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The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child
Houghton Mifflin, $26
Alan E. Kazdin, the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, with Carlo Rotella ’94PhD

In 2005, the Yale Alumni Magazine asked Carlo Rotella, an award-winning freelance writer, to produce a feature about the parenting techniques of Alan Kazdin, a leading child psychologist. The resulting September/October cover story, "Breaking the Tantrum Cycle," was extremely popular among Yalies with children. And Rotella and Kazdin hit it off. Now they have co-written a book that presents, in much greater detail, "a method for changing your child's behavior that is based on good science." "Parenting is a craft," says Kazdin. This simple and eloquent owner's manual will help any parent do a better job.



University of Minnesota Press, $17.95
Kevin Kopelson ’79

"Why do we love Sedaris?" asks Kopelson, a professor of English. In his examination of the comic essayist (which happily includes plenty of extended quotations), Kopelson likens David Sedaris to Marcel Proust - but a contemporary Proust, with the gift of brevity and the prose and timing to make a tour de force out of a subject like his ill-fated job as a Christmas elf.


American Angels: Useful Spirits in the Material World
University Press of Kansas, $29.95
Peter Gardella ’83PhD

In the Bible, angels were awesome creatures with the power to lay waste to whole cities. In the modern United States, God's messengers have been reduced to "mere helpers in ordinary life" - think Clarence in It's A Wonderful Life. Gardella, a scholar of world religions, traces our cultural reshaping of angels and describes how, in America, angels "have retained one consistent characteristic: they have been useful."


Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back
Island Press, $26.95
Ann Vileisis ’89

On August 15, 1790, Martha Ballard, a Maine housewife, prepared a meal of "bakt lamb with string beens and cucumbers" for her family. "Everyone at the table knew exactly where the foods came from," writes environmental historian Vileisis. But we long ago "denatured" our senses and lost this knowledge. Vileisis explains how the gap developed, how our ignorance can affect the natural world and human health, and how we can change.


Modernism: The Lure of Heresy - from Baudelaire to Beckett and Beyond
W. W. Norton, $35
Peter Gay, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History

"Astonish me!" So said ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev to his choreographers, and that command, like Ezra Pound's dictum "Make it new!" summed up the heart and soul of modernism, the cultural movement that began in the nineteenth century as a revolt against the conventions of art, literature, drama, music, dance, and architecture. Gay offers a guided tour of modernism and its luminaries: Mondrian, Picasso, Proust, Woolf, Eliot, Stravinsky, and Wright, to name a few.


David Plowden: Vanishing Point - Fifty Years of Photography
W. W. Norton, $100
David Plowden ’55

For the last half-century, Plowden has been crisscrossing America on a mission to take black-and-white pictures of what's about to disappear: steam trains, iron bridges, and the rural way of life. The images are reproduced exquisitely in this coffee-table retrospective of the photographer's career. Plowden offers insights into the American character: "what has been lost and maybe what kind of world we are creating."


More books by Yale authors 

Saleem Ali 1996MES, Editor 
Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution
MIT Press, $29.00

Carrie Baker 1987
The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment
Cambridge University Press, $24.99

Robert Bruner 1971 and Sean D. Carr
The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm
Wiley, $29.95

Ciaran Buckley 1992 and Chris Ward
Strong Farmer: The Memoirs of Joe Ward
Liberties Press, $24.95

Stephen Budiansky 1978BS
The Bloody Shirt: Terror After Appomatox
Viking/Penguin, $27.95

James Campbell 1984
The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea - The Forgotten War of the South Pacific
Crown, $25.95

James T. Campbell 1980, Matthew Pratt Guterl, and Robert G. Lee, Editors
Race, Nation, and Empire in American History
University of North Carolina Press, $22.50

Muhammad Cohen 1978
Hong Kong on Air
Blacksmith Books, $11.95

Tom Dolby 1998
The Sixth Form: A Novel
Kensington Books, $24.00

Francis Dunn 1976, 1985PhD
Present Shock in Late Fifth-Century Greece
University of Michigan Press, $60.00

