2014 University Press Books

 

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"Outstanding" Rated Titles from the University Press Books Committee


The following titles received ratings of "Outstanding" (O) by members of the 2013 University Press Books Committee. "Outstanding" titles are defined as having exceptional editorial content and subject matter. They are essential additions to most library collections.


001.944

Loxton, Daniel and Donald R. Prothero

Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids

Columbia University Press

"Abominable Science explores our fascination with creatures such as Bigfoot and Nessie, cryptids whose existence is not confirmed by science. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero's well-researched, entertaining, and engagingly illustrated book offers a critical look at available scientific evidence for the existence of these creatures. The authors offer informative discussions of the scientific method as it applies to cryptid studies and an interesting analysis of what makes these stories so compelling."—Virginia L. Stone (AASL)


070.410

Rosenfeld, Harry

From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman

State University of New York Press/SUNY Press

"Harry Rosenfeld looks deep into himself to produce this moving recollection of his life as a journalist. Opening with a brief glimpse of his childhood shift from Germany to the United States just after the events of Kristallnacht, Rosenfeld explores his reasons for becoming a journalist and writer instead of following in his father's footsteps. He then takes us through his memories of some of the most memorable—and even some not so memorable—moments of the second half of the twentieth century from his perspective as a writer, as a publisher, and as a man."—Jessica Pryde (RUSA/CODES)


290

Meddeb, Abdelwahab and Benjamin Stora (Editors)

A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day

Princeton University Press

"Using primary as well as secondary sources, the history of Jewish and Muslim relations is chronicled from the birth of Islam to today. The topics are organized chronologically in an interesting and easy-to-read manner with photographs and color reproductions scattered throughout. Chapters cover major topics and individuals of importance, assuring that the researcher can easily locate specific areas of interest. Each chapter concludes with a list of sources as well as Nota bene or notes of importance."—Carrie Turner (AASL)


305.800

Johnson, Walter

River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

"Johnson examines the 'Cotton Kingdom' as the nexus of U.S. expansionism and global capitalism in the Mississippi River valley, and the role of American slavery in the nation's growth. His complex economic history explores the technologies, ecological transformations, ideologies, and human labor revolving around cotton plantations, eventually leading to the Civil War."—Emily Keller (RUSA/CODES)


306.362

McConaghy, Lorraine and Judy Bentley

Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master

University of Washington Press

"A compelling and engaging narrative of a journey to freedom in an area of the United States not usually included in texts, fiction or non-fiction."—Rebecca J. Pasco (AASL)


306.432

Cookson, Peter W.

Class Rules: Exposing Inequality in American High Schools

Teachers College Press

"A purposeful examination of educational barriers to academic achievement and personal success for students in lower socio-economic classes in 21st Century high schools. While class is the focus of this title, its reach includes culture, gender and race."—Rebecca J. Pasco (AASL)


306.484

Bowles, Norma and Daniel-Raymond Nadon (Editors)

Staging Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre

Southern Illinois University Press

"This title provides both methodology and rationale for 'theatre that matters'. Professionals working with students at any level on issues of social justice will find a home here."—Rebecca J. Pasco (AASL)


306.766

Bronski, Michael, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico

"You Can Tell Just By Looking": And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People

Beacon Press

"Myths about groups of people are prolific in popular media. This title goes a long way towards dispelling those myths by using both research, and personal narrative, to provide readers with multiple perspectives. This is a reasoned approach that addressed LGBT issues not as controversial, but as complex."—Rebecca J. Pasco (AASL)

"Oriented around common questions and myths about LGBT life and people, this book provides an accessible but rigorous examination of claims and counterclaims about sexuality. Along the way, it explains how these myths work and the impacts they have, digging far below the surface of categories and stereotypes. A handbook for logically thinking through these hot-button topics to better understand the range of social, political, and cultural implications of sexuality."—Emily Keller (RUSA/CODES)


306.874

Shelton, Michael

Family Pride: What LGBT Families Should Know about Navigating Home, School, and Safety in Their Neighborhoods

Beacon Press

"A welcome addition to LGBT titles due to its emphasis not on the individual, but on their families, their schools and their communities. Professionals who work with LGBT stakeholders will find insightful conversations that offer strategies and solutions to challenges facing this group."—Rebecca J. Pasco (AASL)


323.092

Cox, Julian, Rebekah Jacob, and Monica Karales

Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James Karales

The University of South Carolina Press

"This outstanding title uses James Karales' powerful photographs to give the reader a chance to be a part of many key events in the civil rights movement. Taken between 1960 and 1965, these photographs show iconic moments and more private moments that are equally powerful, including several that focus on Dr. King with his family. The title includes a foreword by Andrew Young, background essays by Rebekah Jacob and Julian Cox, an afterword by Monica Karales, a chronology of Karales' work as a photographer, and a bibliography."—Judi Repman (AASL)


