FAITHFUL by Stewart O'Nan, MFA '92, and Stephen King (Scribner). "Steve and I were going to a lot of games together," says novelist Stewart O'Nan, "and my editor—a Yankees fan—wanted me to do a book about the Red Sox. I said I'd do it only if Steve would do it."
O'Nan and King—no strangers to suspense—proceeded to chronicle the season that reversed Boston's eighty-six-year-old curse. "It was the weirdest thing. I came in with the idea that we were going to have a typical Red Sox season . . . [but] we ended up writing a book that's non-representational of what the Red Sox usually do." O'Nan, author of A Prayer for the Dying, The Night Country, The Circus Fire, and The Speed Queen, began life as a Pirates fan in his native Pittsburgh.He acquired his allegiance to the Sox as an undergraduate at Boston University. "Sox fans are like any anxious sports fans," O'Nan writes, "except we have good reason to be paranoid. And like hardcore followers of any sport, Sox fans are expert at taking a game apart and examining its most intricate components, especially when the worst happens." O'Nan's new novel, The Good Wife, will appear on April 4—opening day of the 2005 baseball season.
THE LETTERS OF ABIGAILL LEVY FRANKS, 1733-1748, edited by Edith B. Gelles '58 (Yale University Press). These earliest known letters by a Jewish woman in prerevolutionary America describe colonial family life and discuss the Jewish immigrant experience in New York City.Her observations, all written to her son Naphtali, tell the story of one Jewish family's assimilation in eighteenth-century America.
FROM FETISH TO FASHION by Daniel '54 and Serga Nadler
(PDN Publishing). The Nadlers have
collected silver jewelry from North
Africa, the Middle East,Greece, Russia
and Central Asia, India, Southeast Asia,
and American Indians from the Southwest,
and modern jewelry from Taxco,
Mexico. Their book explores how these
pieces of wearable art have a place in
today's fashion. Part of the Nadlers' collection
is scheduled to be exhibited at the Johnson Museum from
April 9 through June 19, 2005.
Recently Published | Fiction
EMPIRE OF ASHES by Nicholas Nicastro '85, PhD '04 (New American Library). It is 323 B.C. and Alexander the Great is dead.Machon, the late emperor's friend and ally, is being made the scapegoat for his downfall. An outsider on trial for his life, Machon tells his Greek accusers the truth behind the rise and fall of the military leader who proclaimed himself a god—and lost his humanity.
BALD by Russell David Harper '89 (Scala House Press). A touching look into mortality and the meaning of life for a prematurely balding and obese twenty-something copy editor trying to endure what he terms "post-Led Zeppelin America."
Recently Published | Poetry
SCARED MONEY NEVER WINS by Julia Wendell '77 (Finishing Line Press). Wendell, who runs a horse farm in northern Baltimore County and competes as a three-day event rider, attempts to reconcile her midlife return to her first love, horses, with the art of writing poetry.
SEA OF FAITH by John Brehm, MFA '81 (University of Wisconsin Press). Winner of the 2004 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.
Recently Published | Non-Fiction
BEATING THE BLUES by Michael E. Thase and Susan S. Lang '72 (Oxford University Press). Science writer Lang and Thase, medical director of the Mood Disorders Module at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, show how chronic mild depression can be relieved by learning strategies that help us to recognize negative and distorted thinking patterns that lead to a downward spiral of pessimism.
PANDORA'S BABY by Robin Marantz Henig '73 (Houghton Mifflin). Beginning in the controversial early days of in vitro fertilization, Henig describes the work of Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe, the English doctors responsible for the birth of the first "test tube baby," Louise Brown.
CONSCIOUSNESS AND CULTURE by Joel Porte (Yale University Press). The White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters at Cornell traces the individual achievements of Emerson and Thoreau and their points of intersection.He argues that their belief in the importance of "selfculture" produced works that moved a provincial New England readership into the broader arena of international culture.
MEASURES OF EQUALITY by Alejandra Bronfman '94 (University of North Carolina Press). Bronfman, assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia, explores the formation of Cuba's multiracial legal and political order in the four decades following independence.
THE UNITED STATES AND THE RULE OF LAW IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS by John F.Murphy '59, JD '62 (Cambridge University Press). The United States does not always accept the rule of law in international affairs, even though it has made great contributions to its creation.Murphy, a professor at Villanova University School of Law, analyzes several cases that illustrate the difficulties impeding U.S. adherence to international law.
THE RENAISSANCE PERFECTED by Medina Lasansky (Penn State Press). An assistant professor of architecture at Cornell reveals that architects, planners, and administrators within Italy's fascist regime of the 1930s fabricated much of what tourists now admire as authentic. Public squares, town halls, palaces, gardens, and civic rituals (including the palio of Siena) were "restored" to suit a vision of the past shaped by fascist notions of virile power, social order, and national achievement in the arts.
SPEAKING OF DANCE by Joyce Morgenroth '66 (Routledge).Morgenroth, a faculty member in Cornell's Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance, reveals the ideas, craft, and passion that go into the work of twelve contemporary choreographers, including Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, and Mark Morris.
THE TROUT POINT LODGE COOKBOOK by Daniel Abel, Charles Leary, PhD '94, and Vaughn Perret, JD '89 (Random House). Three chefs who operated the Chicory Farm Café in New Orleans celebrate Creole heritage in their new cookbook.
PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT by Gary Cokins '71 (John Wiley & Sons). Cokins examines performance management as not just a set of improvement methodologies but as a discipline intended to understand how an organization works as a whole.
IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE by Joel Seidemann '76 (Harper Collins). A compilation of great opening and closing arguments from the last 100 years, including such famous cases as the O.J. Simpson trial, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Scopes monkey trial, and the trial of Adolf Eichmann.
TAKE BACK THE SKY by Rae André '67 (Sierra Club Books).Writing from her experience as an activist and flight-path dweller, André details the environmental impact of aviation-related pollution: noise, emissions, and chemicals leaching into water tables.
JAPANESE ONLY by Arudou Debito [David Aldwinckle '87] (Akashi Shoten). A first-person account of the author's experiences as a naturalized Japanese citizen dealing with bathhouses that discriminate against foreigners, as well as his quest for equal protection under the law.
SHOULD WE RISK IT? By Daniel M. Kammen '84 and David M. Hassenzahl (Princeton University Press). The demand for risk analysis in the areas of health, technology, and the environment has grown in recent years, yet programs to train analysts have not kept pace. Kammen, director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and Hassenzahl, assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, provide an up-to-date set of problems for coursework in assessing risk.
UNITED APART by Ilene DeVault (Cornell University Press). Covering the period from the formation of the American Federation of Labor in 1886 to the establishment of the Women's Trade Union League in 1903, DeVault, a professor in ILR at Cornell, analyzes forty strikes in the tobacco, textile, clothing, and shoe industries. She finds that the success of the strikes depended on the cooperation of both sexes.