New Books Network

Gill Paul, “The Lost Daughter” (William Morrow, 2019)
Grand Duchess Maria Romanova arrives in Ekaterinburg in 1918 with her parents, the former Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra. After months of house arrest in the deep interior of Russia, the family is beginning to despair of ever being rescued. As conditions worsen, Maria and her family are... Read More
Kenneth Olwig, “The Meanings of Landscape: Essays on Place, Space, Nature and Justice” (Routledge, 2019)
In The Meanings of Landscape: Essays on Place, Space, Nature and Justice (Routledge, 2019), Kenneth Olwig presents explorations in landscape geography and architecture from an environmental humanities perspective. With influence from art, literature, theatre staging, architecture, and garden design, landscape has now come to be viewed as a form of... Read More
Chelene Knight, “Dear Current Occupant” (Book*hug, 2018)
Today, I’m talking with Chelene Knight. She’s written a new memoir called Dear Current Occupant (Book*hug, 2018). And as her title suggests, it’s a letter of sorts, one written to those people who might now be occupying one of many places she and her family lived back when she was... Read More
Cadwell Turnbull, “The Lesson” (Blackstone Publishing, 2019)
In Cadwell Turnbull’s The Lesson (Blackstone Publishing, 2019), the U.S. Virgin Islands serve as Earth’s entry point for the Ynaa, beings from a far corner of the universe whose intentions and desires are as complex as the humans who come to loathe them. The Ynaa (pronounced EE-nah) claim to come... Read More
Mark Winne, “Food Town USA: Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We Eat” (Island Press, 2019)
Cities are extremely complex institutions to understand and are continually changing. A central place to make sense of the complexities of a city is the food that is grown and sold in these areas.  Mark Winne, author of Food Town USA: Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We... Read More
Aaron Hale-Dorrell, “Corn Crusade: Khrushchev’s Farming Revolution in the Post-Stalin Soviet Union” (Oxford UP, 2018)
In Corn Crusade: Khrushchev’s Farming Revolution in the Post-Stalin Soviet Union (Oxford University Press, 2018), Aaron Hale-Dorrell re-evaluates Khrushchev’s corn campaign as the cornerstone of his reformation programs. Corn was key to Khrushchev’s promises of providing everyone with the abundance required for achieving communism, which included the introduction of a... Read More
Rico Isaacs, “Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture in Central Asia” (I.B. Tauris, 2018)
In Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture in Central Asia (I.B. Tauris, 2018), Rico Isaacs uses cinema as an analytical tool to demonstrate the constructed and contested nature of Kazakh national identity. By first tracing the evolution of Kazakh national identity formation and then analyzing data from... Read More