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BEIJING PAYBACK By Daniel Nieh C’06 (HarperCollins, 2019, $26.99.) In this thriller that travels from Southern California to China, a grieving son discovers that his father, recently killed in a home invasion, was more than just an immigrant restaurateur—he was part of underground Chinese crime syndicate—and his son is tasked with completing his unfinished business. Buy this book

MORE NEWS TOMORROW By Susan Richards Shreve CW’61 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2019, $25.95.) When Georgianna was four years old, her father was convicted of murdering his wife at Missing Lake, Wisconsin. More than six decades later, after her father’s death in prison, Georgie learns he may not have committed the crime he confessed to. She brings her reluctant family on a dangerous canoe trip, determined to unearth the truth of what happened that day in 1941, when racism and anti-Semitism were rampant. Buy this book

REBELLIOUS PASSAGE: The Creole Revolt and America’s Coastal Slave Trade By Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie (Cambridge University Press, 2019, $29.99.) In late October 1841, the slave ship Creole was bound for New Orleans with 137 enslaved passengers. Nineteen revolted and rerouted the ship to the British Bahamas, where all gained their freedom. Kerr-Ritchie’s account centers on the slaves, rebels, and free blacks on board the ship before, during, and after what has been called the most successful slave revolt in US history. Buy this book

BUDDHIST COSMOLOGY: The Study of a Burmese Manuscript By James E. Bogle Jr. FA’52 (Silkworm Books, 2016, $75.00.) This richly illustrated book uses pages of a rare mid-19th century Burmese manuscript to explain the various realms of the universe, according to Theravada Buddhism. Several prominent early Buddhists are introduced and placed among the pantheon of Buddhist disciples. Buy this book

PROVOKING THE PRESS: [MORE] Magazine and the Crisis of Confidence in American Journalism By Kevin M. Lerner C’99 (University of Missouri Press, 2019, $35.00.) Published from 1971 to 1978, [MORE] was a journalism review critiquing the press with an attitude both serious and satirical. Here, Lerner explores the legacy of [MORE] and how criticism can guide the media, and in turn, public discourse. Buy this book

ELIE WIESEL: An Extraordinary Life and Legacy Edited by Nadine Epstein C’78 G’78 (MomentBooks, 2019, $35.00.) Best known as the author of Night and a survivor of Auschwitz, Elie Wiesel is a voice of the Holocaust. This history of his life includes a pictorial timeline, remembrances from friends and colleagues, and a selection of his own essays, speeches, and interviews. Buy this book

AFTER COMBAT: True War Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan By Marian Eide G’91 Gr’94 and Michael Gibler (University of Nebraska Press, 2018, $29.95.) Eide and Gibler introduce readers to contemporary warfare from the perspective of US soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In this collection, veterans speak anonymously about friendships, adventures, shame, and regret. Buy this book

DACHSHUND DAYS: More Than Just Pets By Norman Badler, Faculty, and Virginia Badler (Epigraph Books, 2018, $19.95.) Generations of dachshunds have captivated the Badlers, who also share their home with cats, birds, and other animals. Through touching photographs and entertaining stories, they show that these dogs are more than just pets; they are endearing and loyal family members. Buy this book

MY FIRST SKATE CLASS By Jen Goldstein WEv’90 (Amazon Digital Services, 2018, $2.99.) Writing under her pen name Jenny Jen, the Skate Woman (“Alumni Profiles,” Nov|Dec 2005), this skate instructor delivers her third comic book in the My First Skate series. Children and adults alike will learn the four mistakes beginners make and tools to unlock their very own skating super powers. Buy this book

THE HUM OF THE WORLD: A Philosophy of Listening By Lawrence Kramer C’68 (University of California Press, 2019, $29.95.) Kramer, an award-winning composer and professor of English and music, invites readers to contemplate what would happen if we heard the world with as much attention as we give to seeing it. The world is alive with sound, he writes, and even silence has a hum. Buy this book

Very Briefly Noted

RACIAL MELANCHOLIA, RACIAL DISSOCIATION: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans By David L. Eng, Faculty, and Shinee Han (Duke University Press, 2018, $24.95.) Buy this book

THE JERSEY SHORE: A Keepsake By Antelo Devereux Jr. GAr’73 (Schiffer Publishing, 2018, $9.99.) Buy this book

A CHINA SCHOLAR’S LONG MARCH: Writings and Reflections 1978–2015 By Charles Horner C’64 (MerwinAsia, 2018, $28.00.) Buy this book

MAKING THE NEW MIDDLE EAST: Politics, Culture, and Human Rights Edited by Valerie J. Hoffman CW’75 (Syracuse University Press, 2019, $45.00.) Buy this book

DIMINISHING CONFLICT, FOSTERING RECONCILIATION: Essays in East Asian History in Honor of Hilary Conroy Edited by Jonathan Goldstein C’69 G’70 Gr’73 and Wayne Patterson Gr’77 (MerwinAsia, 2018, $45.00.) Buy this book

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