Short Takes

Begin with Bachelor Japanists: Japanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities, by Christopher Reed ’84 (Columbia University Press). Travel with Sold People: Traffickers and Family Life in North China, by Johanna S. Ransmeier ’97 (Harvard University Press).

Go from Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry During the Cold War, by Gregg A. Brazinsky ’94 (University of North Carolina Press), to the place where Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia, by Samuel Charap ’02 and Timothy J. Colton (Routledge).

Then visit Four Germanys: A Chronicle of the Schorcht Family, by the late Donald S. Pitkin, professor emeritus of anthropology (Temple University Press).

Stateside, there are Hot Hands, Draft Hype, and DiMaggio’s Streak: Debunking America’s Favorite Sports Myths, by Sheldon Hirsch ’77 (ForeEdge). McKay Jenkins ’85 starts a Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet (Avery). Robert Erard ’77 proposes Multimethod Forensic Assessment Using the Rorschach in Personal Injury Cases (Routledge).

Beth Kurland ’88, Ph.D., shows The Transformative Power of Ten Minutes: An Eight Week Guide to Reducing Stress and Cultivating Well-Being (Wellbridge Books).

Or it may be time for a Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50, by John Tarnoff ’73 (Reinvention Press), which could involve Digital Influence for Baby Boomers, by Janet Granger ’82 (self-published e-book).

Tired from your journey? Say your Bivouac Prayers, by Douglas Babington ’72 (Woodpecker Lane Press), and become The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian ’82 (Doubleday). In your dreams, float off to Nine Dragon Island for poetry by Eleanor Goodman ’01 (Zephyr Press), and harvest Benjamin Gantcher ’91’s verses in Snow Farmer (CW Books).