Eiseley fans, rejoice

If you are a fan of the writings of Loren Eiseley, the noted nature writer, philosopher, and anthropologist, then you may enjoy the new book coming out this spring from the University of Nebraska Press, Artifacts and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley. From the book's description: 

A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Eiseley was a professor of anthropology and a prolific writer and poet who worked to bring an understanding of science to the general public, incorporating religion, philosophy, and science into his explorations of the human mind and the passage of time.
As a writer who bridged the sciences and the humanities, Eiseley is a challenge for scholars locked into rigid discplinary boundaries. "Artifacts and Illuminations," the first full-length collection of critical essays on the writing of Eiseley, situates his work in the genres of creative nonfiction and nature writing. The contributing scholars apply a variety of critical approaches, including ecocriticism and place-oriented studies ranging across prairie, urban, and international contexts. Contributors explore such diverse topics as Eiseley's use of anthropomorphism and Jungian concepts and examine how his work was informed by synecdoche. Long overdue, this collection demonstrates Eiseley's continuing relevance as both a skilled literary craftsman and a profound thinker about the human place in the natural world.

Having recently seen a presentation on the book, I'm very interested in reading this scholarly examination of Eiseley the writer.

Nebraska Book Source also carries other titles either by or related to Eiseley. Take a look under the Science & Nature or the Biography & Autobiography collections—or search for "Eiseley" in our search box.

Preorders available for "A History of the World"

For readers interested in history, Donn H. Crilly's A History of the World is an excellent gift. The 1,086-page hardcover book providers the history buff with an overview of history from a scientific perspective, beginning with humankind's first experiences and ending with the events of 1945, with some commentary on the current state of the world. 

Officially available on Saturday, December 10, books will ship that day for orders placed prior to 10 a.m. central. We will have the book available for preorders here on Nebraska Book Source later today.

Remember, it takes eight to twelve business days for USPS Media Mail; most orders should arrive by December 23 that are shipped that Saturday, but because of the post office's policy and the amount of mail around the holidays, orders may arrive after Christmas. If we could, we would send books sooner, but we need to abide by the publisher's publication date.

Shipping for Christmas

If you're hoping to have your order arrive before Christmas, remember that USPS Media Mail (what we use) usually takes eight to twelve business days for delivery from the day of shipment. We recommend placing your order by December 5 (we would ship December 6) for orders to arrive by December 23. Orders placed after December 5 may not arrive in time.

Shipping rate update

We've updated our shipping rates to allow more flexibility for smaller orders. There is now a new rate for orders up to 5 pounds of $7.50, while orders between 5 and 10 pounds will remain at $10.00. For those of you who wish to order only that one special book, this means saving some money on shipping.

Welcome to the new Nebraska Book Source!

 We've been working hard to develop a new look for Nebraska Book Source, and we finally have the new store up and running.

New shipping method

Regular visitors may notice that our shipping method has changed from item-based shipping (shipping cost increases depending on the number of items you order) to weight-based shipping (shipping cost increases based on the accumulated weight of the items ordered). We're experimenting to see how the weight-based shipping cost compares to our shipping and packaging cost, so you may see some adjustment of the weight levels down the road. 

New, upgraded packaging

Along with the shipping change, we are making a significant change to our packaging. Most orders will now be shipped in double-wrapped B-flute corrugated cardboard, with the books themselves covered in plastic wrap to foil any potential moisture damage. This has slightly increased our postage and materials cost per shipment, but the added protection for the books as they go through the delivery process is a great benefit both to you and us.

For customers who are receiving orders in the new packaging (you'll know by the oblong size of the cardboard wrapper), let us know how it worked for your books: did they arrive OK? no bent corners? no moisture problems? We want to make sure that our new packaging passes the ultimate test and keeps your books safe.

New inventory

We have also increased the inventory of titles available on the store, and we will continue to add new titles. We are particularly pleased with the new selections for the Science Fiction & Fantasy collection, and we hope you enjoy them as well.

(There have been some interesting issues with book cover images and how they show up on the store. Bear with us as we work through the problem; it will be fixed shortly.)

Let us know what you think about the new store—email Suggestions are always welcome!