Adams Book Fund

Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the Adams Book Endowed Funds. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2016-2017 Academic year.

Established in 1954 and increased thereafter by anonymous donors for the purchase of books in the departments of English and history. Income used for books for the library.

In addition, the following electronic databases are also funded.

Daily Life Through History
Latino American Experience
Massachusetts History Online (Cengage)
The Nation Archive (EBSCO)
The New Republic Archive (EBSCO)
Pop Culture
World History





  • 342.73 H16F
    The Federalist : the essential essays
    Summary:Jack Rakove presents the most crucial and frequently studied federalist essays, published in 1787 and 1788 supporting the ratification of the Constitution, with an introduction to contemporary scholarly thinking about the Constitution and the role these essays played in its adoption. Rakove’s introduction compresses an incredible amount of material into a coherent, accessible essay that identifies the major themes, people, and events of the constitutional period and sets them in context. Rakove not only synthesizes the most recent scholarship but presents original insights that are worthy of discussion in themselves.,Contains primary source documents.




  • 297 AL46IS
    Islam in the Indian Ocean world : a brief history with documents
    Summary:Contains primary source documents.




  • 025.3 D48C
    The card catalog : books, cards, and literary treasures
    Summary:The Library of Congress brings booklovers an enriching tribute to the power of the written word and to the history of our most beloved books. Featuring more than 200 full-color images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers, and photographs from the library’s magnificent archives, this collection is a visual celebration of the rarely seen treasures in one of the world’s most famous libraries and the brilliant catalog system that has kept it organized for hundreds of years. Packed with engaging facts on literary classics–from Ulysses to The Cat in the Hat to Shakespeare’s First Folio to The Catcher in the Rye–this package is an ode to the enduring magic and importance of books.


  • BRACE 305.42 AD42D
    Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
    Dear Ijeawele, or A feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions
    Summary:Receiving a letter from a friend asking her how to raise her baby girl to be a feminist, Adichie responded with fifteen suggestions for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. Her suggestions ranged from options for non-stereotyped toy options, to debunking myths that women are somehow biologically programmed to be in the kitchen instead of having a career. Adichie’s letter will start an urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.


  • Alden, Ellen Baker
    Yours faithfully, Florence Burke
    Summary:“Florence Burke is desperate. His family is near poverty in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and he still works as a tenant farmer just as he did in Ireland. He knows the only way to improve his standard of living is to become a landowner. He’d make a deal with the devil if it meant he could attain a plot of land. And suddenly an opportunity arises–. But will it cost him his life?”–Page 4 of cover.


  • 305.8 AR6B
    Arnesen, Eric
    Black protest and the great migration : a brief history with documents
    Summary:During World War I, as many as half a million southern African Americans permanently left the South to create new homes and lives in the urban North, and hundreds of thousands more would follow in the 1920s. This dramatic transformation in the lives of many black Americans involved more than geography: the increasingly visible “New Negro” and the intensification of grassroots black activism in the South as well as the North were the manifestations of a new challenge to racial subordination. Eric Arnesen’s unique collection of articles from a variety of northern, southern, black, and white newspapers, magazines, and books explores the “Great Migration,” focusing on the economic, social, and political conditions of the Jim Crow South, the meanings of race in general — and on labor in particular — in the urban North, the grassroots movements of social protest that flourished in the war years, and the postwar “racial counterrevolution.”,Contains primary source documents.




  • 362.21 B59T
    Bly, Nellie
    Ten days in a mad house
    Summary:“This is Bly’s truly disturbing account (and exposé) of a mental asylum to which Bly was committed after feigning insanity. Including graphic depictions as to the treatment of mental patients and their unsanitary surroundings, Bly’s controversial 1887 exposé reveals the scandal and brutality of mental health in the nineteenth century and the ease with which professionals were prepared to accept and treat mental “disorders.””–Page 4 of cover.


