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The Earthscan Reader on International Trade and
Sustainable Development

Kevin P. Gallagher, G99, and Jacob Werksman, Editors
earthscan publications ltd.

In an era of globalization, international trade is a fact of life. The increasing conflicts surrounding negotiations on trade liberalization—from the WTO debacle to Seattle in 1999 to explosive events surrounding the meeting of the G8 in Genoa in 2001—illustrate the breadth and depth of concern among governments, academics, activists and civil society. Gallagher, a research associate at Tufts’ Global Development and Environmental Institute (GDAE), and Werksman, have assembled a collection of essays that debates these issues and consolidates the lessons learned thus far to guide academics, practitioners, activists and the concerned public in the next decade of work.

Net Prospect: The Courting Process of Women’s College Basketball Recruiting
Lisa Liberty Becker, J93
wish publishing

Becker, a senior writer for Women’s Basketball magazine, provides an analysis of women’s basketball recruiting from those who know it best. From the high school athlete and her family to her high school and/or AAU coaches to the college coach to the recruiting, rankings and evaluation experts, she offers every perspective on the recruiting process in women’s basketball. These experts reflect on how the recruiting game is played, the rules and who really knows them, and how to successfully navigate the rocky waters of the process.

Racial Inequity in Special Education
Daniel J. Losen, A83, and Gary Orfield, Editors
harvard education press

In America, minority children—especially African Americans—are far more likely than white children to be designated mentally retarded or emotionally disturbed. When these children are placed in special education classes, they often receive poorer services than white children. Losen, a legal and policy research associate with The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, and Orfield, examine these inequities as problems in their own right, and as reflections of persistent racial inequities in public education. Their comprehensive review of attempts by legislators, child advocates, and educational and civil rights enforcement agencies to address these issues sets the stage for a more fruitful discussion about special education and racial justice.

Women’s Best Friendships: Beyond Betty, Veronica, Thelma, and Louise
Patricia Rind, J85
The haworth press

Who is your best friend and why? Rind, a specialist in women’s sexuality and psychology, asked seven women this question in interviews that are at the center of her new book. The women, who range in age from the twenties to the fifties, share surprising and sometimes funny answers to questions about one of their most cherished relationships. Combined with studies on everything from communication to competition, and how a woman’s approach tends to differ from a man’s, these intimate interviews follow women from when they first met through years of triumphs and crises, painting a portrait of how friendships evolve.

At the Cut: Growing Up in Gloucester, Massachusetts in the 1940s
Peter Anastas, G67
Dogtown books

Anastas, the former director of advocacy at Action, Inc., Gloucester’s antipoverty agency, reflects on growing up in the 1940s in a small New England fishing community. Rather than write a straight forward memoir, Anastas has written a series of essays that look back on moments in his childhood during the war. Essentially a loner who loved nature and science and reading, he also had his share of scraps and fights and heartaches. In examining his early years, he discovers who he is and how he got that way.

Essex Shipbuilding
Courtney Ellis Peckham, G98

Peckham, the manager of collections and research at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, has assembled more than 200 rare images that represent three centuries of shipbuilding that flourished in Essex, Massachusetts, a small village wrapped around a shallow tidal estuary that flows into Ipswich Bay. From sturdy little Chebacco boats to the tough but graceful fishing schooners that plied the Grand Banks, Essex vessels became known throughout the maritime world as swift and strong, and Essex shipbuilding became synonymous with craftsmanship of the highest order. But by the middle of the 20th century, the industry had vanished and this extraordinary chapter in American maritime history was closed.

Raymond’s Perfect Present
Therese On Louie, J89
Lee & Low Books

Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award Honor, this debut picture book tells the story of Raymond, who one days sees a young woman smile with pleasure when she is given a gift of flowers and is inspired to buy flowers for his mother, who is home from the hospital. When he realizes that he doesn’t have enough money to buy them, he decides to grow them from seeds, but his mother has to return to the hospital before the flowers bloom. As the flowers grow and then begin to wilt, Raymond fears his mother will never see his present after all.

Over the Rooftops of Time: Jewish Stories, Essays, Poems
Myra Sklarew, J56
state University of new york press

In this collection, Sklarew, a professor of literature at American University, traces a journey across the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st. Her point of view is Jewish, though her subjects include science, exile, the future, the Holocaust, the remaining Jewish community of Morocco, Yiddish poetry, the visual arts and teaching. Many of these pieces deal with personal subjects—the search for a grandfather’s birthplace, the death of a mother, the struggle of a woman to embrace Judaism. Ultimately, the book is about access and following one’s own curiosity despite the obstacles that might appear along the way.

The Genomic Revolution: Unveiling the Unity of Life
Michael Yudell, A90, and Rob DeSalle, Editors
joseph henry press

From the discoveries of Watson and Crick to the appearance of Dolly the Sheep, the past 50 years have ushered in a revolution of knowledge in how organisms develop, function and procreate. Scientists are now engaged in an epic task that will vastly expand our knowledge: the sequencing of the human genome. Yudell, a researcher in the molecular laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History, and DeSalle, take readers on a journey through genomics—from the basic presentation of ideas about heredity through the essential principles of molecular biology. Includes contributions from some of the world’s leading experts in genomics.