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Southern Lights: 75 Years of the Carolina Quarterly edited by Sophia Houghton, Kylan Rice, Daniel Wallace

“What a gift Sophia Houghton, Kylan Rice, and Daniel Wallace have given us with this sharply edited, ingeniously organized anthology. Wade into nature with a short story by Wendell Berry; consider the path of love with Adriana Páramo; or root yourself in place with Ha Jin. Any journey through Southern Lights rewards the reader in much the same way the Carolina Quarterly has over seventy-five impressive years: with a capacious but always specific sense of what the South was, is, and can be.”—Belle Boggs, author of The Art of Waiting

“This anthology reserves the original goals of the Carolina Quarterly—to expand upon the idea of regionalism and represent the modern South—while simultaneously linking the journal’s past and present as a way to explore the possibilities of the future. A moving case study of how writing reaches into our collective psyches over time.”—Matthew Wimberley, author of Daniel Boone’s Window

Gun Country: Gun Capitalism, Culture, and Control in Cold War America by Andrew C. McKevitt

“Illuminating, timely . . . . an original way of understanding a stunning and enduring increase in gun ownership in the US . . . . McKevitt offers a compelling argument about where the extremity of America’s permissiveness toward deadly weaponry originated and how debates on the Second Amendment’s meaning have evolved in response to shifting cultural preoccupations. He also makes a persuasive appeal for how the human costs of mass gun ownership could be mitigated.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Riveting and original. Gun Country goes beyond well-worn debates about the Second Amendment—and outside America’s borders—to trace the evolution of the nation’s obsession with firearms. The result is both clarifying and chilling. Anyone who cares about gun violence in the United States must read this book.”—Nicole Hemmer, author of Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s

Excavating the Lost Colony Mastery: The Map, the Search, the Discovery Edited by Eric Klingelhofer

“Klingelhofer and his impressive roster of associates offer us a carefully documented chronicle of two decades of creative research into the fate of Sir Walter Raleigh’s effort to plant a permanent English colony on the Carolina coast. Unlike hundreds of previous efforts seeking that same end, these essays set forth in meticulous detail the most promising results of their documentary, cartographical, archaeological, historical, and literary investigations.”—Larry E. Tise, author of Circa 1903: North Carolina’s Outer Banks at the Dawn of Flight

“This engaging book gives readers the tools to judge claims concerning the Lost Colony, and it also demonstrates the process of historical research and the kinds of questions documentary and archaeological research can and can’t answer.”—Charles R. Ewen, East Carolina University

Who is Muhammad? by Michael Muhammad Knight

“Combining excellent scholarship with a creative, narrative-driven style, Michael Knight presents a skillfully balanced understanding of Muhammad as a stable historical figure and as a changing persona and symbol. Knight writes as an insider to the study and practice of Islam but also maintains an outside perspective to the approaches and methods of both. The book will be valuable for scholars of religion and for general readers interested in a major historical figure like Muhammad.”—Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, University of Vermont

“If someone asks you for a concise, lively, and smart introduction to the Prophet Muhammad, this is the book you must recommend. Michael Knight has achieved something extraordinary by digesting and analyzing not only the religious and secular literature about the Prophet himself but also how Muslims have interpreted, experienced, and loved their Messenger.”–Edward E. Curtis IV, Plater Chair of the Liberal Arts, Indiana University, Indianapolis