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Mormonisms Last ColonizerMormonism’s Last Colonizer: The Life and Times of William H. Smart, by Bill Smart ’48, has won the Mormon History Association’s biography of the year award and also the $2,500 Evans Handcart award for biography. Bill spent 40 years as a newspaperman, and, after retirement, published seven books, mostly in Western history and environmental conservation. This story of his grandfather was published by Utah State University Press.

Tamalpais WalkingTamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints, the latest collaboration by Gary Snyder ’51 and woodcut and letterpress artist Tom Killion, features Gary’s poetry and an essay about Mt. Tamalpais—a California mountain he has hiked for over 60 years. The two also produced The High Sierra of California, in 2002, with Gary’s poems and journals and Tom’s woodcuts. Both books were published by Heyday Books.

Ecology and Conservation of the San Pedro RiverBarbara Eells Tellman ’57 is coeditor of Ecology and Conservation of the San Pedro River (University of Arizona Press, 2009). The book provides perspectives from 57 contributors—including biologists, ecologists, and historians—addressing issues that range from flora and fauna to hydrology, and human use to preservation, and reveal the processes that shape the past, present, and future of the San Pedro’s riparian and aquatic ecosystems.

Darwin's LegacySue Taylor Parker ’60, professor emerita of anthropology at Sonoma State University, is coauthor of Darwin’s Legacy: Scenarios in Human Evolution (Alta Mira Press, 2008).

Morals and MarketsDan Friedman ’68, professor of economics at UC Santa Cruz, has written Morals and Markets: An Evolutionary Account of the Modern World (Macmillan, 2008). Dan has stated that the interplay of morals and markets is like a troubled marriage. “There’s friction, and sometimes the players work at cross-purposes, but I’m optimistic that this marriage can be saved.”

Lace and Blade 2Deborah Ross ’68 edited Lace and Blade 2 (Norilana Books, 2009), an anthology of “elegant, witty, romantic fantasy.” Deborah’s story “The Price of Silence” was in Fantasy & Science Fiction (April/May, 2009), and her story “Remembering” was in Sword & Sorceress 23 (Norilana Books, 2008).

The Oregon CompanionRichard Engeman ’69 has published two books: The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane (Timber Press, 2009)—the essential A–Z Oregon handbook of over 1,000 people, places, and things—and Eating It Up in Eden: The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Book (White House Grocery Press, 2009)—with over 100 favorite recipes from Oregon farm and ranch families.

The Price of PerfectionThe Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement, by Max Mehlman ’70, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2009). Max is Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and Professor of Bioethics, School of Medicine, and director of the Law-Medicine Center, at Case Western Reserve University.

DinosaursDavid Fastovsky ’77 is coauthor of Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History (Cambridge University Press). Dinosaurs, his first foray into the textbook world, is intended for freshman-level science classes. His previous book with coauthor David B. Weishampel of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs (Cambridge University Press, 1996, 2005). David is professor of geosciences at the University of Rhode Island.

Shimmering ImagesLisa Dale Norton ’80 has written Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008)—now into its second printing.

 

The Integrity DividendThe Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word (Wiley, Jossey-Bass, 2008), is the newest book by Tony Simons ’82, associate professor of management and organization behavior at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Integrity Dividend is based on solid research and reveals that businesses led by managers of higher integrity enjoy deeper employee commitment, lower turnover, superior customer service, and substantially higher profitability. This improved performance is “the integrity dividend.” For more on Tony’s book and his related work and services, visit integritydividend.com.

The Bog Monster of Booker CreekWhat do a college town, a middle-school biology project, Sasquatch, psychics, missing persons, alien abduction, and a billion year-old human have in common? Find out by reading The Bog Monster of Booker Creek, published by Wayne Miller ’83 under a Creative Commons license at thebogmonster.com.

Killing NeighborsLee Ann Fujii ’84 has published Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2009). Lee Ann’s extensive interviews in Rwandan prisons and two rural communities form the basis for her claim that mass participation in the genocide was not the result of ethnic antagonisms, but rather that the social context of action was critical.

