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Catalogs: Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Titles

 

Abdel Aal, I Want to Get Married!: One Wannabe Bride's Misadventures with Handsome Houdinis, Technicolor Grooms, Morality Police, and Other Mr. Not Quite Rights
A blog that became a best-selling book in Egypt—and has since been featured in the Washington Post and on BBC News—I Want to Get Married! recounts the real adventures and misadventures of a contemporary Egyptian woman in search of a suitable husband.

Abell and Nissen, Amazonia
This stunning photographic portrait of the jungle headwaters of the Amazon by acclaimed National Geographic photographer Sam Abell provides rare insight into a remote and untouched landscape and the creatures that inhabit it.

al-Koni, The Puppet
This mythic tale of greed and political corruption by award-winning novelist Ibrahim al-Koni tells a gripping, expertly crafted story of bloody betrayal and revenge inspired by gold lust and an ancient love affair.

Albert, An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days
Amplified with reading lists and quotations from a wide diversity of writers, best-selling mystery author Susan Wittig Albert’s thoughtful and thought-provoking journal of the tumultuous year 2008 is a must-read for everyone fascinated by the writing life and the writer’s role in society.

Aldama, Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle
Exploring a wide range of mainstream and independent comic books, this is the first comprehensive collection of scholarly and archival work on multicultural comics from around the world.

Berliner, Hollywood Incoherent: Narration in Seventies Cinema
Looking at iconic films such as The Godfather, The French Connection, The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, and A Woman Under the Influence, this book reveals that the narrative and stylistic innovations of the 1970s opened a new era in American cinema.

Blum, Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values: Educating the New Socialist Citizen
This in-depth look at education in Cuba’s high schools and middle schools offers new insights into the links between school and society under Castro.

Bowden, The Charles Bowden Reader
With excerpts from his major books—Blue Desert, Desierto: Memories of the Future, Blood Orchid, Blues for Cannibals, A Shadow in the City, Trinity, and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing—as well as prominent magazine articles and early journalism, this anthology gathers the best and most representative writing from Charles Bowden’s entire career

Breakey, Painted Light
With luminous images from nine suites of photographs, this is the first career retrospective of internationally acclaimed artist Kate Breakey, encompassing works ranging from early images that bridge art and science to her mature still lifes.

Broyles and Haynes, Desert Duty: On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol
Covering a fifty-year span of law enforcement, Desert Duty reveals the patriotic sense of duty and compassionate calling that motivates the men and women who guard the borders of the United States.

Cuadriello, The Glories of the Republic of Tlaxcala: Art and Life in Viceregal Mexico
Starting with the iconography of a parish church, this extensively contextualized study examines eighteenth-century art, society, religion, and history to offer a new social history of art in colonial Mexico.

Drummond, Hilda Hurricane: A Novel
Disguised as a sexy suspense novel, this playful satire of Brazilian politics and society by one of the country’s most engaging contemporary writers was a hit with both critics and the reading public; more than 200,000 copies have been sold in Brazil.

Ferrari, Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish?: Dubbing Stereotypes in The Nanny, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos
This colorful examination of “translated” television characters in Italy looks at the implications for transnational intersections of commerce and culture.

Fisher, Vernon Fisher
With over 150 superb illustrations, this is the most current and comprehensive retrospective of the work of internationally acclaimed postmodern artist Vernon Fisher, whose bold and innovative multimedia work suggests stories with multiple meanings and indecipherable conclusions.

Flukinger, The Gernsheim Collection
This selection of masterpieces from the Gernsheim Collection, one of the world’s most important collections of photography, effectively constitutes a visual history of photography from the earliest-known photograph to images of the mid-twentieth century.

Gaspar de Alba, Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera
Bringing together diverse perspectives, including feminism, Marxism, critical race theory, semiotics, and textual analysis, this is the first anthology to focus exclusively on the murders of more than five hundred women and girls in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Glusker, Avant-Garde Art and Artists in Mexico: Anita Brenner's Journals of the Roaring Twenties
With more than six hundred images by photographers and artists including Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jean Charlot, Agustín Jiménez, Agustín Casasola, Rufino Tamayo, José Guadalupe Posada, and Lola Álvarez Bravo, this journal by the author of Idols Behind Altars and The Wind That Swept Mexico constitutes a spectacular visual and verbal portrait of the “Mexican Renaissance” of the 1920s.

