Compiled by Ellen Hostetter, Ph.D., Book Review Editor for Material Culture
Contact: ehostetter@uca.edu or call 501-205-6301.

Allsen, Thomas T. The Steppe and the Sea: Pearls in the Mongol Empire. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.

Almeroth-Williams, Thomas. City of Beasts: How Animals Shaped Georgian London. Manchester University Press, 2020.

Arnold, Dean E. Maya Potters’ Indigenous Knowledge: Cognition, Engagement, and Practice. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2018.

Baxter, Jane Eva. The Archaeology of American Childhood and Adolescence. University Press of Florida, 2019.

Begiato, Joanne. Manliness in Britain, 1760–1900: Bodies, Emotion, and Material Culture. Manchester University Press, 2020.

Bell, Duncan, and Bernardo Zacka, eds. Political Theory and Architecture. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

Betsky, Aaron. Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture. Edited by Luca Guido, Stephanie Pilat PhD, and Angela Person PhD. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020.

Billington, David P. From Insight to Innovation: Engineering Ideas That Transformed America in the Twentieth Century. MIT Press, 2020.

Blatt, Ari J., and Edward Welch. France in Flux: Space, Territory and Contemporary Culture. Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures LUP. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Bobker, Danielle. The Closet: The Eighteenth-Century Architecture of Intimacy. Princeton University Press, 2020.

Boucher, Marie-Pier, Stefan Helmreich, Leila W Kinney, Skylar Tibbits, Rebecca Uchill, and Evan Ziporyn, eds. Being Material. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2019.

Brittenham, Claudia, ed. Vessels: The Object as Container. Visual Conversations in Art and Archaeology Series. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Buchanan, Rex, Burke Griggs, and Joshua Svaty. Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills. University of Kansas Press, 2019.

Bussard, Katherine A., and Kristen Gresh, eds. Life Magazine and the Power of Photography. Yale University Press, 2020.

Cheng, Irene, Charles L. Davis, and Mabel O. Wilson, eds. Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020.

Cobbold, Carolyn. A Rainbow Palate: How Chemical Dyes Changed the West’s Relationship with Food. University Press of Chicago, 2020.

Coleman, Rebecca. Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing. MIT Press, 2020.

Crawford-Lackey, Katherine, and Megan E. Springate, eds. Communities and Place: A Thematic Approach to the Histories of LGBTQ Communities in the United States. Berghan Books, 2020.

_____, eds. Identities and Place: Changing Labels and Intersectional Communities of LGBTQ and Two-Spirit People in the United States. Berghan Books, 2019.

Cupers, Kenny, Catharina Gabrielsson, and Helena Mattssonq, eds. Neoliberalism on the Ground: Architecture and Transformation from the 1960s to the Present. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020.

Curl, James Stevens. Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Darke, Diana. Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Deener, Andrew. The Problem with Feeding Cities: The Social Transformation of Infrastructure, Abundance, and Inequality in America. University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Delerme, Simone. Latino Orlando: Suburban Transformation and Racial Conflict. University of Florida Press, 2020.

Devecka, Martin. Broken Cities: A Historical Sociology of Ruins. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020.

Dietrich, Richard H., and Deborah M. Rebuck. In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts. Yale University Press, 2020.

Eger, A. Asa, ed. The Archaeology of Medieval Islamic Frontiers: From the Mediterranean to the Caspian Sea. University Press of Colorado, 2019.

Esperdy, Gabrielle. American Autopia: An Intellectual History of the American Roadside at Midcentury. University Press of Virginia, 2019.

Falls, Susan, and Jessica R. Smith. Overshot: The Political Aesthetics of Woven Textiles from the Antebellum South and Beyond. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2020.

Farley, Robert M., and Davida H. Isaacs. Patents for Power: Intellectual Property Law and the Diffusion of Military Technology. University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Farquhar, Judith. Way of Life: Things, Thought, and Action in Chinese Medicine. Yale University Press, 2020.

Fee, Sarah, ed. Cloth That Changed the World: The Art and Fashion of Indian Chintz. Yale University Press, 2020.

Fields, Alison. Discordant Memories: Atomic Age Narratives and Visual Culture. University of Oklahoma Press, 2020.

Fordham, Douglas. Aquatint Worlds: Travel, Print, and Empire, 1770–1820. Yale University Press, 2019.

Fowler, Caroline. Art of Paper: From the Holy Land to the Americas. Yale University Press, 2019.

Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney, Eidelberg, Martin, and Spinozzi, Adrienne. American Art Pottery: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018.

Garland-Lewis, Gemina, and Jamie Ford. Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden. Chin Press, 2020.

Gaskell, Ivan, and Sarah Anne Carter, eds. The Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.

George, Diane F., and Bernice Kurchin, eds. Archaeology of Identity and Dissonance: Contexts for a Brave New World. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018.

Glisson, James, ed. Becoming America: Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection of Folk Art. Yale University Press, 2020.

Goddu, Teresa A. Selling Antislavery: Abolition and Mass Media in Antebellum America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.

Graff, Rebecca. Disposing of Modernity: The Archaeology of Garbage and Consumerism During the Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair. University Press of Florida, 2020.

Gragg, Larry D. Becoming America’s Playground: Las Vegas in the 1950s. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.

Grubiak, Margaret M. Monumental Jesus: Landscapes of Faith and Doubt in Modern America. University of Virginia Press, 2020.

Harrison-Buck, Eleanor, and Julia A. Hendon, eds. Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology. University Press of Colorado, 2018.

Holcomb, Melanie, ed. Jewelry: The Body Transformed. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018.

Hyde, Timothy. Ugliness and Judgment: On Architecture in the Public Eye. Princeton University Press, 2019.

Isendahl, Christian, and Daryl Stump, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Jefferson, Allison Rose. Living the California Dream. University of Nebraska Press, 2020.

Johnson, Alex, and I.B. Tauris. The First Mapping of America: The General Survey of British North America. Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.

Kelley, Victoria. Cheap Street: London’s Street Markets and the Cultures of Informality, c.1850–1939. Manchester University Press, 2019.

Kelly, Matthew. Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland LUP. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Kennedy, Kate, and Hermione Lee. Lives of Houses. Princeton University Press, 2020.

Knoblauch, Joy. The Architecture of Good Behavior: Psychology and Modern Institutional Design in Postwar America. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020.

Kolk, Heidi Aronson. Taking Possession: The Politics of Memory in a St. Louis Town House. University of Massachusetts Press, 2019.

Kotrossits, Maia. The Lives of Objects: Material Culture, Experience, and the Real in the History of Early Christianity. University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Kutzler, Evan A. Living by Inches: The Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Feeling of Captivity in Civil War Prisons. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

Lange, Allison K. Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Leu, Lorraine. Defiant Geographies: Race and Urban Space in 1920s Rio de Janeiro. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020.

Loichot, Valerie. Water Graves: The Art of the Unritual in the Greater Caribbean. University of Virginia Press, 2020.

Macaraig, Nina. Cemberlitas Hamami in Istanbul: The Biographical Memoir of a Turkish Bath. Edinburgh Studies on the Ottoman Empire. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Mahony, Martin, and Samuel Randalls, eds. Weather, Climate, and the Geographical Imagination. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020.

Marchand, Suzanne L. Porcelain: A History from the Heart of Europe. Princeton University Press, 2020.

Martinko, Whitney. Historic Real Estate: Market Morality and the Politics of Preservation in the Early United States. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.

McAlister, Victoria L. The Irish Tower House: Society, Economy and Environment, c. 1300–1650. Manchester University Press, 2019.

Mclean, Ross. Transformative Ground: A Field Guide to the Post-Industrial Landscape. Routledge, 2019.

Metzger, Sean. The Chinese Atlantic: Seascapes and the Theatricality of Globalization. Indiana University Press, 2020.

Miller, Marla. Entangled Lives: Labor, Livelihood, and Landscapes of Change in Rural Massachusetts. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.

Miller, Thomas Lloyd. The Public Lands of Texas, 1519–1970. University of Oklahoma Press, 2020.

Mindrup, Matthew. The Architectural Model. MIT Press, 2019.

Mitchell, Don. Mean Streets: Homelessness, Public Space, and the Limits of Capital. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2020.

Montgomery, Lindsay M., and Chip Colwell. Objects of Survivance: A Material History of the American Indian School Experience. University Press of Colorado, 2019.

Moore, Sean D. Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Morrison, Kevin A. Victorian Liberalism and Material Culture: Synergies of Thought and Place. Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

Moulton, Candy. The Mormon Handcart Migration: “Tounge nor Pen Can Never Tell the Sorrow.” University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.

