New Books Network

Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres, “Black British Migrants in Cuba” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres‘ new book Black British Migrants in Cuba: Race, Labor, and Empire in the Twentieth-Century Caribbean, 1898–1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2018) invites readers to enter the world of empire and labor migration in all its complexity. Giovannetti-Torres focuses on the workers and their interactions with British colonial officials,... Read More
Marisol LeBrón and Yarimar Bonilla, “Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm” (Haymarket, 2019)
Marking the two year anniversary of Hurricane María making landfall in Puerto Rico, the September 2019 release of the anthology Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (Haymarket Books, 2019) brings together a collective of artists, journalists, and scholars to reflect on the multiple disasters that have... Read More
Tyson Reeder, “Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
After emerging victorious from their revolution against the British Empire, many North Americans associated commercial freedom with independence and republicanism. Optimistic about the liberation movements sweeping Latin America, they were particularly eager to disrupt the Portuguese Empire. Anticipating the establishment of a Brazilian republic that they assumed would give them... Read More
Nora Jaffary, “Reproduction and its Discontents in Mexico: Childbirth and Contraception from 1750 to 1905” (UNC Press, 2016)
Nora Jaffary’s Reproduction and its Discontents in Mexico: Childbirth and Contraception from 1750 to 1905 (University of North Carolina Press. 2016), tracks how medical ideas, practices, and policies surrounding reproduction changed between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries in Mexico. Perhaps the most important change analyzed in the book, and... Read More
Claudia Leal, “Landscapes of Freedom: Building a Postemancipation Society in the Rainforests of Western Colombia” (U Arizona Press, 2018)
Claudia Leal’s Landscapes of Freedom: Building a Postemancipation Society in the Rainforests of Western Colombia (University of Arizona Press, 2018), narrates the unknown history of the transition from slavery to freedom in the Pacific lowlands of Colombia. Not only does Leal centers a region long neglected in histories of Colombia—and... Read More
Miroslava Chávez-García, “Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” (UNC Press, 2018)
Miroslava Chávez-García is the author of Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2018. Migrant Longing is a history of migration, courtship, and identity across the U.S.-Mexican border, documenting the intimate lives of ordinary migrants and immigrants. Drawing on a... Read More
Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, “Wind and Power in the Anthropocene” (Duke UP, 2019)
This is the third of three interviews with Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer about their duo-graph, Wind and Power in the Anthropocene.  Also listen to my individual interviews with Howe and Boyer about their separate volumes, Ecologics and Energopolitics. In this interview, I talk to both authors together about their... Read More