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Books and Recordings


The Presidents on Film
By Sarah Miles Watts ’56 and Thomas J. Bolam
McFarland & Co., 2007

The authors—married writers Sarah Miles Bolam and Thomas J. Bolam—explore how filmmakers and the public have viewed presidents and the presidency in a guide to more than 400 commercial films made since 1903 that have included a portrayal of a president.

The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese
By Jeffrey P. Roberts ’68
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007

Roberts, a cofounder of the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont, highlights 345 cheesemakers throughout the United States in his illustrated atlas of contemporary artisan cheese and the mostly small, family-owned creameries that are bringing an American flavor to an Old World craft.

Killer Knots
Nancy Heller Cohen ’70, ’70N
Kensington Books, 2007

The latest installment in Cohen’s Bad Hair Day Mystery Series follows hairstylist-detective Marla Shore and her fiancé Dalton Vail as they discover that a killer is among the passengers aboard their first Caribbean cruise.

Dialysis Without Fear
By Daniel Offer ’53, Marjorie Kaiz Offer, and Susan Offer Szafir
Oxford University Press, 2007

The first family guide for dialysis patients, the book draws on the experiences of the Offer family—authors Daniel, who has been on dialysis since 1999, and Marjorie are married; Susan is their daughter—to help patients with renal or kidney failure better understand how dialysis affects their lives and how to cope with it.

Body Language: Poems of the Medical Training Experience
Edited by Neeta Jain ’04M (MD), Dagan Coppock, and Stephanie Brown Clark
BOA Editions, 2006

Jain, a resident in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and Coppock, a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and a medical resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, organized the anthology of poems by medical students, physicians, and physicians in training with Brown Clark, an assistant professor in the Division of Medical Humanities.

Contributions in Mathematical Physics
Edited by S. Twareque Ali ’73 (PhD) and Kalyan B. Sinha ’69 (PhD)
Hindustan Book Agency, 2007

Subtitled “A Tribute to Gerard G. Emch,” the book features articles by former students of Emch, who was a professor of physics and mathematics at Rochester from 1966 to 1986, as well as by his colleagues from Rochester, Europe, and throughout the United States.

Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical
By bruce d. mcclung ’95E (PhD)
Oxford University Press, 2007

An associate professor of musicology at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, mcclung illuminates one of Broadway’s most legendary musicals. The book received the George Freedley Memorial Award, a 2006 Special Jury Prize from the Theatre Library Association. The book also received the 2007 Kurt Weill Prize, awarded in association with the American Musicological Society, American Society for Theatre Research, and the Modern Language Association.

Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments: The Harpischord and Clavichord
Edited by Robert Palmieri ’54E (MM) (series editor)
Routledge, 2007

The latest volume is the third in a series overseen by Palmieri. Begun in 1994, the series also features The Piano, edited by Palmieri with associate editor Margaret Walsh Palmieri ’53E (MM), and The Organ, which was published in 2006.

Mundo Maya: Revenge of the Jaguar King
By Jay Hersh ’85
Outskirts Press, 2007

In his first novel, Hersh draws on the culture of ancient Mayan civilizations as he follows a trio of vacationing archeologists who are searching for a lost city.

Samuel-Auguste-Andre-David Tissot, Johann Georg Zimmermann: Correspondance 1754–1797
Edited by Antoinette Emch-Deriaz ’84 (PhD)
Geneve Editions Slatkine, 2007

Emch-Deriaz collects about 400 letters between the two renowned 18th-century physicians. Presented in its originalFrench (with annotations and identifications), the correspondence captures the personal and professional lives of the two Swiss doctors.

World War II Recollections
By Eugene Ulrich ’55E (PhD)
AuthorHouse, 2006

Ulrich recounts his service in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946, which included stints in France, Germany, and other parts of Europe.

The Two Headed Quarter: How to See Through Deceptive Numbers and Save Money on Everything You Buy
By Joseph Ganem ’81
Chartley Publishing, 2007

Ganem, an associate professor of physics at Loyola College in Maryland, explores how a physicist evaluates the numbers in day-to-day financial decisions.

Rules and Restraint: Government Spending and the Design of Institutions
By David Primo
University of Chicago Press, 2007

Primo, an assistant professor of political science, explores the conflicting incentives that federal lawmakers have when it comes to balancing the nation’s budget.


Soundings: Music for the Viola
By John Graham
Music for the Viola, 2007

Graham, professor of viola, is joined by Eastman colleague Barry Snyder, professor of piano, for the fourth recording in Graham’s series “Music for the Viola.” Recorded in Kilbourn Hall, the CD includes the two late sonatas of Brahms as well as early compositions of Hindemith.

Symphony of Seasons
By Dan Locklair ’81E (DMA)
Naxos, 2006

The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kirk Trevor, performs works by Locklair, composer-in-residence at Wake Forest University, as part of the label’s American Classics series.

Music of Jo Kondo
By Nexus
Nexus Records, 2007

The Toronto-based percussion quintet—featuring Bob Becker ’69E, ’71E (MM) and Bill Cahn ’68E—highlights the music of Japanese composer Jo Kondo in the ensemble’s 25th album.

Snakes, Hisses, and Judas Kisses
By Wales Road
Spun Records, 2006

Led by Tommy Wales, a psychiatric technician at Strong Memorial Hospital, the rock band plays originals by Wales.

Revisiting the Silver Screen
By Albert Regni ’58E (saxophone) and Bernard Hoffer ’57E, ’58E (MM)
Titanic Records, 2007

Regni and Hoffer are joined by James Saporito ’77E (percussion), David Finck ’80E (bass), and violinist Marissa Regni ’90E, ’92E (MM) for an album of music from Hollywood films.

As Useful as a Small Pot
By Tin Kettle
Self-produced, 2007

Featuring Sharon Sacks ’79, who plays guitar, five-string banjo, and sings on the album, As Useful as a Small Pot is Tin Kettle’s debut recording. The CD features traditional Irish music played on concertina, fiddle, tenor banjo, tinwhistle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar.

Classical Music in the Italian Class
Classical Music in the French Class
Classical Music in the Spanish Class

By Riana Ricci Muller ’65E, ’70E (MM)
Self-produced, 2006

Violinist Muller’s audio-visual series brings together foreign language classes and classical music. Performers include Muller, who teaches at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., and pianist Francis Brancaleone ’58E, who teaches at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. Guitarist Matthew Slotkin ’98E, ’01E (DMA) makes a guest appearance.

Mosaics in Sound
By Mark Laubach ’84E (MM)
Pro Organa, 2007

Laubach, the organist and choirmaster for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., recorded the CD on the church’s 4-manual, 81-rank Berghaus pipe organ. The CD includes In Memoriam Titanic, written in 1921 by Joseph Bonnet, one of the first faculty members in the Eastman School’s organ department.

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