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Tale of an Unlikely Pediatrician by Dr. Paul Winick ’59. Winick describes his ambivalent struggle through medical school and the ultimate joy and success he found as a pediatrician (AuthorHouse, $20.99).

Between the Lines: My Stories as a Conductor and Tennis Umpire by Stanley Sperber ’63. Sperber combined his passions for classical music and tennis into an unusual dual career (Independently published, $11.99).

Complex Systems in Medicine: A Hedgehog’s Tale of Complexity in Clinical Practice, Research, Education, and Management by Dr. David Aron ’71. How knowledge of complex systems in clinical medicine can help physicians and health care providers (Springer, $59.99).

Poverty and Welfare in America: Examining the Facts by David Wagner ’72. Wagner’s book aims to clarify some of the most contentious and misunderstood aspects of American poverty and social welfare programs (ABC-CLIO, $65).

Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees by Bob Klapisch ’79 and Paul Solotaro. The authors take a deep dive into the Yankees’s clubhouse, dugout and front office (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28).

Between Lakes by Jeffrey Harrison ’80. Following the death of his father, Harrison, the author of six books of poetry, explores the spaces between the living and the dead, and the ways that time can shape lives and alter relationships (Four Way Books, $16.95).

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George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters edited by Ashley Kahn ’83. Though known as “the quiet Beatle,” this anthology of Harrison’s words and ideas suggests he was the most thoughtful and outspoken of the Fab Four (Chicago Review Press, $30).



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City at the Edge of Forever: Los Angeles Reimagined by Peter Lunenfeld ’84. How Los Angeles began the 20th century as a dusty frontier town and transformed into a supercity with unparalleled cultural, economic and technological reach (Viking, $28).



Hollywood Double Agent: The True Story of Boris Morros, Film Producer Turned Cold War Spy by Jonathan Gill ’86. Gill, a professor of American history and culture at the University of Amsterdam, reveals that the Academy Award-nominated Morros, a major figure in the 1930s and ’40s, also worked for Russian intelligence (Abrams, $27).

Beyond Contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide by Erica Etelson ’89. The author provides detailed instructions and examples that explain how to communicate respectfully, passionately and effectively with people who have differing political views (New Society Publishers, $18.99).

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The Spinster Diaries: A Novel by Gina Fattore ’90. In this chick-lit satire, an anxious, self-described spinster finds inspiration from an 18th-century novelist and diarist (Prospect Park Books, $16).


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American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland by Marie Mutsuki Mockett ’92. Mockett accompanies a group of evangelical Christian wheat harvesters through the Nebraska panhandle and contemplates the politics of food and the culture of the Great Plains (Graywolf Press, $28).


The Golden Prison by Paul Alexander Sangillo ’93. In this legal mystery, an eager young attorney discovers that his new boss may be involved in a murderous scheme (Red Sky Presents, $14.95).

A Planet of 3 Billion: Mapping Humanity’s Long History of Ecological Destruction and Finding Our Way to a Resilient Future: A Global Citizen’s Guide to Saving the Planet by Christopher Tucker ’94. Tucker makes the case that Earth’s carrying capacity is limited to three billion humans, and that cataclysm awaits if we don’t pay down our “ecological debt” (Atlas Observatory Press, $29.99).

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Ms. Marvel’s America: No Normal edited by Hussein Rashid’96 and Jessica Baldanzi. A group of scholars discuss the significance of Kamala Khan, the first Muslim superhero, known as Ms. Marvel (University Press of Mississippi, $30).


Threat of Dissent: A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in the United States by Julia Rose Kraut ’03. Kraut, a lawyer and historian, provides a comprehensive overview of the intersection of immigration law and the First Amendment (Harvard University Press, $35).

Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary by Alex Diga Seggerman ’05. The author analyzes the modernist art movement that arose in Cairo and Alexandria from the late 19th century through the 1960s (University of North Carolina Press, $34.95).

Jill C. Shomer

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