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President-Elect Carol Quillen can glance at this month’s bookshelf for one more “get acquainted-with-Davidson” object lesson: how a Davidson education plays out in the lives of alumni authors—fiction, essays, history, theology, storytelling, and business, to name a few topics covered.

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Exquisite Love: Heart-Centered Reflections on the Narada Bhakti Sutra by William K. Mahony (2011 Anusara Press), Chair and Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion. A guided exploration of Indian devotional tradition, or the Bhakti path, of yoga focusing on the Narada Bhakti Sutra of the 10th and 11th centuries.

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How the Indians Buried Their Dead: Stories and In Rooms of Memory: Essays by Hilary Masters ’48 (2009, Southern Methodist University Press and 2009, University of Nebraska Press). In Hilary Masters’s third story collection, things are not what they usually seem between parent and child, friend and lover, past and present.

The Seduction of the Church: How the Concern to Create Gender- Neutral Language in Bible and Song Is Being Misused to Betray Members’ Faith by Malcolm C. Doubles ’53 (2010, Wipf and Stock Publishers). A popular treatment free of technical jargon on how gender-neutral language is being used to redefine the Christian faith.

Yanks in the Redwoods: Carving Out a Life in Northern California by Frank H. Baumgardner III ’64 (2010, Algora Publishing). Life on the frontier in the American Northwest, particularly a 100-mile region of the Mendocino coast in northern California.

Tales from a Free-Range Childhood by Donald Davis ’66 (2011, John F. Blair, Publisher). In his first new book in six years, renowned storyteller
Donald Davis returns to his recollections of growing up in the southern Appalachians.

Secret Patenting in the U.S.S.R. and Russia by John A. Martens ’66 (2010, CreateSpace). A scholarly history of the topic from the time of the young Soviet government’s 1924 establishment of patent law and the Committee for Inventing.

When Hearts Become Flame by Stephen Muse ’76 (2011, Orthodox Research Institute). An Orthodox Christian approach to the question “What makes counseling pastoral?” from the perspective of a “trialogue” with God, self, and others.

Six Secrets to Startup Success: How to Turn Your Entrepreneurial Passion into a Thriving Business by John Bradberry ’83 (2011, Amacom Publishing).
The benefits and dangers of startup passion, drawing on Bradberry’s first-hand research during 20 years as entrepreneur, consultant, and
investor.

Movements of Grace: The Dynamic Christo-Realism of Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Torrances by Jeff McSwain ’84 (2010, Wipf and Stock Publishers). A volume through which “the general reader can enter the anterooms of the 20th-century theology of Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and James and Thomas Torrance.”

A Baptist Democracy: Separating God from Caesar in the Land of the Free by Lee Canipe ’92 (2011, Mercer University Press). The rise of Baptist democracy as reflected in the works of three prominent leaders in the early years of the 20th century.

Toyota Under Fire: How Toyota Faced the Challenges of the Recall and the Recession to Come Out Stronger by Jeffrey R. Liker and Timothy N. Ogden ’95 (2011, McGraw-Hill). A look beyond the headlines and into the offices and factories of Toyota during the time of the company’s recall of more than 10 million vehicles.


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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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