Award Winning Books: 2008

Another Arabesque

Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil

John Tofik Karam

Winner of the Roberto Reis BRASA Book Award, 2008
Arab American National Museum Book Award in the Adult Non-Fiction Category, 2007

A revealing investigation of changing identity in a globalizing world

232 pages | 6 x 9


The Coolie Speaks

Chinese Indentured Laborers and African Slaves in Cuba

Lisa Yun

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2008

A remarkable examination of bondage in Cuba that probes questions of slavery, freedom, and race

336 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 tables, 3 figures, 1 halftone


Dark Days in the Newsroom

McCarthyism Aimed at the Press

Edward Alwood

Winner of the 2008 national Tankard Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Named 2008 Best Book of the Year: Adult Non-Fiction by the Connecticut Press Club

Shines a new light on a dark era in American journalism

216 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling

Lessons from the Inside

Scott H. Decker and Margaret Townsend

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2008

Convicted drug smugglers describe the business from the inside

224 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 13 tables 2 halftones



Recipes and Tales from an American Bistro

Ellen Yin

Ellen Yin, winner of the 2023 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur
Winner of a Pewter award in the Gold Ink Awards in the cookbook category, 2008
Winner of the Gold ADDY Award — Publication Design — Cover, 2008
Winner of the Silver ADDY Award — Publication Design — Editorial Spread or Feature, 2008

True-life tales and scrumptious recipes from Philly's trendsetting restaurant

288 pages | 8 x 9.25 | 115 color illustrations


A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region

Text by Adam Levine, Photographs by Rob Cardillo

Received a Gold Award of Achievement for best book in the Garden Writers Association Media Awards Program, 2008
Received a Gold Award of Achievement for best photography (overall) in the Garden Writers Association Media Awards Program, 2008
Silver Award of Achievement for book photography in the Garden Writers Association Media Awards Program, 2008 (awarded to Rob Cardillo)

A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide, chock full of inside information

192 pages | 5.375 x 9.125 | 195 color photos, 1 map


Hapa Girl

A Memoir

May-lee Chai

Named one of the Notable Books in the Kiriyama Prize, 2008
Honorable Mention at the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards, 2007

A vivid depiction of the racism suffered by a mixed-race family in rural South Dakota

232 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 12 halftones


A is for Art Museum

Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker

Honorable mention in the 2008 American Association of Museums design competition

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a fun-filled primer for children and grown-ups to share

64 pages | 8.25 x 8.25 | 145 tables, 37 color illustrations


Messiahs of 1933

How American Yiddish Theatre Survived Adversity through Satire

Joel Schechter

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2008

A lively examination of Yiddish theatre during the Great Depression

304 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 figures, 15 halftones


Model City Blues

Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven

Mandi Isaacs Jackson

Urban Communication Foundation Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Publication Award, 2008

A lively account of social protest and urban renewal in a struggling American city

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 5 figures, 45 halftones


Savoring the Salt

The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara

Edited by Linda Janet Holmes and Cheryl A. Wall

Selected as “‘The Best of the Best’ from the University Presses” Books You Should Know About” for the ALA Annual Conference, 2008

An anthology that celebrates the life and work of a major African American writer

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 16 halftones


Silent Gesture

The Autobiography of Tommie Smith

Tommie Smith and David Steele

Author Tommie Smith received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, 2008
Named one of two “Adult Nonfiction Honor Books” by The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)., 2008
Nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category “Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography”, 2008

The story of the most famous protest in sports history, written by one of the men who staged it

288 pages | 6 x 9 | 16 halftones