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University Presses are Surprising!

A gallery of surprising books, series, objects, and more from the members of AAUP


  • University of Illinois Press

    Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    Author: Eugene Fluckey
    ISBN: 978-0-252-01925-8

    The U.S.S. Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War Two. Commanded by Eugene "Lucky" Fluckey, the Barb conducted a series of fearless cruises that made it the bane of the Japanese navy. Along the way, its crew reinvented the ways subs stalked and sank enemy vessels.

    Admiral Fluckey brought Thunder Below!, his memoir of the Barb's adventures, to the University of Illinois Press in 1992. Though seemingly atypical for UIP, Thunder Below! told the story of an Illinois alum, one who had become a U.S. Navy legend. It proved a fortuitous pairing. Fluckey's book has since sold over 60,000 copies and been optioned by Hollywood.

    To the ongoing surprise of the UIP staff, it remains a perennial seller: in the past twelve months alone, readers have bought 5,000 ebooks of Thunder Below! on top of the book's always-robust paperback sales.

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    Year

    1992

  • Catholic University of America Press

    Goal!: A Cultural and Social History of Modern Football

    Authors: Christian Koller and Fabian Brandle
    ISBN: 9780813227276

    This volume, as the subtitle notes, is a cultural and social history of football (or soccer as we Americans call it). Goal! covers the history of the beautiful game from its origins in English public schools in the early 19th century to its current role as a crucial element of a globalized entertainment industry.

    For a Press noted for publishing high level theology and philosophy, this is a bit of a departure for us. Of course our Director, Trevor Lipscombe, is British and a soccer fanatic, but regardless, it lies a bit outside of our regular publishing program!

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    Year

    2015

  • SUNY Press

    Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing

    Author: Paul Rosenblatt
    ISBN: 978-0-7914-6829-6

    This solid sociology book by Paul C. Rosenblatt, a social scientist from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities explored the challenges and benefits of "sleeping together," and we could not have anticipated the perfect storm of publicity it would generate. Apparently it struck a nerve with the millions of people who share a bed with a partner and have to deal with such issues as snoring, spooning, stealing the sheets, and sleeping in the nude.

    The author did dozens of radio interviews, and stories appeared in all major print and online media across the country and in Canada and the UK. With headlines like "I'd sell my soul for a second bedroom" and "Give me my covers back" it turned a mundane topic into something fun. But it also had a serious message, which Publishers Weekly pointed out in its online review, "[It] reassuringly asserts the age-old maxims it never hurts to hear: the keys to a good relationship are intimacy, communication and plenty of compromise."

    We'd like to think it helped a few people, maybe just a little bit!

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    Year

    2006

  • Duquesne University Press

    Milton on Film

    Author: Eric C. Brown
    ISBN: 978-0-8207-0476-0

    With John Milton's epic poems some of the most read and influential in history, it is surprising—perhaps shocking—that they have never been adapted to the big screen. So how can one devote an entire book to Milton "on film," one might ask?

    As Eric C. Brown details, in 2012 shooting was actually set to begin in Australia on the Hollywood-backed production of Milton’s Paradise Lost, with Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper as Satan. Yet just two weeks before the start of production, Legendary Pictures delayed the project and soon had suspended the film indefinitely. Brown, who was serving as a script consultant for the studio, sees that project as part of a long, perplexing, and surprising story of Milton on film.

    Indeed, as Brown details, Milton’s extensive influence upon the cinema has been both pervasive and persistent.

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    Year

    2015

  • RAND Corporation

    The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Authors: C. Ross Anthony and Charles P. Ries
    ISBN: 9780833090331

    Despite repeated initiatives to resolve the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, it has endured for decades, with periodic violent eruptions with significant financial implications. This book represents the first large-scale study to estimate the net costs and benefits over the next ten years of five alternative trajectories compared with the costs and benefits of a continuing impasse.

    The authors found that the two-state solution provides by far the best economic outcomes for both Israelis and Palestinians. Israelis would gain over two times more than the Palestinians in absolute terms—$123 billion versus $50 billion over ten years. But the Palestinians would gain more proportionately, with average per capita income increasing by approximately 36 percent over what it would have been in 2024, versus 5 percent for the average Israeli. A return to violence would have profoundly negative economic consequences for all. We hope our analysis will inform the debate and provide impetus for peaceful resolution.

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    Year

    2015

  • University of Akron Press

    Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens: 100th Anniversary Edition

    Photographs: Ian Adams and Barney Taxel; Text: Steve Love
    ISBN: 978-1-629220-28-4

    Let the University of Akron Press surprise you with this contribution to the history and culture of the Akron area. The skill and artistry of photographers Ian Adams and Barney Taxel portray the splendor of all four seasons at Stan Hywet. The former home of F. A. Seiberling, the founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, it is now maintained through the Stan Hywet Hall Foundation.

    These vivid images depict the restored mansion in its magnificent setting, capturing the springtime charm of mayapples and periwinkle in the Dell, the classic elegance of the Music Room, and the stark grandeur of snow-covered oaks mirrored in a reflection pool. From spring mornings to Christmas celebrations, Steve Love narrates as the reader strolls through the rooms and halls of the mansion and rambles down the lanes through its magnificent gardens and into the lives of the Seiberlings.

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    Year

    2015

  • RIT Press

    The Dark Night Returns: The Contemporary Resurgence of Crime Comics

    Author: Terrence Wandtke; Series Editor: Gary Hoppenstand
    ISBN: 978-1-933360-86-7

    Crime comic books in the 1950s caused controversy leading to their suppression and near extinction. Twenty-five years later, the dark hero, femme fatale, and bleak outlook of crime story comic books are even more striking and subversive. Terrence Wandtke traces the history of crime comics from their beginnings to the current resurgence and analyzes the cultural forces that give rise to influential works like Frank Miller's "Sin City," Brian Azzarello's "100 Bullets," and Ed Brubaker's "Criminal."

    Wandtke's book gives us a fresh and important look at the noir genre in the comics, which is a close hybrid relative of both film and pulp fiction. Wandtke skillfully demonstrates in this study that noir storytelling is a significant expression in one of the most vital forms of visual entertainment in our society today: the comics. He also reveals that the comics' medium is just as effective as any other entertainment form in expression the dark side of the human condition.

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    Year

    2015

  • University of Washington Press

    The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States

    Author: Mark Fiege; Foreword: William Cronon
    ISBN: 9780295991672

    In The Republic of Nature, historian Mark Fiege reframes the canonical account of American history based on the simple but radical premise that nature plays a fundamental role in the social and political events that shaped the nation. Revisiting familiar historical icons often taken for granted, he makes surprising connections that enable readers to see old stories in a new light.

    By highlighting the environmental perspective of historical events, Fiege recovers the forgotten and overlooked ground on which so much history has unfolded. The nation's birth and development, pain and sorrow, ideals and enduring promise come to life as never before, making a once-familiar past seem new. The Republic of Nature points to a startlingly different version of history that calls on readers to reconnect with fundamental forces that shaped the American experience.

