What We're Reading: Recommended Reads from the Staff of PVN

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Crafting Preservation Criteria: The National Register of Historic Places and American Historic Preservation, John H Sprinkle, Jr. (New York: Routledge, 2014.)

"The National Register of Historic Places transformed historic preservation in the United States. John Sprinkle's lively history of the formulation of the Register's criteria of significance transforms our understanding of policies fundamental to the modern preservation movement and historic preservation's own rich history." - Carter L. Hudgins, Director, Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit, by Dane Huckelbridge

"In this raucously entertaining history, Dane Hucklebridge imbibes deeply on the heady stories of the pioneers who discovered the golden nectar and who bottled it and passed it around for all to enjoy...Hucklebridge traces the story of [bourbon] up through the American Revolution through Prohibition and up to the present..." - Publishers Weekly



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Cultural Landscapes: Balancing Nature and Heritage in Preservation Practice, edited by Richard Longstreth (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008).

"The essays collected in this volume—case studies that include the Little Tokyo neighborhood in Los Angeles, the Cross Bronx Expressway, and a rural island in Puget Sound—underscore how cultural landscape preservation can be fruitfully applied.

Contributors: Susan Calafate Boyle, Susan Buggey, Michael Caratzas, Courtney P. Fint, Heidi Hohmann, Hillary Jenks, Randall Mason, Robert Z. Melnick, Nora Mitchell, Julie Riesenweber, Nancy D. Rottle, Bonnie Stepenoff." - University of Minnesota Press


1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles C. Mann (New York: Vintage, 2005)

"In a riveting and fast-paced history, massing archeological, anthropological, scientific and literary evidence, Mann debunks much of what we thought we knew about pre-Columbian America. Reviewing the latest, not widely reported research in Indian demography, origins and ecology, Mann zestfully demonstrates that long before any European explorers set foot in the New World, Native American cultures were flourishing with a high degree of sophistication..."- Publishers Weekly


The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013).

"A true achievement. Catton has built a lively parody of a 19th-century novel, and in so doing created a novel for the 21st, something utterly new. The pages fly." - New York Times Book Review



Medicine by Design: the Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943, Annmarie Adams (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

"Medicine by Design examines how hospital design influenced the development of twentieth-century medicine and demonstrates the importance of these specialized buildings in the history of architecture. Annmarie Adams uses the “Royal Vic”—along with other hospitals—to explore issues in architecture and medicine, including the role of gender and class in both fields and the transformation of patients into consumers." - University of Minnesota Press


City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America, Alison Hirsch (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

"City Choreographer interprets and explains the participatory design process that was central to the work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Situating Halprin within the larger social, artistic, and environmental ferment of the 1960s and 1970s, it demonstrates his profound impact on the shape of landscape architecture and his work’s widening reach into urban and regional development and contemporary sustainability concerns." - University of Minnesota Press

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