González, Afro-Mexico: Dancing between Myth and Reality
This study of African-based dance in Mexico explores the influence of African people and their cultural productions on Mexican society, showing how dance can embody social histories and relationships.

González, Designing Pan-America: U.S. Architectural Visions for the Western Hemisphere
Coinciding with the centennial of the Pan American Union (now the Organization of American States), González explores how nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. architects and their clients built a visionary Pan-America to promote commerce and cultural exchange between United States and Latin America.

Graham, Feeding the City: From Street Market to Liberal Reform in Salvador, Brazil, 1780–1860
This social and cultural history of the provisioning of Salvador, Brazil, as it moved from colony to independent city encompasses a whole society by looking at a broadly defined occupation—the food trade—and showing the connections between and among social categories.

Gugler, Film in the Middle East and North Africa: Creative Dissidence
A timely window on the world of Middle Eastern cinema, this remarkable overview includes many essays that provide the first scholarly analysis of significant works by key filmmakers in the region.

Henderson, Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Field Guide
From the author of Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica, which has sold more than 13,500 copies—the must-have guide to the mammals, amphibians, and reptiles that visitors are most likely to see in Costa Rica, illustrated with striking color photographs taken in the wild.

Hunt, Drug Games: The International Olympic Committee and the Politics of Doping, 1960–2008
Based on research in both American and foreign archives, this first book-length study of doping in the Olympics connects the use and regulation of performance-enhancing drugs to developments in the larger global environment.

Karlyn, Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers: Redefining Feminism on Screen
Continuing the celebration of female unruliness she began in The Unruly Woman, Karlyn explores how representations of mothers and daughters in popular films and television shows both reflect and contribute to current debates within and about feminism.

Kennedy, Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy
Renowned as the Julia Child of Mexican cooking and author of the definitive books on the subject, including The Cuisines of Mexico, The Art of Mexican Cooking, My Mexico, and From My Mexican Kitchen, Diana Kennedy has now written her magnum opus—an irreplaceable record of the traditional regional cuisines of Oaxaca.

Lankford, Reilly, and Garber, Visualizing the Sacred: Cosmic Visions, Regionalism, and the Art of the Mississippian World
Advancing the study of prehistoric Mississippian art that began in Ancient Objects and Sacred Realms, this volume presents a groundbreaking examination of regional variations in the shared iconography of indigenous cultures in the southeastern United States.

Larson, Texas Bobwhites: A Guide to Their Foods and Habitat Management
This field guide to the seeds most commonly eaten by northern bobwhites will help hunters identify likely places to find coveys of quail, while landowners and rangeland managers will use it to learn how to conserve and improve bobwhite habitat.

Lavergne, Before Brown: Heman Marion Sweatt, Thurgood Marshall, and the Long Road to Justice
The inspiring story of the courageous Houston mailman whose struggle to attend the University of Texas School of Law provided the precedent for the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that ended segregation in public education.

Leibsohn and Mundy, Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 / Cultura visual de Hispanoamérica, 1520–1820
An exciting new format, this bilingual DVD and its companion website introduce readers to the visual culture of colonial Spanish America, offering an unrivaled number of high-resolution images as well as videos, maps, primary documents, and more.

Letscher, Lance Letscher: Collage
Announcing a special edition limited to 250 signed and slipcased copies—each containing an original, unique collage—of the first full-length monograph on American artist Lance Letscher, whose mysterious, evocative work has garnered international attention.

Letscher, The Perfect Machine
In this picture book that will appeal to children and adults alike, collage artist Lance Letscher recounts a quest to build the perfect machine and the surprising discovery about the wellsprings of creativity it inspires.

Malone and Neal, Country Music, U.S.A.: Third Revised Edition
“Considered the definitive history of American country music” by the Los Angeles Times, this fortieth-anniversary edition of Country Music, U.S.A. traces the music from the early days of radio through the first decade of the twenty-first century

McArthur and Smith, Texas Through Women's Eyes: The Twentieth-Century Experience
Combining scholarly research with vivid, first-person accounts, this lively history for the first time tells the story of women’s experiences in twentieth-century Texas, with an inclusive focus on rural women, working-class women, and women of color.

