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“A beautifully illustrated coming-of-age story, The Book of Sarah moves through the author/subject's life, examining her path from orthodox Judaism to her own, feminist version of her faith.”—Bustle.com “20 New Graphic Novels & Memoirs to Pack in Your Carry-on This Summer”
“Life Support exemplifies the genre of graphic medicine. Spare and raw, we are thrust into the physicality of health and illness, bodies and fluids, as well as emotions deep and intense. She offers us feelings, ugly and unrepentant at times, with moments of grace at others, and in the process of the work, reveals a healing balm, years in the making.”
—Joel L. Kushner, Director, Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health
“Written with passion, insight, and eloquence, After Gun Violence is a compelling exploration of a tragically American problem—regular, mass gun violence. . . . Rood respects the complexity of people’s different beliefs about guns while articulating a clear vision of a way forward. A stunning achievement.”
—Robert Asen, author of Democracy, Deliberation, and Education
“This engaging, knowledgeable project significantly extends debates about the nature and stability of the sociological canon (implicitly, almost any disciplinary canon). While emphasizing the materiality of the making of intellectual authority, the authors also offer interesting interpretative analyses of the selected ‘classics.’”
—Gregor McLennan, author of Story of Sociology
Craig Rood, author of After Gun Violence: Deliberation and Memory in an Age of Political Gridlock, outlines three strategies to help advocacy groups, community leaders, politicians, and everyday citizens talk about gun violence in ways that will lead to change.
When I started [writing] After Gun Violence, I signed up to receive emails from the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Both organizations suggest that “we” are good and “they” are bad; “we” are honest Americans who are actually concerned about safety whereas “they” are out of touch and reckless. To be clear, I do not mean to suggest that the NRA and Brady Campaign are equally accurate or sincere—that’s a separate question. My point is that if you only hear from one group, you are likely to develop a very distorted view of your “side” and of your “opponents.” Neither side says of its own members: “Yes, we hate America and want everyone to be harmed!”
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Each month we’re highlighting a book available through PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access initiative featuring scholarly digital books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. This month’s pick: A Few Scraps, Oily and Otherwise by Alfred W. Smiley.
First published in 1907, A Few Scraps records the birth of the oil industry in Pennsylvania from the eyewitness perspective of Alfred Smiley, a Pennsylvania native who worked on the world’s first modern oil well. The “Drake” well, often called the birthplace of the modern petroleum industry, was struck on Oil Creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania, in August 1859. Smiley worked on this well and many others throughout the region, riding the overnight success and eventual decline of the oil boom in the second half of the nineteenth century. Mixing a quirky personal narrative with. . . (more)
New to PSU Press!
Ecumenica: Performance and Religion.
The new issue (12.1, Spring 2019) is now available on JSTOR.
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Customer Service Specialist
Penn State University Press, a division of The Pennsylvania State University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, seeks a Customer Service Specialist to process orders and respond to customers at the Press’s warehouse operations at the University Park, PA, campus. The press publishes approximately 100 books per year and 70 peer-reviewed journals and distributes for multiple international publishers. . . (more)
Acquisitions Editorial Assistant
Penn State University Press seeks a bright and energetic candidate for the position of Acquisitions Editorial Assistant. This position provides support for two acquisitions editors who acquire 45-50 new books per year. Responsibilities include screening incoming mail (including manuscripts and proposals), processing submitted manuscripts and coordinating the peer review of manuscripts under formal consideration, maintaining and updating. . . (more)
The Pennsylvania State University Press, a not-for-profit publisher of scholarly books, journals, and online content in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, is looking for an experienced and dedicated acquisitions editor to who will manage the ongoing development of its imprint Eisenbrauns Publishing. Eisenbrauns publishes in a number of academic fields, all related to ancient Near East and biblical studies, including, specifically. . . (more)
While topics such as death, funerary cult, and the netherworld have received considerable scholarly attention in the context of the Ugaritic textual corpus, the related concept of life has been relatively neglected. Life and Mortality in Ugaritic takes as its premise that one cannot grasp the significance of mwt (“to die”) without first having wrestled with the concept of. . . (more)
While much has been written about the apostle Paul’s view on the relationship between Gentile Christians and the Mosaic law, comparatively little attention has been paid to Paul’s writings on the laws of Moses and how they apply to Gentile unbelievers. In this book, Bryan Blazosky examines Paul’s teaching on the subject and how it relates to the lessons of the Old Testament and literature of the. . . (more)
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