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Bracero Railroaders: The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West / Erasmo Gamboa
“Gamboa . . . sees through the eyes of the impoverished and often illiterate mestizos who sought opportunities in the United States but often became the victims of racist employers and unfeeling or inept bureaucrats. . . . We would all do well to heed Gamboa’s cautionary assessment: ‘Looking back, the bracero program failed in many of its original intentions.’”—Journal of Transport History

The City Is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle / Frederick L. Brown
“Brown has taken a relatively new discipline, that of animal studies, and applied it in an altogether graceful and surprising way, blending elements of history, geography, environmental studies, and sociology into a fresh and sometimes startling interpretation of urban development.”—Pacific Northwest Quarterly

Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Poltics / Darren Frederick Speece
“With ease and confidence, Speece shifts between environmental, legal, business, social and political history. . . . Apt and insightful, he tackles head-on the complexity of the Redwood Wars while making a strong case for their enduring significance.”—Daniel Rinn, Environment and History

Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest / Edited by Nathaniel Brodie, Charles Goodrich, and Frederick J. Swanson
“[This book’s] value rests on the position that there are many legitimate ways of knowing the forest. . . . Such an ecumenical approach to knowing the earth is needed because scientists and humanists sometimes too easily draw borders around disciplines that are not reflected on the landscape, thereby obscuring what they all hope to illuminate — knowledge of the earth and humans’ roles on it.”—Pacific Northwest Quarterly

John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy / Edited by Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung
“An extremely readable book, a must-have companion piece to Okada’s novel. . . . This beautiful homage to Okada published almost 50 years after his death . . . will both inspire young disenfranchised writers as well as remind the community of the talent we lost too soon.”—Nichi Bei Weekly

Medicine and Memory in Tibet: Amchi Physicians in an Age of Reform / Theresia Hofer
“Through rich narratives, detailed descriptions, and critical analysis, Hofer brings to light the struggles and hardships of medical practitioners on the socio-political margins of Tibet. . . . This study is a unique and well-crafted ethnography written in beautiful prose that will be of great interest to scholars and students of Tibetan medicine and minorities in China, social anthropologists, and historians alike.”—Benedikte V. Lindskog, Reading Religion

Novel Medicine: Healing, Literature, and Popular Knowledge in Early Modern China / Andrew Schonebaum
“[Schonebaum’s] most innovative argument is that Chinese literature and culture are inextricably linked with Chinese medical history. . . . [He] show[s] that although Chinese authors and readers alike understood fictional and medical texts as distinct genres, they also enjoyed, as well as comprehended, the sophisticated interplay between them.”—Cross-Currents

Transforming Monkey: Adaptation and Representation of a Chinese Epic / Hongmei Sun
“Employing various literary and anthropological theories, Sun explores the evolution of the character the Monkey King, beginning with the origins of a magical monkey predating the novel, then how the character evolved through Song dynasty (960–1279) zajuopera to modern Peking opera. Sun then analyzes how movies, animation, and children's books used the Monkey King for propaganda in Maoist China and how the Monkey King became a postcolonial hero through Hong Kong film and mainland Chinese internet novels. Recommended.”—Choice