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Books & Recordings


Understanding Teen Eating Disorders: Warning Signs, Treatment Options, and Stories of Courage

By Mary Tantillo et al

Routledge, 2018

Tantillo coauthors a guide to teen eating disorders presented as a series of case studies of common scenarios, with a series of treatment options for each. Tantillo is a professor of clinical nursing at Rochester’s School of Nursing and a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.

A Spectrum of Voices: Prominent American Voice Teachers Discuss the Teaching of Singing (Second Edition)

By Elizabeth Blades ’93E (DMA)

Rowman and Littlefield, 2018

Blades offers a new edition of the book in which she interviews prominent American voice teachers, incorporating updated observations about pedagogy, technology, and style, and several new participants. A second edition of her Singing with Your Whole Self: A Singer’s Guide to Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2017. Blades is the founder and director of Vocalhealthworks and an adjunct professor of music at Shenandoah University.

Educating Refugee-Background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts

Edited by Mary Jane Curry et al

Multilingual Matters, 2018

Curry, an associate professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School of Education, coedits a collection of empirical research exploring major issues in the education of adolescents and adults with refugee backgrounds living in North America, Australia, and Europe.

Words Marked by a Place: Local Histories in Central Oregon

By Jarold Ramsey

Oregon State University Press, 2018

Ramsey, a professor emeritus of English at Rochester, offers a series of interconnected writings on the human and natural history of central Oregon. Ramsey lives in Madras, Oregon.

Devotional Interaction in Medieval England and Its Afterlives

Edited by Steven Rozenski et al

Brill, 2018

Rozenski, an assistant professor of English at Rochester, coedits a collection of essays exploring “the interaction between medieval English worshippers and the material objects of their devotion.” The essays originated as presentations at a National Endowment for the Humanities–funded conference in York, UK, in 2014.

Depression as a Systemic Illness

Edited by James Strain and Michael Blumenfield ’60

Oxford University Press, 2018

Blumenfield coedits a collection of research findings exploring depression as a physical, as well as a mental, illness. Blumenfield is the Sidney E. Frank Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College.

Value Driven Healthcare and Geriatric Medicine: Implications for Today’s Changing Health System

By James Powers ’77M (MD/PhD)

Springer, 2018

Powers explores the origins, implications, challenges, and promise of value-based purchasing in medicine as a model to reward quality in health care delivery. Powers is a geriatrician and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University.

My Heroes and Their Stories of Survival

By Patrick Bastow ’75D

Bookbaby, 2017

Bastow, a retired dentist who served patients at the Canandaigua, New York, VA Medical Center, brings together memories shared with him by his patients who served in combat in World War II.

Art, Artifact, Commodity: Perspectives on the P. G. T. Black Collection

Edited by Robert Foster et al

Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, 2017

Foster, a professor of anthropology at Rochester, coedits a series of essays on one of the oldest and largest collections of material culture from the western Pacific Islands made by a single person—amassed between 1886 and 1916 and transferred to the Buffalo Museum of Science in 1938. Foster is also editor and contributor to a collection of essays, The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones: Pacific Islands Perspectives (Australian National University Press, 2018).

Last Roman’s Prayer

By John Caligiuri ’79S (MBA)

Insomnia Publishing, 2018

Caligiuri presents his third novel, an alternative history of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1452.

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

By Jennifer Donnelly ’85 et al

Schwartz & Wade, 2018

Donnelly is coauthor of a “collaborative novel” in which she and six other novelists reimagine the story of King Henry VIII and his wives, retelling the monarch’s history from multiple vantage points.

Manna City

By Geoffrey Pierce ’06 (MA)

CreateSpace, 2018

Pierce tells a tale of survival in which an escaped slave, a one-armed man, and a pregnant woman “travel through the scorched remnants of Earth, searching for the last remaining oasis, Manna City.”

The College Bound Organizer: The Ultimate Guide to Successful College Applications from Search through Admission

By Anna Costaras and Gail Liss ’80

Mango Media, 2017

Liss, cofounder of Bound to Organize, coauthors an updated edition of the college-application guide first published in 2013. Edward Fiske, author of Fiske Guide to Colleges, writes the foreword.

The New Email Revolution: Save Time, Make Money, and Write Emails People Actually Want to Read

By Robert Bly ’79

Skyhorse Publishing, 2018

Copywriter Bly offers a guide to crafting effective emails for business.

Introduction to Microfinance

By Todd Watkins ’84

World Scientific, 2018

Watkins, a professor of economics at Lehigh University, offers a nontechnical introduction to “the broad array of inclusive financial and nonfinancial services for the world’s poor.”

Health in Humanitarian Emergencies: Principles and Practice for Public Health and Healthcare Practitioners

Edited by David Townes ’89

Cambridge University Press, 2018

Townes, a professor of emergency medicine and adjunct professor of global health at the University of Washington, edits an up-to-date guide suggesting ways to better integrate clinical with overall emergency response efforts.

The Day the Sun Changed Colors

By Scott Evans ’84

CreateSpace, 2018

Evans presents his second comic novel, set more than 2,000 years in the future, when the sun bombards Earth with changing colors, causing societies to unravel.

Crisis in Grand Canyon

By Michelle Klaiman Rubin ’73

CreateSpace, 2017

In her novel about a rafting trip gone awry, Rubin intertwines the magic, lore, history, and science of the Grand Canyon into a tale of suspense.


The Classroom Sessions

By Robert Barrett ’88E

Third Street Music, 2018

Barrett, an assistant professor of recording arts and music business at North Central University in Minneapolis, presents a recording derived from classroom projects he has conducted in audio engineering and mixing techniques.

Archive Recordings, 1966–2008

By Max Stern ’69E

Max Stern, 2018

Composer Stern’s limited edition CD is “a retrospective of personal recordings that have never previously seen the light of day, but, nonetheless, constitute a significant part of my musical biography.”

Eastern Currents

By Ensemble 365

Romeo Records, 2018

Ensemble 365, featuring founding member and pianist Mirna Lekic ’02E, performs contemporary Asian music by several composers, including Ming-Hsiu Yen ’03E.

Assorted Colors

By Spin Cycle

Sound Footing Records, 2018

The jazz ensemble co-led by saxophonist Tom Christensen ’86E (MM) presents an eclectic mix of new compositions on the group’s second CD.


By Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Summit Records, 2017

Conductor Mallory Thompson ’85E (DMA) leads the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a diverse repertoire.

Theme and Variations

By Leslie Tung ’77E (MM)

MSR Classics, 2018

Keyboardist Tung performs Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven on a five-octave Viennese fortepiano.


By Vicente Avella ’98E (MM)

Pandora’s Boombox Records, 2018

Avella features original compositions which he performs on piano, accompanied by strings, guitars, vocals, percussion, and electronics.

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