If possible, the file should be in Microsoft Word. Use the serial comma throughout your work. How much does the book agree or clash with your view of the world, and what you consider right and wrong? Is there a particular place where it breaks down? Book Review Format Provide a citation, title, name of author s , city in which the publisher is located, name of publisher, year of publication, number of pages, and price. Reviewers should also include a short biography that will appear on the Contributors page of the journal. Align the lines using the flush-left feature in your word processing software. Give your initial appraisal of the work, including your key observation on the text. In addition, each review should cite the title, author, place of publication and publisher, year, number of pages, and price, including both the cloth and soft cover prices if a paperback is available, of each book in the review.
Very often a deadline is agreed in advance with the editor who commissions the review. In those cases, the references must appear alphabetically. We are neither looking for completely negative reviews nor for fawning praise, but rather an honest assessment backed up with evidence. You may also judge that a book is not worthy of any review: in this rare case please also consult with the book review editor. Please note that we are not currently accepting reviews for our print edition.
Describe the book: What is the overall thesis? Compare the evidence cited and argumentation used to support the respective conclusions. How have your opinions about the topic changed? They provide the questionnaire on which the students need to collect information to write a biography. Has the author or this book won any awards? If, throughout the article, you are only quoting from the one book you are reviewing and this is clear to the reader, it is not necessary to include the date after each quote or paraphrased section. Use this paragraph as your conclusion. Are narrative anecdotes the basis of the argument or do they supplement other evidence? Kujawa-Holbrook, Pastoral Theology, Claremont School of Theology 1325 North College Ave. Our intention is to help new and emerging writers develop an audience. What did you expect to learn when you picked up the book? The most important element about a book review to remember is that it is a commentary, not just a summary.
Sources must be double-spaced and formatted with a hanging indent with all lines but the first line of each entry must be indented. Please direct questions to: Brian Goedde Book Review Editor. Book reviews should be addressed to a broad readership of scholars from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Aspen, Colorado 23456 The staff may make minor grammatical and style changes in the manuscript during copy editing prior to publication. If you are struggling to meet the agreed date, please contact the Managing Editor. What kind of impact does this view of historical motivation have upon the way in which the author develops the book? If you need to discuss matters related to your review, please consult with the book review editor for your content section.
Psychological instruments and computer programs are not currently being accepted for review. Please see our for general formatting instructions. Book Notices These are short summaries of the contents of books that are of interest to the field, but that are not directly focused on student affairs. What assumptions do you think should not have been made? If you judge that because of special circumstances a longer review is appropriate, consult with the appropriate book review editor in advance. However, for class purposes I would like a fairly detailed summary of the contents of the book, say about five to six pages surveying the contents. The following guidelines have been compiled for those making a contribution. If you are an author requesting a review of your work, please note that the Iowa Review staff does not write or solicit book reviews.
Authors submit manuscripts and track progress through all stages of the review process. Point out any remaining unanswered questions or unsettled points related to the subject of the book, or any problems that still need to be clarified or need more study. Do not hesitate to check with your professor or copy editor with any questions before submitting your manuscript. The book review editor will review the proposal in light of reviews already commissioned and may suggest alterations accordingly. In framing your review, you should provide some information on the author. So, make sure they approve of this format before using it. Price cloth ; price paper.
Did the book enhance your understanding of the issues? You will need at least a complex sentence for this, and probably more than one sentence. Have other authors made a stronger case? If it involves criticism, give some basis for your negative judgment rather than just saying it missed the mark. Or, does the book present a novel interpretation based on previously available documents or information? Requests for Review To request a review of a book, send one copy of the book to:. It explains clearly the sections to be included in the report and how to write them to match the expectations. If an author's name is not available for the source, verify the reference by visiting the related.
So, for example, you should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and use U. Are there important issues that the author cannot address based on these sources? Use quotes as examples of how it agrees with and supports what you think about the world, about right and wrong, and about what you think it is to be human. Out of the many books published every year, we select a small number for review because of the importance of their topics, methods, and theories for scholars working within the American studies tradition. What is your ultimate judgment of the style, format, contents, and historical value of each book? Book Review Guidelines As part of our mission and purpose, we encourage community college practitioners to review current books and to share those reviews with our readers. Present an overview of the book, an outline or synopsis of the major topics, indicating the scope, the major emphasis political, economic, intellectual, etc. Is it interesting, memorable, entertaining, instructive? Begin by mentioning the title of the book you are reviewing, the author, and the main thesis of the text, using correct English for the first sentence of your paper! Gorn, 52 or Jones, 167.