Category: Books

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, July 25, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we visit Machu Picchu, address New York City’s inequality, and celebrate progress in education. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press interviews John Haller, the author of Shadow Medicine. He outlines the conceptual and practical differences between conventional and alternative medicines, and explains how the placebo effect complicates both kinds of therapy. The Press also offers an excerpt from the book.

Duke University Press explores the “lost city” of Machu Picchu with two articles about its history. Amy Cox Hall describes the methodologies of the site’s rediscoverers, Hiram Bingham and the Yale Peruvian Expedition team. Keely Maxwell documents the environmental history of tourism on the Inca Trail.

Harvard University Press reflects on the publication, reception, and evaluation of texts, and on how peer review can relate to each. The Press considers Joseph Esposito’s ideas about Open Access publishing in light of a story told by historian Matthew Pratt Guterl about his book, Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe.

Indiana University Press streams the newest episode of the IU Press podcast, in which Keren McGinity describes what she learned about gender and religion while researching and writing Marrying Out. The book focuses on the experiences of Jewish men and their non-Jewish wives, particularly as they become parents.

Temple University Press highlights the challenges New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faces in lessening inequality and fostering a more inclusive urbanism. Tarry Hum, author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood, takes Brooklyn as an especially illuminating test case.

Oxford University Press traces the recent history of the Church of England in order to contextualize the admission of female bishops. Linda Woodhead, the author of Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, describes the underlying tensions between universalism and sectarianism and between liberalism and paternalism.

Stanford University Press argues that even though education reform is crucial, it is worth celebrating how far the United States and the world have come. David P. Baker, the author of The Schooled Society, points out that the world today is exponentially more educated than it has ever been before, and that this has dramatically affected humanity’s external and internal structures.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, July 11, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we see Ratatouille through new eyes, learn about indigenous ethnobotany, and analyze India’s national elections.

Columbia University Press argues that we should trust scientists even though most of us cannot directly evaluate scientific research. Naomi Oreskes, co-author of The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future, makes her case in the form of a TED Talk.

Fordham University Press shares an excerpt from What’s Queer About Europe? in which Laure Murat analyzes the rodent protagonist of Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007) through the lenses of sexuality and nationalism.

Johns Hopkins University Press considers the challenges ISIS may face in its attempt to seize and control Iraq. Mark N. Katz, author of Leaving without Losing, cites regional opposition, reaction to repression, and rifts among radicals as problems for almost any revolutionary movement, ISIS included.

McGill-Queen’s University Press explores the affinities among Indigenous peoples’ knowledge of plants and environments in northwestern North America. Nancy Turner, author of Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, writes about the origins of her ethnobotanical research.

Temple University Press studies the way racial biases affect nurse-patient relationships in American hospitals. Lisa Ruchti, author of Catheters, Slurs, and Pickup Lines, outlines the problems that nurses of color face in a segment on Al-Jazeera America News.

Oxford University Press interviews pain specialist Mark Johnson about high and low tech ways of treating pain, what factors contribute  to chronic pain, and how Johnson’s research on Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation could affect the world.

Stanford University Press discusses India’s recent national elections, and the erosion of pluralism and minority rights they may herald, with the help of Narendra Subramanian, author of Nation and Family: Personal Law, Cultural Pluralism, and Gendered Citizenship in India.

Princeton University Press requests help from all members of the ornithological community in tracking the migratory connectivity of North American birds. The editorial team of The Atlas of Migratory Connectivity for Birds of North America will collect contributions through the end of 2014.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, July 4, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we move beyond the language of tolerance, learn about the banjo, and celebrate the anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press gives away copies of The Nature of Value by Nick Gogerty. Enter by July 7 at 1:00 pm EST to win this book about economics, evolution, and investment.

As Pride Month comes to a close, New York University Press interviews Suzanna Danuta Walters, author of The Tolerance Trap. She articulates her frustration with the centrality of marriage to the gay rights movement and invites us to imagine a more progressive set of goals.

Harvard University Press follows Zephyr Teachout, author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United, as she mounts a primary challenge to Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Oregon State University Press invites Barbara J. Scot to reflect on the origins of her new memoir, The Nude Beach Notebook, which engages with the landscape and culture of Oregon’s Sauvie Island.

