A Natural Order
by Lucas Foglia ’05 (Nazraeli Press). A technically exacting and
empathic photographer, Foglia grew up on a farm and wondered about
people who chose a completely self-sufficient rural life, off the grid.
After his Brown graduation, he traveled in the southern United States
to photograph families who’ve done just that. If you can’t buy the book
and are near Providence, you can see the resulting images, like the one
above, at Brown’s Bell Gallery through Commencement
by Josh Bazell ’92 (Reagan Arthur/Little Brown). Take a sleazy pulp
thriller, add David Foster Wallace–like footnotes and a hefty dose of
lefty ecopolitics, and this fun romp might be the result. Bazell, a
physician whose first foray into fiction was the best-selling Beat the
Reaper, here continues the adventures of Pietro Brnwa, a former mob hit
man turned MD, who teams up with a sexy paleontologist (and Sarah
Palin) to find the monster terrorizing a Minnesota lake.
For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families
by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg ’78 (Inc.). When Gary Hirshberg and his
cofounder were building their fledgling organic yogurt company in the
1980s, no one—least of all his harried and anxious wife—could have
imagined that Stonyfield Yogurt would grow into a $370 million
business. This book grew out of an Inc. column Meg Hirshberg wrote
about “the bad old days,” which tapped a wellspring of emotion among
the magazine’s readers. Highly recommended for both entrepreneurs and
the men and women trying to love them and their dreams.
American Caliphate by William Doonan ’87 (Oak Tree Press).
Night Swim by Jessica Keener ’84 AM (Fiction Studio Books).
The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller ’02 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
The Listeners by Leni Zumas ’94 (Tin House Books).
Machu My Picchu: Searching for Sex, Sanity and a Soulmate in South America by Iris Bahr ’98 (skirt!)
A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy
Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to
Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today by Kate Bornstein ’69 (Beacon Press).
Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption by Laura Briggs ’94 AM, ’98 PhD (Duke University Press).
Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan by Robert K. Fitts ’89 AM, ’95 PhD (University of Nebraska Press).
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Christopher Hayes ’01 (Crown Publishing Group).
Handbook of International Social Work: Human Rights, Development, and the Global Profession edited by Lynne M. Healy ’69 and Rosemary J. Link (Oxford University Press).
The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate’s Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History by James Higdon ’00 MFA (Lyons Press).
Setting the Hook: A Diver’s Return to the Andrea Doria by Peter Hunt ’84 (CreateSpace).
Dakota Women’s Work: Creativity, Culture & Exile by Colette A. Hyman ’79 (Minnesota Historical Society Press).
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs ’90 (Simon & Schuster).
Word.: 144 Crossword Puzzles That Prove It’s Hip to be Square
by Natan Last ’12, with contributions from Jonah Kagan ’13, Aimee
Lucido ’13, Zoe Wheeler ’12, Caleb Madison, and Will Nediger (Workman
Creating Cistercian Nuns: The Women’s Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne by Anne E. Lester ’96 (Cornell University Press).
Montana Before History by Douglas H. MacDonald ’91 (Mountain Press Publishing Company).
Nuns! A Memoir by Bernard Mendillo ’70, ’73 AM (CreateSpace).
On Celestial Music and Other Adventures in Listening by Rick Moody ’81(Back Bay Books).
Putting the Barn Before the House: Women and Family Farming in Early Twentieth-Century New York by Grey Osterud ’79 AM, ’84 PhD (Cornell University Press).
Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times by Eyal Press ’92 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
With God On Our Side: The Struggle for Workers’ Rights in a Catholic Hospital by Adam D. Reich ’03 (Cornell University Press).
When I Was a Child I Read Books, essays by Marilynne Robinson ’66 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
The Ground: Poems by Rowan Ricardo Phillips ’98 AM, ’03 PhD (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
Wishbone by Don Share ’78 (Black Sparrow Press).
Bunting’s Persia, edited by Don Share ’78 (Flood Editions).
ALUMNI CHILDREN’S FICTION
Zoo Ah-Choooo by Peter Mandel ’81 AM, illustrated by Elwood Smith (Holiday House).
The Humanness of Heroes: Studies in the Conclusion of Virgil’s Aeneid by Michael C.J. Putnam (Amsterdam University Press).
The Good, The Bad, and The Economy: Does Human Nature Rule Out a Better World? by Louis Putterman (Langdon Street Press).
Free Market Fairness by John Tomasi (Princeton University Press).