Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
Washington Post: New books set the record straight on the Democratic Republic of Congo
Every few years, scholars of Congolese politics collectively sigh as yet another news outlet publishes a poorly informed “analysis” of the country and its problems. Whether it’s an argument that government authority is so weak in the Democratic Republic of Congo that the country “does not exist,” a claim that rebels fight for no discernible reason but banditry, or the idea that celebrity engagement can change the region’s trajectory, questionable claims abound.
Los Angeles Review of Books: Anthropocene Gothic
Dark Scenes from Damaged Earth both reclaims the gothic as an urgently relevant mode of fiction-making and suggests that aesthetic approaches are able to bring us a kind of understanding that scientific studies on their own could not.
National Parks Traveler: "A must-read for anyone interested in national monuments"
As someone steeped in the literature of public lands, this readable and insightful book added much to my thinking about how our protected areas are “contested land.” It also offers hope that there will be a future of more collaboration and less conflict over an invaluable asset of the American people.
THE SKI JUMPERS featured in ABA Indie Next Preview for September 2022
This book is about so much more than ski jumping. A stunning story of family, trauma, secrets, and forgiveness, of finding peace as we grow older. You will grow attached to every single character in this storytelling masterpiece
Seattle Gay News: Keep Pride going with these fabulous LGBTQ+ memoirs
Honesty is at the root of this semi-biographical look at being trans: if you are trans, says Malatino, you may struggle with several righteously negative feelings you have — disconnect, anger, fear, numbness, burnout, exhaustion — feelings that exist, in part, because of the times in which we live now and the transphobia that seems to be everywhere.
Twin Cities PBS interview with Staci Lola Drouillard
Grand Marais author Staci Lola Drouillard talks about her new memoir "Seven Aunts."
American Scientist: A Template for Analyzing Racism in Health Care
In the concluding chapter of Sickening, Anne Pollock explains how to analyze events in a way that provides insights into instances of social injustice.
Penn Today: An experiment
In examining experimental bookwork of 400 years ago, Penn's Whitney Trettien wrote a publication that is itself an experiment.
REMEMBERING OUR INTIMACIES generously offers all readers a way to imagine intimate relations beyond the settler-capitalist constructions of land as property and love as patriarchy.
Science Magazine: Book examines role of racial justice work in progressive policy changes
By working together, economic and racial justice organizers in the last decade have brought about policy changes to address economic inequality, researchers report in a new book.
Star Tribune: 'Timeless' Prairie School style house in Rochester hits market for $1.295 million
The Washington House is a nod to Prairie School-style architecture and features several of Howe's trademarks: vaulted ceilings, an angled cantilever, a continuous band of windows and a horizontal design that connects the house to the land.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walleye book takes in-depth look at the pressures facing our favorite species
Leave it to a Wisconsin native to write the seminal contemporary book on our favorite fish.
Examining Ethics podcast: The Life Worth Living with Joel Reynolds
On today’s show, we’re exploring the fascinating and complex world of disability and ethics on the show today with philosopher Joel Reynolds.
Prairie Public Radio: Main Street interview with Staci Lola Drouillard
The stories of Staci Drouillard’s relatives reveal the heart and soul of the times they lived as they made a place in the world for the next generation.
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: A Guide to the Summer Reads of 2022
RAFFERTY'S LAST CASE is featured as one of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's Summer Reads of 2022.
Deskbound Traveller: New and forthcoming books on travel and place
After a free-climbing accident that left him in a coma and kept him in hospital for four months, the prize-winning French writer Sylvain Tesson made a promise to himself...
Small Axe: Black Repair and Questions of Sovereignty
SCAMMER'S YARD elegantly argues that the Jamaican lottery scammers in Montego Bay subversively mobilize the logic and apparatus of racial capitalism in order to enact reparative seizure by defrauding elderly White Americans.
Spike Art Magazine: Summer Reads
I don’t usually read theory when I’m at the beach but Despret doesn’t write your usual theory.
Boston Review: SIDE AFFECTS
The book provides an insider’s view of the bleaker and more frustrating aspects of transition, too often downplayed since transgender people were forcibly enlisted as combatants in the so-called culture wars.
Publishers Weekly review of THE SKI JUMPERS
The delicate balance of family dynamics and the unshakable grip that the past holds on the present are center stage in the heartfelt latest from Geye.
Wall Street Journal: A World of Gnomes, Trolls, and Faeries
Translated from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally, this slim collection amounts to an illustrated catalog, or bestiary, of folkloric characters.
Hometown Source: "One of the very best books I've ever read"
I hope that Drouillard inspires families to spend time this summer learning about the challenges that family elders, alive and passed on, have faced and survived.
MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND included in Publishers Weekly Fall 2022 Announcements
Novelist Whitehead makes his first foray into nonfiction with these essays on loss, the body, and Indigenous ways of life.
Bookforum interview with Kai Bosworth: "What the People Want"
Extending the horizon of environmentalist politics beyond public participation, scientific expertise, and a regulatory state is both possible and necessary for a decolonial climate movement. 
Rachael Hanel on the Editing Writing Podcast
Rachael Hanel joins Editing Writing for a podcast interview discussing her new book, Not the Camilla We Knew.
Post Bulletin: "Three books from the University of Minnesota Press serve varied interests"
Memories, mystery and museum histories: three books from the University of Minnesota Press serve varied interests.
Danya Glabau discusses FOOD ALLERGY ADVOCACY on New Books in Education
In Food Allergy Advocacy: Parenting and the Politics of Care, Danya Glabau follows parents and activists as they fight for allergen-free environments, accurate labeling, the fair application of disability law, and access to life-saving medications for food-allergic children in the United States.
VCU News: Exploring strategic connections between populism and the debate on pipelines
In his new book, VCU assistant professor Kai Bosworth looks at the theory of populism and how it relates to the world today.
The Atlantic: Nine books that helped me reframe my relationship to viruses
Narratives and theory about bodies, health, illness, and memory are necessary to understand how viruses shape our world. This reading list collects some of the books, from genres including queer theory, memoir, poetry, and scholarship, that helped guide me, and my writing, to a fuller understanding of our messy biology.
Archie Davies discusses FOR A NEW GEOGRAPHY on New Books in Geography
Arriving in English at a time of renewed interest in alternative geographical traditions and the history of radical geography, it takes its place in the canonical works of critical geography.

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