New Books Network

Sherry L. Smith, “Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America” (Heyday Books, 2020)
The opening years of the twentieth century saw a grand cast of radicals and reformers fighting for a new America, seeking change not only in labor picket lines and at women’s suffrage rallies but also in homes and bedrooms. In the thick of this heady milieu were Sara Bard Field... Read More
Anita Kurimay, “Queer Budapest, 1873-1961” (U Chicago Press, 2020)
By the dawn of the twentieth century, Budapest was a burgeoning cosmopolitan metropolis. Known at the time as the “Pearl of the Danube,” it boasted some of Europe’s most innovative architectural and cultural achievements, and its growing middle class was committed to advancing the city’s liberal politics and making it... Read More
Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier, “The House on Henry Street: The Enduring Life of a Lower East Side Settlement” (NYU Press, 2020)
On a cold March day in 1893, 26-year-old nurse Lillian Wald rushed through the poverty-stricken streets of New York’s Lower East Side to a squalid bedroom where a young mother lay dying—abandoned by her doctor because she could not pay his fee. The misery in the room and the walk... Read More
Matty Weingast, “The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns” (Shambhala, 2020)
A radical and vivid rendering of poetry from the first Buddhist nuns that brings a new immediacy to their voices. The Therigatha (“Verses of the Elder Nuns”) is the oldest collection of known writings from Buddhist women and one of the earliest collections of women’s literature in India. Composed during the... Read More
Meg Heckman, “Political Godmother: Nackey Scripps Loeb and the Newspaper That Shook the Republican Party” (Potomac Books, 2020)
Despite her nearly two decades as the publisher of the largest newspaper in a politically pivotal state, the role of Nackey Scripps Loeb in American political and media history has been unjustly forgotten. In Political Godmother: Nackey Scripps Loeb and the Newspaper That Shook the Republican Party (Potomac Books, 2020),... Read More
Roundtable Discussion of Jennifer Morgan’s “Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery” (UPenn Press, 2004)
Welcome to New Books in African American Studies, a channel on the New Books Network. I am your host Adam McNeil. Today is part 2 of my discussion about Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan’s 2004 Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery. Instead of Dr. Morgan, who was featured... Read More
Laura Westengard, “Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
In Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma (University of Nebraska Press), Laura Westengard examines the intersection of queerness and the gothic. Westengard’s scope is broad enough to encompass Lady Gaga’s meat dress, lesbian pulp fiction, Dracula, queer literature, and sadomasochistic performance art. What brings these... Read More
Hettie V. Williams, “Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History” (Praeger, 2018)
Black women intellectuals have traditionally been overlooked in the academic study of American intellectual history. Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History (Praeger) highlights the important contributions of both well- and lesser-known abolitionists, civil rights activists, preachers, writers, and artists to all spheres... Read More
Dana M. Malone, “From Single to Serious: Relationships, Gender, and Sexuality on American Evangelical Campuses” (Rutgers UP, 2018)
College students hook up and have sex. That is what many students expect to happen during their time at university—it is part of growing up and navigating the relationship scene on most American campuses today. But what do you do when you’re a student at an evangelical university? Students at... Read More
Jennifer L. Morgan, “Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
In 2004, Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan’s Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery (University of Pennsylvania Press) was published. Sixteen years later, Morgan’s Laboring Women stands tall as one of the most important historical texts in the history of the academy. Building on Dr. Deborah Gray White’s literal... Read More