December 2015 Briefs

Reading Room

A selection of new books from Bryn Mawr alumnae/i.

Understanding Copyright: Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, Bethany Klein ’99, Giles Moss, and Lee Edwards (Sage 2015). As digital technology changes the way media is created, accessed, shared, and regulated, serious questions about copyright are being raised. This book explores why disagreement is rife and how the policymaking process might accommodate a wider range of views. Klein is a senior lecturer in the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.

Poems of the Laughing Buddha, Jane Marla Robbins ’65 (CreateSpace 2015). In this poetry collection, Robbins focuses on the Laughing Buddha as the source of inspiration to overcome life’s challenges through laughter and positivity. A playwright and poet, Robbins is also the author of Perform at Your Best: Acting Techniques for Business, Social and Personal Success, among other works.

Wild Domestic, Natania Rosenfeld ’85 (Sheep Meadow Press 2015). In this book of poetry, Rosenfeld reflects on her Jewish heritage, her childhood in a small Midwestern town and post-war Germany, and her love of visual art and music. A professor of English at Knox College, Rosenfeld is also the author of Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf.

Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought, edited by Susan Bordo, Cristina Alcalde, and Ellen Rosenman ’73 (University of California Press 2015). This anthology studies feminist history by exploring primary texts ranging from classical antiquities to those composed in the Arab Spring. Provost’s Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, Rosenman is the author of The Invisible Presence: Virginia Woolf and the Mother-Daughter Relationship and other works.  

The History and Artistic Use of Paper, Marianne Burkenroad ’42 (Amazon 2013). Through an examination of Burkenroad’s personal collection, this book offers a look at the many ways that paper is used in folk art around the world.  

Prelude to Genocide: Incident in Erzerum, Virginia Gavian Rivers ’57, M.A. ’60 (Archway Publishing 2015). Based on family stories and historic accounts, this work of fiction relates the story of a  Muslim family that shelters their Christian Armenian neighbors during a massacre in eastern Turkey in 1895. But when one Armenian brother is killed, the the friendship between the two families becomes strained. Before retiring to write this book, Rivers worked as a journalist, editor, and publications manager.

Kal’unekFrom Karluk, Kodiak Alutiiq History and the Archaeology of the Karluk One Village Site, Amy Steffian ’84, Marnie Leist, Sven Haakanson Jr., and Patrick Saltonstall (University of Alaska Press 2015). Based on an archaeological project initiated in Bryn Mawr’s anthropology department in 1982, this book traces the impact of the project on the Alaskan Native community. Dr. Richard Jordan, a former professor of anthropology at Bryn Mawr, led field research at the site with assistance from many graduate and undergraduate students from the College. Included are photos of and essays by several alumnae.  

Eleanor’s Wars, Ames Sheldon ’70 (Beaver’s Pond Press 2015). When Eleanor’s son enlists to fight in World War II, the secrets she’s kept hidden about her service in the Great War are unveiled and threaten her marriage and family. This is Sheldon’s second novel. She is also co-author of Women’s History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States.  

Introduction to 3-Manifolds, Graduate Studies in Mathematics, 151, Jennifer Schultens ‘88 (American Mathematical Society 2014). This textbook on 3-manifolds is written with the beginning graduate student in mind. It includes many results and ideas unavailable elsewhere in a text but which have become important in the study of 3-manifolds. Schultens is a professor at the University of California, Davis.

Hitler at Home, Despina Stratigakos, Ph.D. ’99 (Yale University Press 2015). This provocative book exposes Hitler’s preoccupation with his private persona, which was shaped by the aesthetic and ideological management of his domestic architecture. To counteract rumors about his bachelor lifestyle, the Nazi regime relied on the dictator’s three dwellings—the Old Chancellery in Berlin, his apartment in Munich, and his mountain home on the Obersalzberg—to foster the myth of the Führer as a morally upstanding and refined man. Stratigakos is associate professor and interim chair of architecture at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Behind the Waterfall, Molly Best Tinsley ’64 (Fuze Publishing 2015). This fantasy thriller features 15-year-old twin brothers Chetan and Nashota and their precocious younger sister Shyla. The three stumble on an astonishing family secret that comes with special powers and a scary mission: they must take down the ruthless criminal who controls their town and aims to control the world. Tinsley taught on the civilian faculty at the United States Naval Academy for 20 years and is the institution’s first professor emerita. She has authored many books and co-wrote the textbook The Creative Process. Her fiction has earned two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sandstone Prize, and the Oregon Book Award.