Monday, February 17, 2014

Choice Magazine Names Two Texas A&M Press Books Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014

COLLEGE STATION—Choice Magazine has named Late Pleistocene Archaeology and Ecology in the Far Northeast, edited by Claude Chapdelaine and Texas Labor History, edited by Bruce A. Glasrud and James C. Maroney Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014.
Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is a magazine that annually reviews more than 7,000 academic books, electronic media and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. The books reviewed in Choice are given recommendation levels to indicate to readers which books are essential to their collections of academic books.
            Each January Choice also releases a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed in the previous calendar year; only about 10 percent of the thousands of books reviewed annually are selected to be a part of this list. Choice editors look at several criteria when identifying the best titles: overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, relative importance to other literature of the field, originality or uniqueness, value to undergraduate students and importance in building undergraduate libraries.
            An Outstanding Academic Title, Late Pleistocene Archaeology and Ecology in the Far Northeast focuses on the Clovis pioneers and their eastward migration into the Far Northeast, a peninsula incorporating the six New England states, New York east of the Hudson, Quebec south of the St. Lawrence River and Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Maritime Provinces, inhospitable before 13,500 years ago, especially in its northern latitudes.

            In Texas Labor History, the editors and contributors tackle a number of presumptions—that a viable labor movement never existed in the Lone Star State; that black, brown and white laborers, both male and female, were unable to achieve even short-term solidarity; that labor unions in Texas were ineffective because of laborers’ inability to confront employers— and lay the foundation for establishing the importance of labor to a fuller understanding of Texas history.

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