Alumni Bookshelf

Getting Away With Murder
Heraldo Muñoz ’72

As chair of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the 2007 suicide-bomber killing of Pakistani political leader Benazir Bhutto, Muñoz led the investigation into her death. His book, Getting Away With Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan, presents inquiry results and the author’s critical analysis of the larger issues of political life and death in Pakistan. Read an excerpt from the W. W. Norton & Company Inc. publication on page 48.

The Reputed WifeJo Ann Butler ’76
The Reputed Wife: A Scandalous Life.
Neverest Press, 2013.

Carrying the reader back to the landscape and sensibilities of Colonial America, Butler reveals the prevailing prejudice against women who fail to meet the Puritans’ standards of fidelity and chastity. In this second installment featuring defiant Herodias Long, the protagonist challenges injustice, defies conventions and stands for religious freedom.

A Day With DutchessMark Condon ’93 and Julie Phillips ’89
A Day With Dutchess: Life Lessons from a Blind Therapy Dog.
Dutchess the Dog Press, 2013.

This tale about inclusion is told in rhyming couplets through the voice of Dutchess, a blind therapy dog. Rich illustrations by Sammy Schreiber depict persons and animals with physical and developmental challenges, and the text addresses a variety of insecurities and fears that Dutchess helps her friends overcome.

Diane Staehr Fenner ’91
Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators.
Corwin and TESOL, 2013.

A guideline for advocacy in the school system for the rapidly growing K – 12 population of English learners and their families, this book provides practical tools for teachers, administrators and guidance counselors. Dr. Staehr Fenner’s research helps all educators understand the challenges of English learners and take appropriate actions to give them voice in their schools as well as preparation for their post-high-school lives.

Serious FunCarolyn Hirst-Loucks ’77 M’02 and Kim P. Loucks ’02
Serious Fun: Practical Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students.
Routledge, 2014.

In the final chapter of this must-have book for teachers, the authors refer to W. B. Yeats’ tenet that education

should not be the filling of buckets but, rather, the lighting of fires. Adhering to that idea, the authors put forth ways to create an exciting learning environment in every discipline and class level through active engagement. Grounded in research about the value of play, the book is a resource that helps promote higher-level thinking and
creativity.

David J. Parrett ’80
Eyes Wide Open: Transforming Blind Love Into a Long Lasting Marriage.
Dave Parrot c4 life strategies, 2013.

A step-by-step guide to creating a marriage that conquers the challenges of modern life, this book reveals the author’s ongoing research into marriage and pre-marital assessment. Parrot asks couples to base their unions not on love alone, but also on such core issues as values, expectations, career and home responsibilities, children, dealing with adversity and more. An easy-
to-use workbook accompanies the guide.

The Missing PoemJohn W. Parsons ’54
The Missing Poem.
Wasteland Press, 2013.

Renowned for her expertise in astronomy and unfettered space travel, Dr. Kaitlin Graham, professor, is on the radar of the unstable and illusionary. She receives a letter with photographs showing the writer with alien creatures that pulls her and two friends further and further into the unknown as

they try to evade the evil side of a government that seeks world domination through unlimited space travel.

The Sawyer HighwayJeff Sawyer ’87 – CD
The Journey Home.
Blue Island Records, 2013.

Thirteen original songs for solo piano and various instruments make up this, the seventh of Sawyer’s CDs. Country/bluegrass fiddler Kate Lee Gurnow plays violin on “Glimpse of Heaven.”

School ShadowsAlan Scott ’55
School Shadows.
Publish America, 2013.

Eleven short stories based on authentic situations seen through the author’s critical eye reveal the human side of public education as it comes into conflict with the political regulatory side. Although the book is a work of fiction, the issues raised are real and can initiate discussions about educational reform.

Acoustic WandererEric Congdon ’92
Acoustic Wanderer.
Bluecongo Music ASCAP, 2013.

In his fourth CD, Congdon presents a collection of 13 instrumental songs featuring the sounds of guitar, dobro, mandocello and more. Half of the proceeds go to the Autism Science Foundation.

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