Spring/Summer 2008 Titles
Adams and Smith, Electronic Tribes: The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers
From MySpace.com to Nigerian e-mail scams, sixteen competitively selected essays inquire into the causes and consequences of the "tribes" that are facilitated by the Internet.
Aldama, Why the Humanities Matter: A Commonsense Approach
A rousing rethinking of current critical theory and the role of culture in realms ranging from art and literature to justice and history.
Auerbach, Deception and Abuse at the Fed: Henry B. Gonzalez Battles Alan Greenspan's Bank
An authoritative, well-documented exposé of abuses of power at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed) during the tenure of renowned chairman, Alan Greenspan.
Bat Conservation International, Educator's Activity Book about Bats
Primarily for grades K-5, this book includes 18 games, craft projects, and many more fun activities.
Benavides, Drugs, Thugs, and Divas: Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas in Latin America
The first comprehensive analysis of South American telenovelas and Mexican narco-dramas and their role in shaping popular culture throughout the Americas and beyond.
Bertram, Imagining the Turkish House: Collective Visions of Home
An engaging discussion of how the concept of home inhabits the Turkish memory and imagination, becoming a muse that shapes personal and national identities.
Black and Jordan, Early Texas Schools: A Photographic History
A unique photographic history of Texas schools, from the earliest extant structures built in the 1850s through the magnificent constructions built during the oil boom of the early 1930s.
Bolger, The Journey Home
A coming-of-age story set in 1980s Dublin from one of Ireland's most respected novelists.
Boozer, Authorship in Film Adaptation
Opening a new area in the study of film adaptation, twelve scholars investigate the crucial role of the screenplay in transforming written narratives into film.
Burkholder, The Color of Loss: An Intimate Portrait of New Orleans after Katrina
Using an innovative digital technology that creates photographs that look almost like paintings, Dan Burkholder offers a powerful new way of seeing New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Christie, Kitchenspace: Women, Fiestas, and Everyday Life in Central Mexico
A pioneering ethnography of a crucial, yet often undervalued, site of family and community building—the kitchen.
Clemons, Branding Texas: Performing Culture in the Lone Star State
An intriguing study of how plays, films, television shows, museums, historical sites, and battle reenactments—that is, performances—have created "Texan" identity.
Contreras, Blood Lines: Myth, Indigenism and Chicana/o Literature
Placing texts of Chicana/o indigenism and nationalism alongside European and Euro-American ethnographic, travel, and journalistic writing, this is the first comprehensive, comparative literary study of its kind.
Cross, Gamino, and Rice, Around the World with LBJ: My Wild Ride as Air Force One Pilot, White House Aide, and Personal Confidante
LBJ's personal pilot—the only man in history to fly Air Force One and simultaneously hold a full-time job in the White House—offers vivid recollections of the thirty-sixth president.
Dalle Vacche, Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Italian Cinema
A passionate look at the figure of the diva in Italian film of the silent era, set within the visual, legal, and popular cultures surrounding the cinema before and after World War I.
Estrada, The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space
The first in-depth study of Los Angeles through the lens of its original core at the old city Plaza.
Foster, Historic Native Peoples of Texas
The most complete, up-to-date portrait of Texas's Native peoples since W. W. Newcomb's 1961 book The Indians of Texas.
Fowler, Mavericks: A Gallery of Texas Characters
Popular writer and performer Gene Fowler profiles a gallery of eccentric Texans.
Garcia, Gutierrez, and Nuñez, Teatro Chicana: A Collective Memoir and Selected Plays
A firsthand history of a Chicana women's political theatre group that operated in the 1970s and 1980s in San Diego.
Garrett, Plants for Houston and the Gulf Coast
One of Texas's top organic gardening experts presents nearly 400 trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines, annuals and perennials, and grasses suitable for Southeast Texas, illustrated with 400 color photos.
Ghaffarzadegan, Fortune Told in Blood
A prominent Iranian author writes about the Iran-Iraq War—from the Iraqi point of view.
Gilliam, Pat Green's Dance Halls & Dreamers
Lively color photographs of ten legendary dance halls, with stories from musicians who've played in them, including Pat Green, Willie Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, Jack Ingram, and Kevin Fowler.
Griswold del Castillo, World War II and Mexican American Civil Rights
The first book-length account of how World War II galvanized Mexican Americans of the "Greatest Generation" to seek full rights and inclusion in American society.
Harleman, The Year She Disappeared
The harrowing adventures of a woman who kidnaps her endangered granddaughter and goes into hiding.
Harriford and Thompson, When the Center Is on Fire: Passionate Social Theory for Our Times
A provocative reappraisal of how classic social thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—W. E. B. Du Bois, Max Weber, Karl Marx, and Émile Durkheim—can help us understand the social traumas of the twenty-first century, including 9/11.
Harris, Demosthenes, Speeches 20-22
Three important speeches by the greatest orator of classical antiquity that illuminate Athenian law and culture in the fourth century BC.
