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100 Questions & Answers About Asthma, Claudia S. Plottel ’80, Jones and Bartlett Publishers: 2005. Claudia S. Plottel, MD, FACP, FCCP, a clinical associate of professor of medicine at NYU’s School of Medicine, has a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of adult asthma. In addition to her medical teaching and writing, Plottel maintains an active clinical practice in Manhattan where she treats asthmatic adults. Her book takes up 100 of the most pressing concerns of asthmatic patients and is organized into eight parts, including facts, theories and contro­versies, new and old asthma medications, and a special section on asthma and pregnancy. Plottel has chosen a question-answer format to mimic an actual physician consultation. She also includes a practical section on treatment strategies and medicines. A glossary, index and list of web, book and organizational resources help readers improve their quality of life. “A clear, com­prehensive and sympathetic guide,” writes Gemma Goode, a patient of Plottel’s. “Invaluable!” Plottel is a member of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at NYU. She earned her MD from the Medical College of PA, followed by a fellowship in pulmo­nary and critical care medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center in NYC.

Albert/Albert 2, Lani Yamamoto ’87 (text and illustrations), Sleeping Bear Press: 2005. “Albert is a little boy with big ideas,” reads the Albert jacket flap. “In his bedroom one rainy afternoon, he embarks on a philosophical journey that will take him to the furthest reaches of the universe.” Since Albert’s universe lies within the confines of his home, his journey is mostly flights of fantasy: Albert swims with sharks (goldfish in his aquarium), discovers pirates’ long-lost treasure (a tennis ball under his bed), and saves (stuffed) animals from a flood. Yamamoto, a psychology major at Bryn Mawr and a comparative religious philosophies student at Oxford, wrote and illustrated Albert and Albert 2 to “entertain and intrigue everyone aged 3 and up!” Albert 2 continues the little boy’s journey: “School time, play time, dinner time, bedtime—Albert’s world is moving too fast.” Albert ponders time, vanishing stars and the concept of change. “Maybe nothing really stops after all,” he concludes. The illustrations are spare yet vivid, playful and colorful. Albert was chosen as a Teacher’s Best Pick for Best New Books by Scholastic Parent, and was listed as Red Hot Summer Reading by Earlychildhood.com. Yamamoto lives with her family in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Albrecht Dürer and the Venetian Renaissance, Katherine Crawford Luber, PhD ’92, Cambridge UP: 2005. In this new assessment of Dürer’s relationship with the Venetian Renaissance, Katherine Crawford Luber examines 25 paintings by the German artist in an effort to reevaulate his status as a painter. The paintings were part of a study that used infrared reflectography, microscopy, and X-radiography. Luber explains how Dürer appropriated Venetian techniques, suggesting that the artist was engaged in the exploration of an atmospheric, coloristic perspective. Luber also demonstrates how the Venetian alternative to “scientific” perspective was integrated not only in Dürer’s late paintings, but also in his later graphic oeuvre. Emphasizing Dürer’s careful working methods, Luber argues that technique is an interpretable and critically important aspect of art works that should be integrated into mainstream art historical studies. “[T]he study of technique—like the study of style, elements of form, or iconography,” she writes in her introduction, “—can augment our knowledge of artistic development and can also be used to form hypotheses about the meaning and importance of paintings.” Begun as her doctoral thesis at Bryn Mawr, the book includes eight color plates and never seen before photo documentation of Dürer’s underdrawing in paintings.

