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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, and subject catalogs.

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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
  • Exploring one of the greatest potential contributors to climate change—thawing permafrost—and the anxiety of extinction on an increasingly hostile planet
  • 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



  • Eclectic, experimental, and wildly imaginative climate fictions from a familiar world hauntingly transformed
  • Set loose a herd of bison in downtown Edmonton: what could go wrong?
  • The new novel from the author of As We Have Always Done, a poetic world-building journey into the power of Anishinaabe life and traditions amid colonialism
  • A brilliant work of speculative fiction, blending science and metaphysics, by a Japanese master of the 1970s New Wave
  • A postapocalyptic noir that asks if love and political ideals can survive civilizational collapse



  • The conception, creation, recording, and significance of the Beatles’ “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”
  • The emotional, epic story of James “Cornbread” Harris—a self-proclaimed “blessed dude” and one of Minneapolis’s most influential musicians
  • The story of the Minneapolis musicians unexpectedly summoned to re-record half of the songs on Bob Dylan's most acclaimed album
  • 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
  • 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


  • How the “bad feelings” of trans experience inform trans survival and flourishing
  • Locating the roots of toxic masculinity and finding its displacement in unruly culture
  • 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
  • Examining trans- healthcare as a key site through which struggles for health and justice take shape


  • A personal journey of bringing together Western science and Indigenous ecology to transform our understanding of the human role in healing our planet
  • A stunning lyrical commentary on the constructions of race, gender, and class in the fraught nexus of a Black woman’s personal experience and cultural history
  • Tracing how the “Great Replacement” narrative has shaped far right extremism and propelled its dangerous political projects and acts of violence
  • An in-depth, perceptive account of the unconventional life of the Moomins’ beloved creator, now available in the United States
  • Travel through a garden’s seasons toward healing, reclamation, and wholeness—for us, and for our beloved relative, the Earth



  • 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 transformational possibilities of everyday hygiene and care practices
  • A wry, unvarnished chronicle of a career in the rare book trade—now in paperback
  • Travel through a garden’s seasons toward healing, reclamation, and wholeness—for us, and for our beloved relative, the Earth
  • 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



  • 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
  • Delicious recipes and community spirit make Appetite For Change a force for good in North Minneapolis



  • A landmark sociological examination of terrorism prosecution in United States courts
  • The first major qualitative study of “countering violent extremism” in key U.S. cities
  • Revealing a post-9/11 America in which a dubious identity concept has become a dragnet for the “deviant”
  • Reassessing the role of torture in the context of police violence, mass incarceration, and racial capitalism
  • What America’s intervention in Cambodia during the Vietnam War tells us about Cold War–era U.S. national security strategy


  • Poem-songs summon the voices of Anishinaabe ancestors and sing to future generations
  • A fifty-year-old mystery converges with a present-day struggle over family, land, and history
  • 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
  • What are the limits of political solidarity, and how can visual culture contribute to social change?
  • Who has the right to represent Native history?



  • 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



  • A postapocalyptic noir that asks if love and political ideals can survive civilizational collapse
  • A harrowing early novel by one of France’s most unusual contemporary writers
  • Philosophically analyzing the work of one of the twentieth century’s most popular and peculiar science fiction authors
  • 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
  • A philosopher and former racing cyclist examines how competitive riders lose their sense of self as they pursue perfect motion and mastery over pain



  • 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



  • A look at how post-9/11 cinema captures the new face of war in the twenty-first century
  • A timely and trenchant commentary on the centrality of Nietzsche’s thought for our time
  • A timely rethinking of the archetypal story of Noah, the great flood, and who was left behind as the waters rose
  • Tracing war’s expansion beyond the battlefield to the concept of the human being itself
  • A pathbreaking look at how progressive policy change for economic justice has swept U.S. cities



  • The long and pernicious relationship between fast food restaurants and the African American community
  • Redefining the artistic movement that helped shape American modernism
  • Examining architecture’s foundational role in the repression of democracy
  • How representations of the preparation, sale, and consumption of leftovers in nineteenth-century urban France link socioeconomic and aesthetic history
  • 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



  • Unlocking the technosocial implications of global geek cultures
  • How animation can reconnect us with bodily experiences
  • For students, fans, and scholars alike, this wide-ranging primer on anime employs a panoply of critical approaches
  • A formal approach to anime rethinks globalization and transnationality under neoliberalism
  • A major work destined to change how scholars and students look at television and animation



