Category Archives: Excerpts

September 22

Excerpt: The Golden Fleece

The following is the foreword by Wesley Clark from The Golden Fleece: High-Risk Adventure at West Point (September 2017) by Tom Carhart. Clark is a retired U.S. Army four-star general, Vietnam War veteran, and valedictorian of the West Point class of ’66.   Over thirty years ago a young Washington Post reporter chose to write a compelling memoir of […]

September 18

Excerpt: Black Jesus and Other Superheroes

The following excerpt comes from Black Jesus and Other Superheroes: Stories by Venita Blackburn (September 2017).   The Immolator In protest of unyielding circumstances, monks have been known to walk into public squares and quietly set themselves on fire. I prefer to make noise. I bake bread now and die a little every day in flour and […]

September 08

Excerpt: White Gold

The following has been excerpted from White Gold: Stories of Breast Milk Sharing (September 2017) by Susan Falls. Falls is a professor of anthropology at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Preface My son has more than twenty-five siblings—milk siblings, that is. I first learned of milk siblings not by reading about kinship with my Anthro­pology […]

August 31

EXCERPT: The Coming Man from Canton

The following has been excerpted from The Coming Man from Canton: Chinese Experience in Montana, 1862-1943 (Nebraska, 2017) by Christopher W. Merritt.  From Chapter 1: Entrance and Expansion, 1962-1880 Weaving together archaeological and historical sources regarding the Chinese experience in Montana completes a more holistic image of the Chinese in the state. Archaeological data, the material remains of […]

August 24

Excerpt: Colonized through Art

The following has been excerpted from Colonized through Art: American Indian Schools and Art Education, 1889-1915 (August 2017) by Marinella Lentis.  From the Introduction Every child enjoys drawing with colored pencils, crayons, and markers and putting on paper his ideas about the world around him. Similarly, children love to touch and feel things with their own hands, give shape to […]

August 21

EXCERPT: The Spirit and the Sky

The following has been excerpted from The Spirit and the Sky: Lakota Visions of the Cosmos by Mark Hollabaugh (Nebraska 2017), in honor of the solar eclipse occurring today. From Chapter 7: Eclipses and the Aurora Borealis Although celestial displays that occur over repeated and easily measured time intervals are the basis of time-telling systems, some celestial […]

August 16

Excerpt: Bootleggers and Borders

The following is an excerpt from Bootleggers and Borders: The Paradox of Prohibition on a Canada-U.S. Borderland (Nebraska, 2014) by Stephen T. Moore.  From Chapter 4: The Halcyon Days of Rum-Running Roy Haynes, the second U.S. commissioner of prohibition and an astute observer of the border’s effect on the liquor traffic, once remarked that it was […]

August 09

Excerpt: Upstairs at the Roosevelts’

The following has been excerpted from Upstairs at the Roosevelts’: Growing Up with Franklin and Eleanor (July 2017).  Chapter 1: My Twelve Years in the White House The question most frequently asked of me is, “What was life like in the White House?” A response saying that it was “wonderful, fantastic, unforgettable and yet a disaster” only provokes […]

July 25

Excerpt: Think of Lampedusa

Earlier this month, The Guardian published “‘Do-gooders’ no more: Lampedusans turn against refugee tide as patience wears thin,” which brings attention to the recent mayoral election on the small Italian island and what it means for its resident and migrant populations. Giusi Nicolini, celebrated around the world for her commitment to welcoming refugees, was defeated by former […]

July 18

Excerpt: The Letters of Henry James

Earlier this month, Holland Cotter highlighted the artistic work and influence of Henry James in his New York Times article on the Morgan Library & Museum’s exhibition, “Henry James and American Painting.” The article brings up several people featured in the exhibit and throughout James’ life, including Elizabeth Boott, a close friend and painter. At UNP, Henry […]