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All Aunt Hagar’s Children: Stories
By Edward P. Jones ’72

All Aunt Hagar’s Children (Amistad), by Edward P. Jones ’72, is a collection of 14 somber and poignant short stories, five of which have been published in The New Yorker. As in his previous collection of short fiction, Lost in the City, Jones centers his narratives on his native Washington, D.C., telling the stories of ordinary—yet morally complex—citizens who are caught between the old ways of the South and the temptations that await them further north. Their tales encompass a wide range of experiences and African-American perspectives—from a man who has kept the secret of his adultery for 45 years, to another whose most difficult task on leaving prison for murder is having dinner with his brother’s family. According to The New York Times Book Review, “the collection manages to stun on every page; there are too many breathtaking lines to count.”

A New York Times bestselling author, Jones has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel, The Known World; he was also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004.

 

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Enos Mills: Rocky Mountain Naturalist
By John H. Stansfield Jr. ’69

In his biography, Enos Mills (Filter Press), John Stansfield ’69 tells the remarkable story of the man known as the “Father of Rocky Mountain National Park.” An avid outdoorsman, Mills overcame personal hardship to become a successful speaker, author, naturalist and businessman. He is best remembered as the driving force behind the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. In a highly readable style, Stansfield describes Mills’ exciting and adventure-filled life. The book also contains bonus sections that provide detailed accounts of the natural environments Mills explored as well as nature activities from his trail school.

Stansfield—storyteller, outdoorsman and award-winning author—resides in Colorado.

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The Cambridge History of Irish Literature 2 Volume Set
Edited by Philip T. O’Leary Jr. ’70 and Margaret Kelleher

Philip O’Leary ’70 and Margaret Kelleher are the editors of The Cambridge History of Irish Literature 2 Volume Set (Cambridge University Press). Written in both English and Irish, the 28 chapters in this two-volume history provide an authoritative chronological survey of the Irish literary tradition. Spanning 15 centuries, the comprehensive volumes range from the earliest medieval Latin texts to those of the late 20th century. The contributors—drawn from a range of Irish, British and North American universities—are internationally renowned experts in their fields. Featuring a detailed chronology and guides to further reading for each chapter, this major work is poised to become the key reference to Irish literature.

O’Leary is a professor in the English department at Boston College.

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Sensible Stock Investing: How to Pick, Value, and Manage Stocks
By David P. Van Knapp ’68

Sensible Stock Investing (iUniverse), by David P. Van Knapp ’68, is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide for individuals who want to invest in stocks, but who are overwhelmed by conflicting information, opinions, investment theories and their own emotions. This book makes the stock market understandable and delivers advice tailored to the needs of the busy individual—whether a beginner or an experienced investor. Sensible Stock Investing presents the investment process in three phases and breaks them into discrete steps to show how the individual investor—in just a few hours per month—can develop a plan that outperforms most mutual funds, by investing intelligently and minimizing risk at every stage. The author provides readers with two proven portfolios to illustrate the success of his strategy.

A retired business executive and successful investor, Van Knapp resides in both Canandaigua, N.Y., and McKinney, Texas.

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Local Treasures: Geocaching Across America
By Margot Anne Kelley ’85

In Local Treasures (Center for American Places), photographer Margot Anne Kelley ’85 presents one of the first books on geocaching, the outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants use the Global Positioning System to hide and seek containers all over the world. Kelley chronicles her geocaching adventures throughout the United States, from the rocky coasts of Maine to the deserts surrounding Las Vegas, to the starting point of the Mason-Dixon Line. Each of her striking, full-color photographs exposes a unique vision of America that is truly off the beaten path, often showcasing places with special meaning for the players alone. Kelley’s accompanying writings explore the world of geocaching communities, their rare ability to integrate new technologies with the natural world, and their complex and often ambivalent relationships with the surveillance technologies that sustain the game.

Kelley, who serves as an adjunct faculty member in the photography department at the Art Institute of Boston, has residences in both Cambridge, Mass., and Tenants Harbor, Maine.

 

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The Well-Made Historical Novels of American Regionalist Charles A. Brady, 1912-1995: Defender of the Moral Fabric of Local Cultures
By Joseph P. Lovering 43

Joseph P. Lovering ’43 is the author of The Well-Made Historical Novels of American Regionalist Charles A. Brady, 1912-1995 (Edwin Mellen Press), an analysis of Brady’s poetry, fiction, journalism and criticism. During his lifetime, Brady wrote four novels with strong historical foundations, ranging from the England of Henry VIII and Thomas More to the voyages of Leif Erickson. He also wrote two essays on the interplanetary trilogy of C.S. Lewis, which brought him significant praise from Lewis himself. In this book, Lovering comments on the extraordinary range of Brady’s reviews, critical essays, lectures and interviews, providing a valuable introduction to the author’s work—and engages the reader with his own critical judgments.

Lovering is professor emeritus of English and American literature at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Cultural Revolutions: Reason Versus Culture in Philosophy, Politics, and Jihad
By Lawrence E. Cahoone

In his book, Cultural Revolutions (Pennsylvania State University Press), Lawrence E. Cahoone examines the meaning and function of culture in contemporary society. He argues that reason itself is cultural, but no less reasonable for it. While recent political and philosophical movements have recognized that cognition, the self and politics are embedded in culture, most fail to appreciate the deep changes in rationalism and liberal theory this implies, others leap directly into relativism, and nearly all fail to define culture. This book systematically defines culture, gauges the consequences of the ineradicably cultural nature of cognition and action, and yet argues that none of this implies relativism. Cahoone provides a theory of culture’s role in how we form our sense of reality and argues that the proper conception of culture dissolves “the problem” of cultural relativism. Applying this perspective to Islamic fundamentalism, he identifies its conflict with the West as representing the break between two of three historically distinctive forms of reason. Rather than being “irrational,” he shows that fundamentalism embodies a rationality only recently devalued—but not entirely abandoned—by the West.

Cahoone is an associate professor of philosophy at Holy Cross.

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The Great New York Sports Debate: Two New York Sportswriters Go Head-to-Head on the 50 Most Heated Questions
By David P. Lennon 90 and Roger Rubin

Sportswriters David Lennon ’90 and Roger Rubin are the authors of The Great New York Sports Debate (Plume), a rowdy and spirited examination of the 50 most contentious issues in New York athletics. Sure to incite the argumentative side of notoriously opinionated New Yorkers, this book features longtime friends and rivals, Lennon and Rubin, in heated debate on a wide range of topics, such as: Is George Steinbrenner good or evil? Which athlete is the biggest villain in New York? Can a New Yorker like “both teams”? Touching on every aspect of New York sports—including baseball, basketball, boxing and the New York Marathon—The Great New York Sports Debate is guaranteed to spark lively discussion among sports fans everywhere.

A staff writer for Newsday, Lennon is a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and a Hall of Fame voter. He resides in New York City.

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