Books and Recordings
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: email@example.com.
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.
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
Culture War? The Myth of Polarized America
By Morris Fiorina ’72 (PhD) with Samuel J. Abrams and Jeremy C. Pope
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,
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
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.
By No Sale Value
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
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).