New Books Network

Christopher Rea, “China’s Chaplin: Comic Stories and Farces by Xu Zhuodai” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Hoaxes! Jokes! Farces and fun! Cristopher Rea‘s China’s Chaplin (Cornell University Press, 2019) introduces the imagination of Xu Zhuodai (1880–1958), a comic dynamo who made Shanghai laugh through the tumultuous decades of the pre-Mao era. Xu was a popular and prolific literary humorist who styled himself variously as Master of... Read More
Jeanette M. Fregulia, “A Rich and Tantalizing Brew: A History of How Coffee Connected the World” (U Arkansas Press, 2019))
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Jeanette M. Fregulia about the movements of coffee beans, coffee drinking, and coffee houses from Ethiopia and Yemen, across the Mediterranean region, through Western Europe, and to the Americas. In A Rich and Tantalizing Brew: A History of How Coffee Connected the... Read More
Amanda Littauer, “Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties” (UNC Press, 2015)
In her innovative and revealing study of midcentury American sex and culture, Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties (University of North Carolina Press, 2015),  Amanda Littauer traces the origins of the “sexual revolution” of the 1960s. She argues that sexual liberation was much more than a... Read More
Amy Lippert, “Consuming Identities: Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Along with the rapid expansion of the market economy and industrial production methods, such innovations as photography, lithography, and steam printing created a pictorial revolution in nineteenth-century society. The proliferation of visual prints, ephemera, spectacles, and technologies transformed public values and perceptions, and its legacy was as significant as the... Read More
Gregory H. Wolf, “Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison” (SABR, 2019)
Wrigley Field is one of a handful of sports stadiums to have transcended its athletic purpose to become a true American landmark. Nestled in its neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, the park may be a throwback to a bygone era of baseball, but a recent renovation has positioned... Read More
Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos, “Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture” (Amethyst Editions, 2019)
When Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos first launched Original Plumbing in 2009, they created a magazine the world desperately needed: a creative and celebratory biannual publication about trans men, by trans men. For ten years, OP was an inspired response to the lack of meaningful representation of trans lives and... Read More
Stephen R. Duncan, “The Rebel Café: Sex, Race, and Politics in Cold War America’s Nightclub Underground” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
The art and antics of rebellious figures in 1950s American nightlife―from the Beat Generation to eccentric jazz musicians and comedians―have long fascinated fans and scholars alike. In The Rebel Café: Sex, Race, and Politics in Cold War America’s Nightclub Underground (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), Stephen R. Duncan flips the frame,... Read More