2008 University Press Books

 

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700-799 The Arts


700-759 Fine Arts

760-779 Graphic Design, Photography        
780-799 Music, Performing Arts, Recreation/Sports        
   

700-759 Fine Arts


700.103

Blake, Casey

The Arts of Democracy: Art, Public Culture, and the State

352 pp., 6” x 9”, 45 b&w photos, index, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2007

The Woodrow Wilson Center Press and University of Pennsylvania Press

Influenced by two decades of debate inside and outside the academy about the relationship among the arts, politics, and public policy, the essays collected in The Arts of Democracy represent the coming of age of one of the liveliest fields in contemporary academic life. This volume illuminates the often contradictory impulses that have shaped the historical intersection of the arts, public culture, and the state in modern America, beginning with an art market at the turn of the twentieth century that supported a notion of civic identity, through the mid-century era of state-sponsored art, to the postmodern disconnect between artistic and civic languages.

LC 2007037149, ISBN 978-0-8122-4029-0

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700.973

McCarthy, Kevin F., Elizabeth Heneghan Ondaatje, and Jennifer L. Novak

Arts and Culture in the Metropolis: Strategies for Sustainability

122 pp., 7” x 10”, 18 tables and figures, $25.00 paper, CIP included

March 2007

RAND Corporation

The nonprofit arts currently face an environment that challenges the way they have grown and raises the prospect of future consolidation. In this book, the authors focus on the relationship among the components of local communities’ arts ecology and develop a new framework for evaluating systems of support to the arts. They then use this framework to assess the strengths and weaknesses of Philadelphia’s arts sector.

LC 2006101227, ISBN 978-0-8330-3890-6

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704.039

Power, Susan C.

Art of the Cherokee: Prehistory to the Present

295 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, 55 color and 20 b&w photos, 3 maps, index, $49.95 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

February 2007

University of Georgia Press

This illustrated historical overview features some of the finest examples of Cherokee art, ranging across the rich legacy of Cherokee artistic achievement from the sixteenth century to the present. Archival and scholarly sources and, when possible, the artists’ own words are used to interpret these objects in terms of their design, craftsmanship, style, and their function and meaning in Cherokee history and culture. “Power’s efforts to present so engaging a story will enhance our knowledge of the Cherokee’s creativity in the face of adversity and garner respect for Cherokee artists.”—Andrew L. Strout, University of Oklahoma School of Art

LC 2006018988, ISBN 978-0-8203-2766-2 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8203-2767-9 (p.)

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704.04

Perez, Laura E.

Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities

408 pp., 6” x 9”, 73 color and 17 b&w illus., notes, works cited, index, $89.95 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

July 2007

Duke University Press

Creating an invaluable archive, Laura E. Pérez examines the work of more than forty Chicana artists across a variety of media including painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance, photography, film and video, comics, sound recording, interactive CD-ROM, altars and other installation forms, and fiction, poetry, and plays. Providing a rich interpretive framework, Pérez describes how Chicana artists invoke a culturally hybrid spirituality to challenge racism, bigotry, patriarchy, and homophobia. Filled with representations of spirituality and allusions to non-Western visual and cultural traditions, the work of these Chicana artists is a vital contribution to a more inclusive canon of American arts.

LC 2006034540, ISBN 978-0-8223-3852-9 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8223-3868-0 (p.)

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: S


704.949

Battistini, Matilde (Translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia)

Astrology, Magic, and Alchemy

400 pp., 5 1/4” x 7 3/4”, 400 color illus., index of artists, index of subjects, $24.95 paper, CIP included

November 2007

Getty Publications

From antiquity to the Enlightenment, astrology, magic, and alchemy were considered important tools to unravel the mysteries of nature and human destiny. As a result of the West’s exposure during the Middle Ages to the astrological beliefs of Arab philosophers and the mystical writings of late antiquity, these occult traditions became rich sources of inspiration for Western artists. In this latest volume in the popular Guide to Imagery series, the author presents a careful analysis of occult iconography in many of the great masterpieces of Western art, calling out key features in the illustrations for discussion and interpretation.

LC 2007016612, ISBN 978-0-89236-907-2

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709.023

Baragli, Sandra (Translated by Brian D. Phillips)

European Art of the Fourteenth Century

384 pp., 5 1/4” x 7 3/4”, 400 color illus., index of artists, $24.95 paper, CIP included

February 2007

Getty Publications

This third volume in the Art Through the Centuries series highlights the most noteworthy concepts, geographic centers, and artists of the turbulent fourteenth century. While the great boom of cathedral building that had marked the previous century waned, cathedrals continued to serve as important centers of artistic creation. Wealthy patrons sponsored the production of elaborate altarpieces and smaller panel paintings for private devotional use, and a growing literate elite created a demand for richly decorated prayer books and volumes on secular topics. Important facts about the subjects under discussion are summarized in the margins of each entry, and salient features of the illustrated artworks are identified and discussed.

LC 2006024548, ISBN 978-0-89236-859-4

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709.73

Fink, Lois Marie

A History of the Smithsonian American Art Museum: The Intersection of Art, Science, and Bureaucracy

248 pp., 6” x 9”, 38 illus., $34.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2007

University of Massachusetts Press

The story of the evolution of the nation’s first official art collection. Dedicated to the art of the United States, the Smithsonian American Art Museum contains works by more than 7,000 artists and is widely regarded as an invaluable resource for the study and preservation of the nation’s cultural heritage. Curator Lois Marie Fink shows that the history of the museum is hardly one of steady progress. Like a nineteenth-century melodrama, its story is replete with villains and heroes, destruction by fire, dashed hopes, and periods of subsistence survival—all leading eventually to a happy ending.

