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Growing Up in an Urbanising World, Louise Chawla, M.A. '80, ed., UNESCO Publishing and Earthscan, 2002. More than half of all children in industrialized countries live in urban areas, and the same will be true in the developing world in the near future. Yet cities are failing to meet the needs of young people. This volume-along with Creating Better Ci ties with Children and Youth: A Manual for Participation, to which Gillian Whitcomb '69 contributed-marks the revival of the Growing Up in Cities project of UNESCO, pioneered in the 1970s, and seeks to understand the reasons young people find their city a good place in which to grow up, or a place where they feel alienated. The authors-experts in child development and urban planning-analyze the relationship of young people and their surroundings in cities in Argentina, Australia, India, Norway, Poland , South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Focusing on low-income neighborhoods, they highlight common obstacles to participatory processes and recommend practices that will make cities more responsive to the needs of children and adolescents, emphasizing their active participation in community planning. As editor, Louise Chawla, M.A. '80, authors both the introduction and the conclusion. Gillian Whitcomb '69 is chief of the publications unit of UNESCO's Social and Human Sciences Sector.

Acting Techniques for Everyday Life: Look and Feel Self-Confident in Difficult, Real-Life Situations, Jane Marla Robbins '65, Marlowe & Company, 2002. Most people can name at least one situation-a business presentation, a job interview, a cocktail party, or a blind date-in which they felt uncomfortable, nervous, or simply self-conscious. Jane Marla Robbi ns, a stage and film actress and teacher for almost 40 years, found that she could use the same acting techniques she employed to look and feel confident on stage and screen to make herself feel more comfortable in "real-life" situations. Robbins describes techniques that actors have been using for centuries. Her exercises can be used by non-actors to make difficult, everyday situations easier to handle. Acting Techniques for Everyday Life teaches readers how to create a sense of well-being and se lf-confidence at will, giving them the tools they need to be as confident, strong, authentic, relaxed and happy as they want to be in any given situation.

Arbor Vitae, poems by Jane Augustine '52, Marsh Hawk Press, 2002. Through clarity of image and elegantly simple words, the poems in Arbor Vitae powerfully transform landscapes, both urban and wild, into revelatory sites of the natural world's complex interaction with the human world. Poet Marie Ponsot comments that Augustine "supplies a key to me mory of places, what makes them memorable, and moving. The Colorado mountains, Paris and the south of France, New York City streets-the poet's view of these reminds us that the heart and spirit of nature is always human nature." Another poet, Marilyn Hacker, compares Augustine to the classical Chinese poets: "implications of human life, death and change take shape in an acuity of observation which one might also call wisdom."

Transitory, a poem sequence by Jane Augustine '52, Spuyten Duyvil, 2002. Augustine captures the bright sadness of life surrounding love and death, particularly when death comes to someone young-in this case her daughter-in-law, Michelle (born Phuong Vu), a child survivor of the war in Vietnam. Her moving meditation on Michelle's death engages an ancient inquiry into the purpose of poetry itself. "Alone in a cold house," she writes in one poem of this sequence, "I think of books-how long they last, how late it is." The lateness of the hour she invokes is the early loss of youth and love and the late moment of our own times, the wars and miseries we rain down on our kind. Poet Patricia Hampl calls Transitory a document of enduring, patient witness," and "a luminous companion from-and for-a hard time."

Missionary Daughter: Witness to the End of the Ottoman Empire, Dorothea Chambers Blaisdell '19, 1st Books, 2002. Ann Lang Irvine '53 and her brother, Nesbitt Blaisdell, have published the memoirs of their mother, Dorothea Chambers Blaisdell '19, which she wrote in the 1940s. The daughter of missionaries, Blaisdell spent her childhood and early adult life in Adana, Turkey, from 1900 to 1922. After studying history and economics at Bryn Mawr and completing her master of arts degree at Columbia University, she returned to Adana as a professional staff worker for the YWCA. She witnessed the upheavals of revolutionary movements against the Ottoman Empire, the tumult in Turkey during World War I, and the wrenching changes brought about by the establishment of the Turkish Republic. In these memoirs, she sets these events against the warmth and intimacy of her mis sionary home, her girlhood friendships and dreams. We share her growth from a girl absorbed with her family and childhood activities, to a mature young woman working fluently among French, Armenian, Turkish, American, and British societies as they struggled to realign their relations following the war. Throughout her story, readers experience two levels of existence-the daily life of a close-knit expatriate community, and the ever-present threat of political, religious, and sectarian strife. Blaisdell marr ied her husband Donald, whom she met in Turkey, in 1926, and they spent most of their married life in Washington DC and New York City. She died in 1985.

