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Books by Mount Holyoke
Alumnae and Professors: B

Story of Us: The Dolls' History of People of the United States
By Jane F. (McCall) Babson '47
The Winstead Press Ltd. 2003.
On a late-night raid of their grandmother's kitchen, two children receive an unexpected history lesson when they stumble upon a quintet of talking dolls. A Story of Us recounts two centuries of American history through the dolls' life stories. The dolls explain the complexities of civil rights and the changing roles of women in the home and the workplace, and illustrate the diverse backgrounds of the American people. Photographs of the dolls, created by the author after likenesses of real people, accompany charming line drawings to help young readers better visualize the vastness of American history.
Jane Babson is an artist, art historian, writer, and photographer. Her previous books for children are Nest on the Porch and Babson's Bestiary.

Search for the Indian
By Jane McCall Babson '47
The Winstead Press. 2001.
Artist, writer, and historian Jane McCall Babson put all of her talents to work to search for her ancestor "the Indian," whose story was passed down in her family. Presenting a new approach to history with genealogical resources, this amply documented book chronicles Babson's experience of using ancient records - as well as travel and conversations - to delve into her family's past. The book goes beyond genealogy to illuminate early Virginia history, as well as the evolution of United States attitudes toward miscegenation and Indian affairs.
A former staff member at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Jane McCall Babson is the founder of The Winstead Press, a publisher of art and children's books.

Women, Population and Global Crisis: A Political-Economic Analysis
By Asoka Bandarage
Zed Books (dist. by Humanities Press). 1997.
Per a Washington Times book review, the author suggests that "conventional solutions to the world crisis - economic growth, population control, ethnic nationalism - offer little hope. Rather, the real solution is an 'ecological feminist paradigm' based on equality, justice and compassion."
Asoka Bandarage is associate professor and chair of the women's studies program at Mount Holyoke.

Also available by Asoka Bandarage:
Colonialism in Sri Lanka: The Political Economy of the Kandyan Highlands, 1833-1886

Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies
By Rita Banerji '90
Penguin Books. 2009.
In this sociological and historical study, Banerji examines changes in the dynamics of sexual morality and customs in India and argues that the social power hierarchy determines the moral overview of society, not a set of preexisting or enduring ethics. Overpopulation, AIDS, and female genocide are the results of collective sexual malfunctioning, she argues, and must be addressed in the context of the social and economic power hierarchy.
Rita Banerji is a freelance writer and photographer based in Calcutta. She is the founder of the online campaign, The 50 Million Missing, featured in the summer 2008 Quarterly.

God Is with Us: Signs in our Lives
By Joan Barbuto '53
AuthorHouse. 2005.
God is With Us: Signs in our Lives gives evidence that there is a form of existence after death, that God sometimes intercedes in our lives, and that miracles do happen. The evidence is based on investigations of near-death experiences and death-related visions by noted psychologists and physicians; evidence of angels, visions of the dead, and miraculous healings reported in books; apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the last two centuries, with miraculous events witnessed by many and prophecies that came true; incidents in the lives of two twenty-first century saints, and inexplicable, seemingly miraculous, events in the lives of those the author knows.
Joan Message Barbuto is a Connecticut resident and the author of ABCs of Parenting. She was also a reporter and feature writer for the New Haven Register.

Viola Florence Barnes, 1885-1979: A Historian's Biography
By John G. Reid
University of Toronto Press. 2005.
Viola Florence Barnes was one of the most prominent women historians in the United States from the 1920s to the 1950s. Educated at Yale, she began teaching at Mount Holyoke College in 1919. Barnes was an instrumental member of the "imperial school" of historians, publishing her best-known book, The Dominion of New England, in 1923. The later years of her life were marked by difficulty and disillusionment, but she remained an active scholar almost to the time of her death in 1979. In this exhaustive and first biography of Barnes, John G. Reid examines her life as a female historian, providing a revealing glimpse into the gendered experience of professional academia.
John G. Reid is a history professor at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Derveni Krater: Masterpiece of Classical Greek Metalwork
By Beryl Barr-Sharrar '56
American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 2007.
This beautifully illustrated book examines the most elaborate metal vessel from the ancient world yet discovered. Found in an undisturbed Macedonian tomb of the late foruth cetury BC, intricate iconography - including a youthful Dionysus, a sleeping Silenos, and a bearded hunter - informs every area of the krater.
Beryl Barr-Sharrar is the author of numerous publications on classical and Hellenistic art. She is an adjunct professor of art history at New York University.

Birth: A Literary Companion
By Lynne Barrett '72
University of Iowa Press. 2002.
Birth: A Literary Companion collects the poems, stories, and essays of fifty accomplished writers - including Corinne Demas, professor of English - to guide parents through the complex emotional terrain of pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenthood. Embracing all kinds of parents - gay and straight, mothers and fathers, married and single, adoptive and biological - the book unlocks, through literature, the secrets of parenthood that science and society rarely reveal.
Lynne Barrett, an award-winning short-story writer and the author of Secret Names of Women and The Land of Go, teaches creative writing at Florida International University in Miami.

Secret Names of Women
By Lynne Barrett '72
Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1999.
In this collection of stories, the author exposes the darkest and the brightest parts in all of us. Her characters are honest in their complexity and eccentric in their everyday-ness; the stories are bold, sophisticated and daring as they explore "names" and the weight they carry.
Lynne Barrett's stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She teaches at Florida International University and edits Gulf Stream magazine.

