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Current Season: Spring 2013


Abbas, Pakistanís Blasphemy Laws: From Islamic Empires to the Taliban
This pioneering study of the evolution of blasphemy laws from the early Islamic empires to the present-day Taliban uncovers the history and questionable motives behind Pakistanís blasphemy laws and calls for a return to the prophet Muhammadís peaceful vision of social justice.

Ainslie, The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico’s Drug War
Presenting a range of viewpoints that spans from high-level Mexican and U.S. officials to ordinary narcos and family members of victims, this portrait of Mexico’s bloodiest city offers a gripping, firsthand perspective on the drug war that has claimed close to 60,000 lives since 2007.

Amster, Medicine and the Saints: Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877–1956
Exploring the colonial encounter between France and Morocco as a process of embodiment, and the Muslim body as the place of resistance to the state, this book provides the first history of medicine, health, disease, and the welfare state in Morocco.

Arreola, Postcards from the Río Bravo Border: Picturing the Place, Placing the Picture, 1900s–1950s
Making innovative use of an extensive archive of photo postcards, this historical geography traces the transformation of Mexican border towns into modern cities and destinations for American tourists in the twentieth century.

Blankenship, Our House in the Clouds: Building a Second Life in the Andes of Ecuador
This compelling memoir by the author of Cañar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador vividly describes an American couple’s experience of making a second home in a rural Andean community in which they are the only outsiders.

Blanton Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art: 110 Favorites from the Collection
This fully illustrated guide presents 110 masterworks from the Blanton Museum of Art, the fine arts museum of the University of Texas at Austin and one of the foremost university art museums in the United States.

Breglia, Living with Oil: Promises, Peaks, and Declines on Mexico’s Gulf Coast
This insightful study examines Mexico’s oil crisis and the communities affected by the decline of Cantarell, the nation’s aging supergiant offshore oilfield.

Burrell, Maya after War: Conflict, Power, and Politics in Guatemala
A compelling study of a Guatemalan village, in the wake of civil war and genocide, facing an uneasy transition marked by gang violence, paramilitary security committees, and other power struggles.

Cox and Hendrickson, Writing the Story of Texas
Luminaries in Texas history pay tribute to an all-star cast of thirteen historians—from J. Frank Dobie to Américo Paredes—who preserved Texas’s past, and who were often as colorful as the historical figures they studied.

Cunningham, The Texas Way: Money, Power, Politics, and Ambition at The University
This memoir by a former president of the University of Texas at Austin and chancellor of the University of Texas System cogently explains how money, power, politics, and ambition all play roles in the business of running the state’s premier university system, particularly in its relations with the state government.

De Cesare, Unsettled/Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs/Los niños en un mundo de las pandillas
Culminating thirty years of photographing gang members and their families and collecting images that have been featured in Aperture, Mother Jones, and other publications, award-winning photojournalist Donna De Cesare uncovers the effects of decades of war and gang violence on the lives of youths in Central America and in refugee communities in the United States in this bilingual book.

de la Garza, From the Republic of the Rio Grande: A Personal History of the Place and the People
Using family papers, local chronicles, and scholarly works, de la Garza tells the story of the Republic of the Rio Grande and its people from the perspective of individuals who lived in this region from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

deHaven-Smith, Conspiracy Theory in America
Asking tough questions and connecting the dots across decades of suspicious events, from the Kennedy assassinations to 9/11 and the anthrax attacks, this book raises crucial questions about the consequences of Americans’ unwillingness to suspect high government officials of criminal wrongdoing.

Draper, Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush
With an extraordinary collection of images, many never before published, Chief White House Photographer Eric Draper presents a compelling, behind-the-scenes view of the entire presidency of George W. Bush, from dramatic events such as 9/11 to relaxed, intimate moments within the Bush family.

Flukinger, Arnold Newman: At Work
Rich with materials from Arnold Newman’s extensive archive in the Harry Ransom Center—contact sheets, Polaroids, work prints, notebooks, calendars, and tearsheets—this volume offers unprecedented, firsthand insights into the creativity of one of the twentieth century’s greatest photographers.

Galbraith, The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards, and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power
Two environmental reporters tell the fascinating story behind Texas’s unlikely triumph in the clean-energy marketplace through wind farming.

Gallagher, Another Steven Soderbergh Experience: Authorship and Contemporary Hollywood
Through in-depth investigation of Soderbergh’s work in film, television, and video, as well as an extensive interview with the filmmaker, this book offers a new model of film authorship in the twenty-first century that emphasizes its fundamentally collaborative nature.

