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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.

 

 

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
Self-published
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.
 
 
 
Walking the Sunken Boards
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
Bloomsbury
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.