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Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets
The Political Economy of Innovation
by Jonathan Aronson and Peter Cowhey
The MIT Press / Jonathan Aronson, professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the USC School of International Relations, and his coauthor argue that continued rapid innovation and economic growth require new approaches in global governance that will reconcile diverse interests and enable competition to flourish.

I Am Not Sidney Poitier
by Percival Everett
Graywolf Press / An irresistible comic novel from Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, and an irreverent take on race, class, and identity in America.



Also by Percival Everett
Abstraktion und Einfühlung
Akashic Books / In words that mimic process, Everett’s poems attempt to reverse the artistic canvas, taking perspective and skewing it to reflect the world around it, spiraling into the work as a way to get out of it.



This Lovely Life
A Memoir of Premature Motherhood
by Vicki Forman
Mariner Books / Vicki Forman of English shares what became of her family after she gave birth to twins Evan and Ellie, weighing just a pound at birth, at 23 weeks gestation, and explains the harrowing medical interventions and ethical considerations involving the sanctity of life and death.

A New York Times Notable Books of 2009
Dearest Creature

by Amy Gerstler
Penguin / In her newest collection of poetry, Amy Gerstler of the Master of Professional Writing Program marries fact and fiction in a menagerie of dramatic monologues, twisted love poems and epistolary pleadings.


Eighteenth-Century Authorship and the Play of Fiction
Novels and the Theater, Haywood to Austen
by Emily Hodgson Anderson
Routledge / Emily Hodgson Anderson, assistant professor of English, looks at developments in 18th-century drama that influenced the rise of the novel.


Thelonious Monk
The Life and Times of an American Original
by Robin D. G. Kelley
Free Press / In the first book on Thelonious Monk based on exclusive access to the Monk family papers and private recordings, Robin D. G. Kelley, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, brings to light a startlingly different Monk beyond his public persona.

Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina
Edited by George Sanchez and Amy Koritz
University of Michigan Press / This collection of essays edited by George Sanchez, vice dean for College diversity, and professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and his coeditor document the ways in which educational institutions and the arts community responded to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe
by Mary Elise Sarotte
Princeton University Press / Mary Elise Sarotte, professor of international relations, uses previously unavailable sources to explore the momentous events following the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago and the effects they have had on our world ever since.


Golden Dreams
California in an Age of Abundance, 1950–1963
by Kevin Starr
Oxford University Press / This volume by Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, concludes his acclaimed multi-volume Americans and the California Dream. Here Starr covers the crucial postwar period — 1950 to 1963 —when the California we know today first burst into prominence.

Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture
Why Media is Not the Answer
by Karen Sternheimer
Westview Press / Karen Sternheimer of sociology goes beyond the news-grabbing headlines claiming that popular culture is public enemy No. 1 to consider what really causes the social problems we are most concerned about.


Read more articles from USC College Magazine's Fall 2009/Winter 2010 issue