Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
Book Riot: The Most Successful Book Thief in American History
The recently-released The Last Bookseller: A Life in the Rare Book Trade also includes a portion dedicated to author Gary Goodman’s encounter with Blumberg.
Duluth Reader Best of the Northland 2021
Linda LeGarde Grover is a professor of American Indian Studies at UMD, a novelist and former Reader columnist. “Gichigami Hearts” is her fifth book, a collection of stories, legends, poetry, and memoir set in Duluth and spanning history over hundreds of years, from a Native American perspective. The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls it an “artful weaving of family, history, myth and magic.”
Jesse LeCavalier discusses Walmart on Bloomberg Markets: What'd You Miss?
Jesse LeCavalier, author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment, discusses Walmart on Bloomberg TV's What'd You Miss?
Lean Out with Tara Henley: Conversation with Catherine Liu
In our conversation today on the podcast, Liu touches on everything from mommy bloggers to land acknowledgements — and argues that we must insist on viewing society’s current struggles through an economic lens.
KPFA: "Thinking with Thoreau"
Species extinction and loss of biodiversity may seem like twenty-first century concerns, but, according to Wai Chee Dimock, nineteenth-century thinkers like Thoreau anticipated irreversible changes to the natural world. Thoreau, she asserts, was deeply concerned about the fate of both wildlife and Native American populations.
MinnPost: How to eat like Will Steger
“The Steger Homestead Kitchen: Simple Recipes for an Abundant Life,” is a cookbook, yes, but one that addresses climate change and environmental problems by offering good food using local, organic ingredients that don’t create a lot of waste.
Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Good food made simple"
It all underscores the Steger Wilderness Center’s dedication to living in a carbon-neutral way while enjoying the abundance of nature. Every recipe is simple, straightforward, and worthy of a table in the back woods or in a city apartment.
Peggy Wang on New Books in Chinese Studies
In the book, Wang asks readers to reconsider the term “global” and “world” in relation to the (often simplistically interpreted) artistic projects of some of the most famous Chinese artists of the postsocialist period. A meticulously researched chapter is devoted to: Zhang Xiaogang, Wang Guangyi, Sui Jianguo, Zhang Peili, and Lin Tianmiao. In each case, Wang argues that their oeuvres are critical projects that are shaped by and comment upon artists’ and art critics’ self-understanding as Chinese actors in ambivalent relation to the newly accessible “Western art world.”
American Exception Podcast: Cancelling the PMC
Aaron talks with Catherine Liu and Dan Kovalik about the Professional Managerial Class, "cancel culture," and US empire. Liu is a professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of California at Irvine and the author of Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Managerial Class.
Star Tribune: Arctic explorer Will Steger shares recipes and reflections from his Minnesota homestead
This transporting collection, which Steger wrote with his niece Rita Mae Steger and local cookbook author Beth Dooley, is as much a cookbook as it is an argument for eating whole, clean and local during a time of environmental strife.
CBS: Jessie Diggins on her historic win at Beijing Olympics
Jessie Diggins took bronze in the women's individual freestyle cross-country skiing competition during the 2022 Winter Olympics, making history as the first American athlete to medal in the category. Jamie Yuccas has more on her journey to Beijing.
The Tech Humanist Show with Kate O'Neill: How Can Technology Help With Our Mental Health?
Today we are joined by Emma Bedor Hiland who teaches in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. Her research examines the relationships between health, technology, and culture.
Enter MN: Spotlight on University Grove with Jane King Hession
For insight on the Grove and its enduring appeal, ENTER spoke with Jane King Hession, architectural historian and author of Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture. Elizabeth (“Lisl”) and Winston Close, founders of Close Associates, designed 15 houses in the Grove, including one for their own family.
Ramsey County Historical Society: A Private Wilderness
Anyone who is working to write and publish may see in his dedication a path towards realizing their own vision. And if they happen to visit the wilderness for inspiration, Olson would be the first to approve.
