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Less Rules. More Fun.

Andrew Sean Greer ’92 blazed a path to the Pulitzer by breaking literary rules with protagonist Arthur Less. Now Less Is Lost—and readers are loving it. Read More
Check out the complete list of books from BAM’s November–December 2022 issue.

Fresh Ink for November–December 2022

By Edward Hardy

That Sounds So Good: 100 Real-Life Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Carla Lalli Music ’94 (Clarkson Potter)

Following up on Where Cooking Begins, this warm and accommodating collection should easily earn a place on plenty of cookbook shelves. Music has sorted the recipes into two main camps: quick weeknight, stove-top, and big salad...

The Home-Scale Forest Garden: How to Plan, Plant and Tend a Resilient Edible Landscape by Dani Baker ’70 (Chelsea Green Publishing)

This is both the story of Baker’s quest to create her Enchanted Edible Forest, with fruit trees forming the canopy, berry bushes in the middle, and wild strawberries for ground cover, and a practical...

The Complete Cookbook for Teen Chefs: 70+ Teen-Tested and Teen-Approved Recipes to Cook, Eat and Share (America’s Test Kitchen Kids, Editor-In-Chief Molly Birnbaum ’05)

This lively, deeply illustrated collection will likely be a hit with not just teens but also pre-teens and even a few parents looking to tweak their repertoires. The recipes here...

Check out the complete list of books from BAM's September–October 2022 issue.

Fresh Ink for September–October 2022

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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,...

Check out the complete list of books from BAM's June–August 2022 issue.

Fresh Ink for June–August 2022

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Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez ’99 (Flatiron Books)

Set in 2017, this rich, intricately layered debut centers on Olga and Prieto Acevedo, Nuyorican siblings who are navigating life in the shadow of their activist mother Blanca, who abandoned them as children. Olga is a successful, disillusioned wedding planner for the 1 percent and Prieto...

Carbon Queen: The Remarkable Life of Nanoscience Pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus by Maia Weinstock ’99 (MIT Press)

Mildred “Millie” Dresselhaus should be famous—that’s one of the major threads in this very readable biography. The longtime MIT engineering professor’s work led to discoveries about the electronic structure of carbon, which led to leaps in nanotech. Born in...

Tiny Dancer by Siena Cherson Siegel ’90, art by Mark Siegel ’89 (Atheneum)

In this lush, purple-hued YA graphic memoir, a collaboration between a husband and wife team who met at Brown, Siena Cherson Siegel follows up on her 2006 memoir To Dance. After her first ballet classes in Puerto Rico in 1974, we head to...

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abstract images of stairs and a purple backgroundEquip your Inner Coach: Personal, Career and Leadership Development in an Uncertain Age
by Janet Bickel ‘76 MA

This book assists early and mid-career professionals to build on their strengths, approach conflicts as learning opportunities, navigate organizational politics, and build resilience, including how women can meet the extra challenges they still face.

purple background with book title and image of a b ird flying upwardsAphasia and Other Acquired Neurogenic Language Disorders
by Brooke Hallowell  ‘83

“Best and most comprehensive book on aphasia ever published” (Darlene Williamson, president, National Aphasia Association).  Addresses aphasia, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and aging. Includes scientific/ theoretical foundations, multicultural and global perspectives, and intervention.

cover that says A History of LettersA History of Letters
by Mel B. Yoken ‘61

Find out what more than 80 of the most influential, brilliant and respected people of the 20thj and 21st centuries shared in over 140 of their unique, inspiring and personal letters!

the cover shows an image of MarsCratertown
by Hal Barwood ‘63

The only town on Mars is populated by religious enthusiasts. When an agent arrives to investigate a murder he upends their fragile society, even as he grows to love the habitat and its brave citizens.

image of a caduceus and handsSaving the Art of Medicine
by Dr. Allen Sussman ‘70

The science of medicine is glorified while the art is often diminished.  A sophisticated integration of the two, however, will cause medicine to flourish.  Wise, compassionate, expansive in scope.

