Alum Books

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

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. [/spoiler]
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
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.
Third Time Lucky: Tales from an African Adventure
Independently published

By Stacey Weaver ’69
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Join international traveler Stacey Weaver and friends on safari in South Africa and Namibia. The chatty narrative is crammed with colorful descriptions, surprising history and frank and funny observations about the animals, birds, plants, places and people of these fast-changing countries.
When All The Girls Are Sleeping book coverWhen All the Girls Are Sleeping
Delacorte Press

Emily Arsenault ’98
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Windham-Farnswood Academy is beautiful, prestigious, historic–the perfect place for girls to prep for college. But every student knows all is not as it seems. Each January, the Winter Girl comes knocking. She’s the spirit who haunts the old senior dorm, and this year is no exception. For Haley, the timing couldn’t be worse. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of her ex-best friend, Taylor. When a disturbing video of Taylor surfaces, new questions about her death emerge. And it actually looks like Taylor was murdered. Now, as Haley digs into what really happened last year, her search keeps bringing her back to the Winter Girl. Haley wants to believe ghosts aren’t real, but the clues–and the dark school history she begins to undercover — say otherwise. Now it’s up to her to solve the mystery before history has a chance to repeat itself and another life is taken.
Olivia on the Record: A Radical Experiment in Women's Music
Aunt Lute Books

Ginny Berson ’67
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The burgeoning lesbian and feminist movements of the ’70s and ’80s created an impetus to form more independent and equitable social and cultural institutions—bookstores, publishers, health clinics, and more—to support the unprecedented surge in women’s arts of all kinds. Olivia Records was at the forefront of these models, not only recording and distributing women’s music but also creating important new social spaces for previously isolated women and lesbians through concerts and festivals. Ginny Z. Berson, one of Olivia’s founding members and visionaries, kept copious records during those heady days — days also fraught with contradictions, conflicts, and economic pitfalls. With great honesty, Berson offers her personal take on what those times were like, revisiting the excitement and the hardships of creating a fair and equitable lesbian-feminist business model — one that had no precedent.
Clear Your Clutter Inside & Out
Reawaken Your Brilliance, LLC
Julie Coraccio ’91
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“Clear Your Clutter Inside & Out” teaches you how to overcome your clutter and move forward. Twenty-one stand-alone chapters guide you step-by-step to let go of what no longer serves you. Each section shares stories and real-life examples to illustrate how clutter can show up in your life. Other books in this series include:

  • “Got Clutter? 365 Journal Prompts Emotional:” Do you speak kindly or critically to yourself? Are you always trying to control people, events, or outcomes? How supportive is the company you keep? Ready to release stress and embrace tranquility?  Get control of your emotional clutter so your clutter doesn’t control you. 
  • “Got Clutter? 365 Journal Prompts Health:” Have you not been able to do what you love because of your health? Are you constantly stressed out? Would you like to age well? Do you long to feel healthy and vibrant? Ready to release poor habits and embrace good health? Reclaim time, money, sanity, and resources.
12 Ways to Retire on Less: Planning an Affordable Future
Rowman & Littlefield

Harriet Edleson ’74,
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Learn how to save and prepare for retirement no matter your age or your income. “12 Ways to Retire on Less” offers a roadmap for anyone seeking financial security and peace of mind for their retirement years ahead, regardless of savings or income in the present moment. In a time when fewer retirees have the kind of pension many of their parents had, those looking to retire can be especially vulnerable. But here, the author outlines those steps people can take to ensure their security and enjoy those activities they look forward to in the future. Offering case studies and actionable steps in the form of bullet points, questions and lists, the book focuses on the importance of planning and analyzing one’s total financial picture in the context of goals, hopes, and dreams.
The Untold Story of the World's Leading Environmental Institution
MIT Press

Maria Ivanova ’96
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The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) was founded in 1972 as a nimble, fast, and flexible entity at the core of the UN system—a subsidiary body rather than a specialized agency. It was intended to be the world’s environmental conscience, an anchor institution that established norms and researched policy, leaving it to other organizations to carry out its recommendations. In this book, Maria Ivanova offers a detailed account of UNEP’s origin and history and a vision for its future. Ivanova counters the common criticism that UNEP was deficient by design, arguing that UNEP has in fact delivered on much (though not all) of its mandate.
A Rainbow of Tao
Earth Heart

