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0 - Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill
Author: 50 Brown University Alumni
Editor: Judy Sternlight '82
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Pub. Date: May 2014; Subject: Anthology;

In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary, fifty remarkable, prizewinning writers and artists who went to Brown provide unique stories--many published for the first time--about their adventures on College Hill. Funny, poignant, subversive, and nostalgic, the essays, comics, and poems in this collection paint a vivid picture of college life, from the 1950s to the present, at one of America's most interesting universities.

Contributors include: Donald Antrim, Robert Arellano, M. Charles Bakst, Amy DuBois Barnett, Lisa Birnbach, Kate Bornstein, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Mary Caponegro, Susan Cheever, Brian Christian, Pamela Constable, Nicole Cooley, Dana Cowin, Spencer Crew, Edwidge Danticat, Dilip D’Souza, David Ebershoff, Jeffrey Eugenides, Richard Foreman, Amity Gaige, Robin Green, Andrew Sean Greer, Christina Haag, Joan Hilty, A.J. Jacobs, Sean Kelly, David Klinghoffer, Jincy Willett Kornhauser, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, David Levithan, Mara Liasson, Lois Lowry, Ira C. Magaziner, Madeline Miller, Christine Montross, Rick Moody, Jonathan Mooney, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Dawn Raffel, Bill Reynolds, Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Ruhl, Ariel Sabar, Joanna Scott, Jeff Shesol, David Shields, Krista Tippett, Alfred Uhry, Afaa Michael Weaver, and Meg Wolitzer.

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ISBN-13: 978-147676519-8

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0 - Brown University: The Campus Guide
Exclusive publisher pricing for Brown University - $24.99

An Architectural Tour by Raymond P. Rhinehart '62
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; Pub. Date: October 2013; Subject: Brown University Architecture

"Founded in 1764 as the College of Rhode Island in the town of Warren, Brown University was the seventh in a series of Colonial higher learning institutions that now comprise the Ivy League. The university moved to its current spot overlooking Providence on College Hill in 1770 and was renamed in 1804 in recognition of a $5,000 gift from prominent businessman and alum Nicholas Brown. Today the Brown campus, consisting of 235 buildings on 143 acres is a tapestry of American architectural styles from pre-Colonial to modern. In Brown University, the newest volume in our acclaimed Campus Guide series, Class of '62 alumnus Raymond P. Rhinehart takes readers on nine architectural walks to more than one hundred campus landmarks—from the red-bricked University Hall (1770) to the new state-of-the-art Warren Alpert Medical School (2001). With students, alumni, and visitors in mind, the guide showcases the role that Brown has played in the history of campus architecture and the developing urban fabric of Providence."

--The only detailed architectural history of the campus
--Includes the work of esteemed modern architects such as Philip Johnson alongside Colonial Revival and Beaux-Arts legends Stone, Carpenter and Willson; Perry, Shaw and Hepburn; and McKim, Mead and White
--Beautifully photographed with archival material and an illustrated three-dimensional watercolor map

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ISBN: 978-161689073-5

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02 Signed Editions - Birnbach, Lisa '78
True Prep: It's a Whole New World
Author: Lisa Birnbach '78; Chip Kidd
Publisher: Knopf; Pub. Date: November 2011; Paperback
Subject: Pop Culture; Humor;

"The first thing you notice about True its design. Chip Kidd, a celebrated graphic designer, has made this book a visual pleasure, with precise illustrations, vivid photographs and a colour palette that would make Kate Spade swoon. Paging through this book, which considers the current state of the North American “preppy” style, the words “gift material” come to mind. This isn’t to undersell the writing. Ms Birnbach has a sly wit, an editor’s eye and an excellent vocabulary. Every sentence is quotable. Really...True Prep is frivolous, but comprehensively, amusingly, and intelligently so. All too few books fit that description. Like its predecessor, this is a fond and inventive satire for the ages.”—The Economist

ISBN-13: 978-037571201-2
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02 Signed Editions - Flattau, Edward '58 - Green Morality
Author: Edward Flattau '58
Publisher: The Way Things Are Publications; Pub. Date: September 2010; Hardcover
Subject: Science; Environment

