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December 2022 – Media Roundup I

Every week, our wonderful publicity team tracks the cross-platform media coverage our authors and their books receive. We’re proud to share our latest and greatest highlights below with links to where you can read more about these great titles.

Howdy, folks! We hope you’re gearing up for a calm and restful holiday season (and that your gift shopping was easy thanks to a few book recommendations from our staff 🤠. As we head into winter break, we’re celebrating everything that has made this year so special—


Other great news about our books and authors:

Four of our books were included in The Boot’s “10 Best Country Music Books of 2022”:

  • Maybe We’ll Make It (Price, 9781477323502, $27.95): “[An] unflinching memoir…Price paints a vivid portrait of a musician who moves to Nashville with big dreams.”
  • Black Country Music (Royster, 9781477326497, $24.95): “Black Country Music arrives as mainstream country music continues to grapple with its longstanding marginalization of minorities. Along with artists that broke through to country radio, like Charley Pride and Darius Rucker, [Royster] spotlights a new generation of artists, including Our Native Daughters, Allison Russell and Leyla McCalla, while explaining the industry’s need to take an honest look at inclusion — and the genre’s lack thereof.”
  • I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive (Melnick, 9781477322673, $26.95): “Each chapter in [I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive] glances at the author’s life through a different song penned by Parton. [Melnick] deals with past trauma by analogizing her own life to the country legend’s. Although Melnick and Parton didn’t seem to have much more in common on the surface, discovering their similarities is at the center of this moving journey.”
  • Comin’ Right at Ya (Benson and Menconi, 9781477326701, $19.95): “In his own words, Benson reflects on the wild ride that’s led him to where he is today.”

I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive was also included in BOMB Magazine’s “2022 Small Press Gift Guide.”

DJ Screw (Walker, 9781477325131, $29.95) was included as an honorable mention in Vulture’s “Best Books of 2022.” Israel Daramola writes, “This book is the ultimate word on both [DJ Screw] and his seismic imprint,” going on, “Walker transubstantiates Screw’s lore into something more permanent and tangible, interviewing just about everyone that ever knew the DJ, along with a number of aficionados and famous fans of his that helped make the Screw tape the hip-hop fetish objects that they have become in the decades since Davis’s death.” 

Why Patti Smith Matters (Rose, 9781477320112, $18.95) was included in the Irish Examiner’s “15 of the best music books of 2022.” Eoghan O’Sullivan writes, “Rose calls Smith a hero, a goddess, a field marshal, a saint. You will be left in no doubt about her oeuvre afterwards.”

Seeing Sideways (Hersh, 9781477312346, $27.95) was included in What’s Up Newp’s “’Six Picks’ holiday book shopping: Best books about Newport.”

Our Cormac McCarthy books got some love in the Detroit Free Press’s “Books for gift-giving: Everything from Snoopy to Snoop Dogg to Cormac McCarthy,” including mentions of Books Are Made Out of Books (Crews, 9781477313480, $35.00)Cormac McCarthy’s House (Josyph, 9780292744295, $29.95), and Cormac McCarthy and Performance (Peebles, 9781477312315, $29.95).

You’re with Stupid (Adams, 9781477321201, $26.95) was excerpted in the Chicago ReaderAquarium Drunkard included the book in their most recent edition of the “Aquarium Drunkard Book Club,” where Jesse Locke writes, “You’re with Stupid is a thoroughly entertaining read,” going on, “Reading the book feels like sitting next to [Adams] on a bar stool, hearing memories of a bygone but beloved musical era straight from the horse’s mouth.” Adams was interviewed about his career and the book at Music Journalism Insider, and Adams’ event this week at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle was recommended in The Stranger’s “Stranger Suggests” column, where Megan Seling writes, “You’re With Stupid is every self-described Gen X music nerd’s dream come true.”

