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Read On: Recent Books and CD's by UB Alumni

Attention Alumni Authors:
UB Today publishes notices on recent books and CDs by alumni. Send brief, factual descriptions of the book or CD, along with copies of the publisher's or producer's blurb and critical reviews, if desired. Include the full name of the publishing house or recording company, year of publication or production and the author's UB degree (s) and the year(s) received. Indicate where the author now lives and any current credentials that relate to the subject matter of the book, or the content of the CD.

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Adler On Broadway: Art and Commerce on the Great White Way
By Steven Adler, B.A. ’74
Southern Illinois University Press, 2004

Recently named provost of Warren College, University of California at San Diego (UCSD), the author gathers insider perspectives from 66 stage practitioners and artists to chronicle the recent past and glimpse the near future of the “Great White Way.” “Adler’s knowledge of the contemporary theater scene … is impressive,” writes Barbara W. Grossman, chair of Tufts University’s department of drama and dance. Adler is professor in the UCSD department of theatre and dance, and has been a stage manager on and off Broadway, as well as for several television productions.

Mammano 101 Things You Can Do to Become an Outstanding Young Adult
By David C. Mammano, B.A. ’91
Next Step Magazine, Inc., 2004

Anyone who has gone through high school knows that being a teen isn’t easy. Next Step Magazine founder and publisher David Mammano offers fresh ideas to high school students, as well as life instructions to this new generation.

Meadows Representing Absence
By Deborah Meadows, B.A. ’77
Green Integer, 2004

Winner of the 2004 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award, Deborah Meadows draws on a practice of poetry composition as palimpsest—writing on top, or through, other writing, evoking writers such as Baudelaire, Melville, Dante and video artist Bill Viola. Meadows teaches at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, and for several years has been part of writers’ exchanges with Havana, Cuba.

Zelterman Discrete Distributions: Applications in the Health Sciences
By Daniel Zelterman, B.A. ’75 & B.A. ’75
Wiley, 2004

Daniel Zelterman, professor of biostatistics in public health at Yale University, examines several different scientific problems and provides mathematical answers using statistical distributions. Data on the lifespan of twins is used to answer the question of the existence of a gene for longevity and estimate the benefit that such a gene confers upon the owner. Another example examines clustering of diseases within the same family. The author works in the areas of HIV and cancer research. This is his third published book.

Hughes Cavalcanti: A Perspective on the Music of Ezra Pound
By Robert Hughes, B.A. ’56, and Margaret Fisher
Second Evening Art Publishing, 2003

The authors present the definitive performance edition and full music score for Ezra Pound’s Cavalcanti—a three-act opera dramatizing the life of the Florentine poet Guido Cavalcanti (1250–1300) and composed for the BBC in 1931-33. Cavalcanti offers a critical study of Ezra Pound’s music training, his application of his musico-poetic theories and his methods of composition. Complete Violin Works of Ezra Pound, volume II in a three-part series, was published in June 2004.

Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era
Edited by Craig Gable, M.L.S. ’00
Indiana University Press, 2004

Ebony Rising is the first anthology of writing about the Harlem Renaissance dedicated solely to short fiction. Editor Craig Gable, an independent scholar and professional librarian, illuminates the range of talent, style, form, subject matter and social awareness brought to bear by Harlem Renaissance-era writers, including famous figures like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, along with the less well known. Some of the stories anthologized in this collection will surprise the reader; they include examples of detective fiction, science fiction and political satire.

Curv Your Dog and Other Hilarious Cartoons
By Scott Bookner, M.D. ’89
Trafford, 2004

Scarsdale, New York pediatrician Scott Bookner spends most of his time taking care of patients. He also makes people laugh. Bookner has managed to find time to draw hundreds of Far Side–like cartoons and post them on his Web site, www.CurvYourDog.com. At the urging of family, friends and patients, Bookner has now made his humor available in book form.

Beaumarchais and the American Revolution
By Brian N. Morton and Donald C. Spinelli, M.A. ’66 & B.A. ’64
Lexington Books, 2003

Described by American Heritage as the “most underrated French hero of the American Revolution,” Caron de Beaumarchais—the French watchmaker who rose to fame and fortune as a dramatist, polemist and Enlightenment freethinker—became the most famous arms dealer of the American Revolutionary War. Based on archival research in Europe and the United States, this authoritative study tells the fascinating story of Beaumarchais’s role in the American War of Independence as an owner and outfitter of ships and as an arms merchant. Spinelli, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of French at Wayne State University, and his coauthor present a rich, detailed history of the American Revolution and one of the 18th-century’s most engaging characters.

Take a Paddle: Western New York
Take a Paddle: Finger Lakes

By Rich Freeman and Sue Freeman, B.S. ’75
Footprint Press, 2004

In their latest guidebooks, both subtitled “Quiet Water for Canoes and Kayaks,” Sue and Rich Freeman provide maps, access information and difficulty ratings in their descriptions of 55 ponds and small lakes, and more than 620 miles of streams, creeks and rivers.

Pediatric Anesthesia: The Requisites in Anesthesiology Series
By Ronald S. Litman, B.A. ’80
Elsevier, 2004

The author, associate professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, concisely presents the knowledge essential to the safe practice of pediatric anesthesia. It covers everything from general pediatric physiology and pharmacology principles through important pediatric diseases; preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care; and anesthesia for a full range of specific surgical procedures and critical care. Case studies in each chapter demonstrate the clinical relevance of the material and test readers’ comprehension. Tightly focused, user-friendly chapters make it ideal both as a refresher for certification or recertification and as a reference for everyday clinical practice.

