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Bride Island, Alexandra Enders ’86, Plume 2007. “Is it possible to move forward when your family won’t forget your mistakes?” asks the book jacket of this novel, set in a small coastal Maine town close to Bride Island. Polly, the protagonist, has pulled herself out of an alcoholic depression and wants to regain custody of her daughter. “A strong and beautiful book,” writes novelist Roxanna Robinson.” Library Journal writes, “Polly is a truly imperfect person who is trying her hardest to make her life mean something. It’s a difficult road and a lovely read.” Enders has an M.F.A. from Vermont College.
Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resistance, Alice Rothchild ’74, Pluto Press 2007. Based on her personal journey over the last 10 years, and work she has done with health and human rights in Israel and environs, Rothchild recounts her experiences grappling with life in Israel, the complexity of Jewish Israeli attitudes, and the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. Harvard scholar Sara Roy writes that Broken Promises is a “beautiful and thoughtful rendition of the binding humanity in all people told from a Jewish ethical perspective.” Rothchild is a Boston-based physician.
Clinging to Mammy: the Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America, Micki McElya ’94, Harvard University Press 2007. McElya argues that the figure of the loyal slave has played a powerful role in modern American politics and culture. Historian David Blight calls the book a “sensitive, surprising, and enlightening book.” Historian W. Fitzhugh Brundage writes, “With scholarly craft, McElya reveals the distortions, hardships, and tragedy that the smiling face and jovial demeanor of the mythic black mammy were intended to obscure. This book signals the arrival of a talented new historian.” McElya is an assistant professor of American studies at the University of Alabama.
Created for Joy: A Christian View of Suffering, Sidney Callahan ’55, The Crossroads Publishing Company 2007. Catholic psychologist and columnist Callahan takes on C.S. Lewis and other thinkers and writers as she ponders if it is possible to believe in God in the face of suffering. Topics include September 11, suffering in practice, and joy, among others. She calls upon new insights from the psychology of human emotion and evolutionary biology to describe how Christians view suffering with the expectation, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, that we are created to experience joy. The book includes a rich bibliography.
Discarded Pages: Araceli Cab Cumí, Maya Poet and Politician, Kathleen Rock Martín, M.A. ’74, Ph.D. ’77, University of New Mexico Press 2007. Araceli Cab Cumí is a contemporary Maya writer, grassroots leader, and political party activist from Mexico, and the only indigenous woman to have been elected to the State Congress of Yucatan. Discarded Pages is her life narrative, with essays, poems, personal narratives, and political and public policy papers. Rock Martín titled the book in honor of Cab Cumí’s earliest writings, which the poet had thrown away. Rock Martín is an associate professor of anthropology at Florida International University, Miami.
Ethnic Identity and Aristocratic Competition in Republican Rome, Gary D. Farney, M.A. ’93, Ph.D. ’99, Cambridge University Press 2007. In this book which began as part of his dissertation, Farney explores how senators from Rome’s Republican period celebrated and manipulated their ethnic identity to get ahead in Roman politics, by advertising positive aspects of their ethnic identity. He shows how that advertisement developed over the course of Republican history, and how it informed how Rome perceived other groups, such as Gauls, Germans, and Greeks. Farney is an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University, and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.
The Golden Dreydl, Ellen Kushner ’77, Charlesbridge Publishing 2007. Inspired by the Shirim klezmer band’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, award-winning Kushner changed Nora to Sarah, turned the nutcracker into an enchanted dreydl, and gave the whole story a Jewish twist in this book for young readers. Sarah is taken by the dreydl—an enchanted princess in disguise—to another world filled with magic, demons and characters from Jewish legend. The Golden Dreydl includes a glossary of “phrases in languages spoken by Jews around the world.” Kushner is the host of Boston’s WGBH Radio’s weekly series Sound & Spirit.
The Heart of Whiteness, Julian B. Carter ’89, Duke University Press 2007. Subtitled “Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 1880–1940,” Heart studies the cultural discourses of whiteness and heterosexuality that fused, according to Carter, to form a new concept of the “normal” American, which Whites then used to evade questions of racial inequality. Author Gail Bederman writes that “The Heart of Whiteness is brilliant; it has the capacity to transform what we thought we knew about both race and sexuality in the twentieth century.” Carter is an assistant professor of critical studies at the California College of the Arts.
In Quisling’s Shadow: The Memoirs of Vidkun Quisling’s First Wife, Alexandra, Kirsten A. Seaver ’56, co-author, Hoover Institution Press 2007. Alexandra Andreevna Voronine Yourieff married Vidkun Quisling in 1922 when she was 17 years old, under the extreme conditions created by revolution, war, and famine in Russia. A year later she was abandoned and penniless. In 1980, when Alexandra and husband W. George Yourieff moved to California, they began the memoir collaboration with Norwegian-born Seaver, who consulted archives in London, Oslo and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Seaver is an independent historian and novelist.
The Iron Shoes, Elizabeth Greene ’65, Hidden Brook Press 2007. Author Diane Schoemperlen writes, “Inquisitive and ecstatic, peering past the surface for the true stories of houses, cats, shoes, and stars, Elizabeth Greene’s poetry is a sheer delight to be fully savoured and long remembered.” The Iron Shoes is Greene’s first collection of poems. She has published poetry in The Queen’s Feminist Review and Arms Like Ladders: The Elegant She (the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets’ anniversary chapbook), among other journals. Greene edited Kingston Poets’ Gallery 2006, and until 2007, taught at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
Memoirs of a Year in Jannina, Margaret Simpson Maurin ’60, Ph.D. ’68, English introduction and translation, Egnatia Epirus Foundation 2007. In 1894, Zelia Magnat, a young Frenchwoman, journeyed to Epirus, then part of the Ottoman Empire, where she spent a year teaching French and music in a Greek school. Ioannis Averoff, head of the Egnatia Epirus Foundation, writes that Memoirs is an “original and rather daring…story, written with directness, charm and vitality.” Magnat was Maurin’s grandmother; she finished her account at age 91. “I started this journal for my daughter and granddaughters,” she wrote. “I am continuing it for myself.”
