Publications

Card image "Syrie Maugham:  Staging Glamorous Interiors" by Pauline C. Metcalf ’60

"Syrie Maugham: Staging Glamorous Interiors" by Pauline C. Metcalf ’60

Nonfiction / Acanthus, 2010

Syrie Maugham, wife of renowned novelist Somerset Maugham, was a trendsetter and fashion maven who created a world of ultra-chic style and elegance. In this book, Metcalf journeys from London drawing rooms to the interiors of New York, Chicago, and Hollywood as Syrie refines her famous 1920s style.
Card image "The Life and Death of  Psychoanalysis: On Unconscious Desire and Its Interpretation" by Jamieson Webster ’00

"The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis: On Unconscious Desire and Its Interpretation" by Jamieson Webster ’00

Nonfiction / Karnac, 2011

Webster argues that psychoanalysis hinges on the question of desire, and tells the story of her own psychoanalytical training through the interpretation of dreams and encounters with thinkers for whom the problem of psychoanalysis remains crucial.

Card image "A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard" by  Amy Nawrocki ’97 (coauthor)

"A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard" by Amy Nawrocki ’97 (coauthor)

Nonfiction / The History Press, 2011

The book focuses on the growing winery industry in Connecticut and traces wine-making back to the early days of the state.
Card image "Testing Baby: The Transformation of Newborn Screening, Parenting, and Policymaking"  by Rachel Grob MA ’92

"Testing Baby: The Transformation of Newborn Screening, Parenting, and Policymaking" by Rachel Grob MA ’92

Nonfiction / Rutgers, 2011

Newborn screening for genetic disorders is expanding rapidly, fueled by the prospect of saving lives—but those harmed by such screenings (which are often conducted without parental consent) remain unrecognized. Grob’s book is the first to draw on parents’ experiences with newborn screening in order to examine its far-reaching sociological consequences.

Card image "David Park:  A Painter’s Life" by Nancy Boas ’55

"David Park: A Painter’s Life" by Nancy Boas ’55

Nonfiction - biography / UC Press, 2011

David Park, transplanted Bostonian turned West Coast painter, helped create what became known as Bay Area Figurative Art. In this biography compiled primarily from interviews, Boas traces Park’s search for a new kind of figuration.

Card image "Vital Aging: Seven Years of Building Community and Enhancing Health" by Sara Starr Wolff ’52

"Vital Aging: Seven Years of Building Community and Enhancing Health" by Sara Starr Wolff ’52

Nonfiction / Levellers, 2011

This book is based on a therapy group led by Wolff, and she uses members’ own words to convey how they found one another their best resource when it came to information about aging.

Card image "St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped" by Ann Cefola ’81, MFA ’97

"St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped" by Ann Cefola ’81, MFA ’97

Poetry / Kattywompus, 2011

In these poems, Cefola presents a variety of losses, including the disappearance of a neighborhood landmark and a near-drowning. As in the line from her poem, “Kerning,” she asserts the necessary optimism of a survivor: “In the text you create rivers of light.”

Card image "The Busy Physician’s Guide to Genetics,  Genomics, and  Personalized Medicine" by Kevin Sweet ’93 (coauthor)

"The Busy Physician’s Guide to Genetics, Genomics, and Personalized Medicine" by Kevin Sweet ’93 (coauthor)

Nonfiction / Springer, 2011

Sweet engages the timely debate about how to turn genomic discoveries into clinical diagnostics and treatments, without forcing physicians to learn the science behind them from the ground up.

Card image "The Hudson Line" by  Margo Taft Stever MFA ’88

"The Hudson Line" by Margo Taft Stever MFA ’88

Poetry / Main Street Rag, 2011

This collection shows the natural world as tied inextricably with the mythic; the first stanza of the title poem reads, “The river stretches out/ like a line of flight, a pattern/ winging toward God.”

Card image "Some of My Lives:  A Scrapbook Memoir" by Rosamond Bernier ’38

"Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir" by Rosamond Bernier ’38

Nonfiction - Memoir / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011

Bernier’s memoir provides glimpses of her interactions with renowned artists throughout her lifetime, including Pablo Picasso, Leonard Bernstein, Max Ernst, Aaron Copeland, Malcolm Lowry, and Karl Lagerfeld.

Card image "Frederic Crowninshield:  A Renaissance Man in the Gilded Age" by Gertrude de G. Wilmers ’60  (coauthor)

"Frederic Crowninshield: A Renaissance Man in the Gilded Age" by Gertrude de G. Wilmers ’60 (coauthor)

Nonfiction / University of Massachusetts, 2010

This book offers the first full account of Crowninshield’s life and work as an artist, designing murals and stained glass windows for the interiors of Gilded Age buildings in America.

Card image "Making Friends with Other Trees and Flowers: A Story of Low Vision and High Expectations" by Janne E. Irvine ’71

"Making Friends with Other Trees and Flowers: A Story of Low Vision and High Expectations" by Janne E. Irvine ’71

Nonfiction - Memoir / Wheatmark, 2011

Irvine’s vision was damaged after birth and grew worse over time. In this book, she relates how a vivid imagination made it possible for her to understand the blurred images of her world and find fulfillment.

Card image "Born in the Land of the Tango: A Memoir about Identity, Family, and Healing" by Jackie Audrey O’Neal MFA ’94

"Born in the Land of the Tango: A Memoir about Identity, Family, and Healing" by Jackie Audrey O’Neal MFA ’94

Nonfiction - Memoir / Publishamerica, 2011

In this collection of stories, O’Neal explores her cultural ancestry, from the 16th-century Basque-country witch trials to her Afro-Indian roots.

"The Zero Elegies" by Pamela Kallimanis MFA ’05

Poetry / Three Mile Harbor, 2011

The speakers of Kallimanis’ poems examine different vantage points of the September 11th attacks and meditate on why this tragedy happened and what it means for people surviving in the absence of the Twin Towers. The poems are about Ground Zero, but they are also about post-traumatic stress, memory, and loss.