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Walking in on People

By Melissa Balmain

Able Muse Press, 2013

Balmain, an instructor in the English department at Rochester and editor of Light, a journal of light verse, presents a collection of humorous verse on topics ranging from marriage and child rearing to online dating and Facebook posts. The book is the winner of the 2013 Able Muse Book Award.

How the Ray Gun Got Its Zap

By Stephen Wilk ’84 (MS)

Oxford University Press, 2013

Drawing from pop culture and history as well as science, Wilk, a contributing editor for the Optical Society of America, offers a series of essays on “odd and unusual” topics in optics.

Religion, Food, and Eating in North America E

dited by Nora Rubel et al

Columbia University Press, 2014

Rubel, associate professor of religion at Rochester, coedits an anthology exploring culinary cultures throughout North America among Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists, as well as within Afro-Caribbean religions and new religious movements.

Education Law (Fifth Edition)

By Michael Imber ’69, ’73W (Mas), Tyll van Geel, J. C. Blokhuis ’09W (PhD), and Jonathan Feldman

Routledge, 2013

The authors offer an updated survey of legal issues confronting school administrators and policymakers. Imber is a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Kansas, van Geel is a professor emeritus at the Warner School of Education, Blokhuis is an assistant professor of social development studies at the University of Waterloo, and Feldman is an attorney and an adjunct faculty member at Warner.

The Whole Field Still Moving Inside It

By Molly Bashaw ’00, ’00E

Word Works, 2014

Bashaw, the 2013 winner of the Washington Prize for poetry, presents her first poetry collection.

Rethinking Jewish Philosophy: Beyond Particularism and Universalism

By Aaron Hughes

Oxford University Press, 2014

Hughes, the Philip S. Bernstein Professor in Judaic Studies at Rochester, contests traditional notions of Jewish philosophy that have rested on the extremes of universalism and particularism.

Willpower: The Owner’s Manual

By Frank Martela

Publishing for Bios Biotos, 2014

Martela, a visiting pro- fessor in the Human Moti- vation Research Group in Rochester’s Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, explores willpower and how it works.

Otherwise Unseeable

By Betsy Sholl ’69 (MA)

University of Wisconsin Press, 2014

Sholl explores the concept of ruin in her eighth collection of poetry. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine.

The Principles of Sufism

By ‘A’ishah al-Ba’uniyyah

Edited and translated by Th. Emil Homerin

NYU Press, 2014

Homerin, professor of religion at Rochester, offers the first English translation of the guide to spiritual illumination by one of the Arab world’s most prolific female scholars and mystics prior to the modern era.

Geriatric Trauma and Critical Care

Edited by Jay Yelon ’96M (Flw) and Frederick Luchette

Springer, 2014

Yelon, chair of the surgery department at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, coedits a multidisciplinary overview of the assessment and management of elderly patients with surgical pathologies.

Robustness Development and Reliability Growth: Value-Adding Strategies for New Products and Processes

By John King and William Jewett ’80S (MBA)

Prentice Hall, 2010

Business consultant Jewitt coauthors a guide to technology-based product development throughout a product’s life-cycle—from design that’s based on customers’ needs through manufacturing and postlaunch support.

Still at Aulis: Essays on Crisis and Revolution in Greece and the Eurozone

By David Wisner ’93 (PhD)

David Wisner, 2014

Wisner offers a series of essays on the economic crisis in Greece in Amazon’s Kindle e-book format. A longtime resident of the Northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Wisner is the executive director of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service and the chair of the humanities and social sciences division at the American College of Thessaloniki.

Race and Identity in D. H. Lawrence: Indians, Gypsies, and Jews

By Judith Ruderman ’64, ’66W (MA)

Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

Through the lens of D. H. Lawrence, Ruderman explores the ways in which ideas about race are created, transmitted, appropriated, and sometimes transformed. Ruderman is a visiting professor of English at Duke University.

Writing the Cozy Mystery

By Nancy Cohen ’70, ’70N

Orange Grove Press, 2014

Mystery writer Cohen presents a guide to writing the traditional “whodunit,” covering character development, setting, plotting, and other elements. Cohen has also published the 12th book in her comedic Bad Hair Day Mystery Series, Hanging by a Hair (Five Star Press).


Schubert: Winterreise

By Thomas Meglioranza ’95E (MM)

Thomas Meglioranza, 2013

The baritone Meglioranza performs Schubert’s song cycle with pianist Reiko Uchida. Meglioranza also self-released, with Uchida, The Good Song, a collection of songs by French composers.

American Visions

By Garth Simmons ’93E (MM)

Garth Simmons, 2013

Simmons, principal trombonist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, performs his debut solo recording, accompanied by pianist Michael Boyd ’85E (MM), ’93E (DMA). The recording includes sonatas by Robert Sanders, George Frederick McKay, and Richard Monaco, and a work for solo trombone by Michael Johanson ’91E.


By the Claudia Quintet

Cuneiform Records, 2013

The Claudia Quintet, led by composer and drummer John Hollenbeck ’90E, ’91E (MM), performs 10 compositions by Hollenbeck. The recording commemorates the quintet’s 15 years of work together.

Guilty Pleasures

By Renée Fleming ’83E (MM)

Decca, 2013

The soprano Fleming performs arias and songs she’s chosen for their beauty. Fleming sings in eight languages on the recording of works by Berlioz, Duparc, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Dvorák, Wagner, and others.

Iseline Aerial

By Ethan Borshansky ’06E

Thema, 2013

Electronic music composer Borshansky presents six new electro-acoustic tracks.

On Light Wings

By the Kandinsky Trio

OmniTone, 2013

The Kandinsky Trio, including cellist Alan Weinstein ’86E (MM) and pianist Elizabeth Bachelder ’69E, ’71E (MM), ’81E (DMA), performs a mix of American works, including premiere recordings of works by Gunther Schuller and John D’earth.

Sounds of the Heart

By Ron Gidrón ’71S (MBA)

Ron Gidrón, 2014

Madrid singer and songwriter Gidrón offers a double CD of original songs, both instrumental and sung. Gidrón sings in Spanish, English, and Hebrew.

In the Wee Small Hours of the Night

By Marc Schwartz ’13E (MM)

Marc Schwartz, 2014

New York saxophonist, composer, and arranger Schwartz performs a mix of standards and lesser-known jazz titles in his debut recording. Joining him on the recording are trumpeter Adam Horowitz ’09E, ’12, guitarist Ben Bishop ’10E (MM), drummer Jeff Krol ’13E, and bassist Fumi Tomita ’14E.

Late Night Thoughts

By Ann Ellsworth ’87E

Ann Ellsworth, 2013

Hornist Ellsworth, artist-in-residence at Stony Brook University, performs chamber music selections.

Even the Light Itself Falls

By Scott Worthington ’09E

Populist Records, 2013

Composer and double bassist Worthington performs an 86-minute original composition, with his trio, Ensemble et Cetera.

Orchestral Masters, Vol. 1

By Lance Hulme ’89E (MM) et al

Ablaze Records, 2013

The Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mikel Toms, performs eight contemporary symphonic works, including Hulme’s Sirens’ Song. Ablaze Records chose the eight selections for the first volume of its Orchestral Masters series from more than 60 submissions from composers in 18 nations. Hulme teaches at North Carolina Central University.

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