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  • The first English translations of the original novellas about the iconic kaijū Godzilla
  • A fifty-year-old mystery converges with a present-day struggle over family, land, and history
  • The fourth and final volume in the Nobel Prize–winning writer’s epic of one man’s fateful life in medieval Norway
  • Now in paperback: a writer and former ski jumper facing a terminal diagnosis takes one more leap—into a past of soaring flights and broken family bonds
  • A fresh and vivid translation of Flaubert’s influential bildungsroman



  • The deep and personal story—told through history, poetry, and images—of the forced displacement of the Sámi people from their homeland in northern Norway and Sweden and its reverberations today
  • An exploration of the winter wonders and entangled histories of Scandinavia’s northernmost landscapes—now back in print with a new afterword by the author
  • A witty and humble tribute to the sometimes profane, sometimes profound world of waiting tables
  • A comprehensive study of the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, related in two-year chapters by twenty-three leading writers on the Jazz Age author
  • Stories from survivors of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness’s epochal weather disaster



  • Recovering the bold voices and audacious lives of women who confronted capitalist society’s failures and injustices in the 1930s—a decade unnervingly similar to our own
  • An award-winning and canonical history of radical feminism, whose activist heat and intellectual audacity powered second-wave feminism—30th anniversary edition
  • The first scholarly study of Adrienne Rich’s full career examines the poet through her developing approach to the transformative potential of relationships
  • From pioneering rock music critic Ellen Willis, iconoclastic essays on politics and culture
  • Insightful, persuasive essays on feminism and identity politics



  • How Black women’s reproduction became integral to white supremacy, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy—and remains key to their dismantling
  • This surprising examination uncovers the eugenic impulse in a nation’s desire for “founding mothers”
  • Native women and women of color poignantly share their pain, revelations, and hope after experiencing the traumas of miscarriage and infant loss
  • Reexamining feminist sexual politics since the 1970s—the rivalries and the remarkable alliances
  • Describing and assessing feminist inroads into the state


  • How the “bad feelings” of trans experience inform trans survival and flourishing
  • A radical and necessary rethinking of trans care
  • A groundbreaking twentieth-century history of transgender children
  • Uncovering the overlapping histories of blackness and trans identity from the nineteenth century to the present day
  • Daring new theories of masculinity, built from a large and geographically diverse interview study of transgender men


  • A provocative and unconventional call to dispossess the self of itself
  • Excavating Marx’s early writings to rethink the rights of the poor and the idea of the commons in an era of unprecedented privatization
  • Why contamination and compromise might be a starting point for doing something, instead of a reason to give up
  • A radical new approach to humor, where traditional targets become its agents
  • On the complex aesthetics and ontology at work in Étienne Souriau’s unique oeuvre



  • A cultural icon of Lake Superior cuisine shares its story, recipes, and techniques
  • 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



  • Six-year-old Sam, with his Liberian dad and African American mom, finds a way to bring everyone in his cross-cultural family together at the dinner table
  • A wordless picture-book journey through the Boundary Waters, canoeing and camping with a family as they encounter the northwoods wilderness in all its spectacular beauty
  • Award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang delivers an inspiring tale of resourceful children confronting adversaries in a refugee camp
  • Begin with a Bee and its story of the life of one queen bee, a rusty-patched bumblebee, teaches us not only about bees but also about our own responsibilities in the natural world
  • The story of a forest “lost” by a surveying error—and all the flora and fauna to be found there


  • Noopiming (cover)
  • More than two dozen essays of Indigenous resistance to the privatization and allotment of Indigenous lands
  • An extraordinary illustrated biography of a Métis man and Anishinaabe woman navigating great changes in their homeland along the U.S.–Canada border in the early twentieth century
  • A cultural history of Sápmi and the Nordic countries as told through objects and artifacts
  • A collective memoir in poetry of an Ojibwe family and tribal community, from creation myth to this day, updated with new poems



