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Local History

Buffalo Architecture: A Guide
Eds. Reyner Banham, Charles Beveridge and Henry-Russell Hitchcock

The most comprehensive tour guide for all of Buffalo's magnificent and varied architectural sights.

City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York
By Mark Goldman

Local author and entrepreneur Goldman chronicles Buffalo's economic plight as well as the resourceful efforts of Buffalo's activists, business owners and good citizens to revive their beloved city. See also City on the Lake and High Hopes for similar titles by Goldman.

Power Failure: Politics, Patronage, and the Economic Future of Buffalo, New York
By Diana Dillaway

Dillaway details Buffalo's economic decline between the years of 1950 to present. She shows us a city with a "small, powerful elite; warring political and economic interests, ethnic communities fighting change; and a black community that wanted nothing but change." Dillaway adeptly outlines a continuum of poor leadership and bad decisions that have suffocated a once bustling city.

Uncrowned Queens: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York Volumes 1, 2 and 3
By Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Dr. Barbara A. Seals Nevergold

Since 1999, historians Dr. Brooks-Bertram and Dr. Nevergold have been collecting the biographies of extraordinary African American women in Western New York, some already celebrated and some unknown. See also Dr. Brooks-Bertram's and Dr. Nevergold's latest book Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady.

"Then Levy Said to Kelly…": The Best Buffalo Bills Stories Ever Told
By Jim Gehman


"Then Perreault Said to Rico…": The Best Buffalo Sabres Stories Ever Told
By Paul Wieland, Foreword by Scotty Bowman

The Fine Art of Capturing Buffalo
By Mark D. Donnelly

This lovely coffee-table-book is a collection of beautiful photographs that highlights a wide spectrum of sights throughout our fair city. A great gift for out-of-towners.

Niagara Falls Confidential: Murder, Mayhem and Madness in the Honeymoon Capital of the World!
By Mike and Rebecca Hudson

Salacious and shocking true crime stories spanning four centuries of Niagara Falls history, taken from the Niagara Falls Reporter.

Mob Boss: A Biography in Blood
By Mike Hudson

Biography of Don Stefano Magaddino, head of the Buffalo mob from the Prohibition era to the 1960s.

Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies
By Ginger Strand

Strand argues that Niagara Falls, an emblem of "natural" beauty and wonder has become a very much artificial attraction. In a detailed history, Strand "traces Niagara's journey from sublime icon to engineering marvel to camp spectacle."

Crystal Beach: The Good Old Days
By Erno Ross

A tender, nostalgic history of a formerly renowned area amusement park.

Consider the Alternatives: 20 Years of Contemporary Art at Hallwalls
Ed. Ronald Ehmke and Elizabeth Licata

Comprised of essays, interviews, photos and a wealth of other archival materials, this is an in-depth history of Buffalo's primer space for the alternative and the avant garde.

The Forgotten Ones
By Milton Rogovin

World-renowned photographer and Buffalo native Milton Rogovin offers a testament to Buffalo's west side in this beautiful collection of photographs spanning 3 decades.

Don't Bother Knockin'…This Town's a Rockin':
A History of Traditional Rhythm & Blues and Early Rock n' Roll in Buffalo, New York

By Patti Meyer Lee and Gary Lee

Family and Community: Italian Immigrants in Buffalo, 1880-1930
By Virginia Yans-McLauhlin

Nine Nine Eight: The Glory Days of Buffalo Shopping
By Michael F. Rizzo

A history of Buffalo's once thriving downtown and the five major department stores that were at the center of Buffalo's commercial district.

Strangers in the Land of Paradise: The Creation of an African American Community, Buffalo, New York 1900-1940
By Lillian Serrece Williams

A History of Railroads in Western New York
By Edward T. Dunn

Buffalo's Catholic Churches: Ethnic Communities and the Architectural Legacy, an Illustrated History
By Martin F. Ederer

Buffalo Heads: Media Study, Media Practice, Media Pioneers, 1973-1990
Eds. Woody Vasulka and Peter Weibel

An extensive history of the innovative and influential Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo.

PeacePrints: Sister Karen's Paths to Nonviolence
Ed. Evelyn McLean Brady

Sister Karen Klimczak was a tireless advocate of nonviolence and community building efforts. Her murder in 2006 shocked the Buffalo community. In this collection of essays, buffalo-based activists and residents reflect upon how Sister Karen influenced their lives.

Western New York 101: The 101 Greatest Moments in Buffalo History
By Dan Murphy

A compendium of key historical events in Western New York. Murphy includes auspicious moments like the Five Nations Confederacy on 1451, and more colloquial happenings like the invention of the chicken wing in 1964.

The Mysteries of Father Baker
By John Koerner

Area legend (and possible future saint) Father Nelson Baker's attributed miracles include healing the blind and the deaf, commanding the weather, and divining the location of a "Miracle Well" of oil. In this book, local historian Koerner details the wondrous and humanitarian acts of Father Baker.

Local Authors

New and Selected Poems 1974-2004
By Carl Dennis

Dennis is a local poet and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Other books by Dennis that can be found at Talking Leaves include Outskirts of Troy, Poetry as Persuasion, Practical Gods, Ranking the Wishes, Signs and Wonders, and Unknown Friends.

