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Dominican Baseball

Dominican Baseball
New Pride, Old Prejudice

Alan Klein

Reviewed on the blog, Sport in American History. The review read, "Klein writes engagingly and authoritatively for both scholarly and popular audiences.... Dominican Baseball is an energizing and highly readable mix of theoretical and ethnographic work that provides an anthropological perspective Klein deems necessary. His analysis provides fans, students and scholars with a nuanced understanding of the complexities, contradictions, and forces at play in the negotiation of interests between MLB's rules and policies for maximum profit, and the on-the-ground realities of survival for baseball prospects, their families, and trainers. Moreover, he clearly illustrates how Dominicans are systematically and derisively demonized in US sport media, representations used to rationalize and justify MLB's neo-colonial control of the island's baseball institution."

Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality

Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality
Five Pioneer Stories of Black Manliness, White Citizenship, and American Democracy

Gregory J. Kaliss

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Men and Masculinities. The review read, "Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality is a highly engaging and insightful study that situates these black athletes in a wider cultural context and that is able to demonstrate what they represented for different sections of society."

How We Die Now

How We Die Now
Intimacy and the Work of Dying

Karla A. Erickson

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Ageing & Society. The review read, "Uniquely, this book gently unearths some of the myths and taboos that surround why people are also dying differently. Erickson explores the concept of the 'Longevity divide' and her use of the participant observation technique gives her research a robust framework which carries the reader through the book towards the more probing and challenging sections. The authority Erickson commands by her commitment to her research is admirable and is reflected in the book. This is not simply a quick project but a heartfelt long-term commitment which is reflected through each page and engages the reader at every level. It is the interwoven personal stories that make the book so engaging and underpin the medical practice and academic learning and knowledge. This book feels like a journey.... Erickson's purpose, I believe, in writing this book was to engage with the reader emotionally first, to write a book that would change people's thoughts, behaviours and practice about how we make the dying experience a better one. She has done that superbly by underpinning that intention with a sound academic literature review and excellent research. This gives the reader confidence at every level."

Mobilizing Gay Singapore

Mobilizing Gay Singapore
Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State

Lynette J. Chua

Reviewed in The Asian Review of Books on September 24. The review read, "[A] very welcome addition to the LGBT literature about South-East Asia.... Mobilizing Gay Singapore fills a void in foreigners' understanding of gay issues in Singapore. It will remain for some time the standard work on the subject and is a very welcome addition to the LGBT canon."

The New Eagles Encyclopedia

The New Eagles Encyclopedia
Ray Didinger with Robert S. Lyons

Reviewed in the Patriot-News on September 16. The review read, "Didinger isn't just one of the most knowledgeable pro football experts on this planet, he's one of the game's very best writers.... That explains the effortless lilt and flow of the prose in a tome of 440 pages. It concentrates not as much on games as on people, a lot of good and interesting people the author knows well.... For not just Eagles fans but anyone looking for a great read."

Softly, with Feeling

Softly, with Feeling
Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music

Edward Berger

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Jazz Journal. The review read, "Joe gives a lucid account of the techniques of playing in a big band, notably the first trumpet role.... Berger's annotation is meticulous and there is a good discography - you'll be amazed at the range of Wilder's participations.... Berger is a distinguished writer.... He is a most assiduous researcher and writes with impressive style and fluency. ln Joe Wilder he has laid claim to an outstanding career that needed documenting. Joe's superb memory gives him great riches, and Berger has produced one of the most absorbing books on jazz for some time."

The New Eagles Encyclopedia

The New Eagles Encyclopedia
Ray Didinger with Robert S. Lyons

Reviewed in the Bucks County Local News on September 12. The review read, "Among the things that make The New Eagles Encyclopedia a must-have for all who bleed green is the entertainingly written summaries of every playoff game — good, bad and ugly; a complete summary of Andy Reid's tenure as head coach (his 140 wins are, by far, the most in team history); new entries on coach Chip Kelly, former quarterback Michael Vick and stars Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy; a new chapter on the rivalry with the hated Dallas Cowboys; and expanded, feel-good chapters on hall of fame Eagles and milestone moments in team history, both good and controversial.... The photos are a treat too.... The New Eagles Encyclopedia doubles as the ultimate fan argument-settler, and a soothing balm for after those inevitable losses to remind you that things will get better."