323.092

King, Jr., Martin Luther

A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Students

Beacon Press

"Selected by a panel of teachers, the writings in this outstanding volume include a wide range of Dr. King's work. The essays, speeches and sermons are organized into six thematic chapters on topics such as 'Love and Faith' and 'Young People Working for Justice.' Walter Dean Myers has written an eloquent introduction to Dr. King's life. Each of the selections includes a set of reflection questions, and the volume also includes a useful glossary and index, making this volume an essential curriculum resource."—Judi Repman (AASL)


323.092

Theoharis, Jeanne

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Beacon Press

"This biography of Rosa Parks explores the political philosophy of a civil rights legend. Historian Theoharis' account challenges the narrative that Parks made her mark with a single act of refusing to give up her seat on the bus by recounting her decades long commitment to the civil rights struggle and community activism. This accessible and scholarly portrayal extends through the rest of her life as well, providing a sweeping depiction of a lifetime of activism."—Emily Keller (RUSA/CODES)


323.119

Freed, Leonard (Foreword by Julian Bond) (Introduction by Michael Eric Dyson) (Afterword by Paul Farber)

This Is the Day: The March on Washington

Getty Publications

"Built around photographs taken by Leonard Freed, this outstanding title is organized into two major sections: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and The Twentieth-Anniversary March. The large format of the photographs conveys their power in telling the story of these key events in American history. The foreword was written by Julian Bond and an essay by Michael Eric Dyson provides historical perspectives on both marches."—Judi Repman (AASL)


341.23

Staur, Carsten (Translated by Steven Harris)

Shared Responsibility: The United Nations in the Age of Globalization

McGill-Queen's University Press

"This book is a valuable resource for any high school which participates in the model United Nations program as an appreciated resource for librarians, teachers and motivated model UN participants. Formatted clearly around pressing global issues and timely insight into how the UN really works and whether it is fulfilling its critical mission as the power paradigm evolves. Challenges and progress are addressed along with how the specialized agencies, eleven funds and development programs work together, or don't. The accessible writing style won't put off students. Solutions and insight is offered by the author throughout based on his six years as Denmark's ambassador to the UN in New York and his current position as ambassador to the UN in Geneva."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


341.67

Hirabayashi, Gordon, with James A. Hirabayashi, and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi

A Principled Stand: The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States

University of Washington Press

"A straight forward, fast paced memoir about a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom winner who was willing to see his fight against discrimination to the end. Gordon Hirabayashi tells his story of violating a curfew and his subsequent arrest, jail time and court battles, which eventually resulted in him being sent to a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. Although Hirabayashi's case went to the Supreme Court in 1943, he did not receive justice until 1987, and even with many months in jail, the deeply religious Hirabayashi never wavers on values, beliefs or morals. A personal and well documented glimpse of a once ignored topic, this excellent read for any high school student gives a different angle on the Japanese Internment camps and the discrimination against Japanese- Americans during WWII."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)

"Gordon Hirabayashi, was a student at the University of Washington in 1942, when he refused to obey a curfew ordered by the federal government for citizens of Japanese descent. His case, Hirabayashi v. United States, was appealed to the Supreme Court, because he believed according to Mr. Hirabayashi, 'It is an American case, with principles that affect the fundamental human rights of all Americans.' Mr. Hirabayashi lost his legal battles and was subsequently sent to prison. In 1987, his case was vacated by the Supreme Court after new evidence was discovered. This is the fascinating story of how one man stood up against the injustices inflicted upon Japanese Americans during World War II, told through his personal diaries and correspondences. In 2012, Mr. Hirabayashi was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Obama for the courage to take 'A principled stand.'"—Gayle Schmuhl (RUSA/CODES)


345.730

Sheffer, Susannah

Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys

Vanderbilt University Press

"A view of capital punishment from the attorneys who represent clients awaiting execution on death row. Using an engaging conversational style, Sheffer tells the story of 20 different capital defense attorneys in five states and relates their experiences representing death row clients. Despite their hard work and great dedication, most of their legal efforts fail to save their clients lives, leaving these attorneys wondering if they might have missed an essential piece of evidence which could have changed the outcome. This book will leave its readers debating whether capital punishment is a necessary and needed punishment."—Gayle Schmuhl (RUSA/CODES)


362.175

Harris, Lisa Ohlen

The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law's Memoir of Caregiving

Texas Tech University Press

"This honest, sensitive recounting of how difficult it was to go from living with a vibrant woman, to looking after the needs of a fragile person, makes worthwhile reading for young and old alike. An unexpected page-turner that offers useful information concerning health care and those who are aging."—Stacey Hayman (RUSA/CODES)


