New Books Network

Irina Georgescu, “Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania” (Interlink Books, 2020)
Romania is a land of crossroads: of empire, of geography, and culture, shaped by centuries of rule by the Greeks, Ottomans, and Hapsburgs. The dramatically different geographic regions of Romania include flat plains and soaring mountain peaks, as well as the Danube Delta. But wherever you go in this fascinating... Read More
David Stahel, “Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942” (FSG, 2019)
Germany’s winter campaign of 1941–1942 is commonly seen as the Wehrmacht’s first defeat. In Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942 (FSG, 2019), David Stahel argues that it was in fact their first strategic success in the east. The mismanaged Soviet Counteroffensive became a phyrric victory as... Read More
Jessica Wilkerson, “To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice” (U Illinois Press, 2018)
Jessica Wilkerson, Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, discusses her book, To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice (University of Illinois Press, 2018) and the recent history of feminist social justice activism in Appalachia. Launched in... Read More
Edward E. Curtis IV, “Muslim American Politics and the Future of US Democracy” (NYU Press, 2019)
In his new book Muslim American Politics and the Future of US Democracy (New York University Press, 2019), Edward E. Curtis IV interrogates the limitations of American liberalism in light of the states’ and its various actor’s exclusionary politics and rhetoric around Muslim American citizens. Curtis argues that the place... Read More
Kunio Hara, “Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack for My Neighbor Totoro Soundtrack” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)
A beloved Japanese anime move released in 1988, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, as they deal with the separation from their mother who is in the hospital, and their adventures with the forest creatures they meet called the Totoro. In Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack... Read More
Maurice Finocchiaro, “On Trial for Reason: Science, Religion, and Culture in the Galileo Affair” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In his new book On Trial for Reason: Science, Religion, and Culture in the Galileo Affair (Oxford University Press, 2019), Maurice Finocchiaro shows that there were (and are) really two Galileo “affairs.” Galileo’s original trial and condemnation forms the first affair, the cultural history of controversies about the meaning of... Read More
Joseph E. Taylor III, “Persistent Callings: Seasons of Work and Identity on the Oregon Coast” (Oregon State UP, 2019)
George Perkins Marsh Prize winning environmental historian and geographer Joseph E. Taylor III‘s new book, Persistent Callings: Seasons of Work and Identity on the Oregon Coast (Oregon State University Press, 2019), takes an innovative approach to the history of fisheries and work in the Pacific Northwest. Focusing on the Nestucca... Read More