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Skilled Hands Strong Spirits: A Century of Building Trades History
By Grace Palladino '75
Cornell University Press. 2005.
Grace Palladino makes the history of the building trades come alive in Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits, a chronicle of twentieth-century growth and change in the Building and Construction Trades Department, a division of the AFL-CIO. By investigating the sources of conflict and unity within the department over time and demonstrating how building trades unions dealt with problems and opportunities in the past, Palladino provides a historical context for the current generation of workers with leaders as they devise new strategies.
Grace Palladino is codirector of the Samuel Gompers Papers at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of three other books, including Teenagers: An American History

Teenagers: An American History
By Grace Palladino '75
Basic Books. 1997.
Nobody worried about "teenagers" prior to the 1940s. In fact, they did not exist. But in the fifty years since the last world war, when the term was coined, teenagers have had an enormous impact on American culture. They have reshaped our language, our music, our clothes. They have changed forever the way we respond to authority. They have become a $200 billion consumer group avidly courted by marketers. And they have changed our culture, which will never again treat their demographic group merely as young adults. How did this influential group come into being, evolving from adults in training who went to work at age thirteen or so (if they could) and then disappeared into the general population? This is the first book to tell that story.
Grace Palladino is an American historian and co-director of the Samuel Gompers Papers project at the University of Maryland.

The Samuel Gompers Papers: A National Labor Movement Takes Shape, 1895-98, Vol. 4
Edited by Grace Palladino '75
University of Illinois. 1991.
This fourth volume of the Samuel Gompers Papers begins just after the close of the AFL's 1894 Denver convention. Covering a significant four-year period in the history of the United States - from the depths of economic depression to the Spanish-American War - this volume of the Samuel Gompers Papers explores the AFL's continued growth as an institution, illuminates the fierce struggle for power that accompanied that growth, and documents Samuel Gompers' role as leader of the federation.
Grace Palladino is an American historian and co-director of the Samuel Gompers Papers project at the University of Maryland.

Samuel Gompers Papers: An Expanding Movement at the Turn of the Century, 1898-1902, Vol. 5
Edited by Grace Palladino '75
University of Illinois. 1995.
This volume spans a period of American history marked by industrial expansion, a rising standard of living, low unemployment, and a flourishing labor movement. With money to spend on organizers and striking workers, the AFL saw its membership grow from 250,000 to over a million men and women. Fights over jurisdiction also increased, as did competition with the Western Labor Union. Gompers' interest in the National Civic Federation, the Cuba Libre Movement, and federal labor legislation are well represented.
Grace Palladino is an American historian and co-director of the Samuel Gompers Papers project at the University of Maryland.

Samuel Gompers Papers: The American Federation of Labor and the Rise of Progressivism, 1902-6, Vol. 6
Edited by Grace Palladino '75
University of Illinois. 1997.
This volume covers a critical period of labor history: the rise of the open-shop movement, the increasing importance of the injunction as an anti-labor tool, and the birth of the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the IWW. Documents include reports from the IWW's founding convention, correspondence generated by the Danbury Hatters' case, and reports from Gompers' organizing trips to Puerto Rico and the West Coast.
Grace Palladino is an American historian and co-director of the Samuel Gompers Papers project at the University of Maryland.

Samuel Gompers Papers: The American Federation of Labor under Seige, 1906-09, Vol. 7
Edited by Grace Palladino '75
University of Illinois. 1998.
Looking around him in 1906, Samuel Gompers saw a labor movement beset by opponents who, he said, "represent neither conscience nor humanity, but rather greed and avarice". This installment in the multivolume documentary history of the nation's premier labor leader spotlights a pivotal period in the AFL's development.
Grace Palladino is an American historian and co-director of the Samuel Gompers Papers project at the University of Maryland.

Samuel Gompers Papers: Progress and Reaction in the Age of Reform, 1909-13, Vol. 8
Edited by Grace Palladino '75
University of Illinois. 2000.
With almost forty years' experience as a labor leader by 1909, Samuel Gompers had learned the value of practical achievements. Shorter hours, higher wages, safer and more sanitary workplaces, and a voice in establishing working conditions were the hallmarks of trade unionism in the Progressive Era, and these hard-won, incremental gains had significantly improved working-class lives. While these were not all he hoped to achieve, they represented, Gompers believed, essential victories in a bitter class struggle that was far from over. This installment of the multivolume documentary history of the nation's premier labor leader covers a period marked by industrial tragedies-such as the 1909 Cherry Hill mine disaster and the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire-and industrial violence, including the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times building. These years were punctuated by hard-fought strikes and judicial proceedings directed against trade unionists. For Gompers, these were demanding years that taxed his health and energy but ultimately strengthened his resolve as he became a crucial player in the AFL's efforts to establish collective bargaining as the basis of industrial democracy.
Grace Palladino is an American historian and co-director of the Samuel Gompers Papers project at the University of Maryland.