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Practical Guide, Janice Kamrin ’85, Harry Abrams: 2004. Appearing a little before 3,000 B.C., Egyptian hieroglyphs were used for thousands of years to write names, label commodities, commem­orate historical events, and convey com­plex stories. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs is an easy-to-use, systematic guide to learning the hieroglyphs. Filled with drills and exercises, the book takes the reader from the basics of simple inscriptions to extensive narratives—along the way exploring ancient Egyptian history, social structure, and funerary beliefs. Janice Kamrin begins with the Egyptian alphabet before moving on to royal names and titles, prayers, and more. She then introduces many of the 750 signs used regularly in hieroglyphic inscriptions along with their usages. She explains the Egyptian alphabet, other linguistic elements, royal names and titles, other titles, offering prayers, and reading indi­vidual inscriptions and whole texts. Exercises with keys are provided. The book gives general readers enough information to de­cipher a wide range of hieroglyphic inscriptions. By the end of chap­ter one, readers will begin to decipher simple inscriptions; after com­pleting the book, readers will be ready to tackle temple walls. Kamrin holds a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Daddy’s Scratchy Face/Judy’s Flower Bed, Edith Kunhardt Davis ’59 (text and illustrations), Golden Books: 2005. “Sixty years ago,” writes Edith Kunhardt on the back covers of her new books, “Dorothy Kundhardt had the very first playdate—with me, her daughter—when she created pat the bunny, a deceptively little peach and blue book that has become one of the best-loved and bestselling children’s books of all time.” Kunhardt herself has written and illustrated more than 50 children’s books, the newest of which are Daddy’ Scratchy Face and Judy’s Flower Bed, which recreate the world of Paul and Judy for a new generation of toddlers. In Daddy’s Scratchy Face, siblings wonder why Daddy’s face is so scratchy every morning. “Is Mummy’s face scratchy? Are Paul’s and Judy’s faces scratchy? No! Because men grow beards. Women and children do not.” The children then examine owls, whales, catfish and orangutans for scratchiness, concluding that: “Animals don’t shave. People shave. Daddies shave.” In Judy’s Flower Bed, Judy uses a little red hoe, but Paul digs with his hands. The seasons unfold, the flowers bloom, and worms, bees, robins, grasshoppers and a brown rabbit appear. Kunhardt, who lives in New York, is also an accomplished photographer.

Divine Creatures, Salima Ikram ’86, ed., The American University in Cairo Press: 2005. Salima Ikram’s collection of nine studies explores the ancient phenomenon of animal mummifi­cation in Egypt. “While one can come to terms with the mummification of humans as an effort to provide a ‘house’ for the soul,” writes Ikram, “the mummification of animals is less easy to understand and accept.” Divine Creatures explores what the mummies reveal about attitudes towards animals, the range of fauna present, domestication, veterinary practices, human nutrition and religious practices. According to the book, mummified animals are of four different types: food offer­ings, pets, sacred animals, and votive offerings. Contributors re­searched animal cemeteries located at sites throughout Egypt, and the essays cover the sacred animal necropolis at North Saqqara, bull cults, the cats of the goddess Bastet, ibises at Tuna al-Gebel, the cult and necropolis of the sacred ram at Mendes, protecting pets and clean­ing crocodiles, and the Animal Mummy Project. One parti­cularly fascinating essay describes in graphic detail the experi­mental mummi­fication of five rabbits carried out by Ikram and others. Ikram is an associate professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.

The Grammar of Our Civility, Lee T. Pearcy, PhD ’74, Baylor UP: 2005. Lee T. Pearcy argues that the pragmatic de­mands of American life have made the study of ancient Greece and Rome a seemingly irrelevant luxury in higher education, despite the fact that the roots of American democracy draw from
clas­­sical language, literature, and poli­tical theory. He chronicles how Ameri­can classical education never developed a distinctly American way of responding to distinctly American social conditions. “This book is not only for classical scholars,” writes Pearcy. “Instead I have written for the body of educated Americans who . . . may believe, without knowing exactly why, that there is something important about the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and the languages that convey them.” Grammar offers a concrete proposal for the role of classical education, one that takes into account practical expectations for higher education in 21st-century America. Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland-College Park, writes that “Pearcy cogently and eloquently synthesizes a vast amount of previous scholarship to envision a new form of American classical education.” Pearcy is Lounsbery Chair in Classics at the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania.

Growing Up Global, Cynthia B. Lloyd ’64, National Academies Press: 2005. Subtitled The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries, this compendium is the result of the National Academy of Sciences panel on Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries, of which Cynthia B. Lloyd was chair from 2001-2003. The context for the book is the 1.5 billion youth aged 10 to 24 who are now coming of age in the developing world. Among the notable findings presented in the book are the following: more than 70 percent of young people in the developing world live in Asia; 23 percent of young women between the ages of 20 and 24 report giving birth before the age of 18; HIV/AIDS is now the leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-old women in sub-Saharan Africa. “Securing [the young generation’s] future is in the best interest of the United States,” writes Lloyd. “A failure to invest now could have dire consequences, including increasing global polarization, civil strife, war, and terrorism.” Lloyd is director of social science research in the Policy Research Division at the Population Council in New York City. She has a master’s and PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Growing with the Grain, Patricia Emison ’78, Lady Illyria Press: 2005. Subtitled Dynamic Families Shaping History from Ancient Times to Present, this beautiful self-published book tells the stories of families in which more than one generation did something notable. From Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, Emison’s homeschooling history book traverses several continents, and takes as its subjects poets, printmakers, captains of industry and others. Emison’s elder daughter, Chloë Feldman Emison, provided all the art for the book: portraits, historiated initials, cover design, and abstract doodles for blank pages. The historic personalities are presented within the context of their personal lives. For example, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, Emmy Noether—who taught at Bryn Mawr from 1933-1935—is described as a “likeable character” who “wore baggy clothes and short hair, swam at a ‘men only’ pool, was overweight, refused to take housework seriously, and ate out every day.” The book is available in a limited first edition of 500 copies, signed and numbered, at www.ladyillyria.com. Emison is an associate professor of art history at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of Creating the Divine Artist from Dante to Michelangelo.

