New Books Network

Helen Taylor, “Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Why and how is fiction important to women? In Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives (Oxford University Press, 2020), Helen Taylor, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter, explores this question to give a detailed and engaging picture of fiction in women’s lives. The book... Read More
William Callison and Zachary Manfredi, “Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture” (Fordham UP, 2020)
The neoliberal consensus, once thought to be undefeatable, seems to have been broken both in the wake of the fiscal crisis of 2008, as well as a series of surprise movements and elections throughout the world in the last several years. But many scholars argue that it remains alive and... Read More
Tad DeLay, ​”Against: What Does the White Evangelical Want?”​ (Cascade Books, 2019)
What does the white evangelical want? In our moment of crisis and rage, this question is everywhere. Scholars ask from where its desires emerged, pundits divine its political future, and the public asks how we lapsed into social chaos. For their part, white evangelicals feel misunderstood while failing to see... Read More
Wendy Bottero, “A Sense of Inequality” (Roman and Littlefield, 2020)
How should we understand inequality? In A Sense of Inequality (Roman and Littlefield, 2020), Wendy Bottero, a Reader in Sociology at the University of Manchester, offers a detailed and challenging new approach to how we conceive of, how we study, and how we might challenge, social inequality. The book contends... Read More
Ben Green, “The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future” (MIT Press, 2019)
The “smart city,” presented as the ideal, efficient, and effective for meting out services, has captured the imaginations of policymakers, scholars, and urban-dwellers. But what are the possible drawbacks of living in an environment that is constantly collecting data? What important data is ignored when it is not easily translated... Read More
Josh Reno, “Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness” (U California Press, 2019)
Seven decades of military spending during the cold war and war on terror have created a vast excess of military hardware – what happens to all of this military waste when it has served its purpose and what does it tell us about militarism in American culture? Josh Reno’s Military... Read More
Jonathan Erickson, “Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience” (Routledge, 2019)
Imagination is one of the most important elements of being human, but is most often assumed we know what it is, while rarely being analyzed. Here with me today is Jonathan Erickson to discuss his recent book Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience (Routledge, 2019).... Read More