You’ve probably heard the big news (or you haven’t) about De Gruyter’s University Press Library. On October 7th, we officially launched the UPL, after helping it grow for five years as a pilot program between select presses and libraries. We see the University Press Library as a solution to the complex, ever evolving difference between the needs of academic libraries and university presses. But on top of that, the UPL presses publish unforgettable titles in countless genres that deserve their own moment, now that the fanfare of the launch has died down.
While De Gruyter is widely known as a scholar’s press, where focused research finds a home, we’re confident that we do have something for everyone. The University Press Library is just one example of our many innovative programs striving to bring more content and bigger ideas to the world stage. Between the eleven partner presses of the UPL, there are many gems that you can read and enjoy outside of the library.
Whether for curiosity, entertainment, or staying up to date on cultural trends, staying well-read is something we can all aspire to. Find 10 great books from the UPL to add to your list below – ones that offer important insights on popular media, today’s shifting politics, favorite stories from history, and even climate change!
In this combination of memoir and cookbook, cultural critic Elisabeth Bronfen turns her passion for home cooked meals into a shared experience with the reader that gives practical advice and accessible recipes, even if the readers’ tastes, skill levels, or pantries differ from Bronfen’s own.
Though it may be surprising, beds were not always limited to the privacy of sleep. From a place of governing kingdoms to vehicles of the afterlife, this book explores the wide variety of roles that beds have held throughout history.
Mafia Movies: A Reader explores further than easily recognizable figures of the genre, like Michael Corleone and Tony Soprano, by analyzing the portrayals of the Italian and Italian-American mafia in over forty films.
As real-world politics begin to parallel classic dystopian novels, Survive and Resist explains these connections in a way that is funny and accessible, while also providing tools for survival and resistance.
To preserve their personal lives, but avoid exclusion from literary history, many modernist women writers turned to biographical writing. The Passion Projects explores the work of various women writers, including Sylvia Townsend Warner and Virginia Woolf.
Following a painful cancer diagnosis and consequent treatment, David Lehman wrote every day during chemotherapy and while recovering from surgery. He refers to One Hundred Autobiographies as a “fake memoir,” as it is composed of one hundred short pieces that feature incredible insights as well as appearances from Lehman’s mentors and various pop culture figures.
Divided into three sections focused on turnout, vote choice, and electoral systems, Duty and Choice explores the central function of elections in a democracy and provides scholarly insight into voting behavior.
As population growth and climate change have become increasingly concerning, researchers have turned to lab-created cultured meat in an effort to generate sustainable protein, but this may not be a perfect solution. From a neutral perspective on the subject, Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft contributes five years’ worth of research to the social and political conversation surrounding cultured meat.
How did the world’s greatest scientist end up on the run? Andrew Robinson tells the story of how Albert Einstein fled his home in Berlin, fearing assassination by Nazi agents, and came to live in rural England.
Time to Get Real! provides you with the tools you need to take control of your life. From educational case studies to inspirational quotes, this book has everything you need to achieve personal and professional success.
From the comfort of home cooking to a look at modern-day democracy, or from a playbook of the essential (but overlooked) mafia movies to a practical guide to a successful life, the presses of the UPL have a book for any occasion. So, the next time you look towards De Gruyter for scholarly content or innovative research, take a look at our other offerings, and find something new to read when you need a break in the library.
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