Welcome to the October issue of Bluelines!
As the leaves fall and the days get shorter you need a bright spot in your day; take a look at our two-week sale for great prices on great books! We’re running a series of sales called “Complete your set,” giving you the opportunity fill in the holes in your collection. Bookmark the page and check back often. Or, better yet, subscribe to the Sales and Specials emails to find out about them automatically.
Our Fall/Winter 2019 catalog is now available! Browse a digital version here.
The PSU Press staff
“This visual poem asks an existential question—who are humans without language?—but its drive feels deeply personal”—Publishers Weekly
“Us Two Together shares an experience no one would wish to duplicate, but one that has meaning and lessons for all.”—Peter Dabbene, Foreword Reviews
“In following the triumphs and travails of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, Dix and Pollock communicate their message with harrowing clarity: war extends far beyond the boundaries of the battlefield.”—Publishers Weekly
“A witty American retelling, in word and in image, of Heinrich Heine’s inside-out, topsy-turvy satiric art.”—Cynthia Ozick
Benjamin Dix, author of Vanni: A Family’s Struggle through the Sri Lankan Conflict, on the harrowing experience of leaving Sri Lanka behind.
At the start of September 2008 it was clear that the UN was going to evacuate from Vanni. We had been scaling down our operations to assist vulnerable people due to the rapidly increasing security situation. The town of Kilinochchi (the Tamil Tiger de facto capital) was under fire from the encroaching Sri Lankan army, and my colleagues and I were spending more and more time in our bunkers waiting for a lull in the fighting.
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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: Long-Lost Friend by Johann Georg Hohman.
“Johann Georg Hohman's Long-Lost Friend compiled practical uses of mysterious folk magic and rural home remedies rooted in medieval Europe. First published in America in 1820, these methods derive from Christian theology and shamanistic practices often credited to German immigrants. The chapbook exposes the spells, charms, benedictions, incantations, amulets, talismans, palindromes, herbs, elixirs, potions of animal parts, and herbal remedies that might cure all manner of human afflictions, guard against witches and robbers, and protect cattle and crops. Legend has it that simply. . . ” (more)
Votes that Count and Voters Who Don’t: How Journalists Sideline Electoral Participation (Without Even Knowing It) by Sharon Jarvis and Soo-Hye Han was selected for the 2019 Political Communication Division Roderick P Hart Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association.
“Examining the Impact of Shipping Charge Fairness on Consumer Satisfaction and Behavior” by Angela L. Jones (Howard University), Stanley E. Griffis (Michigan State University), Matthew A. Schwieterman (Michigan State University), and Patricia J. Daugherty (Iowa State University) and published in Transportation Journal 58.2 (Spring 2019) has won the Best Paper Award.
The journal “will be edited by Dr. Fred A. Bonner II, a prominent professor and researcher who holds an endowed chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling and is the founding executive director of the Minority Achievement, Creativity and. . .” (more)
In Western tradition, St. George is known as the dragon slayer. In the Middle East, he is called Khidr (“Green One”), and in addition to being a dragon slayer, he is also somehow the prophet Elijah. In this book, Robert D. Miller II untangles these complicated connections and reveals how, especially in his Middle Eastern guise, St. George is a reincarnation of the Canaanite storm god Baal, another “Green One“ who in Ugaritic texts. . . (more)
This book initiates the reader into the study of Akkadian literature from ancient Babylonia and Assyria. With this one relatively short volume, the novice reader will develop the literary competence necessary to read and interpret Akkadian texts in translation and will gain a broad familiarity with the major genres and compositions in the language.
The first part of the book presents introductory discussions of major critical. . . (more)
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