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Autumn Glory: Baseball's First World Series
By Louis Masur, B.A. 1978
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003

The author, professor of history at City College, City University of New York, draws on newspaper and other archival accounts to tell the story of the first World Series, when the Pittsburg Pirates (from the well-established National League) challenged the Boston Americans (from the upstart American League). Pittsburg (how the city then spelled its name) was sure to win-but did not. The book centers on eight in-depth accounts of the nine-game series that Boston won in eight. "With the one hundredth anniversary of that landmark event on the horizon, a valuable new book tells the story," reports Booklist. "Masur, with a historian's meticulous eye and a fan's open heart, alternates chapters that detail each game of the series and some of the history and the season that preceded it." Publishers Weekly notes, "Masur's work is a prime example of a winter baseball book: a story to stoke the fire of baseball lovers whose hope of a World Series title has become every fan's entitlement for the past century."

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By Lisa Lenard-Cook, B.A. 1974
University of New Mexico Press, 2003

In this novel, Anna Kramer, a piano teacher in Los Alamos, New Mexico, inherits the journals and scores of composer Hana Weissova, whom she does not know. Kramer is mystified by the unexpected bequest, but as she reads Weissova's journals, which begin after her release from a concentration camp in 1945, long buried secrets are revealed. Russell Martin, author of Beethoven's Hair, calls Dissonance "a fine, clear, spare novel about music, the mysteries of the past, and the struggle to make meaning out of our present lives." The author will appear at the Jewish Book Fair in Buffalo on October 25, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.

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Practical Debugging in C++
By Ann R. Ford, B.A. 1979 and Toby J. Teorey
Prentice Hall, 2002

Intended for the beginning programmer, this book is a short, clear debugging guide that serves as a valuable companion to the student's introductory programming book when writing C++ programs. Ann R. Ford, associate in computer science at Florida State University, has had a second book accepted for publication, also by Prentice Hall. Entitled Practical Debugging in JAVA, it is coauthored with Sandra Bartlett, Gary Tyson and Toby Teorey.

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Allegany Hellbender Tales
By Laurence Beahan, M.D. 1955
Coyote Publishing of Western New York, 2003

The author, a physician whose family has been visiting Allegany State Park in New York's Southern Tier since the 1920s, describes the park through essays, articles and stories. "These are accounts of park experiences heard from many voices; some are history; a few are fiction," the author writes. Also discussed are important environmental and preservation issues now facing the park, including how to protect its "great aging forest."

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School Counseling for the Twenty-First Century
By Stanley B. Baker, Ph.D. 1971 and Edwin R. Gerler Jr.
Pearson Prentice Hall, 2003

The authors review the role of today's school counselor and prepare readers to function in a high-tech, global society. Issues addressed include counseling for social change, combating racism through local action and multicultural counseling, diversity-sensitive counseling for sexual minority youth, and school counselors and their professional identities. Such topics as avoiding ethical violations, ethical multicultural counseling, making ethical decisions and sources of ethical consultation are discussed, as well as the "accountability portfolio idea," the potential for external reviews and suggestions for enhancing public relations through accountability. Stanley Baker is professor of counselor education at North Carolina State University. In this fourth edition, the authors offer online lessons along with an Internet site (www.scan21st.com).

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