It’s the 10th anniversary of University Press Week! We’re proud to be a part of the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), an organization of 159 international nonprofit scholarly publishers. We’re joining in the UP Week celebrations with this blog post.

This year’s theme is #KeepUp, and we’re highlighting 10 books we’ve published in the past 10 years that changed how readers cook, dance, research, teach, collaborate, listen, and think. Get ready to update your to-be-read list, because these books are still a force to reckon with!

Get discounts on these and all of our books when you use code XM21 at before December 16.


Fifty Years of Revolution: Perspectives on Cuba, the United States, and the World
Edited by Soraya M. Castro Mariño and Ronald W. Pruessen

“Reinforces the value of probing further the fundamental, mostly unspoken assumptions at the root of the US stance towards Cuba.”—International Affairs

“Provide[s] short overviews of Cuba’s Cold War relationships to Moscow, Europe, Canada, and the United States—while showing that U.S. foreign policy played a role in all of these cases.”—Reviews in American History


The History of Florida
Edited by Michael Gannon

“A jewel.”—Tallahassee Democrat

“The standard reference.”—Orlando Sentinel

This is the heralded “definitive history” of Florida. Twenty-three leading historians offer a wealth of perspectives and expertise to create a comprehensive, balanced view of Florida’s sweeping story, emphasizing the state’s role at the center of important historical movements.


Becoming Virginia Woolf: Her Early Diaries and the Diaries She Read
Barbara Lounsberry

“Barbara Lounsberry has done for Woolf’s diaries what the diaries once did for Woolf’s novels, and what all great literary criticism seeks to do: It takes a canonical work of literature and offers an entirely new way of seeing it.”—New Republic

“Absorbing . . . like the diaries themselves.”—Times Literary Supplement


Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida
Tameka Bradley Hobbs

Florida Book Award for Florida Nonfiction, Bronze

Florida Historical Society Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Award

“Deeply researched and persuasively contextualized. . . . Highly recommended for all interested in the history of American lynching, southern violence, Florida history, and African American history.”—American Historical Review


Sea Level Rise in Florida: Science, Impacts, and Options
Albert C. Hine, Don P. Chambers, Tonya D. Clayton, Mark R. Hafen, and Gary T. Mitchum

“A scientifically credible and highly readable account of what is likely the greatest threat to Florida’s environment, economy, and culture over the coming decades.”—Reed F. Noss, author of Forgotten Grasslands of the South

“Every Floridian should read this book. It is the clearest and most readable description of how and why the sea level changes and what the future has in store for us.”—Orrin H. Pilkey, coauthor of Global Climate Change: A Primer


Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band
John Capouya

“Compelling. . . . Given how much great regional American soul music remains to be rediscovered, analyzed and archived, Mr. Capouya is to be commended. The casual fan will enjoy dipping in and out of these stand-alone stories; the hard-core fanatic will relish wading deep into the musical waters.”—Wall Street Journal

“Entertaining and colorful . . . Assures that the Sunshine State gets its due alongside the musical hubs of Detroit, Memphis, and New Orleans.”—Publishers Weekly


Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South
Von Diaz

Finalist, International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards in the Literary or Historical Food Writing Category

“Diaz shares her deeply personal story of family and food, resulting in one of the best-ever memoirs with recipes.”—Food & Wine

Coconuts and Collards is about the complex blend of history and agriculture that have shaped the island’s food and how Diaz found a way to blend two distinct cultures in a way that felt true to her own life.”—Bon Appétit


Picturing Apollo 11: Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments
J. L. Pickering and John Bisney

“Paint[s] a detailed picture of the moon landing. . . . A comprehensive photographic history of Apollo 11.”—Seattle Times

“Pickering and Bisney present a host of never-before-seen photographs of the mission, including images of the three astronauts, the Kennedy Space Center and spectators gathered to watch history being made before their eyes.”—Los Angeles Times

“The reader is left with an ample sense of the astronauts’ fame and, thanks to Pickering and Bisney’s wise selections, of their lasting accomplishment.”—Publishers Weekly


Historical Archaeology and Indigenous Collaboration: Discovering Histories That Have Futures
D. Rae Gould, Holly Herbster, Heather Law Pezzarossi, and Stephen A. Mrozowski

Society for American Archaeology Scholarly Book Award

“Excellent. . . . Based on archival research, oral history, and archaeological excavation and analyses of three sites centered around the Nipmuc people in southern New England, the text . . . tell[s] the stories of both the historical events and the work to understand them.”—Choice

“A rich and humanistic story of Nipmuc continuance in New England since the 1600s. . . . Offers an in-depth account of silenced regional histories in the heart of the American empire and gestures towards futurity as a major theoretical intervention for collaborative and decolonizing archaeologies.”—Historical Archaeology


Rooted Jazz Dance: Africanist Aesthetics and Equity in the Twenty-First Century
Edited by Lindsay Guarino, Carlos R.A. Jones, and Wendy Oliver

Rooted Jazz Dance sends the very clear message that jazz dance is reclaiming its time.”—Ayo Walker, Austin Peay State University  
“Explores the long overdue recognition of jazz dance as historically a Black American form of dance, steeped in Africanist aesthetics that parallel the cultural history of Black people in the country. It is not only a timely correction to our dance culture, but is also necessary for proper assessment of who we are as a national culture.”—Halifu Osumare, author of Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir  

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