Thursday, February 05, 2009

Short Takes

AN EVERGLADES PROVIDENCE is featured in February’s Florida Trend magazine, with a link to this excerpt online.

The LA Times book blog reviewed CIVIL RIGHTS MEMORIALS AND THE GEOGRAPHY OF MEMORY as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day feature. The Metro Spirit of Augusta calls the book “a wealth of knowledge and expertise concerning a fascinating historical era.”

LITTLE WOMEN ABROAD is one of ForeWord magazine’s top 10 outstanding university press titles.

Andrew Porter’s THE THEORY OF LIGHT AND MATTER is reviewed in the Feb/Mar issue of Bookforum.

Labor History (Feb 2009) praises Beth English’s A COMMON THREAD, noting that her study“adds subtlety and nuance to a growing historical attempt to understand deindustrialization, globalization, and capital movement across a much longer temporal spectrum…Historians of the Progressive Era and the Great Depression as well as business, labor, economic, social and Southern historians will find much of value in her wide-ranging analysis.” The same issue says of GREENBACKERS, KNIGHTS OF LABOR, AND POPULISTS: “Hild’s study offers rich detail into how social movements cohere, yet how brittle the adhesive can be. His state-by-state portraits will provide fodder for future research projects, and his inference that Populism was the end of hope rather than its embodiment should touch off spirited academic debate.”

Floyd Skloot’s review of Patrick Phillips’s BOY appeared in the most recent issue of the Harvard Review: “The poet continues to freshen his already profound gifts.”

The Journal of Latin American Studies calls PARAGUAY AND THE UNITED STATES: DISTANT ALLIES “an impressive, eloquently written and fascinating book, and an important and welcome addition to the literature, which will appeal to scholars and students alike.” The January 2009 issue of The Americas finds ECUADOR AND THE UNITED STATES: USEFUL STRANGERS “an excellent starting point for anyone seeking a comprehensive grasp of Ecuador’s history and present.”

ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment enthusiastically reviewed RECONNECTING WITH JOHN MUIR (“This ambitious book does much more than re-connect us with John Muir’s life and work. Terry Gifford provides both a useful re-orientation toward much of the nature writing tradition and an adept demonstration of what he calls ‘post-pastoral practice.’”), COMING INTO CONTACT (“finally delivers what academics and students of ecocriticism have been asking for…a book every teacher of ecocriticism should become familiar with.”) and John Lane’s CIRCLING HOME (“The best essays in the collection resonate with the poignant discovery of how nature and personal history thwart the attempt to circumscribe understanding of them in any decisive way.”)