Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lorraine's Picks: Fall 2018, Part 1

Lorraine Ferry, our university press merchandising manager, has picked out her favorite new university press titles to consider for you store’s assortment. There are so many rich choices this fall that we had to break the list into two parts.

On the Future: Prospects for Humanity by Martin Rees

Available Now
Princeton University Press
Hardcover - 9780691180441 
List Price: $18.95 

This is a provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science from world-renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees. The future of humanity is bound to the future of science and hinges on how successfully we harness technological advances to address our challenges, but there is no “Plan B” for Earth—no viable alternative within reach if we do not care for our home planet. Advances in biotechnology, cyber technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence—if pursued and applied wisely—could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces on Earth, from climate change to nuclear war.

Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech by Jamie Susskind
Available Now
Oxford University Press
Hardcover - 9780198825616 
List Price: $27.95 

Future Politics confronts one of the most important questions of our time: How will digital technology transform politics and society? The great political debate of the last century was about how much of our collective life should be determined by the state and what should be left to the market and civil society. In the future, the question will be how far our lives should be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems—and on what terms? Future Politics challenges readers to rethink what it means to be free or equal, what it means to have power or property, what it means for a political system to be just or democratic, and proposes ways in which we can—and must—regain control.

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics Is Different by Philip Ball
Available Now
University of Chicago Press
Hardcover - 9780226558387 
List Price: $26.00

Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. An exhilarating tour of the contemporary quantum landscape, Beyond Weird is a book about what quantum physics really means—and what it doesn’t. Science writer Philip Ball offers an up-to-date, accessible account of the quest to come to grips with the most fundamental theory of physical reality, and to explain how its counterintuitive principles underpin the world we experience.

Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are by Robert Plomin
Available Now
MIT Press
Hardcover - 9780262039161 
List Price: $27.95

Behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent life-long sources of our psychological individuality—the blueprint that makes us who we are. After more than 50 years of research, Plomin reports that genetics explains more of the psychological differences among people than all other factors combined. Nature, not nurture is what makes us who we are.
Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work by Alex Rosenblat
Available Now
University of California Press
Hardcover - 9780520298576 
List Price: $26.95

Silicon Valley technology is transforming the way we work, and Uber is leading the charge. Based on award-winning technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat’s firsthand experience of riding over 5,000 miles with Uber drivers, daily visits to online forums, and face-to-face discussions with senior Uber employees, Uberland goes beyond the headlines to reveal the complicated politics of popular technologies that are manipulating both workers and consumers.

Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President by Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Available Now
Oxford University Press
Hardcover - 9780190915810 
List Price: $24.95

The question of how Donald Trump won the 2016 election looms over his presidency. In particular, were the 78,000 voters who gave him an Electoral College victory affected by the Russian trolls and hackers? Drawing on path-breaking work in which she and her colleagues isolated significant communication effects in the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, the eminent political communication scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson marshals the troll posts, unique polling data, analyses of how the press used the hacked content, and a synthesis of half a century of media effects research to argue that, although not certain, it is probable that the Russians helped elect the 45th president of the United States.

Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America by John Sides et al.
Available Now
Princeton University Press
Hardcover - 9780691174198 
List Price: $29.95  

Donald Trump’s election victory stunned the world. How did he pull it off? Identity Crisis provides a gripping account of the campaign that appeared to break all the political rules—but in fact didn’t.  The book shows how fundamental characteristics of the nation and its politics—the state of the economy, the Obama presidency, and the demographics of the political parties—combined with the candidates’ personalities and rhetoric to produce one of the most unexpected presidencies in history. The result was an epic battle not just for the White House but about what America is and should be.

Take Control of Your Depression: Strategies to Help You Feel Better Now by Susan J. Noonan
Available Now
Johns Hopkins University Press
Paperback - 9781421426297 
List Price: $19.95 
Some call it the blues or a storm in their head. William Styron referred to it as "darkness visible." Whatever the description, depression is a disorder of the mind and body that affects millions of adults at some point in their lives. Dr. Susan J. Noonan provides people experiencing depression with strategies to take stock of their mental state, to chart a course toward emotional balance, and to track their progress on the journey to well-being. Integrating medicine, psychology, and holistic care while exploring the basics of mental health, she touches on diet, sleep habits, physical activity, and mindfulness techniques.

Carleton Watkins:  Making the West American by Tyler Green
Available Now
University of California Press
Hardcover - 9780520287983 
List Price: $34.95 

Carleton Watkins (1829–1916) is widely considered the greatest American photographer of the 19th century and arguably the most influential artist of his era. He is best known for his pictures of Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Motivated by Watkins’s pictures, Congress would pass legislation, later signed by Abraham Lincoln, that preserved Yosemite as the prototypical “national park,” the first such act of landscape preservation in the world. 