Jane English ’64
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A beautiful treasure of a book, “a rainbow of TAO,” is many things:
– a retrospective story of my journey with Tao
– a blossoming into full color photography
– an introduction to Tao for those who have not heard of it
– an expanded understanding of “Tao” beyond things ancient and Chinese to its true nature — the fullness of all that is.
From the Dog Shelter to the White House: The Story of Major Biden

Kalea Martin ’19
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How did a German Shepherd from Delaware go all the way from the Dog Shelter to the White House? For Major Biden, the American Dream is alive and well, and it’s full of hope, freedom, and of course, puppy love.
Food & Faith: a pilgrim's journey through India
Independently published

Shoba Narayan ’88
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What is the role of spirituality in your life? Do you pray? Is religion part of your identity or does it make you uncomfortable? To answer these and other questions, Shoba Narayan approaches faith through perhaps its most primal and nourishing aspect: food. She partakes of sacred food in shrines across India– Puri’s bhog, Amritsar’s langar, Palani’s panchamritam, Mathura’s pedas, Ambalapuzha’s paal-payasam, Kashi’s sweets, Jaipur’s rabdi, Ajmer’s kesaria bhat, Madurai’s dosai, Jewish halva in Mumbai, and communal feasts in Udupi, Goa and the Kumbh Mela. Sacred food is linked to history, myth, and identity of specific shrines and their faithful. Food & Faith explores this powerful yet intimate connection.
Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time
LifeTree Media

Laura Khoudari ’00
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Celebrated trainer and trauma practitioner Laura Khoudari brings a fresh approach to healing after trauma, using strength training as an embodied movement practice. Compassionate, witty, and fastidiously researched, Khoudari’s debut “Lifting Heavy Things” is a breakthrough title that will empower and inspire readers to develop resilience and build emotional and physical strength through working out with weights, while mindful of the ways that trauma can compromise the well-being of the mind and body.
Pond Road Press
Wendy Ingersoll ’69
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Poetry collection by Wendy Ingersoll ’69 and three women friends, all published and award-winning writers and founders of The Quartet Journal. The poems in the collection were all written during biannual poetry retreats the foursome have been holding over the last 10 years, at the Ingersoll family farm on the Chester River near Chestertown, Maryland.


The Right Franchise for You: Escape the 9 to 5, Generate Wealth & Live Life on your Terms
Morgan James Publishing

Faizun Kamal ’97
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In “The Right Franchise for You,” Faizun Kamal, renowned franchise coach and former corporate executive, guides entrepreneurs through her proven process of researching and buying a future franchise. “The Right Franchise for You” exponentially increases the probability of success. For those who are serious about finding a better career path, then by the end of “The Right Franchise for You” entrepreneurs will:

  • Learn the proven process to find the best franchise
  • Uncover the pitfalls to avoid making a costly mistake
  • <Determine the best way to fund a franchise
  • Discover the key to making a franchise search a successful one
Sir William Wilde, 1815-1876, Volumes I and II
Edwin Mellen Press

Karen Anthony Tipper ’63
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Sir William Wilde’s intellectual achievements in many fields were forced into obscurity by the sensation generated by two trials, that of a trial for slander brought against Lady Jane Wilde in December 1864 by a young patient of her husband and the trial of Oscar Wilde in 1895. I have sought to avoid prejudice by presenting and examining his own writings for the contributions he made to research and progress in all his undertakings in science and medicine, particularly aural medicine.
Making the Right Choice
Rutgers University Press

Asha L. Abeyasekera ’98
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“Making the Right Choice” unravels the entangled relationship between marriage, morality, and the desire for modernity as it plays out in the context of middle-class status concerns and aspirations for upward social mobility within the Sinhala-Buddhist community in urban Sri Lanka. By focusing on individual life-histories spanning three generations, the book illuminates how narratives about a gendered self and narratives about modernity are mutually constituted and intrinsically tied to notions of agency. The book uncovers how “becoming modern” in urban Sri Lanka, rather than causing inter-generational conflict, is a collective aspiration realized through the efforts of bringing up educated and independent women capable of making “right” choices. The consequence of this collective investment is a feminist conundrum: agency does not denote the right to choose, but the duty to make the “right” choice; hence agency is experienced not as a sense of “freedom,” but rather as a burden of responsibility.
The Bloomsbury Handbook of Dance and Philosophy

