Alum Authors 2021

 

 

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

 

 

From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence

From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence
$34.95

by Mindy Fullilove BMC '71

Excessive police violence and its disproportionate targeting of minority communities has existed in the United States since police forces first formed in the colonial period. A personal tragedy for its victims, for the people who love them, and for their broader communities, excessive police violence is also a profound violation of human and civil rights.

Most public discourse about excessive police violence focuses, understandably, on the horrors of civilian deaths. In From Enforcers to Guardians, Hannah L. F. Cooper and Mindy Thompson Fullilove approach the issue from a radically different angle: as a public health problem. By using a public health framing, this book challenges readers to recognize that the suffering created by excessive police violence extends far outside of death to include sexual, psychological, neglectful, and nonfatal physical violence as well.

Arguing that excessive police violence has been deliberately used to marginalize working-class and minority communities, Cooper and Fullilove describe what we know about the history, distribution, and health impacts of police violence, from slave patrols in colonial times to war on drugs policing in the present-day United States. Finally, the book surveys efforts, including Barack Obama's 2015 creation of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, to eliminate police violence, and proposes a multisystem, multilevel strategy to end marginality and police violence and to achieve guardian policing.

Aimed at anyone seeking to understand the causes and distributions of excessive police violence--and to develop interventions to end it--From Enforcers to Guardians frames excessive police violence so that it can be understood, researched, and taught about through a public health lens.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781421436449
Publication Date: 
January 14, 2020

Main Street: How a City's Heart Connects Us All

Main Street: How a City's Heart Connects Us All
$21.95

by Mindy Fullilove BMC '71 

Traverses the central thoroughfares of our cities to uncover the ways they bring together our communities

 

How do Main Streets contribute to our mental health? This intriguing question took social psychiatrist Mindy Thompson Fullilove on an 11-year search through 178 cities in 14 countries. As Andy Merrifield notes in the foreword, "Mindy has drifted through a lot of Main Streets, walked them, observed, talked to people, ordinary people as well as professional practitioners.

 

While she got to pace many miles of New York's Broadway, eat French patisseries as a flâneuse in Gay Paree, sip çay in Istanbul, and chill in Kyoto's dazzling Zen temples, her real concern is Main Street, USA, the more modest main stems of provincial America." From these visits Fullilove has discerned the larger architecture of Main Streets. She observes the ways that Main Streets are shaped for a vast array of social gatherings and processes, how they are a marker for
the integrity of civilization-and the marks aren't always good. She also looks at Main Streets as "an allée, a way that is part drama and part quotidian. While passing through, we get to look at one another, to sing, to recognize what we are, have been, might be." Her conclusion, that Main Streets are essential for gathering people and sharing information, emphasizes that tending our oft-neglected civic and commercial centers is a task worthy of us all.

 

ISBN/SKU: 
9781613321263
Publication Date: 
September 8, 2020

House on Fire

House on Fire
$17.00

by Bonnie Kistler BMC '75

"A masterfully written saga of family drama in the vein of Celeste Ng, Liane Moriarty, and Sally Hepworth" (Book Reporter) about a blended family in crisis after a drunk driving accident leaves one parent's daughter dead--and the other's son charged with manslaughter.

 

Divorce lawyer Leigh Huyett knows all too well that most second marriages are doomed to fail. Yet five years in, she and Pete Conley couldn't be happier with their blended family.

 

But one rainy Friday night, on the way back from celebrating their anniversary, Peter and Leigh receive horrific news. Peter's son Kip, a high school senior, has crashed his truck and been arrested for drunk driving. And Leigh's fourteen-year-old daughter, Chrissy, was with him.

 

Twelve hours later, Chrissy is dead and Kip is charged with manslaughter.

 

Reeling with grief, Leigh nonetheless does her best to rally behind Peter and Kip. That is, until Kip changes his story and claims that he wasn't driving after all--Chrissy was, and he swears there is a witness.

 

As they hurtle toward Kip's trial date, husband and wife are torn between loyalty to their children and to each other, while the mystery of what really happened that night looms large.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501198694
Publication Date: 
December 3, 2019
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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.

ISBN/SKU: 
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: 
December 22, 2020
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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: 
February 1, 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
$49.00

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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