Short Takes: News and Reviews

BBM book lauch with logos.jpgIf you find yourself in or near Atlanta on May 18, join the University of Georgia Press and A Cappella Books for the book launch and reception of Blood, Bone, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews. Author Ted Geltner will speak in conversation with author Michael Connelly and other special guests. Admission is free and valet parking will be available. See the Facebook event page for more details—and let us know if you’re coming!

We’re also giving away Blood, Bone, and Marrow t-shirts. The contest is open until April 30th, so there’s still time if you want one. And if you’re a GoodReader, you can enter our bundle giveaway for a chance to win a t-shirt AND a copy of the book. Stay tuned to the Blood, Bone, and Marrow website for event news and other updates on the book.

We’ve won an IPPY! Congratulations to editors David Lazar and Patrick Madden and contributors to After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays on winning gold in the Essay/Creative Nonfiction category for the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The 20th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards in will be presented in Chicago on Tuesday, May 10th, from 6:30-9:30 pm at Skydeck on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower.

Lots of great review highlights for our books this week. And keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or enewsletter for daily and weekly updates if you don’t already.

In twenty-one delicately crafted pieces, some no more than brief vignettes, Livingston brings forth a remarkable group of women and girls from the past, all of them lost in one way or another. Most have been lost to history, and many lost their lives or their authentic selves—sometimes both—to a culture that offered them no safe place. Livingston engages her subjects in a deeply personal way, bringing her own fascination, sympathy, and identification with them into her accounts. She imagines her way into their lives with a lyrical intensity, making her response to their stories the bridge that delivers them from obscurity. . . . Livingston engages her subjects in a deeply personal way, bringing her own fascination, sympathy, and identification with them into her accounts. . . . Livingston’s visceral understanding of the myriad ways the world confines women and destroys them, robbing them of the fullness of what they might have been, gives the stories in Ladies Night a power they wouldn’t otherwise have.”

—Maria Browning, Chapter16.org

“Public historians will be particularly pleased to read Sutter’s arguments for interpreting this story to visitors at Providence Canyon Park. . . . His vision for bringing the complexities of environmental history to our public parks and forests is certainly a welcome one, and an approach full of exciting possibilities.”

—Al Hester, H-Net Reviews

Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies is not light reading, but the book is essential to those interested in the history of geologic surveys and soil conservation from a national perspective, and it is vital to the understanding of a lost economy based on farming, and of how an economically depressed area might rise from the gullies to reinvent itself.”

—A.W. Blalock, Northeast Georgia Living

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Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs
Edited by Tess Chakkalakal and Kenneth W. Warren

“Chakkalakal and Warren have assembled a range of impressive contributions from both rising and established scholars of African American literature. Their rather considerable expertise on turn of the century Jim Crow culture and history makes the book accessible to readers who are unfamiliar with the strange and wonderful universe summoned in Griggs’s fiction. At the same time, their historical and political lens proves to be an ideal strategy for persuading literary critics about the aesthetic value and significance of Griggs’s idiosyncratic narratives.”

—Justin Rogers-Cooper, The Journal of African American History

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Mapping Region in Early American Writing
Edited by Edward Watts, Keri Holt, and John Funchion

Demonstrating that the antebellum US sustained a vibrant tradition of regional literature, these essays collectively argue that local writing complicated and/or contended with a federalist narrative of nation building. Throughout, the contributors draw attention to how early American literature was shaped by such local factors as overlapping legal imperatives, methods of crop production, and sustained race prejudice. The essays reveal impressive archival work that frequently unearthed interesting regional issues across a diverse collection of locales—from the West Indies to California, from Mexico to New York, from New Orleans to New Bedford.”

—G. D. MacDonald, Choice

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Tennessee Women
Their Lives and Times
Edited by Beverly Greene Bond and Sarah Wilkerson Freeman
Volume 2

“Each essay is well-researched and includes a bibliography. A helpful index is also included for researchers and/or students seeking a specific event or person. Both volumes would be an excellent addition to any type of library in Tennessee or the South as it relates specifically to its general history.”

-Gayla B. Hall, Tennessee Libraries

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Penn Center
A History Preserved
Orville Vernon Burton with Wilbur Cross
Foreword by Emory S. Campbell

“One of the most critical aspects of this book is that is recounts the story of Penn Center from the diaries, writings, observations, and feelings of women teachers, activists, social workers, and midwives – highlighting the significant role women played throughout the course of the school’s history. . . . Their stories and the many others provided in this book about visitors such as Martin Luther King Jr. are informative and compelling. I positively recommend this book.”

-Antoinette T. Jackson, The Journal of American History

Privateers of the Americas is a solid contribution to the literature regarding Spanish American privateering. Head has presented a fine distillation of the privateering enterprise. His research is admirable, his writing style is eminently readable, and his analysis of the workings of the business of Spanish American ‘privateering’ is unassailable.”—The Northern Mariner

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