Hot Off Penn Press: Dangerously Sleepy, Seasons of Misery, In My Mother’s House, and Why Don’t American Cities Burn?

Here are the latest arrivals in the Penn Press warehouse. These books are available for purchase now at Look for them at your favorite bookseller.

Dangerously Sleepy
Dangerously Sleepy: Overworked Americans and the Cult of Manly Wakefulness

Alan Derickson

256 pages | 6 x 9

Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4553-0 | $49.95 | £32.50

Dangerously Sleepy explores the fraught relations between overwork, sleep deprivation, and public health. Health and labor historian Alan Derickson charts the cultural and political forces behind the overvaluation—and masculinization—of wakefulness in the United States. Read more.

Seasons of Misery
Seasons of Misery: Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement in Early America

Kathleen Donegan

288 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.

Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4540-0 | $49.95 | £32.50

A volume in the Early American Studies series

Seasons of Misery offers a boldly original account of early English settlement in American by placing catastrophe and crisis at the center of the story. Donegan argues that the constant state of suffering and uncertainty decisively formed the colonial identity and produced the first distinctly colonial literature. Read more . . .

In My Mother's House
New in Paperback
In My Mother’s House: Civil War in Sri Lanka

Sharika Thiranagama. Foreword by Gananath Obeyesekere

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.

Cloth 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4342-0 | $59.95 | £39.00

Paper 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2284-5 | $26.50 | £17.50

A volume in the Ethnography of Political Violence series

This book examines how ordinary families and communities of minority groups in Sri Lanka have dealt with prolonged civil war and resulting issues as diverse as child recruitment, generational and gender conflicts, political terror, refugee camp life, ethnic nationalism, and migration and mobility. Read more . . .

Why Don't American Cities Burn?
New in Paperback
Why Don’t American Cities Burn?

Michael B. Katz

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 illus.

Cloth 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4386-4 | $29.95 | £19.50

Paper 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2280-7 | $24.95 | £16.50

A volume in the City in the Twenty-First Century series

Urban historian Michael B. Katz traces the collision of urban transformation with the rightward-moving social politics of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century America. Read more . . .

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