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Advice and how-to
Muriel Mendelsohn Shishkoff, AB'36
, with Kogee Thomas and Barbara Al-Bayati, Dream Catchers: A Transfer Guide for Native American College Students with Special Assistance for Those from Tribal Colleges (Center for Educational Partnerships). Native-American professionals advise students on how to transfer successfully between tribal and non-tribal colleges.

Art and Architecture
Sue Cavanaugh Taylor, AM'81, PhD'97,
Hans Bellmer: The Anatomy of Anxiety (MIT Press). In one of the few books in English on artist Hans Bellmer, Taylor uses psychoanalytic theory to study the artist's life-size prepubescent female dolls and their dismembered, distorted bodies.

Biography and Letters
Luis Gabriel Aguilera, AB'95, Gabriel's Fire (University of Chicago Press). This memoir recounts Aguilera's adolescence on the South Side of Chicago: assimilation as a child of Mexican immigrants, awakened identity within an insular Hispanic culture, and the contradictions that formed his view of the world as a Mexican American.

Harvey Frauenglass, AB'48, Cidermaster of Rio Oscuro (University of Utah Press). Frauenglass meditates on faith as he tends an apple orchard in a small, rural valley in northern New Mexico.

William W. Warmus, AB'75, The Essential Dale Chihuly (Andrews McMeel Publishing). This biography tracks the career of Dale Chihuly, father of the American studio-glass movement, from his earliest works to large-scale installations in Venice (1996) and Jerusalem (2000). The book also describes how studio glass is made and includes color illustrations from the artist's major series and phases, and quotations from the artist.

Business and Economics
Eric L. Hirschhorn, AB'65, The Export Control and Embargo Handbook (Oceana Publications). Hirschhorn explains the complex and extensive regulations governing U.S. exports of commercial, military, and nuclear goods, software, and technology.

Stephen B. Plank, AM'92, PhD'95, Finding One's Place: Teaching Styles and Peer Relations in Diverse Classrooms (Teachers College Press). This book examines peer relations and student participation in 10 fourth-grade classrooms in the wake of one school district's attempt to desegregate its schools across socioeconomic lines.

Fiction and Poetry
Philip C. Kolin, AM'67, Deep Wonder (Grey Owl Press). With meditations on Scripture and the sacraments, Kohn reflects on his religious journey from desert to mountaintop in this collection of poems.

Thomas H. Simpson, AM'88, PhD'98, editor and translator, The Story of Vajont (Bordighera). Simpson translates and introduces this performance piece. The monologue by Marco Paolini and Gabriele Vacis is the story of the Vajont Dam catastrophe in the Alps, when a wave of water raised by a landslide destroyed five towns and killed more than 2,000 people. Set in post-war Italy, Paolini's and Vacis's version of the tale involves a corporate conspiracy that concealed the dangers of the dam from its victims.

Gender Studies
Margaret Murray, SB'79, Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post-World War II America (MIT Press). Murray explores the complex interplay between the personal and professional lives of 36 women who earned mathematics PhD's between 1940 and 1959. Outlining why so few women earned doctorates in mathematics during post-WWII America-a time when mathematics was on the rise-she also studies how changes in American society from the 1950s to the 1970s affected these women's career development and identities as mathematicians.

History/Current Events
William J. Buckley, AM'84, PhD'94, editor, Kosovo: Contending Voices on Balkan Interventions (William B. Eerdmans Publishing). This collection of 67 essays brings together opposing viewpoints on the Kosovo conflict from distinguished Western and Balkan authors. Seven thematic sections include firsthand accounts of the bombings in Kosovo and Serbia, opinions of political commentators who favored intervention, and world leaders' responses to one another's viewpoints. Asking whether the management of the conflict was an effective humanitarian effort or a doomed experiment in Western multicultural neocolonialism, the collection concludes with a reflection on how best to help the Kosovars and Serbs plan their future.

