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The cover of Ernest Gaines’ book featuring a photo of a porch with two empty chairs."Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays" (Knopf, 2005) by Ernest J. Gaines (B.A., '57) includes "The Turtles," Gaines' first published story, which made its debut in SF State's Transfer literary magazine in 1956. This book also offers an essay detailing the real-life murder case that inspired his novel "A Lesson Before Dying."
Po Bronson’s new book features a photo of a doorway with four pairs of boots of varying sizes lined up neatly outside.
A mother is trapped underwater but fights to return to her children. A couple struggles to rebuild their marriage after an affair. Po Bronson (M.A., '95) traveled the country to find these and other true stories of families overcoming crisis to write "Why Do I Love These People? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families" (Random House, 2005).
The cover of Rachel Rodriquez’s book featuring a drawing of a young Georgia O’ Keefepainting an enormous red poppy.Follow legendary artist Georgia O' Keefe from the Wisconsin meadows of her childhood to the deserts of New Mexico in "Through Georgia's Eyes" (Henry Holt and Co., 2006), a children's picture-book biography written by Rachel Rodríguez (B.A., '92) and illustrated by Julie Paschkis.

Toni Graham’s book features an illustration of woman walking a dalmation as his leash gets tangled in her legs.In "Waiting for Elvis" (Leapfrog Press, 2005), Toni Graham (M.A., '92; M.F.A., '96) gives center stage to Jane, a character from her previous book, "The Daiquiri Girls." In 12 interconnected short stories the neurotic psychotherapist-turned-dog walker faces the challenges of divorce and middle age. The collection was awarded the 2006 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award.

A hand can be seen writing the title of Joe Berry’s new book on a chalkboard: Reclaiming the Ivory Tower."Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education" (Monthly Review Press, 2005) by Joe Berry (M.A., '79) examines the situation of nontenure-track teachers in U.S. colleges and universities. Berry offers suggestions, based on interviews with labor organizers, for seeking institutional policy change. Lucy Ferriss’ book cover features an illustration of a man in a white veil and robe with a young woman before him.In 1972 Lucy Ferriss (M.A., '79) was ready to make her debut to St. Louis society at the Veiled Prophet Society cotillion, when the secret identity of its leader was revealed unexpectedly. Ferris traces what followed in her memoir, "Unveiling the Prophet: The Misadventures of a Reluctant Debutante" (University of Missouri Press, 2005).
James Janko’s latest book features an illustration of a rice paddy with two eyes of a soldier peering through the bottom ever so faintly."Buffalo Boy and Geronimo" (Curbstone Press, 2005), a novel by James Janko (M.A., '93), traces the Vietnam War's impact on the country's animals, rice paddies and rivers. The story is told through the eyes of two supposed enemies -- a Vietnamese buffalo boy and a U.S. medic -- who share a passion for the natural world.
Jennie Schacht’s book cover features a mouthwatering photograph of a dessert plate with flan and carmelized peaches. A glass of amber-colored wine sits in the background.Looking to double your after-dinner pleasure with port and chocolate soufflé? "The Wine Lover's Dessert Cookbook: Recipes and Pairings for the Perfect Glass of Wine" (Chronicle Books, 2005) by Jennie Schacht (B.A., '82) offers photographs, recipes and wine notes to introduce readers to desserts and the wines that love them.

-- Adrianne Bee


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