362.409

Rousso, Harilyn

Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back

Temple University Press

"Can you imagine what it's like to be physically disabled, challenged by everyday tasks, and what it feels like to experience the unspoken judgment of others? Allowing others an opportunity to experience the highs and lows of her real life make this something special."—Stacey Hayman (RUSA/CODES)


363.325

Mudd, Philip

Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda

University of Pennsylvania Press

"A fascinating, first person account of twenty-four years in the Central Intelligence Agency which include the tragic events of September 11th and the resulting aftermath; the author has made the complex topic of Al Qaeda more accessible to the average citizen."—Stacey Hayman (RUSA/CODES)


363.700

Mittlefehldt, Sarah

Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics

University of Washington Press

"A story of communities, the continuing economic and environmental impact of the Appalachian Trail, and the social history surrounding the very creation of the trail's path, offer a unique view of an often overlooked natural treasure."—Stacey Hayman (RUSA/CODES)


386.480

Kapsch, Robert J.

Over the Alleghenies: Early Canals and Railroads of Pennsylvania

West Virginia University Press

"When it comes to large-scale transportation efforts in the early history of this country, most people would probably think of the Erie Canal. Yet over three decades, from 1826 to 1858, Pennsylvania built a sophisticated thousand-mile network of canals and railroads, allowing settlement and commerce to flourish from Philadelphia westward. With copious maps and period illustrations, this book is a fascinating exploration of what was perhaps the largest and most innovative 'mass transportation' system in the country to date."—Sarah Nagle (RUSA/CODES)


387.742

Vantoch, Victoria

The Jet Sex: Airline Stewardesses and the Making of an American Icon

University of Pennsylvania Press

"More than any other profession during the 20th century, that of 'stewardess' gave women the opportunity to travel the world. In the process, they became both cultural icons and symbols of women's supposed liberation. Combining extensive research with interviews of several stewardesses from the formative and golden years of flying, the author illustrates the hold that stewardesses had on the popular imagination, while exposing many of the inequalities and barriers which women faced in this supposedly glamorous profession."—Sarah Nagle (RUSA/CODES)


567.918

Witton, Mark P.

Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy

Princeton University Press

"Pterosaurs by scientist Mark Wilton offers an authoritative and beautifully illustrated look at this group of prehistoric flying reptiles. The comprehensive guide details the pterosaurs' origins as well as current scientific thinking on their evolutionary history. Well-researched and illustrated explanations guide readers through the general characteristics of the group, as well as the details of individual pterosaur species. Readers will appreciate the enjoyable tour of these often overlooked prehistoric reptiles."—Virginia L. Stone (AASL)


576.820

Ruse, Michael (Editor)

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought

Cambridge University Press

"Written by leaders in the field of evolution, this comprehensive volume contains more than sixty essays as well as colorful illustrations throughout. Branches of science not normally found in textbooks are discussed as good places to see evidence of evolution. Cross-curricular connections are shown including a chapter on geography. Religious response to Darwinism is addressed in essays on the Jewish, Catholic, and Islam faiths, offering the reader insight into the controversies surrounding evolution today. While some of the information, as well as illustrations may be found online, this book offers access to the material in one place, creating a valuable print resource."—Carrie Turner (AASL)

"Michael Ruse has assembled a thorough and authoritative collection of essays embracing Darwinian Thought and Evolutionary Theory. This book is not a collection of paragraphs arranged alphabetically, but a masterful collection of essays written and edited by top educators and professionals in the sciences, history, and philosophy. Easily accessible and relatable, this encyclopedia showcases Darwin's life and work to the masses. Essays including The Origins of Species, Evolutionary Paleontology, and Social Darwinism are punctuated with beautiful color plates and hundreds of images, maps and illustrations. I recommend this book for all public library collections."—Tina Beaird (RUSA/CODES)


590.723

Vequist, Gary W. and Daniel S. Licht

Wildlife Watching in America's National Parks: A Seasonal Guide

Texas A&M University Press

"Wildlife Watching in America's National Parks is a charming tour of America's great wildlife species. From the Sea Turtles of the Dry Tortugas to the Bald Eagles on the Mississippi River, this book highlights one species for every month of the year. Written by two veterans of the National Park Service, this book takes the reader on a fascinating tour of wildlife set in America's beloved National Parks. Complete with photographs, this book is truly a treat for the armchair traveler as well as the wildlife enthusiast."—Deborah Parrott (RUSA/CODES)


598

van Grouw, Katrina

The Unfeathered Bird

Princeton University Press

"For those who love art and natural history, The Unfeathered Bird offers a fascinating look at the anatomy of birds and how it relates to their lives and behavior. Artist and naturalist Katrina van Grouw's intelligently written guide richly illustrates the inner structure of bird skeletons, muscles, and tissues as they appear beneath the skin. Part One covers general features of the bird's trunk, head and neck, hind limbs, and wings and tail. Part Two further explores these physical features as they apply to specific groups and their behavioral characteristics. Engagingly written with a minimum of jargon, this unique book will captivate a variety of readers."—Virginia L. Stone (AASL)


