Sean O'Keefe '80
LA attorney Declan Collins has five months within which to launder $100 million dollars for a powerful and utterly merciless drug cartel. He must execute this complex scheme while under investigation by a covert FBI strike team assigned to thwart this crime. Staying alive is job one. Staying out of prison is a close second.
Jeff Dutremble '01
Find a Lost Smile
Jen, a born writer, loses her smile after trying on the hats of a doctor, chef, and firefighter. Will her smile be lost forever? This children’s book will inspire the kids in your life to wear the “hat” that they were born to wear. Order your autographed copy at drjeffsbooks.com.
Sarah McCraw Crow ’87
The Wrong Kind of Woman
“A beautifully written exploration of loss, the novel captures its characters at the cusp of personal and social change. Sarah McCraw Crow deftly navigates the campus and national politics of the ’70s in a powerful, thought-provoking debut.” —Amy Meyerson, bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays
Jason M. Kelly ’01
Market Maoists: The Communist Origins of China’s Capitalist Ascent
Long before Deng Xiaoping’s market-based reforms, commercial relationships bound the Chinese Communist Party to international capitalism and left lasting marks on China’s trade and diplomacy. Jason Kelly unearths this hidden history of global commerce.
Dick Durrance ’65
In the Spirit of Hope: The Power of Storytelling Photographs
In The Spirit of Hope showcases photographs from Dick Durrance’s 58-year career in photography: combat in Vietnam, the National Geographic, corporate photography, advertising photography, landscape photography, and golf course photography.
Donna Grant Reilly
Defined by a Disease: How We Think About Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s doesn’t erase one’s ability to think, and believing so can be destructive. The author’s husband, Chuck Reilly ’53, has Alzheimer’s. This book examines the stigma that surrounds the disease, shows us where it exists, and tells us why we need to change it.
Howard Reiss ’73
The ’60s Diary
Rose was born on Jan. 1, 1950. At the age of 10, her mother gave her The ’60s Diary for those next ten pivotal years of her life. Rose finds the diary fifty years later and travels thru time with her younger self from her first love to Woodstock . . . from self-discovery and happiness to tragedy and rebirth.
Wendy Tamis Robbins ’94
The Box An Invitation to Freedom from Anxiety
The Box is a triumphant memoir and irresistible invitation, portraying the courageous journey of an all-star athlete, Ivy League-graduate, and successful lawyer to find freedom from her debilitating anxiety disorders.
Eric Dezenhall ’84
False Light is a thrilling tale of revenge set against the vibrant backdrop of sensationalist modern media. A seasoned reporter embarks on an entertaining and complex plan to exact revenge on a predatory media star in the court of public opinion.
Eric Dezenhall '84
Best of Enemies
The exhilarating true story of Cold War spies, (CIA) Jack Platt and (KGB) Gennady Vasilenko, who form an improbable friendship, become key behind-the-scenes players in the crucial discovery of Soviet mole Robert Hanssen, and how Robert De Niro plays a part.
Prof. Jeremy DeSilva
First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human
Blending history, science, and culture, First Steps is a stunning and highly engaging evolutionary story exploring how walking on two legs allowed humans to become the planet’s dominant species. “…Popular science at its best.” –Science News
Kelley J. Smith ’02
40 and Waiting
Morgan desperately wants to be married, but with no prospects in sight, Morgan’s faith is tested. Does she truly believe that God will send her the husband He intended just for her, or is she destined to be single forever? Available at welldonepublishing.com & Amazon.
Gil Hahn ’75
Campaign for the Confederate Coast
The single best survey of the conflict for the Confederacy’s coastlines on offer, and its conclusions will surprise both the skeptics and the advocates of the blockade’s effectiveness.
—Allen C. Guelzo, Princeton University, author of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
M.R.E. Theodore Baehr ’69
Reel to Real:45 Movie Devotions for Families
Reel to Real looks at important biblical principles using great uplifting entertaining popular movies to illustrate those principles, featuring movies that build up families and youth and give you a more abundant life.
Suzanne Leonard ’96
Wife, Inc.: The Business of Marriage in the Twenty-First Century
Contemporary America has reconfigured dating, romance, and marriage. Saturated in discourses of individuality, marriage markets view salability as a key metric. This is the first major study to focus on wifedom as a lucrative business proposition.
Paul Taylor ’78
What began as a senior thesis for Professor James Cox in 1978, morphed into a never-submitted Ph.D. dissertation and finally emerged 30 years later as a book of text to be written by non-existent readers. Grid is a story about roads in a world without roads, a fusion of Henry Adams, Thoreau, Tolkien and Star Trek.
H. Stacy Miller LaBare ’77
Appalachian Grouse Dog: A Boomer’s Memoir
A shared story of a girl, a guy, a friend, and a remarkable English Setter they called “Puppy.” A tapestry of discovery, amazement, joy, and heartache with that “dog of a life time,” this book celebrates the traditional outdoors, a pursuit often lost in the cacophony of modern America.
