Monday, June 3, 2013

New E-Books from the University of Missouri Press

Over the past few months, we have made some of our best-selling books newly available in digital formats. All of these are great reads that would be perfect as travel companions.

Before Laura Ingalls Wilder found fame with her Little House books, she made a name for herself with short nonfiction pieces in magazines and newspapers. Read today, these pieces offer insight into her development as a writer and into her life as a farm wife in the Ozarks—and also show us a different Laura Ingalls Wilder from the woman we have come to know. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist distills the essence of her pioneer heritage and will delight fans of her later work as it brings to life a vanished era.

Steven Watts’s The Magic Kingdom sheds new light on the cultural icon of "Uncle Walt." Watts digs deeply into Disney's private life, investigating his roles as husband, father, and brother and providing fresh insight into his peculiar psyche--his genuine folksiness and warmth, his domineering treatment of colleagues and friends, his deepest prejudices and passions. Full of colorful sketches of daily life at the Disney Studio and tales about the creation of Disneyland and Disney World, The Magic Kingdom offers a definitive view of one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century.

As the Los Angeles Superior Court’s media liaison, Jerrianne Hayslett had unprecedented access to the O. J. Simpson trial—and met with Judge Lance Ito daily—as she attempted, sometimes unsuccessfully, to mediate between the court and members of the media and to balance their interests. In Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from "The People vs. O.J. Simpson," she takes readers behind the scenes to shed new light on people and proceedings and to show how the media and the trial participants changed the court-media landscape to the detriment of the public’s understanding of the judicial system.

In Women Escaping Violence, Elaine Lawless juxtaposes battered women's stories told in their own words with a feminist analysis of how these women use the power of narrative to transform their sense of self and regain a place within the larger society. Lawless shares the heart-wrenching experiences of women who have escaped violence by fleeing to shelters with little more than a few items hastily shoved into a plastic bag, and often with small children in tow. The book includes women's stories as they are told and retold within the shelter, in the presence of other battered women and of caregivers, analyzing the uses made of these narratives by those seeking to counsel battered women as well as by the women themselves.

A black man praised by white America, George Washington Carver (1864-1943) was an anomaly in his own time. George Washington Carver: In His Own Words, edited by Gary R. Kremer, offers a choice selection of Carver's writings that reveals the human side of the famous black scientist, as well as the forces that shaped his creative genius.

On January 2, 1932, near Springfield, Missouri, ten poorly armed law enforcement officers set out to arrest two local farm boys for auto theft. A few minutes later, six of the officers lay dead and three were wounded. The two killers, Jennings and Harry Young, were from a peaceful, tiny community named Brookline in central Greene County, Missouri. The "massacre" itself took place at the quiet orderly farm home of the Young family. In Young Brothers Massacre, Paul and Mary Barrett trace the personalities of those involved, describe the events of the fateful day, and examine the aftermath of the killings, detailing what was called "the greatest man hunt in the history of Texas," which culminated in the brothers' deaths in Houston

You can buy any of these e-books from Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Chegg, Ebrary, EBSCO, Google, Kobo, OverDrive, Sony, and the Press’s own web page, where you will also find many more e-books available.

More new e-books are featured on the Press’s Special Offers page for the month of June, along with a selection of our best-selling ebooks and a special coupon offer.

Do you have a favorite University of Missouri Press book you'd like to have available as an e-book? If so, let us know in the comments.

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