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University of Minnesota Press publishes a wide variety of trade, regional, and scholarly books in various subject areas. Browse our special theme, search books by series, explore our new releases, or check out our upcoming events, new blog posts, and subject catalogs.

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NEW NONFICTION

  • Raising Ollie
  • We Are Meant to Rise
  • Gichigami Hearts
  • Opioid Reckoning
  • An intensely moving and revelatory memoir of enduring and emerging from exceptional grief

RECENT AWARDS

  • A major reassessment of photography’s pivotal role in 1960s conceptual art
  • A beautifully illustrated exploration of how Victorian novelty picture books reshape the ways children read and interact with texts
  • Reimagining how we understand and write about the Indigenous listening experience
  • Rich accounts of how Latinx migrant youth experience belonging across borders
  • A lifetime of cinematic writing culminates in this breathtaking statement on film’s unique ability to move us

 

LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION

  • A masterpiece of nineteenth-century literature in a fresh translation that fully captures the language, psychology, and social reach of Stendhal’s original
  • Lost Illusions
  • A philosopher and former racing cyclist examines how competitive riders lose their sense of self as they pursue perfect motion and mastery over pain
  • The second volume in the Nobel Prize–winning writer’s epic of medieval Norway, finely capturing Undset’s fluid, natural style in a new English translation, the first in nearly a century
  • A harrowing early novel by one of France’s most unusual contemporary writers

 

RACE AND HEALTH

  • Black Food Matters (cover)
  • Sweetness in the Blood (cover)
  • An event-by-event look at how institutionalized racism harms the health of African Americans in the twenty-first century
  • How race became embedded in a medical instrument
  • A detailed exploration of parents’ fight for a safe environment for their kids, interrogating how race, class, and gender shape health advocacy

FORTHCOMING NONFICTION AND MEMOIR

  • One woman’s enlightening trek through the natural histories, cultural stories, and present perils of thirteen national monuments, from Maine to Hawaii
  • The story of starting and running an organic farm—told by the woman who owned one of the first Community Supported Agriculture operations in the Upper Midwest
  • Part memoir, part cultural history, these memories of seven aunts holding home and family together tell a crucial, often overlooked story of women of the twentieth century
  • The complex and dramatic history of an illegal teachers’ strike that forever altered labor relations and Minnesota politics
  • A walking journey through France’s vast interior becomes a meditation on both personal recovery and the role of history in the present—more than 425,000 copies sold in France

 

COOKBOOKS

  • The Perennial Kitchen
  • The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen
  • The Soup and Bread Cookbook
  • The Steger Homestead Kitchen
  • 500 casseroles for every occasion—sweet and savory, hearty and light, homey and festive—from beloved James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas

 

INDIGENOUS STORIES, CULTURE, THEORY

  • Noopiming (cover)
  • More than two dozen essays of Indigenous resistance to the privatization and allotment of Indigenous lands
  • A grandmother’s sudden departure leaves her family with an even more puzzling, and wondrous, surprise in this enchanting story from the National Book Award–winning author—at last back in print
  • A necessary reexamination of Indigenous mounds, demonstrating their sustained vitality and vibrant futurity by centering Native voices
  • Talkin' Up to the White Woman

 

ENVIRONMENT

  • Why our failure to consider the power of animals is to our deep detriment
  • An urgent volume of essays engages the Gothic to advance important perspectives on our geological era
  • How afforestation reveals the often-concealed politics between humans and plants
  • A necessary reexamination of Indigenous mounds, demonstrating their sustained vitality and vibrant futurity by centering Native voices
  • How contemporary environmental struggles and resistance to pipeline development became populist struggles

 

EDUCATION

  • The complex and dramatic history of an illegal teachers’ strike that forever altered labor relations and Minnesota politics
  • A critique of what lies behind the use of data in contemporary education policy
  • A necessary volume of essays working to decolonize the digital humanities
  • A frank and funny behind-the-scenes look at teaching from a hard-working and highly entertaining Teacher of the Year
  • An illuminating volume of critical essays charting the diverse territory of digital humanities scholarship

 

NEW AND NOTABLE FORERUNNERS

  • How fluorescent orange symbolizes the uneven distribution of safety and risk in the neoliberal United States
  • A call to arms exploring the protest movements of 2020 as they reverberated through the athletic world
  • Calamity Theory
  • Exploring the existential implications of the Covid-19 crisis through meditations
  • Who’s worse, the Young-Girl or the Man-Child?

