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Books by Karen Dukess ’84, Akemi Johnson ’04, and Susan Rebecca White ’99

By Edward Hardy / January–February 2020
January 3rd, 2020

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess ’84 (Henry Holt)

It’s 1987, the Bangles are on the boombox, literary agents still send manuscripts out in white boxes, and Eve Rosen, a Brown grad who longs to be a writer but is marking time as an editorial secretary at a New York publishing firm, gets an invitation to a literary house party on Cape Cod. There she meets Henry Grey, a New Yorker writer she has corresponded with, along with Franny, his son, and Tillie, his poet wife. The narrative shuttles from Truro to Manhattan and back as Eve leaves her job to become Henry’s research assistant. Affairs, awakenings, and betrayals follow in this entertaining coming-of-age debut.

Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa by Akemi Johnson ’04 (The New Press)

Okinawa is home to more than 50,000 Americans and more U.S. military bases than anywhere in Japan. In this fascinating, deeply reported debut, Johnson explores the complex ways in which the U.S. presence influences life on the island. Structured around the stories of eleven women, including Okinawan activists, military wives, American base workers, and friends of Johnson’s when she lived there, the result is a nuanced chorus of perspectives and a compelling dive into the shifting mix of Japanese, American, and Okinawan cultures in Japan’s southernmost prefecture.

We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White ’99 (Atria)

This multigenerational saga chronicles the twined friendship of two roommates who meet on move-in day at Belmont College in Virginia in 1962. Daniella Gold, whose parents are middle-class liberals from Washington D.C., and Eve Whalen, from an upper crust Atlanta family, form a surprising and nearly instant bond. The novel follows the arcs of their lives—as Eve becomes radicalized and Daniella takes a more pragmatic route towards building social justice—on through civil rights struggles, Vietnam protests, and into the early 1990s, when their daughters’ lives take hold of the narrative. A wide-angle read tracing how the bonds of early friendship can fray but still hold.

Alumni Nonfiction

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book by Courtney Maum ’01 (Catapult)

Cook, Taste, Learn: How the Evolution of Science Transformed the Art of Cooking by Guy Crosby, ’69 PhD (Columbia)

Ecopiety: Green Media and the Dilemma of Environmental Virtue by Sarah Taylor ’90 (NYU)

Freedom Roots: Histories from the Caribbean by Laurent Dubois and Richard Turits ’83 (UNC)

Ignore Your Customers (and They'll Go Away): The Simple Playbook for Delivering the Ultimate Customer Service Experience by Micah Solomon ’87 (HarperCollins)

New Castle's Kadunce Murders: Mystery and the Devil in Northwest Pennsylvania by Dale Perelman ’63 (History)

Put It On The Windowsill: An Italian-American Family Memoir by Marcia Gagliardi Brennan, ’93 AM, ’97 PhD (Dark River)

Sharing Life: Stories of l'Arche Founders by Carolyn Whitney-Brown ’86 AM, ’91 PhD (Paulist)

The Young Lords: A Radical History by Johanna Fernández ’93 (UNC)

War Games by Jonna Eagle ’97 AM, ’03 PhD (Rutgers)

Who Says You're Dead?: Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned by Jacob Appel ’95, ’95 AM (Algonquin)

Alumni Music

Love & Loss: Songs & arias of Purcell, Bach and Handel by Kathryn Mueller ’01 (prod. Nathan Leaf)

Alumni Fiction

Tell Me, Signora by Ann Harleman ’88 (Elixir)

Faculty Nonfiction

Breathless by Eric Chason, Professor of Engineering (Circle of Spirit)

Give and Take: Developmental Foreign Aid and the Pharmaceutical Industry in East Africa by Nitsan Chorev, Harmon Family Professor of Sociology and International Studies (Princeton)

Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs by Peter Andreas, John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science and Professor of International and Public Affairs (Oxford)

Utopophobia: On the Limits (If Any) of Political Philosophy by David Estlund, Lombardo Family Professor of the Humanities (Princeton)


Prostate Cancer Adventures: A Forthright and Humorous Tale of my Prostate Cancer Treatments by Allan Odden ’65

Diamond: A Novel of the American Revolution by Paul Hammond ’65

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