Here is The Friday List! Every week, new books are arriving at RLB Library and to keep you up-to-date on what has come in, we’ll be posting the most recent 30 days of arrivals every Friday. The link below will take you to a catalog listing so that you can explore and find titles that interest you. Be sure to check back regularly to see what else has arrived!
If you want some ideas on what to read, here are some highlights:
Asian Americans in an anti-Black world, Claire Jean Kim, 2023
For scholarly and lay readers who are looking for a theoretically powerful, historically grounded, richly textured analysis of U.S. racial dynamics, with a special focus on how people of Asian descent have been positioned relative to whites and Black people for nearly two centuries.
Two decades punctuated by the financial crisis of the Great Recession and the public health crisis of COVID-19 have powerfully reshaped housing in America. By integrating social, economic, intellectual, and cultural histories, this illuminating work shows how powerful forces have both reflected and catalyzed shifts in the way Americans conceptualize what a house is for, in an era that has laid bare the larger structures and inequities of the economy.
The delight makers : Anglo-American metaphysical religion and the pursuit of happiness, Catherine L Albanese, 2023
Everyday utopia : in praise of radical alternatives to the traditional family home, Kristen Rogheh Ghodsee, 2023
The traditional ‘nuclear’ family home is a problem: it places unfair and unnecessary burdens on women (and men too), it entrenches inequalities, it entraps us financially and it hinders certain kinds of child development. Also, it doesn’t seem to make us very happy. And yet throughout history and around the world today, forward-thinking communities have pioneered alternative ways of living from the all-female ‘beguinages’ of medieval Belgium to the matriarchal ecovillages of contemporary Colombia; from the ancient Greek commune founded by Pythagoras, where men and women lived as equals and shared property, to present-day Connecticut, where new laws make it easier for extra ‘alloparents’ to help raise children not their own. Some of these experiments burned brightly and briefly; others are living proof of what is possible. Everyday Utopia upends our assumptions and raises our sights by gathering these and many more inspiring examples together, arguing that many of the most important and effective ways of changing our lives and the world are to be found in the home. The result is a radically hopeful and practical vision of more connected and contented ways of living.