Alum Authors 2021

 

 

The 2021 Alum Authors Celebration will take place during Reunion Weekend, Saturday, August 7.  Books by participating authors are featured below.  For more information about Reunion 2021, visit www.brynmawr.edu/alumnae/reunion

 

Berkeley

Berkeley
$24.95

by Margaret Atherton BMC '65

Presents a concise and comprehensive analysis of George Berkeley's thought and the impact of his intellectual contributions to philosophy

In this latest addition to the Blackwell Great Minds series, noted scholar of early modern philosophy Margaret Atherton examines Berkeley's most influential work and demonstrates the significant conceptual impact of his ideas in metaphysics and the philosophy of religion.

  • A concise and rigorous primer on Berkeley's essential writings and contributions to modern philosophy
  • Written by a leading scholar of early modern philosophy
  • Offers insight into the foundations of modern metaphysical and religious philosophy
  • Equips readers to find firm footing in Berkeley's wider body of published work in the canon of Western philosophy
ISBN/SKU: 
9781405149174
Publication Date: 
April 29, 2019
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Game of Cones

Game of Cones
$26.00

by Cynthia Blair BMC '75 - published under the psuedonym Cynthia Baxter

In Cynthia Baxter's fourth Lickety Splits Mystery, ice cream shoppe owner and amateur sleuth Kate McKAy doesn't waffle around scooping up new clientele at a historic hotel, but her hopes of becoming the Hudson Valley's reigning ice cream queen melt fast when murder checks-in!

 

From the moment Kate arrives at the imposing Mohawk Mountain Resort, not even luggage brimming with hot fudge can sweeten her stay. Instead of savoring alone time with her on-again boyfriend Jake and leading workshops on whipping together delectable frosty treats, she finds herself stranded at the isolated hotel with a small group of nutty characters--and a dead body.

 

When the corpse of wealthy cosmetics executive Bethany La Montaigne is suddenly found following a blackout, any of the five strangers trapped with Kate and Jake could be the killer. Chilled to the core, Kate vows to discover whether the victim's mortal enemy was a smooth-talking playboy, bubbly millennial, mousy librarian, charming Englishman, or the Mohawk's creepy general manager...

 

Bethany's life was chock full of scandals and there's little doubt that someone refused to endure another taste. With just a sprinkling of clues, it's up to Kate to bring justice to a culprit who believes that revenge is a dish best served cold...

ISBN/SKU: 
9781496726827
Publication Date: 
November 24, 2020

Last Licks

Last Licks
$15.95

by Cynthia Blair BMC '75 - published under the psuedonym Cynthia Baxter

It's autumn in the Hudson Valley, and Kate McKay has some tricks up her sleeve for a deliciously spooky season at her Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe. But with a cold-blooded murderer thrown into the mix, the scares are about to become a little too real . . .

Kate receives the shock of a lifetime when she's blindsided by an offer she can't refuse. An assistant movie director desperately wants to shoot a key scene at Lickety Splits and she's willing to pay big bucks to sweeten the last-minute deal. All Kate has to do is tolerate a bustling film crew for a few hours and provide one important prop--a scoop of handmade ice cream . . .

But when up-and-coming actress Savannah Crane drops dead after spooning down some chocolate almond fudge, Kate's first taste of Hollywood might be her last. Determined to clear her name, Kate finds herself churning through a long list of unsavory characters to catch the real killer lurking around town. As she uncovers the truth about the jealous rivals and obsessive stalkers who haunted Savannah's life, Kate soon realizes that tangling with the late starlet's "fans" could make this her most terrifying fall yet . . .

