Marsden Hartley’s Maine book cover

Elizabeth Finch (Museum of Art), Donna M. Cassidy, and Randall R. Griffey
Marsden Hartley’s Maine
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017)

This handsome and informative edition represents the first in-depth discussion of artist Marsden Hartley’s complex relationship with Maine, his home state. It was published to coincide with Marsden Hartley’s Maine, the exhibition organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, which drew record crowds and widespread acclaim in 2017. The book traces Hartley’s remarkable career, from his lonely childhood in Lewiston, Maine, to his discovery by gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, to his peripatetic life and remarkable work. Maine was his inspiration even from afar, and his iconic landscapes and figure paintings, both early and late, are better understood and appreciated after reading the perceptive essays in this book. Finch’s exploration of Hartley’s stunning early work is a must for anyone eager to know more about the experiences and influences that made him one of the finest artists of his time.

Chris Myers Asch (History) and George Derek Musgrove
Chocolate City: The History of Race Relations in the Nation’s Capital
University of North Carolina Press (2017)

Chocolate City: The History of Race Relations in the Nation’s Capital book cover
Washington, D.C., has the honor and burden of being the nation’s capital. Like other communities, the country’s first majority-black city has known racial divide and mistrust. But its inequities can seem glaring against the backdrop of the center of a national government that is said to represent freedom and equality. Asch and Musgrove want readers to have historical context for Washington’s racial history. The narrative begins in 1608, when English colonists first ventured from Jamestown, explores the post-Civil War version of the city, and proceeds to Marion Barry and Michelle Rhee. In the process, the authors trace the four-century story of race and democracy coexisting and colliding in the nation’s capital.

Chandra Bhimull (Anthropology and African-American Studies)
Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora
NYU Press (2018)

Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora book cover
The emergence of commercial air travel did more than move people faster and farther. It also spread and sustained colonial and racialist attitudes, and it shaped a stage of the African diaspora. Bhimull focuses on Britain and its Caribbean colonies, how those colonies shaped what would become British Airways and changed lives in the black West Indies and beyond. As air travel became commonplace, routes were set, and policies, pricing, and procedures were put in place—often within the context of imperial privilege. Bhimull’s sharp analysis reveals that bias remains today.

Gary Green (Art)
Introduction by Adam Tuchinsky

by Henry David Thoreau
Tilbury House (2017)

Walking book cover
This new edition of the Thoreau deathbed masterpiece essay reminds readers that there is more to his body of work than Walden. The black and white photographs, 10 contributed by photographer Green, were selected by curator Denise Froehlich, founder and director of the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. The photographs were part of an exhibition of contemporary photographic works marking the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth in 1817.

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Wylie Dufresne ’92, with Peter Meehan
wd~50: The Cookbook
Ecco, an Anthony Bourdain Book (2017)

Dufresne’s landmark restaurant closed in 2014, but its cutting-edge cuisine lives on in this gorgeous cookbook. It’s Dufresne’s first, which may surprise anyone who has followed his remarkable career. But he says he wasn’t ready until now. The remarkable recipes and candid backstories are worth the wait. Simply organized—categories like eggs, noodles, meat, foie gras, fish, dessert—the book ranges from wd~50 versions of standards (eggs Benedict with fried hollandaise) to Dufresne experiments (chicken, carrot confit, egg yolk, mole paper; langoustine, red pepper, black sesame, shiso). The genesis stories are fascinating. (“Shrimp couscous started as scallop couscous, and scallop couscous started as an accident.”) Home chefs and professionals will peruse for hours. Dinner may be late. Chances are it will be memorable.

Erika Mailman ’91
The Murderer’s Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel
Bonhomie Press (2017)

The Murderer’s Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel book cover
In Mailman’s capable hands, history comes alive—and that can be a very scary thing. In this meticulously researched novel, her second adult historical novel after The Witch’s Trinity, she weaves a mesmerizing tale in two voices: Bridget, the maid in the Borden home in Fall River, Mass., and Brooke, a modern-day barista fleeing an apparent attempt on her life. Both stories are dark and suspenseful, and the Lizzie Borden tale of “forty whacks” fame unfolds in riveting and ominous detail. Mailman, who lives in California, actually spent a night in the maid’s room in the former Borden home in Fall River, bringing poet Alexandria Peary ’92 along for moral support. The author’s sleepless night will beget many more for her readers.

