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Book Reviews

Writing a Book Review

A book review is a description and a critical evaluation of a book. It gives a summary of the content and assesses the value of the book focusing on the book's purpose, contents, and authority.
 
Check the guide, How to Write a Book Review (Dalhousie University) for a step by step approach to writing critical book reviews.

Additional Resources

Check the following links, which discuss the elements essential to a good review.

University of Alberta Libraries: Book Reviews

Concordia Libraries: How to Write a Book Report and a Book Review

For further writing assistance, consult Writing Critical Book Reviews, published by The Writing Centre at Queen's. To learn more about book reviews, look at examples of ones in The New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement to see how professional writers review books.

Further Reading

The Modern Researcher. 4th ed. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1985.
D13.B334 1985
 

Writing Book Reviews .Westport: Greenwood Press, 1974
PN98.B7D7 1974

Literary Reviewing. Charlottesville, University Press of Virginia, 1987.
PN441.L487 1987

Reviews and Reviewing: a Guide. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1986.
PN98.B7R5 1986