Wrap Up Some 'Red and Blue' Books from
Penn Press, University of Pennsylvania Museum and Penn Authors
for a Perfect Present
for something that that says Penn, but isn't a sweatshirt?
There are many choices when it comes to new books from Penn
administrators, staff, alumni, even a trustee. The Penn Press
as well as the UPM Press provide more variety too. For UPM
Press books, go to www.museum.upenn.edu/new/publications/index.shtml Another
unique gift idea is a CD from Penn's talented musical groups.
The Penn Bookstore also offers books with a Philly connection.
||Public Discourse in America, Conversation
and Community in the Twenty-First Century; edited
by President Judith Rodin, and Stephen P. Steinberg,
of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture,
and Community; a distinguished group of scholars and
prominent figures in public life offer new perspectives; "Is
civility declining in American public life? Are we arguing
in a 'reasoned and reasonable' manner? An exaltation
of scholars and public figures offer their views."--Carlin
Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer; Penn Press, Cloth,
||Beyond Genetics: Putting the Power of DNA to Work
in Your Life; Glenn McGee associate director for
Education & Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics & professor
of Bioethics, Philosophy, and History & Sociology
of Science; genetic science is about to radically alter
our lives, $24.95.
||Visions of a Huichol Shaman; Peter T. Furst, the
brilliant visionary yarn paintings of the shaman-artist
José Benítez Sánchez emerge transformed
into two-dimensional form from fleeting, sublime visionary
experiences triggered by the complex chemistry of the divine
peyote cactus; with 68 full-color illustrations. UPM, Cloth
||Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business
Leaders Reached Their Summits; Michael Useem professor
of management and director of the Center for Leadership
and Change Management at Wharton; mountaineering is no
mere metaphor for management, it is management itself, $24.
||Musically Speaking: A Life Through Song; Dr. Ruth
K. Westheimer; "Dr. Ruth shows us how and why music functions
in her life, with lessons for all of us. A real gem of
a book."--Wynton Marsalis; Penn Press, Cloth $19.95, www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/13984.html.
||Ancient Wine; Patrick E. McGovern, senior research
scientist and adjunct associate professor of anthropology,
Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology, UPM, drawing
upon recent archaeological discoveries, molecular and DNA
sleuthing, and the texts and art of long-forgotten peoples, $29.95.
||A branch of the Metropolitan Bakery is coming to campus.
Hot off the press, The Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook:
Artisan Breads, Pastries, and Desserts from Philadelphia's
Premier Bakery; James Barrett and Wendy Smith
Born; they met some 20 years ago when he was pastry chef
and she was managing partner at the White Dog Café, $29.95.
||Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives through the Cookbooks
They Wrote; Janet Theophano, Gr '82, associate director
of the CGS and adjunct member in the Graduate Program
in Folklore & Folklife and Religious Studies, stories
of cookbook writers from the 18th century to the present, $18.95.
||City Tavern Baking and Dessert Cookbook: 200 Years
of Authentic American Recipes from Martha Washington's
Chocolate Mousse Cake to Thomas Jefferson's Sweet Potato
Biscuits; chef Walter Staib, proprietor of America's
earliest gourmet restaurant; a sequel to the City
Tavern Cookbook, focuses on colonial treats, $21.95.
||Human Evolution Cookbook; Harold L. Dibble, professor
of anthropology and deputy director for Curatorial Affairs
at UPM. Dan Williamson, and Brad M. Evans, presents archaeology
as never before through 37 recipes and 20 hilarious line
art creations. UPM, $19.95.
||The Philadelphia Flower Show: Celebrating 175 Years; Adam
Levine, C '80, award-winning garden writer, $44.95.
||Green Desire, Imagining Early Modern English Gardens; Rebecca
Bushnell, dean of the College, describes the innovative
design of the old manuals, examining how writers and printers
marketed them as fiction as well as practical advice for
aspiring gardeners. Along with this attention to the delights
of reading, it analyzes the strange dignity and pleasure
of garden labor and the division of men's and women's roles
in creating garden art, Cloth $29.95.
