Amherst Magazine

Short Takes

Compiled by Katherine Duke '05

Abstract Comics
Edited by Andrei Molotiu, with art by Alexey Sokolin ’06 (Fantagraphics Books)
The works in this collection, from dozens of artists, show how a comic strip format can give a sense of drama and narrative flow to wordless abstract images.

Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century
By P. Gabrielle Foreman ’86 (University of Illinois Press)
Foreman offers new literary and historical analyses of the work of five female African-American activist writers from the decades following the abolition of slavery.

American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right
By Frederick S. Lane ’85 (Beacon Press)
Lane explores the ways in which government surveillance efforts and advances in communication technology have continuously altered citizens’ rights to, experiences of and attitudes toward their own privacy.  

Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing
Edited by Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture (Library of America)
This anthology presents a chronological arrangement of memoirs, fiction, poetry, letters and journal entries from 80 immigrant writers.

China Goes to Sea: Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective
Edited by Andrew S. Erickson ’01, Lyle J. Goldstein and Carnes Lord (China Maritime Studies Institute and Naval Institute Press)
The third book in the Studies in Chinese Maritime Development series, this volume includes maps and essays on the nation’s seagoing endeavors from ancient times to the present.

Crooked Stalks: Cultivating Virtue in South India
By Anand Pandian ’94 (Duke University Press)
Pandian looks to the Piramalai Kallar people of rural southern India as an example of how reforms in agriculture can be intertwined with reforms in a community’s ethics.

Four Centuries of Friendship: America-Bermuda Relations, 1609–2009
Edited by Marina I. Slayton ’82 (Bermuda Maritime Museum Press)
In this illustrated volume, various writers trace the history and look into the future of the relationship between the two nations. The editor’s husband is U.S. consul general to Bermuda.

An Interested Life
By Earl C. Dudley Jr. ’61 (Carlyle Classics)
Dudley’s memoir describes his childhood in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines, his four years at Amherst, his clerkship with Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, his career as a litigator in Washington, D.C., and his later career in academia.

Secrets of Eden
By Chris Bohjalian ’82 (Shaye Areheart Books)
In Bohjalian’s twelfth novel, a minister’s faith is shaken when a woman he has just baptized falls victim to a murder-suicide.

Two Coots in a Canoe: An Unusual Story of Friendship
By David E. Morine ’66 (Globe Pequot Press)
Morine tells of his 2003 canoe trip down the Connecticut River with an old friend, during which they investigated environmental conservation issues and slept in the homes of strangers.

The Windmill Networking Approach to Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn
By Neal Schaffer ’90 (Windmill Networking)
A speaker and consultant on business and social networking, Schaffer has developed this book from his widely read blog on LinkedIn.com.
 
Zamumo’s Gifts: Indian-European Exchange in the Colonial Southeast
By Joseph M. Hall Jr. ’91 (University of Pennsylvania Press)
Hall draws from archaeological research, Colonial writings and oral histories to illuminate the historical effects of diplomatic and commercial trading between Native Americans and Spanish, English and French colonists.