Edited by Julie Van Camp ’69
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An innovative examination of the ways in which dance and philosophy inform each other, “Dance and Philosophy” brings together authorities from a variety of disciplines to expand our understanding of dance and dance scholarship. Featuring an eclectic mix of materials from exposes to dance therapy sessions to demonstrations, “Dance and Philosophy” addresses centuries of scholarship, dance practice, the impacts of technological and social change, politics, cultural diversity and performance.
A Natural History of Transition
Metonymy Press

Callum Angus ’11
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“A Natural History of Transition” is a collection of short stories that disrupts the notion that trans people can only have one transformation. Like the landscape studied over eons, change does not have an expiration date for these trans characters, who grow as tall as buildings, turn into mountains, unravel hometown mysteries, and give birth to cocoons. Portland-based author Callum Angus infuses his work with a mix of alternative history, horror, and a reality heavily dosed with magic.
Why is Everyone Yelling? Growing Up in My Immigrant Family
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Marisabina Russo Stark ’71
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It’s 1950s New York, and Marisabina Russo is being raised Catholic and attending a Catholic school that she loves—but when she finds out that she’s Jewish by blood, and that her family members are Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, her childhood is thrown into turmoil. To make matters more complicated, her father is out of the picture, her mother is ambitious and demanding, and her older half-brothers have troubles, too. This graphic-novel memoir explores the childhood burdens of memory and guilt, and Marisabina’s struggle and success in forming an identity entirely her own.
A Hole Walked In
Sword and Kettle Press

By Sarah Cavar ’20
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A thrilling piece of surrealist-gothic-body-horror short fiction, featuring a protagonist whose face just won’t stop bleeding. Illustrations by Levi Taylor Booker ’20. 
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By Sarah Cavar ’20
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In 18 subconscious segments, “The Dream Journals” blends genre and form to stage scenes once hidden behind eyelids. The result is a micro-memoir of both speculation and recollection, of the surreal and the all-too-embodied.


A Book Apart
Beth Mulligan Dunn ’93
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Great content doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It gets bogged down in teams, organizations, silos, and process. Beth Dunn helps you break the vacuum seal and bring unity and joy back to content. “Cultivating Content Design” gives you the power to fundamentally change your organization’s approach to great content — with the tools and team you already have. With time and a little gumption, you’ll be able to cement your position as a strategic content leader, and create a strong and respected content design practice.
Arnica Press
JoAnna Mendl Shaw ’69
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“Physical Listening” offers an expansive toolkit for communication and creative decision-making. Author JoAnna Mendl Shaw is an internationally recognized teacher, choreographer, dance educator and arts advocate. In this book she describes the development of her unique physical listening practice. She generously shares strategies and techniques that will deepen your capacity for embodied awareness, offer you entry into poetic sensing and entice you into fearless creative process. Follow step-by step improvisation scores and explore an expansive repertory of transformative embodied experiences.
Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good By Giving Up Control
Independently published

Meg Massey ’08
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“Letting Go” tells the story of the philanthropic funders and investors who have chosen to cede decision-making power to people with lived experience of the problem at hand — a shift in power that is imperative in a world where inequality is reaching a breaking point.
Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina
Mango Media Inc.

Sandra Fulton Rosenthal ’79
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In 2005, the entire world watched as a major U.S. city was nearly wiped off the map. The levees ruptured and New Orleans drowned. But while newscasters attributed the New Orleans flood to “natural catastrophes” and other types of disasters, citizen investigator Sandy Rosenthal set out to expose the true culprit and compel the media and government to tell the truth. This is her story.
Pity the Beast
And Other Stories

Robin McLean ’87
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Millennia ago, Ginny’s family ranch was all grass and rock and wild horses. A thousand years hence, it’ll all be peacefully underwater. In the matter-of-fact here and now, though, it’s a hotbed of lust and resentment, and about to turn ugly, because Ginny’s just cheated on her husband, Dan with the man who lives next door. Out on these prairies, word travels fast: everyone seems to know everyone’s business. They know what Ginny did, and they know Ginny isn’t sorry. She might not be proud of what she’s done, but she doesn’t regret it either. To be honest, she enjoyed the hell out of it, and as far as Ginny is concerned, that should be the end of the story. Problem is, no one else seems able to let it go. The community can’t bear to let a woman like Ginny off the hook. Not with an attitude like hers.
Complicated Lives: Free Blacks in Virginia, 1619-1865
Carolina Academic Press

