Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies News


July 22nd, 2016


Happy Summer! We hope you are taking time to enjoy the sunshine and catch up on some reading.

It is an exciting time for the Press. We have released many new titles in the past several months and want to provide you a quick review. From Languages and Literature to Regional books on Purdue and Indiana we have great new reads.

Regional: Purdue & Indiana

Languages and Literature // Jewish Studies

Veterinary Sciences & Animal Studies

Business // Library Sciences

Regional: Purdue & Indiana

Our regional titles showcase the history and beauty of Indiana. Enjoy stunning photos of Indiana’s striking landscapes and scenery. Adventure into outer space with the memoirs of one of Indiana and Purdue’s first astronauts. Dig deeper into our agricultural history and learn about extension farming.

Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom


“George Leopold’s Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom rescues its subject’s reputation by presenting his life and career in full. The book is fascinating and haunting, and its impressive research exonerates Grissom from the charge of being a hapless astronaut who, in his peers’ parlance, ‘screwed the pooch’ . . . thrillingly told, taking readers into the cosmos with Grissom, conveying the sense of wonder and danger that accompanied these early voyages.”

The Wall Street Journal

Calculated Risk is an Official Endorsed Legacy Project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.



Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family:  A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents


Indiana’s rich agricultural history is brought to life in this new regional book. Follow the story of early extension agents on their journey through rural Indiana in never before seen photos.  These agents worked hand in hand with local farmers to improve agricultural practices across the state with research from Purdue and other institutions. This book is an officially endorsed legacy project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.



SlowBall Cartoonist: The Extraordinary Life of Indiana Native and Pulitzer Prize Winner John T. McCutcheon of the Chicago Tribune


“Tony Garel-Frantzen sketches a vivid portrait of iconic cartoonist and correspondent John T. McCutcheon during a time when newsprint left an indelible mark on the public consciousness.”

–Tom Wolfermann, Chicago Essayist and Humanist







Forthcoming September 2016!  A Place Called Turkey Run: A Celebration of Indiana’s Second State Park in Photographs and Words


“Daniel Shepardson has created a masterpiece of stunning photography coupled with a narrative which explains the natural history of one of Indiana’s most beloved parks.”

–Daniel W. Bortner, Director, Indiana State Parks

A Place Called Turkey Run is an Official Endorsed Legacy Project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.




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Languages and Literature // Jewish Studies

We have published a wide range of books in Languages and Literature. Discover the humanistic perspectives of terrorism or the secularization of modern French Literature.

Learn more of life within the Jewish Labor Bund during interwar Poland in our newest book in Jewish Studies.

Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective


This collection of interdisciplinary essays offers a broad range of perspectives on terrorism. It provides philosophical interpretations, historical analysis, and narrative representations of terror in a modern light.

“This work is significant to both scholarship and public enlightenment insofar as it touches upon a topic that, in the current period of world instability, has never been more timely, and analyzes it with an innovative approach.”

Nicoletta Pireddu, Associate Professor, Department of Italian and Comparative Literature Program Georgetown University



Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German

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“In Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German, James P. Wilper presents a freshly nuanced view of gay literature at what was, arguably, the most crucial time in its development. By the simple expedient of comparing four distinctive novels, two in English and two in German, Wilper gets to the heart of a debate that resonates even today. Wilper’s subtle and economical book casts light not only on their fiction, but on the social history it represents.”

–Gregory Woods, Nottingham Trent University




Confronting Evil: The Psychology of Secularization in Modern French Literature

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“This book is a fascinating study of how four influential modern French authors have wrestled with spirituality and secularization in coming to grips with the problem of evil.”

–Johnathan Krell, University of Georgia







Forthcoming August 2016! Cultural Exchanges between Brazil and France

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Explore the historic relationship between France and Brazil through original interdisciplinary essays. This is the first and only collection of studies between the two nations that addresses their interactions in various disciplines and discourses. It broadens the global perspectives in the field of international relations.







Twenty Years with the Jewish Labor Bund: A Memoir of Interwar Poland

“Marvin S. Zuckerman’s translation will do enormous good for historians in Poland. Many of them will be able to read Goldstein’s book, informing themselves not only about the Bund, but about prewar Warsaw, including Prague, Targowek, and Powazki. For most people, it is easier to read English than Yiddish, and because it is originally in Yiddish, this important book is very little known.”


–Dr. Martyna Rusiniak-Karwat, Polish Academy of Sciences







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Veterinary Science and Animal Studies

Understand the human-animal bond and the politics surrounding our four-legged companions in our new books a part within the category of Veterinary Studies. Be prepared for veterinary school and the requirements necessary for admission.

 Free Market Dogs: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-Communist Poland

 Free Market Dogs opens our minds to the dramatic changes in Polish people’s relationships with dogs following the fall of communist control of Eastern Europe, when Western ideas poured into Poland after years of restriction. Readers will be surprised by the ways that culture, nationality, and legislation can dramatically change how we think about and experience our so often intimate relationships with dogs, and moved by the deep feelings that are present in our centuries-old friendship with them. While maintaining a focus on Poland, Free Market Dogs delivers a story of universal appeal to those who love dogs.”

–Robert W. Mitchell, Foundation Professor of Psychology and Animal Studies, Eastern Kentucky University


Pet Politics: The Political and Legal Lives of Cats, Dogs, and Horses in Canada and the United States


“By concentrating specifically on companion animals, Professors Hunter and Brisbin provide a unique and insightful contribution to the burgeoning field of human-animal studies. In addition to its scholarly impact, this book is ideal for graduate or upper-level undergraduate courses in political science, sociology, and human-animal studies.”

–Steven Tauber, Chair, Department of Government & International Affairs, University of South Florida, and author of Navigating the Jungle: Law, Politics, and the Animal Advocacy Movement




Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements: 2016 Edition for 2017 Matriculation

“We understand that getting started and making sense of all the choices and requirements can be challenging, but you’ve come to the right place by accessing this publication, which provides the essential information you need to begin your journey.”

–Dr. Andrew McCabe, Executive Director of AAVMC





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Business // Library Sciences

The newest books on Business and Library Sciences provide an understanding of research, teaching, and management.

Project & Program Management: A Competency Based Approach, Third Edition

In its 3rd Edition, Project and Program Management sheds light on new insights gained from teaching and research. This edition focuses more on the qualitative nature of program management to broaden the readers understanding of key concepts. It also uses learning scenarios to show different approaches to instruction.






Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries 

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Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries is the approachable collection of digital humanities writings we’ve been waiting for. All types of librarians interacting with the humanities will find this book a practical reference and a step toward the future. Laying the Foundation further introduces digital humanities as a function of all libraries-for the good of our collective future. The experiences and case studies contributed to this book will no doubt become the building blocks of programs in public and academic libraries.”

–Emma Molls Scholarly Communication and Social Sciences & Humanities Librarian Iowa State University Library





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