Reediana The Hero’s Brother
It’s hard enough being barely above average when your brothers include the deadliest swordsman of the realm, a saint, and the greatest hero of the Middle Ages. But what if your Queen of Love is imprisoned by a one-armed religious zealot and lethal librarians? The result is either high adventure or an identity crisis. Or both. A new historical fantasy novel by M. Scott Anderson ’73 is available in audio format. See herosbrother.com.
Write a Bad College Essay . . . Then Write the One That Gets You In
In a new college essay manual Cathy Altman Nocquet ’78 leads readers to explore their creative and critical thinking to elicit an authentic essay no one else could write. Her approach is fresh and wise and well suited for contemporary applicants. (CreateSpace, 2018)
The Rise of Animals & Descent of Man 1660–1800: Toward Posthumanism in British Literature between Descartes and Darwin
John Morillo ’82, associate professor of English at North Carolina State University, has written a sophisticated intellectual history of the origins of our attitudes about animals that at the same time illuminates major currents of 18th century British literary culture. (University of Delaware Press, 2017)
The Word Made Flesh
The second novel by Bob Rashkin ’72 (published under the pen name Bannager Bong) is a work of “prehistoric realism” exploring how how people first developed speech. Somewhere, sometime around 100,000 to 70,000 years ago, some early humans first started talking. Ever wonder how that happened, he asks. (Lulu, 2008)
The Dystopian Imagination in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film
Diana Palardy ’87 examines contemporary Spanish dystopian literature and films (in) directly related to the 2008 financial crisis from an urban cultural studies perspective. In close reading of texts and films by Ray Loriga, Elia Barceló, Ion de Sosa, José Ardillo, David Llorente, Eduardo Vaquerizo, and Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, Diana offers insights into the creative ways that these authors and directors use spatial constructions to capture the dystopian imagination. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are
Rudy Owens ’87 (formerly Rudy Brueggemann) profiles the American adoption system and experience. Owens’s memoir as an adoptee and foster child examines the institutions, the medical and social work personnel, and the national system that promoted adoption as the “most suitable plan” for single and pregnant women in the four decades after World War II. (BFD Press, 2018)
Knitting Wild: Knitting, Nature, and the Resistance!
When the Trump administration put an oil industry insider in charge of the Dept. of the Interior, Theressa Silver ’93 responded by writing a book of knitting patterns. Each pattern is a love letter to America’s wild places. The book includes a fair bit of biology, a liberal dose of environmentalism, and a dollop of political activism. Photographed in the Reed canyon and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. (Cooperative Press, 2018)
On a River Winding Home: Stories and Visions of the Petaluma River Watershed Through the use of stunning photography and intimate storytelling, writer John Sheehy ’82 and photographer Scott Hess pair contemporary photos of Northern California’s Petaluma River watershed with stories that capture the watershed’s colorful history and its shifting identity over the past two centuries. Stories extend from the native Coast Miwoks to the Spanish
missionaries, Mexican rancheros, Gold Rush settlers, railroad barons, bootleggers, socialist chicken ranchers, slow-growth pioneers, winemakers, and farm-to-market artisanal farmers. Part rambling walking tour, part voyage to the past, the book deepens the watershed’s unique sense of place by “restory-ing” the landscape. (Ensatina Books, 2018)
The Petaluma Marsh, photo by Scott Hess.
32 Reed Magazine december 2018