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<em>Your Obedient Servant: The Letters of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr</em>

Your Obedient Servant: The Letters of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr

Douglas Ambrose, the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis ’38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of History

(Cooperstown, N.Y.: Fenimore Art Museum, 2019)
This beautifully illustrated book examines the letters between Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and their seconds leading up to the fatal duel on July 11, 1804. Ten of the most significant letters are presented in pictorial form for the first time, alongside their transcriptions.

<em>Smart Cities, Smart Future: Showcasing Tomorrow</em>

Smart Cities, Smart Future: Showcasing Tomorrow

Mike Barlow ’75 and Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton

(Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley & Sons, 2018).
Some experts predict that by mid-century, two-thirds of us will be living in cities. But, as the authors ask, will they be smart cities? “Smart cities are complex blends of technologies, systems, and services designed and orchestrated to help people lead productive, fulfilling, safe, and happy lives.” The book offers interviews with leaders and experts in multiple disciplines essential to the grass-roots development of smart cities — “the world’s best hope for dealing with global challenges such as transportation, sustainability, citizen engagement, healthcare, education, public safety, migration, energy efficiency and climate change.” Barlow is journalist, author, and business strategy consultant.

<em>The Radical Ecology of the Shelleys: Eros and Environment</em>

The Radical Ecology of the Shelleys: Eros and Environment

Colin Carman ’00

(New York: Routledge, 2019).
Described as “the first full-length study to explore a queer ecology at work in writings by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley as their discussions of nature and the natural consistently link ecology and erotic practice.” The author is on the English faculty at Colorado Mesa University.

<em>Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely</em>

Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely

Andrew S. Curran ’86

(New York: Other Press, 2019).
In this biography shortlisted for best book on France by the American Library in Paris, the author explores more than Denis Diderot’s decades-long battle to bring the world’s first comprehensive Encyclopédie into existence. Having been imprisoned for his atheism, “Diderot decided to reserve his best books for posterity — for us, in fact. In the astonishing cache of unpublished writings left behind after his death, Diderot challenged virtually all of his century’s accepted truths, from the sanctity of monarchy, to the racial justification of the slave trade, to the norms of human sexuality.” The author is the William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities and Professor of French at Wesleyan University.

<em >Adventures in Physics</em>

Adventures in Physics

George R. Dixon ’63

(self-published, 2019).
The author notes, “This book contains physics perspectives not often found in the literature. The target audience is all who are interested in physics and the core concepts behind a subject that has fascinated people since the time of the ancient Greeks. It is written for people interested in space and time, forces and energy, fiends and the rich body of thought that has occupied some of the brightest minds who have lived and who wondered what the physical world is all about.”

<em>...And Often the First Jew: Kristallnacht Survivor’s Son Teaches Holocaust History in Germany</em>

...And Often the First Jew: Kristallnacht Survivor’s Son Teaches Holocaust History in Germany

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs ’68

(Jerusalem, Israel: Mazo Publishers, 2019).
The author and his wife, Vickie, are both children of Holocaust survivors. In this powerful story, Rabbi Fuchs tells of the arrest and brutal treatment that his father, Leo Fuchs, received at the onset of Kristallnacht and how he was able to survive. Vickie discusses the events of her parents’ plight and subsequent new life in America. The book encapsulates the Fuchs’ straightforward message they leave behind when speaking with Germany’s post-Holocaust generation — “We cannot undo the past, but the future is ours to shape.”

<em>Choose Your Own Adventure Spies: James Armistead Lafayette</em>

Choose Your Own Adventure Spies: James Armistead Lafayette

Kyandreia Jones ’19

(Waitsfield, Vt.: Chooseco, 2019).
Young readers engage in history as they learn about an unsung hero of the Revolutionary War — James Armistead Lafayette, whose top-secret espionage efforts helped the colonists defeat the British. The story plunks readers into exciting scenarios, based on real events, and then gives them options for how to respond. As one reviewer noted, “This book will get kids excited about history, but it’s imperative that they read the end note on James Armistead Lafayette’s life to learn what choices he actually made.” A creative writing major, the author is working as an English teacher with Teach for America.

<em>Illegal Among Us: A Stateless Woman’s Quest for Citizenship</em>

Illegal Among Us: A Stateless Woman’s Quest for Citizenship

Martine Kalaw ’03

(Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Sunbury Press, 2018).
The author shares the story of her seven-year battle — involving six lawyers, numerous hearings, motions, rejections, appeals, and testimony before the U.S. Congress (on behalf of The Dream Act) — that led to her becoming a U.S. citizen. As the publisher notes, “Ten years later, at age 33, a social media message reconnects Martine with the father she thought dead for 20 years. Here begins the story of a prep-school illegal immigrant’s return to her birthland of Zambia. She travels to Africa to unlock the key to her past but what she discovers is unimaginable and will never leave her the same.” Kalaw, a community advocate, speaker, and Huffington Post blogger on her undocumented immigrant struggle, is a senior director of learning and development at a private aviation company.

<em>Dynamic DNA: Activating Your Inner Energy for Better Health</em>

Dynamic DNA: Activating Your Inner Energy for Better Health

James Meade ’66 and Hari Sharma

(New York: SelectBooks, Inc., 2018).
Meade, an author of 30 previous books, teamed with Sharma, professor emeritus and former director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Natural Products Research in the Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, at The Ohio State University, on this book that “presents breakthrough knowledge with its validation of Ayurvedic, Yoga, and New Age concepts with Western science thinking.” Specifically, the authors present the interconnection of DNA and kundalini and how such choices as diet, lifestyle, and meditation can help purify the body to reach its highest potential.

<em>Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon</em>

Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon

Quincy D. Newell, associate professor of religious studies

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2019).
In this, the first scholarly biography of Jane Manning James or, for that matter, any black Mormon, Newell tells the story of a free black woman from Connecticut, who traveled with her family and other Latter-day Saints converts to Nauvoo, Ill., where the church was then based. Working as a servant in the home of LDS founder Joseph Smith and later Brigham Young gained her proximity to Mormonism’s most powerful figures, but not exclusion from the church’s racially discriminatory policies. Because James was African American, she was barred from performing temple rituals that Mormons believe necessary to reach the highest degrees of glory after death. Nevertheless, James remained true to her faith until her death.

<em>Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction</em>

Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction

Alexandra Plakias ’02, assistant professor of philosophy

(Peterborough, Canada: Broadview Press, 2019).
As its jacket notes, “This book offers a wide-ranging yet concise introduction to the many philosophical issues surrounding food production and consumption. It begins with discussions of the metaphysics, epistemology, and aesthetics of food, then moves on to debates about the ethics of eating animals, the environmental impacts of food production, and the role of technology in our food supply, before concluding with discussions of food access, health, and justice. Throughout, the author draws on cross-disciplinary research

<em>The Blue Velvet Dress Says I Told You So: Poems + Paintings</em>

The Blue Velvet Dress Says I Told You So: Poems + Paintings

Heidi Wong ’20

(Los Angeles: 777, 2019).
Combining lavish paintings and powerful poetry, this book, the author’s second, deals with humanitarian and existential issues ranging from equality, loss, neglect, and legacy. “While the book possesses heavy feminist overtones, Heidi moves toward humanitarian issues on a much larger scale using allegory that allows the work to be accessible to anyone struggling or healing.”

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