LC 2007024293, ISBN 978-1-55849-616-3

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712.097

Howett, Catherine

A World of Her Own Making: Katherine Smith Reynolds and the Landscape of Reynolda

416 pp., 7” x 10”, 150 illus., $39.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2007

University of Massachusetts Press

“Not a professional herself, but an enlightened client, Katherine Smith Reynolds worked closely with architects, landscape designers, and other professionals to give concrete expression to a world of her own making. Because she acted in her own right, while her husband provided endorsement and financial support, Howett considers the development of Reynolda ‘one of the most important women’s projects of its era.’...Her sympathy with southern culture sets just the right tone. Her knowledge of it permits her to address a wide range of related topics that enhance the story. Readers, especially women, will find inspiration in its pages.”—Barbara B. Millhouse, president, Reynolda House, Museum of American Art

LC 2006028541, ISBN 978-1-55849-520-3

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712.097

Karson, Robin

A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era

456 pp., 10” x 11 3/4”, 483 duotone illus., $65.00 cloth, CIP included

December 2007

University of Massachusetts Press

In this lavishly illustrated volume, Robin Karson traces the development of a distinctly American style of landscape design through an analysis of seven country places created by some of the nation’s most talented landscape practitioners. “This is an outstanding book...the best work I have read on the Country Place Era. Its selection of case studies focuses on the best designs of the period by the most talented individuals...The writing is lucid, engaging, and witty.”—Reuben Rainey, author of Modern Public Gardens: Robert Royston and the Suburban Park

LC 2007015083, ISBN 978-1-55849-636-1

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712.609

Levine, Adam (Photos by Rob Cardillo)

A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region

192 pp., 5 3/8” x 9 1/8”, 199 full-color illus., 4 maps, index, $21.95 paper, CIP included

February 2007

Temple University Press

Covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware, this guide to the arboreta and gardens of the Philadelphia region will delight visitors and residents alike. Award-winning writer Adam Levine and photographer Rob Cardillo offer the most comprehensive overview of the area’s gardens, detailing the history and special features of the best ones. Garden lovers will learn more about their favorites and discover the region’s lesser-known gems.

LC 2006026042, ISBN 978-1-59213-510-3

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720

Box, Hal

Think Like an Architect

224 pp., 8 1/4” x 10 1/4”, 112 b&w illus., $45.00 cloth, $22.95 paper, CIP included

May 2007

University of Texas Press

Award-winning architect and educator Hal Fox demystifies the process of making architecture. He describes what architecture should be and do; how to look at and appreciate good buildings; and how to understand the design process. For those involved in building projects, Box offers practical guidance about what goes into constructing a building. For students, he describes an architect’s typical training and career path. And for the wide public audience interested in architecture and the built environment, Box addresses how architecture relates to the city, where the art of architecture is headed, and why good architecture matters.

LC 2006038758, ISBN 978-0-292-71635-3 (c.), ISBN 978-0-292-71636-0 (p.)

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720.1

Pérez-Gomez, Alberta and Stephen Parcell (Editors)

Chora 5: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture

360 pp., 6 3/4”x 9”, 128 drawings, $85.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

July 2007

McGill-Queen’s University Press

The fifth volume in this acclaimed series on the history and philosophy of architecture crosses a wide geographical and temporal range, moving from Greco-Roman antiquity to tenth-century India to contemporary Thailand and New York. The inter-disciplinary essays share a common theme in their reflections on the meaning of ‘place’ and ‘place-making’ as a richer alternative to the conceptual abstraction of universal ‘space.’

C94-900762-5, ISBN 978-0-7735-3260-1 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7735-3262-5 (p.)

AASL: G/P

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720.947

Shvidkovsky, Dmitry (Photographs by Yekaterina Shorban; Translated by Antony Wood)

Russian Architecture and the West

480 pp., 9 1/2” x 11 1/4”, 250 color and 150 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $75.00 cloth, CIP included

May 2007

Yale University Press

This beautiful and groundbreaking book offers an unprecedented account of one thousand years of Russian architecture and its previously unrecognized links to the Western tradition. “Shvidkovsky, in this challenging, magisterial and sumptuously illustrated book, argues that...links with the west have always been evident in Russian architecture...”—Building Design. “A thrilling architectural grand tour.”—Architect’s Journal. “This book is the most detailed publication of specific foreign influences...One of the outstanding features of this book is the superb illustrations...Highly recommended!”—Choice

LC 2006100424, ISBN 978-0-300-10912-2

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


722

Campbell, Gordon

The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

1600 pp., 8 3/10” x 11”, 550 halftones, 32 color plates, index, $250.00 cloth

June 2007

Oxford University Press

The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture spans every art form, medium, and civilization of the era. Arranged alphabetically and enriched with more than 550 halftones, maps, line drawings, and dozens of color plates, this two-volume set contains more than 1,000 entries tracing the development of the art forms in Classical civilizations. This encyclopedia contains hundreds of updated, revised, and expanded entries from the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of Art and Grove Art Online, as well as dozens of new, specially-commissioned entries, making it the most comprehensive reference resource on this important and popular field of study for students, researchers, and art lovers alike.

