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Bronx Epitaph

The first book to comprehensively examine Lou Gehrig's famous "Luckiest Man" speech.

Whiteness at the End of the World

Examines the ways in which post-apocalyptic films express white racial anxiety.

Signs of Distinction

Fifty-one unique New York towns with great stories to tell, from L. Frank Baum's and Jello's hometowns to the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.

Sharkey

The incredible, true story of the twentieth century's greatest performing sea lion and the man who trained him.

The Hard Sell of Paradise

Traces the complex and contradictory representations of Hawai’i in popular film and television programs from the 1930s to the 1970s.

More Than Our Pain

Covering rage and grief, as well as joy and fatigue, examines how Black Lives Matter activists, and the artists inspired by them, have mobilized for social justice.

Race and the Suburbs in American Film

Explores how suburban space and the body are racialized in American film.

Higher Education for Democracy

Uses a cross-national comparison of Los Angeles, New Delhi, and Hong Kong to develop strategies universities should employ to strengthen democracy and resist fascism.

DIY on the Lower East Side

Engaging look at Lower East Side writers and artists in the wake of the 1975 New York fiscal crisis.

Freedom in Laughter

Analyzes the dynamic period in which Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby moved African American professional stand-up comedy from the chitlin’ circuit to the mainstream.

Funny How?

Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.

Letters from Hollywood

Engaging essays on a wide spectrum of Hollywood directors and the films they created.

The Great War in Hollywood Memory, 1918-1939

Assesses how America's film industry remembered World War I during the interwar period.

Reconciling Nature

Reveals how classic American novels embodied the tensions embedded in American views of the natural world from the Centennial until the end of the Second World War.

From El Dorado to Lost Horizons

Investigates how musicals, war films, sex comedies, and Westerns dealt with contentious issues during a time of change in Hollywood.

College Bound

Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success.

Gestures of Love

Examines movie romance in light of our emotional bond to the actors and characters on screen.

Race Still Matters

Essays debunking the notion that contemporary America is a colorblind society.

From Italy to the North End

Documents the arc of the Italian American immigrant experience on both sides of the Atlantic.

Invented Lives, Imagined Communities

How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.

New World Dharma

Interviews and profiles of spiritual and cultural figures influenced by Buddhism.

Oklahomo

Uses the state of Oklahoma as a case study for how US conservatives have attempted to unqueer America since the 1950’s.

The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition

Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.

Buddhism beyond Borders

Explores facets of North American Buddhism while taking into account the impact of globalization and increasing interconnectivity.

Delicious December

Food and history combine in this exploration of the Dutch influence on American holiday traditions. Includes more than one hundred easy-to-make holiday recipes.

American Dolorologies

Offers a critical history of the role of pain, suffering, and compassion in democratic culture.

Repositioning Race

Examines the progress of and obstacles faced by African Americans in twenty-first-century America.

Twenty West

Traces the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.

Bitter Greens

Food-based reflections on Italian food, American culture, and globalization.

Thinking through Thomas Merton

Considers the legacy of Thomas Merton and his relevance for contemporary times.

After Artest

Explores how the NBA moved to govern black players and the expression of blackness after the “Palace Brawl” of 2004.

American Exceptionalisms

Wide ranging, interdisciplinary look at the emergence and persistence of the concept of American Exceptionalism in US culture and history.

Emerson and Eros

Traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual evolution of one of America’s most important cultural figures.

We Used to Own the Bronx

An inside story of privilege, inherited wealth, and the bizarre values and customs of the American upper crust.

American Buddhism as a Way of Life

Explores a range of Buddhist perspectives in a distinctly American context.

Measured Meals

Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language.

Constructing the Nation

Philosophers and social theorists of color examine how racism can creep into defensive forms of nationalism.

Perpetual Adolescence

Explores the arrested development of American culture.

Do Voters Look to the Future?

Argues in favor of a different model of voting behavior.

New York Sings

New York's fascinating history as presented in song.

Three Documentary Filmmakers

Uses new critical approaches to demonstrate deep affinities in these vastly different filmmakers’ philosophies on film, fantasy, and reality.

Digital Diaspora

Traces the rise of black participation in cyberspace.

Latino Voices in New England

Compelling stories and striking photographs illustrate the challenges and highlights of Latino/a life in Portland, Maine.

Decadent Culture in the United States

The paradoxes of the American decadent movement in the 1890s and 1920s.

Taking South Park Seriously

Collection of scholarly essays on the wildly popular Comedy Central show.

What's Wrong with Obamamania?

Juxtaposes the meteoric rise of Barack Obama with far-reaching—and disturbing—shifts in black leadership in post–Civil Rights America.

The Things Themselves

Essays on phenomenological encounters with the world.

Buying Time and Getting By

An exploration of the voluntary simplicity movement including comments from simple livers and a look at class, race, and gender in this movement.

The End of Dissatisfaction?

Explains why the American cultural obsession with enjoying ourselves actually makes it more difficult to do so.

Transforming the Dream

Explores the underlying assumptions of environmental studies and the need for a new paradigm for understanding our world.

The Next Generation

Focusing on the more than one million Jewish children and adolescents living in the United States, this book questions the future of the Jewish community's next generation.

Representing Popular Sovereignty

Explores the contradiction between the Constitution's importance as a political document with its weakness as a symbol in American popular culture.

American Work Values

Examines broad shifts in American work values from their Calvinist origins to present controversies involving work, welfare, and affirmative action.

Spectacular Vernaculars

Viewing hip-hop as the postmodern successor to African American culture's Jazz modernism, this book examines hip-hop music's role in the history of the African-American experience.

Hauntings

This book is about the way that popular film brings to a "sayable" level that which haunts us in the media headlines.

Little Big Men

Little Big Men is a study of competitive bodybuilders on the West Coast that examines the subculture from the perspective of bodybuilders' everyday activities. It offers fascinating descriptions and insightful ...

The Remaking of Pittsburgh

What forces transformed a community in which industrial workers and other citizens exercised a real measure of power over their lives into a metropolis whose inhabitants were utterly dependent on Big ...