Sherri L. Burr ’81
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“Complicated Lives” upends the pervasive belief that all Africans landing on the shores of Virginia, beginning in late August 1619, became enslaved. In reality, many of these kidnap victims received the status of indentured servants. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of free African Americans in the South and North owned property, created businesses and engaged in public service. “Complicated Lives” further explores the lives of Free Blacks through the lens of the author’s ancestors and other Free Blacks who lived this history, including hose who served in the integrated troops commanded by George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
West Academic Publishing
Sherri L. Burr ’81
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Updated to take into account the current economic situation in the United States and the world finds itself in because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this book uses colorful characters like Lively Law Student, Learned Lawyer, Published Poet, Reliable Realtor, Scattered Secretary and Seattle Businessman to explain money management in a simplified, yet humorous manner. The tips provided can also generate discussion for classes, civic groups and the dinner table.
Entertainment Law in a Nutshell
West Academic Publishing

Sherri L. Burr ’81
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This compact reference gives a big picture overview of the intellectual property, contract, publicity, estate planning, and First Amendment issues that contribute to the field of entertainment law. Professor Burr also addresses specific legal issues that arise in the film, music, and television industries, including discussion of the rise of “reality” television.
Entertainment Law, Cases and Materials on Established and Emerging Media
West Academic Publishing

Sherri L. Burr ’81
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To capture first-hand knowledge of the entertainment business, the author has interviewed widely throughout the world. The celebrities featured in this book include Academy Award, Emmy and Grammy winners, as well as best-selling authors. It opens with a chapter on the globalization of the entertainment industry and explains how mastering U.S. entertainment law helps qualify lawyers to work abroad.
Quick Review of International Law
West Academic Publishing

Sherri L. Burr ’81
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This book provides a foundation for students studying international law who need to supplement knowledge from their courses or obtain a quick overview to prepare for an exam. The topics covered range from the historic foundations of international law to the laws of wars and use of force. The book contains information on wars ranging from the 100-years war to Vietnam and Iraq. The book provides a comprehensive overview of state formation and obligations, including state requirements to treat all individuals (citizens, immigrants and aliens) humanely. Students who review the state responsibility chapter will obtain an approach to writing essay questions on international law or briefs for international tribunals.
Build Your House Around My Body
Random House

Violet Kupersmith ’11
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Two young women go missing decades apart. Both are fearless, both are lost. And both will have their revenge. 1986: The teenage daughter of a wealthy Vietnamese family loses her way in an abandoned rubber planation while fleeing her angry father and is forever changed. 2011: A young, unhappy Vietnamese American woman disappears from her new home in Saigon without a trace. The fates of these two women are inescapably linked, bound together by past generations, by ghosts and ancestors, by the history of possessed bodies and possessed lands. Alongside them, we meet a young boy who is sent to a boarding school for the métis children of French expatriates, just before Vietnam declares its independence from colonial rule; two Frenchmen who are trying to start a business with the Vietnam War on the horizon; and the employees of the Saigon Spirit Eradication Co., who find themselves investigating strange occurrences in a farmhouse on the edge of a forest. Each new character and timeline brings us one step closer to understanding what binds them all.
Eckhartz Press
Margaret Klein Larkin ’90
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In 1994 Chicago, the Internet barely exists, people use payphones and answering machines can make or break a relationship. Claire lives with her roommate in a shabby apartment in pre-gentrified Wicker Park, where needles dot the sidewalks and pot is still illegal. She wants to get away from her suburban North Shore background, going from country club to dance club, and gets wasted along the way. She has an okay temp job downtown, but all she wants to do is make enough money to get out of Chicago and see the world. Her plan is chugging along until guys, work and friends complicate the situation, and ultimately she has to decide what she really wants.
What Every Parent Needs to Know About College Admissions: How to Prepare Your Child to Succeed in College and Life

