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Monday, October 26, 2009

In Support of University Presses

This link to the University of Washington Press has a list of some wonderful nonfiction books. The following are some that interested me:

Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country by Marsha L. Weisiger

In Love with a Hillside Garden by Ann, Daniel, and Benjamin Streissguth

Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle's Urban Community Gardens by Jeffrey Hou, Julie M. Johnson, and Laura J. Lawson.

They are currently offering 20% or more off on books--through Dec. 31, if you use the discount code mentioned at the bottom of this page.


  1. You are always surprising me. I can't imagine being interested in Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country. It's probably because I live in a similar environment to the Navajos - not nearly as dry and harsh, but close enough. And there's not much about sheep that interest me. Could this be one of the reasons that your blog is so interesting? You have such a wide array of interests!

  2. I love university presses; thanks for mentioning this. I'm the opposite to Booklogged -- Dreming of Sheep in Navajo Country sounds like a fascinating bit of history and a good warning about how attempts to save the land can go terribly wrong. It's the one that interests me the most!!

  3. booklogged - It is the historical and environmental aspects that interest me, not the sheep themselves. :) And I remember that when I lived in Wyoming when I was little that being called a sheep herder was an insult. Cowboys and cattle were the thing.

    bookfool - Since I was small, I've had an interest in Native Americans and both fact and fiction on the topic. Like you, I find it fascinating/frightening to see attempts to save the land misfire. Good example...kudzu!

  4. I hate to admit that I've never really looked much into University presses but I've just had a bit of a glance through some of their online catalog and there are some fascinating books on there! Thanks for the link.

  5. Great post! I love University presses, too! For many years, my favorite university press was the University of Nebraska Press! They publish some wonderful works.

  6. Iliana - My fondness for University Presses began when I was in grad school and carried over into my teaching. My best research was so frequently a result of UP's and my personal resource "library" (to which I referred time and again) was largely made up of books from UP's.

    Robin - Although their books cover most academic and scholarly topics, each University Press has a geographical specialty--U of N P has some great books about the West and Native Americans.