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02 Signed Editions - Stein, Michael M.D., Prof. of Medicine
The Rape of the Muse
Author: Michael Stein M.D., Professor of Medicine
Publisher: Permanent Press; Pub. Date: October 2011; Hardcover
Subject: Fiction

"Rand Taber, one of The Times' 25 artists under 25 to watch, has painter's block. He needs to get out of New York to work again. Introduced to Harris Montrose, an artistic giant and eccentric who has secluded himself in Providence, Rhode Island, Rand becomes Montrose's studio assistant. Rand has a front-row seat on the deteriorating relationship between Montrose and his life-long friend, the sculptor Simon Pruhar. When Montrose puts Pruhar in his new picture, "The Rape of the Muse," and publishes it in Vanity Fair, his oldest friend sues for libel. Rand's journey, as he falls for a woman who pushes him to paint again, is one of artistic inspiration, love and betrayal, hero worship and disappointment. This novel is based on a true artworld rivalry and courtroom drama.”--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-15796222-3
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157962223
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02 Signed Editions - Wood, Gordon, Prof. Emeritus of History
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Republic, 1789-1815
Author: Gordon S. Wood, Professor Emeritus of History
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pub. Date: October 2009; Hardcover
Subject: American History

-A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History
-Winner of the New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize
-Winner of the Cincinnati History Prize of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey
-A New York Times Bestseller

"A new addition to the Oxford History of the United States, Wood's superb book brings together much of what historians now know about the first quarter-century of the nation's history under the Constitution... A triumph of the historian's art, Wood's book will not soon be supplanted. No one interested in the era should miss it."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

ISBN-13: 978-019503914-6
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019503914
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Achebe, Chinua, Professor of Africana Studies
Title: There was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

Author: Chinua Achebe, Professor of Africana Studies
Publisher: Penguin; Pub. Date: October 2012; Subject: Academic; Memoir;

"The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe’s people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders…Achebe masterfully relates his experience, both as he lived it and how he has come to understand it…Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and forty years of research and reflection. Wise, humane, and authoritative, it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe’s place as one of the most vital literary and moral voices of our age.”--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-159420482-1

159420482
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Achebe, Chinua, Professor of Africana Studies
Title: There was a Country: A Memoir

Author: Chinua Achebe, Professor of Africana Studies
Publisher: Penguin; Pub. Date: September 2013; Subject: Academic; Memoir;

"The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe’s people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders…Achebe masterfully relates his experience, both as he lived it and how he has come to understand it…Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and forty years of research and reflection. Wise, humane, and authoritative, it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe’s place as one of the most vital literary and moral voices of our age.”--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-014312403-0

014312403
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Bernstein, Susan, Prof. of Comp. Lit & German Studies
Housing Problems: Writing and Architecture in Goethe, Walpole, Freun, and Heidegger
Author: Susan Bernstein, Professor of Comparative Literature & German Studies
Publisher: Stanford University Press; Pub. Date: June 2008; Paperback
Subject: Literary Criticism

"In Housing Problems, Susan Bernstein studies the actual houses of Goethe, Walpole, and Freud alongside textual articulations of the architectonic problems of design, containment, shelter, and fragmentation. The linking of "text" and "house" brings into focus the historical tradition that has established a symmetry between design and instance, interior and exterior, author and house—an often unexamined fantasy of historicism. Taking as its point of departure Goethe's efforts to establish such a synthesis through the concept of Bildung, the book traces the destabilization of this symmetry between house and self in Gothic literature and in narratives surrounding the founding of psychoanalysis. The interest in architecture holds open the tension between the generalizing figures of architectonics and the singular quality of housing features. These continue to mark theoretical thinking even as they dissolve and withdraw, as in Heidegger's "house of Being."--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-080475855-0

080475855
Price: $21.95

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Bewes, Timothy, Assoc. Prof. of English
The Event of Postcolonial Shame
Author: Timothy Bewes, Associate Professor of English
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Pub. Date: December 2010; Paperback
Subject: Literary Criticism

"Drawing on thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Frantz Fanon, Theodor Adorno, and Gilles Deleuze, Bewes argues that in literature there is an "event" of shame that brings together these ethical and aesthetic tensions. Reading works by J. M. Coetzee, Joseph Conrad, Nadine Gordimer, V. S. Naipaul, Caryl Phillips, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and Zo Wicomb, Bewes presents a startling theory: the practices of postcolonial literature depend upon and repeat the same structures of thought and perception that made colonialism possible in the first place. As long as those structures remain in place, literature and critical thinking will remain steeped in shame.