ISBN/SKU: 
9781496714190
Publication Date: 
August 25, 2020

Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar

Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar
$25.00

by Kavita Das BMC '96

Dancer, film actor, Hindustani classical singer – Lakshmi Shankar was all this and more. Starting her journey as a teenager in Uday Shankar’s breakthrough troupe, she ventured into playback singing after a tragic illness cut short her dance career, going on to be the voice behind films such as Richard Attenborough’s critically acclaimed Gandhi. But her ultimate artistry lay in Hindustani classical music. In this book, Kavita Das, who has known her since childhood, traces Lakshmi’s fascinating story that culminated in a Grammy nomination in 2009. Poignant Song explores the Dancer, film actor, Hindustani classical singer – Lakshmi Shankar was all this and more. Starting her journey as a teenager in Uday Shankar’s breakthrough troupe, she ventured into playback singing after a tragic illness cut short her dance career, going on to be the voice behind films such as Richard Attenborough’s critically acclaimed Gandhi. But her ultimate artistry lay in Hindustani classical music. In this book, Kavita Das, who has known her since childhood, traces Lakshmi’s fascinating story that culminated in a Grammy nomination in 2009. Poignant Song explores the journey of Indian music to the West through the remarkable life of a great artisteof Indian music to the West through the remarkable life of a great artiste.
ISBN/SKU: 
9789352777730
Publication Date: 
December 18, 2018

Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood

Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood
$29.95

by Dawn Dow BMC ' 96

Mothering While Black examines the complex lives of the African American middle class--in particular, black mothers and the strategies they use to raise their children to maintain class status while simultaneously defining and protecting their children's "authentically black" identities. Sociologist Dawn Marie Dow shows how the frameworks typically used to research middle-class families focus on white mothers' experiences, inadequately capturing the experiences of African American middle- and upper-middle-class mothers. These limitations become apparent when Dow considers how these mothers apply different parenting strategies for black boys and for black girls, and how they navigate different expectations about breadwinning and childrearing from the African American community. At the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, work, family, and culture, Mothering While Black sheds light on the exclusion of African American middle-class mothers from the dominant cultural experience of middle-class motherhood. In doing so, it reveals the painful truth of the decisions that black mothers must make to ensure the safety, well-being, and future prospects of their children.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780520300323
Publication Date: 
March 12, 2019

News of the Earth

News of the Earth
$24.95

by Betty Ferber BMC '61

"Homero is one of the planet's great environmental heroes."--Jacob Scherr, Director of Global Strategy & Advocacy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC

News of the Earth chronicles Homero Aridjis's relationship with the natural world through his writings and his activism as president of the Grupo de los Cien [Group of 100], Mexico's influential environmental group composed of one hundred prominent personalities in the arts, culture, and science, which Aridjis founded in 1985. Under his leadership, the group's efforts led to a ban on the capture and commercialization of sea turtles, legislation reducing the amount of lead in gasoline, daily monitoring of air quality in Mexico City, and official designation of sanctuaries for the monarch butterfly. Aridjis waged a lifelong battle against threats to endangered ecosystems and wildlife in his country, many with global implications, including campaigns to save the gray whale, bottle-nosed dolphin, bee population, giant saguaro cactus, endangered coral reefs, and rainforests of Mexico. This book highlights these crucial battles, with detailed documentation of critical environmental victories.

Homero Aridjis, one of Latin America's foremost literary figures, is the author of forty-eight books of poetry and prose. He served as Mexico's Ambassador to Switzerland, The Netherlands, and UNESCO, and as president of PEN International. He received awards from the United Nations (Global 500 Award), the Orion Society, Mikhail Gorbachev, Global Green USA, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Betty Ferber Aridjis was born in New York and graduated from Bryn Mawr College. She served as the International Coordinator of the Grupo de los Cien (Group of 100) since its founding in 1985. Her lifelong commitment to the environment was also honored by Mikhail Gorbachev and by Global Green USA with the Green Cross Millennium Award for International Environmental Leadership. She is the translator of several books by Homero Aridjis into English.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781942134091
Publication Date: 
December 26, 2017
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Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty

Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty
$32.50

Ghostwritten by Catherine Fredman BMC '80

In his much-anticipated memoir, The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies Leonard A. Lauder shares the business and life lessons he learned as well as the adventures he had while helping transform the mom-and-pop business his mother founded in 1946 in the family kitchen into the beloved brand and ultimately into the iconic global prestige beauty company it is today.

