest legends and lies about our past, ed. by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer.  Basic Books, 2022.  390p bibl index  ISBN 9781541601390, $32.00;  ISBN 9781541601406 ebook, $18.99;  61-1119

Rank, Mark Robert. The poverty paradox: understanding economic hardship amid American prosperity.  Oxford, 2023.  224p bibl index  ISBN 9780190212636, $27.95;  ISBN 9780190212650 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1069

Reynolds, Anna. Style & society: dressing the Georgians.  Royal Collection Trust, 2023.  344p bibl index  ISBN 9781909741850, $49.95;  61-1126

Ricks, Thomas E. Waging a good war: a military history of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1968.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022.  422p index  ISBN 9780374605162, $30.00;  ISBN 9780374605179 ebook, $3.99;  61-1121

Savoie, Donald J. Canada: beyond grudges, grievances, and disunity.  McGill-Queen’s, 2023.  329p bibl index  ISBN 9780228017622, $37.95;  ISBN 9780228018445 pbk, contact publisher for price;  61-1138

Sawadogo, Boukary. Africans in Harlem: an untold New York story.  Fordham, 2022.  224p bibl index  ISBN 9780823299126, $34.95;  ISBN 9780823299140 ebook, $33.99;  61-1122

Schools of opportunity: 10 research-based models of equity in action, ed. by Adam York, Kevin Welner, and Linda Molner Kelley.  Teachers College Press, 2023.  240p bibl index  ISBN 9780807768372, $129.00;  ISBN 9780807768365 pbk, $42.95;  ISBN 9780807781739 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1078

Shelton, Jon. The education myth: how human capital trumped social democracy.  Cornell, 2023.  270p bibl index  ISBN 9781501768149, $49.95;  ISBN 9781501768156 ebook, $27.99;  61-1079

Singer, Alan J. Teaching climate history: there is no Planet B.  Routledge, 2022.  182p bibl index  ISBN 9781032061344, $112.00;  ISBN 9781032061320 pbk, $34.26;  ISBN 9781003200864 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1087

Speaking the unspoken: breaking the silence, myths, and taboos that hurt therapists and patients, by Kenneth S. Pope et al.  American Psychological Association, 2023.  190p bibl index  ISBN 9781433841590 pbk, $49.99;  ISBN 9781433841606 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1188

Sun, Lixing. The liars of nature and the nature of liars: cheating and deception in the living world.  Princeton, 2023.  288p bibl index  ISBN 9780691198606, $29.95;  ISBN 9780691245737 ebook, $29.95;  61-1189

Turner, Julie D. Best-laid plans: the promises and pitfalls of the New Deal’s greenbelt towns.  Cincinnati, 2023.  330p bibl index  ISBN 9781947602458, $44.95;  ISBN 9781947602465 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1123

Turtio, Riina. State-building and national militaries in postcolonial West Africa: decolonizing the means of coercion 1958–1974.  James Currey, 2023.  372p bibl index  ISBN 9781847013422, $36.95;  ISBN 9781847013422 ebook, open access;  61-1092

Waldman, Michael. Supermajority: the year the Supreme Court divided America.  Simon & Schuster, 2023.  400p bibl index  ISBN 9781668006061, $29.99;  ISBN 9781668006085 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1177

Wilson, John Silvanus, Jr. Hope and healing: Black colleges and the future of American democracy.  Harvard Education Press, 2023.  280p bibl index  ISBN 9781682538043 pbk, $38.00;  ISBN 9781682538050 ebook, contact publisher for price;  61-1083