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The Smartphone Paradox—Our Ruinous Dependency in the Device Age

By Alan J. Reid
Palgrave Macmillan

Smartphone book

Alan Reid, assistant professor of English, explores the pros and cons of that universal accessory, the smartphone. According to the author’s introduction, the book “investigates how smartphones can create a dependence that centers on gratification” and presents a comprehensive view encompassing “the research behind the uses and gratifications of smartphones, the obstacles they present, the opportunities they afford, and how everyone can achieve a healthy, technological balance.”

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Threats to Homeland Security

Edited by Richard J. Kilroy Jr.
Wiley

Homeland book

This textbook by Richard Kilroy, associate professor of politics at CCU and a former Army intelligence officer, “examines the foundations of today’s security environment, from broader national security perspectives to specific homeland security interests and concerns. In addition, the book examines threats from both an international perspective and from a national perspective.”

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Apidae

By Lisa Graves
Evernight Teen

Apidae book

This debut novel by Lisa Graves of CCU’s English faculty depicts a time in the near future when bees are extinct. Her main characters, the scientifically modified Emlyn and Ace, “find themselves thrown into the role of saviors on a perilous mission where their tenuous relationship could save or destroy mankind.”

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The Road to Secession in Antebellum Georgetown and Horry Districts

By Christopher Boyle
The History Press

Secession book

Christopher Boyle, CCU alumnus and part-time teaching associate in Department of History, wrote this history of the development of the local secession movement leading up to the Civil War. The book describes how, “through the use of newspapers and public lectures, local leaders unified their communities against the Second Great Awakening reforms, industrialization, corporate model banks and abolition,” according to the publisher’s note.

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Short Stories and Political Philosophy

By Erin Dolgoy, Kimberly Hurd Hale and Bruce Peabody
Lexington Books

Political Philosophy book

This collection of essays coedited by Kimberly Hurd Hale of CCU’s politics faculty “explores the relationship between fictional short stories and the classic works of political philosophy,” according to the introduction. “Each chapter analyzes a single story through the lens of thinkers ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Max Weber and Hannah Arendt.” Hale contributes a chapter that examines the short story “Pop Squad” by America science fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi.

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Talking Through Death

By Catherine S. Davis and Deborah C. Breede
Routledge

Death book

Subtitled “Communicating about Death in Interpersonal, Mediated, and Cultural Contexts, ” this study cowritten by CCU communication professor Deborah Breede explores various aspects of end-of-life communication. According to the publisher’s blurb, “By studying interpersonal and family communication, cultural media, funeral related rituals, religious and cultural practices, medical settings, and legal issues surrounding advance directives, readers gain insight into the ways symbolic communication constructs the experience of death and dying.”

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Gyonen's Transmission of the Buddha Dharma in Three Countries

By Ronald S. Green and Chanju Mun
Bill Academic Publishing

Buddah book

CCU Buddhism specialist Ronald Green has co-written this translation and study of a seminal work by one of Japan’s greatest Buddhist scholars, Gyonen (1240-1321). According to the publisher’s introduction, “Gyonen has been recognized for establishing a methodology for the study of Buddhism that would come to dominate Japan. The three countries Gyonen considers are India, China and Japan.”

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Waiting to Derail

By Thomas O'Keefe with Joe Oestreich
Skyhorse Publishing

Derail book

As its subtitle (“Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Alt- Country’s Brilliant Wreck”) suggests, this book is a road story about the early, earthy, pre-stardom days of critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Adams and his short-lived (1994-2000) band Whiskeytown. It’s told in first person by the band’s manager, Thomas O’Keefe, who collaborated on the book with CCU English professor Joe Oestreich. Oestreich is a master of this milieu, having chronicled his own rockin’ past in the highly regarded memoir Hitless Wonder (2012).

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Midterm Campaigning and the Modern Presidency

By Michael A. Julius
Praeger

Presidency book

Congress has been shaped by an unlikely force—presidential involvement in midterm campaigning,” according to Michael Julius of CCU’s politics faculty. This book looks at midterm politics from 1954 to 2014. Julius argues “that midterm campaigning is a presidential Trojan horse and that in undertaking it, presidents have brought their parties to heel; indebted individual representatives and senators to them; and broken the ability of Congress to effectively check the executive office.”

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The Student-Run Agency: Transitioning from Student to Professional

By Lee Bush, Jeff Ranta and Hal Vincent
Kendall Hunt Publishing

Agency book

Co-written by Jeff Ranta of CCU’s communication, media and culture faculty, this is the first textbook designed specifically for students involved in school-level advertising, public relations and integrated communications agencies. Student agencies “mimic the structure of professional agencies, and provide students with real-world experience working for real clients.” The book is designed to give “students a full understanding of the agency business, how agencies operate, and agency processes and protocols.” Ranta developed a successful student-run agency at the University of South Carolina.

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Of One Mind and Of One Government

One Mind book

By Kevin Kokomoor

University of Nebraska Press

Kevin Kokomoor of CCU’s history faculty describes this, his first book, as “a political history of the Creek people of modern-day Georgia, Alabama and Florida. It first describes the confrontational nature of Creek and Georgia coexistence, which ultimately led to the collapse of Creek political traditions during and after the American Revolution and, consequently, to widespread violence in the region. The book then follows the various attempts Creeks made to rebuild their political traditions around contemporary Euro- American ideas of nation-states.”

 

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Transmedia Storytelling

By Jennifer Camden and Kate Oestreich
Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Transmedia book

Kate Oestreich, associate professor of literature, writing and new media at CCU, has co-written this study examining the adaptation of classic works by two 19th century women authors, Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, into 21st century multiplatform digital media formats. The book “charts the evolution of Pemberley Digital’s transmedia adaptations of 19th century novels in order to interrogate the uneasy relationship between transmedia storytelling and consumer culture.”

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