Books

WELL READ

The Leavers: A Novel LISA KO ’98 ALGONQUIN BOOKS, 2017 The Leavers tells the story of 11-year-old Deming Guo, whose mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, fails to return home one day from her job at a nail salon in Brooklyn—leaving Deming alone to navigate a new life as Daniel Wilkinson, the adopted son of…

THE BACKSTORY

The stories behind the words: Poems from Gina Athena Ulysse (“I am a storm,” from Because When God Is Too Busy) and Claudine Nash ’92 (“The Problem with Loving Ghosts,” from Parts per Trillion). GINA ATHENA ULYSSE Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me & The World (WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2017) Gina Athena Ulysse…

OTHER WORLDS

BY ERIC BUTTERMAN A U.S. Navy man, a customs inspector, even a cabbie—that’s a bio we can buy. But an acclaimed sci-fi novelist who didn’t publish his first book until after he had turned 50? Now that definitely sounds like a work of science fiction. Yet this is the life of 81-year-old Jack McDevitt, MALS…

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Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son By PAUL DICKSON ‘60 BLOOMSBURY, 2017 In his newest book, Paul Dickson ’60 tells the story of one of the most memorable characters ever to walk onto a baseball field: Leo Durocher. As a shortstop, Durocher was a member of two of the most celebrated teams in baseball history— the…

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Harmony: A Novel By Carolyn Parkhurst ’92 Meet the Hammonds—Alexandra, Josh, 11-year- old Iris, and 13-year-old Tilly—a family struggling to cope with their brilliant teenage daughter’s increasingly disruptive autistic behavior. Frustrated and feeling isolated among friends in their Washington, D.C., community, Alexandra places her trust, and her family’s welfare, in the hands of self-proclaimed parenting…

JUST PUBLISHED

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…