Muller, Edward K., and Joel A. Tarr. Making Industrial Pittsburgh Modern: Environment, Landscape, Transportation, Energy, and Planning. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019.

Myles, Colleen C., ed. Fermented Landscapes: Lively Processes of Socio-Environmental Transformation. University of Nebraska Press, 2020.

Neer, Richard. Conditions of Visibility. Visual Conversations in Art and Archaeology Series. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Nicholson, Ben, and Michelangelo Sabatino, eds. Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony. University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Niranjana, Tejaswini, ed. Music, Modernity, and Publicness in India. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Ochonicky, Adam R. The American Midwest in Film and Literature. Indiana University Press, 2020.

Omar Ali, Tariq. A Local History of Global Capital: Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta. Princeton University Press, 2020.

Orenstein, Dara. Out of Stock: The Warehouse in the History of Capitalism. University of Chicago Press, 2019.

Penick, Monica. The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019.

Percival, Melissa, and Muriel Adrien. Fancy in Eighteenth-Century European Visual Culture. Oxford University Studies in The Enlightenment. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Pollock, Ethan. Without the Banya We Would Perish: A History of the Russian Bathhouse. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Prescott, Cynthia Culver. Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.

Raitz, Karl. Bourbon’s Backroads: A Journey through Kentucky’s Distilling Landscape. University Press of Kentucky, 2019.

Respini, Eva, and Ruth Erickson, eds. When Home Won’t Let You Stay. Yale University Press, 2019.

Robichaud, Andrew A. Animal City: The Domestication of America. Harvard Uniersity Press, 2019.

Romanek, Devorah. Hardship, Greed, and Sorrow: An Officer’s Photo Album of 1866 New Mexico Territory. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.

Royle, Stephen. Company, Crown and Colony: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Territorial Endeavour in Western Canada. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

Sandul, Paul J. P., and M. Scott Sosebee, eds. Lone Star Suburbs: Life on the Texas Metropolitan Frontier. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.

Sawin, Patricia, and Rosemary Levy Zumwalt, eds. Folklore in the United States and Canada. Indiana University Press, 2020.

Schuppli, Susan. Material Witness: Media, Forensics, Evidence. MIT Press, 2020.

Schwartz, Vanessa R. Jet Age Aesthetic: The Glamour of Media in Motion. Yale University Press, 2020.

Sexton, Richard. Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River. The University of Virginia Press, 2019.

Slavishak, Edward Steven. Proving Ground: Expertise and Appalachian Landscapes. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

Spivey, Nigel. The Sarpedon Krater. University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Stahl, Peter W., Fernando J. Astudillo, Ross W. Jamieson, Diego Quiroga, and Florencio Delgado. Historical Ecology and Archaeology in the Galápagos Islands. University of Florida Press, 2020.

Steiner, Benjamin. Building the French Empire, 1600–1800: Colonialism and Material Culture. Manchester University Press, 2020.

Stewart, Elizabeth. Courts and Alleys: A History of Liverpool Courtyard Housing. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Stewart, Susan. The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture. University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Sturkey, William. Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White. Harvard Uniersity Press, 2019.

Thompson Summers, Brandi. Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

Tone-Pah-Hote, Jenny. Crafting and Indigenous Nation: Kiowa Expressive Culture in the Progressive Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

Upton, Dell. American Architecture: A Thematic History. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Vesentini, Andrea. Indoor America: The Interior Landscape of Postwar Suburbia. Midcentury: Architecture, Landscape, Urbanism, and Design. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2018.

Wakelin, Daniel. Designing English: Early Literature on the Page. Oxford: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2018.

Whitlinger, Claire. Between Remembrance and Repair: Commemorating Racial Violence in Philadelphia, Mississippi. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.

Wilson, John S. Mapping Texas: A Cartographic Journey, 1561-1860. Baylor University Press, 2019.

Withers, Jeremy. Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles: Contesting the Road in American Science Fiction. Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies LUP. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Wuebben, Daniel L. Power-Lined: Electricity, Landscape, and the American Mind. University of Nebraska Press, 2019.

Yamin, Rebecca, and Donna J. Seifert. The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits. University of Florida Press, 2019.

Yanni, Carla. Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory. University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Zabinski, Catherine. Amber Waves: The Extraordinary Biography of Wheat, from Wild Grass to World Megacrop. University Press of Chicago, 2020.

Zubiaurre, Maite. Talking Trash: Cultural Uses of Waste. Vanderbilt University Press, 2019.

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