June 2017 Articles


She’s a Rebel (Maybe)

Piyali Bhattacharya ’07 was at dinner, listening to her friends—all Asian women—talk about their families, and the words she heard over and over were obedience and rebellion.

As she listened, Bhattacharya, writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, hatched an idea—and a title—for Good Girls Marry Doctors, an anthology 
of stories from South 
Asian women.

Collectively, the voices reveal how a “good girl” is trained to achieve professional success while maintaining the family’s cultural heritage. Gratitude for the sacrifices her immigrant parents have made creates pressure to be the “perfect daughter,” but the demand for perfection can make it difficult 
to construct her 
own identity.

Bhattacharya hit a nerve: her book sold out on the first day it appeared on Amazon, got coverage in Huffington Post, NBC News, Elle, and Vogue India, and is being touted on Twitter and Facebook—hashtag #GoodGirlsMarryDoctors. (Aunt Lute Books, 2016)

No Way Out but Through by Lynne Sharon Schwartz, M.A. ’61. In her third collection of poems, Schwartz mines the realms of dreams and childhood and the ironies of daily life. “These poems have the immediacy and poignance of the best photographs, clear, haunting, trustworthy,” says writer Patricia Hampl. (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016)

Project Performance Review by Alexia Nalewaik ’90 and Anthony Mills. For anyone managing projects of any kind (IT, construction, events, etc.), this book provides a methodology for identifying the scope of a project review or audit and handling commonly enountered pitfalls when procuring professional services. (Routledge, 2016)

Concepción and the Baby Brokers by Deborah Chadwick Clearman ’72. Nine interconnected stories bring to life characters living in Guatemala  and reveal the human cost of international adoption, drug trafficking, and immigration. (Rain Mountain Press, 2017)

Litigating the Business Divorce by Melissa Donimirski ’02. With contributions from more than 15 experts, this book covers all aspects of the legal separation of owners of privately held business entities.  (Bloomberg, 2016)

Gun Culture in Early Modern England by Lois Schwoerer, M.A. ’52 and Ph.D. ’56. From 1500 to 1740, the availability of guns in England inspired a fascination with guns that led to a right-to-have-arms declaration, long before the Second Amendment. (The University of Virginia Press, 2016)

Book News
The Body’s Alphabet by Ann Tweedy ’93 is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Nonfiction.