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episode 96: Lowell Mick White, "Burnt House" (Buffalo Times Press, 2018)

After her parents' divorce, Jackie Stalnaker is sent to her grandmother’s dilapidated house in a tiny town in West Virginia...



episode 151: Andrew R. M. Smith, "No Way But To Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing" (U Texas Press, 2020)

Smith shows that from his upbringing in Houston’s Fifth Ward to his role as a spokesman for the Foreman Grill, Foreman always fought to redefine himself along with the times...



episode 43: Brian Clegg, "Conundrum: Crack the Ultimate Cipher Challenge" (Icon Books, 2019)

This book is a literary escape room, with a series of puzzles to be solved, all of which contribute to a final puzzle that concludes the book...



episode 93: Mark Katz, "Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World" (Oxford UP, 2019)

In April 2014, a cohort of twenty-five hip hop artists assembled in Washington, D.C. for the first orientation meeting of a new cultural diplomacy program sponsored by the United States State Department,,,



episode 84: Daniel Denvir, "All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It" (Verso, 2020)

The profound forces of all-American nativism have, in fact, been pushing politics so far to the right over the last forty years that, for many people,..



episode 122: Rosine Jozef Perelberg, "Psychic Bisexuality: A British-French Dialogue" (Routledge, 2018)

"Psychic Bisexuality" clarifies and develops the Freudian conception according to which sexual identity is not reduced to the anatomical difference between the sexes, but is constructed as a psychic bisexuality that is inherent to all human beings...



episode 134: Scott C. Esplin, "Return to the City of Joseph: Modern Mormonism's Contest for the Soul of Nauvoo" (U Illinois Press, 2019)

In the mid-twentieth century, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) returned to Nauvoo, Illinois, home to the thriving religious community led by Joseph Smith before his murder in 1844...



episode 150: Helen Taylor, "Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives" (Oxford UP, 2020)

Why and how is fiction important to women?



episode 394: Lindsay Mayka, "Building Participatory Institutions in Latin America: Reform Coalitions and Institutional Change" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

Mayka’s new book examines the idea and implementation of participatory institutions, asking the question about when they actually work, and when they do not work, and why this is the case, especially in Latin America...



episode 685: Keri Holt, "Reading These United States: Federal Literacy in the Early Republic, 1776-1830" (U Georgia Press, 2019)

Holt explores how Americans read, saw, and understood the federal structure of the country in its early years...