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The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, Ellen Feldman ’64, MA ’67, W.W. Norton: 2005. On February 16, 1944, Anne Frank recorded in her diary that Peter, whom she at first disliked but eventually came to love, had confided in her that if he got out alive, he would reinvent himself entirely. Ellen Feldman’s novel imagines that Peter survives to manhood and carries out this reinvention. Erasing all clues to his past, he arrives in America, flourishes in business, marries, and raises a family. But when The Diary of a Young Girl is published to worldwide acclaim and gives rise to bitter infighting, he suffers a profound personal crisis. “Feldman pens a deeply affecting, unsettling look into the soul of a man whose attempts to bury his past cannot prevent it from seeping into his present life,” writes Publishers Weekly. Hazel Rochman of Booklist writes that “the history will grab the many devoted readers of the Diary, as will Peter’s rage at the falsely uplifting message that ‘people are really good at heart.’ ” Feldman is the author of Lucy and has written about American history in American Heritage and the New York Times. She lives in New York with her husband.
Handprints, Ann Staman (Hollingworth) ’69, Educators Publishing Service: 2006. Handprints is a collection of storybooks designed for children at the earliest stages of learning to read. Ann Staman, a reading specialist and educational writer, wrote the stories
to give kindergarten and first grade students a sense of accomplishment. These 80 16-page storybooks, illustrated by Anne Kennedy and Tatjana Mai-Wyss, are divided into eight sets, according to the stages of early literacy development, and within each set, the books progress in difficulty. The stories—among them Bugs, Popcorn and A Hat for Monster—depict everyday events and concepts familiar to children, even those who are learning English as a second language. The illustrations closely match the text at first, then increasingly supply less support to the reader. Four workbooks and 12 teachers’ guides complete the Handprints series. The workbook activities address a wide range of skills, from letter formation to phonetically decoding multi-syllabic words. In the guides, Staman provides teachers and home-schooling parents with suggestions for using both the storybooks and the workbooks with whole classes or small groups. Handprints is Staman’s third series of writing materials.
Knowing Your Onions: a Year in the Cricket, Carroll Cabot ’60, Watch House Press: 2004. In this book of garden essays illustrated by Patricia Henrichs, Carroll Cabot intertwines the twin themes of family and gardening. “This book came about,” she writes, “when two grandmothers took up their respective pens to record a spectrum of plants, animals and gardens—from annelid to zostera—as seen through the prism of their own experience.” Henrichs is Cabot’s son’s mother-in-law. The prologue, titled “As the worm turns,” begins by quoting India Cabot (b. 1999) as saying, “A worm…eeuw…can I hold it?” In droll and graceful prose, Cabot continues ruminating on the worm. She writes about watching a robin pull a “fat blue-gray rubber band, otherwise known as annelidum oligochaetum,” from the ground, and asks, “Did you experience a moment of compassion, a frisson of angst or the reassurance that a nest of baby birds would soon dine, literally, on cordon bleu?” Knowing Your Onions was a winner at the New England Book Show 2005 for its “gorgeous illustrations,” and is for sale only through The Book Shop, 40 West Street, Beverly Farms, MA 01915. Cabot lives in Manchester, Massachusetts.
Living Two Lives: Married to a Man and in Love with a Woman, Joanne Fleisher, M.S.S. ’81, Alyson Books: 2005. From 1967 to 1979, Joanne Fleisher led a happy life in the suburbs, a mother of two and the wife of a successful lawyer. Then she fell in love with a female friend and everything changed. Her experiences, as well as those of the women who write to her advice column, “Ask Joanne,” inspired her to write this guide for women grappling with the process of coming out while being married to a man. The book is designed to help married women navigate the stages of coming out: initial feelings of same-sex attraction, telling husbands and children, managing a roller coaster of emotions, developing a support system, executing the awkward phases of dating, and, finally, moving into a new chapter of life. “Joanne Fleisher has created something unique, filled with kindness, wisdom, practicality, honesty, and resourcefulness,” writes JoAnn Loulan, author of Lesbian Sex. Fleisher is a graduate of Simmons College and of the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She and her partner of 25 years co-parented her daughters with her ex-husband, and she recently became a grandmother.
Making Contact: the Therapist’s Guide to Conducting a Successful First Interview, Leah DeSole ’87, Pearson Education: 2006. “I was once told,” writes Leah Desole in her introduction, “that love is the only experience at which one fails until one succeeds….Preparing to see your client for the first time is a little bit like looking for love—you are bound to have some painful failures before you get it right.” Designed and organized as a practical handbook, Making Contact covers the micro and macro of that first meeting, from paperwork and the physical setting to emotional preparation and crisis management. “The discussion points are wonderful,” writes David D. Hoff of the University of Nebraska-Kearney. “Great section on crisis,” writes Aimee H. Moles of Louisiana State University, “especially the reminder to check with a supervisor regarding procedures in crisis situations and the definition of what a crisis actually is and how to respond differently than in a regular interview.” DeSole received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and has written several articles and book chapters on cross-cultural issues in psychology. She is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Manhattan, and is affiliated with the New York City Eating Disorder Resource Center.
Nuevas Lecturas de la Cultura Romana, Alba Romano, M.A. ’66, IILAC (National University of Tucamán, Argentina): 2005. In this collection of essays, classics scholar Alba Romano applies the eclecticism of modern critical theory to multiple voices of Latin culture. Her writings “reveal passion, commitment, knowledge,” writes Mirta Estela of the Universidad Nacional de Tucamán, “and this attitude manifests itself in a lucid analysis, without concessions and circumlocutions.” Essays (a few in English) discuss Horace’s Odes, Ovid’s Ars Amatoria, translatio adfectus in the Roman elegists, linguistic inefficiency as a social strategy, and feminine voices in Juvenal’s Fides, among many others topics. “In this series of essays,” writes Rubén Florio of the Universidad Nacional del Sur, “we find the preoccupation of the author with the different currents of critical theory, which she revises with sagacity.” Romano graduated in the arts at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, then spent two years on a Fulbright at Bryn Mawr. She received a Ph.D. in classics from Monash University in Australia, where she taught in the classical studies department. Romano is a professor in classics at the University of Buenos Aires.
Possible Schools: the Reggio Approach to Urban education, Ann White Lewin-Benham ’60, Teachers College Press: 2006. Ann White Lewin-Benham tells the story of the Model Early Learning Center (MELC) in Washington, D.C., which she founded in 1988. The school was the only one in a U.S. urban area to successfully implement the principles of the Municipal Preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. MELC served impoverished urban families, and Possible Schools traces its evolution from a chaotic inception to its ability to apply Reggio practices. The school adopted the vision that children and families in poverty will thrive when their abilities are promoted and their intellect respected. The book also describes the complex circumstances that resulted in the closing of the school. Edward Zigler, Yale University Sterling Professor of Psychology (emeritus), writes that the book is “a beautifully written antidote to current overly optimistic views and must reading for both educators and policymakers.” Howard Gardner writes in his forward, “Ann Lewin-Benham is one of the most remarkable builders of educational institutions of our time, and she is a great storyteller.” Along with having founded MELC, Lewin-Benham ran the Capital Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C., for 20 years.
Ready, Set, Teach!: Ready-Made Creative Lessons for the English Classroom, Brett Jocelyn Epstein ’01, Studentlitteratur: 2005. Brett Jocelyn Epstein developed this workbook for students learning English. It offers 40 complete lessons, each of which includes activities, questions for discussion and/or individual writing, vocabulary, and suggestions for grammar practice. “These lessons have been designed to get students involved in and excited about learning English,” she writes. Lessons call upon the imaginations of the students as they study personal ads, idioms, astrology, odd scenarios, and jobs, among other topics. For one lesson, “Correct the Swenglish,” Epstein writes, “Foreign language errors are often caused by interference from your own language.” She then lists 20 sentences for students to fix, among them: “I always have a funny time at parties,” “When are you born? I am born January 20,” “Hang that picture in the wall,” “Sam is interesting in sports, but Maria is boring by them,” and “I need to lend some money from you.” Epstein has lived in Helsingborg, Sweden, since 2001. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She teaches English in western Skåne and she translates from Swedish to English. See www.awaywithwords.se for more information.
