Fall/Winter 2008-2009 Titles
Alden and Blackstock, No Depression No. 76: Surveying the Past, Present, and Future of American Music
A bold new publishing venture with No Depression magazine.
Blackstone and Talbot, The Art of Friction: Where (Non)Fictions Come Together
An anthology of works by contemporary, award-winning writers, including Junot Díaz, Jonathan Safran Foer, Thomas Beller, Bernard Cooper, Wendy McClure, and Terry Tempest Williams—as well as a discussion of the craft of writing—that explores the ways in which fiction and nonfiction intersect, commingle, and challenge notions of "truth".
Bourget and Jones, The Art and Archaeology of the Moche: An Ancient Andean Society of the Peruvian North Coast
A state-of-the-art overview of prehistoric Moche culture by an international, multidisciplinary team of scholars who are at the forefront of Moche research.
Bowden and Cardona, Exodus/Éxodo
This searing documentary of the largest single transnational migration in history forces us to face the tremendous human cost of a failed Mexican state and a relentlessly globalizing world.
Briscoe, Dolph Briscoe: My Life in Texas Ranching and Politics
An autobiography by former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe, who, during his tenure from 1973 to 1979, played a crucial role in restoring public confidence in the integrity of state government.
Brookes, The Concubine, the Princess, and the Teacher: Voices from the Ottoman Harem
Three women who lived in the Ottoman imperial harem between 1876 and 1924 describe the lifeways of the imperial family, dispelling Western stereotypes of harem debauchery.
Brunk, The Posthumous Career of Emiliano Zapata: Myth, Memory, and Mexico's Twentieth Century
A vivid, comprehensive examination of the monumental Zapata legacy, incorporating new archival research and wide-ranging cultural issues.
Burgat, Islamism in the Shadow of al-Qaeda
A provocative rethinking of the war on terror that exposes the dangers of Western blindness to colonial Middle Eastern history and breaks the deadlock of geopolitics and religious identity.
Carter, A Certain Alchemy
A gallery of haunting, evocative new work by internationally acclaimed photographer Keith Carter.
Cotera, Native Speakers: Ella Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita Gonzalez, and the Poetics of Culture
The first book-length comparative analysis of three intellectual women of color working in the academic mainstream in the early twentieth century.
Diel, The Tira de Tepechpan: Negotiating Place under Aztec and Spanish Rule
An interpretive analysis of a sixteenth-century Aztec painted history from a provincial city in Central Mexico.
Drake, James Drake
The first book-length retrospective of a major American artist, whose work has been included in both the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennial.
El Bouih, Talk of Darkness
The gripping memoir of a Moroccan human rights and women's rights activist.
Fitzsimmons, Death and the Classic Maya Kings
The first comprehensive study of ancient Maya death rites in twenty years.
Fojas, Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier
An examination of how major Hollywood films exploit the border between Mexico and the United States to tell a story about U.S. dominance in the Western hemisphere.
Gaffney, Temples of the Earthbound Gods: Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires
In this groundbreaking tale of two cities, a geography scholar and soccer aficionado delivers a fascinating tour of the sport's hallowed grounds.
García, Católicos: Resistance and Affirmation in Chicano Catholic History
The first major historical study of the role of Catholicism in Chicano history in the twentieth century.
Golden, Greek Sport and Social Status
A noted authority on ancient sport discusses various ways in which the ancient Greeks, as well as people today, used sports to achieve social status.
Gribben, Harry Huntt Ransom: Intellect in Motion
The first comprehensive biography of the visionary university chancellor who propelled the University of Texas at Austin to lasting levels of stature and established one of the world's finest cultural archives, the Harry Ransom Center.
Grieder et al., Art and Archaeology of Challuabamba, Ecuador: An Ancient Andean Society of the Peruvian North Coast
An important baseline study of ceramics and material culture in southern Ecuador, which establishes the region's artistic and trade connections with better-known areas of the prehistoric Andes.
Hague, Beirich, and Sebesta, Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction
An interdisciplinary team examines the mainstreaming of the New Dixie movement, whose calls range from full secession to the racist exaltation of "Celtic" Americans and whose advocates can be found far north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Henderson, Gabriel Garcia Moreno and Conservative State Formation in the Andes
A new political history that addresses five major themes of nineteenth-century Latin American history through the life and times of Ecuador's most controversial politician.
Hogan, Understanding Indian Movies: Culture, Cognition, and Cinematic Imagination
A cultural-cognitive analysis of Indian cinema intended to increase understanding and appreciation of Indian films in the English-speaking world.
Holmes, Gutiérrez de Piñeres, and Curtin, Guns, Drugs, and Development in Colombia
A provocative, interdisciplinary examination of Colombia's devastating drug trade, with data-driven recommendations for other countries facing violent insurgencies.
Jennings, Nine Plays by José Cruz González: Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences
An anthology of multicultural plays by one of the most important writers in the world of theatre for children.
Kanter, Hijos del Pueblo: Gender, Family, and Community in Rural Mexico, 1730-1850
An extraordinary window into the colonial world of Mexico's Tenango del Valle, bringing to life the daily interactions of a fascinating rural community.
