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Al-Tounsi by Anton Piatigorsky ’94 (Ankerwycke).
Piatigorsky, an award-winning Toronto playwright, weaves a path through the lives of nine fictional Supreme Court justices as they consider the case of Majid Al-Tounsi, an Egyptian held in an American prison in the Philippines for funding terrorists. The novel tracks the drama in the justices’ lives as they consider the case, attempting to show how personal lives can twist public outcomes in ways that are messier than one might expect.
Touch by Courtney Maum ’01 (Putnam).
Sloan Jacobson, heroine of this follow-up to I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, is a trend forecaster in from Paris for a six-month gig at a New York tech firm. She is gleefully child-free, with a French intellectual partner and a driverless talking car named Anastasia. Sloan predicts parenting will soon be considered an indulgence, until she starts seeing people actually rejecting technology and embracing intimacy, a trend that leads to its own set of complications. A funny, smart, absurdist, and often touching read.
The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter by Bonnie S. Anderson ’64 (Oxford).
This is the highly readable story of an instrumental nineteenth-century feminist you’ve probably never heard of. Ernestine Rose, the only child of a rabbi, left Poland for Berlin at seventeen, then lived in Paris and London before marrying and arriving in New York City in 1836. She was a contemporary of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, lecturing for women’s rights, free thought, and abolition. So why isn’t she in the history books? Anderson, an emerita history professor at the City University of New York, argues that it’s because Rose, an immigrant and an atheist, never fit neatly into the American feminist narrative.
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl ’00 (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers).
Max the Mouse and the Secret of Mars by Michael Cantwell ’51 (iUniverse).
The Big Buddha Bicycle Race by Terence Allison Harkin ’68 (Silkworm Books).
The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama by Roland Merullo ’75, ’76 AM (Penguin Random House).
It Happens in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson ’87 (HarperCollins).
After the Bloom by Leslie Shimotakahora ’07 PhD (Dundurn Press).