Irving Cutler, AM'48, Jewish Chicago: A Pictorial History (Arcadia Publishing). Through 230 photographs and maps, the book depicts the cultural, economic, and everyday lives of Chicago Jews and their neighborhoods, institutions, and important events-from the earliest immigrants to the current community.

Judith Yaross Lee, AM'74, PhD'86, Defining New Yorker Humor (University Press of Mississippi). Lee chronicles the New Yorker's early efforts to create its distinct editorial formula for satirizing life in the metropolis.

Yue-Man Yeung, PhD'72, Globalization and Networked Societies: Urban Regional Change in Pacific Asia (University of Hawaii Press), and with David K. Y. Chu, editors, Fujian: A Coastal Province in Transition and Transformation (The Chinese University Press). In the first book Yeung reflects upon his participation in several global and regional projects and analyzes globalization in Pacific Asia's urban centers during the past two decades. The second book examines changes in Fujian, a province on the southeastern coast of China, and highlights its role in China's economic development and diplomacy during the past two decades.

Thomas A. Sebeok, AB'41, Essays in Semiotics I: Life Signs and Essays in Semiotics II: Culture Signs (Legas). These twin publications assemble 11 studies by Sebeok of topics in the life sciences and cultural readings.

Medicine and Health
Steven M. Albert, AM'81, AM'83, PhD'87, and Rebecca Logsdon, editors, Assessing Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease (Spring Publishing). This book pools together the major research on quality-of-life (QOL) assessment of people with Alzheimer's. The authors present papers on the development and application of QOL programs and the challenges presented by patients unable to articulate their experiences.

James L. Levenson, AB'73, editor, Key Diseases: Depression (American College of Physicians). This book for primary-care physicians covers topics related to clinical depression including epidemiology, psychotherapy, drug interactions, and practice guidelines. Clinical vignettes show how experts approach common difficulties.

Erik F. Parens, AB'79, AM'83, PhD'88, and Adrienne Asch, editors, Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights (Georgetown University Press). The editors present both sides of the debate over prenatal testing. Essays by supporters of prenatal testing defend it as good
prenatal care, while contributors from the disability-rights community denounce it as a catalyst for selective abortion.

Walter J. Scott, MD'81, Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment (Addicus Books). Written for patient and caregiver, this guide covers the basics of lung cancer, the functions of the lungs, end-of-life care, treatment by disease type, and drug information.

Political Science and Law
Michael J. Gerhardt, JD'82, The Federal Impeachment Process, 2nd ed. (University of Chicago Press), The Federal Appointments Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis (Duke University Press), and with et al., Constitutional Theory: Arguments and Perspectives, 2nd ed. (Matthew Bender & Co.). In the first book, Gerhardt examines the constitutional and legal issues raised in each impeachment proceeding in American history, including that of President Bill Clinton. The second book studies historical practices and patterns in the appointments of Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking federal officials. The third work analyzes the theories that explain how judges and law officials should interpret the Constitution.

David H. Rosenbloom, AM'66, PhD'69, Building a Legislative-Centered Public Administration: Congress and the Administrative State, 1946-1999 (University of Alabama Press), and with James Carroll and Jonathan Carroll, Constitutional Competence for Public Managers: Cases and Commentary (F. E. Peacock). The first book explains the congressional response to the rise of large-scale federal administration, beginning with the 1946 enactment of the Administrative Procedure Act, Legislative Reorganization Act, and Employment Act. The second, a textbook, uses legal cases to explain how constitutional values and constraints should be integrated into all levels of U.S. public administration.

James J. Clark, PhD'95, C. Leukefeld, T. Godlaski, C. Brown, and L. Hays, Behavioral Therapy for Rural Substance Abusers (University Press of Kentucky). With support from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Clark and colleagues have developed an intensive outpatient treatment protocol for substance abusers. This manual tailors urban treatment approaches to rural clients.

Paul Rosenblatt, AB'58, Help Your Marriage Survive the Death of a Child (Temple University Press). Based on intensive interviews with bereaved parents, this book offers perspectives and suggestions for dealing with the relationship challenges a couple may face following the death of a child.

