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Books and Recordings is a compilation of recent publications by University alumni, faculty, and staff. For inclusion in an upcoming issue, please send the work’s title, publisher information, author, and author’s class year, along with a brief description, to Books and Recordings, Rochester Review, 147 Wallis Hall, P. O. Box 270033, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0033; e-mail:


Kansas Charley: The Story of a 19th-Century Boy Murderer
By Joan Jacobs Brumberg ’65
Viking, 2003

Brumberg, who teaches American history at Cornell University, tells the story of a New York City orphan who was hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1892 for a crime he committed at the age of 15. The case prompted a national debate about whether the boy should live or die, a discussion that Brumberg argues is remarkably similar to current debates in American society about juvenile violence and the juvenile death penalty.

Participatory Community Research: Theories and Methods in Action
Edited by Leonard A. Jason ’75 (PhD), Christopher B. Keys, Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Renee R. Taylor, and Margaret I. Davis
American Psychological Association, 2004

The book features leading community psychologists and practitioners discussing theoretical advances and innovative methods in the field of participatory community research.

Catholic Higher Education in Protestant America: The Jesuits and Harvard in the Age of the University
By Kathleen A. Mahoney ’96W (PhD)
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003

Mahoney, the president of the Humanitas Foundation, explores the rise of the modern, nonsectarian research university and how Catholics and Catholic colleges participated in higher education in the 20th century.

From Meetinghouse to Megachurch: A Material and Cultural History
By Anne C. Loveland ’60 and Otis B. Wheeler
University of Missouri Press, 2003

Loveland, the T. Harry Williams Professor Emerita at Louisiana State University, and Wheeler provide a cultural history of the rise of the evangelical megachurch.

Encyclopedia of the Piano
Edited by Robert Palmieri ’54E (MM) with associate editor Margaret Walsh Palmieri ’53 (MM)
Routledge, 2003

Tracing the evolution of the piano, the second edition is revised and enlarged to include more than 600 alphabetical entries.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing
By Waddy Thompson ’75E
Alpha Books, 2004

Thompson provides a comprehensive guide to each step of the grant-writing process. The book also includes a CD with sample applications, proposals, and follow-up letters.

Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy
Edited by Joanne Larson, Nigel Hall, and Jackie Marsh
Sage Publications, 2003

Larson, chair and associate professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, and Warner doctoral student Shira May Peterson also contributed a chapter, “Talk and Discourse in Formal Learning Settings,” to the handbook.

Lighthouses of Atlantic Canada
By David Baird ’43 (Mas)
Red Deer Press, 2003

Baird profiles 260 lighthouses, chosen for their historical or architectural significance.

Sexual Dysfunction
By S. Michael Plaut ’69 (PhD), A. Graziottin, J. P. W. Heaton
Health Press, 2003

Part of the “Fast Facts” series from Health Press, the book is intended for primary care health providers.

Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora
By Martin F. Manalansan ’97 (PhD)
Duke University Press, 2003

Manalansan’s ethnographic study of Filipino gay men in New York City explores issues of gender, race, and sexuality.

Soldiers of God: Primal Emotions and Religious Terrorists
By Jay D. Glass ’72 (PhD)
Donington Press, 2004

Glass, the author of The Animal Within Us, reviews the history of killing in the name of God and explores whether there is a neurobiological explanation for the human behavior.

Paul Yu Remembered
By Jules Cohen ’53, ’57M (MD) and Stephanie Brown Clark
Meliora Press/University of Rochester Press, 2003

Cohen, a professor of cardiology at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Clark, an assistant professor in the Division of Medical Humanities at the Medical Center, present a portrait of the longtime director of Rochester’s Cardiology Unit.

Data Structures with Java
By John R. Hubbard ’66 and Anita Huray
Prentice Hall, 2003

Hubbard, a professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Richmond, introduces concepts and techniques in data structures.

In a Man’s World: Faculty Wives and Daughters at Phillips Exeter Academy, 1791–1981
By Constance Gerhard Brown ’60
IUniverse, 2003

A “faculty wife” for 35 years, Brown tells the stories of the spouses and family members who played important roles alongside those who taught at the once all-male academy.

New Era: Reflections on the Human and Natural History of Central Oregon
By Jarold Ramsey
Oregon State University Press, 2003

In a collection of personal essays, Ramsey, professor emeritus of English, reflects on the interplay of human and natural history in his native region of the Oregon high desert country.

Vanishing Women: Magic, Film, and Feminism
By Karen Beckman
Duke University Press, 2003

Beckman, an assistant professor of English at Rochester, analyzes the concept of the “vanishing woman”—first introduced in Victorian stage magic—and explores its cultural and literary legacy in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Golden Age of Cigarette Lighters
By Stuart L. Schneider ’72 with Ira Pilossof
Schiffer Publishing, 2003

With more than 1,000 photographs, the book includes examples of some of the rarest lighters in existence.

The Ethics of Diet
By Howard Williams with an introduction by Carol J. Adams ’72
University of Illinois Press, 2003

The new edition of the 19th century classic that influenced Ghandi and Tolstoy is introduced by Adams.

Resonance: A History of the University of Rochester Electrical Engineering Department
By Edwin Kinnen
Meliora Press/University of Rochester Press, 2003

Kinnen, professor emeritus and senior scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, chronicles the department’s history over the past several decades.

Elementary Teacher’s Discipline Problem Solver
By Kenneth Shore ’71
Jossey-Bass, 2003

The book provides teachers with strategies for handling a wide range of classroom problems.

Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1754–2004
Robert A. McCaughey ’61
Columbia University Press, 2003

McCaughey, who is a professor of history at Barnard College of Columbia University, interprets 250 years of the history of New York’s oldest institution of higher learning.


By Darrell Grant ’84E
Lair Hill Records, 2003

Pianist Grant’s latest recording features several of his own arrangements and compositions and draws on his roots in jazz, classical, gospel, and pop music.

Te Deum
By William Picher ’81E (MM) and Michelle Rego Reatini
Stemik Music, 2003

Featuring organist and trumpet player Picher, the CD includes his original work as well as the music of Monteverdi, Teleman, Mozart, and others.

By Dave Hagedorn ’96E (DMA)
Artegra, 2003

Vibraphonist Hagedorn, backed by two different rhythm sections, plays compositions by Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Kenny Wheeler, Ornette Coleman, Chick Corea, and one of his own.