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 Caleb Lázaro Moreno at

  • Blacktino Queer Performance, by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera (Duke, 2016).
  • Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture, by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson (Chicago, 2015)
  • 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
  • Indonesian Notebook: A Sourcebook on Richard Wright and the Bandung Conference, edited by Brian Russell and Keith Foulcher (Duke, 2016)
  • The Construction of WhitenessAn Interdisciplinary Analysis of Race Formation and the Making of a White Identity, edited by Stephen Middleton, David R. Roediger, and Donald M. Shaffer (Mississippi, 2016)
  • The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability, by Kristen Hogan (Duke, 2016)
  • The Portland Black Panthers: Empowering Albina and Remaking a City, by Lucas N.N. Burke and Judson L. Jeffries (Washington, 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)
  • Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans, by Sangay K. Mishra (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)
  • By Any Means Necessary: The New Youth Activism, by Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Llana Gamber-Thompson, Neta Kliger-Vilenchik, and Arley M. Zimmerman (NYU, 2016)
  • Turns of Event: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies in Motion, edited by Hester Blum (Pennsylvania, 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)
  • From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, by Elizabeth Hinton (Harvard, 2016)
  • Dirt, Sweat and Diesel: A Family Farm in the Twenty-First Century, by Steven L. Hilty (Missouri, 2016)
  • The City Since 9/11: Literature, Film, Television, edited by Keith Wilhite (Farleigh Dickinson, 2016)
  • Internet Spaceships are Serious Business: An EVE Online Reader, edited by Marcus Carter, Kelley Bergstrom, Darryl Woodford (Minnesota, 2016)
  • DIY Detroit: Making Do in a City without Services, by Kimberly Kinder (Minnesota, 2016)
  • City of Neighborhoods: Memory, Folklore, and Ethnic Place in Boston, by Anthony Bak Buccitelli (Wisconsin, 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 Libterature, 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)
  • In Appropriate Distance: The Ethics of the Photographic Essay, by Kelley Klingensmith (New Mexico, 2016)
  • Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction, by Kathryn Gin Lum (Oxford, 2014)
  • American History Unbound: Asians and Pacific Islanders, by Gary Y. Okihoro (California, 2015)
  • Vanishing Eden: White Construction of Memory, Meaning, and Identity in a Racially Changing City, by Michael T. Maly and Heather M. Dalmage (Temple, 2016)
  • From Sweetback to Super Fly: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago’s Loop, by Geral R. Butters, Jr. (Missouri, 2015)
  • Race and Education in North Carolina: From Segregation to Desegregation, by John E. Batchelor (Louisiana State, 2015)
  • Race Becomes Tomorrow: North Carolina and the Shadow of Civil Rights, by Gerald M. Sider (Duke, 2015)
  • Weekend Pilots: Technology, Masculinity, and Private Aviation in Postwar America, by Alan Meyer (Johns Hopkins, 2015)
  • Martyrs Mirrors: A Social History, by David L. Weaver-Zercher (Johns Hopkins, 2016)
  • The Genius of Place: The Geographic Imagination in the Early Republic, by Christopher C. Apap (New Hampshire, 2016)
  • Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, by Joan Quigley (Oxford, 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)
  • American Studies as Transnational Practice: Turning Toward the Transpacific, edited by Yuan Shu and Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth, 2015)
  • 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)
  • Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Reinaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond, edited by Evelyn Louise Crawford and Marylouise Patterson (California, 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)
  • Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel, by Leah Garrett (Northwestern, 2015)
  • Faith in the New Millenium: The Future of Religion and American Politics, edited by Matthew Avery Sutton and Darren Dochuk (Oxford, 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)
  • Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the Midwest, by Jason Weems (Minnesota, 2015)
  • 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)
  • Militarizing the Environment: Climate Change and the Security State, by Robert P. Marzec (Minnesota, 2015)
  • 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)
  • Plagiarama!: William Wells Brown and the Aesthetic of Attractions, by Geoffry Sanborn (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)