The Art of Play

The Art of Play
Recess and the Practice of Invention

Anna R. Beresin

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Choice. The review read, "Although the focus of this brief book is recess, it conveys much more, offering a strong argument for the importance of play and art in children's education.... The examples of the children's play and art, as well as citations from many advocates for play and the arts, strengthen the book. By describing her experiences with administrators, teacher, and students, Beresin provides a vivid picture of the challenges the educational system faces and some ways to meet those challenges. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

Suspect Citizens

Suspect Citizens
Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics

Jocelyn M. Boryczka

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Political Studies Review. The review read, "Suspect Citizens offers an extremely interesting account of the ways female morality has been constructed in American history and will interest anyone interested in feminist theory and research.... [I]ts empirical accounts are important in their own right and will be of value to feminist scholars working outside the field of ethics."

Free Time

Free Time
The Forgotten American Dream

Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Monthly Labor Review. The review read, "Hunnicutt's arguments resonate.... I recommend this book highly to those looking for a fresh perspective on the longstanding issue of the work-leisure tradeoff.... Hunnicutt's thorough research and meticulous sampling of quotations serve as undeniable evidence that there once was a vision of Higher Progress that even the most hardcore skeptic can't deny and that there could be one again. The book serves as a timely eye opener for any American worker to conduct a self-evaluation of the question 'Am I living to work, or working to live?'"

The Chinese Diaspora on American Screens

The Chinese Diaspora on American Screens
Race, Sex, and Cinema

Gina Marchetti

Reviewed in Afterimage Vol. 42, Issue 2. The review read, "The book is written with a clarity of prose and analysis, yet Marchetti's ideas and concepts are never rote or simplistic. Marchetti's close readings are also outstanding, strongly supporting the complex cross-connections of thought that she explicates with precision and fluidity.... [A]n excellent addition to the field of Asian and Asian American film studies."

The Archival Turn in Feminism

The Archival Turn in Feminism
Outrage in Order
Kate Eichhorn

Reviewed in Afterimage Vol. 42, Issue 2. The review read, "Eichhorn's theoretical evaluation of how institutional archives can operate as radical networks is essential reading for anyone who engages with the historical past as a mode to stage interventions in the present.... [She] very convincingly demonstrates how these institutional archives create sites of resistance and potentially stimulate activism.... Eichhorn's major contribution is recognizing that the radical tactics of these archivists and librarians is as important as preserving Riot Grrrl collections, and makes evident their crucial role in bringing these provocative feminist narratives to light."

Celebrating Debutantes and QuinceaƱeras

Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceañeras
Coming of Age in American Ethnic Communities
Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez

Reviewed in the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. The review read, "Rodriguez makes a strong case for the quince as a source of building, maintaining, and activating key social networks.... Those with little personal experience in cultural rites of passage may underestimate the power and status associated with such rituals. This book offers a chance to re-examine their value, and it gives real-life insight.... This book is an invitation to learn about these special cultural customs."

We Shall Be Free!

We Shall Be Free!
Black Communist Protests in Seven Voices

Walter T. Howard

Reviewed in the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal for the Study of Radicalism. The review read, "Howard's important collection of writing by black Communists bridges two exciting developments in scholarship to which Howard has been a long-time contributor.... We Shall Be Free! is an invaluable contribution.... It helps lift the shadow, especially over figures like [Claudia] Jones, Louise Patterson, and B. D. Amis, without whom the complete story of the U.S. left and black twentieth century history cannot be told. Casting more light onto the archive of black communist voices is essential to this task."

