Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction

This book provides student journalists, artists, designers, creative writers and web producers with the tools and techniques they need to tell nonfiction stories visually and graphically. Weaving together history, theory, and practical advice, seasoned nonfiction comics professors and scholars Randy Duncan, Michael Ray Taylor and David Stoddard present a hands-on approach to teach readers from a range of backgrounds how to develop and create a graphic nonfiction story from start to finish. The book offers guidance on:

-how to find stories and make use of appropriate facts and visuals;

-nonfiction narrative techniques;

-artist’s tools and techniques;

-print, digital, and multimedia production;

-legal and ethical considerations.

Interviews with well-known nonfiction comics creators and editors discuss best practices and offer readers inspiration to begin creating their own work, and exercises at the end of each chapter encourage students to hone their skills.


The Rise and Propagation of Historical Professionalism

This book examines the evolution of historical professionalism, with the development of an international community that shares a set of values regarding both methodological minimum demands and what constitutes new results. Historical professionalism is not a fixed set of skills, but a concept with varying import and meaning at different times depending on changing norms. Torstendahl covers the propagation of these different ideals and of new educational forms from the late 18th century to the present, from Ranke’s state-centrism to a historiography borne by social theories.


A History of the Book in America

Volume Two of A History of the Book in America documents the development of a distinctive culture of print in the new American republic.

Between 1790 and 1840 printing and publishing expanded, and literate publics provided a ready market for novels, almanacs, newspapers, tracts, and periodicals. Government, business, and reform drove the dissemination of print. Through laws and subsidies, state and federal authorities promoted an informed citizenry. Entrepreneurs responded to rising demand by investing in new technologies and altering the conduct of publishing. Voluntary societies launched libraries, lyceums, and schools, and relied on print to spread religion, redeem morals, and advance benevolent goals. Out of all this ferment emerged new and diverse communities of citizens linked together in a decentralized print culture where citizenship meant literacy and print meant power. Yet in a diverse and far-flung nation, regional differences persisted, and older forms of oral and handwritten communication offered alternatives to print. The early republic was a world of mixed media.

Elizabeth Barnes, College of William and Mary
Georgia B. Barnhill, American Antiquarian Society
John L. Brooke, The Ohio State University
Dona Brown, University of Vermont
Richard D. Brown, University of Connecticut
Kenneth E. Carpenter, Harvard University Libraries
Scott E. Casper, University of Nevada, Reno
Mary Kupiec Cayton, Miami University
Joanne Dobson, Brewster, New York
James N. Green, Library Company of Philadelphia
Dean Grodzins, Massachusetts Historical Society
Robert A. Gross, University of Connecticut
Grey Gundaker, College of William and Mary
Leon Jackson, University of South Carolina
Richard R. John, Columbia University
Mary Kelley, University of Michigan
Jack Larkin, Clark University
David Leverenz, University of Florida
Meredith L. McGill, Rutgers University
Charles Monaghan, Charlottesville, Virginia
E. Jennifer Monaghan, Brooklyn College of The City University of New York
Gerald F. Moran, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Karen Nipps, Harvard University
David Paul Nord, Indiana University
Barry O’Connell, Amherst College
Jeffrey L. Pasley, University of Missouri-Columbia
William S. Pretzer, Central Michigan University
A. Gregg Roeber, Pennsylvania State University
David S. Shields, University of South Carolina
Andie Tucher, Columbia University
Maris A. Vinovskis, University of Michigan
Sandra A. Zagarell, Oberlin College



The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing’s scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book — with over 200,000 copies sold — has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance’s fateful trip. To write their authoritative story, Lansing consulted with ten of the surviving members and gained access to diaries and personal accounts by eight others. The resulting book has all the immediacy of a first-hand account, expanded with maps and illustrations especially for this edition.

