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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.


McLeod, Kembrew

Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World

New York University Press

"Although pranks in the United States have a long history dating back to Benjamin Franklin, today it can be hard to separate pranks from lazy reporting and/or malicious misreporting. McLeod defines pranks as 'playful critiques performed within the public sphere and amplified by the media.' As an occasional prankster himself, McLeod tells the fascinating stories behind many famous pranks and discusses the impact of pranks on our society."—Judi Repman (AASL)


Laufer, Peter

Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer

Oregon State University Press

"Inspired by the Slow Food movement, journalism professor Peter Laufer has created 29 rules for being a more critical consumer of today's 24 hour news cycle. From Rule 1, 'Just the facts, ma'am' through Rule 29, 'That Kodak moment is just a memory,' these short chapters could become an excellent foundation for media literacy classes."—Judi Repman (AASL)


Dahlby, Tracy

Into the Field: A Foreign Correspondent's Notebook

University of Texas Press

"In today's shrinking world, the reporting of foreign correspondents is a prominent feature of the daily news in any of its formats. Tracy Dahlby, a reporter for major news outlets and a producer of historical documentaries, shares his experiences on reporting from Asia in this title. Beyond reporting on his travels in a humorous, realistic, and accessible style, Dahlby provides the reader with a framework for understanding world events and tells the story behind the story about the stories he reported from the area."—Judi Repman (AASL)


Johnson, Bob

Carbon Nation: Fossil Fuels in the Making of American Culture

University Press of Kansas

"Carbon Nation provides a compelling argument on how fossil fuels embeds itself in nearly every aspect of American culture. According to Johnson, American's environmental, cultural, and economic assumptions of energy, caused them to accept fossil fuels as a normal part of their lives. These assumptions are seen throughout various media sources, including government publications, coal miner's diaries, advertisements, paintings, and other cultural artifacts Johnson uses in his narrative. Carbon Nation is an informative read for those interested in the development of today's attitude towards energy and the background of America's environmental and energy crises. **Disclosure notice: Dr. Robert Johnson was my thesis advisor at National University**"—Phillip Ballo (RUSA/CODES)

"Carbon Nation suggests fossil fuel has impacted our culture in far more ways than serving as a fuel source. Johnson offers some thoughtful theories such as the middle class learned to bury the human and environmental costs of dependency on fossil fuel. The book brings enough human aspects to this topic to make it good reading by integrating facts with the human factor."—Pat M. Couts (AASL)


Sandul, Paul J.P.

California Dreaming: Boosterism, Memory, and Rural Suburbs in the Golden State

West Virginia University Press

"It could be argued that California is the birthplace of the suburb. This well-researched volume details the cultural values leading to agri-expansion and the many personalities that profited from it, as well as the legacies and regional identities left in its wake. This would be a good addition to agricultural and urban planning collections, as well as collections on the history of California."—Delia Swanner (AASL)


Byrne, Malcolm

Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power

University Press of Kansas

"In his second book on the U.S.'s relations with Iran, Byrne provides a much-needed explanation and analysis of the Iran-Contra scandal. Byrne has crafted a non-fiction political thriller with footnotes featuring declassified documents and interviews with top officials."—Sara Frey (AASL)


Minkin, Lewis

The Blair Supremacy: A Study in the Politics of Labour's Party Management

Manchester University Press

"Lewis Minkin's unique experiences make The Blair Supremacy: A Study in the Politics of Labour's Party Management the authoritative work on the Labour Party, particularly its recent history. Minkin has not simply assembled a compilation of quotes and dates; he provides insight into the party's inner workings and future."—Sara Frey (AASL)


Clyburn, James E.

Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black

The University of South Carolina Press

"From humble beginnings in South Carolina, to prominence on the Washington, DC political scene as the third highest ranking congressman in the House of Representatives, James E. Clyburn has led an extraordinary, inspirational life. When he speaks, all listen. This book is a first person narrative in which Congressman Clyburn shares how he was able to overcome the harsh barriers of segregation, and look at them as blessings that built up his life instead of curses that tore it down."—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Crosthwaite, Paul, Peter Knight, and Nicky Marsh (Editors)

Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present

Manchester University Press

"Satirical cartoons, newspaper illustrations, tickertapes and stock charts in the nineteenth century are used to illustrate how art influenced the financial market. These various formats provide a visual explanation of finance and will be beneficial to the novice."—Pat M. Couts (AASL)


Echevarria II, Antulio J.