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    Year

    2013

  • Central European University Press

    How They Lived : The Everyday Lives of Hungarian Jews, 1867-1940

    Author: András Koerner
    ISBN: 978-963-386-002-1

    What did the kosher coffee-shop of the famous photographer Andre Kertesz's mother look like? When did headdresses go out of fashion in Hungary? What does the picture of a small-town Orthodox Jewish boy say about the wardrobe of assimilated Jews at the turn of the 19th century? How many Synagogues operated in the Orczy House in Budapest in 1900? And how many night clubs were in a single street in the city center?

    How They Lived documents the wide range of lifestyles that was one of the distinguishing characteristics of Jewish life in Hungary between the middle of the 19th century and World War Two. The three main chapters of the book describe the way people looked, the places where they lived, and the places where they worked. The text of these chapters provides historical and social context for the 250 historical pictures, describes the conditions that defined and shaped the patterns of Jewish daily life, and, in some instances, it also examines a few key pictures in detail to point out how they document the way certain features of Jewish daily life evolved over time.

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    Year

    2015

  • Minnesota Historical Society Press

    North Woods Girl

    Author: Aimee Bissonette; Illustrator: Claudia McGehee
    ISBN: 978-0-87351-966-3

    AAUP members connect with the littlest readers, too—bringing the generations together. The Minnesota Historical Society Press publishes attractive books for children ages four to eight, celebrating the natural treasures of our region by pairing talented storytellers and artists, who together make magic on the page.

    In North Woods Girl, an unconventional grandmother prefers her husband's old flannel shirts to cozy sweaters and is more likely to offer guests packaged cookies than spend her time baking. She'd rather be outside, walking the "hundred little paths" in the woods behind her house. So, her charmed granddaughter reports, "when Grandma tucks her pants into her oversized boots and grabs her walking stick, I run to catch up." Time with Grandma teaches about quiet observation, generous sharing of resources, and the beauty of the forest and pond at any hour. Grandma's life in the northland may not be for everyone, but it's just right for her granddaughter, a "north woods girl" in the making.

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    Year

    2015

  • Yale University Press

    Suspended Sentences

    Author: Patrick Modiano; Translator: Mark Polizzotti
    ISBN: 978-0-300-19805-8

    In October 2014, the French writer Patrick Modiano was named as the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. The award came as a surprise to many in the English-speaking world: while Modiano is a prolific writer who is well-known in France, only a few of his works were available in English translations at the time of the Nobel announcement, and his name was not widely recognized in the Anglophone world.

    Word of the prize came just as Yale University Press was preparing to publish an English translation of Modiano’s Suspended Sentences as part of its "Margellos World Republic of Letters" series. Each novella in the volume—Afterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowers of Ruin—exemplifies the author’s originality and appeal, while Mark Polizzotti’s English-language translations capture not only Modiano’s distinctive narrative voice but also the grace and spare beauty of his prose.

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    Year

    2014

  • University of Utah Press

    Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a WW II Fence

    Author: Lily Yuriko Havey
    ISBN: 978-1-60781-343-9

    This creative memoir tells a coming-of-age story set in a WWII Japanese-American internment camp and includes photos and the author's own watercolors. This book was surprising for us because it took a while to find a home but once it did it garnered a lot of attention, including the Evans Biography Award.

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    Year

    2014

  • Indiana University Press

    Letters to Santa Claus

    Authors: The Elves
    ISBN: 9780253017932

    Did you know that Santa's mail is delivered to Indiana?

    Santa Claus, Indiana, is home to the world's only post office with the Santa Claus name. For over 100 years, millions of letters to Santa have poured into this small southern Indiana town. Letters to Santa Claus includes more than 250 actual letters and envelopes from the naughty and nice reaching back to the 1930s.

    This moving book will touch readers' hearts and bring back memories of a time in our lives when the man with a white beard and a red suit held out the hope that our wishes might come true.

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    Year

    2015

  • Texas A&M University Press

    Unbranded

    Author: Ben Masters
    ISBN: 978-1-62349-280-9

    Unbranded, a simultaneously released coffee-table book and feature film, has taken the western book market and film festival circuit by storm in Spring/Summer 2015. Both products—the book published by Texas A&M University Press and the film produced by Fin & Fur Productions—raise awareness of the impact of wild mustangs in the American West.

    In 2012, author Ben Masters and several friends raised funds through a successful Kickstarter campaign with a goal of acquiring and training wild mustangs to ride cross-country and filming a documentary of their travels.

    The film Unbranded has received fan awards at Telluride MountainFilm in Colorado and HotDocs in Toronto and is being scheduled for domestic and international theatrical release. The book, released before the film, has garnered national attention in its own right, with coverage in major media such as Cowboys and Indians, Western Horseman, and Country magazine.

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    Year

    2015

  • University of New South Wales Press

    The Art of Free Travel: A Frugal Family Adventure

    Authors: Patrick Jones and Meg Ulman
    ISBN: 9781742234434

    Meg Ulman and Patrick Jones were living a happy, low-carbon life with their family on a quarter-acre permaculture plot in regional Victoria, but craved an adventure.

    So with eleven-year-old Zephyr, toddler Woody, and Zero, their Jack Russell, they set off on a road trip with a difference—cycling 6,000 km along Australia's east coast, from Daylesford to Cape York and back.

    The Art of Free Travel: A Frugal Family Adventure is the inspiring story of their rule-breaking year of simple living.

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    Year

    2015

  • Columbia University Press

    Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences

    Author: William Richards
    ISBN: 978-0-231-17406-0

    If you've been paying attention to recent science and psychology research, you probably won't be surprised to hear that psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin have immense therapeutic potential. Even so, Sacred Knowledge is an eye-opening read. A highly trained psychologist who has conducted legal clinical trials of psychedelic drugs in the United States and Germany throughout the course of his long career, William Richards is a uniquely qualified guide to the history and science of hallucinogens.

    Bolstered by formal data as well as personal experience, Richards' book makes clear the truly startling—and exciting—implications of psychedelic drug research for clinical psychology, neuroscience, and even the ways we confront and understand our own mortality. Whatever your comfort level with psychedelic drugs, Sacred Knowledge will give you a new perspective on the most perennially surprising thing of all, the human brain.

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    Year

    2015

  • Southern Illinois University Press

    Unmodern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy

    Author: John Dewey; Editor: Phillip Deen
    ISBN: 978-0-8093-3079-9

    The most surprising fact about Unmodern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy would shock even its author, John Dewey—that it exists at all.

    “Dewey himself believed he had left in a taxicab his manuscript on the meaning of the scientific-technological revolution and how it demands a complete transformation in western philosophy,” editor Phillip Deen explains. “He swore to rewrite it but never did. Since the supposed loss, scholars of American philosophy have speculated on the ‘lost Dewey book’ and what it might have contained. Seventy years later, and sixty years after Dewey’s death, this important manuscript has finally been found, edited, and brought to light. The true story of how this manuscript survived remains a mystery.”

