New Books Network

Emily Dufton, “Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America” (Basic Books, 2017)
Marijuana. Weed. Cannabis. Pot. Whatever term you use, this intoxicant and medical product leads to long discussions. Emily Dufton visits the podcast to talk about the ups and downs and highs and lows of cannabis in the United States, all detailed in her book Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall... Read More
Jennifer C. Lena, “Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts” ( Princeton UP, 2019)
How did American elites change the meaning of Art? In Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts (Princeton University Press, 2019), Jennifer C. Lena, associate professor of arts administration at Colombia University, charts the history of American arts and cultural policy, interrogating the institutions, practices, and technologies underpinning... Read More
Carol J. Adams, “Burger” (Bloomsbury, 2018)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with Carol J. Adams about two new books: Burger, from the Object Lessons series by Bloomsbury (2018), and Protest Kitchen, a cookbook with over 50 vegan recipes and practical daily actions from Conari press. Both books were published in 2018. Audiences probably... Read More
William Gibbons, “Unlimited Replays: Video Games and Classical Music” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Video games are a significant part of popular entertainment in the twenty-first century. From Words with Friends to Grand Theft Auto, most people spend at least some of their leisure time with video games. In his book, Unlimited Replays: Video Games and Classical Music (Oxford University Press, 2018), William Gibbons... Read More
Krishnendu Ray, “The Ethnic Restaurateur” (Bloomsbury, 2016)
Academic discussions of ethnic food have tended to focus on the attitudes of consumers, rather than the creators and producers. In this ground-breaking new book, The Ethnic Restaurateur (Bloomsbury, 2016), Krishnendu Ray reverses this trend by exploring the culinary world from the perspective of the ethnic restaurateur. Focusing on New... Read More
Howard Philips Smith, “Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans” (UP of Mississippi, 2017)
Howard Philips Smith has been investigating and writing about the gay history of New Orleans for over two decades. Raised on a small farm in rural Southern Mississippi, he studied French literature and taught English in a French lycée in Bordeaux thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship before moving to New... Read More
David Resnick, “Representing Education In Film: How Hollywood Portrays Educational Thought, Settings and Issues” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
David Resnick combines two of his passions, movies and education, in his book, Representing Education In Film: How Hollywood Portrays Educational Thought, Settings and Issues (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Films are powerful messengers which both project and reflect particular values, ideas and social behavior. Using many examples of Hollywood movies, Resnick... Read More