Adrienne Brown, “The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017)
Adrienne Brown joins the New Books Network this week to talk about her fascinating 2017 book, The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), which was a recent recipient of the Modern Studies Association’s First Book prize. Tracing the interconnected histories of the skyscraper and... Read More
Bianca Williams, “The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism” (Duke UP, 2018)
Analyses of the lives of black women in the United States often focus on narratives of struggle and sorrow, as black women must contend daily with the intersecting oppressions of sexism and racism. However, in her new book The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of... Read More
Micah McCrary, “Island in the City” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
If you read a lot of nonfiction, you may be familiar with what some call the “memoir quandary”—the complaint that memoir and autobiography are too narrowly focused on the writer’s life to be of real interest to anyone but themselves. To avoid this criticism, many nonfiction writers attempt to achieve... Read More
Elliott J. Gorn, “Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The story of Emmett Till’s death at the hands of white Mississippians is well known. For many Americans, it highlights the racism of the Jim Crow South and was a defining moment that helped galvanize a generation of civil rights leaders. In his new book, Elliott J. Gorn (Professor of History... Read More
Calvin Schermerhorn, “Unrequited Toil: A History of United States Slavery” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
At this point, it is hard to fathom the sheer volume of studies of American slavery that scholars have produced. And new works on American slavery are being published at a remarkable clip. As a result, writing a new synthesis of this scholarship is a monumental feat.  Dr. Calvin Schermerhorn,... Read More