Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
The North Shore seen through Norwegian eyes
Review of Vidar Sundstol's Minnesota Trilogy.
Why have so many fallen for the Rune Stone hoax?
Artforum: Braving the elements
Review of Jussi Parikka's A GEOLOGY OF MEDIA.
Blogger review: Myths of the Rune Stone
"A thoughtful examination of the competing claims of Nordic-Americans, Catholics, Christian fundamentalists, and Minnesotans . . . a rewarding reading experience."
Possible TV series to be set on the North Shore
Vidar Sundstol's Minnesota Trilogy (The Land of Dreams; Only the Dead; The Ravens) in development as a potential TV series.
The New Yorker: The Koreans at the Top of the Art World
Includes mention of Joan Kee's CONTEMPORARY KOREAN ART.
PopMatters: 'Coin-Operated Americans' Tells of the Time When Arcades Took the Children of Displaced Workers
Review of Carly Kocurek's book, which "comes at a prime moment."
St. Paul Pioneer Press: The War Came Home With Him
"In this beautifully written dual memoir . . . Madison smoothly moves between chapters re-creating her father's terrible imprisonment and her childhood.
Twenty years after the most important U.N. conference on women, what – if anything – has changed?
Piece in the Washington Post co-authored by Alice Kang, author of BARGAINING FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS.
John Howe: How Frank Lloyd Wright's right-hand man flourished in Minnesota
Star Tribune: A book celebrates long-overlooked Minnesota designer John Howe, who served as the right-hand man to famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Critical Lede podcast: Bobby Benedicto
Featuring the author of 'Under Bright Lights.'
MinnPost: Catherine Madison discovers her father’s untold Korean War story
Featuring 'The War Came Home With Him.'
New books in Latino Studies: Deborah R. Vargas
Interview with the author of 'Dissonant Divas.'
'Bamako Sounds is undoubtedly the most intelligent book I’ve read about contemporary Bamako in general, and its music scene in particular.'
Bridges from Bamako blog reviews Ryan Skinner's book.
Pioneer Press: Minnesota writers have produced another good crop of nonfiction
New fiction by Minnesota writers perfect for fall days.
MPR: Architect John Howe mastered organic design
Featuring Jane King Hession, co-author of JOHN HOWE, ARCHITECT.
Seeking balance? Ask a plant
Interview with Mary Siisip Geniusz, author of 'Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask.'
KUMD's MN Reads features Catherine Madison
Interview with the author of 'The War Came Home With Him.'
Norwegian American Weekly: Myths of the Rune Stone
Review of David M. Krueger's book: "Fascinating . . . thoroughly researched . . . highly entertaining."
Boston Review: The Passion of Ellen Willis
“My deepest impulses are optimistic, an attitude that seems to me as spiritually necessary and proper as it is intellectually suspect,” the radical cultural critic and journalist Ellen Willis wrote in 1977. The sentence sums up the writer, the woman—and her contradictions.
Metropolis Magazine: 50 Books to Read This Fall
Our guide to essential reading for the rest of the year, spanning all scales of design, from graphics to cities.
Where is architecture truly 'modern'?
Kathleen James-Chakraborty on Oxford University Press's blog.
Happy birthday, Birchwood Cafe.
Co-owner Tracy Singleton (The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook) looks back on 20 years at her influential Minneapolis restaurant.
Uprising Radio: Measuring Manhood
Interview with author Melissa N. Stein.
Leonardo Reviews: The Way Things Go by Aaron Jaffe
Is The Way Things Go a book that one should read from A to Z, as an old-fashioned book--one of the many objects that were once new and now almost forgotten? Yes, for there is an exceptional drive that makes this work a page-turner.
Star Tribune review: The War Came Home with Him by Catherine Madison
A daughter remembers her troubled ex-POW father.
Indian Country Today Media Network: On Sarah Deer's new book
“Native people suffer from a high rate of social ills—drug abuse and addiction, as well as mental and physical health challenges. Experiencing rape has been shown to increase rates of lung disease, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, obesity.”
MinnPost: 'Degrees of Freedom' chronicles black history in Minnesota during the post-Civil War era
"It was easy, from Minnesota, to cheer on South Carolina as the confederate flag came down at state office buildings."
The War Came Home with Him: 'Moving, positive, and totally gripping'
Review of Catherine Madison's memoir in Emma's Book Blogs/Reviews.
Foreign Affairs reviews 'HIV Exceptionalism'
"A keenly observed case study of the impact of foreign aid on local practices in very poor countries."

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