Friday, January 3, 2014

Mini Review: The Book of Jezebel

Title: The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things
Author: Anna Holmes, Kate Harding, Amanda Hess
Format: egalley
Pub. Date: October 22nd 2013
Source: Netgalley & Grand Central Publishing


Two stars.

I thought this would be a neat book to flip through, since I am of the female persuasion and love a good illustrated collection. However, I wasn't much a fan of this at all. I didn't realize that "lady things" was an all encompassing term for whatever the editors felt like talking or complaining about. Not only that, but the information for each seemed mostly useless and often random. Some terms were given full, in depth paragraphs and others a sentence. It's an encyclopedia, not a dictionary. I expected more meat on the bones.

However, the main thing I really disliked about this book was the tone. It was overly snarky and downright judgemental at times. I don't know who this book is geared towards, but it's definitely not me. I can look this stuff up in a few seconds on the internet and receive a whole lot more information without the eye rolling and the headaches.

I can't give this book one star, because there were some entries that were well done and gave good information. However, overall, if I saw this on a bookshelf I would keep walking. Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for my copy of this book.