New Books Network

Anthony Ryan Hatch, “Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
Over the past forty years, U.S. prisons and jails have used various psychotropic drugs. In this interview, Anthony Ryan Hatch discusses the need to think deeply about mass incarceration, pharmaceuticals, and psychiatry. He talks about the role of pharmacies and drug experiments in prison settings, and he underlines the ways... Read More
Jeanette M. Fregulia, “A Rich and Tantalizing Brew: A History of How Coffee Connected the World” (U Arkansas Press, 2019))
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Jeanette M. Fregulia about the movements of coffee beans, coffee drinking, and coffee houses from Ethiopia and Yemen, across the Mediterranean region, through Western Europe, and to the Americas. In A Rich and Tantalizing Brew: A History of How Coffee Connected the... Read More
Chris S. Duvall, “The African Roots of Marijuana” (Duke UP, 2019)
There’s so much discussion in the contemporary United States about marijuana. Debates focus on legalization and medicalization. Usually, Reefer Madness, Harry Anslinger, and race are brought into the conversation. But a big part of the larger marijuana story is missing. In Chris S. Duvall‘s new book, The African Roots of... Read More
John O’Brien, “States of Intoxication: The Place of Alcohol in Civilisation” (Routledge, 2018)
Is alcohol a universal feature of human society? Why is it problematic in some countries and not others? How was alcohol helped build the modern state? These are just a few of the questions that sociologist John O’Brien addresses in States of Intoxication: The Place of Alcohol in Civilisation (Routledge,... Read More
Erika Dyck, “Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018)
Today I talked with historian Erika Dyck about Aldous Huxley, Humphry Osmond and their correspondence over a ten year period. Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) is a collection of letters which were carefully curated by Erika and Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul... Read More
David Courtwright, “The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business” (Harvard UP, 2019)
We are living in an age of addiction, from compulsive gaming and binge eating to pornography and opioid abuse. Today I talked with historian David Courtwright about the global nature of pleasure, vice, and capitalism. His new book is called The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business... Read More
Vivian Percy, “Saving Jenny: Rescuing Our Youth from America’s Opioid and Suicide Epidemic” (Radius Books, 2018)
Normal turned to PTSD and a substance abuse nightmare for Jenny the instant a taxi struck her, catapulting her twenty feet across a busy New York City street. Jenny is one of the lucky ones to have survived the drug rehabilitation system, which routinely fails those at risk. Her story... Read More