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Alumni Books


<em>WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work</em>

WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work

Aron Ain ’79

(New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018).
The author is CEO of Kronos, a global provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions used within more than 35,000 organizations in more than 100 countries. According to one reviewer, his book “takes readers step-by-step through principles and practices that have helped Kronos win and grow mainly by inspiring its own workers to realize their full potential and having each other’s backs. Kronos’s bottom-line success is proof positive that Ain’s commitment to creating a satisfying, challenging and kind work environment is a very hard-nosed business strategy indeed. WorkInspired shows us all how to execute it.”

<em>Foods from Far and Away: Bringing Regional Dishes Home</em>

Foods from Far and Away: Bringing Regional Dishes Home

Holly Amidon ’84

(Bloomington, Ind.: LifeRich, 2018).
According to the publisher, “Sampling foods from around the world can be a pleasurable experience. Trying to recreate these dishes at home may sometimes prove to be challenging, but with the right ingredients and a little bit of imagination any cook can be successful. In this, her second cookbook, Holly Amidon presents recipes that stay true to their original preparations while at the same time display her unique sense of creativity in the kitchen. Holly’s passion for exploring distant places and innovative regional dining shine through in her vacation stories and travel tales.”

This book is a follow-up to the author’s first collection of recipes, “A Lifetime of Good Eats: The Foods I Love to Cook and Share.”

<em>Amazing Ants: Simple Sidewalk Science</em>

Amazing Ants: Simple Sidewalk Science

W. Barkley Butler ’64

(Unionville, N.Y.: Royal Fireworks Press, 2017).
Teen scientists interested in learning about biology and exploring the design of scientific experiments meet the common ant — one of the easiest animals to acquire and use in a scientific setting. Part instruction book, part research notebook, Amazing Ants offers young explorers how-to tips for designing an experiment, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating results. The author is a professor emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and former chief of the biochemistry laboratory of the Michigan Cancer Foundation.

<em>Both End in Speculation</em>

Both End in Speculation

Nancy Avery Dafoe K’74

(NP: Rogue Phoenix Press, 2018).
This is the second book in the author’s Vena Goodwin murder mystery series. The publisher describes it as beginning with two discoveries — “a murdered woman found on the Arch of Constantine and the revelation of a John Keats’ poem written at the end of his life in Rome, Italy. Disclosure of the invaluable poem causes events leading to murders with bodies deposited at historical sites in Rome. The Vena Goodwin mystery is also an exploration of Keats’ concept of ‘negative capability,’ in which intuition and uncertainty are prized over absoluteness. The speculation refers to light and darkness in the plot, bringing in the European refugee crisis, the Keats’ poem, and why we seek out uncertainties, including mystery. Familiar characters from book one in the series are the protagonist Vena Goodwin and her Italian lover Elio Canestrini.”

<em>Day by Day: 1968 That Tumultuous Year in 366 Photographs</em>

Day by Day: 1968 That Tumultuous Year in 366 Photographs

James Garfinkel ’80

(New York: Day By Day Publishing, 2018).
Organized chronologically, this large display book features captivating images — one for each day (it was a leap year) — that take the reader through a year marked by such triumphs as the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon, to tragedies that included the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The author prepared the book to accompany a 50th-anniversary exhibit that was displayed at New York City’s Steven Kasher Gallery in January and February. Garfinkel selected the images from a range of press archives and private collections and wrote text that introduces each month. “I was particularly taken with how so many of the concerns which found expression then still resonate today,” he said.

<em>Celebrity Cast</em>

Celebrity Cast

Harry Groome ’60

(Villanova, Pa.: Connelly Press, 2018).
This, the author’s fifth book, is a spell-binding tale set during the precarious days of the Soviet Union’s collapse. In recommending the thriller on Kirkus Reviews, one reader noted: “The double narrative action of the kidnapping and the grand geopolitical drama is compelling. The more these two plotlines intersect, the more intriguing the chaos that ensues.”

<em>Nonprofit Hero: Five Easy Steps to Successful Board Fundraising</em>

Nonprofit Hero: Five Easy Steps to Successful Board Fundraising

Valerie M. Jones ’79

(Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).
The author begins by stating: “If you serve on a nonprofit board, you probably hate doing the one thing upon which your cause depends: fundraising.” Jones aims to help change that. A certified fundraising executive, she has raised more than $175 million for nonprofits and helped thousands develop the comfort and willingness to successfully ask for the causes they care about. The book gives readers insight into their “asking personality,” illustrating how they can best thank, steward, research, cultivate, and ask; which of these five steps they favor; and how to master the skills they need to excel.

