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Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz and The Caregiver   Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz and The Caregiver
Two Stories

Barbara Pokras and Fran Pokras Yariv
"Caring for aging parents is one of the most common experiences sisters share, but few can transform their responsibility into bittersweet words of wisdom the way the Pokras sisters, Fran and Barbara, have done. This book, with its tender, funny, and revealing insights into the world of the elderly, is a must-read for every caretaker."
 
 
Missing a Beat   Missing a Beat
The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim

Mark Cohen
Foreword by Dan Wakefield
"Mark Cohen’s anthology resurrects Seymour Krim’s lost or little-known work. It reminds old fans of his extraordinary style and wit, and introduces a younger generation to an American original. I’m delighted to see Krim’s writing back in print and accessible to readers once again."
—Jonah Raskin, author of American Scream: Allen Ginsbergs "Howl" and the Making of the Beat Generation
 
 
The Man Who Guarded the Bomb   The Man Who Guarded the Bomb
Stories

Gregory Orfalea
"Vibrant with passion, sober with wisdom, an irresistible combination. Here’s a writer at the height of his powers, here are stories that rise to that height. The Man Who Guarded the Bomb has taught me a few things about how good stories are made; it has also taught me what it means to be human."
—Pablo Medina, author of The Cigar Roller
 
 
Martyrdom Street   Martyrdom Street
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet
Set during the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the ensuing Iran-Iraq War of 1980–89, the novel Martyrdom Street chronicles the lives of three Iranian women, Fatemah, Nasrin, and Yasaman. These ordinary women tell their intimate stories of love, loss, betrayal, and hope in intertwining narratives that unfurl simultaneously in America and Iran.
 
 
State of Siege   State of Siege
Mahmoud Darwish

Translated from the Arabic by Munir Akash and Daniel Abdal-hayy Moore
With an Introduction by Munir Akash
Darwish (1942–2008), recipient of France’s Knight of Arts and Belles Lettres medal, the Lotus Prize, and the Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom, is widely considered Palestine’s most eminent poet. State of Siege was written while the poet himself was under siege in Ramallah during the Israeli invasion of 2002. An eloquent and impassioned response to political extremity, the collection was published to great acclaim in the Arab world.
 
 
Art and Politics / Politics and Art   Art and Politics / Politics and Art
D. H. Melhem
Probing, wide-ranging, brimming with passion and outrage, Melhem’s eighth collection of poems grips the reader with accounts of individual triumphs and the ongoing catastrophic conflicts of our world. The author draws on her years as a painter and sculptor to bring a distinct visual and tactile quality to her poetry.
 
 
One Familys Response to Terrorism   One Family’s Response to Terrorism
A Daughter’s Memoir

Susan Kerr van de Ven
With a Foreword by Saad Eddin Ibrahim
On January 18, 1984, Malcolm Kerr, president of the American University of Beirut and a respected scholar of Middle East politics, was shot in the back of the head as he stepped out of an elevator on his way to work. One Family’s Response to Terrorism is a stunning portrait of the intimate way in which violence pulls lives apart, of an American family caught on the stage of Middle East politics, and of the moral choices required in seeking justice.
 
 
A New View of the Irish Language   A New View of the Irish Language
Edited by Caoilfhionn Nic Pháidín and Seán Ó Cearnaigh
This wide-ranging collection of essays explores the state and future of the Irish language. Contributors from a variety of disciplines examine the language and its relationship to national identity, the impact of immigration and emigration, music, literature, and the media.
 
 
Love Poems in Irish   Filíocht Ghrá na Gaeilge Love Poems in Irish
Edited by Ciarán Mac Murchaidh
Spanning over a thousand years of poetry and song in the Irish language, this anthology, with English translations of each poem, celebrates the power of love. Here it is in all its aspects—the heady rush of first love; its capacity for fun and levity, sorrow, and heartbreak; and the thin line between love and hate. Editor Mac Murchaidh brilliantly places this literature within its historical context, injecting new life into classic texts.
 