 

DISABILITY STUDIES

  • A philosophical challenge to the ableist conflation of disability and pain
  • Decarcerating Disability
  • Revealing inequalities and sensory hierarchies embedded in the latest medical technologies and global biotechnical markets
  • Modeling a disability culture perspective on performance practice toward socially just futures
  • A pointed look at the state of tech-based mental healthcare and what we must do to change it

 

ART AND ARCHITECTURE

  • Thinking through object-oriented ontology—and the work of architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid—to explore new concepts of the relationship between form and function
  • The first comprehensive study of the artist Robert Heinecken and his critical views on the culture of mass media
  • An examination of Japanese contemporary art through the lens of ecocriticism and environmental history
  • Examines how images of accumulation help open up the climate to political mobilization
  • Explores how Soviet architects reimagined the built environment through the principles of the human sciences

 

ARCHIVES

  • Delves deep into the archives that keep the history and work of AIDS activism alive
  • How digital networks and services bring the issues of archives out of the realm of institutions and into the lives of everyday users
  • A groundbreaking synthesis of food studies, archival theory, and early American literature
  • Explores how media infrastructure, not content, shapes contemporary digital culture
  • Expanding the insights of Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault’s Disorderly Families into policing, public order, (in)justice, and daily life

 

HENRI LEFEBVRE

  • A collection of previously untranslated writings by Henri Lefebvre on rural sociology, situating his research in relation to wider Marxist work
  • Leading intellectual Henri Lefebvre on political and state theory
  • The relationship between bodily pleasure, space, and architecture—from one of the twentieth century’s most important urban theorists
  • The first English translation of Lefebvre’s groundbreaking work on the urban experience
  • For the first time in English, Lefebvre’s essential work on how Marx and Engels conceptualized the development of the city

 

MUSLIM INTERNATIONAL SERIES

  • Nothing Has to Make Sense
  • Tolerance and Risk
  • Arc of the Journeyman
  • Foucault in Iran
  • With Stones in Our Hands

 

DEATH AND GRIEF

  • After Effects
  • Our Grateful Dead
  • What God Is Honored Here?
  • Jack and the Ghost
  • We Know How This Ends

 

MINNESOTA NATURAL HISTORY

  • A richly illustrated tour of Minnesota’s premier natural history museum after 150 years
  • Walleye, the holy grail of game fish: on catching them, understanding their biology and history, and ensuring their survival
  • A comprehensive, detailed, illustrated history of Minnesota’s breeding birds—the first in nearly a century
  • The nature of the common loon, from biology to behavior, from one of the world’s foremost observers of the revered waterbird
  • The definitive work on Minnesota’s natural history and ecology—updated, expanded, and copiously illustrated to account for profound changes to the state’s natural landscape over the past twenty-five years

 

University of Minnesota Press Podcast

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Art and Posthumanism: Cary Wolfe in conversation with Art after Nature series editors Giovanni Aloi and Caroline Picard.

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Life in Plastic: Petrochemical fantasies and synthetic sensibilities, with Caren Irr, Lisa Swanstrom, Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, and Daniel Worden.

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Live: A book launch for We Are Meant to Rise at Next Chapter Booksellers features Carolyn Holbrook, David Mura, Douglas Kearney, Melissa Olson, Said Shaiye, and Kao Kalia Yang.