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Arnold Arluke, BA ’69, MA ’71, is the co-editor of Great Apes and Humans: The Ethics of Coexistence (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001). It is the first book to present a spectrum of viewpoints on human responsibilities toward great apes.

During one year as a medical officer on Alcatraz Island, Milton D. Beacher, MD ’36, kept a regular journal. More than six decades later, Alcatraz Island: Memoirs of a Rock Doc (Pelican Island Publishing, Lebanon, N.J., 2001) has been published, enabling readers everywhere to share in his experiences. The book is a vivid account of life on Alcatraz and includes first-person narratives and original poetry by some of the prisoners as well as details of conversations with famous inmates such as Al Capone.

M. H. Dunlop, PhD ’82, is the author of Gilded City: Scandal and Sensation in Turn-of-the-Century New York (William Morrow, New York, 2001). Dunlop invites readers into the glittering ballrooms, the flop houses, the lushly designed drawing rooms, the charity dinners, and the lives of the famous, the infamous, and the forgotten of New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Robert E. Flisser, BBA ’85, is the co-author of Just the Tips, Man, (Nerdy Books, 2001), a series of fun and functional books designed to help computer users navigate their way through four popular programs: Word 2000, PowerPoint 2000, Excel 2000, and Windows Millennium. Each book contains more than 500 tips and shortcuts as well as a cast of helpful cartoon characters, yet is small enough to fit on five square inches of space. Look for additional Just theTips, Man titles in the future, including books on the Internet, Adobe Photoshop, and CorelDRAW.

Drawing from her experience as a former radio station group owner, Gisela Huberman, BA ’64, MA ’65, PhD ’70, combines music, murder, and mystery in her latest novel, Deadly Tango (The TransMedia Group Boca Raton, Fla., 2001). Huberman, a former professor and current president of GBH Radio Inc., has penned numerous articles and a book on linguistics and is currently working on her third novel.

How did ordinary women build a political movement that took over the second largest state in the union? Grassroots activist Meg McKain Grier, MA ’80, collects the stories and wisdom of 250 women from more than 80 Texas cities who helped change Texas politics in Grassroots Women: A Memoir of the Republican Party of Texas (Wingscape Press, Boerne, Texas, 2001). Former First Lady Barbara Bush writes in the book’s foreword, “Their stories are remarkable for their candor, their sense of history, and above all else, their determination to bring two-party politics to the state of Texas.”

Inspired to seek out ethical role models in an often unethical world, Len Marrella, DBA ’73, has composed In Search of Ethics: Conversations with Men and Women of Character (DC Press, Florida, 2001). The book details conversations with a wide spectrum of people, including an army general, a parish priest, an Olympic gold medallist, and a university coach, each of whom was selected to exemplify a different ethical principle. In Ethics, Marrella presents what he calls the “ethics solution” for finding and maintaining ethics in a tempting world. He hopes the book will be an inspiration for his readers “to take the higher road; to choose the harder right versus the easier wrong; and never to be content with a half truth when the whole truth can be achieved.”

History professor John A. Morello, BA ’73, MA ’77, is the author of Selling the President, 1920: Albert D. Lasker, Advertising, and the Election of Warren G. Harding (Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, Conn., 2001). The book covers the events leading to Harding’s nomination and election, specifically the important role advertising and Lasker played in forever changing the way political candidates are publicized.

David Poyer, MA ’86, adds to his previous novel about the sea with the first in a new series about the navy in the Civil War. Fire on the Waters (Simon and Schuster, June 2001) begins in Manhattan in April 1861. As the United States divides against itself, a wealthy young New Yorker and a loyal but wavering Virginian meet aboard the USS Owanee to relieve Fort Sumter, to reinforce a threatened Washington, D.C., and at last to rescue USS Merrimack at Norfolk Navy Yard as the Civil War begins.

Freda Gower Ward, MA ’58, is the author of Serving Gravy with a Slotted Spoon (America House Book Publishers, Baltimore, 2001), a humorous account of life’s everyday occurrences that anyone can relate to. The book includes more than 50 chapters with such titles as “Cleaning the Kitchen Floor,” “Where does the Sleep Go?” and “What’s with this Pickle Jar?” in which Ward satirizes herself and her husband Hal as subjects in her riotous stories.

A former tree farmer and high school English teacher, Margaret Weaver, MA ’69, is the author of Escaping Words (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, Washington, D.C., 2001), her first collection of poetry. Her poems have appeared in Yankee, Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore and other journals. Weaver was also the recipient of Washington Writers’ Publishing House 1999 award for poets from the Baltimore/Washington area.

A book of translations by Western New England College government professor Vladimir Wozniuk, MA ’78, was nominated for two national awards. The book, Politics, Law and Morality: Essays by V.S. Soloviev, was nominated for the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize and for the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEL) Book Award.