Last Updated July 16, 2014
Rebuilding the News, by C.W. Anderson, was reviewed in the July 1 issue of Public Books. The review read, "Anderson's captivating book provides a close chronicle of local news organizations' decade-long losing battle to adapt to an increasingly online environment.... Rebuilding the News' detailed description of journalistic work in the digital age belies its title."
Accessible Citizenships, by Julie Avril Minich, was reviewed in the Fall 2014 issue of MELUS. The review read, "[A] necessary and refreshing intervention into disability studies and critical race and ethnicity studies.... Grounded in literary and film analysis with several extended and astute close readings, Accessible Citizenships repeatedly returns to the realities of its major concepts—race, disability, nation, and citizenship—and argues for theorizations addressing the material circumstances that inspire the creation of these texts.... Minich is able quickly to delve deep into the tangled and difficult issues at hand.... The implications and potential applications of Minich's theoretical interventions are great, but there are two...exceptionally important for the fields in which Minich is most centrally engaged.... Accessible Citizenships lays critical foundations for future work in race and disability studies."
Last Updated July 9, 2014
The July 2014 issue of Contemporary Sociology featured reviews of two Temple University Press titles:
• The review of Speaking of Race and Class, by Elizabeth Aries with Richard Berman, read, "Aries and Berman's book is accessible and engaging. As students describe their experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and ideas, we see and hear, through their voices, how their learning of self, others, and the world around them evolves. The book offers an in-depth look at how engaging with diversity during college years impacts what students learn about themselves and others in distinct ways."
• The review of Music, Style, and Aging, by Andy Bennett, read, "What is compelling here is how Bennett's respondents justify their stylistic transformation.... This provides readers with a rich insight into the association between style and authenticity for (some) middle-aged fans.... Music, Style, and Aging is an agenda-setting work that promises to inspire scholars to study the importance of culture as we age."
Last Updated July 2, 2014
Library Journal praised The Outsider, by Dan Rottenberg in its July 1 issue. The review read, "In this mainly laudatory biography, Rottenberg traces Greenfield's unlikely story, beginning as a Russian Jewish son of a textile worker through his rapid rise to fortune as a real estate broker, developer, and banker. Though the book deals primarily with Greenfield's business activities, Rottenberg pays close attention to his subject's struggles as a Jew in a world dominated by the entrenched Protestant establishment..... Readers interested in the history of Philadelphia will enjoy the detailed accounts of Greenfield's role in the development of some of the city's most prominent buildings and businesses, and his relationships with generations of business, religious, and civic leaders."
Softly, with Feeling, by Edward Berger, was reviewed in the July 2014 issue of The New York City Jazz Record. The review read, "The new and aptly titled biography by Edward Berger embodies Wilder's deep gentle spirit...Berger's writing is worthy of his subject. The biography makes one feel as if Wilder is close at hand, fully realized. Berger's research is superb but never obtrusive; his prose is understated yet effective. The book offers rare photographs...and a discography full of surprises. Joe Wilder has been wonderfully captured in these pages, a loving, accurate portrait."
Dominican Baseball, by Alan Klein, was reviewed in the June 13 issue of the Dallas Morning News. The review read, "If you're wondering how this island nation of 9.5 million people has produced such a disproportionate share of baseball talent, Klein knows the territory and history. He walks us through the process by which poor Dominican youth...chase the dream through a combination of Major League Baseball assistance and local player developers (known as "Buscones")."
Last Updated June 25, 2014
Picturing Model Citizens by Thy Phu, was reviewed in the Summer 2014 issue of MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States). The review read, "Picturing Model Citizens provides a new prism through which to view established understandings of the model minority myth and Asian American citizenship. In her brilliant introduction, Phu convincingly argues that civility is central to thinking about citizenship, particularly in relation to the emergence of this myth in the 1960s.... Phu's introduction articulates an important argument about the ways that civility has been overlooked in Asian American Studies.... Picturing Model Citizens is an important study that offers a new perspective from which to view the model minority myth. In placing civility at the center of understanding Asian American citizenship, it is also likely to generate new ways of understanding Asian American history, identity, and community."
Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin, by Jürgen von Mahs, was reviewed in the August 2014 issue of Urban Studies. The review read, "[A] thoughtful account of the impact of public policy on homeless people and their prospects of escaping homelessness.... Mahs has produced a well-researched book that offers a unique insight into homeless peoples' lives in Berlin in the 1990s and thus will surely contribute to a more balanced debate about the geographies of homelessness beyond US cities."