Dewey Diva Spring 2013 Picks
Antarctica: A Biography by David Day
David Day’s brilliant biography of Antarctica describes in fascinating detail every aspect of this vast land’s history. It covers two centuries of exploration, scientific investigation, and contentious geopolitics.
Oxford University Press (US) | 9780199861453 | $34.95 HC | 624 pp | June 2013 | History
The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature by Richard H. Smith
Smith examines schadenfreude - the feeling of pleasure in the misfortune of others - in pop culture, TV, sports and politics. He also explains that these feelings are natural and reveal much about who we are as human beings.
Oxford University Press (US) | 9780199734542 | $27.95 HC | 288 pp | July 2013 | Psychology
Children of Henry VIII by John Guy
Henry fathered four living children-Mary, Henry, Elizabeth and Edward- each by a different mother. Their relationships with each other were marred by jealousy, distrust and a strong sibling rivalry.
Oxford University Press (US) | 9780192840905 | $27.95 HC | 272 pp | July 2013 | History
The Complete Journals of LM Montgomery, The PEI Years, 1901-1911 by Mary Henley Rubio & Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
This publication covers Montgomery’s work as a newspaper editor, the publication of Anne of Green Gables, the death of her grandmother and her forthcoming marriage.
Oxford University Press (Canada)| 9780199002115 | $35.00 HC | 444 pp | March 2013 | Biography
A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt and Why They Shouldn't by William B. Irvine
Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them. He offers advice on how to handle insults based on the writings of Stoic philosophers.
Oxford University Press | 9780199934454 | $21.95 HC | 288 pp | March 2013 | Philosophy
Canada and the End of Imperial Dream: Beverly Baxter's Reports from London through War and Peace, 1936-1960 by Neville Thompson
Beverly Baxter, a Canadian-born journalist and British politician, wrote twice monthly columns for Maclean’s for several decades. His vivid and opinionated column reported on crucial international events – from victory over Germany in 1945 to the Suez crisis.
Oxford University Press (Canada) | 9780199003938 | $29.95 HC | 416 pp | March 2013 | History
Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History since 1900 by Kendra Smith-Howard
Pure and Modern Milk tells the story of a nearly universal consumer product and in the process sheds light on the North American food industry.
Oxford University Press (UK) | 9780199899128 | $34.95 HC | 256 pp | June 2013 | History
The Great Ocean draws on hundreds of documented voyages in the Pacific Ocean and discusses the commercial, cultural, and economic upheavals following Captain Cook’s exploits.
Oxford University Press (US) | 9780199914951 | $32.95 HC | 304 pp | April 2013 | History
John J. Raskob (1879-1950) was the innovative financier who built the Empire State Building, made millions for Dupont and GM, and helped to shape modern capitalism.
Oxford University Press (US) | 9780199734573 | $27.95 HC | 432 pp | May 2013 | History
The Flower of Empire: An Amazonian Water Lily, The Quest to Make it Bloom, and the World it Created by Tatiana Holway
Joseph Paxton, a professional gardener in Victorian England, used the structure of lily pads to inspire the design of his green houses, and eventually the Crystal Palace.
Oxford University Press (US) | 9780195373899 | $29.95 HC | 336 pp | July 2013 | History
Late Life Jazz: The Life and Career of Rosemary Clooney by Ken Crossland & Malcolm Macfarlane
In the 60s singer Rosemary Clooney had a lot of personal struggles with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Many thought that her career was over, but in the 70s she was able to launch a second successful career, this time as a jazz singer.
Oxford University Press (US) | 9780199798575 | $29.95 HC | 336 pp | July 2013 | Music
Resistance argues against the perception that Jews were passive in the face of Nazi repression. Tec’s previous book, Defiance, was made into a 2008 film starring Daniel Craig.
Oxford University Press (US) | 9780199735419 | $24.95 HC | 304 pp | June 2013 | History
The Ante-Room: Early Stages in a Literary Life by Lovat Dickson
This short biography recounts Dickson’s childhood experiences travelling from Australia to Rhodesia to England with a mining engineer father from a Canadian shipping family. He went on to a very successful publishing career at Macmillan and published Grey Owl.
Oxford University Press (Canada) | 9780199006441 | $17.95 HC | 288 pp | May 2013 | History