LC 2007000487, ISBN 978-0-19530082-6

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726

Kohler, Sue and Pamela Scott (Editors)

Designing the Nation’s Capital: The 1901 Plan for Washington, DC

376 pp., 10” x 10”, 140 b&w illus., 16 color plates, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2007

University of Massachusetts Press

A richly illustrated history of the early twentieth-century plan to beautify the nation’s capital. Distinguished scholars from a variety of fields reconstruct the story of the 1901 plan for Washington, D.C. They discuss the events leading up to the formation of the Senate Park Commission, the political setting in which it embarked on its work, the decision-making process that led to its final recommendations, and the early years of its implementation. More than 100 photographs and maps complement the text, illustrating why the McMillan Plan quickly became a benchmark for modern urban design and triggered a national city-planning movement.

LC 2007361867, ISBN 978-0-16075223-0

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PLA: S


738

Connell, Jo

Coloring Clay (Ceramics Handbooks)

96 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, color illus., $26.50 paper

November 2007

University of Pennsylvania Press

Coloring Clay explains the major techniques for working with colored clay. This detailed, practical handbook takes artists from the clay and stain selection process to forming and firing, outlining proven procedures that produce optimum results. Readers will learn to use coiling and handbuilding for marbled effects, make Wedgwood-style applied reliefs, incorporate swirls and subtle hues into wheel-thrown pieces with mixes and overlays, or apply inlays to slipcast works for modern geometric patterns. Connell also covers loaf and cane forms such as agate, nerikomi, and millefiori, as well as textural effects.

LC 2008295166, ISBN 978-0-8122-2011-7

AASL: O/MS, HS

PLA: G


738.14

Wardell, Sasha

Slipcasting (Ceramics Handbooks)

144 pp., 9” x 6”, 100 color illus., $27.50 paper

July 2007

University of Pennsylvania Press

A straightforward, practical guide for those interested in the boundless possibilities of slipcasting, one of the most widely used industrial ceramic techniques. Contains more than one hundred color illustrations, diagrams, and slip formulas, plus examples of the slipcast work of contemporary ceramicists from around the world.

LC 2007281277, ISBN 978-0-8122-1998-2

AASL: O/MS, HS

PLA: G


741.5

Dewey, Donald

The Art of Ill Will: The Story of American Political Cartoons

264 pp., 9” x 9”, 202 illus., $34.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2007

New York University Press

A comprehensive history of American political cartooning, featuring over two hundred illustrations. From the colonial period to contemporary cartoonists like Pat Oliphant and Jimmy Margulies, Donald Dewey highlights these artists’ uncanny ability to encapsulate the essence of a situation and to steer the public mood with a single drawing and caption. Taking advantage of unlimited access to The Granger Collection, which holds thousands of the most significant works of Thomas Nast and the other early American cartoonists, The Art of Ill Will provides a survey of American history writ large, capturing the voice of the people.

LC 2007001909, ISBN 978-0-8147-1985-5

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


745.209

Thorpe, Ann

The Designer’s Atlas of Sustainability

240 pp., 8” x 10”, color photos, index, $60.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2007

Island Press

Designing for sustainability is an innovation shaping both the design industry and design education today. Yet architects, product designers, and other key professionals in this new field have so far lacked a resource that addresses their sensibilities and concerns. The Designer’s Atlas of Sustainability now explores the basic principles, concepts, and practice of sustainable design in a visually sophisticated and engaging style. The book tackles not only the ecological aspects of sustainable design—designers’ choice of materials and manufacturing processes have a tremendous impact on the natural world—but also the economic and cultural elements involved.

LC 2006035007, ISBN 978-1-59726-099-2 (c.), ISBN 978-1-59726-100-5 (p.)

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746.6

Singer, Margo

Textile Surface Decoration: Silk and Velvet (Textiles Handbooks)

112 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 100 color illus., $26.50 paper

July 2007

University of Pennsylvania Press

Textile arts educator Margo Singer provides a thorough examination of the unique properties of silk and velvet as well as the history and traditions of decorating these textiles. She then shows how to produce traditional decorative effects using household materials and widely available craft supplies. Textile Surface Decoration covers basic painting, immersion dyeing, block printing, and stenciling along with a variety of resist, devoré, and discharge methods. Singer includes product recommendations and formulas for mixing custom dyes. Color photographs of traditional and contemporary fiber arts from around the world will inspire both the weekend crafter and the devoted textile artist.

LC 2007299702, ISBN 978-0-8122-2000-1

AASL: G/MS, HS

PLA: G


748.22

Halper, Vicki

Contrasts: A Glass Primer

64 pp., 8 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 40 color illus., $18.95 paper, CIP included

September 2007

University of Washington Press

This book presents a wide variety of remarkable glass objects in an accessible and lively format. These objects are grouped, as in a child’s book of opposites, to illustrate highlights in glass history (factory/studio, for example), characteristics of the medium (fluid/rigid), and ways of describing art in general (abstract/figurative).

LC 2007008273, ISBN 978-0-2959-8722-4

AASL: G/MS, HS

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758.171

O’Brian, John and Peter White

Beyond Wilderness: The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art

400 pp., 8 1/4” x 10”, 130 color illus., $49.95 paper, CIP included

September 2007

McGill-Queen’s University Press

The great purpose of landscape art is to make us at home in our own country” was the nationalist maxim motivating the Group of Seven’s artistic project. The empty landscape paintings of the Group played a significant role in the nationalization of nature in Canada, particularly in the development of ideas about northernness, wilderness, and identity. Beyond Wilderness picks up where the Group of Seven left off, demonstrating that since the 1960s a growing body of both art and critical writing has looked “beyond wilderness” to re-imagine landscape in a world of vastly altered political, technological, and environmental circumstances.

