The Rise and Fall of Morris Ernst, Free Speech Renegade

By Samantha Barbas ’94. The University of Chicago Press, June 2021. Civil liberties lawyer Morris Ernst waged many battles in the courtroom, fighting against censorship, arguing for reproductive rights, advocating for unions and seeking protections for sexual expression and public speech. Active in the 1930s and ’40s, he greatly influenced liberal causes. Outside the courtroom, … Continue reading “The Rise and Fall of Morris Ernst, Free Speech Renegade”

Phase Six

By Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence. Alfred A. Knopf, May 2021. When an 11-year-old boy named Aleq breathes in long-buried molecules that have just been exposed by mining, he becomes the first victim of an epidemic outbreak. Yet, unlike many others from his tiny Greenland settlement, he survives … Continue reading “Phase Six”

Sunrise Summer

By Matthew Swanson ’97 and Robbi Behr ’97. Imprint Publishing, April 2021. Author Matthew Swanson and illustrator Robbi Behr team up again in this picture book for ages 4 to 7, a fictional story based on their real-life experiences. A young girl takes a long trip with her family to the Alaskan tundra, where her … Continue reading “Sunrise Summer”

Literary Information in China: A History

Edited by Christopher M.B. Nugent, Professor of Chinese. Columbia University Press, May 2021. Across thee millennia of China’s literary history, the textual tradition has been supported by a framework of information processing, encoding, sorting and more—all marks of what today we consider information. Essays from contributors provide close examinations of the forms that make up … Continue reading “Literary Information in China: A History”

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”