Offering a new mode of postcolonial reading, The Event of Postcolonial Shame demands a literature and a criticism that acknowledge their own ethical deficiency without seeking absolution from it."--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-069114166-4

069114166
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Bogues, Anthony, Prof. of Africana Studies & Poli Sci
Empire of Liberty: Power, Desire, and Freedom
Author: Anthony Bogues, Professor of Africana Studies & Political Science
Publisher: Dartmouth; Pub. Date: November 2010; Paperback;
Subject: Africana Studies, Political Science

"In this thoughtful and timely consideration of the nature of American power and empire, Anthony Bogues argues that America's self-presentation as the bastion of liberty is an attempt to force upon the world a single universal truth, which has the objective of eradicating the radical imagination. Central to this project of American supremacy is the elaboration and construction of a language of power in which a form of self-government appears as the form of sovereignty. Grappling with issues of power, race, slavery, violence, and the nature of postcolonial criticism and critical theory, Bogues offers reconsiderations of the writings of W. E. B. DuBois and Frantz Fanon in order to break holes in this accepted structure of empire. At its heart this is a work of radical humanistic theory that seeks to glean from the postcolonial world and empire an alternative to its imperial form of freedom."--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-158465931-0
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158465931
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Braun, Lundy, Professor of Medical Science &Africana Studies
Breathing Race into the Machine: he Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics
Author: Lundy Braun, Professor of Medical Science and Africana Studies
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; Pub. Date: February 2014; Subject: Academic;

"In the antebellum South, plantation physicians used a new medical device--the spirometer--to show that lung volume and therefore vital capacity were supposedly less in black slaves than in white citizens. At the end of the Civil War, a large study of racial difference employing the spirometer appeared to confirm the finding, which was then applied to argue that slaves were unfit for freedom. What is astonishing is that this example of racial thinking is anything but a historical relic.

In Breathing Race into the Machine, science studies scholar Lundy Braun traces the little-known history of the spirometer to reveal the social and scientific processes by which medical instruments have worked to naturalize racial and ethnic differences, from Victorian Britain to today. Routinely a factor in clinical diagnoses, preemployment physicals, and disability estimates, spirometers are often 'race corrected,' typically reducing normal values for African Americans by 15 percent.

An unsettling account of the pernicious effects of racial thinking that divides people along genetic lines, Breathing Race into the Machine helps us understand how race enters into science and shapes medical research and practice.”--publisher description

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ISBN-13: 978-081668357-4

081668357
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Brennan, Jason, Asst. Prof. of Philosophy
The Ethics of Voting
Author: Jason Brennan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Pub. Date: April 2011; Hardcover
Subject: Political Science

"Nothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral obligation to vote, that any sincere vote is morally acceptable, and that buying, selling, or trading votes is inherently wrong. In this provocative book, Jason Brennan challenges our fundamental assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for most citizens--in fact, he argues, many people owe it to the rest of us not to vote.

Bad choices at the polls can result in unjust laws, needless wars, and calamitous economic policies. Brennan shows why voters have duties to make informed decisions in the voting booth, to base their decisions on sound evidence for what will create the best possible policies, and to promote the common good rather than their own self-interest. They must vote well--or not vote at all. Brennan explains why voting is not necessarily the best way for citizens to exercise their civic duty, and why some citizens need to stay away from the polls to protect the democratic process from their uninformed, irrational, or immoral votes.

