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Alumni Authors


Swimming in the Sink

Lynne Cox `79
Swimming in the Sink

This inspiring memoir from elite open-water swimmer Lynne Cox is a powerful book about super athleticism, human frailty and the sudden repercussions of illness. The first woman to swim across the eighteen-mile Cook Strait, Cox broke multiple world records swimming across the English Channel at fifteen and being the first to swim in 32-degree water off the coast of Antarctica without a wetsuit. Find out more about Cox’s experiences as part of scientific experiments testing her athletic capabilities at the University of London and how she triumphed over her life-changing diagnosis and treatment for atrial fibrillation.

No Journey’s End: My Tragic Romance with Ex-Manson Girl Leslie Van Houten

Peter Chiaramonte MA `79, Ph.D. `87
No Journey’s End: My Tragic Romance with Ex-Manson Girl Leslie Van Houten

Canadian scholar Peter Chiaramonte provides a captivating glimpse into the life and loves of Leslie Van Houten, who became part of a quasi-commune led by convicted murderer Charles Manson. In this eye-opening memoir, Chiaramonte shares intimate details from his relationship with Van Houten, a homecoming princess who became part of Manson’s bizarre “family” during the turbulent counterculture movement of the 1960s.

The Left Brain Speaks, The Right Brain Laughs: A look at the neuroscience of innovation & creativity in art, science and life

Ransom W. Stephens `90
The Left Brain Speaks, The Right Brain Laughs: A look at the neuroscience of innovation & creativity in art, science and life

Author, technologist and scientist Dr. Ransom Stephens explains how the human brain works with a thoughtful introduction to neuroscience. The Left Brain Speaks, The Right Brain Laughs talks about how creativity, skill and perception of self can grow and chance by utilizing the body’s most important muscle. The author of over 400 published articles, Stephens published his debut novel The God Patent in 2009.

Intuitive Being

Jill Willard `96
Intuitive Being

Intuitive medium Jill Willard teaches readers how to access and unlock the power of the inner voice in Intuitive Being. Through concrete, inspiring practices, Willard talks about balancing energy centers, connecting with the Spirit and unlocking the power of intuition. An empowering book from a beloved spiritual guide to high-powered, high-achieving creators and culture makers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Patricia Arquette and executives at Google and Facebook.

Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War

Elizabeth Pryor Ph.D. `08
Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before
the Civil War

Over a century before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, “colored travelers” were activists who relied on steamships, stagecoaches and railroads to fight slavery and racism. Dr. Elizabeth Pryor illustrates the African American quest for citizenship by drawing from U.S. and British newspapers, narratives, letters and firsthand accounts from prominent historical figures like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs and Wells Brown.

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