New Books 
to Fall Into

Award-winning reads. Adventurous memoirs and novels. Stories featuring Barnard, and more. Read on for what to curl up with this autumn.

By N. Jamiyla Chisholm

Disposession and the Environment by Paige West [nonfiction]

In September, Columbia University Press awarded Paige West, Barnard’s Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology, its Distinguished Book Award for her recent Dispossession and the Environment. The award honors a book “for its outstanding contribution to academic and public discourse.” In Dispossession, Professor West returns to Papua New Guinea, where she has worked since the mid-1990s, to examine how inequalities are produced and reinforced in today’s globalized world and to explain how ideologies underlie uneven patterns of development.

Here in Berlin: A Novel by Cristina García ’79 [fiction]

The author of the critically acclaimed Dreaming in Cuban focuses her newest book on the German capital. A visitor to the modern-day city learns about its history by talking to strangers about their World War II pasts.

The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver ’78 [novel]

The Orange Prize–winner of We Need to Talk About Kevin returns with a novel set in 2029 about what happens to four generations of a once-prosperous American family after the U.S. government defaults on its debts and economic chaos ensues.




An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life

by Dr. Marilyn Paul ’74

Practical strategies for creating a modern-day Sabbath—regardless of one’s religious beliefs.

A Sovereign People

by Carol Berkin ’64

How George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams steered the nation through major crises in the first decade after the Constitution’s ratification and helped create an American identity.

Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans

by Clyde Woods, coedited by Laura Pulido and Jordan Camp, Term Assistant Professor of American Studies

A deep dive into how Hurricane Katrina brought long-standing structures of domination into view.

Eleanor Roosevelt: In Her Words

by Nancy Woloch, History Department Research Scholar

A volume of excerpts from Roosevelt’s articles, books, speeches, radio talks, and more.

Grasping Shadows: The Dark Side of Literature, Painting, Photography, and Film

by William Chapman Sharpe, Professor of English

An exploration of the cultural significance of shadows in literature and the visual arts, this work demonstrates how artists as disparate as James Joyce and Kara Walker have used shadows to relay cultural messages.

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

by Andrea J. Ritchie, Barnard Center for Research on Women Activist-in-Residence

An examination of how women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement.

Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals: The Talmud After the Humanities

by Mira Beth Wasserman ’93

A close reading of the Talmudic tractate Avoda Zara uncovers the hidden architecture of this classic work of Jewish religious thought.

Playing with Dynamite

by Sharon Harrigan ’89

A memoir about a daughter in search of the story of her father, a mysterious man who died in a bizarre accident when she was seven.

The Moral Electricity of Print: Transatlantic Education and the Lima Women’s Circuit, 1876-1910

by Ronald Briggs, Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultures

A look at the nineteenth-century literary scene in Lima, Peru, through a concept called “moral electricity.”

The Neuroscience of Adolescence

by Adriana Galván ’01

A textbook that details the varying elements that shape the adolescent brain.

The Pox Lover: An Activist’s Decade in New York and Paris

by Anne-Christine d’Adesky ’79

A personal history of New York City and Paris during the 1990s.

What Went Right: Lessons from Both Sides of the Teacher’s Desk

by Roberta Israeloff ’73 and George McDermott

The letters that comprise this book attempt to answer questions about education, such as what makes a teacher or a class memorable, and what does being “educated” truly mean?

With Ballet in My Soul: Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario

by Eva Maze ’47

A Romanian teenager who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer instead becomes a theatrical impresario with a forty-year career.


The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez ’72

A story of the magical bond between a woman and her dog.

Time’s a Thief

by B.G. Firmani ’90

In the mid-1980s, a Barnard first-year is thrown into the orbit of her tony classmate’s literary family.


High Ground Coward

by Alicia Mountain ’10

Awarded the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize, this debut book addresses the poet’s queer identity, the HIV/AIDS epidemic’s legacy, and relationships between women.


by Jessica Cuello ’93

This work retells the story of Moby Dick from the perspectives of the women left at home, the whales, and the sea itself.

Mandatory Evacuation Zone

by Felice Aull ’60

A genre-mixing collection of memoir, history, and politics.

Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems

by Ntozake Shange ’70

A collection of more than sixty poems in both English and Spanish.


The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

by Karina Glaser ’02

When the Vanderbeekers’ landlord won’t renew their lease, five siblings have eleven days to convince him otherwise.


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