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Ohio University Press holiday sale

Ohio University Press publishes a wide variety of fiction, guide books, and regional history. All books are 30 percent off at www.ohioswallow.com through Dec. 31. Order by Dec. 15 to ensure Christmas delivery. Some suggested titles:

*No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and the Great Depression (http://ohioswallow.com/book/No+Money%2C+No+Beer%2C+No+Pennants)

*When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike (http://ohioswallow.com/book/When+Grandma+Gatewood+Took+a+Hike)

*Paying Calls in Shangri-La: Scenes from a Woman’s Life in American Diplomacy (http://ohioswallow.com/book/Paying+Calls+in+Shangri-La)


Ohio University Press book about slave who inspired Toni Morrison’s Beloved receives starred review Library Journal

Driven toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio (http://ohioswallow.com/book/Driven+toward+Madness) has garnered major review attention just ahead of its December release. Author Nikki Taylor is the first African American woman to write a history of Garner, the fugitive slave who became the inspiration for Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved as well as a film starring Oprah Winfrey, and an opera.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Taylor vividly portrays the sufferings Garner and her family endured under slavery and in their attempt to escape from it, placing their experiences in the wider context of the antebellum Midwest. . . . Readers of [Toni Morrison’s Beloved] will . . . appreciate the ways that Taylor illuminates the gendered experience of enslavement.”  

In its starred review, Library Journal wrote, “Taylor crafts a book that should be read by all who have an interest in understanding the roots of slavery and oppression of women during the pre–Civil War era. It should also be read by those seeking to understand the depth of pain and depravity faced by women living under the tyranny of American slavery.”