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Current Season: Fall 2012

 

Bass, A Thousand Deer: Four Generations of Hunting and the Hill Country
A definitive and eloquent book about deer hunting in Texas and the lessons it teaches about the cycles of life in nature and in a family, A Thousand Deer reaffirms Rick Bass’s stature as one of America’s finest nature writers.

Beck, Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic
Drawing on narratology and linguistics, this first systematic examination of all the speeches in the Iliad and the Odyssey reveals a unified system of speech presentation in the Homeric epics that includes supposedly “modern” techniques such as free indirect speech.

Bessette et al., Tricholomas of North America: A Mushroom Field Guide
With accurate species descriptions that include both macroscopic and microscopic features, user-friendly field keys, and more than 170 of the best documentary photographs available, this is the first comprehensive guide to North American Tricholomas.

Binford, Tomorrow We're All Going to the Harvest: Temporary Foreign Worker Programs and Neoliberal Political Economy
This exceptional study examines the experience of Mexican workers in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), widely considered a model program by the World Bank and other international institutions despite the significant violations of labor and human rights inherent in the terms of employment.

Blaffer Art Museum, Andy Coolquitt
Covering Coolquitt’s full range of work over the past twenty-five years, this is the first comprehensive monograph on an artist who is receiving national and international acclaim for using scavenged objects to create artwork that facilitates conversation and community.

Breakey, Las Sombras/The Shadows
In the tradition of nineteenth-century photograms by William Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins, this collection of recent work by Kate Breakey presents the animals, plants, and insects of the American Southwest with scientific precision and breathtaking loveliness.

Cepek, A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofán Environmental Politics
A remarkable story of empowerment, tracing the efforts of Randy Borman, the “gringo chief” who stemmed the tide of dispossession and rain forest destruction beginning in the 1990s and helped the Cofán of Amazonian Ecuador flourish as the result of unique collaboration.

Deaton, The Great Texas Stamp Collection: How Some Stubborn Texas Confederate Postmasters, a Handful of Determined Texas Stamp Collectors, and a Few of the World's Greatest Philatelists Created, Discovered, and Preserved Some of the World's Most Valuable Postage Stamps
Seasoned with intrigue, mystery, and adventure, this history of rare, Civil War–era Texas stamps and those seeking to collect them offers a lively and insightful read for any philatelist or collector of Texana.

Fortis, Kuna Art and Shamanism: An Ethnographic Approach
The first book to study wood carving and its relation to shamanism among Kuna people from the San Blas Archipelago, providing a rich new lens for understanding the Kuna worldview.

Grant, Film Genre Reader IV
Newly revised and expanded nearly a decade after the third edition, Film Genre Reader is the standard reference and classroom text for the study of genre in film, with more than 25,000 copies sold.

Greven, Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin
Examining the intertextual reverberations between canonical Hitchcock films and the New Hollywood of the 1970s, this revisionist reading challenges the received opinion of misogyny, racism, and homophobia presented in male desire featured in works by Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin.

Hogeland, Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation
Refuting claims from both the political right and left, this dynamic narrative history brings to life the long-forgotten founding struggles over American finance, economics, and taxes and reveals their immense and startling relevance to political struggles today.

Holley, Slingin' Sam: The Life and Times of the Greatest Quarterback Ever to Play the Game
Paying long-overdue tribute to one of the greatest legends in football, here is a biography of the quarterback who single-handedly revolutionized the game—TCU All-American and Washington Redskins Hall-of-Famer Slingin’ Sammy Baugh.

Johns, The Education of a Radical: An American Revolutionary in Sandinista Nicaragua
In the tradition of My Car in Managua, this is a wise and captivating memoir of a young leftist radical’s transformation while spending ten months as a Sandinista revolutionary in the early 1980s, and his struggle to reconcile uncomfortable truths with his ideals of justice..

Kadhim, Reclaiming Iraq: The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State
An essential exploration of the pivotal rebellion whose repercussions continue to be felt throughout the West, this timely study reclaims the early twentieth-century Iraqi revolution narrative to emphasize the voices of the vanquished, who lost the battle but ultimately won the war for Iraq’s independence.

