Sobel’s book gives visibility to an important — yet largely untold — chapter in the history of science. In the mid-1800s, the Harvard College Observatory employed women as, essentially, human calculators, interpreting the observations made by their male counterparts via telescope. As technology advanced, the female observatory workers took on a more significant role. Once photography entered the picture, the women studied the stars captured each night onto glass plates. Harvard amassed about half a million plates, which enabled the women to develop a classification system for stars and establish a scale for measuring distances across space.
The Frederick, Md., region — known as the site of the Civil War battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history — is the backdrop for this story. Protagonist Felix Allaben is a Justice Dept. investigator haunted by the death of his wife and stumped when a police officer he knows is found dead on the Antietam battlefield — dressed as a Civil War re-enactor.
Raymond Chandler meets Nick Hornby in this clever noir romp through hipster Brooklyn as a mysterious mix tape puts a young amateur sleuth on the hunt for a killer — and for the truths hidden within her own heart.
In this romantic thriller, Jack DiLuca, abandoned by his father as a child, grows up to favor self-destructive behavior and one-night stands, which prevent him from finding the love he desires. After having recurring dreams about his father, he leaves his first meaningful relationship to settle the score with the man who destroyed his life. When Jack finds his father, he learns that everything is not as it appears.
Grimes’ first full-length poetry book explores the meanings of home, a place she finds in Texas as well as in upstate New York. This collection contains moments among family and friends on back roads and in barrooms, along coastlines and in the heartland.
As LGBT Americans enjoy more rights today, the author raises questions about the disappearance of the “L” in the acronym. Lesbian activists created vibrant cultural spaces in the last three decades of the 20th century — women-only concerts, festivals, bookstores and support spaces — but most of these are vanishing from public consciousness. Morris is an adjunct professor of women’s studies at Georgetown University and The George Washington University.
Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher named Jesus was condemned to be crucified. A man named Simon, from Cyrene, helped Jesus carry the heavy cross through the crowded streets. What did Simon witness? What did he and Jesus talk about? Eager to learn more about his companion, Simon returned to Jerusalem the next day. What he learned changed his life forever, and ever since, his descendants have safeguarded an incredible secret.
Why is it so rare for people to truly own their work? How can employee engagement numbers be so bad year after year? Raymond invites readers to reexamine assumptions about the role of leaders and how personal growth really happens.
These poems give voice to birds and horses, dogs and deer, foxes and farmers and those who live on the fringe. Stratton’s poems are adapted from stories told to him by people whose voices he says are increasingly hard to find in contemporary poetry. He teaches writing at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Shay’s latest book details the three-year existence in Alabama of one of America’s largest WWII internment centers — the one international inspectors routinely called a model facility. Shay’s father worked there, and he uses his documents, souvenirs and memoirs as the nucleus of the book.
Lefkowitz, an emergency and critical care veterinarian in Boise, Idaho, recounts the dramas, traumas and comedies that take place in the veterinary emergency room.
More than 30 years after they first met at Binghamton, Forrestal and Fracchia have released their first full-length novel — a sci-fi/fantasy thriller.
T’Amorach was a thriving world until the Cataclysm rendered it almost uninhabitable. Centuries later, it finds itself on the eve of a war it can ill afford. The surviving cultures maintain a fragile peace, protected within large, domed zones, separated by badlands.
Forrestal is an emergency medical physician and Fracchia is a career development educator. They’ve been classmates, business partners and playwrights who met while working for Harpur’s Ferry. After graduating, they formed an advertising firm called The Idea Mill, which led to their first writing collaboration, a play titled Club Hell. Eventually they went their separate ways, but continued to write, eventually producing Cataclysm.
Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien and Jetta Goudal were poor, Jewish immigrants in New York City in the 1920s who created Salome of the Tenements, a popular novel and Hollywood movie. Their individual stories have been documented by scholars, but Ginsberg explores the relationship of the four women and how their friendship influenced their work.
Autism therapy has typically focused on ridding individuals of symptoms such as difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating and repetitive-behavior patterns. Prizant, a psycholinguist and speech-language pathologist who began his work with autistic children while a student at Binghamton in 1969, offers a new and compelling paradigm. The most successful approaches to autism don’t aim to fix a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seek to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.
Chicago Tribune called Prizant’s work a groundbreaking book on autism — and one that is required reading.
Shreck’s fourth novel is a lyrical romance focusing on a young woman who finds herself a widow when her husband is killed in an oil rig accident. To pursue her dream of becoming a teacher, she moves from the Dust Bowl to suburban Los Angeles where a college scholarship awaits her. In her new surroundings, protagonist Ruth Warren is exposed to how the other half lives — migrant workers who scrape by while hoping not to be deported back to Mexico.
In addition to writing novels, Schreck is a frequent visiting professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.
