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1 KUO, MICHAEL; METHVEN, ANDREW S. Mushrooms Of The Midwest.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
An illustrated guide to the Midwest's many mushrooms Fusing general interest in mushrooming with serious scholarship, Mushrooms of the Midwest describes and illustrates over five hundred of the region's mushroom species. From the cold conifer bogs of northern Michigan to the steamy oak forests of Missouri, the book offers a broad cross-section of the fungi, edible and not, that can be found growing in the Midwest's diverse ecosystems. With hundreds of color illustrations, Mushrooms of the Midwest is ideal for amateur and expert mushroomers alike. Michael Kuo and Andrew S. Methven provide identification keys and thorough descriptions. The authors discuss the DNA revolution in mycology and its consequences for classification and identification, as well as the need for well-documented contemporary collections of mushrooms. Unlike most field guides, Mushrooms of the Midwest includes an extensive introduction to the use of a microscope in mushroom identification. In addition, Kuo and Methven give recommendations for scientific mushroom collecting, with special focus on ecological data and guidelines for preserving specimens. Lists of amateur mycological associations and herbaria of the Midwest are also included. A must-have for all mushroom enthusiasts! Michael Kuo is an English instructor at Eastern Illinois University and the principal developer of MushroomExpert.com. He is the author of 100 Edible Mushrooms and Morels. Andrew S. Methven is a professor of mycology at Eastern Illinois University. He is the author of Agaricales of California, Volume 10: Lactarius and The Genus Clavariadelphus in North America. The authors previously collaborated on 100 Cool Mushrooms. "Especially well-written and packaged."--James A. Baggett,Better Homes and Gardens "An attractive, informative book for mycologists and mushroom enthusiasts. Though it focuses on the Midwest, it will be useful for all geographic areas. . . . A beautiful presentation of a fascinating group of organisms. Highly recommended.--Choice "A significant new field guide and study manual for the novice and expert mushroomer alike. Never before has a field guide devoted chapters to the potential role of enthusiasts to the field or detailed a training manual that will ensure their contributions are useful to the professional."--Prairie Naturalist "This book does what no prior book has done by describing many of the thousands of species of mushrooms found in the Midwest. Anyone studying fungi will appreciate this large collection of species documented in a single volume. Mushrooms of the Midwest is a significant contribution."--Joe McFarland, coauthor of Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide 
Price: 37.95 USD
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2 LAUCK, JON K. The Lost Region: Toward A Revival Of Midwestern History.
University of Iowa Press, Iowa City: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The American Midwest is an orphan among regions. In comparison to the South, the far West, and New England, its history has been sadly neglected. To spark more attention to their region, midwestern historians will need to explain the Midwest's crucial roles in the development of the entire country: it helped spark the American Revolution and stabilized the young American republic by strengthening its economy and endowing it with an agricultural heartland; it played a critical role in the Union victory in the Civil War; it extended the republican institutions created by the American founders, and then its settler populism made those institutions more democratic; it weakened and decentered the cultural dominance of the urban East; and its bustling land markets deepened Americans' embrace of capitalist institutions and attitudes. In addition to outlining the centrality of the Midwest to crucial moments in American history, Jon K. Lauck resurrects the long-forgotten stories of the institutions founded by an earlier generation of midwestern historians, from state historical societies to the Mississippi Valley Historical Association. Their strong commitment to local and regional communities rooted their work in place and gave it an audience outside the academy. He also explores the works of these scholars, showing that they researched a broad range of themes and topics, often pioneering fields that remain vital today. The Lost Region demonstrates the importance of the Midwest, the depth of historical work once written about the region, the continuing insights that can be gleaned from this body of knowledge, and the lessons that can be learned from some of its prominent historians, all with the intent of once again finding the forgotten center of the nation and developing a robust historiography of the Midwest. "Jon Lauck has written the definitive manifesto for a new midwestern historiography. Deeply researched, elegantly written, passionate yet sensible in its themes, it is a stunning book. One hopes that it will stun the coasties, for example, who believe that the fly-over states, many of them beginning with the letter I, have no serious history. Lauck shows that an America without the Midwest would have been less fair, less strong, less prosperous, and above all less democratic. Lauck is the new Frederick Jackson Turner, reminding us that the Midwest is the master spring of American history—without which, not."—Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago, and author, The Bourgeois Virtues "Jon Lauck justifiably laments the neglect of the Midwest by both the contemporary media and, more surprisingly, by historians, but this book is a robust and persuasive response rather than a complaint. The Midwest is vital to any explanation of the United States, and at one time midwesterners—particularly his Prairie Historians—explained the region to itself and praised its importance to the rest of the country. He is right. Historians need to refill the space they once occupied."—Richard White, Stanford University "The Lost Region should be a significant contribution to midwestern history. As far as I know, no one has pulled together such a substantial reflection on the past and potential future of the field."—Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Iowa State University 
Price: 33.25 USD
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3 MILLER, JOHN E. Small-town Dreams: Stories Of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
We live these days in a virtual nation of cities and celebrities, dreaming a small-town America rendered ever stranger by purveyors of nostalgia and dark visionaries from Sherwood Anderson to David Lynch. And yet it is the small town, that world of local character and neighborhood lore, that dreamed the America we know today—and the small-town boy, like those whose stories this book tells, who made it real. In these life-stories, beginning in 1890 with frontier historian Frederick Jackson Turner and moving up to the present with global shopkeeper Sam Walton, a history of middle America unfolds, as entrepreneurs and teachers like Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, and Walt Disney; artists and entertainers like Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Carl Sandburg, and Johnny Carson; political figures like William McKinley, William Jennings Bryan, and Ronald Reagan; and athletes like Bob Feller and John Wooden by turns engender and illustrate the extraordinary cultural shifts that have transformed the Midwest, and through the Midwest, the nation—and the world. Many of these men are familiar, icons even—Ford and Reagan, certainly, Ernie Pyle, Sinclair Lewis, James Dean, and Lawrence Welk—and others, like artists Oscar Micheaux and John Steuart Curry, economist Alvin Hansen and composer Meredith Willson, less so. But in their stories, as John E. Miller tells them, all appear in a new light, unique in their backgrounds and accomplishments, united only in the way their lives reveal the persisting, shaping power of place, and particularly the Midwest, on the cultural imagination and national consciousness. In a thoroughly engaging style Miller introduces us to the small-town Midwestern boys who became these all-American characters, privileging us with insights that pierce the public images of politicians and businessmen, thinkers and entertainers alike. From the smell of the farm, the sounds and silences of hamlets and county seats, the schoolyard athletics and classroom instruction and theatrical performance, we follow these men to their moments of inspiration, innovation, and fame, observing the workings of the small-town past in their very different relationships with the larger world. Their stories reveal in an intimate way how profoundly childhood experiences shape personal identity, and how deeply place figures in the mapping of thought, belief, ambition, and life's course. John E. Miller's many books include Governor Philip F. La Follette, the Wisconsin Progressives, and the New Deal and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little Town: Where History and Literature Meet. "Small towns are an important part of Americana, not only because 30 million people live in them, but also because we hear so often that they are the 'real America' where homespun virtue still prevails. Miller's book unpacks that mythology, showing its manifestations in the lives of small town boys who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and made good. I look forward to a sequel about small town girls!"—Robert Wuthnow, author of Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future "In Small-Town Dreams John Miller ably illustrates the importance of small towns in American history and culture through a gallery of portraits of prominent figures born and raised in them—all going to show you can take the boy out of the town but not the town out of the boy."—Richard Lingeman, Senior Editor of The Nation and author of Small Town America and biographies of Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis. "This valuable and superbly written study of midwestern farm and small-town boyhoods and subsequent careers will captivate hosts of readers. The smell of corn and hogs, the sounds and silences of hamlets and county seats, and schoolyard athletics, classroom instruction, and theatrical presentation—all redolently here. A first-rate regional study." —Richard W. Etulain, author of Re-imagining the Modern American West: A Century of Fiction, History, and Art 
Price: 33.20 USD
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