  • Our Gang: A Racial History of the Little Rascals, by Julia Lee (Minnesota, 2015)
  • Fish Sticks, Sports  Bras, and Aluminum Cans: The Politics of Everyday Technologies, by Paul R. Josephson (Johns Hopkins, 2015)
  • Epiphany in the Wilderness: Hunting, Nature, and Performance in the Nineteenth-Century American West, by Karen R. Jones (Colorado, 2015)
  • Southern Tufts: The Regional Origins and National Craze for Chenille Fashion, by Ashley Callahan (Georgia, 2015)
  • Race and Retail: Consumption Across the Color Line, edited by Mia Bay and Ann Fabian (Rutgers, 2015)
  • Waging War on War: Peacefighting in American Literatur, by Giorgio Mariani (Illinois, 2015)
  • 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)
  • Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in The Age of Black Power, by Susan E. Cahan (Duke, 2016)
  • The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, by Sara Deer (Minnesota, 2015)
  • Redskins: Insult and Brand, by C. Richard King (Nebraska, 2016)
  • American Organic: A Cultural History of Farming, Gardening, Shopping, and Eating, by Robin O’Sullivan (Kansas, 2015)
  • Purchasing Power: The Economics of Modern Jewish History, edited by Rebecca Kobrin and Adam Teller (Pennsylvania, 2015)
  • Beyond rush: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America, by Allen Dieterich-Ward (Pennsylvania, 2016)
  • Friended at the Front: Social Media in the American War Zone, by Lisa Ellen Silvestri (Kansas, 2016)
  • Coin Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade, by Carly A. Kocurek (Minnesota, 2015)
  • Territories if Poverty: Rethinking Global North and South, edited by Ananya Roy and Emma Shaw Crane (Georgia, 2015)
  • Detached America: Building Houses in Postwar Suburbia, by James A. Jacobs (Virginia, 2015)
  • Counter Terrorism and the State: Western Responses to 9/11, by Dorle Hellmuth (Pennsylvania, 2015)
  • Deco Body, Deco City: Female Spectacle and Modernity in Mexico City, 1900-1939, by Ageeth Sluis (Nebraska, 2016)
  • The Intimacies of Four Continents, by Lisa Lowe (Duke, 2015)
  • We Gotta Get out of this Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, by Doug Bradley and Craig Werner (Massachusetts, 2015)
  • New World Courtships: Transatlantic Alternatives to Compassionate Marriage, by Melissa M. Adams-Campbell (Dartmouth, 2015)
  • Weaving Alliances with other Women: Chitimacha Indian Work in the New South, by Daniel H. Usner (Georgia, 2015)
  • From Farm to Canal Street: Chinatown’s Alternative Food Network in the Global Marketplace, by Valeri Imbruce (Cornell, 2015)
  • Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants: Race, Gender, and Immigration Politics in the Age of Security, by Anna Sampaio (Temple, 2015)
  • Hittin’ the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South, by Anderson Blanton (North Carolina, 2015)
  • Part of our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library, by Wayne A. Wiegand (Oxford, 2015)
  • Challenge and Change: Right-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation, by June Melby Benowitz (Florida, 2015)
  • Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture, by Allison McCracken (Duke, 2015)
  • Sexology and Translation: Cultural and Scientific Encounters across the Modern World, edited by Heike Bauer (Temple, 2015)
  • The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution, by Steven S. Lee (Columbia, 2015)
  • Light in the Dark/Luz En Lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality, by Gloria E. Anzaldua, edited by Analouise Keating (Duke, 2015)
  • Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the NYC Hyperghetto, by Eric Tang (Temple, 2015)
  • The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary, by Ann Snitow (Duke, 2015)
  • Imagined Frontiers: Contemporary America and Beyond, by Carl Abbott (Oklahoma, 2015)
  • The Power Brokers: The Struggle to Shape and Control the Electric Power Industry, by Jeremiah D. Lambert (MIT, 2015)
  • Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics, edited by Marguerite S. Shaffer and Phoebe S. K. Young (Pennsylvania, 2015)
  • Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship, by Aimee Meredith Cox (Duke, 2015)
  • Does God Make Man?: Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity, by Stewart M. Hoover and Curtis D. Coats (NYU, 2015)
  • Deafening Modernism: Embodied Language and Visual Poetics in American Literature, by Rebecca Sanchez (NYU, 2015)
  • Peace Corps Fantasies: How Development Shaped the Global Sixties, by Molly Geidel (Minnesota, 2015)
  • The Cherokee Kid: Will Rogers, Tribal Identity, and the Making of an American Icon, by Amy M. Ware (Kansas, 2015)