 
Paidreacha na Gaeilge Prayers in Irish   Paidreacha na Gaeilge Prayers in Irish
Edited by Donla uí Bhraonáin
The music and poetry of the Irish people is to be found in this wonderful anthology that spans two thousand years of devotion. Emerging from oral culture, these prayers are charged with the language and rhythms of traditional song. English translations accompany each prayer, making this an ideal resource for Irish-language students.
 
 
Éilis Ní Dhuibhne: Perspectives   Éilis Ní Dhuibhne: Perspectives
Edited by Rebecca Pelan
Éilis Ní Dhuibhne: Perspectives is a critical anthology on the work of one of Ireland’s best contemporary writers. Contributing essays are by scholars from Ireland, America, Canada, Sweden, and Italy, and are the result not only of a diverse set of critical interpretations of Ní Dhuibhne’s writing, but of an even broader range of knowledge bases and critical perspectives. The anthology is designed to showcase the breadth of writing produced by this talented and generically-diverse writer.
 
 
Winslow Homers Empire State   Winslow Homer’s Empire State
Houghton Farm and Beyond

Edited by David Lake Prince and David Tatham
Winslow Homer’s Empire State: Houghton Farm and Beyond focuses on the period in the American artist’s life when he spent two summers in Mountainville, New York, at Houghton Farm, a rustic summer residence in the lower Hudson Valley region of the state. The residence was owned by his principal patron and friend since childhood, Lawson Valentine.
 
 
Luminous Construction   Luminous Construction
The Photography of Howard Bond

Edited by Mary Beth Hinton
Howard Bond traveled ten countries in search of subjects. Between 1974 and 2005, he released twenty-two portfolios of about ten photographs each, and he created some thirty sets of each portfolio. These portfolios reach across time, pulling images from different journeys together around unifying themes. His works are rich with precise detail. The world we see through his lens is a peaceful one, changed only by light and time. In Luminous Construction, the complement to the Syracuse University Library exhibit of the same name, readers can experience Bond’s photographs in a context intended to foreground his achievement as a formalist, a craftsman, and an artist.
 
 
Silver Seasons and a New Frontier   Silver Seasons and a New Frontier
The Story of the Rochester Red Wings, Second Edition

Jim Mandelaro and Scott Pitoniak
With a Foreword by Cal Ripken, Jr.
Taking us back to the early nineteenth century, when baseball was played in the meadows and streets of Rochester, New York, Silver Seasons and a New Frontier retraces the careers of the players and managers who honed their skills at Silver Stadium and later at Frontier Field. This updated version of Silver Seasons: The Story of the Rochester Red Wings, published in 1996, includes three new chapters covering the team’s record-setting tenth International League championship, being named top minor league franchise by Baseball America, and their new affiliation with the Minnesota Twins.
 
 
The Misadventures of Marvin   The Misadventures of Marvin
Marvin Druger
With humor and refreshing candor, Druger reflects on his many "misadventures" in this charming memoir. He shares classroom anecdotes of his efforts to make science fun and part of his students’ everyday lives. Druger offers insights on nurturing a successful marriage, on the value of childhood friendships, and on the perils and unexpected rewards of aging. The Misadventures of Marvin, both hilarious and heartfelt, is a unique depiction of life’s trials and bounties, one that will resonate with and inspire many readers.
 
 
Pulling Strings   Pulling Strings
The Legacy of Melville A. Clark

Linda Pembroke Kaiser
With a Foreword by Dennis J. Connors
In Pulling Strings, Kaiser explores the extraordinary career of Melville A. Clark (1883–1953), a musician, inventor, entrepreneur, community leader, and collector whose colorful story is largely unknown. Clark’s story unfolds in fascinating detail: a musical encounter with President Wilson, entertaining President F. D. Roosevelt, a visit to Buckingham Palace to present Princess Elizabeth with a music box, and the journey of a Clark Irish harp to Antarctica with Admiral Byrd.
 
