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California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place, Phoebe S. Kropp ’92, University of California Press 2006. Phoebe S. Kropp explores four case studies—El Camino Real, San Diego’s world’s fair, the architecturally- and racially-restricted suburb Rancho Santa Fe, and ersatz Mexican marketplace Olvera Street—that together demonstrate how memory can be more than nostalgia. “This is a rich and learned volume that has a story to tell to those seeking to understand contemporary Southern California,” writes David Johnson, managing editor of the Pacific Historical Review. Kropp is an assistant professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Challenges of Multicultural Education: Teaching and Taking Diversity Courses, Norah Peters-Davis, M.A. ’84, Ph.D. ’88, co-author, Paradigm Publishers 2006. Norah Peters-Davis and co-author husband Jeffrey Schultz based their book on student and teacher experiences in a range of American colleges and universities to demonstrate peda­gogical strategies and new approaches to creating an open and bene­ficial multicultural classroom. “These savvy educators,” writes Joe R. Feagin, Texas A&M, “press us all to implement a critical college-level pedagogy that takes sexism, racism, classism, and homophobia seriously.” Peters-Davis is dean of undergraduate studies at Arcadia University.

The Damsel Fly and Other Stories, Barbara Kremen ’43, Ravenna Press 2006. Invoking a strong sense of place, Barbara Herman Kremen explores themes of inquirers and voyeurs; the relationship of species, insect and human; the dispossession of age; and the beauties and distortions of the imagination. Novelist and critic Frank Lentricchia writes that “every word of this singular book, every phrase, sentence and paragraph is suffused with lyric grace, intensity, dead-eye observations.” Reproductions of original collages by artist Irwin Kremen accompany the three stories that make up The Damsel Fly. Kremen is also the author of Out of and Tree Trove.

The Discourse of Nature in the Poetry of Paul Celan: The Unnatural World, Rochelle Tobias ’85, The Johns Hopkins University Press 2006. Rochelle Tobias presents a new model for understanding Paul Celan’s work from the early elegiac poems to the later cryptic texts. “Complete with lively English translations of the German,” writes Henry Sussam, SUNY Buffalo, “this work follows Celan to the deep roots of his poetic project, serving the general reader seeking first advice on how to approach this enigmatic major poet as well as it does the literary specialist.” Tobias is an associate professor of German at The Johns Hopkins University.

Delusions of Intelligence: Enigma, Ultra, and the End of Secure Ciphers, R. A. Ratcliff ’85, Cambridge University Press 2006. Freelance scholar Rebecca Ratcliff analyzes WWII signals intelligence from a German per­spective. She focuses on Enigma, the electronic ciphering machine the Germans believed fool­proof, and Ultra, the war-winning intelligence derived from the Allied operation that broke Enigma’s codes. Ratcliff discusses how German imagination failed by refusing to consider the possibility that Enigma could be solved. Ratcliff has lectured at the National Security Agency’s intelligence school, and is the author of articles for Intelligence and National Security and Cryptologia.

The Excavations at Ancient Halieis (Volume 1): The Fortifications and Adjacent Structures, Marian H. McAllister ’47, Indiana University Press 2006. In this first volume, Marian Holland McAllister describes the fortification system at Halieis, Greece, from simple earthwork defenses to massive walls with towers and gates. The increasingly complex defenses are the city’s response to aggression and new developments in siege warfare. McAllister presents both an extensively illustrated overall view of the fortifications and a detailed analysis of the materials and methods of construction. She is retired as editor of publications for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Gathering Sound, Susan Davis ’87, Fairweather Books 2006. “Susan Davis’s supple, wise, precise poems dive fearlessly into an ocean of loss and emerge bearing consolation and hope,” writes poet Marisa de los Santos. Gathering Sound won the 2005 Rhea & Seymour Gorsline Poetry Competition. Davis’s poetry and prose has been featured in several literary journals including The Paris Review, The Antioch Review, Nimrod, The Boston Review, and Western Humanities Review as well as on National Public Radio. She is the senior producer of The State of Things at North Carolina Public Radio WUNC. This is her first collection of poetry.

