Books Available for Review

The following is a list of books currently available for review. Please see our submission guidelines for more information. Select book reviews accepted for publication in the journal may also be posted on the blog. If you’re interested in reviewing one of them (or more than one in a longer review or review essay), please contact Elizabeth Wilhelm at

  • Blacktino Queer Performance, by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera (Duke, 2016).
  • My Life with Things: The Consumer Diaries, by Elizabeth Chin (Duke, 2016)
  • God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church, American Nationalism, and the Religious Right, by Rebecca Barrett-Fox (Kansas, 2016)
  • The Official World, by Mark Seltzer (Duke, 2016)
  • The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability, by Kristen Hogan (Duke, 2016)
  • Ball Don’t Lie: Myth, Genealogy, and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball, by Yago Colas (Temple, 2016)
  • Invisible Subjects: Asian America in Postwar Literature, by Heidi Kim (Oxford, 2016)
  • American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy, Kate Viera (Minnesota, 2016)
  • The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Lindsey Michael Banco (Iowa, 2016)
  • Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America;s Whiskey, by Reid Mitenbuler (Penguin, 2015)
  • Comic Democracies: From Ancient Athens to the American Republic, by Angus Fletcher (Johns Hopkins, 2016)
  • Ambiguous Borderlands: Shadow Imagery in Cold War American Culture, by Erik Mortenson (Illinois, 2016)
  • A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failture Across the Pacific, by Hua Hsu (Harvard, 2016)
  • Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism, by Gershun Avilez (Illinois, 2016)
  • Global Asian American Popular Cultures, edited by Shipa DAve, Leilani Bishime, and Tasha Oren (NYU, 2016)
  • Bike Lanes are White Lanes: Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning, by Melody L. Hoffman (Nebraska, 2016)
  • A Bloody and Barbarous God: The Metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy, by Petra Mundik (New Mexico, 2016)
  • Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America, by Anthongy Ryan Hatch (Minnesota, 2016)
  • Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930, by Benjamin Rene Jordan (UNC, 2016)
  • Dirt, Sweat and Diesel: A Family Farm in the Twenty-First Century, by Steven L. Hilty (Missouri, 2016)
  • Internet Spaceships are Serious Business: An EVE Online Reader, edited by Marcus Carter, Kelley Bergstrom, Darryl Woodford (Minnesota, 2016)
  • New York’s Yiddish Theater: From The Bowery to Broadway, edited by Edna Nahshon
  • Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust: Savaging the Automotive Past, by David N. Lucsko (Johns Hopkins, 2016)
  • Civil Rights and Beyond: African American and Latino/a Activism in the Twentieth-Century United States, edited by Brian D. Behnken (Georgia, 2016)
  • Breaking Down, Breaking Bad: Critical Perspectives, edited by Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel (New Mexico, 2016)
  • Abolishing Freedom: A Plea for a Contemporary use of Fatalism, by Frank Ruda (Nebraska, 2016)
  • Debates in the Digital Humanities, 2016, edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein (Minnesota, 2016)
  • Calypso Magnolia: The Crosscurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature, by John Wharton Lowe (North Carolina, 2016)
  • The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism, by Yuvual Levin (Basic Books, 2016)
  • The Screen in Red: Hollywood, Communism, and the Cold War, by Bernard F. Dick (Mississippi, 2016)
  • The Amish: A Concise Introduction, by Steven M. Nolt (Johns Hopkins, 2016)
  • The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture, by Pamela Haag (Basic Books, 2016)
  • Serious Nonsense: Groundog Lodges, Versammlinge, and Pennsylvania German Heritage, by William W. Donner (Keystone, 2016)
  • Memorializing Pearl Harbor: Unfinished Histories and the Work of Remembrance, by Geoffrey M. White (Duke, 2016)
