Oberlin Alumni Magazine: fall 2001 vol. 97 no.2
Feature Stories
One Week in Manhattan
Defining Words
[cover story] Marriage: For Better? Or Worse?
Business Unusual
Plotting the Past
Message from the Dean
Around Tappan Square
The Business jof Cheating Stirs New Solutions
A Record Year for Legacies
Survey Says...
Cast a Vote for Alumni Trustee
A Student's Perspective
Distinguished Speakers
In Memoriam
Oberlin Revisited
Alumni Notes
The Last Word
Staff Box
One More Thing
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How Can We Keep From Singing: Music and the Passionate Life

Joan Oliver Goldsmith '73
W.W. Norton Publishers, 2000
Goldsmith hoped to become a professional singer after graduating as a voice major from the Conservatory. Although she taught singing and did commercials in New York, she never quite "made it." Finally, she opted to earn an MBA and become a successful businesswoman. Publishers Weekly put it this way: "At midlife, she discovered her 'tessitura'--a sense of home, personally and professionally." That happened when she began singing with the Minnesota Chorale, learned music, found friends, recovered from a divorce, and worked with conductors like Robert Shaw and Bobby McFerrin. In fact, McFerrin said of the book, "Singing for your life is what Goldsmith's book is all about. Read it and sing!"

Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earth's Earliest Fossils
By J. William Schopf '63

Princeton University Press, 2001

The quest to discover fossils dating back more than 550 million years culminated dramatically in 1993, when Schopf identified fossilized microorganisms 3.5 billion years old. His find opened up a vast period of time--about 85 percent of this planet's history--for research and new theories about life's origins. A professor of paleobiology at UCLA, Schopf received national book prizes for two edited volumes on life's earliest evolution, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize, and two Guggenheim Fellowships. Cradle of Life received the 2000 Phi Beta Kappa Science Award.

Listening to Music
By Jay Zorn '53, with June August
Prentice Hall, 2000
Zorn knows how to teach music appreciation, and his new text is one of the top five best sellers in the field. If one wants to teach such a course, his package allows you to do so beautifully, from pre-baroque through the Broadway musical. The manual includes four CDs, 250 photos and color plates, 62 biographical sketches, an instructor's manual, and a computerized test bank. The coordinated interactive website has reinforcement activities. Zorn is a professor of music at the University of Southern California and a conductor and trumpet player. This is his 13th book in the field of music.
Signals from Space: The Chandra X-ray Observatory
By Robert Naeye '85
Turnstone Publishing/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 2000
The Chandra X-ray Observatory is a cutting-edge astronomy research satellite, the X-ray equivalent of the Hubble Space Telescope. Written for junior high students, the book guides readers through the journey from concept to finished observatory. Naeye was senior editor of Astronomy magazine for five years, before his recent appointment as editor of Mercury magazine.
Ivory Cradle
By Anne Marie Macari '77
The American Poetry Review, 2000
Macari was the winner of the American Poetry Review's Honickman First Book Prize for 2000. Her collection of 24 poems resembles snapshots in an album of memories, based on moments in her own life, reflecting anger, joy, love, and relief.
Losing Malcolm: A Mother's Journey through Grief
By Carol Henderson '74
University Press of Mississippi, 2001
Interweaving dreams and journal entries, this moving memoir is the author's story of the painful loss of her newborn son from a heart murmur. Plunged into the depths of grief, she resurfaces with a newfound sense of self, a deep empathy for others, and an awareness of the place of grief in the broader tapestry of life.

Stone Sky Lifting
By Lia Purpura '86
Ohio State University Press, 2000
This is a small book of poems by the author of The Brighter Veil and Increase, which won the 2000 AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction. The collection is a study in states of extremity, portraying violence at one end of the spectrum and unbidden solace at the other. Purpura teaches at Loyola College's department of communications; Stone Sky Lifting is the winner of the 2000 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award.
Signs and Abominations
By Bruce Beasley '80
Wesleyan University Press, 2000
This is a small, beautifully designed book of poems that integrates the relationship between religion and art at the end of the 20th century. A series of damaged likenesses--child crusaders stumbling toward Jerusalem, the man who wants to preserve for posterity his tattooed body, Andres Serrano submerging a crucifix in his own urine--are part of a deformed search for signs of the divine among the abominations of the profane. Beasley, a professor of English at Western Washington University, a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow, and author of three books of poetry, lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife, Suzanne L. Paola '80.

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