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AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service—and How It Hurts Our Country, Kathy Roth-Douquet ’86, co-author, Harper Collins: 2006. Kathy Roth-Douquet and her co-author, Frank Schaeffer, assert that as the gap between the military rank-and-file and the cultural “elite” widens, America faces a dangerous lack of understanding between those in power and those who defend its way of life. Based on research and including the voices of many young military members, AWOL asks if the higher socioeconomic groups of American society are adequately represented in the military, and if that matters. Their arguments emerge from their personal experiences: both authors fall within the demographic they critique. Publishers Weekly writes that AWOL is an “impassioned, convincing manifesto.” Tom Brokaw writes that “AWOL is a powerful and timely account of those missing in action—the privileged class of America staying out of uniform and out of harm’s way.” Roth-Douquet is a veteran of every presidential campaign of the past 20 years. She and her husband, a career military officer who has served twice in Iraq, live on base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, with their two young children.

Brother Juniper, Diane Gibfried ’06, Harcourt: 2006. St. Francis of Assisi and his followers were famous for their generosity, and in Diane Gibfried’s book, Brother Juniper is the most generous of all. But he is also “simple,” and sometimes takes things too far. Left to look after the church one day while Father Francis and the other seven brothers go out to preach in the hills of Assisi, Brother Juniper literally gives away the house. Gibfried’s story was inspired by traditional tales about Brother Juniper, who was a friar and a friend of St. Francis, although little was known about him. In her rendition, Brother Juniper is often naked, since he gives his robe away to anyone who is cold. Publishers Weekly writes, “To give the shirt off one’s back comes vibrantly to life...in this fresh look at St. Francis.” The School Library Journal writes that Brother Juniper “is an excellent choice to open discussion about generosity.” The watercolor illustrations by Meilo So underscore the gentle humor of the story; twice we see Brother Juniper’s naked backside. Diane Gibfried lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. She was one of two McBride Scholars graduating this year. This is her first book.

The Corners in Time, Anne Wight Phillips ’39, AuthorHouse: 2005. Beginning in 1925, this novel tells the tale of 20 years of Compy (Competence) Ames’ life as she overcomes an isolated childhood, parental and professional prejudice, and her own unruly temper to become a lady surgeon in the 1940s. She loses the man she loves to her glamorous sister, Bonnie. A young minister rescues Compy from danger and wants to marry her but she must turn him down or give up hope of becoming a doctor. Compy has to take orders from a demanding surgical resident she despises (the feeling is mutual) and she tries to bear his unceasing criticism with fortitude. Compy lives through tragedy, keeps her head in the face of a life-threatening attack, and ultimately finds happiness. Wight Phillips, who is a “happily married surgeon and motherof two,” was the first woman to operate at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the first woman to winthe “Fire Protection Man of the Year Award” from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and—with her family, in a 36-foot boat—first to circumnavigate NovaScotia, despite 12 knot currents and HurricaneAlma. She will follow this book with its sequel, The Foothills of Happiness.

The Distended Tear, Khary M. Atif, M.S.S. ’97, M.L.S.P. ’98, AuthorHouse: 2005. The Distended Tear began as “a simple essay from a father to his daughter, for a time in her future,” writes Khary M. Atif. “This small work is the product of critical reflection upon the times and upon my own life experiences.” The nine chapters, preface and epilogue meditate on the psychological, spiritual and philosophical aspects of social relations. “Ultimately,” Atif writes, “this book is about healing.” The book’s nine essays reflect on the complexity of relationships and the assumptions people bring to their interactions with others. Chapters include: “Is There an Instinctual Life?”, “The Multifaceted Nature of Connection,” “The Unconscious,” “Consciousness and Motility,” “The Problem with the Ego Ideal,” “Why Be Social?”, “The Psychotic Side of Aloneness,” “The Preoedipal,” and “Why the Shallow Social Relation Can Never Be Nourishing.” Atif is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania, and currently serves as a social work supervisor and staff trainer for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services. He is an Imam in the Islamic community of Philadelphia.

