Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring

A Cultural and Musical Study of the Navajo
A Cultural and Musical Study of the NavajoKristina M. Jacobsen. The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language, and Dine Belonging. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 13, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3186-8. $24.95. 200pp. 6.125X9.25". 18...
A History of How Trash Became Fashionable
A History of How Trash Became Fashionable Jennifer Le Zotte. From Goodwill to Grunge: A History of Secondhand Styles and Alternative Economies. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 20, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3190-5. $27.95. 344pp. 6.125X9.25"....
A Hypnotic Attempt to Fool Readers into Paying for This Book
A Hypnotic Attempt to Fool Readers into Paying for This Book Aswath Damodaran. Narrative and Numbers: The Value of Stories in Business. New York: Columbia Business School Publishing, February 28, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-231-18042-1. $29.95. 296pp.Why do incompetent...
A Lesson on How to Survive Diversity
A Lesson on How to Survive DiversityEvelyn M. Perry. Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict, and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 27, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3138-7. $24.95. 248pp. 6.125X9.25"....
American Anti-Vietnamese Xenophobia
American Anti-Vietnamese XenophobiaAmerican Anti-Vietnamese Xenophobia Allison Varzally. Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 20, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3091-5....
An Attempt to Prove That 3,000 People Can Change the World
An Attempt to Prove that 3,000 People Can Change the World Dalia Antonia Muller. Cuban Emigres and Independence in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf World. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, May 1, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3198-1. $29.95. 324pp....
Anecdotes of How Radio Programs Are Really Made
Anecdotes of How Radio Programs Are Really MadeJohn Biewen and Alexa Dilworth, eds. Reality Radio, Second Edition: Telling True Stories in Sound. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 13, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3313-8. $29.95. 272pp....
An Engrossing Narrative of Attempts at and Assassinations of Presidents
An Engrossing Narrative of Attempts at and Assassinations of PresidentsMel Ayton. Plotting to Kill the President: Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press: Potomac Books, February 1, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-61234-856-8....
An Epic to the Glory of a Beautiful Landscape and Culture
An Epic to the Glory of a Beautiful Landscape and Culture Barbara Garrity-Blake and Karen Willis Amspacher. Living at the Water's Edge: A Heritage Guide to the Oouter Banks Byway. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, April 10, 2017. ISBN:...
A New Age Trip into Sex in the Seventies
A New Age Trip into Sex in the Seventies Judy Kutulas. After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties Became the Popular Culture of the Seventies. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, April 17, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3291-9. $29.95....
An Exploration of the Roots of American Materialism
An Exploration of the Roots of American Materialism Jennifer Van Horn. The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British American. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, April, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-2956-8. $49.95. 456pp. 6.125X9.25". 130...
Anti-Feminists Struggle to Remain Rich in Vietnam
Anti-Feminists Struggle to Remain Rich in Vietnam Jessica M. Frazier. Women's Antiwar Diplomacy During the Vietnam War Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 20, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3179-0. $29.95. 236pp. 6.125X9.25". 8 illustrations.The...
Are Arabs Fighting against Israel in the Left?
Are Arabs Fighting Against Israel in the Left?Pamela E. Pennock. The Rise of the Arab American Left: Activists, Allies, and Their Fight Against Imperialism and Racism, 1960s-1980s. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 20, 2017. ISBN:...
A Slightly Biased View of One of the Last Surviving US Unions
A Slightly Biased View of One of the Last Surviving US Unions Timothy J. Minchin. Labor Under Fire: A History of the AFL-CIO Since 1979. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, May 15, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3298-8. $39.95. 432pp. 6.125X9.25"....
A Very Useful Guide to Every Stone and House of Gettysburg
A Very Useful Guide to Every Stone and House of Gettysburg Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler. A Field Guide to Gettysburg, Second Editioin. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, May 8, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3336-7. $24.00. 488pp. 60 illustrations.This...
Beyond Allegory: Absurdity, Paranoia, and the Diasporic Identity in Hualing Nieh's Mulberry and Peach: Two Women of China
Discursive LocationsOn an endless flight from the Sino-Japanese War, the fall of Beijing to the Communists, the White Terror of Taiwan, and an INS agent in the United States, the protagonist of Hualing Nieh's Mulberry and Peach: Two Women of China charts...
Cinema Verite
You're away at work, teaching the rhetorical snarls of pathos while those cats of yours parade across the kitchen counter to lap up each crusty pool of creamed brandy and salt from every stray peanut. Aerial shot of cat pee on the carpeting. Rorschach...
