From the Desk of Robert Aquinas McNally: California’s Genocide Steps into the Light

Robert Aquinas McNally is the author of The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age (Bison Books, 2017), which won a 2018 Commonwealth Club of California gold medal for the year’s best book on California. … Continue reading From the Desk of Robert Aquinas McNally: California’s Genocide Steps into the Light

Happy Book Birthday to Prudence Bushnell’s memoir

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Birthday to Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience by Prudence Bushnell.   About the Book: On August 7, 1998, three years before President George W. Bush declared the War on Terror, the radical Islamist group al-Qaeda bombed the American embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where Prudence Bushnell was serving as U.S. ambassador. Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience is her account of what happened, how it happened, and its impact twenty years later. When the bombs went off in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania that day, Congress was in … Continue reading Happy Book Birthday to Prudence Bushnell’s memoir

Happy Book Birthday to American Radiance!

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Birthday to American Radiance by Luisa Muradyan!  About the Book: Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, American Radiance, at turns funny, tragic, and haunting, reflects on the author’s experience immigrating as a child to the United States from Ukraine in 1991. What does it mean to be an American? Luisa Muradyan doesn’t try to provide an answer. Instead, the poems in American Radiance look for a home in history, folklore, misery, laughter, language, and Prince’s outstretched hand. Colliding with the grand figures of late ’80s and early ’90s pop culture, … Continue reading Happy Book Birthday to American Radiance!

Happy Book Birthday to African American Officers in Liberia

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Birthday to African American Officers in Liberia: A Pestiferous Rotation, 1910–1942  (Potomac Books, 2018) by Brian G. Shellum.  About the Book: African … Continue reading Happy Book Birthday to African American Officers in Liberia