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Art and Architecture
Donald Hoffman, X'53;
Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob (University of Pittsburgh Press). This monograph offers a guide to the house Wright conceived at age 86. Located in southwestern Pennsylvania, it is seven miles from his renowned "Fallingwater" house.

Leonard B. Meyer, PhD'54; The Spheres of Music: A Gathering of Essays (University of Chicago Press). Linking music theory, history, culture, aesthetics, and psychology, Meyer examines the connections at the center of the creation, comprehension, and history of music.

Richard A. Schwart, AM'74; Woody, From Antz to Zelig: A Reference Guide to Woody Allen's Creative Work, 1964-1998 (Greenwood Publishing Group). This encyclopedic study alphabetically presents Allen's movies, plays, fiction, television shows, and stand-up comedy routines, including his experiments with narrative form, and the dominant themes of his work.

Biography and Letters
Robert D. Denham, AM'64, PhD'72, editor;
Northrop Frye's Late Notebooks, 1985-1990, Collected Works of Northrop Frye Series, Vols. 5 and 6 (University of Toronto Press). These two volumes, spanning seven of Frye's handwritten notebooks and five collections of his typed notebooks, highlight aspects of the Canadian educator and literary critic's personality uncaptured in his previously published works.

Business and Economics
Christopher Gardner, SB'79, MBA'80; The Valuation of Information Technology: A Guide for Strategy Development, Valuation, and Financial Planning (John Wiley & Sons). Gardner presents a quantitative framework for analyzing the value of an IT system. His method is designed not only to help determine the contribution of a system to shareholder value but also to guide the activities involved in its construction to create value.

David E. Gumpert, AB'68; Better Than Money: Build Your Fortune Using Stock Options and Other Equity Incentives-in Up and Down Markets (Lauson Publishing). Partly inspired by Gumpert's experiences developing the stock-option program for the Internet direct-marketing agency he co-founded in 1995, this book helps employees negotiate the best stock-options packages.

Harlan M. Smith, AB'36, AM'38, PhD'49; Understanding Economics (M. E. Sharpe). This collection of 40 essays offers students and others an alternative understanding of the economy by explaining many critical textbook shortcomings.

Rowland A. Sherrill, AM'71, PhD'75; Road-Book America: Contemporary Culture and the New Picaresque (University of Illinois Press). Showing how the picaresque tradition of novels like Defoe's Moll Flanders opens to include American picaresque narratives such as John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley and E. L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate, Sherrill sketches the socially marginal, nomadic characters through literary history, showing how the "new American picaresque" changes the original works' satirical aims to illustrate the immensity of America.

James H. Block, AB'67, AM'68, PhD'70; Thomas R. Guskey, PhD'79; and Susan T. Everson, Comprehensive School Reform: A Program Perspective (Kendall-Hunt). This revised volume of School Improvement Programs: A Handbook for Educational Leaders continues to dissect and evaluate school programs from the U.S. and the world, providing ideas to aid comprehensive school reform.

Philo A. Hutcheson, PhD'91; A Professional Professoriate: Unionization, Bureaucratization, and the AAUP (Vanderbilt University Press). Combining information from federal and American Association of University Professors (AAUP) records and surveys with historical and sociological research, Hutcheson analyzes the conflict between the professional and bureaucratic pressures in post-WWII higher-learning institutions and discusses the AAUP's evolution and growth.

Fiction and Poetry
Gaye Follmer, PhB'45, AB'56; Out Takes in the Galaxies (Saphire Books). Follmer's collection includes short stories about diverse characters. The stories have a common theme of courageous response to adversity.

John Gery, AM'76; American Ghost: Selected Poems, bilingual English-Serbian edition translated by Biljana D. Obradovic (Cross-Cultural Communications and Raska skola); and translator with Vahé Bladouni, For the House of Torkom (Cross-Cultural Communications). The first book includes four new poems, a short essay, and poems from three previous collections of Gery's poetry. In the second book, Gery translates the Hmayyag Shems's prose poems on subjects such as a portrait of Christ as an exiled Holocaust survivor.

Robert W. Kirschten AM'75, PhD'77; Nighthawks and Irises: Poems about Paintings and Old Family Movies: A Book of Poems (Mellen Poetry Press). The first collection, whose title is inspired by works by Hopper and Van Gogh, attempts to appreciate the structure and value of each subject-painting while recording the poet's emotional response to the works. The second collection, with poems situated in the Chicago area, reels through familial memories.

