Books and Recordings
Books and Recordings is a compilation of recent publications by University alumni, faculty, and staff. For inclusion in an upcoming issue, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Joanna Scott
Little, Brown, 2005
Scott, the Roswell S. Burrows Professor of English, traces the story of Adriana
Nardi, a pivotal character in Scott’s 2003 novel Tourmaline.
The Science in Science Fiction
By Robert W. Bly ’79
BenBella Books, 2005
Bly traces the connections between modern scientific concepts and their earlier
counterparts in science fiction.
A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow
By David L. Chappell ’92 (PhD)
The University of North Carolina Press, 2005
Chappell, an associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas, explores
the intellectual roots of civil rights reform.
Notes from Toyota-Land
By Darius Mehri ’88
Cornell University Press, 2005
Subtitled “An American Engineer in Japan,” the book is a critical
analysis of Japanese corporate and manufacturing practices based on Mehri’s
observations during three years in an upper-level Toyota group company.
Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation
and What We Can Do About It
Cowritten by Richard Niemi
Brookings Institution, 2005
Niemi, the Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science, is one 19 leading
political scientists who discuss ways to reverse trends that indicate a growing
dissatisfaction with government among American citizens.
Producing Music with Digital Performer
Ben Newhouse ’98E
Berklee Press, 2004
Newhouse, a former associate professor at the Berklee College of Music, provides
a guide to the widely used music production software program.
A Complex Solution
By Kurt Gerstner ’79
In Gerstner’s first novel, a humorous murder mystery, college freshman
Jerry Taylor investigates the death of his chemistry instructor.
Money Without Matrimony: The Unmarried Couple’s Guide to Financial
By Debra A. Neiman ’90S (MBA) and Sheryl Garrett
Dearborn Trade, 2005
The two financial planners explore issues affecting the finances of unmarried
The Laughing Buddha Box
By Fran London ’86N, ’91N (MS)
Chronicle Books, 2005
Featuring a small figurine of the Buddha, the box also includes a paperback
by London, a health education specialist at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital,
that explores the statue’s association by some with good luck and prosperity.
London also is a coauthor of the fifth edition of Patient Education in Health
and Illness (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2005) and No Time
to Teach?: A Nurse’s Guide to Patient and Family Education (Lippincott,
Williams & Wilkins, 1999).
By Barry M. Goldstein ’81M (MD), ’82M (PhD)
Master Scholars Press/New York University School of Medicine, 2005
An associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Rochester, Goldstein
documents the work of medical student volunteers from New York University who
helped identify remains of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The
book also is available through the University of Rochester Press.
The Concept of Constituency: Political Representation, Democratic Legitimacy
and Institutional Design
Andrew Rehfeld ’89
Cambridge University Press, 2005
Rehfeld, an assistant professor of political science at Washington University
in St. Louis, explores the origins of territorial electoral districts, and makes
the case for randomized, national, and permanent electoral districts instead
of territorial, proportional, or group-based systems.
The Benedictine Gift to Music
By Katharine Wilbur Le Mée, ’61, ’64 (Mas)
Paulist Press, 2003
Le Mée, the author of the 1994 book, Chant: The Origins, Form, Practice,
and Healing Power of Gregorian Chant, explores how Gregorian chant developed
into the complex polyphonic music of the western world.
In and Out of Southampton, N.Y., 1932–1956
By Sheila Smith ’46
Trafford Publishing, 2005
Smith combines personal history with descriptions of the social hierarchies
she encountered as she grew up and began her career as a teacher.
Destined for Evil?: The Twentieth-Century Responses
Edited by Predrag Cicovacki ’91 (PhD)
University of Rochester Press, 2005
Cicovacki, an associate professor of philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross,
edits and contributes to a collection of responses to the ancient question of
whether human beings are—individually and collectively—destined
Weitz on Automobile Litigation: The No-Fault Handbook
By Harvey Weitz and Richard B. Ancowitz ’79
New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 2005
In its 10th edition, the handbook reviews and analyzes automobile insurance
in New York State. Ancowitz is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator in private
practice in Albany and in New York City.
By Cheryl Mendelson ’73 (PhD)
Subtitled “The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens,”
the book is drawn from—as well as expanded and updated—from Mendelson’s
bestseller Home Comforts (Scribner, 1999).
Thucydides: An Introduction for the Common Reader
Princeton University Press, 2005
Zagorin, a professor emeritus of history at Rochester, explores the work of
the Greek historian. Zagorin’s previous book, How the Idea of Religious
Toleration Came to the West, which was named one of the 20 best books of
2003 by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, also has been released in
paperback by Princeton.
Bluebird from the Sky
By Johnny Russo ’66E, Doug Robinson, and Friends
Watershed Arts, 2005
Russo and Robinson, who codirect Ithaca’s East Hill Classic Jazz Group,
collaborate on seven original compositions and six pop and jazz standards. Drew
Frech ’65E plays banjo on two tracks.
Music by George Crumb and Rafael Hernandez
By Cramped Spaces Ensemble
Pianist Beverley Simms ’78E (MM), a professor of music at Indiana State
University, performs works for two pianos and two percussionists. Pianist and
Indiana State faculty member William Hughes ’85E (DMA) also is featured.
By Chris Gekker ’76E
Albany Records, 2004
The CD features Gekker, a professor of trumpet at the University of Maryland,
playing works by his onetime Eastman School roommates Eric Ewazen ’76E,
who teaches at the Juilliard School, and composer David Snow ’76E.
Suite for John A. Williams
By Tyrone Brown
Dreambox Media, 2005
Jazz musician Brown bases the collection on the writing of Williams ’03
(HNR), a noted novelist, poet, and essayist whose papers are housed in the Department
of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation. Richard Peek, director
of the department, produced the CD.
Havana to Harlem
By Donna Coleman ’87E (DMA)
ABC Classics, 2005
Pianist Coleman, the head of the keyboard department at the University of Melbourne,
tours the history of ragtime.
Live at the Jazz Standard: Days of Wine and Roses
By the Maria Schneider Orchestra
Schneider ’85E (MM), who was named the 2005 Composer and Arranger of the
Year in Down Beat magazine’s critics’ poll, re-releases
her widely praised, but difficult-to-find, 2001 album.