New Releases

Fall 2015

Steve Heckman ’72
Steve Heckman ’72
Search for Peace
Jazzed Media

Heckman, a clinical and forensic psychologist in the San Francisco area, is a jazz saxophonist with experience that dates back to his days playing in the jazz band and in small combos at Harpur College. Search for Peace has hit the No. 10 spot on the Jazz Week charts for national airplay and reached No. 3 on the Roots Music Report. He has received prominent coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle.

 
Scott Mautz ’91
Scott Mautz ’91
Make It Matter
(AMACOM, 2015)

How does an organization motivate its workers to do more with less when studies show that employees, who already may be putting in long hours, don’t find their work particularly meaningful? Mautz, a 20-plus year executive at Procter & Gamble, shows how managers can help employees find motivation, meaning and inspiration in their jobs

 
Seth Kaufman ’85
Seth Kaufman ’85
The War Against Boredom
(Sukuma Books, 2015)

This book delivers more than 20 wildly inventive pieces that unlock and mock our collective mania for movies, coffee, big data, stoner culture, rock stars and sex scandals. Kaufman, a humor contributor to newyorker.com, focuses on culture clashes, entertainment engagements and domestic dustups.

 
Joe Lurie ’64
Joe Lurie ’64
Perception and Deception: A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures
(Cultural Detective, 2015)

Lurie is executive director emeritus of the University of California Berkeley’s International House, a dynamic multinational residential center serving the campus, local community and 1,000 residents from more than 75 countries annually. Its mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding for the promotion of a more peaceful world. He says his awareness about perceptions and misperceptions across cultures was fostered during his time as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Kenya.

 
Michael Blumenthal ’65
Michael Blumenthal ’65
Because They Needed Me: The Incredible Struggle of Rita Miljo to Save the Orphaned Baboons of South Africa
(Aequitas Books, November 2015)

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.

 
Michael Laser ’75
Michael Laser ’75
My Impending Death
(The Permanent Press, 2015)

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.”

 

Fall 2015

Russ Miller ’80, MA ’82, PhD ’84, and Brian Miller
Russ Miller ’80, MA ’82, PhD ’84, and Brian Miller
Escher’s Enigma
Russ Miller ’80, MA ’82, PhD ’84, and Brian Miller

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