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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

Ra the Mighty: The Crocodile Caper

By A.B. Greenfield ’91. Holiday House, November 2020. Third in the Ra the Mighty series, The Crocodile Caper finds the Pharaoh’s cat Ra, Lord of the Powerful Paw, babysitting the Pharaoh’s son—and losing track of him at a palace near the crocodile-infested Nile. As Ra tries to solve… Continue reading »

On LIFE: Thoughts on Life’s Challenges

By Harvey J. White ’74, MD. Vessel Press, October 2020. A cardiologist with 30 years of experience encourages readers to push beyond difficult issues and past failures, forge a new path and reach their full potential. On LIFE Journal: A Companion Workbook is paired with the book. Continue reading »