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    Want a special gift for the book-lovers on your gift list?  Well, there are numerous books hot-off-the-press this year.

    The Penn Bookstore has many to choose from—factual and fictional, personal and pictorial, historical and innovative. These are some of the many new books by Penn authors, alumni, faculty and staff. Not only are there books from the Penn Press, but there are also options from the Penn Museum, and the Wharton School Publishing. 

    For shoppers who want to preview the selection online, visit www.museum.upenn.edu for the Museum’s collection, www.upenn.edu/pennpress for the Penn Press possibilities, and www.whartonsp.com for Wharton School Publishing.


    Why Deliberative Democracy

    Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten); Trustee Jon M. Huntsman, W ’59. Self-made billionaire, presents the lessons of a lifetime: a passionate, inspirational manifesto for returning to the days when your word was your bond, a handshake was sacred, and swarms of lawyers weren’t needed to back it up. Wharton School Publishing. Cloth $19.95.

    Historic Sacred Places of Philadelphia

    Exile and Return—Predicaments of Palestinians and Jews; Ian S. Lustick, Bess W. Heyman Professor of Political Science; Ann M. Lesch, American University in Cairo. A bold attempt to understand constructively and build upon the irony of two peoples, each with a searing memory of displacement and exile, struggling for a return to a land each remembers, each claims, and from which each has sought to exclude the other. Penn Press. Cloth $45.

    University of Pennsylvania

    The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq; Brendon O’Leary, the Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director of the Soloman Asch Center; John McGarry, Queen’s University, Canada; Khaled Salid, University Southern Denmark. Expert contributions on the consequences of the overthrow of Saddam’s regime for the Kurds and the other peoples of Kurdistan. Penn Press.Cloth $45.

    The Power of Impossible

    Structure and Meaning in Human Settlements; Tony Atkin, adjunct associate professor of architecture; Joseph Rykwert, Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture and professor emeritus of art history. This  book explores the relationships among form, space, and cultural meaning in human habitation. Penn Museum. Cloth $41.97.

    Help Wanted, Desperately

    Making Strategy Work: Leading Effective Execution and Change; Larry Hrebiniak, associate professor of management. An essential work on strategy implementation that raises the level of our understanding of what is required to apply a strategic view across large organizations. Wharton School Publishing. Cloth $27.95.

    Museums of Philadelphia

    Top of the Class: How Asian Parents Raise High Achievers–and How You Can Too; Soo Kim Abboud, clinical assistant professor of otorhinolaryngology, and Jane Kim, CHOP. Two sisters–a doctor and a lawyer with South Korean parents, examine what Asian parents do to start their children on the road to academic excellence. They discuss what all parents can do to help their children ace tests and strive for high educational goals. Paper $13.

    The Big Love

    Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?; Michael Eric Dyson, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities. Michael Eric Dyson uses the Cosby brouhaha as a window on a growing cultural divide within the African-American community. Dr. Dyson challenges us all black and white–to confront the social problems that the civil rights movement failed to solve. Cloth $23.

    Intimate Bicycle Tours

    Provider of Last Resort: The Story of the Closure of the Philadelphia General Hospital; Donna Gentile O’Donnell, Ph.D. ’04. Philadelphia General Hospital, once known as “a small city unto itself” provided treatment to untold numbers of needy patients with nowhere else to go. In this book, Dr. O’Donnell dissects the forces that finally brought this venerable institution down. Cloth $25.

    Leaving Cecil Street

    Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania; poetry by Penn faculty and alumni whose work draws imaginatively on the state’s history and culture. Common Wealth sings the essence of Pennsylvania through contemporary poetry. Paper $24.95.

    Peasant Scenes and Landscapes—The Rise of Pictorial Genres in the Antwerp Art Market; Larry Silver, the Farquhar Professor of History of Art. Examines the emergence of pictorial kinds—scenes of taverns and markets, landscapes and peasants—and charts their evolution as genres from initial hybrids to more conventionalized artistic formulas.  Penn Press. Cloth $59.95.

