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Summer 2016

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Book cover: Four Plays by Jean Jacques Rousseau

Kathleen Huber `68 and Jerome Martin Schwartz
Four Plays by Jean Jacques Rousseau

Kathleen Huber and Jerome Martin Schwartz provide a sparking new English translation of four plays by Jean Jacques Rousseau, the Father of the Romantic Movement. Huber and Schwartz bring style, wit and a keen ear for theatrical language to these new translations of Rousseau’s Narcissus, Prisoners of War, The Reckless Wager and Pygmalion.

Book cover: The Longest Walk

Kirk Grossman `72
The Longest Walk

Fifty-something minor league coach Don Ogilvie bargains with Death to save the life of a terminally-ill seven-year old. To fulfill his side of the deal, Ogilvie needs to manage a team of dead Hall of Famers to win against a squad fielded by Death and captained by Ty Cobb. Full of humor and life lessons, this tale of supernatural drama on the diamond is by Ventura attorney and lifelong Dodgers fan Kirk Grossman, who wrote his debut novel under the pseudonym Kirk Marty.

Book cover: A View With a Rooms

Kevin McDonough `77
A View With a Rooms

Kevin McDonough moved to Paris with nothing but a passport and a suitcase. In this funny traveler’s memoir, McDonough shares his experiences settling into the Gallic way of life from apartment hunting, language school and making friends – to finding time to fall in love.

Book cover: Brain Bleed

Jeffrey Crimmel `69
Brain Bleed

William Ray discovers a new ability after a life threatening incident. As he attempts to cash in on this new gift, Ray finds himself drawn into a series of murder investigations connected to a mysterious entity known as The Company.

Aftermath: The Unintended Consequences of Public Policies

Thomas E. Hall `82
Aftermath: The Unintended Consequences of Public Policies

Noted economist Thomas E. Hall examines four major unintended consequences of major public policies: the federal income tax, cigarette taxes, minimum wage laws and Prohibition. Hall demonstrates how these policies played a significant role in creating many of the challenges faced by Americans today.

Book cover: The Tao of Book Publicity: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Promotion

Paula Margulies `78, MA `82
The Tao of Book Publicity: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Promotion

Publicist and author Paula Margulies outlines the basics of book promotion for beginning and experienced authors looking to develop a platform in this competitive field. The handbook received early praise from publishing community leaders like Author Magazine editor Bill Kenower, Southern California Writers’ Conference director Michael Stephen Gregory and UC San Diego writing instructor Marni Freedman. The Tao of Book Publicity is Margulies’ first non-fiction book.

Book cover: Roadside

Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream
Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream

Dr. Matthew Rindge critiques three popular films – Fight Club (1999), American Beauty (1999) and About Schmidt (2002) – and their impact on the idea of the American Dream. Rindge, the author of Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-34 among Ancient Conversations on Death and Possessions, is an associate professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University.

Book cover: The Valley

John Renehan `96
The Valley

Named one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Books of 2015, The Valley is an intricate mystery set against the backdrop of the Afghanistan war. In his critically-acclaimed first novel, former Army Captain John Renehan weaves a gripping tale about a deskbound admin officer sent to investigate a platoon based in a remote outpost in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Book cover: Taffy

Suzette D. Harrison `97
Taffy

A young black woman trapped in a loveless marriage in a sleepy Southern town, Taffy Freedman defies expectations and leaves her older husband to pursue freedom and opportunity in the Windy City. Along the way, she meets her first love, the broad-shouldered Pullman porter Roam Ellis, who spent the last seven years getting over heartbreak by riding the rails coast-to-coast. In this story about finding and losing love in the 1930s, Harrison paints a portrait of two young people caught in a hurricane of buried secrets.

Book cover: The Things We Tell Ourselves

Victoria Namkung `98
The Things We Tell Ourselves

To pay the bills, Georgina Park covers the red carpet for a celebrity magazine. She meets a dashing Australian TV reporter who turns her life upside down. Now a newspaper columnist and college instructor, Park needs to channel her investigative reporting skills to save her own skin when compromising photos from her past come back to haunt her. An exciting summer read with an unexpected twist from popular radio commentator and journalist Victoria Namkung.

Book cover:The Adobo Road Cookbook

Marvin Galpultos `00
The Adobo Road Cookbook

Food blogger-turned-gourmet-food-trucker Marvin Galpultos demonstrates how delicious Filipino food can be prepared anywhere – from Manila to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between. With more than 100 recipes, Galpultos takes home cooks on a culinary road trip from the food stalls, bars and family kitchens of the Philippines to the multicultural streets of Los Angeles.

Book cover: The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Forne

Anne García-Romero Ph.D. `09
The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes

Theater studies scholar Anne García-Romero considers how five award-winning Latina playwrights have transformed theater by building on the artistic legacy of legendary playwright and teacher Maria Irene Fornes. García-Romero is a founding member of Latina/o Theatre Commons and serves as the Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs assistant professor in the department of film, television and theatre at Notre Dame.

Book cover: Trail-Tested: A Thru-hiker’s Guide to Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking

Justin Lichter `13
Trail-Tested: A Thru-hiker’s Guide to Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking

Based on over 35,000 miles of hiking experience across the country, Justin Lichter’s comprehensive guide to hiking and backpacking is the must-add gear guide for your wilderness adventure. Both beginners and experienced hikers will appreciate Lichter’s stories and hard-earned lessons from long days and nights out in the great outdoors.