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Holidays: Penn-Style
November 20, 2007, Volume 54, No. 13
Fabulous Finds for Those Fond of Facts or Fiction

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—faculty, staff and alumni. Not only are there books from Penn Press, but there are options from Penn Museum and Wharton School Publishing as well. 

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.

RodinThe University and Urban Revival: Out of the Ivory Tower and into the Streets; Judith Rodin, president emerita. A narration of the challenges, frustrations, and successes of Penn’s urban revolution, and its prospects for long-term change. Penn Press. Cloth $34.95. world cafe

The Best of World Cafe: Great Conversations from NPR’s Most Popular Contemporary Music Show; David Dye, World Cafe host, WXPN. Digging into an impressive vault of content to highlight the show’s greatest interviews, quotes, and memories, Mr. Dye offers a retrospective of the show’s 15 years. A History from There to Here, a 50-minute bonus DVD, is also included. Paper $19.95.


Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater; Peggy R. Sanday, professor emerita of anthropology. Told in Aboriginal art and narrative, the Dreamtime story of the creation and meaning of the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater in Australia’s Western Desert. Penn Museum. Hardcover $39.95.



Culture Front

Culture Front: Representing Jews in Eastern Europe; edited by Benjamin Nathans, Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History; with Gabriella Safran. Contributions by both historians and literary scholars take readers on a journey across the cultural history of East European Jewry from the mid-17th century to the present. Penn Press. Cloth $65.



flatCompeting in a Flat World: Building Enterprises for a Borderless World; Victor Fung, William Fung, Yoram (Jerry) Wind, The Lauder Professor; professor of Marketing; director, SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management; academic director, The Wharton Fellows Program; editor, Wharton School Publishing. Authors show how to build and orchestrate your own world-class global network. Wharton School Publishing. Hardcover $27.99.


backwardFeeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History; Heather Love, M. Mark and Esther K. Watkins Assistant Professor in the Humanities. Author weighs the costs of the contemporary move to the mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. Hardcover $39.95.



Archaeology and History in Sardinia from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages; Stephen L. Dyson and Robert J. Rowland, Jr. This first accessible reconstruction of island archaeology provides a balanced picture of the sweep of Sardinia’s history. Penn Museum. Hardcover $49.95.




The Plants of Pennsylvania: An Illustrated Manual (Second Edition); Ann Fowler Rhoads, Timothy A. Block and illustrator Anna Anisko, all from Morris Arboretum. The authoritative guide to Pennsylvania’s plant life, this new edition identifies the nearly 3,400 species of plants native to or naturalized in the Commonwealth. Penn Press. Cloth $69.95.




VACCINATED: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases; Paul A. Offit, professor of pediatrics, Penn Med. Dr. Offit presents two hundred years of vaccine history with a focus on the work of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a microbiologist who developed more than 40 vaccines. Hardcover $26.95.




Jumping Through Hoops: Why Penn Wins; Harold I. Gullan. A compact intertwining of the unique history of Penn with that of Philadelphia–and the overall state of intercollegiate athletics today. Hardcover $29.95; Paper $16.95.




The Soul of a Corporation: How to Manage the Identity of Your Company; Hamid Bouchikhi, John Kimberly, Henry Bower Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies; professor of management, health care systems, and sociology; executive director, Wharton/INSEAD Alliance. This book will help you clearly understand your company’s identity, and then take control of it and leverage it for long-term adaptation and success. Hardcover $29.99.




The Ant in the Cellar; Danielle Rosenblatt, C ’06, with illustrations from Jacqueline Kirk. A collection of wacky, fun-loving poems narrated by an ant who lives in the basement of an imaginary house on an imaginary street where day-to-day objects, animals, and people are not as normal as they appear. Paper $19.95.




Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind; Dorothy Cheney, professor of biology; Robert Seyfarth, professor of psychology. Authors demonstrate the importance of the social behavior of the chacma baboons, which is comprised of complicated relationships. Hardcover $27.50.




Dewey’s Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform; Lee Benson, professor emeritus of history; Ira Harvaky, associate vice president and founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships; John Puckett, associate professor, GSE. This book reexamines John Dewey’s idea of schools as the best places to grow a democratic society that is based on racial, social, and economic justice. Cloth $59.50. Paper $18.95.


So I will TillSo I Will Till the Ground; Gregory Djanikian, C ’71, director of the Creative Writing Program. A collection of poetry by the author.  Paper $14.95.



Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America’s Faith-Based Future; John DiIulio, Jr., professor of political science. This book leaps into the ongoing debate over whether America is Christian or secular and to what degree church-state separation is compelled by the Constitution. Hardcover $24.95.




Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville: Real Estate Development in America from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-first Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway; Witold Rybczynski, Martin & Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism, professor of real estate. Hardcover $27.



Art of woo

The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas; G. Richard Shell, Thomas Gerrity Professor, professor of legal studies and business ethics and management; Mario Moussa, academic director of the Essentials of Management program in Wharton. A self-assessment to determine which persuasion role fits you best and how to make the most of your natural strengths. Hardcover $24.95.




Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River; Beth Kephart, C ’82. A short, imaginative telling of the life of the Schuylkill River, which has served as the source of Philadelphia’s water, power, and industry for the city’s entire life. Hardcover $23.





Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund; Marybeth Gasman, assistant professor, GSE; with forward by John R. Thelin. The first history of the United Negro College Fund, Ms. Gasman’s book draws attention to the significance of black colleges in higher education and the role they play in Americans’ struggle for equality. Hardcover $45.




The Magic Raincoat; illustrations by Sibylla Benatova, Penn Rare Book and Manuscript Library; with author Ryan David. The story of a little girl and her adventures with a magical raincoat. Hardcover $17.95.




The Cursed (A Vampire Huntress Legend); Leslie Esdaile Banks, W ’80; The ninth book in the projected 12 Vampire Huntress Legend books series, continues the examination of good versus evil through multicultural mythology. Paper $14.95.



Almanac - November 20, 2007, Volume 54, No. 13