  • 863 B64ZBO
    Boldy, Steven
    A companion to Jorge Luis Borges
    Summary:“Jorge Luis Borges is one of the key writers of the twentieth century in the context of both Hispanic and world literature. This Companion has been designed for keen readers of Borges whether they approach him in English or Spanish, within or outside a university context. It takes his stories and essays of the forties and fifties, especially Ficciones and El Aleph, to be his most significant works, and organizes its material in consequence. About two thirds of the book analyzes the stories of this period text by text. The early sections map Borges’s intellectual trajectory up to the fifties in some detail, and up to his death more briefly. They aim to provide an account of the context which will allow the reader maximum access to the meaning and significance of his work and present a biographical narrative developed against the Argentine literary world in which Borges was a key player, the Argentine intellectual tradition in its historical context, and the Argentine and world politics to which his works respond in more or less obvious ways.”–Jacket.






  • 812 C11T
    Cao, Yu
    Thunderstorm


  • 280 C66B
    Cooper, Kate
    Band of angels : the forgotten world of early Christian women
    Summary:In this inspiring histoy of the early Christian movement, award-winning historian Kate Cooper paints a vivid picture of the triumphs and hardships of the mothers of the church. According to most recorded history, women in the ancient world lived invisibly. Piecing together their story from the few contemproary accounts that have survived required painstaking detective work by Cooper, but it renders the past and the present in a new light. Band of Angels tells the remarkable story of how a new understanding of relationships took root in the ancient world. Women from all walks of life played an invaluable role in Christianity’s rapid expansion. Their story is a testament to what unseen people can achieve, and how the power of ideas can change the world, one household at a time.








  • 940.3 F29L
    Fawaz, Leila Tarazi
    A land of aching hearts : the Middle East in the Great War
    Summary:“The Great War of 1914-1918 reshaped the political geography of the Middle East, destroying a centuries-old, multinational empire, while creating the nation-states of today’s Middle East. The political aftermath of the war has proven as heavily contested as the military battles that shaped the conflict. After a century of change, however, the social experience of the region’s inhabitants during those four trying years has faded into the background. This book illuminates the challenges of the civilians who endured and the soldiers who fought through four calamitous years. It is a story of resilience in the midst of hardship, courage in the face of death, and triumph in the cauldron of battle. In this telling, the First World War is not just a global event, but a personal story running across regions and along fronts. From soldiers encountering new worlds on distant battlefields to civilians staving off hunger at home and refugees escaping persecution abroad, the war profoundly upended the social identities and historical memories of the region. For these reasons, and due to the political settlement that followed, World War I stands as the defining moment that shaped the direction of the Middle East for the next 100 years. This social history testifies to the resourcefulness of the people of the region, in particular those of Greater Syria, investigates their experiences, and serves as a foundation for understanding the Great War’s enduring legacy”–Provided by publisher.


  • 973.3 H77B
    Holton, Woody
    Black Americans in the revolutionary era : a brief history with documents
    Summary:In this fresh look at liberty and freedom in the revolutionary era from the perspective of black Americans, Woody Holton recounts the experiences of slaves who seized freedom by joining the British as well as those, slave and free, who served in Patriot military forces.,Contains primary source documents.


  • 808 H97G
    Hurley, Kameron
    The geek feminist revolution
    Summary:“The book collects dozens of Hurley’s essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including “We Have Always Fought,” which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume.”–Amazon.com.




  • 978.7 J64V
    Johnson, Marilynn S
    Violence in the West : the Johnson County Range War and the Ludlow Massacre : a brief history with documents
    Summary:Contains primary source material.


  • 811 K37W
    Kelly, Victoria
    When the men go off to war : poems




  • 939.6 L48S
    Liu, Xinru
    The Silk Roads : a brief history with documents
    Summary:Contains primary source documents.,This thoughtful introduction examines the many ways in which the peoples along the Silk Roads interacted, and considers the implications for economies and societies, as well as political and religious institutions. The book contains a range of primary material, some of which has been translated into English for the first time.


  • 741.59 M23SU
    Madrid, Mike
    The supergirls : fashion, feminism, fantasy, and the history of comic book heroines
    Summary:Comic book superheroines bend steel, travel across time and space, and wield the mighty forces of nature. These powerful females do everything that male heroes do. But they have to work their wonders in skirts and high heels. The Supergirls, a cultural history of comic book heroines, asks whether their world of fantasy is that different from our own. Are the stories of Wonder Woman’s search for an identity or Batwoman’s battle for equality also an alternative saga of the American woman?


