New books available in January

Discover the new acquisitions of The AUP Library

 

Selection of books

 

Cover of The miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth

Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth.

“Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a powerful and widely acclaimed coming-of-age novel. Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to – that she’s gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to cure her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity”. –Publisher.

 

Cover of Introduction to Politics by Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, and Stephanie Lawson.

Introduction to politics by Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, and Stephanie Lawson

“Bringing together theory, comparative politics, and international relations, Introduction to Politics reflects the realities of modern global politics. An accessible writing style, analytical approach, and a wide range of international examples to contextualise the content make it the perfect foundation for first year politics students”. –Publisher.

 

Cover of Rethinking the Renaissance : Burgundian arts across Europe by Marina Belozerskaya

Rethinking the Renaissance : Burgundian arts across Europe by Marina Belozerskaya

“In this study, Marina Belozerskaya re-establishes the importance of the Burgundian court as a center of art production and patronage in early modern Europe. Beginning with a historiographical and theoretical overview, she offers an analysis of contemporary documents and patterns of patronage, demonstrating that Renaissance tastes were formed through a fusion of international currents and art works in a variety of media”. –Publisher.

 

Cover of The invention of solitude by Paul Auster

Invention of solitude by Paul Auster

“This moving and personal meditation on fatherhood is split into two stylistically separate sections. In the first, Auster reflects on the memories of his father who was a distant, undemonstrative, and cold man who died an untimely death. As he sifts through his Father’s things, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old murder mystery that sheds light on his father’s elusive character. In the second section, the perspective shifts and Auster begins to reflect on his own identity as a father by adopting the voice of a narrator. Through a mosaic of images, coincidences, and associations he contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather, turning the story into a self-conscious reflection on the process of writing”. –Publisher.

 

Cover of Saving beauty by Byung-Chul Han

Saving beauty by Byung-Chul Han

Beauty today is a paradox. The cult of beauty is ubiquitous but it has lost its transcendence and become little more than an aspect of consumerism, the aesthetic dimension of capitalism. The sublime and unsettling aspects of beauty have given way to corporeal pleasures and ‘likes’, resulting in a kind of ‘pornography’ of beauty. In this book, cultural theorist Byung-Chul Han reinvigorates aesthetic theory for our digital age. He interrogates our preoccupation with all things slick and smooth, from Jeff Koon’s sculptures and the iPhone to Brazilian waxing. Reaching far deeper than our superficial reactions to viral videos and memes, Han reclaims beauty, showing how it manifests itself as truth, temptation and even disaster”. –Publisher.

 

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