My Favorite Reference Books
Movies You Must See Before You Die
Wondering what to watch next? Try browsing through this invaluable guide. Movies are listed by year, and there are also subject guides. (Now don't tell me you've seen all 1001 of these wonderful films...really? You have? Then try the Internet Movie Database for even more titles.)
Dictionary of Phrase & Fable
Want to know what "canicular" means? Yearning to know who Trimalchio was? Need a list of giants in legend and literature? Then Brewer's is the book for you! A great source and fun to browse, too.
Cities Ranked & Rated
Of course you'd never leave Poughkeepsie - but just in case you need to move, or to visit, this book will give you the 411 on everything from Arts to Quality of Life in over 400 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Also useful if you need to know the weather in Albuquerque or Yakima!
Looking for a hobby or a source for in-depth information on specialized subjects? Try this reference. Whether you want to join the Recycled Art Association or the Society of King Charles the Martyr, or are just looking for something interesting to try, this three-book set will be your guide.
Fiction: a Guide to the Genre by Sarah L. Johnson
You've read THE RED TENT six times, and want to read something else like it? You're addicted to novels set during the Tudor period, or the Paleolithic, and want to know what's out there waiting for you to read it? This book's subject lists, cross-references, and indexes will guide you to the books you've been looking for.
Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary
Need something to celebrate? Look no further; this book lists everything from Aarhus Festival Week to Zulu Festival. Find the holiday you've always longed to celebrate!
to Read by Mickey Pearlman
Subtitled "The Essential Guide for Reading Group Members and Other Book Lovers." And that pretty much says it all. Great when you're wondering what to read next.
World Book Encyclopedia
The first place to go for information on practically anything. No joke.