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Travels Among the Dena: Exploring Alaska's Yukon Valley, Frederica de Laguna '27, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of Washington Press, 2000. This travel narrative recreates the adventure of Frederica de Laguna in the summer of 1935, when she led a party of three other scientists down the middle and lower Yukon Valley, making a geological and archaeological reconnaissance. Travels Among the Dena chronicles the expedition from its outfitting in Seattle and the trip by steamer and railway to Fairbanks, through an 80-day journey in skiffs down the Tanana, Yukon, Koyukuk, Khotol and Innoko rivers. De Laguna bases her first-hand account on her field notes, journals and letters home, in which her commentary on daily routines and unexpected events is coupled with observations of the rivers and the Natives and settlers who lived along them.

Lines of Fire: Women Writers of World War I, Margaret R. Higonnet '63, Ed., Penguin Group, 1999. This collection of women's writing challenges the traditional idea of "war literature," often exclusively confined to men's battlefield histories and speeches. Lines of Fire presents writing by wives and mothers and women citizens, soldiers, nurses and journalists whose lives were emotionally, economically and spiritually altered by World War I. Women speak out on politics, economic justice and social reform in the form of political treatises, medical accounts, diary entries, poetry and art.

Calling the Station Home: Place and Identity in New Zealand's High Country, Michele Dominy '75, Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. Dominy examines the social, spatial and property practices of New Zealand's high country, combining historical, literary and ethnographic approaches. The book provides a methodology for articulating the attachment to place within the context of competing claims by environment lobbies, government agencies, overseas developers and the indigenous South Island Ngai Tahu.

EVolve!: Succeeding in the Digital Culture of Tomorrow, Rosabeth Moss Kanter '64, Harvard Business School Publishers, 2001. Kanter contends that the Internet and its associated technologies have at once enforced and enabled a new way of living and working, which she calls "e-culture." Derived from basic principles of community-shared identity and knowledge and mutual collaboration-this phenomenon is transforming both the business and human side of organizations. Based on research interviews and a global survey of nearly 800 corporations and startups, EVolve! recommends the steps organizations should take to incorporate e-culture principles into their businesses.

Points of Contact: Disability, Art and Culture, Susan Crutchfield '89, Marcy Epstein '87, Eds., University of Michigan Press, 2000. This book brings together contributions by writers, artists, scholars and critics to examine the intersection of disability and the arts, offering insight into the ways disability is affected by-and affects-contemporary culture. Topics include fetal alcohol syndrome, the similarities between beauty pageants and freak shows, representations of disability in the visual arts, and the disabled spectator.

Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin, Frances Nemtin '42, Pomegranate Communications, 2000. Frances Nemtin lived at Taliesin, Wright's estate in southwestern Wisconsin, where she raised her family and managed and designed the Taliesin flower gardens. In this book she recounts the history of the fellowship, examining the surrounding land, the gardens, the artwork on the grounds and important events held there.

Where the Pavement Ends: One Woman's Bicycle Trip Through Mongolia, China and Vietnam, Erika Warmbrunn '87, The Mountaineers Books, 2001. For eight months, Erika Warmbrunn traveled solo through Asia on Greene, her mountain bike. Her 4,972-mile trek began in Irkutsk, Russia, and ended in Saigon, Vietnam. Where the Pavement Ends is an adventure narrative that chronicles Warm-brunn's daily challenges: traveling alone, struggling with new languages, learning unfamiliar customs, and not knowing where the next day's pedaling would take her.

Roxanna Britton, Shirley Allen, Ph.D. '49, Criterion Press, 2001. Roxanna Britton is a biographical novel based on the life of the author's great-grandmother, a pioneer woman born in the Western Reserve, Ohio, in 1833. The novel begins when Roxanna, a young widow with two babies, faces the cruel choices open to impoverished women in the mid-19th century. She breaks through traditional barriers to women's independence by choosing her own husband, using her talents to earn money, and becoming the owner of real estate. The story follows her life through the Civil War, the post-war boom in Chicago, and eventually to a homestead in Nebraska. All the while, Roxanna struggles to balance the pull of family ties against the need for self-identity.

Filthy Rich, Dorothy Samuels '73, A.B. '72, HarperCollins, 2001. In this novel Samuels captures the phenomenon of instant celebrity in today's reality television-obsessed culture through one woman's suddenly and unexpectedly public life. Marcy Mallowitz is dumped on America's top-rated quiz show, So You Want to Be Filthy Rich!, after she incorrectly answers her fiance's Lifeline question. Now, the 34-year-old personal life coach-a Barnard Phi Beta Kappa with a meddling but lovable mother, a pair of screwball girlfriends, and no shortage of advice for improving other people's lives-must either dodge the media hounds clamoring for interviews with the victim of America's "Big Brush-Off," or agree to expose herself more than Survivor's fat naked guy.

The Extraordinary Museums of Southeast Asia, Kristin Kelly '74, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001. This illustrated guidebook introduces 30 museums on the mainland of Southeast Asia, including collections in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Kelly discusses the history and highlights of art, history, military and ethnographic museums. Complete contact information and maps are included.

Rapt in Plaid: Canadian Literature and Scottish Tradition, Elizabeth Waterston, M.A. '45, University of Toronto Press, 2001. Rapt in Plaid combines reflection, criticism and memoir to illustrate a connection between Scottish and Canadian literary traditions, showing that Scottish values still wield surprising power in Canadian politics, education, theology, economics and social mores. Examples drawn from lyric poetry, narrative romance, war fiction, children's literature, novels and short stories link Canadian writers to Scottish writers.

Matisse and the Bathwater, Celia Darlington Wakefield '31, Cal-Mex Books, 2000. This collection of short pieces is an often humorous combination of memoir and travel writing. Wakefield recalls growing up in New England in the early 1900s and her travels abroad in various South American, African, European and Mexican locales.

The People Called Quakers: Records of Long Island Friends, 1671-1703, Natalie A. Naylor '59, Ed., Hofstra University, 2000. Long Island was a center of Quakerism in colonial America. Quakers took a forthright stand for freedom to practice their religion and in the process helped forge the acceptance of religious diversity and religious freedom in America. This first published transcription of the Minutes of the early Long Island Quaker meetings include the earliest surviving Quaker Minute in America. Minutes have been edited to make records accessible to today's readers while retaining the flavor of the 17th-century document.

What Motivates Bureaucrats? Politics and Administration during the Reagan Years, Marissa Martino Golden '83, Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbia University Press, 2000. How did senior career civil servants react to Ronald Reagan's attempt to redirect policy and increase presidential control over civil servants in general? How should they be managed and how do they affect federal policies? What Motivates Bureaucrats tells the story of a group of upper-level career civil servants in the Reagan administration at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the Food and Nutrition Service, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The book reveals that most career civil servants were usually responsive to executive direction, even with a president attempting to turn agency policy 180 degrees from its past orientation. Golden delves into the particular details of Reagan's intervention into the affairs of upper-level career civil servants, explaining why the bureaucracy is controllable and highlighting the limits of that control.

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