Claire Pamment, “Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Claire Pamment’s book Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) is a fantastic new book centered on the Punjabi folk art of the Bhānd, or comic performance. Pamment explores the history and present of the Bhānd and Bhānd artists through a thoroughly interdisciplinary lens that engages performance studies, ethnography,... Read More
Kent Blansett, “A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and Red Power” (Yale UP, 2018)
Richard Oakes was a natural born leader whom people followed seemingly on instinct. Thus when he dove into the icy San Francisco Bay in the fall of 1969 on his way to Alcatraz Island, he knew others would have his back. Kent Blansett tells Richard Oakes’ story in wonderful detail... Read More
Joseph Jarvis, “The Purple World: Healing the Harm in American Health Care” (Scrivener Books, 2018)
Americans pay double what every other developed nation in the world pays for healthcare. Does that mean that we are the healthiest? No. In fact, we are the worst of them all. American healthcare is plagued by things like preventable medical error, high taxes, and the tens of thousands of... Read More
T. Troianowska and A. Polakowska, “Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918” (U Toronto Press, 2018)
Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918 (University of Toronto Press, 2018) consists of sixty essays written by authors from all over the world who specialize in Polish literature and culture. They write from a unique place: from the place of the individual who is... Read More
Elizabeth Todd-Breland, “A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s” (UNC Press, 2018)
Elizabeth Todd-Breland’s new book A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) tells the story of the struggle for educational reform in one of America’s biggest and most segregated cities. By highlighting the activism of local Black women and Black... Read More