2009 University Press Books

 

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600-699 Technology (Applied Sciences)


600-619 Medical Science

640-649 Home Economics

620-639 Engineering, Agricultural

 

650-699 Business and Manufacturing

 

   

600-619 Medical Science


612.22

Merrill, Gary F.

Our Marvelous Bodies: An Introduction to the Physiology of Human Health

240 pp., 6” x 9”, 22 illus., 24 tables, index, $39.95 cloth

May 2008

Rutgers University Press

This book offers a unique perspective on the structure, function, and care of the major systems of the human body. Unlike other texts that use a strictly scientific approach, physiologist Gary F. Merrill relays medical facts alongside personal stories that help students relate to and apply the information. Readers learn the basics of feedback control systems, homeostasis, and physiological gradients. These principles apply to an understanding of the body’s functioning under optimal, healthy conditions, and they provide insight into states of acute and chronic illness. Separate chapters are devoted to each of the body’s systems in detail: nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, reproductive, and immune.

LC 2007029660, ISBN 978-0-8135-4281-2 (c.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: O


613.089

Chabram-Dernersesian, Angie and Adela de la Torre (Editors)

Speaking from the Body: Latinas on Health and Culture

264 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., $24.95 paper, CIP included

November 2008

The University of Arizona Press

In compelling first-person accounts, Latinas speak freely about dealing with serious health issues including hypertension, breast cancer, diabetes, lupus, and hyper/hypothyroidism. These cultural narratives demonstrate how such ailments form part of the larger whole of Latina lives that encompass family, community, the medical profession, and society. Includes a retrospective analysis of the narratives and a discussion of Latina health issues and policy recommendations.

LC 2008025273, ISBN 978-0-8165-2664-2 (p.)

PLA: S


613.22

Davis, Robert J.

The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting through the Hype about Your Health

254 pp., 6” x 9”, 11 line illustrations, index, $21.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2008

University of California Press

“Simplifies the process of divining what is true science out of the hype...Belongs where everyone can access it.”—Booklist (starred review). “Davis guides the reader in analyzing and thinking critically about health-related information.”—Library Journal (starred review). “We are inundated with health information that unnecessarily frightens us and is often just plain wrong. Here at last is a guide through the maze. The Healthy Skeptic is a must-read companion that will help you learn what is truly worth pursuing in the interest of better health and what should be ignored.”—Dr. Dean Edell, radio host and author of Eat, Drink, & Be Merry

LC 2007037341, ISBN 978-0-520-24918-9 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


616.8

Greene, Gayle

Insomniac

520 pp., 6” x 9”, glossary, bibliog., index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2008

University of California Press

“This engrossing, easy-to-read study addresses the multifaceted subject with wit and wide-ranging scholarship.”—Library Journal (starred review). “Insomniac is far too interesting to lull you into dreamland, but it will certainly engage and comfort you—and keep you company—during those long dark hours that the clock ticks off until dawn.”—O: The Oprah Magazine. “A harrowing memoir.”—The Wall Street Journal. “She provides home truths and insights that many sleep researchers and doctors have lost track of; they would benefit from reading this book...Insomniac is among the best books of its kind.”—Nature

LC 2007008838, ISBN 978-0-520-24630-0 (c.)

PLA: O, G


616.85

Heinkel-Wolfe, Peggy

See Sam Run: A Mother’s Story of Autism

192 pp., 6” x 9”, 22 b&w illus., bibliog., $22.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2008

University of North Texas Press

Thousands of children are diagnosed with autism each year, with a rate of occurrence of 1 in 150 births, compared to 5 per 10,000 just two decades ago. This is the story of one child, Sam, a young boy with autism. His mother, Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, chronicles his first four years of life and her growing realization that Sam was different, and how she would learn to grow different with him. See Sam Run reaches deep into the heart of anyone whose life has been touched by developmental disability—and it will resonate profoundly with those who have been transformed by a newfound ability to love.

LC 2007048882, ISBN 978-1-57441-244-4 (c.)

