The Girl From Home
by Adam Mitzner (Law ’89)

Self-made hedge fund manager Jonathan Caine has a mantra: “I want what I want.” He has a swanky New York City apartment, expensive whiskey, a Bentley and a beautiful wife. But after attending his high school reunion,  Jonathan realizes that he wants more, and he’s willing to do anything—risk his career, commit a murder—to get it.

The Secret Life of Stories
by Michael Bérubé (Grad ’86, ’89)

Through personal anecdotes and close readings of Don Quixote, Harry Potter, Pale Fire and other texts, disability studies scholar Bérubé argues that physical and intellectual disability narratives are ubiquitous and carry multiple meanings. These stories can show us more about what it means to be human, he says.

The Stargazer’s Sister
by Carrie Brown (Col ’98)

Brown uses letters, journals, day books and scientific papers to craft this story based on the life of Caroline “Lina” Herschel, sister of and assistant to composer and astronomer William Herschel, and an astronomer in her own right. When her brother becomes engaged, Lina’s world turns on its axis, and she learns to navigate her own place in it.

Night Sky Frequencies: Poems
by Debra Nystrom (Faculty)

Nystrom’s latest collection of poetry tells the story of siblings Ellie and Will, abandoned by their parents and recently uprooted from both their home and childhood. Visions of innocently shooting marbles on the playground mingle with realizations of the harsh environment around them: thunderstorms and drought, a strong family bond amid severed ties.

The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century
by Ronald Bailey (Col ’75)

In this follow-up to his 1993 book, Eco-Scam: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse, science journalist Bailey urges the public, the media and policymakers to take “environmentalist doomsaying” narratives with a grain of salt, because research and history show that human ingenuity will prevail.

Machiavelli and the Modern State
by Alissa M. Ardito (Col ’97, Law ’07)

Scholars often credit James Madison with devising the modern representative republic, Ardito says. Through a close examination of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince and The Discourses on Livy, Leo X’s pontificate and the ongoing history of modern republican government, she argues that Machiavelli—not Madison—deserves the credit.