2006 University Press Books


Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries

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The University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries is an annual collection development tool published for two divisions of the American Library Association: Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The America Library Association is located at 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 and on the web at www.ala.org.

An annual session at the Summer ALA conference, "The Best of the Best of the University Presses," allows librarians who served on the selection committees to show-and-tell about their favorite books. Read more about the titles presented at the 2006 ALA.

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General Information

How to Order Books Listed

Please do not order books from the Association of American University Press (AAUP) office. It has no facilities for handling such orders. Orders should be placed with regular books suppliers, or the participating presses (addresses, phone/fax numbers, and web addresses are listed).

How to Order Printed Bibliographies

Librarians may obtain hard copies of this bibliography free of charge by writing on their institution's letterhead and mailing or faxing to: AAUP, Marketing Department, 28 West 36th Street, Suite 602, New York, NY 10018. FAX: (212) 989-0275.

Ratings Given to Each Book

Each title has one or two sets of ratings, one from an AASL reviewer, one from a PLA reviewer, or both.

  • O (Outstanding): Titles with this rating are considered exceptional by the reviewer. Personal reviews are written by committee members for Outstanding Titles, located at the end of the title listings.

  • G (General audience): Books with a wide appeal and/or an expectation of lasting importance. Title may also be of scholarly technical data on subjects of widespread, current interest

  • S (Special interest): Is highly recommended for libraries with in-depth collections in the book's particular subject.

  • RG (Regional general): Is of interest to readers in specific geographic areas.

  • RS (Regional special interest): Is of interest to special in-depth collections in a geographic area.

?Books which were not received by a committee member assigned to that subject area are rated as “not reviewed.” Books which were not accepted by a committee member have no rating at all.

Age Ranges for Each Book

Books rated by the AASL librarian members carry an audience designation which recommends grade levels for each listing. Levels are EM (Elementary School K-5), MS (Middle School 6-8), HS (High School), and P (Professional).

Introduction-AASL Selection Committee

If you are reading this booklet you are a most conscientious collection developer. Congratulations! Chances are you have the habit of searching 'just one more source' to find that title you may have missed. Whatever the reasons, university press books are less likely to be found in standard collection development tools than are trade books, even though some might meet your needs better than titles that come to you via regular channels. For several years now a group of your AASL colleagues and PLA colleagues have volunteered to assist you in the never ending search.

To make your searching easy and efficient titles are listed in Dewey Decimal order with an author and title index at the back of the book. Beneath each title listing you will find separate suitability/quality ratings for school and public library collections. The last section is again in Dewey order but contains mini-reviews of titles that are, in our opinions, outstanding. (Rating = O)

As this year's chair of the AASL part of this project I thank all of the members of the committee for their dedicated effort and willingness to work within, and meet, a rather strict deadline. Our AASL liaison, Steven Hoffman, and our AAUP liaison are especially conscientious and efficient, and are definitely appreciated.

Finally, if just one of the titles you find in here helps one of your patrons find that just right book, we will be pleased. Your suggestions and comments are welcomed.

Judith E. McGowan

University Press Books Committee, AASL Chairperson

July 2005-June 2006

2006 University Press Books Committee, AASL Members

Judith McGowan-Chairperson
NYC Dept. of Education Bronx, NY
305-319 Social Groups, Culture & Institutions
820-829 British Literature
830-859 German, French, & Italian Literature
940-942 European History-Great Britain, Ireland, Wales, Scotland

Barbara Bertoldo
VA Medical Library & Information Technologies
Las Vegas, Nevada
200-289 Religion-the Bible, Christianity
600-619 Medical Science
814-819 American Lit.-Essays, Satire
970-973 North American History-General

Dr. Gayles Evans
Chicago State University
Chicago, IL
290-299 Religion-Judaica, Islamic, Comparative
380-389 Commerce & Transportation
800-811 American Lit.-Criticism, Rhetoric, Poetry
860-899 Spanish, Latin, Greek, & Other Literatures
920-929 Biography 960-969 African History

Clark E. Heath
Southfield Lathrup High School
Lathrup Village, MI
100-159 Metaphysics, Psychology
160-199 Ethics & Philosophy
320-329 Polical Science
900-919 Geography

Mary D. Lankford
Austin, TX
350-359 Public Admin. & Military Science
364-369 Criminology/True Crime
370-379 Education
400-499 Languages
974-979 U.S. History-Regional
980-999 South American & Other Histories

