Share Button


BETWEEN ME AND YOU By Allison Winn Scotch C’95 (Lake Union, 2018, $14.95.) Scotch’s seventh novel tells the story of a screenwriter and a struggling actress as they fall in and out of love and fame. Scotch and her previous novel, In Twenty Years, were the subject of an Arts piece in the Nov|Dec 2016 Gazette. Buy this book


THE SCHMUCK IN MY OFFICE: How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work By Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA WG’00, faculty, with Michelle Joy, faculty (St. Martin’s Press, 2017, $25.99.)The variety of schmucks one can encounter in an office setting is large, and each type can adversely affect the work environment in different ways. By so identifying them, Foster and Joy help us understand these schmucks, thus leading to a more friendly, productive workplace environment. Foster is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Penn and vice chair for clinical operations in that department. Joy is a forensic psychiatry fellow at Penn. Buy this book



HOW TO BE A FINANCIAL GROWNUP: Proven Advice from High Achievers on How to Live Your Dreams and Have Financial Freedom By Bobbi Rebell C’92 (Haven House, 2017, $24.95.) Drawing on her experience as a TV anchor and personal finance columnist at Thomson Reuters, Rebell provides guidance for managing your personal finance and sprinkles it with insights from high achievers ranging from Tony Robbins and Drew Barrymore to Jim Cramer and Kevin O’Leary. Buy this book


BRIGHTSIDE GARDENS: A Dialogue Between The Head and The Heart By Charles W. Newhall, III C’67 (Bibliotecha Brightside, 2017, $69.95.)Newhall, the Vietnam veteran and venture capitalist whose brutal combat and post-combat experiences were profiled last year in “Taking Casualties” [Mar|Apr 2017], has created a series of 54 stunning gardens at his estate in suburban Baltimore. Begun in 1984, the gardens have been a continuous project for the Newhall family, one they hope will provide healing for visitors as well. Buy this book


SELLING HOPE AND COLLEGE: Merit, Markets, and Recruitment in an Unranked School By Alex Posecznick, faculty (Cornell University Press, 2017, paperback $19.95, hardcover $89.95.) In an era when so many young people feel compelled to get a college degree, what goes into the admissions process of less selective colleges? Posecznick, a program manager and associate faculty member in Penn’s Graduate School of Education, describes how unranked colleges and universities figure into our conception of meritocracy in post-secondary education. Buy this book


GREEN GREEN: A Community Garden Story By Marie Lamba C’84 and Baldev Lamba GLA’81 (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017, $16.99.) In this whimsical picture book, a husband-and-wife duo educate young readers about the joy and importance of community gardening. Buy this book


WAVE-OFF: A History of LSOs and Ship–Board Landings By Robert R. “Boom” Powell C’64 (Speciality Press, 2017, $39.95.) A retired US Navy commander explains the history of the Landing Signal Officer (LSO), a crucial component in helping airplanes to land on ships at sea. The book covers additional topics in naval aircraft development, from the creation of faster and heavier aircrafts to adjustments in flight deck systems. Buy this book


QUEER GAME STUDIES Edited by Bonnie Ruberg and Adrienne Shaw Gr’07 Gr’10 (University of Minnesota Press, 2017, $27.00.) Inspired by feminist and queer game scholarship, these wide-ranging essays explore the ways in which queerness in video games relates to concepts of power and subjectivity of body and representation in video games. Shaw is an assistant professor of media studies at Temple University. Buy this book



WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS AND MIGRATION: Sex-Selective Abortion Laws in the United States and India By Sital Kalantry L’98 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017, $69.95.) Working at the intersection of feminist legal theory and international human rights law, Kalantry examines how both camps fall short in their explanations for the continuing practice of sex-selective abortions in the United States by immigrant women of Asian descent. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Kalantry looks at the actual occurrences of sex-selective abortions in India and the US as well as the cultural and social contexts in which the abortions occur. She is a professor of law at Cornell and director of the International Human Rights Policy Advocacy Clinic. Buy this book


THE WAY OUT: Retracing America’s Steps to Find Our Future By Bradford F. Whitman L’69 (Bradford Whitman Books, 2014.) After setting out the fundamental principles that form the foundation of our democratic republic, Whitman lays out precisely crafted lessons in history and civics. By examining prior episodes of good civic health and functionality, as well as their opposite, this former member of the Justice Department makes a case for a multifaceted “treatment regimen” for politics, government, and industry. Buy this book

Share Button

    Related Posts

    Shattering Violence, Shimmering Prizes
    Sundered Union
    Briefly Noted

    Leave a Reply