Books At a Glance

Gastropolis: Food & New York City

Edited by associate professor of foods and nutrition Annie Hauck-Lawson (Brooklyn College) and assistant professor of tourism and hospitality Jonathan Deutsch (Kingsborough Community College)
Columbia University Press

Gastropolis explores the personal and historical relationship between New Yorkers and food. Beginning with the origins of cuisine combinations, such as Mt. Olympus bagels and Puerto Rican lasagna, the book describes the nature of food and drink before the arrival of Europeans in 1624 and offers a history of early farming practices. Essays trace the function of place and memory in Asian cuisine, the rise of Jewish food icons, the evolution of food enterprises in Harlem, the relationship between restaurant dining and identity and the role of peddlers and markets in guiding the ingredients of our meals.

The Other Side of Terror

Edited by John Jay College assistant professor of English Nivedita Majumdar
Oxford University Press


The book offers insights on terrorism from the literatures of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Nepali writings concern the Maoist insurgency; those from Sri Lanka, the Tamil militancy. The Indian selections engage with manifestations ranging from the militant wing of the Independence movement to the various post-Independence terrorist movements, such as separatism in Punjab, the insurgency in Assam and the Naxalite movement in Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher

Queens College professor of English Charles Molesworth and Purdue University professor of philosophy Leonard Harris
University of Chicago Press

Molesworth and Harris trace Locke's Philadelphia upbringing, his undergraduate years at Harvard and his tenure as the first African American Rhodes Scholar. The heart of their narrative illuminates Locke's heady years in 1920s New York City and his 40 year career at Howard University, where he helped spearhead the adult education movement of the 1930s and wrote on topics ranging from the philosophy of value to the theory of democracy.

American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States

Baruch College professor of health care policy Jonathan Engel
Penguin Group (Canada)

Fifty percent of Americans will undergo some form of psychotherapy in their lifetimes, but the origins of the field rarely are known to patients. Yet the story of psychotherapy in America brims with colorful characters, intriguing experimental treatments and intense debates within this community of healers. The book begins, as psychotherapy itself does, with the monumental figure of Sigmund Freud; it outlines the basics of Freudian theory and discusses the peculiarly powerful influence of Freud on the world of American mental health.

How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America

Brooklyn College associate professor of English Moustafa Bayoumi
The Penguin Press (USA)

Bayoumi tells a story of seven men and women in their 20s living in Brooklyn, home to the largest number of Arab-Americans in the United States. He jettisons the stereotypes and clichés that surround Arabs and Muslims and allows the reader instead to enter their worlds and experience their lives. Through them, Bayoumi exposes the often-unseen entanglements wrought by our age: government surveillance and detentions, workplace discrimination, warfare in their countries of origin, threats of vigilante violence, the infiltration of spies and informants into their midst and the disappearance of friends or family.

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer

Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center distinguished professor emeritus of English Fred Kaplan
HarperCollins Publishers

An acclaimed biographer, Kaplan explores the life of America's 16th president through his use of language as a vehicle to express complex ideas and feelings and as an instrument of persuasion and empowerment. An admirer and avid reader of Burns, Byron, Shakespeare and the Old Testament, Lincoln was the most literary of our presidents. Since Lincoln, no president has written his own words and addressed his audience with equal and enduring effectiveness. Kaplan focuses on the elements that shaped Lincoln's mental and imaginative world; how his writings molded his identity, relationships, and career; and how they simultaneously generated the distinctive political figure he became and the public discourse of the nation.

Listening Well: On Beethoven, Berlioz, and Other Music Criticism in Paris, Boston, and New York, 1764-1890

Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center professor of music Ora Frishberg Saloman
Peter Lang Publishing

Saloman's 12 essays illuminate aesthetic, educative and evaluative strategies utilized by writers in Paris, Boston and New York to guide listeners in confronting the challenges of musical modernity between 1764 and 1890. The essays explore contrasting responses to new operas and symphonies by composers, librettists, authors, critics and conductors that include Chabanon, Lacépède, Berlioz, Urhan, D'Ortigue, Dwight, Fuller, Watson and Hassard.