of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America
Ted Steinberg, A83
Oxford University Press
The ten most costly catastrophes in U.S. history have all been
natural disasters--seven of them hurricanes--and all have occurred
since 1989, a period, ironically, that Congress has dubbed the Decade
for Natural Disaster Reduction. Ted Steinberg, professor of history
and law at Case Western Reserve University, looks at how much of
the death and destruction has been well within the realm of human
control. Surveying more than a century of losses from weather and
seismic extremes, he exposes the fallacy of seeing such calamities
as simply random events.
Acts of God explores the unnatural history
of natural calamity, the decisions of business leaders and government
officials that have paved the way for the greater losses of life
and property, especially among those least able to withstand such
blows--America's poor, elderly and minorities. Seeing nature or
God as the primary culprit, Steinberg argues, has helped to obscure
the fact that, in truth, some Americans are better protected from
violence of nature than their counterparts lower down the socioeconomic
ladder. Donald Worster, the author of Dust Bowl: The Southern
Plains in the 1930s, says, "This compelling book blows away
many obscuring clouds of misunderstanding and denial in our national
Parenting Tips for the Strung Out Mom and Dad: A Tool Kit
Ruthann Saphier, J65
M&R Enterprises Inc.
Ruthann Saphier, a parenting consultant and educator, has written
an action-based book that offers help to busy parents who are working
at raising healthy children and becoming positive adult role models.
Providing explicit, practical and effective behaviors, Parenting
Tips is user-friendly. The beneficial behaviors are printed
on perforated pages that can be used as refrigerator notes with
the enclosed magnet.
No Miracles Here: Fighting Urban Decline in Japan and the United
Teodore J. Gilman, A87
Teodore J. Gilman, an assistant professor of political science
at Union College, makes a probing comparison of two struggling company
towns, one in Japan and one in the U.S., offering valuable urban
revitalization lessons. Gilman compares urban revitalization efforts
in Flint, Michigan, the declining automobile industry town, and
Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, home of the largest coal mine in Japan,
from the early 1970s through the early 1990s. Striking similarities
emerge, both in the way redevelopment policy is made and in policy
content. He finds that although Japanese and American cities rarely
achieve truly successful revitalization, the Japanese have been
more successful at avoiding the pitfalls of bad redevelopment policy.
Algonquian Year: The Year According to the Full Moon
Michael McCurdy, A64, Museum 71
Houghton Mifflin Company
As the moon waxes and wanes, her cycles set a pattern of life
for those who live beneath her. For the Northern Algonquians in
precolonial America, these rhythms serve to measure out their year.
Michael McCurdy, an award-winning artist, follows the important
path the moon made in Algonquian lives. Using scratchboard illustrations
and graceful prose, he brings to life the seasonal cycles of work
play and survival--a busy and fulfilling year punctuated by the
beauty of the full moon.
The Body in the Moonlight: A Faith Fairchild Mystery
Katherine Hall Page, G74
Mystery writer Katherine Hall Page brings us another Faith Fairchild
mystery. Set in New England, this time the caterer and part-time
sleuth is busy putting together the latest church fundraiser. The
theme is a murder mystery, and several local mystery writers will
be there to mastermind the fun and games, while Faith dishes up
a savory meal. The event is going well until a beautiful young woman
drops dead for real, poisoned by Faith's dessert. Once again it's
up to Faith to discover what really happened.
The Maya Diaspora: Guatemalan Roots, New American Lives
Marilyn M. Moors, J55, and James Loucky, editors
Temple University Press
This collection, edited by Marilyn M. Moors, professor emertia
from Montgomery College and national coordinator of the Guatemala
Scholars Network, and James Loucky, describes the process and the
results of a massive exodus of Maya people from Guatemala, following
a military reprisal, to Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central
America. The chapters discuss the dangers and problems of the migratory/refugee
process and the range of creative cultural adaptations that the
Maya have developed. It provides the first comparative view of the
formation and transformation of this new and expanding transnational
population, presented from the standpoint of the migrants themselves
as well as from a societal and international perspective.
Roads Not Taken: Rereading Robert Frost
Jonathan N. Barron, A84, and Earl J. Wilcox
University of Missouri Press
Jonathan N. Barron, associate professor of English at the University
of Southern Mississippi, and Earl J. Wilcox, bring a new look and
depth to the study of one of America's greatest poets. Appealing
to a wide literary community and in keeping with Frost's own poetic
goals, these 12 essays fall into four distinct categories: gender,
biography and cultural studies, the intertext, and poetics and theory.
The diverse viewpoints and collective expertise make this volume
of essays the most significant contribution to Frost criticism to
be published in more than 20 years.
Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession
Dr. Roberto Olivardia, A94, Dr. Harrison G. Pope, Jr., and Dr. Katharine
The Free Press
Dr. Roberto Olivardia, a clinical fellow in psychology at Harvard
Medical School, and Drs. Pope and Phillips, have written the first
book to address a health crisis that is striking men of all ages.
Men are struggling with the same enormous pressure to achieve physical
perfection that women have dealt with for centuries. From compulsive
weightlifting to steroid use, from hair plugs to cosmetic surgery,
growing numbers of men are taking the quest for perfect muscles,
skin and hair too far, crossing the line from normal interest to
pathological obsession. This new obsession with appearance, known
as the Adonis Complex, afflicts boys and men of all ages and from
all walks of the life. This book offers hope and help for men caught
in the oppressive cycle of body obsession.
The Magic Lantern: A Fable About Leadership, Personal Excellence
Dr. Joe Rubino, A81
Vision Works Publishing
Dr. Joe Rubino, CEO of the Center for Personal Reinvention, creates
a magical world of Center Earth, inhabited by dwarves, elves, goblins
and wizards, to teach lessons about personal development. He examines
what it means to take on true leadership by telling a story of a
group of dwarves and their young leader who go off in search of
the secrets to a life that works, a life filled with harmony and
endless possibilities and void of the regrets and upsets that characterize
most people's existence. With a mission to restore peace and harmony
to their village in turmoil, the characters overcome the many challenges
they encounter along their journey.
Skyscraper Rivals: The AIG Building and the Architecture of Wall
Daniel M. Abramson
Princeton Architectural Press, Inc.
Daniel M. Abramson, assistant professor of art history, examines
the architecture of Wall Street between the wars through an amazing
array of contemporary and archival images and an informed discussion
of the financial, geographical and historical forces that shaped
this district. The book focuses on the AIG Building--once known
as the Cities Service Building--and three other major towers in
the financial district, in their race to be the tallest, the most
modern and the most lavish.
The Festive State: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism as Cultural
David M. Guss
The University of California Press
David M. Guss, associate professor of anthropology, discussing
festive behavior, long seen by anthropologists and folklorists as
the "uniform expression of a collective consciousness, is contentious
and often subversive." He investigates "the ideology of tradition,"
combining four case studies in a radical multisite ethnography to
demonstrate how in each instance concepts of race, ethnicity, history,
gender and nationhood are challenged and redefined.