Monday, April 08, 2013

Short Takes

Western Historical Quarterly lauded Don Mitchell's THEY SAVED THE CROPS: “Few people know the social and economic contours of California’s industrial agriculture landscape better than geographer Don Mitchell. And no one has written a more thorough, passionate, and critical history of the landscape’s 'morphology' during the bracero era than Mitchell in his new book.”

Tobias Smollett's ADVENTURES OF RODERICK RANDOM (ed. by James Basker, Paul-Gabriel Bouce and Nicole A. Seary) was recently reviewed in Modern Language Review. "While they spend more time on the novel’s literary context and reception, [the editors] also devote adequate space to its cultural politics, touching on an array of issues from imperialism to homophobia . . . . the editors want to define Roderick Random as a work that is ahead of its time, not a product of it—its issues ‘less political’ than ‘existential’.”

The Journal of the Early Republic said of Larry J. Reynolds' RIGHTEOUS VIOLENCE: “Each of Reynolds’s chapters is rich, nuanced, and thought provoking. . . . On the whole, Reynolds’s study offers an important contribution to the literature on the intellectual history of the midnineteenth century.”

 Atlanta Audubon called NATURAL COMMUNITIES OF GEORGIA a “pleasure to look through” and “Anyone interested in Georgia’s natural places, plants, and animals will find a treasure trove in this book. But once you open it up, don’t expect to sit around for long. You may find that, like me, you now desperately want to visit all 66 of these natural communities.

Congratulations to Natalie Ring and her book, THE PROBLEM SOUTH! It has been named a finalist for the Berkshire Conference First Book Prize.

The Museum of the Confederacy has selected Megan Kate Nelson's RUIN NATION as a finalist for the Jefferson Davis Award. Congratulations, Megan!

Mark your calendars! We will be hosting an open house on Thursday, April 18 from 2:00-6:00pm. Be sure to stop by our offices on the third floor of UGA's Main Library (320 South Jackson Street, Athens, GA) for a reception, a display of the Flannery O'Connor Award collections, and a tour.