Compiled By Timothy P. Cross
Alexander Hamilton: Writings, edited with notes by
Joanne B. Freeman. The Class of 1778 dropout, revolutionary
leader and first Secretary of the Treasury is the first Columbian
with his own volume in this series of classic American texts and
authors (Library of America, $40).
The Street of the Four Winds by Andrew Lazarus
’47. In this novel, a present-day College reunion at
Arden House sparks ambivalent memories in an alumnus who was
involved with four women and a cast of colorful characters when he
was a journalist in post-World War II Paris (Durban House, $15.95
The New Love and Sex After 60, revised edition, by Robert
N. Butler ’49 and Myrna I. Lewis ’65 &
’00 Social Work. The Library Journal describes
this completely revised and updated edition of the 1976 classic as
“best all-around self-help sex manual for older
adults”; from a psychotherapist and her husband, the Pulitzer
Prize-winning author of Why Survive? Being Old in America
(Ballantine Books, $14.95 paper).
The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle, introduction
by John D. Rosenberg ’50. In his introduction, the
William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative
Literature praises this 19th-century classic as having a poetry
that “consists in being everywhere scrupulously rooted in
historical fact.” (Modern Library Paperback Classics,
Year of the Genome: A Diary of the Biological Revolution by
Gerald Weissmann ’50. This collection of brief essays,
most written for the e-journal Praxis Post, range from a
discussion of potentially harmful interactions of herbs and
prescription drugs to a meditation on the dangers of an anthrax
outbreak following the 9/11 terrorist attacks (Henry Holt and
Toilet Trained for Yale: Adventures in 21st-Century
Parenting by Ralph Schoenstein ’53. A parent,
grandparent and comedy writer brings his humor and personal
experience to this scathing look at out-of-control parenting that
gets children worked up to attend the wrong Ivy League college
(Perseus Press, $20).
Living a Life That Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between
Conscience and Success by Harold S. Kushner ’56.
Practical advice and inspiring stories that encourage us to satisfy
our natural craving for significance by doing good; from the
celebrated author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Journey to the Heavenly Mountain: An American’s Pilgrimage
to the Heart of Buddhism in Modern China by Jay Martin
’56. One man’s expedition to sacred spaces in the
People’s Republic and conversations with ordinary Chinese
people fosters a new appreciation of Buddhist monasticism in modern
China and the diversity of Buddhism’s many adepts (Hohm
Press, $16.95 paper).
Sam’s Legacy by Neil D. Bramwell ’57. In
this whodunit for readers of all ages, Aunt Julie must leave her
Greenwich Village home to solve two murders and figure out who is
after Sam (XLibris, $30.99 cloth, $20.99 paper).
Paul Robeson: Essays on His Life and Legacy, edited by
Joseph Dorinson ’58 and William Pencak.
Originally presented at a 1998 conference at Long Island
University, these essays discuss the life and enduring significance
of the actor, entertainer, author and Law School graduate, who was
arguably the most prominent African-American of the first half of
the 20th century (McFarland & Company, $45).
The Enduring Vision of Norman Mailer by Barry H. Leeds
’62. The Central Connecticut State University
professor’s second volume on the iconic and iconoclastic
American author focuses on his more recent novels and essays and is
as much a celebration as literary critique (Pleasure Boat Studio,
The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide by Victor L.
Cahn ’69. This guide focuses on 35 recurring themes in
the Bard’s opus, the key characters for whom the themes are
most important and the implications of these themes for our
understanding of his seminal plays (Greenwood Publishing,
Jewish Songs for Classical Guitar, arranged by Fred
Fastow ’69, edited by Jeffrey Van. This collection
of sheet music for 25 Sabbath, holiday and folk songs has a
companion CD with the songs performed by the arranger
(Transcontintental Music Publications, $19.95 paper, $16.95
KidsHealth Guide for Parents: Pregnancy to Age 5 by
Steven A. Dowshen, Neil Izenberg ’72 and Elizabeth
Bass. The team behind the highly successful KidsHealth Web site
brings readers a comprehensive, jargon-free guide that covers
everything from “baby basics” to discipline issues with
toddlers (Contemporary Books, $19.95 paper).
After the End: Representations of Post-Apocalypse by
James Berger ’76. A study of the pervasive
post-apocalyptic sensibility in recent American culture and the
ways in which real historical catastrophes have shaped perceptions
of what reality will be like in the future; from an associate
professor of English at Hofstra University (University of Minnesota
Press, $18.95 paper).
Oscar 2 by Damien Bona ’77. From the epic
Braveheart through the epic Gladiator, this second
unauthorized compilation of Academy Award memories captures
controversies, personal stories and glamour surrounding the coveted
golden statue during 1995–2000 (Ballantine Books, $16
What Are the Chances? Voodoo Deaths, Office Gossip & Other
Adventures in Probability by Bark K. Holland ’77.
Surprising examples, ranging from the Roman Senator Cicero to a
Beatrice, Neb., church in 1950, demonstrate the wonder and
versatility of probability and statistics in action (Johns Hopkins
University Press, $24.95).
Method by Mark Salerno ’78. One reviewer
described this collection of sonnets about love and other themes as
“highly charged lyrics of daily life”; from the editor
of Arshile: A Magazine of the Arts (The Figures, $10
The Last Automat by Lou Orfanella ’82. This
48-page volume of poems, in one critic’s words, combines
“strong, vivid imagery with a genuine human strength”
(Argonne House Press, $9 paper).
Snap to Grid: A User’s Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and
Cultures by Peter Lunenfeld ’84. A self-described
“idiosyncratic guide to the interactive, telematic
era,” a study of the trajectories that digital media has
traced on the cultural imagination, and a meditation on electronic
media’s relationship with more traditional forms of media
(The MIT Press, $32.95 cloth, $16.95 paper).
The Hand of the Poet: Poems and Papers in Manuscript, edited
by Rodney Phillips, with Susan Benesch ’86, Kenneth
Benson and Barbara Bergeron. Columbia poets featured in
this volume, based on a New York Public Library exhibition on the
craft of poetry, include Jack Kerouac ’44, Allen Ginsberg
’48 and Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Kenneth Koch (Rizzoli Books, $40).
The Best of Animals by Lauren Grodstein ’97.
The 10 short stories in this collection, the author’s first
book, chronicle teens and twentysomethings who are struggling with
the onset of adulthood and a world infused with pop culture (Persea
Old Virginia: Slavery, Farming and Society in the Journal of John
Walker by Claudia L. Bushman, adjunct professor of
history. A microhistory of a Virginia farming community, based on
43 years of journals by a local planter who lost status when he
became a Methodist, started raising wheat instead of tobacco and
began treating his slaves as people (Johns Hopkins University
A Princely Imposter: The Strange and Universal History of the
Kumar of Bhawal by Partha Chatterjee, visiting professor
of anthropology. The first study of the claims and significance of
the ash-streaked, traveling holy man, who residents of eastern
British Bengal proclaimed in 1921 as the Second Kumar of Bhawal, a
man believed to have died 12 years earlier (Princeton University
Press, $65 cloth, $19.95 paper).
War, Institutions, and Social Change in the Middle East,
edited by Steven Heydemann, associate professor of political
science. This collection is an attempt to understand the role of
war preparation and war making on states and societies in the
troubled Middle East (University of California Press, $60 cloth,
Conflict and Tradeoffs in Decision Making, edited by Elke
U. Weber, professor of psychology, Jonathan Baron and
Graham Loomes. The contributors to this collection
demonstrate how conflict not only is crucial for decision making
but also plays a role in the development of emotion, especially of
regret (Cambridge University Press, $64.95).
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