AAUP recently posted a list of the “Best of the Best” from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV
Although the list highlights “often-undiscovered gold mine of resources for school and public libraries” published by University Presses, we think the titles selected are worthy of undergraduate consideration as well. The books were selected by four members of the 2013-2014 University Press Books Committee and include:
- A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Students by Martin Luther King Jr., Beacon Press.
- What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine by Danielle Ofri, Beacon Press.
- This Is the Day: The March on Washington by Leonard Freed, Getty Publications.
- Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Activism, and American Popular Culture by Gwyneth Anne Thayer, University of Kansas Press.
- Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton by Grant Hayter-Menzies, Mcgill-Queen’s University Press.
- Bleeder: A Memoir by Shelby Smoak, Michigan State University Press
- Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer
by Jerry L. Ross and John Norberg, Purdue University Press.
- Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James Karales
by Julian Cox, Rebekah Jacob, and Monica Karales, University of South Carolina Press.
- Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen by Dean Smith, Texas Tech University Press.
- In Pursuit of Alaska: An Anthology of Travelers’ Tales, 1879-1909 edited by Jean Morgan Meaux, University of Washington Press.
- Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum and the Dawn of the American Celebrity
by Eric D. Lehman, Wesleyan University Press.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.