By Katherine Duke ’05

Delve into new books on teaching, history, health care and the art of negotiation.

Illustration of boy chasing books with butterfly net

Seeking “novel” experiences this spring? Wade into the Sea of Troubles, by Dixon Long ’55 (CreateSpace), and search for The Parts Left Out, by Thomas H. Ogden ’68 (Karnac Books).

When you’re in the mood for poetry, there’s Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues, by Don Colburn ’69 (Finishing Line Press), and Relocations: Three Contemporary Russian Women Poets, edited by Professor of Russian Catherine Ciepiela ’83 (Zephyr Press).

In nonfiction, Ben Stoltzfus ’49 brings together art and letters with Magritte and Literature: Elective Affinities (Leuven University Press), and Dr. John Liebert ’59 and William J. Birnes explore Wounded Minds: Understanding and Solving the Growing Menace of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Skyhorse).

Education is the focus of Timothy Quinn ’00’s On Grades and Grading: Supporting Student Learning through a More Transparent and Purposeful Use of Grades (Rowman & Littlefield); Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning (Jossey-Bass), by Economics Professor Daniel P. Barbezat and Mirabai Bush; and  Leading Dynamic Seminars: A Practical Handbook for University Educators (Palgrave Macmillan), by James H. Anderson ’85 and Andrew H. Bellenkes.

Andrew S. Erickson ’01 presents Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (ASBM) Development: Drivers, Trajectories, and Strategic Implications (The Jamestown Foundation) and No Substitute for Experience: Chinese Antipiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden (U.S. Naval War College).

History buffs can learn about Western Union and the Creation of the American Corporate Order, 1845–1893, by Joshua D. Wolff ’98 (Cambridge University Press); Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany, by Gabriel Finkelstein ’85 (MIT Press); and the Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia by J. Michael Cobb, Edward B. Hicks and Wythe Holt ’63 (Savas Beatie).

And for those looking to the future, Rohit Bhargava and Fard Johnmar ’97 introduce ePatient 2015: 15 Surprising Trends Changing Health Care (IdeaPress).

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