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December news and new books

by rr | Monday, December 23, 2013 - 11:20 AM

Happy Holidays from JHUP!

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News and Notes / Praise and Reviews

Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon by Janneken Smucker was featured in The New York Times 2013 Holiday Gift Guide . A Man's Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active by Edward H. Thompson, Jr., and Lenard W. Kaye was featured in The Wall Street Journal ’s 2013 top guides to life after 50. Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts edited by Rebecca Chopp, Susan Frost,...Read More

Snowy Owls Make an Appearance

by bjs | Friday, December 20, 2013 - 8:30 AM

Guest post by Bryan MacKay Winter seems to have arrived early this year, with more snow, ice and cold temperatures in December than during the entire winter of 2012-13. With three full months of cold weather still ahead of us, we humans have a tendency to hunker down next to a warm fire or cocoon with a stack of blankets. Yet the natural world, and the animals who live there, have no choice but to endure. This year has brought a rare visitor to Maryland to enjoy what for that species is a balmy winter vacation residence. Snowy owls are large, unmistakable, and appealing to humans. As their name implies, snowy owls have white plumage, although first-year birds have some dark flecks atop the head and on the body and wings. Snowies weigh about four pounds, twice as much as the common barred owl and half as much as a bald eagle. They stand about two feet high and have a four-foot wingspan. During the day, snowy owls usually perch on the ground; at night they hunt from a perch, taking small mammals and birds like ducks and pigeons. In just the first...Read More

I am not a Luddite but I am a weaver

by bjs | Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 2:11 AM

By Michele Callaghan, manuscript editor Almost two hundred years ago, weavers displaced by the industrial revolution smashed the machines that they thought cost them their jobs. Heroes to some and “dinosaurs” to others, they saw their livelihood and way of life stripped away and felt powerless to stop it. This type of permanent disruption engendered many feelings. Among them were hope—felt both by the unskilled workers, who saw a way to break into a field that they weren’t previously qualified for, and by the owners of the new factories, whose fortunes took a turn for the better—and despair. This defeated feeling sprang from the weavers themselves, who had likely trained for years and felt great pride and self-respect for their talents but were deemed unnecessary in a field that their efforts had built. Carolyn Johnson Tussing, the grandmother of JHUP manuscript editor Michele Callaghan, is pictured with her grandson Sean. Tussing owned Carolyn’s Books in San Leandro, California

This cycle of wholesale change being supplanted by more wholesale change is as old as humankind. I doubt most of you have ever used a flint knife or bone awl or even a corset...Read More

The Doctor Is In: Holiday Expectations

by cmt | Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 8:30 AM

The Doctor Is In is an occasional series where JHU Press authors discuss the latest developments and news in health and medicine. guest post by Susan J. Noonan, M.D., M.P.H. At this time of the year, many of us are surrounded by people and environments that are wrapped up in the joy and chaos of the holiday season. You can’t seem to go anywhere without seeing festive decorations and feeling the energy of others running around. If you are suffering from depression or bipolar depression, this can be a more stressful, burdensome, and irritating time than usual. When your mood and energy levels are down, it is often difficult to muster the effort to participate in the activities of the season, especially since you may have no interest in doing so. That is part of the illness. But at the same time you may feel pressure to participate, either from within or from family members. Pressure to put on a cheery disposition around others. Pressure to think of gift-giving ideas and then to actually go out and buy the items at a crowded shopping mall—a real challenge! Pressure to prepare an elaborate holiday meal for your family. Pressure...Read More

Gifting Jane Austen

by bjs | Monday, December 16, 2013 - 9:56 AM

Guest post by Janine Barchas

Today puts another candle on the birthday cake of novelist Jane Austen, born 16 December 1775. Conveniently, Austen’s birthday coincides with the December gift-giving season. If you are thinking about making a holiday present of a Jane Austen novel to that budding (or confirmed) Janeite in your circle, you are spoiled for choice. In conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Pride and Prejudice , this calendar year has witnessed a mushrooming of both new and newly repackaged Austen editions in a wide range of binding styles and price points.

In your choice of edition and inscription you may, however, want to reflect upon the long-standing history of the Jane Austen “gift book.” Whereas this year Jane Austen novels in both hardcover and paperback formats have been aggressively prettified in the stalwart fight against the e-book, these same stories have long been a gift-giving choice for everyone from aunts and uncles to schools and churches—even hotels and soap manufacturers. Not all of these uses of Austen as prizes and giveaways are duly recorded by book history.