Sacred Garden: Soil for the Growing Soul
By Patricia Reynolds Barrett '71
Morehouse. 2000.
Gardening - sowing, raking, weeding and watching plants grow - can be a spiritual practice as well as a hobby. The author shows how something as simple as staking a tomato plant can help us think about the spiritual "stakes" that support our own growth. The Sacred Garden is organized by growing season, and each Bible-based meditation contains both gardening instructions and food for the soul.
Patricia Barrett, a former journalist and writer, is currently a spiritual directory preparing for the priesthood in the Episcopal church.

Also available by Patricia Reynolds Barrett:
Growing and Using Lavender
Too Busy to Clean?: Over 500 Tips and Techniques to Make Housecleaning Easier
Growing and Using Sage
Container Gardening
Flower Arrangers Garden
Flowering Shrubs

Colemans of California: A Family History
By Diantha Lamb Barstow '55
Gateway Press, Inc. 2003.
While many books have been written about life during and after the California gold rush, The Colemans of California is unique in that it is the story of one family and touches upon all aspects of its members' lives: work and play, joys and sorrows, romances and traumas. Based on letters, photos, and an autobiography, it covers a variety of topics, including emigration from England, the gold rush, the mining industry, railroad construction, development of utilities, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and education, politics, and family life during the Victorian era.
Diana L. Barstow is a great-granddaughter of John Crisp Coleman and Persis Sibley Coleman.

Size Matters: The Hard Facts About Male Sexuality That Every Woman Should Know
By Harry Fisch, MD, and Kara Baskin '00
Random House. 2008.
Just what goes on inside a guy's underpants? Size Matters is a humorous, engaging, and candid conversation between a doctor, the director of Columbia University's Male Reproductive Center, and a patient, with writer Kara Baskin acting as "Everywoman." The conversation revolves around questions that every woman has about men's private parts - but rarely has a chance to address.
Kara Baskin is the editor of The Boston Globe's "Lola" magazine, and has written for The New Republic, Slate, the Washington Post, the Boston Phoenix, and She lives in Boston.

Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial
By Alison Bass
Algonquin Books. 2008.
Going behind the scenes of a landmark court case that exposed increased suicide rates among adolescents taking the popular antidepressants Paxil and Prozac, Bass chronicles how and why drug companies were finally made to publish negative results from research studies. She outlines how a subsequent congressional investigation prompted the FDA to mandate strict warnings for all antidepressants and laid bare the greed, corruption, and negligence of many players in the drug industry.
Alison Bass has covered medicine, science, and technology for the Boston Globe and many other publications. She currently teaches multimedia and health and science journalism at MHC.

E.T. Culture: Anthropology in Outerspaces
Edited by Debbora Battaglia
Duke University Publishing. 2006.
Anthropologists have long sought to describe foreign or "alien" societies, yet few have considered communities centered around a belief in aliens and UFO sightings and their effect on popular culture. The contributors to E.T. Culture open up a new frontier for anthropological study by taking these communities seriously. They demonstrate that extraterrestrial forms of visitation - including alien beings, alien technologies, and uncanny visions - engage primary concepts found in anthropological research: host and visitor, home and away, subjectivity and objectivity. Contributors to this volume show how discussions and representations of extraterrestrials express concerns about racial and ethnic differences, the anxieties and fascination associated with modern technologies, and alienation from the inner workings of government.
Debbora Battaglia is professor of anthropology. She is the author of On the Bones of the Serpent: Person, Memory, and Mortality in Sabarl Island Society and the editor of Rhetorics of Self-Making.

Irrational Doorways of Mr. Gerard
By Nancy Luke Bauer '56
Goose Lane Editions (Fredericton, NB. Canada). 1994.
In this novel, the author brings to life the kaleidoscopic relationship of Arlene, a single mother who both chooses and is mysteriously chosen to parent an abandoned five-year-old child.
Nancy Bauer is a writer in Fredericton, NB. Canada.

Also available by Nancy Bauer:
Samara the Wholehearted

Denali: The Wild Beauty of Denali National Park
By Erwin and Peggy Reid Bauer '54
Sasquatch. 2000.
In their intimate portrait of one of America's most beloved wild places - Denali National Park - wildlife photographers Erwin and Peggy Reid Bauer present dazzling images of the park's famous grizzlies and caribou, surprising bird life, ubiquitous ground squirrels, and even the elusive wolf, as well as of America's tallest peak, Mount McKinley, sparkling glaciers, and the pristine and quiet Wonder Lake. An accompanying essay describes the park's creation, natural history, and recreation potential.
Edwin and Peggy Bauer are award-winning nature photographers with more than fifty books to their credit. Similar volumes in this series are underway.

Glacier Bay: The Wild Beauty of Glacier Bay National Park
By Erwin and Peggy Reid Bauer '54
Sasquatch. 2000.
This volume on Glacier Bay National Park includes memorable pictures of the bay's spectacular bird life, whales, seals, and otters - even grizzlies and wolves - alongside images of the park's famous glaciers and ice, lush rain forests, and high mountain peaks. An accompanying essay describes the park's creation, natural history, and recreation potential.
Edwin and Peggy Bauer are award-winning nature photographers with more than fifty books to their credit. Similar volumes in this series are underway.

