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Robin Smith Chapman ’64
The Only Home We Know
Small Press Distribution

Chapman’s poems in this collection urge us to pay attention. “In the face of daily encounters with news, science news, friends, fellow creatures, a green world—I wanted to make poems that could save us from destroying our home, to celebrate and marvel and puzzle at what we have, to include the play of arts and sciences in our daily lives.”


Andrew Garner ’89 and Robert A. Saul
Thinking Developmentally: Nurturing Wellness in Childhood to Promote Lifelong Health
American Academy of Pediatrics

The authors, both pediatricians, explore the effects of childhood experiences on adult health and the childhood origins of adult-onset diseases including hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and substance abuse. As they note, recent advances in developmental science “have confirmed what astute pediatricians have known for ages: What happens in childhood does not necessarily stay in childhood.”


Khadijah Costley White ’04
The Branding of Right-Wing Activism: The News Media and the Tea Party
Oxford University Press

White analyzes the way in which the news media actively aided in the production of the Tea Party brand. An assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University, White argues that “the Tea Party was less social movement and more mass-mediated brand—a construct fashioned, facilitated, managed, assisted, organized, and maintained by the national press.”


Sarah St. Vincent ’04
Ways to Hide in Winter
Melville House

In this debut novel, a young widow named Kathleen in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains befriends a self-described visiting student from Uzbekistan who ends up confessing to a terrible crime. O, The Oprah Magazine describes Ways to Hide in Winter as an “atmospheric suspense novel. … Pick it up now.”


Keetje Kuipers ’02
All Its Charms
Boa Editions Ltd.

The poems in Kuipers’s third collection “chronicle Kuipers’s decision to become a single mother by choice, her marriage to the woman she first fell in love with more than a decade before giving birth to her daughter, and her family’s struggle to bring another child into their lives,” to borrow the summary from the book blurb. U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith describes Kuipers’s poems as “daring, formally beautiful, and driven by rich imagery and startling ideas.”


Alexander Robinson ’99
The Spoils of Dust: Reinventing the Lake that Made Los Angeles
Applied Research and Design Publishing

Robinson’s subject is the “reinvention” of Owens Lake. Once the third-largest lake in California until it was drained to supply water to Los Angeles, it has now been partially restored and re-watered in the name of a $1.5 billion dust-control project. Robinson, an associate professor in the Landscape Architecture & Urbanism program at the University of Southern California, writes that the lake “has now been reinvented as a new, nearly fantastical, middle ground, where large portions of its original function and value have been restored in the face of the ongoing water extractions that originally despoiled it.”


Marcelle Martin ’80
Our Life Is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey
Inner Light Books

Martin explores the beginnings of the Quaker movement during the 17th century. The Mullen Writing Fellow at the Earlham School of Religion while working on this book, Martin writes that the first Quakers “experienced a divine Light that was within them and active in the world. God was not just an idea or belief but a dynamic power they felt in their bodies as well as their minds.”