Folded Word, 2018 Winner of The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Award, Moeller-Gaa’s collection of haiku and senryu explores the unguarded space between a moment’s initiation and its resolution through evocative word choice, masterful turns, and a touch of humor. Whether his subjects are external or internal, wild or domestic, he shows us perspectives that never disappoint.
Nuts About Squirrels: The Rodents That Conquered Popular Culture
Don Corrigan ’73
McFarland, 2019 From Rocky the flying squirrel of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle to Conker and Squirrel Girl of video game fame, squirrels have seen an increased presence in mass media. Corrigan, a journalism professor, examines how this came to be by looking at squirrel legends and tales that have informed contemporary popular culture.
Radical Charity: How Generosity Can Save the World (And the Church)
Christopher Marlin-Warfield ’00
Cascade Books 2019 Countering a movement in churches and nonprofits arguing that charity is toxic, Marlin Warfield weaves together research and scholarship on topics as diverse as biblical scholarship, Christian history, economics, and behavioral psychology to show how charity is the heart of Christianity and one of the most effective ways that we can help people who are living in poverty.
Instructions for Temporary Survival
Monica Prince ’12
Red Mountain Press, 2019 Winner of the Red Mountain Discovery Award, Monica Prince’s poetry tackles historical trauma, racism, rape, and depression to explain that pain is meant to inform—not define—one’s life. Rather than ask us to live in a constant state of survival, or give up entirely, this collection shows the many ways we can save ourselves, while revealing the secrets that require a rescue in the first place.
The Wonderful Whippet of Winifred Weatherwax
Philippa Cumming Stasiuk ’96
Tivoli Press, 2018 Stasiuk tells the story of Winifred and her whippet, Shumba, as they navigate through the colorful world of dog shows. But when Shumba begins to win and the other dogs start to disappear, Stasiuk skillfully unravels a mystery that includes dishonest dog breeding, a first crush, and the nefarious villain behind it all.
The Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid in Saigon
sandy hanna ’72
Post Hill Press, 2018 As a military dependent who grew up in Saigon, Hanna brings together a unique combination of background and research to a coming-of-age story set in pre-war Vietnam. Ten-year-old Sandy finds herself in a country where politics and intrigue reside between plot and counterplot, and where she finally comes face-to-face with the turbulent reality of Vietnam.
The Majestic Nature of the North
Michael Armstrong ’70 and Steven Walton
SUNY Press, 2019 This compilation of illustrated nineteenth-century travel diaries of artist, educator, and architect Thomas Kelah Wharton provides an intimate glimpse into early American society. Wharton’s travels in the lower Hudson River Valley, New Orleans, and Boston not only touch on encounters with other renowned artists, but also detail travel experiences and political tensions through his own faithful drawings of the era.
A Death at Tippitt Pond (A Sweet Iron Mystery)
Susan Van Kirk ’68
Encircle Publications 2019 Four decades after the tragic murder of Melanie Tippitt, the tiny town of Sweet Iron is rocked by new revelations in that haunting case when Beth Russell, researcher and genealogist, challenges the truth about the shocking murder at Tippitt Pond. Her search for the truth sets in motion a chain of disturbing events that threatens her own life.