Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
New Books in Political Science: Bargaining for Women's Rights
Alice J. Kang's book focuses on the politics of women's rights in Niger.
New Republic: The Intimate Story of a Gay-Marriage Pioneer
Michael McConnell and Jack Baker applied for their first marriage license 40 years ago, beginning a lifelong battle.
Vivascene: Early Blues
A fascinating study and a compelling read for guitarists, music lovers and social historians alike.
'Everybody's Heard about the Bird' on KAXE
Rick Shefchik talks The Trashmen, The Underbeats, DJ Bill Diehl, Soma Records, the emergence of rock and roll and more.
PopMatters: How Did Four Young Black Boys Become Hollywood Stars During the Height of Jim Crow?
Review of Julia Lee's OUR GANG.
Q&A: A Public Radio Journalist on Writing a Book with a Dying Man
This interview with Cathy Wurzer is a follow-up to the National Book Review's review of 'We Know How This Ends.'
'Portage' transports even a time-hardened paddler
Rochester Post-Bulletin: Sue Leaf has a way of getting down to the nub of why we canoe and the wisdom to be learned from the heat, cold, swamping, easy paddles and fast rapids, both in a canoe and in life.
Library Journal: The Wedding Heard 'Round the World
"(Michael McConnell and Jack Baker's) appeal is how ordinary people can do extraordinary things."
The Family That Canoes Together, Time Travels Together
Review of the new memoir by Sue Leaf, 'Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life'
The Role of Plants in the Order of Life
UTNE exerpt: The story of “The Year the Roses Died” embodies the teaching of the place of plants in our world.
Curbed: Stunning Midcentury Architecture In Minnesota You Haven't Seen Before
On Larry Millett's MINNESOTA MODERN.
Minnesota Women's Press: On Sarah Deer, Changemaker
One in three Native women will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime, compared to one woman in five in the general population.
Flavorwire's 16 Must-Have Gifts for the Movie Geek In Your Life
Includes Awakening the Eye by George Kouvaros.
PopMatters: Do We Need a Book That Talks About Videogames in Relation to Kant's Thoughts on the Sublime?
Whether you played Pac-Man as a kid, are a videogame fanatic, or simply enjoy 'Words with Friends,' HOW TO TALK ABOUT VIDEOGAMES has much to offer.
Blogging death, and searching for meaning in a painful decline
The National Book Review on We Know How This Ends (Bruce Kramer and Cathy Wurzer).
Fox 9: A book that rocks and rolls
M. A. Rosko talks with Rick Shefchik.
Roy Christopher: Pseudonymity, Anonymity, and Obfuscation
Review of Improper Names by Marco Deseriis.
Publishers Weekly: Our Gang
Review of Julia Lee's book on The Little Rascals.
The Atlantic: A new book offers a different perspective on The Little Rascals.
Review of Julia Lee's OUR GANG.
Interchange – Embodied By Prisons: First the Whip, Then the Chains, and Then…
Interview with Lisa Guenther, author of SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.
The New Inquiry: Media Matters
Silicon Valley’s rhetoric of magical innovation relies on a hidden abode of rare earth mining and hydro-cooled server farms. A review of Jussi Parikka's A GEOLOGY OF MEDIA.
Kare 11: Birchwood Cafe recipes at home
Pear Cranberry Chutney with Tracy Singleton and Marshall Paulsen of The Birchwood Cafe.
Modern love: Book sheds light on midcentury modernism in Minnesota
Star Tribune: Architectural historian Larry Millett's latest book sheds light on midcentury modernism in Minnesota – and how it shaped the Twin Cities we know today.
Larry Millett makes the case for saving midcentury architecture
MinnPost reviews MINNESOTA MODERN.
Lavender: America’s First Gay Marriage, 44 Years Later
Interview with Michael McConnell and Jack Baker.
MinnPost: 'Everybody's Heard about the Bird' meant to be savored and saved.
From its beautiful first sentence (“In the beginning was Augie Garcia”) to the gorgeous up-from-the-archives posters and photos and meticulous reporting that fills its 350 pages, this is a book made and meant to be savored and saved.
Uprising with Sarah Deer
There is an epidemic of rape in the United States.
MPR: The story behind 'Surfin' Bird'
Pioneer Press: The heart of Minnesota's rock scene in the 1960s
Pioneer Press features Rick Shefchik's EVERYBODY'S HEARD ABOUT THE BIRD.
MPR: Confronting sexual violence against Native women
Interview with Sarah Deer, author of THE BEGINNING AND END OF RAPE.

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