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Richard Handler, AM’76, PhD’79, editor, Significant Others: Interpersonal and Professional Commitments in Anthropology (University of Wisconsin Press). This collection examines the roles of “significant others” in the lives of anthropologists around the turn of the 20th century, especially partners who accompanied anthropologists in the field. The book also considers gender roles in the discipline.

Ann Miles, AB’81, From Cuenca to Queens: An Anthropological Story of Transnational Migration (University of Texas Press). Framed by historical and structural analysis of the conditions that encourage transnational migration, this ethnography examines a young man’s decision to move illegally from Ecuador to New York and its effect on his family.

David H. Price, AM’85, Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI’s Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists (Duke University Press). Describing the dozens of anthropologists persecuted during the Cold War, Price argues that government surveillance stemmed not from a fear of anthropologists’ Marxism but rather from fear of their activism.

John A. Fatherley, MAT’66, John Lund Woods Jr.: Magnanimous Benefactor (self-published). The third in Fatherley’s series on forgotten American heroes, this biography tells the story of a Vermont-born Cleveland philanthropist who built Case Western Reserve University’s medical school building in 1886.

Marjorie Bivins Hopper, AB’43, AM’62, Love Behind the Easel (Hopper, Inc.). A former teacher, principal, and television administrator, Hopper tells the story of her marriage to a painter, describing their travels, relationship, and work.

Allan Peskin, AB’53, Winfield Scott and the Profession of Arms (Kent State University Press). During a career encompassing three wars, Scott oversaw the Army’s professionalization. Peskin’s biography depicts this general (and Whig presidential candidate) as a managerial officer who foresaw dramatic technological changes.

Eric S. Petersen, JD’73, editor, Light and Liberty: Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness (Modern Library). Weaving together Thomas Jefferson’s diverse writings, including reports, speeches, and letters, Petersen constructs 34 short essays on subjects such as patriotism, hope, and humility, all using Jefferson’s words.

Fwu-Ranq Chang, PhD’85, Stochastic Optimization in Continuous Time (Cambridge University Press). Introducing stochastic control theory and it’s applications to economics, Chang discusses various solution techniques, including the inverse optimum methodology.

John Brown, David Mitch, AB’73, AM’74, PhD’82, and Marco H. D. van Leeuwen, editors, Origins of the Modern Career (Ashgate Publishing). This book looks back at the economic and social forces that shaped the creation of career paths, formal and informal, which by the 1950s had permeated most developed economies’ workforces.

Hiram Aldarondo, PhD’98, El humor en la cuentística de Silvina Ocampo (Pliegos). Aldarondo examines the gender politics and function of literary humor in this contemporary Argentine writer’s short fiction, arguing that Ocampo uses black humor, irony, and satire to convey a feminist perspective that challenges Western patriarchal values.

Susan Z. Diamond, AB’70, and Marilynne McKay, editors, Serpentine Muse-ings: An Anthology from the Journal of The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 (Gasogene Books). This collection brings together articles about Sherlock Holmes and the Victorian era selected from the journal of a woman’s Sherlockian society.

Susan M. Griffin, AM’77, PhD’82, Anti-Catholicism and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Cambridge University Press). Nineteenth-century American and British writers, Griffin argues, used fiction to convey anti-Catholic sentiment, providing Victorians with “truths” that defined them as Protestants and therefore as “normative.”

Wesley A. Kort, AM’61, PhD’65, Place and Space in Modern Fiction (University Press of Florida). Kort explores how six English writers, including Conrad, Forster, and Hardy, molded human spatial orientation. He theorizes that the authors exhibit a deficient, and characteristically modern, attitude toward spacial relationships.

Kenneth M. Price, AM’77, PhD’81, To Walt Whitman, America (University of North Carolina Press). Price examines Whitman’s legacy for an ethnically and sexually diverse America. Whitman’s name and words, he notes, are ubiquitous in American culture, reflecting the poet’s malleable identity and his work’s capacity to accrue new meanings with changing times.

