Friday, March 30, 2012

Short Takes

Publishers Weekly reviews Idra Novey's EXIT, CIVILIAN. "[T]he book reveals superb acts of attention, by a writer whose reliable moral sense matches her first-rate ear." Publishers Weekly also reviews Harvey H. Jackson III's THE RISE AND DECLINE OF THE REDNECK RIVIERA.

Listen to Mark Auslander, author of THE ACCIDENTAL SLAVEOWNER, on WBUR's "World of Ideas."

The Daily Progress recaps David L. Holmes' talk about THE FAITHS OF THE POSTWAR PRESIDENTS at the Virginia Festival of Books.

SPACES OF LAW IN AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS, by author Daniel Margolies, receives a review from the American Historical Review: "This book's analysis on legal spatiality and territoriality and its explanation on how to conceptualize extradition in terms of foreign policy, governance and borderlands are significant contributions to the history of American Foreign relations and to U.S. legal history."

A recent review in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism describes Amy Mill's STREETS OF MEMORY as "a riveting read, providing the reader with rich ethnographic data and analysis of the consequences of nationalist policies as experienced by individuals and communities."

The American Historical Review also wrote, reviewing Clive Webb's RABBLE ROUSERS, that "it is difficult to read these racist, fascist, and antisemetic claims and not come away with a deep sense of disgust and revulsion, combined with renewed appreciation for the courage and conviction of those who opposed them."

Catharine Randall's book FROM A FAR COUNTRY is called "a well-written and compelling study of the Huguenot influence in colonial America" by the Sixteenth Century Journal.

William Bush's WHO GETS A CHILDHOOD? has been called "an immensely informative account of the complexities of reform and repression within the training schools of a state known for its tough penal culture" in another review released recently by the American Historical Review.

In a recent copy of ISLE Journal, Laura Wright is praised for her work in WILDERNESS INTO CIVILIZED SPACE: "Wright's refusal to accept singular perspectives, both theoretical and analytic, reveals a desire to venerate the interconnectedness of peoples, species, and ecosystems."