New Books Network

Hillary Reinsberg, “Zagat 2020 New York City Restaurants: Special 40th Anniversary Edition” (Zagat, 2019)
The red Zagat guide to restaurants was a fixture to a generation of New York diners before Google bought the brand and stopped publishing copies of the book. In time for the 40th Anniversary, new owners The Infatuation, and Editor in Chief Hillary Reinsberg released a new version and it... Read More
Evan Friss, “On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City” (Columbia UP, 2019)
Evan Friss, an associate professor of history at James Madison University, historicizes the bicycle’s place in New York City’s social, economic, infrastructural and cultural politics. On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City (Columbia University Press, 2019) curates a history of the key moments and individuals who... Read More
Simone Knox and Kai Hanno Schwind, “Friends: A Reading of the Sitcom” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
What does Friends mean to us now? In Friends: A Reading of the Sitcom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Simone Knox, an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Theatre, and Television at the University of Reading, and Kai Hanno Schwind, an Associate Professor in the School of Arts, Design and Media... Read More
Gabe Logan, “The Early Years of Chicago Soccer, 1887-1939” (Lexington Books, 2019)
The thriving metropolis of Chicago was the land of opportunity for a wide variety of ethnic groups.  As individuals from nations where soccer reigned began arriving in the area, they instituted teams and leagues that supported “their” game.  Ultimately the sport grew, and with the passage of time, eventually developed... Read More
Andrea Kitta, “The Kiss of Death: Contagion, Contamination, and Folklore” (Utah State UP, 2019)
Disease is a social issue and not just a medical one. This is the central tenet underlying The Kiss of Death: Contagion, Contamination, and Folklore (Utah State University Press 2019) by Andrea Kitta, Associate Professor in the English department at East Carolina University, examines the discourses and metaphors of contagion... Read More
Joshua Sperber, “Consumer Management in the Internet Age: How Customers Became Managers in the Modern Workplace” (Lexington, 2019)
In Consumer Management in the Internet Age: How Customers Became Managers in the Modern Workplace (Lexington Books, 2019), Joshua Sperber analyzes online consumer management, a practice in which customers monitor, report on, and—sometimes unwittingly—discipline workers through writing and posting online reviews. Sperber uses case studies of the websites Yelp and Rate... Read More
Alison Rowley, “Putin Kitsch in America” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2019)
In her book, Putin Kitsch in America (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019), Alison Rowley examines the outsized influence that Vladimir Putin, both the man and the myth, have had on US political discourse in the last decade. Starting with the 2008 election, Rowley demonstrates how Putin’s frontier masculinity–best illustrated by the... Read More