Alex Dapp // Spring 2015

Bringer of Light: Book One of the Bringer Trilogy by J.R. BolesBringer of Light: Book One of the Bringer Trilogy
by  J.R. Boles, aka Jenifer (Lindahl) Boles (B.A. ’06, Arts and Sciences)

For generations, the kingdom of Arten has stood alone against the ancient dark mage Mercer, a man no longer bound by time. But when King Wern is kidnapped, Queen Arin will risk everything to get him back. Lynden Trenadin is chosen to join the ranks of the elite Queen’s Champions both for her prowess as a warrior and her remarkable resemblance to the queen. She has spent her life battling at Arten’s borders, but now she must defend the queen with her life as they journey to their enemy’s castle.  When the tide of battle goes against them, Lynden unleashes a magical power she didn’t know she possessed. Even though she saved hundreds of warriors, Lynden is forced to flee in shame for her use of forbidden magic. Now on the run, Lynden must raise a rebellion to free her country from the tyranny of the enemy she thought she’d destroyed. (Published Oct. 3, 2014)


The French Lieutenant and the King of Rome by Jay Macey Rosenblum The French Lieutenant and the King of Rome
by Jay Macey Rosenblum (J.D. ’51, Law)

In The French Lieutenant and the King of Rome, Jay Rosenblum has penned an historical romantic novel set during the German occupation of France during WWII. Through a series of flashbacks, the author weaves real historical personalities such as General Henri-Phillipe Petain, a cautious but successful French army commander, with imagined fictional characters who take the plot from mystery and violence to romance and constant surprise — climaxing in the spectacle of the ‘return of the casket of the King of Rome’. (Published June 11, 2014)


Nantucket Sisters by Nancy ThayerNantucket Sisters
by Nancy Thayer (B.A. ’66, M.A. ’69, Arts and Sciences)

Friendship takes center stage in The New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer’s emotionally charged new novel. When they meet as girls on a beach in Nantucket, Maggie and Emma become fast friends — though Emma’s well-heeled mother would prefer that she associate with the upscale daughters of bankers and statesmen rather than the child of a local seamstress. Regardless, the two lively girls spend many golden summers together creating magical worlds of their own, and forging grand plans for their future. But their lifelong friendship is pushed to its breaking point with the appearance of the charismatic Wall Street trader Cameron Chadwick — upending both of their lives.  Struggling with the difficult choices made and secrets kept, Maggie and Emma learn that while true love may be rare, a true friendship is rarer still. (Published June 17, 2014)


A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark by Nancy Peterson Hill A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark
by Nancy Peterson Hill (M.A. ’09, Arts and Sciences)

Grenville Clark, born to wealth and privilege in Manhattan, became a lawyer, civil rights activist, traveler, adviser and world citizen at large. Clark grew up on a first-name basis with both Presidents Roosevelt, and his close friends included Supreme Court justices. Hill gives life to the unsung account of this great and largely anonymous American hero and reveals how the scope of Clark’s life and career reflected his selfless passion for progress, equality and peace. Clark wrote a still-relevant treatise on academic freedom, fought a successful public battle with his good friend President Franklin Roosevelt over FDR’s attempt to “pack” the Supreme Court in 1937, refused pay while serving as a private adviser for the Secretary of War of the United States during WWII and worked closely with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to uphold civil rights for African Americans during the tumultuous 1950s and 1960s. Clark devoted his last decades to a quest for world peace through limited but enforceable world law, rewriting the charter of the United Nations and traveling the globe to lobby the world’s leaders. (Published April 29, 2014)


Read This … When I’m Dead: A Guide to Getting Your Stuff Read This ... When I'm Dead: A Guide to Getting Your Stuff Together for Your Loved Ones by Annie PresleyTogether for Your Loved Ones
by Annie Presley (M.P.A. ’95, Management)

For most of us, end of life discussions will always be difficult conversations to have with loved ones.  There is a way to easily and concisely tell your heirs about yourself, your belongings and your final wishes. In Read This … When I’m Dead, co-authors Annie Presley and Christy Howard created a fill-in-the-blank guide to help organize and manage your key information, thoughts and wishes to pass along to your heirs. You can record everything from noting where cash is hidden in your house, to what your pets like to eat and even the code to your garage door key pad. It’s not a replacement for a legal will, rather, a guide for your family and friends, walking them through the details of your life. (Published 2014)


Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Patrick R. OsbornCompanion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign
by Patrick R. Osborn (B.A. ’93, M.A. ’94, Arts and Sciences)

Edited by well-known historian, Ed Lengel, this book contains 29 original essays written by American, British and German scholars addressing the single-largest battle in American military history. Osborn contributes: “French Armored Support during the First Phase of the Campaign,” exploring the role that French armored units played in supporting 79th Division’s efforts to capture Montfaucon and other objectives in the very middle of General John J. Pershing’s First Army. He uses original documents from French Army archival holdings in Paris and provides details about the colorful but forgotten Col. Daniel D. Pullen, whose untimely death contributed to his overshadowing by fellow tank brigade commander, future general George S. Patton Jr. (Published May 2014)


Kissed by Madness by Marchel DeniseKissed by Madness
by Marchel Denise aka Marchel Alverson (M.A. ’00, Arts and Sciences)

Kissed by Madness chronicles the cost of domestic violence. The Ellis women live in pain. They face emotional traumas and fistfuls of hurt. Honor Ellis, the prodigal daughter of the South, is trapped in her marriage nightmare. With frayed nerves and a broken spirit, she is inches away from insanity —completely unraveling after the birth of her son, Day. Sasha Ellis is trapped in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. Barely six-years-old at the time of her mother’s incarceration, she is a drug addict who will do anything for a hit, and to keep from being hit. Carmen Ellis, the born-again mother, shares her words of wisdom from behind prison bars. Through her letters to her children, she seeks their forgiveness, the one thing she wants most. But she may be too late as another Ellis woman faces prison time for doing the unspeakable. At the center of their struggles is Ranford “RJ” Ellis Jr., who witnesses his mother, Carmen, shoot and kill his abusive father at age 11. The memory of that fateful day haunts him as he takes his anger out on those he loves the most. (Published August 17, 2013)


The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government by Stephen FarnsworthThe Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government
Stephen J. Farnsworth (B.A. ’90, Arts and Sciences)

The Global President provides an expansive international examination of news coverage of U.S. political communication, and the roles the U.S. government and the presidency play in an increasingly communicative and interconnected political world. This comprehensive, yet concise text, includes analyses of not just the presidency, but U.S. foreign policy and contemporary political media itself. Farnsworth, along with co-authors S. Robert Lichter and Roland Shatz, show that the realities of an ever-changing political landscape are magnified nowhere more greatly than in the realm of foreign policy, and the stakes surrounding the need for quality communication skills are no higher than at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue because — when the voices of the U.S. government speak – the world is listening. (Published August 2013)


Falling into Starry Night by Michael SollarsFalling into Starry Night
by Michael D. Sollars (M.A. ’82, Arts and Sciences; Ph.D. ’01, Graduate Studies)

A review by Dr. Santosh Kumar applauds this special new collection of poems for the unique author’s perspective found in the book: “Michael D. Sollars’ poetry collection Falling into Starry Night reveals that the poet is endowed with impressive depths and heights of feelings, the marvelously spontaneous power, impressive precision of style enriched with sublime thought, and an unrivalled gift of song. Sollars’ eye of an artist avoids the obsolete or worn-out words.” (Published May 20, 2013)


A Sugar Bug on My Tooth by Linda SturrupA Sugar Bug on My Tooth
by Linda Sturrup (D.D.S. ’00, Dentistry)

It’s Natalie Jean’s first dental appointment, and she’s afraid. She has no idea what to expect. A little girl crying in the waiting room frightens her about this visit to the dentist. “Natalie Jean McDonald!” calls the dental assistant. Find out what happens when the dentist tells Natalie Jean she has a sugar bug! A Sugar Bug on My Tooth is a story about a little girl’s first dental appointment. Young children who are fearful of going to the dentist will find this story helpful in understanding the importance of seeing a dentist and calming as they realize, it can be fun! (Published Sept. 24, 2013)


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