New Books Network

Laura Waterman, “Starvation Shore” (U Wisconsin Press, 2019)
Laura Waterman talks about her novel, Starvation Shore (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019), which relies upon memoirs, letters, and diaries to reconstruct the life of the Greely Party as it attempted to survive impossible conditions. Waterman is a climber, conservationist, and author who has written many books with her husband Guy Waterman about... Read More
SherAli Tareen, “Defending Muhammad in Modernity” (U Notre Dame Press, 2020)
In his new book Defending Muhammad in Modernity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020), SherAli Tareen, an associate professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College, takes us into the fascinating world of the ‘ulama (theologians) of the late eighteenth and nineteenth century South Asian Islam. Situated historically within... Read More
Sher Banu Khan, “Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs of Aceh, 1641-1699” (Cornell UP, 2018)
In her book, Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs of Aceh, 1641-1699 (Cornell University Press, 2018), Sher Banu Khan provides a rare and empirically rich view of queenship in early modern maritime Southeast Asia. Four women ruled the Muslim realm of Aceh in succession during the second half... Read More
Ellen Griffith Spears, “Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town” (UNC Press, 2016)
Professor Ellen Griffith Spears of the University of Alabama, author of Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) discusses the decades long struggle for environmental and civil rights justice in Anniston, Alabama, and broader lessons to be learned from this... Read More
Sarah Abrevaya Stein, “A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century” (FSG, 2019)
In Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), Sarah Abrevaya Stein weaves a narrative tapestry whose threads are drawn from the archives of one Sephardic family, with roots in the city of Salonica, then in the Ottoman Empire, now Thessaloniki in Greece. The... Read More
Diana Lemberg, “Barriers Down: How American Power and Free-Flow Policies Shaped Global Media” (Columbia UP, 2019)
Since the 1940s, America’s relations with the rest of the world have been guided by the idea of promoting the free flow of information. It’s an idea that seems benign, perhaps even difficult to argue against—who could possibly oppose the freedom of information? But, as Diana Lemberg shows in her... Read More
David Estlund, “Utopophobia: On the Limits (If Any) of Political Philosophy” (Princeton UP, 2020)
It is tempting to hold that any proposed principle of social justice is defective if it demands too much of people, given their proclivities.  A stronger view, one that many philosophers find attractive, has it that there is something about the concept of justice that makes it the kind of... Read More