  • Narrating the Landscape: Print Culture and American Expansion in the Nineteenth Century, by Matthew N. Johnston (Oklahoma, 2016)
  • Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music, by John W. Troutman (North Carolina, 2016)
  • John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life, by Danielle Shapiro (Minnesota, 2016)
  • The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image united the Right and Fractured America, by Steve Fraser (Basic Books, 2016)
  • Culture on Two Wheels: The Bicycle in Literature and Film, edtited with an introduction by Jeremy Withers and Daniel P. Shea (Nebraska, 2016)
  • Inappropriate Distance: The Ethics of the Photographic Essay, by Kelley Klingensmith (New Mexico, 2016)
  • The Genius of Place: The Geographic Imagination in the Early Republic, by Christopher C. Apap (New Hampshire, 2016)
  • Indigenous Pop: Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hop, edited by Jeff Berglund, Jan Johnson, and Kimberli Lee (Arizona, 2016)
  • Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women, edited by Chia Youyee Vang, Faith Nibbs, and Ma Vang (Minnesota, 2016)
  • Middle of Nowhere: Religion, Art, and Pop Culture at Salvation Mountain, by Sara M. Patterson (New Mexico, 2016)
  • Mormonism and American Politics, edited by Randall Balmer and Jana Riess (Columbia, 2016)
  • The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol’niki Park to Chicago’s South Side, by Kate A. Baldwin (Dartmouth, 2016)
  • The Desperate Diplomat: Sabuko Kurusu’s Memoir of the Weeks before Pearl Harbor, edited by J. Garry Clifford and Masako R. Okura (Missouri, 2016)
  • Writing the Good Life: Mexican American Literature and the Environment, by Priscilla Solis Ybarra (Arizona, 2016)
  • Discrediting the Red Scare: The Cold War Trials of James Kutcher, “The Legless Veteran,” by Robert Justin Goldstein (Kansas, 2016)
  • Ambiguous Borderlands: Shadow Imagery in Cold War American Culture, by Erik Mortenson (Southern Illinois, 2016)
  • Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Harvard, 2016)
  • Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation, by Elizabeth Ellcessor (NYU, 2016)
  • Playing War: Military Video Games after 9/11, by Matthew Thomas Payne (NYU, 2016)
  • After Critique: Twenty-First Century Fiction in a Neoliberal Age, by Mitchum Huehls (Oxford, 2016)
  • The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics, by Ramzi Fawaz (NYU, 2016)
  • Obstruction, by Nick Salvato (Duke, 2016)
  • Country Comes to Town: The Music Industry and the Transformation of Nashville, by Jeremy Hill (Massachusetts, 2016)
  • Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change, by Charles T. Lee (Duke, 2016)
  • Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow, by Cheryl Knott  (Massachusetts, 2015)
  • Practice Extended: Beyond Law and Literature, by Robert A. Ferguson (Columbia, 2016)
  • The Banjo: America’s African Instrument, by Laurent Dubois (Harvard, 2016)
  • With Dogs at the Edge of Life, by Colin Dayan (Columbia, 2016)
  • Rock ‘N’ Film: Cinema’s Dance with Popular Music, by David E. James (Oxford, 2016)
  • Race and Secularism in America, edited  by Jonathan S. Kahn and Vincent W. Lloyd (Columbia, 2016)
  • Asian American Sporting Cultures, edited by Stanley I. Thangaraj, Constancio R. Arnaldo, Jr., and Christina B. Chin (NYU, 2016)
  • Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World, by Leif Wenar (Oxford, 2016)
  • Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South, by William E. O’Brien (Massachusetts, 2016)
  • Queering the Countryside: New Frontiers in Rural Queer Studies, edited by Mary L. Gray, Colin R. Johnson, and Brian J. Gilley (NYU, 2016)
  • Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11, by Harriet F. Senie (Oxford, 2016)
  • Redskins: Insult and Brand, by C. Richard King (Nebraska, 2016)
  • Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America, by Allen Dieterich-Ward (Pennsylvania, 2016)
  • Deco Body, Deco City: Female Spectacle and Modernity in Mexico City, 1900-1939, by Ageeth Sluis (Nebraska, 2016)


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