News and Reviews



Abraham Joshua Heschel: Mind, Heart, Soul

Edward K. Kaplan

Review in the Wall Street Journal:

“In this admiring and detailed biography, Mr. Kaplan shows that Heschel’s journey from tradition to modernity began early . . . Mr. Kaplan shows that Heschel’s embrace of a “prophetic” role . . . [and] could rise to public honor while pursuing such a calling is a testament to the America of his time, as well as to the power of his faith.”



Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption

Susan Devan Harness

Review in Transmotion:

“Harness’s book showcases both her expertise as a cultural anthropologist researching transracial Native American adoption and her personal experiences with the difficulties of growing up Indian in a white world in Montana. Bitterroot is a profoundly personal account of what it means to battle two diametrically opposed versions of internalized and externalized racism.”



The Greatest Upset Never Seen: Virginia, Chaminade, and the Game That Changed College Basketball

Jack Danilewicz

Feature in the Staunton News Leader:

“Jack Danilewicz, a veteran newspaper journalist, has chronicled not only that game but all that surrounded it and the lasting impact it has had.”



Of Fathers and Fire: A Novel

Steven Wingate

Review in Image Journal:

“In its explorations of this wild and very American spirituality, Of Fathers and Fire places itself in an emerging context of literary treatments of the excesses, hazards, and fascinations of para-Christian faith. . . What Wingate adds to these worthy books is an exploration of the barbarian psychology of the teenage religious obsessive, someone for whom any moment is one in which the sacred can erupt.”



Sacred Seeds: New World Plants in Early Modern English Literature

Edward McLean Test

Review from Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment:

Sacred Seeds is an important book that underscores the ways in which global botanical knowledge and management has the power to shape human cultures and interactions for better or for worse. It is a timely topic in a world of border crossings, monoculture, and dwindling biodiversity among native plants.”



The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age

Robert Aquinas McNally

Review in Dime Library:

“I came to this book interested mostly in the context, but came away impressed by one of the most even-handed, well-researched, and page-turning pieces of history writing I’ve consumed in quite some time. . . The Modoc War recounts one of the darkest chapters in that campaign with a rare sensitivity and deft prosaic skill.”



Dennis Spragg


Author quoted in a feature in the Washington Post.


H. Lee Barnes


Author interviewed in War & Life: Discussions with Veterans:



Press News

The University of Nebraska Press featured in the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Research annual report.

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