The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony Will Tuttle '75 Lantern Books (2005) A pianist, composer, and teacher who trained as a Buddhist monk, Tuttle shows us that the choices we make about food have implications for our lives, our planet, our place in the natural order. Advocating vegetarianism as a step toward spiritual health, he argues that our fast-food-chomping culture has been duped by the "high-tech meat-medical complex," and in the process we have become its accomplices.
Searching for the Spring: Poetic Reflections of Maine Ken Nye '64 TJMF Publishing (2006) An educator by profession, Nye has for years turned a poetic eye and ear to life in Maine, from climbing Mt. Katahdin to childhood memories of his family's lakeside camp to dawn on Monhegan. This collection of poems is remarkable for its simplicity and sincerity and for Nye's unwillingness to overlook the true stuff of our lives.
The Politics of Decline: A Chronicle of New York's Descent and What You Can Do to Save Your State Jay Gallagher '69 Whitston (2005) Not everyone loves New York"the state, that is. Once truly the Empire State, New York has become a laggard in terms of economic development and job growth. The Albany bureau chief for the Gannett News Service, Gallagher points a finger at state legislators who, he says, have lost sight of their responsibility to their constituents. And he warns that there are lessons here for New Yorkers and the rest of us.
Spirits of Defiance: National Prohibition and Jazz Age Literature, 1920-1933 Kathleen "Katie" Drowne '92 Ohio State University Press (2005) The 18th Amendment was only in effect for 13 years, but it had a profound influence on American culture and the literature it produced. An assistant professor in English at the University of Missouri, Rolla, Drowne explores the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker and Zora Neale Hurston, Sinclair Lewis and Langston Hughes, among others, to gauge how Americans reacted to this ultimately unsuccessful government effort to legislate morality. It's a fascinating look at the world of bootleggers and revenuers, flappers and rent parties.
Bravo, Stanley! H. James Merrick '75 The Stanley Museum (2006) Jay Leno has one"and was pulled over for speeding in it on the Los Angeles Freeway. That woud be no surprise to Merrick, who has written this tribute to the high-speed history of the Stanley Steamer automobile, a modified version of which set the land speed record of 127 mph in 1906. The book, which is chock full of photos and participants' accounts, chronicles a time when the steam engine was seen by many as superior to gasoline and "explosive" engines. The competition was fierce, and both power plants had their loyal followers. A Colby note: the book is dedicated to Merrick's grandfather, Hubert J. Merrick, Class of 1899.