New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, May 12, 2017

May 07, 2017

ANTHROPOLOGY

The Anthropology of Marriage in Lowland South America: Bending and Breaking the Rules edited by Paul Valentine, Stephen Beckerman, and Catherine Ales (University Press of Florida; 307 pages; $89.95). Essays on such topics as the frequent violation of prohibitions of parallel-cousin marriage among the Yek'wana, and Yanomami reclassifications of kin categories to allow unions.

Azan on the Moon: Entangling Modernity along Tajikistan's Pamir Highway by Till Mostowlansky (University of Pittsburgh Press; 216 pages; $26.95). A study of identity and modernity in marginalized eastern Tajikistan through discussion of people along a Soviet-built highway.

Legacies of Violence: Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia by Robert Mason (Berghahn Books; 258 pages; $140). Essays on such topics as sexual violence on the Australian colonial frontier, the migration to Australia of Jewish Holocaust survivors, and race and ethnicity in 1950s sex-crimes trials.

Spirit Children: Illness, Poverty, and Infanticide in Northern Ghana by Aaron R. Denham (University of Wisconsin Press; 217 pages; $64.95). A study of the Nankani people and the belief that certain infants, including those deformed, ailing, or displaying unusual abilities---are spirit children sent to cause misfortune; considers why some Nankani respond with infanticide, while others do not.

ARCHAEOLOGY

Unsettling Mobility: Mediating Mi’kmaw Sovereignty in Post-contact Nova Scotia by Michelle A. Lelievre (University of Arizona Press; 288 pages; $60). Combines archaeological, ethnographic, and archival perspectives in a study of the Pictou Landing First Nation, one of 13 Mi'kmaw peoples in the Canadian province.

The Value of Things: Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the Maya Region edited by Jennifer P. Mathews and Thomas H. Guderjan (University of Arizona Press; 309 pages; $65). Writings on the value of jade, salt, cacao, henequen, and other commodities in the ancient to present-day Maya world.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Breaking Resemblance: The Role of Religious Motifs in Contemporary Art by Alena Alexandrova (Fordham University Press; 268 pages; $70). Topics include the "video Veronicas" of Bill Viola and religious motifs in works by Lawrence Malstaf, Victoria Reynolds, and Berlinde de Bruyckere.

Queering Contemporary Asian American Art edited by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe (University of Washington Press; 247 pages; $90 hardcover, $40 paperback). Topics include mixed-race Asian-American strategies in the art of Maya Mackrandilal and Zave Gayatri Martohardjono, and recuperating "failed bodies" in Jeffrey Augustine Songco's Guilty Party and BOMH (Bag Over My Head) series.

Winston Churchill in British Art, 1900 to the Present Day: The TItan With Many Faces by Jonathan Black (Bloomsbury Academic; 287 pages; $29.95). Traces the statesman's changing image in cartoons, paintings, photography, and sculpture.

CULTURAL STUDIES

Culture Jamming: Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance edited by Marilyn Delaure and Moritz Fink (New York University Press; 455 pages; $89 hardcover, $30 paperback). Scholarly essays and other writings on the history, practice, and impact of culture jamming, a term used since the 1980s for blocking, subverting, and otherwise scrambling the signals of consumer culture.

DANCE

Unworking Choreography: The Notion of the Work in Dance by Frederic Pouillaude, translated by Anna Pakes (Oxford University Press; 348 pages; $99 hardcover, $39.95 paperback). Translation of a 2009 French work that uses a concept of deoeuvrement or "unworking" to explore issues of the fragility of the choreographic work and its problematic representation in philosophy and aesthetics.

ECONOMICS

Robert McNamara's Other War: The World Bank and International Development by Patrick Allan Sharma (University of Pennsylvania Press; 228 pages; $39.95). Discusses the former secretary of defense’s activities as president of the World Bank from 1968 to 1981; argues that he laid the groundwork for economic crises in the developing world in the past three decades.

The Selected Letters of John Kenneth Galbraith edited by Richard P.F. Holt (Cambridge University Press; 700 pages; $34.99). Includes previously unpublished letters by the American economist that document his central political goals.

Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future by Thomas M. Shapiro (Basic Books; 268 pages; $28). Follows nearly 200 families over a 12-year period to examine the combined impact of economic inequalities and racial inequities.

EDUCATION

The Ambitious Elementary School: Its Conception, Design, and Implications for Educational Equality by Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, Stephen W. Raudenbush, and Lisa Rosen (University of Chicago Press; 234 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Draws on a study of two elementary schools operated by the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Nature's Burdens: Conservation and American Politics, The Reagan Era to the Present by Daniel Nelson (Utah State University Press; 312 pages; $31.95). Topics include the Reagan era as the origin of political gridlock that has characterized conservation efforts ever since.

FILM STUDIES

After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation by Erika Balsom (Columbia University Press; 296 pages; $105 hardcover, $35 paperback). Explores issues of reproducibility and circulation in experimental cinema and video art; includes case studies of such figures as Stan Brakhage and Gregory Markopoulos.

Ida Lupino, Director: Her Art and Resilience in Times of Transition by Therese Grisham and Julie Grossman (Rutgers University Press; 248 pages; $95 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Examines the life, work, and legacy of the actress turned director and feminist auteur (1918-95).

Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has by Annette Insdorf (Northwestern University Press; 144 pages; $99.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). A study of the Polish director (1925-2000), whose works included a film with a cult following, The Saragossa Manuscript.

Rebellious Bodies: Stardom, Citizenship, and the New Body Politics by Russell Meeuf (University of Texas Press; 237 pages; $90 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Focuses on Melissa McCarthy, Gabourey Sidibe, Peter Dinklage, Danny Trejo, Betty White, and Laverne Cox in a study of stars whose "non-normative celebrity bodies" act as sites of cultural contestation.

FOLKLORE

The Pleasures of Metamorphosis: Japanese and English Fairy Tale Transformations of "The Little Mermaid" by Lucy Fraser (Wayne State University Press; 221 pages; $34.99). Discusses more than 20 Japanese and English retellings of the Hans Christian Andersen story, including book, film, and television versions.

HISTORY

Altogether Fitting and Proper: Civil War Battlefield Preservation in History, Memory, and Policy, 1861--2015 by Timothy B. Smith (University of Tennessee Press; 328 pages; $39.95). Traces the history of preservation efforts, from such national parks as Gettysburg and Chickamauga to lesser-known sites.

Citizens of Convenience: The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U.S.-Canadian Border by Lawrence B.A. Hatter (University of Virginia Press; 288 pages; $39.50). Topics include how traders at the border sought advantage by moving between British and American nationality.

The Colonial Legacy in France: Fracture, Rupture, and Apartheid edited by Nicolas Bancel, Pascal Blanchard, and Dominic Thomas, translated by Alexis Pernsteiner (Indiana University Press; 485 pages; $60). Topics include the construction of the Arab in French print and televisual media, postcolonial studies in French academe, and Islamophobia as a new identity-based bond in French society.

Cuba's Revolutionary World by Jonathan C. Brown (Harvard University Press; 600 pages; $35). Examines the history and wider regional impact of the 1959 revolution, as well as the counterrevolution soon massed against it.

Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies edited by Joel Stone (Wayne State University Press; 328 pages; $39.99). Writings on the violence and unrest that consumed the city, beginning on July 23, 1967, and resulted in 43 deaths and more than 7,000 arrests.

Dispelling the Darkness: A Jesuit’s Quest for the Soul of Tibet by Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Thupten Jinpa (Harvard University Press; 302 pages; $29.95). Discusses the Jesuit priest and missionary Ippolito Desideri’s Inquiry Concerning the Doctrines of Previous Lives and Emptiness, an unfinished treatise written in classical Tibetan with the intent of refuting the doctrines of Buddhism.

First Ladies and American Women: In Politics and at Home by Jill Abraham Hummer (University Press of Kansas; 269 pages; $29.95). Examines how the public activities of first ladies have reflected the trends that have marked three periods since the 1920s, grouping together Lou Hoover to Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson to Rosalyn Carter, and Barbara Bush to Michelle Obama.

