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The Artist’s Odyssey, Elaine Ehrenkranz ’52 (edited by Barbara Teri Okada), self-published: 2004. This 107-page artbook contains exquisite reproductions of the works of Elaine Ehrenkranz. Oil or acrylic on canvas or linen, these richly hued, vibrant works place animal and plant life in abstract settings. On the righthand pages are beautifully photographed paintings and on the left are the artist’s statements, which are sometimes refreshingly baffling. For example, for painting #50—German Shepherd on Purple Moon—Ehrenkranz writes: “This painting is all about imagination, not logic. I have no idea why I painted the German shepherd on the purple moon…there was a critic in Miami who was upset by the painting and could not figure out why anyone would put a dog on a purple moon. I take this to mean that the painting was a success.” A productive artist her entire life, Ehrenkranz began her “odyssey” 50 year ago with a course at the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York, before entering Bryn Mawr in 1947. (She ultimately transferred to Cornell, which offered a studio program, graduating in 1952.) She writes, “The creative artist hopes to go where no one else has been. This is often a long and impassioned journey, which is never completed.”

Calypso’s Secrets, Caroline I. Akervik ’93 (Isabelle Kane, pseud.), Whiskey Creek Press: 2005. Caroline I. Akervik’s debut into the genre of romance-suspense novels takes as its setting the steamy, tropical “decadence” of the Florida Keys, where protagonist Skylar Connelly seeks her missing sister, Maia. Unwilling to accept the local authorities’ dismissal of the case, Skylar takes a position at Casa del Mar, a magnificent seaside estate, where she meets with unexpected passion from the captain of a yacht, a bad-boy surfer with a “stiletto-sharp mind.” Akervik writes, in her author biography, that she “believes every dreamer deserves the adventures and escape offered by an exciting novel.” Reviews attest to Akervik’s ability to provide that escape: C.L. Jeffries of Heartstrings Reviews calls the book “a dynamic debut from fresh-voiced newcomer…sleek, stylish and stunningly sensual.” Shirley Johnson of the Midwest Book Review writes that “this work is packed full of suspense, murder, romance and mystery. It twists and turns and every time you think you have it figured out the clues take you down another lane. Once I started this read I could not put it down. A great read.” Akervik holds a master’s in literature from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies that Work, Ilona Bray ’84, Nolo: 2005. Ilona Bray interviewed more than 40 fundraisers, foundation staff and media (including several Bryn Mawr alumnae) to provide real-life examples of how nonprofits around the country have successfully and creatively used different fundraising strategies. “Gone are the days,” writes Bray in her introduction, “when a nonprofit could charm people with its desperations and grassroots inefficiencies.” Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits explains how to develop a plan, attract individual supporters, keep givers giving, find major donors and planned gifts, host special events, start a side business, get grants, create printed materials, create effective websites and conduct media outreach. “All the brass tacks,” writes Peggy Rose, general manager of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. “No nonsense, well-organized and lucid. A place to start, or a refresher to improve your game.” Keven Guillory, a producer at KQED Public Radio, writes that Bray provides “smart inside information that can jumpstart your nonprofit. This book could save years of fundraising frustration!” Bray is a legal editor at Nolo and the author of other Nolo books, including Becoming a U.S. Citizen. She has a master’s and JD from the University of Washington.

Emotional Comfort: The Gift of Your Inner Guide, Judith M. Davis ’58, Wilder Press: 2005. After many years as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a busy practice, Judith Davis became intrigued by a theory that posits that self-hypnosis is a means of encountering an “inner advisor,” a mental entity whose goal is to maximize the qualities that are most important to the individual, and to do that in the most efficient way. She subsequently developed the Davis Technique for Attaining Emotional Comfort, an easily learned self-hypnotic system for those who suffer from anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, or substance abuse, among other burdens. “This courageous book provides specific instructions about a technique for facilitating meaningful—and enduring—emotional and psychological change,” writes Jesse Viner, MD, director of University Behavioral Health and faculty at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Marc I. Oster, former president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, writes that the book is “a valuable contribution to those seeking personal mastery and problem solving resolution.” Davis practiced psychiatry and psychoanalysis for many years in Chicago, and she has served on the faculties of several medical schools.

