Spring 2021 University Press Recommendations

This page is documented in a Twitter thread available here. The master list of university presses, catalogs, and Twitter accounts can be found here. All seasonal recommendation lists are posted here.

Spring 2021 Book Recommendations by . . .
General Interest
Race, Indigeneity, and Whiteness
American Studies
World Cultural Studies
SF / Fantasy / Horror Studies
Comics Studies

The recommendation lists below are organized alphabetically by the author/editor’s last name.

General Interest



Suzuki, Ocean Passages: Navigating Pacific Islander and Asian American Literatures (Temple)

American Studies

Brown, The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America (Johns Hopkins)

Calloway, The Chiefs Now in this City: Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America (Oxford)

Deutsch and Casper, A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg (Yale)

Evans, Food and Aviation in the Twentieth Century: The Pan American Ideal (Bloomsbury)

Hartnett, A World of Turmoil: The United States, China, and Taiwan in the Long Cold War US–China Relations in the Age of Globalization (MSU)

Haydu, Upsetting Food: Three Eras of Food Protest in the United States (Temple)

Heinz, Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture (Oxford)

Herschthal, The Science of Abolition: How Slaveholders Became the Enemies of Progress (Yale)

Kim, Illegal Immigrants/Model Minorities: The Cold War of Chinese American Narrative (Temple)

Lacombe, Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force (Princeton)

Lecklider, Love’s Next Meeting: The Forgotten History of Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture (California)

Manko, Ding Dong! Avon Calling! The Women and Men of Avon Products, Incorporated (Oxford)

McBridge, Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom (Oxford)

Milward, Americanaland: Where Country & Western Met Rock ‘n’ Roll (Illinois)

Minutaglio, A Single Star and Bloody Knuckles: A History of Politics and Race in Texas (Texas)

Morales, Drug Lords, Cowboys, and Desperadoes: Violent Myths of the U.S.-Mexico Frontier (Notre Dame)

Peck, The Accidental History of the U.S. Immigration Courts: War, Fear, and the Roots of Dysfunction (California)

Reid, Chief Thunderwater: An Unexpected Indian in Unexpected Places (Oklahoma)

Rothman, The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America (Basic Books)

Ruehl, A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School (Texas)

Scepanski, Tragedy Plus Time: National Trauma and Television Comedy (Texas)

Scotnicki, The Sympathetic Consumer: Moral Critique in Capitalist Culture (Stanford)

Smith, Cowboy Presidents: The Frontier Myth and U.S. Politics in the Twentieth Century (Oklahoma)

Stacy, Spoon River America: Edgar Lee Masters and the Myth of the American Small Town (Illinois)

Stuber, Aspen and the American Dream: How One Town Manages Inequality in the Era of Supergentrification (California)

Stump, Remaking Appalachia: Ecosocialism, Ecofeminism, and Law (West Virginia)

Voorhees, A New Christian Identity: Christian Science Origins and Experience in American Culture (North Carolina)

Waite, West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire (North Carolina)

Weisbard, Songbooks: The Literature of American Popular Music (Duke)

Wilson, Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design (Princeton)

Yancy and Quosigk, One Faith No Longer: The Transformation of Christianity in Red and Blue America (NYU)

Young, Camping Grounds: Public Nature in American Life from the Civil War to the Occupy Movement (Oxford)

World Cultural Studies


SF / Fantasy / Horror Studies


Comics Studies

Ball, Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts (Oxford)

Fawaz, et al., eds., Keywords for Comics Studies (NYU)

Flegel and Leggatt, Superhero Culture Wars: Politics, Marketing, and Social Justice in Marvel Comics (Bloomsbury)

Gavaler and Beavers, Creating Comics: A Writer’s and Artist’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury)

McCrystal, Gotham City Living: The Social Dynamics in the Batman Comics and Media (Bloomsbury)

Perren and Steier, The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood (Bloomsbury)

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