Forgotten Peace: Reform, Violence, and the Making of Contemporary Colombia by Robert A. Karl (University of California Press; 321 pages; $65 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Discusses a period of unrest in in mid-20th-century Colombia known after as La Violencia, and examines the 1960s origins of the FARC insurgency; focuses on the macro-region of the Gran Tolima.

Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law by James Q. Whitman (Princeton University Press; 208 pages; $24.95). Topics include the influence of American anti-miscegenation and citizenship laws on the two principal components of the Nuremberg Laws---the Blood Law and the Citizenship Law.

The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History by Cemil Aydin (Harvard University Press; 293 pages; $29.95). Examines the history and allure of what is here termed the mistaken umbrella notion of the Muslim world as an idea held by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty by John B. Boles (Basic Books; 626 pages; $35). A biography of the American statesman.

The Long Reach of the Sixties: LBJ, Nixon, and the Making of the Contemporary Supreme Court by Laura Kalman (Oxford University Press; 468 pages; $34.95). Draws on newly released taped phone conversations in a study of the two presidents' efforts to shape and dominate the court.

The Long Shadows: A Global Environmental History of the Second World War by Simo Laakkonen, Richard Tucker, and Timo Vuorisalo (Oregon State University Press; 346 pages; $35). Topics include the environmental policies of the Third Reich, Japanese imperialism and marine resources, and flood and famine in China.

Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood by Jeffrey Knapp (Oxford University Press; 297 pages; $35). Draws parallels between the English drama of the 1590s to 1610s and classic Hollywood cinema in terms of a commitment to mass entertainment.

Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America by Spencer W. McBride (University of Virginia Press; 272 pages; $39.50). Documents the role of Protestant ministers in American political culture between 1775 and 1800; topics include the roles of chaplains employed by Congress and the military; the participation of clergymen in the ratification debates of 1787-88 and the formation of the new nation's first political parties.

Reconstruction in Alabama: From Civil War to Redemption in the Cotton South by Michael W. Fitzgerald (Louisiana State University Press; 464 pages; $49.95). Emphasizes class and regional divisions, as well as race, as flashpoints in Reconstruction-era Alabama.

Set in Stone: Creating and Commemorating a Hudson Valley Culture by Kenneth Shefsiek (State University of New York Press; 304 pages; $90). Examines the blend of cultures that came to characterize New Paltz, a settlement founded in New York's Hudson River Valley in 1678 by seven French-speaking Protestant families from the Spanish Netherlands.

Single Star of the West: The Republic of Texas, 1836-1845 edited by Kenneth W. Howell and Charles Swanlund (University of North Texas Press; 550 pages; $34.95). Writings on the shoft-lived republic, including its founders, defense, diplomacy, economy, and society, with particular attention to the experiences of Tejanos, African-Americans, American Indians, and women.

Soldados Razos at War: Chicano Politics, Identity, and Masculinity in the U.S. Military Forces From World War II to Vietnam by Steven Rosales (University of Arizona Press; 328 pages; $50). Topics include Mexican-American men's motivations for enlistment or ready acceptance of the draft, and the impact of their service on identities and consciousness.

A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut by Toufoul Abou-Hodeib (Stanford University Press; 264 pages; $65). Examines aesthetics, consumption habits, and other aspects of middle-class domesticity in late-19th and early 20th-century Beirut.

Truman, Franco's Spain, and the Cold War by Wayne H. Bowen (University of Missouri Press; 197 pages; $50). Describes how Truman's personal antipathy toward Spain delayed for years defense agreements only completed in the final year of his presidency.

HISTORY OF MEDICINE

Frederick Novy and the Development of Bacteriology in Medicine by Powel H. Kazanjian (Rutgers University Press; 234 pages; $44.95). Uses the career of the Chicago-born, German-trained bacteriologist to examine research in U.S. medical schools during the period.

INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

Freud in Cambridge by John Forrester and Laura Cameron (Cambridge University Press; 695 pages; $74.99). Documents the influence of Freudian ideas on Cambridge scholars during the interwar period, including Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, A.G. Tansley, W.H.R. Rivers, and Lytton Strachey.