Gothic Returns in Collins, Dickins, Zola, and Hitchcock, Eleanor Salotto, Ph.D. ’95, Palgrave MacMillan 2006. Taking a new approach to the study of the gothic in Victorian fiction, the development of the cinema, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Salotto explores the contained or repressed desires of characters and plots thatdefy direct repre­sentation. Gothic Returns is “a timely and tonic account,” writes John Bowen of the University of York, “of the weird mutations of gothic matter and form in 19th-century fiction and modern film.” Salotto is an associate professor of English literature and director of film studies at Sweet Briar College.

Handbook of Family Business and Family Business Consultation: A Global Perspective, Florence W. Kaslow, Ph.D. ’69, editor, Haworth Press 2006. This book is designed to fill the gap in family business literature by offering a close-up examination of several consultation models and of the structure, dynamics, and operation of family businesses globally. The contributors examine essential aspects of the world of family business today, including family offices, globalization, and the management of a family’s wealth. Kaslow is an authority in both family psychology and family business consultation, author of more than 20 books, and has lectured in more than 50 countries.

Holy Unexpected: My New Life as a Jew, Robin Chotzinoff ’79, PublicAffairs 2006. Chotzinoff describes her journey from a privileged New York childhood through years of unhappiness, drugs, and drift. When she discovers that Judaism embraces arguing with God, hot sex, and acts as opposed to beliefs, she embarks on a journey to forge a relationship with her faith. Chotzinoff is the author of People With Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening, and People Who Sweat, and is an award-winning columnist at Denver’s alternative weekly Westword and at The Denver Post; her writing has also appeared in Outside and The New York Times Magazine.

I’m Still Here, Donald Zucker, M.A. ’75, Xlibris 2006. At age 70, Zucker began to record the more memorable events, accidents and adventures that befell him. Among them were some “brushes with oblivion.” But luck stayed with him and, he writes, “I’m happy to report that I’m still here.” Chapter 35, “Move Over Mozart,” is a brief overview of his Bryn Mawr career from 1972 to 1975. Zucker has a master’s and a doctoral degree from University of Pennsylvania. He was a college professor for 30 years before pursuing a second career as a composer, cellist and orchestra conductor.

Intuitive Reiki For Our Times: Essential Techniques for Enhancing Your Practice, Amy Z. Rowland ’75, Healing Arts Press 2006. Written to help Reiki practitioners of all levels and all lineages to learn how to use intuition in support of Reiki healing and spiritual pathwork, Intuitive Reiki presents traditional techniques—both Western and Japanese—as well as new techniques that unite Reiki practice and intuition. The book concludes with interviews with well-known Reiki masters. Rowland is a certified Usui Reiki master with 20 years of experience. She is the author of the internationally-published Traditional Reiki for Our Times. Visit

Jobs Aren’t Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families, Roberta Rehner Uversen, M.S.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’91, co-author, Temple University Press 2006. Roberta Rehner Uversen 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.

Little Cream Books, Winnie So ’93, WANLILU Play Ltd. 2005. Winnie So, who runs a luxury travel business, writes and edits this series of beautifully-designed address books (a play on the “little black book”). The first three are Cool Destinations (from Ayers Rock, Austra­lia, to Zanzibar), Powder (snowy places around the world), and Goodwill, which points travelers to local communities with organizations that work in poverty allevia­tion, culture/nature conservation and child/youth welfare. The entry for Mexico invites travelers to collect Olive Ridley Turtle eggs and re-bury them in a protected area. Architecture, Romance and Golf are forthcoming. Visit

Living Together: A Survivor’s Manual, Gwendolyn Binegar, M.S.S. ’67, Xlibris 2005. When Gwendolyn Binegar was offered a long-term temporary job in Los Angeles, she did not want to commute from her San Diego County home, so she moved into her bachelor son’s home in L.A. Living Together is the story of how these two independent adults adjusted to each other while sharing their space. The book includes “Gwen’s Maxims,” for example, “Everyone has quirks.” She also provides a checklist for new co-habitants, such as, “Will you eat meals together?” Binegar is a retired chief counselor/associate director of the San Diego Regional Center.

