Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
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.
Minnesota Monthly: Indigenous-Inspired Feasts for Thanksgiving
Sioux Chef founder Sean Sherman on cooking Indigenous-inspired feasts for Thanksgiving, from forest to table.
Critical Inquiry: The Modernist Corpse
Combining new materialism with insights from feminism, queer theory, and media theory, The Modernist Corpse attempts not only to reanimate the corpse in modernism but to reimagine experimental modernism itself by rereading and reassembling its corpus.
Duluth News Tribune: 'Herlands' provides detailed account of lands populated by women
In a new book from the University of Minnesota Press, Keridwen N. Luis looks at lands organized and populated entirely by women. The title of "Herlands: Exploring the Women's Land Movement in the United States" alludes to "Herland," a 1915 feminist novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in which explorers discover a society of women who reproduce asexually, resulting in a peaceful, egalitarian and exclusively female world.
Toronto Public Library's Read Indigenous list
Includes AS WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.
WHYY: So what’s the climate change/asthma connection?
“Asthma is really about atmosphere … It’s not just about what’s happening in the individual body, but it’s about what we are breathing, and our breathing spaces are collective."
DeRusha Eats: The Great Minnesota Cookie Book
On WCCO: "There’s a real cookie culture here that doesn’t exist in other parts of the country."
Elizabeth Warren Falls for Trump’s Trap—and Promotes Insidious Ideas About Race and DNA
Within hours of the appearance of the video, Kim TallBear, a professor at the University of Alberta and a leading expert on the use of DNA testing in tribal communities, posted a statement. Sharply critical of Warren’s behavior and publicity surrounding the test, she pointed out that tribal governments have developed an approach for determining who belongs to a tribe that is explicitly not based on the results of DNA tests. Still, she wrote, Warren and her staff “know very well that the broader US public will understand a DNA test to be a true indication of Elizabeth Warren’s right to claim Native American identity in some way.”
'Our Vote Matters Very Little': Kim TallBear on Elizabeth Warren's Attempt to Claim Native American Heritage
Dr. Kim TallBear, an Associate Professor on the Faculty of Native Studies at University of Alberta and member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe, argues that genetic testing—itself a scientifically unreliable method—reinforces white notions of identity by reducing cultural identity to dubious genetic markers that ignore the vast network of social ties, family relations, tribal rules, and other histories that form Native American identity.
Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren angers prominent Native Americans with politically fraught DNA test
Kim TallBear, a researcher at the University of Alberta, called Warren’s claims “yet another strike” against “tribal sovereignty.”
Surveillance and Society: The Undocumented Everyday
A significant scholarly achievement amid growing anti-immigrant practices and populist, xenophobic politics.
'The War for America's Soul'?
Michael Schumacher recalls a crossroads election year | “The question: what did we learn?”
“Readers might notice similarities between the 1968 and 2016 elections. Both were very contentious. Both were extremely close when the final vote was tallied. The divisions within the country were deep and disturbing.”
Art + Music + Technology: Trace Reddell
A groundbreaking approach to sound in sci-fi films offers new ways of construing both sonic innovation and science fiction cinema.
LA Times' Burbank Leader: Similarities between 1968 and 2016 elections
A new book by author Michael Schumacher looks into how the 1968 election between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey shaped the country’s politics into what it is today.
Vox: How Jackson Pollock became so overrated
With reference to Florence Rubenfeld's CLEMENT GREENBERG.
Strange Horizons: Hybrid Child
An intriguing work which has helped to further expand my expectations of what SF can do.
Growler: Stories Behind “The Great Minnesota Cookie Book”
The just-released “Great Minnesota Cookie Book” is an overflowing platter of Minnesota cookie history.
H-Net: An excellent example of contemporary study not only of German culture under National Socialism but of European totalitarianism of the interwar era (Italy, USSR).
H-Net: A rich and timely critique of the school-to-prison pipeline.
Review of Damien Sojoyner's FIRST STRIKE.
Cartographic Perspectives: New Lines
This book challenges everyone who usually deals primarily with the technical issues of GIS to more carefully consider the impacts of these technologies on society
MPR: Stonich's new novel revisits her North Country Minnesota roots
"It's about northern Minnesota. It's about a small town and the people who live in it. And they go through stuff and they experience things, and it's the relationships, one to the other."
Houston Press: The Ragged Road of the Replacements...Featuring Reptiles in Houston!
If you made a list of the most hazardous and patience-testing job descriptions in the history of rock and roll, “Road Manager for the Replacements” would certainly rank toward the upper echelon.
Pioneer Press: Sarah Stonich revisits ‘Vacationland’ characters in latest novel about northern Minnesota
“I wasn’t finished with those characters in ‘Vacationland’ ” Stonich explained. “I wanted to take a few of them a step further, the ones I chose to give a voice.”
Publishers Weekly: Hybrid Child
Atmospheric, brutal, and wildly intelligent . . . combines the future shock of Philip K. Dick’s work with the art direction of an anime, pleasurable and gripping as only the best of science fiction can be.
Modern Farmer | Earth Mover: Sean Sherman
“It’s not like I could go to the library and check out Joy of Native American Cooking,” quips Sean Sherman, author of the recently released The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen cookbook.
LSE Review of Books: Callous Objects
Very reasonably priced and easy to read, this book compiles examples of simple technologies that have been designed to deter rough sleepers.

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