LITERATURE

After Lavinia: A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy by John Watkins (Cornell University Press; 280 pages; $59.95). Discusses diplomatic marriage as a literary theme and tool of statecraft, as when peace is sealed through a marriage linking two warring parties.

Animal Skins and the Reading Self in Medieval Latin and French Bestiaries by Sarah Kay (University of Chicago Press; 203 pages; $49). Topics include how the materiality of medieval bestiaries, often copied on parchment made of animal skin, shaped how the literary genre influenced readers' perceptions of the relation of humans and non-human animals.

Conspicuous Silences: Implicature and Fictionality in the Victorian Novel by Ruth Rosaler (Oxford University Press; 184 pages; $95). A study of novels in which pivotal events are inexplicit in the text, yet evident to the reader; focuses on works by Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Frances Trollope, Anthony Trollope, Wilkie Collins, and M. E. Braddon.

Contemporary Perspectives on C.S. Lewis' "The Abolition of Man": History, Philosophy, Education, and Science edited by Timothy M. Mosteller and Gayne John Anacker (Bloomsbury Academic; 176 pages; $94). Critical essays on the English writer and thinker's 1943 lecture-based book defending objective value and natural law; topics include the lectures' relationship to Lewis's 1945 novel, That Hideous Strength, and whether Abolition is conservative and hostile to scientific inquiry.

The Critics and the Prioress: Antisemitism, Criticism, and Chaucer's Prioress's Tale by Heather Blurton and Hannah Johnson (University of Michigan Press; 248 pages; $70). Examines scholarly debates over the interpretation and teaching of a Canterbury Tale that deals with a boy murdered by Jews for singing in praise of the Virgin Mary.

Critique and Postcritique edited by Elizabeth S. Anker and Rita Felski (Duke University Press; 329 pages; $99.95 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Essays on methodological, political, and other aspects of literary critique, as well as the merits of what is termed a postcritical turn.

The Introspective Art of Mark Twain by Doug Anderson (Bloomsbury Academic; 278 pages; $120 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Topics include how Twain explored his artistic evolution in What Is Man?, a dialogue published anonymously in 1906.

James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and the Rhetorics of Black Male Subjectivity by Aaron Ngozi Oforlea (Ohio State University Press; 241 pages; $84.95). Focuses on characters in Tell It on the Mountain, Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone, and If Beale Street Could Talk and in Beloved, Song of Solomon, and Tar Baby.

Literary Cynics: Borges, Beckett, Coetzee by Arthur Rose (Bloomsbury Academic; 244 pages; $108). Considers what are identified as three periods of aesthetic crisis in the work of the three writers; focuses on Borges's parables of the 1950s, Beckett's plays of the 1980s, and Coetzee's pedagoic novels of the 2000s.

Mere Reading: The Poetics of Wonder in Modern American Novels by Lee Clark Mitchell (Bloomsbury Academic; 262 pages; $90 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). New and previously published writings that defend and apply a form of close reading in analyses of Cather's The Professor's House, Nabokov's Lolita, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and The Road, and Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Pentecostal Modernism: Lovecraft, Los Angeles, and World-Systems Culture by Steven Shapiro and Philip Barnard (Bloomsbury Academic; 184 pages; $88). Links three phenomena of the early 20th century: Pentecostalism in Los Angeles, the pulp horror writings of H.P. Lovecraft, and the Social Gospel movement in Rochester, N.Y.

Relocated Memories: The Great Famine in Irish and Diaspora Fiction, 1846-1870 by Marguerite Corporaal (Syracuse University Press; 302 pages; $65 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Discusses novels and short stories published in Ireland and in the Irish diaspora during and after the Great Famine.

Rethinking Joseph Conrad’s Concepts of Community: Strange Fraternity by Kaoru Yamamoto (Bloomsbury Academic; 186 pages; $108). Draws on Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Hannah Arendt in a study of Conrad's ideas of community in Heart of Darkness, The Nigger of the "Narcissus," The Rover, Suspense, "The Secret Sharer," "The Warrior's Soul," and "The Duel."

