Weekly Book List, March 7, 2014

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Imperial Blues: Geographies of Race and Sex in Jazz Age New York by Fiona I.B. Ngo (Duke University Press; 280 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Explores tropes of empire in the encounter of black and white Americans and Cuban and other immigrants in the dancehalls and speakeasies of 1920s and 30s New York.

Tales of Transit: Narrative Migrant Spaces in Atlantic Perspective, 1850-1950 edited by Michael Boyden,