 
Suburban Affiliations   Suburban Affiliations
Social Relations in the Greater Dublin Area

Mary P. Corcoran, Jane Gray, and Michel Peillon
Since the mid-1990s Ireland has experienced an extraordinary phase of economic and social development. Housing estates have mushroomed around towns and cities, most notably around the environs of Dublin. Seeking to understand the impact of these recent developments, Corcoron, Gray, and Peillon initiated the New Urban Living study, a detailed research project focused on four suburbs of Dublin. Suburban Affiliations represents the culmination of that research, offering an invaluable contribution to the study of suburbanization and to our understanding of the process of social change that has come to Ireland.
 
 
Aislinge Meic Conglinne   Aislinge Meic Conglinne
The Vision of Mac Conglinne

Translated and with an Introduction by Lahney Preston-Matto
Aislinge Meic Conglinne, an anonymous Middle Irish romance, recounts the efforts of the eponymous hero to exchange the hardscrabble life of a clerical scholar for the prestigious life of a poet. Mac Conglinne wins the patronage of Cathal mac Finguine, the king of Munster, after rescuing him from a "demon of gluttony" by reciting a fantastic, food-laden vision of alternate worlds. An accomplished and original eleventh-century satiric narrative poem, Aislinge Meic Conglinne is now available for the first time as a stand-alone translation.
 
 
Brueghels Heavy Dancers   Brueghel’s Heavy Dancers
Transgressive Clothing, Class, and Culture in the Late Middle Ages

John Block Friedman
In this expansive and highly original book, Friedman reveals how portrayals of peasants from the literature of the Golden Age of Virgilian Pastoral, who behave according to their social station, were increasingly replaced in the Middle Ages by portrayals that present the realistic peasant, whose outrageous behavior betrays his or her class while it threatens those who stand "above." Illustrated with over twenty blackand- white images and offering detailed analyses of poems, plays, and stories, Brueghel’s Heavy Dancers offers a fresh and illuminating contribution to the field of medieval studies.
 
 
Screwball Television   Screwball Television
Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls

Edited by David Scott Diffrient with David Lavery
"Inside the TV Writers Room takes you inside the heart and soul of television writing and what really makes a show, and its writers, tick. With more than a peek into some of the best brains (and pens!) in television, Meyers’ insightful book shows why their hearts beat so strongly for what they do and what you want to do . . . which is to become a successful TV writer. Buy this book and throw out everything else. Period."
 
 
Inside the TV Writers Room   Inside the TV Writer’s Room
Practical Advice for Succeeding in Television

Edited by Lawrence Meyers
"Inside the TV Writer’s Room takes you inside the heart and soul of television writing and what really makes a show, and its writers, tick. With more than a peek into some of the best brains (and pens!) in television, Meyers’ insightful book shows why their hearts beat so strongly for what they do and what you want to do . . . which is to become a successful TV writer. Buy this book and throw out everything else. Period."
 
 
A Guerrilla Odyssey   A Guerrilla Odyssey
Modernization, Secularism, Democracy, and the Fadai Period of National Liberation in Iran, 1971–1979

Peyman Vahabzadeh
Emerging in the early 1970s, the Organization of Iranian People’s Fadai Guerrillas (OIPFG) became one of the most important secular leftist political organizations in Iran. Despite their lasting influence and the way in which their efforts helped shape the history of Iran for decades to come, little is known about the group. A Guerrilla Odyssey presents the first comprehensive examination of the rise and fall of the Fadai urban guerrilla movement in Iran.
 
 
The Kurdish Quasi-State   The Kurdish Quasi-State
Development and Dependency in Post–Gulf War Iraq

Denise Natali
The Kurdish north, once an isolated outpost for the Iraqi army and local militia, has become an internationally recognized autonomous region. In The Kurdish Quasi-State, Natali explains the nature of this transformation and how it has influenced the relationship between the Kurdistan region and Iraq’s central government. Acutely familiar with the nuances of Kurdish politics, society, and culture, Natali has produced a timely and immensely important book for policy makers, scholars, and practitioners interested in the region.
 
