Compiled by Ellen Hostetter, Ph.D., Book Review Editor for Material Culture
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Avrami, Erica, ed. Preservation and Social Inclusion. Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2020.

Barringer, Judith M. Olympia: A Cultural History. Princeton University Press, 2021.

Benson-Allott, Caetlin. The Stuff of Spectatorship: Material Cultures of Film and Television. University of California Press, 2021.

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

Black, Jeremy. England in the Age of Austen. Indiana University Press, 2021.

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.

Bruckner, Martin, and Sandy Isenstadt, eds. Elusive Archives: Material Culture in Formation. University of Delaware Press, 2021.

Campos, Luis A., Michael R. Dietrich, Tiago Saraiva, and Christian C. Young, eds. Nature Remade: Engineering Life, Envisioning Worlds. University of Chicago Press, 2021.

Carleton, William R. Fruit, Fiber, and Fire: A History of Modern Agriculture in New Mexico. University of Nebraska Press, 2021.

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.

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.

Crawford, Romi, ed. Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect. Chicago: The Green Lantern Press, 2021.

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.

Cresswell, Tim. Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2019.

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.

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

Dogma. Living and Working. MIT Press, 2022.

Dudley, Tara. Building Antebellum New Orleans: Free People of Color and Their Influence. University of Texas Press, 2021.

Ellena, Jean-Claude. Atlas of Perfumed Botany. MIT Press, 2022.

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.

Fu, Albert S. Risky Cities: The Physical and Fiscal Nature of Disaster Capitalism. Rutgers University Press, 2022.

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

Gibson, Chris, and Andrew Warren. The Guitar. University of Chicago Press, 2021.

Godfrey, Brian. Preserving Whose City?: Memory, Place, and Identity in Rio de Janeiro. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2021.

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

Gruenewald, Tim. Curating America’s Painful Past: Memory, Museums, and the National Imagination. University Press of Kansas, 2021.

Hartman, Joseph R., ed. Imperial Islands: Art, Architecture, and Visual Experience in the US Insular Empire after 1898. University of Hawaii Press, 2021.

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

Hirsch, Paul S. Pulp Empire. University of Chicago Press, 2021.

Hood, Walter, and Grace Mitchell Tada. Black Landscapes Matter. University of Virginia Press, 2020.

Horowitz, Andy. Katrina: A History, 1915-2015. Harvard University Press, 2022.

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, Mary Elizabeth Johnson, and Carole Ann King. Alabama Quilts: Wilderness through World War II, 1682-1950. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.

Joos, Vincent. Urban Dwellings, Haitian Citizenships: Housing, Memory and Daily Life in Haiti. Rutgers University Press, 2021.

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

Kelly, Alexandra Celia. Consuming Ivory: Mercantile Legacies of East Africa and New England. University of Washington Press, 2021.

Kemling, Jared. The Cultural Power of Personal Objects: Traditional Accounts and New Perspectives. SUNY Press, 2021.

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

Kessler, Marni Reva. Discomfort Food: The Culinary Imagination in Late Nineteenth-Century French Art. University of Minnesota Press, 2021.

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

Koch, Natalie. Spatializing Authoritarianism. Syracuse University Press, 2022.

Krause, Monika. Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites. University of Chicago Press, 2021.

Kwate, Naa Oyo A., ed. The Street: A Photographic Field Guide to American Inequality. Rutgers University Press, 2021.

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

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.

Lennon, John. Conflict Graffiti: From Revolution to Gentrification. University of Chicago Press, 2022.

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

Link, Adrianna, Abigail Shelton, and Patrick Spero, eds. Indigenous Languages and the Promise of Archives. University of Nebraska Press, 2021.

Lounsbury, Carl R., ed. The Material World of Eyre Hall: Four Centuries of Chesapeake History. Giles Press, 2021.

Malamud, Randy. Strange Bright Blooms: A History of Cut Flowers. Reaktion Books, 2021.

Manget, Luke. Ginseng Diggers: A History of Root and Herb Gathering in Appalachia. University Press of Kentucky, 2022.

Marten, James and Caroline E. Janney, eds. Buying and Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America. University of Georgia Press, 2021.

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

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

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

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

Moriyama, Takahito. Empire of Direct Mail: How Conservative Marketing Persuaded Voters and Transformed the Grassroots. University Press of Kansas, 2022.

Mullins, Paul R. Revolting Things: An Archaeology of Shameful Histories and Repulsive Things. University of Florida Press, 2021.

Nahum, Andrew. Paths of Fire: The Gun and the World It Made. Reaktion Books, 2021.

Nolan, Ginger. Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Racial Science and Twentieth-Century Design. University of Minnesota Press, 2021.

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

Ovenden, Richard. Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge. Harvard University Press, 2022.

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

Pluymers, Keith. No Wood, No Kingdom: Political Ecology in the English Atlantic. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021.

Pollans, Lily Baum. Resisting Garbage: The Politics of Waste Management in American Cities. University of Texas Press, 2021.

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

Roberts, Brian Russell. Borderwaters: Amid the Archipelagic States of America. Duke University Press, 2021.

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

Roquet, Paul. The Immersive Enclosure: Virtual Reality in Japan. Columbia University Press, 2022.

Rosen, Eva. The Voucher Promise: “Section 8” and the Fate of an American Neighborhood. Princeton University Press, 2020.

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

Schlögel, Karl. The Scent of Empires: Chanel No. 5 and Red Moscow. Polity Press, 2021.

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

Stine, Jeffrey. Green Persuasion: Advertising, Voluntarism, and America’s Public Lands. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2021.

Tomes, Susan. The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces. Yale University Press, 2021.

Truitt, Allison J. Pure Land in the Making: Vietnamese Buddhism in the US Gulf South. University of Washington Press, 2021.

Twagira, Laura Ann. Embodied Engineering: Gendered Labor, Food Security, and Taste in Twentieth-Century Mali. Ohio University Press, 2021.

Vareschi, Mark, and Heather Wacha, eds. Intermediate Horizons: Book History and Digital Humanities, 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.

Weintraub, Karen, and Michael Kuchta. Born in Cambridge: 400 Years of Ideas and Innovators. MIT Press, 2022.

West, E. James. A House for the Struggle: The Black Press and the Built Environment in Chicago. University of Illinois Press, 2022.

Wigginton, Caroline. Indigenuity: Native Craftwork and the Art of American Literatures. The University of North Carolina Press, 2022.

Williams-Forson, Psyche A. Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America. The University of North Carolina Press, 2022.

Wizinsky, Matthew. Design after Capitalism: Transforming Design Today for an Equitable Tomorrow. MIT Press, 2022.

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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