C2007-902375-4, ISBN 978-0-7735-3244-1

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758.22

Impelluso, Lucia

Gardens in Art

400 pp., 5 1/4” x 7 3/4”, 400 color illus., index of artists, subject index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

April 2007

Getty Publications

Gardens in Art analyzes the constituent elements of gardens, both real and imagined, and uncovers their often-hidden symbolic meanings. Paintings provide a continuous visual record of the myriad ephemeral forms of gardens, and in the nearly four hundred works presented here, drawn from important Western museums, subtle lines are used to point out salient details in the paintings for close examination by the reader. Part of the Guide to Imagery series.

LC 2006032199, ISBN 978-0-89236-885-3

AASL: G/MS, HS, P

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760-779 Graphic Design, Photography


769.92

Moser, Barry

Ashen Sky: The Letters of Pliny the Younger on the Eruption of Vesuvius

40 pp., 7 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 16 b&w illus., $19.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2007

Getty Publications

Barry Moser’s extraordinarily detailed and evocative relief engravings decorate this translation of Pliny the Younger’s two famous letters to Tacitus about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and the death of his uncle, Pliny the Elder. Printed in black and white, the engravings are works of art that illustrate various descriptions in the letters. The text includes a brief description of the eruption of the volcano, concise biographies of Tacitus and of both Plinys, and a summary of how the texts of the two letters have survived until today.

LC 2007002781, ISBN 978-0-89236-900-3

AASL: O/MS, HS

PLA: RS


770.92

O’Connor, Mary and Katherine Tweedie

Seduced by Modernity: The Photography of Margaret Watkins

352 pp., 7” x 10 1/2”, 172 duotone photos, $44.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2007

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Seduced by Modernity is the first book devoted to the life and work of Canadian-born modernist photographer Margaret Watkins. Best known for art and advertising photography executed in New York in the 1920s, Watkins was active in the Clarence White school of photography and a participant in the shift from pictorialism to modernism. The authors use feminist and historical questions as well as close readings of the photographs to relate Watkins’ work to questions of gender, modernity, and visual culture. Watkins’ modernism, which involved experimentation and a radical focus on form, transgressed boundaries of conventional, high-art subject matter.

C2007-900005-3, ISBN 978-0-7735-3119-2

AASL: S/HS

PLA: S


770.971

Langford, Martha

Scissors, Paper, Stone: Expressions of Memory in Contemporary Photographic Art

368 pp., 9” x 8 1/8”, 16 color and 80 b&w photos, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2007

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Making a connection between photography and memory is almost automatic. Should it be? In Scissors, Paper, Stone, Martha Langford explores the nature of memory and art. She challenges the conventional emphasis on the camera as a tool of perception by arguing that photographic works are products of the mind—picturing memory is, first and foremost, the expression of a mental process. Langford organizes the book around the conceit of the child’s game scissors, paper, stone, using it to ground her discussion of the tensions between remembering and forgetting, the intersection of memory and imagination, and the relationship between memory and history.

C2007-901645-6, ISBN 978-0-7735-3211-3

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770.973

Greenough, Sarah and Diane Waggoner

The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978

288 pp., 8 1/2” x 11 1/2”, 50 color illus., 200 halftones, bibliog., index, $55.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2007

Princeton University Press

“Gazing at the images gathered here, which come from the collection of Robert E. Jackson, an art historian and businessman, I was struck by the recurrence of themes: domesticity, laughter, clowning, leisure activities. Through the decades, Americans hide their faces, cavort at the beach, take portraits of their children, and are caught unaware, asleep, or sometimes in acts of intimacy...Each photograph is personal, and yet for each era, every photograph is also in some essential way the same.”—The Chronicle of Higher Education

LC 2007015393, ISBN 978-0-691-13368-3

AASL: O/HS

PLA: G


779.092

Lee, Russell (Foreword by John Szarkowski)

Russell Lee Photographs: Images from the Russell Lee Photograph Collection at the Center for American History

252 pp., 12” x 11”, 144 duotones, $50.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2007

University of Texas Press

Russell Lee is widely acclaimed as one of the most outstanding documentary photographers of the twentieth century. His images of American life during the Great Depression, created for the Farm Security Administration between 1936 and 1942, hold a preeminent place in one of history’s best-known and most useful photographic collections. Russell Lee Photographs is the first book to show the full range and quality of Lee’s work, as well as the first major publication of his photographs since 1978. Contains over 140 photographs, 101 of which have never appeared in book publication.

LC 2006015020, ISBN 978-0-292-71499-1

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


779.092

Lo Scalzo, Jim

Evidence of My Existence

328 pp., 5 1/4” x 8 1/2”, $28.95 cloth, $14.95 paper, CIP included

October 2007

Ohio University Press

“This is what it’s like to be a photojournalist living on the front lines of the best stories in the world. From Afghanistan to Alaska, Lo Scalzo captures the rush, the payoff and the personal sacrifice that comes with making great pictures. He’s not only got a great eye for finding the shot, but a great ear for telling the tale.”—U.S. News and World Report

LC 2007026552, ISBN 978-0-8214-1772-0 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8214-1773-7 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: S


779.99

Frazier, Danny Wilcox (Foreword by Robert Frank)

Driftless: Photographs from Iowa

120 pp., 9 1/4” x 12 1/4”, 80 duotones, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2007

Duke University Press

In Driftless, Danny Wilcox Frazier’s dramatic black-and-white photographs portray a changing Midwest of vanishing towns and transformed landscapes. As rural economies fail, people, resources, and services are migrating to the coasts and cities, as though the heart of America were being emptied. Taken by a true insider who has lived in Iowa his entire life, Frazier’s photographs are rich in emotion and give expression to the hopes and desires of the people who remain, whose needs and wants are complicated by the economic realities remaking rural America. Poetic and dark but illuminated with flashes of insight, Frazier’s stunning images evoke the brilliance of Robert Frank’s The Americans.

