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Most of these books are available online at a discount.
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Baby at Risk: The Uncertain Legacies of Medical Miracles for Babies, Families and Society, Ruth Levy Guyer ’67, Capital Books 2006. Through interviews with parents and medical personnel, Guyer investigates how high-tech pregnancies and medical interventions affect the lives of babies born at risk, their families, and society at large. “Baby at Risk is right on target: balanced and true-to-life,” writes Barbara Katz Rothman, CUNY professor of sociology, “touching equally on the limits, victories, and questions of a moneymaking branch of medicine.” Guyer is a bioethics professor at Haverford College, and a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.

The Bryn Mawr College Cookbook: Recipes, Essays and Pictures by Bryn Mawr College Alumnae, Brett Jocelyn Epstein ’01, editor, 2006. The Bryn Mawr classes represented in this collection of nearly 90 recipes range from 1928 (the recipe for Hepburn brownies) to 2006. Epstein solicited only original or family recipes, and each recipe was tested by at least two alumnae volunteers. Recipes are frequently accompanied by their creators’ observations about the dishes. Epstein is a translator, writer, editor and language instructor, and has published in Gourmet Magazine. Proceeds from book, on sale at lulu.com, benefit the College.

David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar, Julie McGee, M.A. ’43, Ph.D. ’49, Pomegranate Press 2006. In this first comprehensive monograph of Driskell’s artistic output, McGee’s text and accompanying four-colors reproductions illuminate the achievements of Driskell, who received the 2000 National Humanities Medal for helping to “preserve, interpret and expand the nation’s cultural heritage.” Driskell was instrumental in establishing the study of African American art within the American canon. McGee is a teacher, researcher and art historian specializing in modern and contemporary visual culture of Africa and the African diaspora. She teaches at Bowdoin College in Maine.

Deep: Real Life with Spinal Cord Injury, Marcy Epstein ’87, co-editor, University of Michigan Model Spinal Cord Injury Care System 2006. “We intend for these essays to represent whole lives,” write Epstein and co-editor Travar Pettway in their introduction. The 10 essays are first-person meditations on the following topics: obligation, honesty and dishonesty, inconvenience, sex and manhood, faith, risk, humility, reconnection, perception and patience.  Epstein wrote the essay on humility. “Feeling humiliated,” she writes, “is not an entirely horrible or isolated event for me. It is good to get over ourselves.” Epstein is a research scientist living in Michigan.

The Diving Bell, Sibelan Forrester ’83, translator, Zephyr Press 2006. The Diving Bell is the first complete collection in English of poems by Elena Ignatova, translated from the Russian by Forrester. Ignatova published her first poetry as a teenage in Leningrad in the 1960s, usually in “samizdat” form or abroad. Her poems “draw attention to the tragic disharmony between how things should be and how they are,” writes Forrester in her introduction. The collection presents the poems in Russian and English, on facing pages. Forrester is an associate professor of Russian and Eastern European languages at Swarthmore College.

Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d, Candace B. Pert ’70, Hay House 2006. Since the appearance of her book Molecules of Emotion and her appearance in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know?, Pert has traveled worldwide to discuss how mind, body, and spirit cannot be separated. The book argues that we are hardwired for bliss, which is both physical and divine. Chapters cover mood and food; spirituality, and synchronicity; and play and entanglement, among other topics. Pert has a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Johns Hopkins, and has published more than 250 scientific articles on the mind-body connection.

Falling Dreams: Poems, Alison Hicks ’82, Finishing Line Press 2006. This collection, Jane Hirshfield writes, “gives us a poet who knows the world through tongue and hand as well as eye, who probes the intricacies of desire, birth, and our multiple interconnections with knowledge born equally of self and language. Hers is a brushwork deeply physical, intelligent, sensual and precise.” Hicks is the author of a novella, Love: A Story of Images. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Eclipse, HeartLodge, The Ledge, Philadelphia Stories and other journals. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona.

Glorious Eccentrics: Modernist Women Painting and Writing, Mary Ann Caws ’54, Palgrave Macmillan 2006. “Mary Ann Caws brilliantly re-imagines a new role for eccentricity…as a powerful and enabling force in women’s lives,” writes Whitney Chadwick, author of Women, Art and Society. Eccentrics explores the lives and works of Gautier, Valadon, Bussy, Carr, Modersohn-Becker, Carrington, and Cahun, who each significantly influenced the modernist movement. Caws draws on much unpublished material, and her writing is  intense and personal. Caws is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York.

