Amherst Magazine

Short Takes

Compiled by Katherine Duke ’05

Brion / Sindbad / Exiles
Musical compositions by Harold Meltzer ’88 (Naxos)
The New York Times praised this album as one of the 25 best classical releases of 2010.

Building Culture: Studies in the Intellectual History of Industrializing America, 1867–1910
By Richard F. Teichgraeber III ’71  (The University of South Carolina Press)
A professor of history provides a new perspective on the United States’ first major effort to build national cultural institutions.

By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat
By Tracye Lynn McQuirter ’88 (Lawrence Hill Books)
Nutritional, ethical, environmental and cultural reasons to embrace a vegan diet, along with recipes, photos and lists of additional resources

China Cupboard / Houseguests
Photography by Michael Huey ’87, with essays by Jennie Hirsh and Philipp Blom (Schlebrügge)
This volume includes Huey’s two new photography series, with commentary, and was published on the occasion of a solo exhibition at the New­man Popiashvili Gallery in New York.

Joel Barlow: American Citizen in a Revolutionary World
By Richard Buel Jr. ’55 (The Johns Hopkins University Press)
A biography of Barlow, a poet, republican, diplomat and entrepreneur who, in his accomplishments and beliefs, personified the Age of Revolution

The Joy of Sox: Weird Science and the Power of Intention
By Eric Leskowitz ’73, M.D. (BookSurge)
Leskowitz describes his research into holistic energy medicine and how it can apply to baseball fandom. 

Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future
By David L. Kirp ’65 (PublicAffairs)
Kirp draws from research to propose a plan of stronger support for new parents, high-quality early education, linking of schools and communities, adult mentorship and college savings. 

Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Con­stitutional System
By David R. Mayhew ’58 (Princeton University Press)
Mayhew examines the foundations of the U.S. presidency, Senate and House and identifies a self-correcting tendency that helps explain the government’s long-term success despite partisan conflicts.

Simple Town and Glad to Be Alive
Music by Michael Ketover ’86 (Produced, mixed and mastered by Scott Harlan at Golden Sound Studio)
Two CDs of original folk/pop songs

Testing Teachers
Radio documentary by Emily Hanford ’92 (American RadioWorks)
An exploration of “the next frontier in the fight to equalize educational opportunity in the United States”: reforms in teacher training and evaluation

A Transforming Vision: Multi­ethnic Fellowship in College and in the Church
Edited by Director of Religious Life Paul V. Sorrentino (Doorlight)
Essays by Sorrentino and several Amherst alumni about why Christian communities should be multiethnic U.S. Energy

Tax Policy
Edited by Gilbert E. Metcalf ’75 (Cambridge University Press)
Dozens of leading tax scholars discuss how changes to the federal tax code could help the country meet its many challenges in regard to energy.

Why I Left the Amish
By Saloma Miller Furlong, academic coordinator for Amherst’s German department and European studies program (Michigan State University Press)
Furlong’s memoir of her childhood in an Amish community, her decision to leave in search of freedom and education and her eventual reconciliation with her dysfunctional family

William Birch: Picturing the American Scene
By Emily T. Cooperman ’82 and Lea Carson Sherk (University of Pennsylvania Press)
This illustrated volume is the first biography of Birch, who engraved images of American landscapes in the early days of U.S. independence.