Christie Horn Barnes ’77
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It’s Not just about the “right” college, it’s about the “right fit” college. Using statistics, experts and multi-factor analysis to clarify what should and should not be a worry in college planning, Barnes helps parents identify better, and often overlooked, options. In this guide, she dissects the top 10 parental worries about how to get into college, including college applications, college admissions, college requirements and college acceptance.
Melissa Braverman ’95
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From online dating disasters to cheeky old flames who keep coming back, Melissa Braverman has been through it all. In her memoir “Notes from A Single Gal In the City,” Braverman provides a fresh take on putting yourself out there and navigating today’s dating scene. With a dash of humor and sprinkle of adventure, she reminds us all that the journey to finding love is just as important — and full of surprises — as the destination.
Dorothy Johnson ’54
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A collection of some 130 poems, written by Johnson, which reflect a long life lived in the company of friends in New England.   
Always a Traveler, Never a Tourist
Independently published
Judith Holtzman Bloomberg ’70
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Bloomberg has been an intrepid traveler for more than 150 years, visiting 115 countries in every corner of the world. This book is a collection of photos from those trips, focusing on the most exotic destinations on all seven continents, and the people who inhabit them. From colorful festivals like the Goroka Show in Papua New Guinea and Carnival in Rio to daily life in places like Lake Titicaca and rural Ethiopia, the photographs capture the amazing diversity of peoples who inhabit our world.
Deanna (Dee) Gillespie ’90
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This book details how African American women used lessons in basic literacy to crack the foundation of white supremacy and sow seeds for collective action during the Civil Rights movement. Gillespie traces the history of the Citizenship Education Program, a grassroots initiative that taught people to read and write in preparation for literacy tests required for voter registration — a profoundly powerful objective in the Jim Crow South.
Letters from Moscow: A Soul's Journey of Love
Christian Faith Publishing, INC.
Elena Habgood Hall ’99
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A young woman loses her faith in God and humanity after suffering the tragic deaths of three close people in her life. Embittered by grief and the circumstances of her struggling lot as a server and caregiver for her ailing mother, she aims to change her future through a Faustian bargain with a much older man. Ignoring the moral implications of such a perilous path to success and comfort, she takes her studies abroad to St. Petersburg, Russia, where she attends a university to gain her Ph.D. When almost in grasp of her goal, Exillien’s soul is tested as tragedy strikes her life again after witnessing the scene of a brutal murder involving her host family. Hoping to escape the trauma of that incident, and refusing to help, she flees to Moscow to resume her studies at another university. Upon landing in her new environment, she is suddenly plagued by a mysterious illness. Stopped in her tracks by fate, she begins to recount the story of her life through soul-baring letters to a man with whom she has fallen hopelessly in love. Through deep introspection, she reveals the tragic events that closed her heart against the Lord and her fellow man, along with her innermost secrets. 

Sara Rushing ’94

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Within the liberal tradition, the physical body has been treated as a focus of rights discussion and a source of economic and democratic value; it needs protection but it is also one’s dominion, tool, and property, and thus something over which we should be able to exercise free will. However, the day-to-day reality of how we live in our bodies and how we make choices about them is not something over which we can exercise full control. In this way, embodiment mirrors life in a pluralist body politic: we are interdependent and vulnerable, exposed with and to others while desiring agency. As disability, feminist, and critical race scholars have all suggested, barriers to bodily control are often a problem of public and political will and social and economic structures that render relationality and caring responsibilities private, invisible, and low value. These scholarly traditions firmly maintain the importance of bodily integrity and self-determination, but make clear that autonomy is not a matter of mere non-interference but rather requires extensive material and social support. Autonomy is thus totally intertwined with, not opposed to, vulnerability. Put another way, the pursuit of autonomy requires practices of humility. Given this, what do we learn about agency and self-determination, as well as trust, self-knowledge, dependence, and resistance under such conditions of acute vulnerability? “The Virtues of Vulnerability” looks at the question of how we navigate “choice” and control over our bodies when it comes to conditions like birth, illness, and death, particularly as they are experienced within mainstream medical institutions operating under the pressures of neoliberal capitalism. 

Heather Moday ’91

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A respected immunologist, allergist, and functional medicine doctor breaks down the latest science on immunity, offering a program to help you identify your unique immunotype and balance your system for optimal health and longevity. To most of us, the immune system is seemingly unknowable — it’s an invisible, complex network of cells, receptors, and messengers, and there’s no standard way to see if it’s functioning as it should. Yet in spite of this, it affects every aspect of our health, influencing (and sometimes even causing) nearly every disease known to humanity. Much has been made about “boosting” immunity, but what exactly does that mean, and what if boosting isn’t really what your unique system needs?  

