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Children From Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World, Maya Ajmera '89 & Anna Rhesa Versola, forward by Marian Wright Edelman, Shakti for Children/Charlesbridge, 2001. Children From Australia to Zimbabwe takes its readers on a trip through the alphabet and around the globe. Find out what children do with their families in Mexico, how they dress for festivals in Japan, and what they ride to school in India. The children in this book are growing up in places that are different from one another in many ways. Some countries have rainforests, while others have deserts. Some are old, industrialized nations; others are new. But the children who live in these countries also have a lot in common, no matter what their culture or what language they speak. Ajmera writes in the afterward: "I encourage you to think globally, act locally and globally. No matter how old you are, try to help other children, whether it is your friend, a classmate, or a child who lives halfway across the world. As a global citizen, you are responsible for making this world a better place to live for future generations."

How to Multiply Your Child's Intelligence: A Practical Guide for Parents of Seven-Year-Olds and Below, May Lwin '86, Kenneth Lyen, Adam Khoo, & Caroline Sim '89, Prentice Hall, 2003. There are more contributing factors to your child's success than IQ, EQ, and getting good grades at school. This book discusses seven intelligences inherent in every child at varying degrees: verbal-linguistic, mathematical-logical, visual-spatial, musical-rhythmic, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intropersonal. It details their significance, gives real-life examples of each, and supplies a variety of games and activities to help develop each child into a well-rounded, successful individual. Before seven years of age-when childhood learning is at its maximum potential-is the best time to give your child a head start. Lwin is an assistant professor at the School of Business, National University of Singapore. Sim is a human resources consultant after 12 years in the banking industry. Both are parents.

Healthy Teens, Body and Soul: A Parent's Complete Guide to Adolescent Health, Andrea Marks '68 & Betty Rothbart, Fireside Books, 2003. The authors challenge the cliché that adolescence is a time when teens and parents inevitably must part company, going their separate, even antagonistic ways. They instead focus on the physical, mental, emotional and social issues that make the teen years so challenging, combining authoritative information with advice. The goal for parents is not to "manage" or "control" a teen's health, but to collaborate and partner with one's teen to reap the best results. Physical concerns are explored within the context of the three main tasks of adolescence: gaining independence, clarifying sexual identity, and establishing a satisfying place in society. Details about specific health problems-from accidents and acne to eating disorders, learning disabilities, menstrual dysfunction, scoliosis, sleep deprivation and varicocele-spell out the symptoms, explore the ways in which the problem relates to other areas of a teen's life, and gives guidelines for when (and how) to see a doctor or try home remedies. Every chapter ends with a list of tips. Marks is a specialist in adolescent medicine and directed academic programs before opening a private practice for patients ages 9-30. She is on the faculty of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and writes a monthly column, "Ask Dr. Marks," for Cosmo Girl magazine.

Telling Tales: A Modern-day Canterbury Tales, Robert Hanrott & Martha Horsley '62, ByD Press, 2003. In this collection of short stories, 12 people gather in Canterbury to walk the medieval pilgrim route from England to Rome. Like the group celebrated by Geoffrey Chaucer in his 14th-century Canterbury Tales, the walkers agree that each will tell a tale during the course of the journey. The modern equivalents of Chaucer's pilgrims are a plastic surgeon, investment banker, lawyer, airline pilot, counselor, talk show host, herbalist, small businessman, divorcée, bureaucrat, personal trainer, and retired colonel. Their tales of love, adventure, ambition, hypocrisy, and revenge provide insight into modern attitudes and culture. "Six-hundred years apart, and what a different world!" the foreword by Hanrott and Horsley reads. "Yet traditional professions persist in modern guise, and age-old motivations still seem familiar. We cannot aspire to the genius of Chaucer ... but we can, in our own way, comment of the vices, virtues and eccentricities of today's world."

