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Nunn, Patrick D.

Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific

288 pp., 7” x 10”, 63 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $50.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

University of Hawai’i Press

Over the years, geologists have amassed data that point to the undeniable fact of islands having disappeared in the Pacific, a phenomenon that the oral traditions of many groups of Pacific Islanders also highlight. There are even a few instances where fragments of Pacific continents have disappeared, becoming hidden from view rather than being submerged. In this scientifically rigorous yet readily comprehensible account of the fascinating subject of vanished islands and hidden continents in the Pacific, the author ranges far and wide, from explanations of the region’s ancient history to the meanings of island myths.

LC 2008017180, ISBN 978-0-8248-3219-3 (c.)

AASL: Not Reviewed



George, Mary W.

The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know

216 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 6 line illus., 24 tables, glossary, $35.00 cloth, $14.95 paper, CIP included

October 2008

Princeton University Press

Too often, college instructors assume that new students have the necessary skills for solid academic research, when many students have never learned to look beyond the search engine. The Elements of Library Research introduces students to the important components of the information-seeking process. Unlike guides that describe the research process but do not explain its logic, this book focuses on basic concepts, tools, and tactics for research—in both electronic and print formats. Drawing on decades of experience, reference librarian Mary George arms students with the critical thinking skills and procedures they need to approach any academic project with confidence.

LC 2008013733, ISBN 978-0-691-13150-4 (c.), ISBN 978-0-691-13857-2 (p.)




Rhodes, Robin F. (Editor)

The Acquisition and Exhibition of Classical Antiquities: Professional, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives

192 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, photos, $25.00 paper, CIP included

April 2008

University of Notre Dame Press

“...a welcome addition to an ever burgeoning bibliography on the ethics and legal issues in the antiquities trade. There are many essays here that are up-to-date and easily accessible to any interested reader, because they are largely written in the conversational style with which they were delivered. Many viewpoints are expressed and several essays show how the ground is shifting as museums re-write policies to take into account new legal realities, especially internationally, while archaeologists, anthropologists, art historians, and legal professionals show an increasingly more sophisticated understanding of the many dimensions of illicit excavation and the acquisition of illicit property.” —James C. Wright, Bryn Mawr College

LC 2007035546, ISBN 978-0-268-04027-7 (p.)

AASL: Not Reviewed



Kern, Jonathan

Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production

382 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $55.00 cloth, $20.00 paper, CIP included

August 2008

The University of Chicago Press

“Comprehensive and lucid, this distinctive handbook explains how sound paints pictures and how narratives are shaped and paced for the ear instead of the eye. Readers will recognize the NPR staffers who contribute telling anecdotes to Kern’s instructions in areas ranging from fairness and accuracy to field and studio production, the difference between reporting and hosting, the importance of background research, and the subtleties of booking. As media evolves in this digital do-it-yourself era, Kern’s insider course in audio journalism deepens appreciation for the professionals we rely on to set high standards.”— Booklist

LC 2008003994, ISBN 978-0-226-43177-2 (c.), ISBN 978-0-226-43178-9 (p.)


PLA: Not Reviewed


Kraus, Jerelle

All the Art That’s Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn’t): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page

280 pp., 9” x 11”, 304 illus., bibliog., index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

Columbia University Press

“To discover what really goes on inside the belly of the media beast, read All the Art That’s Fit to Print. The “Some That Wasn’t” are never-published illustrations censored by Times poobahs and revealed here for the first time. Jerelle Kraus’s juicy tales include clashes with tyrannical editor Howell Raines over imagery he erroneously viewed as politically incorrect or sexual and a hilarious story of meeting Richard Nixon—behind an unmarked door after a secret knock—who wanted the original of her drawing of him and Brezhnev. In today’s world of thought crimes, All the Art is must reading.”—Bill Maher

LC 2008023525, ISBN 978-0-231-13824-6 (c.)




American Society of Magazine Editors

The Best American Magazine Writing 2008

568 pp., 5 1/4” x 8”, index, $16.95 paper

December 2008

Columbia University Press

An essential guide to the year’s most entertaining, politically charged, and sophisticated essays. With pieces first published in The Nation, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, among, this anthology illuminates the most compelling issues of the past year and points to the topics that will concern us in the next. Chosen from among the winners and finalists of the 2008 National Magazine Awards, these articles span an eclectic range, from a chilling account of the CIA’s secret interrogation program to a humorous look at the absurdities of modern medicine, from a scathing critique of America’s activities in Iraq to an acid takedown of snark culture.

ISBN 978-0-231-14714-9 (p.)



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