Amherst Magazine

Short Takes

By Katherine Duke ’05

Art lovers can feast their eyes on four recent books by alumni: Archivaria and Straight as the Pine, Sturdy as the Oak: Skipper & Cora Beals and Major & Helen Huey in the Early Years of Camp Leelanau for Boys, the Leelanau Schools, and the Homestead in Glen Arbor: Volume One: 1921–1963, both by Michael Huey ’87 (schlebrügge.editor); Aimee E. Newell ’92’s Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection (Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts and Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library); and Hina Hirayama ’89’s With Éclat: The Boston Athenæum and the Origin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston Athenæum). Poetry fans can peruse Hemingway in the Catskills and Other Poems (self-published), by Seth Frank ’55, and Incomplete Strangers, by Robert McNamara ’71 (Lost Horse Press). David Willbern ’66 brings us The American Popular Novel After World War II: A Study of 25 Best Sellers, 1947–2000 (McFarland), while Hilary Plum ’04’s novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (University of Alabama Press) is a meditation upon the Iraq War. Launa Schweizer ’91 moves her family to France in Home Away: A Year of Misapprehensions, Transformations, and Rosé at Lunch (CreateSpace). Professor Emeritus Lawrence A. Babb shows us Emerald City: The Birth and Evolution of an Indian Gemstone Industry (SUNY Press), and Bob Madgic ’60 introduces us to The Sacramento: A Transcendent River (Riverbend Books). William Rapp ’61 has cooked up Boil, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: An Analytical Exploration of Bubbles—financial bubbles, that is (CreateSpace).