Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What are the Best Gift Books for Academics?

Inside Higher Ed is running a contest on Twitter and Facebook where readers can decide the top University Press Books of 2015 that would make ideal holiday gifts. Sure, we'd be thrilled to feel the love and see all of you post our books as nominations, but this is also a great opportunity to support all our fellow university presses.

If you are looking for your next great read or trying to find the perfect gift, be sure to check out the contest hashtag, #IHEreaderschoice, to see and vote on entries. Whether you are a book lover, an author, part of a press, anyone in higher education, or someone who wants to gift a great book, this is your chance to see the best of scholarly publishing.

Nominating a Book

Anyone may nominate a book that has been published by a university press in 2015. Entries should include the #IHEreaderschoice hashtag and one or more of the following: book title, image of the book cover or link to the book¹s page on the press website or another site. The nomination period is November 30 through December 6.

Voting for a Book

To vote for a particular book, simply heart the tweet or like the Facebook post containing the nomination. You can vote for as many books as you like. The voting period is December 7-13. On December 14, Inside Higher Ed will tabulate the number of votes each book received and announce the top five titles. The book with the most votes will be the official winner.


All who voted for the winning book will be entered into a random drawing, and five lucky voters will receive a copy of the book. The publishing press of the winning book will enjoy special Inside Higher Ed 2015 Readers¹ Choice Winner recognition in an advertising campaign and their banner ad will appear in the Daily News Update just in time for holiday gifting. The winning book will also be displayed at the Inside Higher Ed booth at the Modern Language Association annual convention January 7-10, 2016, in Austin, TX.
By Clark Davis

Selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015

"Ultimately, what makes It Starts with Trouble an essential read for anyone interested in literature and art is Davis’s painstaking research combined with the passion and intelligence he brings to his subject, bolstering a compelling case to reclaim Goyen’s place in American letters . . . . Like Goyen, Davis understands what writing is for. He reminds us of the stakes of art, of being an artist." 

Los Angeles Review of Books

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By Toni Tipton-Martin; forewords by John Egerton and Barbara Haber

"The Jemima Code is more than a book about books. Through chapters with titles like "Surviving Mammyism," "Lifting as We Climb," "Soul Food" and "Sweet to the Soul," Tipton-Martin uses the cookbooks to tell a story of race and identity in the U.S." 

The Chicago Tribune
Edited by Javier Auyero with an afterword by Loïc Wacquant

"Lucid and empathetic, these insightful portraits reveal how life histories are intertwined with political and economic forces beyond any individual’s control."

—Starred review in Publishers Weekly

Martín Ramírez
Framing His Life and Art
By Víctor M. Espinosa

"Intellectually rigorous and deeply moving . . . As Espinosa tracks the path of Ramírez’s work out into the art world in this meticulous, corrective, and humanizing portrait of a remarkably persevering artist, he raises disquieting questions about immigration, race, mental illness, creativity, and how we categorize and value art."

Booklist, starred review

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Edited by Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz

"While Queer Brown Voices is likely to become a seminal text in college and university queer studies programs, its conversational tone makes it compelling for a general reader as well."

The Guardian UK

Children of Katrina
By Alice Fothergill and Lori Peek

"From the first sentence (“For Cierra, the sound of Katrina is the sound of ‘people screaming’ ”), readers will be riveted by this account of a seven-year research study into the lives of children who experienced Hurricane Katrina."

Publishers Weekly

By Katherine E. Browne

"Lively and compelling look at disaster survival and the endurance of family ties."


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By Ron Eyerman

"Hovering over his material in the sweet spot between engagement and detachment, Eyerman reconstructs the media coverage even as he critiques it. To him, the nation’s shock after Katrina betrays not our innocence but our ignorance: 'That the majority of those left behind with no means to escape an emergency in a large Southern city would be black and poor would surprise no one with any interest at all in the history of the United States.'”

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By Steve Kroll-Smith, Vern Baxter, and Pam Jenkins

"How to analyze the role of social class in the Katrina catastrophe? Taking on this important question . . . [the authors] came up with a fine plan: to compare the ordeals of two black neighborhoods, working-class Hollygrove and middle-class Pontchartrain Park."

The New York Times Book Review

By Ibrahim al-Koni

National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association
Winner, Prose Category

". . . masterfully channels the poetic rhythms of Ibrahim al-Koni's tale."

—Judges for the American Literary Translators Association

By Salvador Novo, Translated by Marguerite Feitlowitz, Introduction by Carlos Monsiváis

“Candid yet also conversational, Pillar of Salt is a fascinating piece of history told by a respected intellectual who would go on to become a famous writer and poet, work for the Mexican government, and be elected to the Mexican Language Academy, all without ever attempting to hide his sexuality from those at the time that would deem it to be both filthy and offensive. This volume’s publication now, over sixty years after it was initially written, serves as a bold testament of just how far we’ve come as a society, and serves as a much needed reminder that we’ve still got a ways to go.”

―Aaron Westerman, Typographical Era

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