Magnificent Moments: The World's Greatest Wildlife Photographs
Edited by George Harrison, with photos by celebrated photographers including Erwin and Peggy Reid Bauer '54
Willow Creek Press. 1995.
The photographers were asked to select their three best, most powerful, unique, dramatic, colorful and exciting wildlife photographs and write about their work and how they captured each of the photographs.
International award-winning photographers Peggy and Erwin Bauer have specialized in wildlife photography for over 40 years. They live in Montana.

Baja to Barrow: A Pacific Coast Wildlife Odyssey
Text and photographs by Erwin and Peggy Reid Bauer '54
Willow Creek Press. 1995.
From the top of Mexico's Baja Peninsula to the northernmost Arctic settlement in Alaska, this book reveals the lush biodiversity of North America's great western ocean coast.
International award-winning photographers Peggy and Erwin Bauer have specialized in wildlife photography worldwide for over 40 years. They live in Montana.

Antlers: Nature's Majestic Crown
Text by Erwin A. Bauer; photographs by Erwin and Peggy Reid Bauer '54
Willow Creek Press. 1995.
Trophy whitetails, moose, caribou, elk and European deer are covered in depth, as are the various uses of antlers, their composition, characteristics and development.
International award-winning photographers Peggy and Erwin Bauer have specialized in wildlife photography worldwide for over 40 years. They live in Montana.

Bears: Behavior, Ecology, Conservation
Text by Erwin A. Bauer; photographs by Erwin and Peggy Reid Bauer '54
Voyageur Press. 1996.
Outlines the differences and similarities among the various species and makes an impassioned plea for the preservation of bear habitat. Color photos bring readers face-to-face with powerful grizzlies, curious cubs and everything in between.
Peggy and Erwin Bauer have been photographing and writing about wildlife for over forty years and have won many national and international awards.

Text by Erwin A. Bauer; photographs by Erwin and Peggy Reid Bauer '54
Voyageur Press. 1993.
With their unique perspective, Peggy and Erwin Bauer capture the beauty of Yellowstone, the world's first national park, in their twelfth book to date.
World-renowned for their photographic excellence, the Bauers have been exploring Yellowstone for over forty years. They live in Montana.

Also available by Peggy Bauer:
Whitetails: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation
Mule Deer: Behavior, Ecology, Conservation
Big Game of North America: Behavior, Ecology, Conservation
Elk: Behavior, Ecology, Conservation
Wild Dogs: The Wolves, Coyotes, and Foxes of North America
Wild Kittens
Wild Puppies
Erwin Bauer's Predators of North America
Save Our Forests

Beating Lyme: Understanding and Treating This Complex and Often Misdiagnosed Disease
By Constance A. Bean '49 with Lesley Ann Fein, MD, MPH
AMACOM. 2008.
Lyme is the fastest-growing infectious disease in America and - if misdiagnosed - can result in chronic, debilitating symptoms. Beating Lyme helps explain the prevention, diagnosis, and antibiotic treatments available to beat the disease that afflicts 1.7 million people worldwide.
Constance Austin Bean is the author of six previous books, including Methods of Childbirth, a classic of the natural-childbirth movement.

Living Medicine: Memoir
By V. L. Beckett '45
Xlibris Corporation. 2004.
At seventeen,Victoria Beckett fled occupied China with just $50 and a trunk full of clothes. After graduating from Mount Holyoke, she completed her medical residency at the Mayo Clinic, worked in hospitals in Detroit and Ireland, and finished her medical career in Minnesota. Now Beckett has written her memoirs, hoping to convince others that "the American Dream does exist," and to encourage people to find the best medical care possible. The final chapters of the book trace her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development since retiring, which includes earning a master's degree in psychology and teaching tai chi.The royalties she earns from the book will be donated to DoctorsWithout Borders.
V.L. Beckett is a retired physician living an active life in Rochester, Minnesota.

A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
By Christopher Benfey
Penguin Group. 2008.
A meditation on a moment in history, Benfey's book seeks to show how some of the most famous writers of the nineteenth century responded to the Civil War and the era's dynamic aesthetic, in part, with allusions in their work to the effervescent hummingbird.
Christopher Benfey, professor of English at MHC, and an Emily Dickinson scholar, is also a critic and essayist.

The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan
By Christopher Benfey
Random House. 2003.
The Great Wave traces the importation of Japanese culture by New England intellectuals disillusioned by the materialism that emerged in the wake of the American Civil War. During the years 1868-1913 - a period Mark Twain dubbed the Gilded Age - an unlikely assortment of travelers sought spiritual fulfillment and a new social order from Japan, a nation just opening to Western visitors. Meanwhile, Japanese intellectuals sought to shake off years of isolation and forge a modern state. Benfey brings together the surprising and eclectic historical narratives of these importers and exporters of culture.
Christopher Benfey is a professor of English and codirector of the Weissman Center for Leadership. His other books include Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Others and Degas in New Orleans: Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable

Degas in New Orleans: Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable
By Christopher Benfey
Knopf. 1997.
"A feat of detective work and profound intuition," this book examines why post-Civil War New Orleans elicited from Degas some of his finest paintings.
Christopher Benfey is professor of English and chair of the American studies program at Mount Holyoke.

Also available by Christopher Benfey:
Emily Dickinson: Lives of a Poet
Double Life of Stephen Crane: A Biography
Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Others

Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600
By Judith M. Bennett '73
Oxford University Press. 1996.
The author traces why brewsters (women who made medieval ale) disappeared from the brewing trade while men benefited from its profitability and prestige. She suggests that ecological and ideological factors played a role in the shift.
Judith Bennett is a historian at the University of North Carolina.