LC 2007010631, ISBN 978-0-8223-4145-1

PLA: RG


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780-799 Music, Performing Arts, Recreation/Sports


780.899

Yoshihara, Mari

Musicians from a Different Shore: Asians and Asian Americans in Classical Music

288 pp., 6” x 9”, 18 b&w illus., index, $29.50 cloth, CIP included

October 2007

Temple University Press

On concert stages across the country, Asian faces suddenly are conspicuous. In the first book to account for the growing prominence of Asians in the world of Western classical music, pianist Mari Yoshihara grapples with the significance of this trend. She explores the history of East Asian nations’ adoption of Western music. Interviewing established and aspiring musicians, she develops a complex picture of the Asians and Asian Americans who have dedicated themselves to classical music in the United States. This book is about the social and cultural origins of this trend, but also about the lives and work of individual musicians devoted to their art.

LC 2007018929, ISBN 978-1-59213-332-1

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


780.92

Martin Mai, François

Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven

288 pp., 6” x 9”, 22 b&w photos, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2007

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Beethoven’s extraordinary ability to compose great music despite severe health problems, including deafness and depression, has puzzled and inspired. In Diagnosing Genius, François Martin Mai looks at the relationship between Beethoven’s health and creativity to show how the composer was able to transcend physical and emotional torment to produce some of the most powerful and beautiful music in Western culture.

C2006-905669-2, ISBN 978-0-7735-3190-1

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


780.92

Pollack, Howard

George Gershwin: His Life and Work

901 pp., 6” x 9”, 51 photos, bibliog., index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2007

University of California Press

“A tour de force of scholarship.”—Booklist (starred review). “An essential purchase for all libraries and one of the best books available on Gershwin.”—Library Journal (starred review). “Offers jewel-like images of the protean composer...big, glorious chapters on masterworks like Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess.”—The New Yorker. “Some of the best musical analysis you’re likely to find anywhere.”—The Toronto Globe & Mail. “It is hard to imagine even the casual fan not having fun at least thumbing through it [the book]. And it is equally hard to imagine that anyone will write a more thorough study of Gershwin’s music anytime soon, if ever.”—The New York Times Book Review

LC 2006017926, ISBN 978-0-520-24864-9

AASL: O/HS, P

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780.92

Worthen, John

Robert Schumann: Life and Death of a Musician

496 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 30 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $40.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2007

Yale University Press

Having scoured original sources to uncover the truth of Robert Schumann’s life, John Worthen offers the first reliable portrait of the enigmatic composer. Far from a depressed and often helpless individual, Schumann emerges in this biography as an astute, witty, and immensely determined creative genius who composed some of the best music of his era. “One of the best biographies of a composer who had a lust for life of music, family, and friends.”—Booklist. “...beautifully written and meticulously researched.” —Literary Review

LC 2006032508, ISBN 978-0-300-11160-6

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


781.6

Anderson, Iain

This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture

264 pp., 6” x 9”, 23 illus., $39.95 cloth, $22.50 paper, CIP included

June 2007

University of Pennsylvania Press

At various times during the 1950s and 1960s, musicians, critics, fans, politicians, and entrepreneurs claimed jazz as a national art form, an Afrocentric race music, an extension of modernist innovation in other genres, a music of mass consciousness, and the preserve of a cultural elite. This original and provocative book explores who makes decisions about the value of a cultural form and on what basis, taking as its example the impact of 1960s free improvisation on the changing status of jazz.

LC 2006048961, ISBN 978-0-8122-3980-5 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8122-2003-2 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: S


781.646

Veal, Michael

Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

352 pp., 6” x 9”, 25 b&w photos, discography, bibliog., index, $75.00 cloth, $27.95 paper, CIP included

April 2007

Wesleyan University Press

When Jamaican recording engineers Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, Errol Thompson, and Lee “Scratch” Perry began crafting “dub” music in the early 1970s, they were initiating a musical revolution that continues to have worldwide influence. Dub is a sub-genre of Jamaican reggae that flourished during reggae’s “golden age” of the late 1960s through the early 1980s. Dub involves remixing existing recordings-electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks-to create its unique sound. Just as hip-hop turned phonograph turntables into musical instruments, dub turned the mixing and sound processing technologies of the recording studio into instruments of composition and real-time improvisation.

