New Books Network

Nancy Mirabal, “Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957” (NYU Press, 2017)
In Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957 (NYU Press, 2017), Nancy Mirabal details New York Cuban diasporic history between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with keen attention to how political debates about the potential future, visibility, and belonging in Cuba played out along... Read More
Kimberly Alexander, “Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
“Fashion is universal,” writes my guest Kimberly Alexander in her book Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), “enabling historians across time, place, and culture to form an understanding of the people who made clothes and who wore them. But shoes are different. As... Read More
Candace L. Bailey, “Charleston Belles Abroad: The Music Collections of Harriet Lowndes, Henrietta Aiken, and Louisa Rebecca McCord” (U South Carolina Press, 2019)
Microhistories are an important method of investigating an historical moment with a fine-grain focus that can puncture holes in the generalizations that historians sometimes make. In her new book, Charleston Belles Abroad: The Music Collections of Harriet Lowndes, Henrietta Aiken, and Louis Rebecca McCord (University of South Carolina Press, 2019),... 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
Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel, “Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America” (U Texas Press, 2019)
Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel’s new book, Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America (University of Texas Press, 2019), uncovers the hidden history of the arrival of physical education for girls in the late-nineteenth century, it’s expansion beyond schools, and the subterranean struggles of girls and women... 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
Reema Zaman, “I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir” (Amberjack, 2019)
Since its inception in 2017, the viral #MeToo movement has called more cultural attention to abusive behavior, creating a much-needed public space for women to speak up about the violence they have endured at the hands of abusers, and for women to speak more openly about their own ambitions, dreams,... Read More