Beth Luey

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Works

House Stories: The Meanings of Home in a New England Town
A narrative tour of historic houses in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, a small New England coastal town, invites readers inside to learn each house's secrets. Through letters and diaries, newspaper accounts legal documents, and the recollections of neighbors, Luey introduces a diverse cast of historical characters from 1800 to the 200s, including a Japanese castaway, a self-made millionaire, a seagoing adventurer, a religious pioneer, and an entrepreneurial immigrant. Luey invites readers to join her as she considers the multiple meanings of "home" for these people and their families.

Expanding the American Mind: Books and the Popularization of Knowledge
Since World War II, an increasingly well-educated American public has come to rely on nonfiction written by academics, journalists, and scholars outside the academy to understand a rapidly changing world. This book explores the history of the genre, the authors who write in it, the ways they write, and the ways we read. It also looks at the ways publishers develop, produce, and market popularizations. Based on research in publishers' archives, reader surveys, and author interviews, it explains both the popularity and the value of serious nonfiction.










Handbook for Academic Authors
The fifth edition of this widely recommended book offers advice on choosing a publisher, negotiating a contract, submitting journal articles, revising a dissertation, writing a textbook or a trade book, targeting your audience, and publishing electronically. It answers scholars’ questions about copyright, illustrations, indexing, and other practical matters.














Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors
With chapters by leading editors at major presses, this guide offers young scholars help in reconceptualizing, revising, and reorganizing a dissertation for publication, advice on what to add and what to remove, and help with time management.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
A narrative tour of historic houses in a small New England coastal town that invites readers over the threshold to learn each house's secrets.
A lively exploration of how nonfiction books have kept Americans learning long after leaving college
Everything scholars need to know about publishing-- "straightforward, sober, thorough, orderly, and practical"
--American Literature
Practical advice, written with experience and good cheer-- "authoritative, up-to-date, succinct, intelligent, and witty."