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In Gov Docs: "New Titles by Topic" Email Service

The U.S. Government Bookstore announced yesterday the availability of a new email alert system, New Titles by Topic"New Titles by Topic," that allows patrons to receive notification of new government publications based on specific topics of interest.

The alert topics available span all areas of public and academic interest and research, including Cancer research, Africa, criminal justice, health care, maps and atlases, World War II, federal statistics, grants and awards, patents and trademarks, and more.

See the complete list of Topics, and Subscribe to them, at the GPO Bookstore. GPO's press release about the service is available in PDF format here.

Dr. C. S. Kelley on Presidential Signing Statements

As reported in today's Miami e-Report, Dr. Christopher S. Kelley, Department of Political Science, has been quoted in CQ Politics for the company's recent article on the Congressional oversight of government appropriations.

Kelley, a scholar of presidential signing statements, is cited in the article comparing Congress' threats against appropriations during the Reagan era to the 11th Congress' recent, and near unanimous, negation of President Obama's signing statement attached to House Resolution 2346 (now Public Law 111-032).

Signing statements have gained greater public and journalistic notice due to their extensive use by the presidential administrations of William Jefferson Clinton and George Walker Bush. In 2006, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held hearings on "The Use of Presidential Signing Statements," which can be viewed from the GPO in both PDF and plain text formats.

For more insight in to Dr. Kelley's research on signing statements, readers can follow his writing at the Zone of Twilight and Media Watch blogs, or view his articles at the Social Science Research Network.

Native American Women's Theater

 

Miami University's Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Kelli Lyon Johnson, and William A. Wortman have recently edited and published a collection of plays written by Native American women called Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women's Theater (King Library PS628.I53 P47 2009). In addition to the plays this collection includes production histories, essays, and interviews. These works were first presented at a conference called "Honoring Spiderwoman Theater/Celebrating Native American Theater" in 2007 held here at Miami and have been edited and expanded for this book collection. A cd with video clips and photos is also included. Contributors include Murielle Borst, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Gloria Miguel, Monique Mojica, Julie Pearson-Little Thunder, Vincent P. Scott, Spiderwoman Theatre, etc.

If this fascinating collection piques your interest, you might also want to check out Miami University's Native American Women Playwrights Archive. The archives serves as the repository for Spiderwoman Theatre and can be found in our Special Collections on the third floor of King Library.

 

 

In Gov Docs: Research on Polar Exploration and Indigenous Alaskans

Two books of note have arrived in the Government Documents collection this month that will be of particular interest to students of environmental science and anthropology.

Smithsonian at the Poles

Smithsonian at the Poles: Contributions to International Polar Year Science (GIL Call No. SI 1.2:P 75) compiles the proceedings of the eponymous Smithsonian Institution symposium of 2007. Included are more than thirty articles on such topics as Polar Astronomy, Environmental Change, Under-Ice Research, and Polar Biology. Well-illustrated and thoroughly cited, Smithsonian at the Poles is a fascinating research about a complex and not well understood region.

Preview a PDF version of this book at the Smithsonian Institution Web site.

Chasing the Dark: Perspectives on Place, History and Alaska Native Land Claims (GIL Call No. I 20.2:H 62/3/PT.1) is a beautiful anthology compiled in part as an effort to make the research conducted under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, "accessible to everyday readers (as opposed to just research professionals or academicians)," writes editor Kenneth L. Pratt. The result is an exceptionally readable anthology filled with photographs, maps, illustrations, and native language glossaries. Chasing the Dark is a remarkable work.

Watching What We Eat

Julia Child

Can't get enough of the Food Network? Mesmorized by Top Chef? Eagerly looking forward to the release of Julie and Julia in August?

 

Then you might be interested in a new media studies book called Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows by Kathleen Collins (King Library PN1992.8 C67 C65 2009). This book provides a history of cooking shows and their impact on our culture. As the introduction explains, "The following pages contain three essential ingredients: food/cooking, television, and consumer culture. The book is about how these ingredients interact, how they affect us, and how we affect them" (9). There is a chapter devoted to Julia Child (chapter 3) and to the Food Network (chapter 6), as well as a chapter on Rachel Ray and Martha Stewart (chapter 8). There are very helpful references and a selected bibliography at the end of the book if you want to learn even more.

Miami University 1809-2009: Bicentennial Perspectives

A definitive history of Miami University has been published and is available for viewing in King Library. Edited by Curtis W.

Brill Science Library Used Book Sale: June 19-20

The annual used book sale at the Brill Science Library will be held on Reunion Weekend, June 19-20 from 9 am -4:30 pm both days.

Alice Munro Wins 2009 Man Booker International Prize

Alice Munro is the third winner of the Man Booker International Prize. She's a well-known Canandian writer most famous for her short stories. The panel made the following comment on the winner: "Alice Munro is mostly known as a short story writer and yet she brings as much depth, wisdom and precision to every story as most novelists bring to a lifetime of novels. To read Alice Munro is to learn something every time that you never thought of before." If you want to read some of her works, here are some titles you might be interested in: Carried Away: A Selection of Stories (intro. by Margaret Atwood). King Library PR9199.3.M8 A6 2006 Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories. King Library PR9199.3.M8 H38 2001 The Progress of Love. King Library PR9199.3.M8 P7 1986 Here are also a couple of titles that are about her work: The Fiction of Alice Munro: An Appreciation by Brad Hooper. King Library PR9199.3.M8 Z695 2008 Alice Munro by Coral Ann Howells. King Library PR9199.3.M8 Z7 1998 The Other Country: Patterns in the Writing of Alice Munro by James Carscallen. King Library PR9199.3.M8 Z583 1993

Want to read a graphic novel, but not sure where to start?

 

Then check out 500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate Guide, which is edited by Gene  Kannenberg. You can find it in the King Reference Collection at PN6710 .K35 2008. This book is divided into 10 parts (categories include adventure, non-fiction, fantasy, humor, etc.). Each comic listed includes a representative graphic, a plot summary, a review, and further readings. The end of the book has a publisher's information section that will help you track down a particular graphic novel. There's also four indexes organized by appropriate age leve, artist, writer, and title.

It's fun to just flip through for suggested readings, but it could also be used for more serious research. What are you waiting for? Go find a new graphic novel to read....(I recommend Strangers in Paradise)

2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge has won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Check out these links for more information: Pulitzer Page LitLovers New York Times Book Review You can check out a copy of the book at King (call number PS3569.T736 05 2008). The Lane Public Library also has several copies. We also have copies of the two finalists at King as well. The first finalist is The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich (call number PS3555.R42 P55 2008). The second finalist is All Souls by Christine Schutt (call number PS3569.C55555 A45 2008).

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