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Schizophrenia Revealed: From Neurons to Social Interactions
By Michael Foster Green '79
W. W. Norton & Company, 2001

Scientists have just recently begun to understand the causes and treatment of schizophrenia, drastically changing their view of the illness. An eminent scholar and skillful storyteller, Green weaves together information on the new generation of medications and recent findings from brain imaging and genetics. The result is a book "suitable for the most informed professional but with a clarity appropriate for an interested newcomer," according to a colleague. Green is a professor of psychology at UCLA.

Lucy's Letters: A Mother's Gift
By Nancy Langer Schlecht
WigWam Publishing Co., 2001

Margaret Lucille Diebold '33 was a curiously intelligent individual who found joy in sharing her life through letters, essays, and poems with candor and wit. From her college days at Oberlin to her years as a senior citizen, this book chronicles her lifetime of dreams, sorrows, and joy as told by her daughter.

The Social Construction of the Ocean
By Philip E. Steinberg '87
Cambridge University Press, 2001

This innovative text uses political geography and international relations to examine how nations and peoples have viewed and used our world's oceans. Most social scientists view the seas as a resource, but Steinberg sees them as a space defined by society, arguing that politics and economics have shaped the governance and representation of the sea as much as they have the land. An assistant professor of geography at Florida State University, he has been published in Society & Space, World Bulletin, and Urban Geography.

The Religious World of Antislavery Women:
Spirituality in the Lives of Five Abolitionist Lecturers

By Anna M. Speicher '80
Syracuse University Press, 2000

This insightful book examines radical abolitionist women and their conflicts between religion and their personal and political goals. Included here are 19th-century reformers such as Angelina Grimke, Sarah Grimke, Sallie Holley, and Lucretia Mott, women who chose to "reject the repressive features of Christianity" while maintaining their religiosity. Speicher bravely explores their evolving faith and focuses on the leadership skills within the women's antislavery circles. She is an independent historian and consultant in the Chicago area.

Philosophy of Balanced Reasoning
By Joseph Okechuku Nzelibe '63
1st Books Library, 2001

This philosophical book appeals to those with an active, objective imagination and a willingness to reach for more than the obvious. Nzelibe believes that people gravitate toward perceptions of personal satisfaction without reasoning through to the root of the personal gain, whether it be money, power, or glory. This one-sided view of gain without an understanding of cause has led to growing discussions of destruction and killing. Here, he claims that balanced reasoning about things typically considered evil will bring about peace.

Horizon Note

By Robin Behn '79
The University of Wisconsin Press, 2001

Winner of the 2001 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, Behn "owns the ability to turn speech into music, even as it resists and questions the slippery, beloved, difficult stuff it's made of," according to a literary critic. This collection of poems covers a range of topics, from her infant son's fresh encounters with words to those of her father struggling with Alzheimer's disease. Her lucid words are often seen as blinding, for they fly quickly from vector to intelligent vector, sometimes proximal, sometimes distant. Behn is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the author of two previous collections of poetry, Paper Bird and The Red Hour.

Introduction to U.S. Health Policy:
The Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care in America

By Donald A. Barr '68
Benjamin Cummings, 2001

A practicing physician and academic sociologist, Barr introduces the organizations and institutions that make the U.S. health care system work (or not work, as the case may be). He explains the dilemmas confronting policy makers, providers, and patients: how to balance cost, quality, and access, and he examines specific health care organizations such as hospitals, managed care organizations, and government health care programs.

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