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The Red Lotus
by Chris Bohjalian '82
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Doubleday ; 2020
Genre: Fiction
Category: Mystery/thriller
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Take Me Apart
by Sara A. Sligar Ph.D. '10
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Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 2020
Genre: Fiction
Category: Mystery/thriller
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A young archivist’s obsession with her subject’s mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity, in a riveting debut novel of psychological suspense

When the famed photographer Miranda Brand died mysteriously at the height of her career, it sent shock waves through Callinas, California. Decades later, old wounds are reopened when her son, Theo, hires the ex-journalist Kate Aitken to create an archive of his mother’s work.

From Miranda’s vast maze of personal effects, Kate pieces together a portrait of a vibrant artist buckling under the pressures of ambition, motherhood, and marriage. As the summer progresses, Kate navigates vicious local rumors and her growing attraction to the enigmatic Theo, all while unearthing the shocking details of Miranda’s private life. But Kate has secrets of her own, and when she stumbles across a diary that may finally resolve the mystery of Miranda’s death, her curiosity starts to spiral into a dangerous obsession.

With breathtaking and haunting imagery, Take Me Apart paints a vivid picture of two magnetic young women, separated by years, but bonded by shared struggles. Sara Sligar draws readers into a web of secrets and lies, alternating between the present and the past and revealing the truth about Miranda’s death through the objects she left behind. A brilliant take on art, illness, and power, from a fresh, seductive new voice in suspense.

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Baker's Dozen
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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New Eden Press; 2016
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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Promissory Notes : Do They Give what They Promise?
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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New Eden Press; 2009
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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Frank’s fifth collection of poetry

American Dreams
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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New Eden Press; 2014
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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After ten
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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New Eden Press; 2014
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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Italian summer : poems
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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Shakespeare & Company; 2017
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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On the wings of the condor : poems
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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New Eden Press; 2011
Category: Poetry
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Hemingway in the Catskills : and other poems
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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New Eden Press; 2013
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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Pieces of eight : poems
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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New Eden Press; 2012
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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Stones in the bloody stream : remembrances of war and terrorism
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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New Eden Press; 2005
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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After All Our Yesterdays
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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Shakespeare & Company; 2016
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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Yellowing Leaves
by Mr. Seth E. Frank '55
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New Eden Press
Genre: Poetry
Category: Poetry
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Frank’s fourth and fifth collection of poetry

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Amherst College: An Architectural Tour (The Campus Guides)
by Mr. Blair D. Kamin '79
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Biddy Martin
Princeton Architectural Press; 2020; 256 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
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Amherst College: The Campus Guide is an architectural tour of one of North America's most prestigious liberal arts colleges. Founded in Western Massachusetts some two hundred years ago, the one thousand-acre campus is a living museum of architectural history, bearing the imprint of distinguished firms in architecture and landscape architecture: Frederick Law Olmsted; McKim, Mead & White; Benjamin Thompson; Edward Larrabee Barnes; Shepley Bulfinch; and Michael Van Valkenburgh. Organized as a series of six walks, the guide interweaves the history of the college with the story of the campus's development. Newly commissioned photographs and a hand drawn pocket map enhance this engaging journey through Amherst's architecture, landscape, interior design, and sculpture.

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Poetry of Belonging: Muslim Imaginings of India 1860-1950
by Mohammad A. Khan Ph.D. '06
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Oxford University Press India; 2020; 344 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: History
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Poetry of Belonging is an exploration of north-Indian Muslim identity through poetry at a time when the Indian nation state did not exist. Between 1850 and 1950, when precolonial forms of cultural traditions, such as the musha’irah, were undergoing massive transformations to remain relevant, certain Muslim ‘voices’ configured, negotiated, and articulated their imaginings of what it meant to be Muslim.

Using poetry as an archive, the book traces the history of the musha’irah, the site of poetic performance, as a way of understanding public spaces through the changing economic, social, political, and technological contexts of the time. It seeks to locate the changing ideas of watan (homeland) and hubb-e watanī (patriotism) in order to offer new perspectives on how Muslim intellectuals, poets, political leaders, and journalists conceived of and expressed their relationship to India and to the transnational Muslim community.

The volume aims to spark a renegotiation of identity and belonging, especially at a time when Muslim loyalty to India has yet again emerged as a politically polarizing question.