Bryn Mawr Authors

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.
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9781476681344
Publication Date: 
January 5, 2021
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Between Persecution and Participation

Between Persecution and Participation
$19.95

by Penny Milbouer BMC '67

This is the story of a crushingly ordinary man who had the misfortune to live in the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. The son of a baptized Jewish father and a Protestant mother, Willy Wiemokli (1908-1983) was declared a half-Jew by the laws of the Third Reich, and because of this, he and his father were briefly interned in Buchenwald. Although his father was eventually executed in Auschwitz in 1943, Willy went on to become an accountant for J. A. Topf & Söhne, the manufacturer of the ovens used in the death of his father as well as thousands of others in concentration camps. Persecuted by the Nazis, he also participated, minimally, in the Nazi-led genocide. This paradox and Willy's liminal status gives his fascinating biography historical significance, adding a new dimension to our understanding of what the Nazi race policies meant to ordinary Germans. In this brief telling of an otherwise average man's life, Schüle and Sowade reveal the pervasive and long-term effect of the race laws. Based solely on archival records, Willy's story gives insight into the muddled and impossible choices of vulnerable individuals living under the Third Reich and the blurred boundaries between victim, bystander, and accomplice.
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9780815636168
Publication Date: 
October 29, 2018
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Aeneas

Aeneas
$34.95

by Lee Pearcy, Research Associate, Department of Greek, Latin and Classical Studies

The central character of Vergil's Aeneid seems to elude readers. To some, he is unlikable; to others, he seems unreal, a figure on which to hang a plot. Aeneas discovers a tragic figure whose defining virtue depends on a past that has been stripped from him, and whose destiny blocks him from the knowledge of the future that gives meaning to his life. His choices, silences, tears, and anger reflect an existential struggle that, in the end, he loses. Aeneas is a hero of the Trojan War, a time as distant from Vergil as Vergil is from us, but he is also a literary character created in response to political chaos and civil strife as the Roman Republic gave way to the Augustan empire. Lee T. Pearcy's book creates an Aeneas for our time: an age of liquid modernity, when identities seem fungible and precarious, amid a moment of political conflict and collapsing institutions. This volume gives readers new translations and close readings of important passages, and it restores Aeneas to the center of Rome's most important poem.

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9780472054909
Publication Date: 
July 19, 2021
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Amelia Finds Her Voice

Amelia Finds Her Voice
$12.99
Amelia was a happy girl but she became sad and withdrawn when her parents separated. She felt that no one listened to her. Little by little, she learned to express her needs and things improved. By the end of the book, her parents are still divorcing but they all work together: they know that they are still a family even though they live in different houses. Amelia went back to her old self and things were much better.
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9780578766638
Publication Date: 
October 29, 2020
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Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi
$24.00

Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and renowned memoirist, is one of the most widely read writers of post-World War II Italy. His works are characterized by the lean, dispassionate eloquence with which he approaches his experience of incarceration in Auschwitz. His memoirs--as well as his poetry and fiction and his many interviews--are often taught in several fields, including Jewish studies and Holocaust studies, comparative literature, and Italian language and literature, and can enrich the study of history, psychology, and philosophy.

The first part of this volume provides instructors with an overview of the available editions, anthologies, and translations of Levi's work and identifies other useful classroom aids, such as films, music, and online resources. In the second part, contributors describe different approaches to teaching Levi's work. Some, in presenting Survival in Auschwitz, The Reawakening, and The Drowned and the Saved, look at the place of style in Holocaust testimony and the reliability of memory in autobiography. Others focus on questions of translation, complicated by the untranslatable in the language and experiences of the concentration camps, or on how Levi incorporates his background as a chemist into his writing, most clearly in The Periodic Table.

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9781603291484
Publication Date: 
November 1, 2014

Artist and the Orchard

Artist and the Orchard
$20.00

Artist Linda Hoffman saved an orchard and reshaped her life at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, Massachusetts. When she moved to the farm she didn't know anything about apple-growing. More than twenty years later, the farm is one of the few organic pick-your-own orchards in New England, as well as a hub for a thriving community of visual artists, writers, and spiritual seekers. Hoffman, the mother of three children, a Zen practitioner, and a breast cancer survivor, has now written about her extraordinary journey in The Artist and the Orchard: A Memoir.

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9780931507229
Publication Date: 
November 10, 2021
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Bad Animal

Bad Animal
$17.00

Bad Animal is a collection of poems about the body, about violence, about safety, a meditation on love, sex, and death. It explores the body's changing relationship to desire in the aftermath of incredible sexual trauma, and how we societally reconcile the beauty of the world we live in with intense emotional pain. Bad Animal is a collection of poems that remind the reader we are all made of flesh and bone and while flesh is temporary and fragile, bone is hard and resilient: both are needed to be whole. Nature is present throughout these poems which echoes the real world-a world that needs both vulture and carcass, a world that needs both dark and light.