More than Neighbors: Catholic Settlements and Day Nurseries in Chicago, 1893–1930, Deborah A. Skok ’89, Northern Illinois University Press 2007. The influx of southern and eastern European immigrants to the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century resulted in a stereotype of Catholics as poor, illiterate laborers. But More than Neighbors tells how Catholic settlement houses and day nurseries fostered cross-class alliances. “The author has made a significant contribution to expanding our understanding of Catholic social settlement work and women’s organizations,” writes Deirdre Moloney of Saint Francis University. Skok is an assistant professor of history at Hendrix College.
Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, Ilona Bray ’84, co-author, Nolo Press 2007. Bray and co-authors Alayna Schroeder and Marcia Stewart offer a comprehensive guide for homebuyers to understand their local real estate markets, choose the best house for their dollars and navigate closing. The book reflects variations in real estate practices and laws nationwide, and includes tips from industry experts and first-time homebuyers. Also included is a CD with forms and interviews. This is Bray’s fifth book from Nolo, where she is an editor. She is also an attorney specializing in real estate and other business-related areas.
A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, Elizabeth A. Rider ’83–’84 (postbac), co-author, HCPro, Inc. 2007. Practical Guide provides tools for teaching and assessing the medical education competencies required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for all residency training programs.The competencies include patient care, medical knowledge, and interpersonal and communication skills, among others. F. Daniel Duffy M.D., of the American Board of Internal Medicine, writes of Rider’s chapters, “Elizabeth Rider superbly amplifies the nuances of education and evaluation of these essential physician competencies.” Rider is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Saga of Myself, Frances Lynd Scott ’43, Ithuriel’s Spear 2007. At age six, Scott’s mother died in a car accident. Scott simultaneously lost all memory of events before that date. In 1943, she became an ensign in the Navy, working on Japanese codes. She married and after two sons were born, was hospitalized for bipolar depression. Eventually, a doctor treated her via hypnosis, which brought back those early lost memories. Saga charts Scott’s life from the 1920s to the end of the century, describing her personal history against larger world events; with lovely photos, including “dancing the witch” at Bryn Mawr.
Unprotected, Miriam Grossman ’74, Sentinel 2007. Previously published under the name “Anonymous, MD.,” Unprotected bears the subtitle, “A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student.” Grossman opposes college campus attempts to solve the epidemic of sexually-transmitted diseases with free condoms and “vague information.” Danielle Crittenden of The Wall Street Journal writes that Unprotected is “vivid and urgent.” Grossman has treated more than 2,000 students in her capacity as psychiatrist at U.C.L.A. Student Psychological Services. She is board-certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry and is a senior fellow at the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute.
Zoar in the Civil War, Philip E. Webber, Ph.D. ’72, Kent State University Press 2007. From 1817–1989, Zoar Village in Ohio’s Tuscarawas Vally functioned as a communal society made up of German separatists who sought religious freedom in America. Zoar traces how this pacifist community negotiated its strong support for the Union and the abolition of slavery. Webber draws primarily from unpublished materials in the archives and collections of the Ohio Historical Society and the Western Reserve Historical Society, allowing the primary sources to tell the story. Webber is a professor of German at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Cultural Contestation in Ethnic Conflict, Marc Howard Ross, Cambridge University Press 2007. Ross examines such cultural expressions as Islamic headscarves in France (at one point outlawed), parades in Northern Ireland, holy sites in Jerusalem, and Confederate flags in the American South, and shows that cultural expressions do not necessarily exacerbate ethnic conflict. “Marc Ross strikingly documents how,” writes Louis Kriesberg of Syracuse University, “and when new [cultural expressions] can be created that are more inclusive, and so contribute to the de-escalation of conflicts and to the solidity and endurance of conflict settlements.” Ross is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science.
At Home in Tokyo, Gwen G. Robinson ’50, AuthorsOnline (available at amazon.com) 2007.
Black Women’s Intellectual Traditions: Speaking Their Minds, Carol B. Conaway ’70,
co-editor, University of Vermont
Cairo: June, 1967, A Dangerous Place for an American, Evalyn Anderson, Ph.D. ’60, iUniverse (available at amazon.com) 2007.
Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry, Mary Ann Adler Cohen ’62, co-editor, Oxford University Press 2007.
Handbook of EMDR and Family Therapy Processes, Florence W. Kaslow, Ph.D. ’69, co-editor, Wiley 2007.
King’s Ransom, K.A. Masters, M.A. ’05, lulu.com 2007.
Learning to Fly, A Writer’s Memoir by Mary Lee Settle, Anne Hobson Freeman ’56, editor, Norton 2007.
Patient Advocacy for Health Care Quality: Strategies for Achieving Patient-Centered Care, Jo Anne L. Earp ’65, co-editor, Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2007.
Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge, Alice M. Rivlin ’52, co-editor, Brookings Institution Press 2007.
The Selected Writings of John Duke, 1917–1984, Ruth C. Friedberg ’49, co-editor, Scarecrow Press 2007.
Selling Modernity: Advertising in Twentieth-Century Germany, Pamela E. Swett ’92, co-editor, Duke University Press 2007.
W Stands for Women: How the George W. Bush Presidency Shaped a New Politics of Gender, Michaele
L. Ferguson ’94, co-editor, Duke University Press 2007.
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