Limón, Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique
A rich critical study of the literary legacies bestowed by the late Américo Paredes (1915–1999), and the intellectual paths he created as a distinguished folklore scholar and one of the forebears of Mexican American s tudies.

Marks and Marks, Becoming a Bilingual Family: Help Your Kids Learn Spanish (and Learn Spanish Yourself in the Process)
Unique among language study aids, this book gives English-speaking parents the tools to create a bilingual home and help their kids learn Spanish in their earliest years, when children are most receptive to learning languages.

Marshall, The Surprising Design of Market Economies
Bringing a fresh perspective to current debates over the “free market,” this wide-ranging look at how market economies are designed and constructed helps us understand how “the market” works and how we can build fairer and more effective markets.

McEachern and Royal, DKR: The Royal Scrapbook
This extraordinary collection of never-before-published photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, football ephemera, and recollections reveals the private man behind the UT football legend who will always be “The Coach,” Darrell K Royal.

McGowan, The Fictional Christopher Nolan
With close readings of Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Inception, this theoretically sophisticated study explores how Christopher Nolan has developed a politically engaged filmmaking that makes explicit use of cinema’s tendency toward the lie.

Menconi, Ryan Adams: Losering, a Story of Whiskeytown
A prominent music journalist with behind-the-scenes access chronicles the rise of singer-songwriter Ryan Adams from his North Carolina, alt-country roots with Whiskeytown to rock stardom, including stories about the making of the albums Strangers Almanac and Heartbreaker.

Mendoza, A Journey Around Our America: A Memoir on Cycling, Immigration, and the Latinoization of the U.S.
With a discernment of the American character that recalls Alexis de Tocqueville, this riveting account of the author’s 8,500-mile bicycle journey around the United States offers a unique firsthand perspective on how Latino immigrants are changing the face of our country.

Milbrath, Heaven and Earth in Ancient Mexico: Astronomy and Seasonal Cycles in the Codex Borgia
Offering a major new interpretation of the enigmatic middle section of the Codex Borgia, Milbrath demonstrates that this ancient painted text is the most important historical record of pre-Columbian astronomy and natural history in central Mexico.

Montejano, Sancho's Journal: Exploring the Political Edge with the Brown Berets
Completing the story of the Mexican American struggle for inclusion and equal rights that he began in Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836–1986 and Quixote’s Soldiers, Montejano presents a rich ethnography of the street-level Chicano movement.

Nicosia et al., Nic Nicosia
With lavish illustrations and an original short story by Philipp Meyer, this is the first major career retrospective of photographer and filmmaker Nic Nicosia, whose fabricated images evoke the sense of something askew or threatening within “normal” life.

Pagán, Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature
This provocative new companion to Conspiracy Narratives in Roman History shows how viewing an array of Latin texts through the lens of conspiracy theory reveals a host of socioeconomic tensions from the Roman Republic through the age of the emperors.

Pechlaner, Corporate Crops: Biotechnology, Agriculture, and the Struggle for Control
An eye-opening examination of four legal cases concerning genetically modified seeds in Saskatchewan and Mississippi, using the lens of political economy to make crucial connections between sociological repercussions and legal proceedings involving Monsanto, the leading producer of genetically engineered seed.

Reid, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards
Drawing on more than 100 interviews with Ann Richards's friends and associates and her private correspondence, Let the People In offers a nuanced, fully realized portrait of the first feminist elected to high office in America and one of the most fascinating women in our political history.

Richardson and Pisani, The Informal and Underground Economy of the South Texas Border
This first comprehensive, multidisciplinary, longitudinal study of the "off-the-books" economic systems that fuel the Laredo-to-Brownsville corridor examines the complex repercussions of these legal and illegal forms of border commerce.

Rulfo, The Plain in Flames
This fresh, definitive translation of El llano en llamas—which restores two stories that were not included in the first English translation, The Burning Plain (1967, nearly 45,000 copies sold)—introduces a new generation of readers to one of Mexico’s greatest writers of the twentieth century.

