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FICTION

Alternative Atlanta
By Marshall Boswell, Associate Professor of English. New York: Delacorte Press; 325 pp. $22
Thirty-year-old rock critic Gerald Brinkman experiences a life-changing summer in Atlanta circa 1996. Visited by his vagrant father, Brinkman learns about himself as well as family and friends.

Snake Eyes: An Alex Stone Mystery
By John Jay Richardson ’69. Frederick, MD: PublishAmerica; 405 pp. $21.95
Alexander Hamilton Stone finds his best friend murdered in an alley and becomes the prime suspect. This detective mystery travels along the banks of the Mississippi and leads to a surprising end.

The Angel of Forgetfulness
By Steve Stern ’70. New York: Viking; 416 pp. $24.95
In the Lower East Side of New York during the sixties, three stories of various individuals become intertwined and center on an unfinished manuscript about a fallen angel and his half-mortal son.

The Story of the Circle Curtain
By Bunny Kidd-Gower ’75. Mequon, WI: Nightengale Press; 131 pp. $19.95
Lydia, Kidd-Gower’s fictional heroine, encompasses the nature of sewing and craft in this unique illustration of the creative drive.

Shlemiel Crooks
By Anna Olswanger ’75, illustrated by Paula Goodman Koz. Montgomery, AL: NewSouth Books; 36 pp. $15.95
This children’s book, based on the experiences of Olswanger’s ancestors in St. Louis, serves as a modern-day parable, offering a colorful introduction to the history behind the celebration of Passover.

NONFICTION

Pill Politics: Drugs and the FDA
By Stephen J. Ceccoli, Rhodes Associate Professor of International Studies. Boulder: Lynne Rienner; 211 pp. $49.95
With the FDA functioning as prime determiner of legal medicines, the author argues that the new approval process in place, due to past complaints, is problematic and requires resolution.

Taiwan’s 2004 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election: Democracy’s Consolidation or Devolution?
By John F. Copper, Rhodes Stanley J. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies. Baltimore: School of Law, University of Maryland; 80 pp. $10
The author views this election from various angles and examines whether it contributes to or hinders Taiwan’s consolidating its democracy.

Consolidating Taiwan’s Democracy
By John F. Copper, Rhodes Stanley J. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies. Lanham, MD: University Press of America; 190 pp. $30
In Taiwan, the turnover of political parties in 2000 has impacted the political system and efforts at democratization. The author examines the issue of whether consolidating democracy followed or challenged that.

Tang China and the Collapse of the Uighur Empire: A Documentary History
By Michael R. Drompp, Rhodes Professor of History. Leiden, Netherlands: E.J. Brill; 366 pp. $134
Viewing the collapse of the Uighur Empire in the ninth century, the author incorporates the writings of the late Tang chief minister Li Deyu to recreate the Tang dynasty’s response to this threatening event.

Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in San Antonio
By Thomas S. Bremer, Rhodes Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press; 207 pp. $55
Prof. Bremer’s book is an examination of the intersection between tourism and commerce with religion featuring missions and other San Antonio sites as examples.

Portraits of Women in the American West
Edited by Dee Garceau-Hagen, Rhodes Associate Professor of History. New York: Routledge; 256 pp. $85
Prof. Garceau-Hagen has assembled a collection of essays highlighting themes of race, culture and gender by concentrating on women in the 19th and early 20th centuries and tracking the difficulties experienced and successes achieved from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest.

Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing: A Route to Hermeneutics and Open Poetics
By Ming Dong Gu, Rhodes Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures. Albany: State University of New York Press; 334 pp. $85
The author presents an examination of two main hermeneutic traditions in Chinese literature and an achieved relation between such Chinese practices and that of Western interpretation.

Music and History: Bridging the Disciplines
By Jeffrey H. Jackson, Rhodes Assistant Professor in History. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi; 256 pp. $50
As both of these areas of study involve people’s representation of experience, this work begins with the question “Why haven’t historians and musicologists been talking to one another?”

H.C. Westermann at War: Art and Manhood in Cold War America
By David McCarthy, Rhodes Professor of Art. Newark, DE: The University of Delaware Press; 171 pp. $65.00
In an examination of the artist’s antiwar work, the author studies art, war, violence, dissent and masculinity during the latter half of the 20th century.

How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature—Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, and What It Means for Faith Today
By Steven L. McKenzie, Rhodes Professor of Religious Studies. New York: Oxford University Press; 224 pp. $26
The author sets out to contextualize Biblical passages, arguing that one must know the genre in order to read the text correctly. With authorial intention and historical setting in mind, he seeks the intended audience and the genre to which this work belongs.

A Companion to the British and Irish Novel, 1945-2000
Edited by Brian W. Shaffer, Rhodes Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Faculty Development and Professor of English. Malden, MA: Blackwell; 583 pp. $124.95
Prof. Shaffer presents a complete guide to the British and Irish novel covering the period between the end of World War II and the turn of the millennium.

Reading the Novel in English, 1950-2000
By Brian W. Shaffer, Rhodes Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Faculty Development and Professor of English. Oxford, UK: Blackwell; 256 pp. $29.95
An introductory text in clearly written prose, the work offers students strategies for interpretation of selected seminal texts as well as readings of 10 influential English-language novels.

Precision Conducting: Achieving Choral Blend and Balance
By Timothy W. Sharp, Rhodes Associate Professor of Music. Dayton, OH: Roger Dean; 104 pp. $14.95
Prof. Sharp explores the various factors, including physical placement of singers as well as rhythmic precision, that produce superior sound and expression in a choral ensemble.

Hitchcock and France: The Forging of an Auteur
By James M. Vest, Rhodes Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures. New York: Praeger; 256 pp. $76.95
Prof. Vest’s study of the renowned director examines the intersection between Alfred Hitchcock’s fascination with French culture and French critics’ interest in him.

The Strange Career of the Black Athlete: African Americans and Sports
By Russell T. Wigginton ’88, Rhodes Vice President for College Relations. Westport,CT: Greenwood Publishing Group Inc.; 144 pp. $34.95.
The author elaborates on how blacks have contributed to sports while jeopardizing their careers to fight for freedom. The book also examines the relationship between race and sports.

Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral
By coauthors Charlotte Hays ’70 and Gayden Metcalfe. New York: Miramax Books; 256 pp. $19.95
With insider-perspective on the goings-on of funerals in the South, these authors lightheartedly, but gently, describe the proper Southern way to host such an event, from the particulars of which casseroles to cook to the dress of the living and the dead.

An Economy of Abundant Beauty: Fortune Magazine and Depression America
By Michael Augspurger ’94. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press; 336 pp. $34.95
The author examines the publication’s functioning in American struggles regarding cultural authority during the time around the Great Depression and World War II.

Disability Rights and the American Social Safety Net
By Jennifer Erkulwater ’95. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press; 272 pp. $42.50
Erkulwater describes the success of advocacy for the disabled that came about after the disability-rights movement.

The Community College Experience: PLUS
By Amy Gibson Baldwin ’95. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall; 384 pp. $34
This textbook is aimed at helping community-college students get the most out of their education.

A Place on the Team: The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IX
By Welch Suggs ’95. Princeton: Princeton University Press; 288 pp. $27.95
This work provides a detailed history of how Title IX has impacted American athletics and clarifies interpretation around the piece of federal legislation that altered the form and importance of women’s sports.