Samuel Steward and the Pursuit of the Erotic: Sexuality, Literature, Archives edited by Debra A. Moddelmog and Martin Joseph Ponce (Ohio State University Press; 238 pages; $87.95). Essays by scholars in queer studies and other fields on the life and work of an American literature professor and novelist turned pornographer, tattoo and visual artist, sex archivist, and "unofficial sexologist."

Socialist Cosmopolitanism: The Chinese Literary Universe, 1945-1965 by Nicolai Volland (Columbia University Press; 281 pages; $60). Explores the worldliness of Chinese socialist literature, across a variety of genres, before the Cultural Revolution.

Volition's Face: Personification and the Will in Renaissance Literature by Andrew Escobedo (University of Notre Dame Press; 340 pages; $40). Examines characters as personifications of will in works by Marlowe, Spenser, and Milton.

MUSIC

Music as Biology: The Tones We Like and Why by Dale Purves (Harvard University Press; 165 pages; $29.95). Offers a biological and evolutionary perspective on our response to tonal sounds; topics include the links between the human voice and musical scales, Western and non-Western.

The Transformation of Black Music: The Rhythms, the Songs, and the Ships of the African Diaspora by Samuel A. Floyd Jr. with Melanie L. Zeck and Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. (Oxford University Press; 240 pages; $45). Uses a critical lens modeled on "call and response" to explore the dissemination of African music to the diaspora and the return of diaspora music back to the mother continent.

PHILOSOPHY

Anthropocene Feminism edited by Richard Grusin (University of Minnesota Press; 233 pages; $112 hardcover, $28 paperback). Essays on such topics as the return to nature in feminist philosophy.

The Debt of the Living: Ascesis and Capitalism by Elettra Stimili, translated by Arianna Bove (State University of New York Press; 199 pages; $85). Includes analyses of ideas of debt in theological and philosophical writings by the Apostle Paul, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Foucault, and Giorgio Agamben.

The First Islamic Classic in Chinese: Wang Daiyu's Real Commentary on the True Teaching translated by Sachiko Murata (State University of New York Press; 273 pages; $85). Translation of a 1642 work described as the first significant presentation of Islam in the Chinese language by a Muslim scholar; documents how Wang Daiyu avoided Arabic words in favor of Chinese concepts and how he drew on Neo-Confucian philosophy.

New Forms of Revolt: Essays on Kristeva's Intimate Politics edited by Sarah K. Hansen and Rebecca Tuvel (State University of New York Press; 224 pages; $85). Writings that examine and apply the philosopher’s concept of "intimate revolt."

On Liberty and Its Enemies: Essays of Kenneth Minogue edited by Timothy Fuller (Encounter Books; 334 pages; $27.99). Edition of writings by the conservative political theorist, spanning the years 1961 to 2013, the year of his death.

Pragmatism as a Way of Life: The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey by Hilary Putnam and Ruth Anna Putnam, edited by David Macarthur (Harvard University Press; 475 pages; $49.95). Edition of essays written individually and together by the American philosophers Hilary Putnam (1926-2016) and Ruth Anna Putnam (b. 1927).

Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of Lunyu with Annotations by Peimin Ni (State University of New York Press; 486 pages; $99). Translation and study of the canonical Confucian text; draws on an approach of gongfu or practice.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

The Dual Executive: Unilateral Orders in a Separated and Shared Power System by Michelle Belco and Brandon Rottinghaus (Stanford University Press; 248 pages; $65). Draws on a data set of more than 5,000 executive orders and proclamations in a study of how presidents from FDR to George W. Bush have used unilateral action both to circumvent Congress and to aid it.

Islamism: A New Totalitarianism by Mehdi Mozaffari (Lynne Rienner Publishers; 345 pages; $85 hardcover, $32.50 paperback). Defends a view of Islamism as a form of totalitarianism, with attention to differences among Sunni, Shi'ite, and Wahabist strands.

Movement Parties Against Austerity edited by Donatella della Porta and others (Polity Press; 237 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Focuses on the origins and evolution of SYRIZA in Greece, Podemos in Spain, and Movimento 5 Stelle in Italy.

Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win by Peter Krause (Cornell University Press; 256 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Develops a theory of variations in the success of national movements to achieve statehood; draws on archival and interview data on the Palestinian, Zionist, Algerian, and Irish national movements.

