May 28, 2011
Monument Eternal: The Music of Alice Coltrane
Franya Berkman, assistant professor of music, offers a biography of Alice Coltrane, an African American avant-garde composer, improviser, guru, and widow of jazz musician John Coltrane.
Wesleyan University Press, 2010. 160 pages. $19.
The Simpering, North Dakota Literary Society
George Skipworth, assistant professor of music, offers a work of historical fiction and humor—set against the backdrop of the suffrage movement in 1919—in which card shark and ex-nun Farika Zingarella wins the greatest poker game in history. The prize? The town of Simpering, North Dakota. Gathering five female geniuses to her side, she establishes a prairie empire.
Rosslare Press, 2010. 242 pages. $15.
Socratic Moral Psychology
Nicholas Smith, Miller Professor of Humanities, coauthors a text that argues against the orthodox view of Socratic intellectualism and offers in its place a comprehensive alternative account that explains why Socrates believed that emotions, desires, and appetites can influence human motivation and lead to error.
Cambridge University Press, 2010. 284 pages. $81.
The Mindfulness Code: Keys for Overcoming Stress, Anxiety, Fear, and Unhappiness
Donald Altman M.A. ’04, a psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk, describes how mindfulness and meditation can help transform mind, body, spirit, and relationships.
New World Library, 2010. 288 pages. $12.
The Anthology of Rap
Adam Bradley B.A. ’96 coedits a pioneering anthology that demonstrates the wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition of rap music. The book covers more than 300 rap lyrics written over 30 years.
Yale University Press, 2010. 920 pages. $21.
Performing Bodies in Pain: Medieval and Post-Modern Martyrs, Mystics, and Artists
Marla Carlson B.A. ’75 examines the universal phenomenon of pain, its performance on the stage, and its effect upon audiences in both medieval and modern contexts.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 240 pages. $64.
Doing Literary Criticism: Helping Students Engage With Challenging Texts
Tim Gillespie M.A.T. ’74, M.A. ’04, who has taught in public schools for nearly four decades, provides a guide to help teachers engage students in more complex texts. He presents a rigorous curriculum featuring 11 critical approaches, each with an overview, teaching suggestions, and practical activities. (The book includes a supplementary CD.)
Stenhouse Publishers, 2010. 306 pages. $32.
Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Change
Ronald Marks B.S. ’78 presents a thorough investigation of intelligence collection in the United States, including its complex relationship to civil liberties. Drawing upon his many years of experience in the intelligence community, he offers a menu of next steps to advance U.S. domestic intelligence.
Praeger, 2010. 153 pages. $35.
A Secret Weeping of Stones
Ron Talney J.D. ’66 explores the complex emotional terrain of shadow, sorrow, and truth through this thoughtprovoking collection of poems, which was nominated for both an Oregon Book Award and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.
Plain View Press, 2010. 120 pages. $12.
Conrad Wesselhoeft B.A. ’76 authors a novel set on the streets of Seattle about a teenager adrift after the death of his brother. His life changes when he’s ordered by his school principal to write the life story of David, a World War II veteran and hospice resident. For ages 14 and up.
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010. 240 pages. $12.