2008 University Press Books


Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries


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Augst, Thomas and Kenneth Carpenter (Editors)

Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States

384 pp., 6” x 9”, 39 illus., $80.00 cloth, $28.95 paper, CIP included

July 2007

University of Massachusetts Press

Tracing the evolution of the library as a modern institution from the late eighteenth century to the digital era, this book explores the diverse practices by which Americans have shared reading matter for instruction, edification, and pleasure. This book offers a social history of literacy and leisure, an intellectual history of institutional and technological innovations that facilitated the mass distribution and consumption of printed books and periodicals, and a cultural history of the symbolic meanings and practical uses of reading in American life. “An important addition to American studies and library history collections.”—Library Journal

LC 2007004226, ISBN 978-1-55849-590-6 (c.), ISBN 978-1-55849-591-3 (p.)




Dalby, Liza

East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir through the Seasons

345 pp., 6” x 8”, 32 illus., index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2007

University of California Press

Structured according to the seasonal units of an ancient Chinese almanac, East Wind Melts the Ice is made up of 72 short chapters that can be read straight through or dipped into at random. Dalby transports us from her Berkeley garden to the streets of Kyoto, to Imperial China, to the sea cliffs of Northern California, and to points beyond. Throughout these journeys, she weaves her memories of living in Japan and becoming the first and only non-Japanese geisha, her observations on the recurring phenomena of the natural world, and meditations on the cultural aesthetics of Japan, China, and California.

LC 2006017932, ISBN 978-0-520-25053-6




Goldstein, Tom

Journalism and Truth: Strange Bedfellows

207 pp., 5 1/4” x 8”, index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

July 2007

Northwestern University Press

The relationship between journalism and truth is at the core of Goldstein’s timely book. Other disciplines, Goldstein tells us, have clear protocols for gathering evidence and searching for truth. Journalism, however, has conventions that may work against that goal. Looking at how journalism has changed over time—and with it, notions about accuracy in reporting—Goldstein explores how these long-standing and ultimately untrustworthy conventions developed. He also examines why reliable standards of objectivity and accuracy are critical not just to a free press but to the democratic society it serves. “Tightly written and polemical.”—Austin American-Statesman

LC 2007007862, ISBN 978-0-8101-2433-2



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