Richard Friedlander 1963, 1967JD 
Paradise Besieged: A Journey to Medieval Mount Athos at the Dawn of the Information Age
iUniverse, $19.95

Becky Garrison 1992MDiv
Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church
Seabury Books, $18.00

Becky Garrison 1992MDiv
The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail: The Misguided Quest to Destroy Your Faith
Thomas Nelson Publishers, $14.99

Liesl Geiger 1990, 1994MArch
Essence of Home: Timeless Elements of Design
Monacelli Press, $45.00

Nina Hachigian 1989 and Mona Sutphen
The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise
Simon and Schuster, $26.00

Joel Hafvenstein 1998
Opium Season: A Year on the Afghan Frontier
Lyons Press, $24.95

Benjamin Harshav, the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature
The Moscow Yiddish Theater: Art on Stage in the Time of Revolution
Yale University Press, $45.00

Karey Harwood 1992
The Infertility Treadmill: Feminist Ethics, Personal Choice, and the Use of Reproductive Technologies
University of North Carolina Press, $19.95

Jane Kamensky 1985, 1993PhD
The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse
Viking, $29.95

Ellen Ernst Kossek 1987PhD and Brenda A. Lautsch
CEO of Me: Creating a Life that Works in the Flexible Job Age
Wharton School Publishing, $24.99

Christopher Krentz 1989
Writing Deafness: The Hearing Line in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
University of North Carolina Press, $19.95

James L. Kugel 1967
How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now
Free Press, $35.00

Bruce B. Lawrence 1972PhD and Aisha Karim, Editors 
On Violence: A Reader
Duke University Press, $29.95

Shannon Sanders McDonald 1992MArch
The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form
Urban Land Institute, $87.95

Eric L. Muller 1987JD
American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II
University of North Carolina Press, $27.50

Steven Nelson 1985
From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and Out of Africa
University of Chicago Press, $50.00

Reverend Peter B. Panagore 1986MDiv
Two Minutes for God: Quick Fixes for the Spirit
Touchstone Books/Simon and Schuster, $14.95

Zibby Right 1998, Paige Adams-Geller, and Ashley Borden
Your Perfect Fit: What to Wear to Show Off Your Assets; What to Do to Tone Up Your Trouble Spots
McGraw-Hill, $16.95

Christopher Rivers 1989PhD, Editor and Translator
My Life and Battles, by Jack Johnson
Praeger/Greenwood Publishing Group, $39.95

Kermit Roosevelt III 1997JD
The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions
Yale University Press, $18.00

Andrew Steffen 2008MBA, 2008MArch, and Nina Rappaport, Editors
Future-Proofing 02: Stuart Lipton/Richard Rogers (1962MArch)/Chris Wise/Malcolm Smith (1996MArch) - Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architectural Fellowship
Yale School of Architecture/W.W. Norton, $30.00

Michael G. Sundell 1962PhD
Mosaics in the Eternal City
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, $39.00

Jaime Teevan 1998BS and William Jones
Personal Information Management
University of Washington Press, $35.00

Caroline Weber 1998PhD
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
Picador, $16.00

James Q. Whitman, the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law
The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial
Yale University Press, $40.00

Reed Whittemore 1941
Against the Grain: The Literary Life of a Poet
Dryad Press, $26.95

Richard Dien Winfield 1972, 1977PhD
Modernity, Religion, and the War on Terror
Ashgate, $49.95

Joseph L. Woolston, MD, 1970, the Albert J. Solnit Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics; Jean A. Adnopoz 1981MPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Child Study Center; and Steven J. Berkowitz, MD, Assistant Professor, Child Study Center
IICAPS: A Home-Based Psychiatric Treatment for Children and Adolescents
Yale University Press, $55.00

Deborah Yaffe 1987
Other People's Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey's Schools
Rutgers University Press, $25.95

Ruth Bernard Yeazell 1971PhD, the Chace Family Professor of English
Art of the Everyday: Dutch Painting and the Realist Novel
Princeton University Press, $35.00

E. Kinney Zalesne 1987 and Mark Penn
Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes
Twelve/Hatchette Book Group, $25.99

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