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  • Ian Brown's Books

    Ian Brown's Books Time, Space, & Object Life in the Field ​ August 1, 2022 List Price: $19.95 PB 192 pages, full color text ​ Combining memoir and diary accounts, Ian Brown examines five decades of personal archaeological research, especially regarding life in the field. Contained within this volume are a multitude of happenings that characterize most if not all fieldwork experiences, but seldom do they enter the final reports of excavations. The book is dedicated to Brown's many students because without them the adventures either would not have occurred or have been as colorful. borgopublishing.com Still Rambling at Sixty-Nine An Archaeologist's Memoir ​ July 2021 List Price: $17.95 PB 148 pages ​ When Ian W. Brown retired in June of 2020, the Covid 19 pandemic was running rampant. The isolation that resulted from abrupt social distancing provided him with ample time to contemplate a life of doing archaeology in an academic setting, and how this came to pass. In sixteen essays he muses upon growing up in the late 20th century, touching upon subjects as wide ranging as "Home (A Short Story)," "Early Work," "Confessions of a Book Buyer," "Academia (I never Planned to be a College Professor)," "Games and Sports, a Preparation for Life)," "Life's Incidentals: The Drive-In Theater, The Circus, and the Fair," "The Point of Dancing," "What Do I Believe?" and many more, ending with his personal assessment of "2020-The Year of the Pandemic." ​ George C. Rable, noted Civil War historian, says in his Foreword to the volume, "There is far less ego in these pages (except for his descriptions of early sports triumphs) than would be expected. Ian generally keeps his lamp well hidden under the proverbial bushel while fondly recalling many individuals who aided his journey. His wit is sly and sharp but never demeans other people and is often self-deprecating. As his friends can attest, Ian elevates rather than denigrates... And through this work, there is a becoming and genuine modesty, a recognition of limits to both knowledge and experience but a relentless drive to find meaning in life whether figuring out why he never cared for circuses or wrestling with the mystery of death. From the thoughtful introduction to the wonderful picture at the end, Still Rambling recounts a life well-remembered, well-recorded, and well-lived." ​ ​ borgopublishing.com Behind Glass in Russia, 1992 An Archaeologist's Journal ​ Fall 2020 List Price: $20.00 PB 116 pages ​ In September of 1992, less than a year after the collapse of the Soviet Union, an archaeological delegation sponsored by People to People International ventured into Russia. The author maintained a detail journal of their activities as they explored regions stretching from St. Petersburg to Novgorod and into the steppes and the Northern Caucasus Mountains. This was an important time of transition for Russia, when things were not quite what they were like under the previous Soviet regime and certainly not at all like what exists two decades into the new millennium. ​ ​ borgopublishing.com China Memories Journal of an Archaeologist in the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River in 1999 ​ University Press of the South Fall 2019 List Price: $20.95 PB 180 pages ​ These memories derive from a journey that the author took in China in February and March of 1999 as a member of the Zhong Xian Archaeological Project. His trip largely focused on the province of Sichuan, but several days were spent in and around Beijing. An archaeological study of salt was the purpose of the expedition, but in the process of traveling hither and yon, Dr. Brown experienced life in China that was undergoing major changes, both in urban and rural areas. The account is extracted directly from his detailed diary and offers many insights as to how local peoples reacted to a team of strange archaeologists that happened to wander into their lives. ​ ​ borgopublishing.com Marking Graves in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama ​ The Musings of a Teacher ​ ​​List Price: $14.95 PB 120 pages August 2016 ​ He sends his students out into the cemeteries “armed with very specific research questions.” To whom are they asking these questions? The living? On many occasions I have heard Ian insist that cemeteries are indeed for the living, that those elaborate burial rituals and markings are ourmeager attempts to hold back the broad, merciless, and unending river of time. We erect headstones and we leave flowers—a universal yet odd desire to impart beauty and life to the cold and inert. Alongside the flowers we seem increasingly to be leaving such everyday objects as footballs and Bama memorabilia, Christmas boxes, and figurines (mostly angels). What are these mementoes saying? But perhaps Ian wants his students to direct their questions to the dead…by first looking closely at those who came before and then asking the right questions, we ourselves will be changed… By learning about them, we learn from them. We gain insight into the human condition. —FROM THE PREFACE BY G. WARD HUBBS ​ borgopublishing.com The Petite Anse Project Archaeological Investigations along the West-central Coast of Louisiana 1978–1979 ​​List Price: $35.00 PB 442 pages September 2015 ​ Avery Island is known far and wide for its natural beauty. Live oaks bearing festoons of Spanish moss, fields plush with red hot peppers, snowy egrets building nesting beside the ponds, and alligators peering slyly above the murky waters are but a few of the elements that make this island a virtual Eden. However, it was the presence of an active saline that made Avery Island attractive to both historic and prehistoric populations. Indians made good use of the Salt Mine Valley site for making salt in late prehistoric times, and even earlier Indians used the island to erect earthen edifices, such as the Banana Bayou Mound. In the Petite Anse Project Ian Brown begins with a thorough discussion of the archaeology of Avery Island and then heads out to the other salt domes and surrounding marsh in exploring the rich culture history of the coastal plain. Three parishes receive major treatment in this volume and well over a hundred sites are explored. The degradation brought about by hurricanes and industry has changed forever the west-central coast of Louisiana. Because many of the sites visited and described by the author have sadly disappeared, this work is an important time capsule for those interested in Louisiana’s past. ​ Time Travelers in England Americans in Search of Salt ​​List Price: $35.00 PB 264 pages June 2014 Time Travelers in England is a personal narrative of an archaeologist who studies salt. In the first half of the book Ian W. Brown and his nephew Trevor Hughes explore the various "wiches" of Cheshire County (Middlewich, Nantwich, and Northwich) via canal boat, the way that salt would have been transported in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Along the way they have many "Pickwickian" adventures. The second half of the volume deals with Droitwich, the Worcestershire countryside, the Cotswolds, and many other locales where numerous features on the British landscape quite simply were in need of exploration. It is a rich tale of B&Bs, pubs, museums, and numerous archaeological and historical sites wherein two American come to terms with the land of their ancestors. Interested readers might also turn to The Red Hills of Essex: Studying Salt in England, also by Brown, for an earlier tromp on the British countryside in search of salt and the fascinating impact that it had on society and culture. borgopublishing.com borgopublishing.com About the Author Ian W. Brown is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama and Emeritus Curator of Gulf Coast Archaeology at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Dr. Brown specializes in the archaeology and history of Southeastern U.S. Indians and has spent over four decades excavating sites in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and writing about the role of salt in North America, England, and China. He has also written much on the subjects of gravestones and cemeteries. Check out a review of Ian Brown's Marking Graves in the University of Alabama News! Click here The Red Hills of Essex Studying Salt in England ​​List Price: $14.95 PB 158 pages December 2013 ​ The foremost scholar of salt archaeology in North America, Ian Brown has turned his expertise and enthusiasm to Iron Age and Roman salt production in Essex. The resulting illustrated and engaging account is both highly personal and exhaustive, providing a thorough review of the existing literature as well as his own travels, and resulting in an original model for the ancient salt manufacture in the area. A must read for scholars interested in salt archaeology anywhere in the world, Brown has once again proven why his work is indispensable. ​ borgopublishing.com See review below Above & Beyond the Pale A Portrait of Life and Death in Ireland ​ ​​List Price: $15.00 PB 240 pages January 2013 ​ An American archaeologist travels through Ireland recording life's experiences. A fascination with cemeteries leads him to explore the many ways in which death is memorialized in the Emerald Isle, both now and in antiquity. The author's detailed journal entries enable readers to learn of megalithic monuments, monasteries, battlefields, castles, the backstreets of Dublin, and many more venues of this wonderful enchanted land. ​ The Peabody Man: Jeffrey P. Brain ​​Edited by Ian W. Brown annd Vincas P. Steponaitis ​ List Price: $5.00 PB 126 pages 2010​ Jeffrey P. Brain, involved with one or another museum bearing the Peabody name for much of his academic career, is celebrated in this volume. Having made contributions to prehistoric and historic archaeology in the southeastern United States and historic archaeology in Maine, the time seemed ripe on his 70th birthday for his many students (and a few others) to proclaim what his teaching meant to them, in the field, the lab, and the classroom. In addition to a biographical sketch and a bibliography of Brain's many publications, there are 22 vignettes, both instructive and humorous, on his unique qualities as a teacher of archaeology. ​ ​ ​ ​ Book Reviews ​ Bottle Creek Reflections: The Personal Side of Archaeology in the Mobile Tensaw Delta By Ian W. Brown ​ Review by Mike Bunn, Director of Historic Blakeley State Park, in The Historians' Manifesto, July 2020 ​ The incredible Bottle Creek Mound complex, featuring some eighteen earthen mounds, is the largest Mississippian mound site on the Gulf Coast. The site was occupied circa 1250-1550 and during the era stood as the largest community in the region. It is located in the middle of the vast Mobile-Tensaw Delta on Mound Island, inaccessible except by boat. As part of the cruise offerings by Historic Blakeley State Park, I get to take visitors to this unique site each winter and help lead walking tours in which we share some of the history of what is in truth an amazing ghost town. Most of the information I share is derived from the dedicated work of archaeologists who have investigated the site, especially Dr. Ian W. Brown, recently retired from a long and distinguished career at the University of Alabama. Owing to the site’s remote location and the difficulty of staging large excavations there, Bottle Creek is in truth one of the least-studied mound complexes in the southeast. In the 1990s Dr. Brown conducted three summer excavations of the site with teams of colleagues and students, however, and his work forms the core of what is known about life at the site. I have reviewed his edited volume on the findings derived from the excavations of the site, contained in Bottle Creek: A Pensacola Culture Site in South Alabama , previously in this space. Today I offer some thoughts on his book chronicling the process of the excavations, Bottle Creek Reflections: The Personal Side of Archaeology in the Mobile Tensaw Delta. The book is derived in large part from the journals he kept during work over the course of three summers. There are numerous details about what the team was finding in the notes, and numerous photographs and sketches of the progress of the digs illustrating the incredible story of habitation the team was revealing. But this book is less about technical processes and scientific findings than the actual logistics of arranging for complex archaeological study in one of the more difficult environments America has to offer. The crew, temporarily living in housing nearby, was forced to travel by boat to the site daily in the middle of the Gulf Coast’s hot and humid summers. The region is one of the rainiest in the country, and frequent and sudden thunderstorms hampered the work at times. But so did the innumerable biting insects and poisonous plants the workers had to deal with, not to mention the frequent mechanical issues with their sometimes-unreliable boats and ground transportation. The book reads as high adventure in a virtually unknown region, featuring numerous trials and tribulations involved in merely getting to the site, and no few mishaps—the sinking of a boat, nearly losing a van into the dark waters of the Delta, almost colliding with a large barge in thick fog, and several other hardships and handicaps. But it also shows the comraderie of the teams Brown assembled, the wide-ranging interest his work generated throughout the state and region, and how discovery of a previously little-known and barely-studied community was taking place before their eyes. As Brown’s professional work comprises the essential record of what is known about one of Gulf South’s most remarkable prehistoric sites, this book will serve as an entertaining compliment to the published reports it generated. It is indeed the personal side of archaeology, and one anyone who has attempted to work in any capacity in the dense and remote forests and waters of the Delta will especially appreciate the tale. See review below Bottle Creek Reflections The Personal Side of Archaeology in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta ​​List Price: $15.95 PB 288 pages January 2012 This book is a voyage of discovery into the past. Its author charts the waters of Alabama's Mobile-Tensaw Delta as he explores the Bottle Creek site, the principal late prehistoric mound center of the Pensacola Culture. This site, now a National Historic Landmark, was the scene of three seasons of archaeological fieldwork in the early 1990s. Ian Brown and his team of investigators not only provide a vivid picture of what swamp archaeology is like at the "trowel's edge," as seen from the day-to-day perspective of doing archaeology, but they offer the swamp itself in all its majesty, glory, and danger. This is a book about life in the swamp, both now and then. Any who follow in the wake of the Bottle Creek boat must do so with ample caution and due reflection. ​ ​ borgopublishing.com borgopublishing.com borgopublishing.com

  • Susan Bowman's Book

