Friday, July 17, 2009

Short Takes

Charles Horner’s RISING CHINA AND ITS POSTMODERN FATE was reviewed in the Asia Chronicle and selected by the editors as one of their Best Books on Asia: “Provides an accessible overview of Chinese history, political science, and historiography while providing a new approach to considering and interpreting Chinese history…well worth the read for anyone looking to begin a more advanced study of China.”

The journal American Studies reviewed Robert H. Woodrum’s “EVERYBODY WAS BLACK DOWN THERE”: “an intriguing account of the disappearing black coal miner during the post-World War II era, and welcome addition to the growing body of historical studies on race and organized labor.”

Poetry news: The July/Aug issue of Boston Review calls FIELD FOLLY SNOW “a rigorous, gorgeous investigation of self, desire, and simple human need.” The Rumpus reviews IF BIRDS GATHER YOUR HAIR FOR NESTING: “In digging up graves and rooting through the past, Anna Journey’s rich lines assert the writing of poetry as the vehicle that can change one’s luck, one’s history and future.”

A PORTRAIT OF HISTORIC ATHENS AND CLARKE COUNTY was reviewed last week in Flagpole Magazine: “Her book is like a conversation with somebody who loves Athens and is full of interesting facts about our town. It’s one of those books that you can open anywhere and find yourself enthralled with some period of Athens history.” Fran Thomas also appeared on WGAU Newsmakers with Tim Bryant; a podcast of the show is available online.

The Athens Banner-Herald covers the University of Georgia Press; ON TARZAN mentioned in the Financial Times.