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HiStory of Santa Monica

Aqueous Books / Michael Atwood's (MPW, ’04) collection of short stories is thematically linked by the characters, who are struggling to realize their Hollywood dreams, and the setting — Santa Monica, Calif.


Unity, Sovereignty & Sorrow

Lynne Rienner Publishers / Pierre Englebert (Ph.D., political economy & public policy, ’98), professor of politics at Pomona College, investigates how weak African states survive and how international sovereignty often produces unintended allegiances.


Freshwater Resources and Interstate Cooperation
Strategies to Mitigate an Environmental Risk

State University of New York Press / Frederick Gordon (Ph.D., political science, ’05), now at Columbus State University, examines state cooperation over increasingly scarce water resources.


Vegas at Odds
Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960–1985

The Johns Hopkins University Press / James Kraft (Ph.D., history, ’90), professor of history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, explores the rise and changing fortunes of organized and unorganized labor in Las Vegas.


Song of Extinction

Samuel French Press / Ellen Lewis's (MPW, ’98) play is about the science of life and loss, the relationships between fathers and sons, Cambodian fields, Bolivian rainforests and redemption.


Joy in Disguise
Meeting Jesus in the Dark Times

Morehouse Publishers / Edward Little (B.A., history, ’68) examines the concept of joy in St. Paul’s “Epistle to the Philippians,” experienced even in the face of life’s challenges.


Tid Bits
A Quick & Healthy Guide to Kids’ Snacks

Summerland Publishing / Dr. Gina La Monica (M.A., kinesiology, ’87) offers 26 healthy, easy-to-prepare snacks for children.


One Step Beyond
A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles

Createspace / Michael Pearson (B.A., drama/humanities, ’88) shares a memoir of his fast and angst-ridden times growing up as a punk teen in L.A. during the ’80s.


You Can’t Change the Outside Until You Change What’s Inside

Publishamerica / Patti Porto (B.A., history, ’75) helps readers examine scripture in order to answer difficult questions.


The Italian Stiletto

Publishamerica / Ralph Riffenburgh (M.A., anthropology, ’66), weaves the story of a serial killer, what made her a killer, and the Pasadena Police Department’s search for her amid their other cases.


Teacher at Point Blank
Confronting Sexuality, Violence, and Secrets in a Suburban School

Aunt Lute Books / Jo Scott-Coe (B.A., English, ’91), a former high school English teacher, meditates on subtle and overt forms of violence in secondary public education from an up-close point of view.


My Problem With Doors

I Publish Press / Scott Southard's (MPW, ’02) novel follows Jacob’s 30-year journey from ancient to future civilizations.

Also by Scott Southard:

Megan (I Publish Press)


A New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller

North by Northwestern
A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters

Thomas Dunne Books / Mark Sundeen (MPW, ’99) helps tell the rags-to-riches story of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch star Captain Sig Hansen and his immigrant family’s struggle to achieve the American Dream.


Fat Wednesday
Wittgenstein on Aspects

Paul Dry Books / John Verdi (Ph.D., philosophy, ’75), who teaches at St. John’s College, discusses and expands on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s ideas on the role language plays in seeing aspects, and of the place aspect-seeing has in aesthetics, science and theology.


Read more articles from USC College Magazine's Fall 2010/Winter 2011 issue