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Avidly Reads Opera

Explaining a musical genre’s appeal for the uninitiated is a tricky feat, but Kinney’s personal approach and passion for her subject distinguish this book from other “opera 101” attempts. An appealing primer by a fan, for (potential) fans.

Kabbalah and the Founding of America: The Early Influence of Jewish Thought in the New World

Ogren has authored a tour de force with this well-written and captivating volume that reexamines the role of religion in the period leading up to American independence. A must for readers interested in an often untold perspective on the history and religious identity of the United States.

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One Faith No Longer: The Transformation of Christianity in Red and Blue America

Yancey and Quosigk lean toward identifying conservative Evangelicalism as historical Christianity
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Unexpected: Parenting, Prenatal Testing, and Down Syndrome

A slow, scholarly read, this work provides insight into a segment of the population rarely explored in the literature.

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The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases That Define Our First Amendment Freedoms

Rosenberg presents challenging, provocative material in an engaging manner that will have readers pondering these issues. Anyone interested in the history of free speech and the Supreme Court will enjoy this extensively researched book.

Fear in Our Hearts: What Islamophobia Tells Us about America

Effectively showing the gulf between American ideals and reality, this book is recommended not only for those interested in American Muslims, but also for those interested in minority communities in general.
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The Untold Story of Shields Green: The Life and Death of a Harper’s Ferry Raider

DeCaro has assembled fragments of Green’s life from the historical record in a judicious and thoughtful biography. Readers interested in antebellum, African American, and Civil War history will enjoy this brief biography.
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The Intimacies of Conflict: Cultural Memory and the Korean War

Highly recommended for scholars interested in the Korean War from a cultural memory perspective. Readers seeking a more descriptive account of the conflict itself should consider Sheila Miyoshi Jager’s Brothers at War.

The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics

Highly recommended for those seeking greater clarity about how sex, race, and gender are mobilized in American political life.
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