Guidebook on Helping Persons with Mental Retardation Mourn, Jeffrey Kauffman, MSS ’85, Baywood Publish­ing Co.: 2005. Jeffrey Kauffman’s book aims to fill the hole in the death and dying literature, and in the mental re­tardation literature, on the mourning behavior and needs of persons with mental retardation. The book is directed to grief counselors and therapists, agen­cies that support persons with men­tal retardation, and advocates and families of persons with mental retard­ation. “It will teach caregivers at all levels of responsibility con­crete approaches to a sadly neglected, yet absolutely crucial aspect of the lives of people with intellectual disabilities,” writes James W. Conroy, of the Center for Outcome Analysis in Havertown, Pennsyl­vania. Guidebook includes detailed guidelines for support, therapeutic inter­vention, family issues regarding a dying caregiver, and agency inter­ventions and program development. “Intelligent, informed, and com­passionate,” writes Robert Kastenbaum of Arizona State Univer­sity, “this book makes a distinctive contribution to families, friends, and counselors who realize that mentally retarded people are not spared the pain and stress of grief.” Kauffman is in private psycho­therapy practice in suburban Philadelphia, with a specialization in grief and trauma, including treatment of persons with mental retardation.

Kristallnacht: A Tale of Survival and Rebirth, Celia Elkin, MA ’46, PhD ’54, Xlibris: 2005. The afternoon of November 9, 1938, 16-year-old Elkin (née Cilli Zelmanowicz) went to her piano lesson as usual in the town of Breslau/Wroclaw (Germany/Poland). By evening, “pogroms of extraordinary proportions occurred simultaneously in all of Germany, later to become known as Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass,” writes Elkin in this autobiographical account of surviving the Holocaust and coming to America. “When we turned from the Graupenstrasse into my street, the Freiburgerstrasse, my girlfriend suddenly stopped and said, ‘Take a look across the street! So many people are in front of your house!’ ” Two uniformed storm troopers dressed in brown shirts grabbed Elkin’s arms and ordered her to come with them. The dramatic story unfolds, accompanied by poignant reproductions of family photographs. “The many revisionists who have tried to rewrite history,” writes Elkin, “make it imperative that the few of us who are still alive and can give an eyewitness account of what happened during that night and the days that followed document the dreadful events of Kristallnacht.” Kristallnacht is on display at the Galicja Jewish Heritage Institute, a Holocaust museum in Krakow, Poland.

Pre-Raphaelite Painting and Nineteenth-Century Realism, Marcia Werner, MA ’85, PhD ’96, Cambridge UP: 2005. Through careful study of the writings of Pre-Raphaelite artists, Marcia Werner reconsiders and revises the move­ment’s philosophy of art, its sources, its cohesive­ness, and its relationship to the broader context of contemporary Euro­pean Realism. Werner proposes that the Pre-Raphael­ites—often characterized as a disparate group that pursued divergent, even antithetical goals—instead shared a comprehensive artistic philosophy. She examines unexplored and neglected contemp­orary intellectual and philosophical sources, in particular those of J. S. Mill and Thomas Carlyle, and re-evaluates the purported contribution of John Ruskin, whose import­ance to the Pre-Raphaelites has been, ac­cording to Werner, mis­understood and overstated. Werner also identifies Pre-Raphaelitism as a distinctly English expression of Real­ism, reflecting British artistic and philosophical heritage. The book provides sustained analyses of key works, including the paintings of Dante Gabriel Rosetti, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Ford Madox Brown. Fifty-eight lush halftones accompany the text. Werner writes that her engage­­ment with issues related to Realism originated in a seminar taught by Professor Steven Z. Levine, her dis­sertation advisor at Bryn Mawr. She is adjunct associate professor of art history at Temple University.