In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers by David Reichenbaugh
Available Now
University Press of New England
Paperback - 9781512603255 
List Price: $19.95

In Pursuit follows the hunt for the Beltway snipers during the 23-day shooting spree that terrorized Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. David Reichenbaugh—the criminal intelligence operations commander for the Maryland State Police, and commanding officer at the scene during the snipers’ capture in Myersville, Maryland—played a major role in the investigation from the first day of the killing spree through its final act, as the snipers were cornered in a rest area in western Maryland.  

The Vampire: A New History by Nick Groom
Available Now
Yale University Press
Hardcover - 9780300232233 
List Price: $25.00

Published to mark the bicentenary of John Polidori’s publication of The Vampyre, Nick Groom’s detailed new account illuminates the complex history of the iconic creature. Groom traces the vampire from its role as a monster embodying humankind’s fears, to that of an unlikely hero for the marginalized and excluded in the 21st century. Drawing on literary and artistic representations, as well as medical, forensic, empirical, and sociopolitical perspectives, this rich and eerie history presents the vampire as a strikingly complex being that has been used to express the traumas and contradictions of the human condition.

Sleeping with the Lights On: The Unsettling Story of Horror by Darryl Jones
Available Now
Oxford University Press
Hardcover - 9780198826484 
List Price: $16.95 

The cathartic release of scaring ourselves has made its appearance everywhere from Shakespearean tragedies to Internet memes. Exploring the key tropes of the genre, including its monsters, its psychological chills, and its love affair with the macabre, Darryl Jones explains why horror stories disturb us, and how society responds to literary and film representations of the gruesome and taboo. Analyzing how horror has been used throughout history to articulate the fears and taboos of the current generation, Jones considers the continuing evolution of the genre today.

The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands by Huw Lewis-Jones
Available Now
University of Chicago Press
Hardcover - 9780226596631 
List Price: $45.00

It’s one of the first things we discover as children, reading and drawing: Maps have a unique power to transport us to distant lands on wondrous travels. Put a map at the start of a book, and we know an adventure is going to follow. Displaying this truth with beautiful full-color illustrations, The Writer’s Map is an atlas of the journeys that our most creative storytellers have made throughout their lives. This magnificent collection encompasses not only the maps that appear in their books but also the many maps that have inspired them, the sketches that they used while writing, and others that simply sparked their curiosity. 

The Dancing Bear: My Eighteen Years in the Trenches of the AFL and NFL by Ron McDole
Available Now
University of Nebraska Press
Hardcover - 9781496212610 
List Price: $29.95

Defensive end Ron McDole—nicknamed “The Dancing Bear”—played in over 250 games, including two AFL Championships with the Buffalo Bills and one NFL Championship with the Washington Redskins. He traces his life from his humble beginnings in Toledo, Ohio, to his long, accomplished professional career. He recounts the days when a pro football player needed an off‑season job to pay the bills and teams had to drive around in buses to find a city park in which to practice. The old AFL and NFL blitz back to life through McDole’s straightforward stories of time when the game was played more for love and glory than for money.

Professor at Large: The Cornell Years by John Cleese
Available Now
Cornell University Press
Hardcover - 9781501716577 
List Price: $25.00
And now for something completely different, Professor at Large features beloved English comedian and actor John Cleese in the role of Ivy League professor at Cornell University. His almost 20 years as professor-at-large has led to many talks, essays, and lectures on campus. This collection of the very best moments from Cleese under his mortarboard provides a unique view of his endless pursuit of intellectual discovery across a range of topics. Since 1999, Cleese has provided Cornell students and local citizens with his ideas on everything from scriptwriting to psychology, religion to hotel management, and wine to medicine.
The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-Winning Recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest by Lee Svitak Dean et al.
Available Now
University of Minnesota Press
Hardcover - 9781517905835 
List Price: $24.95 

It’s cold in Minnesota, especially around the holidays, and there’s nothing like baking a batch of cookies to warm the kitchen and the heart. The Great Minnesota Cookie Book collects the best-loved recipes and baking lore from 15 years of the Star Tribune’s popular holiday cookie contest. These are winning cookies in every sense, the best of the best chosen by the contest’s judges, accompanied by beautiful photographs as instructive as they are enticing. A treat for any occasion, whether party, bake sale, or after-school snack, each time- and taste-tested recipe is perfect for starting a tradition of one’s own.