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    Year

    2012

  • University of Texas Press

    Yucatan: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition

    Author: David Sterling
    ISBN: 978-0-292-73581-1

    An internationally recognized authority on Yucatecan cuisine, chef David Sterling offers a gastronomic tour of the peninsula in this unique cookbook. Presenting the food in the places where it's savored, Sterling begins in jungle towns where Mayas concoct age-old recipes with a few simple ingredients. He travels over a thousand miles along the broad Yucatan coast to sample a bounty of seafood; shares "the people's food" at bakeries, chicharronerias, street vendors, home restaurants, and cantinas; and highlights the cooking of the peninsula's three largest cities‚—Campeche, Merida, and Valladolid—as well as a variety of pueblos noted for signature dishes.

    With over 275 authentic, easy-to-follow recipes, lively stories of their origins, and luscious illustrations, this is the definitive work on the foods of Yucatan, one of the world's great regional cuisines. This is a large book, beautifully designed, and covers a lot of specific information—we were surprised at how much this book was embraced. So much so it was awarded the 2015 James Beard Foundation's Cookbook of the Year.

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    Year

    2014

  • University of Calgary Press

    L'Alberta Autophage: Identités, mythes et discours du pétrole dans l'Ouest canadien

    Author: Dominique Perron
    ISBN: 978-1-55238-576-0

    The author uses theories of discourse analysis to explore how the media in Canada and in Alberta have presented historical boom and bust phenomena in the oil industry, in particular, how the Canadian oil industry has built on characteristics of Alberta identity to create a close association of interests linking the Alberta community and oil producers. She draws on popular culture and classical literature to compare the discourse on energy in Quebec and Alberta.

    Published in French by the University of Calgary Press, it won the 2015 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences for a French-language book and was a finalist for a 2013 Governor General's Literary Award.

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    Year

    2013

  • University of Minnesota Press

    The Ravens

    Author: Vidar Sundstøl
    ISBN: 9780816689446

    This year, University of Minnesota Press published the final installment in Norwegian writer Vidar Sundstøl's chilling Minnesota Trilogy. Sundstøl is our Stieg Larsson.

    What starts with The Land of Dreams, continues with Only the Dead, and culminates with The Ravens is a Scandinavian mystery trilogy that has bestseller status in Denmark, Iceland, and Holland. Sundstøl is considered one of the top Norwegian crime writers, and the publication of his trilogy by University of Minnesota Press represents the first time his work has been published in English.

    Here is the story of two murders that occur more than 100 years apart in the exact same location on Minnesota's North Shore, where Sundstøl lived with his wife for two years.

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    Year

    2015

  • Texas Tech University Press

    Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel

    Author: Carlos Nicolas Flores
    ISBN: 9780896729315

    The title, while provocative, may also suggest a scholarly study of sex. The actual subject matter, however, is anything but dry. Readers are taken on a trip into the wild, sometimes disgusting world of the Texas-Mexico border and all geographical and anatomical points south.

    The book's cover is eye-catching, and its inclusion on Texas Tech University Press's list signals new ventures into border studies.

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    Year

    2015

  • Northern Illinois University Press

    The Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series

    Author: Gillian King-Cargile; Illustrator: Kevin Krull
    ISBN: 978-0-87580-496-5

    In 2015, Northern Illinois University Press ventured into the realm of children's literature. The press partnered with the NIU P-20 Center to create the "Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series" of eight storybooks that will be published over the course of the next two years.

    The books in the series focus on the adventures of a toy bunny named Bear and his favorite boy, Jack, and introduce young readers to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts.

    The first installment, The Toy and the Twister, follows Bear as he gets sucked into a tornado and learns about extreme weather and storm safety. Each book in the series is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and includes an interview with an expert in a STEM field.

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    Year

    2015

  • Johns Hopkins University Press

    OP, But Not Forgotten: The Unlikely Story of JHUP's Mr. Bones

    Once upon a time, years before the internet and Project MUSE, the bestselling item from the Johns Hopkins University Press was a three-dimensional anatomical skeleton developed by Leon Schlossberg, one of the foremost medical artists and co-author of The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Human Functional Anatomy.

    From the time of its introduction in 1961 until manufacturing was discontinued in 2003, the 18-inch polyethylene and vinyl skeleton, Mr. Bones, was a sensation, even making an appearance on NBC's "Today Show" in 1974. The 1985 release of a 35-inch model—L.L. Bones, named in honor of a certain catalog company in Maine—was covered by the Los Angeles Times.

    Alas, the end of the twentieth century brought changes in the anatomical model business. The market softened, and sales of the Hopkins skeletons were hurt by cheaper manufactured models. After a 42-year run that generated more than $3.5 million in revenue, the Press made the difficult decision to retire Mr. Bones.

    Astute collectors might be able to buy a used Mr. Bones model—distinguished by a copyright notice on the back of the left tibia—from an online reseller, and there are several copies of Mr. Bones and L.L. Bones (one decorated with a purple cape) in the Press offices. A few remaining pristine models are safe in the Press archives.

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    Year

    1961

  • Getty Publications

    The Brilliant History of Color in Art

    Author: Victoria Finlay
    ISBN: 978-1-60606-429-0

    The history of art is inseparable from the history of color. And what a fascinating and surprising story they tell together: brimming with an all-star cast of characters, eye-opening details, and unexpected detours.

    Enter critically acclaimed writer and popular journalist Victoria Finlay, who here takes readers across the globe and over the centuries on an unforgettable tour through the brilliant history of color in art. Written for newcomers to the subject and aspiring young artists alike, Finlay’s quest to uncover the origins and science of color will beguile readers of all ages with its conversational style. Her rich narrative is illustrated in full color throughout with 166 major works of art.

    Readers of this book will revel in a treasure trove of fun-filled facts and little-known anecdotes. Were it not for Cleopatra, for instance, purple might not have become the royal color of the Western world. Without Napoleon, Cézanne may not have had the black graphite pencil. Without mango-eating cows, the sunsets of Turner might have lost their shimmering glow. And were it not for cobalt blue, the halls of museums worldwide might still be filled with forged Vermeers.

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    Year

    2014

  • University of North Texas Press

    North Texas Lives of Musicians Series

    Series Editor: Karen DeVinney

    Many people are surprised to find that University of North Texas is one of the top music schools in the world. We offer particularly robust jazz and classical programs, and our One O'Clock Lab Band has won six Grammy Awards to date.

    As a result, University of North Texas Press offers a robust catalog of music titles, including our North Texas Lives of Musicians series, featuring both local Texas musicians and musicians worldwide.

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    Year

    2008

  • University Press of Kentucky

    Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father's Unsolved Murder

    Authors: Robert Crane and Christopher Fryer
    ISBN: 9780813160740

    Part true Hollywood story, part unsolved murder mystery, Robert Crane, the son of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane published his memoir, Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father's Unsolved Murder this year with the University Press of Kentucky.

    Not just the story of his father's still-unsolved murder, Robert Crane also recounts his career as a freelance writer and contributor to Oui magazine and Playboy, and some of his favorite interviewees (Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper, Ann-Margret, Joan Rivers, John Candy, and SCTV) as well as his most bizarre (Amanda Peet, Teri Garr, and Koko the signing gorilla). He also served as John Candy's chief publicist and handler from the late 1980s until the star's death in 1994, and offers an intimate portrait of the iconic funnyman that serves as one of the most complete biographies of Candy to date.

