Last Updated December 4, 2013
Thomas A. Foster's Sex and the Founding Fathers was reviewed in the December 2 issue of Publishers Weekly. The review read, "In this concise, engaging book, Foster explores the intimate lives of six Founding Fathers, and, more importantly, the way their sex lives have been presented and analyzed over the years. Focusing on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and the oft-forgotten Gouverneur Morris, Foster deftly demonstrates the ways these men’s private lives have been essentially rewritten to present the normative, virtuous, and manly Founders Americans choose to believe in..... Proving that you can’t trust biographers, Foster ably reveals that sex has always factored into national identity and that the Founders were flesh-and-blood men, unable to support idealistic American standards of morality."
George Yancy's Look, A White! was reviewed in the Volume 16, Number 3 (2013) issue of Radical Philosophy Review. The review read, "Yancy’s 'Look, a White!' is a courageous book of radical philosophy. In it he fearlessly gives the reader more than philosophically complex arguments to consider, and offers a gift to whomsoever might continue on through the existentially deep narrative he develops throughout the text.... [An] important work."
Last Updated November 27, 2013
Asian American Women's Popular Literature, by Pamela Thoma, was reviewed on the website Critical Margins on November 26. The review read, "[W]orth a read by anyone interested in American literature.... [T]he value of Thoma's book [is that it] makes us think about how the authors she writes about...revivify genres and create works that make us think about the roles ethnicity, gender, societal norms and international economic structures play in individual lives and families."
Last Updated November 21, 2013
Bettye Collier-Thomas' Jesus, Jobs, and Justice was reviewed in the October 2013 issue of the American Historical Review. The review read, "Historians have long awaited this account of the intertwining church, missionary, and civil rights groups whose history comprises the organizational life of African American women, and they will be inspired, enlightened.... It is hard to think of a study that undertakes such a comprehensive account of women's organizations and their meaning for any other religious group. Scholars will long be pondering what they learn about the impact of African American women's religiosity on our national history from Jesus, Jobs, and Justice." [NOTE: the review refers to the hardcover/Knopf edition; the Temple University Press paperback is forthcoming.]
Last Updated November 15, 2013
Two Temple University Press titles were reviewed in the December 2013 issue of Journal of American History.
• The review of Karen Kuo's East Is West and West Is East read, "East Is West and West Is East is ostensibly about gender and race issues in the interwar period, but the intrigue of the book is Karen Kuo's insights into the development of American modernity. She argues persuasively that the United States used Asia as a 'proxy' for American crises of modernity by limiting Asians' ability to integrate into American society.... [I]t provides enough to allow scholars to uncover new ways of thinking about American modernity. She takes a sophisticated approach by studying females and males and by looking at the views and interactions of Asians and Americans.... innovative."
• The review of Eve Dunbar's Black Regions of the Imagination read, "Compact, readable, and incisive, Eve E. Dunbar's Black Regions of the Imagination examines the ethnographic strategies and ironies of African American writers between 1930 and 1970 that probed the specter of national belonging and demonstrated the contrapuntal nationalist and internationalist conceptions of race.... Dunbar astutely repurposes black internationalism to account for the national experience of race."
Last Updated November 6, 2013
Consuming Work by Yasemin Besen-Cassino was reviewed in the November 1 issue of Library Journal. The review read, "Besen-Cassino counters conventional wisdom that young people take undesirable service-sector jobs only because they need the money.... The author also offers a critical look at how youth turn to the workplace to fill gaps left by their impersonal educational institutions and at how workforce disparities based on race, gender, and class have their roots in workers' early experiences.... VERDICT [T]his engaging read will appeal to scholars of the sociology of work, as well as some high school and college students and their teachers, mentors, and parents. It could also be of great use to those who hire millennials or who work to help economically disadvantaged young people."