LC 2006037669, ISBN 978-0-8195-6571-6 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8195-6572-3 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


781.68

Kramer, Lawrence

Why Classical Music Still Matters

251 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, 1 illus., bibliog., index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2007

University of California Press

“[Kramer] searches for answers that will resonate not only with lovers of classical music but also with novice listeners and skeptics who proclaim that classical music is facing extinction...[H]e provides readers with the essential vocabulary to understand, actively engage with, and give meaning and value to classical music in our contemporary popular culture.”—Library Journal. “Entertaining and...absorbing reading.”—The New Republic. “[A] passionate, persuasive argument.”—The Economist. “A wonderfully elegant writer and a persuasive debater who puts his case with great clarity and genuine depth of thought.” —The Sydney Morning Herald

LC 2006026454, ISBN 978-0-520-25082-6

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


782.14

Flinn, Caryl

Brass Diva: The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman

556 pp., 6” x 9”, 50 photos, discography, filmography, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2007

University of California Press

“Fascinating...Those interested in Merman the diva and the myriad ways truth gets twisted in the making of a star will be utterly absorbed.”—Booklist. “Flinn masterfully analyzes Merman’s work on stage, screen and TV with a sophisticated eye for detail that will delight theater buffs.”—Publishers Weekly. “This book is long overdue...Merman has been at the center of so many apocryphal tales, it’s thrilling to enter an era of serious exploration and analysis. Brass Diva starts to pull the myths apart and to put Ethel Merman in her proper historical perspective.”—Klea Blackhurst, creator of Everything The Traffic Will Allow

LC 2007029515, ISBN 978-0-520-22942-6

AASL: O, G/HS, P

PLA: G,RG


782.14

Riis, Thomas L.

Frank Loesser (Yale Broadway Masters Series)

352 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 25 b&w illus., 52 music examples, bibliog., discographical references, indexes, $40.00 cloth, CIP included

December 2007

Yale University Press

Frank Loesser, most famous for composing the ever-popular musical Guys and Dolls (1950), also wrote the music and lyrics for the Pulitzer prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and other hits. Offering a concise look at Loesser’s life, along with an engaging examination of the totality of his works, this book is the first to bring the full story of Loesser’s life and creative achievement in Hollywood and on Broadway into the light. “This superb, imaginative songwriter has finally received the biography he deserves.” —Gerald Bordman, author of American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle

LC 2007014702, ISBN 978-0-300-11051-7

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


784.421

Ogbar, Jeffrey O. G.

Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap

248 pp., 6” x 9”, 20 photos, notes, bibliog., index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2007

University Press of Kansas

As hip-hop artists constantly struggle to “keep it real,” this fascinating study examines the debates over the core codes of hip-hop authenticity—as it reflects and reacts to problematic black images in popular culture—placing hip-hop in its proper cultural, political, and social contexts. “Easily one of the most substantial and thoughtful works on the cultural politics of hip-hop. Ogbar successfully balances an insider’s love of the culture with a scholar’s critical eye.”—William Jelani Cobb, author of To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip-Hop Aesthetic

LC 2007038203, ISBN 978-0-7006-1547-6

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


791.43

Barrier, Michael

The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney

414 pp., 6” x 9”, 26 photos, bibliog., index, $29.95 cloth, $18.95 paper, CIP included

April 2007

University of California Press

“I enjoy the jolts of intelligent debate he [Barrier] stirs up regarding a subject too often smothered in mindless adoration or tarnished by equally mindless speculation. He presents hard facts about a real and complex man.” —Print. “A compelling psychological portrait of Walt, through the observations of the animators.”—London Review of Books. “The book I’ve always wanted to read on Disney the person, and the one that I’ve enjoyed the most...It’s a must-have.”—The Backwing Diares blog. “Barrier is one of the few thoughtful critic-historians to have taken a serious interest in animation, and The Animated Man is a superbly penetrating piece of work.” —Commentary

LC 2006025506, ISBN 978-0-520-24117-6 (c.), ISBN 978-0-520-25619-4 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G, S


791.43

Jones, Kent

Physical Evidence: Selected Film Criticism

248 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2007

Wesleyan University Press

Kent Jones is among the most notable film critics of his generation. His inaugural collection brings together the best of his reviews (on films including In the Mood for Love, A History of Violence, and The New World), evaluations of specific filmmakers (Wes Anderson, John Cassavetes, and the Coen brothers), polemics (on summer blockbusters, digital cinema, and Hollywood politics), and appreciations of other film critics. Physical Evidence is a penetrating and personal examination of contemporary and classic cinema, one that values nothing so much as seeing on the screen the proof, the physical evidence of the filmmaker’s own personal quest.

LC 2007012626, ISBN 978-0-8195-6844-1

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: S


791.45

Banet-Weiser, Sarah

Kids Rule!: Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship (Console-ing Passions)

296 pp., 6” x 9”, 30 illus., notes, bibliog., index, $79.95 cloth, $22.95 paper, CIP included

August 2007

Duke University Press

In Kids Rule! Sarah Banet-Weiser examines the cable network Nickelodeon in order to rethink the relationship between children, media, citizenship, and consumerism. Broadcasting original programs such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Rugrats (and producing related movies, Web sites, and merchandise), Nickelodeon has worked aggressively to claim and maintain its position as the preeminent creator and distributor of television programs for America’s young children, tweens, and teens. Banet-Weiser argues that the network’s self-conscious engagement with kids combines an appeal to kids’ formidable purchasing power with assertions of their political and cultural power.

LC 2007014054, ISBN 978-0-8223-3976-2 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8223-3993-9 (p.)

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


791.457

Levine, Elana and Lisa Parks (Editors)

Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

224 pp., 6” x 9”, 40 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $74.95 cloth, $21.95 paper, CIP included

October 2007

Duke University Press

In Undead TV, media studies scholars tackle the Buffy phenomenon and its many afterlives in popular culture, the television industry, the Internet, and academic criticism. Contributors engage with critical issues such as stardom, gender identity, spectatorship, fandom, and intertextuality. Collectively, they reveal how a vampire television series set in a sunny California suburb managed to provide some of the most biting social commentaries on the air while exposing the darker side of American life. Undead TV shows how this prime-time drama became a prominent marker of industrial, social, and cultural change.