Morris Philipson, AB'49, AM'52; The Wallpaper Fox and Somebody Else's Life (University of Chicago Press). The reprints commemorate Philipson's retirement as director of the U of C Press after 33 years. In the first novel, Philipson examines the relationships between the members of an upper-crust family. The second novel tells of a university professor who arranges for the forgery of a disappeared art relic while crafting a new identity for himself.

Judith Taylor, AM'63; Curios (Sarabande Books). Written in extended lines, this collection of poetry explores the connections between identity, imagination, art, and love.

Marian Kleinsasser Towne, AM'58; Jacob Hutter's Friends: Twelve Narrative Voices from Switzerland to South Dakota over Four Centuries (Marian K. Towne). This work of historical fiction tells the stories of the Hutterites from the 16th-century Swiss Brethren Anabaptist movement to the 20th-century Prairieleut of Dakota, including the female point-of-view.

Gerald R. Wheeler, PhD'74; Tracers (Black Bear Publications). From Little Big Horn to Saigon, Wheeler's book of poems illustrates war and the aftermath experienced by the veterans and their families.

Gender Studies
Daniel Bornstein, AM'77, PhD'85, editor and translator, Life and Death in a Venetian Convent: The Chronicle and Necrology of Corpus Domini, 1395-1436 (University of Chicago Press). Bornstein translates Sister Bartolomea Riccoboni's accounts of worship and work inside the convent, and gives in-depth portraits of nearly 50 women who joined the community of nuns.

Sally L. Kitch, AM'68, Higher Ground: From Utopianism to Realism in American Feminist Thought and Theory (University of Chicago Press). The author challenges feminist ideas of social change based on utopianism by explaining the failures of utopian societies. Rather, she argues for a "higher ground," a contrasting approach she calls realism, to help feminist theory respond to changing circumstances and respect ideological exchanges.

History - Current Events
Peter Lewis Allen, AM'79, PhD'94, The Wages of Sin: Sex and Disease, Past and Present (University of Chicago Press). By tracing the idea that sickness is a result of sin-whether syphilis in the 1490s or AIDS today-Allen chronicles how ancient views on sex and sin continue to shape contemporary religious life, medical practices, and individual habits.

Nancy Foner, AM'68, PhD'71, From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration (Yale University Press). Studying the immigration patterns of Jews and Italians at the turn of the 20th century and today's Asian, Latin-American, and Caribbean influx into New York City, Foner compares the two waves, dispelling myths on education, neighborhoods, and race, and presents realities of both immigrations.

Penny Schine Gold, AB'69, and Benjamin C. Sax, AB'73, AM'73, PhD'78, editors, Cultural Visions: Essays in the History of Culture (Rodopi). Written in honor of Karl Weintraub, AB'49, AM'52, PhD'57, the U of C's Thomas E. Donnelly distinguished service professor, these essays on the theory and practice of cultural history include such topics as cultural formation and the creation of national identity, and how concepts of the self are culturally and historically constituted. The collection includes works by 10 U of C-associated contributors.

Paul E. Gootenberg, AB'78, PhD'85, editor, Cocaine: Global Histories (Routledge UK). This book examines the drug's early history with a global perspective from 1880 to 1950 and its transformation from miracle drug to global pariah.

John M. Janzen, AM'64, PhD'67, and Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen, AM'67, Do I Still Have a Life? Voices from the Aftermath of War in Rwanda and Burundi (University of Kansas Monographs in Anthropology). While working for a nongovernmental organization in Central Africa from late 1994 to early 1995, the authors collected firsthand accounts from those in the crossfire of war and genocide from regions of Rwanda, the Eastern Congo, and Burundi.

Robert A. Chametzky, PhD'87, Phrase Structure: From GB to Minimalism (Blackwell Publishers). This book introduces the fundamental theoretical issues of phrase structure in the Principles & Parameters approach to syntax, providing analyses of basic phrase structure concepts, including relation of argument structure to syntactic structure.

Paul V. Mankowski, AB'76, Akkadian Loanwords in Biblical Hebrew (Eisenbrauns). Mankowski studies Hebrew borrowings from the Akkadian lexicon, paying special attention to the Hebrew imitation of Assyrian and Babylonian allophones and its consequences for the phonology of the donor dialects.