"Green Morality, renowned environmental columnist's Edward Flattau's fourth book, is a thorough and timely exploration of mankind's moral obligation to create an environmentally sustainable global society. Along the way, he confronts moral hypocrisy, failed environmental movements and policies, globally disastrous scenarios, and reckless endangerment of the world's species. The exploration of destructive and immoral environmental behavior includes coverage of numerous often little publicized actions that have adversely affected humanity and lower life forms. To avoid ultimate wholesale, permanent environmental destruction, Flattau advocates a major realignment of our value system and economic infrastructure, all in the name of creating an environmentally, economically sustainable society. Crossing political and cultural boundaries, Flattau portrays environmentalism as a universal moral imperative that every person has a duty to uphold, not only for the salvation of the modern society, but for the entire planet. Flattau presents an analysis of environmentalism's current situation and its history throughout the twentieth century uncovering the devastation committed by individuals, corporations and governments to the world's species and fellow humans. In the process, he demonstrates how these destructive actions conflict with the very values that the offending parties espouse. Flattau delivers starkly eminent solutions to avert environmental destruction that require a re-alignment of modern society's value system and economic structure, transcending historical, political or institutional obligations.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-098214192-2
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02 Signed Editions - Greenfield, Briann, Ph.D '02
Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England
Author: Briann G. Greenfield, Ph.D '02
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press; Pub. Date: July 2009; Paperback;
Subject: American History, Decorative Arts

"In Out of the Attic, Briann G. Greenfield traces the transformation of antiques from family keepsakes to valuable artistic objects, examining the role of collectors, dealers, and museum makers in the construction of a new tradition based on the aesthetic qualities of early American furnishings. While recognizing the significance of antiques as symbols of an enduring American culture, Greenfield also delves behind popular rhetoric to examine the development of a retail structure specifically designed to facilitate the buying and selling of old wares. With antique shops proliferating all over New England, pickers going door-to-door in search of finds, and forgers taking illicit advantage of growing demand, antique owners and collectors found themselves trying to navigate a retail market characterized by escalating prices and high stakes purchases. In this sense, antiques functioned as more than remnants of a treasured past; they became modern consumer goods."--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-155849710-8
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02 Signed Editions - Harrison, Lindsay '08 -
Missing: A Memoir
Author: Lindsay Harrison, '08
Publisher: Scribner; Pub. Date: August 2011; Hardcover
Subject: Non-Fiction; Memoir;

"A twenty-five-year-old recent graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, Lindsay Harrison began writing Missing as a way to cope with a terrible loss. During her sophomore year at Brown University, Lindsay received a phone call from her brother that her mother was missing. Forty days later they discover the unthinkable: Their mother’s body had been found in the ocean.

Missing is at first a page-turning account of those first forty days, as it chronicles dealings with detectives, false sightings, wild hope, and deep despair. The balance of the story is a candid, emotional exploration of a daughter’s search for solace after tragedy as she tries to understand who her mother truly was, makes peace with her grief, and becomes closer to her father and brothers as her mother’s death forces her to learn more about her mother than she ever knew before.”--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-145161193-9
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02 Signed Editions - Potter, Russell PhD '91
PYG: The Memoirs of Toby, the Learned Pig
Author: Russell Potter, PhD '91, Local Author
Publisher: Penguin; Pub. Date: July 31, 2012; Paperback Original
Subject: Fiction

"Blending the sophisticated satire of Jonathan Swift with the charming exuberance of a Pixar film, PYG tells the story of Toby, a truly exceptional pig who lived in late eighteenth-century England. After winning the blue ribbon at the Salford Livestock Fair and escaping the butcher's knife, Toby tours the country, wowing circus audiences with his abilities to count, spell, and even read the minds of ladies (but only with their permission, of course). He goes on to study at Oxford and Edinburgh—encountering such luminaries as Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake—before finally writing his own life story. Quirky, beguiling, and endlessly entertaining, this memoir of a 'remarkable sapient pig' is a sharp and witty delight.”--publisher description

Russell Potter is a professor of English at Rhode Island College. He has published essays and poetry and has also written extensively about the Arctic. PYG, a paperback original from Penguin, is his first novel.