Empowerment Practice with Families in Distress, Judith Bula Wise, PhD ’82 (sw), Columbia UP: 2005. For more than 150 years, “empowerment” practices have been used by social workers in their work with families, but current techniques differ significantly from those of the pioneers in the field. Today’s practitioners recognize that empowering others is impossible. Social workers can, however, assist others as they empower themselves. Judith Bula Wise honors past practices in her book while aiming toward more modest goals of what a social worker can accomplish. She presents the riveting tales of three families as they face crises of incest, child abuse and poverty, and tells how the social workers involved focused on empowerment. “This book is a masterful blend of the processes and principles of family-centered social work practice,” writes Ann Weick, dean and professor of the University of Kansas School of Social Work. “Substantive family narratives add richness to this finely nuanced presentation from a stellar social work practitioner and educator.” Wise is a professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where she has taught for 17 years. She serves as coordinator for the DU-GSSW Trauma Response Certificate Program. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

The Giant Hug, Sandra Horning '92 (illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev), Random House: 2005. Sandra Horning grew up near Reading, Pennsylvania, where her father spent many years working for the city post office. In this, her first book for children, Horning creates Owen, a little pig who wants to send a giant hug to his grandmother. He gives the postal clerk his Granny’s address along with an actual hug. That hug is passed from postal employee to pilot to driver to mail deliverer as it travels cross-country, inadvertently bringing a little extra caring into the workers’ lives. In the satisfying ending, Granny sends a kiss back to Owen by bussing her mail carrier. “While some of the more subtle reactions and embarrassment evinced by the huggers may pass right over children’s heads,” writes Marge Loch-Wouters of Menasha’s Public Library, “the reactions of the recipients will delight them.” The subtleties include James the porcupine cringing because he is “not the hugging type,” and Chad the fox finally landing a date with Amanda the stork. As readers follow the hug’s progress, they learn about the path a letter takes and the individuals involved in getting it from sender to receiver. Horning lives in Narberth, Pennsylvania.

Gittel, the Would-Be Messiah: A Novel in Verse, Naomi Feigelson Chase ’54, Turning Point Press: 2005. Gittel is a comic and biting novel in verse that gives the life story of Gittel, a woman chosen by God to assume the mantle of the Messiah. Blending the concision of verse with the fast pace and plot turns of prose fiction, Gittel “gives us a character so lively, so rambunctious, so splendid in her reasoning,” writes poet Denise Duhamel, that “this provocative novel in verse reads as a mock-biography. Chase’s on-target wit and verbal agility do more than challenge religious iconography. These poems transform tender and vulnerable human emotions and lift them into the political. A completely engaging book that spins in the whirlwind of the feminine psyche.” Chase won the 2003 Flume Press Poetry Chapbook Award for One Blue Thread. She has published fiction and nonfiction, along with two other poetry books, Listening for Water (Archival Press), and Waiting for the Messiah in Somerville, Mass., (Garden Street Press) and two chapbooks of poems, The Judge’s Daughter, and Stacked (Jon Agee, illustrator). “Always her words pierce me and cause me to see and hear,” writes Newsday columnist Jimmy Breslin.

Karen from the Mill: A Novel from the Golden Age of Sail, Anne Ipsen Goldman ’56, Beaver’s Pond Press: 2005. In this historical novel—based on the seafaring history she grew up with in Denmark—Anne Ipsen Goldman portrays the story of 16-year-old Karen, who yearns for a more exciting life than the one that seems to lie ahead. Set in 1874, the book opens in the town of Sønderho, which lies at the southern end of the island of Fanø, separated from mainland Denmark by a strip of water so shallow it is called the Wading Sea. Karen wants to break free of the centuries-old tradition that dictates that women stay home while men embark on nautical adventures. She dreams of marrying First Mate Peter Larsen and sailing with him. Meanwhile, Peter is on the merchant ship Marianne, having adventures, amorous and otherwise, in ports around the world. Karen is a “romantic and moving story of making difficult choices,” writes the Midwest Book Review. Drawings of rural Denmark by 19th century artists are featured throughout the book. Ipsen was born in Copenhagen. She has written two memoirs: A Child’s Tapestry of War and Teenage Immigrant. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kristallnacht: A Tale of Survival and Rebirth, Celia Elkin, MA ’46, PhD ’54 (as), Xlibris: 2005. The afternoon of November 9, 1938, 16-year-old Elkin (née Cilli Zelmanowicz) went to her piano lesson as usual in the town of Breslau/Wroclaw (Germany/Poland). By evening, “pogroms of extraordinary proportions occurred simultaneously in all of Germany, later to become known as Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass,” writes Elkin in this autobiographical account of surviving the Holocaust and coming to America. “When we turned from the Graupenstrasse into my street, the Freiburgerstrasse, my girlfriend suddenly stopped and said, ‘Take a look across the street! So many people are in front of your house!’ ” Two uniformed storm troopers dressed in brown shirts grabbed Elkin’s arms and ordered her to come with them. The dramatic story unfolds, accompanied by grainy reproductions of family photographs and other memorabilia. “For many years,” writes Elkin, “I tried to assign the events of that night to the past. However, the many revisionists who have tried to rewrite history make it imperative that the few of us who are still alive and can give an eyewitness account of what happened during that night and the days that followed document the dreadful events of Kristallnacht.”

