September news and new books

News and Notes

Political Science Catalog coverTake a peak inside our latest Political Science Catalog, covering International Relations, Democracy Studies, Security Studies, and American Politics.

Charles Rzepka, author of Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard, wrote a moving eulogy honoring the late author, who passed away last month.

Michelle Ann Abate, author of Bloody Murder: The Homicide Tradition in Children’s Literature, argues in a Q&A in The Boston Globe that kids’ books have always been surprisingly violent.

The Amish aren’t necessarily anti-technology, they’re just more thoughtful about it. Don Kraybill, co-author of The Amish,  was interviewed on NPR’s All Tech Considered about the misconception that the Amish are opposed to technology.

Hot off the Press

The 36-Hour Day, audio edition This best-selling book, hailed as “both a guide and legend” for people caring for someone with dementia, is now available for the first time as an audiobook. Also available from

Alien Universe: Extraterrestrial Life in Our Minds and in the Cosmos Whether you are drawn to the psychological belief in Aliens, the history of our interest in life on other planets, or the scientific possibility of Alien existence, Alien Universe is sure to hold you spellbound.

Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age Michael Olesker recounts the stories of some of Baltimore’s most famous personalities as they grew up during the “decade of conformity.”

Schizophrenia: A Brother Finds Answers in Biological Science A neuroscientist explores the biological bases of schizophrenia and tells the heartbreaking story of his own brother’s battle with the disease.

The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller The twentieth anniversary edition of this now classic tale of a sixteenth-century miller facing the Roman Inquisition features a thoughtful new preface.

Social Networks and Popular Understanding of Science and Health: Sharing Disparities Stretching well beyond social media, this book documents disparate tendencies in the ways people learn and share information about health and science.

New in Paperback!

Einsteins Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion “Gimbel is an engaging writer . . . he takes readers on enlightening excursions through the nature of Judaism, Hegelian philosophy, wherever his curiosity leads.”—New York Times

New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America, 2nd edition This second edition incorporates fifteen years of additional scholarship on Indian-European relations, including information on the role of gender, Indian slavery, relationships with African Americans, and new understandings of frontier society.

Investing in Life: Insurance in Antebellum America “An intriguing, instructive history of the establishment and development of the life insurance industry that reveals a good deal about changing social and commercial conditions in antebellum America.”—Choice



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