Goldman, The American Jewish Story through Cinema
By analyzing select mainstream films from the beginning of the sound era until today, this groundbreaking study uses the medium of cinema to provide an understanding of the American Jewish experience over the last century.

Graham, Independence in Latin America: Contrasts and Comparisons, Third Edition
Extensively revised to incorporate the latest interpretations and address issues of race and gender as well as of economic interest, this is the only book that in such a short space covers the causes, events, and consequences of the wars of independence (1810–1825) in all of Latin America..

Graziano, Undocumented Dominican Migration
Based on extensive fieldwork among less-studied migrants, as well as wide-ranging, interdisciplinary research, this book offers a comprehensive understanding of the multiple, interactive factors—structural, cultural, and personal—that influence people to migrate.

Haley, The Texas Supreme Court: A Narrative History, 1836–1986
The award-winning author of Sam Houston, Passionate Nation, and Wolf: The Lives of Jack London offers a lively narrative history of Texas’s highest court and how it helped to shape the Lone Star State during its first 150 years..

Hampton, Anay’s Will to Learn: A Woman’s Education in the Shadow of the Maquiladoras
This ethnographic case study provides a personal view of a maquiladora worker’s struggles with factory labor conditions, poverty, and violence as she journeys toward education, financial opportunity, and, ultimately, empowerment.

Harrigan, The Eye of the Mammoth: Selected Essays
By the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling novels The Gates of the Alamo and Remember Ben Clayton, here is the definitive, career-spanning collection of nonfiction from one of America’s leading writers, Stephen Harrigan.

Humphrey, Queer Bergman: Sexuality, Gender, and the European Art Cinema
Foregrounding a fundamental aspect of the Swedish auteur’s work that has been routinely ignored, as well as the vibrant connection between postwar American queer culture and European art cinema, this book offers a pioneering reading of Bergman’s films as profoundly queer work.

Hutson, ¡Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures
With a festive blend of inspired recipes for fabulous drinks and dishes, lively personal anecdotes, spicy cultural history, and colorful agave folk art, proverbs, and lore, America’s premier tequila expert shows us how to savor the most Mexican of all libations.

Israel, Kill for Peace: American Artists Against the Vietnam War
Surveying the major antiwar artists, art collectives, and iconic works, as well as offering an original typology of antiwar engagement, this is the first comprehensive history of American artistic protest against the Vietnam War.

Jackson, Inside the Wire: Photographs from Texas and Arkansas Prisons
Renowned documentary photographer Bruce Jackson presents a profoundly moving, irreplaceable portrait of the southern prison farm and the men who lived and labored on these relics of the American slave plantation.

Josyph, Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy Without Walls
Acclaimed visual artist, actor-director, and writer Peter Josyph and a cast of other interpreters and critics offer a unique appreciation of the literary genius of Cormac McCarthy through directing and acting in his works, exploring their physical settings, and photographing McCarthy and portraying his home.

Keith, Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas
Legislators, lawyers, community organizers, political historians, and political scientists offer a complete history of Texas redistricting during the past century—and the repercussions still felt from the map battles of the 1960s.

Lev, Twentieth Century-Fox: The Zanuck-Skouras Years, 1935–1965
This sweeping and vivid history presents the innovative studio from its initial merger to the enormous success of The Sound of Music, combining film analysis with the interconnected histories of the studio, its executives, and the industry at large.

Linenthal et al., The Landscapes of 9/11: A Photographer’s Journey
In this unique, never-to-be-duplicated work, photographer Jonathan Hyman documents the popular memorials that ordinary people created for the victims of 9/11, and noted scholars and museum professionals discuss them in the rich context of American and international memorial expression.

Loss, Dreaming in Russian: The Cuban Soviet Imaginary
This intriguing book provides an extraordinary tour of the Eastern European influence on Cuban culture and the multifaceted legacy of Soviet oppression and idealism.

Mahmoud, The Neighbors
This coming-of-age story set in southwestern Iran during the nationalization of the oil industry in 1951 is the first English translation of the work of a prominent Iranian novelist who helped set the stage for today’s struggle for democracy in Iran.

McCann, Handbook of Latin American Studies: No. 68: Humanities
The newest volume of the benchmark bibliography of Latin American studies.

Metzler and Metzler, Texas Mushrooms: A Field Guide
Back in print with a new cover and preface, Texas Mushrooms, which has sold 10,000 copies, is still the only field guide to the state’s more than 200 species, complete with color photographs and a selection of recipes for delicious mushroom dishes.

