Blues: Making Americans from Emerson to Elvis by Tim
Parrish, UNT associate professor of English (University of
Massachusetts Press). Parrish presents American identity as a process
that can be understood within the philosophical tradition of pragmatism.
While the roots of pragmatism are found in the writings of philosophers
such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and William and Henry James, Parrish
says the same approach informs the work of writers and artists such
as Ralph Ellison, Son House, Elvis Presley and James Brown. They
recognize the connection between thought and action that has allowed
Americans to define who they are through what they do.
Indian Medicine Ways: The Enduring Power of Mvskoke Religion
by David Lewis Jr. and
Ann T. Jordan, UNT associate professor of anthropology (University
of New Mexico Press). The Creek Indians of Oklahoma, called the
Mvskoke in their language, still practice traditional medicine.
Lewis, a Mvskoke medicine man, describes the tradition and Jordan
puts his story in historical context, tracing written accounts of
the Mvskoke religion from the 18th century to the present. Lewis'
great-grandfather is mentioned in anthropologist John Swanton's
classic works on Mvskoke medicine and culture.
of Manifest Destiny: A Biography of Jane McManus Storm Cazneau (1807-1878)
by Linda Sybert Hudson ('99
Ph.D.) of Carthage (Texas State Historical Association). This biography
of Cazneau, the adventurous Texas land speculator, journalist, political
adviser and publicist who helped shape U.S. domestic and foreign
policy from the 1840s to the 1870s, received the Fehrenbach Award
from the Texas Historical Commission for 2001. The award annually
recognizes the best book published on Texas history. The book also
received an honorable mention from the Texas Institute of Letters
for making “the most significant contribution to knowledge.”
Hudson is an assistant professor of history and acting chair of
the history department at East Texas Baptist University.
Encounters: True Stories of Unforeseen Meetings With Unanticipated
Results by the late A.C. Greene,
who was Director Emeritus of the Center for Texas Studies at UNT
(Bright Sky Press). In this collection of stories published in July,
Greene describes his brushes with the famous and the not-so-famous
over his lifetime. The longtime Dallas Morning News columnist,
who died in April, relates encounters from his boyhood days to his
newspaper work in Dallas and tells of meetings with Ronald Reagan
in Abilene, Roy Rogers in South Philadelphia, T.S. Eliot in Austin,
Jack Ruby in Dallas, and Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood on their
honeymoon. Also included are stories of Bill Mauldin, Mickey Mantle,
Larry Hagman, Ross Perot, Artie Shaw, Stanley Marcus, Lyndon Johnson,
Ann Richards, George Bush and George W. Bush.
Judas by Walter Stephen Marquardt
('89 M.S.) of Athens, Ga. (iUniverse). Set in the fictional town
of Stoneridge, Marquardt's first novel takes place over three days,
several months after the death of 18-year-old narrator Neal McLean's
best friend. Neal is convinced the death was not an accident but
a suicide, and he isolates himself in an attempt to deal not only
with the loss of his friend, but also with feelings of guilt and
betrayal. Marquardt has previously published short stories and poetry,
and he's currently at work on a sequel to Forgiving Judas.
Osu Caste System in Igboland: A Challenge for Nigerian Democracy
by Victor E. Dike ('89 M.S.) of
Sacramento, Calif. (Morris Publishing). Dike examines the origins
of the caste system in some Nigerian communities that ascribes inferior
status to the “Osu,” and he calls for its eradication.
He is an information technology instructor at the California College
of Technology and adjunct assistant professor of computer information
systems with the Los Rios Community College District. He is also
the author of Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria (Ahmadu
Bello University Press).
How Do You Dial 9-1-1? Lifelines and Laughlines of a Firefighter
('98) of Valley View (Tattersall Publishing). Nickerson, who
has been a firefighter and paramedic with the Denton Fire Department
since 1979, shares tales from his experiences on the job, some humorous
and some sobering. Chapters include “Call President Reagan,
He Knows My Case,” “The Seatbelt Sign is Now On,”
“I Double-Dog Dare Ya!” and “You Have the Right
to Remain Stupid.”
Eisenhower Court and Civil Liberties by
Theodore M. Vestal ('55) of Tulsa, Okla. (Praeger Publishers).
Vestal evaluates the record of the Supreme Court from 1953 to 1962,
before the John F. Kennedy-Lyndon B. Johnson appointments rounded
out the court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Earl Warren.
By concentrating on the early period of the Warren court, Vestal
illuminates the impact of the Dwight D. Eisenhower-appointed justices
and reveals their contributions to civil liberties. Vestal is a
professor of political science at Oklahoma State University.
Convergence by Circo, a Latin jazz ensemble whose members include
UNT publications computer specialist Betty Tomboulian
of Denton, vocals; and former One O'Clock Lab Band members Ricardo
Bozas ('90) of Arlington, percussion; Pete
Brewer (1974-1976) of Dallas, saxophone and flute; Dennis
Durick ('85) of Dallas, drums; and Lee
Tomboulian ('97 M.M.) of Denton, piano and synthesizers,
who composed most of the music on the CD. The songs are a blend of
jazz harmonies and South American rhythms. Many of the tunes —
including the “Old 100th,” also known as “Praise
God From Whom All Blessings Flow” — feature the Uruguayan
candombe rhythm, which builds from a few drums to many.
Wind by Pete Brewer of Dallas (Pic
Records). Brewer, who attended UNT from 1974 to 1976 before going
on tour with the Woody Herman Orchestra, plays tenor sax and flute
on the CD and wrote many of the songs. Sitting in with him on several
tracks are UNT jazz faculty Dan Haerle
('66 M.M.), piano; Fred Hamilton,
guitar and bass; and Ed Soph ('68),