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Bloomsbury and France: Art and Friends, Mary Ann Caws ’54 and Sarah Bird Wright ’55, Oxford University Press, 1999. Drawing on previously unpublished letters, photographs, and a memoir by Frances Partridge written specifically for this volume, Bloomsbury and France offers the first study of the profound importance of France in the work of Virginia Woolf, Clive and Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, E.M. Forster and others.

Our Lives Before the Law: Constructing a Feminist Jurisprudence, Judith Baer ’68, Princeton University Press, 1999. Baer presents a critique of contemporary feminist legal scholarship, a feminist analysis of several legal issues, and a new feminist interpretation of key elements of conventional political theory.

Eva’s Story, Linda D. Cirino ’62, Ontario Review Press, 1999. In this novel, Eva is a repressed, hardworking farm wife living in Nazi Germany. Her life is irrevocably changed when she decides to shelter in her chicken coop a young Jewish student who has escaped from a concentration camp. Her husband conscripted into the army and her children mesmerized by the youth movement, emotionally starved Eva and the young man soon fall in love. When it becomes too risky to continue hiding her lover, Eva arranges for him to flee across the border into Switzerland.

Systems Thinking Basics: From Concepts to Causal Loops, Virginia Anderson ’69 and Lauren Johnson, Pegasus Communications, 1997. Systems thinking is part of the broader field of organizational learning which came to greater prominence during the ’90s in business, health care, and some educational and government organizations. The authors present the concepts and mechanics of causal loop diagramming as a methodology for depicting and learning from the systemic structures that generate the events of everyday life.

Systems Archetype Basics: From Story to Structure, Daniel Kim and Virginia Anderson ’69, Pegasus Communications, 1998. This self-study workbook describes the eight systemic structures that occur frequently within organizations and which are so widespread that they have gained archetypal status among systems thinkers.

A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America, Leila J. Rupp ’72, Ph.D. ’76, University of Chicago Press, 1999. The author discusses supposedly discrete episodes in American history of same-sex desire, pointing to experiences of love and desire that were understood in radically different ways across time and by different groups at the same time. A Desired Past is a guide for anyone interested in learning how modern American sexuality came to be.

Straddling the Borders: The Year I Grew Up In Italy, Martha T. Cummings ’80, Branden Publishing Company, 1999. Straddling the Borders is the fictional story of Jo, an Italian-American woman haunted by the last photograph ever taken of her grandfather, a legendary family figure who died before she was born. She embarks on a spiritual journey through Italy, seeking to reconnect with her roots.

Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Faith Bethelard ’93, Free Press, 2000. Infant research and psychoanalytic study have recently begun to explore the basic human need to be loved. The authors examine how we experience, from infancy onward, receiving or wishing for this cherishment, and why we find it so difficult to talk about. They discuss their work with patients, the history of psychoanalysis, and ancient Eastern and Western wisdom traditions in which cherishment was considered the essential human capacity.

Soldier Mom, Alice Mead ’73, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999. In the summer before seventh grade, Jasmyn Williams learns that her mother is going to war. Jas’s mom is in the army, and at the beginning of August 1990 she is among the reserves called to serve in the Persian Gulf. Mom’s boyfriend Jake will stay with Jas and her baby half-brother. Furious with Mom for abandoning them, with Jake for being self-centered, and with herself, Jas struggles to accept her mother’s absence and finally does, with help from a boy she likes and from her best friend.

The Fate of "Culture": Geertz and Beyond, ed. by Sherry B. Ortner ’62, University of California Press, 1999. Ortner has edited and contributed to this collection of essays by scholars who take a fresh look at the work of Clifford Geertz, one of the foremost figures in the reconfiguration of the boundary between the social sciences and humanities in the second half of the 20th century. The articles cover such topics as 17th-century English ghosts, Jewish merchants in early capitalism, Egyptian women in the age of television, and the role of Sherpas in Himalayan mountaineering, as well as such methodological issues as the place of emotional empathy in ethnographic fieldwork and the mutual illumination of culture and history.

Greek Art, Mark Fullerton, Ph.D. ’82, Cambridge University Press, 2000. Using the Parthenon as a paradigm monument, Fullerton examines the principles of classical sculpture, architecture and painting to explore all phases of Greek art from its birth around 900 B.C. to its incorporation into the art of the Roman Empire. Combining the latest archaeological discoveries with new scholarly methods, he presents a history of Greek art and the idea of the classical through a range of media and materials, including Archaic statues from the Aegean islands, the gold and ivory of Macedonia, and the great Hellenistic monuments of the Greek east. Chapters focus on the relationship between visual narrative and history, the role of artistic style in the construction of meaning, and how personal and communal identity was carried by the imagery on pottery and jewelry, wall paintings and public buildings.

Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold: The Politics of Meaning in Archaic Greece, Leslie Kurke ’81, Princeton University Press, 1999. The invention of coinage in ancient Greece provided an arena in which rival political groups struggled to imprint their views on the world. Kurke analyzes the ideological functions of Greek coinage as one of a number of symbolic practices that arise for the first time in the archaic period. By linking the imagery of metals and coinage to stories about oracles, prostitutes, Eastern tyrants, counterfeiting, retail trade, and games, she traces the rising egalitarian ideology of the polis, as well as the ongoing resistance of an elitist tradition to that development.

Chemistry at Wheaton: A History, Bojan Hamlin Jennings ’41, Jones River Press, 1999. Women from upper middle and upper class families weren’t expected to be part of the workforce in the early 1800s. Thus was born the seminary, a private school providing a secondary-level education plus up to two years of advanced courses that prepared young women for teaching positions. Wheaton Female Seminary was founded in 1834. Its chemistry department reflects the high standards of the whole school, set from the beginning.

Young Heroes in World History, Robin Kadison Berson ’67, Greenwood Press, 1999. This book of biographical profiles and stories chronicles the lives of 17 young men and women who range in age from 12 to 23 at the time of their heroic deeds. They represent different countries, cultures, races and ethnic groups throughout the past 250 years. Each of their lives offers testimony to the human capacity to overcome obstacles and choose honor, integrity, compassion and service. Among those depicted are Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the first African American students to attempt to integrate a formerly all-white high school in 1957; and Chai Ling, leader of the student rebellion in Tianamen Square.

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