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The Complete Funky Winkerbean

| Filed under: Comics, Forthcoming, Humor
The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 11, 2002–2004 cover. Tom Batiuk

Relationships move to the front of the stage in this eleventh volume of The Complete Funky Winkerbean as the lighthearted dalliances of the past segue to the more mature partnerships of the adult world.  Marriages are tested as Funky and Cindy’s relationship begins to break apart, and Becky and Wally are separated by the war in Afghanistan. At the same time, Lisa and Les begin a family and go house hunting, while Crazy Harry meets an unlikely soulmate from his high school video gaming days.

 


Tolkien, Enchantment, and Loss

| Filed under: Forthcoming, Literature & Literary Criticism, Tolkien, Lewis, and Inkling Studies
Tolkien, Enchantment, and Loss cover. John Rosegrant

Focusing on the themes of enchantment and loss in the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, this unique study incorporates elements of developmental psychology to explore both Tolkien’s life and art, deepening our understanding of the interrelationship between his biography and writing.

 


A Sense of Tales Untold

| Filed under: Forthcoming, Literature & Literary Criticism, Tolkien, Lewis, and Inkling Studies
A Sense of Tales Untold by Peter Grybauskas. Cover.

A Sense of Tales Untold examines the margins of J. R. R. Tolkien’s work: the frames, edges, allusions, and borders between story and un-story and the spaces between vast ages and miniscule time periods. The untold tales that are simply implied or referenced in the text are essential to Tolkien’s achievement in world-building, Peter Grybauskas argues, and counter the common but largely spurious image of Tolkien as a writer of bloated prose.

 


Malabar Farm

| Filed under: Environmental Studies, Forthcoming, Nature, Regional Interest
Malabar Farms by Anneliese Abbott. Cover

Anneliese Abbott tells the story of Malabar Farm within the context of the wider histories of soil conservation and other environmental movements, especially the Ohio-based organization Friends of the Land. As one of the few surviving landmarks of this movement, which became an Ohio state park in 1976, Malabar Farm provides an intriguing case study of how soil conservation began, how it was marginalized during the 1950s, and how it now continues to influence the modern idea of sustainable agriculture.

 


Peatlands of Ohio and the Southern Great Lakes Region

and | Filed under: Environmental Studies, Forthcoming, Nature, Regional Interest
Peatlands of the Southern Great Lakes Region

Peatlands—and specifically “bogs”—have long been a source of fascination for humans, and these amazing places are truly living relics of the Ice Age. More recently, bogs have come to be regarded as complex and fascinating wetland ecosystems. Peatlands of Ohio and the Southern Great Lakes Region focuses on the sphagnum peat bogs and rich fens of the lower Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, southern Michigan, and the glaciated northern corners of Pennsylvania.

 


The Shared Witness of C. S. Lewis and Austin Farrer

| Filed under: Forthcoming, Literature & Literary Criticism
The Shared Witness of C. S. Lewis and Austin Farrer cover

The Shared Witness of C. S. Lewis and Austin Farrer explores a number of areas that demonstrate the ways in which Lewis and Farrer both intersected and influenced each other’s thought. Both insisted that myth prepared the heart for a sense of divine glory and even had a place in the Christian scriptures.

 


A Notable Bully

| Filed under: Civil War Era, Forthcoming, History, Interpreting the Civil War: Texts and Contexts, Understanding Civil War History
A Notable Bully/Cray. Kent State University Press

Largely forgotten by historians, Billy Wilson (1822–1874) was a giant in his time, a man well known throughout New York City, a man shaped by the city’s immigrant culture, its harsh voting practices, and its efforts to participate in the War for the Union. For decades, Wilson’s name made headlines—for many different reasons—in the city’s major newspapers.

 


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