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Books by Yale authors

Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White
Emily Bernard ’89, ’98PhD
Yale University Press, $30

Novelist, photographer, and arts patron Van Vechten was “a white man with a passion for blackness,” notes English professor Bernard. In this fine biography filled with observations by Van Vechten’s friends—such as Langston Hughes, Ethel Waters, and Zora Neale Hurston—the writer details Van Vechten’s complicated and crucial role in “helping the Harlem Renaissance, a black movement, come to understand itself.”


The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice
M. G. Lord ’77
Walker and Company, $22

Elizabeth Taylor was more than just a movie superstar; she was a “brand,” writes Lord. The critic and investigative journalist explores films as different as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and National Velvet, as well as the star’s later work as an AIDS activist, to show how “the Taylor brand deserves credit for its under-the-radar challenge to traditional attitudes” about women.


The Weather in Proust
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick ’75PhD; Jonathan Goldberg, editor
Duke University Press, $23.95

In the last decade of her life, eminent literary critic and queer-theory pioneer Sedgwick was working on a book about Proust. This collection of essays displays the remarkable breadth and depth of her insights, which range from fountain mechanics to karma, from Oedipal mythology to chaos and complexity science—and that’s on page three. Sedgwick offers, as she says of Proust, an abundance of “surprise and refreshment.”


The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities
Austin Troy ’92, ’95MF
Yale University Press, $28

Like a body, a city has what Troy terms an “urban energy metabolism.” As the cost of energy increases and supplies tighten—an inevitability, the author argues—the urban areas with the best metabolism-management strategies will be the biggest winners, environmentally and economically. Troy provides both a useful assessment and numerous success stories.


Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park . . . When You’re 29 and Unemployed
Aneurin Wright ’96
Myriad Editions, £19.99

In a hauntingly drawn graphic memoir, the author and illustrator recounts how he cared for his father as the old man entered hospice and slowly died of emphysema. Wright, an artist and animator, casts himself as a minotaur; his dad, an architect, is drawn as a rhinoceros. The clashes between these two stubborn personalities form the foundation of a powerful and poignant story of family reconciliation.


The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans
Lawrence N. Powell ’76PhD
Harvard University Press, $29.95

Long before New Orleans was the “Big Easy,” or the post-Katrina symbol of bad federal management, it was known to scholars as “the impossible but inevitable city.” Tulane historian Powell describes the Crescent City’s earliest years, from its founding in the early 1700s—in a “dreadful” site “prone to flooding and infested with snakes and mosquitoes”—to its rapid growth over the next century into a center of commerce and an uneasy melting pot.


More books by Yale authors

Alex Berenson ’94
The Shadow Patrol (A John Wells Novel)
Putnam Books, $26.95

Emily Bernard ’89, 98PhD
Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White
Yale University Press, $30

Robert A. Burt ’64LLB
In the Whirlwind: God and Humanity in Conflict
Harvard University Press, $29.95

Ivan Chermayeff 55BFA, Tom Geismar, and Sagi Haviv
Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar
Print Publishing, $45

Scott Donaldson ’50
Death of a Rebel: The Charlie Fenton Story
Farleigh Dickinson University Press, $65

Julia B. Frank ’77 and Renato D. Alarcón
The Psychotherapy of Hope: The Legacy of Persuasion and Healing
Johns Hopkins University Press, $55

Theodore Friend ’54, ’58PhD, and William Jenkins
Woman, Man, and God In Modern Islam
Eerdmans Publishing, $35

Jacob S. Hacker ’00PhD and Ann O'Leary
Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk: Government, Markets and Social Policy in the Twenty-First Century
Oxford University Press, $99

Susannah Hollister ’09PhD, Emily Setina ’10PhD, editors, and Gertrude Stein
Stanzas in Meditation: The Corrected Edition
Yale University Press $22

Eloisa James ’95PhD
Paris in Love: A Memoir
Random House, $26

William Landay ’85
Defending Jacob: A Novel
Delacorte Press, $26

Meira Levinson ’92
No Citizen Left Behind
Harvard University Press $29.95

Jeffrey Lewis ’66
Berlin Cantata
Haus Publishing, $15

Amy R. W. Meyers ’79, ’85PhD, and Lisa L. Ford
Knowing Nature: Art and Science in Philadelphia, 1740–1840
Yale University Press, $65

David L. Mikics ’88PhD
The Annotated Emerson: Ralph Waldo Emerson
University of Harvard Press, $35

David A. Mindell ’88
Iron Coffin: War, Technology, and Experience Aboard the USS Monitor
Johns Hopkins University Press, $23

Wendy Moffat ’77, ’85PhD
A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster
Picador Books $20

Marco Pasanella ’84
UnCorked: My Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine
Clarkson Potter Books, $24

Robert C. Post ’77JD
Democracy, Expertise, Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Juris Prudence for the Modern State
Yale University Press, $30

Birgit Brander Rasmussen, Assistant Professor of American Studies
Queequeg's Coffin: Indigenous Literacies and Early American Literature
University of Duke Press, $23.95

Corey Robin ’99PhD
The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin
Oxford University Press, $29.95

Jośe David Saldivar ’77
Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, and the Cultures of Greater Mexico
University of Duke Press, $23.95

Peter Stansky ’53 and William Abrams
Julian Bell: From Bloomsbury to the Spanish Civil War
Stanford University Press, $45

Leonard Volk ’49
Every Day: Photographs by Leonard Volk
Brown Books Publishing, $60

T. M. Wolf ’11JD
Sound: A Novel
Faber & Faber Inc., $17


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