PLA: S


616.852

Tanielian, Terri and Lisa H. Jaycox (Editors)

Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery

498 pp., 7” x 10”, tables, figures, b&w photos, bibliog., $55.50 paper, CIP included

April 2008

RAND Corporation

Since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million U.S. troops have been deployed for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) in Afghanistan and Iraq. Early evidence suggests that the psychological toll of these deployments—many involving prolonged exposure to combat-related stress over multiple rotations—may be disproportionately high compared with the physical injuries of combat. The study discussed in this book focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, and traumatic brain injury, not only because of current high-level policy interest but also because, unlike the physical wounds of war, these conditions are often invisible to the eye, remaining invisible to other service members, family members, and society in general.

LC 2008299636, ISBN 978-0-8330-4454-9 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: S


616.994

Vandall-Walker, Virginia (with Katherine Moore and Diane Pyne)

Before and After Radical Prostate Surgery: Information and Resource Guide

64 pp., 5” x 7”, 5 illus., bibliog., $ 7.95 paper, CIP included

December 2008

Athabasca University Press (AU Press)

Before and After Radical Prostate Surgery is a research-based, comprehensive, and comprehensible resource on prostate surgery in Canada. Aimed at men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their partners, this invaluable guide includes chapters on preparing for prostate surgery, the surgery itself, recovery in hospital and at home, plus a list of recommended resources.

C 20089055675, ISBN 978-1-897425-17-6 (p.)

PLA: G


618.2

Harman, Patricia

The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir

290 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

Beacon Press

In Patricia Harman’s exam room, patients open their hearts. Harman, a nurse-midwife, manages a private practice with her husband, an ob-gyn, in Torrington, West Virginia—a practice now providing only gynecological exams and first trimester care because they’ve been forced by escalating malpractice insurance costs to give up delivering babies. Despite this, the women who sit before her receive nurturing in all aspects of their lives. This unique memoir juxtaposes the tales of these women with Harman’s own story of keeping a small medical practice solvent and coping with personal challenges. This vivid narrative, full of courage, is impossible to put down.

LC 2008007617, ISBN 978-0-80707289-9 (c.)

PLA: S


618.928

Offit, Paul A.

Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure

328 pp., 6” x 9”, 12 illus., bibliog., index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2008

Columbia University Press

“A definitive analysis of a dangerous and unnecessary controversy that has put the lives of children at risk. Paul A. Offit shows how bad science can take hold of the public consciousness and lead to personal decisions that endanger the health of small children. Every parent who has doubts about the wisdom of vaccinating their kids should read this book.”—Peter C. Doherty, Ph.D, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and Nobel Laureate in Medicine for fundamental contributions in Immunology

LC 2008015832, ISBN 978-0-231-14636-4 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


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620-639 Engineering, Agriculture


629.454

Hitt, David, Owen Garriott, and Joe Kerwin

Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story

704 pp., 6” x 9”, 50 photos, table, bibliog., $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2008

University of Nebraska Press

Homesteading Space, by two of Skylab’s own astronauts and a NASA journalist, tells the dramatic story of America’s first space station. It is a complete history of Skylab that pays particular attention to the individual missions and people who served aboard it, along with accounts of daily life and the experiences of the crews. “A worthy account of an important but largely forgotten program....For those who would like to learn more about the achievement, Homesteading Space offers valuable personal recollections from those who were there.”—Air & Space

LC 2008017968, ISBN 978-0-8032-2434-6 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


630.74

Hokanson, Drake and Carol Kratz

Purebred and Homegrown: America’s County Fairs

200 pp., 9” x 10”, 125 color and b&w illus.,bibliog., index, $50.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

