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Sharon KLAYMAN Farber '61 analyzes Self-Harm Behavior
"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."

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Margret Elson '62 and Passionate Practice: The Musician's Guide to Learning, Memorizing and Performing.
""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!
"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. "

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Sharon KLAYMAN Farber '61 explores the Human Desire for the Ecstatic Experience!
"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!
"“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 wondered. Her book, a cultural history of pesticide use in postwar America, offers an answer."" 
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Nathan Perl-Rosenthal '00 speaks about becoming America during the time of Revolution
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
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
"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

"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

"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 Hostetter '97 "takes readers back into a time that is the most difficult: high school"
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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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
Tracing the post-chaperone, courtships and arranged marriage norms through modern cyber dating. Learn more
Amy Berkowitz '01 publishes Tender Points

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.
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
A new collection of poems, Tenement Threnody, written by Meredith Trede '63 will be published by Main Street Rag Press in January 2016.
TEDxHunterCCS Video Online Now

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

 You can also see images on their Flickr account HERE:

Martina Arroyo, Jan. '53 to be honored by Kennedy Center

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.