The Eagles Encyclopedia: Champions Edition by Ray Didinger
Available Now
Temple University Press
Hardcover - 9781439918487 
List Price: $40.00 

Ray Didinger, like every die-hard Eagles fan, has been waiting since the 1960 NFL Title for the Birds to win the Super Bowl. In this Champions Edition of The Eagles Encyclopedia, Didinger recounts the team’s remarkable, against-all-odds season that culminated in Super Bowl LII where they upset the New England Patriots.  Didinger updates his best-selling book with the departure of Coach Chip Kelly and the dawn of the Doug Pederson era. He provides a new chapter on the 2017–18 season and postseason. And he includes dozens of new player, coach, and front-office profiles as well as Hall of Fame updates on 2018 inductees Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Lorraine's Picks: September 2018

FICTION


The Beautifull Cassandra: A Novel in Twelve Chapters by Jane Austen
Available Now
Princeton University Press
Paperback - 9780691181530
List Price: $16.95

Most people think Jane Austen wrote only six novels. Fortunately for us, she wrote several others, though very short ones, while still a young girl.  Austen was only 12 or 13 when she wrote The Beautifull Cassandra, an irreverent and humorous little masterpiece. Weighing in at 465 occasionally misspelled words, it is a complete and perfect novel-in-miniature, made up of a dedication to her older sister Cassandra and 12 chapters, each consisting of a sentence or two. This charming edition features elegant and edgy watercolor drawings by Leon Steinmetz and is edited by leading Austen scholar Claudia L. Johnson.

Machete Squad by Brent Dulak
Available September 15
Naval Institute Press (Dead Reckoning Press)
Paperback - 9781682471005
List Price: $18.95

Brutally honest and darkly funny, Machete Squad is the graphic novel memoir about a soldier trying to keep people alive as America's longest war rages all around him. Brent Dulak doesn't want to go to Afghanistan. Haunted by the memories of his two tours in Iraq and burnt out on soldiering, he wants nothing more than to engage in self-destructive behavior. He's a U.S. Army medic who was recently promoted to sergeant, in charge of a team of soldiers whose job it will be to patch up the wounded at a remote outpost as the Americans prepare to turn Kandahar Province over to the Afghan forces. That won't be easy: Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban. It's filled with motivated insurgents, questionable local allies, and countless ways to die.

Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich
Available September 18
University of Minnesota Press
Hardcover - 9781517905620
List Price: $22.95

In the second volume of her Northern Trilogy, Sarah Stonich reassembles characters that endeared Vacationland to so many readers: retired union miner and widower Alpo Lahti is about to wed his charming and lively bride, Sissy Pavola, but, with Rauri unaccounted for, celebration seems premature. Alpo's son Pete struggles to find his straight and narrow, then struggles to stay on it, and even Sissy might be having second thoughts. Weaving in and out of each other's reach, trying hard to do their best (all the while wondering what that might be), Stonich's characters in all their sweetness and sorrow remind us once more of the inescapable lurches of the heart and unexpected turns of our human comedy.

NONFICTION


Southern Snacks by Perre Coleman Magness
Available Now
North Carolina University Press
Hardcover – 9781469636726
List Price: $30.00

This cookbook is dedicated to the truth that southerners are just as skilled and generous with the snack as they are with their bounteous, overflowing meals. In 77 recipes that range from classic to contemporary, Perre Coleman Magness embraces the southern approach to snacking, including all the small bites you'll need for any event, whether a football game, a party, or, if things are looking down, a funeral. Many of the recipes are inspired by southern community cookbooks, home cooks, and chefs who put new twists on southern flavors. Highlighting local ingredients and traditional techniques, these snacks—from Fried Dill Pickles with Delta Comeback Sauce to Louisiana's Natchitoches Meat Pies and Charleston's Benne Wafers—shine a light on the diversity of regionally distinct southern cuisine.

Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far) by Jerry Thornton
Available Now
University Press of New England
Hardcover - 9781512602715
List Price: $27.95

Since 2001 the Patriots have played in eight Super Bowl championships and won five, a run of excellence unparalleled in all of professional sports. In a league designed to ensure that no one franchise can dominate over time, New England won for over a decade and a half. A dynasty that began with an improbable run to a championship in 2001 has rebuilt, rebooted, and retooled several times over, winning most recently in 2017. But during those years, no other franchise reached the same level of controversy, drama, and turmoil—or even came close.  Jerry Thornton, bestselling author of From Darkness to Dynasty, provides an all-access pass to the Patriots' years of unparalleled greatness from the unique perspective of an observant, obsessive, utterly dedicated fan.

Becoming Lincoln by William Freehling
Available September 25
University of Virginia Press
Hardcover - 9780813941561
List Price: $29.95

Previous biographies of Abraham Lincoln―universally acknowledged as one of America's greatest presidents―have typically focused on his experiences in the White House. In Becoming Lincoln, renowned historian William Freehling instead emphasizes the prewar years, revealing how Lincoln came to be the extraordinary leader who would guide the nation through its most bitter chapter. Freehling's engaging narrative focuses anew on Lincoln's journey. The epic highlights Lincoln's difficult family life, first with his father and later with his wife. We learn about the staggering number of setbacks and recoveries Lincoln experienced. We witness Lincoln's famous embodiment of the self-made man (although he sought and received critical help from others). The book concludes with a substantial epilogue in which Freehling turns to Lincoln's wartime presidency to assess how the preceding fifty-one years of experience shaped the Great Emancipator's final four years.

