New Books Network

Jonathan Rees, “Before the Refrigerator: How We Used to Get Ice” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
Frederic Tudor was the “Ice King” of early nineteenth-century America. It was Tudor who realized that ice, harvested from New England ponds and rivers could be shipped to the Caribbean. Shipping was cheap, because ships often went empty to pick up cargo; insulation could be made from sawdust, a waste... Read More
Dave Tell, “Remembering Emmett Till” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Dr. Dave Tell (he/him/his)–Professor of Communication at The University of Kansas–on the insightful Remembering Emmett Till (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and also available... Read More
Dana Fisher, “American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave” (Columbia UP, 2019)
Dana Fisher has written a big new book on the movement to oppose Donald Trump, titled American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave (Columbia University Press, 2019). American Resistance follows activists from the streets back to their congressional districts around the country. Fisher analyzes how Resistance groups turned... Read More
Wendy Wickwire, “At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging” (UBC Press, 2019)
The history of anthropology remembers James Teit as a field assistant and man-on-the spot for Franz Boas. But in At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging (University of British Columbia Press, 2019). Wendy Wickwire turns this picture upside down, revealing Teit to be a superb ethnographer in his... Read More
Johanna Taylor, “The Art Museum Redefined: Power, Opportunity, and Community Engagement” (Palgrave, 2019)
What is the future of the museum? In The Art Museum Redefined: Power, Opportunity, and Community Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), Johanna Taylor, an assistant professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ Design School at Arizona State University, explores the relationship between art museums and the contemporary city.... Read More
Mary Anne Franks, “The Cult of the Constitution” (Stanford UP, 2019)
We Americans are defined by our Constitution and we cherish especially the First and Second Amendments. But like all texts, the Constitution can be read to empower and protect our individual rights, but it can also be used selectively, self-servingly, and in bad faith. And the Constitution guarantees two things:... Read More
Robert Mann, “Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon” (Potomac Books, 2019)
Throughout much of his career as an actor in Hollywood, Ronald Reagan identified as a passionate New Deal Democrat, yet by the time he turned to a career in politics in the 1960s he was a conservative Republican. In Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon (Potomac Books,... Read More