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Books & Recordings
Recent publications from alumni, faculty, and staff
Americans at Midlife: Caught Between Generations by Rosalie G. Genovese, visiting scholar at the University's Susan B. Anthony University Center. Bergin & Garvey, 1997. 136 pp.
Explores the impact on midlife of changing trends in the larger society, including longer life expectancy, an aging population, changes in marital status and family composition, the economic necessity of women in the labor force, and the subsequent increase of two-income families.
Boo! Culture, Experience, and the Startle Reflex by Ronald C. Simons '56. Oxford University Press, 1997.
Simons is professor emeritus in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University and clinical professor at the University of Washington.
Controlling and Managing Interest Rate Risk edited by Anthony Cornyn et al., with a chapter co-authored by Ian Lang '92. Prentice Hall/New York Institute of Finance, 1997.
Lang's chapter explains how to create zero curves for use in valuing swaps, swaptions, and other bond portfolio management applications.
A Directory of New Hampshire Ex-POWs by F. Douglas Bowles '67W (EdD) and Marnie B. Bowles. The Kingswood Press, 1997. 80 pp., $20.
The directory includes a brief history of New Hampshire POW Chapter 1, plus a summary and analysis of the data collected.
Fair Play: What Your Child Can Teach You About Economics by Steven E. Landsburg, associate professor of economics. Simon & Schuster, 1997. 230 pp., $24.
Addresses fundamental issues like fairness, tolerance, morality, and justice--issues that are as important on the playground as they are in the marketplace.
Gardner Read: A Bio-Bibliography by Mary Ann Dodd and Jayson Rod Engquist. Greenwood Press, 1996.
Alumnus Gardner Read graduated from the Eastman School in 1936 and earned a master's from Eastman in 1937.
Gilles Deleuze's Time Machine by David N. Rodowick. Duke University Press, 1997. $49.95 cloth, $16.95 paper.
Rodowick, professor of English and visual and cultural studies at Rochester, presents the first comprehensive study in any language of Deleuze's work on film and image. Deleuze, one of France's most celebrated 20th-century philosophers, is becoming known outside his own country as one of the most productive and important philosophical thinkers of this century.
Rodowick places Deleuze's two books on cinema in the context of French cultural history of the 1960s and '70s. He shows not only how Deleuze changed the dominant traditions of film theory, but also how the study of cinema is central to modern philosophy.
Government at Work by Marc Holzer '66. Sage Publications, 1998.
Holzer is professor of public administration at Rutgers University Campus at Newark, where he directs the National Center for Public Productivity and the Graduate Program in Public Administration.
Henry Hughes and Proslavery Thought in the Old South by Douglas Ambrose '84 (M.A.). Louisiana State University Press, 1997.
Ambrose is assistant professor of history at Hamilton College.
The Immortal Muse, Selected Poems and Art by Scott McFarlane, edited by Peggy McFarlane. Scott McFarlane Poetry, 1996, $10.
Peggy McFarlane, an administrator in pediatrics at the University's Medical Center and coordinator of the Pediatric Residency Program, edited and published some of her son Scott's poems and art work upon his death at age 30.
Scott McFarlane was born with serious kidney disease and was a long-time patient at the Medical Center. Scott McFarlane's sister is Elizabeth McFarlane Thurnherr '84E (Mas) and his aunt is Ellen McFarlane Wightman '56E.
Making Medical History: The Life and Times of Henry E. Sigerist edited by Elizabeth Fee and Theodore M. Brown, professor of history and of community and preventive medicine. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. 387 pp.
Essays by individuals in various disciplines illuminating why this early 20th-century historian of medicine continues, 35 years after his death, to be revered by many public health professionals and medical historians.
Nasal Neoplasia, co-edited by Dennis H. Kraus '81, '85M (MD), and Howard L. Levine. Thieme Press, 1997.
One in a series of monographs on rhinology and sinusology, the book focuses on the topic of sinus and nasal cancer.
The Origin of Everyday Moods by Robert E. Thayer '63 (PhD) Oxford University Press, 1996.
A review of the psychological and physiological bases of everyday moods, the book looks at a wide range of topics, including biological cycles, PMS, drugs, social interactions, the relationship between mood and thought, and the effects of the weather.