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence by Christopher Andrew
Available Now
Yale University Press
Hardcover - 9780300238440
List Price: $40.00

The history of espionage is far older than any of today's intelligence agencies, yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten. The codebreakers at Bletchley Park, the most successful World War II intelligence agency, were completely unaware that their predecessors in earlier moments of national crisis had broken the codes of Napoleon during the Napoleonic wars and those of Spain before the Spanish Armada.  Those who do not understand past mistakes are likely to repeat them. Intelligence is a prime example. At the outbreak of World War I, the grasp of intelligence shown by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was not in the same class as that of George Washington during the Revolutionary War and leading eighteenth-century British statesmen.  In this book, the first global history of espionage ever written, distinguished historian Christopher Andrew recovers much of the lost intelligence history of the past three millennia—and shows us its relevance.

The Book of Snakes by Mark O'Shea
Available September 27
University of Chicago Press
Hardcover - 9780226459394
List Price: $55.00

The Book of Snakes presents 600 species of snakes from around the world, covering nearly one in six of all snake species. It will bring greater understanding of a group of reptiles that have existed for more than 160 million years, and that now inhabit every continent except Antarctica, as well as two of the great oceans. This volume pairs spectacular photos with easy-to-digest text. The text is written for laypeople and includes a glossary of frequently used terms. Herpetologists and herpetoculturists alike will delight in this collection, and even those with a more cautious stance on snakes will find themselves drawn in by the wild diversity of the suborder Serpentes.

Take Control of Your Depression by Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH
Available October 5
Johns Hopkins University Press
Paperback – 9781421426297
$19.95

Dr. Susan J. Noonan provides people experiencing depression with strategies to take stock of their mental state, to chart a course toward emotional balance, and to track their progress on the journey to well-being. Writing from her personal experience as both a recipient and a provider of mental health services, Dr. Noonan explains how to obtain care from professionals, outlines what medical options are available, and lists everyday things people can do to feel better. Integrating medicine, psychology, and holistic care while exploring the basics of mental health, she touches on diet, sleep habits, physical activity, and mindfulness techniques.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Lorraine's Picks: August 2018

Lorraine Ferry, our university press merchandising manager, has picked out her favorite new university press titles to consider for you store’s assortment. Included are powerful new novels that explore cultural and racial questions, plus nonfiction that goes to space and back again, examines the history of voting in America, and guides parents on how to raise balanced children in the age of technology. We hope you enjoy the selection.

AUGUST FICTION


Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley
Available Now
North Dakota State University Press
Hardcover - 9781946163073
List Price: $25.95

In this YA novel, Apple Starkington reluctantly agrees to visit her Native American relatives on the Turtle Mountain (North Dakota) Indian Reservation for the first time. It should have been easy, except that she makes all kinds of mistakes as she deals with the culture shock of Indian customs and the Native Michif language, while trying to find a connection to her dead mother. One by one, each character—ranging from age five to eighty-five—teaches her, through wit and wisdom, what it means to be a Native person, but also to be a human being while finding her place in the world. Apple shatters Indian stereotypes and learns what it means to find her place in a world divided by color. This is the first volume in North Dakota State University Press's Contemporary Voice of Indigenous Peoples Series.

Little Man, Little Man by James Baldwin and Yoran Cozac
Available August 24
Duke University Press
Hardcover - 9781478000044
List Price: $22.95

Now available for the first time in 40 years, this new edition of Little Man, Little Man retains the charming original illustrations by French artist Yoran Cazac. James Baldwin's only children's book celebrates and explores the challenges and joys of black childhood. Four-year-old TJ spends his days on his lively Harlem block playing with his best friends WT and Blinky and running errands for neighbors. As he comes of age as a "Little Man" with big dreams, TJ faces a world of grown-up adventures and realities. The book includes a foreword by Baldwin's nephew Tejan "TJ" Karefa-Smart and an afterword by his niece Aisha Karefa-Smart, with an introduction by two Baldwin scholars. In it we not only see life in 1970s Harlem from a black child's perspective, but we also gain a fuller appreciation of the genius of one of America's greatest writers.

