Publicist Picks: Women’s Bicycle Racing and Three-Minute Essays

Rosemary Sekora is the publicity manager at UNP. Today she shares her thoughts on a couple upcoming titles she’s particularly excited about as a reader since the rest of the publicity team is attending the South Dakota Festival of Books. The books in this discussion will be published in October. 

I am filling in for Anna and Jackson today while they are selling books in South Dakota. Typically Publicist Picks has two individuals discussing what books they are looking forward to the next month. So, in that spirit, I enlisted my cat to help pick one of the books.

You may be thinking, “her cat?!” But yes, it’s true. While Natty may not be the most well-read cat, she does enjoy sitting on things that she shouldn’t be sitting on. Which is why I conducted a little experiment—I put five books around the living room and waited to see which one she would choose. In under five minutes, she made her selection.

Natty_Gilles book

As you can see, Natty’s pick is Women on the Move by Roger Gilles! A very apt choice for a ten year old cat who prefers napping all day. This book tells the full story of America’s most popular arena sport during the 1890s—women’s professional bicycle racing. The pre-publication blurbs use the terms “much-needed look” and “much-deserved light” in describing the book because the subject has been largely forgotten. It’s a great book for the UNP list—offering a unique look at women (on bikes) during a specific period of history.

Another book I’ve been looking forward to is a unique collection of wildlife information you didn’t know you needed in The Three-Minute Outdoorsman Returns by Robert M. Zink. With chapters titled “How Long Have Man and Dog Been Best Friends?” and “Do Fish Feel Pain?” you’d think this would be Natty’s pick for the month. The TOC is entertainment enough—I can’t wait to learn more about moose drool and deer as long-term survivors.

Tune in next month for more reading suggestions from your friendly neighborhood publicity team! (But not Natty, she’s had enough.) 




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