Shannon K. Winston ’03

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“The Girl Who Talked to Paintings” is an ekphrastic collection that conceives of ekphrasis as a type of translation: as a movement between images and words, as well as between lived and imagined experiences. These poems dramatize visual art personas who come alive and become confidants for speakers who are too timid to express themselves otherwise.  

Yana Stainova ’09

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“Sonorous Worlds” is an ethnography of the young Venezuelan musicians who participate in El Sistema, many of whom live in urban barrios and face everyday gang violence, state repression, social exclusion, and forced migration in response to sociopolitical crisis. This book looks at how these young people engage with what the author calls “enchantment,” that is, how through musical practices they create worlds that escape, rupture, and critique dominant structures of power.  
Germs and Governance
Manchester University Press

Marguerite Dupree ’72

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“Germs and Governance,” edited by Dupree, brings together leading historians, practitioners and policy makers to consider the past, present and future of hospital infection control. Combining historical case-studies with practitioner experiences, this volume offers a new understanding of the emergence of theories of germ transmission and containment and how these theories played out in real-world environments, networks and professional organizations.  
Lay it on the Table
SkillBites LLC 

Linda Melconian ’70

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“Lay it on the Table: A Change Agent in Action” is the story of one man’s attempt to accomplish a milestone in the history of the American legislative process. Because of his initiative and leadership, the People’s House was given the unique opportunity to have its voice heard on the matter. Tip O’Neill asked and answered the question that still echoes decades later: If Congress has the constitutional power to declare war, can’t it also declare to end war?   
What We Value
University of Virginia Press

Lynn Pasquerella ’80

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America is in a moment of crisis. Facing the overlapping traumas of the COVID-19 pandemic, the student debt crisis, the murder of George Floyd, and the insurrection of January 6, we as Americans have been forced to ask ourselves what we owe each other as human beings, a task made only more difficult by entrenched political polarization. In this environment, critical thinking skills are more important than ever to find meaning, make decisions, and rebuild civil discourse. In What We Value, acclaimed bioethicist Lynn Pasquerella examines urgent issues—moral distress, access to resources, and the conflict over whose voices and lives are privileged—issues with which Americans wrestle daily, arguing that liberal education is the best preparation for work, citizenship, and life in a future none of us can predict. 


Susan Austin ’80

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The King Arthur we imagine did not exist in history. He is the result of stories told and retold, changed and added to by storytellers for centuries, each making the story reflect the storyteller’s time and values. The chapters in this book, edited by Susan Austin, look at movies, manga, comic books, a television show, and traditional books released since 1960 to explore some of the ways King Arthur has been reimagined in the past 60 years. The authors find that while we are still interested in the idea of King Arthur, we may also want his story to be more racially and gender inclusive, less elitist, and in some cases, more secular.  


Cathy Pedrayes ’10

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Have you ever wished that you kept a first-aid kit in the car or berated yourself for not keeping a pair of flip-flops in your purse at all times? Ever wondered when it’s okay to geo-tag a social media post or when it’s best to lie to strangers? Just need some tips on how to feel safer and more prepared in today’s digital world? Well, Cathy Pedrayes has you covered.  


Material Ambitions
Johns Hopkins University Press

Rebecca Richardson ’05

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Contextualizing Victorian work in a tradition of Renaissance self-fashioning, eighteenth-century advice books, and inspirational biography, Richardson argues that the burgeoning self-help genre of the Victorian era offered a narrative structure that linked individual success with collective success in a one-to-one relationship. Advocating for a broader cultural account of the ambitious hero narrative, Richardson argues that reading these biographies and self-help texts alongside fictional accounts of driven people complicates the morality tale that writers like Smiles took pains to invoke.  


Breaking & Entering
The Word Works

Barbara Goldberg ’63

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Goldberg’s poetry with its flair for the ribald and provocative is not for the faint of heart; here beauty and terror spring from the same imagination. Her characters range from Marilyn Monroe to Berta Broadfoot, the 13th century princess challenged for her rightful position as Queen of France by a mere handservant; from the girl so smitten by a prom dress that she sells her baby for it to the town doctor who under-stands so well how the body is put together, as well as the medicinal uses for fat; from the King of Porn to Charles Van Ripe, pioneer in the field of stuttering. In every poem, Goldberg’s exquisite craft and peerless courage lead us deeper into the human soul.  


