Friday, January 16, 2009

Short Takes

AN EVERGLADES PROVIDENCE, Jack E. Davis’s biography of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, gets advance praise in Library Journal: “Davis offers an impressive look at America during Douglas's lifetime and the growth of America's environmental movement. This outstanding volume is essential for environmental and history collections.”

Despite lamenting its scholarly rather than popular bent, PopMatters says of Jeanne Campbell Reesman’s forthcoming JACK LONDON’S RACIAL LIVES: “History seems to have dealt London a bad hand as he’s now best remembered as an adventure story writer meant for Boy Scouts and teen naturalists. Reesman knows better. Her detailed explications of London’s life and writings reveal the complicated and radical thought behind his fiction.”

A review in Rain Taxi engages and wrestles with Dawn Lundy Martin’s A GATHERING OF MATTER/A MATTER OF GATHERING, ultimately concluding that Martin “. . . certainly matches, sometimes even bests, our contemporary greats in lyricism and shift of wit, and has an undeniable talent for concretizing physical manifestations of the macabre. Deeper still, she has a love of place and history that, given full room, will provide good root for a future beyond grieving. . . . A GATHERING OF MATTER/A MATTER OF GATHERING does not raise new landscapes from the charred pain at its core, but it heralds a talented and terrifying voice, and this is bounty enough for now.”

The new American Historical Review commends three UGA Press books: ATLANTIC LOYALTIES (“reveals new insights into the meanings of colonialism and independence in North America”), ENTREPRENEURS IN THE SOUTHERN UPCOUNTRY (“Deeply researched…exemplifies much about what is best in local history”), and THE LEADER AND THE CROWD (“an impressive intellectual history”). Full reviews:

On “Morning Line,” a television show on Nashville’s CBS affiliate, TURTLES OF THE SOUTHEAST was described as “Everything you need to know about the 42 species of turtles and how to tell age and gender differences as well as what that blotch behind their eye means. An inspirational work for every reptile lover.”