A Fragmented Continent: Latin America and the Global Politics of Climate Change by Guy Edwards and J. Timmons Roberts (MIT Press) Latin American countries have emerged as a crucial group in UN climate change negotiations, and this scholarly but readable book examines the tangled politics behind that trend. The authors look at how these nations attempt to balance economic growth with environmental action, and why some countries are willing to take bold steps while others are not. Edwards is a research fellow at the Institute for Environment and Society, and Roberts is Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, both at Brown.
The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson ’66 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) In this wide-ranging collection of seventeen essays, Robinson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Gilead, plumbs some of the same themes from her earlier works. She meditates on humanism, takes on questions of faith and mystery, looks at the element of grace in Shakespeare, and explores the power of the Protestant Reformation and the deep generosity of Christianity. But you don’t have to be up on John Calvin or Jonathan Edwards to enjoy the graceful spring of Robinson’s sentences or the clarity of her witty and eloquent voice.
Square Wave by Mark de Silva ’00 (Two Dollar Radio) In a dystopian near-future urban America, Carl Stagg, the hero of Mark de Silva’s debut novel, is a historian writing about imperial influence in seventeenth-century Sri Lanka. Working as a watchman to pay his rent, Stagg one night discovers a viciously beaten prostitute and tries to track down her attacker. Philosophy concentrator de Silva, who has written for the New York Times, weaves in flashbacks to Sri Lanka in the 1600s and subplots involving weather modification and microtonal music.
Crocodile Love: Travel Tales from an Extended Honeymoon by Joshua Berman ’95 (Tranquilo Travel Publishing).
Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy by Mallika Chopra ’93 (Harmony).
Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse by Eric Jay Dolin ’83 (Liveright).
Black Sails White Rabbits: Cancer Was the Easy Part by Kevin A. Hall ’91 (CreateSpace).
Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman by Naomi Katz ’00 (Brick Tower Press).
The New Immigration Federalism by Pratheepan Gulasekaram ’96 and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan ’96 (Cambridge University Press).
Economics Through Everyday Stories From Around the World by Elena Fernandez Prados ’06 (CreateSpace)
Love the House You’re In: 40 Ways to Improve Your Home and Change Your Life by Paige Cokos Rien ’97 (Roost Books).
Cases I Have Lost and Other Injustices by Mordecai Rosenfeld ’51 (Poetica Publishing).
The People Make the Peace: Lessons From the Vietnam Antiwar Movement edited by Karin Aguilar San-Juan ’95 AM, ’00 PhD and Frank Joyce (Just World Books).
Work Sights: The Visual Culture of Industry in Nineteenth-Century America by Vanessa Meikle Schulman ’03 (UMass).
Dreams of a Mexican: 27 Years Illegal by James P. White ’73 AM and Roberto Hernandez (CreateSpace).
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad ’14 MFA (Penguin Random House).
The Pact With the Devil by Robert J. DeLuca ’66 (Archway Publishing).
The Girl in the Glass: A McCabe and Savage Thriller by James Hayman ’63 (Witness Impulse/HarperCollins).
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace ’01 (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins).
Toys Made of Rock (Canto Cosas) by Jose B. Gonzalez ’91 MAT (Bilingual Press).
Changing the Playbook: How Power, Profit, and Politics Transformed College Sports by Howard P. Chudacoff (U. Illinois).