Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Short Takes

George Derek Musgrove is interviewed on 88.1 WYPR The Signal for his new book RUMOR, REPRESSION, AND RACIAL POLITICS (listen here), as well as on The Root.

Vincent Carretta is interviewed on the New Books Network (listen here) for his book PHILLIS WHEATLEY.

UPHEAVAL IN CHARLESTON was one of four finalists for the South Carolina Historical Society's  2011 George C. Rogers Jr. Award.

Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius are commended by Chronicles Magazine for their book UPHEAVAL IN CHARLESTON, in which they have "created a narrative history, intricate and meticulously documented, that reads like a well-plotted novel, largely avoiding the tedium of far to many academic histories."

The London Review of Books includes a review covering four books about Samuel Johnson's life, including Sir John Hawkins' THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. edited by O M Brack, Jr.

University of Georgia's Columns newspaper writes that "In evocative photography and elegant prose, [ALTAMAHA] captures the distinctive beauty of this river and offers a portrait of the man who has become its improbable guardian." 

Booklist includes two Press author's highlights this week. One for Janisse Ray's DRIFTING INTO DARIEN and one for Mark Hersey's MY WORK IS THAT OF CONSERVATION.

A review of JOHN BACHMAN in Choice praises editor Gene Waddell, who "has skillfully compiled portions of Bachman's writings on the title's three topics."

The Journal of Southern History applauds several Press authors this week. Catherine Lynn and Carie Penabad are praised for their "deeply researched and carefully constructed life-and-works study of Miami's first woman architect, Marion I. Manley" entitled MARION MANLEY, while Chistopher Waldrep is compared to "John Steinbeck, who used 'interchapter' in Grapes of Wrath" and "William Faulkner, who wrote The Wild Palms as alternating chapters of two separate stories" for the "interesting structure" of his book JURY DISCRIMINATION.

Charles Seabrook's THE WORLD OF THE SALT MARSH is described as "another excellent wake-upcall about the need to prevent the destruction of our natural environment" by Kirkus Reviews.

Environmental History calls Mark Hersey's book MY WORK IS THAT OF CONSERVATION a "well written and researched book" that "reminds us yet again that modern environmentalist had many fathers."

In a review of ROPPONGI CROSSING in The Journal of Urban Affairs Roman Adrian Cybriwsky is lauded for his "keen insight into the [Roppongi District] that most foreign observers are unable to provide."

H-Environment releases a Roundtables Review on David Zierler's INVENTION OF ECOCIDE, saying that the book "fills an important hole in the existing historiography, while also building valuable connections to related historical work on war and environment and on environment and science policy" and that Zierler "will prove a leader in the history of American environmental diplomacy."

Amina Gautier's book AT-RISK is called an "update" to "the usual Flannery O'Connor winner's content: citified, frisky, adventurous and redolent of social concerns" in a review by Notre Dame Reviews

The Chronicle of Higher Education includes a highlight of Kathryn Newfont's BLUE RIDGE COMMONS in this week's booklist.

Former Poet Laureate Rita Dove provides her "List of Young Poets to Watch" for Bill Moyer. Her list includes Dave Lucas, author of WEATHER, and Kyle Dargan, author of three collections of poetry including LOGORRHEA DEMENTIA, BOUQUET OF HUNGERS, and THE LISTENING