ISBN-13: 978-014312118-3
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Akhtar, Ayad '93
American Dervish
Author: Ayad Akhtar '93
Publisher: Back Bay Books; Pub. Date: September 2012; Paperback; Subject: Fiction

Indie Bound Review:
"At it's simplest American Dervish is a coming-of-age story. At its most complex, it is a story of religious faith, marital strife, human nature, love, envy, sexual awakening, betrayal, and racism. It is impossible to leave Akhtar's exceptional debut novel without experiencing the struggles and pain of young Hayat as he comes to terms with both his Muslim faith and his humanity.”-- Lynn Riggs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI

ISBN-13: 978-031618330-7

Price: $15.00

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Ascher, Kate '80
The Way to Go: Moving by Sea, Land, and Air
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Austin, James, MD '47
Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen
Author: James Austin, M.D. '47
Publisher: MIT Press; Pub. Date: October 2011; Hardcover
Subject: Non-Fiction; Eastern Philosophy

"This is not the usual kind of self-help book. Indeed, its major premise heeds a Zen master's advice to be less self-centered. Yes, it is 'one more book of words about Zen,' as the author concedes, yet this book explains meditative practices from the perspective of a 'neural Zen.' The latest findings in brain research inform its suggestions. In Meditating Selflessly, James Austin--Zen practitioner, neurologist, and author of three acclaimed books on Zen and neuroscience--guides readers toward that open awareness already awaiting them on the cushion and in the natural world...Drawing widely from the exciting new field of contemplative neuroscience, Austin helps resolve an ancient paradox: why both insight wisdom and selflessness arise simultaneously during enlightened states of consciousness.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-0262010587-5

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Barry, John M. '68
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty
Author: John M. Barry '68
Publisher: Penguin; Pub. Date: December 2012; Subject: Academic; American History;

"...Barry does impart enough detail about Williams to show how puzzling a character he was, exasperatingly admirable. He attracted the powerful and the intelligent. The jurist Edward Coke had been his patron during his youth; the poet John Milton was a later friend. Even his critics found him an appealing personality. The governor of Plymouth called him 'the sweetest soul I ever knew'..."--Joyce E. Chaplin, Sunday New York Times Book Review

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ISBN-13: 978-014312288-6

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Bazell, Josh '92
Beat the Reaper
Author: Josh Bazell '92
Publisher: Back Bay Books; Pub. Date: September 2009; Paperback
Subject: Fiction; Thriller;

Indie Bound Review:
"Josh Bazell's story of a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past goes down like a good Bloody Mary with a powerful kick. The briskly paced thriller offers an entertaining plot, quirky characters, and a shocking ending that will haunt the reader for a long while.”-- Amy Pierson, Toad Hall Bookstore, Rockport, MA

ISBN-13: 978-031603221-6

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Bell, Madison Smartt
The Color of Night
Author: Madison Smartt Bell
Publisher: Vintage; Pub. Date: April 2011; Paperback
Subject: Fiction

"Mae, a blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas casino, spends her free time wandering the desert with a rifle, or sitting in her trailer obsessively watching replays of an old lover escaping the wreckage of 9/11. What she sees in those images is different from what the rest of us would see. She revels in the pure anarchy, thrills at the destruction. These images recall memories of a childhood marked by unthinkable abuse, of her drift into a cult that committed the most shocking crime of the '60s, of her life since then as a feral and wary outsider, caught in a swirl of events at once personal, political, mythic.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-030774188-2

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Bolster, W. Jeffrey '84
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail
Author: W. Jeffrey Bolster '84
Publisher: Belknap/Harvard University Press; Pub. Date: April 2014; Subject: Academic; Nautical History;

"Since the Viking ascendancy in the Middle Ages, the Atlantic has shaped the lives of people who depend upon it for survival. And just as surely, people have shaped the Atlantic. In his innovative account of this interdependency, W. Jeffrey Bolster, a historian and professional seafarer, takes us through a millennium-long environmental history of our impact on one of the largest ecosystems in the world...Blending marine biology, ecological insight, and a remarkable cast of characters, from notable explorers to scientists to an army of unknown fishermen, Bolster tells a story that is both ecological and human: the prelude to an environmental disaster. Over generations, harvesters created a quiet catastrophe as the sea could no longer renew itself. Bolster writes in the hope that the intimate relationship humans have long had with the ocean, and the species that live within it, can be restored for future generations.”--publisher description

