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Spring 2005 Books

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Control of Religious Printing in Early Stuart England, Suellen Mutchow Towers '63, The Boydell Press, Suffolk, England, 2003. Volume 8 in the Studies in Modern British Religious History series, Towers' book-which had its genesis in a doctoral dissertation for a 1999 Ph.D. in history at the University of London-offers a detailed investigation of the effectiveness of control over print publication in Jacobean and Caroline England. "Considerably more nuanced than previous considerations," writes Seventeenth Century News, "it also provides a narrative in its own right for the course of censorship in the period." The book begins with a comparative study of the publication patterns of the evangelical Calvinist Thomas Taylor and the Arminian Thomas Jackson. Towers contrasts the content of religious titles that were subject to pre-publication examination and licensing with those that were not. This detailed comparative work also sheds light on the activities of the licit press. The Journal of Early Book Society declares the book "a fascinating new study," and that Towers' "excellent scholarship and persuasive conclusions make this a volume that should be welcomed enthusiastically. Towers retired in 2003 from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

I'm Too Young to Have Breast Cancer, Beth Leibson-Hawkins '86, LifeLine Press, 2004. According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality in women under age 35. Leibson-Hawkins conducted extensive interviews with 16 women age 40 and under, all of whom were diagnosed with and overcame breast cancer. The book provides a look into the personal details of their experiences: hearing the diagnosis; deciding on treatment; juggling professional situations; and dealing with intimacy, dating and spiritual issues. It shows women dating during and after treatment, coming to terms with their altered bodies and sexuality, and making decisions about breast reconstruction. It tells the stories of a young mother explaining her diagnosis to her daughter, a woman deciding whether to risk becoming pregnant after fighting the disease, and one determining whether or not to have her daughter tested for the breast cancer gene. "Through vivid portrayals of some very spirited and courageous women," writes Elyse S. Caplan, education director of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, "this book can help recently diagnosed women regain hope, restore pleasure and meaning, and take control of their lives." Leibson-Hawkins has a master's in public policy from Duke University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

On the Side: More Than 100 Recipes for the Sides, Salads, and Condiments that Make the Meal, Jessica B. Harris '68, Simon and Schuster, 2004. Harris offers a collection of recipes for food lovers seeking to transform their side dishes from the mundane into the magnificent. She draws from culinary traditions around the world for mouth-watering dishes like tumis bunic, a classic Indonesian side dish of long green beans, ginger, garlic and chiles. Or Egyptian fava beans garnished with hard-boiled eggs, radishes and scallions. The vegetable dishes are organized by seasons, and are followed by salads, pickles and salsas, chutneys and relishes, and savory sauces, including two recipes for ketchup. Harris is the author of nine books, and her articles have appeared in Food and Wine, Essence, and The New Yorker. She has a Ph.D. from NYU and is professor of English at Queens College in New York City.

To the Boathouse: A Memoir, Mary Ann Caws '54, The University of Alabama Press, 2004. This memoir of a Southern girl and her maturing sense of self as she grows to become an accomplished writer and critic re counts the tangled relationships of Caws' family, and her own ties to her grand mother, who served as Caws' role model for a life of passionate engagement. Sena Jeter Naslund calls the book "a Southern female contemporary version of The Education of Henry Adams." The southern landscape plays vivid backdrop to Caws' early life in North Carolina, where she makes her debut and begins to struggle with accepted social values of the time and region. Caws sketches her educational experiences at Bryn Mawr, in Paris, and at Yale-where she weds a professor of philosophy. Photographs, lyrics, and recipes weave through this meditation on the complicated marriage that ended in divorce. Raw journal entries capture the psychological trauma of reinventing oneself in the middle of one's life. "It is a lot harder being alone than people say," writes Caws. The author returns to visit the tangled vines of the southern landscape and contemplates the steadying influence of a singular place: the boathouse in New York's Central Park where for most of Caws's adulthood she retreated for peace and solace and where, finally, she and her children row out on the water to toast their lives, their city, and their sense of home. Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature in the Graduate School of CU/NY. A recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEH and Getty Foundation fellowships, she is the author of numerous books on 20th century avant-garde literature and art.

Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey, edited by Anastasia M. Ashman '86, with Jennifer Eaton Gökmen, Seal Press, 2006. This anthology of personal essays and travelogue unveils the realities faced by 40 expatriate women-from a Christian missionary in Istanbul to an archaeologist at Troy, a Peace Corps volunteer in Erzurum to a journalist in Silopi-living and working in Turkey. "Many were warned about the dangers of being a foreign woman in Turkey," writes Ashman, "by well-meaning but uninformed people back home, only to discover that the greatest risk is being overwhelmed by traditional Turkish hospitality, like Cappadocian neighbors invading the home of a critically ill recluse to bring her food and medicinal tea." A source of foreign female wisdom, these tales from the expat harem are a metaphoric initiation for newcomers and an open window for cultural voyeurs. True stories written by everyday women, they reveal a personal view of Turks and the Turkish culture, from the existential state of limbo foreign women experience in Europe- and Asia-straddling Istanbul, to the witchy wisdom of Turkey's shamanistic roots and the folkloric song and dance lodged in the Turkish psyche. Ashman is an essayist from California living in Istanbul and married to a Turk. Her cultural journalism has appeared worldwide, from The Asian Wall Street Journal to The Village Voice in New York.

Martin Johnson Heade in Florida, Roberta Smith Favis '68, University Press of Florida, 2004. Telling the story of the last two decades of the life and artistic career of Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904), Favis reassesses his importance by looking closely at the local context and con temporary issues particular to Florida when Heade made his home there in St. Augustine. Heade's work is a complicated interplay between the forces of tourism and development and the rich natural beauty of the state. In words and pictures, Heade represented the vitality, beauty, and fragility of Florida and the wetlands. Combining his biography, art, and writing, Flavis captures an early chapter in the history of art in Florida and brings to light a compelling advocate for the preservation of the state's natural riches. With 15 color plates and 58 black-and-white photos, this volume of "sustained scholarly focus on Heade's life and career in Florida has significantly enriched the art historical literature," writes Jeanette Toohey, chief curator of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville. Favis is professor of art at Stetson University and the author of numerous exhibit catalogues and articles.

Power for the People: Protecting States' Energy Policy Interests in an Era of Deregulation, Mary M. Timney '60, M.E. Sharpe, 2004. Timney examines the tension between the interests of the market and the social and political interests of the states in the case of energy policy. She conducted extensive research on California's energy re structuring program and presents an assessment of how the diverging interests of the market versus the state resulted in the notable failure of electricity deregulation. "Nowhere are these values more important than California," writes Timney, "where the natural beauty of the state's environment is as important to economic development as is the availability of sufficient supplies of electricity at reasonable prices. . . . It is this profit imperative that led to the crisis in the winter of 2001, when energy providers took advantage of policy weaknesses to garner huge profits as high as 100 percent over the previous year." Included in the book are overviews of other states, and Timney offers analysis on how they can balance their interests and the market's without imposing high costs on citizens and the environment. Timney is the former executive director of the Allegheny County Environmental Coalition. She is chair of the political science department at Pace University, and has an M.P.A. and a Ph.D. in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Empty Cradle of Democracy: Sex, Abortion, and Nationalism in Modern Greece, Alexandra Halkias '88, MA '91, Duke University Press, 2004. Through out the 1990s, there have been anywhere between 150,000 and 400,000 abortions in Greece. This, coupled with a low birth rate, compels Halkias's "exploration of the meanings of love, life, the divine, and agency" she writes, "and their very intimate affiliations with stories about what it means to be Greek." Halkias demonstrates that despite Greek Orthodox beliefs that abortion is murder, many Greek women view it as "natural." Her analysis combines fragments of contemporary Athenian culture, Greek history, media coverage of abortion and the declining birth rate, and fieldwork in Athens at an obstetrics/gynecology clinic and family planning center. Michael Herzfeld of Harvard writes that Halkias "probes the tension between the male-centered, hegemonic assumptions of European nationalism and the representation of the nation as a female body (and the female body as a national property) with an adroit irony leavened by perceptive compassion." Halkias is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Panteion University in Athens, Greece.

