Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. By Spencer Quinn (Peter Abrahams ’68). Atria Books, 2010. Canine narrator Chet and his human companion Bernie set out to solve a celebrity dog-napping.

García Márquez: The Man and His Work. By Gene H. Bell-Villada, professor of Romance languages. The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. A revised, expanded second edition has new biographical information and analysis of the author’s fiction since 1988.

The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica. By Lucy Jane Bledsoe ’79. Terrace Books, 2010. The story of three women—a geologist, a composer and a cook—who unexpectedly find love and friendship in Antarctica.

The Roadmap to 100: The Breakthrough Science of Living a Long and Healthy Life. By Walter M. Bortz II ’51 et al. Macmillan, 2010. Advice on how to live a long, healthy life based on new research and 30 years of study of centenarians.

All Things At Once. By Mika Brzezinski ’89. Weinstein Books, 2010. The TV news anchor’s memoir follows the personal and professional triumphs and failures she encounters in her attempt to “have it all.”

Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food and Healing in Italy. By Paula Butturini ’73. Riverhead, 2010. A journalist’s memoir of coping with her husband’s severe depression in the decades after he was hit by a sniper’s bullet while reporting on the fall of communism.

Musical ImagiNation: U.S.-Colombian Identity and the Latin Music Boom. By María Elena Cepeda, assistant professor of Latina/o Studies. NYU Press, 2010. A study of the Miami music industry sheds light on new meanings attached to Colombian identity and community.

Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider’s Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer’s Short and Tragic Reign. By Lloyd Constantine ’69. Kaplan Publishing, 2010. The N.Y. governor’s senior adviser sheds light on the 16 tumultuous months leading up to Spitzer’s resignation.

Food for Thoughtful Parenting: 12 Must-have Lists for New Parents & Young Families. By Nina Coslov ’93 et al. Six Monkey Press, 2009. Parenting advice presented with creativity, humor and insight.

Siblings: You’re Stuck With Each Other, So Stick Together. By James J. Crist ’83 et al. Free Spirit Publishing, 2010. A humorous pocket guide designed to help children turn sibling rivalry into positive relationships.

The Tzaddik: A Novel. By Michael D. Doochin ’75. Westview, 2010. A unique soul endowed with enormous power to bring about social reform is guided by three teachers on a path that changes the world.

The Gastronomica Reader. Ed. by Darra Goldstein, the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian. University of California Press, 2010. Essays, poetry, interviews, memoirs and artwork from
Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, including entries by Williams alumni and faculty.

Building a Professional Learning Community at Work: A Guide to the First Year. By Parry Graham ’92 et al. Solution Tree, 2009. Each chapter of this guide covers a challenge faced by schools, analysis of the good decisions and common mistakes made as a result and research into best practices and recommendations.

Ghosts of Wyoming: Stories. By Alyson Hagy ’82. Graywolf Press, 2010. This fourth collection of short stories explores the hardscrabble lives and terrain of America’s least-populous state.

Bringing Your Learning Community to Life: A Road Map for Sustainable School Improvement. By Stephen S. Kaagan ’65 et al. Corwin, 2010. A guide for educators offers exercises and case studies about creating professional learning communities.

Database System Concepts, 6th Edition. By Henry F. Korth ’77 et al. Mc Graw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math, 2010. One of the cornerstone texts of database education, designed for upper-level undergrads and first-year graduate students.

Arshile Gorky: Works, Writings, Interviews. By Robert S. Mattison, Grad Art ’77. Poligrafa, 2010. An in-depth look at one of the last of the great Surrealist painters and one of the first Abstract Expressionists.

Empty Bottles of Gentilism: Kingship and the Divine in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (to 1050). By Francis Oakley, the Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor of History and Williams president, emeritus. Yale University Press, 2010. The first of Oakley’s three volumes on the emergence of Western political thought explores the roots of secular political thinking in Hellenistic and Late Roman antiquity through the early European Middle Ages.

Birthmarked. By Caragh M. O’Brien ’84. Roaring Brook Press, 2010. A young-adult novel follows a teen midwife trying to save her parents, who have been arrested by members of the privileged class they serve.

Beyond Faith: Our Role in Transforming God. By William Penick ’62. The Troy Book Makers, 2009. God, a clergyman, a philosopher and a scientist participate in a hypothetical, 21st century conversation.

The Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Mediation. By Gary P. Poon ’81. American Bar Association, 2010. How to successfully settle commercial disputes within the U.S. and internationally.

Eating Well: 500-Calorie Dinners, Easy, Delicious Recipes & Menus. By Jessie Price ’95 et al. The Countryman Press, 2010. Recipes accompany a six-step plan for weight loss and dieting solutions.

The Eternal Messiah: Jesus of K’Turia. By W.R. Pursche ’79 et al. Varzara House, 2009. A novel, set on a distant planet on the brink of galactic war, about a preacher named Jesus and how people react to his spiritual message.

Child Welfare: The Challenges of Collaboration. By Timothy Ross ’87. Urban Institute Press, 2008. Practical examples to guide child welfare agencies as they collaborate with other government departments to provide services to youth.

The Dead-Tossed Waves. By Carrie Ryan ’00. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2010. A young-adult novel set several generations after a global apocalypse follows a girl who must decide whether living in a walled town is really living at all.

Bringing Human Rights Home: A History of Human Rights in the United StatesEd. by Cynthia Soohoo ’88 et al. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. Essays provide historical perspective on the country’s shifting views on civil rights.

Sputnik, Masked Men and Midgets: The Early Days of Memphis WrestlingEd. by Sherman Willmott ’88. Shangri-la Projects, 2009. A coffee-table book documents the wild era of Memphis wrestling with more than 400 images and a bonus CD.


The New South. By Drew Bunting ’97, with accompaniment and arranged by Brian F. Slattery ’97. Self-produced, 2009. Twelve tracks explore apocalypse, sin, redemption and Bunting’s conflicted love affairs with Christianity and the American South.

Everyday Balloons. By A Weather (with Aaron Krenkel ’99 on guitar). Team Love Records, 2010. The indie-folk band’s sophomore album blends electric guitar-driven music and intricate vocals.

A Cow Says Moock: An Album for Kids and Their Parents. By Alastair Moock ’95. Moock Music, 2009. Original and cover songs inspired by America’s musical heritage make for silly tracks for families to enjoy together.


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