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Robert Blaich ’73, M.D, Your Inner Pharmacy: Taking Back Our Wellness (Beyond Words Publishing, 2006)

According to medical doctor Robert Blaich, we all have what he calls an “inner pharmacy”—our body’s ability to regulate and heal itself through the production of good chemicals. This book shows how patients can receive the best from both traditional and alternative medical practices. Blaich also offers realistic ways to delay, postpone, or minimize the onset of chronic disease while engaging in “healthy aging activities.” Blaich, a natural healthcare expert and teacher as well as a physician, is based in Denver.

Jared Brown ’60, Moss Hart: A Prince of the Theatre: A Biography in Three Acts (Back Stage Books: 2006)

During the “golden age of Broadway” (circa 1943–68), Moss Hart was a giant as both playwright and director. Through six years of meticulous research—which included having access to Hart’s diary and interviewing family members and colleagues including Julie Andrews and Gregory Peck—Brown produced this biography of Hart that sheds light not only on his career but also on his bisexuality, battles with anxiety and depression, and marriage. Brown taught theater at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1965 to 1989 and served as chair of the university’s School of Theatre Arts. He is the author of 15 plays and has directed more than 90 stage productions.

Kathleen Curry ’79, Retrieving the Spirit (FootHills, 2006)

This small book of personal poems portrays Curry’s journey through illness, trauma, and loss, using symbolic imagery of nature and animals. The book’s cover was illustrated by the author’s autistic sister, Karin Curry-Nanning. In addition to being a professional string bassist and an internationally traveled dramatic soprano soloist, Curry has taught music and writing at the community college level. She currently writes for several newspapers, and has published short stories as well. (Also see “Alumni Notes.”)

Michael Diamondstein ’92, Cloaked in Doubt (iUniverse, 2006)


year-old Jimmy DiAnno is one of the youngest and most successful homicide prosecutors in the history of the Philadelphia district attorney’s office. When the city’s beloved mayor is charged with a brutal murder, DiAnno is assigned to try the case. Along the way his trial skills, willingness to sacrifice his personal future, and ability to differentiate between wrongs are challenged. Diamondstein, a former Philadelphia prosecutor, is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Joyce Elbrecht and Lydia Fakundiny, Hearing by Jael (Wisconsin Press, 2005)

This novel takes readers to Tarragona, Florida, in 1993 where the narrator, Jael B. Juba, must return a long-hidden diary to its original site, a secret room about to be opened to the public for the first time.  The novel opens a world of culture and history with tales of trading, piracy, colonization, slave life, Haitian uprisings, and inter-American conflict. Juba is the collective persona of the authors; Elbrecht is a retired Ithaca College philosophy professor.

Jennifer (Block) Frantin ’88, Your Complete Guide to Total Hip Replacements: Before, During and After Surgery (Idyll Arbor, 2004)

More than 300,000 hip joint replacement surgeries take place in the USA each year, and that number will only go up as baby boomers hit their 60s. This is a patient’s guide through the process, from finding and selecting a doctor to rehab. Author Frantin, a home-care physical therapist, includes checklists for patients to ensure they have everything covered.

Andrei Guruianu, Days When I Saw the Horizon Bleed (FootHills, 2006)

This published poetry collection, Guru-ianu’s first, includes recol-lections of his childhood in Romania, life as a young immigrant to the United States and his current life as a writer in upstate New York. Currently a lecturer for Ithaca’s writing department, Guruianu is a freelance writer and columnist for Binghamton’s Press & Sun-Bulletin.

R. Turners Goins and John Krout, Service Delivery to Rural Older Adults (Springer Press, 2006)

Older rural residents and communities face many challenges, especially involving health care. This book discusses those challenges. Contributors to the book, which is coedited by Ithaca College Gerontology Institute director Krout, present in-depth anal-yses of nutrition, hospital care, long-term care, housing, trans-portation, and caregiving op-tions for elders in rural areas.

Mari Rutz Mitchell, Creating Clever Castles and Cars from Boxes and Other Stuff (Williamson Little Hands, 2006)

This projects book, geared toward parents, family members, teachers, and child care givers of children ages 3 to 8, is about building creative play environments that spark children’s imagination. Adults can learn to help children design and build their own play spaces using everyday items and recycled materials. Rutz Mitchell, who lectures in the IC art history department, holds degrees in landscape architecture and human environmental relations from Cornell University.