Another Civil War: Labor, Capital, and the State in the Anthracie Regions of Pennsylvania, 1840-1868
By Grace Palladino '75
Fordham University Press. 2006.
During the Civil War, civil disobedience took many forms in the North. This book examines opposition to the draft in the coal mining regions of Pennsylvania. Based on manuscript collections, military records, local newspapers, and accounts in the national labor press, Another Civil War examines the economic context of draft resistance and the use of federal troops to enforce conscription and, at the same time, suppress labor organization.
Grace Palladino is an American historian and co-director of the Samuel Gompers Papers project at the University of Maryland. Another Civil War won the Organization of American Historian's Avery Craven prize (1991) for the most original work on the Civil War.

Samuel Gompers Papers: The Early Years of the American Federation of Labor, 1887-90
Edited by Grace Palladino '75
University of Illinois. 1987.
This book documents the rise of the AFL as one of the nation's leading labor organizations. Rich correspondence with P.J. McGuire, Terence V. Powderly, and others traces the roots of factional struggles that shaped Gompers' trade union strategy. The eight-hour movement, the campaign to pardon the Haymarket defendants, and the growing importance of the Socialist Labor party are highlighted.
Grace Palladino is an American historian and co-director of the Samuel Gompers Papers project at the University of Maryland.

365 Days/365 Plays
By Suzan-Lori Parks '85
Theatre Communications Group. 2006.
On November 13, 2002, Suzan-Lori Parks got an idea to write a play every day for a year. She began that very day, and the result is an extraordinary testament to artistic commitment. This collection of 365 impeccably crafted pieces, each with its own distinctive characters and dramatic power, is a complete work by an artist responding to her own world, each and every day.
Suzan-Lori Parks is a playwright, screenwriter, songwriter, and novelist. In 2002 she became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama with her play Topdog/Underdog. Her other plays include In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer nominee), Venus (Obie Award) and The Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (Obie award, best new American play).

Global Capitalism Unbound
Edited by Eva Paus
Palgrave Macmillan. 2007.
This book brings together experts who analyze the rapid growth of offshore outsourcing and its huge implications worldwide. From the promise of rapid economic growth to the unraveling of social contracts, the diverse accounts of winners and losers offer a comprehensive look at the phenomenon and how policy might be used to spread its benefits more widely and equally.
Eva Paus is a professor of economics and director of the Center for Global Initiatives at MHC. She is also the author of Foreign Investment, Development, and Globalization: Can Costa Rica Become Ireland?

Foreign Investment, Development, and Globalization: Can Costa Rica Become Ireland?
By Eva Paus
Palgrave. 2005.
This book engages the question of how a developing country's pursuit of foreign direct investment (FDI) affects its development prospects in a globalized world. Paus explores whether small latecomers (SLCs) to economic development can use high-tech FDI to rapidly expand indigenous capabilities, thus shortcutting stages of the development process. Using the cases of Costa Rica and Ireland, Paus argues that unless SLCs can summon the political will and economic resources necessary to address market failures, foreign investment will not advance SLCs' knowledge-based assets, upon which development ultimately depends. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of FDI development in the age of globalization.
Eva Paus is director of the Center for Global Initiatives and professor of economics at Mount Holyoke. She has published widely on the impact of foreign investment and trade liberalization on technological change, productivity growth, and wage developments, particularly in Latin America.

Welcome to My Heart: A Journey through a Young Woman's Heart
By Gianna Pedace-Allentuck '93
Sharing Hearts. 2000.
This collection of metaphorically based short stories centers on the author's real-life battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Forty-one stories trace Pedace-Allentuck's life before and after discovering a cancerous tumor (or, as she calls it, a demon) inside her body. She vividly relates the medical traumas and the human dramas of life with cancer, providing poetic details about the friends and professionals who supported and cared for her from diagnosis through treatment to a triumphant declaration of remission. All book proceeds will be donated to the Children's Inn at the national Institutes of Health, which supports seriously ill children and their families.
Gianna Pedace-Allentuck is an analyst for a pharmaceutical and biotechnology consulting firm in Washington DC. Diagnosed with cancer in 1996, today she is healthy and in remission.

