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Current Season: Spring / Summer 2012

 

Alofsin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Art Collector: Secessionist Prints from the Turn of the Century
One of the world’s leading authorities on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright unveils a previously unknown collection of art prints that reveals Wright’s artistic affinities with the modernism of the European Secessionist movements.

Benson, The Worlds of the Moche on the North Coast of Peru
One of the world’s leading authorities presents a major overview of the Moche, one of pre-Columbian America’s greatest civilizations, renowned for its monumental architecture, metalwork, ceramics, and textiles.

Brulotte, Between Art and Artifact: Archaeological Replicas and Cultural Production
An innovative ethnographic study of tourist art markets in Oaxaca, Mexico, where making and selling replicas of pre-Hispanic archaeological pieces is sometimes met with disdain, despite the artisanal quality and rich heritage associated with the practice.

Chappell, Lowrider Space: Aesthetics and Politics of Mexican American Custom Cars
The first ethnographic book devoted to lowrider custom car culture puts a new spin on an aesthetic and mechanical achievement through which Mexican Americans alter the urban landscape and make a place for themselves in an often segregated society.

Cisneros, Dyer-Chamberlain, and Hickie Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America
Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and a team of experts on aging, architecture, construction, health, finance, and politics offer the first comprehensive overview of the possibilities and challenges in helping seniors live independently to a very old age.

Cypess, Uncivil War: Elena Garro, Octavio Paz, and the Battle for Cultural Memory
Blending biography, literary analysis, and cultural history, Uncivil Wars reveals a new understanding of the works of Elena Garro and Octavio Paz, placing these iconic writers in the context of the revolutions—military, social, and feminist—that shaped their lives.

Dettmer, The Texas Book Two More Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University
Continuing the story begun in The Texas Book: Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University, this richly illustrated volume offers a highly readable, in-depth exploration of the personalities and events that have made the University of Texas at Austin what it is today.

Dunaway, A Route 66 Companion
With fiction, poetry, memoir, and oral history from a stellar collection of writers, including Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, Washington Irving, Henry Miller, Sylvia Plath, Leslie Marmon Silko, and John Steinbeck, A Route 66 Companion offers a literary historical portrait of the most legendary open road in America.

Dunkerley, Houses Made of Wood and Light: The Life and Architecture of Hank Schubart
This sumptuously illustrated volume about architect Hank Schubart and the island community he helped to create in British Columbia explores how this West Coast modernist used the ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright to design houses in which nature flows seamlessly into architecture.

Erish, Col. William N. Selig, the Man Who Invented Hollywood
Refuting virtually every previous account of the founding and development of the American motion picture industry, this entertaining biography pays tribute to a pioneer whose many innovations helped to create Hollywood as we know it today.

Everton, The Modern Maya: Incidents of Travel and Friendship in Yucatán
This magnificent ethnographic photo-essay presents the modern Maya of Yucatán who—resilient, resourceful, creative, and armed with intimate knowledge of the place where they live—have survived centuries of upheaval.

Everton, Patagonia, La Última Esperanza
In this spectacular collection of panoramic images, award-winning photographer Macduff Everton collaborates with writer and artist Mary Heebner to capture a place of unending superlatives—Chile’s Last Hope Province.

Foster, Climate and Culture Change in North America AD 900 to 1600
Correlating climate change and archaeological data, an award-winning historian offers the first comprehensive overview of how the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age significantly impacted the Native cultures of the American Southwest, Southern Plains, and Southeast.

Garrett, Ferguson, and Amaranthus, Organic Management for the Professional: The Natural Way for Landscape Architects and Contractors, Commercial Growers, Golf Course Managers, Park Administrators, Turf Managers, and Other Stewards of the Land
Nationally acclaimed organic gardening expert Howard Garrett offers detailed, proven instructions for designing and managing large-scale landscapes organically.

