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Advocating for African Americans in College
6/23/2020

Co-authored by Jannette Domingo ’66, Ph.D., Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s (Books & Books Press 2019) presents the experience of students who engaged in an eight day sit in to protest decreased enrollment of African Americans at Swarthmore College in 1969. The group, comprised of seven women and one man, advocated for the hiring of additional African American faculty and demanded a Black Studies curriculum. The book gives new perspective about the sit in, as the media had cast the peaceful protest in a negative light; in fact, today’s inclusive curriculum at the college is directly due to the activists’ efforts. Autobiographical chapters round out the text.


Seven Sisters and a Brother



A Young Entrepreneur Creates Success
5/28/2020

Robert Berk ’16, author of Why Wait?: How I Jump-Started My Entrepreneurial Journey Before Graduating Into a Covid-19 World – And How You Can, Too! (Independently Published 2020), is on an accelerated path to success. As a student at Hamilton College, he accepted a position as executive assistant to New York Times Best Selling Author Dave Kerpen ’94, founder of the social media marketing agency Likeable Media. In his years working with Kerpen, Berk was able to set the foundation for his future journey as an entrepreneur.

 

While a sophomore at Hamilton, Berk launched his first venture, Solvit, a social media and digital branding agency that supports small business owners. Berk’s next achievement came when he and Kerpen co-founded Apprentice, a platform that connects entrepreneurs that are looking for a driven Executive Assistant (future COO, do-it-all, and go-to person) that is committed to professional growth to smart and motivated college students that are looking for real-world experience and mentorship. Now, as a 2020 college graduate who has launched two successful startups, Berk shares his story in this inspiring book. Fifty percent of the profits from Why Wait? will be donated to Feeding America. Learn more at RobBerk.Com.


Why Wait?



Prepare Yourself for the Next Crisis
5/22/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caught us completely unaware and, after several months of living in lockdown, there are not many positive outcomes in sight. Amid the rising rate of infections and deaths, we are making our way in the middle of an unforeseen crisis.

 

Judith Matloff ’76 has authored a book that provides accessible and sensible means of weathering difficult situations. In How to Drag a Body and Other Safety Tips You Hope to Never Need: Survival Tricks for Hacking, Hurricanes, and Hazards Life Might Throw at You (Harper Wave 2020), she shares her expertise as a war correspondent and safety consultant with readers, helping to prepare for the unexpected and, perhaps, the inevitable. Having worked in crisis zones for over thirty years, Matloff presents suggestions on how to perform emergency first aid, how to create a bunker, and how to prevent online hacks, as well as numerous other safety protocols and tips. Humorous anecdotes are interspersed alongside the serious solutions provided.


How To Drag a Body



A Woman's Story of Survival
4/2/2020

Franci’s War (Penguin 2020) is a World War II memoir written by the late mother of Helen Epstein ‘65. Born into a privileged family in Prague, Franci Rabinek Epstein was a spirited young fashion designer who lied to Dr. Mengele at an Auschwitz selection by saying she was an electrician – an occupation that both endangered and saved her life. The book, which was edited by Epstein, presents the powerful testimony of an incredibly strong young woman who endured the horrors of the Holocaust and survived.


Franci's War


The Consequences of Family Secrets
3/5/2020

In These Ghosts Are Family (Simon & Schuster 2020), a debut novel by Maisy Card ’00, tells of the emotional entanglements that have arisen from a long-kept family secret. Central to the story are the decisions of a patriarch, whose actions have had a powerful impact upon his descendants. Card’s book also examines the challenges posed by migration to the U.S. through the lives of a family that has relocated from the West Indies to Harlem.

These Ghosts Are Family


Insights into Business Operations
1/6/2020

Sari LEVINE Wilde ’97, Managing Vice President at global research and advisory firm Gartner, has written a ground-breaking book that identifies the working style of managers. In The Connector Manager: Why Some Leaders Build Exceptional Talent – and Others Don’t (Portfolio 2019), she details the results of a worldwide, first of its kind study of over 9,000 people.

Following the conclusion of the study, a team of in-house analysts was deployed to assess the compiled data. Their results identified that all managers could be classified into one of four types. Of the four groups identified, it was the Connector Manager, an individual whose training style connects employees with leaders of other departments to benefit from additional areas of expertise, that outperformed all groups.