Reconsidering the American Way of War: US Military Practice from the Revolution to Afghanistan

Georgetown University Press

"An important perspective for today's global setting. The author provides a clear and cogent account of the patterns and purposes behind American conflict across the years of the nation's history. The discussion considers strategies and operations of both smaller conflicts and major wars."—Janie Pickett (AASL)


Wauer, Roland H.

My Wild Life: A Memoir of Adventures within America's National Parks

Texas Tech University Press

"Champion of parks and natural areas, former Chief Scientist of the National Park Service Ronald Wauer gives his personal account of memories of National Parks throughout the United States, as well as the animals, plant life and geographic features unique to each park. There are many black and white photographs included. This very accessible and simple to read volume would be a great addition to collections on nature and National Parks."—Delia Swanner (AASL)


Burch, Sarah L. and Sara E. Harris

Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice

University of Toronto Press

"This book seeks to move beyond the fundamentals and introduces the reader to the economic, political and social dynamics of climate change. Each chapter begins with "Main Points," or guided questions, which is ideal for guided research in schools or undergraduate classes."—Pat M. Couts (AASL)


Goffman, Alice

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

The University of Chicago Press

"This was a compelling story that I could not put down. Alice Goffman lived in a poor section of Philadelphia for a period of years while doing research on why and how the young black men there lived the way they did. She beautifully documented their lives and hers as well, as they interacted daily with the police, courts, prisons and families."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Translated and Edited by Jack Zipes)

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition

Princeton University Press

"It's hard to believe that no one had ever translated the 1812 first edition of the Grimm Brothers original folk and fairy tales, but here in one compact volume are all 156 stories that appeared in those early titles. Jack Zipes, the translator of the stories, is a well-known scholar in the field. His intent was to let readers see how these vivid early versions changed over the years as the Brothers edited and modified the tales."—Judi Repman (AASL)


Windham, Kathryn Tucker and Margaret Gillis Figh

Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey, Commemorative Edition

The University of Alabama Press

"This new keepsake edition of the original 1969 publication is a classic worth reading. The stories are eerie, mesmerizing, and possibly true. Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey will delight all students who love ghost stories and give them an opportunity for some storytelling. This classic can be enjoyed by students no matter their geographic location. The facsimile of the original looks 'old fashioned' and is humble and charming while frightening."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


The Editors of Gallaudet University Press

The Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language

Gallaudet University Press

"This is a wonderful dictionary for children and really fills a need. It is great for hearing children to learn to sign and helps deaf children expand their vocabulary. A DVD with native signers is included to show each sign, plus sentences they may be used in. A great addition for any library."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)

"This is the most comprehensive American Sign Language dictionary for children to date. The book includes more than 1,000 signs and a searchable DVD. It has adorable illustrations in black-and-white line drawings, and the hands and forearms are in bold, humor galore! Synonym words are listed directly under many entries. This helps the learner improve their vocabulary. It has clear drawings of how to sign in American Sign Language, plus the words and English sentences to fit the illustrations. This book is a must for any ASL learning/signing homes."—Teri Maggio (RUSA/CODES)

"This outstanding title deserves a place on the shelf of every school and public library. Designed for use by children ages 5 and up, this title will facilitate sign language learning for deaf and hearing children and adults. The entries are arranged alphabetically by English words and colorful, entertaining illustrations accompany each word to demonstrate the concept associated with the word. The signing instructions are done as black and white line drawings with bold lines added to illustrate handshape, movement, location, palm orientation and nonmanual signals. The DVD bound with the dictionary is equally useful since it includes live-action of children signing each word and videos of adults signing 150 sentences."—Judi Repman (AASL)


Musil, Robert K.

Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment

Rutgers University Press

"Robert Musil's book helps highlight the contributions of women who shaped the American environmentalist movement. Musil has organized the book chronologically and guides the reader through the dark history of humans and their treatment of the environment. From the emergence of women scientists in the nineteenth century to Carson's influence on Theo Colborn in the late twentieth century, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters is perfect for women's studies and environmental history collections."—Phillip Ballo (RUSA/CODES)


Russell, Sharman Apt

Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World

Oregon State University Press

"Diary of a Citizen Scientist is a humorous and an overall enjoyable read reminiscent of Richard Feynman's The Meaning of It All. Russell's scientist diary passionately expresses her enjoyment of the environment and her observation of nature and tiger beetles."—Phillip Ballo (RUSA/CODES)