Sadlier, Americans All: Good Neighbor Cultural Diplomacy in World War II
This study of the most fully developed and intensive use of “soft power” diplomacy in U.S. history explores how the U.S. government enlisted Walt Disney, Orson Welles, John Ford, and other cultural leaders and institutions to bolster inter-American cultural ties and combat Axis infiltration during World War II.

Santa Ana, Juan in a Hundred: The Representation of Latinos on Network News
A timely, accessible study—bolstered by startling statistics—of the sparse coverage of Latinos on network evening news and the social inequity perpetuated by the frequently negative tone of the few news stories that do spotlight Latinos.

Sperb, Disney's Most Notorious Film: Race, Convergence, and the Hidden Histories of Song of the South
Analyzing histories of film reception, convergence, and race relations over seven decades, this pioneering book undertakes a superb, multifaceted reading of one of Hollywood’s most notorious films, Disney’s Song of the South.

Spong, A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove
Forty interviews with Larry McMurtry, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, Danny Glover, Anjelica Huston, and other members of the cast and crew; set designs, costumes, and props from the Wittliff Collections; and candid, on-the-set photographs offer a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the book, the miniseries, and the world of Lonesome Dove.

Taylor and Warren, Texas Furniture, Volume Two: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840–1880
With over 150 additional pieces of furniture that were not included in Volume One, color photographs, and a new introduction, Texas Furniture, Volume Two completes the definitive guide to the state's rich heritage of locally made nineteenth-century furniture and the craftsmen who produced it.

Taher, A Bit of Air
Presenting a unique blend of poetry, visual art, and architecture, this bilingual English-Arabic volume introduces the English-speaking world to an award-winning Egyptian author who is in the vanguard of a new Arab literature.

Teo, Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels
Ranging from “high” literature to erotica and popular fiction, this pioneering cultural history explores the gendered societal and political purposes that have been served by tales of romance between Western women and Arab men.

Thomas and Meyers, Monumentality in Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture: Ideology and Innovation
Experts explore what factors drove the emergence of scale as a defining element in ancient Italian architecture, and how these factors influenced the origins and development of Etruscan and early Roman monumental designs.

Tipton et al., Texas Amphibians: A Field Guide
This is the only field guide focused exclusively on Texas’s seventy-two species of frogs, toads, and salamanders, compiled by a team of experts who collectively have over a century of experience in field herpetology.

Tuttle, Mexican Women in American Factories: Free Trade and Exploitation on the Border
Drawing on a rich data set of interviews with over 600 women maquila workers, this pathfinding book offers the first rigorous economic and sociological analysis of the impact of NAFTA and its implications for free trade around the world.

Wagner et al., Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza: From Primordial Sea to Public Space
Drawing on narratology and linguistics, this first systematic examination of all the speeches in the Iliad and the Odyssey reveals a unified system of speech presentation in the Homeric epics that includes supposedly “modern” techniques such as free indirect speech.

Wiesepape, Winifred Sanford: The Life and Times of a Texas Writer
The first comprehensive biography of one of Texas’s most important female writers—made complete with examples of her work, excerpts from her private papers, and eighteen previously unpublished letters from her mentor, H. L. Mencken.

Williams, Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Mexican American Prints from the Romo Collection
With works by nearly fifty artists, including Richard Duardo, Sam Coronado, Vincent Valdez, Alex Rubio, Ester Hernández, Patssi Valdez, Gronk, César Martínez, and Luis Jiménez, this volume presents one of the most important collections of contemporary Mexican American prints in existence.

Winters, Last Launch: Discovery, Endeavor, Atlantis
Powerfully evoking the unquenchable American spirit of exploration, award-winning photographer Dan Winters chronicles the final launches of Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor in this stunning photographic tribute to America’s space shuttle program.

Ziff, All-American Boy
Offering an intriguing new approach to American cultural history through one of its enduring icons, Larzer Ziff traces the rise and flourishing of an ideal type once represented by such figures as George Washington and Tom Sawyer—a type immensely popular before antiheroes like Holden Caulfield captured our imagination.

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