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The following is a list of books published or illustrated by alums and received in the Alumnae Quarterly offices since the publication of the winter 2020 issue. The Alumnae Association will add books on an ongoing basis and in order of submission date. To submit your work, please email quarterly@mtholyoke.edu.

 

Law and Justice around the World: A Comparative Approach
University of California Press
By Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur ’01

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“Law and Justice around the World” is designed to introduce students to comparative law and justice, including cross-national variations in legal and justice systems as well as global and international justice. The book draws students into critical discussions of justice around the world today.

 

The Death Spiral
Black Lawrence Press
By Sarah Giragosian ’06

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The “death spiral,” also called the “cartwheel display,” is a courtship ritual among eagles. Locking talons in mid-air, they cartwheel toward earth, risking death until determining when (or if) to let go.

 

 

The Hearts that Fell Out of the Sky: A Story of the Heart Heads
Damianos Publishing
By Janis Luedke ’76

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A story about the Heart Heads, who venture down to earth from outer space, on a special mission. Through their adventures, they teach us a valuable lesson about living in our hearts.

 

 

Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond
Oxford University Press
By Catherine Herrold ’00

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The 2011 Arab Spring protests seemed to mark a turning point in Middle East politics, away from authoritarianism and toward democracy. Within a few years, however, most observers saw the protests as a failure given the outbreak of civil wars and re-emergence of authoritarian strongmen in countries like Egypt. But in Delta Democracy, Catherine E. Herrold argues that we should not overlook the ongoing mobilization taking place in grassroots civil society.

 

Call Me Floy
Yosemite Conservancy
By Joanna Cooke ’97

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A headstrong girl persists against expectations, following her dream in 19th century Yosemite.

 

 

Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs
Viking Press
By Nancy Thorndike Greenspan ’70

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“Atomic Spy” travels across the Germany of an ascendant Nazi party; the British university classroom of Max Born; a British internment camp in Canada; the secret laboratories of Los Alamos; and Eastern Germany at the height of the Cold War.

 

Creating Gender-Inclusive Organizations
University of Toronto Press
By Ellen Ernst Kossek ’79

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Providing insights on gender inclusion, mentoring, team diversity and female leadership, “Creating Gender-Inclusive Organizations” provides hands-on advice from experts on how to leverage human resource and organizational strategies to advance women and close the gender gap.

 

 

Liquid Song
Finishing Line Press
By Adeline (Carrie) Koscher ’97

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Set in the heat of summer in a tiny bar in Provincetown on Cape Cod, these sensual poems are replete with sea air and moonlit skin. This book is a moonflower, blooming on the surface of a watery meditation. The collection inhabits a narrow space between two people and the intensity of their magnetism. The poems explore the experience of diving blind into the mystery of another.

 

 

The Magic of Lenka’s Wool Socks
By Magdalena Georgieva ’10

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Lenka is a young girl who loves to wear her mismatched outfits and the socks her grandmother Nana knitted her. When she is wearing her handmade socks, magical things happen to her. However, one day she puts them in the dryer and they shrink. No longer able to wear them, Lenka feels like her life has lost its previous magic. She tells her grandmother about the accident and Nana gets to work to knit a new pair of socks. Just before she finishes, she puts a spell on the yarn to protect her grandmother.

 

 

Living Beyond Fear: Sacred Letters from the Afterlife
Creating Abundance Project LLC
By Berit Bass Stover ’84

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What if your loved ones could send letters from the afterlife? “Living Beyond Fear” gives powerful testimony to a world of spirits eager to communicate with those of us who can tune in and listen.

 

Skunk and Badger
Algonquin Young Readers
By Amy Richardson Timberlake ’89

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They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger’s new roommate, and there is nothing Badger – who prefers a quiet Rock Room and the focus of Important Rock Work – can do about it. This is the first in a series about two opposites who need to be friends.