Jackson, One Ranger Returns
The action-packed sequel to Joaquin Jackson's runaway best seller, One Ranger.
Johnson, Creating Outdoor Classrooms: Schoolyard Habitats and Gardens for the Southwest
A practical, hands-on guide for creating schoolyard gardens using native Southwestern plants, fully illustrated with photographs, drawings, and design plans.
Kendrick, Still: Cowboys at the Start of the Twenty-First Century
A magnificent collection of tintype photographs of modern working cowboys taken on ranches in fourteen western U.S. states, British Columbia, Canada, and Coahuila, Mexico.
Laughlin and Sna Jtz'ibajom, Monkey Business Theatre
A collection of translated plays from Mexico's most renowned Mayan theatre group.
Lillios, Heraldry for the Dead: Memory, Identity, and the Engraved Stone Plaques of Neolithic Iberia
A groundbreaking interpretation of the engraved stone plaques found in southwestern Portugal and Spain, with important implications for anthropological thought on the origins of writing and recording systems, the role of memory in the creation of social inequalities, and the production of art in European prehistory.
Lugo, Fragmented Lives, Assembled Parts: Culture, Capitalism, and Conquest at the U.S.-Mexico Border
A compelling ethnographic examination of global capitalism's impact, colonial and post-colonial, in Mexico's Ciudad Juárez.
McCann, Handbook of Latin American Studies, Volume 63: Social Sciences
The 2007 volume of the benchmark bibliography of Latin American studies.
McFarland, Chicano Rap: Gender and Violence in the Postindustrial Barrio
The first comprehensive look at the meanings and uses of rap music and hip hop culture among Chicano/a youth.
McNeely and Henderson, Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas
An authoritative, highly readable biography of the most powerful and colorful lieutenant governor in Texas history, Bob Bullock.
Nama, Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film
Analyzing many of the most popular and influential science fiction films of the past five decades, this book presents the most comprehensive work to date on how race and "blackness" are imagined in science fiction film.
Olson, Tampico: A Novel
Four old men embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Otero, Food for the Few: Neoliberal Globalism and Biotechnology in Latin America
The first empirically based, interdisciplinary assessment of the socioeconomic and political impact of agricultural biotechnology in Latin America.
Parent, Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites: Revised Edition
The classic guide, now completely revised to include 5 new state parks and historical sites, updated information for every park, and many beautiful new photographs.
Perez, There Was a Woman: La Llorona from Folklore to Popular Culture
A critical analysis of the important ways in which La Llorona—the Weeping Woman—has shaped Mexican cultural identity, from folktales to acts of political resistance.
Reifenberg, Santiago's Children: What I Learned about Life at an Orphanage in Chile
A beautifully written memoir about life among the most vulnerable, yet resilient residents of Latin America—its poor children.
Rejwan, Arabs in the Mirror: Images and Self-Images from Pre-Islamic to Modern Times
A fascinating look at how Arabs have sought to define their own identity and how they have been viewed by others from pre-Islamic times to the last decades of the twentieth century.
Sansom, Water in Texas: An Introduction
An authoritative overview of water issues in Texas for a general readership.
Schlefer, Palace Politics: How the Ruling Party Brought Crisis to Mexico
Drawing on candid interviews with former Mexican officials, a journalist reveals the inside story of the "perfect dictatorship" they once ran.
Shrake, Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin "Bud" Shrake Reader
The foremost works of one of Texas's most influential writers—excerpts from all of Bud Shrake's novels (including Strange Peaches and Blessed McGill); articles from Sports Illustrated; and selections from Willie Nelson's autobiography, Shrake's screenplays, and previously unpublished letters.
Simões, Pois não: Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
A new text to help Spanish speakers learn Portuguese.
Sitton and Hunt, Big Thicket People: Larry Jene Fisher's Photographs of the Last Southern Frontier
An irreplaceable collection of photographs that documents ways of living off the land that once were common across the entire South.
Smith, Reflection of a Man: The Photographs of Stanley Marcus
By one of the founders of Neiman Marcus, an exquisite collection of photographs that reflect the sense of style and eye for design that made Stanley Marcus an internationally acclaimed arbiter of taste.
Stabakis, Surrealism in Greece: An Anthology
A first-of-its-kind anthology of English translations of the key texts of Greek surrealism from the 1930s through the 1960s.
Staudt, Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juarez
A timely analysis of the disturbing murders that have taken the lives of nearly 400 Mexican women in El Paso's twin city.
Texas Monthly, Texas Monthly On . . .: Food
Some of the most delicious writing about food and food culture in Texas—recipes included—from the state's tastemaker magazine, Texas Monthly.
Walker and Suárez, Every Woman Is a World: Interviews with Women of Chiapas
Compelling interviews with twenty-eight women between the ages of 60 and 108, who describe the changes they've witnessed in the lifeways of Chiapas on the Mexico-Guatemala border.