Bookshelf: Summer 2013


From the interior landscapes of the human spirit to the outdoor environs of planet Earth, from the woes of freshman comp in the 1960s to the wars of modern Europe and even of modern WalMarts, from poetic justice served up in light verse to a bookish love story spanning four centuries, alumni writers fill the summer Bookshelf with something for every taste.


Be New! Be a New Creation by Irving Stubbs ’51 (2013, The Living Dialog Ministries). Practical guidance for apprehending the biblical faith personally by bringing existential questions and needs into dialogue with the biblical Word.

The Armageddon Choice: Struggle for Existence or Cooperation for Consciousness and The End of Democracy: The Failure of the Ego Self and the Search for Unitive Consciousness by Don Carroll ’67 (2011, 2012, Little Peak Creek Publishing Co.). The last two books in The Consciousness Trilogy by the author of A Lawyer’s Guide to Healing and the Connect interactive journals.

Crossroads of the Natural World: Exploring North Carolina with Tom Earnhardt by Tom Earnhardt ’68 (2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Press). A richly illustrated love letter to the wild places and natural wonders of North Carolina by the writer and host of UNC-TV’s Exploring North Carolina, with a foreword by former N.C. Secretary for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources William G. Ross, Jr. ’69.

Years of Plenty, Years of Want: France and the Legacy of the Great War by Benjamin Franklin Martin ’69 (2013, Northern Illinois University Press). To explain the burden of winning the Great War and embracing the collapse that followed, Martin examines the national mood and daily life of France in July 1914 and August 1939, the months that preceded the two world wars.

If You’re Not the Lead Dog, the View Never Changes by William R. McKenzie Jr. ’71 (2011, Exlibris Corp.). A leadership path for teens based on 10 key attributes.

Being Bread by Stephen Muse ’76 (2013, Orthodox Research Institute). Stories and reflections offered in celebration of the One, who becomes the precious and pure gift of our being bread so that we may live the mystery of becoming bread for others.

Princeton Field Guides: Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians by Joseph R. Rohrer ’76 et al (2013, Princeton University Press). The first book to help readers recognize 200 common mosses equipped with just the field guide, a hand lens and a spray bottle.

From Form to Meaning: Freshman Composition and the Long Sixties, 1957-1974 by David Fleming ’83 (2011, University of Pittsburgh Press). An examination of the radical changes in curriculum policy at the University of Wisconsin against the backdrop of late 1960s student radicalism.

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett ’84 (2013, Viking Press). A love story, a historical novel spanning four centuries, and a mystery that centers on the obsessions and love lives of antiquarian booksellers and collectors.

Poetic Justice: Legal Humor in Verse by J.D. DuPuy ’96 and M.L. Philpott ’96 (2013 Poetic Justice LLC). For everyone who persists in the practice of law: “We’re not laughing at lawyers, we’re laughing with lawyers.”

Wal-Mart Wars: Moral Populism in the 21st Century by Rebekah Peeples Massengill ’97 (2013, New York University Press). An examination of economic debates not as about dollars and cents, but instead as representing a conflict over the deployment of deeper symbolic ideas about freedom, community, family and citizenship.

A Week from Next Tuesday: Joy Keeps Showing Up (Because Christ Keeps Showing Up) by Matthew A. Rich ’97 (2013, Wipf and Stock Publishers). Through personal stories, an exploration of the birth, life, death, resurrection and promised return of Christ.

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