In a democracy, every citizen has the right to vote. This book reveals why sometimes it's best if they don't."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-069114481-8

069114481
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Cammett, Melani, Assoc. Prof. of Political Science
Globalization and Business Politics in Arab North Africa: A Comparative Perspective
Author: Melani Clarie Cammett, Associate Professor of Political Science
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Pub. Date: July 2010; Paperback
Subject: Political Science; Globalization;

"The main focus of the book is whether globalization and trade liberalization enable business associations to become real representatives of business interests rather than state-controlled or otherwise ineffective organizations in developing countries. The book relies heavily on more than 200 interviews with Moroccan and Tunisian workers and employers to trace changes in business associational life after trade liberalization in the 1980s and 1990s. The core argument is that pre-economic liberalization relations between business and the state condition how business groups organize in the face of large-scale economic change."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-052115626-4

052115626
Price: $29.99

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Coover, Robert - Literary Criticism
Robert Coover & the Generosity of the Page
Author: Stéphane Vanderhaeghe
Publisher: Dalkey Archive; Pub. Date: February 2013; Subject: Academic; Literary Criticism;

"Robert Coover and the Generosity of the Page is an unconventional study of Robert Coover's work from his early masterpiece The Origin of the Brunists (1966) to the recent Noir (2010). Written in the second person, it offers a self-reflexive investigation into the ways in which Coover's stories often challenge the reader to resist the conventions of sense-making and even literary criticism. By portraying characters lost in surroundings they often fail to grasp, Coover's work playfully enacts a '(melo)drama of cognition' that mirrors the reader's own desire to interpret and make sense of texts in unequivocal ways. This tendency in Coover's writing is indicative of a larger refusal of the ready-made, of the once-and-for-all or the authoritative, celebrating instead, in its generosity, the widening of possibilities--thus inevitably forcing the reader-critic to acknowledge the arbitrariness and artificiality of her responses.”--publisher description

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ISBN-13: 978-156478807-8

156478807
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Coover, Robert - Robert Coover Festschrift
The Review of Contemporary Fiction: Spring 2012 Vol. XXXII
Author: John O'Brien, ed.
Publisher: The Review of Contemporary Fiction; Pub. Date: July 2012; Subject: Robert Coover; Literary Criticism;

Festschrift: a volume of writings by different authors presented as a tribute or memorial especially to a scholar.

ISBN-13: 978-156478811-5

156478811
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Coover, Robert, Visiting Prof. of Literary Arts
Noir: A Novel
Author: Robert Coover, Visiting Professor of Literary Arts
Publisher: Overlook; Pub. Date: March 2010; Hardcover
Subject: Fiction

"Starred Review. Metafiction lustily mates with hard-boiled mystery in this hilarious homage to Raymond Chandler and company. A sexy widow with plenty to hide hires private eye Philip M. Noir to look into her husband's mysterious death. Noir slips on his gumshoes and lacy underwear and hits the mean streets, where he encounters the Creep, Fingers, Rats, Snark, and an elusive fat man named Fat Agnes. He even meets people who live in a different world. It was called daytime. Prolific postmodernist Coover (The Public Burning) adds his dazzling two bits to the deconstructionist turf Paul Auster prowled in the New York Trilogy. There's a mystery here, but you're a street dick, not a metaphysician, the second-person narrative explains. Like Thomas Pynchon in 2009's Inherent Vice, Coover pops off laughs on every page: Her brother is in it somewhere and he is said also to be wearing women's underpants and a bra.... Is he your double? No, you don't have a bra. And don't forget, Chandler was really funny, too."—Publishers Weekly

ISBN-13: 978-159020294-4

159020294
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Dean, Carolyn, Sr. Assoc. Dean of Faculty
Aversion and Erasure: The Fate of the Victim after the Holocaust
Author: Carolyn Dean, Sr. Associate Dean of Faculty
Publisher: Cornell University Press; Pub. Date: December 2010; Hardcover
Subject: History; Historiography; Jewish Studies

