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Lee Bailey, Christianity (Greenwood Press, 2005)

Christianity is part of a new six- volume set of library reference books, Introduction to the World’s Major Religions. The set also features volumes on Judaism, Confucianism/Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. Each volume contains chapters on the religion’s founding history, texts and major tenets, branches, practices worldwide, rituals and holidays, and major figures. The set’s consistent format allows readers to easily find parallel information in each religion. This volume, on the world’s largest and most diverse religious belief system, covers Christianity’s origins through current issues while also discussing such subjects as women and blacks within the traditions. Bailey retired this year after teaching for 21 years in the philosophy and religion department at Ithaca College.

Jason Colavito ’03, The Cult of Alien Gods: H. P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture (Prometheus Books, 2006)

A large number of Americans believe in the existence of extraterrestrials, and many are also convinced that aliens have visited Earth at some point. The beliefs include the notion that “ancient astronauts” (visitors from outer space) were responsible for such historical wonders as the pyramids of Egypt. Colavito argues that such beliefs grew from the work of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937). He documents improbable connections among various later writers’ works and the disturbing consequences on modern science and public knowledge of what Lovecraft called his “little joke.” Colavito is a freelance writer and editor.
Abby Ellin ’89, Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs in on Living Large, Losing Weight, and How Parents Can (and Can’t) Help (Perseus, 2005)

In this book journalist Ellin sheds light on the difficulties of being an overweight teenager. Ellin, who along with her sister spent years struggling with eating disorders, argues that when it comes to cures, one size does not fit all. She shares personal stories—including mistakes made by her family—reports findings from her research at “fat camps,” and asks crucial questions while confronting the less obvious issues fueling our culture’s weight crisis. Ellin has published in magazines from Cosmopolitan to Time and is a former columnist at the New York Times; the book has been optioned for television and was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award.

Carl B. Jenks ’70, The Presence Powered Life: Supernatural Living for the Common Man (Vision Imprints Publishing, 2006)

Jenks shares his religious journey as a Christian and his relationship with Jesus in this spiritual-self-help book, which includes study guide questions. Jenks and his wife started a church in New York City in 1977 after becoming “born again.” Since 1988 he has been the senior pastor at New Hope Community Church in North Chili, New York.

George Patte ’67, Keene’s Law (Penwork Publishers, 2005)

This historical novel follows two families over three generations as they work to preserve a large tract of Adirondack wilderness. In 1894 attorney Keene Durant sets in motion a complex legal knot for the next generation—his son, Jack, and Jack’s lover, Kora—to untangle. The two find themselves divided by the land they love, as family secrets come to light in this book, which is perhaps as much an ecological treatise as it is a work of fiction. Patte is an Ithaca attorney who lived in the North Country for several years; this is his first novel.

K. M. (Karl) Soehnlein ’87, You Can Say You Knew Me When (Kensington Books, 2005)

A gay man, estranged from his family, gets word of his father’s death. Soehnlein’s novel picks up the story of the son’s obsessive search for a connection between them. Along the journey the young man uncovers hints of his father’s secretive past during the 1960s in San Francisco. Soehnlein worked as a journalist in New York City, writing reviews for Out, The Advocate, The Village Voice, and other publications before moving west to TucsonSan Francisco. His first novel, The World of Normal Boys and (2001), won several awards.

Jill (Shaver) Lamere ’94, Upside Down and The Wishing Star (both Minikin Press, 2006)

Upside Down was created for the toddler audience. It’s about a little girl who wishes the world was upside down—until she reconsiders. As its writer and illustrator, Lamere designed the book to be read through forward, then flipped over and read in the other direction; the art works both ways. The Wishing Star, which comes packaged in a box, is also light in text
and heavy in creativity. When you finish reading it to a toddler, you fold it open into a three-dimensional, glow-in-the-dark star that ties together with a ribbon and can be hung above the child’s bed. Lamere, who majored in communications at IC, now devotes herself to writing, illustrating, designing, and producing books after spending years as a senior graphic designer in Boston. She started Minikin Press last August; these are its first publications.

David J. McGillivray with Linda Glass Fechter ’88, The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success (Rodale Press, 2006)

As a youth Dave McGillivray, at 5'4" in height, often found himself standing alone as he watched taller boys be enthusiastically selected by coaches to participate in sports. Now race director of the BAA Boston Marathon and president and founder of an event management company specializing in mass participatory athletic events, McGillivray recounts his 1978 run across the country and countless other athletic achievements on his way to beating the odds. Fechter, McGillivray’s coauthor, is a Massachusetts-based freelance writer and public relations director of McGillivray’s company.
Harry Goldman ’50, Kenneth Strickfaden, Dr. Frankenstein’s Electrician (McFarland and Company, 2005)

The man who set the standard for Hollywood’s mad scientists and a genius of illusionary special effects, Kenneth Strickfaden—or “Mr. Electric” as he was known around Hollywood—led an adventure-filled life. He created the wondrous effects for such classic films as Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, and The Mask of Fu Manchu, as well as television’s The Munsters. Goldman’s biography is an homage to Strickfaden’s significant contributions to the film industry and, as he puts it, “to his fellow electrical experimenters.” A retired science teacher, Goldman founded the Tesla Coil Builders’ Association and edited and published the TCBA News for 20 years. His work has appeared in numerous publications.

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