Published August 10, 2004 | Issue: Spring 2004
A Heart Divided
Debra Campbell (religious studies)
Indiana University Press (2003)
Graceful Exits explores the complicated relationships of Catholic women to their church through the personal narratives of nine modern women writers who dealt with leaving the Catholic Church. Their stories suggest that no one ever really leaves the church, and Campbell's final chapter examines narratives of return.
Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld '77
Delacorte Press (2004)
This young-adult novel explores the Confederate flag's significance through the eyes of Yankee teen Kate, who moves to small-town Tennessee with her liberal-minded New York City family. A petition to replace her school's Confederate flag insignia pits Kate and the handsome Jack against one another in a bitter controversy: about the flag and what it means to be an American. A stage adaptation is planned for July 2004.
All Stories Are Fiction
Mike Daisey '96
In late February performer-writer-monologist Daisey began performing "All Stories Are Fiction" every Monday night at New York's P.S. 122. The series of brand-new stories range from the warped genius of scientist Nikolai Tesla, to the strange and wonderful powers of Chinese hamster ovaries, to growing up in rural Maine under the shadow of the apocalypse. For more, go to www.mikedaisey.com
The Perfect Score
Jon Zack '93, writing credit
Six high school seniors with a range of braininess and motivation decide to break into the Princeton Testing Center so they can steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests and all get perfect scores. The teen film's cast includes Scarlett Johansson (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Lost in Translation) and Erika Christensen (Traffic).
Hartford: Connecticut's Capital, An Illustrated History
Glenn Weaver and Michael Swift '85
American Historical Press (2003)
Hartford Courant writer Swift's update of Weaver's history of the Connecticut capital includes hundreds of lithographs and vintage photos. The illustrated history covers Hartford's development from a collection of crude dugout huts to what is today a highly developed metropolitan area.
Rooting Multiculturalism: The Work of Louis Adamic
Dan Shiffman '86
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (2003)
Rooting Multiculturalism evaluates the life and work of Louis Adamic, the Slovenian-born writer, editor, historian and champion of immigrant contributions. Shiffman argues that Adamic's writing on diversity in the U.S. is fundamental to American pluralism.