Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
I was a roadie for The Replacements and lived to tell the tale.
Roadie Bill Sullivan takes you into the madness of touring with The Replacements in “Lemon Jail”
Reading Religion: With Stones in Our Hands
A solid and distinctive collection well deserving of a wide readership.
Autostraddle: A Story of Women’s Land and the Midwestern Lesbians Who Loved It (and Each Other)
Review of Dianna Hunter's WILD MARES.
Dramatists Guild of America: Ten Questions with Adrienne Kennedy
I can write in any kind of room and have. I have often written on trains and buses, hotel rooms, rooms on campuses. I require nothing specific in the room, as I seem to blot out my surroundings when I am writing.
The Modern Novel: Hybrid Child
This is the second in the University of Minnesota Press’Parallel Futures series and every bit as fascinating as the first.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Books of Interest
The CASTAC blog: System, Space, and Ecobiopolitics
Into the Extreme is an ethnography of human space flight based on fieldwork at NASA Johnson Space Center most prominently, but then also other space sites throughout the United States.
'Retracing my own steps' from 1968
Writing a book about the pivotal presidential election of 1968 turned out to be a walk down a not-always-pleasant memory lane for Michael Schumacher. The Groove of the Poem
The relationship between the world of music and the world of literature is a close one, thanks to the shared sounds, some type of structures, and especially the imagary which both are built to awaken.
The Philosophical Salon: Heidegger's Eternal Triangle
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Martin Heidegger was the most controversial philosopher of the twentieth century. A polarizing figure, he had, beyond a shadow of doubt, influenced generations of intellectuals who have since become canonical in their own right, from Hannah Arendt to Jacques Derrida.
Glasgow Review of Books: Anthologising the Anthropocene
Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet and Veer Ecology are books about the Anthropocene, and both are permeated by its hesitance.
Leonardo: The Man Who Walked in Color
In his slim but densely structured philosophical study, which takes the form of an extended fable, Georges Didi-Huberman explores the visionary quality of James Turrell’s work in both its spiritual and phenomenological dimensions.
Civil Eats: 22 Noteworthy Food and Farming Books for Summer Reading—and Beyond
Food justice cannot be achieved without addressing structural inequalities across multiple systems including the prison-industrial complex, labor movements, and immigration.
Antipode: Renew Orleans?
Aaron Schneider’s central argument is that post-Katrina New Orleans represents, in concentrated form, broader capitalist globalization processes taking place around the world.
Bustle: 15 Books Set In Chilly Climates To Help You Beat The Heat This Summer
Environmentalist hero Sheila Watt-Cloutier has spent her life fighting to preserve the Arctic, both in terms of nature and culture.
Iowa Outdoors: Creekfinding
When an Iowa City author and illustrator duo heard the story and visited the site of a reclaimed creek and prairie in NE Iowa, they knew it was the perfect story to teach children about the importance of environmental conservation.
Critical Material Practices with Contemporary Art: Mondloch’s A Capsule Aesthetic
An in-depth and lush investigation of three artists’ works, showing how each exemplifies the influence of feminism from the 1960s through today, while also pushing us to think and feel and move forward with feminism.
Yes! Magazine: Resisting the Power Structures That Keep Colonialism Alive
We must look at the roots of capitalism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and anti-Blackness to leave settler colonialism in the past.
Chicago Review of Books: The Best Nature Writing of 2018 So Far
If you loved Walden’s Pond, you’ll love this meditative journey into the North Woods.
Rhizomes: Matthew Wilson, New Lines
Matthew Wilson tackles one of cartography and Geographic Information Science’s (GIS) most glaring struggles: the blurring between object and subject.
Agate: Grant Merritt reminds us why we must continue to fight to protect nature.
Grant Merritt describes the lows and highs of his many battles, recalls a pivotal period in Minnesota history, and reminds us why we must continue to fight to protect nature.
Star Tribune: An insider’s account of the battles to stop major pollution enforcement actions.
At just under 200 pages, it’s a quick (and sometimes disjointed) read, sprinkled with anecdotes involving Minnesota luminaries like Hubert Humphrey and Miles Lord, and many of the unheralded state employees and activists who protected Minnesota’s natural resources.
Somatosphere: Subprime Health
Calls on us to think through the ways in which access, obligation, and responsibility are constituted by, and might be reimagined through, racialized forms of debt.
Star Tribune: "It’s impossible to read without noting the parallels between then and now, as a nation struggles to keep believing in itself."
It’s difficult to imagine a more compelling and comprehensive look at the 1968 election than Schumacher presents in “The Contest.”
On Islam, white supremacy, and the myth of the empire of liberty
YOU MIGHT NOT know it from watching the news these days, but the U.S. is engaged in multiple wars across the world, both declared and undeclared.
Wisconsin DNR: Paddle tales
Antipode: The Anti-Black City
A tragically timely contribution to the hypervisibility of violence in Brazil.
Public Seminar: The History of Virtualizing Touch
From electricity to vibration, haptic technology is changing the relationship between touch and media
Foreword Reviews: The Contest
An intimate, moving, and often surprising behind-the-scenes look at the major players who made it a pivotal year in American history.
CaMP Anthropology: Interview with David Parisi
The book’s narrative arc is organized around five successive phases of interfacing, beginning with touch’s productive interfacing with electrical machines in the 1740s, and concluding with touch’s expression in recent attempts to market digital touch technologies like vibration-enabled touchscreens.

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