From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage

By Darel E. Paul, Professor of Political Science. Baylor University Press, March 2018. Over the last twenty-five years, a dramatic transformation in the American public’s view of homosexuality has occurred, symbolized best by the movement of same-sex marriage from the position of a fringe few to the pinnacle of morality and a cornerstone of establishment … Continue reading “From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage”

Desert Borderland

By Matthew H. Ellis ’03. Stanford University Press, March 2018. Desert Borderland investigates the historical processes that transformed political identity in the easternmost reaches of the Sahara Desert in the half century before World War I. Adopting a view from the margins—illuminating the little-known history of the Egyptian–Libyan borderland—the book challenges prevailing notions of how Egypt … Continue reading “Desert Borderland”

Devotions and Desires: Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the 20th Century United States

Edited by Bethany Moreton ’92, Gillian Frank, Heather R. White. University of North Carolina Press, March 2018. At a moment when “freedom of religion” rhetoric fuels public debate, it is easy to assume that sex and religion have faced each other in pitched battle throughout modern U.S. history. Yet, by tracking the nation’s changing religious and … Continue reading “Devotions and Desires: Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the 20th Century United States”

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

By Alexander Bevilacqua, Assistant Professor of History. Harvard University Press (Belknap), February 2018. Drawing on Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, and Latin sources, Alexander Bevilacqua’s rich intellectual history retraces the routes—both mental and physical—that Christian scholars traveled to acquire, study, and comprehend Arabic manuscripts. The knowledge they generated was deeply indebted to native Muslim traditions, especially … Continue reading “The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment”

Rosie Colored Glasses

By Brianna Wolfson ’10. MIRA Books, February 2018. Just as opposites attract, they can also cause friction, and no one feels that friction more than Rex and Rosie’s daughter, Willow. Rex is serious and unsentimental and tapes checklists of chores on Willow’s bedroom door. Rosie is sparkling and enchanting and meets Willow in their treehouse … Continue reading “Rosie Colored Glasses”

The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self

By Victoria Price ’84. Ixia Press, February 2018. After a tumultuous period of crisis, Victoria Price rebuilt her life by embracing a daily practice of joy, healing childhood wounds and reconnecting to the example set by her father Vincent, the famed actor. Her journey involved stepping away from externalities and into her father’s legacy — … Continue reading “The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self”

SMALL STONES: Modern Piano Music

Featuring music by Daniel Perttu ’01. Navona Records, February 2018. Born out of a visit to Stonehenge, Perttu’s compositions expand on the pebble of a simple vision into a larger, more complex structure. In her ambitious, emotional performance, DeSalvo is translating Perttu’s pursuit to achieve full comprehension of the mystical nature surrounding one of the … Continue reading “SMALL STONES: Modern Piano Music”

A Dictionary of Jews and Jewish Life

Dan Cohn-Sherbok ’66. Impress Books, February 2018. A handy guide for anyone seeking knowledge about the Jewish faith and the Jewish people. Containing thousands of entries, it describes a vast number of features of the Jewish religion as well as Jewish figures from the past to the present. From angels to the Zohar, from Moses … Continue reading “A Dictionary of Jews and Jewish Life”

North on the Wing

By Bruce Beehler ’74. Smithsonian Books, February 2018. In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo four-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, and bike and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other Neotropical songbird species from the … Continue reading “North on the Wing”

When The President Poops

By Auyon Mukharji ’07 and Aroop Mukharji ’09. Available on Amazon, January 20th, 2018. “When the President Poops” describes a series of situations in which a Trumpian president might need to defecate– during important meetings, while in his helicopter, while answering questions from the press, etc. The book serves as both a humanizing portrait of … Continue reading “When The President Poops”