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Books by Mount Holyoke
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Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Italian Cinema, with DVD
By Angela Dalle Vacche MA'80
University of Texas Press. 2008.
The "diva film" became popular around the turn of the twentieth century, as artists questioned what it means to be human in an increasingly mechanistic world. Diva is the first authoritative study of this genre, whose films denounced social evils and explored new models of behavior between the sexes.
Angela Dalle Vacche, an internationally recognized expert in European cinema, is an associate professor at Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Literature, Communication, and Culture.

Not Like You
By Deborah Davis '79
Clarion Books. 2007.
Touted by one reviewer as the best mother-daughter story she'd ever read, Not Like You tells the story of fifteen-year-old Kayla, who must learn to take care of herself - even if that means no longer taking care of her alcoholic mother. The book is an emotionally complex novel for teens, and its moving, realistic storyline builds to a hopeful conclusion.
Deborah Davis's other novels are My Brother Has AIDS and Secret of the Seal. She was also the editor of You Look Too Young to be a Mom: Teen Mothers on Love, Learning, and Success. Check out her web site,

You Look Too Young to be a Mom: Teen Mothers on Love, Learning, and Success
Edited by Deborah L. Davis '79
Del Rey. 2004.
Forget the statistics and the stereotypes. Here are the inspiring, true stories of thirty young women who did not abandon their dreams when faced with one of the greatest challenges of their lives - teenage pregnancy. Davis lets these young women tell their stories in their own words - finishing high school, going to college, embarking on a career, and establishing themselves in a world where everyone looked down upon them for being teenage mothers. Their extraordinary, poignant, and inspiring stories challenge the popular perceptions about teen moms.
Deborah Davis is the author of two young-adult novels, Secret of the Seal and My Brother Has AIDS. She has worked for six years with at-risk teenagers and as a doula for pregnant teens.

Secret of the Seal
By Deborah Davis '79
Crown Publishers. 1989, cloth.
Random House. 1994, paper.
In this dramatic novel for ages seven and up, Kyo sets out to harpoon a seal, but meets an unusual animal he cannot kill. When his uncle asks for help finding a seal for a city zoo, Kyo leads the hunt away from his friend. As his uncle grows suspicious that Kyo may not be telling all he knows, Kyo's secrecy may tragically backfire. But the seal also has a secret.
Deborah Davis writes, teaches writing, and speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences. She lives in Indianola, Washington, with her husband and son.

The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway
By Susan E. Davis '64 and Dale Mulfinger
Taunton Press. 2001.
Simple, intimate, sometimes even a little primitive, the cabin is an American icon. More than just a structure, the cabin is a way of life. The Cabin presents thirty-seven inspirational buildings - from a custom log cabin in Montana's Yellowstone River Valley to an upstate New York cabin that's barely smaller than the island it's on - to show how people are building, reclaiming, and updating this unique American dwelling. A showcase of the cabin's diversity and breadth of design, this book offers inspiration - along with practical ideas - for realizing your own cabin dream.
Susan E. Davis has edited and written books ever since graduating from MHC. Davis currently is the New York editor of HOW magazine, where she writes about graphic design.

Papa Alonzo Leatherby: The Best Storyteller in Carroll County
By Marguerite W. Davol
Simon and Schuster. 1995.
In this collection of tall tales, the author exaggerates aspects of farm life and through the character Papa Alonzo spins stories on a variety of topics throughout the seasons.
Marguerite W. Davol is a former teacher in the Gorse Child Study Center at Mount Holyoke.