In its infancy in the 1940s and 50s, the company comprised a handful of products, sold under a single brand in just a few prestigious department stores across the United States. Today, The Estée Lauder Companies constitutes one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of prestige skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. It comprises more than 25 brands, whose products are sold in over 150 countries and territories. This growth and success was led by Leonard A. Lauder, Estée Lauder's oldest son, who envisioned and effected this expansion during a remarkable 60-year tenure, including leading the company as CEO and Chairman.

In this captivating personal account complete with great stories as only he can tell them, Mr. Lauder, now known as The Estée Lauder Companies' "Chief Teaching Officer," reflects on his childhood, growing up during the Great Depression, the vibrant decades of the post-World War II boom, and his work growing the company into the beauty powerhouse it is today. Mr. Lauder pays loving tribute to his mother Estée Lauder, its eponymous founder, and to the employees of the company, both past and present, while sharing inside stories about the company, including tales of cutthroat rivalry with Charles Revson of Revlon and others. The book offers keen insights on honing ambition, leveraging success, learning from mistakes, and growing an international company in an age of economic turbulence, uncertainty, and fierce competition.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780062990945
Publication Date: 
November 17, 2020
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Transforming Nokia

Transforming Nokia
$28.00

Ghostwritten by Catherine Fredman BMC '80


The great Nokia turnaround--universal business lessons for leaders in any industry
Nokia once dominated the smartphone industry. It was to mobile phones was Kleenex is to facial tissues. Then iPhones and Androids appeared out of nowhere and pushed Nokia off the cliff. In just four years, the company lost over 90 percent of its value. Revenues were in freefall; massive layoffs became common. Pundits predicted that bankruptcy wasn't a matter of if, it was a matter of when.
Then something equally shocking occurred. In record time, Nokia bounced back. With a vengeance. Nokia reinvented itself and is now the second-biggest player in the $100 billion-dollar global wireless market.
In Transforming Nokia, the man who orchestrated and led Nokia's comeback--Chairman of the Board Risto Siilasmaa--reveals the story of Nokia's fall and resurrection. He reveals the inside story of the collapse and provides survival strategies and change-management methods any business leader can take to the bank. You'll learn how to harness the power of what Siilasmaa calls "paranoid optimism" and apply his winning entrepreneurial leadership model to rise above any challenge and drive sustainable success.
Whether you lead a team or a corporate division, head a start-up or a massive organization, and whether your business is on the rocks or running smoothly, Transforming Nokiaprovides everything you need to sharpen your foresight, expand your options, seize opportunities, and thrive, no matter what changes tomorrow brings.

 

ISBN/SKU: 
9781260128727
Publication Date: 
October 11, 2018
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Girl Who Was No Kin to the Marshalls and Other Stories

Girl Who Was No Kin to the Marshalls and Other Stories
$28.00

by Anne Freeman BMC '56

With ten seemingly light, though occasionally shocking short stories, Anne Hobson Freeman carries the reader back to the joys and the fears, the yearnings and cockeyed values of assorted Virginians in the mid-twentieth-century South.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781736898956
Publication Date: 
September 21, 2021

Postcolonial Satire: Indian Fiction and the Reimagining of Menippean Satire

Postcolonial Satire: Indian Fiction and the Reimagining of Menippean Satire
$100.00

by Amy Friedman BMC '86

Postcolonial Satire: Indian Fiction and the Reimagining of Menippean Satire positions postcolonial South Asian satiric fiction at the intersection of the cutting-edge territory of political resistance writing and the ancient tradition of Menippean satire. Postcolonial Satire disrupts the relationship between postcolonial literature and magic realism, by discussing the work of writers such as G. V. Desani, Aubrey Menen, Salman Rushdie, and Irwin Allan Sealy as one movement into the entirely subversive realm of satire. Indian fiction, as well as the fiction of other colonized cultures, can be re-construed through the lens of satire as openly critical of a broad spectrum of political and cultural issues. Employing the strengths of postcolonial theory and criticism, Postcolonial Satire expands upon the postcolonial works of these authors by analyzing them as satire, rather than magical realism with satirical elements.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781498571968
Publication Date: 
October 16, 2019
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