Sherwood Anderson: A Writer in America (Volume 2) Walter B. Rideout '38 The University of Wisconsin Press (2007) This, the second volume of what is widely recognized as the definitive biography of novelist Sherwood Anderson, was published after Rideout's death in 2006. Best known for Winesburg, Ohio, Anderson's groundbreaking realism was a profound influence on the next generation of American novelists. Rideout, the late professor emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explores Anderson's involvement in the labor struggles of the 1930s, which were the subject of much of his later work. "A superb portrayal of its subject," said the Chicago Sun-Times. "It is a testament"even a throwback"to the sort of dedicated, painstaking literary scholarship that is rarely seen anymore in our technopholic age."
Ghostwriters, new paintings Catherine Courtenaye '79 Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York In her recent work, Courtenaye uses actual marginalia found in 19th-century penmanship manuals and other documents, incorporating the formal pen strokes into her layered paintings. "The penmanship instructor's original intent of control, resolution and clarity is often obscured by placing these lines and letters into deep fields of saturated color," the artist has written. "But what emerges, I hope, is a reanimation of these strokes and perhaps a reconsideration of the expressiveness of the written word."
What You Don't Know Can Keep You Out of College Don Dunbar '56 Gotham Books (2007) A former admissions consultant for Phillips-Andover Academy and now an educational consultant, Dunbar provides an insider's view of the college admissions process. The book is subtitled, "The 13 Fatal Application Mistakes and Why Character is the Key to College Admissions." Each chapter deals with a "mistake," from "Nothing Turns You On" to "Social Insensitivity." Dunbar uses real-life anecdotes to show the pitfalls applicants fall into. "No matter where you're applying, the competition has only increased, so the more flaws you can recognize and overcome, the better your chances will be," Dunbar writes.
nos-tal-gia Carl Dimow (music) and Nathan Kolosko Fleur de Son (2007) Dimow is known at Colby as a versatile guitarist and an imaginative player of the klezmer flute. Here he plays concert flute and bass flute with acclaimed classical guitarist Kolosko as they explore the music of Brazil, Venezuela, and Argentina. Works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Baden Powell, and others are interpreted as Dimow and Kolosko blur the boundaries that separate classical, jazz, and folk. It's a journey through the musical cultures of South America that one critic described as "celestial and lovely."
Adventures in Chemistry Julie Millard (chemistry) Houghton Mifflin (2008) Millard, the Dr. Gerald and Myra Dorros Professor of Chemistry, has been introducing real-life chemistry in engaging ways to students at Colby for years. In her newest textbook, she explores compelling applications such as forensics, infectious diseases, and the chemistry of art, while also introducing the fundamentals of chemistry through clear, concise language. Using the metaphor of a hike as its pedagogical structure, the text presents core concepts and then shows how they apply to contemporary examples. With confidence in their understanding of basic principles, students can use their new chemical knowledge to make well-informed decisions about the foods they eat, the medicines they take, and the lifestyles they pursue.
Follow Me Down Ladies of the Lake, with Margaret Ericson (libraries) Ladies of the Lake, four Maine women including Art and Music Librarian Maggie Ericson on vocals, guitar, and button accordion, specialize in traditional Celtic instrumental music and ballads. Their first CD, Follow Me Down, offers a dozen tracks that include almost 30 tunes in various medleys. All accomplished instrumentalists, members of the band perform tight three-part harmonies in this collection that evokes the lumber camps and maritime cultures as still heard at Maine contradances.