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Guide to African Cinema, Sharon Mossman Russell ’63, Greenwood Press, 1998. Intended as a guide to African films, this reference book provides a framework for understanding their history and development. Forces such as racism and colonialism have profoundly impacted African films; Guide to African Cinema examines these forces as well as conceptions of Afr ica presented in European films. The creative efforts of African filmmakers and the diversity of their approaches to cinema are explored.

Edith Wharton A to Z: The Essential Guide to the Life and Work, Sarah Bird Wright ’55, Facts on File, 1998. An encyclopedic reference to Wharton’s life and work, Edith Wharton A to Z features alphabetical entries on all of Wharton’s publications; her family and friends; places that figure prominently in her letters, autobiography and travel writing; hono rs and prizes; critical and popular reception of her works; her special interests; her marriage and love life; the organizations she supported; and her publishers, editors and the periodicals for which she wrote. The book also contains a chronology; essays on the Gilded Age and World War I; a complete list of Wharton’s writing; secondary sources; family trees; lists of her characters; a record of theatrical, musical, film and TV adaptations of her work; indexes; and over 90 photographs and illustrations.

All About Birth Control: The Complete Guide, Marcia Ringel ’68, Jon Knowles, Three Rivers Press, 1998. This book joins The Women’s Health Encyclopedia and All About Sex to complete a series of definitive guides from Planned Parenthood. All About Birth Control is organized into thematic chapters, each dealing in great detail with every ki nd of contraception. Charts, illustrations and simple language provide a complete understanding of the various choices for family planning.

The Bourse of Babylon: Market Quotations in the Astronomical Diaries of Babylonia, Alice Louise Weisfeld Slotsky ’57, CDL Press, 1997. The monthly market reports in the summaries of Late Babylonian astronomical diaries span 500 years. This book analyzes and presents statistical data from these diaries to form an understanding of the economy of late first millenni um Babylonia.

P.O.W. in the Pacific: Memoirs of an American Doctor in World War II, William M. Donovan, ed. Josephine Donovan ’62, Scholarly Resources, 1998. The first-hand account of a battlefront physician who became a prisoner of war. The editor’s chapter “The Home Front” concerns her mother’s life during World War II.

More Learning in Less Time: A Guide for Students, Professionals, Career-Changers, and Lifelong Learners, Norma Bernstein Kahn ’49, Ways-to Books, 1998. More Learning in Less Time is a guide for college, graduate and professional school students, for adults returning to course work in academic or corporate settings, and for anyone engaged in independent or informal g roup study.

Kizilbel: An Archaic Painted Tomb Chamber in Northern Lycia, Machteld J. Mellink, Ph.D. ’47, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, 1998. This volume records the excavation, which began in 1969, of Kizilbel, an archaic tomb. Chapters catalogue its architecture, the inventory of the tomb chamber, paintings and murals, skeletal fragments, restoration and con servation.

A Silence After Trumpets: The Story of Sarah Buchanan Preston, Frances Logan Herman Jackson ’50, Mary McNease Kinard, The Reprint Company, 1998. This novel focuses on the life of Sarah Buchanan “Buck” Preston, who, as a first cousin of General and later Governor Wade Hampton, was at the center of events in her native Columbia SC and also Richmond VA, where her fa ther was stationed at various times during the Civil War. Most of the events in the novel are taken from the real life of its heroine, which is richly documented in the writings of Buck’s friend Mary Chestnut, a Confederate diarist. The authors of A Silence are docents at the Preston mansion in Columbia.

The Jews of Wilkes-Barre: 150 Years (1845-1995) in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania, ed. Marjorie Ruben Levin ’66, Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley, 1999. This narrative tells the story, for the first time, of the Valley’s Jewish community, which embraces firm loyalty to religious and ethnic traditions while fully participating in the wider community as well. The editor worked with local scholars, writers and historians and consulted first-hand memoirs and recollections.

From Welfare to Work: Corporate Initiatives and Welfare Reform, Felice Davidson Perlmutter, Ph.D. ’69, Oxford University Press, 1997. This book focuses on the challenge of moving welfare recipients from welfare roles to working roles. It offers analysis of how private corporations and industries can become effective partners with government in training and hiring welfare recipients for permanent positions, focusing on the recent case of Pennsylvania Blue Shield, which hired, train ed and retained several hundred welfare recipients on its work force.

The Soul in Balance: The Gardens of Washington National Cathedral, Alexandra Korff Scott ’60, Heddy Fairbank Reid ’62, EPM Publications, 1998. Scott is a photographer and teacher, Reid a writer and editor. The Soul in Balance shows Scott’s photos of the Washington National Cathedral Gardens. Reid pairs these nature scenes with quotations from the Bible and philosophical and literary works.

Voice, Trust, and Memory, Melissa S. Williams ’82, Princeton University Press, 1998. Does fair political representation for historically disadvantaged groups require their presence in legislative bodies? The intuition that women are best represented by women and African-Americans by African-Americans has deep historical roots, yet the concept of fair representation that prevails in American politics concludes that the social identity on legislative representatives does not bear on their quality as representatives. Williams challenges this notion, maintaining that fair representation is powerfully affected by the identity of legislators and whether some of them are actually members of the historically marginalized groups that are most in need of protection in our society.

God, Man, and Devil: Yiddish Plays in Translation, Nahma Sandrow ’61, Syracuse University Press, 1999. An anthology of five Yiddish plays in translation, all written by playwrights in the first quarter of the 20th century. The book also includes two independent scenes. Edited to make them more accessible for both reading and performance, each play is accompanied by an introduction, providing historic al context, production histories, and elucidation of references.

Casablanca Notebook: A Collection of Tales from Morocco, Louise Roberts Sheldon ’48, Gateway Press, 1998. A collection of short stories and illustrations, Casablanca Notebook concerns the lives and adventures of people living in Morocco—Americans and Europeans as well as Moroccans—from the late ’70s to the mid ’90s. Sheldon spent 12 years in Morocco as a foreign correspondent.

The Jewish Community of Cape Ann: An Oral History, Sarah V. Dunlap ’66, The Cape Ann Jewish Community Oral History Project, 1999. The story of the Jews of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and the community they started building after the Civil War in the fishing ports of Gloucester and other nearby towns. The oral histories of over 60 members of the community are supplemented with material from old newspapers and city directories.

Before the Normans: Southern Italy in the Ninth & Tenth Centuries
, Barbara M. Kreutz, Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991, reprint 1996. This study focuses on mainland southern Italy and its underlying social structures in the centuries preceding the Normans’ arrival.

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