New Books Network

Madina Tlostanova, “What Does it Mean to be Post-Soviet? Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire” (Duke UP, 2018)
In What Does it Mean to be Post-Soviet? Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire (Duke University Press, 2018), Madina Tlostanova traces how contemporary post-Soviet art mediates this human condition. Observing how the concept of the happy future—which was at the core of the project of Soviet modernity—has... Read More
Rae Linda Brown, “Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price” (U Illinois Press, 2020)
In 1933, the Chicago Symphony performed the Symphony in E Minor by Florence B. Price. It was the first time a major American orchestra played a composition by an African American woman. Despite her success, Price sank into obscurity after her death in 1953. Dr. Rae Linda Brown spent much... Read More
K. Keeling and S. Pollard, “Table Lands: Food in Children’s Literature” (U Mississippi Press, 2020)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks Kara Keeling and Scott Pollard about their new book, Table Lands: Food in Children’s Literature, published June 2020 by University of Mississippi Press. Table Lands contributes to a growing body of scholarship in the subfield of literary food studies, which combines the methods... Read More
Melissa Faliveno, “Tomboyland: Essays” (Topple Books and Little A, 2020)
Writers often evoke the famous que sais-je (“What do I know?”) of Michel de Montaigne, father of the literary essay. Montaigne was known for his deeply exploratory writing about the many overlapping and often conflicting aspects of selfhood. His Essais in the 16th century laid the foundation for the genre... Read More
Satyan Devadoss, “Mage Merlin’s Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries” (MIT Press, 2020)
There are very few math books that merit the adjective ‘charming’ but Mage Merlin’s Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries (MIT Press, 2020) is one of them. Satyan Devadoss and Matt Harvey have chosen a truly unique, creative and charming way to acquaint readers with some of the unsolved problems of mathematics. Some... Read More
Kyle Barnett, “Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry” (U Michigan Press, 2020)
In Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry (University of Michigan Press, 2020), Kyle Barnett tells the story of the smaller U.S. record labels in the 1920s that created the genres later to be known as blues, country, and jazz. Barnett also engages the early recording industry as... Read More
Erik Gellman, “Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles Through the Lens of Art Shay” (Chicago UP, 2020)
James West speaks with Erik Gellman, an associate professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about his new book Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles Through the Lens of Art Shay (University of Chicago Press, 2020). Fusing photography and history to demonstrate how racial and economic inequality gave rise to... Read More
Vesna Kittelson, “Lost and Found in America” (U Minnesota Press, 2020)
The prolific artistic production of Vesna Kittelson always maintains autobiographical connections: her installations of deconstructed books and her luminous drawings of fountains recall her childhood in Split, Croatia; her early color field paintings represent people and places she remembers; her war paintings portray the tragedy and emotion experienced in Bosnia... Read More
Naomi Appleton, “Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40” (Equinox, 2020)
Naomi Appleton‘s new book Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40 (Equinox Publishing, 2020) introduces a significant section of the important early Indian Buddhist text known as the Avadānaśataka, or “One Hundred Stories”, and explores some of its perspectives on buddhahood. This text, composed in Sanskrit... Read More