The Friday List–New Arrivals in the Library!

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:

Front cover image for Asian Americans in an anti-Black world

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.

Front cover image for American Dreams, American Nightmares Culture and Crisis in Residential Real Estate from the Great Recession to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

American Dreams, American Nightmares Culture and Crisis in Residential Real Estate from the Great Recession to the COVID-19 Pandemic (eBook), Daniel Horowitz, 2022

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.

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The delight makers : Anglo-American metaphysical religion and the pursuit of happiness, Catherine L Albanese, 2023

Can you draw a clear line through American history from the Puritans to the “Nones” of today? On the surface, there is not much connective tissue between the former, who often serve as shorthand for a persistent religious fanaticism in the United States, and the almost one quarter of the population who now regularly check the “None” or “None of the above” box when responding to surveys of religious preference. But instead of seeing a disconnect between these two groups separated by time, historian Catherine Albanese insists there is a deep connection that spans the centuries. With a targeted romp through American history from the seventeenth century to the present, Albanese ties together these seemingly disparate groups through a shared and distinctively American preoccupation with delight and desire. Albanese begins our journey with the role of delight and desire in the brand of Calvinism championed by renowned Puritan minister Cotton Mather and later Jonathan Edwards. She then traces the development of these themes up through the present, treating the reader to revelatory readings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Bushnell, Andrew Jackson Davis, William James, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Elizabeth Towne, and others, revealing the contours of an evolving theology of desire. The result is an original and entertaining take on an underexamined through line in American history.

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.

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