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Books by Mount Holyoke
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From the Other Side: Women, Gender and Immigrant Life in the U. S., 1820-1990
By Donna Gabaccia '71
Indiana University Press. 1995.
The author traces continuities that characterize women of both the nineteenth-century European and Asian migrations and present-day Third World migrations. She discovers strong parallels between the lives of foreign-born women and the women of America's native-born racial minorities.
Donna Gabaccia is Charles H. Stone Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Italy's Many Diasporas
By Donna R. Gabaccia '71
University of Washington Press. 2000.
Italians are a migratory people. Since 1800 more than twenty-seven million have left home, but over half have returned to Italy. As cosmopolitans, exiles and "workers of the world," they transformed their homeland and many of the foreign countries where they worked and settled. Drawing on a wide range of studies of Italian migrants to a dozen countries, Gabaccia puts the modern Italian diaspora in historical context, charting the emergence of this once regionally fragmented diaspora as a nationally conscious cultural group. The book provides an ambitious and theoretically innovative overview, examining the social, cultural and economic integration of Italian migrants. It explores their complex yet distinctive identity and their relationship with their homeland.
Donna Gabaccia is Charles H. Stone Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Also available by Donna Gabaccia:
We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans
American Dreaming, Global Realities: Rethinking U. S. Immigration History
From Sicily to Elizabeth Street: Housing and Social Change Among Italian Immigrants, 1880-1930
Immigrant Life in the US: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Immigration and American Diversity: A Social and Cultural History
Italian Workers of the World
Seeking Common Ground: Multidisciplinary Studies of Immigrant Women in the United States
Women,Gender,and Transnational Lives: Italian Women Around the World

The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice
By Anne Ellen Geller '88, et al.
Utah State University Press. 2007.
Writing-center specialists will recognize the limits and complications of their field; while their disciplinary identity is with the English department, their mission is cross-disciplinary. In The Everyday Writing Center, Geller and her coauthors reevaluate and challenge traditional practices and look for the creative potential in everyday occurrences as they acknowledge the shape-shifting nature of the writing center.
Anne Ellen Geller directs the Writing Center and Writing Program at Clark University. In 2006, she received the International Writing Centers Association's Outstanding Scholarship Award.

Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women's Violence in Global Politics
By Laura Sjoberg and Caron Gentry '99
Zed Books. 2008.
In a world where the explosive pairing of women and violence seems innately wrong, Mothers, Monsters, Whores reveals the use of gendersubordination to structure tales about violence committed by women. The authors use feminist theory to explain how women are denied agency in their actions, and propose restructuring our methods of storytelling to remedy the subordination of these violent women.
Caron Gentry is assistant professor of political science at Abilene Christian University. She received her PhD from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in 2003.

Pirate Novels: Fictions of Nation-Building in Spanish America
By Nina Gerassi-Navarro
Duke University Press. 1999.
Pirate Novels examines an overlooked genre to reveal how history and fiction blend to address important issues of nation building in nineteenth-century Spanish America. Beginning with a brief history of piracy, she traces the icon of the pirate through colonial-era chronicles before exploring a group of nineteenth-century Mexican, Colombian and Argentine novels. She argues that the authors' reconstructions of the past dispensed with accurate representations and used their narratives instead to discuss the futures of their own countries.
Nina Gerassi-Navarro is associate professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke.

A Field Guide to Good Decisions: Values in Action
By Mark D. Bennett and Joan McIver Gibson '65
Praeger Publishers. 2006.
In A Field Guide to Good Decisions, the authors provide the skills to make decisions that reflect one's core values while respecting those of others. Illustrated with many real-life examples that will resonate with readers both professionally and personally, A Field Guide offers practical tools and techniques for identifying individual and common goals, reaching concensus, and communicating results effectively. The authors show readers how to overcome common obstacles to good decision-making that are psychological, cultural, and organizational in nature. Ultimately, this book is about making decisions that have a powerful effect on our sense of self, our credibility in the eyes of others, and the lives of those touched by the choices we make.
Joan McIver Gibson is a philosopher and consultant in applied ethics, bioethics, and decision-making and has worked for thirty years in health care, education, and research.

Writing on Stone: Scenes from a Maine Island Life
By Christina Marsden Gillis '60
University Press of New England. 2008.
As she wanders around Maine's Gotts Island, Christina Gillis describes the "rock-bound belt" where her family has spent more than forty summers as a source of consolation after the death of her son. She explains how a location of loss is ultimately also a place of life.
Christina Marsden Gillis served for sixteen years as associate director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California-Berkeley.