||Brown Skin: Dr. Susan Taylor's Prescription
for Flawless Skin, Hair and Nails; Dr. Susan C. Taylor,
C '79, At-Large Alumni Trustee, and a Harvard-trained
dermatologist and internationally
recognized expert in dermatology and ethnic skin disease,
||Building the Nation Americans Write About Their Architecture,
Their Cities, and Their Landscape; edited by Steven
Conn, Gr '94 and Max Page, Gr '95, "informed by a mastery
of a particular field and a passion for sharing the heterogeneous
richness of their documents. . . Vastly useful." --Preservation. Penn
Press, Paper $24.95, www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/13901.html.
A wonderful companion to Water Isaacson's best selling Benjamin
Franklin, An American Life $30. is A Benjamin
Franklin Reader $21.95 includes The Autobiography,
Poor Richards Almanac and many delightful letters and
Hoop Roots; John Edgar Wideman,
C '63, a Rhodes and Thouron scholar and is the only person
won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice; a multi-layered memoir
of basketball, family, home, love, and race; "you can't
fail to be moved by its eloquence," said former U.S.
senator Bill Bradley. Paper, $13.
Mall Maker: Victor Gruen, Architect
of an American Dream; M. Jeffrey Hardwick, biography
of the architect who altered the fabric of more than
200 American cities and suburbs between 1938 and 1968.
Penn Press, Cloth $29.95, www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/13967.html.
In the Kingdom of Coal; Dan Rottenberg,
C '64, through the eyes of two families, one the magnates,
one the miners, $29.95.
Carrie Pilby; Caren Lissner, C
'93, had written an award-winning bi-weekly humor color
in the DP; the heroine is utterly charming and unique,
she goes about these things in her own quirky and hilarious
way, filled with wry humor and insight. Paper $25.90.
Liberty on the Waterfront: American
Maritime Culture in the Age of Revolution; Paul
A. Gilje, sailors were a rough bunch, tending to drink,
carouse, and spend all their money on their brief stays
ashore, a look at this stereotype and how sailors lived
the ideal of "liberty." Penn Press, Cloth $29.95, www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/13964.html.
Guide to the North American Ethnographic
Collections at the University of Pennsylvania Museum
of Archaeology and Anthropology; Lucy Fowler Williams,
some 40,000 objects represent native peoples from ten
culture areas, with 120 color figures. UPM, Cloth $29.95,
Exposés and Excess: Muckraking
in America, 1900/2000; Cecelia Tichi, the compelling
narratives of the muckrakers--Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell,
Lincoln Steffens, and Ray Stannard Baker among them--became
best-sellers and prize-winners 100 years ago. Today,
they have found worthy successors in writers such as
Barbara Ehrenreich, Eric Schlosser, and Naomi Klein.
Penn Press, Cloth $29.95, www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/13981.html.
Understanding Early Classic Copan; Ellen
E. Bell, Maracaello A. Canuto and Robert J. Sharer; focuses
on the Maya city of Copřn, combines and synthesizes many
different research methods and disciplines, interpreting
data that contradict, enhance, and supplement previous
work with 24 full-color illustrations; UPM, Cloth $59.95.
Monsters: Evil Beings, Mythical Beasts,
and All Manner of Imaginary Terrors; David D. Gilmore,
a field guide to the world's scary creatures, along
with an intriguing explanation why monsters won't go
away, the role of monsters in the human psyche and
in society, looking at folktales, fantasy, literature,
and art. Penn Press, $24.95.www.upenn.edu/penn
Penn Groups' CDs
The Band's latest CD, The Band That
Rocks the Cradle, $15, at the Penn Bookstore or
Echoes and Traditions, by the University
ofPennsylvania Glee Club (2000) $14.To purchase this
and other Glee Club CDs, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or
call (215) 898-GLEE (4533).
Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 15,
December 9, 2003