598.168

Hirschfeld, Erik, Andy Swash, and Robert Still

The World's Rarest Birds

Princeton University Press

"The World's Rarest Birds presents a comprehensive view of the world's most endangered bird species. The book is a unique and accessible reference, offering exemplary photographs of 515 endangered species, as well as illustrations by wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta of 76 other species for which publishable photos were unavailable. It includes a general overview of the threats birds face in the wild as well as discussions of the compelling need for their conservation. The book comprehensively outlines regional conservation challenges and catalogs individual species. The World's Rarest Birds is a remarkable addition for natural history and environmental science collections, and for anyone who loves birds."—Virginia L. Stone (AASL)


599.938

Gee, Henry

The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution

The University of Chicago Press

"Be prepared to reconsider standard ideas of human evolution after encountering the well-reasoned and supported arguments set forth by Henry Gee. The slim size, and engaging cover will encourage readers to take a look inside where they will find themselves hooked by a sense of humor, and an easy to read writing style."—Stacey Hayman (RUSA/CODES)


610.695

Ofri, Danielle

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Beacon Press

"Through stories and studies Dr. Danielle Ofri exposes the roadblocks to empathy in our doctors. This book is excellent for students interested in a medical career or anyone who has ever seen a doctor. Not all of the stories are easy to read, however, they are the realities doctors face daily as they balance emotion and practice. Insight into questions like: How do doctors who routinely lose patients grieve for them when they have many more patients vying for their time and expertise? Where is the line drawn between saving the patient and saving the relatives a lifetime of vegetative care? How do doctors deal with deadly medical mistakes? A riveting read that will help aspiring doctors critically examine their own ideals about what it means to be a doctor from a physician at Bellevue Hospital in NYC, one of the busiest urban hospitals in the country."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


610.92

Wright, Robert S.

Rugged Mercy: A Country Doctor in Idaho's Sun Valley

Washington State University Press

"The author chronicles the life of a country doctor who often jeopardized his own life to practice medicine in the harsh and rugged frontier environment of the early 1900s in Idaho's Sun Valley. Robert H. Wright, the author's own grandfather, often traveled in blizzard conditions by dogsled or operated by lantern light to operate on his patients. This enchanting tale not only inspires admiration for physicians of the frontier, but it entertains readers with its enthralling tales of a courageous healer."—Deborah Parrott (RUSA/CODES)


616.157

Smoak, Shelby

Bleeder: A Memoir

Michigan State University Press

"Shelby Smoak's powerful memoir can't be put down. Shelby weaves a masterful story of his own life as an HIV positive hemophiliac. From the first page the reader will care about Shelby, want to share his insight, caring and root for him to come through it all. Although Shelby contracted HIV at 11, he was not told of his diagnosis until he was 18. We join Shelby in the opening pages at this time. With a smooth, lyrical writing style, the reader joins Shelby as he loves, laughs, and lives his life, with the cards that have been dealt to him. This memoir is for anyone looking for a good read. No special subject interest necessary."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


629.450

Ross, Jerry L. with John Norberg

Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer

Purdue University Press

"Spacewalker is a spellbinding autobiography of Jerry Ross, the astronaut who carries the individual record for the greatest number of space flights in the United States. Through Ross's eyes we see his personal victories and setbacks, as well as those of our nation as it crossed the hurdles and milestones of the space program. Interspersed with narratives from his wife, this account offers an entertaining glimpse into the rigorous lives of astronauts and their families."—Deborah Parrott (RUSA/CODES)


636.107

Tucker, Jeffrey L.

Warmed by Windchill: A Tiny Colt's Fight for Life

The University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books

"This is a rough but worthwhile read. Author Jeffrey Tucker, his family, and countless volunteers try to save a young colt suffering from severe frostbite. Windchill had been left to die outside during a Wisconsin winter."—Richard E.B. Lord (AASL)

"Windchill is the tale of a frozen, starving colt who is left to die in the frigid below zero temperatures of Wisconsin. Kathi Davis and Jeff Tucker arrive to rescue him after receiving a call for help from his owner. What they find is the frozen, emaciated body of a colt, who despite his unbearable condition, seems determined to live. They transport him back to their barn where they attempt to nurse him back to health. With the help of the Internet and an article in the local newspaper, the word spreads about Windchill's plight. Quickly, offers from volunteers arrive for money, food, and help with his care. Dr. Carolyn Stull, an equine dietary specialist from UC-Davis, is contacted over the Internet. Dr. Stull provides Kathi Davis and Jeff Tucker, needed advice on what to feed Windchill, meanwhile the local veterinarian provides his medical care. Despite all the heroic efforts, the small colt's body was just too emaciated to recover and after 20 days Windchill dies. But the story doesn't end with his death, Windchill's legacy continued with the formation of horse rescue groups, especially The Windchill Legacy Ltd., formed by Kathi and Jeff to educate and help prevent this kind of abuse from happening to other animals. This is a heart wrenching tale of love, compassion and overcoming great odds that doesn't end happily, but teaches the lesson that all God's creatures deserve love and care."—Gayle Schmuhl (RUSA/CODES)


