Monday, April 25, 2011

Some Forthcoming Books I Hope to Read

I have too much to read.  The books are piling up around my desk.  Right now I am working through some oldies-but- goodies on New Jersey's role in the American Revolution, including Larry Gerlach's landmark Prologue to Independence: New Jersey and the Coming of the Revolution (1976) and Sheila Skemp's William Franklin: Son of a Patriot, Servant of a King (1990). I am working on an essay, already overdue, on the subject.

I also have several books in the queue that I hope to get to sometime in the early summer.  They include John Smolenski's Friends and Strangers: The Making of a Creole Culture in Colonial Pennsylvania; Benjamin Irvin's Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors; Tal Howard's God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide; and Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of a Nation.  And that is only a start.

New books are constantly coming out.  Here are a few forthcoming titles that have caught my eye:

Thomas Kidd, Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots (November 2011).

Kariann Akemi Yokota, Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation. (September 2011).

George Boudreau, Independence: A Guide to Revolutionary Philadelphia ( July 2011).

Peter Onuf and Nicholas P. Cole, Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early America (September 2011).

Kate Haulman, The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America (July 2011).

David D. Hall, A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England (April 2011).

Daniel K. Richter, Before the Revolution: America's Ancient Pasts (April 2011).

Adam Jortner, The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier. (November 2011).

Carol Faulkner, Lucretia Mott's Heresy: Abolition and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America. (May 2011).


Gabriel said...

I'm just curious. Where do you learn about these not-yet-published books?

John Fea said...

Gabriel: I would like to say that my blog is so popular that publishers send me advanced copies of books for review, but this is usually not the case. (Although it does happen on occasion).

Here's my secret: I search Amazon by subjects I am interested in and then sort them by publication date. Sometimes books appear on Amazon a 9 months or so before they are actually released.