American Studies Book Reviews 2011



Carjacked book cover Each student in the spring 2011 American Studies advanced seminar, "The Globalization of American Culture," read a recently published book in American Studies or a related discipline and wrote an essay commenting on its overall contribution to the field, its use of interdisciplinary methodology, and its potential use in other courses at Connecticut College.

In some cases, students contacted the author and included the author's insights in their reviews. Thanks go to Allison Christian '11 and Andrew Patton '11 for editing and formatting.

In particular, the 2011 seminar students highly recommend reading Henrietta Lacks and Carjacked.

Carjacked, by Catherine Lutz and Anne Lutz Fernandez. Reviewed by Annie Reilly '11

Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War, by Evan Wright. Reviewed by Erin Wilson '11

The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon, by Leo Braudy. Reviewed by Kiefer Roberts '11

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Reviewed by Claire Cafritz '11

The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror, by Beverly Gage. Reviewed by Sean Tuohy '11

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. Reviewed by Molly Platz '11

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of Little Bighorn, by Nathaniel Philbrick. Reviewed by Julie McMahon '11

Prescription for Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era, by Carolyn Herbst Lewis. Reviewed by Kim Haggerty '11

Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan‌, by Greg Mortenson. Reviewed by Kevin Ford '11

War, by Sebastian Junger. Reviewed by Greg Lever '11

Welfare Brat: A Memoir, by Mary Childers. Reviewed by Pamela Charpie '11

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