Book Report – Summer 2015
Tammy Flanders Hetrick VC’01
Upon Stella Rose’s death, her best friend, Abby, moves to rural Vermont to take care of her friend’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Olivia. But Abby struggles to connect with Olivia, and she soon finds guardianship of a headstrong teenager daunting. Despite her best efforts, and even with the help of friends old and new, Abby is unable to keep Olivia from self-destructing. As Abby’s journey unfolds, she grapples with raising a grieving teenager, realizes she didn’t know Stella as well as she thought, and discovers just how far she will go to save the most precious thing in her life. Stella Rose is a stellar first novel.
When the great environmental writer Edward Abbey died in 1989, four of his friends buried him secretly in a hidden desert spot that no one was ever to find. Since then, the final resting place of the Thoreau of the American West has become a mystery of American folklore. As a younger writer, Sean Prentiss set about looking for Abbey’s grave, but Prentiss was after more than a grave: He was after an understanding of who Abbey was as well as a way to find home. The resulting book combines an account of his quest with a creative biography. Prentiss—now an assistant professor of English at Norwich—also reflects on his own period of rootlessness as he attempts to unravel Abbey’s complicated legacy, raising larger questions about the meaning of place and home. A direct by-product of the quest to discover Abbey’s grave was to find a home in Vermont and a career at Norwich.
Johannes P. Wheeldon, Co-author
Since joining the Norwich University criminal justice faculty in 2013, assistant professor Johannes P. Wheeldon has co-authored two books. His 2013 contribution to Debate and Dialogue in Correctional Settings: Maps, Models, and Materials emerged from his work with incarcerated students and correctional educators. He says that period “totally changed how I viewed corrections and the difficulties faced both by those who are incarcerated and those who work inside the walls.” Debate and Dialogue is now a teaching text in Norwich senior seminars, and also serves as an important guide for the Montpelier and Barre Community Justice Centers. Wheeldon’s latest co-author effort, Introducing Criminological Thinking: Maps, Theories, and Understanding, was released in 2015.
Edited By COL Shannon Caudill, USAF ’91
This new anthology addresses the converging operational issues of air base defense and counterinsurgency. Under the editorship of Col Shannon Caudill, USAF ’91, Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency explores the diverse challenges associated with defending air assets and joint personnel in a counterinsurgency environment. The authors—primarily Air Force officers from security forces, intelligence, and the office of special investigations—examine lessons from Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflicts as they relate to securing air bases and sustaining air operations in a high-threat counterinsurgency environment. The book features an afterword by Dr. William Dean III, a former faculty member in the History Department at Norwich.
Kendra (Burr)’Kennedy 08
Nursing-program graduate Kendra Kennedy’s new books for young readers illustrate the power of the pen when wielded by nurturing hands. In Why Wolf Has Big Feet, an adventuresome, carefree young wolf encounters a fellow creature in distress, and in his rescue efforts, learns a powerful lesson about his own natural gifts. In French Toast: The Early Morning Adventure, Clive wakes up expecting this day to be like any other—that is, until he unexpectedly encounters a character named French Toast, who leads him to the most secret of secret hiding places.