New Books Network

Manuel Barcia, “The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the 19th-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade” (Yale UP, 2020)
As we now know, epidemics and pandemics are not new phenomena. In her new book The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the 19th-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade (Yale University Press, 2020), Manuel Barcia offers a striking rendition of the diseases that swept through the illegal slave trade Atlantic World. In... Read More
B. Earp and J. Savulescu, “Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships” (Stanford UP, 2020)
Consider a couple with an infant (or two) whose lives have become so harried and difficult the marriage is falling apart. Would it be ethical for them to take oxytocin to help them renew their emotional bonds, or would this be an unethical evasion of the hard work that keeping... Read More
Howard Friedman, “Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life” (U California Press, 2020)
Howard Friedman‘s new book Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life (University of California Press, 2020) should be required reading for anyone sitting down to watch the evening news. The Covid-19 crisis is, unfortunately, a new broad-based instance in the valuation of human life. And I do mean value:... Read More
Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, “Stages: On Dying, Working, and Feeling” (Thick Press, 2020)
Can care be enacted through art? Inside a cathedral, staff members from a nursing home work with an artist to perform a poetic text about caregiving, loss, and taking the time to feel one’s feelings. In the months leading up to the performance, the artist navigates her twenties—and art and... Read More
Lloyd B. Minor, “Discovering Precision Health” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020)
Today’s guest is scientist, surgeon, and dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Lloyd B. Minor. Previously he served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at The Johns Hopkins University. With more than 140 published articles and chapters, Dr. Minor is an expert in balance... Read More
Richard G. Tedeschi, “Posttraumatic Growth: Theory, Research and Applications” (Routledge, 2018)
During this global pandemic, many of us will experience trauma, which the authors define as a severely stressful life-altering event.  A traumatic event is like an earthquake, shattering an individual’s coherent world-view the way an earthquake can shatter the foundations of buildings.  A traumatic event is undesirable in the extreme... Read More
Baptiste Brossard, “Forgetting Items: The Social Experience of Alzheimer’s Disease” (Indiana UP, 2019)
Alzheimer’s disease has not only profound medical consequences for the individual experiencing it but a life-changing impact on those around them. From the moment a person is suspected to be suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the interactions they encounter progressively change. Baptiste Brossard’s new book Forgetting Items:... Read More
Carlo Caduff, “The Pandemic Perhaps: Dramatic Events in a Public Culture of Danger” (U California Press, 2015)
Carlo Caduff’s The Pandemic Perhaps: Dramatic Events in a Public Culture of Danger (University of California Press, 2015) is an ethnographic inquiry into pandemic anxieties in the mid-2000s when such an event was widely anticipated by experts. Examining how experts in the United States framed a catastrophe that has not... Read More