South Jersey Under the Stars: Essays on Culture, Agriculture, and Place, Allison Hayes-Conroy ’03, Fairleigh Dickinson UP: 2005. Drawing upon the interrelation of culture, agriculture, ecology, and landscape, South Jersey Under the Stars raises questions about a region in flux. Allison Hayes-Conroy, who grew up in the southern New Jersey town of Riverton, presents four essays analyzing farmers of the New Jersey Pine Barrens Reserve who act as agricultural stewards; the relation­ship between agricultural markets, suburbanization, and other forms of landscape change; the relationship between landscape change and residents’ identification with the built environment; and aspects of regional identity, agriculture, and community as seen in light of festival and ritual promoting seasonal awareness. Hayes-Conroy, along with her identical twin sister, Jessica, who co-authored the book, majored in the Growth and Structure of Cities at the College. The book was Hayes-Conroy’s project while working under the Dorothy Nepper Marshall Fellowship Program. Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-editor of the Harvard Series on Religion and Ecology, writes that the book is “an extraordinary achievement.” Hayes-Conroy is a graduate student in geography at the University of Hawaii.

Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind, Nancy Sherman ’73, Oxford UP: 2005. Nancy Sherman, who taught military ethics in a pioneering program at the U.S. Naval Academy, delves into ancient Stoic theory to reveal the moral and psychological aspects of stoicism among today’s military. First-person accounts, derived from extensive interviews Sherman conducted, illustrate her points: Retired Adm. James Stockdale, a student of philosophy, used stoic tenets to keep himself from breaking during seven years as a POW (and was awarded the Medal of Honor). And during the My Lai massacre, helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson landed between American troops and Vietnamese civilians and ordered his crew, at gunpoint, to rescue women and children who were about to be slaughtered, because it was the right thing to do. Sherman argues that toughing it out stoically is both a blessing and a curse. “We need to think hard and clearly about the mental health of our combat troops and combat veterans,” writes former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. “This thoughtful analysis will contribute to our understanding.” Publishers Weekly writes that the book is a “well-researched, in-depth treatise.” Sherman is a professor of philosophy at Georgetown University.

Summer Crafts: Fun and Creative Projects for the Whole Family, Marjorie Galen ’84, Hylas Publishing: 2005. “This book of projects,” writes Marjorie Galen, “is inspired by all the days I’ve spent at the beach, all the hours I’ve walked along the Hudson River by my house, and all the time I’ve spent making things with my family and friends.” This beautifully-photo­graphed book (most of the photos were taken by Galen) contains highly original forays into the world of crafting with found objects, as well as new spins on the classics. Hot rocks, for example, are rocks decorated with crayons, but there’s a secret to elevating the rocks to works of art, as divulged in the book. Summer Crafts includes a defense of seashells with holes in them (perfect for mobiles), the art of the sarong, how to make a sea monkey, and how to make a lovely backgammon board with actual stones for stones. “Crafty kids and their parents will love the projects,” writes Melanie Falick, author of Kids Knitting and Weekend Knitting. “They’re great looking, useful, and mostly easy, and making them will both create and preserve summertime memories.” Galen’s photographs have been published in The New York Times and TimeOut NY.

Wilderness Pilgrim (cd), Leone Francombe ’78, self-produced: 2005. This series of original piano compositions is both a hymn to nature and an attempt by Leone Francombe to capture a deeply personal voice and offer it to a wide public. This collection, she writes, “is the result of years of redefining myself as a musician.” Despite her debut at 16 with the Pittsburgh Symphony, successful competitions, a master’s from Yale and years of solo and chamber concerts in Europe where she resides, Francombe chose to compose beyond the parameters of classical music. “These pieces are the result of long periods of reflection and improvisation at the piano,” she writes. “They are meant as a tribute to the wisdom, strength and pure joy encountered in nature.” The compositions included on the cd are titled “Journey”, “Cry of Wild Places,” “Dreamcatcher,” “Millennium Tree,” “Wilderness Dances,” “Earthsong,” “Snow­fields,” “Northern Fantasy,” “High Mountain Waltz,” and “Homecoming.” The disc is unedited and unmastered, which lend to the listening experience a sense of raw emotion and intimacy. Produced in Belgium, the cd is now available online.

 

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