Recent publications from alumni, faculty, and staff
Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education, by Cary Nelson '70 (PhD) and Stephen Watt. Routledge 1999. 336 pp.
Identifies and defines 47 "keywords"--from academic freedom to tenure to spousal hiring.
Bibliography, History, Pedagogy and Philosophy in Music and Percussion, by Geary Larrick '70E (MM). The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, 1999.
Bouzi, by Jennifer Robin '95. Creative Arts Book Company 1999. 110 pp., $13.95.
Robin's first novel tells the story of "Jane Bouzi"--"street-wise orphan, queen of the odd-job"--in what Booklist calls "a rich jungle of language."
Comic Strips and Consumer Culture, by Ian Gordon '93 (PhD). Smithsonian Institution Press 1998.
Don't Divorce Your Children: Children and Their Parents Talk About Divorce, by William Sammons '74M (MD), '75M (Res) and Jennifer Lewis. Contemporary Books 1999. 272 pp., $14.95.
For more about this book, see Alumni Gazette, Children's Advocate.
The Encyclopedia of Business Letters, Fax Memos, and E-Mail, by Robert Bly '79. Career Press 1999. 350 pp., $18.99.
Eye Drops, by Robin Jacobson '75. Ruah 1999.
The collection of poetry won the Power of Poetry Chapbook Competition.
A Family of Women: The Carolina Petigrus in Peace and War, by Jane Hanna Pease '57 (Mas), '69 (PhD) and William Pease '55 (PhD). The University of North Carolina Press 1999. 384 pp., 24 illus., $29.95.
French Aeroplanes Before the Great War, by Leonard Opdycke '65 (MA). Schiffer Publishing 1999. $59.95.
A catalog of the French aircraft industry before the start of World War I.
The Handbook of Vintage Cigarette Lighters, by Stuart Schneider '72. Schiffer Publishing 1999. 800 photographs, $19.95.
A field guide for collectors, the book introduces the history of lighters and includes a broad sampling of lighter styles from the 1800s to the 1980s.
Hüben und drüben, a novel by Herman Brause '52. Verlag Gebrüder Wilke GmbH, Hamm/Germany 1999. 395 pp.
A novel about German immigration to the United States during the 1920s.
The Lifeworld of Leadership, by Thomas Sergiovanni '66W (EdD). Jossey-Bass Publishers 1999. 208 pp.
Asserts that truly successful school transformation is attainable if the changes are driven by the culture and needs of the school district.
Permed to Death, by Nancy Heller Cohen '70, '70N. The first installment of "The Bad Hair Day Mysteries." Kensington Publishing Corp. 1999.
Philadelphia Garden Book, by Liz Geigle Ball '62. Cool Springs Press.
A resource book for gardeners in the Philadelphia area that also features historical information. Ball is the author also of the Smith & Hawken book Composting.
Protecting Study Volunteers in Clinical Research, by Cynthia McGuire Dunn '81, '85M (MD), '88M (Res) and Dr. Gary Chadwick. CenterWatch, Inc. 1999. 150 pps.
TechnoLeverage: Using the Power of Technology to Outperform the Competition, by F. Michael Hruby '68. American Management Association 1999. 232 pp., $27.95.
Written by the president of Technology Marketing Group Inc., the book describes how companies can add value with technology and recover some of that value to improve financial performance.
Unleashing Your True Potential in the Workplace: A Journal for Self-Discovery and Unprecedented Performance, by Mary-Frances Smith Winters '73, '82S (MBA).
A personal journal published as a guide to help people "find passion in their work."
Unlocking the Doctor's Little Black Bag, by Charles W. Snook '51M (MD). Cypress House 1999.
A memoir of the author's life as a medical student at Rochester and as a practicing physician.
Bonetown, featuring trombonist Michael Davis '83E, bass-trombonist Bill Reichenbach '71E, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Will Kennedy. Hip-Bone Music.
The Frivolous Harpsichord, including Cluster's Last Stand (on the ground), by Dan Locklair '81E (DMA).
Gardner Read: The Art of Song, recorded by vocalist D'Anna Fortunato and pianist John McDonald. Albany.
The album pays tribute to Read '36E, '37E (MM), covering his compositions from 1933 to 1985.
Night Skies, orchestral works by Katherine Hoover '59E. Parnassus Records.
Other recently released CDs featuring music by Hoover include Cantilena, with her Dances and Variations for Flute and Harp, and a recording by the New York Saxophone Quartet that includes her Suite for Saxophone.
Out of the Shadows, featuring Chris Vadala '70E and his jazz quartet.
Unicycle Man, vibraphone compositions written and recorded by Ted Piltzecker '72E. Equilibrium records.
Selected by faculty
Jean Elisabeth Pedersen, associate professor of history, Eastman School of Music
Many people read as a form of escape, and Jean Elisabeth Pedersen says she is no exception. "In fiction, I like books that take me so far away that I lose myself in the middle and find myself again on the other side."
But when it comes to looking at life in the light of day, she prefers "essays and autobiographies that help me see my own life new in the light of someone else's."
Pedersen adds that she'll read anywhere, but her favorite places are over breakfast in a diner, under a tree on a sunny day, and at home just before going to bed.
Following are some of her favorite picks to read in these spots:
Notes of a Native Son, by James Baldwin. Beacon Press 1984 (originally published 1955).
"This book has essays and memoirs to take you from Harlem to Paris and points all around. It's just about the only book on what it means to be an American that I've ever been able to get through. Baldwin breaks my heart--but he also lifts my spirit."
Ship Fever, by Andrea Barrett. W. W. Norton 1996.
"Barrett connects stories of men and women with histories of science and medicine. For example, Carl Linnaeus mourning the students who gave their lives to find exotic plants for his universal classification, and Sarah Anne and Mrs. Pearce escaping an 18th-century social circle as mysteriously as the migrating swallows they've been studying in secret."
A Year of Days with the Book of Common Prayer, by Edmond Lee Browning. Ballantine Books 1997.
"Religion can be a touchy topic, but this book of daily devotional readings by a former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church enchanted me from the very first paragraph, where a young girl volunteers to cross a high wire stretched across the nave of Saint John the Divine, the tallest cathedral crossing in the world."
Slow River, by Nicola Griffith. Del Rey Books 1995.
"Griffith braids three story lines into one around the central figure of Lore Van de Oest, the heir to a fortune in biotechnology whose life is broken apart by a brutal kidnapping. Griffith's Web page also posts thoughtful essays on nationality, sexuality, science fiction, self-defense, and so on (www.sff.net/people/Nicola/)."
A la recherche du temps perdu, by Marcel Proust. Editions Gallimard 1954 (originally published 1913-1927).
"Translated as Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time, this is a seven-volume series with an almost entirely interior plot line about the meaning of memory in everyday life. I've never made it past volume one, Du côté de chez Swann or Swann's Way, with its incredibly satisfying surprise ending. But a dream-like new movie with Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich has inspired me to finish the rest."
Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers. Harper and Row 1936.
"Detective novelist Harriet Vane and amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey try to find out who is disrupting the life of a women's college. I love this novel for its glorification of the academic calling in two overlapping love stories: Harriet's attraction to the intellectual life of the university and its close community of female faculty, and Harriet and Peter's scrupulously formal and intensely learned courtship."
Nana, by Emile Zola. Presses Pocket 1991; Viking Books 1985 (originally published 1880).
"Nana is a working girl who prostitutes herself to achieve fame and fortune while destroying the decadent aristocracy of the French Second Empire. Zola wanted to prove that illegitimate sex was the kiss of death, but his heroine turns out to be more complicated and more interesting than his moralizing message."
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