Alumni Authors

The Last Time They Met
Anita Shreve, J68
Little, Brown & Company

Anita Shreve, the best-selling author of The Pilot's Wife, returns with a new novel about love, forgiveness and paths not followed.
   Linda Fallon encounters her former lover, Thomas Janes, at a literary festival where both have been invited to give readings from their work. It has been years since their paths crossed, and in that time Thomas has become a kind of literary legend. His renown is enhanced by his elusiveness; for most of the past decade, he has remained in seclusion following a devastating loss.
   This is no chance meeting. Thomas learned that Linda was reading at the festival and chose this moment to reestablish contact with a woman he passionately pursued years earlier. Their affair was disastrous, and a turning point in both their lives. Neither the intensity of their relationship nor the damage it did has ever been far from his memory. From the moment they speak, The Last Time They Met unfolds the story of Linda and Thomas in an extraordinary way: it travels back into their past, bypassing layers of memory and interpretation to present their earlier encounters with unshakable immediacy. In Africa, when Linda and Thomas were 27, and in Massachusetts, when they were in high school, the novel re-creates love at its exhilarating pinnacle--the kind of intense connection that becomes the true north against which all relationships are measured. Moving backward through time, The Last Time They Met traces the extraordinary resonance a single choice, even a single word, can have over the course of a lifetime. At the same time, the novel creates a mystery that can only be understood fully in the novel's final pages, in the eyes of young Linda Fallon and the young man who loves her.

Straight on 'Til Morning
Christopher Golden, A89
Signet Books

Golden, author of the highly popular Body of Evidence series, turns to the summer of 1981, the last three months of freedom for Kevin Murphy and his friends before they begin high school, and Kevin's last chance to confess his unrequited love for Nicole French. But Nicole has a new boyfriend--a tough 18-year-old named Pete Starling. Kevin knows that Pete is no good for Nicole. And now Pete and his gang have taken Nicole away. To rescue her, Kevin and his friends must follow them into a land they were never meant to know. A place from which they may never return.

Overcoming Communication Barriers in Patient Education
Helen Osborne, Bsot70
Aspen Publishers, Inc.

Osborne, a health literacy consultant, provides healthcare professionals with the tools to teach and educate patients who have poor reading skills, are older, have visual or hearing impairments, speak little or no English, or come from other cultures. Presented are strategies to increase teaching effectiveness and methods of communicating with patients that promote better understanding. Also included is information on federal government laws and initiatives pertaining to patient education and patient communication, and JCAHO standards for patient education.

Creative Projects with LEGO Mindstorms
Benjamin Erwin, G97
Addison Wesley

With an emphasis on building technical skills and having fun, LEGO Mindstorms has become a popular "toy" for technological tinkerers of all ages. Erwin, a LEGO Mindstorms professional who works for ATG, has put together a book and CD package that will help the reader to build a variety of exciting robots, and in the process, expand knowledge, enhance problem-solving skills and boost creativity. The book walks you through the creation of several different kinds of robots: basic mobile robots, kinetic sculptures, robotic animals, data-gathering robots and robots that communicate over the Internet. Clear color photos illustrate each step in the design process and the accompanying CD-ROM features instructions, color movies of robots in action and code examples.

Raise Your Child's Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills for Kids
Cathi Ostroff Cohen, J82
Advantage Books

Cohen, a clinical social worker and group psychotherapist, is the creator of "Stepping Stones," a social skills training program for children and their parents. In this book she looks at eight years of collected data and experience she has drawn from the program and identifies the social challenges children face and guides children and their parents in how to overcome these hurdles and develop the social skills necessary to make and keep friends. With a customized program that can be taught at home and easy-to-understand and fun-to-use exercises, parents can help their children demonstrate new social skills.

The Physiologic Basis of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Dr. David B. Siefer, A77, Dr. Philip Samuels And Dr. Douglas A. Kniss
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Siefer, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Drs. Samuels and Kniss present a hands-on resource that offers both residents and veteran practitioners a state-of-the-field look at the challenges of women's health practice with emphasis on linking basic science and clinical practice, in gynecology and obstetrics. Combining authoritative perspectives, logical organization and clinically relevant material, the book clarifies the interrelationship between physiologic principles, basic diagnosis and effective women's health management.

Soviet Military Assistance: An Empirical Perspective
William H. Mott Iv, F93
Greenwood Press

The second in a series, this study analyzes the historical relationships between the provision of military assistance and success in achieving Soviet aims during the Cold War. Mott, who teaches international relations at Salem State College, looks at Soviet donor-recipient relationships across 17 case studies to identify the generalities or regularities that relate the classical wartime relationship to achievement of donor Cold War aims. He refines the four critical features of the wartime donor-recipient relationship--convergence of donor and recipient aims, donor control, commitment of donor military forces and coherence of donor policies and strategies--to reflect the unique political economic constraints of the Cold War.