The book also offers useful and practical suggestions for reducing tension, raising energy, and intelligently managing stress.
Psychiatric Pearls by Jeffrey M. Lyness '82, '86M (MD). F. A. Davis Co., 1997. 328 pp.
The book is an introductory guide for medical students and residents. Lyness is an assistant professor of psychiatry in the University's School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Secrets of Successful Telephone Selling by Robert W. Bly '79. Henry Holt and Company, 1997.
Bly gives a step-by-step program on how to use the phone to generate leads, qualify prospects, follow up, close the sale, service the account, get repeat orders, and ensure profitable returns.
The book also offers sample telephone scripts that can be used as is or adapted to a specific market to meet the needs of every conceivable selling situation.
Starting in Taekwondo by Art Michaels '70E and Joe Fox. Sterling Publishing Company, 1997. 128 pp.
The Storytellers by Curt Smith. Macmillan, 1997.
The book is an anthology of baseball broadcasting. Smith is an adjunct faculty member in the College's Department of English and teaches a course on public speaking.
Also out by Smith this year: Windows on the White House: The Story of Presidential Libraries, and Of Mikes and Men, on pro football broadcasting, both from Diamond Communications.
Together and Equal: Fostering Cooperative Play and Promoting Gender Equity in Early Childhood Programs by Barbara Metzger '64, '74 (Mas) and Carol Hilgartner Schlanck. Allyn & Bacon, 1997. 250 pp. $24.95.
The book, written for educators and parents, presents ideas, examples, activities, bibliographies, and resources that provide practical solutions to the problems of gender segregation, excluding behavior, and gender stereotyping. Both authors have worked in early childhood education in the Rochester area for 25 years and have both been named Friend of Young Children by the New York State and Rochester Associations for the Education of Young Children.
In Pursuit of Privacy: Law, Ethics and the Rise of Technology by Judith Wagner DeCew '70. Cornell University Press, 1997.
The book is a history of the notion of privacy, with the views of privacy in U.S. law. DeCew also analyzes public policy on abortion, gay and lesbian sexual practices, drug testing, and information technologies.
DeCew claims that privacy has fundamental value because it allows us to create ourselves as individuals, offering us freedom from judgment, scrutiny, and the pressure to perform.
The Ultimate Opera Quiz Book by Kenn Harris '69. Penguin Books, 1997. $17.95.
Double the size of the original 1982 edition, this expanded version includes more than 2,500 questions that will tickle your timpani and probe your mastery of the repertoire.
Harris, opera reviewer and expert, tests readers' knowledge of operas, including plots, characters, composers, and the men and women who sing them.
Why Arthritis? Searching for the Cause and Cure of Rheumatoid Disease by Harold W. Clark '52M (PhD). Axelrod publishing of Tampa Bay, 1997. 237 pp., $18.95.
Tells the story behind the development and recognition of antibiotic treatment for rheumatoid disease and reviews the evidence supporting a probable infectious cause.
American Violin, featuring Fritz Gearheart '83E (MM) with pianist Paul Tardif '63E (MM). Koch.
Barber: Sonata, Op. 6, also featuring Bartók's First Rhapsody and Bavicchi's Sonata No. 2, Op. 25, performed by Gordon Epperson '49E (MM) on cello and Frances Burnett on piano.
Also recently released with Epperson performing: Ysäye's Sonata pour violoncelle Seul, Op. 28, Crumb's Sonata for Solo Violoncello, and Kodály's Sonata pour violoncelle seul, Op. 8. Both CDs available on Centaur.
Carl Baermann, music for clarinet and piano, featuring John Cipolla '84E. Also from Cipolla, Free Sketches of Color.
Die Walk¨ure and Das Rheingold, recorded by Raymond Premru '56E and Christoph von Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra. Premru is professor of trombone at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
Piano Music of Liszt, featuring the B Minor Sonata performed by Robert Silverman '65E, '70E (DMA). Stereophile STPH008-2.
Also released this year are Silverman's Piano Music of Brahms, Volume 2, Musica Viva MVCD 1113, and The Parlour Grand, Volume 2, Marquis ERAD 201.
Postcards, featuring two compositions by Mary Jeanne van Appledorn '48E, '66E (PhD): Postcards to John, for solo guitar, and Trio Italiano, for trumpet, horn, and trombone. North/South Records N/SR1012.
