New! Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree

From the first written record of it made by the Spaniard Cabeza de Vaca in 1528 to its nineteenth-century domestication and its current development into a multimillion dollar crop, the pecan tree has been broadly appreciated for its nutritious nuts and its beautiful wood. In Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree, Lenny Wells explores the rich and fascinating story of one of North America’s few native crops, long an iconic staple of southern foods and landscapes.

Fueled largely by a booming international interest in the pecan, new discoveries about the remarkable health benefits of the nut, and a renewed enthusiasm for the crop in the United States, the pecan is currently experiencing a renaissance with the revitalization of America’s pecan industry. The crop’s transformation into a vital component of the US agricultural economy has taken many surprising and serendipitous twists along the way. Following the ravages of cotton farming, the pecan tree and its orchard ecosystem helped to heal the rural southern landscape. Today, pecan production offers a unique form of agriculture that can enhance biodiversity and protect the soil in a sustainable and productive manner.

Among the many colorful anecdotes that make the book fascinating reading are the story of André Pénicaut’s introduction of the pecan to Europe, the development of a Latin name based on historical descriptions of the same plant over time, the use of explosives in planting orchard trees, the accidental discovery of zinc as an important micronutrient, and the birth of “kudzu clubs” in the 1940s promoting the weed as a cover crop in pecan orchards.

Lenny Wells
is an associate professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia. His work with the Cooperative Extension Service is focused primarily on developing sustainable methods of pecan culture. Wells edited the Southeastern Pecan Growers Handbook and has been a regular columnist for Pecan South, The Pecan Grower, the Albany Herald, and Georgia Gardening.

“I have known Lenny Wells for quite some time and was well aware of his expertise as a pecan scientist and extension specialist. What I was not aware of was his ability as a storyteller. I was captivated by the story, and riveted by the accounts as he related them. The book is not only a unique history of the pecan, but an interesting account of a significant part of American history.”
—William D. Goff, senior editor for Pecan Production in the Southeast

“Lenny Wells has done a masterful job weaving together many topics regarding the pecan-tree improvement, propagation, horticulture, and the related topics of environmental science, natural history, and the duality of human planning and human caprice-relating it to the history and culture of North America over the last four hundred years.”
—Henry Hughes, director of education at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, Alabama

320 pages / 35 color figures / 8 B&W figures / 1 map

ISBN: 978-0-81730 1887-1 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-8896-6 Ebook

New from FC2, “The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman”

The nineteen stories in The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman track the splintered trajectory of the title character, tracing a chickenscratch line of psychosexual development from childhood to old age. Two schoolgirls culminate their sexual exploration in a surreal act of cannibalism. A sister molds her dead brother’s body into a bird. A woman gives birth to balls of twine and fur (among other things). A sex worker engages a version of herself in a brothel of prostituted body parts.

Courtney E. Morgan tears apart a host of archetypes and tropes of femininity—dismembering them, skinning them, and then draping them one by one over her characters like fur coats—revealing them as illfitting, sometimes comedic, sometimes monstrous, and always insufficient, masks. In stories that range from fairy tale to horror story, from confessional to erotica to creation myth, mutability, instability, and liminality are foregrounded, blurring the lines between birth and death, death and sex, tugging at the transitional spaces of adolescence and gestation.

Courtney E. Morgan’s
work has appeared in Pleiades, The American Book Review, The Red Anthology, and elsewhere. The founder and editor of The Thought Erotic, an online journal, she received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and lives in Denver.

“Courtney Morgan’s dark and surprising stories turn sharp corners. You read and discover that the passage between life and death is the threshold you already crossed. Morgan is a writer whose sentences produce what they describe: the disorderly sensation of a threatening desire.”
—Joanna Ruocco, author of Dan, Another Governess/The Least Blacksmith, and A Compendium of Domestic Incidents

The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman is disarming and smart and spooky. I’ve never read anything quite like it.”
—Noy Holland, author of Bird and Swim for the Little One First

“In The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, Courtney Morgan has designed a map of the female body and a psychosexual journey. Weaving her way through different storytelling modes, including fairy tale and horror, fiction and nonfiction, literal and lyric, these creepy but also vital stories create, decreate, and recreate the skins we live in: language and the body. Breathtakingly.”
—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir

216 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57366-059-4 Paper
ISBN: 978-1-57366-870-5 Ebook

New! Selma: A Bicentennial History

In 1989, Alston Fitts III published a brief history of Selma, Alabama, from its founding through the aftermath of the civil rights movement. Selma: A Bicentennial History is a greatly revised and expanded version of Fitts’s history of the city, replete with a wealth of new, never-before-published illustrations, which further develops a number of significant events, corrects critical errors, and, most importantly, incorporates many new stories and materials that document Selma’s establishment, growth, and development.

Comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and nonpartisan, Fitts’s pleasantly accessible history addresses every major issue, movement, and trend from the city’s settlement in 1815 to the end of the twentieth century. Its commerce, institutions, governance, as well as its evolving racial, religious, and class composition are all treated with candor and depth. Selma’s transformative role within the state and the nation is fully explored, and most notable is a nuanced and complex discussion of race relations from the rise of the civil rights era to modern times.

Alston Fitts III is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in 1964 and a PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 1974. A former English teacher, Fitts served for decades as the director of information and principal fundraiser for the Edmundite Missions, a Catholic organization based in Selma.

“There is a palpable even-handedness about this book. It could serve as a common frame of reference for all of Selma’s citizens, black and white, and certainly for people in other places, including other parts of Alabama; it offers a font of useful information.”
—Frye Gaillard, author of Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America

“What makes this book so worthwhile in my view is its discussion of the complexity of race since the days of the civil rights movement. Like so many communities that went through the civil rights movement, race remains a significant issue that can lead to open conflict with the slightest spark. Fitts shows how explosive the issue of race continued to be.”
—Wilson Fallin Jr., author of Uplifting the People: Three Centuries of Black Baptists in Alabama

384 pages / 199 B&W figures
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1832-8 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9065-5 Ebook