Compiled by Ellen Hostetter, Ph.D., Book Review Editor for Material Culture
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Adams, Vincanne. Glyphosate and the Swirl: An Agroindustrial Chemical on the Move. Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography. Duke University Press, 2023.

Adler, Sy. Planning the Portland Urban Growth Boundary: The Struggle to Transform Trend City. Oregon State University Press, 2022.

Alexis, Cydney, and Hannah Rule, eds. The Material Culture of Writing. Utah State University Press, 2022.

Avila, Eric, and Thaïsa Way, eds. Segregation and Resistance in the Landscapes of the Americas: Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture. Harvard University Press, 2023.

Barua, Maan. Lively Cities: Reconfiguring Urban Ecology. University of Minnesota Press, 2023.

Bell, Lindsay A. Under Pressure: Diamond Mining and Everyday Life in Northern Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2023.

Birk, Megan. The Fundamental Institution: Poverty, Social Welfare, and Agriculture in American Poor Farms. University of Illinois Press, 2022.

Bixby, Patrick. License to Travel: A Cultural History of the Passport. University of California Press, 2023.

Bolin, Goran, and Per Stahlberg. Managing Meaning in Ukraine: Information, Communication, and Narration since the Euromaidan Revolution. MIT Press, 2023.

Bosma, Ulbe. The World of Sugar: How the Sweet Stuff Transformed Our Politics, Health, and Environment over 2,000 Years. Belknap Press, 2023.

Boudia, Soraya, Angela N. H. Creager, Scott Frickel, Emmanuel Henry, Nathalie Jas, Carsten Reinhardt, and Jody A. Roberts. Residues: Thinking Through Chemical Environments. Rutgers University Press, 2021.

Buggenhagen, Beth A. The Future Is in Your Hands: Portrait Photography from Senegal. University of Indiana Press, 2023.

Butt, Waqas H. Life Beyond Waste: Work and Infrastructure in Urban Pakistan. Stanford University Press, 2023.

Calkin, Sydney. Abortion Pills Go Global: Reproductive Freedom across Borders. University of California Press, 2023.

Callaway, H. B. The House in the Rue Saint-Fiacre: A Social History of Property in Revolutionary Paris. Harvard Historical Studies. Harvard University Press, 2023.

Carr, Sara Jensen. The Topography of Wellness: How Health and Disease Shaped the American Landscape. The University of Virginia Press, 2021.

Carso, Kerry Dean. Follies in America: A History of Garden and Park Architecture. Cornell University Press, 2021.

Cock-Starkey, Claire. Hyphens & Hashtags*: The Stories behind the Symbols on Our Keyboard. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2021.

Collins, Lisa Gail. Stitching Love and Loss: A Gee’s Bend Quilt. University of Washington Press, 2023.

Contois, Emily J. H., and Zenia Kish, eds. Food Instagram: Identity, Influence, and Negotiation. University of Illinois Press, 2022.

Conway, Christopher, and Antoinette Sol, eds. The Comic Book Western: New Perspectives on a Global Genre. University of Nebraska Press, 2022.

Daniel, Pete. Curating the American Past: A Memoir of a Quarter Century at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. University of Arkansas Press, 2022.

Davis, Jingle. Following the Tabby Trail: Where Coastal History Is Captured in Unique Oyster-Shell Structures. University of Georgia Press, 2022.

Declercq, Robrecht, Duncan Money, and Hans Otto Frøland, eds. Born with a Copper Spoon: A Global History of Copper, 1830–1980. University of British Columbia Press, 2023.

Doucet, Brian, and Michael Doucet. Streetcars and the Shifting Geographies of Toronto: A Visual Analysis of Change. University of Toronto Press, 2022.

Dümpelmann, Sonja, ed. Landscapes for Sport: Histories of Physical Exercise, Sport, and Health. Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture. Harvard University Press, 2022.

Fisher, Chelsea. Rooting in a Useless Land: Ancient Farmers, Celebrity Chefs, and Environmental Justice in Yucatan. University of California Press, 2023.

Fisher, Michelle Millar, and Amber Winick. Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births. MIT Press, 2021.

Fontenot, Anthony. Notes from Another Los Angeles: Gregory Ain and the Construction of a Social Landscape. MIT Press, 2022.

Fracchia, Adam D., and Patricia M. Samford. Below Baltimore: An Archaeology of Charm City. University Press of Florida, 2023.

French, Christine Madrid. The Architecture of Suspense: The Built World in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock. University of Virginia Press, 2022.

Frohlich, Xaq. From Label to Table: Regulating Food in America in the Information Age. University of California Press, 2023.

Gardner, Nathanial. The Study of Photography in Latin America: Critical Insights and Methodological Approaches. University of New Mexico Press, 2023.

Gillespie, Angus Kress. Port Newark and the Origins of Container Shipping. Rutgers University Press, 2022.

Gissen, David. The Architecture of Disability: Buildings, Cities, and Landscapes beyond Access. University of Minnesota Press, 2022.

