Publicist Picks: Western Americana, a Publishing Icon, and Other June Books

Jackson Adams and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP. Today they share their thoughts about a couple upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in June.

Jackson Adams: I know it’s easy to feel exhausted by politics as election season ramps up so it can take something specific and necessary to inspire me to read something explicitly political before November. Political Godmother: Nackey Scripps Loeb and the Newspaper That Shook the Republican Party tells the story of Loeb’s influence, starting with New Hampshire’s Union Leader newspaper and leading to being a major power player in the Republican Party of the 1980s and 90s. It’s a fascinating portrait that neither condones or condemns the actions of the subject.

What are you into this month, Anna?

Anna Weir: With the recent launch of our Virtually Bison Books tour, my eyes are drawn westward. One of the towering figures of Western American History is William “Buffalo Bill” Cody—and who better to inform us about Cody’s world and influence than George Beck, who helped co-found Cody, Wyoming in the 1890s? In Beckoning Frontiers, Beck allows us glimpses into early life in Wyoming as well as personal interactions with other legends of American History, from Calamity Jane to Theodore Roosevelt.

What else are you excited for this month, Jackson?

JA: I’ve also been looking westward lately, with my eyes on literary criticism. We Who Work the West: Class, Labor, and Space in Western American Literature delves into how the lives of characters throughout American literature focused on the west has changed over the decades. The book’s focus, on how labor and work is depicted, is most interesting as the book deals with more contemporary literature, like the works of Cormac McCarthy, that tangle with both the myth of the American working west and the mirage of a self-made man that has evaporated.

What else are you reading, Anna?

AW: Looking out over the expanse of land between the Mississippi and the Pacific and all that’s been written about it, knowing where to begin and where to go from there can be a bit daunting. Thankfully Brady Harrison and Randi Lynn Tanglen are here to help with Teaching Western American Literature. This collection assembles insights from pioneering western studies instructors to translate such a broad topic into a digestible classroom setting, for undergraduate and graduate students and for interested readers of American Literature looking for a little guidance.

Tune in next month for more reading recommendations from your friendly neighborhood publicists!

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