November 2008

The University of Wisconsin Press

Visit America’s county fairs through the stories, voices, and pictures of people who make them happen—4-H kids, fair managers, pie judges, farmers, rodeo queens, entertainers, vendors, midway pitchmen, and assorted characters. Illustrated throughout with stunning color photographs, Purebred and Homegrown is an affectionate and thoughtful look at the story of county fairs and at their traditions and vibrancy today. “To read Purebred and Homegrown: America’s County Fairs is to smell hot corn dogs and barbecue and to hear the happy screams of kids on roller coasters and the moo of fat oxen in harness.”—Jane Stern and Michael Stern

LC 2008011963, ISBN 978-0-299-22820-0 (c.), ISBN 978-0-299-22824-8 (p.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: G


630.92

Whitford, Fredrick and Andrew G. Martin

The Queen of American Agriculture: A Biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith

352 pp., 6” x 9”, photos, index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

August 2008

Purdue University Press

Virginia Claypool Meredith’s role in directly managing the affairs of a large and prosperous farm in east-central Indiana opened doors that were often closed to women in late nineteenth century America. Her status allowed her to campaign for the education of women, in general, and rural women, in particular. While striving to change society’s expectations for women, she also gave voice to the important role of women in the home. A lifetime of dedication made Virginia Meredith “the most remarkable woman in Indiana” and the “Queen of American Agriculture.”

LC 2008005594, ISBN 978-1-5575-3518-4 (c.)

AASL: G, RS/HS

PLA: G


630.96

Paarlberg, Robert

Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa

256 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, 3 halftones, 1 line illustration, 2 tables, index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2008

Harvard University Press

Paarlberg explains why poor African farmers are denied access to productive technologies, particularly genetically engineered seeds with improved resistance to insects and drought. He traces this obstacle to the current opposition to farm science in prosperous countries. Having embraced agricultural science to become well-fed themselves, those in wealthy countries are now instructing Africans—on the most dubious grounds—not to do the same.

LC 2007045745, ISBN 978-0-67402973-6 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


631.521

Cummings, Claire Hope

Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds

232 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, bibliog., index, $24.95 cloth, $16.00 paper, CIP included

March 2008

Beacon Press

Seeds are at the heart of the planet’s life-support systems and fundamental to our shared survival. Claire Hope Cummings takes readers from the Fertile Crescent in Iraq to the island of Kaua’i in Hawai’i; from Oaxaca, Mexico, to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam to demonstrate that whoever controls seeds, from the farm to the laboratory or patent office, controls the health of the planet. Uncertain Peril is a powerful reminder that what’s at stake right now is nothing less than the nature of the future.

LC 2007026298, ISBN 978-0-80708580-6 (c.), ISBN 978-0-80708580-6 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


634.52

Manaster, Jane

Pecans: The Story in a Nutshell

120 pp., 5 1/2” x 9”, 9 b&w and 9 color photos, 1 map, $19.95 paper, CIP included

November 2008

Texas Tech University Press

Jane Manaster’s Pecans, updated from its original 1994 publication, explores the natural history, cultivation, and uses of the pecan tree and nut. Her engaging account pieces together a fascinating mosaic of the peoples caught up in the pecan story—Native Americans, Spanish explorers, European immigrants and their American descendants. Manaster also explores the life cycle of the pecan tree as well as the pecan’s popularity in candy and baked goods. She includes nearly two dozen traditional and modern recipes for such delights as pralines, candied pecans, and pecan pie.

LC 2008030498, ISBN 978-0-89672-640-6 (p.)

AASL: RS/HS

PLA: G, RG


635

Binion, Denise B., et al.

Macrofungi Associated with Oaks of Eastern North America

468 pp., 6” x 9”, 28 illus., bibliog., index, $45.00 paper

October 2008

The West Virginia University Press

Macrofungi Associated with Oaks of Eastern North America, which was written as a companion to Field Guide to Oak Species of Eastern North America, is the first major publication devoted exclusively to the macrofungi that occur in association with oaks trees in the forests of eastern North America. It is intended to serve as a field guide and an overview of the ecological relationships that exist between fungi and oaks, by extension, contributing to a better understanding of the potential economic impact that some fungi can have on forest ecosystems.

LC 2008922284, ISBN 978-1-933202-36-5 (p.)

