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<em>Entitled to Nothing: An Uncommon Approach to Leadership</em>

Entitled to Nothing: An Uncommon Approach to Leadership

Bob Walsh ’94

(GWN Publishing, 2020)
In 2005, Rhode Island College hired its third men’s basketball coach in as many years. Walsh took over a program at a commuter school with no real identity or history of basketball success. Nine years later he had built a national powerhouse. Without an NCAA appearance in nearly 30 years, RIC became one of five teams in the country to play in eight straight NCAA tournaments, including three trips to the Sweet 16 and one run to the Elite Eight. In this book, Walsh offers an inside look at his game plan for sustained success and the leadership lessons learned throughout a championship journey.

<em>The Paper Girl of Paris</em>

The Paper Girl of Paris

Jordyn Taylor ’12

(New York: HarperTeen, 2020)
“Get ready to be transported to Paris in Taylor’s incredible debut novel.” That’s what Seventeen magazine had to say about this historical young adult story told in alternating perspectives between two 16-year-old girls — Alice, in the present day, who inherits a secret apartment in Paris that has been locked since the end of World War II, and Adalyn, a socialite living in Nazi-occupied Paris who joins the French Resistance. The author is deputy editor at Men’s Health magazine.

<em>Little Black Train</em>

Little Black Train

Jordan Smith ’76

(Stuyvesant, N.Y.: 3 Mile Harbor Press, 2020)
In this, the author’s seventh collection of poetry, he explores old loves — especially music and art. Highlights include two suites of poems: “Eight Hats,” based on paintings by Walter Hatke, and “Sketches for a Novel,” drawing on paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland. According to the publisher, “The pull of the past is strong for Smith and these poems are replete with references to touchstones of other eras — straw boaters, Wobblies, R.D. Laing, old time hymns, Monopoly games — but nostalgia is leavened by a new political urgency, the ecstasies and explicatives of today.” The recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, Smith is the Edward Everett Hale Jr., Professor of English at Union College.

<em>Strangers in a Stranger Land: How One Country’s Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops … and Survived </em>

Strangers in a Stranger Land: How One Country’s Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops … and Survived

John B. Simon ’65

(Falls Village, Conn.: Hamilton Books, 2019)
Simon explores the unique dilemma of Finland’s Jews in the form of a meticulously researched novel. According to the publisher, “What did it feel like to be an openly Jewish soldier fighting alongside German troops in WWII? Could a Jewish nurse work safely in a field hospital operating theater under the supervision of German army doctors? Several hundred members of Finland’s tiny Jewish community found themselves in absurd situations like this, yet not a single one was harmed by the Germans or deported to concentration or extermination camps. In fact, Finland was the only European country fighting on either side in WWII that lost not a single Jewish citizen to the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution.’”

<em>Mistaken Identity</em>

Mistaken Identity

Michael W. Sherer ’74

(Seattle: Cutter Press, 2020)
The second book in the author’s Identity Series follows Jenny Roberts, an FBI agent and member of an elite counterterrorist fly team, whose visit to her hometown in Wisconsin soon turns into — you guessed it — a case of mistaken identity as she finds herself on the run from a sadistic killer. Cut off from the bureau and its resources, she sets out to warn her doppelganger only to find herself the target of a deadly cross-country chase. She must face the family tragedies that have shaped her — as well as the ruthless killer at the heart of it all.

<em>Last Weapons: Hunger Strikes and Fasts in the British Empire, 1890-1948</em>

Last Weapons: Hunger Strikes and Fasts in the British Empire, 1890-1948

Kevin Grant, the Edgar B. Graves Professor of History

(Oakland, Calif.: University of California Press, 2019).
The author explores how the proliferation of hunger strikes, as a form of political protest between the late-19th and mid-20th centuries, spread through trans-imperial networks among revolutionaries and civil-rights activists from Russia to Britain to Ireland to India and beyond. As one reviewer notes: “In a brilliant mobilization of small details, forgotten actors, and myriad stories, Kevin Grant masterfully reconstructs scenes of politico-ethical combat otherwise hidden behind prison walls.”

<em>Lithic Technologies in Sedentary Societies</em>

Lithic Technologies in Sedentary Societies

Rachel A. Horowitz ’09 and Grant S. McCall (editors)

(Louisville, Colo.: University of Colorado Press, 2019).
This volume “examines lithic technology from ancient societies in Mesoamerica, the Near East, South Asia, and North America, showcasing the important contributions in-depth lithic analysis can make to the study of sedentary societies around the world,” notes the book description. “Using cutting-edge analytical techniques these case studies address difficult anthropological questions concerning economic, social, and political issues, as well as global trends in lithic production.” Horowitz is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University.

