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The Borscht Belt
Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland
The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. 


"One winter I went with other teenagers to a convention at Grossinger's and remember my excitement at discovering the indoor swimming pool and the deep heat of their sauna. I recall that the whole place seemed to offer a wonderland of new experiences. I went to the convention again the next year, but I never went back after I left New York. There is a stark difference between my memory and the shell of a resort that exists today. But the past can be given form and detail by photography, and... cont'd



Crossing Broadway
Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City
Robert W. Snyder
Robert W. Snyder tells how the story of New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, from the the 1930s to the present.


"Drawing on research studies, oral histories, and contemporaneous reporting, Snyder's well-paced narrative projects the neighborhood’s serial make-overs against the backdrop of Gotham’s turn from postwar industrial and corporate colossus to a place where manufacturing jobs, white people, and corporations seemed to depart all at once. . . . Historians of the city will find much to think about in this stylish, well-researched, and balanced popular... cont'd



The Angola Horror
The 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads
Charity Vogel
In a dramatic historical narrative, Charity Vogel tells the gripping, true-to-life story of the 1867 train wreck in Angola, New York, and the characters involved in the tragic accident.


"Vogel's work is gracefully written, and the notes and bibliography reveal a staggering amount of research into contemporary newspapers and other primary sources. This is social history; the author imaginatively reconstructs the lives and experiences of those traveling on the Express that day, as well as the men and women of Angola, New York, who rose to the occasion when disaster struck. . . . The overall result . . . is a vivid depiction of antebellum life and travel."—March... cont'd



Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts
A Field Guide to Common Bryophytes of the Northeast
Ralph Pope
This photo-based field guide to the more common or distinctive bryophytes of northeastern North America gives beginners the tools they need to identify most specimens without using a compound microscope.



The Poetry of Everyday Life
Storytelling and the Art of Awareness
Steve Zeitlin
Part memoir, part essay, and partly a guide to maximizing your capacity for fulfillment and expression, The Poetry of Everyday Life taps into the artistic side of what we often take for granted.



Community Architect
The Life and Vision of Clarence S. Stein
Kristin E. Larsen
Clarence S. Stein (1882–1975) was an architect, housing visionary, regionalist, policymaker, and colleague of influential public figures. Kristin E. Larsen's biography of Stein comprehensively examines his built and unbuilt projects and his intellectual legacy as a proponent of the "garden city" for a modern age.



The Soul of Pleasure
Sentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment
David Monod
Show business is today so essential to American culture it's hard to imagine a time when it was marginal. But as David Monod demonstrates, the appetite for amusements outside the home developed slowly over the course of the nineteenth century. The Soul of Pleasure offers a new interpretation of how the taste for entertainment was cultivated.



Weill Cornell Medicine
A History of Cornell's Medical School
Antonio M. Gotto, Jennifer Moon
In this insightful and nuanced book, dean emeritus Antonio M. Gotto Jr., MD, and Jennifer Moon situate the history of Cornell's medical school in the context of the development of modern medicine and health care. The book examines the triumphs, struggles, and controversies the medical college has undergone.



The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden
Empire, Science, and Intellectual Culture in British New York
John M. Dixon
The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden traces the life and ideas of this fascinating and controversial "gentleman-scholar." John M. Dixon's lively and accessible account explores the overlapping ideological, social, and political worlds of this earliest of New York intellectuals.



From Farm to Canal Street
Chinatown's Alternative Food Network in the Global Marketplace
Valerie Imbruce
In From Farm to Canal Street, Valerie Imbruce tells the story of how Chinatown's food network operates amid—and against the grain of—the global trend to consolidate food production and distribution. Manhattan's Chinatown demonstrates how a local market can influence agricultural practices, food distribution, and consumer decisions.



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