Giucci, The Cultural Life of the Automobile: Roads to Modernity
Illuminating the question of what it means to be a mobile human anywhere in the modern world, this strikingly original work of cultural history examines how changes in consciousness, identity, and expression, both national and individual, resulted from the technological innovation and freedom of access represented by cars.

Hammer, American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism
More Than a Prayer Examining the intellectual output of female American Muslim writers and scholars since 1990, Hammer demonstrates that the themes at the heart of women’s writings are central to the debates of modern Islam worldwide.

Hanna, Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right
Taking an unprecedented, counterintuitive look at America’s conflict over sexuality, Naked Truth reveals how the attack on the exotic dance industry by the activist Christian Right threatens the separation of church and state and undermines our civil liberties.

Jaén and Simon, Cognitive Literary Studies: Current Themes and New Directions
A dynamic array of top scholars from the sciences and the humanities present new perspectives on the mind and its literary quests, ranging from Hamlet to Kafka to Barrie’s Peter Pan.

Jenkins, The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television
Using case studies of The Agency, In the Company of Spies, Alias, The Recruit, The Sum of All Fears, Enemy of the State, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, and more, this book raises important and troubling questions about the nature and extent of the CIA’s influence on film and television.

Lyons, Dangerous Gifts: Gender and Exchange in Ancient Greece
Inspired by anthropological writing on reciprocity and kinship, this book applies the idea of gendered wealth to ancient Greek myth for the first time, and also highlights the importance of the sister-brother bond in the Classical world.

Mares and Palmer, Power, Institutions, and Leadership in War and Peace: Lessons from Peru and Ecuador, 1995–1998
An examination of the three-year border war between Peru and Ecuador reveals new approaches to Latin American leadership and a transformed power structure that integrates domestic and international factors.

McCann and North, Handbook of Latin American Studies, Vol. 67: Social Sciences
The newest volume of the benchmark bibliography of Latin American studies.

McDonald, Nathan Lyons: Selected Essays, Lectures, and Interviews
Nathan Lyons is the first comprehensive examination of this visionary photographer, curator, theorist, and educator, one of the most important voices in American photography and a central force in the explosive growth of the field over the past five decades.

McLeese, Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
Award-winning music journalist Don McLeese offers the first musical biography of the electrifying artist who has most successfully bridged the disparate worlds of commercial country and alternative/Americana/roots music, Dwight Yoakam.

Mendoza, Conversations Across Our America: Talking About Immigration and the Latinoization of the United States
This collection of interviews conducted while the author traveled across the country demonstrates the complexity of Latino immigration by foregrounding the myriad voices of immigrants themselves.

Mintz, Enforcement at the EPA: High Stakes and Hard Choices, Revised Edition
Now revised and updated through the Clinton and second Bush administrations, Enforcement at the EPA is the definitive history and assessment of the Environmental Protection Agency’s role as America’s environmental watchdog.

Mobasher, Iranians in Texas: Migration, Politics, and Ethnic Identity
A vivid exploration of ethnic identity and political mobility among Iranian immigrants and their descendants in Texas in the wake of the 1978–1979 revolution and its American aftermath, including heightened xenophobia after 9/11 and the response of the Bush administration.

Mraz, Photographing the Mexican Revolution: Commitments, Testimonies, Icons
With almost 200 photographs, many never before published, and an authoritative text that delves into the motivations and aesthetics of the photographers who took them, this is the most ambitious and historically accurate visual record of the Mexican Revolution.

Nabhan, Desert Terroir: Exploring the Unique Flavors and Sundry Places of the Borderlands
From the biology behind flavor to the stories and memories that taste evokes, here is a savory exploration of the terroir of the Southwestern borderlands—the geological, ecological, and cultural history embodied in the foods of this desert region.

Ozersky, Colonel Sanders and the American Dream
This engrossing biography of Kentucky Fried Chicken/KFC founder Harland Sanders tells a uniquely American story of a dirt-poor striver with unlimited ambition who launched one of the world’s most successful brands—and then ended up as a mere symbol for the corporation that bought him out.

