11 Alumni Authors for Every Binghamton Bookworm

Posted by Carolyn Bernardo on April 20, 2017

You’ve closed the book, shut off your Kindle or iPad. Now you’re reeling from the story you’ve been engrossed in for weeks. What will you do without the characters that have become such a part of your life? Whether it’s humor, romance, fantasy or straight drama you’re looking for, let Binghamton University alumni authors fill the void left behind by your last good book! You share a connection with these authors that other readers don’t. You’ve walked the same paths, studied in Bartle, eaten at the Union -- so why not share the pages of their books?

CRIME ADDICTS

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A Death in C Minor: A Mick Chandra Mystery

by Rebecca (Yount) Tobin ‘70

Dive into the story of a young pianist, Jess, who is working to rebuild her life following a suicide attempt. After becoming entangled in a murder investigation of her neighbor, Jess becomes romantically involved with one of the suspects. Against the backdrop of murder evolves passionate love. When Jess finds a critical clue to the killing, she is threatened to become the next victim.

FICTION FOLLOWERS

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33 Valentines

by Stephanie (Fiato) Monahan '00

Sophie is coming up on her 33rd birthday and all she’s wishing for is a year without Valentine’s Day. But this year she’s determined to make a change by telling her best friend Sam how she feels about him. The only problem is, Sam has a date with his dream girl. While everyone else in her life seems to be “living their dream,” Sophie feels stuck. Follow her journey as she comes to terms with what’s holding her back, and fights for what she wants, before she loses her chance.

HORROR HOUNDS

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At The Cemetery Gates: Year One

by Joseph Sullivan ‘05

At The Cemetery Gates: Year One is a collection of 14 short horror stories inspired by urban legends, folklore, and anthology TV shows like The Twilight Zone and Tales From The Crypt. Co-written with Sullivan’s longtime friend John Brhel, this anthology is full of campfire tales with strange and surprising twists.

MYSTERY MANIACS

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The Big Rewind

by Libby Cudmore ‘05

Jett Bennett moves to New York City to become a journalist and finds herself caught in the middle of a murder mystery. One day, Jett opens her mail and finds a mixtape meant for her neighbor, KitKat. She drops it off only to find KitKat dead, her head bashed in with a rolling pin. With a tape full of love songs sent from someone other than KitKat’s boyfriend, Jett and her best friend are forced to trace the motives of the murderer, which takes them on a journey that resonates with Jett in unexpected ways.

FANTASY FANATICS

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The Aetherverse

by Eugene Bryan '11 and Joseph D'Urso '11

Part adventure, part political thriller. The world has fallen into the hands of a corrupt elite. But when a noble marshal and a band of unlikely allies find themselves caught in the middle of an insidious conspiracy, it seems the tyranny may have met its match. The Aetherverse tells the story of a fallen democracy and a tragic history dangerously repeated.

ROMANTICS AT HEART

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Desire in the Arctic

by Stacy (Werner) Hoff ’91

TV producer Ana Davis finds herself at the center of her new show, where she’s forced to survive the Arctic Circle for 12 days. Good thing she’s been paired with expert survivalist William Redding, a handsome, mysterious man. Trying to survive is hard enough, but trying to resist one another proves to be their most difficult challenge. This is a sequel to Desire in the Everglades but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

MOTIVATED MINDS

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Find Your Whistle

by Christopher Ullman ‘86 

Heartwarming and hilarious, this book is about the journey of a Washington and Wall Street insider who uses this simple gift to touch hearts and change lives. Chris discovers you don’t have to be a hero to make the world a better place. Everyone has a simple gift, a whistle to share with the world.

SCI-FI GEEKS

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Wrath and Ruin: A Chilling Anthology

by Chuck Wasielewski '04 (C.W. Briar)

Wrath and Ruin: A Chilling Anthology is a collection of nine stories with a focus on fantasy and sci-fi, threaded with quiet, traditional horror. Monsters, both literal and figurative, lurk in the shadows of this diverse anthology. If you like Rod Serling, and fantastical-yet-grounded stories with subtle horror, this book is for you.

HISTORY BUFFS

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In A Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923

by Alexander Barnes ‘83 

On America’s first major entry into European politics and the start of its involvement in WWI. This book covers a force that consisted of 1,000 soldiers and many future WWII leaders of the Army, Marine Corps, including five who would become Marine commandant, four Army chiefs of staff, 10 four-star generals and, surprisingly, one National Football League head coach.

DRAMA QUEENS and KINGS

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The Blue Bath

by Mary Waters-Sayer ’89

Kat Lind is an American living in London with her husband and son, when she attends an art gallery and is astonished to find her face covering the walls. The portraits are evidence of a past love affair with the artist Daniel Blake. When Daniel appears in London, Kat finds herself drawn to him, and they rekindle the flame. When the portraits threaten to reveal her identity and their secret, Kat and Daniel’s fate leads to a conclusion that is anything but inevitable.

RELATIONSHIP JUNKIES

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You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation

by Deborah Tannen ‘66

Women and men live in different worlds; it’s no surprise that those worlds are made of different words. This book brought awareness to gender differences in ways of speaking. With a rare combination of scientific insight and humor, alumna Deborah Tannen shows why men and women can walk away from a conversation with completely different impressions of what was said.

Carolyn Bernardo is an alumni engagement social media coordinator at Binghamton University. As a Binghamton native, she is passionate about the area and the University. One day you might run into her fulfilling her dream (of being a mascot) as Baxter the Bearcat. Paws crossed!

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