If These Streets Could Talk: Fiction and Poetry from NY Writers Coalition, Deborah Chadwick Clearman ’72, editor, NY Writers Coalition Press 2006. For the last five years, the NY Writers Coalition has provided free creative writing workshops for homeless people, people with mental illnesses, domestic abuse survivors, at-risk youth and others. Author Mark Salzman writes that the anthology is “a rich and vibrant collection… wonderfully humorous at times, and always rewarding and absorbing.” One line from a poem by a 7-year-old girl reads, “I am from big white dumplings with things inside.” Clearman is program director of the NY Writers Coalition.

Jobs Aren’t Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families, Roberta Rehner Iversen, M.S.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’91,
co-author, Temple University Press 2006.
Iversen and co-author Annie Laurie Armstrong examine the obstacles to economic mobility for low-income families. Interviews with 25 workers tell stories about “trying to get ahead.” The authors show that some workers believe the myths of upward mobility end up destroying their health and families. Jobs proposes a new paradigm based on cooperation across social institutions, and revitalization of the “public will.” Iversen is an associate professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

Living Things: Collected Poems, Anne Channing Porter ’33, Zoland Books 2006. Living Things contains 39 new poems, along with the poems of Porter’s National Book Award Finalist, An Altogether Different Language. David Shapiro writes in his foreword, “Anne Porter is an American religious poet of stature who reminds us that the idea of the holy is still possible for us.” Porter is the widow of painter Fairfield Porter, and she often was the subject of his paintings. Together they raised five children. Robert Hosmer of America: The National Catholic Weekly writes that “For Anne Porter, poetry is prayer.”

Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico, Camilla Townsend ’86, University of New Mexico Press 2006. Malintzin, the indigenous woman who translated for Cortés in his dealings with Aztec emperor Moctezuma, has long been regarded as a traitor to her people. In this book, Townsend reevaluates the life of “La Malinche,” unveiling a life of steely courage and resourcefulness. “Beautifully written, deeply researched…Malintzin’s Choices will become a classic,” writes Ann Twinam of the University of Texas at Austin. Townsend is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University, and the author of Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma.

The One That is Both: A Novel, L.E. Maroski ’86, iUniverse 2006. In her debut novel, Maroski’s characters explore the ethics of using zero-point energy, and the author begins to develop a new type of language to express paradox. She explains, “This new language and logic is an essential key to getting out of the old mechanistic way of thinking that keeps us mired in opposition and judgment.” Steven Rosen, emeritus professor of psychology, College of Staten Island/CUNY, writes that the novel is “ambitious, highly imaginative and thought provoking.” Maroski, a philosophy major at Bryn Mawr, lives in Chicago.

Part Blood, Part Ketchup: Coming of Age in American Literature and Film, Karen R. Tolchin ’92, Lexington Books 2006. Tolchin analyzes novels by 20th-century authors to uncover trends that might obliterate cultural divides. Part Blood, Part Ketchup examines more than 100 years of literature and film, and Tolchin finds that the subtle evolution of the American coming-of-age narrative has influenced our national mythology. Michael T. Gilmore of Brandeis University writes that Tolchin has written a “wonderful interdisciplinary study of the American compulsion to tell all in narratives of maturation.” Tolchin is an assistant professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Puff Pastry Perfection, Camilla Saulsbury ’92, Cumberland House Publishing Inc. 2006. Subtitled More Than 175 Recipes for Appetizers, Entrées and Sweets Made with Frozen Puff Pastry Dough, this is Saulsbury’s fifth cookbook. She has also recently won two national cooking contests: the $100,000 grand prize in the 46th Annual National Chicken Cooking Contest, and the 2006 Build a  Better Burger Contest, with a win of $50,000. Recipes in Puff Pastry range from the savory (Blue Cheese and Fig Puffs) to the sweet (Lemon Cream Strudel Sticks). Saulsbury is now spokesperson for Pillsbury for developing child-friendly recipes.

Ruan Yuan, 1764–1849: The Life and Work of a Major Scholar-Official in Nineteenth Century China before the Opium War, Betty Peh-T’i Wei ’53, Hong Kong University Press 2006. This first full-length biography in English follows Ruan Yuan from his childhood, the expansion of his intellectual and political horizons, his long service in security, through his life as a senior statesman in the capital and his retirement. Wei also examines Ruan’s personal relationships with women. R. Kent Guy of the University of Washington writes that “this book will define the history and intellectual agenda of the early 19th century.”