Penelope Lemon: Game On! by Inman Majors
Available August 15
Louisiana State University Press
Hardcover - 9780807169513
List Price: $25.95

Penelope Lemon is a recent divorcée, closet Metallica fan, and accidental subversive to all the expectations of suburban motherhood. After ending her marriage with James, a woodsy intellectual who favors silky kimonos too short for his knobby knees, Penelope finds herself, at 40, living with her randy mother in her childhood home. Broke and desperate for work, she waitresses at Coonskins, a frontier-themed restaurant where the decor is heavy on stuffed mammals and discarded peanut shells. Whether fumbling through the world of online dating; coping with a bullying situation involving her son, Theo, something of a gastric wonder on the school bus; or wrestling with the discovery of nude photos from her carefree college days that are not quite as "artistic" as she remembers, Penelope gradually emerges as a modern-day heroine who navigates the assorted inanities of life with verve and humor. Audacious and laugh-out-loud funny, Inman Majors's new novel holds up a fun-house mirror to the relatable challenges of being a single parent in the digital age.

The Tale of the Missing Man by Manzoor Ahtesham
Available August 15
Northwestern University Press
Paperback - 9780810137585
List Price: $19.95

Winner of the Global Humanities Translation Prize
New York magazine cited the book as one of "the world's best untranslated novels." A novel of a heroic quest gone awry, The Tale of the Missing Man artfully twists the conventions of the Urdu romance, or dastan, tradition, where heroes chase brave exploits that are invariably rewarded by love. The hero of Ahtesham's tale, living in the fast-changing city of Bhopal during the 1970s and '80s, suffers an identity crisis of epic proportions: he is lost, missing, and unknown both to himself and to others. The result is a twofold quest in which the fate of protagonist and writer become inextricably and ironically linked. The lost hero sets out in search of himself, while the author goes in search of the lost hero, his fictionalized alter ego.

Chupacabra Meets Billy the Kid by Rudolfo Anaya
Available August 30
University of Oklahoma Press
Hardcover - 9780806160726
List Price: $24.95

After years of working with at-risk youth, Chicana social worker Rosa Medina leaves Los Angeles's gang-ridden barrios and street violence to settle in the New Mexican village of Puerto de Luna. Her goal: to write a novel about Bilito—Billy the Kid. It all sounds straightforward enough, but things get more complicated—and a lot more exciting—when Rosa is transported back in time to 1879, where she participates in the infamous Lincoln County War, riding alongside Bilito. How Rosa achieves this fantastical feat of time travel, and what she discovers about herself, Bilito, and her Nuevomexicano heritage, unfolds through the course of this novel by master storyteller Rudolfo Anaya.

AUGUST NONFICTION


Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World by Joel Berger
Available Now
University of Chicago Press
Hardcover - 9780226366265
List Price: $30.00

On the Tibetan Plateau, there are wild yaks with blood cells thinner than those of horses' by half, enabling the endangered yaks to survive at 40 below zero and in the lowest oxygen levels of the mountaintops. But climate change is causing the snow patterns here to shift, and with the snows, the entire ecosystem. Food and water are vaporizing in this warming environment, and these beasts of ice and thin air are extraordinarily ill-equipped for the change. A journey into some of the most forbidding landscapes on earth, Joel Berger's Extreme Conservation is an eye-opening, steely look at what it takes for animals like these to live at the edges of existence. But more than this, it is a revealing exploration of how climate change and people are affecting even the most far-flung niches of our planet.

Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home by Jack Clemons
Available August 21
University Press of Florida
Hardcover - 9780813056029
List Price: $24.95

In this one-of-a-kind memoir, Jack Clemons—a former lead engineer in support of NASA—takes readers behind the scenes and into the inner workings of the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs during their most exciting years. Discover the people, the events, and the risks involved in one of the most important parts of space missions: bringing the astronauts back home to Earth. Through personal stories, Clemons introduces readers to many of the unsung heroes of the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. Clemons worked closely with astronauts who relied on him and his fellow engineers for directions to their destination, guidance on how to get there, control of their fate during their journeys, and a safe return. He reveals problems, challenges, and near-disasters previously unknown to the public and offers candid opinions on the failures that led to the loss of 14 astronauts in the Challenger and Columbia tragedies.

The Embattled Vote in America by Allan J. Lichtman
Available August 13
Harvard University Press
Hardcover - 9780674972360
List Price: $27.95

For most of U.S. history, America's political leaders have considered suffrage not a natural right but a privilege restricted by wealth, sex, race, residence, literacy, criminal conviction, and citizenship. As a result, the right to vote has both expanded and contracted over time, depending on political circumstances. In the 19th century, states eliminated economic qualifications for voting, but the ideal of a white man's republic persisted through much of the 20th century. And today, voter identification laws, political gerrymandering, registration requirements, felon disenfranchisement, and voter purges deny many millions of American citizens the opportunity to express their views at the ballot box. We cannot blame the founders alone for America's embattled vote. Allan Lichtman, who has testified in more than 90 voting rights cases, notes that subsequent generations have failed to establish suffrage as a universal right.

Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World by Mike Brooks & Jon Lasser
Available Now
Oxford University Press
Hardcover - 9780190665296
List Price: $24.95

Parents often worry about raising kids in a tech-saturated world—the threats of cyberbullying, video game violence, pornography, and sexting may seem inescapable. And while these dangers exist, there is a much more common and subtle way that technology can cause harm: by eroding our attention spans. Focused attention is fundamental to maintaining quality relationships, but our constant interaction with screens and social media is shortening our attention span—which takes a toll on our personal connections with friends and family and our ability to form real relationships. This book guides parents in teaching their children how to reap the benefits of living in a digital world while also preventing its negative effects. Mike Brooks and Jon Lasser, psychologists with extensive experience working with kids, parents, and teachers, combine cutting-edge research and expertise to create an engaging and helpful guide that emphasizes the importance of the parent-child relationship. They reject an "all or nothing" attitude towards technology, in favor of a balanced approach that neither idealizes nor demonizes the digital.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lorraine's Picks: May 2018


Lorraine Ferry, our university press merchandising manager, has picked out her favorite new university press titles to consider for you store’s assortment. Included are books on various subjects that range from gardening to attract butterflies, to the secret life of pets - well, dogs; a legal lynching in America's deep South, to Southerns that distill craft liquors; and who wouldn't want to read about America's favorite pastime - Baseball.  We hope you enjoy the selection.



Selected by Baker & Taylor’s Lorraine Ferry


Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide
Available Now
Princeton University Press
Paperback - 9780691170343
List Price: $29.95
In this engaging and accessible guide, lavishly illustrated with more than two hundred color photographs and maps, accomplished butterfly gardener Jane Hurwitz presents essential information on how to choose and cultivate plants that will attract a range of butterflies to your garden and help sustain all the stages of their life cycles. An indispensable resource for aspiring and experienced butterfly gardeners alike, Butterfly Gardening is the most gardener-friendly source on the subject, covering all the practical details needed to create a vibrant garden habitat that fosters butterflies. It tells you which plants support which butterflies, depending on where you live; it describes what different butterflies require in the garden over the course of their lives; and it shows you how to become a butterfly watcher as well as a butterfly gardener.


The Dog: A Natural History
Available Now
Princeton University Press
Hardcover - 9780691176932
List Price: $27.95
The Dog is an accessible, richly illustrated, and comprehensive introduction to the fascinating natural history and scientific understanding of this beloved species.  Ádám Miklósi, a leading authority on dogs, provides an appealing overview of dogs' evolution and ecology; anatomy and biology; behavior and society; sensing, thinking, and personality; and connections to humans. The book ends with a section showcasing a select number of dog breeds to illustrate their amazing physical variety.


Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do
Available Now
University of Chicago Press
Hardcover - 9780226433035
List Price: $26.00
For all the love and attention we give dogs, much of what they do remains mysterious. Just think about different behaviors you see at a dog park: We have a good understanding of what it means when dogs wag their tails—but what about when they sniff and roll on a stinky spot? Why do they play tug-of-war with one dog, while showing their bellies to another? Why are some dogs shy, while others are bold? What goes on in dogs’ heads and hearts—and how much can we know and understand?  Canine Confidential has the answers. Written by award-winning scientist—and lifelong dog lover—Marc Bekoff, it not only brilliantly opens up the world of dog behavior, but also helps us understand how we can make our dogs’ lives the best they can possibly be.


Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham
Available Now
Duke University Press
Hardcover - 9780822371175
List Price: $26.95
One August night in 1931, on a secluded mountain ridge overlooking Birmingham, Alabama, three young white women were brutally attacked. The sole survivor, Nell Williams, age eighteen, said a black man had held the women captive for four hours before shooting them and disappearing into the woods. That same night, a reign of terror was unleashed on Birmingham's black community: black businesses were set ablaze, posses of armed white men roamed the streets, and dozens of black men were arrested in the largest manhunt in Jefferson County history. Weeks later, Nell identified Willie Peterson as the attacker who killed her sister Augusta and their friend Jennie Wood. With the exception of being black, Peterson bore little resemblance to the description Nell gave the police. An all-white jury convicted Peterson of murder and sentenced him to death.   In Murder on Shades Mountain Melanie S. Morrison tells the gripping and tragic story of the attack and its aftermath—events that shook Birmingham to its core.