AASL: O/MS, HS

PLA: O


635.22

Chalker-Scott, Linda

The Informed Gardener

240 pp., 5 1/2” x 9”, 36 illus., index, $18.95 paper, CIP included

February 2008

University of Washington Press

This introduction to sustainable landscaping practices addresses the most common myths and misconceptions that plague home gardeners and horticultural professionals. Practical advice, based on research from university faculty and landscape professionals, will help readers understand landscape and garden plants as components of a living system, saving time and money and reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides. “This enjoyable book should find its way into the hands of almost every gardener. Highly recommended for public libraries with gardeners ready to tackle the literature, as well as academic and special libraries with interests in horticulture and gardening.”—Library Journal

LC 2007047682, ISBN 978-0-2959-8790-3 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


636

Haigh, Jerry C.

The Trouble with Lions: A Glasgow Vet in Africa

488 pp., 6” x 9”, b&w photos, map, glossary, $34.95 paper, CIP included

April 2008

University of Alberta Press

The trouble with lions is that while you are conducting a pregnancy test, you need to be equally aware of what you can learn from the lion’s other end. That is one lesson Jerry Haigh brings home in this collection of stories about working with wild animals in Africa. Conversational in tone, conservational in theme—you will be right beside Jerry, wife Jo, and a colorful cast of vets, guides, and wardens as they scour Africa’s sprawling vistas “troubleshooting” lions, rhinos, humans, and other indigenous mammals. Conservationists, veterinarians, and fans of real-life adventure tales will want to keep this memoir handy on the dashboards of their Land Cruisers.

C 20079075541, ISBN 978-0-88864-503-6 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


639.116

Brink, Jack

Imagining Head-Smashed-In: Aboriginal Buffalo Hunting on the Northern Plain

360 pp., 6 1/2” x 9 1/4”, 60 illus., 73 photos, 7 maps, index, $85.00 cloth, $35.95 paper, CIP included

May 2008

Athabasca University Press (AU Press)

For millennia, Aboriginal hunters on the North American Plains used their knowledge of the land and of buffalo behavior to drive their quarry over cliffs. Archaeologist Jack Brink has written a major study of the mass buffalo hunts and the culture they supported before and after European contact. He draws on his extensive experience excavating Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in southwestern Alberta, Canada.

C 2008472771, ISBN 978-1-897425-00-8 (c.), ISBN 978-1-897425-04-6 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: S

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640-649 Home Economics


641.3

Andrews, Geoff

The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure

216 pp., 5 1/8” x 8 1/2”, bibliog., index, $75.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

July 2008

McGill-Queen’s University Press

The Slow Food movement was established in Italy as a response to the dominance of fast food chains, supermarkets, and large-scale agribusiness. Defending “the universal right to pleasure,” it promotes food production and consumption based on “good, clean, and fair” local products. In the first in-depth study of the fascinating politics of Slow Food, Geoff Andrews shows that the alternative future it offers can be extended to all aspects of modern life. The Slow Food Story is an extensive critique of the fast-moving, work-obsessed contemporary capitalist culture.

C 20089021266, ISBN 978-0-7735-3477-3 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7735-3478-0 (p.)

PLA: G


641.3

Belasco, Warren, and Roger Horowitz (Editors)

Food Chains: From Farmyard to Shopping Cart

304 pp., 6” x 9”, 26 illus., index, $55.00 cloth

December 2008

University of Pennsylvania Press

This collection of fascinating historical case studies reveals the remarkable inner workings of the modern food provisioning system and the complex web of institutions that move food from the farm to the dinner table. The 12 essays range widely, from the pig, poultry, and seafood industries to the origins of the shopping cart. Taken together, these essays demonstrate the value of a historical perspective on the modern food-provisioning system.