Also available by Marguerite Davol:
The Paper Dragon
Black, White, Just Right!
Batwings and the Curtain of Night
How Snake Got His Hiss: An Original Tale
Heart of the Wood
Loudest, Fastest, Best Drummer in Kansas

Embodied Violence: Communalising Female Sexuality in South Asia
Kumari Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis '85, editors
Zed Books. 1996.
A collection of essays that engages contemporary debates in feminist and post colonial theory by interrogating how women's bodies become the sites of cultural contestation in South Asia. Focusing on the rhetoric and practices of communalism, it explores how communal violence reconfigures women's experiences, facilitates the formation of particular identities and the dissemination of specific ideologies, and positions women vis a vis their communitites as well as the state.
Malathi de Alwis is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She will return to Sri Lanka as a senior research fellow at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo.

Writing the Book of Ester
By Louise Domaratius (Louise Demarest Thunin '66)
Quality Words In Print. 2003.
Celia Davis is an American-born English teacher in the Loire Valley of France. She meets Mehdi - a half-Jewish Iranian sent to France with his twin sister, Zahra, for safety - when he joins her English class at the lycee where she teaches. Gradually they develop a personal relationship. Celia, fascinated by Mehdi's background and that of his Jewish activist mother, Ester, who is imprisoned in Iran, becomes ever more deeply involved. She meets Mehdi regularly in a bookshop and starts to write what she believes is Ester's story, finding moving parallels with the Esther of the Bible.
Louise Demarest Thunin lives in France. Her first novel, Gadji, recently received the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book of Fiction in the Ben Franklin Awards competition.

By Louise Domaratius (Louise Demarest Thunin '66)
Quality Words in Print. 2002.
Gadji unfolds against the backdrop of the Balkan wars and refugee flights to Western Europe during the 1990s. Set in provincial France, it tells the story of expatriate American Ellen Aubert and her struggle to help the Kozics - a refugee family of Muslim Gypsies from Bosnia - gain political asylum. As Ellen becomes intimate with the father of the family, she loses herself both in the cause of his asylum petition and in her desire for his affections. It soon becomes unclear which of the two is the needy one, which of them the genuine seeker of refuge. When the Kozics refer to Ellen as a "gadji," a non-Gypsy, she understands that for them she is the "other." But the differences in their cultures and sensibilities will change her more fundamentally than she could ever have imagined.
Louise Demarest Thunin is a teacher and writer living in France. Gadji is her first novel, and the winner of the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Award: The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book- Fiction. The Benjamin Franklin Awards are sponsored by the Publisher's Marketing Association, and celebrate excellence in editorial and design for titles published in 2002.

Always In Trouble
By Corinne Demas and Noah Z. Jones
Scholastic Press. 2009.
No matter what day of the week it is, Emma's dog Toby is up to no good. Monday he gets into the garbage. Wednesday he eats a loaf of bread. Thursday he barks in the middle of the night. But Emma loves her dog and is determined to make him household friendly. Her diligent efforts to train him are almost perfect.
Corinne Demas is the author of numerous children's books, including Saying Goodbye to Lulu. She is an English professor at MHC.

Valentine Surprise
By Corinne Demas
Walker and Company. 2007.
Teach the child in your life about shapes and the days of the week with Corinne Demas' newest children's book Valentine Surprise. Follow a little girl named Lilly as she spends a week trying to make her mother the perfect, heart-shaped valentine. Adults and children will appreciate Lilly's sweet solution to her valentine challenge.
Corinne Demas teaches English at MHC. She is the author of two collections of short stories, a novel, a memoir, and numerous other children's books.

Two Christmas Mice
By Corinne Demas
Holiday House. 2005.
Two Christmas Mice is the story of two mice and their preparations for Christmas. One, Annamouse, has a Christmas tree, but no decorations. Another, Willamouse, has perfectly lovely decorations, but no tree. The snow is swirling outside, and neither will be able to finish her tasks. Is there a way for the two to meet and not spend Christmas alone?
Corinne Demas is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke. She is a short-story writer, novelist, and award-winning children's book author.

