October 24, 2001: Books Received
Home Hazard Adams 47. SUNY $20.50. Using a turn-of-the-century anarchist commune as the backdrop, this novel tells the story of a present-day history professor who is drawn into a campus dispute over a case of sexual harassment. Adams is a professor, emeritus, of comparative literature at the University of Washington.
The Correspondence of John Cotton edited by Sargent Bush, Jr. 59. North Carolina $79.95. Cotton was one of the most important leaders of the English Puritan movement in the first half of the 17th century, and his letters bring to life the transatlantic intellectual world in which he played a central role. Bush is John Bascom Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Giving Myself Away Jeffrey M. Green 66. Jeffrey Green, 3 Avigayil St., 93551 Jerusalem, Israel, $8. The authors first collection of poetry. Thinking Through Translation (University of Georgia $24.95). The essays in this volume offer the authors personal and theoretical ruminations on the profession of translation. Green is a translator and writer living in Jerusalem.
Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos Alan W. Hirshfeld 73. Freeman $23.95. Written for the general reader, this book tells the story of the centuries-long quest to measure the distance to a star. Hirshfeld is an astronomer at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
The Suing Game: Preventing and Surviving Class Action Discrimination Suits Charles Carron 74. iUniverse.com $13.95. Using fictional case histories, the author offers advice to businesses on how to respond to accusations of discrimination, defuse media interest, and maintain the trust of customers, investors, and employees. Carron is an attorney in Arlington, Virginia.
The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes Jonathan Rose 74. Yale $39.95. Traces the rise and decline of the autodidact from the preindustrial era to the 20th century, and reveals that high culture has had a large and enthusiastic following among the British working classes. Rose is a professor of history at Drew.
The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way Ethan Coen 79. Crown $18. Coens debut book of poems deals with his childhood, career in Hollywood, and decade-long battle with amphetamines, among other topics. He is a filmmaker in New York.
Unequal Rights: Discrimination Against People with Mental Disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act Susan Stefan 80. American Psychological Association $49.95. Includes descriptions of court cases and disability law as well as personal testimony from people with mental disabilities on the impact of discrimination. Stefan is a professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law.
Next: The Future Just Happened Michael Lewis 82. W. W. Norton $22.95. Examining the social implications of the Internet, the author discusses the shift from a pyramidal edifice of power to a populist pancake. Lewis lives in Berkeley, California.
Illumination Terry McGarry 84. Tor $25.95. In this fantasy novel set in the world of Eiden Myr, the protagonist loses the inner light that gives her power. Her only hope lies in seeking the help of the mysterious ruling caste of nine wizards. McGarry lives in East Rockaway, New York.
Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken Windows Policing Bernard E. Harcourt 84. Harvard $35. The broken windows theory of crime argues that permitting minor misdemeanors to go unpunished encourages more serious crime. The author critiques existing data on the theory and offers alternative reasons for the apparently successful results of this type of law enforcement. Harcourt is an associate professor of law at the University of Arizona.
Audens Games of Knowledge: Poetry and the Meanings of Homosexuality Richard R. Bozorth 87. Columbia $49.50 cloth/$19.50 paper. The author includes close textual analysis of homosexual encoding in specific poems as well as interpretations of Audens place within the larger social, political, and literary worlds. Bozorth is an assistant professor of English at Southern Methodist University.
Mommy, My Head Hurts Sarah Cheyette 88. Newmarket $21.95. Practical advice on recognizing and treating childrens headaches, including tips on communicating with children about their pain, and on medications and nontraditional treatments. Cheyette is a pediatric neurologist in Edmonds, Washington.
Fast-Talking Dames Maria DiBattista. Yale $27.95. A history of the actresses of the 1930s and 40s who epitomized a new breed of woman. Includes profiles of blonde bombshells Jean Harlow and Ginger Rogers, and brunettes (and brunettes at heart) Myrna Loy and Claudette Colbert. DiBattista is a professor of English and chair of the Committee for Film Studies.
The Princeton Anthology of Writing: Favorite Pieces by the Ferris/McGraw Writers at Princeton University edited by John McPhee 53 and Carol Rigolot. Princeton $39.50 cloth/$17.95 paper. Designed for students and general readers, this book includes favorite and influential works by writers who have held the Ferris and McGraw professorships. McPhee is a lecturer in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton. Rigolot is the executive director of the Council.