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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
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).
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,
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,
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,
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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