May 23

From the Desk of Gabriela Zamorano Villarreal: Politics and Media Practices

The following is a contribution from Gabriela Zamorano Villarreal, author of Indigenous Media and Political Imaginaries in Contemporary Bolivia (July 2017). Zamorano Villarreal is a professor-researcher at El Colegio de Michoacán, Centro de Estudios Antropológicos in Zamora, Michoacán, México. She is the coeditor of De frente al perfil: Retratos raciales de Frederick Starr, a book in Spanish on […]

May 22

EXCERPT: The Cult of the Modern

The following has been excerpted from The Cult of the Modern: Trans-Mediterranean France and the Construction of French Modernity by Gavin Murray-Miller (Nebraska, 2017).   From Chapter 5: Old Ends and New Means During the month of February 1853, the lawyer and future politician Émile Ollivier visited the salon of Marie de Flavigny, Comtesse d’Agoult, bettervknown to […]

May 19

From the Desk of Jerri Bell: Women’s History in the Military

The following is a contribution from Jerri Bell, co-editor of It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan (July 2017). Bell is a retired naval officer and the managing editor of O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. Below she writes about what Armed Forces Day means for her as a […]

May 18

What We’re Reading

May Staff Reading List UNP staff members are always reading new books, both within our list and outside of what we publish. Here are some of the books where our noses have been buried.   Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil de Grasse Tyson “Since I’m married to someone with a fascination with physics […]

May 17

From the Desks of Curtis Hinsley and David Wilcox: A Confrontation of Understanding

The following contribution is from Curtis M. Hinsley and David R. Wilcox, editors of Coming of Age in Chicago: The 1893 World’s Fair and the Coalescence of American Anthropology (Nebraska, 2016). Hinsley is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of History and Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University. Wilcox is the former head of the anthropology department at the Museum of Northern […]

May 16

Reading List: Study with JPS

The Jewish Publication Society has been publishing thoughtful and thought-provoking books in Jewish literature and history for more than 125 years. This list highlights some of their Bible studies, commentaries, and other books helpful for devotion.   The Commentator’s Bible: Deuteronomy Edited, translated, and annotated by Michael Carasik “Anyone who is unfamiliar with medieval commentary, or […]

May 15

Excerpt: Your Midwest Garden

The following is an excerpt from Your Midwest Garden: An Owner’s Manual (Bison Books, 2013) by Jan Riggenbach. These tips are for gardeners planting in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Chapter 7: Vegetables  BEANS  Fresh-picked green beans are a superb taste treat I look forward to every […]

May 12

News and Reviews

Books Lefty O’Doul Dennis Snelling Review in “…an artful job of toggling back and forth between O’Doul’s life story and focusing on the trip to Japan in 1949.”   It’s My Country Too Edited by Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow Praise from Publishers Weekly: “…Bell and Crow have done a service by amplifying the important voices […]

May 11

Happy Book Birthday to Wartime Basketball!

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, ratings, and more! This month we’re saying Happy First Book Birthday to Wartime Basketball: The Emergence of a National Sport during World War II (Nebraska, 2016) by Douglas Stark. Sark is the museum director at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. He is the […]

May 10

Coming Home to Memoir

Originally posted on Books Combined:
Teachers suggested many books for me to read when I was young, so I slogged through a canonical list of Austen, Dickens, Eliot, Hawthorne, Melville, and Maugham. These are all worthy should reads. They forced me to imagine life beyond my small town of Emporia, Kansas. The conventions of fiction—Aristotle’s…