The Stones Cry Out: A Novel
By Sibella Connor Giorello '85
Revell. 2007.
A black criminal and white detective fall to their deaths from the top of a vacant building into the center of a peaceful African American rally. Racial tensions skyrocket as blacks and whites argue over who was the victim and who was the murderer. An FBI detective (and fictional Mount Holyoke alumna) Raleigh Harmon struggles to see justice done, battling racial hostilities and the FBI's attempts to hinder her investigation into what seems to be a racially motivated crime. The Stones Cry Out is a thought-provoking read for all die-hard whodunit fans.
Sibella Connor Giorello was a features reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for more than ten years and has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes. She currently resides in Washington.

The Cleansing
By Cheryl Gittens-Jones FP'99
PublishAmerica. 2003.
The Cleansing, the first of two books, mirrors the phenomenon of colonialism via the life of the main character, Unis MonteClaire. The protagonist's struggle to reconnect with her authentic self and her past after being abused as a child is shown through poems written in Bajan (a Barbados dialect), writings, and diary excerpts. In order to discover her true identity, Unis must first undergo a cleansing by confronting and reliving these tragic memories.
Cheryl Gittens-Jones - a poet, wife, and mother - is also the author of the play Shaduhs Uh Voodoo.

Titian's Women
By Rona Goffen '66
Yale University Press. 1997.
Without denying the erotic appeal of Titian's secular paintings of women, the author argues that this narrow view diminishes both the artist's achievement and an appreciation of his art and empathy for women.
Rona Goffen is distinguished professor of art history at Rutgers University.

Also available by Rona Goffen:
Masaccio's 'Trinity'
Renaissance Rivals: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Titian
Giovanni Bellini

Barbara Goldberg '63 is the author of four books, including Cautionary Tales, winner of the Camden Poetry Award. Director of editorial services for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, she lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Also available by Barbara Goldberg:
After the First Rain: Israeli Poems On War And Peace
The Fire Stays in Red: Poems
The Stones Remember: Native Israeli Poetry

Woman Without Background Music: Selected Poems of Delia Dominguez
By Delia Dominguez, translated by Roberta Gordenstein '66
White Pine Press. 2005.
Delia Dominguez, one of Chile's most important poets, has made her country her language. Born in 1931, she has lived her entire life in the south of Chile, most recently on a farm in Tacamo, from which she writes poetry based on the landscape surrounding her. Her poetry recounts stories anchored to the roots of fables but at the same time tied to what moves us as human beings. Hers is also a voice in search of collective social justice. In this first English-language translation of her work, we see a poet amazed by her own geography, a poet relating to the best of the culture and history of the Americas.
Roberta Gordenstein has published numerous articles and reviews about Jewish and Latina writers and conducted teacher-training workshops in Eastern Europe and Central America. She is professor of Spanish at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

The Berkshire Hills and Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts: An Explorer's Guide
By Christina Tree '65 and William Davis
Principal photography by Kim Grant '84
Countryman Press. 2004.
This guidebook, which focuses on all of western Massachusetts - from Berkshire County through the Pioneer Valley - is packed with tips and intriguing commentary for travelers who want to step beyond the tourist trail. Along with describing the famous summer music, theater, and dance festivals in Berkshire County, the authors also focus on the region's exceptional art museums and numerous state parks and forests, as well as the many stunning properties maintained by the Trustees of Reservations and other conservation groups. Included are detailed descriptions of individual towns, from Lenox and Williamstown through to Northampton and Amherst, and villages from Tyringham to Shelburne Falls; personal recommendations for inns and B&Bs, including numerous family-friendly establishments and those that accept pets; dining suggestions from classic diners to four-star restaurants; craft studios, antique shops, and more.
Christina Tree first wrote about the Five College area as an undergraduate and has since described the region in numerous stories for the Boston Globe. She is the coauthor of Explorer's Guide to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket: An Explorer's Guide
By Kim Grant '84
The Countryman Press. 1999.
Helps visitors find lodging, dining and attractions that suit any taste and budget. Includes nature preserves and bird sanctuaries; bicycle trails and beach paths; historic homes and lighthouses, whale-watching, sailing and shellfishing; antiques shops and local artisans; and summer theatre and live music.
Travel writer and photographer Kim Grant has been exploring Cape Cod and the Islands since her youth. She is the coauthor of Best Places to Stay in New England: and Lonely Planet New England (2000) and is editor of Insight New England.

