Illustration by John S. Dykes

With his book Rescue Road, Peter Zheutlin ’75 provided the canine cover story for Amherst’s Fall 2015 issue; now he follows it up with Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things (TarcherPerigee). Ebby’s Tale: From Shelter to Stage, by Bob Madgic ’60 (River Bend Books), is also a literal shaggy-dog story.


Not a dog person? Try Seven Birds, by Amy Sargent Swank ’84 (CreateSpace).


Megan Brown ’95 discusses American Autobiography After 9/11 (University of Wisconsin Press). And here are two examples of the genre: This African-American Life, by Hugh B. Price ’63 (John F. Blair), and News from Rain Shadow Country, by Tim Wheeler ’64 (BookLocker).


John M. Vine ’66 provides A Parkinson’s Primer: An Indispensable Guide to Parkinson’s Disease for Patients and Their Families (Paul Dry Books). Will Creed ’65 warns us, Don’t Repot That Plant!: And Other Indoor Plant Care Mistakes (Button Street Press).


Timothy C. Lehmann ’90 considers The Geopolitics of Global Energy: The New Cost of Plenty (Lynne Rienner Publishers).


 Norman C. Tobias ’75 examines the Jewish Conscience of the Church: Jules Isaac and the Second Vatican Council (Palgrave Macmillan). Kathleen E. Smith ’87 takes us to Moscow 1956: The Silenced Spring (Harvard University Press). Amy L. Stone ’98 revels in Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition (Maverick Books).


From co-editor Theodore Levin ’73 comes The Music of Central Asia (Indiana University Press), and farther in the east rises the Iron Moon: An Anthology of Chinese Worker Poetry, translated by Eleanor Goodman ’01 (White Pine Press).


 For more poems, enjoy an Italian Summer, by Seth Frank ’55 (Shakespeare & Co.); travel down Water Street, by Naila Moreira ’00 (Finishing Line Press); or get This Deep In (Hummingbird Press) with Skeleton, Skin and Joy (Finishing Line Press), both by Charles Atkinson ’66.