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Shelf Life May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

UCSD BOOKSTORE - NEW & NOTABLE

Here are a few new and notable faculty books at the UCSD Bookstore.

The Darwinian Tourist: Viewing the World through Evolutionary Eyes by Christopher Wills, Biology

Biologist Christopher Wills has been traveling extensively—and intrepidly—in connection with his work on tropical rainforest diversity. He's also an avid photographer.

In The Darwinian Tourist, he has combined his passions into what he calls a "hybrid science-travel book" and what the Library Journal says is "an armchair world ecotour to the nth degree."

Each chapter begins with some "unusual happening" from Wills' personal experiences—finding a wolf cub in western Mongolia, being hit by an earthquake while diving on the coral reefs of Yap—and then branches out to reveal the tales of ecology and evolution contained in the incidents.

Wills' narratives and some 100 original color photographs together build a picture of how a long evolutionary process has shaped the delicately balanced living world all around us.

The Darwinian Tourist is written for the layperson. It celebrates planet Earth and also warns of the wonders we stand to lose. When we see our world from a Darwinian perspective, Wills writes, it "becomes achingly clear that when we lose a species or an ecosystem, we lose many millions of years of history. And each such loss reduces the ecological diversity on which the survival of our species and the entire biosphere depend."

Citizen Rauh: An American Liberal's Life in Law and Politics by Michael Parrish, History

Citizen who? Joe what? Lawyer Joseph Rauh doesn't have the name recognition of Thurgood Marshall or Alan Dershowitz, but his legacy is just as lasting, argues historian Michael Parrish. Rauh kept alive his New Deal, progressive ideals until his death in 1992, at age 81. He battled for workers' rights and for racial justice.

He fought McCarthyism, opposed the Vietnam War and helped write legislation. "As presented by Parrish," writes Publishers Weekly, "Rauh is not only the Zelig of American liberalism, but one of the most important people you've never heard of."

Gematria Complete by Jerome Rothenberg, Visual Arts and Literature
An internationally renowned poet, performance artist, critic and scholar, Jerome Rothenberg defies easy categorization and is astoundingly prolific. He has more than 70 books of poetry to his name, not to mention edited anthologies, translations and plays. According to the publisher of Gematria Complete, the book brings together all of Rothenberg's poems "composed by quasi-aleatory numerical methods," including "14 Stations," a terminal series derived from the Hebrew/Yiddish spellings of the names of 14 World War II extermination camps.

Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles by Daniel Widener, History
"Black Arts West knocked my socks off," writes author Mike Davis. The book by Daniel Widener documents the social and political significance of African-American arts activity in Los Angeles between World War II and the riots of 1992. It chronicles how black cultural politics changed over time and generated new forms of artistic and cultural expression. "People in California should be able to recognize their story in my book," he told The San Diego Union-Tribune, "but I am hoping people in Chicago, New York and Atlanta can, too."

UCSD Bookstore

Visit the UCSD Bookstore online to purchase these titles and more. Look out for the monthly Alumni Special.

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ALSO NOTABLE

Dismantling the Empire, by Chalmers Johnson, International Relations and Pacific Studies

Naked: The Nude in America, by Bram Dijkstra, Literature

Introducing Time: A Graphic Guide, by Craig Callender, Philosophy, with illustration by Ralph Edney