A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, C. 1297-1344
By Judith M. Bennett '73
McGraw-Hill. 1999.
Describes medieval society through the life of one peasant woman. Cecilia Penifader lived just before the Black Death devastated the European countryside, and her life offers a down-to-earth introduction to the medieval world: relations with lords and ladies; religious beliefs and practices; female and male roles; community ties; family relations; farming and marketing.
Judith Bennett is professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Also available by Judith Bennett:
Sisters and Workers in the Middle Ages
Women in the Medieval English Countryside: Gender and Household in Brigstock before the Plague
Single Women in the European past, 1250-1800

The Art of Ancient Spectacle, Vol. 56
Edited by Bettina Bergmann and Christine Kondoleon
National Gallery of Art/Yale University. 1999.
The Art of Ancient Spectacle introduces live performance as a synthetic category of ancient culture, in which artifacts played varied roles. This consideration of their importance in nonverbal performances serves to broaden understanding of the original context and function of surviving images. Events such as combat in the arena, festivals, theatrical productions, processions and private entertainments such as banquets are discussed in terms of their forms and the visual arts created for them. Art and architecture functioned as prop and setting, as a record of the event and as a way to recreate the event in the beholder's mind. Nineteen essays by philologists, historians, archaeologists and art historians demonstrate the diversity of venues beyond the arena where people learned by participation and spectatorship what it meant to be Greek or Roman.
Bettina Bergman is associate professor of art at Mount Holyoke.

Also available by Bettina Bergmann:
Sexuality in Ancient Art

Christology in Dialogue
Edited by Robert F. Berkey and Sarah A. Edwards.
The Pilgrim Press. 1993.
The essays in this collection trace Christological affirmations and formulations in the period during which they were taking shape, both during and immediately following the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Robert Berkey is professor of religion at Mount Holyoke. Sarah Edwards is adjunct professor of biblical studies at Hartford Seminary.

The Little Black Book of Hors D'Oeuvres
By Karen Berman '78
Peter Pauper Press. 2005.
Small in size but chock full of delectable recipes for hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, this little book is a help for everyone who needs new ideas for mini starters. Flavors from around the world are included in chapters such as "Dips and Spreads," "Topped, Stuffed, and Wrapped," and "Out of the Frying Pan." Ahi tuna bites, pork tenderloin-mango kabobs, and petit apple-gruyere quiches are among the fifty-one recipes included in this tasteful text.
Karen Berman is a writer and editor whose work includes cookbooks and articles forWine Enthusiast and the New York Times. She holds a certificate in cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

American Indian Traditions and Ceremonies
By Karen Berman '78
JG Press (World Publications). 1997.
A richly illustrated book celebrating varied ceremonies of the American Indian, and bringing to light a daily life governed by tradition and awareness of the supernatural.
Karen Berman is a Connecticut-based writer and editor whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, Consumer Reports on Health, Saveur and others.

Drug Discovery Strategies and Methods
Edited by Diane Biegel '74 and Alexandros Makriyannis
Marcel Dekker Inc. 2004.
Drug Discovery Strategies and Methods aids in navigating the complex, multidisciplinary path of drug-discovery procedures. By analyzing current methods in such topics as target identification and validation, lead detection, compound optimization, and biological testing, challenges encountered during the discovery of new pharmaceutical candidates are defined and characterized. From the role of protein crystallography, the use of PET and SPECT, and advances in peptide-derived pharmaceuticals to new techniques in antirhinovirus drug design and anti-HIV activity of a variety of compounds, key elements in the drug-design cycle are discussed and their contributions to the drug-discovery pathways are elucidated.
Diane Biegel, research assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Connecticut, is the academic administrator of the NIH pre- and postdoctoral training program at the Center for Drug Discovery.

Painting out of Sorrow
By Claudine Lang Bing '60
Font & Center Press. 1999.
Following the death of her mother and two other close family members, the author began a series of paintings and journal entries that chronicled her mourning - and resulted in this visual memoir.
Claudine Bing is chair of the art education department at the Massachusetts College of Art. An exhibiting artist whose work has appeared in museums and galleries throughout the country, she has received numerous prizes and fellowships. This is her first book.

My Sky Blue Trades: Growing up Counter in a Countrary Time
By Sven Birkerts
Viking. 2002.
As a boy growing up in Detroit, Birkerts felt divided between the claims of his family's Latvian heritage and the seductions of his adopted culture. The struggle to find his own path thrust him up against the myths of his origins - the turbulent lives of his grandparents, whose artistic ambitions played out against a backdrop of revolution and war - as well as into the excesses of the 1960s counterculture. My Sky Blue Trades chronicles a writer's painful - and comic - coming-of-age while offering a vivid portrait of America from the 1950s to the present.
Sven Birkerts, lecturer in English, is author of The Gutenberg Elegies, Readings, and other books. His essays and reviews appear in The Nation, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books.

Women's Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks
Edited by Robin Blaetz
Duke University Press. 2007.
This book brings to light the work of fifteen avant-garde women filmmakers, many of whom are currently working. It examines the social and political roots and cultural impact of their films, and touches on the female, feminine, and feminist practices of an exceptional group of artists.
Robin Blaetz is associate professor of film studies at MHC and is also the author of Visions of the Maid: Joan of Arc in American Film and Culture.