759.4

Danchev, Alex (Editor and Translator)

The Letters of Paul Cézanne

Getty Publications

"A lively new perspective on a traditionally respected artist. There is something here for just about every reader. Witty letters communicate the inner thoughts of an intelligent man who reported his life as honestly as he knew how. Beautiful illustrations and full color images add greater understanding and appeal."—Stacey Hayman (RUSA/CODES)


791.092

Lehman, Eric D.

Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity

Wesleyan University Press

"Charles Stratton weighed 9 pounds when he was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1838. At five months old and 25 inches tall he stopped growing (The cause was pituitary malfunction, though that was not known at the time). He matured on schedule, walking and talking like any child. Former shopkeeper-turned-entertainment promoter P. T. Barnum discovered four-year-old Charles and put him under contract. Rechristened General Tom Thumb, the boy became America's first rock star. Charles was intelligent and precocious. He readily adapted to show business as Barnum booked him for appearances in major cities across the country and abroad. His 1863 marriage to Lavinia Warren Bump, a fellow little person, was enough to keep Civil War news off the front page of the New York Times. The newlywed celebrities went first to Quebec, then to Paris, and then to London where they were received by Queen Victoria and spent a year on tour in Britain. In the post-war U.S. they criss-crossed the continent. A tour to Australia, Japan, and China followed. Through the 1870's, the Strattons alternated the tour circuit with time at home in New York and Connecticut. Charles loved to sail and had a yacht. Tragedy struck when Lavinia's beloved sister Minnie, also a little person, died in childbirth. Their last collaboration with Barnum was in 1881. In 1883 Charles died of a stroke. He was 45 years old."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


791.430

Marich, Robert

Marketing to Moviegoers: A Handbook of Strategies and Tactics, Third Edition

Southern Illinois University Press

"An indispensable reference work for film professionals, film students, or anyone looking to understand the world of movies and their promotion to the public. All aspects of creative strategy, market research, advertising, publicity, product placement, and distribution are throughly covered in this authoritative third edition. This insightful book includes real examples, approximately 40 illustrations, and a 10-page glossary. While the text is comprehensive, it is also very readable and an outstanding selection for high school, public, and academic libraries."—Merlyn K. Miller (AASL)


791.430

Smith, Dean with Mike Cox (Foreword by James Garner)

Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen

Texas Tech University Press

"This memoir provides readers with the details and very unique perspective of the life of a stuntman. Dean Smith grew up on a ranch, competed in rodeos as a teenager, competed in the 1952 Olympics and won a gold medal for the 400 meter relay, served in the Army, and played for the Los Angeles Rams before entering the world of Hollywood at the age of 25. This is a close, personal look into what it means to be a stuntman, the day-to-day life on sets, the background stories on the stunts performed, and the stars a stuntman works beside—all told with a sense of humor and the wisdom of a professional. Stuntmen are relatively unknown, and seldom recognized, but this entertaining read will serve to open the eyes of readers to understand and appreciate their role in film, past, present and future."—Merlyn K. Miller (AASL)


791.457

Thompson, Ethan and Jason Mittell (Editors)

How to Watch Television

New York University Press

"Don't pick up this book if you want advice about what TV shows to watch and what shows to avoid. Rather, pick up this book in order to understand why contemporary television appeals (or not) to audiences. Forty scholars of visual/media studies offer their insights. As the editors say, the contributors may not always agree but they share assumptions: that TV is complicated (in plot or in the effect on the audience); TV must be watched to be understood (that is, criticism should be in context); no one watches the same TV (each of us responds to TV shows differently); criticism is not the same as evaluation (you can like or dislike a show, or you can find it interesting). Among the chapters: gender equality in Gray's Anatomy; the boundaries of taste and quality in Jersey Shore; and the role of Monday Night Football in establishing both the ABC network and the National Football League."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


