New Books Network

Bradley Lewis, “Narrative Psychiatry: How Stories Can Shape Clinical Practice” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011)
Psychiatry has lagged behind many clinical specialties in recognizing the importance of narrative for understanding and effectively treating disease. With this book, Bradley Lewis makes the challenging and compelling case that psychiatrists need to promote the significance of narrative in their practice as well. Narrative already holds a prominent place... Read More
Oludamini Ogunnaike, “Poetry in Praise of Prophetic Perfection: A Study of West African Arabic Madih Poetry and its Precedents” (Islamic Texts Society, 2020)
Around the world Muslims praise the Prophet Muhammad through the recitation of lyrical poetry. In West Africa, Arabic praise poetry has a rich history informed by local literary, spiritual, and ritual elements. Oludamini Ogunnaike, assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, explores this abundant heritage in Poetry... Read More
Greil Marcus, “Under the Red White and Blue” (Yale UP, 2020)
If Jay Gatsby is the embodiment of patriotism, what does that mean for America? Join NBN host Lee Pierce and author Greil Marcus as they take a deep dive into how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s vision of the American Dream has been understood, portrayed, distorted, misused, and kept alive. In Under... Read More
Siri Hustvedt, “Memories of the Future” (Simon and Schuster, 2019)
How Do We Write Our Personal History at the Same Time That It’s Written for Us? Today I talked to Siri Hustvedt about this question and others as we discuss her book Memories of the Future (Simon and Schuster, 2019). The Literary Review (UK) has called Hustvedt “a twenty-first-century Virginia... Read More
Aliyah Khan, ”Far From Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
Muslims have lived in the Caribbean for centuries. Far From Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean (Rutgers University Press, 2020) examines the archive of autobiography, literature, music and public celebrations in Guyana and Trinidad, offering an analysis of the ways Islam became integral to the Caribbean, and the ways the Caribbean shaped... Read More
Pernilla Myrne, “Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World: Gender and Sex in Arabic Literature” (IB Taurus, 2020)
In this episode, I talk with Pernilla Myrne about her exciting and excellently researched book Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World: Gender and Sex in Arabic Literature, published with I. B. Tauris in 2020. Pernilla Myrne is an Associate Professor of Arabic Literature and History at the University of... Read More
C. Jester and C. Svich, “Fifty Playwrights on their Craft” (Bloomsbury, 2018)
In Fifty Playwrights on their Craft (Bloomsbury, 2018), Caroline Jester and Caridad Svich talk to writers from the US, the UK, and countries around the world about what it means to be a playwright today. Playwrights range from avant-gardists like Erik Ehn and Sibyl Kempson to well-known playwrights like Willy Russell and Paula Vogel. Each playwright provides... Read More
Matthew Pettway, “Cuban Literature in the Age of Black Insurrection: Manzano, Plácido, and Afro-Latino Religion” (UP of Mississippi, 2019)
Juan Francisco Manzano and Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés (Plácido) were perhaps the most important and innovative Cuban writers of African descent during the Spanish colonial era. Both nineteenth-century authors used Catholicism as a symbolic language for African-inspired spirituality. Likewise, Plácido and Manzano subverted the popular imagery of neoclassicism and... Read More
Ahmed El-Shamsy, “Rediscovering the Islamic Classics” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Ahmed El-Shamsy’s Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2020) is an astonishing scholarly feat that presents a detailed, sophisticated, and thoroughly enjoyable intellectual and social history of the modern publishing industry on what we today consider canonical books of Islamic... Read More
Jeremy Black, “Mapping Shakespeare: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s World through Maps” (Bloomsbury, 2018)
Jeremy Black, the prolific professor of history at Exeter University, has published a stunningly attractive volume entitled, Mapping Shakespeare: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s World through Maps (Bloomsbury, 2018). This lavishly illustrated volume compiles maps of the world, of Europe, of England, of English counties, and of English villages, to illustrate... Read More