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EXHIBITION Surveying Wharton Esherick’s works in wood

BOOKS Ideological slugger. The Empire Strikes Out

BOOKS Beyond Bovary. One Hundred Great French Books

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VISITING WALLACE: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens Edited by Dennis Barone G’79 Gr’84 and James Finnegan (University of Iowa Press, 2009. $18.00.) A remarkable range of poets—from John Ashberry to William Carlos Williams M1906 Hon’52—have written poems that were, in one way or another, inspired by Wallace Stevens. Here Barone, professor of English and American studies at St. Joseph College, and Finnegan offer 76 Stevens-sparked poems, along with a foreword by Al Filreis, the Kelly Professor of English and faculty director of the Kelly Writers House at Penn. BUY THIS BOOK

TOWN BORN: The Political Economy of New England from its Founding to the Revolution By Barry Levy Gr’76 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. $45.) The town-centered political economy of New England created a region in which labor earned respect and workers exercised political power, despite the often-arduous nature of their work. Levy, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, shows how New England’s relatively egalitarian social order helped create a template for American society. BUY THIS BOOK

THE VANISHING PHYSICIAN-SCIENTIST? Edited by Andrew I. Schafer M’73 (Cornell University Press, 2009. $39.95.) Though physicians have long played a vital role in medical discovery, there has been a growing concern that physician-scientists are becoming an endangered species. In this collection of 15 essays, prominent physician-scientists and academic physicians examine the problem from a variety of perspectives and make recommendations to alleviate it. Schafer, the Luckey Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, also contributes an essay, “Restoring and Invigorating the Nation’s Physician-Scientist Workforce.” BUY THIS BOOK

WORLD AS SEEN UNDER THE LENS OF A SCIENTIST: Negro Zero to American Hero Who Changed United States from American Hypocrisy to Greatest Democracy By B. Vithal Shetty Gr’58 (Xlibris, 2009. $23.99.) In this passionate memoir of a life that began in a rural village in India, Shetty describes the racism and hypocrisy he encountered when he came to the United States in 1948, as well as his own scientific triumphs, which included developing the drug Metolazone and becoming a senior scientist with the FDA. BUY THIS BOOK

AFRO-CUBAN DIASPORAS IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD by Solimar Otero Gr’02 (University of Rochester Press, 2010. $75.) In Havana, Yoruba slaves from Lagos banded together to buy their freedom and sail home to Nigeria. There these Cuban repatriates, known as the Aguda, built their own neighborhood that celebrated their Afrolatino heritage. Otero, assistant professor of English and folklore at Louisiana State University, explores how the Yoruba and Afro-Cuban communities traveled between the Americas and Africa in the 19th century. BUY THIS BOOK


 

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