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June–August 2020

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44 Poems For You
by Sarah Ruhl ’97 ’01 MFA (Copper Canyon)

Before she became a Tony-nominated playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl was a poet. And in this moving, witty debut you’ll find intimate meditations on slowness, marriage, loss and longing, miscarriage, and childhood. They span the time before and after Ruhl...

Not Exactly Retired: A Life-Changing Journey on the Road and in the Peace Corps 
by David Jarmul ’75 (Peace Corps Writers)

Jarmul first served in the Peace Corps in the late 1970s and was stationed in Nepal, where he met his wife, Champa. As he reached his sixties, Jarmul and his wife both felt a...

The Gringa
by Andrew Altschul ’91 (Melville House)

In his ambitious third novel Altschul (Lady LazarusDeus Ex Machina) uses the real-life story of Lori Berenson, an American who spent years in a Peruvian prison after falling in with a revolutionary group, as the template for a rich and sprawling narrative. Here Berenson becomes Lenora Gelb, a...

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April/May 2020

By Edward Hardy

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

Just after 9/11, and following the slow death of her husband from multiple sclerosis, Kate Hagesfeld flees Providence and heads to a villa outside Genoa for a three-month stay at an academic center. Kate plans simply to revive her long-shelved career as an archaeologist. Instead,...

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

Like a birder strolling through popular culture, Taylor has collected sightings of ecopiety—moments where “greenwashing” is used to offset or ignore a darker reality. A professor of religious studies at Northwestern, Taylor describes situations like the one in Fifty Shades...

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

The Caribbean has been squeezed and molded by colonialism from both sides of the Atlantic for at least the last 300 years, and in some cases for centuries more. This varied, wide-angle history, one that rolls on from first...

Check out the complete list of books from BAM's April/May 2020 issue.

January/February 2020

By Edward Hardy

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...

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...

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...

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Image of large river flowing into the distance.RIVERS OF POWER
by Laurence C. Smith

RIVERS OF POWER Rivers, more than roads, technology, or political leaders have shaped the course of humanity. Professor Smith explores the timeless yet vastly underappreciated relationship between rivers and civilization. Beautifully told, expansive in scope. Amazon, B&N.

Image of wrench.UNRIG: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy
by Daniel G. Newman ’91, art by George O’Connor

UNRIGHow to Fix Our Broken Democracy American government works for the wealthy, not We the People. This inspiring nonfiction graphic novel highlights citizens’ heroic, surprising solutions to unrig our broken system.

Image of hands touching hands.SYNERGISTIC SELECTION: How Cooperation Has Shaped Evolution and the Rise of Humankind
by Peter Corning ’56

SYNERGISTIC SELECTIONHow Cooperation Has Shaped Evolution and the Rise of Humankind Hailed as “a solution to the central problem” of explaining biological complexity, one prominent biologist writes: “I am full of admiration and strongly recommend it.”

Image of people working with tools.THE PEACE CORPS: A Family’s Response to JFK’s Call
by George Millard ’52

THE PEACE CORPSA Family’s Response to JFK’s Call With his wife and three boys, a family begins their journey of service in Peru and Uruguay amid internal and external revolutions. Amazon and Kindle.

Man, or woman dressed in hooded coat, facing away.LAST CHANCES: Collected Stories
by Judith Corbett Bartow ’57

LAST CHANCES: Collected Stories Is there still time? These 10 evocative stories depict struggles to reclaim dreams deferred. Available at most book stores or online at Apple iTunes, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.

Illustration of telephone receiver hanging.IGNORE YOUR CUSTOMERS (AND THEY'LL GO AWAY): A Playbook for the Ultimate Customer Service Experience 
by Micah Solomon ’87

IGNORE YOUR CUSTOMERS (AND THEY'LL GO AWAY)A Playbook for the Ultimate Customer Service Experience A customer service turnaround expert’s advice for an exceptional customer experience. HarperCollins Leadership. (484) 343-5881, micah@micahsolomon.comAmazon

Image of student in graduation gown walking away.YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE: From A Historically Black College or University to Greatness
by Harry William Holt, Jr. ’84, P’16.

YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HEREFrom A Historically Black College or University to Greatness This book discusses HBCUs and their significant contributions to the educational landscape of higher education. Thirty plus alumnus from HBCUs are profiled. Holt shares the success and experience of these bold graduates with honesty, humor, candor, and pride.

by Emilie Lygren ’10, co-author.

HOW TO TEACH NATURE JOURNALING A comprehensive guide to using the transformative practice of nature journaling to engage young people in nature connection, critical thinking, science education, and mindfulness. Heyday Books.

Image of Ben Millard and mountains in the distanceBEN MILLARD, FATHER OF THE BADLANDS, A Grandson’s View
by George Millard ’52

BEN MILLARD, FATHER OF THE BADLANDS, A Grandson’s View Ben’s vision demanded a road providing incredible views. His accomplishments became a template for the preservation of National Parks. Available Amazon, Kindle, and The Badlands National Park.

Image of rainbow with titleTHE SAVVY ALLY: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate
by Jeannie Gainsburg ’85

THE SAVVY ALLY: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate An encouraging, accessible, and engaging guidebook loaded with innovative and useful tools to help allies create LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces and advocate for change. savvyallyaction.comrowman.comAmazon.