Saying Goodbye to Lulu
By Corinne Demas
Little, Brown and Company. 2004.
A young girl and her lovable, spunky dog, Lulu, are faithful companions from the very start. They enjoy mucking in streams, playing ball, and exploring together. As Lulu ages and starts to slow down, they are unable to do all the things the pair loved to do together. When the time comes to say goodbye to Lulu, the girl is unable to do so. This beautifully illustrated book addresses the timeless question of how to honor a loved one and still move on with your life.
Corinne Demas is a professor of English at MHC and fiction editor at the Massachusetts Review. She has written numerous books for children and adults.

The Boy Who Was Generous With Salt
By Corinne Demas
Cavendish Children's Books. 2002.
When eight-year-old Ned's father dies, he must support his family, and so he goes to sea as a cook on the fishing schooner Adeline. Working alongside the crew as they search for cod is exciting, but more than anything, Ned wants to be home in time for his ninth birthday. Luminous illustrations by Michael Hays complete the story of a homesick boy of the 1850s and his great sailing adventure.
Corinne Demas, the author of numerous children's books, is a professor of English at MHC.

Nina's Waltz
By Corinne Demas
Orchard Books. 2000.
In Demas's latest children's book, Nina thinks her father is the best fiddler in the state, maybe even in the whole country. As they drive along in the early morning light to a fiddle contest, she's sure he'll win first place. After all, Daddy's planning to play the new tune he wrote for her birthday, "Nina's Waltz." But an accident means Nina's father can't perform. Before he realizes it, another musician - someone who's afraid to play in front of strangers - picks up his fiddle and heads for the stage.
Corinne Demas, who comes from a family of musicians, is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke.

Disappearing Island
If Ever I Return Again
Eleven Stories High
By Corinne Demas
The latest works by prolific author Corinne Demas include children's books about living through a hurricane on Cape Cod; a girl's discovery of a forgotten town taken by time and tide; and a fictional work inspired by the real-life stories of women who went on whaling voyages in the nineteenth century. She's also written a memoir of her middle-class New York childhood in a housing project she deemed a "utopia of the fifties."
Corinne Demas is an MHC professor of English. If Ever I Return Again has many MHC connections: the editor is Judith Roy Whipple '57, Demas's agent is Tracey Schatvet Adams '93, and the sales representative is Nicole Fortier '85.

Last Day of Paradise
By Kiki Denis FP'94
Gival Press. 2006.
The Last Day of Paradise is the story of Sunday, a fifteen-year-old Greek girl whose life changes dramatically when her father suddenly states that she is not his biological child and walks out of her life. Angry and betrayed, Sunday sets out to tell the story of her parents, with the hope of finding out who her biological father is. Her discoveries are initially upsetting, but as she follows her parents' story, she starts to look beyond the facts and develops a better understanding and less critical approach.
Kiki Denis, originally from Greece, has lived in America since 1990. The Last Day of Paradise is her first novel; she is working on a second novel and a collection of poetry.

Traveling the Rainbow: The Life and Art of Joseph E. Yoakum
By Derrel B. DePasse '70
University Press of Mississippi/Museum of American Folk Art. 2001.
Joseph E. Yoakum traveled the ocean on steamships, rode America's railways as an inspector, and toured Europe with an elite team of African American troops during World War I. Later, this "naive" artist created amjestic, animated landscape paintings infused with the energy of travel. This is an illustrated tribute to a man who has been called "one of the six masters among American outsider artists."
Derrel B. DePasse, who died in 2000, contributed to Self-Taught Artists of the Twentieth Century: An American Anthology.

Halving It All: How Couples Share Parenting
By Francine M. Deutsch
Harvard University Press. 1999.
Based on interviews with working couples, the author explores concrete ways parents can devise more equal arrangements at home - out of explicit principles, or just fairness and love.
Frances Deutsch is professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College.

