Alum Authors 2024

Synaesthesium: Poems

Synaesthesium: Poems
$22.00

by Moira Egan BMC '84

Synæsthesium is an unusual exploration of ekphrasis--poetry that takes a real or imagined work of art as its muse. The first half of the book, Olfactorium, is inspired by various fragrances and the olfactory flashbacks--real or imagined--induced by them. From everyday Old Spice to exotic Casbah, the poems take the reader on journeys peppered with the luscious language of perfumery. The second part, Love and Work, is based on the works of Suzanne Valadon, the bold and unconventional model-turned-artist, peer and probable lover of Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other painters. The poetic forms--sonnets, syllabics, a villanelle, a rondeau--reflect the content of the paintings and drawings of this great and under-appreciated artist.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781594039782
Publication Date: 
December 19, 2017
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Bedtime for Cranky Crab

Bedtime for Cranky Crab
$9.99

Cristina Ergunay BMC '94

This sweet rhyming padded board book is perfect for cranky kiddos not quite ready for bed, perfect for fans of Grumpy Monkey and The Pout-Pout Fish!

 

Cranky Crab is NOT ready for bed. The sea creatures around him are all drifting off to sleep, but he just wants to eat snacks and play! Maybe what he really needs is... a bedtime kiss!Follow Cranky Crab as he travels past dolphins, starfish, seals, and more, all snuggling down in their habitats. As night falls, the water darkens and colors change, lulling Cranky Crab -- and the reader -- to sleep.This sweet, rhyming text is brought to life in unique, soft technicolor, and the dreamy underwater world will soothe even the crankiest little crabs!

ISBN/SKU: 
9781338357967
Publication Date: 
May 5, 2020
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Trouble With You

Trouble With You
$19.00

by Ellen Feldman BMC '64

"Rich in colorful characters, Feldman's riveting tale is one of resilience, determination, and hope." --Booklist

In an exuberant post WWII New York City, a young woman is forced to reinvent her life and choose between the safe and the ethical, and the men who represent each...

 

Set in New York City in the heady aftermath of World War II when the men were coming home, the women were exhaling in relief, and everyone was having babies, The Trouble With Youis the story of a young woman whose rosy future is upended in a single instant. Raised never to step out of bounds, educated in one of the Sister Seven Colleges for a career as a wife and mother, torn between her cousin Mimi who is determined to keep her a "nice girl"--the kind that marries a doctor--and her aunt Rose who has a rebellious past of her own, Fanny struggles to raise her young daughter and forge a new life by sheer will and pluck. When she gets a job as a secretary to the "queen" of radio serials--never to be referred to as soaps--she discovers she likes working, and through her friendship with an actress who stars in the series and a man who writes them, comes face to face with the blacklist which is destroying careers and wrecking lives. Ultimately, Fanny must decide between playing it safe or doing what she knows is right in this vivid evocation of a world that seems at once light years away and strangely immediate.

 

ISBN/SKU: 
9781250879462
Publication Date: 
February 20, 2024
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Solve Not Serve

Solve Not Serve
$35.00

Kelly Griffin BMC '99

"This is not just 'outside-the-box' thinking. This is 'set the box on fire, throw it over a cliff, and start inventing entirely new shapes' thinking."

 

In Solve, Not Serve: What Other Nonprofit Management Books Won't Tell You, author Kelly E. Griffin proposes a long-overdue paradigm shift within the social sector. Her insights are gleaned from decades of experience as a nonprofit strategist and advisor, extensive research and analysis, and perspectives from dozens of inspirational and effective nonprofit leaders, funders, and independent thinkers.

 

With piercing honesty and charming wit, Griffin offers compelling ideas and strategies that provide viable solutions for solving the biggest problems our society faces today.

 

This guidebook will motivate employees, volunteers, and financial supporters of the nonprofit sector to:

  • Define clear priorities
  • Develop sustainable leadership
  • Make brave decisions
  • Stand up to unreasonable funder expectations
  • Apply only the most relevant practices from for-profit business

 

Solve, Not Serve will empower and inspire you if, like Griffin, you are dedicated to making the world a better place.

ISBN/SKU: 
9798885041126
Publication Date: 
May 2, 2022
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Badass Grief

Badass Grief
$17.95

by Jennifer Hassel BMC '79

Badass Grief is for those who want to translate grief into action or live a bigger, braver life by reaching beyond self-imposed limitations.

When she looked for ways to remember her dead husband, Jennifer found suggestions to buy something, a one-and-done task. Longing to keep Mark's memory alive, she chose a different method-practicing his fearless approach to life. First, she gets a motorcycle license. In the following years, she wears a bikini in a Las Vegas fitness contest, attends trapeze school, tries heli-skiing, and becomes a registered nurse.

Eventually, Jennifer realizes she has the strength to live on her own terms-alone. Then, a former boyfriend gets in touch, and Jennifer faces the scariest challenge of all. Can she find lasting love again?

ISBN/SKU: 
9798888242650
Publication Date: 
March 26, 2024
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Snape: The definitive analysis of Hogwarts's mysterious potions master

Snape: The definitive analysis of Hogwarts's mysterious potions master
$19.99

by Lorrie Kim BMC '89

This fully revised and expanded edition of Lorrie Kim's classic work digs deep into the life and legend of Severus Snape, fan-favorite of the Harry Potter series

While the Harry Potter series may follow the journey of the Boy Who Lived, if you want to know the whole story, keep your eyes fixed on Severus Snape. This greasy-haired, grumpy genius, one of J.K. Rowling's most enduring gifts to English literature, is the archetypal ill-tempered teacher: demanding, acerbic, and impossible to ignore. Over the span of seven novels, Snape's remarkable role in the series can be hard to parse: Where do his true allegiances lie? Can a former Death Eater change his spots? Why does he seem to loathe the boy he's pledged to protect?

