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Digital Diaspora
Digital Diaspora (February 2009)
A Race for Cyberspace
Anna Everett - Author

Traces the rise of black participation in cyberspace.

Deftly interweaving history, culture, and critical theory, Anna Everett traces the rise of black participation in cyberspace, particularly during the early years of the Internet. She challenges the problematic historical view of black people as quintessential information-age outsiders or poster children for the digital divide by uncovering their early technolu...(Read More)
 
 
Latino Voices in New England
Latino Voices in New England (February 2009)
David Carey Jr. - Editor
Robert Atkinson - Editor

Compelling stories and striking photographs illustrate the challenges and highlights of Latino/a life in Portland, Maine.

Latinos—those born in the United States as well as those who immigrated later in life—are not only transforming the country and cities, they are also transforming themselves in a difficult process of community making. This book tells the story of how a diverse group of immigrants hav...(Read More)
 
 
We Used to Own the Bronx
We Used to Own the Bronx (February 2009)
Memoirs of a Former Debutante
Eve Pell - Author

Award-Winning Finalist in the Autobiography/Memoirs category of the “Best Books 2010” Awards, sponsored by USA Book News

FINALIST - 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year in the Autobiography/Memoir Category

"... a literary treat. ... Pell gives us a kind of cultural anthropology of the closest thing in America to a landed gentry." — Wall Street Journal Review by Sol Stern...(Read More)

 
 
Measured Meals
Measured Meals (February 2009)
Nutrition in America
Jessica J. Mudry - Author

2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language.

As nutritional studies proliferate, producing more and more knowledge about the connection between diet and health, Americans seem increasingly confused about what to eat to stay healthy. In Measured Meals, Jessica J. Mudry looks at ...(Read More)
 
 
The Oprah Affect
The Oprah Affect (October 2008)
Critical Essays on Oprah's Book Club
Cecilia Konchar Farr - Editor
Jaime Harker - Editor

Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.

The Oprah Affect explores the cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club, particularly in light of debates about the definition and purpose of literature in American culture. For the critics collected here, Oprah’s Book Club stands, in the context of American literary history, not as an egregious undermining of who we are and what...(Read More)
 
 
Taking South Park Seriously
Taking South Park Seriously (September 2008)
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock - Editor

Collection of scholarly essays on the wildly popular Comedy Central show.

Since it came on the air in 1997, Comedy Central’s top-rated animated program, South Park, has been criticized for its crude, scatological humor and political insensitivity. However, the program also fearlessly wades into the morass of American political life as it tackles and satirizes all American sacred cows, including &ldqu...(Read More)

 
 
Do Voters Look to the Future?
Do Voters Look to the Future? (June 2008)
Economics and Elections
Brad Lockerbie - Author

Argues in favor of a different model of voting behavior.

Do voters look to the past, the future, or both when deciding how to vote? In Do Voters Look to the Future?, Brad Lockerbie shows voters to be more sophisticated than much of the work in political science would suggest. He argues that voters do not simply reward or punish the incumbent administration, but instead make a comparative evaluation of th...(Read More)
 
 
Twenty West
Twenty West (June 2008)
The Great Road Across America
Mac Nelson - Author

Gold Medal - 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Travel-Essay category

Traces the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.

“I know US 20, I live on it, grew up near it, commute to work on it, and have run on it most mornings for twenty-five years. It has become the Main Street of my life. I am fond of it, and want to tell its very American...(Read More)
 
 
What's Wrong with Obamamania?
What's Wrong with Obamamania? (June 2008)
Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination
Ricky L. Jones - Author

Juxtaposes the meteoric rise of Barack Obama with far-reaching—and disturbing—shifts in black leadership in post–Civil Rights America.

Barack Obama’s sudden arrival on the national scene has created a wave of excitement in American politics, a phenomenon that has been dubbed “Obamamania.” In What’s Wrong with Obamamania?, Ricky L. Jones places Obama’s run f...(Read More)
 
 
Edible Ideologies
Edible Ideologies (January 2008)
Representing Food and Meaning
Kathleen LeBesco - Editor
Peter Naccarato - Editor

Contributors explore the relationship between food and the production of ideology.

Edible Ideologies argues that representations of food—in literature and popular fiction, cookbooks and travel guides, war propaganda, women’s magazines, television and print advertisements—are not just about nourishment or pleasure. Contributors explore how these various modes of representation, reflecting pre...(Read More)
 
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