Margo Price, author of Maybe We’ll Make It (Price, 9781477323502, $27.95), was the subject of a feature at Uncut (written by fellow UTP author Stephen Deusner), including discussion of her book (see PDF). Price’s book was also reviewed at Spectrum Culture, where Justin Cober-Lake writes, “Maybe We’ll Make It never becomes a morality tale, which would be out of character for the artist and a poor interpretation of her life. Price’s early years become part of the complexity of who she is, not just as an artist but as a person.” Cober-Lake goes on, “It might be unusual for an artist to pen a memoir so early in her career, but Price has never done things the normal way, and in this case, the choice to write was an excellent decision.” 

Fangirls (Ewens, 9781477322093, $17.95) and Why Solange Matters (Phillips, 9781477320082, $18.95) were both mentioned in a piece at The Guardian titled, “’You don’t have to be Bono or Bruce’: the business behind the current glut of music books.”

Downtown Juárez (Campbell, 9781477323892, $29.95) was reviewed at The Sociological Review. Maralyn Doering writes, “Campbell provides the reader with a gritty but very human account of the limited choices that those living in the Juárez underworld face, and shows how these limited choices become ‘normal,’”, adding, “Downtown Juárez is a very compelling read.” Doering concludes, “Readers will come away with an understanding of the everyday lives of the members of the Juárez underworld, and how violence has become a normal part of their daily experience.”

Electrifying Mexico (Montaño, 9781477323458, $50.00) was reviewed at H-Sci-Med-Tech. Nathan Kapoor calls the book, “A rich and lucid narrative about how electric power weaved into the myriad imaginations that forged Mexico City and conceptualizations of a national utility from the late nineteenth until the mid-twentieth century,” going on, “The author has produced a foundational text on the history of electrification in Mexico, which will feature heavily in future scholarship on electrification in the Americas.” Montaño concludes, “Even if readers’ expertise or research interests lie outside of Mexico and Central America, Montaño’s thematic approach will prove invaluable as a tool for asking useful and productive questions about the history of electrification.”

Announcements of the release of We Are All Armeniane (ed. Mrjoian, 9781477326794, $35.00) ran this week at The Armenian Weekly and at the International Armenian Literary Alliance.

Reverberations of Racial Violence (eds. Hernández and González, 9781477322680, $45.00) was mentioned in a piece at Texas Monthly titled, “The Texas Rangers Bicentennial Is a Time to Reflect, Not Celebrate Mythology.”

Geoff Dyer discussed The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand (Dyer, 9781477310335, $60.00) in an interview about his work at The Yale Review.

Revenge of the She-Punks (Goldman, 9781477316542, $18.95) was mentioned in a write-up at Forbes highlighting a recent reissue inspired by Goldman’s book (and also titled Revenge of the She-Punks).

Land without Masters (Cant, 9781477322024, $55.00) was reviewed in the Bulletin of Latin American Research. Mark Tilzey calls the book, “A very welcome addition to the growing body of literature that is now challenging the neoclassical/political science orthodoxy that ‘Latin America’s so-called transitions to democracy [followed] the rise of human rights agenda and a global break with the statist policies of the 1960s and 1970s,’” going on to call it, “[An] excellent book.”

Futbolera (Elsey and Nadel, 9781477322345, $29.95) was reviewed in the Bulletin of Spanish Studies. David Wood writes, “This important and timely study begins to fill the very large gap in our knowledge of women’s experiences of and through sports, particularly football, in Latin America and makes an important contribution to international sports history, as well as to Latin American studies.” Wood goes on, “As the authors note, ‘the basic chronologies and events of Latin American women’s sports have not been sketched out.’ Futbolera does this, and so much more, for the countries on which it focuses, its wealth of detail, notes and impressive bibliography providing an excellent basis and a reference point for the considerable work that will no doubt be produced in this field in the years to come.”

The Beast Between (Looper, 9781477318058, $60.00) was included in the most recent “New Book Chronicle” at Antiquity. Claire Nesbitt writes, “Looper’s detailed and eloquent volume reveals the complexity of the deer image in the Maya world, which could be used and read in multiple ways to construct meaning. It might also be of interest to those working in other regions and time periods where wild animals appear to have had a particularly special place, such as later prehistoric Europe.”