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Riding the Bus with My Sister, Rachel Simon '81, Lecturer in the Arts, Houghton Mifflin, 2002. Rachel Simon's sister, Beth, is a spirited woman who lives intensely and often joyfully, and who also happens to have mental retardation. When the book opens, Beth is spending her days riding the buses in the city where she lives, creating powerful connections wi th the dr ivers and passengers. Rachel, a driven professor and writer, is struggling to come to terms with her own ambitions and loneliness-as well as her distant feelings toward her one-of-a-kind sister. One day, Beth invites Rachel to join her for a year on the buses. Rachel says yes, and so begins a journey that changes both sisters' lives. Riding the Bus with My Sister weaves together three strands: the chronicle of this remarkable bus odyssey, life lessons that Beth and Rachel learn from the characters they meet on their travels, and memories of their riveting family story, unusual by any standard. Simon brings to lig ht the world of adults with developmental disabilities, finds unlikely heroes in everyday life, and discovers unrealized strength in herself-and in her indomitable, unforgettable sister.

The Everything Fairy Tales Book, Amy Peters '86, Adams Media Corporation, 2002. This illustrated book is an extensive collection of 100 fairy tale classics. Among the perennial favorites are "Hansel and Gretel," "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "The Princess and the Pea." Words potentially new to young readers, such as "fen," "miser"and "skein," are bol ded where they appear in the story and defined in a glossary.

Beyond the Stirrups: A Gynecologist's Memoir of Women in Contemporary America, Hester M. Sonder '72 with Judith Kristen, Vantage Press, 2001. Beyond the Stirrups is a treatise in women's studies, detailing the life and times of the author, a gynecologist who has practiced for more than 20 years. By taking the reader through her daily office interaction wi th patients, human beings struggling with real-life problems-unwanted pregnancies, mental illness and fragmented family relationships-come to life. Sonder speaks openly about sexually transmitted diseases, homosexuality, transexuality, troubled teens, prostitution, AIDS, domestic violence, child molestation and breast cancer. Beyond the Stirrups documents a realization that through the years, Sonder has functioned not only as a gynecologist, but also a psychiatrist, domestic abuse counselor, negot iator and spiritualist to those in her care. This realization involves the understanding of the tumultuous changes not only in her world as a physician, but as a woman, wife and mother.

Midnight to the North: The Untold Story of the Inuit Woman Who Saved the Polaris Expedition, Sheila Nickerson '64, Penguin Putnam Inc., 2002. The Polaris Expedition of 1871 to 1873 was one of the strangest tragedies in the history of Arctic exploration. Less than five months after setting out to lead the first official American party to the Nort h Pole, the expedition's leader, Captain Charles Francis Hall, was dead, likely murdered by his crew. The Polaris was locked in ice; 19 of its crew and passengers were forced to embark on what would be the longest ice-drift in history. Remarkably, all survived-thanks in large part to the skills of one woman, Tookoolito, Hall's 34-year-old Inuit translator. Tookoolito helped sustain a wildly various group of people thrown together in desperate circumstances, keeping the expedition together physical ly and emotionally in the face of starvation, disease, freezing cold, storms, the threat of cannibalism and the constant danger of being crushed by drifting ice. Although Tookoolito could have abandoned the others on several occasions, she stayed, faithful to Hall's memory. Midnight to the North tells how one indigenous woman made the white man's adventure possible, and at what price.

Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States, ed. Judith A. Baer '68, Greenwood Press, 2002. This reference guide is for scholars and students interested in the arguments concerning the claims of whether, when, and how children are, or are not, to be conceived in the contemporary United States. Its authors t ake on diverse positions. Articles representing racial and ethnic groups' experiences figure prominently, as do the effects of age, class, education, health, religion and sexual preference, on child-bearing and -rearing practices. Articles also discuss court cases, technological advances, political attitudes and prominent activists.

Garden Guide: New York City, Nancy Berner '72 and Susan Lowry '73, The Little Bookroom, 2002. If you know where to look, gardens welcome visitors in almost every neighborhood of New York City. They're perched on rooftops, concealed behind sleek mid-town facades, and waiting behind gates you may have passed 100 times. Some are even in plain sight, such as the romantic Shakespeare Garden or the contemporary Gantry Plaza State Park. This guide to 100 gardens in all five boroughs offers scores of unexpected discoveries, including a children's maze and the largest community garden in the United States. Garden Guide describes the histories and personalities behind these green spaces as well as when each garden is at its best, hours, public transportation and amenities.

Monastic Visions: Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea, ed. Elizabeth Bolman, Ph.D. '97, American Research Center in Egypt and Yale University Press, 2002. The church of the ancient Monastery of St. Anthony at the Red Sea possesses a unique treasure among works of medieval Christian art in Egypt: a virtually comple te and very well- preserved cycle of wall paintings. After their restoration in 1995, the wall paintings' significance to art history became clear . Monastic Visions is the first book on these paintings and includes color illustrations that demonstrate the richness of Egyptian Christian, or Coptic, culture, and reveal its explicit connections with the Byzantine and Islamic art of the 12th and 13th centuries. The book transforms our understanding of the relationship between Coptic art and other cultural traditions of the eastern Mediterranean. (For more information on Bolman's scholarship, read her profile.)

Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People, eds. Aron L. Crowell, Amy F. Steffian '84, and Gordon L. Pullar, University of Alaska Press, 2002. This exhibition catalog is an ethnography of Alaska's Alutiiq people and a dialog between Native peoples and anthropologists about Native identity in the contemporary world. Diversity is one of the signal points of the text: No one voice could tell the whole story, and no single approach defines what it truly means to be Alutiiq. Much of the archaeological information in the volume was collected by the KANA/Bryn Mawr College archaeological project, led by the late Bryn Mawr faculty member Richard Jordan from 1983 to 1987. "A great number of undergraduate and graduate students from the College participated in archaeological fieldwork associated with this Alaskan project," writes Steffian, "and ma ny went on to careers in anthropology." The catalog contains contributions from Richard Knecht, Ph.D. '95, and Katharine Woodhouse-Beyer '90, Lecturer in Anthropology.

Letters of John Reed: Defining Australian Cultural Life 1920-1981, eds. Nancy Underhill '60 and Barrett Reid, Viking, 2001. For more than 40 years, writer, innovator and philanthropist John Reed played a defining role in Australian cultural life. These selected letters, published for the first time, demonstrate the extraordinary degree to which he influenced various personalities, institutions and events of the modernist movement in Au stralia. Spanning from the mid-1920s, when Ree d returned to Australia after studying law in England, until his death, his correspondence portrays a man of diverse interests, especially in radical artists of the '60s and '70s. Reed also championed many causes, and his letters allow new interpretations of the social web of 20th-century Australia.

Latin Forms of Address: From Plautus to Apuleius, Eleanor Dickey '89, MA '89, Oxford University Press, 2001. When one Roman called another "human being," "executioner," or "soft little cheese," what did these terms really mean? This book presents a corpus of 15,441 such addresses, spanning four centuries and drawn from literary prose, poetry, letters, inscriptions, ostraca, and papyri. Analyzed using recent sociolinguistic techniques, the addresses reveal new insights into Roman c ulture and shed a fresh light on the interpretation of numerous passages in literature.

Because of Mama & Pohpoh, Yeo Lai Cheng, M.A. '52, BRMC-DF Books, 2000. Because of Mama & Pohpoh is about three generations of womenfolk-the author, her mother and her grandmother-set against the backdrop of a social milieu which is fast becoming strange and alien to the culture of our knowledge-based economy. This book straddles the period of the Japanese invasion of Singapore and Malaya and tells of how one family coped in the face of danger and with the uncertainties of war whi ch exploded into their lives. "The buzz created in Singapore," writes Cheng, "by the 50th anniversary of the Japanese invasion ... spurred the publication of many books and commentaries. I thought that perhaps I too should write about this period. Not about man's inhumanity to man. But about the triumph of man's indomitable spirit over circumstances both intimidating and threatening. About abiding faith ... in the goodness of man."

Faculty writing
Canaday Library feted 15 members of the Bryn Mawr faculty on April 16 in honor of their recently published books. After a welcome by President Nancy J. Vickers, the authors described their works and offered their signatures at the wine-and-cheese reception in the 1912 Rare Book Room. Recent faculty publications are listed below.

· Documenting Individual Identity: The Development of State Practices in the Modern World, ed. Jane Caplan, Professor of History

· In Our Own Words: Students' Perspectives on School, ed. Alison Cook-Sather, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Teacher Education Program

· Teaching to Learn/Learning to Teach: Meditations on the Classroom, Anne Dalke, Senior Lecturer in English and Coordinator of the Feminist and Gender Studies Program

· Gesture, Gender, Nation: Dance and Social Change in Uzbekistan, Mimi Doi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

· Survival Guide For Physical Chemistry, Michelle Francl, Professor of Chemistry

· Catullus in English, Julia Gaisser, Professor of Latin

· The Door of the Seas and Key to the Universe: Indian Politics and Imperial Rivalry in the Darien, 1640-1750, Ignacio Gallup-Díaz, Assistant Professor of History

· Boundary Spanning: An Ecological Reinterpretation of Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Systems, Toba Kerson, Professor of Social Work and Social Research

· Street Children in Kenya: Voices of Children in Search of a Childhood, Philip Kilbride, Professor of Anthropology

· Jenseits der Spiegel kein Land: Ich-Fiktionen in Texten von Franz Kafka und Ingeborg Bachmann, Imke Meyer, Associate Professor and Chair of German

· Russian Society: 1389-1425 (translation), George Pahomov, Professor of Russian

· A Quarter in Half Time: Arab Soul, Jewish Eyes, David Rabeeya, Visiting Lecturer in Hebrew and Judaic Studies

· Writing Outside the Nation, Azade Seyhan, Professor of German and Comparative Literature

· Complex Adoption & Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Developmental Approach to Clinical Practice, Janet Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social Research

· The German-American Encounter: Conflict and Cooperation Between Two Cultures 1800-2000, ed. Elliott Shore, Professor of History, Director of Libraries and Chief Information Officer

· The Ideologies of African American Literature: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Nationalist Revolt, Robert Washington, Professor and Chair of Sociology

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