image of a woman and a horseSoul of a Professor: Memoir of an Un-Engineered Life
by Lisa A. Pruitt ‘93

Professor Lisa Pruitt hit rock bottom at the peak of her academic career.  Lisa’s beloved thoroughbred guides her to discover her worthiness through perseverance and love.

misty view of a city with book title aboveBurning Distance
by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman ‘74

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet set right before the first Gulf War.  It’s a journey through family secrets and competing loyalties, contemporary history and the dark world of arms trafficking.

purple cover with comic book printing titleScenes From Spiceville
by Kia Mosenthal ‘12

This pun-packed comic book gives a taste of what life is like for many beloved spices and herbs living in Spiceville, USA.

cover shows pictures of Honduran citizensExtracting Honduras: Resource Exploitation, Displacement, and Forced Migration
by James J. Phillips '72 AM, '76 PhD

Beyond the often cited reasons for migration, Phillips provides a detailed account of how the frenzied extraction of natural resources has created massive community displacement, poverty, and vulnerability, while encouraging corruption, violence, militarization, repression of protest, and emigration.

photograph of an archway and buildings on the Brown campusGetting into Brown: Successful Applicants’ Essays, Resumes, and Interviews
by Richard Montauk ‘75

Veteran educational consultant’s in-depth look at how best to apply to Brown today.  Available, along with Richard’s other guides, at Amazon.

image of  an airplane flyingVagabond Pilot: A Journey of Discovery and Renewal
by Robert J. Young ‘70

Follow along with “Captain Bob” Young as he crosses the USA from Santa Monica to Connecticut and back in his two seater airplane. Jump into the left seat of Two Niner Lima as Bob traverses the country he thought he knew, visiting old friends, making new ones, and searching for himself in a time of unprecedented personal and national crisis. In the course of fulfilling his lifelong dream, Bog ultimately discovers the surprising truth about himself and the country he loves.

cover has an image of a maze in black and whiteHonest Answers: Interview and Negotiation Skills to Get to the Truth
by Lena Sisco ‘97

Regardless of your profession, when you gain a deeper understanding of human behavior you can collect truthful information from anyone even when the stakes are high.  Learn proven techniques to gain trust from others and honest answers for critical decision-making.

a window is pictured next to book title and beneath is a city scapeAn Unlasting Home: A Novel
by Mai Al-Nakib ‘04

Sara, philosophy professor at Kuwait University, is accused of blasphemy—a capital crime. Awaiting trial, she traces the lives of the women who shaped her, charting a map across the Middle East and beyond.

abstract image of a faceWhen Words Betray Us
by Sheila E. Blumstein, Professor Emerita

What happens when language goes awry?  This accessible and engaging book shows how language can come apart when there is injury to the brain, and how language repairs itself using neural and rehabilitation resources.

abstract image of a brainMinding the Climate
by Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime '77

Why do we struggle to change behaviors causing climate change, even when we “know” we should?  A neurosurgeon explores the role of brain reward evolution in human decision-making, but capitalizing on brain flexibility can encourage new directions.

picture of earth and Mars and the book titleRed Valley: Journey to Mars
by An ’85 Alumnus

Teenage astronaut Michael Teller details his spaceship journey, with family and friends, to establish Mars’s first human settlement.  But they must abandon ship when a micrometeorite breaches the hull.

blue circle with book title and lighter blue backgroundWhere Compassion Begins: Foundational Practices to Enhance Mindfulness, Attention and Listening from the Heart
by Jared Seide ‘85

A primer on the innovative and transformative compassion-based work being pioneered in prisons, hospitals, schools and police departments by Center for Council.

seafoam green cover with authors names and titleData Science in Context
by Peter Norvig ’78,  P’16,  P’18

Data science underlies applications used by billions of people every day.  Four leading experts convey the field’s excitement and promise, and the challenges in gaining its benefits while mitigating potential harms.