LC 2007017113, ISBN 978-0-8223-4065-2 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8223-4043-0 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


792.02

Dundjerovic, Aleksandar Sa a

The Theatricality of Robert Lepage

264 pp., 6” x 9”, 29 b&w photos , $80.00 cloth, $32.95 paper, CIP included

August 2007

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Since the 1980s, multimedia and new technologies have had a great impact on theatre, allowing performance to establish its own language of communication with the audience independent of the written text. Robert Lepage is one of the pioneers and main exponents of mixed-media performance, internationally renowned for a notoriously distinct aesthetic. Aleksandar Dundjerovic, in the first book to explore Lepage’s practical work, offers a comprehensive analysis of his creative process, his “transformative mise-en-scene.”

C2007-901527-1, ISBN 978-0-7735-3223-6 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7735-3251-9 (p.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: S


792.092

Sokalski, J.A.

Pictorial Illusionism: The Theatre of Steele MacKaye

336 pp., 6” x 9”, 70 b&w illus., $55.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2007

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Steele MacKaye (1842-1894) was a major North American theatre artist—a director, actor, inventor, painter, theorist, and writer—best known for advancing a unified vision of pictorial illusionism, the central aesthetic of late nineteenth-century drama, by transforming grand theatres into jewel-boxes for gilded society. Pictorial Illusionism is the first full-length critical study of MacKaye’s life’s work.

C2006-905872-5, ISBN 978-0-7735-3204-5

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: S


792.802

Eliot, Karen

Dancing Lives: Five Female Dancers from the Ballet d’Action to Merce Cunningham

190 pp., 6” x 9”, 15 illus., $32.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2007

University of Illinois Press

Closely examines the lives and careers of five notable dancers in European and Russian ballet and American modern dance genres: Giovanna Baccelli, Adèle Dumilâtre, Tamara Karsavina, Moira Shearer, and Catherine Kerr. Notable dancers in European and Russian ballet and American modern dance genres, these women represent a historical cross section of performance, training, and technique. Readers are introduced to each dancer’s social and economic status, her education and training, and changing debates about dance and choreography. The resulting stories are packed with intimate personal details, keen descriptions of dance pedagogy and performance, and behind-the-curtain glimpses of popular dance trends.

LC 2007011427, ISBN 978-0-252-03250-9

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G


792.809

Manning, Frankie and Cynthia R. Millman.

Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop

312 pp., 6” x 9”, 35 b&w illus., index, $27.50 cloth, CIP included

May 2007

Temple University Press

Widely known as the creator of the air-step in Lindy Hop, choreographer and Tony award winner, Frankie Manning recalls how his first steps as a teenager at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom eventually led him to a career as chief choreographer and lead dancer for Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, who appeared in Hollywood films, and stages around the world. With collaborator, Cynthia Millman, Manning traces the evolution of swing dancing from those early days in Harlem through the post-War War II period until it was eclipsed by rock and roll, then disco. This memoir will be a revelation to the new generations of Lindy Hoppers as well as dance historians.

LC 2006036174, ISBN 978-1-59213-563-9

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


796

Hauser, Thomas

The Greatest Sport of All: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing

300 pp., 6” x 9”, $19.95 paper, CIP included

November 2007

The University of Arkansas Press

The Greatest Sport of All is Hauser’s portrait of 2006, another remarkable year in boxing. The book includes an inside look at great fighters, great fights, and the powers behind the throne. There are revealing portraits of Oscar De La Hoya, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, and Don King; a look back at giants like Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali; and more.

LC 2007016297, ISBN 978-1-55728-859-2

AASL: S/HS

PLA: G


796.082

Hogshead-Makar, Nancy and Andrew Zimbalis (Editors)

Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change

328 pp., 7” x 10”, 7 tables, index, $74.50 cloth, $31.95 paper, CIP included

January 2007

Temple University Press

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 reflects the country’s aspirational belief that girls and boys, women and men, both deserve equal educational opportunities in athletics. Equal Play shows how this ideal has been both implemented and thwarted over the years via actions in the legislature, executive and judicial branches of government. The book collects the best scholarship and essays, the important court cases, the administrative regulations and supporting documents on this important social movement. The authors demonstrate how government actions can shape, support, or hinder the goal of gender equality in athletic departments.

LC 2007020201, ISBN 978-1-59213-379-6 (c.), ISBN 978-1-59213-380-2 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: S


796.32

Katz, Milton

Breaking Through: John B. McLendon, Basketball Legend and Civil Rights Pioneer

282 pp., 6” x 9”, 46 photos, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2007

The University of Arkansas Press

John B. McLendon was the last living protégé of basketball’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith, and one of the “top ten basketball coaches of the century” in Billy Packer’s opinion. Breaking Through, the first biography of this remarkable man, is the uplifting story of a champion’s struggle for equality in 1940s and ‘50s America, when one coach refused to accept that teams at traditionally black colleges like North Carolina College and Tennessee State were unable to achieve national prominence.

