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  The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle: Theoretical Perspectives on the Liminal Genre
Edited by Beth Jörgensen and Ignacio Corona
State University of New York Press, 2002
Jörgensen, associate professor of Spanish, and Corona offer the first full-scale critical review of the "crónica," a popular literary genre in Mexico and throughout Latin America that boasts a 500-year history as a form of writing that bridges fiction and nonfiction, literature and journalism. Jörgensen also has published a new rendition of a translation of Mariano Azuela’s The Underdogs, the classic novel of the Mexican Revolution. Modern Library, 2002.

The Human Side of Medicine: Learning What It’s Like to Be a Patient and What It’s Like to Be a Physician By Laurence Savett ’61M (MD)
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002
Drawing on a 30-year career in primary care internal medicine and as a medical teacher at the University of Minnesota, Macalaster College, and the University of St. Thomas, Savett reflects on the nontechnical side of medicine.

Lytton Strachey and the Search for Modern Sexual Identity: The Last Eminent Victorian
By Julie Anne Taddeo ’87, ’97 (PhD)
Harrington Park Press, 2002
Taddeo, who teaches modern British and European history and women’s studies at Temple University, explores the life and work of a neglected voice of the early 20th century, re-evaluating early British modernism and the relationship between Strachey’s sexual rebellion and literature.

The Eye of Night
By Pauline Alama ’98 (PhD)
Bantam Spectra, 2002 The fantasy novel tells the story of a disillusioned priest, a battered serving girl, and a beautiful woman who must safeguard an enchanted stone through a darkened world.

Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook
Edited by Randy Auerbach ’76
AILA Publications, 2002 A two-volume set, the 2002-03 edition features practice-oriented articles and analysis of contemporary immigration issues and nationality law practice.

By Joanna Scott
Little, Brown, 2002 The latest novel by the Roswell S. Burroughs Professor of English reconstructs the life and fortunes of failed businessman Murray Murdoch, who had hoped a family trip to Elba in the 1950s would provide life-renewing perspective for him, his wife, and four sons.

A Percussionist’s Guide to Music: Bibliographic Essays
By Geary Larrick ’70E (MM)
Edwin Mellen Press, 2002 The collection covers international and multicultural aspects of percussion instruments, performance, teaching, and scholarship.

A Pet for Josh
Josh Counts
Where’s Your Mittens, Josh?
Snoopy: Flying Ace to the Rescue

By Darice Goldstein Bailer ’77
Little Simon, 2002 Bailer also published Dive!, a guide to snorkeling and scuba diving (The National Geographic Society, 2002).

Teaching Music History
Edited by Mary Natvig ’81E, ’82E (MA), ’91E (PhD)
Ashgate, 2002 The book features chapters by Natvig and by Eastman Professor Ralph Locke; former professor Robert Fink ’88E (MA); Michael Pisani ’96E (PhD); Maria Archetto ’79E (MS), ’92E (PhD); and Marjorie Roth ’86E (MM), ’90E (MA), ’99E (DMA).

The Tea Rose
By Jennifer Donnelly ’85
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2002 Donnelly’s debut novel follows heroine Fiona Finnegan in a sprawling, historical epic that begins in the slums of 1880s London. After building an empire as a Manhattan tea trader, Finnegan is drawn back to London, where she must face a secret that haunts her family’s past.

They Cleared the Lane
By Ron Thomas ’71
University of Nebraska Press, 2002 Based on interviews with players, their families, coaches, teammates, and National Basketball Association officials, the book examines the history of integration in professional basketball. Thomas, a sportswriter for the San Francisco Chronicle, covered the NBA for nine years.

Wednesday Evenings and Every Other Weekend: From Divorced Dad to Competent Co-Parent
By Jerry Saffer ’62 and F. Daniel McClure
The Van Doren Company, 2000 Written by clinical child psychologists, the book is designed to help noncustodial fathers deal with the issues of divorce and guide them to becoming supporting, caring, competent fathers.

White Men Aren’t
By Thomas DiPiero
Duke University Press, 2002 In a collection of essays, DiPiero draws on theories of psychoanalysis as well as sources in the sciences and popular culture to explore notions of race and identity in modern culture. DiPiero is professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and an associate professor of French and visual and cultural studies.

The Ordinary White Boy
By Brock Clarke ’98 (PhD)
Harcourt Books, 2001 In his first novel, the award-winning short story writer creates the character of Lamar Kelly Jr., a 27-year-old, overeducated college graduate who returns to his working-class hometown in upstate New York. When the town’s only Latino, a former classmate, goes missing, Kelly resolves to solve the case and confront the town’s underlying social taboos.


The Composer’s Voice: New Music from Bowling Green, Volume 2
By the Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown ’90E (DMA), conductor
Albany Records, 2002 The album of contemporary classical music includes a performance of Karel Husa’s Symphony No. 2 in its world premiere recording.

Now Thank We All Our God
William Picher ’80E (MM)
Stemik, 2002 The recording celebrates five centuries of religious and secular music for organ and trumpet.

Ithaca Our Home
By John Russo ’66E and Doug Robinson
Watershed Arts, 2002 The album highlights Russo and Robinson’s longtime leadership of the East Hill Classic Jazz Group.

Frederico Mompou: Suite Compostelana; Canciones y danzas
By Peter Fletcher ’95E (MM)
Centaur Records, 2002 Classical guitarist Fletcher plays transcriptions of piano pieces originally composed by Catalan master Frederico Mompou.

By Barrick Stees ’81E, Randall Fusco ’81E, ’83E (MM), and the Arianna String Quartet
Centaur Records, 2002 Accompanied by the Arianna String-Quantet, bassoonist Stees and pianist Fusco perform selections by Charles Ruggiero, Miguel del Aguila, and Daniel McCarthy.

Dan Locklair: Orchestral Music
By Dan Locklair ’81E (DMA)
Albany Records, 2002 Conducted by Kirk Trevor, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra performs music by the composer-in-residence and professor of music at Wake Forest University.

Bel Canto
Renée Fleming
Decca, 2002 The Grammy Award-winning soprano’s recording of the "bel canto" repertoire features scenes and arias from operas by Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini. It was recorded with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the direction of Patrick Summers.

The title of a new book by Alfred Geier, associate professor in the Department of Religion and Classics, was misidentified in the Fall 2002 issue of Rochester Review. Geier’s book is entitled Plato’s Erotic Thought: The Tree of the Unknown. The book was published by the University of Rochester Press.

Books and Recordings is a compilation of recent publications by University alumni, faculty, and staff. For inclusion in an upcoming issue, please 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, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0033; e-mail:

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