Book Reviews

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The Secret Life of Literature

Lisa Zunshine. MIT Press, 2022. 318 pages. $40.00.

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All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake

Tiya Miles. Random House, 2021. 385 pages. $28.00.

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The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, & Dreams Deferred

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein. Bold Type Books, 2021. 318 pages. $28.00.

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One More War to Fight: Union Veterans’ Battle for Equality Through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and The Lost Cause

Stephen A. Goldman. Rowan & Littlefield, 2023. 439 pages. $29.95.

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In the Snowbird Mountains and Other Stories

Robert Morgan. Press 53, 2023. 188 pages. $19.95.

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Stella Maris

Cormac McCarthy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2022. 190 pages. $26.00.

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Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter in the Age of Velázquez

David Pullins and Vanessa K. Valdés with essays by Luis Méndez Rodriguez and Erin Kathleen Rowe. The Metropolitan Museums of Art, 2023. 176 pages. $50.00.

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Algeria:  Politics and Society from the Dark Decade to the Hirak 

Michael J. Willis. Oxford University Press, 2022. 320 pages. $60.00.

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Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature

Farah Jasmine Griffin. W.W. Norton & Company, 2021. 258 pages. $26.95. Winner of the 2022 Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award

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A History of Treason: A Bloody History of Britain Through the Stories of its Most Notorious Traitors

The National Archives – Chris Day, Daniel Gosling, Neil Johnston, and Euan Roger. John Blake Publishing, 2022. 432 pages. $29.63.

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You Bet Your Life:  From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation  

Paul A. Offit. Basic Books, 2021. 258 pages. $28.00.

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In Praise of Polytheism  

Maurizio Bettini. Translated from the Italian by Douglas Grant Heise. University of California Press, 2023. 164 pages. $24.95.