New releases for April

Happily Ever After Happily Ever After
The Romance Story in Popular Culture
Catherine M. Roach

"Roach's attempt to do emotional justice to the genre should satisfy academics and fans alike." —Publishers Weekly 

Catherine M. Roach, alongside her romance-writer alter-ego, Catherine LaRoche, guides the reader deep into "Romancelandia": the land of the romance fiction, a women-centered multi-million dollar publishing phenomenon that creates national and international societies of enthusiasts, practitioners, and scholars.

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Congress, Presidents, and American Politics  Congress, Presidents, and American Politics
Fifty Years of Writings and Reflections 
Lee H. Hamilton 

"Hamilton provides a solid look at the thinking, actions, and failures from the Lyndon Johnson years to the present. . . . Hamilton's views on politicians might just renew some readers' faith in our elected officials. At once encouraging and enlightening, his writings stir hope, and what he says is still important all these years later. . . . The book—essentially an encapsulation of the author's philosophy of politics and politicians—is a good choice for those who want to believe in government again." —Kirkus Reviews

The Dead Sea and the Jordan River  Dead Sea and the Jordan River
Barbara Kreiger 

"A rare natural, political, and human history . . . Remarkable and timely." —Booklist

"Students of the Middle East will doubtless find this exhaustive report on the history and geopolitical details of the Dead Sea and the Jordan River indispensable." —Foreword Reviews 

The natural and human history of these storied bodies of water, drawn on accounts by travelers, pilgrims, and explorers from ancient times to the present.

Kaveena  Kaveena
Boubacar Boris Diop 
Translated by Bhakti Shringarpure and Sara C. Hanaburgh 
Foreword by Ayo A. Coly 

"Always opinionated, always passionate, and always worth reading." —The Lit Hub 

"A dark, ferocious novel that you won't put down unscathed, and certainly not any more confident in the goodness in the hearts of humankind." —Maurice Mourier, La Quinzaine Litteraire

In a civil-war torn nation where powerful men use others as pawns in a real-life violent chess match, the murder of six-year-old Kaveena and her mother’s quest for vengeance that brings about a surprise reckoning.

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Utter Chaos  Utter Chaos
Sammy Gronemann 
Translated by Penny Milbouer 
Foreword by Joachim Schlör 

"First published in 1920 and set 17 years earlier, Gronemann's newly translated novel blends satiric humor and an eerie sense of foreboding in relating the efforts of European Jews to assimilate at a wildly contentious and confusing time. . .A free-wheeling Jewish comic novel before its time, this artfully contained commentary on Jewish life in Europe in the early 1900s makes a welcome reappearance." —Kirkus Reviews

The Tortoise in Asia  Tortoise in Asia
Tony Grey 

Based on a popular legend in Gansu, the far western province of China, The Tortoise in Asia recounts the exploits of Marcus, a young Roman centurion schooled in the Greek classics who, after a devastating loss in a battle with the Parthians, is taken prisoner, marched along the Silk Road, and pressed into service as a border guard on the eastern frontier.

1915 Diary of S. An-sky  1915 Diary of S. An-sky
A Russian Jewish Writer at the Eastern Front 
S. A. An-sky 
Translated from the Russian and with an Introduction by Polly Zavadivker 

In 1915, An-sky took on the assignment of providing aid and relief to Jewish civilians trapped under Russian military occupation in Galicia. The diary fragments within are vivid firsthand descriptions of civilian and military life in wartime.

Comrade Huppert  Comrade Huppert
A Poet in Stalin's World 
George Huppert 

"Of interest to scholars of Austrian literature and history." —Kirkus Reviews 

A historian details the life and work of Austrian communist and writer Hugo Huppert, a Jew, perhaps a relative, who embodies a distinctly central European experience of his time, of people trapped between Hitler and Stalin. Huppert tells a story of displacement and exile, the price of party loyalty, and the toll of war and terror on the mind of this emblematic figure.

Little Indiana  Little Indiana
Small Town Destinations 
Jessica Nunemaker 

"Jessica Nunemaker has a gift for uncovering hidden gems in small towns across Indiana and bringing each community to life. The amazing stories and photographs in Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations will entice you to explore the Hoosier state and ensure you know the best places to stay, play, eat and shop in each town." —Ken Kosky, Indiana Dunes Tourism Promotions Director

Riley Child-Rhymes with Hoosier Pictures  Riley Child-Rhymes with Hoosier Pictures
Indiana Bicentennial Edition 
James Whitcomb Riley 
Illustrated by Will Vawter 
Introduction by Norbert Krapf, former Indiana Poet Laureate 

A must-have for Riley enthusiasts everywhere, this classic book has been faithfully reproduced for Indiana’s state bicentennial. Now with an introduction by lifelong Riley enthusiast and former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf, this charming book contains 39 of James Whitcomb Riley's signature poems.

