Summer is a great time to catch up on reading. Books from more than a dozen Duke authors offer insight on a range of topics – from gratitude for everyday life to the antislavery writings of Henry David Thoreau. Below is a roundup of some of the most recently published and soon-to-be-out titles.
Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the “Duke Authors” display shelves near the circulation desk in Perkins Library. Some are available as e-books for quick download. Most can also be purchased through the Gothic Bookshop.
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Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie: The Lives We Actually Have: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days (Convergent Books) February 2023
Formatted like a prayer book, this book by Bowler, associate professor of American religious history at the Divinity School, and Richie, executive director of the Everything Happens Initiative, offers creative, faith-based blessings that center on gratitude and hope while acknowledging our real, messy lives.
William H. Chafe: LIFTING THE CHAINS: The Black Freedom Struggle Since Reconstruction (Oxford University Press) Aug. 1, 2023
Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, traces the progression of Black activism from the end of the Civil War through the 20th century and illustrates how history can and should inform contemporary social justice movements.
Phil Cook: Policing Gun Violence: Strategic Reforms for Controlling Our Most Pressing Crime Problem (Oxford University Press) Feb. 2023
Phil Cook, ITT/Terry Sanford Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Public Policy Studies, provides a detailed look at statistics behind gun violence and the practical ways in which policymakers can implement changes to protect both police and the citizens they serve.
William Darity Jr.: The Black Reparations Project: A Handbook for Racial Justice Hardcover (University of California Press) May 2023
Darity, professor of public policy, African and African American studies, and economics is one of three editors who also are members of the Reparations Planning Committee. The book crystallizes the rationale for reparations and offers guidance for building and implementing a reparations program.
Esther Gabara: Non-literary Fiction, Art of the Americas Under Neoliberalism (The University of Chicago Press) December 2022
A professor in the departments of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Gabara examines how contemporary art produced across the Americas has reacted to the rise of neoliberal regimes – focusing on the role of fiction in daily politics.
Jennifer M. Groh, Scott Huettel and Leonard White: Neuroscience Seventh Edition (Oxford Press) March 2023
Groh and Huettel, professors of psychology and neuroscience, and White, associate professor of neurology, were among the five editors of this textbook, which demonstrates the relevance of neuroscience to those exploring the field – undergraduates and current and future medical school students.
Rick H. Hoyle: Handbook of Structural Equation Modeling Second Edition (Guilford Press) February 2023
Hoyle, professor of psychology and neuroscience, is the editor of this book, which provides readers with a one-stop resource on structural equation modeling from leading methodologists. The second edition is revised and offers 23 new chapters.
Timur Kuran: Freedoms Delayed: Political Legacies of Islamic Law in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press) July 2023
Kuran, professor of economics and political science, and Gorter Family professor of Islamic Studies, explores the lasting political effects of the Middle East's lengthy exposure to Islamic law. He suggests that Islam's rich history carries within it the seeds of liberalization on many fronts and that the Middle East has already established certain prerequisites for a liberal order.
Mbaye Lo: I Cannot Write My Life (The University of North Carolina Press) August 2023
Lo, associate professor of the practice of Asian and Middle Eastern studies and international comparative studies, is a co-author of this book that examines the writings of Muslim scholar Omar ibn Said. Said spent more than fifty years enslaved in the North Carolina household of James Owen, brother of Governor John Owen.
Adam Mestyan: Modern Arab Kingship: Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East (Princeton University Press) August 8, 2023
Mestyan, associate professor of history, researches and teaches the history of empires and subordinated states in the Arabic-speaking world. In this book, he argues that post-Ottoman Arab political orders were not, as many historians believe, products of European colonialism but of the process of “recycling empire.”
Kathy Alexis Psomiades: Primitive Marriage: Victorian Anthropology, the Novel, & Sexual Modernity (Oxford Press) July 2023
An associate professor of English, Psomiades provides a fresh take on the novel’s traditional marriage plot, re-evaluates the Victorian anthropology of marriage, and supplies a new genealogy for feminist theory and theories of sexuality.
Jedediah Britton-Purdy: Walden and Other Writings (The Norton Library) Aug. 15, 2023
Britton-Purdy, a law professor, is the editor of the Norton Library edition of the complete text of the 1906 edition of Walden and a selection of Thoreau’s most famous antislavery writings. In his introduction, Britton-Purdy offers historical and biographical context for Thoreau’s writings and prepares readers to engage with his spiritual and activist reflections on a modern life freely lived.
C. Kavin Rowe: Leading Christian Communities (Eerdmans), June 2023
Rowe, the George Washington Ivey Distinguished Professor of New Testament at the Divinity School, reflects on the shaping of Christian leaders for the flourishing of their communities. This is the first of three volumes of essays.
Bill Seaman: Selections from the Archive February 2023
The book is a print retrospective of the work of media artist, researcher, and professor of art, art history and visual studies Bill Seaman. The retrospective covers nearly five decades of creative work, beginning with photographs Seaman took in 1975 as an undergraduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Phillip Stern: Empire, Incorporated: The Corporations That Built British Colonialism (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press) May 2023
Breaking from traditional histories in which corporations support the dirty work of sovereign states in exchange for commercial monopolies, Stern, associate professor of history, argues that corporations took the lead in global expansion and administration. Read more on the Trinity College website.
Brent Strawn: The Incomparable God: Readings in Biblical Theology (Eerdmans) May 2023
Strawn, D. Moody Smith Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and professor of law, offers 18 of his most provocative essays on the nature of God – encompassing close readings of Scripture and biblical-theological argument.
Michael Tomasello: The Evolution of Agency: Behavioral Organization from Lizards to Humans (Penguin Random House) Sept. 2022
Tomasello, James F. Bonk Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, outlines four main types of psychological agency and describes them in evolutionary order of emergence – first with ancient vertebrates, then ancient mammals, followed by ancient great apes and ending with ancient humans.