New Books Network

Marc Stein, “Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe” (UNC Press, 2013)
Focusing on six major Supreme Court cases during the 1960s and 1970s, Marc Stein‘s book Sexual Injustice (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) examines the generally liberal rulings on birth control, abortion, interracial marriage, and obscenity in Griswold, Eisenstadt, Roe, Loving, and Fanny Hill alongside a profoundly conservative ruling on homosexuality in Boutilier. In the same era... Read More
David Varel, “The Lost Black Scholar: Resurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Allison Davis (1902-1983) was a pioneering anthropologist who did ground-breaking fieldwork in the Jim Crow south,  challenged the racial bias of IQ tests, and became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Chicago. And yet despite these contributions Davis’s work is little read today. The Lost... Read More
Alexandra Popoff, “Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century” (Yale UP, 2019)
Memory and truth are malleable and nowhere more so than in the Soviet Union.  To be a writer in that country was to face an ongoing dilemma: conform to State-mandated topics and themes, or consign oneself to obscurity, writing only for “the desk drawer” or “without permission.” Vasily Grossman challenged... Read More
Anthony Ryan Hatch, “Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
Over the past forty years, U.S. prisons and jails have used various psychotropic drugs. In this interview, Anthony Ryan Hatch discusses the need to think deeply about mass incarceration, pharmaceuticals, and psychiatry. He talks about the role of pharmacies and drug experiments in prison settings, and he underlines the ways... Read More
Donald Reid, “Opening the Gates: The Lip Affair, 1968-1981” (Verso Books, 2018)
In the summer of 1973, Donald Reid was an undergraduate student who had traveled to France for the first time to work on his Honors thesis in History. It was the “summer of Lip”. Don’s new book, Opening the Gates: The Lip Affair, 1968-1981 (Verso Books, 2018) revisits the years... Read More
Kerry Eggers, “Jail Blazers: How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball” (Sport Publishing, 2018)
In the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. For almost a decade, they won 60 percent of their games while making it to the Western Conference Finals twice. However, what happened off-court was just as unforgettable as what... Read More
Jinah Kim, “Postcolonial Grief: The Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas” (Duke UP, 2019)
In Postcolonial Grief: The Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2019), Jinah Kim explores questions of loss, memory, and redress in post WWII Asian diasporic decolonial politics. Through a close analysis of seminal cultural works that range from theory, short stories, film noir, documentaries, plays,... Read More