Shelf Life

New books by Dartmouth alumni

Medievalist Robert G. Heath ’45 explores one of the most important questions of world history—the unprecedented disruption that occurred in the 11th century in the Roman Church—in his French monograph, Le Schisme Occidental de 1054 (or The Western Schism of 1054, published by Majaroga).

George Brooks ’54, an emeritus professor of history at Indiana University-Bloomington, describes the mercantile collaboration among slave traders and shipmasters in Western Africa and Cabo Verde, 1790s-1830s: Symbiosis of Slave and Legitimate Trades (Author House).

C.W. Dingman ’54, a retired psychiatrist, follows the efforts of young astronaut hero Roberto as he tries to rescue the human race in the young adult novel Mission to Xan (Lulu).

Joseph Mathewson ’55, a lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a former U.S. Supreme Court reporter for The Wall Street Journal, explores the 200-year relationship between the court and the media in The Supreme Court and the Press: The Indispensable Conflict (Northwestern University Press).

John Merrow ’63, the education correspondent for PBS NewsHour, reveals what happens in American classrooms and discusses issues such as teacher training, merit pay, tenure and unions in The Influence of Teachers: Reflections of Teaching and Leadership (LM Books).

Former New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David K. Shipler ’64 examines the violations of civil liberties in the United States that have accelerated during the past decade—and their impact on American lives—in The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties (Knopf).

Banking and finance manager Joe Garrett ’70 shares letters he wrote to his daughter offering insights and advice on politics, philosophy and history in Eighteen Letters: From a Father to His Daughter (White Poppy Press).

Larry McCleary ’71, retired acting chief of neurosurgery at Denver Children’s Hospital, simultaneously addresses obesity and mental decline by providing a brain-healthy, waist-friendly diet and exercise plan in Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly (Greenleaf).

Artist Jay Mead ’82 celebrates the hard work that goes into small family farms with an intergenerational guide, A Little Farm Story (Harbor Mountain Press).

Architect Keith Moskow ’83 promotes small-scale public design projects in big cities such as New York and Los Angeles as coauthor of Small Scale: Creative Solutions for Better City Living (Princeton Architectural Press).

Eric Dezenhall ’84 draws on access to mobster Meyer Lansky’s notes and recollections to create a fast-paced tale of military espionage and mafia justice in 1940s New York with his sixth novel, The Devil Himself (Thomas Dunne Books).

With her debut novel, A Watershed Year (Guideposts), journalist Susan Schoenberger ’84 tells the tale of a grieving woman who finds renewed purpose when she decides to adopt a young boy from Russia.

Matthew Dickerson ’85, a Middlebury professor in computer science and environmental studies, explores the heart of human nature itself, highlighting a rich vision of personhood, creativity and love in his eighth book, The Mind and the Machine: What it Means to be Human and Why it Matters (Brazos Press).

Journalist Jim Rasenberger ’85 draws on CIA documents to provide a fast-paced account of the Bay of Pigs invasion and an analysis of how it occurred in The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America’s Doomed Invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs (Scribner).

Todd J. Zywicki ’88, the Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University, coauthors a guide for law students and professors in Public Choice Concepts and Applications in Law (West).

Dr. Mininder Kocher ’89, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and the associate director of the division of sports medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, coauthors a step-by-step technical guide to a range of procedures in Operative Techniques: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery (Elsevier).

University of Wisconsin-Madison political science associate professor Yoshiko Herrera ’92 explores the variance in implementation of international institutions through an examination of the international System of National Accounts, the basis for all national economic indicators such as GDP, in Mirrors of the Economy: National Accounts and International Norms in Russia and Beyond (Cornell University Press).

Erika Katz Abramson ’94 gives mothers of pre-teenage daughters advice on how to create a loving and lasting relationship in Bonding Over Beauty: A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-esteem, Confidence, and Trust (Greenleaf).

Mary Hayes ’94, an assistant English professor and director of medieval studies at the University of Mississippi, examines the structure of language as coauthor of A Biography of the English Language (Wadsworth) and, in a second publication this year, Divine Ventriloquism in Medieval English Literature: Power, Anxiety, Subversion (Palgrave), studies medieval attitudes toward the human mediation of God’s and Christ’s voices.

Allen Fromherz ’02, an assistant history professor at Georgia State University, reviews an influential Muslim thinker’s ideas on tribalism, religion, and history in Ibn Khaldun: Life and Times (Edinburgh University Press) and analyzes the myth and history surrounding the rise of the Almohad Empire in The Almohads: The Rise of an Islamic Empire (I.B. Tauris).

Katharine Britton, Adv’05, who teaches writing at Colby-Sawyer College, explores the divergent paths we take in life in her first novel, Her Sister’s Shadow (Berkley).


Norman Maclean ’24, the Undergraduate Years
An excerpt from “Norman Maclean: A Life of Letters and Rivers”
One of a Kind
Author Lynn Lobban ’69 confronts painful past.
Trail Blazer

Lis Smith ’05 busts through campaign norms and glass ceilings as she goes all in to get her candidate in the White House. 

John Merrow ’63
An education journalist on the state of our schools

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