791.530

Hayter-Menzies, Grant

Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton

McGill-Queen's University Press

"Pauline Benton was born in Kansas in 1898. She grew up on college and university campuses where her father was the president. His appointment to the University of the Philippines in 1921 took the family to Manila. She went from Manila to Beijing to visit her Aunt who was a professor at Yenching University. She saw a performance of a traditional Chinese shadow play, where puppets are manipulated by light and shadow. She had a profound epiphany: she had to know more about the art form. At the time, only men could learn and perform shadow theatre and the tradition was losing popularity as China became more cosmopolitan. Pauline made it her goal to become an expert. She studied with one of the last imperial shadow-masters and traveled to remote villages in China to see performances first-hand. She returned to New York in 1932 and founded her own company, the Red Gate Shadow Players. Well into the 1940's, Pauline and Red Gate offered performances to raise funds to aid the Chinese. The Communist Chinese discouraged shadow theatre but Pauline's knowledge and efforts helped to preserve the art. She trained a new generation of shadow players who have continued her work in the years since her death in 1974."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


798.850

Thayer, Gwyneth Anne

Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Activism, and American Popular Culture

University Press of Kansas

"A fascinating read for greyhound racing enthusiasts as well as students of American popular culture. While the book is a very thorough history of greyhound racing in the United States, it is also a study of why the sport became so popular in the U.S. and why its popularity declined. The detailed accounts of all things associated with greyhound racing such as gambling, alleged animal cruelty, track owners, racing promoters, and even the relationship between Americans and their dogs, are all the more interesting because of references throughout the text to American culture and how closely they are related. The last line of the book says it best: 'Is it about the dogs, or is it really about us.'"—Merlyn K. Miller (AASL)


809.911

Socken, Paul (Editor)

The Edge of the Precipice: Why Read Literature in the Digital Age?

McGill-Queen's University Press

"The Edge of the Precipice is a collection of essays that tackle a very relevant question: 'Does reading literature still matter in this era of instant communication?'. Written in a style that is accessible to high school students by an eclectic group of writers, philosophers, librarians and critics with many different viewpoints, this book will open up lines of intellectual conversations between students and teachers about this new age of information and the place literature has within it."—Cara Dibbs (AASL)


811.54

Blanco, Richard

For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey

Beacon Press

"This is a very enjoyable and quick read. Richard Blanco takes pride in being the youngest, first openly gay, first immigrant, and first Hispanic Poet Laureate in history. He shares the story of his childhood and how that upbringing; the child of Cuban immigrants, affected his life and colored his views of the world. His continued shock and surprise at being chosen as President Obama's Poet Laureate is endearing and makes the reader root for him as he works tirelessly to prepare not one, but three poems for the President in just three short weeks. I recommend this book for all public library collections."—Tina Beaird (RUSA/CODES)


811.54

González-Gerth, Miguel (Edited by David Colón)

Between Day and Night: New and Selected Poems, 1946-2010

TCU Press

"Miguel González-Gerth compiled a poignant and moving collection of poetry from his life well-lived. What sets this collection apart is how González-Gerth included many of his poems here in both English and Spanish. I am a novice when it comes to reading and understanding poetry, yet I found this book to be engaging and relatable. His poems span the joys and wonders of his youth, to the comfort and wisdom that comes with age; each one inspiring an emotion from deep within the reader. The interview at the end explains how González-Gerth became a poet and what inspires him. I would recommend this book to public libraries with strong poetry or bilingual collections."—Tina Beaird (RUSA/CODES)


813.4

Alcott, Louisa May (Edited by Daniel Shealy)

Little Women: An Annotated Edition

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

"In this latest copy of Little Women, which examines how young girls mature into women, we have a beautifully written annotated novel. It is a complete and interesting version, including easily accessible notes and illustrations that will help students to understand more about the story, the time period, the author, and the literary allusions incorporated in this classic story by Louisa May Alcott. It is a necessary addition to any library, especially any that includes Little Women in their curriculum."—Cara Dibbs (AASL)


813.52

Hemingway, Ernest (Edited by Sandra Spanier, Albert J. DeFazio III, and Robert W. Trogdon)

The Letters of Ernest HemingwayVolume 2: 1923-1925

Cambridge University Press

"This second volume of letters illuminates the ebb and flow of Hemingway's relations with the luminaries of expatriate Paris in the twenties, including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Beach, Archibald MacLeish and John Dos Passos. He emerges to forge a new style, whereby he gains recognition as one of the most formidable writers of his generation including Our Time and The Sun Also Rises which was published in 1926. 'These letters may be the most honest log of Hemingway's fascinating life-voyage, the truest sentences he ever wrote' states A. Scott Berg, Vanity Fair."—Teri Maggio (RUSA/CODES)


821.4

Woods, Susanne

Milton and the Poetics of Freedom

Duquesne University Press

"Ms. Woods makes a cogent argument for how Milton's poetics led to ever increasing free will in English and American thought. He is the father to John Locke and most Enlightenment thinkers. Her case and examples are convincing."—Richard E.B. Lord (AASL)


821.8

Kipling, Rudyard (Edited by Thomas Pinney)

