The Last Time They Met
Anita Shreve, J68
Little, Brown & Company
Anita Shreve, the best-selling author of The Pilot's Wife,
returns with a new novel about love, forgiveness and paths not followed.
Linda Fallon encounters her former lover, Thomas
Janes, at a literary festival where both have been invited to give
readings from their work. It has been years since their paths crossed,
and in that time Thomas has become a kind of literary legend. His
renown is enhanced by his elusiveness; for most of the past decade,
he has remained in seclusion following a devastating loss.
This is no chance meeting. Thomas learned that
Linda was reading at the festival and chose this moment to reestablish
contact with a woman he passionately pursued years earlier. Their
affair was disastrous, and a turning point in both their lives.
Neither the intensity of their relationship nor the damage it did
has ever been far from his memory. From the moment they speak, The
Last Time They Met unfolds the story of Linda and Thomas in
an extraordinary way: it travels back into their past, bypassing
layers of memory and interpretation to present their earlier encounters
with unshakable immediacy. In Africa, when Linda and Thomas were
27, and in Massachusetts, when they were in high school, the novel
re-creates love at its exhilarating pinnacle--the kind of intense
connection that becomes the true north against which all relationships
are measured. Moving backward through time, The Last Time They
Met traces the extraordinary resonance a single choice, even
a single word, can have over the course of a lifetime. At the same
time, the novel creates a mystery that can only be understood fully
in the novel's final pages, in the eyes of young Linda Fallon and
the young man who loves her.
Straight on 'Til Morning
Christopher Golden, A89
Golden, author of the highly popular Body of Evidence series,
turns to the summer of 1981, the last three months of freedom for
Kevin Murphy and his friends before they begin high school, and
Kevin's last chance to confess his unrequited love for Nicole French.
But Nicole has a new boyfriend--a tough 18-year-old named Pete Starling.
Kevin knows that Pete is no good for Nicole. And now Pete and his
gang have taken Nicole away. To rescue her, Kevin and his friends
must follow them into a land they were never meant to know. A place
from which they may never return.
Overcoming Communication Barriers in Patient Education
Helen Osborne, Bsot70
Aspen Publishers, Inc.
Osborne, a health literacy consultant, provides healthcare professionals
with the tools to teach and educate patients who have poor reading
skills, are older, have visual or hearing impairments, speak little
or no English, or come from other cultures. Presented are strategies
to increase teaching effectiveness and methods of communicating
with patients that promote better understanding. Also included is
information on federal government laws and initiatives pertaining
to patient education and patient communication, and JCAHO standards
for patient education.
Creative Projects with LEGO Mindstorms
Benjamin Erwin, G97
With an emphasis on building technical skills and having fun, LEGO
Mindstorms has become a popular "toy" for technological tinkerers
of all ages. Erwin, a LEGO Mindstorms professional who works for
ATG, has put together a book and CD package that will help the reader
to build a variety of exciting robots, and in the process, expand
knowledge, enhance problem-solving skills and boost creativity.
The book walks you through the creation of several different kinds
of robots: basic mobile robots, kinetic sculptures, robotic animals,
data-gathering robots and robots that communicate over the Internet.
Clear color photos illustrate each step in the design process and
the accompanying CD-ROM features instructions, color movies of robots
in action and code examples.
Raise Your Child's Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills
Cathi Ostroff Cohen, J82
Cohen, a clinical social worker and group psychotherapist, is the
creator of "Stepping Stones," a social skills training program for
children and their parents. In this book she looks at eight years
of collected data and experience she has drawn from the program
and identifies the social challenges children face and guides children
and their parents in how to overcome these hurdles and develop the
social skills necessary to make and keep friends. With a customized
program that can be taught at home and easy-to-understand and fun-to-use
exercises, parents can help their children demonstrate new social
The Physiologic Basis of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Dr. David B. Siefer, A77, Dr. Philip Samuels And Dr. Douglas A.
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Siefer, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive
sciences at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Drs. Samuels
and Kniss present a hands-on resource that offers both residents
and veteran practitioners a state-of-the-field look at the challenges
of women's health practice with emphasis on linking basic science
and clinical practice, in gynecology and obstetrics. Combining authoritative
perspectives, logical organization and clinically relevant material,
the book clarifies the interrelationship between physiologic principles,
basic diagnosis and effective women's health management.
Soviet Military Assistance: An Empirical Perspective
William H. Mott Iv, F93
The second in a series, this study analyzes the historical relationships
between the provision of military assistance and success in achieving
Soviet aims during the Cold War. Mott, who teaches international
relations at Salem State College, looks at Soviet donor-recipient
relationships across 17 case studies to identify the generalities
or regularities that relate the classical wartime relationship to
achievement of donor Cold War aims. He refines the four critical
features of the wartime donor-recipient relationship--convergence
of donor and recipient aims, donor control, commitment of donor
military forces and coherence of donor policies and strategies--to
reflect the unique political economic constraints of the Cold War.