Writing Projects for Mathematics Courses: Crushed Clowns, Cars, and Coffee to Go, Annalisa Crannell '87, with Gavin LaRose, Thomas Ratliff and Elyn Rykken, The Mathematical Association of America, 2004. In this collection of writing projects suitable for a wide range of mathematics courses, the authors present mathematical challenges in the form of narratives, often letters from anxious fictional characters pleading for help with their peculiar problems. One of Crannell's projects, "The Case of the Falling Grapefruit," commences with a letter from Joe Merton of The Citrus Clinic, that begins, "Dear Calculus Students: Grapefruits can only fall so fast. It's sad, but it's true." The letter goes on to state that grapefruits are easier to carry around than Volkswagons, plus "they're cheaper than typewriters" and biodegradable, which is why he "started dropping grapefruits as a way of relieving stress during college." Students are then presented with Joe's mathematical problem, which is that unless he gets an accurate measure of how fast grapefruits really fall, he's going to lose the lucrative stress-reducing business he started. Crannell is associate professor and chair of mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College. She is well-known for her work in writing across the curriculum, and for her work in mathematics and art.

The Psychocybernetic Model of Art Therapy, Aina O. Nucho '57, PhD '66, Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Ltd., 2003. Nucho presents a detailed account of the origins and rationale of art therapy, underscoring the need for a new model of intervention. She describes the advantages of visual forms of cognition, delineates several existing models of art therapy, and outlines the essential features of the psycho cybernetic model-a model that combines the verbal-analytic with imagistic symbol systems. Nucho then focuses on implementation of the model and four steps of the therapeutic process: unfreezing, doing, dialogue, and ending/integrating. "Far too long have psychotherapists resembled Cyclops," writes Ahkter Ahsen, editor of the Journal of Mental Imagery. "Nucho offers the means of using both eyes, both symbol systems, the visual, holistic-imagistic as well as the verbal-analytic. Practitioners who include the psychocybernetic model into their arsenal of skills will increase their effectiveness immensely." Nucho is professor emerita at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and is a licensed clinical social worker and a registered art therapist.

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma, Camilla Townsend '86, Hill and Wang, 2004. Townsend makes the case that neither naïve nor innocent, Native Americans like Pocahontas and her father, the powerful King Powhatan, con fronted the vast might of the English with sophistication, diplomacy, and violence. In this account, Pocahontas's life is a testament to the subtle intelligence that Native Americans brought against the military power of the colonizing English. Deanna Beacham, program specialist at the Virginia Council on Indians, writes that "Camilla Townsend brings a fresh perspective to this timely and welcome biography. She goes beyond the usual accounts by English colonists, drawing on sources such as the early Spanish explorers, opinions of members of the Virginia Indian descendent communities, original but highly plausible interpretations of Algonquian words, and recent archaeological studies. This history is meticulously researched and yet thoroughly charming; it should appeal to both casual readers and serious scholars." And Daniel K. Richter of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at University of Pennsylvania writes: "With sparkling style, sound scholarship, and disciplined historical imagination, Camilla Townsend weaves from the fragmentary evidence a tale far more compelling than the myths and wishful thinking that have surrounded the subject since the days of John Smith." Townsend is associate professor of history at Colgate University.