American Shame American Shame 
Stigma and the Body Politic 
Edited by Myra Mendible 

Examining shame through a prism of race, sexuality, ethnicity, and gender, these provocative essays offer a broader understanding of how America’s discourse of shame helps to define its people as citizens, spectators, consumers, and moral actors.

The Well-Dressed Hobo  The Well-Dressed Hobo
The Many Wondrous Adventures of a Man Who Loves Trains 
Rush Loving, Jr. 

"Loving’s sweeping and grand epic on the renaissance of American railroading during the last 40 years and the characters, both wise and foolish, who helped make it a reality should be on the bookshelf of anyone who loves railroading as much as its author." —Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun 

Now in paperback
In the Shadow of the Shtetl
  In the Shadow of the Shtetl
Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine 
Jeffrey Veidlinger 

Winner, 2014 Canadian Jewish Book Awards, history category 

"Hitherto the story of the Holocaust in the Eastern European shtetl has been told by those who left—on behalf of those who did not survive. What do we learn from these stories told from the shtetl itself? In the Shadow of the Shtetl restores horror to the setting in which it occurred: at home, among familiar people and places. . . . In their accounts the everyday and the extraordinary, the innocuous and the gruesome are continually intertwined" —New York Review of Books

Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia  Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia
Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging 
Tatjana Lichtenstein 

"It has long been known that unlike elsewhere in East Central Europe, for census purposes, Jews in Czechoslovakia were recognized as a separate nationality as well as a religious group. Tatjana Lichtenstein explores the ramification of this distinction for Zionists and their interactions with this state in important study of Jewish nationalism." —Harriet Pass Freidenreich, Temple University

Now in paperback
Oscar Micheaux and His Circle   Oscar Micheaux and His Circle
African-American Filmmaking and Race Cinema of the Silent Era 
Pearl Bowser, Jane Gaines, and Charles Musser, Editors and Curators 

"The 14 essays cover a range of topics, from overviews of black American performance and cinemas, to detailed analyses of Micheaux films, to thoughtful discussion of the work and impact of other groups of African American performers and filmmakers. The essays are lively and readable, casting light on an underrepresented fact of American film history.” —Library Journal

Expressionism and Film  Expressionism and Film
Rudolf Kurtz 
Edited with an afterword by Christian Kiening and Ulrich Johannes Beil 
Translated by Brenda Benthien 

Expressionism and Film, originally published in German in 1926, is not only a classic of film history, but also an important work from the early phase of modern media history. Written with analytical brilliance and historical vision by a well-known contemporary of the expressionist movement, it captures Expressionism at the time of its impending conclusion—as an intersection of world view, resoluteness of form, and medial transition.

Speaking Pictures  Speaking Pictures
Neuropsychoanalysis and Authorship in Film and Literature 
Alistair Fox 

"Very rich argumentation that progressively constructs its object, shifting with much skill from the conceptual elaboration of its global perspective to the various concrete examples of works approached so to give it flesh and blood." —Raymond Bellour, film critic, theorist, and author of The Analysis of Film

Music of Azerbaijan  Music of Azerbaijan
From Mugham to Opera 
Aida Huseynova 

"In each chapter Huseynova combines historical context, cultural insights, and musicological analysis to create a study of musical and cultural fusion that is as compelling as it is informative. She rounds off the work with the re-staging of the Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s first mugham opera, played on the world stage with Alim Gasimov and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble—a triumphant testimony to the power of cultural fusion." —Anna Oldfield, Coastal Carolina University

Accompanying audio-visual materials available here

A History of the Harpsichord  A History of the Harpsichord
Edward L. Kottick 

A History of the Harpsichord brings together for the first time more than 200 photographs, illustrations, and drawings of harpsichords in public museums and private collections throughout Europe the United States. Edward L. Kottick draws on his extensive technical knowledge and experience as a harpsichord builder to detail the changing design, structure, and acoustics of the instrument over six centuries.

Writing Jewish Culture  Writing Jewish Culture
Paradoxes in Ethnography
Edited by Andreas Kilcher and Gabriella Safran

"With its diverse chorus of academic voices, this anthology of new work on the cultural and literary history of Jewish ethnography is an extraordinarily rich, thoughtful, and engrossing text." —James Loeffler, author of The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire

Power and Change in Iran  Power and Change in Iran
Politics of Contention and Conciliation
Edited by Daniel Brumberg and Farideh Farhi

"By a wide margin, this book is the most sophisticated treatment of the internal dynamics and paradoxes of Iranian politics that I know of. The nuance, precision, insight, and details of the ebb and flow of the Iranian public sphere are what make this book truly unique. . . . The introduction is magisterial in terms of its depth, scope and objectivity. . . . The chapters flow well together and they are organized in an effective manner." —Nader Hashemi, co-author of The Syria Dilemma