    Everyday Life–A Poetics of Vernacular Practices; Roger D. Abrahams, Hum Rosen Professor of Humanities emeritus. The book explores the entire range of social gatherings, from chance encounters and casual conversations to well-rehearsed performances in theaters and stadiums. Cloth $47.50.

    Iraq's Marsh Arabs

    Penn 101; Required reading for every future Quaker! From the legacy of College Hall to the amusements of Spring Fling, you’ll share all the memories and traditions with the next generation! Board book $11.95.

    This Man's Army

    Nightly Business Report Presents Lasting Leadership: What You Can Learn from the Top 25 Business People of Our Time; Mukul Pandya and Robbie Shell, Knowledge@Wharton Editors. These incisive profiles teach specific lessons you can use to discover, refine, and nurture your own leadership style...achieve breakthrough results...and accelerate your career progress. Wharton School Publishing Cloth $27.95.

    The Afterlife of Gardens

    Talking Back: To Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels;  Trustee Andrea Mitchell, CW ’67. Chief foreign correspondent for NBC, shares the view from her front-row seat  in the political  arena, as well as Washington’s social scene. Her marriage to Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, has created professional challenges, but also given her special entrée to the “A” list drawing rooms of Washington and other capitals. Cloth $25.95.

    Understanding Terror Networks

    Nutrition for Life: The No-fad, No-nonsense Approach to Eating well and Reaching Your Healthy Weight; Lisa Hark, Director of Nutrition Education and Prevention Program in the School of Medicine. Written and designed in a user-friendly split-page format where theory and practical application appear together. Explaining how to achieve a balanced diet, with recipes and sample menus throughout, this new home reference contains essential food facts, and focuses on good nutrition as a way of life. Cloth $30.

    New Ethics

    Will Your Next Mistake Be Fatal? Avoiding the Chain of Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Organization; Robert Mittelstaedt, former vice dean of Wharton Executive Education. An in-depth analysis of the phenomenon of multiple mistakes; whether it is a physical disaster, a political blunder, or a serious corporate mishap, readers discover the unique set of compounding errors which, if unchecked, could bring down companies. Wharton School Publishing. Cloth $25.95.

    Brothers, Sing On! My Half-Century Around the World with the Penn Glee Club; Bruce Montgomery, former director of the Penn Glee Club and the University Band. In 1956 Bruce Montgomery became the Glee Club’s director and brought the club to new heights of musicianship and international acclaim. Monty shares his stories and experiences of the farflung adventures of the Glee Club. Backstage anecdotes let the reader step behind the scenes of performances at home, abroad, and on worldwide television. Penn Press. Cloth $29.95.

    Fighting Words: An Illustrated History of Newspaper Accounts of the Civil War; Andrew Coopersmith, assistant director of Penn’s Career Services. Coopersmith offers a close look at how key events ere reported by all sides of the conflict-North and South, black and white, immigrant and native-born. Cloth $35.

    The Perfect Manhattan; Leanne Shear, C ’00 and Tracey Toomey. The Perfect Manhattan is a mix of social satire, romance, comedy, and scandal that provides a glimpse inside the life on the “chichi” side of the tracks.  Cloth $21.95.

    In the Shadow of the Law; Kermit Roosevelt, Penn Law professor. In this complex first novel, Professor Roosevelt illustrates the subtle and stark effects of the law on the lives not only of a group of lawyers, but also on communities and private citizens. In the Shadow of the Law is a meditation about the life of the law, the organism that is a law firm, and its impact on those who come within its orbit. Cloth $24.

    Santa Cruz Island Figure Sculpture and Its Social and Ritual Contexts; William H. Davenport; professor emeritus of anthropology. In this ethnographic study of traditional sculpture from Santa Cruz Island, near the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific, the author presents a distinctive genre of figure sculpture produced for and used in traditional religious rituals and ceremonies. Penn Museum. Cloth $27.97.

    The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour!; Joan DeJean, Trustee Professor of French. One of the foremost authorities on 17th French culture, explains how, in one moment in history, the French–under Louis XIV–set the standards of sophistication, style, and glamour that still rule our lives today. Cloth $25.



      Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 13, November 22, 2005


    November 22, 2005
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