The Scarred Double Eagle


By Donald P. Gregg ’51. Shires Press, October 2016. In the mid 1980s, Donald P. Gregg bought two U.S. silver dollars, both dated 1882, from a peddler outside the ancient Roman ruin of Jerash in Jordan, and wondered how they had gotten there, how they were spent, and in whose pockets they had traveled. Gregg’s purchase

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A Thin Bright Line


By Lucy Jane Bledsoe ’77 MA. University of Wisconsin Press, 2016. Available on Amazon. At the height of the Cold War, Lucybelle Bledsoe is offered a job seemingly too good to pass up. However, there are risks. Her scientific knowledge and editorial skills are unparalleled, but her personal life might not withstand government scrutiny. Leaving

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Corresponding Lives: Mabel Dodge Luhan, A. A. Brill, and the Psychoanalytic Adventure in America


By Patricia R. Everett ’79. Karnac Books, October 2016. Available on Amazon. An influential New York salon host and perpetual seeker of meaning, Mabel Dodge entered psychoanalysis in 1916 with A.A. Brill, the first American psychoanalyst, continuing until she moved to New Mexico in December 1917. In Taos, she met Antonio Luhan, the Pueblo Indian

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Of This New World

Book cover for Of This New World

By Allegra Hyde ’10. University of Iowa Press, October 2016. Available on Amazon. Winner of the 2016 John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Award, Hyde’s debut collections offers 12 stories that contemplate the notions of idealism and practicality, communal ambition and individual kink, and strives to answer the question: is paradise really so impossible?

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Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India


By Llerena Guiu Searle ’99. University of Chicago Press, September 2016. Available on Amazon. Over the past few decades, India has experienced a sudden and spectacular urban transformation. Gleaming business complexes encroach on fields and villages. Giant condominium communities offer gated security, indoor gyms, and pristine pools. Spacious, air-conditioned malls have sprung up alongside open-air

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America’s War on Same-Sex Couples and Their Families


 By Daniel R. Pinello ’72. Cambridge University Press, September 2016. Available on Amazon. America’s War on Same-Sex Couples and Their Families is a legal, political, and social history of constitutional amendments in twenty American states (with 43 percent of the nation’s population) that prohibited government recognition of all forms of relationship rights (marriage, civil unions, and

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Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital


By John P. Richardson ’60. Ohio University Press, September 2016. Available on Amazon. John P. Richardson gives us the first full-length biography of his subject, who as Washington, D.C.’s, public works czar (1871–74) built the infrastructure of the nation’s capital in a few frenetic years after the Civil War. The story of Shepherd is also the

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The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media


Edited by Maria Elena Cepeda, associate professor of Latina/o Studies at Williams College, et al. Routledge, September 2016. Available on Amazon. The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media provides students and scholars with an indispensable overview of the domestic and transnational dynamics at play within multi-lingual Latina/o media.

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Numbers Count


By Marty Epstein ’78, illustrated by Darrin Pepe. Purple Peaks Press, August 2016. When the numbers 0 to 9 go on an adventure to find out if it would be even more fun to be letters, there are lots of fun things to count along the way. Available on This is the first book

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A School of Our Own

A School of Our Own

By Samuel Levin and Susan Engel. The New Press, September 2016. Available on Amazon. Engel and her son Levin tell the story of the Independent Project, the first student-run high school in America. Levin, a high school junior who had already achieved international fame for creating Project Sprout—the first farm-to-school lunch program in the United States—was

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