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ISBN-13: 978-067428396-1

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Bornstein, Kate '69
Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and other Outlaws
Author: Kate Bornstein '69
Publisher: Seven Stories Press; Pub. Date: May 2006; Paperback
Subject: Gender Studies

"Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it. Here, Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to life for those who want to stay on the edge, but alive. Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturize!), to the irreverent (shatter some family values), to the highly controversial. Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don't be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life. Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate Bornstein is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one.”--publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-158322720-6

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Brashich, Audrey
All Made Up: A Girl's Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype to Celebrate Real Beauty
Author: Audrey Brashich
Publisher: Walker Books; Pub. Date: April 2006; Paperback
Subject: Young Adult; Reference

"Gr. 6-9. Once a starstruck teen whose admiration for "models, stars, and 'It' girls" led her to a short-lived modeling career, Brashich now writes for magazines such as Sassy and Shape. Here, she myth-busts the glamour of female celebrity, combining chatty humor ("True, [stars] go to the Oscars, but that show is freakin' long and boring") with quotes from real girls and provocative facts (based on their Body Mass Indexes, recent Miss America winners would have been considered malnourished by the World Health Organization). Though Brashich persuasively makes her points, the book's design is workmanlike, and its intended audience is difficult to pinpoint; chipper line drawings and earnest suggestions seem to target tweens, while references to the infamous Paris Hilton video and to Bitch magazine seem best suited to YAs. But the substantive, often entertaining content, backed up by endnotes and further resources, will serve both groups well, and many readers will find their way to Brashich's Web site, where they will be able post responses to the book's "Back Talk" sidebars."-- Jennifer Mattson, Booklist
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ISBN-13: 978-080277744-9

Price: $9.95

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Braun, Adam '06
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
Author: Adam Braun '06
Publisher: Scribner; Pub. Date: March 2014; Subject: Non-Fiction;

"Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, "A pencil." This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of twenty-four. Using his unique "for-purpose" approach, he helped redefine the space in which business, philanthropy, and social media intersect. And a mere five years later, Pencils of Promise has now built more than two hundred schools around the world, proving that anyone can create a movement that matters.

The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun's journey through more than fifty countries to find his calling, as each chapter explains the steps that every person can take to ignite their own passion and potential. His trailblazing story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and village chiefs, world-famous celebrities and hometown heroes. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give readers the tools to unlock their own extraordinary journey of self-discovery. If you have ever wanted a more purpose-driven life, if you have ever felt like you could become more than your current circumstances allow, it's time to ask yourself, "What do I want most in the world?" And through the lessons shared in this book, turn those ideas into reality. --publisher description

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ISBN-13: 978-147673062-2

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Brennan, Marcia '97
Modernism's Masculine Subjects: Matisse, the New York School, and Post-Painterly Abstraction
Author: Marcia Brennan '97
Publisher: MIT Press; Pub. Date: September 2006; Paperback
Subject: Art History; Art Criticism

"In the era of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit -- when social pressures on men to conform threatened cherished notions of masculine vitality, freedom, and authenticity -- modernist paintings came to be seen as metaphorical embodiments of both idealized and highly conflicted conceptions of masculine selfhood. In Modernism's Masculine Subjects, Marcia Brennan traces the formalist critical discourses in which work by such artists as Henri Matisse, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock could stand as symbolic representations that at once challenged and reproduced such prevailing cultural conceptions of masculinity. Rejecting the typical view of formalism's exclusive engagement with essentialized and purified notions of abstraction and its disengagement from issues of gender and embodiment, Brennan explores the ways in which these categories were intertwined, historically and theoretically. Brennan makes new use of writings by Clement Greenberg and other powerful critics describing the works of Matisse, the postwar New York School abstract expressionists, and their successors, the post-painterly abstractionists. The paintings of Matisse, she argues, were represented in part as intellectually engaged and culturally respectable centerfolds. Brennan examines de Kooning's Woman series -- perhaps the most significant effort to incorporate feminine presence within abstract expressionist imagery -- as extended cultural metaphors for bourgeois masculinity's conflicted relationship with its feminine "others." She also shows how the aggressive energy of Pollock's nonfigural painterly idiom became domesticated in the press by the repeated pairing of his work with images of Pollock in the studio and at home with his wife, the artist Lee Krasner. Finally, discussing the rise of the post-painterly abstractionists in the sixties, Brennan shows how, both despite and because of the critical presence of Helen Frankenthaler, formalist responses to the works of Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland provided an opportunity to promote idealized conceptions of masculine creativity.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-026252468-1 Author: Marcia Brennan
Publisher: MIT Press, Oct. 2006
Subject: Non-fiction, Paperback; Art Criticism

