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Summer 2005
Hound Health Handbook
The definitive guide to keeping your dog happy, healthy & active
Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M., V98
workman publishing

Dr. Betsy Brevitz worked for ten years as a magazine editor and writer before deciding to return to her childhood dream—becoming a veterinarian. Today, she practices at Summit Dog & Cat Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. Her new book, Hound Health Handbook, could be viewed as the “bible of dog care.” In it, she covers everything from deadly canine diseases and aging pets, to everyday problems like bad breath and shedding. Here, Dr. Brevitz discusses what every person should consider before bringing a dog home.

Almost everyone loves dogs. Dogs are affection, exuberance, comedy, and nature all wrapped up in one warm furry package. So I empathize completely with the desire to have a dog of one’s own. More often than you might imagine, however, I find myself trying to talk people out of getting a dog. Two situations set up red flags for me: someone who wants a dog but works full time and expects to leave the dog home alone all day, and parents who want a dog ‘for the kids’ and don’t realize the dog will be 99.9 percent their responsibility, not their children’s.

“Back in the ‘good old days,’ epitomized by the Lassie TV show of the mid-1960s, the family dog was almost never alone. He was busy working on the farm or hanging out with Mom, who was home most of the day taking care of the kids and the household chores. Those were good gigs for dogs, whose need for companionship is as strong as their need for food. But work and families have changed. These days, many dogs are deserted for hours each day while their people are at work or school. The result is an epidemic of canine separation anxiety: dogs who bark or howl nonstop, soil the house, scratch and chew woodwork and floors, even throw themselves through windows in an attempt to escape their solitary confinement.

“Then there are the parents who want a dog to teach their children responsibility. As a vet, a dog owner, and the mother of two kids, I can tell you, it ain’t gonna happen. If your child isn’t old enough to babysit another child without supervision, he isn’t old enough to take care of a dog by himself either.

“If you’re seldom home and want a dog, may I gently suggest a nice pair of cats instead? And if your kids want a dog, borrow one from a friend for a week before you decide. Remember, both you and a dog need to be reasonably happy in order for the relationship to succeed.

Circe, After Hours
Marilyn Kallet, J68
BkMk Press
Marilyn Kallet, poet and director of the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee, writes about her childhood relocation from the South to New York in this, her tenth collection of poetry. Circe, After Hours also deals with her travels in Horb, Germany, where she discovered information about her Jewish relatives’ experiences in the Holocaust. Despite the seriousness of her themes, she also infuses humor in many of her poems, which she counterbalances with well-honed lyricism.

The Body in the Snowdrift
Katherine Hall Page, G74
William Morrow
In this 15th mystery in the Faith Fairchild series, Katherine Hall Page takes her readers to the blustery slopes of a Vermont ski resort, where murder makes an unwelcome appearance at the Fairchild family reunion. Caterer Faith Fairchild and her family gather at the Pine Slopes resort to celebrate her father-in-law’s 70th birthday. All starts well as the family settles into neighboring condos, until Faith discovers a body on one of the cross-country trails—the apparent victim of a heart attack. Then Pine Slopes’ star chef vanishes without a trace. Faith must get to the bottom of the crime spree if she wants to salvage the reunion, prevent the closing of Pine Slopes—and save her own life.

Looking for Peyton Place
Barbara Delinsky, J67
From best-selling author Barbara Delinsky comes the story of Annie Barnes, a well-known author who, after the death of her mother, returns home to Middle River, New Hampshire, the reputed setting for Grace Metalious’ Peyton Place. The mysterious circumstances of her mother’s death cause Annie to start asking probing questions that make people nervous. When she discovers evidence of dangerous pollutants flowing from the local paper mill—poisons that she believes contributed to her mother’s fatal illness—Annie finds herself at odds with most of the town’s inhabitants, including her sisters. Coming face-to-face with decades of secrets and lies, she knows she must find the strength to move beyond the legacy of Grace Metalious, defying her past to heal the wounds of both the town and her own family.