The Divorce Organizer Planner
By Brette McWhorter Sember, J.D. ’94 & B.A. ’90
McGraw-Hill, 2004

In the latest installment in her series of legal self-help titles, the author, a former matrimonial attorney and an experienced divorce and family mediator, provides a detailed guide to managing a divorce, while keeping legal expenses to a minimum. The book offers to help the reader successfully negotiate with a spouse, thus minimizing family stress.

Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom
By Andrea DeCapua, Ed.M. ’79 & B.A. ’75, and Ann C. Wintergerst
University of Michigan Press, 2004

Coauthors Andrea DeCapua, a faculty member at the New York University Steinhart School of Education, and Ann C. Wintergerst, associate professor of languages and literatures at St. John’s University, link theory with experiential activities that will be helpful for use in teacher training or certificate programs. The book sets out to expand cultural awareness among teacher educators, helping them acquire an in-depth understanding of culture and its relationship to language. Topics discussed include culture shock, nonverbal communication, societal roles and pragmatics.

More recent books by UB alumni

Editor's note: Information on the following titles was received after our print deadline for the fall '04 issue-some of these may also appear in the winter '05 print edition of UB Today.

The World Next Door: South Asian American Literature and the Idea of America
By Rajini Srikanth, Ph.D. '87
Temple University Press, 2004

The author, associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, examines South Asian American writing and the insights it can offer amid tense geopolitics and interlinked economies. To read the body of South Asian American literature justly, Srikanth argues, one must engage with the urgencies of places as diverse as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Pakistan and Trinidad. The World Next Door is "a beautiful and thoughtful exploration of the imagination of South Asian America," writes Vijay Prashad, author of Karma of Brown Folk and Keeping Up with the Dow Joneses.

And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II
By Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee, B.S. '63
Knopf, 2003

This book follows a number of World War II U.S. Army Nurses from the D-Day invasion of North Africa on November 8, 1942, through Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, France and Belgium to the German surrender in May 1945. And If I Perish reflects more than 10 years of research and interviews with nurses, other hospital personnel and some of the ill and wounded patients they cared for. Neidel-Greenlee served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and also worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In November 2004, Knopf will publish a paperback edition of this book, which won two 2004 Author of the Year Awards from the Georgia Writers Association.

Coyote Morning
By Lisa Lenard-Cook, B.A. '74
University of New Mexico Press, 2004

In the author's second novel, Alison Lomez, a soon-to-be divorced mother, watches through her window as her daughter Rachel waits for the school bus. Only today, Rachel is waiting with a coyote, the lone, fearsome wanderer of the mesas, whose presence rocks the fictional village of Valle Bosque, New Mexico, as citizens assume various positions on the coyote issue. "With clarity and compassion, the novel explores the longing for freedom in a world of cages and shotguns," writes Mick Cochrane, author of Flesh Wounds and Sport. "It's about desire, about hunger-all the restless yips and growls of the human heart." The author's previous novel, Dissonance: A Novel, won the Jim Sagel Prize for the Novel. A former English professor at Fort Lewis College in Duranco, Colorado, Lenard-Cook conducts writing workshops throughout the Southwest.

Violet Island and Other Poems
By Reina Maria Rodriguez, translated by Kristin Dykstra, Ph.D. '02 & M.A. '88, and Nancy Gates Madsen
Green Integer Press, 2004

This bilingual anthology is the first substantive resource for English-language readers interested in the award-winning contemporary Cuban writer, known not only for her powerful writing, but also for her cultural activism in Havana. This collection draws from five books and ranges across two decades of Rodriguez's work, a period during which the writer developed intimate and experimental visions of self and city. Dykstra's critical essay combines biographical and historical context with her own observations from close readings of these and other Rodriguez works. Dykstra is assistant professor of English at Illinois State University.

The Media Symplex: At the Edge of Meaning in the Age of Chaos
By Frank Zingrone, Ph.D. '66
Hampton Press, 2004

The author, a founding member of the department of communications and senior scholar and fellow of Vanier College at York University in Toronto, Canada, shows how mass media-and all electronic technology-simplify our ability to represent experience. Indeed, a paradox lies at the heart of our modern media realities, the author argues. As our instruments of communication become more and more complex, the messages they convey become increasingly simple. Television, for example, is now our main source of news. But while CNN and CSPAN are capable of providing more information than ever before, and at a greatly accelerated pace, their explanations of complex social and economic events are often reduced to the sound bite. Originally published in Canada by Stoddardt in hardback, the book has received strong positive reviews in major journals and was recently selected for the Communication Series at Fordham University.

Political Class Dismissed: Essays Against Politics, Including "What's Wrong With Buffalo"
By James Ostrowski, B.A. '80
Cazenovia Books, 2004

This is an anthology of essays, long and short, from a libertarian perspective, concerning local, national and global politics, history and current events. The author, a trial and appellate lawyer in Buffalo, New York, traces his evolution from sixties-style liberal to libertarian, resulting from his own experiences fighting political machinery and also his contact with modern libertarian thinkers such as the late Murray Rothbard. "James Ostrowski is a scholar/attorney dedicated to justice and liberty," writes Lew Rockwell, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and author of Speaking of Liberty. "He shows the rest of us why it only takes one man to make the establishment quaver-one man dedicated to truth who cannot be bought."

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