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Religion Around Billie Holiday

Tracy Fessenden

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Was: $34.95 Now: $20.97 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-08095-6

The first time I read Tracy Fessenden’s Religion Around Billie Holiday in manuscript form, I knew it was something special. I’ve read it several times since, and each time I’m enthralled by the way that Fessenden weaves together the sometimes surprising religious threads around Holiday in such a lyrical, engaging, and impactful way. I’ll never hear Billie Holiday’s music in the same way again.—Kathryn Yahner, Acquisitions Editor

280 pages
5.5" × 8.5"
2018

Religion Around

My Degeneration

A Journey Through Parkinson’s

Peter Dunlap-Shohl

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ISBN: 978-0-271-07102-2

I loved working with Peter Dunlap-Shohl on this book. His wry, honest take on his early-onset Parkinson’s diagnosis is absolutely compelling. The depictions of his challenges and the moments of progress—figuring out how to get “unstuck” by walking backwards, for example—are brilliant and, I hope, encouraging to patients, caregivers, and doctors. And he was a dream author: patient through every edit and unfazed by endless technical snafus.—Laura Reed-Morrisson, Managing Editor

108 pages
6.75" × 8.5"
97 color illustrations
2015

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Pennsylvania Overlooks

A Guide for Sightseers and Outdoor People

Art Michaels

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Was: $24.95 Now: $14.97 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-02231-4

If you’re into the outdoors and are looking to take a day trip in Pennsylvania, this book is a must-have. There are some pretty impressive sights and little-known state parks that are only a short distance away from the Press.—Brett Wilson, Inventory and Distribution Specialist

256 pages
4.5" × 9"
78 b&w illustrations/4 maps
2002

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I Saw Water

An Occult Novel and Other Selected Writings

Ithell Colquhoun, with an introduction and notes by Richard Shillitoe and Mark S. Morrisson

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Was: $54.95 Now: $32.97 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-06423-9

Colquhoun was fascinating figure. A well-known painter and writer, and a member of the Druidical order, she was kicked out of the London surrealist group for her involvement in occultism. And what’s not to love about a modernist occultist surrealist novel, based on the author’s own dreams, set in a convent on the Isle of the Dead?—Eleanor Goodman, Executive Editor

228 pages
6" × 9"
11 color/3 b&w illustrations
2014

Shale Play

Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields

Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Steven Rubin

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ISBN: 978-0-271-08093-2

Shale Play is such a fabulous book. The poems and photos feel intimate. Reading the poems, I felt like I had stepped quietly, unobserved, into the homes of the people that Julia was interviewing. It tells a story that can appeal to readers on both ends of the political spectrum: it touches on environmental protection, public health and safety, and private property rights.—Janice North, Marketing and Sales Coordinator

144 pages
10" × 9"
74 color illustrations
2018

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After Gun Violence

Deliberation and Memory in an Age of Political Gridlock

Craig Rood

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Was: $22.95 Now: $13.77 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-08384-1

After Gun Violence should be required reading for everyone in America. It offers important and insightful observations about our culture and our political discourse that I haven’t heard or read anywhere else. It presents questions that we, as a society, need to be asking about how we (should) talk to and about one another.—Janice North, Marketing and Sales Coordinator

200 pages
6" × 9"
2019

Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation

Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers

A Visual History of Pennsylvania’s Railroad Lumbering Communities; The Photographic Legacy of William T. Clarke

Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell with an Introduction by Linda A. Ries

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Was: $39.95 Now: $23.97 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-07207-4

The story of how Ostman and Littell discovered the glass negatives that would become Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers interested me immediately. When I actually saw how the photographs of William T. Clarke capture lives from another time, conveying the harshness and the enormity of the task of clearing old-growth forests, I was hooked. My twenty-first-century perspective on the environmental consequences of “progress” was forever changed. Definitely a book to be picked up more than once.—Patrick Alexander, Director

252 pages
10.5" × 9"
121 duotone illustrations
2016
Published in collaboration with the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

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Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic

Revised and Expanded Edition

Bill Russell

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ISBN: 978-0-271-07780-2

I’ve used this book a lot, and the things I like about it are the quality of the photos and how it divides the mushrooms up into seasons, which helps you narrow down identification quickly. It hits the “sweet spot” between too much information and too little. Also, it fits in my pockets well. It really got me into mushroom hunting!—Jon Gottshall, Assistant Production Coordinator

With all the rain we’ve had in PA, there are mushrooms everywhere. This book is fun just to page through and pick out the familiar, and also bizarre, fungi that are in our backyard!—Regina Starace, Senior Designer

284 pages
4.5" × 9"
125 color/5 b&w illustrations/1 map
2017
Revised and Expanded

