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Various Books II

Witness in Bishop Hill: A Joan Spencer Mystery
By Sara Hoskinson Frommer '58
St. Martin's Minotaur, 2002

When Joan Spencer and her new husband Fred Lundquist travel to Bishop Hill for a belated honeymoon, they find Fred's mother suffering from the advanced stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Mrs. Lundquist then becomes the only witness to a brutal murder but cannot clearly describe the killer. Witness in Bishop Hill marks a triumphant return for Frommer, whose previous Joan Spencer novels have won her a dedicated following.

Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver: Stories of Dinner as a Work of Art
By Carolin C. Young '90
Simon & Schuster, 2002

" Eating is biological," says Young, whose book travels through 10 centuries of European history to present 12 legendary dinner parties, including Casanova's soupers intimes and Bernard Shaw's Sunday supper. By drawing together the music, literature, and personalities of each gathering—along with illustrations of elaborate table settings and spectacular food presentation—she displays how dining can become the ultimate work of art. Young is a lecturer in culinary history at Sotheby's Institute of Art.

The Tiger's Way: A U.S. Private's Best Chance for Survival
By H. John Poole '64
Posterity Press, 2003

U.S. forces will have difficulty winning future guerrilla, terrorist, or fourth-generation wars, predicts Poole, who believes that while America was preoccupied with technology, the rest of the world may have evolved tactically. With source notes, illustrations, and maps, Poole, a retired Marine Corps lieuitenant colonel, hopes to prepare U.S. soldiers for the type of short range combat used by our adversaries in the East.

Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E.J. Kaufman, and America's Most Extraordinary House
By Franklin Toker '66
Knopf, 2003

In this biography of Fallingwater—the house Wright perched over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937—Toker offers a detailed, sometimes hour-by-hour account of the planning process, the engineering hurdles, and the critical and public acclaim the house has elicited through the years. Scholars and the public have long extolled the house, but Toker—who has been studying Fallingwater for 18 years—weaves in the personal stories of those most connected to it. He is a professor of the history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.

Language and Gender
By Penelope Eckert '63 and Sally McConnell-Ginet '59
Cambridge, 2003

This new introduction to the study of the relation between gender and language looks at how conversation, word pronunciation, and metaphors all participate in defining women and men and in changing gender practices. Eckert teaches linguistics and cultural and social anthropology at Stanford University, where she also directs the Program in Feminist Studies.McConnell-Ginet is a former linguistics chair and former director of Women's studies at Cornell University. She is currently a professor of linguistics at the College.

Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe
Edited by Thomas Kren '72
Getty Publications, 2003

This richly illustrated catalogue, which complements the Getty Museum's exhibition on the subject, features the most stunning illuminated manuscripts produced between 1470 and 1560 in the region of Belgium and northern France. Kren is the curator of manuscripts at the Getty Museum.

Friends and Citizens: Essays in Honor of Wilson Carey McWilliams
Edited by Peter Bathory '64 and Nancy L Schwartz '67
Rowman & Littlefield, 2001

This Obie-packed volume of essays pays homage to McWilliams, a leading teacher of political science at Rutgers (and formerly at Oberlin) known for his provocative studies of American political thought. Six of the 15 contributors are alumni; their essays discuss such themes as human pride, friendship and fraternity, and citizenship as a path to virtue.