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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:


The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
Edited by Frank Shuffelton
Penguin Classics, 2003

Shuffelton, professor of English at the University, updates an earlier version of the collected correspondence to restore the couple’s thoughts about many of the details of their personal lives and the lives of their contemporaries.

Midlife Crisis at 30
By Lia Macko and Kerry Rubin ’93
Rodale Books, 2004

Subtitled “How the Stakes Have Changed for a New Generation—And What to Do about It,” the book by journalists Macko and Rubin draws on research, census data, and interviews with more than 100 college-educated 25- to 37-year-old women to analyze changing social, economic, and political expectations for women.

Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis
By Warren Zanes ’02 (PhD)
Continuum, 2003

Zanes, the vice president of education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, analyzes Springfield’s influential album by exploring its southern roots and by interviewing the principals who helped create it.

Washington and Caesar
Christian Cameron ’87
Delacorte Press, 2003

In the historical novel, military historian Cameron uses the little-remembered fact that escaped slaves fought with the British against their former owners. The book tells the story of Caesar, one of George Washington’s runaway slaves, who joins the British in the Revolutionary War.

(Some of) the Adventures of Carlyle, My Imaginary Friend
By Dainis Hazners ’80
The University of Iowa Press, 2004

Winner of the 2003 Iowa Poetry Prize, the book is Hazners’s first collection of poetry.

Dr. Seuss: American Icon
By Philip Nel ’92
Continuum, 2004

Nel, an assistant professor of English at Kansas State University, examines the work and influence of author and artist Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

To Find My Own Peace: Grace King in Her Journals, 1886–1910
Edited by Melissa Walker Heidari ’85 (MA)
The University of Georgia Press, 2004

Heidari, an assistant professor of English at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, introduces an edited volume of the journals of the New Orleans author.

Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom
By William M. Anderson ’63E, ’64E (MM) and Joy E. Lawrence
Schirmer Books, 2004

A music education text by Anderson, associate dean for research at Kent State University, the book focuses on helping teachers integrate music into the elementary curriculum. Anderson also is coeditor of World Musics (with Patricia Shehan Campbell), published by Shaanix Normal University Press in 2003.

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
By John Barry ’69 (MA)
Viking Press, 2004

The award-winning author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America tells the story of the worldwide flu epidemic that began in 1918 and killed as many as 100 million people.

From Score To Screen: Sequencers, Scores & Second Thoughts—The New Film-Scoring Process
By Sonny Kompanek ’73E (MM)
Schirmer Trade Books, 2004

Kompanek, who teaches at New York University and who has scored more than 60 feature films, discusses how films are scored today.

The Good News: It’s Cancer
By Alice DiOrio McDowell ’57N
Xlibris, 2001

McDowell tells the story of how her battles with cancer have transformed her outlook on life.

Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa
By Jane I. Guyer ’72 (PhD)
The University of Chicago Press, 2004

A professor of anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, Guyer explores how economic practices are affected by both local and global circumstances.

Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work
By Janet Zandy ’73 (MA)
Rutgers University Press, 2004

Zandy, a professor of language and literature at Rochester Institute of Technology, explores the culture and contributions of working-class people by linking the metaphorical idea of hands to labor and occupational injuries.

Comprehensive Guide for Camera Collectors
By David Williamson ’61
Schiffer Books, 2004

Complemented by more than 500 photographs, the collector’s guide follows the evolution of photographic technology.

A Sabbatical in Madrid: A Diary of Spain
By Alex Macario ’86, ’88S (MBA), ’90M (MD)
Xlibris, 2003

In August 2001, Macario, an anesthesiologist at Stanford University’s medical school, moved his family to Madrid for a 10-month sabbatical, a time that is chronicled in his book.

Taxation of Distributions from Qualified Plans 2003/2004
By Dianne Bennett, Peter K. Bradley, Anita Coles Costello, Brigid Kane Hurley, Richard W. Kaiser, Edward C. Northwood, Peter M. O’Hara, Eric R. Paley, David A. Pratt, Paul E. Roman, and Daniel R. Sharpe ’70
Thompson/RIA, 2004

Written by partners and associates of the law firm of Hodgson Russ, the annually updated reference book provides advice on a complex area of tax planning.

The Fourth Network: How Fox Broke the Rules and Reinvented Television
By Daniel M. Kimmel ’77
Ivan R. Dee, 2004

In the first history of the Fox television network in more than a decade, media critic Kimmel analyzes the challenges the network faces in the media environment of the 21st century.

Bibliographic Analysis of Percussion Literature
By Geary Larrick ’70E (MM)
The Edwin Mellen Press, 2003

Part of the series History and Interpretation of Music, the book includes more than 100 essays annotating bibliographic entries about percussion music.

Stage Presence from Head to Toe: A Manual for Musicians
By Karen Hagberg ’76E (PhD)
Scarecrow Press, 2003

Hagberg provides advice for soloists and ensemble performers, including information on competitions and auditions, as well as a chapter on how to teach stage presence.


British Treasures
By Madeleine Mitchell ’81E and Andrew Ball
Somm, 2003

Violinist Mitchell and pianist Ball, both professors at London’s Royal College of Music, perform violin sonatas by British composers Goossens, Hurlstone, and Turnbull. Mitchell also released an album of Hummel piano sonatas as a member of the British trio Triangulus on the Meridian label in 2003.

Upstate Standards
By Tony Caramia and Mark Kellogg
Eastman in Concert, 2004

Pianist Caramia and trombonist Kellogg, both faculty members at the Eastman School, perform music of three prominent upstate New York composers: Alec Wilder, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Harold Arlen.

Begin Again
By Dave Glasser Quartet
Chiaroscuro, 2003

Saxophonist Glasser leads the quartet in performances of Cole Porter’s “In the Still of the Night,” Gigi Gryce’s “Reminiscing,” and others, including his own compositions.

By Laurence Rosenthal ’47E, ’51 (MM) (music) and James Lipton (book and lyrics)
Angel Records, 2004

A two-disc set, which includes video of interviews with the cast, the recording revives the long-lost musical that had a brief run on Broadway in 1967. The cast for the recording includes Nathan Lane, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, and Tommy Tune, as well as Rosenthal and Lipton in bit parts.