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January 2023 Media Roundup II

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!

New year, new book reviews; This week, you’ll find that we’ve been quite popular with the journals as of late. As always, we’re plugged in to the tunes, and if you scroll down, you can see where the music has moved us this past week.


Margo Price, author of Maybe We’ll Make It, appeared on CBS MorningsMaybe We’ll Make It features throughout the 8.5-minute segment; as correspondent Anthony Mason puts it, after sharing the outline of Price’s story, “She shares it all with excruciating honesty in Maybe We’ll Make It.”

Cover of Why SInéad O'Connor Matters by Allyson McCabe

Price was interviewed about her book by the poet Maggie Smith at Literary Hub; introducing the interview, Smith writes, “The writer and woman we find in the memoir is the same person we find in [Price’s] music: candid and vulnerable with the ability to make you laugh with one line and make you cry with the next. Maybe We’ll Make It explores the balance of art and life, the ups and downs of ‘making it,’ profound love, and profound loss. Price’s writing is conversational, lyrical, and above all, human. You can hear the person behind the prose.” Interviews with Margo, all of which included discussion of her book as well as conversation about Strays, appeared this week at Variety and at Elle, and on WAMU’s “1A” and B&N Reads. And Southern Living’s “Biscuits & Jam” podcast re-aired their previously published interview with Margo.

In her interview at Literary Hub, Margo also praises the forthcoming Why Sinéad O’Connor Matters, which she calls, “Absolutely brilliant, heartbreaking, insightful, and personal.”

Lynn Melnick, author of I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, was featured for the second part of a two-part interview on the Breaking Form podcast.

Steacy Easton, author of Why Tammy Wynette Matters, was included in the Nashville Scene’s “Country Music Almanac 2023,” mentioning their book.

Glitter Up the Dark was reviewed at the Hippies and Hipsters blog. They write, “Glitter Up The Dark is a landmark book for popular music’s history and I recommend it for all music fans,” calling it “absolutely fabulous.”

Latin American Studies

Land without Masters was reviewed at the LSE Review of Books. Camden Paillot calls the book, “Innovative and ambitious,” going on, “Land Without Masters provides an urgently needed and relevant history of agrarian politics and military government during the Velasco era. While illuminating the often-hidden logistics of large-scale land reform, Cant goes beyond policy to ultimately reveal how state practice and ideology interact to shape the idea of the nation itself. Clear and profound, Land Without Masters is an encouraging example of historiography that does not elide the hidden complexity of state-led development, but meets it head-on.”

Taking Form, Making Worlds was reviewed in Spanish in Iberoamericana.

Classics & Ancient World

Monsters and Monarchs was reviewed at the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Jane Draycott writes, “Is there any actual evidence for the presence of serial killers in ancient Greece and/or Rome?…[Monsters and Monarchs] seeks to answer that question in the affirmative, thereby not only providing the first cultural history of serial killing in antiquity for the benefit of classicists and ancient historians, but also adding a significant amount of depth and breadth to the persistent and enthusiastic discussion of contemporary serial killers and killing that occurs in various types of media and has seen a significant rise in popularity over the last few years.”

Latinx & Chicanx Studies

Elizabeth Farfán-Santos, author of Undocumented Motherhood, was interviewed at Literary Mama. Brianna Avenia-Tapper writes, “Farfán-Santos gives readers an intimate view of life as an undocumented immigrant mother of young children in the US. At the same time, the book illuminates the often unseen breadth of maternal labor. The book celebrates maternal strength, focusing on one dauntless mother named Claudia, while also asking about the cost of that strength, the price mothers pay for their resilience.”

Crossing Waters was reviewed at ASAP/J. Luke Urbain writes, “Moreno seamlessly accommodates the Caribbean’s unruly multiplicities—of national contexts, identities, and migration pathways—without sacrificing nuance and specificity,” going on, “Her capacious framing allows Crossing Waters to proceed assuredly through the folds of successive Caribbean geopolitical contexts—from the erosion of birthright citizenship in the Dominican Republic to shifting U.S. policy toward Cuban refugees—while maintaining a remarkably coherent arc.” Urbain concludes, “Moreno’s framing of migration as a process that often lacks a defined end resonates with the ongoingness of border studies writ large and Caribbean border and migration studies in particular…Scholars of migration would do well to follow Moreno’s impulse to understand border studies as both an anchor and a current.”

Reverberations of Racial Violence was reviewed in the Western Historical Quarterly. Alina Méndez calls the book, “An excellent collection that can be easily adopted in undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on Texas history; Chicanx, and Latinx Studies; U.S.-Mexico borderlands studies, and more specialized courses that focus on topics such as violence, memory, and public history,” going on, “As the debates around ethnic studies education continue to intensify across the country, books like Reverberations of Racial Violence are more than ever a compelling reminder of the importance of critical public scholarship.”

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Women’s Voices in Digital Media  was reviewed in Film Quarterly. Milena Droumeva writes, “An expansive text that looks to the past in order to look forward, [Women’s Voices in Digital Media] closes a critical gap in the theorization of women’s voices by revisiting, challenging, and extending classical conceptions in film studies and critical media studies, carrying them into the digital and transmedia age.” Droumeva goes on, “O’Meara doesn’t just survey and update theory; she lays out a multifaceted framework for future analysis of the female voice across emerging technological and visual platforms. As rare as it is to find within a mature field like critical media studies a text that delivers a paradigmatic update on a major conceptual framework, Jennifer O’Meara has done just that. This will be the book to read for any and all scholarly work on the gendered voice and its intersections with technology and the screen.”


That was fun. Hoping everyone’s Lunar New Year is off to a great start. See you soon, gang!