Dave Nadelberg ’97, Mortified: Mortified (Real People. Real Words. Real Pathetic.) (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2006)

Mortifying entries are published in a book for anyone to read. In this book, Nadelberg has taken real childhood journals and documents from former kids and edited them into comedic and cathartic stories. These entries expose and celebrate the awkward teenage years through stories of Bible camp, celebrity obsessions, friendships, and first kisses. Nadelberg is a writer and producer in Los Angeles. (Also see aluminaries: Poor, Poor Pitiful Us.)

David Newsom ’86, Skip (Perceval Press, 2005)

In this photo collection, Newsom celebrates the vistas inhabited by his beloved brother Skip in southeastern Idaho. Featured are such images as dying weeds, dark skies, distant mountains, an isolated telephone pole, a road sign, a new coat, an old blue truck, and a snowy path. The photographer is also an actor, and is currently appearing in a TV series in Toronto (Runaway) for the new CNW Network. Perceval Press is an independent press founded in 2002 by Viggo Mortensen and specializing in art, critical writing, and poetry.

James Callow and Andrew Smith, Biological Adhesives (Springer, 2006)

This book is the first major review that links research on a variety of biological adhesives. The author-researchers (Smith is an associate professor of biology at IC) examine the adhesive properties and processes of bacteria, fungi, algae, and marine and terrestrial animals. The research is significant because the more scientists know about the properties of adhesives, the more they can tell about why they adhere and how they develop cohesive strength. The authors say this understanding could lead to the development of synthetic or semisynthetic adhesives that could be used in medicine, dentistry, and biotechnology—for example, to replace stitches after surgery.

Lane Stowe ’90, Have Groove, Will Travel (Clark Records, 2006)

This debut solo CD is an Ithaca College affair. Stowe’s mix of rhythm and blues, jazz, doo-wop, traditional, and gospel music features compositions by his brother Lee Stowe ’88, M.S. ’94, Ithaca College jazz professor Steve Brown ’64, M.M. ’68, and Chuck Wilson ’91. Stowe’s musical training started on trumpet when he was 8 years old. He is now a vocalist, horn player, and bassist with 20 years of experience in the professional music scene. After five years as the lead vocalist and trumpet player for the All-Night Band in New York City, Stowe is now horn player and a lead vocalist for the R&B band Big Beat Tornado, which plays across the Northeast.

Jen Teti and Ross Watson ’93, Chip Tricks: Look Like a Poker Pro (Lyle Stuart, 2006) and The Poker Journal (Sourcebooks, 2006)

These two poker pros break down the game’s top tricks, from basics such as the chip flip to more advanced moves, such as the butterfly. Cheap Tricks features more than 200 step-by-step photo illustrations. The Poker Journal helps players keep track of critical information to help improve their game, with tools such as a goals and play log, a checkbook, a scatter plot graph for trend analysis, and an opponents’ log. Watson, who lives outside of Philadelphia, works as a pharmaceutical researcher.

Andrea Parrot and Nina Cummings ’77, Forsaken Females: The Global Brutalization of Women (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)

Cummings takes a global perspective on the types of violence used against women at different stages of their lives, such as acts of female infanticide, genital mutilation, and sexual slavery. Not only does her book address the physical, emotional, and economic impact of brutality against women, but it also includes first-person accounts. Each chapter concludes with recommendations of practices and policies to reduce violence among women. Cummings, who works at Cornell University, teaches a course on women’s health at IC each spring.

Allison Stokes, Shalom, Salaam, Peace (Global Ministries, United Methodist Church, 2006)

Stokes wrote this guide to help readers understand what peace and other shared values mean in the three Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In her reflections she illuminates how competing and exclusive claims of “truth” and “certainty” in all fundamentalist views of faith generate intolerance and violence. Her comparisons of the faiths were undertaken with the intent of nurturing peaceful coexistence. Stokes, former Protestant chaplain at Ithaca College, is founding director of the Women’s Interfaith Institute, now based in Seneca Falls, New York. With M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University and a Th.M. from Harvard, she has been a pastor and scholar in the United Church of Christ for 25 years.

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