Bookshelf: Spring 2016



At the Edge of Life and Treasure for Alzheimer’s by Richard Morgan ’50. (Richard Morgan, 2015). Perspective and advice drawing on the author’s 60 years as pastor, hospice chaplain, volunteer and friend to dying persons.

Man of the Cloth: An American Dream by Jos. N. Neel III ’52 (Jos. N. Neel III, 2014). Memories, thoughts and opinions from a third-generation clothing businessman.

From Versailles to Mers El-Kébir: The Promise of Anglo-French Naval Cooperation, 1919-40 by George E. Melton ’54 (Naval Institute Press, 2015). An account of naval relations leading up to the tragic surprise attack on French units by erstwhile British allies in July 1940.

From Evolution to Humanism in 19th and 20th Century America by W. Creighton Peden ’57 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015). “For the past 50 years, I have devoted my efforts to those in American philosophy and theology who accepted Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution….”

The Love That Will Not Let You Go by Douglas Heidt ’64 (Wipf & Stock, 2015). An “alternative to what passes for Christianity” that “describes how being Christian is not what you think, it’s what you do.”

The Iliad of Homer, translated by Ralph Blakely ’67 (Forge Books, 2015). A new translation and labor of love of Blakely’s retirement years, with an introduction by Professor of Classics Keyne Cheshire.

The Personalization of Know-ledge and Knowledge-Making: Probes and Hunches Concerning the Teaching-Learning Process by John H. Jackson ’67. (John H. Jackson, 2014). Knowledge making by teachers and students, as seen through the life and experience of the author.

Ebola: An Emerging Infectious Disease Case Study by George T. Ealy, M.D., Ph.D. ’71 and Carolyn A. Dehlinger (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016). A timely resource for academic discussions within microbiology, nursing, health science and public health programs.

Unbroken Poem by David G. Russell ’72 (David G. Russell, 2015). A debut novel from the Atlanta trial lawyer drawn home to the South Carolina Lowcountry island where he grew up.

Creating and Consuming the American South edited by Martyn Bone, Brian Ward and William A. Link ’76 (University Press of Florida, 2015). Thirteen essays exploring how an eclectic selection of narratives and images of the American South have been created and consumed.

Burning Down the Fireproof Hotel: An Invitation to the Beautiful Life by Cary Campbell Umhau ’82 (SPACIOUS, 2014). A memoir of “escaping ‘the good life’ and finding my own life—one that’s bigger, scarier and more beautiful than anything I could have planned.”

The “Carlos and Carmen” series of children’s books: The One-Tire House, The Nighttime Noise, The Green Surprise and The Big Rain by Kirsten McDonald ’83 (Magic Wagon Books, 2016).

Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past by Sally Howell ’85 (Oxford University Press, 2014). Named a Michigan Notable Book of 2015 by the Library of Michigan and awarded the 2015 Evelyn Shakir Award for non-fiction by the Arab American National Museum.

The Only Sacrament Left to Us: The Threefold Word of God in the Theology and Ecclesiology of Karl Barth by Thomas Christian Currie ’97 (Princeton Theological Monograph Series, 2014).

Whose Hoo? by Michael Gillespie ’00 (Funny Little Books, 2016). “It’s a children’s book—it’s not complicated. It uses as many puns as I could tastefully cram into it, and it is intentionally non-didactic.”

Virtue and Irony in American Democracy: Revisiting Dewey and Niebuhr by Daniel A. Morris ’03 (Lexington Books, 2015). A re- introduction to “two towering figures of the Old Left. “[Davidson professors] Karl Plank, William K. Mahony and Timothy A. Beach-Verhey instilled in me a love of religious studies that has sustained this project.”


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