Accessible Citizenships

Accessible Citizenships
Disability, Nation, and the Cultural Politics of Greater Mexico

Julie Avril Minich

Reviewed in the Fall 2014 issue of MELUS. The review read, "[A] necessary and refreshing intervention into disability studies and critical race and ethnicity studies.... Grounded in literary and film analysis with several extended and astute close readings, Accessible Citizenships repeatedly returns to the realities of its major concepts—race, disability, nation, and citizenship—and argues for theorizations addressing the material circumstances that inspire the creation of these texts.... Minich is able quickly to delve deep into the tangled and difficult issues at hand.... The implications and potential applications of Minich's theoretical interventions are great, but there are two...exceptionally important for the fields in which Minich is most centrally engaged.... Accessible Citizenships lays critical foundations for future work in race and disability studies."

Asian American Women's Popular Literature

Asian American Women's Popular Literature
Feminizing Genres and Neoliberal Belonging

Pamela Thoma

Reviewed in the Fall 2014 issue of Washington State Magazine [WSU alumni magazine]. The review read, "[T]he significance of women's popular fiction continues to be overlooked, if not derided outright, by many social and cultural critics. Fortunately, feminist scholars have sought to rectify this state of affairs, and Asian American Women's Popular Literature by WSU associate professor Pamela Thoma is a lucid, convincing, and original contribution to the field."

Accidental Immigrants and the Search for Home

Accidental Immigrants and the Search for Home
Women, Cultural Identity, and Community

Carol E. Kelley

Reviewed in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Oral History Review. The review read, "Kelley eloquently and compassionately presents a well-researched study of four women whose lives changed dramatically after emigrating from their home countries for reasons of education, career, and/or marriage.... This study is quite apt given that the topic of immigration appears in news reports and other media regularly, and much of the world's population consists of people who are either emigrants or who are living with/alongside those who have immigrated.... Accidental Immigrants is a valuable contemporary work that should appeal to a general audience and could certainly be included in a basic college course.... Accidental Immigrants is a refreshing account that tells the stories of four relatively privileged women who chose to adopt new countries as their homes instead, as is often the situation, of being forced to flee."

Rebuilding the News

Rebuilding the News
Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age

C.W. Anderson

Reviewed in Digital Journalism, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2014. The review read, "Anderson's study will be a touchstone.... [The] themes [he addresses] will occupy the attention of news scholars for some time. Anderson has artfully and perceptively raised them for scrutiny. In so doing, he has built a useful foundation for what will undoubtedly be a growing body of work in this area.... This book is an excellent and ground-breaking contribution to the tradition of news ethnography."

Local Protest, Global Movements

Local Protest, Global Movements
Capital, Community, and State in San Francisco

Karl Beitel

Reviewed in Vol. 29, Issue 4, 2014 of Housing Studies. The review read, "Local Protest, Global Movements provides a much needed update to the case literature on urban social movements in San Francisco. In so doing, it makes an important contribution to theory about locally based resistance to neoliberal global capital.... Organizers and scholars of urban social movement theory will be interested in Beitel's analysis of what makes movements successful.... The in-depth theoretical discussions make this book best suited to an audience of scholars and graduate students, though organizers and practitioners may be interested in the lessons about the success of social movements."

Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin

Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin
The Sociospatial Exclusion of Homeless People

Jürgen von Mahs

Reviewed in Vol. 29, Issue 4, 2014 of Housing Studies. The review read, "Through fascinating presentation and analysis of this qualitative data, and with reference to Los Angeles, von Mahs thoroughly investigates the deficiencies of the Berlin welfare system and its failure to address the various forms of exclusion which underpin homelessness.... The book offers a robust theoretical framework for analysis of homelessness, using the concepts of legal, service and market exclusion as three dimensions of socio-spatial exclusion.... Overall, the book is very well written and offers its readers an extremely useful theoretical and ethnographic framework to unpack the complexity of the socio-spatial exclusion of homeless people."

"Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind"

"Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind"
Contemporary Planning in New York City
Scott Larson

Reviewed in Vol. 29, Issue 4, 2014 of Housing Studies. The review read, "Larson's argument is intricate and the nuances of political power plays can be subtle wherever the names of Moses and Jacobs are invoked.... This book is a highly readable, indeed enthralling, description of how political forces in New York have sensibly co-opted the ideas of these two influential figures of the twentieth century planning in creating their development agenda. Perhaps, Larson's greatest contribution is that he puts the achievements of Moses and the arguments of Jacobs into perspective. This book can be enjoyed by all but those readers already well acquainted with Moses' work and who have read The Death and Life of Great American Cities will gain more from the narrative presented in it."

"We Live in the Shadow"

"We Live in the Shadow"
Inner-City Kids Tell Their Stories through Photographs

Elaine Bell Kaplan

Reviewed in Children, Youth and Environments, Vol. 24, No. 1 (2014). The review read, "Kaplan demonstrates the value that can come from directly engaging in dialogue with youth about their lives. Through photographs and interviews, middle and high school students living in South Central Los Angeles provide an important and often overlooked insight relevant to a wide range of professionals: these youth see and articulate the neglect and disparaging attitudes that pervade the 'ghetto' environment that also happens to be their home.... Kaplan offers new insights into social theories of inner city youth in that youth have more sophisticated understandings of their circumstances than previous research articulates. Kaplan helps shed light on ways that youth themselves look to larger social and structural causes for their life circumstances.... Her work more clearly defines the inner-city experience of youth who want something different."

No More Invisible Man

No More Invisible Man
Race and Gender in Men's Work

Adia Harvey Wingfield

Reviewed in the August 13 issue of the Men and Masculinities. The review read, "No More Invisible Man fills a major gap in the literature by making visible the experiences of the approximately 25 percent of black men who are employed in professional/managerial jobs in the United States.... This is a ' 'must read' for scholars and students interested in marginalized masculinities, workplace inequality, and intersectionality.... The book provides vivid examples of the complex ways that men are both disadvantaged and privileged in white, male-dominated professional occupations."

Don't Call Me Inspirational

Don't Call Me Inspirational
A Disabled Feminist Talks Back

Harilyn Rousso

Reviewed in the August 2014 issue of Feminism & Psychology. The review read, "In Don't Call Me Inspirational, Harilyn Rousso claims a unique identity. She is a feminist and a disabled woman, but she resists being seen as an inspirational figure simply on account of having cerebral palsy. The book exposes the disabilism that continues to exist in society and has not yet had the same acknowledgement as other prejudicial stereotypes which are, at least rhetorically, now condemned.... The book provides a source of insight into the life of a disabled woman growing up in the period of the establishment of the Disabled People's Movement."

Out in the Union

Out in the Union
A Labor History of Queer America
Miriam Frank

Reviewed in the August 3 issue of Lambda Literary. The review read, "[R]arely has a book specifically addressed LGBTIQ workers and their involvement with unions.... [Frank's] drumroll fire of facts and anecdotes, evidence of the struggles and victories of workers...will make anyone interested in LGBT history want to read on. Frank carefully details how queer entities in local unions introduced drives for equity issues, domestic partner benefits, AIDS education programs, and campaigns for marriage equality."

Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30

Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30
edited by Jane Golden and David Updike

Reviewed in the August 2014 issue of Choice. The review read, "This book celebrates the 30-year milestone [of Philadelphia Mural Arts] and also shares the lessons learned—related to the program's social, organizational, political, and creative aspects—via visual and verbal means. Twenty-one recent projects are specifically highlighted by way of documentary photographic essays that, in turn, supplement the textual essays addressing the cooperative and transformative aspects of this program. A list of resources used by Mural Arts staff points readers to other publications and websites of use to those researching and working in mural arts and public art programs. This book will be useful in libraries catering to practitioners and researchers of public art and socially engaged practice. Summing Up: Recommended."