The Cambridge Edition of the Poems of Rudyard Kipling
3 Volume Hardback Set

Cambridge University Press

"Rudyard Kipling was one of the most prolific writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Kipling began writing as a young man, having his first poems published at age 16. He wrote prodigiously for the rest of his life and he is better known for his stories such as the Jungle Book and Kim. As Thomas Pinney points out, he lived and breathed for his poetry. Often, his letters, Christmas cards, and other correspondences were in verse. This is the largest compilation of Kipling's work to date including an entire volume of uncollected works. While I found the introduction lacking, Pinney makes up for it with appendices and endnotes. I recommend this collection for all public library collections."—Tina Beaird (RUSA/CODES)


823.7

Austen, Jane (Edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks)

Sense and Sensibility:

An Annotated Edition

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

"Patricia Meyer Stacks has created a beautifully illustrated edition of Jane Austens' highly acclaimed work. Spacks gives the reader a succinct history of Austen's life and major publications as well as a brief overview of her contemporaries in the introduction. Spacks' annotations throughout the body of the work include additional details about geography, social mores, and Austen's own personal opinions. While the images used in the book are stunning, they can be a bit distracting for the reader. Nonetheless, Spacks' expert understanding of Austen and her times makes this a useful resource for students and admirers of Jane Austen's writings. I recommend this book for all public library collections."—Tina Beaird (RUSA/CODES)


823.914

Fallowell, Duncan

How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits

The University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books

"Duncan Falowell's book is enjoyably descriptive and captivating. His short vignettes are alluring and easily accessible with his deft way of engaging the reader and allowing you to become part of the journey. For example, Who was Alistair Graham, takes the reader on an unfolding journey of discovery. The assumptions of the reader at the beginning of the story become cast aside like unneeded baggage by the end of the tale. Mr. Fallowell does a masterful job of holding the reader's attention throughout this memoir. I recommend this book for all public library collections."—Tina Beaird (RUSA/CODES)


843.8

Verne, Jules (Translated by Teri J. Hernández) (Edited by Arthur B. Evans)

Travel Scholarships

Wesleyan University Press

"Translated for the first time into English from its original French, Travel Scholarships tells the story of a group of students taken on a journey to the Caribbean. But they get more than they were expecting when their ship's crew turn out to be pirates!"—Jessica Pryde (RUSA/CODES)


882.01

Sophocles (A Verse Translation by David Mulroy, with Introduction and Notes)

Antigone

The University of Wisconsin Press

"If the classics are to be 'lost' to 21st century students, let it not be because the students did not have access or a chance to read them. Translations like this one offer the opportunity for a handshake between the reader and the story."—Rebecca J. Pasco (AASL)


910.4

Jones, Alden

The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia

The University of Wisconsin Press

"Alden Jones stirs the urge in all of us to pack our bags and head off into our world full of wonder and delight. These stories are not of glamorous destinations and fancy locales, but countries and towns most Americans have never heard, let alone travelled through. She delights in the concept of traveler, not tourist, as she weaves her tales of adventure through South America and Asia. It is about "Real Life" as Ms. Jones states; with glimpses into the real lives of the farmers in the mountains of Costa Rica and children in Cambodia. I recommend this book for all public library collections."—Tina Beaird (RUSA/CODES)


917.980

Meaux, Jean Morgan (Editor)

In Pursuit of Alaska: An Anthology of Travelers' Tales, 1879-1909

University of Washington Press

"This title introduces readers to 27 courageous adventurers who traveled to Alaska between 1879 and 1909. A collection of letters, essays, or journal entries written by these adventurers documents their Alaskan experiences in surprising detail. Filled with historical photographs and maps, author Jean Morgan Meaux has assembled a selection of lively reads authored by such names as naturalist John Muir, socialite Mary Hitchcock who traveled to the Alaskan wilderness with her china, silver and a 2,800 square foot tent, and Josiah Edward Spurr who headed an 1896 U.S. Geological Survey team and ended up mapping a 300 mile long Alaskan belt of gold. Through the eyes of these diverse travelers—tourists, adventurers, explorers and gold seekers—readers can imagine the hardships, and the harsh wilderness of an Alaska unknown to most."—Merlyn K. Miller (AASL)

"Being a historian, I am a sucker for first-person accounts of past eras. Jean Morgan Meaux's collection of stories, articles, and diary entries from Alaskan travelers, pioneers and Gold Rush miners fascinated me. Well known writers such as John Muir and Charles Hallock mingle with the voices of famed travelers like Mary Hitchcock and scientists like Ernest Ingersoll. These short tales are full of vibrant descriptions, replete with terror, humor, indefatigable spirits, and ultimately, true adventure. The included images, coupled with vivid descriptions written in such stories as H.W. Seton's Escape from Icy Bay, are gripping. I recommend this book for public libraries with strong geography or history collections"—Tina Beaird (RUSA/CODES)


940.534

Karski, Jan

Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World

Georgetown University Press

"A vital member of the Polish Underground during World War II, Jan Karski's memoir allows contemporary readers a true glimpse into this horrific time in history. Revitalizing conversation on the lasting tragedies of war is consistently relevant. This edition includes additional material newly translated from the 1999 Polish publication."—Stacey Hayman (RUSA/CODES)


945.05

Bartlett, Kenneth R.

