1/30/2009 Jill Colford Schoeniger ’86

Bookshelf: Winter 2009

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Shakespeare: A Life in Seven Chapters

Edward S. Brubaker ’49, professor emeritus of drama and Alumni Professor of English Belles Lettres & Literature

Brubaker examines how Shakespeare’s writings are informed by his life experiences from childhood to old age and how his life and times can be seen as a reflection of his work. Written over several years, this book became a reality when F&M colleagues and former students came together to help honor Brubaker. Initiated by Gordon Wickstrom, professor emeritus of theater, dance and film and Alumni Professor of English Belles Lettres & Literature, and two of Brubaker’s actors from the Green Room Theatre, William Bloodgood ’73 and Bruce Maza ‘72, the “Brubaker Project” drew financial support from many of Brubaker’s admirers. Robert J. Barnett, professor emeritus of classics, and Judith A. Chien, academic department coordinator of classics, undertook the substantial work of editing and producing the volume. The book is available at the F&M Bookstore or by phone at 717-291-4093. (Franklin & Marshall, 2008)

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Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over

Cathy Alter ‘87

Alter’s book is a powerful and personal take on a question we all have wondered: “Can I really change myself for the better?” In this true-life story, Alter spends 12 months living by the advice found in women’s magazines—from getting rid of under-arm jiggle to how to have a meaningful relationship with her mother. (Atria Books, 2008)

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100 Things Buckeyes Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

Andy Buchanan ‘88

Buchanan presents the stories behind the names, games and traditions that have made Ohio State University football one of the greatest programs in football history. It includes lists of must-sees and can’t-miss experiences that are the cornerstones of OSU tradition. (Triumph Books, 2008)

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Katie Ford

Chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, this volume of poetry confronts ruin in the ancient world and the living moment. Displaced from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Ford returns this powerful report attesting to the storm’s ferocity and its aftershock. She also examines other catastrophes. (Graywolf Press, 2008)

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Reinventing Richard Nixon: A Cultural History of an American Obsession

Dan Frick, director of the Writing Center

No other national political figure has so thoroughly saturated our public consciousness with so many contrasting images as Richard Nixon. With references from All in the Family to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, this book shows how Nixon has become one of America’s most durable cultural icons. (University Press of Kansas, 2008)

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Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power

John Harwood and Gerald Seib

Two prize-winning journalists examine how today’s Washington power game really works. The first profile, “The Fixer,” is about Ken Duberstein ’65, P’09, one-time chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan. The last profile, “The Chairmen,” pairs Ken Mehlman ’88, former Republican National Committee chairman, with Robert Strauss. (Random House, 2008)

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Roman Political Thought and the Modern Theoretical Imagination

Dean Hammer, John W. Wetzel Professor of Classics and professor of government

Hammer compares Roman and modern thinkers and reflects on the lessons Roman political thinkers can teach us about modern political problems. The book offers provocative reading for classicists, political scientists and anyone interested in political theory and philosophy. (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)

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Pivotal Pennsylvania: Presidential Politics from FDR to the Twenty-First Century

G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs and director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll

This book traces the rise of Pennsylvania into a battleground state in national politics, analyzing each presidential election since 1932. It goes behind the scenes of convention dramas and on to the campaign trail to reveal the rise of competitive politics in Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2008)

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Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)

Richard S. Moog, professor of chemistry, and James N. Spencer, emeritus professor of chemistry (Eds.)

This book describes POGIL’s theoretical basis, its implementations in diverse environments and an evaluation of student outcomes. Moog and Spencer also wrote chapter 1, “POGIL: An Overview,” and chapter 13, “POGIL in the Physical Chemistry Classroom.” (Oxford University Press, 2008)

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The Snow’s Music

Floyd Skloot ‘69

The Snow’s Music continues this award-winning poet’s lyrical and narrative explorations of memory, love, loss and artistic expression. Skloot explores human resilience in the face of sudden change and radical shifts of perception that define creative endeavor when the world refuses to cohere. (LSU Press, 2008)

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Stiffs and Swine

Jennifer Briggs Stanley ‘92

In book four of the Supper Club Mystery series, members are invited to be guest judges at a regional barbecue contest. The festival’s finger-licking fun turns sour when a contestant is found dead and one of the five friends is accused of the murder. (Midnight Ink, 2008)
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