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Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading

By Richard Deming, PhD ’03

Richard Deming finds an intersection of literature and philosophy in the poetics of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Nathanial Hawthorne, Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams that offers aesthetic models for the construction of community. Continental literary theory and Anglo-American philosophy work together in this book to uncover the role literary texts play in the way that language use creates and defines culture. Deming is a lecturer for the English Department at Yale University, where he coordinates the Whitney Humanities Center’s Working Seminar on Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. (Stanford University Press, 2008)

Women, Marriage and Wealth: The Impact of Marital Status on the Economic Well-Being of Women Through the Lifecourse

By Joyce A. Joyce, PhD ’00 & BA ’97

This book looks at the relationship between women’s marital status and their economic security throughout life. Joyce Joyce examines the relative financial situation of women of all marital statuses. She also offers a study of the effects of education, ethnicity, number of children and geographic location on the net worth of women in all the marital categories. The author is assistant professor of sociology at St. Bonaventure University. (Gordian Knot Books, 2007)

Republic Studios: Beyond Poverty Row and the Majors

By Richard Maurice Hurst, PhD ’78 & MA ’76

In this updated edition of a book first published in 1979, Richard Maurice Hurst documents the influence and significance of Republic Pictures Corporation and examines the various genres it represented. While Hollywood studios of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s were rarely concerned with film as an art form, Republic Studios was the finest of those producing quality B action movies and serials. Indeed, its roster of talent included John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry; its serials featured such iconic figures as Dick Tracy, Captain America, Zorro and the Lone Ranger. The author holds four degrees in history and folklore and was a museum administrator for more than 40 years before retiring in 2002. (Scarecrow Press, 2007)

Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member

By Emily Keller, MA ’69 & BA ’65

In this biography for young audiences, Emily Keller traces the life of Frances Perkins (1882–1965), secretary of labor for 12 years during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration and the nation’s first woman cabinet member. Frances Perkins recreates the anxiety of America during the Great Depression, and details Perkins’s efforts to bring hope and change during a critical time in the nation’s history. The author is a retired teacher and copyeditor who lives in Niagara Falls, NY. (Morgan Reynolds Publishing, 2006)

I Became a Christian and All I Got Was this Lousy T-Shirt: Replacing Souvenir Religion with Authentic Spiritual Passion

By Vince Antonucci, BA ’92

With humor and honesty, Vince Antonucci describes how he first discovered Christianity and his subsequent disappointment at what felt like a “boring, stale religion.” In this spiritual guidebook, Antonucci unearths the life Jesus lived, challenging his readers “to move past spiritual boredom into a faith that’s exciting, beautiful and powerful,” according to the publisher’s blurb. The author is founder and lead pastor of Forefront Church, an innovative congregation for the unchurched in Virginia Beach, VA. (Baker Books, 2008)

Gotta Keep on Tryin’: A Novel

By Virginia DeBerry, BA ’72; and Donna Grant

A decade after the release of the Essence magazine bestselling novel, Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made, this sequel revisits the lives of Gayle, Pat and Pat’s husband, Marcus. Despite drifting apart for much of their adult lives, all three reunite as successful individuals. However, they face new dilemmas while contending with the perils of their past. The authors met while working as models; DeBerry later became editor-in-chief of Maxima. (Touchstone, 2008)

Let’s Not Call It Consequence

By Richard Deming, PhD ’03

These poems searchingly engage the content and form of anger, violence, intimacy and the poetics of proximity, exploring the intricacies of language use to find the ways that “to ache, so to speak, is human.” Deming is lecturer for the English Department at Yale University, where he coordinates the Whitney Humanities Center’s Working Seminar on Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. (Shearsman Books, 2008)


By Ulises Silva, BA ’95

In Ulises Silva’s first novel, people known as “Scribes” possess the power to make any story they write come true. Scribe Nadie—enraged by the rampant injustice and corruption of a world gone mad—decides to use her power to write humanity’s extinction. Faced with this threat, antihero Io tries to stop the cataclysmic violence in what becomes a race against time. Silva is an emerging Latino author who lives in Michigan. (Tragical Mirth Publishing, 2007)

A Head Start on Science: Encouraging a Sense of Wonder

Edited by William C. Ritz, EdD ’69, EdM ’59 & BA ’51

A Head Start on Science is the teachers guide from a long-running national demonstration project at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Field-tested over a ten-year period, the collection’s 89 hands-on science activities are designed to nurture the innate curiosity of children ages three to six. Editor and project director William C. Ritz is chair and emeritus professor of science education at CSULB. (National Science Teachers Association Press, 2007)

The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders

By Peter Conrad, BA ’67

Peter Conrad explores the changing forces behind the transformation of what were once considered normal human events into medical conditions. Using case studies on short stature, social anxiety, erectile dysfunction and other conditions, Conrad examines the emergence of and changes in medicalization, the consequences of the expanding medical domain, and the implications of this phenomenon for health and society. Conrad is Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences at Brandeis University. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007)

Visits to Grandma’s House

By Sande H. Zirlin, BFA ’65

Visits to Grandma’s House is a lighthearted story of a youngster’s Sunday afternoon visits to her grandmother’s house and her grandmother’s hectic preparations for these visits. The story contains a number of Yiddish words and phrases remembered from the author’s own childhood and features 15 colorful illustrations by Linda Tracz. Sande H. Zirlin is a retired art teacher who lives in Amsterdam, NY. (RoseDog Books, 2006)

The Plane to Lisbon: A Travel Memoir

By Nicholas Dan Richie, MSW ’66

Nicholas Dan Richie shares memories—both poignant and humorous—from four decades of travel, primarily abroad. Along the way, he meets unforgettable people, sees places that are quickly changing, has his beliefs challenged and gains insights that alter the direction of his life. The author is professor emeritus of health administration at Florida Atlantic University. (Inkwater Press, 2007)

Knockout Mice: A Novel

By J. M. Fulgham (Maurice Lee, BA ’00)

In this tale of deception and betrayal, world-renowned clinical researcher Jonathan Goodman makes a major scientific breakthrough using genetically modified laboratory mice and develops a novel treatment for several disease clusters. Under emotional duress, however, he bypasses all protocols and unethically secures approval and funding for a human clinical trial. Maurice Lee, whose pen name is J. M. Fulgham, is a management analyst with the federal government. His interests include health disparities, minority health initiatives and clinical research. (iUniverse, 2008)


Stravinsky in Black and White

Helena Bugallo, PhD ’04 & MM ’97; and Amy Williams, PhD ’99 & MM ’96

This release by the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo includes original arrangements by Igor Stravinsky for piano duet and two pianos, two of which are world premiere recordings. Helena Bugallo has performed throughout the Americas, Europe and Japan, and currently resides in Basel, Switzerland. Amy Williams, assistant professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh, has appeared at renowned contemporary music venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. (Wergo, 2007)

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