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David Elesh ’62 has a new book, Restructuring the Philadelphia Region: Metropolitan Divisions and Inequality (Temple University Press, 2008), co-authored with Carolyn Adams and David Bartelt.

Last November, Dennis McGilvray ’65 co-authored Muslim Perspectives on the Sri Lankan Conflict (East-West Center, 2007). In March, his new book, Crucible of Conflict: Tamil and Muslim Society on the East Coast of Sri Lanka, was published by Duke University Press. McGilvray is currently chair of the anthropology department at the University of Colorado–Boulder.

Breadwinners and Citizens: Gender in the Making of the French Social Model, by Laura Levine Frader ’67, was published by Duke University Press in April. Frader is professor of history at Northeastern University.

The Alton Gift, by Deborah Ross ’68 and Marion Zimmer Bradley, was published by DAW Books in 2007. A paperback edition became available in June. Ross is also editor of Lace and Blade (Norilana Books, 2008)—“nine fantastic stories of adventure, derring-do, love, and glamorous yet subtle magic.”

Don Nonini ’68 edited The Global Idea of “The Commons” (Berghahn Publishers, 2007). Most recently, he was one of eight associate editors of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 9 vols. 2nd ed. (MacMillan Reference USA, 2008).

Gareth Sirotnik ’69 has published Words Become You: Communicating (and Living) More Fluently (Trafford Publishing, 2007). “Words Become You speaks to the deepest of human concerns and aspirations, but is grounded in the skills people need to function effectively in the modern world” ( Sirotnik has worked as a writer and consultant for over 30 years, handling communication projects for corporations and public and private institutions. He also is an ordained Zen Buddhist monk.

Jeff Goldsmith ’70 is the author of The Long Baby Boom: An Optimistic Vision for a Graying Generation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). Goldsmith is associate professor in public health sciences at the University of Virginia.

Fun Climbs Colorado: Best Family Climbing Vacations, by Sibylle Hechtel ’72, was published by Sharp End Publishing in May. It is available at various stores in Boulder and soon ships to REI stores nationally.


Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes, co-authored by Maurice Isserman ’73 and Stewart Weaver, has been entered in the Pulitzer Prize competition for 2009 (for books published in 2008) by Yale University Press. This comprehensive history of Himalayan mountaineering, which begins in 1890, includes the cultural and social influences involved in these expeditions. Isserman is James L. Ferguson Professor of History at Hamilton College, and Weaver is professor of history at the University of Rochester.

“A Tantalising Mystery,” an article by Paul Shaw ’76 that continues the tale of the inscription from Osteno, appeared in the journal Letter Exchange in March. Shaw also gave a talk, “Take the ‘A’ Train: A Lettering Tour of New York,” to a packed house at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library in March.

Publications by David Grusky ’80 include The Inequality Reader: Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender (Westview Press, 2007), and the forthcoming Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective (3rd edition, Westview Press). Grusky is also co-editor of the Stanford University Press Social Inequality Series.

Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, by Pamela Ronald ’82 (professor in plant pathology at UC Davis) and her husband and organic farmer, Raoul Adamchak, was published by Oxford University Press in March. The book is described as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, and presents the argument that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture—genetic engineering and organic farming—is key to helping feed the world’s growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. (Take a look at reviews and Ronald’s website.)

Michael Hoberman ’86 has published How Strange it Seems: The Cultural Life of Jews in Small-Town New England (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008), a narrative that combines over 50 interviews. Hoberman is associate professor of English and folklore at Fitchburg State College. He is also author of Yankee Moderns: Folk Regional Identity in the Sawmill Valley of Western Massachusetts, 1890–1920 (University of Tennessee Press, 2000).

Mexican Chicago: Race, Identity and Nation, 1916–1939, by Gabriela Flannery Arredondo ’87, was published in April by the University of Illinois Press. Mexican Chicago builds on previous studies of Mexicans in the United States while challenging static definitions of “American” and underlying assumptions of assimilation. Arredondo is associate professor of Latin American and Latina/o studies at UC Santa Cruz and co-editor of Chicana Feminisms: A Critical Reader.

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