McComb, Texas, A Modern History: Revised Edition
Thoroughly updated since its original publication in 1989, this popular history by award-winning author David G. McComb brings the story of Texas into the twenty-first century.

McCombs, Big Red: Memoirs of a Texas Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
This autobiography by prominent Texas entrepreneur and philanthropist Red McCombs offers fascinating insights into the building of a business empire, the troubles that have beset the U.S. auto industry, and the development of the highly successful Clear Channel Communications.

Merrim, The Spectacular City, Mexico, and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture
Stephanie Merrim offers a dynamic interdisciplinary approach to colonial Hispanic writing based on the spectacular city, a model that encompasses three driving forces of New World literary culture: cities, festivals, and wonder.

Nadel, Leon Uris: Life of a Best Seller
The dramatic story of a novelist whose life constantly provided his best material, this biography of the best-selling author of Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII, and Trinity maps the literary landscape of mid-twentieth-century America, the mainstreaming of Jewish writing, and the rise of the celebrity author.

Newton and Lickona, Austin City Limits: 35 Years in Photographs
Austin City Limits is the best of the best: the best moments from some of the most brilliant, mesmerizing, quirky, esoteric, and unforgettable performances on the longest-running popular music series in American television history.

Patterson, Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece
This examination of the use of ancestor myths in ancient Greece enriches the dialogue on how societies often use myth to construct political, social, and cultural identities and alliances.

Pitarch, The Jaguar and the Priest : An Ethnography of Tzeltal Souls
This pathfinding ethnography investigates how Indian concepts of the soul offer a new way of understanding personhood and historical memory in highland Chiapas, Mexico.

Portela, One Hundred Bottles
A literary murder mystery set in Havana, One Hundred Bottles is also a survivor’s story of very rough love, intense friendship, and creating family in the chaos that Cuba experienced during the 1990s.

Posamentir, Chersonesan Studies 1: The Polychrome Grave Stelai from the Early Hellenistic Necropolis
Archaeological investigations by the Institute of Classical Archaeology that examine a unique collection of Greek funerary monuments from the Black Sea.

Richards, War Is Personal
Acclaimed social documentary photographer Eugene Richards presents fifteen heartbreaking personal stories of war veterans and family members that collectively chronicle the human cost of the Iraq War .

Robé, Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture
The first study dedicated to the emergence of U.S. Left film theory and criticism, combining close readings of films with archival research to explore the origins of a movement that aspired toward a popular cinema of social change.

Simon, Spies and Holy Wars: The Middle East in 20th-Century Crime Fiction
From World War I to the twenty-first century, this is a watershed examination of British and American thrillers whose villains are jihadists rather than Cold War nemeses.

Sitton, Gray Ghosts and Red Rangers: American Hilltop Fox Chasing
Based on thousands of fascinating primary accounts in letters, magazine articles, and interviews, Gray Ghosts and Red Rangers is the definitive social history of a vanishing American pastime—folk fox hunting.

Smart, Sacred Modern: Faith, Activism, and Aesthetics in the Menil Collection
This illuminating ethnography of the Menil Collection—the first such study of a major art museum—explores how the Collection embodies its founders’ desire to bind the sacred to the modern and how the Menils’ legacy is being perpetuated and contested beyond their lifetimes.

Stout, The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His Fabulous Alpine Cowboys Baseball Club: An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semi-Pro Baseball Team in Texas
For everyone who loves baseball, here is the fascinating true story of a West Texas rancher and the field of dreams he built for his championship-winning team, told by renowned baseball writer Nicholas Dawidoff and illustrated with a trove of rare historical photographs, memorabilia, and reminiscences.

Thomas and Horton, Best of the West 2010: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri
An anthology of exceptional short fiction rooted in the western United States by both emerging and established writers, including Sherman Alexie, Rick Bass, Ron Carlson, Julia Glass, William Kittredge, Kent Nelson, and Deb Olin Unferth.

Wilson, Home Field: Texas High School Football Stadiums from Alice to Zephyr
Offering a unique perspective on “Friday night lights,” Home Field captures what football means to communities across Texas through evocative photo portraits of over eighty high school stadiums.

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