McAllister, Ian

Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest

University of Washington Press

"The Great Bear Rainforest extends along the Canadian Pacific coast from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border. It includes much of the only remaining intact temperate rainforest in the world. Much of the marine ecosystem is unexplored and unprotected. Wild salmon run in more than two thousand rivers. Grizzlies and black bears, including the white-furred spirit bears (a genetic anomaly), feast on the salmon. So do sea wolves, a genetically different species from forest wolves. The wolves also feed on harbor seals, sea lions, and otters. The rainforest is a region of astounding beauty. It has been under siege for decades by those who want its timber, its fisheries, and its minerals. Superb color photographs accompany essays describing the animals, the habitat, and the First Nations people who have lived there for centuries."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


Renfrew, Colin and Paul Bahn (Editors)

The Cambridge World Prehistory (3 Volume HB Set)

Cambridge University Press

"The Cambridge World Prehistory set provides a highly detailed comprehensive literature prehistory of the world. This reference collection features detailed photographs, expansive bibliographies, and is focused by region. This three volume set is a must have for those who wish to explore the long history of humankind."—Phillip Ballo (RUSA/CODES)


Bouchard, Patrice (Editor)

The Book of Beetles: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems

The University of Chicago Press

"The 600+ beetle species included in this book are divided into four suborders and arranged by families and subfamilies. Each entry includes a brief paragraph with detailed description, habitat, feeding habits and map inserts of the geographic area in which they are found. The clear, close-up-zoom photographs of each species is the strength of the book."—Pat M. Couts (AASL)

"The more than 400,000 described species of beetles comprise twenty percent of all the plant and animal species. They are diverse in appearance, habitat, and function, but they all share hardened forewings and relatively compact bodies. The 600 species in this book were chosen because they are scientifically compelling, have interesting histories, are culturally significant, economically important, rare, or physically impressive. They are presented by their evolutionary relationship to one another. Each entry lists the scientific and common names with a map showing the range. Descriptions include identifying characteristics and behaviors. Photos show actual size and an enlargement, accompanied by a line drawing. The book will interest armchair browsers and be useful for students."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


Roy, Tui De, Mark Jones, and Julie Cornthwaite

Penguins: The Ultimate Guide

Princeton University Press

"Those who have a passion for, and interest in penguins, will pore through this book with its stunning photography. Readers will delight in some of the types of penguins such as jackass, long-tailed, chinstrap, crested, macaroni and king. One section of the book is devoted to penguin science and conservation. This is an excellent resource for introductory material for schools with strong science and conservation interests."—Pat M. Couts (AASL)


Minson, Matthew

Prepare to Defend Yourself...How to Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape with Your Life

Texas A&M University Press

"The book's informal tone and story-driven accessibility assist readers to navigate today's healthcare system, despite institutional practices that may dehumanize patients. The author targets unnecessary intimidation and empowers the medical consumer. Clear and entertaining."—Janie Pickett (AASL)


Prusiner, Stanley B.

Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions—A New Biological Principle of Disease

Yale University Press

"A rare and engaging view from Prusiner's perspective of the history of a neurologic discovery. The first-person viewpoint makes the story particularly valuable. The recounting provides an intriguing case study typifying both scientific revolution and disruptive innovation at work."—Janie Pickett (AASL)


Sullivan, Louis W. with David Chanoff

Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine

University of Georgia Press

"A great biography of a great man. Dr. Sullivan grew up in the Jim Crow South and managed to become the doctor he dreamed of, while going on to help all of America in the Department of Health and Human Services. He never lost his sense of self along the way."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Groh, Jennifer M.

Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

"An intriguing and understandable discussion of how humans take in and use stimuli to create mental models of the immediate environment. Although this neurological field is a complex one, the author helps with concrete examples and helpful visuals. Even grasping a little of this information will make for significant learning."—Janie Pickett (AASL)


Taylor, Robert L.

Finding the Right Psychiatrist: A Guide for Discerning Consumers

Rutgers University Press

"A surprisingly helpful and accessible discussion of what the average person should think about when considering a psychiatrist. Both general trends in the field and specific advice about practitioners are shared in a helpful, non-didactic style."—Janie Pickett (AASL)


Bynum, Helen and William Bynum

Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

The University of Chicago Press

"A beautifully constructed book. This book discusses plants in their infinite variety and abilities. From shelter, food, medicine, clothing, and just plain beauty, plants have been an important part of our lives and this book shows us why."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Zanon, Scott A.

Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest: A Guide for Residential & Commercial Properties

Ohio University Press

"Throughout this book, facing-pages are devoted to each particular tree with color photographs featuring the foliage in various seasons. Pages also include the scientific name, common names, zones, mature size, growth rate, disease risk, and more. Terrific for students wanting to know more about which trees work best in the Midwest. The layout is user-friendly and easy-to-read. As students delve into topics of interest, this will fit the needs of any who are looking to learn more about landscaping and trees in the Midwest."—Carrie E. Turner (AASL)


Sterling, David

Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition

University of Texas Press

"This glorious volume is part cookbook, part social-cultural history of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. The traditional cookery of the indigenous Maya emphasizes local, fresh ingredients, and shares techniques with other parts of Mexico. Other national cuisines have had a lasting influence on the Yucatá n, with immigrants from Spain, Portugal, and France; the Netherlands; Lebanon; Cuba and the Caribbean, and Africa. David Sterling is a chef and an authority on Yucatán cuisine. He describes the distinctive differences in the foodways of each region, inland and coastal, major cities and pueblos. Plants and animals are identified by their scientific names and in Spanish, English, and Mayan. We recognize aguacate (avocado), ibes (lima bean), and elote (corn), but there are also saramuyo (sweetsop) and ñame (water yam). Lavish photos show the countryside, the people, and the food. More than 275 recipes are included. Disfrute de su comida! (Enjoy your meal!)"—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


Finlay, Victoria

The Brilliant History of Color in Art

Getty Publications

"A beautiful compilation of a variety of colors and their creation from pre-historic times to current day. Each section is dedicated to a particular color and uses photographs of artwork to illustrate its use. Many sidebars offer interesting facts. For example, in China, only the emperor was allowed to wear the color yellow. Details of color creation help the reader better understand not only art, but other impacts of color as well. In the early 16th century, a particular bug that fed on the prickly pear cactus, made a brilliant red when crushed. As a result, many farmers in central Mexico stopped raising edible crops, instead opting for the more valuable crop of prickly pear cacti with their infestation of bugs. While the historical background and making of many colors is discussed, current-day technology is covered in a discussion of color in pixels. All in all, this is a terrific addition to a collection for students taking art history, or simply wanting to know more about color and how it is created."—Carrie E. Turner (AASL)


Klinkowitz, Jerome

Frank Lloyd Wright and His Manner of Thought

The University of Wisconsin Press

"This book does not discuss Wright's architecture, but interprets how Wright's writings and thoughts contributed to the American culture. He much preferred to build than to write, but he had to use his writing to support himself through the Great Depression. A copy of his divorce papers from Anna L. Wright is included, perhaps to add some 'spice' to the book."—Pat M. Couts (AASL)


Meryman, Richard

Andrew Wyeth: A Spoken Self-Portrait

National Gallery of Art

"The author, Richard Meryman, spent years recording conversations with his friend, Andrew Wyeth. From those taped conversations, Meryman has compiled this book, which allows the reader to hear from Wyeth himself. The painter's memories and musings are interspersed with candid comments and letter excerpts from his wife, family, neighbors and friends. Included are a number of photographs that invite the reader into Wyeth's life. Paintings and drawings are scattered throughout, with the artist describing his choice of medium and his inspiration for many of his more famous works. An index is included."—Carrie E. Turner (AASL)


Brown, David Blayney, Amy Concannon, and Sam Smiles (Editors)

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free

Getty Publications

"This book is the catalog for the 2014-2015 exhibit of J.M.W. Turner's later works, curated by the Tate Gallery in London. 'Painting Set Free' refers to a phrase describing Turner's approach to painting in the second half of his career (1840-1851). By then he was one of Britain's preeminent artists and a long-time member of the Royal Academy. He broke new ground. He went so far as to be lashed to the mast of a ship in a storm so he could later paint the scene with greater understanding, and he placed steam technology (railroads and ships) in major paintings. Contributing scholars write about Turner's personal life, including his long-term relationship with Mrs. Booth, his former landlady. Note: the award-winning 2015 movie 'Mr. Turner' covers the same the same time period. The book provides excellent background information for the film."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


