Amherst Reads August 2013: Harlan Coben ’84, P'16, Brad Bradbeer ’84 and Betsy Cannon Smith '84, P'15

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart, six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for . . . but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for more than a decade, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out.

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Amherst Reads July 2013: Jennifer Cody Epstein ’88 and Tim Van Compernolle

A lush, exquisitely rendered meditation on war, The Gods of Heavenly Punishment tells the story of several families, American and Japanese, their loves and infidelities, their dreams and losses, and how they are all connected by one of the most devastating acts of war in human history- the Tokyo fire bombings of 1945.

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Amherst Reads June 2013: Zeke Emanuel '79 and Andy Oram '79

Brothers Emanuel by Ezekiel Emanuel '79  Set amid the tumult of Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s, Brothers Emanuel recounts the intertwined histories of these three rambunctious, hypercompetitive Jewish American boys, each with his own unique and compelling life story.

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Amherst Reads May 2013: Jonah Ansell '03, Eric Vennemyer '04 and Timothy Hahn '06,

Cadaver by Jonah Ansell '03. Cadaver is graphic novel adapted from the award-winning short film (longlisted for a 2013 Academy Award) starring Christopher Lloyd, Tavi Gevinson, and Kathy Bates.

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Amherst Reads April 2013: Chris Lehane '90 and Warren Olney '59

Masters of Disaster by Chris Lehane '90. In Masters of Disaster, Lehane, Fabiani and Guttentag, reveal the magic formula you need to take control when it's your turn to be sucked into the vortex of the modern spin cycle.

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Virtual Lecture Series, April 18 Wendy Mantel '76

Personal Branding and Career Strategist, Wendy Mantel helps those of you who are high-potential junior, mid- and senior-level corporate executives to discover the unique and valuable traits that set you apart from others, and how to articulate this--in and outside of work. This increases your visibility, marketability and potential for increased financial and personal reward.

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Virtual Lecture Series, March 22: Prof. Schulkind

If memory worked like a video camera and provided a faithful record of our past experiences, we would never disagree with our friends and family about important events from our pasts. But memory does not work that way, and contrary to what you might think, we might be better off for it.

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Amherst Reads March 2013: Amity Gaige and Judy Frank

Schroder: A Novel by Amity Gaige, Visiting Writer. Amity Gaige's deftly imagined novel offers a profound meditation on history and fatherhood, and the many identities we take on in our lives--those we are born with and those we construct for ourselves.
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Virtual Lecture Series, Jan. 2013: Prof. Barbezat

Contemplative Pedagogy and the Transformation of Education with Daniel P. Barbezat, Professor of Economics
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Amherst Reads, Feb. 2013: Prof. Stavans and Jeffrey Lawrence '07

El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel - A conversation with Prof. Ilan Stavans and Jeffrey Lawrence '07
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