Laurel Richardson, AB’55, AB’56, and Ernest Lockridge, Travels with Ernest: Crossing the Literary/Sociological Divide (AltaMira Press). A sociologist wife and a novelist husband explore the interplay between literary and ethnographic writing as they interpret their travels together, pairing narratives with transcribed conversations.

Marlon Ross, AM’79, PhD’83, Manning the Race: Reforming Black Men in the Jim Crow Era (New York University Press). Ross considers how black men were marketed, embodied, and portrayed during the early 20th century. Providing a cultural history of black manhood, he examines gender, sexuality, and the African American man’s struggle for advancement.

Raymond L. Gold, AM’50, PhD’54, A Teaching Safari: A Study of American Teachers in East Africa (PublishAmerica). This book provides a sociological portrayal of an early-1960s program that sent hundreds of Americans and Britons to teach in East African secondary schools.

David Benjamin Gruenbaum, AB’81, REA’s New SAT 2005: Inside Out! (Research and Education Association). Describing the redesigned SAT, Gruenbaum’s guide contains information about all three sections of the test—writing, critical reading, and math—offering tips, review material, and drills.

Vivian Gussin Paley, PhB’47, A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play (University of Chicago Press). At a time when the shadow of “accountability” looms even over preschools, a longtime kindergarten teacher and MacArthur Fellow argues for protection of the fantasy play that she believes is essential to a child’s development.

John A. Biles and Norman B. Sigband, AB’40, AM’41, PhD’54, The Status of American Universities: Challenges and Opportunities (Xlibris). Describing the challenges facing universities, such as rising tuition rates, flaws in the tenure system, too many students, and incompetent trustees, the authors suggest practical solutions.

Lindsay Waters, AM’70, PhD’76, Enemies of Promise: Publishing, Perishing, and the Eclipse of Scholarship (Prickly Paradigm Press). Bureaucratic methods for measuring scholarly achievement have damaged the academic promotion system and made quantity count more than quality, according to Waters. She argues that the push to produce, irrespective of content, discourages innovation.

Jim Bauer, AB’78, AM’80, (under the name W. C. Leadbeater) The Mind-Warp Era (iUniverse). Mass insanity reigns in Bauer’s near-future world. The hero in this humorous novel has mutated into his favorite comic-book character, Slime-thing, guardian of truth, justice, and niceness.

Carmelo Gariano, PhD’64, An Eye for an Aye (A Saga of Success, Rape, and Revenge) (American Book Publishers). An ideal society is shattered when a woman is raped and the court system frees the guilty man. Seeking justice, the aggrieved woman and her husband choose very different routes to revenge.

Marian Castleman Skedgell, AA’39, AM’41, Double Exposure (iUniverse). An 80-year-old grandmother is told that the only way to disprove an accusation that she spied for the KGB is to hunt down her double.

David K. Johnson, AM’87, The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government (University of Chicago Press). The Cold War’s antihomosexual politics, Johnson argues, paralleled the era’s harassment of alleged Communists, persecution that ultimately galvanized Washington’s gay and lesbian community to launch a new civil-rights movement.

Rachel Shteir, AB’87, Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show (Oxford University Press). This illustrated history explores the forces that allowed strippers to thrive between the Jazz Age and the sexual revolution. Shteir describes the diverse characters, locales, and social forces that influenced the striptease.

Lois Beck, AM’69, PhD’77, and Guity Nashat, PhD’73, editors, Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800 (University of Illinois Press). This collection examines women’s roles in Iranian society from the Qajar dynasty to pre-Islamic times. The book explores gender constructs, family structure, community roles, Islamic practices, and artistic representations.

Lou Charnon-Deutsch, PhD’78, The Spanish Gypsy: The History of a European Obsession (Pennsylvania State Press). The stereotypical Spanish gypsy, castanets clicking, has been all but synonymous with Spain since the 19th century. Charnon-Deutsch draws from social history, literature, and the arts to examine this icon.

