In this book of six fictional tales, Larry Beahan stays with his familiar Adirondack setting. Here, however, his stories are not of lumberjack heroes, pioneers, hotel magnates, hermits or even mountain climbers. Rather, they are dark stories of ordinary people tangled in extraordinary emotions that lead to extremes. (Coyote Publishing, 2007)
In this fantasy novel, an ancient evil spawned beyond the known world emerges from the shadows, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. In the forgotten land of Avárel, the king is slain and his “Palace of the Ancients” is in ruins. Endowed with a mysterious magic, twin warriors Alric and Adian Godfrey of Avárel are destined for greatness—if they can survive the deadly perils in their path. (iUniverse, 2007)
To break down linguistic and cultural barriers and help Latino students acquire a quality education, Marco and Rita Portales focus attention on the teacher-student relationship and offer a proven method that teachers can use to strengthen the print and oral skills of their students. By demonstrating how teachers can improve students’ reading, critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills across the curriculum, they argue that learning can be made more relevant for students, keeping their interest levels high while preparing them for academically competitive colleges. Marco Portales is professor of English at Texas A&M University. This book is the third of Portales’ “Latino trilogy,” the previous volumes being Crowding Out Latinos and Latino Sun, Rising. (University of Texas Press, 2005)
Typically, child custody is the most divisive and potentially devastating issues families face. In a society where divorce is prevalent, this book encourages ex-spouses to understand the other parent’s point of view, and thus make more of their individual time with the kids. Designed for both residential and non-residential parents, How To Parent with Your Ex offers practical, to-the-point advice, while emphasizing the role of positive communication between former spouses and the importance of always keeping the focus on the child. (Sourcebooks, 2005)
Designed for students enrolled in inner-city public schools, this book guides them to appreciate the art of personal growth and development. Never Too Late to Make a U-Turn also offers teachers, parents and counselors a valuable message about education in today’s world. Alberto O. Cappas’s poetry has been included in numerous anthologies and publications throughout the U.S., Canada and India. (Lulu.com, 2005)
In this historical novel, a young Polish immigrant joins the now forgotten American-immigrant Polish Blue Army Air Corps that trained in Canada and fought with the Allies in France in World War I. The Blue Army was actually part of the Polish Army in France and under French command; its hope was to create an independent Poland. Remembrance As Long As We Live is partly based on the life of the author’s father; much of the story takes place in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood. (Author House, 2006)
While millions of people visit Niagara Falls annually, many are unaware of the role this natural wonder has played in the history of both the U.S. and Canada. This beautifully illustrated children’s book allows young readers to learn about this history in a simple, engaging manner. Follow Anthony, Ben, Alex, Cole and Andrew as they ex-perience Falls history—from Native Americans to the colonial wars, from daredevils to the power of the Niagara. (Amoeba Books, 2006)
This updated edition focuses on diseases that pose the greatest threat to African American women. With contribu-tions from a team of experts, including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists and chemists, the book covers such issues as heart disease, sickle cell anemia, breast cancer, diabetes, HIV and AIDS, as well as mental illness. Social issues affecting health are examined as well. (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006)
The Housing Divide examines the generational patterns in New York City’s housing market and neighborhoods along the lines of race and ethnicity. With in-depth analysis of many immigrant groups in New York, this book of-fers an understanding of both opportunities and discriminatory practices at work from one generation to another. The authors provide a detailed portrait of neighborhood life and socioeconomic status for the immigrants of New York. “An excellent and timely volume,” writes Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. The authors are, respectively, associate professor of sociology and anthro-pology at Fordham University and assistant professor of sociology at Northeastern University. (New York University Press, 2006)
In her first full-length collection of poems, Nancy Kuhl explores the lyric possibilities found within the sometime narrow space of the domestic interior, caught between the quotidian and the uncanny. “Provocative, haunting, this is a book that looks ‘from behind the eyelid’s/veil’ slantingly and penetratingly at the world’s unravelings—and makes elegant art out of the raw materials of chaos and deception,” writes the noted poet and critic Alicia Ostriker. Winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize for her poetry chapbook In the Arbor, Kuhl is associate curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. (Shearsman Books, 2007)
Anthony Selvaggio, adjunct professor in the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, shares wisdom about love, marriage and avoiding love triangles. The book’s wisdom is gleaned from Selvaggio’s own marriage counseling experience, as well as his study of the Bible’s love poetry and romance in Song of Songs. In the wake of last winter’s NASA love triangle story, Selvaggio, senior pastor of College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, was interviewed about love triangles by media across the country. (Evangelical Press, 2007)
In her latest collection of poems, Deborah Meadows asks, “What can poetry be?” Using sources as diverse as Herman Melville and François Rabelais, she searches to discover new poetic realities. Meadows teaches at Cali-fornia Polytechnic State University, Pomona, and has been part of recent writers’ and scholars’ exchanges with Havana, Cuba. (Green Integer, 2006)
In Savage Pastimes, Harold Schechter, professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York, pro-lific true crime author, pop culture expert and novelist, presents a cultural history of violence in popular entertain-ment. He argues that today’s movies and video games are actually relatively mild when compared to more brutal depictions and entertainments of previous generations. Furthermore, he criticizes those who bemoan the alleged increased violence in media today, and who blame popular entertainment for a variety of cultural ills, including increased crime and real-life violence. (St. Martin’s Press, 2005)
In his 2005 CD, available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/braun2, Jeffry Braun, New York singer and songwriter and UB illustration graduate, offers a mix of retro rock, alternative ballads and acoustic pop. Fellow UB graduate Jonathan Hughes, BA ’93, is on bass; Anthony Realbuto on drums; with special guests: Jason Braun on guitar; J. C. San-talis on guitar; Marc Teamaker on guitar and Wurlitzer 200 electric piano; Matt Kalin on Hammond; and Julia Richardson and Scott Sylvester on harmony.
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