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Perfect Presents: Books from Penn Press and Penn People

Looking for perfect presents as the annual gift-giving holidays are quickly approaching? There is an abundance of new books on the shelves at the Penn Bookstore, many written by Penn people--including faculty, deans, and alumni, as well as books published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. This is a sampling of the countless choices.

As Benjamin Franklin said, "From a child I was fond of reading and all the little money that came in my hands was ever laid out in books." That must have been a lifelong tendency; his own library consisted of over 4,000 books and was the largest private library in America at the time. He also said, "Good books of all sorts may employ your leisure and enrich you with treasures more valuable than those which you might have procured in your usual vocations."

Bashan and I by Thomas Mann. The author's memoir of life with his dog. "An extremely lovable story. . . An enchanting classic."--New York Times. Paper/$14.95


The Business of Sports Agents by Kenneth L. Shropshire and Timothy Davis. The latest from Wharton's Ken Shropshire. "Every sports agent and everyone who desires to become one should treat themselves to this comprehensive book."--Darren Rovell, ESPN. Cloth/$29.95



The Price of a Child by Lorene Cary. "Cary is a powerful story teller, frankly sensual, mortally funny…this is a generous, sardonic, full-blooded work of fiction." --New York Times Book Review. Paper/$14.00



Independence Hall: in American Memory by Charlene Mires. A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist's surprising history of America's most important national treasure. Cloth/$34.95



Plain Style: A Guide to Written English by Christopher Lasch. The "Devil's Dictionary" of style guides. "Lasch's wry, distinctive voice will provoke outright laughter."--Booklist. Paper/$14.95



Emblems of Desire: Selections from the ‘Delie' by Maurice Scéve, edited and translated by Richard Sieburth. A new translation of mysterious and beautiful French love poems. "Marvelous!"--Harold Bloom. Cloth/$29.95



University of Pennsylvania: The Campus Guide by George E. Thomas is a field guide to the campus and a celebration of the campus's architecture and open spaces. Paper/$24.95



Pennsylvania Impressionism, Brian H. Peterson, editor. An exquisite and colorful history of a great American art movement. "Definitive."--Philadelphia Inquirer. Cloth, w/362 color illus. $49.95



"In the Days of Serfdom" and Other Stories, Leo Tolstoy. Six compelling short stories from a master writer, available for the first time in paperback. Paper/ $15.95



The Press Effect: Politicians, Journalists, and the Stories that Shape the Political World by Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman. This book reveals how media coverage in America determines what we know and don't know about the world of politics. Cloth/$26.00



A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals About the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe by Gino Segre, explores how temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and inert matter. Cloth/$24.95



Schopenhauer's Porcupines: Intimacy and Its Dilemmas by Deborah Anna Luepnitz, recounts five stories from her practice, with patients who range from the super-rich to the homeless--as they grapple with panic attacks, psychosomatic illness, marital despair and sexual recklessness. Cloth/$25.00



Stocks For the Long Run by Jeremy J. Siegel is "One of the Best Investment Books of all time…this is the buy-and-hold bible.' --James K. Glassman, The Washington Post. Cloth/$29.95



Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis, "writes with affectionate zeal about the game and the fraternity of brilliant, lonely, and otherwise dysfunctional oddballs it attracts." --New York Times. Paper/$14.00



Black Students in the Ivory Tower: African American student Activism at the University of Pennsylvania, 1967-1990 by Wayne Glasker, describes the circumstances surrounding the university's decision to increase its black enrollment and the consequences that followed. Cloth/$34.95



Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear by Paul Fussell. In "this examination of the personal and cultural meanings of the wearing of uniforms, celebrated author Fussell creates a light, humorous tone by disclosing his almost fetishistic interest in his subject" and analyzes the symbolism behind uniforms. --Publishers Weekly. Cloth/$22.00



The Politics of Presidential Appointment: A Memoir of the Culture War by Sheldon Hackney. "Tells a troubling tale of how easily a small clique of right-wingers spun truth into lies, manipulated the mainstream media, and poisoned the debate in the U.S. Senate for its own ideological purposes…." --David Brock. Cloth/$25.95

Philadelphia Murals and the stories they tell by Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Monica Yant Kinney. Discover through pictures and text how murals give communities a new way to define themselves, not in terms of the streets and intersections that border them, but in terms of the people who came together to create something of dramatic beauty. Cloth/$29.50

To see some of the other tempting titles now available, visit the Penn Bookstore, or visit the University of Pennsylvania Press web site at or the Penn Bookstore's web site at


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 14, November 26, 2002