New This Week

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means: new books! It’s the first New Books Tuesday of our Spring/Summer 2024 season and we have two new books publishing today. You can check them out below or visit our Hot Off the Press page to see everything new this month. Plus, sign up for our monthly enews to get updates in your inbox every month on new books & other UNC Press news.

Book cover for A Question of Value by Robert Brunk

A Question of Value: Stories from the Life of an Auctioneer by Robert Brunk

“Deeply thoughtful and elegant in its forthright simplicity, A Question of Value is one of the best books on collecting in many years.”—Antiques and the Arts Weekly

“In his new memoir . . . the gavel-wielding philosopher shares wisdom gleaned from his many years on the road and in the salesroom. [Brunk’s] empathetic tales capture the comedy, pathos, joy, and ultimate mystery that is collecting.”—The Magazine Antiques

“Robert Brunk’s remarkable story of the creation of his regional auction house in Asheville, North Carolina, is a testament to his hard work, intelligence, perseverance, and integrity. This is a fascinating read!”—William W. Stahl Jr., vice chairman of Sotheby’s Decorative Arts, North America (retired)

Book cover for Everywhere the Undrowned by Stephanie Clare Smith

Everywhere the Undrowned: A Memoir of Survival and Imagination by Stephanie Clare Smith

First book in the Great Circle Books literary nonfiction series

A Kirkus Reviews Must-Read New Memoir

“This stunningly lyrical memoir is a profoundly insightful glimpse into the complex and frightening consequences of parental neglect. As Smith’s voice naturally evolves from alienated to intensely present, the impressively concise narrative alternates between ethereal observations about everything from space to spiders and gut punches of pain, shame, revelation, and redemption . . . . A masterful literary memoir about caring for those responsible for our trauma.”—Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)

“In lyrical, metaphor-rich prose fragments that mine the cosmos, television, and avian life for meaning, Smith offers a harrowing yet hopeful look at the long road to recovery. This cathartic personal history is difficult to shake.”—Publishers Weekly