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Jeff Scheible ’04Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation, University of Minnesota Press, 2015, 160 pp. With the growing overlap of the spheres of language and visual culture, the author examines the punctuation marks of our digital lives and why they matter.

Patty Welch De Llosa ’54, Finding Time for Yourself: A Spiritual Survivor’s Workbook, Sussex Academic Press, 2015, 192 pp. This book invites busy women and men to connect with deeper longings for self-fulfillment, as they navigate the stressful demands of everyday life.

Roger Freeman ’54, Tics and Tourette Syndrome: Key Clinical Perspectives, MacKeith Press, 2015, 303 pp. Recommended for those working in neurodisability, child development, and neuropsychiatry, this long-time psychiatry professor uses case studies to share his experiences with these conditions.

Deborah Bacharach ’88After I Stop Lying, Cherry Grove Collections, 2015, 76 pp. In these poems, the author deals honestly, clearly, and intensely with pivotal moments in a woman’s life: Confronting the mundane and striving for the sacred, a lonely student reaches out to touch a statue of Jesus; a sexual adventurer claims her dance with Apollo, and more.

Eleanor Arnason ’64Hidden Folk: Icelandic Fantasies, Many Worlds Press, 2014, 167 pp. With humor and wisdom, this prolific, award-winning author combines the rich tradition of Nordic sagas with concerns of current times in five stories in which humans encounter elves and trolls and other fantastic beings.

Philip Green ’54American Democracy: Selected Essays on Theory, Practice, and Critique, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 222 pp. Spanning four decades, these essays belong to the political-science subfield of democratic theory. Though published independently, mostly in professional journals, they make a connected argument against minimalist versions of democracy.

Rick Garnett ’65I, Paris, Rick Garnett, 2013, 136 pp. This retelling of the ancient story of the abduction of the beautiful Queen Helen—wife of Spartan King Menelaus—by the handsome Trojan hero Paris offers a compelling new angle on the events leading to the decadelong Trojan war.

George Glass ’63, Blending Families Successfully, Skyhorse Publishing, 2014, 171 pp. With the U.S. divorce rate at more than 50 percent, the author, a member of a blended family himself, shares suggestions for helping such families overcome the challenges of new beginnings.

The Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting is Bad for Your Kids and Dangerous for You, Too! Skyhorse Publishing, 2014, 208 pp. Psychiatrist Glass and parenting specialist Tabatsky offer practical science-based advice on effective parenting in a way that is humorous and practical.

John Benditt ’70, The Boatmaker, Tin House Books, 2015, 453 pp. In this fablelike novel, a man wakes from a dream driven to build a boat and leave his island home. During his odyssey, he experiences unhappy love, fanatical religion, racial hatred, violence—and self-discovery.

Patricia Park ’03Re Jane: A Novel, Penguin, 2015, 342 pp. This homage to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is set in Queens, N.Y., Brooklyn, and Seoul, maintaining the spirit of the original Jane while creating a contemporary heroine seeking a community in which she feels she belongs.

Cecília Tomori ’97Nighttime Breastfeeding: An American Cultural Dilemma, Berghahn Books, 2015, 299 pp. Fiona Dykes of the University of Central Lancashire, England, says, “This book illuminates a unique and compelling anthropological perspective on the lived, embodied practices of breastfeeding.”

Douglas Worth ’62, Grumpy, The Christmas Cat: A Christmas Eve Story-Poem, Tate Publishing, 2014, 37 pp. In this heartwarming and humorous bedtime story, told in rhyme, a man undergoes a transformative experience on Christmas Eve that changes his life for the better.