March 2015 Features

Alumnae/i Books

 You're the Best Parent_RGB You’re the Best Parent for your Child: 31 Truths from, Magda Pecsenye ’94, MagdaMedia 2014. From the cult favorite parenting advice website, this book provides essential wisdom about the “long conversation with your child.” Pithy, kind, and empowering, it helps you acknowledge the good and bad parts of being a parent, while honoring your relationship with your child.


Now History:nowhistory_RGB One Home Front in World War II, Betsy Wing ’58, CreateSpace Publishing 2014. This book offers a unique perspective on the shattering events of World War II as seen by three generations of women living on the home front. Knowing the war only through newspapers and radio reports, the women share the sense of being “outside of history.”


Love, again_RGBLove, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance, Eve Pell ‘58, Random House Publishing Group 2015. “A heartwarming, eye-opening, life-affirming journey to the final frontier of romance, this is a beautiful book about the possibility of late-in-life love and the life-changing lessons we all can learn from those who have been lucky enough to find it,” says Katie Couric.


worldofgiving_RGBA World of Giving: Carnegie Corporation of New York—A Century of International Philanthropy, Patricia L. Rosenfield ’70, PublicAffairs 2014. This thorough, objective book examines the international activities of Carnegie Corporation, one of America’s oldest and most respected philanthropic institutions, which was created by steel baron Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to support the “advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”


The Biggest PuThe Biggest Pumpkin_RGBmpkin, Sandra Horning ’92 and Holly Stone-Barker (illustrator), Pelican Publishing 2014. Join Gavin as he attempts to win first place at the local fair by growing the largest gourd in the world. Through advice and hands-on experience, he learns how to care for his garden. Full of helpful facts and easy tips, this educational and amusing story emphasizes the skill involved in gardening.


Calvin thCalvin the Cookie Maker_RGBe Cookie Maker, Caroline Akervik ’93, Wee Creek Press 2013. After watching a TV cooking show, Calvin Greene is inspired to make a glittery Christmas cookie book, but his parents are too busy to pay attention and his friends too distracted by their upcoming hockey tournament. Will Calvin and his family and friends have time to take a breath and enjoy the holiday season?



RobertGober copyRobert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, chronology by Claudia Carson ’89 and Paulina Pobocha with Robert Gober, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2014. Carson, who has worked as the archivist and registrar for the artist Robert Gober for nearly 19 years, co-wrote the 147-page chronology of his life for the exhibition catalogue of Gober’s recent retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Carson’s contribution is being hailed more as a biography than the usual chronological timeline of an artist’s career.


The ProProdigal you Lovedigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church, Theresa Aletheia Noble ’03, FSP, Pauline Books & Media 2014. A former atheist who has returned to her faith, Sr. Theresa now tries to help others do the same. Her spiritual journey, outlined in this narrative along with the stories of others, offers a helpful, pastoral guide and uses Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son to explore important attitudes to adopt when approaching those we love.


Conocimiento desde adentro_RGBConocimiento desde Adentro: Los Afrosudamericanos Hablan de sus Pueblos y sus Historias/Knowledge from Within: Afro-South Americans Speak of their Communities and their Stories (in Spanish), edited by Sheila S. Walker ’66, Programa de Investigaciones Estratégicas en Bolivia 2010; republished by the Universidad del Cauca Press 2013. Featuring stories from African-descendant communities in nine South American countries, this book focuses on the themes of the continuity of African systems of knowledge, the transfer of technology from Africa to the Americas, forms of resistance to enslavement, spirituality, linguistics, aesthetics, celebrations, nomenclatures, and gastronomies.



The Book of Growing, written by Wendy Chen ’14, illustrated by Jocelyn Tsaih, and edited by Rebecca Lee ’16.

The Book of GrowGrowing_RGBing grew out of a curriculum created by Bryn Mawr students working in partnership with a class at the Phebe Anna Thorne School. As part of Alice Lesnick’s Education, Technology, and Society class, the students developed a curriculum based on their collective exploration of the question What does it mean to grow? Reading The Book of Growing, young children will find out the many answers to that question: Growing means the growing of bodies, of food, of nature, of community, of the mind. And as they reflect on each of these concepts, the students explore each in depth: They paint self-portraits of their own bodies, buy groceries for a healthy meal, hike in the outdoors, and travel around the world.


J.C. Todd, a lecturer in Bryn Mawr’s creative writing program (and a grandmother) has high praise for The Book of Growing: The children depicted “learn that sharing and caring for the world take root when they grow together. Delightful illustrations spark a story that will inspire kids and the grown-ups who care for them.”

But the highest praise for this charming book comes from J.M., one of the Thorne kindergartners, who says, “It’s awesome!”