Alumni books out now: October 2012
ANTJE M. RAUWERDA, MA'96, PhD'01, has written The Writer and the Overseas Childhood:The Third Culture Literature of Kingsolver, McEwan and Others (McFarland, $40). This study surveys 17 authors with "expat" backgrounds to define "third culture literature," a burgeoning yet unrecognized branch of international writing characterized by expressions of dislocation, loss, and disenfranchisement. By explicating how the shared cultural details of these writers emerge in literary themes and images, this work introduces third culture literature as a separate field, reinterpreting the work of major writers from across the globe. Antje is an associate professor of British and postcolonial literature at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
JACOB BERKOWITZ, Ed'92, is the author of The Stardust Revolution: The New Story of Our Origin in the Stars (Prometheus Books, $28.50), a book that takes readers on a grand journey that begins on the summit of California’s Mount Wilson, where astronomers first realized the universe is both expanding and evolving, to a radio telescope used to identify how organic molecules, the building blocks of life, are made by stars. It’s an epic story told through a scientific cast that includes some of the twentieth century’s greatest minds—including Nobel Laureate Charles Townes, who discovered cosmic water—as well as the most ambitious investigators of the twenty-first century, those racing to find another living planet. Jacob is an award-winning science journalist and the bestselling author of Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (and Others) Left Behind, winner of the 2009 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. His book Out of This World: The Amazing Search for an Alien Earth was selected as a SkyNews Magazine 2009 best book of the year.
JENNIFER GHENT-FULLER, Arts'73, has written Thoughtful Dementia Care: Understanding the Dementia Experience ($10.95), an easy-to-read and sensitive portrayal of the changing world of people with dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease or other diseases, and those who care for them. The book offers insights into emotional reactions and practical suggestions based on a deep understanding of the way people with dementia view many situations. Now retired, Jennifer was a nurse for over 25 years, the last 11 as an educator and support counsellor for people with dementia, for their families and other carers.
J. DAVID FULLER, Arts'73, has written Complementarity Modeling in Energy Markets (Springer, $125) which introduces complementarity models in a straightforward and approachable manner and uses them to carry out an in-depth analysis of energy markets, including formulation issues and solution techniques. David is a professor in the University of Waterloo's Department of Management Sciences.
LOIS SCOUTEN, Arts'55, has written Messala: The Return from Ruin -- A Sequel to Ben-Hur (BPS Books, $34.95), a colourful, compelling tale of love, ambition, and faith set in ancient Rome. In the original novel of Ben-Hur, Messala is seriously injured in a chariot race with his boyhood friend, Ben-Hur. This sequel follows Messala as he experiences the loss and subsequent rediscovery of love, fluctuating fortunes in Roman society, and a growing tension between loyalty to his own Roman heritage and his growing interest in the new religion of Christianity. Lois has taught English and Latin to high school students and English as a second language to adult immigrants. She lives in Toronto and is currently studying Tacitus and Suetonius, as well as Josephus' account of the career of Herod Agrippa.
ELDON HAY, MA'57, MDiv'57, a former Alumni Achievement Award winner, has written The Covenanters in Canada (McGill-University Press, $39.95), a sensitive and nuanced narrative of a dissenting religious minority in a pluralistic society. Tracing the theological and historical significance of the movement in Scotland, Ireland, and the United States, Eldon outlines the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Covenanter missionaries in the Maritimes, Upper and Lower Canada, and the West. A comprehensive study of a minority religious movement, The Covenanters in Canada is an insightful perspective on the evolving relationship between small religious movements and the majority culture. Eldon is professor emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies at Mount Allison University.