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A Companion to the Works of Elizabeth Strout
By Katherine Montwieler

In this first study of novelist Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling works, Katherine Montwieler reveals how Strout’s voice, characters, and themes generate a powerful empathic response among mainstream readers—mostly women—that elite scholars undervalue at their own peril. This accessible companion also includes an exclusive interview with Strout.

Literary Criticism, US · Literary Criticism | Modern | 21st Century · Literary Criticism | Feminist · Literature

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Religion and Peace
Global Perspectives and Possibilities
Edited by Nukhet A. Sandal and Ingo Trauschweizer

If religion can foment conflict, it can also cultivate peace. This perspective underpins the essays in this book, which explore the past, present, and future roles of religion and spirituality in transforming political and social conflicts between and within nations.

Political Science | Religion, Politics & State · History | Modern | General · Peace Studies · Global Issues

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Secure the Shadow
A Novel
By Michael Henson

Set in an unnamed midwestern city and told from multiple perspectives, Henson’s latest novel about addiction and the power of community offers an unseen portrait of the far-reaching and sometimes tragic effects of the 1990s drug crisis.

Fiction | City Life · Literature

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Technologies of Suspicion and the Ethics of Obligation in Political Asylum
Edited by Bridget M. Haas and Amy Shuman

Taking everyday practices and interactions as their focus, contributors draw on various theoretical perspectives to examine how tensions between humanitarianism and security are negotiated at the local level. They thus show how asylum seekers are produced as suspicious subjects by the very systems to which they appeal for protection.

Human Rights · Anthropology

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Amy Biehl’s Last Home
A Bright Life, a Tragic Death, and a Journey of Reconciliation in South Africa
By Steven D. Gish

Granted unrestricted access to the Biehl family’s papers, Steven Gish brings Amy and the Foundation to life in ways that have eluded previous authors. He is the first to place Biehl’s story in its full historical context, while also presenting a gripping portrait of this remarkable young woman and the aftermath of her death across two continents.

Biography & Autobiography | Women · African History · South Africa · African Studies · Biography, Activists

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Lincoln, Congress, and Emancipation
Edited by Paul Finkelman and Donald R. Kennon

“When Lincoln took office, in March 1861, the national government had no power to touch slavery in the states where it existed. Lincoln understood this, and said as much in his first inaugural address, noting: ‘I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists.’”

History · American History · Slavery and Slave Trade · 19th century

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African Asylum at a Crossroads
Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights
Edited by Iris Berger, Tricia Redeker Hepner, Benjamin N. Lawrance, Joanna T. Tague, and Meredith Terretta
· Foreword by Penelope Andrews
· Afterword by Fallou Ngom

African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights examines the emerging trend of requests for expert opinions in asylum hearings or refugee status determinations. This is the first book to explore the role of court-based expertise in relation to African asylum cases and the first to establish a rigorous analytical framework for interpreting the effects of this new reliance on expert testimony.Over

Human Rights · Law · African Studies

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A Stitch in Time
The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America
By Aimee E. Newell

Drawing from 167 examples of decorative needlework—primarily samplers and quilts from 114 collections across the United States—made by individual women aged forty years and over between 1820 and 1860, this exquisitely illustrated book explores how women experienced social and cultural change in antebellum America.The book is filled with individual examples, stories, and over eighty fine color photographs that illuminate the role that samplers and needlework played in the culture of the time.

Women’s History · Textile Arts · Art History · Women’s Studies · United States · American Studies

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Congress and the Crisis of the 1850s
Edited by Paul Finkelman and Donald R. Kennon

During the long decade from 1848 to 1861 America was like a train speeding down the track, without an engineer or brakes. The new territories acquired from Mexico had vastly increased the size of the nation, but debate over their status—and more importantly the status of slavery within them—paralyzed the nation. Southerners gained access to the territories and a draconian fugitive slave law in the Compromise of 1850, but this only exacerbated sectional tensions.

American History · Legal and Constitutional History · History · Law · Politics

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Amy Levy
Critical Essays
Edited by Naomi Hetherington and Nadia Valman

Amy Levy has risen to prominence in recent years as one of the most innovative and perplexing writers of her generation. Embraced by feminist scholars for her radical experimentation with queer poetic voice and her witty journalistic pieces on female independence, she remains controversial for her representations of London Jewry that draw unmistakably on contemporary antisemitic discourse.Amy

Literary Criticism | European | English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh · Gender Studies · Jewish Studies · Victorian Studies · Literature

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Outside the Ordinary
Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood, and Ceramics from the Wolf Collection
Edited by Amy Miller Dehan

Outside the Ordinary introduces audiences to sixty–seven masterworks selected from the Nancy and David Wolf Collection, carefully documented and photographed in full color.

Art · Art Catalog

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The Fin-de-Siècle Poem
English Literary Culture and the 1890s
Edited by Joseph Bristow

Featuring innovative research by emergent and established scholars, The Fin-de-Siècle Poem throws new light on the remarkable diversity of poetry produced at the close of the nineteenth century in England. Opening with a detailed preface that explains why literary historians have frequently underrated fin-de-siècle poetry, the collection shows how a strikingly rich body of lyrical and narrative poems anticipated many of the developments traditionally attributed to Modernism.

Literary Criticism | European | English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh · Literary Criticism, Poetry · Literature · Victorian Studies

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Amy Levy
Her Life and Letters
By Linda Hunt Beckman

After a century of critical neglect, poet and writer Amy Levy is gaining recognition as a literary figure of stature.This definitive biography accompanied by her letters, along with the recent publication of her selected writings, provides a critical appreciation of Levy’s importance in her own time and in ours.As

Biography, Literary Figures · Letters · Biography & Autobiography | Women · Biography & Autobiography | Jewish · LGBT Literature · British Literature · Literature · Victorian Studies

Authors, Editors, and other Contributors

Amy Shuman

Amy Shuman is a professor of folklore and narrative at the Ohio State University and a Guggenheim Fellow.…

Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker is a lecturer in English at Loughborough University.…