Washed up with a Broken Heart in Rock Hall
Peter Svenson, A65
The Permanent Press
In his debut novel, Peter Svenson introduces Budge Moss, a middle-aged author on the skids who sails his boat to Rock Hall on Chesapeake Bay with only his cat for company. His wife has left him, his home and possessions are gone, but he’s determined to reestablish his bearings and write a thinly disguised tale about this lonely passage in his life. Practicing his survival skills in a rental cottage, he pursues the opposite sex with often hilarious results. Despite numerous setbacks, he maintains a dogged resolve to move forward and leave the past behind.

In the Shadow of the Sphinx
Lisa Bahrawy, J78, G79
Lisa Bahrawy, a retired Tufts professor of German, sets her novel against the events of the 1952 bloodless Egyptian revolution and the Suez crisis. In the Shadow of the Sphinx traces protagonist Laura’s ten-year quest to find a home in Egypt. A young German woman still bruised by the horrors of World War II, Laura finds love with Mounir, an Egyptian physician in London, who a year after their marriage decides to return to his country. Following her husband, Laura becomes caught in a kaleidoscope of new sights, sounds, and emotions, while she struggles to find a niche in a culture very different from her own, a land where foreigners—after centuries of imperialist rule—are an increasingly unwelcome presence.

Machiavelli’s Hero: Ferdinand the Catholic of Spain
Diana Potter Burnell, BSOT54
New Day Publishing
Retired psychologist Diana Potter Burnell’s new novel is the first book about the political pursuits of Ferdinand the Catholic in more than a century. From the walls of the Alhambra to the shores of Hispaniola, the volume traces the history of the powerful ruler Ferdinand, who sent an inexperienced explorer, Christopher Columbus, to command a small fleet of vessels and sailors to search for a new, faster route to China. From the moment the Spanish seamen saw the glint of gold on the ornaments worn by the Native Americans, they thought of nothing else but stealing their own share of the treasure. Columbus was unable to exert control of their behavior as greed changed an island of paradise into a living hell for its inhabitants.

Sacco & Vanzetti
Eli C. Bortman, A64
Commonwealth Editions
On April 15, 1920, a factory paymaster and his guard were murdered in Braintree, Massachusetts. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrants and anarchists, were subsequently arrested and charged with the murders. Seven years later, after they were both put to death in the electric chair, thousands of mourners followed the funeral cortege of two men whom many viewed as victims of prejudice. In the latest addition to the “New England Remembers” series, Eli C. Bortman, a professor of law at Babson College, decodes one of the most fascinating murder cases in New England history and shows how while their executions did not trigger an international revolt, their struggle against the Massachusetts judicial system sparked a movement to restrain the arbitrary power of biased judges.

The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City’s Cold Case Squad
Stacy Horn, Museum 78
There is no statute of limitations on murder. In New York City, thousands of murders remain unsolved. Where does the police department begin after an unsolved case has gone cold? In this in-depth narrative, writer Stacy Horn uses her unprecedented access to chronicle the inner workings of the elite unit of homicide detectives charged with the overwhelming task of solving cold cases that go back as far as 1951. Following four cases from inception to resolution, she depicts the world of the victims and their murderers, “who thought they’d gotten away with it,” along with the scientific advancements that don’t always yield hoped-for answers, and the harrowing politics and tangled history of the infamous NYPD.

Real Football: Conversations on America’s Game
Stephen H. Norwood, A72
University of Mississippi Press
Since the 1960s, professional football has been America’s most popular sport. Stephen Norwood, a professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, explores the culture of football from the players’ perspective. Eight top athletes, men who played in the National Football League for at least ten years, analyze the mental, physical, and emotional experience of the game at the high school, college, and professional levels, and at nearly every gridiron position. They discuss, in depth, a wide range of topics, including masculinity, injury and pain, big-time college recruiting, college athletes and academics, and relations with fathers and coaches.

7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You And How to Talk About Them Anyway
Jenifer Marshall Lippincott, J76, and Robin M. Deutsch
Ballantine Books
Every teenager keeps secrets. And most parents worry about what their kids don’t tell them. In this guide to keeping pace—and peace—with teens, authors Jenifer Lippincott and Robin Deutsch offer a simple plan for talking to your kids that’s based on a simple set of rules: Teens need to stay safe, show respect, and keep in touch. Among the seven lessons the authors offer are “truth is as malleable as their Friday night plans” and “when we say ‘no,’ they hear ‘maybe.’” The good news is that it is never too late to change parenting practices. The better news is that it’s simpler than one may think.

