AN INQUISITIVE MIND can roam in a moment as far from its home base as the World Wide Web extends (see page 32), including low Earth orbit (see page 8). But for a life of the mind that can slip the surly bonds of time and space altogether, there is still nothing that beats a good book. Herewith, a sampler of recent faculty and alumni books:


Cycles of Spin:Strategic Communication in the U.S. Congress, by Professor of Political Science Patrick Sellers ’86 (2009, Cambridge University Press). “Sellers shows empirically how politicians’ strategic communication impacts the policy process.”—Barbara Sinclair, University of California, Los Angeles.

The Language of Nazi Genocide: Linguistic Violence and the Struggle of Germans of Jewish Ancestry, by Assistant Professor of History Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (2009, Cambridge University Press). Connecting official language to everyday life, Pegelow Kaplan analyzes the role of language in genocide.

Race, Remembering, and Jim Crow’s Teachers, by Assistant Professor of Education Hilton Kelly (2010, Routledge). A scholarly account of oral history remembrances of Jim Crow education, by the teachers “who dedicated their lives to teaching in spite of everything.”


No Act of Love is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia, by Richard L. Morgan, Ph.D. ’50, retired chaplain and professor, and Jane Marie Thibault, Ph.D. (2009, Upper Room Books). With information about types of dementia, suggestions for spiritual care, reflection questions, and helpful tips for support groups and worship services.

Living with Ambiguity: Religious Naturalism and the Menace of Evil, by Donald A. Crosby ’53, professor emeritus of philosophy at Colorado State University (2009, State University of New York Press). A look at how religion based on the sacredness of nature deals with the problem of evil, further developing and defining the vision elaborated in his A Religion of Nature.

Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues, by William Ferris ’64, Joel R. Williamson Eminent
Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009, The University of North Carolina Press). A selection of the emotional and artistic voices of the 1960s and 1970s blues scene in Ferris’s native Mississippi.

Birds and Bats of Palau, by H. Douglas Pratt ’66, senior author and illustrator of A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific & Mandy T. Etpison (2008, Mutual Publishing). Ornithologist Pratt teamed with photographer Etpison for one of the most complete photo-documentaries ever published on the wildlife of the remote Palau Islands in the South Pacific.

The Automobile and American Life by John Heitmann ’70, alumni chair in humanities and professor of history, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio (2009, McFarland). The story of how the automobile changed the essence of life in America, both a general history and a broad-ranging analysis of its cultural effects.

God as Poet of the World: Exploring Process Theologies, by Roland Faber, translated by Douglas W. Stott ’70 (2008, Westminster John Knox Press). A systematic exploration of process theology’s roots and development, its chief concerns and concepts, and its opportunities for new contributions.

Double Moon: Constructions and Conversations, by Margo Klass and Frank Soos ’72 (2009, Red Hen Press). Artist Klass’s sculptural box constructions with responses by writer Soos, winner of the 1997 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, for a book representing five years of their spirited minds’ aesthetic sparring.

2084 by Kirk Combe ’76, professor of English at Denison University (2009, Mayhaven Publishing). A science fiction account of a world run and employed by a single mega corporation, whose reach extends in the very brains of the population, tapping into their fantasies and base drives.

The Forgotten Room: Inside a Public Alternative School for At-Risk Youth, by Mary Nix Hollowell ’86, associate professor of education at Clayton State University (2009, Lexington Books). A journal of the author’s year as a professional educator and substitute teacher in a rural Georgia alternative school.

Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability, by Katie Kross ’96 (2009, Greenleaf Publishing). A book to serve as “the sustainability coach MBAs have been waiting for, based on hundreds of conversations with MBA students, professionals, and recruiters.”

Add Yourself to the Shelf!

To submit your book for this column, as well as to E.H. Little Library’s Davidsoniana Room, please send a signed copy to:

Davidson Journal
Box 7171, Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035-7171.


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