"In Aversion and Erasure, Carolyn J. Dean offers a bold account of how the Holocaust's status as humanity's most terrible example of evil has shaped contemporary discourses about victims in the West. Popular and scholarly attention to the Holocaust has led some observers to conclude that a "surfeit of Jewish memory" is obscuring the suffering of other peoples. Dean explores the pervasive idea that suffering and trauma in the United States and Western Europe have become central to identity, with victims competing for recognition by displaying their collective wounds."--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-080144944-4

080144944
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Delaney, Carol, John Carter Brown Library
Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem: How Religion Drove the Voyages that Led to America
Author: Carol Delaney
Publisher: Free Press; Pub. Date: July 2012; Subject: Academic; European History;

"Five hundred years after he set sail, the dominant understanding of Christopher Columbus holds him responsible for almost everything that went wrong in the New World. Here, finally, is a book that will radically change our interpretation of the man and his mission. Scholar Carol Delaney claims that the true motivation for Columbus’s voyages is very different from what is commonly accepted. She argues that he was inspired to find a western route to the Orient not only to obtain vast sums of gold for the Spanish Crown but primarily to help fund a new crusade to take Jerusalem from the Muslims—a goal that sustained him until the day he died. Rather than an avaricious glory hunter, Delaney reveals Columbus as a man of deep passion, patience, and religious conviction.

Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem is based on extensive archival research, trips to Spain and Italy to visit important sites in Columbus’s life story, and a close reading of writings from his day. It recounts the drama of the four voyages, bringing the trials of ocean navigation vividly to life and showing Columbus for the master navigator that he was. Delaney offers not an apologist’s take, but a clear-eyed, thought-provoking, and timely reappraisal of the man and his legacy. She depicts him as a thoughtful interpreter of the native cultures that he and his men encountered, and unfolds the tragic story of how his initial attempts to establish good relations with the natives turned badly sour, culminating in his being brought back to Spain as a prisoner in chains. Putting Columbus back into the context of his times, rather than viewing him through the prism of present-day perspectives on colonial conquests, Delaney shows him to have been neither a greedy imperialist nor a quixotic adventurer, as he has lately been depicted, but a man driven by an abiding religious passion.”--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-030771651-143910237-4

143910237
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Dosa, David, Asst. Prof. of Medicine
Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
Author: David Dosa, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine
Publisher: Hyperion; Pub. Date: April 2011; Paperback
Subject: Medicine; Animal Companions

"Dosa, a geriatrician with a strong aversion to cats, tells the endearing story of Oscar the cat, the aloof resident at a nursing home who only spends time with people who are about to die. Despite hearing numerous stories about Oscar's uncanny ability to predict when a patient's time is nearing, Dosa, ever the scientist, remains skeptical. Slowly, he starts to concede that there may be something special about Oscar. Dosa starts to pay more attention to the cat's decidedly odd behavior, noticing that Oscar seeks out the dying, snuggles with the patient and family members until the patient passes; with others, he smells the patient's feet, sits outside a closed door until admitted, or refuses to leave a dying patient's bed. Dosa discovers how powerfully Oscar's mere presence reassures frightened or grieving family. Ultimately, the good doctor realizes that it doesn't matter where Oscar's gift comes from; it's the comfort he brings that's important. This touching and engaging book is a must-read for more than just cat lovers; anyone who enjoys a well-written and compelling story will find much to admire in its unlikely hero"—Publishers Weekly

ISBN-13: 978-140131043-1

140131043
Price: $13.99

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Elliott, Gregory C., Prof. of Sociology
Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence
Author: Gregory C. Elliott, Professor of Sociology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Pub. Date: February 2009; Paperback
Subject: Sociology; Child Care

"Combining empirical evidence with indices to measure mattering, Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence explores the inverse relationship between mattering and dysfunctional behavior in adolescence.