The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories, Monica Nolan '87, Alisa Surkis, Kensington Books, 2002. Nolan and Surkis pay homage to the lurid pulp novels of the '40s, '50s and '60s in this collection of eight ribald and trenchant novellas. World War II, the Great Depression, and the Stonewall riots are all grist for the mill in these irreverent stories which < EM>Bitch magazine calls "hilarious cross-breeding of the lesbian pulp novel and horse-girl fantasia." Nolan is a filmmaker and editor whose directing credits include "Ashley, 22." Her editing and writing credits include "Grrlyshow," a short documentary about women-produced zines.

The Golden Dreydl: A Klezmer "Nutcracker" for Chanuka, Ellen Kushner '77 and the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, Rykodisc, 2002, Public Radio International, 2000. First performed before a live audience, and then recorded at WGBH studios in Boston, The Golden Dreydl features the music of Tchaikovsky, arranged and performed by the Shirim Klezmer Orchestr a, set to an original story written and narrated by Ellen Kushner, host of PRI's syndicated "Sound & Spirit." "When the guys from Shirim came along with their arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite for a traditional Jewish klezmer band, I was enchanted," Kushner said. The band created "a fresh new sound for Jews at Christmas by merging two traditions." Inspired by how the 19th-century composer's ballet music complemented the dance music of 19th-century Jewish villagers, Kushner added a Jewish spin t o the traditional children's Christmas story, drawing on Jewish folklore, myth, ethics and worldview. Her resulting story about magic, adventure, mystery and myth accompanies the klezmer nutcracker arrangements on this CD. The Golden Dreydl is the second "Sound & Spirit" collaboration between WGBH and Rykodisc; in 1999, the label released Welcoming Children Into The World, which features children's songs and was nominated for an award by the Association for Independent Music. Kushner is a popular speaker in the Jewish community and in the science fiction world, appearing at both synagogues and sci-fi conventions, and is also a novelist. Thomas the Rhymer, Kushner's first novel, won the World Fantasy Award in 1991.

The Fall of the Kings, Ellen Kushner '77, Delia Sherman, Bantom Spectra, 2002. Generations ago the last king fell, taking with him the final truths about a race of wizards who ruled at his side. But the blood of the kings runs deep in the land and its people, waiting for the coming together of two unusual men. Theron Campion, a young nobleman of royal li neage, is heir to an ancient house and a modern scandal. Tormented by his twin duties to his family and his own bright spirit, he seeks solace in the University. There he meets Basil St. Cloud, a brilliant and charismatic teacher ruled by a passion for knowledge-and a passion for the ancient kings. Of course, everyone now knows that the wizards were charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. Only Basil is not convinced-nor is he convinced that the city has seen its last king. The Fall of the Kin gs is the sequel to Kushner's cult-classic novel Swordsplay.

The Wisdom of Angels: Unearthing My Italian Roots, Martha T. Cummings '80, Branden Books, 2002. "There is an intensity of emotion that greets me in Italy when Ivisit the birthplaces of my mother's parents," Cummings writes in her introduction to this account of tracing her ancestry in an Abruzzese village. "In writing as I do, ... some goals are simple—t o encourage those who yearn to return to homeland to do exactly that, any of them, or all of them, so that they may: stand outside the places in which ancestors were born, meet the offspring of relatives who were left behind, and discover and uncover the documents, edifices, and genealogical tangents of their pasts, so that they may find and tell the truth, if their histories allow them such a privilege. ... I hope The Wisdom of Angels will invigorate your memories and help you relive how joyous a visit to childhood can be."

Visualizing Kingship in the Windows of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, Alyce A. Jordan, Ph.D. '94, part of the International Center of Medieval Art Monograph Series, Brepols, 2002. In this first book-length examination of the glass of Paris' Sainte-Chapelle in English, Jordan asks the question, "Are the scenes depicted in the chapel's stained glass compreh ensible as story?" She demonstrates that far from a cacophonous assemblage of images, the Sainte-Chapelle glass adeptly employs a variety of fashionable narrative devices and proposes that the chapel's Old Testament windows were "manipulated in such a way as to craft from the biblical narratives a visual essay on Kingship that articulates the foremost components of French medieval monarchic rule, and the specifically Capetian claims to sacral kingship." Alyce Jordan is Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Arizona University. Her special interests include medieval, renaissance, and baroque art and medieval architecture and stained glass.

