It’s summertime, and temperatures are rising. One of the best ways to beat the heat is by relaxing with a good book. The latest from UC Irvine faculty have something for everyone.
Looking to add some pizzazz to your daily routine? Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things, by Chancellor’s Fellow and English professor Julia Lupton and her twin sister, Ellen, offers some amusing insights. Or if you need to keep little hands busy, the Luptons’ D.I.Y. Kids is full of projects for the wee ones.
Interested in the Internet and all things digital? Try Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistake,s by Humanities Core Course writing director Elizabeth Losh, or anthropology professor Tom Boellstorff’s Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human.
Does the economy have you planning a “staycation”? Travel to faraway continents with the fictional Wizard of the Crow and nonfictional Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance, by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature and director of the International Center for Writing and Translation. Or stay up to date on current events in the Middle East with history professor Mark LeVine’s Impossible Peace: Israel/Palestine Since 1989 and Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam.
Catching the newest blockbuster film? Walter B. Gerken Professor of Enterprise & Society Richard B. McKenzie’s Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies , and Other Pricing Puzzles will explain why your wallet’s shrinking faster than you can say “Transformers.”
Here’s a sampling of other recent books by UCI faculty:
- Legacies of Race: Identities, Attitudes, and Politics in Brazil, by Stanley Bailey, sociology assistant professor
- Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs, by Gregory Benford, physics professor, with Elisabeth Malartre
- Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting, by Simon A. Cole, criminology, law & society associate professor and chair, with Michael Lynch, Ruth McNally and Kathleen Jordan
- For Derrida, by J. Hillis Miller, Distinguished Research Professor of English and comparative literature
- Ghostlife of Third Cinema: Asian American Film and Video, by Glen M. Mimura, film & media studies associate professor
- The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Peter Navarro, economics and public policy professor
- The Environment and World History, by Kenneth Pomeranz, Chancellor’s Professor of history, with Edmund Burke III (editors)
- Claim of Privilege: A Mysterious Plane Crash, a Landmark Supreme Court Case, and the Rise of State Secrets, by Barry Siegel, English professor and literary journalism program director
- Looking Away: Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno, by Rei Terada, comparative literature professor
- Global Shanghai, 1850-2010: A History in Fragments, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom, history professor
- Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid, by Frank B. Wilderson III, assistant professor of African American studies and drama