Category: Newly Published

Category: Newly Published

A Portrait of Middle-Class Family Life: The Spencers of Pittsburgh’s Shadyside

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A Portrait of Middle-Class Family Life: The Spencers of Pittsburgh’s Shadyside

Ethel Spencer, the third daughter of the seven Spencer children born between 1884 and 1895, was a curious and observant child. She wrote her childhood memoir in 1959 while she was professor at Carnegie Tech (today’s Carnegie Mellon University). It served as a memento of the joy-filled years she shared with her brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh’s affluent Shadyside neighborhood. The Spencers of Amberson Avenue, later published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1983, explores the family of Charles Hart Spencer, an employee of Henry Clay Frick, and his wife Mary Acheson from the viewpoint of young Ethel. Through the eyes of Ethel, the reader is…

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Pitt Poetry Series Sale: New & Selected, 30% off

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Pitt Poetry Series Sale: New & Selected, 30% off

Pitt Poetry Series: New & Selected 2018 30% discount on all books. Use code PC692 at checkout to receive sale prices. Order online at www.upress.pitt.edu or call 800-62-2736. Discount applies only to books listed in our 2018 Pitt Poetry Series catalog. Sale ends April 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Books not yet published or temporarily out of stock will be charged to your credit card when the book is available.

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When hostile conditions compromise research protocols: An excerpt from Science in an Extreme Environment

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When hostile conditions compromise research protocols: An excerpt from Science in an Extreme Environment

It’s 1963, and a team of nineteen Americans are embarking on the first expedition that will combine high-altitude climbing with scientific research. The primary objective of the six scientists on the team is to study how severe stress at high altitudes affect human behavior. Ultimately, the expedition will land the first American on the summit of Mount Everest. Science in an Extreme Environment by Philip W. Clements, examines the relationship between extreme environment and scientific inquiry, and investigates the expeditions science program for the first time. Below, we share the introduction from Clements new book:   A frigid gale rose as night fell across Mt. Everest…

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The Ten Most Captivating Butterflies in Pennsylvania

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The Ten Most Captivating Butterflies in Pennsylvania

In a comprehensive guide, Butterflies of Pennsylvania: a field guide by James L. Monroe and David M. Wright, the butterflies that traverse the state are described in stunning detail, with over 900 color photos to complement them.  Here is a selection of ten out of the one hundred and eighty-six species that make up Pennsylvania’s unique butterfly population. Zebra Swallowtail So aptly named for the mammal that it resembles, male Zebra Swallowtails puddle, or rest in sandy or gravely areas to absorb salts and amino acids, which aid in their reproduction. Diana Fritillary The Diana Fritillary is incredibly rare, and…

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New Book: White Spots—Black Spots

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New Book: White Spots—Black Spots

White Spots— Black Spots Difficult Matters in Polish-Russian Relations, 1918–2008 Edited by Adam Daniel Rotfeld and Anatoly Torkunov RUSSIAN HISTORY/ POLISH HISTORY   “A remarkable book. Analyzes most of the big issues between the countries, from the Polish-Soviet war following the Bolshevik revolution, through the Soviet occupation of eastern Poland in September 1939, the mass murder of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet security forces at Katyn in 1940, all the way to relations between Putin’s Russia and today’s Poland, a leading member of NATO and the EU. . . . This is a specific Polish-Russian story, but we all…

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