Book Report – Fall 2015

Geek Theater
Geek Theater: 15 Plays by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers

F. Brett Cox and Jeanne Beckwith, Contributors

The husband-and-wife writing team, English faculty members F. Brett Cox and Jeanne Beckwith, fetch a dynamic energy in the Vermont literary scene and can often be found making joint appearances at readings. They bring their partnership to the printed page in Geek Theater, a compilation of 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today’s top authors and award-winning playwrights. Beckwith contributed the short play, “Mission to Mars,” and Cox a spoken-word monologue titled “Consider the Services of the Departed.” Geek Theater is their first joint publication.

Lead with Mercy
Lead with Mercy

Robert Goodson M’06

Robert Goodson M’06 makes a compelling and pragmatic case for compassion in business leadership in his new book, Lead with Mercy: The Business Case for Compassion. Mercy is a deliberate choice, and nothing forces a person in power to show mercy. So why do it? That question is even more intriguing in the context of business, where leaders are held accountable for results, not compassion. In Lead with Mercy, Goodson—a Fortune 500 business leader and certified executive coach—demonstrates that ethical and merciful leadership can be a sustainable and rewarding component of a business model.

Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

Nina Gaby, Editor
Alexis Paige, Contributing Essayist

Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women is not about the social-media variety of unfriending. Rather, Dumped is a compilation of stories by established and emerging women writers about being discarded by close female friends. Norwich English instructor Alexis Paige is among them, exploring “pop-culture misogyny” with her essay, “Bridezilla or chill bride? Which one are you? Take this quiz to find out!” According to a Seven Days review, Paige’s essay takes on a culture “that encourages girls and women to self-loathe and turn on one another.” Nina Gaby, formerly a Norwich nursing instructor, conceived, edited, and contributed to the collection.

Here's to Making it Count
Here’s to Making It Count

Heidi Passalacqua P’15

As C. S. Lewis so eloquently demonstrated in A Grief Observed, the loss of a loved one is a private and singular experience. In her book Here’s to Making it Count, Heidi Passalacqua P’15 reflects on her personal journey through grief and loss beginning at 16 with the untimely death of her mother to alcoholism. She would grow from this only to face loss again with the tragic and unexpected loss of two husbands in two years’ time before she reached the age of 30. Passalacqua’s story is a testament to the importance of making life count, every day. A registered nurse and caregiver, she lives in Northfield with her husband, NU Assistant Commandant Bill Passalacqua ’88, and their four children. She is the daughter of Dr. Michael D. Krause ’64.

Fight like the Devil
Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg July 1, 1863

Kristopher D. White M’09, Co-Author

Kristopher D. White M’09 co-created the popular Emerging Civil War book series for Savas Beatie Press, offering compelling overviews of the Civil War’s important battles and issues. Each volume features more than 150 photos and graphics, plus sharp new maps and visually engaging layouts. White has co-written several volumes in the series, including the latest, Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg July 1, 1863. He is a former staff military historian for Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, as well as a former Gettysburg battlefield guide. Presently, he serves as the historian for the Penn-Trafford Recreation Board and as an instructor for the Community College of Allegheny County near Pittsburgh, Pa.

Physical Geology of Shallow Magmatic Systems

David S. Westerman, Contributor

Many of us know Elba as the island of Napoleon’s first exile. But Dana Professor of Geology David Westerman has documented a much earlier rise and fall on the tiny isle. Eight million years ago, Western Elba was on the rise, literally, as magma rose from deep underground and pushed the surface to a higher elevation. While the upper stratums cooled into rock and more layers formed, magma continued to push from below. The pressure strained the top layer, or “roof,” which grew steeper and steeper, until it broke, creating a fault. Above the fault, a crustal formation more than a mile thick slid down and to the east, while the deeper, much younger rock rose in response to the loss of weight above. Westerman calls it “exceedingly rare to find a place on Earth” in which a relatively young (seven-million-year-old) formation that was once two-plus miles below the surface exists side-by-side with its former upper crust. He details his research in the chapter, “Rise and Fall of a Multi-sheet Intrusive Complex, Elba Island, Italy,” which appears in Physical Geology of Shallow Magmatic Systems.

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