University Press Roundup: Snob Zones, The Great Gatsby, Mother's Day Recipes, and More!

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best posts from the blogs of academic publishers! As always, if you particularly enjoy something or think that we missed an important post, please let us know in the comments:

Snob Zones? The Beacon Broadside explains with a link to a fascinating interview with Lisa Prevost, author of Snob Zones: Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate.

We tend to think of the Japanese and tea but Japanese and coffee, not so much. The University of California Press blog celebrates Merry White, author of Coffee Life in Japan and recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun an honor bestowed to her by the Government of Japan.

Apparently there is a film version of The Great Gatsby coming to a theater near all of us. With this in mind, This Side of the Pond, the blog of Cambridge University Press, delves back into the novel’s history to look at Trimalchio, an earlier version of The Great Gatsby.

The University of Chicago Press blog runs an excerpt from the new book, The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer , by Lisa Downing.

A surprising spate of interest in and articles about Paraguay is explored at the Duke University Press blog, publishers of The Paraguay Reader.

Though many of us here are fans of the New York Mets, we couldn’t help but enjoy the University of Georgia Press‘s recent post about their new book The Crackers: Early Days of Atlanta Baseball.

Is the financial crisis over? Gérard Duménil and Dominique Lévy are the authors of The Crisis of Neoliberalism, which is new in paperback this spring take stock of the movement toward “recovery” since their book’s original 2011 publication over at The Harvard University Press blog.

Congratulations to the University of Illinois Press and their author Diane Diekman, whose book Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins, just won the Belmont Country Music Book of the Year Award.

Rafe Sagarin discusses the role of observation in the artistic process in an interview on the Island Press Field Notes blog.

The Johns Hopkins University Press blog celebrates National Train Day with a post by Ted Kornweibel, author of Railroads in the African American Experience: A Photographic Journey.

Need a last-minute recipe for Mother’s Day? The University Press of Kentucky blog offers some suggestions via their book The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook

The University of Michigan Press blog pays tribute to the recently deceased and influential theater scholar, theoretician and director Herbert Blau.

More Gatsby and Fitzgerald: Scott Donaldson, a leading biographer of Fitzgerald, looks the novelist’s past and the writing of The Great Gatsby at the University of Minnesota Press blog.

The University Press of Mississippi is having a “Website Super Sale”.

James Landers, author of The Improbable First Century of Cosmopolitan Magazine discusses the surprising history and evolution of the magazine on the University of Missouri Press blog.

Over at From the Square, the New York University Press blog, Sinikka Elliott, author of Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers, discusses sex education in the schools.

The now ubiquitous jukebox musical is hardly new as Hal Gladfelder explains in his post on The Beggar’s Opera at the Oxford University Press blog.

The Princeton University Press blog on the continuing relevance of Isaiah Berlin.

A fascinating post by Erich Goode, author of Justifiable Conduct, on the Temple University Press blog looks at self-vindication, apologies, and, of course, Lance Armstrong.

An interview with Miguel Levario, author of Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy on the Texas A & M University Press blog considers how the history of the relationship between the United States and Mexico informs current debates about immigration reform.

The American Management Association blog takes a look at the continuing and increasingly complex impact of technology on research libraries.

Thanks again for reading this week’s roundup! Have a great weekend, and leave any thoughts in the comments!

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