authors & editors

Fall 2012

Patricia Barnes-Svarney, MA ’83
Patricia Barnes-Svarney, MA ’83
Why Do Women Crave More Sex in the Summer? 112 Questions That Women Keep Asking — and That Keep Everyone Else Guessing
NAL/Penguin, 2012

To answer some fundamental questions about what makes a woman a woman, Barnes-Svarney offers a fun, fact-filled tour of women’s bodies, sex, brains and emotions. She has been a science, science-fiction and humor writer for more than two decades, with hundreds of magazine articles, book and encyclopedia entries, and close to three dozen books published.

 
Elan Barnehama ’78
Elan Barnehama ’78
Finding Bluefield
Bold Strokes Books, 2012

Protagonist Barbara Phillips is a medical resident who is content to hide out in a small Virginia town. Life changes for Barbara when she enters Nicky’s Diner and — against her better judgment — falls in love.

 
Mitch Pearlstein ’70
Mitch Pearlstein ’70
From Family Collapse to America’s Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation
R&L Education, 2011

Pearlstein, founder and president of the Center of the American Experiment, writes that high rates of family fragmentation in the United States hinder learning in large numbers of students. This damages the country economically by making Americans less competitive in the worldwide marketplace. Harvard University’s Paul Peterson says that not since the 1965 Moynihan Report has anyone written about the “devastating social consequences of single-parent families” so “frankly, so soberly, so reasonably or so persuasively.”

 
Seth Kaufman ’85
Seth Kaufman ’85
The King of Pain
Sukuma Books, 2012

Kaufman’s first novel centers on Rick Salter, the mind behind an outrageous reality TV show about torture. On a Saturday morning, he wakes up trapped underneath his larger-than-life home entertainment system, clueless as to how he got there. It will be a long and painful 48 hours until his housekeeper can come to the rescue.
Kaufman has been a reporter for Page Six of the New York Post and editorial director of TVGuide.com.