Searching for Connection: An Exploration of Trauma, Culture, and Hope, Karen Merriam, M.S.S. ’68, Truthsayer Press 2006. Karen Merriam examines the heart of traumatic experience, when important connections to safety, hope, and strength are severed. Through a series of personal accounts and case studies, Merriam develops a new model of traumatic experience, which reveals the common factors that allow individuals and communities to survive and overcome horrific experiences. She illustrates how—even in the darkness of traumatic events—personal and collective resources can be summoned. Merriam has been a psychotherapist specializing in the field of trauma for more than 30 years.

Skin: A Natural History, Nina G. Jablonski ’75, University of California Press 2006. Publishers Weekly writes, “This amply illustrated rhapsody to the body’s largest and most visible organ showcases skin’s versatility, importance in human biology and unique­ness: human skin is hairless and sweaty, has evolved in a spectrum of colors and is a billboard for self-expression.” Jablonski is head of the department of anthropology at Pennsylvania Sate University. She edited The First Americans: The Pleistocene Colonization of the New World and The Origin and Diversification of Language. Her research on human skin has been featured in National Geographic and Scientific American.

Them: A Memoir of Parents, Francine du Plessix Gray ’52, Penguin 2005. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, this memoir tells the story of Francine du Plessix Gray’s talented, self-absorbed mother and step-father from their roots to their graves. “The final chapters—with the death of Demerol-addicted Tatiana and Alex’s remarriage to an adoring nurse—are unbearably tragic,” writes Publishers Weekly. “Gray’s parents were not nice people, but she loved them, and readers, by the end, understand why.” The story is accompanied by black and white photos. Gray is a regular contri­butor to The New Yorker, and is the author of numerous books.

Waxing, Megan Powell ’97, Zumaya Otherworlds 2006. A paranormal romance, Waxing introduces the reader to Derek, a werewolf, and Liz, a witch. Derek needs Liz’s help to undo a curse, but he can’t let her know he’s a werewolf (or “lycan,” in genre-speak), so he poses as an author researching a horror novel. Eventually, his wagging tails has out. Megan Powell’s short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her fantasy novel, Vocation, appeared in 2000. She edits the webzines Fables and Shred of Evidence. Visit

Windows of Taliesen and Roofs of Taliesen, Frances Nemtin ’41, Kramer Printing 2006. Frances Nemtin met Frank Lloyd Wright in the mid-1940s when she was arranging an exhibition of his work at the Milwaukee Art Institute. She joined the Taliesen Fellowship in Wisconsin and for more than 20 years was the manager and designer of its flower gardens. Windows includes 86 color plates. Roofs includes 46 black and white photos from the Archives that have not been published before. The photos—taken from the Taliesen roofs—document the ways in which all the parts of the complex are joined by continuous, overlapping and interconnecting roofs.


Industrial Transformation in the Developing World, Michael T. Rock, co-author, Oxford University Press 2005. East Asia (China, Korea, and Taiwan; and Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) is the most polluted region in the world. However, Michael T. Rock—with co-author David P. Angel—provides an anti­dote to the argument that poor countries cannot afford to clean up their environments while their economics remain under-developed. Using detailed case studies, the authors demonstrate how East Asian governments have found institutionally-unique ways to begin to tackle the sustainability challenge. Rock is the Bryn Mawr Harvey Wexler Professor of Economics and chair of the economics department.

Trauma and Visuality in Modernity, Lisa Saltzman, co-editor, Dartmouth College Press 2006. Lisa Saltzman, with co-editor Eric Rosenberg, gathered essays that discuss an array of media and span from the beginnings of modernity to the present to examine trauma as a structuring but elusive subject of representation. “The essays in this volume,” writes Michael Leja, University of Pennsylvania, “explore this relationship with imagination, insight, and passion, ranging widely across forms of trauma, artistic media and styles, and interpretive approaches.” Saltzman is an associate professor of art history at Bryn Mawr, and the author of Anselm Keifer and Art After Auschwitz.

Welfare Discipline: Discourse, Governance, and Globalization, Sanford E. Schram, Temple University Press 2006. Sanford E. Schram argues for a contextualized approach to examining welfare policy, from the use of the idea of globalization to justify cutbacks, to the increasing employment of U.S. policy discourse overseas, to the development of asset-based approaches to helping the poor. Schram is a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr. His first book, Words of Welfare: The Poverty of Social Science and the Social Science of Poverty, won the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association.


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