Jane Austen as reward for good hygiene...Read More

Overture, Curtain, Lights!

by bjs | Friday, December 13, 2013 - 11:20 AM

By Brian Shea Journals PR and Advertising Coordinator NBC’s recent broadcast of a live version of “The Sound of Music” has musical theatre on the minds of many. Rumor has it that the network will make a live holiday musical a part of their strategy going forward. Even though Johns Hopkins University Press has a strong base of scholarly journals which focus on the theatre arts— Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics , along with Shakespeare Bulletin and Shakespeare Quarterly —the idea of branching out into musical entertainment doesn’t have seem to come up in any long-term planning. But a blog post from publisher McSweeney’s has opened our eyes to a whole new world. Humor writer T.G. Gibbon compiled a list of “ Actual Academic Journals Which Could Be Broadway Shows If They Had Exclamation Points Added! ” We tend to think of Callaloo as the pre-eminent journal focused on literature and arts of the African diaspora. Now we know it could turn heads on the Great White Way as Callaloo! And what would the reviews be for The Henry...Read More

Grandparenting a "Mixed Bag" of Children with and without Physical Disabilities

by cmt | Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:30 AM

guest post by Kay Harris Kriegsman, Ph.D. and Sara Palmer, Ph.D.

“ I look at her waking up of a morning. I sit right outside her bedroom door so she’ll see me there and feel safe knowing her granddad is there. We’ll build tents and take our flashlight inside. It’s given me an appreciation for what we have each day.”— Ned, a grandfather

Becoming a grandparent is most often a joyful event. Grandparents look forward to re-experiencing the wonder of new life, to playing with baby and watching him grow through the stages of childhood—especially fun when he can be given back to his parents at the end of the day! But grandparenting comes with responsibilities, too. Single parents and two-career couples may rely on grandparents to pick up the slack, and older adults who are generally healthier and live longer than in past generations may have more energy and time to be part of their grandchildren’s lives. In fact, the American Association of Retired Persons announced in 2011 that about 70% of grandparents help with their grandchildren, providing emotional support, practical help, or financial assistance. Even a grandparent who doesn’t help on a regular basis can...Read More

Remembering Pearl Harbor

by cmt | Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:05 AM

guest post by John Bodnar Americans will soon be reminded again of the significance of December 7, 1941. For the past seventy-two years, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been recalled not only as the event that pushed America into World War II, but as a personal milestone for many who were alive on that date. Most Americans would never forget where they were when they heard about the raid on the Hawaiian naval base. Ever since the war, thousands of tourists have traveled to the site of the battle and stood above the decaying hulk of the USS Arizona, where the remains of American sailors still rest. Pearl Harbor was evoked again in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. On the sixtieth anniversary of the Japanese attack—just months after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in New York—President George W. Bush proclaimed that September 11, 2001 would now stand alongside December 7, 1941 as a moment in which “our way of life was brutally and suddenly attacked.” The chief executive urged citizens to remember the sacrifices of the “greatest generation who defeated tyranny” as they embarked upon another struggle to “defend...Read More

Wild Thing: Of Crazy Ants, Kudzu, and West Nile Virus

by cmt | Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 8:30 AM

Wild Thing is an occasional series where JHU Press authors write about the flora and fauna of the natural world—from the rarest flower to the most magnificent beast. guest post by Russell F. Reidinger, Jr. Raccoons work hard to get into attics, sometimes destroying siding or roofing materials along the way. Once inside, raccoons may damage electrical boxes, wiring, or plumbing vents, or spread disease. Most raccoons strongly resist eviction, especially if they have young. Trying to get raccoons out, especially whole families, can take planning, resilience, and work. And, even with success, raccoons may try aggressively to get back in. Given that raccoons can bite and scratch, and the uncertainty of diseases, the better strategy might be to get professional help. In retrospect, most homeowners have who experienced raccoon invasions would probably agree that preventing access to their homes would have been preferable to removing the raccoons. Regardless, raccoons in attics are mental images that often come to mind when thinking of wildlife damage. So are images of squirrels in attics or skunks under porches or deer jumping in front of cars. But images of some animals—the crazy ant, for example—do not typically pop up...Read More

Holiday Book Signings and Special Events brighten the December calendar

by rr | Friday, November 29, 2013 - 8:30 AM

JHU Press authors will be contributing mightily to the holiday spirit in December with a grueling (but jolly!) schedule of book signings and special programs. Especially in the Baltimore area, where JHUP’s regional books have long been popular holiday gifts, authors such as Mike Olesker, Bryan MacKay, Ted Patterson, and Dean Smith will be meeting, greeting, schmoozing, and signing throughout the month. December highlights include “JHU Press Night” at Baltimore’s Ivy Bookshop on the 4 th and Ron Coddington’s talk at the National Archives (about his Faces of the Civil War trilogy) on the 7 th . Holiday list-makers, take note: for the shopping list, please add JHU Press books and journals for your nearest and dearest; for the to-do list, remember to spread the word about our December activities! Happy holidays!

1 December 2013, 1:00 p.m. Book Signing - Michael Olesker Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age Barnes & Noble, Johns Hopkins/Charles Village Baltimore, MD Admission: Free; 410-662-5850. ...Read More