Bryn Mawr Authors

Don't Put the Boats Away

Don't Put the Boats Away
$16.95

by Ames Sheldon BMC '70

In the aftermath of World War II, the members of the Sutton family are reeling from the death of their "golden boy," Eddie. Over the next twenty-five years, they all struggle with loss, grief, and mourning. Daughter Harriet and son Nat attempt to fill the void Eddie left behind: Harriet becomes a chemist despite an inhospitable culture for career women in the 1940s and '50s, hoping to move into the family business in New Jersey, while Nat aims to be a jazz musician. Both fight with their autocratic father, George, over their professional ambitions as they come of age. Their mother, Eleanor, who has PTSD as a result of driving an ambulance during the Great War, wrestles with guilt over never telling Eddie about the horrors of war before he enlisted. As the members of the family attempt to rebuild their lives, they pay high prices, including divorce and alcoholism--but in the end, they all make peace with their losses, each in his or her own way.

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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Languages and Silence in the German-Polish Borderland

Languages and Silence in the German-Polish Borderland
$19.95

by Elizabeth R Vann BMC '85

Languages and Silence is an ethnography that focuses on a region of Silesia near Opole where the inhabitants speak three languages: Polish, German, and Silesian. The author spent several different extended periods of time living in a town that she calls Dobra, and she attempts to analyze the different ways that the inhabitants use the three languages and the situational, associational, political, and historical reasons they choose to speak whatever language they are speaking at any given moment.

Elizabeth R. Vann describes interpersonal situations in which a speaker uses specific words in one language or another for a particular purpose. Among the study's conclusions are that Silesian is associated with social familiarity and playfulness, while Polish is an expository register that makes a relatively intense, unidirectional claim on addressees' attention, and German is used as "a language of conflict."Additional dimensions of contrast have to do with speakers' "evaluations of cultural and temporal distance," with Silesian indicating cultural closeness (identity as well as indigeneity or archaism), Polish greater cultural distance (and fanciness), and German a farther extreme of otherness.

The author also argues that the analysis of this linguistic complexity can tell us a lot both about how individuals construct their ethnic and national identities, and how that construction is interwoven with psychology, politics, and history.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780940962743
Publication Date: 
March 15, 2017
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Stressed Years of Their Lives

Stressed Years of Their Lives
$17.99

by B. Janet Hibbs BMC '84 - Ph.D.

June 2020 (paperback)


From two leading child and adolescent mental health experts comes a guide for the parents of every college and college-bound student who want to know what's normal mental health and behavior, what's not, and how to intervene before it's too late.

"The title says it all...Chock full of practical tools, resources and the wisdom that comes with years of experience, The Stressed Years of their Lives is destined to become a well-thumbed handbook to help families cope with this modern age of anxiety."
-- Brigid Schulte, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of Overwhelmed and director of the Better Life Lab at New America

All parenting is in preparation for letting go. However, the paradox of parenting is that the more we learn about late adolescent development and risk, the more frightened we become for our children, and the more we want to stay involved in their lives. This becomes particularly necessary, and also particularly challenging, in mid- to late adolescence, the years just before and after students head off to college. These years coincide with the emergence of many mood disorders and other mental health issues.

When family psychologist Dr. B. Janet Hibbs's own son came home from college mired in a dangerous depressive spiral, she turned to Dr. Anthony Rostain. Dr. Rostain has a secret superpower: he understands the arcane rules governing privacy and parental involvement in students' mental health care on college campuses, the same rules that sometimes hold parents back from getting good care for their kids. Now, these two doctors have combined their expertise to corral the crucial emotional skills and lessons that every parent and student can learn for a successful launch from home to college.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781250113146
Publication Date: 
June 16, 2020
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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

(Con)textos femeninos: Antología de Escritos Españolas - Vol II: El Siglo XIX Hasta La Actualidad

(Con)textos femeninos: Antología de Escritos Españolas - Vol II: El Siglo XIX Hasta La Actualidad
$159.95

by Erika Sutherland BMC '86

(Con)textos femeninos: Antología de escritoras españolas, Tomo II: El siglo XIX hasta la actualidad presenta poesía, drama y prosa de autoras españolas del siglo XIX; el período desde la guerra hispano-americana hasta el fin de la guerra civil española (1898-1939); el período desde 1939 hasta la muerte del dictador Francisco Franco (1939-1975); y el período desde 1975 hasta la actualidad. 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. Esta antología sirve como una continuación de tomo I de (Con)textos femeninos, que presenta literatura de escritoras españolas de la Edad Media hasta el siglo XVIII.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781433166976
Publication Date: 
December 23, 2019

Caped Countess

Caped Countess
$10.99

by Judith Tabron BMC '90

By day, Lady Donnatella is a duke's silly daughter.

So she can save London lives by night.