By Jennifer K. Dick '93
The University of Georgia Press. 2004.
In Fluorescence, winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series competition, very real places - Paris, Massachusetts, Colorado, Iowa, Morocco - mix into the imagined, into Breughelian villages where there's "a persimmon in the corner knitting." These places are inhabited by varied bodies, stretching outward from their own edges and encountering, or engendering, a certain luminescence in the process. What happens when we exceed ourselves? What fragments of dream are lifted to the surface and through to something beyond? Clues, keys, indications - all that once seemed certain slips off into code. These poems use language to crack it.
Jennifer K. Dick is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at Paris III: the Sorbonne Nouvelle. She also teaches English and creative writing.

I Never Came to You in White
By Judith Farr
Houghton Mifflin. 1997.
This "openly fictional treatment" of Emily Dickinson's life is constructed as a series of letters between the poet, her female friends, her brother, a "Mysterious Person" and others. Per reviewer Catherine Allgor FP'92, the book is neither history nor historical fiction, but "a work of the imagination by a scholar who loves and knows Emily Dickinson."
Judith Farr is professor of English and American literature at Georgetown University.

Also available by Judith Farr:
Emily Dickinson: A Collection of Critical Essays
Passion of Emily Dickinson
The Gardens of Emily Dickinson

Also available about Emily Dickinson:
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson
The Poems of Emily Dickinson
Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson
Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems
An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich
Bloom's how to Write about Emily Dickinson
Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson
Cambridge Introduction to Emily Dickinson
Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson�s Poetic Development
Concordance to the Letters of Emily Dickinson
Critical Companion to Emily Dickinson: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work
Editing Emily Dickinson: The Production of an Author
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson Handbook
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson and Contemporary Writers
Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief
Emily Dickinson
An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia
Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Others
Emily Dickinson

Heart Notes: A Mingle-Mangle
By Norma Lundholm Djerassi '39
Fithian Press. 2000.
In this collection of letters to people who were important in Djerassi's life but are no longer alive to read her letters, Djerassi reminds us of the beauties and benefits of letter writing and of life itself. She reflects on events and people while also recording things that molded her inner life. Heart Notes speaks often of death, reminding us that while loss marks a life forever, our capacity for joy can still remain. One reviewer called the book "a most remarkable memoir, wonderfully moving without being maudlin."
Norma Djerassi has always been a writer of letters and poetry, and is author of Glimpses of China from a Galloping Horse and The Gentle Cry.

Jane Hammond: Paper Work
Edited by Marianne Doezema
Pennsylvania State University Press. 2007.
This exhibition catalogue focuses on works on paper by Jane Hammond '72. While Hammond established herself as a painter in the 1990s, she is also known for her work with printed material and her ability to combine techniques and different types of media. The exhibit, which opened at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in 2006, is traveling to upstate New York, San Francisco, and Detroit through 2009.
Marianne Doezema is the Florence Finch Abbott Director at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

Changing Prospects: The View from Mount Holyoke
Edited by Marianne Doezema, forward by Christopher Benfey, essays by Susan Danly, Martha Hoppin, and Ethan Carr
Cornell University Press. 2002.
Mount Holyoke has been a tourist destination and an inspiration for artists and writers for almost two centuries. The view from its summit attracted the Hudson River school artist Thomas Cole who, in 1836, created the most famous painting associated with the mountain, based on sketches he made during a visit to the site. The Oxbow, which is the centerpiece of this book and the accompanying exhibition, shows a thunderstorm sweeping across the sky above the mountaintop in contrast to the gardenlike pastoral scene in the valley below. From Cole's time to our own, artists included Edward Corbett, Stephen Hannock, Alfred Leslie, and Elizabeth Meyersohn have observed and recorded alterations to the view caused by frequent flooding, changing settlement patterns, and industrialization. Richly illustrated, Changing Prospects examines the historical significance of the site for which the College is named.
Changing Prospects inspired an exhibit at the MHC Art Museum in 2002.