The Sultan's Bath, Renate Wolff, Ph.D. '51, self-published, 2003. This historical novel is told in five episodes, each taking place in a different century. The author considers whether one would be the same individual if born during another era. The answer is left up to the reader, who watches as five narrators-three men, two women-wrestle with the promise and problems of each one's respective period: Alison in 14th-century England; Josiah in colonial Massachusetts; James in Virginia around the time of the Revolutionary War; Thomas in 19th-century London; and Eva in Berlin and Moscow between 1904 to 1937. Wolff is the author of Johannes, published in 1958 by Simon & Schuster. Another novel was published in 1993, Wohin kein Licht dringt (Where No Light Penetrates), by Quell Verlag Stuttgart and was nominated for the Anne Frank Literary Prize in 1994. In 2000 she self-published the English original, The Abyssal Zone.

Wind in the Sahara, Louise Roberts Sheldon (Louise S. MacDonald '48), Publish America, 2002. In this novel, American journalist Marc Lamont covers Morocco's war against rebels in the Sahara. Duped by the beautiful spy Aysha, he is kidnapped and taken to the insurgents' desert headquarters in Algeria. Learning that their "struggle" for independence is phony, he escapes with the disillusioned Aysha to reveal the truth to the world. Together they uncover a related Qadhafi plot, expose a traitor in Washington, and save Morocco from defeat. "... this novel casts light on an actual plot to destabilize and cause the fall of a country of strategic and geopolitical importance to the Western world," writes Sheldon. "The eclipse of Morocco very nearly occurred during the Saharan war between that country and the so-called Polisario 'freedom-fighters' during the late 1970s." Sheldon has been an art critic for the Baltimore Chronicle since 1981. She was a foreign correspondent in Rabat from 1975-1980, and before that was an editor for Smithsonian and Life magazines. She is the author of Casablanca Notebook: A Collection of Tales from Morocco.

Into the Deep, Deborah Haber '97, Opera Bufo, 2001. On her first solo CD, singer-songwriter Deborah Haber shows physical and stylistic range, moving fluidly through the jazz, blues, pop and folk genres. With a background in classical music, theater and painting, she has been writing songs and poetry most of her life. Her music reflects a wide range, blending elements into an individual style. Tracks include "Mother of Invention," "Damn it (I Love You)," "She," and "Harvest."

The Culture of Cursileria: Bad Taste, Kitsch, and Class in Modern Spain, Noel Valis, Ph.D. '75, Duke University Press, 2003. The Spanish terms cursi and cursilería refer to a cultural phenomenon widely prevalent in Spanish society since the 19th century. Like "kitsch" cursi evokes the idea of bad taste, but it also suggests one who has pretensions of refinement and elegance without possessing them. In The Culture of the Cursilería Valis examines the social meanings of cursi, viewing it as a window into modern Spanish history and particularly into the development of middle-class culture. Evidence in literature, cultural objects and popular customs points to cursilería's roots in a sense of cultural inadequacy felt by the lower middle classes in 19th- and early 20th-century Spain. The Spain of this era, popularly viewed as the European power most resistant to economic and social modernization, is characterized as suffering from nostalgia for a bygone, romanticized society that structured itself on strict class delineations. With the development of an economic middle class during the latter half of the 19th century, these designations began to break down, and individuals across all levels of the middle class exaggerated their own social status in an attempt to protect their cultural capital. While the resulting manifestations of cursilería were often provincial, indeed backward, the concept was-and still is-closely associated with a sense of home. Ultimately, Valis shows how cursilería embodied the disparity between old ways and new, and how in its awkward manners, airs of pretension, and graceless anxieties it represents Spain's uneasy surrender to the forces of modernity.

Singular Women: Writing the Artist, Kristen Frederickson, Ph.D. '92, & Sarah E. Webb, Eds., University of California Press, 2003. In this groundbreaking volume, contemporary art historians-all of the women-probe the dilemmas and complexities of writing about the woman artist, past and present. Singular Women proposes a new feminist investigation of the history of art by considering how a historian's theoretical approach affects the way in which research progresses and stories are told. These 13 essays on specific artists, from the Renaissance to the present day, address their work and history to examine how each has been inserted into or left out of the history of art. The authors go beyond an analysis of the past to propose new strategies for considering the contributions of women to the visual arts, strategies that take into account the idiosyncratic, personal, and limited rhetoric that confines all writers.

