The Colgate Scene
September 2007

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Thomas Carrier '55
(Beaver's Pond Press)

In this warm and spirited memoir, Dr. Tom Carrier invites readers to join him on an extraordinary journey from the hard lessons of childhood through to fulfilling his dream of becoming a doctor. Describing the joys and sometimes gut-wrenching challenges facing those who pursue a career in healthcare, Carrier also addresses some of the thorniest ethical issues facing society today, from stem cell research to the excessive compensation of some healthcare executives.

Carrier brings readers through a variety of gripping medical scenarios and recounts his experiences of caring for Native Americans in Gallup, N.M., at times in collaboration with a Navajo medicine man. The author also shares his thoughts on marriage, parenting, friendship, and faith.

Stressing that there is humor lurking in many of life's situations, he adds that, "It would have been a lot less fun without a few laughs along the way."

Steven Paul Mark '69
(Booklocker.com, Inc.)

In Mark's first work of fiction, it's October in New York City and ex-Marine Max LaFollette needs a job. During an interview at Imperium Solutions, a powerful, enigmatic oil company, he inadvertently discloses information that provokes a chain reaction. When it's over, Imperium's thugs have ransacked his home, his wife is dead, and the NYPD suspects him. Forced to flee, Max escapes into the tunnels under Manhattan, where he's taken in by a homeless community. Their charismatic leader holds the secret to Max's plight and Imperium's hegemonic agenda.

In a California earthquake lab, Dr. Rebecca Hausman investigates unusual seismic activity in the Pacific and tries to account for the increasing worldwide weather anomalies and natural disasters. Catastrophic earthquakes, killer tsunamis, record hurricanes, scorching heat waves, and melting polar ice caps make it clear to Max and his allies that Imperium's reckless drilling is changing the planet's balance, but the U.S. government isn't listening. With the geologic clock ticking toward global catastrophe, Max becomes the unwitting obstacle to Imperium's success . . . if he's not too late.

Ted Kerasote '72
(Harcourt, Inc.)

Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desert. Merle was about 10 months old, surviving on his own, and looking for someone to hang his heart on. Ted was 41, liked to write about animals, and had been searching for a pup whom he could shape into a companion. The training went both ways. Ted showed Merle how to live around wildlife, and Merle reshaped Ted's ideas about the complexity of a dog's mind by showing how a dog's intelligence could be expanded by allowing it to make more of its own decisions.

Acting as Merle's translator and using Merle's life lessons as a door into the world of dogs, Ted Kerasote takes us on the journey they shared. He explores why the dog-human bond is so intense and how people and dogs can communicate with each other. He also uses the latest wolf research — showing that wolves treat maturing pups as partners rather than as subordinates — to explain how sharing leadership with your dog, rather than being its alpha, can help to create a healthier, more self-reliant, and better socialized companion.

Funny, fascinating, and tender, Merle's Door is a moving love story that reveals how the partnership between dogs and humans can become far more than we have imagined.

John T. "Jack" McDermott '91
(New Chapter Press)

Focusing on the players rather than the game itself, this collection of biographies of the leading athletes in the National Lacrosse League offers fans a closer look at these famous weekend warriors. Playing for the love of the game, with much lower salaries than other professional athletes, these sports celebrities all have weekday jobs. Readers will see their favorite players in their other roles as teachers, athletic coaches, or executives. Along with profiles of major league lacrosse players and the special skills it takes to have two often-intense jobs, Weekend Warriors: Men of Professional Lacrosse also gives information on the league.

Mary Ann Calo
(University of Michigan Press)

Distinction and Denial challenges conventional theories of race and art by examining the role early 20th-century art critics played in marginalizing African American artists. Mary Ann Calo dispels the myth of a unified African American artistic tradition through an engaging study of the germinal writing of Alain Locke and other significant critics of the era, who argued that African American artists were both a diverse group and a constituent element of America's cultural center. By documenting the effects of the "Negro aesthetic" on African American artists working in the interwar years, shows that black artistic production existed between the claims of a distinctly African American tradition and full inclusion into American modernist culture — never fully inside or outside the mainstream.

Calo is professor of art and art history and director of the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Also of note

Early Art by Matthew Hotham '03 is a chapbook that was published by Turtle Ink Press in 2006 . . . Recently released from New York Review Books Classics is The Stray Dog Cabaret, a collection of poems by eight Russian modernists, which was translated by Paul Schmidt '55 (now deceased).

Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
In An Instant — Bob '83 and Lee '82 Woodruff
The Memory Keeper's Daughter — Kim Edwards '81
Early Art — Matthew Hotham '03
Out of My Mind — Andy Rooney '42
June Tree — Peter Balakian (English)
Unlearning to Fly — Jennifer Brice (English)
Taxi! — Graham Hodges (history)
The Buddha in Your Rearview Mirror — Woody Hochswender '72
Lost Gold of the Republic — Priit Vesilind '64
American Fascists — Chris Hedges '79
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