Category Archives: Excerpts

December 12

Excerpt: Diversifying Diplomacy

The following is an excerpt from Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar (December 2017) by Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas with Jim Robison.  From Chapter 4: Young, Black, Female, and . . . from the White House   Foreign Service officers serve at some 265 U.S. diplomatic missions, some at embassies and consulates around the world and others […]

November 30

Excerpt: Morta Las Vegas

The following has been excerpted from Morta Las Vegas: CSI and the Problem of the West by Nathaniel Lewis and Stephen Tatum (November 2017). Morta Las Vegas is the latest book in the Postwestern Horizons series.    From Chapter 1: The Problem of the Past   Grissom’s entrance onto the crime scene and into the episode itself […]

November 22

Excerpt: Educated Tastes

The following has been excerpted from Educated Tastes: Food, Drink, and Connoisseur Culture (Nebraska, 2011), a collection of essays edited by Jeremy Strong. This particular essay has been excerpted in honor of the picky eater at your Thanksgiving table.   From “Feeding Finn” by Lisa Harper After a few months of raising a girl and a boy, it […]

November 14

Excerpt: How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan

The following is an excerpt from How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan: Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland (November 2017) by Douglas Grindle.  Prologue In the faded photo a woman stands in bright sunlight in the middle of a poor Afghan village. She gazes confidently into the camera lens. She is in her twenties, with […]

November 09

EXCERPT: Thinking Continental

The following collection of excerpts are from Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time, edited by Tom Lynch, Susan Naramore Maher, Drucilla Wall, and O. Alan Weltzien (November 2017). In recent years, talking about the environment has required the insights not only of scientists but also of poets, humanists, and social scientists. Combining essays, […]

October 30

Excerpt: In Cold Storage

The following is an excerpt from In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains (Bison Books, 2015) by James W. Hewitt. Located in the remote and hilly land north and west of Cambridge, Nebraska, in the southwestern quarter of the state is Harry Strunk Lake, a mecca for Nebraska fishermen. The lake, a Bureau of […]

October 19

Excerpt: Perishing Heathens

The following has been excerpted from Perishing Heathens: Stories of Protestant Missionaries and Christian Indians in Antebellum America by Julius H. Rubin (October 2017). Rubin is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Saint Joseph. His other books include Tears of Repentance: Christian Indian Identity and Community in Colonial Southern New England (Nebraska, 2013), The Other Side of Joy: Religious […]

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 […]