• Defines mattering and distinguishes among the three ways that people can matter to others: awareness, importance, and reliance.
•Utilizes empirical evidence from a quantitative analyses of data from a nationwide survey 2,004 adolescents to support author’s assertions.
•Explores the impact of structural and demographic factors such as family structure in developing of a sense of mattering in adolescents.
•Includes helpful indices, including his Mattering Index and Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Index.
•Suggests how parents, teachers, and other significant people in the lives of adolescents can work to instill a sense of mattering in those under their care."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-140516243-2

140516243
Price: $49.95

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Estlund, David M., Prof. of Philosophy
Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework
Author: David M. Estlund, Professor of Philosophy
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Pub. Date: August 2009; Paperback
Subject: Philosophy; Political Philosophy

"Democracy is not naturally plausible. Why turn such important matters over to masses of people who have no expertise? Many theories of democracy answer by appealing to the intrinsic value of democratic procedure, leaving aside whether it makes good decisions. In Democratic Authority, David Estlund offers a groundbreaking alternative based on the idea that democratic authority and legitimacy must depend partly on democracy's tendency to make good decisions.

Estlund's theory--which he calls "epistemic proceduralism"--avoids epistocracy, or the rule of those who know. He argues that while some few people probably do know best, this can be used in political justification only if their expertise is acceptable from all reasonable points of view. If we seek the best epistemic arrangement in this respect, it will be recognizably democratic--with laws and policies actually authorized by the people subject to them."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-069114324-8

069114324
Price: $27.95

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Evenson, Brian, Prof. of Literary Arts
The Open Curtain
Author: Brian Evenson, Professor of Literary Arts
Publisher: Coffee House Press; Pub. Date: October 2008; Paperback
Subject: Fiction

"Evenson (Altmann's Tongue) explores some controversial Mormon history in this thoughtful thriller rooted in an actual century-old murder case. When Rudd, a disaffected, fatherless Mormon teenager living in an unspecified part of Utah, discovers he has a half-brother, Lael, in suburban Provo, the two meet and embark on a strange friendship. While researching a school project, Rudd learns from a series of stories in the New York Times about a murder committed by William Hooper Young, a grandson of Brigham Young, the Mormon pioneer. In 1902, William Young was tried for, and convicted of, the murder of Anna Pulitzer. The crime cast a dark shadow on the Church of the Latter-Day Saints by exposing such arcane, perhaps doctrinal concepts as "blood atonement," a disturbing idea about the saving of a Mormon soul by shedding someone else's blood. This macabre backstory, coupled with Rudd's increasingly fractured mental state, results in a contemporary gothic tale about the apocalyptic connection between religion and violence."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-156689188-2

156689188
Price: $14.95

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Evenson, Brian, Professor of Literary Arts
Immobility
Author: Brian Evenson, Professor of Literary Arts
Publisher: Tor Books; Pub. Date: April 2013; Subject: Science Fiction;

"Immobility’s bleak landscape and doubting yet relentless protagonist display Brian Evenson, one of our best and bravest novelists, at his most probing and mordant. The book might almost be the product of a collaboration between the younger Samuel Beckett and the mid-career Buster Keaton. No one else in America is writing like this, and no one but he possesses Evenson's ravishing, diamond-like focus.”—Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of A Dark Matter

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ISBN-13: 978-076533097-0

076533097
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Evenson, Brian, Professor of Literary Arts
Windeye
Author: Brian Evenson, Professor of Literary Arts
Publisher: Coffee House Press; Pub. Date: April 2012; Subject: Fiction;

"Brian Evenson is one of the treasures of American story writing, a true successor both to the generation of Coover, Barthelme, Hawkes and Co., but also to Edgar Allan Poe." —Jonathan Lethem

"A woman falling out of sync with the world; a king's servant hypnotized by his murderous horse; a transplanted ear with a mind of its own—the characters in these stories live as interlopers in a world shaped by mysterious disappearances and unfathomable discrepancies between the real and imagined. Brian Evenson, master of literary horror, presents his most far-ranging collection to date, exploring how humans can persist in an increasingly unreal world. Haunting, gripping, and psychologically fierce, these tales illuminate a dark and unsettling side of humanity.

