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Practicing Mortality: Art, Philosophy, and Contemplative Seeing
By Christopher A. Dustin and Joanna E. Ziegler

Philosopher Christopher A. Dustin and artist Joanna E. Ziegler are authors of Practicing Mortality (Palgrave Macmillan), a collaborative endeavor to deepen readers’ understanding of “contemplative seeing” through the works of Plato, Thoreau, Heidegger and more. The authors explore what it means to “see” reality and contemplate how viewing reality philosophically and artfully is a form of spirituality. In this way, the authors propose a way of seeing that unites both critical scrutiny and spiritual involvement, as opposed to simple passive reception.

Dustin is an associate professor and chair of the College’s philosophy department and Ziegler is a professor in the visual arts department


Practicing Morality: Art, Philosophy, and Comtemplative Seeing

    Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey
By Bill Roorbach

Bill Roorbach’s Temple Stream (The Dial Press) is a chronicle of the author’s determination to follow a stream that runs by his home in Maine to its elusive source. While on his many walks, Roorbach discovers a world of nature along the stream, and he records the incidents, thoughts and memories that he encounters there in this collection of essays. At times, his wife or their newborn baby accompanies him on these humorous and poignant outings, but more often just his two dogs are at his side as he experiences the flowers, trees, wildlife—and even the garbage—along Temple Stream. The Hartford Courant raves: “ Roorbach is a brilliant guide to the natural world.”

A critically acclaimed author and winner of a 2002 O. Henry Award, Roorbach is the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College.


  Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey

A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston
By Stephanie E. Yuhl

In A Golden Haze of Memory (The University of North Carolina Press), Stephanie E. Yuhl critically examines the city of Charleston, S.C., between 1920 and 1940. It was during this time that city leaders worked to promote Charleston’s cultural heritage and national value. Through a network of elite white artists, literary figures and cultural groups, the city marketed its architecture, art, literature and African American folk culture—and downplayed its Confederate associations. Yuhl believes that this “sanitized” version of southern history was a translation of the memories of privileged whites into a collective identity for the city that ultimately protected social hierarchies and preserved their power.

Yuhl is assistant professor of history at the College.

  A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston

Rachel Carson: A Biography
By Arlene R. Quaratiello '88

In her book, Rachel Carson: A Biography (Greenwood Press), Arlene R. Quaratiello ’88 tells the life story of influential writer, scientist and environmentalist Rachel Carson. Best known for her 1962 book, Silent Spring, which exposed the dangers of pesticides, Carson also wrote three best sellers about the ocean environment. A devoted “champion of nature,” she skillfully shared her wonder of the natural world with both scientists and the general public alike. This biography depicts how Carson’s great love of both writing and nature enabled her to overcome numerous obstacles in her life to become an award-winning author whose legacy has influenced the modern environmental movement.

Quaratiello, a freelance writer and author of The College Student's Research Companion, has worked as an academic reference librarian at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., and Emerson College in Boston.

  Rachel Carson: A Biography



The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible
By James S. Bell Jr. '75 and Stan Campbell

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible (Alpha Books), by James S. Bell Jr. ’75 and Stan Campbell takes on one of the most intimidating and misrepresented subjects in history. This thorough guide to the world’s all-time best-selling book is an accessible source for anyone looking for a better understanding of the Bible. Written in a humorous and conversational style, the guide contains chapter headings such as “Rollin’on the River” and “Unholy Cow!” It is supplemented with an extensive index, advice on buying a Bible, and a daily plan for reading the Bible.

Editor of the Christian Family Guide series from Alpha Books, Bell is co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible, The Book of Revelation and The Reformation and Protestantism.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible


Patience, Compassion, Hope and the Christian Art of Dying Well
By Christopher P. Vogt '92

Christopher P. Vogt ’92 is the author of Patience, Compassion, Hope, and the Christian Art of Dying Well (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.), a book that sets out to answer the question of how Christians should respond to suffering and death. Vogt brings together historical, biblical and contemporary sources in Christian ethics to provide an analysis of the 400-year-old “art of dying” literature. He then builds on that tradition by exploring how the advice those authors gave must be reworked to fit in our contemporary context. Vogt uses the virtues of patience, compassion and hope as a framework for specifying the shape of a good death and for naming the practices Christians should develop to live and die well.

Vogt is assistant professor of theology and religious studies at St. John’s University in New York.


  Patience, Compassion, Hope, and the Christian Art of Dying Well

The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction
By Janet Galligani Casey '85

Janet Galligani Casey ’85 is the editor of The Novel and the American Left (University of Iowa Press), the first collection of critical essays to focus on the fiction produced by American novelists of the Depression era. With its focus on left-leaning fiction of the 1930s, this body of work contributes significantly to the rising emphasis on 20th-century American literary radicalism. In exploring a wide range of novels—some well-known and others largely forgotten—these essays teach the reader that the leftist movement had many meanings, both political and cultural.

An award-winning author and scholar, Casey has most recently taught at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  The Novel and the American Left:  Critical Exxays on Depression-Era Fiction

Teens and Parents: Sessions for Growing in Faith Together

Changing Lives: Transformational Ministry and Today's Teens
By Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart '79

Teens and Parents (Saint Mary’s Press), by Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart ’79, is a resource for youth ministers and religious instructors to help teenagers and parents share their faith and better communicate with each other. The book is comprised of activities, discussion starters and prayer experiences. Also by Calderone-Stewart, Changing Lives (Pflaum) is a comprehensive source on youth ministry that provides practical suggestions to stimulate growth in prayer, leadership and service. Written in a conversational style that includes stories and examples from her work with youth, this book presents practical ways to invite young people to be church leaders.

Calderone-Stewart is an associate director in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Office for Schools, Child, and Youth Ministries. The author of many books and articles, she does training in the areas of prayer, spirituality and leadership.


  Teens and Parents: Sessions for Growing in Faith Together and Changing Lives: Tranformational Ministry and Today's Teens


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