Alumnae Bulletin May 2008

Books



badlands book cover BADLANDS
Cynthia Reeves '80, Miami University Press 2007.

Winner of the Miami University Press Novella contest, "Badlands does not unfold so much as it exhumes," writes author Michael Martone. The novel portrays a couple's confrontation with death. "Badlands brings us searingly close to two painful losses, the wholeness of the body and the survival of a people," writes author Rosellen Brown. "But Cynthia Reeves makes the experience cathartic through her gorgeously wrought prose and her profoundly empathic spirit. This is a fierce book, and a brave one." Reeves has an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Badlands is her first book.

eco-chic book cover ECO CHIC: THE SAVVY SHOPPER'S GUIDE TO ETHICAL FASHION
Matilda Lee '95, Gaia Books Ltd. 2007.

Lee examines the rise of "eco fashion" and explains which new fabrics are free from harmful chemicals, discusses sweatshop labor and the trade in exotic wildlife, names design pioneers to watch, and provides fashion tips for a stylish, affordable and ethical wardrobe. Lee is Green Pages editor of the Ecologist magazine and edits the London Fashion Week Guide to Eco Fashion. She was recently listed as one of Courvoisier's/The Observor's Future 500 rising stars in fashion and retail. She lives in South-East London.

EMILIE DU CHÂTELET book cover EMILIE DU CHÂTELET: DARING GENIUS OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT,
Judith P. Zinsser '64, Penguin 2007.

This biography portrays the short life of the Marquise Du Châtelet, who was both a conventional French wife of the 1700s, married to a nobleman, and the mistress of the lowborn philosopher Voltaire. She also translated Newton's Principia. "Today's women will find much that is familiar in Du Châtelet's multitasking lifestyle," writes the New York Times Book Review, "which Zinsser…describes with understandable and infectious appreciation." Zinsser is professor of history and affiliate in women's studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Visit www.users.muohio.edu/zinssejp for more information.

ENLIGHTENED CHOCOLATE book cover ENLIGHTENED CHOCOLATE
Camilla Saulsbury '92, Cumberland House 2007

Subtitled "More Than 200 Decadently Light, Easy-to-Make, and Inspired Recipes Using Dark Chocolate and Unsweetened Cocoa Powder," this new cookbook from award-winning Saulsbury includes recipes that incorporate chocolate into lettuce wraps, meatloaf, grilled chicken, and other savory and sweet dishes, demonstrating "inventive ways to use a familiar and much-loved ingredient," writes Paper Palate. Saulsbury divides the book into five chapters: "Chocolate, Morning to Noon," "Chocolate Cookies & Other Petite Treats," "Let Them Eat (Chocolate) Cake," "Chocolate Dessert Decadence," and "Savory Chocolate." She also provides a brief history of chocolate as "medicine."

FITZ HENRY LANE book cover FITZ HENRY LANE: FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Sarah V. Dunlap '66 co-author, Church and Mason, and Cape Ann Historical Museum 2007.

Dunlap and co-author Stephanie Buck wrote "Fitz Who?" in 2005 to announce to the art world that the 19th-century Gloucester painter's name was not Fitz Hugh, but Fitz Henry Lane. In this book they present the harvest of their subsequent research into previously-untapped original sources. The book is filled with details of Lane's life, including his copyist and collaborator, Mary Blood Mellen. Dunlap is co-chair of the Gloucester Archives committee and Buck is the librarian of the Cape Ann Historical Museum.

THE OFF SEASON book cover THE OFF SEASON
Catherine Gilbert Murdock '88, Graphia 2007.

Murdock's teen protagonist, D.J. Schwenk, is starting as the first girl linebacker in the state of Wisconsin, but her world begins to rock with familial and friendship woes. "This funny, touching follow-up to Dairy Queen (2006), a 2007 Best Book for Young Adults," writes Krista Hutley, American Library Association for Booklist, "succeeds whether read on its own or as a sequel…D.J. is an easygoing, likable narrator, full of self-deprecating humor and insight, and her struggles, whether they are everyday or life altering, will resonate with teen audiences." For grades 7–10.

A SHORT GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT THEATRE book cover A SHORT GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT THEATRE,
Marcia L. Ferguson '83, Pearson Longman 2007.

Intended to illuminate the importance of theatre in daily life, A Short Guide introduces students to the skills required to write knowledgeably and critically about the theatre. Ferguson addresses review, analysis, criticism, and research, incorporates a blend of professional and student essays as models of successful writing, and provides a comprehensive glossary. Timothy Murray, Cornell University, writes that "This book provides exemplary guidance to students of theatre new to the interdisciplinary challenges of writing about staged dramas." Ferguson is a lecturer in theatre arts at University of Pennsylvania.

TRACES OF LIGHT book cover TRACES OF LIGHT: ABSENCE AND PRESENCE IN THE WORK OF LOÏE FULLER
Ann Cooper Albright '81, Wesleyan University Press 2007.

One of the most famous dancers of the early 1900s, Loïe Fuller created a sensation in Paris with her manipulations of hundreds of yards of silk, swirling high above her and lit dramatically from below. Susan Leigh Foster, UCLA, writes, "Rich in meticulous scholarship, Albright's biography provides a feast of insights into Loïe Fuller's life and times, and an exciting new model for dance scholarship." Albright teaches dance at Oberlin College, where she is chair of the gender and women's studies program.



Books by faculty

FAITH, MORALITY, AND BEING IRISH book cover FAITH, MORALITY, AND BEING IRISH,
Philip L. Kilbride and Noel J.J. Farley, University Press of America 2007.

Kilbride is the Mary Hale Chase Chair in the Social Sciences and Social Work, and professor of anthropology. Farley is Harvey Wexler Professor Emeritus of Economics. Faith outlines the positive contributions the contemporary Irish make to the world around them, particularly in Africa.


THE LATINO BODY book cover THE LATINO BODY: CRISIS IDENTITIES IN AMERICAN LITERARY AND CULTURAL MEMORY,
Lázaro Lima, New York University Press 2007.

Lima, associate professor of Spanish and Latino Studies, provides one of the first comprehensive accounts of the construction of Latino cultural identity in the U.S., from the Mexican-American war to the present.


SOUNDINGS book cover SOUNDINGS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL
Vol. XC, No. 1–2, 2007.

This special issue on emergence theory is edited by Jan Trembley '75 and Anne Dalke, senior lecturer in English, and includes articles by Dalke, Paul Grobstein (Eleanor A. Bliss Professor of Biology), and Karen Greif (professor of biology), among other Tri-Co colleagues engaged in the Emergence Working Group.


More Alumnea/i Books

FALLOUT book cover FALLOUT
C.L. Talmadge '75


MUSIC OF THE MISTS book cover MUSIC OF THE MISTS,
Leona Francombe '78,


TRAUMA TRANSFORMED book cover TRAUMA TRANSFORMED: AN EMPOWERMENT RESPONSE
Judith Bula Wise, Ph.D. '82, co-editor, Columbia University Press 2007.


FEMINIST CARE TRADITION
Josephine Donovan '62, co-editor, Columbia University Press 2007.


SILVER LINING book cover SILVER LINING(cd)
Becky Ross '80, Peat & Barley 2007.


WORKING WORDS book cover WORKING WORDS


Christopher Davis, professor emeritus, iUniverse 2007.