Oxford University Press shares ten fun facts about the banjo from Oxford Reference. Our favorite fact is that an 1687 description of an early banjo in Jamaica referred to the instrument as a “strum strump.”

Pennsylvania State University Press asks what sets live theater apart from other media. According to Leslie Stainton, the author of Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts, theater’s vitality arises out of its collaboration between audience and actor.

Stanford University Press celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, the law that effectively inaugurated the national parks system during the Civil War. Carleton Watkins, an inventive and talented photographer, arduously produced the incredible images of Yosemite that helped lead to the land’s preservation.

Syracuse University Press announces that We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War has won the 2014 Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. In the anthology, editors Nadje Al-Ali and Deborah Al-Najjar bring Iraq’s multitude of ethnicities, religions, and experiences into focus.

The University of California Press features an interview with Patricia Miller, author of Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church. The author spoke with Rev. Welton Gaddy on the show State of Belief about the nearly-fifty year struggle within the Catholic Church.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, June 27, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we remember the Freedom Summer, protect linguistic heritage, and use Google Glass to record history. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press interviews Alfredo Morabia, author of Enigmas of Health and Disease, about the history of epidemiology and the future of the field.

New York University Press remembers the Freedom Summer, the 1964 attempt to increase black voter registration in Mississippi. F. Michael Higginbotham, author of Ghosts of Jim Crow, describes how Mississippians violently resisted the efforts of civil rights organizations by bombing and burning black churches, businesses, and homes.

Harvard University Press congratulates Amy Clark, the winner of a three-year subscription to the new online version of the Dictionary of American Regional English. To win the subscription, the English professor and founding Director of the Appalachian Writing Project wrote a 500 word piece about “voiceplace” and linguistic heritage.

Johns Hopkins University Press tells the story of a string of Ohio Amish-on-Amish beard-cutting attacks and sits down with Donald Kraybill, author of Renegade Amish, a forthcoming book on the topic.

Oxford University Press considers the current shortcomings and future possibilities of using Google Glass to gather oral histories.

Pennsylvania State University Press shares an excerpt from A Sisterhood of Sculptors by Melissa Dabakis. The book focuses on American women living and working as sculptors in Rome during the mid-nineteenth century.

The University of Chicago Press touts the successes of Hillary Chute, author of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists. Critics have praised her insight into the lives of artists including Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware.

The University of California Press features a guest post by Cecilia Menjívar, the author of Enduring Violence. The sociologist explains why she testifies as an expert witness in cases involving Central American women seeking asylum in the U.S., and how the domestic violence and “private terrors” they are fleeing arise out of structural, symbolic, and political violence.


YUP June Green Tip: Sustainability in the Office


This June the Yale Press Green Team welcomed a new group of talented summer interns with an introduction to recycling at Yale. Reaching out to new office-mates is a great way to maintain an office culture of sustainability. Many of the tips we shared with our interns could be applied in your own workplace, or at home.


Reuse “gently used” paper:

  • All too often, someone prints a document that they end up forgetting about or not needing. Instead of recycling this paper, reuse it by either printing draft documents on the other side *or*
  • Create scrap paper pads! Use a paper cutter or even just a ruler to cut or rip 8 ½ x 11 sheets of scrap paper in half, and fasten the sheets of paper together with a binder clip. Voilà, instant note pad! This also reduces the need to order note pads through our office supply manager.

Double‐sided printing and photocopying:

  • Most printers and photocopiers have an option for double‐sided printing. Make this your default setting. You can also choose double‐sided printing at your computer when you print out a document.

Bring your own mug and glass to work:

  • Try not to use paper cups, and take your own travel mug to the coffee shop.

Recycling with Terracycle:

  • Terracycle is a company that upcycles used product wrappers into new products like purses, soap dispensers, notebooks and clipboards!
  • For Terracycle you can collect:
    • Empty candy wrappers (all brands, all sizes [this includes fun size and king size!], all types of candy)
    • Empty Starbucks coffee bags (Starbucks only, any size bag of coffee beans)
    • Empty chip bags (all brands, all sizes, and all kinds of chips [pretzels, too!]).
  • For every bag you send in, a contribution of 2 cents will be paid to the organization of our choice. In addition, Terracycle will turn the bags into cool products.
  • Terracycle also collects other difficult to recycle items including old pens, toner and ink cartridges, and more. Find out more about their programs on their website.


