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Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents


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By Margaret Walton ’80 (Pen name Margaret Kimberley). Truth to Power, February 2020. Available on Amazon. This book is an exploration of America’s relationship with race and black Americans through the lens of the presidents who are elected to represent and govern all of its people.


Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore


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By Darra Goldstein, Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, Emerita. Ten Speed Press, February 2020. Available on Amazon. Through recipes, photos and essays, Professor Goldstein explores the heart of Russian food, and brings to life a portrait of the country’s people and its palate.


MASS MoCA: Chronicle of a Museum Commission


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By Barbara Ernst Prey ’79. Barbara Prey Studio, January 2020. The book chronicles Massachusetts Museum of Art’s commission of the world’s largest watercolor, painted by Barbara Ernst Prey ’79.


The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy


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By Julia McKenzie Munemo. Swallow Press, January 2020. Available on Amazon. When a stack of interracial romance novels written by her long-dead father landed on Julia McKenzie Munemo’s kitchen table, she—a white woman—had been married to a black man for six years and their first son was a toddler. Out of shame about her father’s … Continue reading “The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy”


Tai Chi For Knee Health


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By Chris Cinnamon ’82. Chicago Tai Chi LLC, December 2019. Available on Amazon. The Tai Chi for Knee Health System provides an exercise program for adults experiencing chronic knee pain from knee osteoarthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, patellofemoral syndrome, and other causes. It can be incorporated into prehab and rehab for knee surgery and knee replacement. This … Continue reading “Tai Chi For Knee Health”


Views From the Side Mirror


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By Robert Herzog ’68. Menscherprises LLC, November 2019. Available on Amazon. This book intersperses a moving personal account of the days post 9/11 with a penetrating mix of political and cultural commentary spanning 20 years.


The Real McCoys: Wonder Under Cover


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By Matthew Swanson ’97 and Robbi Behr ’97. Imprint, November 2019. Available on Amazon. Moxie joins the Wonder Scouts to investigate a suspected saboteur in the badge competition. She’s never liked the Wonder Scouts, but once she joins the group, Moxie becomes enchanted with earning badges herself!


Practical Presentation Skills: Authenticity, Focus & Strength


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By Brandt Johnson ’87. Nicholas Brealey, October 2019. Available on Amazon. When you talk to anyone, you are presenting yourself and your ideas to an audience. You are giving a presentation. This could be in person, on the phone, or via videoconference. In any case, both your content and delivery contribute to the effectiveness of … Continue reading “Practical Presentation Skills: Authenticity, Focus & Strength”


Extreme Exoticism: Japan in the American Musical Imagination


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By W. Anthony Sheppard, Marylin & Arthur Levitt Professor of Music. Oxford University Press, October 2019. To what extent can music be employed to shape one culture’s understanding of another? In the American imagination, Japan has represented the “most alien” nation for over 150 years. This book offers a detailed documentation and wide-ranging investigation of … Continue reading “Extreme Exoticism: Japan in the American Musical Imagination”


Forget They Were Ever Born


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By Sharon Flanagan-Hyde ’77. Flanagan-Hyde Associates, October 2019. Available on Amazon. When the author’s sister, Mary Jean, was diagnosed with severe mental retardation in 1962, doctors said to put defective children in an institution and forget they were ever born. Mary Jean was sent away as a toddler, but she was not forgotten. Decades of … Continue reading “Forget They Were Ever Born”