Biographies and Memoirs Soviet Ukraine

I am a history buff and traveling runs in my blood. Often times I wonder if I was a great explorer in my past life. With the modern age of computing and mass production, exploring and finding the new and exciting has become harder. It takes more insight and a deeper look to find the true gems. When they are found, sharing them with the world is a true honor. Through my travels I often come upon the vintage of past lives. I love the historical aspects of the past. My greatest love is getting a chance to review or own photographs of the past. To me a photograph is a snapshot in time. For that one sec, time stops and it is captured forever. I find it as close to a time machine as one can get. In 2011 I embarked on my yearly travels. I was open to the world around me and to those interesting aspects of life that many oversee. This is how I found the treasure of photographs found in this book. This is about Ukraine and the people who created such a great country… Life in Ukraine from the 1930’s to the 1970’s was not as the world portrayed it. Families still gathered to enjoy their time together, men still did their best to get the interest of a special woman. Military and demonstrations were the thing of that time. And many gathered using the time to get reacquainted with friends and family. Schools weren’t much different than what was seen in the western world and factories steamed along just like their western counterparts. This book is filled with photos from the 1937 and beyond. It provides an insight into what many western countries have never seen, the typical lives of Russian, Ukrainians. These memories are captured as their were seen through the eyes of those who took the photographs…


The Biography Book

From Marilyn to Mussolini, people captivate people. A&E’s “Biography, ” best-selling autobiographies, and biographical novels testify to the popularity of the genre. But where does one begin? Collected here are descriptions and evaluations of over 10,000 biographical works, including books of fact and fiction, biographies for young readers, and documentaries and movies, all based on the lives of over 500 historical figures from scientists and writers, to political and military leaders, to artists and musicians.

Each entry includes a brief profile, autobiographical and primary sources, and recommended works. Short reviews describe the pertinent biographical works and offer insight into the qualities and special features of each title, helping readers to find the best biographical material available on hundreds of fascinating individuals.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

‘I always wanted to be historical,’ Gertrude Stein once quipped. In 1932, Stein began writing the ‘autobiography’ of her longtime friend and companion, Alice B. Toklas. The book, an immediate bestseller, guaranteed them both a place in history. An account of their life together in Paris before, during, and after World War I, it is full of the atmosphere of the changing life of the city and of idiosyncratic glimpses of such figures as Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Cocteau, Apollinaire, Pound, Eliot, Hemingway, and other luminaries and aspirants who were their close friends. But at the center of the narrative there is always the titanic figure of Gertrude Stein, the self-proclaimed ‘first-class genius’ who some dismissed as the ‘Mother Goose of Montparnasse,’ presiding over her celebrated residence-salon-art gallery at 27, rue de Fleurus. William Troy remarked about her: ‘It is not flippant to say that if she had not come to exist . . . it would be necessary to invent Miss Gertrude Stein.’


Best Books for Young Adults

Best Books for Young Adults is back and better than ever! The new third edition continues to be the most comprehensive and effective reference for great reading for young adults, including 40 years of best YA books plus background on the history, committee procedures, and current issues facing the BBYA Committee. It includes a recap of the current trends in teen literature as reflected in the past decade of BBYA lists. There are twenty seven themed and annotated reproducible booklists, perfect for reader’s advisory with teens, parents, teachers even for collection development. It has indexed, annotated lists extending back to 1966.Teen service librarians in public and school libraries, along with parents, and middle and high school English teachers, will welcome this fully updated third edition, featuring a thought-provoking foreword from Betty Carter, YA services luminary and editor of the first two editions of BBYA.


Gentlemen’s Prescriptions for Women’s Lives: A Thousand Years of Biographies of Chinese Women

As far back as the first century BCE, Chinese dynastic historians – all men – began recording the achievements of Chinese women and creating a structure of understanding that would be used to limit and control them. To men, these women became role models for their daughters and wives; to the few literate women readers, they became paradigms for their own behavior. Thus, although these biographies are descriptive by nature, they actually became prescriptive. Gentlemen’s Prescriptions for Women’s Lives is an enlightening source for studying Chinese women of the Imperial era as well as for understanding Chinese womanhood in general. By contextualizing these biographies, the author shows us these women not just as the complaisant, calm-eyed, delicate figures that adorn Confucian texts, but also as the products of the Confucian tradition’s appropriation of women.