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A sampling of books by faculty, an alumna and a former provost includes those about black women in 1800s France, sanctuary cities and horror in the arts. ​

Cover: One Faith, Two Authorities: Tension Between Female Religious and Male Clergy in the American Catholic Church  

Bakersfield
One Faith, Two Authorities: Tension Between Female Religious and Male Clergy in the American Catholic Church
By Jeanine Kraybill, assistant professor in political science, CSU Bakersfield
Published March 2019

This book examines how religious sisters in the American Catholic church carefully navigate the hierarchy in terms of influence on social policy and the laity. Unlike male clergy,​ who tend to rely on institutional authority, the women rely on their own personal authority to impact the church and social issues.

Cover: Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France  

Channel Islands
Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France
By Robin Mitchell, assistant professor of history, CSU Channel Islands
Published January 2020

Despite few people of color in postrevolutionary France, images of and discussions about black women appeared repeatedly in French cultural sectors and social milieus. In “Vénus Noire,” Mitchell shows how literary and visual depictions of black women helped to shape France’s postrevolutionary national identity, particularly in response to the trauma of the French defeat in the Haitian Revolution.

Cover: The Spectrum of Sex: The Science of Male, Female and Intersex  

East Bay
The Spectrum of Sex: The Science of Male, Female and Intersex
By Hida Viloria; and Maria Nieto, professor of biological sciences, Cal State East Bay
Published February 2020

Introducing readers to seven variations of human sex, commonly considered intersex, the book challenges the myth that sex and gender are binary. It also explores the inherent diversity of biological sex and its relationship to gender identity and expression, and the impact this has on society.

Cover: Fresno State: First Words/Primeras Palabras  

Fresno
Fresno State: First Words/Primeras Palabras
By Perla Solorio, alumna, Fresno State
Published October 2019

After discovering the lack of availability of bilingual children’s books, Fresno State alumna Solorio decided to create her own. She pays homage to Fresno State in her first book, which takes readers on a tour of the campus using introductory words.

Cover: Cal Maritime: The First 90 Years  

Maritime Academy
Cal Maritime: The First 90 Years
By Dr. Gary Reichard, former Cal Maritime provost and vice president for academic affairs
Published January 2020

In honor of Cal Maritime’s 90th anniversary, Dr. Reichard, an accomplished historian, has written a new, expansive history of the academy. The book includes a detailed and extensive narrative, photos and historical curiosities.

Cover: Apology to the Young Addict  

San Bernardino
Apology to the Young Addict
By James Brown, professor of English, CSU San Bernardino
Published March 2020

“Apology to the Young Addict” is the third and final of a trilogy of Brown’s memoirs and follow-up to “This River” and “The Los Angeles Diaries.” Now 60—with years of sobriety under his belt—and the father of three sons, Brown writes about finding a new path in life, how he has made peace with the family whose ghosts have haunted him so vociferously and helping the next generation of addicts to overcome their disease.

Cover: Born a Slave, Died a Pioneer: Nathan Harrison and the Historical Archaeology of Legend  

San Diego
Born a Slave, Died a Pioneer: Nathan Harrison and the Historical Archaeology of Legend
By Seth Mallios, anthropology professor and university history curator, San Diego State
Published November 2019

In a lifetime of hard-won progress, Nathan Harrison survived the horrors of slavery in the Antebellum South, endured the mania of the California Gold Rush and prospered in the rugged chaos of the Wild West. This book uses spectacular recent discoveries from the Nathan Harrison cabin site to offer new insights and perspectives into the life of the San Diego homesteader.

Cover: Sanctuary Cities: The Politics of Refuge  

San Diego
Sanctuary Cities: The Politics of Refuge
By Loren Collingwood and Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien, assistant professor of political science, San Diego State
Published October 2019

This work provides the first comprehensive examination of sanctuary cities in the United States. Analyzing the historical evolution of these policies, the tone and tenor of media coverage, public opinion, state-level sanctuary legislation and the effect these policies have on crime rates and Latino political incorporation, the authors hope to provide researchers, the public and lawmakers with the tools to objectively assess the value of sanctuary legislation.

Cover: American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford  

San Francisco
American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford
By Roland De Wolk, lecturer of journalism, San Francisco State
Published November 2019

American Disruptor presents the unvarnished life story of Leland Stanford, Stanford University founder, ruthless politician and “robber baron.” The book is an account of him reshaping industry and engineering one of the greatest raids on the public treasury for America’s transcontinental railroad. Personal tragedy, scandal and intrigue would follow.

Cover: From Chernobyl With Love: Reporting From the Ruins of the Soviet Union  

San Luis Obispo
From Chernobyl With Love: Reporting From the Ruins of the Soviet Union
By Katya Cengel, lecturer of journalism, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Published November 2019

“From Chernobyl With Love” is both a portrait of an historical epoch and a memoir. Cengel took a job at the Baltic Times just seven years after Latvia regained its independence. So promising was the idea of a free press in the Eastern Bloc, the Californian ultimately moved to Ukraine. From there, Cengel made several trips to Chernobyl, site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster and where she fell in love. As she did so, Ukraine collapsed. Ultimately, this fall of idealism in the East underscores Cengel’s own loss of innocence.

Cover: Rainwalkers  

San Luis Obispo​
Rainwalkers
Matt Ritter, professor of biology, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 
Published April 2019

This ci-fi (climate fiction) novel takes the reader to a disquieting, near-future world where the weather is deadly. The story of a father’s undying love and his struggle to rescue his daughter exposes the problems with border walls, tyrannical governments and man’s attempts to dominate nature.

Cover: Willful Monstrosity: Gender and Race in 21st Century Horror  

San Marcos
Willful Monstrosity: Gender and Race in 21st Century Horror
By Natalie Wilson, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, CSU San Marcos
Published January 2020

Examining groundbreaking films and television shows such as “Get Out,” “Us,” “The Babadook,” “A Quiet Place,” “Stranger Things" and “Penny Dreadful,” as well as works by key authors such as Justin Cronin, Carmen Maria Machado and Helen Oyeyem, this monograph offers a thorough account of the horror landscape and what it says about the 21st century world.


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