Nortada, The North Wind, Michelle Yasmine Valladares ’85, Global City Press: 2005. Award-winning film producer Michelle Yasmine Valladares is heir to three cultures and three worlds, having spent her childhood in India, Kuwait and Arizona. Her poetry is “intertwined with complex themes transcending ingrained limitations,” writes Small Press Bookwatch. Though the book can be “read in a single sitting, it inspires close perusal, careful re-reading, and quiet contemplation at length.” Poet Jean Valentine writes, “As the poems gather themselves through the book they gain poise and wisdom, intensity and mystery.” Poet Vijay Seshadri writes that the poems are “beautifully rounded, their gestures are graceful and self-contained, their perceptions are minute and absolutely accurate, and their implications are vast. Valladres is an artist who makes transcendence seem not only possible but effortless and inevitable.” And poet Joan Larkin writes that “Valladares meditates, rages, and blesses the strands of a complex inheritance. Her passionate visions of exile and home extend to the spirit itself.” Valladres received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing and literature at The City College of New York. This is her first book of poems.

Shlemiel Crooks, Paula Goodman Koz ’69, illustator (written by Anna Olswanger), Junebug Books: 2005. In Yiddish story-telling voice, Olswanger tells a dry, humorous Passover story based on the experience of her great grandfather, who sold kosher wines. The book begins: “In the middle of the night on a Thursday, two crooks—onions should grow in their navels—drove their horse and wagon to the saloon of Reb Elias Olschwanger, at the corner of 14th and Carr streets in St. Louis. This didn’t happen yesterday. It was 1919.” Koz’s vivid, lively woodcuts have gained great praise. “The fun, colorful illustrations complement Olswanger’s humor,” writes The Jerusalem Post. “Children and adults alike will laugh out loud.” “Well told and illustrated,” writes The New York Times Book Review. Uri Shulevitz, Caldecott Medal Winner, calls the book “beautifully illustrated with strong woodcuts from Paula Koz.” And Steven Kellogg, award-winning author and illustrator of more than 100 children’s books, writes that “the distinctive music of the storytelling and the atmospheric illustrations create an early 20th-century urban folk tale with character, humor, warmth, and grit.” Koz was born in Peru, and grew up in Philadelphia, the West Indies, Central America, Pittsburgh, and Riverdale, New York. She lives in Virginia.

The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples, Eleanor Winsor Leach ’59, Cambridge UP: 2005. In this study, Eleanor Winsor Leach offers a new interpretation of Roman paintings found in the domestic spaces of the elite classes of ancient Italy. Leach argues that because the Roman house fulfilled an important function as the seat of its owner’s political power, its mural decorations provide critical evidence for the interrelationship between public and private life. The painted images, Leach contends, reflect the codes of communication embedded in upper class life, such as the performative theatricality that was expected of those leading public lives, the self-conscious assimilation of Hellenistic culture among aristocrats, and the ambivalent attitudes toward luxury as both a coveted sign of power and a symptom of ethical degeneracy. Relying on contemporary literary sources, and including 12 color plates and 212 black and white illustrations, the book also offers a fresh perspective on the demography of Pompeii and the relationship between the colony and Rome as reflected in its wall painting. Leach is Ruth N. Halls Professor of Classical Studies at Indiana University and is the author of numerous articles and books on aspects of Roman literature and painting.