TroubleA fifth novel, Trouble, by Kate Christensen-Lewis ’86, was published by Knopf in June. Trouble is described as “a funny, piercing, and moving examination of the battle between the need for connection and the quest for freedom that every modern woman must fight.”

An Invitation to ExploreLaura Atkins ’92 is co-editor of An Invitation to Explore: New International Perspectives on Children’s Literature (Pied Piper Publishing, 2009), which includes her chapter, “Graphic Images: Depicting the Bombing of Hiroshima in the Graphic Novel Barefoot Gen.” Her essay, “Editorial Reflections: Cultural Expression and the Children’s Publication Process in the U.S.A.,” was included in Expectations and Experiences: Children, Childhood & Children’s Literature (Pied Piper Publishing, 2007).

Intellectual PropertyDavid Bloch ’93 has published his first book, Intellectual Property in Government Contracts (Oxford University Press, 2009)—a comprehensive appraisal of the intellectual property implications of state and federal procurement programs in the U.S.

The Prose of LifeBenjamin Sutcliffe ’96, assistant professor of Russian at Miami University in Ohio, has written The Prose of Life: Russian Women Writers from Khrushchev to Putin (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009). Benjamin’s study of six writers is the first sustained examination of how and why everyday life as a literary and philosophical category catalyzed the development of post-Stalinist Russian women’s prose, particularly since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Nols Wilderness MountaineeringPaul Koubek ’96 coedited and contributed an essay to the third edition of the book Nols Wildnerness Mountaineering (Stackpole Books, 2009), which was written by Phil Powers, current head of the American Alpine Club.

Armed Groups and the Balance of PowerAnthony Vinci ’00 is the author of Armed Groups and the Balance of Power: The International Relations of Terrorists, Warlords and Insurgents (Routledge, 2008). The book provides a framework for understanding the international relations of armed groups, which play an increasingly important role in the international system. Anthony earned his PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics.

     

What We're Reading Now

Eden Within EdenEden Within Eden; Oregon’s Utopian Heritage by James J. Kopp (Oregon State University Press, 2009). Several interesting strands run through this history of Oregon’s communes. First, this is an academic treatise on an unruly topic, a systemization of those who, however briefly and imperfectly, opted out of the prevailing social order. Second, the whole tradition of separate close-knit community is given intellectual historical context by examining its religious, political, sexual, and economic dimensions. Many Reedies will find this an interesting read, either to check on their own contributions or to see the unfolding canopy of communities. In my case, I was interested to learn that the 1890 wooden church that houses my Portland bookstore (Great Northwest Books) was the home of a spiritual commune in the ’70s called the “Prince of Peace.”

—Phil Wikelund ’68

Leadership and the New ScienceThe Turning Point

I’m reading about the end of the Newtonian worldview (the world as machine) and the rise of a new paradigm based on quantum mechanics (the world as a complex web of relationships at any level of investigation, i.e., a fractal life form). The Turning Point by Fritjof Capra (Bantam, 1982) is better on the science part, and Leadership and the New Science by Margaret J. Wheatley (Berrett-Koehler, 1999) brings dynamical systems theory to bear on organizations. Business and science and chaos theory all rolled into one. These two books have changed the way I view reality itself and how to be effective within it.

—Don Asher ’83

Our NoiseOur Noise: the Story of MERGE Records, by John Cook with Laura Balance and Mac McCaughan (Algonquin, 2009). Laura and Mac founded MERGE Records 20 years ago while they were college kids in love, playing in a band called Superchunk. Today, they are no longer a couple, but are indie rock heroes thanks to their band and their label, which still thrive. The book is an oral history. And I usually find oral histories dubious because too often they are lazy, offering you four unedited accounts of kicking the drummer out of the band for being a “Slack Motherfucker” rather than one well-written perspective. Not every eyewitness is also an interesting narrator. But when an oral history is precisely constructed, it can provide context and simulate the thrill of eavesdropping on an exclusive dinner party. This book sets the table, plans the menu, designs the lighting, picks a soundtrack, seats the guests, gets out of the way, and lets the conversation fly.

—Susie Davis ’88

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