The Girl’s Guide to Absolutely Everything
Melissa Kirsch (Col ’96)
Workman Publishing Co.

The author, a former senior producer at Oxygen Media, shares advice for every woman in her 20s and 30s—a segment considered “post-college and pre-marriage”—whether the subject is work, money, heath, dating or fashion. Told in a straight-up and irreverent manner, the book covers seemingly every conundrum faced by smart, enterprising women out on their own.

Tuf as a Boiled Owl: The Civil War Letters of Proctor Swallow
Edited by Kenena Hansen Spalding (Educ ’83)

Proctor Swallow enlisted with the Seventh Vermont Volunteer Regiment, expecting to fight alongside fellow Vermonters in Virginia. Instead, his regiment was stationed at a variety of locations around the Gulf of Mexico during the war. These letters—passed down through four generations of the Spalding family—reveal the thoughts and observations of an average soldier, curious about the war raging elsewhere and homesick for his family.

Liftoff: A Photobiography of John Glenn
Donald A. Mitchell (Grad ’85)
National Geographic Children’s Books

Young readers can follow John Glenn’s inspiring story from his schoolboy days in Ohio to his adventures as a highly decorated Marine Corps pilot, one of the seven Mercury astronauts and the first American to orbit Earth, a U.S. senator and, at the age of 77, the oldest person in space.

No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2005
Patrick J. McGuinn (Educ ’02, Grad ’03)
University Press of Kansas

The author, a political scientist with experience in secondary education, explains how No Child Left Behind became law—despite the country’s long history of decentralized school governance and the longstanding opposition of both liberals and conservatives to an active, reform-oriented federal role in schools.

America’s Boardwalks: From Coney Island to California
James Lilliefors (Grad ’82)
Rutgers University Press

Boardwalks were born just after the Civil War, at a time when Americans were just starting to explore the idea of leisure time and weekends. This richly illustrated book covers 12 of the nation’s boardwalks, exploring their history and why this unique facet of American culture has survived.

Best New Poets 2006
Jeb Livingood, series editor (Col ’86, Grad ’00)
Samovar Press

Fifty poems from emerging writers make up this anthology, all by talented poets who haven’t yet published a book-length collection of verse. A richly eclectic sampling, these poems were culled from recommendations by literary magazines and writing programs around the U.S. and Canada, and through an open competition conducted online.

The Games Presidents Play: Sports and the Presidency
John Sayle Watterson (Col ’62)
Johns Hopkins University Press

Modern presidents have participated in sports with varying degrees of success. In this book, Watterson explores not only their health, physical attributes and sports IQs, but also the increasing trend of Americans in the past century to equate sporting achievements with courage, manliness and political competence.

In Jefferson’s Shadow: The Architecture of Thomas R. Blackburn
Bryan Clark Green (Arch ’91, Grad ’04)
Virginia Historical Society/Princeton Architectural Press

In 1999, the Virginia Historical Society acquired extraordinary 19th-century drawings and documents by a long-forgotten architect, Thomas Blackburn. Mentored by Thomas Jefferson, Blackburn became a distinguished builder in his own right, and the drawings he did—reproduced in the book—illuminate the relationship between a little-known country builder and the nation’s first gentleman architect.