on the SFSU Bookshelf
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."
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).
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.
"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
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
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).
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.
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.