ISBN-13: 978-0262524681

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Collins, Abel '00
D'hirondelle: Swallowfleet
Author: Abel Collins '00
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; Pub. Date: March 2006; Paperback
Subject: Fiction; Poetry

"D'hirondelle is a poetic exposition in the vein of Walt Whitman. Abel evokes the natural awareness of Thoreau, the spiritual strength of Emerson, and the passion of Tom Paine in a poetry that yearns for beauty and truth with the simplicity of Gibran. The verse flows with currents of deep thought and emotion, and one is left with the feeling that they have just participated in a great conversation with an old friend.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-141961633-4

Price: $15.00

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Coppola, Chris '90
Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq
Author: Chris Coppola '90
Publisher: NTI Upstream; Pub. Date: February 2010; Hardcover
Subject: Medicine

Eric Hoffer Award Finalist and Montaigne Medal Finalist

"The fierce, true-life account of United States Air Force pediatric surgeon Lt. Col. Dr. Chris Coppola, this book describes his experiences through two deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom inside a military trauma hospital at Balad Air Base, just 49 miles north of Baghdad. Novelistic in scope and vision, this memoir extends beyond objective reportage to give genuine voice to U.S. surgeons and soldiers, Iraqi translators, and everyday civilians whose core beliefs have been tested in the turmoil of war. Raw and powerfully moving, it reveals how one man’s extraordinary courage and commitment to children survived and flourished even as he witnessed some of the most unspeakable horrors of war.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-098405311-7

Price: $24.95

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Danticat, Edwidge '93
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Author: Edwidge Danticat '93
Publisher: Vinatge; Pub. Date: may 1998; Paperback
Subject: Fiction

"At an astonishingly young age, Edwidge Danticat has become one of our most celebrated new novelists, a writer who evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti--and the enduring strength of Haiti's women--with a vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's suffering and courage.

At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti--to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence, in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-037570504-5

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Danticat, Edwidge '93
Claire of the Sea Light
Author: Edwidge Danticat '93
Publisher: Vintage; Pub. Date: July 2014; Subject: Fiction;

"Claire of the Sea Light reads like the work of a writer eager to create another world...A sense of the possibilities is tangible, where Danticat delves into parenting, revenge, reconciliation and remorse. Claire Limyè Lanmè is the daughter of a widower who is mulling whether or not to let someone else raise his daughter. In this small town, other mothers and fathers are working through reconciling their feelings about parenthood while readers experience a day in her life. Simultaneously, Danticat masterfully weaves in necessary parts of the past.” —Joshunda Sanders, Kirkus

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ISBN-13: 978-030747227-4

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Decker, Elaine '67
Retirement Sparks: Reigniting the Passion for Life, Irreverant Observations on Retirement
Author: Elaine M. Decker '67
Publisher: Business Theatre Unlimited; Pub. Date: 2011; Paperback
Subject: Self-Help

"Retirement Sparks serves up edgy and irreverent observations on the retirement process and the ensuing life transition. Selections have appeared in the 'Retirement Sparks' column in 'Prime Time,' a monthly publication distributed throughout Rhode Island.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-146809570-8

Price: $14.95

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Epstein, Kevin '92
Marketing Made Easy
Author: Kevin Epstein '92
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press; Pub. Date: May 2006; Paperback
Subject: Business

