Review highlights mass appeal of new novel ‘Lebanese Blonde’

by Emily September 11, 2012

The story of two Lebanese immigrant cousins who concoct a scheme to import a potent strain of hashish into the United States using the family’s mortuary business as a cover, Joseph Geha’s Lebanese Blonde has been praised as “a book for all libraries with eager fiction readers” by a recent Booklist review. “The complexity of character building and plot structure ensures that what could have been an outrageous climax is believable and satisfying,” the review states. Lebanese Blonde takes place in 1975-76 at the beginning of Lebanon’s sectarian civil war. Set primarily in the Toledo, Ohio, “Little Syria” community, the novel follows […]

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Avoid Glenn Beck Rally Attendance: Stop by Our Booth at the 2010 American Political Science Association Meeting in Washington, D.C.

by kris bishop August 29, 2010

The University of Michigan Press will be hosting our annual book display at the American Political Science Association Meeting in Washington, D.C. at booth #210. If you’re into that sort of thing, you should stop by and check out some of our new political science releases below in person. In the meantime, click on a title for more information: FEATURED TITLE: Presidential Elections, 1789-2008: County, State, and National Mapping of Election Data by Donald R. Deskins, Jr., Hanes Walton, Jr., and Sherman C. Puckett   NEW RELEASES: Americans, Congress, and Democratic Responsiveness: Public Evaluations of Congress and Electoral Consequences (paperback) […]

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[Your Name Here] Arrested on Way to Grand Canyon: Arizona Immigration Law Raises Questions About National Identity, Racial Profiling, and Democracy

by kris bishop April 29, 2010

Arizona Senate Bill 1070, or the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” is a new immigration bill in Arizona and the strictest anti-illegal immigration bill measure in many years. The bill makes it a state misdemeanor for anyone to be in the United States illegally and requires police to attempt to determine a person’s immigration status if there is a reasonable suspicion, and to arrest a person if there is a probable cause that the person is an illegal alien or a legal alien not in possession of registration documents. The bill raises many important questions about who […]

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Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas

by kris bishop February 22, 2010

by guest author Alan Wolfe, Boston College Political Science, and editor of the series: Contemporary Political and Social Issues “In 2008, John McCain, always known as something of a centrist or moderate Republican, picked the governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as his running mate. The moment he did so, the culture war returned to American politics. Although the economy was entering a tailspin and dangers were prominent around the world, once again we were discussing whether elites had lost touch with the common people by failing to appreciate religion and dismissing people’s concerns with morality. The Palin selection raised a […]

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Immigrants, Minorities, and the Search for A Genuine Democracy

by kris bishop January 13, 2010

Check out new release Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders for a look at how the arrival of “new minorities” has affected the efforts of long-standing U.S. minority groups–Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Americans–to gain equality through greater political representation and power. The authors predict that, for some time to come, the United States will function as a complex multiracial hierarchy, rather than as a genuine democracy. From the University of Michigan Press series: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity Available Now: NEWCOMERS, OUTSIDERS, AND INSIDERS: Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early Twenty-first Century, by Ronald Schmidt Sr., Yvette M. […]

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