Terri Lent
Patrick Henry High School
Ashland, Virginia
360-363 Social Problems & Services
500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry
812-813 American Lit.-Fiction, Plays
950-959 Asian & Middle Eastern History

Gay Ann Loesch
Sun Valley Middle School
Charlotte, NC
000-059 Bibliography, Encyclopedias, Serials
300-304 Sociology, Anthropology, Social Behavior
620-639 Engineering & Agriculture
780-799 Music, Performing Arts, Recreation

Karen Perry
Wiley Middle School
Winston-Salem, NC
330-339 Economics
550-599 Earth & Life Science, Plants, Animals
640-649 Home Economics
650-699 Business & Manufacturing
760-779 Graphic Design, Photography
943-949 European History-Northern, Central Eastern Countries

Kathleen Riley
Wagner Ranch School
Orinda, CA
060-099 Organizations, Journalism, Publishing
340-349 Law
390-399 Customs & Folklore
700-759 Fine Arts
930-939 History of the Ancient World

Introduction- PLA Selection Committee

Public library selectors try hard to build collections that have a broad range of authoritative information available to their customers on a wide range of subjects. These selectors depend on a wide range of tools in building these collections, with a heavy emphasis on reviews.

University press books provide an especial challenge for public libraries. Too often, general library media does not review a university press book and/or there is an assumption that materials covered by these presses will be too esoteric and expensive. This small volume is an attempt to address these issues.

After serving for several years on this committee it has become increasingly apparent to me that there are a vast array of books published by University Presses across North America that belong in public library collections. All one needs to do is look at the list of "Outstanding" books to get the flavor of the variety of topics this year's University Press books address.

As this year's PLA chair I would like to thank all of the members of the committee for their hard work, commitment and endurance. Special thanks to Rachel Weiss, who year in and year out as the AAUP liaison to the committee, allows us to focus on reviewing books and meeting deadlines. Her assistance makes the committees work possible

Saul J. Amdursky, C.E.O.

Fraser Valley Regional Library

University Press Books Committee, PLA Chair

July 2005-June 2006

2006 University Press Books Committee, PLA Members

Saul J. Amdursky-Chairperson
Fraser Valley Regional Library
Abbotsford, British Columbia
600-619 Medical Science
650-699 Business & Manufacturing
780-799 Music, Performing Arts, Recreation
920-929 Biography

Carla Bauman-Franks
Allen County Public Library
Fort Wayne, IN
100-159 Metaphysics, Psychology
290-299 Religion-Judaica, Islamic, Comparative
500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry
700-759 Fine Arts
943-949 European History-Northern, Central Eastern Countries

Christina Maria Beaird
Plainfield Public Library District
Plainfield, IL
300-304 Sociology, Anthropology, Social Behavior
320-329 Political Science
400-499 Languages
890-899 Literature of Other Languages

Trisha Burns
Public Libraries of Saginaw
Saginaw, MI
160-169 Ethics & Philosophy
305-319 Social Groups, Culture & Institutions
350-359 Public Admin. & Military Science
550-599 Earth & Life Science, Plants, Animals

Susan Cooley
Sara Hightower Regional Library
Rome, GA
364-369 Criminology/True Crime
390-399 Customs & Folklore
640-649 Home Economics
760-779 Graphic Design, Photography
812-813 American Lit.-Fiction, Plays

Mary Cosper-LeBoeuf
Terrebonne Parish Library System
Houma, LA
000-059 Bibliography, Encyclopedias, Serials
060-099 Organizations, Journalism, Publishing
200-289 Religion-the Bible, Christianity
800-811 American Lit.-Criticism, Rhetoric, Poetry
820-829 British Literature

Therese M. Feicht
Geauga County Public Library
Chardon, OH
340-349 Law
900-919 Geography
930-939 History of the Ancient World
960-969 African History
970-973 North American History-General

Richard Hulsey
Willard Library
Battlecreek, MI
330-339 Economics
370-379 Education
380-389 Commerce & Transportation
620-639 Engineering & Agriculture
940-942 European History-Great Britain, Ireland, Wales, Scotland
950-959 Asian & Middle Eastern History

Sonja Plummer-Morgan
Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library
Presque Island, ME
360-363 Social Problems & Services 814-819 American Lit.-Essays, Satire
830-899 German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, & Greek Literature
974-979 U.S History-Regional
980-999 South American & Other Histories

