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The Buffalo Architectural Watercolors
By V. Roger Lalli, Ed.B. 1950
Boncraft Arts Publications, 2002

Using a photo-realistic technique, the artist has assembled 42 watercolors depicting buildings of historical and architectural significance in the city of Buffalo, New York. According to editor and publisher Peter Jehrio, "the subjects range from individual homes and businesses to commercial office and public buildings. They also include urban vistas, sports facilities, railroad terminals, boat marinas, grain elevators, churches and bridges—as well as one aged and war-tested submersible, along with a pachyderm of gentle nature and seeming indestructibility."

The Transformation of American Abolitionism: Fighting Slavery in the Early Republic
By Richard S. Newman, Ph.D. 1998 & B.A. 1989
University of North Carolina Press, 2002

The author, assistant professor of history at Rochester Institute of Technology, traces the abolitionist movement from the earliest years of the American republic, whereas most accounts begin with William Lloyd Garrison's establishment of the anti-slavery newspaper The Liberator in 1831. What began in late 18th-century Pennsylvania as an elite movement espousing gradual legal reform began to change in the 1820s, mostly from within Massachusetts, as black activists, female reformers and whites who were not part of an elite pushed their way into the antislavery movement.

Knights in White Satin
By Philip K. DiPirro, M.S. 1974 & B.S. 1972
PublishAmerica, 2002

In this mystery set in Buffalo, New York, with references to UB and the Spectrum, Birch Truax, son of the founder of a mega-Los Angeles firm established with stolen money, must face the Knights of White Satin and Conner, an aging, troubled detective, who together solve the riddles of the past, reverse injustice and deliver retribution.

Foster Care Odyssey: A Black Girl's Story
By Theresa A. Cameron, B.A. 1976
University Press of Mississippi, 2002

The author, now associate professor of planning at Arizona State University's department of architecture, candidly details the pain of a youth spent in foster care, from the time she was left as an infant by her mother at Catholic Charities in Buffalo, New York, until age 19. "Her ability to clearheadedly evaluate the morass of negative feelings without lapsing into sentimentality is one of the most affecting aspects of this memoir," writes Publishers Weekly.

The Insider's Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
By Brian Hurlbut, B.A. 1992 Seabring Davis and Candace Burns
Insiders Publishing, 2001

While tourism flourishes at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, it's the hospitality of the surrounding communities that distinguishes this vacation spot, the authors contend. "After enjoying the abundant trails, lakes and natural features of this region," encourages a publisher's blurb, "you can relax over a quiet dinner or check out the local nightlife." Previously arts and entertainment editor of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Hurlbut is now a freelance writer, musician and snowboard instructor residing in Big Sky, Montana.

Vengeance Beyond Reason
By Joani Ascher, B.A. 1973
Avalon Books, 2002

In her first novel, the author writes of Wally Morris, an inquisitive nursery school teacher and new grandmother, who gets involved with separate investigations of a murder of a college freshman and the disappearance of a former student. Wally believes the murder and disappearance are connected and sets out to prove that a string of murders from New Jersey to the Midwest are related as well, working with the assistance of detective Elliot Levine. The author is an employee of the Maplewood (New Jersey) library and a resident of South Orange, New Jersey.

Alternative and Complementary Treatment in Neurologic Illness
By Michael I. Weintraub, M.D. 1966
Churchill Livingstone, 2001

As more and more patients seek alternative treatments for relief of painful neurologic symptoms, the author has written an authoritative reference book for physicians, providing them with additional strategies and new treatment options. Clinical professor of neurology and medicine at New York Medical College, the author has researched and published many articles on alternative medicine. He has also directed the course on alternative medicine for the American Academy of Neurology at the organization's annual educational meetings in 1998 and 1999. The book is part of the series Medical Guides to Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Vieques, the Navy and Puerto Rican Politics
By Amiclar Antonio Barreto, Ph.D. 1995 & J.D. 1993
University Press of Florida, 2002

The author, associate professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, examines the political fallout of the U.S. Navy's operations in Vieques, Puerto Rico. The Vieques bombing range has fueled nationalism in this Caribbean island, the author contends, becoming a metaphor for Puerto Rico's status as a de facto American colony and a rallying cry for ethnic Puerto Ricans on the U.S. mainland, who see a direct link between military operations in Vieques and their social, economic and political marginalization.

A Collection of Poetic Short Stories: Doña Julia and Other Selected Poems
By Alberto O. Cappas, B.A. 1972
1st Books Library, 2002

In the poems presented in this volume, the author portrays the struggle of Puerto Ricans and other Hispanic newcomers to the United States. The author has been widely published in magazines, journals and is the author of several other collections of poems, including Echolalia: Verse & Vibration; Disintegration of the Puerto Ricans and The Pledge: A Guide for Everyday Living.

The Visitation Handbook for the Custodial Parent: Your Complete Guide to Parenting Apart
By Brette McWhorter Sember, J.D. 1994 & B.A. 1990
Sphinx Publishing, 2002

In this book, the latest in her series of self-help legal titles, the author explains to parents the changes that visitation following divorce brings to their lives and the life of their child. Half of the book is written especially for the custodial parent and talks about how to deal with problems of a child having two parents in two homes with two sets of rules. The other half addresses the noncustodial parent and deals with what to do during visitation, long-distance visitation, communicating with the other parent, coping with scheduling and helping the child adjust to the situation.

Religions of Star Trek
By Susan L. Schwartz, B.A. 1971; Ross S. Kraemer and William Cassidy
Westview Press, 2001

The author, associate professor of religion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her coauthors have analyzed more than three decades of the influential sci-fi series, Star Trek. "The book focuses not so much on the beliefs and rituals found in the Star Trek universe itself as on the metaphysical issues Star Trek explores as a present-day text," writes Publishers Weekly. "Not every fan will pick up this book, but those whose love of Star Trek is combined with cultural curiosity will be slow to put it down."

When the Bough Breaks: Parental Perceptions of Ethical Decision-Making in NICU
By Winifred J. Ellenchild Pinch, Ed.M. 1973
University Press of America, 2002

The author, professor in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, offers parental perspectives of ethical decision-making in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Central to the book is a detailed description of results from a longitudinal research project, in which parents of high-risk neonates were interviewed to determine their perceptions of ethical dilemmas and decisions to be made in the NICU. An epilogue highlights another group of parents whose children were hospitalized in the NICU, and are now nine to 12 years old.

200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York: A Finders' Guide
By Rich and Sue J. Freeman, B.A. 1975
Footprint Press, 2002

In another in a series of their guidebooks to natural wonders, the authors lead the way to waterfalls in Central and Western New York, describing their allure in all seasons of the year. "A single waterfall," they write, "can be a thunderous torrent of raw power in spring, a wispy veil by mid-summer and a shimmering sculpture of ice in winter."

Marriage: From a Christian's Perspective
By Norma L. Roberson, Ph.D. 1986
Dorrance Publishing Company, 2002

The author, president and owner of Roberson Consulting International and a cancer research scientist with more than 30 years' experience in health care, provides useful information to help individuals enjoy happy and healthy marriages—whether as couples trying to maintain a lifetime commitment, or as singles preparing for marriage—all within a Christian context.

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