Bookshelf: Unity in Diversity


Unity in diversity is a common theme of academic and campus life at Davidson, as the stories in this issue attest—from an Indian student on campus in 1960 to a China expert on faculty in 2011. Unity in diversity of mind and spirit has long been a hallmark here, too, as the books on this page suggest— from the origins of human mindfulness, church histories, and theology to economics, alternative medicine, and Civil War history. What’s on your bookshelf?

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Whale Man, by Professor of English Alan Michael Parker (2011, Wordfarm). The rollicking adventure of a man who returns to Elsbeth, North Carolina, to settle his mother’s affairs, the characters he meets, and the giant whale he builds in her front yard.

Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change Across the Americas, by Assistant Professor of Sociology Jessica K. Taft (2010, New York University Press). An examination of activist strategies and practices in urban girls’ movements in the U.S. and abroad.

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Faith and Reason: Their Roles in Religious and Secular Life by Donald R. Crosby ’53 (2011, SUN Y Press). The major components of faith and the mutually dependent relationships of faith and knowledge, faith and scientific knowledge, and faith and morality.

The Seventh Deadliest Fear: Poems, by John Ottley, Jr. ’53 (2010, Main Street Rag Publishing). A collection from longtime poet and former editor of the Midwest Poetry Review.

Three Big Bangs: Matter- Energy, Life, Mind, by Holmes Rolston III ’53 (2010, Columbia University Press). A scientifically informed meditation on three major historical developments of complexity that led to the existence of human beings in an evolving universe.

The Ten Commandments: Interpretation Resources for the Use Of Scripture in the Church by Patrick D. Miller ’56 (2009, Westminster John Knox Press). An approach to the Decalogue as both ancient document and contemporary guide.

Creation Care in the Faith Community and Bethel Presbyterian Church, Organized 1764, York, S.C., by John H. Jackson ’57. Recently selfpublished studies by the scholarminister and author of extensive family and church histories, as well as the anthology Disaster Workcamps (2005, Florida Interfaith Networking in Disaster).

Life and Thought of Bernard Eugene Meland, American Constructive Theologian, 1899–1993, by W. Creighton Peden ’57 (2010, Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

Her Walls Before Thee Stand: The 235- Year History of the Presbyterian Congregation at Hampden- Sydney, Virginia, by William E. Thompson ’58, the church’s pastor emeritus (2010).

Principles of Conflict Economics: A Primer for Social Scientists, by John “Randy” Carter ’70 and Charles H. Anderson (2009, Cambridge University Press). Application of economic analysis to diverse conflict such as war, arms races, and terrorism.

Confirming Kershaw, by Harriett Hodges Diller ’75 (2010, Booklocker. com, Inc.) A coming-of-age story about a young woman who converts to Hinduism on the eve of her planned confirmation.

The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out About Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Best Print and Electronic Resources, by Gregory A. Crawford ’78 (2010, Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.).

Legal Lexicon/ Léxico Jurídico: Spanish-English/ English-Spanish, by Michaela Murphy ’79 and Luis Miguel Díaz (2010, Editorial Themis). A ready reference for lawyers, business people, government officials, NGOs, researchers, students, and translators.

George Thomas: Virginian for the Union, by Christopher J. Einolf ’91 (2010, University of Oklahoma Press). A biography of the “Rock of Chickamauga,” whose wartime experiences in the Union army turned him from slaveholder to civil rights defender.

Where I Belong, by Gwendolyn Heasley ’05 (2011, HarperTeen). A novel about young Corrine, who’s living every girl’s dream in New York City—until her dad is laid off. Correction:

We regret an error in our fall Bookshelf; the correct version is:

Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT, by Paul Marciano ’88. (2010, McGraw Hill). A guide for companies or businesses to decrease turnover and increase employee efficiency

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