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La Petite Fadette

George Sand, and translated with an introduction by Gretchen van Slyke

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ISBN: 978-0-271-07937-0

A classic of Sand’s pastoral works, the novel chronicles the sensibilities and mores of life in bucolic nineteenth-century France. The story of simple country living, family, and love reads as an idyll, holding great charm, but Sand also raises questions about this life as well as the values and even politics of the nation more broadly. This translation, in tight, simple prose, is an important book for anyone interested in French literature and culture.—Ryan Peterson, Acquisitions Editor

192 pages
5" × 8"
2017

Don Quixote of La Mancha

(in Spanglish)

Miguel de Cervantes, Adapted by Ilan Stavans, and Illustrated by Roberto Weil

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Was: $16.95 Now: $10.17 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-08230-1

Even if you don’t know any Spanish at all, there’s something wonderfully fun about reading a graphic novel in Spanglish. The ironic, bombastic, and yes, expressive use of the language is echoed in the wildness of the illustrations, and the familiar adventures of Don Quixote take on new life. Sure, there’s an English version too, but why not challenge yourself?—Cate Fricke, Publicity Manager

136 pages
8.5" × 10.5"
120 color illustrations
2018

The Hidden Life of Life

A Walk through the Reaches of Time

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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Was: $22.95 Now: $13.77 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-08101-4

I loved this as an accessible explanation of some of the universe’s big questions. I found myself repeating bits of it to my kids and having discussions about how all life is connected.—Regina Starace, Senior Designer

This beautiful book drew me in from the first chapter, in which Elizabeth meditates on how her bedroom contains all forms of life, i.e., herself and her husband, the cat at the door, a plant by the window, the creeping mold in the bathroom. Her voice is wry and knowing, and her observations on how all life forms are connected are steeped in deep consideration and experience. —Cate Fricke, Publicity Manager

216 pages
5.5" × 8.5"
1 b&w illustration
2018

Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures

Robert the Devil

The First Modern English Translation of Robert le Diable, an Anonymous French Romance of the Thirteenth Century

Translated by Samuel N. Rosenberg

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ISBN: 978-0-271-08016-1

This is a delightful, short morality tale that reads like a combination of fantasy and fairy-tale. Short enough to read in one sitting, but involved enough that you think about it for days afterward.—James Spinti, Eisenbrauns Digital/Email Marketing and Sales

168 pages
6" × 9"
2018

The Book of Sarah

Sarah Lightman

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Was: $25.95 Now: $15.57 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-08473-2

I’m not normally a reader of graphic novels, but this one grabbed me with the way the art intertwined with the story.—James Spinti, Eisenbrauns Digital/Email Marketing and Sales

240 pages
6.7" × 9.4"
240 color illustrations
2019
Co-published with Myriad Editions

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Among the Bone Eaters

Encounters with Hyenas in Harar

Marcus Baynes-Rock, Foreword by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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ISBN: 978-0-271-06720-9

One of the very first books we published after I arrived at PSU Press four years ago, Among the Bone Eaters gripped me from the outset and held my attention until the very last page. With well-crafted, quick-moving prose, Baynes-Rock tells the story of the unusually close, semi-symbiotic relationship people in Harar have with the hyenas who live around the edges of the city. This book made me think about hyenas and human-animal relationships in an entirely new light, and it remains my very favorite entry in our Animalibus series. Can you imagine feeding meat to a hyena from your own teeth?—Brendan Coyne, Sales and Marketing Director

280 pages
7" × 9"
48 b&w illustrations/3 maps
2015

Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures

Staging Ground

An American Theater and Its Ghosts

Leslie Stainton

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Was: $21.95 Now: $13.17 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-06365-2

—recommended by Teresa Craig, Assistant to the Director

264 pages
5.5" × 8.5"
27 b&w illustrations
2014

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For the Love of Murphy's

The Behind-the-Counter Story of a Great American Retailer

Jason Togyer

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Was: $38.95 Now: $23.37 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-03370-9

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Was: $30.95 Now: $18.57 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-03371-6

—recommended by Teresa Craig, Assistant to the Director

292 pages
8.5" × 10.5"
72 b&w illustrations
2008

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The Perfect Season

How Penn State Came to Stop a Hurricane and Win a National Football Championship

M. G. Missanelli

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Was: $28.95 Now: $17.37 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-03282-5

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Was: $21.95 Now: $13.17 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-03283-2

—recommended by Dave Buchan, Shipper/Receiver

232 pages
7" × 10"
28 b&w illustrations
2007

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Lair of the Lion

A History of Beaver Stadium

Lee Stout and Harry H. West

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Was: $29.95 Now: $17.97 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-07776-5

—recommended by Dave Buchan, Shipper/Receiver

196 pages
10" × 9"
74 color/126 b&w illustrations
2017

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