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Rochester Review
July-August 2009
Vol. 71, No. 6

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Equilibrium, Trade, and Growth: Selected Papers of Lionel W. McKenzie
Edited by Tapan Mitra ’75 (PhD) and Kazuo Nishimura ’78 (PhD)
MIT Press, 2009
Former students Mitra, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics at Cornell, and Nishimura, the director of the Institute of Economics Research at Kyoto University, present a collection of papers by their mentor, the Wilson Professor Emeritus of Economics at Rochester, tracing the development of his thinking in three key areas of postwar economics.

Rules Get Broken
By John Herbert ’68
Oakley Publishing Co., 2009
Herbert’s first book tells a story of his life, his wife of nine years who dies days after being diagnosed with leukemia, and a young woman who lives next door.

Every Fury on Earth
By John H. Summers ’06 (PhD)
Davies Group Publishers, 2008 Summers’s eclectic collection of essays in cultural criticism examines contemporary American intellectual life, attempting to reconcile a belief in the transcendent power of ideas with a disavowal of authority.

Sanctuary in Phoenix! A Narrative History of the Valley Religious Task Force on Central America, 1981–1998
By Margery McManus Leach ’67
Harvest Publications, 2008 Peace activist and volunteer Leach tells an insider’s story of the organization that spearheaded the Sanctuary Movement, aiding refugees from war-torn Central America in efforts that often put the volunteers at odds with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Rhymes for Turbulent Times
By Todd Federman ’77
CreateSpace, 2009
Featuring titles such as “Subprime” and “The La$t Word at Christmas,” the first volume of poetry by former hedge fund trader Federman explores the financial meltdown in U.S. and global markets.

The Young Adult’s Guide to Financial Success
By Edward M. Wolpert ’59E, ’60E (MA)
Oconee Financial Planning Services, 2009 Financial planner Wolpert presents advice aimed at recent high school or college graduates, or anyone just starting a new phase in life.

Only 10 Seconds to Care: Help and Hope for Busy Clinicians
By Wendy Schlessel Harpham ’80M (MD)
ACP Press, 2009
Harpham, an internist and cancer survivor, shares short stories that demonstrate how the words and actions that take clinicians only seconds to say or do can make a world of difference to patients.

Schneier on Security
By Bruce Schneier ’84
Wiley Books, 2008
In a collection of essays written between 2002 and 2008, computer security expert Schneier argues that the federal government has spent too much money on security technologies, saying policymakers wrongly favor technology as a means to strengthening security rather than improvements in intelligence and investigation.

Scripting Your World: The Official Guide to Second Life Scripting
By Dana Moore, Michael Thome ’87, and Karen Haigh
Sybex, 2008
In his tutorial and reference book, Thome introduces the programming language LSL, the scripting language behind the online virtual world known as Second Life, which enables objects to interact with human players, as well as other objects, on the Internet.

The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom
By Steven Hahn ’73
Harvard University Press, 2009
Pulitzer Prize winner Hahn, the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, defines new chronological and spatial boundaries for African-American politics, emphasizing traditions of self-determination and self-governance.

Psychiatry Mentor: Your Clerkship & Shelf Exam Companion
By Michael R. Privitera ’83M (Res) and Jeffrey M. Lyness ’83, ’86M (MD)
F. A. Davis Co., 2009
Privitera, an associate professor in Rochester’s Department of Psychiatry, and Lyness, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the geriatric psychiatry program, present an expanded and updated second edition of their book, designed for medical students on clinical rotations.

The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service
By Linda J. Bilmes and W. Scott Gould ’85S (MBA), ’87W (EdD)
Brookings Institution Press, 2009
Gould argues that more public investment in the recruitment, training, and management of the federal workforce is necessary to guarantee the strong, highly functioning force required for the nation’s prosperity.

American Fractal
By Timothy Green ’03
Red Hen Press, 2009
Green’s first book-length collection of poems explores the everyday, while offering a metaphorical exploration of fractals—fragmented shapes in which each portion is an approximation of a larger whole and in which order intertwines with chaos.

Walking in Grace: Hymns of the Christian Life for Piano Solo
By Todd Beaney ’85E (MM)
Lorenz Publishing Co., 2009
The book by Beaney, the music director of the Wilton Baptist Church in Wilton, Conn., features contemporary arrangements of familiar hymns and original compositions celebrating the Christian life.

Adult Learning Disorders: Contemporary Issues
Edited by Lorraine Wolf, Hope Schreiber ’73, and Jeannette Wasserstein
Psychology Press, 2008
Schreiber, the director of the college LD/ADHD program at Tufts Medical Center, coedits a collection of essays by clinical and research neuropsychologists on empirically based clinical practice for individuals with learning disorders as they enter adulthood.

Trills in the Bach Cello Suites: A Handbook for Performers
By Jerome Carrington ’50E
University of Oklahoma Press, 2009
Carrington, who has been principal cellist in three American symphonies, collects and annotates every trill in J. S. Bach’s Cello Suites, offering performers, teachers, and students new insights into ornamentation.

Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates: On the Nicomachean Ethics
By Ronna Burger ’69
University of Chicago Press, 2008
Burger, a professor of philosophy at Tulane who was introduced to Greek thought by Rochester’s Alfred Geier, interprets the famous treatise by Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, as Aristotle’s dialogue with the Platonic Socrates.

Marxist Theory, Black/African Specificities, and Racism
By Babacar Camara ’99 (PhD)
Lexington Books, 2008
The book by Camara, an associate professor and chief program advisor in Black world studies and comparative literature at Miami University, examines the utility of Marxist theory in discussions and analyses of race.

Man in the Middle
By John Illig ’86
Elderberry Press, 2009
Illig, who coaches squash at Middlebury College, offers an account of his experience hiking the Continental Divide Trail, the longest and most treacherous of the “triple crown” trails. The book completes a trilogy Illig began in 2005 with narratives of his experiences on the Pacific Crest Trail (Pacific Dream) and the Appalachian Trail (Trail Ways, Path Wise).

88 Money-Making Writing Jobs
By Robert Bly ’79
Sourcebooks, 2009
Copywriter Bly advises beginning and experienced writers on the variety of jobs performed by freelancers and how best to find them.


Ned Rorem: Piano Works Volume 2
By Thomas Lanners ’91E (DMA)
Centaur, 2009
Lanners, a professor of piano at Oklahoma State University, records his second volume of works by the renowned 20th-century American composer Rorem.

Symphonies in Riffs
By the Empire Jazz Orchestra
EJO Records, 2009
Music director Bill Meckley ’85E (PhD) conducts the orchestra in its fourth CD, which includes more than 80 years of jazz composition. Trumpeter Peter Bellino ’94E (MM) is a member of the ensemble and a featured soloist on several selections.

Spectrum of the Sky
By Break of Reality
Break of Reality, 2009
The classical/rock fusion group that includes cellist Patrick Laird ’07E and drummer Ivan Trevino ’06E, performs new selections featuring complex, yet accessible arrangements.

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