Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
#BGNPodcast Extra with andré carrington
The discussion is centered around the depiction of people of color within the genre and how the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality are represented.
WTIP Radio: The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook and Good Real Food
Interview with Tracy Singleton.
Public Books: How to Write about Videogames
Reviews of How to Talk about Videogames by Ian Bogost and Coin-Operated Americans by Carly Kocurek.
WTIP Radio: 1960s Rock 'n' Roll in Minnesota
Interview with Rick Shefchik, author of Everybody's Heard about the Bird.
electronic book review: Nature is What Hurts
In this review of Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects, Robert Seguin contemplates the implication of the text’s eponymous subject on art, philosophy, and politics. The “hyperobject,” a hypothetical agglomeration of networked interactions with the potential to produce inescapable shifts in the very conditions of existence, emerges as the key consideration for the being in the present.
Truthout: Capitalism, Slavery, Racism and Imprisonment of People of Color Cannot Be Separated
Slavery didn't end; it evolved. That's the powerful argument made in Slaves of the State by Dennis Childs. Ever since a clause in the 13th Amendment allowed for enslavement as "punishment for crime," the groundwork has been laid for the prison industrial complex to function as the 21st century equivalent of chattel slavery.
Truthout: Revealing the Fallacy of White Knight Philanthropic Salvation in an Urban Public School
Amy Brown's A Good Investment? profiles an unnamed New York City public school, the like of which "dehumanize people by making them into commodities" and force them to pander to donors to access resources that should be provided to every student in every school.
South Dakota Public Radio: Jewels Of The Plains
Claude Barr wanted to homestead in southwest South Dakota. “The deficiencies of the land,” he wrote “were wholly unsuspected.”
Truthout: The 13th Amendment Created Legal Slavery Through Incarceration
Excerpt from 'Slaves of the State' by Dennis Childs.
Rick Shefchik on KVSC
Interview with the author of 'Everybody's Heard about the Bird.'
Quantum Black History: A Review of ‘Physics of Blackness’
What are the fundamental forces of blackness? A review of Michelle Wright's 'Physics of Blackness' and a discussion of how it challenges the paradigms by which black history is discussed
Native America Calling's January Book of the Month
Interview with Sarah Deer, author of The Beginning and End of Rape.
ArtsFuse: 'Diaboliques'—An essential hidden dimension in French literature
The oft-perceptive critic Remy de Gourmont posits that Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly will “probably remain for a long time one of those singular, subterranean classics that form the real life of French literature.”
KUMD: Mary Casanova on the power of blueberry pancakes.
Mary Casanova, author, most recently, of 'Wake Up, Island,' on collaboration, breaking the rules, and the power of blueberry pancakes.
MinnPost: Still in legal limbo despite 'Wedding Heard 'Round the World'
The first gay couple to get married in Minnesota are once again fighting for their legal rights, almost three years after the state legalized gay marriage, a year after the U.S. made the same move — and almost 45 years after they legally married here.
Warscapes on 'A Shadow over Palestine': A different kind of future.
From 1960 onward, argues Keith Feldman in his new book 'A Shadow over Palestine,' Palestine and struggles over Palestine got caught up in nearly revolutionary revolts in the United States.
'Jewels of the Plains' plants seeds of inspiration
"Fun to read straight through because (Claude) Barr’s descriptive writing is as entertaining as it is educational."
The Current's Rock 'n' Roll Book Club: Everybody's Heard about the Bird
Everybody's heard about the bird — the "Surfin' Bird," that is. As we discovered when we booked the Trashmen at The Current's 10th Birthday Party last year, though, not everyone today knows that song came out of Minnesota.
Shepherd Express: Little Rascals or Little Racists?
Some people, especially the professional complainers of political correctness, have called “The Little Rascals” racist. In consequence, many episodes from this series of short movies from the 1930s have been shelved or censored to remove objectionable moments. But as Henry Louis Gates Jr. writes in his forward to Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals (published by University of Minnesota Press), it’s not that simple.
LA Weekly: 'Our Gang' reveals the complicated racial history of The Little Rascals
Julia Lee's OUR GANG is "a fully fleshed-out and colorful pop-culture history."
Zocalo Public Square: When Two ‘Little Rascals’ Crossed the Color Line
The Friendship Between These Young Hollywood Actors—One Black, One White—Was Ahead of Its Time, but Also an Illusion
Fox9: Book tells story of MN couple's first legal same-sex marriage in U.S.
M. A. Rosko with Michael McConnell and Jack Baker.
WCCO interview: Michael McConnell and Jack Baker
After years of not giving interviews, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell spoke with Esme Murphy about their 1971 marriage and the legal battles that ensued and are still on-going (6:04).
Star Tribune commentary: The long twilight struggle of the Iron Range
If we don't want new mining, the region's economic prognosis isn't good.
KUMD: The Wedding Heard 'Round the World
Michael McConnell and his husband of 44 years, Jack Baker, were gay-married when gay-married wasn't cool - or even legal. But was it? How it's possible that gay marriage was legal all along ... and an inspiring story where love wins.
GLBT Reviews: The Wedding Heard 'Round the World
This book is recommended for all LGBT-related and general history collections.
The Temple News: Exploring science, understanding sexuality
Tom Waidzunas’ new book chronicles the history of reorientation therapy.
CBS Minnesota: Couple Considering Lawsuit Against Blue Earth County To Legalize Marriage
Jack Baker and Michael McConnell have been fighting for their marriage for 45 years. In 1972, they lost an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, but 43 years later in 2015, the high court cited their case in their ruling legalizing gay marriage.
KNPR: The Little Rascals Revisited
Interview with Julia Lee: It was as I got older that I would look back on the films with a great deal of nostalgia but also but also with a lot of questions since as I got older I started to see these problematic racial portrayals that many people commented on in later years.
Against the Grain: Producing Homelessness
Craig Willse reflects on whether homelessness is actively produced by neoliberal capitalism.

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