Praised by Peter Straub for going 'furthest out on the sheerest, least sheltered narrative precipice,' Brian Evenson is the author of ten books of fiction. He has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the World Fantasy Award, and the winner of the International Horror Guild Award, and the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel. Fugue State was named one of Time Out New York's Best Books of 2009. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and three O. Henry Prizes, including one for the title story in "Windeye," Evenson lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Department.”--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-030771651-4

156689298
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Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters
with the Mind in Crisis
--Faculty Author
Author: Christine Montross, Asst. Prof. of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Publisher: Penguin; Pub. Date: August 2013; Subject: Non-Fiction; Memoir;

"Montross is pragmatic and compassionate in her attempts to understand the complexities of each individual's neurosis, intertwining research into early medical and psychiatric practices with reflections on her family as she searches for a medical treatment that will be effective—and that her patients will be willing to follow. Empathetic and informative, Falling into the Fire is a fascinating look into the convoluted world of psychiatry and mental illness.”--Shelf Awareness

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ISBN-13: 978-159420393-0

159420393
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Field, Thalia, Assoc. Prof. of Literary Arts
Incarnate: Story Material
Author: Thalia Field, Associate Professor of Literary Arts
Publisher: New Directions; Pub. Date: October 2004; Paperback
Subject: Poetry

"Thalia Field's inventive new book explores the very condition of being incarnate: how, invested with human form, we experience both suffering and ecstasy from childhood to adulthood to death. As with her previous book published by New Directions, Point and Line (2000), Incarnate defies categorization: it "industriously works the sparsely populated and as yet underdeveloped borderlands between poetry, fiction, theater, and contemporary classical music" (Review of Contemporary Fiction). In Incarnate: Story Material, she continues to reach beyond borders, examining how, trapped in our own stories, we act and react in a world of solidity, perceiving something "other" close at hand. With its amazing variety of poetic and prose-like forms, driven by a fierce and playful intelligence, Incarnate: Story Material challenges and moves us."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-081121599-2

081121599
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Field, Thalia, Assoc. Prof. of Literary Arts
A Prank of Georges
Author: Thalia Field, Associate Professor of Literary Arts & Abigail Lang
Publisher: Essay Press; Pub. Date: April 2010; Paperback
Subject: Poetry

"A convoy, a motley, a mob of machines. Machines? By George! Gertrude Stein cranks the motor, and we're off to the carnival, the roller-coaster ride across genres, languages, typefaces and names. American names especially, where Wilson may come from Witkiewicz and castle from Katzenellengogen. It's dazzling. It's a riot. It self-deconstrcuts, but it won't disappoint you."--Rosemarie Waldrop--Backmatter

ISBN-13: 978-097911896-8

097911896
Price: $16.95

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Field, Thalia, Assoc. Prof. of Literary Arts
Bird Lovers, Backyard
Author: Thalia Field, Associate Professor of Literary Arts
Publisher: New Directions; Pub. Date: April 2010; Paperback
Subject: Poetry

"Bird Lovers, Backyard continues Thalia Field’s interrogation of the act of storytelling and her experimentation with literary genre. Field’s illuminating essays, or stories, in poetic form, place scientists, philosophers, animals, even the military, in real and imagined events. Her open questioning brings in subjects as diverse as pigeons, chat rooms, nuclear testing, the building of the Kennedy Space Center, the development of seaside beaches, Konrad Lorenz, the American author and animal trainer Vicki Hearne, and the Swiss zoologist Heini Hediger. Throughout, she intermingles fact and fiction, probing the porous boundaries between human and animal, calling into question “what we are willing to do with words,” and spinning a world where life is haunted by echoes. Story and event survive through daring language, and the elegies of history."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-081121840-5

081121840
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Fisher, Linford D., Asst. Professor of History
The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America
Author: Linford D. Fisher, Assistant Professor of History
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pub. Date: June 2012; Subject: Academic; Native American History;

