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Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.

A Fatal Waltz, Tasha Alexander (William Morrow). Publishing under a pen name, Tasha Gutting Tyska ‘92 continues her mystery series set in Victorian England. In this third book in the series, Lady Emily Ashton attempts to intercede when her best friend’s husband is arrested for murder. Her efforts to find the real killer lead to Vienna, where she discovers a dangerous plot.

Finding the Monk Within: Great Monastic Values for Today, Edward C. Sellner ’78M.A., ’81Ph.D. (Paulist Press). Using stories of early Christian leaders in the monastic tradition, the author relates how their values of silence, solitude, faith and compassion are still relevant today.

Freddie, Hector and Tish: The Treasure-Hunt Fish, Brenda Darnley Martin ’77MBA and Mary Lee Gibbons, illustrated by Amy Jones Ramos (PublishAmerica). Designed for ages 4-8, this colorful paperback follows three fish as they explore a sunken pirate ship and learn the value of friendship.

Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America, John G. Turner ’01M.A., ’06Ph.D. (University of North Carolina Press). Campus Crusade, which was founded in 1951, quickly became an international evangelical empire. Using archival sources and more than 200 interviews, Turner offers a history of the crusade and its marketing-savvy founder. Publisher’s Weekly called the book “a thought-provoking glimpse into the trajectory of modern evangelicalism.”

Bloodstoppers and Bearwalkers: Folk Traditions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Third Edition, Richard M. Dorson, edited by James P. Leary ’72 (University of Wisconsin Press). Folklorist Dorson did extensive field work in the U.P. in the 1940s and wrote about the tales of the area he heard from loggers, miners, sailors, trappers and townsfolk. This new edition, which features an introduction by Leary and an appendix of additional tales, restores the folklore classic.

When the Diagnosis Is Multiple Sclerosis: Help, Hope, and Insights from an Affected Physician, Kym Orsetti Furney ’88 (Greenwood Publishing Group). This wife, mother and doctor learned at age 34 that she had M.S., and here she presents insights from both a medical and personal perspective on the disease and its ramifications.

James Joyce’s Painful Case, Coilin Owens ’65 (University of Florida Press). The author of this study here examines the “Painful Case” story from the Dubliners, with a look at the cultural influences that played upon Joyce and how they inform the text of the story.

Alterity and Narrative: Stories and the Negotiation of Western Identities, Kathleen Glenister Roberts ’95M.A. (SUNY Press). Using an analysis of narrative motifs, the author suggests that identity in the Western world was created with a bias toward non-Western others.