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African-American History & Radical Historiography: Essays in Honor of Herbert Aptheker, edited by Herbert Shapiro '64 (PhD). MEP Press 1998.

Any Time Is Trinidad Time, by Kevin Birth '85. University Press of Florida 1999. 190 pp.

Explores cultural ideas of time in rural Trinidad, and the feelings of cooperation and conflict that result from using different models.

Beckett in Black and Red: The Translations for Nancy Cunard's "Negro," by Alan Friedman '66 (PhD). University of Kentucky Press.

Samuel Beckett's 19 translations for Cunard's book, including the original French versions.

Blood Money, by Thomas Perry '74 (PhD). Random House. $24.95.

A continuation of the popular thriller series about a Seneca Indian guide who helps fugitives escape.

Capitalism, Democracy, & Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery, by John Mueller, professor of political science. Princeton University Press 1999. 335 pp., $29.95.

A look at how capitalism and democracy came into being and what the images of both say about satisfying human needs and wants.

Dust: A History of the Small & the Invisible, by Joseph A. Amato '70 (PhD). University of California Press. 252 pp., $22.50.

(See Alumni Gazette, Settling the Dust.)

Handbook of Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics, edited by Kenneth H. Rosen, with John G. Michaels '68 (PhD) as project editor and contributing author. CRC Press 1999. 1,248 pp., $99.95.

Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House, by Cheryl Mendelson '73 (PhD). 884 pp.

The how-to book about domesticity by a successful lawyer and former philosophy professor that has struck a surprisingly resonant chord with readers across the country.

A Legacy of Learning, by David T. Kearns '52 and James Harvey. Brookings Institution Press 2000. 216 pp.

The authors challenge parents, concerned citizens, and business leaders--as well as educators and policymakers--to consider a new definition of public education that supports uniform standards and greater innovation and flexibility. A University trustee, Kearns is former chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation and deputy U.S. secretary of education.

Lessons in Democracy, edited by Ewa Hauser, director of the University's Center for Polish and Central European Studies, and Jacek Wasilewski. University of Rochester Press and Jagiellonian University Press 1999. 243 pp., $24.95.

Leading political scientists--many of them from Rochester's political science department--contributed to this volume on democracies in Poland and Eastern Europe.

Oscar Wilde: The Critic as Humanist, by Bruce Bashford '66. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 1999.

Out of the Blue, by Sally Mandel '66. Ballantine Books 2000. 304 pp., $23.

The fifth romance novel by a New York Times best-selling author.

Pianism, by Aiko Onishi '53E. (

The fundamentals of piano playing.

The Quotable Horse Lover, by Steven D. Price '62. Lyons Press 1999.

A collection of more than 600 equestrian-related quotations ranging from the Bible, Shakespeare, and Mark Twain to Roy Rogers, Groucho Marx, and Mr. Ed.
  Price is the author of the 1999 The Kids' Book of the American Quarter Horse, also published by Lyons Press.

Reading Counts: Expanding the Role of Reading in Mathematics Classrooms, by Raffaella Borasi, the Frederica Warner Professor, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and Marjorie Siegel. Teachers College Press 2000. 240 pp., $23.95.

An examination of the ways in which reading can support math instruction and the reading practices that teachers can use to help students with math.

Restoring the Balance: Women Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850-1995, by Ellen S. More '69 (Mas), '79 (PhD). Harvard University Press 2000. 340 pp., $49.95.

(See Alumni Gazette, Restoring the Balance.)

Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism, by Fredrick C. Harris, assistant professor of political science. Oxford University Press 1999. 227 pp., $35.

The importance of the church in the politics of the African-American community is shown through statistical data and stories about what influences political activism.

Tradition of Excellence: A Pictorial History of Surgical Education at the Mobile General Hospital and College of Medicine/Medical Center, University of South Alabama, by Charles Bernard Rodning '70M (MD). American Literary Press.

Rodning also is the author of several collections of poetry, paintings, and photographs based on arts of the Orient.


Before the Wind, recorded by Under Sky --Greg Osterberg, University Protestant chaplain; Boegart Bibby '97; Robert Baldwin '97E (MM); Jonathan Rickert '99; and Deborah Osterberg.

Spiritual music ranging from reggae to rock styles.

