Books

AUTHOR ESSAY: Tales of Rhinestone Cowgirls

In Rodeo Queens and the American Dream (Public Affairs/Perseus Books, 2002), Joan Burbick ’76 chronicles the lives of white and Native American women who worked in professional rodeos in the Pacific Northwest from the 1930s to the 1990s. She talks about what she learned from listening to their stories. I am now called a writer. Before, I…

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Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. AMANDA DAVIS ’93 Wonder When You’ll Miss Me (HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2003) In this heartbreaking coming-of-age debut novel, Davis tells the tale of 16- year-old Faith Duckle, a rape survivor who runs away to join the circus after committing a violent act of revenge.…

PICK OF THE SYLLABUS: Embers

Andrew Szegedy–Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies, selects Embers by Sandor Marai If one looks only at the outlines of its plot and setting, Embers, by Hungarian writer Sandor Marai, seems to be just another old–fashioned novel of intrigue. The action unfolds in a large and gloomy castle, somewhere in the mountains of Central Europe, at some time near…

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Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. CARLO ROTELLA ’86 Good with Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen and Other Characters from the Rust Belt (University of California Press, 2002) In this fine investigation of postindustrial urban America, Rotella illuminates the lives of ?some people who are good with their hands and…

AUTHOR ESSAY: Ellison Straight, No Chaser

The New York Times Book Review called Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius by Lawrence Jackson ’90 (John Wiley & Sons, 2002) a “rich, meticulous biography.” Jackson talks about writing the first book devoted to the early life of the renowned author of Invisible Man. IIn May of 2002, after legal feuds and delays almost killed the project, I published…

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Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. MICHAEL LOBEL ’90 Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art (Yale University Press, 2002) In this richly illustrated new study, Lobel offers provocative new interpretations of Lichtenstein’s paintings of the 1960s and their relationship to the Pop Art movement. The…

AUTHOR ESSAY: My Life in Heavy Meddling

Steve Almond ’88 wrote a book about the romantic mishaps of single men. Readers asked: Is the book autobiographical? He responds with thoughts about what is really at stake in the question. This past April, Grove Press published my first book, a collection of short stories called My Life in Heavy Metal, most of which detail…

Clueing in the Undergrads

Dear Alumni, I find it hard to believe, but I graduated from Wesleyan 20 years ago. At that time, I didn’t even know about the Alumni Association, let alone consider the existence of a group brought together across the decades by this common experience: a Wesleyan education. My first experience with this concept was in…

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Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. DOMINIQUE BROWNING ’77 Around the House and in the Garden (Scribner, 2002) For several years, House & Garden editor–in–chief Dominique Browning has written a monthly column that combines personal vignettes with observations about home improvement, gardening, and raising children. In this consistently intelligent and gracefully…

AUTHOR ESSAY: Rediscovering an Amazing Life

In her acclaimed new book, Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth–Century Congo (Viking, 2002), Pagan Kennedy ’84 resurrects the story of a forgotten African American explorer. I met William Henry Sheppard in a book. Though he’d been dead 70 years and now consisted of nothing but a few pages of text in a…