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Embodied Engineering
Gendered Labor, Food Security, and Taste in Twentieth-Century Mali
By Laura Ann Twagira

Common narratives about development in Africa miss the critical technological work of women. Twagira’s study instead positions Malian women as rural engineers whose strategic planning and labor over the course of the twentieth century assured their food security.

History | Africa | West · Technology & Engineering | Agriculture | Sustainable Agriculture · Business & Economics | Labor · Women’s Studies · Mali · Western Africa · African Studies

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English Lit
Poems
By Bernard Clay

Affrilachian Poet Bernard Clay narrates his West-Side Louisville upbringing and the complexities of Black Appalachian identity in this debut collection of poems compiled from more than twenty years of work.

Poetry | American | African American · Appalachian Studies · Poetry | Subjects & Themes | Places · Kentucky · Appalachia · Poetry

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The Histories of HIVs
The Emergence of the Multiple Viruses That Caused the AIDS Epidemics
Edited by William H. Schneider

In this interdisciplinary collection, experts provide the most complete description to date of the often ignored and underappreciated features of the history of the multiple human immunodeficiency viruses (HIVs) responsible for the global AIDS pandemic.

HIV-AIDS · Public Health · African Studies · Africa · Social Science | Disease and Health Issues

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The Last of His Mind
A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s
By John Thorndike

The bittersweet account of a son’s final year with his Alzheimer’s-stricken father, former Life magazine managing editor Joe Thorndike, and a candid portrait of an implacable disease. For this second edition, author John Thorndike has written a new introduction with updated statistics and important lessons.

Memoir · Health & Fitness | Diseases | Alzheimer's & Dementia · Family & Relationships | Eldercare

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Sports in Africa, Past and Present
Edited by Todd Cleveland, Tarminder Kaur, and Gerard Akindes

Through the prism of sports and from a range of scholarly perspectives, this anthology offers insight into the varied and shifting experiences of African athletes, fans, communities, and postcolonial states.

Sports & Recreation | Sociology of Sports · African History · Africa · African Studies · Social Science | Anthropology | Cultural & Social

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Becoming a Place of Unrest
Environmental Crisis and Ecophenomenological Praxis
By Robert Booth

In this bold argument, Robert Booth asserts that the environmental crisis stems from our anthropocentric understanding of, and behavior in, the more-than-human world. Linking environmental phenomenology to ecofeminism, he shows why and how an ecophenomenological praxis may interrupt the environmental crisis at its source.

Philosophy | Movements | Phenomenology · Environmental Conservation · Social Science | Feminism & Feminist Theory · Philosophy · Environmental Studies

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20 Secrets to Success for NCAA Student-Athletes
By Rick Burton, Jake Hirshman, Norm O'Reilly, Andy Dolich, and Heather Lawrence
· Foreword by Stan Wilcox
· Afterword by Christopher J. Parker

More than 99 percent of student-athletes will go pro in something other than sports. This book is for those college athletes, their advisors, and their families. It provides advice and insights for the typical student-athlete on how to navigate the college experience and name, image, and licensing rights and to prepare for life after graduation.

Business & Economics | Careers · Education | Professional Development · Sports & Recreation | Essays

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Allegiance
Stories
By Gurney Norman

Part autobiography and part Appalachian folktale, Allegiance follows one man’s transformation from a working-class childhood in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia to his later struggle with alcoholism and depression. A collection of nonfiction essays rounds out the book.

Short Stories (single author) · Appalachia · Literature

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Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Named for the distinguished poet who taught for many years at Ohio University and made Athens, Ohio, the subject of many of his poems, the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems.

The competition is open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have.

Congratulations to Fleda S. Brown, winner of the 2020 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize for Flying through a Hole in the Storm, selected by Stephen Dunn. Her book is available for pre-orders.

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New in African Studies

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Village Work
Development and Rural Statecraft in Twentieth-Century Ghana
By Alice Wiemers

This detailed and groundbreaking history of rural Ghanaian statecraft details the crucial importance that local village development systems have on regional and national scales.

Business & Economics | Development Studies · History | Africa | West · Developing & Emerging Countries · Colonialism and Decolonization · Ghana · Western Africa · African Studies

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Sports in Africa, Past and Present
Edited by Todd Cleveland, Tarminder Kaur, and Gerard Akindes

Through the prism of sports and from a range of scholarly perspectives, this anthology offers insight into the varied and shifting experiences of African athletes, fans, communities, and postcolonial states.

Sports & Recreation | Sociology of Sports · African History · Africa · African Studies · Social Science | Anthropology | Cultural & Social

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The Histories of HIVs
The Emergence of the Multiple Viruses That Caused the AIDS Epidemics
Edited by William H. Schneider

In this interdisciplinary collection, experts provide the most complete description to date of the often ignored and underappreciated features of the history of the multiple human immunodeficiency viruses (HIVs) responsible for the global AIDS pandemic.

HIV-AIDS · Public Health · African Studies · Africa · Social Science | Disease and Health Issues

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Militarizing Marriage
West African Soldiers’ Conjugal Traditions in Modern French Empire
By Sarah J. Zimmerman

By prioritizing women and conjugality in the historiography of African colonial soldiers, Militarizing Marriage historicizes how the subjugation of women was indispensable to military conquest and colonial rule across French Empire.

History | Africa | West · Women’s Studies · Colonialism and Decolonization · Military History · Western Africa · Senegal · Algeria · Middle East · Syria · Madagascar · Vietnam · African Studies

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The Last of His Mind
A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s
By John Thorndike

The bittersweet account of a son’s final year with his Alzheimer’s-stricken father, former Life magazine managing editor Joe Thorndike, and a candid portrait of an implacable disease. For this second edition, author John Thorndike has written a new introduction with updated statistics and important lessons.

Memoir · Health & Fitness | Diseases | Alzheimer's & Dementia · Family & Relationships | Eldercare

Cover of '20 Secrets to Success for NCAA Student-Athletes'

20 Secrets to Success for NCAA Student-Athletes
By Rick Burton, Jake Hirshman, Norm O'Reilly, Andy Dolich, and Heather Lawrence
· Foreword by Stan Wilcox
· Afterword by Christopher J. Parker

More than 99 percent of student-athletes will go pro in something other than sports. This book is for those college athletes, their advisors, and their families. It provides advice and insights for the typical student-athlete on how to navigate the college experience and name, image, and licensing rights and to prepare for life after graduation.

Business & Economics | Careers · Education | Professional Development · Sports & Recreation | Essays

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Allegiance
Stories
By Gurney Norman

Part autobiography and part Appalachian folktale, Allegiance follows one man’s transformation from a working-class childhood in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia to his later struggle with alcoholism and depression. A collection of nonfiction essays rounds out the book.

Short Stories (single author) · Appalachia · Literature

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English Lit
Poems
By Bernard Clay

Affrilachian Poet Bernard Clay narrates his West-Side Louisville upbringing and the complexities of Black Appalachian identity in this debut collection of poems compiled from more than twenty years of work.

Poetry | American | African American · Appalachian Studies · Poetry | Subjects & Themes | Places · Kentucky · Appalachia · Poetry

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