  • Captivating Westerns: The Middle East in the American West, by Susan Kollin (Nebraska, 2015)
  • Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians, by Angela Pulley Hudson (North Carolina, 2015)
  • Edgar Heap of Birds, by Bill Anthes (Duke, 2015)
  • The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945-1975, by Michael Schudson (Harvard, 2015)
  • This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour, by Elizabeth A. Wissinger (NYU, 2015)
  • Measuring Manhood: Race and the Science of Masculinity, 1830-1934, by Melissa N. Stein (Minnesota, 2015)
  • Capitalist Family Values: Gender, Work, and Corporate Culture at Boeing, by Polly Reed Meyers (Nebraska, 2015)
  • DC Sports: The Nation’s Capital at Play, edited by Chris Elzey and David K. Wiggins (Arkansas, 2015)
  • Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru: Decolonizing Transitional Justice, by Pascha Bueno-Hansen (Illinois, 2015)
  • These Truly Are the Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on War and Citizenship, Edited by Yemisi Jimoh and Francoise N. Hamlin (Florida, 2015)
  • Indians Playing Indian: Multiculturalism and Contemporary Indigenous Art in North America, by Monica Siebert (Alabama, 2015)
  • Hunt the Devil: A Demonology of U.S. War Culture, by Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner (Alabama, 2015)
  • After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality and American Religion, by Anthony M. Petro (Oxford, 2015)
  • The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History, by Benjamin Schreier (NYU, 2015)
  • Discrepant Parallels: Cultural Implications of the Canada-US Border, by Gillian Roberts (McGill-Queens, 2015)
  • Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence, by Sara Moslener (Oxford, 2015)
  • Sounding the Color Line: Music and Race in the Southern Imagination, by Erich Nunn (Georgia, 2015)
  • Making Suburbia: New Histories of Everyday America, edited by John Archer, Paul J.P. Sandul, Katherine Solomonson (Minnesota, 2015)
  • Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor, by Kalindi Vora (Minnesota, 2015)
  • American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement, by Jennifer Snook (Temple, 2015)
  • American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film, by Ann Brigham (Virginia, 2015)
  • An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror, by Amira Jarmakani (NYU, 2015)
  • The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty, by Aileen Moreton-Robinson (Minnesota, 2015)
  • Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country, by Traci Brynne Voyles (Minnesota, 2015)
  •  Inventing A Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding, by Steven K. Green (Oxford, 2015)
  • Black Female Sexualities, edited by Trimiko Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton (Rutgers, 2015)
  • Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, by Rebecca M. Herzig (NYU, 2015)
  • Soundtracks of Asian America: Navigating Race through Musical Performance, by Grace Wang (Duke, 2015)
  • We Are Left Without a Father Here: Masculinity, Domesticity, and Migration in Postwar Puerto Rico, by Eileen J. Suarez Findlay (Duke, 2014)
  • Mr. America: The Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon, by John D. Fair (Texas, 2015)
  • Don’t Act, Just Dance: The Metapolitics of Cold War Culture, by Catherine Gunther Kodat (Rutgers, 2015)
  • Blue-Collar Broadway: The Craft and Industry of American Theater, by Timothy R. White (Pennsylvania, 2015)
  • The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press, by Amy Gadja (Harvard, 2015)
  • Lone Star Muslims: Transnational Lives and the South Asian Experience in Texas, by Ahmed Afzal (New York, 2015)
  • Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black-Latino Coalitions in New York City from Protest to Public Office, by Frederick Douglass Opie (Columbia, 2015)
  • A Coney Island Reader: Through the Dizzy Gates of Illusion, edited by Louis J. Parascandola and John Parascandola (Columbia, 2015)
  • Gay Voluntary Associations in New York: Public Sharing and Private Lives, by Moshe Shokeid (Pennsylvania, 2015)
  • Sounds of Belonging: U.S. Spanish-Language Radio and Public Advocacy, by Dolores Ines Casillas (NYU, 2014)
  • Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics, by Christopher Breu (Minnesota, 2014)
  • The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami, by Matthew Carl Strecher (Minnesota, 2014)
  • Childhood Obesity in America: Biography of an Epidemic, by Laura Dawes (Harvard, 2014)
  • Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging, by Carol Fadda-Conrey (New York University, 2014)


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