New Books in January

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a safe and happy new year’s eve. What better way to ring in the new year than with new books? We have a great roster of books to keep an eye out for this month.

Kaczinsky cover image, 5980-7Emotional, moving, and powerful, Every Last Tie is the highly personal memoir of David Kaczynski—brother of Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber—in which he discusses his family, comes to terms with his brother’s crimes, and meditates on the possibilities for reconciliation and maintaining family bonds.

In Mounting Frustration Susan E. Cahan uncovers the moment when the civil rights movement reached New York City’s elite art galleries. Focusing on three controversial exhibitions that integrated African American culture and art, Cahan shows how the art world’s racial politics is far more complicated than overcoming past exclusions.

Konadu cover image, 5992-0Covering 500 years of Ghana’s history, The Ghana Reader, edited by Kwasi Konadu and Clifford C. Campbell, provides a multitude of historical, political, and cultural perspectives on this important West African nation, emphasizing Ghana’s enormous symbolic and pragmatic value to global relations and its ethnic and cultural diversity.

In Making Refuge Catherine Besteman follows the lives of a group of Somali Bantu refugees over the course of three decades, from their pre-civil war homes and terrible experiences in Kenyan refugee camps, to their recent resettlement in the struggling former mill town of Lewiston, Maine.

Chafe cover image, 6230-2Revised and Expanded with two new chapters on Hillary Clinton’s career as a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and presidential candidate, in Hillary and Bill William H. Chafe boldly argues that the trajectory of the Clintons’ political lives can be understood only through the prism of their personal relationship.

Edited by Ronald Radano and Tejumola Olaniyan, Audible Empire‘s contributors rethink the mechanisms of empire, showing how musical practice has been important to its spread around the globe. The volume’s fifteen interdisciplinary essays cover large swaths of genre, time, politics, and geography to put forth music as a means of comprehending empire as an audible formation.

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In Ingenious Citizenship Charles T. Lee centers the daily experiences of migrant domestic workers, sex workers, transgender people, and suicide bombers in his rethinking of models of social change to show how ingenious and subversive acts disrupt traditional practices of liberal citizenship in order to exercise political agency.

In Owners of the Sidewalk, an ethnography of the Cancha mega-market in Cochabama, Bolivia, Daniel M. Goldstein examines what it means for the market’s poorest vendors to maintain personal safety and economic stability by navigating systems of informality and illegality and how this dynamic is representative of the neoliberal modern city.

Biddle cover image, 6071-1In Remote Avant-Garde Jennifer Loureide Biddle interrogates the avant-garde art of Aboriginal communities in the Australian desert, showing how it is an act of survival in the face of state occupation and a means to revive at-risk vernacular languages and cultural heritages.

Edited by Gloria Ferreira and Paulo Herkenhoff and published by The Museum of Modern Art, Mário Pedrosa is the latest volume in MoMA’s Primary Documents series and provides an anthology of the writings of Mário Pedrosa, Brazil’s preeminent critic of art, culture, and politics and one of Latin America’s most frequently cited public intellectuals. It is the first publication to provide comprehensive English translations of Pedrosa’s writings, which are indispensable to understanding Brazilian art of the twentieth century.

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