The Tiger Ladies: A Memoir of Kashmir, Sudha Koul g (as). Beacon Press, 2002. Sudha Koul recalls a golden childhood in a land now consumed by political and religious turmoil. After the partition of India and Pakistan by the British in 1947, the year of her birth, Muslim fundamentalism began to stir in the isolated valley of Kashmir, but Koul grew up among t he ancient customs of respect between Muslims and Hindus that lingered there. Koul, who studied political science as a graduate student at Bryn Mawr, was born into a Brahmin family whose favorite deity was the Mother-Goddess. Known by many names, "She Who Fears Nothing" is the embodiment of positive energy and is often depicted riding a tiger. Koul lovingly portrays the Tiger Ladies in her own life, especially her maternal grandmother, recounting their stories, which she has passed to her own daughters. He r story is that of a lost Eden, full of the textures, tastes and magical tales of a distant, at times contradictory world. Also the author of Curries without Worries and Come with Me to India: On a Wondrous Voyage through Time, Koul lives in New Jersey with her family.

Fiesta en Puerto Rico, Paola Nogueras '84, 2002. During the last two years, Paola Nogueras has photographed the carnivals, patron saint celebrations, and festivals of Puerto Rico. These colorful occasions transmit the essence of Puerto Rican culture. "The capacity of the Puerto Rican people to immerse themselves in celebration is unique," says Nogueras. "With its fiery sun, its beautiful beaches, sky, fields and culture, our people have in Puerto Rico the perfect ingredients to ab andon their inhibitions and celebrate without limits. Be it for religious, cultural or musical reasons, we know how to enjoy life and in the process we spread our happiness to all those around us. The only thing more exciting that being in the middle of these celebrations, invisible to those around me but capturing all the details with my camera, is to be able to share with my people the product of this adventure. This project is for Puerto Rico." Fiesta en Puerto Rico is a 240-page hardcover book with more than 240 photos documenting the most popular celebrations on the Island. The text, written by Tere Dávila, is in English and Spanish and explains the history of the festivals and the symbolism of each celebration. The book is divided into 11 chapters, including one devoted to the Puerto Rican Day Parades in Philadelphia and New York. Nogueras was born in Ponce and has photographed Bryn Mawr Reunions for the Bulletin for almost a decade.


At the Palace of Jove, Karl Kirchwey, Director of Creative Writing and Senior Lecturer in the Arts, Penguin Putnam Inc., 2002. In these poems, Kirchwey adds a strong dimension of moral gravity and social satire along with a deeper element of the personal. The collection is divided into four parts: Satires, which explore the ironies of artistic patronage; Anatomies, which cut into the heart of social and family relationships; Elegies that mourn for the dead and explore their continuing influence on the living; and Imitations, which pay homage to the unbroken tradition by which poets renovate and extend the work of those who have come before them.

Motor Neuron Disease, Ralph Kuncl, Provost, ed., WB Saunders, 2002. Motor neuron disease (MND) is a neurological condition that usually begins in later life. It comprises several different disorders that are characterized by degeneration and loss of motor neurons. Recent advances in this area include new information on the genetic components within MND, cu rrent pharmocotherapy, and the multidisciplinary approach to care. This book is a monograph designed for clinicians and covers the three most common MNDs. It features illustrations and current accepted diagnostic criteria for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, including practical case histories. The book concludes with a review of the current trials, drug development, and regulatory oversight, and a look to the future and what therapies may be available in years to come. Kuncl wa s a professor of neurology and pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, specializing in ALS, muscle diseases and myasthenia gravis. His clinical practice expertise includes muscle and nerve pathology, electron microscopy, nerve and muscle biopsy surgery and clinical electrophysiology. He has made seminal discoveries about the role of glutamate in ALS and the development of experimental drugs for that disease.

Hellenistic Sculpture III: The Styles of ca. 100-31 B.C., Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway PhD '58, Rhys Carpenter Professor Emerita of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Wisconsin Press, 2002. This is the final volume of Ridgway's series of books covering the entire range of Greek sculpture, from its inception to its virtual end as it merged into the production of the Roman Imperial world. Famous sculptures-the Laokoon, the epic groups from the Sperlonga cave, the Belvedere Torso, the bronze Boxer in the Terme Museum, and many others-are discussed together with less well known pieces. Ridgway argues that many stylistic trends and decorative objects usually considered typically Roman instead have their roots in the Greek world.

Writing Outside the Nation, Azade Seyhan, Fairbank Professor in the Humanities and Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Princeton University Press, 2002. Writing Outside the Nation is a comparative study of narratives by selected bi- and multilingual writers of the United States and Germany, writing in their second or third language. T he book's focus is on stories and histories that recuperate in memory losses incurred in migration, dislocation, and translation. Narratives that originate at border crossings cannot be bound by national borders, languages, and literary and critical traditions. They mark the site of a "third geography," where a transnational and multilingual literary movement has shown how literature's symbolic economy can reclaim lost personal and collective histories and encourage dialogues between different cultural voi ces. By considering themes of loss, witness, language and identity politics, and linguistic exclusion as well as linguistic mastery, the book considers diasporic literatures as condensed archives of cultural memory that give integrity and coherence to pasts ruptured and unsettled by migration and dislocation. For more information, see

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