Bookshelf: Fall 2012


If anyone doubts a liberal arts education prepares the disciplined and creative mind for a wide panoply of creative pursuits, point them to this Bookshelf’s offerings, from colonial American historical fiction to 20th century criticism, from the nature of church to faith in civil engineering, from a stalwart life of the mind to running naked through the streets of Paris. Wait, what?!…


Making Roman Places, Past and Present, co-edited by Assistant Professor of Classics Darian Totten with Kathryn Samuels of North Dakota State University (2012, Journal of Roman Architecture). Totten’s contribution focuses on the influence of Etruscan ruins and artifacts on public areas and identity in modern Italy.

Crossroads and Boundaries: The Archaeology of Past and Present in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus edited by Professor of Classics Michael K. Toumazou, P. Nick Kardulias, and Derek B. Counts (2012, American Schools of Oriental Research). An “in-depth” look at Cyprus, birthplace of Aphrodite, location of St. Paul’s first mission, setting of Othello, and 21st century political flashpoint.

Three Thousand Days and Nights: A story of love and war, sacrifice, passion, and valor by Benjamin W. Farley ’58 (2012, Lydia Inglett Ltd.). Historical fiction of French, Indian, British, and colonial Americans.

Grand Old Man, Life of Samuel Boston Lathan by S. Robert Lathan, Jr., M.D. ’59 (2012, Wings Publishers). A collection of articles, speeches, photographs, and records of the Confederate veteran by his grandson.

The Northrop Frye Handbook: A Biographical and Bibliographic Guide by Robert D. Denham ’61 (2012, McFarland & Co.). An exhaustive compilation on one of the most influential literary critics of the 20th century.

Mostly Merry Commentary: From the Mezzanine of the Ivory Tower by Sam G. Riley ’61 (2012, Pocahontas Press). A collection of commentary from the veteran journalist and academic author.

Where is Church? One Man’s Quest, A Memoir by Paul Leonard ’62 (2012, Lorimer Press). “… should be mandatory reading for every religious leader and anyone else who cares about the future of organized religion.”—D.G. Martin ’62

Prisoners of Hope: How Engineers and Others Get Lift for Innovating by Lanny Vincent ’74 (2011, WestBow Press). A window into the minds and hearts of engineers, to reveal the patterns of faith and hope that inform their work.

Links: My Family in American History by William A. Link ’76, Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History, University of Florida (2012, University Press of Florida). A family chronicle of the life of the mind.

The Gilded Age and Progressive Era by William A. Link ’76 and Susannah J. Link (2012, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing). Perspectives of race, class, gender, and culture from the 1870s through World War I.

Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice by H.L. “Lee” Gillis ’77, Michael A. Gass and Keith C. Russell (2012, Taylor & Francis Group/ Routledge). A blending of a halfcentury of clinical practice with theory and research.

Fat Profits by Bruce Bradley (von Stein) ’86 (2012, Howling Hound Press). A corporate thriller set in the manufactured food industry.

The Seventh Angel, A Memoir by Alex McKeithen ’89 (2012, Lorimer Press). A Davidson study abroad experience that started under the Tuscan sun and ended in full-blown mania in the streets of Paris, the story of the author’s bipolar disorder.

Puzzled by Pink by Sarah Frances Hardy ’91 (2012, Viking Juvenile). A pink birthday party, a magic wand, and a surprise guest converge for fun.

My Flesh and My Heart May Fail: Life on the Edge of Open Heart Surgery by Margaret Carroll Lamkin ’91 (2000, Christian Focus Publications). A story of faith and prayer in a time of health challenge, presented from a Reformed Christian perspective.

Auraria by Tim Westover ’04 (2012, QW Publishers). Water spirits, moon maidens, haunted pianos, headless revenants, and an invincible terrapin conspire against a resort developer in Appalachian Georgia.

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