Anyone interested in Government publications should find something of interest in Library Journal’s Notable Government Documents for 2011. It’s sort of the Pulitzer Prize list for the kind of things we like to read around here. For Government Book Talk fans – and I know you’re out there – some of the titles will sound familiar from my past blog posts: Afghanistan: Alone and Unafraid, The Battle Behind Bars, Deep Water, The Financial Inquiry Crisis Report, Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes…in Honor of Edward M. Kennedy, and A Photographer’s Path. I’ll be writing about others, like Bee Basics: an Introduction to Our Native Bees, as soon as I can.
There are also some interesting-sounding state publications in this Notable Documents list, like Palaces on the Prairie, from North Dakota. It focuses on “one of the ways community leaders elevated themselves: constructing palaces decorated with the grains or minerals that would best promote the businesses and products of their towns.” I love quirky-sounding books like this and lament the passing of such architectural gems. But what would you expect from someone who remembers the Flagship restaurant on Route 22 in Union, New Jersey? Yes it was (and is, the last time I heard) a building shaped like ship. Hey, I can’t help liking such things; I’m from the Garden State!
But I digress. The Notable Docs list also features international publications, like the World Atlas of Mangroves and Gender, Women, and the Tobacco Epidemic. I’d love to get into all of these here, but I have enough on my hands trying to cover the Federal part of the publishing spectrum!
Some of the publications are free, some cost money, and many are on line, but they all sound worthwhile. Notable Government Documents for 2011 is a great place to find some of the best publications the public sector has to offer.