Bianca Williams, “The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism” (Duke UP, 2018)
Analyses of the lives of black women in the United States often focus on narratives of struggle and sorrow, as black women must contend daily with the intersecting oppressions of sexism and racism. However, in her new book The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of... Read More
Jessica Trisko Darden, Alexis Henshaw, and Ora Szekley, “Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars” (Georgetown UP, 2019)
Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2019) investigates the mobilization of female fighters, women’s roles in combat, and what happens to women when conflicts end. The book focuses on three case studies of asymmetric conflicts. Jessica Trisko Darden contributes research looking at Ukraine, Alexis Henshaw discusses... Read More
Micah McCrary, “Island in the City” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
If you read a lot of nonfiction, you may be familiar with what some call the “memoir quandary”—the complaint that memoir and autobiography are too narrowly focused on the writer’s life to be of real interest to anyone but themselves. To avoid this criticism, many nonfiction writers attempt to achieve... Read More
Leigh Goodmark, “Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence” (U California Press, 2018)
Thanks to the efforts of activists concerned that the problem of “battered women” was being ignored — and treated as a private, family matter rather than a broader social problem — since the 1980s interpersonal/domestic violence has been treated as a criminal act enforced by the institutions of American criminal... Read More
Zeb Tortorici, “Sins Against Nature: Sex and Archives in Colonial New Spain” (Duke UP, 2018)
In Sins Against Nature: Sex and Archives in Colonial New Spain (Duke University Press, 2018), Zeb Tortorici analyzes a vast corpus of documents in order to understand how sex acts that were considered out of the norm were understood for over three centuries of Spanish control. Men and women often... Read More
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