Karen Loeb Sharpe ’67

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Julian Assange has, since April 2019, been remanded at a maximum security prison in London facing extradition to the United States over WikiLeaks’ groundbreaking 2010 publications. Now, in this crisp anthology, Assange’s voice emerges – erudite, analytic and prophetic. This book, edited and compiled by Karen Sharpe, provides a highly accessible survey of Assange’s philosophy and politics, conveying his views on how governments, corporations, intelligence agencies and the media function. As well as addressing the significance of the vast trove of leaked documents published by WikiLeaks, Assange draws on a polymathic intelligence to range freely over quantum physics, Greek mythology, macroeconomics, modern literature, and empires old and new.  
My Neighbor, My Self
Wipf & Stock Publishers

Elise Chase Dennis MA’75

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Lying on a rickety canvas cot night after night while volunteering in a church-sponsored emergency shelter, Elise Chase had a lot of time to ask herself questions about Jesus’s challenging command and to reflect on how new relationships with homeless men and women were changing her from the inside out. Fresh from an unwanted divorce, Elise began to realize that increasing closeness with these new neighbors was helping her both to heal from pain and loneliness and to enter a deeper relationship with Jesus. “My Neighbor, My Self” invites readers not just into Elise’s own story but also into the stories of many other people. It explores surprising ways that our attempts to live into the second great commandment can actually help us live more fully into the first as well—discovering, in the process, a more fulfilling relationship with the Lord. 

Violet Harrington Bryan ’70

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Erna Brodber and Velma Pollard, two sister-writers born and raised in Jamaica, re-create imagined and lived homelands in their literature by commemorating the history, culture, and religion of the Caribbean. The sisters write about their homeland as a series of memories and stories in their many works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They center on their home village of Woodside in St. Mary Parish, Jamaica, occasionally moving the settings of their fiction and poetry to other regions of Jamaica and various Caribbean islands, as well as other parts of the diaspora in the United States, Canada, and England. The role of women in the patriarchal society of Jamaica and much of the Caribbean is also a subject of the sisters’ writing
Cornell University Press
Sarita Gupta ’96 
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In “The Future We Need,” authors Erica Smiley and Sarita Gupta ’96 bring a novel perspective to building worker power and what labor organizing could look like in the future, suggesting ways to evolve collective bargaining to match the needs of modern people — not only changing their wages and working conditions, but being able to govern over more aspects of their lives. 
Making Place for Muslims in Contemporary India
Cornell University Press
Kalyani Devaki Menon ’95

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Places do not exist. They are made and remade by acts of individuals and communities at particular historical moments. In India today, the place for Muslims is shrinking as the revanchist Hindu Right increasingly realizes its vision of a Hindu nation. Religion enables Muslims to re-envision India as a different kind of place, one to which they unquestionably belong. Analyzing the religious narratives, practices and constructions of religious subjectivity of diverse groups of Muslims in Old Delhi, author Kalyani Devaki Menon reveals the ways in which Muslims variously contest the insular and singular understandings of nation that dominate the sociopolitical landscape of the country and make place for themselves


Walking Great Britain: England, Scotland and Wales
Mountaineers Books
Heather Baukney Hansen ’94

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“Walking Great Britain” guides walkers and hikers of all levels and interests to the region’s superlative trails. From easy riverside strolls to challenging mountain summits, these beautiful, classic routes span the most scenic parts of England, Scotland and Wales. They lend themselves to a good day’s walking with detail about local history, cultural and literary highlights, plus ecological and geological tidbits. 
The Surrogate
Harper Collins Publishers
Toni Halleen ’84

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Ruth is a no-nonsense forty-something journalist from the Midwest, desperate for a child with her new husband, Hal. Their hope rests with Cally, a 19-year-old who wants to go to college — but doesn’t have the cash. The arrangement seems perfect for everyone. But within a day of the baby’s birth, Cally has a change of heart — and engineers a harrowing escape from the hospital with the newborn. When Ruth and Hal discover that Cally and their daughter are gone, a whole series of doubts and secrets is revealed, and the difference between right and wrong is no longer clear.   


