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The Two Gentlemen of Verona Shortened: Shakespeare Edited For Length
edited by Mr. David R. Wellens (Dave) '90
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2016; 60 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Shakespeare
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Shakespeare's Comedy, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" is condensed into about an hour's traffic on the stage with all of the words and stage direction preserved from Shakespeare's work. "The Two Gentlemen of Verona Shortened" is a great resource for actors and English teachers everywhere.

About the Author:
David Robert Wellens was a valedictorian of his class and received a full scholarship to Amherst College from which he graduated with honors. He later received his Master of Arts at the University of South Florida. David has taught writing at Hillsborough Community College, ESOL and Teacher Training in South Korea, and middle and high school English in the Tampa Bay area. David enjoys photography and playing classical, jazz, acoustic and rock guitar.

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Lifting the Fog of Legalese: Essays on Plain Language
by Mr. R. Joseph Kimble (Joe) '67
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Carolina Academic Press; 2005; 216 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Law
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This book is unique. No other American book combines the strong evidence and myth-busting arguments for plain legal language with so much practical advice and so many useful examples. And no other book is more likely to open lawyers' eyes to the emptiness of legalese — the style that has afflicted legal writing for centuries.

Joseph Kimble, a leading expert on plain language, has collected in this one book many of his published essays. They will interest and inform judges, lawyers, law students, legal scholars, and anyone else who engages in legal writing. If writing is the lawyer's most valuable skill, then no lawyer can afford to be without Lifting the Fog of Legalese. It will change the attitude of those who resist plain language and inspire those who have embraced it.

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This Is What Happened
by Mr. David R. Wellens (Dave) '90
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David Wellens Publishing International ; 2015; 29 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Biography, Humor
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David's growing up, and wild things are happening to him. From a vending machine that won't stop dispensing root beers to wacky neighbors on pogo sticks, this story of growing up is a bittersweet one, if only things wouldn't end like they did.

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The World as Presence/El mundo como ser
translated by Dr. Kristin Dykstra '92
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Angel Escobar
University of Alabama Press; 2016; 162 pp.
Genre: Poetry
Category: Culture, Poetry
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Marcelo Morales’s The World as Presence/El mundo como ser showcases, for the first time in English, a challenging, bold, and vivid new voice in Cuban literature.
 
Marcelo Morales was born in Cuba in 1977. He is an established, prize-winning writer, yet he is younger in comparison to most of the Cuban poets known internationally, many of whom were born prior to the 1959 revolution. While older generations of Cuban poets have wrestled in their work with social and political critique, those critiques have often been articulated through formal experimentation and abstraction, unsurprising given the censorship and the real threats of punishment that dissident writers have faced. Morales, however, directly interrogates both the Cuban past and present. References to many significant moments, people, and issues in Cuban history and culture can be found throughout his work.
 
Along with references to the activist group “The White Ladies,” the 1976 bombing of Cuban Airlines Flight 455, and the military aid that Cubans provided to Angola during its fight for independence, Morales’s poetry follows a timeline ranging from Martí to Guevara to the day of the 2014 announcement by Obama and Castro that diplomatic relations between the two nations would finally be restored. As Cuba experiences a series of historically remarkable transitions, Morales emerges from this context to offer an incisive poetic account of this critical moment in Cuban, as well as world, history.
 
The World as Presence/El mundo como ser is both the debut of this work in any language and the first English translation of a complete Morales collection. Given the bilingual format, this book will be of interest both to English and Spanish readers.

 

 

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The Tempest Shortened
edited by Mr. David R. Wellens (Dave) '90
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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2016; 46 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Shakespeare
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Macbeth Shortened
edited by Mr. David R. Wellens (Dave) '90
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2016; 17 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Shakespeare
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"Macbeth Shortened" is a shorter version of Shakespeare's tragic play "Macbeth." It is written for young actors for amateur performance, or classroom coverage. Playing time is approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

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A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind
by Dr. David J. Helfand (Dave) '72
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Columbia University Press; 2016; 344 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Science
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Cymbeline Shortened: Shakespeare Edited for Length
edited by Mr. David R. Wellens (Dave) '90
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2016
Genre: Fiction
Category: Shakespeare
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Seven Birds: a novel
by Ms. Amy Sargent Swank '84
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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2017; 300 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Literature
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Caught up in the turmoil of her own problems, Fez is oblivious to the struggles of her family members, who each face serious challenges—and things are only getting more complicated.

Fez, now fifty-two, never knew she had a sister—until one day, sixty-four-year-old Penny, a woman with special needs, has nowhere else to go and must move in with Fez and Fez’s teenage daughter, Hazel. But Penny hasn’t had to deal with change for a long time, and neither sister is sure how this new life will affect her. With her estranged husband living elsewhere, Fez is too distracted to notice the changes in Hazel, who has been falling into dangerous patterns of substance abuse.

The reunited sisters delve into family history to gain closure on a dark past, but before they find a satisfying answer, tragedy strikes—and their priorities finally start coming into focus.

Told from the varying perspectives of the three women, Seven Birds illustrates how complicated family issues and shared pain can forge stronger links among its members. If they can find compassion—for each other, for themselves, and for a mother’s past mistakes—then moving forward toward reconciliation and peace is possible.

To learn more information about the author, please visit her website.

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Ephebophile's WEB
by Mr. Luis E. Bonano '87
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Aaron Colombo
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2017; 220 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Autobiography
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Luis Bonano, Class of ’87 published a powerful and compelling narrative about his experiences as a young Puerto Rican boy growing up in the South Bronx, who valiantly survives abuse by a child predator, and forges ahead to meet the challenges of attaining an elite education at Amherst College. The book is also a triumphant testament about the overcoming of devastating news concerning his health at the prime of his youth. In his book, Ephebophile’s WEB, written under the pseudonym of Aaron Colombo, Luis introduces the reader to some of the complexities and often unexamined realities of what it means to go from the inner city to the idyllic setting of the Amherst campus. In a most eloquent and graceful manner, Luis shares with us what it was like to be a Latino student at Amherst and then in captivating details describes how his hopes and dreams were shattered when he contracted a deadly virus. The trajectory of his life took a dramatic turn after completing his premedical studies at Amherst and the aftermath of the virus had enormous and lasting consequences on his physical, mental and emotional state. Luis’ aspirations of becoming a physician were forever deferred and his very existence at one point was precarious at best. His highly personal anecdotes bring the reader to a world of wonderful possibilities and subsequent situations teetering on hopeless despair. Luis displayed heroic courage when confronted with unimaginable circumstances as a recent Amherst graduate. He truly embodies the strength of the human spirit in his herculean capacity to surpass incomprehensible obstacles. As the main character in this story, Luis is like a ray of sunlight that sheers through dark clouds. This inspiring and audacious story of survival, forgiveness, and resilience is a must read.

Hard copies of the book can be ordered through the Amazon Kindle website. Individuals interested in contacting Luis may email him at aar.colombo@yandex.com.