  • Interdisciplinary essays on Manuela Infante’s award-winning play explore the relationship between critical plant studies and performance art in the Anthropocene
  • An exploration of the explosive illegal trade in succulents and the passion that drives it
  • A radical proposal for how a tiny organism can transform our understanding of human relations
  • The first complete resource for the practical use of plants in the Anishinaabe culture and the stories that surround them
  • Exploring the idea that plants can think, feel, and communicate as a way of reconfiguring our relationship with the natural world



  • How two teenage girls in Minnesota jump-started a revolution in high school athletics
  • Travel with Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins on her compelling journey from America’s heartland to international sports history, navigating challenges and triumphs with rugged grit and a splash of glitter
  • The complex and dramatic history of an illegal teachers’ strike that forever altered labor relations and Minnesota politics
  • Forty-four years after two men married in a legal ceremony in Minnesota, the Supreme Court has decided the question first raised by these gay pioneers
  • The remarkable eighty-five-day journey of the first two women to canoe the 2,000-mile route from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay



  • Modeling a disability culture perspective on performance practice toward socially just futures
  • The vital role of dance in enacting the embodied experiences of Indigenous peoples
  • A new exploration of how digital media assert the relevance of dance in a wired world
  • A complete history of ballet in Minnesota by a professional dancer and creative force in the Twin Cities artistic community
  • The cultural significance of gesture as a human expression



  • A philosophical challenge to the ableist conflation of disability and pain
  • Imagining anti-ableist liberation beyond the rubrics of access and inclusion
  • Revealing inequalities and sensory hierarchies embedded in the latest medical technologies and global biotechnical markets
  • Young adults with intellectual disability tell the story of their own experience of higher education
  • A radical critique of architecture that places disability at the heart of the built environment



  • Exploring why there is so much fecal matter in literary works that matter
  • An expansive and revelatory study of Robert Smithson’s life and the hidden influences on his iconic creations
  • An unparalleled how-to guide to citizen-sensing practices that monitor air pollution
  • A brilliant approach to the queerness of one of Taiwan’s greatest auteurs
  • Tracing the evolution of the Italian avant-garde’s pioneering experiments with art and technology and their subversion of freedom and control



  • The long and pernicious relationship between fast food restaurants and the African American community
  • Redefining the artistic movement that helped shape American modernism
  • Shipwreck stories from along Minnesota’s north shore of Lake Superior and Isle Royale
  • An examination of the influence of German intellectuals on postwar American thought
  • A critical look at the competing motivations behind one of modern architecture’s most widely known and misunderstood movements



  • For the first time in English, the introductory volume in a major French philosopher’s groundbreaking series of poetic transdisciplinary works
  • The foundational work in the area now known as posthuman thought
  • Renowned philosopher Michel Serres finds the origins of knowledge in the movement of the body
  • Presents a philosophy that merges the humanities with all creation
  • An engaging critique of the science and metaphysics behind our understanding of the universe



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



  • The story of the Minneapolis musicians unexpectedly summoned to re-record half of the songs on Bob Dylan's most acclaimed album
  • The singular Minnesota musician tells his story of making music, from folk outpost to pop paradise to stages shared with stars from Seeger to Springsteen
  • The raw material and interviews behind Anthony Scaduto’s iconic biography of Bob Dylan draw an intimate and multifaceted portrait of the singer-songwriter who defined his era
  • The first comprehensive history to trace the evolution of Minnesota 1960s rock and roll
  • From the young Black teenager who built a bass guitar in woodshop to the musician building a solo career with Motown Records—Prince’s bassist BrownMark on growing up in Minneapolis, joining Prince and The Revolution, and his life in the purple kingdom



  • A soul-satisfying journey through the wilderness that uncovers hope, healing, and the abiding grace of wild things
  • The author of Old Turtle and a longtime wilderness guide charts a journey through the wilds of nature and the twists and turns of daily life
  • Join the beloved author of Old Turtle as he embarks on journeys large and small
  • Personal essays exploring the link between natural history and memory, landscape and identity, place and meaning
  • An evocative memoir of life on a dairy farm in Minnesota’s St. Croix Valley