Lawyers’ Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Critical Reader, Susan D. Carle ’82, ed., NYUP: 2005. Susan D. Carle brought together the essays in this volume to examine how legal ethical inquiry can be used as a means for empowering the disenfranchised and advocating for social change. Part A spans the theory and history of legal ethics; Part B offers contemporary critical approaches, including “rebellious lawyering.” The essays are diverse in discipline, and include concrete examples of cases and social movements. “Lawyers and law students alike,” writes Richard Zitrin, author of Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law, “will benefit from this volume’s strong and persuasive reminder that traditional ‘good’ lawyering and a moral commitment to social justice can walk hand in hand. Teachers who want to remind students of why they came to law school—to leave the world a better place than they found it—will find this book a great asset.” Carrie Menkel-Meadow of Georgetown University Law Center write that Lawyers’ Ethics “brings together the best writings on the more visionary and justice-seeking goals of the legal profession.” Susan D. Carle is professor of law at Washington College of Law, American University, in Washington, D.C.

Memoirs of Hans Sitarz, Anneliese Sitarz ’50, co-ed., Vervuert Verlag: 2004. In German. With the help of co-editor Thomas Fischer of the Latin America department of the University of Nuernberg-Erlangen, Anneliese Sitarz published the typewritten memoirs of her father, Hans Sitarz, who was a pioneer in the international banking scene. In 1911, her father, like so many other German youths, emigrated to Latin America to find his fortune. Despite the undeveloped character of Colombia, Sitarz stayed, and the resulting memoir gives the reader (of German) a detailed portrait of the early days of the international banking industry. Sitarz includes rich descriptions of person and place. He describes traveling by riverboat and horseback, packing a pistol to protect the money (silver and gold, carried in saddle bags) he brought to open up a branch of the Banco Aleman Antioqueno (German Antioquia Bank). There’s the dramatic story of his young wife waiting in the jungle village for his return from a banking trip. When he did not arrive, she implored the pilot of the postal plane—wooden with pontoons—to find him, stuck on a sandbar. The memoir is a tale of earthquakes, armed guards and the complex relations among U.S., European and South American finances.

Miss Alcott’s E-mail: Yours for Reforms of All Kinds, Kit Bakke ’68, David Godine: 2006. After graduating Bryn Mawr, Kit Bakke joined the notorious Weather Underground, but eventually resurfaced to have a baby, gain two master’s degrees in nursing and public health, and work as a consultant in clinical information systems. When she hit her 50s, Bakke began to question again the best way to live, and how to make a contribution. For guidance, Bakke turned to her childhood role model—Louisa May Alcott. In this bio-memoir, Bakke corresponds with Alcott via email. “Her abolitionist zeal, her women’s rights advocacy, her hospital work, her crazy commune days, her heartfelt desire to leave the world a better place, her humor and her energy all materialized in front of me,” writes Bakke. “Louisa was serious when she signed her letters, ‘Yours for reforms of all kinds.’ She made her life, she didn’t just live it.” Geraldine Brooks, winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction, writes, “Brimming with meticulous research and unusual insights, Miss Alcott’s E-mail brings Louisa May Alcott back into our midst, in all her light and dark complexity.” Bakke is a full-time writer living in Seattle. This is her first book. For more information, visit www.kitbakke.com.

The New Medicines: How Drugs are Created, Approved, Marketed, and Sold, Bernice Schacter ’65, Praeger: 2005. Biomedical consultant Bernice Schacter explains in her book the steps it takes to invent, test, regulate and market a new pill. The New Medicines asks: how are these new medicines invented? How do consumers know that drugs are safe and effective? How are they tested? Who regulates their production—and who watches the regulators? How do drug companies produce the vast quantities needed for the marketplace, and why do they market their drugs as they do? Writing in plain language for the general reader, Schacter explores the rise and fall of the COX-2 inhibitors Vioxx and Celebrex; the saga of the cancer drug Erbitux and its creator, Imclone, made famous as the centerpiece of the Martha Stewart insider-trading scandal; the strengths and weaknesses of the approval process of the Food and Drug Administration; and the controversial marketing techniques of the pharmaceutical industry. Schacter has more than 25 years of biomedical research experience in both academia and industry. She served on the faculty of the School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She also served as vice president of research at BioTransplant, Inc.