Distilling the South: A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors and the People Who Make Them
Available May 7
University of North Carolina Press
Hardcover - 9781469640617
List Price: $30.00
Intrepid Kathleen Purvis traveled extensively throughout the South to create this first-ever guide to the region’s burgeoning craft-liquor movement, capturing her journey in the creation of six original Liquor Trails. As fascinating as the craft itself are the distillers’ experiences and backstories. Purvis chronicles them with verve and insight, bringing her knowledge of southern foodways and traditions to bear on the flourishing of the distiller’s art. She shows how new entrepreneurs, part of the all-American food and drink renaissance, are positioning themselves to find both the inspiration and land ranging from West Virginia to Louisiana for their farm- or farm-ingredients-based distilleries. They are creating new and sought-after bourbons, whiskies, rums, gins, and much more. Their cordials are flavored with pumpkins, raspberries, peaches, and other local products; not long ago, a West Virginian’s black walnut liqueur won the prize for the best nut cordial at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Driven by legacy and passion, today’s distillers are creating a new southern tradition--one that you can now explore with an inimitable writer.


Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America
Available Now
University of Chicago Press
Hardcover - 9780226415048
List Price: 27.50
Their names were chanted, crowed, and cursed. Alone they were a shortstop, a second baseman, and a first baseman. But together they were an unstoppable force. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance came together in rough-and-tumble early twentieth-century Chicago and soon formed the defensive core of the most formidable team in big league baseball, leading the Chicago Cubs to four National League pennants and two World Series championships from 1906 to 1910. At the same time, baseball was transforming from small-time diversion into a nationwide sensation. Americans from all walks of life became infected with “baseball fever,” a phenomenon of unprecedented enthusiasm and social impact. The national pastime was coming of age.  Tinker to Evers to Chance examines this pivotal moment in American history, when baseball became the game we know today.


Breaking Babe Ruth: Baseball's Campaign Against Its Biggest Star
Available May 31
University of Missouri Press
Hardcover - 9780826221605
List Price: $29.95
Rather than as a Falstaffian figure of limited intellect, Edmund Wehrle reveals Babe Ruth as an ambitious, independent operator, one not afraid to challenge baseball’s draconian labor system. To the baseball establishment, Ruth’s immense popularity represented opportunity, but his rebelliousness and potential to overturn the status quo presented a threat. After a decades-long campaign waged by baseball to contain and discredit him, the Babe, frustrated and struggling with injuries and illness, grew more acquiescent, but the image of Ruth that baseball perpetuated still informs how many people remember Babe Ruth to this day. This new perspective, approaching Ruth more seriously and placing his life in fuller context, is long overdue.







Monday, February 12, 2018

Lorraine's Picks: February 2018

Lorraine Ferry, our university press merchandising manager, has picked out her favorite new university press titles to consider for you store’s assortment. Included are books on subjects you may want to steer clear of during holiday dinners with extended family, but are nevertheless important and interesting--politics and religion.  Less controversial are two books on the ephemerality of beauty: the first on the architecturally marvelous New York’s Crystal Palace, which was destroyed by fire soon after it was built, and the other a new field guide to the wildflowers of Texas.

Selected by Baker & Taylor’s Lorraine Ferry


A History of Judaism by Martin Goodman
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Princeton University Press
Hardcover – 9780691181271
List Price: $39.95

Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and it has preserved its distinctive identity despite the extraordinarily diverse forms and beliefs it has embodied over the course of more than three millennia. A History of Judaism provides the first truly comprehensive look in one volume at how this great religion came to be, how it has evolved from one age to the next, and how its various strains, sects, and traditions have related to each other. In this magisterial and elegantly written book, Martin Goodman takes readers from Judaism's origins in the polytheistic world of the second and first millennia BCE to the temple cult at the time of Jesus. A History of Judaism is a spellbinding chronicle of a vibrant and multifaceted religious tradition that has shaped the spiritual heritage of humankind like no other.



Frederick Douglass: American Prophet by D. H. Dilbeck
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University of North Carolina Press
Hardcover – 9781469636184
List Price: $28.00

From his enslavement to freedom, Frederick Douglass was one of America's most extraordinary champions of liberty and equality. Throughout his long life, Douglass was also a man of profound religious conviction. In this concise and original biography, D. H. Dilbeck offers a provocative interpretation of Douglass's life through the lens of his faith. In an era when the role of religion in public life is as contentious as ever, Dilbeck provides essential new perspective on Douglass's place in American history. Dilbeck shows how Douglass's prophetic Christianity provided purpose and unity to his wide-ranging work as an author, editor, orator, and reformer. As "America's Prophet," Douglass exposed his nation’s moral failures and hypocrisies in the hopes of creating a more just society. He admonished his fellow Americans to truly abide by the political and religious ideals they professed to hold most dear. Two hundred years after his birth, Douglass's prophetic voice remains as timely as ever.


Trump’s First Year by Michael Nelson
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University of Virginia Press
Paperback – 9780813941448
List Price: $19.95

In Trump’s First Year, Michael Nelson, one of our finest and most objective presidential scholars, provides a thorough account and scholarly assessment of Donald Trump’s first year as president, starting with his election and transition in 2016. The analysis is grounded in the modern history of the presidency as well as in the larger constitutional and political order. Nelson considers the dramatic election itself, the forming and reforming of the administration, congressional relations, executive actions, bureaucratic politics, judicial appointments and decisions, media relations and public communications, and public opinion.   Published on the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, Nelson’s book offers the most complete and up-to-date assessment of this still-unfolding story.