Echoes, Moods and Reflections: New Music for Trombone Ensemble, featuring Frederick Boyd '69E, '71E (Mas), producer Harold Reynolds '89E (DMA), and conductor Mark Babbitt '93E, plus composers Paul Barsom '86E (Mas), Paul Goldstaub '74E (MM), '77E (DMA), and Dana Wilson '82E (PhD). CRS Barn Studio/CRS Growers.

I Am Prospero, music by Paul Goldstaub '74E (MM), '77E (DMA); featured performers include Goldstaub, Jamal Rossi '88E (DMA), Harold Reynolds '89E (DMA), and Mark Babbitt '93E. CRS Barn Studio/CRS Growers.

One Last Bar, Then Joe Can Sing, composed by Gavin Bryars, recorded by Nexus--Robert Becker '69E, '71E (MM), William Cahn '68E, John Wyre '63E, Robin Engelman, and Russell Hartenberger. Point Records.

Another recently released CD featuring Nexus is Garden of Sounds, BIS, with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.

Opera Cowpokes, featuring producer Steven Stull '86E (Mas), Todd Geer '90E, Gordon Stout '74E, '80E (MM), Harold Reynolds '89E (DMA), Elizabeth Simkin '90E (MM), and Liisa Ambegaokar Grigorov '85E. CRS Barn Studio/CRS Growers.

Features nine opera singers performing classic western and country-western songs.


Selected by faculty

Tyll van Geel, Taylor Professor of Education, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Aside from his Warner School post, Tyll van Geel also teaches a course in constitutional law in the College's political science department. It is this position that lends insight into the kinds of books that appeal to him most. Whether it's Shakespeare or biographies, politics is the common thread that is woven into the pages of the books he picks up in the early hours of the day--one of his favorite times to read.

"Lately, I have been using that time to achieve a goal I've set for myself of reading all of Shakespeare's plays," he says. "It's a way of immersing oneself in a human world and thereby becoming more human oneself."

Henry VI Trilogy and King John, by William Shakespeare.

"Even Shakespeare's lesser-known plays, such as these, contain some of the best writing in the English language and the 'invention' of characters that simply leap out of the page."

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, by Robert A. Caro. Alfred A. Knopf 1974.

"For anybody interested in the exercise of political power I would strongly recommend the works of Caro. Besides illustrating the old adage that 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,' this book is a virtual handbook on the accretion and use of political power."

The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 1: The Path to Power, by Robert A. Caro. Alfred A. Knopf 1982. Vol. 2: Means of Ascent, by Robert A. Caro. Knopf 1990.

"Again the accumulation and use of power is the central focus of the work. But the book also contains an extraordinarily moving description of rural life in the Texas hill country prior to the time that Roosevelt's rural electrification policy came to Texas. The second volume details Johnson's invention of modern campaign techniques and how his first election to the U.S. Senate was the result of election fraud."

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris. Ballantine Books 1979.

"It was Morris's biography of Theodore Roosevelt that led to his being selected to write the authorized biography of Ronald Reagan. The Roosevelt volume reads better than most novels and depicts a person worthy of appearing as a character in one of Shakespeare's plays."

Lincoln, by David Herbert Donald. Simon and Schuster 1995.

"Professor Donald shows how deftly Lincoln worked with his contentious cabinet and managed to hold the Northern coalition together in support of the war effort."

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, by Joseph J. Ellis. Alfred A. Knopf 1997.

"Although Ellis is an admirer of Jefferson, he does not blink at taking up such difficult matters as Jefferson's racism, his shilly-shallying over slavery, and his relationship with Sally Hemings. In the book, Ellis argues against Jefferson's having had a sexual relationship with Hemings, but when DNA analysis supported this theory, Ellis was quick to acknowledge that the conclusion in his book was incorrect."

Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth, by Gitta Sereny. Vintage Books 1995.

"Sereny's book provides a fascinating insight into the workings of the hierarchy of the Nazi regime. But it goes further to depict how a talented and charming young man, step-by-step, fell 'in love' with Hitler, rose to power, and, despite being at the pinnacle of the Nazi regime, side-stepped the responsibility of learning--when he easily could have--about Hitler's systematic extermination of the Jewish population of Europe and Russia."

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