Consuming Work

Consuming Work
Youth Labor in America

Yasemin Besen-Cassino

Reviewed in the August 2014 issue of Choice. The review read, "Sociologist Besen-Cassino draws on qualitative interviews, rich ethnographic observations of an upscale coffee shop, and quantitative data from American and international surveys to make a provocative, largely convincing argument.... [Her] emphasis on the subjective experiences of young workers and her analysis of these experiences adds significantly to the field. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis

Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis
Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago

Robert R. Gioielli

Reviewed in the August 2014 issue of Library Journal. The review read, "Gioielli effectively demonstrates the interconnectedness between urban environmental activism and social, cultural, and economic issues (racism, joblessness, civil rights, etc.) by focusing on protests against lead-paint poisoning in St. Louis, highway-building in Baltimore, and air pollution in Chicago. Through these activities, the author documents the evolution of urban environmental activism, organizations, and policies that led to the distinct environmental justice movement of the 1980s and 1990s. VERDICT Of great interest to both academic and general readers concerned with equitable and inclusive environmental activism and policies, urban studies, civil rights, local politics, and community organizing."

Global Philadelphia

Global Philadelphia
Immigrant Communities Old and New

edited by Ayumi Takenaka and Mary Johnson Osirim

Reviewed in the August 2014 issue of the journal, Urban History. The review read, "Global Philadelphia covers an impressive number of ethnic communities, giving it a breadth that often only compilation scholarship can offer.... This book convincingly exhibits the past and present contributions of various immigrant groups to Philadelphia and is replete with information and analysis that refutes the notion that immigration restriction is good policy today. Furthermore, Global Philadelphia subtly challenges the Ellis Island Model, quietly contributing to the new mainstream understanding that New York is overemphasized in the narrative of the immigrant experience in America. Also, the essayists not only show us that peoples from all over the world have been actively participating in the collective formation of Philadelphia specifically, but through extension remind us that immigration has played a central role in the development of the United States more generally. Finally, Global Philadelphia informs us that the formation of scholarly communities may be the best way to understand immigrant communities."

Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin

Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin
The Sociospatial Exclusion of Homeless People

Jürgen von Mahs

Reviewed in the August 2014 issue of Urban Studies. The review read, "[A] thoughtful account of the impact of public policy on homeless people and their prospects of escaping homelessness.... Mahs has produced a well-researched book that offers a unique insight into homeless peoples' lives in Berlin in the 1990s and thus will surely contribute to a more balanced debate about the geographies of homelessness beyond US cities."

200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia

200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia
The Staff of Al Día

Reviewed in the July/August 2014 issue of Pennsylvania Magazine. The review read, "This large-format book is an account of Latinos in Philadelphia throughout the past 200 years. The staff of the local newspaper Al Día has selected several hundred photos with captions and articles from the newspaper to tell about the leaders and citizens of their community and to show the breadth of activities of their residents in all walks of life and work. They tell of the milestones and highlights of Latinos in religious, civic, education and government areas of Philadelphia, and share stories of successes in academic, social, business and industry and medical fields of members of their community throughout our largest city."

The Outsider

The Outsider
Albert M. Greenfield and the Fall of the Protestant Establishment
Dan Rottenberg

Reviewed in the July 1 issue of Library Journal. The review read, "In this mainly laudatory biography, Rottenberg traces Greenfield's unlikely story, beginning as a Russian Jewish son of a textile worker through his rapid rise to fortune as a real estate broker, developer, and banker. Though the book deals primarily with Greenfield's business activities, Rottenberg pays close attention to his subject's struggles as a Jew in a world dominated by the entrenched Protestant establishment..... Readers interested in the history of Philadelphia will enjoy the detailed accounts of Greenfield's role in the development of some of the city's most prominent buildings and businesses, and his relationships with generations of business, religious, and civic leaders."

