New Book Tuesday! The Terroir of Whiskey, Pleasure in Profit and More!

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The Terroir of Whiskey

A Distiller’s Journey Into the Flavor of Place

Rob Arnold

In this book, the master distiller Rob Arnold reveals how innovative whiskey producers are recapturing a sense of place to create distinctive, nuanced flavors. He takes readers on a world tour of whiskey and the science of flavor, stopping along the way at distilleries in Kentucky, New York, Texas, Ireland, and Scotland.

Pleasure in Profit

Popular Prose in Seventeenth-Century Japan

Laura Moretti

In the first comprehensive study of the birth of Japanese commercial publishing, Laura Moretti investigates the vibrant world of vernacular popular literature. She marshals new data on the magnitude of the seventeenth-century publishing business and highlights the diversity and porosity of its publishing genres. 

Ulysses by Numbers

Eric Bulson

Taking a computational approach, Ulysses by Numbers lets us see the novel’s basic building blocks in a significantly new light—words, paragraphs, pages, and characters, as well as the original print run and the dates marking the beginning and end of its composition. 

Slave in a Palanquin

Colonial Servitude and Resistance in Sri Lanka

Nira Wickramasinghe

Nira Wickramasinghe uncovers the traces of slavery in the history and memory of the Indian Ocean world, exploring moments of revolt in the lives of enslaved people in the wake of abolition. She tells the stories of Wayreven, the slave who traveled in the palanquin of his master; Selestina, accused of killing her child; Rawothan, who sought permission for his son to be circumcised; and others, enslaved or emancipated, who challenged their status. 

Emerging Domestic Markets

How Financial Entrepreneurs Reach Underserved Communities in the United States

Gregory Fairchild

Gregory Fairchild introduces readers to the rising set of entrepreneurs whose efforts to reach marginalized groups are reshaping the emerging markets of the United States. He explores how minority-owned and community-development institutions are achieving innovations in consumer- and small-business-targeted financial services to further economic development and reduce inequality.

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Rescuing Retirement

A Plan to Guarantee Retirement Security for All Americans

Teresa Ghilarducci and Tony James
Foreword by Timothy Geithner

In Rescuing Retirement, Teresa Ghilarducci and Tony James offer a comprehensive yet simple plan to help workers save for retirement, increase retirement savings by earning higher returns, and guarantee lifelong income for everyone.

Secularism and Cosmopolitanism

Critical Hypotheses on Religion and Politics

Étienne Balibar

Going beyond circumscribed notions of religion and the public sphere, Secularism and Cosmopolitanism is a profound rethinking of identity and difference that seeks to make room for a renewed political imagination.


An Empire of Touch

Women’s Political Labor and the Fabrication of East Bengal

Poulomi Saha

Poulomi Saha offers an innovative account of women’s political labor in East Bengal over more than a century, one that suggests new ways to think about textiles and the gendered labors of their making. An Empire of Touch argues that women have articulated—in writing, in political action, in stitching—their own desires in their own terms. 

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