Spinning Straw Into Gold, Joan Gould ’47, Random House: 2005. “What’s your favorite fairy tale?” Joan Gould asks in her introduction to this book about the hidden meanings in fairy tales and what these stories reveal about women’s lives. “This is a book about women,” Gould writes, about “those shifts in consciousness as well as biology that propel women from one level of being to another.” The story of Sleeping Beauty allegorizes the role that waiting plays in the attainment of womanhood; Rapunzel illuminates a bride’s ambivalence toward her impending nuptials; The Seal Wife deals with a mother’s sense of loss of self to the demands of her family. Through the myth of Demeter and Persephone, Gould grapples with the final stage of a woman’s life, the unexpected expansion of a woman’s spirit in old age. “Open Joan Gould’s lovely book anywhere,” writes Nancy Friday, author of My Mother, Myself, and My Secret Garden, “and you will find something recognizable, as relevant today as when you were a child.” Gould’s work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. Her previous book, a family memoir titled Spirals, was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. She lives in Rye, New York.

Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights, Jennifer Gerarda Brown ’82 (co-written with husband Ian Ayres), Princeton UP: 2005. Straightforward advances the thesis that to make real progress at the central flashpoints of gay rights controversy—marriage rights, employment discrimination, gays in the military—straight as well as gay people need to speak up and act for equality. “Straightforward provides an important and much-needed guidebook for enlisting straight Americans to the cause of gay rights,” writes Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class. “Just as the civil-rights movement of the 1960s called upon blacks and whites to band together to achieve social gains, Ayres and Brown make the case for a new gay-straight alliance as a force for expanding not just gay rights but broad human rights for all Americans.” Carlos Ball, author of The Morality of Gay Rights and professor at the Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University, writes that “no other book speaks so directly and effectively to heterosexuals who generally support gay rights but may not have given much thought to what practical steps they can take to advance gay rights causes.” Jennifer Gerarda Brown is professor of law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, and a visiting lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale Law School.

Vampires Don’t Backpack, Evalyn Aligwekwe Anderson, PhD ’60, PublishAmerica: 2004. In this print-on-demand paperback, Evalyn Aligwekwe Anderson creates the characters of Gale Blackburn and the man she loves, Derek, the possible vampire. The story begins with Gale trying to soothe Derek, who is depressed but who assures Gale that he hasn’t fallen behind on his injections, which keep his “vampire disease” in check. Derek begins to sob, and the impatient, practical Gale says, “Shoot, Derek, face it! You’re a vampire. God made you a vampire.” As the plot unfolds, Gale wonders if Derek is responsible for the corpse in his condo. It bears vampire-like bite marks. But she quickly concludes that Derek’s life and legal career are in danger from somebody who has discovered his most closely guarded secret. Gale struggles to capture the killer before he kills her, and fights for her man against the aggressive female attorney who’s taken advantage of the Bar’s mentoring requirements to make a play for Derek. Anderson, a former college professor, court reporter and attorney, turned to novel writing after a life of adventure, from climbing aboard the last U.S. flight out of Cairo on the eve of the 1967 War to dodging bullets in a Seattle courtroom.

Faculty publications

The Myth of Empowerment, Dana Becker, NYUP: 2004. From mesmerism to the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dana Becker argues, women have gleaned ideas about who they are as psychological beings. Becker questions what women have had to gain from these ideas as she recounts the story of where the therapeutic culture is taking them. Jeanne Marecek of Swarthmore College writes that the book is “delightfully informed by a witty sensibility, written with brio and clarity, and cast in elegant prose.” Becker is assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Second Chance: Greek Sculptural Studies Revisited, Brunilde Ridgway, Pindar Press: 2004. Over the years, Brunilde S. Ridgway, PhD ’58 (Rhys Carpenter Professor Emerita of Classical and Near Eastern Studies) has published more than 95 studies. This volume reprints 33 of these and reflects the variety of Ridgway’s research on Greek sculpture from the Archaic to late Hellenistic period. Topics include the west frieze of the Siphnian Treasury, the fashion of the Elgin kore, bronzes from the Porticello Wreck, and the Farnese Bull, all of which are illustrated.

 

 

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