Archive | October, 2015

New Paperback Release: Wildman of Rhythm

Wildman of Rhythm: The Life and Music of Benny Moré Winner, Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence “Wildman of Rhythm [is] the singer’s first English-language biography that finally exposes . . . this corner of the Earth to the genius that was Benny Moré.”—LA Weekly “Captures the singer’s flamboyant manner, sense of humor […]

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Mary Edwards Bryan

“Sheds new light on one of the nineteenth century South’s most accomplished yet understudied writers. Brown and River’s study of Mary Edwards Bryan presents some of her best writings within the context of her time.”—James M. Denham, coeditor of Echoes from a Distant Frontier: The Brown Sisters’ Correspondence from Antebellum Florida “A lost writer of […]

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

‘Twas nearing the holidays, so the UPF staff Put together a wish list on your family and friends’ behalf. There’s something for everyone to find in this guide, So sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride! . . . Sorghum’s Savor by RONNI LUNDY. For the cook in search of new flavors: Know someone who […]

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New Paperback Release: The Odyssey of an African Slave

“This is the only known slave memoir from Florida . . . A fine addition to slave narrative reading lists.”—Library Journal “Griffin intersperses Sitiki’s account with commentary that places this extraordinary narrative into historical context, noting the scarcity of slave narratives—particularly slaves born in Africa.”—Booklist “The publication of a heretofore unknown slave narrative is significant, […]

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The Allure of Immortality

Visionary or villain, savior or two-bit charlatan?  Explore the makings of a Florida-bred cult in our new book: The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet. “Brilliantly written and strangely moving. Millner has resurrected the lost history of a cult devoted to a utopian vision as pure as it was […]

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International Archaeology Day 2015

Every year, the Archaeological Institute of America hosts International Archaeology Day to spread the word about the excitement of archaeology to the public. “Archaeology is not well understood,” says the AIA. “In 1999, 85% of American adults thought that archaeologists studied dinosaurs.” In fact, archaeologists study the material record of the human past—from examining trash heaps and […]

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Tokaido Texts and Tales

“These innovative prints have been considered one of the most seminal series from the era. Tokaido Texts and Tales investigates the sources of the legends, folklore, and fictional stories told in these prints, and persuasively foregrounds the creativity of the printmakers.”–Natsu Oyobe, associate curator of Asian art, University of Michigan Museum of Art “A wonderful addition […]

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Mission Control

“We have all seen NASA’s mission control centers at moments of both triumph and tragedy. Johnson makes a significant contribution to spaceflight history by analyzing their pivotal role.”—Roger Launius, associate director for collections and curatorial affairs, National Air and Space Museum “Addresses a critical yet neglected topic in the history of space exploration, namely the […]

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Impossible Returns

“Soulfully researched and elegantly written, the personal and the critical converge into a reading of Cuban American memoirs by ‘one-and-a-halfers,’ those in a generation who left the island in childhood and early adolescence.”—Eliana S. Rivero, author of Discursos desde la diáspora  “Timely and salient. In addition to tracing the trajectory of narratives of return, this […]

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No Jim Crow Church

“A richly detailed study of the rise of the Bahá’í Faith in South Carolina. There isn’t another study out there even remotely like this one.”—Paul Harvey, coauthor of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America “A pioneering study of how and why the Bahá’í Faith became the […]

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