Paper Clip Jewelry
By Kelli Peduzzi '83
American Girl Library. 2000.
Kelli Peduzzi developed a way to turn paper clips into really beautiful, wearable jewelry and accessories using the basic wireworking and design skills of professional jewelers. All projects suggested in the book can be made without adult help from materials found in the home. A jewelry-making kit with girl-sized wireworking pliers, beads, and paper clips is included, along with step-by-step illustrated instructions.
This is Kelli Peduzzi's fifth book.

Also available by Kelli Peduzzi:
Shaping a President: Sculpting the Roosevelt Memorial

Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member
By Emily Keller
Morgan Reynolds Publishing. 2007.
This detailed biography of America's first woman cabinet member and acclaimed Mount Holyoke alumna tells the story of Frances Perkins, a young woman whose ideals of worker's rights and social reform fired her ambition and landed her in the White House as secretary of labor. The book chronicles Perkins's life, from reviving the nation's economy together with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to taking care of her often institutionalized, bipolar husband, all with the grace typical of her time.
Emily Keller currently resides in Niagra Falls, New York. She is a retired schoolteacher and a copy editor.

Other books about Frances Perkins 1902:
Frances Perkins: A Member of the Cabinet
Frances Perkins: Champion of the New Deal
Frances Perkins: That Woman in FDR's Cabinet!
Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins

Writing Path 1: Poetry and Prose from Writers' Conferences
Edited by Michael Pettit
University of Iowa Press. 1995.
Faculty at 1994 writing conferences across the country selected work by their best students for this volume. After introducing their students, the teachers present examples of their own recent writing as well as the students'.
Michael Pettit is director of the Mount Holyoke Writers' Conference.

Also available by Michael Pettit:
Writing Path 2: Poetry and Prose from Writers' Conferences

Case for Wetland Restoration
By Donald Hey and Nancy Stuart Philippi '56
John Wiley and Sons. 1999.
Tracing over two decades of progress in wetland restoration, this book provides a pragmatic, goal-oriented approach to this often controversial subject. The authors draw on four long-term case studies from across the United States to show what a successful restoration is like and what we can learn from it. They demonstrate not only that wetland restoration can succeed, but also how to use it to reverse two centuries of losses. Key public-policy issues surrounding wetland restoration, along with future trends, are also examined.
Nancy Philippi is a freelance writer specializing in ecologic issues.

Also available by Nancy Philippi:
Floodplain Management: Ecologic and Economic Perspectives

Spatial Dynamics and Female Development in Victorian Art and Novels
By Liana F. Piehler '93
Peter Lang Publishing. 2003.
Spatial Dynamics and Female Development in Victorian Art and Novels explores the concept that space can be a productive and creative realm, rather than merely an empty or confining category, for personal development. Piehler recognizes connections between the visual and literary arts, and uses mid-to-late-nineteenth-century paintings and novels by women to illustrate the ways that these genres utilize space. The book sharpens our view of nineteenth-century women's perspectives on themselves.
Liana Piehler earned her doctorate in English literature in 2001 from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where she is currently the director of the Writing Center.

Art and Politics in the 1930s: Americanism, Marxism and Modernism
By Susan N. Platt '67
Midmarch Arts Press. 1999.
The first study to discuss the ways politics permeated all aspects of the art world in the pre-World War II depression years. It explores how artists and critics addressed subjects that ranged from the economic conditions of the working class, the rise of fascism and the threat of war to America, to the contemporary American scene and utopian abstraction. Chapters emphasize constantly shifting economic, social and political events that affected artists and critics.
Susan Platt is an art critic and art historian, the northwest editor of Art Papers magazine and is an adjunct professor at the University of Washington.

Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of World War Two on the Eastern Front
By Constantine Pleshakov
Houghton Mifflin. 2005.
During the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers were slaughtered, while their leader stood by. Pleshakov draws on newly available documents to paint a startling portrait of Josef Stalin, one of history's most feared despots, as a vulnerable and paralyzed leader. For more than a week, Stalin remained hidden away while Hitler rolled over Soviet territory, leaving the country rudderless and nearly losing power. The Red Army's effort to regain the territory lost in those first ten days would cost more than ten million Soviet lives. Stalin's Folly is a dramatic hour-by-hour account that sheds light on an enigmatic and ruthless figure while providing a new and far deeper understanding of Russian history.
Constantine Pleshakov, a visiting professor at Mount Holyoke in Russian and Eurasian studies and the critical social thought program, is the author of The Tsar's Last Armada, Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev, and Flight of the Romanovs: A Family Saga.

