Just Enough Anxiety: The Hidden Driver of Business Success
Robert H. Rosen (Col ’77)
The Penguin Group

We’re told that anxiety is bad and we work hard to “de-stress” ourselves. According to Robert Rosen, however, we’re missing the point entirely. We’re wasting time and energy fighting an enemy that should be our secret weapon, a source of energy that, if correctly harnessed, can propel us forward instead of tying us in knots. A psychologist, entrepreneur and adviser to CEOs, Rosen offers practical guidance that blends psychology with real-world stories of success from some of the world’s top companies.

The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown: 60 Years of Baseball in Vero Beach
Rody Johnson (Engr ’56, GSBA ’60)
University Press of Florida

The Dodgers have been coming to Vero Beach every spring since 1948, but the stadium will lie empty in 2009, when they move their spring training operation to Glendale, Ariz. Combining first-hand knowledge (the author has been in the stands since that first spring training in 1948) and extensive research, Rody Johnson provides a definitive history of the complex known as Dodgertown.

After Hours at the Almost Home
Tara Yellen (Grad ’03)
Unbridled Books

The Almost Home Bar and Grill is in the midst of the chaos that is Super Bowl Sunday. When the bartender suddenly walks off, she leaves the remaining staff with a real question: not why did she leave, but why do they stay? While the novel’s cast of characters ponders their choices, only one prepares to act: 14-year-old Lily, who comes of age against an unlikely backdrop.

Causes Won, Lost & Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War
Gary Gallagher (Faculty)
The University of North Carolina Press

Most Americans get their ideas about the Civil War from movies, television and the popular media. In this book, Civil War historian Gary Gallagher guides readers through the stories told in recent film and art, showing how they have both reflected and influenced the political, social and racial currents of their times. Too often, according to the author, these popular portrayals overlook many of the very ideas that motivated the generation that fought the war.

Academic Freedom in the Wired World: Political Extremism, Corporate Power, and the University
Robert O’Neil (Faculty)
Harvard University Press

Taking readers through the changing landscape of academic freedom, the author examines the tension between institutional and individual interests. Many cases boil down to a hotly contested question: Who has the right to decide what is taught in the classroom? Robert O’Neil shows how courts increasingly restrict professional judgment, and how the feeble protection of what is posted on the Internet and written in e-mail makes academics more vulnerable than ever.

Hazard and Prospect: New and Selected Poems
Kelly Cherry (Grad ’61)
Louisiana State University Press

The author of 17 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, Kelly Cherry in this volume responds to the natural world, to philosophical dilemmas, to spiritual longing, to political, ethical and aesthetic questions, and to love and loss. She shows where the hazards lie but also a new bright prospect, a “green place” on a Virginia farm.

Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America
Charlotte S. Waisman and Jill Tietjen (Engr ’76)

The authors document the breadth and diversity of American women’s achievements, ranging from writers, artists, actors and athletes to doctors, scientists, activists, educators and inventors. Included are hundreds of lesser-known women from all walks of life who have broken barriers and created paths of noteworthy achievement.

A Republic of Trees
William Shutkin (Grad ’91)
The Public Press

A global leader in sustainability and social entrepreneurship, the author offers this sequel to his award-winning The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century. His latest installment is part of his ongoing quest to align natural and human-made systems into one unified and sustainable model for social and economic development. The book invites us to imagine a political order in which society and nature are interdependent, sustaining each other in a new kind of republic.

Frankenstein: A Cultural History
Susan Tyler Hitchcock (Grad ’78)
W.W. Norton & Co.

Described as a work of cultural, literary, cinematic and historical investigation, this book dissects the meaning of Frankenstein, the monster made by man. The original tale by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly is almost lost to the current era, overshadowed by many movie versions and retellings. As the author points out, in Shelley’s tale, the monster remains unnamed; Frankenstein is the name of the scientist. And in the original, the tale begins and ends in Antarctica, where the doctor has chased the monster in an effort at redemption.