New Releases

Fall 2014

Liz Rosenberg, PhD ’97
Liz Rosenberg, PhD ’97
The Moonlight Palace
Amazon’s Lake Union Publishing, 2014

The Moonlight Palace, a new novel from Binghamton University Professor of English Liz Rosenberg, is a coming-of-age story set in the 1920s. The book centers on 17-year-old Agnes Hussein, a descendant of the last sultan of Singapore and a resident of the formerly grand Kampong Glam palace. The novel, a work of historical fiction, represents a departure for Rosenberg, a well-established author of poetry and books for children whose first two novels for adults were set in modern-day New York state. Amazon named The Moonlight Palace a Kindle First selection in September, which meant that readers could buy the book before it was released for just $1.99. The novel, published in October by Amazon’s Lake Union Publishing, briefly topped Amazon’s Kindle best-seller list and had a firm place on the list for weeks.

 
Sherrie Schneider ’80
Sherrie Schneider ’80
Not Your Mother’s Rules: The New Secrets for Dating
Grand Central Publishing, 2013

People magazine called the latest version of Not Your Mother’s Rules a “must read” in 2014. In a world of endless text messages and status updates, where formal one-on-one dates seem a thing of the past, it’s hard for women to retain the air of mystery that keeps men interested. With help from their daughters, Schneider (maiden name Shamoon) and co-author Ellen Fein share a fresh take on dating that will help women in today’s information age create the happy love lives they want and deserve. This book, available on Amazon, is the latest installment in the best-selling The Rules series. therulesbook.com

 
Marcia Naomi Berger ’66
Marcia Naomi Berger ’66
Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted
New World Library, 2014

Berger’s mission is to help people create the marriage they’ve always wanted, one that fosters the growth and vitality of both partners emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically and materially. Berger (maiden name Fisch) says her instructors at Binghamton helped inspire her career as a clinical social worker and that her own story reflects the dramatic changes in the institution of marriage that have occurred during the past half century. marriagemeetings.com

 
Leah Umansky ’02
Leah Umansky ’02
Don Dreams and I Dream
Kattywompus Press, 2014

Umansky’s second book of poems is a chapbook inspired by the television series Mad Men. Her work has appeared in USA Today’s Pop Candy, Coldfront Magazine and Huffington Post. Umansky writes for Tin House, among others, and has had three poems inspired by Game of Thrones published in Poetry magazine. Leahumansky.com

 
Mitch Pearlstein ’70
Mitch Pearlstein ’70
Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

Pearlstein is founder and president of the Center of the American Experiment, a nonpartisan, tax-exempt, public policy and educational institution that brings conservative and free-market ideas to bear on the hardest problems facing Minnesota and the nation. In Broken Bonds, Pearlstein looks at the disintegration of the American family structure and what it means for the country’s future. The book draws on interviews he had with more than 30 leading family experts across the United States.

 
Mark Coleman ’98
Mark Coleman ’98
Time to Trust: Mobilizing Humanity for a Sustainable Future
Motivational Press, 2014

Coleman says the escalating lack of trust throughout all facets of society is weighing down the collective ambition and potential of our generation. To rise above the challenge, people need to rediscover the power of trust. The hope for humankind lies in the ability to be selfless in the pursuit of love, money, power and spirituality. Time to Trust follows The Sustainability Generation: The Politics of Change and Why Personal Accountability is Essential NOW! (SelectBooks, 2012). timetotrustbook.com

 
John A. Conners ’63
John A. Conners ’63
Groundwater for the 21st Century: A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth
McDonald & Woodward, 2013

According to Conners, fresh water is widely considered to be the most important natural resource on Earth, and groundwater comprises approximately 99 percent of the liquid fresh water on the planet. His book offers a comprehensive overview of the science of groundwater; the long, diverse and intensifying use of this resource by people; and the need for humans to rely on groundwater science when making or evaluating decisions about its use. The book is intended to interest general readers as well as professionals associated with the science and management of groundwater resources. mwpubco.com

 
Steven Rand ’77
Steven Rand ’77
Hooked Like a Fish in Rio / Brazilian Winds Over Manhattan
Penumbra 2014

In the CD’s liner notes, Rand writes about Hooked Like a Fish: “This song was borne [sic] through a memory that remains visceral: going with my dad to a Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66 concert in a park on Long Island. Dad still lives through me, especially in my love of jazz.” Rand created Penumbra in the early 1990s to introduce smooth jazz with a Brazilian flavor to the upper Midwest. He teaches English at the University of North Dakota and has performed with various musicians over two decades, consistently collaborating with guitar player and keyboardist Jeff Anvinson. penumbrajam.com

 
Roger Lee Hall, MA ’72
Roger Lee Hall, MA ’72
Celestial Praises — A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals
American Music Recordings Collection, 2014

Hall is a composer and an ethnomusicologist specializing in American Shaker folk music. One of his early compositions, titled “Variations on a Shaker Marching Tune,” was first performed at Binghamton in 1971. This new CD features 25 recordings of Shaker spirituals and original compositions, including “Variations,” performed by pianist Kathryn Southworth. Americanmusicpreservation.com