Goldberg, Rob. Radical Play: Revolutionizing Children’s Toys in 1960s and 1970s America. Radical Perspectives. Duke University Press, 2023.

Goodall, John. The Castle: A History. Yale University Press, 2022.

Grabar, Henry. Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World. New York: Penguin Press, 2023.

Hafertepe, Kenneth, Lewis Fisher, Maria Pfeiffer, Sarah Z. Gould, and Paul Rigenbach. A Field Guide to the Vernacular Buildings of the San Antonio Area. Edited by Brent Fortenberry. Texas A&M University Press, 2021.

Harrell, Stevan. An Ecological History of Modern China. University of Washington Press, 2023.

Harvey, Daina Cheyenne, ed. Beer Places: The Microgeographies of Craft Beer. University of Arkansas Press, 2023.

Henry, Matthew S. Hydronarratives: Water, Environmental Justice, and a Just Transition. University of Nebraska Press, 2023.

Hilliard, Emily. Making Our Future: Visionary Folklore and Everyday Culture in Appalachia. The University of North Carolina Press, 2022.

Hoagland, Alison K. The Row House in Washington, DC: A History. University of Virginia Press, 2023.

Horowitz, Daniel. American Dreams, American Nightmares: Culture and Crisis in Residential Real Estate from the Great Recession to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The University of North Carolina Press, 2022.

Huff, Steven. Resting among Us: Authors’ Gravesites in Upstate New York. Syracuse University Press, 2023.

Jaffee, Daniel. Unbottled: The Fight against Plastic Water and for Water Justice. University of California Press, 2023.

Johnson, Alix. Where Cloud Is Ground: Placing Data and Making Place in Iceland. University of California Press, 2023.

Kane, Carolyn L. Electrographic Architecture: New York Color, Las Vegas Light, and America’s White Imaginary. University of California Press, 2023.

Karaminas, Vicki, Adam Geczy, and Pamela Church Gibson, eds. Fashionable Masculinities. Rutgers University Press, 2022.

Kaun, Anne, and Fredrik Stiernstedt. Prison Media: Incarceration and the Infrastructures of Work and Technology. MIT Press, 2023.

Ketchum, Alex D. Ingredients for Revolution: A History of American Feminist Restaurants, Cafes, and Coffeehouses. University of British Columbia Press, 2023.

Khayyat, Yasmine. War Remains: Ruination and Resistance in Lebanon. Syracuse University Press, 2023.

Kinder, Kimberley. The Radical Bookstore: Counterspace for Social Movements. University of Minnesota Press, 2021.

Kolavalli, Chhaya. Well-Intentioned Whiteness: Green Urban Development and Black Resistance in Kansas City. University of Georgia Press, 2023.

Kusserow, Karl, ed. Object Lessons in American Art. Princeton University Art Museum, 2023.

LaPinta, Linda Elisabeth. Kentucky Quilts and Quiltmakers: Three Centuries of Creativity, Community, and Commerce. University Press of Kentucky, 2023.

Lashua, Brett, Karl Spracklen, Kitty Ross, and Paul Thompson, eds. Popular Music in Leeds: Histories, Heritage, People and Places. Urban Music Studies. Intellect Ltd, 2023.

Lasner, Matthew. High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century. Yale University Press, 2022.

Lauck, Jon K., and Gleaves Whitney. North Country: Essays on the Upper Midwest and Regional Identity. University of Oklahoma Press, 2023.

Lemire, Beverly, Laura Peers, and Anne Whitelaw, eds. Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America: Material Culture in Motion, c. 1780-1980. McGill-Queens University Press, 2021.

Lewis, Jovan Scott. Violent Utopia: Dispossession and Black Restoration in Tulsa. Duke University Press, 2022.

Lewthwaite, Stephanie. Race, Place, and Reform in Mexican Los Angeles: A Transnational Perspective, 1890-1940. University of Arizona Press, 2022.

Light, Patsy Pittman. Artisans of Trabajo Rustico, The Legacy of Dionicio. Texas A&M University Press, 2021.

Livingstone, M. Rebecca, Kelly McFall, and Abigail Perkiss. Monuments and Memory-Making: The Debate over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1981-1982. The University of North Carolina Press, 2023.

Lucas, Patrick Lee. Athens on the Frontier: Grecian-Style Architecture in the Splendid Valley of the West, 1820-1860. University of Kentucky Press, 2023.

Marken, Damien B., and M. Charlotte Arnauld, eds. Building an Archaeology of Maya Urbanism: Planning and Flexibility in the American Tropics. University Press of Colorado, 2023.

Martin, Laura J. Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration. Harvard University Press, 2022.

Matheson, Susan B. and J. J. Pollitt. Old Age in Greek and Roman Art. Yale University Press, 2023.

McKee, Guian A. Hospital City, Health Care Nation: Race, Capital, and the Costs of American Health Care. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023.