Brian L. Davies, AB’75, AM’76, PhD’83, State Power and Community in Early Modern Russia: The Case of Kozlov, 1635–1649 (Palgrave MacMillan). Davies’s study of the colonization, administration, and economic life of a garrison town on Muscovy’s southern steppe frontier focuses on the community’s relations with the military governor and Moscow’s central government.

Robert Kubey, AM’78, PhD’84, Creating Television: Conversations With the People Behind 50 Years of American TV (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). The author explores American television history from I Love Lucy to Seinfeld through interviews with 40 contributors to the field, including actor Ed Asner, X’48, and Lucy writer Robert Weiskopf. Kubey considers whether creativity can survive the industry’s competitive pressures.

Matthew Lenoe, AB’88, AM’93, PhD’97, Closer to the Masses: Stalinist Culture, Social Revolution, and Soviet Newspapers (Harvard University Press). Journalists helped party leaders mobilize society for industrialization in the late 1920s, Lenoe argues, by formulating a Bolshevik identity for new communists and creating images that became central to Stalinist culture.

Ted Rueter, AM’84, 449 Stupid Things Republicans Have Said and 449 Stupid Things Democrats Have Said (Andrews McMell). Rueter has collected ill-conceived comments from both sides of the aisle. Hillary Rodham Clinton: “Motown, Motown: That’s my era. Those are my people.” Paul O’Neill: “If you set aside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the safety record of nuclear energy is really very good.”

Ken Ono, AB’89, The Web of Modularity: Arithmetic of the Coefficients of Modular Forms and q-series (American Mathematical Society). Ono’s book provides basics about modular forms, central to current number-theory research, and details the roles of modular forms and q-series in such areas as singular moduli, class numbers, super-congruences, and elliptic curves.

Shui Yin Lo, PhD’66, The Biophysics Basis for Acupuncture and Health (Dragon Eye Press). Lo connects Eastern medicine with Western science in this discussion of acupuncture’s effectiveness. He reviews current studies from around the world and explains meridian theory in terms of quantum physics.

Nicholas Rizzo, AB’90, Championship Nutrition and Performance: The Wrestler’s Guide to Lifestyle, Diet and Healthy Weight Control (Executive Performances Publishing). This guide explains how wrestlers can compete near their minimum natural weights without compromising their health. The book also addresses other health issues, such as treating injuries, and offers advice to parents and coaches.

William Bole, Drew Christianson, and Robert Hennemeyer, PhB’47, AM’50, Forgiveness in International Politics: An Alternative Road to Peace (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops). Forgiveness, the authors argue, has helped to bring peace in societies ranging from South Africa to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Public acknowledgement of wrongs and gestures of forbearance have countered forces of “un-forgiveness,” including cycles of revenge and distorted memories.

Sanford N. Katz, JD’58, Family Law in America (Oxford University Press). This study of the laws governing marriage, divorce, and adoption analyzes how family law has responded to new forms of human relationships. Katz also examines who decides how to label a relationship a “family”: the people, the courts, or legislatures.

George W. Liebmann, JD’63, Neighborhood Futures: Citizen Rights and Local Control (Transaction). Civic life has shifted with the centralization of government agencies and the advent of private and public sub-local institutions such as condominium associations and business improvement districts. Liebmann describes the influence of such groups within and outside the United States.

David S. Tanenhaus, AM’91, PhD’97, Juvenile Justice in the Making (Oxford University Press). Tanenhaus provides a history of the juvenile court and explores how the law should treat young people. Increasingly draconian treatment of juvenile offenders, he contends, reveals how far the United States has departed from the belief that children deserve a separate justice system.

Jerrold R. Brandell, PhD’82, editor, Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in the Movies (State University of New York Press). Psychotherapy has played a part in films ranging from Spellbound to Girl Interrupted. In this anthology therapists and critics consider how films depict “the talking cure” and explore what therapists might learn from watching their on-screen counterparts.