Contributing Presses

The University of Akron Press 374B Bierce Library, Akron, OH 44325-1703 330-972-2795 FAX: 330-972-8364 / www3.uakron.edu/uapress
The University of Akron Press 374 Bierce, Akron, OH 44325-1703
330-972-2795 FAX: 330-972-8364 / www.uakron.edu/uapress
University of Alaska Press 104 Eielson Bldg., Sasha St. Box 756240,
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240 / 888-252-6657 FAX: 907-474-5502 / www.uaf.edu/uapress
The University of Alberta Press Marketing Dept., Ring House 2, Edmonton,
AB T6G 2E1 Canada / 780-492-3662 FAX: 780-492-0719 / www.uap.ualberta.ca
The University of Arkansas Press McIlroy House, 201 Ozark Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701
800-626-0090 FAX: 479-575-6044 / www.uapress.com
Beacon Press 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02128-2892
617-742-2110 FAX: 617-723-3097 / www.beaconpress.org
Brookings Institution Press Marketing Dept., 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036 202-797-6000 FAX: 202-797-6004 /www.brookings.edu
University of Calgary Press 2500 University Dr. N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
403-220-7578 FAX: 403-282-0085 / www.uofcpress.com
University of California Press Marketing Dept., 2120 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94704-1012 / 510-642-4247 FAX: 510-643-7127/www.ucpress.edu
Cambridge University Press Marketing Dept., 40 West 20th St., New York, NY 10011-4221
212-924-3900 FAX: 212-691-3239 /www.us.cambridge.org
The Catholic University of America Press P.O. Box 50370, Baltimore, MD 21211
202-319-5052 FAX: 202-319-4985 / www.cuapress.cua.edu
Columbia University Press 61 W. 62nd St., New York, NY 10023
212-459-0600 FAX: 212-459-3678 / www.columbia.edu/cu/cup
Duke University Press Marketing Dept., 905 West Main St., Ste.18B, Durham, NC 27701
919-687-3600 FAX: 919-688-4574 / www.dukeupress.edu
Duquesne University Press Marketing Dept., 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282
412-396-6610 FAX: 412-396-5984 / www.dupress.duq.edu
University Press of Florida Marketing Dept., 15 N.W. 15th St., Gainesville, FL 32605
352-392-1351 FAX: 352-392-7302 / www.upf.com
Georgetown University Press Marketing Dept., 3240 Prospect St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
202-687-5889 FAX: 202-687-6340 / www.press.georgetown.edu
University of Georgia Press 330 Research Dr., Athens, GA 30602-4901
706-369-6156 FAX: 706-369-6162 / www.ugapress.uga.edu
Getty Publications 1200 Getty Center Dr., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1679
310-440-6795 FAX: 310-440-7706 / www.getty.edu
Harvard University Press Sales Dept., 79 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-2607 FAX: 617-349-5252 / www.hup.harvard.edu
University of Hawai'i Press 2840 Kolowalu St., Honolulu, HI 96822-1888
808-950-6426 FAX: 808-988-6052 / www.uhpress.hawaii.edu
Indiana Historical Society Press 450 West Ohio St. Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-232-1882 FAX: 317-234-0079 / www.indianahistory.org/ihs_press
Indiana University Press Sales and Marketing Dept., 601 N. Morton St.,
Bloomington, IN 47401 / 812-855-6657 FAX: 812-856-0415 / www.iupress.indiana.edu
Island Press Marketing Dept., 1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300,
Washington, DC 20009-1148 / 202-232-7933 FAX: 202-234-1328 / www.islandpress.org
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2715 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
410-516-6900 FAX: 410-516-6968 / www.press.jhu.edu
University Press of Kansas 2502 Westbook Circle., Lawrence, KS 66045-4444
785-864-4154 FAX: 785-864-4586 / www.kansaspress.ku.edu
Louisiana State University Press Marketing Dept., 3990 W. Lakeside Dr.,
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 / 225-578-6453 FAX: 225-578-6461 / www.lsu.edu/lsupress
McGill-Queen's University Press Marketing Dept., 3430 McTavish St.,
Montreal, QC H3A 1X9 Canada / 514-398-2912 FAX: 514-398-4333 / www.mqup.mcgill.ca
University of Massachusetts Press P.O. Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
413-545-2217 FAX: 413-545-1226 / www.umass.edu/umpress
Minnesota Historical Society Press 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. West, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1906
651-296-6126 FAX: 651-297-1345 / www.mnhs.org
University Press of Mississippi Marketing Dept., 3825 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, MS 39211
601-432-6205 FAX: 601-432-6217 / www.upress.state.ms.us
