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Ari J. Blatt

PICTURES INTO WORDS: Images in Contemporary French Fiction
University of Nebraska Press


May 2012


The explosive proliferation of pictures in advertising and pop culture, mass media, and cyberspace following World War II, along with the profusion of critical thinking that tries to make sense of it, has had wide-ranging implications for cultural production as such. This explores how this proliferation of graphic images has profoundly affected narrative writing in France, especially the structure, content, and symbolic logic of contemporary French fiction. By examining a specific corpus of books that originate amid, conjure up, and indeed are essentially about pictures—this addresses the most salient questions pertaining to the relationship between literature and visual culture today.


Barrie Jean Borich

BODY GEOGRAPHIC

University of Nebraska Press

Spring 2013


In this memoir, Borich reflects on her life in the Midwest--telling the stories of immigrant families, changing prairies and cities, identity and sexuality, and her struggles to live honestly--by exploring the major events that have helped to shape the places of her life. 

 

Using maps as central metaphors, Borich intermingles her own personal history with the history of the people and places she has called home. Traveling some rough terrain, from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to her young self as a drunk, from the changing demographics of midwestern cities to accepting her sexual identity in adulthood and her marriage this is in turns crisp, clear, funny, heartbreaking, and tough, and complicates for readers what it means to be a citizen of the contemporary Midwest.


Kathleen A. Cairns

PROOF OF GUILT: Barbara Graham and the Politics of Executing Women in America

University of Nebraska Press

Spring 2013


In 1955, Barbara Graham became the third woman executed in California. Charged in the murder of an elderly widow during a botched robbery, Graham became an instant media sensation, thanks in part to her beauty and overt sexuality. Her story captivated sympathetic death penalty opponents, journalists, and filmmakers, many of whom believed her to be wrongfully accused.


While prosecutors attempted to position female murderers as femmes fatale—deadly, dangerous, and undeserving of pity or sympathy—the media offered a counter narrative for Graham’s life, one that highlighted her abusive and lonely beginnings and cast her as a young mother who wanted one more chance to make her life count for something.    


Mary Clearman Blew

THIS IS NOT THE IVY LEAGUE: A Memoir

University of Nebraska Press

September 2011


Blew’s education began at home, on a remote cattle ranch in Montana. She graduated to a one-room rural school, then escaped, via scholarship, to the University of Montana, where, still in her teens, she met and married her first husband. This is her account of what it was to be that girl, and then that woman—pressured by husband and parents to be the conventional wife of the 1950s, persisting in her pursuit of an education, trailed by a reluctant husband and small children through graduate school, and finally entering the job market with a PhD in English only to find a whole new set of pressures and prejudices.


This is Blew’s behind-the-scenes account of pursuing a career at a time when a woman’s place in the world was supposed to have limits. It is a story of both the narrowing perspective of the social norm and the ever-expanding possibilities of a woman who refuses to be told what she can and cannot be.


"…a fierce and unsentimental book that stands eloquent testament to the high price that women of a certain generation had to pay to pursue their dreams."—Kirkus


Julia Cameron

FAITH AND WILL

Tarcher/Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

April 2009


Julia Cameron is the author of the international bestseller The Artist's Way and twenty-eight other groundbreaking books that deftly trace the intersection between art and faith, between creativity and spirit. In this new offering, Cameron explores one of the most vital questions spiritual seekers encounter on the journey to enlightenment: Where do I turn when my soul is urging me to keep growing toward God but my mind and being, stubbornly, will not follow? Faith and Will is Julia Cameron's most inward-leaning book to date-a heartbreakingly honest and insightful glimpse into one woman's struggle to reconnect to her faith and her realization that having faith, of necessity, means relinquishing will. A wise and passionate book, Faith and Will gently guides readers through the process of learning to let go and, in turn, learning to live.


Spanish rights sold (Ediciones Obelisco).


