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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 15, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 15
Holiday Gifts Hot Off the Press

Books are always welcome gifts at the holidays, and Johns Hopkins University Press offers some suggestions from its current catalog. All titles can be found at local bookstores, through online booksellers like and or through the JHU Press Web site,

For the incurable New Yorker: Around Washington Square: An Illustrated History of Greenwich Village by Luther S. Harris reveals the people, places and ideas that shaped New York's — and perhaps the world's — most storied neighborhood. ($39.95 hardcover)

For the car buff: The Isaac Newton School of Driving: Physics and Your Car by Barry Parker offers an engaging and informative look at the science of driving and the laws of physics that govern how cars start, stop, turn and look. ($26.95 hardcover)

For the creative writer: Cake by Tristan Davies brings together 20 acclaimed short stories that chart the complexities of love, identity and life in impressionistic, dreamlike prose. ($15.95 paperback)

For the railroad enthusiast: The New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad by Robert E. Mohowski uncovers the history of the mid-Atlantic railway company defined throughout its 100-year history by technological and management innovation. ($34.95 hardcover)

For the would-be inventor: Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation by Rayvon Fouche traces the lives and accomplishments of three African-American inventors working at the turn of the 20th century and succeeding in their chosen fields despite racial prejudice. ($34.95 hardcover)

For the C-SPAN addict: The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment, edited by Fred Greenstein, provides a balanced and in-depth look at George Bush's policies during his first two years in office and his handling of the crises that have defined his presidency. ($19.95 paperback)

For the comic book connoisseur: Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America by Bradford W. Wright details the cultural history and significance of comic books in America from Superman to Spawn. ($19.95 paperback)


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