The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Birth of the Modern Arms Race, Priscilla J. McMillan ’50, Viking: 2005. Harvard historian Priscilla J. McMillan focuses her book on the nine-year span in the late 1940s and early ’50s when Oppenheimer went from hero to spy. Publishers Weekly writes that the book “fills in background on the anti-Communist agitators inside and outside the federal government” and provides a “damning record of the ‘travesty of justice’ perpetrated through the smear campaign against Oppenheimer.” Bill Ott of Booklist writes that McMillan “offers a meticulously detailed account of the trial and the McCarthy-era shenanigans that surrounded it.” Strobe Talbott writes that The Ruin is “an epochal American story superbly told. Drawing from a lifetime of experience and study, Priscilla McMillan has brought fresh insight, assiduous spadework, narrative skill, and a keen eye for the brilliance, folly, and tragedy of the extraordinary cast of characters, most of all J. Robert Oppenheimer himself.” McMillan is an associate of the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard and the author of the bestselling Marina and Lee. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, and Scientific American.
Still Sexy After All These Years?: The 9 Unspoken Truths About Women’s Desire Beyond 50, Deborah Nedelman ’69 (co-author), Perigee/Penguin 2006. Sex therapist Deborah Nedelman and health educator Leah Kilger traveled across the country to interview women from varying walks of life about the vicissitudes of sexuality after age 50. “We met some amazing and inspiring women in the process,” writes Nedelman. Among their questions were: What really happens to women’s sexual desire after 50? How do older women keep the lust alive? How can couples remain physically intimate even in the face of illness or injury? What do older women want their friends, their doctors, their lovers and even their kids to know about their sexuality? The book also takes a look at women who didn’t consider having same-sex relationships until after age 50. Library Journal writes that Still Sexy makes a “strong contribution…this title is for all collections.” Nedelman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She is a clinical psychologist, a certified sex therapist, and has practiced psychotherapy for 30 years. She and Kilger are the founders of Women Beyond 50 LLC. To learn more, visit www.womenbeyond50.com.
Study Abroad and Second Language Use: Constructing the Self, Valerie Pellegrino Aveni, M.A. ’94, Ph.D. ’97, Cambridge: 2005. Like many college students, Valerie Pellegrino traveled abroad to learn a new language. She noticed then, and in subsequent experiences with students abroad, that although much money and enthusiasm was spent going to foreign countries to practice a new language, students regularly avoided speaking in social situations. Aveni conducted a study and concluded from it that students’ inability to present themselves in the best light because of language deficiencies caused them to clam up altogether. “Through social interaction,” she writes, “others develop a picture of us based on our linguistic cues.” Drawing on her extensive work with students, Aveni explores the factors that complicate self-presentation and the strategies students use for overcoming these, looking in particular at issues of anxiety, control, age, gender, risk-taking and self-esteem. Organized as a resource for professionals in second language acquisitions, as well as for teachers and students preparing for study abroad, Aveni includes extensive diaries and interviews that provide unique perspectives on the study abroad experience. Aveni is a visiting assistant professor in the department of Slavic and East European languages and literatures at Ohio State University.
Troilus and Cressida, Frances A. Shirley ’53, ed., Cambridge: 2005. As social turmoil increased in England, audiences grew more in tune with Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare’s cynical undercutting of the Homeric tale of Greeks and Trojans. Frances A. Shirley’s edition of this problematic play traces its theatrical history, drawing upon critical responses, photographic archives, promptbooks, and video tapes of more recent productions to reveal changes in production styles and emphasis as they occurred against a broader background of social change. In her introduction, which occupies the first third of the book, Shirley writes, “The stage history of Troilus and Cressida is essentially 20th century, but theatre never occurs in a vacuum, and productions have changed radically over a hundred years, reflecting evolving theatrical practice, new critical approaches and shifting tastes and expectations of audiences during a period of wars and cultural revolution.” She examines stage history against a broader background of social change, shifting attitudes towards war, politics, sexual issues, and the rise of feminism. “I cannot recommend too highly the whole series to all theatre lovers, theatregoers, theatre practitioners, and anybody who enjoys Shakespeare,” writes Robert Tanitch of What’s On in London. Shirley is a professor of English emerita at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
Books by Faculty
Education is Translation: A Metaphor for Change in Learning and Teaching, Alison Cook-Sather, UPenn Press: 2006. Alison Cook-Sather weaves personal, academic, poetic and analytical writing to explore how education can be understood as a process of translation during which teaching and learning are intimately linked. The book is aimed toward anyone who wants to understand more deeply and support more constructively the ways humans interact, learn, and change. “The depth and resonance with which the author explores the metaphor of translation,” writes Frederick Erickson of UCLA, “are truly impressive. I would literally stop in the course of my reading, with a sense of awe, pondering the diverse implications of the metaphor—which is exactly what the author invites the reader to do.” Cook-Sather is an associate professor of education and director of the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program.