What's Wrong with Dorfman?
John Blumenthal, A71
Farmer Street Press
Screenwriter Blumenthal introduces Martin Dorfman, cynic, hypochondriac
and burned-out screenwriter. In the midst of navigating his latest
film script through Hollywood--an agonizing journey even for a healthy
person--the 40-year-old Dorfman suddenly develops a mysterious disease
with bizarre symptoms. After a battery of medical tests, his doctors
are stumped. Ignoring the alarming diagnosis of his father, a former
M.D. and well-known crackpot, Dorfman sets out on an odyssey to
find a cure, a quest that takes him to the fringes of alternative
The European Union and the Member States
Eleanor E. Zeff, J65, and Ellen B. Pirro
Lynne Reinner Publishers
As the European Union continues to grow, it continues to evolve;
the balance of power is constantly changing. Zeff, an associate
professor of political science at Drake University, and Pirro bring
together in one volume an inside look into each of the 15 current
member states. They provide readers with original insight into the
convoluted relationships of the EU and how the members work to implement
policies. As the authors demonstrate, when there are 15 different
governments, each with their own ideas and cultures attempting to
work together, policy making is not an easy task.
Waiting for My Cats to Die
Stacy Horn, J78, Museum
St. Martin's Press
The founder of echonyc.com, Horn writes a memoir that goes straight
to the indignities and preoccupation of midlife: What happens the
moment we realize that life has a distinctly downward pull to it,
and that death is more than simply some theoretical possibility?
She decides dying is not something she's going to take lying down.
Having polled subscribers on echonyc.com, the online service she
founded, for advice, she concludes that the best strategy in the
battle against aging is a frontal assault. We're all going to end
up in graveyards? Fine. Let's make them as homey and welcoming as
we can. As this memoir shows, acting out can be both survival strategy
Preventing War: The United Nations and Macedonia
Abiodun Williams, F85
Rowman & Littlefield
Williams, the director of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship
Programs, provides the definitive account of the United Nations
Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP), which was deployed from
1992 to 1999 in Macedonia for the first time since hostilities erupted.
The book explains why UNPREDEP was established, how it implemented
its new mandate, and its path-breaking accomplishments. Placing
his account in the context of the evolution of UN peacekeeping and
Macedonian history, Williams' analysis is grounded in systematic
empirical detail. The book makes a strong argument for the wisdom
and efficacy of preventive action and offers important guidance
about its use in other potential conflicts.
Felix Varela: The Person, His World and His Legacy For All
Dr. Rafael B. Abislaiman, D65
Abislaiman, a retired dentist who left Cuba in exile in 1961, looks
at the life of Father Felix Varela (1788-1853) in this bilingual
biography (Spanish and English). Considered a saint by many Cubans,
Varela spent his life helping others. Varela, who, for his time,
held the unpopular views that women should be educated the same
as men and that slavery should be abolished, has been called by
Pope John Paul II, "the father of Cuban culture." Abislaiman is
also the author of Felix Varela: Frases de Sabiduria.
The Comedy and Tragedy of Machiavelli
Vickie B. Sullivan, Editor
Yale University Press
Machiavelli, the author of The Prince, wrote cold-blooded
political tracts as well as lighthearted comedies, poems, fables
and letters. Sullivan, an associate professor of political science,
has edited a volume that brings together scholars in the fields
of literature, political science and history to explore the meanings
of Machiavelli's literary works, the light as well as the dark.
The contributors offer new perspectives on his obsessions, intentions
and capabilities, and reveal through sometimes opposing visions
of their subject much about his political-historical treatises as
From Chance to Choice
Norman Daniels, Allen Buchanan, Dan W. Brock And Daniel Wikler
Cambridge University Press
Four internationally renowned bioethicists, including Daniels,
a professor of philosophy, have written the first systematic treatment
of the fundamental ethical issues underlying the application of
genetic technologies to human beings. Probing the implications of
the remarkable advances in genetics, the authors ask how these should
affect our understanding of distributive justice, equality of opportunity,
the rights and obligations as parents, the meaning of disability,
and the role of the concept of human nature in ethical theory and
Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence,
Oxford University Press
In the next century, will religion provide human civilization with
methods of care, healing and the creation of peaceful societies?
Gopin, an adjunct professor of international diplomacy at the Fletcher
School, addresses this issue while attempting to integrate the study
of religion with the study of conflict resolution. He argues that
religion can play a critical role in constructing a global community
of shared moral commitments and vision--a community that can limit
conflict to its nonviolent, constructive variety.