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    The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems
By Bill Collins '63

The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems (Random House), by Billy Collins '63, is the poet's first collection in three years. With his trademark playfulness and wit, Collins explores boyhood, jazz, love, time and writing. His clever style and simple language have made him one of the nation's most popular and accessible poets. Collins' work is filled with a mixture of self-deprecation, irony and mischief. Booklist raves: "Skeptical of love and scornful of pretension, Collins is breathtaking in his appreciation of the earth's beauty and the precious daily routines that define life."

Collins is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Sailing Alone Around the Room and The Art of Drowning. He is also the editor of two poetry collections. A distinguished professor of English at Lehman College, CUNY, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003; he currently serves as the Poet Laureate of New York.

 

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Why I Hate the Yankees
By Josh Pahigian '96 and Kevin O'Connell

Josh Pahigian '96 and Kevin O'Connell's book, Why I Hate The Yankees (The Lyons Press), is a tongue-in-cheek examination of why the New York Yankees are bad for baseball. The authors use humor and fact to analyze the origins of the "Yankees mystique," and discuss reasons to despise the team's overbearing owner, George Steinbrenner. Interspersed with amusing anecdotes and revealing quotes from Yankees players, fans and the media, this book explores why the team has become the "evil empire" of the baseball world.

Pahigian has written for various magazines and literary journals, including the Telegram & Gazette, Portland Press Herald and Port City Life Magazine. A resident of Maine, he and O'Connell are also the authors of The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums.

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The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser
By Anne F. Herzog '81 and Janet E. Kaufman

Anne F. Herzog '81 and Janet E. Kaufman are the editors of The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser (University of Pittsburgh Press). An admired poet of the American left, Rukeyser held a visionary belief in the human capacity to create social change through language. She earned an international reputation as a voice against war, poverty and racism. Her best-known work, The Book of the Dead, chronicles corporate negligence at a West Virginia construction project. In addition to the complete texts of her books, this volume also features new poems discovered by the editors; Rukeyser's translations, including the first English translations of Octavio Paz's work; and the poet's early, unpublished work. The editors' introduction traces the poet's life and literary reputation and provides annotations and textual notes to the poems.

Herzog is associate professor of English at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Together with Kaufman, she is editor of "How Shall We Tell Each Other of the Poet?": The Life and Writing of Muriel Rukeyser.

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Battlebabble: Selling War in America
By Thomas Lee '59

In Battlebabble (Common Courage Press), Thomas Lee '59 shares his conviction that war is not the final solution to political conflicts, but a totally unacceptable alternative, ravaging its perpetrators as well as its intended victims. Lee believes that the language surrounding war softens its brutal realities, and serves as a vehicle to engender public support and encourage participation under the guise of patriotism. In this dictionary of war euphemisms, the author provides his definitions of the language so often used by the government and media. In defining such terms as "collateral damage," "friendly fire" and "air campaign," Lee explains the history, jargon and approaches to selling war to the public. Soldiers and civilians alike will find this book valuable as a means for exploring their own feelings about war.

A biologist and pacifist, Lee is also the author of books on the promises and perils of modern genetics, including The Human Genome Project: Cracking the Genetic Code of Life and Conquering Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Latest Breakthroughs and Treatments. He lives in Goffstown, N.H.

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Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain
By Lance McCracken '85

In Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (IASP Press), Lance McCracken '85 reviews the latest developments in the psychology of chronic pain, providing an overview of a practical, comprehensive and theoretically integrative approach that significantly expands the scope of current treatment methods. The past 30 years have seen a changing focus within pain management regarding patients' behaviors, thoughts, beliefs and emotions—as well as a new awareness of the importance of social context. This volume describes the array of empirically based treatment methods now available to clinicians together with novel approaches to exposure-based methods and the promotion of coping techniques. It is for psychologists and other clinicians who treat patients with chronic pain, and for researchers of the psychological aspects of pain.

McCracken is a consultant clinical psychologist and clinical lead of the pain management unit at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in the United Kingdom. The author of many articles on chronic pain, he is a senior visiting fellow at the University of Bath.

 

 

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Vergil: A Legamus Transitional Reader
By Thomas J. Sienkewicz '72 and LeaAnn A. Osburn

Vergil: A Legamus Transitional Reader (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers), by Thomas J. Sienkewicz '72 and LeaAnn A. Osburn, is designed to assist students in making the transition from elementary or intermediate Latin to reading the authentic Latin of Vergil. This reader contains selections from Vergil's Aeneid, Books I, II and IV. Passages are accompanied by pre-reading materials, grammatical exercises, complete vocabulary, notes designed for reading comprehension, and other reading aides. Introductory materials and illustrations are also included.

Sienkewicz is the Minnie Billings Capron Professor of Classics and departmental chair at Monmouth College in Illinois.

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The Jesuits and the Third Reich, Second Edition
By Rev. Vincent A. Lapomarda, S.J.

In The Jesuits and the Third Reich, Second Edition (Edwin Mellen Press), Rev. Vincent A. Lapomarda, S.J., describes Nazi persecutions of the Jesuit order during the Third Reich and the fates of many Jesuits in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, the Baltic States, Russia, Rumania, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Italy, the Low Countries and France. He also focuses on Jesuit efforts in defense of human rights—particularly those of Jews—and provides a corrective to such views of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nazi period as that popularized by Rolf Hochhuth in The Deputy. According to America magazine, "Readers of Father Lapomarda's excellent book, rich in notes and bibliography, can understand better the dimensions of a drama that struck one small, if representative, group of servants of the church before and during World War II."

Fr. Lapomarda is an associate professor in the College's history department.

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Children's Play
By Iris Ponte '00, W. George Scarlett, Sophie Naudeau and Dorothy Salonius-Pasternak

Iris Ponte '00 is one of the authors of Children's Play (SAGE Publications), an account of the development of children's play from infancy through late childhood. Play is a surprisingly complex and significant phenomenon in the lives of all children. The authors take a broad approach to examining how children play by including a wide variety of types of play, play settings and play media. The book also discusses major revolutions in the way today's children play, including changes in organized youth sports, children's humor and electronic play. Diversity is addressed throughout the text and play is explored in relation to gender, disabilities, socioeconomic class and culture. This readable text contains illustrations and case studies. Children's Play is an excellent resource for students, practitioners, teachers, daycare workers and parents.

A former Watson Scholar, Ponte has conducted extensive research in preschools in the United Kingdom, Taiwan, China, Japan and Newfoundland. She has also worked for Sesame Street Research at the Children's Television Workshop in New York.

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