    Perhaps "surprising" when compared to UPK's more traditional film books, it's not surprising that Robert Crane—also the coauthor of My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey through Hollywood, Jack Nicholson: The Early Years, and Bruce Dern: A Memoir—has delivered an unforgettable and deeply human story.

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    Year

    2015

  • Kent State University Press

    Beyond Trochenbrod: The Betty Gold Story

    Authors: Betty Gold and Mark Hodermarsky
    ISBN: 978-1-60635-199-4

    One of the Holocaust's most monstrous acts was the systematic murder of 5,000 Jewish residents of the Nazi-occupied Polish town, Trochenbrod, in August 1942. Of the 33 Jews who escaped death, only twelve-year-old Betty Gold lived on and told of these events. Betty and her family hid inside a secret wall built by her father and, when it seemed safe, crept toward the forest, which became their home.

    Beyond Trochenbrod is the surprisingly hopeful story of the Gold family's struggles against hunger, pain, despair, and the constant fear of discovery; their unlikely rescue, stay at a displaced persons camp, and ultimate journey to America.

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    Year

    2014

  • University of Wisconsin Press

    A Winsome Murder

    Author: James DeVita
    ISBN: 978-0-299-30440-9

    Mystery series starring academics (art historians, English professors) or Upper Midwest characters (a north woods resort owner, a Chicago cop who quotes Shakespeare, a Wisconsin county sheriff) are among the University of Wisconsin Press's recent bestsellers.

    Forthcoming in Spring 2016: art scholars theorize and bicker over Van Gogh's demise in Death on a Starry Night. Browse our growing mystery list here.

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    Year

    2015

  • Baylor University Press

    Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance

    Author: Reggie L. Williams
    ISBN: 9781602588042

    Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus was a wonderful surprise in more ways than one. From the moment it was acquired, the premise of the book was startling: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who publicly confronted Nazism and anti-Semitic racism in Hitler's Germany, found his Christ in the pews of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church. Williams argues that the Christ of Harlem suffered with black Americans in their struggle against racism, oppression, and injustice—and then resisted it. It was here that Bonhoeffer came to know the truth that obedience to Jesus requires concrete historical action. Bonhoeffer's ethic of resistance (and eventual martyrdom) not only indicted the church of the German Volk, but also continues to shape the nature of Christian discipleship today.

    Williams' book took the worlds of theology and ethics by storm, selling through its initial cloth print run in a matter of weeks and forcing the Press to scramble for a paperback edition—a wonderful problem for any publisher to have. The book continues to generate interest among eager readers of Bonhoeffer's works—students, laity, and scholars alike.

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    Year

    2014

  • University of California Press

    Collabra & Luminos

    Collabra: Open Access Journal Publishing Reimagined
    Luminos: The Evolution of Monograph Publishing

    In 2015, UC Press made two surprising entries into the Open Access landscape: Collabra and Luminos.

    Collabra—a mega-journal publishing articles in ecology and environmental sciences, life and biomedical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences—uniquely recognizes and shares the monetary value generated through the work of editors and reviewers and gives them the option to “pay forward” this value to the research community through contributions to an author waiver fund or to other OA funding sources.

    Luminos—a new program for Open Access monographs—creates a more sustainable future for monograph publishing by broadly sharing not just the benefits of important research, but by sharing the costs as well, through pooling title publication funds contributed by the Press, by authors’ institutions, as well as from an optional membership program for libraries committed to the principles of Open Access.

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    Year

    2015

  • University Press of Florida

    Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans

    Authors: Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand, and Heather McPherson
    ISBN: 978-0-8130-4228-2

    A journey of thousands of miles and diverse landscapes, of world-famous chefs, small farmers, and the freshest local ingredients, this delicious culinary adventure astonished the food world and prompted the Wall Street Journal to wonder, "Is Florida the next foodie hot spot?" Field to Feast puts Florida on the national map as a frontrunner in the local food movement. It highlights a thriving food scene that has often gone unnoticed amid the state's highly-publicized beaches and theme parks.

    In their seafood follow-up, Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida's Waters (2014), the authors savor the bounty of the state's countless waterways. Both award-winning books have changed how people view the Sunshine State and have cleared the way for more writers to share the stories of Florida chefs, artisans, restaurants, and unique regional ingredients.

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    Year

    2012

  • Oxford University Press

    Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

    Author: Marion Nestle
    ISBN: 9780190263430

    Soda companies produce and sell the equivalent of nearly two trillion 12-ounce servings of fountain or packaged beverages every year. Sodas contribute to poor dental hygiene, higher calorie intake, obesity, and type-2 diabetes and the first line of defense against any of these conditions is to simply stop drinking them.

    In Soda Politics, Dr. Marion Nestle, the NYU scholar and public health advocate, investigates the extraordinary effort that goes into making soda a ubiquitous part of the global food landscape. She reveals the tactics soda producers use to push their products on an increasingly obese world: the billions in ads spent each year to promote soda to children, minorities, and low-income populations; the lobbying to prevent any measures that would discourage soda sales; the sponsored studies designed to make the science about sodas appear confusing; and more.

    But here is the really surprising thing: Big Soda is in big trouble. Health advocacy is now the single greatest threat to soda companies' profits and soda sales in the US have been flat or declining for the past decade—an example of successful health advocacy in motion. Soda Politics explains how.

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    Year

    2015

  • West Virginia University Press

    Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Struggle for Control of Mother’s Day

    Author: Katharine Lane Antolini
    ISBN: 978-1-938228-93-3

    Anna Jarvis organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration in West Virginia in 1908 and then spent decades promoting the holiday and defending it from commercialization. She originally envisioned a celebration around a sentimental view of motherhood and the daily sacrifices of mothers within the home.

    After Mother’s Day became a national holiday in 1914, many sought to align the holiday’s meaning with changing perceptions of motherhood in the twentieth century. Instead of restricting a mother’s influence solely to the domestic sphere, they emphasized the power of mothers in the communities at-large.

    Jarvis refused to accept this changing interpretation, claiming both intellectual and legal ownership of Mother’s Day. Her obsession with protecting the purity of her vision sustained a war of verbal and legal assaults against rival holiday promoters, patriotic women’s organizations, charitable foundations, public health reformers, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. The struggle for control of Mother’s Day ultimately threatened her livelihood, physical health, and emotional stability.

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    Year

    2015

  • Utah State University Press

    Practically Joking

    Author: Moira Marsh
    ISBN: 978-0-87421-983-8

    Practically Joking is a scholarly book that reads in parts like how-to guide for practical jokes!

    In this first full-length study of the practical joke, author Moira Marsh examines the value, artistry, and social significance of this ancient and pervasive form of vernacular expression. Marsh studies the range of genres that pranks comprise; offers a theoretical look at the reception of practical jokes based on “benign transgression”—a theory that sees humor as playful violation—and uses real-life examples of practical jokes in context to establish the form’s varieties and meanings as an independent genre.