University of Nebraska Press Marketing Dept., 11 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0630
402-472-4627 FAX: 402-472-6214 / www.unp.unl.edu
University of Nevada Press Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV 89557-0076
775-784-6573 FAX: 775-784-6200 / www.nvbooks.nevada.edu
University Press of New England 1 Court St., Ste. 250, Lebanon, NH 03766
800-421-1561 FAX: 603-448-7006 / www.upne.com
New York University Press Marketing Dept., 838 Broadway, 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10003
212-998-2588 FAX: 212-995-3833 / www.nyupress.org
The University of North Carolina Press Marketing, P.O. Box 2288, Chapel Hill, NC 27515
800-848-6224 FAX: 800-272-6817/ www.uncpress.unc.edu
The University of North Texas Press P.O. Box 311336, Denton, TX 76203-1336
940-565-2142 FAX: 940-565-4590 / www.unt.edu/untpress
Northern Illinois University Press 2280 Bethany Rd., Dekalb, IL 60115
815-753-9905 FAX: 815-753-1845 / www.niu.edu/univ_press
University of Notre Dame Press 310 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
574-631-4910 FAX: 574-631-8148 / www.undpress.nd.edu
Ohio University Press/Swallow Press 19 Circle Dr., The Ridges, Athens, OH 45701
740-593-1157 FAX: 740-593-4536 / www.ohio.edu/oupress
University of Pennsylvania Press 3905 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-4112
215-898-6263 / FAX: 215-898-0404 / www.upenn.edu/pennpress
Edizioni Plus/Pisa University Press Lungarno Pacinotti, 43, 56126 Pisa, Italy
39 050 2212056 FAX: 39 050 2212945 / www.edizioniplus.it
Princeton University Press Marketing Dept., 41 William St., Princeton, NJ 08540
609-258-4896 FAX: 609-883-7413 / www.pupress.princeton.edu
Purdue University Press Marketing, SCC-E, 509 Harrison St., West Lafayette, IN 47907
765-494-8024 FAX: 765-496-2442 / www.thepress.purdue.edu
RAND Publications Marketing, 1776 Main St., P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407
310-393-0411 FAX: 310-451-6996 / www.rand.org
Russell Sage Foundation Communications Dept., 112 East 64th St.,New York, NY 10021
212-750-6000 FAX: 212-371-4761 www.russellsage.org
University of South Carolina Press 718 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-2021 FAX: 803-777-0160 / www.sc.edu/uscpress
Temple University Press 1601 N. Broad St., 305 USB, Philadelphia, PA 19122
215-204-1108 FAX: 215-204-4719 / www.temple.edu/tempress
University of Texas Press Marketing Dept., P.O. Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713
512-471-7233 FAX: 512-232-7178 / www.utexas.edu/utpress
United States Institute of Peace Press Customer Service, P.O. Box 605, Herdon, VA 20172
202-457-1700 FAX: 202-429-6063 / www.usip.org
Vanderbilt University Press VU Station B, 351813, Nashville, TN 37235
615-343-2446 FAX: 615-343-8823 / www.vanderbiltuniversitypress.com
The University of Virginia Press Marketing, P.O. Box 400318, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4318
434-924-3468 FAX: 434-982-2655 / www.upress.virginia.edu
University of Washington Press Marketing Dept., P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096
206-543-8870 FAX: 206-543-3932 /www.washington.edu/uwpress
Washington State University Press P.O. Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
509-335-7877 FAX: 509-335-8568 / www.wsupress.wsu.edu
Wayne State University Press Marketing Dept., 4809 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201-1309
313-577-6077 FAX: 313-577-6131 / wsupress.wayne.edu
Wesleyan University Press Marketing Dept., 215 Long Ln., Middletown, CT 06459
860-685-2420 FAX: 860-685-2421 / www.wesleyan.edu/wespress
University of the West Indies Press 1A Aqueduct Way, Mona, Kingston 7,
Jamaica, West Indies / 876-702-4082 FAX: 876-977-2660 / www.uwipress.com
Wilfrid Laurier University Press Marketing Dept., 75 University Avenue West,
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3C5 / 519-884-0710 FAX 519-725-1399 / www.wlupress.wlu.ca
The University of Wisconsin Press 1930 Monroe St., 3rd Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
608-263-1110 FAX 608-263-1132 / www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress
The Woodrow Wilson Center Press One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20004-3027 / 202-691-4000 FAX: 202-691-4001 / www.wilsoncenter.org
Yale University Press P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520
203-432-0959 FAX: 203-432-8487 / www.yale.edu/yup

Links to all members of the Association of American University Presses can be found online.

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