It’s our favorite day of the week: New Books Tuesday! Today we’re excited to share four new books which are now available wherever books are sold. Enjoy this weeks new books or check out our Hot Off the Press page to see everything new this month. Plus, if you want updates in your inbox every month on new titles and what’s happening at UNC Press, you can sign up for our monthly eNews here.
The Famous Lady Lovers: Black Women and Queer Desire before Stonewall by Cookie Woolner
“Extraordinary in its scope and inventiveness to focus on their intimate lives . . . . Woolner’s beautiful prose and writing style makes this book a delight to read. Academics and general readers alike will be drawn to it.”—Starred review, Library Journal
“Impeccably researched and compellingly written examination of Black women who loved women during the 1920s and 1930s.”—Karla J. Strand, Ms. Magazine
Making the Latino South: A History of Racial Formation by Cecilia Márquez
The first book in our NEW LatinX Histories series!
“Marquez’s field-changing history of the US South is the first to show us why racial diversity withincategories such as ‘Mexican’ or ‘Latino’ matters for the region’s past and future.”—Julie Weise, University of Oregon
“It is common to say that Latinos occupy every point along a racial spectrum from Black to White, but Cecilia Márquez brilliantly shows how the racial identity of Latinos is constructed in relation to these and other identities. The result is a stunningly original work on race in a storied region, with Latinos at the center.”–Geraldo L. Cadava, Northwestern University
Muddy Ground: Native Peoples, Chicago’s Portage, and the Transformation of a Continent by John William Nelson
Muddy Ground is a brilliant synthesis of Indigenous and environmental history, illuminating the importance of Chicago as a crossroads linking the Great Lakes and the Great Plains. Nelson provides a compelling narrative showing how first Indigenous people, and subsequently the American settler state, mastered space and mobility in order to make this muddy space a gateway to the west.”—Michael J. Witgen, author of Pulitzer Prize–finalist Seeing Red: Indigenous Land, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder in North America
“This amazing new book reconsiders Chicago as an early American place. Framing Chicago as the continent’s most important portage, Nelson recenters early American history around the swamps and wetlands of the future metropolis, exploring important currents in Indigenous history, borderlands history, environmental history, and the history of colonialism.”—Robert Morrissey, author of People of the Ecotone: Environment and Indigenous Power at the Center of Early America
“Dizon allows us to see a frontier of the Spanish imperium in a place that is not as commonly studied as the contours of Latin America. This allows us to get a different view of what Spanish colonials might have intended, but also of how local peoples responded to pressures on the land through their own active agency.”—Eric Tagliacozzo, author of In Asian Waters: Oceanic Worlds from Yemen to Yokohama
“This book will not only stimulate a reconsideration of the ways power was constructed and re-elaborated in the Philippines during the period of Spanish rule, it will also help to situate the Philippines on the map of borderlands studies.”—Ryan Crewe, author of The Mexican Mission: Indigenous Reconstruction and Mendicant Enterprise in New Spain, 1581–1600