  • 813 K45ME
    Melehy, Hassan
    Kerouac : language, poetics, and territory
    Summary:“Given Jack Kerouac’s enduring reputation for heaving words onto paper, it might surprise some readers to see his name coupled with the word “poetics.” But as a native speaker of French, he embarked on his famous “spontaneous prose” only after years of seeking techniques to overcome the restrictions he encountered in writing in a single language, English. The result was an elaborate poetics that cannot be fully understood without accounting for his bilingual thinking and practice.Of the more than twenty-five biographies of Kerouac, few have seriously examined his relationship to the French language and the reason for his bilingualism, the Québec Diaspora. Although this background has long been recognized in French-language treatments, it is a new dimension in Anglophone studies of his writing. In a theoretically informed discussion, Hassan Melehy explores how Kerouac’s poetics of exile involves meditations on moving between territories and languages. Far from being a naïve pursuit, Kerouac’s writing practice not only responded but contributed to some of the major aesthetic and philosophical currents of the twentieth century in which notions such as otherness and nomadism took shape. Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory offers a major reassessment of a writer who, despite a readership that extends over much of the globe, remains poorly appreciated at home”–,”A reassessment of Jack Kerouac’s poetic theory and practice from the perspective of their central yet most overlooked component: the fact that he thought and worked in two languages, his native French and his adopted English”–


  • 937 M47AU
    Mellor, Ronald
    Augustus and the creation of the Roman empire : a brief history with documents
    Summary:,Contains primary source documents.


  • 814 M97C
    Murray, Albert
    Collected essays & memoirs


  • 883 N42W
    Nicolson, Adam
    Why Homer matters
    Summary:“In this passionate, deeply personal book, Adam Nicolson explains why Homer matters–to him, to you, to the world–in a text full of twists, turns and surprises. In a spectacular journey through mythical and modern landscapes, Adam Nicholson explores the places forever haunted by their Homeric heroes. From Sicily, awash with wildflowers shadowed by Italy’s largest oil refinery, to Ithaca, southern Spain, and the mountains on the edges of Andalusia and Extremadura, to the deserted, irradiated steppes of Chernobyl, where Homeric warriors still lie under the tumuli, unexcavated. This is a world of springs and drought, seas and cities, with not a tourist in sight. And all sewn together by the poems themselves and their great metaphors of life and suffering. Showing us the real roots of Homeric consciousness, the physical environment that fills the gaps between the words of the poems themselves, Nicholson’s is itself a Homeric journey. A wandering meditation on lost worlds, our interconnectedness with our ancestors, and the surroundings we share. This is the original meeting of place and mind, our empathy with the past, our landscape as our drama. Following the acclaimed Gentry, which established him as one of the great landscape writers working today, Nicholson takes Homer’s poems back to their source: beneath the distant, god-inhabited mountains, on the Trojan plains above the graves of the heroic dead, we find afresh the foundation level of human experience on Earth”–Publisher information.


  • 220.52 N42G
    Nicolson, Adam
    God’s secretaries : the making of the King James Bible
    Summary:A network of complex currents flowed across Jacobean England. This was the England of Shakespeare, Jonson, and Bacon; the era of the Gunpowder Plot and the worst outbreak of the plague. Jacobean England was both more godly and less godly than the country had ever been, and the entire culture was drawn taut between these polarities. This was the world that created the King James Bible.


  • 942.03 N67SH
    Norton, Elizabeth
    She wolves : the notorious queens of England


  • 814.54 OL4UP
    Oliver, Mary
    Upstream : selected essays
    Summary:“‘In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.’ So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which beloved poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Emphasizing the significance of her childhood ‘friend’ Walt Whitman, through whose work she first understood that a poem is a temple, ‘a place to enter, and in which to feel,’ and who encouraged her to vanish into the world of her writing, Oliver meditates on the forces that allowed her to create a life for herself out of work and love. As she writes, ‘I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple.’ Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion. Throughout this collection, Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us”–


  • 810.9 P26B
    Partridge, Jeffrey F L
    Beyond literary Chinatown


  • 973.8 P92R
    Prince, K Stephen
    Radical Reconstruction : a brief history with documents
    Summary:“The Reconstruction period following the Civil War was a transformative moment in which political leaders addressed questions concerning the place of the southern states in the postwar nation, the status of formerly enslaved African Americans, and the powers and limitations of the federal government. In this volume K. Stephen Prince explores the important role of the Radical Republicans in pressing for change during this period in a way designed to make the complexities of Reconstruction comprehensible to students. The Introduction introduces the Radical Republicans and details how Reconstruction grew from a complex negotiation among groups with often conflicting agendas. The documents, arranged in thematic and roughly chronological chapters, allow students to sift through the evolution of Radical Reconstruction and its aftermath through speeches, letters, press coverage, legislation, and contemporary illustrations. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions to consider, and a bibliography enrich students’ understanding of Radical Reconstruction.”–Publisher website.,Contains primary source documents.


