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Forsaken: The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism
Sharon Faye Koren
HBI Series on Jewish Women
$35.00 Paper 978-1-58465-982-2, Brandeis
"This book constitutes a substantial contribution to our understanding of medieval Jewish concepts of purity and gender, and the impact of both of these categories on kabbalistic thought." — American Historical Review


Three Ways to be Alien: Travails and Encounters in the Early Modern World

Sanjay Subrahmanyam
The Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures
$35.00 Paper 978-1-58465-992-1, Brandeis
"Covering an impressive geographical area and chronological span, from the Western Mediterranean to India, from the 1530s to the 1720s, Subrahmanyam draws on a vast range of sources—letters, contracts, diplomatic records, testaments, personal chronicles—to tell the stories (always in the plural) of identities caught between cultures. . . . This is an extraordinarily elegant study of individuals who lived at the intersection of cultures, religions, and political systems, and of the creative strategies they deployed, more or less successfully, to negotiate their presence therein." — American Historical Review


The Art of Evolution: Darwin, Darwinisms, and Visual Culture
Barbara Larson, ed.; Fae Brauer, ed.
Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture
$50.00 Cloth 978-1-58465-775-0, Dartmouth
"A stimulating, sometimes surprising, often brilliant, and generally valuable book that offers fresh perspectives and new ways of seeing." —ISIS: Journal of the History of Science Society


Holocaust Literature: A History and a Guide
David G. Roskies, Naomi Diamant
Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jews
$35.00 Paper 978-1-61168-358-5, Brandeis
"What has long been needed was a guide that would be as accessible as it was comprehensive and scholarly. Now we have one, in Holocaust Literature: A History and a Guide . . . a book that offers us so much insight into how to read the literature of the Holocaust in time, and over time. Roskies and Diamant remind us of that it is not enough to preserve its memory; we must also make it available to be rediscovered by generations to come." —Jewish Ideas Daily.com


Almost Gone
Brian Sousa
Portuguese in the Americas Series
Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
$19.95 Paper 978-1-933227-45-0
"Sousa manages to make almost every story a stand-alone piece, while constructing a whole that feels, in the end, like an exquisitely rendered novel." —SansSerif.com


Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850
Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, Jack O'Brien
$75.00 Cloth 978-0-912724-68-3,UPNE
"Harbor & Home is an important and accomplished work in merging the decorative arts of Massachusetts’ coast to the local histories that created them. . . . While Jobe’s 1984 publication New England Furniture: The Colonial Era gives one of the finest overviews and looks at the entire region, Harbor & Home carries this scholarship to a new level. . . . Harbor & Home will easily appeal to the decorative art collector of Americana, but is also a certain must for the professional or scholar in both New England and Americana decorative arts. Brock Jobe’s passion for the subject and region, along with his scholarship distilled from years of work, are on full display in Harbor & Home." —Historical Journal of Massachusetts


Jews Welcome Coffee: Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany

Robert Liberles
Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry
$35.00 Paper 978-1-61168-246-5, Brandeis
"Jews Welcome Coffee is a very readable book that makes an important contribution to the study of eighteenth-century European and, in particular, German Jewry. It looks especially at how traditional Jewish society engaged with a novel commodity and the changing social practices it facilitated, as well as the patterns of interaction between Jews and Christians through the lens of the local coffee trade." —German Historyn



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