New Books Network

David J. Puglia, “Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore ‘Hon’: The Folk in the City” (Lexington Books, 2018)
Folklorist David J. Puglia is an assistant professor at the City University of New York and in his latest book – Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore “Hon”: The Folk in the City (Lexington Books, 2018) – he considers the term “hon” and its significance to residents of Baltimore. In... Read More
Ben Gatling, “Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan” (U Wisconsin Press, 2018)
George Mason University professor Ben Gatling’s debut book, Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018), is a beautifully written ethnography exploring the lives, religious practice, and narratives of Sufi believers near Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Through close examination of historical narratives, nostalgia, material practice, ritual, and more, Ben... Read More
Patrick B. Mullen, “Right to the Juke Joint: A Personal History of American Music” (U Illinois Press, 2018)
On its back cover, Patrick B. Mullen’s Right to the Juke Joint: A Personal History of American Music (University of Illinois Press, 2018) is aptly described as “part scholar’s musings and part fan’s memoir”. Mullen is professor emeritus of English and folklore at the Ohio State University and across the... Read More
Lee Bidgood, “Czech Bluegrass: Notes from the Heart of Europe” (U Illinois Press, 2017)
Although bluegrass music is typically associated with the bluegrass state of Kentucky and Appalachia, the genre is actually played in many pockets all around the world.  In Czech Bluegrass: Notes from the Heart of Europe (University of Illinois Press, 2017), Lee Bidgood explores the popularity of bluegrass in the Czech Republic.  Bidgood... Read More
Kate Parker Horigan, “Consuming Katrina: Public Disaster and Personal Narrative” (UP of Mississippi, 2018)
Kate Parker Horigan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, and a co-editor of the Journal of American Folklore. In Consuming Katrina: Public Disaster and Personal Narrative (University of Mississippi Press, 2018), she explores some of the numerous narratives generated by... Read More
Bill Ivey, “Rebuilding an Enlightened World: Folklorizing America” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Bill Ivey’s Rebuilding an Enlightened World: Folklorizing America (Indiana University Press, 2018) advances the idea that we are entering a post-enlightenment world increasingly characterized by alternative facts, fake news, and doubts over the “objective” truths of science. Faced with the failure of data-driven social sciences to explain these phenomena, and... Read More