Inside the US Navy of 1812-1815

By William S. Dudley ’58. Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2021. While Great Britain’s Royal Navy was large and well provisioned at the beginning of the War of 1812, the United States’ navy was small and underfunded. Throughout the war, the U.S. faced challenges such as acquiring supplies and providing medical care to personnel. Dudley … Continue reading “Inside the US Navy of 1812-1815”

North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar’s Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard’s Work

By Michael Blanding ’95. Hachette Books, March 2021. Sir Thomas North, Elizabethan courtier, wrote several plays for his patron, Robert Dudley, to help Dudley gain the favor of Queen Elizabeth I. Years later, Shakespeare signed his name to plays with similar themes and details strikingly similar to North’s. Does this mean Shakespeare wasn’t the author? … Continue reading “North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar’s Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard’s Work”

The Intellectual Lives of Children

By Susan Engel, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and The Class of 1959 Director of Program in Teaching at Williams College. Harvard University Press, January 2021. What are children thinking as they encounter the world around them? How do they solve problems and explain new concepts? Are adults harming children’s propensity to learn by emphasizing good … Continue reading “The Intellectual Lives of Children”

The Luther Forest: Five Generations

By Field Horne ’73. Kiskatom Publishing Company, 2020. Following a nearly 120-year history, Horne traces the roots of Luther Forest in Saratoga Springs, chronicling the choices of the original landowners and their impact on the sustainability of the forest.

Ladies of the House: A Novel

By Lauren Edmondson Carstens ’06. Graydon House Books, February 2021. After Daisy Richardson’s father—a senator—dies and a scandal is made public, Daisy tries to keep the family afloat despite now being social outcasts who are down to their last dime. Although Daisy longs to run away, her mother refuses to sell their Georgetown home, and … Continue reading “Ladies of the House: A Novel”

Single, White Cave Man

By Fabienne Marsh ’79. Windtree Press, January 2021. In an effort to avoid being lonely for the rest of his life, 38-year-old Jim Rosso signs up with Smartheart, a dating service tailored to Ivy League graduates. Unfortunately, the one woman he’s interested in is married to his best friend. As Rosso makes his way through … Continue reading “Single, White Cave Man”

Dorothy Doc the Doctor Duck

By Morgan Dauk ’21. Self-published (Kindle), December 2020. Writer and illustrator Morgan Dauk introduces young readers to Dorothy Doc, a duck who ministers to the sick and injured animals around her. When she receives a call one day to help someone on Old Songbird Road, she flies to the rescue—but can she save the day … Continue reading “Dorothy Doc the Doctor Duck”

Life Lessons from Working with Great Teachers

By Rick Ackerly ’67. Xlibris, September 2020. Borrowing from the successes of 57 educators, Ackerly relates lessons on building better schools, beyond quick fixes such as changing the curriculum and adding new programs. In a culture where children are taught to value individualism, schools are often run with a more authoritarian structure, which, the author … Continue reading “Life Lessons from Working with Great Teachers”

Fighter: Awakening the Dream of a Soccer Champion

By Erinn Torres ’97. Independently published, October 2020. In this YA novel, a 13-year-old soccer player named Stella learns what it takes to be a champion in order to achieve her dreams in a male-dominated field. The attributes of perseverance, passion, courage and more take center stage in a novel written by a former competitive athlete … Continue reading “Fighter: Awakening the Dream of a Soccer Champion”

Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints

By David S. Areford. Yale University Press, November 2020. The artist Sol LeWitt, famous for large wall drawings and structures, also created more than 350 print projects using lithographs, silkscreens, etchings, aquatints, woodcuts and linocuts. This book accompanies the exhibit Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints, guest curated by David S. Areford and co-organized by the Williams College Museum … Continue reading “Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints”