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Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
PRI: Indigenous chef Sean Sherman wants you to know the truth behind Thanksgiving
"When you read about history, you read a lot about the hardships that happened between the colonists and the Native peoples that were living there on the East Coast," said Sherman. "And a lot of really brutal stories come out of that history."
The New Republic: Retirement in America? Too Expensive.
A new book examines the lives of expats in Ecuador and their struggle to stay in the middle class.
Film International: Rehistoricizing the Gaze
Elena Gorfinkel’s Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s
INTO: How Race and Trans Identity Emerged Together
Black transgender scholar and Cornell University professor C. Riley Snorton’s Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity offers a groundbreaking approach to the interlocking pasts of racial and trans identity.
Popmatters: Allen Ginsberg's Journals Offer Insight into Poetry, Culture, and Politics During the Cold War
The reader who is familiar with Howl will find a similar experience in reading Ginsberg's journals: words and scenes rush at you like a tidal wave, leaving you immersed and breathless, then, with surprising immediacy, lift you to another scene, sometimes frantic, sometimes serene.
TIME Magazine: The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie.
Every November, I get asked an unfortunate, loaded question: “You’re a Native American—what do you eat on Thanksgiving?” My answer spans my lifetime.
Star Tribune Wingnut blog: A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities.
Buy two copies of this book. One for yourself, the other a gift.
CBS Sunday Morning: The Sioux Chef
"You can throw a dart at a map of North America, and wherever it lands, there's gonna be culture, food, people and flavor to play with right there, and so many stories to tell you can write a book," said chef Sean Sherman. And he's done just that.
Off the Menu with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: The Great Minnesota Cookie Book
Are bar cookies cookies?
Kare 11: Great Minnesota Cookie Book recipes
'The Great Minnesota Cookie Book,' by Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson, of the Star Tribune, is a compilation of 80 winning recipes and stories from bakers around the state who have entered the Holiday Cookie Contest at the Star Tribune. Lee is the food editor and Rick is the restaurant critic and staff writer for the Taste section.
Washington Post: Why Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily a celebration: a Native American writer’s take
Plenty of native people still celebrate the holiday, too. Everyone has the time off, and no one is against gratitude. It’s complicated.
Rising Up with Sonali: Speaking of Indigenous Politics
Feeling Kinky about Environmentalism: A Conversation with Nicole Seymour
Why do we expect to feel reverence when encountering wilderness and wild creatures? Or alarm and self-righteousness in response to invasive species or climate change?
Social Text Journal: Reconfiguring representation
In the face of structural dispossession and intensified border regimes, what does it mean to demand or to defy “more visibility” and “better representation” as an undocumented migrant?
Huffington Post: This Thanksgiving, Make These Native Recipes From Indigenous Chefs
“I think we could do so much better [by having] a holiday that’s not focused on something that just dismisses so much intense history for a large group of people,” he said. “It should really be about giving thanks for the harvest season and [exploring] an indigenous dinner.”
Stroke of Genius: Haptics
With David Parisi.
Fall Books Preview: 27 Top Picks from Metropolis Magazine
The leaves are turning and publishers are preparing a whole slate of new releases, including Robert Rosenberger's CALLOUS OBJECTS.
Vulture: The 4 Best Rock Chronicles You’ve Never Heard of
From novelist Jeff Jackson: These titles provided insights into key aspects of rock and roll that play out in my novel, but they drew blank stares from most of my music-loving friends. I’d like to change that.
City Pages: Minnesota's favorite cookie contest has a heartwarming, belly-filling new book
Fifteen years ago, Star Tribune food critic Rick Nelson decided he needed a cookie. Not just any cookie, but the best cookie. And he knew Minnesotans could provide it.
Uproxx: It’s Native American Heritage Month — Here’s How To Support And Learn
November is Native American Heritage Month. This month gives us an opportunity to connect to the Indigenous communities throughout the United States. There are 326 Indian Reservations with 567 different tribes across the United States. Yes, some reservations hold multiple different nations on them. See, we’re already learning.
Public Books: "A Gun to Our Heads"
“Wherever we stand in relation to the world, we can scream ‘no!’ and open the space for many yesses.”
Book talk video: Indigenous Politics
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui talks about the new book she edited. It's subtitled "Conversations with Activists, Scholars and Tribal Leaders" The conversations are talks with fascinating people about settler colonialism in the U.S., Palestine and elsewhere. The book talk took place in the Wesleyan B. Dalton bookstore (Middletown CT) in October 2018.
Reading Religion: Unconditional Equality
The most recent, and arguably the most engaging to date, scholarship on Gandhi’s idea of religious or spiritual politics. A Capsule Aesthetic
Lets us understand how our body is rethought, reconfigured, constantly forgotten and recurrently exploded and recollected in millions of tiny digital pieces.
Hush Hush, Forest: A beautiful way to welcome winter.
A beautiful way to welcome winter, and bedtime, with the northwoods as backdrop.
KAXE: It's the time of year for baking and The Great MN Cookie Book
Full of recipes to warm our kitchens and hearts.
Washington Blade: New book unveils history of trans children
In the introduction to this book, author Julian Gill-Peterson indicates that the current narrative paints today’s trans children somewhat as pioneers. Nothing can be further from the truth, as you’ll see here, eventually. Maybe.
Food Tank’s Fall 2018 Reading List—19 Books To Take the Food System Back
Here are Food Tank’s 19 top picks to inspire new and old activists, leaders, and innovators in the food system. No miracles, but some hope.
Isanti County News: Interview with Michael Schumacher
On the1968 presidential election and Schumacher's THE CONTEST.

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