Flight of the Romanovs: A Family Saga
By John Curtis Perry and Constantine Pleshakov
Basic Books. 1999.
Conspiracy and murder, imprisonment, torture, flight and abduction punctuate the story of the Romanovs during their last century. This most comprehensive history of the Romanov family tells a tale of glittering sadness, unfulfilled expectations and squandered opportunities. The authors use a wealth of previously untapped sources, including unpublished diaries of many principal characters, interviews with people who knew them well and never-before-published photographs to create a history of a family and a time. Many Russians today blame the Romanovs for a legacy of material poverty and political repression, while others look back on the imperial era as a lost paradise. Ending with a discussion of the imperial restoration movement in Russia today, the book provides a new perspective on this family and its role in Russian history.
Constantine Pleshakov is visiting professor of international relations at MHC and coauthor of Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev.

Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur
By Jane Goodman Pollak '70
The Crossing Press. 2001.
Soul Proprietor offers 101 valuable lessons for building a business that reflects one's values, priorities, and unique view of the world. Sharing her personal challenges as an entrepreneur, Pollak offers advice on topics ranging from image to risk-taking and overcoming fear. The book's lessons include: "Get comfortable asking about money," "Exert control over your own destiny," and "What makes you unique makes you successful."
Jane Pollak is the author of the best-selling craft book Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs with Wax and Dye. She has made appearances on CNN, HGTV, Lifetime, and The Today Show, and has been featured in the Boston Globe and USA Weekend.

When the Moon Is Full: A Lunar Year
By Penny Pollock (Penelope Morrow Pollock '57)
Little, Brown, and Company. 2001.
Pollock's lyrical poems accompany woodcut illustrations by Mary Azarian depicting the Native American names for the twelve full moons of the year. From the amorous amphibians singing love songs under April's "frog moon" to the rabbit outrunning its predators in sight of October's "hunter's moon," the poems draw attention to the natural world and the turning seasons. A question-and-answer section shares scientific information about blue moons and more.
Penny Pollock is the author of several children's books, including her award-winning The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella

Religion on Campus
By Amanda Porterfield '69, Conrad Cherry, and Betty A. DeBerg.
University of North Carolina Press. 2001.
Focusing on four disparate campuses across the United States, this book assesses the role religion plays in the lives of today's college students. Positing that worship services are not the only sources of spiritual experiences, the authors followed students from community service work sites to gymnasium locker rooms to learn about the ways they make sense of the world. Contrary to the common assumption that universities have become secularized, the authors conclude that religion is thriving, fed by diversity and tolerance and supported by students and faculty.
Amanda Porterfield is professor of religious studies at the University of Wyoming at Laramie and president of the American Society of Church History.

Mary Lyon and the Mount Holyoke Missionaries
By Amanda Porterfield '69
Oxford University Press. 1997.
The author shows how Mary Lyon and her students made major contributions to cultural change and the development of new cultures in several parts of the world.
Amanda Porterfield, professor of religious studies and director of women's studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, is the author of three other books on American religious history.

Also available by Amanda Porterfield:
Transformation of American Religion: The Story of a Late-Twentieth-Century Awakening

The Art of Creative Living: Making Every Day a Radiant Masterpiece
By Thomas Kinkade and Pam Proctor '67
TimeWarner Book Group. 2005.
Through a series of exercises and personal anecdotes, Kinkade, who is America's most collected living artist, offers a unique prescription for readers interested in applying "creative intention" to the challenges of family, faith, fitness, and relationships.
Pam (Priscilla Moore) Proctor is the author of nine books of nonfiction, including Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom

Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom
By Pam Proctor (Priscilla Moore Proctor '67) and Ahn Vu Sawyer
Warner Faith. 2003.
Song of Saigon tells the story of Sawyer's childhood during the Vietnam War. She recounts her family's everyday challenges in a war-torn culture of terror, as well as their harrowing escape as some of the last people rescued from the rooftop of the American embassy during the final hours before the fall of Saigon. Sawyer's story comes full circle more than twenty years later when she returns to Vietnam on a humanitarian mission and meets her past face-to-face.
Pam Proctor, a former senior editor of Parade, is the author of seven nonfiction books, including Love, Miracles, and Animal Healing; Looking Good at Any Age; and The Joy of Living, with Today Show personality Willard Scott.

Looking Good at Any Age
By Dr. Amy E. Newburger and Pam Moore Proctor '67
Doubleday. 2000.
Pam Proctor and dermatologist Amy Newburger explain how a woman can look fabulous at any age, including what to expect to look like at every life stage; what to accept as the immutable result of genetic makeup, life choices and calendar age; and what she has the power to change.
Pam Proctor is a freelance writer in Florida.

