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Keeper of the Dream and other poems
By R.C. Wood ’48, Rhodes Professor Emeritus of English. Magnolia, MS: Magnolia Gazette Publishing Corp. 133 pp. $24.95
The book is a collection of poems by Richard C. “Doc”, or “Arcy”, Wood, professor of English at Rhodes from 1967-88, a prolific author and current literary editor for the Magnolia Gazette, a newspaper co-owned by Luke Lampton ’88, a Magnolia, MS, family physician. “Many of the poems in this volume are theatrical, historical, illustrating the passage of time,” says Wood. “As a writer I become interested in an idea, a moment, a character, a place. I want to share these interests in hopes that the mysteries and moods arouse the spirit and engage the mind.”


The History of Financial Planning: The Transformation of Financial Services
By E. Denby Brandon Jr. ’50 and H. Oliver Welch. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons. 302 pp. $60
Co-authors Brandon and Welch, both certified financial planners (Brandon is chairman of Brandon Financial Planners Inc. in Memphis), offer the first book to chronicle the life and times of the financial planning industry, which has grown beyond the U.S. to other countries, particularly in the last 15 years. Brandon is the 2007 recipient of the P. Kemp Fain Award, the top annual honor of the Financial Planning Association, and was inducted into the Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame in 2009.                                                                                                                        

The Scholar and the Tiger
By David W. Chang ’55 with Alden Carter. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 200 pp. $34.95
David Chang, noted China scholar and Rosebush Professor of Political Science emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and freelance writer Carter have written a compelling family saga, thriller, social history and spiritual journey, bringing to life a tumultuous period in 20th-century Chinese history while providing surprising insights into China’s emergence as a global power.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England
By Ralph V. Turner ’57. New Haven: Yale University Press. 416 pp. $35 Ralph Turner, emeritus professor of history, Florida State University, has written a definitive account of the most important queen of the Middle Ages. Turner, a leading historian of the 12th century, strips away the myths that have accumulated around Eleanor and challenges the accounts that relegate her to the shadows of the kings she married and bore. Turner focuses on a wealth of primary sources, including a collection of Eleanor’s own documents not previously accessible to scholars, and portrays a woman who sought control of her own destiny in the face of forceful resistance.                                                            

Evergreen: Decorating with Colours of the Season
By Jill Fuzy Helmer ’77, John Grady Burns and Kathy Stewart. Atlanta: Collaborators Publishing. 224 pp. $50
Two Atlanta floral designers, Helmer and Burns, and Helmer’s sister, Kathy Stewart, created this sumptuous book of holiday home decor. Several years in the making, the work boasts color photographs on every page depicting seemingly every aspect of decorating for the winter holidays. Helmer, who heads Jill Siegel Designs, has worked in floral design for 20 years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers
By Greg Carey ’87. Waco: Baylor University Press. 200 pp. $29.95 How did early Christians remember Jesus, and how did they develop their own “Christian” identities and communities? In this book, Greg Carey, professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, explores how transgression contributed to early Christian identity in the Gospels, Acts, Letters of Paul and Revelation. Carey examines Jesus as a friend of sinners, challenger of purity laws, transgressor of conventional masculine values of his time and convicted seditionist. He looks at early Christian communities as out of step with “respectable” practices of their time. Finally, he provides examples of contemporary Christians whose faith requires them to “do the right thing,” even when it means violating current definitions of “respectability.”                                                                                               

Libanius’s Progymnasmata: Model Exercises in Greek Prose Composition and Rhetoric (Writings from the Greco-Roman World)
By Craig A. Gibson ’90. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature. 604 pp. $64.95
Associate professor of Classics and co-editor of Syllecta Classica at the University of Iowa, Gibson’s volume presents the original text and the first English translation of the largest surviving ancient collection of “preliminary exercises” used to teach young men how to compose their own prose, a crucial step toward public speaking and a career worthy of the educated elite. The exercises, which range from simple fables and narratives to discussions of wise sayings, speeches of praise and blame, impersonations of figures from myth, descriptions of statues and paintings and essays on general propositions (e.g., “should one marry?”), provide a glimpse into the schoolrooms of the ancient Mediterranean from the Hellenistic period to the Byzantine Empire.

Somewhere South of Roanoke
By Drew ’91 and Amy Bower Burchenal ’91. Brooklyn: zburchpress. 18 pp. $10 A handmade book of poetry by Drew and photography by Amy, Somewhere South of Roanoke is an ode to Waffle House. The authors admit becoming obsessed with the restaurant chain after moving north and finding it was no longer a dining option any hour of the day. “You just can’t beat their hashbrowns at 2 a.m. This book is an homage to that diner that is so ubiquitous throughout the southern states.”

Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910
By Jeffrey H. Jackson, Rhodes Associate Professor of History; New York: Palgrave Macmillan; 272 pp. $27
In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris quickly became a force of destruction. Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created a perfect storm of conditions that soon drowned Parisian streets, homes, businesses and museums. The city seemed to have lost its battle with the elements. Given the Parisians’ history of deep-seated social, religious and political strife, it was questionable whether they could collaborate to confront the crisis. Yet while the sewers, Métro and electricity failed around them, Parisians of all backgrounds rallied to save the city and one another. Improvising techniques to keep Paris functioning and braving the dangers of collapsing infrastructure and looters, leaders and residents alike answered the call to action. This newfound ability to work together proved a crucial rehearsal for an even graver crisis four years later, when France was plunged into World War I. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the flood, Professor Jackson’s acclaimed book captures for the first time the drama and ultimate victory of man over nature.