New Books Network

Susan Opotow, “New York After 9/11” (Fordham UP, 2019)
The impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the country have been widely discussed—but what about the impact on New York City, specifically? In their new anthology, New York After 9/11 (Fordham University Press, 2018), Susan Opotow and Zachary Baron Shemtob examine how life in New York City was drastically... Read More
Richard Robb, “Willful: How We Choose What We Do” (Yale UP, 2019)
Tired of the mechanical, narrowly rational human behavior of the Chicago school, but not exactly comforted by the emphasis on irrational activity in behavioral economics? So am I. Richard Robb, professor at Columbia and fund manager, offers a third way. In Willful: How We Choose What We Do (Yale University... Read More
Brett Kahr, “Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving Psychological Shrapnel” (Routledge, 2019)
“I’m very happy to say I really really do love psychoanalysis. I think the insights are absolutely genius and I don’t think that I would be able to do any of my work if I didn’t have those ideas readily available to me.” In Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving... Read More
Wendy Gonaver, “The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840–1880” (UNC Press, 2019)
Dr. Wendy Gonaver discusses her book, The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840-1880 (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), the Eastern Lunatic Asylum in Virginia, and the roles that race, the institution of slavery, and slave labor played in the development of psychiatric diagnosis and care through... Read More
Claire Edington, “Beyond the Asylum: Mental Illness in French Colonial Vietnam” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Both colonies and insane asylums are well known institutions of power. But what of asylums in Europe’s early 20th-century colonial empires? How did they operate? Who was confined in them? Who worked there? What was daily life like in such an institution? How did Western medical experts and the colonized... Read More
Carlo Bonomi, “The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis, Vol. I,” (Routledge, 2017)
Carlo Bonomi‘s two-volume set dreams the foundation of psychoanalysis as it writes its history. The work animates the reader’s imagination, inviting them to journey the interwoven paths of Sigmund Freud’s associations, anxieties and conflicts. These books tackle what has often remained hidden both in the historical writing about psychoanalysis and... Read More
Ira Helderman, “Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion” (UNC Press, 2019)
Buddhism and psychotherapy have been in conversation since the days of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Erich Fromm. Today, when practices drawn from Buddhism have entered the mainstream, that conversation continues in multiple dimensions. In Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion (University of North Carolina Press, 2019),... Read More