One-on-One Tutoring by Humans and Computers, Martha Walton Evens ’55, co-author, Erlbaum: 2005. One-on-One Tutoring articulates the authors’ CIRCSIM-Tutor project, an attempt to develop a computer tutor that generates a natural language dialogue with a student. Martha Evens and co-author Joel Michael present the educational context within which the project was launched, as well as research into tutoring, the process of implementation of CIRCSIM-Tutor, and the results of using CIRCSIM-Tutor in the classroom. The domain of their project was cardiovascular physiology, specifically targeting first-year medical students, though they expect the idea to be applicable to the development of intelligent tutoring systems across populations, disciplines, and domains. This five-year-long project was motivated by the authors’ belief that students need assistance in building appropriate mental models of complex physiological phenomena, as well as practice in expressing these ideas in their own words to fully develop those models. The authors hope that the book and accompanying CD will appeal to educators who want to improve human tutoring. Evens is professor emeritus in computer science at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

The Poetry of Sara Pujol Russell, Noël Valis, Ph.D. ’75, translator, Susquehanna UP: 2005. Sara Pujol Russell was born in Barcelona and teaches at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. She has published several books of poetry in both Catalan and Spanish since 1980. In 1980 she won the Premio Recull for her book, Inquietud de pleniluni (The Unease of a Full Moon). This bilingual anthology, with facing-page format, includes a selection of poetry from three books, written in Spanish: El fuego tiende su aire (Fire Floats its Air), Intacto asombro en la luz del silencio (Astonishment Intact in the Light of Silence), and Para decir sí a la carencia, sí a la naranja, al azafrán en el pan (Saying Yes to Lack, Yes to the Orange, to Saffron in Bread). Valis includes an introduction, a note on the translation, and a selected bibliography. Her introduction is intended to show how Pujol Russell’s poetry attempts to erase, or at least alter, the fundamental distinction between language and the real, or being. Noël Valis is the author of Reading the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Novel: Selected Essays (2005), and both a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2006-07.

Taking a Stand, Elizabeth F. Boardman ’63, New Society Publishers: 2006. Elizabeth Boardman is a long-time political activist who traveled to Iraq with a peace team sponsored by Voices in the Wilderness in December 2002. When she returned home from the three-week trip, Boardman spoke to many groups about Iraq. She discovered that the focus of these talks often shifted from Iraq to questions about the peace team experience itself. What was the application process? How much did the trip cost? What did your boss, staff and family think of it all? Were you afraid? Did you think it was worth it? The book describes who runs the peace programs, how to get information, the variety of people currently participating, and what to expect in terms of fear and exhilaration, resistance and support. Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire writes that Taking a Stand is “an excellent book. It gives both practical help and inspiration to all those peace activists with generous and courageous hearts who are willing to take risks for peace.” Boardman, an innovator in services for the elderly in her professional life, is the daughter of a conscientious objector, grandmother of five, and clerk of San Francisco Friends Meeting.

Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony, Lillian Daniel ’88, Alban Institute: 2006. When a study group at the Church of the Redeemer in New Haven, Connecticut, read about the practice of testimony, members approached the descriptions of people sharing their faith as if they were reading an anthropology article—an intriguing account of the practices of an entirely different culture. However, the congregation slowly began the practice of testimony—a practice that would eventually revitalize their worship and transform their congregational culture. In Tell It Like It Is, Lillian Daniel, pastor of the congregation, describes how the practice of testimony strengthened lay leadership and fostered more intimate community. Thomas G. Long of the Candler School of Theology writes, “With candor, theological insight, and pastoral wisdom, Daniel describes how testimony can deeply affect, and finally transform, the life of a congregation.” David Bartlett of the Columbia Theological Seminary, writes that the book is “practical theology at its best: it is theologically grounded, reflects on actual practice, and provides a useful model for all our churches.” Lillian Daniel has been senior minister of First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, since 2004.

