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Recent press releases, announcements, and noteworthy items on new and forthcoming titles
Mormonism has quickly taken center stage in American culture. In their new book LDS in the USA: Mormonism and the Making of American Culture, publishing February 1, 2012, by Baylor University Press (978-1-60258-327-6, 176 pages, paperback, $24.94), Lee Trepanier and Lynita Newswander dive deep into U.S. history to pull back the veil of fascination and reveal how Mormonism has profoundly influenced the shaping of modern America.
Historian W. Scott Poole channels the terrors that lurk in the dark places of American history in his new book, Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting (Baylor University Press, October 15, 2011). From sea serpents to zombies, from witch trials to alien invasions, and from Dracula to Norman Bates, Poole uncovers the real horrors that lie beneath our national fascination with monsters.
Visit monstersinamerica.com for more.
In MORE: The Vanishing of Scale in an Over-the-Top Nation (Baylor University Press, August 15, 2011; 288 pages; ISBN: 978-1-60258-258-3; $24.95 hardcover) communications professor and former journalist Ronald Bishop examines the media’s encouragement of exaggerated behavior and the obsession with triviality in contemporary culture.
To succeed and to be happy in today's society we must abandon the idea of scale—the amount of effort, intensity, and significance with which we live. It’s all or nothing. Be the biggest, the best, the top, or you’ve failed! Gone are the days of enjoying life's simple pleasures for pleasure's sake. Twenty-first-century Americans are on a mission to cram every second of their earthly existence with significant accomplishments and momentous events. Even the most mundane undertaking must be approached with zeal, gusto, expertise and complete focus, or so the media wants us to believe.