Weekly Book List, October 22, 2012

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AMERICAN STUDIES

The Death and Life of Main Street: Small Towns in American Memory, Space, and Community by Miles Orvell (University of North Carolina Press; 288 pages; $39.95). Explores the tensions present in literary and other depictions of small-town life.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Animism in Rainforest and Tundra: Personhood, Animals, Plants, and Things in Contemporary Amazonia and Siberia edited by Marc Brightman, Vanessa Elisa