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The Rebel House
by Dr. Umit S. Dhuga '01
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MadHat Press; 2015
Genre: Poetry
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When Europe Was a Prison Camp: Father and Son Memoirs, 1940-1941
by Mr. Peter Schrag (Pete) '53
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Otto Schrag
Indiana University Press; 2015; 328 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: History, Memoir
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In an unusual but compelling approach to storytelling, When Europe Was a Prison Campweaves together two accounts of a family’s eventual escape from Occupied Europe. One, a fictionalized memoir written by the father in 1941; the other, begun by the son in the 1980s, fills in the story of himself and mother, supplemented by historical research. The result is both personal and provocative, involving as it does issues of history and memory, fiction and “truth,” courage and resignation. This is not a “Holocaust memoir.” The Schrags were Jews, and Otto was interned, under execrable conditions, in southern France. But Otto, with the help of a heroic wife, escaped the camp before the start of massive transfers of prisoners “to the East,” and Peter and his mother escaped from Belgium before the Jews were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz. Still, the danger and suffering, the comradeship and betrayal, the naïve hopes and cynical despair of those in prison and those in peril are everywhere in evidence. <

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The Grasping Hand: "Kelo v. City of New London" and the Limits of Eminent Domain
by Mr. Ilya Somin '95
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University of Chicago Press; 2015; 336 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Law
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Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit (Historical Studies of Urban America)
by Dr. Lila C. Berman '98
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University of Chicago Press; 2015; 320 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: History
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Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection
by Dr. Aimee E. Newell '92
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Hilary Anderson Stelling
National Heritage Museum; 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Art, History
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Foundations for Moral Relativism
J. David Velleman '74
Open Book Publishers; 2013; 120 pp.
Category: Culture, Philosophy
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Pop Art (Art & Ideas)
by Mr. Bradford R. Collins Jr. (Brad) '64
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2012; 448 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Art, History
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The Fields of Light: An Experiment in Critical Reading
by William H. Pritchard (Bill) '53
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Reuben Arthur Brower
Paul Dry Books; 2013; 218 pp.
Category: Theater, Literature, Poetry
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Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Their Plan to Change the Course of World War II
by Mr. John J. Geoghegan III '79
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Broadway Business Books; 2014; 496 pp.
Category: History
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Prelude, A Novel, & The 1854 Diary of Adeline Elizabeth Hoe
edited by Mr. Richard B. Davidson (Dick) '63
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Helen Davidson
Peter E. Randall Publisher; 2013; 304 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: American Studies, Biography, History
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In the spring of 1854 seventeen-year-old Adeline Elizabeth Hoe began to keep  
a daily diary. Filled with six months of the details of a young girl’s  
life, the diary offers a wonderful window into the mind of an educated young  
woman from a well-to-do family living in Lower Manhattan in the turbulent  
decade before the Civil War. Her meticulous record of the elegant music,  
dances and literature she and her sister enjoyed is juxtaposed with her  
matter-of-fact relation of epidemics and sudden deaths, conveying a vivid  
picture of mid-nineteenth-century life. Author Helen Davidson, a descendant  
of Adeline, transcribed the diary with her husband, Richard Davidson. Helen  
wrote the novel Prelude, while transcribing Adeline’s diary, re-imagining  
the life of this spirited young girl.
The novel Prelude commences in the spring before the eighteenth birthday of  
Adeline Elizabeth Hoe, when she and her older sister Emilie travel to summer  
destinations in the countryside. Addie was the second daughter of famed  
inventor and manufacturer Richard March Hoe, whose “Lightning” printing  
press had become widely used in the United States and beyond. Adeline  
recorded her experiences and reflections in delicate script at the  
instigation of her boy cousins.
The diary, covering six months of her life, describes a middle-class world  
filled with family and acquaintances, one of whom appears often in the Hoe  
household and the places Addie visits. He is Joe Stewart. In Prelude, he  
comes to occupy a central role. Haberdasher, expert horseman, and friend of  
R. M. Hoe, he leads a secret life. As his confidante, Adeline becomes aware  
of the atmosphere of antebellum opposition to slavery and begins herself to  
espouse Abolitionist sentiment, the closer she gets to the mysterious Joe.

About the Author
A lifelong music teacher, choral director, dramatist and writer, Helen  
Davidson is the custodian of many heirlooms in a family whose American roots  
stem from the early 1600s. These include her ancestor’s diary, which was  
transcribed and annotated through many years of research, and which became  
the inspiration for the novel, Prelude. She co-edited the diary with her  
husband, Richard Davidson (Amherst class of 1963). They live in Plainfield,  
New Hampshire, in the home where Helen was raised.

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