Last Updated July 20, 2016
A Nice Place to Visit by Aaron Cowan, was featured in the July 2016 issue of the Missouri Historical Review. The review read, "Cowan aptly demonstrates the conflicts inherent in promoting tourism while also meeting the needs of local residents, drawing needed attention to challenges still confronting many American cities beyond the rustbelt."
Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989, edited by Catherine Portuges and Peter Hames, was reviewed in the July 2016 issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies. The review read, "This edited collection contains eight essays that focus on films produced during the transition from Communism to post-Communism in eight East-European countries....The Introduction, co-written by Peter Hames and Catherine Portuges, highlights the common situation facing each of these countries in terms of film production and national identity, while confronted with similar changes because of the ending of state control over projects, mutations in censorship, the privatization of the production industries, and the collapse of the traditional networks of film distribution.... The subsequent case studies offer much more than an enumeration of film titles that are often unknown to non-European filmgoers; they offer an analysis of the main themes and preoccupations during this era of transition after 1989."
Last Updated July 13, 2016
Whisper Not, by Benny Golson and Jim Merod, was reviewed in the June 2016 issue of Jazzwise. The review read, "That 87-year old Benny Golson is a figure of consequence in the music is indisputable. He has form as both player and composer, initially of original pieces that have become jazz standards and, more latterly, as a gilded soundtrack composer for films and TV. So, his is a story worth the telling and long overdue for the telling, you could say.... [H]is three opening chapters recounting his boyhood friendship in Philadelphia with John Coltrane and their emerging interest in the music are fascinating, each youngster's first tentative steps into bandstand activity vividly described, his virtual hero-worship of the young Coltrane quite touching.... Golson [is] often disarmingly frank about his instrumental shortcomings.... Excellent illustrations by the way."
Look, a White! by George Yancy, was reviewed in Geez magazine on July 7. The review read, "Yancy's book unfolds using lived experiences, personal accounts, and examples from literature and cinema showing whiteness in contexts where whiteness functioned as the norm... Yancy calls the reader, calls whites, to tarry with the reality of racism. This means not reaching too quickly for hope, not moving immediately to rationalizations, and not hurrying on to action. All of these responses have a place, but if invoked as a reaction they tend to entrench world views as opposed to allow for transformation. Tarrying allows whites to see their indelible connection to structural racism and become more sensitive to how white subjectivity is formed."
Navigating Gendered Terrain, by Kelly Dittmar, was featured in a review essay in the June 2016 issue of Politics & Gender. The review read, "Navigating Gendered Terrain by Kelly Dittmar is an innovative study of the gendered process of political campaigns.... The major themes and findings of Dittmar's survey research are contextualized through a series of detailed interviews with candidates and campaign consultants.... The intersectional nature of [each book's] respective analyses is welcome. In addition to understanding how these interactions produce variation across groups, candidates, and voters, future work could usefully focus on how they create variation within groups of candidates and voters."
Last Updated July 6, 2016
Women in Politics in the American City, by Mirya Holman, was reviewed in the July 2016 issue of Choice. The review read, "Using surveys, interviews, and observations of council meetings, Holman analyzes whether gender matters in the policies local governments pursue. She finds that 'women's issues'—such as education, social welfare, and violence against women—are more likely to be high on the public's agenda when women lead cities, especially when female mayors are supported by high proportions of women on city councils. In contrast, men tend to focus on development and crime.... Holman offers a meaningful analysis of how gender impacts local policy.... Summing Up: Recommended."
Elda Tsou's Unquiet Tropes was featured in a review essay entitled, "On Asian American Forms" in the Summer 2016 issue of American Literary History. The review read, "Tsou's Unquiet Tropes follows the influential theorizing of Asian American literary studies of the past two decades.... One of Tsou's major contributions is that even as she operates within the 'subjectless' paradigm that...others advance, she clarifies the problems and risks of such a paradigm.... Tsou seems to argue strongly for the ways Asian American writers make a distinctive use of rhetorical tropes."
Last Updated June 29, 2016
Lucy Maddox's The Parker Sisters was reviewed in the Summer 2016 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage. The review read, "[A] thoroughly researched account of...the abduction of the sisters Elizabeth and Rachel Parker.... Maddox places the incident within the context of both the sectional conflict, particularly with the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law, and the experiences of the Parker family over several generations.... The author is sensitive to the nuances of race relations and antislavery sentiment in the North.... In all, the book is a masterful recreation of events, based on extensive use of primary sources. The kidnapping of the Parker sisters is a story worthy of this effort."
Two Temple University Press books reviewed in the July 2016 issue of Contemporary Sociology:
• The review of Conceiving Masculinity, by Liberty Walther Barnes, read, "Liberty Walther Barnes is part of a vanguard of reproduction scholars whose work is increasingly calling attention to men's bodies and experiences in order to shed greater light on the cultural dimensions of reproduction, reproductive science, and reproductive medicine.... Barnes makes an important contribution in this arena.... The fact that Barnes amassed so much rich data is a feat in and of itself. It is indeed hard to find infertile men to study. Barnes's book elucidates the historical, cultural, and gendered details as to why exactly men remain obscured in the landscape of infertility medicine.... Barnes's book is an important step in acknowledging and analyzing the connection between men's bodies, identity, and reproductive concerns.... [A]n engaging read."
• The review of Tensions in the American Dream, by Melanie and Roderick Bush, read, "Tensions in the American Dream is a hopeful book. It empirically examines the variations and contradictions through which U.S. residents construct identities and orient their lives in an era of neoliberalism.... The book draws on an impressive range of literature.... Another centrally important point advanced in the conceptual frame of the book situates U.S. nationalism and white supremacy in the broader context of global capitalism and empire.... Melanie and Roderick Bush advance another trajectory of sociology that emerged in reaction to twentieth-century eugenics and European fascism, positive science culture, and decolonization. This is a sociology that emphasizes social transformation, liberation, emancipation, and a critical methodology and epistemology."