Time of Our Own: In Celebration of Women over Sixty
By Elinor Miller Greenberg '53 and Fay W. Whitney
Fulcrum Publishing. 2008.
This book speaks to a generation of women who were the pacesetters in creating new ways to balance family, work, and community activities as they encounter the third chapter of their lives. Through extensive interviews and experience, Greenberg and Whitney address new roles, responsibilities, and relationships after age sixty.
Elinor Miller Greenberg designs and administers higher-education programs for adults. She is the author of nine books.

In Our Fifties: Voices of Men and Women Reinventing Their Lives
By Elinor Miller Greenberg '53, William H. Bergquist, and G. Alan Klaum
Jossey-Bass Inc. 1993.
Through extensive interviews and insights from personal experience, the authors offer a unique look at the lives of men and women in their fifties - their evolving self-images, their changing personal relationships, and their maturing view of the world at large.
Elinor Greenberg is president of EMG and Associates, a consulting firm in Littleton, Colorado. A writer and public speaker, she continually works to improve minority and women's rights and education. William Bergquist is president of the Professional School of Psychology in San Francisco and Sacramento; G. Alan Klaum is president of a San Francisco consulting firm, codirector of the Sutter Institute, and a psychotherapist.

Also available by Elinor Miller Greenberg:
Weaving: The Fabric of a Woman's Life

Hole in the Heartland: An American Mystery
By Barrie Barstow Greenbie
Spectare Press. 1996.
A memoir-mystery set in part in the Pioneer Valley during the 1920s, when the author's mother, Marjorie Barstow Greenbie (one of the first women to be granted a PhD from Yale), taught English at Mount Holyoke. The author traces his roots and discovers his paternal ancestors were not Swedes, as he had been told, but Russian Jews. The mystery lies in why his father Sydney Greenbie kept his parents' identity a secret.
Barrie Barstow Greenbie is professor emeritus of landscape architecture and regional planning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Also available by Barrie Barstow Greenbie:
Space and Spirit in Modern Japan

The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born
By Nancy Thorndike Greenspan '70
Basic. 2005.
In 1920, Albert Einstein wrote to Max Born, "Theoretical physics will flourish wherever you happen to be; there is no other Born to be found in Germany today." The End of the Certain World presents for the first time Born's full story: Nobel physicist, a discoverer of quantum theory, exile from Hitler's Germany, teacher of nine Nobel physicists. Born's role in the "golden age of physics" helped to shape the science of the twentieth century and open the door to the modern era. In a cruel twist of fate, Born, a pacifist who loved science for its beauty, educated the renowned scientsist who developed the atom bomb. A social history and a history of science as well as an intimate biography, The End of the Certain World reveals the story of a great physicist and humanitarian and his struggle with the forces of religion, politics, and war during the upheavals of the twentieth century.
Nancy Greenspan's challenges in writing The End of the Certain World included learning German, physics, and how to write a narrative. She has coauthored three books on child development with her husband, child sychiatrist Stanley Greenspan. For more, including a film, visit

I Fell in Love with a Con Man
By Elizabeth Grzeszczyk FP'87
Lulu, Inc. 2005.
While on a business trip to Miami, Elizabeth Grzeszczyk meets a man who introduces himself as Dr. Jonathan Palmer, a British former Formula One Grand Prix racecar driver. He quickly steals her heart, and she is swept up by the whirlwind of his glamorous lifestyle. Then Elizabeth discovers that he is actually an internationally wanted con man, Jonathan Nigel-Philip Kern, and her life spirals downward. Determined not to let this man ruin her life, Elizabeth fights back and wins the chance to testify against him in a Paris court. Elizabeth's story has been featured on Unsolved Mysteries and in Marie Claire and Sports Illustrated magazines.
A warm climate and love of the outdoors lured Elizabeth Grzeszczyk to Florida, where she enjoys swimming, golfing, walking, and biking year-round.

Women, Religion, and Space: Global Perspectives on Gender and Faith
Edited by Karen M. Morin and Jeanne Kay Mountain Guelke '71
Syracuse University Press. 2007.
Women, Religion, & Space offers various perspectives on women who practice or interact with the gender norms and spaces of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The writers include observations based on fieldwork in Jerusalem, Istanbul, Pakistan, and Los Angeles. In the sixth chapter on missionary women in early America, Guelke references the religious focus of Mount Holyoke in its early years.
Jeanne Kay Guelke recently retired as professor of geography at University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Her articles have been published in The Professional Geographer, the Journal of Historical Geography, and Environmental Ethics.

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