Grant, Patrick

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh: A Critical Study

Athabasca University Press

"The author attempts to provide an account of why Van Gogh's collective letters should be studied as distinctive literature. Van Gogh wished to 'see his own portrait in writing.' Not for the casual reader, the book offers a unique perspective on the multiple artistic talents of Van Gogh."—Pat M. Couts (AASL)


Wilson, Lee

Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway

University Press of Florida

"A very well-written book on the world of dance from an insider's viewpoint. Easy to read and fun. Ms. Wilson makes it obvious what her goals are and that she is going to make it."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Eichenbaum, Rose (Editor)

The Director Within: Storytellers of Stage and Screen

Wesleyan University Press

"This book with interviews of directors gets to the heart of why they direct, what they direct, and how they got to where they are today. It is great for anyone with the film or theatre bug."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Maraniss, Andrew

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

Vanderbilt University Press

"Percy Wallace was the first black basketball player in the SEC. Maraniss, in a well-written book, looks at his life before, during, and after his time at Vanderbilt, and shows how Wallace was able to be strong enough inside to break the color barrier without losing his cool. A wonderful biography."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Houts, Michelle

Kammie on First: Baseball's Dottie Kamenshek

Ohio University Press

"The first book in Ohio University Press' 'Biographies for Young Readers' series, this book is sure to be a hit with students. Written in simple language the story of Dottie Kamenshek is told by Michelle Houts. This book is chocked full of photographs and charts to keep readers engrossed in the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Young readers will enjoy thorough analysis of what it was like to be part of the league as a woman doing what she loves, while breaking stereotypes of what women can do."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Kashatus, William C.

Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball's Color Line

University of Nebraska Press

"Two players who helped break the color barrier but had differing views on how to do it. One brash and facing it head on, Jackie Robinson and one believing his ability should say it all, Roy Campanella. This didn't make for an easy alliance and this book tells it like it was. With great interviews and honest reporting, William Kashatus gives us a clear picture of how Jackie and Campy saw the world, and how they dealt with it."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Klein, Alan

Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice

Temple University Press

"Dominican baseball players are a fixture in Major League Baseball. Alan Klein describes in an accessible way why we need to pay attention and how Dominican players are developed and drafted. A strong interest in baseball and specifically, the economics and sociology of baseball, is needed to thoroughly enjoy this book. However, the content is interesting and well presented. By the end of this book, students will view the development of baseball talent in a different light."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Frick-Ruppert, Jennifer

Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast

University Press of Florida

"Jennifer Frick-Ruppert and her husband take us aboard Velella to experience the inter-coastal waterway. The story of this sailing grand adventure is beautifully written and reads like a novel instead of a travel log. With Frick-Ruppert's expertise in biology and environmental science, the reader is immersed into a breathtakingly beautiful world of plants and animals where she is but an observer in a hidden and untouched land. An excellent book for the 'I need something to read' student and the student working on regional biology or environmental studies."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Schmidt, Michael

The Novel: A Biography

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

"This book is a 700 year old history of the novel in English that includes geographical and cultural information from Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia, India, the Caribbean, and Southern Africa. Showing the growth and birth of genres, this biographical story explores famous and influential authors over time as well as the impact society has made on its development. Using primary and secondary sources, the author literally creates a dialogue between the historical bards and their works."—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Levine, Carol (Editor)

Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry About Family Caregiving

Vanderbilt University Press

"This is a wonderful anthology of short stories and poems about family caregivers who find themselves in "limbo" as they struggle to take care of a family member or friend. All the stories were touching and engrossing. The ones about ill or dying children were the most heartbreaking. It covers the caregivers by spouses, parents, friends, and relatives. Each story is unique and insightful."—Teri Maggio (RUSA/CODES)


Baldwin, James (Introduction by Nikky Finney)

Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems

Beacon Press

"James Baldwin is one of America's most celebrated twentieth-century poets and this collection includes all nineteen poems from Jimmy's Blues (the out of print edition) and poems from his limited edition of 'Gypsy.' Baldwin writes perceptively and poignantly of time and history, longing and love, and poses riddles of conscience and spirit. His poems speak of the injustices of the world, and our experience as human beings making sense of our existence."—Teri Maggio (RUSA/CODES)


Austen, Jane (Edited by Susan J. Wolfson)

Northanger Abbey: An Annotated Edition

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

"Another Jane Austen only this time a less popular work. The introduction explains this gothic work and why it was chosen. Belknap always does such a beautiful job on their annotations, making the novel easier to understand and more enjoyable."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Brontë , Emily (Edited by Janet Gezari)

The Annotated Wuthering Heights

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

"As all the Belknap annotated books are, this is outstanding. From the detailed introduction to the side annotations, Wuthering Heights is a joy to behold."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Dalembert, Louis-Philippe (Translated by Robert H. McCormick, Jr.)

