New Books Network

Li Zhang, “Anxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy” (U California Press, 2020)
The breathless pace of China’s economic reform has brought about deep ruptures in socioeconomic structures and people’s inner landscape. Faced with increasing market-driven competition and profound social changes, more and more middle-class urbanites are turning to Western-style psychological counseling to grapple with their mental distress. Anxious China: Inner Revolution and... Read More
Michael E. McCullough, “The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code” (Basic Books, 2020)
Why Give a Damn About Strangers? In his book The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code (Basic Books, 2020), Michael E. McCullough explains. McCullough is a professor of psychology at the University of California San Diego, where he directs the Evolution and Human Behavior... Read More
D. Bilak and T. Nummedal, “Furnace and Fugue. A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s ‘Atalanta fugiens’ (1618)” (U Virginia Press, 2020)
In 1618, on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War, the German alchemist and physician Michael Maier published Atalanta fugiens, an intriguing and complex musical alchemical emblem book designed to engage the ear, eye, and intellect. The book unfolds as a series of fifty emblems, each of which contains an... Read More
Valerie Olson, “Into the Extreme: U.S. Environmental Systems and Politics Beyond Earth” (U Minnesota Press, 2018)
What if outer space is not outside the human environment but, rather, defines it? This is the unusual starting point of Valerie Olson’s Into the Extreme: U.S. Environmental Systems and Politics Beyond Earth (U Minnesota Press, 2018), revealing how outer space contributes to making what counts as the scope and... Read More
Kristina M. Lyons, “Vital Decomposition: Soil Practitioners and Life Politics” (Duke UP, 2020)
In Colombia, decades of social and armed conflict and the US-led war on drugs have created a seemingly untenable situation for scientists and rural communities as they attempt to care for forests and grow non-illicit crops. In her new book Vital Decomposition: Soil Practitioners and Life Politics (Duke University Press,... Read More
Rene Almeling, “GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health” (U California Press, 2020)
Rene Almeling’s new book GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health (University of California Press, 2020) provides an in-depth look at why we do not talk about men’s reproductive health and this knowledge gap shapes reproductive politics today. Over the past several centuries, the medical profession has made enormous efforts to... Read More
Scholarly Communication: An Interview with Joerg Heber of PLOS
Open Access is spelled with a capital O and a capital A at the Public Library of Science (or PLOS, for short), a nonprofit Open Access publisher. Among PLOS’s suite of journals, PLOS One is the nonprofit’s largest in number of articles published and its broadest in coverage, ranging as... Read More
Ernest Freeberg, “A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement” (Basic Books, 2020)
In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man and animal alike. The industrial city brought suffering, but it also inspired a compassion for animals that fueled a controversial anti-cruelty movement. From the center of these debates, Henry Bergh launched a... Read More
Margaret Heffernan, “Uncharted: How to Map and Navigate the Future Together” (Simon and Schuster, 2020)
Today I spoke with Dr Margaret Heffernan about her latest book, Uncharted: How to Map and Navigate the Future Together (Simon and Schuster, 2020). Margaret produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she became a businesswomen. She is the author of six... Read More
Boel Berner, “Strange Blood: The Rise and Fall of Lamb Blood Transfusion in 19th-Century Medicine and Beyond” (Transcript Verlag, 2020)
In the mid-1870s, the experimental therapy of lamb blood transfusion spread like an epidemic across Europe and the USA. Doctors tried it as a cure for tuberculosis, pellagra and anemia; proposed it as a means to reanimate seemingly dead soldiers on the battlefield. It was a contested therapy because it... Read More