Wilde rounds out the data-driven research with case studies, including interviews with managers and employees at firms such as IBM, Accenture, and eBay. She illustrates behaviors that define a Connector manager and identifies why other types of managers are less effective. In the book, solutions are also provided for all types of managers to achieve greater success.


The Connector Manager


Preparing to Guide Your Parents through Life
11/20/2019

The role of family caregiver is often lifelong and can change as we progress through the years. Attorney and social worker Jane WOLF Frances ’64, J.D., M.S.W. has written a book drawn upon her own experiences of caring for her parents as they aged in order to help others. In Parenting Our Parents: Transforming the Challenge into a Journey of Love (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2019), Frances shares insights that may help one grow to embrace the role of caregiver for those who guided us in our youth. She offers advice for individuals struggling with issues including their parents’ need for medical care, housekeeping and financial management, and with degenerative health conditions such as dementia.


Parenting Our Parents


A Tale for the Ageless
11/14/2019

Derek Chin ’97 has published a science fiction book entitled Time Epic: Life. Knowledge. Future. (Time Lock Books 2019). It is a tale about the enduring friendship of four immortals who experience a series of adventures and journey through several historical periods. The book was written under the pen name Derek McKewan.


Time Epic


Defying the Bounds of Reality
11/12/2019

Larissa Shmailo ’74 has published her most recent work, Sly Bang (Spuyten Duyvil 2019). Self-described as a feminist experimental novel, she goes beyond the limits of reality in defining the world in which her lead character lives. Shmailo weaves poetry and fantasy into the narrative while detailing the trials and tribulations that her protagonist has endured.


Sly Bang


A Look Into the Life of a Broadway Legend
10/29/2019

Alexandra Jacobs ’90, a staff writer at The New York Times, recently published a book about well-known Broadway entertainer Elaine Stritch. Called Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2019), Jacobs delves deeply into Stritch’s life, from her childhood in Detroit to her relocation to New York. She studied acting with several legendary figures in their early years, including Marlon Brando and Harry Belafonte, and went on to work extensively on Broadway and in London’s West End. She received four Tony award nominations for roles she portrayed in works by Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, and William Inge, among other playwrights.

Still Here


An In-Depth Memoir About Loss
8/15/2019

Barbara METSKY Kretchmar ’60 has written a book to support women who have lost a spouse. In Widows – Our Words and Ways (Mill City Press 2019), Kretchmar has compiled the stories of 25 women of different ages, ethnicities, religions, and economic backgrounds who share how they had both struggled and coped with widowhood. The book fulfills Kretchmar’s long-standing desire to support women in their grieving process; in 1990, she herself became a widow at 46 years of age with two young children to raise. Part nonfiction account and part memoir, the book provides a lifeline to women who have endured a devastating experience.


Widows



A Space Opera Available on Kindle
8/9/2019

Ellen Moss ’59 has published a work of Science Fiction entitled Quantum Venus & The Magic Theater (Moonshine Press 2014). Described by the author as a metaphysical space opera, the book is available on Amazon Kindle.

Quantum Venus


A Portrait of African American Lives in the Early Twentieth Century
8/1/2019

Rudean JOHNSON Leinaeng ’55 has written a novel set at the dawn of the twentieth century. Coal, War and Love (BookBaby 2019) is based on a true story about the lives and loves of America’s “colored” citizens. A man and woman, who meet and marry, struggle in their life together as the husband labors to meet the needs and expectations of his wife. The book also details the impact that global events have on the young couple, such as World War I, and the health crisis posed by the Spanish Flu.

Coal, War and Love



Finding Strength in Women's Bonds
6/26/2019

An intimate portrait of women’s lives is depicted in the book My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism (Columbia University Press 2019). Nancy KIPNIS Miller ’57 writes of her close bond with three lauded feminist scholars and literary critics: Carolyn Heilbrun, Diane Middlebrook, and Naomi Schor, and shares the ways in which the group interacted with one another. As they forged new paths into a then male-dominated world, Miller writes that their relationships were given life in the days of second-wave feminism. Through documenting their personal experiences, she shows the strength of friendships in sustaining oneself amidst “aging and loss, ambition and rivalry, and competition and collaboration.”

