- Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
What are Book Reviews?
A book review tells not only what a book is about, but also how successful it is at what it is trying to do. Professors often assign book reviews as practice in careful analytical reading.
While they vary in tone, subject, and style, they share some common features:
- First, a review gives the reader a concise summary of the content. This includes a relevant description of the topic as well as its overall perspective, argument, or purpose.
- Second, and more importantly, a review offers a critical assessment of the content. This involves your reactions to the work under review: what strikes you as noteworthy, whether or not it was effective or persuasive, and how it enhanced your understanding of the issues at hand.
- Finally, in addition to analyzing the work, a review often suggests whether or not the audience would appreciate it.
The book review should be one-page max. The text should be single-spaced, right unjustified, with one single line between paragraphs. In addition, your name should be typed in the upper right corner of the paper. Finally, please only use 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font and 1” margins.
- Conveys an argument that critically evaluates some aspect of the book.
- Contains the following content:
- A concise summary of the topic, perspective, argument, or purpose
- Analysis and evaluation of the book
- Formatted according to the project guidelines above
- Free of spelling, syntactical and grammatical mistakes.