New Books Network

Irina Georgescu, “Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania” (Interlink Books, 2020)
Romania is a land of crossroads: of empire, of geography, and culture, shaped by centuries of rule by the Greeks, Ottomans, and Hapsburgs. The dramatically different geographic regions of Romania include flat plains and soaring mountain peaks, as well as the Danube Delta. But wherever you go in this fascinating... Read More
Kunio Hara, “Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack for My Neighbor Totoro Soundtrack” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)
A beloved Japanese anime move released in 1988, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, as they deal with the separation from their mother who is in the hospital, and their adventures with the forest creatures they meet called the Totoro. In Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack... Read More
Joseph Reagle, “Hacking Life: Systematized Living and its Discontents” (MIT Press, 2019)
Life hackers track and analyze the food they eat, the hours they sleep, the money they spend, and how they’re feeling on any given day. They share tips on the most efficient ways to tie shoelaces and load the dishwasher; they employ a tomato-shaped kitchen timer as a time-management tool.... Read More
Ken Liu, “The Hidden Girl and Other Stories” (Gallery/Saga Press, 2020)
Ken Liu’s second collection of speculative stories explores migration, memory, and a post-human future through the eyes of parents and their children. Whether his characters are adjusting to life on a new planet or grappling with moral quandaries—like whether a consciousness uploaded to a server is still human—they struggle with the age-old... Read More
James Rosone, “Rigged” (Front Line, 2019)
In military thrillers, many authors attempt to create plausible conflicts and many come up short, but James Rosone and Miranda Watson‘s Rigged (Front Line ,2019), Book one of “The Falling Empire Series,” is a chilling what if scenario that is all too plausible. Rigged paints a tale that appears to... Read More
Stephen Jenkinson, “Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble” (North Atlantic Books, 2018)
Today I interviewed Stephen Jenkinson. He’s not only an author, an activist, a musician, and the founder of a school, but also an inspired etymologist, a spiritual trickster, and a mythopoetic storyteller cracking sticks and tossing them into a low fire as the spirits in the embers rise with his... Read More
Great Books: Julie Carlson on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus when she was nineteen years old, on a bet. The novel spawned two centuries of creatures that turn against their makers. It examines the limits of scientific innovation, whether the quest for knowledge must be tempered by morality, and why... Read More