April 28

News and Reviews

Books   American English, Italian Chocolate Rick Bailey Starred review from Publishers Weekly: “The essays read like the best of short stories: their significance extends beyond what is on the page.” The Blind Man and the Loon Craig Mishler Praise from Cultural Analysis: “A significant example of what twenty-first century folklorists do… yet another contribution of the press […]

April 27

Excerpt: One Nation Under Baseball

The following is an excerpt from One Nation Under Baseball: How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime by John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro (April 2016). The book highlights the intersection between American society and America’s pastime during the 1960s. Now until May 8, you can enter to win a free copy on Goodreads from the authors.  […]

April 26

Excerpt: Street Democracy

The Mexican Experience Series explores the rich and varied character of the Mexican experience through narrative, description, and analysis. With an emphasis on the many Mexican cultures, the series examines historical, anthropological, geographical, ethnographical, and environmental issues in modern Mexico. The following is an excerpt from one of the newest books in the series, Street Democracy: Vendors, […]

April 25

Happy Book Birthday to The Solace of Stones!

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, NetGalley ratings, and more! This month we’re saying Happy First Book Birthday to The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness (Bison Books, April 2016) by Julie Riddle! Riddle is the creative-nonfiction editor for Rock & Sling and the craft-essay editor for Brevity. She works as senior writer […]

April 24

EXCERPT: Saving One’s Own

The following has been excerpted from Saving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers during the Holocaust by Mordecai Paldiel (Jewish Publication Society, 2017). In a 2002 publication about the role of non-Jewish rescuers of Jews, Holocaust historian Nechama Tec, who earlier wrote on Polish rescuers of Jews, lamented, “Why had I overlooked the rescue of Jews by Jews? . […]

April 21

What We’re Reading

April 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.   Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders “As always with my books, it was our Book Club book this month. It’s […]

April 20

ICYMI: William Daniels has been talking about his memoir

William Daniels is no stranger to the public eye: he’s an Emmy-winning actor, former Screen Actors Guild president, and a certain generation’s favorite on-screen teacher. Mr. Daniels is making the publicity rounds for his new book There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others (March 2017). […]

April 19

From the Desk of Louis A. Del Monte: United States’ ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ and Other Nanoweapons

The following contribution comes from Louis A. Del Monte, author of Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity (April 2017). Del Monte is an award-winning physicist and speaker and is the chief executive officer of Del Monte and Associates, Inc. During his thirty-year career as a physicist and business executive at IBM and Honeywell, he led the development of microelectronics and sensors […]

April 18

EXCERPT: Exiles in Sepharad

The following has been excerpted from Exiles in Sepharad: The Jewish Millennium in Spain by Jeffrey Gorsky (Jewish Publication Society, 2015).    Chapter 6: A Golden Age of Poetry A New Hebrew Posey The exposure to Muslim culture fostered the emergence of great Jewish poets. The confluence of a rich Arab poetic tradition with biblical Hebrew and the […]

April 17

Excerpt: Olympic Collision

Enjoy an excerpt from Olympic Collision: The Story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd (Nebraska, 2015) by Kyle Keiderling in honor of the Boston Marathon and Joeth Zucco, Senior Project Editor at UNP, who is running in the race. Good luck, Joeth!  FIFTEEN. World Champ Zola Budd was back on British soil and would begin her […]