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    Year

    2015

  • University of Massachusetts Press

    Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow

    Author: Cheryl Knott
    ISBN: 978-1-62534-178-5

    Americans tend to imagine their public libraries as time-honored advocates of equitable access to information for all. Through much of the twentieth century, however, many black Americans were denied access to public libraries or allowed admittance only to separate and smaller buildings and collections. While scholars have examined and continue to uncover the history of school segregation, there has been much less research published on the segregation of public libraries in the Jim Crow South. In fact, much of the writing on public library history has failed to note these racial exclusions.

    In Not Free, Not for All, Cheryl Knott traces the establishment, growth, and eventual demise of separate public libraries for African Americans in the South, disrupting the popular image of the American public library as historically welcoming readers from all walks of life.

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    Year

    2015

  • Georgetown University Press

    Yallah: Learn Arabic with Al-Kitaab

    Authors: Kristen Brustad and Mahmoud Al-Batal

    While we in the university press world know that it isn't surprising for a UP to produce an app, we still have gotten a lot of "really? oh wow!"s when we've told people about our forthcoming app, Yallah—the first app ever from GU Press.

    Developed from Flashcards Deluxe, one of the highest rated flashcard apps, Yallah is designed to be used with the #1 Arabic language textbooks Alif-Baa and Al-Kitaab (also available from GU Press). Educational and fun, Yallah challenges students with adaptive study modes and tracks their proficiency and progress.

    To be available for iOS and Android, Yallah will feature:
    • Free ten-card demo deck and interactive tutorial
    • Ability to choose your word deck type—Egyptian+MSA or Levantine+MSA
    • Four study modes—Practice, Spelling, Multiple Choice, and Timed Quiz
    • Two smart study settings that focus more on the cards you don’t know
    • Progress bars and deck statistics that let you know how you are doing
    • Audio by native Arabic speakers for every card
    • Space to add your own notes to any card

    Just $6.95 for the Alif Baa deck and $7.95 for each of the two Al-Kitaab decks.

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    Year

    2016

  • Rutgers University Press

    Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to be Jewish

    Author: Joshua Eli Plaut
    ISBN: 978-0-8135-5379-5

    Did you know that some of the most well known and best selling Christmas songs were written by Jewish composers?

    In this entertainingly informative book, Rabbi Joshua Plaut shows how Jews have shaped and continue shaping the public and private character of the Christmas season from transforming Hanukkah into the Jewish Christmas, creating a national Jewish tradition of patronizing Chinese restaurants and comedy shows on Christmas Eve, volunteering at shelters and soup kitchens on Christmas Day, dressing up as Santa Claus to spread good cheer, campaigning to institute Hanukkah postal stamps, and blending holiday traditions into an interfaith hybrid celebration called "Chrismukkah" or a secularized holiday such as Festivus.

    Through these venerated traditions and alternative Christmas-time rituals, Jews publicly assert and proudly proclaim their Jewish and American identities, spreading a universally shared message of joy and hope, and transform December into a festive season for everyone.

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    Year

    2012

  • University of Arkansas Press

    The Carter Collection

    Author: President Jimmy Carter

    In 1981, Miller Williams was asked to write a poem welcoming President and Mrs. Carter home to Georgia. Through this fortunate connection the poet and the president became friends, and, when Williams became the first director of The University of Arkansas Press, he established an ongoing publishing relationship. The Press has reprinted many of President Carter's books over the years, including his presidential memoir Keeping Faith.

    Most recently, the Press brought back into print The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer, a children's book written by President Carter and illustrated by his daughter Amy Carter.

    People are not surprised to find we have published books about President Bill Clinton, but since President Carter does not have particular ties to Arkansas, they do find it surprising to hear that we've published seven of his books—a fact that we consider part of Miller Williams's rich legacy.

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    Year

    1995

  • Wilfrid Laurier University Press

    Critical Condition: Replacing Critical Thinking with Creativity

    Author: Patrick Finn
    ISBN: 978-1-77112-157-6

    Patrick Finn’s new book surprised both the academic community and the public by questioning one of society’s most deeply held beliefs. In Critical Condition, Finn proposes we stop teaching critical thinking and replace it with creative, or open-source thinking in order to better serve the life of ideas.

    Surprising too was the reaction to the book. Written as an accessible thought experiment, the book asks us to reflect on what critical thinking is now. Scholars, citizens, governments, and the media have rushed to respond to the book with a passion and intensity unusual for a university-press book.

    In separate reviews of the book, Philip Slayton, the president of PEN Canada, and science specialist and public intellectual Jay Ingram pointed to their surprise at the intensity of the response to Finn’s work. In the book, and in subsequent interviews, Finn suggests that the nature of this response suggests that critical thinking now functions more as a religion than a mode of intellectual inquiry. Surprising indeed.

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    Year

    2015

  • University of Notre Dame Press

    Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo

    Author: Christopher M. Graney
    ISBN: 978-0-268-02988-3

    In Setting Aside All Authority, Christopher M. Graney challenges the long-standing ideas that opponents of the heliocentric ideas of Copernicus and Galileo were primarily motivated by religion or devotion to an outdated intellectual tradition. Graney calls on newly translated works by anti-Copernican writers of the time to demonstrate that science, not religion, played an important, and arguably predominant, role in the opposition to the Copernican system.

    Anti-Copernicans, building on the work of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, were able to build an increasingly strong scientific case against the heliocentric system at least through the middle of the seventeenth century. The scientific case reached its apogee, Graney argues, in the 1651 New Almagest of the Italian Jesuit astronomer Giovanni Battista Riccioli, who used detailed telescopic observations of stars to construct a powerful scientific argument against Copernicus.

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    Year

    2015

  • University of Georgia Press

    American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning

    Author: Kate Sweeney
    ISBN: 978-0-8203-4600-7

    American Afterlife relates the odd, tragic, poignant, and at times even humorous stories of how Americans "do" death today, when there is no one right way to do it. Surprisingly, many of these "new" practices strongly resemble traditions of yesteryear that have been considered strange, or even macabre, for decades. Over the course of this exploration of memorial practices old and new, one discovery revealed itself again and again: in today's America, the realities of death and its effect on those left behind are often avoided or sanitized.

    Author Kate Sweeney's book is written from the viewpoint of someone who has not yet experienced a terrible death. The driving force behind this book is her curiosity about mortality and what death means when it happens, rather than a penchant for the morbid.

    In addition to the book's revelations about death, dying, and mourning, it is surprising how desperate people are to have a quality conversation about these topics. The Q&A sessions at Sweeney's book events always tend to run over; people want to engage with the author and tell their own stories.

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    Year

    2014

  • Museum of Modern Art

    Girls Standing on Lawns

    Illustrator: Maira Kalman; Author: Daniel Handler
    ISBN: 978-0-87070-908

    This unique collaboration between the renowned illustrator Maira Kalman and the bestselling author Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events) draws inspiration from vernacular photographs in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. These photographs were never intended to be works of art, and were made by untrained amateurs, hobbyists, journalists, scientists, and commercial studios.

    Girls Standing on Lawns reflects the creators’ shared fascination with these anonymous snapshots and the rich lives, memories, and stories they evoke. It is a meditation on childhood, home, family, and the act of seeing—girls, women, friends, families, and even pets from days gone by grace the pages, enticing readers to imagine these people, their lives, and where they have gone.

    This is the first title in a series of collaborations between Maira Kalman and MoMA.