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Oh, Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer's Bad Animal is a marvelously macabre and bewitching book! Here is a poet who plunges headlong into haunting intersections of faith, nature, sex, and violence, evoking for us the allures and the horrors of death, enlivening the body and stirring up questions about the future. Conjuring a world where Danger sometimes wears the face of Pleasure, and vice versa, these poems unfold a menagerie of incisive, visceral images you won't soon forget. Bratt-Pfotenhauer's language glows and pulses like an ember in the dark.
Gabrielle Bates, author of Judas Goat Bad Animal is fierce, smart, knows language as a kind of mating dance with the reader, a lever into the interior, and a demon possession. It's aware of its body as text and texture, a source of hurt and a source of rapture. It has a hawk heart and a crow mind. Bad Animal is memorable for its avidity, its "renegade" desire, its scholarship of "little violences". It puts you under a spell. It gallops inside you.


Bruce Smith, author of Devotions


It's a miracle for a poetry collection to wind up so smart and so moving at once. I read Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer's Bad Animal in one gulp, then reopened it and started over, for it rewards study. Brave new offering to the literary world, and the first of many books I'll buy from this astonishing young poet. Buy this book!

Mary Karr, author of Tropic of Squalor and The Liar's Club


Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer's Bad Animal subtly questions the contours of comfort throughout the inevitable cycles of life-beginnings, endings, death, pain, love. This book is at once a soothing lyrical balm with the sonic authority of a bomb. Read it and experience the power of a deftly written and precisely conceived work of art.
Airea D. Matthews, author of Simulacra & Bread and Circus



ISBN/SKU: 
9781736138687
Publication Date: 
July 1, 2023

Barcelona

Barcelona
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by Gary W. McDonogh - Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities

Barcelona has existed as a settlement for two millennia. Early civilizations shaped the city before it achieved, in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, global power as a trading metropolis and empire capital. After a long struggle with the unifying Spanish state, the city revived, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as an industrial and commercial powerhouse. It became a center of culture, ornamented by modern planning and wondrous works by Gaudí and others. Barcelona became known as "The Rose of Fire" home to revolutionaries and anarchists. Creativity and conflict continued to shape Barcelona in the twentieth century, as its citizens faced the Spanish Republic, Civil War and Franco's dictatorship. Linking social and cultural currents to the rich architectural and experiential heritage of this multi-layered city, McDonogh and Martínez-Rigol reveal Barcelona's hidden history to modern-day visitors and residents alike.

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9780745670706
Publication Date: 
November 28, 2018
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Book of Boy

Book of Boy
$7.99

A Newbery Honor Book * Booklist Editors' Choice * BookPage Best Books * Chicago Public Library Best Fiction * Horn Book Fanfare * Kirkus Reviews Best Books * Publishers Weekly Best Books * Wall Street Journal Best of the Year * An ALA Notable Book

A young outcast is swept up into a thrilling and perilous medieval treasure hunt in this award-winning literary page-turner by acclaimed bestselling author Catherine Gilbert Murdock. The Book of Boy was awarded a Newbery Honor. "A treat from start to finish."--Wall Street Journal

Boy has always been relegated to the outskirts of his small village. With a hump on his back, a mysterious past, and a tendency to talk to animals, he is often mocked by others in his town--until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus. Impressed with Boy's climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him into an action-packed and suspenseful expedition across Europe to gather seven precious relics of Saint Peter.

Boy quickly realizes this journey is not an innocent one. They are stealing the relics and accumulating dangerous enemies in the process. But Boy is determined to see this pilgrimage through until the end--for what if St. Peter has the power to make him the same as the other boys?

This epic and engrossing quest story by Newbery Honor author Catherine Gilbert Murdock is for fans of Adam Gidwitz's The Inquisitor's Tale and Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and for readers of all ages. Features a map and black-and-white art by Ian Schoenherr throughout.

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9780062686213
Publication Date: 
May 5, 2020

Book of Growing

Book of Growing
$5.00
This book tells the story of a group of kindergartners and college students as they explore what it means to grow. Reading it, children will find out that growing includes learning about their bodies, where food comes from, and beautiful places in the world. The book is a culmination of "The Growing Project," a curriculum created by college students working in partnership with a kindergarten class. It is a celebration of children's voices and learners self-worth at every stage of development -- a narrative about and by young people who embark on a journey of discovery that connects their own health and future with that of the world. "I like it!" -AL, Thorne Kindergarten Student "It's awesome!" -JM, Thorne Kindergarten Student "How can we grow a better world? This questions turns a group of children into explorers - of their neighborhood and the neighborhoods of distant continents. They learn that sharing and caring for the world take root when they grow together. Delightful illustrations spark a story that will inspire kids and the grown-ups who care for them." -J.C Todd, grandmother and Lecturer in Creative Writing, Bryn Mawr College "Children will love this fanciful and informative book about what they do best: growing! All readers will find inspiration in how the book itself grew -- a vital collaboration among college students and kindergarten creating a curriculum, and a vision, to help the world." -Alice Lesnick, PH.D., Director/Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program To learn more about "The Growing Project," please visit: thejourneyofgrowing.wordpress.com All proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit Titagya Schools in Northern Ghana, a pre-school and kindergarten enterprise that shares the book's vision and values. To find out more, please visit: http: //titagyaschools.org/wordpress
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9781499249156
Publication Date: 
May 27, 2014