  • 811 R225M
    Reavey, Amanda Ngoho
    Marilyn


  • 305.8 R34C
    Reid Pharr, Robert
    Conjugal union : the body, the house, and the Black American
    Summary:In Conjugal Union, Robert F. Reid-Pharr argues that during the antebellum period a community of free black northeastern intellectuals sought to establish the stability of a Black American subjectivity by figuring the black body as the necessary antecedent to any intelligible Black American public presence. Reid-Pharr goes on to argue that the fact of the black body’s constant and often spectacular display demonstrates an incredible uncertainty as to that body’s status. Thus antebellum black intellectuals were always anxious about how a stable relationship between the black body and the black community might be maintained.,Paying particular attention to Black American novels written before the Civil War, the author shows how the household was utilized by these writers to normalize this relationship of body to community such that a person could enter a household as a white and leave it as a black.,Contains primary source material.


  • 974.7 SC3W
    Scelfo, Julie
    The women who made New York
    Summary:The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work. — amazon.com




  • 860.9 SI3G
    Sierra, Marta
    Gendered spaces in Argentine women’s literature
    Summary:“Gendered Spaces in Argentine Women’s Literature addresses the largely understudied issue of how gendered spatial relations impact the production of literary works. It addresses gender implications of spatial categories: the notions of home and away, placement and displacement, dwelling and travel, location and dislocation, and the role they came to play in the literary history and cultural criticism of Argentina from 1920 to the present. This study offers a cross-disciplinary model, blending theories from literary studies and cultural geography, and drawing on the methods of gender and women’s studies, Latin American studies, and literary studies”–


  • 812 Y26AN
    Yamashita, Karen Tei
    Anime Wong : fictions of performance


  • 808 Y25R
    Yancey, Kathleen Blake
    Reflection in the writing classroom
    Summary:Kathleen Yancey’s new book explores reflection as a promising body of practice and inquiry in the writing classroom. In a personable and eclectic style, Yancey develops a line of research based on concepts of philosopher Donald Schon and others involving the role of deliberative reflection in classroom contexts. Developing the ideas of reflection-in-action, constructive reflection, and reflection-in-presentation, she offers a structure for discussing how reflection operates as students compose individual pieces of writing, as they progress through successive writings, and as they deliberately review a compiled body of their work – a portfolio, for example.,Reflection in the Writing Classroom will be a valuable addition to the personal library of faculty currently teaching in or administering a writing program; it is also a natural for graduate students who teach writing courses, for the TA training program, or for the English Education program.




  • FICTION Z142M
    Zambra, Alejandro
    Multiple choice
    Summary:“NAMED ONE OF THEBEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, ELLE, THE HUFFINGTON POST AND PUREWOW “Latin America’s new literary star.” –The New Yorker “Brilliant. Like a literary exercise for the mind, but strangely fun to decode.”–Elle “The most talked-about writer to come out of Chile since Bolaño,” (The New York Times Book Review), Alejandro Zambra is celebrated around the world for his strikingly original, slyly funny, daringly unconventional fiction. Now, at the height of his powers, Zambra returns with his most audaciously brilliant book yet. Written in the form of a standardized test, Multiple Choice invites the reader to respond to virtuoso language exercises and short narrative passages through multiple-choice questions that are thought-provoking, usually unanswerable, and often absurd. It offers a new kind of reading experience, one in which the reader participates directly in the creation of meaning, and the nature of storytelling itself is called into question. At once funny, poignant, and political, Multiple Choice is about love and family, authoritarianism and its legacies, and the conviction that, rather than learning to think for ourselves, we are trained to obey and repeat. Serious in its literary ambition and playful in its execution, it confirms Alejandro Zambra as one of the most important writers working in any language”–


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