New Books Network

Anne Cushman, “The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood” (Shambhala, 2019)
Sutra is the Sanskrit name for a short spiritual teaching, and it comes from the same root as the English word suture, or stitch. This story of motherhood as a path to awakening is, says yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman, “an homage to the long threads that run through all human... Read More
Rachel Augustine Potter, “Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Rule-making may rarely make headlines, but the significance of this largely hidden process cannot be underestimated. Rachel Augustine Potter makes the case in Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy (University of Chicago Press, 2019) that rulemaking is incredibly important, but also political in ways that are misunderstood. Potter... Read More
Sharon Kirsch, “Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric” (U Alabama Press, 2014)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Dr. Sharon Kirsch (she/hers)–Associate Prof. of English and rhetorical studies in the New College at Arizona State University–on the scintillating and beautifully written Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric from University of Alabama Press (2014). This... Read More
Brett Grainger, “Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America” (Harvard UP, 2019)
We often credit the Transcendentalists with introducing a revolutionary new appreciation for nature into American spirituality when they claimed that God could be found in the forests, mountains, and fields. In Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America (Harvard University Press, 2019), Brett Grainger reconsiders the history of the years... Read More
Jeannette Eileen Jones, “Search of Brightest Africa: Reimagining the Dark Continent in American Culture, 1884-1936” (U Georgia Press, 2011)
When President Trump talked of Africa as a continent of “shithole countries” where people lived in huts, he was drawing on a set of ideas made popular in the 19th century. “Darkest Africa” became a favorite trope of explorers like Henry Morton Stanley who promoted his books and lectures by... Read More
Terence Keel, “Divine Variations: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science” (Stanford UP, 2018)
We often think of scientific racism as a pseudo-science of a bygone age, yet in both academic population genetics and popular ancestry testing, the specter of race continues to inflect our senses of biology and being.  In Divine Variations: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science (Stanford University Press, 2018), Professor... Read More
Ryan Grim, “We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement” (Strong Arm Press, 2019)
The modern progressive movement is rising in influence, intensity and numbers. Just where did it come from and where is it going? Ryan Grim, D.C bureau chief for The Intercept digs into the movement’s origins in We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and... Read More