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Book Reviews

What and how book reviewers evaluate and to what depth varies by publication. For example, consider these reviews of Ijeoma Oluo's So You Want to Talk About Race.

Amazon Review:

 

Publisher's Weekly Review:

 

Scholarly Review:

*Wait a minute, this is a review about a different book! Why?

Scholarly work, even reviews, do not always come out immediately due to the time and care taken to analyze the book in relation to other scholarly work. Therefore, be aware you may not find in-depth scholarly commentary on very recent books (published within the last year or two). Also, Oluo's book is written for a popular audience, and while the issues it discusses are worthy of scholarly discussion, the book itself is not written for scholars.

Here is an example of a related title, as reviewed in a scholarly journal (Gender and Society).