Ithaca College Quarterly 2004/2  

 

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Lee Bailey, The Sacred World: Encounters with the World's Religions (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education, 2004)
Bailey, an associate professor of philosophy and religion who has taught at the College for 20 years, edited the video selections of this CD introduction to the major world religions. The Sacred World explores a wide variety of faiths, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism/Taoism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Jainism. The CD-ROM is available both alone and bundled with college world religions textbooks.
     



(Mary) Anne Beier '78, Crispus Attucks: Hero of the Boston Massacre; The Supreme Court and the Judicial Branch; The Importance of Being an Active Citizen; and under the pen name of Sarah Penn, Nat Love: African American Cowboy (all titles from Rosen Publishing, New York, 2004)
The first two and the fourth of the prolific Anne Beier's 2004-released books are part of a series for children called "Primary Source of Famous People in American History"; the third is part of the series "A Primary Source Library of American Citizenship." Crispus Attucks tells the story of the former slave who in 1770 became the first black to die in the colonial fight against the British. The Supreme Court and the Judicial Branch explains how the federal and state judiciary systems function and how the appeal process works in determining which cases end up in the Supreme Court. The Importance of Being an Active Citizen is intended to instill a sense of civic duty in young readers, discussing the basics of citizenship, jury duty, voting, and military service. Nat Love tells of a man born in 1854 into slavery who went west after slavery was abolished, establishing a name for himself as a cowboy, crack pistol shot, and western legend.


 

Kristen (Momberger) Britain '87, First Rider's Call (New York: DAW Books, 2003)
First Rider's Call is the sequel to Britain's first book, Green Rider. A 600-page fantasy novel, it tells of the adventures of Karigan G'ladheon, a merchant's daughter who sets off on a dangerous, mystical journey after she runs across a dying messenger.

 

Bradley Fenton '97, Stumbling Naked in the Dark: Overcoming Mistakes Men Make with Women (Victoria, B. C.: Trafford Publishing, 2003)
Fenton, a business consultant, offers dating advice that he says will dramatically improve men's social lives. He believes that if men can alleviate the stress and pressure associated with dating, they will become more relaxed and attractive to women.
 

Harvey Fireside, Separate and Unequal (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2004)
In prolific author Fireside's latest publication, he focuses on the Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson, which set up legalized segregation until that was reversed by Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. The final chapter analyzes continuing disparities in higher education in the wake of the 2003 Michigan University cases. Fireside is Dana Professor of Politics Emeritus at Ithaca College and a visiting professor at the Einaudi Center at Cornell University.
 

Tracy Hayden Hemmingway '90, The Magic Flower (Victoria, B. C.: Trafford Publishing, 2003)
Hemmingway, who is currently a freelance video and live-show producer, started writing this 16-page children's book when she was in fifth grade; she is also its illustrator. The book is about a little girl who finds a kitten that magically turns into a flower.
 

Mark W. Holdren '65, Spirit Wolf (Bloomington, Ind.: 1st Books, 2004)
Spirit Wolf explores the connection between the lure of wild, unspoiled places and nature's ability to strengthen and heal the human body and soul. The setting is a legendary Adirondack lodge in the heart of wilderness, where the call of a phantom wolf leads a nine-year-old blind boy on a mystic journey.
 

Timothy A. Johnson, Foundations of Diatonic Theory (Emeryville, Calif.: Key College Publishing, 2003)
The culmination of eight years of research supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this introductory textbook approaches the building blocks of music theory from a mathematical perspective. Johnson, an assistant professor of music theory at IC, illuminates and simplifies recent theoretical discoveries and presents advanced ideas in a way that allows lay readers to discover how music works.
 

Greg O. McCrary '67, with Katherine Ramsland, The Unknown Darkness: Profiling Predators among Us (New York: HarperCollins, 2003)
McCrary spent 25 years with the FBI (see story in "South Hill Today" on his recent visit to campus, page XX), becoming one of the agency's most senior crime researcher-analysts and profiling criminals in more than 1,000 cases. In this book he gives a behind-the-scenes account of some of North America's most disturbing and complex murder investigations. It also explores the methods of modern criminal investigation and offers details about what is actually involved in bringing a killer to justice.
 

Thomas Monsell '56 and Antonia Booth, Images of America: Greenport (Portsmouth, N.H.: Arcading Publishing, 2003)
Monsell, a retired English teacher, coauthored this book on the history of his hometown, the seaport village of Greenport, New York. The town on Long Island's North Fork was first settled by Puritans in the 17th century.
 

John Peterson '80, ed., with Mark A. Pollack, Europe, America, Bush: Transatlantic Relations in the Twenty-first Century (London: Routledge, 2003), and ed., with Iain Begg and J. H. H. Weiler, Integration in an Expanding European Union: Reassessing the Fundamentals (Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, U.K.: 2003)
In Europe, America, Bush, Peterson, the Jean Monet Professor of European Politics at the University of Glasgow, and his coauthor examine transatlantic relations during the current Bush administration. They discuss issues such as foreign and defense policy, trade and economic relations, justice and internal security, the environment, and relations with Russia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. Integration in an Expanding European Union is a collection of essays on the future of the European common market at a time when its basic function may be about to change radically.
 

Ivy Naistadt '73, Speak without Fear: A Total System for Becoming a Natural, Confident Communicator (New York: HarperCollins, 2004)
Naistadt, a corporate executive speech coach, speaker, and seminar leader, intends this book for the "millions of Americans who list public speaking as one of their biggest fears." The book offers practical advice for overcoming these fears, using a program Naistadt developed over the course of her career.
 

Kathy Foltner '75 et al., Success Is a Decision of the Mind (Sevierville, Tenn.: Insight, 2004)
Foltner, an IC speech pathology and audiology alumna and now an entrepreneur, business consultant, and motivational speaker, is the lead among 10 authors of this collection of real-life inspirational stories. Each contributor writes of her or his achievements and offers tips for readers.
   
Laurie Lynn Drummond '78, Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used against You: Stories (New York: HarperCollins, 2004)
Drummond spent eight years as a police officer and is now a fiction writer and professor of writing at Louisiana State University. In her debut collection of short stories she delves into the minds of five fictional female police officers in Baton Rouge, sharing her insider's knowledge of their daily routine and illustrating their humanity, courage, compassion, and fears.
   
David Lebovitz '81, The Great Book of Chocolate: The Connoisseur's Guide with Recipes (Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2004)
Self-described "chocophile" Lebovitz, who spent 12 years as pastry chef at Chez Panisse and teaches cooking classes in North America and Europe, offers this guide to chocolate, chocolatiers, terminology, and types. The book also includes 30 of Lebovitz's favorite recipes.
   
Tom Powers '74, The Call of God: Women Doing Theology in Peru (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2003)
Powers, a Jesuit priest, is the director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and adjunct professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount College. Peru is the birthplace of liberation theology; this book is the product of many conversations Powers held with women in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Lima; it explores how their faith infuses their lives despite extreme poverty, violence, and displacement.
   
Paul Cody, Shooting the Heart (New York: Viking, 2004)
This is the fourth novel from Cody, who teaches in Ithaca's Department of Writing. A "psychological love story," it's a portrait of mental illness. The protagonist is a former English and American studies teacher now on the locked ward of a mental hospital. Manic depressive and delusional, he obsesses about famous American serial killers and broods about family members he's lost, all the while wondering if he has killed his own wife.
   

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