The Colgate Scene
May 2005

Books and media
 
Joey Bartolomeo '95 and Mara Reinstein
(Wenner Books)

Joey Bartolomeo, a senior writer at celebrity magazine Us Weekly, has been chronicling the lives of stars such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and fairy-tale couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston since the fall of 2002. A former writer and editor at Allure, Harper's Bazaar, and Condé Nast Women's Sport & Fitness, she often appears on television as a celebrity expert. In February, Bartolomeo and Us Weekly colleague Mara Reinstein published this "unauthorized biography," an examination of the story behind Brad and Jen's legendary romance and recent breakup.

Philip Beard '85
(Viking)

Hours away from pushing the button on a self-publishing deal, lawyer-turned-novelist Philip Beard was won over by the combined efforts of a bookseller, a sales rep, a publisher, and an agent, and brought the book to Viking (see People on the go, pg. 13). Its extraordinary backstory was covered in Publishers Weekly's "Hot Deals" column before copies had even hit the stands.

Beard's debut is an epistolary novel written from 15-year-old Tess DeNunzio to her little sister Zoe. After Zoe's accidental death on Sept. 11, 2001, Tess's family is numbed by their personal tragedy. Already acutely aware of her odd place in a home where her mother and stepfather now have children of their own, Tess begins her letter as a means of figuring out her own life. Only after she moves in with her real father, a well-intentioned deadbeat, and stumbles into a halting romance with the sweet but aimless boy next door, does Tess begin to open her heart once more. — From the dust jacket

John B. Romeiser '70, editor
(Fordham University Press)

One of the greatest of all American war correspondents, Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Ford Whitehead was the Associated Press's man in Europe during World War II, bringing to life for Americans the daily horrors and triumphs of the war in Europe. Whitehead's Beachhead Don, edited by John Romeiser '70, is the first compilation of his masterpiece dispatches from the front.

"This book, bound to become a text for future generations of war correspondents, begins in 1942, retaining Whitehead's datelines as they appear-ed, and moving on through to the war's end," writes Fred Brown in the Foreword. "You are with Beachhead Don in all the dramatic North Africa and European landings, and especially in Normandy. He carries you along through the breakout in St-Lô and into Paris, and then on the Rhine with the First Army. He crosses the Rhine and then is with U.S. soldiers when they meet the Russians on the Elbe River in a dramatic linkup of the two great armies of World War II . . . Thank goodness for John Romeiser's digging out these stories and taking us along on this journey with Beachhead Don, one of the best at the business of war writing."

Romeiser, who is professor of French studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and creator and former director of the Normandy Scholars Program, discovered Whitehead's stories as he was researching his World War II files, housed at the University of Tennessee's James Hoskins Library.

Frederick Busch
(W.W. Norton & Company)

Combining the pace of a detective story with the bold prose of a master storyteller, North is both an adventure and a pilgrimage. Alone and haunted by memories of his dead wife and child, Jack -- who prowled the backwaters of Girls -- returns to upstate New York from the Carolina coast, where he has been working as a security guard. A New York lawyer hires him to find her missing nephew, last seen in the area of Jack's northern hometown. His search gradually uncovers a dark underside of rural life and a cast of dangerous characters. Jack is besieged by memories as he uncovers a brutal crime and finds himself in a turbulent relationship with a treacherous woman. In trying to save another's life, Jack must relive his own; memory, obsession, and reality fuse; and Jack discovers the truth of Faulkner's observation that "the past is not really past; it's not even over." — From the dust jacket

Busch is Edgar W.B. Fairchild Professor of literature, emeritus
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Our Hearts are Restless Till they Find Their Rest in Thee — Coleman Brown (religion, emeritus)
Broadcast Rites and Sites — Joe Castiglione '68
Aftermath — Charles Ehin '60
Napoleon: A Political Life — Steven Englund '67
Exact Change — David Epstein (English/theater)
How Tough Could it Be? — Austin Murphy '83
User's Guide to the Brain — John Ratey '70
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