Arts & Culture


Works by Yale alumni and faculty

The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy
Oxford University Press, $29.95
Philip Auerswald ’88

America—and much of the developed world—may see itself as “a place in pain,” writes innovation economist Auerswald, but he suggests looking beyond today to “the epochal promise of prosperity that is evident on the horizon.” The book describes entrepreneurial superstars around the planet and the “pathways of action” they are forging to transform economic opportunities.


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $15
Anne Fadiman, Francis Writer-in-Residence

Rereleased for its 15th anniversary, this award-winning book explored the “communication and miscommunication” that took place when a family of Laotian immigrants settled in central California in the 1980s and collided with the American medical system. Required reading at many medical schools, Fadiman’s eloquent lesson in the need for cross-cultural understanding now includes a lengthy afterword with updates on the main players.


American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation
Scribner, $29
Eric Rutkow ’03, ’16PhD

“Trees have been so integral to American history that it becomes easy to overlook them,” notes Rutkow, an environmental lawyer and historian. In this examination of how the country’s forests have shaped its development, he looks at the role trees have played in providing lumber, fuel, wood pulp, food, and a way to combat global warming, as well as a timeless “sanctuary for the spirit.”


Cheese for Dummies
Wiley, $19.99
Thalassa Skinner ’86 and Laurel Miller

If you’ve ever been tempted to go beyond Velveeta but were intimidated by the choices at the local fromagerie, these expert cooks and cheesemongers have put together the perfect guide. The book offers a lively introduction to cheeses from around the world, as well as serving tips, recipes, cheese lore, and trivia—such as how to make cheese from the milk of horses, yaks, Balkan donkeys, and moose.


BIS Records, $20.98
Christopher Dylan Herbert ’02, as part of New York Polyphony

“Sadness has besieged me,” sings this a cappella quartet on its latest CD. But listeners are more likely to experience rhapsody. The quartet performs seven works, most of them composed in the early 1500s, with an intense, pure, yet sonorous sound and a delivery that manages to be both ethereal and profoundly stirring. (The group’s new tenor, not heard on this CD, is Yale grad Steven Caldicott Wilson ’07MusM.)


The Isle of Khería: A Novel
McPherson & Company, $25
Robert Cabot ’50LLB

“A man, naked in the rising wind, hurls himself into the sea,” writes Cabot in the opening chapter of a lyrical novel about the complicated 40-year friendship between Aidan Allard and Joel Brewster. Aidan, the swimmer, inexplicably drowns. On hearing the news, Joel, a recent widower, feels compelled to leave his quiet farm in Canada and travel to Greece—where this “friend of a saddest past” had been living—to determine whether the death was an accident or a suicide.


More Yale-related works

Akhil Reed Amar ’80, ’84JD
America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By
Basic Books, $29.99

Kenneth J. Barish ’72
Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems
Oxford University Press, $17.95

Willis Barnstone ’60PhD (translator)
The Poems of Jesus Christ
W. W. Norton, $26.95

Wycliffe Bennett ’66 and Hazel Bennett
The Jamaican Theatre: Highlights of the Performing Arts in the Twentieth Century
University of the West Indies Press, $60

David Bergman ’78
Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide
Princeton Architectural Press, $24.95

P. Sean Brotherton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post-Soviet Cuba
Duke University Press, $24.95

Stephen L. Carter ’79JD, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Knopf, $26.95

John Delany ’80PhD
Piloting Strategy: 5 Leadership Jobs Once Your Plan is Done
Big Snowy Media, $23.95

Eric Jay Dolin ’88MEM
When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
W. W. Norton, $27.95

Gerald Elias ’75, ’75MusM
Death and Transfiguration: A Daniel Jacobus Mystery
Minotaur Books, $26.99

Samuel A. Foreman ’95MBA
Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty
Pelican Publishing, $29.95

Robert W. Goldsby ’53MFA
Molière on Stage on Stage: What’s So Funny?
Anthem Press, $99

Stuart P. Green ’88JD
Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age
Harvard University Press, $45

Alex Harris ’71 and Edward O. Wilson
Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City
W. W. Norton, $39.95

Jonathan D. Heavey ’11MBA
The Guardian Class: How a Couple Battle Buddies Challenged Washington’s Elite
Hope.MD Foundation, $14.95

Peter Kaufman ’50
Double Six: 12 Themes, $12.95

Robert Klitzman ’85
Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing
Oxford University Press, $29.95

Megan E. O’Neil ’94, ’05PhD
Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala
University of Oklahoma Press, $55

Richard Peace ’60E
Noticing God
InterVarsity Press, $15

Todd L. Pittinsky ’92 and Roderick M. Kramer (editors)
Restoring Trust in Organizations and Leaders: Enduring Challenges and Emerging Answers
Oxford University Press, $59.99

Richard Rhodes ’59
The Making of the Atomic Bomb: 25th Anniversary Edition
Simon & Schuster, $21

Elihu Rubin ’99
Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape
Yale University Press, $45

Randolph B. Schiffer ’69 and David L. Nelson
David and Lee Roy: A Vietnam Story
Texas Tech University Press, $29.95

Esther Schor ’78, ’85PhD
Strange Nursery: New and Selected Poems
Sheep Meadow Press, $15.95

Fred R. Shapiro, Yale Law Librarian; Wolfgang Mieder; and Charles Clay Doyle
The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs
Yale University Press, $35

Steven B. Smith ’90MAH, Associate Master of Branford College (editor)
The Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Yale University Press, $18

James Gustave Speth ’64, ’69LLB
America The Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy
Yale University Press, $30

Roger D. Stone ’55
The Mightier Hudson: The Spirited Revival of a Treasured Landscape
Lyons Press, $24.95

Kim Todd ’92
University of Chicago Press, $19.95

Harlow G. Unger ’53
John Quincy Adams
Da Capo Press, $27.50

Elizabeth E. Wein ’86
Code Name Verity
Hyperion Books, $16.99

Henry Wiencek ’74
Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30


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