The Marketeers Club: Summer Reading Sale Suggestions

Right now save 50% on over a thousand different titles from our rich and capacious backlist. From Native American History to Latin American Studies, from Military History to African Poetry, from books on the Great Plains to the literature of the American West, there is a lot to pick from! Having a hard time choosing? A few Marketeers have a some suggestions. 

Erica: I just finished reading Backstage by Ron Hull. Besides telling his own interesting life story that dates back to 1930, he offers a great history of both Nebraska public television and national public television. Ron was also involved in setting up public television in Vietnam during the war, which I didn’t know about.

Mark: Gabriel Okara: Collected Poems is the perfect point of entry into our wide-ranging and award-winning African Poetry Book series that’s curated and edited by our own Professor Kwame Dawes. The first modernist poet of Anglophone Africa, Okara is considered a deity of African literature and his first poems, gathered in this book, are where modern African poetry in English truly started.

Jackson: I’d suggest George McGovern and the Democratic Insurgents. It’s always fascinating and inspiring to take a look back at the activism of the past in a volume so beautifully illustrated and passionately recounted. Hal Elliot Wert’s stunning book captures the righteous fury of a community and shows how the fire’s been kept alive by generations of artists and activists since.

Rosemary: It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Storiesby Erin Flanagan, in the Flyover Fiction series. With story titles like “Dog People” and “A Democrat in Nebraska” this collection is really speaking to me this summer.

Maggie: Fu-Go, by Ross Coen, the story sounds absolutely nuts: Japan actually launched a campaign to send explosive hydrogen balloons across the Pacific, and the U.S. actually had to develop balloon defense strategies. This book is entertaining, informative, and stranger than fiction.

Tish: Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: the Global Phenomenon of Women’s Soccer, by Timothy F. Grainey. While my ten-year-old daughter is glued to the TV watching women’s World Cup Soccer, I got a fresh copy of this book so I could read up on the history of women’s soccer in the U.S. and across the globe. It’s a reminder of the powerful effects of Title 9 legislation and the rippling effects across the world. At home and abroad women have made huge strides in pursuing sports but we still have a long ways to go.


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