Joseph J. Shay, AB'69, and Joan Wheelis, editors, Odysseys in Psychotherapy (Ardent Media). These autobiographical essays by 16 internationally renowned psychotherapists from the second half of the 20th century offer insights into the psychotherapy movement.

Steven Segaloff, JD'00, Seat with a View: Inside the 1996 U.S. Olympic Men's Crew (Universe Publishing Services). Segaloff recounts his tenure with the U.S. national rowing team, a time when his crew experiences a wide variety of emotions, from the excitement of capturing a World Championship to the pain of losing.

Religion and Philosophy
Frank Burch Brown, AM'72, PhD'79, Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious Life (Oxford University Press). This book offers a ecumenical approach to artistic taste and theological aesthetics.

Joseph B. Gittler, PhD'41, Ideas of Concord and Discord in Selected World Religions, vol. 2 (Jai Press). Gittler explores religious discord and dissent within and among societies in light of the goal of religion to teach concord and harmony.

Ralph Lerner, AB'47, AM'49, PhD'53, Maimonides' Empire of Light: Popular Enlightenment in an Age of Belief (University of Chicago Press). Focusing on the popular writings of Moses Maimonides, the 12th-century jurist, philosopher, and theologian, rather than his scholarly work, U of C professor Lerner argues that the education of the common man was one of the great teacher's chief concerns.

Steven Schroeder, AM'76, PhD'82, The Metaphysics of Cooperation: A Study of F. D. Maurice (Rodopi). Schroeder takes up the philosophical task described by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and F. D. Maurice: to "dig" toward the "common humanity of value." The author examines Maurice's social theory in the context of 19th-century Britain.

Science and Technology
Tim Converse, AB'85, SM'90, and Joyce Park, AB'89, AM'90, The PHP 4 Bible (IDG Books). In this tutorial and reference guide for the most recent version of PHP (an open-source, server-side Web scripting language), the authors discuss security, cookies, session management, object-oriented programming, and XML.

Ellen Siever, AB'66, Stephen Spainhour, Jessica P. Hekman, and Stephen Figgins, Linux in a Nutshell (O'Reilly & Associates). The authors provide a complete reference to the core user, programming, administration, and networking commands available on common Linux distributions.

Allen M. Young, PhD'68, Small Creatures and Ordinary Places (University of Wisconsin Press). This is a collection of Young's original essays on natural history, several of which appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine.

Social Sciences
Murray S. Davis, AB'61, AM'62, Aphoristics: How "Interesting Ideas" Turn the World Inside Out (SuperiorBooks). Davis explores the structure of interesting ideas, the rules for their construction, the contents that make them provocative, and the aphoristic forms that make them memorable. He uses hundreds of original aphorisms to propose a new paradigm for revitalizing social theory.

Samuel Farber, AB'61, Social Transformation and Decay: A View from the Left (Lexington Books). Farber analyzes social decline through the lens of the ideas and traditions of the Enlightenment's left wing. He studies the working class and temperance movements, civil-rights rebellions, and the cultural revolutions of 1920s Russia and the Bolsheviks, adding the Left's viewpoint to the current discussions of social decay.

Karl M. Figlio, SB'62, PhD'68, Psychoanalysis, Science, and Masculinity (Brunner-Routledge). This psychoanalysis of the West's scientific drive to obtain all knowledge focuses on the unconscious, masculine fantasies of mastery and the desire to invade nature. Figlio argues that the masculine domination of nature has its roots in a fantasy mediated by semen.

Joseph B. Gittler, PhD'41, Racial and Ethnic Conflicts: Perspectives from the Social Disciplines (Jai Press). This work examines racial and ethnic conflict from the perspectives of history, social psychology, economics, political science, cultural anthropology, and human geography.

Jody Raphael, JD'69, Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty (Northeastern University Press). Through a narrative of the life of a former welfare mother named Bernice, Raphael illustrates the issues facing welfare today and disputes both the liberal and conservative stereotypes about welfare recipients.

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