Books by
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Ecology and Inequality

Can we restore damaged ecosystems while also attending to human rights? Read More

Fresh Ink for April–May 2022

By Edward Hardy

Twilight in Hazard: An Appalachian Reckoning by Alan Maimon ’95 (Melville House)

For six years in the early 2000s, until the paper closed the bureau, Maimon was based in Hazard, Kentucky, as the regional correspondent for the Louisville Courier-Journal. He was tasked with covering an area about the size of New Hampshire and Vermont combined and the...

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan ’00 (Simon & Schuster)

In this vivid, dystopian vision of present-day Philadelphia we meet Frida, an insomnia-plagued mom with an 18-month-old daughter, Harriet, and a fresh academic job. Divorced from her husband, Frida leaves Harriet alone “one very bad day” to scoot into work and grab a file....

Now Comes Good Sailing: Writers Reflect on Henry David Thoreau edited by Andrew Blauner ’86 (Princeton University Press)

While you won’t find much of Henry David Thoreau himself in this collection, you will find 27 novelists, poets, critics, and one cartoonist circling his work and teasing out the ways his writing has looped, sometimes...

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Fresh Ink for January–March 2022

By Edward Hardy

Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette ’13 (FSG)

In this debut we meet women who, after their convent is abruptly shuttered, work in a halfway house nicknamed Little Neon (due to its glowing green paint job) where they attempt, and mostly fail, to help the homeless and addicted. Nudging the question of why someone would...

First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents by Gary Ginsberg ’84 (Twelve)

In nine anecdote-laden chapters, Ginsberg, a journalist, media executive, and Clinton administration veteran who writes with a quick, engaging voice, details the below-the-radar influence of a range of first friends: for Bill Clinton it was Vernon Jordan; for...

Variations on the Body by María Ospina ’99, translated by Heather Cleary (Coffee House)

Throughout these six intimate, vivid stories about women in Bogotá in the early 2000s you’ll find love, pain, and humor. They include a former guerilla fighter struggling with an editor’s recasting of her memoir as she works the register at a superstore,...

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Fresh Ink for September–October 2022

Reviews by Edward Hardy

Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father by Nancy Rubin Stuart ’67 MAT (Beacon Press)

In this nuanced look at Benjamin Franklin’s romantic relationships, Stuart writes that Franklin “privately wavered between passion and prudence.” The book centers on Deborah Read, Franklin’s common law wife for 44 years, a sharp businesswoman who...

The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen ’06 (St. Martin’s Press)

Early on in this lively rom-com satire Ursula Bryrne, 35, a single Manhattan brand manager, is lunching with a friend when she wonders, “Is love actually about specificity?” She signs up for
the Arc, a stealthy dating service which for $40,500 will corral all the available data...

The Very Last Interview by David Shields ’78 (New York Review Books)

Always happy to unsettle a familiar form, here Shields, in his 23rd book, takes on the interview. Actually it’s more the idea of the interview as in this brief, entertaining read you’ll find only questions. The book is a winnowed compilation of the 2,700 questions,...

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abstract colorful paintingSleeping in the Dead Girl’s Room
by Cynthia Bargar '70

An 18-year-old’s presumed suicide months before the birth of her niece. They share a name. In these poems, Cynthia Bargar weaves together the unspoken story of her aunt’s death and her own mental health travails and hospitalization.

orange slice in the shape of letter CVitamin C: A 500-Year Scientific Biography from Scurvy to Pseudoscience
by Stephen M. Sagar ’68

Written for a general audience, this book traces the history of vitamin C, from scurvy-ridden European sailors through the discovery of vitamins to the booming vitamin and supplement industry and the dubious science that underpins it.

abstract picture of two facesThe Anatomy of Grief
by Dorothy P. Holinger ’79

Grief happens to everyone. Universal and enveloping, grief cannot be ignored or denied. This original book, now in paperback, by psychologist Dorothy P. Holinger uses humanistic and physiological approaches to describe grief’s impact on the bereaved.

orange cover with a puzzle made of moneyUnderstandable Economics: Because Understanding Our Economy Is Easier Than You Think and More Important Than You Know
by Howard Yaruss '80

This practical and engaging guide is essential reading for anyone seeking a better understanding of how our economy works and the ability to identify and advocate for constructive solutions to the problems we face. Amazon 

abstract image of a timepieceThe Seven Gifts
by David B. Whitacre ’84

What is your Gift? Understand yourself and others more deeply while unlocking all of your relationships. "Giftologist" David B. Whitacre shares his discovery of this ancient wisdom and reveals The Seven Gifts in a most entertaining way.

woman standing with arms outstretchedTinwoman
by Hal Barwood ‘63

Nikki Traeger, a famous reporter, was killed in battle with robots from another star and respawned by them for mysterious reasons. She's half human, half bot. Who’s side is she on? Learn more @

woman's faceJACKAL: A Novel
by Erin E. Adams ’09

A young Black girl goes missing in the woods outside her white rust belt town. But she’s not the first—and she may not be the last. . . .

rabbit at nightIn the Year of the Rabbit
by Terence A. Harkin ‘68

“A profound and compelling story of a man’s journey to find peace in a chaotic and violent world.” The Veteran. “Harkin’s prose is muscular and immersive.” Kirkus. Amazon, B&N.

tribal maskThe Golden Secret of Kri Koro
by Stephen Belcher, PhD '85

A fantasy-adventure story set in western Africa around 1900, grounded in mythology, folklore, and history. A Bamana peasant assists an immortal Soninke princess in her quest. or Amazon.

book title on green backgroundGoodbye, Anxiety: A Guided Journal for Overcoming Worry
by Terri Landon Bacow ‘01

The prompts, exercises, and coping strategies in this guided journal are expertly designed to help readers break out of the worry cycle and find relief they need.

photo of a golf course18 Holes with Belichick and Brady
by Benjamin Plaut ’91

In February 2014 Bill Belichick and Tom Brady played together in the PGA Tour’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  Brady’s parents, Belichick’s girlfriend, and the author were the only ones to see it all.  Spend a day with legends.  Amazon, Audible, Itunes.

red and white cover with book titleGet Your Startup Story Straight: The Definitive Storytelling Framework for Innovators and Entrepreneurs
by David Riemer ‘80

A “how to” guide to help creators improve their ideas and successfully launch them through the power of a compelling narrative. Amazon 

black and white image of Woodrow WilsonThe Wilson Circle: President Woodrow Wilson and His Advisers
by Charles E. Neu, Professor of History, Emeritus, Brown University

A new look at the Wilson presidency and his inner circle. Struck by Wilson's oratorical gifts, and powerful, precise mind, his advisers helped him achieve his far-reaching political goals.