When she stumbles into something larger than a street fight, everything she's balancing may come crashing down...

 

It's another lonely season for Tella, dancing and gaming madly while keeping marriage away. She cannot tell her family or friends that her true self is the one battling danger in the city's dark streets. Nor will anyone guess; she's perfected her disguise. Then her night-time alter ego is seen - just when she can no longer count on her best friend, or her beloved great-uncle. And the resulting fuss in the newspapers isn't making any of this easier. Nor is the reporter who saw her.

 

Henry Fitzwilliam, third son of a marquess, left London society to serve in the wars, and won't go back. He's devoted his life to telling the stories Britain needs to hear, and perhaps this Caped Count falls into that category. He can't be sure until he gets much, much closer.

 

Tella can handle a fight, but tracking a murderer is higher stakes. She might need someone at her back. Fitz might be the worst choice - or he might be more perfect than either of them suspects.

 

A new kind of Regency romance, full of action, adventure, and forever love

ISBN/SKU: 
9781953984029
Publication Date: 
July 15, 2021
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Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones

Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones
$17.95

by Rebecca Thompson BMC '01 

Exploring the science in George R. R. Martin's fantastical world, from the physics of an ice wall to the genetics of the Targaryens and Lannisters.

Game of Thrones is a fantasy that features a lot of made-up science--fabricated climatology (when is winter coming?), astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry, and biology. Most fans of George R. R. Martin's fantastical world accept it all as part of the magic. A trained scientist, watching the fake science in Game of Thrones, might think, "But how would it work?" In Fire, Ice, and Physics, Rebecca Thompson turns a scientist's eye on Game of Thrones, exploring, among other things, the science of an ice wall, the genetics of the Targaryen and Lannister families, and the biology of beheading. Thompson, a PhD in physics and an enthusiastic Game of Thrones fan, uses the fantasy science of the show as a gateway to some interesting real science, introducing GOT fandom to a new dimension of appreciation.

Thompson starts at the beginning, with winter, explaining seasons and the very elliptical orbit of the Earth that might cause winter to come (or not come). She tells us that ice can behave like ketchup, compares regular steel to Valyrian steel, explains that dragons are "bats, but with fire," and considers Targaryen inbreeding. Finally she offers scientific explanations of the various types of fatal justice meted out, including beheading, hanging, poisoning (reporting that the effects of "the Strangler," administered to Joffrey at the Purple Wedding, resemble the effects of strychnine), skull crushing, and burning at the stake.

Even the most faithful Game of Thrones fans will learn new and interesting things about the show from Thompson's entertaining and engaging account. Fire, Ice, and Physics is an essential companion for all future bingeing.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780262539616
Publication Date: 
November 10, 2020
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Irish Bride

Irish Bride
$15.99

by Sarah Woodbury BMC '90

August 1148. The wedding of Godfrid and Cait promises to be the event of the year, and even Gwen has made the journey across the Irish Sea to celebrate. Weddings can be moments around which tensions and resentments pivot, however, so when a monk turns up dead within moments of Gareth and Gwen's arrival in Ireland, the pair put on their sleuthing hats and get to work, racing to solve the mystery before it ruins Godfrid's big day.

Join Gareth & Gwen and their friends and companions for murder and mayhem in medieval Dublin in The Irish Bride, the 12th Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mystery.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781949589283
Publication Date: 
July 21, 2019

Price of Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Price of Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
$16.99

by Asja Young BMC '81 - published under the psuedonym Abigail Reynolds

In Love with His Brother's Betrothed...

As far as Fitzwilliam Darcy is concerned, the only good thing to come of Elizabeth Bennet's bitter refusal of his heart and his hand was his new resolve to prove himself a better man. He'd done it, too, by closing the painful distance between himself and his estranged younger brother, Drew. And now Drew is newly engaged to be married...to Elizabeth Bennet.

Family duty forces Darcy to support the engagement, especially since even the smallest hint of disapproval could ruin the brothers' hard-won reconciliation. But how can he bear to watch his brother marry the woman he loves? To see her in Drew's arms, bearing Drew's children, and forever out of his reach?

An Accidental Compromise

Elizabeth has no choice but to accept an engagement to handsome Drew Darcy. He's amiable, educated, and respectable, and if it weren't for his last name, she wouldn't even mind the idea. But to marry the brother of the gentleman she'd so coldly rejected only months before? Especially now that she realizes her feelings for him are far from sisterly. How can she marry Drew while longing for his brother? But the cost of breaking her engagement would be ruination, and with it, the loss of any hope of a life with Darcy.

Trapped by loyalty, love, and propriety, there is no way out. But old family secrets haunt the Darcy brothers. Could those secrets, when brought out in the open, change everything?

This intensely emotional variation on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice will make you fall in love with Elizabeth and Darcy all over again.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781954417014
Publication Date: 
December 15, 2020
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