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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, 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 Law of Higher Education (4th Edition)
By Bill Kaplin ’64 with Barbara Lee
Wiley & Sons Publishers, 2006
A guide to the laws that bear on the conduct of higher education, the book also provides a guide for programs that help prepare higher education administrators for leadership roles.

Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America
By Joan Shelley Rubin
Harvard University Press, 2007
Rubin, a professor of history at the University, examines how American readers from 1880 to 1950 invested poems with meanings and emotions connected to their personal experiences.

Death and Violence in Old and Middle English Literature
By John William Sutton ’06 (PhD)
The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007
This book explores how medieval English authors used the spectacle of a character’s death to express their views about the martial culture of their aristocratic countrymen.

Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist
By Joan Roughgarden ’68
Island Press, 2006
Roughgarden, a professor of biological sciences and geophysics at Stanford University, argues for a thoughtful approach to finding common ground between the ideas of evolutionary biology and Christian faith in the creation of life.

W.H. Auden: Collected Poems
Edited by Edward Mendelson ’66
Modern Library, 2007
Mendelson, a professor of English at Columbia University and Auden’s literary executor, also edited a new edition of W. H. Auden: Selected Poems (Vintage, 2007). The two collections mark the centennial of the poet’s birth.

All-American Frank: A History of the Hot Dog
By Robert W. Bly ’79
PublishAmerica, 2007
The inside story of the history, manufacture, marketing, cooking, selling, and consumption of frankfurters. Bly also presents recipes, both for making your own hot dogs and for using store-bought franks as a cooking ingredient.

More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics
By Steven E. Landsburg
Free Press, 2007
In a collection of essays, Landsburg, a professor of economics at the University and columnist for Slate magazine, challenges the conventional economics of putting yourself first.

The Power of Faith: Mother Nature’s Gift
By Jay D. Glass ’72 (PhD)
Donington Press, 2007
Glass, a former faculty member at the University of Pittsbugh’s medical school and the founder of the venture capital fund MedCorp Development, combines his background in neuroscience and psychology with work by animal behaviorist Jane Goodall (who supplies an introduction) to argue that belief in a supreme being has a primal appeal for humans because it is grounded in our genetic inheritance.

Critical Americans: Victorian Intellectuals and Transatlantic Liberal Reform
By Leslie Butler ’91
University of North Carolina Press, 2007
Butler, an assistant professor of history at Dartmouth College, explores the intellectual history of American liberalism during the second half of the the 19th century.

Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women
By T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting ’89
New York University Press, 2007
Sharpley-Whiting, a professor and director of the African American & Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, examines the portrayal and engagement of young black women in the evolution of hip hop.


The Other Side
By Danan Healy ’00E (MM)
Self-produced, 2007
The first solo album from Healy, a vocalist whose credits include singing in the Army chorus and for the Baltimore ska band 23 Skadoo, features Healy’s originals, drawing on her rock, punk, and ska influences.