The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification
By Julian Montague

Buffalo-based artist Julian Montague has created this uncanny and surprisingly evocative field guide showcasing the wild lives of shopping carts.

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
By Mick Cochrane

Cochrane is a Professor of English and a Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College. His latest book is a touching tale about eight-grader Molly, whose recently deceased father taught her to throw a knuckleball. Molly uses this skill as she joins the (boys') baseball team and negotiates her relationships with those she loves most. Other books by Cochrane that can be found at Talking Leaves include Flesh Wounds and Sport.

A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function: Poems and Paintings
By Eric Gansworth

Gansworth is a Professor of English and a Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College, and a member of the Onondaga Nation. This is his latest book, a poignant collection of poems and artwork reflecting on the lives on New York's Indian Communities. Other books by Gansworth that can be found at Talking Leaves include Breathing the Monster Alive, Indian Summers, Mending Skins, Nickel Eclipse, Smoke Dancing, and Sovereign Bones (Ed.).

Nickel City Nights: Erotic Writing in Western New York
Ed. Gary Earl Ross

An anthology of erotica and erotic artwork by local writers and artists.

Tiorunda Stories
By John Marohn

A collection of fictional vignettes chronicling the lives of residents of a housing project outside of Buffalo in the 1950s.

Buffalo Gal
By Laura Pedersen
Pedersen's memoir about coming of age in the Buffalo suburbs in the 1970s.

Tony's Son
By Sonny Russo

Russo's memoir about Buffalo's historic west side.

The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up
By Rich Blake

This is a biography of Buffalo firefighter Donny Herbert, who after suffering trauma in the line of duty, fell into a vegetative state that lasted nearly a decade. One day in April 2005, Herbert woke up and was able to clearly speak to his family for about sixteen hours. He then fell unconscious once more and passed away in February of 2006. Blake chronicles Herbert's astonishing day.

Scatter My Ashes Over Havana
By Olga Karman

Karman is a professor at D'Youville College. This is her memoir about her immigration form Cuba to the U.S., and her eventful return to Cuba after a 37-year absence.

City of Light
By Lauren Belfer

Belfer uses her hometown of Buffalo as the backdrop for this novel set in 1901. The headmistress of an elite school, Louisa Barrett must navigate a world of tycoons and politicians who all aim to control the region's burgeoning power industry.

UB Faculty

Beyond Sexuality
By Tim Dean

Other titles carried by Dean carried at Talking Leaves include A Time for the Humanities (edited with James J. Bono and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek)

Friendships, Cliques, and Gangs: Young Black Men Coming of Age in Urban America
By Greg Dimitiradis

Other titles carried by Dimitriadis at Talking Leaves include Performing Identity/Performing Culture: Hip Hop as Text, Pedagogy and Lived Practice, Studying Urban Youth Culture Primer, Promises to Keep: Cultural Studies, Democratic Education, and Public Life (edited with Dennis Carlson), and Theory for Education (with George Kamberelis).

Pictures From a Drawer: Prison and the Art of Portraiture
By Bruce Jackson

Other titles carried by Jackson at Talking Leaves include The Story is True: The Art and Meaning of Telling Stories, Fieldwork, and Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me: African-American Narrative Poetry from the Oral Tradition (Ed.).

Commons
By Myung Mi Kim

Other titles carried by Kim at Talking Leaves include Dura, Under Flag, and Penury (forthcoming 6/09).

Overwhelming Terror: Love, Fear, Peace, and Violence among the Semai of Malaysia
By Robert Knox Dentan

Other titles carried by Talking Leaves include Semai: Nonviolent People of Malaysia.

Experiencing Tess of the D'ubervilles: A Deweyan Account
Arthur Efron

The Hidden History of 9-11
Ed. Paul Zarembka

Progressive Black Masculinities
Ed. Athena D. Mutua

Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture
By David Schmid

Haunting Capital: Memory, Text and the Black Diasporic Body
By Hershini Bhana Young

The Religious and Other Fictions
By Christina Milletti

Imagine There's No Woman: Ethics and Sublimation
By Joan Copjec

Other Copjec titles carried byTalking Leaves include Shades of Noir (Ed.) and Radical Evil.

Idylls of the Wanderer: Outside in Literature and Theory
By Henry Sussman

Other Sussman titles carried by Talking Leaves include Aesthetic Contract: Statutes of Art and Intellectual Work in Modernity, Psyche and Text: The Sublime and the Grandiose in Literature, Psychopathology and Culture, and Task of the Critic.

Rituals of Resistance: African Atlantic Religion in Kongo and the Lowcountry South in the Era of Slavery
By Jason Young

Beyond Silenced Voices: Class, Race, and Gender in United State School
Ed. Lois Weis (with Michelle Fine)

Other titles by Weis carried at Talking Leaves include The Way Class Works: Readings on School, Family and the Economy (ed.), Speed Bumps: A Student-Friendly Guide to Qualitative Research, and Ideology, Curriculum, and The New Sociology of Education: Revisiting the Work of Michael Apple (Ed. With Cameron McCarthy and Greg Dimitriadis).

 

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