Everett E. (Ted) Briggs ’56
Ambassador’s Apprentice: A Foreign Service Memoir
A revealing account of life and work in the Foreign Service, on three continents, told with candor, insight and humor. The nuts and bolts of diplomacy, description of issues, policies and personalities, make this a must-read for anyone interested in foreign affairs.
Everett E. (Ted) Briggs '56
Honor to State: Reflections of a Reagan-Bush Era Ambassador
The unvarnished story of how the Reagan and Bush administrations, beset by rivalries among State, Defense, CIA and Justice, dealt with Noriega, drug traffickers, Sandinistas, domestic critics, and evolving ties to Europe.
Alan Pesky’s conception of more crumbles after his son’s death. He keeps Lee’s memory alive by helping kids in a way he wasn’t able to help his own son and created something positive from his loss: Lee Pesky Learning Center, a non-profit dedicated to helping those with learning differences.
Denis O'Neill '70
A musing man’s social media smoothie of progressive, political commentary, limericks, name dropping, doggerel, insurrection, Irish literary legends, musical do-overs, nature observations, good trouble, bad Republicans, Throbbing Gristle, Yogi Berra, lost friends, fishing wisdom, baseball, Moms, 007.
Denis O'Neill '70
The River Wild
This high stakes thriller is both a testament to the power of mother nature and a classic adventure story. Denis O’Neill, the screenwriter for the movie that inspired it, brings the striking beauty of the film to his writing and ratchets up the danger that races toward a breathtaking conclusion.
William Shaffer ’72
Shifting Gears: One Family’s Journey Through the Automobile Age
Shifting Gears interweaves the story of the automobile with its effect on four generations of one Midwestern farm family. Beginning with the first motorcar in Europe, the journey takes on automotive history with real experiences and all-encompassing impact.
Heather Roulston ’83
Lumination: Shining a Light on a Woman’s Journey to Financial Wellness
Through personal stories and practical applications, Lumination takes readers on a journey to explore their past and present, examining thoughts, emotions and conditioning around money and life choices, and helping to design intentional futures.
Peter Maeck '71
Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace with Dementia
With lyrical prose, rhymed couplets, and his own photographs, Peter Maeck celebrates the brave, good-humored journey of his father, William Maeck ’43, through Alzheimer’s Disease, while tracking his own response to his dad’s condition, from shock to ultimate embrace. www.petermaeck.com.
Frederic C. Craigie '72
Weekly Soul: Fifty-two Meditations on Meaningful, Joyful, and Peaceful Living
Drawing on words of affirmation from theologians, journalists, artists, activists, and others, Weekly Soul offers spiritually and psychologically-informed reflections on resilience and well-being. Foreword INDIES 2020 Book of the Year Award winner.
Stephen Bank ’63
The Trial of Hamlet: A Provocative Retelling of Shakespeare’s Tragedy for Modern Audiences
In this richly imagined retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, psychologist Steve Bank brings 50 years of experience working with dysfunctional families to shed a fresh light on literature’s famous troubled prince.
Madeline Ruiz ’01
Finding Pneuma: The Transformative Power of Art from Pech Merle to New York
Pneuma: the ancient word for spirit, or soul. This rich volume explores art across time and place, through a spiritual lens, guiding the reader through an experience of observation and contemplation, unlike any other art encounter. Online at MadelineRuiz.com.
Clifton D. Berry '73
The God Who Speaks
God has spoken through His creation and through those inspired to write the Old and New Testament scriptures in Hebrew and Greek respectively (Psalm 19). And in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son (Hebrews 1). Only His words are adequate to express the beauty of His Holiness. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
John Trauth T'66
Your Retirement, Your Way
Rated one of the best retirement books by Consumer Reports, YRYW (Amazon) combines self-analysis, strategic and financial planning to help you create a personally satisfying retirement. Also available as an on-line CPD learning course. Use link for 20% discount: https://bit.ly/3lAlJjq.
Paul Binder ’63
Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion and Other Uncommon Tales
An alumni collaboration between author and Big Apple Circus Founder Paul Binder ’63 Hon ’88 parent ’89 and narrator Max Samuels ’15, Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion is now available for listening on Audible and iTunes! Featuring a Foreword written and voiced by Glenn Close.
Jacqueline Francis ’84
In Making Race, Jacqueline Francis explores “racial art” rhetoric applied to the work of artists of color in the 1920s and 1930s. In those decades, Romare Bearden launched his artistic career, which is the subject of an eponymous collection of scholarly essays, co-edited by Francis and Ruth Fine.
Jacqueline Francis ’84
Romare Bearden, American Modernist
Romare Bearden (1911-1988) was a modernist painter renowned for his experimental collage works. These scholarly essays discuss Bearden’s art, from his political cartoons to his important relationships with preeminent practitioners in the fields of literature, music, theater, and dance.
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