  • A personal journey through the ever-changing natural and cultural history of Lake Superior’s South Shore
  • The story of the scientist who first mapped Minnesota’s geology, set against the backdrop of early scientific inquiry in the state
  • North American waterways by canoe: a memoir of family and nature, history and culture, along the rivers
  • The father of Minnesota ornithology, whose life story opens a window on a lost world of nature and conservation in the state’s early days
  • An evocative memoir exploring the relationship between humans and nature through the liturgical calendar



  • Meth cooks practice late industrial alchemy—transforming base materials, like lithium batteries and camping fuel, into gold
  • Examines the complexity and the humanity of the opioid epidemic
  • A vivid analysis of the history and revival of clinical psychedelic science
  • Exploring networked technologies and bioeconomy and their links to biotechnologies, pharmacology, and pharmaceuticals
  • The remarkable story of six brothers growing up in the ’50s and ’60s as their father—a highly respected Mayo Clinic surgeon—slowly goes insane



  • Has society ceded its self-governance to technogovernance?
  • From broken-window policing in Detroit to prison-building in Appalachia, exploring the expansion of the carceral state and its oppressive social relations into everyday life
  • A groundbreaking collection of writings by Michel Foucault and the Prisons Information Group documenting their efforts to expose France’s inhumane treatment of prisoners
  • A field guide to a nonfascist life at the end of the world as we know it
  • Tracing the rise of digital computing in policing and punishment and its harmful impact on criminalized communities of color



  • A fascinating ethnography of microbes that opens up new spaces for anthropological inquiry
  • A compelling examination of Sweden’s African and Black diaspora
  • A detailed exploration of parents’ fight for a safe environment for their kids, interrogating how race, class, and gender shape health advocacy
  • Creative and diverse approaches to ethnographic knowledge production and writing
  • How Japanese coastal residents and transnational conservationists collaborated to foster relationships between humans and sea life



  • Tracing war’s expansion beyond the battlefield to the concept of the human being itself
  • How perceptual technologies have shaped the history of war from the Renaissance to the present
  • Applies Deleuzian theory to an impressive array of physical phenomena, scientific issues, and political events
  • Uncovering the class conflicts, geopolitical dynamics, and aggressive capitalism propelling the militarization of the internet
  • Considers how people have confronted, challenged, and resisted remote warfare



  • A paradigm-shifting genealogy of biological life as metaphysical concept rather than a scientific category
  • A vital contribution to environmental humanities that explores artistic responses to the plastic age
  • How afforestation reveals the often-concealed politics between humans and plants
  • How global capitalism has turned human beings into a new form of biocapital
  • A genealogy of logistics, tracing the link between markets and militaries, territory and government



  • A personal health crisis, stories from environmental refugees, and our climate in danger prompt a meditation on intimate connections between the health of the body and the health of the ecosystem
  • The Shakespearean era’s wet writers guide our eco-way today
  • Personal essays exploring the link between natural history and memory, landscape and identity, place and meaning
  • A memoir of family, mining pioneers and unscrupulous magnates, and the fight for Minnesota’s natural resources
  • The author of Old Turtle and a longtime wilderness guide charts a journey through the wilds of nature and the twists and turns of daily life



  • The first English publication of Sami folktales from Scandinavia collected and illustrated in the early twentieth century
  • Restoring the literature of Pele and Hi‘iaka to its rightful place in Native culture and identity
  • An outsider American recounts two decades of radical lesbian life in this urgent, ferociously funny memoir
  • A deeply personal meditation on history and memory, place and displacement by a major writer
  • Asserts the strength and diversity of Cherokee identity through its rich literary tradition



  • An urgent volume of essays engages the Gothic to advance important perspectives on our geological era
  • Rethinking our relationship with Earth in a time of environmental emergency
  • How sensors are changing our environmental relationships
  • Analyzing the ethical stance of the earth art movement from the 1960s to the present
  • Exploring one of the greatest potential contributors to climate change—thawing permafrost—and the anxiety of extinction on an increasingly hostile planet



  • Amid the historical decimation of species around the globe, a new way into the language of loss
  • The role of the humble school bus in transforming education in America
  • The role of American hospital expansions in health disparities and medical apartheid
  • A collective engages and mirrors the critical need for energy justice and transformation
  • Exploring how the crisis of the world ocean is produced by capitalism and imperialism