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AAUP Publishes Books for Understanding: Boston

Latest University Press Bibliography Illuminates the City on a Hill

NEW YORK, NY–In honor of the host city of its 2013 Annual Meeting, the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has published a bibliographic guide to Boston: its history, development, people, and arts. “Books for Understanding: Boston” highlights the latest and best university press scholarship on the scholarly city.

The list also serves as a complement to the April 2013 “Books for Understanding: Chechnya” bibliography; both were conceived as much-needed resources in the wake of the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Presenting 104 varied titles from 20 member presses, the bibliography includes such titles as:

  • The Paradise of All These Parts: A Natural History of Boston by John Hanson Mitchell (Beacon Press, 2009);
  • Boston: Voices and Visions edited by Shaun O’Connell (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010);
  • The Hub’s Metropolis: Greater Boston’s Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth by James C. O’Connell (MIT Press, 2013).

Books for Understanding is a free public service of AAUP to help librarians, journalists, educators, and interested readers find the best books on current events. The program highlights one of the highest values of university presses: to publish top research and scholarship in all fields regardless of immediate commercial potential. Often the most complete and illuminating background research and knowledge for a breaking news story is only available in scholarly books from presses committed to the public interest.

The Association of American University Presses is one of the world’s largest organizations of nonprofit scholarly publishers. AAUP is dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. Visit the AAUP Web site,, to learn more about the association and its members.

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