 

Taking an analytical approach to Hogwarts's irascible, protective Potions professor, author Lorrie Kim presents a closer look at how Dumbledore's double agent operates behind the scenes throughout the Harry Potterseries. By examining the story from Snape's point of view, this in-depth exploration pierces the defenses of the wizarding world's famed Occlumens, revealing the man for who he truly is: one of pop culture's most memorable heroes.

 

ISBN/SKU: 
9781956403077
Publication Date: 
October 18, 2022
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Manhood Factories

Manhood Factories
$27.50

by Paula Lupkin BMC '89

Between the Civil War and the Great Depression, the Young Men's Christian Association built more than a thousand community centers across the United States and in major cities around the world. Dubbed "manhood factories" by Teddy Roosevelt, these iconic buildings served as athletic centers and residential facilities for a rapidly growing urban male population.

In Manhood Factories, Paula Lupkin goes behind the reserved Beaux-Arts facades of typical YMCA buildings constructed in this period to understand the urban anxieties, moral agendas, and conceptions of masculinity that guided their design, construction, and use. She shows that YMCA patrons like J. P. Morgan, Cyrus McCormick Jr., and John Wanamaker hoped to create "Christian clubhouses" that would counteract the corrupting influences of the city. At first designed by leading American architects, including James Renwick Jr. and William Le Baron Jenney, and then standardized by the YMCA's own building bureau, YMCAs combined elements of men's clubs, department stores, hotels, and Sunday schools. Every aspect of the building process was informed by this mission, Lupkin argues, from raising funds, selecting the site and the architect, determining the exterior style, arranging and furnishing interior spaces, and representing the buildings in postcards and other printed materials.

Beginning with the early history of the YMCA and the construction of New York City's landmark Twenty-third Street YMCA of 1869, Lupkin follows the efforts of YMCA leaders to shape a modern yet moral public culture and even define class, race, ethnicity, and gender through its buildings. Illustrated with many rarely seen photographs, maps, and drawings, Manhood Factories offers a fascinating new perspective on a venerable institution and its place in America's cultural and architectural history.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780816648351
Publication Date: 
March 23, 2010

Shaping the American Interior

Shaping the American Interior
$64.95

by Paula Lupkin BMC '89

Bringing together 12 original essays, Shaping the American Interior maps out, for the first time, the development and definition of the field of interiors in the United States in the period from 1870 until 1960. Its interdisciplinary approach encompasses a broad range of people, contexts, and practices, revealing the design of the interior as a collaborative modern enterprise comprising art, design, manufacture, commerce, and identity construction. Rooted in the expansion of mass production and consumption in the last years of the nineteenth century, new and diverse structures came to define the field and provide formal and informal contexts for design work. Intertwined with, but distinct from, architecture and merchandising, interiors encompassed a diffuse range of individuals, institutions, and organizations engaged in the definition of identity, the development of expertise, and the promotion of consumption. This volume investigates the fluid pre-history of the American profession of interior design, charting attempts to commoditize taste, shape modern conceptions of gender and professionalism, define expertise and authority through principles and standards, marry art with industry and commerce, and shape mass culture in the United States.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781138697706
Publication Date: 
April 24, 2018
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Late Epistle

Late Epistle
$15.00

by Anne Myles BMC '84

Winner of 2022 Sappho's Prize in Poetry

 

Late Epistle is a rare first book, one that radiates all the pleasures of poetry-sound, form, and figurative language, among others-but also one that evidences a life transformed by discovery. Read and marvel at Anne Myles's prowess, then read again to be forever changed by her vulnerability and depth of feeling. This "dark and lustrous" book permits entry into the "not-yet-known" with miraculous clarity.
-Natasha Sajé, author of The Future Will Call You Something Else

 

A sensual imagination informs these poems with startling images and line turns that astonish. I love the childhood narratives, the family sadnesses and secrets revealed, the tender, wise observations. Formally inventive, the poems that showcase a woman-loving-woman anchor the speaker in a story of self-invention and a sustainable life.
-Robin Becker, author of The Black Bear Inside Me

 

Muriel Rukeyser asks, "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?" In this candid, emphatically visceral collection, Anne Myles speaks her truth with unflinching ardency, astonishing the reader with poems that are both masterfully crafted and strikingly forthright. Reading this book, I experienced the pure delight of a strongly female voice claiming its identity and purpose.
-Martha Silano, author of Gravity Assist

 

In Late Epistle, Anne Myles has given us a thoughtful and moving account of her journey to become a poet, singing in a voice (Athena-like, sprung fully formed) that is lyrical and tender, honest and unsparing. In poems of family, loss, love, grief, and the ongoing quest to find and express the true self, the deep intelligence of the work shines through in evocative imagery, lovely language, and subtle yet effective uses of form.
-Moira Egan, author of Amore e morte

 

ISBN/SKU: 
9798987763605
Publication Date: 
July 3, 2023
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Who's Writing This Story?!

Who's Writing This Story?!
$19.99

by Robin Newman BMC '89

Who's the real boss of a story? The writer or the characters who live to tell the tale? Or both together?

Follow the three little pigs as they argue with the writer over what kind of story to tell. Will the hero become the villain? Find out in this fun introduction to the essential components all great stories need.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781954354296
Publication Date: 
May 7, 2024
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