Alum Authors 2021

 

 

The 2021 Alum Authors Celebration took place during Reunion Weekend, Saturday, August 7, 2021.  Books by participating authors are featured below.

 

 

River Town Girl: A Memoir

River Town Girl: A Memoir
$19.99

by Lynn Litterine BMC '96

River Town Girl: A Memoir is about growing up in a small, working-class town on the Hudson River in the 1950s, '60s, and early '70s. One mile away across the river is New York City, but it might just as well be a thousand miles away. The town, Edgewater, has 4,000 people. Cut off by the river, which runs along it on the east, and the Palisades cliffs, which run along it on the west, it is rich in eccentric characters, and its life is shaped by the rhythms of the Hudson. The town is fertile ground for the delights and the powers of story telling. Today that version of the town is gone, buried under New Jersey's high-rise Gold Coast.

This story is about how a child of the 1950s becomes an adolescent of the 1960s and gradually but finally finds the strength to finish growing up. A bookish only child, the power of words to make sense of the world is life saving for her. In her books as a child and in her mother's stories and her father's journals, she comes to know a self both damaged and resilient. Later stories told in psychotherapy make sense of the overwhelming anxiety that threatens her.

The author treats memory as more episodic and fluctuating than traditional narratives do. Written in prose, poetry, lists, fragments, and dialogue and in both facts and imaginings, this patchwork creates a complex, coming-of-age story about a girl, a family, a town, a river, and a time now gone.

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9781947175280
Publication Date: 
June 6, 2020
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Alchemical Harry Potter: Essays on Transfiguration in J.K. Rowling's Novels

Alchemical Harry Potter: Essays on Transfiguration in J.K. Rowling's Novels
$39.95

Edited by Anne Mamary BMC '86

When Harry Potter first boards the Hogwarts Express, he journeys to a world which Rowling says has alchemy as its "internal logic." The Philosopher's Stone, known for its power to transform base metals into gold and to give immortality to its maker, is the subject of the conflict between Harry and Voldemort in the first book of the series. But alchemy is not about money or eternal life, it is much more about the transformations of desire, of power and of people--through love. Harry's equally remarkable and ordinary power to love leads to his desire to find but not use the Philosopher's Stone at the start of the series and his wish to end the destructive power of the Elder Wand at the end. This collection of essays on alchemical symbolism and transformations in Rowling's series demonstrates how Harry's work with magical objects, people, and creatures transfigure desire, power, and identity. As Harry's leaden existence on Privet Drive is transformed in the company of his friends and teachers, the Harry Potter novels have transformed millions of readers, inspiring us to find the gold in our ordinary lives.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781476681344
Publication Date: 
January 5, 2021
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Gratitude for the Gifts Blessings for the Journey

Gratitude for the Gifts Blessings for the Journey
$19.95

by Nancy Masland BMC '56

Take a journey with Nancy Masland to California, Colorado, and Europe in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. In her memoir she recounts her experiences growing up in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including her travels to the American West. This detailed and action-packed autobiography provides a rare glimpse of life in the mid-twentieth century.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781736700204
Publication Date: 
February 26, 2021
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Oral Lake

Oral Lake
$20.00

by Mary Maxwell BMC '81

Just as the lyrics of Nine Over Sixes expressed anxiety about digital invasions into private experience, the nature-oriented chants of Mary Maxwell’s Oral Lake join in protest against virtual realms. “Metrical form creates a kind of paradoxical exemption from chronological time,” writes the poet in the afterword to her new collection of “reflectively dual” lyrics: “I’ve returned to my previous book’s subject of time and measure, but here it revolves around the recollections of a man-made lake,” a real place from her post-industrial West Virginia upbringing. In Oral Lake readers will discover that increasingly rare reading experience, a poetic cycle not formed of borrowed material and found texts, but true composition in which aspiration and accomplishment find fullest expression -- “lyrics in which the personal and the historical are indissolubly combined, songs of the past and present... leaning toward a future."

