11 academics share: The new book I can't wait to read

You may want to make some space on your winter reading list. 

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently rounded asked faculty members what new books they're most excited to read right now. From a literary analysis of Bob Dylan to the history of Detroit—here are their picks:

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine

Jeremy Adelman, professor of history at Princeton University, notes that this is the perfect read for reflecting on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

Who Speaks for the Poor? Electoral Geography, Party Entry, and Representation by Karen Long Jusko

Jennifer Burns, an associate professor of history at Stanford University, chooses this historical and theoretical explanation of the marginalization of low-income voters.

Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America by Peter Edelman

Matthew Desmond, a professor of sociology at Princeton University, characterizes this as a "lucid and troubling" investigation into the way the United States has dealt with people in poverty.

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Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s by Christopher M. Tinson 

Ashley Farmer, assistant professor of history and African-American studies at Boston University, calls this the first comprehensive history of the Liberator, a monthly magazine that sparked the black power movements of the 1960s and 1970s.  

Semi-Detached: The Aesthetics of Virtual Experience Since Dickens by John Plotz

Mark Greif, an associate professor of literary studies at The New School, shares that he's eager to learn what the artistic upheaval in Victorian times can teach us about today's similarly turbulent times.

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Why Bob Dylan Matters by Richard F. Thomas

Thomas shows why Bob Dylan belongs to a tradition of classical poetry extending all the way back to Virgil, according to Johanna Hanink, associate professor of classics at Brown University.

The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits by Tiya Miles

Martha Jones, professor of history at The Johns Hopkins University writes that Miles gives readers a ride from 18th-century Detroit to the Detroit of today to explain how modern struggles "have roots way deep in its very soil."

Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove 

This book explains how America's contradictions of race and democracy forged Washington, D.C., writes Ibram Kendi, professor of history and international relations at American University.

The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality by Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles

Lindsey and Teles show us how America's economic history created the divisive atmosphere we face today—and offers common ground between the two sides, according to Jacob Levy, professor of political science at McGill University.

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Midlife: A Philosophical Guide by Kieran Setiya

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, shares that she hopes Setiya's latest work will be as special as his previous work, which she writes has helped readers understand how philosophical thought can help us lead better lives.

Citizens but Not Americans: Race and Belonging Among Latino Millennials by Nilda Flores-González 

Flores-González describes how young Latinos, though they are citizens, can feel excluded from—and a burden to—everyday American life, according to Victor Rios, professor of sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara (Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/5). 


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