In her literary nonfiction debut, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse '03 delivers a scorcher. A crime procedural, American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, has it all: courtroom theatrics, forensics worthy of CSI, gossip, and sex.
The Pulitzer Prize jury named The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya ’94 as a 2017 finalist for general nonfiction. Cited as “a luminous investigation of how policies and practices at Arlington National Cemetery have mirrored the nation’s fierce battles over race, politics, honor, and loyalty,” McElya’s latest tells the story of the country’s official resting place.
As an Army chemist in World War I, James B. Conant oversaw the production of poison gas. As Harvard’s president, he championed meritocracy and open admissions. As an advisor to FDR, he led the cause for the U.S. entrance into World War II. As administrative director of the Manhattan Project, he oversaw the development of the atomic bomb. As Eisenhower’s high commissioner to Germany, he was one of the architects of Cold War policy.
Everything I Understand by Lux Cunningham (a.k.a. Jennifer Elizabeth Brunton ’92): Who killed the feminist professor? Was it the grad student? The genius who loves her? This thrilling read starts out as a whodunit and ends up a tragic love story. (CreateSpace, 2016)
The Renaissance Dialogue, edited by Roberta Ricci, is a celebration of the 500th anniversary of Orlando Furioso’s publication. This monograph stresses the role Ariosto played in remapping knowledge in 16th-century Italy. Contributors include Bryn Mawr College Professors Roberta Ricci and David Cast. (NEMLA Italian Studies, Vol. XXXViii, 2016)