Finn Murphy ’82
The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road
Norton (2017)

The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road book cover
Murphy traded college for the cab of an 18-wheeler and the siren call of the open road. As the driver of a moving company semi, he’s logged more than a million miles, hauling customers’ belongings and lives from place to place. Along the way, he collects stories as well, and the book is replete with characters: a homeowner in Virginia who is apoplectic as then-rookie driver Murphy runs down trees in his yard, a widow who reveals that part of her cargo is her husband’s remains, the disconsolate military wife who, when she sees the isolated and decrepit house her husband has bought, tells Murphy to keep the stuff in the truck and keep on driving. It’s all in a day’s—and night’s—work for this trucker, who, fortunately, has been keeping notes.

Deanna F. Cook ’88, P’19
Baking Class
Storey (2017)

Baking Class book cover
Award-winning children’s book author Cook follows her best-selling Cooking Class with this new offering. The book helps kids bake their own favorites, from chocolate chip cookies and brownies to pizza and bread. With 50 recipes and step-by-step photo instructions, Baking Class gets kids away from the screens and into the kitchen. Guaranteed to be a treat for youngsters.

Noah Charney ’02 and Ingrid Rowland
The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art
Norton (2017)

The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art book cover
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Vasari. Charney and Rowland tell us that last name isn’t the household word it ought to be. Giorgio Vasari was a renowned artist in his own right, but he was something more. He was arguably the first art historian, writing the book on art and artists of his time in Renaissance Florence. The author of Lives of the Artists was a visionary who saw that artists were more than paint-stained technicians; they were individual geniuses with visions of their own. Charney and Rowland tell the story of the man who created the art world we know today. Along the way, they serve up a delectable tale filled with exquisite detail and captivating gossip.

Richard Bachus ’87
Into No Man’s Land
Hellgate Press (2017)

Into No Man’s Land book cover
This novel follows journalist Nick Becker, who travels to northern Michigan to defend family property from developers—and lands squarely in the lives of his deceased grandparents. Col. Joe Becker has served in both world wars, crossing paths with Ernest Hemingway and George Patton, among others. Grandson Nick’s dive into family history uncovers secrets that have profound—and dangerous—implications for the present.

Faculty Publications

Marta Ameri (Art), editor, with S. K. Costello, S. J. Scott, and G. Jamison, eds. 2018. Seals and Sealing in the Ancient World: Case Studies from the Ancient Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, and South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2018.

“Introduction: Small Windows, Wide Views,” “Letting the Pictures Speak: An Image-based Approach to the Mythological and Narrative Imagery of the Harappan World,” with S. K. Costello, S. J. Scott and G. Jamison, 2018, Seals and Sealing in the Ancient World: Case Studies from the Ancient Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, and South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Jacquelyn Ardam (English), “Never Let Me Go and the Human Condition,” Avidly, Oct. 10, 2017.

“Demystifying the Contents of the Universe: A New Look at Mina Loy,” Los Angeles Review of Books, Aug. 13, 2017.

“Aslant to the Flâneuse: A Conversation with Lauren Elkin,” Public Books, July 10, 2017.

“Facing Facts, Facing Reality: On Deborah Nelson’s Tough Enough,” Los Angeles Review of Books, June 8, 2017.

“On Murder,” Los Angeles Review of Books, Feb. 10, 2017.

Martha Arterberry (Psychology), “Integration of Thought and Action: Arm Weights Facilitate Research Accuracy in 24-month-old Children,” Infancy, Sept. 8, 2017.

Adrian Blevins (Creative Writing), poems, The Baffler, Gettysburg Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Blood Orange Review, Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche.

Audrey Brunetaux (French and Italian), “La Rafle du Vél d’Hiv à la télévision française (1957-1995),” French Historical Studies, 41:1, 2018.

F. Russell Cole (Biology, Environmental Studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (Biology), Philip Nyhus (Environmental Studies), Sophie Sarkar ’11, and Alexa Junker ’16, “Assessing LakeSmart, a community-based lake protection program,” Journal of Environmental Studies, November 2017.

David Freidenreich (Jewish Studies), “Christians and Muslims in One Another’s Legal Texts,” in Routledge Handbook on Christian–Muslim Relations, ed. David Thomas (London: Routledge, 2017), 185–93.

Robert Gastaldo (Geology), and Jiawen June Li ’16, with J. Neveling and J.W. Geissman, “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Review the Vertical and Lateral Facies Relationships of the Purported Vertebrate-defined Terrestrial Boundary Interval at Bethulie, Karoo Basin, South Africa,” Earth Science Reviews, August 2017.