LC 2008021671, ISBN 978-0-81224128-0 (c.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


641.509

Reardon, Joan (Foreword by Amanda Hesser)

M. F. K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens

180 pp., 6” x 8”, 24 color illus., 18 b&w photos, recipes, bibliog., $24.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2008

University of California Press

“Reardon sketches a brisk, charming biography of the beloved food writer’s life, through the lens of where and what she cooked.”—O At Home. “Reardon delivers a history that, like Fisher’s famous dishes, is at once simple and hugely enjoyable.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Deftly told...focuses on M.F.K. Fisher the cook and reveals the origins of her awareness of the power and pleasure of food.”—Library Journal. “In this rich portrait, Reardon eloquently shares with us Mary Frances’s great lesson: to cook well, you need only the most elementary kitchen, a mortar and pestle, and full awareness of your own five senses.”—Alice Waters

LC 2008002163, ISBN 978-0-520-25555-5 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


641.592

Opie, Frederick Douglass

Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America

256 pp., 6” x 9”, 25 illus., bibliog., index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

Columbia University Press

Frederick Opie’s culinary history is an insightful portrait of the social and religious relationship between people of African descent and their cuisine. Beginning with the Atlantic slave trade and concluding with the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Opie composes a global history of African American foodways and the concept of soul itself, revealing soul food to be an amalgamation of West and Central African social and cultural influences as well as the adaptations blacks made to the conditions of slavery and freedom in the Americas.

LC 2008020309, ISBN 978-0-231-14638-8 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


641.597

Vileisis, Ann

Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Our Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back

352 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $26.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2008

Island Press

Ann Vileisis chronicles profound changes in how American cooks have considered their foods over two centuries and delivers a powerful statement: what we don’t know could hurt us. As the distance between farm and table grew, we went from knowing particular stories behind our foods’ origins to instead relying on advertisers’ claims. Today most of us have no idea where our food comes from. Industrialized eating is convenient, but it has also created health and environmental problems. Kitchen Literacy reveals how knowledge of our food has been lost and how it might now be regained.

LC 2007025781, ISBN 978-1-59726-144-9 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: O


641.637

Dreiss, Meredith L. and Sharon Edgar Greenhill

Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods

208 pp., 8 1/2” x 9”, 132 color photos, 10 illus., 2 maps, index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2008

The University of Arizona Press

This sumptuous book takes readers on a beautifully illustrated tour of thirty centuries of the history of chocolate, centered on Mesoamerica where this wondrous concoction was first produced. Through archaeological and other research, the authors explore the many meanings of chocolate—to gods, kings, and everyday people—over 3000 years.

LC 2008018868, ISBN 978-0-8165-2464-8 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


641.8

Mullins, Paul R.

Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut

224 pp., 6” x 9”, 22 b&w photos, endnotes, bibliog., index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2008

University Press of Florida

Both a breakfast staple and a snack to eat any time of day or night, doughnuts cross lines of gender, class, and race like no other food item. Blending solid scholarship with humorous insights, anthropologist Paul Mullins offers a look into doughnut production, marketing, and consumption. He confronts head-on the question of why we often paint doughnuts in moral terms, and shows how the seemingly simple food plays into deep and complex social conflicts over body image and class structure. “For those who can suffer the cravings, this makes a satisfying tour.”—Publishers Weekly

LC 2008002544, ISBN 978-0-8130-3238-2 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: O

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650-699 Business and Manufacturing


650.14

Vick, Julia Miller and Jennifer S. Furlong

The Academic Job Search Handbook, 4th Edition

304 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 3 illus., index, $18.95 paper, CIP included

June 2008

University of Pennsylvania Press

The fourth edition of The Academic Job Search Handbook provides updated advice and addresses hot topics in today’s competitive job market. The guide includes information on aspects of the search that are common to all levels. This new edition provides updated advice and addresses hot topics in the competitive job market of today, including the challenges faced by dual-career couples, job search issues for pregnant candidates, and advice on how to deal with gaps in a CV. The chapter on alternatives to academic jobs has been expanded, and sample resumes from individuals seeking nonfaculty positions are included.

LC 2008017458, ISBN 978-0-8122-2016-2 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


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