New Books Network

Anthony J. Badger, “Albert Gore, Sr.: A Political Life” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
In 1956 Albert Gore, Sr. received national attention as one of only three senators from the states of the former Confederacy who refused to sign the infamous “Southern Manifesto” opposing the racial integration of public spaces. Lauded as Gore was by many for his decision, as Anthony J. Badger shows... Read More
Pauline W. Chen, “Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality” (Vintage, 2008)
Too often keeping patients alive gets in the way of helping them as they approach death. Dr. Pauline Chen shares her experiences as a medical student and transplant surgeon and how they’ve shaped the way she practices medicine. Chen is the author of Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality... Read More
Reema Zaman, “I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir” (Amberjack, 2019)
Since its inception in 2017, the viral #MeToo movement has called more cultural attention to abusive behavior, creating a much-needed public space for women to speak up about the violence they have endured at the hands of abusers, and for women to speak more openly about their own ambitions, dreams,... Read More
Alexandra M. Nickliss, “Phoebe Apperson Hearst: A Life of Power and Politics” (Bison Books, 2018)
Though not as well known today as her husband George or her son William Randolph, Phoebe Apperson Hearst was a woman who rose beyond the gender norms of her age to exert considerable influence both within her community and nationally. In Phoebe Apperson Hearst: A Life of Power and Politics... Read More
Anne Cushman, “The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood” (Shambhala, 2019)
Sutra is the Sanskrit name for a short spiritual teaching, and it comes from the same root as the English word suture, or stitch. This story of motherhood as a path to awakening is, says yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman, “an homage to the long threads that run through all human... Read More
Sharon Kirsch, “Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric” (U Alabama Press, 2014)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Dr. Sharon Kirsch (she/hers)–Associate Prof. of English and rhetorical studies in the New College at Arizona State University–on the scintillating and beautifully written Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric from University of Alabama Press (2014). This... Read More
Matilda Rabinowitz, “Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century” (ILR Press, 2017)
It’s quite common these days to hear young people being urged to collect and record the stories of their grandparents or parents in order to learn and preserve their family’s history. For a few fortunate folks, like Robbin Légère Henderson, such a record already exists. Henderson’s maternal grandmother, Matilda Rabinowitz,... Read More