These works can be found on our New Book shelf in Bailey/Howe, an ever-rotating sampling of things we’re adding to our collection. You can also review all our newest books online, and subscribe via RSS to receive alerts about acquisitions, by discipline.
Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man by Marcus Baram
“Best known for his ingenious, cutting, and satiric 1970 song, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,’ Scott-Heron (1949–2011) never received full recognition for his brilliant writing across many genres, including poetry and fiction, and his canny weaving of black history into his volatile moment. In this straightforward, honest book, journalist Baram draws a poignant portrait, if somewhat fawning, of the artist as a black man struggling to make sense of his culture from the 1960s to his death.” –Publishers Weekly
“Noted scholar Wolfgang Mieder shows that proverbs matter in culture, literature, and politics. Proverbs remain part and parcel of oral and written communication, and, he demonstrates, they deserve to be studied from a range of viewpoints… Wolfgang Mieder, Williston, Vermont, is University Distinguished Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont. He has published well over one hundred books and is the leading expert on proverbs in the world.” –Publisher’s information
A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery and Magic by Peter Turchi
“Turchi follows up Maps of the Imagination, which connected writing and cartography, by exploring the links between artistic creation and puzzle making and solving. While presenting different kinds of puzzles–from disappearing magic tricks to elaborate labyrinths–Turchi shows how writer and magician alike use self-presentation and withheld information to transport us to a ‘state of wonder’ and ‘invite us to think about something…worthy of extended consideration.’” –Publishers Weekly
Ghosts: A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof by Roger Clarke
“Close to the end of Roger Clarke’s Ghosts: A Natural History, the author mentions ‘silent phone calls from people who have been buried with their phone in their coffin.’ Who are these people? He doesn’t say, but he claims there’s a whole genre of ‘apparently true’ mobile phone ghost stories, including ‘texts from the dead.’ There are even haunted spell-checks. When the name ‘Prudentia’ was highlighted on a document during a 1998 investigation in Britain, the alternative spellings that reportedly came up were ‘dead,’ ‘buried’ and ‘cellar.’” – New York Times