The Vision, C.L. Talmadge ’75, Quiet Storm Press: 2005. First in C.L. Talmadge’s Green Stone of Healing novel series, The Vision introduces heroine Helen Andros—an opinionated, tough-minded physician who wears a mysterious green stone. Helen is also emotionally wounded and vulnerable, an illegitimate half-breed in Azgard, a nation divided by race and rank. The plot covers the political, religious and societal forces that converge in Helen as she struggles to understand who she is and what her fate may reveal. To write her fantasy series, Talmadge delved into her own past lives and those of her family, friends, clients, and acquaintances to write the fictionalized results as the Green Stone of Healing series, which follows four generations of women and the green stone that binds them to their people and culture, as well as to each other. “Those who love deep, intricate stories, full of mystery and action, dripping with power struggles and battles for dominion, this work is for you,” writes Shirley P. Johnson in Midwest Book Review. Talmadge has been a full-time staff reporter and freelance writer for numerous media, including Business Week, Dallas Times Herald, Forbes, Herald Tribune and the New York Times.

Washington International School: the First 40 Years, collated by Cathya Wing Stephenson ’59, Washington International School: 2005. In January 1966, founder Dorothy Bruchholz Goodman ’46 and co-founder Stephenson opened the “Little Language Class,” a nursery program in French and English, in Goodman’s basement (see photo page 38). Forty years later the Washington International School (WIS) has more than 800 students (aged 3 to 18) of 90 nationalities, and 128 teachers from 30 countries. WIS is a coeducational day school offering students a K-12 challenging curriculum in French-English or Spanish-English culminating in the prestigious International Baccalaureate diploma which permits entrance to major universities abroad and sophomore standing in many prominent American colleges. Goodman writes that she had set out to bring Bryn Mawr scholarship to long-languishing primary and secondary schools, and to build “a pilot school for the planet”. The school’s major scholarly contribution is its NEH-funded human narrative from Sumer to modern times. More than a dozen BMC alumnae had substantial roles in creating this school, including Elaine Hurwitz Greenstone, M.A. ’51, academic head and teacher of English for 33 years. The book is available directly from WIS at 202.243.1821.

Women’s Religious Activity, Celia Schultz, M.A. ’94, Ph.D. ’99, U/NC Press: 2006. Expanding the discussion of religious participation of women in ancient Rome, Celia E. Schultz argues that women were vital participants—both professionally and nonprofessionally—in the religion of the Roman Republic. “This is an innovative study,” writes John North, professor emeritus, University College London, “which will force a serious rethinking of established ideas on a major topic.” Based on research in ancient literature, inscriptions, and archaeological remains from the fifth to the first century B.C.E., Schultz shows that women honored gods unaffiliated with domestic matters, including Hercules and Jupiter; they took part in commercial, military, and political rites; they often worshiped alongside men; and they were not confined to the private sphere. She demonstrates that the Vestal Virgins were the most prominent members of a group of women who held high-profile religious positions. “Schultz’s clear and cogent argument,” writes Elaine Fantham, professor emerita, Princeton University, “uses the whole range of literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence to make a radical and important correction to the long-held assumptions about both the worshippers and the gods of republican Rome.” Schultz is assistant professor of classics at Yale.

Youth Culture and the Generation Gap, Ursula Falk, M.S.S. ’53, co-author, Algora Pub: 2005. In Youth Culture, Ursula Falk and her co-author, husband Gerhard Falk, seek to relate the development of a youth culture from the 16th century to the youth culture of the 21st century. The authors contend that the youth culture is dominant in the world, and that “the United States is its champion.” They then examine the influence of parents and peers on the young in America, and ponder whether or not this cultural emphasis widened the generation gap. Is a generation gap just a natural by-product of the generational differences that exist in all societies, they ask, and is the generation gap such a problem as the media makes it out to be? The book compares the competing influences of peers and parents, discusses homeless migrants, hippies, punks and rockers, and considers sex, language, cliques, gangs and reference groups. The book is illustrated with case histories taken from Ursula Falk’s private psychiatric practice. Gerhard Falk is a sociology professor at SUNY Buffalo. Ursula Falk’s areas of specialization include sociology of crime, juvenile delinquency, sociology of punishment and corrections and sociology of addiction and alcoholism.

 

 

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