A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned, Jane Tompkins ’61, Addison-Wesley, 1996. In this memoir Tomp-kins looks back on her life as a teacher, paying tribute to our educational system but also critiquing it. Her education made her a high achiever who could read five languages but had little knowledge of herself. She eventually discards the conventions of classroom teaching, abandoning the syllabus for a “no-frills” approach. A Life in School calls for a “more holistic way of conceiving education”—methods that draw on nonintellectual modes of knowing, that do not deny students and teachers their emotions and spirit. She discusses Bryn Mawr at length—her favorite professors and her impressions of campus life in general.
We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman, Elizabeth Greene ’65, ed., Cormorant Books, 1997. A tribute to writer Adele Wiseman, We Who Can Fly documents Wiseman’s contributions to the Canadian literary community from the 1950s through the 1990s. The book is a collection of critical essays and inter-views as well as excerpts of Wiseman’s poems and short stories. Greene hopes that We Who Can Fly will be a base for further critical work and a companion for readers of Wiseman’s writings.
Long Island Women: Activists and Innovators, Natalie A. Naylor ’59 and Maureen O. Murphy eds., Empire State Books, 1998. Jeannette Edwards, East Hampton Star journalist. Barbara McClintock, winner of the Nobel prize in 1983. Kate Mason, founder of Hofstra University. These women—plus many other women movers and shakers—not only claimed Long Island their home but worked there during their greatest periods of achievement. Long Island Women is a collection of over 30 essays and the first book on the his-tory of Long Island women, both famous and unknown, who broadened women’s roles and work, met social needs, created and sustained community organizations and engaged in feminist activism. Native Americans, village improvement so-cieties, aviation pioneers, workers in defense industries in World War II, the Franciscan Sisters, the League of Women Voters, NOW and Women on the Job all receive attention.
Canadian Business Guide to Business Schools, Rebecca Carpenter '89, ITP Nelson, 1998. This reference book features in-depth profiles of 49 Canadian business schools with answers to such important questions as: Which graduates command the highest starting salaries? Who has the best reputation? What is campus life like?
Daphne Eloise Slater, Who’s Tall for Her Age, Gina Willner-Pardo ’79,
Clarion Books, 1997. The rottenest boy in the third grade repeatedly calls
Daphne a giraffe. She learns something about her tormentor that would ruin
his reputation. Should she tell?
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