Category: Reading Lists

Juneteenth Reads: Exploring Slavery and Emancipation

Happy Juneteenth! Today we’re celebrating the emancipation of slavery in the US by reflecting on this crucial piece of American history. To help you learn more about the history of slavery and emancipation in the US we’ve compiled a reading list of some must-read titles, but you can also browse our full African American studies list here. Illusions of Emancipation:… Continue Reading Juneteenth Reads: Exploring Slavery and Emancipation

Histories of Conflict on College Campuses : A Reading List

UNC Press authors have written many books and articles on the topic of conflict and protest on college campuses over many decades. Below we’ve compiled a recommended reading list that underscores the history of politics, culture, conflict, racism, and many other complex issues that have arisen across college campuses throughout the United States. Browse the following recommended titles and others… Continue Reading Histories of Conflict on College Campuses : A Reading List

AANHPI Heritage Month Reading List

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the role that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) have played in American history. In this blogpost you can explore a collection of our recent Asian American studies and Asian studies titles that would make perfect reading for AANHPI Month. See something… Continue Reading AANHPI Heritage Month Reading List

Celebrate Earth Day with These Recent Releases

Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This year, to celebrate, we’ve compiled a recommended reading list of some of our recent Environmental Studies titles for you to enjoy. Creatures of Fashion: Animals, Global Markets, and the Transformation of Patagonia by John Soluri “Soluri’s unusual and interesting history of the region… Continue Reading Celebrate Earth Day with These Recent Releases

Gender and American Culture Series Women’s History Month Reading List

The Gender and American Culture series, guided by feminist perspectives, examines the social construction and influence of gender and sexuality within the full range of American cultures. Books in the series explore the intersection of gender (both female and male) with such markers of difference as race, class, and region. The series presents outstanding scholarship from all areas of American studies–including… Continue Reading Gender and American Culture Series Women’s History Month Reading List

Biographies to Read During Black History Month

February is Black History Month and to celebrate we’ve been sharing book excerpts and reading lists of our African American studies titles here on the blog. Black History cannot be understood without taking an individual look at the lived experiences and stories of Black people themselves. As such, we have curated a list of Biographies highlighting the Black experience. Ranging… Continue Reading Biographies to Read During Black History Month

Must-Read Books During Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! Since 1976 the US has been celebrating Black History during the entire month of February. Long before that, however, UNC Press was already publishing distinguished scholarship on African American studies and we are proud to continue to do so. Most recently we announced the launch of our Black Women’s History Series which also hosts an incubator… Continue Reading Must-Read Books During Black History Month

Trending this Year: 2023

Looking for your next read? Check out this list of the most-viewed books from our website this year! #1 Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South by Barbara Krauthamer “In this compelling study Krauthamer successfully demonstrates black Americans’ struggle for their liberation and subsequent rights as citizens.” —Southern Historian “An important overview of the… Continue Reading Trending this Year: 2023

10 Books To Buy During Our Holiday Sale: Gift Guide

Our Holiday Sale is happening now and you can save 30% on all UNC Press print books plus get free US shipping on orders over $75 with the code 01UNCP30 at checkout. Our Holiday Sale is the perfect time to grab those holiday gifts you need but we know that picking the perfect book can be tough. So to make… Continue Reading 10 Books To Buy During Our Holiday Sale: Gift Guide

Native American Heritage Month: A Reading List

Since 1990, November has been nationally celebrated as Native American Heritage Month. During this month we honor the culture, traditions, and achievements that Native people have made to our nation. To celebrate, we’ve curated a reading list of books from Native American authors. You can also browse our full Native America/Indigenous Studies list on our website. Seeing Red: Indigenous Land,… Continue Reading Native American Heritage Month: A Reading List

5 Books to Read After LGBTQ+ History Month

Although LGBTQ+ History Month—an annual month-long (Oct 1-Oct 31, 2023) celebration of the history, culture, and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community—is coming to an end, we’ve curated a list of books to add to your bookshelf so you can celebrate LGBTQ+ history all year long. You can also browse a list of all of our LGBTQ+ books on our website.… Continue Reading 5 Books to Read After LGBTQ+ History Month

Banned Books Week: Reading List

This week (October 1-7) is Banned Books Week. This weeklong celebration emphasizes the freedom to read and draws attention to the harms of censorship. To celebrate, we’re highlighting some of our titles that have appeared on banned book lists across the country. You can learn more about Banned Books Week at bannedbooksweek.org. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in… Continue Reading Banned Books Week: Reading List

National Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! Since 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th – October 15th every year to honor the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. You can learn more about the history of NHHM at hispanicheritagemonth.gov. To celebrate we’ve curated a reading list of some… Continue Reading National Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List

Trending This Month: September

See what’s trending at UNC Press with this list of the most viewed books on our website this month. Resistance from the Right: Conservatives and the Campus Wars in Modern America by Lauren Lassabe Shepherd “A thoroughly researched, revelatory political history with abundant relevance for today. . . . Shepherd presents compelling evidence for the ways that these groups, although a minority on… Continue Reading Trending This Month: September

Thinking of the Roman Empire? Try These Books

If you’ve been on social media recently you’ve probably seen the trend, which started on tiktok but has been featured on all of the major social platforms as well as national news outlets, where people are asking men how often they think about the Roman Empire. Since the trend started it seems like we’re all thinking about the Roman Empire… Continue Reading Thinking of the Roman Empire? Try These Books

Trending This Month: August

See what’s trending at UNC Press with this list of the most viewed books on our website this month. Resistance from the Right: Conservatives and the Campus Wars in Modern America by Lauren Lassabe Shepherd “A thoroughly researched, revelatory political history with abundant relevance for today. . . . Shepherd presents compelling evidence for the ways that these groups, although a minority… Continue Reading Trending This Month: August

Trending This Month: July

See what’s trending at UNC Press with this list of the most viewed books on our website this month. Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South by Barbara Krauthame “Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”—Choice “An important overview of the lives of African and African American peoples who played relevant, active roles in United States affairs, adeptly… Continue Reading Trending This Month: July

Forthcoming LGBTQ+ Studies Books

Although Pride month is coming to end, we encourage you to read diversely and support queer authors and literature all year round. In this reading list we’re highlighting some of our LGBTQ+ studies coming out later this year that we recommend adding to your shelf. The Famous Lady Lovers: Black Women and Queer Desire before Stonewall by Cookie Woolner September… Continue Reading Forthcoming LGBTQ+ Studies Books

Trending This Month: June

See what’s trending at UNC Press with this list of the most viewed books on our website this month. Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South by Barbara Krauthame “Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”—Choice “An important overview of the lives of African and African American peoples who played relevant, active roles in United States affairs, adeptly… Continue Reading Trending This Month: June

Books to Read This Summer

Summer is officially here and now’s the perfect time to catch up on some reading. Whether you’re looking for a book for your beach bag, to take with you on a trip, or to curl up with on the couch in the comfort of the air conditioning, you may find what you’re looking for in this Summer Reads blogpost. Don’t… Continue Reading Books to Read This Summer