Archaeology for Dummies by Nancy Marie White, Ph.D. (GRS ’82). (John Wiley & Sons Inc., paperback, $21.99) This fascinating look at an intriguing field takes readers on-site and reveals little-known details about some of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries. The guide also offers information for readers who want to participate in an excavation themselves, as well as tips for getting the best training and where to look for jobs.
Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe by Evalyn Gates, Ph.D. (CIT ’81, GRS ’90). (W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., hardcover, $25.95) Gates takes readers through the leading edge of modern science where, using the theory of general relativity, scientists have discovered that it is possible to use space itself as a telescope.
Nonprofit Organizations: Principles and Practices by Thomas Holland, Ph.D., former associate dean at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Roger Ritvo, Ph.D. (ADL ’68, MGT ’76). (Columbia University Press, paperback, $34.50) Part of the Foundations of Social Work Knowledge Series, this book presents theory and research and applies them to management issues.
Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove, Ph.D. (CWR ’94, honorary). (W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., hardcover, $24.95) In the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s latest book-length lyric narrative, George Polgreen Bridgetower, the prodigy offspring of a white European woman and a black "African Prince," travels to Vienna to meet Ludwig van Beethoven. The young man inspired a sonata by the musical legend, and it likely would have been named for him had Bridgetower not made advances on a girl Beethoven also admired.
The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV & the Politics of Spectacle by Georgia J. Cowart, Ph.D., professor of music. (University of Chicago Press, hardcover, $55) Cowart tells the story of how the festive arts, particularly court ballet, comedy ballet, opera and opera ballet, served to undermine the rhetoric of sovereign authority.
What Every Adoptive Parent Needs to Know, by Kate Cremer-Vogel, M.S. (WRC ’77) and Dan and Cassie Richards. (Mountain Ridge Publishing, paperback, $19.95) This guide to adoptive parenting offers insight and practical advice through the threads of a real-life story about raising two adopted children. It shows that profound healing is possible when adoptive families realize traditional parenting isn’t enough.
Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine: 1880-1930, by John Harley Warner and James M. Edmonson, chief curator of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum at Case Western Reserve University. (Blast Books, hardcover, $50) Against admonishments to maintain secrecy, medical students and their instructors before 1930 routinely captured photos of themselves and their cadavers. The practice would become one of the most ubiquitous and archetypal forms of medical portraiture, and yet it vanished almost completely after 1950. Dissection features extraordinary examples of this early photography, with essays by two experts on the subject.