An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the book, the outstanding ideas, theories, arguments, or qualities of the book.

Book Review Guidelines

Format

In cases of questions concerning style, grammar, spelling, footnotes, etc. refer to the style manual required in your English composition class.

You are doing college work now. The review must be typewritten or word processed. Points will be deducted for failure to type, for too many typographical errors and for formatting problems.

You need a cover sheet that contains your name, the course title and number, and the title of your book.

Content

The first line of your review must be a bibliographical citation of your book. If you do not understand the word “bibliographical” look it up in a dictionary or a style manual. The following is an example of a bibliographical citation.

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle (New York: Signet Publishing, 1986) pp. 386.

Always underline or italicize the title of a book.

The first paragraph must be a biography of the author explaining why he is an expert in the subject matter of this book. IF YOU CANNOT FIND ANY INFORMATION ON THE AUTHOR THEN YOU MUST GET A NEW BOOK. Suggested sources for information about the author are book covers, introductions, prefaces, Twentieth Century Authors, Directory of American Scholars, or Who’s Who.

The remainder of the review should contain the following elements, probably as a paragraph for each element.

1. A statement of the type of book (monograph, biography, novel, etc.) and the scope of the work. (What is the author trying to accomplish? What is the thesis of this work?)

2. A concise summary of the material covered. (Remember, one paragraph per element)

3. An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the book, the outstanding ideas, theories, arguments, or qualities of the book. You should support your analysis with examples from the book.

4. The personal judgment of the reviewer (you) concerning the success of the author in conveying his message and the value of the book for other readers.

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