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Books by Yale authors

The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White
by Daniel J. Sharfstein ’00JD
Penguin Press, $27.95

“From the colonial era to the present, people of African ancestry have crossed the color line and faded into the world around them,” notes Vanderbilt professor Sharfstein. In this remarkable study of families who “passed”—including two brothers who attended Yale College in the 1850s, some 20 years before Edward Bouchet ’74, ’76PhD, became the first official black graduate—the historian shows that, even in the South, crossing over could be surprisingly easy.


A Village Life
by Louise Glück, adjunct professor of English and Rosencranz Writer in Residence
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $13

In her 11th collection of poems, former U.S. poet laureate Glück follows the imagined people and landscape of a Mediterranean village through a cycle of the seasons: young and old, birth and death. With exquisite precision, Glück’s poems exemplify what she calls the second kind of vision—“the seeing beyond things.”


George Washington’s America: A Biography through His Maps
by Barnet Schecter ’85
Walker and Company, $67.50

As a 16-year-old in 1748, George Washington began to learn surveying, a trade he would practice throughout his life. When Washington wasn’t commanding an army or running the fledgling country, he was making and collecting maps, many of which were incorporated into an atlas that Yale now owns. In an illustrated volume, historian Schecter uses 26 of the maps to tell a story about Washington’s lifelong “love affair with the land.”


Grant Wood: A Life
by R. Tripp Evans ’98PhD
Alfred A. Knopf, $37.50

When American Gothic debuted in Chicago in 1930, the painting of the grim farmer with his pitchfork, the morose woman, and the farmhouse became an instant classic. Its creator, Iowa’s Grant Wood, received international acclaim. Wood’s Midwestern-themed art carries “as genuine a U.S. stamp as a hotdog stand,” wrote a contemporary critic. But to see the artist as simply celebrating the heartland is a “basic misreading,” Evans argues. In this penetrating portrait, he brings Wood out of the closet and decodes his social critiques.


Brain Cuttings: Fifteen Journeys through the Mind
by Carl Zimmer ’87
Scott and Nix, $12.99 e-book

“Darwin would have loved Botox” is the startling opening line of this collection of essays by science writer Zimmer on how the brain “gives rise to our feelings, our memories, and our sense of ourselves.” This electronic book explores the neurobiology of topics as varied as blushing, desire, zoning out, and merging mind and machine—not to mention Botox, which allows us “to eavesdrop on the intimate conversation between the face and brain.”


Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy
by Carlos Eire ’79PhD, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies
Free Press, $26

“Having just died, I shouldn’t be starting my afterlife with a chicken sandwich,” writes Eire about his first American meal. In 1962, Eire was airlifted out of his native Cuba, as part of a U.S. government–supported program that brought the 11-year-old and 14,000 other children out of a place he bitterly calls “Castrolandia.” This memoir continues the story Eire began in his National Book Award–winning Waiting for Snow in Havana. The boy learns to cope with many things besides the American diet as he travels from Miami to Chicago to New Haven, “dying” and being reborn in his new homeland.


More books by Yale authors

Marc E. Agronin ’91MD
How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old
Da Capo Books, $25

Clayton P. Alderfer ’62, ’66PhD
The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis: Theory and Methods
Oxford University Press, $55

Anne Applebaum ’86, editor
Gulag Voices: An Anthology 
Yale University Press, $25

Stuart Banner ’85
American Property: A History of How, Why, and What We Own
Harvard University Press, $29.95

David Brakke ’87, ’92PhD
The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity
Harvard University Press, $29.95

Eva Brann ’51, ’56PhD
Homage to Americans: Mile High Meditations, Close Readings, and Time-Spanning Speculations 
Paul Dry Books, $19.95

Benjamin L. Carp ’98
Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America
Yale University Press, $30

Dick Cavett ’58
Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets
Times Books, $25

Adam Chalom ’97
Jews and the Muslim World: Solving the Puzzle
Milan Press, $14.95

Joshua Cohen ’04
The Arc of the Moral Universe and Other Essays
Harvard University Press, $39.95

David L. Duffy ’79
Last to Fold: A Novel
Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99

Cara Elliott ’73, ’74MFA
To Tempt a Rake
Forever Books, $7.99

Ann Fabian ’82PhD
The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America’s Unburied Dead
University of Chicago Press, $27.50

Mike F. Foster ’58
The Ties That Bind: Birds, Nature and Us 
AuthorHouse, $19.99

Paul Friedrich ’57PhD
A Goldfinch Instant: Concord to India Haikus
Virtual Artists Collective, $15

Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture and of American Studies
Nymph, Dun, and Spinner: Poems
WordTech Communications, $18

Maya Jasanoff ’02PhD
Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
Knopf, $30

Thomas L. Jeffers ’71Div, ’74Phd
Norman Podhoretz: A Biography
Cambridge University Press, $35

Blair Kamin ’84MEnvD
Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age
University of Chicago Press, $30

Soo Yeon Kim ’98PhD
Power and The Governance of Global Trade: From the GATT to the WTO
Cornell University Press, $39.95

Patrick Vinton Kirch ’75PhD
How Chiefs Became Kings: Divine Kingship and the Rise of Archaic States in Ancient Hawai‘i
University of California Press, $39.95

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren ’82Div
Night Café: The Amorous Notes of a Barista
EyeCorner Press, $19.

Lawrence Kramer ’72PhD
Interpreting Music
University of California Press, $24.95

Steven Andrew Light ’90
“The Law is Good”: The Voting Rights Act, Redistricting, and Black Regime Politics
Carolina Academic Press, $33

Rick A. Lopez ’01PhD
Crafting Mexico: Intellectuals, Artisans, and the State after the Revolution
Duke University Press, $24.95

Bradford Martin ’88
The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan
Hill and Wang, $26

Christie McDonald ’69PhD and Susan Rubin Suleiman, editors
French Global: A New Approach to Literary History
Columbia University Press, $60

David Edward McNamara ’78
The Exemplary Teacher: Joyfully Improving Teaching Mastery in all Learning Environments
Neason Hill Press, $14.99

Frank John Ninivaggi, Assistant Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry
Ayurveda: A Comprehensive Guide to Traditional Indian Medicine for the West
Rowman & Littlefield, $22.95
Envy Theory: Perspectives on the Psychology of Envy
Rowman & Littlefield, $79.95

Carla L. Peterson ’76PhD
Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City 
Yale University Press, $32

Robert Allan Richardson ’69PhD
Promptings of Necessity: Three Stories
Sunstone Press, $24.95

Gabriella Safran ’90
Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk’s Creator, S. An-Sky
Harvard University Press, $29.95

Nick Salvato ’91
Uncloseting Drama: American Modernism and Queer Performance
Yale University Press, $40.00

Peter T. Scardino ’67 and Judith Kelman
Dr. Peter Scardino’s Prostate Book, Revised Edition
Avery Trade/Penguin, $20

Claudewell S. Thomas ’64MPH and Brenda McGlowan-Fellows
Your Personal Power-Up: Five Steps to Take Control of Your Life and Career
Executive Excellence Publishing, $25

Jim Trombetta ’80MPhil
The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read
Abrams Comic Arts, $29.95  


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