Category Archives: reviews

The January 2, 2012, issue of Publishers Weekly includes a review of Marion Jacobson’s forthcoming book Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America. “Jacobson … traces the instrument’s impact on early 20th-century America during its vaudeville era and its recent … Continue reading

In the January 7, 2012, edition of the Wall Street Journal, Samuel Morris Brown identifies Grant Hardy’s The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition as one of the top 5 best books about Mormonism. “Hardy’s thoughtful ‘reader’s edition’ eliminates the current … Continue reading

The December 19, 2011, issue of Publishers Weekly includes a review of John Caps’s forthcoming book Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music. “In this lively, syncopated survey of Mancini’s movie music, Caps offers a comprehensive critique of the composer’s film/TV scores … Continue reading

Miles White’s From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity has picked up some recent endorsements.  The book examines how representations of black masculinity in musical and cultural performance have both encouraged the demonization of young black males … Continue reading

The Jew & the Carrot, a food blog administered by Forward, reviewed Ellen Steinberg and Jack Prost’s recent book From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways. “Even if the Russian immigrants and their children learned their way around … Continue reading

The November 2011 issue of Art In America magazine features a four-page review, with multiple illustrations, of Marianne Kinkel’s new book Races of Mankind: The Sculptures of Malvina Hoffman.  The book traces Hoffman’s sculptures from their their 1933 debut and nearly four … Continue reading

On October 2, J.D. Crowe’s hometown newspaper, the Lexington Herald-Leader, featured a review of Marty Godbey’s new book Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J.D. Crowe. “Early chapters outline apprenticeships with bluegrass icon Jimmy Martin and even a … Continue reading

Ron Hogan, the editor of Beatrice, recently reviewed Jonathan Eller’s Becoming Ray Bradbury for Shelf Awareness.  This week Ron recommends the book to his Beatrice readership. “I had a great time with Eller’s biography; he’s extremely rigorous about tracking the … Continue reading

The August 18, 2011, issue of The Washington Post includes Michael Dirda’s review of Jonathan Eller’s new book Becoming Ray Bradbury. “Every page is packed with fascinating material about one of this country’s most beloved writers, still with us in … Continue reading

In its September 2011 review of the Oklahoma University Press title So Rugged and Mountainous, The Atlantic magazine recognizes one of our classics. “This book stands on the shoulders of one of the great works of post-war American historical scholarship, … Continue reading