 

 

Black Wings
Veliz Books
By Sehba Sarwar ’86

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Spanning two continents, “Black Wings” is the story of Laila and Yasmeen, a mother and daughter, struggling to meet across the generations, cultures, and secrets that separate them. Their shared grief, as well as the common bond of unhappiness in their marriages, allows them to reconnect after 17 years of frustration, anger and misunderstandings.

 

 

Brown: The Many Shades of Love
Harry N. Abrams
Illustrator: Constance Moore ’88

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Mama’s brown is chocolate, clear, dark and sweet. Daddy’s brown is autumn leaf, or like a field of wheat. Granny’s brown is like honey, and Papa’s like caramel. The narrative around skin tone and celebration of self takes on a sweet and simple guise in this story, featuring Nancy Johnson James’s poetic lines and Constance Moore’s painterly illustrations.

 

 

Destiny’s Choice
Ylva Publishing
By Karen Frost ’08

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The Southlands is a place of mystery. A hermit kingdom with which Ilirya has been at war for forty years and the home of monsters and living nightmares. But now it is Ilirya’s only hope. Asher is among a small band of knights sent to achieve peace at any cost with the Southlands’ mercurial leader, the King of Cats. With enemies howling at Ilirya’s gates, failure will mean Asher’s homeland will fall. Each step deeper into The Southlands takes the knights farther into danger on a path full of darkness and impossible decisions.

 

 

Deception by Gaslight (Book 1 in the Gilded Gotham Mystery Series)
Crooked Lane Press
By Sarah (Katie) Gillespie ’94 (writing as Kate Belli)

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As a chill sets in on New York City in the winter of 1888, a jewel thief dubbed the “Robin Hood of the Lower East Side” has been stealing from the city’s wealthiest and giving to the poor. Genevieve Stewart — a young woman whose family is part of Mrs. Astor’s famed 400 but who has forged a life of her own as a reporter — decides to chase the story, but gets more than she bargained for: a murder victim sprawled in a dark alley in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood.

 

Life and Art of Anne Eisner: An American Artist between Cultures
Milan: Officina Libraria
By Christie McDonald ’64

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This biography traces Anne Eisner’s life and art between cultures: from her early years and artistic career in New York, through living at the edge of the Ituri Forest in the ex-Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), to her return to New York.

 

Creative Success Now: How Creatives Can Thrive in the 21st Century
Indie Books International
By Astrid Rehl Baumgardner ’73

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Creativity is a highly valued skill set that drives a significant portion of the global economy. It does not depend on a random stroke of genius, but instead on inspired hard work that creatives dive into, fueled by a sense of purpose and meaning with the potential for well-being and happiness — and a job that pays.

 

The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help
Regnery History
By Faris Cassell ’68

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In August 1939, just days before World War II broke out in Europe, a Jewish man in Vienna named Alfred Berger mailed a desperate letter to a stranger in America who shared his last name. Decades later, journalist Faris Cassell stumbled upon the stunning letter and became determined to uncover the story behind it. How did the American Bergers respond? Did Alfred and his family escape Nazi Germany?

 

Family in Six Tones
Viking
By Lan Cao ’83

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A dual first-person memoir by Lan Cao, acclaimed Vietnamese-American novelist and her thoroughly American teenage daughter, exploring their complicated relationship and touching on war and past tragedy, culture clash and bullying, and growing up both as individuals and as a family. After more than 40 years in the United States, Lan Cao still feels tentative about her place in her adoptive country, one which she came to as a 13-year-old refugee. And after 16 years of being a mother, she still ventures through motherhood as if it is a foreign landscape. In this memoir, Lan explores these two defining experiences in her life with the help of her fierce, independently-minded daughter, Harlan Margaret Van Cao.

 

 

The Bridge Generation of Vietnam
Independently published
By Nancy Napier ’74

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“The Bridge Generation of Vietnam: Spanning Wartime and Boomtime” is a compilation of profiles and essays relating to three critical time periods in Vietnam’s recent history. The focus is on a group of people who grew up during wartime, lived through a devastating period of famine and hunger, and are now leading the country in its economic boom.