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Book Review Although you should include what you feel is appropriate for explaining your assessment of a book reviews generally include the following kinds of information Most reviews start off with a heading that includes all the bibliographic information about the book If your assignment sheet does not indicate which form you should use you can use the following Title Author Place of publication publisher date of publication Number of pages Like most pieces of writing the review itself usually begins with an introduction that lets your readers know what the review will say The first paragraph usually includes the author and title again so your readers dont have to look up to find the title You should also include a very brief overview of the contents of the book the purpose or audience for the book and your reaction and evaluation Reviews then generally move into a section of background information that helps place the book in context and discuss criteria for judging the book Finally reviewers get to the heart of their writing--their evaluation of the book In this section reviewers discuss a variety of issues - How well the book has achieved its goal - What possibilities are suggested by the book - What the book has left out - How the book compares to others on the subject - What specific points are not convincing and - What personal experiences youve had related to the subject It is important to carefully distinguish your views from the authors so that you dont confuse your reader Like other essays book reviews usually end with a conclusion which ties together issues raised in the review and provides a concise comment on the book There is of course no set formula but a general rule of thumb is that the first one-half to two-thirds of the review should summarize the authors main ideas and at least one-third should evaluate the book
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