My Brilliant Friends



Sharon KLAYMAN Farber '61 analyzes Self-Harm Behavior
6/21/2018
"In this comprehensive and insightful work, Dr. Sharon K. Farber provides an invaluable resource for the mental health professional who is struggling to understand self-harm and its origins. Using attachment theory to explain how addictive connections to pain and suffering develop, she discusses various kinds and functions of self-harm behavior."

To learn more about the book please click here.




Margret Elson '62 and Passionate Practice: The Musician's Guide to Learning, Memorizing and Performing.
6/21/2018
""Passionate Practice"  provides the necessary steps in learning how to relax, focus and concentrate. It includes concrete ways to free yourself from modes of thought and behavior that restrict the passionate exchange between you and your art. Artists in all fields who use the techniques in "Passionate Practice" unlock new levels of mastery, confidence and success."


Raphael Bartholomew '00 speaks about his Fulbright Scholarship studying Basketball in the Philippines!
6/21/2018
"Allured by the idea of an island nation full of people who love the game as irrationally as he does, American journalist Rafe Bartholomew arrived in Manila to unlock the riddle of basketball's grip on the Philippines. On his unforgettable journey, Bartholomew spends a season inside the locker room of a Philippine professional team, dines with politicians who exploit hoops for electoral success, travels with a troupe of midgets and transsexuals who play exhibition games at rural fiestas, and even acts in a local soap opera. Sweating his way through hard-fought games of 3-on-3, played with homemade hoops for 50-cent wagers, Bartholomew uses a mix of journalistic knowhow and the hard-court ethics he learned from his dad to get in the paint and behind the scenes of Filipinos' against-all-odds devotion to the sport. "

Learn more about Rafe's book here.




Sharon KLAYMAN Farber '61 explores the Human Desire for the Ecstatic Experience!
6/21/2018
"Hungry for Ecstasy: Trauma, The Brain, and the Influence of the Sixties by Sharon Klayman Farber explores the hunger for ecstatic experience that can lead people down the road to self-destruction. In an attempt to help mental health professionals and concerned individuals understand and identify the phenomenon and ultimately intervene with patients, friends, and loved ones, Farber speaks both personally and professionally to the reader. She discusses the different paths taken on the road to ecstatic states. There are religious ecstasies, ecstasies of pain and near-death experiences, cult-induced ecstasies, creative ecstasies, and ecstasies from hell. Hungry for Ecstasy explores not only the neuroscientific processes involved but also the influence of the sixties in driving people to seek these states. Finally, Farber draws from her own personal and professional experience to advise others how to intervene on behalf of the person whose behavior puts his or her life at risk."




Michelle Mart '82 analyzes America's embrace for Pesticides in her book!
6/21/2018
“Presto! No More Pests!” proclaimed a 1955 article introducing two new pesticides, "miracle-workers for the housewife and back-yard farmer." Easy to use, effective, and safe: who wouldn’t love synthetic pesticides? Apparently most Americans did—and apparently still do. Why—in the face of dire warnings, rising expense, and declining effectiveness—do we cling to our chemicals? Michelle Mart '82 wondered. Her book, Pesticides, A Love Story: America’s Enduring Embrace of Dangerous Chemicals presents a cultural history of pesticide use in postwar America and offers an answer." 
To learn more about the book click here.



Nathan Perl-Rosenthal '00 speaks about becoming America during the time of Revolution
6/20/2018
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal immerses us in sailors’ pursuit of safe passage through the ocean world during the turbulent age of revolution. Challenged by British press-gangs and French privateersmen, who considered them Britons and rejected their citizenship claims, American seamen demanded that the U.S. government take action to protect them. In response, federal leaders created a system of national identification documents for sailors and issued them to tens of thousands of mariners of all races―nearly a century before such credentials came into wider use.