McKenzie, Michael C. A Country Strange and Far: The Methodist Church in the Pacific Northwest, 1834–1918. University of Nebraska Press, 2022.

Montague, Julian. The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification. University of Chicago Press, 2023.

Newman, Sarah. Unmaking Waste: New Histories of Old Things. University of Chicago Press, 2023.

Ooten, Melissa Dawn, and Jason Michael Sawyer. A People’s Guide to Richmond and Central Virginia. University of California Press, 2023.

O’Reilly, Kenneth. Asphalt: A History. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2021.

Palumbi, Anthony R. At the Base of the Giant’s Throat: The Past and Future of America’s Great Dams. University of Nebraska Press, 2023.

Patrick. Near Woods: A Year in an Allegheny Forest. Rowman & Littlefield, 2023.

Pearson, Susan. The Birth Certificate: An American History. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.

Perz, Stephen C., and Jorge Luis Hurtado. The Road to the Land of the Mother of God: A History of the Interoceanic Highway in Peru. University of Nebraska Press, 2023.

Potter, Amy E., Stephen P. Hanna, Derek H. Alderman, Perry L. Carter, Candace Forbes Bright, and David L. Butler. Remembering Enslavement: Reassembling the Southern Plantation Museum. University of Georgia Press, 2022.

Pratt, Kenneth L., and Scott A. Heyes, eds. Memory and Landscape: Indigenous Responses to a Changing North. University of British Columbia Press, 2023.

Real, Patricio del. Constructing Latin America; Architecture, Politics, and Race at the Museum of Modern Art. Yale University Press, 2022.

Redman, Samuel J. Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2022.

Robertson, Craig. The Filing Cabinet: A Vertical History of Information. University of Minnesota Press, 2021.

Safransky, Sara. The City after Property: Abandonment and Repair in Postindustrial Detroit. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2023.

Salter, Chris. Sensing Machines: How Sensors Shape Our Everyday Life. MIT Press, 2022.

Schlogel, Karl. The Soviet Century: Archaeology of a Lost World. Princeton University Press, 2023.

Seiff, Abby. Troubling the Water: A Dying Lake and a Vanishing World in Cambodia. Potomac Books, 2022.

Senie, Harriet F. Monumental Controversies: Mount Rushmore, Four Presidents, and the Quest for National Unity. University of Nebraska Press, 2023.

Shinozuka, Jeannie N. Biotic Borders: Transpacific Plant and Insect Migration and the Rise of Anti-Asian Racism in America, 1890–1950. University of Chicago Press, 2022.

Spigel, Lynn. TV Snapshots: An Archive of Everyday Life. Duke University Press, 2022.

Steinhardt, Nancy Shatzman. The Borders of Chinese Architecture. Harvard University Press, 2022.

Svenson, Sally E. Adirondack Photographers, 1850-1950. Syracuse University Press, 2023.

Takahashi, Satsuki. Fukushima Futures: Survival Stories in a Repeatedly Ruined Seascape. University of Washington Press, 2023.

Takeshita, Chikako. The Global Biopolitics of the IUD: How Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women’s Bodies. MIT Press, 2023.

Turner, James Morton. Charged: A History of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future. University of Washington Press, 2023.

Van Damme, Ilja, Ruth McManus, and Michiel Dehaene, eds. Creativity from Suburban Nowheres: Rethinking Cultural and Creative Practices. University of Toronto Press, 2023.

Vareschi, Mark, and Heather Wacha, eds. Intermediate Horizons: Book History and Digital Humanities. University of Wisconsin Press, 2022.

Vazquez, Alexandra T. The Florida Room. Duke University Press, 2022.

Volpp, Sophie. The Substance of Fiction: Literary Objects in China, 1550–1775. Columbia University Press, 2022.

Wagner, Barnes &. Power and Place: Preservation, Progress, and the Culture War over Land. University Press of Kentucky, 2023.

Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew. Gothic Things: Dark Enchantment and Anthropocene Anxiety. Fordham University Press, 2023.

White III, William A. Segregation Made Them Neighbors: An Archaeology of Racialization in Boise, Idaho. University of Nebraska Press, 2023.

Whiteman, Stephen H. Landscape and Authority in the Early Modern World – Penn Press. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023.

Wiles, Margaret. In the Shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral: The Churchyard That Shaped London. Yale University Press, 2023.

Wilson, Thomas D. Charleston and Savannah: The Rise, Fall, and Reinvention of Two Rival Cities. University of Georgia Press, 2023.

Wood, Kirsten E. Accommodating the Republic: Taverns in the Early United States. The University of North Carolina Press, 2023.

Wynn, Graeme, Jane Carruthers, and Nancy J. Jacobs, eds. Environment, Power, and Justice: Southern African Histories. Ohio University Press, 2022.

Yi-Neumann, Friedemann, Andrea Lauser, Antonie Fuhse, and Peter J. Bräunlein, eds. Material Culture and (Forced) Migration: Materializing the Transient. UCL Press, 2022.

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