Choice Announces the Year's "Best of the Best"



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by Emily Suzanne Clark

In January's issue of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, the Choice "Outstanding Academic Titles" for 2012 were announced. This year's list includes 644 titles, which were selected from the 7,230 books reviewed over the year, and that number doesn't include the other nearly 20,000 titles submitted to Choice  not reviewed. (That's a lot of books!) The books that make the grade to be labeled "Outstanding Academic Title" are less than 3% of all the books submitted to Choice. Thus, Choice calls its Outstanding Academic Titles the "best of the best."

If those books are the best of the best, then our blog must be too, for Kelly J. Baker's The Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK's Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 and Paul Havey's Through the Storm, Through the Night: A History of African American Christianity both made the list. Congrats to Kelly and Paul!

Other noteworthy texts in American religion on the list include Hugh Urban's The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion and Timothy Matovina's Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church. Feel free to post shout-outs in the comments for more of Choice's choices.

According to the Choice website, the following criteria are used to determine what makes an "Outstanding" book:
  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • importance relative to other literature in the field
  • distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
  • originality or uniqueness of treatment
  • value to undergraduate students
  • importance in building undergraduate library collections
Three cheers for two of our BlogMeisters! (and that globe-trotting Randall Stephens ain't no slouch either!)

3 comments:

Michael J. Altman at: January 15, 2013 at 8:45 AM said...

Congratulations, Paul and Kelly! Always good to see yall's great work getting recognized.

Heri at: January 15, 2013 at 7:20 PM said...

Hopefully Choice "Best of the Best" this year, so the chosen Academic Libraries. and Success for blogs.

Melanie at: January 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM said...

he's not a historian or in religious studies, Ernie Drucker's 'A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America' made the top 25 list. it's a worthy introduction for anyone looking to dip their toe into contemporary prison issues.

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