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Books and Recordings is a compilation of recent publications by University alumni, faculty, and staff. For inclusion in an upcoming issue, 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, P. O. Box 270033, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0033; e-mail:


I Am the Wallpaper
By Mark Peter Hughes ’88
Delacorte Press/Random House, 2005

Why is socially invisible 13-year-old Floey Packer suddenly getting attention? A diary, the Internet, and mischievous cousins play a part in the first-time novelist’s exploration of the social life of teenagers.

The Search for Major Plagge: The Nazi Who Saved Jews
By Michael Good ’83M (MD)
Fordham University Press, 2005

Good, a physician in Durham, Connecticut, sets out to uncover the life of a German officer credited with saving members of Good’s family during the Holocaust.

The American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War
By Neil Baldwin ’69
St. Martin’s Press, 2005

The former executive director of the National Book Foundation explores some of the people and ideals that have influenced Americans’ national identity.

When America Was Great: The Fighting Faith of Postwar Liberalism
By Kevin Mattson ’94 (PhD)
Routledge, 2004

Mattson, the Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University, explores the ideas of thinkers and writers—historians Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and C. Vann Woodward, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, among others—who tried to craft an American liberal tradition in a conservative era.

Re-thinking Aesthetics: Rogue Essays on Aesthetics and the Arts
By Arnold Berleant ’53E, ’55E (MA)
Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2004

In a collection of essays, Berleant, professor emeritus of philosophy at Long Island University, critiques traditional aesthetics and explores his notion of aesthetic disinterestedness.

The Peace Warriors of Two Thousand and Three
By Carl Chiarenza
Nazraeli Press, 2004

The limited edition book collects images made by Chiarenza in 2003. The Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art and Art History also published Solitudes (Lodima Press), which includes images from 2004.

Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet, Volume Two
By Michael Drapkin ’79E
Roncorp Publications, 2004

The new volume continues from the original book, first published in 1979, and collects difficult passages and important solos for the bass clarinet.

Better Communication for Better Care: Mastering Physician-Administrator Collaboration
By Kenneth H. Cohn ’72
Health Administration Press, 2005

Cohn, a former associate professor of surgery at Dartmouth who returned to school to earn an M.B.A., provides strategies for overcoming the training, outlook, and culture issues that plague physician-administrator relationships.

Data Communications and Networks
By Dave Miller ’82, ’83S (MBA)
McGraw-Hill, 2006

The college-level textbook provides a practical approach to data communications, computer networks, and network technologies.

The Adams College Admissions Essay Handbook
By Burton Jay Nadler and Jordan Nadler
Adams Media, 2004

Subtitled “Tips and Techniques to Give Your Application the Edge,” the book by Nadler, the director of Rochester’s Career Center, and his daughter Jordan, a senior at Cornell University, offers advice for improving college admissions essays.

Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits
Grace Palladino ’77 (MA)
Cornell University Press, 2005

Palladino, a codirector of the Samuel Gompers Papers at the University of Maryland at College Park, follows the history of building trade unionism in the United States.

Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business
By Virginia G. Drachman ’70
University of North Carolina Press, 2005

Drachman, the Arthur Jr. and Lenore Stern Professor of American History at Tufts University, presents the stories of women entrepreneurs in America from the colonial era to the end of the 20th century.

You’ll Never Walk Alone: A Daily Guide to Renewal
By Rev. Ronald E. Minor ’58
Paraclete Press, 2004

Minor, an ordained Presbyterian minister and former editor of the ecumenical journal CrossPoint, presents a 12-week devotional guide. Minor also is the author of When the Road Seems Too Steep: A Daily Guide to Positive Change (Paraclete, 2004).

Confronting Racism, Poverty, and Power: Classroom Strategies to Change the World
Catherine Compton-Lilly ’99W (EdD)
Heinemann, 2004

Compton-Lilly, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, also published Reading Families: The Literate Lives of Urban Children (Teachers College Press, 2003).

Edited by Robert Brodell ’79M (MD), ’81M (Res) and Sandra Marchese Johnson
Martin Dunitz/Taylor & Francis Group, 2003

Subtitled “Diagnosis and Management: An Evidence-Based Approach,” the book outlines therapies and treatments for the skin lesions. Brodell is a professor of medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.


Art Collection
By Carolina Brass
Summit Records, 2004

The album features work by Arthur Frackenpohl ’47, ’49E (MA) as well as Joplin, Poulenc, Handy, and Berlin.

First Offerings
By Rick DiMuzio ’89E (MM)
Self-produced, 2004

The first CD by saxophonist and composer DiMuzio, associate professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, includes John Hollenbeck ’90E, ’91E (MM) on drums.

Port of Embarkation
By Aeolian May
Self-produced, 2003

Danan Healy ’00E (MM) collaborates with songwriter James Durham for his band’s first album.

By In Acchord
Self-produced, 2004

Under the direction of former Vocal Point member Candace Stevens ’98, the Pittsburgh-based coed a cappella group ranges from doo-wop to rock ’n’ roll on its sophomore album. Stevens, Ryan Casazza ’96, and Alyssa Daudt Casazza ’99 contribute arrangements.

Apparitions and Whimsies
By Andrea Kapell Loewy ’75E
Centaur Records, 2004

Loewy, professor of flute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, performs contemporary works.

And I Will Comfort You
Poems of Ruth Hogarth Burritt 1903, 1905 (Mas)
Self-produced, 2003

Subtitled “Grandmother’s Poems of Love and Beauty,” the CD is a collection of readings of poems written by one of Rochester’s earliest woman graduates. With piano accompaniment by the poet’s daughter, Alice Burritt Whitehead, who attended the Eastman School, the recording is drawn from two volumes of Burritt’s poetry published by the poet’s granddaughter Rebecca Whitehead in the 1970s and 1980s.

Trumpet Works
By Gary Bordner ’77E (MM)
Artegra, 2004

Bordner, the principal trumpet for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, performs music from 300 years of trumpet repertoire. Organist Kathrine Handford ’86E (MM), ’87E (MM), music director at Hamline United Methodist Church in St. Paul, and trumpeter Martin Hodel ’01E (DMA), who teaches at St. Olaf College in St. Paul, join Bordner on the album.

By Nexus
Nexus Records, 2004

The album by the percussion ensemble featuring Bob Becker ’69E, ’71E (MM) and Bill Cahn ’68E was nominated for Canada’s 2005 Juno Awards in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.