    Susan Bowman's Book borgopublishing.com ernest&hadleybooks.com amazon.com The Quiet Heart A Foundational Guide to Inner Healing and Deliverance ​ ​ List Price: $12.95 PB 148 pages March 1, 2020 ​ Proverbs 4:23 warns us to guard the heart with all diligence because the springs of life flow from it. But what is this heart the Bible speaks of? How can it be guarded? What are springs of life? Recent developments in the fields of neurocardiology and psychology are supplying answers to these questions. And, as unlikely as it may seem, the latest scientific developments support what the Bible has long proclaimed—that whatever is believed within the human heart determines the course of a person’s life. ​ Weaving together science, psychology and scripture, The Quiet Heart: A Foundational Guide to Inner Healing, explains how God designed the human heart and how that design has been hijacked as a result of the fall. The author, a seasoned prayer minister, offers field-tested tools and strategies to help you discover what is hidden in your heart. It teaches how to recover your heart and train it to align with God’s truth so that you may enjoy a healthy and meaningful relationship with Him. Topics include healing the human spirit, soul and heart; the fall and deliverance; spiritual warfare; generational considerations; learning to hear from God and more. This gentle and practical guide to inner healing and deliverance offers step-by-step instructions along with written prayers. Thoughtful research, combined with years of experience, makes The Quiet Heart a must read for those seeking peace with God, themselves and others. ​ ​ Reviews ​ One thing I have come to understand is that everyone struggles with emotions at times and that how we deal with them will greatly affect our lives either positively or negatively. As I read this book, I was excited to find that the writer has made it amazingly simple and yet teaches the reader how real change is possible when we follow God's principles. This is a must-read book for those seeking healing and deliverance. —JR ​ Through gifted writing, one is guided through a process to heal those wounds that haunt us, whether we recognize them or not. Finally! To be given the tools necessary to begin the journey to being whole, loving oneself and others. — Mary Baker ​ Even if you have been a Christian for years, The Quiet Heart reveals Biblical truths that you have most likely never heard from a pastor. If you are not a Christian, this book will lead you into an understanding of what can await you if you give your heart to Christ. This is not a book of opinion. Every point that the author makes is referenced to Scripture, book, chapter and verse. These Biblical truths are nothing new, but to most Christians they will be, because for various reasons it is rare to hear them preached or even talked about. The Quiet Heart will teach you how to have your spirit and soul work in harmony, and bring you closer to the Father as you walk with him. —Fretplayer ​ Susan is a warrior in the heavenly realms. Even if we don't agree with every issue of theology, her teaching on inner vows is not to be missed. God wants to break the chains of deception that have led to our most common human dysfunctions, and these practical guides toward inner healing are absolute gold! —Joel Gorveatte, Lead Pastor, Moncton Wesleyan, Canada The Quiet Heart reveals a path of hope, healing and restoration to those wounded by life. Susan combines her experience and wisdom with tools that provide the reader the opportunity to experience unity in body, soul and spirit. —Dr. Sherry Furlow, The Dream Center Montgomery ​ About the Author Susan Bowman is an Elijah House-trained prayer minister. Elijah House has long been recognized as the premier training school for ministers of inner healing and deliverance. She has studied with many other respected inner healing and deliverance ministries including Restoration in Christ Ministries, Thrive Today, Shepherd’s House, Hearts Set Free Ministries, Transformation Prayer Ministry, Deeper Walk International and the Immanuel Approach. For more than 20 years, Susan has served the body of Christ as an inner healer and deliverance minister. As well as working one-on-one with believers, she teaches the principles of inner healing and deliverance for the purpose of equipping lay persons, prayer ministers and pastors to set God’s people free. This is what I have been looking for all my life! I have been a Christian for over 60 years, and I have attended gospel preaching churches through those years. Although I have heard many great preachers, I always felt there was something missing, but I had no idea what it was that my inner self was wanting. Now I know! The Quiet Heart will bring healing and joy to anyone who reads it. —Joe Chytil, CFO (retired), DCH Regional Medical Center, Alabama ​ Susan’s section on the heart is phenomenal. What makes it even better is that she lives what she writes. —Rev. Lori Maxey, Executive Director, The House Tuscaloosa If you desire a greater understanding how to achieve freedom and peace within, read The Quiet Heart. —Rev. David DuVall, LCPC, Lead Pastor, Renovation Church, Florida. ​ When applied, the practices and methods explained within The Quiet Heart bring about sustainable change, making a life-changing relationship with God through Jesus Christ possible. I have successfully used The Quiet Heart to start conversations with those who do not know the Lord and by it have led some to Him. —Annica Lövenmark, PhD., R.N., Lecturer at Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden

  • Borgo Publishing | Independent Book Publisher | Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    Welcome to Borgo Publishing , an independent book publisher offering a variety of book production options. We can design your book interior and cover, as well as provide additional services (editorial, illustration, proofreading, indexing, and photography) to complete your project. With 35 years of book design experience, we keep on top of current trends in the industry to increase the market value of each book. Most importantly, we provide an outlet for non-profits to tell their stories at a very competitive rate. ​ Borgo Publishing has all of its books available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, 1928 7th Street, Tuscaloosa. They would be happy to send copies of these books to you by contacting easty@ernestandhadleybooks.com ​ If you are interested in publishing a book through Borgo, please see the information we will need about your book on the Contact page. Frontlist To Lose One's Soul Exposing the Apostasy of the Religious Right George Chumney ​ ​ August 1, 2022 List Price: $11.50 PB 76 pages, black and white text ​ To Lose One’s Soul offers a collection of biblical meditations designed to clarify the blatant disparity between the faith that these folks profess and the political views that they espouse. Focusing attention on the practical implications of Scripture, Chumney challenges America’s white evangelicals and white Catholics to repudiate the pundits, politicians, and preachers who have led them astray and to rediscover what it means to follow Jesus. borgopublishing.com ernestandhadleybooks.com amazon.com Time, Space, & Object Life in the Field Ian W, Brown ​ ​ August 1, 2022 List Price: $19.95 PB 192 pages, full color text ​ Combining memoir and diary accounts, Ian Brown examines five decades of personal archaeological research, especially regarding life in the field. Contained within this volume are a multitude of happenings that characterize most if not all fieldwork experiences, but seldom do they enter the final reports of excavations. The book is dedicated to Brown's many students because without them the adventures either would not have occurred or have been as colorful. borgopublishing.com Kudzu on the Ivory Tower From the Backwoods to an Academic Career in the Deep, Deep South Evan Peacock ​ ​ August 2021 List Price: $22.95 PB 268 pages, full color text ​ Educated meets Dispatches from Pluto , but with more explosions. The story of an unlikely journey from a poverty-stricken upbringing in the Mississippi backwoods to a career in academic archaeology. Along the way one encounters homemade cannons, untethered nuclear bombs, zombie cheeseburgers, country music sycophants, demonic rodents, screaming wood, mechanical butts, grease sandwiches, ancient artifacts, and the deleterious consequences of racist thinking. Ultimately a story of love, family, and the redemptive power of education, Kudzu on the Ivory Tower is "a mélange of Franklin's Autobiography , Rousseau's Confessions , Chateaubriand's Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb , and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." borgopublishing.com ernestandhadleybooks.com amazon.com Still Rambling at Sixty-Nine An Archaeologist's Memoir Ian W. Brown ​ ​ July 2021 List Price: $17.95 PB 148 pages, full color text ​ When Ian W. Brown retired in June of 2020, the Covid 19 pandemic was running rampant. The isolation that resulted from abrupt social distancing provided him with ample time to contemplate a life of doing archaeology in an academic setting, and how this came to pass. In sixteen essays he muses upon growing up in the late 20th century, touching upon subjects as wide ranging as "Home (A Short Story)," "Early Work," "Confessions of a Book Buyer," "Academia (I never Planned to be a College Professor)," "Games and Sports, a Preparation for Life)," "Life's Incidentals: The Drive-In Theater, The Circus, and the Fair," "The Point of Dancing," "What Do I Believe?" and many more, ending with his personal assessment of "2020-The Year of the Pandemic." ​ ​ borgopublishing.com Flashes of Life True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary Pamela S. Wight ​ ​ May 2021 List Price: $14.95 PB 140 pages, b/w text ​ Wow! Life goes by in a flash. Philosophers and mystics ponder the mystery of these flashes. Pamela Wight writes about life flashes in her short stories that include family and friends, love and life’s challenges. Wight’s “Flash Memoir” promotes the belief that we all share sparks of the extraordinary that occur in our everyday life. Each short story is true and brings a smile of recognition to her readers: that life transports and enthralls us in all its confusing, amusing, challenging, and astonishing ways. Each story is light-hearted and short – like a flash – but be prepared for a page-turner that keeps you in your seat, smiling. ​ ​ borgo publishing.com epub book ernestandhadleybooks.com amazon.com

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