Joining In: Exploring the History of Voluntary Organizations
By Karen J. Blair '71
Krieger Publishing. 2006.
Students, scholars, and genealogists interested in the wide range of voluntary organizations throughout American history may gain considerable guidance from this practical volume. Outlining the history of the eight main voluntary club categories - including service, recreational, fraternal, and political - Blair offers bibliographies on each that include scholarly works and club or association histories by participants. Joining In will be of use to any researcher interested in groups (mainstream and fringe) and records that offer useful insights and accurate information.
Karen J. Blair is a professor of history at Central Washington University and the foremost historican of post-Civil War American women's voluntary organizations.

A Child's Book of Blessings and Prayers
By Eliza Blanchard '72 and Rocco Baviera
Unitarian Universalist Association. 2008.
This selection of poems, prayers, and blessings is drawn from around the world and meant to address the spiritual needs of children. Prayers to encourage service and gratitude from Hindu, Sioux, Islamic, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist traditions highlight common threads of all faiths and are accompanied by full-color illustrations.
A former English teacher, Eliza Shelton Blanchard '72 was ordained in 2004 as a minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton, Massachusetts.

Paper Chain
By Claire Blake, Eliza Blanchard '72 and Kathy Parkinson; illustrated by Kathy Parkinson
Health Press. 1998.
A children's book designed to help families cope with the serious illness of a parent, specifically a mom with breast cancer.
Kathy Parkinson is a children's book illustrator; Eliza Blanchard's background is in writing and teaching poetry to children; Claire Blake's interest was in early childhood education; she passed away before the book was published.

Electra and the Charlotte Russe
By Corinne Demas Bliss; illustrated by Michael Garland
Boyds Mills Press. 1997. Ages 7 and up.
Electra walks to the bakery to buy six charlotte russe (little cakes topped with whipped cream) but arrives home with creamless cakes and a tummy ache. Her moral dilemma (what should she tell her mother?) and the reassurance of a mother's love are timeless topics.
Corinne Demas Bliss, associate professor of English at Mount Holyoke, is the author of an adult novel, two short story collections and other books for children. Michael Garland is known internationally as both a commercial and children's book illustrator.

The Littlest Matryoshka
By Corinne Demas Bliss
Hyperion. 1999.
This children's book tells the journey of matryoshka sisters from a village in Russia to a toy store in America. While her older sisters find their way into the hands of a caring new owner, littlest sister Nina is swept off the shelf. Nina begins a perilous journey that takes her from the street in front of the toy store and down waterfalls, rivers and streams. Will Nina every be reunited with her sisters? This tender story is a testament to the power of sisterly love and a celebration of matryoshkas, the cherished Russian nesting dolls.
Corrinne Demas Bliss is professor of English at Mount Holyoke.

Also available by Corinne Demas Bliss:
Snow Day
Shortest Kid in the World
Matthew's Meadow
Daffodils or the Death of Love: Short Fiction
The Same River Twice

Architecture and the Text: The (S)crypts of Joyce and Piranesi
By Jennifer Bloomer '73
Yale University Press. 1993.
In this book, the author addresses important philosophical questions concerning the relation between writing and architecture. Drawing together two cultural fantasies - one literary and one architectural - from different periods, Bloomer uses the allgorical strategies she finds in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake to analyze three works of Giambattista Piranesi. She argues that architecture is a system of representation, with signifying possibilities that go beyond the merely symbolic.
Jennifer Bloomer is an associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University.

Year of the Smoke Girl
By Olivia Boler '93
Dry Bones Press. 2000.
"Wu-Shan - Misty Hills - I've wanted to tell you for so long ..." With the dying words of her half-Chinese mother haunting her, Khatia Quigley begins her passage of self-discovery. What defines her? She has felt restless and out of place all her life. On a journey that takes her from New England's suburbs to the cosmopolitan cities of Amsterdam and Paris and finally to San Francisco, Khatia unravels a family secret that will help her find out not only who she is but also who she wants to be.
San Francisco native Olivia Boler earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of California at Davis. She is working on a short-story collection and her second novel.

Love of Friends
By Nancy Bond '66
Margaret K. McElderry '33 Books. 1997. Ages 12 and up.
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Paige makes her first journey to London from Concord, Massachusetts, to visit her friend Oliver, who used to also live in Massachusetts. But Oliver has other plans - to head to Scotland to learn more about his great-uncle and former guardian ... and to take Charlotte with him. As the story unwinds, the friends struggle with personal problems and with those of another American girl they meet who needs help.
Nancy Bond has been described as "a grand storyteller"; she teaches a course in Writing for Children to graduate students at Simmons College.

After Sorrow: An American among the Vietnamese
By Lady Borton '64, forward by Grace Paley
Viking. 1995.
Spanning a twenty-five year period during which the author worked on and off in Vietnam as a member of the Quaker Service, this book centers on the period from 1987 to 1993 when she was the only foreigner allowed to live in family homes in Vietnam. There she worked alongside villagers in the fields and paddies of three Vietnamese communities and learned the stories of the people who shared their daily lives with her - stories of women who found themselves in the most harrowing of circumstances, committing acts of bravery and bearing the almost unbearable. In gathering this information, she discovered the deep reserves of strength and passion in the women whose lives were shaped by the "American War" and its aftermath.
Lady Borton is the author of Sensing the Enemy, a memoir of her work in a Quaker Service rehabilitation center for civilian amputees in South Vietnam from 1969 to 1971 and with Vietnamese Boat People in 1980. She is field director of the American Friends Service Committee in Hanoi.

Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
By G. Lee Bowie et al. (third edition)
Harcourt Brace and Company. 1996.
Classic philosophical texts are combined with nontraditional philosophical pieces by novelists, scientists, politicians and journalists to provide the reader with a unique and intriguing view of philosophy. Addresses a myriad of perspectives by including substantial discussion of gender, diversity and racism.
G. Lee Bowie is professor and chair of philosophy at Mount Holyoke.

Thirteen Questions in Ethics and Social Philosophy
Lee Bowie, Meredith Michaels and Kathleen Higgins, editors (2nd edition)
Harcourt Brace. 1997.
An anthology for students in an introductory or intermediate level ethics or social philosophy course. Systematically attempts to draw voices other than those of traditional philosophers into engagement with important philosophical issues in ethics.
Lee Bowie is a professor of philosophy and director of the Speaking, Arguing and Writing Program at Mount Holyoke; Meredith Michaels is a research associate in philosophy at Smith College; Kathleen Higgins is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas.

Girls Next Door: Into the Heart of Lesbian America
By Lindsy Van Gelder and Pamela Robin Brandt '69
Simon and Schuster. 1996.
Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with women around the country, the authors have compsed a portrait of how gay women think, feel, love and live.
Life partners Lindsy Van Gelder and Pamela Robin Brandt write forAllure and the New York Daily News, respectively.

George Eastman: A Biography
By Elizabeth Brayer '54
Johns Hopkins University Press. 1996.
This is a fascinating biography of the man who transformed the world of photography. As a 23-year-old bank clerk, George Eastman bought his first camera and began simplifying the cumbersome wet-plate process. With only two years' experience, he patented a dry-plate coating machine and began selling photographic plates. Soon after he quit his job at the bank and started his own company. Eastman's success was based in part on his own inventions, but even more on his ability to raise capital, recruit skilled employees, sell his own products, and outmaneuver his competitors....Brayer draws a vivid portrait of the man behind the money. Eastman worked hard to stay out of the limelight and even insisted that his donations be kept anonymous, prompting the Boston Globe to call him 'America's most modest and least-known millionaire.' His aggressive business personality was a sharp contrast to his personal life: Eastman once joked that it was his goal to take two six-month vacations in a year. He would regularly forsake the office to bicycle around Europe or ride a stagecoach through the snowy trails of Yellowstone Park. He was an art lover, who once bartered 60 shares of Kodak stock in the 1890s for a painting he wanted, and a classical music enthusiast, who built a school for the training of virtuosos. His contributions built a new campus for MIT and a new medical school for the University of Rochester. Finally, he became the largest contributor to the education of African Americans during the 1920s and the Tuskeegee Institute's most important benefactor.
Elizabeth (BA) Bashore Brayer worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Rochester, NY for 17 years. In covering the visual arts and architecture for the weekly Brighton-Pittsford Post, she discovered that very little was known about the architectural history of the "George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film" and a National Historic Landmark. Also, the only biography of George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera and photographic film and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, had been published in 1930. Her book, "George Eastman: A Biography" seeks to fill those gaps. It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1996.

A Modern Patronage: de Menil Gifts to American and European Museums
By Marcia Brennan '88
Yale University Press. 2007.
Published on the twentieth anniversary of the collection's opening, A Modern Patronage showcases fifty works of art acquired by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. The couple began collecting art in the early 1940s and acquired diverse holdings ranging from pre-Columbian art to the work of Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. The collection opened to the public in 1987.
Marcia Gagliardi Brennan is associate professor of art history at Rice University.

Modernism's Masculine Subjects: Matisse, the New York School, and Post-Painterly Abstraction
By Marcia Gagliardi Brennan '88
The MIT Press. 2004.
Brennan traces how post-World War II abstract modernist paintings came to be seen as metaphorical embodiments of both idealized and highly conflicted conceptions of masculine selfhood. She examines the critical discourses in which the world of artists including Henri Matisse, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock could stand as symbolic representations that at once challenged and reproduced such prevailing cultural conceptions of masculinity. Reviewers found it "a fascinating and rigorous account" and praised the "imagination, intelligence, and intensity" with which Brennan "situates postwar modernism within a compelling cultural history."
Marcia Brennan is assistant professor of art history at Rice University. She previously taught art history at Brown University and the College of the Holy Cross.

Painting Gender, Constructing Theory: The Alfred Stieglitz Circle and American Formalist Aesthetics
By Marcia Gagliardi Brennan '88
The MIT Press. 2001.
Painting Gender, Constructing Theory examines how early-twentieth-century discourses on sex and the psyche were used to characterize the works of the Stieglitz circle. Focusing on the key historical criticism and artworks, Brennan shows how the identities of all five Stieglitz circle artists were presented in terms of the masculinity and femininity, and the heterosexuality and homosexuality, thought to be embedded in their work.
Marcial Gagliardi Brennan has taught art history at Brown University and the College of the Holy Cross.

