New Books Network

Blain Roberts, “Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South” (UNC Press, 2016)
Professor Blain Roberts of California State University, Fresno, talks about intersections of race, identity, and memory in the South in a wide-ranging discussion that starts in the segregated beauty parlors of the Jim Crow era and ends with remembrances of slavery in modern-day Charleston, South Carolina. From the South’s pageant... Read More
Kate Lockwood Harris, “Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and Sexual Violence on US Campuses” (Oxford UP, 2019)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Dr. Kate Lockwood Harris (she/they)–Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota -on the courageous new book Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and... Read More
David S. Cohen and Carole Joffe, “Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America” (UC Press, 2020)
It seems unthinkable that citizens of one of the most powerful nations in the world must risk their lives and livelihoods in the search for access to necessary health care. And yet it is no surprise that in many places throughout the United States, getting an abortion can be a... Read More
D. J. Taylor, “The Lost Girls: Love and Literature in Wartime London” (Pegasus Books, 2020)
Who were the Lost Girls? All coming from broken or failed Upper-middle Class families; the Lost Girls were all chic, glamorous, and bohemian, as likely to be found living in a rat-haunted maisonette as dining at the Ritz, Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton, and Janetta Parlade cut a swath... Read More
Roberto Strongman, “Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou” (Duke UP, 2019)
In Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou (Duke University Press, 2019), Roberto Strongman reveals  the many non-heteronormative texts, practices and beliefs though which Black Atlantic religious practices in Haiti, Cuba and Brazil  were constituted.  Strongman examines Haitian Vodou, Cuban Lucumí/Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé to demonstrate how... Read More
Great Books: Catherine Stimpson on de Beauvior’s “The Second Sex”
“Woman is not born but made.” This is only one of the powerful sentences in Simone de Beauvoir’s magisterial The Second Sex (1949). It means that there’s nothing natural about the fact that 50% of humanity has been oppressed by the other half for millennia. There’s nothing natural about the... Read More
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