New Releases

Spring 2015

Vince Scarsella ’76
Vince Scarsella ’76
Lawyers Gone Bad
Aignos Publishing, 2014

Scarsella’s second crime novel tells the story of a beleaguered attorney and his trusty investigator who are trying to fight the good fight against lawyers who commit ethical and criminal wrongs. They are particularly concerned with a local prosecutor who may have committed the ultimate crime — murder. The author draws upon his nearly two decades of experience as head of the Eighth Judicial District Grievance Committee in Buffalo, N.Y.

 
Jeff Katz ’84
Jeff Katz ’84
Split Season 1981: Fernandomania, The Bronx Zoo and The Strike That Saved Baseball
Thomas Dunne Books, 2015

Katz, mayor of Cooperstown, N.Y., which is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, writes about the 1981 baseball season that ripped the sport apart. The players’ association squared off against the commissioner in a fight to protect rights to free agency. The 1981 season is the only one ever stopped in the middle because of a strike, which resulted in a bizarre playoff system in which first- and second-half division champions faced off for the right to play in the league championship series. Along the way, Pete Rose broke the National League hit record, Fernando Valenzuela was a rookie pitching sensation and the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the World Series.

 
Lisa A. McCarthy ’87
Lisa A. McCarthy ’87
Where’s the Ramp?
Mirror Publishing, 2014

This book, intended for children ages 3–9, offers a slice of life before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A seemingly simple family outing like going to dinner was anything but simple if a member of the group was in a wheelchair and the venue did not have a ramp. This scenario — likely experienced by many families — serves as the central conflict of McCarthy’s story. 

 
John Smelcer, PhD ’11
John Smelcer, PhD ’11
Edge of Nowhere
Leap Frog, 2014

Sixteen-year-old Seth Evanoff and his dog, Tucker, are washed overboard from his father’s fishing boat during a storm in the Gulf of Alaska. Only the year before, his mother had died in an automobile accident — the father blaming himself, Seth blaming his father. By good fortune, Seth and his dog make it safely to one of the hundreds of islands that line Prince William Sound in Alaska. Throughout summer and fall, the two castaways make their way, island by island, toward home, while Seth’s desperate father never gives up hope. Based on true events, Edge of Nowhere is a story about perseverance, courage and self-reliance. It was named one of the 10 best novels in America for 2014. Smelcer lives in Missouri and is working on two new novels.

 
Charlee Fam ’10
Charlee Fam ’10
Last Train to Babylon
William Morrow, 2014

Aubrey has prepared for death — she’s written five suicide notes in five years. But then her former best friend, Rachel, beats her to it. Author Charleen Famiglietti (writing as Charlee Fam) has created a gripping novel of twisting relationships and raw emotions pulled taut by a touch of delightfully dark comedy. Aubrey faces the demons of a past she’s buried and discovers that the life she desires is one she must demand from herself. This is Fam’s first novel.