"This no-nonsense, hands-on guide is the entrepreneurial marketers’ battle plan for a successful marketing program. Marketing Made Easy contains specific action steps and to-do lists for every step of the marketing process. Real-world anecdotes and specific examples from well-known start-ups demonstrate the book’s practical skills. Author Kevin Epstein cuts through the buzzwords and marketing jargon to offer you cutting-edge advice on a variety of traditional and high-tech tools, from billboards to blogs.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-159918017-5

Price: $19.95

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Eugenides, Jeffrey '82
The Marriage Plot
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides '82
Publisher: Picador; Pub. Date: September 2012; Paperback; Subject: Fiction

"It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

As Madeleine tries to understand why “it became laughable to read writers like Cheever and Updike, who wrote about the suburbia Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in, in favor of reading the Marquis de Sade, who wrote about deflowering virgins in eighteenth-century France,” real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead—charismatic loner, college Darwinist, and lost Portland boy—suddenly turns up in a semiotics seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old “friend” Mitchell Grammaticus—who’s been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange—resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this amazing, spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology Laboratory on Cape Cod, but can’t escape the secret responsible for Leonard’s seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.

Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the Novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-125001476-4

Price: $16.00

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Eugenides, Jeffrey '82
The Virgin Suicides
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides '82
Publisher: Picador; Pub. Date: April 2009; Paperback
Subject: Fiction

"First published in 1993,The Virgin Suicides announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters--beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys--commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-031242881-5

Price: $15.00

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Eugenides, Jeffrey '82
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides '82
Publisher: Picador; Pub. Date: June 2007; Paperback
Subject: Fiction

"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974...My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license...records my first name simply as Cal."

"So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic. Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-031242773-3

Price: $16.00

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Eugenides, Jeffrey '82
My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides '82, editor
Publisher: Harper; Pub. Date: January 2009; Paperback
Subject: Fiction; Anthology

"When it comes to love, there are a million theories to explain it. But when it comes to love stories, things are simpler. A love story can never be about full possession. Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name...It is perhaps only in reading a love story (or in writing one) that we can simultaneously partake of the ecstasy and agony of being in love without paying a crippling emotional price. I offer this book, then, as a cure for lovesickness and an antidote to adultery. Read these love stories in the safety of your single bed. Let everybody else suffer."—Jeffrey Eugenides, from the introduction to My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead

All proceeds from My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead will go directly to fund the free youth writing programs offered by 826 Chicago. 826 Chicago is part of the network of seven writing centers across the United States affiliated with 826 National, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-006124038-6

Price: $15.99

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Ferguson, Allen '41
All's Fair: A Personal History of War and Love
Author: Allen Ferguson '41
Publisher: AuthorHouse; Pub. Date: February 2005; Paperback, Illustrated
Subject: Memoir

"All's Fair may be the last book ever written about air combat in World War II by a man who fought it. The author was a B-l 7 pilot in Europe; his wife, a technical sergeant in the Marine Corps. Here is the defeat of tyranny:- near death and bomb strikes from five miles in the sky. Here, too, is a woman's struggle to "free a [male] Marine to fight." In All's Fair lonely love marches through war arm-in-arm with the shadow of death, as it always has. After the shadow was blown away, the highest echelons of the military had to be challenged before the Air Force pilot and the Marine Corps sergeant could live together as man and wife -even after his combat was done.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-141849378-3

Price: $1.99

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Frankel, Alex '93
Punching In: One Man's Undercover Adventures on the Front Lines of America's Best-Known Companies
Author: Alex Frankel '93
Publisher: Harper; Pub. Date: November 2008; Paperback
Subject: Business

"During a two-year urban adventure through the world of commerce, journalist Alex Frankel proudly wore the brown uniform of the UPS driver, folded endless stacks of T-shirts at Gap, brewed espressos for the hordes at Starbucks, interviewed (but failed to get hired) at Whole Foods, enrolled in management training at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and sold iPods at the Apple Store.

In this lively and entertaining narrative, Frankel takes readers on a personal journey into the land of front-line employees to discover why some workers are so eager to drink the corporate Kool-Aid and which companies know how to serve it up best.”—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-006084967-2

Price: $15.95

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