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Jocelyn Roberts Davis ’84
The Greats on Leadership 
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Illuminating the practical wisdom of sages across the ages, Davis imagines how history’s greatest minds would navigate 20 modern workplace obstacles. Her esteemed classical guides include Jane Austen on talent-mining and Hannibal on handling competition. She dubs Shakespeare’s Henry V “the learning king,” noting that “he never suffers from analysis paralysis. Rather, he asks questions in order to learn and then applies that learning, quickly, to the situation at hand.”


Ken Moskowitz ’76
Adaptation in Bulgaria
Penny-a-Page Press

Retired diplomat Moskowitz, exploring new productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Angels in America, and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, approached this book with one driving question: What determines if these current Bulgarian adaptations are successful? “What I have not done is probe for literary, social, political, or symbolic meanings, or write about possible interpretations,” he notes. “My purpose was only to learn what critics and audiences understand or feel … in the U.S. and Bulgaria.”


Tony Holtzman ’55
Cloudsplitter Press

Drawing on his long career in medicine, Holtzman delves into the competitive world of scientific research in his fourth novel. When lead character Jason Pearce makes compromises to ensure funding for his Alzheimer’s research, one of his subjects dies, setting the stage for a complicated ethical journey. “Readers who were riveted by The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will be drawn in,” reviewers rave.


Megan Crowley-Matoka ’92
Domesticating Organ Transplant
Duke University Press

Delineating the fiercely familial kidney transplantation industry in Guadalajara, Mexico, Crowley-Matoka writes with sensitivity and precision about the patients and professionals existing at the center of it all. “We may not have operating rooms or money or all the medications that we need, but our people will do anything for their families; we can get more live donors than you’ll ever see in the United States,” she reports one doctor saying. “That’s what keeps us going.”