Dorothy Henderson Jan. '41 writes a Memoir about her family Genealogy in St.Croix
6/20/2018
Dorothy Henderson, the author of On Blockade, is the grand-daughter of the author, Alexander Henderson. She has always been interested in her family’s background, starting with listening to her father’s stories of his life when he was young. She developed into the family historian, for the family who were born in St. Croix, returning every year on her vacation for the annual genealogy celebration. On one of these trips, she and her cousin, Alan, were discussing something when he said “but that’s not what it said in the book.” “What book?” she asked. But he wouldn’t discuss the subject. She tried his brother, Morris, but he didn’t want to get involved, so she gave up all hope of ever seeing the book. But who knows why or how, he turned up on the day they were leaving with the book in hand, and gave it to her to do research. Here after twenty years, is the book, edited for current English usage, with illustrations and divided into chapters for clarity.




Lois G. Schwoerer '45 analyzes Gun Culture, The Rise of Guns in the US and the Second Amendment
6/20/2018
"Schwoerer shows how this domestic gun culture influenced England’s Bill of Rights in 1689, a document often cited to support the claim that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution conveys the right to have arms as an Anglo-American legacy. Schwoerer shows that the Bill of Rights did not grant a universal right to have arms, but rather a right restricted by religion, law, and economic standing, terms that reflected the nation's gun culture. Examining everything from gunmakers’ records to wills, and from period portraits to toy guns, Gun Culture in Early Modern England offers new data and fresh insights on the place of the gun in English society. "




New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes '97 publishes a book which argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation
6/20/2018

"Hayes contends our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order, fear trumps civil rights, and aggressive policing resembles occupation. A Colony in a Nation explains how a country founded on justice now looks like something uncomfortably close to a police state. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s, and the unprecedented decline that followed. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial conflict, as well as deeply personal experiences with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken windows” theory to the “squeegee men” of late-1980s Manhattan, to show how fear causes us to make dangerous and unfortunate choices, both in our society and at the personal level. With great empathy, he seeks to understand the challenges of policing communities haunted by the omnipresent threat of guns. Most important, he shows that a more democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists―in a place we least suspect."





Helen Epstein '65 publishes a Memoir - the third of a non-fiction Trilogy
6/20/2018

"Written before the #MeToo Movement burst into American consciousness, this memoir tracks the consequences of sexual harassment, sexual assault and abuse over the lifetime of a successful American journalist and author.

The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma “invents its own genre,” wrote Sherry Turkle. “The author suspects sexual abuse in her childhood and investigates with the toolkits of an historian and ethnographer.” The result is a memoir that is what Eva Hoffman calls, “a true labor of memory, in which the story of the body is inseparable from the narrative of the self.”

This memoir is the third of a non-fiction trilogy, following Epstein’s Children of the Holocaust: Conversations with Sons and Daughters of Survivors (Putnam, 1979) and Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History (Little, Brown, 1997), both widely translated. As Gloria Steinem wrote “In Epstein’s hands, truth becomes not only stranger than fiction but more magnetic.”"




Steve Hofstetter '97 "takes readers back into a time that is the most difficult: high school"
6/20/2018
In Ginger Kid, popular comedian Steve Hofstetter '97 grapples with life after seventh grade . . . . when his world fell apart. Formatted as a series of personal essays, Steve walks his readers through awkward early dating, family turbulence, and the revenge of the bullied nerds. This YA nonfiction is sure to be the beloved next volume for the first generation of Wimpy Kid fans who are all grown up and ready for a new misfit hero. 




Deborah Tannen ’62 Examines Women’s Friendships
10/10/2017

Bestselling author Deborah Tannen has published her 11th book, You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships.  Tannen, a Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, explores the many ways in which women connect through conversation.  Learn more.


Deborah Tannen - Author Photo


Noam Cohen ’85 Casts A Critical Lens on a Technocratic Future
9/26/2017

In The-Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball, Noam Cohen looks at the rise of technology entrepreneurs as an ever-growing, influential class and one that has also become a political force.  He documents the achievements of several of society’s now-notable names, including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg, and tells of how Stanford University was an important incubator for many of their pioneering efforts.

The Know It Alls


Honoring the Wounded Healer, Sharon KLAYMAN Farber ’61, Ph.D.
9/21/2017

Many psychotherapists are drawn to the field due to their own experiences of trauma and having taken a personal journey toward healing.  In Celebrating the Wounded Healer Psychotherapist: Pain, Post-Traumatic Growth and Self-Disclosure, Sharon KLAYMAN Farber has assembled the voices of a number of distinguished professionals who share their thoughts on the paths that have led individuals to choose psychotherapy as a profession. 

