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Behind the Red Veil: An American Inside Gorbachev’s Russia


Book Cover of Behind the Red Veil, a memoir by Frank Thoms, Williams Class of 1960

By Frank Thoms ’60. SparkPress, September 2020. A memoir of a teacher’s quest to understand the Soviet Union over the course of seven trips to the U.S.S.R., including as a U.S.-Soviet exchange teacher of English in Leningrad and a private citizen, teaching English in Moscow and Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan.


Everything Elderberry: How to Forage, Cultivate and Cook with this Amazing Natural Remedy


Book cover for Everything Elderberry, by Susannah Shmurak, Williams Class of 1994

By Susannah Shmurak ’94. Skyhorse Publishing, September 2020. A compendium of information about elderberry, an immune-boosting superfood, draws on historical texts, peer-reviewed scientific research and interviews with experts around the world and offers 62 recipes.


White Hot Light: Twenty-five years in Emergency Medicine


Book cover of White Hot Light, a memoir, made up of vignettes, by Frank Huyler, Williams Class of 1987

By Frank Huyler ’87. Harper Perennial, August 2020. A series of short, powerful vignettes about the author’s work as an emergency room physician and the sequel to his critically acclaimed 1990s memoir The Blood of Strangers.


Empathy and the Historical Understanding of the Human Past


Book cover of history professor Thomas Kohut's new book, Empathy and the Historical Understanding of the human past, published by Routledge

By Thomas M. Kohut, the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Professor of History. Routledge, April 2020. A comprehensive consideration of the role of empathy in historical knowledge, informed by the literature on empathy in fields including history, psychoanalysis, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and sociology.


The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing and Living in Alaska


By Emma Teal Laukitas ’13 and Claire Neaton. Sasquatch Books, April 2020. In this photo- and story-filled cookbook, Alaska’s famous female fishermen share 50 recipes that honor the sea and shore.


Layla and the Bots #2: Built for Speed


Book Cover for Layla and the Bots #2: Built for Speed, published by Scholastic

By Vicky Fang ’98. Scholastic Inc., August 2020. The problem-solving, creative rock band Layla and the Bots is back for a second adventure, helping a friend in a wheelchair to design a go-kart in time for the Blossom Valley race, in this new series for early readers.


Layla and the Bots #1: Happy Paws


Book cover for the scholastic early reader book Layla and the Bots.

By Vicky Fang ’98. Scholastic Inc., May 2020. In this first installment of a new series for early readers, Layla and the Bots, a rock band that uses problem-solving and creativity to build inventions, steps in to save a local amusement park in danger of shutting down.    


Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age


Book Cover for Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age

By James L. Nolan Jr., Chair and Washington Gladden 1859 Professor of Sociology. Harvard University Press, August 2020. After his father died, James L. Nolan Jr., took possession of a box of private family materials. To his surprise, the small secret archive contained a treasure trove of information about his grandfather’s role as a doctor … Continue reading “Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age”


The Intellectual Sword


Book cover for the Intellectual Sword

Co-authored by Daniel R. Coquillette ’66. Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, May 2020. By the late nineteenth century, Harvard Law School had transformed legal education and become the preeminent professional school in the nation. But in the early 1900s, HLS came to the brink of financial failure and lagged its peers in … Continue reading “The Intellectual Sword”


More Than Medicine: Nurse Practitioners and the Problems They Solve for Patients, Health Care Organizations, and the State


Book cover for More Than Medicine

By LaTonya J. Trotter ’98. Cornell University Press, April 2020. In this book, Trotter chronicles the everyday work of a group of nurse practitioners (NPs) working on the front lines of the American health care crisis as they cared for four hundred African American older adults living with poor health and limited means, and she … Continue reading “More Than Medicine: Nurse Practitioners and the Problems They Solve for Patients, Health Care Organizations, and the State”