New This Month: October

Happy October! We’re excited to share all of the new books we have publishing this month. You can find the full list, including any new in paperbacks, on our Hot Off the Press page. Plus, if you want updates in your inbox every month about new titles, sales, and what’s happening at UNC Press you can sign up for our monthly eNews.

High Bias: The Distorted History of the Cassette Tape by Marc Masters

“An affectionate ode . . . Masters constructs a lively and detailed case for the cassette as a vital driver of cultural creation. This charming history is sure to please anyone nostalgic for the mixtapes of yesteryear.”—Publishers Weekly

“A thoroughly enjoyable romp . . . With energy, insight, and wit, Masters provides a welcome examination of an often overlooked cultural turning point.”—Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)

“This accessible primer unravels past and present uses and misuses of cassettes.”—The Wire

Buying Time For Heritage: How to Save an Endangered Historic Property, Revised and Expanded Edition by J. Myrick Howard

Praise for the First Edition of Buying Time for Heritage:

“Probably the best book ever written on how to do preservation in the real world. . . . It should be the lead book on every preservationist’s bookshelf.”—Robert E. Stipe, Noted preservation educator and author, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“Essential for preservationists and students of preservation around the country to learn how to transform buildings and towns using Preservation North Carolina’s work as a guide.”—Mary Anthony, The 1772 Foundation

The Vice President’s Black Wife: The Untold Life of Julia Chinn by Amrita Chakrabarti Myers

“The [fascinating] story of a remarkable woman who experienced freedom and slavery simultaneously . . . . Myers has conducted arduous research, and she ably introduces a little-known yet important figure in American history . . . . A valuable addition to antebellum history.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Illuminating . . . . Myers painstakingly pieces together this long-hidden history. The result is a revealing exploration of the intersection of race, gender, power, and property in 18th-century America.”—Publishers Weekly

Awakening the Ashes: An Intellectual History of the Haitian Revolution by Marlene L. Daut

“By exposing the intellectual contributions of nineteenth-century Haitian scholars and leaders to our modern understanding of freedom and equality, Daut shows the ongoing racism of current intellectual genealogies and offers a new way of thinking about the fields of colonial and postcolonial studies.”—Julia Gaffield, author of Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution

“This powerful and necessary book challenges us to think differently about the global history of thought.”—Laurent Dubois, author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

Oh, Didn’t They Ramble: Rounder Records and the Transformation of American Roots Music by David Menconi with a foreword by Robert Plant

“An admiring tribute [and] well-researched celebration of Rounder’s influence and accomplishments.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The Rounders felt a calling to share what they loved and ended up making history while trying to preserve it. The sheltered sounds of traditional American roots music have been greatly amplified by Rounder’s passion for sharing the good news. The story of Rounder Records has been well told in this fine book, revealing a mission of the heart.”—Alison Krauss

Far From the Rooftop of the World: Travels among Tibetan Refugees on Four Continents by Amy Yee with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“[A comprehensive] look at look at the Tibetan refugee experience . . . . with atmospheric details, historical facts, and scenes from daily life in India, all of which Yee recounts in a [vulnerable and charming] narratorial voice.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully observed, with full-bodied, engaging characters who are never lost in the shadow of Chinese politics. Amy Yee has done a wonderful job of capturing the details, dramas, and dignities of Tibetan life in exile.”—Peter Hessler, finalist for the National Book Award

The Edwin Fox: How an Ordinary Sailing Ship Connected the World in the Age of Globalization, 1850–1914 by Boyd Cothran and Adrian Shubert

“A skillfully narrated, deeply engaging account of the shifting currents that reshaped global networks and changed the relationships among nations and their people in the second half of the nineteenth century. The book deserves to be widely reviewed and read around the globe.”—Tony Ballantyne, author of Empires and the Reach of the Global: 1870–1945

“In Cothran and Shubert’s expert telling, the story of the Edwin Fox reveals the great changes wrought by human globalization in the second half of the nineteenth century, skillfully situating individual lived experiences on a single sailing ship within a big, broad history of the era.”—Cian T. McMahon, author of The Coffin Ship: Life and Death at Sea during the Great Irish Famine

The Race for America: Black Internationalism in the Age of Manifest Destiny by R. J. Boutelle
Ambivalent Affinities: A Political History of Blackness and Homosexuality after World War II by Jennifer Dominique Jones
Captivity’s Collections: Science, Natural History, and the British Transatlantic Slave Trade by Kathleen S. Murphy
Beyond the Kitchen Table: Black Women and Global Food Systems by Priscilla McCutcheon, Latrica E. Best, Theresa Ann Rajack-Talley
Gotham’s War Within A War: Policing and the Birth of Law-and-Order Liberalism in World War II–Era New York City by Emily Brooks