Bookshelf: Fall 2013

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The Church and the Relentless Darkness by Robert T. Henderson ’49 (2013, Wipf and Stock). Using the Letter to the Ephesian Christians as his base, Henderson portrays the relentless darkness that befalls unsuspecting communities, but also brings a message of hope.

Demise of the Common Law: The story behind America’s legislative anarchy by Ed Blanton ’53 (2012, Penorsword.com). A memoir by a former Maryland assistant attorney general: “As goes the legal profession, so goes a nation’s legislatures, laws and moral fiber.”

Spreading the Risks: Insuring the American Experience by John A. Bogardus Jr. with Robert H. Moore ’62 (2005, PMR Communications Group). A history of the role of insurance in America’s growth and success.

The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, by William Ferris ’64 (2013, The University of North Carolina Press). The voices of 26 American luminaries, from Eudora Welty, Pete Seeger, and Alice Walker to William Eggleston, Bobby Rush, and C. Vann Woodward, drawn from one-on-one interviews by Ferris.

Sacred Source by Richard H. “Freeman” Allan III ’67 (2012, Mountain Magic Press). An autobiography of the spiritual seeker provides a glimpse into his global journies to discover and embrace the divine feminine.

Wing Shadows Over Walden Ridge by Kemmer Anderson ’67 (2013, Xlibris). A volume of poetry that “tills and furrows through a planting of metaphors, myths and memories,” from the native soil of Tennessee’s Signal Mountain.

Science Before Socrates: Parmenides, Anaxagoras and the New Astronomy by Dan Graham ’70 (2013, Oxford University Press). Graham, a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University, presents a study of scientific thought and analysis of natural phenomena by pre-Socratic philosophers.

Less Worry, More Life: Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery by Thomas W. Clark, M.D. ’82 (2013, Adriel Publishing/Center for Weight Loss Success). From the board-certified surgeon and bariatric medicine specialist who has performed nearly 4,000 weight-loss procedures.

Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat ’84 (2013, Thomas Dunne Books). Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs and groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) systems, documentary filmmaker and writer Barrat explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI.

The Killer Detective Novelist by Mark Damon Puckett ’91 (2013, Onion Scribe Publishing.) A schizophrenic detective, Mack Harris, befriends a novelist in his Manhattan  apartment building. After a series of supposed deaths, Mack has to figure out why his reality has been subverted.

Creating Effective Programs for Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities, co-authored by Julie Ferguson Pace ’93. (2013, Prufrock Press). A road map for understanding assessment and programming for bright students with learning challenges.

Encountering Morocco: Fieldwork and Cultural Understanding (Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa) (editor, 2013 University of Indiana Press) and The Gift (2013, CreateSpace Indpendent Publishing), by Rachel Newcomb ’95. An academic tome by the Diane and Michael Maher Professor of Distinguished Teaching at Rollins College, as well as a novel about human egg donation.

Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie ’02. “You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real princesses couldn’t be more different.”

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