New Books Network

Rachel Manekin, “The Rebellion of the Daughters: Jewish Women Runaways in Habsburg Galicia” (Princeton UP, 2020)
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, over three hundred young Jewish women from Orthodox, mostly Hasidic, homes in Western Galicia (now Poland) fled their communities and sought refuge in a Kraków convent, where many converted to Catholicism. Relying on a wealth of archival documents, including court testimonies, letters,... Read More
Dan Royles, “To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle Against HIV/AIDS” (UNC Press, 2020)
In the decades since it was identified in 1981, HIV/AIDS has devastated African American communities. Members of those communities mobilized to fight the epidemic and its consequences from the beginning of the AIDS activist movement. They struggled not only to overcome the stigma and denial surrounding a “white gay disease”... Read More
Francesca Sobande, “The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain” (Palgrave, 2020)
What are the possibilities and what are the inequalities of the digital world? In The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave, 2020), Francesca Sobande, a lecturer in Digital Media Studies at Cardiff University explores the experiences of Black women as producers and as consumers of digital media. The book... Read More
Heather Lende, “Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics” (Algonquin Books, 2020)
Heather Lende was one of the thousands of women inspired to take a more active role in politics during the past few years. Though her entire campaign for assembly member in Haines, Alaska, cost less than $1,000, she won! But tiny, breathtakingly beautiful Haines—a place accessible from the nearest city,... Read More
Morris Ardoin, “Stone Motel: Memoirs of a Cajun Boy” (UP of Mississippi, 2020)
In the summers of the early 1970s, Morris Ardoin and his siblings helped run their family’s roadside motel in a hot, buggy, bayou town in Cajun Louisiana. The stifling, sticky heat inspired them to find creative ways to stay cool and out of trouble. When they were not doing their... Read More
Janet Jakobsen, “The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics” (NYU Press, 2020)
Why are Americans, and American politicians more specifically, obsessed with sex? Why, in the words of Janet Jakobsen, are gender and sexuality such riveting public policy concerns the United States? In The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics (NYU Press, 2020), Jakobsen answers this question by breaking apart... Read More
Alexandra J. Finley, “An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade” (UNC Press, 2020)
Alexandra J. Finley is the author of An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. An Intimate Economy examines the history of American slavery and capitalism by foregrounding women’s labor in the Antebellum slave trade. Finley explores... Read More
Jessica Zychowicz, “Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine” (U Toronto Press, 2020)
Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (University of Toronto Press, 2020) tells the unique story of a generation of artists, feminists, and queer activists who emerged in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. With a focus on new media, Zychowicz demonstrates how contemporary artist... Read More
Sree Padma, “Vicissitudes of the Goddess: Reconstructions of the Gramadevata in India’s Religious Traditions” (Oxford UP, 2013)
In Vicissitudes of the Goddess: Reconstructions of the Gramadevata in India’s Religious Traditions (Oxford UP, 2013), Padma (Bowdoin College) focuses on two types of Gramadevatas or goddesses: deified women and those associated with disease and fertility. Setting these figures in the context of their Brahmanic transformation into popular goddesses and... Read More
Rene Almeling, “GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health” (U California Press, 2020)
Rene Almeling’s new book GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health (University of California Press, 2020) provides an in-depth look at why we do not talk about men’s reproductive health and this knowledge gap shapes reproductive politics today. Over the past several centuries, the medical profession has made enormous efforts to... Read More