Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
Neural: Information Technologies Fantasies
Review of Information Fantasies by Xiao Liu
SC Times: The Senator Next Door
Amy Klobuchar's review of her memoir, The Senator Next Door in the SC Times
Australian Broadcast Corporation: Archaeologies of Touch
Interview with David Parisi, author of Archaeologies of Touch
Configurations: Archaeologies of Touch
Review of Archaeologies of Touch by David Parisi
Porno Cultures Podcast: Sexography
Nicolas de Villiers, author of Sexography, on Porno Cultures Podcast
New Media & Society: Archaeologies of Touch
Review of Archaeologies of Touch by David Parisi
NPR: Examining Civility in a Time of Deepening Political Divisions
Lynn M. Itagaki, author of CIVIL RACISM, on NPR's Morning Edition.
Public Books: The World of Asian American Studies
Includes review of WRITING HUMAN RIGHTS by Crystal Parikh.
Verso: A Billion Black Anthropocenes
What happens when the Anthropocene meets critical race studies?
Bookology: Bim, Bam, Bop . . . and Oona
Poor Oona—she’s always the last duck to the pond…. But then her frog friend Roy reminds her: you’re good with gizmos… And so Oona the duck goes to work in the barn on her gizmos, pouring her creative and determined self into getting to the pond before the faster ducks.
Electric Review: Journal Entries, Poems & Jottings From A Once In A Millennium Poet
On Allen Ginsberg's IRON CURTAIN JOURNALS.
Black Perspectives: The Education of Black Boys
Review of BLACK BOYS APART by Freeden Blume Oeur.
bookstalkerblog: Culture molds us like nothing else.
Review of MAGICAL REALISM FOR NON-BELIEVERS.
Against the Grain: The Pitfalls of Race-Based Medicine
Given the disparities between the lifespans of whites, African Americans, Native Americans and other groups, it might seem to be sensible to gear medicine along racial lines. But sociologist Leslie Hinkson argues that it represents a dangerous turn in science and healthcare. She discusses race, biology, and debt.
"The land shows us the way": Indigenous peoples' strategies for coping with the Anthropocene.
Lecture with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.
ASEBL Journal: Dialogues
A powerful and welcome manifesto advocating for the extraordinary mental and social capabilities of apes to integrate themselves into the human cultural community.
Rising Up with Sonali: Breathtaking
How can we as a society address a disease such as asthma in such an environment?
Good Food: Scandinavian breakfasts with Beatrice Ojakangas
Growing up on a farm in northern Minnesota, Beatrice Ojakangas learned to cook and bake on a wood-burning stove before she could read. Today she’s a James Beard Hall of Fame author and an expert on Scandinavian baking. In “Breakfast with Beatrice,” she returns to her Finnish roots for an exploration of the day’s most important meal.
Hypatia: Against Purity
Shotwell persuasively encourages her reader to accept that purity is a myth, and that if we want to live better lives--that is to say, more just lives, but also qualitatively better ones in a world that seems to be politically and environmentally deteriorating all around us--we ought to reject this myth in favor of the impure.
School Library Journal blog: A talk with curator Lisa Von Drasek.
It was one of the greatest children’s literature exhibits in my lifetime, and yet it produced no catalog. How is that possible? How did NYPL manage to create its most popular exhibit in its history, and yet it left no trace in the world?
Los Angeles Review of Books: Learning from Weirdos
Rare is the book that can make Charles Baudelaire and UFO theorists make sense together in a productive juxtaposition.
Counterpunch: Allen Ginsberg Takes a Trip
When poet Allen Ginsberg journeyed to Cuba, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Britain in 1964, homosexuality was illegal in most of the world. So was marijuana.
Kirkus Reviews: Chronicles of a Radical Hag is "a pleasure to read."
Lorna Landvik uses wisdom and her trademark humor to encourage readers to have a thoughtful response to the world and the people with whom they share it.
LA Review of Books: When Looks Can Kill
On Antoine Bousquet's THE EYE OF WAR.
Kirkus Reviews: "A forthright and sensitive tale of a daughter's quest."
A young woman crosses a cultural divide in search of her past.
Tablet: Allen Ginsberg Goes Behind the Iron Curtain
Newly edited travel journals from 1965 show the poet infatuated and disillusioned with communist Cuba, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and Poland
Screening Sex: Lewd Looks
Elena Gorfinkel’s Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s maps the visual and industrial cultures of 1960s and 1970s American sexploitation cinema.
Publishers Weekly: Kerlan Collection Adapts 2013 'The ABC of It' Exhibition
The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter
Feature at continuum: news from @umnlib.
e-flux excerpt: Information Fantasies
A cosmological view that was formed and developed around the last three centuries BC, when a unified and centralized political order arose for the first time in the history of China, “resonance between heaven and mankind” provided legitimacy and guidance to the imperial power and its rulership.

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