Joseph Brodsky: Conversations
Edited by Cynthia L. Haven
University Press of Mississippi. 2003.
The late Russian poet Joseph Brodsky - who taught English and Russian literature at Mount Holyoke from 1981 to 1995 - is regarded as the greatest poet to emerge from postwar Russia. In 1987 he received the Nobel Prize in literature for "all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity." Joseph Brodsky: Conversations brings together interviews from 1972 to 1995 in which Brodsky chronicles his remarkable evolution from a brilliant, brash, but decidedly provincial Leningrad poet to an international man of letters and an erudite Nobel laureate. The book includes not only the interviews that helped consolidate Brodsky's international reputation, but also early and hard-to-find interviews in journals that have since disappeared.
Cynthia L. Haven is a literary critic at the San Francisco Chronicle and a regular contributor to Times Literary Supplement of London, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Cortland Review, and Stanford Magazine.

At the Flower's Lip: Poems
By Polly Brody '55
Antrim House. 2007.
Polly Brody's newest publication consists of poems depicting the pain of divorce and the joy of late-life love. "Wow! I dare readers' heart rates not to quicken," said author Susan King in a review. "Brody's work is marked by fresh, original, highly sensual imagery with a deep spiritual resonance."
Polly Laszlo Brody is an experienced field ornithologist and biologist. She lives in Southbury, Connecticut.

The Burning Bush
By Polly Laszlo Brody '55
Antrim House. 2005.
A collection of essays on topics as varied as rainforests, evolution, avian behavior, the experience of Alzheimer's disease in a family, and archeology, The Burning Bush offers a deep appreciation for the natural world. Employing the tools of scientific mysticism, field biology, and a deep affinity for nature, Brody's work is "an engaging record of participation, love and memory," writes the poet Mark Doty.
Polly Brody is a biologist and conservationist and has been published in numerous literary journals. Her first book, Other Nations, was a collection of poetry.

Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought
By Daniel W. Brown
Cambridge University Press. 1996.
The author traces the emergence of modern debates over Sunna, focusing particularly on Egypt and Pakistan, and assesses the implications of new approaches to the law on contemporary movements of Islamic revival.
Daniel Brown is assistant professor of religion at Mount Holyoke.

Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins: Black Daughter of the Revolution
By Lois Brown
University of North Carolina Press. 2008.
Born into an educated, free black family in Portland, Maine, in 1859, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins was a pioneering playwright, journalist, novelist, feminist, and public intellectual. This biography looks at her early family life, ancestral connections to New England, the African slave trade, and twentieth-century race activism in the North.
Lois Brown is associate professor of English at MHC and director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts.

Memoir of James Jackson
Edited by Lois Brown
Harvard University Press. 2000.
Memoir of James Jackson, the Attentive and Obedient Scholar, Who Died in Boston, October 31, 1833, Aged Six Years and Eleven Months, By His Teacher, Miss Susan Paul, is the earliest known work of African American biography. Jackson was a remarkable free-born child of color in antebellum Boston. Published in 1835 by Paul, daughter of a prominent African American minister, the memoir is an extraordinary social history that sheds new light on early nineteenth-century African American family life, secular and religious education and the spiritual development of children.
Lois Brown is MHC assistant professor of English.

Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering
By Rebecca A. Brown '81
Appalachian Mountain Club Books. 2002.
In Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering, Brown traces the evolution of female mountaineering through the Victorian era and into the early decades of the nineteenth century. More than a retelling of first ascents and summits climbed, Women on High delves into the heart of what compelled these women to break with tradition and go above and beyond where women - and most men - had gone before. Brown delivers stories of danger, daring, and determination, stories that will captivate historians, climbers, and armchair adventurers alike.
Rebecca A. Brown is editor-in-chief of The Courier in Littleton, New Hampshire, and a regular contributor to AMC Outdoors and Northern Woodlands. A correspondent for New Hampshire Public Radio, Brown has won numerous awards for her journalism.

Architecture of Bergen County, New Jersey: The Colonial Period to the Twentieth Century
By T. Robins Brown '69 and Schuyler Warmflash
Rutgers University Press. 2001.
Explore any one of Bergen County's seventy communities and you'll find in its buildings telling reminders of a rich and diverse architectural history - the legacy of nearly 300 years of settlement, growth, and change. This comprehensive layperson's guide to the county's significant historical structures explores the styles, trends, and events that influenced the design and setting of the region's buildings.
T. Robins Brown is executive director of the Friends of the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.

Once Wicked
By Sherri Browning '90
Bantam Dell. 2000.
When a masked highwayman stops her carriage, a young heiress is frightened by and attracted to the man who leaves her with a kiss -- and subsequently teaches her to surrender to love.
Sherri Browning Erwin is working on her third novel, which is set in South Hadley, where she lives.

The Scoundrel's Vow
By Sherri Browning '90
Bantam Dell. 1999.
In this romance novel, a tomboy transformed at a boarding school into a beautiful lady is determined to win the heart of the lord she loved as a girl.
Sherri Browning Erwin is working on her third novel, which is set in South Hadley, where she lives.

Robert Southwell
By F. W. Brownlow
Twayne Publishers. 1996.
A comprehensive study of the life and work of "a poet and prose writer set entirely apart from his establishmentarian contemporaries by his vocation, his education, his priesthood and his martyrdom."
Frank Brownlow is professor of English on the Alumnae Foundation at Mount Holyoke.

Also available by Frank Brownlow:
Book of the Laurel

Organic Chemistry
By Paula Yurkanis Bruice '63
Prentice Hall. 1999.
The author's approach to organic chemistry considers that "when students see patterns in organic chemistry, when a text fosters understanding rather than memorization, when organic chemistry comes across as the dynamic, vibrant science it truly is - that is success."
Paula Yurkanis Bruice has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for nearly twenty-five years.

