What a year 2017 has been—the University of Nebraska Press launched three new academic book series, welcomed a new marketing manager to the team, and had many of our books appear in national media year-round. Here are some of our favorite reviews:
There I Go Again by William Daniels and Fit for the Presidency? by Seymour Morris both appeared in Wall Street Journal this year. The New York Times Book Review gave a nod to Chris Dubbs’ American Journalists in the Great War as well as Raul Gallegos’ Crude Nation. In Publishers Weekly, we saw wonderful reviews of Saga of Chief Joseph, Bison Classic Edition by Helen Howard; Publisher for the Masses, Emmanuel Haldeman-Julius by R. Alton Lee, Perla by Frédéric Brun; American English, Italian Chocolate by Rick Bailey; The January Children by Safia Elhillo, and It’s My Country, Too, edited by Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow. One of The Jewish Publication Society‘s most ambitious collections, Outside the Bible, was reviewed in the Jewish Review of Books. The Black Bruins by James Johnson received a starred review from Kirkus. Making My Pitch by Ila Borders also received a starred review, this one from Booklist—and who could forget Booklist‘s glowing review of Glory Days, wherein the reviewer called author Melissa Fraterrigo the literary love child of Willa Cather and Cormac McCarthy?
In addition, our other baseball books experienced a successful year. Steve Steinberg appeared on the MLB Network with a most excellent tie for his new book, Urban Shocker. And another interview appeared in print beside a review in Yankees Magazine. ESPNW gave a shout-out to Making My Pitch while MiLB.com sang the praises of Dennis Snelling’s Lefty O’Doul. Snelling’s book also appeared beside Robert F. Garratt’s Home Team in the San Francisco Chronicle.
While our books have had their fair share of the media spotlight, our authors were also actively writing for national publications. Andrei A. Kovalev’s article about Putin appeared in Newsweek; Jerri Bell’s thoughts on Veterans Day appeared in the Washington Post; and John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro, the authors of One Nation Under Baseball, wrote for the New Yorker.
These are just a sampling of the reviews we’ve received from journals, blogs, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, radio shows, and even Twitter followers all year. (We saw about 1,185 media mentions in 2017—not including social media.) And we are so grateful to see such a positive response from our readers. In the words of Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, it makes us feel as if “all our hard work ain’t been in vain fer nothin’.”
As the year comes to a close, the “Best of 2017” lists have flourished. Below are a few lists where our books have been mentioned—and we’re glad to be in such good company.
Here’s to a well-read 2018!
-The Publicity Team at UNP
Chicago Review of Books “The Best Fiction Books of 2017”
Bustle “13 Books By & About Women That You Might Have Missed In 2017 — But Shouldn’t”
The Modoc War
Robert Aquinas McNally
True West “Best of West” (And UNP was chosen as a Readers’ Choice for Best Western History University Press!)
It’s My Country, Too
Edited by Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow
Military Times “Best Books of 2017”
Walter Harper, Alaska Native Son
Mary F. Ehrlander
Fairbanks News-Miner’s “Books of 2017: What you should be reading”