New Books Network

Joseph E. Taylor III, “Persistent Callings: Seasons of Work and Identity on the Oregon Coast” (Oregon State UP, 2019)
George Perkins Marsh Prize winning environmental historian and geographer Joseph E. Taylor III‘s new book, Persistent Callings: Seasons of Work and Identity on the Oregon Coast (Oregon State University Press, 2019), takes an innovative approach to the history of fisheries and work in the Pacific Northwest. Focusing on the Nestucca... Read More
Sara Hughes, “Repowering Cities: Governing Climate Change Mitigation in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Scholars like Ben Barber have suggested that cities provide the democratic culture to pragmatically problem-solve challenging policy issues – such as climate change. Many North American cities have announced ambitious goals to mitigate climate change, particularly the reduction of green house gases. In her new book Repowering Cities: Governing Climate... Read More
Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins, “Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine” (Stanford UP, 2019)
Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019) is an ethnography of Palestinian life under occupation that takes waste infrastructures as a starting point for exploring how Palestinians deal with toxicity and uncertainty, how governance happens under conditions of uncertainty, and how everyday goods circulate in... Read More
Jerome Whitington, “Anthropogenic Rivers: The Production of Uncertainty in Lao Hydropower” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Jerome Whitington‘s Anthropogenic Rivers: The Production of Uncertainty in Lao Hydropower (Cornell University Press, 2019) examines the dynamics and discourses centered around the development of hydropower dams in the Mekong River Basin. Through deep and connected ethnographies, the book traces how such projects create ecologically uncertain environments and the surprising... Read More
Steven Higashide, “Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit” (Island Press, 2019)
Buses can and should be the cornerstone of urban transportation. They offer affordable mobility and can connect citizens with every aspect of their lives. But in the US, they have long been an afterthought in budgeting and planning. With a compelling narrative and actionable steps, Better Buses, Better Cities :... Read More
Ellen Griffith Spears, “Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town” (UNC Press, 2016)
Professor Ellen Griffith Spears of the University of Alabama, author of Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) discusses the decades long struggle for environmental and civil rights justice in Anniston, Alabama, and broader lessons to be learned from this... Read More
Emily Strelow, “The Wild Birds” (Rare Bird Books, 2018)
An orphaned young woman disguises herself as a boy in order to escape the dangers of being alone in 1870’s San Francisco. A group of castoffs destroy the bird population of the Farallon Island by stealing and selling their eggs. A young woman raped in the 1980’s struggles to raise... Read More