Miles, Living with Lupus: Women and Chronic Illness in Ecuador
Enriched with ethnographic stories of Ecuadorian women who struggle with the autoimmune disorder lupus erythematosus, this book is one of the first to explore the meanings and experiences of medically managed chronic illness in the developing world.

Miller, The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak
Lavishly produced with foldout images of a major new full-color scale reconstruction of the Bonampak murals, as well as hundreds of photographs and infrared images, many never before published, this landmark in book publishing is the most thorough and thought-provoking study of one of the masterpieces of New World art.

Nochimson, David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire
In this paradigm-shifting book, the author of The Passion of David Lynch draws on insights into the filmmaker’s creative sources that he has never revealed before to forge a startlingly original template for analyzing Lynch’s recent films.

O’Brien and Ensminger, Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins
Through vivid oral histories backed by extensive research, Mojo Hand tells the story of one of America’s greatest bluesmen, whose deeply authentic songs and unique style of guitar playing indelibly shaped modern roots, blues, rock ’n’ roll, singer-songwriter, and folk music.

Pace and Hinote, Amazon Town TV: An Audience Ethnography in Gurupá, Brazil
This pioneering study examines television’s impact on an Amazonian river town from the first broadcasts in Gurupá, in 1983, to the present.

Pratt, Exxon: Transforming Energy, 1973–2005
The fifth volume in a 125-year history of one of the most powerful and profitable corporations in the world explores how Exxon’s core values and management enabled the company to adapt and succeed during a period of dramatic change in the energy industry.

Roberts and Dupuy, The Salt Lick Cookbook: A Story of Land, Family, and Love
Filled with recipes and prep techniques for the Salt Lick’s legendary barbecue meats and sides, as well as dozens of other classic and contemporary Texas dishes, this lusciously illustrated cookbook tells the heartwarming family story behind one of Texas’s favorite barbecue restaurants.

Scolieri, Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest
Analyzing the extensive accounts of Aztec dance practices in colonial-era European chronicles, histories, letters, and travel books, this volume reveals the surprising and crucial role that dance played in the European conquest and colonization of the Americas.

Solari, Maya Ideologies of the Sacred: The Transfiguration of Space in Colonial Yucatan
Using the Maya city of Itzmal as a case study, this book explores how indigenous conceptions of space and landscape both aided and subverted the Franciscan evangelical effort in Colonial Yucatan.

Sosa and García, The Children of the Revolución: How the Mexican Revolution Changed America
The companion volume to a 20-part documentary series that will air on Univision stations in Texas in the summer of 2013, this book tells representative stories of the families that fled the Mexican Revolution and forged new lives in the United States, initiating the Latinoization of America.

Tompkins, Experimental Latin American Cinema: History and Aesthetics
This groundbreaking exploration of experimental Latin American film applies Deleuzian theories of cinema in a comparative approach to examine multiple genres and works from the most important national cinematic traditions.

Toufiq, Moon and Henna Tree
Morocco’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments explores the abuse of power and its effects in this award-winning novel that opens a fascinating window into Amazigh (Berber) culture.

Underberg and Zorn, Digital Ethnography: Anthropology, Narrative, and New Medias
Here is a state-of-the-art primer on digital applications for social scientists, with explorations of the emerging field of hypermedia ethnography.

Wagner and Marquez, Cooking Texas Style: Traditional Recipes from the Lone Star State
Thirty years and more than 40,000 copies sold since its first publication, Cooking Texas Style—available again in paperback with a new preface—is still the best source of authentic recipes for the traditional comfort foods of Texas.

Walsh and Lovett, Barbecue Crossroads: Notes and Recipes from a Southern Odyssey
The James Beard Award–winning author of the best-selling Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook and acclaimed documentary photographer O. Rufus Lovett take us on an extraordinary odyssey from Texas to the Carolinas and back to tell the story of Southern barbecue, past, present, and future—complete with more than seventy recipes.

Williams, The Complete Codex Zouche-Nuttall: Mixtec Lineage Histories and Political Biographies
With a full-color reproduction of the entire codex and the first modern commentary in English on the pre-Hispanic history it records, The Complete Codex Zouche-Nuttall unlocks the social and political cosmos of the ancient Mixtec.

Winters, Dan Winters’s America: Icons and Ingenuity
This lavishly illustrated catalog of the first museum retrospective exhibition of internationally award-winning photographer Dan Winters surveys his entire oeuvre, including iconic celebrity portraits, scientific photography, photojournalism, and lyrical personal expressions.

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