BOOKS RECEIVED:  Kimberly Nettles, “Guyana Diaries: Women’s Lives Across Difference” (Left Coast Press, 2008)
Guyana Diaries narrates the life histories of members of the Red Thread Development Corporation, a group of women activists in the Caribbean. Kimberly Nettles, an African American researcher, explores the impact of their work on these women’s lives and, in… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Nicholas Adams, “Gunnar Asplund’s Gothenburg: The Transformation of Public Architecture in Interwar Europe” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In the west coast port city of Gothenburg, Sweden, the architect Gunnar Asplund built a modest extension to an old courthouse on the main square (1934-36). Judged today to be one of the finest works of modern architecture, the courthouse… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: W. Clark Gilpin, “Religion Around Emily Dickinson” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Religion Around Emily Dickinson begins with a seeming paradox posed by Dickinson’s posthumously published works: while her poems and letters contain many explicitly religious themes and concepts, throughout her life she resisted joining her local church and rarely attended services.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Allan F. Westphall, “Books and Religious Devotion: The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Books and Religious Devotion, Allan Westphall presents a study of the book-collecting habits and annotation practices of Thomas Connary, an Irish immigrant farmer who lived in New Hampshire in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Connary led… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Pablo Garcia Laoeza and Victoria L. Garrett, eds., “The Improbable Conquest: Sixteenth-Century Letters from the Río de la Plata” (Penn State UP, 2014)
The Improbable Conquest offers translations of a series of little-known letters from the chaotic Spanish conquest of the Río de la Plata region, uncovering a rich and understudied historical resource. These letters were written by a wide variety of individuals,… Read More
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