"The First Great Awakening was a time of heightened religious activity in the colonial New England. Among those whom the English settlers tried to convert to Christianity were the region's native peoples. In this book, Linford Fisher tells the gripping story of American Indians' attempts to wrestle with the ongoing realities of colonialism between the 1670s and 1820...While Indian involvement in the Great Awakening has often been seen as total and complete conversion, Fisher's analysis of church records, court documents, and correspondence reveals a more complex reality...Charting this untold story of the Great Awakening and the resultant rise of an Indian Separatism and its effects on Indian cultures as a whole, this gracefully written book challenges long-held notions about religion and Native-Anglo-American interaction."--publisher description

Linford D. Fisher is Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2008. His essays have appeared in the "New England Quarterly," "Ethnohistory," and the "Harvard Theological Review."

ISBN-13: 978-019974004-8

019974004
Price: $34.95

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Frank, Caroline, Visiting Lecturer in American Studies
Objectifying China, Imagining America: Chinese Commodities in Early America
Author: Caroline Frank, Visiting Lecturer in Dept. of History & American Studies
Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Pub. Date: January 2012; Paperback
Subject: Academic; American History

"Frank not only recovers the widespread presence of Chinese commodities in early America and the impact of East Indies trade on the nature of American commerce, but also explores the role of the this trade in American state formation. She argues that to understand how Chinese commodities fueled the opening acts of the Revolution, we must consider the power dynamics of the American quest for china--and China--during the colonial period. Filled with fresh and surprising insights, this ambitious study adds new dimensions to the ongoing story of America’s relationship with China."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-022626028-0

022626028
Price: $25.00

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Gander, Forrest, Prof. of Literary Arts
Core Samples from the World
Author: Forrest Gander, Professor of Literary Arts; Photography by Raymond Meeks, Graciela Iturbide & Lucas Foglia
Publisher: New Directions; Pub. Date: June 2011; Paperback
Subject: Poetry; Essays

"Forrest Gander’s Core Samples from the World is a magnificent compendium of poetry, photography, and essay (a form of Japanese haibun). Collaborating with three acclaimed photographers, Gander explores tensions between the familiar and foreign. His eloquent new work voices an ethical concern for others, exploring empathic relations in which the world itself is fundamental. Taking us around the globe to China, Mexico, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Chile, Core Samples shows how Gander’s “sharp sense of place has made him the most earthly of our avant-garde, the best geographer of fleshly sites since Olson” (Donald Revell, The Colorado Review). 20 black-and-white photographs"—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-081121887-0

081121887
Price: $15.95

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Goodman, Katherine, Prof. Emeritus of German Studies
Dis/Closures: Women's Autobiography in Germany from 1790 and 1914
Author: Goodman, Katherine, Professor Emeritus of German Studies
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing; Pub. Date: December 1986; Paperback
Subject: German Literature

ISBN-13: 978-019503914-6

082040398
Price: $34.95

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Gorn, Elliott, Prof. of History
Dillinger's Wild Ride: The Year That Made America's Public Enemy Number One
Author: Elliott Gorn, Professor of History
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pub. Date: June 2011; Paperback
Subject: True Crime

"In an era that witnessed the rise of celebrity outlaws like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger was the most famous and flamboyant of them all. Reports on the man and his misdeeds--spiced with accounts of his swashbuckling bravado and cool daring--provided an America worn down by the Great Depression with a story of sex and violence that proved irresistible.

In Dillinger's Wild Ride, Elliott J. Gorn provides a riveting account of the year between 1933 and 1934, when the Dillinger gang pulled over a dozen bank jobs, and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars. A dozen men--police, FBI agents, gangsters, and civilians--lost their lives in the rampage, and American newspapers breathlessly followed every shooting and jail-break. As Dillinger's wild year unfolded, the tale grew larger and larger in newspapers and newsreels. Even today, Dillinger is the subject of pulp literature, poetry, fiction, and films, including a movie starring Johnny Depp."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-019976916-2

019976916
Price: $15.95

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