Book Talk: New Titles / CUNY Authors

Emancipation Exploration

BookFreedomNational   Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, by James Oakes, has been described by reviewers as the best account ever written on the process of emancipation, and a book that reshapes our understanding of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the end of American slavery. Oakes, who is Distinguished Professor of History and humanities professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, is also being praised for his stunning research and beautiful writing.

W.W. Norton & Co.


Global Search For Home

BOOKSearchingZionA decade in the making, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora by award-winning author Emily Raboteau depicts her travels from Israel and Jamaica to Africa and the Deep South in search of the elusive African-American notion of “home.” Raboteau, associate professor of English at CCNY where she teaches creative writing, set out to discover the original origins of Israel’s black Jews. Inspired by their exodus, she sought out other black communities that left home in search of a Promised Land.

Atlantic Monthly Press



Where’s The Food?

FbookBet-The-Farmrederick Kaufman’s Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food explores the connection between the global food system and why the food on our tables seems to be getting less healthy and less tasty. Kaufman, an associate professor of English at College of Staten Island and professor of feature writing and long-form narrative at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, makes some shocking discoveries about how food has been financialized and the powerful consequences of this change.




18th Century Page-Turner

CMbookSevenLocksIn Seven Locks — characterized by Kirkus Reviews as “a spellbinding depiction of the hardships faced by a woman fighting her own war of independence” — a man disappears without a trace in the late 18th Century, abandoning his family on their farm at the foot of the Catskill Mountains. A dark story begins to unfold, sending the wife on a desperate journey to ensure her family’s survival. Author Christine Wade is deputy director of institutional research in the CUNY Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Atria Books



Up From The Depths

bookWaldman-Heartbeats_cvr-2The revised edition of Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor by John Waldman includes updates on Superstorm Sandy. Waldman, a Queens College biology professor, recounts how these waters went from ecological treasure house to “an urban wilderness.” New York Harbor can never return to its former biological glory, writes Waldman, but thanks to the work of far-seeing environmental groups and government agencies, the harbor is regaining some of its health.

Fordham University Press