New Books Network

Matthew McManus and Marion Trejo, “Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson​” (Zero Books, 2020)
In 2016, Jordan Peterson, a relatively obscure professor of psychology, released several videos on YouTube making critical remarks on political correctness and related political legislation. This would kick off a meteoric rise in fame, with sold-out live shows, podcasts, television interviews and a worldwide bestselling book. Along with his newfound... Read More
George Scialabba, “How To Be Depressed” (U Penn Press, 2020)
George Scialabba is a prolific critic and essayist known for his incisive, wide-ranging commentary on literature, philosophy, religion, and politics. He is also, like millions of others, a lifelong sufferer from clinical depression. In How To Be Depressed (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020), Scialabba presents an edited selection of his... Read More
Amy Koerber, “From Hysteria to Hormones: A Rhetorical History” (Penn State UP, 2018)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews Dr. Amy Koerber (she/hers), Professor at Texas Tech University, on the groundbreaking book From Hysteria to Hormones: A Rhetorical History (Penn State University Press, 2018). Filled with fresh takes on classical rhetorical theories, From Hysteria is an... Read More
Anna Arstein-Kerslake, “Restoring Voice to People with Cognitive Disabilities” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
The right to decision making is important for all people. It allows us to choose how to we our lives – both on a daily basis, and also in terms of how we wish to express ourselves, to live in accordance with our values and desires. However, the right to... Read More
Ray Dorsey, “Ending Parkinson’s Disease: A Prescription for Action” (Public Affairs, 2020)
Brain diseases are now the world’s leading source of disability. The fastest growing of these is Parkinson’s: the number of impacted patients has doubled to more than six million over the last twenty-five years and is projected to double again by 2040. Harmful pesticides that increase the risk of Parkinson’s... Read More
Owen Whooley, “On the Heels of Ignorance: Psychiatry and the Politics of Not Knowing” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Psychiatry has always aimed to peer deep into the human mind, daring to cast light on its darkest corners and untangle its thorniest knots, often invoking the latest medical science in doing so.  But, as Owen Whooley’s sweeping new book tells us, peering deep into the human mind is, well,... Read More
Baptiste Brossard, “Why Do We Hurt Ourselves? Understanding Self-Harm in Social Life” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Why does an estimated 5% of the general population intentionally and repeatedly hurt themselves? What are the reasons certain people resort to self-injury as a way to manage their daily lives? In Why Do We Hurt Ourselves? Understanding Self-Harm in Social Life (Indiana University Press, 2018), sociologist Baptiste Brossard draws... Read More