 
Western Sahara   Western Sahara
War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution

Stephen Zunes and Jacob Mundy
With a Foreword by George McGovern
In the first book-length treatment of the issue in over two decades, Zunes and Mundy examine the origins, evolution, and resilience of the Western Sahara conflict, deploying a diverse array of sources and firsthand knowledge of the region gained from multiple research visits. Shifting geographical frames—local, regional, and international—provide for a robust analysis of the stakes involved.
 
 
Gravyland   Gravyland
Writing Beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love

Stephen Parks
In Gravyland, Parks chronicles the history of an urban university writing program and its attempt to develop politically progressive literacy partnerships with the surrounding community while having to work within and against a traditional educational and cultural landscape. The author shows that writing alliances between universities and communities are possible but they must take into account the institutional, economic, and political pressures that accompany such partnerships.
 
 
The Republic of Letters   The Republic of Letters
Working Class Writing and Local Publishing

Edited by Dave Morley and Ken Worpole
 
 
Judah L. Magnes   Judah L. Magnes
An American Jewish Nonconformist

Daniel P. Kotzin
Judah L. Magnes (1877–1948) was an American Reform rabbi, Jewish community leader, and active pacifist during World War I. In the 1920s he moved to British Mandatory Palestine, where he helped found and served as first chancellor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Magnes brought American ideals to Palestine, and his unique conception of Zionism shaped Jewish public life in Palestine, influencing both the development of the Hebrew University and Zionist policy toward Arabs.
 
 
Four Stories   Four Stories
Etgar Keret
This booklet includes a lecture called "Second Generation" and four remarkable short stories by Etgar Keret: "Asthma Attack," "Shoes," "Siren," and "Foreign Language," the last of which has never before appeared in the United States. Openly discussing his family background for the first time, Keret brings to life the confused experience of growing up as an Israeli child of Holocaust survivors. One of Israel’s leading voices in literature and cinema, Keret mixes wry humor, keen intelligence, and subtle tenderness to create some of the most provocative and entertaining stories of his generation.
 
 
North American Boletes   First time in paper...
North American Boletes
A Color Guide to the Fleshy Pored Mushrooms

Alan E. Bessette, William C. Roody, and Arleen R. Bessette
North American Boletes is the first comprehensive guide to an extraordinary and highly prized group of mushrooms known for their beautiful colors, distinctive features, relative abundance, and edibility. The scope of this work goes beyond the identification of species. The authors consider the symbiotic relationship that boletes share with higher plants and trees, their geographical distribution, and new information regarding the macrochemical test reactions of the boletes; they also describe several new species.
 
 
Iranian Womens One Million Signatures   Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures
Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story

Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani
Iranian activist Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani chronicles the campaign’s efforts and provides a valuable case study of how to build a movement in the twenty-first century, not only to bring change in societies ruled by autocratic governments or influenced by radical fundamentalism, but also in the more open and tolerant societies that have yet to achieve full equality for women.
 
 
The Invisible Prison Scenes from an Irish Childhood   The Invisible Prison
Scenes from an Irish Childhood

Pat Boran
Part memoir, part social history, part meditation on community itself, The Invisible Prison is a funny, moving, surprising and by times heart-breaking look at Irish life—and Irish family life—and the energies and passions that animate it.
 
 
The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Poems   The Owl and the Pussycat
and Other Poems

Tom Mathews
The Owl and the Pussycat is his much anticipated debut collection and contains—as the title suggests—a variety of parodies, homages, versions and subversions, as well as poems which, with a light touch and steady gaze, look into the darker quarters of the human soul.
 
 
Selected Poems by Richard Tillinghast   Selected Poems
Richard Tillinghast
"In sinewy lines and solid stanzas—fruits of a lifetime’s devotion to the craft—Tillinghast’s most recent poems, undoubtedly his finest to date, fuse a sobering sense of mortality with the exhilaration of renewal, indeed rejuvenation, through love."
—Dennis O’Driscoll from the Introduction
 
 
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