What You Have Left: A Novel, by Will Allison (CWR ’91). (Free Press, paperback, $14) In his acclaimed debut novel, Allison tells the story of Holly, whose father abandons her on the day of her mother’s funeral. Three decades pass before father and daughter reunite; the hope remains that what they have left is worth saving.
Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction, by Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion. (Oxford University Press, paperback, $11.95) In just 144 pages, Beal paints a vivid picture of religion in America, tackling subjects often ignored, such as religion in pop culture and counterculture and the growth of new religious movements.
Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes, by George Bibel (CIT ’75). (Johns Hopkins University Press, hardcover, $30) Bibel, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of North Dakota, explores unusual aviation accidents, their causes and lessons learned.
The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, by Jerome R. Corsi (WRC ’68). (Threshold Press, hardcover, $28) The author of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry turns his eye toward Barack Obama and his presidential aspirations.
Erik Satie, by Mary E. Davis, associate professor of music. (Reaktion Books, paperback, $16.95) The famously dapper composer, a contemporary of Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel, comes to life in this biography, which explores Satie’s place at the forefront of modern music through the lens of fashion and style.
The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book, by Marjorie Greenfield (MED ’83), associate professor of reproductive biology. (Yale University Press, paperback, $18) Greenfield, an obstetrician, draws on her own experiences and those gleaned in interviews of more than 100 working moms for a pregnancy book aimed at working women. Includes checklists for multi-tasking moms-to-be and stories and advice from experienced mothers.
To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed, by Alix Kates Shulman (FSM ’53). (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover, $22) Shulman, author of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, recounts her husband’s dramatic fall and subsequent brain injury—an injury that left him completely dependent on his wife. Shulman’s husband and their 50-year relationship were never again quite the same, but the author’s love and devotion remain constant.
The First Patient, by Michael Palmer (MED ’68). (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, paperback, due out Dec. 30, $9.99) This fictional thriller tells the story of a small-town doctor who finds himself serving as physician to the president of the United States after his predecessor disappears under mysterious circumstances.
The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths that Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By, by Scott A. Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. (Yale University Press, hardcover, $26) Shane challenges the myths about entrepreneurs in America and lays bare the challenges of starting a new business.