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Postmodern Urbanism, Nan Ellin ’81, Princeton Architectural Press, 1999. An account of what postmodernism means for the design of large-scale environments and for those who design and inhabit them, Postmodern Urbanism lays out the intellectual history of urban design trends and offers an agenda for future interventions.

Speaking of Abortion: Television and Authority in the Lives of Women, Andrea L. Press ’77 and Elizabeth R. Cole, University of Chicago Press, 1999. The authors spent four years visiting women of various social and economic backgrounds and watching television with them. They watched shows in which abortion played a crucial role, and then discussed the shows in order to better understand how and why some women defended abortion while others condemned it. A close look at how religion, the media, family income and education shape Americans’ views on abortion.

In Search of God the Mother: The Cult of Anatolian Cybele, Lynn E. Roller ’69, M.A. ’73, University of California Press, 1999. The first comprehensive assembly and discussion of the entire extant evidence concerning the worship of The Great Mother, called Matar Kubileya in Phrygia, Kybele in ancient Greece, and Magna Mater in Rome. This book gives detailed accounts of the growth, spread and evolutio n of the Mother’s cult, her ceremonies, and her meaning to her adherents.

Lavender: How to Grow and Use the Fragrant Herb, Ellen Spector Platt ’56, M.A. ’59, Stackpole Books, 1999. A full-color guide to growing and harvesting various species of lavender. The book also describes lavender’s uses in gardens, crafts and recipes.

Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405-1726, Josephine Donovan ’62, St. Martin’s Press, 1999. The first systematic theoretical study of early modern women’s fiction, showing how and why it helped shape the identity of the novel. Donovan traces women’s literary traditions from the 15th to 18th centuries, focusing on the early modern period as a starting point.

Kindred Nature: Victorian and Edwardian Women Embrace the Living World, Barbara T. Gates, Ph.D. ’72, University of Chicago Press, 1998. Gates represents the work of 19th-century women scientists, technicians, storytellers and visionaries, setting them against the professionalizing of science that was excluding them. She portrays women on the margins of science, who significantly shaped our current vi ews of nature.

The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place, Mindy Thompson Fullilove ’71, University of Nebraska Press, 1999. An inquiry into the critical role that place and family play in human psychology. Fullilove, a psychologist, draws on poetic family remembrances, myths, folktales, and medical, cultural, sociological and religious insights to support her conclusion that political and economic displa cement will be a central problem in the 21st century.

Fertility and Other Stories, Vsevolod Ivanov, translated by Valentina G. Brougher ’63 and Frank J. Miller, Northwestern University Press, 1998. Twelve of Ivanov’s short stories, translated from Russian to English for the first time. Includes a glossary, a chronology, a bibliography and an introduction.

The Angry American: How Voter Rage Is Changing the Nation, Susan J. Tolchin ’61, Westview Press, 1999. Tolchin investigates why government has become the scapegoat for all that has gone wrong with society, and how voter discontent shapes the outcome of elections. Explaining anger as a political force in America, Tolchin considers historical analogy, survey findings, and political commentary to reveal the psychic underpinnings of American politics.

Seventh Generation: An Anthology of Native American Plays, ed. Mimi Gisolfi D’Aponte ’59, Theatre Communications Group, 1999. Seven plays by Native American playwrights. Includes production histories and statements from the playwrights.

Risking Intensity: Reading and Writing Poetry with High School Students, Judith Rowe Michaels, Ph.D. ’74, National Council of Teachers of English, 1999. Michaels sets the groundwork for a high school classroom that allows students and teachers of poetry to write and speak honestly about what they really think and feel.

My Mother and Me, Ruth Woodward Finch ’37, Vantage Press, 1999. A memoir of the author’s travels by car and bicycle through Europe, including parts of occupied France, during World War II. My Mother and Me chronicles her and her mother’s encounters with soldiers and civilians of various European nations while on a golf tour, starting in 1939, before Hitler invaded Poland.

Prayers in Stone: Greek Architectural Sculpture (Ca. 600-100 B.C.E.), Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway, Ph.D. ’58, Rhys Carpenter Professor Emerita of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, University of California Press, 1999. A survey of Classical Greek architectural sculpture in all its different manifestations and variations. Ridgway discusses basic issues of definition and aim; visibility and color; a nd the messages, meaning and authorship of sculptural programs.

Simple Tastes: A Beginner’s Cookbook, Marcia Case ’57, Starbarrack Press, 1999. Written for the ordinary hungry person who does not know where to begin in the kitchen, Simple Tastes features recipes and culinary facts and stresses simplicity.


Musk Ox and Other Poems, Anne Hyde Greet ’50, Fithian Press, 1999. A collection of poems about the natural world, wildlife and people inspired by areas of Canada, Alaska, California and New York.

Near Enough to Hear the Words, Geraldine Zetzel ’49, Pudding House Publications, 1998. A chapbook of 18 poems written within the last 10 years. The poems reflect close encounters with people, moments, the natural world and the need to make meaning out of dark times and losses.

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