Michael Christ, SM'78, PhD'82; Carlos E. Kenig, SM'75, PhD'78; and Cora Sadosky, PhD'65, editors, Harmonic Analysis and Partial Differential Equations: Essays in Honor of Alberto Calderón (University of Chicago Press). Synthesizing several fields of mathematics, this book presents the proceedings of a 1996 festchrift for the late Alberto Calderón, PhD'50, who helped define the "Chicago school" of analysis, who died in 1998.

Political Science and Law
Paul W. Kahn, AB'73, Law and Love: The Trials of King Lear (Yale University Press). In a political-psychological interpretation of the tragedy, Kahn explores the demands that politics makes on the soul and suggests that neither law nor love can exist with or without the other.

Alan M. Levine, AB'84, editor, Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration (Lexington Books). Twelve original essays by leading political theorists study the origins of liberalism, focusing on toleration as a product of modern religious skepticism. Including two chapters by Levine and essays by five U of C alumni, the collection not only filters questions through historical perspectives, but also applies significance to contemporary political debates.

Ted Rueter, AM'84, The 267 Stupidest Things Republicans Ever Said/The 267 Stupidest Things Democrats Ever Said (Three Rivers Press). This election-year read presents a collection of rants, malapropisms, and doublespeak from confirmed politicians and Washington wannabes.

Psychiatry - Psychology
Myrna S. Orenstein, AM'81, Smart But Stuck: What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Learning Disabilities and Imprisoned Intelligence (Haworth Press). Through candid interviews with individuals with learning disabilities, Orenstein presents new facts, suggestions, and inspirational stories for disabled individuals and their families and friends.

Eric Schiller, AB'76, AM'84, PhD'91, 639 Essential Endgames and 100 Awesome Chess Moves; and, with Eduard Efimovich Gufeld, Secrets of the King's Indian (Cardoza Publishers). The first book, a guide to simple and complex chess endgames, examines games of today's leading players and aspiring masters. The second book highlights the best chess games from every year of the 20th century, and the third provides detailed discussions of middlegame and endgame positions.

Religion and Philosophy
Margaret H. Case, AM'60, PhD'70, Seeing Krishna: The Religious World of a Brahman Family in Vrindaban (Oxford University Press). Case analyzes the historical, social, and ritual contexts that suggest that the 1992 witnessing of Krishna's appearance by an influential Brahman Hindu family was indeed an appearance of the god.

Eugene Garver, AB'65, PhD'73, and Richard Buchanan, editors, Pluralism in Theory and Practice: Richard McKeon and American Philosophy (Vanderbilt University Press). Including essays by U of C alumni, faculty members, and professors emeriti, this collection introduces the philosophical system of the influential U of C philosopher-professor.

Andrew Greeley, AM'61, PhD'62, The Catholic Imagination (University of California Press). Greeley discusses the central themes of Catholic culture-sacrament, salvation, community, festival, structure, erotic desire, and the mother love of God-and distills these themes from high arts of Catholic culture, questioning if these values really influence people's lives. Using international survey data, he shows the counterintuitive ways in which Catholics are defined.

Herbert L. Kessler, AB'61, and Johanna Zacharias, Rome 1300: On the Path of the Pilgrim (Yale University Press). With illustrations of the period's art and architecture, the authors backtrack to 1300, the first Holy Year, using an imagined pilgrim's journey to Rome, to discuss Rome's transformation from pagan city to Holy City of Christianity.

Science and Technology
Peter Machamer, PhD'72; Marcello Pera; and Aristides Baltas; Scientific Controversies: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives (Oxford University Press). Covering disputes from branches of science including paleontology, Newtonian physics, and physical chemistry, these essays discuss the nature of scientific controversies and their resolutions, asking whether controversy is necessary for the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Science and Technology
Stanley Lieberson, AM'58, PhD'60, A Matter of Taste: How Names, Fashions, and Culture Change (Yale University Press). Lieberson examines what accounts for taste and why and how tastes transform over time. By showing how "internal taste mechanisms" can drive changes despite an absence of social change, he refutes the common notion that tastes shift because of societal trends.

William A. Peterman, AB'64, SM'66, Neighborhood Planning and Community-Based Development: The Potential and Limits of Grass Roots Action (Sage Publications). Despite the limits of grass-roots strategies in community organization, Peterman suggests that successful neighborhood development results from the combined forces of local communities, marshalled resources, and political will.

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