 

ISBN/SKU: 
9780980205367

Launching the Navy Family Support Program: A Heartfelt Blend of History and Memoir

Launching the Navy Family Support Program: A Heartfelt Blend of History and Memoir
$13.95

by Anne O'Keefe BMC '56

 A collection of facts and memories, Launching the Navy Family Support Program details the events of 40 years in an interwoven, multi-layered perspective. By curating her own memories and documents alongside key stories from the professionals who surrounded her, Dr. O'Keefe has brought readers an authentic telling of the men and women who built this program, and their often intermingled lives. Part historical account, part memoir, Dr. O'Keefe has crafted nonfiction that grabs your attention and keeps the pages turning.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781670059611

Yiddish Plays for Reading and Performance

Yiddish Plays for Reading and Performance
$26.95

by Nahma Sandrow BMC '61

Yiddish theater was first and foremost fine theater, with varied repertory and actors of high quality. The three stage-ready plays and nine individual scenes collected here, most of them well-known in Yiddish repertory but never before translated, offer an introduction to the full range of Yiddish theater. Fresh, lively, and accurate, these translations have been prepared for reading or performance by award-winning playwright and scholar Nahma Sandrow. They come with useful stage directions, notes, and playing histories, as well as comments by directors who have worked in both English and Yiddish theater. In the three full-length plays, a matriarch battles for control of her business and her family (Mirele Efros; or, The Jewish Queen Lear); two desperate women struggle over a man, who himself is struggling to change his life (Yankl the Blacksmith); and, in a charming fantasy village, a poetic village fiddler gambles on romance (Yoshke the Musician). The nine scenes from selected other plays are shaped to stand alone and range in genre from symbolist to naturalist, operetta to vaudeville, domestic to romantic to avant-garde. In her preface, Sandrow contextualizes the plays in modern Western theater history from the nineteenth century to the present. Yiddish Plays for Reading and Performance is not nostalgia--just a collection of good plays that also serves as an informed introduction to Yiddish theater at its liveliest.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781438481906
Publication Date: 
July 2, 2021

Transforming the Education of Lawyers: The Theory and Practice of Clinical Pedagogy

Transforming the Education of Lawyers: The Theory and Practice of Clinical Pedagogy
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by Ann Shalleck BMC '71

This book focuses on what and how to teach students about being a lawyer as they take responsibility for clients in a clinical course. The book identifies learning and lawyering theories as well as practical approaches to planning and teaching; it highlights how the four clinical methodologies-seminar, rounds, supervision, and fieldwork-reinforce and complement each other. The book illustrates clinical education's transformative potential to create ethical, skilled, thoughtful practitioners imbued with professional values of justice and service. With contributions by both seasoned and newer clinical educators, the book addresses issues faced by all who teach in experiential lawyering courses.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781611634594
Publication Date: 
May 1, 2014
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Don't Put the Boats Away

Don't Put the Boats Away
$16.95

by Ames Sheldon BMC '70

The sequel to the historical novel Eleanor's Wars, winner of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice: Fiction, Don't Put the Boats Away is a character-driven story about the privileged Sutton family's struggles with PTSD, alcoholism, divorce, and professional setbacks following World War II.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781631526022
Publication Date: 
August 27, 2019
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Lemons in the Garden of Love

Lemons in the Garden of Love
$16.95

by Ames Sheldon BMC '70

It's 1977 and Cassie Lyman, a graduate student in women's history, is struggling to find a topic for her doctoral dissertation. When she discovers a trove of drawings, suffrage cartoons, letters, and diaries at Smith College belonging to Kate Easton, founder of the Birth Control League of Massachusetts in 1916, she believes she has located her subject.

Digging deeper into Kate's life, Cassie learns that she and Kate are related--closely. Driven to understand why her family has never spoken of Kate, Cassie travels to Cape Ann to attend her sister's shotgun wedding, where she questions her female relatives about Kate--only to find herself soon afterward in the same challenging situation Kate faced.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781647420482
Publication Date: 
May 11, 2021
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(Con)textos femeninos: Antología de Escritos Españolas - Vol I: De Al-Ándalus Hasta El Siglo XVII

(Con)textos femeninos: Antología de Escritos Españolas - Vol I: De Al-Ándalus Hasta El Siglo XVII
$114.95

by Erika Sutherland BMC '86

(Con)textos femeninos: Antología de escritoras españolas, Tomo I: De Al-Ándalus hasta el siglo XVIII presenta poesía, drama y prosa de autoras de la Edad Media, el Renacimiento/Barroco y el siglo XVIII. Cada sección tiene introducciones sociohistóricas que esbozan el contexto histórico, el contexto social y el contexto de la mujer para situar la literatura. Se incluyen notas a pie de página en español para facilitar la comprensión de los textos. Al final de cada selección literaria aparece una corta biografía general de la escritora. La sección medieval tiene versiones árabes y hebreas de los escritos originalmente publicados en esas lenguas. Esta presentación bilingüe continúa en tomo II de (Con)textos femeninos que tiene literatura de escritoras españolas del siglo XIX hasta la actualidad.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781433131622
Publication Date: 
December 19, 2019