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Summer 2003
Sarah J. Woolf-Wade, J57
Goose River Press

Woolf-Wade, who had her first poem published in the Boston Herald when she was nine years old, studied the craft of poetry with John Holmes, A29, H62, at Tufts. Now she brings together a collection of her poems in Nightsong, in which she offers portraits of clam diggers, coastal fishermen, the earnest teacher, the sister ships of Wiscasset, Maine, women of the Varanasi, the lost son and her mother, whose life she reconstructs.
The Body in the Lighthouse
(A Faith Fairchild Mystery)
Katherine Hall Page, G74
William Morrow

In this 13th appearance by minister’s wife and caterer Faith Fairchild, Page brings her favorite sleuth to the idyllic vacation spot of Sanpere Island, off the coast of Maine. But Fairchild and her family find the island’s unique ambience threatened by an aggressive real estate developer, whose plans to fill the island with huge mansions has infuriated many of the locals. When Fairchild herself discovers the developer murdered, she sets out to track down the killer for the sake of an island that she loves, even if it means placing her own life in peril.
Better Than Running at Night
Hillary Frank, J97
Houghton Mifflin

In her first novel, Frank, who also provided the illustrations, delves into the life of her young protagonist who, after leaving her solitary high school days, looks forward to moving to a new city and reinventing herself through her art. Arriving one winter at the New England College of Art and Design, she finds the ideal opportunity to start again. A story about independence, trust and boys.
Max and Annie’s Mysterious Campfire
Sandra J. Philipson, G72
Chagrin River Publishing Company

Max and Annie, the canine stars of the Animal Planet show “Breed All About It,” return in another picture book (Max’s Wild Goose Chase, The Artist: A Max and Annie Adventure in Imagination). This time they travel out west and discover the Arizona desert. The desert animals invite the dogs to a mysterious campfire where Max is confronted by a local bully. He learns that getting caught up in bullying can become dangerous. With Annie’s help, however, Max learns that he can use his head to save the spirit of the campfire.
White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890–1945
Thomas A. Guglielmo, A91
Oxford University Press

Upon arrival in America, Italian immigrants were made to fill out a standardized immigration form on which the only option they had for race and color questions was “white.” While many suffered from racial prejudice, they were nonetheless viewed as white, with all the privileges this color bestowed. Guglielmo, an assistant professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame, has drawn on dozens of oral histories and numerous primary sources to focus on how perceptions of Italians’ race and color were shaped in Chicago, one of America’s great centers of immigration and labor.
At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882–1943
Erika Lee, J91
The University of North Carolina Press

With the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese laborers became the first group in American history to be excluded from the United States on the basis of their race and class. Lee, an assistant professor of history at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, looks at how this transformed not only Chinese-American lives and immigration patterns, but also recast the United States into a “gatekeeping nation.” Drawing on recently released immigration records and oral histories, she brings alive the forgotten hardships and triumphs of Chinese immigrants.
Condition of Access: Higher Education for Lower Income Students
Donald E. Heller, A81, editor
Praeger Publishers

Condition of Access asserts that increased access to higher education institutions for lower-income students must be established as a national priority. Heller, associate professor and senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University, along with a group of expert researchers, uses the most recent research available to discuss the state of access for lower-income students. The authors examine, among other issues, the postsecondary education patterns of these students in the U.S. and the status of student aid programs.
The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently . . . and Why
Richard E. Nisbett, A62
The Free Press

When a Chinese and an American look at the same painting, don’t they see the same painting? Nisbett, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, documents his international research in cultural psychology with a series of comparative studies, addressing questions such as, Why did the ancient Chinese excel at algebra and arithmetic, but not geometry, which was achieved by the Greeks, and Why do Western infants learn nouns more rapidly than they do verbs, when it is the other way round in East Asia? Nisbett offers his map to bridging the differences between the two cultures.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pediatric Fibromyalgia: A Safe New Treatment Plan for Children
Dr. R. Paul St. Amand, A48, M52, and Claudia Craig Marek
Warner Books

Your child suffers from myriad symptoms—anything from persistent aches and pains to mood swings to irritated eyes. The problem, according to St. Amand, an endocrinologist and assistant clinical professor at UCLA, and Marek, may be fibromyalgia. In this book, parents can discover why pediatric fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed, the most powerful clue that your child has the disease, and the link between fibromyalgia and hypoglycemia and how the right foods can become the best medicine for your child.
Thomas Jefferson, Architect: The Built Legacy of Our Third President
Hugh Howard, A74
Rizzoli International Publications

The latest book by Hugh Howard, A74, is a stunning catalog and appreciation of the “dozen-odd” surviving buildings attributed to Thomas Jefferson. He spoke with Tufts Magazine from his home in Red Rock, New York.

”I hope from this book people will see the larger context of Jefferson’s architecture. Monticello may be his greatest work, but there are also other memorable houses that show how his mind was always at work, always experimenting. One of the least well known is Poplar Forest, which he built as an escape as he was about to retire, just outside Lynchburg, Virginia. It reveals another part of his personality that you don’t get at Monticello—he built it in order to find ‘the solitude of a hermit.’

“Perhaps his most important contribution is that he created a building culture in Virginia. People hadn’t aspired to classical architecture; it was hit or miss. But Jefferson said, ‘Wait. We should try to do something important, something ennobling.’ He educated himself about the grand buildings of Europe and then educated more than 200 builders here in America.

“Overall, his regard for monuments of classical antiquity brought a new rigor and seriousness to American architecture. It was his idea to put a dome on the Capitol, for instance. Coming to a larger understanding of his work was fascinating; studying one building is interesting, but taking on a wider philosophical and intellectual challenge, that was great fun.”
Proactive Parenting: Guiding Your Child from Two to Six

Faculty of Tufts University’s Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development
Penguin Putnam

Early childhood is a time of explosive growth and constant change. As toddlers become preschoolers and preschoolers become “big kids,” parents are faced with new challenges on an almost daily basis—and are often unsure of the best way to cope. The faculty of child development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development offer parents the information, advice and encouragement needed for them to learn and grow with their children. They discuss how children influence parents’ behavior and how both parents and children are learners. They look closely at children’s interaction with their world and how their point of view changes with age and experience.