100% PURE FLORIDA FICTION|
Edited by Susan Hubbard ’74, G’84
and Robley Wilson ’52
203 pp. University Press of Florida. $49.95
This anthology of contemporary fiction reveals the many sides of the land of palm trees, oranges, and theme parks. All 21 short stories are set in Florida and showcase the state as a place with plenty of character.
EMPOWERMENT OF A RACE:
The Revitalization of Black Institutions
By Jesse J. Lewis and John Hayman G’57
187 pp. Black Belt Publishing. $24.95
This book explains how the gains of the civil rights movement ironically weakened black businesses, education, and church institutions, leaving a void that must be filled for economic and political empowerment to be gained. Lewis and Hayman encourage African Americans nationwide to help build new institutions and strengthen old ones to meet the needs of black citizens.
IN THE NAME OF SALOME
By Julia Alvarez G’75
368 pp. Algonquin Books. $23.95
Alvarez presents the story of retiring Spanish professor Camila Henríquez Ureña, who digs into the past to understand the life of her late mother, a legendary Dominican Republic poet who inspired a Caribbean revolution and died when Camila was 3. As Camila weighs her future, she must decide her destiny as news of the revolution in Cuba mirrors her own internal upheaval.
THE PRESIDENCY OF |
By John Robert Greene G’83
248 pp. University Press of Kansas. $35
Greene provides a comprehensive history of the Bush administration and explores why Bush came up short in his bid for a second term. The book features an insightful personal look at Bush through papers from his presidential library and interviews with Bush and key members of his administration.
A YOGA OF INDIAN
The Yogini’s Mirror
By Roxanne Kamayani Gupta ’74, G’84
304 pp. Inner Traditions International Ltd. $25
Gupta, who has studied sacred Indian dance and traditional hatha yoga for more than 25 years, brings the two disciplines together in this book featuring 60 illustrated yoga and dance routines. By combining the outer form of Indian dance with the spiritual development of yoga, Gupta shows readers how to develop their own practice.
2007-ELEVEN AND OTHER AMERICAN COMEDIES
By Frank Cammuso ’87 and Hart Seely
208 pp. Random House. $19.95
From the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Slate stagger Cammuso and Seely, restoring a cheerful sanity to our deranged times. This collection of humor essays targets everything from Martha Stewart to the Clintons to the X-Files, while skewering plenty of others in between.
WHAT’S HECUBA TO HIM?
Fictional Events and Actual Emotions
By E. M. Dadlez ’78, G’82, G’86, G’91
226 pp. Penn State Press. $16.95
Dadlez takes a philosophical look at the way fiction transports readers into a different world, capturing their imagination and evoking their emotions. Dadlez believes the nature of our emotional engagement with fiction demonstrates the possibility of its moral significance in our lives.
By Robert Phillips ’60, G’63
88 pp. The Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. $19.95
Phillips mixes memory and form in his sixth collection of poetry. Whether the poem is long narrative, short verse, haiku, or free verse, Phillips demonstrates his love of language and wordplay in his inimitable voice.
By George Saunders G’88
224 pp. Riverhead Books. $22.95
In his second collection of stories, the SU professor offers another grim, yet often hilarious, look at a future permanently twisted by capitalist excesses. A cast of characters, including a dead aunt, populates a mix of stories that feature such quirky settings as a human zoo and an aviation-theme restaurant.