New Books Network

Jonathan Gienapp, “The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era” (Harvard UP, 2018)
In his book, The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era (Harvard University Press, 2018), Jonathan Gienapp revisits the Founding Era to retell the story of America’s favorite document. Looking at the Constitution’s creation, Gienapp makes a compelling case for why we should reconceptualize just what this... Read More
Susanna Schellenberg, “The Unity of Perception: Content, Consciousness, and Evidence” (Oxford UP, 2018)
How does perception result in thoughts about items in the world (such as dogs or flowers) and in conscious states of many kinds (such as experiences of seeing red)? How does perception provide evidence for our beliefs (such as the belief that there is a red rose in front of... Read More
Sophia Shalmiyev, “Mother Winter: A Memoir” (Simon and Schuster, 2019)
The story of where we come from is such an important aspect of our personal sense of self, the forefront of many conversations about national identity, community, and belonging. In a country like the United States, where so many of us are or are descended from immigrants, the answer to... Read More
Tanisha C. Ford, “Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion” (St. Martins Press, 2019)
In this highly engaging book, fashionista and pop culture expert Tanisha C. Ford investigates Afros and dashikis, go-go boots and hotpants of the sixties, hip hop’s baggy jeans and bamboo earrings, and the #BlackLivesMatter-inspired hoodies of today. The history of these garments is deeply intertwined with Ford’s story as a... Read More
Douglas Sheflin, “Legacies of Dust: Land Use and Labor on the Colorado Plains” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
The “Dust Bowl” remains a mainstay in American history textbooks. When dust storms swept over the southern plains in the 1930s, they upended farming communities and left thousands of migrants in search of brighter horizons in the “Dirty Thirties.” The historian Douglas Sheflin takes a closer look at the Dust... Read More
Robert Louis Wilken, “Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom” (Yale UP, 2019)
Robert Louis Wilken, the William R. Kenan Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia, has written an intellectual history of the ideas surrounding freedom of religion.  Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom (Yale University Press, 2019) offers a revisionist... Read More
Sarah Anne Carter, “Object Lessons: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Learned to Make Sense of the Material World” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The metaphor “object lesson” is a familiar one, still in everyday use. But what exactly does the metaphor refer to? In her book Object Lessons: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Learned to Make Sense of the Material World (Oxford University Press, 2018), my guest Sarah Anne Carter reveals that object lessons were a classroom... Read More