A book translated and edited by Assumption College History Professor Irina Mukhina has been awarded the annual Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year Award by Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association). The book, Rural Women in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia (Routledge 2010), will join a prestigious and selective list of publications that reflects the best in scholarly titles; the list will be featured in Choice’s January 2012 issue.
Authored by Luibov Denisova, the book is the first English, full-length history of Russian peasant women in the 20th century and early 21st century.
“To me, it was rewarding to see that the rural women of the Soviet Union, who had lived through many hardships yet remained strong willed and displayed a remarkable thirst for life and love, receive their due attention and recognition via this award,” said Mukhina. “I am so honored to have worked with my colleague, Luibov Denisova of Russia, to help tell their stories. These women can teach us a lesson or two about struggle and survival – and even joy – under the most trying of circumstances.”
Every year approximately 7,000 publications are reviewed in Choice, and editors single out about 10 percent of them as the most significant print and electronic works reviewed during the previous calendar year. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer's evaluation of the work, the editor’s knowledge of the field, and the reviewer’s record. In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles: overall excellence in presentation and scholarship; importance relative to other literature in the field; distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form; originality or uniqueness of treatment; value to undergraduate students; and importance in building undergraduate library collections.