Double Feature
This Sunday morning is my nursemaid whosetask will be to heal creases of too manymumbling nights. Thunder claps andsnoring husband prick the tenderskin of my arches, rolls of rain stirmy spine. With tented newspaperatop her head, Memory scurries inside...
Environmental Photography That Teaches with Beauty
Environmental Photography that Teaches with BeautyDavid Blevins. North Carolina's Barrier Islands. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 13, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3249-0. $35.00. 200pp. 152 illustrations.A beautiful collection of photographs...
Five Short Acts, with Interludes
StoicsWhen I was twelve years old, I could talk of nothing but baseball. I lived for baseball: playing, watching, listening to games on radio.One stormy Saturday, when my mother was sick of my recounting stories of my diamond heroes, she dusted me with...
Foul-Mouthed Anecdotes of America's Chiefs of Staff
Foul-Mouthed Anecdotes of America's Chiefs of Staff Chris Whipple. The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency. New York: Crown Publishing Group, April 4, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8041-3824-6. $28.00. 364pp.A common topic of...
If the Suburbs Are Taken, We'll Make a Surrogate
If the Suburbs Are Taken, We'll Make a Surrogate Todd M. Michney. Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighbrhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 20, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3194-3. $34.95....
Introduction
Anna FaktorovichThis issue includes an interview with Jim Cox, who has been editing the Midwest Book Review for over four decades, publishing thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of book reviews, with a focus on books from small presses that typically...
James Vaughan's Migration Back to African Roots
James Vaughan's Migration Back to African RootsLisa A. Lindsay. Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 1, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3112-7. $35.00. 328pp. 6.125X9.25"....
Melodramatic Whining about the Dead
Melodramatic Whining About the Dead B. J. Hollars. Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, February 1, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8032- 9642-8. $24.95. 224pp. 6.5X8.5". 13 illustrations.B. J. Hollards attempts...
Other Primates Are Smarter Than Us
Other Primates Are Smarter Than UsJulia Fischer. Monkey Talk: Inside the Worlds and Minds of Primates. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, January 31, 2017. ISBN: 978-0- 226-12424-7. $25.00. 288pp. 6.125X9.25". 34 illustrations.Probably everybody that...
Possibly a Story about a Girl Who Bicycled at Night
Possibly a Story About a Girl Who Bicycled at Night...Louis A. Perez Jr. Intimations of Modernity: Civil Culture in Nineteenth Century Cuba. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 2, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3130-1. $39.95. 272pp. 6.125X9.25"....
Racism and Sexism in San Francisco Transit
Racism and Sexism in San Francisco TransitKatrinell M. Davis. Hard Work Is Not Enough: Gender and Racial Inequality in an Urban Workspace. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, January 9, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3048-9. $27.95. 196pp. 6.125X9.25"....
Random House vs. the Mississippi School System
Random House vs. the Mississippi School System Charles W. Eagles. Civil Rights, Culture Wars: The Fight Over a Mississippi Textbook. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 13, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3115-8. $34.95. 312pp. 6.125X9.25"....
Savory Fruit
Savory Fruit Nancie McDermott. Fruit: A Savor the South ® Cookbook. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 13, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3115-8. $34.95. 312pp. 6.125X9.25". 6 illustrations.A lighter book in weight and topic, this is a collection...
The Violent and Activist Struggle for Rights for Hosiery Workers
The Violent and Activist Struggle for Rights for Hosiery Workers Sharon McConnell-Sidorick. Silk Stockings and Socialism: Philadelphia's Radical Hosiery Workers from the Jazz Age to the New Deal. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, April...
The Western Mind
I am only Oriental by occident.-James JoyceOf course, the influences influenced, Hittites,Sumerians, the mystical Babylonianswith their stars, Egyptians... but how explainwhat happened with the entrance of Homer?A sudden efflorescence of art and thoughtas...
Trade Rather Than One-Sided Gift-Giving in Native- British Relations
Trade Rather Than One-Sided Gift-Giving in Native- British RelationsJessica Yirush Stern. The Lives in Objects: Native Americans, British Colonists, and Cultures of Labor and Exchange in the Southeast. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press,...
Uplifting Stories about the Achievements of African- American Presidential Cooks
Uplifting Stories About the Achievements of African- American Presidential CooksAdrian Miller. The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas. Chapel Hill: University...
Your Dragon Ate Our Flag
Your Dragon Ate Our Flag Gregg A. Brazinsky. Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry During the Cold War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, April 17, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3170-7. $39.95. 448pp. 6.125X9.25". 8 illustrations.The...
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