Praise for Our Books

A Chemehuevi Song: The Resilience of a Southern Paiute Tribe

Clifford E. Trafzer

"[A Chemehuevi Song] represents the highest level of academic and community collaboration. . . [It] is the embodiment of an intellectual and cultural relationship that combines an astute analysis from the historian/ethnographer with a melody of rare tribal voices sharing the lived realities — both past and present — that Chemehuevi people experienced, survived, and relied upon to create the cultural resilience they are experiencing today." - Theresa L. Gregor, Southern California Quarterly

"The sound historical research, sources, and extensive employment of oral history interviews makes this account of the history and persistence of the Chemehuevi an impressive work." - William D. Rowley, Montana

"Trafzer’s book is a wondrous portrayal. . . . Compelling historical discourse. . . . A Chemehuevi Song is a song, and a story, that we should all make time to hear." - David Martínez, The Journal of Arizona History

Walking Washington's History: Ten Cities

Judy Bentley

"Bentley endeavors to make her book as useful as possible while toting it along on a history-minded walk." - Dean Kahn, Bellingham Herald

A Landscape of Travel: The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China

Jenny T. Chio

"A Landscape of Travel is a valuable contribution to the study of tourism and ethnic minorities in contemporary China. It is unique in its attention to the role of rural-to-rural and returnee migrant subjectivities in the making of rural tourism destinations. . . . It stands out among more recent but less rounded ethnographic books on tourism in China." - Travis Klingberg, Pacific Affairs

"[A] vivid ethnography. . . . A Landscape of Travel is well-organized, theoretically innovative, and ethnographically rich." - Xiaoshun Zeng, The China Review

Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the Road

James Longhurst

"Longhurst has provided an accessible and highly readable story of the bicycle. . . . [He] has taken us on a legal and cultural ramble on the American road as well as given us a useful model of engaged and responsible urban history scholarship."
- Joshua Lupkin, Journal of American History

War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

Edited by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis

"Kina and Dariotis’s volume offers an evolving and rich archive of marginalized but must-be-seen art production which scholars in Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Art History can synthesize in multiple exciting ways." - Susette Min, Amerasia Journal

Radical Theatrics: Put-Ons, Politics, and the Sixties

Craig J. Peariso

"Craig J. Peariso’s work challenges traditional narratives regarding some of North America’s most significant political iconoclasts of the 1960s." - Max Shulman, TDR: The Drama Review

"Radical Theatrics is a thought-provoking book that should educate and trouble anyone desperate to change the world and confused about what to do when those efforts stall." - Jeremy Varon, Journal of American History

Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West

Jen Corrinne Brown

"[A] remarkable book. Brown’s pithy, beautifully written prose conveys an important message: that anglers and managers need to stop imagining western lakes and rivers as wild places and start thinking about how the human history of Rocky Mountain trout has had a disastrous impact on ecologically significant native species that genteel recreationists too readily deemed ‘trash fish.’" - Miles Powell, Western Historical Quarterly

Empire Maker: Aleksandr Baranov and Russian Colonial Expansion into Alaska and Northern California

Kenneth N. Owens with Alexander Yu. Petrov

"[Empire Maker] transcends the limits of biography through some stellar archival work and by letting Baranov’s story recede at key times behind the larger epic of Russian America. The authors have managed to give us both a very useful picture of life as a merchant in nineteenth-century Russia as well as a new, very accessible general history of the colony that nicely complements Lydia Black’s and Ilya Vinkovetsky’s recent works on the subject. . . . [An] excellent biography."
- Ryan Jones, The Russian Review

Conjuring Property: Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon

Jeremy M. Campbell

"Conjuring Property provides a rare insight into the social structure, class divisions and psychology of colonist communities. The awareness and empathy that can be taken from Campbell’s findings are his most significant contribution, and will prove valuable to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the Amazon’s complex, and often oversimplified, society." - Catherine Morgans, Latin American Bureau’s Latin America Inside Out (LAIO) Blog

Educating the Chinese Individual: Life in a Rural Boarding School

Mette Halskov Hansen

"Excellent. . . . This ethnography is a fine depiction of a slice of life in China today. The important issues it handles show the value of having more ethnographies of Chinese secondary schools, including studies of first-tier, vocational, and urban high schools from many parts of the country." - Andrew B. Kipnis, The China Journal