Katsulis, Sex Work and the City: The Social Geography of Health and Safety in Tijuana, Mexico
A revealing study of the sex trade in Tijuana (where approximately one thousand registered prostitutes work quasi-legally) and its effects on public health, economics, and the local culture of sexuality.
Kemerer, William Wayne Justice: A Judicial Biography
Now in paperback—the acclaimed biography of one of Texas's most influential and controversial judges, with a new epilogue that traces William Wayne Justice's impact and legacy.
Kirkland, The Hogg Family and Houston: Philanthropy and the Civic Ideal
The stirring story of the legendary Hogg family's philanthropic contributions to Texas, and the pivotal trends of urban growth and civic support exemplified in their lives.
Latorre, Walls of Empowerment: Chicana/o Indigenist Murals of California
The first book-length study of its kind, charting recurrent imagery of a fragmented past in Chicana/o murals throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.
Looper, To Be Like Gods: Dance in Ancient Maya Civilization
Drawing on a wealth of evidence from epigraphy, iconography, style, and architectural analysis, Looper offers the first extensive interpretation of the role of dance in ancient Maya society.
Lovett, Kilgore Rangerettes
In this portrait of an American icon—the Kilgore College Rangerettes dance drill team—O. Rufus Lovett contributes to a body of work by internationally acclaimed photographers, including Elliot Erwitt and Annie Leibovitz, who have been fascinated by the 'Rettes.
McComb, Spare Time in Texas: Recreation and History in the Lone Star State
A first-ever history of recreation in Texas that shows how our pastimes reveal our characters.
Meadows, Kiowa Ethnogeography
An enlightening study of more than 300 place names and geographical features that reveal a rich trove of findings related to Kiowa culture and history.
Murray, For Glory and Bolívar: The Remarkable Life of Manuela Sáenz
A sweeping biography of Simón Bolívar's most passionate revolutionary, the Colombian precursor to Eva Perón.
Offit, Conquistadores de la Calle: Child Street Labor in Guatemala City
A stirring ethnography of Guatemala City's juvenile street vendors and the surprising economies of power they construct.
Peleg, Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance
An intriguing portrait of Israel's "Generation X," and the perceived decline in Zionism among contemporary urban Israeli youth between the Palestinian uprisings that began in 1987 and 2000.
Proulx, Red Desert: History of a Place
In this "biography of a place," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx, photographer Martin Stupich, and a team of experts explore a remote wild landscape undergoing epic transformation—a fate shared by many of the earth's most magnificent and fragile places.
Richards, A Procession of Them
One of the world's foremost documentary photographers offers an unflinching look at the inhuman conditions suffered by the mentally ill and disabled in many countries.
Rose, Jewish Women in Fin de Siècle Vienna
The first broad examination of the role of Jewish women in Viennese society at the turn of the twentieth century, incorporating perspectives from within the Austrian Jewish community of that era.
Sadlier, Brazil Imagined: 1500 to the Present
A sweeping survey of Brazilian representations—encompassing literature, art, propaganda, mass media, and other realms—across five centuries of evolving identity, brimming with powerful photographs.
Sandoval, Toward a Latina Feminism of the Americas: Repression and Resistance in Chicana and Mexicana Literature
A comparative reading of literature by Mexicanas and Chicanas, including Sandra Cisneros, Laura Esquivel, Carmen Boullosa, and Helena María Viramontes, that raises compelling questions about the very nature of cultural constructs in literature.
Santos-Granero, Vital Enemies: Slavery, Predation, and the Amerindian Political Economy of Life
A pioneering study of the enslavement of Amerindians by Amerindians in tropical America, outside the realm of colonial agents.
Segura, Belo: From Newspapers to New Media
The complete story of the oldest business institution in Texas is at last captured in a colorful, comprehensive history sweeping across five generations of a family of savvy media moguls.
Sepich, Notes on Blood Meridian: Revised and Expanded Edition
Now back in print with a new preface and two new essays—the essential guide and companion to Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy's acclaimed novel of the Old West that has been compared to the work of Dante, Homer, Melville, and Faulkner.
Spencer Mitchell, Danger Pay: Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, 1984-1994
An engrossing memoir in which a photojournalist records both the precursors to today's conflicts in the Middle East and her own deeply felt conviction that news coverage of the region actually increases the conflicts there.
Swaddling, The Ancient Olympic Games: Second Edition, Revised and Updated
Published in time for the 2008 Olympics—an updated edition of the indispensable guide to the ancient Games, with a new final chapter on the modern Games.
Taylor and Gilbert, Land Arts of the American West
A wide-ranging exploration of human interactions with the land over thousands of years, as well as a model for teaching art and design in the field.
Turner, Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives
Going well beyond typical field guides, this extensively illustrated book presents the remarkable natural and cultural history of eighty of Texas's most fascinating native plants.
Verderber, Delirious New Orleans: Manifesto for an Extraordinary American City
An authoritative study of New Orleans's distinctive vernacular architecture that makes a compelling case for preserving and rebuilding these cultural treasures.