New Books Network

A. K. Sandoval-Strausz, “Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City” (Basic Books, 2019)
In A. K. Sandoval-Strausz’s recent work, Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City (Basic Books, 2019), ties together a magnificent story of Latinos migrating to Chicago and Dallas, and the positive effect immigration and cultural heritage has on urban America. Latinos are often viewed on the sidelines of... Read More
Bari Weiss, “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” (Crown, 2019)
Anti-semitism is on the rise in the U.S. and other parts of the world. 6 people died this week in Jersey City, New Jersey, in a shootout at a kosher supermarket. The two gunmen appear to have been motivated by anti-semitism and anger against the police. Britain’s Labour Party has... Read More
Roger Gilles, “Women on the Move: The Forgotten Era of Women’s Bicycle Racing” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Roger Gilles, Director of the Honors College and Professor of Writing at Grand Valley State University, and author of Women on the Move: The Forgotten Era of Women’s Bicycle Racing (University of Nebraska Press, 2018).  In our conversation, we discussed the rise of women’s velodrome... Read More
Alex J. Kay and David Stahel, “Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Europe” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Alex J. Kay (senior lecturer in History at the University of Potsdam) and David Stahel (senior lecturer in History at the University of New South Wales in Canberra) have edited a groundbreaking series of articles on German mass killing and violence during World War II. Four years in the making,... Read More
Jay Wexler, “Our Non-Christian Nation” (Redwood Press, 2019)
Less and less Christian demographically, America is now home to an ever-larger number of people who say they identify with no religion at all. These non-Christians have increasingly been demanding their full participation in public life, bringing their arguments all the way to the Supreme Court. The law is on... Read More
Great Books: Benjamin Reiss on Thoreau’s “Walden”
America’s “environmental prophet,” Henry David Thoreau, set out for a simpler, more mindful, and more deeply lived life on Walden Pond on July 4th, 1845. How to live deliberately, being mindful of the things that truly matter and not let ourselves be distracted by what everyone else seems to expect... Read More
Mario T. García, “Father Luis Olivares, A Biography: Faith Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles” (UNC Press, 2018)
As the leader of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles during the 1980s, Father Luis Olivares brazenly defied local Catholic authorities and the federal government by publicly offering sanctuary to Central American migrants fleeing political violence and civil war, and later extending it to undocumented Mexican immigrants unable to legalize... Read More