Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother

The tag line for Greenlaw’s latest? “Famed swordfish boat captain Linda Greenlaw faces her greatest battle with nature—a newly adopted teenage daughter.” Fans of the bestselling writer launched by the book and movie The Perfect Storm know Greenlaw as one tough customer. She can wrestle an 800-pound swordfish, manage a crew of obstreperous fishermen, and […]

Recent Releases

  The Laundry Monster Jeanne Morrison Cook ’87 Minor Storm Press (2011) Cook’s first children’s book (there are more coming in the “I Can Help!” series) was inspired as she waded through real-life laundry generated by four children, a husband, and a dog named Colby. Perhaps not the dog, but the rest of the family […]

Recent Releases

Alexander’s Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors Joseph Roisman (classics) University of Texas Press (2012) Alexander the Great is known as one of the most formidable military commanders of all time. But what of the vaunted Greek soldiers who fought for him, conquering Persia, invading India, and creating a vast empire? Scholars have […]

Child’s Play

Shelley Wollert wants kids to clamor for Elska, a musical, magical friend

Gardner Colby’s Remarkable Mom

If 19th century philanthropist Gardner Colby is the namesake and savior of Colby College, what of Sarah Davison Colby, the woman who raised him along the Kennebec River and saw her son go from modest beginnings to become a successful Boston industrialist? That Gardner Colby gave the College $50,000 to rescue it from financial crisis […]

A History of Putting a Spin on Vigilante Justice

Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs: Narratives of a Community and a Nation Lisa Arellano (American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies) Temple University Press (2012) Associate Professor Lisa Arellano’s research for what would become Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs took her to archives in Louisiana, Idaho, Montana, and California. And though the specific incidents in the […]

Poems that Explore "A World of Haunting Absences"

by Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English (creative writing) Given AwayJennifer Barber ’78Kore Press The lyric sequence comprising Jennifer Barber’s Given Away begins in August and ends in August, recording the speaker’s interactions—one almost wants to say “intercessions”—with a world of haunting absences where “quiet reigns” and “heat gathers in the crown / of an […]

A Trip to the West Indies – With Historical Baggage

by Chandra D. Bhimull Fatal Revolutions: Natural History, West Indian Slavery, and the Routes of American Literature Christopher P. Iannini ’93 University of North Carolina Press (2012) Flesh-eating ants, water lettuce, fly-carriers, mangroves, breadfruit trees, flamingos, and alligators are a few of the populations, places, and plants we encounter in Christopher Iannini’s Fatal Revolutions: Natural […]