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    Year

    2014

  • Wayne State University Press

    The Orbit Magazine Anthology: Re-Entry

    Author: Rob St. Mary; Forward: Jerry Vile
    ISBN: 9780814337318

    The Orbit Magazine Anthology: Re-Entry brings Detroit's alternative publishing history alive with pictures, interviews, and stories of the crazy personalities and crazy hours that went into three Detroit magazines—Fun (1986–90), White Noise (1978–80), and Orbit (1990–99). With a mischievous globe-headed mascot that appeared in every issue and even on Quentin Tarantino’s T-shirt in Pulp Fiction, Orbit was an instantly recognizable arbiter of 1990s Detroit culture. Its irreverent tone and unique editorial features could be traced to two earlier local publications from creator Jerry Vile—White Noise (1978–80) and Fun (1986–90).

    Author Rob St. Mary shows that Vile’s publications were distinctive in their content and uniquely Detroit in their tone, finding their niche in biting satire and sharp design that fed on popular culture. Numerous images and page spreads reveal the notable Detroit musicians—like Destroy All Monsters, the Gories, ICP, Jack White, Kid Rock, and Derrick May—and artists—including Niagara, Glenn Barr and Tristan Eaton—that graced their pages.

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    Year

    2015

  • University of Toronto Press

    Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well

    Author: Pellegrino Artusi; Translator: Murtha Baca
    ISBN: 0802087043

    The common wisdom amongst booksellers is that readers gravitate towards new releases. Older titles simply do not have the same allure. The focus on the "latest and greatest" is particularly sharp in subject areas which are sensitive to trends, like fashion and food. Imagine our surprise, then, to discover that the bestselling title at UTP over the past five years isn't a myth-busting new monograph but, rather, a 124-year-old cookbook: Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well, by Pellegrino Artusi, Luigi Ballerini, and Murtha Baca!

    What inspires gourmands to pick it up, year after year? Artusi's classic work was featured in BBC Two's popular cooking show "Italy Unpacked" two years ago, and the episode is re-broadcast at least once every holiday season.

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    Year

    2003

  • Oregon State University Press

    How to Live Longer and Feel Better

    Author: Linus Pauling
    ISBN: 978-0-87071-096-4

    Who would have thought that a small regional press like Oregon State University Press would have the opportunity to publish the only two-time Nobel Prize winner? Our university is fortunate to be associated with Linus Pauling, and we are continually surprised by the longevity of his groundbreaking work, How to Live Longer and Feel Better.

    In 2016, we will celebrate its 30th year in print, with no signs of slowing down. We've also published a definitive biography of Linus Pauling (Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker, by Clifford Mead and Thomas Hager), and a biography of his wife, Ava Helen Pauling—the great woman behind the great man (Ava Helen Pauling, by Mina Carson).

    Here's to long lives, for books as well as people.

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    Year

    1986

  • University of Nebraska Press

    Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot

    Author: Joe Gisondi
    ISBN: 978-0-8032-4994-3

    Interest in Bigfoot—which many believe to be as mythical as a leprechaun—is as strong today as ever, with the wildly popular show "Finding Bigfoot" persisting on the Animal Planet network and references to bigfoot appearing throughout popular culture. What is it about bigfoot that causes some people to devote a chunk of their lives to finding one?

    In Monster Trek, Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on complex equipment.

    Gisondi travels to eight locations across the country, trekking into swamps, mountains, state parks, and remote woods with people in search of bigfoot as well as fame, fortune, adventure, and shared camaraderie. Some are private and guarded about their explorations, seeking solitude during a deeply personal quest. While there are those who might arguably be labeled "crazy," Gisondi discovers that the bigfoot research network is far bigger and more diverse than he ever imagined.

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    Year

    2016

  • Princeton University Press

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: 150th Anniversary edition

    Author: Lewis Carroll; Illustrator: Salvador Dali
    ISBN: 9780691170022

    Commemorating the 150th anniversary of one of the most beloved classics of children’s literature, this edition presents Alice like you’ve never seen her before.

    It's rather surprising that a book about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland would be on the math list at a university press. It would still remain surprising even when you learned it was a rare edition illustrated by Salvador Dali. The connections to Alice and math are revealed in the introduction, but the surprise still remains. Many people know that Lewis Carroll was an inventor and photographer but fewer know that his real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and that he was a mathematician who worked in the fields of geometry, logic, matrix algebra, and recreational math. The next surprise is that Salvador Dali had a great interest in mathematics, particularly geometry and the 4th dimension.

    The final surprise is that this book, with its various components, came to be because of an accidental meeting with a past director of the Lewis Carroll Society, the director of the National Museum of Mathematics and the mathematics editor at Princeton University Press.

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    Year

    2015

  • University of Pittsburgh Press

    Wild Hundreds

    Author: Nate Marshall
    ISBN: 9780822963837

    Wild Hundreds, winner of our annual Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, is the first book of hip-hop poetry we've published by Chicago rapper/poet Nate Marshall.

    Wild Hundreds is a long love song to Chicago. The book celebrates the people, culture, and places often left out of the civic discourse and the travel guides. Wild Hundreds displays the beauty of black survival and mourns the tragedy of black death.

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    Year

    2015

  • Duke University Press

    Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia

    Author: S. Ann Dunham; Editors: Alice G. Dewey and Nancy I. Cooper
    ISBN: 978-0-8223-4687-6

    President Barack Obama has a surprising background for an American politician: Kenyan father and American anthropologist mother, S. Ann Dunham. When Duke University Press was approached to publish Dunham's 1992 dissertation, shaped into a book by her adviser and a colleague at the University of Hawaii, there was skepticism that it was a worthwhile project.

    But when we sent it out for peer review, we were surprised that the work was considered to be an important contribution to economic anthropology. And when we published the book, it received a surprising amount of media coverage, including the New York Times, the London Times, NPR, and the Jakarta Times. It also received positive reviews in important scholarly journals. And it even sold a surprising number of copies for a 440-page ethnography of Indonesian metalworkers.

    Dunham's daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who wrote a foreword for the book, was thrilled that the book sustains Dunham's legacy, and (though he's a little bit harder to correspond with) we hope President Obama is too.

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    Year

    2009

  • Abilene Christian University Press

    Loves God, Likes Girls: A Memoir

    Author: Sally Gary
    ISBN: 978-0-89112-359-0

    Loves God, Likes Girls surprised many of our readers as an honest, vulnerable retelling of a gay Christian woman's struggle to reconcile her feelings and her faith.

    In dealing with her past, Sally Gary seeks to make church a safe place for everyone, no matter what struggles or pain they have experienced. Though she never compromises on the tenets of her faith, the gentle spirit with which she shares her story invites everyone into a journey of love.

    We prepared for significant backlash for publishing such a story, but we have instead been met with encouragement and gratitude for a thoughtful treatment of a volatile subject.

