• The Best of the University Press: Recommendations for Smarter Reading

    In Honor of University Press Week

    This November, pick up a university press book—or two—to learn more about the issues of the day. That’s the hope of the international university press organization AUPresses, which celebrates the eighth annual University Press Week, November 3-9. This year, member presses chose the theme “Read. Think. Act.” and have compiled a reading list for curious booklovers who want to read the latest works on the day’s urgent topics.

    “Many of us choose to work for university presses because we believe in the UP mission of bringing the latest research and ideas to diverse audiences of readers,” AUPresses President, and director of the University of Arizona Press, Kathryn Conrad said. “In the last few years many people have found it difficult to have effective conversations about the most serious and important issues facing our communities, nations, and world. We hope that by encouraging readers to explore university press works on topics that affect everyone—and to reflect on their reading—our publications might help stimulate positive conversations and actions.”

    The books on the list cover everything from the environment to economics to immigration to civil rights to education to philosophy and even empathy. There are 75 (!) books on the list so far—where will you begin?


    The Athenian Citizen: Democracy in the Athenian Agora (Agora Picture Book 4) by Mabel Lang
    (American School of Classical Studies at Athens)

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    Truths and Lies in the Middle East: Memoirs of a Veteran Journalist, 1952-2012 by Eric Rouleau
    (American University in Cairo Press)

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    From Turtle Island to Gaza by David Groulx
    (Athabasca University Press)

    Enemy of the People

    Enemy of the People by Marvin Kalb
    (Brookings Institution Press)

    There is no planet B

    There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee
    (Cambridge University Press)

    Naming our Sins

    Naming Our Sins: How Recognizing the Seven Deadly Vices Can Renew the Sacrament of Reconciliation edited by Jana M. Bennett and David Cloutier
    (Catholic University of America Press)

    Rethinking Open Society

    Rethinking Open Society—New Adversaries and New Opportunities edited by Michael Ignatieff and Stefan Roch
    (Central European University Press)

    American Resistance

    American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave by Dana R. Fisher
    (Columbia University Press)

    Earth Emotions

    Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World by Glenn A. Albrecht
    (Cornell University Press)

    Sea Level Rise

    Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America’s Shores by Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey
    (Duke University Press)

    Lady Liberty

    Lady Liberty: An Illustrated History of America’s Most Storied Woman by Joan Marans Dim and Antonio Masi
    (Fordham University Press)

    Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World by D. Stephen Long
    (GBHEM Publishing)

    Humanity in Crisis

    Humanity in Crisis: Ethical and Religious Response to Refugees by David Hollenbach, SJ
    (Georgetown University Press)

    Unconscious Bias in Schools

    Unconscious Bias in Schools by Tracy A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman
    (Harvard Education Press)

    The Privileged Poor

    The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students by Anthony Abraham Jack
    (Harvard University Press)

    Moments of Truth

    Moments of Truth: A Photographer’s Experience of Kent State 1970 by Howard Ruffner
    (Kent State University Press)

    Images of Immigrants and Refugees in Western Europe

    Images of Immigrants and Refugees in Western Europe edited by Leen d’Haenens, Willem Joris, and François Heinderyckx
    (Leuven University Press)

    Jim Crow's Last Stand

    Jim Crow’s Last Stand: Nonunanimous Criminal Jury Verdicts in Louisiana by Thomas Aiello
    (Louisiana State University Press)

    Knowledge Resistance

    Knowledge Resistance by Mikael Klintman
    (Manchester University Press)

    Everything is Interconnected

    Everything Is Interconnected: Towards a Globalization with a Human Face and an Integral Ecology edited by Joseph Ogbonnaya and Lucas Briola
    (Marquette University Press)

    Propaganda Art in the 21st Century

    Propaganda Art in the 21st Century by Jonas Staal
    (MIT Press)

    MLA Guide to Digital Literacy

    MLA Guide to Digital Literacy by Ellen C. Carillo
    (Modern Language Association of America)

    Stay Woke

    Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter by Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith
    (New York University Press)

    Not far From Me

    Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio edited by Daniel Skinner and Berkeley Franz
    (Ohio State University Press)

    Dolores Huerta Stands Strong

    Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice by Marlene Targ Brill
    (Ohio University Press)

    beyond the Rebel Girl

    Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924 by Heather Mayer
    (Oregon State University Press)

    After Gun Violence Craig Rood

    After Gun Violence: Deliberation and Memory in an Age of Political Gridlock by Craig Rood, edited by Ryan Peterson
    (Penn State University Press)

    Votes for Women

    Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence by Kate Clarke Lemay
    (Princeton University Press)

    Refugees in America

    Refugees in America: Stories of Courage, Resilience, and Hope in Their Own Words by Lee T. Bycel
    (Rutgers University Press)

    When Words Trump Politics

    When Words Trump Politics: Resisting a Hostile Regime of Language by Adam Hodges
    (Stanford University Press)

    The Big Thaw

    The Big Thaw: Policy, Governance, and Climate Change in the Circumpolar North edited by Ezra B. W. Zubrow, Errol Meidinger, and Kim Diana Connolly
    (State University of New York Press)

    People's Peace

    People’s Peace: Prospects for a Human Future edited by Yasmin Saikia and Chad Haines
    (Syracuse University Press)

    Who Will Speak for America

    Who Will Speak for America? edited by Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin
    (Temple University Press)

    The World Pushes Back

    The World Pushes Back by Garret Keizer
    (Texas Review Press)