The Subject in Art: Portraiture and the Birth of the Modern, Catherine M. Soussloff ’73, Duke University Press 2006. Soussloff argues that the modern subject emerged in the theory and practice of portraiture in early 20th-century Vienna. “My aim,” writes Soussloff, “…is not to invoke the past, but to explore the meaning of art history through and examination of art’s central subject: human beings and their relationships.” Soussloff holds the Presidential Chair in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is the author of The Absolute Artist: the Historiography of a Concept.

The Teahouse Fire: A Novel, Ellis Avery ’93, Riverhead Books 2007. Nine-year-old Aurelia Bernard is taken to 19th-century Kyoto by her abusive missionary uncle. When a fire separates her from her uncle, she is renamed Urako and adopted as a servant and companion to Yukako, the daughter of a prominent Japanese family. Los Angeles Times reviewer Emily Barton writes, “Although this is a historical novel as well as a coming-of-age book, the depth of Avery’s exploration of her period and her characters lets her soar above the limitations of both genres.” Avery teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

Walking on Eggshells: Staying Close to Your Adult Children, Jane Isay ’61, Doubleday: Flying Dolphin Press 2007. Subtitled “Wise Words on the Delicate Lifelong Bond Between Grown Kids and Their Parents,” Eggshells is based on both the author’s personal experiences and those of the nearly 75 people across the country Isay interviewed, grown children between 25 and 55 and their parents. Judith Viorst writes, “Jane Isay has fashioned a wonderfully wise and constructive intergenerational guide” for families on how to stay together without falling apart. Isay has been an editor for more than 40 years.

A World Ignited: How Apostles of Ethnic, Religious, and Racial Hatred Torch the Globe, Susan Goldsmith Tolchin ’61, co-author, Rowman & Little­field Publishers, Inc. 2006. Tolchin and husband Martin Tolchin address how economic disparities, ancient religious and cultural wars, and modern communica­tions amplify the cacaphony of hatred worldwide. As well, the authors argue for a politics of hope. “This is a much-needed book that rips up the roots of modern rage,” writes William Safire. Tolchin is a professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of The Angry American: How Voter Rage is Changing the Nation.

It's Good to Be a Women: Voices from Bryn Mawr, Class of '62,Alison Baker '62, PublishingWorks 2007. "Alison Baker's engaging book," writes Mary Patterson McPherson, Ph.D. '69, "captures well the naivete of intelligent, highly educated young women about to unwittingly live through, and in some cases occasion, revolutionary changes in their own lives and in those of their generation." The book includes many photos, and covers such topics as navigating the 1960s and career paths, and concludes with "I Haven't Bloomed Yet." Baker lives in New York City. Her first book was Voices of Resistance: Oral Histories of Moroccan Women.

The Happiness of This World: Poetry and Prose, Karl Kirchwey, Putnam Adult 2007. As the horrors of the present crowd in on him, award-winning poet Kirchwey meditates on the future, asking if happiness is possible, and if so, where can it be found. “These confident, witty and often surprising ruminations,” writes Kate Bolick in The New York Times Book Review, “brave both the large unwieldy junctures (between art and life, stability and chaos, memory and forgetting) and more singular concerns (youth, beauty, loss, remorse).” Kirchwey is the director of the Creative Writing Program, and the author of four previous collections.

Housing and Dwelling: Perspectives on Modern Domestic Architecture, Barbara Miller Lane, editor, Routledge 2006. Housing collects recent scholarly and philosophical writings about the history of 19th- and 20th-century domestic architecture. Uniquely, the readings underline the point of view of the user of a dwelling, and address issues of gender, class, and other topics. Authors include Martin Heidegger, Tony Earley, bell hooks and Émile Zola, among many others, and the book has 85 photos and illustrations. Miller Lane is professor emeritus in the humanities and history, and Mellon Emeritus Fellow at Bryn Mawr. She founded the College’s Growth and Structure of Cities program.

Making Memory Matter: Strategies of Remembrance in Contemporary Art, Lisa Saltzman, University of Chicago Press 2006. Saltzman meditates on various pieces by Kara Walker, Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Bunker Hill Monument Projection and Rachel Whiteread’s House, among other artists and works. Chapter titles are “Notes on the Postindexical,” “When Memory Speaks,” “Negative Images,” and “What Remains.” Memory is a “rare and beautiful work,” writes James E. Young of the University of Massachusetts, “a deeply thoughtful and succinct reflection on contemporary art’s unending preoccupation with memory.” Lisa Saltzman is associate professor of art history, and the author of Anselm Kiefer and Art After Auschwitz.

 

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