LC 2007016308, ISBN 978-1-55728-847-9

AASL: RS/HS, P

PLA: G


796.323

Melnick, Ralph

Senda Berenson: The Unlikely Founder of Women’s Basketball

264 pp., 6” x 9”, 16 illus., $80.00 cloth, $22.95 paper, CIP included

February 2007

University of Massachusetts Press

In the winter of 1892 the new instructor of physical training at Smith College, a diminutive young woman with a heavy accent, introduced her students to an adaptation of James Naismith’s new game of Basket Ball. An immediate if unexpected success, the game spread to other women’s schools across the country, and soon its founder, Senda Berenson, was called upon to codify its distinctive set of gender-specific rules. “I cannot think of a biography in the field of sports history that I have felt this strongly about in some years...Melnick has done an exceptional job of bringing Senda to life.”—Jan Todd, University of Texas at Austin

LC 2006037583, ISBN 978-1-55849-567-8 (c.), ISBN 978-1-55849-568-5 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


796.357

Burgos Jr., Adrian

Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line

384 pp., 6” x 9”, 13 photos, 5 tables, bibliog., index, $55.00 cloth, $21.95 paper, CIP included

June 2007

University of California Press

“Superb and, in many ways, path breaking...A must-read for any serious fan of baseball. Not only does it cast new light on the game’s long, fabled and often-troubling history, but it also provides an important context for understanding the dynamics of the ever-changing national pastime today.”—The San Francisco Chronicle. “In recent years, a series of top-notch books has greatly added to our knowledge of Latin American baseball. Now Burgos offers his own encyclopedic treatment...Burgos’s coverage of this important baseball story is recommended for general readers.”—Library Journal. Winner of the Latino/a Book Award, Latin American Studies Association

LC 2007002883, ISBN 978-0-520-23646-2 (c.), ISBN 978-0-520-25143-4 (p.)

AASL: O, G/HS, P

PLA: G


796.357

Lowenfish, Lee

Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman

686 pp., 6” x 9”, 18 photos, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2007

University of Nebraska Press

In this definitive biography of Branch Rickey (1881-1965), Lee Lowenfish tells the full and colorful story of a life that forever changed the face of baseball. As the mastermind behind the Saint Louis Cardinals from 1917 to 1942, Rickey created the farm system. Under his direction in the 1940s, the Brooklyn Dodgers became truly the first “America’s team.” By signing Jackie Robinson and other black players, he single-handedly thrust baseball into the forefront of the civil rights movement. Lowenfish offers an intriguing, richly detailed portrait of a man whose life is itself a crucial chapter in the history of American business, sport, and society. A 2007 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title.

LC 2006029860, ISBN 978-0-8032-1103-2

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G


796.42

Smith, Tommie (with David Steele)

Silent Gesture: Autobiography of Tommie Smith

288 pp., 6” x 9”, 16 b&w illus., index, $27.50 cloth, CIP included

February 2007

Temple University Press

At the 1968 Olympic games, Tommie Smith and his teammate John Carlos won the gold and silver medals, respectively, for the 200-meter dash. Receiving their medals on the dais, they raised their fists and froze a moment in time that will forever be remembered as a powerful day of protest. In this, his autobiography, Smith tells the story of that moment and of his life before and after it, to explain what that moment meant to him. This book is a unique resource for anyone concerned with international sports, history, and the African American experience.

LC 2006051455, ISBN 978-1-59213-639-1

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


796.83

O’Toole, Andrew

Sweet William: The Life of Billy Conn

350 pp., 6” x 9”, 14 illus., $32.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2007

University of Illinois Press

A light-heavyweight boxing champion, Conn had defeated nine current or former champions in three weight divisions by the time he was twenty-one. Best remembered for his sensational near-defeat of heavyweight champion Joe Louis in 1941, Conn is still regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1965, Billy Conn was one of the most popular athletes of his era. “The Pittsburgh Kid” captured the public’s imagination with his boxing, Hollywood, and army careers, which Andrew O’Toole chronicles by drawing from newspaper accounts, Billy’s personal scrapbooks, and fascinating interviews with Conn’s family.

LC 2007024083, ISBN 978-0-252-03224-0

AASL: S/HS,P

PLA: G


796.932

Allen, John B. E.

The Culture and Sport of Skiing: From Antiquity to World War II

400 pp., 6” x 9”, 57 illus., $80.00 cloth, $26.95 paper, CIP included

September 2007

University of Massachusetts Press

A comprehensive history of skiing from its earliest origins to the outbreak of World War II, this book traces the transformation of what for centuries remained an exclusively utilitarian practice into the exhilarating modern sport we know today. “No one alive today can equal E. John B. Allen in his meticulous, comprehensive historical research about skiing...an unprecedented, immeasurably valuable contribution to the historical record.”—John Fry, author of The Story of Modern Skiing

LC 2007004223, ISBN 978-1-55849-600-2 (c.), ISBN 978-1-55849-601-9 (p.)

AASL: O, G/HS, P

PLA: G


799

Ilby, Joseph, et al. (Illustrated by James Prosek)

Tight Lines: Ten Years of the Yale Anglers’ Journal

264 pp., 6” x 9”, 52 color illus., $28.00 cloth

October 2007

Yale University Press

This anthology presents a selection of 50 stories, recollections, essays, and poems featured in the Yale Anglers’ Journal during its first remarkable decade, with original artwork from James Prosek. “A triumph of literacy and enthusiasm.”—author Thomas McGuane. “This is the liveliest collection of angling (and angling-related) pieces I have read in a long time. And we can be confident that James Prosek’s wonderful watercolors, included as a bonus here, will be a part of the sport permanently.”—writer Ian Frazier

LC 2007921825, ISBN 978-0-300-12630-3

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: RG


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