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Exception to the Rule: The Surprising Science of Character-Based Culture, Engagement, and Performance
by James K. Stoller M.D., M.S. (Jamie) '75
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Peter Rea, Alan Kolp
McGraw-Hill Education ; 2017; 304 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Business, Psychology
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The antidote to navigating turbulent times isn’t more rules.  It is timeless virtue that creates sustainable value.  

Thoughtful leaders are keenly aware of the enormous challenge they face to drive high performance in a world that continues to ratchet up pressure and uncertainty.  Some leaders respond by getting tough and establishing strict rules. They get people in line, but they don’t inspire excellence. Wise leaders, on the other hand, help their people practice character to navigate their way through the turbulence―without lowering performance expectations. As a result, their people are more reliable under pressure. 

Exception to the Rule links ancient wisdom with contemporary science on high performance, teamwork, and engagement. Building an organizational culture based on classical virtues– of trust, compassion, courage, justice, wisdom, temperance and hope - is both strategically smart and a better way to live. 

Exception to the Rule walks you through the steps of helping everyone in your organization focus on character defined by virtue.  The word virtue means excellence, which is why each one is essential to help people perform at a high level despite uncertainty and pressure.  Under character--based leadership, teams work better together, creativity flourishes and engagement increases.  

The most powerful idea of Exception to the Rule is this: character defined by virtue is not based on birthright; it can be learned and practiced. Everyone can develop habits to become better than they were. While character cannot be legislated, character can be cultivated.   

As virtue proves its value, the culture you have can evolve into the culture you need.

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The Naughty Nineties
by Mr. David M. Friend '77
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Twelve; 2017; 640 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: American Studies
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A sexual history of the 1990s when the Baby Boomers took over Washington, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue. A definitive look at the captains of the culture wars -- and an indispensable road map for understanding how we got to the Trump Teens.

THE NAUGHTY NINETIES: The Triumph of the American Libido examines the scandal-strafed decade when our public and private lives began to blur due to the rise of the web, reality television, and the wholesale tabloidization of pop culture.

In this comprehensive and often hilarious time capsule, David Friend combines detailed reporting with first-person accounts from many of the decade's singular personalities, from Anita Hill to Monica Lewinsky, Lorena Bobbitt to Heidi Fleiss, Alan Cumming to Joan Rivers, Jesse Jackson to key members of the Clinton, Dole, and Bush teams.

THE NAUGHTY NINETIES also uncovers unsung sexual pioneers, from the enterprising sisters who dreamed up the Brazilian bikini wax to the scientists who, quite by accident, discovered Viagra.

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Henrietta Schmerler and the Murder That Put Anthropology on Trial
by Dr. Gilbert R. Schmerler (Gil) '64
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Scrivana; 2017; 270 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: American Studies
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In 1931 a young Columbia anthropology student, Henrietta Schmerler, was raped and murdered on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona, while engaged in fieldwork. A young Apache man was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. A niece and nephew of Henrietta's, after many years of research and a lawsuit against the FBI, now reveal the scope of this tragedy and its aftermath.

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The Belle of Two Arbors
by Mr. Paul R. Dimond '66
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Martha Buhr Grimes
Cedar Forge; 2017; 696 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: History
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Born at the turn of the twentieth century in Glen Arbor, near the dunes of Northern Michigan, young Belle is the first child of a gruff stove-works boss and a crippled mother who weaned Belle on the verse of Emily Dickenson. When a natural disaster results in her mother's death and nearly takes the life of her younger brother Pip, Belle creates a fierce, almost ecstatic farewell song. Thus begins her journey to compose a perfect Goodbye to Mama.

At 21, Belle ventures south to Ann Arbor for university, with teenaged Pip in tow. There, she befriends Robert Frost, Ted Roethke and Wystan Auden and finds that her poetry stands alongside theirs, and even with that of her hero, Dickinson. Her lyrics capture the sounds, sights, and rhythms of the changing seasons in the northern forests, amidst the rolling dunes by the shores of the Great Lake.

Despite the peace she finds, Belle also struggles in both homes. Up north, she battles her father who thinks a woman can't run the family business; and clashes against developers who would scar the natural landscape. In Ann Arbor, she challenges the status quo of academic pedants and chauvinists.

Belle's narrative brings these two places to life in their historic context: a growing Midwestern town driven by a public university, striving for greatness; and a rural peninsula seeking prosperity while preserving its natural heritage. Through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Post-War Boom, Belle's story is hard to put down. Her voice and songs will be even harder to forget.

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The Little Human
by Ms. Marti A. Dumas '98
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Stephanie Parcus
Plum Street Press; 2017; 66 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Children's Books
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10-year-old Amaya longs to swim in the sea, but when she finally gets her wish it may be more than her heart can handle. A modern story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

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Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 4: Attack of the Swamp Thing
by Ms. Marti A. Dumas '98
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Stephanie Parcus
Plum Street Press; 2016; 86 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Children's Books
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Jaden Toussaint is in another scary situation. This time our hero must survive all alone with just his mother, father, and all his friends to keep him company while Sissy is at sleep-away camp. Sissy being gone is bad enough, but now that she is, who will protect him from…The Swamp Thing?

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Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 3: Muffin Wars
by Ms. Marti A. Dumas '98
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Stephanie Parcus
Plum Street Press; 2016; 78 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Children's Books
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Question: What's a five-year old genius' worst nightmare?
Answer: Another five-year-old genius.

 

Jaden Toussaint, 5 year-old scientist and all around cool dude, has finally met his match. His cousin Muffin is every bit as epic as he is--maybe more! Will Jaden Toussaint keep his cool? Will life as we know it end as a result? Will anyone ever eat his Super Sneaky Seven Fruit Fruit Salad Muffins? Find out in Episode 3: Muffin Wars.

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Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 2: The Ladek Invasion
by Ms. Marti A. Dumas '98
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Plum Street Press; 2015; 74 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Children's Books
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Jaden Toussaint is a five year-old who knows it all. I mean, really knows it all. Animal Scientist. Great Debater. Master of the art of ninja dancing. There’s nothing Jaden Toussaint can’t do. The only problem is that grown-ups keep trying to convince him that, even though he’s really smart, he doesn't know EVERYTHING. The thing is…he kind of does.

 

This time our hero must use all his super-powered brain power to save his school and some possible alien invaders (which may or may not be caterpillars) from destroying each other.

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Jala and the Wolves
by Ms. Marti A. Dumas '98
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Yes, MAM Creations; 2015; 98 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Children's Books
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Jala is a curious girl with a penchant for canines.  In addition to playing pretend and being something of a gourmand, she spends most of her time learning new facts about animals—especially wolves.  One day, after being severely scolded in the kitchen, she returns to her room and is only a little surprised to find that a mysterious mirror has appeared.  Like Alice’s looking glass, the mirror is only the beginning.  It transports her to a new land where she must use all her knowledge and strength to save an ailing pack of wolves.

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Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time
by Ms. Marti A. Dumas '98
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Marie Muravski
Plum Street Press; 2015; 64 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Children's Books
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Jaden Toussaint is a five year-old who knows it all. I mean, really knows it all. Animal Scientist. Great Debater. Master of the art of ninja dancing. There’s nothing Jaden Toussaint can’t do. The only problem is that grown-ups keep trying to convince him that, even though he’s really smart, he doesn't know EVERYTHING. The thing is…he kind of does.

 

This time our hero must use all his super-powered brain power to convince the grown-ups that he needs more screen time.