  • Applying insights from philosophy and cognitive science to address the urgent issue of smartphone-induced distracted driving
  • Uncovering injustices built into our everyday surroundings
  • A radical rethinking of the theory and the experience of mental images
  • A sweeping new ecological take on technology
  • The first philosophy of technology, constructing humans as technological and technology as an underpinning of all culture



  • Why the global health project to avert emerging microbes continually fails
  • Examining the racial underpinnings of food, microbial medicine, and disgust in America
  • A fascinating ethnography of microbes that opens up new spaces for anthropological inquiry
  • Assesses a promising new approach to restoring the health of our bodies and our planet
  • How computer animation technologies became vital visualization tools in the life sciences



  • When inclusion into the fold of citizenship is conditioned by a social group’s conceit to ritual violence, humiliation, and exploitation, what can anti-citizenship offer us?
  • The unintended consequences of youth empowerment programs for Latino boys
  • Learning from children about citizenship status and how it shapes their school experience
  • Exploring the role of identitarian politics in the privatization of Newark’s public school system
  • Explores how university governance is restricted by ceremony and what it must do to survive



  • Shipwreck stories from along Minnesota’s north shore of Lake Superior and Isle Royale
  • A gripping tale of one of the worst shipwrecks in Great Lakes history and of remarkable survival against all odds
  • The first complete—and fully illustrated—account of the deadliest storm in Great Lakes history
  • A moving account of the legendary Great Lakes shipwreck
  • A documentary drawn from testimony at the Coast Guard’s official inquiry looks anew at one of the most storied, and mysterious, shipwrecks in American history



  • The transformational possibilities of everyday hygiene and care practices
  • A groundbreaking feminist perspective on Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) rule in Bolivia and the country’s radical transformation under Evo Morales
  • Questioning the boundaries between politics and economics
  • A powerful new understanding of cooperation as an antidote to alienation and inequality
  • A unique more-than-capitalist take on urban dynamics



  • A close-up history of the Yugoslav artists who broke down the boundaries between public and private
  • Interpreting the meaning of hospitality in an unwelcoming political moment
  • How participatory art enabled collaboration between institutions and politicized artists in 1980s New York
  • Modeling a disability culture perspective on performance practice toward socially just futures
  • An expansive and revelatory study of Robert Smithson’s life and the hidden influences on his iconic creations



  • Exploring how Indigenous media has flourished across Canada from the 1990s to the present
  • A cultural history of the enduring relationship between film spectatorship and intoxicating substances
  • An exploration of the fundamental bond between cinema and the cosmos
  • Connecting interactive cinema to media ethics and global citizenship
  • Formative writings by French avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker



  • How social media has become a critical tool for advancing the interests of the Canadian oil industry
  • Examines how settler colonial and sexist infrastructures and narratives order a resource boom
  • A collective engages and mirrors the critical need for energy justice and transformation
  • A vital contribution to environmental humanities that explores artistic responses to the plastic age
  • How contemporary environmental struggles and resistance to pipeline development became populist struggles



  • Uncovering the pernicious narratives white people create to justify white supremacy and sustain racist oppression
  • This vital addition to carceral, prison, and disability studies draws important new links between deinstitutionalization and decarceration
  • Considers colonial school–prison systems in relation to the self-determination of Native communities, nations, and peoples
  • A brilliant and rich gathering of voices on the American experience of this past year and beyond, from Indigenous writers and writers of color from Minnesota
  • Examines how radical bookstores and similar spaces serve as launching pads for social movements



  • Advancing a phenomenological approach to deep time
  • Humanists, scientists, and artists collaborate to address the disjunctive temporalities of ecological crisis
  • How poetry can help us think about and live in the Anthropocene by reframing our intimate relationship with geological time
  • A bold new consideration of climate change between narratives of the Earth’s layers and policy of the present
  • A breathtaking tour through thousands of years of urban life and its attendant technologies, rewriting the history of our cities



  • The first English translation of letters of arrest from eighteenth century France held in the archives of the Bastille
  • How the queer correspondence art of Ray Johnson disrupted art world conventions and anticipated today’s highly networked culture
  • From the telegraph to the touchscreen, how the development of binary switching transformed everyday life and changed the shape of human agency
  • The history of how a deceptively ordinary piece of office furniture transformed our relationship with information
  • An eye-opening look at why a “good night’s sleep” might be anything but



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



  • Amid the historical decimation of species around the globe, a new way into the language of loss
  • What exactly is it we want from dogs today?
  • The role of American hospital expansions in health disparities and medical apartheid
  • Explores ecological impasses and opportunities of our fossil-fueled civilization
  • Exploring how the crisis of the world ocean is produced by capitalism and imperialism