The Orchards: One Hundred Years The Orchards: One Hundred Years
William Armistead

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In 1921 industrialist Joseph Skinner hired Donald Ross to design a golf course across the street from his South Hadley, Massachusetts, home so his daughter, Elisabeth, would have a convenient place to play. Skinner named it The Orchards. This centennial book memorializes not just the lives of the Skinner family and Ross’s work, it tells the story of the course’s pros and a couple of cons, of the caddies who labored for $1.50 a round, and the greens keepers who fought to maintain the property. It chronicles the national collegiate tournament in 1973, when Pat Bradley broke Elisabeth’s 41-year-old scoring record, the 1987 Girls’ Junior Championship, when Michelle McGann lapped the field, and the 2004 Women’s Open, when Meg Mallon held off Annika Sorenstam. The book profiles Bob Bontempo, the Lyons coach for 25 years and a PE instructor for 38, and it recalls the Lyons team from 1988 as well as Anne Marie Tobin ’79, the College’s greatest player.   
Roma Amor: A Novel of Caligula's Rome
Bexley House Books
Sherry Christie ’68

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Haunted by his older brother’s suicide, a headstrong young Roman must obey his ambitious father’s command to serve the tormented new ruler of Rome, Caligula Caesar — once his brother’s closest friend.   


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They call it a road, this rutted track that meanders to the northern sea where amber is found. To ex-tribune Marcus Carinna, it’s a leap from Rome’s frontier into a wilderness of hostile barbarians, beasts and spirits. But the Amber Road is the trail he must follow to find Aurima, the Germanic priestess who alone can help him regain his lost honor.  
Jeanne's Gift: Finding Home
Lynne C. Levesque ’66

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At the end of Levesque’s book on her ancestor, Jeanne Chevalier, she gave herself three tasks. The first was to figure out what Jeanne’s story meant to her life and to the lives of her extended family. The second, to resolve the remaining mysteries regarding Jeanne’s life and those of her three husbands. The last task was to describe the many extraordinary and marvelous adventures she had experienced during her research and to show her appreciation for the outstandingly kind people who had help her along the way. In “Jeanne’s Gift,” she tells the story of how the many different and surprising twists and turns during her journey to accomplish those tasks ended up unexpectedly changing her life forever. 


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“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Have you ever wondered what these words might mean for you in your own life? Elise Chase has. Lying on a rickety canvas cot night after night while volunteering in a church-sponsored emergency shelter, she had a lot of time to ask herself questions about Jesus’s challenging command and to reflect on how new relationships with homeless men and women were changing her from the inside out. Fresh from an unwanted divorce, Elise began to realize that increasing closeness with these new neighbors was helping her both to heal from pain and loneliness and to enter a deeper relationship with Jesus.  
Poetry at the Kitchen Table
Gloria Nussbaum ’52

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A self-published book of poems relating to human life events and universal feelings. The six sections include Nature, Personal Reflections, Loss and Sadness, Rambling Thoughts from a Restless Mind, Humor, and In Others’ Words. Each chapter title includes an original line drawing from Nussbaum.  
Skirting History
Simon & Schuster
Eva S. Moseley ’53

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Absent fathers, and how public events affect private lives, are Leitmotifs of “Skirting History: Holocaust Refugee to Dissenting Citizen,” memoir of Eva Steiner Moseley ’53. Eva and her secular Jewish family managed to evade the Holocaust and lesser public disasters, but not some private ones. They were able to leave Vienna a year after the Nazi Anschluss (Annexation) of Austria, and she gradually evolved from a shy, often fearful child and adolescent to an increasingly self-confident feminist and peace activist.  


The Button Box
Kar-Ben Publishing
Bridget Hodder ’85

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After Jewish fifth-grader Ava and her Muslim best friend Nadeem are called hateful names at school, Ava’s Granny Buena rummages in her closet and pulls out a glittering crystal button box. It’s packed with buttons that generations of Ava’s Sephardic ancestors have cherished. With the help of Granny’s mysterious cat Sheba, Ava and Nadeem discover that a button from the button box will take them back in time. Suddenly, they are in ancient Morocco, where Nadeem’s ancestor, Prince Abdur Rahman, is running for his life. Can Ava and Nadeem help the prince escape to Spain and fulfill his destiny, creating a legendary Golden Age for Muslims, Jews and Christians?