Here are a few books for further reflection on the effect our workplace culture has on the environment:

The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science by Akiko Busch

The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities by Austin Troy

Law’s Environment: How the Law Shapes the Places We Live by John Copeland Nagle


What does your office do to reduce, reuse, and recycle? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, June 20, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we celebrate Bloomsday, analyze assumptions about Iraq, and correct misconceptions about the U.S. education system. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press presents a guest post by Melanie Brewster, editor of Atheists in America, reflecting on her experience as a bisexual atheist living in the south. The Press offers excerpts of the book throughout the week.

Duke University Press celebrates “Bloomsday,” the day on which James Joyce’s Ulysses is set. The day has become something of a literary holiday and, to put you in the particular kind of festive mood the day encourages, the Press shares recent articles on Joyce and his novel.

With sectarian violence raging in Iraq, Harvard University Press posts a sneak peek of Overreach: Delusions of Regime Change in Iraq by Michael MacDonald. The political scientist explains the current crisis and the U.S. actions that led to it by analyzing the underlying beliefs of American leaders.

Indiana University Press gives you a chance to win a copy of The Year’s Work at the Zombie Research Center. The book, edited by Edward P. Comentale and Aaron Jaffe, discusses cult classics and historical documents in an attempt to critically analyze “zombie culture.”

Johns Hopkins University Press recounts the challenges, successes, and disappointments of African American troops in the Union Army with the help of Bob Luke, co-author of Soldiering for Freedom.

Stanford University Press endeavors to correct misconceptions about disparities in the U.S. education system. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, author of Inequality in the Promised Land, cites a study showing that some schools are more segregated today than they were in the late 1960s.

Syracuse University Press recommends books in celebration of Pride Month, including a collection of the letters of Franklin Kameny, a gay rights pioneer who organized marches and publicly denounced the federal government on a variety of issues.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, June 13, 2014

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we celebrate Flag Day, struggle with climate change, and deconstruct Frankensup-300x209stein. What did you read this week?

Duke University Press launches its series of World Cup posts with a piece from Bryan McCann, author of Hard Times in the Marvelous City. McCann doubts that huge international sporting events benefit their host cities and breaks down why preparations in Brazil have been particularly damaging. FIFA, he says, has exploited and ignored a nation that  no longer loves soccer the way it used to, faces economic stagnation, and hates being played for a fool.

Indiana University Press congratulates Maria San Filippo, author of The B Word. Her book has won a Lambda Literary Award for its engagement with bisexuality in a society that tends to cloak the orientation in other vocabulary. Maria San Filippo analyzes bisexuality in the context of contemporary screen culture, and the Press includes a podcast with the author discussing her work.

In celebration of Flag Day, Johns Hopkins University Press shares an excerpt from In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Ralph Eshelman and Burt Kummerow tell how Francis Scott Key came to see the Battle for Baltimore from an extremely unlikely vantage point, and how that experience inspired him to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Oxford University Press explores why it is so difficult to meaningfully address climate change. Dale Jamieson, author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed — and What It Means for Our Future, argues that human evolution has not equipped us to understand this kind of problem. Jamieson says that “If carbon dioxide was sickly green in color and stank to high heaven, we would have done something about it by now.” To begin to combat climate change, then, ”we need to make the threat as immediate and sensible as possible.”

Pennsylvania University Press continues its Mushroom Monday series with the American lepiota. Bill Russell, author of the Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, highlights the mushroom’s unusual colors and distinctive stem shape. According to Russell, the “mushroom has a long history of edibility, but a novice must be careful,” and make sure not to confuse it with the dangerous Amanita genus.

Stanford University Press spotlights Barbara Johnson’s deconstruction of Frankenstein. In A Life with Mary Shelley, the literary critic suggests that the now canonical novel can be read as “a fundamentally autobiographical text of distinctly feminine origin.” Other feminist critics, including Judith Butler, offer their commentary in support of Johnson’s thesis and in appreciation of her contributions to the discipline.