By Susan Higgins Donnelly '61
Iris Press. 2001.
Transit is a collection of free verse about journey, transition, and change. Donnelly writes about Rosa Parks and Degas sculpture, about her father's life story and her Massachusetts-shaped birthmark. She weaves stories of objects, places, and people as she speaks of aging gracefully and taking time to look carefully at the world around us.
Susan Donnelly's first book, Eve Names the Animals, won a Morse Prize from Northeastern University; its title poem appears in The Norton Introduction to Literature, 6th ed.

Journey through Brain Trauma: A Mother's Story of Her Daughter's Recovery
By Louise Ray Morningstar with Alexia Dorszynski '77
Taylor Publishing Co. 1998.
The true story of the author's struggle to help her daughter Misti recover from devastating brain damage suffered in an auto accident. Chronicles every stage of Misti's rehabilitation from her initial comatose state to the eventual retrieval of her independence. A helpful guide for anyone with a brain-injured loved one.
Louise Ray Morningstar shares her story with families of other head-injury patients and celebrates life with her husband of over forty years. Alexia Dorszynski, a freelance writer and editor, is at work on a project on living with chronic illness.

Also available by Alexia Dorszynski:
Self-Made Americans: Interviews with Dreamers, Visionaries and Entrepreneurs

Writer's Voice: Collected Work of the Twentieth-Century Biologist and Conservationist, Joseph P. Linduska
Edited by Louise E. Dove '58
University of Delaware Press. 2006.
A Writer's Voice preserves some of the best work of Joseph P. Linduska (1913-93), a research biologist, environmental conservationist, and award-winning writer. More than 100 of the popular essays he wrote from 1986 to 1993 for the Kent County News of Chestertown, Maryland, are included. His unique perspective on twentieth-century natural resource management included his research in the 1940s for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the biological effects of DDT, which became the foundation of Rachel Carson's landmark book, Silent Spring, a decade later.
Louise Engel Dove earned degrees in zoology from Mount Holyoke and the University of California, Berkeley, and was employed in the biological and environmental sciences for many years. She was editor of Living Resources of the Delaware Estuary.

A Castle in the Backyard: The Dream of a House in France
By Betsy Draine (Mary E. Draine '67) and Michael Hinden
University of Wisconsin Press. 2002.
Castles crown the hills in the region known as the Perigord in southwest France, one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe. In 1985, in the shadow of a medieval castle, Draine and Michael Hinden fell in love with a small stone house that became their summer home. A Castle in the Backyard describes the charms and mishaps of setting up housekeeping thousands of miles from home, and introduces the residents and culture of Perigord.
Betsy Draine is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Psychology of Learning for Instruction
By Marcy Perkins Driscoll '73
Allyn & Bacon. 1994.
This cognitively-oriented text focuses on learning and instruction. Specific applications - and implications - of learning theories are discussed and examples are drawn from educational situations and problems.
Marcy Driscoll, professor in instructional systems and educational psychology at Florida State University, has won numerous teaching awards and published many articles and chapters in books in the fields of learning and instructional design and technology.

Also available by Marcy Perkins Driscoll:
Educational Psychology: A Learning-Centered Approach to Classroom Practice
Essentials of Learning for Instruction

Women, Religion, and Social Change in Brazil's Popular Church
By Carol Ann Drogus '81
University of Notre Dame Press. 1998.
Based on interviews conducted with working-class Brazilian women, the book explores the influence of liberation theology - particularly on poor lay women who are motivated to create strong social movements, especially as they concern the well-being of children.
Carol Ann Drogus is an associate professor of government at Hamilton College, where she teaches courses on Latin America, gender and international relations.

Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries, 1840-1880
By Marguerite W. Dupree '72
Oxford University Press. 1995.
This study breaks new ground in its analysis of how people both create and adapt to the process of industrialization. The author focuses on family relationships - not in isolation, but in the context of the workplace and of other institutions within the community. She reveals the flexibility of nuclear families with regard to both work and welfare, and highlights the role of women in shaping the responses of families to their circumstances.
Marguerite Dupree is a senior research fellow, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Glasgow; and a fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

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