From the Bookshelf

Organizing for Good: What it Takes to Achieve Sustainable Excellence. By Michael H. Annison ’65. Outskirts Press Inc., 2008. A summary of what it takes to achieve sustainable success by rethinking the way we approach management.

Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects You Can Build Yourself. By Cynthia Light Brown ’83. Nomad Press, 2008. The complexities of chemistry are brought to the level of readers ages 9 to 12 through handson activities that kids can do at home.

Discover National Monuments: National Parks, Natural Wonders. By Cynthia Light Brown ’83. Nomad Press, 2008. Introduces readers ages 8-12 to the history and science behind some of the most amazing natural sites in the U.S. that have been named national monuments.

Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border: Characters and Community. By Ray Cashman ’93. Indiana University Press, 2008. Everyday storytelling offers new insights into sectarianism, community and identity in Northern Ireland.

Local Mission, Global Vision: Community Foundations in the 21st Century. By Peter deCourcy Hero ’64. Foundation Center, 2008. A book of provocative essays on the increasing globalization of philanthropy and the significant new role played by the worldwide growth of community foundations.

Romantic Lieder and the Search for Lost Paradise. By Marjorie W. Hirsch, professor of music. Cambridge University Press, 2008. An exploration of the influence of the lost paradise myth on Lieder by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf and other 19th-century composers.

Anytime, Anywhere: A Little Boy’s Prayer. By Marcus Hummon ’84. Simon & Schuster, 2009. A children’s story about the universal act of prayer.

NFLC Guide for Basic Chinese Language Programs, 2nd ed. By Cornelius Kubler, chair and Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies, et al. The National East Asian Languages Research Center at Ohio State University, 2006. A guide for teachers and administrators involved with teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Federico Barocci: Allure and Devotion in Late Renaissance Painting. By Stuart Lingo ’84. Yale University Press, 2008. A study of how Barocci’s art, which combined sensuous allure with religious devotion, helped reconcile art and the church to transform the theory and practice of painting.

Witnessing Suburbia: Conservatives and Christian Youth Culture. By Eileen Luhr ’94. University of California Press, 2009. A cultural analysis of the conservative shift that transformed national politics in the U.S. during the Reagan-Bush era.

Top of the World: The Inside Story of the Boston Celtics’ Amazing One-Year Turnaround to Become NBA Champions. By Peter May ’73. Da Capo Press, 2008. An account of the Celtics’ 2007-08 championship season.

Boston Symphony Orchestra: An Augmented Discography. By James H. North ’52. Scarecrow Press, 2008. A collection of all the information surrounding 90 years’ worth of Boston Symphony musical recordings.

Eating Well. Comfort Foods Made Healthy: The Classic Makeover Cookbook. By Jessie Price ’95 et al. The Countryman Press, 2009. A cookbook introduces nutritious ways to enjoy favorite comfort foods.

Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe. By Mary-Jane Rubenstein ’99. Columbia University Press, 2009. A confrontation of Western philosophy’s ambivalent relationship to the Platonic “wonder” shows that wonder reveals the extraordinary in and through the ordinary and is therefore crucial to reimagining political, religious and ethical terrain.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth. By Carrie Ryan ’00. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2009. A post-apocalyptic love story about a young girl struggling against the strictures of her village and hoping for a world beyond the fences.

Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists: The Violent Politics of Modern Japan, 1860-1960. By Eiko Maruko Siniawer ’97, professor of history. Cornell University Press, 2008. A history of modern institutionalized practices of political violence in Japan demonstrates how “violence specialists” have been integral to the conduct of politics since the beginning of Japanese democracy.

Child of War: Son of Angels. By Curtis Whitfield Tong, former assistant professor and coordinator of physical education and coach of basketball and women’s tennis. iUniverse, 2009. A child’s memoir of horror and reconciliation while imprisoned in World War II-torn Philippines.

Casting Out Fear: Shedding Your Fictional Self, Awakening Your Authentic Self. By Victor Van Valin ’59. Outskirts Press, 2008. An inspirational story detailing the twists and turns of the author’s efforts to discover himself and find a meaningful place in the world.

ON CD

Gaga. By Denman Maroney ’71 et al. Nuscope Records, 2008. Maroney plays hyperpiano in this quartet of reeds, piano, bass and drums.

Sonogram. By Gamelan Son of Lion, including Denman Maroney ’71. Innova, 2008. Contemporary compositions written for instruments of the Javanese gamelan.

Mark Dresser & Denman Maroney Live in Concert. By Denman Maroney ’71 et al. Kadima Collective, 2009. A recording of live performances at Vision Festival XIII in New York City and Storefront Theater in Chicago.

Udentity. By the Denman Maroney Quartet, including Denman Maroney ’71. Clean Feed, 2009. A composition in seven parts for a quintet in which Maroney plays hyperpiano.

 

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