Wesleyan University Press is now distributing books by J.A. Rogers, the Jamaican-American author who challenged unscientific ideas about race and popularized African history. The self-taught historian’s work also encompasses sociology and anthropology. His books, most notably 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, highlight the achievements of Africans.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, June 6, 2014

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we evaluate the housing market, analyze Freud, learn the cause of degenerative brain disease, and reframe the history of rock ‘n’ roll. What did you read this week?sup-300x209

Columbia University Press asks whether its home city will regain its position as the world’s financial center or continue to slip and presents historical images of New York’s financial culture.

Duke University Press celebrates the official launch of TSQ: The Transgender Studies Quarterly at a conference of women historians. The Press mentions a round table with the editors, Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker, who discuss the exciting possibilities and inevitable complexities of the new journal.

A video posted by Georgetown University Press gives ecology artist Basia Irland an opportunity to explain her unusual book sculptures. She makes the books with frozen river water and writes the “text” with local plant seeds. The project draws attention to climate change and invites us to recognize the way learning can and does happen through experiencing nature.

Harvard University Press offers a post by David Huyssen on the myths and realities of the Progressive Era. He analyzes the era’s recent popularity as a potential model for lessening present day inequality and explains the temptation to follow the example of the last century. He ultimately argues, however, that it would be wiser to to look to the time period for cautionary lessons than for strategies to implement.

As speculation swirls around the upcoming Tony awards, Oxford University Press asks why and if the Tony’s matter, commenting on both the weirdness of this year’s nominations and the weirdness of making such a fuss over the weirdness of this year’s nominations. Despite her considerable snark, Elizabeth Wollman, author of Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City, clearly cares very much about the ceremony taking place this Sunday, and gives some reasons why maybe you should too.

The University of Pennsylvania Press  invites you to the launch of James G. McGann’s How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies, a book that draws on a wide variety of case studies to explain exactly what its title suggests.

The Princeton University Press has a chat with Professor Charles D. Bailyn, author of What Does a Black Hole Look Like? He discusses his book’s oxymoron of a title, his current reading list, and his star sign (Orion).

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the University of Chicago Press interviews Mary Louise Roberts, author of D-Day Through French Eyes: Normandy 1944. The press also posted an excerpt of the book that invites us to vividly reimagine an iconic day in history.




May Goodreads Giveaways

This month, we’re giving away three books on Goodreads – Michael S. Roth‘s Beyond The University, Linda R. Wires‘ The Double-Crested Cormorant and Becoming Freud, by Adam Phillips. Whether you’re hoping to read about American intellectual history, conservation biology, the art of biography and psychoanalysis, or just something fascinating and altogether different, we’ve got plenty of books for you to browse for our May “Life Times” theme on biology and biography and the trajectories of graduating students this spring.

Be sure to enter these giveaways with your Goodreads account for a chance to win these. The giveaways will be open until June 05, 2014. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Beyond the University by Michael S. Roth

Beyond the University

by Michael S. Roth

Giveaway ends June 05, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win



Goodreads Book Giveaway


The Double-Crested Cormorant by Linda R. Wires


The Double-Crested Cormorant


by Linda R. Wires


Giveaway ends June 05, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.



Enter to win



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Becoming Freud by Adam Phillips

Becoming Freud

by Adam Phillips

Giveaway ends June 05, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

YUP May Green Tip: Meatless Monday at the Press

With all of our normal lunch spots overcrowded with families here for graduation, it was the perfect day for a Press-wide Meatless Monday. The Yale Press Green Team encouraged everyone to bring in a dish to share as their YUP May Green Tip. We met on the sunny patio with our own dishes and flatware for the feast — an altogether wholesome lunch to start the week off right!

Eating vegetarian one day a week can be good for both you and the environment. The Meatless Monday website lists the following environmental benefits to reducing meat consumption:

  • REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.
  • MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.
  • HELP REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE. On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. Moderating meat consumption is a great way to cut fossil fuel demand.

Get recipes and learn more about the Meatless Monday movement on their website.

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