The Other Side of the Sea: A Novel

The University of Virginia Press

"With the current focus on diversity in reading, this first translation of a major Haitian author offers to extend collections in both high school and public libraries. The delight of this item, however, lies in the beauty of the prose and narration. Short in length, but deep in conceptual vision."—Janie Pickett (AASL)


Matras, Yaron

The Romani Gypsies

Harvard University Press

"Author Yaron Matras unveils the mysteriousness behind the Romani people and details, with research and compassion for a people who have been vilified throughout the ages. There are chapters about the history, customs, and language of the Romani as well as their modern identity throughout the globe. Highly recommended for a collection in need of accurate information on the Gypsies."—Delia Swanner (AASL)


Barnes, Ian with Malise Ruthven

Crossroads of War: A Historical Atlas of the Middle East

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

"A beautifully illustrated atlas of the Middle East covering history from the Bronze Age to the Arab Spring. Not only does it have colorful maps and illustrations, but also very readable entries about the topics that are being described. The Middle East continues to be shaped by vagaries of military conflict from ancient times through modern times. The book offers true insight into the cradle of civilization."—Teri Maggio (RUSA/CODES)

"An engaging visual, as well as textual narrative of the history of conflict in the Middle East. Covering the political and military movements and conflicts of the region from ancient times through the Gulf Wars and the Arab Spring, this book will interest many who recognize names and places, but may have been unaware of the import."—Janie Pickett (AASL)

"Kudos to Ian Barnes, who in 224 pages tells the story of the land grabs and ever present conflicts in the Middle East. Through stunning visuals and clear concise narratives 5,000 years of conflict and politics come to life. The writing is easy to understand and connect to the maps, which vary throughout the book to best illustrate the narrative. An excellent addition to any history collection in high school or middle school."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Stone, Mac

Everglades: America's Wetland

University Press of Florida

"This book is a visual journal of close to 200 photographs that portray the grandeur of Florida's wetlands, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Aerial, underwater, and hauntingly beautiful close-ups reveal the natural wonders of what we know as the Everglades."—Sabrina Carnesi (AASL)


Jones, Alethia, and Virginia Eubanks (Editors), with Barbara Smith

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith

State University of New York Press

"Through interviews with a courageous woman, Barbara Smith, we learn and understand about the growth of the Black Feminist Movement along with Civil Rights, Equal Rights, Gay Rights, and Feminist Rights. We learn how this remarkable woman became who she is as she grew to understand herself through the struggles she encountered. A wonderful treasure trove of insight."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


West, Cornel (In Dialogue with and Edited by Christa Buschendorf)

Black Prophetic Fire

Beacon Press

"Cornell West at his best. A discussion of major black figures from the civil rights movement and before. Looking at prophets of the movement and reminding us what real sacrifice and courage in the face of dramatic change looks like."—Hilary Albert (RUSA/CODES)


Chaplin, Charlie (Edited by Lisa Stein Haven)

A Comedian Sees the World

University of Missouri Press

"Now regarded as his first published writing, A Comedian Sees the World documents Charlie Chaplin's 1931-1932 European trek. Whether picked up because of the narrator, time or geography, Chaplin's memoir provides a truly special glimpse of all three."—Sara Frey (AASL)


Goldsworthy, Adrian

Augustus: First Emperor of Rome

Yale University Press

"Adrian Goldsworthy's biography of Augustus explores the founding of the Roman Empire by expanding upon the political and military history of Augustus. Goldsworthy uses famous Roman historians (some with Greek origins) as his primary sources to describe Augustus's rise to power, various Roman conflicts, and the political climate surrounding both Julius Caesar and Augustus. Augustus: First Emperor of Rome is an expansive, dramatic, and informative book great for any historical collection or public library."—Phillip Ballo (RUSA/CODES)


Winter, Jay (Editor)

The Cambridge History of the First World War (3 Volume Hardback Set)

