Books

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Alexander Chee ‘89 Queen of the Night Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Alexander Chee’s long-anticipated follow-up to his Whiting Award–winning debut, Edinburgh (2001), is an operatic epic as rich and soaring as his protagonist’s voice: a rare “falcon” soprano. Set in 19th-century Paris, Queen of the Night tells the story of Lilliet Berne, an American orphan…

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Becky Albertalli ’05 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda HarperCollins, 2015 Clinical psychologist Albertalli has written a charming first novel about 16-year-old Simon Spier who is gay but hasn’t come out to his family and friends. Complications arise when a classmate, Martin, gets hold of some private e-mails and threatens to reveal Simon’s secret unless…

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Richard Beach ’67, Chris M. Anson, Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, and Thomas Reynolds Understanding and Creating Digital Texts Rowman and Littlefield, 2014 The book provides secondary and college English language arts teachers with activities and classroom examples for using a range of different digital tools—blogs, wikis, websites, annotations, Twitter, mapping, forum discussions, etc.—to engage students in creating…

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Stephen Alter ’77 Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (Arcade, 2015) Alter and his wife, Ammeta, live in the hill station of Mussoorie, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he was raised by American missionary parents. Their relatively peaceful existence was brutally interrupted when four armed…

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William Firshein, Daniel Ayres Professor of Biology, Emeritus The Infectious Microbe (Oxford University Press, 2014) An analysis of one ton of soil revealed that the number of microorganisms in it exceeded the number of stars in our galaxy by a factor of 100,000. We live in a dense sea of microorganisms; our bodies exist in…

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Steven G. Blum ’81 Negotiating Your Investments Wiley, 2014 Experienced negotiating strategist Blum reveals how to apply negotiating knowledge to the world of individual investing in this detailed guide. With expert insights into all the stages of a successful negotiation, this book teaches readers how to prepare for and conduct important financial discussions with an…