Celebrating Wounded Healer


Helping Artists Work through Trauma, Margret Elson ’62
9/5/2017

The Piano and the Couch: Music and Psyche, a new book written by Margret Elson, illustrates the interplay between music and psychology.  Elson is, herself, a musician and a psychotherapist.  Through her text, she reveals a groundbreaking approach to working with performers in crisis.  Learn more   

Piano and Couch


Support for the Transgender Community from Laura Erickson-Schroth ’99
8/22/2017

Laura Erickson-Schroth recently published her second book, titled “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!” and 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People (Beacon Press).  Coverage of trans lives has been steadily increasing, yet there are many fallacies that persist.  Learn more.


Wrong Bathroom


Chris Hayes ’97 Documents a Metaphorical Divide in the U.S.
8/10/2017

In his latest book, A Colony in a Nation, award-winning journalist Chris Hayes contends that there are two Americas.  In the first, which he refers to as the Nation, the law is paramount.  In the second, which he calls the Colony, fear takes hold over civil rights and aggressive policing mirrors occupation.  Learn more

Colony in a Nation


Dorothy Henderson, Jan. ’41, Publishes Family Memoir of the Civil War
6/5/2017

Alexander Henderson first came to New York in 1864 as a sailor who wanted to see the world.  Upon learning that slavery was still practiced in the United States, he immediately enlisted in the United States Navy to lend his hand toward ending it.  On Blockade: The Memoirs of Civil War Seaman, Alexander Henderson, was edited by his granddaughter, Dorothy Henderson.  Click here to learn more about the book.

Dorothy Henderson


Rafe Bartholomew ’00 Tells of Life and Times at McSorley’s Old Ale House
5/17/2017

Rafe Bartholomew has written a memoir entitled Two and Two: McSorley’s, My Dad, and Me .  The book details the life and work of his father, a bartender at the famed McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan’s East Village; as well as the countless notable figures who have patronized the establishment.  Learn more.



Guatemalan Fieldwork Published by Sheila Cosminsky ’58
4/18/2017

The fieldwork performed by Sheila Cosminsky has documented midwifery and birthing practices in Guatemala for over forty years.  In her book, Midwives and Mothers: The Medicalization of Childbirth on a Guatemalan Plantation (2016), she details the history, practice, and future of midwifery in the face of rapidly changing global standards.  Learn more.

Cosminsky Guatemala


Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating by Moira Weigel '02
6/28/2016
Tracing the post-chaperone, courtships and arranged marriage norms through modern cyber dating. Learn more
Amy Berkowitz '01 publishes Tender Points
6/20/2016

TENDER POINTS is a narrative fractured by trauma. Named after the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, the book-length lyric essay explores sexual violence, gendered illness, chronic pain, and patriarchy through the lenses of lived experience and pop culture. Learn more. 

Annabeth Bonder-Stone '05 releases her children's book, Shivers! The Pirate Who's Back in Bunny Slippers.
2/23/2016
Shivers, the scaredy-est pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas, is back. Comic book–like illustrations in each chapter bring Shivers to life and invite even the most reluctant readers to join the adventure. Perfect for fans of such series as Stick Dog, Big Nate, Dork Diaries, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Find out more.
Meredith Trede '63 Poetry Book
10/22/2015
A new collection of poems, Tenement Threnody, written by Meredith Trede '63 will be published by Main Street Rag Press in January 2016.
 
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TEDxHunterCCS Video Online Now
10/31/2013

Check out the video from the second TEDxHunterCCS event, held October 5 at the high school.

http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/8036

 You can also see images on their Flickr account HERE:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxhunterccs/

Martina Arroyo, Jan. '53 to be honored by Kennedy Center
9/26/2013

Opera singer Martina Arroyo, Jan. '53 is to be honored by the Kennedy Center at their Gala on December 29. The event, which will be aired that evening on CBS at 9pm, will also honor Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine, and Carlos Santana.

Martina, whose voice was once decribed as "among the most glorious in the world" (NYT), has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, La Scala in Milan, Paris Opera, and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. She is also a teacher, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the founder of the Martina Arroyo Foundation, offering emerging young artists a structured curriculum.

For more information, visit The Kennedy Center website here.