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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:


Regular Guys: 34 Years Beyond Adolescence
By Daniel Offer ’51, Marjorie Kaiz Offer, and Eric Ostrow
Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2004

Offer, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University, and his coauthors discuss the results of a long-term study that followed 67 suburban males from 1962 through 1997.

Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice
Edited by Timothy Quill ’76M (MD), ’79M (Res) and Margaret Battin
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004

The essays in the collection, coedited by Quill, professor of medicine, psychiatry, and medical humanities and head of the University’s Program for Biopsychosocial Studies, argue the case in favor of legal recognition for physicians who assist terminally ill patients who ask for help in dying.

By Jerry A. Coyne and H. Allen Orr
Sinauer Associates, 2004

Orr, professor of biology, and Coyne provide the first up-to-date, book-length look at the field of speciation in the past few decades.

The Modernist Traveler: French Detours, 1900–1930
By Kimberly J. Healey
University of Nebraska Press, 2004

Healey, assistant professor of modern languages and cultures, explores the travel writing of French authors who rebelled against a literary tradition of exoticism, adventure stories, and novelistic travelogues in their work.

M. C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry
By Doris Wood Schattschneider ’61
Harry N. Abrams and Thames & Hudson, 2004

In a new edition of her highly regarded 1990 book, Schattschneider, professor emerita of mathematics at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, explores the mathematical ideas at work in Escher’s art.

Fleet River
By James Longenbach
University of Chicago Press, 2003

The book is the second collection of poetry by Longenbach, the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English.

A Sense of Wonder: Samuel R. Delany, Race, Identity, and Difference
By Jeffrey A. Tucker
Wesleyan University Press, 2004

Tucker, assistant professor of English, analyzes the literary work and influence of Delany, a gay African-American writer whose work is recognized as crossing boundaries of genres and academic fields.

Queer Social Philosophy: Critical Readings from Kant to Adorno
By Randall Halle
University of Illinois Press, 2004

Halle, associate professor of modern languages and cultures, analyzes key texts in the tradition of German critical theory from the perspective of contemporary queer theory.

Culture War? The Myth of Polarized America
By Morris Fiorina ’72 (PhD) with Samuel J. Abrams and Jeremy C. Pope
Longman, 2004

Fiorina, professor of political science at Stanford University, argues that the United States is not as divided on most social and political issues as many news reports and political analysts make it seem.

Joan Alcover: Elegies
Translated by Kristine Doll and Robert Brown ’70 (PhD)
Cross-Cultural Communications, 2004

Brown, professor of communications at Salem State College in Massachusetts, and Doll translate the poetry of one of Majorca’s beloved poets.

From Rote to Note
By Eden Vaning-Rosen ’72E (MM)
Ebaru Publishing, 2003

Vaning-Rosen, who has taught at the University of Wisconsin, University of Northern Arizona, and the University of Southern California, presents the 19th book in her series “Step-by-Step Method Books for Violin, Viola, and Cello.”

Nothing That Is
Edited by Sarah L. Higley and Jeffrey A. Weinstock
Wayne State University Press, 2003

Subtitled “Millennial Cinema and the ‘Blair Witch’ Controversies,” the essays in the collection, coedited by Higley, associate professor of English, examine the American taste for horror, hoax, and independent films, and explore the direction of cinema in the 21st century.

Recorder for Beginners
By Susan Lowenkron ’67
Alfred Publishing, 2002

Lowenkron, a musician who specializes in Renaissance, Baroque, and Celtic music, introduces the recorder in a music method book.

True Stories from la Cosa Nostra
By Ed Tato ’84
Unholy Day Press, 2004

The first collection of poetry by the Lawrence, Kansas, poet takes a humorous look at the lives of an extended Italian-American family.

The Quest for Missile Defenses, 1944–2003
By Lester H. Brune ’59 (PhD) and Richard Dean Burns
Regina Books, 2004

Brune, professor emeritus of history at Bradley University, also edited the three-volume set Chronological History of U.S. Foreign Relations (Routledge, 2002).

For the Enrichment of the Community: George Eastman and the Founding of the Eastman School of Music
By Vincent A. Lenti ’60E, ’63E (Mas)
Meliora Press/University of Rochester Press, 2004

Lenti, the Eastman School historian, recounts the establishment of the school in the first volume of a multipart history.

A Jewel in the Crown
Edited by Carlos R. Stroud Jr.
Meliora Press/University of Rochester Press, 2004

The collection of essays, edited by Stroud, professor of optics and director of the Center for Quantum Information, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Optics in 1929.

A Small Dose of Toxicology
By Steven G. Gilbert ’73, ’86M (PhD)
CRC Press, 2004

Subtitled “Health Effects of Common Chemicals,” the book is intended as a reference source for the general public.

Privatizing Poland: Baby Food, Big Business, and the Remaking of Labor
By Elizabeth C. Dunn ’91
Cornell University Press, 2004

Dunn, an assistant professor of geography and international affairs at the University of Colorado, uses a blend of ethnography and economic geography to explore the effects of privatization on economic and political transition in Poland.


Concert in the Garden
By the Maria Schneider Orchestra
ArtistShare, 2004

Schneider ’85E (MM) leads her 17-member orchestra in performances of three compositions that were commissioned over the past few years.

Béla Bartók: 44 Duos for Two Violins
By George Shiolas and Jonathan Dubay ’85E
DoubleStop Recordings, 2004

Violinists Dubay, an adjunct assistant professor at Lewis and Clark College and a member of the Oregon Symphony, and Shiolas perform Bartók’s collection of short pieces.

Nu Currency
By No Sale Value, 2004

The collection by band members Pat Donaher ’97E, Joshua Valleau ’00E, and Chris Vatalaro ’00E, with guest Tim Albright ’98E, features originals and improvisations.

By Donald Knaub ’51E, ’61E with Barry Snyder
Self-produced, 2004

Knaub, a former professor of tuba and trombone at the Eastman School, and Snyder, a professor of piano at Eastman, perform works for bass trombone and piano on a remastered copy of two albums on the Golden Crest label that Knaub first recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.

Close to You
By Sandra Maile Dudley ’85E (Mas)
Bella Records, 2003

Dudley, an assistant professor of commercial voice at Belmont University in Nashville, also was a featured vocalist on the album Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter by the Jazz Orchestra of the Delta (Summit Records, 2003).