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Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
NPR comic and interview with Sean Sherman: "If we can control our food, we can control our future"
Sean Sherman, author of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, discusses his research and reclamation of indigenous ingredients and techniques, illustrated in this NPR comic. 
The Arts Fuse: “The Poetics of Cruising” — Imaginative Acts of Capture
By exploring the historical and artistic significance of cruising throughout poetry, photography, and visual culture, the book produces a rich and exciting topography of queer culture that posits a reflexive relationship of vicarious cruising between “cruising texts” and their consumers.
Boston Review: Geographer Milton Santos sought to redeem the field from its methodological fragmentation and colonial legacies
Nowhere are the dilemmas posed by the new old geography more provocatively explored than in several of the works, now available to an English-reading audience, of the late Afro-Brazilian geographer Milton Santos.
Don Luce discusses A NATURAL CURIOSITY on Fox 9 Good Day
It's one of the most visited museums in Minnesota. A new book takes a closer look at the rich, 150 year history of the Bell Museum in St. Paul.
Lit Hub: Linda LeGarde Grover on Community Storytelling in the Ojibwe Tradition
In this episode of the I'm a Writer But podcast, Alex and Lindsay talk with Linda LeGarde Grover about making a book that is fiction, memoir, myth, truth, and poetry; the many wonders of Duluth and Lake Superior; the “ghost presence” in her book; showing a sense of time and change in her work; and more!
91.5 KJZZ: Author explores ways for humans and animals to get along
The Show speaks to Ron Broglio about the focus of his book, ANIMAL REVOLUTIONS, "which seems to be about finding ways for humans and animals to get along and for us to maybe understand them a bit better"
HealthCentral: Can Grief Really Be a Chronic Condition?
Prolonged grief disorder is now in the DSM. Does this codify mourning, push people to “get over it,” or help treat true illness? Featuring AFTER EFFECTS by Andrea Gilats.
Culture Machine: "We Have Always Been Artificially Intelligent" Interview with Joanna Zylinska
The primary concern of my work over the recent years has been the constitution of the human as both a species and a historical subject.
90.5 WESA: "Scholar says many trans people are discouraged from publicly expressing a full range of emotions"
In Side Affects: On Being Trans and Feeling Bad, Malatino writes that the same cultural biases that make many trans folks feel badly about themselves in the first place also prevent them from conveying the resultant emotions.
No Depression Journal: ‘The Dylan Tapes’ Resurrects Early Interviews With and About Bob Dylan
Just before he died, Tony discovered all his interview tapes in our basement. Scaduto’s ‘basement tapes’ comprise more than thirty-six hours of conversations with Dylan, Joan Baez, Echo Helstrom, Suze Rotolo, John Hammond Sr., Phil Ochs, Izzy Young, Mike Porco, and on and on.
SDPB In the Moment Interview: Gary Goodman turns a page on the rare book trade
Before the digital age, if you wanted to find a rare book, you had to do some digging. Maybe you got in the car and journeyed to used book stores across the Midwest. Maybe you had to find someone equally obsessed with finding the perfect book for your collection.
Milwaukee Shepherd Express: A Good Casserole = Inspiration + the Best Ingredients
Odds are that casseroles in 2022 will be more creative, more flavorful than casseroles from 50 years ago. As Ojakangas points out, fresh produce, spices and herbs are more readily available and American tastes have gone global.
The Alley Newspaper: Phillips Neighborhood history book wins award
As part of the 2022 Minnesota Book Awards, scholar David Hugill is the recipient of the Minnesota History award for his book Settler Colonial City.
New York Times: "Globetrotting" preview of books in translation features ON THE WANDERING PATHS
After recovering from a coma, the writer travels France on foot while meditating on personal recovery and consumer culture in this work of literary nonfiction.
Mountain Journal: Searching For The 'Other Bob' Behind Dylan
On somewhat of a lark, realizing little by way of epiphany had been revealed about the childhood circumstances that yielded Bob Dylan, Thompson went where few journalists had gone before—poking around the mining town of Hibbing, Minnesota. There he confronted a question: how to reach the essence of a person who is, by his own design, inscrutable? 
Family Fun Twin Cities: ABC Bunny Earns Its Space on Your Bookshelf
An ideal book for the board book style and will age well with kids, making it a good addition to your own bookshelves.
T Magazine: What Does It Really Mean to Make Art?
As the cultural critic Arne de Boever argues in Against Aesthetic Exceptionalism, the reverential way we speak about art invests the artist with a sovereignty akin to that of a monarch or even a god, unbound by the laws that rein in the rest of us.
The Rafu Shimpo: New Book Explores the World of Cosplay
Augmented with beautiful photographs, this is an engrossing, lively read that explores a complicated and often misunderstood history and meditates on how cosplay allows its participants to create and construct meaning and identity.
KAXE/KBXE Morning Show Conservation Conversations: Lakes of Biological Significance
Paul Radomski joins the KAXE/KBXE Morning Show for a conversation about Lakes of Biological Significance.
Bank Street College of Education names BEGIN WITH A BEE a Best Children's Book of the Year
Begin with a Bee, by Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, and Phyllis Root, with illustrations by Claudia McGehee, has been named one of Bank Street College of Education's best children's books of the year in the five-to-ten-year-old age range. 
Villager: Millet buries his beloved Rafferty, but not without one more mystery to solve
Millett was not sure he would ever write a ninth Rafferty mystery, much less one that killed off his favorite detective. The decision, he said, did not come without a sense of loss.
LitHub: Reckoning with the History of Medical Racism
Dolen Perkins-Valdez Recommends Books That Spotlight the Colonization and Control of Black Bodies
Tech Policy Podcast: The Privacy Imperative with Matthew Crain
To talk more about the history of how we ended up with an internet bought and paid for by surveillance advertising and what might drive reform, I spoke to two experts in the field.
KPFA Against the Grain: Kondo Critiqued
Does it spark joy? That’s the criterion Marie Kondo has set for deciding which personal belongings to keep, and which to relinquish. Maureen Ryan considers Kondo’s decluttering method and her television show in the context of pervasive burnout and insecurity.
MPR News: Stephanie Trudeau on THE DYLAN TAPES
After Scaduto passed away in 2017, his wife and research assistant Stephanie Trudeau edited the work of those collected interviews into THE DYLAN TAPES. The book will be released on April 26.
Pioneer Press: Rest in peace Shad Rafferty, you big-hearted Irishman, saloon owner and amateur detective
“Writers have a compulsion to keep at it,” he says. “Our imaginations and skills remain at a level I can sustain, at least for a while yet anyway.”
Racket: New Book Celebrates The Bell Museum's Big Ideas
“Anybody picking up this book and thinking it’s going to be a nice picture book will very quickly discover that there is much, much more here."
Andrew Zitcer for Next City: What We Learn From Black- and Women-Led Cooperative Practice
The following is an excerpt from the book “Practicing Cooperation: Mutual Aid Beyond Capitalism,” by Andrew Zitcer, published by the University of Minnesota Press. In it, the author offers an ethical and practical guide to “inspiring cooperative practice,” as both response and alternative to extractive models of neoliberal capitalism that exacerbate income inequality and stagnate wages.
Prairie Public News interview with Gary Goodman
Thievery, forgery, murder. All in a day’s work for used booksellers, right? Maybe not all booksellers.
Duluth News Tribune Beatrice Ojakangas column: 'Hotdish' or 'casserole,' it's all delicious
In some parts of the country, a casserole is considered to be a “covered dish” and around here it is a “hotdish.” Once when I mentioned “hotdish” (not in Minnesota), I was met with laughter. A hotdish, they thought, is a certain kind of lady.

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