Cookie Dough Delights, Camilla V. Saulsbury '92, Cumberland House, 2004. "Home-baked cookies are quintessential comfort food," writes Saulsbury, and her book offers more than 150 recipes for the confection, all built on an 18-ounce roll of refrigerated sugar or chocolate-chip cookie dough from the super market. "Home bakers have always taken advantage of newly available shortcuts," she writes, "whether in the form of preshelled and chopped nuts, shredded coconut, pureed pumpkin, measured sticks of butter, or the uniform bits of chocolate we know so well as 'chips.'" Organized into chapters by type of cookie (drop, formed, bar, etc.) and ending with ideas for decorating and an appendix, Cookie Dough Delights offers a range of recipes, from the familiar (Snickerdoodles) to the decadent (Coffee and Cream White Chocolate Chunkers). Saulsbury includes original renditions of classics, for example, Blackberry Sage Thumbprints. Saulsbury is a food scholar, freelance food writer, and doctoral student in sociology at Indiana University

Maps, Myths, and Men: The Story of the Vinland Map, Kirsten A. Seaver '56, Stanford University Press, 2004. In this first work to address the full range of the myth making/mapmaking controversies surrounding the "Vinland Map," which surfaced on the antiquarian market in 1957, Seaver applies current knowledge of medieval Norse culture and exploration to counter wide spread misinformation about Norse voyages to North America and about the Norse world picture. The map's authenticity has been hotly debated ever since its discovery, in controversies  such as the anomalous composition of the ink, the map's lack of provenance, and a plethora of historical and cartographical riddles. Seaver focuses on what the map itself shows, covering many aspects that suggest it might be a modern fake, such as literary evidence and several scientific ink analyses performed between 1967 and 2002. Seaver also explains a number of riddles and provides evidence for both the mapmaker's identity and the source of the parchment used. Publishers Weekly describes the book as "a superlative piece of cross-disciplinary detective work" and Seaver as a "meticulous guide, lead[ing] us through the minutiae of ink analysis, handwriting, and strangely located wormholes." Seaver is an independent historian, a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London, a novelist and a translator.

The Impudent Rooster, Sabina I. Rascol '90, translator; Holly Berry illustrator; Dutton Children's Books, 2004. "Cucurigu, my great lord!" cries the eponymous rooster. "Give back the pennies you stole!" A greedy noble man steals the purse a rooster intended for his poor master, but the rooster plagues the nobleman, demanding the money back, and ultimately triumphs. In this adaptation of a Romanian story, Rascol has created a "kinder interpretation of the old man and old woman, a few new plots twists, and wordplay made possible by the English language." Publishers Weekly writes that "this is a peppy pick for reading aloud. Kids will happily crow along." The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books writes that Rascol's retelling is "both funny and fast; the language is emphatic and lively, and the often conversational, sometimes interrogative tone invites participation by a listening audience." After graduating from Bryn Mawr with a major in English, Rascol won a Fulbright to Romania, where she earned a master's in Romanian literature from the University of Bucharest.

Villard's Legacy: Studies in Medieval Technology, Science and Art in Memory of Jean Gimpel, edited by Marie-Therese Zenner '78, Ph.D. '94, Ashgate, 2004. Produced in memory of the celebrated iconoclastic historian, Jean Gimpel, this interdisciplinary collection of essays, photo graphs and illustrations is comprehensive in chronological and geographic range, extending from the 8th to 15th centuries, from Ireland across Europe. Gimpel excelled at bringing together the right people to advance knowledge via both practical and scholarly domains. "He was that most rare combination of brilliance and kindness," writes Zenner in her introduction, "radiating inspiration by his very being. He is sadly missed." Six of the papers offer new interpretations on aspects of Villard de Honnecourt's portfolio, which Gimpel rightly recognized and promoted as a unique and precious record of pre-modern technology and culture. This 13th-century man u  script is now known to a wider public as the earliest testimony left by a master builder in Gothic Europe. Three papers address previously ignored aspects in the construction of French and English Gothic churches, from the engineering of aerodynamic spires, to the elastic materials of vault webbing, to the social conventions of formal design. Three other contributors treat essential elements of a broader technological culture, such as the horse harness and the minting of coins, as well as the applicability of medieval technology to the modern world, in particular third world countries, a project pioneered by Gimpel. Four papers conclude the volume by treating the sciences of measure and their cultural expression in medieval Europe, embracing both the concepts of space and time, geometry as a mathematical discipline, and the graphic expression of scientific data.


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