Schmidt, director of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center and professor of history at Eastern Mennonite University, has created a novel that brings to life the history of Plains Indian women and the white invasion. The book is not simply an account of violence; it tells a story of healing and forgiveness. These narratives were woven together from the memories of three generations of Cheyenne people.
With Albert Z. Conner, Mackowski wrote the first in-depth examination of the critical turning point of the Civil War. The book is grounded in a multitude of primary sources that let the soldiers — at almost all levels of the chain of command — speak in their own voices. Readers can see how the citizen-soldiers of the Army of the Potomac overcame adversity, seized their destiny and saved the nation.
Mackowski, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York, also wrote Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5–7, 1864 (Savas Beatie, 2016).
As a child, Martinez broke countless piñatas. As a grownup, he went in the opposite direction and crafted piñatas for friends and family. Now he has written a book about the pleasures of the piñata. Mr. P.’s Fabulous Piñata Factory is a whimsical take on an old-fashioned assembly-line facility. A group of children tours the factory where Mr. P., the owner, and his creative team teach the kids about each step that goes into making a piñata.
Desire in the Arctic is an action/adventure romance set in Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park. It is a sequel to Desire in the Everglades and the third novel from Werner, who is a lawyer by day and a romance writer (writing under the name Hoff) by night. stacyhoff.com
Smelcer wrote many of the poems included in Indian Giver while he was a graduate student at Binghamton University. Smelcer is an Alaskan native of the Ahtna tribe and is now the last tribal member who reads and writes in Ahtna. He is the former chair of the Alaska Native Studies program at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, poetry editor of Rosebud magazine and the author of more than 40 books. Maria Mazziotti Gillan, director of Binghamton University’s Creative Writing Program and the Binghamton Center for Writers, says Indian Giver is “an exploration of what it means to be Native American in the 21st century, replete with irony and wit.” The book includes a foreword by the late poet Ruth Stone, who taught at Binghamton.
Jackson, a high school English teacher, wife and mother of three children, and a psychic medium, converses with souls from the other side. In her memoir, The Light Between Us, Jackson shares what she’s learned about the universe from the psychic readings she has performed for people who have lost loved ones. Her book is intended to teach us to embrace our own intuitive abilities and transform how we see our world. Gary E. Schwartz, author of The Afterlife Experiments and The Sacred Promise, says Jackson’s book is, “one of the most insightful and inspiring books about mediumship I have ever read ... destined to become a classic.”
Kat Lind, an American expat living in London with her husband and their young son, attends an art gallery opening and is astonished to see her own face on the walls. Through the 20 years since her affair with the artist, Daniel Blake, he has continued to paint her. When Daniel appears in London, Kat is drawn back into the sins and solace of a past that is no longer far away. When the portraits catch the attention of the public, threatening to reveal her identity and all that lies beyond the edges of the canvases, Kat comes face to face with all that she now stands to lose.
To Hell with the Kaiser is a two-volume series about America’s entry into the “Great War.” It discusses how the U.S. military and civilian leadership assembled and trained the doughboys for combat in France. In less than a year and a half, the U.S. Army grew from training a small force to deploying more than a million soldiers in the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Barnes’ book addresses the complex nature of building an Army almost from scratch, the use of African-American soldiers, the integration of immigrants into the force and the terrible effects of Spanish Flu.
Josselsohn, a writer for publications such as The New York Times, Consumers Digest and Parents, has written her first novel. The Last Dreamer focuses on a former acclaimed journalist who put her career aside to start a family. Although she deeply loves her husband and kids, she can’t help wondering — more than a decade later — how life became little more than carpooling and errands. Kirkus Reviews calls the book an engaging look at “the anxieties and insecurities of modern womanhood as well as the whims of celebrity-obsessed culture.”
In 1980, a 50-year-old former member of the Hitler Youth spirited a battered young baboon from a national park in Angola. That woman, Rita Miljo, created the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education in South Africa and spent the next several decades nursing orphaned and injured baboons back to health and finding ways to reintroduce them into their natural habitat. Miljo entrusted Blumenthal with 30 years of her journals, from which he produced this book. He is formerly director of creative writing at Harvard University and is now visiting professor and co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law.
Cynical, obese misanthrope Angus Truax profiles victims of misfortune for a New Jersey newspaper. His articles touch hearts and inspire charity. Unfortunately for Angus, he loathes his job, his subjects and his life — so much that he decides to end it. Before he can make his exit, one last unlucky soul comes knocking at his door, pleading for help. To his astonishment, he finds himself falling into what he calls the world’s oldest trap. Kirkus Reviews says: “Laser works writing magic … The novel becomes a seesaw of tender moments, total screw-ups and a suspense that becomes unbearable.”
Russ and his son, Brian, provide introspective songwriting, covering a contiguous set of adult contemporary musical styles. The 2015 disc contains eight original songs and interpretations of two popular tunes by well-known artists. eschersenigma.com