3/08/2012 Magazine Staff

Bookshelf: Winter 2012

The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery)

Ellery Adams (Jennifer Briggs Stanley ’92)

In the third installment following A Killer Plot and A Deadly Cliché, Olivia Limoges and the Bayside Book Writers are excited about Oyster Bay’s newest resident: bestselling novelist Nick Plumley, who has come to work on his next book. But when Olivia stops by Plumley’s rental, she finds that he has been strangled to death. (Berkley, 2011)

Aztecs on Stage: Religious Theater in Colonial Mexico

Louise M. Burkhart, Ph.D., ‘80 (ed.)

Nahuatl drama merges medieval European religious theater with the performance traditions of the Aztec people of central Mexico. This book presents English translations of six 17thand 18th-century plays. The introduction by Burkhart, professor of anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean studies at University at Albany, SUNY, places the plays in historical context and includes stage directions and annotations. (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011)

Body Contouring

Michele Shermak, M.D., F.A.C.S., ‘88

This book is a full-color, step-by-step guide to learning how to perform both traditional and contemporary plastic surgery procedures relative to breast and body contouring. Written by Shermak, a plastic surgeon in Baltimore, this surgery atlas contains 200 medical illustrations and more than 200 photographs and includes a companion DVD. (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2010)

The Broken Village: Coffee, Migration, and Globalization in Honduras

Daniel R. Reichman, Ph.D., ‘98

Reichman, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester, tells the story of a remote village in Honduras that transformed almost overnight from a sleepy coffee growing community to a hotbed of undocumented migration to and from the United States. The book explores how the new “migration economy” has upended cultural ideas of success and failure, family dynamics and local politics. (Cornell University Press, 2011)

Buddhism in the Modern World

David L. McMahan (ed.), professor of religious studies

The book explores the challenges faced by Buddhism, the distinctive forms it has taken and the individuals and movements that have shaped it. It discusses the modern history of Buddhism in different geographical regions, and the ways in which Buddhism has confronted modernity, science, popular culture and national politics. (Routledge Press, 2012)

Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies

Jim Stengel ‘77

Pulling empirical research from a 10-year growth study involving 50,000 brands, the book outlines how the world’s 50 best businesses have a cause-andeffect relationship between financial performance and their ability to connect with fundamental human emotions, hopes, values and greater purposes. Stengel, formerly the global marketing officer at Procter & Gamble, shows that during the 2000s an investment in these companies would have been 400 percent more profitable than an investment in the S&P 500. (Crown Business, 2011)

Innovation, Transformation and War: U.S. Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005–2007

James Russell, Ph.D., ‘91

The book chronicles the adaptation and innovation of U.S. ground units that were fighting the insurgency during the war  from 2005 to 2007. This book by Russell, associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, is based on extensive primary-source research. It argues that U.S. units built core counterinsurgency competencies largely on their own initiative during this period of the war. (Stanford University Press, 2011)

Mad Men on the Couch: Analyzing the Minds of the Men and Women of the Hit TV Show

Stephanie Newman, Ph.D., ’86

This book is a psychological study of the characters of the Emmy-Award-winning television show, and views the very complicated characters and their dilemmas through the lens of modern psychology. Newman explains the hidden dynamics and motivations that drive these compelling and complex men and women. (St. Martin’s, 2012)

Money Talks: In Therapy, Society, and Life

Stephanie Newman, Ph.D., ’86 and Brenda Berger, Ph.D. (eds.)

Money has remained something of a secret within psychoanalysis. While it is an ingredient in almost every encounter between analyst and patient, the analyst’s personal feelings about money are rarely discussed. What is it about money that relegates it to the background? This collection of essays addresses this question and others related to money, how we talk about it and how it talks to us. (Routledge Press, 2011)

The Physics Book: From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection

Clifford A. Pickover, Ph.D., ‘79

Following The Science Book and The Math Book comes a richly illustrated chronology of physics, containing 250 short and thought-provoking entries. The book explores topics such as dark energy, parallel universes and the Doppler effect. The timeline of the book extends back billions of years to the hypothetical Big Bang and forward trillions of years to a time of “quantum resurrection.” (Sterling, 2011)

The Risen Horse

Karen MacDermott Taschek ‘78

In this sequel to the young adult book Horse of Seven Moons, John Chavez, a survivor of Victorio’s band of Mescalero Apache warriors, is now an adult with teenage children of his own. After the death of his wife, he sends his daughter, Isabel, to the Indian Industrial boarding school in Carlisle, Pa. Here Isabel confronts her fears of death and loss and finds new horses to train and love. (University of New Mexico Press, 2010)

Second Cities: Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester and Philadelphia

Jerome I. Hodos, associate professor of sociology 

Manchester, England, and Philadelphia, Pa., are dubbed second cities—viable alternatives to global cities such as New York and London. Hodos considers how Manchester and Philadelphia have confronted problems of globalization over the past two centuries, looking at many factors, including their history, economy, migration patterns and cultural innovations. (Temple University Press, 2011)

Voice and Vote: Decentralization and Participation in Post-Fujimori Peru

Stephanie L. McNulty, assistant professor of government

After disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori’s flight to Japan, Peru had a political crisis on its hands. Its political elite devolved power to sub-national governments and designed new institutions to encourage broader citizen participation. This book explores the possibilities and limitations of the decision to restructure political systems in a way that promotes participation. (Stanford University Press, 2011)

William Clark’s World: Describing in an Age of Unknowns

Peter J. Kastor, Ph.D., ‘89

William Clark, co-captain of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, devoted his adult life to describing the American West. He faced the challenge of finding the best way to bring an unknown continent to life for the young republic. This book by Kastor, associate professor of history and American culture studies a  Washington University, presents a new take on the manifest destiny narrative and how the West took shape in the national imagination.

To submit a publication for “Bookshelf,” which appears in the winter and summer issues of the magazine, email magazine@fandm.edu.

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