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Anatomy of a Winner
by Madelyn Cain-Inglese
Affirmed Press / Madelyn Cain-Inglese (MPW, ’00), also a lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program, tells the life story of Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.

Hidden Voices
The Orphan Musicians of Venice
by Patricia Lowery Collins
Candlewick Press / Set in the early 1700s in the heart of Venice, this novel by Patricia Lowery Collins (B.A., English, ’53) weaves the history of Antonio Vivaldi’s early musical career into the lives of three young women.


American Fractal
by Timothy Green
Red Hen Press / Timothy Green’s (MPW, ’09) poetry navigates the personal, the political and the metaphysical, in a lyric dreamscape in which an eerie chaos lurks just behind the façade of order.



Curio A Shetland Sheepdog Meets the Cat
by Jeanette A. Griver
Compsych Systems, Inc. / In Jeanette A. Griver’s (M.A., psychology, ’64) fourth children’s book, a story of communication begins with Curio, a Shetland Sheepdog, meeting the cat, Gwen.




The Social Philosophy of Jane Addams
by Maurice Hamington
University of Illinois Press / Maurice Hamington (MBA, business administration, ’83; Ph.D., religion, ’94), associate professor of women’s studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver, analyzes how Jane Addams gave American pragmatism a radical, revolutionary edge.


White Coat Fever
by Roland S. Jefferson
Author House / In his latest novel, Roland S. Jefferson (B.A., biological sciences, ’61), focuses on student life at a black college campus during the ’60s civil rights era.




Peaks and Valleys
Making Good and Bad Times Work for You — At Work and in Life
by Spencer Johnson
Atria Books / Spencer Johnson (B.A., psychology, ’63) tells the story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever.


Creativity 101
by James C. Kaufman
Springer / James C. Kaufman (B.A., psychology/creative writing, ’95), associate professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino, investigates the many definitions of creativity, as well as how it is manifested and measured. 


Global Warming Is Good for Business
How Savvy Entrepreneurs, Large Corporations, and Others Are Making Money While Saving the Planet
by Kimberly Keilbach
Quill Driver Books / Kimberly Keilbach (MPW, ’08) explores the people and forces at work today that deal with and profit from global warming. 



Secret Son
by Laila Lalami
Algonquin Books / Laila Lalami’s (M.A., linguistics, ’94; Ph.D., linguistics, ’97) first novel explores the struggle for identity, the need for family, and the desperation that overtakes ordinary lives in a country divided by class, politics and religion.


The Brightest Moon of the Century
by Christopher Meeks
White Whiskers Books / In his first novel, Christopher Meeks (MPW, ’82), also a lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program, chronicles the life of Edward, a Minnesotan, from ages 14 to 45.


Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans
An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression against Females
edited by Martin N. Muller and Richard W. Wrangham
Harvard University Press / In this volume, Martin N. Muller (B.A., anthropology, ’94; Ph.D., anthropology, ’02), assistant professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, and his coeditor provide the first systematic attempt to assess and understand primate male aggression as an expression of sexual conflict.


Second Twin, First Twin
by Jessica Ngo
Sabellapress / In this memoir, Jessica Ngo (MPW, ’08) uses twin mythology from Nigeria and other countries around the globe to investigate the uniqueness of twin bonds and the significance of being a Nigerian twin growing up in the United States.



Teaching Teens & Reaping Results in a Wi-Fi, Hip-Hop, Where-Has-All-The-Sanity-Gone World
Stories, Strategies, Tools, & Tips From a Three-Time Teacher of the Year Award Winner
by Alan Sitomer
Scholastic / Alan Sitomer (B.A., English, ’89), a three-time Teacher of the Year award winner and young adult novelist, shares stories, teaching tools and insights from his high school classroom.  


Sacred Listening
Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola
byJames L. Wakefield
Baker Books / James L. Wakefield (B.A., religion, ’76) adapts the classic spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola specifically for Protestant Christians.




Flying Lessons
by Penny Dumm Wilkes
Finishing Line Press / Penny Dumm Wilkes (B.A., anthropology, ’68), adjunct professor of creative and nature writing at National University, offers this book of poetry that according to one reviewer, “paints the landscape of the human heart from 3,000 feet.”


Architectural Influences on Jane Austen’s Narratives

Structure as an Active Agent of Fictive Knowledge in the Long 18th Century
by Margaret Enright Wye
Edwin Mellen Press / Margaret Enright Wye (M.A, English, ’88; Ph.D., English, ’92), associate professor of English at Rockhurst University, offers the first sustained analysis of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park in conjunction with her two Bath novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.


Distant War
Recollections of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
by Marc P. Yablonka
Merriam Press / This is a compilation of 20 years of Marc P. Yablonka’s (MPW, ’90) reportage on the Vietnam War during the conflict and in its aftermath.


Read more articles from USC College Magazine's Fall 2009/Winter 2010 issue