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University of Chicago Press Spring 2012 Catalogue

University of Chicago Press Spring 2012 Catalogue

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This is the new Spring 2012 catalogue from the University of Chicago Press including books from distributed publishers.
This is the new Spring 2012 catalogue from the University of Chicago Press including books from distributed publishers.

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Categories:Types, Brochures
Published by: UChicagoPress on Nov 11, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


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Spring 2012
Cover image: Cover design byCatalog design by Alice Reimann and Mary Shanahan
Travels in Nature’s Time Machine
Piotr Naskrecki
 With a Foreword by Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-56870-6 Cloth $45.00
Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal
 Jeffrey J. Kripal
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-45383-5 Cloth $29.00
The World of Wild Orchids
Christian Ziegler 
 With an Introduction by Michael Pollan and a Foreword by Natalie Angier
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-98297-7 Cloth $45.00
Over 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination
 Julie Anderson, Emm Barnes, and Emma Shackleton
Edited by Nadine Monem With a Foreword by Antony Gormley 
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-74936-5 Cloth $50.00
Translated by Richmond Lattimore With a new Introduction and Notes by Richard Martin
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-47049-8 Paper $15.00
His Life and His Rome
Franco Mormando
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-53852-5 Cloth $35.00
Recently Published
General Interest 1Special Interest 21Paperbacks 77Distributed Books 104Ordering Information 286 Author Index 287Title Index 289
Most of Chicago’s publications are available in e-book format and are indicated by this icon throughout the catalog.
 general interest
“A compelling narrative, a detective story, and a wonderful window into history and obsession,
Floating Gold 
 has struck a rich oceanic seam. With its mixture of scientific rigor, evocative travelogue, and eccentric personalities, Kemp’s book finally uncovers the secrets of this elusive and extraordinary stuff. His book lingers like the smell of ambergris itself.”—Philip Hoare, author of
The Whale
Christopher Kemp
is a molecular biologist who currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and two sons. He has worked as a columnist for
Cincin- nati CityBeat,
 and his science writing has appeared on
 A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris
reternaturally hardened whale dung is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume, otherwise a symbol of glamour and allure. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product—ambergris. Despite being one of the world’s most expensive substances (its value is nearly that of gold and has at times in history been triple it), ambergris is also one of the world’s least known. But  with this unusual and highly alluring book, Christopher Kemp promises to change that by uncovering the unique history of ambergris. A rare secretion produced only by sperm whales, which have a fondness for squid but an inability to digest their beaks, ambergris is expelled at sea and floats on ocean currents for years, slowly transform-ing, before it sometimes washes ashore looking like a nondescript waxy pebble. It can appear almost anywhere but is found so rarely it might as well appear nowhere. Kemp’s journey begins with an encounter on a New Zealand beach with a giant lump of faux ambergris—determined after much excitement to simply be lard—that inspires a comprehen-sive quest to seek out ambergris and its story. He takes us from the  wild, rocky New Zealand coastline to Stewart Island, a remote, wind-swept island in the southern seas, to Boston and Cape Cod, and back again. Along the way, he tracks down the secretive collectors and trad-ers who populate the clandestine modern-day ambergris trade. 
 Floating Gold 
 is an entertaining and lively history that not only covers these precious gray lumps and those who covet them, but also presents a highly informative account of the natural history of whales, squid, ocean ecology, and even a history of the perfume industry. Kemp’s obsessive curiosity is infectious, and eager readers will feel as though they have stumbled upon a precious bounty of this intriguing substance.
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-43036-2 Cloth $22.50
/£14.50MAY 232 p., 12 color plates, 21 halftones 6 x 9

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