A Short History of the Italian Renaissance

University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division

"This lush and beautifully published work is organized into fifteen chapters from 'Defining the Renaissance' to 'The End of the Renaissance in Italy.' With more than 70 color illustrations, maps, genealogies and timelines, students/readers are provided to an excellent foundation on the Italian Renaissance society, culture and politics."— Merlyn K. Miller (AASL)


956.704

Kamber, Michael

Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq

University of Texas Press

"These never before published photographs of America's nine-year conflict in Iraq is a groundbreaking visual and oral history. Photojournalists were interviewed from the leading news organizations including the Guardian, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post and others. It includes a selection of the photographer's work on and off the battlefield. One finds the images difficult to get out of your head and it brings out such emotion-amazement, horror, admiration and sorrow as it tells the uncensored story to the general public."—Teri Maggio (RUSA/CODES)


959.704

Chau, Tran Ngoc with Ken Fermoyle (Foreword by Daniel Ellsberg)

Vietnam Labyrinth: Allies, Enemies, and Why the U.S. Lost the War

Texas Tech University Press

"'Vietnam Labyrinth' is unmatched as a memoir and for lessons to be learned in our current interventions abroad. The author previously served in Ho Chi Minh's National Liberation Army against the French and then became an officer in the Vietnam Army. His memoir reveals an astute understanding of the Vietnam political and national culture. This significant work reveals the unsavory reality of ideology and governments. This is an outstanding work for those who wish to understand the Vietnam War and America's involvement in it."—Teri Maggio (RUSA/CODES)


965.04

Camus, Albert (Translated by Arthur Goldhammer)

Algerian Chronicles

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

"Algerian Chronicles is an inspiring and detailed treatise on a topic close to Camus' heart. Composed of a collection of articles written during and after a grim period in Algeria's history, the book looks at various aspects of Algerian life, as well as the events happening before and during the Algerian War. This is the first time it has been translated into English."—Jessica Pryde (RUSA/CODES)


967.510

Namikas, Lise

Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 19601965

Woodrow Wilson Center Press

"Battleground Africa is a well considered, thoroughly researched inquest into the status of the Congo during the Cold War, and the workings of the United States and the Soviet Union during decolonization, not only of the Congo but the entire African continent."—Jessica Pryde (RUSA/CODES)


973.27

Widder, Keith R.

Beyond Pontiac's Shadow: Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763

Michigan State University Press

"Almost overwhelming in its size and coverage, this account of the Ojibwe capture of a prominent Upper Midwest fort and trading post just after the end of the French and Indian Wars in 1763. The author was for over 20 years the Curator of History at the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, and the depth of his experience is embedded in the book's comprehensive coverage. Generously illustrated with contemporary maps and portraits, this book is a fascinating depiction of the scope of alliances and settlement during the French and Indian wars in one small part of the struggle's large canvas."—Sarah Nagle (RUSA/CODES)


973.734

Johnson, Martin P.

Writing the Gettysburg Address

University Press of Kansas

"American historical lore has it that Abraham Lincoln scribbled the Gettysburg address on the back of an envelope while enroute to the cemetery. The truth, as Martin P. Johnson shows us, is much more complex, just as Lincoln's 'journey' to the speech was lengthy, deliberate, and influenced by the nation's consciousness. By juxtaposing the speech's various drafts with events as they unfolded up to the very minute the words were spoken, the author creates a comprehensive portrait of a masterful speech which has come to represent so much more to this nation than its few words would indicate."—Sarah Nagle (RUSA/CODES)


973.917

Breitman, Richard and Allan J. Lichtman

FDR and the Jews

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

"For most of his presidency, Franklin Delano Roosevelt trod a delicate line through the 'Jewish Question' before and during U.S. involvement in WWII. Hampered first by the Depression and then by an expensive war requiring vast political and financial support, FDR was neither indifferent to Nazi genocide, nor openly active in supporting measures to curtail it. The authors convincingly and realistically portray the "Four Roosevelts" who emerged in succession: bystander to prewar atrocities, activist for immigration and other measures during the lead-up to war, preoccupied head of state concerned with internal security winning the war, and, once the tide of the war had turned, a reinvigorated advocate for refugee support and immigration to Palestine."—Sarah Nagle (RUSA/CODES)


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