Publishers Weekly: University of Minnesota Press Reissues 1968 Picture Book
Last month the University of Minnesota Press reissued in hardcover format The Big Island: A Story of Isle Royale by Julian May, illustrated by John Schoenherr – who won the Caldecott in 1988 for Owl Moon, written by Jane Yolen.
AIPT Science: 'Monster Theory Reader' aiming for scholarship of the fantastic
One of the virtues of The Monster Theory Reader is how Weinstock has worked to establish an intellectual continuity throughout.
KAXE: Retired MN Bookseller Gary Goodman Reflects on 40 Years of Books
Gary Goodman interviewed on KAXE "What We're Reading"
Biden appoints Aimi Hamraie to U.S. Access Board
Dr. Aimi Hamraie (they/them) is a disabled designer and scholar, with expertise in architectural and digital media accessibility. They are the author of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), a history of the Universal Design movement and accessibility standards in the United States.
BuzzFeed: At The End Of This Encanto Quiz You'll Get The Perfect Book Recommendation
Look, I know we're not supposed to talk about Bruno...but...
MSP Magazine: Will Steger cares deeply about pie and family, which are at the forefront of a new cookbook
Vox: "William Mumler claimed he could photograph ghosts ... and no one could prove he couldn't"
THE STRANGE CASE OF WILLIAM MUMLER, SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHER recommended reading in Vox's Darkroom video series.
The Circle: If you want stark clarity and unbridled truth, read these essays
The book stared back. I opened it, started to read and could not put it down. Dear reader, if you like hearing the words of language masters, if you seek hope, or want to walk in the shoes of another, if you want stark clarity and unbridled truth, read these essays.
New Books in Film: Karen Redrobe and Jeff Scheible
In Deep Mediations: Thinking Space in Cinema and Digital Cultures (U of Minnesota Press, 2021), co-editors Karen Redrobe and Jeff Scheible argue that the notion of “depth” is a multivalent one in the field of the humanities. In literary criticism, “depth” is a term that can qualify the profoundness of a given text and the ways that we analyze it, while for film theorists “depth” typically refers to the volume and spatial coordinates of the moving image.
Star Tribune Don't Miss: 'After Effects'
A week after her beloved husband died of cancer, Andrea Gilats found the new silence in her home crushing. "I decided that I would simply resume talking with him, both aloud and in daily letters," she writes in her memoir of grief, "After Effects." And write to him she did, every day, for two years. But it didn't help. The grief that she experienced over her loss was profound, debilitating, life-limiting — and nothing helped.
UC Irvine School of the Humanities Q&A with Bert Winther-Tamaki
Soil is fundamental to life on Earth. It grows our food, regenerates our organic material, and underlies our cities and countryside. Soil is everywhere—but can it be art?
Horn Book Review of Grandmother's Pigeon
Realistic-looking illustrations ground the story in naturalism, while inventive — and unexplained — details allow the inquisitive young people, with their ever-changing facial expressions, to honor their grandmother’s wishes.
Profit Over Privacy in London School of Economics Review of Books
London School of Economics - Revealing the emergence of a market logic that has placed individual surveillance at its core, [Matthew Crain's Profit Over Privacy] is a forceful and engaging book, writes Agustin Ferrari Braun.
Star Tribune: What's up and coming in Minnesota entertainment
Duluth's Ojakangas takes on Minnesota's unofficial state dish in this reprint, first published in 2008, featuring 500 casseroles to suit all tastes and occasions.
Bethany Wiggin discusses climate stories on UPenn 'Understand This' podcast
In the latest episode of Penn Today’s ‘Understand This …’ podcast series, Bethany Wiggin of the School of Arts & Sciences and Jennifer Pinto-Martin of the School of Nursing discuss climate stories, climate grief, and climate literacy.
Historical Novel Society: Olav Audunssøn: Providence
Replete with family feuds, betrayal, clandestine love, and the consequences of a man’s infidelity to his own honor, the Audunssøn saga is recommended reading.

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