Books for the Bookish: Book Reviews

Whether people read books for pleasure or work, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Evening Bulletin ran book reviews, which gave readers a sneak peak of new books and journals.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – Men, Books, People and Things

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s column reviewed books read for pleasure, critiquing their writing. Written for the general audience, the column employed lively and engaging writing  from a first-person perspective.

As an example, the following is from the column critiquing Theodore Roosevelt’s “Holidays in the Open”:

“… this summer book hasn’t a dull line on its pages from cover to cover. It is instructive, suggestive and full of charm.

It is literature, and some of the descriptions are inwrought with poetical inspiration and expression.

While he always says something and never indulges in mere phrase-making, his style is idiomatic and pleasing. … he has the literary touch.”

Apparently written in Holualoa, Hawaii, the column ran on Saturdays.

Evening Bulletin – Books, Bookish People and Things

The Evening Bulletin’s column is a literature review of academic journals (e.g. “The Nurses’ Journal of the Pacific Coast”) apparently aimed towards white-collared professionals. For each review, “Books, Bookish People and Things” formats each review as a literature review would by including title, date, price, publisher, and brief summary. The writing style used in the summary is dry and based on facts with no opinion and judgment of the book’s quality.

– Alice Kim

Honolulu Star-Bulletin – Men, Books, People and Things – 1916 – 1917 – Saturday issues
Honolulu star-bulletin, September 2, 1916, 3:30 Edition, Page 14, Image 46

Honolulu star-bulletin, May 19, 1917, School and Home Garden Section, Image 23

Men, Books, People and Things
Honolulu star-bulletin, November 24, 1917, Congressional Party Section, Page 14, Image 42

Evening Bulletin – Books, Bookish People and Things – 1917

Evening bulletin, October 14, 1905, Page 10