Laundry MonsterThe 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 dirtied enough clothes to create a monster of a problem. The story unfolds on a day when the laundry really does take on a life of its own, threatening to envelop Mom forever in socks, sheets, and underwear. The kids come up with a way to save her. Not to reveal too much, but Cook’s book also includes a couple of pages of laundry tips, including “It’s Fun To Fold!” (She suggests making a contest out of matching socks.) More at

Nets Through TimeNets Through Time: The Technique and
Art of Knotted Netting

Jacqueline Bendelius Davidson ’59

Maine Authors Publishing (2012)

Davidson was introduced to the technique of knotted netting at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. It was an auspicious meeting, as she went to write an award-winning book (honored by the New England Book Festival) about the history and craft of knotted netting. It’s a technique that produces everything from fishing nets to fine doilies to bed canopies to Native American adornments. And, as with many commonplace items, careful study and consideration reveals that there is more to knotted netting than meets the casual eye. Netting tools made of wood, bone, and ivory have been passed down through generations. Fishermen knotted nets in biblical times, and they are represented in art on the walls of the pyramids. Davidson traces the history and also offers simple instruction so readers, if they are so moved, may join the long and largely unsung lineage of netmakers.


A Guide to Groups, Rings, and FieldsA Guide to Groups, Rings, and Fields

Fernando Q. Gouvêa (mathematics)

Mathematical Association of America (2012) 

Those looking for a way to review and refresh their basic algebra will benefit from reading this guide, and it will also serve as a ready reference for mathematicians who make use of algebra in their work. In addition to the standard material on groups, rings, modules, fields, and Galois theory, the book includes discussions of important topics often omitted in the standard graduate course, including linear groups, group representations, the structure of Artinian rings, projective, injective and flat modules, Dedekind domains, and central simple algebras. All of the important theorems are discussed, without proofs but often with a discussion of the intuitive ideas behind those proofs.

The Roots of a Family: Life in Rural MaineThe Roots of a Family: Life in Rural Maine

Gail Anne Glidden Rowe ’72 (2012)

What better way to learn about life in rural in Maine than from the story of a family that weathered good times and bad, from the Great Depression to the Vietnam War. Rowe recounts experiences of her extended family, three generations of rural Mainers, including hard-working Irish immigrants, an ancestor who left his bed in a Civil War field hospital to take refuge in Canada, and a roster of hunters, fishermen, and farmers. It’s a family story replete with telling details, from the real workday of a dairy farmer to letters home to Maine from the front during World War II. Rowe, retired from the faculty of Southern Maine Community College, writes both a family story and a Maine story, and in the process a compelling and true story of our times.