I have worked at LBB since 2020, and my reading tastes run the gamut: history, biography, graphic novels, drama, poetry, and the occasional piece of fiction. After finishing a lengthy microhistory, I tend to grab a palate cleanser in the form of a comic book or some piece of literature. I enjoy traveling and visiting museums, especially those featuring historical reenactments. One recent vacation involved a trip to Missouri’s Patee House Museum (the site of the Pony Express’ launch), where several individuals reenacted part of the route on horseback.
Museum curator Raicovich examines the myth of neutrality in art museums—every attempt at depoliticizing museums reinforces dominant systems of oppression. She evaluates questionable funding sources, repatriation, antiracist programming, and hiring practices. She then provides equitable alternatives. This title doubles as a “How To” manual for activists, artists and curators.
A nonlinear look at Native Americans working in the realm of comedy (stand-up, sketch, improvisation, theatre, essays, fiction, television, film and more), Nesteroff meticulously contextualizes the racist barriers that Native comedians have faced for centuries. The author also offers interviews with contemporary writers, actors and comics following in the footsteps of their predecessors. Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, this book is a must for anybody interested in Native American history, political activism and, of course, comedy.
Culinary historian Laura Shapiro delves once more into the gastronomical world and how it shaped the lives of six notable women throughout history. For some, like Eleanor Roosevelt and Cockney celebrity chef Rosa Lewis, it served as an opportunity for greater political and social engagement. For others, like Eva Braun and Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, it was more a Sword of Damocles to avoid indulging. The author’s prose is easy on the palate as she examines the lives of these women, their circumstances, and their relationships with food. Shapiro’s succulent meal may be savored in any order, but the chapters on Roosevelt and novelist Barbara Pym are choice cuts that leave a robust aftertaste.