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Sons and Daughters

Ernie Holsendolph '58
Robert M. Rosencrans   '49
James P. Rubin '82
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Far Horizons: All New Tales from the Greatest Worlds of Science Fiction, edited by Robert Silverberg '56. The editor asked foremost practitioners of the evolutionary science-fiction series to contribute pieces exploring "some aspect of their famous series that they did not find a way of dealing with in the books themselves" (Eos, $27.50 cloth; Avon/Eos, $6.99 paper).

The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel by Robert Alter '57. The Biblical story of the slayer of Goliath and conquering king, the translator argues, "is probably the greatest single narrative representation in antiquity of a human life" (W.W. Norton, $30).

30 Secrets of the World's Healthiest Cuisines by Steven Jonas '58 and Sandra Gordon. A collection of eating tips, recipes and nutrition habits from China, France, Japan, the Mediterranean, Africa and Scandinavia that will help "improve your chances of dying young, late in life" (John Wiley & Sons, $16.95 paper).

A Cracked River by Norbert Hirschhorn '58. The poems in the first full-length collection from a 1962 P&S graduate, an expert on public health, explores love, matrimony, and being Jewish (Slow Dancer Press, £7.99 paper).

Eurydice's Song by William Borden '60, monotypes by Douglas Kinsey. A richly illustrated poetic retelling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus, this time from the perspective of ill-starred Eurydice (St. Andrews College Press, $16.95).

Madeleine Albright and the New American Diplomacy by Thomas W. Lippman '61. This assessment of the impact of America's first female Secretary of State in directing U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War is based upon the two years the author spent traveling with his subject (Westview Press, $27).

Bridge of Dreams: The Rebirth of the Brooklyn Bridge, photographs by Burhan Dogançay, introduction by Philip Lopate '64. Originally hailed as the eighth wonder of the world, the Brooklyn Bridge has endured in the American imagination not simply because it is "soaringly, stubbornly beautiful" but because, as the editor of Writing New York writes in his introduction, of its "capacity to make itself lovable" (Hudson Hills Press, $45 cloth, $25 paper).

Bridging the Gap: Storytelling as a Way to Work through Political and Collective Hostilities, edited by Dan Bar-On. This collection of essays, stories, photographs and poems includes a short autobiographical essay by Joe Albeck '66 on growing up the child of Holocaust survivors (Körber-Stiftung, no price, paper).

Containing Nationalism by Michael Hechter '66. An explanation of the dynamics of nationalism, which (along with its cousin ethnicity) has replaced class antagonism as the most potent source of instability, conflict and violence in the modern world (Oxford University Press, $29.95).

My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood with Deafness by Lennard J. Davis '70. A hearing child of deaf parents recounts his often strained relationship with his parents, his working-class childhood in the South Bronx, and his education, including his time at the College, where he joined the 1968 campus protestors (University of Illinois Press, $23.95).

The Law of Environmental Justice: Theories and Procedures to Address Disproportionate Risks, edited by Michael B. Gerrard '72. In addition to the editor, who is author of the environmental law column for the New York Law Journal, Columbia contributors to this compendium on American environmental law and jurisprudence include Colin Crawford '80 and Jeffrey B. Gracer '81 (ABA Publishing, $139.95 paper).

What's Love Got to Do with It? A Critical Look at American Charity by David Wagner '72. Independent philanthropy, a professor of sociology and social work argues, disguises the harshness of laissez-faire capitalism in the United States, the plight of the disadvantaged, and the widespread neglect of appropriate public welfare (The New Press, $25).

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