Last Updated February 15, 2016
The Death and Life of the Single-Family House, by Nathanael Lauster, was reviewed in Spacing Vancouver on February 14. The review read, "While the book is based on a case study of Vancouver, it will have resonance with other cities facing housing affordability challenges. There are lessons in this book for the rest of North America on how cities can be built differently, without sacrificing their livability. The Death and Life of the Single Family House is a unique and important contribution to the urbanist canon, and is an important read for civic historians, city planners and urban sociologists, alike."
Last Updated February 1, 2017
American Quarterly reviewed three Temple University Press titles in various review essays:
• How Racism Takes Place, by George Lipsitz, was featured in a combined review in the December 2014 issue of American Quarterly. The review read, "Lipsitz's excellent new book How Racism Takes Place asserts the significance of place in perpetuating racial inequality.... Lipsitz is always a pleasure to read. He is a beautiful and elegant writer as well as an incisive social critic. While his book enables us to see racism in a new way, it also moves us beyond the despair of the Great Recession and its attendant neoliberal economic policies by highlighting collective resistance and the many possibilities for social change. The community activists, artists, writers, and musicians he describes have all produced compelling challenges to the status quo."
• Upon the Ruins of Liberty, by Roger Aden, was featured in a combined review in the September 2016 issue of American Quarterly. The review read, "Roger Aden's rhetorically focused account of the controversy over a site of slaveholding in an iconic national park in Philadelphia... show[s] us the complexities of analyzing these projects and the cultural, political, and economic conditions in which they are embedded.... [M]any of his summaries of the big ideas in scholarly thinking about history, place, and memory (e.g., that memorials and historic sites are constructed through sometimes-contradictory messages) are clear and potentially useful for those not familiar with the field of memory studies."
• "I Hear America Singing" by Rachel Clare Donaldson, was featured in a combined review in the December 2016 issue of American Quarterly. The review read, "The question of 'Americanness' is at the forefront of Rachel Clare Donaldson's 'I Hear America Singing,' a meticulous intellectual history of the folk revival of the early to mid-twentieth century.... Donaldson describes this process in engrossing detail.... [Her] framing of [the] issues in a folk-specific context offers a fresh perspective..... 'I Hear America Singing' is pivotal to our understandings of the folk revival, the contexts from which it emerged, and the ongoing, perhaps quixotic quest to discover the 'real America' and its music."
Last Updated January 25, 2017
American Heathens, by Jennifer Snook, was reviewed in the Winter 2017 issue of Western Folklore. The review read, "This insightful and detailed study, based on fieldwork, interviews, and online research, addresses a few of the most pressing aspects of contemporary religious movements and Heathenry.... American Heathens is an important read for scholars working on forms of contemporary paganism and those interested in specific discourses on race in the U.S. The study does much to elevate the terms of debate around the role of racism and nationalism in New Religious Movements. Its careful methodology and thoughtful analysis are exemplary, and its appearance should inspire more nuanced scholarly discussions of paganism."
The Struggling State, by Jennifer Riggan, was reviewed in the Fall 2016 issue of African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review. The review read, "[F]resh and insightful... Riggan's fine-grained accounts of fieldwork...provide important insights into the effects of state power and how authoritarianism functions in post-liberation states.... An important contribution to Eritrean studies, Riggan's study offers the sort of nuance and detail that is rare in Eritrean studies post-2001, but which, for that reason, is all the more needed.... It deserves a wide audience."
Two Temple University Press titles reviewed in the January 2017 issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography:
• The review of City in a Park, by James McClelland and Lynn Miller, read, "This is a chatty and lavishly illustrated volume that will enhance anyone's coffee table. In chapters that combine a historic overview with focused accounts of such topics as recreational activities, transportation, historic houses, and public art, the authors offer helpful information about Philadelphia's incomparable park system.... The photographs are of high quality and offer a lively tour of sites and structures within the park system."
• The Outsider, by Dan Rottenberg, was part of a combined review, which read, "Rottenberg's well-researched narrative gracefully traces [Albert M.] Greenfield's story through the theme of his 'outsider' status. The author appreciates the subtleties of what this would have meant to his subject, who seems to have aspired to 'mainline' acceptance but without sacrificing his Jewish heritage wholesale, all while vehemently rejecting the 'rags-to-riches' label.... Rottenberg's work, with its thoughtful, nuanced analysis and readable, lively prose, should command a broader audience still, and could be a useful monograph for collegiate courses on ethnic relations, urban politics, or the intersection of class, culture, and business."