<em>How to Start Over</em>

How to Start Over

Stuart Kestenbaum ’73

(Cumberland, Maine: Deerbrook Editions, 2019).
Maine’s poet laureate offers a new volume of poetry aptly described by one reviewer as: “Keen and full of wisdom, these utterly graceful poems speak to us like aphorisms or proverbs, making us pause, pay attention to the world again, and reconsider our lives — past, present, and future. Whether contemplating love or nature, politics or pop-culture, Stuart Kestenbaum questions our assumptions and gently reveals the extraordinary in the everyday, the reverent in irreverent, the logical in the absurd, the fullness of our emptiness.”

<em>The Sublimity of Document: Cinema as Diorama</em>

The Sublimity of Document: Cinema as Diorama

Scott MacDonald, professor of art history

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2019).
In this, his latest collection of interviews with avant-garde and documentary filmmakers, the author “uses the early history of the museum habitat diorama of animal life, specifically the Hall of African Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History, as a way of rethinking both early and modern cinema document--and especially those recent filmmakers and films that are devoted to providing viewers with panoramic documentations of places and events that otherwise they might never have opportunities to experience in person.”

<em>That Will Never Work, The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea</em>

That Will Never Work, The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea

Marc Randolph ’80

(New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2019).
The author, co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, shares how the movie and TV streaming service giant went from concept to company. But the book is more than a history lesson. Its description states, “Full of counter-intuitive concepts and written in binge-worthy prose, it answers some of our most fundamental questions about taking that leap of faith in business or in life: How do you begin? How do you weather disappointment and failure? How do you deal with success? What even is success?”

<em>Meanings as Species</em>

Meanings as Species

Mark Richard ’73

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2019).
The author explores how a word’s meaning is dependent upon a collection of assumptions its speakers make in using it and expect their hearers to recognize. “Meaning is something that is spread across a population, inherited by each new generation of speakers from the last, and typically evolving in so far as what constitutes a meaning changes in virtue of the interactions of speakers with their (linguistic and social) environment,” he notes. The author is a professor of philosophy at Harvard University.

<em>Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity</em>

Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity

David S. Richeson ’93

(Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2019).
This book “recounts the intriguing story of the so-called problems of antiquity, four of the most famous and studied questions in the history of mathematics. First posed by the ancient Greeks, these compass and straightedge problems — squaring the circle, trisecting an angle, doubling the cube, and inscribing regular polygons in a circle — have served as ever-present muses for mathematicians for more than two millennia.” The author, a professor of mathematics at Dickinson College, follows the trail of these problems to show that ultimately, their proofs — demonstrating the impossibility of solving them using only a compass and straightedge — depended upon and resulted in the growth of mathematics.

<em>Mindapps: Multistate Theory and Tools for Mind Design</em>

Mindapps: Multistate Theory and Tools for Mind Design

Thomas B. Roberts ’61

(Rochester, Vt.: Park Street Press, 2019).
The publisher writes, “Just as we can write and install apps in our electronic devices, we can construct ‘mindapps’ and install them in our brain-mind complex, and as just as digital apps add capabilities to our devices, mindapps can expand our mental powers and creative abilities, allowing us to intentionally redesign our minds.” Using psychedelics as the prime example, the author explores mindapps that take the form of meditation, other psychoactive plants and chemicals, sensory overload and deprivation, biofeedback and neurofeedback, hypnosis and suggestion, sleep and lucid dreaming, creative imagery, transcranial brain stimulation and optical brain stimulation, rites of passage, martial arts and exercise routines, yoga, breathing techniques, and contemplative prayer. Roberts is professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University and a former visiting scientist at Johns Hopkins University.

<em>Face of the Devil</em>

Face of the Devil

William Wells ’67

(New York: Riverdale Avenue Books, 2019).
From the publisher’s website: “In this fast-paced psychological thriller, someone is brutally murdering female college students on Midwestern campuses. When a police sketch of the killer shows a remarkable resemblance to Ethan Hamilton, a prominent professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin who specializes in psychopathic personality disorders, Ethan is at first a suspect. Initially cleared, he agrees to help the FBI hunt down the killer. The killings continue and Ethan begins having troubling dreams about the crimes, and other signs of severe stress. He quits his work with the FBI but gets drawn back. A shocking development puts Ethan and his family in jeopardy.”

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