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The Spirit to Serve: Marriot’s Way, J. W. Marriot and Kathi Ann Brown ’80, Harper Business, 1997. Appropriately, pearls of wisdom from Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau are quoted throughout this book, a first-person account of the successes and failures of Marriot founder J. Willard Marriot and his son and successor J. W. Marriot, Jr. With chapter titles like “Preserve order amid change,” “Give to your employees—and they’ll give back to you,” “Success is a team sport” and “Listen to your heart—and don’t look back,” The Spirit to Serve speaks especially to business managers, who might incorporate Marriot’s philosophies into their own businesses.

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?


Pure Experience: The Response to William James, Eugene Taylor and Robert H. Wozniak eds., Thoemmes Press, 1996. “To deny plumply that ‘consciousness’ exists seems so absurd on the face of it … that I fear some readers will follow me no farther.” So begins “Does ‘Consciousness’ Exist?”, one of William James’ 1904 essays on the notion of consciousness. Another, “A World of Pure Experience,” inspired the title for this volume, part of the “Key Issues” series. Pure Experience collects the reactions of James’ contemporaries, published in philosophy and psychology journals from 1904 to 1915, to these two essays. James was right to fear that readers would not follow him: His message was badly misread. Psychologists ignored the heart of it, while philosophers transformed it into unintelligible rantings.


I Hate My Best Friend, Ruth Rosner ’67, Hyperion Press, 1997. Penned and illustrated by Rosner, this book tells the tale of Annie and Nini, best friends who do everything together. They always swing on the horse swings and sing loudest in afternoon school chorus and bring peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. But one day Nini says that horse swings are for babies and that peanut butter is boring, and she even quits after-school chorus! What can the problem be?

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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