    Coming of Age at the end of Nature

    Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet edited by Susan A. Cohen and Julie Dunlap
    (Trinity University Press)

    The Responsibility of Intellectuals

    The Responsibility of Intellectuals edited by Nicholas Allott, Chris Knight, and Neil Smith
    (UCL Press)

    Writing as Punishment

    Writing as Punishment in Schools, Courts, and Everyday Life by Spencer Schaffner
    (University of Alabama Press)

    Fighter in Velvet Gloves

    Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich by Annie Boochever
    (University of Alaska Press)

    The Border and its bodies

    The Border and Its Bodies edited by Thomas E. Sheridan and Randall H. McGuire
    (University of Arizona Press)

    Protest and Democracy

    Protest and Democracy edited by Moisés Arce and Roberta Rice
    (University of Calgary Press)


    Environmental Justice in a Moment of DangerAmerican Studies Now: Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger by Julie Sze
    (University of California Press)

    A Decent Life

    A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us by Todd May
    (University of Chicago Press)

    American Values Religious Voices

    American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters edited by Andrea L. Weiss and Lisa M. Weinberger
    (University of Cincinnati Press)

    Sudden Spring

    Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South by Rick Van Noy
    (University of Georgia Press)

    Fukushima Fiction

    Fukushima Fiction: The Literary Landscape of Japan’s Triple Disaster by Rachel DiNitto
    (University of Hawaii Press)

    All our trials

    All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence by Emily L. Thuma
    (University of Illinois Press)

    Nitinikiau Innusi I Keep the land alive

    Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive by Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, edited by Elizabeth Yeoman
    (University of Manitoba Press)

    #identity hashtagging

    #identity edited by Abigail De Kosnik and Keith P. Feldman
    (University of Michigan Press)

    Standing with Standing Rock

    Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement edited by Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon
    (University of Minnesota Press)

    The Myth of Coequal Branches

    The Myth of Coequal Branches: Restoring the Constitution’s Separation of Functions by David J. Siemers
    (University of Missouri Press)

    Bury My Heart At Chuck E Cheese's

    Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Author Tiffany Midge
    (University of Nebraska Press)

    Because the light will not forgive me

    Because the Light Will Not Forgive Me: Essays from a Poet by Shaun T. Griffin
    (University of Nevada Press)

    To Serve the People

    To Serve the People: My Life Organizing with Cesar Chavez and the Poor by LeRoy Chatfield, with Jorge Mariscal
    (University of New Mexico Press)

    justice power politics

    Justice, Power, and Politics, series editors Heather Ann Thompson and Rhonda Y. Williams
    (University of North Carolina Press)

    Nannie Helen Burroughs

    Nannie Helen Burroughs: A Documentary Portrait of an Early Civil Rights Pioneer, 1900–1959 by Nannie Helen Burroughs, edited and annotated by Kelisha B. Graves
    (University of Notre Dame Press)

    indigenous food sovereignty

    Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health edited by Devon A. Mihesuah and Elizabeth Hoover
    (University of Oklahoma Press)

    Driving in Cars with homeless men

    Driving in Cars with Homeless Men by Kate Wisel
    (University of Pittsburgh Press)

    We the people

    We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America by Mary Whyte
    (University of South Carolina Press)

    Chicana Movidas

    Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era by Dionne Espinoza, María Eugenia Cotera, and Maylei Blackwell
    (University of Texas Press)

    Resurgence and Reconciliation

    Resurgence and Reconciliation: Indigenous-Settler Relations and Earth Teachings edited by Michael Asch, John Borrows, and James Tully
    (University of Toronto Press)

    reimagining a place for the wild

    Reimagining a Place for the Wild edited by Leslie Miller, Louise Excell, and Christopher Smart
    (University of Utah Press)

    Toni Morrison Goodness

    Goodness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison, edited by David Carrasco
    (University of Virginia Press)

    Resisting Disappearance

    Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir by Ather Zia
    (University of Washington Press)

    Ecological restoration

    Ecological Restoration edited by Steven N. Handel
    (University of Wisconsin Press)

    The Nature of Hope

    The Nature of Hope edited by Char Miller and Jeff Crane
    (University Press of Colorado)

    Detain and Punish

    Detain and Punish: Haitian Refugees and the Rise of the World’s Largest Immigration Detention System by Carl Lindskoog
    (University Press of Florida)

    No Place Like Home

    No Place Like Home; Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas by C.J. Janovy
    (University Press of Kansas)


    Lynching: Violence, Rhetoric, and American Identity by Ersula J. Ore
    (University Press of Mississippi)

    the human and economic implications of twenty first century immigration policy

    The Human and Economic Implications of Twenty-First Century Immigration Policy edited by Susan Pozo
    (W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)

    To Think like a mountain

    To Think Like a Mountain: Environmental Challenges in the American West by Niels S. Nokkentved
    (Washington State University Press)

    A people's atlas of detroit

    A People’s Atlas of Detroit edited by Linda Campbell, Andrew Newman, Sara Safransky, and Tim Stallmann
    (Wayne State University Press)

    Radical Hope

    Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto by Kevin M. Gannon
    (West Virginia University Press)

    THis is not a hoax

    This Is Not a Hoax by Heather Jessup
    (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

    Awakening Democracy through public work

    Awakening Democracy through Public Work by Harry C. Boyte, Marie Strom, Isak Tranvik, Tami Moore, Susan O’Connor, and Donna Patterson
    (Vanderbilt University Press)

    A Better Planet

    A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future by Daniel C. Esty
    (Yale University Press)

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