<em>The Golden State: A Novel</em>

The Golden State: A Novel

Lydia Kiesling ’05

(New York: MCD, 2018).
The author’s debut novel, The Golden State has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and been longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. The book chronicles 10 days in the life of a young woman named Daphne, who feels trapped in a mundane job and in the role of a single parent after her Turkish husband is denied reentry in to U.S. due of a “processing error.” On the verge of a breakdown, she packs up the car, toddler in tow, and heads to the remote desert town of Altavista where they find refuge in a mobile home left to Daphne by her grandparents.

One reviewer noted, “Keenly observed, bristling with humor, and set against the beauty of a little-known part of California, The Golden State is about class and cultural breakdowns, and desperate attempts to bridge old and new worlds. But more than anything, it is about motherhood: its voracious worry, frequent tedium, and enthralling, wondrous love.”

Kiesling is editor of the online magazine The Millions. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Slate, and The New Yorker online, and have been recognized in The Best American Essays 2016.

<em>Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion</em>

Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion

Lauren Magaziner ’12

(New York: HarperCollins, 2018).
Funny and interactive — what more could young detectives want? Especially when they get to pick which suspects to interview, which questions to ask, and which clues to follow. Middle-grade readers help Carlos and his friends crack the case by figuring out who’s sending the death threats, uncovering a lost treasure, and working to save the Las Pistas Detective Agency.

<em>Wizardmatch</em>

Wizardmatch

Lauren Magaziner ’12

(New York: Penguin, 2018).
One Pomporromp grandchild will take it all: a large estate, an important title, a fancy castle. And most of all: unlimited magical powers. Who will win Wizardmatch? With themes of gender equality, favoritism, and sibling rivalry, Kirkus calls this novel for young readers “a stirring yet comedic look at the importance of family.”

<em>Tocqueville</em>

Tocqueville

James T. Schleifer ’64

(Medford, Mass.: Polity Press, 2018).
The author, emeritus dean of the library and professor of history at the College of New Rochelle, introduces the social and political theories of Alexis de Tocqueville, a French diplomat, political scientist, and historian best known for his works Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution. By examining essential themes — including Tocqueville’s long-overlooked economic ideas and social reform proposals — Schleifer “sheds fresh light on the enduring relevance of Tocqueville’s writings and why his reflections on democracy continue to be so pertinent, especially in these troubled times,” noted one reviewer.

<em>The Power of Licensing: Harnessing Brand Equity</em>

The Power of Licensing: Harnessing Brand Equity

Michael Stone ’72

(Chicago: Ankerwycke Books, 2018).
Drawing on case studies and stories of companies from P&G to Harley-Davidson that have successfully implemented brand licensing programs, the author illustrates the potential of brand licensing as a pathway to engage consumers in a world turned upside down by the disruptive forces of digital technology and the internet. Stone is co-founder and chairman of Beanstalk, a global brand extension licensing agency.

You Wait For Me Where Mountain Peaks Are White As Your Hair

Peter Weltner ’64

(Seattle: Marrowstone Press, 2018).
Weltner’s latest book of poetry was inspired while he was reading a lot of Horace and Vergil, ancient Greek lyric and tragic poetry, and ancient Chinese poetry. “Many poems, haiku-like, begin in a landscape that branches quickly into primal terrain, textual and sensual, where the past weaves its spell into a present always on the cusp of slipping away.”

<em>Roadside Geology of West Virginia</em>

Roadside Geology of West Virginia

Christopher Wilkinson ’68

(Missoula, Mont.: Blue Mountain Publishing, 2018).
From the publisher: “Within West Virginia’s irregular borders, formed by winding rivers, high ridges, and the peculiarities of colonial land surveys, is a sedimentary record of the entire Paleozoic Era. … Authors Joseph Lebold and Christopher Wilkinson lead you along the roads of the Mountain State, past roadcuts exposing contorted rock layers, coral reefs, and ancient red soils. Sidebars provide more details about iconic places such as the New River Gorge, Seneca Rocks, and Dolly Sods, and about unusual geologic features such as the riverless Teays Valley and the karst topography and caverns of the Big Levels.”

Lebold has taught geology at West Virginia University since 2009. Wilkinson, a musicologist specializing in African-American musical culture, taught music history and writing at WVU’s School of Music for 37 years before retiring in 2013. As a layperson with an interest in geology, he hopes the book will motivate others to explore West Virginia’s geologic history.

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