Still haven’t shopped our Fall Sale? Overwhelmed by all your great choices? We’re pleased to offer recommendations from two of our editors today, Courtney Berger and Gisela Fosado. If you missed them yesterday, check out Elizabeth Ault’s and Ken Wissoker’s recommendations here.
Gisela Fosado, Editor
Renato Rosaldo’s beautiful prose poetry collection, The Chasers, gives readers a snapshot of Chicano life in Tucson in the ‘50s. Part club, part friend group, the Chasers were twelve Mexican American high schoolers whose rich stories paint a rich picture of teen life near the border.
Beth Caldwell’s Deported Americans: Life After Deportation to Mexico is a powerful book that traces the impact of deportation on both sides of the border. One of the book’s contributions are Caldwell’s recommended legislative and judicial reforms to alleviate the suffering of millions of Americans affected by deportation.
Patricia Hill Collins’s Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory offers an important new take on how and why intersectionality has not yet realized its potential as a critical social theory. Collins outlines the self-reflexive critical analysis of intersectionality’s assumptions, epistemologies, methodologies and practices that will be a required next step for the concept.
Andrea Ballestero’s A Future History of Water is a smart and beautiful ethnography of the devices that people use make a case for water as a human right. Ballestero demonstrates what happens when instead of trying to fix its meaning, we make water’s changing form the precondition of our analyses.
Courtney Berger, Executive Editor
Best book to bring with you on a trip: E. Patrick Johnson’s Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women. Part fiction, part oral history, Honeypot takes us on a journey through Hymen, the women-only world of the U.S. South, to meet queer Black women who boldly share their stories of love, family, heartbreak, coming out, religion, art, and activism. I adore this book and cherished spending time with Dr. EPJ, Miss B, and all the women who lent their voices to this chorus.
The world is on fire, you might want to read: Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World by Jairus Grove. Grove offers us a martial theory of the Anthropocene. He locates the origins of the planet’s ecological crisis in the geopolitics of war, a world order that that has been organized around colonial expansion, the eradication of generative differences among humans, species, and environments, and the production of technologies and forms of life that are produced to perpetuate warfare and combat.
Cara New Daggett also delves into the relationship between imperialism, contemporary capitalism, and the environment in The Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuels, Thermodynamics, and the Politics of Work. Daggett tells the history of energy as a product of Northern European industrialization and scientific discourse, which yoked moral imperatives about work and productivity with imperial domination and demands for cheap labor. Daggett urges us a post-work energy politics that would decouple the logics of work and energy and challenge the material and moral valuation of waged labor, as well as our fossil fuel reliance.
And a great pick for teaching: Ruha Benjamin’s edited collection, Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life. The contributors to this volume highlight the ways in which policing and prison technologies have been brought to bear on everyday social and economic life, reinforcing racialized imaginaries and perpetuating racialized violence. But the book also offers insights into how such technologies could be retooled and reimagined in the service of building a more just and habitable world.
You can get all these books and more for 50% off through Monday, October 21. Use coupon code Fall50 at checkout. See the fine print here.