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Alumni from around the country showcase their knowledge in every academic discipline and throughout the limitless spaces of imagination by writing works of nonfiction and fiction. If you’ve written a book published by a traditional publisher, let us know at fsualum@alumni.fsu.edu and send a high-resolution image of the book cover so that we can add it to our Seminole Shelf.



Budd Titlow (B.S. ’70) wrote “Protecting the Planet: Environmental Champions from Conservation to Climate Change.” Titlow reviews the contributions of past environmental heroes and introduces today’s generation of heroes who are leading the charge in combating climate change.

Jessica Wallace McBride (B.S. ’93) wrote “Almost a Statistic: The Remarkable Story of Drs. Vickie and Maurice McBride.” It is a memoir about a mother and son who earned their doctorates together despite her past as a teenage parent and his as a high-school dropout. Shawn Anthony Christian (B.A. ’95), an associate professor of English, African-American and American studies at Wheaton College, wrote “The Harlem Renaissance and the Idea of a New Negro Reader,” about the efforts of black writers, publishers and editors to foster readership among African-Americans during the 1920s. Michelle D. Commander (M.S. ’02) wrote “AfroAtlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic.” The book traces how post-civil rights black American artists, intellectuals and travelers envision literal and figurative flight back to Africa as a means to heal the dispossession caused by the slave trade.

Ann M. McCutchan (B.M. ’73) wrote “Where’s the Moon? A Memoir of the Space Coast and the Florida Dream.” A coming-of-age story set in the 1960s, the book — McCutchan’s fifth — also addresses the music of the day.


Kim Turrisi (B.S. ’81, M.S. ’83) wrote “Just a Normal Tuesday,” a poignant story about a 16-year-old girl who must deal with the suicide of her older sister. It is Turrisi’s debut work of fiction for young adults. Stephen D. Engle (Ph.D. ’89) wrote “Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union’s War Governors.” Engle examines how these governors were pivotal in securing victory during the Civil War. John Crossman (B.S. ’93), president of Crossman & Company, wrote “Career Killers/ Career Builders: The Book Every Millennial Needs to Read!” Based on one of his most requested speeches, “The Top 5 Ways to Keep from Being Fired,” Crossman points out careerruining life choices that college students and young professionals should avoid. He is a director of the FSU Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors.

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Mariann Grantham D’Arcangelis (M.A. ’10) wrote “Eat Less, Get More: Achieve Health Through Mindful Eating.” D’Arcangelis offers suggestions to help people change their eating habits through a technique called “mindful eating” — being aware of their food and truly enjoying it as they eat it.

Laurie Watkins (B.S. ’03) wrote “Go from Stressed to Strong: Health & Fitness Advice from High Achievers.” Watkins describes how she rebounded from burnout and got serious about taking charge of her health by establishing routines, embracing healthy eating and the value of reflection and relaxation. Asha Fields Brewer (B.S. ’08) wrote “Eat, Drink, Do: 3 Basic Principles for Health by the Bible.” Fields, who was FSU’s 2007 Homecoming Princess, writes about wellness through the lenses of faith, Scripture and practical application.

Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, president emeritus of FSU, wrote the second edition of his book “The Florida State Constitution,” part of a series of Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States. This edition includes updated commentary focusing on the many court decisions rendered since the 1990s. It also summarizes the state’s current jurisprudence and the increasing use of Florida’s many methods of amending the constitution.

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