RELIGION

Cognitive Science and the New Testament: A New Approach to Early Christian Research by Istvan Czachesz (Oxford University Press; 271 pages; $95). Applies insights from cognitive science to the understanding of the traditions, rituals, and visionary experiences of the period; topics include distinctions between magic and miracle.

Exposition of the Apocalypse by Tyconius of Carthage, translated by Francis X. Gumerlock, introduction and notes by David C. Robinson (Catholic University of America Press; 216 pages; $39.95). Translation of a reconstructed text of a commentary on theBbook of Revelation by a Christian theologian who lived during the late fourth century.

The Grammar of Messianism: An Ancient Jewish Political Idiom and Its Users by Matthew V. Novenson (Oxford University Press; 361 pages; $74). A revisionist study of messianism in the ancient world; argues that the term was a scriptural figure of speech, useful for thinking about various political orders.

John and Philosophy: A New Reading of the Fourth Gospel by Troels Engberg-Pedersen (Oxford University Press; 417 pages; $95). Links John to the motifs and ideas of Stoicism.

On Evil, Providence, and Freedom: A New Reading of Molina by Mark B. Wiebe (Northern Illinois University Press; 176 pages; $45). Examines and defends the Spanish Jesuit thinker Luis de Molina (1535-1600) and considers his views of "creaturely freedom" in relation to ideas of free will in the work of such thinkers today as Austin Farrer, Timothy O'Connor, and Robert Kane.

Re-Ending the "Mahabharata": The Rejection of "Dharma" in the Sanskrit Epic by Naama Shalom (State University of New York Press; 248 pages; $85). Disputes the notion that the Mahabharata's ending, the Svargarohana parvan, is an extraneous part of the text and defends its key role in the epic as a whole.

Subjectivity in Attar, Persian Sufism, and European Mysticism by Claudia Yaghoobi (Purdue University Press; 202 pages; $45). Explores representations of transgressive love in the work of the medieval Sufi Muslim mystic poet Farid al-Din Attar.

SEMIOTICS

Music as Multimodal Discourse: Semiotics, Power and Protest edited by Lyndon C.S. Way and Simon McKerrell (Bloomsbury Academic; 229 pages; $128). Essays on such topics as the role of music in ridiculing the working class in "reality television."

SOCIOLOGY

Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other by Sharrona Pearl (University of Chicago Press; 246 pages; $105 hardcover, $35 paperback). Explores issues of identity in a study of face-transplant surgery, both in medicine and as portrayed in such realms as cinema and the news media.

Kimbanguism: An African Understanding of the Bible by Aurelien Mokoko Gampiot, translated by Cecile Coquet-Mokoko (Penn State University Press; 290 pages; $92.95). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a sociological and theological study of the African Christian movement, which claims 17 million adherents worldwide.

Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer edited by Nathaniel G. Chapman, J. Slade Lellock, and Cameron D. Lippard (West Virginia University Press; 292 pages; $79.99 hardcover, $29.99 paperback). Essays on the forces behind the burgeoning craft-beer movement, as well as on issues of place, identity, and authenticity with the artisanal product.

Weathering Katrina: Culture and Recovery among Vietnamese Americans by Mark J. Vanlandingham (Russell Sage Foundation; 146 pages; $32.50). Examines factors that contributed to the swift recovery of the Vietnamese immigrant enclave in New Orleans East, an area heavily flooded by the 2005 hurricane.

WOMEN'S STUDIES

Women against Abortion: Inside the Largest Moral Reform Movement of the Twentieth Century by Karissa Haugeberg (University of Illinois Press; 248 pages; $95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Draws on oral histories and interviews in a study of Marjory Mecklenburg, Juli Loesch, Shelley Shannon, and other key female activists since the 1960s who have fought against abortion rights.

Women's Antiwar Diplomacy during the Vietnam War Era by Jessica M. Frazier (University of North Carolina Press; 217 pages; $80 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Discusses meetings during the war between U.S. female peace activists and Vietnamese women, including a trip to Hanoi in 1965 by members of Women Strike for Peace.