The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Z. Muller
Available Now
Princeton University Press
Hardcover – 9780691174952
List Price: $24.95

Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we've gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself. Filled with examples from education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid, this brief and accessible book explains why the seemingly irresistible pressure to quantify performance distorts and distracts, whether by encouraging "gaming the stats" or "teaching to the test." That's because what can and does get measured is not always worth measuring, may not be what we really want to know, and may draw effort away from the things we care about. Complete with a checklist of when and how to use metrics, The Tyranny of Metrics is an essential corrective to a rarely questioned trend that increasingly affects us all.


Must We Defend Nazis: Why the First Amendment Should Not Protect Hate Speech and White Supremacy by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
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New York University Press
Paperback – 9781479857838
List Price: $14.95

Swirling in the midst of the resurgence of neo-Nazi demonstrations, hate speech, and acts of domestic terrorism are uncomfortable questions about the limits of free speech. The United States stands apart from many other countries in that citizens have the power to say virtually anything without legal repercussions.  But, in the case of white supremacy, does the First Amendment demand that we defend Nazis?  In Must We Defend Nazis?, legal experts Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic argue that it should not. Updated to consider the white supremacy demonstrations and counter-protests in Charlottesville and debates about hate speech on campus and on the internet, the book offers a concise argument against total, unchecked freedom of speech.


What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know by Joan C. Williams, Rachel Dempsey, and Anne-Marie Slaughter
Available Now
New York University Press
Paperback – 9781479814312
List Price: $14.95

An essential resource for any working woman, What Works for Women at Work is a comprehensive and insightful guide for mastering office politics as a woman. Authored by Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most-cited experts on women and work, and her daughter, writer Rachel Dempsey, this unique book offers a multi-generational perspective into the realities of today’s workplace. Based on interviews with 127 successful working women, over half of them women of color, What Works for Women at Work presents a toolkit for getting ahead in today’s workplace. Distilling over 35 years of research, Williams and Dempsey offer four crisp patterns that affect working women:  Prove-It-Again!, the Tightrope, the Maternal Wall, and the Tug of War. Up-beat, pragmatic, and chock full of advice, What Works for Women at Work is an indispensable guide for working women.



What Works for Women at Work: A Workbook by Joan C. Williams, Rachel Dempsey, and Marina Multhaup
Available Now
New York University Press
Paperback – 9781479872664
List Price: $17.95

A companion to the highly successful What Works for Women at Work, this workbook offers women a hands-on guide filled with interactive exercises, self-diagnostic quizzes, and action-oriented strategies for building successful careers.
           


The Finest Building in America: The New York Crystal Palace 1853-1858 by Edwin G. Burrows
Available Now
Oxford University Press
Hardcover – 9780190681210
List Price: $19.95

When first opened to the public in 1853, New York's Crystal Palace created a sensation. Those who had seen London's Crystal Palace, the structure it was openly intended to emulate, argued that America's copy far surpassed it. Built in what is today Bryant Park, a four-acre site between 40th and 42nd Streets, the colossus of glass and steel indeed seemed poised to displace the British original in worldwide fame. Walt Whitman pronounced it "unsurpassed anywhere for beauty." Young Samuel Clemens--not yet Mark Twain--called it a "perfect fairy palace." Many perceived it as putting America, still in the thrall of European culture, on the map. And then suddenly it was gone. On October 5, 1858, merely five years after its construction, the Crystal Palace caught fire. Despite frantic attempts to save it, the magnificent dome was engulfed and within thirty minutes the entire structure reduced to a heap of smoldering debris, through which for days afterward bereft New Yorkers picked for mementos. With sumptuous images and lively storytelling The Finest Building in America brings back to life an extraordinary monument, one that briefly but wholeheartedly captured the imagination of a country, giving form to its dreams and ambitions, and then vanishing from view.


Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (3rd edition) by Campbell Loughmiller, Lynn Loughmiller, and Joe Marcus
Available Now
University of Texas Press
Paperback – 9781477314760
List Price: $19.95

With more than 175,000 copies sold, Texas Wildflowers has established itself as the go-to guide for identifying the state’s roadside flowers. This new edition has been completely reorganized by flower colors (and within each color section, by flowering season) to make it even easier to identify the flowers you see as you travel through Texas. Every wildflower is illustrated with a beautiful full-color photograph—over 250 of which are new to this edition. All of the descriptive identifying information is presented in a consistent format—common and botanical names, plant and leaves, flowers and fruit, flowering season, habitat and range, and notes.