Patoski, Texas High School Football: More Than the Game
Produced in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, here is the epic story of high school football in Texas, told through the stories and memorabilia of legendary players and coaches, cheerleaders and drill teams, marching bands and twirlers, mascots and die-hard fans.

Pérez Firmat, Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way (Revised Edition)
With fascinating insights into how both ordinary and famous Cuban-Americans, including Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, Gloria Estefan, and José Kozer, have lived “life on the hyphen,” this is an expanded, updated edition of the classic, award-winning study of Cuban-American culture.

Perren, Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s
Pioneering the field of media industry studies, Indie, Inc. explores how Miramax changed the landscape not only of independent filmmaking but of Hollywood itself during the 1990s.

Petersen and Salzman-Mitchell, Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome
Using a wealth of evidence from legal, literary, and medical texts, as well as art, architecture, ritual, and material culture, the contributors to this volume offer the first extensive study of the private and public roles of mothers in the Classical world.

Roisman, Alexander’s Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors
This first focused analysis of veterans’ experiences in ancient Greece offers a fresh, “bottom-up” perspective on important military and political aspects of early Hellenistic history.

Strand, Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate
By the author of the acclaimed Inventing Niagara … True crime meets cultural history in this fascinating story of how America’s interstate highway system opened a world of mobility and opportunity—for serial killers.

Straubhaar, Spence, Tufekci, and Lentz, Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class, Gender, and the Digital Divide in Austin
A ten-year longitudinal study of the impact of national, state, and local programs that address issues of digital divide and digital inclusion in Austin, Texas.

Strong, Art, Nature, and Religion in the Central Andes: Themes and Variations from Prehistory to the Present
Taking a new approach to traditional Andean art that links prehistory with the present, this book illustrates the ongoing legacy of the past in contemporary art and the importance of art not only as a way of expressing religious ideas rooted in nature, but also as a means of resisting discrimination and oppression.

Strubberg, Friedrichsburg: A Novel
First published in Germany in 1867, this fascinating autobiographical novel of German immigrants on the antebellum Texas frontier provides a trove of revelations about the myriad communities that once called the Hill Country home.

Taylor and Warren, Texas Furniture, Volume One: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840–1880, Revised Edition
Back in print for the first time in thirty years and thoroughly updated, Texas Furniture is the definitive guide to the state’s rich heritage of locally made nineteenth-century furniture and the craftsmen who produced it.

Tutino, Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States
Tracing economic, social, and cultural connections from colonial times until today, this book highlights the foundational contributions of Mexico and Mexicans to the United States—Hispanic capitalism, patriarchy, and mestizaje, or ethnic blending.

Tzanetou, City of Suppliants: Tragedy and the Athenian Empire
With close readings of suppliant dramas by each of the major playwrights, this book explores how Greek tragedy used tales of foreign supplicants to promote, question, and negotiate the imperial ideology of Athens as a benevolent and moral ruling city.

Urquijo-Ruiz, Wild Tongues: Transnational Mexican Popular Culture
An innovative application of four social types—the downtrodden Peladita/Peladito and the zoot-suited Pachuca/Pachuco—that illuminates working-class subjects in a broad spectrum of Mexican and Mexican American cultural production.

Valby, Welcome to Utopia: Notes from a Small Town
Originally published by Spiegel and Grau and now available in paperback with a new afterword and reading group guide, this highly acclaimed book takes us into the richly complex life of a small town and shows us how universal its stories are, from sending loved ones to war to striving for self-fulfillment while honoring the ties of family and community.

Weber and Peek, Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora
This moving ethnographic account of Hurricane Katrina survivors rebuilding their lives away from the Gulf Coast inaugurates The Katrina Bookshelf, a new series of books that will probe the long-term consequences of America’s worst natural disaster.

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.

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