Global Hong Kong, Gary McDonogh and Cindy Wong, Routledge: 2005. While looking at issues of postcoloniality, transnationalism and economic globalization, Cindy Wong and Gary McDonogh, who is a professor and chair of the Program in Growth and Structure of Cities, focus on the new cultures and social formations of contemporary Hong Kong, as well as the transformation of the physical city itself. The authors argue that Hong Kong is an archetypal place, sitting at the intersection of East and West. They also trace the new interconnections between Hong Kong and other parts of the world that have been fostered by globalization. The book is “particularly valuable,” writes Gina Marchetti, “for the importance it places on Hong Kong’s film industry. A wonderful guide for anyone who wants to know more about the place behind the screen image.”
Neurobiology for Clinical Social Work: Theory and Practice, Jeffrey S. Applegate and Janet R. Shapiro, Norton: 2005. This book informs clinical social workers and educators about new findings from brain research on attachment and neurobiology. Topics include normal and abnormal attachment, early trauma, adolescent mothers, parental depression, child abuse and neglect, and assessment and intervention strategies. Applegate, professor of social work and social research, and Shapiro, associate professor of social work and social research, and director of the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing, cover the fundamentals of brain structure and function; the neurobiology of memory; a neuropsychological conceptualization of affect; attachment as an expression of more mature mutual affect regulation; infant mental health interventions; three detailed case studies exemplifying the practice principles of affect dysregulation treatment; and new directions for social work education.
The Research Process in the Human Services: Behind the Scenes, Leslie B. Alexander, co-editor, Thomson Brooks/Cole: 2006. In this book, Leslie B. Alexander and co-editor Phyllis Solomon have compiled 20 original research articles (previously published in a wide range of respected journals) that illustrate different methodological approaches to community-based research, with a range of vulnerable respondents, of different ages, from a range of minority groups. Each article is accompanied by original commentaries by the reprinted articles’ authors, in which they describe how and why they came to do the research; concerns in the design and conduct of the study; their own views about the strengths and limitations of the research; advice about future research in the area; and human subjects’ issues. Alexander is a professor of social work
and social research.
Social Welfare Programs: Narratives from Hard Times, Raymond Albert, co-author, Thomson Brooks/Cole: 2006. This book is designed to help students of social work understand how social programs affect those who have been economically dislocated, the near-poor and poor situated on the fringe of the economy who find themselves dependent upon governmental programs to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, and/or medical care. It presents not only the key features of the major national programs supporting this group, but also clients’ stories, reported in their own words. Actual legal documents, integrated into the text, provide students with opportunities to read and understand those documents for themselves. The final section of the book deals with helping clients cope during hard times. Raymond Albert is co-dean of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Traces of Contamination: Unearthing the Francoist Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Discourse, H. Rosi Song, co-editor, Bucknell UP: 2005. In this collection of essays, H. Rosi Song and co-editor Eloy E. Merino document the presence of Falangist and Francoist ideology in the intellectual and discursive practices of contemporary Spain. Contributors explore the connections that continue to exist between this political and cultural experience and contemporary Spanish society, while raising some questions about the challenges the latter could face when confronted with such historical legacies. Using a variety of texts, including memoirs, historical novels, testimonial literature, Internet political proselytism, journalistic essays, and fiction discourse, the book examines the experience of the Francoist regime, its prior alliance with fascist ideology and Falangism, and its connections to the present. Song is an assistant professor of Spanish.
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