Softly, with Feeling

Softly, with Feeling
Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music

Edward Berger
Foreword by Wynton Marsalis

Reviewed in the July 2014 issue of The New York City Jazz Record. The review read, "The new and aptly titled biography by Edward Berger embodies Wilder's deep gentle spirit...Berger's writing is worthy of his subject. The biography makes one feel as if Wilder is close at hand, fully realized. Berger's research is superb but never obtrusive; his prose is understated yet effective. The book offers rare photographs...and a discography full of surprises. Joe Wilder has been wonderfully captured in these pages, a loving, accurate portrait."

Dominican Baseball

Dominican Baseball
New Pride, Old Prejudice

Alan Klein

Reviewed on the Redbird Rants website on July 14. The review read, "Klein's book is sharp and smartly argued as he chronicles the contested relations in the modern era of the game and industry."

Empowering Young Writers

Empowering Young Writers
The "Writers Matter" Approach

Deborah S. Yost, Ph.D., Robert Vogel, Ed.D. and Kimberly E. Lewinski, Ph.D.

Reviewed in Teachers College Record on July 2. The review read, "Each of the chapters makes a case for using the Writers Matter Approach in a variety of contexts and disciplines and for diverse purposes. Furthermore, this book may serve as a useful resource for classroom teachers interested in understanding ways of embedding personal writing into the curriculum through poetry workshops, responses to young adult literature, journal writing, and computer technology.... material within each of these chapters is clearly presented."

Music, Style, and Aging

Music, Style, and Aging
Growing Old Disgracefully?

Andy Bennett

Reviewed in the July 2014 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "What is compelling here is how Bennett's respondents justify their stylistic transformation.... This provides readers with a rich insight into the association between style and authenticity for (some) middle-aged fans.... Music, Style, and Aging is an agenda-setting work that promises to inspire scholars to study the importance of culture as we age."

Speaking of Race and Class

Speaking of Race and Class
The Student Experience at an Elite College
Elizabeth Aries with Richard Berman

Reviewed in the July 2014 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "Aries and Berman's book is accessible and engaging. As students describe their experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and ideas, we see and hear, through their voices, how their learning of self, others, and the world around them evolves. The book offers an in-depth look at how engaging with diversity during college years impacts what students learn about themselves and others in distinct ways."

Rebuilding the News

Rebuilding the News
Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age

C.W. Anderson

Reviewed in the July 1 issue of Public Books. The review read, "Anderson's captivating book provides a close chronicle of local news organizations' decade-long losing battle to adapt to an increasingly online environment.... Rebuilding the News' detailed description of journalistic work in the digital age belies its title."

Illegal Migrations and the Huckleberry Finn Problem

Illegal Migrations and the Huckleberry Finn Problem
John S.W. Park

Reviewed in the Summer 2014 issue of the Journal of American Ethnic History. The review read, "Park takes an interesting approach to the topic of undocumented migration by juxtaposing it with the famous American novel. While this provides a unique hook for his investigation of how illegal migrants fit into American law, its ultimate utility is in exposing the American tradition of creating heroes out of people who overtly broke U.S. law, using examples like Harriet Tubman. This question of making a right decision or obeying the law is what makes Park's book successful.... Park's work does a wonderful job of showing how immigration policies have large and obvious unintended consequences. But as Park shows, if people put a human face on the problem, then policymakers could fix these unintended consequences."

Intimacy across Borders

Intimacy across Borders
Race, Religion, and Migration in the U.S. Midwest

Jane Juffer

Reviewed in the Summer 2014 issue of The Annals of Iowa. The review read, "Juffer's book is worth considering because it documents some recent history and contemporary trends in one Iowa locale.... The historical substance of her book lies in Juffer's on-site interviews of Sioux County Latinos and others.... Such material is significant for any future historical study.... [R]eaders will glean some interesting things about some recent developments in Sioux County."


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