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March 2007

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Steven Cantor '90
(Stick Figure Productions, HBO Documentary Films)

Cantor's documentary What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann focuses on Mann, the sometimes controversial photographer. Described as someone who "captures moments" through still images, Mann's photographs never appear static. Rather, they brim with warmth and vitality. From her first series nearly 20 years ago, which showed the complexities of 12-year-old girls on the cusp of womanhood, to her present series of decaying cadavers strewn about a medical farm, Mann has sought to push society's buttons, to make viewers question their own values and morals.

Ray Flanders '52 (PublishAmerica)

Including the stories "Murder on the Sea Wolf," "The Star of Our Show," and "The Bushwhacker and the Plastic Man," this 53-page work of fiction touches on subjects such as crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat in the 1950s, a burlesque theater headliner, and bushwhackers. "The Bushwhacker and the Plastic Man" won an award for fiction at a writers' conference contest at Christopher Newport University. Flanders has published more than 35 articles in professional journals.

Edited by Francis P. McManamon '73, David Harmon, and Dwight T. Pitcaithley
(The University of Arizona Press)

Enacted in 1906, the Antiquities Act is one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation in American history and has had a far-reaching influence on the preservation of the nation's cultural and natural heritage. A century after its passage, this book presents a definitive assessment of the Antiquities Act and its legacy, addressing the importance and breadth of the act — as well as the controversy it has engendered. Authored by professionals intimately involved with safeguarding the nation's archaeological, historic, and natural heritage, it describes the applications of the act and assesses its place in the country's future. With a scope as far reaching as the resources the act embraces, this book offers an opportunity for today's stewards to reflect on the act's historic accomplishments, to remind fellow professionals and the general public of its importance, and to look ahead to its continuing implementation in the 21st century. The Antiquities Act: A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation invites all who love America's natural and cultural treasures not only to learn about the act's rich legacy but also to envision its next hundred years.

Mark Robbins '77
(The Monacelli Press)

The enduring allure of other people's lives and homes fuels the pages of glossy shelter magazines. Fascinated by the seductive draw of the carefully styled and cropped views in their pages, artist and architect Mark Robbins toured the homes of friends, family members, colleagues, and acquaintances in search of more personally styled and less self-consciously arranged homes. Photographed over a three-year period, Households is the compelling result: an unexpected series of residents in their houses and gardens presenting film-strip narratives about people, architecture, and lifestyle. The range of homes and people in Households includes a man, woman, and baby at a writers' colony, two men in a Long Island beach estate, an elderly husband and wife at the edge of a family compound, a dean in the historic house provided by her university, and an extended family living in a modernist housing block in Holland. All suggest Robbins's obsession with reading the intricate details that describe our lives. The dean of Syracuse University's School of Architecture, Robbins was previously director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Edited by John William Sutton '99
(Medieval Institute Publications)

The Dicts and Sayings of the Philosophers, a Middle English work from the second half of the 15th century, is a compendium of heterogeneous philosophical lore. Derived from an earlier Arabic text, it contains a vast array of proverbs attributed (usually spuriously) to Plato, Aristotle, and a cavalcade of other historical and legendary sages. Lengthy biographical narratives accompany the proverbs of many of the philosophers. This book is an edition of the Middle English Dicts and Sayings, and includes an introductory essay, textual and explanatory notes, a glossary, and a thematic index.

Edited by Barbara Waxman '84 and Bob Mendelson
(Hundreds of Heads Books)

Baby boomers are turning 60 every eight seconds and are changing the face of retirement. How to Love Your Retirement: Advice from Hundreds of Retirees provides more than 500 pieces of advice from retirees who have developed a vast array of strategies for making the most out of their retirement. To get current advice for boomers contemplating retirement, Hundreds of Heads interviewed retirees from across the country and all walks of life to discover how today's men and women cope with the ups and downs of retirement — and find happiness and bigger rewards. The interviews revealed that today's retirees define retirement in a variety of new ways, from traveling to the discovery of new hobbies, and from starting new businesses to going back to school. Chapter topics include: How to know when it's time to retire, dealing with relationships during retirement, discovering your passions and hobbies, and working during retirement including starting your dream business. How to Love Your Retirement offers resources, tips, and exercises designed to help readers map their own journey.

Alan Cooper
(Boydell & Brewer Ltd.)

The story of a medieval bridge can often be surprisingly turbulent. Perhaps this explains why, despite the fact that in the Middle Ages bridges were more numerous than churches, so few of them still remain. From the time of Alfred the Great until beyond the end of the Middle Ages, bridges were vital to England, but they were expensive and difficult to maintain. Who, then, was responsible for their upkeep? The answer to this question changes over the centuries, and the way in which it changes reveals much about law and power in medieval England. Bridges, Law and Power in Medieval England discusses the development of law concerning the maintenance of bridges and the fate of famous bridges such as London Bridge, which shows the way that the spiritual, historical, and entrepreneurial imagination was pressed into service to find solutions; the fate of humbler bridges shows the urgency with which this problem was debated across the country. By concentrating on and tracing this aspect of practical governance, much is shown about the limitations of royal power and the creativity of the medieval legal mind.

Cooper is assistant professor of history.
Robert Garland
(Gerald Duckworth & Co.)

What sorts of people were able to grab the attention of the public in the ancient world? How was celebrity achieved? What methods did people use to achieve it? In Celebrity in Antiquity: From Media Tarts to Tabloid Queens, Garland turns the spotlight on the careers of some of the most successful and colorful self-promoters ever to have lived, including Alcibiades, Socrates, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, Jesus, Nero, and Theodosia, and investigates the secrets of their success. He also looks at ways in which other highly talented individuals turned themselves into celebrities, including sports personalities, entertainers, philosophers, founders of new religions, and internationally renowned prostitutes. The reader may be forgiven for supposing that celebrity is a phenomenon that has no equivalent in antiquity. This book proves that it did.

Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the classics.
Edited by Michael R. Haines, Susan B. Carter, Scott Sigmund Gartner, Alan L. Olmstead, Richard Sutch, and Gavin Wright
(Cambridge University Press)

The last edition of Historical Statistics of the United States was published by the Census Bureau in 1975. When the Census Bureau decided in the early 1990s that it would not publish a new edition of Historical Statistics, a team of renowned social scientists came together with Cambridge University Press to create a new edition. More than 200 of the nation's leading economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and other scholars contributed. This edition adds 30 years of data and contains coverage of topics that received little or no coverage in the 1975 edition: American Indians, slavery, poverty, race, and ethnicity. A monumental work of collaborative scholarship, it provides a comprehensive compendium of statistics from more than 1,000 sources recording every aspect of the history of the United States.

Haines is the Banfi Vintners Professor of economics.

Also of note: W is for War, by George Held '57, was published by Cervena Barva Press. In this 15 poem chapbook, Held, who is a political activist, expresses his protest against the war in Iraq. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Held writes poems, stories, essays, translations, and book reviews.

Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
Black Dog of Fate — Peter Balakian (English)
Rescue Missions: Stories — Frederick Busch (English - deceased)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter — Kim Edwards '81
Celebrity in Antiquity — Robert Garland (classics)
American Fascists — Chris Hedges '79
Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors — James Hornfischer '87
Brain Science and Psychological Disorders — F. Scott Kraly (psychology)
Poetry On Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work — Rebekah Mosby (writing and rhetoric)
Out of My Mind — Andy Rooney '42
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