New Books Network

Ellen Wayland-Smith, “The Angel in the Marketplace: Adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub and the Selling of America” (U Chicago Press, 2020)
Ellen Wayland-Smith is an associate professor of writing at University of Southern California. Her book The Angel in the Marketplace: Adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub and the Selling of America (University of Chicago Press, 2020) follows the career of adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub who in the mid-twentieth century created the advertising... Read More
Maria Hinojosa, “Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America” (Atria Books, 2020)
Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who, for nearly thirty years, has reported on stories and communities in America that often go ignored by the mainstream media—from tales of hope in the South Bronx to the unseen victims of the War on Terror and the first detention camps in the... Read More
Morris Ardoin, “Stone Motel: Memoirs of a Cajun Boy” (UP of Mississippi, 2020)
In the summers of the early 1970s, Morris Ardoin and his siblings helped run their family’s roadside motel in a hot, buggy, bayou town in Cajun Louisiana. The stifling, sticky heat inspired them to find creative ways to stay cool and out of trouble. When they were not doing their... Read More
Bernice Lerner, “All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020)
One was a teenage Jewish girl, forcibly transported from her home in Hungary to a Nazi concentration camp. The other was a British doctor, whose experiences serving in two world wars could not compare to the horrors he saw at the end of the war. In her book All the... Read More
Ernest Freeberg, “A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement” (Basic Books, 2020)
In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man and animal alike. The industrial city brought suffering, but it also inspired a compassion for animals that fueled a controversial anti-cruelty movement. From the center of these debates, Henry Bergh launched a... Read More
Charles F. Walker, “Witness to the Age of Revolution: The Odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Charles F. Walker’s Witness to the Age of Revolution: The Odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru, 2020, is part of Oxford University Press’ Graphic History Series, which takes serious archival research and puts it into a comic format. For this volume, the brilliant Liz Clarke illustrated Dr. Walker’s biography of a... Read More
Melissa Valentine, “The Names of All the Flowers: A Memoir” (The Feminist Press, 2020)
Set in rapidly gentrifying 1990s Oakland, this memoir explores siblinghood, adolescence, and grief in a family shattered by loss. Melissa Valentine and her older brother Junior grow up running around the disparate neighborhoods of 1990s Oakland, two of six children to a white Quaker father and a black Southern mother.... Read More
Jerry Gershenhorn, “Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle” (UNC Press, 2018)
Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) by Jerry Gershenhorn is a history of the struggle for Black equality in North Carolina from 1927 to 1971 as told through the life and activism of Black newspaperman Louis... Read More
Ian Kumekawa, “The First Serious Optimist: A. C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics” (Princeton UP, 2017)
The work of Alfred Cecil Pigou may not be as well known to people today as that of his contemporary John Maynard Keynes, but as Ian Kumekawa details in his book The First Serious Optimist: A. C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics (Princeton University Press, 2017), over the... Read More
D. Benge and N. Pickowicz, “The American Puritans” (Reformation Heritage Books, 2020)
On the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival in the new world of the Mayflower, Dustin Benge and Nate Pickowicz have written a lively and accessible account of America’s earliest English immigrants. Their new book, The American Puritans (Reformation Heritage Books, 2020) presents nine mini-biographies that outline key events in... Read More