The Legend of the Light-Bearers A Fable about Personal Reinvention and Global

Dr. Joe Rubino, D81
Vision Works Publishing
In this prequel to The Magic Lantern, Dr. Joe Rubino, CEO of the Center for Personal Reinvention, explores the process of personal and global transformation within the guise of an enchanting fable. As the action unfolds in a world decimated by a global cataclysm, young Matilda embarks on a personal quest to rid the world of the pervasive gloom that has enveloped it since the Earth Change. In doing so, she also explores the nature of hatred and resignation, the keys to unlock personal transformation, the power of anger, and the means to overcoming that anger and replacing it with love.

The New Marketing: Conversation Creating and Strengthening Relationships Between Buyers and Sellers
Donna Baier-Stein and Alexandra MacAaron, J84
Among the many lessons unraveled after the dot-com bust is the importance to speak with one voice in all communications. That integration means convergence. Alexandra MacAaron, creative director of Plan B Marketing Communications, and Donna Baier Stein, president of Baier Stein Direct, help readers improve their ability to develop and execute a creative strategy that integrates online and offline media—from short -and long-form print to video and electronic. This cutting-edge book presents convergence in the broader marketing context, but also emphasizes principles related to direct marketing. The authors explain how creative strategy is a direct—and critical—extension of overall business and marketing strategy and branding.

Mastering the Merger: Four Critical Decisions That Make or Break the Deal
David Harding and Sam Rovit, F87
Harvard Business School Press
Seventy percent of mergers and acquisitions fail, yet deals are essential for growing world-class companies. How have the most successful deal makers consistently defied this paradox and beaten the odds? The answer is by using a disciplined approach to deal making, focusing on four key decisions. Sam Rovit and David Harding, both directors at Bain and Company, offer a distinct contribution to M&A literature that spotlights the due diligence that must be done before a decision to make a deal ever happens. Their insights identify the key factors that are most critical to whether or not a merger succeeds.

Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness
Daniel C. Dennett
The MIT Press
In the years since University Professor Daniel Dennett’s influential Consciousness Explained was published in 1991, scientific research on consciousness has been a hotly contested battleground of rival theories. With Sweet Dreams, Dennett returns to the subject for “revision and renewal” of his theory of consciousness, taking into account major empirical advances in the field as well as recent theoretical challenges. In Sweet Dreams, he recasts the Multiple Drafts Model into the “fame in the brain” model, as a background against which to examine the philosophical issues that “continue to bedevil the field.” With his usual clarity and brio, Dennett enlivens his arguments with a variety of vivid examples.

No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive
Lee Edelman
Duke University Press
English professor Lee Edelman outlines a radically uncompromising new ethics of queer theory. His main target is the all-pervasive figure of the child, which he reads as the linchpin of our universal politics of “reproductive futurism.” Edelman argues that the child, understood as innocence in need of protection, represents the possibility of the future against which the queer is positioned as the embodiment of a relentlessly narcissistic, antisocial, and future-negating drive. He boldly insists that the efficacy of queerness lies in its very willingness to embrace this refusal of the social and political order. In No Future, Edelman urges queers to abandon the accommodation and accede to their status as figures for the force of a negativity that he links with irony, jouissance, and, ultimately, the death drive itself.

New Thinking in Macroeconomics: Social, Institutional, and Environmental Perspectives
Edited by Jonathan M. Harris and Neva R. Goodwin
Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc.
Jonathan M. Harris, director of the theory and education program at Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute, and Neva R. Goodwin, co-director, present new and innovative perspectives on macroeconomics at the national and international levels. The editors bring together contributions on a wide range of topics including social, institutional, and environmental perspectives; current issues of globalization; transitional economies; inequality; unemployment; national and international debt; and the relationship of macroeconomic policies to the environment. They draw on expertise in a variety of areas to provide insight into debates on macroeconomic policy in the U.S. and Europe, as well as in developing and transitional economies.