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    Year

    2013

  • Penn State University Press

    Among the Bone Eaters: Encounters with Hyenas in Harar

    Author: Marcus Baynes-Rock; Foreword: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
    ISBN: 978-0-271-06720-9

    In his time spent with the "city hyenas" of Harar, Ethiopia, Marcus Baynes-Rock contended with the type of difficult conditions anthropologists often encounter: stone-throwing children, intransigent bureaucracy, and wary subjects. What he did not anticipate was to befriend three young hyenas who drew him into the hidden world of the Sofi clan. In Harar, the get waraba (hyenas of the city) are welcome in the streets and appreciated by the locals for the protection they provide from harmful spirits and dangerous "mountain" hyenas. They've even become a local tourist attraction.

    Through his remarkably personal interactions with these wild city-dwellers, Baynes-Rock discovered the elements of a hyena's life, from the delectability of dead livestock to the unbounded thrill of hyena chase-play under the light of a full moon. His unusual experiences expand conceptual boundaries of human-animal relations, and show the dangerously transformative potential of multispecies ethnography.

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    Year

    2015

  • Vanderbilt University Press

    Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

    Author: Andrew Maraniss
    ISBN: 9780826520234

    Strong Inside tells the story of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Wallace's years as a pioneering student-athlete in the South in the 1960s were marked by racial hostilities and isolation. He met these injustices with an irrepressible sense of purpose. Yet Wallace's experiences had been virtually ignored until the publication of Strong Inside, surprising readers who had never heard his inspiring story.

    Exhaustively researched and written by first-time author Andrew Maraniss, the book has won special recognition from both the Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards and the Lillian Smith Book Awards—and it's the first sports-related book ever to receive honors from either program. Strong Inside's reception has also been a pleasant surprise for the staff of Vanderbilt University Press, as it earned a place on the New York Times best seller lists—a first in the entire history of the press—in the Sports and Race & Civil Rights categories and stayed on both lists for four months.

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    Year

    2014

  • Syracuse University Press

    Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935

    Authors: Robert Bogdan and Arnold Arluke
    ISBN: 9780815609810

    Syracuse University Press has recently published three extraordinary books that explore the complex and surprisingly diverse relationships between animals and humans. In Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935, Robert Bogdan and Arnold Arluke present a vivid chronicle of the deep cultural ambivalence that characterized human-animal relations in the early twentieth century and that continues today. The unique lens of photo postcards offers an enormous and relatively untapped archive to document their subject compellingly.

    The Photographed Cat: Picturing Human-Feline Ties, 1890-1940 offers a more narrow focus, presenting both an archive and an analytical exploration of the close relationships between Americans and their cats during a period that is significant for photography and for modern understandings of animals as pets. Finally, The Historical Animal invites readers to examine our recorded history through an animal-centric lens to discover how animals have altered the course of our collective past.

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    Year

    2010

  • University of Alberta Press

    Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences

    Editor: Ghada Ageel
    ISBN: 9781772120820

    Palestinian, Israeli, academic, and activist voices gather to humanize ongoing debates over Israel and Palestine.

    Palestinian, Israeli, academic, and activist voices gather to humanize ongoing debates over Israel and Palestine. The surprising aspect of this project has been the difficulty of working with the editor of the volume, Ghada Ageel, because of the challenge of traveling into and out of Palestine. We have been able to communicate at times via email and Skype. She was blocked at the border for a month. At the time, she had no idea when she would be able to return to Canada.

    It reminds us of the hardships experienced by our Israeli author, Danielle Schaub, when we worked with her on her book, Reading Writers Reading: Canadian Authors' Reflections. At different times in 2005 and 2006, she was writing and editing her project from a bomb shelter in Haifa.

    These experiences make us realize how fortunate we are to live in a country where freedom of movement and speech is protected.

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    Year

    2015

  • LSU Press

    A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook

    Author: Cynthia LeJeune Nobles
    ISBN: 978-0-8071-6191-3

    From its eye-popping “edible” jacket sculpture to its witty, riveting, and mouth-watering interior, "A Confederacy of Dunces” Cookbook spins a startling riff on LSUP’s iconic publication.

    With recipes for everything from the potato chips in Ignatius’s mustache to the hot dogs in his cart to Miss Trixie’s “nice boiled ham,” this book surprises and delights at every turn as it tracks some of the world’s most outrageous fictional characters as they eat their way through 1960s New Orleans.

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    Year

    2015

  • Modern Language Association of America

    Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology

    Editors: Kenneth M. Price and Ray Siemens
    ISBN: 9781603291453

    The MLA is pleased that Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology, the association's first born-digital, publicly available anthology, launched in 2013 with nine essays, is continuing to grow. This evolving digital anthology has taken full advantage of the MLA Commons, our community-centered, collaborative online platform, by encouraging readers to comment on published work and, in the anthology's second iteration, to provide feedback on two new essays undergoing open review.

    To promote more comprehensive coverage of the field and to enhance future iterations of this collection, two new editors have joined this project. With the contributions of the editors, authors, and readers, the MLA looks forward to the surprising technological and scholarly innovations that this anthology will continue to yield.

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    Year

    2013

  • University of Manitoba Press

    Life Among the Qallunaat

    Author: Mini Aodla Freeman; Editor: Keavy Martin
    ISBN: 978-0-88755-775-0

    Life Among the Qallunaat is the third book in the "First Voices, First Texts" series, which publishes lost or underappreciated texts by Indigenous writers. This new critical edition of Mini Aodla Freeman’s groundbreaking 1978 work includes revisions based on the original typescript, an interview with the author, and an afterword by Keavy Martin, Julie Rak, and Norma Dunning.

    "First Voices, First Texts" aims to re-connect contemporary readers with some of the most important Aboriginal literature of the past, much of which has been unavailable for decades. This series reveals the richness of these works by providing newly re-edited texts that are presented with particular sensitivity toward Indigenous ethics, traditions, and contemporary realities. The editors strive to indigenize the editing process by involving communities, by respecting traditional protocols, and by providing critical introductions that give readers new insights into the cultural contexts of these unjustly neglected classics.

    The series editor is Warren Cariou, the director of the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba.

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    Year

    2015

  • Fordham University Press

    Symbolism: Its Meaning and Effect

    Author: Alfred North Whitehead
    ISBN: 9780823211388

    In researching deep backlist last spring, we were delighted to run across a title by the renowned mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead, Symbolism: Its Meaning and Effect. First published in 1927, and then again in the 1950s, Fordham UP acquired rights to republish the work in a facsimile edition in 1985.

    At the time no one realized, of course, that renewed interest in Whitehead would surge in the 21st century as a new generation of philosophers, theorists, and theologians interested in the significance of Whitehead's thought in relation to ecology, physics, biology, education, economics, psychology, and religion.

    Symbolism itself was the subject of a conference last December at the Claremont School of Theology, which brought together leading and emerging scholars to explore the enduring influence and increasing salience of Whitehead's intellectual legacy.

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    Year

    1927

  • University Press of Mississippi

    Gustave Dore: Twelve Comic Strips

    Introduced and Translated by: David Kunzle
    ISBN: 9781628462166

    Among the masters of the nineteenth-century comic strip, Gustave Doré has been much neglected. For his illustrations to literary classics, he earned an unsurpassed reputation and corresponding scholarly attention. Doré himself repudiated his early work, and similarly critics and biographers have given short shrift to his beginnings as a caricaturist.