Cambridge University Press

"Leading historians contributed chapters to this three-volume set. In the introduction, editor Jay Winter explains that these are the fourth generation of historians to write about World War I. The first had experienced the war directly. The second saw the war through the after-effects of World War II. The third was caught in the post-imperial Cold War era. The current, fourth generation is 'transnational,' seeing the World War I conflict beyond Europe. The transnational lens looks at multiple levels of historical experience. Volume I, Global War, includes chapters about the land, air, and sea wars; North and South America, Asia, and Africa; and war crimes. Volume II, The State, covers diplomacy, armed forces, and negotiating the peace treaty. Volume III, Civil Society, explores life on the home front, with the effect of the war on family structure, women's roles, and culture. Illustrations include maps, photographs, and charts. Bibliographical essays provide recommendations for further reading. The only limitation to this excellent reference set is the steep price ($450 list) which places it out of the range of most public and school libraries."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


Havey, Lily Yuriko Nakai

Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence

University of Utah Press

"In March, 1942, 10-year-old Yuriko 'Lily' Nakai, her older brother, and their Japanese-born parents were ordered to leave their Los Angeles home for a camp. Lily thought that meant a camping trip, with hiking and fishing. Instead the Nakais and thousands of other Japanese-Americans were relocated to internment camps. After six months in barracks set up at the Santa Anita Racetrack, the family was moved to the Amache Relocation Center in Granada, Colorado. Camp residents created community, with a newspaper, Buddhist and Christian religious services, social clubs, and a school. Havey had spent a third of her life in the camps by the time the war ended and the family moved to a new home in Salt Lake City. Havey interweaves her parents' stories with the story of life in the camp from a young teenager's perspective. The memoir is illustrated with Havey's watercolor paintings and family photographs. Reading the book is like listening to Havey tell her story. It is highly recommended for middle school students to adults."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


Knowles, Anne Kelly, Tim Cole, and Alberto Giordano (Editors)

Geographies of the Holocaust

Indiana University Press

"Holocaust Studies is a multi-disciplinary field that includes history, sociology, political science, and geography. Geographic Information Science ('GIScience') analyzes spaces and places and the matches, or mismatches, between what was planned and what was implemented, what was said and what was done, and policy and practice. For example, historical records document the planning (site selection and construction) of concentration camps in addition to the records of the imprisonment and mass murder. GIScience provides data to answer questions like, 'Who were the perpetrators? Did some locations have greater involvement by local authorities than others? Were some areas spared longer than others? Were early killing sites more, or less, public than later sites?' The scope extends to all the Nazi and Axis-controlled territory in Germany, Eastern Europe, and Italy."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)


Okubo, Miné

Citizen 13660

University of Washington Press

"High school students and teachers will find this primary source account of Miné Okubo's internment in relocation centers in California and Utah. Okubo both wrote and illustrated her account of her time in these camps. First published in 1946, this new edition will appeal to students of both the time period and of the graphic novel format."—Judi Repman (AASL)


Pandian, Anand and M. P. Mariappan

Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India

Indiana University Press

"A clear and accessible ethnography, this detailed story of the author's grandfather, Ayya, shares a life lived during a time of great change in India. Through that story, the reader considers her own place in the global and universal issues explored here. Detailed reading, but recommended for the depth of consideration."—Janie Pickett (AASL)


Levinson, Nan

War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

Rutgers University Press

"Libraries strive to present reliable and valid evidence for differing points of view on important topics. This book provides just that: content for thoughtful consideration of a timely topic. The writing is clear and compelling, and the stories engaging."—Janie Pickett (AASL)


Wyckoff, William

How to Read the American West: A Field Guide

University of Washington Press

"Unlike conventional travel guides where attractions are presented by location, geographer William Wyckoff presents a field guide to 100 landscape features of the American west. They are arranged by type including: natural formations; farms and ranches; mining, drilling, and milling; cultural identity; roads, rails, and wires; government property; urban development; and recreation. Each section covers a broad spectrum. In addition to wheat, corn, and cattle, Wycoff documents isolated farmsteads, field irrigation systems, vineyards, and wineries. Cultural identity comprises Native Americans, Spanish colonies, Japanese internment camps, and gay/lesbian neighborhoods. The federal government's influence is shown in the original land surveys and state lines, dams and water projects, and historic and modern military bases, as well as national parks and forests. Historic and contemporary photographs, maps, and drawings complement the text. The book is easy to pick up and dip into, a chapter at a time. Readers will refresh their knowledge and pick up dozens of interesting new facts and anecdotes."—Nann Blaine Hilyard (RUSA/CODES)

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