New Books Network

Sophia Shalmiyev, “Mother Winter: A Memoir” (Simon and Schuster, 2019)
The story of where we come from is such an important aspect of our personal sense of self, the forefront of many conversations about national identity, community, and belonging. In a country like the United States, where so many of us are or are descended from immigrants, the answer to... Read More
Lynn Downey, “Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World” (U Massachusetts Press, 2016)
Nearly every consumer today is familiar with the name Levi Strauss thanks to the jeans that bear his name. As Lynn Downey explains in her book Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016), to understand the man behind the brand requires... Read More
Melvin C. Johnson, “Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American West” (Greg Kofford Books, 2019)
Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American West (Greg Kofford Books, 2019) narrates the wide-ranging life of John Hawley’s search for an authentic Mormon faith. Melvin C. Johnson has been researching Hawley’s adventurous life along the American borderlands and frontier for three decades. Hawley was... Read More
M. L. Mitma and J. P. Heilman, “Now Peru is Mine: The Life and Times of a Campesino Activist” (Duke UP, 2016)
Now Peru is Mine: The Life and Times of a Campesino Activist (Duke University Press, 2016) tells the remarkable story of a campesino and indigenous political activist whose career spanned much of Peru’s twentieth century and whose achievements at the local and national level transformed Peruvian peasant politics. Structured as... Read More
Paul J. Croce, “Young William James Thinking” (John Hopkins UP, 2018)
Paul J. Croce, professor of history at Stetson University. Young William James Thinking (John Hopkins University Press, 2018) offers a developmental biography of the famous pragmatist. James’s mature thinking as a radical empiricist was formed through his experiences and intellectual curiosity as a young man. Looking for a suitable vocation... Read More
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