    UPM has provided here, for the first time English, these caricatures rescued in their entirety by the renowned comics scholar David Kunzle.

    Doré, surprisingly, created these comic strips when he was between fifteen and twenty-two years old for Charles Philipon's Journal pour Rire (The Laughter Journal). Virtually no one has pointed out that his mastery of the comic strip particularly marks him as an entirely original figure in the post-Topffer era of revolutionary, mid-century France. Here, Kunzle corrects the record, placing Doré in the proper context.

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    Year

    2015

  • National Academies Press

    The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

    Editors: Mary C. Waters and Marisa Gerstein Pineau
    ISBN: 978-0-309-37398-2

    The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants, and the country has a long history of successfully absorbing people from across the globe. The integration of immigrants and their children contributes to our economic vitality and our vibrant and ever changing culture.

    Today, the 41 million immigrants in the United States represent 13.1 percent of the U.S. population. The U.S.-born children of immigrants, the second generation, represent another 37.1 million people, or 12 percent of the population. Are new immigrants and their children being well integrated into American society, within and across generations? Do current policies and practices facilitate their integration? How is American society being transformed by the millions of immigrants who have arrived in recent decades?

    To answer these questions, this new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine summarizes what we know about how immigrants and their descendants are integrating into American society, resulting in a range of expected and unexpected findings.

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    Year

    2015

  • University of Michigan Press

    Tempest: Geometries of Play

    Authors: Judd Ethan Ruggill and Ken S. McAllister
    ISBN: 978-0-472-07269-9

    Tempest is a surprising title for the University of Michigan Press because of its subject matter and distribution methods. The book explores Atari’s 1981 arcade hit "Tempest," and highlights its many important contributions to both game and cultural history.

    In this book, Ruggill and McAllister enumerate and analyze "Tempest’s" landmark qualities, exploring the game’s aesthetics, development context, and connections to and impact on video game history and culture.

    We thought this was an unusual for us, or any university press, to publish an in-depth study on a video game and their effects on culture. Additionally, we have made this title available via open access, which is only the case with a select number of our titles.

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    Year

    2015

  • MIT Press

    How to Write a Thesis

    Author: Umberto Eco
    ISBN: 9780262527132

    Three years before The Name of the Rose was published, Eco had published another kind of best-seller: a popular guide on how to research, write, and deliver a thesis—the paper required of all students for graduation from the university. Since then, the book has only gained in popularity. It has been compared to the MLA Handbook, The Chicago Manual of Style, and Strunk and White, but always with an important difference. Its author is Umberto Eco. First printed in Italian in 1977, and now in its 23d edition, the book has never gone out of print in Italian. When originally published, it was the first Italian manual for academic writing, and it remained the only one for quite some time. It is his most didactic book and also his more personal one.

    Almost 40 years after its publication in Italian, How to Write a Thesis has become the go-to book for students writing theses—not only in Italian, but in 17 other languages. In 2015, it is finally available in English for the first time. After all these years, and all the technological advancements, How to Write a Thesis is just as relevant today and resonates with readers just as much.

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    Year

    2015

  • McGill-Queen's University Press

    And We Go On: A Memoir of the Great War

    Author: Will R. Bird; Introduction: David Williams
    ISBN: 9780773543959

    And We Go On is a memoir of the Great War written in 1930 by Will R. Bird, and re-released in 2014 for the First World War centenary.

    Long out of print, it is a true lost classic that arguably influenced numerous works in the Canadian literary canon.

    It is surprising for having been neglected in war literature for so many years, and for how haunting it remains today—as it was when it was first published.

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    Year

    2014

  • University of Arizona Press

    Earth and Mars: A Reflection

    Authors: Stephen E. Strom and Bradford A. Smith
    ISBN: 978-0-8165-0038-3

    Earth and Mars relates the life story of two planets, celestial siblings in space. The book is a fusion of art and science, a blend of images and essays celebrating the successful creation of our life-sustaining planet.

    A collection of simple and profoundly beautiful forms, Earth and Mars provides a context to appreciate the common forces responsible for these haunting shapes as well as the divergent paths that led to an Earth teeming with life-forms, while its sibling, Mars, is seemingly devoid of all life.

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    Year

    2015

  • Leuven University Press

    Transforming Anthony Trollope: Dispossession, Victorianism and Nineteenth-Century Word and Image

    Editors: Simon Grennan and Laurence Grove
    ISBN: 9789462700413

    This volume is a cross-disciplinary collection of essays in the fields of nineteenth-century history, adaptation, word/image, and Victorianism.

    Featuring new writing by some of the most influential, respected, and radical scholars in these fields, Transforming Anthony Trollope constitutes both a close companion to Simon Grennan's 2015 graphic novel Dispossession (an adaptation of Anthony Trollope's 1879 novel John Caldigate) and a forward-looking, stand-alone addition to current debates on the cultural uses of history and the theorisation of remediation, illustration, and narrative drawing.

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    Year

    2015

  • University Press of New England

    Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won

    Author: Marc Solomon
    ISBN: 9781611684018

    Winning Marriage is the definitive insider account of the gay marriage battle that we published to great reviews and sales as the movement went national.

    We rushed out a new paperback edition to include the recent Supreme Court decision, and now the book is a blueprint for successful social activists.

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    Year

    2015

  • Stanford University Press

    Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty

    Author: Austin Sarat
    ISBN: 9780804789165

    Stanford University Press published Austin Sarat's Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty in March 2014, just days before the first of what turned out to be a series of tragically mishandled executions in the United States. Sarat's April 27, 2014 piece in the Boston Globe "Ideas" section, and the resulting media attention, made him one of the primary expert commentators on botched executions in the US, and the book and author were reviewed or otherwise featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Vox, The Rumpus, MSNBC/Morning Joe, and All In w/ Chris Hayes; NPR/Morning Edition and All Things Considered etc..

    What surprised both press and author: almost a year later, Gruesome Spectacles was cited in Justice Sotomayor's dissenting opinion, which begins on page 97 (citation on page 126, middle paragraph) in the Supreme Court's decision to uphold lethal injections (Glossip et. al. v. Gross et. al., decided June 29, 2015).

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    Year

    2014

  • Temple University Press

    The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama

    Author: Alexander Wolff
    ISBN: 978-1-4399-1309-3

    In The Audacity of Hoop, celebrated sportswriter Alexander Wolff examines Barack Obama, the person and president, by the light of basketball. This game helped Obama explore his identity, keep a cool head, impress his future wife, and define himself as a candidate.

    Wolff chronicles Obama’s love of the game from age 10, on the campaign trail—where it eventually took on talismanic meaning—and throughout his two terms in office. More than 125 photographs illustrate Obama dribbling, shooting free throws, playing pickup games, cooling off with George Clooney, challenging his special assistant Reggie Love for a rebound, and taking basketball to political meetings. There is also an assessment of Obama’s influence on the NBA, including a dawning political consciousness in the league’s locker rooms.

    What is surprising about this book is its unique approach to examining Obama—putting his life and influence into context. The many rare, behind-the-scenes photos are notable for capturing the grandeur, informality, and intimacy of the President at work, at play, and at rest.

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    Year

    2015

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