[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
June 3: Jewish American Journeys: Louis Brandeis: For the anniversary of his Supreme Court confirmation, a Jewish American series starts with three social and legal legacies of the People’s Lawyer.
June 4: Jewish American Journeys: Abraham Cahan: The series continues with the pioneering author who crossed numerous genre and social boundaries.
June 5: Jewish American Journeys: Mary Antin and Anzia Yezierska: The many distinctions and one telling similarity between two early 20th century books, as the series rolls on.
June 6: Jewish American Journeys: Hank Greenberg: Why we should better remember one of the first and greatest Jewish American athletes.
June 7: Jewish American Journeys: Philip Roth and Sarah Silverman: The series concludes with humor, gender, and Jewish American artists.
June 8-9: Jewish American Journeys: Michael Hoberman’s Books: A special weekend tribute to my colleague and one of our most prolific Jewish American Studiers.
June 10: Boxing and America: A Clear but Troubling Association: A boxing series starts with why AmericanStudiers can’t forget the sweet science, and why I wish we could.
June 11: Boxing and America: Jack London and Jack Johnson: The series continues with an ugly moment when white supremacy took precedence over athletic competition.
June 12: Boxing and America: Ali and the Draft: What led up to a pivotal 1967 moment and why it still matters today, as the series fights on.
June 13: Boxing and America: Cinderella Man and the Depression: On the anniversary of James Braddock’s stunning upset victory, narratives of hope in one of America’s darkest times.
June 14: Boxing and America: Tyson and Celebrity: The series concludes with three stages in the bizarre public arc of an 80s champion.
June 15-16: Boxing and America: Boxing Movies: A special weekend post, on how three boxing films present vital American stories and themes.
June 17: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Ian Williams’s Reproduction: My annual Beach Reads series kicks off with the acclaimed debut novel from my friend and former colleague.
June 18: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Emily Page’s Fractured Memories: The series continues with a multi-genre, multi-media book by a middle school friend.
June 19: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Lauren Winner’s Girl Meets God: The funny, thoughtful spiritual memoir of a fellow Charlottesville High School alum, as the series reads on.
June 20: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Tammar Stein’s YA Novels: The popular and ground-breaking YA novels of another middle school friend.
June 21: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Recent Books by FSU Colleagues: The series concludes with three recent works by some of my many talented FSU colleagues.
June 22-23: Crowd-sourced Beach Reads: As always, one of my favorite crowd-sourced posts of the year—add your Beach Read nominees there or here, please!
June 24: 21st Century Lit: Americanah: A series on great contemporary lit kicks off with two of the many reasons why Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel is a must-read.
June 25: 21st Century Lit: The Underground Railroad: The series continues with historical fiction, speculative anachronisms, and Colson Whitehead’s wonderful book.
June 26: 21st Century Lit: Homegoing: How Yaa Gyasi’s innovative, multi-generational novel reveals the limits and the possibilities of historical fiction, as the series writes on.
June 27: 21st Century Lit: Jericho Brown: Three ways to connect with the work and voice of one of our most talented contemporary poets.
June 28: 21st Century Lit: Five Great (American) Novels: The series concludes with five recent novels that stake their claim to the elusive title of the Great American Novel.
4th of July series starts Monday,
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