Also available by Paula Yurkanis Bruice:
Organic Chemistry Study Guide and Solution Manual

Little Black Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide for Law Student Competitions
By Barbara K. Williamson Bucholtz '61, Martin A. Frey, and Melissa L. Tatum
Carolina Academic Press. 2002.
The Little Black Book is designed to fill a gap in law school pedagogy: the skills needed for succeeding in law school competitions. Each section takes a direct and pragmatic approach that is easily adapted to a broad spectrum of instruction: individual, self-teaching, coach-student training, and classroom teaching. Part I is designed to guide the user in applying the analytical, writing, and research skills students learned (or are learning) in the first-year courses to the task of preparing an appellate brief. Part I also instructs students on developing and presenting an oral argument based on their briefs. Part II focuses on non-brief writing competitions, specifically the client counseling, negotiation, and mediation competitions.
Barbara K. Bucholtz is an associate professor of law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. She received her J.D. from Valparaiso University of Law and her L.L.M. in environmental law from George Washington University.

Fieldwork in the Geography Curriculum: Filling the Rhetoric-Reality Gap
By Gwenda A. Rice and Teresa L. Bulman '73
National Council for Geographic Education. 2001.
While college geography classes depend upon fieldwork, grade-school teachers often face logistical challenges incorporating effective field exercises into their curricula. This book aims to help elementary and secondary-school teachers plan exciting, educational fieldwork exercises. The authors explain that fieldwork is an indispensable component of a well-rounded geography curriculum: it reinforces classroom lessons and gives students opportunities to practice new skills Rice and Bulman include instructions for thirteen sample fieldwork projects, ranging from estimating the speed and volume of a stream to mapping the local shopping mall.
Teresa L. Bulman chairs the Portland State University geography department.

Raising a Successful Child: Discover and Nurture Your Child's Talents
By Sandra Cass Burt '68 and Linda Perlis
Ulysses Press. 2006.
The coauthors of Raising a Successful Child advocate that parents focus on a child's greatest strengths and then provide the support needed to bring those skills to fruition. "While we teach children to like themselves, we also need to remind them that their talents do not make them superior, only special," note the authors. While they hope their books reach a sizable audience - they have also written Parents as Mentors and Washington, D. C. with Kids - it is their syndicated radio program that reaches the most diverse audience. "Parents' Perspective" is popular with everyone from suburban moms to police officers - more than 50 percent of listeners are men - and features interviews with experts on a different child-rearing issue every week.
Parents of seven adult sons and three grandchildren combined, Burt and Perlis remain upbeat about the potential of every child. Parenting is a lot like gardening, they offer. "You can't turn a dandelion into a daffodil, but you can get the healthiest dandelion that ever was by bringing out the best in a child." Their website is

Fodor's Washington, D. C. with Kids
By Sandra Cass Burt '68 and Linda Perlis
Prima Publishing. 2001.
Written by two lifelong Washington, D.C., area residents and former teachers, Washington, D.C. with Kids offers money-savers, time-savers, and family-friendly hotel and restaurant ideas for every part of the city. This detailed book will be your personal guide to entertaining, educational, and unique family experiences in our nation's capital. Written with kids in mind, it includes fascinating facts and inside stories; the best sites for tykes, tweens, and teens; and great educational activities, including the Capital scavenger hunt.
Sandra Cass Burt is an educational consultant in the Washington, D.C. area. Formerly a professor of English, she is also the mother of four.

Parents as Mentors: A New Perspective on Parenting That Can Change Your Child's Life
By Sandra Cass Burt '68 and Linda Perlis
Prima Publishing. 1999.
Parents are their children's first and most important teachers because they have the power to bring out each child's hidden talents. Using techniques described in this book, authors and mothers Sandra Burt and Linda Perlis raised seven children who went on to earn degrees from Harvard, Brown, Stanford, Yale, Harvard Medical School and Oberlin. They show other parents how to develop their children's full potential by learning to identify, affirm and develop their natural talents and abilities.
Sandy Burt is a former educational consultant in D.C. and a longtime board member of the Parents Council of Washington.

The Travel Bug: A Travel Journal for Kids 7 to 14
By Linda Schwartz; illustrated by Bev Armstrong
The Learning Works, Inc. 1993.
The Travel Bug helps kids get ready to travel, learn about the places they visit, and remember the fun they had. It's a surefire way to ban backseat boredom and cure those what-to-do blues. Text design and editorial production by Sherri Miller Butterfield '62, a full-time writer and editor, and a member of the Mount Holyoke Quarterly committee.

Public Sculpture in New Jersey: Monuments to Collective Identity
By Meredith Arms Bzdak '84
Rutgers University Press. 1999.
Essays telling the stories behind 100 of New Jersey's most significant works of public sculpture, accompanied by photographs, provide insight into who helped shape the state, what events are considered significant, and how New Jersey residents hope to be remembered. The book examines 150 years of past and current patterns in the commissioning and placement of outdoor art in the Garden State. And by telling the stories behind the sculptures, it captures New Jersey's history, especially history that may not be well known but conveys significant information about how our predecessors lived and the official images they sought to leave behind.
Meredith Bzdak is director of corporate communications and principal architectural historian for the RBA Group in Morristown, NJ.

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