With H.W. Pfefferkorn and W.A. DiMichele, “Impact of an icehouse climate interval on tropical vegetation and plant evolution,” Stratigraphy, 2017, v. 14, 365-376.

With Jiawen June Li ’16, J. Neveling, and J.W. Geissman, “Green or Red: Is the change in siltstone color across the Daptocephalus (Dicynodon) and Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zones, Karoo Basin, South Africa a function of aridification?” Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 87, 653-671, 2017.

Melissa Glenn (Psychology), Paul Berkner (Garrison-Foster Health Center), Peter Wirth ’16, Waylin Yu ’15, and Jennifer Liao ’15, “New method to induce mild traumatic brain injury in rodents produces differential outcomes in female and male Sprague Dawley rats,” Journal of Neuroscience Methods, October 2017.

Dale Kocevski (Astronomy), “CANDELS: Elevated Black Hole Growth in the Progenitors of Compact Quiescent Galaxies at z ~ 2,” Astrophysical Journal, Sept. 7, 2017.

Loren McClenachan (Environmental Studies), “Opportunities for improving global marine conservation through multilateral treaties,” Marine Policy, December 2017.

Elena Monastireva-Ansdell (Russian), “Renegotiating the ‘communal apartment’: migration and identity in Soviet and contemporary Eurasian cinema,” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Volume 11, Issue 3, 228-249, September 2017.

Chris Moore (Biology), “Population dynamics of mutualism and intraspecific density dependence: How θ-logistic density dependence affects mutualistic positive feedback,” Ecological Modelling, November 2017.

Philip Nyhus (Environmental Studies) and Jeremy Ravenelle ’18, “Global patterns and trends in human-wildlife conflict compensation,” Conservation Biology, December 2017. With Yiyuan Qin ’12, “Assessing factors influencing a possible South China tiger reintroduction: a survey of international conservation professionals,” Environmental Conservation, March 2017.

Charles D. Orzech (Religious Studies), “Tantric Subjects: Liturgy and Vision in Chinese Esoteric Ritual Manuals,” Chinese and Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism, Yael Bentor and Meir Shahar, eds.,  Leiden and Boston: E. J. Brill, 2017, 17-40.

Véronique Plesch (Art), “On Appropriations,” Crossing Borders: Appropriations and Collaborations. Special issue of Interfaces 38 (2016–17), 7–38.

“Word and Image in Early Performance,” The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance, ed. Pamela King, Abingdon: Routledge, 2017, 99–117.

Tanya Sheehan (Art), “Staging Emancipation: Race and Reconstruction in American Photographic Humor,” in Before-and-After Photography: History and Contexts, ed. Jordan Bear and Kate Palmer Albers, London: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, 2017, 139-152.

Christopher Soto (Psychology), “Are all kids alike? The magnitude of individual differences in personality characteristics tends to increase from early childhood to early adolescence,” with R. Mottus and H. Slobodskaya, European Journal of Personality, Volume 31, Issue 4, 313-328, 2017.

“Are cultural and economic conservatism positively correlated? A large-scale cross-national test,” with A. Malka and Y. Lelkes, British Journal of Political Science, in press.

“Short and extra-short forms of the Big Five Inventory–2: The BFI-2-S and BFI-2-XS,” with O.P. John, Journal of Research in Personality, Volume 68, 69-81, 2017.

“Validation of the short and extra-short forms of the Big Five Inventory-2 (BFI-2) and their German adaptations,” with B. Rammstedt, D. Danner, and O.P. John, European Journal of Psychological Assessment, in press.

Debra Spark (Creative Writing), “Finish It, Finish It,” The Southern Review, spring 2018. “Surprise Me,” The Writers’ Chronicle, March/April 2017.

Arnout van der Meer (History), “Performing Colonial Modernity: Fairs, Consumerism, and the Emergence of the Indonesian Middle Classes,” Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, vol. 173, issue 4, 2017.

Herb Wilson Jr. (Biology), with B. Brown, “Winter Movements of Sitta canadensis L. (Red-breasted Nuthatch) in New England and Beyond: A Multiple-scale Analysis,” Northeastern Naturalist, 24(7), 135–146, 2017.

“The Dynamics of Arrivals of Maine Migratory Breeding Birds,” Biology, 6 (38): 1-16, 2017.