Phantasmagoria, for Engish horn and organ, composed by Gardner Read '36E, '37E (Mas) and performed by Thomas Stacy '60 and Kent Tritle. Cala CD
Other recent Read releases: Epistle to the Corinthians, also featuring The Hidden Lute, By-Low, My Babe, and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Albany Records.
Signature: Great Opera Scenes, performances by Renee Fleming '83E and the London Symphony Orchestra. London 455760.
The CD features the soprano in two arias from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, the Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, the Moon Song from Dvorak's Rusalka, and the Willow Song and Ave Maria from Otello.
Sonata Teutonica and Sonata Psychologique, by John Powell performed by pianst Roy Hamlin Johnson '49E, '69E (DMA). Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI CD 704.
New York Legends: Recitals With Principals from the New York Philharmonic, performances by Judith LeClair '79E, principal bassoon. Cala Artists.
The CD features the works of Osborne, Ravel, Reynolds, Schumann, Telemann, and Weber.
Selected by faculty
Celia Applegate, associate professor of history in the College
An undergraduate favorite, Celia Applegate joined the Rochester faculty in 1988 after teaching at Smith College. She has been both dean for sophomores and dean for freshmen, and has served as director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies. Her research interests include 19th- and 20th-century German history, particularly German nationalism and regionalism, and German popular attitudes toward music.
"As you can tell by my book list," she says, "I like books that are engaged with the past on many levels, not simply as historical analyses of the scholarly sort. I like them to take on the ideas of the past, as well as recapturing its drama, and contingency, uncertainty, and emotion.
"I guess it's history, ideas, great characters, and good stories that I like--just like everyone!"
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann, in a new translation by John E. Woods, Knopf, 1993.
"Mann's earliest novel, and a wonderful read. The story of 'the decline of a family,' as the subtitle tells us, this is a grand family saga, with brilliant evocations of 19th-century interiors, manners, meals, faces, streets, and houses, and above all, those elusive ways of behavior and expectation that we call values. I consider it pleasure reading of the most pleasurable sort."
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald, Flamingo, 1995.
"A contemporary English writer's imaginings of the life of the soon-to-be-famous poet Novalis, when he was still a slightly awkward and foolish young man called Friedrich von Hardenberg. Set in late-18th-century Prussia, this is a light-as-air, funny, and charming meditation on why we love whom we love and how we understand another person.
Between Friends: the Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975, Harcourt Brace, 1995.
"These letters from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s filled me with envy of a world before e-mail. These two remarkable women write about serious matters, like Arendt's efforts to write about Adolf Eichmann's trial and execution in Jerusalem. Over the years they develop a tenderness and intimacy that leaves one weeping."
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, Norton, 1993.
"A long and serious novel about the 18th-century slave trade. We follow a disillusioned doctor who signs on to be ship's doctor on a slaver, travels from England to the coast of Africa, then on to America, and finds himself appalled to the point that he is willing to organize and carry through a mutiny. Again, a novel of ideas, but set within a story of great drama."
Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres, Pantheon Books, 1994.
"This has a certain affinity with Catch-22, but is also nothing like it. It tells a number of stories, the central one being a love between an Italian soldier and a Greek woman in the midst of the bloody and terrifying campaigns on the Greek peninsula during the Second World War. While telling of truly terrible things, the author still manages to maintain a deeply reassuring and humanizing humor. It's an unforgettably wonderful book. "
And two very different pieces of non-fiction on Germany in the 20th century:
A Train of Powder by Dame Rebecca West, Viking Press, 1955.
"West's remarkable reportage on the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals illuminates the process of law in all its meticulous case building. It illustrates the more nakedly human aspects of evil and good, as they revealed themselves through the veil of boredom and tedium that the trials presented the observer."
Legacy of Silence: Encounters with Children of the Third Reich by Dan Bar-On, Harvard University Press, 1989.
"An Israeli psychologist spoke with the children of fairly prominent Nazi figures from the military and civilian administrations and comes close to understanding the peculiar adjustments and evasions that being the child of a perpetrator involves. The book is a gripping, highly personal series of narratives and interviews with contemporary Germans."
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