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If We’re So in Love, Why Aren’t We Happy?
By Susan Hammock Page ’65
Harmony Books, 2002

Using newly applied yet ancient spiritual notions to solve personal dilemmas between lovers and spouses, specifically five sacred actions taken from Buddhist and Christian ideologies, Page advises the modern couple on how to deepen a relationship by first deepening the sense of self. Page is the bestselling author of If I’m So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single? and four other successful books, and vouches that one doesn’t even need his or her mate’s involvement for this approach to work. This therapeutic book forces readers to focus on their own attitudes to create a well-established equilibrium between partners. One of the basic tenets followed in Page’s book is to practice restraint and acceptance while simultaneously cultivating compassion. Page has appeared on “The Oprah Show” and “Good Morning America.” She lives in Berkeley, California.

The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America
By Benjamin Reiss ’86
Harvard University Press, 2001

P.T. Barnum’s first triumph as a showman was passing off Joice Heth, an elderly slave, as the 161-year-old ex-wet nurse of George Washington. He toured her to large crowds in 1835 and 1836 and drew profit even from Heth’s death. Tickets to her autopsy cost 50 cents, “the equivalent of a good seat at the opera,” yet the operating surgeon concluded that her body could not have been more than 80 years old. Reiss took this single event and turned it into a bellwether for understanding the entirety of Northern antebellum culture. It’s a mystery story as the author attempts to sort through conflicting evidence to give the most plausible account of this moment in American popular culture. Reiss provides historical contexts, including accounts of the history of itinerant amusements, freak shows, black face minstrelsy, African American preaching, morbid anatomy, racial science, and commercial journalism. Barnum, the King of Humbug, comes alive under this searching study. Reiss, assistant professor of English at Tulane University, is married to Devora Sengel Reiss ’90. The couple lives in New Orleans.

Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice
By Lynn Mather, Craig A. McEwen ’67, and Richard J. Maiman
Oxford University Press, 2001

Divorce, once a discreet and limited part of the work of a lawyer’s general practice, can today constitute a major specialty in the changing nature of family practice law. Three editors interviewed 164 lawyers practicing divorce law in New England and have identified five “communities of practice” that serve as key agents of control. This work is designed for members of the bar, law students studying legal ethics and professional responsibility, and social scientists who study professions in general. The editors demonstrate that the norms of professional collegiality are alive and well, although gender, race, and class have much to do with the techniques used in dissolving a marriage. McEwen is dean for academic affairs at Bowdoin College and the Daniel B. Fayerweatheer Professor of Political Economy and Sociology.

Categories in Text and Talk: A Practical Introduction to Categorization Analysis
By Georgia Clark Lepper ’63
Sage Publications, 2000

“Introducing Qualitative Methods” is a series of volumes for students and beginning researchers, with helpful exercises to aid students. This is the seventh publication in the series, assigned to Lepper because of her research and shared views on the work of H. Sacks in taking a multi-disciplinary approach to analytic psychotherapeutic inquiry. The study of naturally occurring conversation, broken down into the study of everyday interaction and of ordinary language, constitutes the basis for the technique of categorization analysis. Lepper lives in London and is a lecturer in psychotherapy at the University of Kent, engaged in researching the psychotherapy process using categorization analysis.

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