Leo Rangell, MD’37, My Life in Theory (Other Press). As he approaches his 90th birthday, Rangell provides an insider’s view of psychoanalysis from the 1920s to the present, describing theoretical debates and fusing divisive views into a unitary psychoanalytic theory.

Faye Zucker, AB’72, AM’75, Depression (Life Balance). Written for the adolescent reader, this book discusses the diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. The author uses straightforward language and illustrations to address individualized approaches to education, psychotherapy, medications, and suicide.

Orin “Buz” Hargraves, AB’77, editor, New Words (Oxford University Press). This dictionary include definitions, derivations, and citations of more than 2,500 newly coined, newly borrowed, newly derived, or semantically reassigned words—including “deconflict,” “feebate,” and “nanoscale.”

Peter R. D’Agostino, AM’87, PhD’93, Rome in America: Transnational Catholic Ideology from the Risorgimento to Fascism (University of North Carolina Press). Contrary to the claim that American Catholics forged a unique faith disengaged from the Old World’s ideological conflicts, D’Agostino argues that during the late 19th and early 20th centuries American Catholics remained tied to papal Rome and demonized its opponents.

Joe Holland, AM’72, PhD’95, Modern Catholic Social Teaching: The Popes Confront the Industrial Age, 1740–1958 (Paulist Press). Holland chronicles a seismic shift in the Catholic hierarchy’s responses to the industrial revolution’s upheavals, from siding with the wealthy to championing the working class.

Eric D. Reymond, AM’95, PhD’99, Innovations in Hebrew Poetry: Parallelism and the Poems of Sirach (Society of Biblical Literature). Reymond contends that the poems preserved in the Ben Sira Madada scroll rely little on the traditional parallelism that characterizes most biblical poetry. Rather, he argues, the poems exhibit distinctive traits deriving from the sage’s theology.

Talbert O. Shaw, AM’68, PhD’73, East of Eden: Spiritual Reflections on Repentant Following (Pilgrim Press). Each chapter in this book concentrates on a topic related to alienation, sin, and how humans cope with the conflict between nature and spirit. Shaw also explores how believers can confess and be cleansed.

Jerry Sullivan, author; Victor M. Cassidy, editor; and Bobby Sutton, AB’96, illustrator, Hunting for Frogs on Elston, and Other Tales from Field & Street (University of Chicago Press). These essays about the urban landscape’s hidden ecosystems are taken from Chicago Reader columns by the late naturalist Jerry Sullivan.

John McClure and Ernst Wit, PhD’00, Statistics for Microarrays: Design, Analysis and Inference (John Wiley Sons). Microarray technology is revolutionizing biology and medicine by providing a wealth of genetic data. Using five experiments as models, this book provides a detailed account of how statistics can aid the discovery process.

Patricia A. Adler, AM’74, and Peter Adler, AM’74, Paradise Laborers: Hotel Workers in the Global Economy (Cornell University Press). Exploring the lives and careers of Hawaiian hotel workers, this ethnographic study identifies four main groups of hotel employees: new immigrants, locals, middle managers from the mainland, and “seekers”—those looking for sunshine and adventure.

Daniel Thomas Cook, PhD’98, The Commodification of Childhood: The Children’s Clothing Industry and the Rise of the Child Consumer (Duke University Press). Cook illustrates a change in society’s view of the child, arguing that the shift from mother to child as clothing consumer derives from a broader concept of children as autonomous actors.

Vincent Kelly Pollard, AM’68, Globalization, Democratization and Asian Leadership: Foreign Policy, Power Sharing and Society in the Philippines and Japan (Ashgate Publishing). Pollard uses case studies to critique, refine, and test an adaptation of democratic theory that predicts foreign-policy success by the quality of power sharing.

Ruth Pennington Paget, AB’86, Eating Soup with Chopsticks: Sweet Sixteen in Japan (iUniverse). Restaurant critic and travel writer Paget recalls a sojourn with a Japanese family during high school that taught her about food, culture, art, and first love.

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