What's Wrong with Dorfman?
John Blumenthal, A71
Farmer Street Press

Screenwriter Blumenthal introduces Martin Dorfman, cynic, hypochondriac and burned-out screenwriter. In the midst of navigating his latest film script through Hollywood--an agonizing journey even for a healthy person--the 40-year-old Dorfman suddenly develops a mysterious disease with bizarre symptoms. After a battery of medical tests, his doctors are stumped. Ignoring the alarming diagnosis of his father, a former M.D. and well-known crackpot, Dorfman sets out on an odyssey to find a cure, a quest that takes him to the fringes of alternative medicine.

The European Union and the Member States
Eleanor E. Zeff, J65, and Ellen B. Pirro
Lynne Reinner Publishers

As the European Union continues to grow, it continues to evolve; the balance of power is constantly changing. Zeff, an associate professor of political science at Drake University, and Pirro bring together in one volume an inside look into each of the 15 current member states. They provide readers with original insight into the convoluted relationships of the EU and how the members work to implement policies. As the authors demonstrate, when there are 15 different governments, each with their own ideas and cultures attempting to work together, policy making is not an easy task.

Waiting for My Cats to Die
Stacy Horn, J78, Museum
St. Martin's Press

The founder of, Horn writes a memoir that goes straight to the indignities and preoccupation of midlife: What happens the moment we realize that life has a distinctly downward pull to it, and that death is more than simply some theoretical possibility? She decides dying is not something she's going to take lying down. Having polled subscribers on, the online service she founded, for advice, she concludes that the best strategy in the battle against aging is a frontal assault. We're all going to end up in graveyards? Fine. Let's make them as homey and welcoming as we can. As this memoir shows, acting out can be both survival strategy and affirmation.

Preventing War: The United Nations and Macedonia
Abiodun Williams, F85
Rowman & Littlefield

Williams, the director of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Programs, provides the definitive account of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP), which was deployed from 1992 to 1999 in Macedonia for the first time since hostilities erupted. The book explains why UNPREDEP was established, how it implemented its new mandate, and its path-breaking accomplishments. Placing his account in the context of the evolution of UN peacekeeping and Macedonian history, Williams' analysis is grounded in systematic empirical detail. The book makes a strong argument for the wisdom and efficacy of preventive action and offers important guidance about its use in other potential conflicts.

Felix Varela: The Person, His World and His Legacy For All
Dr. Rafael B. Abislaiman, D65
Ediciones Universal

Abislaiman, a retired dentist who left Cuba in exile in 1961, looks at the life of Father Felix Varela (1788-1853) in this bilingual biography (Spanish and English). Considered a saint by many Cubans, Varela spent his life helping others. Varela, who, for his time, held the unpopular views that women should be educated the same as men and that slavery should be abolished, has been called by Pope John Paul II, "the father of Cuban culture." Abislaiman is also the author of Felix Varela: Frases de Sabiduria.

Faculty Authors

The Comedy and Tragedy of Machiavelli
Vickie B. Sullivan, Editor
Yale University Press

Machiavelli, the author of The Prince, wrote cold-blooded political tracts as well as lighthearted comedies, poems, fables and letters. Sullivan, an associate professor of political science, has edited a volume that brings together scholars in the fields of literature, political science and history to explore the meanings of Machiavelli's literary works, the light as well as the dark. The contributors offer new perspectives on his obsessions, intentions and capabilities, and reveal through sometimes opposing visions of their subject much about his political-historical treatises as well.

From Chance to Choice
Norman Daniels, Allen Buchanan, Dan W. Brock And Daniel Wikler
Cambridge University Press

Four internationally renowned bioethicists, including Daniels, a professor of philosophy, have written the first systematic treatment of the fundamental ethical issues underlying the application of genetic technologies to human beings. Probing the implications of the remarkable advances in genetics, the authors ask how these should affect our understanding of distributive justice, equality of opportunity, the rights and obligations as parents, the meaning of disability, and the role of the concept of human nature in ethical theory and practice.

Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence, and Peacemaking
Marc Gopin
Oxford University Press

In the next century, will religion provide human civilization with methods of care, healing and the creation of peaceful societies? Gopin, an adjunct professor of international diplomacy at the Fletcher School, addresses this issue while attempting to integrate the study of religion with the study of conflict resolution. He argues that religion can play a critical role in constructing a global community of shared moral commitments and vision--a community that can limit conflict to its nonviolent, constructive variety.






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