Recent Releases



Book Cover: A Healing Touch

A Healing Touch: True Stories of Life, Death, and Hospice
Richard Russo, Wesley McNair, Monica Wood,
Susan Sterling, Bill Roorbach, Gerry Boyle ’78

Down East Books (2008)
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo and five other Maine authors (all of whom are present or former Colby faculty or staff) here prove that the close of life need not be filled with darkness when hospice help is at hand. These writers contributed intensely personal and profoundly moving end-of-life accounts that cover a wide spectrum of human experience. All six authors are donating their royalties to Waterville Hospice; Down East will also give a portion of the proceeds to the same cause.

Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How to Break Free From the Perfection Deception
Alice Domar ’80 and Alice Lesch Kelly

Crown (2008)
Psychologist and Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor Domar knows the way for women not to achieve happiness—spend your life chasing an ever-elusive paradigm of perfection. With coauthor and journalist Kelly, Domar explains that, much as they try, overachieving women will never attain perfection. This book is intended to help readers develop more realistic expectations—and to find contentment as they reach those goals. It includes the insights of more than 50 women and offers a process to help readers see that perfectionism often is the source of discontent.

Stranger in Paradise
Robert B. Parker ’54

Putnam (2008)
The seventh novel in Parker’s Jesse Stone series, Stranger in Paradise has the small-town police chief grappling with a fugitive criminal’s return. The dilemma: the criminal has been hired to kill a mobster’s ex-wife and kidnap his 14-year-old daughter. Stone ends up helping the daughter—and becoming an unlikely ally of his former adversary.

The Legacy of German Jewry
Hermann Levin Goldschmidt, translated by David Suchoff (English)

Fordham University Press (2007)
This comprehensive rethinking of the German-Jewish experience was first published in 1957. Suchoff is the first scholar to translate Goldschmidt’s work into English. Ahead of his time and biblical in his perspective, Goldschmidt, who died in 1998, describes the ways that German-Jewish writers and thinkers anticipated what we now call multiculturalism. Rather than destined to destruction, the German-Jewish experience is reconceived here as a past whose unfulfilled project remains urgent and contemporary—a dream yet to be realized in practice, hence a task that still awaits its completion.

The Tumbleweed Manifesto Ned Warner '08

The Tumbleweed Manifesto
Ned Warner ’08

Dorm Room Records
No need for a full-blown studio to record a CD these days. Singer/songwriter (and New Yorker) Warner is joined by several Colby musicans—Ben Knight ’09, Evan Eshelman ’08, Nick Baranowski ’09 among them—for these indie folk-rock tracks. Guitars, some mandolin and upright bass, and most prominently Warner’s vocals and distinct style. He sings of growing up with his father’s “Bobby D.” and Carole King, and lists Paul Simon and Tom Rush as influences, but you wonder if he took in some Donovan along the way. More at

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