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New Books for July


Take a break from the heat of the summer by checking out books at the University Library. We have plenty of new titles to choose from: The Atlas of California: Mapping the Challenges of a New Era by Richard A. Walker and Suresh K. Lodha: "California is at a crossroads. For decades a global leader, inspiring the hopes and dreams of millions, the state has recently faced double-digit unemployment, multi-billion dollar budget deficits and the loss of trillions in home values. This atlas brings together the latest research and statistics in a graphic form that gives shape and meaning to these numbers. It shows a new California in the making, as it maps the economic, social, and political trends of a state struggling to maintain its leadership and to continue to offer its citizens the promise of prosperity. Among the world's largest economies, California is the nation's agricultural powerhouse, high tech crucible and leader in renewable energy. The state is the most populous and most diverse state in the continental U.S. Yet its infrastructure is coming under increasing pressure. This resource gives readers the tools they need to understand the transformation as California attempts to forge a new identity in the midst of unprecedented challenges." Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities by Craig Steven Wilder: "A leading African American historian of race in America exposes the uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy, revealing that leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it." Gender in the Media by Niall Richardson and Sadie Wearing: "Introduces students to key contemporary issues in study of gender and media. Integrating cultural theory with text-based criticism, Gender in the Media analyses recent debates in feminist cultural theory, masculinity studies and queer theory, before applying these cultural paradigms to critical readings in relevant media contexts." Man Ray : Human Equations : A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare edited by Wendy A. Grossman, Edouard Sebline: "How does one make sense of a purported link between mathematics, William Shakespeare, and art? The answer lies within the oeuvre of Man Ray (1890-1976). The publication sets out to unravel the Surrealist puzzle beginning with his photographs of mathematical models he encountered at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris in the thirties. Moreover, it charts a path culminating in his Shakespearean Equations (1947-1954) series of oil paintings, which were inspired by the photographs and painted in Hollywood over a decade later. The arc the images strike from painting back to photography reveals the ease with which Man Ray moved between various disciplines and forged his own path. An inveterate experimenter, he pioneered artistic activities in the realms of painting, object making, film, and photography, challenging conventional boundaries and blurring established aesthetic categories." For all of our new books, check our catalog list. Or see our popular list for some fun summer reading recommendations.