Archive for November, 2017

2017 Best Books

One can do a lot worse that perusing The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017. Other lists worth a gander include Best Books of 2017 (The Washington Post), Best Books 2017 (The Guardian), The 50 best books of 2017  (The Telegraph), Best Books 2017 (Publishers Weekly), Best Books 2017 (Library Journal), The Best Books of 2017 (Amazon), Best Books for Kids 2017: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing  (New York Public Library), Ten Best Books About Food of 2017 (Smithsonian), and Best Fiction of 2017 By Category (Kirkus Reviews).

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Top Ten Entries On This Blog

In answer to questions I sometimes get, here is a listing of the top ten entries from this blog, some dating back to its origin:

Home page / Archives More stats 60,590
Online Primary Sources for the War of 1812 More stats 5,303
Online Primary Sources for American History: The Territorial Papers of the United States More stats 3,416
Online Primary Sources for American History: New Jersey Colonial Documents More stats 2,558
New Federal Withholding Tax Tables Published More stats 2,498
This Day In History: Hamilton-Burr Duel More stats 1,859
Database Trials More stats 1,601
Online Primary Sources for American History: The Iraq War More stats 1,490
Women Writers on the Web More stats 1,121
New Jersey Teenagers and Driving More stats 948

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Illustrated Book Covers

Those of us who enjoy books also enjoy the book covers that encompass them. Many of them are works of art in themselves and were created by artists of some renown. (Check out Edward Gorey’s book covers for other authors.) Almost 500 examples of illustrated book covers can be found here. And here is an extremely informative article of this subject accompanied by splendid reproductions of this special art form.

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Governor-elect Murphy’s Transition Teams

Here is the complete list, broken down by sectors; each person’s affiliation is also given.

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Facts and Figures for Thanksgiving

This feature from the Census Bureau is replete with delectably tantalizing data.

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A Recent Interview With Congressman Frank J Guarini

This interview appeared in the online edition of The Jersey Journal, November 20, 2017. NJCU’s library is named after him because of his very generous donation to the University.

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How The Proposed Tax Reforms Will Affect Higher Education

Depending on the versions being considered, tuition waivers given to university staff would be taxed as income, and graduate stipends would also be considered as income. An analysis of the various bills is available courtesy of the American Council on Education; the National Humanities Alliance also has a piece on this issue. Other implications for higher education are explored in InsideHigherEd.

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