Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country by Arnold A. Offner ’59. Historian Offner provides the first definitive biography of the liberal American politician (Yale University Press, $35).
The Wonderful World of Bernies: An Irish-Italian Adventure in Queens by Dr. Bernard Patten ’62. Growing up in New York City circa 1941–62 — without much adult supervision, but with plenty of fun (CreateSpace Publishing, $15.90).
Paw Paw: A Novel by John Dibble ’68. The sequel to Dibble’s novel Difficult Run features his lead character, U.S. Park Police Detective M.J. Powers, investigating a double homicide (CreateSpace Publishing, $10.58).
The Future of Academic Freedom by Henry Reichman ’69. Reichman, an expert on campus free speech, defends academic freedom and clarifies its relation to freedom of expression (John Hopkins University Press, $29.95).
Tableau with Crash Helmet by Bill Christophersen ’71. Poetry that considers a sense of the metaphysical present in even casual situations (Hanging Loose Press, $17.02).
The Uncorrected Eye by Harold Bauld ’77. A collection of poems written under the influence of jazz, Shakespeare, Basquiat, boxing, the Bronx and the Basque country (Passager Books, $21.32).
Rock Critic Law: 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly About Music by Michael Azzerad ’83. Rock journalist Azzerad turns his sharply perceptive eye to the art of rock writing itself (Dey Street Books, $23.99).
A Jack Greenberg Lexicon by William Cole ’84. The life of famed civil rights attorney and Columbia College Dean Jack Greenberg ’45, LAW’48, who died in 2016, written by his adopted son (Twelve Tables Press, $38.95).
So Lo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One by Anita Lo ’88. Michelin-starred chef Lo believes that cooking for one can and should be blissful and empowering (Knopf, $28.95).
Superheroes and Economics: The Shadowy World of Capes, Masks, and Invisible Hands edited by Brian O’Roark and Robert Salkowitz ’89. An economist and a business writer explore the intersection of superhero mythology and economic theory (Routledge, $39.95).
Lagging Indicators: A Novel by Jennifer Anglade Dahlberg ’93. Wall Street executive Mia Lewis experiences a spectacular downfall and must rebuild her life and reputation (IndieBookLauncher, $15.99).
The Talmud: A Biography by Barry Scott Wimpfheimer ’95. The author tells the story of the ancient Jewish book and explains why it has endured for thousands of years (Princeton University Press, $26.95).
Human Operators: A Critical Oral History on Technology in Libraries and Archives edited by Melissa Morrone ’97. A look at how library users and staff are affected by industry-specific hardware and software (Library Juice Press, $34.71).
The Shortest Way Home: A Novel by Miriam Parker ’00. A grad student in Manhattan takes a leap of faith and moves to Sonoma to rescue a failing family-run winery (Dutton, $26).
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr ’02. Immerwahr tells the story of the United States outside the United States, casting American history in a new light (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30).
More Than Words by Jill Santopolo ’03. In Santopolo’s latest novel, a woman sees the men in her life in a new light following the death of her father (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $25).
The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish by Katya Apekina ’05. Apekina’s well-reviewed debut features two teenage sisters who leave their suicidal mother in Louisiana to live with their estranged, narcissistic father in New York City (Two Dollar Radio, $16.99).
Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo by Seth Aniziska ’06. The author, a scholar of Jewish-Muslim relations, discusses why Palestinians remain stateless 40 years after the Camp David peace accords (Princeton University Press, $35).
The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports by Joshua Robinson ’08 and Jonathan Clegg. How the ancient institution of soccer became a 21st-century entertainment empire (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28).
Magical Negro by Morgan Parker ’10. Poems that explore Black American womanhood, from the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books, $15.95).
— Jill C. Shomer
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