Julia Cameron

FINDING WATER: The Art of Perseverance

Tarcher/Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

December 2006


This third book in Julia Cameron’s bestselling trilogy on the creative process – beginning with The Artist’s Way and Walking in this World – offers guidance on weathering the periods in an artist’s life when inspiration appears to run dry. Cameron presents a new twelve-week program for addressing those times, offering advice and wisdom about tackling a lack of inspiration head-on.


French rights sold (Editions Octave).


Ellen Cassedy

WE ARE HERE: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust

University of Nebraska Press

March 2012


Ellen Cassedy set off into the Jewish heartland of Lithuania to connect with her Jewish family past.  But what began as a personal journey of return soon expanded into a larger quest.  

 
Can we honor our heritage without perpetuating the fears and hatreds of the past?  How far should empathy extend in the terrain of memory, massacre, and moral dilemmas?  Cassedy offers a rich and deeply-felt account of Jews and non-Jews who are attempting, against difficult odds, to build a more tolerant future.  Her story brings insights about healing old wounds and even, perhaps, preventing future genocides.


"In building a democratic Lithuania, we must have the courage to bring bitter truths out of the shadows and learn from our history.  This eloquent book can help us to reach out, open our hearts, and rediscover one another in a spirit of mutual understanding." ~ Hon. Valdas Adamkus,
Former President of Lithuania

 
 “…deeply moving…her book offers a unique perspective…complex human texture, rooted in an oft-forgotten Yiddish cultural context, a tapestry of events which elsewhere too often appear as one-dimensional.  Readers will doubtless be immensely enriched by her experience.” ~

Dr. Saulius Suziedelis, Millersville University, PA Member, Intl Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania


Lithuanian rights sold (Media Incognito).


Isabelle Eberhardt

WRITINGS FROM THE SAND, VOLUME 1: Collected Works of Isabelle Eberhardt

University of Nebraska Press

May 2012


Born in 1877 in Geneva, Switzerland, Isabelle Eberhardt became a rebel at an early age. She dressed like a man so she could have access to areas forbidden to women, smoked in public, and scandalized Genevan society. She began studying Arabic language and Islamic culture and eventually converted to Islam and joined a Qadiriyya Sufi brotherhood. Eberhardt traveled throughout North Africa and wrote about her experiences. She married an Algerian and led a legendary and stormy life that included subversive political anarchism, the mysticism of Islam, numerous love affairs, and most importantly, writing unmatched by her contemporaries.


Robert K. Fitts

BANZAI BABE RUTH: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan

University of Nebraska Press

March 2012


In November 1934 as the U.S. and Japan drifted toward war, a team of American League all-stars that included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, future secret agent Moe Berg, and Connie Mack barnstormed across Japan. Hundreds of thousands of fans, many waving Japanese and American flags, welcomed the team with shouts of “Banzai! Banzai, Babe Ruth!” The all-stars stayed for a month, playing 18 games, spawning professional baseball in Japan, and spreading goodwill.


Politicians on both sides of the Pacific hoped that the amity generated by the tour—and the two nations’ shared love of the game—could help heal their growing political differences. But the Babe and baseball could not overcome Japan’s growing nationalism, as a bloody coup d’état by young army officers and an assassination attempt by the ultranationalist War Gods Society jeopardized the tour’s success. A tale of international intrigue, espionage, attempted murder, and, of course, baseball, this is the first detailed account of the doomed attempt to reconcile the United States and Japan through the 1934 All American baseball tour.


Made into the hit movie starring Steve Martin!!

Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

Harper

1948


What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a father -- a famous efficiency expert -- who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline? You get a hilarious tale of growing up and a delightfully enduring story of family life at the turn of the 20th century.


Rights sold in Slovene (Drustvo Mohorjeva Druzba), Complex Chinese  (Breifing Press), and Marathi (Mehta).


Sequel to the popular CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN!

Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

BELLES ON THEIR TOES

Harper

1950

Life is very different now in the rambling Gilbreth house. When the youngest was two and the oldest eighteen, Dad died and Mother bravely took over his business. Now, to keep the family together, everyone has to pitch in and pinch pennies. The resourceful clan rises to every crisis with a marvelous sense of fun -- whether it's battling chicken pox, giving the boot to an unwelcome boyfriend, or even meeting the President. Belles on Their Toes is a warm, wonderful, and entertaining sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen!

Christian Goeschel & Nikolaus Wachsmann

THE NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS, 1933-1939: A Documentary History

University of Nebraska Press

July 2012


This collection brings together revealing primary documents on the crucial origins of the Nazi concentration camp system in the prewar years between 1933 and 1939. Many of the documents are unpublished and have been translated into English for the first time. These documents provide insight into the camps from multiple perspectives, including those of prisoners, Nazi officials, and foreign observers, and shed light on the complex relationship between terror, state, and society in the Third Reich.


Timothy F. Grainey

BEYOND BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM: The Global Phenomenon of Women’s Soccer

University of Nebraska Press

May 2012


Though it burst into public consciousness only with the 1999 World Cup, women’s soccer has been around almost as long as its male counterpart, flourishing in England during and after World War I. From the rise of women’s soccer following Title IX legislation in the early seventies to the watershed 1999 World Cup performance that turned the American team into instant celebrities, soccer is now the most popular sport for girls and women, with participation growing exponentially worldwide. This book presents the first in-depth global analysis of the women’s game—both where it has come from and where it is headed. With commentary from key players, coaches, and administrators, this follows the sport’s reach into the unlikeliest places today, even countries where women were banned from playing soccer just a few years ago.


Kevin Grange

BENEATH BLOSSOM RAIN: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World by Kevin Grange

University of Nebraska Press

April 2011


In a remote kingdom hidden in the Himalayas, there is a trail said to be the toughest trek in the world—twenty-four days, 216 miles, eleven mountain passes, and enough ghost stories to scare an exorcist.

 

In 2007 Kevin Grange decided to acquaint himself with the country of Bhutan by taking on this infamous trail, the Snowman Trek. He was thirty-three, at a turning point in life, and figured the best way to go at a crossroad was up. Against a backdrop of Buddhist monasteries and soaring mountains, Grange ventured beyond the mapped world to visit time-lost villages and sacred valleys. In the process, recounted here with a blend of laugh-out-loud humor, heartfelt insight, and acute observation, he tested the limits of physical endurance, met a fascinating assortment of characters, and discovered truths about faith, hope, and the shrouded secret of blossom rain.

 

Beneath Blossom Rain, Grange’s account of his journey, packs an adventure story, a romantic twist, and a celebration of group travel into a single entertaining book. The result is the ultimate journey for any traveler, armchair or otherwise. Along with high adventure, it delivers an engaging look at Bhutan—a country that governs by a policy of Gross National Happiness and that many regard as the last Shangri-La.


“A powerfully descriptive account of what it takes to survive the world’s toughest hike. With each page and each step, Kevin Grange had me clinging to his backpack on this epic search for adventure and meaning.” ~ Mike Leonard, author of The Ride of Our Lives and NBC Today Show correspondent


“Following Grange through the high Himalayas is a pleasure page by page. Beneath Blossom Rain has left me longing to stand at the top of the world.” ~ Tony D’Souza, travel writer and author of Whiteman


“Entertaining. . . . [Grange] writes well of the beauty he encounters.” ~ Wall Street Journal


"A highly readable journey of one man's renewed lease on life." ~ Kirkus Reviews


Rights sold in English in India, Bhutan, Nepal & Sri Lanka (Timeless Art Book Studio), Chinese (Beijing Mediatime Books Co., Ltd.) and Latvian (Jana Rozes). Audio rights sold (Audible.com).


John-Paul Himka & Joanna Beata Michlic

BRINGING THE DARK PAST TO LIGHT: The Reception of the Holocaust in

Post-Communist Europe
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