XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis Is Complicating America’s Love Life by Sarah Varney ’96 (Rodale).
Two out of three Americans are overweight or obese, and here Varney, an NPR reporter and Kaiser Health News correspondent, takes a compelling look at exactly how that extra weight not only poses vast health dangers but challenges relationships and intimacy. Using a vivid mix of reporting and science, Varney chronicles the many turns of this underappreciated story, which affects both teens—whose sexual identity is just being formed—and adults—whose body image issues can quash self-esteem, limit romantic choices, and open deep rifts between friends and lovers
10:04 by Ben Lerner ’01, ’03 MFA (Faber & Faber).
The 33-year-old narrator in Lerner’s second novel is a Brooklyn writer turning a highly regarded short story into what he hopes will be a highly regarded second novel. The unnamed narrator is also a poet with a potentially dangerous heart condition who has signed on to be a sperm donor so he can help his close friend Alex conceive her first child. Lerner, the author of Leaving the Atocha Station and three poetry collections, including a National Book Award finalist, has a rich, worrying, meditative, and often very funny voice that nicely captures a particular moment in a particular age.
Make Art Make Money: Lessons From Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens ’03 (Lake Union Publishing).
Part biography, part self-help, Stevens’s book sifts through the Muppet creator’s career and draws lessons for creative folk balancing the ageless problem of making art while making a living. Stevens includes insights from Henson and those who knew him, along with her own tips for artists, which include: “Find a Good Reason to Sell Out” and “Pitch, Pitch, Pitch.”
Pediatric Surgery: Diagnosis and Treatment edited by Christopher Coppola ’90, Alfred P. Kennedy Jr., and Ronald J. Scorpio (Springer).
An Inner Roadmap of Gender Transformation by Lee Ann Etscovitz ’58 (CreateSpace).
American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood by Paul Greenberg ’90 (Penguin Press).
Our Stories Matter by Hans Hickler ’84 (McNally Jackson Books).
What Animals Teach Us About Politics by Brian Massumi ’78 (Duke University Press).
Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering by Clare J. Olsen ’97 and Sinead Mac Namara (Routledge).
Steel: The Story of Pittsburgh’s Iron and Steel Industry 1852-1902 by Dale Richard Perelman ’63 (CreateSpace).
Here In Cerchio: Letters to an Italian Immigrant by Constance Sancetta ’71, ’73 SCM (Bordighera Press).
Worn Stories by Emily Spivack ’01 (Princeton Architectural Press).
Sarahan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria by Sarah Abrevaya Stein ’93 (The University of Chicago Press).
Secularism and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Germany by Todd H. Weir ’88 (Cambridge University Press).
Henna House by Nomi Eve ’93 MAT (Scribner).
What Changes Everything by Masha Hamilton ’78 (Unbridled Books).
The Lame God by M.B. Latchey ’83 MAT (Utah State University Press).