Nan Bauer-Maglin ’63, co-editor
Nonfiction anthology/Rutgers University, 2009
Today most people die gradually, from incremental illnesses, rather than from the heart attacks or fast-moving diseases that killed earlier generations. Given this new reality, the essays in Final Acts explore how we can make informed and caring end-of-life choices for ourselves and for those we love, and the roles played by religion, custom, family, friends, caretakers, money, the medical establishment, and the government.
Peggy Beck ’69
Novel/Bedazzled Ink, 2009
Sixteen-year-old basketball star Janey Holmes is devastated when her old school suddenly closes and she finds herself at a new school, on a basketball team that hasn't won a game in over three years. As the Riverside Ravens climb from a hopeless start to challenge the best teams in the district, Janey learns what happens when her passion for the game and loyalty to her team are threatened by her explosive temper and the free-fall desires of first love.
Elizabeth Eslami ’00
A young Iranian-American woman, Jasmine Fahroodhi, struggles to understand her enigmatic Iranian father after he decides to arrange her marriage. Jasmine is confused, furious, yet intrigued, and realizes she can only understand who she is when she begins to explore her heritage. Read an excerpt in Critical Writing
Maria Finn MFA ’95
Finn's husband was cheating. First she threw him out. Then she cried. Then she signed up for tango lessons. It turns out that tango has a lot to teach about understanding love and loss, about learning how to follow and how to lead, and how to live with style and flair. As Finn's world begins to revolve around the friendships she makes in dance class and the milongas (social dances) she attends regularly in New York City, she discovers the fascinating culture, history, music, moves, and beauty of the Argentine tango.
Bruce Frankel MFA ’03
What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life?
True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life
Frankel profiles activists, artists, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, inventors, writers, and others who discovered new callings, success, and purpose in later life after living otherwise modest lives.
Liza Ketchum ’68
Novel/Viking Juvenile, 2009
Amelia's family has arrived in San Francisco in 1851, hoping for a new life in this gold rush town. She discovers that newsboys can make a fortune selling East Coast newspapers, so she cuts her hair and dresses as a boy. Amelia's disguise gives her an exciting new freedom, but an unexpected and harrowing balloon flight drops her in the gold fields. Suddenly facing more adventure than she ever imagined, Amelia resolves that if she makes it back to her family, she'll find a way to make a living as a newsgirl.
Barbara Kolsun ’71
As the global fashion and apparel industry has grown to represent a $3 trillion market, a new area of law is required to help guide designers and executives through the legal quandaries peculiar to fashion. The guide provides practical working knowledge to avoid legal disputes and protect rights of fashion executives, managers, and designers.
Joan Konner ’51
In this sound-bite history of the concept of nothing, Konner assembles quotes from well-known writers and philosophers, artists and musicians, geniuses and jokers, demonstrating that some of the finest minds explored, feared, confronted, experienced, and played with the real or imagined presence of Nothing in their lives. The book shows that, like many Eastern sages, deep thinkers in the West also recognized and pondered nonexistence as an essential component and complement of existence itself.
Peter Kulsrud ’80
The Fabrication of the Modern Media:
An Investigation into the Theater and Its Impact on Public Life in Paris (1760-1835)
Nonfiction-History/VDM Verlag, 2009
This book investigates the development of the theatre and press in France during the revolutionary era (1760-1835), demonstrating that the construction of the modern media exercised a tempering influence on theatricality and personal expression.
Diane Sacolick Ligon ’82
Children's Music/Diane Ligon's Puppet Theatre, 2008
Ligon has recorded nine Mother Goose songs-the music from her puppet show-to share with fans. The CD won two Children's Music Web Awards, including Best New Artist for Preschoolers and Young Children.
Connie Lovatt ’89
Cookbook/William Morrow, 2009
Connie Lovatt and Wai Hon Chu have compiled a wide-ranging anthology of dumpling recipes, designed to teach anyone how to be a capable and intuitive dumpling maker. The recipes include everything from layered tapioca dumplings from Thailand to cornhusk-wrapped tamales from Mexico.
Jonathan Montgomery ’03
Poetry/Monkey Puzzle, 2009
In this collection, Jonathan Montgomery offers a glimpse of the misadventures of driving a taxi.
Kim Rosen MFA’04
Poetry/Hay House, 2009
Weaving teaching, story, verse, and memoir, Rosen guides you to find a poem that speaks to you, take it into your life, and become a voice for its wisdom in the world.
Nicolas Sansone ’07
Novel/All Things That Matter, 2009
Involving a NASA space shuttle, a cosmic conspiracy, and an uncouth disembodied head that enslaves an elderly rancher and campaigns against God, a noir-style slickster with a buxom blonde wife and a taste for margaritas, this novel asks its characters to confront their ordering theories of the universe and raises questions of how we are to envision divinity in a technological age.
Estha Weiner ’72
Poetry/Tiger Bark, 2009
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