Dietrich, Malene Sheppard Skaerved '91, Haus Publishing, 2003. Marlene Dietrich, shaped by her Prussian bourgeois background and the Berlin of the 1920s, lived with unconventional passion. A cosmopolitan star, she used the power of glamour and conviction as a weapon against Nazi Germany. Her legend became so important that she spent her last decade in total seclusion, rather than let her audiences witness her decline. Skaerved teaches screenwriting at Birbeck College in London and has won many prizes for her short films.

The Atatürk Revolution: A Paradigm of Modernization, Suna Kili '48, M.A. '49, Ph.D. '53, Türkiye Is Bankasi Publications, 2003. Kili discusses in detail the paradigm of modernization as systematized and implemented by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President. The book concentrates also on the capitalist and Marxist paradigms within the context of theories of modernization. Kili presents the Atatürk paradigm as an alternative to the capitalist and Marxist paradigms, focusing on its objectives, problematic stages, strategy and tactics. She also discusses Ottoman and Republican attempts at reform. Additionally, the book includes analysis of the interplay of political forces in Turkey between the years of 1919-2003. In this context, the author focuses upon Islam, Laicism and the role of the military in contemporary Turkish society. The European Union, the Cyprus issue, globalization, democracy, and republicanism, all from the perspective of Atatürkism and the Atatürk paradigm of modernization, are considered. The Atatürk Revolution is the recipient of the Türkiye Is Bankasi Great Award in Political Science. Kili is a faculty member at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her awards include the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Award in 1992 and the Contemporary Education Foundation Award in 2001. Kili has been an active member of the International Association of Political Science and the International Association of Constitutional Law.

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change, Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom '79, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2003. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a popular new approach to organizational change, improving performance by encouraging people to study, discuss, learn from, and build on what's working, rather than trying to fix what's not. This how-to book describes the newest ideas and practices in the field of AI. The authors are both pioneers in the development and practice of AI and use examples from many different types of organizations to illustrate the technique in action. They draw extensively on a five-year project with Hunter-Douglas Window Fashions, a company that achieved a 15 percent improvement in their bottom line and created a new strategic direction and culture using AI. Actual events at Hunter-Douglas emphasize the customized, flexible, almost artistic nature of the process. Trosten-Bloom is director of consulting services for Corporation for Positive Change.

Attuning to the River of Kabbalah: Playing with Energy and Consciousness, Karen Kaufman Milstein, Ph.D. '93, Crossquarter Breeze, 2003. Milstein is a psychologist, psychotherapist and student of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition that directly addresses the question of the individual purpose of one's life. Milstein explains basic Kabbalistic concepts in this book, helping the reader maximize psychological and spiritual wellbeing through energy psychology and the inherent power of the human mind combined with ancient Kabbalistic wisdom. The reader makes a spiritual diagnosis and attunement and learns a new approach to meditation.

You Know Me, the Gita, Irina N. Gajjar, M.A. '56, Emerald Ink Publishing, 2000. This translation of the Bhagavad Gita features side-by-side Sanskrit and English. Gajjar's work is free of commentary, translated from the perspective of a linguist and student of Hinduism, not as a theorist promoting a particular viewpoint. It is intended for readers of all ages and levels of sophistication. This version maintains the Gita's original poetry, while offering clear and contemporary verse. The words of God spoken in the Gita are placed in context through a brief introduction, giving a concise history of the Gita and the culture in which it was born and matured. "You Know Me was conceptualized to address young readers," writes Gajjar, "but after the work was completed, it became clear that no modification could make it more appropriate for a broader, more learned audience ... I think it fills a void in the history of world literature and religion."

'The Earth Mourns': Prophetic Metaphor and Oral Aesthetic, Katherine M. Hayes '69, Brill Academic Publishers, 2002. Hayes, Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, brings current research on oral traditional poetry to bear on a recurrent biblical prophetic metaphor: the mourning earth. Within a set of nine prophetic compositions, she traces the persistence and flexibility in phraseological and thematic patterns, revealing the literary impact of the metaphor, its motifs, and its diachronic dimensions. The study illustrates the operation of an oral aesthetic within the biblical prophetic traditions over a range of historical settings and prophetic genres.

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