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  • Ian Brown's Books

    Ian Brown's Books 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 amazon.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 ernest&hadleybooks.com amazon.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 ernest&hadleybooks.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 ​ Check out this recent review of Ian Brown's Marking Graves in the University of Alabama News! Click here borgopublishing.com ernest&hadleybooks.com amazon.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 amazon.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. borgopublishing.com ernest&hadleybooks.com amazon.com 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. ​ amazon.com borgopublishing.com ernest&hadleybooks.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. ​ borgopublishing.com amazon.com 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. ​ ​ 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. borgopublishing.com amazon.com amazon.com borgopublishing.com

  • Borgo Publishing Authors

    Leah Alford ​ Leah Alford has lived with cats for decades and has been studying and writing about cats, animals, and the natural world for many years. She began drawing and painting in early childhood and writing at age 12. She has a 1971 BA in English from the University of Alabama. While she worked in a hectic t-shirt printing business and later, weathered a serious chronic disease, her art and writing was published in small art, nature, music, and literary journals. She lives with her husband and animals in the deep woods near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, near a creek. She is a Professional Member of the Cat Writers' Association. See Leah's book here . Donald Ball ​ Donald B. Ball is a native of Middle Tennessee and holds a MA degree in anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Now retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers, he resides in Louisville, Kentucky. His research centers on the history of archaeology in Tennessee and prehistoric archaeology of the southeastern United States and Cumberland and Ohio valleys but has many varied research interests. See Don's books here . Sam Bowman ​ Sam Bowman is an avid birder, finding nature a wonderful place to meet with the Lord. For five years, he headed his local Christmas Bird Count. Since 1996, he has completed routes for The North American Breeding Bird Survey, a joint project of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Canadian Wildlife Service. As a retired clinical laboratory scientist, Sam is relieved to finally be out-of-doors, pursuing his hobbies of birding and bird habitat gardening. See Sam's book here . Susan Bowman ​ 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. ​ See Susan's book here. Donald Brown Donald Brown is an advanced journalism professor at the University of Alabama. For 15 years, he was the senior editor of the Tuscaloosa News and Florence Times Daily. He was also the editor of Birmingham Magazine for 11 years. He and his wife live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ​ See Donald's books here. Ian W. Brown Ian W. Brown has been a practicing archaeologist for 50 years. Most of his work has taken place in the Southeastern U.S. He taught for many years at both Harvard University and the University of Alabama. He has been a researcher, teacher, curator, museum director, anthropology department chair, and president of two national professional organizations. He is a lifetime member of the Association for Gravestone Studies and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In the 69th year of life he began a blissful retirement in Tuscaloosa where he continues to ramble. See Ian's books here. ​ ​ ​ Bill Fitts Bill Fitts is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, graduated from Princeton University, and has made his living as a sailor, salesman, underwriter, account executive, accountant, systems administrator, information specialist, and, now, professional writer. Prior to returning to Tuscaloosa in 1989, Bill lived in Florida, the Panama Canal Zone, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Georgia. See Bill's books here. Vikki Grodner Before becoming a children’s author, Vikki Grodner spent her life exploring many creative outlets. Currently she is building a lifestyle brand that examines the connection between home, family and place. But she has attempted to have her largest impact in her familial role and capture those relationships in her writing. ​ See Vikki's book here. Susan D. Lambert Susan Lambert is a retired physician who specialized in Occupational Medicine and served as the Head of that department at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, California, for 25 years. She is now enjoying quilting, traveling, and especially, singing with the Contra Costa Chorale in the Bay Area. Clarence the Clam is her first book but not her last! She spent many happy years living in Greenwich, CT, where this book takes place. See Susan's book here . ​ Jana O'Brien ​ Jana O’Brien began writing short stories at just nine years old. Her love for reading inspired her to write her own stories, and before long, poetry and song lyrics. She has recently begun work in screenwriting. Although she loves writing most anything, she discovered her calling as a novelist in 2014. Her passion for history is often expressed in her writing. In addition to her work as an author, Jana works in the film industry with several acting credits, as well as credits as an assistant director and script supervisor. Born in Dallas, Texas to a military family, Jana moved all over the U.S. in her youth, but was raised primarily in the Southeast—the setting for much of her work. Jana currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her children. See Jana's books here . ​ Carolyn Rhodes Carolyn Rhodes has been recognized for her published articles, essays and blogs, and has won several writing awards. She lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, her home for the past twenty-five years. Carolyn’s New York City roots are evident to all who meet her. In her memoir, “Library Girls of New York,” she shares her experiences while growing up inside two New York Public Carnegie live-in libraries (NYPL). It is a unique and true story which covers the years from 1930s until her Dad retired from the NYPL, mid-1970s. Carolyn retired from the University of Alabama (worked in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa) where she wrote feature articles and edited publications. ​ See Carolyn's book here . ​ ​ David Thomas Rogers Tom Rogers is a retired biology professor from The University of Alabama. He earned his B.A. from Huntingdon College, M.S. in zoology, and Ph.D. in ecology from The University of Georgia. He has authored thirty papers in various research journals, and has been an invited participant at natural resource conferences in Honduras and Guatemala. In addition, he has been a sponsored lecturer to the biology faculty at La Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala. In 1988, Tom was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from Huntingdon College. See Tom's book here . ​ ​ Pamela Wight ​ Pamela Wight writes fiction for children and adults. She is the published author of The Right Wrong Man and Twin Desires , Birds of Paradise, Molly Finds Her Purr , and pens a popular weekly blog called Rough-wighting (www.roughwighting.net ). She teaches Creative Writing classes in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas (pam.wight@colettawight.net ). ​ See Pamela's books here . ​ ​ ​ Erich Otto Wildgrube IV Erich Otto Wildgrube IV was born in New Jersey to Erich the III and Paula Castleberry Wildgrube in February of 1987. At the age of two he moved to Alabama where he has lived ever since. See Erich's books here. ​ ​ ​ ​ Paula Wildgrube Paula Wildgrube and her family live in the one and only Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she and her son Erich IV run Zoe Home School (Zoehomeschool.org), a ministry of Soma Church of Holt, Alabama. Over the years, Paula has enjoyed the company of a variety of furry friends. Her current friends Tango, The Professor, Baggy, Tyler and Steve are the protagonists of the Mayor Tom Mysteries. See Paula's book here. ​ ​ ​

  • 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 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 amazon.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 amazon.com Behind Glass in Russia, 1992 An Archaeologist's Journal Ian W. Brown ​ ​ Fall 2020 List Price: $20.00 PB 116 pages, full color text ​ 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 ernest&hadleybooks.com amazon.com The Quiet Heart A Foundational Guide to Inner Healing and Deliverance Susan Bowman ​ March 1, 2020 List Price: $12.95 PB 148 pages ​ 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 , 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 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. ​ Signed copies available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ​ ​ ​ borgopublishing.com ernest&hadleybooks.com amazon.com

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