New Faculty Books
In these twelve new stories of All I Want Is What You’ve Got, award-winning author Glen Chamberlain deftly writes about the fragility of small town life. Chamberlain ushers us amongst the half-broken lives, sharing the moments of regret, yet allowing the redemptive qualities of her characters to ultimately shine through. From a night nurse confessing her forgotten desires to an invalid to a Chinese girl trying to piece together a past from a single photograph; from an elderly rodeo cowboy falling in love with a beautiful stranger to a woman acutely aware of the intricacies that lead to her own death, All I Want is What You’ve Got is that masterful book of stories revealing how the profoundest moments in life are the ones taken for granted.
The newest addition to Dr. Susan Kollin's impressive body of work, Captivating Westerns (University of Nebraska Press, 2015) analyzes key moments in the history of multicultural encounters between the Middle East and the American West. In particular, the book examines how experiences of contact and conflict have played a role in defining the western US as a crucial American landscape and the cowboy hero as a powerful national symbol. The chapters address a diverse range of texts, from Iraq war novels to post-9/11 Western films, and from the popular musical Oklahoma! to a contemporary YouTube music video from Kuwait.