New Books Network

Kristian Ly Serena, “Age-Inclusive Public Space” (Hatje Cantz, 2019)
Public spaces tend to over-represent facilities and spatial design for the young and the middle-aged, whereas elderly citizens are all too often neglected by contemporary urban design practice. Dominique Hauderowicz and Kristian Ly Serena‘s edited volume Age-Inclusive Public Space (Hatje Cantz, 2019) establishes a dialogue between architects and academic contributors... Read More
George Scialabba, “How To Be Depressed” (U Penn Press, 2020)
George Scialabba is a prolific critic and essayist known for his incisive, wide-ranging commentary on literature, philosophy, religion, and politics. He is also, like millions of others, a lifelong sufferer from clinical depression. In How To Be Depressed (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020), Scialabba presents an edited selection of his... Read More
Claudio Saunt, “Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory” (Norton, 2020)
The Trail of Tears, during which the United States violently expelled thousands of Indigenous peoples from their ancestral homelands in the southeast, was anything but inevitable. Nor was it not the only manifestation of the federal government’s hotly debated Indian Removal policy of the 1830s. In his latest book Unworthy... Read More
Jonathan Barnett, “Designing the Megaregion: Meeting Urban Challenges at a New Scale” (Island Press, 2020)
The US population is estimated to grow by more than 110 million people by 2050, and much of this growth will take place where cities and their suburbs are expanding to meet the suburbs of neighboring cities, creating continuous urban megaregions. There are now at least a dozen megaregions in... Read More
Travis Lupick, “Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction” (Arsenal, 2018)
North America is in the grips of a drug epidemic; with the introduction of fentanyl, the chances of a fatal overdose are greater than ever, prompting many to rethink the war on drugs. Public opinion has slowly begun to turn against prohibition, and policy-makers are finally beginning to look at... Read More
Anna Bull, “Class, Control, and Classical Music” (Oxford UP, 2019)
What is the relationship between inequality and classical music? In Class, Control, and Classical Music (Oxford University Press, 2019), Anna Bull, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth and co-director of the 1752 Group, explores the intersections of class, race, and gender to explain the exclusive, and... Read More
Great Books: Denis Hollier on Lévi-Strauss’ “Tristes Tropiques”
Claude Lévi-Strauss’ Tristes Tropiques is one of the great books of the 20th century: intellectually bold, morally capacious, and it aims to understand nothing less than the elemental workings of the human mind. Ostensibly a travelogue and ethnographic account of a European’s fieldwork among indigenous people in mid-20th century Brazil,... Read More