Ruby River
By Lynn Pruett '82
Atlantic Monthly Press. 2002.
In this debut novel, Hattie Bohannon has just opened a truck stop - a magnet for transients of questionable background and inclination, some say, and an uneasy presence in tradition-bound Maridoches, Alabama. Hattie is quietly mourning her recently dead husband and trying to determine the contours of herself alone, but too often her strong-willed daughters - whose burgeoning sexuality is attracting attention - keep her at loose ends. Lynn Pruett deftly interweaves the stories of Hattie, her daughters, and the surrounding community to create a tapestry of individuals desperaately trying to deny the conflicting urges of flesh and spirit, progress and tradition. Reading-group guides are available at
Lynn Pruett, a recent class coscribe, has published stories and prose in numerous literary magazines. She teaches at the University of Kentucky and is a founding member of KaBooM!, the Kentucky Book Mafia.

Because Teaching Matters
By Marleen C. Pugach '71
Wiley/Josse-Bass Education. 2006.
It is both a truism and a truth that teachers make a difference in the lives of their students. This textbook emphasizes that precisely because teaching can so profoundly affect the lives of students and their families, the decision to become a teacher is not one that should be taken lightly. Despite the external pressures to which a teacher must respond, once teachers are in their classrooms, their individual choices directly affect the students they teach and the quality of the learning that takes place. The concept of making choices as a teacher and taking responsibility for the consequences of those choices is a central theme of this book.
Marleen C. Pugach is professor of teacher education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2005, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Curriculum Trends, Special Education, and Reform: Refocusing the Conversation
Marleen C. Pugach '71 and Cynthia L. Warger, editors; foreword by Michael Fullan
Teachers College Press. 1996.
Brings together for the first time chapters by leaders in all curriculum areas and by special educators, argues that the reform agenda must address the needs of all students, and gives practical suggestions for both the classroom and the district level.
Marleen Pugach is professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Cynthia Warger is educational consultant for Warger, Eavy and Associates in Reston, Virginia.

On the Border of Opportunity: Education, Community, and Language at the U. S.-Mexico Line
By Marleen C. Pugach '71
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. 1998.
"Weaves together a description of a town and school on the border, words of students and teachers, vignettes from [the author's] experiences and her interpretation of the meaning of her observations and interviews. ... [C]asts a positive light on a situation that the media often portrays negatively."
Marleen Pugach is professor of education at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she directs the primary/middle teacher preparation program.

Also available by Marleen Pugach:
Collaborative Practitioners, Collaborative Schools

Secret Boston: The Unique Guidebook to Boston's Hidden Sites, Sounds and Tastes
By Laura Purdom
ECW Press. 2002.
Behind Newbury Street and Harvard Square, the Public Gardens and Chinatown, lurks a secret Boston hidden from tourists and locals alike. Here you'll find authentic Venetian gondolas and the best Irish music west of Limerick, perfect croissants and luxurious tearooms. You'll also encounter out-of-the-way restaurants, small art galleries, secluded historical sites, and gorgeous parks and orchards. In Secret Boston, you'll see the New England capital afresh. The book reveals Boston's most fascinating sites, those left untouched by battalions of tourists and known to only a few intrepid locals. Discover the art treasures of the Boston Public Library and explore Nabokov's butterflies. Or take a course in the rich history of Boston folk music at the club that started it all; you can even learn to juggle at MIT in five minutes, guaranteed.
Laura Purdom, a staff writer at Mount Holyoke College's office of communications, has culled the best secrets from friends and friends of friends. A self-described secretmonger, she searched high and low for hidden destinations and obscure events. Laura admits a weakness for some of her favorite discoveries: the birthplaces of Edgar Allan Poe, Benjamin Franklin, and Malcom X; not to mention the city's federalist architecture, lime rickeys, and sweet potato pie.

All about Vee
By C. Leigh Purtill '88
Penguin. 2008.
Veronica May, "Big Vee," is a bubbly and confident eighteen-year-old with a weight problem and big dreams. After caring for her widowed father, who is about to remarry, she heads to Hollywood to seek her day in the sun. Between shifts at a coffee bar, she deals with love and loss, and finally finds a place in the spotlight.
C. Leigh Purtill lives in Los Angeles and is also the author of Love, Meg.

Also available by Laura Purdom:
Traveler's Companion New England
Traveler's Companion Canada
Traveler's Companion Western Canada
Southern England
Traveler's Eastern Canada Companion
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