New Books Network

Lian Xi, “Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao’s China” (Basic Books, 2018)
In 1960, a poet and journalist named Lin Zhao was arrested by the Communist Party of China and sent to prison for re-education. Years before, she had –at approximately the same time– converted to both Christianity and to Maoism. In prison she lost the second faith but clung to the... Read More
Angela Rudert, “Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
Angela Rudert‘s Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) is the first academic study of the popular contemporary North Indian female guru Anandmurti Gurumaa. In drawing from, e.g., Sikh and Sufi traditions, Gurumaa’s syncretic approach innovates Hindu religiosity, as does her progressive attitudes... Read More
Daniel Schwartz, “Ghetto: The History of a Word” (Harvard UP, 2019)
The word “ghetto” has taken on different meanings since its coinage in the 16th century. The uses of this term have varied considerably, from its original understanding as a compulsory Jewish quarter in Venice to its appropriation by black Americans to describe racial segregation in the United States. Daniel Schwartz... Read More
Charles B. Jones, “Chinese Pure Land Buddhism: Understanding a Tradition of Practice” (U Hawaii Press, 2019)
Today’s guest is Charles B. Jones, Associate Professor and Director of the Religion and Culture graduate program in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America. He will be speaking with us about his new book Chinese Pure Land Buddhism: Understanding a Tradition of Practice,... Read More
Michael J. Gorman, “Participating in Christ: Explorations in Paul’s Theology and Spirituality” (Baker Academic, 2019)
In his new book, Participating in Christ: Explorations in Paul’s Theology and Spirituality (Baker Academic, 2019), renowned scholar Michael Gorman examines the important Pauline theme of participation in Christ, a topic of great interest in New Testament circles and one that is central to Paul’s theology and spirituality. Building on... Read More
Daniel Reynolds, “Postcards from Auschwitz: Holocaust Tourism and the Meaning of Remembrance” (NYU Press, 2018)
Millions of tourists visit Holocaust museums and memorials every year. Holocaust tourism is a thriving industry and plays a crucial role in Holocaust memorialization and remembrance. However, Holocaust tourism is not without criticism. Some argue that sightseeing at sites of genocide is cringeworthy, offensive, inappropriate, and superficial. In Postcards from... Read More
Karine Gagné, “Caring for Glaciers: Land, Animals, and Humanity in the Himalayas” (U Washington Press, 2019)
In her new book, Caring for Glaciers: Land, Animals, and Humanity in the Himalayas (University of Washington Press, 2019), Karine Gagné explores how relations of reciprocity between land, humans, animals, and glaciers foster an ethics of care in the Himalayan communities of Ladakh. She explores the way these relations are changing... Read More